James R. Erixon
May 28, 1933- October 4, 2023
On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, James Roland Erixon, loving husband, and father of four, passed away at the age of 90. Jim, an Omaha native, was born May 28, 1933. He graduated from Benson High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Omaha in Speech Communications/English Literature in 1955. Upon graduation, he entered the Army and served two years in Germany as a part of the Counter Intelligence Corps.
Over the course of 16 years, Jim worked at the University of Nebraska Omaha as Director of Conferences and Workshops, and later at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as Assistant to the Dean for Business Affairs. He was a proud brother in the Scottish Rite, 33°, and served as the General Secretary of the Omaha Valley for ten years. He was actively involved in boundless volunteer organizations; too many to list. The organizations that were special to his heart were the Scottish Rite Foundation of Nebraska, the Omaha Home for Boys, the Nebraska Masonic Home, the Douglas County Historical Society, and Landmarks, Inc., an important organization for preserving historic Omaha buildings; which he helped to establish.
Jim’s love of life and people was contagious. Where Jim went, laughter followed. He was an Aficionado of Dad humor and practical jokes. He was an avid gardener, his landscapes, whether at his homes in Omaha or at the Lake, were beautiful and immaculate. He spent most evenings reading a wide variety of books and listening to classical music. Jim was also a Connoisseur of wine, sharing his love and knowledge in various wine tasting events with friends and family. He was also widely known as a gracious and generous host to all.
Tradition was very important to Jim, from his unfaltering Swedish pride, to the multiple course meal at Christmas, consisting of foods such as pickled pig’s feet, lutefisk, and everyone’s favorite, Swedish meatballs. Additionally, he kept close cherished items from his family, such as sets of tools, and tobacco pipes from his father.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Vitus; mother, Maja; brother, Byron; and his sister-in-law, Van. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary (Curtis); his four children: Curt, Carol (Peter) McLeay, Andy, and Rich; and his close relatives in Sweden. He was known as “Bampa” to 13 grandchildren, plus 8 spouses and significant others; and “GG Bampa” to 11 great-grandchildren.
Your kindness and generous spirit will forever be missed. Your big laugh and even bigger heart will continue to fill the world with joy for years to come. We love you.
VISITATION: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 11-1p.m., at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd. followed by a FUNERAL SERVICE at 1:00 p.m. INTERMENT with Military Honors: Hillcrest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Omaha Home for Boys, the Omaha Scottish Rite, or the Tangier Shrine.
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