Sunday, August 25, 2019

James Gleason, 65, Owatonna

James Michael Gleason of Owatonna died April 3, 2019 at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Church in Owatonna. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery in Owatonna. 

Jim was born June 17, 1953 in New Hampton, Iowa to John and Alveda (Bender) Gleason. He graduated from Marian High School in 1971 and married Jean Klein in 1977. He worked in the radio business for three decades before becoming manager of the Steele County Free Fair in 2012. Jim was an active community member and worked with many different organizations over the years in and around Owatonna. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Nicole Gleason of Janesville, Wis., Nathan (Alexis) Gleason of Owatonna, and Natalie Gleason of Berkeley, Calif.; brothers Terrence (Carol) Gleason of Littleton, Colo., and Charles (Sharon) Gleason of Omaha, Neb.; as well as three grandchildren, Lucy, Cora, and Lily. 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents. 

In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent Homestead Hospice House. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to

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