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James “Jim” Ferguson

James William Ferguson, age 87, of New Rockford, ND passed away April 10, 2021 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd. 

James Ferguson was born on April 6, 1934 to Kenneth and Violet (Gwynn) Ferguson in Carrington, ND.   

He graduated with honors from Carrington High School.   After he graduated, he went to work at JC Penney for a period of time and then enlisted in the Army.  In the Army he worked with Morse code and built and fixed radios.

He met his wife, Marlys Seiler, at a dance and they were married on June 10, 1954 in Augusta, Georgia. They settled in New Rockford in 1960 where they raised their seven children. Many years were spent with his favorite dance partner.  They could cut a rug like no other. Everyone just loved to watch them on the dance floor.  It always looked like they were floating on air. James and Marlys spent many winter months in Mesa, AZ during their retirement years.

James was a man of many talents.  In the community he was known as James, in church as Jim the reader, Jake to his wife, Jimmy to his mother, or simply Dad and Grandpa.

James spent his adult life farming and served on many boards and committees. He was a member of the Eagles Club, St. John’s Church and was a 3rd degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.   He was a prolife advocate.  He could make anything run. He was very tech savvy and even built computers for himself and family.

James’ deep and abiding faith, strong work ethic and unfailing honesty and integrity set an example for his children and grandchildren to live up to and strive for.

Privileged to have shared in his life and be loved by him were his wife Marlys of almost 67 years; his children and grandchildren; Kim Ferguson of Fargo, ND and her children Mandy (Matthew) Munro, Jared (Wendy) Balow, and Jessica (Dave) Passal; Roxann (Loren) Melvie of Bismarck and their children Brenden, Connor, and Devin Melvie; Jill Weber of New Rockford, ND and her children Casey Weber, Levi (Chelsey) Weber, Cassidy (Parm) Borst, and Lexie Weber; Jewel Turcotte of Chanhassen, MN and her children Nathan Turcotte, Kelsey (Preston) Weisenburger, and Tory (Lacey) Turcotte; Jay Ferguson of Sioux Falls, SD; Guy (Mandy) Ferguson of Bismarck, ND and their children Jayden, Kailee, Cru, Jonah, Hudson, and Hayden; Tye (Erin) Ferguson of Shakopee, MN and their children Madison, Jack, and Lucy.  He is also survived by soon to be 17 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Family members waiting to greet James in heaven are his parents, mother and father-in-law Joe and Marian (Ulness) Seiler; sister Lorraine Jensen, brother Eugene Ferguson, son-in-law Bradley Weber, and grandson Dylan Turcotte.

To all who are reading his “story”, to all who have loved him, to all who have crossed his path, and to the staff who went above and beyond during his 16-month stay at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, we thank you for adding to the richness of this man’s life. 

A Visitation will be Tuesday, 1:00PM – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford and will continue at church from 6:00-7:00PM; a Rosary Service will be held at 6:30PM followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

James’ Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 11:00AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

His Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to the family!

  2. Our sympathy to the family. I always enjoyed Jim’s participation as a board member of Tri-County and Northern Plains Electric. Jim was polite, engaged and interested in what was best for the cooperative and community. May you find comfort in your good memories. Claire and Jill Vigesaa

  3. I remember so many family picnics, card parties at our house, Christmas/birthday parties at Joe & Marion’s house. Jake was always tolerant & good to us as kids, complimented my attempts at baking or cooking as a teenager & made the effort to have a conversation when we were together. A lot of good memories.
    We were all fortunate to have him in our lives.

  4. So patient with all my questions. Loved his kindness.

  5. My deepest condolences to the Ferguson family. It was always so nice to see Jim and Marlys in church together.

  6. Marlys , I am so sorry to hear of James passing … I remember so well all the visits we had a the cafe! I always was so happy when you got back from Arizona, as missed our visits. The two of you always made my day when you would come in. We must of talked about any and everything! All my thought and prayers to you and your family ,

  7. So sorry for your loss. We the Jacobson and Ryan families are better people to have known your family. God Bless you all and Jim’s memory🙏

  8. So sorry for your loss😢We the Jacobson family are blessed to have you all as friends. God Bless you all and Jim’s memory 🙏

  9. My sympathy to you all upon James’ passing. He was a fine ambassador for Christ in every encounter and conversation I had with him. Prayers are with you all.

  10. I remember with fondness the many weekends I babysat for Jake and Marlys when the girls were young. Jake and Marlys were so vibrant and fun; they had such a positive outlook on life. It has been a blessing to have Jake with us these many years.

  11. So sorry for your loss , My family thought very highly of Jake and considered him a very close family friend. We will miss him. God Bless Jake and his family and may he Rest In Peace

  12. Marlys thank you for being the best God Mother anyone could ever have! To the rest of the family, I pray God is holding you all in the palm of his hands as all of you go through this time in every one of you your lives. Sorry I could not be there to hug each of you! Jake thank you for always being there for me. R.I.P GOD FATHER!


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