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Carlton James ‘Jim’ Stedjee PDF Print E-mail

RAPID CITY — Carl­­ton James “Jim” Stedjee, 78, passed away at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Oct. 17, 2013 after a two-year battle with leukemia.

Jim was born in Three Lakes, Wis., on Jan. 30, 1935, to Lewis J. and Mary M. Budney Stedjee.

He graduated from Three Lakes High School in May of 1953. He enlisted in the Air Force that December.

On Sept. 7, 1954, Jim married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Joanne Bollmann.

He spent 21 years in the Air Force and spent time in Japan, Korea, Ellsworth AFB, Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas, Shemya Island, Alaska, Offutt AFB in Omaha, Neb., and Edwards AFB in California.

When he retired the family moved to Rapid City and he spent 13 years working at the Town N’ Country Inn, then another 10 years at Stamper Black Hills Gold.

Jim and Joanne had two children, Dawn and Lou.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Joanne; his daughter, Dawn Conrad; and son, Lou (Brenda) Stedjee of Caputa, S.D.; two sisters, Anita Wiseman of Waterford, Wis., and Mary May of Shady Cove, Ore.; brother-in-law, Gordon (Doris) Bollmann of Ryderwood, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Juanita (Keith) Wetmore of Spring Hill, Fla., and Joann Bollmann of Burlington, Wis.; two grandsons, one great-grandson, two stepgranddaughters, a stepgrandson, three stepgrandsons and one step­great-grand­daughter; and his beloved cat, Oscar.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, mother, and one brother-in-law, Warren Bollmann.

He will be greatly missed by his family and great friends.

Memorial services were Oct. 22, 2013, at Kirk Funeral Home, with Terry Pulse officiating. A burial service followed at Pine Lawn Memorial Park. A luncheon followed at the American Legion Club.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society and the Humane Society of the Black Hills in Rapid City.

An online guestbook can be signed at


Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:05 PM

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