James B. “Jim” Dutcher, 81, of Greeley, passed away Monday, September 17, 2012, at the Greeley Care Home after suffering with non-smokers lung cancer.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Greeley United Methodist Church. Reverends Delano Cunningham and Bruce Phillips will officiate. Burial will be in the Greeley Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Charles E. Martin Post #186 American Legion of Greeley. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Greeley United Methodist Church or the Greeley Care Home. T.J. Finn and Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
James Bryan was born May 4, 1931, to Ralph and Nora (Andersen) Dutcher on the family farm northwest of Greeley. He was raised on the farm and received his education at District #29 and graduated from Scotia High School in 1948.
Following graduation Jim farmed with his family. From 1951-1955, he served in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
On December 23, 1952, Jim was united in marriage to Doris Crumrine at Greeley, Nebraska. The couple made their home at Mascoutah, Illinois while Jim was in the service. In 1955, Jim was discharged from the Air Force and the couple returned to farm near Greeley. Jim farmed for two years before moving into Greeley. He then started his own business, Dutcher Electric. For eight years he sold and serviced televisions, radios and repaired electric motors.
In 1966, Jim began his career with Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska as an Electronics Instructor. After ten years at the Hastings Campus, Jim moved to the Grand Island Community College Campus, where he served for 18 years as an Instructor and Division Chairman. He retired as the Dean of Instruction in 1994. After retirement he continued to work with his son, Bob in his electrical business.
Jim was a member of the Greeley United Methodist Church and the Charles E. Martin American Legion Post #186 of Greeley. He was active on many community boards including, Greeley Town Board, School Board, Zoning Board, Greeley Care Home Board and the United Methodist Church Board. He coached baseball and had a high interest in sporting events, especially those involving his grandchildren. He enjoyed walking, woodworking and spending time with his family. Jim was a lifelong learner and valued education. He had a love for his church and community.
Survivors include his wife, Doris of Greeley; a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Colleen Dutcher of Greeley; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Bruce Phillips of North Loup; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Katherine Dutcher of North Loup.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bernard Dutcher.