James Sommerfeld, 70, Fargo, ND passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019 at his home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
James Daniel Sommerfeld was born on December 2, 1948 in Grand Forks, ND to Richard and Catherine (Gunderson) Sommerfeld. Jim grew up on a farm near Whitman, ND and attended school in Michigan, ND, graduating in 1967. He attended NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND, earning a degree in Refrigeration/Air Conditioning in 1969. After graduation, he worked for IDS Properties in Minneapolis, MN until 1973. On January 22, 1972 he married Beverly Shirek. In 1973 they moved to Fargo where Jim worked for Robert Gibb and Sons as a pipefitter until he retired in 2011.
Jim liked to keep busy working on projects; whether it was building and upgrading their house, working on cars or helping others with their projects. Jim was always the first person to lend a hand when anyone needed help. When he wasn’t busy with projects he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys and relatives, and rarely missed a chance to cheer on his favorite NASCAR drivers, #3 and #48. In retirement, he spent lots of time tending his lawn, gardens and fruit trees. His two granddaughters were the light of his life.
Jim is survived by his wife Bev, three sons: Richard (Kelly), Daniel, and Matthew (Amy), two granddaughters, Miranda and Alyssa, two brothers George (Suzanne) and Arnold, sister Ruth May, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Caroline and her husband Duane Miller, sister-in-law Beverly Sommerfeld, brother-in law Ed May and nephew Ben Sommerfeld.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Visitation: Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 10 AM until 11 AM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo.
Memorial Service: Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo.
Burial: Private family burial will take place at a later date.
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