Pastor James C. Ressegieu

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 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.



  • Yvonne & John Wolsmann Posted October 16, 2022 4:23 pm

    In loving memory of Jim, a man whose kindness and generous spirit touched the lives of so many people who knew him. Our prayers are with you and all family. We ask God to be there. May you feel his arms around you through this difficult time. Remember D.O.G.—–Depend On God. He is with you! Hugs….

  • Ray & Becky Grabner Posted October 17, 2022 8:58 am

    We have been so blessed to know Jim. Our hearts are broken for Karen and our church, but are assured by the presence of Jesus in his life that Jim’s best life is just starting.

  • Mike and Sunny Phillips Posted October 17, 2022 7:14 pm

    Jim was a good mentor during our time at Community Covenant Church, he will be missed. Taught me to be a much better person.

  • Peg Holen Posted October 18, 2022 1:07 am

    My sincere condolences. Was sorry to learn of Jim’s passing.. His kind heart and listening ears will be missed by many.

  • Scot and Cris Morris Posted October 18, 2022 5:56 am

    So many warm memories through the years. Jim challenged, loved, laughed, cried, and prayed with so many, and all of us who were blessed by his friendship and his ministry are better for having Jim in our lives, Our hearts and prayers are with you Karen.

  • Becky & Steve Lutte Posted October 19, 2022 10:54 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Darcy Mahan Posted October 21, 2022 11:53 pm

    Karen, my deep sympathy in the passing of Jim. He was always such a pleasant enjoyable person to speak with. He will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him. God Be with you during these weeks and months to come!

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