James VIncent Zeman

To honor his wishes, there will be no services for 80-year old Chadron native James Vincent Zeman of Charleston, IL. His cremated body will be laid to rest in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice. Education and wildlife were dear to his heart.

Jim was born April 4, 1939 in Chadron, NE, a son of the late Joseph John and Ella Blanch (Vincent) Zeman, and passed away on Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL.

Jim attended kindergarten through 12th grade in Chadron Public Schools. He received a BS degree in Speech and English from Chadron State College and completed an MA in Speech Communication from the University of Nebraska. He completed his PhD in Speech Communication from Penn State University.

Jim was a Speech and English teacher for one year at Chadron High School, and taught Speech and Forensic activities at Lead, South Dakota, High School for 6 years. He then taught a year at Chadron State College before accepting a position at Northern State University in South Dakota, where he taught Speech and Forensic activities for 34 years.

As an educator, Jim was active in several education associations. He served a term as president of the Lead Board of Education, two terms as president of the Northern State University Council on High Education (COHE), three terms as state president of COHE, three terms on the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) Board of Directors, and two terms as SDEA vice-president.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Patricia Zeman-Johnson and her husband James Andrew Johnson and grandchildren, James Branden Zeman-Johnson and Allison Mariah Zeman-Johnson, all of Decatur, Alabama; sisters, Leora Kennedy of Riverton Wyoming and Joella Woolery of Bellvue, Nebraska; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Zeman.

Jim is also survived by members of Carol Lynch’s immediate family who made him part of their lives and family from the start of Jim and Carol’s 34 year relationship and following her death. They include brother, James Anthony “Tony” Redden of Beaverton, OR, sister, Alma Lou “Mlou” Thompson of Portland, OR, daughters, Jean (James “Dart”) Davis of Hoquiam, WA, Catherine “Cat” (Harry) Silvester of Victoria British Columbia, Laurie Lynch of Astoria, OR, and Amy Lynch (Doug Klarup) of Charleston, Ill; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Death is not extinguishing the light, it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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