Elmer James (Jim) Fechner
Elmer James (Jim) Fechner, age 89, formerly of Merrill and Avon Park, Florida passed away March 14, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul MN surrounded by his family.
Jim was born January 15, 1926 in Merrill, son of the late Elmer J. and Margret (Kraft) Fechner. He is survived by his wife Jeanette (Nelson) of 65 years. He is also survived by two brothers: William Kraft (Miyako) Fechner of Seattle WA, John (Janet) Fechner of Merrill and one sister: Marge Rankin of New Berlin, WI.
Jim was a Staff Sargent in the United States Air force during World War II and again inducted into service during the Korean War. He was a long term manager of Northern Specialty Company in Merrill. Jim and his wife Jeanette were dedicated group campers for decades. During retirement they were practicing “Snow Birds” at several Florida communities. Jim enjoyed fishing, watching car races and spending time with his family.
Survivors include three daughters, Terri (Chris) Hanson of Merrimac, WI, Mary (Glenn) Raddatz of White Bear Lake, MN & Cindy (Steve) Sabatke of Merrill.
Seven grandchildren, Nick (Amy) Hanson, Alex (Rachel) Hanson, Sarah (Aaron) Gertz, Laura (Carlos)Hidalgo, Pennie (Mike) Sladky, Paige Sabatke & Rachel Sabatke.
Eleven Great Grandchildren, Siena Hanson, Madison Hanson, Jordan Hanson, Nolan Hanson, Damian Hidalgo, Adrian Gertz, Nathan Gertz, Colten Sladky, Eliana Sladky, Gavin Sladky, Lena Sladky and many nieces and nephews.
Future services and internment dates to be determined. Condolences and messages can be sent to Jeanette Fechner, 825-K Vadnais Dr. Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 or on line at: firstname.lastname@example.org