James Alan Rabenberg

June 19, 1965 ~ September 22, 2020

James, Alan Rabenberg, 55, Sioux Falls, SD, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, surrounded by family at Ava’s House, Sioux Falls, SD.

Visitation will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral Services will follow at 1:30 pm. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

James Alan Rabenberg was born June 19, 1965, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Larry and Bobbie (Ymker) Rabenberg.  James graduated from Washington High School, Sioux Falls, SD in 1983 and continued his education at South Dakota State University where he graduated in 1988. James began working for the Argus Leader in the bundling and distribution department. It was not long after he began working for the Argus that he met Leesa Shotley.  On March 29, 1996, James and Leesa were united in marriage in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple was blessed with one daughter whom they named Esther. She was James’ pride and joy! He worked for 20 years at Grand Prairie Foods before poor health forced him to retire due to health reasons.

James loved being a supportive father. He attended all of Esther’s performances. He could always be found at her musical events or with her enjoying a theatrical play. He loved being a member of Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church. James especially loved the Wednesday Night Bible Studies and the multiple musical church groups that would perform. James was a fan of sports, especially football.  His favorite team was the San Francisco 49ers. Above all, he loved spending time with his family. Playing cards and other games was always a good time. Traveling together as a family gave him great joy.

Sadly, James, 55, Sioux Falls, SD, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, surrounded by family at Ava’s House.

James will be deeply missed by his wife, Leesa; one daughter, Esther; James’ parents, Larry (May) Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD, and Bobbie (Roy) Toole, Gillette, WY; two brothers, Clifford (Carmen) Toole, Gillette, WY, and Robert Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD; and two sisters, Lisa (Chris) Amundson, Sioux Falls, SD, and Glenda (Tony Brandt) Rabenberg, Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Leea (Bob) Ryan, Bridgewater, NJ; several nieces and nephews and his mother-in-law, Eilene Shotley, Sioux Falls, SD.

James was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leon Shotley.

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