James Stender

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James Stender

Born Sept 04, 1924 in Perham, Minnesota. His parents, Otto and Marie Stender, farmed near Dent/Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. Jim had 3 brothers and a sister. Jim is preceded in death by his sister Ruth Moak (Tacoma) and Brother Richard Stender (Cheney, WA). Surviving siblings are Tom Stender in Great Falls, Montana and Jerry Stender in Chinook, Montana.
Living on a farm during the depression made an impression and strongly influenced his efforts to work. At age 16, he left the farm and later joined the US Marine Corps in 1941 at the age of 17. He was wounded on the assault of Saipan in 1943. His convalescence took him to Hawaii and then to San Diego, and he finished his service in Washington DC.
On September 11, 1949 he married Margaret Peterson in Great Falls, MT. He was starting his career at the grocery company, Safeway. Margaret urged him to use the GI Bill to complete his education. He graduated from the University of Montana and began work for Safeway. In 1969, Jim and family moved to Sheridan Wy to manage the store on Alger Street. Eventually a new store was constructed on Coffeen Ave where he worked until he was 62 (1986). He shifted his efforts to small hay operation, his draft horses, and children. This was a very good life for him as he built solid friendships and enjoyed what he did every day. I need to mention John Ferries and Bill Fry that were colleagues in hay and horses and together that had great experiences along Big Goose Road.

Jim and Margaret had four children. Barbara, Jay, Janet and Stephen. Margaret and Stephen have passed. Barbara and David live in Indianola, Iowa. Janet and her husband Greg reside in Manteca, CA. Jay and his wife Mila live in Sheridan. Jim has 6 grandchildren and, now 5 great-grandchildren.

Jim and Margaret moved into an assisted living community, Sugarland, some years ago. Since Margaret passed, Jim spent most of his days watching the news, attending every breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and visiting their home (now owned by his granddaughter and family). Jim loved to mow the lawn. The great-grandchildren were the highlight of his day using his walker to transport. Jim lead a full and good life, was an incredible care-giver to Margaret, and always enjoyed family time.

A funeral service will be held November 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Phil Wold officiating. A military honor burial will immediately follow at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Block 30 Lot 12. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall after interment at Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to: Senior Citizens Council 211 Smith St. Sheridan, Wyoming 82801. Online condolences may be written at www.championfh.com. Champion Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.