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James Wilfred Mader

James Wilfred Mader, 89, Hoxie, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Salina. He was raised by his grandparents, Michael and Mary Mader, north of Grainfield.

He married Wilma Simon on June 2, 1945. He was a farmer and rancher.

He served as a director for the Kansas Hereford Association, was honored as Kansas Hereford Breeder of the Year and was recognized by the National Hereford Association as a 50-year hereford breeder. He was a 4-H Leader for more than 25 years and on the Sheridan County Fair Board for more than 30 years. The entire family became active in the local 4-H program by showing the family's award winning steers. He enjoyed helping young people develop their skills in raising and showing livestock as their 4-H leader.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma; five sons, Jim Jr., Kansas City; Ron and wife, Lorraine, Burlington, Colo., Terry and wife, Kay, Gretna, Neb., Randy and wife, Linda, Hays; Tracy and wife, Stacey, Maple Grove, Minn.; three daughters, Cindy Crabtree and husband, Larry, Lenexa, Judy Welter and husband, Mike, Paola, and Shelley Shaw and husband, Mark, Logan; four brothers, Joe, Delbert, Pat and Ron Robben; five sisters, Anita Bril, June Carroll, Sylvia Helus, Glennis Hickman and Nyleen Henry; a brother-in-law, Edwin Simon; a sister-in-law, Winifred McCullough; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and four sisters.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Hoxie; burial in Hoxie City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, Hoxie.

A family service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Sheridan County Fair Board or Hospice Services of Phillipsburg in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to family at www.mickeyleopoldfuneral.com.