James "Jim" Wold
James "Jim" Wold
A caring, compassionate, thoughtful, and always true gentleman, James "Jim" P. Wold passed away comfortably on April 19, 2017 at his Fargo home. Jim was born to O. Clifford Wold and Gladys K. Antony on June 17, 1935 in Drake, N.D. He attended schools in Langdon and Devils Lake before the family moved to Fargo where he went to St. Anthony's and Agassiz before graduating from Shanley High School in 1953. He went to college at NDSU and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Business.
Jim married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Mary "Jean" Williams on June 15, 1957 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo. Jean was homecoming queen and Jim was Captain and Quarterback of the Shanley Class A State Championship football team of 1952. Jim and Jean moved to Rochester, MN in 1958 where he managed the Hotel Arthur and other family enterprises. From 1970 to 1972 the family lived in Arizona where Jim managed the Adams Hotel. In 1972, the Wold family returned to Fargo making this their home where Jim led the families' hotel enterprises. He led the development and operations of the Fargo Holiday Inn and other hotels in ND, MN, CO, TX, AZ and KS.
Jim was the primary force in hiring, training and managing a couple generations of successful hospitality entrepreneurs and managers. The Fargo Holiday Inn was the recipient of many hospitality industry awards. There are probably few businesses that had such loyal and dedicated employees that took so much pride in what they did. Jim was smart and had great instincts in all business matters....but especially in hiring the right people. The Jim Wold led management team was dedicated to the highest ethical standard which is evidenced by the way they treated their employees, customers and suppliers. Jim has been such a faithful and supportive older brother, such a loyal and trusting friend and a talented and insightful business partner.
Jim was a member of Nativity Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Minnesota National Guard, and Ducks Unlimited. He was a constant supporter and contributor to numerous charitable and community organizations personally and through the James and Jean Wold Advised Fund at the F-M Area Foundation as well as being a benefactor of the St. John Paull II Catholic Schools through the James P. Wold charitable Lead Trust.
Jim is survived by his son, Jeff Wold, Saudi Arabia, daughter, Sara (Scott) Bleth, Horace, ND, grandchildren; Mark and Lauren Richardson and Carly Bleth, brothers; Tom (Lisa Wheeler) Wold and Don (Micker) Wold; brothers-in-law, Gregory (Denise) Williams, Mike (Susan) Williams, Bud McCroskey; sisters-in-law, Joan (Larry) Schuh, Peggy (Doug) Antonelli, Jane (Larry) LaMont, Deborah (Rob) Hinderliter and Jane Williams.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, his son Jay, and his parents, Clifford and Gladys.
Jim's family would like to thank the many wonderful caregivers, nurses and doctors from Sanford, Eventide and Hospice (Fargo) who offered support and care during Jim's hard fought battle with esophageal and prostate cancer.
Memorials preferred to St. John Paul II Catholic Schools, Hospice of the Red River Valley and Roger Maris Cancer Center.
Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M.
Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Monday, April 24, 2017 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.