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1948 James 2022

James David Prescott

June 11, 1948 — February 7, 2022

Dinner and Celebration of Life for James Prescott will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at American Legion Post #42.Graveside service for James Prescott, 73, of Gillette, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the Black Hills National Cemetery.  Mr. Prescott died at his home in Gillette. James David Prescott, known to his family and friends as J.D., was born June 11, 1948 in Union City, Indiana, the son of August and Katherine (Wirrig) Prescott.  Upon his schooling he served his country by joining the U.S. Army during Vietnam.  After his honorable discharge he got on the road headed to Canada.  He got as far as Gillette, Wyoming and decided to settle here.  A welder by trade, James would take on jobs as needed in the oil field.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and panning for gold.  A favorite childhood memory of his son’s was panning for gold in the Lemon Mountains in Arizona.  James was an expert when it came to knives and guns, he had expansive knowledge about them and could visit about any make or model.   James was a selfless person; he did not squander any opportunity to help someone in need or display an act of kindness that simply made someone’s day better.  James’ heart has always been with helping fellow veterans; both in deed and financially. James will be sorely missed by his son, James August Prescott and his wife Jesse; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; dear friends: Gary and Kathy Jones, David Schmidt of Gun Traders; siblings: Barb Netzley, Deb Netzley, Craig Netzley, Becky Netzley as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Rhonda Netzley. Memorials in James’ name are suggested to benefit a local Gillette Veteran’s Charity of your choice.  Please visit to share your memories and condolences with James’ family.

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Graveside Service

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Starts at 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

Black Hills National Cemetery

20901 Pleasant Valley Dr, Sturgis, SD 57785

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