James Thurston of Watkins died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at St. Cloud Veterans Hospital. He was 92.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins with Fr. Richard Gross officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
James A. Thurston was born Jan. 14, 1921, at Canfield, Ark. to James and Exie (Holmes) Thurston. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. James was united in marriage to Laura McDonald Dec. 6, 1951, in Minneapolis. James owned and operated a Sinclair gas service station in Minneapolis for many years. After he sold the gas station, they moved to a lake home near South Haven. His wife Laura died in 1985, and James moved to Watkins in 1991. He worked part-time at Arnold Chevrolet in Watkins for about four years. James was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and he especially enjoyed mentoring kids in Minneapolis at the gas station.
James was preceded in death by his parents; wife Laura; sisters Alda Mae Higgins, Hazel Thurston in infancy; brothers Harvey, Robert, Lloyd, and Floyd Thurston.
He is survived by his children and their spouses Deb (and Jerry) Oster of Watkins, James (and Chris) Thomas of Erie, Pa., four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; brother and sister Ruby Thurston of Erie Pa., Lula Mae (and August) Butler of Independence, Mo.