Jim Dillon passed away Friday April 15, 2022 surrounded by his family.
On March 17, 1989 Jim and Kathleen were married in Spokane, WA. Survivors include his loving wife Kathleen, Blue Springs, MO, children and spouses, John Mall (Peggy) Tucson, AZ, Becky LaNoue (Rick), Blue Springs, MO, Robin Shipley (Larry), Tucson, AZ, and Jennifer Lantz (Eric), Alexandria, VA, his brother, Robert Dillon, Kansas City, MO, 11 grandchildren, Nichole Wood, Becky Bowler, Tony Mall, Kristen Smith, Rachael MacLean, Alexis Weatherly, Courtney Spector, Scott Shipley, Joshua Mall, Pepper Lantz, and Raleigh Lantz, as well as 16 great-grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bartholomew and Alice Dillon, his brother David Dillon and his sister, Penny Groceman.
Once a marine, always a marine. Jim loved this country. Optimism was the hallmark of Jim’s life and he was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Jim’s career spanned 4 decades in the food service industry. His positions ranged from Director of Transportation, to Director of Operations. Jim retired from Sysco Food Service in August 2004.Jim’s passion was golf and he spent much of his free time on the course. Other hobbies included traveling, spending time at the lake, playing cards and especially telling STORIES. Jim’s quick wit and sense of humor was entertainment to all. He especially enjoyed family gatherings with the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Affectionately known as Papa Jim to the great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Jane Broxterman for her wonderful care. Also our appreciation to Maria Ferrell of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and the incredible hospice staff of angels. Jim had many angels involved in his dialysis care including Trish Isley.
Cremation has taken place, visitation will begin at 10:00 am until 11:00 am, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 23, 2022, all at St John La Lande Catholic Church, 805 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Military Honors will follow, conducted by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard.
The family respectfully request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, honoring America’s first responders, veterans and their families, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306, https://t2t.org/donate/ or Saint John LaLande Church. Memories of Jim and words of comfort for his family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.