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James Rist, 77, of rural Centerville, SD died December 18, 2013 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg. Funeral services will be held 10:30AM Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Scandia Lutheran Church in Centerville. Visitation will be Friday 3-8PM at Wass Funeral Home in Centerville with the family present from 5-8PM and a prayer service at 7PM. Memorials may be directed to the Scandia Lutheran Church, Pioneer Memorial Hospital or the Children's Inn.

James Albert Rist was born December 12, 1936, in Sioux Falls to Gustav and Frances May (Millage) Rist. The family farmed north of Centerville. He was baptized and confirmed at First English Lutheran Church in Centerville. James attended rural schools, graduated from Centerville High School in 1954 and South Dakota State University in 1958 with an agriculture degree. He loved animals and the country.

He married Elizabeth Patricia (Betty) Molskness August 30, 1959. The couple farmed northwest of Centerville for 54 years. Ill health had recently forced him into retirement. Jim was a member of the Air National Guard, school boards in the rural district and in Centerville, and Scandia Lutheran Church, where he had been on the church council.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Centerville; children, Cindy (Don) Klick of Highlands Ranch, CO, Charee (Jim) Housiaux of Brookings and Jim (Tammy) of Arvada CO; six grandchildren, Alan (Laura) and Brad (Kathleen) Anderson, Matt and Katie Housiaux and Amanda and Brianna Rist; two great-grandchildren, Ziah and David Anderson; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Cliff) Ponnikas of Tacoma, WA; brother-in-law, Bob (DeAnn) Molskness of Madison, SD; brother-in-law, Nick Kirincich of Fishers, IN; many nieces and nephews and special cousins, Sandy(Carl) Diver of Bellevue, NE and Jackie (Phil) Goodrich of Dublin, OH.

Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 20, 2013
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