Mass of Christine burial for James Cody will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Wright, Wyo., with Father Cliff Jacobson officiating. Burial will follow in Wright Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Wright with a prayer/vigil at 6 p.m.
James Cody, 52, of Wright died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Teton County, Wyo.
James Michael Cody was the youngest of three children born to Paul Sr. and Antonia Cody on Sept. 25, 1959, in Dumas, Texas. Developing his work ethic at an early age, James was a young entrepreneur opening his first lawn mowing business at age 10. He was a successful businessman and earned enough money to purchase his first vehicle, a go-cart. This was the start of his love of fast cars and his career as a mechanic.
Growing up, he participated in various school sports, including baseball, basketball and football, and even earned state championship honors in wrestling. While living in Houston, Texas, James met Cynthia Joseph. They were married and had three children, Jeremy, Amy and Jamie.
His love of small-town life brought his young family to Wright, where he quickly became a part of the community by coaching youth basketball, baseball and wrestling. He commuted to Gillette for more than 20 years working for Kissack Water and Oil.
Needing a change in his life, he decided to work closer to home and took a job at Jacob’s Ranch (now Thunder Basin Coal Company), working as a shovel operator. After being single for many years, it was here that he met Peggy, who quickly became a very important person in his life. While at Thunder Basin Coal, he also thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Safety Mine and Rescue Team (SMART).
James always loved hunting and fishing in the great outdoors, a passion he shared with his children and later his grandchildren. The fall colors brought his annual hunting trip, a time spent with his son, brother, brother-in-law and nephews. He also was looking forward to spending many years hunting with his grandchildren. Spring green brought out the Harley and the thrill of the open road. James’ final days were spent riding through Yellowstone National Park with his son Jeremy.
Sadly, James’ life was taken all too soon, when another vehicle crossed the yellow line.
He will be remembered for his love of all-things John Wayne, his toothpick, his care-free personality, his way with children, his love of the outdoors and mostly, his heart of gold. He was a well-loved and well-respected man and James will be greatly missed.
James is survived by his Love, Peggy Fierro; mother, Antonia Gonzales (Abram); sister, Janie Dooley (Donald); brother, Paul Jr. Cody (Anita); son, Jeremy Cody; daughters: Amy Souder (Ronnie),and Jaime Gage (Frank); grandchildren: Kelsey, Sydney, Harley, Tanner, Avery, Kane; nieces; Cherri Speidel (Keith), Brandy Remmick, Tamby Clawson (Rick), Briane Cody, Cheryl Cody, and Jessica Dooley, nephews; Kevin Mosley, Justin Dooley, Brandon Cody, and James Dillon Cody, and many aunts and uncles and great nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his niece, Shawn Ann, his father Paul Sr., and his brother Johnny.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in James’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the Internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.