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James McKown

James J. "Jim" McKown, 85, Sauk Rapids, Minn., formerly of Ft. Wayne, Ind., died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 at his residence.

    He was born May 14, 1928, in Ft. Wayne, to Hayse and Hildegard (Sachs) McKown.

    He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952-1954. He was an Indiana State Trooper, serving at the Ft. Wayne Post for many years before accepting a position as Chief of Police in Buffalo, Minn. until his retirement in 1984. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to a lake home on West Battle Lake and resided there until moving to Sauk Rapids eight years ago.

    He was married August 7, 1948, in Ft. Wayne, to Marjorie "Dean" Spaulding. She survives.

    Also surviving are three children, Melissa (Bob) Hilsgen, Sartell, Minn., Shawn (Walter B. Richardson Jr.) Richardson, Boerne, Texas, and Kevin (Linda) McKown, Andover, Minn.; six grandchildren, Meghan, Suzie, Drei, Killian, Amanda, and Heather; and three great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and his good friend, Jim Nelson.

    A private family memorial service will take place at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, Minn.

    Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids, Minn., is in charge of arrangements.