McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO


James Emmett Taylor, Sr.

September 20, 1934August 1, 2019

James Emmett Taylor, Sr., 84, of Leawood, KS, passed away peacefully with grace and complete honor on August 1, 2019 at The Kansas City Hospice House. A Rosary will held at 5:30pm, followed by a visitation from 6-8pm, Monday, August 5 at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road. Catholic services will be held at 10am on Tuesday, August 6 at Church of the Nativity, with James to be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions may be made in his name to the Wayside Waifs. James was born on September 20, 1934, in Kansas City, MO to Leonard and Mary Taylor. James attended St. Peter’s Grade School and graduated from Rockhurst High School. He then went on to Benedictine College and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1957 with a BS in Architecture. James entered service with the US Army where he served in Special Services in the 3rd Army as an Architect. James married the first and last love of his life, his Bride - Jane, at St. Mary’s Church in Newton, KS. James left the Army to start his career as an architect with the design firm of Kivett & Myers who designed and built the Truman Sports Complex. He later joined famed architect & chief designer of the Country Club Plaza, Ed Tanner of Edward W. Tanner and Associates, and later was made a partner. Upon Mr. Tanner's retirement, James was hired by J.C. Nichol’s Company to become the in-house architect of the Country Club Plaza, where he worked on such projects as Swanson’s, Harzfeld’s, Duvall’s and Hall’s Department Store, as well as Prairie Village and Red Bridge Shopping Centers. James left J.C. Nichols in 1967 to form his own firm, where he continued to serve as architect for the Plaza. As President of James E. Taylor Design Group, he remained active until his death. He served as Chairman of the Kansas City Board of Zoning, and nine years as Councilmen for the City of Leawood, to name just a few of his distinctions. He was a proud member of Serra Club and the Rotary Club of Kansas City and Leawood. First and foremost, James loved his family dearly. He was an avid golfer at Blue Hills Country Club with a mad game of Gin Rummy. James was a devout member of the Church of Nativity, where he volunteered selflessly for causes. Suffering from a heart attack in 1995, James made it a mission to serve as Friday Lay minister at St. Luke’s Hospital. James was preceded in death by his parents, brother Leonard Hale Taylor, Jr., his sister Mary Ellen Taylor, and nephew Leonard H. Taylor, III. Survivors include his wife Jane, son James E. Taylor, Jr., and his daughter Elizabeth Fisher, husband Glenn Fisher and their two sons, Reese and Rylan, and his daughter Anne Stuart and her husband Kenneth Stuart, and their two sons Devin and Prestin. “JET”, as he was known by many, died peacefully with his family by his side. He now is in his heavenly home with Lon, Mary Ellen, Mary “B” and Tex. He has been the Rock and Protector of his family. No child could ever have had a better father or role model who was truly a "man for others". He was an excellent example of what a Catholic man is, or should be. He was a kind and generous man who LIVED his faith in every aspect of his life, and unabashedly so. His life was one of COMMITMENT -- to his family, his friends, and his faith.


  • Wayside Waifs


  • Rosary Service Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019


James Emmett Taylor, Sr.

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Tom Cooke

August 6, 2019

Very sorry to hear of Jim's death. My most recent memories were of luncheons we had at O'Neil's long after years at "The Rock." And those memories were grounded in memories of high school . These days I meet people whose memories of their their high school days sound like days of misery. At our luncheons at O'Neil's, we'd all talk about our current lives, and wives, and I came to enjoy hearing about Jim's career as an architect He obviously was very successful, but I never felt that he was bragging about that.
Jim will be in my prayers.

Rick Thomas

August 5, 2019

I was shocked and saddened to learn that the "JET-man" had been summoned to the Big Tour.

I always enjoyed the occasional round of golf with him and the requisite adult beverage at round's end at the venerable Blue Hills Country Club.

He never failed to laugh at my references to 'the venerable Blue.' "Of course it is, he'd say. And let me tell you why..."

There were always lots of reasons; all enjoyable, most historical, but best of all, all JET.

God bless, my friend. The perpetual light is shining on you.

Tom Flanary

August 5, 2019

So sorry to hear about Jim but understand he's in a better place now. As a fellow classmate at Rockhurst, my wife Joan and I extend our sincerest condolences to his wife and family and we will pray for all the Taylors. Rest in Peace Jim, AMDG.
Tom and Joan Flanary
Williamsburg Va.