James Michael Grant II

June 19, 1961 – May 23, 2022

James Michael Grant II, 60, of Olathe, KS passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2022 from Bulbar Onset Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Jim passed away from the complications caused by ALS. Jim’s family are proud of his ability to make others laugh and help others even when things were tough for him. His smile, presence, and friendship will be missed by everyone.

James, known as Jim, was born to James Michael and Sandra Lee (Johnston) Grant June 19th, 1961 in St. Joseph, MO. James was raised and attended school in Prairie Village and graduated Shawnee Mission East in 1979. In high school, Jim was a saxophone player in marching band, jazz band, and a member of the JROTC; Proud to be a Lancer! In high school, Jim worked at Swensen’s Ice Cream and Venture in Overland Park. Jim met his future wife Carol (Jensen) while working at Venture and attending Johnson County Community College. Jim graduated from Johnson County Community College in 1981. Jim and Carol married on June 15th, 1985.

Jim and Carol became residents of Olathe in 1987. In Olathe, they raised two children Kimberly and James the third. Jim enjoyed being a leader involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Jim joined Kiwanis International and was Lt. Governor of Kansas District 9 from 2010 to 2012. Jim was especially proud of his time spent helping low income families get back on their feet through Mothers Hands. Jim was an avid traveler and took the family on many road trips and camping trips all across the country. He was a dedicated father and husband, handyman, photographer, cyclist, pilot, woodworker, music lover, racing fan, and enjoyed learning about everything, especially space. A devout Christian, he was always involved in the church and a son of Christ.

Jim was obsessed with technology and innovation. He worked at stores like Radioshack before landing his dream job at IBM as a regional salesman. After leaving IBM, Jim started his own business helping others by creating websites, media, and consulting. Jim led WordPress camps and was a member of the ACA Business Club of Kansas City.

Jim is preceded in death by his father James M. Grant. Jim is survived by his mother Sandra Grant (Johnston), wife Carol of 36 years, daughter Kimberly Lemburg (& Tyler) and grandsons Caleb and Brady of Fishers, IN, son James Grant III (& Atalie) of Olympia, WA, his brothers Pat Grant and Paul Grant, sisters Leslie Schulte (& Scott) and Stephanie Grant. Jim is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was involved in so many groups, organizations, businesses, and had so many friends in so many places. Please take the time to leave a message about Jim, a story, or condolences for the family below.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in honor of Jim to the Kiwanis International Children’s Fund here, to support their effort in improving the lives of children around the world.

*Update*
Please join us to celebrate the life of Jim Grant at the Matt Ross Community Center on June 9th, 2022 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
 
Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty St.
Overland Park, KS 66204
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