James L. Dibbern, 72, of Grand Island died on Monday, April 8, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Curran Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski Jr. will officiate.
Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
There will be no public visitation.
Curran Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Dibbern was born on Jan. 5, 1941, in Grand Island to Harold O. and Florence (Hann) Dibbern.
He married Martha M. Nabity on Dec. 30, 1959, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island.
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy J. and Jennifer Dibbern of York and Thomas J. and Terri Dibbern of Aurora; one daughter, Tammy J. DeBoer of York; and one sister and brother-in-law, Harolyn and Ronald Miller of Central City.
Others left to cherish his memory include his grandchildren and spouses, Elizabeth and Jeffrey Owen, Jacquelyn and Timothy Moser, Katharine Dibbern, Janelle DeBoer, Kristine DeBoer, Michael DeBoer, Nicole DeBoer, Derek and Jamie Dibbern, Daniel Dibbern, Kiley Dibbern, Presten Dibbern and Donovan Dibbern; and great-grandchildren, Atley Owen, Reuben Moser and Charleigh DeBoer.
Jim grew up and received his education in Grand Island, graduating from Grand Island Senior High School in 1959. He and Martha moved to North Platte, where Jim was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad. He continued his employment with the Union Pacific Railroad in Grand Island in 1961.
In 1963, he became a trooper for the Nebraska State Safety Patrol in Lincoln. He was promoted in 1967 to begin the newly formed drug/narcotics trafficking division as one of the first three people selected in what is now the largest division of the Nebraska State Patrol. In 1970, Jim began working in the collection department of First National Bank in Lincoln and was later promoted to loan officer. He moved to York, continuing his banking career at York State Bank in 1979, working in collections and later as vice president/loan/security officer.
He semiretired in 1995, beginning his "travel stage" of life. He and Marty travelled in their fifth-wheel all over the U.S., spending winters in the warm south. He loved time spent with his family and enjoyed gardening.
He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Cathedral Square or the Central Nebraska Humane Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Florence Dibbern.
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Published by The Grand Island Independent on Apr. 10, 2013.