Condon, James


James L. Condon, age 70 years, passed away January 14, 2018 in Republican City, NE. Jim was born on July 6, 1947, in Aurora, Nebraska, to John and Hazel (Olsen) Condon. He graduated from Aurora High School Class of 65 and University of Nebraska with a Degree in Chemical Engineering.  Every year he enjoyed marching with the UNL alumni band.   In 1970, after graduating from UNL, Jim and Shirley Moller were married and they spent 47 years together. Jim served as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army, four years on active duty, and ultimately retired after 30 years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserves and National Guard.  In recent years he was actively involved with ROTC and the Pershing Rifle alumni to encourage increased student participation in these important programs. Jim had recently celebrated 40 years at the job he loved with the engineering and design firm Olsson Associates where he served as Vice President,  Public Relations in the area of water and wastewater.  He had significant volunteer service and involvement in the Water Environment Federation including the Public Communications and Outreach Committee, Chair, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and the National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree.   He was also a member of the Nebraska Water Environment Association and the American Water Works Association. Jim loved being with people and that carried from his professional face-to-face interaction with clients to a very full social life.  He was known by so many for his times with the Eagles, Elks, American Legion, VFW, and Old Dominion Boat Club.  He was an avid supporter of statewide shuffleboard and pool tournaments and activities. Jim also had a passion for the outdoors and loved fishing, boating and golf.

Jim is survived by his wife Shirley of Lincoln, daughter Micki (husband Bill) Fowler of Lincoln, son Michael (wife Julie) Condon of Portland, OR, 2 grandchildren Starr Fowler and Kinsley Condon, sisters Sharon Nell of Satellite Beach, FL and Cindy (husband John) Powers of Kapolei, HI, mother-in-law Marilyn Moller Brennan of Douglas, NE, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, January 19, 2018, at St Teresa Catholic Church, (36th and Randolph), with Father Jamie Hottovy officiating.  Burial will be at St Martin’s Catholic Cemetery in Douglas, NE.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 12 noon to 7 pm with family receiving friends from 5 pm to 7 pm at Butherus Maser and Love funeral home, 4040 A St.

Rosary will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to University of Nebraska Foundation/ROTC or Stockholm Jr. Water Prize

