Jim Kirkeide

March 8, 1967 - April 20, 2019

Jim Kirkeide, 52,

Fessenden, passed away

Saturday, April 20, 2019,

while fishing on Devils


James Walter Kirkeide,

son of LeVon and Patricia

(Knote) Kirkeide, was

born March 8, 1967 at

Harvey, ND. He was

raised in Fessenden and

graduated from Fessenden

High School in 1985.

After graduation he at-

tended Bismarck State

College and North Dakota

State University where he

graduated in 1992 with a

degree in Agriculture.

His passion from a very

young age was farming

and he began farming in

the Fessenden area while

he was in high school. In

addition to farming, he

owned and operated

Kirkeide’s Northland Bean

& Seed Company. With

what started as an idea on

a bar napkin, he was able

to expand his businesses

and relationships to many

areas of the world.

Jim loved his family

and he spread his wings

wide and had room for

many friends. He enjoyed

connecting with his many

friends and he loved pro-

viding experiences for

young and old. It could be

a ride in the combine, a

helicopter or driving a

semi-truck. Jim was an

avid fisherman, boater

and NDSU Bison fan and

he enjoyed providing an

opportunity for his

friends and family to have

those experiences as well.

He was a generous sup-

porter of his community,

the Wells County Fair,

Wells County 4-H, North

Dakota 4-H Foundation,

FFA, and NDSU Team


He was a member of the

associations for North

Central Bean Dealer’s,

Rocky Mountain Bean

Dealer’s, and North Dako-

ta Dry Edible Bean and

Seed and a member of

Fessenden Civic and


He is survived by his

son and best friend, Jesse

Johnson; siblings: Tom

(Kim) Kirkeide of Baker,

Paul (Delise) Kirkeide of

Fessenden, Catherine

(Craig) Larson of Little Ca-

nada, MN and Karen

(Keith) Schindler of

Bismarck. He was ‘Uncle

Jim’ to Tyler and Travis

(Brooke) Kirkeide, Ryan

and Carter Larson, Kelly

and Tori Schindler and

Nick Prins. Jim is also sur-

vived by his partner of 24

years, Misty Thorenson

and her children, Ashley

& John.

Jim had a tender and

giving heart and will be

missed by his loving fami-

ly, his employee’s, his

community and his


Jim was preceded in

death by his parents,

LeVon and Pat and his

niece Katie (Nick)

Schindler Prins.

Visitation: Wednesday,

April 24, 2019 from 3

P.M. to 7 P.M. at the Nel-

son Funeral Home in


Funeral: Thursday,

April 25, 2019 at 10:30 at

the Fessenden School Au-


Burial: Hillside

Cemetery in Fessenden.

In lieu of flowers, the

Kirkeide family prefers

memorials be given to the

Jim Kirkeide Memorial

Fund c/o 1st International

Bank P.O. Box 247

Fessenden, ND 58438.

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