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James Joyce - April 03, 2013


James L. Joyce, 84, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Cambridge Place in Marysville, Kan.
Jim was born June 2, 1928, at Heartwell to Larry and Gladys (Hawes) Joyce.
He farmed with his parents in the Heartwell area while growing up.
James served with the U.S. 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 woodworker.
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.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Irene; son, James “Tony” (Terri) Joyce of Grand Island; daughters, Sue (Chad) Rhodes, Lisa (Michael) Gustin, both of Marysville; Rebecca Joyce-Thomas of Kearney; sisters, Sharen Christensen of Minden, Sally Joyce of Kearney; and 16 grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Pat Joyce; and sisters, Bev Bates and Jean Fisher.
Mass of Christian Burial was April 6 at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Marysville with Father Jim Shaughnessy officiating.
Burial was in St. Gregory’s Catholic Cemetery.
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.
Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville, Kan., was in charge of arrangements.