James Dwerlkotte,75, Hebron, Neb., formerly of Marysville, Kan., died November 30, 2017 at Bryan East in Lincoln, Neb. The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. A rosary service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, at St. Gregory's Catholic Church. A funeral mass will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Gregory's Catholic Cemetery. James Michael Dwerlkotte was born September 5, 1942, in Marysville to Sylvester “Sylvis” and Edda “Nadine” (Oswalt) Dwerlkotte. James departed this life on Thursday November 30, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his family by his side. James attended St. Gregory’s Catholic School and Marysville High School, later obtaining his high school diploma in March 1972. Prior to finishing school, James enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1960 at the age of 17. He served as an infantryman and paratrooper. He was stationed in Ft. Riley, Kansas, serving an overseas tour in Korea, before returning to Ft. Riley; where he was honorably discharged in 1963. On January 12, 1965, he married Virginia Peterson. Five children were born to this union: Lori, Teri, Christy, Julie and Brian. James and Virginia later divorced and have always remained friends. James worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 32 years, as a section foreman. He lived in several different locations; including Marysville, Kansas; Wymore, Beatrice, Alexandria, and Hebron, Nebraska. He spent his retirement doing things he enjoyed; such as attending Coffee Hour with friends, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling cross country with brother, John David and driving to Southern Missouri to spend time with family. He was an avid collector of stamps, coins and hot wheels. He never missed a chance to find a new treasure. He was always cracking jokes and telling stories of his life, making everyone in the room smile or laugh. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Lori Dwerlkotte; a grandson, Emmett Alvarado; a sister, Ruth Ann Vanskike and a brother-in-law, James Vanskike; grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his children; Teri (Bruce) Bell, Hastings, Neb., Christy Ford, Fairbury, Neb.; Julie (Wade) Mees, Deshler, Neb.; and Brian Michael Dwerlkotte, Bakersfield, Cal.; six grandchildren, Nicole, Jenny, Becka, Garrett, Christen and Gabrial; and three great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Allen Dwerlkotte, John David Dwerlkotte, and Dean Leon (Jan) Dwerlkotte, all of Stockton Missouri; one sister, Margaret Holle-Trim, Springhill, Kansas. Three aunts, Helena Blackburn, Springboro, Ohio; Barbara Joyce Huddle Humansville, Missouri and Dorothy Oswalt, Kansas City, Missouri. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary.
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