James "Jim" Dwyer

James C. Dwyer, age 76, of West Fargo, ND died Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in his home surrounded by loved ones, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Jim was born in Fargo, ND on October 7, 1942 to Sylvester and Helen (Cain) Dwyer. He grew up in Moorhead and attended Shanley High School. Jim married Virginia McPherson on February 6, 1966 in Casselton, ND. They lived in Glen Burnie, MD while Jim served in the Army from 1967 – 1969 where they had their son, John. Following Jim’s service, they moved to Arthur, ND where they added 3 daughters to their family, Rebecca (Becky), Rachelle (Shelly), and Rosemarie (Rosie). Jim had several jobs before he began his career with Pioneer Mutual Life Insurance Company, where after 25 years, he retired as the regional director in 2001. Jim was a member of the Eagle’s Club, Moorhead American Legion, and Nativity Catholic Church. He enjoyed autoracing and listening to any sports broadcast available. He took every opportunity he could to travel. Jim especially loved golfing, and thanks to his close friends, he was able to still play in his final years. Jim loved watching his grandkids’ activities and sharing his unsolicited sports knowledge. Jim had a passion for people and loved making new friends up to the very end. He will be greatly missed by family and friends who he just wanted to make smile. He is survived by his wife, Ginny; two children, Becky Dwyer (Clint Hayford) of Moorhead, MN, Shelly (Steve) Bopp of Stirum, ND; and his two cherished grandchildren, Josie and Calvin; sisters, Deanna (Gary) Intermill of Glen Cove, WA, Deb (Mark) Protexter of Sioux City, IA, Bonnie Jasman of Sioux City, IA; in-laws, Jim (Lois) McPherson of Wichita, KS, Doug (Leona) McPherson of Valley City, ND, Jerry (Pam) McPherson of Yuma, CO, Carl (Vicki) McPherson of Wahpeton, ND, Eddie (Laurel) of Erie, ND, Donnie McPherson (Joanie) of Arthur, ND, Linda (Larry) Ottesen of West Fargo, ND, Toby (Sue) McPherson of Page, ND, Scott McPherson of Erie, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews he loved. He is preceded in death by his two children, John and Rosie; mother, Helen Dwyer; father, Sylvester Dwyer; step-mother, Mary Dwyer; grandparents Mary and Jack Dwyer (who raised him); parents-in-law, Mary and Gordon McPherson; sisters, Jackie (Chuck) Simonson and Barb (Larry) Horsley. There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo. The memorial Mass will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Nativity Catholic Church with a visitation one hour prior. Memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Fraser Ltd.

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  1. I am very sorry for the loss of my friend, Jim Dwyer. I had the distinct honor and privilege to share in his golfing adventures for the last 15 or 20 years. Even when he couldn’t see the ball anymore, he could still drive it nearly 200 yards straight down the middle of the fairway! I miss you Jim and thank you for your friendship!

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Such wonderful memories of Jim driving Mom, Jeanne, Lori, Linda and me around DC looking at the sights. I was in grade school and we flew to MD to see my brother, Bob. Linda came with us and we stayed with Jim & Virginia. Such a great time!

  3. So sorry for your loss Rebecca & family. 🙏and hugs for God to give you strength at this time.

  4. Uncle Jim, you always made me laugh or smile! I will miss your FUNNY💚 Every family gathering I knew I had a laugh to look forward to w/you 😘 I will ride my horse this weekend in your honor, as a I will not be near enough to attend your services. I can hear you saying – “go ride , laugh & love this life! I sure did!” #blessedtoknowyou #blessedtocallyouuncleJIM🥰 ~Leslie, Jayson, Zayne, Zaylea & Zandyr

  5. Ginny, I am so sorry for your loss.
    You have done so much for me, I wish there was something I could do for you during this time. Just know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. My condolences Virginia. My one regret in life is being away from most of my family. I’ve seen much of the world, but missed out on knowing all of you! I wish you peace and the love of family.

  7. Ginny and family- I am so sorry for your loss! So hard to have someone leave way too soon by our standards but our Heavenly Father knows so much better than us….. JIm come home and he did.. right into the arms of Jesus! Love and hugs!

  8. Our heartfelt sympathies to Jim’s family. He was my friend all through grade school at St Joseph’s and a high school classmate of ours at Shanley, too. He was a good man. Jan and Jim Gerlach

  9. Virginia and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, he was definitely one of the favorite cousins. Always loved how warm and welcome I felt in his presence. Love Claudia


  11. Ginny and Family, I am so sorry to read this about Jim, sure he will greatly be missed by all who knew him..Hugs and Prayers for you and your Family..Deb

  12. Well Jenny Becky Shelley I don’t know how to put in words the love we all had for your dad my big brother. But the memories we have to get us thru this very hard time.i know he has no pain anymore and but the pain we are feeling right now because he is gone is really bad but wow what wonderful memories with his jokes laughter and going to miss talking on phone during football season Vikingsbison

  13. Thoughts and Prayers through this difficult time. Thinking of you all. May memories bring comfort and peace.

  14. My prayers are with all of you. Ginny I enjoyed all the good times with you and Jim at Forest Hills.He will be greatly missed by all. May Jim rest in peace.

  15. Ginny and family, My heartfelt sympathy to you all on the loss of your dear Jim. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  16. Virginia, I’m so sorry to hear about Jim. We both know words can’t help what is happening within your heart and thoughts but know that our hearts and love are with you & your family.
    When I think of the times we were all able to visit, either in N.D. or Montana, I cherish the many shared stories & laughter. I will really miss not being able to be there to share time with you and your family during Jim’s Memorial Service. I love you all very much and pray that you are blessed with extra strength and comfort during this time.
    Big Hugs & Love Cousin.
    Love Walt & Debra Morris

  17. Dear Mrs. Dwyer and family,
    You may not remember me but, I worked at the Birthplace at St John’s and had you in labor for one of your girls. Just wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you all. Holding you close to my heart.
    Kris Berseth.

  18. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. With deepest sympathy to Virginia and family. Jane and Linda Haine

  19. Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful man. He called me on my birthday every year we were at Pioneer Mutual. He never missed one and left a voice mail if I was out. Cherish those wonderful memories we all have of JD.

  20. Just learned of Jim’s passing, Virginia. My memories are many, first and foremost his twinkling smile. I admired the way he endured his vision issues with grace and courage. My daughter Jane will never forget his generosity when helping her get her first car. A sweet man, whose life will be remembered always with fondness.

  21. Virginia, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 🙏🏻

  22. So sorry to read of Jimmy’s passing. I knew Jimmy in high school at Shanley, we were friends. God rest his soul and my condolences to his family!

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