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Donald D. 'Don' James

Donald D. “Don” James, 81, of Elkhorn, formerly of Grand Island, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at his home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Daniel G. Bremer will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Worms, with military honors by the U.S. Navy Honors Team and the United Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Mr. James was born on June 10, 1938, at Grand Island, the son of Patrick A. and Alice M. (Beekman) James. As a child he lived with his family in Grand Island, where he attended Lincoln Elementary School. The family later moved to Wolbach, where he continued his education at Wolbach Public School and Wolbach High School. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1956. He served in the United States Navy from June 1956 to May 1959. He was united in marriage to Bonnie M. Peters on December 30, 1956, at Zion Lutheran Church at Worms. After he was discharged from the military, the couple lived in Grand Island, where they raised their four daughters and owned and operated James Insurance Agency until his retirement. In 2015, the couple moved to Elkhorn, where he lived the rest of his life. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Island and Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Elkhorn. He was also a longtime member of American Legion Post 53 of Grand Island. Don enjoyed bowling, playing cards, camping, fishing and going to coffee at Pumpers. He also loved spending time with his grandkids. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bonnie James of Elkhorn; daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Michael Miller of Sioux Falls, SD, Denise and Michael West of Omaha, Danita and Don Stanley of Missouri Valley, IA and Donell and Dan Johnson of Omaha; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Dona and Carl Ondracek of Wolbach, Patricia Krings of Omaha, Deanna and Richard Greek of Brule, NE and Tami Moore of Kearney. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Timothy Bright; and brothers-in-law, Fritz Krings and Patrick Moore. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

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Dearest Bonnie & Family, My deep condolences to you and all your family. You are a strong person and just remember that life continues on. You had so many memories together and I am sure you have a great supporting family. Sorry I could not attend any services. My thoughts were with you. Old Bosselman friend, Deb Coleman

Deb Coleman Jan 5 2020 10:10 PM

Dear Bonnie and family.. You have my heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers..Don was such a kind, good man.. I have so many memories of our fun times spent together and know you all have so many memories to cherish.... I will not be able to attend any of the services but will be there in spirit..Rest in Peace Don.. You are in very good hands. God's Blessings to all...Love Dee Ewoldt

dee ewoldt Jan 4 2020 1:33 PM

So very sorry for your loss! Danita, Don and family; you are in our thoughts and prayers. With sympathy; Jane,Vickie Parsons, Rhonda Pickett and Cyndi Kilby

Rhonda (Parsons) Pickett Jan 1 2020 9:58 PM