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MSgt James Robert Shaklee, RET. USMC
James R. Shaklee, 80, of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital, Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011. Jim was born in Knowles, OK, on November 3, 1930. He was preceded in death by his parents James R., Sr. and Anna A. (Burch) Shaklee, and his sister Gertrude A. Wall. While in the Marine Corps he met and married the love of his life and is survived by his wife of 57+ years, Esther Pearl (Morris) Shaklee, son James Shaklee (Lori) daughter Jamie Rathjen (Ken), grandson Kevin Shaklee, and granddaughter, Julia Shaklee. Jim also leaves behind many friends and loved ones.
Jim joined the Marine Corps on August 23, 1950 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. He fought during the Korean War, and served 2 tours in Vietnam. His dedication to the Marine Corps and loyalty to country never faltered. Jim was a Drill Instructor at W.O.C.S., Quantico, VA. He earned the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, among many others. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Jim went into real estate and then became an exterminator with Gunter Pest Management, retiring in 1995.
Jim was an avid fisherman. His biggest catch… His wife, Pearl. He loved to play golf with his buddies from Disabled American Veterans (DAV). In addition to playing locally, they would take an annual trip to Arkansas. Jim was quite a craftsman until his eyesight deteriorated. Jim was also an excellent cook, known best for his white bean soup and garlic pasta.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to DAV, 8787 Old Sante Fe Road, Kansas City, MO 64138. Jim’s parting words to his Marine comrades-in-arms, “Semper Fi”. The family wishes to thank all those who have given them support. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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