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James “Jim” A. Markeson, age 74, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2023, surrounded by his loving family at home. He was born on June 21, 1949, in Superior, Wisconsin, to Clyde and Shirley (Wilkinson) Markeson.

Due to his dad being in the Border Patrol, Jim lived in over a dozen states throughout his life before choosing Minnesota to call home. He was proud of his high school football career in North Dakota which sadly ended abruptly when he sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident at 18. However, his love for football never waned. He could be found every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday enjoying both college and professional football. Hockey was another favorite as well- with the MN Wild his team of choice.

Jim was a hard worker and valued his tenure with Reuter Manufacturing, Inc. in Hopkins, MN. Here he made many lifelong friends and enjoyed the many years of the company softball seasons, tournaments and traveling this team brought to him/his family’s life.

Jim lived life with a spirited passion, evident in his post-retirement adventures on his cherished Harley motorcycle. He took to the open roads of Minnesota, exploring the scenic landscapes and freedom that came with each ride.

An unwavering animal lover, Jim had a special affinity for dogs, who were not just pets but cherished companions throughout his life. Over the years, he welcomed many furry friends into his home, creating a bond that brought immeasurable joy and comfort.

Beyond his love for the open road and furry companions, Jim was known for his strength of mind and his warm, caring nature. A pillar of support in his community, he was a good neighbor, always ready to lend a helping hand or share a friendly chat.

A devoted son, father, brother and grandfather, Jim leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He enjoyed showcasing his skills on the grill and was known for his homemade soups that brought friends and family together around the dining table.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Shirley Markeson, and niece, Chauntel Swaggert.

He is survived by his children, Cory (Tyra) Markeson, Shelby (John) Mathers, Alecia (Lou) Adney-Hernandez, Nicholas Adney; his adoring grandchildren, Wesley, Tia, Antonio, Tyler, Kamyra, Caleb, Bella, Logan, Austin, Carly, and Alex; sister, Julie (Patrick) Gwilliam; and nieces/nephews, Justin (Lisa), Chelsea, Tiana (Ryan), and Tyler.

In addition to his immediate family, Jim leaves behind friends who will forever remember his warmth, kindness, and zest for life.

To honor Jim’s memory, a private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. However, local friends in Buffalo should stop by Jim’s place before November 30th to take a note/leave a note (in his Webber grill) to reflect and memorialize his time in the community.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jim’s memory to Crossroads Veterinary Clinic & Animal Shelter, 2800 10th St SE, Buffalo MN 55313. Donate Now – Crossroads Animal Shelter (

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. sandra K davis

    Jim was a great guy. I got to visit with him over the years at Lou and Alecia’s. He was very supportive of his kids and grandkids and made that support known by attending many meals/events over the years. I’m glad that I got to know him! May he now enjoy his “new life” pain and disease free.

  2. Susan (Sawatzke) Connery

    I have recently learned of my friends passing. Jim was my boss at Archway but he treated me like a friend 🧡. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Jim you will be dearly missed 😢


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