James G. Zach

James G. Zach

December 11, 1951 – February 8, 2023


James G, Zach, was born on December 11, 1951, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Gerald and Lucerne Zach, as the second oldest of 8 children. Jim graduated from Paul VI High School in 1970. He joined the United States Air Force in January 1971. He served in Kadena AFB Okinawa during Vietnam. He returned to Offutt AFB until May 1974. Jim worked for Union Pacific Railroad Omaha shops as a machinist for 15 years. He worked for Ready Mix Concrete for 4 years. Jim worked at American Legion Post 331 as Club and Kitchen Manager for 21 years. He served as Post Commander twice. In retirement, Jim took a part-time job at Woodhouse Nissan Bellevue as a courtesy driver. It was a perfect job for him, given his warm, personable demeanor. He made many new friends.

Jim married the love of his life Denise Aupperle on June 23, 1989. They loved their church, and their faith grew there. They enjoyed traveling, Hallmark movies, game shows, gardening, and Husker football. Jim loved to cook, and he enjoyed being Denise’s chef. He was a wonderful cook, and anyone that went to their home never left hungry. Wilber Days was a highlight of theirs for years. They had more fun with their friends from the Legion than should be legal – karaoke nights, steak nights, chicken dinners, and conventions. He shared his children and grandchildren with Denise. They are the light of their lives. Jim enjoyed fast-pitch softball, legion softball, golfing, and bowling. Jim was an avid Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and Husker football fan.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Zach; sister, Elizabeth Stienblock; niece, Christina Worsfold; father-in-law Richard Buckingham; mother-in-law Patricia Pellhum; brother-in-law Mark Jordan.

Survived by wife, Denise Zach; daughters Keri and Katie; son Jim Jr.; mother, Lucerne Zach; brothers: John (Sue) Zach, Larry (Margaret) Zach, Thomas Zach, Daniel Zach; sisters, Jeanne Larsen and Susan (Gary) Worsfold; grandchildren: Karsen, Madolyn, Evan, Jordan, and Matthew; brother-in-law, Charles (Lori) Buckingham; and many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: Wednesday, February 15th, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Friday, February 17th at 10:30am at Good News Church, 7415 Hickory St., with Military Honors.  Interment at Omaha National Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live broadcast of Thursday services, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Joseph R Rouse Posted February 13, 2023 9:49 am

    My deepest condolences

  • Wayne bullis Posted February 13, 2023 10:17 am

    Denise, my sincerest sympathy, for your loss. Jim was a true friend. Thanks for all the good memories we have had together.

  • JoAnn Morgan Posted February 13, 2023 2:29 pm

    Denise and family of Jim. You have my deep condolences on Jim’s passing. He was indeed a fine man. Love from cousin, JoAnn

  • Ron & Sandy B. Posted February 13, 2023 3:27 pm

    Denise & Family, We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s death. Please know our prayers are with you. Ron&Sandy

  • Deb Bentley Posted February 14, 2023 4:20 pm

    Denise so sorry to hear abou Jim. Prayers and hugs ro you at this difficult time.

  • Bill Napravnik Posted February 14, 2023 5:08 pm

    Denise, I Am so sorry to hear about Jim… Thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of his family… email to talk… Bill

  • Al, Judy Thomas Posted February 14, 2023 5:43 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his Loving arms around each of you and give you peace..

  • Christine Clawson/Komasinski Posted February 15, 2023 2:32 pm

    Dear Denise and family: We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim and sending our prayers and thoughts. We went to the same grade school and he coached by brothers in baseball. He was a special person.

  • Mary Hoffmann Rumer Posted February 15, 2023 10:14 pm

    On behalf of myself, Dan Hoffmann & DeAnna Kranjc Hoffmann sending our sincere sympathy. We are cousins & as youngsters we spent a lot of time at Jerry & Lucerne’s home along with our parents. May you rest in peace, Jim. Thank you for your service to our country.

  • Dolores Stangl Posted February 16, 2023 9:34 am

    Denise and the Zach family so sorry to hear about Jim! Hugs and prayers !

  • David Jabens Posted February 16, 2023 10:22 am

    I worked with Jim and John on the rail road. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.

  • Leslie Martinson Posted February 16, 2023 5:28 pm

    Denise, I am so sorry for your loss! I can’t even imagine what you are going through. I have thought about you over the years. Please reach out to me when you are able to. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  • Becky Pittack Posted February 17, 2023 4:13 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy! We are presently not in Omaha but know our thoughts and prayers are with you!!
    Lance and Becky Pittack

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