James “Jim” O’Connell, 76, a resident of Grain Valley, MO passed away peacefully Friday, December 6, 2019 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was born May 25, 1943 to David and Venita (Root) O’Connell in Kansas City, KS.
Jim was united in marriage to Joan Williams on January 24, 1987 in Independence, MO. He graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1962. Jim was Baptist by faith. He was a delivery driver for Lewaellen’s Flower shop in Blue Springs. Jim was a member of the American Legion Post #499 and VFW both in Blue Springs. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, fishing, and coaching his son Jonathan’s baseball.
Survived by his wife Joan O’Connell of Grain Valley, MO; children, James Alewine of Versailles, MO, Marie O’Connell of Kansas City, MO, Jamie Alcanter (Marcelino) of Independence, MO, Jonathan O’Connell (Sharon) of Grain Valley, MO; siblings, Dennis O’Connell of Blue Springs, MO, Steve O’Connell (Barbara) of Blue Springs, MO, Tina Vaughn (Paul) of Sweet Springs, MO, Colleen Throckmorton of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Derrick Alewine, Christopher Alewine, Samantha Jenkins, Alexis Williams, Gabriel Alcanter, Sienna O’Connell, Sophia O’Connell. He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Ventia O’Connell; sister, Kathy Cox; brothers, Richard O’Connell, Chuck O’Connell.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs, MO. Full military honors will conclude the service. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to help defray funeral expenses. Memories of Jim and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.