Jim Anthony Yonkaitis was born June 26, 1959, in Forsyth, Rosebud, MT. to Marjorie Caroline Tetschner and Charles Edward (Ed) Yonkaitis. Jim passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 6th, 2024, at his family home in Cartersville Valley, Cartersville, Montana. Jim was 64 years old. He was the youngest child, the third son, he joined his sibling Stephen, Barbara and Greg.
Jim spent his growing up years split between the family farm in Cartersville Valley and the Shriners Hospital in Spokane, Washington. While growing up Jim could be found trying to do everything his big brothers were doing. He never let his disability slow him down.
He graduated from Rosebud High School in 1978. He continued is education for a bit at the Helena Votech studying electronics.
In his early adulthood he won the battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma twice. Jim loved his nieces and nephews like they were his own since he had no children of his own. He After his father passed away in October of 1998, he helped his mom selling car parts from the junk yard, until his mother’s passing in July of 2006.
He never missed an opportunity to go visit or ride with “the boys”. He always talked about going to Bible study with Ken and Judy Taylor when they lived in Forsyth.
Jim would call his nephew Don Charles to discuss guns and cars. He enjoyed chess, game shows, tinkering on electronics, reading National Geographic, This Week and Reminisce. Some of his best times were spent traveling with Michael Schiffer and helping him mechanic on his pulling rig. He especially enjoyed gardening with Ron Mans. The two boasted about growing a 49-pound watermelon.
Jim enjoyed going to the Rosebud High School All School reunions and getting reacquainted with all the attendees.
Thank you all for being his friend. Thank you Trisa Reed for chauffeuring Jim.
Jim is preceded in death by his Father Charles Edward (Ed) Yonkaitis, Mother Marjorie Tetschner Yonkaitis, Niece Lynnette Purdon Nodland (12/1/2023), both paternal and maternal Grandparents.
Jim is survived by his brother Stephen(Milicia) Yonkaitis of Fort Collins, CO, sister Barbara(Donald SR) Purdon, of Forsyth, MT and brother Greg Yonkaitis of Rosebud, MT, niece Bettinna(Jeffrey) Purdon Moos of Brockway, MT, step-nephew Zac (Jennifer)McMordie of Red Bluff, CA, nephew Donald C. Purdon JR of Colstrip, MT, niece Miranda(Bret) Yonkaitis Willems, of Forsyth, MT, niece Megan Yonkaitis of Scottsdale, AZ, nephews Matthew Yonkaitis of Fort Collins, CO, Christopher Yonkaitis, of Fort Collins, CO, nephew-in-law Kurt Nodland of Halliday, ND, great-nephews Kadin Nodland, Cash Purdon, Tate Reese, Tracen Moos, great-nieces Kaile Nodland, Aubrey Moos, Addison Purdon, step great-nephew Leim McMordie.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.