Pastor James C. Ressegieu
July 24, 1943 – October 15, 2022
James Craig “Jim” Ressegieu left this earth unexpectedly Saturday morning, October 15, 2022, at 79.
Jim was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 24, 1943, to Craig and Marion Ressegieu. He had one younger sister, Mary Lynne. Jim attended elementary school in Sioux City and middle and high school in the Omaha Public Schools. He graduated from Omaha Central High in 1961. After high school, Jim continued his education at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication in 1971 and continued his studies with a Master’s Degree in Communication in 1977. After Jim’s family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, they attended First Covenant Church. He was confirmed as a teen and continued to attend after high school.
He met Karen Holen in the college and career ministry group. Jim and Karen were united in marriage on June 18, 1966. They made Omaha their home throughout their marriage. He served three years in the United States Army and was stationed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While in college, Jim worked at the college television station – UNO Channel 26. He also worked as the Director of Educational Television at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He worked for People’s Natural Gas/UtiliCorp as the Director of Training, from which he retired as he felt called to ministry.
Jim attended North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated with a Master of Arts in Divinity in 2005. He was ordained by The Evangelical Covenant Church in 2007. Jim and Karen served the Faith Covenant Church in Essex, Iowa, for 13½ years before retiring a second time in 2017. Jim had a true passion and love for preaching. After retiring, he remained active in preaching God’s Word in various churches and retirement centers. Jim loved people, making himself available to listen and pray with them. Many will remember Jim for his stories, riddles, and quick jokes.
Jim is preceded in death by parents, Craig and Marion Ressegieu; sister, Mary Lynne; parents-in-law, Chester and Gladys Holen; brother-in-law, Dick Jurgens; and nephew, Ricky Jurgens.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Karen; sisters-in-law, Lois Jurgens and Cynthia Copeland (Chuck); brother-in-law, Don Holen (Lois); nieces, Vickie, Joyce, Cristi, Candice, Chelsea, and Brenna; nephews, Gary, Todd, Brad, Kurt, and Brian; and many more family and friends.
VISITATION: Thursday, October 20th from 10am to 11am at First Covenant Church, 201 No. 90th St., followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE at 11am.
To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First Covenant Church; University of Nebraska Foundation – Karen and Jim Ressegieu Scholarship Fund; or Covenant Cedars Bible Camp.