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James "Big Jim" Lind

James "Big Jim" Lind

James E. "Big Jim" Lind, of Cromwell died on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in his home from pulmonary fibrosis and cancer which was a result of his exposure to Agent Orange during his tour of duty in Vietnam.

He was born in Carlton on Mother's Day, May 11, 1947 to Eleanor and Melvin Lind. Jim grew up on the family farm in Wright, attended Wright Elementary School and graduated from Cromwell High School in 1965. After graduation Jim worked construction before being drafted into the Army in 1967. In February 1968 he was sent to Vietnam where he was a gunner on a duster in the Central Highlands. He returned home in March of 1969 after contracting malaria for a second time.

In 1970 Jim married Jean Peterson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. He continued to work in the construction industry until 1979 when he and Jean bought the Lind family farm, where they raised their three children. Jim ran the farm for several years as a dairy farm, later switching to beef cattle.

Jim's love of the outdoors was apparent in all he did, from his chosen occupations to his pastimes of gardening and deer hunting. He had cattle at almost every place he lived. His connection to the cattle is best described by his granddaughter Ellie who called him the "cow whisperer". He shared his vast knowledge of cattle and gardening with his children who have followed in his footsteps and share in his love of the outdoors.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Ken.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Jean; daughter, Angela (Kirk) Anderson of Cromwell; sons, Scott (Mellisa) Lind of Cromwell and Chris (Heidi) Lind of Wright; his eleven grandchildren, Cassidy, Colby, Ellie, and Isabella Anderson, Ethan, Everett, Macie and Oliver Lind, and Brayden, Jaxton and Emma Lind; brother, Wayne (Carri) Lind of Wright; sister, Lois (Willie Cartwright) Sorenson of Cromwell; and sister-in-law, Geri Lind of Cromwell.

At Jim's request there will not be a formal funeral. Instead, a Celebration of Life will be held this summer. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see