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1929 James 2021

James "Jim" Hunnel

January 26, 1929 — October 2, 2021

Detroit Lakes

James “Jim” Henry Hunnel was born on January 26, 1929 to Arthur and Edith (Spindler) Hunnel in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated high school in Little Falls, MN in 1948 then, in the early 1950’s Jim married Betty   Mae Lamb and together they had four children Sherry, Daniel, Kathy, and Karen. On June 24, 1965 Jim married Shirley Peck at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes and together they had Timothy and Paul.

Jim worked his way up through the ranks at the Fish Hatchery from 1952-1985, Along with owning Jim  Hunnel Super Shine for 29 years. Upon retiring he and Shirley owned and operated Tidy Car Detailing. Jim was a firearm instructor and a member of the National Guard. In his golden years he enjoyed many extended walks throughout town and down to the lake where he would enjoy many conversations along the way. Jim collected coins, always appreciated a shiny car, enjoyed hunting, traveling and made several trips to Vancouver Island, and West Point, Washington to salmon and    halibut fish. Most of all Jim loved spending time with his kids and grandkids and driving them to activities.

Jim is survived by his siblings; Arthur (Elsie) and Mary, Children; Daniel, Timothy (Angie), Paul (Kirk), Kathy and Karen (Tommy), stepchildren; Greg  McDougall and Natalie MacArthur, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Arthur and Edith Hunnel, siblings; Dudley, Harold, Rosalie, Carrol, and Bertha. His wife Shirley Peck and daughter Sherry.


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Saturday, October 9, 2021

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