Funeral services for James “Jim” Allen Dudek, age 65, of Hay Springs, NE, formerly of Gordon, NE,will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Church of God in Gordon, NE with Reverend Bill Combs officiating.
Burial will be at the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, NE.
Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, NE.
A memorial has been established and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Thorsen, Joel Thorsen, Cliff Burck, Jacob Dexter, Daniel Bergquist, and Andrew Bergquist.
Jim was born April 29, 1952 to Norman and Pauline (Brungardt) Dudek in Hastings, NE. He was the oldest of four children. He studied to be a teacher with a minor in art and music at HastingsCollege. In 1977 in Kearney, he met June Thorsen on the steps of the Church of God after an evening service. They were married the next year and in 1979 moved to Gordon and worked on the farm/ranch with her parents. In the 1980s, two children were welcomed into the family, Peter James and Sarah Joy. In 2015, Jim and June moved to Hay Springs, NE.
Jim and a friend were interested in learning more about computers, so they studied at Chadron State College where he received his Master’s degree. When a position became available to teach in the computing field at OglalaLakotaCollege in South Dakota, it was soon apparent Jim had a gift for teaching adults. He relished the task of teaching Information Technology (IT) to the students – he especially enjoyed helping them to learn programming. There were many times he would go somewhere and people would express how much they learned in his classes. He taught there for 24 years.
Jim was a great man. So kind, thoughtful, and considerate to others. He had a peace that surpassed understanding, which came from his faith in Christ and His salvation. He knew he could trust God to lead him and to work out troubles in life.
Besides studying his Bible, Jim really enjoyed playing the bass guitar with the worship team on Sunday mornings at the Gordon Church of God. He really enjoyed the Bible study he and June attended in Hay Springs on Sunday nights. In the past, he led a number of Bible studies that people really appreciated. He was a thinker and loved sharing deep insights with others. When living in Kearney, he would preach at area churches when they needed someone to fill in. For awhile he preached at the Chadron Church of God. He was a Sunday School teacher for many ages over the years.
Jim was very involved in the Gordon community while living there. From country school board member to helping develop and establish the Gordon Farmers Market, serving in the Gordon Economic Development group and Chamber of Commerce among other things, he was also a very present help with the Dudek’s Christian Bookshelf even though he was not always there.
Some of the recent joys he had was being able to give his daughter away in marriage to a good man and being the grandfather to a very special little girl, Malorie Joe. They were very close, next to inseparable.
Jim passed away on October 4, 2017 at Gordon Memorial Hospital. Survivors include wife June, son Peter, daughter Sarah Burck (Cliff), granddaughter Malorie, sisters Beverly Fintel (Bill) and Jane Bergquist (Dave) of Corpus Christi, TX, brother Robert (Brenda) of Vienna, VA, and many nieces and nephews.