James was born March 3, 1929 in Brush, Colorado. He passed away at home in Lees Summit, Missouri on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at age 94.
He grew up on a farm outside of Hillrose, Colorado, and was baptized into the Lutheran faith. Following high school, he married Barbara Meyer of Hillrose . He then served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Korea. When he returned, he attended Rocky Mountain Art Institute. He started his career in the advertising department for Safeway in Denver, Colorado. He was promoted to Advertising Manager in Omaha, Nebraska in 1974. He was then promoted to Advertising Manager for the Kansas City division in 1980.
He was a faithful husband and father, and he loved God, country and family almost as much as Barbara’s cooking. He was also a sports fan, car enthusiast, loved to read about history and listen to jazz.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, his parents Peter and Martha George, and sister Evelyn Wahlert. He is survived by sister Donna Mull, sister-in-law Joan Haddock, sons, David (Barbara), Timothy (Diana), Curtis (Karen), and Mark (Joanna); grandchildren, Angie, Laura, Sarah, Breanna, Brittney, Derek, Jennifer, James, Stephen, Julia, Monica, Katie, Joseph, Johnny, and 19 great grandchildren.
His body will be laid to rest in the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery in HIgginsville, Missouri with full Military honors.
Lee's Summit, Mo. 64063
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
To David, Tim, Curtis, Mark & all your families…I’m sorry I’m not able to attend your dad’s services but wanted you to know how sorry I am to hear about his passing. I have very fond memories of your dad and your mom too. When we would visit as small children, both of them would scoop me up and give me great hugs and kisses. I loved spending time with them and all of you. I hope your memories give you strength and I’m so glad Uncle Jim lived such a wonderful long life.
I am so sorry for your loos.
My uncle Jim was such a good man. He was so easy to look up too.
Love you all
Ron- Julie Reidle
Sending condolences to the family! Uncle Jim always greeted me with a huge hug and loving acceptance. Along with Aunt Barbara, they were always so welcoming and just made everyone feel special. Uncle Jim had a great smile and laugh. I was always in awe at his art talent and always shared his interest in cars. What a great life he had, he really used his 94 years to his best!
Uncle Jim, your kindness, your caring, your openness, your sense of humor, your love…all the things that I will truly miss. Thinking of you and the rest of the family! May love and peace wash over those hurting today due to you being gone. You will always be in our hearts!
My favorite uncle-in-law. A man with a great sense of humor who enjoyed laughing and having fun. It it such an honor to have known Jim, Barbara, and their family. I have such rich memories of the times we spent together. I know he will be missed. My sympathy and love to the family. God Bless and comfort you all.
So sorry for the loose Our prayers for everyone
Was very saddened to hear your dads passing, he had a very long and fruitful life, Ill always remember his laugh, his love for cars and his caring manner, I always enjoyed spending that week in the summer with you all and the contests he and I would have trying to identify cars by the front or rear as we drove down the road. Jacque and I are extremely sorry we are unable to attend his service as circumstances prevent us from going at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and hope you can all have peace of mind knowing that he no longer hurts and is in a better place. Love you all Robert & Jacque
Condolences to all of Uncle Jim’s loving family. Many happy memories will console us remembering what he meant to so many.