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James R. Daws

James R. Daws, age 87, resident of Michigan, ND, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.


James Reed Daws was born November 6, 1929 near Michigan, ND, the son of Lynne and Anne (Dusbabek) Daws.  He was raised on the family farm and attended 8 years of country school.  He then attended Michigan High School, graduating with the class of 1947.  He then attended NDSU at Fargo before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on December 28, 1950.  Jim served during the Korean War and was the Welder Foreman on his ship.  He was honorably discharged on October 15, 1954 with the rank of Metalsmith 2nd Class.  Jim married Mary Ann Frost on November 28, 1955 and they farmed near Michigan for many years.  Jim attended AVTI and received a welding certificate in 1987, at which time he began working for SSR Pump Co. in Michigan.  He also received a certificate from NDSSS in machine shop operations and setups.  Jim then began working for the ND Soil Conservation Service in Lakota, before transferring to the Hillsboro office.  At this time Jim started his own company, Northern Plains Surveying, which he operated until his retirement.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved playing Pinochle, and was a superb welder.  He was a member of the W.L. Cowper American Legion Post #238 of Michigan, the VFW in Hillsboro, and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lakota.


Jim will be dearly missed by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann Daws of Michigan, ND; 6 children, Alana (Wayne) Fagot of Apple Valley, MN, Natalie Daws-Martinez (Tomas) of Albuquerque, NM, Lynn (Tony) Lamb and Elizabeth “Tess” (Randy) Severson, both of Michigan, ND, Reed (Julie) Daws and Charles Daws, both of Larimore, ND; 13 grandchildren, Benjamin (Katie), Menard, Antonio, Carlos, Phillip (Amy), Jake (Julie), Kyle, Jill (Garrett), T.J. (Leticia), Ross (Nikki Naas), Brooke (Dylan), Jack, and Ivy; 9 great grandchildren, Isaiah, Apollo, Aurora, Wyatt, Easton, Jax, Avery, Finley, and Kai; a sister, Margaret “Peg” Read of West Lebanon, NH; a brother, Richard (Sylvia) Daws of Grand Forks, ND; and several nieces & nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Alexander James.


The Funeral Service for Jim will be held at the Michigan Lutheran Church, Michigan, ND, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be in the Michigan Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, ND, on Tuesday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and will continue at the church on Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.


Posted Condolences:


Lynn,Tony and family,
We were saddened to hear of your (Lynn) father's passing.  We will keep all of you in our prayers and hope the fond memories of your time with him will carry you through the difficult days ahead.

Doug and Renee (Hinschberger) Powell, Grand Forks, ND


So sorry for your loss Mary Ann.  Prayers for all.

Tomi and Jalen Fuller


Dear Mary Ann and Family,
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.  I am so sorry for your loss.  May your memories keep you now and forever.
With love at this sad time.

Lynnette and Family


Mary Ann and family - Thinking of you at this difficult time.  I have fond memories of the Daws family and my time in Michigan, ND.  May the love of friends and family and your wonderful memories of Jim sustain you through the days and months ahead.  Hugs.
Mary Beth (Berry) Pilon


Dear Family of Jim,
It was my pleasure to work with Jim at the NRCS (Soil Conservation Service) office in Hillsboro.  He could teach quite a few people about being professional and a Gentleman.  It is now my loss that I never stopped to visit after his retirement and try to coax a sausage recipe from him.
My sincerest condolence to the entire family.

Rodney O'Clair


To the family of James R. Daws:  Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.  I met Jim through my father at the elevator in Petersburg when they did business together in the late 50's through the very early 60's.  Jim was always very kind to me, and always had a smile.  It has been many years since I have seen Jim, but I do remember him well when I lived in Petersburg.  May your fond memories of him comfort you at this difficult time.

Geo. Wentzel Stavig


We did not ever have the pleasure and honor of meeting Mr.& Mrs James Daws.  I (Raymond) am the brother of Wayne Fagot, Alana's husband.  Our sister, Lynnette Flusche, is the one that keeps our family members informed and connected (much the same as our mother, Ruth, did before her passing).  Lynnette has always spoken so caringly and respectfully of Alana's parents.  We can see from the listed history that Mr. Daws lived a productive life of service and good character.  We wish to extend our condolences to Alana & Wayne, as well as to all of Alana's family and especially to Mary Ann Daws.  Our hope is that the memory of James life, well lived, in service and love to family and community, will be of comfort to all his loved ones and friends.

Ray & Judy Fagot


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