James Richard Wadsworth, age 85 of Nehawka died June 12, 2018 at his home. He was born November 20, 1932 in Omaha, the son of Leo Thomas and Lucille Grace (Markitan) Wadsworth. Jim married Sharlette Hartley December 28, 1957 in Nebraska City. Jim formerly lived in Omaha and Falls City before moving to Nehawka in 1951. He formerly worked at Nehawka Farmers Co-op and Johnson’s Gas n Go before his retirement. Jim served in the Nebraska National Guard and later served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a life member of several organizations, including the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie No. 968, National Rifle Association, Plattsmouth V.F.W. 2543 and Nehawka American Legion Post No. 157. Jim also served as Nehawka Mayor and Chief of the Nehawka Fire Department and he was one of the first three members of the Nehawka Rescue Squad. He enjoyed camping, hunting and spending time with his family and friends
Survivors include his wife Sharlette of Nehawka; son, Steve Wadsworth and wife Cathy of Riverton, WY; daughters, Linda Branum and husband Mark of North Augusta, SC; Connie Kindberg and husband Tim of North Augusta, SC; Donna Coate and husband Ben of Trenton, OH; grandchildren, Tobi Jo, Kari Jo, Billie Ann, Rachel, Christopher, Cassie, Tori and Tyler; great grandchildren, Wyatt, Charleigh, Sharlette, Hayleigh, Sophia, Noah, Addison and Lincoln; many other relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Thomas James “TJ” Wadsworth; brothers, Leo Jr. and Robert.
Graveside funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Nehawka. Full military honors will be conducted by Nehawka American Legion Post No. 157.
Visitations will be 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with the family greeting friends from 5:00 to 7:00.
Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice or the Murray Rescue Squad.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.marshallfuneral.com.
Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.