James Edward Wonch, age 83 of Stapleton, passed away on April 23, 2014 in Callaway, NE.
James was born on June 2, 1930 in Arnold, NE to Cecil Leroy and Helen Marie (Nicholson) Wonch. He attended Arnold Public School. On March 12, 1951 he married Rose Ellen Joedeman of Gandy, NE and to this union 4 sons were born: Lee, Bill, Jim, and Jay. James was the Logan County Sheriff for 23 years and District Brand Inspector. Prior to that he ranched, farmed and drove a truck for Gayman Sand and Gravel. Following his retirement he was the grounds keeper for the McCain Cemetery and took great pride in keeping it in top shape.
James is survived by his 4 sons Lee (Diane) of Gandy, Bill (Gail) of Gandy, Jim (Barb) of Aurora, and Jay (Patty) of North Platte; 15 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Eva Munnell of North Platte, Kathy Phillips of Texas and Carolyn Grabenstein Schneider of North Platte; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Leroy Wonch of Texas.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be 9:00 a.m. Tuesday April 29, 2014 at the Gandy Community Bible Church with the Reverends Frank Scott and Lee Wonch officiating. Burial will follow at the Woldheim Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday and Sunday noon until 6:00 p.m. and Monday 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.