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James Petty, 64

James Petty of Annandale, died at his home during the early morning Friday, March 11, 2011, from what is believed to have been cardiac arrest. He was 64.

Memorial services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Annandale United Methodist Church with Rev. Marilee Benson officiating. Friends may call from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

James Roger Petty was born May 25, 1946, to the late Lawrence and Sarah Petty. They lived in Maine Prairie just north of Kimball. Jim attended the Maine Prairie County School and graduated from Kimball High School in 1963. On July 30, 1977, he was united in marriage to Paula Flygare at Camp Koinonia in South Haven.

After high school, Jim began his career as a meat cutter by working at the Knaus Sausage House in Kimball for eight years. After a seven-year stay with Zayres Shoppers City of St. Cloud, he and his brother Mic purchased the Annandale Locker Plant in 1980. They renamed it Petty Brothers Meats. Petty Brothers is currently owned by Jim and his son Bob.

Jim was an active member of the Kimball Rod and Gun Club, where he thoroughly enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of trapshooting with close friends and family. He also served on the Ski Patrol of Powder Ridge for 30 years, and was once named Patrolman of the Year for the state of Minnesota. An avid outdoorsman, much of Jim's leisure time was spent on the lakes fishing.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Sarah Petty.

A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife Paula; daughter Nicole Petty (and Travis Hunter) twin sons and their fiancees Thomas Petty (and Kirstin Dropps) of Clearwater, and Robert Petty (and Ashley Klinger) of Annandale; grandson Owen Petty; and brother John "Mic" (and Rosann) Petty of Kimball. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.

Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Care of Annandale.