Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jim Beshara DHS1952 Long Time Rapid City Restaurateur Dies After Brief Illness

James L. Beshara

August 31, 1934March 11, 2013

RAPID CITY, SD - James L. "Jim" Beshara, 78, died Monday, March 11, 2013 at his home in Rapid City with his wife Marlys by his side. 

Jim was born August 31, 1934 in Deadwood, SD to Henry and Mildred (Holso) Beshara. As a young man, Jim was raised and educated in Deadwood, and began his entrepreneurial career through working with his grandparents, father and uncles at their store, Beshara's Supermarket. 

Throughout his life, Jim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting, as well as playing cribbage and poker with his family and friends. 

Jim married the love of his life, Marlys Windedahl, on October 9, 1955. For the next 57 years, Jim and Marlys raised a family and started several businesses in the Rapid City area, including B&B Hardware near Ellsworth AFB, Bryan's Cleaners, the Chuckwagon Restaurant and the business he is best known for, the Pirates Table Restaurant in Rapid City. 

Jim was not only dedicated to assuring that his businesses were the epitome of excellence, but he was also a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. All who were part of his family will cherish the memories of Jim's devotion, as he gave completely of himself through the time, attention, generosity and love he showed each child. Jim's "extended family" includes the many employees who worked for him over the years, whose lives he touched in powerful and influencing ways. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Marlys, Rapid City, three daughters, Teresa (Christopher) Grant, Monica (Chuck) Farruggia, Lisa (Chris) Holbrook, one son, Ron (Valora) Beshara, his sisters Suzanne Beshara of California, Deb (Ed) Barck of Nevada and two brothers, Dick Beshara and Tim (Anna) Beshara, both of Rapid City, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, all of whom live in Rapid City. 

Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him and the entire Beshara family is grateful to have been a part of his life. 

Visitation will be Friday, March 15, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home from 6:00pm to 7:30pm with a Christian Wake Service to follow at 7:30 p.m. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City on Saturday, March 16 at 1:00pm with the Rev. Brian Lane presiding. 

Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Rapid City. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. 


Anonymous said...

To the big family that is Jim's - including the 11 great grandchildren! - I want to send my caring and sympathy. I am a Deadwood High School, class of '52, classmate of his, and we all knew each other very well. The whole class had only 17 boys and 12 girls. We enjoyed seeing each other at the DHS reunions, and his laugh and the glee in his eyes was so familiar. We all will remember Jim and the shared special time of our lives. Gay Kent Bossart/Denver, Colorado

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