Wayne J. Beitzel, known as Jim, 84, of Epworth, gained his angel wings on Friday, Oct. 2, at Mercy One in Dubuque.

A private family visitation for Jim was held Monday, Oct. 5, at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth..

A private Mass and Burial was held for Jim Monday, Oct. 5, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Cemetery in Epworth, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating and full military honors afforded by the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650. Lectors were Samantha Beitzel and Hannah McDermott. Eucharistic Minister was Hannah McDermott. Placing of the Pall was done by Mary Beitzel, Kevin Beitzel, Dennis Beitzel, Dean Beitzel, Tammy McDermott, Brian Beitzel and Chris Beitzel.

Casketbearers were: Drew Beitzel, Wesley Beitzel, Shane Beitzel, Jacob McDermott, Josh McDermott, Dylan Beitzel and Tyson Massey.

Jim was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Dubuque, son of John and Dorothy (Muntz) Beitzel. He was drafted and served in the US Army. On Feb. 5, 1963, he was united in marriage to Mary Casey at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Placid. He worked at Dubuque Packing Plant for 45 years. Following retirement, he took pride in working for the City of Epworth mowing city parks and ballfields for 15 years. He spent many years coaching the Little League Baseball kids of Epworth.

Jim was a devoted family man who always put others first. He loved his family and friends deeply and enjoyed every moment spent with them – especially during family vacation trips to watch the Cubbies beat the Brewers in Milwaukee. He liked starting his days with a cup of coffee, a crossword puzzle and a walk with his cherished dog, Jillie. He followed this by tending to his garden, drinking a Busch Light with his many friends and finishing the day in his comfy chair while watching Jeopardy and old westerns. Jim also enjoyed cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and playing golf and euchre (he rarely turned down a bower).

He is survived by his wife, Mary Beitzel; six children: Kevin (Sandy) Beitzel, of Davenport, Dennis (Tara) Beitzel, of Epworth, Dean (Traci) Beitzel, of Robins, Tammy (Ross) McDermott, of Cedar Falls, Brian (Jolene) Beitzel, of Robins and Chris (Jenny) Beitzel, of Epworth; 16 grandchildren: Morgan (Tyson), Samantha, Taylor (Issac), Khloe, Wesley, Shane, Amber, Jacob (Dana), Hannah, Hope, Josh, Ashley, Maddisen, Drew, Dylan and Erin; two great-grandchildren, Killian and Mila; and two sisters, Rosie Besler and Kay Wilgenbusch.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Laura Beitzel, and brothers-in-law: Kenneth (Dutch) Nauman, Donnie Casey, Vernon “Boone” Besler and Willis “Willie” Wilgenbusch.

A special thanks is extended to the staff and nurses at Mercy One in Dubuque for their care and hospitality.

Anyone wishing to send memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attn: Jim Beitzel Family, PO Box 99, Farley, IA 52046. If you would like to view a video tribute or send online condolences to the family, please visit our website at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.