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James Kertz

June 27, 1936 - April 08, 2018

Visitation - Thursday

April 12, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home

Prayer Service - Thursday

April 12, 2018
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial - Friday

April 13, 2018
- 2:00 PM

Holy Spirit Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

James Kertz

June 27, 1936 - April 08, 2018


James D. Kertz, 81, died Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Eventide Fargo.

Jim was born June 27, 1936 in Langdon, ND to John L. and Rose (Wilhelmi) Kertz .

After graduating from St. Alphonsus High School in Langdon in 1954, Jim attended the University of North Dakota for one year before being drafted into the US Army. He served from 1955 until 1957. He returned to UND and graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He remained a life long supporter of UND and was honored with the Sioux Award in 2000.

Jim married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Dempster, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks, ND on August 4, 1959. A year later they moved to Wahpeton, ND where Jim began his career selling advertising for the Farmer-Globe before moving into the publication/editorial ranks. He spent two years working at the North Dakotan magazine, a publication of the Greater North Dakota Association and the State Chamber of Commerce. Jim joined Melroe Company’s advertising division in 1969. He then served in various marketing and administrative positions before being named General Manager of Melroe Bobcat’s European Operation in Brussels, Belgium in 1978. Upon returning to the United States in 1982, he was named Vice President of Marketing. Jim became Executive Vice President in 1987 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 1992. He retired from Bobcat in 1996.

In retirement Jim spent time traveling with Liz and their family, summers at the lake, and winters in Lake Havasu City, AZ. He enjoyed golfing, crossword puzzles, music, and watching his favorite sports teams. He enjoyed the friendship of his Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers and looked forward to their yearly reunions. He also found great enjoyment in his friendships at the Eventide Senior Living community.

Jim was a man of quiet faith and great humility. He was a loving father, grandfather, and uncle, a good friend to many, and a generous benefactor.

He will be greatly missed by his five children, Barbara (Brad) Richards, Lake Park, MN; Jane (Doug) Kading, Herriman, UT; Nancy (Dean) Bangsund, West Fargo, ND; Jill (Tom) Moraghan, Nisswa, MN; Jamie (Lori) Kertz, Fargo, ND. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jonathan (Claudia) Richards, Robert Richards, Kelly Kading, Chris (Ashley) Kading, Jack Kertz; Joseph, Patrick, Catherine, Matthew, and Nicholas Moraghan; sisters-in-law Marlyn Kertz, Mary (Don) Kind, Margaret (Gary) Koeder, Ruth (Bill) Waltrip, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Liz, and his brothers, John, Francis, Victor, Harold, and Robert.

VISITATION; 5:00-7:00 PM Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th St. S., Fargo, ND.

PRAYER SERVICE; 7 PM Thursday, at Boulger Funeral Home.

FUNERAL MASS; A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April, 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1420 7th St. N, Fargo, ND with visitation at the church one hour before the service.

BURIAL; Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo, ND.

Arrangement entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation, please consider Great Plains Food Bank, Heart-n-Soul Community Café, or Saint Gianna’s Maternity Home.


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24 responses to “James Kertz”

  1. Fred funk says:

    God bless your family. Jim was a great leader at bobcat. I am so glad I got to work for him.

    Fred and Kathy funk

  2. John Walsh says:

    My condolences to the family. Jim was one of those wonderful, talented and special leaders that made you feel you were working with him and not for him. He was talented in so many ways. I always loved and appreciated his great sense of humor.

  3. Erin Winterquist says:

    My condolences to you all. James was one of my favorite patients I saw in the clinic many times. May you all find peace knowing James is now your guardian angel.

  4. Brian Frank says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.


    Brian Frank and our extended family

  5. Thoralf Thompson says:

    Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  6. Tim Meier says:

    Thinking of and praying for you and your family.

    Tim and Kara Meier and family

  7. Jay Scott Melland says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I was blessed to have known Jim both growing up as a kid in Lisbon and working for him for 15 years. He was a great leader and ambassador for Melroe. My deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  8. Jay Scott Melland says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I was lucky to have known Jim when I was a young kid growing up in Lisbon and to have worked for him for 15 years. He was a great leader for Melroe. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God Bless!!

  9. John & Barbara Swanberg says:

    Lots of great memories of Jim. He was a great mentor to an awful lot of people. He will be missed. Barbara and I send our condolences and prayers to Jim’s family.

  10. Jim Connor says:

    Thoughts and Prayers for your family. Jim made working with Melroe Bobcat an absolute pleasure!
    Jim & Sue Connor

  11. Harlan Andersen says:

    Sorry to hear of his passing. The Bobcat family has lost another great member. My sincere condolences and sympathy to all family and friends

  12. Jack Arsenault says:

    A special friend to all of us at Bobcat of Boston! Great guy & wonderful memories! Love to all his family ! Rest in peace friend!❤️ Jack Arsenault Founder B.O.B.

  13. Nancy Brekke says:

    Jim was a very good friend of Dean and myself. They met each other at Sheyenne Crossing the reunitied again at Eventide. They always had a lot to talk about. You are in my prayers


  14. karen m zapata says:

    Jim was my Uncle and I am very saddened by the news of his passing. We have fond memories of my Aunt Liz and Uncle Jim. He was always very kind and generous with us.

    Prayers to Barbara, Nancy, Jill, Jane, Jamie and all of the family. May God’s love bring you comfort during this season.

    Karen Zapata and Zachary Cohan, All the Waltrip family

  15. Richard Gerriets says:

    My heart-felt sympathy and condolences to Jim’s family. Jim was a kind and caring leader with a contagious smile and laugh. He was loved by the entire Bobcat Marketing Services team.

  16. Ralph & Darlene Jose says:

    Kertz Family,
    We were next-door neighbors of Jim and Liz on Willow Rd in Fargo. Although we were busy with our careers and they were busy too and we didn’t see each other often, we enjoyed them as neighbors. May the many memories made as a family sustain you all during this sad time – memories are special and can not be taken away. May the one who welcomed Jim into heaven be the same one who wraps His arms around you and gives you peace.

  17. College of Saint Benedict says:

    Jim was a good friend to the College of Saint Benedict. His late wife, Elizabeth, was an alum from the class of 1958. We are sad to learn of his passing, but grateful for the legacy he and Elizabeth left behind. The Kertz family will be in our prayers.

  18. Jon Bock says:

    We are so sorry to hear this news of Jim. He was truly one of the best at Bobcat, and his guidance both professionally and personally was so appreciated by myself and Debi. We extend our deepest sympathy to your family for a very great man.

  19. Dennis and Sandi Mecklenburg says:

    Our hearts, thoughts, condolences and prayers are with the Kertz family. At this difficult time we also take the time to remember our many good times together at Bobcat and those thoughts will always bring a smile in his remembrance.

  20. Steven T Unruh says:

    Thinking and feeling for you, Jamie and family. Peace and Love…

  21. Patricia (Bock) Martin says:

    I was so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I have so many fond memories growing up just kitty corner from the Kertz family. Jill and I would walk to school together every day and would play together so often. My love and prayers go out to the whole family. God’s blessings to you all!!

  22. Amaury alonso says:

    My deepest condolences to Jim’s family.It is Pain full to loose a loved one whom was so special like Jim. In the bible God promises we will once again be reunited with our loved ones on a peacefull earth (John 5:28&29) This is a beautiful hope you all can hold on to along with the memories of jim.

  23. Mike Kertz says:

    My uncle Jim was one of the most thoughtful and kind-hearted people I’ve ever known. He ALWAYS put others needs ahead of his. His gracious manner and emotional intelligence are world class and will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the James Kertz Family.

  24. Marcia Paulson says:

    On behalf of the thousands of children, seniors and families Jim (and Elizabeth) helped feed through the Great Plains Food Bank and our partner network of food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn., I was want to share our deepest sympathies to your family. The impact felt by so many when they received the nouishment necessary to live a better quality of life, and to learn and grow to their fullest potential was is LARGE part due to Jim (and Elizabeth’s) generous hearts.

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