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James R. Buettner

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James R. Buettner, 14, West Fargo, ND passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 28, 2022. James came into this world on April 3, 2008 as our miracle baby. At just 25 weeks gestation, he was born weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces. After months in the NICU, he went home August 24, 2008. He has been a trooper his entire life. His early birth left him with cerebral palsy. While James suffered many trials and went through many surgeries, he always had a smile on his face and brought joy to the lives of so many. James had a smile that would light up a room.

James was born in Marshfield, WI and lived there until April of 2011. His family moved to Fargo, ND in 2011 and have resided in West Fargo since 2013.

James enjoyed the little things in life such as: Wrestling, Spiderman, and animated and action movies. He wore out 3 DVDs of Open Season. He loved that movie. A highlight for James was when he was chosen for “Make-a-Wish”. He and his family traveled to New York in March 2019 to meet John Cena and attend WrestleMania.

He had just begun as a Freshman at West Fargo High School at the time of death.

James is survived by his parents Andy and Amanda Buettner, brother Elliot and sister Haddie. He is also survived by his grandparents, Jeff and Joann Kitchens, Mike and Sharon Buettner; aunts and uncles, Travis (Kristina) Kitchens, Nathan (Kirsten) Kitchens, Adam (Kristine) Kitchens, Alex (Alison) Kitchens, Abbey Kitchens, Derek Kitchens, Julie (Justin) Soost, and Everett (Rachelle) Buettner.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 5:00 PM until -7:00 PM at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Fargo ND with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church followed by burial at Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.

West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center .

Posted online on August 30, 2022

Published in Devils Lake Journal

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Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church West Fargo ND
August 31, 2022 at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Prayer Service

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church West Fargo ND
August 31, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Mass of Christian Burial

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church West Fargo ND
September 01, 2022 at 10:00 AM