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James “Jim” Joseph King, V, age 75, of Concordia, MO, passed away Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 in the care of KU Medical Center. He was born in Hyde, Cheshire, England on May 5th, 1942 as one of two children to James IV and Elizabeth (Dudley) King.
Jim graduated from Greenfield Street Secondary School for Boys in Hyde and received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manchester University. From working for N.A.S.A as an electrical engineer, to piloting for United Airlines, to racing drag cars, to manual labor, Jim worked numerous jobs—excelling at each and always providing for his family. As an inventor, carpenter, engineer, mechanic, and educator, Jim made sure to include his children and pass along his skills to them. He had an interest in fast cars, wood-working, current events, and rooting for the Chiefs and Royals with his family.
Jim is survived by his wife, Debra, his four children Julie, Joanne, Jamie, and Jimmy, his step-children, Neil and Melissa, his grandchildren, Ellysia, Katie, Kaitlan, Kyle, Javen, Kelly, Megan, Krispen, Kameron, James VII, and Luci, step-granddaughter Alleigh, and his two great-grandchildren Nicholas and Azalea. Jim was a dreamer, a traveler, hilarious and full of life. Jim will be truly remembered by all who knew him. A “celebration of life” gathering will be held on Sunday, August 20th, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the home of his son, James “Jimmy” King, VI at 8005 Harris Avenue, Raytown, MO 64138.