James Van Lith

James Van Lith, age 73, of New Rockford, ND, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018, at New Rockford.

James Van Lith was born on February 14, 1945 in New Rockford to Peter & Dorothy Van Lith.  He graduated from St. John’s Academy in 1963.  He entered the US Army and was stationed in Germany.  James returned to New Rockford.  He worked for local farmers and later for Dakota Growers Pasta Plant.  Most recently he worked for the New Rockford Park Board.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  James also liked collecting old guns and knives.  James was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church and the American Legion.

He is survived by his 2 sisters, Mary Ann Lies and Delores (John) Swanson, and 1 brother, Terry (Beverly) Koepplin.

James was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Peter.


Visitation: Thursday, 9AM-5PM; with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM all in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, ND.

Funeral: Friday, June 8, 2018, at 10:30AM in St. John’s Catholic Church.

Burial: St. John’s Cemetery, New Rockford.

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Name: Cindy Schuster

Message: I knew Jim when he'd come thru the drive-thru at the Log Cabin asking for "something similar to Mello Yello". Such a nice, friendly man. I'm so sorry for your loss. I was gone for a while and didn't know of his passing.



Name: Sara Pennington

Date: 06/08/2018

Message: I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Dakota Growers and always enjoyed getting to visit with him.  He was such a kind man with the best sense of humor!  I always looked forward to seeing him - he will surely be missed


Name: Lanny & Arlene Leifert

Date: 5-7-18

Message: Sorry to hear of Jim passing.  We always enjoyed visiting with him even if was only occasionally.  Know he will be missed.  Bless all of you.  


Name: York Sinkler

Date: 6/7/2018

Message: So sorry to here about Jimmy. Brought back floods of memories of when we were young. I guess I knew him since I was eight I believe, Going along with crazy ideas mostly coming out of Terry's head. LOL RIP Jimmy, you were a good guy.



Name: Rich and Cindy Lund

Date: May 28 2018

Message: We were saddened to hear about Jim's passing. He always had a smile on his face ... thoughts and prayers to all the family. 


Name: David Nelson

Date: 6-6-2018

Message: Jim and I worked together in the late seventies and I always enjoyed his one-liners and sense of humor. To this day I can hear him saying,"Shoot low, they're riding Shetlands" , whenever he felt like it. My encounters with Jim have been occassional since the early eighties but every time it seemed as though it was just like when we worked together. Jim will be missed by many. God bless his memory and his family!