James L. Kalmus

James L. Kalmus, 78, Stilwell, Kansas passed August 22, 2014, from complications due to heart failure. Jim was born 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri and was a 1954 graduate of Lillis High School. He attended Kansas City Community College and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a veteran of the US Army. Jim’s various careers included serving as a patrolman with the Kansas City Police Department, sales, and working in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries.¬† He served as 1971-72 President of the¬†Padric Parish Ancient Order of Hibernians , 2000-2001 President of the Irish Cultural Center, was a member of the International Association of Lions Club, and volunteered regularly at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie K Kalmus, four sons and a¬†daughter, Mark Kalmus of Colorado Springs CO, Chris Kalmus¬†of Lee’s Summit MO, Shawn Kalmus of Kansas City MO, Tyler Kalmus of Lawrence KS and Lisa Kalmus of Terrell TX. ¬†He is also survived by seven grandchildren. Jim was the oldest of nine children and is survived by four brothers, William Kalmus of Wurzburg, Germany, John Kalmus of Gladstone MO, Robert Kalmus of Lincolnshire IL, Bernard Kalmus of Overland Park KS, and four sisters, Rita Kirby of Bannockburn IL, Fran Golden of Prairie¬†Village¬†KS, Denise Schermoly of¬†Olathe KS, and Peggy Stamm of Overland Park KS. For information regarding his¬†October 5, 2014, memorial service in Kansas City, please visit¬†facebook.com/jim.kalmus¬†or send an email to¬†mark.kalmus@gmail.com.

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  1. Paula Stahl Sheridan on August 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s death. Our Lillis Class of 1954 celebrated the 60th Reunion this past June. For the past few years he was part of our Reunion Committee, helping to put things together for these special events. I am glad we were able to share so many memories and friends together through the years. Jim, good friend, you will be missed.

    I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Kalmus family for their loss.

  2. Linda Carter on August 26, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I am so sorry to hear my lunch buddy with Bukaty is gone. My prayers go out to the family, he will be missed.

  3. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on August 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Kalmus. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  4. BEVERLY PUTTHOFF BISCANIN on August 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

    So sorry to hear about Jim’s death. What great and funny memories I have of your husband Bonnie…I did not know Jim as a father but I have NO DOUBT he was a great one just as he was a great friend.He will be missed by all of Lillis Class of 1954

  5. Rob and Susan Pittell on September 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Our deepest condolences. I’ll miss having those steak sandwiches with him.
    Rob and Susan Pittell

  6. Vonnie Owens on September 12, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Jim was a great man and will be missed. I enjoyed the time I worked with him at Toyne & Associates. My husband Mark really enjoyed talking with Jim and had so much fun the year he helped with building the Irish Float. I am sure you all knew what a compassionate caring man he was. I know from many conversations he loved & cherished his wife, children and grandchildren. May God Bless you all and may you find comfort in all the years of beautiful memories you shared.

  7. Don Burdolski on October 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jim at the Toyne Insurance Agency through a great friend Jim Toyne.

    In a business where your ethics define you JIM KALMUS was above reproach.
    I had the utmost respect for this colleague!
    He is in good company in the heavenly agency!

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