James ‘Jim’ Bolan
James ‘Jim’ Bolan
GRANADA — Services for James “Jim” N. Bolan, 86, of Granada, Minn., will be held 1 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2020, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1222 will follow the service outside the funeral home.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Due to COVID-19, social distancing guidelines will be observed, masks are encouraged and the number of guests will be monitored.
Jim passed away Saturday morning, March 14, 2020, at Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center in Mankato, Minn.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
James “Jim” Nelson Bolan was born Dec. 14, 1933, in Mineral Point, Wis., the son of Charles and Prudence (Stoddard) Bolan. He received his education attending school in Mineral Point and graduated from Mineral Point High School with the class of 1950.
Following his graduation, Jim enlisted with the U.S. Marines, where he served his country proudly during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, Jim re-enlisted with the U.S. Army and continued his honorable service.
Upon his return from service, Jim worked construction for a short time before beginning a life-long career working as a machinist.
In June 1973, Jim was united in marriage to Karen Beckwith in Mineral Point, Wis. Together the couple made their home in the Twin Cities until 1996, when they moved to the Fairmont area to be closer to family.
In his spare time, Jim enjoyed bowling and fishing.
He was proud of his time in the service and enjoyed sharing his story with those eager to listen. Jim was an avid reader and loved to sit down with a good book to learn new things. He has a wonderful sense of humor and was known for his sayings.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Karen Bolan of Granada; children, Richard (Julie) Osmundsen, Ronda Osmundsen, Randal (Rhonda) Osmundsen, Russell (Linda) Osmundsen, and Kathy (Ollie) Waymann. He was a father figure to two granddaughters, Ashely Osmundsen and Karen Rose Osmundsen, in addition to being a loving grandfather to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim leaves behind a brother, Joe (Janis) Bolan; two sisters, Mary Steger, and Jeannie Bolan (fiancé, Charles); 11 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Prudence; two sisters, Margaret and Patty; and a brother, Charles.