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James Shearer

March 30, 1944 - November 23, 2017

Funeral Service - Friday

December 01, 2017
- 11:00 AM

Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo

Visitation - Friday

December 01, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

James Shearer

March 30, 1944 - November 23, 2017


James C. Shearer, 73, West Fargo, ND passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017 under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley after a short battle with cancer.

Jim was born March 30, 1944 in Burlington, Iowa to Paul and Glow (Christenson) Shearer. His family moved to Strongsville, OH, where he graduated from Strongsville High School in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on December 28, 1962. He was an Airplane Mechanic serving on the U.S.S. Enterprise and the U.S.S. Ranger where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He married Shelia Mattis on August 27, 1966 in California. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy on December 27, 1966.

They made their home in California where Jim worked for Continental Airlines for 25 years where they raised their 3 daughters. They moved to Park Rapids, MN in 1984 where Jim and Shelia owned and operated Edgewood Resort on Long Lake. Jim worked for Park Rapids High School in maintenance for several years until moving to West Fargo in 2005 where he worked for NDSU in the maintenance department until his retirement.

He enjoyed spending time in his garden and going golfing. He loved being around his family and enjoyed their “shenanigans.”

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shelia, West Fargo, ND; daughters, Tammy (Todd) Vik, Lake Park, MN, Christy (Bryan) Zingraf, Hawley, MN, Stephanie (Jason) Woulfe, Elizabeth City, NC; 4 grandchildren, Justin Vik, Jessica Vik, Nick Zingraf and Cody Zingraf; sister, Mary Westfall, Garland, TX; brother, Don (Barb) Shearer, Strongsville, OH and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Bob Shearer and an infant brother, John Steven Shearer.

Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 1, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 10:00 A.M. followed by a luncheon being served at the church.


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9 responses to “James Shearer”

  1. Lori Richardson says:


    My sympathies to your family, many thoughts and prayers sent to all.


  2. Chuck & Karleene Knight says:

    To Tammy and the extended family,

    Our deepest condolences and prayers on the passing of your father.

    Chuck & Karleene Knight


    I know how sad everyone is, and I send love and prayers. I knew Jim from the age of 6 and onward . He was a quiet man with a big and soft heart. He will have a big family to greet him now.
    Pat Shearer.

  4. Amaury alonso says:

    Sending my condolences to James family and friends. Cancer is a terrible disease that robs precious lives. His life will not be forgotten and God has promised that very soon “No resident will say: ‘I am sick’… (Isaiah 33:24). May he rest in peace.

  5. NOREEN Rocky ENGELLAND says:

    So very sorry to hear that James has passed. As a 62 yr clasmate, I remember him as a quite, kind hearted but liked to play tricks on fellow clssmates. Good heart and soul.

  6. Chuck and Mary Whitmer says:


    Mary and I send our deeply heart felt condolences on the passing of Jim. My the Lord be with you and your family during this time of need.

  7. Heath Bryant says:

    Stephanie and Jason,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. Linda & Andy Phelps says:

    Shelia and family!
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss! You and your family have been thru so much! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

    Friends of Marcy and Larry

  9. Philip Moyer says:

    So sorry to hear about Jim. He lived across the street from me in Strongsville and was my best friend for many years. I used to see him almost every day after school but not once since graduation. Never the less my memories and fondness for him are strong.

    My deepest condolences and respect to Shelia and Jim’s family.

    With all my heart,
    Phil Moyer

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