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Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Mountain).

United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

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In memory of

James "Jim" Joyce

of Plymouth, Minnesota, formerly of Wall, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Birches of Trillium Woods Senior Living Center at the age of 83

James Warren Joyce was born to Bernice Marie Nelson and Warren Archie Joyce on February 21, 1936 at the New Underwood hospital in South Dakota. When he was five years old they moved to Wall, South Dakota where he attended grades 1-12 at Wall School. It was there that he met the love of his life, LeIla LaVonne Poste while in the 10th grade.

As a young man he worked at the Wall Drug Store as the mechanical cowboy orchestra operator. He also worked for the West River Electric Association as a lineman. After high school, he attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. and graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. As a result of his ROTC training while in college, he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corp.

Jim and LeIla were united in marriage on June 15, 1958 in Wall and then moved to Jackson, Michigan where he was employed as an engineer for Commonwealth Associates. He then entered into the Army and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany for three years. It was there that he became a father to son, Jeffrey. The family moved back to Hutchinson in 1963 where Jim took a job with 3M as a Quality Engineer. On Dec. 20, 1963, Jim became a father again of twins, David and Diane. In 1967 the family moved to New Jersey with 3M only to move back to Hutchinson in 1973 with 3M eventually becoming the Plant Manager. In 1982 the family moved to Woodbury where Jim became a Manufacturing Director with 3M and retired in this position in 1995 after 33 years with the company. Jim and LeIla retired to their dream log home in Custer, South Dakota. He enjoyed living in the Black Hills until June of 2018 when they moved to Plymouth, Minnesota to be closer to their children.

Jim had an incredible curiosity in life that enabled him to problem solve and create ideas to make life easier. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing and watching football, baseball, track and basketball. He loved cars, square dancing, music, RVing to Arizona and traveling to Mexico and beyond. He never missed his kids school events and was a loving, generous, and devoted husband and father. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, LeIla “Lee”; children, Jeff (Lori) Joyce, Dave (Kathy) Joyce, and Diane (Dan) Amundson; grandchildren, Tyler, Andy, Carina and Emma Joyce and Lisa Mackey and Jenna Amundson; sister, Barbara Giese and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Warren Joyce.

Memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Pastor Russell Masartis officiating.

Interment with military honors will be held at the Wall Cemetery.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 5-7p.m.
Rush Funeral Chapel
Wall, South Dakota

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Pastor Russell Masartis

Arla Olson - Pianist
"Rock of Ages"
Congregational Hymns
"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota

  • Oh Lee, we were so sorry to see this in the Chronicle. We have been gone and had no idea. If we had been here we would have been in Wall. We so enjoyed meeting you both those many years ago in Eugene> We always marveled at our good luck and then to have you in Custer was such a joy. We wish we would have seen you more often. Jim was such a good guy. We have been lucky to know both of you. Please know we share your loss. Such sad news. We are thinking of you. ~ John and Susan Culberson Custer, SD (9/27/2019)
  • In remembrance of a veteran who has answered his final roll call.
    Rest in peace, Soldier.

    Custer Post #46, American Legion
    South Dakota Department
    ~ Mark A. Mills Custer, SD (9/26/2019)
  • We were sorry to learn of Jim's passing. He was a kind and talented man. He never forgot his roots in the Wall area, and often came to the Wall Celebrations. Justine and I offer our prayers to all of Jim's family. ~ Doug Estes Rapid City SD (9/16/2019)
  • Thanks for serving ~ A VETERAN (9/16/2019)
  • We will miss Jim and keep You all in our Prayers. ~ Marian Timmerman & Roberta Radley Henderson, Nevada (9/13/2019)
  • Forever in our hearts. RIP Uncle Jim. So sorry for our loss ~ Marvin and Jody Radley Tennessee (9/13/2019)
  • Leila, Jeff, David and Diane Was very sadden to of your Jims passing. Will miss visting with him and your mom at celebration in Wall. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Jim ~ Jerry & Kim Morgan Wall ,SD (9/13/2019)
  • Our love and prayers go out to the Joyce Family. Susan & Denny Walsh. ~ Dennis Walsh Miami, FL. (9/12/2019)