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James "Jim" Francis Wohnoutka

Thursday, February 24th, 1949 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Obituary

The memorial service for James “Jim” Wohnoutka, 71, of Minneota will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. The funeral service will be livestreamed at www.horvathfuneralservice.com. A public walk-through visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Funeral Home. A private family interment will take place at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.

James “Jim” Francis Wohnoutka was born on February 24, 1949, in Willmar, MN, to William & Helena (Frank) Wohnoutka. He was the seventh of eleven children and loved his family deeply. He graduated from Olivia High School in 1967, moved to St. Cloud, and then to Minneapolis where he met the love of his life Kathryn Jerzak. They were married on September 11, 1971, at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall and moved to a farm by Ghent after their daughter, Chanda, was born. After the birth of their son, Andy, they settled in Minneota where Jim served as a Councilman and volunteered for the Minneota Ambulance. Jim worked a variety of jobs but was most proud of his work at MNDOT, where worked until his retirement.

In his free time, Jim loved to play cards, go fishing, and take his dog out pheasant hunting, and he was a member of Pheasants Forever. More than anything, he loved spending time with his grandkids. Being “Grandpa Jimmy” brought him so much joy, and it was their love that kept him fighting to the end. In 2008, Jim was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and had a stem cell transplant. Despite his diagnosis, Jim was determined to fight. For 12 years, he defied the odds. He endured chemotherapy, radiation, and broken bones but never complained. When asked how he was doing, Jim’s answer was always the same: “Damn good, and you?” He was an inspiration to all who knew him and was proud to be an Honorary Chair at the 2009 Lyon County Relay for Life.

In his free time, Jim loved to play cards, go fishing, and take his dog out pheasant hunting, and he was a member of Pheasants Forever. More than anything, he loved spending time with his grandkids. Being “Grandpa Jimmy” brought him so much joy, and it was their love that kept him fighting to the end. In 2008, Jim was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and had a stem cell transplant. Despite his diagnosis, Jim was determined to fight. For 12 years, he defied the odds. He endured chemotherapy, radiation, and fractured bones but never complained. When asked how he was doing, Jim’s answer was always the same: “Damn good, and you?” He was an inspiration to all who knew him and was proud to be an Honorary Chair at the 2009 Lyon County Relay for Life.

Jim passed away on July 20, 2020, at his home in Minneota under the care of Prairie Home Hospice. He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Minneota; daughter Chanda (Jeff) Bossuyt of Ghent, their daughters Alyssa (Bryce) Jeppesen of Marshall, Rachel of Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, and Marci of Ghent; son Andy (Jill) Wohnoutka, their son Sam of Bird Island; siblings Marge (Dick) Bergo of Spicer, Therese Kragenbring of Atwater, Phyllis (Chris) Berninger of Crawfordville, FL, Betty (Marvin) Dubert of Hosford, FL, Jerry (Sue) of Richfield, Dianne (Allen) Nichols of Punta Gorda, FL, Karen (Dennis) Barta of Olivia, Greg (Becky) of Loyalton, CA, Deb (Lionel) Kull of Sauk Rapids; sisters-in-law Diane of Spicer, Sue (Dave) Karolczak of Brookings, SD, and Doreen (Dean) Peterson of Marshall; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother- and father-in-law Mary & Marce Jerzak, brother Bob Wohnoutka, brother-in-law Rob Kragenbring and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are preferred.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    Address
    411 W. Lyon St.
    MARSHALL, MN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    Address
    411 W. Lyon St.
    MARSHALL, MN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    Address
    411 W. Lyon St.
    MARSHALL, MN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Pastor Lyle Snyder
  • Interment

    Location
    Calvary Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    Hwy59 and Hwy 23
    MARSHALL, MN
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    Notes
    A private family interment will be held at a later date

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Sara Watters

Posted at 01:10pm
I am a colleague of Andre's and just wish to send my support and prayers in such a difficult time to you and your family. Loss of a parent is a loss that can never be filled, but I hope you have a lifetime of memories to bring you some happiness during your time of grieving and beyond.
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Brenda Earle

Posted at 10:58am
Such a beautiful walk on Alligator Point, FL.
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Love, Brenda and Don Earle

Posted at 10:45am
Kathy, Chanda, Andy and family, we are thinking about all of you. Uncle Jim was so special and I know he is walking on the eternal, endless beach.
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Don and Jan Fuhrmann

Posted at 10:25pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Cherish all of your wonderful memories of Jim. One special memory that we have is when Dean and Doreen would have a 4th of July picnic and Jim and Kathy were there also. They also included my Mom if she made potato salad. Mom would walk over from Hill Street for the picnic and I remember Jim standing up and saying "Here comes Grandma"! And when she arrived Jim said , Well, Hello Grandma", and he made her feel so welcome. From that point on if their paths would cross he would always say "Hi Grandma"! When I told Mom today Jim had passed away she said, " I will forever remember that smile that day and we will cherish the wonderful memory. Don, Jan and Margaret
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