Roland “Jim” Roettele

Roland “Jim” Roettele
Date of Birth: October 17, 1927
Died on: January 04, 2018

Roland “Jim” Roettele, 90, of rural Columbia, SD, died Thursday, January 4, at his home.

Roland “Jim” Roettele was born October 17, 1927, to Elmer and Ismay (Morton) Roettele in Aberdeen, SD. He grew up on the family farm near Columbia and attended school in the area, graduating from Columbia High School.

On October 18, 1947, Jim was united in marriage to Jean Quam at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aberdeen. They made their home on the farm near Columbia. Jim loved farming and raising cattle.

Jim was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. For many years, he served on the Columbia and Groton school boards. In their younger years, Jim and Jean enjoyed league bowling, golfing, snowmobiling and square dancing. After retirement they were able to travel, including two fishing trips to Alaska. For many winters they took their RV to Bullhead City, AZ, where they enjoyed the warm weather and playing cards. Jim loved the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing. Jim’s greatest joy came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared Jim’s life are his wife, Jean, Columbia; two daughters: Pat (Roger) Lewno, Racine, WI, and Nita (Jerry) Weideman, Aberdeen; one daughter-in-law: Sheila Roettele, Columbia; grandchildren: Mark (Theresa) Lewno, Adam Lewno, Cody Roettele, Chris (Audra) Roettele, Ashley (Derek) Henry, Katie (Nate) Britt, Whitney (Joshua) Henry, Taylor (Jessica) Weideman, Mitchell Weideman, and Brekk Weideman; and his great-grandchildren: Austin Lewno, Alivia, Bennett and Cooper Roettele, Joseph, Brett and Chloe Henry, and Jonathan and Kristina Henry.

Preceding Jim in death are his parents, Elmer and Ismay; his two sons: Richard “Rick” Roettele and Douglas “Doug” Roettele; brothers: Maurice Roettele, Gordon Roettele, Arlo Roettele; sister, Nadine Bickel; sisters-in-law: Doris Roettele and Audree Roettele; and brother-in-law, Ed Bickel; and step-mother, Elsie.

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