He was born August 25, 1940 to Wayne Owen Killion of Richmond, Missouri, and Eula Laws-Royer of Buena Park, California, who preceded him in death. Jim was also preceded in death by brothers Ronald Wayne Killion of Centertown, Missouri, and Lyle Laws Killion of North Hollywood, California.
Jim attended Cabool High School in Cabool, Missouri, and graduated from Anaheim High School, Anaheim, California.
Jim enlisted in the United States Navy June 20, 1958, and was honorably discharged on May 14, 1964. He was a dental assistant while serving in the Navy.
Jim was united in marriage to Linda Lee Rice of Long Beach, California, in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 11, 1965.
Jim was employed by Missouri Department of Corrections for 25 years, working in transportation, Potosi Maximum Security Prison and Fulton Receiving Diagnostic Center. He was also employed by the University of Missouri Athletics Department for 19 years part-time as a supervisor for event staff, where he continued to work until his death.
He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Jefferson City. Jim became an ordained deacon at First Baptist Church of Iberia, Missouri.
Jim loved to be active and some of his favorite activities throughout the years were coaching his sons’ baseball teams, bowling, traveling with his wife, playing bingo at McDonald’s and mostly visiting with people as he had never met a stranger. He adored his granddaughters and loved spending time with them. He loved his family and his church. Jim will be greatly missed.
Jim leaves behind his loving wife Linda of Jefferson City; son Eric Killion and future daughter-in-law Cara Champlain, both of Jefferson City; and a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Byron Pittman of Jefferson City. He also leaves behind five granddaughters, Danielle, Jordan, Kaia, Tina, and Cheyenne, as well as many other loving family members.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Rev. Brian K. Credille officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Oakdale Cemetery in Cabool, Missouri, on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the James Killion family.
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