James L. Joyce - April 03, 2013

James L. Joyce, 84, died Wednesday April 3, 2013, at Cambridge Place in Marysville, Kan.
Visitation will be Friday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary, Marysville. A rosary wake service will be at 7 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Marysville. Father Jim Shaughnessy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Gregory’s Catholic Cemetery.
Jim was born June 2, 1928, at Heartwell, to Larry and Gladys (Hawes) Joyce. He farmed with his parents in the Heartwell areawhile growing up. James served with the US Army and in 1952 started with the Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor. He retired in 1991.
Jim and Mary Irene Fairchild were united in marriage on Feb. 11, 1953, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Hastings. They moved from Hastings to Marysville in 1973.
Jim was a member of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, was the sexton of the cemetery for the church and volunteered his services to help at the church and school for many years. He always had a large garden, liked working on his lawn, fishing, and was known as a professional wood worker.
Jim was a strong leader in all aspects of his life, especially with his family, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Jim wanted his family to follow in his footsteps in regards to their faith, work ethic and love of family. He spent many fun hours with his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Pat Joyce; and sisters, Bev Bates and Jean Fisher.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Irene; son, James “Tony” (Terri) Joyce of Grand Island; daughters, Sue (Chad) Rhodes and Lisa (Michael) Gustin both of Marysville and Rebecca Joyce-Thomas of Kearney; sisters, Sharen Christensen of Minden and Sally Joyce of Kearney; and 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial fund has been established in his name, to St. Gregory’s School. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary 1006 Broadway, Marysville, KS, 66508.

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