James H. Vines “Jim”, 84, of Leawood KS, passed away after a brief yet intense battle with cancer on January 5, 2018 in his home surrounded by loved ones. Jim was a man of many hobbies. He cherished working in his yard, collected postcards, swimming, traveling, spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks, and was an avid history buff; however his passion for education exceeded all. He put himself through school, earning a degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1955 and a Masters in Business from UMKC in 1967. After a long, accomplished career, Jim retired as the Senior Vice President of Bayer in 1994. In 1995, Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA asked him to teach an Environmental Technology course, which he enjoyed for several years while he served on the local township’s Environmental Board.
His parents, Herbert and Vera Vines, preceded Jim in death. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Nancy Vines, son James C. Vines (Lori), daughter Cynthia McCarthy (Pat), sister Barbara Madonna (Mike), and grandchildren Mick Vines; Grace, Coleman, and John McCarthy.
Services will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Cure of Ars Catholic Church; 9403 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206. Visitation at 2:00 pm, followed by a rosary, and Mass at beginning at 3:00 pm. Burial services at Mount Olivet 7601 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raytown MO 64138 immediately following the mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Vines/McCarthy scholarship funds at St. Teresa’s Academy or Rockhurst High School.
A sincere thank you to the staff at Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, Fr. Justin Hamilton, and all those that helped serve and continue to care for Jim and his family. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.