James W. “Jim” Sexton

James W. “Jim” Sexton

May 5, 1932 – October 1, 2020
Age 88 of Plymouth. Jim was born on May 5, 1932 at his home in Sauk Centre to Bill and Dorothy (Eiselein) Sexton. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1950 and from St. John’s University in 1955. He was commissioned in the US Army during the Korean war. He married the love of his life Mary Yvonne Schultenover on July 25, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Jim taught at St. John’s University while a founding partner in a CPA firm that was later acquired by CliftonLarsonAllen. Jim started, owned and operated several small businesses. Along with his brothers, Jim founded Polar Tank Manufacturing in Holdingford and Opal, MN, and later acquired American Trailers in Kansas City, KS. After the sale of Polar Manufacturing Jim and Yvonne traveled the world and enjoyed time at their cabin on Big Birch Lake with their children and grandchildren, as well as giving back to others in need. Other interests included competitive handball winning the National Championship twice, watching lots of football, games and pontoon rides with family. Jim will be remembered as a loving and gentle husband, and a devoted family man who loved to laugh and cherished every moment with his loving bride and family. He is survived by his wife Yvonne of 67 years and his children: Terry (Rosemary), Mary Kathryn, Cindy (Dave), Tom (Patty), Gerry (Jane), Jim (Maureen), Kate, and Steve (Penny): 20 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren, and his brothers Fred (Del) and Bob. Jim is preceded in death by two infant sons, his parents, sister Colleen, brothers-in-law John and Bill, and sister-in-law Sandy. Jim entered his new life peacefully October 1, 2020, with family and caring staff at North Memorial Medical Center at his side. A Christian Funeral Mass celebrating Jim’s life of 88 years will be at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Plymouth once family and friends can gather safely without limitations. (Published in the Star Tribune on October 11, 2020)