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“My friendship with Jim goes way back to when we were kids at St. John's. We were in the same confirmation class and Sunday School classes. I'll miss...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Pat Frederick Alvestad - CA

“Aunt Pat, Cathy and Jim...Thinking of you all and sending hugs for healing hearts. Wish we could be there for you all. Love you! Michelle and Mark ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Michelle Skelley (Cocayne) - IA

“Pat, so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy and Richave Pfohl - Dubuque, IA

“To the entire Cocayne family,We are in northern Wisconsin and just heard of Jim's passing. You all have our sincere sympathy. We both remember many...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: paul puls - dubuque, IA - Friend

“Pat, our sincere condolences to you and your family. Please know you are in our prayers. Sincerely,Don & Dorothy Link ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Donald Link - Davenport, IA

“I am sorry for your loss ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Sandy Schult - Asbury, IA

“Pat so sorry for u and your family's loss, Jim was something else and I will miss him thoughts and prayers for u and your family ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Sharon Chico - Savanna, IL

“So sorry for the loss of your brother John. He has finished his journey - as we all must and is now at rest and happy! I pray for you and yours to...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Ken & Cherryl Diefenbach

“Jim was a great and kind person. He loved his wife and family/ Have very fond memories pf the times I spent with Jim and Pat in Hawaii ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: ken plonsky - washington, DC

“Jim was a great Euchre player and he was loved and enjoyed by all who played with him online. It was my privilege to be his card partner for over...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Linda VanderKolk - Prescott, AZ

“I love you and I miss you and u meant slot to me I will never forget you love u ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Tracy Brown ( leslein - DUBUQUE, IA


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James A. "Jim" Cocayne Sr., age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 8:40 a.m., on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Big Meadows. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born on July 11, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John M. and Mildred (Lenertz) Cocayne.

Jim honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy while being stationed in Hawaii. Upon his return home, he was lovingly united in marriage to Patricia Leslein on September 21, 1963, at 3rd Presbyterian Church. Their union was blessed with 2 children and 54 years, which they just celebrated this past week. Jim learned the value of a strong work ethic early in life, and would put those lessons to use as an inspector at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years, until his well earned retirement in 1994. Jim's faith was a priority in his daily life and he was a longtime, loyal and proud member of St. John's Lutheran Church. In his free time, Jim could regularly be found breaking in his bowling shoes and socializing with family and friends. Jim successfully threw several 300 games and eventually became a member of the 700 club, an accomplishment many only ever dream of. Jim also always enjoyed warming up in the batters box during a fun, yet competitive game of softball. We sadly discover an unrelenting grip of sorrow upon our hearts today with the departure of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Thankfully, we know that Jim is finally free of his earthly health issues for good, and we find true peace in knowing that not only is he now residing in his Heavenly Estate today, but that he will also be waiting patiently for us to join him in a most glorious of family reunions one day. Job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his wife,
Pat Cocayne, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Cathy (Mick) Webb, Las Vegas, NV
and Jim (Angie) Cocayne Jr., Dubuque, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Taylor (Clarrissa) Webb, Jordan Webb, Haley Webb, Brady Webb and Carter Cocayne;

2 brothers,
John "Bud" (Janet) Cocayne, Dubuque, IA
and Marv (Shirley) Cocayne, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Jerrie Cheffer, Bettendorf, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale Cocayne.

A James A. "Jim" Cocayne memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Pastor Jay, and the nurses and staff at Hospice, and Big Meadows Care Center in Savanna, for all of their love, care and compassion for Jim, and his family.