James Odell Hakeman, 75, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Watertown.
Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Norden. Burial is at Pleasant View Cemetery at Hayti. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Geise Funeral Chapel in Lake Norden.
James Odell Hakeman was born Feb. 27, 1937, in Brookings to George Clay and Esther (Thompson) Hakeman. He attended school in White and graduated from high school in 1955. Jim served in the United States Air Force from November 1956 to November 1960.
He married June Lee on April 10, 1965, in Hayti. Jim was employed at the White Creamery prior to coming to Lake Norden.
While living in Lake Norden, he was employed by the Lake Norden Creamery and Drying Plant from 1963 until 1971 when it became Land O Lakes. He continued to work for Land O Lakes until retiring in 1998.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Norden. Jim enjoyed puzzles, golfing and sports in general. Most of all, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren play ball and also enjoyed his cat.
He is survived by his wife, June of Lake Norden; two sons, Douglas of Brookings, Stacy (Chrissy) of Lake Norden; a daughter, Dawn (James) Nelson of Hutchinson, Kan.; five grandchildren; two brothers, Gordon (Terry) Hakeman of Yorba Linda, Calif., Dennis (Pat) Hakeman of Placentia, Calif.; a sister, Jayne DeBoer of Sioux Falls; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Hakeman of Madison; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton and a nephew, Kent Hakeman.