James “Jim” V. Hoover

A Celebration of Life for James “Jim” V. Hoover, 76, Eudora will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora. There will be a reception to follow the service at the church. A private family inurnment will be held at a later time at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. He passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Jim was born December 11, 1941 the son of Kelvin Vincent and Helen Elizabeth (Benson) Hoover. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1959. He worked at Kaw Valley State Bank for 55 years and was President of Kaw Valley State Bank for 35 years. He considered his employees and many of his customers an extension of his family and treated all of them as such.

Jim served on the city council and was the Mayor of Eudora for more than three decades, often taking calls and answering “friendly” questions at his own home at all hours of the day. He was a member of the CPA Picnic Association, and many of his friends have fond memories of him working the pop stand during the annual picnic.

He loved hot rod cars and the faster they ran the better. He passed his love for racing on to his son Jimmy, and he spent many years at the motor cross track watching Jimmy race and win. Later he would spend many more years at ball parks with his son Jason and the KVB Sidewinders softball team sharing in their many wins and treating the team like part of his family. An extremely hard worker, Jim hated being idle and was known for his willingness to help anyone and only expected a thank you in return.

He was incredibly proud of his grandchildren and had a great hand in raising them. He loved spending time with his family above all else and especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s many activities, making an effort to come to many concerts, games, and horse shows. He spoiled his family, especially his grandchildren, and gave generously behind the scenes in many ways that even his family will never know about. Jim had a larger than life personality and there will never be another husband, dad, grandpa, or friend like Jim.

Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years Carole, Eudora, KS. Other survivors include two sons, Jimmy (Julie) Hoover of (Louisburg), KS, Jason (Lindsey) Hoover of Eudora, KS; his sister, Dr. Eileen (Dr. Walter) Kintsch of Boulder, CO; and his most beloved grandchildren, Grace, Payton, and Colby.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Eudora Schools Foundation and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

53 Condolences

  1. Martin Owens on December 7, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    So sorry to learn of Jim’s passing.

  2. Jesse newman on December 8, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I have great memories of Jim back in the high school days of his cars ,drag strip, and the car talk at Broyles texaco station.I am sorry to see that he has passed on.

  3. Darren Hall on December 8, 2018 at 9:16 am

    So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Jimmy and Jason I know it’s hard to lose a father, but he is always with you. Carol, it’s even harder to lose your husband and best friend in life. Stay strong he is by your side every moment silently protecting you all.

  4. Ben Eaton on December 8, 2018 at 9:23 am

    sorry for your loss, jim was a great guy and will be missed by many. Jason and jimmy my heart goes out to yall i know the pain u are feeling.

  5. Chad Hunsaker and family on December 8, 2018 at 9:40 am

    My deepest sympathy, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Jerry and Joyce Cromwell on December 8, 2018 at 9:45 am

    So sorry for your loss! Jim was a great man and will be missed, My parents did business with Jim for many years and also my husband and I have continued to do business with him! He was the Best!! Lots of memories! Our thoughts and prayers to all of you!

  7. Phyllis Richardson-Stadley on December 8, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Such an iconic figure in our town. It was a right of passage in our family for my parents to say, “Let’s go see Jim Hoover about us co-signing for a loan” any time us kids wanted to get our first vehicles. My parents really respected him and doing business with Kaw Valley and Jim. My deepest condolences and prayers.

  8. Orville and Mary Jane Church on December 8, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. We are sorry for your loss.
    Orville and Mary Jane Church

  9. Lori Bichelmeyer on December 8, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He will certainly be missed by so many. Keeping you in thought and prayer.

  10. Rachelle Ziesenis on December 8, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    My condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Jim’s family on the passing of your Husband, Father, and Grandfather. May you all be comforted by God’s grace during this difficult time.

  11. John and Julid Woodward on December 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Carol, Jimmy and Jason you and your family’s and on our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Gwen Longbine on December 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the Hoover family. May he Rest In Peace

    Gwen Yarnell-Longbine

  13. Hal Reusch on December 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Carol Jimmy and Jason and all the family what a great man and friend Many years ago he was in my wedding He will be missed by many Prayers for all of you

  14. Jerry Katzfey on December 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Carol , Jimmy , Jason and Hoover family. My heartfelt condolences goes out to you, in the passing of Your Dad and husband , Jim. May God bless all of you and comfort you in the coming days. Jim will be missed by many.
    Thoughts and prayers..

