James R. (Jim) Strodtman
James R. (Jim) Strodtman, 83, of Napoleon, passed away at Truman Healthcare and Rehab Center on Nov. 19, 2018.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at St. Paul Church in Napoleon. Visitation will be from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Wellington Community Christian Center in Wellington. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Napoleon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kids First Foundation, St. Paul Church, or Lafayette County Cancer Coalition.
Jim was born Dec. 22, 1934, in his home just outside of Napoleon, the son of Forest (Buster) F. G. Strodtman and Edna Bertha Eliza Larberg Strodtman. He married Marlene Jeanne Gabler on Sept.10, 1955, in Napoleon. Jim was a member of St. Paul Church all of his life.
Jim began his farming career at the age of 14 when his father became ill. He was a lifelong farmer. Jim was a member of the church choir and he sang bass in the Gospel Lovin’ Four Quartet for about 40 years. Jim was appointed by Gov. John Ashcroft as Western Lafayette County Commissioner on Aug. 31, 1988, and was elected Presiding Commissioner from 1991 to 2010. Jim was a founder of the Wellington Napoleon Fire and Ambulance District and co-founder of the Kids First Foundation. He was a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and a member of the Masonic Lodge #149 and the Kaaba Shrine Club. He was inducted into the Minuteman Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Jim loved basketball in school and was known for his hook shot. He and Marlene made many road trips. He was a history buff and a great joke teller. Jim never met a stranger.
He is survived by his children, Cindy Strodtman Thieman and husband Terry of Lamar, and Mark Strodtman and wife Cindy of O’Fallon. He has four grandchildren, Matt, Eric, Micah and Megan; and three great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marlene, and a sister, Mona Lou Strodtman McCarthy.