James T. Leinen
July 31, 1929 - January 5, 2019

Place of Birth : Breckenridge, Minnesota
Residence : Williston, North Dakota
Age : 89

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Tim Fulong
April 25, 2019 | Sandy, Utah

I am sorrowed to hear that one of the great ones have passed. I enjoyed swimming with Jim long ago.
Steve & Julie (Nyquist) Treib
February 18, 2019 | Williston, ND

Saddened to hear of Mr. Leinen's desth. He spent many times with my parents, Doug & Bettie Nyquist and family. Cherish the beautiful memories that you shared with one another. May you feel God's love and peace!
Kathleen A Pettijohn
January 14, 2019 | Williston, ND

Jamie and all the Leinen family. I am so sorry for the loss of your Father,Gpa and all. May you find comfort in all your memories,stories and knowing your parents are.looking down together with a smile. My deepest condolences
Ethyl & Russ Papineau
January 13, 2019 | Tioga, North Dakota

Deepest sympathy to all of Jim's family. He was not only my boss, but an example of family, faith and community commitment. The photo on this site displays perfectly his personality. A huge loss to so many who were blessed to share his life, his wisdom and wit. Sorry I was unable to attend his service but know our prayers are with all the family.
Julie Dockter
January 12, 2019 | Blacklick, Ohio

Chris & Sharon - may God's love & peace comfort you and your entire family at the loss of your father Jim. My condolences to all as you come together to celebrate his life.
Dirk and Lisa Schwartz
January 11, 2019 | Broomfield, CO

Our deepest condolences are extended to the Leinen family. Jim was an outstanding man who our family is blessed to have known. Besides being loving and supportive parents, Jim and Darlene were great leaders and supporters of the Williston community as well as in the State of North Dakota and will be missed by many! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time.
John Nervig
January 11, 2019 | Allen, Texas

I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing! My sincere condolences goes out to the Leinen family. The Leinen family has been a big part of our family throughout the years. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you during this difficult time. Jim is now reunited with the love of his life!
Marilyn McGinley
January 10, 2019 | Williston, ND

Farewell to one of the most quick witted people on the planet. At one time he asked Coral Whisenand and I to plan his funeral, including a raffle of his sweatshirts, Coyote pep song as the recessional followed by a slushburger lunch in St. Joe’s parking lot. That was Jim Leinen!o
Jamie Ellingson
January 10, 2019 | Williston, ND

Murphy I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers!
Ed Hagan
January 10, 2019 | Essex, MT

One of my best friends ever. Tremendous person and great down box person.
Barbara Whisenand-DiBene
January 10, 2019 |

Prayers and love to all of your family. You have all been a special part of my life and am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful dad. He was quite a man. Lots of peace and love to you.
Dave and Janice Arnson
January 9, 2019 | Williston, Nd

To the Leinen Family, we are sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. He is the last of the football “chain gang” as I remember them. A true coyote supporter in all sports. Kathi your commitment as a care giver to your parents these past years is amazing. Our thoughts and prayers to all
Sarah Dineen-Munsterman
January 9, 2019 | Villard, Minnesota

Michala & Family, I’m so sorry about your Dad. He was a great guy!! You are in my thoughts & prayers.
Pam Kennedy-Schneider
January 8, 2019 | Bismarck, ND

Murphy and Family,
My deepest condolences to each of you. Dads are suppose to be with us forever. Dads are our knights in shining armor and protect us no matter our age or their's. May you find joy to laugh through your tears as you recall fond times with the man that loved his family so dearly.
Del Bierwerth
January 8, 2019 | Oakdale, Mn

Prayers to this great family!!!
Love, Mark and Del Bierwerth
Ruth Jamieson
January 8, 2019 | Knoxville , Tennessee

To all of Mr. Leinen’s children. Each of you was so blessed to have this good, good man as your father. He was a pillar of the community and a man all the kids looked up to, myself included. He left smiles on the faces of everyone he encountered. He is now with his beloved wife which I hope gives you all peace.
Theresa and Fritz Whisenand
January 7, 2019 | Rancho Mirage, CA

We, too, were saddened to learn of Jim's passing. Both Fritz and I have fond memories of what a kind man Jim was as well as his wit and humor. He will be missed. With our deepest sympathy to the entire Leinen family.

Fritz and Theresa Whisenand
Jeanne Smith Knudsvig
January 7, 2019 |

Leinen Family
My prayers & thoughts are with all of your during this time so sorry for the loss of your Dad. May you keep his memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead...
Sincere Sympathy,
L Sean Key
January 7, 2019 | Fargo, ND

It was with great sorrow that I learned of Jim’s passing. I realize, however, he was at peace, and was ready to rejoin Darlene. Think of the fun they are having no longer bound by the bodies that showed the mileage of their many, many years. There is so much I could say, but know that I am thinking of you, and hoping your own peace comes quickly.
Scott Key
January 7, 2019 | Fort Collins, CO

Jim was a great human being, full of love and humor. Our family was fortunate to live across the street for several years and he was the real deal! Another of the Greatest Generation gone, and more importantly, a real loss to everyone, whether you knew him or not.
Jim mcPherson
January 6, 2019 | Bismarck, North Dakota

Fond memories of a great citizen of the city of Williston,a great family man and a friend .He had a deep passion for the Coyotes. I will never forget him.
Sharon Njos
January 5, 2019 | Williston, North Dakota

My deepest sympathy to the entire Leinen family for the loss of this great man that some of you were so blessed to get to call "Dad" or "Grandpa" - maybe "father-in-law" but I am pretty sure he would have preferred if you called him Dad. I got the honor of providing some care to Jim when he was at home and from the moment I walked into their home I felt a sense of welcome. All of those family pictures that he surrounded himself with - and he new the stories and the dates behind every one of them! Yes, Chris. I agree with you that you are all better people because of those 2 wonderful people. May they rest in peace together now. God Bless the memory of Jim and Darlene.
Chris Leinen
January 5, 2019 | Bemidji, Mn

Wishing you fair winds and calm seas on your voyage to join your beautiful bride Darlene. We love you. We are better for having known you.

James T. Leinen

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His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williston, ND. Father Greg Luger will officiate.


Friends may call at Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home on Friday January 11, from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Saturday.

An Evening Vigil with a Rosary will be held Friday evening, January 11, at 7:00 PM at Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston.


In keeping with his wishes, cremation will follow the funeral Mass and interment with Military Rites will be in Riverview Cemetery in the spring.