In Memory

Jim Land

Jim Land

James R. Land II James R. Land II, 71, passed away peacefully at home Mar 17. Cremation is planned with a private gathering. Jim leaves his son James, three granddaughters who he adored, three brothers and many friends.

Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 24, 2019

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03/18/19 11:30 AM #1    

Carol Cavagnol (Sullivan)

So sorry to see Jim go. I know this is all part of the "circle of life" but it's hard to hear of each Viking as he or she departs. May we appreciate each day...

03/18/19 11:35 AM #2    

Jim Van Hoy

I saw Jim at our 70th Birthday Party. I was glad to see him and everyone else there. What a life we've all lived. Hard to imagine the paths that we all took after graduation...

03/18/19 12:11 PM #3    

Steve Carlson

When Jim didn't come to the reunion, I tried twice to connect with him when I was in town.  Sadly, we never got to meet.  He was one of my main playmates when he lived on Craig and we had the run of the neighborhood.  I hadn't seen him since our graduation.  RIP my friend; know that you are in my heart.

03/18/19 12:34 PM #4    

Terry Colbert

Jim was a great guy and I remember him as a good little league baseball player in his time. We had a good visit at Lake Quivira during that Age 70 reunion. We will miss him. Jim Land always said this at times like these: "The Carpenter Pounds his nails." Goodspeed, my friend.



03/29/19 11:04 AM #5    

Karen Lyerla

In the neighborhood the four Land brothers stood tall.  Smart, athletic, charming, hard workers and good looking as well! We recently lost Jimmy Land, the oldest Land brother.  Jim will always be a part of us who grew up in the OP.  First and foremost, Jim loved his family and totally adored his granddaughters.  “Granddaughters are my treasure whose worth I cannot measure except by the love in my heart”.  They truly meant the world to him. Jim also loved writing and kept a long standing journal, notebook, and/or diary for many years.  His thoughtful writings gave depth to his feelings. His life stories, philosophy, and writing represented a way of escape—a break away from the valleys his life sometimes presented. Writing, for Jim was an emergency exit of living. He wrote because he knew that even when nobody would listen or hear his voice, his writing would  never reject his pen. A gifted athlete, Jim enjoyed the challenges, the camaraderie and a winner never quits  attitude as well as being a sports editor for the Epic newspaper. Genuine smiles  and friendliness always surrounded Jim and defined a man of remarkable talents who wasn’t above truly enjoying his life along the way!  While life bestowed many ups and downs, Jimmy met them all with grace, dignity,  and good will. Jim Land took one day at a time,  realizing there are some things that can’t be changed while promoting that one should always try to learn from them. ‘The carpenter pounds his nails’ Greatly loved, we will miss you dear Viking Classmate, friend and OP Lumber forever!

Shared by Tod Land and Karen Lyerla

03/30/19 05:34 PM #6    

Becky Slabotsky (Forbes)

So happy to hear that Jim had continued to write throughout his life.  He had a remarkably powerful and moving way with words.  I always hoped he would write the great American novel ala Pat Conroy — it would have been a good one!  RIP, gentle soul.

03/30/19 05:46 PM #7    

Marsha Rhoads (Killian)

Karen, what a lovely tribute you wrote to Jim's life.  Since I didn't go to the same elementary school and junior high as so many of you, I only knew Jim as McDreamy at SMW.  Quite a gentle man.

03/31/19 11:00 PM #8    

Cheryl Pebley (Maggio)

Was so sorry to hear about Jim Land's passing.  He was a great guy.  It was a pleasure to have known him for all the years we were classmates.  Cheryl Pebley Maggio

04/01/19 12:33 AM #9    

Lee McClenaghan

Tod and Karen:  What a wonderful tribute.  Thank you for putting into words what I know we all felt about Jim.  When my famlly moved down to Hardy Street and I started attending Antioch Elementary, Jimmy lived 2 blocks away amd was one of the first friends I made.  We remained friends through junior high at Milburn and high school at West.  He was one of the nicest guys I ever knew,  While he was a gentle, sensitive soul, he could also be tough as nails if that was what was called for.  We lost touch after I moved to California, but he left me with many fond memories of our friendship.  He was one of the good guys and his passing saddens me greatly.  A good man gone.  RIP, Jim.


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