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James  Eugene  Fattig
     James Eugene Fattig, 88, of North Platte, formerly of Wallace, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at his home. Jim was born July 14, 1928 and was adopted when he was six weeks old by Glenn and Helen (Klump) Fattig of Ringgold.
     He attended Cottonwood Grove Rural School through eighth grade and went to high school in Stapleton for two years.
     Jim was married to Inez Lutes on May 20, 1951 at the home of her parents on the Lutes Ranch in the Sandhills in Logan County. He farmed with his dad until 1958. Three children were born at that location, Martin Louis, Janice Ionne, and Lynell Kay.
     The family moved to Elsie in 1958 where Jim was employed by a local farmer, Webb Flaming. He later worked for the Elsie Equity as a feed mill operator. Their child, Glenda Jo was born while the family lived in Elsie. They moved to a farm south of Wallace in 1965 where Jim worked for Marion and Jerome Clemens until 1968 when he and Inez purchased a service station in Wallace.
     He did mechanic work, had a fuel delivery service and sold fertilizer until 1987. They then were managers of a Motel 6 in Laramie, Wyo. for six years. They moved back to Wallace where he worked for local farmers, working the fields and driving a truck. He worked as a truck driver for Opplinger Farms for four years.
     After his retirement, he continued to help local farmers with field work and truck driving, especially at corn harvest time, and helping work fields in preparation for spring planting, until he was almost 87 years old.
     He also served on the Elsie and Wallace Volunteer Fire Departments. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Elsie, and later in Wallace.
     Jim''s health started to fail in 2015, so he and Inez moved to South Oak Manor in North Platte on March 4, 2017.
     Jim will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 66 years, Inez; children, Marty (Leslie), Jan (Jim) Singleton, Lynell (Mark) Franklin, and Glenda (Martin) Vega; grandchildren, Tony (Michelle) Singleton, Jason (Tonia) Franklin, Jeremy Franklin, Tara (Kris) Drain, Michelle (Ryan) Phifer, Tiffany (Travis) Phillips, Ryan Fattig, and Lynsie (Rick Neely) Nichols; step grandchildren, Ben (Nikki) Vega, Bob (Allison) Vega, Amanda (James) Wassinger, John (Victoria) Parrish, Andy (Charlotte Grooms) Parrish; 24 great grandchildren; sister, Doris Tiffany; brothers-in-law, Loren (Janis Stout) Lutes and Lloyd Connell; sisters-in-law, Joyce Lutes, Alice Lutes, Phoebe (Frank) Martin, Olive (Stan) Gurney, and Esther (Tom) Harmon; and other family.
     Funeral services were held May 15 at Wallace Methodist Church with Revs. Ann and Harun Gatobu and Tammy Aubushon officiating. Burial followed at the Morningview Cemetery. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
     Memorials are suggested to the Wallace Methodist Church or the Wallace Fire Department and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 5/17/2017
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