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James 'Jim' Vincent Sheffield

December 9, 1924 January 14, 2022
James 'Jim' Vincent Sheffield
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James (Jim) Vincent Sheffield was born December 9, 1924 in Marshall, MN to Thomas and Nita (Peffer) Sheffield and passed at 97 years old in his sleep on January 14, 2022. He grew up in Cut Bank and Browning, Montana with his older sister Jean, and younger siblings John, Joan and Joyce. Jim lied about his age so he could get a driver’s license to drive oil field trucks at an early age; he was 12. His father taught him and his brother to be an electrician before they graduated high school. After Pearl Harbor in 1941 he traveled to Butte to enlist in the Navy, but they would not take him. However, the Army drafted him and sent him to ASTP school right after graduation. He served in Europe in the 44th Infantry as a Sergeant during WWII, earning a Good Conduct Medal and TWO Purple Hearts.

He was discharged on the Japanese Armistice, and he promptly enrolled at Montana State College. In three years he earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, graduating in 1948. During that time he met his wife to be Anne Amelia Booher, better known as Mitzi. They were married for 74 ½ years.

Jim always worked in oil and gas refineries. He worked first in Cut Bank, went to Wisconsin, and then in 1952 to Cody, Wyoming to work for Husky Oil Company. He moved the family to Calgary, then to Denver, with a return to Cody for work. He spent the rest of his career with Husky and retired as Vice President of Refining Operations in 1984. After retirement they moved to Toston, MT so he could work with his brother-in-law, Bill, on the family ranch. He enjoyed the physical, rewarding work. They later returned to the family home in Cody.

Jim was an avid reader. He would win Trivial Pursuit almost every time, but we could slow him down with the Pop Culture trivia questions. He enjoyed looking at and learning about cars, trucks and trains. He would go on a road trip every chance he got, even if it was only for a few hours. He bought Mitzi a car for their 50th wedding anniversary and called it the “road racer” since it wasn’t a station wagon. He also loved fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, spending time outdoors, and a whiskey or Scotch on occasion. He liked being busy and useful to anyone who needed a little help.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Jean Gertzen, Joan (Wes) Wendland, brother John (Phyllis) Sheffield. In-laws William and Anne Booher, brothers in-law Bill (Margaret) Booher, Keith Booher, and Robert Gutcheck. He is survived by wife Mitzi Sheffield of Cody, WY, sister Joyce Gutcheck of Anaconda, MT and his seven children. His children are: Kay (Bob) Filson of Auburn, WA, Andy (Nancy) of Bozeman, MT, Tom of Toston, MT, Tim (Carrie) of Cody, WY, Jerry (Hilkka) of Napier, New Zealand, Dave (Lisa) of Midland, TX, Kary (Brian) Engle of Big Timber, MT. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Wheatland Memorial Healthcare for taking such good care of “Grandad” in the last months of his life. Cremation has taken place and at Jim’s request no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made to the charity of your choice or Wheatland Memorial Healthcare Foundation at PO Box 287, Harlowton, MT 59036 Attn: Jane Moe. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.stenbergfuneralhome.com.

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Wheatland Memorial Healthcare Foundation

Attention Jane Moe
PO box 287
Harlowton, MT 59036

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