James "Jim" J. Wilhelmi


September 11, 1934 ~ March 27, 2023

Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

James passed away on Monday, March 27, 2023, at Rosewood on Broadway, in Fargo, at the age of 88.

James J. Wilhelmi was born September 11, 1934, the son of Joseph and Marie (Gette) Wilhelmi. He grew up in Starkweather, ND area and graduated from Washburn High School.

Jim worked his entire career in the telephone industry. His passion was his company – Midstate Telephone.

Jim is survived by his five children – Bonnie Juma of Detroit Lakes, MN; Tim (Jolene) Wilhelmi of Dickinson, ND; Elizabeth (Mark) Payne of Detroit Lakes, MN; Karen (Larry) Fritel of Stanley, ND; Tom (Tammy) Wilhelmi of Beach, ND; his nine beloved grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Mark (Rita) Wilhelmi of Stanley, ND; and the mother of his children, Beverly Wilhelmi of Dickinson, ND.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandson, Zach Fritel; his son-in-law, Brad Juma; his parents, Joe and Marie; and his brother, Gordon Wilhelmi.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, please play a round of golf in Jim’s memory, or make a donation to the Prairie Rose Golf Course in Stanley (PO BOX 1002 – Stanley, ND 58784)

FUNERAL SERVICE: 10 AM Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo – with a visitation one hour prior (livestreamed on the funeral home for those unable to attend)

BURIAL: Medora Cemetery in Medora, ND at a later date

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com


Funeral: April 1, 2023 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Visitation: April 1, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. I had the pleasure and honor to care for GPA James the last few years.I am praying for all of his family and friends. He was such a joy and will be truly missed by many!

  2. My sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers. I have great memories of Jim as a dad so proud of his children growing up in Stanley, working with him in the community and as a true friend. God bless his memory.

  3. I remember Jim mostly from his younger days when he lived in Washburn and was married to Bev
    They had the greatest little kids, Bonnie and Tim and later baby Elizabeth. I had the opportunity to babysit for them often. That gave me my goal to have a family of my own. which I later did.
    Excellent memories of those days with Jim and Bev and their kids with my parents, Marvin and Bette Berg and my three siblings.

  4. Jim had a dream of building a golf course south of Medora. It did eventually get built. Good dream, Jim.

  5. Jim was the greatest customer a salesman could wish for. From 1980-85, I had the pleasure of serving Midstate Telephone as their salesman. Many times I caught up with Jim in his location at Medora. He loved it there and it is of no surprise to me that he wishes to be buried there. The North Dakota telephone industry lost one of its greatest pioneers with Jim. May he rest in peace.

  6. Our deepest sympathy for the family.
    One of the nicest men I know. One day he showed me his Maps on the wall of his dreams. He talked so proudly of this soon to be golf coarse. He certainly was a man with a Vision. He would think out of the box which made him so successful.
    A very friendly person to every one.
    Rip Jim

  7. Lots of great Wilhelmi memories from Stanley. May James rest in peace and his family find comfort in his memory.

  8. I have such warm wonderful memories of my Uncle James. He was so soft spoken and welcoming when I would visit. Thank you for making his service available to be seen. I know he will be missed as he was loved dearly.

  9. My father, Louis Witte, from Consolidated Telephone in Dickinson noticed Jim’s obituary in the newspaper. Dad has fond memories of working with Jim, and other family members in the industry, and they apparently enjoyed engaging in frequent business banter. He described Jim as “a class act,” and asked me to convey his sincere condolences to the Wilhelmi family.

    • Thank you Jan. I will definitely show this kind note to the family. I’m from Regent so remember your Dad and your entire family. Tell your Dad, thank you for his condolences.

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