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James Peebles

June 29, 1922 — January 19, 2012

James Stewart Peebles, 89, a Choteau area rancher and World War II Veteran, died of natural causes January 19, 2012, at the Teton Medical Extended Care Center. His funeral service will be held January 28th at 11:00am at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Choteau Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be January 26th at 4:00pm - 8:00pm at the Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home in Choteau. James S. Peebles was born in Choteau June 29, 1922 to James and Gertrude (Stewart) Peebles. Jim and his brother John were raised on the family ranch west of Choteau.



He graduated from Teton County High School in 1939. Jim then attended Montana State Universality, where he majored in Ag Business before enlisting in the Army. He later received an honorary B.S. degree from Montana State University in 1993.



While attending MSU, he met Marian Louise Samann. Jim belonged to the AGR Fraternity and Marian belonged to the AOII Sorority. After enlisting in the Army, they were married on July 17, 1943, in Mineral Wells, Texas. Jim served in the 423rd Company, 106th Division of the infantry as a anti-tank gunner. He was taken Prisoner of War on December 16, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge near St. Vith, Belgium. He was imprisoned in Stalag 12 prior to his liberation on April 16, 1945. Reunited with his wife Marian and daughter (born while serving oversees), Jim finally returned home to the family ranch west of Choteau. Continuing on with their lives, they built a home and added four more children to their family. They shared 68 blessed years of their lives together.



Most of Jim's time and energy was devoted to the family ranch, his family and the community. He was active in the American Legion Post #6 and served a term as Post Commander. Jim served on the Choteau School board and was a strong supporter of education (all fields of endeavor). It was important to both Jim and Marian that all of their five children attend college. Jim was a long-time member of the Montana Stock Growers Association and also supported the Yellowstone Boys Ranch, the NRA and the Republican political party.



Throughout his life, Jim would occasionally find distraction by taking his family on brief prospecting expeditions to the various old gold mining ghost towns in Montana. Jim loved gathering cattle "Up North" on the USFS Badger/Lubec grazing allotments, as well as the Blackfoot Indian Reservation. He also enjoyed football, bowling and watching golf on television. Above all else, he enjoyed watching his family grow.



He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Peebles and his brother, John Peebles.



His survivors include his sister-in-law Glenna (Stott) Peebles; a daughter Sherry (Carl) Doxtator of Choteau; sons, James (Susan) Peebles of Missoula, Thomas (Carla) Peebles of Great Falls, Robert (Kelly) Peebles of Choteau and Stewart (Mary) Peebles of Carson City, Nevada; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials in Jim's honor are suggested to the American Legion Post #6, P.O. Box 151, Choteau, MT 59422.

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