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James W. Alley

February 20, 1930 - March 23, 2014 <-

Jim Alley, 84, of Miller, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society of Miller.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Janice Palmer officiating. Burial will be at G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation with family present will begin at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 followed by a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.

Jim Alley was born February 20, 1930 to Clifford and Hazel (Fugate) Alley and was raised on farms near Orient, South Dakota. He attended rural elementary schools, was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, and graduated from Miller High School in 1948.

On April 28, 1950 he married Barbara Jean Schroeder at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller. They ranched and farmed in Hand and Hughes Counties for seven years until Jim was diagnosed with dermatomyositis. After his lengthy and determined recuperation, Jim and Barbara moved to Miller where they raised their six children. Jim served as Hand County Auditor for a short time until deciding to finish his Bachelor’s degree at Huron College. Jim then worked as a state bank examiner and later as a loan officer at Hand County State Bank.

Jim considered himself a friend of the First Presbyterian Church in Miller and was a member of the Miller Lion’s Club. He enjoyed reading, western movies and sporting events, but his favorite hobbies were spending time on the Miller golf course and watching the stock market.

He is survived by four daughters, Carolyn (Greg) Rediger of Miller; Julie Burns of Olympia, WA; Jane (Scott) Gardner of Brandon; Susie (Mike) Ellsworth of Lincoln, NE; a son, Todd (Cathy) Alley of Lincoln, NE; 11 grandchildren: Grant Rediger, Amy Burns, Emily and Tom Gardner, Colin and Marcus Alley, Lindsey (Alex) Bahe, Jamie (Demarion) Mapp, Kelly (Brandon) Bushnell, Anne and Carly Alley; five great-grandchildren: Bode, Tripp and Ellsworth Bahe, Miller Mapp, and Cooper Bushnell; a sister, Lois Glover of Burke; a daughter-in-law, Natalie Garrigan of Highmore; a brother-in-law, Bob Schroeder of Sioux Falls, and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Barbara, in 2006, his son, Mike, in 2007, and his brother, Keith.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Jim’s arrangements.

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