Created: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 04:25:00 CST
Updated: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 04:26:46 CST
Jim A. Davis, 66, of St. Libory, formerly of Long Pine died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at his home near St. Libory, surrounded by family after a short illness.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Palmer. The Reverend Thomas Clark will officiate.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.Tuesday at the church.
Jim will be cremated after the funeral and inurnment will take place at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.
Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Davis was born March 5, 1947 to Elwin W. and LaVonne J. (Kesselhuth) Davis at Bassett, Nebraska.
He worked construction putting up buildings in Ainsworth, worked in hay fields for a local rancher and helped with the canal from Merritt Dam for Bushman Construction.
He entered the U.S. Army June 8, 1966. He was a Vietnam Veteran having served one year and three days in Vietnam. He received several medals and was honorably discharged in on June 7, 1972.
After his discharge from the military, Jim move to Grand Island and worked various jobs.
Jim was united in marriage to Leolla Lautenschlager on March 31, 1973 in Palmer, Nebraska.
After getting married he started working for Hooker Brothers in May 1973 until his retirement in 2008.
He enjoyed Nascar, boxing, cage fighting and football. In the last couple of years he enjoyed making wood signs for people and enjoyed antique shopping. He was real proud of his antique wagons, lamps and lanterns. He also loved reading westerns
Jim was a member of the American Legion at Long Pine and a lifetime member of the Grand Island VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Leolla of St. Libory; one son Shane of Palmer; friends, Jan, Jake & Grace Stromberg of Palmer; his father, Elwin of Long Pine; five sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews and his dog, Banjo.
Jim is preceded in death by his mother LaVonne and an infant sister, Neta Mary.