James Aalbers, 66, of Miller, S.D., died Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Ave ra McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Private family services will take place at a later date.
James Roger was born July 27, 1946 on the family farm south of St. Lawrence to Gradus and Florine (Blackburn) Aalbers. He attended school in Pearl Township and later St. Lawrence High School. On October 16, 1967 he married Linda Reck in McClusky, North Dakota. Throughout life, James worked as a farmer, for Sierra water purification and Gerdes Cow Camp. In his free time, he loved fishing and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He resided in Pearl Township his entire life.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Aalbers of Miller; children, Jim (Renae) Aalbers of Miller, Tammy (Bill) Gortmaker of Miller, Corey Aalbers of St. Lawrence, Megan Aalbers of Gillette, Wyo., and Casey (Lisa) Aalbers of Wessington; 13 grandchildren, Kayla, Jessica, Austin, Dillan, Shawn, Constance, Samantha, Kory, Cheyanne, Heidi, Grady, Ryan and Whitley; three great-grandchildren, Ross, Kooper and Braxton; mother-in-law, Lucille Reck; three brothers-in-law, Mike Reck, Andy (Vannessa) Reck and Lonnie Styron; three sisters, Donna (Roger) Grogan, Norma (Stan) Krantz and Judy (Chuck) Beaner; one brother, Jack (Ann) Aalbers; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Tory, Sandy, Eric, Star and Liz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gradus and Florine; sister-in-law, Barbara Styron; father-in-law, Jack Reck; and infant brother, Kenneth.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Jim’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net.
James Aalbers 1946-2013