MALTA- James Lee Jones 84, hung up his cowboy hat and kicked off his boots in this life to follow his special angel to his new everlasting home on June 23, 2018. Cremation has taken place and a family celebration of Jim’s life will take place at later time. Jim will be greatly missed by all of his loving family. His memory will live on in the hearts of all of his grandchildren. Condolences for the family may be left at

     Jim was born in Fort Meade, South Dakota on November 20, 1933 to parents James Jones and Mildred Miles. Jim grew up and attended school in Deadwood, South Dakota. He graduated high school in Deadwood in 1951. 

     Jim entered a school to become a pole climber and was certified in this career field. He enlisted in the army and served in the Korea until June 1958. Jim returned to the career of pole climbing for the Northwestern Bell Company. Jim met and married Alta Halvorson, and the two moved to Malta to raise her children and become business owners of various bar-dining establishments. Jim remained by Alta’s side until she passed away. In 1990 he met and began the start of a life partnership with Nancy Soennichsen. The two enjoyed bird watching, playing cards, wood working, fishing and spending time with their grandchildren.

     Jim had various jobs over the years, but talked fondly of his days driving the school bus for the school children. He also found many “treasures” over the years as the city landfill attendant. 

     Jim was a big man, 6’6 with a booming voice and laugh to match. He wore a distinguished mustache, and always a glimmer of mischief from his younger days. He loved telling his own real life stories, and was a gifted storyteller. He also enjoyed reading a good story and was a lover of books and reading. He was an avid gun enthusiast, He enjoyed all aspects of gun repair, reload, sighting in and firing. Jim noticed detail and appreciated the history of things thus leading him to be a collector of guns, coins, and knives. 

     One of the highlights of Jim’s life was the day he and his fishing buddy, Eli Waters caught the state record catfish at the Nelson Reservoir on May 8, 2006. 

     James is survived by brother Robert (Yvonne) Jones, step-children Mark(Connie) Halvorson, Mike(Debbie) Halvorson, Jackie(Bryce) Campbell. Nieces Ty, Melody Jones, Holly, Gary Grant. step daughters Rhonda Waters, Terri Cole and KayDel (Del) Stiles. Grandchildren Baxter(Ashley) Waters, Eli Waters, Sascha (Tyler) Luloff, Satchel Cole, Tachante Cole, Shade (Kayla) Stiles, Jaren Stiles, Dane (Amanda) Stiles, Mercedes (Nolan) Simanton, Sophia Stiles, and Chevelle RedEagle Stiles. Great-Grandchildren Tucker, Owen, and Izzybella Waters, Tavi Luloff, Tant and Tova Anderson, Zaya, Vada Lee, and Taio Stiles and Pharo Stiles. 

     Jim was preceded in death by parents, wife Alta Jones, son Joe Halvorson, son-in-law Jeff Waters, life partner Nancy Soennichsen, sister Marilyn Grant. 

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From: Diane F Smith

Rest in peace, my old friend. Jim will be missed by all who knew him. He was always fun to talk to.

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