March 2, 2023

James Cook


James M. “Papu” Cook, 72, passed away on February 24, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. Born on September 13, 1950, in Lincoln, NE, he married his high school sweetheart of 54 years, Gwen Bicoy. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years before pursuing 3 college degrees and eventually working as a Community/Regional Planner for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jim enjoyed various hobbies, including construction, remodeling, and serving civic organizations, but his favorite was spending time with his grandkids. Jim will be remembered for his creative storytelling, humor, curiosity, and love for all things sweet.

Survived by his wife, Gwen, children, Mailani, Geoff, Lehua, and Moani, son-in-laws Sam, Steve, and Ben, and grandchildren Kana Leia, Ky, Kam, Jacob, Aiden, Koa, Roman, Nola, and Eva.

A Final Aloha will be held at 1PM, Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Wyuka Funeral Home & Cemetery in Lincoln, NE. Following the service, there will be a Hawaiian desserts reception at the Funeral Home.



  1. Dearest Gwen and family
    Please know that you are all in my prayers. Jim was such a joy to myself and many others. My heart is full for having the pleasure and honor of taking care of him.

  2. Gwen and family — I was saddened to learn of Jim’s death. I am sure you are thankful for his life well lived and that he can now be at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. So sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing! Arvin & I are sending you all our love & sympathy! So sorry we were out of town & unable to attend Jimmy’s memorial service! Hugs & prayers to Gwen & family!

  4. Will fondly remember Jim’s friendly smile and goodwill. Those were special times. Thinking of you.


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