Dr. Jim Van Arsdall, E.D.

Dr. Jim Van Arsdall, E.D.

January 23, 1948 – June 18, 2020

Preceded in death by wife, Gloria J. Sorey, J.D.; parents, Willis and Mary; brother, David.  Survived by daughter, Whitney Van Arsdall.

The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 24th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the West Center Chapel.  Funeral: Thursday, June 25th at 10am at the West Center Chapel.  Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #1.

Memorials are suggested to ACLU Nebraska, HNC Living Foundation, Immigrant Legal Center or Metropolitan Community College Foundation

To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live-Cast” button or click on Service Link below.

Funeral Service Link: https://boxcast.tv/view/dr-jim-van-arsdall-hn70pi113xfylvy56e2r



  • George Van Arsdall Posted June 21, 2020 2:12 pm

    We are deeply saddened by Jim.s passing. Our heartfelt sympathy.

  • Harland T. Fogle Posted June 22, 2020 7:06 am

    Thoughts and prayers with Jim’s Family at this trying time !

    Harlie Fogle

  • Stan Horrell Posted June 22, 2020 7:57 am

    Jim was a caring, professional educator who touched many lives. We will all miss his positive input.

  • Mary Lou Brennan Posted June 22, 2020 9:41 am

    Dear Whitney, I went to school with your mother Gloria Jean and I’m so very sorry for the loss of your father. May God Bless you during this time. You are in my prayers.

  • A friend Posted June 22, 2020 1:45 pm

    The world is a little less bright today without Jim in it. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Tim and Barbara Shousha Posted June 22, 2020 1:46 pm

    We are sorry to see this loss. We appreciated Jim’s kindness and his scholarship as we worked with him through Metro and through the University of Nebraska High School. May his memory be eternal. Tim and Barbara Shousha

  • Nadine Keith Posted June 22, 2020 1:48 pm

    Whitney, I had the privilege of interviewing your father for a series of recordings done for First Unitarian Church. I enjoyed hearing his stories.

  • Richard D. Brown Posted June 23, 2020 2:00 am

    Jim did an excellent job in working with the adjunct instructors in political science at Metro Community College. He had an exceptional knowledge of the social sciences and a versatility that distinguished him as a classroom teacher and mentor. He took a very humble and personable approach into his classroom. Students benefited from the classes he taught and the varied background he brought to his classes. He was very influential in my MCC teaching. My condolences to his family.

  • Shannon SNow Posted June 24, 2020 12:18 am

    Jim was one of the most caring people I’ve ever met. He took the time to reach anyone who wanted to learn. He will be missed.

  • Margaret Hickey Posted June 24, 2020 6:18 am

    Whitney, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed serving on the NOCC Board with your dad for many years. He had great wisdom. Loss of both your parents in a short time is difficult. They walk with you in love.

  • Joan Van Arsdall Posted June 24, 2020 7:20 am

    Friends, relatives and former students will miss Jim. He gave so much to other people with his teaching and writing and his life. I really admire the work of Jim and his wife, Gloria. They loved Whitney beyond measure so she has many memories to cherish. Love to Whitney.

  • Tom McDonnell Posted June 24, 2020 7:34 am

    Jim was an integral part of the MCC faculty and his passing is a great loss. Rest in peace sir, and thank you for your service to our students.

  • Edie Sample Posted June 24, 2020 8:24 pm

    Thinking of you during this sad time. Remembering Jim with fondness and respect. His kindness and the service he gave to to his community, both civic and academic, touched so many. We are grateful for the legacy he has left.

  • David Sorey Posted June 25, 2020 10:28 am

    Whitney, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember your father as a very intelligent, kind and caring man. I know that he loved you very much and I am sure you have many great memories to help sustain you.

  • Debra Ann Doody Posted June 26, 2020 6:31 pm

    I am very sad at Jim’s passing . He was a wonderful friend to me down in Norfolk, Virginia. I am so sad for you Whitney to have lost your mother and now your Dad. I was shocked that this could happen and I do send sincere condolences please call me or message me if you want to

  • JAMES M. VOSPER Posted June 27, 2020 8:42 pm

    My sincere condolences to Whitney and family and friends of Jim. I met Jim in 1973 when we were graduate students in History and Philosophy of Education at UNL. We shared living quarters with Tom Doering from 1974 to 1976. He was a multi talented person and a very good human being. I had not seen him since 2012 but am glad for the times we did reconnect starting in the 1990’s. Take care and God bless and Rest in peace Jim.

  • Myra H. Anderson Posted August 9, 2020 4:06 pm

    How shocking for you Whitney and your family and friends plus the community to which Jim contributed so much. I share your grief. My deepest sympathy and love to all of you.

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