James Wogsland

April 17, 1931 ~ September 26, 2019 (age 88)


Jim was born on April 17, 1931, in Devil’s Lake, ND. On September 26, 2019, Jim died peacefully at home after a battle with bladder cancer that went into overdrive.

Jim grew up on a dairy farm in northern Minnesota without electricity or plumbing. After graduating from Fosston High School, he spent four years in the Air Force before graduating from the University of Minnesota. He began working for Caterpillar in 1957 and climbed the ladder to Vice Chairman. His career at Caterpillar took him around the world, and he spent seventeen years living overseas in Switzerland and Brazil with his family. He retired in 1995 and spent the next 24 years attending Rotary meetings, supporting the local theater and symphony, and playing endless rounds of golf.

He is survived by two fantastic children: Karen and her partner, Linda; Steve and his wife, Justine, and their sons, Joe and Luke; two brothers, Neil Wogsland and Herb Wogsland. And his Wife #1 of 62 years, Marlene.

It was a long adventure, a life well-lived, and an amazing trip. He was an extraordinary husband, father, and brother, and he will be deeply missed.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice of North Idaho, 2290 W Prairie Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83815.

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