James E. Bannister

August 28, 1926October 16, 2010

Jim Bannister, 84, of Overland Park, Ks. passed away Oct.16, 2010. Born in Kansas City, Mo., he attended Westport High School and graduated from the University of Kansas.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines. While attending K.U., he was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, making lifelong friends. Jim enjoyed many years in his career in the industrial film business beginning at Calvin Productions, K.C.,Mo. and Centron Productions, Lawrence Ks. Jim’s passions included spending time with his family, gardening, mechanics, Big Band music, fishing, boating and firing up the grill.

The son of John and Helen Bannister, Jim was a devoted Catholic, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Lorie of 59 years, four children: David (Maripat) Bannister, Santa Rosa, CA.; Diane (Dan) Church, Fairway, Ks; Kathy (Randy Endecott) Anderson, K.C.Mo.; John (Harriett) Bannister, Lawrence, Ks.; brother, Paul (Kathleen) Bannister, Charleston, S.C. and eight grandchildren: Chad Anderson; Jacqueline, Anna and Gabriel Church; Indigo Bannister; Logan, Aidan, and Evan Bannister and cousin Ned (Elaine) Sauer, Gerard, Ks.

A visitation at 9:30-11:00 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., will be held, Wed. Oct. 20, at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7023 W. 71st St., Overland Park, Ks. Interment will follow at Johnson County Memorial Gardens.

Gifts in Jim’s name may be made to Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 913-432-4616 or Heart of America Alzheimer’s Assoc., 913-831-3888, Please offer condolences at

Arrangements under the direction of McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel, Overland Park, KS.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, October 20, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 20, 2010

James E. Bannister

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November 15, 2010

Jim will always hold a spot in my memories as a great, fun, life-loving guy, and I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. I send along the Lacey family's greetings and sympathies to all of you, especially to Lorie and Diane. Ruthanne is at Brandon Woods in Lawrence with Alzheimer's... healthy and comfortable physically, but knows no one. A sad final chapter for her.
Best wishes always, Bruce Lacey

Vickie Evans

October 21, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He was a funny, kind and thoughtful man. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

James O'Sullivan

October 20, 2010

The greatest generation. May they rest in peace.

October 20, 2010

Kathy & Chad: You are in our thoughts. Keep the great memories close to your hearts.

Becca & Bob

Larry & Joyce French

October 19, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Bannister family.