James Francis Marvin

James Francis Marvin, 78, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Neb.

Jim was born Sept. 4, 1940, at Barberton, Ohio, to Verl and Evelyn (Bush) Marvin. The family relocated to Manchester, Ohio, where Jim graduated from high school in 1958. He went on to attend Kent State University, majoring in Industrial Arts.

It was in Manchester where Jim met the love of his life, Judith Anne Thomas. They were married on Oct. 20, 1962. Jim and Judy were blessed with three daughters, Renee, Jennifer, and Leslie. Jim and Judy first made their home in Barberton, Ohio, where their first two daughters, Renee and Jennifer, were born.

Jim was a bricklayer by trade, and his work eventually took him to Colorado, where he spent a great deal of his career. The family relocated to Bailey, Colo., in 1980. Soon after, they were blessed with their third daughter, Leslie.

Jim continued his bricklaying, spending many years in Breckenridge, Colo., helping build it into the town you see today. For a short time, his work took him to Buena Vista, Colo., and Port Orchard, Wash., before moving to Ogallala in June of 2018 to be closer to family.

Jim enjoyed fishing and crabbing. He even built himself a boat by hand, which he enjoyed taking out for water skiing. Jim had a love of animals, particularly horses, his Airedale terriers, and even made room in his heart for a solicitous pet rooster along the way.

As sure a perfectionist as Jim was, perhaps his most excellent task was the way he loved his family. His wife, children, and grandchildren were cherished unceasingly; and in a beautiful way, that love was measured back to him.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene Paul; sister Deborah Lee.

Survivors include his wife, Judy of Ogallala; three daughters, Renee (Jeff) Meyer of Ogallala, Jennifer Marvin-Vialle of Paris, France, and Leslie (Chris) Vinderslev of Wessington Springs, S.D.; eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Cari) Meyer, Mia Angelo, Andrew (Becky) Meyer, Cameron Pruitt, Chloe Pruitt, Wyatt Stevens, Rylie Stevens and Brock Stevens; and great-grandson Sasha.

Memorials are suggested to the Shriner’s Hospital in his memory. Condolences can be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com. A live stream of the service can be viewed at methodistchurchogallala.com.

Memorial services will be on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ogallala, Neb., with Reverend Chuck Rager officiating. Jim’s cremains will be scattered by his family at a later date.

Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala, Neb., is in charge of arrangements.