James F. "Jim" Stevens, age 64 of Omaha, Nebraska and formerly of Hartington, Nebraska died on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Josie Harper Hospice House from cancer. He was the son of Fritz & Norma Stevens.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, Nebraska with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be at the St. Michael's Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
There will also be a Celebration of Life for Jim, in Omaha, on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Barrett's Barley Corn at 3:00 p.m. at 4322 Leavenworth Street, Omaha.
James F. Stevens was born on October 5, 1954 in Omaha, NE. His parents were Fredric "Fritz" and Norma Stevens of Hartington. Jim graduated from Hartington Cedar Catholic High School in May of 1972. He then graduated from Wayne State College four years later in 1976. Jim moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana where he was the Golf Pro for 10 years.
Jim was a member of the Cedar Catholic Golf Team, as a freshman, that won the Nebraska State Class B Golf Tournament. Jim was a State Golf qualifier each year while in High School. Jim was the Hartington City Golf Champion for nine out of ten years. He gave lessons to many hopeful golf enthusiast starting in his high school years After 15 years as a golf pro, Jim moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he started South Omaha Vacuums which he operated until his health deteriorated and prevented him from continuing.
Jim is survived by his brother Tom Stevens of Yankton, SD; numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fritz & Norma Stevens, aunts and uncles.
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Many of Jim's tennis buddies in the Omaha area are very surprised and saddened about Jim's unexpected death, including me. He was one of a kind and Jim will be missed by many. We all have our special stories of Jim and we are blessed to have had him in our lives.
Tom, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. My heart goes out to you. You will be in my prayers. Take care of yourself and stay strong!
Patty Stevens Ticknor
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I have great memories of elementary, high school, and college of Jim--Gopher!
For Jim; Over the last two years we had lost touch,but the times we spent in the back room of SOV solving the worlds problems, skewering the rich and famous and reliving the glory days were a welcome relief from the daily grind. The world can be a cruel place but friends can lighten the load. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you at the end.
Jim, you were a special childhood friend. We grew up together on the golf course and riding bikes around town. I'm so grateful we were able to talk this past year. I wish we could play one last round together.
Tom, so sorry for the loss of your brother. We never know when our lives will be forever changed and we only have memories to get us thru. Just know you and Jim have had many friends over the years that do not forget you. Hugs.
To Jim, I haven't seen you in years, but I remember the last time I saw you. You were with your Mother at Mass. Afterward they had coffee and rolls in the cafeteria. Dick and I sat across the table from you two and you asked me a question and made a comment that I will never forget. I knew in that moment what a wonderful, decent, kind man you had grown up to be. I am sure God is smiling down on you now and is anxious to bring you home. God bless you Jim and God speed.
Joan Kathol Steffen
Dear Jim-We will miss you! Tennis was fun and competitive when you were on the court! It was always fun to talk about our Hartington connections.
Prayers for you and your family!
Terri Bonnemier Anania and Marianne Bonnemier
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