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James Strand passed away on Thursday, December 19, in Arizona at the age of 65.  He was preceded in death by his brother, David.  With his passing, Jim has left a hole in the hearts of his sister Marty with Ed and their son Matthew, his wife Ellen, her 8 children, 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Jim served in Vietnam and was awarded several medals to include the Purple Heart.  After he completed his military service, Jim met his wife Ellen in 1979.  They were together for 34 years.  Jim didn’t have any children of his own but became a husband, father and grandfather when he married Ellen.  Jim defeated his first bout of cancer in 2003. He was free of cancer until 2012 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Jim put up a hard fight but was unable to defeat the lung cancer.  Jim had a warm heart and was loved by everyone he met, making friends across the country.  We love you Jim, you are greatly missed.