James L. Stinehagen


James L. Stinehagen


Mr. Stinehagen
Mr. Stinehagen

James L. Stinehagen, 76, of Billings, passed away on Nov. 9, 2015. Jim was born on Oct. 2, 1939, in Gothenburg, Neb., and graduated from Cozad High School in 1958. Jim then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jim was a private pilot, agribusiness entrepreneur, and loved ranching.

Jim is survived by his wife, Chrystl; daughters Jolynn Stinehagen, Janna Eberle (Bruce), Catherine Nelson (Jay), Lyndsay Jensen (Drew); sisters Marilyn McNeal (Leigh), Shirley Hinkle, Ellen “Perk” Herrington; grandchildren Zachery, Megan, Jessica, Matthew, Hope, Alexa, Gavin and Taggart. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Martha.

Memorial service will be at noon on Friday, Nov. 13, at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral in Billings, with a celebration of life at the Northern Hotel following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the Montana 4-H Foundation, PO Box 173580, Taylor Hall, Rm 111, Bozeman, MT 58717.

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  1. We were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a friend I will always remember and I marvel at his appetite for the next big deal – and he made many. Our condolences to Chrystl and daughters.

  2. I am sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was a wonderful customer of mine back in his Yellowstone Bean days. Ill never forget the first time we met. He picked me up in billings and I had no Idea what to expect, he was a mountain of a man and a bit intimidating to me as a new salesman. On the ride to Bridger we had a great visit and he told many story’s of days gone by and business ventures of old. He will be truly missed. My deepest condolences to you and your family’s during this time of remorse and reflection.

  3. Jim and I shared a mutual interest in aviation. He had a natural talent for making capitalism work in so many endeavors…and he was a friend. RIP, Jim.
    Marlin Gengenbach

  4. I will always remember that I took flying lessons and then when I received my pilots license Jim really taught me how to fly. Taking off from corn fields, pastures and once on skis in the snow!! Jim was a great person and I will always cherish my time with him.

  5. Jim was always interesting to visit about ranching & cattle. We had a long visit last Wednesday after lunch. Jim will be missed.
    Prayers with his family

  6. Lori (Proctor) Overbeek

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the memories of Jim bring you peace during this time. He will be missed.

  7. Jim & Becky Shepard

    Becky and I have been remembering Jim since we first learned of his passing. We have many fond memories of dinner club nights with Jim and Chrystl. He was so knowledgeable on all things ranching and flying. He was a large man that lived a large life. A favorite memory is our trip to Costa Rica when our girls were both in college. We parents and daughters had a great adventure. Our sincere condolences to Chrystl and the girls.

  8. Gary Skala, Dallas

    Dear Stinehagen Family–I am sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was a great gentleman with a big heart. When I graduated from Cozad High in 1980 with his daughter Jolynn, Chrystl & he gave me a wonderful graduation gift and I have always remembered their generosity. My thoughts & prayers are with you now & in the coming days.

  9. Steve, Jane, and Evan Erickson

    Our family sends our condolences to you and the rest of the Stinehagen family. We remember how kind he was to Evan when she would be in your home with Lyndsay. We will pray your memories of him will get you through these tough months.

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