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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM (Mountain).

City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Kadoka Cemetery
Kadoka, South Dakota
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the auditorium.

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In memory of

Jim Stilwell

of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at his home in Kadoka at the age of 59

James Allen Stilwell, better known as “Jim” by his family and friends, was born December 21, 1962 at the Kadoka Hospital with Dr. Sundet in attendance. Jim was the second son born to Jerome L. “Jerry” and JoAnne Stilwell, joining a brother Jerry, sister Lori, and another brother Jeff came along in 1964. Jim attended school and graduated from Philip High School. He worked for Kennedy Implement for several years.

Jim got married, moved to Martin, and worked at Mueller Feeds for a number of years. After moving to Kadoka, Jim worked for Central States Harvest for quite a while. After his parents purchased the Hill Top Motel they lived there for several years. Jerry decided to then purchase another motel which left Jim and Jackie to manage the Hill Top Motel for additional years.

Jim’s parents later purchased the Dakota Inn and opened Jigger’s Restaurant. Jeff managed the restaurant for awhile and later Jim became the main cook and assistant manager at the restaurant for over 15 years. After Jigger’s was sold, Jim worked in the deli at Discount Fuel for almost six years.

Jim’s four children meant the world to him. He would do anything for his kids which included taking them hunting, fishing, and going to Black Hills Archery with McKenzie, Mason, and Madison.

When Jim, Jerry, and Jeff were growing up they worked and cleaned the Drive In Theater, Gem Theater, and Star Drive In.

Survivors include his children: Mason and Madison of Kadoka and Kasandra Jo of Rapid City; his mother JoAnne Stilwell of Kadoka; sister Lori (Mark) Fitzgerald of Gillette, WY; two brothers Jeff Stilwell and Jerry (Jeanne) Stilwell both of Lenoir, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his son McKenzie Stilwell on April 6, 2015; his father, Jerry Stilwell on April 25, 2016; a sister in infancy, Jenna Mae Stilwell; and his grandparents, Helma and Jerome E. Stilwell and John and Ellen Arends.

Jim will be missed by his family and many friends he made through the years.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the auditorium.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the City Auditorium in Kadoka with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Cremation will follow the service and burial will then be held at a later date.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 11:00 a.m.
City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Pastor Kathy Chesney

Kadoka Cemetery
Kadoka, South Dakota

  • I am so sorry to read this. I have many great memories of spending time with Jim and Jackie. Peace and blessings to all... ~ JoAnne Gauer Mesa, AZ (4/30/2022)
  • Arizona ~ Bob & Sharel Spears Wickenburg (4/30/2022)
  • Jim was always pleasant to visit with, and was a very good cook! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. ~ Justin and Joyce Wheeler Philip, SD (4/30/2022)
  • Joanne and family, So sorry for your loss of your son Jim. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted. Praying that God will hold you in the palm of his hand as you walk though this difficult time. Love and prayers ~ Debbie and Marty Hansen Philip, SD (4/29/2022)
  • JoAnne and family, we send our sympathy and prayers to you all. Jim always had a Hello when he saw us at any sporting event. God give you strength in the days to come. ~ Don & Jolene Haynes Philip SD (4/29/2022)
  • So sorry for your loss. ~ Susan& Jack Heinz Philip (4/29/2022)
  • Thoughts and prayers to Stilwell family. ~ Shelly O’Connor Montana (4/29/2022)
  • We are so sad to hear this news! Our loving thoughts and prayers will be with you all. ~ Mike and Shar Moses Philip (4/28/2022)
  • We are thinking of you folks during this difficult time. Hold on to all the memories. Many prayers to everyone. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (4/27/2022)
  • SD ~ Steve Ingram Fort Pierre (4/27/2022)
  • My sincere condolences to the family. Jim was a great friend from clear back in our high school days. I will definitely miss our visits. ~ Jim Good Martin (4/27/2022)
  • So sorry to hear this. ~ Ellie Bettelyoun Martin (4/27/2022)
  • I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all. ~ Ang Madsen-Gilchrist Gordon, Nebraska (4/27/2022)
  • So sorry for your loss.Prayers are with you! ~ Rebecca Formanek(Tootie) Philip (4/26/2022)