Jimmy Lee York, 72, of Martin, S.D., passed away April 19, 2019, at the Bennett County Hospital. Jimmy was born on August 27, 1946, in Bayard, Neb., the son of Lloyd Dale and Wilma Irene York. He was the oldest of five children. He spent his younger years in Bayard and later moved to Chadron, before moving to Martin on February 14, 1960. He attended school at Bennett County Grade School and High School.
He married Sharon Kelly in 1965, and to this union two children were born: Lila Mae and Stephen Allen. He later had a son, Robert James Fetter, with Rosie Fetter. He then married Cynthia Sterkel on July 25, 1975, and to this union two children were born: Christopher Lee and Walter Dale.
Jim started working for Dick and Vi Coon at the Chevrolet Dealership at the age of 13. Over the 30 years he worked at Coon’s he was able to work side by side with his father, Lloyd, and worked his way up to being a manager. In 1992, he then established his own business, Jim’s Body Shop, with his son, Stephen, and later his son, Walter, joined the business. Through his years at Coon’s and his 26 years at Jim’s Body Shop, he built great relationships within the community and surrounding area. He was always willing to help someone out, even if they were strangers. Jim and his wife opened their home to many. He had a huge heart and loved life.
Jim’s favorite pasttime was to go hunting and camping. He enjoyed his time with family, going on fishing trips to the Missouri River and to Ron Letellier’s with Fred Cano. Jim looked forward to the annual antelope camping trip at the Wayne Cope Ranch. Over the 25 years Paul Coon and his boys, Fred Cano, and his son, Justin, as well as numerous other friends and family members were included in these trips,
His true pride and joy was enjoying time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. They enjoyed playing cards, marbles, and Zilch. He also loved taking his family on drives.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia; daughter, Lila Mae (Ron), Martin; sons, Stephen Allen, Martin, Christopher Lee, Rapid City, Walter Dale (Melita), Martin; grandchildren, Lindsey, Tiara, Paige, Frankie, Hunter, Trisha, Cameron, Gregory, Katie, Hurley, Hannah, Ariana, Adalena, and Chris Jr. Great-grandchildren, Mason, Braylen, Harper, Sylan, Kazzlyn, and Aroura; sisters, Linda Leetch, Debra Fralick, and Margaret York, all of Albion, Neb., Carol (Ron) Bucholz, Charlo, Mont.; brother, Lloyd (Missy) York, Gordon; brothers-in-law, Joe Jones, Enterprise, Ala., Richard (Donna) Sterkel, Johnny (Wanda) Sterkel, Rapid City; sister-in-law, Debra (Tom) Evans, Gordon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Wilma York, Walter and Lucille Sterkel; son, Robert James; daughter, Jennifer Ann; brothers-in-law, Ted Fralick and Hank Leetch; niece, Brenda Leetch; and sister-in-law, Carol Jones.
Memorial services will be held at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church of Martin, on Friday the 26th of April at 10:00 a.m. by Pastor Hillmann.
Inurnment will be at the Martin Community Cemetery following the service.
A memorial has been established and donations may be sent to Bennett County Funeral Service, PO Box 65, Martin, SD 57551.