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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
James "Jim" E Tveter
August 20, 1943 - February 13, 2021

Place of Birth: Powers Lake, ND
Residence: Watford City, ND
Age: 77

James “Jim” Eugene Tveter, age 77, passed away with his family by his side early Saturday morning on February 13, 2021 at the McKenzie County Hospital in Watford City, North Dakota. Memorial services will be at 11:00 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City with Reverend Paul Balaban officiating. Inurnment of cremains with Military Honors will be in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND at a later date.

JIm was born on August 20,1943 in Powers Lake, ND to Rueben and Hilda (Thingvold) Tveter. There were seven children in his family. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith at Grand View Church near Columbus and was confirmed at Columbus Trinity Lutheran Church. Jim grew up in the coal mine camp south of Columbus where he attended the Coal Valley Grade School #3. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1961 and then attended Minot State University graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education and Physical Education. Later, in 1972, Jim received a Master’s Degree in Education (emphasis in Business and Guidance and Counseling) from the University of Montana in Missoula.

Jim’s teaching career began at the Richardton, ND Public High School where he was a Business teacher and coached basketball, football, and track for two years. In 1967, he began his Business Teaching career of 13 years in Watford City where he also coached basketball, football, and track. He taught from 1967-1969 and then spent time serving his country in the US
Army from 1969-1971. In 1971, Jim continued teaching and coaching until 1982 when he made a career change. For the next 25 years, from 1982-2007, he served as an accountant, office manager, and business manager at McKenzie Electric Cooperative. He retired in 2007.

In 1964, Jim met the love of his life, Joyce Elaina Sande, who was also attending Minot State University. Their love blossomed and on August 6,1966 they were united in marriage at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rolla, ND. To this union, they had three wonderful children - JeAnne Elaina, Jayme Eugene, and Jayson Eugene; thus the formation of the JET Family! Following their marriage, every Valentine's Day there-after, because they both attended MSU and met there, they received a Valentine’s Day card from MSU as they were Alumni Mates.

Jim was honored to serve his country in the US Army. He served one year in Vietnam in the Americal Division as an infantry soldier and then later served in the office of the Americal Casualty Branch. A humble, but proud soldier, Jim was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, two Commendation Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal while serving in Vietnam. He was released with an honorable discharge from the Army on June 11, 1971 at Ft. Lewis, Washington where he was presented with the Good Conduct Medal.

During his high school basketball career, Jim was coached by Dale Brown who eventually became the coach of the LSU men's basketball team. Later in his life, Jim was honored to have been asked by Dale Brown to sit by him at a Rural Electric Company Banquet where Dale was a motivational speaker. Jim was a member of First Lutheran Church in Watford City where he taught Sunday School for many years and was on the church council for several years. He was a member of the American Legion and American Legion Drill Team, a Lifetime Member of the VFW, and a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He was also a past member of the Rotary, Lions, and Elks Clubs, and served on the Board of Dakota West Credit Union and the Watford City Golf Board.

Jim’s hobbies included fishing, golfing, and hunting with his family and friends. He was a prankster and a goofball. Many detailed golf stories and big fish stories were told to family and friends. If he caught the first couple of fish, he would always have some advice to give to others on how to bring in a fish! His pride and joy were his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He especially enjoyed attending the sporting events in which his children and grandchildren participated. If you knew Jim, you may have heard him “cheering” and giving advice to them during the games! He was a very proud dad and grandpa! He also enjoyed playing with his grandkids and great- grandkids - he even dressed up for them in various costumes, played school (he was the student), taught and played poker, wrestled with sound effects, and taught many life skills. Jim took pride in all of the accomplishments of his family. Jim was a great role model for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his many students he had while teaching. He was a hard-working, kind, loving, helpful, and caring person. He always enjoyed visiting with his former students and catching up on what they were doing.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Rueben and Hilda Tveter; brothers Rolland Tveter and Jerome Tveter; sister, Arlos Adams; in-laws, Martin and Alma Sande; brothers-in-law, Curtis Sande, Douglas Sande and Bill Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of 54 years of Watford City; three children, daughter JeAnne (Shane) Homiston and their children, Justine of Watford City; Jaryn and his fiancée, Andrea, of Fargo; and Jessen of Watford City; son Jayme (Danielle) Tveter and their children, Ashton and Kaylee of Rapid City, SD; and son Jayson Tveter and his children Joselyn and Jayson Jr.of Watford City and Rapid City, SD.; brother Dean (Lois) Tveter of NewTown, ND; brother Shannon (Cindy) Tveter of Dunnellon, FL; and sister Shelly (Clif) Sundt of Williston, ND; along with great-grandchildren Jenna, Jordy, and Jace, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jim was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by many. Jim’s family extends heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ramage, Dr. Mundorf, Dr.Kazim, all hospital staff, all spiritual leaders, and his many friends for their loving care and kindness shown to him and his family during his illness.


Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family asks that you consider memorials to the McKenzie County Veterans Memorial Park, Veterans Service Office, 201 5th St. NW, Suite 1036, Watford City, ND 58854, or to a charity of your choice.

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Kathy Klang (Watford City, North Dakota)
Feb 14, 2021
Joyce, JeAnne, Jamie and Jason and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a very kind man and I enjoyed the many years we worked together. Treasure the memories and know he will be watching over all of you. Hugs and prayers at this difficult time.
Nancy Saint Wisness (Watford City, ND/Mesa, AZ, ND and AZ)
Feb 14, 2021
Joyce and family. I am so sad to hear about Jim. He was my teaching partner for eleven of my twelve years in Watford City. He was such a great guy to work with. We had such a good time together. He was such a good husband, father, and grandfather. In fact one of the last times I talked to him, he was at the playpark with his grandkids. Rick really enjoyed golfing with him on their Thursdays.

I am so sorry that we are not able to attend his funeral. Please know that we are thinking of you.

Fondly, Rick and Nancy
Claudia Fisketjon (Bismarck, ND)
Feb 15, 2021
Hugs and prayers to Joyce, JeAnne &family, Jayme & family, Jayson & family and all the family. I worked with Jim over 20 yrs at Mck.Elec.Coop. He was a honest, good person.
Dave and Danell Dougherty (Fargo, ND)
Feb 15, 2021
We are so saddened to learn of the loss of Jim. Jim was such a good man. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave and Danell Dougherty
Jerald Burtman (Berthold, North Dakota)
Feb 15, 2021
Though many years have passed since we visited, the memories were always there. Memories that began when we shared a small apartment at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dixon while we were in college; Mrs. Dixon lost another of her "boys." Such a wonderful friend.
Eleanore feeney (Watford city, North dakota)
Feb 15, 2021
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Jim.my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.sincerely Wayne and Eleanore
Jerry and Jerry Mathistad (Bismarck, Nd)
Feb 15, 2021
To Joyce and all of Jim’s family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy on your loss.
Jim was a good friend of ours and a teacher to both of us as well. Mr. Jerry enjoyed working with Jim at McKenzie Electric for several years. What a great guy and he will be sorely missed! “A loyal friend”, Jerry says! You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go forward.
Cindy Hanna Ostman (Spearfish, SD)
Feb 15, 2021
Joyce and Family, I was sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was my teacher years ago, what a great teacher. Through the years it was always a pleasure when I returned to Watford City, to spend time visiting with him. He was someone who will live in our hearts forever. May your memories bring smiles and comfort to you in the days to come. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dennis and Vonnie Johnson (Watford City , North Dakota )
Feb 15, 2021
Joyce, JeAnne, Jayme, Jason and all families of Jim, we always enjoyed our visits with Jim and Joyce. He was so easy to visit with. A very loyal drill team member. We had the best time with Jim and all the other VFW friends we had the pleasure of traveling with to Hawaii and Washington DC. Jim was a hoot. So much fun to be with. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts for you all. Dennis and Vonnie
Dean and Jeni Anderson (WatfordCity )
Feb 15, 2021
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers
Mike and randiWatterson (Valley City, North Dakota)
Feb 15, 2021
Joyce, we were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was so easy to visit with and always made us feel like family.
He will be missed..
Gary & Nicole Schwartzenberger
Feb 16, 2021
Joyce and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim was a good man and always made my day better after visiting with him. I enjoyed talking and working with him at the Legion on the drill team.
Semper Fi and God speed.
Bruce and Sandi Edwards (Mandan, ND)
Feb 16, 2021
Dear Joyce, Bruce and I were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have such good memories of our Watford City days and being your neighbors. Our love and sympathy to you and your family.
Denise Grantier (Bismarck, ND)
Feb 16, 2021
My sympathies to Joyce and the Tveter family. I have a lot of fun memories of my old boss and McKenzie Electric..... Rest In Peace my friend!
Lois Brew (BEULAH, North Dakota)
Feb 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Jerry and Jerry Mathistad (Bismarck, Nd)
Feb 16, 2021
To Joyce and all of Jim’s family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy on your loss.
Jim was a good friend of ours and a teacher to both of us as well. Mr. Jerry enjoyed working with Jim at McKenzie Electric for several years. What a great guy and he will be sorely missed! “A loyal friend”, Jerry says! You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go forward.
Bruce and Debbie Erickson (Billings, Montana)
Feb 16, 2021
Joyce and all of Jim's family,
We are saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Our prayers are that you find comfort and peace at this most difficult time. My favorite Bible verse that comforted me and hope that you may find comfort in it as well-John 3:16.

