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James Deaver - January 11, 2013


James Deaver was born on the family farm three miles north of Brandon, Neb. May 7, 1939. He was the third of five sons born to Bernard A. and Susie Lugenbeel Deaver. James had been in declining health and had been moved to Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant, Neb. where he died Jan. 11, 2013. He had reached the age of 73.

He attended District 65 country school through the seventh grade and then entered Perkins County High School in Grant at the age of 12, graduating with the Class of 1955. James joined the Army National Guard unit in Ogallala, Neb. in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1965, having attained the rank of staff sergeant.

James married Virginia Gillham on Aug. 30, 1958 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala. Four children were born to this union.

James ran the projector at the Grant Theater and worked for Good-Alls manufacturing in Ogallala until 1965 when he started farming southwest of Grant, where the family ran a dairy for nearly 40 years.

James was elected Perkins County commissioner in 1978, taking the oath of office in 1979, and held this position until the time of his death. He took great pleasure in working with his road crew, who meant so much to him.

During his years in office, he represented Perkins County on other boards. He attended Region 2 Human Service monthly meetings in North Platte, Neb. for 26 years and was on the board of directors there. He also was on the governing board of the Agency on Aging in North Platte and attended those meetings monthly for 22 years.

He was on the board of directors of the Nebraska Association of County Officials for nine years and was president of the association in 1993.While in office, he attended many county board workshops, legislative meetings, state conventions and three national conventions.

James also drove the Perkins County Mini Bus for many years and attended safety meetings for it in his position as commissioner.

James was a lifetime member of the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant, served as an altar boy, made the frame for the rosary hanging in the CCD center and helped construct the furniture in the center. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed their visits. He especially enjoyed Tuesday night suppers and playing card games with his son Bernard’s family.

James was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Loyd; two grandchildren, Wayne and Teresa Deaver; and three brothers, Jesse, Jerry and Dale.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two sons, Bernie and wife Missy of Grant and Steve and wife Nora of Holyoke; one daughter, Julie Deaver and Dan McParland of Westminster; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Dave Deaver and wife Kathy of Grant; three sisters-in-law, Idonna Gibson, Judy Rolfes and Sandra Deaver; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 14 at Mother of Sorrows Church with Rev. Mark Pfeiffer officiating. Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant was in charge of arrangements.