James "Jim" Slade, age 84, of Yankton, South Dakota died, Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
A memorial service will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. A private family burial will take place in the Yankton Cemetery before the memorial service with military honors provide by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and the Patriot Guard Riders. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
James "Jim" Slade was born August 21, 1930 on a farm near Tyndall, South Dakota to Willard and Sylvia (Crowe) Slade. He received his grade school education in a country school and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1947. At the age of 16 he enrolled at Southern State College in Springfield, South Dakota, where he attained his degree in Education, which set the stage for his lifelong love of working with young people. Jim furthered his education with a Masters Degree from Colorado State College in Greeley, Colorado and a Specialists Degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. He married Lorraine Liston on July 15, 1951 in Plankinton, South Dakota. He was a class room teacher in Plankinton, Wagner and Sioux Falls. He became Elementary Principal of several schools in Sioux Falls before becoming Assistant Superintendent at Cherokee, Iowa, and then Superintendent of Schools at Central Lyon Rock Rapids, Iowa for ten years, five years at South Page School District of College Springs, Iowa and finishing out his career at Dallas Center-Grimes School District in Iowa. A short time was also spent in Sasebo, Japan as a classroom teacher working with children of the military stationed there.
Jim served four years in the Navy being based at Naval Air Station in Alameda, California and Fallon, Nevada. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Yankton, American Legion, Elks Lodge and over the years associated with various community clubs, always promoting projects that would benefit young people either with sports or educational motivation. He created the Central Lyon Athletic Hall of Fame and more recently was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his years of promoting innovative educational programs, several new sports programs and improvement of building facilities. He was also the founder and organizer of the Rock River Road Race that is still in existence today.
Jim always enjoyed his work and friends that he has met along his life's journey. He always put his wife, Lorraine, children and grandchildren at the top of his priority list and encouraged them to attain their goals in life and to love one another. He really enjoyed the times spent with his sons, riding motorcycles and camp outs. In his retirement he loved playing cards with his buddies at the Elks and coffee with good friends at Hy-Vee. As a couple, Jim and Lorraine traveled a great deal of the world, always with an interest in historical places. He loved to garden and thanks to good friends who gave him space in their yards to give him a chance to touch God's good earth. He loved going to the farm and watching the earth produce food that might someday feed some hungry souls.
Left to remember what a great husband he was is his wife of 64 years, Lorraine Slade of Yankton; four sons: Daniel (Brenda) Slade of Yankton; Randy (Donna) Slade of Rock Rapids, Iowa; Scott (Mary) Slade of Rock Rapids; and Jeffrey Slade of Studio City, California; six grandchildren: Evan (Tyran), Ryan, Samantha, Lennon, Luke and Joe; three great grandchildren: Lily, Jack and Tristan; three nieces: Lori (Dan) Krier, Diane Johnson and Jill (Daris) Todd; two nephews: Tim Begeman and Jerry (Linda) Slade; sister-in-law, Jean Johnson and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert and his wife Betty; sister, Arlene and her husband Edward Begeman; nephew, Don Begeman; infant brother, Floyd and daughter-in-law, Patsy Slade.
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Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Jim. I can still see him eating that favorite ice cream cone at JJ's!! We are sorry that we cannot make the memorial service but do know that we are thinking of you and hoping that the memories you share of Jim bring you peace.
God's Blessings, Chuck & Jean Egland, Luverne, Minn.
Thinking of you all. My sincere condolences and love.
We are so very sorry to learn of your loss. Know that we will be thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Pat Wyffels and David Katkov
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Jim. May God give you the grace to deal with the grief.
Cyril and Laverta
To the Slade family - I'm sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathies.
so sorry for you loss Lorraine and for your family....thinking of you.
To Lorraine and boys,
Mike and I extend our sympathy to you on the passing on your husband and father. We have pleasant memories of talking with Jim over his years as Superintendent in Rock Rapids as we were (at that time) parents of 'all boys' so had much in common. He was a good man. You have our thoughts of comfort at this time. Blessed be his memory.
Jackie & Mike Austin
So sorry to hear the loss of a Husband, Father & Grandfather. You will all be in our thought and prayers during this difficult time.
Tichelle & Phil Ericks
Lorraine, so sorry to hear of Jim's death. I always enjoyed our visits and his insight on so many things. May God bless you and surround you with His loving arms as you go through this time of loss.
Rev. Dean Trapp
Lorraine and family,
Sharon and I extend our sympathy to all of you on the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. The entire Postma family was very fond of Jim simply because he always put kids first and was very supportive of us throughout our high school years at Central Lyon. We along with your entire family and especially your dad and husband created some awesome memories of those wonderful years. We all respected and admired him greatly. I am counting on Chuck to share a memory or two with all of you involving one or more of the Postma boys. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Dwayne and Sharon Postma
Lorraine and family,
We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family on the passing of Jim. Evan and I have great memories of working with Jim as our superintendent at Central Lyon. May God wrap His arms around you and give you His peace.
Evan and Linda De Boer
Lorraine and family,
Daddy (Dale Grafft) always referred to Jim as "my good friend." He and mom enjoyed your years in College Springs. May God Bless.
- Mary Hobson
Dearest Family of Jim Slade,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Slade. Our family always liked him so much! He was such a kind, wonderful man. He always took the time to speak to us whenever we saw him. He will be missed dearly.
Love to all, Jeri Zachow
Jeff and Family, I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I just learned of it when I was in Rock Rapids this past week. I think of you often and thought so much of your family.
Helen Kammarmeyer -Nichols
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