James ‘Jim’ W. White

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James 'Jim' W. White

Fargo - James 'Jim' W. White, 85, of Fargo, ND and formerly of Minnewaukan, ND passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Sanford Health Medical Center in Fargo surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at St. Williams Catholic Church in Maddock, ND with Fr. Brian Bachmeier celebrating. Visitation will be held Monday, November 1, 2021 at the St. Williams Catholic Church from 4:00PM to 5:00PM with a Rosary starting at 5:00PM and Vigil Service to follow. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Burial will be held at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Minnewaukan. Everyone is welcome to stream the service online through Nelson Funeral Home Facebook Page. In lieu of Flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

James W. White was born June 11, 1936 in Sioux City Iowa to Ann and Gerdon White. He was raised on the family farm in Sykeston, ND. He attended and graduated high school there where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He was asked to try out for the Minnesota Twin's farm team as a pitcher but was ineligible as he was only 16.

After high school, he joined the Army National Guard and was later honorably discharged. Upon his return to the area, he worked at a local lumberyard in Carrington, ND and met his future bride, Phyllis Silkey. They were joined in marriage October 12th, 1960. He and Phyllis had two daughters, Barb and Brenda. The family moved to Minnewaukan in 1971 where they purchased the local Standard Oil bulk business. Together they built and ran White Oil Company. The business was sold in 1988 to allow Jim to move to Grand Forks where he provided loving care to Phyllis until her passing in 1989. He was an honorary farmer by default and made many lifelong friends along the way. His daughters joined him frequently in the truck and were witness to the conversation and banter between him and his customers/friends.

Jim later moved back to the Minnewauken area. While working at Gouldings in 1996, Jim met Carol Johnson. They were married on July 9, 2005. Carol had two sons from a previous marriage, Scott and Aaron. Jim became an important member of the family and was a supportive step-father and grandfather. Family meant a lot to Jim, biological and blended. He enjoyed get togethers with extended family and traveled to attend events for his children, step-children, and grandchildren ranging from sports and music to beauty pageants. He was their biggest fan. Jim was also an honorable member of the local American legion.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Gerdon; and first wife, Phyllis.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; sister, Mary Ann; his daughters, Barb and Brenda (John); stepsons, Scott (Michelle) and Aaron; 7 grandchildren, Jordan, Abby, Taylor, Jayden, Ash, Freyja and Wyatt, 2 great-grandchildren, Madi and Renee; and numerous extended family including nephews, in-laws and cousins. Online condolences may be left at www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com. The Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock is in charge of the arrangements.

Posted online on November 02, 2021

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Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal

James ‘Jim’ W. White

Nelson Funeral Home

James 'Jim' W. White

Fargo - James 'Jim' W. White, 85, of Fargo, ND and formerly of Minnewaukan, ND passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Sanford Health Medical Center in Fargo surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at St. Williams Catholic Church in Maddock, ND with Fr. Brian Bachmeier celebrating. Visitation will be held Monday, November 1, 2021 at the St. Williams Catholic Church from 4:00PM to 5:00PM with a Rosary starting at 5:00PM and Vigil Service to follow. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Burial will be held at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Minnewaukan. Everyone is welcome to stream the service online through Nelson Funeral Home Facebook Page. In lieu of Flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

James W. White was born June 11, 1936 in Sioux City Iowa to Ann and Gerdon White. He was raised on the family farm in Sykeston, ND. He attended and graduated high school there where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He was asked to try out for the Minnesota Twin's farm team as a pitcher but was ineligible as he was only 16.

After high school, he joined the Army National Guard and was later honorably discharged. Upon his return to the area, he worked at a local lumberyard in Carrington, ND and met his future bride, Phyllis Silkey. They were joined in marriage October 12th, 1960. He and Phyllis had two daughters, Barb and Brenda. The family moved to Minnewaukan in 1971 where they purchased the local Standard Oil bulk business. Together they built and ran White Oil Company. The business was sold in 1988 to allow Jim to move to Grand Forks where he provided loving care to Phyllis until her passing in 1989. He was an honorary farmer by default and made many lifelong friends along the way. His daughters joined him frequently in the truck and were witness to the conversation and banter between him and his customers/friends.

Jim later moved back to the Minnewauken area. While working at Gouldings in 1996, Jim met Carol Johnson. They were married on July 9, 2005. Carol had two sons from a previous marriage, Scott and Aaron. Jim became an important member of the family and was a supportive step-father and grandfather. Family meant a lot to Jim, biological and blended. He enjoyed get togethers with extended family and traveled to attend events for his children, step-children, and grandchildren ranging from sports and music to beauty pageants. He was their biggest fan. Jim was also an honorable member of the local American legion.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Gerdon; and first wife, Phyllis.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; sister, Mary Ann; his daughters, Barb and Brenda (John); stepsons, Scott (Michelle) and Aaron; 7 grandchildren, Jordan, Abby, Taylor, Jayden, Ash, Freyja and Wyatt, 2 great-grandchildren, Madi and Renee; and numerous extended family including nephews, in-laws and cousins. Online condolences may be left at www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com. The Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock is in charge of the arrangements.

Posted online on November 02, 2021