DSG’s James Rosendahl Passes Away

DSG’s James Rosendahl Passes Away

James Rosendahl, part of the Dakota Supply Group family, passed away on June 14, 2016. Rosendahl worked at DSG for 40 years, from 1948 to 1988, retiring as Chairman. The company says, “[Jim] was an integral part in making Dakota Supply Group the company it is today.”

Below, please find Jim’s obituary.


Obituary for James G. Rosendahl

James G. Rosendahl was born on December 31, 1925 in Greenview Township, Finley, ND to John and Laura (Bjugstad) Rosendahl. He lived on a farm at Finley until graduation from high school.
Shortly after, he enlisted in the US Army Infantry where he spent 4 years fighting with the 69th Division in WWII. He was wounded in WWII’s Battle of the Bulge in Europe, Feb. 27, 1945 and spent until the summer of 1947 in several Army hospitals. He was honored with 2 Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, plus other awards.

Jim was employed by Dakota Electric Supply Company from 1948 to 1988, retiring as Chairman of the Board. He served on Committee for the National Association of Electrical Distributors for 4 years.

Jim was active in Veteran’s Affairs, where he served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee for over 20 years. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Post, District and State Commander. He served on the National Council of Administration, was Chairman of the Western Conference of the US, including Hawaii, and the Far East. He served as Inspector General for the World for the VFW from 1976-77. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Elks, and Cooties. He was Past Grand Commander of the Military Order of Cooties. He was a member of Eastgate Masonic Lodge and El Zagal Shrine.

Everyone who knew Jim knew of his friendship, kindness, charitable ways, and a heart full of love for all his family and friends. He was also well known for his patriotism. He never missed a memorial service for Memorial Day or Veterans Day, and spoke at many of them. His service to our nation was also shared through various media interviews with PBS and local newspapers. It is very fitting that James passed away on Flag Day, June 14, 2016 at Essentia Health in Fargo.

He leaves his wife, Kathryn Rosendahl; 2 sons, Tim (special friend, Susan) of Fargo and Tom (Brenda) of Grand Forks; 1 sister, Betty (Roger) Andersen; 1 stepson, Brian (Barb) Hedstrom; 6 stepdaughters, Kerry (Dale) Dean, Marvadean Grueneich, Sheryl (Dave) Springer, Vicki Lerud, Bobbie (Mark) Holman, Pam (John) Suchor; and his special AZ “son” Brian (Azalia) Rosendahl; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest son, Terry; Helen Rosendahl; Darlene Rosendahl; 3 brothers and 4 sisters.

Memorials may be directed to the Fargo VFW Post #762, ND Legion Band, Shriners Children’s Hospital or the ND Veterans Cemetery.


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