James Michael Stickelman, 70, of North Platte, died April 10, 2019 in North Platte.
He was born Jan. 26, 1949, in North Platte, and was the son of James Marvin and Patricia Evangeline (Hiles) Stickelman.
Jim grew up south of Brady and graduated from Brady High School, with the class of 1968. Jim also lived at Gothenburg and Grand Island before making North Platte his home. While living in Gothenburg, he attended the United Methodist Church.
Jim served his country in the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War from 1971-1973. In the infantry, he brought men to the front lines and was a radio transmission and communication specialist and also serviced the half-tracks. Jim was honored to be of service to his country and often reflected back on that time in his life.
For a while, Jim was married to Carol K. Brown and they had a daughter, Angela, and a son, Michael. Jim was very proud of his kids and grandkids and loved to spend time with them. He was an avid billiard player and was always up for a game of pool. He enjoyed the horse races and gambling. He had a special fondness for strawberry milkshakes!
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Pat Stickelman; sister, Mary Lou Stickelman; and a brother-in-law, Herbert McMichael.
Survivors include his daughter, Angela Stickelman-Wee of North Platte; son, Michael Stickelman of Brady; grandchildren Ashlyn, MaKayla “Kayla,” Michael, Charles “Chaz,” Lillian, Elliaunna, Alejandera; great-grandchild, Violet; sisters, Patricia Ann Stickelman-McMichael of California and Cynthia Joyce Stickelman (Stephen W. Foldesh) of Arizona; brother, Harry James Wesley Hiles Stickelman of North Platte; and many extended family members and friends.
Memorials are suggested to Liberty House, 420 W. Fourth St., North Platte, NE 69101. Online condolences may be shared at blasestrauser.com.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg. Visitation, with the family present, will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Gothenburg Cemetery.