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James Feldhaus, 79, of Canistota passed away on October 10, 2013 at Daugherty Hospice in Sioux Falls, SD. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm TODAY Sunday, October 20 at Kinzley Funeral Home in Salem.
James Feldhaus was born on September 8, 1934 to Gordon and Margaret (Peterson) Feldhaus in Howard, SD. He was raised in the Howard area and attended St. Agatha Catholic School. He later attended Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD and then went on to South Dakota State University to earn a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics, and later an M.S. in Organic Chemistry. After completing his Master's, he served in the Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis and retired as a Captain.
Jim then began his career in science as a professor of Chemistry at SDSU. Following that, he accepted a position to teach at the University of Minnesota. After some time teaching, James worked as a research chemist for 3M until 1976. At that time, he moved to a position with the US Department of Energy in Bethesda, MD and was in that position until 1987. He also spent some time working for a Community Action Council advocating for the underprivileged and mentally ill in Maryland.
James was a member of the American Legion in Hagerstown, MD and enjoyed a wide array of hobbies including archery, hiking, and horseback riding. Jim had a love of learning throughout his life and was fascinated by such areas as military history, aeronautics, meteorology, astronomy, political science, and modern languages.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Theresa Glynn of Canistota, his granddaughter, Natasha (Alex) Keller of Sioux City, IA, his grandson, Ciaran Glynn of Canistota, and his great-grandson, Ian Keller. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary Feldhaus-Weber of Boston, MA, and a son-in-law, Anthony Patrick Glynn. Memorials can be made to the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum in Sioux Falls, SD. www.kinzleyfh.com
Kinzley Funeral Home
500 N Main St
Salem, SD 57058
Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 20, 2013