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James David Elmore
November 4, 1973 - July 6, 2024

Place of Birth: Baker, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 50

James David Elmore was born November 4th, 1973, in Baker, Montana to Bonnie and Bill Elmore. He became the third little Elmore boy alongside his brothers Brian and Shannon. In his younger years, he called Ekalaka, Montana home and spent his days hunting, playing basketball and football, causing mischief with his brothers, pallet surfing, setting (controlled) fires, and working with his dad. James was soft-spoken but well-liked and trusted by all who met him. From a young age, he was known for his humorous and sarcastic one-liners that could make anybody laugh. Famously, his mom would have Aunt Merle take him to her house when the pastor came over, because “you never knew what James would say.”

As he grew up, he worked a variety of jobs from helping in the oilfield, being a ranch hand, custom harvesting, and spraying weeds. It didn’t take him very long to realize that he needed a career with benefits and in 1996 he enrolled in Bismarck State College’s Electrical Lineman program. He graduated nine months later and found a calling and a brotherhood in that field. After a short stint with Cherry Todd Electric, he became employed with MDU in Glendive and Sidney. It was there that he met many of his closest friends. James loved working in the service of others and spent countless nights in rain, snow, and wind keeping the power on. Additionally, he was heavily involved in the IBEW union trying to secure benefits for his fellow utility workers.

Shortly before he went to lineman school, he met his first wife, Mary Aas. Of this union came two children: John in 1996 and Laura in 1998. Immediately, being a father became his highest calling. He commemorated his life to his children and loved them dearly. Many days were spent playing cowboy, building snowmen, and being the best dad he possibly could.

After his first union ended, he moved from Glendive to Sidney to be closer to his mom. In his new apartment complex, he met a neighbor who would become the love of his life. Melissa and James quickly became inseparable and after several years of dating, they were married on September 3rd, 2011. Melissa was James’s constant pillar of support, travel buddy, and best friend. Through Melissa, he gained three more children that he loved as his own: Charles, Josh, and Jordan.

Throughout his life, James was a mentor. He taught his kids to hunt, work on vehicles, and how to live with a servant’s heart. He made a point to be a father figure to the young men he worked with. He rarely took a day to himself and would volunteer to help anyone who asked. He was soccer coach for his son, a D.A.R.E instructor, and volunteered to help with the Royal Rangers program at the Assembly of God Church. He could also be found mowing his neighbor's grass, helping fix someone's furnace, doing what he could for a friend’s construction project, or just about anything else anyone needed. He loved going out to his father-in-law, Ron’s, house to plant gardens and do odd jobs. He could also be found helping his uncle Lenny check disposal wells.

On his time off, he would watch some 80’s action movies or start a new project in the garage. Most of all though, he loved to go home to Ekalaka and hunt with his brothers, kids, and anyone else who wanted to tag along. Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday and always spent it with loved ones playing games and cracking jokes.

After a twenty-year battle with cancer, James passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones on July 6th, 2024. He never let his illness keep him from remaining positive and always had a smile on his face and love in his heart. He credited God with keeping him strong and professed his faith to anyone who asked.

He is survived by his wife Melissa Elmore; his mother Bonnie (Larry) “Elmore” Sharbono; his children, John (Caysi) Elmore, Laura Elmore, Charles Vincent, Josh (Chelsea) Romero, and Jordan Romero; brothers Brian (Nadine) Elmore and Shannon (Barb) Elmore; father-in-law Ron Jensen; sister-in-law Shelle Mayes; aunts and uncles Lenny (Barb) Carver, Dan (Denise) Pierce, Laurie (Roger) Pankratz, Bea Barkley, Charles Elmore, and Shirley Dean Scheetz; grandchildren, Jenessa, Ayden, Alix, and Emma; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Bill Elmore, his grandparents June and Floyd Pierce and Madeline and Bert Elmore, his Aunt Merle Griffin, uncle Dave Elmore, and his mother-in-law Lee Jensen.

