James (Jim) Albert Knapp Jr. was born on Sept. 9, 1947, in Webster, South Dakota. He was granted his angel wings on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (after a sudden heart attack).

Papa Jim led an exemplary life of service and generosity to others. He was a proud American who selflessly served his country in the Vietnam war as an artillery surveyor. After his service Papa Jim hitched hiked back to Webster, South Dakota, where he returned to his family farm. Papa resumed his education at Northern State University where he met his bride, Mary Mowry. Papa earned his BS in history and master’s degree in Industrial Arts.

Papa got his first teaching job in Lambert, Montana, and after five years he transitioned to Huntley Project High School in Worden where he continued to coach and mentor students for 34 years. In 2006 Papa retired from teaching and spent his hours traveling and spear headed the building/maintenance of the Huntley Project Museum. He was an active member of VFW Post 7407. Papa loved golfing at Pryor Creek with the Seniors league, fishing in Mexico with his buddies, serving his parish, and most importantly spending time with his grandkids.

Jim is survived by his wife Mary; son Brent (Becca); daughter Kristie (Bruce); grandchildren Kaleb, Mckenna, Bryce, and Kaylee. His brothers Kermit and Greg and his sister Cheryl. He was proceeded in death by his father James, mother Doris, and brothers Allen and Gary.

Vigil on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at SS Cyril and Methodius Church in Ballantine. Memorial Mass at St Bernard Catholic Church, Friday 11 a.m.

A memorial account has been setup at Stockman Bank in Worden, Montana. The donations will benefit the Huntley Project Museum, and Worden Fire and Ambulance services. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.

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