Jimmie Lee Standerfer, 94 years of age, a long-time resident of both McPherson and Garrison, Minn., passed away Feb. 28, 2014, in Fresno, Calif. Jimmie was a resident of Nazareth House, having moved from Minnesota in 2008 to be near his family in California.  His beloved wife of 54 years, Mildred Kobilka Standerfer, died in 2001 and is buried in her family parish in Pierz, Minn.
Jimmie was one of six children born to Bessie Hinsley and James P. Standerfer. He was born on Sept. 21, 1919, in Collin County, Texas. His parents were farmers and moved the family to Canton in 1927 when his father began working for Phillips Petroleum.  
Jimmie graduated from Canton High School in 1939. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army  81st Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater. Jimmie saw action throughout the Pacific in Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, Angaur, Peleliu, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Leyte, Ormac and other Phillippine Island locations, as well as serving in occupied Japan at the end of WWII.  
Following the war, he returned to Kansas and married the love of his life, Mildred Kobilka, of Pierz, Minn. The couple settled in Moundridge when Jimmie went to work for Standard Oil Company as a bulk agent, delivering petroleum products to farmers and business owners throughout McPherson County.
In 1955, the Standerfer family (which by then included daughters Linda and Mary) moved to McPherson, where they raised their children and resided until Jimmie’s retirement from Standard Oil in the late 1970’s.  Jimmie and Millie were faithful members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Lion’s Club during their life in McPherson and made many close friends who shared wonderful memories and brought happiness to their lives.
Following retirement, Jimmie and Millie moved to Garrison, Minn., to care for Millie’s mother, Ann Happke.  They were members of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Garrison, and Jimmie served as a Eucharistic Minister and sacristan for the parish for many years, as well as serving on the church committee. They belonged to the Garrison VFW and were life-long members of the Lion’s Club.  
Jimmie and Millie made many dear friends in Garrison and the surrounding communities and enjoyed fishing, dancing, trips and all the activities Minnesota has to offer with their friends and family.  
Jimmie moved to California in 2008 at the age of 88 years so his family could care for him.  
Throughout his life, Jimmie was a kind, generous, loving man who always thought of others and their needs first.
He had a gift of touching other people’s lives in a positive way and never knew a stranger. Every morning he was happy to begin a new day, and he found something to be thankful for. He is an inspiring example to his surviving children, Linda Standerfer Holbrook and her husband Brent of Clovis, Calif. and Mary Standerfer of Lawrence.  He is well-loved by his grandchildren, Robert and Jessica Payne of Richmond, Calif., Morgan Holbrook of Clovis, Calif., Megan Holbrook, of Clovis, Calif., and Joaquin Zamora of Clovis, Calif. as well as his great-grandson, Samuel Payne. He is also survived by his youngest sister, Glenda Casey, of Clayton, N.C.
Jimmie will be buried in early summer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz, Minn., alongside his wife, Millie. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Garrison, Minn., prior to his burial.  The date is to be determined and will be announced for family and friends.