James "Jim" Kappel


Jim’s service will be livestreamed below at 10 AM, August 13th

James (Jim) Gerard Kappel, 65, of West Fargo, North Dakota passed away peacefully at Sanford hospital surrounded by his loved ones on August 8, 2022 after a nearly 3-year courageous battle with stage 4 brain and lung cancer.

Jim was born on September 8, 1956 in Rugby, North Dakota to James Joseph and Jean Ann (Lies) Kappel. He graduated from Rugby High School in 1974, and continued his educational path by attending NDSU where his passion for NDSU and NDSU athletics all began. He truly was considered one of NDSU’s top fans; you could always find his head deep into a Bison article, listening to anything related to the Bison on the radio, or attending any Bison sporting event. On July 24th, 1982, he married Connie (Jensen) Kappel. Jim and Connie moved from Bismarck, North Dakota to Fargo where they raised their family, and Jim began his 37-year career journey as the executive director of SENDCAA in Fargo. Jim’s passion was his career; his strong desire and will to assist families in fighting homelessness and serving those in poverty will forever be remembered at SENDCAA. Jim’s health played a role in his retirement in March 2022, but the legacy he left on so many people throughout his entire SENDCAA career will never be forgotten.

Jim was a loving father, husband, grandfather, brother, and friend to everyone. There was no greater joy in Jim’s life than his 5 grandchildren. He loved them dearly and enjoyed spending time with them while creating a lifetime of memories. Jim’s place of comfort and enjoyment was his lake home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He spent every weekend in the summer at the lake and was always working on a home improvement project, tinkering with tools, building something, driving the pontoon around the lake with his grandkids, or aimlessly walking around the yard looking at trees while holding a grandbaby. Jim’s witty sense of humor, his sarcastic/sly comments, his gentle soul, patient/calm presence, and heart of gold will be greatly missed by all who know and love him.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Connie, of 40 years and their 2 children, daughter Karisa (Andy) Meyhuber of West Fargo, ND; son Jared Kappel of West Fargo, ND; 5 grandchildren – Kaydence (12), Kaytlynn (10), Konner (8), Kennadee (6), and Kolten (4); sisters Kathy (Jerry) Meagher of Grand Forks, ND Patty Drege of Puerta Vallarta, and Theresa (Robert) Balentine of New Hampshire; Mother-in-law Marion Jensen of Fargo, ND; sisters-in-law Sherrie (Jeff) Barnes of Fargo, ND, Rhonda (Tim) Luter of St. Louis, MO, Peggy (Scott) Balvitsch of Kenmare, ND; brother-in-law Jerry (Julie) Jensen of Carrington, ND. Jim will be dearly missed by many extended family members and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents (James and Jean Kappel), Godson (Brandon Drege), Father-in-law (Lloyd Jensen), Sister-in-law (Bonnie (Jensen) Gisvold), and many loving extended family members.

A special heart-felt thank you to the entire staff at Roger Maris Cancer Center; specifically, Dr. Wiisanen, Dr. Foster, and their nursing team for providing Jim with the best care and treatment throughout his entire cancer battle.

A Celebration of Life Prayer Service will take place Saturday at 10 am, August 13th, at Boulger Funeral home with a visitation one hour prior. The service will be livestreamed on the funeral home website. Please wear all and any NDSU Bison apparel or TEAM Jim gear – dress casual!


Visitation: August 13, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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


Celebration of Life: August 13, 2022 10:00 am

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


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  1. Connie and Family

    My heartfelt condolences on the passing of Jim. There is not enough room for me to say how great a person he was. He was a man of few words but when he stopped at your office door and curled his finger for you to follow him it was always a scary thing which was so silly as he would never be upset with you. If you did something wrong he just looked at you and said it is ok. We learn from mistakes. It has been so hard not seeing him walk past my office in the last months. He was a great mentor to me and many others and I will cherish his leadership and friendship always. RIP Jim we will keep your vision for SENDCAA going my friend. MLO

  2. So sorry for your loss Connie and family. I miss Jim coming and standing by my kitchen door and asking what I was cooking. He was just a special man. You are in my prayers.

