Jim is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, “Liz;” children, Lisa (Mike) Jenkins, Lance (Leslie) Miller and Jennifer (John) Doole; grandchildren, Jake, Elle, Kate and Addie Jenkins; Haley Brunker, Morgan Scheelhaase, Avery and Payton Miller; and Parker, Jack, Peter, Ben and Lydia Doole; two great grandchildren, Lily Brunker and Cru Scheelhaase; siblings, Jack (Marney) Miller and Joseph (Sue) Miller; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe Jack and Alma Miller.
Jim was born on Dec. 26, 1938, in Centerville, South Dakota to Alma and Joe Jack and his brother, Jack. In the 1940s , his family moved to Parkville, Mo., and opened a restaurant on Main Street. Shortly after moving, they welcomed Joe into the world, completing their family of five. The Miller brothers ran the streets of Parkville, working, growing and solidifying their bond — a bond that would inspire their families in the coming years.
After graduating from Park Hill High School, Jim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served for two years before returning to his studies. An exceptional athlete and student, he enrolled at Park University in 1958, where he played basketball while earning a degree in mathematics. While there, he met the love of his life, forever friend and confidant, Liz Hill. After a year of dating, they eloped and were married in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and their incredible love story began.
Upon receiving his degree from Park University, they relocated to Lawrence, Kan., where Jim furthered his education at the University of Kansas, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also obtained a MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Throughout the course of eight years, Jim and Liz were blessed with three children. Jim was especially proud of them. Jim loved his family deeply and supported them always — he was their rock.
Jim was known for his incredible work ethic throughout his career at TWA and Vanguard Airlines, serving as a vice president at both. He was known by his colleagues as a true professional, driven, intelligent, fun-loving and kind.
Jim’s legacy of loyalty, strength, bravery, respect, determination, hard work, love, faith and laughter will be carried on by those who knew and loved him. While he is profoundly missed, his family and friends celebrate his newfound peace and wholeness in heaven with his Creator, whom he served faithfully and loved dearly.
A visitation will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a celebration of life at 7 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Parkville Presbyterian Church. Prayers, condolences and memories can be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkville Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Kansas City Hospice.