James Eastman

James Eastman, 93, of Battle Lake, died November 13, 2020, at the Broen Home in Fergus Falls.

A memorial service will be held at a later date due to the pandemic.

Interment will be held in Poplar at a later date.

James William Eastman was born February 23, 1927 at Staples to James and Henrietta Eastman. He grew up in the Staples area and graduated from Staples High School in 1945. He was baptized on March 20, 1983 at the Lord of Love Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE.

Jim married Donna Sautbine in 1951 and they divorced in 1969. He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954. He married Elizabeth Kludt on December 22, 1969. Jim worked in the trucking business for many years. He opened a Mack Truck dealership in Sioux Falls, SD in 1978 and was there until his retirement in 1988. Jim and Liz permanently located in Battle Lake in 1988, when he retired from the trucking business. After his retirement he spent 20 years working for Ottertail County at the Battle Lake Transfer Station. 

Jim was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and had 45 years of continuous sobriety. He loved his friends in the program and worked with many people over his years of sobriety. 

Jim is survived by his  children, Pat Hansen of Valley City, ND; Barb Olson of Sioux Falls, SD; Bruce Eastman of Cottonwood, AZ; and Scott (Cari) Eastman of Sioux Falls, SD; Cindy (Doug) Schnabel of Woodbury and Tim (Maria) Kludt of Corona, CA; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many special friends from the Friday Night Big Book Group.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Freddie Ann and his second wife, Elizabeth.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be given to the Fergus Falls Cancer Center or the Lakeland Hospice. 

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