James Valentine Sitzmann was born April 26, 1930, in Le Mars, the son of Arnold and Olive (Strub) Sitzmann. Jim attended Trinity Catholic School in Sioux City.
He married Joan E. McColligan Jan. 10, 1951, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sioux City. Following their marriage the couple farmed for many years, south of Le Mars in Lincoln Township. They moved from their farm to Le Mars in November 1998.
Jim was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars and was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus (Trinity Council #1466) in Le Mars.
His true passion was being with his loving wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was a man of great faith and devoted to Catholic Education. He loved spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren and great grandchildren's extracurricular events.
Jim enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. He loved farming and had planted the crops for 60 years.
Survivors include 12 children and their spouses: Jim (Barb) Sitzmann, Jr. of Le Mars, Kathy (Tom) Langel of Le Mars, Marty (Marge) Sitzmann of Great Falls, Mont., Angie (Dave) Erdmann of Le Mars, Rick (Debbie) Sitzmann of Hinton, Cindy (Mike) O'Kane of Elkhorn, Neb., Alice (Lyle) Krienert of Le Mars, Barry (Julie) Sitzmann of Le Mars, Jason (Becky) Sitzmann of Hinton, Sam (Tera) Sitzmann of Ames, Keri Sitzmann-Robey and her husband, Stephen Robey of Elkhorn, Neb., and Tami (Jim) Thibodeau of Omaha, Neb.; 38 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four sisters: Lois Hardy of Sioux City, Jean Sitzmann of Le Mars, Joyce (Roy) Ryan of Juniper, Fla., and Connie (John) Christiansen of Dallas, Texas; two brothers: the Rev. Rick Sitzmann of Sioux City and Earl Sitzmann of Le Mars; and a sister-in-law Dolores (Don) Lake of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Joan Jan. 3, 2010; a son, Bradley; a granddaughter, Samantha Jo Erdmann; a brother, Don Sitzmann; and a brother-in-law, Ken Hardy.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Revs. Rick Sitzmann and Matt Hewitt concelebrating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery - Neptune, rural Hinton. His six sons will be pallbearers.
Visitation will be anytime after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, where there will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m., a Knights of Columbus rosary at 6 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.