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James Uhl

August 7, 1935 — July 6, 2017

James Robert Uhl "Big Jim", age 81, of Vergas, MN, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo, ND, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 10, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee with a prayer service to take place at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Furey Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Leave online condolences at

Jim was born August 7, 1935, to Louis and Rose (Stoddin) Uhl in Sioux City, Iowa. Jim grew up in Sioux City where he attended school. Following his schooling, Jim owned and operated a full service gas station in Emerson, NE. During this time, he met, fell in love with, and married Irene Navrkal. The couple made their home in Sioux City, Iowa and were blessed with 5 children: Debra, Gregory, Kelly, Calvin and Julie. Jim worked various sales positions until moving his family to rural Dent, MN. The family purchased a bar and restaurant called the Sportsman Center in Vergas, MN, and later created "Big Jim's" drive-in, laundromat and live bait shop with a home right above the businesses where the family resided for many years. In 2004, Jim and Irene sold the business and retired to rural Vergas.

Jim enjoyed fishing, swimming, water skiing, hunting, gardening, and spending time with his family and many friends. He was well known by his many patrons as he spent countless hours out front of Big Jim's visiting. He was a dedicated community member. He was member of the Vergas Lions Club and served as Cub Master for a number of years. He was a long time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee.

Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Irene; 5 children: Debra (Duane) Larson of Vergas, Gregory (Christine) Uhl of Eagan, MN, Kelly (Brian) Ament of Vergas, Calvin (Christine) Uhl of Osakis, MN, and Julie (Cory) Omvig of Lake Park, MN; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Dick (Dorothy) Uhl of Lawton, IA; 3 sisters: Mary (George) Harrington of Sioux City, IA, Gloria Snyder of Sanborn, IA and Carolyn (Allen) VanVoorst of Rodney, IA; 3 brothers-in-law: Ray (Dorothy) Navrkal of Jackson, NE, Frank (Lois) Navrkal of Sioux City, IA and Melvin (Jenny) Navrkal of Wakefield, NE; 2 sisters-in-law: Katherine (Ken) Hoffman of Westfield, IA and Stella Navrkal of Sioux City, IA; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Donna Rose; brother, Gerald (Florence) Uhl; 2 sisters: Angie (Bob) Jones and Patricia (Don) Peterson; brothers-in-law, Emil (Elaine) Navrkal and Ernest Navrkal; and sister-in-law, Julie (Paul) Uhl


Furey Funeral Home
PO BOX 297
Frazee, MN 56544

Sunday, July 9, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Maple Avenue
Frazee, MN 56544

Monday, July 10, 2017
11:00 AM


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Hwy. 29
Frazee, MN 56544

Monday, July 10, 2017
12:00 PM
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