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James T. Sailors

James T. Sailors, 83, of Minnesota, and with ties to Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.

Mr. Sailors attended Huntington Township schools and graduated from high school in 1956. He joined the U.S. Navy later that year and served until his discharge in 1960 as a petty officer second class. He then began his nearly 30-year long career as an engineer and manager in field operations, including work with Philco and IBM. He received additional professional training at De Anza Junior College in San Jose, CA, and at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Before retiring from IBM after a quarter of a century, he founded Homeward Bound Christian Book & Gift, a religious bookstore that grew to have multiple locations and serviced churches of all confessions throughout southeastern Minnesota.

He was born on March 9, 1938, in Huntington, to Lorin and Mary Ellet Sailors.

Survivors include four children and one step-child; a brother, Gerald Sailors; a sister, Helen Sue Martz; and nine grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will take place on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at 10 a.m., at Bierman Funeral Home, Northfield, MN, with the Rev. Gary Gilbertson officiating. Calling will take place one hour prior to the service.

Interment will take place in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

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