James E. Haskell
August 24, 2022 | View PDF
James E. Haskell, 80 of Annandale, Virginia, passed away on July 21, 2022.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, August, 27, at the Kowanda Church in Garden County.
He was born in Lodgepole, Nebraska in February 1942, to James and Gladys Haskell who farmed on a small dryland wheat farm. Jim graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, and later he would earn his PhD in the same subject from Kansas State University. After graduation Jim would spend his entire career working for the USDA, helping farmers and Cooperatives across America and the world.
He was married to Patricia L. Miller of Oshkosh, Nebraska in October 1964. Jim and Pat would share their lives and many hobbies for 56 years. Together they enjoyed camping, hiking, traveling, restoring trunks, collecting flow blue China, reading books (especially James Mitchner), and keeping honey bees. The bees keeping would lead them to eventually the teaching of bee keeping to many folks around the Washington, D.C., Metro area and beyond.
Jim was an avid sports fan of Husker Football, Basketball and Baseball, but most of all you could find him every Sunday keeping track of the leader board for every PGA tournament.
Jim is survived by his daughters Heidi Loechler of Kansas City and Heather Ramsey of Omaha, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his sister Lucile Stickley of Sidney, Nebraska, 13 nephews nieces, all who will remember him for his loyalty to family, his kindness, his love of farming and farmers, and his witty sense of humor. He lived his life and set the example that honesty, hard work and tenacity can play off for anyone, even small-town Nebraska wheat farmers.
We will miss you dearly, Daddy.
In lieu of flowers, consider giving to the James Haskell Agricultural Scholarship through the University of Nebraska Foundation: 1010 Lincoln Mail, Lincoln, NE 68508.