James Aden, age 80, of Milbank died Thursday, September 24, 2015, at the Milbank Area Hospital – Avera Health.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church with Rev. Carl Larson officiating. Burial will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, September 27, at Mundwiler Funeral Home and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Monday.
Casket bearers include Jim’s grandchildren: Shawn Bohn, Dustin Boerger, Joshua Aden, Jacob Aden, Nick Boerger, Justin Aden, Spencer Boerger, Christian Aden, Logan Aden, and Tarrah Schultz. Honorary bearers are Jim’s Valley Queen Cheese co-workers.
James Lowell Aden was born on April 7, 1935, in Milbank, SD, to Dell and Hilke (Tjaden) Aden. Jim was born and raised on a farm in rural Twin Brooks. He attended Grant Center #6 grade school and graduated from Milbank High School with the class of 1953. In 1956, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served until he was honorably discharged in February 1958.
After returning from the Army, Jim moved back to the family farm in Twin Brooks. He remained there until August 11, 1963, when Jim was united in marriage with Evelyn D. Bohlen at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Corona. Jim and Evelyn relocated to Milbank, where they raised four children and made their home for the next 52 years.
Jim farmed for many years with his father and brothers. He later was employed at Valley Queen Cheese as a truck driver for 35 years. He enjoyed collecting miniature airplanes and was meticulous in the upkeep of his yard. He was a lifelong member of the ELCA and a current member of the American Lutheran Church in Milbank.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 52 years, Evelyn Aden of Milbank; daughters: Glenda (Danny) Bohn and Wendy (Luke) Boerger, all of Milbank; son, Larry (Sheryl) Aden of Stillwater, MN; nine grandsons; one granddaughter; thirteen great-grandchildren; brothers: Reuben and Darrel (Avis) Aden, both of Milbank; sisters: Ruth (Lowell) Dockter of South Shore and Loretta (Don) Meister of Burlington, WI; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Glen, Henry, Eldon Aden; and son, Wayne.