James Crackel

Jim Crackel, 53, of Miller, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014 at his home.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014 at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.
James was born August 29, 1961 to Raymond “Barney” and Mary Betty (Snethen) Crackel in Huron, SD. He grew up on a farm south of Ree Heights until his father’s death in 1964. The family moved to Ree Heights and then Miller in 1968. Jim graduated from Miller High School in 1979 and Northern State University in 1983 with a degree in Mathematics. He taught at Willow Lake and Red Scaffold schools. He then worked at Lil Feller, Daily Plainsman, and the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.
Jim was an avid fan of sports; he especially enjoyed watching the Twins and Vikings. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge, both in Miller.
Blessed to have shared in his life was his mother, Mary Betty of Miller; sister, Pat of Miller; brothers: Philip of Rapid City and Bob (Andrea) of Minot, ND; nephew, Levi Crackel of Minot, ND; aunt, Della Snethen of Springfield, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandparents, Joe and Pearl Crackel; maternal grandparents, Harry and Edith Snethen; three uncles: Harry and Philip Snethen and Wayne Crackel; and two aunts, Ida and Louisa Crackel.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Jim’s arrangements.
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