Dr. James Stewart, 76, of Tioga, N.D., died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the Tioga Medical Center. Friends may sign the online register book and give their condolences at (www.fulkersons.com).
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at First Lutheran Church in Tioga. Pastor Sandra Anderson will officiate and interment will be in the United Cemetery, Tioga.
Dr. James "Doc" Harmon Stewart was the only child born to Harold Stewart and Myrtle (Harmon) Stewart on Nov. 1, 1936, in Rugby, N.D. He was raised on the family ranch and attended grade school in Denbigh, N.D., and graduated high school in Towner, N.D.
Doc met and was united in marriage to Eileen Carol Rasch in Velva, N.D., in July 1956. They had two children together, Paula and Perry.
Doc graduated from Northwestern Chiropractic College in December 1970 and began his practice in Crosby in February of 1971. He expanded his practice to Tioga in the early '70s. In 1977 he relocated to Tioga, expanding his practice over the next three decades with satellite offices in Crosby and New Town. He was widowed in 1983.
In July 1986, Doc married his current wife of 26 years, Rose (Brenno) Fredrickson. As an only child on the ranch, Doc sometimes experienced loneliness and told his mother "someday I'm going to have eight children!" With their marriage, Doc's two plus Rose's six created the big family he'd always said he'd have.
Doc belonged to many organizations over his lifetime, serving as past president of the N.D. Chiropractic Association and a member of the N.D. Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Doc was an active member of the Crosby Masonic Lodge # 108, the Kem Temple Shrine, and the Williston Shrine Club. He also served on the Church Council of Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby as well as First Lutheran Church in Tioga, and enjoyed singing in First Lutheran's choir. Doc and Rose enjoyed travelling in their RV and were members of the Good Sam Club of America.
In 1979, Doc was elected municipal judge in Tioga and served for many years. In 2010 he retired his judgeship as well as his career in the chiropractic profession.
His loving family includes: his wife, Rose Marie; children, Paula (Peter) Cyr, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Perry (Tina) Stewart, of Williston; stepchildren, Susan Johnsrud, Steven (Darcy) Fredrickson, David (Cindy) Fredrickson, and Darren Fredrickson, all of Minot, Dale (Tammy) Fredrickson, of Williston, and Dean (Tamara) Fredrickson, of Boise, Idaho; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Doc was preceded in death by his first wife, Eileen, and his parents.
Friends may call at the Fulkerson Funeral Home, Williston, today, Dec. 9, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., and at the church on Monday, one hour prior to services.