James Kuchera

james kuchera
James “Jim” David Kuchera, 78, of Fargo, ND and Detroit Lakes, MN passed away on May 12, 2016. Jim was born in Breckenridge, MN on May 27, 1937 to the late John and Anna (Lillestol) Kuchera. He graduated in 1955 from Wahpeton High School, graduated from Dakota Business College in Fargo, and then served for 3 years in the Army National Guard. He married Mary Patricia “Pat” Gores on October 22, 1960 at Nativity Church in Fargo. Jim began his career as a Sales Representative with Addressograph Multigraph. At age 30 he joined the Fargo Police Department where he proudly served for 30 years and retired in 1997 at the rank of Deputy Chief. They retired to their home on Big Floyd Lake near Detroit Lakes, MN where he enjoyed fishing, golfing, pontooning, and entertaining his beloved grandchildren. He will be remembered for his loving blue eyes and his laughter and joy for life. Jim is survived by Pat his wife of 55 years, his daughters Jenny (Joel) Rheault of Fargo, Julie (Tom) Gilbertson of Moorhead, and Jill (James) Kilibarda of Minneapolis, grandchildren Erin Knoll, Ellie Knoll, Emily Knoll, Timothy Gilbertson, Nicole (Zachary) Craft, Isaac Kilibarda, Alex Kilibarda, Jana Paskey, Julia Rheault, and Lauren Rheault, his siblings Mary (Orison) Chaffee, Carol (Richard) Vigsnes, Janet (Terry) Torgenrud, John (Diane) Kuchera, and sister-in-law Joan Kuchera. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Thomas (Joan) Kuchera, and his granddaughter Alaina Kilibarda. FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30AM Thursday, May 19, 2016 at CHI Riverview Chapel in Fargo VISITATION: 9:30-10:30AM (1 hour prior to the service) on Thursday at CHI Riverview Chapel

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  1. Pat and daughters
    So sorry to read of Jim’s death. My sympathy to all of you. The last time I saw Jim was at Norby’s and we had such a nice visit (That was much too long ago).

  2. A good friend when we were growing up in Wahpeton. We spent a lot of time together on Otter Tail
    lake where our familys had cabins..Jim always had a nice car to drive as his dad owned the dealership.
    We also lived a block apart in Wahpeton. I was sorry to hear that he passed away. My thoughts to the family.

    Cole Morris, Wahpeton ND and Mesa AZ

  3. So many great memories, growing up next door to the Kuchera’s !!! Jim had such a warm and friendly personality, loved to kid around. Like when he would give us a ride to school in his police car and threatened his daughter Julie and I, that he would turn on the red and blue lights. Or when he would sing in the car on the way to school, “I love little babes butts, small pick up truck and much more”. And the time Julie and I got in trouble spending her piggy bank savings at “Oakland market” and had to confess as he was all dressed in his uniform, How could I lie??? We were only 9 or 10 years old.

    What a great man and a great family! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and everyone that had the privilege to know such a wonderful person.

  4. Good-by James, you may be gone but your jokes will live on forever. I loved working with you at Norbys and it was never the same once you retired. My sympathies to Pat and the rest of your extended family. I’m sure you will still find little ways to play tricks on them. Rest in peace, James. You worked hard and you deserve it.

  5. Dear Jenny and Joel,
    We were sorry to hear of your father’s death. Dads are so special. I am sure you have wonderful memories- hold onto those. We are thinking of you and your whole family and keeping you in our prayers. Wishing you peace, Judy and Mike

  6. Pat and family:
    We were so sad to hear of Jim’s death. Sanford and I enjoyed always visiting with him.
    Working with him at Norby’s was always enjoyable. He will be missed by many!
    Sincere sympathy
    Sanford k Janice Haugen

  7. To Mrs. Kucera, Family, Jenny, Erin, Emily and Ellie,
    We were so sorry to read of Mr. Kucera’s death. Please, accept our sympathy. He raised such a good family.

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