James "Jimbo" Everett Painter, 72, of San Pedro, Calif., formerly of Bellevue, Neb., passed away at home on Thursday, January 12, 2017.
James was born April 21, 1944 in Richmond, Calif. to Everett and Velma (Snyder) Painter. He was active in high school football and track, and graduated from Bellevue High School with the Class of 1962. He furthered his education by attending the University of Nebraska and later, the University of Omaha. In 1964, James was drafted by the United States Armed Forces. He was stationed in N.C. where he earned the special ranking as a marksman sharp shooter, a member of the Green Berets, and was discharged with honors.
He moved to Southern California and owned and operated a catering truck company, Quick Silver Catering for over 20 years. He later retired and settled in San Pedro. He always enjoyed life and those around him. He loved his family, playing the lottery, reading books, financials, and living in Southern California. He loved helping people in time of need and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Everett; sisters: Merna Fullen and Janet Painter, and his grandson, Ethan Tyler Witt.
James is survived by his mother, Velma; a sister, Betty Russo (husband Lloyd), all of Bellevue, Neb.; a brother, John of Omaha, Neb.; daughters: Jamie (husband Elvis Witt) of Taylorville, Ill., Emily (companion Zack Busch) of Henderson, Nev., and Kyla of Eugene, Ore.; step-daughter, Rachelle "Shelly" Fryer (companion Jake Russo) of Henderson, Nev.; mother of his children, Christine Harvell-Manzi of Henderson, Nev.; special niece, Andrea Russo Ericksen of Bellevue, Neb.; three grandchildren, one great-grandson, and other extended family.
James will be cremated and a private family memorial will be held at a later date. Evergreen Crematory in Bell Gardens, Calif. is assisting the family.