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James Tougas

July 20, 1949 - February 24, 2017

Memorial Mass - Thursday

March 02, 2017
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior.

Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo

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Boulger Funeral Home

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James Tougas

July 20, 1949 - February 24, 2017

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An excellent son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was called home on February 24, 2017.

James Meddy Tougas was born on July 20, 1949 to Duane and Lucetta (Cole) Tougas in Pelican Rapids, MN.

Jim was the oldest of eight children. He was a kind, loving and patient big brother to Len (Kathy), Fran (Mary), Jeff (Beth), Jay, Curt, Patricia (Toby), and Chris (Tresa). We will be forever grateful to have called him brother.

After graduating high school in 1968, Jim joined the Army. Before being sent to Vietnam, he met and married the love of his life, Sandra, his Cajun Queen from Louisiana who taught him how to eat crawfish and peel shrimp. Together these two kids put together a pretty terrific life. They have two daughters, Shelly (Danny) Boudreaux and Sarah, along with five grandchildren, Kara (Zac), Grace, David, Sabrena and Breanna; and one great-granddaughter, Ella. You could not know Jim without knowing his love for his family.

Jim was a family man first and foremost. His first career was as an architect. After seeing a need for veterans in the area, Jim returned to school as an older than average student and got his master’s in social work. He then set forth to help others, first as Executive Director for Churches United, then to the V.A. Hospital as a counselor, and finally, to the Vet Center as a counselor. After retiring from the government, Jim started driving bus for the West Fargo schools where he stayed until his passing. Jim loved all the children on his bus and they will miss their honorary grandpa.

One of the greatest things about Jim is that he led by example. He was strong and true. He gave all and asked for nothing. Jim absolutely loved to go fishing with his daughters and spending time with them at their lake, Camper’s Cove. He cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchild. What a great legacy he leaves.

Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra; his children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter; also his mother, all of his siblings, and his dog, Marley.

Jim so missed his dad and we know they are together again, along with all of his grandparents and Sandra’s mom. The world is being watched over tonight, so if you see a twinkling star in the sky, take comfort that is Jim looking down.

There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.

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17 responses to “James Tougas”

  1. Susan M Jaroszewski says:

    I worked with Jim for many years and he was such a great guy. He left us way too soon. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort you during this difficult time.

  2. Dennis and Julie Jacobson says:

    Our deepest sympathy and love and prayers to you Sandy and family.

  3. Jane Cody says:

    Sandy and family, So sorry to hear of Jim passing. I so enjoyed getting to know you guys and even though I haven’t seen you in some time I have thought of you often. My sympathy to you and your family.
    Jane Cody

  4. Lisa Jacobson says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jim. I work at a school where I would visit with Jim everyday when he drove bus for the elementary kiddos. I loved how he truly cared for them and was a really good driver. I will miss his deep, gentle voice telling those kids to “Siiiiiit Dowwwn” before he would take off…making sure everyone was safe. On a last note…I thought the write up here about Jim’s life was very well written. God blessed me with having the chance to know Jim, even just a little bit…he was a great man.

  5. Mary Vogel says:

    I worked with Jim at West Fargo, through all his treatments he was such a positive person. Prayers for all of Jim’s family and friends, he was a great man that will be missed.

  6. Emil & Pat Resler says:

    Our sympathy to the family. Jim was a great person to work with at the Vets Center. He did a lot of great work dealing with the Veterans.

  7. Luigi Paruccini says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Sandy and Family, Hoping you will find comfort in knowing that we have wonderful memories of Jim – one of which is my boys going on their first deer hunt-Luigi & Stephanie Paruccini

  8. Steve Pederson says:

    My deepest sympathy’s to Jims family. Jay was my best friend when we were in junior and senior high school. I didn’t know Jim well but the entire family were wonderful people.

  9. Peggy Berg Johnson says:

    All my love to you Sandy. Jim was a wonderful person. Please take comfort in knowing God’s love for Jim and for you.

  10. Steve Sjulstad, Moorhead, MN says:

    I knew Jim as a classmate of my older brother Rob. Jim’s parents moved to Wahpeton and Jim wanted to stay in Moorhead, so my parents gave him a room to stay. I went hunting with Jim and Rob when we were in high school. I will remember him as one of my brother’s best friends. My sympathy to Jim’s family.

  11. Debbie Fontenot says:

    My dear Jim, the gentle giant with a wonderful hearty laugh. My family will miss you dearly, we will be here for Sandra and your beautiful family as you & Sandra were there for me nearly 5 years ago. Love & prayers for all of you….Debbie & family ❤.

  12. Brian Turner says:

    I am just one of the many Vietnam Veterans that Jim helped at the Vet Center. He was there to help most of us survive the continuing agony of war and help us to rebuild our shattered lives. Forever thank you Jim for your service to your country and to us who served. May God richly Bless you and your family as you have blessed us.

  13. Michael McMaines says:

    Sandy, so sorry for the loss of Jim. I saw him a couple of years ago and we had a nice talk. He was a sweet guy with a big heart. I am a better person for knowing him. You and your family are in my prayers.

  14. Laurie Whitehead says:

    Sympathy to Jim’s family. I enjoyed working with Jim at VA and know he was a strong advocate for veterans. Sympathy and prayers for all of his family.

  15. Carolyn Rios says:

    Very sorry to read of Jim’s passing. We extend our sympathies. Luis and Carolyn (Cole) Rios and Antonio and Alejandro Rios.

  16. Bernie and Connie Schuetze says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. Bernie and Connie Schuetze says:

    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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