June 10, 1930-April 9, 2018
SAINT ANN, Missouri — Kenneth W. "Frank" James, asleep in Jesus, 87, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018, from complications of skin cancer.
Funeral service will be 9 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Missouri Society for the Blind or the Honor Flight of Greater St. Louis. Online Condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Ken was born on June 10, 1930, in Rozell, Kansas, the son of George Walter and Mamie Belle Hidlebaugh James. He was raised in Cranston, Letts and later Muscatine. He served in the Army from 1948 to 1952 and graduated from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1956. He married Leda (nee Frost) in 1956 in Nashua, Iowa. In 1961, he and Leda moved to St. Louis, Missouri.
Ken was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. He hunted and fished, camped, played baseball and football, coached Little League baseball, was a Boy Scout Cub Master and president of the St. Ann Missouri Baseball Association. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and family, country music, and corny jokes. Ken was an accountant by trade and enjoyed doing taxes for friends and family.
Ken worked for McDonnell-Douglas from 1967-1987. For several years, he operated his own accounting firm, James Accounting & Tax Service. His last job was with Save a Day Laundry, where he retired at age 80 after 20 years of service. Ken was a proud member of American Legion Post 338 of Overland, Missouri, serving as honor guard at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for several years. He was also a member of Chapel of the Cross Lutheran in St. Louis, Missouri.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey James, of Redlands, California; a daughter, Diane James, of Florissant, Missouri; a sister, Ruth Reist, of Muscatine; a brother, Robert James, of Peoria, Illinois; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leda; five brothers; and four sisters.