McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO


James W. Dishman

March 8, 1927July 5, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of James W. Dishman announces his passing at the age of 92 on July 5, 2019 surrounded by family. A visitation will be held Friday, July 12, 2019 from 9 – 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena, 4101 E. 105th Terrace, Kansas City, MO followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery immediately following.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James P. Dishman and Vida L. Dishman. He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Theresa (Maloney) Dishman, whom he married in 1949; their children: Mary (Joel) Johnson, Michael (Geri) Dishman, Peggy (Leslie) Eidson, Jan (George) Morgan, Joan (Bobby) Linville, James P. (Jana) Dishman; sister-in-law, Helen Forte; nineteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Jim attended school at Guardian Angels and Rockhurst High School. He joined the Navy in 1945 and served for two and a half years. Jim continued his support for veterans throughout his life. After his time in the Navy, he joined the Katy Railroad where he worked for over 30 years. Jim, a devoted Catholic, was a member of Christ the King for over 60 years where he served as a lay minister and cantor. He was a member of St. Thomas More for the last seven years. Jim was also a member of the Knights of Columbus serving as a Grand Knight, a former guard of the 4th degree, and “Slow Poke” the clown. He also volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital as an ambassador for over 25 years. A gifted showman, Jim was always making others laugh and helping however he could. He loved God, his family, his country and all people. He was always there for others through good and bad times. Rest in peace Dad, we love you and will miss you. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Thomas More Church or Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care.

“Enjoy your ride.” Love, Jim


  • St. Thomas More Catholic Church
  • Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care


  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, July 12, 2019


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Jim and Kathy Radi

July 11, 2019

Jim was one of the best. He never met a stranger. Jim had a way of putting a smile on the face of anyone he had any personal contact with. His congeniality and charm was so refreshing because he was so genuine. We will miss him very much.

Pat Leonard

July 11, 2019

Jim, I have been praying for you, Theresa, and your extended family, and I will continue to do just that. And I cherish knowing you and your families. I also know you will be greatly missed. Rest in peace with God.

Jack Ryan

July 11, 2019

Jim was my mentor in my early days of the 4th Degree and the Honor Guard. Whenever we had to figure out our way as we went along, he'd say, "Semper Fi, improvise!" I always considered him a dear friend, especially after he moved into our parish, St. Thomas More. He tried to remain active with the Knights, but by then his health was preventing many activities. He was a true gentleman and Brother Sir Knight, who will be sorely missed.

Debi Winkler

July 11, 2019

I only knew Jimmy through my father Ken Winkler. I met him after my dad had already had a stroke and could no longer drive, so I took him to the retirees luncheons at the old Gold Buffet now known as Finnigans! Jimmy always welcomed me as one of them and was always so great to my dad as he battled multiple dementia. He always had a smile and a joke, not always good ones but you had to laugh because they really were funny! We lost my dad in May 2014, he still kept in touch with mom (Shirle Winkler ) until recently, which she greatly appreciates! Rest now Jim, you have earned it! Prayers for the family from mom and me!

Sheryl Swyden

July 11, 2019

Mary and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have missed seeing you and your parents at mass since my mom can no longer go. You took such good care of your dad. Peace be with you.
Sheryl Swyden

Jan and Fred Sumner

July 10, 2019

Peggy and Les and family, Fred and I want you to know we are praying for comfort and peace for all of you. I’ll never forget meeting your Dad, Peggy, at St. Joseph Med Center when Mom was there for something. He was the kindest most articulate conversational man. He made Mom feel so comfortable and he was so gentle with her. I know this will be one of your hardest saddest things to live through. God will see you through. Our love to you all❣️ Fred and Jan

Barney Barnhart

July 10, 2019

I worked with Jimmy back in the 50s, on s.w.blvd. He was a great man. Prayers to the family . Don (Barney) barnhart

Mike Meyer

July 10, 2019

Jim worked my father Bob Meyer who was in charge of Katy Transportation from 1954 until 1974. I too worked for the Katy during college and got to know Jim. He was a positive force in the sales office and supported my father 100%.
He was kind and warm to all of us that knew him. His word was his bond and was highly respected. He treated us youngsters like his sons. Even though I haven’t seen him in years I will miss him and all of the things he accomplished. His strongest trait was his loyalty to his friends and to the Katy family. God bless him.

Larry Whelchel

July 10, 2019

Jim was a great friend and I had many wonderful times with he and Elmer Coker.....God be with him.....Larry

Phyllis Bridges

July 10, 2019

I will forever remember Jim’s comforting presence at the entrance of St Joe. After a serious illness with years of follow up visits, Jim was there with his friendly greeting. Thank you Jim for comfort you never knew you gave. If you did that for me, imagine the hundreds of patients and visitors who felt the same. You were a sweetheart to our Mom who had countless doctor visits...she always said, “ I wonder if we will get to see Peggy’s Dad..I hope so.” You were there the many OB visits our daughter had, even the day she delivered our beautiful Bo. Most of all Jim, thank you for your very special daughter, Peggy. She is our dear friend, sister, loving wife to our brother Les, wonderful Mom to four beautiful daughters and their families, and tender, never failing, caretaker to our Mom. She has your same comforting smile. You were surely blessed with a life well lived.