Obituary: James "Jim" Leroy McMann
July 8, 2022
James “Jim” Leroy McMann, 83, of Duluth passed away June 15, 2022 at Viewcrest Health Center in Duluth with many of his loving children by his side. Jim was born in Duluth to Thomas and Beatrice McMann on June 8, 1939. He attended high school at Duluth Central and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1957. He served as a force reconnaissance team leader in Vietnam, and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. In 1970 he left the USMC and returned to Minnesota and bought a small hobby farm in Brookston. He reenlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard and served for eight years as a recruiter, winning many awards as a top recruiter in the state and nation. He also worked as an ambulance driver, in construction, and as a corrections officer and security officer in the Duluth area at various times over the years. Jim spent many years as a foster parent and provided love and guidance to many children. He was an active member of both the American Legion and VFW, serving in post officer positions and in the Honor Guard. Jim had a fascination for the American West and loved reading books and watching TV westerns. His humor and wit will be missed by all he came in contact with during his life.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine (Pridemore); son Chopper Lewis; great-grandson Diesel James Horton; his parents; and brothers Tom and Bill McMann. Jim is survived and loved by 11 children, James (Heidi) McMann of Apple Valley, Jody (Doug) Kilen of Proctor, Paula (Steve) Kircher of Saint Paul, Jeanne (Tim Van Hout) Schaefer of Proctor, Julie (Chuck) Spindler of Cloquet, Rodney (Laurie) McMann of Floodwood, Vince (Katie) Soderlund of Sturgeon Lake, Balinda (Brad) Bailey of Moose Lake, Wendy (Lonnie Luomala) Lewis of Culver, and Lori Kastel of Fergus Falls; and 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 3 p.m. until the 4 p.m. memorial service July 27 at Sunrise Funeral Home, 4798
Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown. Interment will be in the Veterans section at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka KS, 66675-8516 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Dad lived for and loved passionately his family, his country, and his Marine Corps — in no particular order.