James “Jim” J. Novacek

James “Jim” Joseph Novacek, 70, of Cedar Rapids, passed away following a brief illness on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 at Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy in Omaha.

Jim is survived by his wife Deb of Cedar Rapids, two sons: Shawn Novacek of Cedar Rapids and Tim (Ashly Cortez-Garcia) Novacek of Hastings, three stepdaughters: Tammie (Hector) Centeno of Omaha, Brandy Thuernagle of Norfolk and Jamie (Ken Mond) Thuernagle of Pensacola, FL, grandchildren: Jaycee Stupka and Bennett Novacek, step-granddaughters: Taylor and Jaiden Centeno and McKenna Thuernagle, siblings: Marian (Earl) Epps of Myrtle Creek, OR, Marge (Alan Kohles) Polenz of Bellevue, Bobbi Lanza of San Leandro, CA, Ed (Joan) Novacek of Cedar Rapids, Mike (Joan) Novacek of Primrose and Patti (Chris) Bird of Bennington, along with many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Anastasia Novacek, father-in-law John Hanssen, brothers-in-law: Jerry Lanza and Dick Polenz.
Graveside services were held Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Cedar Rapids with Fr. Jim Heithoff officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Levander Funeral Home of Cedar Rapids was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at: