Jim was born September 6, 1960, in Grey Eagle, to Jack & Harriet (Karnes) Walburn. On October 4, 2009, Jim married the love of his life and best friend Kristi Hokanson. Jim farmed for many years, worked for RR Donnelley and Dan’s Prize. He was an avid sports fan, he loved to watch the Vikings, Twins, Alabama Crimson Tide and Washington Nationals. Jim had a big personality with a great sense of humor and loved to tell stories. He especially enjoyed spending time with his best bud Brayden.
Jim is preceded in death by his dad Jack. He is survived by his mother Harriet of Albany, wife Kristi of Browerville; children: Sarah (Jason) Miller of Monticello, Jill (Jason) Jorvig of Champlain, Michael Walburn of Little Falls, Luke (Jenny Krueger) Ritter of Long Prairie and Danielle Jetty of Battle Lake; grandchildren: Josh & Noah Miller, Austin Walburn and Brayden Miller; special nieces: Connie Lahn, Janelle Katzner, Chrissy Bell and Jolene Michael; In-laws: Harlen & Sue Hokanson of Browerville, sister-in-law Heidi (Mike) Marthaler of Blaine and brother-in-law Carl (Natalie) Hokanson of St. Paul; siblings: Joan (Donny) Payne of Grey Eagle, Brenda (Lowell) Lunceford of Rockville, Barbara (Al) Stang of St. Augusta and John (Cathy) Walburn of Browerville.