James McMurtry, 82

Jim L. McMurtry, 82, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at his home. His memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff with Pastor Ron Nuss-Warren officiating. Cremation was at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory with Military Honors provided by the Nebraska Army National Guard. The family requested casual attire in honor of Jim. A memorial has been established in care of the family for designation to a charity at a later date. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com.James L. McMurtry was born March 27, 1930, at Sweetwater, Neb., to Claude and Ferne (Fellows) McMurtry. He attended Hastings High School. Jim married Bessie Pomplun Jan. 1, 1950. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. He worked for Scotts Bluff County as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic and for Cornhusker Tractor and Equipment Company as a mechanic and later as a salesman. Jim was a member of Presbyterian Church and a life member of the VFW.Survivors include his wife, Bessie McMurtry; son, Monte (Melody) McMurtry of Madison, N.C.; daughter, Peggy (Rocky) Robinson of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Dustin (Elizabeth) McMurtry of Holly Springs, N.C., Tobin McMurtry of Summerfield, N.C., Clinton McMurtry and HaleyMcMurtry of Sargent; Elisa (Cody) Garton of Scottsbluff; Kelli (Robert) French of Morrill; and Melinda (John) Macias of North Platte; great-grandchildren, Caden, Caleb and Carter Garton of Scottsbluff, Reegan and Bailee French of Morrill, and Anthony, Alicia and Austin Macias of North Platte; brother, Gary (Judy) McMurtry of Scottsbluff; sisters, Ruth Hauschild of Ravenna and Mellie McKinney of Alliance; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Pete and Barb Pomplun of Oconto; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Howard. Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 18, 2012