James W. Oachs, age 84 of Herman, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the Hoffman Senior Living Center in Hoffman, MN.

There will be a live stream of the Family Service starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2020.  To view the service, on this page, scroll to the bottom and the service will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The funeral service will also be uploaded to bainbridgefuneralhome.com if you are unable to attend the live stream.

James Walter Oachs was born January 11, 1936, in Grant County, MN, to Walter and Dorothy (Wilkens) Oachs. He was baptized at the Herman United Methodist Church and attended country school on the family farm. He then chose to leave school to pursue his true passion – farming. Jim bought his first Farmall B tractor when he was just 11 years old.

He was united in marriage to Leora Mary Stein at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio, MN.  To this union, five children were born. Leora sadly passed away in the fall of 1981.  Jim then remarried in 1983 to Mary (Peg) Churchill.

During Jim’s life, he loved roller skating, was on the Morris Co-Op Board and the Grant County Fair Board.  Jim will be remembered for his one-liners, quick wit, colorful language and stories, his love of his Grasshopper lawn mowers, and Ford trucks. He really took pride in his equipment and it showed in how he cared for it. The last tractor he purchased was a 2011 Case IH – Farmall 50 CVT with cab, stereo, heat/air conditioning, and loader.

James is survived by his wife: Mary “Peg” Oachs of Herman, MN; five children: Jane (Les) Mahoney of Herman, MN, Daniel “Booner” (Julie) Oachs of Herman, MN, David “Charlie” (Luanne) Oachs of Herman, MN, Julie “Buns” Oachs of Becker, MN, and Dean (Sarah) Oachs of Rochester, MN; nine grandchildren: Brynn, Scott, Cody, Amanda, Tyler, Arielle, Ashley, Noah, and Jack; ten great-grandchildren; one brother: Kent (Susan) Oachs of Edina, MN; four step-children: Peter (Cherie) Schumacher of Hope, ND,  Lisa (Denton) Schumacher Larson of Delavan, MN, Mark (Pamela) Schumacher of Boise, Idaho, and Bridget Schumacher of Mesa, AZ; ten step-grandchildren: Amanda Schumacher, Alyssa Pederson, Michael Schumacher, Andrea Schumacher, John Livingston, Alexandra London, Connor Schumacher, and Lucas Ybarra; and three step-great-grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife Leora; brother and sister-in-law Gerald (Joan) Oachs; an infant brother; mothers and fathers-in-law: George and Edith Stein and Stanley and Mary Churchill; siblings-in-law: Eugene and Lucille Howey, Earl and Viola Severance, Leo and Corrine Stein, and James and Joan Churchill-Krauth.

To sign the online guestbook, watch the video tribute or service recording visit www.bainbridgefuneralhome.com

Funeral arrangements are with Bainbridge Funeral Home of Herman, MN.


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