Oehler Funeral Home

2099 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL


James S. Dabisch

November 1, 1960October 28, 2017
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James S. Dabisch, 56, of Park Ridge, IL. Born November 1, 1960 and entered into eternal life October 28, 2017. Beloved husband of Deborah (nee Gleason), loving father of Matthew and Jack, cherished son of Marilyn and the late Elmer Dabisch, dear brother to Ronald (Laura) and the late Robert Dabisch. Adored uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Jim was a graduate of Arizona State University where he received his bachelor’s degree and Loyola University where he received his MBA. After a long career in the corporate world, Jim opened his own business, Jim Dabisch - Farmers Insurance agency in Des Plaines in 2015. He enjoyed the one on one contact and personalized service he was able to provide his customers.

Jim put his family above all else. An avid sports fan, Jim enjoyed coaching his son's baseball teams and cheering on his children from the sidelines. He was a die-hard Cubs fan who proudly passed on his spirit and passion to his two young sons and taught them to believe in the dream. His easygoing nature and down to earth style attracted many true and loyal friends. He found pleasure in the simple things in life - a good laugh, great friends and the unwavering love and support of his family. He was one of the great ones and will forever be missed.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 3 from 3:00 -9:00 p.m. and a funeral service on Saturday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St,, Des Plaines, IL. Burial will follow at Town of Maine Cemetery in Park Ridge. The family asks that you show your support by wearing your favorite Cubs gear to the visitation on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dabisch Children Education Fund.

Click here to support Dabisch Children Education Fund organized by Debbie Dabisch


In lieu of flowers, donations will be directed to a college fund for the Dabisch children.


  • Visitation Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 4, 2017


James S. Dabisch

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Mark Kelber

July 28, 2019

I have known Jim for more than 30 years going back when we snuck Jim into bars in Oak Lawn playing softball. Jim was the nicest, most considerate gentleman you could ever meet. He is a big reason I live in Arizona.
I am so saddened to find out he passed in October 2017 and send my belated condolences to his family.
Jim was just an all around great guy who was fun to be around who I will miss greatly. Those of us who knew Jim here in Arizona are shocked and saddened to hear of his passing.

November 3, 2017

Jim, you were a good friend and I enjoyed our lunch meetings to get out of the office!!

Drew McElroy

Gloria Lenard

November 3, 2017

A Gentle Giant! Great Father, Husband, Son and Friend; Gone Too Soon!!!
I will miss you dearly Jim but will always remember the days of working and fellowshipping together. Deb, know that I'm available to assist with anything I may be able to contribute to you for Jack and Matty... You guys will always be in my prayers.

Eileen Koplos

November 3, 2017

I am so saddened by the loss of this wonderful person. I feel fortunate to have reconnected with him in recent years. His eyes lit up as he spoke about his family. I can only imagine his reaction when the Cubs won the world series. I have no doubt there was a huge celebration and tears in the Dabisch household. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest in peace Jim.

John Heald

November 1, 2017

Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. While we only had a chance to meet him a couple of times, he was a great guy, had a big presence and was a joy to be around. The entire Heald family keeps you in our thoughts and prayers.

Matthew Robb

October 31, 2017


You will be truly missed and forever remembered.

Matthew J. Robb

David Leasure

October 31, 2017

I send you and the boys all the thoughts and prayers I have. I know Jim strengthened you all through his time here with you, and for the gifts he leaves will be all the more missed. Hugs across the many miles and years.

October 31, 2017

From one Farmers Agent to Another, from one die-hard Cubs fan to another, you will be missed. Peace to your family. Nancy Lemrise (Westmont, IL)

Tracy Collins

October 31, 2017

My dear friend, Debbie,

I cannot begin to express how sorry I am for what you and the boys are going through! Jim was such a great man. My heart aches for you guys. Please know that you are all in heart and in my prayers every moment. Sending you all my love! xoxox

Jacek Malczynski

October 31, 2017

He who is everlasting is with us even beyond death.

Forever Remembered - Forever Missed