James “Jim” Clarence Prentice

Funeral service for James “Jim” Clarence Prentice, 85, Lawrence, KS will be held 11:00 am Monday, June 8, 2015 at Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Lawrence. Burial will follow at 3:30 pm at Highland Cemetery in Iola, KS. He died June 3, 2015 at his home.

He was born on April 24, 1930 in LaHarpe, KS the son of Harley and Naoma Prentice.

Jim was a Captain at the Lawrence Fire Department for 25 years and a glazier for Kennedy Glass. He was in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Jim was a member of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God.

He married Phyllis Cress on December 24, 1953 in Iola, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Sheila Rygmyr and husband, Tom, of Ft. Scott, KS, Lori Anderson and husband, Eric, of Lingle, WY; five grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. He was preceded in death by his son, James Prentice, daughter-in-law, Debbie Prentice, sister, Marjorie Wade and two brothers, Donald Prentice and Gary Dalton.

The family will greet friends at 10:00 am, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Calvary Temple Assembly of God or American Heart Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

10 Condolences

  1. Jan Powell on June 4, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Phyllis, so very sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family in this time of grief and suffering. God Bless You. Jan Powell

  2. Pauli Hawk on June 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Phyllis– I am so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. If all goes well, I plan to be at his service Monday. When you lose the love of your life, your life dims, but hang in there, kid. You still have your children and grandchildren. Not that they will take Jim’s place, but they will give you the will to go on.

    Also remember…you are loved.


  3. Jack and Judith Ostrander on June 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    A loss for all that knew him , a wonderful man , have left us with lots of good memories !! Thinking of you Phyllis and your family , sending love to all .Love , Jack and judith

  4. Maynard and Jeanice Cress on June 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Jim was a very special cousin, and was loved by all.
    He made get togethers fun.
    We extend our deepest sympathy to your family.
    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and prayers-Jeanice & Maynard Cress

  5. Terry (Cress) Teston on June 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Uncle Jimmy was a great guy! Loved spending some time in the Summers with him and visiting him at the fire department. He was definitely a “one-of-a-kind”! I am blessed to have known him as my uncle!

  6. Alisa Farmer on June 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    As long as I can remember, I have loved Uncle Jimmy dearly — his hugs, his smiles, his laughter, and being loved by him. You chose well, Auntie Kay. I know you miss him madly, but I am learning that missing someone so much means you loved and were loved greatly.

    Love to you. See you soon.

  7. Jo on June 4, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Dear Prentice Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:4. These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our loved ones as well as do away with all causes we have for suffering, including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts will comfort your family also.

  8. Mary Gordon on June 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Dearest Phyllis and family,
    I am very saddened to hear of Jim’s death. Jim was a very gentle man and a gentleman. I greatly admired him.

    Jim drove our very old school bus to Aspen, CO. with a load of the “Kansas Kids BOLD Skiing team on board”. The Kansas Kids were blind or visually impaired students from Lawrence and surrounding areas. Jim made this trip for many years. He drove us safely through snow storms, ice storms, and mechanical breakdowns. On one especially snowy trip, in order to get up to the Eisenhower tunnel, we all sat in the last two seats of the bus in order to have as much weight on the back wheels as possible. I vividly remember seeing Jim sitting way up in front in the drivers seat and all the rest of us in the far back of the bus. Jim got us through safely with his expert driving skills. Jim loved all the kids, too, and was a constant helper to them. I will forever be indebted to Jim and Phyllis, who was a loving, expert helper, for their devotion to making it possible for our kids to experience an unbelievable week of skiing and lifelong memories.

    Thank you, Jim, for your courage, love, and support of the Kansas Kids BOLD Skiing team.

    With gratitude, admiration, and love,

    Mary Gordon

  9. NIKKI INGRAM on June 8, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with “Grandpa” and Kennedy Glass for a few years. He made each day I saw him a little brighter with his warm smile. Heaven gained a very special angel. May God surround you with love and comfort during this time.

    Nikki Ingram

  10. Leora and Ernie Foster on June 8, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. It was always a joy to visit with you both at the Gas reunions. He was a blessing to all who knew him. May God bless you all.

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