James R. Peterson

James R. Peterson

James R. Peterson, age 71, of Braham died July 24, 2014 at St. Cloud Veterans Hospital.
James Robert Peterson was born June 18, 1943 in Isanti to Walter and Esther (Anderson) Peterson. He was raised in Isanti and graduated from Cambridge High School, Class of 1962. Jim then attended the University of Minnesota for two years. Jim married Betty Jean Adamek and they were the parents of two children. They were married until 1982. Jim was in the Army from 1967 to 1969 and served in Viet Nam. After the service he returned to Isanti where he owned and operated J & J Pub for several years. After selling the pub, he was bar manager for the Isanti VFW for 11 years. He was an active member of the VFW and served on their color guard. On September 14, 1991 he married Sharon Lustig and they made their home in Isanti until moving to Springfield, Missouri where they owned a bar and grill for eight years. In February of 2009 they moved back to Isanti County, near Braham. Jim enjoyed his church family and his faith was very important to him. His hobbies and interests included fishing, camping, hiking, watching sports and he sponsored girls softball teams in earlier years. Jim was an outdoor person and loved nature, watching the birds and animals and the peacefulness of living in the country.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Glen; two sisters, Lois and JoAnn; step-daughter, Sharilyn.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon of Braham; two children, Jami (Akash) Haider of Almelund, Jason (Michelle) Peterson of Taiwan; step-son, Troy Lustig of Braham; five grandchildren, Sarah (Dan) Kollodge, Samantha Nugent, Trevor and Corey Lustig, Jacqueline Peterson; brother, Gilbert (Marlys) Peterson of Isanti; sister, Kay (Loran) Lindell of Isanti; and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Siloa Lutheran Church with Rev. David Everett officiating. Judy Windorski will serve as organist. The pallbearers will be Frank Drexler, Akash Haider, Loran Lindell, Troy Lustig, Gilbert Peterson and Jason Peterson. Interment in Isanti Union Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home Isanti Chapel.

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