Jared Ralph Nilles, 27, Fargo, North Dakota passed away Monday, March 19, 2012. 

Jared was born on July 26, 1984 in Fargo.  He was lovingly welcomed by his parents Ralph and Carolyn Nilles and his three siblings.  Jared attended Fargo Public Schools and graduated from Fargo South in 2003.

After high school Jared attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College where he graduated with a degree in filmmaking and scriptwriting.

In his youth Jared was active in Patriots Hockey, Fargo South Theater-Donkey Hotey's, Red River Valley Soccer Association, and Trollwood.  He was a confirmed member of Olivet Lutheran Church. 

During Jared's life he wore many hats including paperboy, server, director of summer theater, and filmmaker.  While living in Minneapolis he was active in the community of Uptown, The Brave New Workshop and Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret. 

Jared studied and performed at various improv theaters and was a sanctioned performer with Improv Olympics in Chicago. 

Jared loved the outdoors and eagerly participated in any adventure.  He had a passion for life and was discovering the power of God.  He was dedicated to many endeavors and anyone who knew him was richer for it. 

Jared is survived by his parents Ralph and Carolyn Nilles, Fargo, his maternal grandparents Samuel and Genevive Dalberg, New Brighton, MN, his brother Joel (Rachel) Nilles, Fargo, and sisters Rachel (Jake) Cremer, Hot Springs, MT, and Nadine (Rob) Lloyd, Eleuthera, Bahamas, nephews Isaac, Noah, and Jericho Cremer, Jadon Nilles, and niece Darian Cremer as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and immeasurable friends.  He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.

In lieu of flowers please send a memorial in Jared's honor.

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  1. It’s hard to believe it’s almost been half a year since you passed away brother. I think of you every day, but really, I think of you every 15 minutes or so. It’s still hard to believe you’re not with us. You lived in the moment and always found something to laugh at. But what I always liked most about you was that you always saw the good in things, even when they weren’t always good. You were a defender of movies. Even bad ones. You loved people. Even strange ones. Its a gift.

    I love you brother. And I miss you a lot.

  2. Oklahoma City OKFrom a teammate, to a friend, Jared was always a valuable member of our community. Never down, always showing people a good time. It is shocking to think that we are going to have to get by without him.

    Jared, you will be missed.

    God Bless,
    AJ Erickson

  3. I can’t imagine what South High would’ve been like without you. I hardly had the chance to know you- i was a sophomore when you were senior-but you, Nilly, were literally a legend to us, long before you even graduated. I’m sure you inspired a countless number of people to participate in theatre, the least of which was me. If not for your passion for the theatre and your nack for making it look easy, I doubt that I would have ever even taken a class from Mrs. Stark. Thank you. And I hope for you and your family, that you rest in peace.

    One more time, Free Nilly!

  4. Chicago ILNews of Jared’s passing is still unbelievable to me and makes my stomach cringe. I had the pleasure of doing my very first improv performance with him in Chicago and many rehearsals leading up to that night. Despite reaching milestones within the Chicago improv community much faster than I, he always went out of his way to chat with me and offer words of encouragement as I tried to get better. I’ll never forget your kindness buddy. R.I.P.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Jared was such a fun loving guy. I pray for you during this difficult time.

  6. Grand Forks Ralph and Carolyn,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Jared’s passing. I can only imagine the depth of loss you and your family feels. My hope for you is that you can carry his creative and wonderful spirit throughtout your own lives as you continue to hold him near you. I’m also sorry I wasn’t able to attend the funeral as I was traveling out of state.

    Sincerely,
    LaVetta

  7. Wadena MN
    I was blessed to have witnessed Jared’s spunky, crazy antics when he spent part of his summers at Trollwood. He was wildly creative, and thrived in the improv and video production classes there. I know how much he is loved by his Trollwood friends, and am sure that same deep affection is held by everyone else who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time of such a tragic loss.

  8. Carolyn & Ralph, I am friends with Darlene B. from Bethel Churdh. I never met Jared – or you guys, but Darlene asked for prayers for your family. I’ve been praying for you both and your family this past week. I am so sorry for your loss. Jared sounds like he was an awesome guy. I hope to meet you someday and give you a hug. I’ll continue to pray for you. I really hope That someone at Jared’s service shared the gospel and the message of Hope we can have in Jesus. Much love to you-

  9. Minnesota
    To the Nilles family: I know Rachel Nilles through my niece Andrea Nelson and I want to extend my sincerest sympathy to your entire family. May God ease your pain.

  10. I didn’t know you long and this saddens me deeply. I will choose to remember you by your bight smile and playful way. I remember you always had a way of cheering people up and making them feel special. Your passing leaves an great emptiness in all of our hearts. May you rest in peace knowing how truly loved and deeply missed you will be by us all.

