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James P. "Jim" WieckJames P. “Jim” Wieck passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020, peacefully at his home surrounded by family after a long battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Private Family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at St. Libory’s Catholic Church in St. Libory. The Rev. Sidney Bruggeman will celebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. A drive by to show support to the Wieck family will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through the circle drive in front of the church, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. The Vigil and Mass will both be livestreamed on Peters Funeral Home Facebook page. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing will be followed and everyone is asked to wear a facemask if attending the Vigil or Mass. There will be no guestbook so the family asks that you go online to www.petersfuneralhome.net to share your condolences and memories with the Wieck family. Memorials are suggested to St. Libory’s Catholic Church and Grand Island Central Catholic. It is also recommended that friends mail their cards and memorials to the family or bring them completed to the church. A celebration of life will also be held at a later date. James P. “Jim” Wieck was born on February 20, 1941 in Grand Island, NE to Alfred P. and Mildred A. (Rock) Wieck. Jim attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and St. Mary’s High School before graduating from Grand Island Central Catholic High School in 1959. He grew up on the family farm in Hall County, NE, was an active 4-H member, farmed, and raised cattle. Jim married Ann Warner of Greeley, NE, on February 15, 1969. They lived in Grand Island for the first few years of their marriage. In 1972, they moved to St. Libory, NE, where they farmed and raised their four children. After several years of farming, Jim and Ann opened J & A Specialties, Inc., a commercial roof and floor coating business that continues to operate. From 1994-2018, they owned and operated J & H Athletic Equipment Reconditioning, recertifying football helmets for teams across the United States. Jim was well respected, very personable, and never knew a stranger. He was affectionately known as “the old crab” by employees, friends, and family. Jim was a board member of the Howard Greeley Rural Public Power District for 34 years; the president of St. Libory District #118 school board for nine years, and a NC+ seed corn dealer for many years. He was a passionate fan of John Wayne, the Green Bay Packers, RFD Network, and all things college sports. Jim’s faith and family were central to his life. He was an active member of St. Libory’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Sts. Peter & Paul Council #1918, and an avid supporter of Grand Island Central Catholic. Jim faithfully watched EWTN and was instrumental in the expansion of Spirit Catholic Radio in the Grand Island area. Jim followed his children in everything they did, and his grandchildren were the apples of his eye. Jim is survived by Ann, his wife of 51 years; children Cathy Wieck of St. Libory, NE; Bob Wieck and Casey Harvey of Grand Island, NE; Christi & Matt Stepanek of St. Paul, NE; and Carol Wieck of Lincoln, NE; 5 grandchildren Mattilyn, Carly, Annie, and Jamie Stepanek, and Henry Wieck; brother and sister-in-law Tom & Joyce Wieck; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bill & Leona Warner, Ed & Judy Warner, Bob and Mary Warner, Jim & Mary Jean Campbell, Mike & Nancy Dvorak, Tom Warner, Bruce & Marian Lammers, Chris & Ellen May; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred P. and Mildred Wieck; infant twin brother Eugene; sister Patsy; brother and sister-in-law Richard & Elaine Wieck; parents-in-law Harold and Imogene Warner; brother-in-law & sister-in-law Mike and Kathy Warner.
Jim was a personal and dear family friend of each one of the Grand Island Easley's. I think back on that big Jim in high school, the strong handshake that would crunch your fingers, the big. wide smile and, of course, the twinkle in his eyes. He was there for us durning mom and dad's illness' and with us for Jane and Joe's memorials. He was supportive during difficult times and always there for the celebrations. What a great guy and friend he was!!! He added wonderful memories to all of our lives.
Joan Easley Alcott Jun 22 2020 9:27 PM
To Ann and entire Family... I have suck fond memories of Jim as the "Best Boss" I ever had. I remember working for him when I was a teenager and he was such a patient and teaching boss. I was a hard worker, but I was also a troublesome teenager and he was great at dealing with me. That has stuck with me throughout my life. He was a great friend and neighbor to my parents and was always there for them when needed. I will forever miss that sparkle in his eyes. All our love & prayers, Arnold & Mary Nabity
Arnold Nabity Jun 15 2020 6:35 PM
Ann, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Terry and Glenda Hoskins
Terry and Glenda Hoskins Jun 13 2020 10:21 PM
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim used to come over and visit with my dad when I was young. He was always so nice to me. So sad to hear of his passing. May you be strengthened with Gods love during this time Deb (Rauert) Nannen
Deb Rauert Nannen Jun 12 2020 12:21 PM
To Ann & Family . . . We want to extend to you our deepest sympathy on Jim's passing. We always enjoyed the company of you, Ann, and Jim, you always made us laugh! We wanted to let you know that we will be making a donation to Central Catholic High School in Jim's honor. We hope that all of your happy memories will help you through this very sad time. May God be with all of you now as you work your way through this. All of you are being remembered in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Fred & Joanie Goering
FRED GOERING Jun 11 2020 7:15 PM
Jim always greeted me with Hi "St Donald". Now we can greet him as "St James". We wish we could be with you during this most sad time.. Take comfort in knowing that friends and relatives care even though they can not be physically present with you. Deacon Don & Jan Placke
Deacon Don Placke Jun 11 2020 6:30 PM
When I was much younger, my mom Winifred Vierk would take my sister and I to your mom's house for hair cuts. That was probably thirty plus years ago. We would often see you at Mag and Lawrence Bernts house to catch up with the news. I know you are way to young to remember this but your family was always special. I eventually married a Bernt, a cousin of Lawrence. My husband Russ and I live in Arlington VA and get back when we can. We always have stories about you and your brothers. Your mom was very special and I think helped keep my mom from going crazy. There were four kids so you can only imagine. We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you and yours in our prayers. God bless. Julie Vierk Bernt
Julie Vierk Bernt Jun 10 2020 8:44 PM
Arlene and I send our sincere sympathy to the family. Jim and I go back to grade school and we shared some shared some great times together. I always enjoyed his visits and sharing memories of times long ago. He was a great person and one of the nicest people I know. I was so sorry to hear he had passed. I will miss his smile and sense of humor. Blessings to Anne and the family. Ben and Arlene Wassinger
Ben Wassinger Jun 10 2020 7:20 PM
I first knew Jim while working in Plant Engineering at New Holland in the 1990's. Lots of roof and lots of floor. The ol'crab was our constant consultant and patch man. As a young engineer I felt respected and also mentored without being talked down to. Some of the wise things he said helped me achieve success through the years. Jim always had a good attitude and wanted to work with someone, never against. He was a good person to emulate and a great man in general. I'm proud and happy to have known him. I sincerely wish Ann and the rest of the family peace and serenity. Jeff Mead
Jeff Mead Jun 10 2020 2:05 PM
I will have to remember the old times for both of us now, for a while anyway
Eugene Carkoski Jun 10 2020 11:46 AM