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Jim W. Enlow

September 15, 1943 — May 3, 2023

To view Jim's memorial service, please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/HnoNnOoQDZ4 Jim Enlow, 79, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, died on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, in Manvel, North Dakota due to injuries sustained in a car accident. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at Amundson Funeral Home in Grand Forks. A time of visitation will begin at 2:00. Because of his love for hunting, blaze orange or camouflage attire is welcomed. Jim Enlow was born on September 15, 1943, in Lakota, North Dakota, the son of Fred and Eloise (Kelley) Enlow. He grew up on the farm in Mapes, North Dakota and graduated from Lakota High School in 1961. He hired out on Great Northern Railroad in 1966, retiring from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in 2003. He married Vonnie Keisaker and they shared daughter Shawn and son Jim. He married Pam Wilkins and moved with BNSF to Montana. He loved living in Montana and made lifelong friends in his time there. He married Joan Benitz in 1995, and they shared a life filled with laughter and love until the last moment of his earthly life. Jim was interested in everything, but his two passions were hunting and dogs. He enjoyed sharing his love of hunting and shooting with his children, grandchildren, and many friends. Jim loved raising and training Labs, and it brought many people into his life. He enjoyed many lasting relationships with people he met through his North Country Labs business. Jim and Joan enjoyed traveling and going to the movies. He loved reading and watching westerns, naming his current companion Louis L’Amour after his favorite author. He loved history, especially the history of his family, and it brought him joy sharing stories and memories of his life with his kids and grandkids. He had a fearless spirit and went parasailing, skydiving and shared a hot air balloon ride with his daughter, Shawn. He was always looking for his next adventure. Jim loved and was loved by his and Joan’s families and was blessed with a great group of friends. His loss leaves a hole in the hearts of the many people who were touched by his love. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Edgar, and Robert; sister, Marie; and son-in-law Kim Boger. He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, Shawn Boger of Queen Creek, AZ; son Jim (Kym) Enlow of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren, Mik, Tanner and Bailee; great-granddaughters, Audrey, and Birdie; a sister, Eunice (Al); brothers, Merle and Michael (Deb) and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He couldn’t wait to meet his great-granddaughter, Goldie, next month.
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