James Borcherding, 85, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

James Robert Borcherding was born Sept. 28, 1928, on a farm near Sumner, Iowa in Chickasaw County, the son of Albert and Ruth (McConkey) Borcherding.

He was baptized in St. John's Lutheran Church in Sumner and confirmed in Peace United Church of Christ in Fredericksburg.

He attended country school in Alpha, graduating from Fredericksburg High School in 1946. He enrolled in Upper Iowa University and obtained a three-year rural school teaching certificate. He taught near Fredericksburg at McFarland School and Dawson School with 18 students in nine grades.

He continued his 4-H activities showing Guernsey cattle at county, district, State Fair and Cattle Congress. He won Guernsey showmanship, State 4-H dairy record book contest and Rosebud Farm production. In 1948, he won a trip to National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. In 1949, he was on the State Champion 4-H Judging team and was named State 4-H Dairy Club member. He worked in Iowa State Extension as Youth Assistant in Chickasaw, Black Hawk and Poweshiek Ctys.

He attended Iowa State College, majoring in Dairy Science. He has been a judge of all breeds of dairy cattle in Iowa and surrounding states, a member of Dairy Shrine Club and distinguished graduate of Iowa State University.

He served as assistant editor, associate editor, senior dairy editor and dairy editor emeritus of Successful Farming. He retired in 1991 and did freelance articles for a time.

He loved his work and his co-workers were extended family. He wrote thousands of words in articles about dairy farm families that displayed a passion for quality photographs. He traveled to farms, meetings and ag colleges keeping up with new ideas and technology. He had a kind and thoughtful style of interviewing and was a good listener. His articles provided information on new technology, embryo transfer and cloning.

He lived in Des Moines 50 years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and Living History Farms. He was a lifetime member of Iowa State Alumni Association, American Dairy Science Association and honorary member of Agricultural Editor's Association. He received the National FFA Distinguished Service Award and was named in Who's Who in the Midwest.

He is a member of Calmar Dairy Foundation, Winneshiek County Genealogical Society, Historical Society and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). James did a great deal of family genealogy searches and passed details on to family members. He was always there for his family, taking pictures and helping whenever they needed him.

He is survived by one brother, Jack (Sharon); seven nieces and nephews, Dr. Scott Hinders (Dee), Gene Hinders (Terri), Bryan Robinson, James Robinson (Dana), Tina Quam (Dennis), Alan Borcherding (Crystal), Tessa Numedahl (Pete)and great-nieces and nephews, Calvin, Connor, Caleb, Taylor, Payton, Jaron and Skyelin.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Robinson.