James “Jim” Schlaffman


October 30, 1939 - October 15, 2017


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.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel- Community Room
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:00 PM

Posted by David and LeAnn Moe on October 17, 2017
Our sympathies to you and your family. We didn't personally know Jim but was blessed to have son and grandson, Jeff and Nick working for us. And am learning that Rose Walters is a sister and knew of her years ago as well. Thoughts and prayers to your entire family. God bless your many memories!!!
Posted by Charles Hohn on October 16, 2017
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a fine man and I always liked visiting with him. My first memories of him were as our fuel delivery driver for the Rumbolz Conoco in Ethan. He was a young man that would take the time to talk to a young child and treat them like some one. He was a kind man as I knew him.
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