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James "Jim" A. McCartney
October 6, 1938 ~ September 23, 2022 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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James “Jim” A. McCartney, 83 years of age, of Odell passed away Friday, September 23, 2022 at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in Beatrice. He was born on October 6, 1938 near Angus to Merton and Beulah (Skinner) McCartney. Jim graduated from Nelson High School in Nelson in 1956 and served his country for over 3 years in the United States Air Force. He married Nola Biltoft on December 30, 1962 in Angus. Jim attended Fairbury Junior College in Fairbury before earning his Bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College in Kearney in 1966. He retired after 34 years from Odell Public Schools where he taught industrial arts, driver’s education and drove a school bus. Jim spent many years coaching girls softball with Allen “Red” Kostal. He was a member of the Odell United Methodist Church in Odell where he held many positions and the Odell Rural Fire Department. Jim enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Nola; daughters, Rhonda Theasmeyer and husband Randy of Beatrice, Michele Graham and husband Stephen of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; grandchildren, Justin Theasmeyer, Jamie Theasmeyer, Kaleb Theasmeyer and significant other Jennifer Brown, Alexis Dvorak and significant other Seth; great grandchildren, Atley, Layney, Braxtyn, Harper, Brooklyn, Abel, Ashton; brother, Connie McCartney of Grand Island; sisters-in-law, Willa McCartney of Edgar, Connie Nickel, Linda Poppe and husband Gilbert, both of St. Paul, Shirley Wegener and husband Richard of Dewy, Arizona, Iona Biltoft of Ruskin, Carol Yost and husband Steve of Clay Center; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kent McCartney; sister, Phyllis Baker; sister-in-law, Mary McCartney; and brothers-in-law, Larry Biltoft and Gerald Biltoft.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice with Pastor Hollis Patterson officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at 9:30 AM Thursday, September 29, 2022 in the Lanham Cemetery in Lanham, Kansas. There will be no viewing but a register book will be available on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Harman-Wright Mortuary in Beatrice from 9 AM to 8 PM with family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family’s choice in care of the mortuary. Harman-Wright Mortuary & Crematory in Beatrice in Charge of arrangements.