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James “Jim” Kendzora, 83, Independence, MO went Home to be with his Lord on Friday, May 10, 2019 after a bout with terminal cancer. He was surrounded by family at his home. A visitation will be held 10-11 AM, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 11 AM at East Side Church, 19901 E. MO Hwy 78, Independence, MO.
James served honorably in the US Navy from 1952-1954, was on-call until 1956 aboard the USS Wasp.
James worked for the Independence Fire Department and retired with 26 years. He was a heavy equipment operator (one of the best). He also worked as a Blacksmith. James was many things, but he was NOT a mechanic!
James was preceded in death by his wife Jane Kendzora of 54 years.
James is survived by his wife Sharon Kendzora of 6 years, siblings Mary Weber and George Kendzora, daughters; Debra (Thomas) Fleming, Kathleen Kendzora, Cynthia (Stevan) Keeney and Judith (Ronald) Radford, step-son Darren (Beth) Groom, step-daughter Dana (Garry) Stevens, 18 grand children, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends.
The family would like to extend their sincere thank yous to Dr. Maliszewski, Crossroads Hospice, the staff at The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and to all the family and friends for their ongoing support and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are asked to Life Point Church, 707 S. 1st Street, Odessa, MO 64076