James Dennis “Jim” Hewitt, Sr

March 18, 1938 - January 24, 2013

James Dennis “Jim” Hewitt, Sr., age 74, of Philip, S.D., died Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
James Dennis “Jim” Hewitt, Sr. was born on March 18, 1938, in Valentine, Neb., to Hazel Ellen (Thomas) and L.H. Hewitt. Jim went to country school north of Valentine, his first seven years. He attended eighth grade in Phoenix, Ariz., after which he returned home and attended Valentine High School, graduating in 1956. After graduation, he attended one year of college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and then returned home to help his mother run the two ranches after the death of his father.
He married his high school sweetheart, Jan Vanderheiden, in 1958 and moved to the Philip ranch. To this union were born three children, Tamera, James Dennis, Jr. “J.D.” and Scott.
Jim was a rancher all his life and gained a great deal of knowledge from older mentors in the Philip area. He developed a keen knowledge of cattle that was passed on to his sons and grandsons.
During his adult years, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Philip, the South Dakota Stockgrowers, also serving on the S.D. Brand Board, Past Master of Philip Lodge #153 AF & AM, Royal Arch Masons & Yankton Consistory, Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star #100 in Philip, Philip Jaycees, and the Elks Club in Pierre. Jim served as a Haakon County School Board member and a state committeeman of Haakon County Republicans.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Jan, of 54 years; three children, Tamera (Steve) Stickler, Omaha, Neb., J.D. (Julie) Hewitt, Piedmont, and Scott (Ann) Hewitt, Long Beach, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Stephanie, Brandea, Kara and Jennifer Stickler, Omaha, Neb., Tyson (Shiloh) Hewitt, Opal, Tanner (Lacey) Hewitt, Sheridan, Wyo., Audra Hewitt, Belle Fourche, Caleb Hewitt, Omaha, Neb., and Nathan Hewitt, Long Beach, Calif.; four great-granddaughters, Adessa Jade, Jalee Teal, Samera Jo and Allie Grace Hewitt, Opal; two sisters, Betty (Jack) Carr of White River and Margie Cunningham of Denver, Colo.; one brother-in-law, Jim (Cheryl) Vanderheiden of Rochester, Minn.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, L.H. and Hazel Hewitt; his father and mother-in-law, S.T. and Hermina Vanderheiden; a sister, Marie Lovejoy; three brothers-in-law, Irish Lovejoy and Don and Tom Vanderheiden; and a sister-in-law, Donna Vanderheiden.
Services were held Monday, January 28, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating. Graveside services were held Monday at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Valentine, Neb.
Music was provided by Barb Bowen, pianist, and Tim Vanderheiden, vocalist.
Ushers were Martie Ryno, Jay Lovejoy and Jack Hansen.
Pallbearers were J.D., Scott, Tyson, Tanner, Caleb and Nathan Hewitt, Steve Stickler, Alan Aanerud and Alex Morton.
Honorary pallbearers were Stephanie, Brandea, Kara and Jennifer Stickler and Audra Hewitt.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com