James P. Saulsbury, 83 of Spicer, died at his home Friday, September 22, 2017. Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Our Lake of the Lakes Catholic Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Honor Flight Northland or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in New London. www.hafh.org
James Pettit Saulsbury was born on March 31, 1934 in Decorah, Iowa, the son of Guy and Gladys (Sluka) Saulsbury. He grew up in Spicer, attended grade school in Spicer and High School in Willmar. On July 10, 1951, Jim entered the United States Navy where he served his country in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in March of 1955 and returned home. On November 12, 1955, Jim was united in marriage to Sandra Carlson at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kandiyohi. To this union four daughters were born. They made their home in Spicer where he owned and operated West Central Bait, Saulsbury Buses and Jimmy Appleseed Orchard. He retired in 2005.
He is a founding member of Our Lady of the Lakes and an active member of the Spicer American Legion. He loved hunting and golfing and was an original member of Little Crow Country Club.
Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sandra; daughters, Teresa (Richard) Bruckner, Deborah Saulsbury (Douglas Chapman), Julie (John) Elkjer and Maria Saulsbury (Jack Dhamer); eight grandchildren, Kevin, Elizabeth, Anne, Leah, Sarah, Erica, John and Tommy; brother, Pat (Jan) Saulsbury; sister-in-law, Micki Kastel Carlson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sally Ehlers and grandson, Nathan.