Paul James Pope

Paul James Pope

NICOLLET — Paul James Pope, age 93, of Nicollet died peacefully on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at the Benedictine Living Center in St. Peter.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nicollet. Father Craig Timmerman will celebrate the Mass, and burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Nicollet.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nicollet.

The Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes of New Ulm are assisting the family with arrangements at this time.

To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

Paul is survived by his sons, Michael (Susan) Pope of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and Joe (Sue) Pope of St. Peter; his 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; his brother, Dr. David (Vanette) Pope of Janesville; his brother-in-law, John Zins of Nicollet; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marion Pope who died in 2019; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Willard Wakey, Goldie and James Lohse; his brother, Edward R. Pope; and his infant sister, Mildred.

Paul James Pope was born January 4, 1928, in Washington, Missouri to Reverend W.E. and Mary (Brethorst) Pope. He was a 1946 graduate from Sherburn High School. Paul was united in marriage to Marion Zins on June 2, 1953, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nicollet. This union blessed the couple with two sons whom together they raised in Nicollet. Early in his life, Paul worked as a farm hand when he first moved to Nicollet and later hauled milk for the Nicollet Creamery. Paul also worked at the Schmidt’s Meat Market before beginning his career as a custodian for the Nicollet Public School, retiring in 1985. Besides his work, there were a variety of hobbies Paul enjoyed in life. In his younger years, Paul played town baseball in Sherburn and Nicollet, and his talents gave him an opportunity to try out for the Chicago White Sox. As an avid outdoorsman, Paul spent his time trap shooting, fly fishing, and duck hunting. He was a charter member of the Nicollet Conservation Club. As a gifted woodworker, Paul carved countless bird decoys over the years and was even featured in the Minnesota Duck Decoy book which was recently published. Paul was a devout member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nicollet. These memories, and countless others will forever stay in the hearts of all who knew him best. Blessed be his memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Nicollet Conservation Club.