Jim Peterson

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February 7, 1935– September 14, 2019

Jimmy Dean Peterson, 84, of Mobridge (also affectionately known as “Pete, Jim and LaLa”) died peacefully on September 14, 2019 from complications due to Alzheimer’s/ dementia. Jim was born in Miller on February 7, 1935, the son of June (Vollenweider) and Nels Peterson.

He met Frances Lavon Tatro prior to leaving for his military service overseas,, and they married upon his return on April 22, 1960.

Jimmy was proud to have served in the Army (with Elvis Presley in his company).

Jim leaves behind his wife, Frances of Mobridge; three daughters, Jennifer Scholl (Jack Scholl) of Spearfish, Jessica Peterson (Shawn Stokes) of Denver, CO, and Julie Asmussen (Steve Asmussen) of Arlington, TX; grandchildren, Jennessa Marie Dempsey, Jacob William Scholl, Keith James Asmussen, Darren Scott Asmussen, and Erik Mark Asmussen; and brothers Marvis Debates and Rod Goodwin.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Buzz Goodwin, and sister Pat Berg.

Jim left a secured job working on the railroad to pursue his life passion of ranching and farming. He woke up every morning ready to spend time in a field of hay, in a pasture with a herd of horses, cattle or Angora goats. He was passionate about living his life every day and did so successfully with hard work and a smile.

Jim loved rodeoing from a young age and achieved many bull riding titles such as the 1952 South Dakota State High School Championship. He was honored as a 20 year gold card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In 2003, after breeding and raising numerous colts, he got involved in horse racing. With a stack of win pictures, he retired from racing in 2009.

He was committed to contributing to the community in many ways. Jim was a member of the Mobridge Rodeo Association and was the Grand Marshal in 2011.

There wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t light up when talking about his kids in one way or another. He was extremely proud of each and every one of them. Jim was a mentor and supported many individuals, especially kids, throughout their life’s journey. The door to his home was always open – a stray cowboy that needed a place to hang their hat for the night and put up their horses, or a friend just passing through. Jim would tell story after story about his rodeo days, playing cards, working at the sale barn or as a State Brand Inspector.

Jimmy embraced his faith. During his battle with dementia he was virtually non-verbal; however he always attended Sunday morning services and would recite the Lords Prayer and the Apostles Creed. He sang every word to his favorite hymns.

One in three of us will be affected by some form of dementia. Jim lived with this horrible disease and did so with grace. Memorial donations in Jim’s honor will go to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. They may be sent to PO Box 242, Mobridge, SD 57601.

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