David William James - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

July 22, 1942 - December 16, 2022

David William James, age 80, of Punta Gorda, Florida and Minneapolis, Minnesota passed away on Friday, December 16, 2022.

David was born on July 22, 1942. David attended St. Thomas Academy and the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. David worked as a pilot for Northwest Airlines for 35 years, including many years as a 747 captain and flight instructor. He and his wife lived in Burnsville, MN for 25 years. After his retirement from Northwest Airlines, they moved to Punta Gorda, Florida and then split their time between Florida and Minnesota.

David was a skilled do-it-yourselfer, craftsman, and enjoyed remodeling homes. He was incredibly generous with his time and his talents, always being willing to help and teach others. When he wasn’t fixing something or helping someone, you would find him reading a book, going for a walk, learning something new, or spending time with friends. He was also an avid foodie and enjoyed trying new recipes in the kitchen.

David was preceded in death by his wife, Cathy James, his son, Kevin James, and his parents, Keith and Mary James. David is survived by his children, Greg James, Lori Menalis, Josh (Krista) James, and Elizabeth (Brian) Studenski; his grandchildren, Matthew Menalis, Emma Menalis, Amelia James, and Eloise James; his sisters, Barbara Zagrodnik, Annie Mattson, and his brother, Dan (Joyce) James.

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