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1937 James 2021

James 'Jim' L. Mick

September 10, 1937 — January 27, 2021

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James Leo (Jim) Mick, 83, passed away after a long battle with Dementia on January 27, 2021 surrounded by love and family. Services will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2 E. 75th Street, Kansas City, MO on Thursday, February 4th where visitation will be held 9:00 - 9:30 am. The rosary will be prayed beginning at 9:30 am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10:00 am. Interment with military honors will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery following the mass. To support social distancing guidelines and those with COVID concerns, the service will be available via live stream provided by Muehlebach Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Elizabeth Parish,, Care Haven Homes,, Alzheimers Assn. KC Chapter,, or Ascend Hospice Local Office
Jim was born September 10, 1937 in Kansas City, MO at the old St. Joseph Hospital to Leo Theodore and Cecelia Adelaide (Rues) Mick. He was the second of 4 children born to his parents and grew up in the 5500 block of Harrison Street. He was a 50-year member of St. Peters Catholic Church where he participated in the Knights of Columbus and served his parish community as a lector and volunteered with Boy Scout Troop 118.
In his youth, like so many youngsters in the 1940s and 1950s, he spent time visiting family in the country going back to visit family on the farms. He spent many hours traveling with his family to both Greeley and Tipton, Kansas, enjoying time with his many cousins, aunts, and uncles. Blessed to have cousins on both the Rues and Mick sides of the family, he never tired of recounting stories of the fun games and pranks they participated in until he could no longer retell the tales of yesteryear. As he did with his cousins, he lovingly spoke of his many aunts and uncles whom he loved dearly throughout his life, including two of his aunts who were members of the Ursuline Sisters Order and whose convent in Paola, Kansas offered another opportunity for family activities.
When not spending time with friends or family, early on Jim helped his Dad at the family grocery store, "Micks Market" at the corner of 55th & Troost, and later would work serving up malts at the Country Club Dairy, also located on Troost Ave. He attended summer camp at Camp St. Mauer in Atchison, Kansas, and participated with Boy Scouts as a member of Troop 25 at the H. Roe Bartle Scouting Reservation. He attended grade school at St. Francis Xavier, located at 52nd and Troost, then onto high school at Bishop Hogan at Meyer Blvd. and Paseo.
After graduating from Bishop Hogan, Jim joined the U.S. Marine Corp and later transferred to the U.S. Navy where he was trained as a Radioman in the Hurricane Hunters. He entertained us with stories of flying straight into the eye of the hurricanes. His service to his country included stops in Morocco and the Vatican. Jim remained immensely proud of his service to the country he loved so dearly, and as the years ticked by the stories were told with more frequency and detail.
When Jim completed his military service, he attended Kansas City University and began working at Linda Hall Library in the Photolab; while working at the library he met the love of his life, Mary Martha (Marcy) Snell. They married on September 15, 1962, had two children and were married for 49 years until her death. As a devoted spouse to his beloved wife, he was fully engaged as a caretaker for the several years before she passed away from cancer complications.
Jim was a loving Dad and during those busy years spent time attending school activities; helping with 3&2 Baseball; volunteering with his sons Boy Scout Troop 118 where Jim earned the rank of Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, choosing the name "Cedar" to represent this achievement; participating in school activities and taking summer trips to Tanglewood Lakes in La Cygne, KS, where he enjoyed listening to bluegrass music and polishing his boat.
Jims family background provided him with a strong work ethic. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and worked hard at various opportunities, including operating his own silk screen print shop in the family basement where he created countless t-shirts and posters - including some for the Kansas City Chiefs and holiday-themed panels for gaslights. He spent nearly two decades with the Kansas City Star, working his way up to Circulation Manager, and retired from the US Postal Service as a Central Forwarding Systems (CFS) Forwarding Unit Supervisor after more than 20 years of service.
After raising his family, Jim was able to kick back and enjoy a slower pace of life, spending time traveling with his wife to Hawaii, volunteering for community events including Bikers for Babies and the Amy Thompson Run To Daylight, traveling to bluegrass music festivals, participating in Toastmasters speaking engagements, playing guitar and learning to be a Ham Radio Operator. When Jim became a grandfather, he would pick the kids up as often as possible simply to spend time with them: helping with homework, teaching the boys to drive, and usually sneaking in an ice cream treat. He was a regular at any sporting, scout or school activity the kids participated in and was so proud of their accomplishments. In later years, you could find Jim walking the family dog through his Brookside neighborhood and visiting with neighbors along the way.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marcy; his parents Leo and Cecelia; sisters, Donna Cooper, Brother-in-Law Tom Cooper, and his infant sister Patricia Mick. Survivors include his daughter, Cindy Wallace (Charles); son, Joe Mick (Laure); grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew and Madeline Wallace; and brother Daniel J. Mick (Maureen), Bethesda, MD; and his much loved and oft thought-of three nieces Vicki Consoli Pollington, Bozeman, MT, Patti Haynes, Santa Barbara, CA, Chris Consoli-Nystrom, Eugene, OR; and one nephew Bob Consoli, Santa Barbara, CA.
Our family would like to thank the staff of Care Haven Homes for the tender, compassionate, and loving care they took of our Dad during his final years. They truly walked the walk of this journey with him each day. We also wish to thank Ascend Hospice for the assistance they provided in caring for Dad.
"A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again." Maya Angelou
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SERVICES Visitation
Thursday, February 4, 2021 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 2 E 75th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Thursday, February 4, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 2 E 75th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday, February 4, 2021 10:00 AM
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 2 E 75th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Mount Olivet Cemetery 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd Kansas City, Missouri 64138

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