James Barondeau, 66, of Onaka, SD, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2022, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD. Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2022, at Schriver Funeral Home, 720 N. 6th St., Ipswich, SD, with Father Timothy Cone officiating. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Onaka, SD, with Military Honors. Family and friends are invited to gather for a time of fellowship and luncheon following the burial at the Onaka Community Hall. James “Jim” Barondeau was born on June 19, 1956, in Faulkton, SD to Mike and Cora (Bender) Barondeau. Surrounded by a family of five sisters and one brother he grew up on a farm near Onaka, SD. Jim attended Onaka Grade School and graduated from Cresbard High School in 1974, then joined the Navy. He traveled the world on the USS Tarawa for 5 years only to return to his beloved South Dakota countryside. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Jim attended Lake Area Technical Education for auto mechanics in Watertown, SD from 1980-1982. He worked at various jobs in north central SD over the years including on the farm with his father Mike, on the construction of the WEB water pipeline, and with the Onaka/Wecota Cenex before starting his own business: Jim’s Tire Repair in 2004. His farm tire repair work spanned many counties in north central SD and he enjoyed a very loyal customer base. He made an annual trek every year driving around greeting his customers and handing out his Jim’s Tire Repair Calendars. He was easily recognizable in his uniform of bib overalls coupled with the Hawaiian-style shirts he loved. Jim was active in the Onaka community over the years, serving on the Onaka Fire Department, and was currently a reservist. He served on the Onaka Town Board from 1992 onward and was a member of the Onaka American Legion until its closure. Most recently he was a member of the Hoven American Legion. Jim Barondeau was plain-spoken but could find the humor in anything. He’d have your back forever. He liked working with scrap iron, looking for rocks that were old stone tools and effigies, and pheasant hunting with his dog Buddy. Jim also enjoyed taking Buddy on his daily runs, walking the countryside, collecting rocks and antiques, reading history and archaeology magazines, and playing cards with a group from Hoven. To keep things simple, he named both of his Black Labradors “Buddy.” Jim was often described by those who knew him as a big man with a big heart. He is survived by his brother, Michael (Nancy) Barondeau; sisters: Beverly Kilber, Jacquelyn Barondeau, Marie (Bill) Molseed, Suzanne (Mike Gerken) Barondeau, and Barb (Bob) Knadle; numerous nieces and nephews; his beloved dog, Buddy and many close friends who were his extended family. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Cora Barondeau; niece Amy Marie Molseed; and nephew William Anthony Molseed.
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