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James "Jim" Smith

January 04, 1941 - November 13, 2019

Funeral Service - Tuesday

November 19, 2019
- 11:00 A.M. with a visitation one hour prior

Olivet Lutheran Church

Visitation - Monday

November 18, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm with a prayer service at 7:00pm

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

James "Jim" Smith

January 04, 1941 - November 13, 2019


Jim passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at his home in Fargo, surrounded by his loving family, and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
James A. Smith was born on January 4, 1941, the son of Arthur and Alice (Grunenwald) Smith in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He grew up Moorhead, MN.
Jim was united in marriage to Janice Marie Balliet on August 19, 1961 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN. They made their home in Fargo where they raised their family. Jim worked for several Auto Body Shops in the area including W.W. Wallworks for over 32 years. Throughout the years he enjoyed spending time at Red River Valley Speedway where he worked as a flag man. He also loved spending time fishing, hunting, and golfing.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Janice of Fargo; his children – James Smith Jr., of Fargo; Deb (Roger) DuBord of Fargo; Mike (Lisa) Smith of West Fargo, ND; his grandchildren – Tyson (Amanda) Smith, Garrett (Dani) Smith, Paige Smith, Chase DuBord, and Alex DuBord; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings – Orrie (Pat) Smith, Larry (Ursula) Smith, and Kenny Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Henry Smith; his sister, Carol Peltier; and his beloved dog, Pugsley.
VISITATION: 5-7 PM Monday, November 18, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo – and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Tuesday
PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Monday at Boulger Funeral Home
FUNERAL SERVICE: 11 AM Tuesday at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo
BURIAL: Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fargo


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15 responses to “James Smith”

  1. Ronald Langevin says:

    To family of Jim Smith, my deepest sympathy to you, I considered Jim a good friend

  2. Chris (Fischer) Winter says:

    Our families have known each other for many years going back to when my dad Gordy and Jim worked together at Allen’s auto. Sad to hear of Jim’s passing but I know he is in a good place and was not living the life he wanted the last few years. He was a great man and will be deeply missed by his friends and family. My love and thoughts are with you

  3. matt & sharon wolf says:

    to the jim smith family: our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. we are in arizona so will not be able to be at jim’s celebration of life.
    matt & sharon wolf

  4. Amanda Morlock says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Jimmy, he was a great man who always put a smile on the faces around him. So much love.

  5. Patty and Spider Nelson says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a good friend to so many people and we will always have fond memories of him. He definitely lived a life that many can’t imagine having. Thoughts and prayers to Jan and family. Spider & Patty Nelson

  6. Tom Gravalin says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss Jim was a great neighbor and person, he will be missed hug’s and condolences to all of you.

  7. Allen & Eileen Balliet says:

    Cousin Jim, will always remember all the great times we had deer hunting in Grant county with you, Janice, Tom and Vern and all the times you and Janice came to Bismarck and stopped to visit. You were a wonderful person and friend and always enjoyable to be around. You will be dearly missed. Allen, Eileen Balliet and family

  8. Kevin Glaser says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, I worked with him at w.w.wallwork for many years and knew him as a hard working fun loving man with great sense of humor. RIP Jim

  9. duane morlock says:

    will miss how he made everyone laugh and smile

  10. Jason Berg says:

    Very sorry to hear of the families loss! I enjoyed many Friday nights working with and learning from Jim at the race track along with golfing many Wednesday nights.

  11. Cory Jorgensen #16 says:

    One of the nicest guys around.

  12. DeNae Norman says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My condolences to Jan, Debbie, Mike, and Jr. as well as all the grand kids and great Grand kids. I know he will be greatly missed.

  13. Kari Tester says:

    Jan and Family, Im sorry for your loss. Jim was a familiar face when I was growing up. I always felt my dad had some pretty cool friends, Jim was one of them. I pray you find peace in the days ahead.
    Kari (Drussell) Tester

  14. Kenneth Smith says:

    It was so nice seeing that video how great.nice to see a picture of jim and I together.He will be missed

  15. Charisse says:

    Deb and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such a sweet man. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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