James Neavill

james neavill
James (Jim) Neavill, age 81 of Fargo, ND, died July 14, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born January 30, 1935 in Hastings, NE to Martha Esther Hastie and John T. Neavill and raised in Denver, CO. After graduating Cathedral High School he joined the US Navy Reserve serving two years active duty. He attended Regis College in Denver in 1956, later receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Denver in 1959. That same year he married his beautiful wife Barbara L Magnussen and moved to Albuquerque, NM where they began a very blessed family with four daughters. Jim began a career with Caterpillar, moving to Sioux Falls, SD in 1964 and then to Fargo, ND in 1978 where he worked for Butler Machinery until his retirement in 1997. He worked in the construction machinery business for 39 years. Since retirement Jim and Barb spent their winters in Chandler, AZ where he played tennis, golf and enjoyed the fact that he didn't need to shovel snow. He treasured his life-long friendships, fishing trips, time with family and his faith in God. Jim will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; his sister Virginia (Jeannie) Horvat of Broomfield, CO; daughters Lori (Brian) Sexe, Patricia Neavill, Janine Neavill all in Sioux Falls and Michelle (Jim) Lundstrom in Fargo, five grandsons and three granddaughters, two great-granddaughters, numerous nieces and nephews and their children throughout the US. Jim was lovingly welcomed into eternity by his parents Martha and John, brother Jack, sisters; Patricia Rethmeier, Mary Sands, Kathryn Reddick and Frances Rovlenchik. There will be a memorial service at 7:00 PM on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.

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  1. I will miss my dear Uncle Jimmie. So sorry for your loss, Aunt Barbara, Lori, Patti, Michelle & Janine.

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Barb and my cousin’s and their families. I will always remember my first fishing trip when I was a kid with my Uncles. Uncle Jim was one of the best.

  3. Dear Neavill Family,

    We are so saddened to hear about Jim’s passing ! He was a wonderful person !! Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers !

  4. Dear Barb and family,
    So sorry to read of your loss, Jim was a good guy. As former neighbors we remember having spent many fun times together.

  5. Uncle Jimmy, I will always remember your laughter. You were such an amazing and kind hearted male role model in my life. You are loved and missed. Say, “hi” to my mom for me.

    Aunt Barb, Lori, Patty, Janine and Michelle and families, our thoughts, prayers and love are with you.

  6. My sincere sympathy on your loss Barb and girls. loved Jim very much and talked to him on face book He was a good man!

    sue reddick

  7. Jim was a great guy we are blessed that we had the change to know him. We are sure that the Lord has things for him to do. We will miss his score keeping a cards and will miss him playing golf.

  8. God bless the Neavill family at this time of grieving,, I have fond memories of all of you,and uncle Jimmy.

  9. Aunt Barb, Lori, Patty, Janine and Michelle, We am so sorry for your loss. We will miss hearing Uncle Jim’s laughter and his wonderful sense of humor. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. My deepest condolences to the family. Uncle Jim was always a joy to be around and I will very much miss him.

  11. So glad we got to know Jim. He was a great guy with a laugh we will really miss. Jim and Barb were wonderful neighbors to us in Chandler Az. Our thoughts and prayers go to you Barb and your family.

  12. We are so blessed that we had the pleasure to meet and get to know Jim. He was a great guy with a contagious smile and sense of humor. He will be missed. You are all in our prayers and hearts.

  13. Our deepest condolences to the Neavill family. Uncle Jim was a wonderful uncle with a big smile! We will keep his big heart in our memories forever !!!❤

  14. Uncle Jim will be missed as are all the members who have already passed from the Neavill family. He was clearly a successful and loving Father, Husband, and Uncle. Fond memories remain until we meet again.
    Much love to you Aunt Barb, Lori, Patty, Janine and Michelle, and your families from Jan and Sam in California.

  15. Uncle Jim was the greatest uncle and such a good big brother to my Mama. I will miss his amazing laugh and winning smile. Our thoughts are with you and wish we could be there in person to celebrate the life of one of the best. Love you all.

  16. You will be missed, it was always fun to talk and exchange stories at family get togethers. You had an easy smile and made everyone feel welcome.

  17. Barbara, Lori, Patty, Janine, and Michelle, I am so saddened for you all as I know your grief. I know your Husband/Dad was an amazing human being. I so wish I had had more time to get to know my Uncle Jim personally.

    Love you all and am praying for you and am with you in spirit everyday since the news…..Jill

  18. I’m so sorry for your loss, In this moment of grief, pain and emptiness, God want us to reach out to him with your sorrow burden and he will sustain you throughout this difficult time. God will not let you crumble in this time of need. I encourage you to pray to God, seeking help from him. I will include you in my prayers

  19. He was one of my first fishing trip companions as was Jack Sands, his sister Mary’s husband. He will be missed.

    Thanks from all.

  20. Dear Barb, Lori, Patti, Janine, Michelle and Families,
    I was so saddened to hear of your loss.
    Jim was such a wonderful man and we will always remember him as our neighbor and friend when we lived next door at Cobblestone Court. We always enjoyed our times together and have been sorry we haven’the been in touch lately.
    What a great legacy he has left all of you. I have always admired your beautiful family and know how very proud he was of all of you.
    Our deepest Sympathy and our prayers during this difficult time.
    Barb, hope to be in touch.
    Love, Bev and Jim

  21. To the dear and much loved family of Uncle Jimmy (or Uncle Doomey as I called him from a very young age),

    I just watched the memory video and am so glad I did as it brought my memories of Uncle Doomey into such sharp focus …. his smile, his laughter, his ever-ready keen sense of humor and orneriness …. always ready to bring love, laughter and joy to the lives of all who came into contact with him … always ready to get the most out of life possible and always ready for a good time. The photos you chose are perfect. They reveal so clearly the depth of his love and devotion to each and every one of you … and also the sheer joy each of you brought to his life every day. Hen was so proud of you all, and no one was more important to Uncle Jim than you, Aunt Barbara, as well as Lori, Patti, Janine and Michelle, his sister Jeannie, his sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His life was rich with the love of family. We were all so fortunate to have known him, to have laughed with him, and, of course, to have played cards with him! 🙂
    May the Lord wrap each of you in His arms and give you comfort. We love you!

  22. Neavill family:
    Most of the family probably wouldn’t remember me except for Patti and Barb. I was a school friend of Patti’s and would spend time at the Neavill House studying with her from time to time back in the early ’90’s. Jim would always say hi and offer me a silver bullet – which I mostly politely declined since it wouldn’t help much with school work 🙂 I remember Jim as kind man who was proud of his family and loved them very much. I haven’t seen him since I was in school at NDSU but I he will be missed. My condolences to Patti and the rest of the family on your loss in 2016. I just saw this notice recently which is why my note is so late. Take care and I hope you remember him often.

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