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James M. Nachtigall

James M. Nachtigall was born to John and Lura (Roberts) Nachtigall on December 20, 1952, in Rapid City. He died November 6, 2004, doing one of the things he loved – flying his 1942 Taylorcraft over the land that he loved, his life-long home, his ranch.

Jim grew up in the Lakeside Community near Wasta, SD. He attended elementary school at Lakeside country school and high school at New Underwood. He was a member of the Prospectors 4-H Club throughout his growing up years. He began his cattle showing career at that time at county fairs and the Western Junior Livestock Show. He attended Western Dakota VoTech studying auto body.

Jim had a special talent for restoring or building everything from old cars to corrals, feed wagons, basically anything used on the ranch. If he couldn’t find it, he made it.

Jim married his high school sweetheart, Debra Ann Larson, in 1971 in Rapid City. To this union three children were born: Jan Marie, Barbie Jane, and John James.

The whole family has worked together to produce one of the highest quality registered Black Angus herds in the country. Jim was a long standing member of the Black Hills Angus Association serving on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer. He was also a member of the American Angus Association acting as a delegate to the association.

Jim was highly respected for his knowledge in the ranching and cattle business. He was also an accomplished horseman and was a member of the South Dakota Buckaroos, a group of friends that meet once a year for a three-day trail ride and camaraderie.

Jim and Debbie, together with the kids, spent the last three years drag racing cars at the Sturgis Drag Strip. They spent many happy hours together working on cars as well as driving them, racing them and many times winning.

Jim was a life-long member of the Lakeside Community and a friend to all who knew him. He was always there to give a hand in any situation. He gave encouragement to young and old and promoted community spirit. He freely gave of his time and knowledge to help a young rancher without anyone ever knowing about it. Jim’s passing will leave an irreplaceable void in the hearts of all who knew him and especially in his family and community.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Debbie; his daughters, Jan Marie Towne and her husband, Aaron, of Livermore, CO, and Barbie Jane of Rapid City; and his son, John James, of Wicksville; two sisters, Audrey Wieser of Wasta, and Kay Overland and her husband, Jack, of Red Owl; and two brothers, Daren Nachtigall of Wasta and Dean Nachtigall and his wife, Margaret, of Wicksville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents, and nephew, Stanley Nachtigall.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials have been established for R-CALF USA and the South Dakota Buckaroos.

Graveside services were on Tuesday, November 9, 2004, at the Lakeside Cemetery, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.