  15. Belinda Rehmer on December 8, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My heart goes out to the family and the hole that his loss will leave in your lives.

    May God’s blessings and the peace that passes all understanding envelope you during your time of greiving and beyond.

  16. Mike &Diana Leming on December 8, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    We are deeply sorry of the passing of Jim,Thoughts and Prayers! Jim will be missed.

  17. Holly Kracl on December 8, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    My heart hurts as so many in our community do. Jim and Carole you have been a part of my life from the beginning. My best memories are of Jim in my brothers wedding , to me babysitting Jimmy and Jason and then my daughter Lauren being in Jimmy and Kierstens wedding. Prayers love to you all. The legacy lives in Jim with his wonderful grandchildren. ????????❤️

  18. Tom and Dee Jerome Family on December 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    To the Hoovers, Praying for strength in the days ahead and God’s blessings upon your family. With deepest sympathies and continued prayers for the loss of your most cherished husband and friend, father and grandfather, Jim.

  19. Paul & Carolyn (Colman) Rogers on December 8, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Our condolences to Carol & family. Long time Eudora residents should pay “Thanks” to Kelvin, Jim & the whole Hoover family for much of the positive Eudora development over the last few decades. Their efforts thru the years have made for a “better Eudora”.

  20. Stan Trekell on December 8, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to a life well-lived. Sincere condolences to the entire Hoover family. His mark on the community will not soon be matched.

  21. Debrah Barr on December 8, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    When a living, yet larger than life, force of positive energy and goodwill, suddenly leaves us mere mortals with no warning or preparation, we are left with gaping holes in our heads and hearts. How can we continue on with out him? I, for one, will close my eyes and hear his voice, his chuckle and picture a tall man smiling down at me and will carry on, just as he would want me to. Good grief, Jim, you will be/already are severely missed.

  22. Dave Redlin on December 9, 2018 at 5:13 am

    God Bless the Family and all of the many Friends!

  23. Mike & Tiffany Baxter on December 9, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Carol and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers of peace and comfort during these difficult times.

  24. Chuck wood on December 9, 2018 at 8:30 am

    My condolences to the family an loved ones,he will surely be missed,

  25. Shannon Kauffman on December 9, 2018 at 8:39 am

    What a great man! He was such a kind and funny man to talk to at the barn. We will be missed by all.

  26. The McCasland Family on December 9, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Sincere condolences to the entire Hoover family. Jim’s presence, sharp wit and ready smile will be sorely missed.

  27. Terry Fry on December 9, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I am just one of many people Jim helped in so many ways. I could never ask for a better friend.

  28. Bud and Mary Jo Hadl on December 9, 2018 at 11:33 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed by so many.

  29. Roger Bias on December 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I loved this man. Treated me like a son. Many of dollars spent on me playing softball. Many a breakfast together before leaving town. Not once would he allow me to buy. First time I met Jim, he tossed me a set of car keys, said come on let’s take this one for a ride. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the Family. I love you all.

  30. Lynae Wasson on December 9, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Carol, I so enjoyed spending time with you and Grandpa Hoover at many horse related events. He will be missed by many. I will be praying for the entire family during this time of great loss. Hugs to everyone in your wonderful family.

  31. Bill Elkins on December 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I moved to Lawrence in 1955, to 2138 Vermont st. and Jim was the first kid I met. Jim had a bike & I didn’t. So Jim road on the handle bars and I peddled us all over Lawrence .I will always have great memories of those times. It is with great sorrow to hear of Jim’s passing. God be with you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  32. Dee Dee Zimmerman on December 10, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Words cannot express how much I’m going to miss my Uncle Jim. Living halfway across the country I would not get to see the Hoover family as much as I would have liked but was fortunate enough to get out to Eudora this past summer, staying with Aunt Carole and Uncle Jim. He was a man who spoke his mind for sure but his heart…to know that heart…was to truly know Jim Hoover.

