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James E. "Jim" Cockriel

03 April, 2013 by troy glidden

James Erick "Jim" Cockriel, 52, of Wichita, Kansas, died on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at his home.

James Erick “Jim” Cockriel, the son of Lillian Frances Violet “Vi” (Norland) and Kenneth Gerald “Jerry” Cockriel, was born November 11, 1960 at McPherson, Kansas. He was the third of four children born to this union, two daughters and two sons: Jerelyn, Kathryn, James, and Dave. He attended the Wickersham grade school, Park school, McPherson Junior High, and McPherson High School. He then attended automotive school in Salina, Kansas. During his adolescent years Jim attended the First Christian Church and later the Covenant Church. He was involved with Boy Scouts, had paper routes, and mowed lawns in the neighborhood. Jim had a very creative mind, and he loved to plan interesting activities and adventures. He would do just about anything for his siblings or friends, and was always helping someone. He brought home many stray and/or injured animals and would give them a home for a while.

Through the years Jim worked as a tire man for Firestone Tire in McPherson, Kansas, worked on several harvests, usually starting down in Texas and Oklahoma and traveling all the way to Canada, worked as a carpenter for a local contractor in McPherson, was a truck driver for Masco of Kansas City and Wichita; and owned and operated AAA Masonry in Wichita, Kansas.

Jim was a Christian, loving and caring son, brother, uncle, co-worker, boss, and dear friend. His gracious smile, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. Jim loved his siblings very much and was especially fond of his nephews, great-nephews, and great-niece and always looked forward to their visits and times they would share together. Jim had many hobbies and interests that were out-of-doors. He loved spending time gardening, hunting, fishing, and camping. He also spent many hours reading.

Jim Cockriel, 52, of Wichita, Kansas, died on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at his home. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Gerald "Jerry Cockriel; his great-nephew, Connor Scott Janzen; and his grandparents, Erick Elmer and Gratia Lillie May (Aelmore) Norland, and James "Jim" and Lottie (Morgan) Cockriel.

Jim is survived by his mother Vi Lundquist and his step-father Marvin Lundquist of McPherson, Kansas; his siblings, Jerelyn Leinweber, of Fremont, California, Kathryn Janzen, of Wichita, Kansas, and Dave Cockriel, of Grand Forks, North Dakota; his nephews, Michael James Janzen, Timothy John Janzen, and Jeramy Dale Janzen of McPherson, Kansas, and John Ryan Leinweber, of Fremont, California; his great-niece and great-nephews, LilyAnn Jean Janzen of McPherson, Aiden James Janzen, of McPherson, and Oscar Daniel Schmidt, of Kansas City, Missouri; other relatives and a host of friends.

The memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church McPherson, Kansas at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 13, 2013 with Pastor H. Dick Reynolds, Jr. officiating. Special music “In The Garden” and “On Eagles Wings” will be sung by Lynnette Pauls and accompanied by Joyce Hall.

The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McPherson Opera House or McPherson Boy Scouts Troop 133 of McPherson and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Posted By Bessie (Beth) O\'Connor on 11 April, 2013
It was with great sadness I heard of Jim's passing. It is a heavy burden to bear and I wish for you peace, love and wonderful memories.
You are in my prayers and thoughts.
A niece and cousin, Beth

Posted By Vicki Lingafelter on 09 April, 2013
Kathryn -
I am so sorry to hear this. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted By Phyllis Taylor Anderson on 05 April, 2013
We had some good times in our school years. I am so sorry for your loss, he will be dearly missed.
May god be with you,

Posted By Steve Millard on 03 April, 2013
My sincere condolences on Jim's passing! Growing up around Jim was always a hoot. Always something to do... or get into... good and otherwise.

Our prayers are with you.

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