Jim was born June 16, 1956 in Sioux Falls, S.D., the son of Jim Sr. and Ruthie Greenfield. Jim graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 1974 and received his B.A. degree from Augustana College in 1978. On June 3, 1978, he was married to Lisa Kay Taylor of rural Le Mars, Iowa. Jim began his professional life at Midland National Life in Sioux Falls. He also owned and operated AvailAbility Employment until 1993, when he returned to Midland, most recently serving as human resources vice president.
Jim's family was his first and deepest priority. His wife Lisa, his daughter Jamie, and his sons Jared and Matt, were a source of great pride and joy throughout his life. He was actively involved in their lives through school activities, family gatherings, and family vacations. During his children's early years he devoted many hours to coaching their teams in various sports, and was supportive in any activity they pursued. He was always his children's greatest fan. Through his involvement with their many activities, he was also able to mentor hundreds of other young athletes. Jim's interest and love of athletics extended to fan support of O'Gorman athletics, Sioux Falls Post 15 West baseball, Augustana athletics, and Nebraska Cornhusker football.
Jim's lifelong dream was to own a home in the Black Hills. That dream came true in 2004 when he and Lisa completed their home on Dead Broke Street near Hill City. Jim spent many weekends working to finish their cabin, a true labor of love.
Jim is survived by his wife Lisa; daughter Jamie of Omaha, Neb., son Jared of Sioux Falls, his fiancée Micaela Grob of Pella and son Matt of Sioux Falls; his mother Ruthie Parker and her husband Gene of Sioux Falls; his father James and his wife Belva of Apache Junction, Ariz.; brother Bob, his children Morgan and Kaden and their mother Kyle, all of Sioux Falls; sisters-in-law Debbie Stoos and Jill Taylor and her daughter Laurel, all of Omaha, NE, as well as several aunts, uncles, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law Ralph and Marilyn Taylor; stepfather Ken Shatter; stepmother Audrey Greenfield; grandparents Delbert and Erna Eggers and Fred and Henrietta Greenfield; aunt Doris Eggers Huseboe; sister-in-law Lori Tooker, and brother-in-law Steve Oetken.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home 13th & Main, Sioux Falls, and will continue all day Friday. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home 13th & Main.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to a Scholarship in Jim's name at O'Gorman High School.
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