James Lyddon, 77

James Arthur (Jim) Lyddon of Omaha, formerly of Broken Bow, passed away on March 1, 2014, at his daughters home in Littleton, Colo. The youngest son of Kenneth and Mabel (Edwards) Lyddon was born on February 21, 1937, in Kenosha, Wisc. He grew up in multiple locations including Kenosha, Wisc., and Chicago, Ill.; but it was Broken Bow, Neb., his family settled in 1947 opening the Ben Franklin and Fabric Center. Jim lived a very full God-given life. He was very active and full of adventure all throughout his life. He was a pilot. He drove truck. He loved working with his hands and understood mechanical systems, which was a blessing to his family’s businesses. Loyalty, honor, and love compelled him to return to the family business and assist with the daily operations in Broken Bow at the Ben Franklin and Fabric Center, True Value, and Fashion Crossroads stores as well as other locations throughout Nebraska. Jim loved God’s creation, teaching his children and grandchildren of its splendor, beauty, awesomeness and mystery. God gifted him with the talent of befriending others. He rarely new a stranger. He often said he never regretted anything in his life because he was blessed by love of Jesus, his parents, his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family, friends, neighbors and community. He lived his life forgiving quickly, helping others even when he was struggling, and always knowing he would one day be in heaven all because of love. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Wright); baby daughter, Dorothy Ann; parents, Kenneth and Mabel (Edwards) Lyddon; and only sibling, William (Bill). He is remembered and loved by his second wife, Arlene (Hinze); daughters, Relena (and Tommy Myers) and Jamee (and Jason Small); grandchildren Toby and Ryanna Myers and Joey Small. A celebration of his life and memorial service will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014, with Rosary at 1 p.m. and Service at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow, with internment at the Broken Bow Cemetery.Published in Custer County Chief, March 20, 2014