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James Pauley

James W. Pauley

Friday, March 10th, 1950 - Sunday, March 29th, 2020
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James (Jim) William Pauley, 70, passed away at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on Sunday, March 29, 2020, after a brave battle with cancer. Cremation has taken place. Upon Jim’s request, there will be no memorial service. As Jim was an avid pet lover, any memorials may be given in his honor to Skipper’s Cupboard in Gering, NE. Online condolences may be made by viewing Jim’s memorial page at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com. Bridgman Funeral Home and Cremation Services are entrusted with arrangements.

Jim was born in Scottsbluff on March 10, 1950 to John L. and H. Jeanette (West) Pauley. He attended Scottsbluff High School and graduated in 1968. He attended Nebraska Western Junior College, then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his bachelor’s degree in education in 1973. He taught for Gering Public Schools for 34 years until his retirement in 2008. After a year of retirement, Jim worked for the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library for approximately 10 years.

He was united in marriage to Mari Ann Vallejo on July 30, 1977 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff. To this union were born two children: Erin Kathleen (May 1979) and James Christopher (April 1981).

Jim was always the first to volunteer or help someone in need, even when it meant putting aside his own to-do list, and he constantly sacrificed his own needs and wants because he always put others first. He enjoyed spending his free time reading, being outdoors, spending time with his family and friends, and cheering on the Huskers. Some of his most enjoyable times were the Saturdays spent with his family in Memorial Stadium.

Jim is survived by his wife, Mari; children Erin (Lincoln) and James (Omaha); his brother, George S. Pauley (Scottsbluff); Ron and Kathee Sanchez, Adrian (Challese, Silas) Sanchez, and Aaron (Cameron, Reyna) Sanchez (Lincoln); and Bob and Diane Vallejo (Perry, IA).

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Bill and Marie Vallejo, and numerous uncles and aunts.

JWP Esquire III’s favorite quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” --Dr. Seuss
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Tamaris Hauser

Posted at 11:42am
Mr. Pauley was my favorite teacher!!! He was a new teacher at McKinley Elementary and I was blessed to have him as my 5th grade teacher. He would always spend some time reading to us after lunch and he introduced my favorite book to me "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" This is still my favorite book and I have shared it with my children and my grandchildren.
Thanks Mr. Pauley for making a difference in my life. You are greatly missed.
KS

Keith & Glenda Slaymaker

Posted at 02:19pm
We were deeply sadden by the news of Jim's passing. To his family and friends we extend our heartfelt condolences.
BB

Bruce and Donna Bennett

Posted at 09:05pm
To the family and friends of Mr. Pauley,
I am honored to say that Mr. Pauley was my teacher as well as my daughter Tiara's teacher. He had the respect of his students because he respected his students. May you find strength in the loving memories you hold close to your heart
We WILL be reunited at Father God's calling and what a wonderful time that will be.
Friends in Jesus,
Bruce and Donna (Sterkel) Bennett
Kyle, Texas
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Albert Sr. & Margaret Soto

Posted at 08:04pm
Mari and family,
Sending you all our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Uncle Albert and Aunt Margaret
JL

Julie Lippold

Posted at 05:43pm
Jim leaves this earth better for his service and dedication in teaching the next generation, his sunny personality that lit the room, and the love given his family and friends so obvious to all who know them. Rest in peace, rise in Glory, raising my glass to you sweet neighbor and friend.

Julie Lippold
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