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James Leslie Devening "Garbage"

April 3, 1938 October 26, 2019
James Leslie Devening  "Garbage"
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Obituary for James Leslie Devening "Garbage"

James Leslie Devening "Garbage", 81 years, of Tekamah, Nebraska, was born April 3, 1938 in Jerseyville, Illinois to Clifton William and Annabelle (Ferguson) Devening. He passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska.

Jim attended Kane Elementary School and Jerseyville Community High School. He enlisted into the Air Force in 1957 and was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. He met his wife, Beverly Thurman, at Bemis Park Baptist Church, in Omaha, Nebraska, and they were married September 10, 1960. They had four children: Dawn Moore, Calista (Kevin) Hanisch, Steven Devening, Brenda (Mark) Heckenlaible.

Jim had a strong work ethic and after his service in the Air Force was a delivery driver for Coca-Cola and Storz Beer. In 1968, he moved his family to Tekamah and started Devening Disposal, which he ran for 51 years. He was a volunteer fireman for 48 years on the Tekamah Fire Department and during that time he served as Fire Chief from 1992 to 1995.

He was also a commercial fisherman for 45 years. He loved fishing and hunting and readily shared that interest with family and friends. He participated in Carp City for 25 years and enjoyed it with Harold Hayes, Jr and his great grandchildren.

Jim’s family was priority and his grandchildren and great grandchildren were the highlight of his life!

Jim is survived by his wife, four children, nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, brother, Bob (RoseAnn) Devening, brother-in-law, Willis Caroll, as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Bill Devening and Paul Devening; son-in-law, Randy Moore.

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6:00 PM 11/1/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/1/2019 8:00:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah

1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will be receiving friends.

Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah
1103 J Street Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

Funeral Service




10:00 AM 11/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
Tekamah Fire Hall

508 S. 13th Street
Tekamah, Nebraska 68061

Military Honors and Last Call will be held at the cemetery.

Tekamah Fire Hall
508 S. 13th Street Tekamah 68061 Nebraska
United States

Cemetery Details


Tekamah Cemetery Final Resting Place

Tekamah, NE 68061

Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

Memorial Contribution

To the family for future designation.


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