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James William Cloud


James William Cloud

Born: Sat., May 17, 1941

Died: Tue., Aug. 18, 2015


4:00 PM Thu., Aug. 20, 2015

Location: Onigum Community Center

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 22, 2015

Location: St. John's Episcopal Church

James "Jim" William Cloud, Jr., age 74, of Old Agency, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Rochester, MN. He was born on May 17, 1941 in Cass Lake, the son of James, Sr. and Florence (Chief) Cloud.

Jim was a wonderful man who gave everything to his community and this showed in many ways. He was grandpa to not only his own grandchildren, but also for the entire Onigum community. Jim was the director of the Leech Lake Men's Half Way House and the people he helped were very important to him. Jim was still an active board member of the Mashkawisen Treatment Center in Sawyer. He cared for people professionally from 1974 – 2008 as CD Counselor and then privately through his car sales around the local community. People would turn to Jim for advice on anything mechanically, because his knowledge about vehicles was unlimited. Jim loved to have fun and would tease anyone he came in contact with. He was an avid collector who loved to feed the birds, working on cars, going for rides down Stoney Point Road, and taking the people he was helping on hunting escapades. Jim made everyone in his life feel special. He touched a lot of lives and will be sadly missed by the entire Onigum community and all who knew him.

The family that Jim joins again are his grandparents; Albert Chief, Sr. and Louise Munnell, his parents; Jim and Florence, a baby sister; Anita Cloud, son; Colin Cloud, one grandson; Travis Cloud and a granddaughter Angel Cloud.

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years; Eliza "Cookie" Cloud of Old Agency, sons; Merrill (Sandy) Cloud of Old Agency, and Scott (Simone) Whitebird of Cass Lake, daughters; Ronnie Gustafson, Coleen Gullickson, Dorothea (Randy) Cloud and Traci (Rick) Cloud all of Old Agency, brothers; Stanley Chief, Jr. and Melvin Hunt both of Old Agency, numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren of the Onigum community.

A wake for Jim will begin at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Onigum Community Center and will continue until moving to St. John's Episcopal Church for the 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22. Father George Ross and his assistant Bill Butcher will officiate. Active Pallbearers will be Donovan Cloud, Grant Gustafson, Rick Parkhurst, Joe Kingbird, Luiz Delarosa, and Keith Tucker. Alternate pallbearers are Dan Oothoudt and Simon White III. Honorary pallbearers will be Mel Hunt, Stanley Chief, Merrill Cloud, Scott Whitebird, Randy "B-Boy" White, Matt Hunt, Darwin Kingbird, Ronnie Gustafson, Coleen Cloud, Dorothea Cloud, Traci Cloud, Simone Fairbanks, Sandy Connors, and Arlo Feiock. Interment will be held in the St. John's Episcopal Cemetery at Old Agency.

Jim's care has been entrusted to the Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be given at


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