James Cullen Reid
May 29, 1943 – August 26, 2020
Reid, James C. (Jim) Age 77 of Forest Lake, MN passed away peacefully on August 26, 2020. Preceded in death by parents Art & Billie Reid and in-laws Andrew & Thelma Whitton. Survived by loving wife of 50 years, Janet; daughter Heather (Aaron) Liebo; grandchildren Cecelia & Beckett; brother Robb (Ann) Reid; many friends & extended family.
Jim was born in 1943 and spent his early years in St. Paul before moving to Pequot Lakes, MN where he went to school, graduating in 1961. After attending Jr. College, he joined the Navy, where he was stationed in various places across the country as a Hospital Corpsman. He met Jan while home on a leave; they dated long distance until Jim was discharged, at which point they got engaged and then married in 1970. They settled in Forest Lake, where Jan taught while Jim attended UW-River Falls. After graduating with a degree in education, he spent most of his career working in insurance, with a “side job” (that later turned full time) at the Stillwater & Forest Lake Target stores, where he retired in 2018 after 21 years.
Jim enjoyed many things, including reading, playing & watching sports, spending time outside, cooking, good beer, gardening, traveling, and hosting family & friends for get togethers. He had many endearing qualities, such as his ability to give directions anywhere in the Twin Cities metro off the top of his head (a human GPS), his preference for wearing shorts & walking barefoot nearly year-round, and his constant willingness to give a ride or help a friend out, no matter the ask.
By far his greatest loves were his family: a constant companion to Jan; doting father to Heather; thrilled father-in-law to Aaron; and adoring “gramps” to Cece & Beckett.
While we wish we had many more years with the “old Jim”, we are grateful he is no longer suffering from the clutches of Alzheimer’s. A special thanks to the loving staff at Cardigan Ridge in Little Canada who took such great care of him. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Cardigan Ridge or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Private Funeral Service by Invitation will take place on Wednesday, September 2 at 11 am at Sunset Funeral Home, 225 St. Anthony Blvd NE., Mpls. It will also be LIVE STREAMED through the Sunset Funeral Home and Cemetery Facebook Page beginning at 11 am on Wed, 9/2.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
James Cullen Reid
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August 31, 2020
I was miss Jim. We loved his food at the family picnics. I will his smile and laughter. Roses.
August 30, 2020
I met Jan in 1964 in college and Jim a few years later. My husband and I always enjoyed visiting with them. Jim was so proud of his family and loved being a father and grandfather. He enjoyed telling cute stories about Heather. Jim was such a kind, generous, hard working person. He endured many knee replacement surgeries with bravery and humor. He will be greatly missed but leaves many cherished memories. Jan, Heather, Aaron, Cecelia and Beckett you are all in our thoughts. Nancy and Bill Cunnien