James Henry Kayser was born Oct. 28, 1925, at Emery, S.D., the son of Frank and Mathilda (Kramer) Kayser. He grew up at Emery and attended school there. His father died while he was still a teenager and his mother and family moved to the Remsen area, where he farmed for his mother.
Jim married Clara Shea May 23, 1951, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen. Following their marriage the couple farmed in the Remsen area until 1990, at which time they moved to Le Mars. Jim had also been employed with Mid-Sioux Opportunities for a few years. From 1980 to 1996 Jim had been the driver for the SRTS bus.
Jim was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing in his younger years but later Jim enjoyed making wall rosaries. He had made more than 200 of them and had given them to family and many friends.
Survivors include his wife Clara Kayser of Le Mars; six children: Frank (Diane) Kayser of Le Mars, Nancy (Jerry) Schwartz of Merrill, Jeff (Laurie) Kayser, Ron (Rhonda) Kayser, Pam Kayser, and Terry Kayser, all of Le Mars; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Eileen Ortmann of Le Mars; two brothers- in-law: Paul (Shirley) Shea of Marcus, and Larry Shea of Casa Grande, Ariz.; three sisters-in-law: Velva Shea of Sioux City, Lois Pedersen of Remsen, and Carol (Clyde) Schuttpelz of Le Mars; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Kayser and his wife, Norma; a sister, Sylvia Koopman and her husband, Wayne; and a brother-in-law, Joe Ortmann. Other brothers and sisters-in-law preceding him were Elaine and William Sanow, Gerald "Bud" Shea, Walter and Theresa Shea, Omer and Bev Shea, and Arlene Shea.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Matt Hewitt presiding. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen - Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be Tuesday morning at St. James Church for one hour prior to the funeral.
Pallbearers will be eight grandsons: Jim Kayser, Mike Kayser, Zachary Schwartz, Jarrod Kayser, Luke Kayser, Brett Kayser, Nick Kayser and Dan Kayser. Honorary pallbearers will be the remainder of his grandchildren: Marie Bornholtz, Jessica Moeller, Kayla Kayser, Corissa Schwartz, Katrina Yates, Adam Schwartz and Tyler Prouty.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.