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    Thief River Falls - James Burkholder, 69, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at Little Norway Church, Fertile, with Rev. Dan Watland officiating. Casket bearers included Jared Nelson, Jon Burk­holder, Joseph Haj, James Nel­son, George Haj, Lucas Wolff, Kenny Chapman, Jon Fosholm, Dacian Wolff and Duane Wolff. Honorary casket bearers included Titan and Hardware Hank Employees,  and Roger Skime. Interment was held at Little Norway Cemetery, Fertile.
    James Paul Burkholder Jr, was born Aug. 15, 1942, the son of James and Ruby (Holms) Burkholder. He was born in Arthur, N.D., and then moved to Gary.  Jim was baptized in the Lutheran Faith and confirmed at Sundal Lutheran Church at Fertile.  Jim graduated in 1960 from Gary High School. He enlisted in the United States Army  in 1960 and was stationed in Nulligan, Germany, for 31 months with the 93rd float bridge company.  After Jim got out of the service, he worked at Spring Gravel, Gary, and he became very close to Kenny Chapman and his whole family.  The friendship continues.
    James married Sharon Diane Bennes on Oct. 30, 1971 at Little Norway Church, Fertile.  Following their marriage, they moved to Thief River Falls.  
    Jim worked at Arctic Enterprises and fell in love with snowmobiling. He would say “that was my best job.” When Arctic closed its doors, he went to work for Furuseth Nelson and there he formed a close relationship with his boss, Leo Nelson and his family. He also worked at Viking Snowmobile, R and D Department, Hartz Wholesale, Falls Diesel, Thief River Livestock Auction, Frank Donarski and he enjoyed working every day at Anderson Power and Equipment/Titan Machinery, where he was currently employed.  
    Jim along with his wife, Sharon, had a passion in helping others, they enjoyed doing things together. They enjoyed following many of their friends children throughout their school life, including sporting activities, graduation, wedding and starting families of their own.  Jim and Sharon cherished the closeness they had with the Dean Wolff family and Sharon’s cousin, Allan and Ardis Johnson. Jim also had a special bond with uncle John Burkholder, with whom he shared many special times.  Jim and his close friend, Sami Haj became very involved in a city project and they put a lot of time and effort into it.  
    Survivors include wife, Sharon, Thief River Falls; godson: Rodd Gamme, Minneapolis; sisters, Sharon Dahle, Alexandria, Kay (John) Cory, Woodstock, Ga., Midge (Harold) Green, Thief River Falls, and JoDee (Rick) Loll, Campbell; and sister-in-law, Kathy Burkholder, Henderson, N.C.  
    He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ruby Burkholder; brothers, Dennis and Rex; and brother-in-law, Quentin Dahle.
    He has left us to be with his heavenly Father and will be deeply missed.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to charity of choice.
    Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.    A00003B2012JA11
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