  3. Connie and family – I am so sorry to learn about Jim’s passing. I worked with Jim for 20 years when I worked at the ND Department of Commerce and managed a federal funding grant for Community Action Agencies. Jim was a great advocate for low income people and homeless issues and utilized his knowledge, connections and resources to make a difference in developing services to meet their needs. He was a leader, a caring person and a believer in making improvements and changes in the service network to benefit people, SENDCAA and the community. Jim will be missed by all who knew him.

  4. Jim and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Rugby, ND. Consider him a dear friend. We had many adventures together with good and not so good stories. He was a great man. To Connie and his family I am soo sorry for your loss. Stay strong.

  5. Connie and family,
    Our sincere sympathy! How I heard your loving, respect for, and caring for Jim these many years of hair visits! God’s peace and strength be with you all🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻deb and Joel

  6. So sorry to hear of Jims passing..I knew Jim for 20+ years through my work with Devils Lake CAA…he was wonderful, caring, softspoken man with a heart of gold…he will be missed.

  7. Connie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May all of the great memories carry you through this difficult time. Thinking of all of you.

  8. So saddened to hear this news. I had an absolute blast with your family over the last year or two and reconnecting. Jim always went with the flow, had such a huge heart, and such a wonderful sense of humor. My heart goes out to all of you.

  9. Connie, I’m so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  10. Connie and family – May your memories provide comfort to you and your family during this difficult time. Jim touch many people, I am blessed to be one of them. He provided me an opportunity many years ago to find my passion and career path of Helping People, Changing Lives. I had the opportunity to work with Jim for almost 25 years, as I reflect I learned what is important both in my career and personal life, people, relationships and respect. I am grateful and firmly believe I would not be where I am today, personally and professionally, without that opportunity provided to a young professionally many years ago. Go Bison!

  11. Sympathies to all of Jim’s family 🙏
    He fought the good fight…now @ his final Home in Heaven…no more suffering…+
    Take Care 💗

  12. Connie – We are so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our prayers go out asking God to give you strength and comfort during this time, and also keep the memories of what great love he had for your entire family close to your heart. Our deepest condolences to you, the kids and grandkids.

  13. Thank you for beleiving in the program and helping me over the 4 years that I was at SENDCAA. You taught me a lot about myself and helping others in the community. I will miss our NDSU Bison talks and seeing you at games. Rest in Peace, sir!

  14. Connie and Family,
    We are so sorry to see the news that Jim has passed. All our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a wonderful legacy he has left for your family. May God’s peace comfort you all in these tough times.
    Murray, Linda, Lauren, and Cole Semanko

  15. Connie, my condolences and prayers for you and your family. He fought the good fight and now is at his peaceful and eternal reward.

  16. Connie and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Jim, and sincerely hope God gives you strength to bear this loss.
    Wishing you peace and blessings forever.
    John and Naomi West

  17. Hi Connie, Sherri and I are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You and your family were our first house neighbors. I remember fondly many visits with Jim in the driveway. You guys were the best. Know we are both thinking of you and your family. Beautiful video tribute of Jim. Blessings to you.
    Your old neighbors,
    Sherri and Jim Bellefeuille

  18. Connie and Family I am so sorry to hear that Jim has passed. May he rest in peace. I worked for him for 18 years and we gave each other so much grief—all in fun. May all the great memories carry you through. Thinking of you all.

  19. Connie and family, I’m so sorry for your loss! I watched the on-line ceremony, and it was beautiful! You have so many wonderful memories together!
    I haven’t been to see you at MJ Capelli for months because my hair fell out after just one chemo treatment, that I didn’t want.
    I hope to see you at the salon.

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