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James A. Branum
February 13, 1951 ~ November 1, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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James Arthur Branum passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at his residence at the age of 72.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at Iten Funeral Home in Browerville, MN.
James “Jim” Arthur Branum was born on February 13, 1951, to Arthur and Olga (Hanson) Branum in Bertha, MN. He attended Clarissa High School and graduated in 1969. During high school, he kept himself busy by riding his motorcycle, driving his Mustang, and going hunting. Jim continued his education at Hibbing Technical College in the electrical program. He met Judy Bican and they were married in Clarissa in 1971. The couple lived in Osseo, MN where Jim worked as a machinist. They were blessed with one son, Jamie. When Jamie was 3 years old, the family moved to Elk River, MN where they built their home. During the summers, the family enjoyed making frequent weekend trips to the lake cabin in Walker, MN, and they liked to snowmobile in the winter months. Jim worked at Metal Craft, continuing his work as a machinist until he was forced to retire due to rheumatoid arthritis. In 1991, Jim and his son moved back to his family homestead in Clarissa.
Jim was an avid deer hunter and fisherman and he loved to teach others to hunt and fish as well. When he wasn’t in the house, he could be found in the shop “tinkering” on anything from vehicles to deer stands. He also enjoyed taking care of food plots for deer. Jim was known for helping others, even when he was in pain from arthritis. He had several Labrador Retrievers in his lifetime and truly adored them. Jim was laid back and had a good sense of humor; he even allowed his friends to give him the nick name of “Stump”. He was taken too soon and will be dearly missed.
James is survived by his son, Jamie (Jenny Harvell) Branum; step grandchildren, Annabelle, Morgan, and Blake; sister, and Carrie (Jim) Truax; He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward Branum.