James Furst

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – James Furst, 68, of Barnesville and formerly of Crystal Lake, died at his home Thursday, March 28, 2013, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley surrounded by his loving family.
James Arthur Furst was born Nov. 18, 1944, to Arthur James and Phyllis Loraine (Hanson) Furst in Barnesville. He attended school in Barnesville. After school, Jim entered the U.S. Navy, serving for two years. He was a signalman on the USS Hornet.
He moved to Crystal Lake. He was married on May 21, 1966, to Linda L. Broederdorf. They made their home in Illinois. To this union five children were born. He owned Jim Furst Construction and built homes in Illinois for more than 20 years. Jim moved to Barnesville in October of 1995. He continued with construction and handyman work until his health failed.
He was an avid musician who loved to sing and play guitar. Jim was an avid record collector and was good at playing "Name That Tune." He enjoyed playing billiards and was a pool shark. He loved to read the bible and finished his 55th time reading it at the end of his life. Jim loved to fish with his kids, grandkids and nephews. Anybody who wanted to fish, he would take.
Jim is survived by five children, James M. (Lisa) Furst of Bull Valley, Timothy S. Furst of Crystal Lake, Robert A. (Holly) Furst of Crystal Lake, Marcy (Mark) Estenson of Fargo, N.D., and Amanda (Brandon) Wotring of Harvard; nine grandchildren, Jessica, Sarah, Thomas, Josh, Faith, Jacob, Jimmy, Timmy and Grant; six siblings, Virginia "Babe" Ronsberg of Ramsey, Minn., Tweetsie Ambrose of Barnesville, Dixie (Ron) Lund of Big Lake, Minn., Julie Hough of Fargo, Linda (John) Anthony of Naples, Texas, and Jenny Hoppe of Barnesville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Virgil Ronsberg; and a niece, Debbie Mackrell.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Assumption Catholic Church in Barnesville, Minn. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Barnesville.
The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville with a prayer service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Wednesday.
Family condolences may be sent at www.dobmeierfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Mar. 30, 2013