James “Jim” Melius 1945 – 2019

FAULKTON, SD – James “Jim” Melius, 73, of Faulkton, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, at the Faulkton Area Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the United Church of Faulkton with Rev. Jon Damaska presiding. Burial will follow in Faulkton Cemetery. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the church with visitation one-hour prior.
James William Melius was born August 22, 1945 in Faulkton, SD to Royal and Hollyse “Holly” (Pritchard) Melius. The youngest of their three children, he attended elementary school at Lafoon country school until the 8th grade, when he entered the Faulkton school. After graduating high school he attended mechanic’s school and played football at SDSTC in Springfield, SD where he met and married his wife, Ellen Ireland, on June 27, 1965. They started their life together east of Faulkton, farming and raising livestock (just cows and chickens – Dad didn’t want sheep and Mom didn’t want pigs). Jim served many years on the Lafoon township board, several of them as chairman. Later he served 12 years on the Dakota Ag board in St. Lawrence.
Jim’s love was farming and raising cattle. Later, he and Ellen went into partnership with his son, Keith, and his wife, Charlotte, farming and feeding cattle. In 2005 they purchased and then moved into the house that belonged to his late uncle Delos and Aunt Genevieve Melius. Jim was in the combine until the second to last day of fall harvest this year alongside his son, son-in-law, and granddaughters.
Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ellen; his children: Keith (Charlotte) of Faulkton, Jody (James) Stampe of Rapid City, and Lesli (Joshua) Jensen of Faulkton; his grandchildren: Sean, Johnathon, and Nicole Stampe of Rapid City and Brandi and Jori Melius of Faulkton; his sister, Sally (Robert) Dambacher of Sonora, CA; mother-in-law, Agnes Ireland of Faulkton; sisters-in-law: Judy Strachen of Mesquite, NV, Nancy (Howard) Hoffert of Bend, OR, and Carol Ireland of Olivet, SD; aunt: Joetta Swanhorst of Aberdeen, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Royal and Holly Melius; one older brother, Donald Melius; father-in-law, Wilfred “Pat” Ireland; brothers-in-law: Richard and Dennis Ireland, Tom Strachen, Tom Broderick, Ed Wagoner; sister-in-law, Marilyn Ireland; and one nephew, Derek Dambacher.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Jim’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)