Jim was born on March 10, 1932 to Daniel and Elsie
Conant in Cedar Rapids, NE.
He was the second youngest of 6 children. He was raised on the family
dairy farm where he enjoyed working with his dad delivering milk in a Ford Model
A. He often reminisced about the memories growing up on the farm with his
brothers and sisters. Jim attended school at St. Anthony’s in Cedar Rapids. He proudly
joined the navy in 1950. He served for four years in San Diego with the Pacific
Reserve Fleet. Jim was discharged in September of 1954 as Third-Class Petty
Officer. He returned home to Cedar Rapids and took a job as a truck driver. Jim
met his bride of almost 63 years, Vonda Lou Boyd, in the fall of 1954. It
started with a blind date and a joy ride on the railroad tracks in his 1941
Chevy. After a year of dating Jim proposed; they were married on June 19, 1956
at St. Anthony’s Church in Cedar Rapids, NE. It was here where they started
their lives together. They spent several years in Genoa, NE and had their four
children. Jim was transferred to Omaha with Wheeler transport and continued
working for them for over 30 years, meeting many wonderful people along the
way. His family planted roots in Gretna, NE where they lived for over 50 years.
Following his job at Wheeler, he took a job at Gretna Elementary school where
he was able to see his grandchildren every day. After Jim retired in 1995 he
enjoyed camping, fishing, and most importantly time with his family.
Jim loved preparing his fifth wheel for road trips at
various camping destinations. He created countless memories spending time with
friends and family. He looked forward to 4:00 o’clock happy hour where he enjoyed
a cold “two finger” drink. His camper took him and Vonda to Arizona where spent
winters golfing and enjoying the beautiful weather. Jim loved baseball from a
very early age. It was common to find him watching a baseball game or the RFD
channel. He enjoyed reruns of Hee-haw, Red Skelton, and the Carol Burnett show.
Jim also had a passion for the outdoors. He loved fishing, swimming, campfires,
golf cart rides, and listening to the sound of the birds.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 216 for 45
years. He was a 4
degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus
Assembly No. 2541 for 15 years. Jim was
a very faithful catholic at St. Patrick’s church in Gretna. He was active in
the 55+ Club and volunteered with other ministerial duties.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Vonda of 62 years;
daughters Patty Hotz and Mary Jones; son Ed Conant all of
Gretna, NE. Grandchildren Valoree Stuhr, Mark Hotz II, Alex
Moore, Lindsey Buckman, Shelby Bolander, Dillon Jones, and
Beau Conant. Great-grandchildren Jaxon, Ellie, Henley, Cora, and a December arrival
for one “Moore”.
Preceded in death by son Dick; parents Dan and Elise
Conant; brothers Tom, John, Joe; sister Peg and Mary Ann; great-grandchildren
Maddie and Walker.
5-7 PM with Rosary 7 PM at Church. Funeral Mass Thursday at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church
508 Angus Street Gretna, NE. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Gretna, NE at
a later date. Memorials to the family for later donation.
Roeder Mortuary 11710 Standing Stone Gretna, 402-332-0090 www.RoederMortuary