James (Jim) Sterling Draper, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died on Thursday, May 19, 2011 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Jim was born on October 25, 1958 in San Francisco and adopted a short time later by Fred and Mollie Draper of Denison Iowa. He moved to Lincoln in 1986 where he began his career in warehouse management, working for Millard Refrigerated Services and most recently for Farmland/Cooks Foods.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and an occasional game of golf. Lake Mac was his favorite spot for fishing, especially chasing walleye. He loved camping in the Otter Creek area while sharing his fishing stories and good food. Turkey, goose and deer hunting were also outdoor hobbies Jim enjoyed. However, deer hunting was the one thing he looked forward to every year. He shared all the outdoor fun with his family and friends, but especially with his wife, Bettie.
Jim is survived by his wife, Bettie of Lincoln; daughters, Nikole Thompson of Lawrence, KS; Shannon and Michael Beltz of Lincoln; sons, Tyson and Ann Draper of Denton, NE; Jeremy Allen of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Kylee, Katy, Zane, Kiara, Taylor, Alexandra, Kaiden; special parents, Don and Betty Eggers of Denison, IA; brothers, Jay Eggers of Denison, IA; Jeffrey Eggers of Milford, IA; sister, Jan Eggers of Denison, IA; best friends, Steve and Dyanne Yentes of Sheridan, WY; Larry and Julie Thompson of Denison, IA; brothers & sisters in law, Al and Carol Channel of Alliance, NE; Bill and Fern Channel, Hastings, NE; Mary Jane and Ivan Burgan, Lincoln, NE; Pat Channel, Portland, OR; many nieces & nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mollie Draper, grandchildren, Madalyn Marie Draper and Dominick James Draper.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Cummings officiating.
Honorary Pallbearers: Tyson Draper, Jeremy Allen, Michael Beltz, Zane Beltz, Jason Varejcka, Kaiden Varejcka, Steven Yentes, Larry Thompson, Jay Eggers, Jeff Eggers, Ron Graham and Mike Powers.
Burial will be at a later date in Wyuka Cemetery.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Capital Humane Society.