In Memory of

James Sunde

July 8, 1947 - February 12, 2014
James S. Sunde, the son of Lloyd and Edna (Theesfield) Sunde, was born July 8, 1947, in Algona, IA. His childhood years were spent in Ringsted and Fenton, IA. He graduated from Sentral High School in Fenton in 1965. He then attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, IA. He served in the U. S. Army1st Recon Squadron, during the Vietnam conflict. He was stationed in Germany for two years before receiving an honorable discharge. On August 22, 1969, he was united in marriage to Patricia Binder at Ayrshire, IA. They lived in several northwest Iowa communities while Jim worked for various cooperative elevators. He served as manager of the Lytton, Newell, Cleghorn and Cherokee locations. He spent 15 years as a board member for Land O' Lakes--a position he thoroughly enjoyed. Jim enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors. He was a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church. On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Jim passed away in Cherokee at the age of 66. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Jim Petersen and Rich Devers. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Patricia of Cherokee; two daughters, Julie, her husband, Jim Klages and their children, James Jr. and Jeric of Chamberlain, SD, and Jillian, her husband, Chad Brown and their children, Calvin, Amelia and Hayden of Cherokee; three sisters, JoAnn Devers of Littleton, CO, Nancy Petersen of Savage, MN, and Linda (Larry) Geitzenauer of Fenton, IA; one brother, Roger Sunde of Minot, ND; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Willow St. in Cherokee.
Pastor Ethan Sayler
Visitation will be at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, February 14th. The family will be present at that time.
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Trish and Family
Just found out that Jim has passed away.We are so sorry to hear this.We will miss our patio chit chats and his smiling face. Please call us when you feel up to it. xxoo ”
- Duane & Lisa Vermeer
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My synpathy to you and your family on Jim's death. Jim was always there for Gary when he was sick and that meant a lot to Gary.”
- Barb Stratton
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to here of Jim's passing. He was always very supportive of me in the cooperative system and someone I could call when I needed help. He will be missed by not only you but many he touched in his cooperative career.”
- Scott Summa
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“To Trish and all of Jim's Family,
I have such fond memories of Jim and hanging out with him, playing and working on the farm north of Fenton.
Every time I would visit with Aunt Edna, she would tell me how proud Jim was of his grandchildren. That's obvious after seeing Jim's video Tribute.
So glad we had the opportunity to be together this past fall.

Our deepest sympathy,
Lynn and Lois Theesfield”
- lynn theesfield
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am so very sorry to hear of Jim's death. My heartfelt sympathies to Trish and her daughters and families. Also, my sympathies to JoAnn, Nancy, Linda, and Roger at this time of loss of their dear brother. I know that you will be comforted by the memories of Jim. ”
- Susan (Theesfield) Rossow
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was an awesome guy and we really enjoyed owning a vacation in Okoboji next to yours. We hope everyone is doing okay.
Roger & Cheryl Moss”
- Roger D Moss
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“We were saddened to hear the news of Jim's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family! We will always remember Jim for his smile and jovial ways as a member of the cooperative managers' fraternity!”
- Skip and Pamela Hein
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Our hearts go out to you, Trish, and to your family these difficult days. Jim was one of God's very good gifts and will be missed a lot. We pray that God will give you strength for each day and hour, will walk with you through grief until the good memories can bring you joy. May you be surrounded by God's love.”
- Bob and Joan Franklin
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy. ”
- Mike J Wienhold
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am so saddened to learn of Jim's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you loss.”
- Al Giese
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“To Patricia and all of Jim's family,
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Jim many years ago. He and I have had many great conversations through out his coop career. He will all ways be respected for who he was what he has done. He was defiantly a good man. Please know that you have my sincere condolences and will keep you in our prayers. ”
- Maynard Wellik
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Jim's passing.”
- Marla Noble
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Trish, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. We have great memories of our times in Estherville with you and Jim. Thoughts and prayers to you.”
- Mel and Clarys Berryhill
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Trish, so sorry to hear of Jim's death, however we know he's in a better place,no suffering or sadness. He will be missed by all who knew Jim. We care and share your sorrow. Love all, Jan”
- Bill and Jan Nielsen
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Jim was a good man. I worked under him for ten years at First Coop. When I was sent to training at Land O'Lakes in Minneapolis, I was damn proud to point out his picture on the wall of Board of Directors as one of my Managers at FCA.”
- Justin J Peterson
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My Sympathy to the Sunde Family at this time. I got to know and visit with Jim when I was working in Schaller, and Hospers. ”
- Robert W Blankers
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