James G. Gion, 89, Regent, ND died Tuesday evening November 8, 2016 in Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo, ND.
Jim was born August 7, 1927 on the family farm near Regent, ND, the son of Frank Gion and Marian J. (Kilzer) Gion. He received his elementary education in the Cherry Butte School and later attended high school at the Assumption Abbey in Richardton where he graduated in 1945. He entered the United States Army March 26, 1946 at Fort Snelling, MN. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and was discharged September 3, 1947 at Ft. Lawton, WA with the rank of T-5.
He and Marie Lefor were married January 14, 1950 at Benton Harbor, MI. They made their home on the family farmstead where they raised their family and farmed. They retired in 1997 and moved into Regent.
Jim was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Regent, ND, American Legion Post 273 Ulmer Zich and 40 et 8, President and Member of the Parish Council, Eucharistic Minister, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Sexton of St. Michael’s Cemetery, Regent Lions Club, , school board member having served as President, Regent Co-op Store, Hettinger County Farm Bureau, Local Republican Party and the Sodbuster Saddle Club.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Marie, Regent, ND; his children, Audrey and Tom Rafferty, New England, Cheryl Nasset, Regent, James D. and Susan, Regent, Yvonne and John Suess, Williston, ND; Michelle Turpin, Williston, ND; Cynthia and Don Stecher, Hettinger, William and Jean, Regent, Russ, Livingston, MT; John and Marti, White Bear Lake, MN; Margo and Roger Haut, Jamestown, Gwen and Jim Allred, West Fargo, ND; David and Nancy, West Des Moines, Iowa; 39 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren; one sister Lorraine Loh, Manning, ND, 1 sister-in-law, Kathleen Gion, Bismarck, ND and 2 brother-in-law, Don Loh, Detroit Lakes, MN and Don Lefor, Clearwater, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter, LaVerne in 1997; 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Herman, Francis, Mary and Delores, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren
In Lieu of flowers family prefers memorial to a charity of your choice.
Visitation – 1-7 Tuesday Nov. 15, 2016 at the Church in Regent
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Times listed are MST
Wednesday, November 16, 2016