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Jim Needham - December 20, 2012


Jimmie Elsworth Needham was born July 16, 1931, to Jessie and Hazel (Stivers) Needham in rural Imperial, Neba.
As a youngster, Jim attended country grade school.
Jim served in the U.S .Army during the Korean War serving from December of 1951 through February of 1954.
Jim married Wanda Rose Stevenson just before being inducted into the military on Dec. 1, 1951. They lived in Palisade, Neb., after Jim’s service time. They then moved to Imperial, Neb., where Jim began his long career with the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Jim and Wanda adopted two daughters, Debra and Linda, who they raised in Imperial. Jim loved to mechanic and worked on all kinds of cars.
Wanda passed away in November of 1994 and Jim remarried Esther Mae Offner on July 3, 1998 in Imperial, where the couple settled before moving to Cambridge, Neb.
Jim passed away Friday morning, Dec. 14, 2012, at the Cambridge Manor Nursing Home in Cambridge, Neb. He was 81 years of age.
Survivors include daughters, Linda Leibhart and husband, Ron, of Imperial, Neb., Debra Sims, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; stepdaughter, Charlene Young, of Cambridge, Neb.; stepson, Clarence Offner and wife, Ginger, of Palm Bay, Fla.; four grandchildren, Preston, Benjamin, April and Kelly; six step-grandchildren, Jeff, Chris, Devin, Stephanie, Sarah and Lisa; 11 great-grandchildren, Alexis Kalinksi, Ashley, Alexis Sundquist, Ethan, Alaina, Kayleigh, Desiree, Corey, Krystian, Jayden and Kaye­lynn; eight step-great-grandchildren, Steven, Kenneth, Mathew, Makayla, Klayton, Kailee, Kelsey and Conner; brother, Harry Needham and wife, Alice, of Sidney, Neb.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Wanda and Esther; brother, Merlin Needham; and sister-in-law, Ruth Needham.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 18, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home, Imperial, with Rev. John Engbrecht officiating.
Casketbearers were Jeff Thomas, Mitch Case, Jack Wilson, Chris Allen, Devin Allen and Preston Sims.
Military rites were by the V.F.W. Post #4688 of Imperial, Neb.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.
A memorial has been established in Jim’s memory.
On line condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.