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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
James "Jim" S. Holman
September 11, 1937 - October 9, 2021

Place of Birth: Wadena, MN
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 84



Jim Holman, age 84, of Williston, ND, passed away on October 9, 2021, at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, Montana, surrounded by his family.

Jim was born on September 11, 1937 to John and Margaret [Springer] Holman near Wadena, MN. He was raised and educated mainly in Wheelock, ND, graduating from Wheelock High School in 1956.

Jim proudly served our Country when he was drafted into the United States Army in 1961. He was deployed to Munich, Germany as part of the 24th Infantry Division, 3rd Engineer Battalion. He later changed his military occupation code to Company Armorer. He returned to Williston after being honorably discharged in 1963.

On July 11, 1964, Jim was united in marriage to Linda Pfenning, a school teacher, in Williston, ND. The couple made their home in Williston, where they raised their children, James (Jay), Shari, and Misty.

Upon discharge from the Army, Jim worked for Schlumberger Well Service for a number of years and at the Gambles store. In 1967, Jim began working at the Williston Daily Herald and continued to work there for 18 years becoming general manager and associate publisher. In 1988, Jim and Linda started The Shopper which they owned for 14 years before selling the weekly publication in 2001 and enjoying retirement.

Jim enjoyed stock car racing and was a long-time member of the Williston Basin Racing Association helping out wherever he could. Jim served on the WBRA Board in various positions, including President. After his racing years ended, he could still be found at the race track helping his son, Jay, with his race cars. After Jay’s death in 2002, Jim made and maintained a Memorial Board for the race club to pay tribute in memoriam current/past board members of the racing club or women’s auxiliary who had taken life’s checkered flag.

Jim really enjoyed fishing and his daughter Shari was his fishing partner. They loved ice fishing or being out in the boat trying to the catch the big ones! They fished numerous tournaments together. Jim also loved being outdoors. Although he regularly received hunting tags, he rarely took animals and instead preferred to drive around and watch the wildlife!

As a second-generation mechanic, if it had a motor, Jim could fix it. He could always be found in his garage completely restoring old cars, a passion he loved and had been doing his whole life. He restored many vehicles and the transformations were truly amazing!

Most important to Jim was his family. He kept in constant contact with his children and siblings and loved seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughters, Shari Erdman and her husband, Kirk and Misty Holman, both of Williston, ND; three grandchildren, Andrea Erdman, Adam Erdman, and Jamie Erdman, all of Williston, ND; three great-granddaughters, Jaylynn Rooks, Brooklyn Kreil, and Lilian Frank, all of Williston, ND; brother, Bob (Carol) Holman, sister, Janice (Marshall) Liudahl, and brother-in-law, Charlie Lotvedt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jay; and sister, Norma Sandvold.

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Dorine McNary
Oct 11, 2021
Linda, Misty and Family, My prayers are with you for comfort and peace. Treasure your memories with Jim. Hold them close in your hearts always.
Carole and Ron Haug (West Fargo, No Dak)
Oct 11, 2021
So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing! We had visited with him at my brother Larry and Sandi memorial service! RIP Jim!!
Darla Slingsby Wells (Hot Springs, SD)
Oct 11, 2021
Linda, Shari and Misty and families: My deepest sympathy to all of you and I love you all!
George Abdilnour (Williston, ND)
Oct 12, 2021
I was heartbroken to hear of Jim's passing. There isn't enough room on the internet to list all the happy memories we have of Jim, Linda, Shari and Jay, after living next door to each other for 45 years. Rest in peace, Jim. You are loved and missed my so many.
Mary (Borseth) Stenberg (Williston, ND)
Oct 12, 2021
Jim was publisher at the Herald when I started my work there in 1982. We had a lot of fun in those days. May memories bring you comfort and peace.
Roger and Sandy Kohlman (Sun City, AZ)
Oct 12, 2021
Linda, Shari, and Family,
Sandy and I were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We spent a lot of time together throughout the years, and always had a good time. The hunting and fishing trips are special memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Therresa (Larsen) Christopherson (Williston, ND)
Oct 14, 2021
Linda and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He and my dad, LeRoy Larsen raced together years ago, and were good friends. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time. God Bless.
Verna Holman Honeycutt (Erwin, North Carolina, )
Oct 14, 2021
To ALL of Jimmy’s family members, I want to send my condolences w/love n prayers.
I have a lot of good (old) memories of us cousins back in the days when my Dad,Mom, me n Diane use to come out there for several years in the fall for at least two months and we rented a house in WHEELOCK..My dad Ole y’all’s uncle, would haul grain n potatoes I believe to make extra money for us, I think some times my brother Roger would come along..My mom would put Rog n I in school in WHEELOCK while we were living there! On Saturday nights Uncle Johnny n my dad would sit at our kitchen table w/a little radio playing the BOXING FIGHTS on n have a few cold cold beers after a long hard week of work.. I’m not sure what us kids did LOL
I GUESS AUNT MARGARET N MY MOM just visited.
Y’all are in my heart, call/text if you’d like..
Love Always, Cousin Verna
Joni Haugen-Wolff (West Fargo, ND)
Oct 17, 2021
Sorry to hear of Jim’s death, or Jimmy, as my brother, Leon would call him. There were lots of adventures those ‘boys’ had and I’m sure we all didn’t hear half of them.
Rest In Peace, Jim!
Gayle Vinger Malwitz (Lakeville, MN)
Oct 17, 2021
Bobby, Janice & Jim’s family,,
I’m so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s death. Man, we’re losing our Wheelock family, neighbors and friends right and left! He and my older brother’s had quite a few stories to tell, I understand. I enjoyed reading his obituary & catching up on his life which I had lost track of over the years. Now that I see his picture, I realize he was at my brother’s funeral this summer. I’m sorry I didn’t take the time to reintroduce myself. Prayers for comfort and peace for all of you at this difficult time.
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