January 31, 1997 - January 31, 2011
James Sabo, 94 of Fort Dodge, formerly of Gilmore City died Monday January 31, 2011 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, four days short of his 95th birthday. Services will be held Friday, 2:00 PM at Faith United Methodist Church, Gilmore City with burial to follow in Marble Valley Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-7 PM Thursday at the Harris Funeral Home in Gilmore City. James Vaclav Sabo was born to Czech immigrant parents, Paul and Anne (Jurask) Sabo February 4, 1916 in Fort Dodge. His primary education began in Fort Dodge, however his secondary education was interrupted by the necessity to leave school and work to help support his family in the early 1930's. He was truly a self-made man who owned his first Model A Ford at age 14. He was united in marriage with the first love of his life, Myrtle Louisa Van Alstine on Friday October 13, 1937. He forever said that Friday the 13th was the luckiest day of his life. Jim worked the early years of their marriage as a meat cutter at Tobin's Packing House. However automobiles and engines were his passion and in the early 1940's was one of the very few people in the United Stats to own the classic Cord car. In 1945 Jim moved his family to Gilmore City where over the next thirty years he fulfilled a life-long dream of building his own auto business. Initially he and his father, Paul Sabo established a small mechanics shop where their expertise in engines led to the expansion of the business and construction of a building in 1954. From there they operated a Ford and Oliver Implements dealership call Sabo Motors. Jim retired in 1974. "Whistlin' Jim", as he was affectionately dubbed by his patrons, will be remembered by his loud, persuasive voice, his quintessential storytelling, his ability to sell anything (except his wife and family as he often said) to anyone, his devotions to his family and his magic with engines. He always followed his own heart and stuck to his own decisions, right or wrong. After Myrtle's death in 1979, Jim married the second love of his life Betty J. Siefert in 1981. They lived in Leesburg, Florida from 1983-2007, at which point they returned to Betty's house in Fort Dodge. Betty has been Jim's loving and faithful companion, caring tirelessly for him until the end. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Anne Sabo, and his sister Lillian Novak. Survivors include his wife, Betty Sabo, daughters Diana Sabo Miller of Big Horn, Wyoming, Janet Heinen of Canon City, Colorado, and Kathleen Detert of Fairmont, Minnesota, his son James Sabo of Gilmore City, IA, 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, stepchildren, Mark (Nancy) Siefert of Fort Dodge, Ia, Sharyl Duffy of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Joel Siefert of Morgan Hill, CA, Scott Siefert of Myrtle Beach, SC, Kirk (Ellen) Siefert of Fort Dodge, IA, Brian Siefert of Witchita, KS, and Todd (Peggy) Siefert of Polk City, IA, 8 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.
James Sabo, 94 of Fort Dodge, formerly of Gilmore City died Monday January 31, 2011 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, four days short of his 95th birthday. Services will be held Friday, 2:00 PM at Faith United Methodist Church,... View Obituary & Service Information
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