James "Jim" Willis Archbold

Wednesday, July 8th, 1936 - Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
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Jim was born on July 8, 1936, ten minutes after his identical twin brother Bernie, in Marshall, MN. The proud parents were Lloyd & Barbara (Kirchen) Archbold. His mother kept a 'log' of the shenanigans these two got into - one of the most well-known was when ‘the twins’ hid themselves underneath a truck trailer and went on a ride through Marshall as neighbors yelled at the driver, their father, to stop to protect his secret cargo.

Jim grew up in Marshall, attended Holy Redeemer grade school and was part of the first graduating class from Central Catholic High School in 1954. Jim attended St John’s University in Collegeville, MN, graduating in 1958 with an ROTC commission. His Active Duty time was spent in Ft Eustis, VA.

Following his military obligation Jim returned to Marshall and worked briefly with his parents at their family trucking business, Speedway Transit. It was about this time, Jim developed an interest in aviation and obtained his private pilot license, which he later used in business and to occasionally go fishing in Canada with friends. Little did Jim know that he’d meet his future wife while moving his sister into an apartment with her college friend, Nancy Norton.

Jim and Nancy were married in Breckenridge, MN at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on July 9, 1960. Jim sold life insurance in Mankato and St. Paul, and in 1961 he and Nancy moved to Indianapolis where Jim took a job in the home office of the insurance company. When Lloyd Archbold passed away in 1962, Jim & Nancy returned to Marshall and purchased the family moving & storage company, Speedway Transit, Inc. They would work together in this business until retirement in 2001.

During their 60 plus years of marriage Jim and Nancy loved to dance, enjoy sunsets with a glass of wine and keep tabs on their 11 grandkids. Jim was a man of deep faith who was an active member of Holy Redeemer Parish. He valued his community and was a member of the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years. He also served on the Marshall Municipal Utilities for several years. Jim enjoyed being a member of the Marshall Jaycees in his younger years. Jim and the Speedway moving trucks were instrumental in getting Marshall's first hockey 'dome' to Marshall. In retirement, Jim and Nancy were faithful volunteers with Meals on Wheels.

Jim loved spending time with family and friends! He and Nancy always loved traveling - near and far, on their own and with friends! His kids have fond memories of going with their Dad on moving trips in ‘the big truck’ - making hammocks out of moving pads in the trailer and having adventures along the way.

Golfing and fishing were some of his favorite activities. After retirement, Nancy & Jim spent their summers at Blanche Lake in Ottertail County. He spent countless hours hooking up his “Tennessee triple hook” to help any grandkid catch as many sunfish as they wanted. He logged thousands of miles attending grandkids concerts, plays and sporting events and could often be spotted at Marshall High School and SMSU sporting events.

Just a few of Jim’s gifts to the world are: good humor, kindness, a gentle spirit, hospitality and welcome, honesty and being someone who made people feel special!

Survivors include his wife, Nancy. Their four children Anne (Paul) in Minneapolis, John (Laurie) in Rochester, Bill (Molly) in Marshall and Pat (Katie) in St. Paul. Their eleven grandchildren: Elise, Grace, Lizzie, Bailey, Brenden, Joe, Emma, Jack, Maggie, Teddy and Will - and several affectionate granddogs. His sister Bonnie (Carl) Jack, brothers Mike and Steve (Nancy) Archbold. In-laws, Jim Bean, Sarah Archbold and Nancy’s brother Scott (Lois) Norton, along with nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Bernie (Carol), Dan and Joanne.

Your prayers and gestures of support are the greatest gifts to our family. If you would like to make a memorial gift, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Holy Redeemer Foundation, Avera Cancer Institute, Prairie Home Hospice or an organization of your choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, May 10th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Horvath Remembrance Center - Marshall
    404 W Lyon St
    MARSHALL, MN 56258
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    Sharing of Memories at 7:00 p.m.
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am
    Horvath Remembrance Center - Marshall
    404 W Lyon St
    MARSHALL, MN 56258
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Sharing of Memories at 7:00 p.m.
  • Service

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 11:00am
    Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
    503 W. Lyon St.
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    Rev. Father Anthony Stubeda
  • Interment

    Calvary Catholic Cemetery
    Hwy59 and Hwy 23
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Dan Clites

Posted at 02:39pm
To the Archbold family,
My deepest sympathies are shared over you as I've learned of Jim's passing. I remember a fun loving guy, who was quick to share his humor with me and brighten a room.

Death is our great enemy, but Jesus is our greater King...and the King wins! We can trust such a gift by faith. God bless your family as you live in such a victory--- to honor Jim's legacy and to give God the glory!

Joyce Meyer

Posted at 11:07am
I have many good memories of Jim when I was working for him at the moving company. His family was great to work
for. The house on the corner that they lived in will continue to bring good thoughts. Jim was such a all-around 'great guy'.' Praying for everyone --

Shamrock Wealth Management

Posted at 06:41pm
Pat & Katie, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Bob Sullivan

Posted at 01:11pm
So sorry;; Jim was a great guy in every way and for certain a loyal and sincere human being---no phoniness about him.

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