James F. Pettinger died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Rosewood on Broadway under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, at the age of 79.
James Francis Pettinger was born in Fargo on October 25, 1936 to Mary (Donohue) and William Joseph Pettinger. Jim was a lifelong resident of Fargo and graduated from Shanley High School in 1955. His family were founding members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where he remained a member. Jim joined the Air National Guard and later took full time Guard employment, serving in recruitment and safety. He retired as a Senior Master Sargent after 41 years.
Jim was active in the Knights of Columbus during his earlier years, becoming Grand Knight of the Fargo Council 782. He enjoyed his lake cottage on Lake Melissa and involvement with the Ed Clapp Senior Center where he helped with Meals on Wheels and other activities. He also served on the board of directors for Valley Senior Services and was president of the board for four years. He was active with the Gilbert C. Grafton Post #2 of the American Legion in Fargo.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents: Mary and William Joseph Pettinger; He is survived by his sister, Mary Jo (Lon) Cooke, Ann Arbor, MI; and brothers: Thomas (Joyce) and Robert Pettinger of Fargo; 6 nephews and 1 niece; 13 grandnieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends and many others at the Ed Clapp Senior Center who were like family to him.