James Edward Krejci, age 65, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, August 14, 2021 at his home in Blooming Prairie. James was born on December 9, 1955 in Owatonna, Minnesota to Victor and Elvera (Linse) Krejci. He grew up in Blooming Prairie and graduated with the class of 1974 from Blooming Prairie High School. James’ love for motors and racing brought him to the racetrack where he met the love of his life, Diane Harms, in 1991. He was involved in Hobby Stock, Limited Late Models, and Modified Racing. James and Diane were united in marriage on February 14, 1999, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. James was a lifelong resident of Blooming Prairie, and throughout his career he held various positions in construction, was a mechanic, and maintenance technician before his retirement in December 2020. He loved the time spent in his garage working on race cars and building motors, as well as his routine visits with friends. James took pride in everything he did, from mowing the lawn to various projects for his family. He was always willing to lend a hand to friends. Above all else, James cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
James is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Jon (Rachel) Krejci of Brainerd, Minnesota; daughters, Lori (Dain) Schultz of Owatonna, Minnesota, Amy (Coy) Borgstrom of Kasson, Minnesota, and Jill Boyum of Kasson, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, J.J. and Lillian Krejci, Olivia Schultz, Carson and Devyn Borgstrom, Dehn (Adryanna) and Lara Boyum; sisters, Brenda (Frank) Fell of Meriden, Minnesota, Karen (Mark) Thoen of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, and Nancy Krejci of Rochester, Minnesota; and brother-in-law, Greg Gulbrandson of Albert Lea, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Elvera; brothers, Steven, Brian, and Paul; sister, Vicki Gulbrandson; and nephew, Daniel Gulbrandson.
A memorial gathering to celebrate James’ life will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Chapel in Blooming Prairie. Worlein Funeral Home of Blooming Prairie is assisting the family with arrangements.