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James Arthur Rotschafer

March 23, 1935 May 2, 2014
James Arthur Rotschafer
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Obituary for James Arthur Rotschafer

Worthington, MN


      James Arthur Rotschafer, age 79, of Worthington died at his home on Friday, May 2, 2014. James was born on March 23, 1935 in Sibley, Iowa to Emmaline (Van Loh) and John Rotschafer. After his father passed away in 1949, he moved with his mother and brothers to Worthington, MN in 1950. Upon graduation from Worthington High School, James entered the field of law enforcement working for both the Nobles County Sheriff’s Department and Worthington Police Department for the next 57 years. He married Dorothy Elaine Nomansen on February 15, 1958. While working part time for the Police Department in the 1960s and 1970’s he also drove the Nobles County Library Bookmobile. In 1996, James was one of the founders of Grace Community Church in Worthington. In 2008, James was instrumental in starting Journey Ministries of Worthington.

      James is survived by his brother, Robert, San Angelo, TX, wife, Dorothy, Worthington, two children: Kevin Rotschafer, Cannon Falls, MN, and Karen Sage, Austin, TX, and four grandchildren: James, Matthew, Abigail and Harry.

      James was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Leola, brother Frederick, and brother Merlyn.

      A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at Grace Community Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Scott Barber officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

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