James “Jim” VanDaele

Jim VanDaele was born on August 21, 1956 and left his worldly home for his heavenly home on July 29, 2020 after an extended illness.  He grew up in Hardin, Montana; the son of Henry and Darlene VanDaele. 

Jim graduated from Hardin High School and worked for various jobs throughout his life; some taking him to Alaska, Oregon and a few more stops along the way.  He loved to venture out, but always returned to Montana, the place he loved most. His most recent job was working maintenance at Hardin Hight School until health issues no longer allowed him to work.  This was one of his favorite jobs as he was blessed with the gift of gab and he knew no stranger.  If you knew him, you were his friend and he always left you smiling by something he said.  He was married and divorced a few times and was blessed with five daughters.

Jim is survived by his mother, Darlene, his brothers; Steve and Monte VanDaele and families, his sisters; Julie (Robin) Schneider and families and Stacy Neeser and families all of Hardin and the surrounding area, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends.

No services are planned and there will be a private family gathering on his birthday.

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