In Memory of

James I. Stienstra

November 27, 1951 - July 4, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
James I. Stienstra

James I. Stienstra

Born: November 27, 1951
Died: July 4, 2021
Age: 69

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James (Jim) I. Stienstra, son of Ivan & Lois Stienstra, was born on November 27, 1951 in Orange City, Iowa. Jim received his early education in Spencer, graduating from Spencer High School in 1970.  He later attended Iowa State University where he played basketball and graduated in 1974. He received his CPA license in 1975 and began practicing as an accountant.


Jim went on to meet Charlene Thompson when they both worked at Shoppers Supply. They married in Spencer in 1985. The couple was married for 26 years. In 1986 he adopted Char's son, Chris, and the couple had their daughter, Katie. They moved to Eagle Grove in 1987, where their daughter Katie would pass away at 20 months of age. The family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota in 1990 and had their second daughter, Laura, in 1993. The Stienstra family eventually landed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2002. Jim was dedicated to his career as an accountant, he also enjoyed coaching his children's sports teams. Jim moved back to Spencer in 2012 and reconnected with old friends.


Jim passed away on July 4th, 2021 at his home in Spencer at the age of 69. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ivan & Lois Stienstra, and his daughter, Katie Stienstra.


Jim is survived by his son and daughter, Chris Stienstra and Laura Stienstra of Sioux Falls, SD, his brother, David Stienstra (Kathy) of Terre Haute, IN, a nephew, Matthew Stienstra of Seattle, WA, and several friends.


A visitation will be held at the lodge at Oneota Park (420 10th Ave SE) in Spencer, Iowa on Friday, July 30th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM with family present.


Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10:21 AM
“I haven't seen Jim since college but I remember him as being such a smart and sweet guy. Chris and Laura, remember when I say everyone liked and admired your dad. In history, math or Latin class he was the smart one- cool guy.
Requiescit in pace, Jim

Kim O'Neill Swanson”
- Kim O'Neill Swanson
Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 4:06 PM
“I remember Jim as a great guy who loved his family very much. He had such a rough time in his later years. I hope he is at peace now. My sympathy to his family.”
- Michelle Nensel
Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 4:06 PM
“Our Sympathy Goes Out To Family And Friends , Enjoyed Being Around Jim As His Wit Kept Us Laughing, Some Links of Golf Will Always Be Remembered As Fun! Rest In Peace Jim!”
- Mark and Ann Vandehaar
Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 8:32 AM
“I had the opportunity to work with Jim at Dale Norton, CPA. I will always remember him reading the Wall Street Journal - cover to cover - every day. He was a kind, understanding, intelligent man, with a sense of humor that would surprise you. RIP”
- Michella Koppen
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 3:50 PM
“I’m very sad to see this notice. Jim was such a nice guy & a monster on the basket Ball court! Gone way too soon. RIP!”
- David R Chapman
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 11:11 AM
“I totally agree with everything that Mark and Gene Hall said. We spent many hours with Jim over the years with meals and with our kids when they were little. He was a brilliant, fun, caring and interesting man. Rest in Peace Jim. ”
- susan wedel
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 8:22 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I worked many years ago with Jim at Dale Norton CPA... He was one of the most intelligent caring, kind co- worker I have known. He also had a fun side to him! I know Jim struggled with life lately, just know he is not struggling anymore! ”
- Laureen Andersen
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“Jim was one of the best friends I ever had. Although the last few years of his life left many folks bewildered and confused, the Jim I knew was a kind, witty and very generous person. We both shared a love for baseball, playing the game when were younger and traveling to Minneapolis and Kansas City to watch games. I, we, lost Jim 6 years ago. But I have many marvelous memories of him.”
- Mark Wedel
Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“I am so very sad at the passing of my friend. Jim was a fine athlete, the best baseball catcher I ever saw and certainly a gifted basketball player. Beyond that, he was a rare wit and an accomplished poet. His was a matchless intellect. Jim's capacity for all engulfing love was a treasure right up until the time his illness got the best of him. His accounting skills as a CPA were legendary. It is my fervent prayer that folks remember Jim for his virtues before this insidious mental disease took him from all of us. Rest in peace, my friend.”
- Gene Hall
Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“We have known Jim for a long time. He was a great guy! So very sorry for your loss.”
- Mark & Sue Hallett
Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 1:07 PM
“So sorry for your loss. I have known Jim for a long time. Years ago used to have lunch with him sometimes at Stub's downtown. A sweet man. Hugs and prayers to the family.
- Sally C. DeLoss
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