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James Howard “Jim” Janes, age 75, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away at Cedar County Memorial Hospital on February 27, 2015. James was born March 1, 1939, in Wichita, KS, the son of Lonnie Butts and Glendine (Stires) Butts. James graduated from El Dorado Springs High School.
James married Patricia Mohs in February, 1959, in Milwaukee, WI. They were married seven years and to their union were born three children: Kimberly, Laurie, and Mark.
In December, 1968, James married Geraldine Folks in Rockford, IL. They were married twenty-four years. To this union two children were born: Peggy and Robert. James was also a step-father to Kirk, Richard, and Debra Folks.
In May, 1995, James married Beverly Hardie. He became a step-father to Randy, Kenny and John.
James was a gifted and talented man. He started his career as a lineman with the telephone company. When that job ended, he went to work as a mechanical engineer for a major company, Barbara Combmen, in Rockford, IL. He did time and motion studies to improve the effectiveness of their manufacturing process. Also, James had a deep passion for antiques. In the late seventies he started his own antique restoration business, and continued to work with antiques ever since. His last career transition was to construction and remodeling homes. This encompassed all his loves with being outside, working with his hands, and being creative with the woodworking projects. His biggest joy was making new friends everywhere he went.
James was a follower of Christ. He gave his life the Jesus as a young boy and was baptized at Pape Christian Church. As an adult he became a member of the Church of God (Holiness) in El Dorado Springs.
Jim was a vivacious man who had a passion for hunting and fishing. Adding humor into his everyday life always brought smiles to those around him. Jim was a hard working man both at work and at home, never cutting corners. He set a great example for all his children and grandchildren. Following Christ gave him personality free of worry which gave those around him comfort. Jim loved his wife, Bev, and spent his last years traveling with her and keeping up on her honey-do list at home. It was his pleasure making her feel loved. He enjoyed watching his family grow and spending time with them. He never stayed in one place very long, always taking a trip up the road to say “hi” to a friend or lend a hand where help was needed.
As a boy, when things were scarce due to the depression and war, he had to be creative for entertainment. This caused him and his brothers to create a game where they would throw a ball onto the roof and catch it on the other side as it came down. Even at a young age he knew what it was to work hard. While living in a canvas Army tent he helped his stepdad chop wood to sell to the doctors and lawyers in town who could still afford to heat their homes. All of these stories will live on in the minds of his children and grandchildren, reminding them that life wasn’t always easy, and to work hard for yourself and for your fellowman. He made sure no one was ever left unhelped. One of his pleasures when he wasn’t working was having his morning coffee with his buddies at Scooters. Being on the go was how he lived his life.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Glendine and Lloyd Janes, and two brothers: Joe and Lee Janes.
Survivors include his wife Beverly; three daughters: Kimberly, Laurie, and Peggy; two sons: Mark and Robert; his stepchildren: Randy, Kirk, Rich, Debby and Kenny; twenty-five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers: Lonnie Janes and wife Susie, and Edgar Janes and wife Kelly; and one sister, Nancy McIntire.
Funeral services for James Janes were held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of God (Holiness), with Pastor Joe Trussell officiating. Burial followed in Clintonville Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were: Chance Thompson, Wayne Yakel, Ami Hardie, Ray Bozarth, Doug Darnell, and Delayne Hashagen.