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James Noehl

October 29, 1928 - March 29, 2016

Memorial Service - Friday

April 15, 2016
- 11:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Friday

April 15, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


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James Noehl

October 29, 1928 - March 29, 2016


James Walter Noehl of Fargo, age 87, died March 29, 2016 at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas.

He was born on October 29, 1928 at Pine Island, Minnesota to John Bartley and Frances Evelyn (Willard) Noehl. James graduated from Pine Island High School in 1946 and served in the U.S. Army in Germany 1951-53. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees and did his post graduate doctoral work at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

James was a lifelong educator. He began his teaching career as an Instructor of Business Administration and Economics at Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point, Wisconsin and later became Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota at Morris, MN where he also served as Business Manager. He also was a Justice of the Peace in Stevens County, MN. James was Assistant Professor at Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN from 1969 until his retirement in 1994. He served as TKE faculty advisor at UMM and MSUM. He was an Accredited Insurance Specialist in all fields and nominated for Fargo Senior Citizen of the Year 2015.

He married Violet E. Fiebing of St. Paul, MN and later divorced. James married Sofia Stern Timm of Fargo, ND in 1978. Together they managed the Fargo Fine Arts Club for five years; Sofia as President and James loved being the handyman where he could fix anything. After his retirement they moved to their Lake Ida cabin near Lake Park, MN. James loved the lake, where he enjoyed fishing, gardening, entertaining, and “fixing up the cabin”. In 2005 he moved back to Fargo. He was always willing to help a student, neighbor, friend, or family member. He has spent winters in San Juan, Texas since 2010.

James was very active in the community. He was involved in the Fargo Chapter of SCORE and also served as the statewide director. He was also involved in Kiwanis, Fargo Fine Arts Club, Rainbow Bridge, and MSUM Retired Faculty. He enjoyed helping local children by supplying hundreds of backpacks to students at Madison Elementary School in Fargo. He also enjoyed volunteering at Fargo AirShow and many other community organizations.

Preceded in death by parents, wife Sofia in 1995; former wife Violet of Longmont, CO in 2007 and his brothers: John Francis, Jerry, Bartley; and sisters: Mary Lutz and Eugenia Aarsvold.
Survived by daughter: Brenda Noehl of Longmont, CO and sons: Byron (Robin) Noehl of Ault, CO and Gary (Carolyn) Noehl of New London, MN. Granddaughter Stephanie (Chris) Mahan of Minnetonka, MN, great-grandchildren Jack and Stella Mahan. Step-grandchildren: Jason (Teresa) Bell and Amber (Philip) Yetter of CO and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Close nephew: Shawn (Tracy) Timm of Farmington, MN, nephew Jack (Toni) Noehl of New Orleans, LA and many other nieces and nephews. Sofia’s children: Robert (Carol) Timm of Minot, ND and their children Tina and Timmothy; Dr. Steven Timm of Fargo, Richard Timm of Fargo, and Deborah (Peter) Hanson of Thornton, CO and close friend LouAnn Ostlund of Fargo.

Memorial Service: 11am Friday, April 15 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center with visitation one hour prior to service.

Interment at later date at Cormorant Lutheran Church, Lake Park, MN.


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9 responses to “James Noehl”

  1. Brenda says:

    Miss you.

  2. Armina says:

    David, Joe, Lindsay and I miss you, your wisdom, your humor, getting together with you and LouAnn for meals. David and you dumpster diving, fixing things, and going to Menards. Our lives have been made richer by knowing you and being your friend.

  3. LouAnn says:

    Loved that guy, true friend, grandfather-figure for my daughter, always doing the best for anybody with a heart of gold. Enjoyed the many times together from going out to eat to helping water his flowers to just shopping at the dollar store. Called almost every morning between 10-11 AM, shared many laughs together, learned so much from him, and he had such deep faith. Will miss the memorable times, including loved being involved in community activities, such as SCORE to Madison School backpacks.

  4. Robert L. Timm and family says:

    James was a good friend first and second he was my step-father. We loved James as a family member and my kids (Tina and Timmothy) considered Jim as their Grandfather. We will be forever grateful for having James in our lives and we will carry many memories with us for the rest of our lives. Rest in peace James, we will see you on the other side.

  5. Gwen Schurr says:

    Rest in peace,uncle Jim

  6. Larry Rittgarn says:

    Jim was a great friend, wonderful Kiwanian, and will be missed by so many people.

  7. Keith Hopper says:

    You will be missed at the next family reunion. RIP.

  8. David Dolce says:

    Thanks for the memories great uncle Jim. Take care of mom and grandma

  9. John Weiler says:

    I remember Jim from nearly 50 years ago when I was a student at the U of M, Morris. I was recently back in Morris visiting family and drove up East 4th St. I remembered the house he lived in and thought of his days as the faculty advisor to TKE. I also fondly remembered numerous bridge games we played. He was a pretty good player.

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