James B. Digman

BLUE EARTH – Funeral services for James B. Digman, 85, of Friendship Court, Blue Earth, formerly of Winnebago, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, Winnebago, with Rev. Durene Cornell, officiating. Burial will be in Nashville Cemetery, Truman.

James died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at United Hospital, in Blue Earth.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home of Winnebago is assisting the family with the arrangements. Web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com

James was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Winnebago, the son of Philip and Susie (Ballard) Digman. He was raised in Winnebago, where he attended high school. After high school, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force, where he was a signal corpsman. He returned from service in December 1946, and was later married to Myrtle Winch on Aug. 4, 1947. James worked as a signal maintainer for the Milwaukee Road for 45 years, living mainly in Selby, S.D., and Mason City, Iowa. He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church, was a Mason, Boy Scout leader, Pheasant Hunting Guide, volunteer fireman and member of an ambulance crew while in Selby, S.D. The couple retired to Winnebago in 1980. James loved playing cards, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, gardening and being with family.

James is survived by his sons, Steven Digman of Minneapolis and Jack (Deborah) Digman of Rosemount, Minn.; his brothers-in-law, Paul (Rosemary) Winch of Rice and Bill (Pat) Winch of Ariz.; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and longtime family friend, Jan Butler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Myrtle in 2011; son, Larry; two brothers, Milo and Ronnie Digman; and three sisters, Edna Larson, Marcella Howe and Margaret Acord.