James H. Winter

James “Jim” Winter, age 81, of Moorhead, MN, passed away on May 20, 2020 at his home, surrounded by loved ones.

Jim was born on June 23, 1938 in Moorhead. He grew up in North Moorhead and graduated from Moorhead High School in 1957. Jim met the love of his life, Marlys Jacobsen, and they were married on November 23, 1957. They lived in a small house on Marlys’s brother’s (Ray Jacobsen) farm north of Glyndon, MN along the Buffalo River. In 1961 they built their house north of Moorhead. Jim belonged to the North Dakota Air National Guard and was an aircraft mechanic on P-51 Mustangs. In 1964 Jim went to work at Kegal Sign Co. in Moorhead as a commercial artist and later manager.

Jim loved gardening. Both Jim and Marlys were active members of the North Dakota State Garden Club. Jim served as president of the club for two 3- year terms. He loved the outdoors and hunting, especially bow hunting. Jim was a Boy Scout and earned his Eagle Scout rank. He loved oil painting, especially outdoor and wildlife. Jim especially cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Marlys, of Moorhead; son, Jeff (Sue), of Glyndon, MN; daughters, Paulette Winter, of Rochester, MN and Sheryl Gilroy, of Lawrence, KS; grandchildren, Erik Winter, Candice (Bob) Hanold, Tyler (James Sink) Winter, Bradley (Chelsey) Winter, Kayla Gilroy and Katherine (Eric) Thornton, and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Stephen Jr. and Thomas.

A private family service will be held on a later date. Online guestbook at

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