James Marion Kitchens

James Marion Kitchens, 85, of Rushford, Minn., died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Winona Health in Winona. James was born Dec 16, 1927, in Leflore to Jesse and Ellen (Ferguson) Kitchens. James was united in marriage with Dorothy Helen Raas on Sept. 12, 1953. He served in the U.S. Marines and U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1977, when he retired with the rank of CM-Sgt. and was the base sergeant major of the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyo. Following his retirement from the military, he lived in Cheyenne and Denver, Colo. James worked for U.S. West Telephone until his retirement in 1992. Following the death of his wife, Dorothy, in 1993, James moved to Rushford, Minn. where he lived the remainder of his life. In his spare time, James enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, softball, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Oklahoma Sooners and St. Louis Cardinals. James is survived by his son, James (Debbie) Kitchens of Rushford; two granddaughters: Donata Kitchens of Byron, Minn., and Danielle (Josh) Rasmussen of Rushford; and by three great-grandchildren: Isaas, Mackenzie, and Lucas. James is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and seven siblings: Sally, Charlie, Nellie, Jessie, Martha, J.T. and W.C.Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford. A prayer service and military honors will follow at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. A online guestbook is available at at www.hofffuneral.com.