Guestbook for Condon, James

5:55PM Mar 7th, 2018
Always a friend and helpful colleague. He was one of the best at helping public understand the importance of water. His efforts will live on.
Jim Force (Wausau, WI)
10:52AM Feb 22nd, 2018
I knew Jim through a Water Environment Federation committee. He was a great person to work with, talk to, have a drink with, and he mentored many of us. My sincere sympathies to his family. I will miss him.
Rusty Schroedel (Shebogyan, WI)
4:01PM Feb 10th, 2018
Deeply sorry about Jim's passing. He was one of the "Good Guys", and truly made a difference in the world. Keeping your family in our prayers and thoughts at this time.
Bill Krondak (LEAVENWORTH, KS)
5:22AM Jan 26th, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, my dear cousin. May God fill you with his presence and peace.
Jacki Standon (Mankato, MN)
1:06PM Jan 21st, 2018
My Dear Condon Family, The Holy Cross Catholic School community in Portland, Oregon has been praying for you. May you find comfort in memories of happy times together and in the love that surrounds you during this time of loss. God bless.
Suzanne DeVaney-Wilkes (Portland, OR)
7:04AM Jan 19th, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Jim. He stopped by last Friday and we caught up on life, old co-workers, and importantly where the good fishing spots would be this the upcoming spring. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Scott Dicke (Alma, NE)
6:48AM Jan 19th, 2018
Shirley and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. Love you all.
Valerie Behrens Harrell (Ponca city, OK)
6:14AM Jan 19th, 2018
I first met Jim through the WEF but we really got to know each other when we both volunteered to work at the WEF exhibit for the Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia. Later Jim took on a more important role in organizing the Jamboree exhibit especially when it moved to West Virginia in 2013. Jim was a pleasure to work with and always willing to do what ever was required to make the exhibit a success. I always valued his advice and wise council. I am going to miss his smiling face and warm friendship very much.
Ken Spear (Glen Allen, VA)
5:24AM Jan 19th, 2018
My deepest sympathy to all of Jim's family. I worked with Jim years ago and Olsson Associates and learned so much from him. He worked hard, but always had time to enjoy others and have fun.
Jeannie Zolbe (Lincoln, NE)
4:21AM Jan 19th, 2018
We are very sorry to hear of Jim's untimely passing.
John Chatelain, Pershing Foundation Board of Directors (Fargo, ND)
3:21PM Jan 18th, 2018
Shirley - I am very sorry that Jim passes away. Keeping you and the family in our prayers. I also remember the wedding - such great moment.
Jim Ellyett (Holiday Island, AR)
2:48PM Jan 18th, 2018
Jim did an outstanding job for our community. He also has a great person for a golf partner and enjoyed life to the fullest. Thanks Jim for your friendship I will miss you but know you are in a better place now.
Steve Kelley (Beatrice, NE)
1:47PM Jan 18th, 2018
To Jim's Family: I feel lucky to have worked with Jim at Olsson Associates these past 15 years. I really admired Jim for his enthusiasm for his work and also his patience when teaching others. He had a great chuckle when something struck him as funny, which was quite often. He was one of the good guys and will be missed.
Brian Chaffin (Waverly , NE)
1:42PM Jan 18th, 2018
Jim's Family - very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I enjoyed working with Jim for many years at Olsson - he was always ready to help, eager to teach, and he liked to kick back and have fun. My sincere condolences to your family at this time.
Patty McManus Corcoran (Overland Park, KS)
12:50PM Jan 18th, 2018
Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was dedicated to the cities, towns and villages he served. A very witty and friendly man. I always enjoyed the time I spent with Jim. I will keep Jim's family in my thoughts and prayers. Peace to you.
Tim Sutherland (LINCOLN, NE)
11:06AM Jan 18th, 2018
I also had the great pleasure of working with Jim. He did a outstanding job for my community. We also spent several nights and golf outings enjoying the after work sessions and I'm honored to call him a friend
Steve Kelley (Beatrice, NE)
9:12AM Jan 18th, 2018
Sharon and Family - I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and love are with you and your family.
Denise Contella (Melbourne, FL)
8:35AM Jan 18th, 2018
Sorry for the loss of a great man. Rest in Peace Jim. My condolences to the family and friends. Jim will be greatly missed.
Todd Pratt (Fort Worth , TX)
7:32AM Jan 18th, 2018
Rest in Peace Brother
Patrick Higgins (Fairfax Station, VA)
7:25AM Jan 18th, 2018
I had the privilege of collaborating with Jim when I was a part of NWEA, and for many years as part of the WEF PCOC committee. His commitment to water outreach to our youth, most visibly through the Boy Scout Jamboree and Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition, and all his work and volunteer time behind the scenes was very much appreciated and admired. Jim will be greatly missed. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Sharon Miller (Plano, TX)
6:36AM Jan 18th, 2018
I will always remember Jim this past 4th of July when I watched him enthusiastically gather his fireworks for his family display as well as gathering around the campfires at night at your family's lake. He loved fun and family ... he will be missed and remembered so fondly by so many. Much love to you and prayers of peace.
Heather Athan-Pechous (SAN CLEMENTE, CA)
6:16AM Jan 18th, 2018
Shirley and family - We realize mere words cannot express the sadness you feel. But know, in your time of grief, you are totally surrounded by concerned family and friends. During this tough time in your life, may sympathy and heartfelt condolences be a source of comfort for your aching heart
