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James H. Bargman 1933-2010

Jan 14, 2010

WEST BEND — Funeral service for James Bargman of West Bend is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the United Methodist Church in West Bend. Burial will be in the West Bend Cemetery.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 14, at the church. Harris Funeral Home, West Bend, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bargman died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the West Bend Care Center. He was 76.

James H. Bargman, the son of Victor and Vivien (Hinton) Bargman, was born Dec. 3, 1933, at the Century Family Farm near Rodman. He was raised on the farm and received his education in Rodman. He graduated from Rodman Consolidated School in 1952 and attended Emmetsburg Junior College where he participated in basketball. He played Junior Legion baseball and also played baseball for the Rodman Town Team. In 1955, Jim entered the United States Armed Forces and was honorably discharged in 1957.

Jim and Melva “Sis” Bargman were married April 14, 1957, at the United Methodist Church in West Bend. In 2007 the couple celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Jim and Sis lived on the family farm where Jim farmed with his father and later with his son. He also owned and operated a trucking business and raised livestock. Jim raised Pioneer Seed Corn for 28 years and delivered seed to dealers in Iowa and surrounding states for 47 years. Upon their retirement in 1997, the couple moved to West Bend.

Jim was a member of the Whittemore American Legion, and he served on the West Bend Community School Board, Whittemore Golf Course Board and Palo Alto Extension Board. He was a trustee and board member of the West Bend United Methodist Church, where he was a long time member.

Jim loved sports, especially the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines as well as the Iowa Hawkeyes and UCLA?basketball. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards and wintering in Arizona. He enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Germany, Hawaii, Mexico and anywhere the road might lead. Meeting John Wooden and visiting his home was a treasured memory. Jim also loved farming and providing for his family.

Survivors include his wife, Sis, of West Bend; children, Luan (Ed)?Montag of West Bend, Jay (Julie)?Bargman of Rodman and Tara (Randy)?Thompson of Worthington, MN; grandchildren, Jeff (LaRae)?Montag, James (Sarah) Montag, Jared, Ashley and Courtney Bargman, and Amy and Betsy Thompson; and 11 great grandchildren.

Also surviving are brother, Robert (Donna)?Bargman of Mesa, AZ, and sister, Karen (Truman) Berkland of Plattsmouth, NE.

Mr. Bargman was preceded in death by his parents and two infant sisters.

Online condolences may be sent to: www.harrisfuneralservices.com