James ‘Jim’ Solberg

James “Jim” Solberg, 55, of Williston, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Williston on Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2013.

James Solberg was born April 10, 1957, to Tom and Norvella (Gresz) Solberg, in Dickinson. He was baptized at Belfield Lutheran Church, where he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith, grew up in Belfield, and graduated from Belfield High School.

Like his brothers and sisters, as a kid Jim worked at his dad and mom’s service station, Tom’s Service, where he learned his mechanical skills and developed his good business sense. Helping out on Grampa and Gramma Gresz’ ranch instilled in Jim his passion for horses, cattle and haying.

Jim was first married to Marianne Emch in January 1980. Together they made their home in Fryburg. They had three children, Christopher, Thomas and Erica. The couple later divorced.

His first foray into the oil industry was with Koch where he was a fleet supervisor. In 1985 Jim moved to Williston where he continued his work with Koch until they were bought out by Bear Paw Energy. In 2006, he started Safe Com LLC, a safety and compliance consulting service, which he was still operating at the time of his recent illness.

He first laid eyes on Tami Rae Farhart on June 13, 1987. They were married Aug. 11, 1990, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Williston. To the couple was born their daughter, Sheena, Jim’s little sidekick.

Jim had a strong faith, and a deep respect and admiration for God’s creation. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing, planting trees or simply observing wildlife.

Jim was a consummate planner, and made lists for various projects which he would then carry out. He was also a workaholic, and much of Jim and Tami’s time as a couple involved them performing work together, whether it be restoring a vehicle, working on an engine, raising cattle or feeding animals. They also enjoyed the tranquility of simply sitting together watching all the various animals out back or the snow fall outside.

Being very analytical, Jim could figure out most problems whether they be electrical, mechanical, a plumbing issue or woodworking. He brought his goal of perfection to all his work and constantly strove for continual improvement. In his safety and compliance work, he brought his strong convictions and assertiveness to the job in a disarming manner, all in an effort to ensure everyone’s safety and their making it home at the end of a work day. He simply cared about his fellow workers.

Jim was a member of First Lutheran Church, where he worked the dessert table during the lutefisk dinner, the American Quarter Horse Association and the Delta Waterfowlers.

He delighted in simple random acts of kindness, and found happiness in his life by giving it to others. Jim’s greatest treasure was his family. He dearly loved his wife, kids, mother, his siblings and extended family and friends

Surviving Jim are: his mother, Norvella, of Belfield; wife, Tami, of Williston; his children, son, Christopher (Alanna) Solberg, of Fargo, and Christopher’s daughter, Emilee Solberg, of Fergus Falls, Minn., son, Tom Solberg and his son, Bryzick, of Williston, daughter, Erica (Andy) Kessel and their daughter, Natalia, of Belfield, and daughter, Sheena Solberg (Miles Jessop) of Williston; his goddaughter, Amber Hofstad; his siblings, Tim (Ame) Solberg, Joyce (Dennis) Reisenauer, Rhonda (Darrell) Tooley and Ken (LuAnn) Solberg, all of Belfield; his sister-in-law, Sherry Solberg, of Belfield; numerous nieces and nephews, Ryan, Kimberly, Shawn, Amber, Alexis, Brooke, Tori, Justin, Laci, Bradley, Danielle, Rachael, Braden, and Carson; his father- and mother-in-law, Denny and Sandra Farhart, of Williston; his brother-in-law, Brad (Amy) Farhart, of Stanley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by: his father, Tom; and brother, Keith Solberg.

His funeral service will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Williston. Rev. Martin Mock will officiate.

Interment will follow in Our Savior’s Lutheran Churchyard Cemetery, rural Williston.

Friends are welcome to visit (www.eversonfh.com) to share memories of Jim or leave condolences for his family. Friends may also call at the Everson Funeral Home of Williston on Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and at the church on Monday for the hour preceding the service.

The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.