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1930 James 2022

James Wilkus

June 22, 1930 — August 16, 2022

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James D. Wilkus died August 16, 2022 at the home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5250 Mission Rd., Roeland Park, Kansas. Prior to Mass, a rosary will be recited at 8:45 am, followed by visitation from 09:00-10:00am. Burial with full military honors will take place at 1:30 p.m. that same day at Holy Cross Cemetery, Paola, Kansas. A small gathering for friends and neighbors will take place from 2:00-3:00 pm, Monday, August 22, 2022 at Muehlebach Funeral Care, 6800 Troost Ave.,Kansas City, Missouri.

Jim was born in Chickasha, OK 6/22/30 to August and Irene Carney Wilkus.  He finished grade school in Dalhart, Texas.  After moving to Kansas City, he went to Redemptorist High where he graduated in 1948.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955 with one year in the Korean War.  He retired from the Main Post Office in 1992 after working there for 33 years.  

Jim married Rita Kincaid Banhart in 1987. And became an immediate dad to Rita’s 3 children.  Jim and Rita lived in Roeland Park Kansas for 33 years before moving to St. Anthony’s Independent Living in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jim was a Knight of Columbus (St. Agnes John Roe Council), a volunteer for many years at Villa St. Francis (Olathe KS), At St. Agnes Food Kitchen (KCK), Eucharist Minister, Adorer at the Adoration Chapel at St. Agnes Church. He was a member of the Catholic Alumni Club, Ursuline Associates, and the monthly happy hour group! 

He leaves his wife Rita, 3 children; Staci Banhart, David Banhart and Paul. B. Wilkus, 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild and many nephews and nieces. 


He is predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers Robert (Dorothy), Jack (Theresa) Joseph (Mary Catherine) and his sister MaryLee (Bernard McGrail), a grandchild Forrest D. Wilkus and 2 nephews Mark Wilkus and Douglas Kincaid.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Jim may be made to: Redemptorist Church, St. Agnes Church or Villa St. Francis.  

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Rosary

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

8:45 - 9:00 am (Central time)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

9:00 - 10:00 am (Central time)

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Burial

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

1:30 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Holy Cross Cemetery

., Paola, KS 66071

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Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery

., Paola, KS 66071

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