James "Jim" Renville

James "Jim" Renville

Great Falls —James "Jim" Renville, 76, passed away at Peace Hospice on April 30, 2014 after a 10 year battle with several types of cancer.

A short graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 10 am at Riverside Cemetery in Fort Benton. A funeral celebration, followed by a luncheon, will take place at 11 am at the Ag Center. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Jim was a lifelong Montana resident, who worked for the Great Northern/Burlington Northern Railroads for 42 years. He liked all sports, but especially softball and golfing with family. Jim was a city councilman in Fort Benton for several terms and was a board member for the Boy Scouts and the "Gators" swim team. After moving to Great Falls in 1986, he was both a player and the coach for the Calvary softball team.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Debbie, of Great Falls; son Scot (Shawna) of Chester; two grandsons, Seth and Samuel; two "daughters" Gina Rocker of Tucson, AZ and Cecelia Wall of Twin Falls, ID; two sisters, Rose Larsen of Billings and Beverly Southard of East Glacier; many nieces and nephews; and was a "Grandpa" to many kids.

Jim was preceded in death by daughter Jodi in 1973 and a sister, Myra, in 1997.

Memorials are suggested to the Great Falls Rescue Mission, the Good Neighbor Words, or donor's choice.

Condolences may be left online at www.oconnorfueralhome.com.

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O'Connor Funeral Home & Crematory - Great Falls
2425 8th Avenue North Great Falls, MT 59401
406-453-7257

Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 2, 2014