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Eugene James

August 15, 1920 — February 11, 2019

Mullen, NE - Eugene “Gene” W. James age 98, of Mullen died on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the Pioneer Memorial Care Home in Mullen.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 11:00 AM MT at the United Methodist Church in Mullen with Pastor Insung Kim officiating.  Burial will be in the Cedarview Cemetery at Mullen.  A visitation will be held on Thursday 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Mullen Funeral Home with the family greeting friends 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Pioneer Memorial Care Home or the Mullen EMT’s.  Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  Online condolences can be left at

Eugene Wallace James was born on August 15, 1920, at Mullen, NE to Fay Bee and Sallie Dean (Holland) James.  Eugene attended the Virginia School south of their homeplace and graduated from Mullen High School in 1938.

Eugene worked with his father until his dad retired in 1956.  Eugene was married to Dorothy (Daily) Olson on February 3, 1957.  They lived on the ranch northeast of Mullen.  In 1974, Eugene and Dorothy moved into Mullen so the kids could attend school in town.  Eugene commuted to the ranch for his work.  Eugene continued to be involved in the ranch until his health forced him to move to the care home. 

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Mullen, sons; Roger (Bunny) Olson of Papillion, Oley (Julie) Olson of Mullen, Kim James of Sioux Falls, SD, daughters; Lana Pearman of Arnold and Penny James of Omaha.  Gene is also survived by 9 grandchildren; Tabi (Scott) Zimmerman, Tamara (Lowell) Paulson, Jim (Carrie) Olson, Angie Smith, Riley Pearman, Traci Pearman, Megan (Tim) Andersen, Jay Olson and Mikki (Jared) Hensley, 11 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and a special nephew Dave (Joan) Stoner of Portland, OR (Dave and Eugene were as close as brothers.  Dave would come and stay every summer until Dorothy and Gene got married.  They were the best man at each other’s wedding).

He was preceded in death by his parents and 8 siblings.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

United Methodist Church

, Mullen, NE 69152

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