  33. saundra pichelman on December 10, 2018 at 8:37 am

    dear Carole and families, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You all will be in my prayers.

  34. Karin Matta on December 10, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  35. Clint Kueffer on December 10, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was always very gracious and kind towards us. God Bless, Clint & Sarah Kueffer Family

  36. Terry Martin on December 10, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    My Uncle Jim, so many fond memories. He was a Very special part of a wonderful childhood I enjoyed. Love always, Terry Martin

  37. Shanks Family on December 10, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Carol, Jimmy and Jason, I know you all know this but Jim was one of My favorite Men. I recall Him leaning over the left-field fence during the softball games at Nottingham field back in the day. He was a huge fan of all of us Boys and I feel that I can speak for all of us when I say that We were all fans of Him! Miss Him already.

  38. Lorraine and Paula Mason on December 11, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Sending our love and prayers to you during this sad time in your lives. Jim will truly be missed. He was such an important leader and friend to our community.

  39. Shawna Mateo on December 11, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

  40. Susan Garretr on December 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    My sincere thoughts and prayers are sent to the Hoover family! Jim will be missed! Sincerely the Garrett family

  41. John Harrenstein on December 11, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    I fondly remember during my years in Eudora stopping by the bank to visit with Jim. Jim was the first real city administrator of Eudora. I enjoyed his good humor and constant advice to spend less money. I also thrived from his love of Eudora. Any conversation with Jim left me with a better understanding of the past that was informing our future. My sincere condolences to the family who has lost a hero and a community who has lost a champion.

  42. Troy & Sarah Gentry on December 11, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Jason & Jimmy i am so sorry for your familys lose Jim was a great man i will always remember him coming to the shop to get something fixed he will be missed by many

  43. Brian Winslow on December 12, 2018 at 1:32 am

    My sincere condolences to the Hoover family. I owe Jim and family my deepest gratitude and much thanks for helping a green 18yr old kid get started in business in Eudora and for always being there when needed. Jim and the staff of Kaw Valley Bank have always been so awesome to work with, and I always appreciated all the great things Jim did for us as a community. We were all so lucky to have him in our lives. He will be sorely missed by all. This world needs more like him. Take Care and God Bless. Brian Winslow – Brian’s Hair Styling

  44. Marilyn & Melvin Morriss on December 12, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  45. Skip Wiley on December 12, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Jim was such a giving soul, and he didn’t do it for his own attention, he did it, because he loved others, he treated all us grown men, softball players like his own children. One,of the,really good ones left us…my prayers to the family

  46. Jamie Grant on December 13, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Jim was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by many. I have fond memories of him when I was young. My deepest sympathies go out to all of you. My God guide you through this difficult time.

  47. Denny Johnson on December 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My memory of our time together us very precious.

  48. Rhonda Ann Gabel on December 13, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Much love and many prayers to the Hoover family during this sad, but joyful time, as Jim is home with the Lord. May God hold you in his loving hands now, and always.

  49. Mike & Sandi Westerhouse on December 13, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the Hoover family. We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  50. The Thomas Family on December 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Jim was such a happy, fun and welcoming presence at the White Fox Manor barn — at shows and in the evenings while the girls were all riding. You could tell how proud he was to have the family together in one place with the horses. The entire extended barn family will miss Jim so much. And our hearts go out to Jimmy, Julie and the entire Hoover family.

  51. Tina, Chrissy, Patz (Kennedy) on December 15, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing, I have memories of going to the bank with my grandma, Pearl Hadl, and he would give her a hard time every time he saw her, she would always make sure to say hi to him when he was there and he always made me laugh, my heart goes out to you in these sad times but he will always be with you and would want you to celebrate his life

  52. Chuck Mabie on January 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    My family, employees, as well as their families owe more than I can express to Jim Hoover. He will be greatly missed ! I am not sure he even understood how many people his help provided for. He was a great man and Im so thankful I was able to have met him

    he will be greatly missed

  53. nawal on April 7, 2019 at 5:21 am

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