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Jimmie Dean Laycock, age 81 of Osceola, Nebraska, passed away June 16, 2023 at his home in Osceola.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Osceola with Pastor Raleigh White officiating. Military Rites by Osceola Legion Post following the service at the church. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Dubas Funeral Home in Osceola. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. in West Lawn Cemetery in Grand Island on Wednesday.
Jimmie (Jim) D. Laycock was born February 25, 1942 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Robert James Laycock and Betty Jean (Scoles) Laycock. Jim lived in southeastern Wyoming until he was almost 4 years old when his family moved to Torrington, Wyoming where he started the 1st grade. Jim lived in Torrington thru the 8th grade. He attended high school in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jim’s siblings include Carolyn (Kenewick, WA) Susan (LaGrange, WY) and Freddy (Butte, MT).
Jim joined the United States Navy in October 1960 as an Aviation Electrician and was discharged in 1966. The majority of his Naval service was in Naples, Italy where he married Adriana Sarnelli in 1964. Four children were born from this marriage: Richard, Diana (deceased 1965), Charles, and Patricia. Jim loved traveling to Seattle to attend his children’s and grandchildren’s graduations and wedding throughout the years
After being discharged from the Navy and returning to the United States, Jim traveled the United States working for Lockheed field service company assisting with aircraft service changes and repairs on air force and air guard aircraft. Jim later settled in Seattle and worked for Boeing as a flightline mechanic/electrician.
After leaving Boeing, Jim was employed at Lockheed shipyard in West Seattle and assisted with the construction of navy ships, ferry’s and ice breakers as an electrician. Subsequent to being laid off from Lockheed he took advantage of the GI bill and pursued and obtained a bachelors degree in Psychology.
Jim changed direction in his life and moved to Nebraska where his 3rd daughter Kendra, was born and he was blessed with two grandchildren, Connor and Tristan who he loved dearly. In 1983 Jim met Pearl, the love of his life. Jim and Pearl were married in Las Vegas on January 12, 1985. Pearl’s adult children included: Susan, Debra, Nancy and Paul. They have enjoyed a 38 year marriage with their large blended family.
Nebraska allowed Jim to pursue a career in the telecommunication industry with multiple phone companies and was awarded retirement after 25 years of service. While Jim was with the phone company he was very active as a labor leader with his Local CWA. He then attended Northeast College in Norfolk, studying horticulture. In retirement Jim decided to start his own company, “Mulch and More” where he sold and delivered many semi truckloads of mulch to customers all over the Pierce County area. Jim’s pride and joy was to grow a variety of vegetables and flowers which he and Pearl sold at multiple local farmers markets along with Pearl’s homemade pies and baked goods.
Jim was very involved with his local American Legion’s events, specifically as a color guard participant and as an officer in the organization.
Jim was so proud to receive the “Quilt of Valor.” Most of all Jim adored being a grandpa and loved all his grandchildren equally. Jim and Pearl are blessed with 21 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and three great grandchildren
Survivors include his wife Pearl of Osceola; children: Richard (Annette) Laycock of Des Moines, WA, Charles Laycock (fiance Jennifer) of Normandy Park, WA; Patricia (Mark) Seaver of Normandy Park, WA, Debra (Scot Richards) Brouillette of Osceola, Kendra (George Babcock) Slater of Plainview, NE, Nancy (John) Manweiler of Washington, UT, and Paul (Terri) Asche of Grand Island; 21 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughters Diana Laycock and Susan Smith; daughter-in-law Dana Laycock; and great granddaughters Abigail Hohman and Paisleigh Asche.