James. H. Eddy, 85, of Winona passed away at home, surrounded by his family Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
Jim was born Nov. 23, 1933, in Howard Lake, Minn., to Howard and Mary Rose (O’Loughlin) Eddy. He graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1951. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1953-1956 and continued service in the Marine Corp Reserves through 1974. After leaving the service, he resumed his studies at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., and graduated in 1958, with a BS. He graduated from University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla., with a Master’s in 1960 and a PH.D in 1971. Jim was a professor at Winona State University from 1965-1995, in the political science dept.
Jim married Mary Reglin Feb. 11, 1967, in Winona. They raised their two sons, Christopher and Chad, in Winona. Jim was active in Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, past member of the Unified Catholic School Board, Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, past president of Friends of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge, Leon J. Wetzel American Legion Post # 9, Marine Corp Officer Association; Hiawatha Valley Marines, chair of Toys for Kids, WSU chair of the political science dept., committee member of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.
Jim’s dedication to altruistic efforts will reverberate for years to come.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; brother, William; and sister, Catherine. He is survived by his sons, Christopher of Miami and Chad of Phoenix; and granddaughter, Delfina.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home. The Reverend Mark McNea will officiate. Private inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Winona.
Memorials may be directed to Winona Area Toys for Kids, addressed to Winona Community Foundation, 51 E 4th St, Suite 314, Winona, MN 55987.
Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona and Fountain City, Wis. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.