James Edward Sabus, the son of Frank and Cecelia (Conner) Sabus, was born June 24, 1935 on his parent’s farm north of Churdan and left this life Dec. 27 at the Carroll Health Center in Carroll. He attained the age of 79 years, 6 months and 3 days.
Ed grew up on the family farm and attended school in Churdan; graduating from the Churdan High School in 1953. On the day of his graduation from high school, Ed returned to the farm and found his father who had passed away working on the farm. Though only seventeen, Ed took over the operations of the farm and worked the farm until entering the U.S. Army in 1958. He was discharged in 1959 and returned to the family farm.
On Nov. 24, 1962, Edward Sabus was united in marriage to Cathy Tasler at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan. Six children were born to this union. Ed and Cathy became the third generation of Sabus to farm the land. Ed raised corn and beans and also raised cattle and hogs. An avid sports fan, he cheered on the Cubs his entire life. He played basketball and baseball when he was younger and later in life enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in all their activities. He served on the Churdan City Council and the Paton-Churdan School Board.
Ed was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church, the Churdan American Legion, Churdan Lion’s Club and the Knights of Columbus.
Ed’s survivors include his wife, Cathy, six children; Rick of Churdan, Steve (Missy) of Naperville, Ill., Shelli (Trent) Taylor of Le Grand, Dan (Carla) of Shawnee, Kan., David (Suzanne) of Omaha, Neb. and Kevin (Andrea) of Urbandale, twelve grandchildren, a brother, John (Gertha) of Denver, Colo. and a sister, Irene (Robert) Wickland of Loveland, Colo. Those who preceded him in death were his parents and two sisters;
Mass of the Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 31 from St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Jeff Schleisman officiating. Burial was at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery west of Churdan. Musical selections were sung by the Richard Carey family and accompanied by organist, Lois Last.
Serving as casket bearers were Ed’s sons; Rick, Steve, Dan, David and Kevin and son-in-law, Trent Taylor. Honorary casket bearers were Denny Lamoureux, John Wagner, Mike Rogers, John Brend, Pat Fitzpatrick and Ed’s grandchildren; Ashley, Alexa, Jordan, Haylee, Joe, Luke, Trae, Maddie, Ty, Zack, Jake and Addie.
A Vigil for the deceased service was held Dec. 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be given to the Lewy Body Dementia Assn., 912 Killian Rd. SW, Lilburn, GA. 30047 or St. Anthony’s Hospice in Carroll, Iowa..
Brown Funeral Home, www.brownfuneralhomesiowa.com, 515-386-4125.