James Carlyle Andreasen “Jim”
July 15, 1934 to June 22, 2016
James Carlyle Andreasen passed away with his wife and family by his side on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. He was born July 15, 1934 to Edwin and Ada Andreasen in Gunnison, Utah. After high school, Jim joined the U.S. Air Force. While serving in the Korean War, he was attached to an Army Unit. After the war, he returned to the U.S. Air Force where he served the remainder of his 21 ½ years active duty service including the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of many medals and awards including the Bronze Star.
While on leave in 1954, Jim met and married the love of his life & best friend, Joyce Morrison. They were sealed in the Manti Temple in 2003. During his military service, Jim and Joyce had the opportunity to live and travel many places around the world. After retiring from the Air Force, Jim continued to use his skills in the civilian world. As they moved around Jim made friends with everyone. He was often referred to by his children as “Officer Friendly”! In his younger years, Jim enjoyed racing his Thunderbird in drag races. Jim was always very active and he loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hunting, riding ATVs and motorcycles, boating, sailing and even learning to fly remote control airplanes in his last years. Nearly every morning Jim & Joyce went out to breakfast, sometimes not returning home until late at night because they decided to “go for a drive” and ended up in another State exploring. Their passion for travel never ended and they continued to see the world in their retirement years. As he got older, his fondness for motorcycles and Can-Ams flourished. He loved Tuesday rides with his motorcycle buddies.
He loved his wife and family and was always happiest when he was with them! Jim was knowledgeable about many things and we could always go to him for help and advice. He was also a great teacher. Jim was adored by his grandchildren! He loved to take them everywhere he went and especially teaching them how to drive even at age three. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him! Jim is survived by his wife Joyce, sons Kurt (Carol), David (Cheryl), daughter Tracy (Bryan), 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister Gayle Taylor and many extended family and friends which he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Centennial Hills Hospital, Las Vegas for their loving care during this last few months.
A funeral will be held at the Mountain Shadows LDS Ward, 100 E Hammer Lane, North Las Vegas, NV, on Wednesday, June 29th at 1:00 p.m. with a viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The burial will take place at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV, on Thursday, June 30th at 10:40 a.m