Obituary – Jim Thunker

Jim Thunker

BLOOMFIELD — Jim Thunker, 60, Bloomfield, died of an apparent heart attack April 17, 2011, at the Providence Medical Center, Wayne.

Visitation and a Vigil Service were April 19 at the church and will begin one hour prior to services April 20 at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial was April 20 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, with Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating.

Burial was in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Crofton.

Pallbearers were Troy Sage, Casey Sherlock, Chris Hartung, Craig Steffen, Denny Allen and Adam Schapmann.

The Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton, was in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born March 9, 1951, at Yankton, S.D., to Edmund and Frances (Kokesh) Thunker. He grew up in the Crofton area, attended St. Rose of Lima Elementary School and graduated from Crofton High School in 1969. He attended the University of South Dakota, Springfield, S.D., for two years. He then returned to the Crofton area to farm with his family. Jim married Candice Johnson Wilken Feb. 9, 1980, at Crofton. They farmed and milked cows on a farm in the Bloomfield area.

Jim was a former member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Bloomfield, and was presently a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton. He was a member of the Dolphin Township Board for many years.

When he was younger, he enjoyed playing softball for the Sodbusters. Jim loved to fish along with hosting his annual fish fry. He also enjoyed bowling and playing Sudoku everyday. He especially enjoyed giving his grandkids rides on his tractor and trying to teach his children how to play sheephead.

Jim is survived by his wife, Candice, Bloomfield; seven children and their spouses, Kelly and Nikki Wilken, Tea, S.D.; Michelle and Troy Sage, Sparks; Dawn and Casey Sherlock, Grand Island; Melanie and Chris Hartung, Laurel; Crystal and Craig Steffen, Wayne; Karri and Denny Allen, Brandon, S.D.; and Jessica Thunker and her fiancé. Adam Schapmann, Grand Island; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three brothers and spouses, Ken and Mary Thunker, Omaha; Terry and Becky Thunker, Crofton; Larry Thunker, Crofton; and two sisters and husbands, Linda and Dennis Lamoreux, Jefferson, S.D., and Rita and Craig Wilken, Bloomfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Frances Thunker; and a nephew and godson, Paul Thunker.