James “Jim” Joseph Diesing, Jr.
June 16, 1951 – January 1, 2023
James “Jim” Joseph Diesing, Jr., 71, of Omaha, NE, beloved brother, cousin, friend, and mentor, passed away peacefully at the Josie Harper Hospice House on January 1, 2023. He was preceded in death by his father, James Joseph Diesing, Sr; mother, Mary Patricia Cranny Diesing; sister, Barbara Diesing (Bill) Loften of Denver. He is survived by his sister, Diane Diesing of Phoenix, many close cousins, and friends.
Jim was born and mostly raised in Omaha, with brief residences in Hastings and in Lincoln. He attended Creighton Prep High School and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, graduating from Creighton University, where he also completed a year of law school. He enjoyed sales and leadership roles for IBM in Nebraska, as well as for MADIC Corporation (a software startup company) and Rolm Corporation in Silicon Valley. As a Senior Account Representative with Rolm, he was granted a one-year paid sabbatical, during which time he moved from San Francisco to Minneapolis, where he went on to reside for thirty years. There he later also served stints as an entrepreneur and then for many years in various roles with Wells Fargo.
Jim was a warm, friendly, fun-loving, witty, and outgoing guy who always stayed connected with family and friends. Relationships were important to him, and he enjoyed them to the fullest. He made new friends easily and maintained many close lifelong connections with friends from grade school and high school. In his younger years, he was said to be the life of the party and every girl’s dream date. His athletic prowess landed him on an undefeated St. Margaret Mary’s basketball team as well the varsity football team at Creighton Prep. He enjoyed hunting with his dog, Casey, watching sports (especially Vikings and Notre Dame football), church Bible studies, and his service with Big Brothers.
Jim was actively involved with Big Brothers Mentoring Program, serving as a Big Brother to two wonderful young men, one in San Francisco and one in Minneapolis, with whom he maintained a close connection throughout the rest of his life. He became a spokesman for the mentoring program, which resulted in him and his little brother being the honored guests of President George W. and Laura Bush in their box at the State of the Union address in 2004.
Jim moved back to Omaha in 2020 to be with family and friends, as well as a stellar medical team at Nebraska Medicine, as he underwent treatments for cancer.
VISITATION: January 16, 2023, 10am, at West Center Chapel, followed by a SERVICE at 11am. To view a livestream of the service, go to heafeyheafey.com and click on View Live Cast.
Memorials are suggested to Creighton Preparatory High School, 7400 Western Avenue, Omaha, NE 68114.