  11. Our hearts are aching for you. Such a beautiful, gifted soul taken too soon. One can only imagine that his gentle, creative energy will continue to delight through warm memories. Know that we will surrounding you with loving thoughts during the days and months ahead.

  12. Fargo, ND
    Meeting you in middle school got me through it for sure. You were so funny and so positive. I enjoyed seeing you passing between classes at school and your zest for life you showed with a single grin. I was really looking forward to seeing you next year for our reunion because I haven’t seen you since we graduated! You were definitely an essential part of the class of ’03. You were taken far too soon but you are once again a “free Nilly.” See you again in Heaven!

    I wish your dear family and friends peace during this difficult time and that you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Fargo ND
    Jared was such a kind and caring person to everyone he met and had a great love for comedy. He could always make someone smile when they needed it the most. He definately touched alot of lives in such a special way, as he did mine. I will miss you Jared, my dear friend.

  14. Fargo ND
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Nilles family. Jared was an amazing person! His loving personality will be missed my many and never forgotten!

  15. Fargo ND
    Although we have never met, I share your sorrow because however distantly we are related, we are family. My father was Herbert T. Nilles of Casselton, ND
    , and was a cousin of Herbert G. and John Nilles, attorneys.
    May the Loving Lord give you the strength and faith to endure the trying times ahead, knowing that Jared has won life’s final race.

  16. west fargo ndI am very sorry for your loss.I met jared last year and he was a great guy. we did not hang out much,but I did appreciate knowing him.

  17. Lonepine, MT In the few short months that I was able to get to know Jared last summer, we became instant great friends. The world truly is less without him. He was very fun and a really nice guy. My heart hurts for all of you going through this difficult time of great loss. You are in our continued thoughts and prayers. Jared will be greatly missed by the whole Hot Spring Bible Church. His time spent here will always be fondly remembered. His life was too short.
    Much love and prayers to you all.
    Lance and Shelly Ambo

  18. Fargo ND
    I am SO VERY sorry for your loss!!
    I can Not imagine anything worse, and I keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to travel through all of what this involves.

  19. Newport News VAI was deeply saddened to hear the news. I will always remember the days spent at the Nilles’ with Nadine, Shaina, Adam, and Jared. They were such great years. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, but remember Jared will live on in all of our memories.

  20. Ralph, Carolyn and Family,
    We are so terribly sorry for the loss of your precious Jared. It’s obvious he was a creative, loving, gifted spirit who will be missed by all who knew him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love!

  21. Fargo ND
    May the angels watch over you now, may your body rest in peace, your spirit soar above us watching over. May your jokes always be told, your laughter always heard and your smile never be forgotten. May you finally rest in peace knowing now that you are truly home. You were an amazing guy Nilly with a gift of laughter and happiness to the world around you! You will never be forgotten!! Rest in Peace Jared Nilles!!!

  22. Fargo ND
    Dear Carolyn, Ralph, and family,
    May God’s loving promise to be with us always help you through this tragedy. We know the many precious memories you have of Jared will help keep him close in your hearts. Please know we think of you each day and keep you in our prayers.

  23. Jared was such a kind, delightful person to know. His personality and smile brightened up the room as soon as he walked in. His love for the arts and improv will now be shared with our loved ones in heaven. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. You will be missed, Jared, but we know that you are smiling down on us. We will never forget your smile :0)

  24. Ottawa OntarioI was so sorry to hear the sad news about Jared. I know the Nilles and Dalberg families are very loving and caring and to lose a treasured family member at such a young age is unimaginable. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this tragic and heart-wrenching time.

  25. Hot Springs MontanaJared became a dear friend in the short time we knew him. We are deeply saddened that he is gone, but hopeful that our reunion is not far off. Pathwalker camp won’t be the same without him. But I’m so happy that he had such an intense time of focus upon the love and grace of Jesus while he was here.

  26. Minneapolis MN
    Something I’ll always remember about Jared was his smile, and how contagious it was. His kindness, laughter and smile will be among the many things that will be missed. He was a great classmate, neighbor, and friend.

  27. Valley City ND
    As a distant relative, I just viewed Jared’s indelible talents directing “The Bird Hunter’s Lament”. Bravo!!!

  28. Arlington VirginiaI’m at a loss for words…

    If I would have known the last time I ran into you, over 5 years ago in Uptown, would be the last time I had a chance to talk with you, I would have stuck around much longer than I did. My heart goes out for your family and those closest to you. Rest in peace you friendly, loving, freckled-faced man.

    RIP Nilly.