James A. Moe | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

July 6, 1957 - September 20, 2019

James A. Moe, age 62, of Burnsville, passed away suddenly on September 20, 2019. Born on July 6, 1957 in Minneapolis to Arnold and Marilyn Moe. Jim graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1975, later lived in Bloomington, and most recently in Burnsville. A 1985 graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Jim became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986 and most recently was Chief Financial Officer for Black Ridge Oil & Gas Co. and Black Ridge Acquisition Corporation. Jim married Patrice Schmidt on July 6, 1985 and this union was blessed with two sons, Brian and Jacob. Jim married Carol (Olsen) Swenson on September 8, 2018. Jim was a beloved and active member of Oak Grove Lutheran Church where he served as head usher and played golf with the Oak Grove League. Golf was his game and he enjoyed his annual trips with friends. Jim's ultimate golf trip was to The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland in the company of Neil Armstrong, Harmon Killebrew and other notables. Jim loved all kinds of music and the performing arts and he celebrated that by attending many live concerts and plays. Jim reveled in his newfound world of being a grandparent to two lucky boys and he had a special bond with them. Entertaining at their home and gathering with family and friends was a highlight for Jim and Carol. He was always ready to share his best bottle of wine and the story that went with it. This past year, Jim has been living the dream with the love of his life. He will be forever missed. Survived by wife and best friend, Carol Swenson; sons, Brian Moe and Jacob Moe and their mother Patrice; step-children, Anna (David) Pagel, Sarah (Ben) Johnson and Erik Swenson (Dani); father, Arnold Moe; siblings, Lynette (Lynn) Waldenberger, Beverly Moe, Jan (Dale) Foss, David (Margie) Sandberg and John (Kate) Sandberg; grandsons, Sam Pagel and Luke Pagel; many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn and step-mother, Patricia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Oak Grove Lutheran Church or Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp.


  1. Biz Daniel says:

    Carol, words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs

  2. Mike Freiborg says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Jim and I grew up together and he was my best childhood friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Carol, Jim’s children, and his entire family. He will be dearly missed. Mike

  3. Peter & Gail Wunsch says:

    Carol, Gail and I are deeply saddened by the news of your loss and express our deepest sympathies to you and family. The members of the Wayback Whens band so enjoyed playing for you and Jim, our biggest fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  4. Deb Gossman says:

    Dear Carol,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

    Deb Gossman

  5. Ben Flikeid says:

    Carol, I am so sorry to hear. thinking about you and your family today.

  6. Linda Tegtmeier says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your unexpected loss…though I didn’t know Jim, I saw how happy you were with him and for that, I thank him!
    Please know you are in both thoughts and prayers now and moving forward. Glad you have a group of supportive colleagues there as well.

  7. Julie Selander says:

    Carol, I am sorry for the loss of your husband, Jim. Condolences and prayers to you and your family.
    Julie Selander, your colleague at the University of Minnesota

  8. Suzie & Scott McWilliams says:

    Carol, you and Jimmy were a match made in heaven! Thank you for sharing your love, Jimmy will be dearly missed by all!
    Brian and Jacob, your dad was a wonderful person who was loved by so many!

  9. Gayle Yamry says:

    Carol, So sorry to hear the sad news. You and James truly were a special match! I will be keeping you and your families in my thoughts and prayers. Take Care

  10. Pat Pierce says:

    Dear Carol, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  11. Heather Tapia says:

    Carol our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. I pray God will bring you strength needed to get through this time to heal.

  12. Lindsay Kagol says:

    Carol and family,
    I was so sad to hear the news today about Jim. I am praying for peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

  13. Erin Stertz-Follett says:

    We loved watching the relationship blossom between you and Jim, Carol. A highlight was seeing y’all kiss on the jumbo-tron at the Garth Brooks concert this past May. Sending all our love. -Erin and Trav

  14. Nancy Suneson says:

    Carol, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss of Jim. You and the entire family are in my prayers.

  15. Dottie Wolter says:

    Carol, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You are in my prayers.

  16. Kris and Dave Brehmer says:

    Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You are being held in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Steve Nilsson says:

    So very sorry to hear this news about Jim. My friend. Jim and I were practically inseparable throughout our youth and Jim’s passing recalls the happiest days of childhood and adventure growing up seemingly on the edge of the wilderness in SLP! Sorry, I can’t be there to share stories and reminisce. Thinking about happier days with Jim and all my best thoughts to the Moe family. “Big Steve”

  18. Sandy Goman says:

    Carol, I am so saddened by this news, but I know you have some fabulous memories to cherish forever. Hugs to you and your family.

  19. Jessica Jensen says:

    Carol, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are filled with sadness as we cannot even imagine how difficult and unexpected this all is. My you find comfort and peace with the power of the Holy Spirit!

  20. Lori Deardorff says:

    Carol, I’m so truly sorry for the loss of your remarkable husband. I know it was a short time with him but memories you will have to cherish forever. Please know my prayers are with you and your family.

  21. Jerome Lindquist says:

    Sending our thoughts and prayer. Sad to here the news it seems like just yesterday we were sitting in Applebee’s in TN getting to know each other.
    We will keep your family in our prayers,

    Jerome & Dawn Lindquist
    Dassel MN
    Century Ducks Family

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