James E. Sharp, 73, of rural Burwell, was called home to join Godâ€™s Angel Army by his Lord and Savior Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Burwell with Pastor Dennis Davenport officiating. A Private Masonic Graveside Service was at the Hillside Cemetery in North Loup. Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Hospital for Children. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Jim was born at the home of his Grandpa and Grandma Calhoonâ€™s Feb. 24, 1940, in Yuma County, Colo., to Carl and Helen (Calhoon) Sharp. He grew up on a ranch near Haigler, Nebr., and graduated in May 1957.
May 27, 1962, he married the love of his life, Karen Scott. To this union four children were born.
During his life Jim worked construction in Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota until 1970, when he began working on various ranches in the Sandhills.
In 1978, he started working for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He worked as a welder for 13 years based out of Seneca. In 1990, he moved to Broken Bow and worked as a track inspector until his retirement in August 2005. At the time of retirement he moved to rural Burwell where he resided until the time of his death.
Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church and was active in both the Masonic Lodge and the Tehama Shrine. He enjoyed riding a cub with the Shriners in parades all over Central Nebraska. He made several trips to Minnesota to the Shrinerâ€™s Hospital with children that otherwise had no means of transportation. He loved to travel, fish and hunt, a passion he has passed on to his kids and grandkids. He also took great pride in attending his grandchildrenâ€™s events.
Survivors include his wife Karen, of rural Burwell; a son a daughter-in-law, Joe and Terri Sharp of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kelly and Chris Jacobsen of Broken Bow, Teresa and John Donohoe of North Platte, and Tiffany Johnson of Alliance. He was blessed to have 14 grandkids call him grandpa; Jeff and wife Heather, Shelbi and Jake Sharp, Kass and Karly Boje, Jessica and Joshua Jacobsen, Emily, Savannah, Tanner and Chance Donohoe, Courtney and Elizabeth Johnson, and one great-grandson, Carter Donohoe. Also surviving are two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mary and Gary Valasek of Grand Island, and Carla and Darwin Larson of Ansley; a sister-in law and her husband, Janice and Arden Davis of Scotia; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen Sharp; two brothers, Butch and Bill; grandparents, Roy and Katherine Calhoon and James and Katie Sharp; and in-laws, Jim and Marguerite Scott.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 7, 2013