James "Big Jim" Voldseth

March 30, 1928 ~ December 31, 2018
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James (Big Jim) Voldseth, 90, Brandon, died Monday, December 31, 2018, at Southridge Healthcare Center in Sioux Falls.

No Services are scheduled at this time.

James E. Voldseth was born March 30, 1928, in Vermillion, SD,to Arne and Gunvor (Fallen) Voldseth. He served in the US Army, serving in both WWII and the Korean War. He married Verlyn Gillette on June 30, 1949. Jim owned and operated “Big Jims” garbage service in Brandon from 1965-1970, and then worked for the City of Brandon in maintenance from 1971-1975. The family then moved to Humboldt, SD where he worked in maintenance for the City of Humboldt from 1975-1985. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1985, where he worked for Gage Bros. from 1985-1993.

In his retirement, Jim enjoyed fishing and woodworking. Jim and Verlyn moved back to Brandon in September, 2013, where Jim resided until moving to Southridge in September 2018.

Jim is survived by his wife, Verlyn, Brandon; four children, Steve (Ann), Los Angeles, CA, Diane (Larry) Howe, Sioux Falls, Kris (Mark) Anderson, Colton, and Jeff (Twyla), Brandon; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty-seven great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Arne and Gunvor (Fallen) Voldseth.

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  • Deb (Johnson) Karlson says:

    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of ‘Big Jim’. He was our bus driver for a few years when I was attending Brandon Valley in the ’70’s and he was one of the best drivers we ever had. He was a great man and will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Brenda (Johnson) Bergum says:

    Sorry for your loss. I remember Big Jim coming down the aisle of the bus and he seemed like he was so tall. I remember the pink artificial flower that he had on the mirror of his bus. At the end of the school year we were last off the bus. He gave that rose to my sister Deb (Johnson) Karlson. Big Jim was a BIG Teddy bear that will be missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him. RIP Big Jim.

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