James Strothkamp

Christine Yearwood

James “Jim” L. Strothkamp, 60, Japan, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born Nov. 16, 1956, to James F. Strothkamp and Rosemary E. Brendel, in Washington.

He was united in marriage to Cheryl Zancauske in 1979.

Jim was raised on the Strothkamp home place in Japan. He attended Holy Martyrs of Japan Catholic School and Sullivan High School where he participated in FFA. He built his home on the family farm. Jim started an excavation business in 1988. He later expanded into paving, renaming his company Strothkamp Excavating and Paving. He was a life member of the NRA. He was also a life member of Holy Martyrs of Japan Church where he volunteered. 

Jim was a hardworking man and always had a passion for farming. He enjoyed hunting elk in Colorado and pheasants in Iowa with his sons and siblings. He also loved going trout fishing for his uncle Norris Ruwwe’s birthday, which later turned into an annual fishing gathering at Jim’s lake. He lived life to the fullest, laughed often and loved much. Jim never knew a stranger.

He was preceded in death by parents, James and Rosemary; an infant sister; and nephew, Brandon Fisher.

He is survived by children, Sarah Romanus and husband John, Jimmy Strothkamp and wife Katie, Laura Strothkamp and Luke Strothkamp and wife Lexie, all of Japan; brothers, Mike Strothkamp and wife Debbie of Japan, Wayne Strothkamp and wife Diane of Sullivan, Dale Strothkamp and wife Kelly of Japan and Bob Strothkamp and wife Tracy of Owensville; sister, Ann Fisher and husband Keith of Rosebud; four grandchildren, Blair, Kabella and Kamille Strothkamp and John Romanus III; significant other Dana Sooter; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Nov. 11, at Holy Martyrs of Japan Catholic Church with interment in Holy Martyrs Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan.