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McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS

OBITUARY

James R. Belfield

June 18, 1961April 10, 2016
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James R. Belfield, age 54, of Lake Quivira, KS went to the Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am on Friday, April 15th at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Burial in St. John Catholic Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. Visitation will be 4:30-8:00 pm on Thursday, April 14th at the church, the rosary will be prayed at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to an organization founded by the Belfield Family, born out of Jim's passion for helping others: Belfield - Make Kids Smile Fund, c/o Merit Bank, 10000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210. Dr. James R. Belfield was born June 18, 1961 in San Antonio, TX. Jim spent his childhood in Fair Hope, AL, where he attended Catholic Elementary School and learned to swim, fish and sail. A favorite time in Jim’s young life was the year spent living on a sailboat with his parents, twin sisters and brother. It was in Alabama that he acquired the good manners and southern charm that he carried with him for the rest of his life. The family moved to Pittsburg, KS where Jim and his siblings rode horses, bailed hay and swam in the strip pits. He attended Pittsburg High School, where he played football and was crowned Homecoming King. Jim graduated from Pittsburg State University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He was a Lambda Chi Alpha.

Jim moved to Kansas City to attend the University of Missouri - Kansas City and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Belfield enjoyed a successful career as a dentist, practicing in Salina, KS, the Kansas City Plaza area and Mission, KS for several years before opening his own dental practice in 1993 in Lenexa, KS. Dr. Belfield was very active for years in professional organizations as a member of the Seattle Study Club, and Peer Advisory Group. Jim shared his dentistry talent with the Kansas Mission of Mercy 501(c)3 organization. Jim loved life. He treasured his family, celebrating life events, and especially attending Hannah and Jacob’s sporting events.

He was a talented golfer and a proud member of the Lake Quivira Men’s Golf Club. Jim enjoyed snow skiing, traveling and his Bible study groups. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Gretchen Belfield and his sister-in-law, Tina. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Kimberley (Mayer) Belfield; their children, Jacob and Hannah; siblings, Steve Belfield, Robin Carson (Troy) and Dawn Pointer; brother-in-law, Carl Mayer (Sherri); and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jim is loved by many and will be missed dearly.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Rosary Thursday, April 14, 2016
  • Visitation Thursday, April 14, 2016
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 15, 2016

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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Marianne McGuff

March 10, 2017

Kim. I have been thinking of you so much lately! I would love to see you I have some things for you - nothing fancy Anyway call me whenever it's convenient 8166177092. All my love marianne mc
(Elaine's sis) ❤

OLean Robins-Booker

March 9, 2017

In my Fathers house are many mansions and Dr Jim has a new home in one of them ....Good afternoon to Mrs Belfield and family....I just called the office and was told he was no longer there...when I asked more quiestions regards to where can I reached him,...my heart was broken,,,I express my deepest sympathy...I followed Dr Jim from the Plaza location and continued to follow him,My first experience was when I sat in the chair on Belleview and I became so afraid..I was walking out the door..when Dr Jim came and got me...I almost made it back to my car..that is when I knew I had the best dentist.....and we laugh about it every time I came....why he even let me listed to headphones to keep me from being so nervous.
I will continue to keep the Belfield family up in prayer and if there is anything I can help you with...I am only a phone call away,
Olean Robins Booker

Cinnamon Nolden

July 12, 2016

From the Nolden Family!

We send our condolences and prayers to your family.

My husband and myself were patients of Dr. Belfield. Although we were not able to visit his practice as often as we had hoped, the times we did Dr. Belfield was always happy to see us. He always remembered us...as if we were long, lifetime friends. He will truly be missed by ALL who had the pleasure of knowing him!

~Cinnamon & Kevin Nolden~

July 3, 2016

Dear Belfield Family-
I just learned of your father's passing. I was a year behind your father in dental school and now live on the East Coast. Although I did not know him well I remember him well. Your father was one of the upper classmen that always wore a friendly smile and made you felt comfortable to approach with a question. He was never just looking after his own skin; if you needed something you could count on him. Remember your father will always be there for you, he is just in another location now.
My condolences at this time and if you always ask yourself, "How would dad handle this situation?", then you will do well.
Dr.Dee Groen DDS '88

Sonny Sarabia

June 27, 2016

Kim, I just heard the news today and am praying for you and your family that the Lord will give you strength during this time. I am truly sorry and wish you peace and comfort.

Geof Gehring

April 20, 2016

April 15, 2016
James Belfield Eulogy
Good morning. My name is Geof Gehring, or as Jim often called meCaptain Fairway
On behalf of the Belfield familyI would like to Thank you for being here to support Jim's family. My heartfelt condolences go out to Kim, Jacob and Hannah, Brother Steve and sisters Dawn and Robin, Carl and Sherri and all of the nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
I want to thank Fr. Mike, Kim's brother Carl and his wife Sherri, Kim's cousins Becca and Robin, Cindy Barnhill, Audra, Mike and Giovanna and especially T. Red for being on Site and on Call for the family this past week.and always. The outpouring of love by friends has been amazing. You are all truly Angels of Mercy!

I loved Jim Belfield. He was my best friend.

You can't help but grow extremely close to a person when you sit next to him in a golf cart, boat, kitchen, winery, restaurant, airplanes and numerable life events for over 20 years.
We shared our dreams, hopes, fears and loves with each other. He constantly used to tell me that he and I were the luckiest 2 guys on earth and that we married way out of our league.
I would always reply: Best sales job ever!

We all have flaws. We are human!... It comes to mind that Jim's biggest flaw may have been choosing me to be his Lake Quivira golf partner for 15 years. Just like Jim, he would rather lose with a friend than win with somebody he didn't know as well. I know a lot of you guys out there were Jim's golf buddies and understand this well.