Here’s to an amazing man and keeping his memory alive.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you volunteer, help someone in need and visit your parents and grandparents. Make the world a better place through action; it’s what James did every day.

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Duge and Monte Lou Munro (Ekalaka , Mt)
Jul 8, 2024
We are so very sorry to learn of James passing. Our deepest sympathy to all his family.
Kathy Black (Sidney, MT)
Jul 8, 2024
My deepest condolences Melissa and family.
Maxine Stoner (Sidney, MT)
Jul 8, 2024
Bonnie, I am so sorry for your loss. Wonderful memories to cherish. Sending love, hugs and prayers.
Janae & Bob Finnicum (Sidney, MT)
Jul 8, 2024
Oh my goodness, I was shocked to see this obit for James. I had no idea things had taken a turn for the worse. I worked at the MDU Lewis and Clark Station and saw James periodically at work and MDU meetings and functions. He was always a gentleman and will surely be missed by all who knew him. Melissa and families you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies go out to you all.
Debra K Bingen (Sidney, MT)
Jul 8, 2024
So sorry to hear about james - he was a very loyal & kind hearted fellow - My sad worked with James & he would always help them when dad needed him - he will be missed by all that knew him
John Catherine Schepens (Watford City, North Dakota)
Jul 8, 2024
James was one of the elite being one of the best. Honesty and integrity describes how he lived his life. He will be missed by many. RIP my freind. John
Jim and Becki McCabe (Ekalaka, MT)
Jul 8, 2024
We appreciated James help during harvest and had a good visit - nearly every Thanksgiving! Hugs, prayers and peace to you all.
Yvette Lien RN (Lambert, MT)
Jul 8, 2024
James truly handled his fight with dignity and grace. He was always kind, positive and tried to smile through it all. I met James on his fight and was amazed by him. All the nurses loved to take care of him and felt so bad for him. What a great obituary for such a great man. May he rest in peace and do all the things in heaven as he watches over all his loved ones!
Brandi Jo Johnstone (Belle Fourche, SD)
Jul 9, 2024
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. From childhood to adulthood I will miss James’ devilish smile that signaled a zinger about to be thrown! Go rest high, cousin, your work here is done!
Judy Carda
Jul 9, 2024
I am so sorry for your loss, Melissa family. He truly was “gentleeman”. Always a smile on his face and never complained about anything. I feel privileged that I was able to know him through his cancer journey. He faced it head on and with so much dignity. I will cherish our friendship. What a beautiful tribute. You really said it all. My deepest sympathy to you all. Prayers Judy
Brent Elmore (Camp Crook, SD)
Jul 9, 2024
We wish we could be there for the Elmore family during this sad time but are very grateful we got to see James at the wedding. Sending our love - Brent, Laurie, Waverlee & Havalynn Elmore
Emily Hoff (Sidney)
Jul 9, 2024
Melissa and extended family, my heart breaks for all of you, may you find comfort in the memories you all made with James. Hugs and prayers to all.
Doris Aas
Jul 11, 2024
Sincere Sympathies. God Bless.
Brenda M Lechuga (Westminster, CO)
Jul 11, 2024
Our visit to Montana in November 2021
It is rare to cross paths with many people that are as great as James. From the very first time we met him, he welcomed all of my family with such open arms. His generosity, his kindness, his humongous heart and that smile. The day he walked into Melissa's life and the lives of my nephews - Flirt, Joshie and my niece Jordan was nothing short of an absolute blessing. We will forever be thankful the love and the life that provided for them. There is a family here in Colorado whose hearts are broken for our family in Montana. We love you all so much and please know our thoughts and prayers are with you each and every day. Heaven was definitely given another angel on July 6th. All our love - The Lechuga, Romero and Davis family
Tanya Pierce (Boise, Idaho)
Jul 12, 2024
I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of James. I am a scheduler at MDU and worked with him for many years. Waking him up in the middle of the night and of course during the day. He was always pleasant to work with. Sending prayers to the family and friends. We will miss him.
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