James M. Foley, 72, Minnesota Lake

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Funeral services for James M. Foley, age 72, of Minnesota Lake, will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Peace United Church of Christ Church in Minnesota Lake. The Rev. Susan V. Cline will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4-8 p.m. at the Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Minnesota Lake, and one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Military honors will be by Fred K. Werner American Legion Post #287, Minnesota Lake.

He died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Immanuel-St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato.

He was born Nov. 18, 1929, the son of Tom and Zelma Louise (Yenney) Foley in Savanna, Ill. He married Myrna Charmaine Yoeckel on Nov. 18, 1953, in Sterling, Ill.

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He enlisted in the United States Army in 1949, and was sent to Korea in July of 1950. He was wounded in action on Nov. 26,1950. On Jan. 5,1951, he was captured, POW in Peking, China, for 33 months. He received his Purple Heart on April 6,1954. He was honorably discharged from the military, and in 1983, he and his wife moved into Minnesota Lake with their family. James enjoyed working with plastic canvas and he knew how to crochet. He was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Minnesota Lake. He loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Myrna Foley of Minnesota Lake; eight children: James and his wife Barbara Foley of Jackson, Wis., Bobbie and his wife Denise Foley of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Debbie and her husband Edward Reisinger of Parkersburg, W.V., David and his wife Lisa Foley of Wells, Jacob Scott and his wife Mary Foley of Wells, Ronnie and his wife Denise Foley of Minnesota Lake, Arlyn and his wife Lori Foley of Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Karola (Karla) Knecht and special friend Chris Evans of Hartford, Wis.; 33 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers: Harry Paul and his wife Nancy Foley of Clinton, Iowa, and Jessie and his wife Margaret Foley of Savanna, Ill.; two sisters: Norma and her husband Harold Shadle of Clinton, Iowa, and Judy Hyde of Priceton, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews

His parents and three brothers preceded him In death: Bobbie (killed in World War II), Harold (wounded in World War II), and LaVerne Foley.