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James Alfred Danks
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Submitted by: Wanda Purcell


James Alfred Danks, age 79, a lifetime Park Rapids area resident, died Sunday, June 26, 1994 at the Dakota Hospital in Fargo.
James was born on September 19, 1914 in Worthington, Minnesota to John and Mathilda Larson Danks.
As a boy of 5 years of age, he moved with his parents to the Park Rapids area where they settled on a farm near Lake George. It was in this same area that he attended county school and as a young man, helped his father with farmwork, logging and trapping.
On January 27, 1939, James was united in marriage to Myrtle Grace Brissett in Park Rapids. This union was blessed with 12 children, Clayton, Harry, Robert, Larry, Grace, Jan, David, Rosemary, Maxine, Roxana, Vivian and Bruce.
James and his family resided in Schoolcraft township where he farmed and logged. James also did some excavating work for area resorts and farmers.
James was a former member of the Park Rapid Eagles Area #870. He had many interests; he loved the outdoors and hunted each year right up to the last fall. He enjoyed fishing when time would allow. He loved working in the wood logging or trapping.
He also had a deep love for music and as a young man would play accordion at area dances. He also enjoyed dancing. Above all, James was a man who enjoyed people whether telling stories, playing checkers or just spending time with family or friends.
He will be lovingly remembered by his four daughters, Jan Farl of Wolf Lake; Maxine and her husband Todd Ellis of Park Rapids; Roxana Entwistle of Park Rapids; Vivian Greer of Escondido, California; five sons, Clayton and wife, Violet of St. Charles, Illinois; David and wife, Kay of Reydon, Oklahoma; and Bruce of Escondido, California; twenty nine grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one brother, Robert Lee Danks of Vaughn, Montana; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
James was preceded in death by two daughters, Rosemary and Grace and one son, Harry, all who died in infancy; one granddaughter, Kimberly Farl in 1992; and one great grandson, Aaron Techida in 1991.
James' final resting place Lake George Cemetery, Lake George, Minnesota.


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