James “Jim” J. Svoboda
Date of Birth
September 13, 1945
Wahoo, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
July 27, 2019
Wahoo, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Thursday, August 1, 2019 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment with Military Honors at St. Francis Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Visitation ~ 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Memorials – in lieu of flowers

In care of the family for future designation

James “Jim” J. Svoboda, 73, of Wahoo, NE, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at his home in Wahoo, NE.  He was born September 13, 1945 in Wahoo, NE to Milo E. and Mary Lucille (Woita) Svoboda.  He graduated from Wahoo High School and he attended mortuary school in Dallas, TX.  Jim served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era until he was honorably discharged.  On October 19, 1973, Jim was united in marriage to Carlene Liermann at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE.

Jim was a third generation funeral director for over 50 years at Svoboda Funeral Home working alongside his family.  He took over the family business after his father, Milo died in 1982.  Two years later, Jim purchased Marcy Mortuary in Ashland and continued operating the funeral homes until his retirement.

Jim was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association.  He served his community in many ways through the years volunteering countless hours.  He enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and attending his grandkids activities.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carlene Svoboda; children, Jill (Jeff) Maly of Weston, NE, Trisha (Jonathan) Little of Lincoln, Mandy (David) Boehle of Lincoln and Tim (Jessi) Svoboda of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; siblings, Tom (Marilyn) Svoboda of Wahoo, Jean (Walter) Paisley of Holy Cross, IA and Carol Svoboda of Lincoln; many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Lucille Svoboda.

Condolences for James “Jim” J. Svoboda
  1. Jackie (Cooney) Fairbanks
    • July 28, 2019 - 6 months ago

    I am so sorry for your loss!

  2. Jerry Johnson
    • July 28, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Jim was a true servant to the community, not only in business but public service. Our land line phone history shows that Jim called our phone Friday afternoon at 1:35. He didn’t leave a message. Oh how I wish I knew what he wanted to talk to us about.
    Mayor Jerry Johnson

  3. Diane Koranda
    • July 28, 2019 - 6 months ago

    So sorry to hear of Mr.Svoboda’s passing. I known him for along time thru my family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Barb (Bartek) Hothan
    • July 29, 2019 - 6 months ago

    My deepest sympathy to Jim’s family! He was always such a kind man

  5. Janet Jonas
    • July 29, 2019 - 6 months ago

    I will remember Jim for his smile,sense of humor, and he did enjoy riding his bicycle around town. He was committed to making Wahoo a better community as I discovered while serving on council committees with him. Former mayor and council member Janet Jonas and husband, Dale.

  6. Linda Meduna
    • July 29, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Carol so sorry to hear about Jim please send me your email.

  7. Karen Houska
    • July 29, 2019 - 6 months ago

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I enjoyed working for him. He was so well known in this community. He knew everyone. He will be missed. Love and prayers to the whole family.

  8. Larry Bartek
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was my fishing buddy when we could ride our bikes out to the Wahoo Creek. I always looked forward to seeing him when we came back to Wahoo. What a great man and friend to all of us who had the privilege of knowing him.

  9. Julie & Vernon Slechta
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Carlene & family,
    Jim was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in Peace.

  10. Rebecca & Tim Dowling
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Jim & His family are in our thoughts. He was such a good friend to our family. Friends of my parents since childhood & remained so, visiting with them often as they now just lived a few house away from each other. He was always there for Lisa & I if we needed someone to check in with. And he’d take my nephew Joey fishing when he came to visit. He also took such loving care of all of us as our family & friends passed on. May he rest in Peace. Much Love – Rebecca (Kralik) & Tim Dowling

  11. Pat Hoffman
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    sorry to hear of Jims passing I knew Jim all of my life. He was a good man and will be
    greatly missed. He is in my prayers.

  12. Carol Tucker
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Carol Tucker–Loveland, CO
    I’m shocked at Jim’s passing. My dad and mom (Joe and Blanche Boyles) thought so much of him and used the Svoboda Funeral Home for their burials even though they weren’t Catholic. I believe one of the daughters was working with him at one of the funerals. He was very kind and compassionate. I remember their Hardware store. We were also in the same grade.

  13. Ed & Barb Malina
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Jeff and Jill,
    Our deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your dad Jim.

  14. Roma Swanson Smith
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    So very sorry for your loss. He was a great guy & will be missed. My sincere condolences to all of you.

  15. Pat Kohl
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Carol, I am so sorry to see you have lost your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  16. Liz & Kirk Ashton
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Tim and Jessi, We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and to all the family.

  17. Dianne Kuppig
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Carol, I am so sorry to hear of your brother’s death. I’m sure this is hard for the entire family. Please accept my deepest sympathy. By all accounts, he served his country, his community and his family well.

  18. Jim Jones
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago

    I would see Jim at State Convention and had several great visits. He was a true professional and will be missed by his peers. God Bless your family with many precious memories at this time.

  19. Fr John Ludvik
    • July 30, 2019 - 6 months ago


    My condolences and prayers always appreciated Jim. Blessings to all from Seattle

  20. Kathleen Martin Ward
    • July 31, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Jim was a loving and kind person. He will truly be missed. Prayers for each of you.

  21. Jim Fauver
    • July 31, 2019 - 6 months ago

    So sad to hear that Jim Svoboda passed away.
    Jim was a professional person who cared about
    his family, his church, his community and
    everyone he cared for. It was difficult for me as I did care for Jim and his entire family.

  22. fred and marilynne bergman
    • July 31, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Our deepest sympathy to all the Svobodas. Jim was a kind servant of the church and the community. He will be missed.

  23. Greg Zabka
    • July 31, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Our sincere sympathy to the Svoboda Family. Jim was always a true professional and it was an honor to serve with him in service to families as a peer. I always enjoyed our opportunities to connect at NeFDA Convention and continuing education sessions. May your cherished memories bring you comfort and peace.
    Greg and Dixie Zabka
    Zabka Perdue Funeral Home, Seward, NE

  24. • July 31, 2019 - 6 months ago

    It was our privilege to have Jim as a life-long friend. To my parents since they were kids. To my sister and I growing up. To my son when we would visit Wahoo over the past 20 years. We got to share in a bit of the kindness, calmness, caring, smile and laughter that was Jim. For that we are forever grateful and blessed. God speed Fisherman Jim (as he is known in our home). We send our love to all Jim’s family and friends.

  25. Linda Bartek
    • August 1, 2019 - 6 months ago

    So sorry to hear about Jim. He always had a smile on his face. I remember him as a gentle, kind, & thoughtful man. He will surely be a loss for the Wahoo community.
    My condolences to the family.

  26. Lanette Insinger
    • August 4, 2019 - 6 months ago

    My husband, Robert Insinger, was a funeral director for many years at Brewer-Korisko Mortuary in Omaha. He regarded Jim as a friend and had great respect for him. My condolences to your family.

  27. John Smigelsky
    • August 5, 2019 - 6 months ago

    Carlene- I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He was one of the most conscientious clients I ever had. I know when I would call him I better have all my facts in order .
    He and you made it fun to be in my profession.
    Jan and I will pray for him, you and your family

  28. Kristin Erickson Prada
    • August 13, 2019 - 5 months ago

    Carlene & family, I was so sad when my dad, Rick Erickson called and told me of Jim’s passing. He was a dear lifelong friend to him. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  29. • August 16, 2019 - 5 months ago

    So sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The family of Don Machovec extend our deepest sympathies to you.

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