Obituary of James Alan Ziehl
James Alan Ziehl passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s hospital on Friday, December 8th, 2023 at the age of 66 with his wife, Lori, by his side. Eldest son of Ronald & Barbara Ziehl of Cloquet, MN, Jim was an avid boy scout in his younger years earning Eagle rank in 1972. He received many merits as part of the swim team, alongside twin sister Robbin (Fish). Jim joined the US Navy in 1976 and was an electrician aboard the USS Coral Sea CV-43 from 1976-1980 where he met best friend Jeff Ridley, they maintained a strong and unique friendship throughout his life. Jim moved on to work at Potlatch as an electrician for many years before retiring to his home in Barnum. Jim was a lifelong member of the Cloquet Eagles Aerie 1163 and donated much of his time to helping the community. He believed strongly in altruism and reverence to others and put forth much of his life toward accomplishing these goals through his work with the Cloquet VFW and DAV.
Prior to health problems relating to his long battle with COPD, Jim enjoyed visiting his brother Terry in Cody, Wyoming; hunting, fishing, camping, outdoor life, derby cars, spending time with family, and his little dog, Rascal. He was an exceptional father and always put his family before all else. Jim will be greatly missed by many at home as well as in the community.
He will be survived by his wife, Lori; daughter, Cassandra (Jake Linge); two stepsons, Hank Devriendt (Callie) and Cody Isaacson; twin sister, Robbin; brother, Terry (Terry); and 3 nieces and a nephew. Jim’s strong values will be honored and remembered in his 6 grandchildren Royce James, Graisyn Nova, Hayden Willow, Layla Rose, Colten Henry, and Emma Sue.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at the Cloquet VFW post #3979 (211 Arch Street, Cloquet Minn.) from 3-7pm. Dinner will be served. In lieu of flowers, please consider monetary donation to the Cloquet Eagles Aerie 1163.
Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th street, Cloquet, Minnesota: to sign the guest book and leave an online tribute go to www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.comTo plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of James Ziehl, please visit our Tree Store
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