James “Jim” Schlaffman, 77, of Mitchell, formerly of Ethan, died Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. A celebration of life will be 6-8:00 PM Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel Community Room.
James Clarence Schlaffman was born October 30, 1939 in Ethan, SD to Arthur and Elsie (Volk) Schlaffman. He attended and graduated from high school in Ethan. Jim married Barbara Hoyt on November 27, 1958 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ethan. He worked in manufacturing and retired as a US Postal Rural Mail Carrier after 29 years of service at the age of 72. He had many jobs, but he was first and foremost a farmer. He loved all sports especially fishing. Jim loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two sons; Jeffrey, John (Dawn) Schlaffman both of Ethan, two daughters; Jodi Altstiel, Juli Boehmer both of Mitchell, three brothers; Gary (Marge) of Mitchell, Melvin (Pam) of Bullhead City, NV, Dan (Diana) of Ethan, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two sisters; Beverly Schlaffman of Kearney, NE, and Rose (Dan) Walters of Corsica.
He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles, and two brothers-in-law.