Posted 10/25/16 (Tue)
James C. Walla, 76, of Williston, N.D., formerly of rural Arnegard, N.D., passed at his Williston residence on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, after a short illness.
“Jim” was born on the family farm north of Arnegard on Oct. 31, 1939.
He attended Farland Country School and graduated from Watford City High School.
After a military stint, he joined his father in farming in the Farland township. He also was employed at Ray’s Standard during the winter months and drove the school bus.
After retirement, Jim moved to Williston and in later years enjoyed spending the winter months at his home in Henderson, Nevada.
Jim was loved by all he met - one friend said, “A more kind and gentle soul never has been born in McKenzie County.” He enjoyed his coffee and breakfast every morning at local restaurants and watching his favorite TV show - “The Price Is Right.” In the summer, he could be seen eating Twistburgers and chatting with Glenn at the Twist Drive-In in Watford City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Magnus and Fannie Walla.
He is survived by three sisters, Marian (Dan) Wenker of Henderson, Nev.; Ann (Ron) Stewart and family of Rockton, Ill.; and Jean (Mike) Anderson of Johnstown, Colo. Two nieces, Tracey (Frank) Reddig Camacho of Puebla, Mexico; and Amy (Damon) of Granite Bay, Calif. Great nieces and nephews include, Katrina, Jack and Drake Camacho; and Brenna, Vivian, Julia and Alec Riley.
His funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home Chapel in Watford City. Rev. Mark Honstein officiated and burial will be in the Farland Churchyard Cemetery, northeast of Arnegard, N.D.
Friends called at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home in Williston on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home in Watford City on Thursday one hour prior to services.
Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family. Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com
The family would like to thank the Farland community for their love and support. In addition, the family would like to acknowledge two special friends: Jim’s roommate, Bob Drake who has been a kind friend and caregiver; and Wayne Johnson who called Jim faithfully every morning for decades.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.