James H. Graner, age 91, of rural Kellogg, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 3, 1926 on the Graner family farm in Cooks Valley. He lived his entire life there farming the land growing crops and raising livestock. He was the son of Francis and Vincenza (Costello) Graner. Jim graduated from Kellogg High School and then served his country in the U. S. Army. After his service he returned to the farm to continue working and living there. He married Magdalene Mischke September 14, 1957 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Jim was a lifelong member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg and a life member of the Knights of Columbus. He served many years on the St. Agnes Cemetery Board. He was also a 70 year member of the Kellogg American Legion Post #546. His passion in life was his family, his farm and caring for his livestock.
He is survived by his wife, Magdalene Graner, Kellogg, MN; sons and daughter-in-law, Mark Graner, Kellogg, MN, Kenneth J. and Therese Graner, Lanesboro, MN; six grandchildren, Eric and Anthony (Rebecca) Graner, Ashley (Tom) Bianchi, and Michelle Graner, and Lynn and Michael (Pam) Graner; one great-grandson, Axel Graner; sister-in-law, Ellie Graner, Kellogg, MN; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Vincenza Graner, brothers, William and Leo Graner, sister, Mary Marcou, an infant brother and infant sister and nephews, Tom, Michael and Daniel Graner.A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg with The Reverend Father Gregory Parrott and Deacon John Hust officiating. Interment will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery. Casket bearers will be his six grandchildren. Military rites will be performed by the Kellogg and Wabasha American Legion Posts, the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post and the MNARNG Honor Guard. Family and friends may call at St. Agnes Catholic Church on Monday from 5-8pm with a prayer service at 8pm and at the church on Tuesday one hour before the Mass. Memorials are preferred to St. Agnes Cemetery Association.