James (Jim) Randall Laessig, June 11, 1952~September 22, 2016

laessing-jamesJames (Jim) Randall Laessig, 64, a resident of Fayetteville, passed away September 22, 2016 surrounded by family and friends.  He was born June 11, 1952, the son of Darlene and Dr. William Laessig of Joplin, MO.

Jim loved spending time fishing and camping.  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Marilynn Laessig; two daughters, Cohen Copeland and husband, Casey Copeland of Prairie Grove, AR. and Christian Ham and husband, Rick Ham of Marysville, KS; 5 grandchildren, Jackson, Gregory and Killian Copeland of Prairie Grove and Andrew and Miranda Cain of Marysville, KS; a brother, Eugene Laessig and wife, Dorothy Laessig of Kansas City, MO; and a sister, Janalee Scott and husband, Carter Scott of Fort Walton, Florida.

He will be missed by many.

A celebration of life will be from noon-5:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

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    Lois and Dennis Kotas » 24. Sep, 2016

    Jim will be missed by many family and friends. He Loved the outdoors and I enjoyed our coffee in the morning sitting outside watching the birds and trying to guess what kind they were. He picked up fishing the last 3 years or so and loved being on his boat.
    He adored his grandchildren and would talk about them every chance he was given. He wanted more than anything the chance to take them with him camping but it just didn’t happen.
    Jim could sit and carry on conversation about many things like his work in the optical field for Walmart, wood working, fishing, ball games especially the Fayetteville college and the KC Royals, and loved watching the History Channel on TV.
    I will miss him and know he has his arms around us from up above.
    Lynn he loved you to the moon and back., even though he would mow off some flowers at times. Love you sis. Cohen like I told you don’t be a stranger. Love and hugs to all.

    Annette » 24. Sep, 2016

    DEAR Sister
    May the Lord be with you during this time of disbelief. right after the accident I sure didn’t think the outcome would be death.
    I will always think of the rock selling weekend where I earned the title of being bossy by the one and only Jim.He had a unique laugh and was always kind.
    God bless you forever

    Ron and Annette » 24. Sep, 2016

    Dear sister,
    I am so sorry about Jims death. Right after the accident I sure didn’t think it would end like this.
    I do credit Jim with the idea that I am bossy. He had a special laugh an was kind and loving.
    Our love to each of you.

    Amy Barnhardt » 24. Sep, 2016


    I have know you my whole life and you have been a wonderful friend to my mother Bonnie. I wish there was something I could say/do that could take away your pain. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Amy Barnhardt

    Joni Varner » 25. Sep, 2016

    Lynn, I just read your message, Betty and my heart goes out to you. We are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers. If you need anything at all, please ask

    Name » 25. Sep, 2016

    Maryland I’ve never met you before but I feel like you must be a special lady because Jim was a special guy It’s been so long but I truly loved that guy he was my oldest friend

    Name » 25. Sep, 2016

    Maryland I’ve never met you before but I feel like you must be a special lady because Jim was a special guy It’s been so long but I truly loved that guy he was my oldest friend

    Name » 25. Sep, 2016

    Jim was my oldest friend and I will miss the very infrequent times that we got 2 be together I’ve never met you Maryland but you must be a nice person Jim and I were so out of touch that I didn’t know anything about this accident that occurred and I’m sorry Jim was a great guy

    Gene & Terri Ellison » 25. Sep, 2016

    Jim was a fine man, and he was a good and loyal friend. When we were at our lowest, Jim would always come by the house, just to visit. It always made Gene feel so much better. I wish there was something we could do to make this better.
    We will always love and appreciate Jim, and we will never forget him. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Rest in peace, Jim.

    Bill & Susan Hunthrop » 11. Oct, 2016

    Dear Lynn, Dora Johnson at the lab informed me of Jim’s passing & what a shock to hear. I pray for God’s grace & His loving arms to surround you & family. I always enjoyed the times we worked together at the lab & when we just got to sit & visit. Jim was such a kind soul, but He was a character too !! We talked about every subject under the sun & shared a lot of laughs & sometimes we even actually talked about optical work. When he was traveling from store to store & would come to lab to do audits, we would get to visit like the old days. I know how much he loved you & his family & especially his grandkids. He would show me the pictures of them. I cherish those memories. We don’t always understand why things happen in life or God’s ways, but He is faithful with His unending love. I pray His comfort & shelter on you & all the family in this time & always. Blessings & Love, Bill & Susan