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