In 1967, joined the Army National Guard, serving for six years. Jim was a lifelong farmer in the Gresham area. He was united in marriage to Linda Bailey on November 10, 1968 at York, NE. Jim was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Gresham for 47 years where he served as trustee, elder, and Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed fishing in Colorado, and evaluating the ever-changing farm markets.
He is survived by his wife Linda of Gresham; son John Dey and wife Kerri of Gresham; daughter Jenny and fiancé Nathan Leitner of Lincoln; brother Doug Dey and wife Marilyn of Gresham; nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Gresham Presbyterian Church with the Reverend John Nellessen officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Gresham. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Sunday and all day Monday at Metz Mortuary. The family will greet friends from 6:30-8:00 p.m., Monday evening. Memorials may be directed to the Gresham Fire Department.