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Rev. James Kloster

June 28, 1931 - October 28, 2018

Visitation - Thursday

November 01, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life

Prayer Service-Thursday

November 01, 2018
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center


November 02, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Olivet Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

November 02, 2018
- 11:00 AM

Olivet Lutheran Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Rev. James Kloster

June 28, 1931 - October 28, 2018


The Rev. Jim Kloster, 87, Fargo ND, died October 28, 2018 under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Jim was born June 28, 1931, to Jacob and Gertrude Kloster in Clearbrook, MN. He graduated from Clearbook High School in 1949 and attended Lutheran Bible Institute, Waldorf College, and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1957 and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 1961. Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954 and was stationed in Germany.

Jim was ordained as an ELCA Lutheran pastor in 1961 and served parishes in Brandon, MN, Chicago, IL, Chaffee, ND, Embden, ND, and Mandan, ND. After retirement as a full-time pastor and a move to Fargo, ND, Jim continued his ministry work as a staff Chaplain for 11 years at the Fargo Veterans’ Hospital. Jim retired after a full 52 years of ministry.

Jim married the love of his life Midge (Sunde) Kloster on January 30, 1971 in Minneapolis, MN. Jim felt richly blessed in his life. He was eternally grateful for the privilege of serving in the Holy Ministry and for the gifts of faith, forgiveness and eternal life. Jim cherished his family and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Our deepest gratitude to the Fargo VA Hospital for the compassionate medical care that Jim received there. Also, a heartfelt thank you to the Hospice of the Red River Valley and our dear, dear Stephanie and Staci.

Jim is survived by his wife, Midge, and four children, Todd, Chicago, IL, Colin (Julie), Fargo, ND, Dave (Heather), Minnetonka, MN, and Mark, Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren Josh Kloster, Fort Leavenworth, KS, Tenley and Kellen Kloster, Fargo, ND, Justin and Ryan Kloster, Minnetonka, MN; sister JoAnn (Doug) Stillwell, Elk River, MN, brother-in-law Barry Rossum, Minneapolis, MN and many nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his son Tal, parents Jacob and Gertrude, brothers Tally, Orvis, Morris, Donny, and sister Darlene.

Visitation: Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 5 – 8 PM, with a Prayer Service at 7 PM, at Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th Street South, Fargo, ND.

Funeral Service: Friday, November 2, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Olivet Lutheran Church, 1330 University Drive South, Fargo, ND.

Burial: Burial services will be at the Fargo VA National Veterans Cemetery at a later date.


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8 responses to “Rev. James Kloster”

  1. Matt McLeod says:

    My deepest sympathies. Mark had nothing but great stories and amazing things to say about his Dad.

  2. Harriet Holler says:

    With deepest respect to a loving family we have been blessed to call our frieiends. We cherish your friendship. Nels, Harriet, Connie, Bonnie, Travis and Jessica. Bless the Kloster family.

  3. Cory Resler and Lislei Figueiredo says:

    My wife and i send our condolence to the family, Jim married us back in 2007 he was a joyful, full of life person up front to my wife and i on values he will be missed. Also My Parents send there condolences to the family Emil and Pat Resler.

  4. Tedd Ronning says:

    Jim was such a gentle and caring man. Just the kind of man we need more of this this world. I wish I could have spent more time with him but time and distance makes that difficult at times. He and Midge raised a wonderful family and my condolences go out to them all.
    Rest in Peace Uncle Jim!

  5. Kevin Liebenow, Leonard ND says:

    Good memories of a great Pastor. Sympathy to the family.

  6. bruce krogstad says:

    Jim embodied what compassion should look like. Because he truly cared, veteran’s at the Fargo VA quickly trusted him enabling him to help them. He had a pastor’s heart and was a rich blessing to those he served and to those he served with. He has been a role model for me as a person, pastor and chaplain. With sadness I commend him into God’s even more compassionate presence.
    God bless his memory, Midge and the entire Kloster family.

  7. Karis Walstad says:

    I was fortunate to get to spend time with Jim at the clubhouse. He was an inspiration and a comforting presence. I am grateful that I got to know him! He is already missed.

  8. JoAnne & Jim Wigtil says:

    Our sympathy to Midge and family—just learned that Jim passed away. Jim was so friendly and easy to talk to. We met him several years ago at West Acres Mall when we lived in Fargo. He will be missed by all of the “West Acres Family!”
    JoAnne & Jim Wigtil

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