In Memory of




Obituary for James Dale Reicks

A Memorial Mass for Jim Reicks, age 75, of O’Neill will be at 10:30 am Saturday, May 6, 2023 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill with burial to follow in the O'Neill Cemetery. Military Rites will be provided by the O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93. Memorial Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Jim passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2022 at Arbor Care Center in O’Neill. Memorials may be directed to his family for future designation. Arrangements are entrusted to Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.

James Dale Reicks was born on May 12, 1947 in Sutherland, NE to Ambrose A. and Rose Ann (Beckman) Reicks. The family lived on a ranch near Sutherland until Jim was 5 years old. Then the family moved to a ranch 9 miles south and east of Bartlett, 15 miles north of Spalding. Jim attended and graduated from Wheeler Central High School in 1966. In high school, Jim excelled at running. Jim was introduced to Beverly Orsborn on a blind date on March 25, 1967.

After high school, Jim attended Milford Tech for metallurgy. After college, he moved to Omaha and worked for Fruehauf Independent Metals for two years, until being drafted into the Army in 1970. In August of 1971, he and Beverly Orsborn were married. In 1972, daughter Corri joined the family. After discharge from the military in December of 1971, Jim returned to Omaha for a short time. In 1973, Jim and Beverly returned to O’Neill where Jim started to work for the United States Postal Service. Erinn joined the family in 1976, completing their family. Jim was a letter carrier with the Postal Service until his retirement in November of 2003. From 2005-2012, Jim worked for Guttertech in O’Neill.

Jim always loved to partake in family events and never missed anything his girls were doing. He and Bev loved spending time with brothers and sisters and their spouses, or going to their parents to visit. Family meant everything to them.

Jim and Bev went on small trips around Nebraska and bigger trips to visit Corri and Greg and friends. They loved going by car and the vacation always started when they left O’Neill. Jim planned most of the trips. Oftentimes, just by reading something that interested him, Jim would plan a trip. Bev loved all the trips Jim took her on!

When not travelling, Jim also loved to fish, hunt, and woodwork.

Jim is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bev Reicks of O’Neill; two daughters, Corri (Greg) Heiss of Everett, Washington, Erinn Reicks (Phil Dugan) of Page, Nebraska; two brothers, David Reicks of West Point, Nebraska, Ed (Joyce) Reicks of Pierce, Nebraska; one sister, Karen (Kevin) Esch of Columbus, Nebraska; and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert Reicks; sister-in-law, Suzanne Reicks; niece, Carrie Essink; and in-laws, Herman and Wyona Orsborn.