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BJ Trickey

BJ TRICKEY Cedar Rapids BJ Trickey, beloved husband, son-in-law and friend to many, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly (Rude) Trickey; and his in-laws, Mike and Karen Dulaney. Kimberly and BJ spent the last 27 years enjoying life together. June 2 is their 18th wedding anniversary. A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Westdale Bowling Center with spoken words beginning at 12:30 p.m. Named Benjamin John Trickey after his grandfather when he was born on March 15, 1949, in Marshalltown, Iowa, he was "BJ" to one and all his entire life. In 1960, the family moved to Cedar Rapids, where his father, Ben, built and owned May City Lanes. He attended Cleveland Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School and Jefferson High School. BJ had a storied career at Jefferson playing football, baseball and basketball. He was one of only two individuals to be inducted into the Jefferson football, basketball and baseball Halls of Fame. The 1965 and '66 football teams didn't lose a game, and in his junior year, they won the second of two mythical state titles. BJ was named senior team captain for the 1966 squad when the team finished the season undefeated (but ranked No. 2 because of a season ending 6-6 tie with their nemesis, Davenport Central). In basketball, BJ was a team captain and voted First Team All State on Gay Dahn's 1967 state championship team. He also was named to the All Tournament Team. At Jefferson, BJ is currently eighth in individual season points scored, ninth in field goals made and 12th in free throws made. BJ played shortstop and was a leading hitter on the baseball team. In BJ's senior season, he was one of four students who were named J-Hawk Co-Athlete of the Year. In 2017, BJ was proud to be inducted into the inaugural Jefferson Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduating from Jefferson, BJ was awarded a baseball scholarship at Southern Illinois University. While at SIU he also played basketball for Jack Hartman and was fortunate to be a part of the squad that played in the 1969 postseason NIT Tournament at Madison Square Garden. BJ graduated from SIU with a bachelor of science degree in 1971. After graduation, BJ returned to Cedar Rapids to assist his father in the running of the May City Lanes. After Ben's premature death, BJ took over ownership of May City. Throughout his career, he also owned and operated Town & Country Bowl and was co-owner, along with Kimberly, of Westdale Bowling Center. In 1991, the Women's National Bowling Tournament held its singles/doubles event at Westdale Bowling Center. For 78 consecutive days and nights, Westdale Bowling Center welcomed tournament bowlers from all over the United States, and The Queens tournament was televised live on ESPN. Throughout the years, Westdale Bowling Center has hosted numerous state tournaments for men, women and youth. BJ was also instrumental in bringing high school bowling to Cedar Rapids. BJ has been very active with the state Bowling Proprietor Association, serving at various times as legislative chair, vice president at large, longtime board of director member and on many committees. He was a 50-year member of the state and national bowling associations. In 2015, BJ was selected as the Iowa Bowling Proprietor of the Year. BJ committed himself to living life to the fullest and he was certainly successful at it! BJ enjoyed time spent with friends on the golf course, fishing, playing cards, gambling, eating, drinking and giving friends a hard time! His weekly tee times were very important to him, and he especially enjoyed his 40-plus years at Elmcrest Country Club, where he made many lifelong friends. BJ never turned down a martini, a glass of red wine or a perfectly cooked steak! BJ took great pride in cooking and entertaining friends anytime, but especially during he and Kimberly's annual July 3rd festivities and at holiday parties. BJ and Kimberly were fortunate to be able to take many vacations. They shared a love of travel and all things fun where they could be together. The loss of BJ has created a void in many people's hearts and lives. He was a great friend, a great guy and a wonderful husband. He always had fun and enjoyed seeing people around him have fun. BJ's favorite song was "Forever Young," and he lived it! Kimberly wishes to thank the friends and family who have supported her and surrounded her with love. A special thank you to April Haven, nurse extraordinaire in the NSICU at UIHC. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com. Memorials may be directed to Karen Dulaney, 1307 Oak Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.