Jim was born Nov. 6, 1949, at Le Mars, the son of LeRoy and Marcella (Reichling) Niehus. He was raised in the Remsen area and received his education at both St. Mary Catholic School and Remsen-Union Community School, graduating from Remsen-Union in 1967. On Nov. 22, 1968, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged July 1, 1972.
On May 11, 1973, he married Debra Francois at St. Mary Catholic Church in Remsen. Jim worked as a farm laborer in several communities around the Remsen area. The couple made their home in Remsen in 1984, where he farmed with his father and brother. Jim was very proud of his military service and was active with the VFW Color Guard.
He also enjoyed woodworking, fishing and his family.
Jim was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Remsen, V.F.W Post 3328 and American Legion Post 220 of Remsen.
Survivors include his wife Deb of Remsen; daughter Beth and her husband Corey Gergen of Granville; son Mike and his wife Jen Niehus of Peyton, Colo.; daughter Lori and her husband Jeff Spenner of Sioux City; his mother Marcella Niehus of Remsen; nine grandchildren; sister Kathy and her husband Wayne Vandel of Kasson, Minn.; sister Pat and her husband Glen Blinkmann of Mason City; a brother Bob Niehus of Remsen; a brother-in-law, Dwayne Francois of Denison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father LeRoy Niehus; his father and mother-in-law, Arnold and Dona Wendt; and a brother-in-law, Don Francois.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Mary Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial was in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Remsen, with graveside military honors conducted by V.F.W. Post 3328, and American Legion Post 220 of Remsen. Visitation was anytime after 2 p.m. Sunday, with a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.