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Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM (Mountain).

Open Bible Church
Midland, South Dakota

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the Open Bible Church in Midland.

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In memory of

Jim Bierle

of Midland, South Dakota, died on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 82

James "Jim" Joseph Bierle was born on February 12, 1937 in Murdo, South Dakota, to Jake and Marguerite (Manley) Bierle with his twin brother John Jacob, the youngest of six children. As Jake worked on the railroad section crew, the family lived at various spots from Van Meter to Capa. As a young man growing up, he worked on the railroad and haying crews in the Midland and Capa area.

Jim loved to embellish on his rough and rowdy ways of growing up on Bad River and in the pool halls and card rooms of Capa with epic tales for his family. He graduated from Midland High School in 1955. After attending Huron College for two years, he graduated from Black Hills State with a teaching degree. He used this degree to help educate numerous students at Midland High School through the early 1970’s. He taught whatever class needed a teacher, coached sports, directed plays, and was a class advisor. He took very seriously the role of disseminating knowledge to and guiding (influencing) the lives of his students. His role of ‘teacher’ did not stop after his students graduated as he continued to be interested in their lives forever.

James was united in marriage to Janice D. Madsen in Midland on June 8, 1958. After they were married, they lived in Rapid City where Janice taught grade school while Jim finished college. To this union two children were born: Kim and Kory. Besides teaching, Jim helped his father in law, Harvey Madsen, on his ranch. After Harvey retired, Jim took over the role of managing the ranch. He undertook several water development and soil conservation projects. He took the role very seriously of caring for and improving the land and livestock. Jim liked researching and planning the various tasks as it appealed to his analytical and intellectual nature.

He stayed active in several community activities and interests by serving on several boards including the alumni association, church board, and the fire district. He led the family in cutting and delivering of many cords of firewood from Wall to Pierre. Declining health and mobility in later years necessitated the move to long term care facilities first in Pierre and then for the last couple years in Philip.

James is survived by his wife Janice, formally of Midland now residing at the Philip Nursing Home; one daughter Kim of Pierre and Midland; son Kory and his wife Robin of Midland and their children Kruse, Sage and Bailey of Midland; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, John, Ray and his wife Shirley, Robert “Skip”, and Allen George “Buck; and a sister Mary Robertson and her husband Chuck.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the Open Bible Church in Midland.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 on Wednesday, November 13 at the Open Bible Church in Midland with Pastor Randy Ellendorf officiating.

Burial will follow at the Midland Cemetery.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 4-6 p.m.
Open Bible Church
Midland, South Dakota

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 10:30 a.m.
Open Bible Church
Midland, South Dakota

Pastor Randy Ellendorf

Gary Phillips - Morris Jones

Scotti Block - Prelude Pianist
Marlis Doud- Pianist
Congregational Hymns
“Faith of Our Fathers”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
Special Music
“Danny Boy”

K. Scott Jones - Roger Peterson
Rick Doud - Mark Sammons
Rodney Robertson - Tom Finn

All of Jim's former students

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota

  • Jan, Cory & Kim, We were very sorry to hear about Jim. We were unable to attend the funeral but please know our thoughts and prayers are will all of you. I always enjoyed visiting with Jim. ~ Marion & Darlene Matt Philip, SD (11/22/2019)
  • Jim was a powerful infuluance in my life. He was very professional and dedicated to all of us. He will be missed. ~ C Jesse Freeman Kadoka (11/20/2019)
  • Kim, Kory, and Jan: I am so sorry for your loss and am so wishing I could be there for service today. (BUT I am honoring him by practicing the English, journalism, and math he taught me in high school in the 60s by being present TODAY at my secretary job, in the school system, no less!) May you have many great "remember-whens" and memories as you visit with friends and family this week and the following days to come. May God comfort you and yours, and we know he is enjoying heaven. In Christ, Beryl (Addison) Geer ~ Beryl (Addison) Geer Gillette, WY (11/13/2019)
  • Sympathy to Jan, Kim, Kory and Family. Jim was a wonderful man of God. May he rest in peace. ~ Micaela Donovan Wuehler North Platte, NE (11/13/2019)
  • Condolences to Janice, Kory & Robin and all the Bierle family: We always enjoyed his sharing of history, ranching and the good life they've lived. They were the epitome of west river South Dakotans.
    Rest in peace, Jim!
    Lonis & Lois Wendt
    ~ Lonis & Lois Wendt 502 S. Main Ave, Vivian, SD (11/12/2019)
  • To the Bierle Family, I look back with many fond memories of the many hunting trips and family meals I had the privilege of sharing with your family during years past. I am in Marana, AZ., for the winter and will be unable to attend any of Jim's services, for which I apologize He was a wonderful man whom all will miss. Thank you alll for your friendship these many years. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand. Shalom. Bill Farnham. ~ Bill Farnham Rapid City, SD (11/10/2019)
  • My condolences and sympathy go to the family of Jim Bierle. He was a very kind man and will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Glenda Nemec Bristol SD (11/9/2019)
  • I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I know the past few years have been difficult for everyone.
    Lots of memories go with Jim from Caps and the Bad River to school to the ranch and in the last years at the nursing home.
    He will be remembered and missed by all.
    I won't be able to attend the services as I am recuperating from rotator cuff surgery and can't drive. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    ~ Karen Sharp Fort Pierre (11/9/2019)
  • Kim and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you strength. ~ Ronette Stewart Fort Pierre (11/9/2019)
  • SD ~ Ronette Stewart Fort Pierre (11/9/2019)
  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was a good man. I will be thinking of you all and praying for lots of happy memories. Hugs to you all ~ Kathy Larson LaDue Anamosa, IA (11/9/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for the family. ~ Lana Bonhorst Carroll Pierre (11/9/2019)
  • My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Jim had a smile and "hello Foland's" every time my mother and I walked by him in the nursing home going to the dining room. He loved to talk about history and had many facts I hadn't heard. It was great to have some time with him in the nursing home. ~ Kay Foland Rapid City (11/8/2019)
  • To all of Jim's Family- May God hold you close during this difficult time. Keep the happy memories in your heart and know Jim is safe in Heaven now in God's care until you see him again. Praying for all of you. ~ Larry and Julie McLaughlin Midland (11/8/2019)