James “Jim” Emanuelson, 82, of Greeley, passed away on March 31, 2019, in Greeley, with loving family by his side.
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Jim was born in Drayton, ND to Carl & Mabel (Oxnavad) Emanuelson on April 28, 1936. On May 28, 1976 in North Dakota, Jim married the love of his life, Leona (Johnson) Emanuelson.
Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, minister and friend. A very humble, kind man to everyone he met. His love for Jehovah and the truth were a big aspect of his life. Jim was a Master Electrician. His greatest accomplishment in work was being a journeyman foreman over several Rain Forest Cafes. Even though Jim was once a sheep rancher, his favorite job was working for Kellogg’s where he got free boxes of cereal on Fridays. He loved eating. His favorite foods were steak, eggs, bacon and diet coke. If you ask any family or friend your general consensus of Jim, it would be that he was a fun-loving, tender hearted man. He was a man who worked with his hands creating masterful, one-of-a-kind pieces with wood and other materials. His last project was a old prairie wagon. You can still see it today if you were to visit his Florida home, that he considered his paradise and inspired his art. Though he had a homestead, he was a man who loved traveling and having many experiences with good people. His singing of songs, such as Dang Me by Roger Miller, will be greatly missed and his loud “I love you’s” will forever be engraved in our hearts.
Comments from his wife of 43 years: Jim is a wonderful man, whom I love so dearly. He would say to me- “Stop buying so we can travel with the children during their school break”. His desire was always that the children could have a great summer vacation. Taking them on many adventures in the motor home. He taught them about love, honesty and heartfelt appreciation for life. Even during the past few years he would, while at his sickest, continue to say “thank you” to caregivers, nurses, and doctors. He was the most grateful for his family. I knew even on his death bed how much I was loved by him- forever and always.
Jim is survived by his wife; 6 children; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild; 1 sister; and a large loving extended family.
He was preceded in death by his 2 children; 2 brothers; and parents.