James “Jim” Dean Paxton of Beaver City, Nebraska, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at the age of 60. He was born in Cambridge, Neb., on December 23, 1962 to Donald Dean Paxton and Eunice Loreen (Wendland) Paxton, joining his four siblings Janice, Billy, George and Patti.
Cobb, as many of his friends knew him, graduated from Holbrook High School with the class of 1981. He was a man of all trades, working in construction, plumbing, carpentry, a butcher, and spent many hours in a semi trucking, he also spent time as a counselor in training at Valley Hope in Norton, Kan. He was also a crafty man, making dream catchers, knives, woodworkings and other native decor. Cobb was also an avid hunter and fisherman for many years.
Jim was united in marriage to his first wife, Dana Marie (Hutchens) Paxton on April 21, 1990 at the Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Neb. Two daughters were born to this marriage, Wiyanna and Shylo. The two later divorced in 1997, deciding being friends worked best for their relationship and children. Then 19 years later, he and Tonya (Sadd) Paxton were married on Sept. 17, 2016 at their home in Beaver City, Neb. Between these two marriages, there was a mistake in decisions and married his second wife who shall remain un-named.
Jim battled the disease of addiction all of his adult life. In January 2022, he turned his life to Jesus and sobriety. Jim was re-baptized at the United Methodist Church in Beaver City. For the past year he fought and lost the battle to stage four lung and brain cancer.
Jim was preceded in death by his dad, mom and sister Janice Avary. He is survived by his daughters (blood and self-proclaimed) Wiyanna (Kyle) Burge and three children Aariah, Kinsley and Gauge, Hutchinson, Kan.; Shylo (Treyton) Jones and three children Rowan, Quincy and Parker, McCook, Neb.; Althea Paxton, and significant other Jayden Cashon, Norton, Kan.; Mattie Churchill and two children Rhett and Raelynn, Alliance, Neb.; Jessie (Avery) Thalheim, Long Island, Kan.; Kattie Sadd, Trenton, Maine; three siblings, Billy (Patty) Paxton, Superior, Neb.; George (Andrea “Toots”) Paxton, Papillon, Neb.; Patti (Greg) Schievelbein, Arapahoe, Neb.; brother-in-law Gary (Audry) Avary, Rapid City, S.D.; also his wives, Dana (Hutchens) Paxton, Norton, Kan.; and Tonya (Sadd) Paxton, Alliance, Neb.; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the United Methodist Church in Arapahoe. All funeral arrangements were made by Garey Funeral Home of Arapahoe and Beaver City.