Obituary of Raymond & Arlene Jaycox
Funeral Services for Raymond and Arlene Jaycox will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 10:30am at the United Methodist Church in Lake Park. Visitation will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 5:00-7:00pm at the United Methodist Church in Lake Park. Interment will be in the Silver Lake Cemetery in Lake Park. Memorials may be sent to Lake Park United Methodist Church.
Raymond Lloyd Jaycox, 96, passed away on May 20, 2023, in Lake Park, Iowa.
Ray, the son of Delbert and Mary Jaycox, was born on January 13, 1927, on the family farm near Crofton, Nebraska. Ray spent his childhood in Crofton until his family moved to Lake Park, IA in 1942. Due to Ray’s father’s health, he did not attend high school because he was needed on the family farm.
Ray was drafted into the United States Army in 1950 and served part of his enlistment in Korea until being honorably discharged in 1952. Following his discharge, he farmed with his mother from 1952 until 1956. Ray had a desire to own and operate his own business, and when the opportunity arose to purchase the International Harvester Dealership in Lake Park from Les Rowe, he jumped at the chance for entrepreneurship. Jaycox Implement grew from one location with 4 employees to 3 locations with over 90 employees.
Ray liked to attend dances at the Roof Garden in Okoboji, IA, and during the summer of 1959, he met his future soulmate, Arlene. In December of 1961, Ray and Arlene were married in the middle of a snowstorm at a small Presbyterian Church in Linn Grove, IA, and warmed up afterwards on a honeymoon to Mexico. Ray and Arlene were married for 61 inseparable, wonderful years.
Ray and Arlene shared their life together on the beautiful Silver Lake in Lake Park, Iowa. They had interests in the same hobbies. In their time away from the implement, you could find them together, whether it be on the lake or the golf course. Upon Ray’s retirement, Ray and Arlene purchased a winter home in Venice, Florida, and created many new lifelong friendships, making wonderful memories.
Ray loved his family more than anything else. He always made time for his children and grandchildren to attend their many events. He especially loved giving advice to his grandchildren, whether it was wanted from them or not.
Ray will be greatly missed by his family, which includes his son Bart (Pam) Jaycox of Plymouth, MN, and their children, Breanna and Ellyn; his son Chad (Kristin) Jaycox of Worthington, MN, and their children, Allison (Bennett), Stephanie, and Tyler; his brother Marion Jaycox; his sister Elaine Morphew; extended family, and friends.
Ray is preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Arlene Jaycox; his infant daughter, Laurie Rae Jaycox; his parents, Delbert and Mary (Jungclaus) Jaycox; 3 sisters, Lavonne Wells, Alice Mayden, and Margaret Brash; and 5 brothers, Leroy Tinkom, Rex, Donald, Ralph, and James Jaycox.
Arlene Kay Jaycox, 84, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on February 19, 2023, in Venice, Florida.
Arlene, the daughter of Arlin and Mary-Ellen Krummen, was born on November 22, 1938, at her Krummen grandparents’ farmhouse in Wells County, Indiana. She spent her childhood in Indiana until her family moved to Linn Grove, Iowa in 1948. She attended public school in Linn Grove, graduating in 1956. Upon graduation, she attended St. Luke’s Methodist Nursing School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Upon graduating from St. Luke’s, Arlene lived and worked at the hospital in Cedar Rapids. During the summer of 1959, she attended a dance with her friends at the Roof Garden in Okoboji, Iowa where she caught the eye of her future husband, Raymond. She was swept off her feet that night and for many more to come. In December of 1961, Arlene and Ray were married in the Linn Grove Presbyterian Church and warmed up afterwards on a honeymoon to Mexico. Arlene and Ray were married for 61 wonderful years.
Arlene and Ray shared their life together on the beautiful Silver Lake in Lake Park, Iowa. In their early years of marriage, Arlene worked as a nurse at a hospital in Spirit Lake. Following her nursing career, Arlene devoted her time to Jaycox Implement, the family business established by Ray in 1956. She also generously volunteered her time and presence to clubs and activities through the United Methodist Church.
Arlene had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed many hobbies. Some of her most notable were golf and lake activities. She was an avid golfer, participating in many golf tournaments and leagues in Iowa and Florida. She also enjoyed long boat rides and water skiing when she was younger. Arlene was a skilled cook. You would always find a homemade pie at family gatherings. Be it apple, strawberry, pumpkin or rhubarb, Arlene ensured everyone got their favorite.
Arlene’s greatest joy in life was her family. She always had time for children and grandchildren. Arlene shared many fond memories with her family, from weeks up north at the Krummen family cabin to anniversary celebrations in Alaska and Hawaii. She was always planning the next time the family could be together. In retirement, Arlene and Raymond had a winter home in Venice, Florida where many more family memories were made.
Arlene will be greatly missed by her family which includes her husband Raymond Jaycox; her son Bart (Pam) Jaycox of Plymouth, MN and their children, Breanna, Ellyn; her son Chad (Kristin) Jaycox of Worthington, MN and their children, Allison (Bennett), Stephanie, Tyler; her brother Steven (Jennifer) Krummen; her sister Jan (Matt Goss) Atwell; her sister Carol (Richard) Palbicki; and her brother Jeff (Lory) Krummen.
Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, Arlin and Mary Ellen (Alspach) Krummen and infant daughter Laurie Rae Jaycox.