Jim’s Story: H. James Belcher relocated to live in heaven September 19, 2017.
Jim’s Story: H. James Belcher relocated to live in heaven September 19, 2017. Born in Devils Lake, ND, on August 20, 1944 to Harold and Selma (Lee) Belcher. Jim grew up with seven sisters and one brother on a farm near Fort Totten, ND. He graduated from Sheyenne, ND, in 1962. Attended Oak Hills Bible Institute in Minnesota and University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. A drafted Vietnam era veteran he was a chaplain’s assistant in Okinawa. He married Sheryl Kunkel in 1970, in Everett, WA. Together they had three children, all of whom graduated from Glasgow High School. Jim retired in 2004 from the Corps of Engineers as a power plant operator/high voltage electrician. His passion for hunting and fishing kept him in Montana. His retirement job of driving the activity bus was another great joy to him. He encouraged and cared about students from Frazer, Glasgow and Nashua. Jim loved being a grandpapa, playing basketball and watching sports. He also grew bountiful gardens and loved to can sauerkraut, pickled green beans, corn, crab apples, beets, dill pickles and fantastic salsa. His laughter is still a living memory with his dear friends. Welcoming him into heaven are his parents, one sister and one brother. He is survived by wife, Sheryl Kunkel-Belcher; three children, Kimberlee and husband Mohammed Badal and their sons Ihsaan age 7 and Ilahn age 5 of Virginia, Kirsten of Honolulu, HI and Matthew of Colorado Springs, CO. As per his request no memorial service was held. The family held a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 23, 2017. A spring military procession will be held in Sturgis, SD. Date to be announced.