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Rev. James W. "Jim" Vos

Rev. James William "Jim" Vos, age 89 of White River, S.D., died Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the White River Health Care Center in White River.

James William, the first son of James W. and Lois (Waltz) Vos, was born January 3, 1922. He grew up on a farm in the Dutch community of Pella, Iowa, with his two younger brothers, roaming the outdoors and attending school. The family left the farm in 1936 and moved to Oskaloosa, where Jim graduated from high school in 1939. He then worked and attended college in Oskaloosa, before volunteering for military service in 1942. Following basic training, he was stationed at South Dakota State College in the Army Specialized Training Program where he first met his future wife, Doris Brooking. He was sent to Europe in 1945 serving through the end of the war; ending his service with the occupational forces in Japan. Jim was honorably discharged in March 1946.

Upon his return home, he attended Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, and a year later, he and Doris were married on June 23, 1947. He graduated college in 1948 before returning to Onida and the Brooking family farm, working with Doris' brother, James Brooking. Through all the years of his life, the land and spirit of farming were never far from his heart. But neither was his church, and he decided to enter the ministry of the South Dakota Methodist Church in 1956. His first appointment was The Little Brown Church in Hayes-Kirley. He eventually served parishes in Philip-Quinn; Conde-Andover; Clear Lake-Gary; White River-Mission-Wood; and Selby-Lowry.

In 1985, he and Doris returned to the banks of the Little White River to enjoy a very busy and activity-filled retirement. He continued his work in the church and outside its walls. Jim was a man always attentive and responsive to people about town, those who came to his door, and anyone he saw who could use his help. In 2006 he was recognized as a Jubilee Clergy, marking 50 years in Christ's Church.

Jim was active in many community activities everywhere he lived. The Lion's Club, the historical society, Masonic Lodge, and Eastern Star all enjoyed his involvement. He served as president of the South Dakota Mental Health Association and served as the chaplain for the South Dakota American Legion from 1986-1988.

He loved his family as they all did him. He is survived by his wife, Doris; his children, Rebecca (Joseph) Dougherty, Cheyenne, Wyo., Andrew (Jodi Hanson) Vos, Sioux Falls, Phillip (Joyce) Vos, Sioux Falls, Martha (Byron) Janke, Rockford, Ill., and Phoebe (Dan) Krogman, White River; grandchildren include Lance (Karen) Hart, Hunter, Tayva, and Caden; Chevon Logsdon; Jessica (Jonathan) Lueking and Brynn; Adam Vos; Jason (Heather) Olson, Jeremiah, Brayden, and Madison; Chrystelle (Michael) Andrews, Tristan and Alyssa; Chelsey Janke; Kristan, Richelle, and Carson Krogman; Misty (Delbert) Black Bear, Trevin and Gavin; Siri and Anya Svanoe; Michael, Marco, and Charlie Logsdon; Dan Dougherty, Alexis and Zoe; and Erin Roberts, Noah and Gabby; two brothers, Gene (Helen) Vos, and Glen (Rita) Vos, Oskaloosa, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Ruby Brooking, Pierre; and many nieces and nephews and their families who have shared in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Darin Hart; and a son-in-law, William Logsdon.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 16, at the White River Community Events Center, with Pastor Linda Baldock officiating.

Music was provided by Jan Rasmussen, pianist, and the Vos Family Choir. Ushers were Steve Twite, Marvin Starkjohann and Ed Krogman. Flower attendants were Ila Tucker and Donna Adrian. Pallbearers were Lance Hart, Chevon Logsdon, Jason Olson, Chrystelle Andrews, Chelsey Jahnke, Jessica Lueking, Adam Vos, Kristan Krogman, Misty Black Bear, Richelle Krogman and Carson Krogman.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren-in-law, step-grandchildren and the staff of White River Health Care Center.

Interment with military honors was at the White River Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com