James F. “Jim” Soulek 1931-2013
Funeral services for James F. “Jim” Soulek, 82, of Kimball, S.D., were 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball with burial at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date. A scripture service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball.
James F. Soulek was born Feb. 9, 1931 at Kimball to James L. and Margaret (Pazour) Soulek. He attended school at Kimball and graduated from Kimball High School. After high school, Jim attended Sturgis Auctioneer School in Sturgis, S.D. On Aug. 27, 1953, Jim entered the U.S. Army serving until June 1, 1955. After his discharge, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Husman on Nov. 5, 1955 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Drips American Legion Post No. 130 in Kimball.
James enjoyed cattle, farming and auctioneering. He never missed a chance to sit on the seat in a sale barn and visit with his friends. The highlight of his day was to check on his cows. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Jim passed away on Nov. 10, 2013 at his home in Kimball at the age of 82 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Phyllis of Kimball, son Francis Soulek and wife Penni of Chamberlain, S.D., two daughters Sharon Osborne and Dub Vanneman of New Underwood, S.D., and Sonya Kroupa and husband Robert of Pukwana, S.D., eight grandchildren Dustin Walsh, Philip (Meghan) Soulek, Evan Soulek, Eric (Dana) Kroupa, Lane Kroupa, Blake Kroupa, SaraJane (Micah) Herrboldt, Benjamin Osborne, three great grandchildren Calvin Mihretu, Elsa Meskerem, Clarence Gemechu; and a brother Warren Soulek and Mark (Myrna) Soulek all of Kimball. Preceding him in death were his parents and sister-in-law Mary Soulek.
“The world lost one of the greatest cattlemen that I ever knew today. He probably forgot more about cattle than I will ever know. It will be very had to go past Kadoka without getting gizzards, or ever harder to go to the sale barn and not see him sitting in his chair three rows up and in the second chair. Thanks for all the memories grandpa, you will be missed. One thing is for sure, God will have an amazing person to look after all the cattle in heaven. I love you Grandpa, you meant the world to me… ~ Lane.”
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