Funeral Service for James Van Ert, age 80 of Neligh will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at St, Francis Catholic Church in Neligh, NE with Father Christopher Onuoha, Officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Neligh with Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh. James passed away in Norfolk on March 22, 2018. Condolences may be sent to the family at
James Christian Van Ert was born on October 30, 1937 in Kansas City, MO to Amelia (Beck) and Henry Van Ert. They moved back to Nebraska when he was two and he grew up close to Neligh. He attended Elementary School at Dist. 38 Antelope Co. and graduated from Neligh High School with the Class of 1955. He worked on irrigation and drove a gravel truck before working at the Old Mill in Neligh. December 31, 1958 he was united in marriage to Patty Anderson of Meadow Grove at St. Francis Church in Neligh. They were blessed with 7 children. They lived on a farm near Neligh until 1983. He later remarried and to this union a daughter, Jamie was born. He worked at Kvols Feedlot and resided in Wisner until he moved back to Neligh in 2014. In 2016 he moved to Prairie View Assisted Living in Tilden. In January 2017 he moved to Bel AIr Nursing Home in Norfolk. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. He will be remembered for wearing his cowboy hat, tasty macaroni salad and grilling, baking cookies, pheasant hunting, gambling, and playing bingo and winnings were candy bars for the family and grandkids
He leaves to cherish his memory brothers; John (Michele) Van Ert in Anderson, CA, Henry (Anita) Van Ert in Omaha, brothers-in-law, Bill Meis in Slatford, WI, Dan McCarty in Lincoln. Patty Van Ert in Neligh. Children: Teresa (Chet) Schade of Neligh, Charles (Joan) Van Ert of Petersburg, Anita (Charley) Donason of Neligh, Stephanie (Curt) Graber of Fort Wayne, IN, Audrey (John) Meier of Pierce, NE, and Jamie Van Ert of Norfolk, NE. Grandchildren, Brent, Nicole, Alyssa, Greg, Wes, Lisa, Sarah, Adam, Ashley, Abby, Nate, Austin, and Brandon. 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Josphine (Bill) Meis, Marie (Sam) Meis, Lorraine (Tom) Logas, Evelyn (Dan) McCarty. Son, Kevin; daughter, Tamera, and grandson Jordan.