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Jim Cannia

Jim Charles Cannia

Wednesday, September 24th, 1958 - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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Jim Cannia, was called home suddenly after a car accident on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. He is being received in heaven where he can watch over his family and friends. A celebration of life visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. A memorial mass will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 10, 2020, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering with Father Mike McDonald officiating. A light lunch will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a tree in his honor. Memorials may be made to the family and will be designated at a later date. Online condolences may be made by visiting Jim’s memorial page at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com.

Jim was born and raised in Omaha, NE where he graduated from high school in 1976. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Cindy in 1978 in Omaha. They left Omaha in 1982, moving to Sheridan, WY, then to Laramie, WY to complete his B.S. in Geology. They were blessed with their miracle child Anthony in 1985, and Jim graduated from UW in 1987.

They moved to Scottsbluff, NE where Jim began his professional career as a water geologist for the local NRD. He was instrumental in establishing the water department and spent 17 years monitoring and helping to guide the water practices of the NRD. In 2005, he moved to the Department of Natural Resources in Bridgeport, then to the USGS where he began working on airborne geophysical mapping. At the USGS he gained a national and international reputation for excellence in his field. He moved to the private sector, then forming his own company Aqua Geo Frameworks, LLC with his two trusted partners.

He was an avid hunter and shooter, who loved sharing his passion for shooting sports with others. He loved the outdoors and all things nature. He finally achieved his lifelong dream of shooting an elk this past weekend.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, and beloved hunting dogs Blizzard, Choc, Breezy, and Boo.

He leaves behind his bride of 42 years, Cindy; his son Anthony, along with his faithful dogs Grace, Sunny, and Drake.; his brother Al (Mary) of Omaha; cousin Joe (Lisa); sisters-in-law Kim & Sue of Colorado Springs, CO and Lynn, Two Rivers, WI; several nieces, nephews, dear friends and numerous colleagues.
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Katie Cannia-Russell

Posted at 10:44am
Cindy & Anthony - I'm terribly sorry for your loss. He was a great man & I'm thankful for the memories. I think of you often, I'll be praying for you

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tammi renninger

Posted at 11:57pm
Sending strength and courage and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Jim was an incredibly kind man and a great mentor. May peace be with you.

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Karen Sue Amen

Posted at 10:45pm
From Karen Amen with Jim Goeke on August 16: Back in the fall of 2004, when Jim C found out that Jim G and Karen A were dating, Cannia immediately called Karen. He and I had been on the Nebraska Board of Geologists together and formed a close bond working together to launch this new organization. He and Goeke had developed a close bond during the CoHYST project. So Cannia called me and as soon as I answered the phone, he pronounced: "You two were made for each other. Don't wait. Just go ahead and get married now." We agreed, but it took another three years to actually have a wedding, the best weddings I've ever attended!! A big part of the success was the giant backyard tent that Perry and Sue Lackey transported to North Platte and that Jim and Cindy helped put up. We loved Jim so much, delighted in his company every time we got together, had constant conversations on all kinds of topics. We're still a little in denial, hoping we'll see him next time he's in Lincoln. Someday we'll reach acceptance. If it's this hard for the two of us, we can only begin to imagine Cindy and Anthony's grieving. So to help us remember what a great geologist and communicator and all-around good guy he was, here's a link to a 7-minute PBS video where Jim C is the star. https://www.pbs.org/video/quest-skytem-aquifer/
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Al Cannia

Posted at 06:02pm
Thank you to everyone who shared memories of being with my brother Jim and getting to know him, he was a wonderful brother, we had so many good times together, as a kid he was so funny and he loved life and people, he is so missed.
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Rachael McLeod

Posted at 01:02pm
I worked with Jim on a video about his heliborne electromagnetic survey project back in 2007, not long after I joined the USGS. Jim was so engaging and funny, but he also knew how to break down the science so that anyone could understand it, which was important for the video project because I was not a geoscientist by training. He wanted the people around him to love this stuff as much as he did. This project required traveling around Nebraska to collect video footage, at one point even stopping at his home in Mitchell, Neb. for dinner where we met Cindy, talked and laughed for hours, and sampled Jim's homemade mead. We also enjoyed talking about his hunting because I was becoming interested in cooking with game meat. What struck me the most about Jim was what a genuinely nice person he was. To the core. I'll always be grateful for his patience and passion for teaching and for the just being the kind of person who lived his life seeing the potential in every situation. He was a force of positivity as he moved through the world, touching people's lives in ways he maybe was not always aware. What a neat guy. I'm so glad our paths crossed and that I got to know him. Here is the finished video (about 10 min.) that we made that includes Jim talking about the project and the science. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCTeu6MZdh8
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