William Francis James

January 17, 1938May 15, 2020

William Francis James, 82, of Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away May 15, 2020. He was born on January 17, 1938 in San Antonio, TX.

Bill graduated from Southwest High School in 1956. He was an accomplished Marimba player. He graduated from KU in 1960 and was a proud member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Bill utilized his business degree first working in the family business; EMCO. Then he accomplished his dream of opening a hardware store, Waldo Hardware. Bill was known for his ability to fix ANYTHING! He was an accomplished salesman, gardener and cook.

Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret A. James, and his second wife, Judith B. (Jaso) James.

Bill is survived by his children, Sherri L. James, of Shawnee, KS, Lori A. Tempel (Kevin) of DeSoto, KS, and Rusty James of Princeton, KS; grandchildren, Kaitlyn C. Mitchell (Jeff), of Overland Park, KS, James A. Farrell of Overland Park, KS, and Caleb James of Princeton, KS; great-grandchild, Penelope A. Mitchell; and brother, George Russell James, of Lincoln CA.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 6 at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.


  • Margaret A. James, First Wife (deceased)
  • Judith B. (Jaso) James, Second Wife (deceased)
  • Sherri L. James, Daughter
  • Lori A. Tempel (Kevin), Daughter
  • Rusty James, Son
  • Kaitlyn C. Mitchell (Jeff), Granddaughter
  • James A. Ferrell, Grandson
  • Caleb James, Grandson
  • Penelope A. Mitchell, Great Granddaughter
  • George Russell James, Brother

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6 June

Graveside Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mt. Moriah Cemetery

10507 Holmes Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64131


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Kevin Tempel

May 21, 2020

Bill James was my father in law, I married his daughter Lori. I remember my first date with Lori in High School and meeting Bill when I picked her up in a red 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. He was the caring father who had a dry sense of humor that at seventeen, I didn’t know was joking or serious. Re-introducing myself 39 years later when Lori and I were dating again was as though no time had passed, as Bill knew my father, as Lori’s vice principal in school. After Lori and I married we worked together moving him and Judy from their long time home to Mission Chateau. We shared lots of memories while we packed that I will never forget as he recalled their travels and his life. We sifted threw a collection of both of their life’s and he talked and I listened.
He will be missed by Lori and I and all his family.
Kevin Tempel

Jim Wilson

May 21, 2020

Bill was a Pike fraternity brother at Kansas University that I first met in the fall of 1956. I graduated in May 1958 so I was there only two years when he was there. He was a good, reliable brother who always had a positive outlook on life. I remember him as easy going and generally wearing a smile. He aged well and I'm sure he was very successful in every facet of his life. My wife and I send our heart felt condolences to Bill's family.

Bruce and Jeanne Van Meter

May 21, 2020

Many years ago living in the Pike House Bill (Rounder) would loan me his car so I could take my girl on dates. That girl became my wife. He taught her to play Bridge while looking after her when I was home in Houston.
My wife and I extend our deepest condolences to his family. May God bless you during this time of sorrow and into the future.

Bruce and Jeanne Van Meter


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