James “Jim” Berndt


Funeral services for 68-year James “Jim” Berndt of Lakeside, NE, are  Saturday, Oct.  30, 2021, at 10:30 at the Gordon United Methodist Church with Pastor Nayda Davis officiating.  

Burial will be at the Gordon Cemetery.  

Memorials are designated for the Gordon United Methodist Church and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

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James Fred Berndt was born June 10, 1953, to Fred and Geraldine Berndt. He was moving cattle on his 4-wheeler on a cool, crisp fall morning, October 19, 2021 when he collapsed.

Jim’s birth completed the Berndt family as he joined 3 older siblings: Carol, Sharon, and Dale.  He graduated from Gordon High School in 1972.

His passion was cutting hay in his swather during the summer, raising cattle, and ranching in the Sandhills.  He was a modern day cowboy on his 4-wheeler with many incidents occurring.  

4-H was one of his favorite activities and he served as 4-H King of Sheridan Co. in 1972.  Later, watching his nephews and nieces show cattle was a joy to him. He loved rodeo, especially on TV, and visited the National Finals as a spectator several times.

Jim was baptized and then confirmed on June 7, 1970, at the Gordon United Methodist Church and remained a faithful servant of Jesus all his life.

He is survived by his sisters, Carol Plate of Ainsworth, and Sharon Harris of Gordon, and brother, Dale (Cindy) Berndt of Lakeside, and numerous nephews and nieces who serve as pall bearers.   

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in law Paul Plate and Eugene Harris, and great-niece Gabrielle Murray.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon is in charge of arrangements for Jim Berndt.