James “JP” Patrick Whalen


James Patrick Whalen, JP, passed away peacefully after a five year struggle with ALS at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, two daughters, Hannah (Joel) Christian and Claire (Justin) Winter, stepsons Christopher (Michelle) Bjorklund and Eric (Rachel) Bjorklund, step granddaughters Ana and Addison Bjorklund and step grandson, Nolan Powers-Bjorklund.

JP is one of five children of Leo and Marie Whalen, both of whom are deceased. Brothers include Steve (Diane) Whalen and Brian (Pat) Whalen; sisters include Kate Christianson and Peggy (Marty) Vervalen.

JP was a 1970 graduate of Brainerd High School. He received an AA degree from then Brainerd Community College, and his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. He went on to complete his doctorate degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

JP held many interesting jobs throughout his career, two of which were the Veteran’s Administration, where it was his honor to help veterans in need, and Nystrom and Associates, where he worked as a psychologist until he retired sooner than he wished due to the progression of his ALS.

JP enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, and fishing.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.

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