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James Ortman

James Ortman, ’72

Posted on 26 November 2012 by vunruh

James Ortman, 77, passed away Friday evening, September 21, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He was born near Dolton, So. Dakota on March 21, 1935 into a family of 3 siblings, including a twin brother, Jesse.  Jim attended Hilltop Country School.  His most important decision was to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at 15 years of age, and his greatest passion in life was to share his faith with others.

He married his sweetheart, Eileen, on October 17, 1958 near Marion, So. Dakota, and they enjoyed almost 54 years of wedded bliss. He served in the U.S. Army immediately following his wedding.

After graduating from Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska in 1971, he and his wife Eileen became the directors of Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Black Hills in Rapid City.  His career included many employment adventures such as farming, truck driving, locksmith and construction worker. Most recently he was employed at Sam’s Club.

He and Eileen spent several years volunteering in overseas missions, where he was his happiest serving, praying for and encouraging others. One of his favorite scriptures was Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”  Jim’s heart desire was that everyone know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Ortman, of Rapid City, SD; daughter, Rhonda (David) Nielsen of Black Hawk, SD, and daughter, Valerie (Bill) Landis of Lancaster, PA; five grandchildren: Joshua (Chelsey) Nielsen, Box Elder, SD; Lindsey (Bruno) Matos, Vitoria, Brazil; Josiah Landis (fiancé Jordan Wilke), Guyana, South America; Rebekah Landis, Lancaster, PA; Rachel Landis, Lancaster, PA; one great-grandson, Alijah Ballard, Box Elder, SD; his brother, Jesse (Jeneane) Ortman, Marion, SD; his sister, Mable Underwood, Sioux Falls, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel & Martha Ortman, and his brother, Harley Ortman.

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Frank Funk

Frank Funk

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

April 5, 1928 – September 18, 2012

Frank Funk, ’72, a dearly loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was promoted to his heavenly home on September 18, 2012.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Mary, son Merle (Sherri); their children Victoria (Seth, son Sylas); Micah (Ashley); and Anna along with daughter Michele (Kevin); and their children Eric and Andrew.  He is also survived by three brothers and their wives; six sisters, two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

After Frank accepted Christ as his Savior, he dedicated his life to Christian Service, holding several positions as Senior Pastor as well as AWANA Missionary for Western Canada.

The family expresses sincere thanks to Drs. Ali and Alex Rajput for their care and support over the past 17 years as we journeyed through the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.  Thanks also to the staff at RUH units 6200 & 6300, and Dr. Bowman along with the staff of City Hospital unit 6300 for their excellent, compassionate care.


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