James Allen Mohler, 86, of Staples, passed away peacefully at Lakewood Care Center December 2, 2020, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief battle with Covid-19 with underlying Parkinson’s Disease.
A private service will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Staples, Dec. 15. A celebration of life will be held in the spring/summer when the Covid restrictions have been lifted.
Jim was born in St. Paul to Clarence and Lotus Mohler on April 29, 1934. The family moved to Staples in his early years. Jim graduated from Staples High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956. During his years in the Navy he travelled the world on the USS Midway. He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Wettstein, on May 18, 1957. He graduated the University of Minnesota in 1962 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 24 years and retired in 1986. After retirement, Jim worked at Staples Community College part-time for several years and was also a Forestry Consultant.
Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, woodworking, camping and winter picnics. He was a man of the woods, loving to spend as much time as possible in nature. He was a teacher and story-teller and loved spending time with his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce; three daughters, Ann Ohmann, Jennifer Braun and Kathryn Mohler; one son, Craig Mohler; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one sister, Marilyn Morrison.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Mary Stangle-Hess; one grandson, Matthew Wahlstrand and son-in-law, James Braun.
Arrangements were by Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples.