James Michael Daley

James ‘Jim” M. Daley, 84, of Byron passed away peacefully at Season’s Hospice in Rochester on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.

James was born on Aug. 25, 1935 to Lawrence and Merrial (Ahern) Daley in Winona, MN. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1953. After high school James served in the US Marines from 1953-1956. He was employed at IBM from 1956-1970.

On April 12, 1958, James married his high school sweetheart, Leora Bartsch in Winona, MN. They purchased a farm north of Byron in 1958 where he started his farming career with his family. He enjoyed raising crops and beef cattle, and especially took pride in building and growing a dairy operation with his sons. Jim liked being involved in promoting and advocating agriculture policies. He served on the AMPI corporate board of directors and Dairy Promotions Boards. Jim was also passionate about being involved with grassroots government. He served on the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners from 1978-1986. Jim was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron which he helped establish in 1963.

Jim is survived by his wife Leora of 62 years, children Rosemary (Randy) of Minneapolis, Tom (Annie) of Byron, Paul (Ruth) of Byron, Angela of St. Paul, Kathleen (Gary) of Lakeland, Teresa (Ryan) of Elysian, Phillip of Owatonna, Douglas (Jennifer) of Byron, Fabian (Shannon) of Byron, 25 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers John, Jerry, Ronald, David, and sister MaryAnn. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Peter, Leo, Larry, and grandson Louis.

Jim had a kind heart and was always willing to help others who were less fortunate. He believed in teaching his children a good work ethic and was very proud of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered by his love of telling a good story and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at Byron Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Thomas Loomis and Father John Lasuba officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Korean War Veterans Association or Season’s Hospice of Rochester, MN.

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