Jim Goertz, 71, passed away Monday, June 28th, 2021 under the care of Sanford Hospice in Fargo.
Jim was born October 21, 1949 in Nebraska to Howard J (Jeff) and Catherine (Hogan) Goertz. He was the 6th of 12 siblings. He attended school at Cathedral of Ephiphany and Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, IA.
On March 27, 1971 he was united in marriage to Cheri Fahey at the Cathedral of Epiphany in Sioux City, IA. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They welcomed 3 children into their family Jami, Jacque & Ryan.
Jim worked various jobs through the years and in 1980 he began a career in the passenger elevator industry. In 1985 the family moved to North Dakota. Over the years, the towns of Wilton, Minot and Hillsboro were considered home. In 2019 Jim & Cheri moved to Fargo.
He covered a 4 state area in the Midwest servicing and repairing elevators. in 1999 Jim began as an instructor, teaching elevator apprentices safety and education. He was also a certified Osha instructor. Jim was Union Strong and dedicated to his trade. in 2015 Jim retired with an hourly accumulation of 40 years of service. During Covid-19, Jim continued teaching long distance learning for the elevator apprentices.
Jim was a past member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic church and Knights of Columbus, Hillsboro, and a former board member of the Traill County Historical Society.
One of Jim’s favorite pastimes was fishing, whether in a boat or on the ice. In addition to spending time with them, he made sure he taught all of his grandchildren to fish.
We would like to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Wiisanen at the Roger Maris Cancer Center and Marissa with Sanford Hospice for their compassionate care.
He is survived by his bride of 50 years, Cheri, Fargo, daughters Jami (Michael) Kastning, Elk Point, SD, Jacquelyn (Gerald) Erickson, Jamestown, ND. Grandchildren - Julia Lovell, Mitchell Lovell, Fargo; Emily Goertz, Minot ND; Abigail, Nora and Patrick Kastning, Elk Point, SD Bonus grandchildren - April (Adam) Zimney, Nick (Kala) Erickson, Allison Erickson, Claire Erickson, Meredith (Tim) O’Brien, Christopher Erickson, all of Jamestown. Michael (Taylor) Kastning of North Carolina; siblings Lois Daniels, Cathie (Dennis) Carlson, Cindy Amick, Tim (Theresa) Goertz, Rita (Brian) Blanchard, and Keith Goertz; Sisters-in-law Barb (Fred) Palensky and Chrissy Fahey (Bruce Thomas), as well as multiple nieces and nephews. Great grandchildren Oliver Brown, Octavia Goertz, and bonus great grandchildren - Abram and Alexandra Zimney and Rhett Kastning.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, son Ryan, his siblings Jeanne, Jerry, Joe Julie, Tony and 3 nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday July 2nd, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND with the family present at 9:00 a.m. (Livestreamed on the funeral home website) No internment at this time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.