Jill Allmendinger was animal lover

Jill Allmendinger

Jill Allmendinger

Jill Allmendinger, 65, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at her home near Selby.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb.21, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Selby, with Pastor Dale Hamre leading the service.
Jill Judy Ann Clemmer, daughter of Esther (Thompson) and Gerald Clemmer, was born Aug.30, 1948, in San Bernardino, Calif.  She grew up in Victorville, Calif., where she developed a strong love for all living creatures and after graduating from Pico Rivera High School she went onto college to pursue her degree in veterinary studies.
Jill was married to Brian Lee English for many years. After moving to Brookings, Ore., she worked for four years at Smith River Veterinary Hospital in Smith River, Calif.  Jill took time off to raise her children and was active as a volunteer at the local high school and even dabbled in community theater.  Upon reentering the work force, she took a position in the photo-developing department at the Curry Coastal Pilot Newspaper.  After 18 years in Brookings, she discovered her love for the dessert and relocated to Denio, Nev.
Jill married Steve Allmendinger at Elko, Nev., on June 3, 1991. They first settled in Selby and for the last 22 years, she and Steve lived on the farm they purchased four miles south and three miles east of Selby. Upon first living in South Dakota, Jill farmed with Steve. A little later she was employed in Mobridge at the Palace Lounge and also in the greenhouse at Gibson’s. She and Steve leased the Black Hat Saloon in Bowdle from Jan.1, 2000, until Jan. 1, 2012. Most recently, she worked at the Java Bar.  Jill enjoyed reading and oil painting, but her true passion was her love of animals.  From feeding birds to rescuing any hurt creature, Jill was very much an animal lover.
Jill is survived by Steve, her husband of 22 years; two sons, James Cary Webb III of Hoven and Basil English of Salem, Ore.; two daughters, Eve’Ing (Tommy) Jordan of Manchester, N.H., and Leah (Scott) Holder of Selby; one sister, Jenna Steineke of Brookings, Ore.; and nine grandchildren, Allison Jordan, Adam Jordan, Marie Jordan, Allison Friend, Courtney Friend, Dante Holder, Malachi Holder, Brian L. English II, and Kirsten A. English.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother.
Honorary bearers were members of the Selby Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Casket bearers were her son-in-law, Scott, as well as Doug Kiesz, Jim Schlecht,  and Evon Job of Bowdle, and Rick Eisemann and Doyle Schley of Selby.
Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, was in charge of arrangements.

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