May 1, 1932 ~ July 7, 2015
James W. Gailfus, (Jim) age 83 of Fargo ND passed away Tuesday July 7, 2015 at Eventide in Moorhead MN.
Jim was born May 1, 1932 in Rolla North Dakota to Alfred R Gailfus and Mary M Gailfus. He attended high school in Rolla and Beulah North Dakota. He served in the US Army 1952 to 1954 and stationed in Germany. He married Patricia McCloud at St Joachim’s Catholic Church. Rolla, North Dakota. They later divorced. He lived in Rolla North Dakota and in Fargo North Dakota. Jim worked as a carpenter and cabinetmaker in the Rolla Area. He worked for the United States Postal Service as a Rural Mail Carrier in the Rolla, St John and Munich area’s. Jim owned and operated his own insurance agency as a Professional Insurance Agent. Jim was a member of St Joachim’s St Anne’s Catholic Church in Fargo. He belonged to many civic organizations he was a member of the Fred C Wagner Legion Post in Rolla and continued his membership over the years. He was also affiliated with the Western Golf Association of North Dakota; Jim played baseball for the Rolla NoDak’s competing in the MAN-DAK Baseball League. He helped develop many young baseball players in the Rolla area. Hank Lemieux introduced Jim to golf in 1972. And he hadn’t stopped playing since. He has been a member of the Rolla Country Club since 1972. He was honored by the Country Club for his accomplishments and service to the Club. He was inducted into the North Dakota Golf Hall of Fame in the 2002. His picture and information about his career is on display at the Hawk Tree Golf Course in Bismarck. He has contributions to the game have been significant. He was instrumental in starting the Junior Golf Program in Rolla. He served as a coach for the Rolla, St. John and Belcourt Junior Golf Programs in addition to raising funds for different golf programs. Jim served on the board for the Western North Dakota Golf Charities for six years. One of his biggest accomplishments was in 1995 when he received first place as a qualifier for the U.S. Senior Amateur Tournament in Kansas He was a football and basketball official for North Dakota High School Sports. He was an avid Cross Country Ski fanatic who worked with other members in the community to develop trails at the Rolla Community Recreation Site. Jim was instrumental in developing the Annual Poplar Golf Tournament in Rolla North Dakota. He competed in many golf tournaments including the Western Pro Am, The International, North Dakota State Senior Amateurs, North Dakota State Best Ball Tournament, the Pine to Palm in Detroit Lakes Minnesota and several others to numerous to mention. He went on to play in the US National Amateur. He will never be forgotten for his sense of humor and funny stories.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary & Alfred Gailfus; Sons, Michael “Mick” Gailfus & Richard “Rick” Gailfus; Sisters Lorraine Ortegel, Elizabeth “Beth” Fischer & Marjorie Hoff.
He is survived by Mary Don Aafedt of Fargo, his sons; David “Charlie” (Rena) Gailfus of Rock Springs, Wyoming; Ross (Beth) Gailfus of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Rodney “John” Gailfus of Fargo, North Dakota and Daughter Mary Jean “Sam” Gailfus of Fargo North Dakota; Patricia Gailfus, His Grandchildren: Scott (Sarah) Gailfus, Callie Gailfus, Mikki Gailfus, Afton Moneypenny, R.J. Gailfus, Jennifer Gailfus, Cherish Gailfus, Adam (Serena) Mickelson, Sara Mickelson, Ben Gailfus, Jeffery Gailfus, Ryan Gailfus & Kyle Gailfus. Great-Grandchildren; Emma & Brody Gailfus & Milo Mickelson. Sibling’s Robert (Janice) Gailfus, Puyallup WA; Richard (Helen) Gailfus, Bloomington MN; Greta Monette, Ellendale ND; John Gailfus, Longview WA; William “Bill” (Nanette) Gailfus, Phoenix AZ; Debbie Iverson, Tioga ND, and Dianne (Ed) Peltier, Belcourt ND He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Mary Gailfus; Sons, Michael “Mick” Gailfus & Richard “Rick” Gailfus; Sisters, Lorraine Ortegel, Elizabeth “Beth” Fischer & Marjorie Hoff.
Prayer Service at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo North Dakota will be held Saturday July 11th 1 pm viewing and 2 pm service. Rosary, at St Joachim’s Catholic Church in Rolla North Dakota, Monday July 13th with viewing at 5 pm followed by the Rosary Service at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday July 14th at 10:30 AM followed by Internment at Rolla Cemetery.
Family asks that memorials may be made to the Mt Pleasant High School Scholarship Fund
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