March 5, 1936 – August 5, 2017
Born in Beldon, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE
James Clifford Arntzen
James Clifford Arntzen, 81, Lincoln, passed away August 5, 2017. Born on March 5, 1936 in Beldon, NE to Lilburn and Hazel (Hughes) Arntzen. He moved to Lincoln at age 13 and while working at Wagey Drug, he met the love of his life Dotty Ritchey. They were happily married for 59 years. They had 3 children: Kellye, Shellye and Jeff.
Jim graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953 and was later inducted into the Lincoln High Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated from the Nebraska College of Pharmacy in 1957. Jim was the owner of Terminal Drug which was later renamed Jim’s Home Health, an independent, one man pharmacy and home medical equipment supplier for 26 years. Jim was appointed by Governor JJ Exon and served as Chairman of the State of Nebraska Drug Commission for coordinating drug abuse education, treatment and rehab programs. He also received the NARD Drug Abuse Prevention Award. He sat on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Pharmacy Association and was active with the American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood, and NARD Committee on Surgical Appliances and Support. He served in the Nebraska Army National Guard for 26 years, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Optimist Club, and Capitol City Christian Church.
Upon retiring at 55, Jim enjoyed family, wood working, golfing, their home in Texas and their many mission trips abroad.
Jim is survived by wife Dotty; daughter, Kellye (Rodney) Anderson; son, J. Jeffery; grandchildren, Ryan (Cristina) Anderson, Molly Meyer and Alex Arntzen; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Julius, and Witten; sister, Jean Thompson; brother-in-law, John (Gwen) Ritchey; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter, Shellye Meyer; parents; brother, Gaylord and sister, EttaMae Feldman.
Celebration of Life: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (8-9-17) Capitol City Christian Church, 7800 Holdrege Street. Please dress casual.
Memorials in lieu of flowers to Capitol City Christian Church Missions, Peoples City Mission or Cedars Home for Children.
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