June 13, 1922 - August 3, 2014


James “Jim” Delbert Sherer, Clitherall, MN formerly of Sartell, MN died peacefully on Sunday, August 3, 2014 after a long, exciting, passionate and productive life.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at VFW Post #6992 in Sauk Rapids, MN. Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery, Sartell, MN. Arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN.

Jim was born June 13, 1922 in Sartell, MN to James and Carrie (Rassmusson) Sherer. He had the good fortune to be blessed with sisters and a brother in a warm and loving family. Jim attended grade school in Sartell. His youth was spent on the Mississippi River where he swam and fished. The fishing along with hunting came in handy to provide food after his father had a stroke when he was only 13. Jim hunted with a 4.10 shotgun that his older sisters gave to him when he was 14. That gun is still in the family. Jim graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School in 1940.

In 1942, Jim married Loretta Poepping on February 12 in Sauk Rapids, MN. Jim built his 1st home in Sartell out of a used auto garage. He expanded this many times as his family grew or just out of the need to build. Loretta just kept the broom handy to clean up the sawdust. They had four daughters, Barbara, Pam, Linda, and Jami. Jim kept them busy and out of trouble by occupying them in his many “projects”. Don’t even ask them about the bricks!

Jim was not one to settle for just one occupation. He worked at the local paper mill, in iron foundries, on the production line during the Second World War and on the railroad. He owned two businesses. Sartell Aluminum Foundry and Heartland Glass Co. His nephews, Al and Mal Patton, worked with him in the foundry and spent many vacations with him fishing in Canada. He served on the Sartell City Council as well as the Sartell School Board. Jim had several patents, most notably was a car rooftop boat carrier.

Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing in Canada, playing poker with his friends at Nip’s and philosophical conversations with friends that he had known all of his life. A conversation with Jim always involved a pencil and paper drawing to show what he meant or was trying to achieve.

In 1993 Jim and Loretta left their home in Sartell to move to Lake Crystal outside of Pelican Rapids. Here Jim continued to expand his home to over double the size, built two other vacation homes that he sold. While living in this area Jim and Loretta made many new friends and settled into a partial retirement. Jim was not one to just retire...too many things to do and make. After 15 years at Lake Crystal, Jim and Loretta moved to Clitherall to accept the challenge of another house that needed them.

Survivors include his wife Loretta of Clitherall, MN; daughters, Barbara Sherer of Rapid City, SD; Pam (Tom) Schneider of Brainerd, MN; Linda (Earl) Philippi of Clitherall, MN; and Jami (Vern) Capelle of Little Falls, MN; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren with one on the way; and 5 great great grandchildren with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Sherer and three sisters, Arvilla Wylie, Ethel Patton and Mary Schave, and his much loved Coco.