James E. Sazama

James E. Sazama

March 24, 1944 – October 24, 2018

Preceded in death by parents, Gerald and Leona.  Survived by wife, Carol; daughters: Jill Swanson (Doug), Vicki Masker (Dan), and Jamie Ward (Kevin); six grandchildren; brothers, Don (Helen) and Randy (DelNor); many other family members.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 1st from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL: Friday, November 2nd at 11am, West Center Chapel.  Private Interment:  Omaha National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  • James & Mary Owens Posted October 28, 2018 10:18 am

    Dear Carol, children and grandchildren, we are so sorry
    To hear about Jim’s HomeGoing?. Please know that we are
    Praying for you and your family.

  • Denise Richards Posted October 30, 2018 6:50 am

    Dear Sazama family,
    I am so so sorry to hear of Jim’ passing. He was certainly a character! I met Jim through Fremont groups, Win It Back and Nebraska Communities United. He was always thinking, always kept me on my toes. I will so miss his friendship, his jokes, and his great intelligence. Jim, may you rest in the peace and love of God. You earned your angel wings, buddy. You were one of a kind, and you will truly be so very missed. Sazama family, may God surround you with hugs of strength and comfort. You all carry a part of Jim in your hearts.

  • LifeNet of the Heartland Posted October 31, 2018 2:48 pm

    To the Sazama family:
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones on the passing of Jim. As a FAA inspector, he would routinely visit our Air Ambulance bases in the area and visit. Well, he would do inspections, but mostly visit and drink bad coffee.
    Jim was a pleasure to interact with. He instructed our pilots that if they “ever messed up, you call me first” Jim was always willing to watch out for our aviation and maintenance groups. During one of his visits, we had a request to respond to an accident scene on the interstate. The duty pilot asked Jim if he wanted to go, and without hesitation, Jim joined us. Afterwards, Jim stated how much he appreciated us inviting him so he could see what it was that our operations do everyday.
    Jim was one of a kind and our condolences to you. God Bless.

  • John and Jolene Schauer Posted October 31, 2018 9:40 pm

    To the Sazama family,

    Our condolences to you. We met Jim just over two years ago through the Fremont, NE groups of Nebraska Communities United and Win It Back. Jim was quite an interesting man – not afraid of speaking his mind, expressing his opinion, and asking questions. He always made us smile with his wit and expressions. It was a pleasure to have known him. May you find your strength in our Heavenly Father and the grace he bestows upon us. One day you will be reunited with Jim. Until then, may your memories of him provide you peace in the days ahead.

  • Barry Taylor Posted November 1, 2018 9:14 am

    Carol, so sorry to read about Jim passing on. Haven’t scene you guys in a long time. I’ll always remember Captain SAZ, He checked me out numerous times when were in the Bell Flyers. Lots of flying for him now. Enjoy your family and take care. Barry

  • Kim sederburg Posted November 1, 2018 3:09 pm

    Worked at Oma for years n loved when Jim n Jerry came to visit then I find out Jim is related to one of my friends here in Swa (southwest Iowa) what a great man keep dancing Jim

  • Rocky Rengo Posted November 13, 2021 10:27 am

    Jim was a great man. He would visit our maintenance base at the Omaha airport. I worked at Continental Airlines at the time. This was the late 80’s. He was just the nicest guy. He would chat with us all and look at our operation. Never had a bad word to say. He knew we knew what we were doing. Wow what a guy!! He will be missed and not forgotten. Jim RIP. ……Rocky.

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