James “Jim” D. Sousek Sr.
James “Jim” D. Sousek, Sr.
Aug. 20, 1925-Jan. 16, 2019
James “Jim” D. Sousek, Sr., 93 of Wahoo, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wahoo. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, with a 7 p.m. rosary, all at the church. Interment with military honors will be at Sunrise North Cemetery in Wahoo. Memorials may be made in care of the family for various designations.
Jim was born Aug. 20, 1925, on a farm southwest of Prague, to Frank and Anna (Vanek) Sousek. He attended District #84 grade school near his home, and graduated from Prague High School in 1943. Jim served his country during WWII in the Army as a corporal, and was stationed in France, Belgium and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Rifleman Badge. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 6, 1946.
On Aug. 31, 1948, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Stuchlik at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Weston. Jim was a lifelong farmer, a devoted husband, caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was able to speak, write and read the Czech language. He enjoyed dancing to Czech music, and at the age of 7, his father taught him how to play the accordion, and Jim played all his life at care centers and Veteran Hospitals. As a hobby, Jim made rugs on a loom for 25 years.
He was a former member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church at Plasi, current member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, American Legion #232, Saunders County Czechs, former President and Charter member of Nebraska Czech Inc. and the Pork Producers.
Jim is survived by his children, James, Jr. (Roberta) Sousek of Prague, Jeanne (Dwight) Rasp of David City, Julie (Vernon) Slechta of Valparaiso, and John (Karen) Sousek of Malmo; grandchildren, Jeff (Sandy) Sousek, Don (Erica) Sousek, Jennifer (Lance) Vaughn, Jill Tran, Daniele Slechta, Nathan (fiancé Laura) Sousek, Ryan Sousek, Alan Sousek, Kevin Sousek, Justin Sousek and Lauren Sousek; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frank Sousek, Betty (Lawrence) Rezac; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Sousek; parents, Frank and Anna Sousek; grandson, Joseph Slechta; siblings, Stanley Sousek, Victor Sousek, Anne Divis and Joe Sousek.
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