James “Jim” Yungbluth

James “Jim”Yungbluth
October 16, 1957 – July 9, 2021

Age 63 of Waterloo, NE died tragically on July 9, 2021. He was always described as one of the nicest men to walk the Earth.   Jim is survived by wife, Becky (Sachs); daughters, Carey and Cassidy; and siblings, Mary Landroth (Dale), Peggy Balling (David), Peter Yungbluth (Linda), Ann Naples, John Yungbluth (Cathy), Joe Yungbluth (Susan), Tom Yungbluth, and Carol Norney. Preceded in death by parents, Mary and Loyson “Joe” Yungbluth; and stepmother, Helen Yungbluth.

Jim was a dedicated 38 year employee of Nebraska Furniture Mart. Known to friends as “Chunga”, he was an active member of the Omaha music scene, playing in bands some of which included: The Eggmen, The Hornets, Jared and the Blues Teachers, The Good Guys, and most recently OLUS (Old Like Us) and Front Porch Blues.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, July 13 from 12Noon to 2:30pm, followed by a ROSARY, all at the West Center Chapel.  Starting at 4pm a CELEBRATION of LIFE will be held at the Aspen Room, 9809 M. Street, Omaha.  In Lieu of Flowers, memorials can be made to the Omaha Blues Society.

To view a live broadcast of the Rosary, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the website.




  • Doug Rezac Posted July 12, 2021 1:00 pm

    I knew Jim from the 60s and 70s , He was my best friend Douglas Bertsch 1st cousin , I would get opportunitys to travel with the Bertsch family when they would visit Omaha , I’ve had a career of 40 plus years in the drum business all thanks to Jim’s inspiration , when ever we would visit Jim in Omaha he always played his drums note for note to Led Zeppelins “When the levey breaks ” , I was so into watching him at such a young age being so locked in , Jim was a very compassionate sole , Great human being , Thanks Jim for being You , RIP , Prayers for you and your loved ones , AMEN BROTHER !!

  • Patti Lindee Collazo Posted July 12, 2021 2:53 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Jimmy as much as my own brother. I will miss him, for sure. My prayers for peace and grace.

  • Beth Hollister Posted July 12, 2021 8:06 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the Yungbluth Family. Jim was such a kind, gentle soul. I have very fond memories of him. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • mariann haines Posted July 13, 2021 12:44 pm

    Jim will always be connected to my heart with a lifetime of memories of our special ‘cousin-bond’ we shared as children, to teens, as adults. I will miss you forever.

  • Dean Bertsch Posted July 13, 2021 1:37 pm

    We are all so sorry about Jim’s death. I always thought that he was a very special person. Dean and all of the Bertschs here in Irvine, CA.

  • One2Go Posted July 13, 2021 3:45 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Jim’s family. Most of us in One2Go didn’t know Jim personally, but as fellow musicians in the Omaha community we feel his loss. Honored to donate to the Omaha Blues Society in his memory.

  • Yvonne Wolf Posted August 5, 2021 12:47 pm

    Never met Jim but from the comments he seemed like a person I wish I had met. My sincere condolences to the whole family and especially to Peggy, my friend since high school.

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