James "Jim" Beal
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James "Jim" Beal

Sioux Falls - James "Jim" L. Beal, age 76 of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at his home. Public Visitation will be on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 with a Memorial Service beginning at 7:00 PM at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls.

James Leon Beal was born on April 5, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN to Leo and Elise Idziorek. He moved to Sioux Falls at the age of eight. Graduated from Washington High School in 1964; attended Univ. of South Dakota & Sioux Falls College, and Drafting Courses at Southeast Vo-Tech, Graduating in 1988. Jim served in the Vietnam War with the United States Navy as a Damage Controlman on the USS Myles C. Fox and was aboard a Patrol Boat River protecting the MeKong River. James worked numerous drafting and sales jobs and at the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company and at L. Beal Incorporated. He enjoyed wood carving, lawn work, camping with his wife, Jan, and wintering in Texas. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Grateful for sharing his life are his son, Ted Beal of Austin, TX; brothers, John (Betty) Beal of Naples, FL, Arch (Pam) Beal of Sioux Falls, SD, Lou (Lorrie) Beal of Harrisburg, and numerous cousins, relatives, and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Louis R. Beal; his wife, Jan Beal; daughter, Angela Beal; and sister, Judy Uit de Flesch.

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Published in Argus Leader from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2021.
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April 14, 2021
I have known Jim since grade School.
Our hang out in the 1950s was down at the old Sioux River,!the Indian trails below Sherman Park.
We commandeered the old summer cabins Don Doufit owned on the banks of the old river channel between the par 3, hole # 9 & hole # 1. Jim brought decals of the blonde kid on the Squirt pop bottles, & Pepsi decals, to decorate the summer cabins.Jim had brought his dads fork spade to dig for worms. We saw a large turtle, & planted that pitch fork in the turtles shell. The turtle took off into the water, with Jim trying to recover the spade.He got the spade.
The next day, the turtle was laying on the opposite bank, with fork holes in his back.Jim or Butch Christiansen loaded the turtle into a wagon & took it home to make turtle soup.? This was on the island, I think was later made into Dennis The Menace Park, & the retired jet plane.
Gary Landeen
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