McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home & Cremation Services

11924 East 47th Street, Kansas City, MO


James Joseph Eskew

September 9, 1955August 19, 2020

James Joseph Eskew, age 64, of Independence passed away suddenly on Wednesday night, August 19th. Jim was a great father, an amazing Papa, loving husband, and everyone’s favorite friend. If anyone had the chance to meet this man, they instantly learned about how incredible of a storyteller he was; as well as how horrible his “dad jokes” were. Jim was one of the kindest individuals who could always see the best in people when others couldn’t. Jim made the strongest of friendships with everyone he could from his high school days at St. Mary’s, to the friendly faces at all the breakfast restaurants. With as big as a personality as his, it is impossible to know how many lives he touched throughout the years. His family meant the world to him and were all with him in his final hours. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Cheryl Marie Eskew, sons Pete, Bob, and Wenhao; daughter-in-laws Cindy, Dessa, and Brittany. He was Papa to Ellie, Owen, Bailey, and Ben. Cremation. Memorial services will be at Jim and Cheryl’s on Tuesday, August 25th at 10AM. Masks are required and please bring your own chair. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter, 4640 Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110-3422 or www.lupus.org or charity of your choice.


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Susanne Holland

September 25, 2020

I was so shocked to hear of Jim's passing when I went into the store the other day. Jim truly was the nicest guy you could ever meet. He helped my husband & I design our wedding rings, helped me with jewelry for my wedding & many other jewelry pieces later. He always had a great story to tell. Was patient, kind & just best guy ever. I will miss him & his huge smile. My sincerest condolences to Bob & the rest of Jim's family.

Greg Strever

September 10, 2020

Was shocked to find out today about Jim Eskew. I have know him for 30+ years. Was introduced to him through Bob Ericson. Have been friends with him ever since. Many times Jim had just the perfect thing that I needed. Even now that I live in NC I would still reach out to Jim for all my Jewelry needs. I am so glad that I did stop in to see Jim on the 15th of August as I was going through Kansas City. We parted with a hand shake and I am glad we did. I will cherish the times that our paths crossed over the years.

Mike DeLong

September 10, 2020

My heart goes out to Jim's wife and family. I just found out about his passing when I decided to stop by the shop to wish him a Happy Birthday. Jim made my first custom ring in 1989 and I have doing business with him ever since. From wedding rings, engagement rings, graduation rings and more watches and jewelry than you can imagine, he was the man. His great nature, fantastic stories and honesty made him my only jeweler in the past 30 years. I have introduced my friends and family to him over the years and they also continued to do business with him. He was the most honorable person I have ever known and it was a pleasure to call him a friend. His humor and friendship will be sorely missed. Prayers for his family.

Janet Bryan (Conway)

August 31, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. I remember my best friend and I would always walk up to the square after school (St. Mary's) to go up and bug Jimmy at the jewelry store. He was so nice and fun to talk to. I was also good friends with his sister, Yvonne, from track and basketball, we had such fun times. The whole family is just so nice! Wes and I bought our wedding rings from Jimmy 35 years ago . We live out of state now but I came to K.C. a few years ago to visit family. While I was there some friends and I went to one of Jimmy's stores to say hi. I hadn't seen him in I don't know how long, at least 10 years. Well, no surprise, he was just as nice and friendly as ever. He just made us feel so welcome and we chatted for awhile just like old times! God Bless Jimmy and his family.

David & Elaine Dunn

August 30, 2020

We just heard about this during Mass today, 8/30/20, at St. Mark's. This delightful gentleman always greeted us kindly & even shared his St. Mary's "keepsakes" during one visit to the store. Our sincerest thoughts & prayers to his family. What an asset to heaven but oh how he will be missed in our community!

Ed & Janet Heiple

August 26, 2020

We lost a good friend this last week. Jim Eskew owner of Eskews Jewelry in Lee's Summit and Independence.
Jim and I did a lot of buying and trading with each other. He was a very honest and good man and we will miss him and seeing that great smile

Dan Fogarty

August 25, 2020

Oh maaaan, when I first heard the news it broke my heart. Especially while celebrating such a happy occasion. But what a way to go.

Jimmy was always our favorite cousin, always the Center of the Universe of Happiness at every gathering. Always taking us younger ones under his wing and making us feel part of the bigger family.

As a kid, hearing him tell stories of going to Columbia to buy bulk emeralds with an armed bodyguard made him seem like 007 to me, the stuff of legends. Then, seeing him build his business and pop up on TV, I'd proudly say "That's my cousin Jimmy!."

Haven't been on social media for ages, but whenever I did, there was always a pop-up hello from Jimmy "Hey Cuz!" usually with a positive comment.

My best wishes to the whole Eskew clan. We love you all.

Dan Fogarty

Carol Rocco

August 25, 2020

So sad to hear of Jim's passing. I've done business with him for many years. He was my go to jeweler/appraiser for his honesty and kindness. Peace to the family.


August 24, 2020

Our memory of Jim will be of his big smile, his funny stories and the beautiful reminders of this on our fingers, ears and wrist, and now in our heart. We will never forget him, blessings to his family, sincerely, Norma and Linda Neill

Stacy and Ron Litchfield

August 24, 2020

Jim was such a great man and it was an honor for us to have known him. He didn’t know a stranger and always made time to have a conversation. We are so sorry for your family’s loss.


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