James Ninefeldt was born on Sept. 15, 1948, in Moose Lake, the son of Ernest and Irene (Pilarski) Ninefeldt of Barnum. He attended school in Barnum and graduated from Barnum High School in 1966. He attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth, graduating in 1971.

He was united in marriage to Jean Carol Tarro of Montreal, Wisconsin on Nov. 27, 1968. They started their lives together in Duluth before moving to Ontonagon, Michigan in 1973 where he began his career as controller of the Ontonagon paper mill. He worked for several corporations before retiring in 2006. The couple then retired to their lake home on Lake Gogebic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Irene Ninefeldt, and granddaughter, Amy Margaret VanOuwerkerk.

He is survived by his wife, Jean of Lake Gogebic; daughter, Lisa (James) VanOuwerkerk of Green Bay, Wisconsin; son, Paul Ninefeldt (Tanya Jordan) of Orange, California; granddaughter, Kassidy Jean of Green Bay; brothers, Joseph (Kathy) Ninefeldt of Duluth, John (Jackie) Ninefeldt of Barnum and Geoff Ninefeldt (Louise Theisen) of Clancy, Montana; sisters, Melinda Ninefeldt (Eugene Dutkin) of Kettle River and Brenda (Tim) Johnson of Barnum; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a celebration of Jim’s life in the summer.

In memory of Jim,. donations will be greatly appreciated to OCAP (Ontonagon County Animal Protection) Shelter in Ontonagon, MI https://www.ocappaws.org/

The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Jim’s legacy of life. You can leave a condolence or a tribute at mckevitpatrickfuneralhome.com.

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