James “Jim” Oien

July 16, 1946 - December 18, 2019


Visitation: A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service with family in attendance to greet visitors.
Service: Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 23 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD with burial to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, IA with full military honors

James “Jim” Oien, age 73, died unexpectedly, yet peacefully, at his home in Canton, SD on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 23 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD with burial to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, IA with full military honors.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service with family in attendance to greet visitors.

Jim was born on July 16, 1946 in Sioux Falls, SD to Grover and Ruth (Heagy) Oien.  He graduated from Washington High School in 1964 and later earned a Business Administration Degree from Nettleton College. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.  He married Vicky Kaarup on April 25, 1970.  The couple made their home in Sioux City, IA for 49 years before moving to Canton, SD in 2018.  Jim was very proud to be a self-employed private investigator and collection agent.

Jim loved spending time with his family, especially his grandbabies and his rescue dog, Sadie Mae.  In his younger years, he square danced and was a member of the Midwest Promenaders.  He enjoyed camping, traveling, playing poker, Disney, and stamp collecting.  He was also a member of the Forty and Eight, the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans Association.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 49 years, Vicky, Canton, SD; sons, Chris (Kim), Watertown, SD, Ben (Miranda) and Jake, all of Canton, SD; brothers, Dave (Peggy) and Bob (Debbie); grandbabies, Kirstin, Devin, Mackenzie, Brayden, Ethan, Aidan, Tanner, and Rylan; along with numerous extended relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Andy in 1989.

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  1. Vicky, Karolyn & I are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing! We’re not able to come to the midwest until this summer, but sending our heart felt condolences!

  2. Dear Oien Family,
    We are deeply sorry to hear the news about Jim. He will be deeply missed! Sending lots of hugs and prayers and will continue thinking about the whole family. We wished we lived closer so we could help. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make it to the funeral. Nick had a major surgery and will still be in the hospital. We will be praying for all of you!!

  3. We are so sorry for your loss of Jim. He was a great guy and we have wonderful memories of you both. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Vicki, thinking of you and your family at this time as you mourn the loss of Jim.
    It’s been several years since we’ve seen you. May you feel God‘s presence as family and friends surround and support you.

  5. Dear Oien Family,

    Your closeness as a family was a true reflection of Jim’s love for all of you. As someone looking from the outside in, I’ve always admired the closeness you share as a family starting with Jim and Vikki all the way down to the kids and grand children. Jim’s departure is without a doubt a sad moment for all of you as well as for all of us who knew him. However, how blessed are all of us that so many of our memories of Jim are riddled with laughter, kindness and love! Our thoughts and prayers are surely with you today and for the next days to come.

    God Bless You during this time.
    Darin Krempges and Family.

  6. We are sorry to hear of Jim’s unexpected death. I wish we could come for the services and the interment on Monday. Jim’s obit was well done. Thank you.