OBITUARY

James Joseph Zelenka

August 22, 1945October 19, 2018

James (Jim) Joseph Zelenka, 73, passed away on October 19, 2018 in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was born on August 22, 1945 in Rock Springs, Wyoming to James F. and Margery Zelenka. After graduating from Rock Springs High School, Jim attended BYU and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Mission. He married Karen Poulsen on June 6th, 1969 in the Salt Lake Temple. Jim and Karen lived in Wyoming for over 40 years, and Jim spent his professional career in sales. They relocated to the Twin Falls area in 2012. Jim was very outgoing and loved to talk with people. He also loved fishing and BYU Cougar football. Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years; his twin sister, Janice (Ray) Overy; three children: Shauna (Doug) Wickham, Jim (Shawnee) Zelenka, Sherry (Nathan) Hughes; and twelve grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Brian Zelenka. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 AM Friday, October 26, 2018 at the 17th Ward Chapel, 2680 Elizabeth Blvd, Twin Falls with Bishop Scott Rasmussen conducting. Burial will follow at Twin Falls Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will take place on Friday morning from 9:30 until 10:45 am at the church. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel of Twin Falls. Condolences may be left at reynoldschapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • James Zelenka, Father
  • Margery Zelenka, Mother
  • Karen Zelenka, Wife
  • Shauna Wickham, Daughter
  • Jim Zelenka, Son
  • Sherry Hughes, Daughter
  • Brian Zelenka, Son
  • Janice Overy, Sister
  • Jim is also survived by his12 Grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • James B. Zelenka
  • Nathan Hughes
  • Douglas Wickham
  • Craig Wickham
  • Kyle Wickham
  • Ray Overy

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Viewing for Family and Friends Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Burial Friday, October 26, 2018
REMEMBERING

James Joseph Zelenka

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Jeff Urry

October 28, 2018

Karen and family sorry to hear about Jim's passing. You were some of the first people I met when I came to Cheyenne 40 years ago and we lived close to each other. I remember Jim's passion for BYU football and watching broadcasts at the seminary building. This was a long time ago before cable tv! Your friends in Cheyenne are thinking about you and your family.

Angel M. Adams Smith

October 26, 2018

I'm so sorry I can't be there today Karen. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wanted to be there so bad. I woke up not feeling well. I will never forget our times together in your beautiful home. Jim was a wonderful person and so are you. Please forgive me for not being able to make it today. I love you Karen. Hugs to you all. 💙💚💛♥️💜🖤

Angel Smith (Evans)

October 26, 2018

I'm so sorry I can't be there today Karen. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wanted to be there so bad. I woke up not feeling well. I will never forget our times together in your beautiful home. Jim was a wonderful person and so are you. Please forgive me for not being able to make it today. I love you Karen. Hugs to you all. 💙💚💛♥️💜🖤

Vic Wire

October 25, 2018

Jimmy you are in a must better place now and your love one will be with you someday. We had lots of fun together as little and young boys thru school. Sorry for your lost, but the Lord call us as he need us to serve him.


Love Vic and Diana Wire
Rock Springs, Wy.

Brian & Carol Walker

October 25, 2018

Karen and family, So sorry to hear of your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He is at peace now. Our love goes your way. Cheyenne misses you all.

PEGGY TILTON

October 25, 2018

Karen and Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Jim"s passing. My Boston Buddy, The best trip ever it was truly an honor to travel with the two of you. Working with Jim and getting to know the family made you all part of my family at heart. Jim's smile and whit would make my day. My heart truly breaks, what a wonderful man with a heart of gold. Karen you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Love you

Peggy Tilton

Meredith (Smith) Dexter

October 23, 2018

Dear Karen and family,
My thoughts and prayers for your family at this time. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort in the weeks and months ahead. I have wonderful memories of Jim's happy and upbeat attitude while growing up in Cheyenne.

With love,
Meredith Smith Dexter

Cathryn (Wright) McMurry

October 22, 2018

Dear Janice and family of Jim,
My sincerest condolences to all of you. My, how time has flown by. Wasn't it just
yesterday when we were in RSHS?
May you have many memories of those times in RS..
Best to you.
Cathryn (Wright) McMurry, class of 1962

FROM THE FAMILY