The funeral service will be held 10am Friday August 25, 2023 at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be held 5 to 7pm Thursday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will take place at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, in Gillette with military honors.
Memorials are preferred to the Shriners Hospital and Tunnel to Towers.
Jim’s funeral can be viewed live or following, from his obituary page located on the funeral home’s website: www.LeveringtonFH.com
James A. Shevling was born February 12, 1937 in Rapid City. He was the son of Everett and Katie (Matthesen) Shevling. At a young age, Jim moved with his family to Washington where he spent part of his early childhood. At the age of 6, Jim moved to Nisland with his family, where they farmed for several years. Jim graduated from the Nisland High School in 1956. While in high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and after his graduation, he moved to Georgia where he completed his basic training. In July of 1962, he was honorably discharged.
Jim was united in marriage to Janet Shear in 1957, in Belle Fourche. To this union was born four children: Wanda, Debi, Robert, and Cindy. For over 50 years, Jim was co-owner of S & S Trucking. He loved his business, and he really appreciated everyone who worked for him. He retired in 2016. In the early 1970’s, Jim began construction of the house located in Spearfish Canyon. It took a talented carpenter and a lot of hard work, and Jim did it all with the help of his family. It’s been a wonderful place to live all these years. For the past several years, Jim and Janet have enjoyed wintering in Mesa, AZ. They’ve also enjoyed several cruises. They were blessed with 66 years of marriage, and on their 50th anniversary they made some lifetime memories on their trip to Africa.
Jim was a member of St. James Lutheran Church and he attended Church of Grace in Mesa. He was a member of the Deadwood Elks Club, and he is also a Mason, belonging to the Cedar Lodge in Belle Fourche. He was a member of the Naja Shrine Club and served as Potentate in 1982. He belonged to the Cabiri of Past Potentates.
Jim will be remembered for being a man who worked hard, played hard, and fought cancer hard as well. He was dedicated to his family and he loved the outdoors. He enjoyed snowmobiling in the winter, water-skiing in the summer, and four wheeling all the time. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Jim is survived by his wife, Janet Shevling of Lead; son, Robert (Shelly) Shevling of Lead; daughters, Wanda (Tim) Fox of Gillette WY, Debi (Scott) Stearns of Gillette WY; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cindy Myers; brother, Bob Shevling; and sister Lois Burback.
Service of Celebration
10:00 A.M. – Friday – August 25, 2023
St. James Lutheran Church
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Pastor Kari Webb
Ronda Meyer, S.A.M.
“On Eagle’s Wings”, “Old Rugged Cross”
Debra Leverington, soloist
Cong. Hymn - “Hymn of Promise”
Cong. Hymn – “Amazing Grace”
Judy Howard, pianist
Clay Fox Jake Myers
J.R. Fox Bob Shevling
Ryan Fox Jade Shevling
Alex Moncur Tyler Shevling
Mt. Pisgah Cemetery
American Legion Post 42 Drill Team