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James M. Schanzenbach

James Marvin Schanzenbach, age 84, of rural Midland, died Saturday, November 3, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday, November 7, at the Deep Creek Lutheran Church north of Midland, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Carmen Alleman, organist, with congregational hymns. Register book attendant was Gene Hudson. Ushers were Julian Roseth and Dick Hudson. Pallbearers were Duane Roseth, Joe Fosheim, Roy Hunt, Jerry Nemec, David Hand and Sam Root.

Interment was at the Deep Creek Lutheran Cemetery.

James Marvin Schanzenbach was born July 28, 1923, in Ft. Pierre, SD, the son of John and Esther (Fosheim) Schanzenbach. He grew up on the Schanzenbach homestead 26 miles north of Midland. He received his education at the Little Eagle Rural School in that area, and graduated from Midland High School in 1943.

As a young man he worked with his parents and brother Ivan on the homestead. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After his discharge, he returned to the homestead where he continued to farm and ranch with his brother until the time of his death.

James was a member of the Deep Creek Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was also a 54-year member of the American Legion Post #143 of Midland.

James was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed watching baseball. One of his favorite hobbies was collecting coins.

Grateful for having shared his life include his brother, Ivan Schanzenbach of Midland; one sister, Joan Parks and her husband, Farrell, of Blue Water, NM; seven nieces and nephews, two aunts, several cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial has been established to the Deep Creek Lutheran Church. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.