James B. Johnson

James B. Johnson


November 3, 1937 - May 12, 2024


James B. Johnson, 86, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, May 12, 2024, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Visitation will be Sunday, May 19, from 3-5:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 4:30 PM prayer service.

James B. Johnson was born November 3, 1937, in Sioux City, IA, to Earl and Marcella Johnson. In 1938, they moved to a farm near Alexandria, SD. Jim was the oldest of the family followed by Betty, Bonnie, and Sandy. He attended and graduated from Emery High School in 1955. He served in the National Guard from 1954-1964. On October 23, 1959, he married his high school sweetheart Joan A. Heitzman. They lived in Emery, SD and had three children, Wanda, Keith, and Janice.

Jim started his career working in sales at Trail Eze Trailers and then at Western Ag Sales. He proceeded into selling farm equipment for many years at Janssen Implement in Emery, SD, Puthoff-Schumacher Implement in Humboldt, SD, and Ellefson Implement in Mitchell, SD. He retired in 2002 from Ellefson Implement.

When his children and grandchildren were growing up, he enjoyed camping, hunting, riding horse, snowmobiles, riding motorcycles, and attending the Sturgis Rally yearly with them.

He was the road captain for motorcycle riding events for 13 years. He was an active member of the Harley-Davidson Group for 35 years and a Moose member for 50 years.

Jim is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, Wanda Chaney (Jason Stansbury) of Hartford; son, Keith (Lisa) Johnson of Mitchell; grandchildren: Amber (Pat) Wiedman of Hartford, Jessica (Jake) Johanson of Flandreau, Riley (Steph) Johnson of Sioux Falls, Miles (Sheyanne) Johnson of Plankinton, Samantha (Bryce) Darlage of Indianapolis, IN, and Derek (Nadia) Selge of Indianapolis, IN; nine great-grandchildren: Paige, Emily, Geri and Avery Wiedman, Tate and Wade Johanson, Remi and Reese Johnson, and Tyson Johnson; sisters, Bonnie Engebretson of Spearfish and Sandy (Voyl) Beers of Lake Wilson, MN; brother-in-law, Wayne Vitters of Hibbing, MN; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, John and Laveta Stelzmiller of Sandpoint, ID; and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Janice; parents; sister, Betty and two sisters in infancy; paternal and maternal grandparents; nephew, Michael Beers; parents-in-law, Lorena and Walter Heitzman, and brother-in-law, Frank Engebretson.


Sunday, May 19, 2024
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Marv Jira on May 22, 2024
So sorry to hear aboutJim Through the years we enjoyed our visits
With you guys. My prayers are with and your family
Posted by Jon and Brenda Faulds on May 21, 2024
Always hard to lose loved ones, stay strong and let God be your light through this dark time. Love you Lisa and Keith
Posted by Michelle White on May 20, 2024
Joan, Keith and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Jon and Kaye Smith on May 17, 2024
Our Sympathy Joan and family’s, 💗🙏
Posted by Karen Pinard Lott on May 17, 2024
Wanda, my dear friend, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Karen
Posted by Dan & Lorna Sonne on May 16, 2024
Keith and family - Our sincere sympathies to you all. Always enjoyed visiting with your Dad.
Posted by Brian Klock on May 15, 2024
Loads of great memories hanging in the garage, riding snowmobiles or motorcycles. Just got to see them at McDonalds with the kids recently so grateful for our chat and the smiles shared - our thoughts are with you all. Continue to carry on traditions and celebrate the moments.
Posted by Marlyss Hanssen on May 15, 2024
You are in my prayers , Joan. Trust in the Lord, He will carry you. Always a fun guy!
Posted by Joann Smith on May 15, 2024
I am so very. Sorry for your family’s loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Jim.
Posted by Joan Matthaei & Lyle Matthaei on May 15, 2024
Joan & Keith, Our thoughts are with you at Jim's passing. He was a fun guy and will miss seeing him around Mitchell.. Prayers for all of you.
Posted by Darwyn & Jan Persson on May 15, 2024
Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts.
Posted by Jill Degen on May 14, 2024
My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of the family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your memories.
Posted by Jayne Rubendall on May 14, 2024
Joan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was always so friendly and fun to visit with. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Julie Van Tilburg on May 14, 2024
Wanda and family- our heartfelt condolences to you and your families. I was blessed to meet him and your mother once when they came to visit at Aladdin and it was a joy. Losing a loved one is never easy, but losing a father is very hard. You were blessed with many years with him and it was hard to hear how tough the last few years have been, but he is no longer in pain and suffering and is enjoying those golden neverending roads with Janice. Prayers for this week and the coming days, weeks and months. With much love-Julie & kids
Posted by Bonnie Burckhardt on May 14, 2024
Sending my sympathies
Posted by Randy Smith on May 14, 2024
Sympathy goes out to the family. He was a very good man
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on May 14, 2024
Keith, Lisa and family. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Jimmy J was a great guy.
Posted by Jan Mendel on May 14, 2024
I am so saddened to hear of Jim's p. assing. I have enjoyed his friendship dating back to Emery elementary school. May God grant His comfort and peace to you and your family, Joan. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Posted by Charolette Peterson on May 14, 2024
Lisa and family sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and family 🙏
Posted by Rosann Swyter on May 14, 2024
So sorry Joan and family to hear of Jim's death
A good friend for so many years he will be so missed
Joan, my heartfelt sympathy
Posted by Brin and Deb Oftedahl on May 14, 2024
Keith, Lisa and families, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for God to comfort you at this difficult time.
Posted by Forest & Tricia Smith on May 14, 2024
Wanda and Keith, so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Jim wherever we met.
Posted by Mike & Kim Satterlee on May 14, 2024
Keith, Lisa & Family - So sorry for your loss, sending our thoughts and prayers for you all.
Posted by Sue VanderHeiden on May 14, 2024
Am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Will surely miss seeing him at the store. Rest in Peace.
Posted by Patricia reimnitz on May 14, 2024
I am so heartbroken to hear of jim passing on. I enjoyed visiting with him and joan at burgerking. He will be missed. My sympathies to the family. RiP jim.
Posted by Cindy Boggs on May 14, 2024
My sympathies to the Johnson family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Elwin Hohn on May 14, 2024
My sincere sympathy to the Johnson families, may God grant you all strength through this difficult time.
Posted by Lisa Thelen on May 14, 2024
You are in our thoughts and prayers; so very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Darrell Mahoney on May 14, 2024
So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for your family
Posted by Eddie Titze on May 14, 2024
Keith, my sympathies for your loss.
Posted by Dan & Ruth Olinger on May 14, 2024
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. He will be missed by many. Treasure all of the memories.
Posted by Steve and marge Sievers on May 13, 2024
Sympathy to you and your families you are in our prayers 🙏 ❤️ ♥️ 💙
Posted by Steve and marge Sievers on May 13, 2024
Sympathy to you and your families you are in our prayers 🙏 ❤️ ♥️ 💙
Posted by Ernie & Debra Hohn on May 13, 2024
Our sincere sympathies to all of Jim’s family.
He definitely loved and was proud of his kids and grandkids.
Loved riding his motorcycle and driving his convertible.
R.I.P. Jim Johnson
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