James (Jim) A Hesman, age 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 15th, 2023, at home. Jim suffered from Stage 5 renal failure and was diagnosed this past year with Lewy Body Dementia. Jim was born August 19th, 1944, on a farm by Blue Hill, Nebraska to Elmer and Dorothy Hesman. Jim spent his elementary years at a 1 room school and his high school was in town where he graduated from Blue Hill High School. From there he went on to Lincoln to receive a business degree. Jim worked most of his life in banking and collections and retired March, 2014.
Jim met the love of his life while they both worked at Commonwealth in Lincoln. On November 25th, 1972, he married, Cathy Hiemer, in Shelby, Nebraska and spent his married life in Colorado. In November for their 50th, Jim and Cathy took on a 4000 mile road trip to Pensacola Beach. They saw many sites along the way. To this union of over 50 years 3 children were born.
Jim had a true passion for sports where he played baseball for over 65 years and he also loved to play golf. Jim and Cathy took many trips with friends where the guys always found great courses to play on. Jim also loved to build stuff and work with his hands where he and Cathy did many projects around their house to make it a home for the family. He coached his sons in baseball, football, basketball and soccer and watched his daughter in softball, soccer and cheers. He loved watching his children in sports and now his grandsons in baseball, football and wrestling. He was a proud grandpa and dad. Jim enjoyed reading his James Patterson books, watching old westerns, growing his vegetables, camping and fishing.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by his wife, Cathy, sons, Shawn, Aurora, CO and Troy (Sara) with grandsons Porter and Caden, Littleton, CO and daughter Amy, San Diego, CA. Also, brother-in-laws, John (Judie), Al (Shelly), Tim (Les) and Tony (Tracy) who were like brothers to him and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was kind hearted and will be missed by many. A celebration of life will take place at a later date once the snow melts and the weather warms up at a baseball field. Memorials may be sent to Cathy which will be used to do something with youth baseball.