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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 2:00 PM (Mountain).

American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, November 24, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

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In memory of

Jim Oldenberg

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Monday, November 20, 2023 at Scotchman Living Center in Philip at the age of 83

James Ralph Oldenberg was born in Rapid City, SD on September 12, 1940 to Wilbur and Marion (Eide) Oldenberg. He grew up on the family ranch north of Philip, SD. He was called home to work the cattle on the thousand hills of heaven, Monday, November 20, 2023.

Jim attended elementary school at the Deadman Creek School south of the ranch. He started high school in Rapid City and came back to Philip High School He continued working at the family ranch till he moved February 1964 to the family ranch in Wasta

In 1964, he married the love of his life, Norma Finck in Philip, SD. Jim and Norma made their home in Wasta on his parent’s ranch. Debbie was born while living in Wasta. They moved to Marcus, July 1969 operating a ranch for Charles Jordan. Jim ran a large cow/calf operation with one arm, by himself for 37 years.

They moved to Ross and Janice’s in 2006 and helped with farming and ranching and raising grandkids. Many great memories were made.

They made their retirement home in Philip in 2010 and Jim continued ranch/farming with Dave Solberg at Seven Blackfoot Ranch and later decided to semi-retire and worked for Mark Buchholz feeding cows which he loved.

He loved cows and ranching, this was a big part of his life.

Survivors include his wife Norma; two daughters Debbie (Newton) Brown of Faith, and Janice (Ross) Williams of Philip; grandchildren Casey Brown, Clay (Brandi) Brown; Megan, Lane, Allison and Levi Williams, Ashley (Kreid) Amiotte; four great-grandchildren Brindle and Whitley Brown and Mia and Ace Amiotte; sisters Joan (Bill) Robb of Dexter, NM; and Judy Melvin of Sioux Falls, SD, many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jerry and Johnny Oldenberg; brother-in-law Michael Melvin.

In Lieu of flowers please direct to the Philip Fire Department and the Faith Fire Department. Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 772, Philip, SD 57567.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, November 24 at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 25, 2023 at the American Legion Hall with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Friday, November 24, 2023 - 5-7 p.m.
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota

Saturday, November 25, 2023 - 2:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota

Pastor Harold Delbridge

Marianne Frein - Pianist
Shelby Hanson - Vocalist
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Lead Me Home”
“Home On The Range”

Marvin Eide - Mark Buchholz

All of Jim’s Grandchildren

Tom Miller - Roger Griffin - Dave Soleberg - Gary Block

Chuck Jordan - Milton Trask - Dallas Gifford
Mike Melvin - Fuzz Martin - Jim O’Dea

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

  • My deepest condolences Norma and family. Jim was a great guy ~ MaryLee Marty Spearfish SD (11/25/2023)
  • We are thinking of all you folks during this difficult time. He was quite a guy and will be missed by many. Hold on to all the memories. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (11/23/2023)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you we cherish alot if grat memories over the years. Tucker spent many days working cows with Jim and often talks about it and the good meals Norma fixed. Also the bq when Jim fixed the rattlesnake. Memories are the greatest, God bless ~ Tucker and Bev Hudson Howes SD (11/22/2023)
  • Jimmy, our lives were blessed through your friendship. You and Nirma are the family we chose, through God's grace. It just feels like we have known you forever. We were a perfect fit. Five O'clock "happy hour" will never be the same, but can guarantee you that you will be right there in our hearts and memories. Everything Ray tells a joke, we will remember to take a moment to remember the "Jimmy laugh." The memories are many and made in such a short time. Although we always wish we had more time, we are just so thankful for the time we had. May you see all the beauty of heaven with healthy eyes and rope those calves with both arms. You deserve the best there is. We loved you in life and will love you until we meet again in a beautiful new life. Jimmy, I will bring my tomato juice with me, you meet us with a beer in both hands. Until that time, you will remain in our hearts. ~ Roxy and Ray Formanek Philip (11/22/2023)
  • My sympathy to Aunt Norma, Cousin Debbie and Janic and your family. Uncle Jim was one of a kind, May he rest in peace and God Bless all of you. 1 Day at a time. ~ Marvin W Brink Apache Junction, Arizona (11/21/2023)
  • Debbie, My sympathy to you, and your family. May God surround you with his Love, Comfort you, and Grant you all Peace. ~ Cindy Escott Faith, SD (11/21/2023)
  • Long time neighbor and friend! He is truly one of the greats that walked this earth! His word was always trusted, his advice was always the best, and his work ethic was unmatched! We will miss you my friend! ~ Jess/Angela Martin Chamberlain S.D. (11/21/2023)
  • Jimmy will be missed by many. He was a great man who's sense of humor was outstanding. Out thoughts and prayers are going out to his family. Jim, you will be missed. ~ Bill Wintrode Roscoe, IL (11/21/2023)
  • Sending my condolences for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Jim was a man of few words but was a such a nice man. I hope the special memories you have are with you today and the coming days. ~ Glenda Poppe-Bruch Sioux Falls, SD (11/21/2023)
  • Jimmy was a longtime valuable employee of ours at our Milesville ranch. He always had a smile, never shirked a task, and was an exemplary cowboy with a positive attitude. We'll miss you good friend. ~ Dave and Sandy Solberg PO Box 50790, Billings, Mt 59105 (11/21/2023)