Saturday, March 23, 2019

James Prihoda, 62, Blooming Prairie

James D. “Jim” Prihoda, 62 of Blooming Prairie, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester.

James Dean was born July 29, 1955 in Austin, the son of William and Margaret (Bangert) Prihoda. Jim graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1973. He worked at Srsens Auto, Krampitz ITCO and Viracon. In the fall of 1989 he began his almost 30 year career as a plumber working for Christianson and Myre Plumbing & Heating, and Prairie Plumbing & Heating. 

Jim met the love of his life Monica Lammers on a blind date and on May 28, 1993 the couple married. In 1998 Jim achieved Master Plumber and continued his work until retiring in 2018 from Prairie Plumbing & Heating. Jim was a lifelong Blooming Prairie resident except for three years that he spent in Colorado. 

He appreciated the outdoors, especially fishing. He was proud of one of his largest catches, a 27 ½ inch walleye caught on Lake Mille Lac. He enjoyed turkey hunting, and working the family farm. He enjoyed spending his free time at the pond on the farm. Jim was a member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the NRA. He was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church, and a supporter of BP Cancer Group. Jim will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Monica Prihoda of Blooming Prairie; brothers Bernie (Sue) Prihoda, of Owatonna, Lloyd (Jane) Prihoda of Blooming Prairie, Daryl (Jane) Prihoda of Austin; sisters-in-law Shelley Prihoda of Blooming Prairie, Jeanne (Mark Haugland) Parmenter of Austin, Diane (Merle) Klouse of Rose Creek; brother-in-law David (Crystal) Lammers of Adams; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and other relatives and friends.  

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret Prihoda and his brother Steve Prihoda.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with Pastor Heidi Heimgartmer officiating. Interment was at First Lutheran Cemetery. 

Memorials can be directed to First Lutheran Church or recipient of donor’s choice.  Jim wanted everyone to be comfortable, and to remind everyone that casual attire for the funeral is welcome! Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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