James was born on November 4, 1954 at McKenzie County Memorial Hospital in Watford City, ND. He was the eldest son of John and Gen Bruins.
He attended and graduated from Watford City High School in 1973, and went for one year to Williston State College.
James was a lifelong member of Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard. He was baptized and confirmed there, attended regularly, and also served on the church council.
He grew up and continued to live on the home farm in rural Arnegard. He was very interested in all aspects of the farm and ranch, and especially loved his cattle, Daisy (the family dog) and numerous cats. Health issues prevented him from actively participating in farming, but was always involved in all planning and decisions about the operation.
James also enjoyed children, including nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. They all loved to tease each other, and shared his sense of humor.
James was an avid sports fan, especially the Vikings, Twins and local Watford City teams. You could often hear hollering from the basement depending on how his teams were doing.
James passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, ND.
James is preceded in death by his father John Bruins.
He is survived by his mom, Gen, two sisters Wanda (Daryl) Holmen and family, and Brenda, two brothers Alan (Sheri) and family and Lyle.
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