James Jedlicka of Clarissa passed away at his home surrounded by his family, after a fierce battle with cancer. He was 78 years old.
A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran church, Clarissa, at 11 a.m. Visitation will take place of Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at the Church, and will continue the day of the service one hour prior to the service. Burial will immediately follow at the Woodman Cemetery.
>> On October 18, 1943, Glenn and Bernice Jedlicka welcomed their fourth baby into their home. James Marvin was a boy who grew to like people and people liked him. He had a warm embracing conversational style and a smile that brought joy to those around him. Jim Jedlicka was always more interested in you than he allowed you to be about him. He liked people and enjoyed the relationships he made along the way in his life.
>> Jim was active, enjoying the outdoors, motorcycle riding, the lake, fun in Florida, and fishing outings. He enjoyed music and WeFest was a tradition for over 20 years. Jim enjoyed life, his siblings, and friends. He was proud to serve his country, enlisting in the Army for two years, stationed at Ft. Knox, KY. Jim married Jurene Solid and they formed a family with the arrival of Shannon Michelle. The family lived in the cities until they headed back home to Clarissa where Jim and his brother, Bill operated a successful white washing business. The Jedlicka Brothers worked hard and established a good following. When the business was sold, Jim worked for the Todd County Transfer station where his ‘customer service’ was appreciated by many people.
>> Jim overcame many health issues and setbacks in life. In 1983 he was struck with French Polio and was told he would not walk again. Thanks to the support of his community, he was active in his recovery with trips to Alexandria for physical therapy. He was determined, a little stubborn, and had a great spirit of joy. Jim was a hard worker, liked to have fun, and knew a lot of information. He liked to help people, had a lot of life lessons stored up for good use in a pinch. Jim got a kick out of little kids, and was so excited about the arrival of great grandson, Bentley. Jim and Jurene enjoyed an outing to Disney World with family. Jim even took his turn riding in the teacups. Jurene surprised Jim with the gift of his motorcycle. The bike brought them a lot of fun and great memories, that is, after Megan taught Grandpa how to operate the bike. Jesse and his Grandpa enjoyed all star wrestling together. It was a Friday night date when Jesse was little.
>> Jim and Jurene enjoyed a short time of retirement before Jurene was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away in January of 2017. Shannon became Jim’s confidante and number one supporter after Jurene’s death. Jim relied on Shannon and was always more than happy to give her advice. They had a lot of good exchanges that will leave a void for Shannon in the days ahead. Jim was preceded in death by Jurene; his parents, Glenn and Bernice; brothers, Harold, Bill, and infant brother,Joseph; and brother-in-law, Ron Eastman.
>> Jim is survived by daughter, Shannon; grandchildren, Megan (Jeff) Bryan, Jesse Motl; great grandson, Bentley Allen; brother, Steve (Ann); Sisters, Marilyn, Rita (Kent), Glenis(Brian) Brosz; and sister-in-law, Delorse; and several nieces and nephews.
>> Jim will be remembered by his family and friends as a good spirit. His quick and gentle smile will be missed.
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