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James Burton Frame

James Burton (Jim) Frame

Dupree, SD
1940, Unknown, Member

James Burton "Jim" Frame, 84, Rapid City, died Saturday, October 22, 2005, at Meadowbrook Manor.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 26, 2005, at 2 p.m. at the Pioneer Hall in Dupree, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Dupree Cemetery.

There will be a prayer service on Tuesday, October 25, at 7 p.m. at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 25 from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel. The family will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the visitation and again one hour prior to services on Wednesday at Pioneer Hall in Dupree.

Jim was born April 15, 1921, at Faith, SD, to Floyd and Laura (Bolander) Frame. He grew up 20 miles south of Dupree, herding sheep and tending cattle on the family ranch along Rattlesnake Creek. He attended White Swan country school and one year of high school in Illinois before graduating from Faith High School in 1940. After his high school graduation, Jim and a classmate, Paul Hennessey, spent the summer traveling throughout the western United States. Jim's family and friends loved to hear him tell stories about that summer he spent hopping trains, working odd jobs for food, and just being a "hobo," wishing that they too could do something as adventurous in their lifetime. Upon his return, Jim served for 6 months in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Jim married Thelma Johnson at Dupree, SD, on October 19, 1941. In their early years of marriage, Jim and Thelma lived on the family ranch. In July of 1945, Jim was called into military service, but the war ended before he was to report to duty. After the ranch was sold in the mid-1940s they moved to Dupree, and Jim operated his own trucking business. He later worked for Wally Knight building roads and dams. In 1950, he bought a Caterpillar from Wally and began his own construction business. For the next 45 years he owned and operated a heavy equipment earth moving business. In addition to his construction work, Jim also continued farming and ranching until he and Thelma retired and moved to Rapid City in 1994. They were fortunate to have spent 64 blessed years of marriage together, and Thelma will dearly miss Jim, especially all those gin rummy games they played.

Jim was a former member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, the Dupree School Board, and the Dupree Fire Department. He was very proud to have served as a board member of Moreau Grand Electric Cooperative for 31 years. He also helped with the Businessman's Breakfast each year during Dupree's Pioneer Days celebration. Jim enjoyed traveling, puttering around in the yard and garden, tinkering with machinery, fishing (especially with his buddies at the river on Memorial Day weekend), and watching professional wrestling on TV. He will be remembered for his hard work, honesty, generosity, and quick wit.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Frame, Rapid City; three sons and their wives, Gerald and Phyllis Frame, Whitewood, SD, Gary and Marsha Frame, Boston, MA, and Jimmy and Diana Frame, Ukiah, CA; six grandchildren, Phil, Tracey, Shelby, Amy, Marina, and Trygve; three great-grandchildren, Cody, Coy, and Kieran; one brother and his wife, Maurice and Jane Frame, Lansford, ND; one sister, Carol Johnson, Faith, SD; numerous nieces and nephews, lifelong friend George Lafferty, and Jim's beloved dog, Pup Dog.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Wallace and Tom Frame.

A memorial has been established to the Pioneer Hall in Dupree, SD.

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