James R. Rosenquist passed away at ManorCare Health Services in Minot on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Jim was born to Oscar and Mayme Rosenquist in Long Creek Township, Divide County, on Jan. 7, 1928. He married Mildred Olesen in Plentywood, Mont., on June 12, 1946.
Jim was a farmer but had worked various other jobs in his life. He was one of the original members of the Divide County Historical Society. He had a great passion for making sure the threshing machine was in working order each year. You could always see him standing on top of the threshing machine, making sure it was working properly and that the wheat bundles were being pitched in at a rate that kept the machine running smoothly so it would not "plug up" the machine.
Jim's second passion was John Deere tractors. He loved finding old tractors and trying to make them run again like the "good 'ol days." He seemed to have "the touch" to be able to get a tractor that had not run in years back to running condition.
His greatest love was his grandchildren. He loved to spend time with them, taking them to the farm to help "farm" and to check the cows. He always had time to take them in the combine or on the tractors, on walks looking for beautiful rocks and playing at the creek walking on the big rocks. When his granddaughters came along, he became the guy who waited for the weekly phone calls about what the girls were up to. He loved getting many packs of pictures and art work from them to hang on the wall in his room. He loved his granddaughters coming for their many visits, sitting and watching the mischievous looks in their eyes and seeing what they would get into. He loved having "cookie parties" on the patio, eating too many cookies and watching all the action around him.
Jim was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Mildred; sons, Larry, Gene and Leon; as well as numerous brothers, sisters and other relatives.
He is survived by: sons, William, of Crosby, Mark, on the family farm by Noonan, and Monte (Dee) of Washington Terrace, Utah; daughters, Debra, of Minot, and Marla (Michael) Halasy, of Rochester, Minn.; and daughter-in-law, Janice Rosenquist, of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Patrick, Lisa, Brett, Ethan, Abigail and Kendyl; and two great-grandchildren, JJ and KayLynn.
Cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of life will take place Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m., at Stakston-Martin Funeral Home in Crosby with Pastor Ron Dahle officiating.
Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby is in charge of arrangements.