James Erick “Jim” Cockriel, 52, of Wichita and formerly of McPherson, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at his home.

James Erick “Jim” Cockriel, 52, of Wichita and formerly of McPherson, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at his home.

Jim was born on Nov. 11, 1960, in McPherson, the son of Lillian  Frances Violet (Norland) and Kenneth Gerald  “Jerry” Cockriel.

Jim attended the Wickersham grade school, McPherson Park School, McPherson Junior High and McPherson High School, McPherson.

Jim attended the First Christian Church and later the Covenant Church both of McPherson.

Through the years, Jim worked as a tire man for Firestone Tire of McPherson, worked on several harvest crews and worked all the way to Canada; was a carpenter for a local contractor in McPherson, was a truck driver for Masco of Kansas City and Wichita, and owned and operated AAA Masonry in Wichita.   

Jim was a Boy Scout, had a paper route, mowed lawns in the neighborhood while growing up. He also loved raising animals, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, spending time out-doors, spent many hours reading and was very creative in all his activities.

Jim is survived by his mother Vi Lundquist and her husband Marvin of McPherson; his siblings, Jerelyn Leinweber, of Fremont, Calif., Kathryn Janzen, of Wichita, and Dave Cockriel, of Grand Forks, N.D.; his nephews, Michael James Janzen, of McPherson, Timothy John Janzen, of McPherson, Jeramy Dale Janzen, of McPherson, and John Ryan Leinweber, of Fremont, Calif.; his great-niece and great-nephews, LilyAnn Jean Janzen and Aiden James Janzen, both of McPherson, and Oscar Daniel Schmidt, of Kansas City, Mo., and  other relatives and a host of friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Gerald “Jerry” Cockriel; great-nephew, Connor Scott Janzen; and his grandparents, Erick Elmer and Gracia Lilly Mae (Aelmore) Norland, and James “Jim” and Lottie (Morgan) Cockriel.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, with H. Dick Reynolds Jr. officiating.

The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McPherson Opera House or McPherson Boy Scouts Troop 133 of McPherson, and they can be sent in care of the Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid St.; McPherson, KS 67460.