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1937 James 2024

James Breum

December 30, 1937 — June 3, 2024


A Funeral service for James L. Breum, 86, of Taylor, will be 10:00 am Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at Taylor Lutheran Church with Pastor Chuck Loftis officiating. Burial will follow at Taylor Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation for James will be 4:00 – 6:00 pm Monday, June 10, 2024 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson with a Prayer Service taking place at 6:00 pm.

James passed away on Monday, June 3, 2024 at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck.

James was born on December 30, 1937 on the farm near Taylor, North Dakota, the son of Edwin and Elizabeth (Fisher) Breum. He grew on the family farm Northeast of Taylor, where he learned a good work ethic at a young age. James attended school in Taylor where he was active in basketball and played clarinet in band. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1955 and furthered his education at North Dakota Agriculture College (NDSU) where he was part of the wrestling team, a member of the ROTC, and received reserve champion in showmanship at the Little International Livestock Show.

Following college he returned home to work on the family farm/ranch. It was during this time he met Delores Westrum, who was working at Western Sporting Goods. The couple was married on April 19, 1968 in Dickinson. Jim and Delores made their home on the Breum homestead, where they raised their two children, David and Robyn.

He served over 70 years with the Grandvale 4-H Club in Taylor as a member and a leader. He was also involved with the Taylor Lutheran Church, Taylor Lions Club, a member of the Southwest Grain Board of Directors, Taylor Rod and Gun Club, North Dakota Stockman’s Association and NRA lifetime member. 

In addition to Jim’s strong support of the Taylor community, he was a proud Republican and loved his country. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, fishing and hunting and took many trips to do so. Jim was an accomplished taxidermist and spent many hours on woodworking projects. His storytelling and quick sense of humor are remembered by many.

Jim was very proud to operate a 7 generation family farm that was 142 years old. He was especially proud that his homestead is registered as a North Dakota Centennial Farm. 

James is survived by his wife, Delores of 56 years; son, David (Charlene) of Goldthwaite, TX; daughter, Robyn (Rory) Rebel of Taylor; grandchildren, Austin (Ann Marie), Amber, Luke, Levi, Ross (Nicole), Ryan (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Eleanor Jean, MaKenna, George, Jack, Brynlee; brother, Robert (Karen) Breum of Havre, MT; sister, Joyce (Jerry) Dixon of Prosser, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Howard (Jean) Breum.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

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Monday, June 10, 2024

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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