In Memory of

James Franklin Bezoni, Sr.

April 28, 1942 - April 22, 2020
From: Cherokee, IA

James (Jim) Franklin Bezoni, Sr., lifelong resident of Aurelia, Iowa, passed away peacefully at Accura Healthcare in Cherokee, Iowa, on April 22, 2020. Jim was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, on April 28, 1942, the son of Harold and Mildred (Martin) Bezoni.  Jim lived in his family’s home in Aurelia his entire life. He attended school in Aurelia. Jim married the love of his life Karen Agnitsch on August 21, 1960. They were blessed with eight children, one whom died at birth. Prior to owning and operating his own service station Jim worked as a milkman for Nelson Dairy in Aurelia, a ward clerk at Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Cherokee, and a delivery person for Matt’s Furniture in Storm Lake. In 1967, Jim became the proud owner and operator of Jim’s Skelly Service in Aurelia for 13 years until closing the doors in 1980. After the service station closed Jim worked at Pester Derby, Wiese Oil, and Holzhauer Motors in Cherokee. Jim spent the later years of his life working and retiring as a maintenance man at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia.

 Jim enjoyed going for car rides with his soulmate Karen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to the races, NASCAR (especially Dale Earnhardt, Sr.,), buying and selling at toy shows, and mowing lawns. He enjoyed spending time celebrating birthdays and holidays with his children and their spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

 Jim is survived by his 7 children, Jim Jr. (Stacy) Bezoni of Aurelia, Iowa; Kimm Bezoni (John Seel) of Norwalk, Iowa; Connie Bezoni (Mike) of Enid, Oklahoma; Mike (Pam) Bezoni of Cherokee, Iowa; Karla (Chester) Cates of Cherokee, Iowa; Tamie (Doug) Mummert of Cherokee, Iowa; and Billy (Tami) Bezoni of Cherokee, Iowa. Jim is survived by 17 grandchildren, Spencer Bezoni, Jaime Bezoni, April Schossow, Kasey Kirschbaum, Kodi Lenz, Kelsey Jones, Erica Frey, Tyler Bezoni, Austin Bezoni, Rylee Bezoni, Kendra Mitchell, Jillian Cates, Brittani Cates, BriAnne Cates, Whitney Schroeder, Skyler Mummert, and McKenna Martin. Jim is also survived by 27 great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law Harold (Buzz) and Barb Bezoni of Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws Jim and Deb Agnitsch, John and Patti Riggs, and Darlene Agnitsch all of Cherokee, Iowa. As well as many nieces and nephews. 

 Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Karen Bezoni on July 27, 2019; infant daughter Bonnie Bezoni; parents Harold and Mildred Bezoni; sister and brother-in-law Donna and Denny Hoeppner, sister Joyce Brady, brother-in-laws Bob and Jack Agnitsch; and nephew Kevin Agnitsch. Also, his many beloved pets including Snowball and Annie.

 The family would like to thank Accura Healthcare of Cherokee and Hospice of Cherokee Regional Medical Center and all those who cared for Jim.




Funeral services for Jim will be held at a later date.


Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:55 AM
“Jim, Kimm and family, I am sorry for your loss. Your dad had a great spirit and always recall his friendly welcome at the Station. His spirit lives on in you and your kids and over time after his loss hope you can focus on all those good times. In the meantime, your dad reunited with his heavenly Father and your mother. Peace be with you all!”
- Bradley Allen
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:55 AM
“Always remember the gas station. Jim was always so friendly and took time to always ask what I was doing and visited a little. He was a great person and although I having seen him in years , I miss him.”
- Jeff Hinkeldey
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:55 AM
“so sorry for your loss i am sure that he will truly be missed”
- vickie milke
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:55 AM
“So sorry for your loss, loved working with Jim at SSK. He kept the staff smiling with his positive attitude and funny jokes. He will be missed by many. Prayers and Hugs sent your way. Denny/Joleen Goergen”
- Joleen Goergen
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:55 AM
“I feel honored to have known Jim. I knew him through his son, whom I used to teach with at Willow/River Valley Schools many many years ago. I owned a sports card shop in Cherokee at the time and I always looked forward to Jim coming down the stairs with a smile and asking, “Hey, Jim! Do you have any new Emmitt’s?” (Referring time Emmitt Smith football cards)

He was a wonderful man and my deepest condolences to his entire family.”
- Jim Jordan
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 1:14 PM
“Jim was such a nice man. I send you my condolences.”
- Tim Menke
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 1:14 PM
“So sorry for your loss. I will always remember the great memories I had with your folks. I will keep you all in my prayers during your time of loss.
Sincerely, Brent Berry”
- Brent Berry
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