James English, Jr.

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James English, Jr. The Man. The Legend.

The best friend, neighbor, brother, uncle, father and grandfather anyone could ever ask for, James Edward English Jr. – or just “Jim” as most people knew him – passed away on March 6, 2020 at the age of 78 years.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1941 to Irene Catherine English and James E. English Sr., Jim grew up in an Irish Catholic family as the oldest of nine siblings. He played basketball growing up and attended Bishop Miege High School before taking his talents to Rockhurst College.

A career with the Santa Fe Railroad took him from KC to Topeka to Texas and he made a lot of lifetime friends along the way.

Jim loved good BBQ, Joe’s KC was his favorite, a good Scotch (for him, Dewar’s), and was a sucker for a bowl of ice cream. He was a passionate sports fan -- basketball, baseball, football, golf, wiffle ball, you name it he’d watch it.

He loved his Kansas Jayhawks and got to see them win 3 titles in his lifetime (p.s. he liked their chances this year); was a die-hard Royals fan, celebrating 2 titles; and of course he loved the Chiefs, who thankfully managed to give this man one more reason to smile, pump his fist and drink champagne straight from the bottle when they won the Super Bowl in February. It was the last major event he celebrated with his family.

Jim was always a good friend. If he had time and money, he’d give it to you. If you had something going on, he’d be there if he could. He’d remember your name and always say “hello”. He always gave and never asked for anything in return. He was a man of few words, but he made it count when he did speak up.

Jim’s true passion has always been family. He was the Godfather of the family, always there to make sure things could happen and to ensure the family stuck together, especially during the holidays. He leaves behind his brothers Chris, John, Terry, and Steve; and his sisters Barbie and Patty and joins his parents, his sister Mary and brother Mike in the great beyond.

Being a parent always gave him purpose. He’d probably tell you he did it all wrong, but the truth is, he was one of a kind, stubborn and hard-nosed when he needed to be but always there when you needed a boost. His legacy lives on through his children, Thomas (Overland Park, Ks.), James, III (Strongsville, Ohio), Timothy (Merriam, Ks.) and Tricia (Santa Fe, NM).

More than anything, Jim loved being a Grandpa. He leaves behind 12 grandchildren – Jim’s kids: Cody, Connor, and Courtney; Tom’s kids: Drew, Mallory, Megan, Ryan and Tommy; Tricia’s kid: Chloe; and Tim’s kids: Nicolas, Owen, and Zoe. He never missed a game, race, play, band or concert, and he loved that he got to be even a small part in each of their lives.

Jim will be missed by friends and family. He was one of the greats. RIP, big guy. Rock Chalk.

Private Family Service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made to the Johnson County Meals on Wheels organization: