James “Jim” Ray Olsen, 70, of Hitchcock, SD, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at the Huron Regional Medical Center in Huron, SD. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Redfield, SD with fellowship following the service. A graveside service, with military honors, will be held at the Altoona Cemetery in Hitchcock later that afternoon. Reverend Brian Wasmoen will officiate.
Visitation will be Friday, February 1, 2019, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, followed by a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Family will be present during this time to accept condolences. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (www.hykefuneralhome.com).
James Ray Olsen was born December 13, 1948, in Huron, SD to James E. Olsen and Darlene (Christenson) Olsen. He attended Bonilla School through 9th grade and graduated from Hitchcock High School in 1967. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army and served until being medically discharged. Jim then attended South Dakota State University where he was a member of the SDSU Statesman and Concert Choir.
On August 30th, 1970, Jim married Kathleen Buchholz in Redfield, SD, and they made their home on the family farm west of Hitchcock. There Jim raised corn, soybeans, sunflowers, wheat, and alfalfa, along with horses and cattle, allowing him to pursue his passion of working with animals.
Jim was a member of the Raymond Hart American Legion Post #84 in Hitchcock. He was also an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, serving for many years on the church council, along with assisting worship services as a communion server, usher and as a member of the church choir for many years. Jim was an active supporter of Beadle County 4-H, including horse and swine along with various other projects.
Jim loved the outdoors; fishing, camping and especially hunting. He made many lifelong friends guiding pheasant hunters for over 30 years. Jim invested back into his passion for pheasants by becoming a life member of Pheasants Forever. He passed on his passion for the outdoors to his children and grandchildren as this was one of his highest priorities. His grandchildren and other children will forever remember him for his quiet, patient quality. They could count on being able to crawl on his lap to read a book or show him something special.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathy of Hitchcock; son, Collin (Jamie) Olsen, Connor and Ryan of Topeka, KS; daughters: Andrea (Matt) Morlock, Blake and Easton of Brookings, SD, and Kristin (John) Trana, Sydney and Shelby of Monroe, SD; sister, Julie (Steve) Boomsma of Wolsey, SD; mother-in-law, Elaine Buchholz of Huron, SD; brother-in-law, Daryl (Joyce) Buchholz of Manhattan, KS; aunts: Geraldine Graves of Hopkins, MN and Annette Olsen of Hitchcock, SD; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jeannie Olsen; and father-in-law, Lloyd Buchholz.