Jim E. “Catfish” Becicka, 46, of rural Oxford died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Services remembering Jim were held Friday, Nov. 8, at the St. Mary’s Auditorium in Oxford. Burial was at the Oxford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com .
Jim was born Feb. 8, 1967, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Jim L. Becicka and Shirley (Homme) Becicka. The family lived near Oxford where Jim attended schools graduating from Clear Creek High School in 1985. Following high school he joined the Iowa National Guard and served over the next six years. Farming has always been in Jim’s blood; he continued to farm and also worked for Centro for a number of years. He married Denise Aegerter O’Neil on Oct. 4, 2003. Jim was born to be outside; he loved his farming, hunting, fishing, his horses, four wheeling and turtling. Jim and Denise belonged to bowling leagues over the years, which they so enjoyed with their friends. And as Jim’s kids were growing up, he was proud to be their dad and coach them in baseball and softball.
His family includes his wife, Denise; children, Brianna Becicka of Iowa City; Brandon Becicka of North Liberty, and Kameron O’Neil of Iowa City; his parents, Jim and Shirley Becicka of Oxford; his brother, Steven Becicka of Oxford; and a special cousin, Corey Pegump of Oxford.