Obituary: James "Jim" Arnold Burman


June 24, 2022

James “Jim” Arnold Burman, 94, of Cloquet went to be with his Lord and Savior June 20, 2022. He was born in Ogilvie on Nov. 27, 1927, the son of William and Elsie (Besser) Burman. James grew up and attended school in Brook Park, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Naomi Athey. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in Okinawa and the Philippines. James and Naomi raised their family in Cloquet, where he worked as a truck driver. After James retired, they joined Laborers for Christ, traveling the country building churches. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Cloquet VFW, where he served in the Honor Guard; he loved his church and the VFW very much. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, of whom he was very proud. He enjoyed sports, especially the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings.

James was preceded in death by and is now reunited with his parents; his wife of almost 60 years, Naomi; daughter Carolyn; sons William and Jeff; and siblings John, Bernice, Alyce and Willard. He is survived by his children Ed (Carla) Burman of Mesa, Arizona, and Cheryl (Keith) Johnson and Jan (Jim) Maslowski of Cloquet; grandchildren Amy (Steve) Herrin of Marshfield, Missouri, Jennifer Burman of San Tan Valley, Arizona, Jessica (Jake) Davis of Moose Lake, Ryanne (Steve) Battaglia and Adam (Sharalee) Maslowski of Cloquet, and Bryan Maslowski of South Range, Wisconsin; numerous great-grandchildren; and especially his loving companion of many years, Alma Ojala.

Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, June 24 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 515 Skyline Blvd. in Cloquet. Military honors will be presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. A lunch reception will follow in the church social hall. Interment will be held in Brook Park Cemetery, in Brook Park. To leave an online condolence, visit


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