In Memory of

James Arthur Wolcott

July 12, 1932 - July 14, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

James Arthur Wolcott, the son of Arthur and Lois (Sampson) Wolcott was born July 12, 1932, in Le Mars, Iowa. He attended country school and then Aurelia Schools. Following his education, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean Conflict.

 Jim was united in marriage to Virginia Odle on September 8, 1956, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.  After their marriage they resided in Cherokee, IA, where he went to work for Lundell Construction. He worked there for 30 years before retiring as a foreman.

 Jim enjoyed hunting with his hounds, Little Britches Rodeo with Tony, Carla, and Darin, and was the proudest dad when they collected their trophies at the end of the weekend. He later got the race horse bug, and owned and trained race horses in Nebraska and Iowa race tracks. His “wall” of win pictures were probably his most prized possession.

 On July 14, 2021, Jim passed away at his residence surrounded by his family at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lois Wolcott; in-laws, John and Elsie Odle; one daughter, Kim Wolcott; one son, Tony Wolcott; brothers, Jack and Jerry Wolcott; an infant sister; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill (Dorinne) Schleef, Cletus (Bernice) Odle, Evelyn Letsche, and Dado Blankenbaker.

 He is survived by his wife, Virginia Wolcott of Cherokee, IA, daughter, Carla DeYoung of Cherokee, IA, and son Darin Wolcott of Cherokee, IA; grandson, Brandon (Tiffany) DeYoung; granddaughter, Alyssa (A.J.) Wolcott; daughter-in-law, Marsha Wolcott; sister, Judy Lubrant; sisters-in-law, Pauline Wolcott, Edna Wolcott, and Marcella Blankenbaker; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

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Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Father Dan Rupp
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Monday, with family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Afton Township Cemetery
Rural Cherokee, IA, at a later date.


Friday, July 23, 2021 at 8:53 AM
“So sorry for your loss.”
- Ed & Terri Nelson
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 12:25 PM
“Jim was one of my favorite wellness center members. Always made me smile. ”
- Kristi Jensen
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 8:46 AM
“Sending our deepest sympathies and condolences at this difficult time!! ”
- Tamie Mummert
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 8:46 AM
“To Jim's Family - From those of us who raced with Jim in Nebraska, we send our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Jim's family. We are saddened by the loss of a Fellow Nebraska Racetracker. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. ”
- Fellow Nebraska Racetrackers
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 8:46 AM
“Deepest Sympathy to the families of Jim , may he rest in peace. ”
- Duane Mummert Mummert
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 8:46 AM
“So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
- Lowell and Paula Smith
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 8:46 AM
“Many memories working for Jim ! Will be missed !”
- Steve Corken
Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 4:50 PM
“Rest Easy, Jim!!
- Ron and Janice Witcombe
Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 4:50 PM
“I love you Daddy !
Carla Jean”
- Carla DeYoung
Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 4:50 PM
“I will always remember the times that our families were together, Jim was always a special uncle, and always a nice guy with plenty of stories.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wolcott family....”
- Thomas Blankenbaker
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