Jim Duchsherer – November 17, 1951 ~ April 18, 2020

Oahe Speedway has received word that Jim Duchsherer, Minot, ND,
has lost his battle with cancer.  He passed away on Saturday, April 18,
surrounded by his family.  Jim and his family raced at Oahe Speedway
over the past several years.

James “Jim” A. Duchsherer, 68, Minot, ND, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by his three children.
      James “Jim” Anton Duchsherer was born on Nov. 7, 1951, a son of Anton B. and Dorothy Ann Duchsherer, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Minot. He was raised in Surrey and attended Surrey Public School, St. Leo’s Catholic School, and Bishop Ryan High School before graduating from Minot High School in 1969.  He began working at the age of 13, first for Wayne Clark Farm and later Kauffman Dairy Farm of Surrey.
      On Aug. 28, 1969, Jim enlisted into the United States Army. He attended eight weeks of basic training at Ft. Lewis, WA, mechanic schooling in Fort Ord, CA, was active within the Artillery Unit in Ft. Benning, GA, and from Feb. 12, 1971 through Feb. 12, 1972, was a mechanic and wrecker operator in the Vietnam War. Following his service in the war, Jim was honorably discharged.
      Following his discharge, Jim lived in Minot, where he began a welding career at A-1 Machine and Welding from 1972 to 1978, He next worked for Butler Machinery for four years, and in May of 1983, he started Jim’s Portable Welding. In 1984, he incorporated the business as Jim’s Welding, Inc. While Jim never had formal welding training, he could repair anything made of metal and often made the items stronger. He enjoyed the challenge of fabricating customers’ needs and found satisfaction in a finished project. Jim was grateful for his customers and the trust and relationships he developed with them over the decades.
      Jim was once married to Regina “Jeanie” Johnson. From their union, their three children, James, Joseph, and Judy, were born.
      Jim enjoying working in his yard and garden, family gatherings, and drag racing. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot and the Knights of Columbus.
      He is survived by his children Jim (Terri) Duchsherer, Joe (Amanda) Duchsherer, and Judy (companion Colin Ryan) Duchsherer; four grandchildren, James, Logan, Oliver, and Carter; siblings Linda Price, Pauline Roberts, Roger (Gail) Duchsherer, Leo (Denise) Duchsherer, Ted (Luci) Duchsherer, Dorothy (Mark) Priess, and Andy Duchsherer; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Charles and Mikey.
Jim would like to thank all the customers over the years that made his business a success and that they would continue to use Jim’s Welding, Inc. for their welding needs.
Celebrating the Life of James Duchsherer (due to the Coronavirus Pandemic)
A Private Mass of Christian Burial:  will be held Friday, April 24, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
There will be a livestream at
A Public Graveside Service with military honors: Friday at 11:15 a.m. at Rosehill Memorial Park Minot. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, please observe social distancing.
Jim’s children would like to invite all who knew their dad to celebrate his life at a date to be determined following the coronavirus pandemic.

Please join all of our Oahe Speedway family in prayers for the Ducsherer family.