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James M. McMillan
James M. McMillan, 71, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier. Visitation will be Friday, January 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service at the church. Burial will be held in the St. Brigid's Catholic Cemetery.
James was born July 14, 1944 at Langdon, ND to William and Gertrude ( Nowatzki) McMillan. He grew up and attended school in Cavalier. On July 31, 1965, he married Patty Kochendorfer at Pembina, ND.
During his life, Jim worked in auto body, drove a wrecker, and worked at Motor Coach Industries in Pembina. His handiness included restoring a 1965 Chevy pickup and being able to do his own vehicle repairs and maintenance. He also enjoyed mowing grass, blowing snow, and just being a handyman. Jim always liked to be busy doing something. Motorcycling was also a passion of his and he also enjoyed watching football, T.V, and some movies. He was a member of the Valley Cruisers Car Club and AA with 35 years of sobriety.
Jim was very active in the St. Brigid's Catholic Church doing maintenance, being an altar server for the past 10 years, and almost never missing daily Mass for the last few years. He had a love for people and could visit anyone from children to adults. Jim loved life and often quoted "I love life, life is good!"
Survivors include his wife Patty; siblings: RoseAnn Winkler, Cavalier, ND, Jane (Sidney) Laxdal, Miniota, MB, Helen (Dennis) Bachand, Warroad, MN, Raymond McMIllan, Cavalier; sister-in-law, Susan (Don) Dimsha; brother-in-law, Rich Kochendorfer; many special nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and sister, Gloria Wirtz.
Dear Party and family. I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I remember how kind you and Jim were when I visited Gloria and family. My sympathy to all of you.
Sheila Sturlaugson Mar 5 2016 12:00 AM
So,so sorry for your loss,Patty, thoughts & prayers for you & your families....
shirley cosley Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss Patty ,always enjoyed Jim's kindness & sense of humor.His strong faith always shone through all he did.I know he will be missed by many.
Anna Maes-Sarrasin Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM
Patty, So sorry to hear about Jim. He was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Bob and Irene Olson Jan 17 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry prayers to your family. such a nice man always enjoyed visiting
Robert and jean blair Jan 16 2016 12:00 AM
Dear Patty, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Thankful for the faith you two have always expressed and the strength and comfort that only Christ can give.
Cinder Gunderson Jan 16 2016 12:00 AM
Wishing you peace in this time of sadness. Worked with Jim at M.C.I. He alway had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. Jim will be greatly missed.
Jane Clark Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM
Dear Patty, Heather and I were so sad to hear of Jim's passing. Our deepest sympathy and sincere prayers are with you in this time of grief. Kind regards, Dr Stegman
Ben Stegman, DVM Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM
Patty- I am very sorry to learn of your loss. I did not know Jim but he must have been a wonderful man for you to have chosen him a half century ago. You will be in my prayers as you grieve this loss of your Life's Partner.
Buzz Snyder Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM
So sad to hear this news. Jim always had a smile on his face, was kind to everybody that he came in contact with! Never heard him say an unkind word about anybody! He will be greatly missed!
Jay Padden Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM