James E. Lemon

LEMON, James E., Aug 10, 1930 – May 20, 2012. James Earl Lemon was born on August 10, 1930 in Burr, NE. In 1941, he and his family moved to Omaha, NE, where he went on to graduate from South High School in 1948 while working full time at the Omaha stockyards. Jim soon enlisted in the United States Navy, serving four years during the Korean War era as a Radar Technician on a patrol bomber in Kodiak, Alaska. Upon completion of his service time, Jim began studying at the University of Nebraska, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education. Before he was done with his formal education, he acquired two additional post graduate degrees. During his college years, Jim met and married the love of his life, Mary Ann (Finnegan), to whom he was married for over fifty-seven years. As the years passed, they had two children (Jane and John), eight grandchildren (Chris, Daniel, Sarah, Kate, Matthew, Andrew, Tommy and Jenny), and four great-grandchildren (Lilly, Duncan, Destiny, and Levi). His love of family was always evident. Jim’s teaching career lasted for more than three decades and included both junior and senior high classes in math and science. He spent thirty-one years in District 66, teaching math to hundreds of students. His students could count on him to be a strict and fair teacher who always had their best interests in mind. After Jim retired from teaching in 1991, people asked him what he did with his time. His standard answer was that he ‘loafed.’ Over the next two decades, his time was spent doing what he loved best. He and Mary Ann travelled extensively, taking several cruises and fulfilling their dream to visit all fifty states. As was the case throughout his entire life, he continued to love spending time in the great outdoors. Hunting and fishing were his passion to the very end. He could be found deer hunting by himself along the Missouri River as recently as January, 2012. Without doubt, his favorite trip of the year was the fall deer season, when three generations would gather to hunt. 2010 was a most memorable year—at the age of eighty, after being forced to shoot left-handed due to losing most of the vision in his right eye, Jim got his deer, and his two youngest grandsons got their first deer as well! Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Doris Lemon; sister, Norma Lemon Gyhra. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Finnegan) Lemon; daughter, Jane E. Peitz and husband Tim; son, John E. Lemon and wife Karla; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Walton and Betty March (Ron); brother, Bernard Lemon (Phyllis). The family will receive friends Thursday, 5pm to 7pm, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES Friday, 9:30am, West Center Chapel to St. John Catholic Church at Creighton U., 2500 California Plaza, for MASS at 10am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military rites by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials are suggested to St. John Catholic Church. Jim’s life ended too quickly due to a short yet fierce battle with cancer. He was with family and passed peacefully. The Lemon Family thanks you for being part of Dad’s life and for being with us during this difficult time.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 7805 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68124 (402) 391-3900

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