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Jim Chaffin passed away the evening of Tuesday, November 8th, 2011. The local sheepdog community lost a great friend last night. Jim and Lola have hosted a wonderful trial the first weekend of October in the middle of Wisconsin for the past 6 years. They always provided a first class trial with very even sheep. Jim also kept track of the year end awards for the WWSDA. Jim will be missed by all of his friends and family. Thank you Jim.





Kathy Flynn

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Here is Jim's obituary.




Obituary – James L. Chaffin James L. Chaffin, age 75, died Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at his residence.


A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Vesper Community Center at 5032 Benson Avenue in Vesper, WI.


Jim was born on June 6, 1936 in Hamilton, Montana to Amos and Frances (Kurth) Chaffin. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1970. He married Lola L. Buddenhagen on December 23, 1966 in Waukau, Iowa. Jim graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and attained Master’s Degrees in both Education and Guidance and Counseling. Jim was a teacher and helped to develop the LEAP Program at Lincoln High School for many years.


Following his retirement from teaching, Jim and Lola were active for more than a decade in Border Collie Stock Dog Trialing throughout the Midwest, hosting several sanctioned trials on their farm. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Lola; devoted daughters Judith (Tony) Caruso of Cottage Grove, WI and Jacquline (Conrad) Kempinska of Basking Ridge, NJ; loved granddaughter, Hannah; sister Carol George (Vern) of Arizona; and brother Wallace Chaffin of Montana. Jim is also survived by other family members.


In lieu of flowers, a scholarship will be established in Jim’s name through Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County. In the interim, earmarked donations can be sent to Jim’s daughter, Jackie Chaffin, at 21 Hunters Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

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