James A. Reff

james a. reff
Jim Reff, 83, passed away on April 30, 2022 after a short hospitalization due to advanced bladder cancer. Jim was born on October 1, 1938 to Russell and Minetta (Hammer) Reff in Fargo, ND. Jim was a Fargo Central High School graduate and went on to serve 2 years in the Army during the Vietnam War. Stationed in Germany, Jim used his math skills in artillery fire direction and control. He returned to North Dakota to attend NDSU and graduated in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He worked as a computer programmer throughout his career. In 1966, Jim married Jane Conmy. They had 2 children together: Michael and Susan. While Jim and Jane later divorced, they remained connected through their kids. Jim enjoyed golfing and attending NDSU sporting events. He even volunteered to measure the javelin throws at a track and field meet. Later in life he could be found drinking coffee, reading the newspaper, and telling stories with “the guys” at Cashwise in south Fargo. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, brother Russell Reff, and sister Carol and brother-in-law Rodney Beilke. He is survived by his children and grandson, Johnathan Farrell, brother Robert “Bob” (Diane) Reff and many nieces and nephews. Memorial service on Sunday, May 22 at 11:00 at Boulger Funeral Home.

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  1. Jim was a great guy and like him, we were regulars at the Ground Round restaurant. After it’s closing and my personal issues, I lost touch with him. I remember him as always having a big smile and great fun to be with. Rest in Peace Jim.

  2. I met Jim in late 1999 at Duffy’s. He and I frequently spent time talking about my role on the City of Fargo “Y2K Task Force.” He assured me that all would be just fine on January 1st 2000. He also assured me that the meetings were unnecessary.
    And, as it turned out, the next time I saw him in the new millennium, he smiled broadly and said, “See? I told you so!” I bought him a beer.
    He helped raised great children too!

  3. I was back in Fargo about a year ago and had great conversation with Jim. I told Jim he looked the best of all the guys at coffee and that was true. Jim was very proud of his children that i knew. God Bless Jim Reff and his family
    Paul Schumacher

  4. Jim was a very good friend of mine. I will really miss talking to him nearly every day at coffee. God Bless him. Bob Korum

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