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James E. Christman

Friday, April 25, 2008

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April 20, 1933-April 24, 2008

TRENTON -- James Edward Christman died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at his home near Trenton, Neb., at the age of 75.

He was born April 20, 1933, at Miller, Neb., the son of the late Harry and Anna (Baker) Christman. He grew up at Minatare, Neb., where he graduated from Minatare High School in 1952.

In 1953, Jim entered the U.S. Army taking his basic training at Fort Riley in Kansas and serving in Germany.

Following his discharge from the military he worked in the oil fields and did auto body repair and mechanics. He loved big equipment and started his own excavating and terracing business as Christman Construction. He operated his construction company for nearly 40 years and was known for his honorable ethics when working with customers. He was a master at his trade.

On June 14, 1983, Jim married Shirley Bloch at Mitchell, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anna (Baker) Christman.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Christman of Trenton; one daughter, Jamie Person and husband, Neil of Columbus, Neb.; three grandchildren, Christopher Dempsey, Benjamin Dempsey and Amanda Boesch and husband, Jason; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Sandra Cross of Sheridan, Wyo.; one niece and nephews.

In his younger years Jim's favorite saying was "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young and leave a Beautiful Memory."

Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 28, 2008, at the Church of God in Trenton, Neb., with the Rev. Johnny Walker officiating. Inurnment will be at the Mitchell Cemetery in Mitchell, Neb., at a later date.

Memorials may be given in his name and left at the Herrmann Funeral Home.

Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.