Dwight Jameson - February 24, 2010
Dwight Jameson was born on Sep. 18, 1922 near Elsie, Neb. He was the oldest of two sons born to Charles and Neva Cutler Jameson.
Dwight grew up east of Elsie and graduated from Elsie High School in 1940. He began his college career at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln but transferred to Doane College after World War II broke out to receive education in officer’s training.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was part of the Manhattan Project-the division of the military that developed the atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan in 1945. Dwight was stationed on his ship in the Philippines ready for the invasion of Japan after the bombing that led to the end of the war. He was honorably discharged in 1946 having reached the rank of lieutenant.
After the war, Dwight returned to Nebraska Wesleyan where he graduated with a degree in nuclear physics. While in Lincoln he met Mary Lou Bower of Ashland, Neb. and they were married at her parents home in Ashland on Jan. 20, 1952. They moved to their farm southeast of Elsie where they built a home. Dwight was involved in farming and ranching the rest of his life.
Mary Lou died in 2007 and Dwight lived in the Jameson home just east of Elsie. Dwight had congestive heart failure and had been in failing health when he died at his home early Wednesday morning, Feb. 24, 2010 with his family by his side.
Dwight was an 80 year member of the Elsie United Methodist Church. He was active in the Elsie American Legion where he played taps on the bugle for many veteran related funeral services. He was actively involved in the Wallace Masonic Lodge #279 in Wallace, Neb. and became involved with the Scottish Rite and the Shriners. While Mary Lou was alive they belonged to the Eastern Star.
He was proud that his grandchildren played musical instruments and that a Jameson grandchild chose Nebraska Wesleyan to further their education.
Dwight is survived by his three sons, Ray and wife Deb of Wallace, Rory and wife Nora of rural Elsie, and Darrin and wife Lisa of Wallace; seven grandchildren: Ella, Chay, Robert, Ilene, Morgan, Mark, and Luke Jameson; his brother, Dale of Largo, Fla. and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Elsie United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Battello officiating. A tribute by the Wallace Masonic Lodge was given.
Burial was in the Elsie Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Perkins County Veterans.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.