James Franklin Ralls Sr.

February 6, 1925November 14, 2013

On November 14, 2013, Jim went home to the Lord. He died at home with his wife, Iona, to whom he was married and devoted to for 64 years. He was born on February 6, 1925 and lived his life in Kansas City. Jim served in the Army during World War II and landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge and was in Germany when the war ended. Jim was a firefighter at Richard Gebaur Airbase for nearly 40 years. While serving there, he was the Captain on duty when a major fire broke out on the airbase. He successfully put the fire out while rescuing several of his men hurt during the event. He was awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest civilian award, for his bravery. His family was the most important part of his life. He and Iona especially enjoyed his granddaughters with whom he was very close. In 1961, Jim, his wife and children joined Peace Lutheran Church where Jim and Iona continued to be very active members. Jim never met a stranger and was extremely well liked by everyone who knew him. Jim was the proud father of three children, Janice (Ralls) Jones of Carson City, Nevada, James F. Ralls, Jr. of Kansas City North and Jeffrey D. Ralls and his wife Cindy Ralls of Lee’s Summit and four granddaughters, Kelsey Ralls, Allyson Ralls, Shannon Ralls and Katie Jones. Jim was preceded in death by his parents James S. and Ethel Ralls and his brother Paul Ralls. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 18, at Peace Lutheran Church, 8240 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.


  • Visitation Monday, November 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 18, 2013

James Franklin Ralls Sr.

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Linda Hampton

November 17, 2013

Jim was a wonderful man and a dear friend to my father. He was, in fact, with my dad when my dad died and I was always grateful that Jim was there. Jim was warm, kind, and loving to everyone lucky enough to be in his acquaintance. He always made me laugh and now he's made me cry. Love and miss you, Jim.


November 17, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Ralls. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Ray Bosch

November 17, 2013

One of Jim's most outstanding qualities was his ability to make anyone feel comfortable and part of the group. I remember once talking with him in depth for almost 40 minutes at a gathering where I didn't know many people. He put me completely at ease. He honestly cared enough to make each person feel at home! His natural concern for others has been truly inspiring to me. Thank you Jim! It has been a privilege knowing you.