Jan and Mike Lynch (Blaine, MN)
Feb 16, 2021
Joyce, JeAnne, Jayme, Jayson and families - We were so saddened to hear about Jim. I have so many memories from high school sports and beyond to when we started having our kids, JeAnne. He was always there for you, and loved the grandchildren. May you find comfort in the great memories. Much love to all of you~
Karli and Michael Parker (Dublin, Ireland)
Feb 17, 2021
So many great memories of Uncle Jim. His laugh was amazing and he knew how trade jokes. He saw Kristin and me through some rough times too and you knew that you could always walk over and get a big hug. We are thinking of you all and wish that we could be with you. It's hard to write "the right thing" but please know that you are always in our hearts.
Sara (Heringer) King (Ponca City , OK)
Feb 17, 2021
So sorry to hear about Jim passing. I have a lot of good memories of him from our basketball and track meets and coming over to the house to play with JeAnne when we were little. He always seemed like a fun loving dad! Gods peace and comfort to all of the family.
Charlotte Willis (Watford City, ND)
Feb 17, 2021
I am sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was one of my favorite teachers at WCHS. Prayers for the family.
Holly Dewhirst (Grassy Butte, North Dakota)
Feb 18, 2021
I am so sorry for the loss of Jim. He was a good teacher. I was also on the board of directors of the Dakota West Credit Union with him years ago. I truly enjoyed him.
Dale Brown (Baton Rouge, 27)
Feb 19, 2021
Fierce competitor and very nice man that was a pleasure to coach..
Jerry and Raynette Samuelson (Watford City , ND)
Feb 20, 2021
Joyce and family,
We are so sad at the loss of Jim, he was a good friend to us we will miss him?? My Ohana across the sea express their sympathy we all prayer for comfort and strength and that the loving Lord wrap his loving arms around you!
Mahalo Joyce for sharing him with us
Monte and Anna Sande (SAINT JOHN, ND)
Feb 20, 2021
Love and Prayers to you all
Tim Hovet (Bismarck, ND)
Feb 20, 2021
Very sorry to hear about Jim (Mr. or Coach Tveter to me) Many fond memories from high school when Jim was one of my coaches. I always enjoyed our short visits when I would run in to him when I was back in Watford. My thoughts and prayers to the Tveter family.
Joan Rustvang (Fargo , ND)
Feb 20, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing and the loss that is for your family. What a great teacher he was, and such a kind, thoughtful man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carlean (Hagen) Jundt (Dickinson , ND)
Feb 23, 2021
Joyce and family-May your memories of Jim bring you the greatest peace with his passing! He was a special teacher and I had the pleasure of working along with him during my teaching years at WCHS.?? for all of you.
Mick Soiseth (Williston)
Feb 24, 2021
Joyce (you will always be Miss Sandy to me), very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. May the peace of the Lord guard your heart and mind at this difficult time.
Mark K Jokela (Osage, Minnesota)
Feb 26, 2021
We were saddened to learn of Jim's passing. The Watford City community has lost one of its' pillars and he will be missed. Yet he will still be there in our memories. May those memories bring you smiles.
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