Jimmy Rey Emmett Cebada, age 65, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away on August 13, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital from lung cancer.
His remains will be laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Jimmy was born on August 1, 1950 in Cuba, New Mexico. He graduated from Cuba High School and was an exceptional athlete playing basketball, football and baseball. He then attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In March of 1971, Jimmy was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. He received several awards including the Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star. He was honorably discharged in April of 1973 and lived in Albuquerque where he worked at Presbyterian Hospital as an electrician. Jimmy worked there for over 15 years before going into commercial construction. On May 7, 2002, he married Chun Wu in Albuquerque and they enjoyed 13 years of marriage together. In 2004, he moved to Yankton for his wife. Jimmy enjoyed listening to rock 'n' roll music and collecting silver coins. He also enjoyed the company of his dogs, Fifi and Eddie. We love you and you will be missed dearly. Rest in peace, Jimmy.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Chun Wu of Yankton; three sisters, Cecelia Cebada, Francie Cebada and Donna Hernandez, all of Albuquerque; several nephews, nieces, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Petrita A. Cebada; four brothers, Patrick E. Sanchez, Eddie S. Cebada, Adolfo Cebada and Arthur T. Cebada.
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we send our prayers and thoughts to jimmy's wife and family. Jim was a very good friend and we will miss him a lot. If you wanted something done, he was glad to help you. he lived by us for over five years.. we kept in contact after he moved. he will be remembered always. marty and jim always talked about being in the service and also about politics. he is at peace now.
marty and pat raab
To Chun Wu and all of Jimmy's family, Please accept my condolences during this sad time. I met Jimmy this year through the Literacy Council where we were volunteers. I was so impressed by his willingness to give his time and energy in order to help those wanting to learn English. He spoke to me with pride and affection of Chun Wu. I am so sorry for your loss.
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