James Wheeler

james wheeler
Jim's service will be livestreamed below starting at 2:00 PM Friday February 25, 2022.
James Warren (Jim) Wheeler passed away peacefully on February 8, 2022, at the age of 86 years old. He was currently residing at Eventide South in Fargo, ND. Jim was born on July 11, 1935 to Clayton and Evelyn Wheeler on a farm in Goose Prairie Township, Minnesota. Jim attended and graduated from Hitterdal High School, MN. After graduation, Jim ventured to California and worked for Federal Pacific Electric and General Motors. More than likely missing the cold, blustery winters, Jim returned to Minnesota and began his career in the electrical construction trade. Jim married Barbara Haugan on December 22, 1956 and lived in Moorhead, MN, raising their three children. Jim was a Master Electrician and Project Estimator for 43 years, working for Reger Electric, Globe Electric and Rickard Electric during his career. He and Barb had a lake cabin on Big Cormorant Lake, where they spent many enjoyable summers with family and friends. Upon retiring in December 2000, they ditched the cold northern climate and spent their winters in Mesa, AZ, where they made great memories and met some wonderful new friends. Jim enjoyed the game of golf but, knowing you can’t lose golf balls every day of the week, he picked up a part time summer job at Cardinal Health delivering nuclear medicine to various hospitals in the tri-states. He worked for them for 17 years. Jim and Barb were married for 59 years. Barb passed away on April 22, 2015. Jim is survived by his three children, Karen (Maynard) Bosh, Bob (Tracy) Wheeler and Gary (Cheri) Wheeler; five grandchildren and eight adorable great-grandchildren; sisters Marilyn Dewald and Sharon McGill, and brother Mike Wheeler. Jim was preceded in death by his wife Barb, mother and father, and sister Phyllis Jarvis. Jim’s family would like to thank the staff at Eventide South and Ethos Hospice for their kindness and compassion during his time there, and as he made his final journey.

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  1. Sorry to hear about Jim. He was always so kind and will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Jim and Barb meant lots to us in our time in Mesa Shadows in Arizona.
    Their friendship will always be special in my memories.

  3. Oh, I am so sorry. I did not know Jim was at Eventide when I visited many others there. Oh, the memories of many summer week-ends. My deepest sympathy.

  4. A true gentleman! I worked with him on many projects while I was at Border States. His smile brightened any room.

  5. I remember my father, Harold Iverson & mother, Arline having Jim and Barb over for family get-togethers. It was always such a pleasure seeing them – such very kind, gentle & warm personalities. Loved his smile!

  6. Sorry to hear about Jim’s passing , he was such a nice person. Our thoughts and prayers with friends and family of Jim at this difficult time .

  7. To the family of Jim. Sorry to read about his passing. My thoughts and prayers to his family. Always enjoyed the visits Jim and my cousin Barb. With sympathy.
    George Hagen, Mesa, AZ

  8. I had a friendship with Barb and Jim for many, many years. I have cherished memories of those years. My sympathy to the family as you grieve Jim’s death.

  9. So sorry to learn of the loss of Jim. Really enjoyed knowing him and working with him in the past. Great guy. Worked with him for a number of years while he worked part time in his retirement years just to keep busy. He was a dedicated, hard working, and reliable man. Class act. Deepest condolences to the family on your loss.

  10. Deepest condolences and love to you all, for a life well lived, and his example many of us strived for. “Cousin Jim” was always the guy who would bring smiles into the room, and usually offered a funny story or note to the conversation. He brightened up the day wherever he was and willing to help without being asked. “Jim & Barb” will forever be thought of fondly, and we are better for having known them both. Thinking of you all- love and prayers –

  11. Our sympathy on passing of Jim. Many memories of working with him at Rickard Electric. He will be missed.

  12. Grandpa Jim will be missed. The happiness I have today is knowing that he is with our Grandma Barb. I could not attend due to Covid, and it makes me sad to be apart from my family today. I love you all very much! Rest in peace, Grandpa! I know you’ll be watching down on us.

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