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A graveside service for James (Jim) Karch, 76, of Baker was held on July 1 at Bonnievale Cemetery.

Jim passed away June 25, 2020 at Fallon Medical Complex.

James Marvin Karch was born Jan. 21, 1944, the fourth child of Charley and Lillian Karch. He grew up on their farm eight miles west of Baker. He attended Tonquin School his first seven grades, did eighth grade in Baker and four years at Baker High School, graduating in 1962.

Jim had a few jobs until he volunteered for the draft in 1964. He was honorably discharged from active duty April 1966, at which time he came back to the Baker area. Jim worked for road construction and worked for his brother, Arnie for a few months doing carpentry. Starting in 1967 he had many jobs: Daniels, Zion, National Supply, E & E Service, Randash’s, Big M’s, John’s Oilfield, G & S Trucking, Shell Oil and his last job was with Mitchell’s Oilfield. He loved driving truck and running equipment.

Jim was married to his best friend and love of his life, Marlene Varner, on Oct. 11, 1968. Their son Chad James was born Dec. 22, 1970 and then their daughter Lori Lynn followed on Dec. 9, 1975. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Jim loved doing woodworking and gifted many things he made. He took great pride in all he did. Because of his poor health he had to quit working in 1989. He missed out on many important events in life. He had great faith in God and told of many times God protected him. He was diagnosed with Parkinson Plus in October 2017, which took his life on June 25, 2020.

Jim is survived by his wife of 51 1/2 years, Marlene; son, Chad (Lisa) Karch of Belgrade; daughter, Lori (Jay) Quenzer of Baker; grandchildren, Katelyn Karch and fiancé, Nathan Etchells of Missoula, Chantel Karch of Belgrade, Brayden Karch of Belgrade, and Jaelyn Quenzer of Baker; siblings, Arnie (Dorothy) Karch of Bozeman,  Janice Wolenetz of Baker,  Bonnie Newberry of Baker, Marilyn (Bobby) Losing of Baker, Sandra Henry of Miles City and Shari (Dennis) Erickson of Baker; inlaws, Bobby and Linda Varner, Robert Boggs; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charley and Lillian Karch; maternal and paternal grandparents; nephews, Doug Wolenetz and Joey Karch; several aunts, uncles and cousins; brother-in-laws Melvin Wolenetz, Norris Newberrry and Kel Henry; mother-in-law, Marguerite Varner; sister-in-law, Gloria Boggs.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to a charity or church of your choice.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.

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