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1942 James 2018

James Matthew Ekse D.D.S.

August 11, 1942 — October 16, 2018

James Matthew Ekse D.D.S. age 76, of Blue Earth, died Tuesday October 16, 2018, at United Hospital District in Blue Earth.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday October 24, 2018 at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th Street in Blue Earth, and one hour prior to the service at the church.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday October 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Jeanette J. Bidne officiating.  Private family burial will be held at a later date.  Web tributes may be left at

James Matthew Ekse was born August 11, 1942 in Pipestone, MN to Jack and Helene Ekse. He began playing the piano at age 3. Music was his avocation, with piano being his main joy in life. He attended school in Ruthton, MN and graduated from high school in Russell, MN, where he formed many close relationships and met his future wife, Ann Borcherding. The couple was united in marriage June 25, 1966.

Jim’s undergraduate work was done at Concordia College Moorhead, MN and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. During his student years, he played bass guitar in a rock band and was inducted into the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He graduated from Dental School from the U of M in 1966 and began his career as a dentist with the US Air Force stationed in San Antonio, TX where he and Ann lived for 2 years before his discharge from the service. It was then that they moved to Blue Earth and he began his own dental practice.

Jim spent many happy hours playing piano for the children of Trinity Lutheran Church, also playing keyboard for the Praise Band there. He was also a pilot, hunter, fisherman, ham radio operator, fire arms safety instructor, as well as a loving husband and father.

Jim is survived by his dear wife of 52 years, Ann; his sons, Jonas of Duluth, MN and Jeremy and Darcy of Perham, MN; his grandchildren, Hannah and Jack as well as many other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Blessed be his memory.

Memorials are preferred to UHD Hospice 125 S. Main Street in Blue Earth, MN 56013.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service

400 E 14th St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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Memorial Service

Thursday, October 25, 2018

11:00 - 11:45 am (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church

235 E 7th St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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