A funeral service for James “Jim” Linder will be held on Wednesday, November 16,
2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with
Pastors David Oldham, Murray Jones, and Reverend Gayle Dorn, officiating. Interment will
follow the Moses Hill Cemetery in rural Phelps County, Nebraska.
The service will be recorded and posted to the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Homes Facebook
Jim Linder never met a stranger. The moment his eyes met yours and that wide smile
spread across his kind, gentle face, you knew you were in the presence of a friend – a friend
for life and beyond.
Compassionate, folksy, thoughtful and gracious. The descriptions are only a small aspect
of Jim’s life, and together they paint a picture of the husband, father, grandparent and friend
who died Friday, November 11, 2022, after a long bout with cancer. During the time he
bravely battled the disease, Jim never lost faith in who he was, or his faith in God.
A fixture in the community, Jim worked tirelessly to make life better for Loomis and
Phelps County residents. Whether he was sitting on the board of First State Bank, coaching
Little League or raising money for the Volunteer Fire Department, Jim always had the best
interest of the community he called home.
Jim developed a strong work ethic, which he passed on to his own children, beginning as
a young boy selling sweetcorn with “Grampa Mervin.” That idea of being responsible, fair
and working hard culminated in 2021 when Linder Stock Farm was honored with the
prestigious Nebraska Bankers Association Recognition Award for their numerous
contributions to the state of Nebraska and to the agricultural industry.
Everyone knew Jim, and Jim knew everyone. His popularity was a blessing and a curse
for his children, Mark, Erica and Jake. A blessing because maybe the kids didn’t get in
trouble as much as other kids, but a curse because if they ever did get in trouble there was no
way their parents wouldn’t find out!
Jim was born October 1, 1958, to Robert and Jean (Lanquist) Linder. He went to grade
and high school in Loomis and, to nobody’s surprise, was Homecoming King. No matter
that he was a star athlete and an exceptional student, it probably was that infectious smile
and gleam in his eye that cinched the crown.
Jim attended Fort Hays on a college football scholarship but returned to help run the
family farm after one year with his brother, Greg. Jim handled the feedlot that involved
purchasing around 10,000 yearlings and heavy calves a year. Along with Greg and Greg’s
son, Charlie, the Linder’s operated Linder Stock Farm on Glade Road.
On June 16, 1978, Jim married Lori Benson and they had three children: Erica, Mark and
Jake. Jim and Lori divorced but remained friends and Jim eventually met Stacy Osborn.
After an 11-year courtship, Jim and Stacy were engaged on September 29, 2020.
Throughout his life, Jim was active in numerous civic organizations in Loomis and
Phelps County and despite the long hours working the farm, found time to help teach Erica
how to shoot free throws, show Mark how to race four-wheelers and teach Jake how to
throw a spiral.
Like many Nebraskans, Saturdays were spent rooting on the Cornhuskers. Despite the
team’s recent struggles, Jim remained optimistic that the future was bright. That was his
nature, especially throughout his ordeal with cancer. While many an autumn weekend
centered on the activities inside and out of Memorial Stadium, summers were for hanging
with the family at Johnson Lake. That’s where Jim earned the nickname, “Captain Jim.”
Jim showed an inordinate amount of strength during his battle with cancer and there was
one very bright shiny moment when Erica gave birth to grandson Theo on August 3, 2022.
Holding Theo, the smile returned and the twinkle in his eyes sparkled once again.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Linder; brother, Jon; and sister-in-law,
Jim is survived by his fiancée, Stacy Osborn of Kearney; his children: Erica Regan and
husband, Patrick, and grandson Theodore of Lincoln; sons: Mark Linder and Nina Otero of
Orlando; Jake Linder and wife, Lexi, of Lincoln; and James Osborn of Kearney; his mother
Jean Linder of Holdrege; brother, Greg Linder and sister-in-law, Sharon; nephew, Charlie
Linder and wife, Abby; niece, Kendra Virgil and husband, Tim; great-nephews: Owen,
Quentin and Morgan Virgil; and Lori Linder.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with
the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in
A memorial has been established in Jim’s honor, and kindly suggested to the family.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at http://www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Jane Pandorf, 92, of Callaway, Nebraska
Edward Dean “Ed” Huffman, 56 years of age, of Belton, Missouri, formerly of Wilcox, Nebraska
Bryon Cuypers, 59 years of age, of Holdrege