James Warren Klobnak

January 20, 1953August 22, 2017
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James Warren Klobnak, 64, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. Jim was born on January 20, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Dwayne and Vera (Godfrey) Klobnak. When Jim was 16 years old, his family relocated to Hamilton, Iowa. After graduating from Twin Cedars High School in Bussey, Iowa in 1971, Jim attended community college and also worked in a variety of sales and health care industry positions in Des Moines and Knoxville, Iowa, including the Veteran’s Health Administration Hospital, before moving to Kansas City, Missouri in 1980. In 1996, Jim married Cynthia Dayton and they resided together in Kansas City until her death in 2004. Over the years, Jim continued his education at UMKC and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Arts in History, and a Juris Doctor. For many years, Jim worked in various union positions at the Kansas City ATA, including roles as union steward and financial secretary-treasurer for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1287. After he received his JD, Jim was a Jackson County prosecutor and also served as the union representative for IAFF Local 42 before eventually opening his own private law practice. Jim had a hearty, booming laugh, and a passion for politics and debate. He was a voracious reader and loved animals, opera, classical and jazz music, cooking, and gardening. He enjoyed spending time with his girlfriend, Carol Nixon, and his family and friends. He was particularly fond of sharing a “cold one” with his best friend of more than 30 years, Javier Perez. Jim is survived by his girlfriend, Carol Nixon of Parkville, Missouri; sister, Kathryn Klobnak and her husband Dalton Tomlinson of Overland Park, Kansas; uncle, Larry Klobnak of Kansas City, Missouri; aunt, Lucille Godfrey of Bussey, Iowa; mother-in law, Eunice Dayton and father-in-law, Russell “Coach” Dayton of Olathe, Kansas; bother-in-law David Dayton and sister-in-law Wendy Dayton of Olathe, Kansas; nephews, Captain Dalton Nicholas Tomlinson and his wife Sheri of Jacksonville, North Carolina and Nicholas Dayton of Olathe, Kansas; nieces, Drew Tomlinson of Jersey City, New Jersey, Kristen Dayton of Washington DC, and Alexandria Dayton of Olathe, Kansas; a number of cousins; and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Cynthia Dayton Klobnak, his grandparents, Pierce and Ollie Godfrey and Andrew and Molly Klobnak; parents, Dwayne and Vera Klobnak; brother, Thomas Klobnak; sister, Kristina Klobnak; four aunts, Joan Hartley Klobnak, Marie McCoy, Lola Williams, and Joyce Anderson; four uncles, Don and Raymond Godfrey, Dick Williams, and Rex McCoy; and cousin, Cheryl McCoy. Memorial services for Jim will be held on Saturday, September 2 at Mount Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home at 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Visitation will be held at 10:00 AM and his memorial service will begin at 11:00 AM. Internment of his cremains will be directly following the memorial service at the Mount Moriah Faith Mausoleum. Tributes may be made in Jim’s honor to either Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64137 or The KC Pet Project, 4400 Raytown Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64129. Arrangements under the direction of Mt Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 2, 2017
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 2, 2017
  • Inurnment Saturday, September 2, 2017

James Warren Klobnak

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Kathleen Foland

September 1, 2017

Jim was a favorite client and a good friend to share culinary experiences. He also loved to watch my cats and dog interact and got tickled by their interaction with each other.

August 31, 2017

We send our condolence to all who loved and cared for Jim. He will be sadly missed by those he served and represented.

Jennifer Moore Foster

Jonothan Walker

August 25, 2017

To Commissioner Jim Klobnak's family and friends:

The ATU 1287 family sends our sincere condolences and prayers that you find peace and comfort in our Lord God, Jesus Christ.

May God continue to look after you and over your family in this time of grief.


Jonothan P. Walker,President B/A ATU 1287