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James Flaherty

August 23, 1929 - July 08, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial - Tuesday

July 12, 2016
- 2:00 PM

St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo

Visitation - Tuesday

July 12, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo

Visitation - Monday

July 11, 2016
6:00pm - 7:00pm

St. Mary's Cathedral , Fargo

Prayer Service - Monday

July 11, 2016
- 7:00pm


Boulger Funeral Home

James Flaherty

August 23, 1929 - July 08, 2016


James H. Flaherty, 86, of Fargo passed away on July 8, 2016 surrounded at bedside by his loving family at a Fargo hospital.

James was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 23rd, 1929 to James and Jessie Flaherty. After high school, he won an NROTC scholarship to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an officer’s commission in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the U.S.S. Iowa and the U.S.S. Randolph in the Korean War.

He met the love of his life, Ruth Mae Mura, a nurse, while visiting a friend in a Milwaukee hospital. They were married April 11th, 1959 in Milwaukee. James and Ruth were the proud parents of five sons.

James had a long and productive career as an engineer and business owner, from designing rocketry and guidance systems during the Cold War, to founding and operating his own manufacturing business, Federal Machine Co. in Fargo. He held numerous patents and was still active doing research with other engineers around the world.

James is survived by his wife Ruth of 57 years, sister Patricia, brother Thomas, his sons (and their wives) James Jr. (Cathleen), Daniel (Jeanne), Dennis (Elizabeth), Michael (Melissa), and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Paul (Natasha), and granddaughter Catherine.

Visitation will be Monday, July 11th at 6:00 pm, prayer service at 7:00 pm, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo.

Funeral Mass: Tuesday, July 12th at 2:00 pm, St. Mary’s Cathedral. Fargo


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4 responses to “James Flaherty”

  1. Anne Durbin says:

    Thinking of you all and sending out love and prayers. Anne, Holly and Collin Durbin

  2. Chris C. says:

    Dennis and your family –

    I’m very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences. God bless you.

  3. Debra and Dan McGinty says:

    We are so sorry – Jim has been a wonderful and much cared for neighbor and will we will feel his absence in our lives. Dan will miss his favorite friend on the street very much.

  4. Michael Gustafson says:

    My wife and I have been full time RVing since selling our hobby farm near Kindred last fall and this spring left Yuma for a journey through Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington State, BC and Alberta before returning to the Fargo area. Just noticed Jim’s passing….so wanted to share with you that Jim and I became very good friends working on biomass and related renewable fuels technology. Plus, I also knew him very well through his business as it was one of many industrial accounts of Cass County Electric Cooperative. I knew that Jim’s health was a concern….but it appears that he was able to continue his research with a passion, which gives testimony to his character. God Bless….RIP

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