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James Louis Fariss III, age 76, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Hospice House North Kansas City Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Jim was born August 31, 1945, in Boonville, MO, son of James L. and Ida C. Fariss. Jim attended Sacred Heart Catholic Schools (grade and high school) in Sedalia, MO. He worked for General Motors in Kansas City MO, and Arlington, Texas as an engineer in the body shop. He retired from GM after 30 years. He served in the U.S. Army special forces in Vietnam and was awarded the “Bronze Star” for service to his country above and beyond. He is credited for saving the lives of his combat squad.
Jim loved God, his wife Lisa Fariss of 31 years, his children, his dogs, and motorcycles. Up until 8 years ago, he enjoyed his Wellers, boating, camping, bowling, playing pool, fishing and playing cards. He is survived by his wife Lisa Marcel Fariss, daughter Tiffany Fariss Kingsborough, (Jason), his grandson, Logan Kingsborough, son Michael Fariss of Phoenix, AZ, sons, James Louis Fariss IV, and Glenn Louis Fariss, a grandson Michael McGraw and a great-grandson Nathan McGraw, of upstate New York, a sister Patricia Fariss Moser (Tom), and a niece Madison Shepherd, and nephews, Garrett Moser, Matthew Culbert, and Carson Smith. His in-laws; Leo Marcel, Elaine Culbert (Bill), Karen, Jeanette and Suzanne Marcel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in-law, Jeri Marcel.
Jim’s wishes were not to have a service of any kind. If you would like to donate in his memory, please donate to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 14605 E US Hwy 40, Kansas City, MO 64136 (816)765-8787.