Funeral services for James Boldt, 71, of Isabel were at 1:00 PM, MT, Monday, October 11, 2021, at the Isabel Community Center in Isabel, SD. Burial was at Hillview Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. James passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 in Isabel.
James (Jim) Howard Boldt, 71, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at home. Jim was born on December 7, 1949 in Mobridge, SD to John Q and Stella (King) Boldt. He attended school at the Liebelt County School and high school in Isabel then graduated in 1968. Jim then enlisted in the Army on March, 10, 1971. He was drafted to Vietnam in 1971 and returned in 1972. Jim served for 6 years and was honorably discharged on March 9, 1977. Jim met Cheryl in 1972 and they were married on June 22, 1974. They lived in Isabel until the fall of 1978. Jim worked for Scott Construction until 1978 and then worked for Moreau Grand until 1980. Later he purchased some of Doug Scott’s equipment and began Boldt Power Inc. Jim and Cheryl had CJ in 1978, Stacey in 1980, Chad in 1982 and Marie in 1984. Jim and Cheryl are blessed with 10 Grandchildren: Chaysen, Tymber, Taelyn, Jaeger (CJ), Josie, Finley (Chad & Karyl), Treyton, Dylan and Colten (Marie and Corrie).
Jim enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to fish, ride horse and just overall loved spending time with all of them and attending their many activities. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and mentor to many. He built a highly respected business while instilling family values and work ethic into his employees. Jim has served his country and community with great passion and pride, never expecting anything in return. He never met a stranger but only a new friend. He was a man that looked intimidating with his presence but with his smile and embrace he melted your heart. He touched many hearts and you knew you were welcomed and loved. Jim was respected by many and considered a pillar of strength. One of his favorite lines was you don’t have to be paid for everything. Oh, and take off your hat when you are inside. He was a man of integrity, wisdom, courage and selfless service.
Jim is survived by his wife Cheryl, his children and grandchildren CJ (Chaysen, Tymber, Taelyn, Jaeger), Stacey & Tyler, Chad & Karyl (Josie, Finley), Marie & Corrie (Treyton, Dylan, Colten), Amanda & Ben (Rachel, Sarah), Anna & Larry, Jessica; Siblings Dolores (Hank), Lois, John Dean (Ina), Jay (Heidi), Vicky (Bill), John (Karma), Lewis; and numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family and friends.
He was proceeded in death by his parents John & Stella; infant sister Lila Mae; father and mother in-law Francis & Betty Nash; brother in-law Butch Bartlett; cousin George Boldt Jr; nephews Allen Salyer, Jeff Boldt and many uncles, aunts and cousins.