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James ‘Jim’ Spain

March 20, 1949-Oct. 22, 2012

October 24, 2012
Minot Daily News

Jim Spain, Bismarck, N.D., formerly of Minot, N.D., died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2012, at his home in Bismarck, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with Cerebral Ataxia. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. at 11 a.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home, Bismarck. Visitation will be Friday, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Jim was born in Minot on March 20, 1949, to Clyde and Muggs (O'Meara) Spain. He graduated from Minot Ryan High School in 1967 and Minot State College in 1972.

He married Margaret Talbot in Fort Worth, Texas, on Aug. 12, 1972. Jim, his father, and his brother, Joe Spain, owned and operated Spain's Transfer in Minot for 35 years. In June of 2009, Jim and Margaret moved from Minot to Bismarck to be closer to their children, due to Jim's health.

Jim was an active member of the Minot Curling Club, he was an avid golfer at Souris Valley Golf Course, and he enjoyed hunting. Jim and Margaret's cabin at Lake Audubon afforded them many happy, memorable days with immediate and extended family and friends. His grandsons were his greatest joy.

Jim is survived by: his wife, Margaret, of Bismarck; their children, Tom Spain and Betsy (Joe) Elsberry, of Bismarck; two grandsons, Jack Spain Elsberry and Lucas James Elsberry; his sisters, Dianne (Bob) Chirpich, of Plymouth, Minn., and Susan (Doug) Kjos of Minot, N.D.; and by his brothers, Joe (Marilyn) Spain, of Maricopa, Ariz., and John (Michelle) Spain, of Kuwait City, Kuwait. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Jim will be deeply missed by all of his family, whom he loved dearly.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, Danny Chirpich.

Memorials: In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to the National Ataxia Foundation, St. Alexius Hospice, Bismarck, or the Second Story Social Club, Minot.

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