James Harbott, age 78, of West Fargo, ND, died Tuesday, December 31, 2019, in a Moorhead, MN healthcare facility.
James Roger Harbott was born November 19, 1941, at Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Emil and Edith (Geske) Harbott. He grew up on a farm near St. Hilaire, MN, attended school at Thief River Falls, and worked on the family farm. Jim entered the US Army in August of 1959, served in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in June of 1965.
Jim attended college in Minneapolis, MN and worked as an insurance agent at Thief River Falls. He then became a Veteran’s Service Representative, working in Minneapolis and Forrest Lake, MN, and later Moorhead, MN.
Jim was united in marriage to Patricia Hegland April 27, 1991 at Thief River Falls. They lived in Fargo until later moving to West Fargo. After working to provide services to disabled veterans in the MN/ND area for 23 years, Jim retired due to his own health.
He was a life member of the Moorhead VFW post, a member of the Moorhead American Legion post, of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, West Fargo. Jim enjoyed Twins baseball, he collected scale model cars, and was known to “always have a fast car.”
Jim is survived by his wife Patricia; a son Brian (Kim) Casavan,of Alexandria, MN, a stepson Scott Morris, McLeod, ND; stepdaughter, Shelley (Kerry) Kelleher, Gilford, New Hampshire; 4 grandchildren, Ashley (Nelson) Lee, Laura Casavan, Megan Kelleher, and Marissa Kelleher; 3 great-grandchildren; and a brother Emil, known as Junior, of St. Hilaire, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation: 5-7 pm Thursday, January 9, 2020, with a Prayer Service held at 7 pm, all in West Funeral Home, West Fargo
Funeral: 11 am Friday, January 10, 2020 in St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo.
Burial: Fargo National Cemetery, rural Harwood, ND.
West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center, West Fargo, ND
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