Sherry (Dively) & Steve Kirkland (Lansing, KS)
5:17AM Jan 18th, 2018
Shirley, I was so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I have fond memories of him from my time spent in your home when I was visiting Micki. I've enjoyed seeing photos of your lovely trips together on facebook over the years and am sending lots of love to you at this difficult time.
Ester Hill (England , AL)
4:50AM Jan 18th, 2018
Shirley, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult days. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but it’s clear to see from all the pictures what a wonderful, kind, and special man, husband and father he was. May God hold you tightly as you feel the loss of his presence. Love you.
Jacki Standon (Mankato, MN)
7:16PM Jan 17th, 2018
To Jim's family: I knew Jim for almost 40 years. His life was always full of pleasure and laughs, and his talents and companionship over the years will be treasured. Jim will be missed by all.
Todd Boling (Norfolk, NE)
5:56PM Jan 17th, 2018
Jim was always fun to work with and willing to share his knowledge and experiences. He was a true friend and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Jim.
Terry McArthur (Kirbyville, MO)
3:39PM Jan 17th, 2018
I know Chuck always enjoyed working with Jim on SJWP projects, and appreciated his professionalism and wise counsel. I enjoyed social occasions in Stockholm with him. He was just a joy to be around. Thoughts and prayers formhis family.
Linda Sorber (San Antonio, TX)
2:32PM Jan 17th, 2018
Jim, we will miss you at the Stockholm Water Prize competition, and also working with you on projects with Olsson. You were always fun to be with.
Michael Jakob (Fairfax, VA)
1:47PM Jan 17th, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of our dear friend Jim. He and I go back almost 40 years as a colleagues and friends. My deepest sympathy to Shirley and family he spoke of you often. He will be missed.
Steve Crisler (Lincoln, NE)
12:52PM Jan 17th, 2018
Jim, Rest In Peace.
John Reece (Lees Summit, MO)
12:50PM Jan 17th, 2018
Sorry about the unexpected departure of Jim. He was such a friendly person. He was very passionate about helping younger generation. I enjoyed volunteering with him. I will miss him very much. I pray for the departed soul rest in peace.
Tim Madhanagopal (Orlando , FL)
12:03PM Jan 17th, 2018
I am saddened to learn of Jim’s untimely passing. I know Chuck enjoyed working with him on Stockholm Junior Water Prize matters, and appreciated his thoughtful contributions, and I enjoyed his company in Stockholm on social occasions, as well. My thought and prayers to his family.
Linda Sorber (San Antonio, TX)
10:56AM Jan 17th, 2018
Sending heartfelt sympathy to Jim's entire family and his WEF and NWEA friends. Jim was a tireless volunteer and did so much for everybody. He was dedicated to the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, WEF Awards program and the Boy Scouts just to name a few. Jim always had a smile and a story to tell. It seems impossible that he is gone. RIP Jim you were certainly one of the good guys.
Debra Leigh (Omaha, NE)
9:12AM Jan 17th, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers to Jim's family and his WEF / NWEA family. This is such a shock to all of us. Jim had such amazing boundless energy. He gave his all to so many things on behalf of WEF and NWEA as well as many other things. He spent countless hours working on the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and Boys Scouts. It just doesn't seem possible that we won't see his smile gracing the halls and hear his laugh or listen to one of his stories. He will surely be missed by all of us that had the pleasure and honor to know him.
Debra Leigh (Omaha, NE)
8:20AM Jan 17th, 2018
I was saddened to hear the passing of Jim. I enjoyed seeing him when he visited the Olsson office in Springfield, MO. He was a kind man and will be missed by many. My condolences to the family during this time.
Chastity Strait (Springfield, MO)
7:38AM Jan 17th, 2018
To the Jim Condon Family: I was saddened to hear of the news of Jim's passing. His presence in our lives will be truly missed. I have known Jim for over 25 years in his professional capacity and always enjoyed spending time and sharing stories. On behalf of the Electric Pump team, our sincere condolences.
Thomas Miller (Des Moines, IA)
6:48AM Jan 17th, 2018
Jim always greeted me with a welcoming smile. I enjoyed working with him and he will be missed.
Derek Cambridge (Peculiar, MO)
6:10AM Jan 17th, 2018
Sorry to the loss of Jim. I have know and worked with him for over 25 years. He was dedicated to his profession and was respected by all. He will be missed.
Keith Kontor (Fremont, NE)
11:41PM Jan 16th, 2018
Sorry about the loss of Jim . He was a great leader as Professional Engineer in Nebraska and dedicated to the protection of our waters with decades of experience in wastewater treatment and other infrastructure projects to benefit society. Rest In Peace .
Roger Helgoth (Omaha, NE)
8:27PM Jan 16th, 2018
Shirley and family - I am so sorry. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. I recall attending your wedding. It was one of those treasured moments I will never forget. I was in awe of Jim's military service which was an inspiration for me to become an Army nurse.
Linda and Larry Robinette (Cedar Vale, KS)
7:40PM Jan 16th, 2018
So, so sorry to hear about this. Thinking of all of you right now. He was a great guy to work with at Olsson Associates - and our favorite Book Club crasher when we ran into him at Blue Blood Brewery!
Jane Gustafson (Milford, NE)

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