James “Jim” Hassing, age 95, of Easton, MN died Monday, March 13, 2023 at his daughter’s home in Wells, surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 10:30 AM at OLMC Catholic Church in Easton, MN.  Visitation will be held Friday, March 17, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Nasinec Funeral Home in Wells, MN and will continue for one hour before the service at the church (9:30-10:30 AM).  Military Honors will be accorded by the Easton American Legion Post and burial will be in OLMC Catholic Cemetery, Barber Twp., Faribault Co., MN.  Nasinec Funeral Home in Wells is entrusted with arrangements. Please see www.nasinecfh.com to leave online condolences.

Jim was born December 16, 1927, in rural Easton, MN, son of John G. & Anna (Bracco) Hassing.  He attended up to 8th grade at OLMC, and received his high school diploma from Wells-Easton High school in 2000. It was given to him later in life because he chose to join the Navy and serve his country at a young age. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1946, stationed at Pearl Harbor (Fort Island), Hawaii, Yeoman 3rd Class.  In 1947, he came home and farmed in rural Easton which is now a Century Farm.  On November 3, 1953, he was united in marriage to Florence Ann Schrader in Easton.

Jim was a member of OLMC, Knights of Columbus, volunteered for the Easton Fire Department for 12 years beginning in 1957, bartender at the Easton American Legion, a seasonal field man for Green Giant, a member of the Easton American Legion Post #569 for 77 years; since 1946, and a life member of the Wells VFW.  He was also a founding member of the Easton American Legion Post. Jim enjoyed farming, coffee with friends, playing cards, flowers, and his grand- children and great grandchildren.   He will be especially remembered for his gift to gab and his joy of giving; making raspberry jam which made him known as the “The Jam Man”, handing out ice cream treats at the clinic and hospital, and raising squash and giving it away so others could enjoy it during the holidays.  Many will remember how he was always available to be a driver for appointments and deliveries.

Jim is survived by his children: Shari and Casey Sullivan of Seattle, WA, Susan and Britt Hendrickson of Wells, Shawn and Sue (Trio) Hassing of Blue Earth, Linda Hassing of Scottsdale, AZ, Lori and Paul Frederick of Gilbert, AZ,  John Hassing of Phoenix, AZ, and daughter-in-law Sherrie (Klein) Hassing of Blue Earth; 14 grandchildren: Jennie (Buddy) Sichmeller, Katie (Dennis) Becker, Shane (Stacie) Hassing, Corey Sullivan, Jon (Brittany) Voigt, Matthew (Emily) Hassing, Thomas (Ashton) Voigt, Joseph (Morgan) Frederick, Stephanie (Ross) Benz, Jessica Emory, Johnny Sullivan, Kate (Miah) Fogarty, Lacey Hassing, and Krista (Pete) Johnson;  22 great grandchildren and Three sisters: Lorraine (Bob) Sauer, Elaine Klaventer, and Katie Hassing.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Florence in 2003, son Steven in 1995, son-in-law Mike Voigt in 1996, brothers Maynard and Phillip, sisters Rosemary Jones and Irene Franzen.