04/07/2014 - Jim White *Updated*
Funeral Services for Jim White, age 72, of Chadron, will be Monday, April 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron.
Burial to follow at Hillside Cemetery in Oelrichs, SD.
Please join the family at the Oelrichs Community Hall for fellowship afterwards. Denim and boots will be appropriate.
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com.
A memorial has been established. Donation may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
After spending a week doing his favorite things – trying to keep up with his grandchildren and doing ranch chores – Jim White unexpectedly passed from this earth on April 2, 2014.
Jim was born March 26, 1942 to Charles E. “Pete” and Marjorie B. (Cavanaugh) White in Chadron, NE. Two brothers followed, Bill and Tom. He was raised on the White Homestead east of Oelrichs and graduated from Oelrichs High School in 1960. He then attended Colorado State University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science. He was a member of the FarmHouse Fraternity Builder of Men. He also served as the CSU Stampede President. While calf roping during a Stampede, he suffered an ankle injury. Jim was then drafted into the United States Army for a short time until they realized he had been telling them the truth about not being able to meet their expectations due to the plate in his ankle.
On December 18, 1966, he married Cheryl Boldon of Oglala, SD, in Chadron. The couple lived at the homestead until 1969 when they bought the Broken Box Ranch from Ray and Marian Harrison. That summer, their first daughter, Tobie, was born. Heidi followed in 1972 and their son, James Hardin “Hardy”, in 1975. The couple raised their family on the ranch until relocating into Oelrichs in 1987.
After spending the majority of his years ranching east of Oelrichs, Jim took on the adventure of laying fiber optic cable for AT&T in California. For the last several years, he had been hauling fuel for Big Bat’s and Harms Oil. He enjoyed being on the road and visiting with the folks he met. Speaking of the road, for all who didn’t know, there was only one thing to know about traveling with Jim . . . if he could help it, you wouldn’t be taking the same road home as you went on! He liked “to get out and see some country”.
Jim served his community in a multitude of ways throughout his life. He served on the Oelrichs School Board, Fall River County Fair Board and Fall River County Commissioners. He was a South Dakota Brand Inspector and member of the South Dakota Stockgrowers. He also served as President of The Young Cattleman’s Association. He was a licensed Real Estate Appraiser. He enjoyed participating in 4-H in his youth and in leadership while his kids participated in their youth. His last gift was sight and better health through donation.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law W.R. Boldon; and grandson Casey Wayne White.
Daughters: Tobie (Pat) Copp of Scottsbluff, NE and Heidi of Denver, CO
Son: Hardy (Mandy) of Torrington, WY
Grandchildren: Jessy James (12), Avery Asher and Josey Jean (4)
Brothers: Bill (Judy), Tom (Lori)
Uncle: Bob Cavanaugh
Mother-in-Law: Dolores Boldon
Brothers-in-Law: Roy (Bunny) Boldon, Clay (Vicki) Boldon, Wayde (Sam) Boldon
Sisters-in-Law: Sandra McMahan and Cindy (Doug) Foster
Special Cousins: Bonnie Varick and Franklin Manke.
Numerous nieces and nephews
Jim was so proud of his grandkids, and they adored him. You could see him light up when he talked about how well Jessy rides and understands working cattle; how quick thinking Josey is and how Avery can tell a story. Lovins’ Always, Grandpa Jim
Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Jim White.
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