Fidel Jimenez, Sr.

Born December 25, 1929, in Paxico, Kansas, to Luis and Maria Jimenez and raised in Union Pacific Railroad boxcar housing in Williamstown, Kansas. He attended Williamstown Elementary School through the 8th grade. His family moved to Lawrence after the family’s boxcar house was abandoned because of a flood.

He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad from 1947 until he retired in 1985. In retirement, he worked part-time for Dillions delivering, pharmacy orders, flowers and party balloons.

Fidel Sr. was a skilled musician who played mandolin and later the drums. He performed in bands at dances, weddings, anniversaries, baptisms and other joyous occasions in Lawrence, Topeka, and surrounding Mexican American communities. His bands played both Mexican and Country Western music.

He married Rosa Bermudez in 1948. She predeceased him on December 30, 1992. They were happily married for 44 years and raised a son, Fidel Jimenez Jr., who was born on January 4, 1949. He survives his father at his residence west of Lawrence. Fidel Jr. has been happily married to Janet (Ray) Jimenez for 54 years.

Fidel Sr. is survived by a sister, Virginia Romero of Lawrence, Mary (Jimenez) Knowles of Fernley, Nevada, and a brother Johnny Jimenez of Oklahoma City, and was predeceased by a brother Joe Jimenez of Kansas City, Kansas.

Other family survivors include two grandchildren Brian Lee Jimenez (wife, Kelley) and Michelle Kay (Jimenez) Miller; six great grandchildren Jakeb Jimenez, Olivia, Jimenez, Jude Jimenez; Andrew Miller, Alexis Miller, and Austin Miller; and one great-great granddaughter Lainey Addison Miller.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021, at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, Kansas.

Memorial Mass for Fidel Jimenez Sr will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday October 1, 2021, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Fidel passed away on Thursday September 23, 2021, at his son’s home. Inurnment of Fidel Sr’s ashes will take place at a later date at Mt Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Lawrence.

A reception will be held immediately after the funeral mass.

12 Condolences

  1. Jose Leanos on September 26, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Deepest sympathies and condolences to the family.



  2. Gary Lee Wheeler on September 26, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the family



  3. Carol and Mike Cheek on September 28, 2021 at 7:47 am

    So sorry Fidel and Janet for your loss. My deepest sympathies are with you and your family.



  4. Kathy (Dolifka) Gillihan Hatcher on September 29, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Fidel’s passing. I remember him well from working for Union Pacific with my dad for years. Janet and I are also friends from kindergarten. Sending hugs and prayers.
    Kathy (Dolifka) Gillihan Hatcher



  5. Kathy (Dolifka) Gillihan Hatcher on September 29, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Fidel’s passing. I remember him well from working for Union Pacific with my dad for years. Janet and I are also friends from kindergarten. Sending prayers and hugs.



  6. Rosavilla and Randy on September 30, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Fidel, Janet and family I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed.



  7. Nancy Nowlin on September 30, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I remember Mr. Jimenez well and know that he will be missed by many people. My condolences to Fidel Jr. and Janet and all the Jimenez family. You are in my thoughts.
    Nancy Nowlin



  8. david davison on September 30, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Fidel and Janet I am sorry for your loss. Hope you are doing as well as possible under the circumstances.

    With a saddened heart,
    Dave Davison



  9. Debbie Feist on October 1, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Fidel and Janet and family. My prayers to your family during this difficult time.



  10. Katherine Knetter on October 1, 2021 at 11:11 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how special Fidel was to your family. He is already terribly missed.



  11. Rick Durrant on October 4, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    The world has loss a great rail, I got to know Fidel well when he worked for my father on the Lawrence section and as his truck driver then the crossing watchman. He was a one of a kind person to be around and look up to. Sorry to read this and he will be terribly messed



  12. Marie Ann Herren Ochs on December 23, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I was sister to Bobby G Herren the foreman on the railroad when Fidel worked on the railroad. Bobby passed two years ago. So now they can have good times again. Fidel was a wonderful Husband and Father i am sure so God Bless His Family.



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