VETERAN, UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
James Peter Wysocki, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and respected former U.S. Coast Guard Captain, passed away peacefully at his home in Shelton, Washington, on the eve of December 24, 2023. He was born to Leonard and Josephine Wysocki on March 15, 1942, in Bevent, Wisconsin. James' life journey was marked by dedication, love, and resilience.
James' 30-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, spanning from 1963 to 1993, was a testament to his unwavering commitment to his country. He served on many ships in his 30 years, in ranks ranging from Quartermaster to Captain. His remarkable service, culminating in his role as Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Jacksonville, Florida, earned him widespread admiration and respect.
Beyond his military achievements, James was a family man and devout Catholic. He experienced profound loss with the passing of his beloved wife, Miriam Wysocki, and his son, Neal Wysocki. James bore these heartbreaks with remarkable grace, keeping their memories alive in his heart.
His move to Shelton, Washington, to be closer to his daughter, Renee, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, marked a new chapter in his life. James found immeasurable joy and fulfillment in his role as a grandfather and great-grandfather. His love for his family was deep and unwavering; the moments shared with his youngest descendants were among his most treasured.
James loved cribbage and played multiple times a week at clubs in both Shelton and Olympia, he held national records in cribbage and solitaire. He also enjoyed a weekly game of poker with his daughter Renee, her husband Mike and close friend Kay Boone.
James is survived by daughter Renee Barkley, son-in-law Mike Barkley, grandchildren David Barkley, Alicia Barkley, Brianna Mullins, Lily Barkley, Kaitlyn Moon and Hailey Barkley, great-grandchildren Olivia, Bennett, Matt, and Cameron.