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James Olsbo

November 25, 1936 - December 06, 2017

Funeral Service - Monday, December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017
- 10:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Burial - Madison, South Dakota


Boulger Funeral Home

James Olsbo

November 25, 1936 - December 06, 2017


Jim (James) D. Olsbo, 81, longtime resident of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away on December 6, 2017 at Manorcare in Fargo.

Jim was born on November 25, 1936 to Marie (Manthey) Olsbo and Clarence (“Moxie”) Olsbo in Madison, SD. The family moved from Madison to Fargo, ND in 1938, where Jim became a member of the Cardine Club and a 1955 graduate of Shanley High School.

In 1945, at just nine years old, Jim lost his most beloved mother to Cancer. His father passed away when Jim was nineteen years of age and was attending business college in Fargo.

After finishing college, Jim served briefly in the Air National Guard in 1960, completing basic training at the Lackland Air Base in Texas. Following his discharge, he worked first at the Pioneer Mutual Insurance Company in Fargo as a clerk underwriter and subsequently at the Fargo Veterans’ Administration (VA) Hospital as a secretary. Jim obtained a supervisory position at the VA Hospital and remained there for over a quarter of a century, retiring in 1992.

Jim was known to his numerous friends over the years for his gregarious nature, his remarkable kindness and selflessness, and his generosity. Musically inclined like his mother, he played the piano and was an excellent dancer. He especially enjoyed the “Jitterbug”.

A natural born historian, Jim loved taking pictures, and he spent countless hours meticulously compiling the histories of the Olsbo, Manthey, and Palli families. He loved classic movies as well as music. He was a member of the Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo.

Jim is survived by his cousins, Rosemary Palli of Bloomington, MN, Marilyn (Edward) Blegen of Mesa, AZ, Eileen (Frank) Soreghan of Los Angeles, CA, Robert Manthey of Nebraska, Genevive Manthey, Mary Jane Manthey, Pauline Manthey, Carolyn Manthey, Patricia Manthey, Don (Gloria) Curtis of Denver, Colorado, and Rob (Margie) Olsbo of Blaine, MN, and by his Godson, William (“Bill”) Blegen. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother Marie, his father Clarence, his stepmother Ruth (Howard) Olsbo, two infant brothers, and by cousins Eugene Palli, Jerry Palli, Bernard Palli, Maxine (Palli) Conelly, Joseph Manthey, Marlin Manthey, Mary Manthey Coombs, Margaret Manthey Hill, Alphonse Manthey, Cyril Manthey, and Grace (Manthey) Johnson, as well as by aunts and uncles Joseph and Olivia (Manthey) Schuster, Rose and Jacob Palli, Tony and Carrie (Manthey) Muggli, Clemence and Carrie Manthey, Anthony and Mary Manthey, Ing and Dorothy Olsbo, Les and Florence Curtis, “Spike” and Minerva Speicher, and Art and Edna Johnson.

Jim will be honored with a Catholic prayer service at 10:00 am on Monday, December 18 at Boulger funeral home in Fargo. An interment service will subsequently take place at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 19 at St. Thomas Acquinas Catholic Cemetery in Madison, SD, where Jim will be laid to rest with his mother and two brothers.


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  1. Sheila Paulson says:

    I had the priveledge of visiting him on Sunday before he passed. I had not seen him for many years but he was his old self.When I went into his room I asked if he remembered me. He just kind of looked and then I told him I was the one counting all his jello boxes. He had the biggest smile on his face and laughed. It was the best time for both of us. I told him Perry and I would be back on Sunday and put up some Christmas decorations and he laughed and just a few. That was not to be . He was a great friend of my family and I am so happy I was able to spend some fun time with him.

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