E. James Abdnor

Rapid City, South Dakota


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E. Abdnor passed away in Rapid City, South Dakota. The obituary was featured in Rapid City Journal on May 17, 2012.

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Senator Abdnor was very kind to me when I was a young staffer in Washington, DC. He was a role model for me and many others. I think of him often.

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“May the Lord of peace himself give you peace constantly in every way. The Lord be with all
of you.” -- 2 Thessalonians 3:16

My husband and I have the utmost respect for Senator Abdnor and are so grateful for what he did for the town of Pickstown. My husband was president of the town board when the Corps of Engineers was turning the town over to the residents. He talked with Senator Abdnor about this because the situation was in flux and there was a chance that the townspeople wouldn't have a say in what happened to the town. Senator Abdnor introduced a bill in Congress which would give the town to the...

My thoughts and Prayers for the family of Senator Jim Abnor I had met him in 1985 at Washington DC with a group of Boy Scouts and I saw him at Post 22 Baseball gaames
Phillip Rogers

I had the utmost respect and admiration of Jim when he served in the U.S. Senate and was Chairman of the Public Works Committee, among other positions. I was President of the American Waterways Operators at that time and had the pleasure of working with Jim and his staff, supporting many water resource projects, many of which were in South Dakota. I was raised in Flandreau, So. Dak and we shared many mutual friends. I will never forget Jim and his kind, considerate manner; he was one of...

I was Jim's neighbor late in his life when he lived in Rapid City. He was the friendliest guy and had a wonderful sense of humor! I remember when he was mowing the side of his driveway with a lawnmower that only had 3 wheels! He yelled at me when he drove by that he would stop and say hi when he was done. That is how I met my neighbor Jim. He will be missed greatly!

Jim Abnor was a good friend of my father, Senator Bill Grams of Sturgis. They just don't make them like that anymore. A fine man, a grand statesman, grass roots, through and through. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

It was a privilege and an honor to meet the then-lieutenant governor of South Dakota at a Young Republicans annual convention which he attended (and probably addressed). Jim was always someone who clearly cared about the opinions of other South Dakotans whether or not he agreed with them. I believe that his integrity and values were among the best of anyone I have ever known.

Jim Abdnor was a good friend of my Dad, Bart Kull, for many years. I never heard anything but praise for Abdnor's ethics and his contribution to South Dakota politics. He was a Senator in the truest and best sense of the word, something woefully lacking in politics today. He had a long life, and he always kept to his roots as a South Dakota rancher. God Bless his family and friends. P.S. I have a picture on my desk at work of my Dad, Jim Abdnor, and Ronald Reagan taken in 1980, so I see...