James Vinton Sundberg
Sundberg, James Vinton Age 88, of Wayzata passed away peacefully on January 9th, 2019. Jim was born August 8, 1930 to Paul J. and Margaret Dunn Sundberg. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Ann, of 68 years; two daughters, Penny (Steve) Hornig and Pam; four grandchildren, Gigi Hassani, Meghan (Peter) Bassett, J. Winland Hornig and Hadley Hornig; and his five great-grandchildren, William & Leila, Gunnar, Harriet and Josephine Bassett. Jim is also survived by sister, Mary Wehmann; and many nieces and nephews, and Lexi. Jim grew up in Edina on Moorland Avenue. He attended St. Thomas Academy and then the University of Minnesota where he was a Chi Psi and President of his class. Upon graduation, he became a test pilot in the Army, serving in Korea during the war. After the war, Jim joined Brown and Bigelow where he quickly became their top salesman. Soon after, together with his father and brother Paul, he formed the Royal Stationary Company in Minneapolis, Royal Starnes in Houston, Texas and Royal Lane in Pasadena, California. For the next 25 years he grew the business selling stationary and individualized items across the United States and Canada. The success of the business was largely due to his warm, outgoing personality. Everyone loved Jim starting at a young age. His mother talked about how when Jim was a boy, he would get on his bike and take his dog around the neighborhood to play. Two hours later he would return home famished along with three or four other friends who he had invited for lunch. She loved it and encouraged this by always having plenty of food ready for Jim and his friends. In high school and college, the parties after dances were always at the Sundberg house and once (or maybe twice) the police stopped by to see what all the cars were doing in front of the house. His father recalled how Jim invited them into the house and offered them sandwiches and cookies. In the summer, Jim loved boating on Lake Minnetonka and water skiing on Lake Sylvia. He also enjoyed golfing, but for one reason: so he could be with his buddies. He didn't worry about his score (and his handicap reflected that), however, he had a cadre of close friends at both Wayzata Country Club and Pinnacle Peak Country Club (Arizona) which is all that mattered. Jim will always be remembered for his love of animals, particularly his dogs and horses. This love he developed early on at his family farm, Cobblecrest Farm, on Lake Sylvia in Annandale. He showed cows at the Minnesota State Fair and slept along side them in the barn at night. Jim had dogs all his life - and they were lucky to be his pets. He often stopped at the local Dairy Queen where each of them would have a cone. Jim was warm, kind and generous. He had a great sense of humor and was always fun to be around. Although seriously injured in a car accident thirty years ago he never once complained about pain or the permanent damage he suffered. As his family talked about Jim since his death, none could ever recall him saying a bad word about anyone. They make very few like Jim. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family. A private memorial service is planned with immediate family later this winter. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be sent to the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota.
Published on January 16, 2019
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