When I think of Jim's life, several words come to mind to describe it:
Passionate
Meticulous
Clutch
Loving
Passionate: Passionate about living life. Always learning and constantly moving forward. He likened himself to a shark. Always movingalways moving forward
Meticulous: Meticulous about his craft, his dentistry his golf game and his appearance. Perfection was the only acceptable result.
Clutch: Whether it was sinking a tournament-winning putt or being there when friend or family needed his help, you could depend on Jim to be there when you needed him most
Loving: This is where Jim excelled. He loved God, His wife, his children, his family, his employees, The Mules, his friends and Cathy Owens cooking. but who doesn't enjoy Cathy's cooking?

The one story I would like to share with you is when Jim and I were playing in a Member/Member golf tournament at Lake Quivira. We were so excited. We had won our flight and we were playing in the championship derby.
We had survived our way to the final pairing which just happened to be against a neighbor I had some issues with. I will refer to him as the feuding neighbor.
Anyway, we were on the final hole and I teed off and horribly sliced my drive in to another fairway.
feuding neighbor hit his drive right down the middle. Jim then hit an incredible shot that put us back in to our fairway about 140 yards out.
feuding neighbor's partner hit a nice shot up the middle and was lying about 160 yards out from the green.
feuding neighbor was preparing to hit next, and Jim looked over at me and said I know what you are thinking.
I said your darn right I want him to hit it in the water.
feuding neighbor then promptly hit his shot in to the water.
We easily won the hole and the tournament and as we climbed into the cart to drive home, Jim looked at me and said, Can you forgive your neighbor now?
I forgave my neighbor and felt better for it - having let that negative energy go.
That was JimClutch and the bigger man. taking the high road, forgivinghelping me be a better man.

T. Red forwarded me an email from Jim's brother Steve, and it really sums up how all of us feel about Jim. I quote:
I've been going through our joint texts all day. I really enjoyed them, and although they were infrequent, they were real. they show Jim's love, wit, humor, sharpness and his wanting to stay in touch. I enjoyed how he wasn't afraid to laugh at himself, not afraid to wade in to solve anyone else's problems. That was Jim in a nutshell.
I am experiencing the shock and numbness of losing Jim, I am thinking of all the moments spent with Jim, and I was inspired by his life and love. This week many thoughts, feelings and emotions have come over me and I feel Jim wants me to share them with you today.so I wrote this poem:
True Wealth
Is not in the things you collect. But in the souls you connect
Wealth is not how many people's money you carry in your walletBut how many people carry you in their heart
The admission price to heaven is not expensive. But love is the only currency accepted to pay the entry fee
Only the love you give away during your time on earth. Will be saved and used for you as your entry fee to Heaven
The only thing you take with you when you die is the love you gave away.
Love is the currency of eternity.

I could stand up here and tell stories about Jim for hours, and I know many of you have countless stories of great moments with Jim. Please take a moment over the next couple of months to write down those stories and share them with Kim, Jacob and Hannah so they have a loving, living testament to their husband and father, and my hope is that they can feel the love he shared with all of us.

Of all of Jim's accomplishments on the golf course and in life, nothing made Jim's chest puff out with more pride than when he talked about his children. He was extremely proud of the wonderful young adults they had become. He looked forward to watching them as they went through life. He will be watching down on you from heaven.
I leave you with these final thoughts:
Plan for the future - but live in the present
We all have an expiration date - but none of us knows when it is
Live each day for the gift that it is.
And make deposits each day into the savings account that is heaven, by continually filling the vaults of others hearts with Love!

God Bless you Jim Belfield. Your heavenly account is paid in full.

Captain Fairway Out!

Marianne McGuff

April 18, 2016

Dearest Kim, I just found out last night from my brother Bill McGuff that your husband passed away last week. We were just sick! I told Bill I had just met your beautiful daughter last summer when I saw her in the Stratford Place neighborhood. Kim I'm heartbroken for you and your son and daughter. Your husband sounded like a really great guy. This is a lot to bear with your sweet Moms death just a year ago. I don't live at Stratford anymore but a neighbor from their that I keep in touch with told me about your mom. I was surprised and so sad. I really enjoyed getting to know your mom better while I lived there. Kim, I will be thinking and praying for you and your family. All my love, Marianne McGuff

Tamara Teuscher

April 18, 2016

Kim & family, i am deeply saddened to hear of Dr Belfield's passing. I worked with him for a short time and enjoyed his upbeat attitude towards life & his love of dentistry. My prayers are with you at this difficult time & I know he is looking down upon us all & smiling. Hugs!

April 17, 2016

Although we didn't know Jim very well, we always enjoyed seeing him at Lake Quivira when we visited our friends T Red and Geof. He always had a warm and ready smile and greeted us as though we'd known him all our lives. He was funny, friendly and so kind. The photos are a wonderful tribute to Jim's life and it's apparent that he was loved by many and happiest when he was with his family. We are deeply saddened for your loss Kim, Jacob and Hannah, and you are in our hearts and prayers. Bridget (Lanning) and G.Brown

Brenda Gentry

April 17, 2016

Words cannot express my feelings upon hearing of Jim's passing. Chris and I will miss Jim's smile, jokes, jovial demeanor and most of all his presence. Kim, We are so sorry for your loss. Please extend our condolences to your son, daughter and family. We were very fortunate having Jim in our lives. He will be missed dearly. God has a bigger plan, one I will never understand. Rest in peace Jim Belfield!
Love,
Brenda and Chris

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