Jim A. Styskal, 81, longtime resident of Grant, NE, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, June 17, 2023. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.
Jim was born October 4, 1941, in Grant, Nebraska to Anton and Ann (Trojan) Styskal. He graduated from Grant High School and found love in his fellow native, Beverly "Bev" Ramsey. The two were married on September 5, 1964. Their union was blessed with one son, Michael.
Jim's passion for cars started early on in life on a farm north of Grant. His first car would be the only Ford he ever owned-a red, mint condition 1949 Ford, that had a trusty Chevy engine. This love for Chevy's started his mechanic career, that spanned 58 years.
His drag racing career quickly followed with a 1955 Chevy, resulting in countless Sundays spent at Platte Valley Custom Club, which conducted drag races on the runway of the Julesburg Municipal Airport. Jim held the track record for many years during the '60s and early '70s. His love of the NHRA lasted his entire life.
His perfectionism for mechanics lead to his own 8-13 car collection which brought muscle car enthusiasts from all over the midwest to Top Notch Automotive to have their cars built by one of the regions leading Chevy horsepower shops. Not to mention, also servicing the local farmers, ranchers, business fleet owners and locals from miles around. Jim was THE go to Chevy guy.
Jim poured great pride and attentiveness in all that he did. However, nothing gave him such joy and pride as the raising of their son, Michael, alongside his wife, Bev. The pride they felt watching their son grow into a man and in turn, witnessing their grandchildren, Izak and Ivan, grow, was immeasurable.
Jim was also fond of his and Bev's travels, especially the treasured memories made on the many Hot Rod Power Tours.
Despite a life-altering accident in 2012 that left him in a wheelchair, he continued to find joy in the simpler things of life and demonstrated a resilience that was truly inspiring.
The journey he and Bev traversed strengthened their bond despite the difficulties they faced and was a testament to their shared faith and trust in the Lord. His life echoed the principles of Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Styskal, his parents and parents-in-law. He is survived by his son Michael and his wife, Ann Mudrovich and their children, Izak & Ivan, of Seattle, WA; along with sister Janie Ticknor of Denver, brother Bill from San Antonio, and local Grant native Jerry Styskal; his brother-in-law, Rich Ramsey of Glendale, AZ, and a host of relatives, super passionate and loving caregivers, and friends who will sorely miss his presence.
Memorials are suggested to New Hope Church in Jim's memory. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com, where the services will be streamed live.
Celebration of Life services will be on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at 10 am at New Hope Church in Ogallala, with Pastor Matt Waitley officiating.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.