Jim R. Bodenhamer, 93, of Kansas City, MO and Lee’s Summit, MO was born on October 22, 1930 in Warrensburg, MO and passed away on November 21, 2023 at Homestead of Overland Park. He was the fourth and youngest son of Lee and Hazel Bodenhamer, who preceded him in death. In February of 1954, Jim married Mary Helen Park. They were married for 54 years until Mary Helen “Shug” passed away in 2008. He is survived by his son, Jim R. (Jay) Bodenhamer, Jr. and his wife Barb, his daughter, Mary Kathryn (Katie) Hobbs and her husband, Chet. Jim, also known as PawPaw, is also survived by five grandchildren Joshua Bodenhamer, Jonathan Bodenhamer, Kara Bodenhamer, Lynda Tucker and her husband James, Ross Hobbs and two great granddaughters, Sophia Tucker and Jenna Bodenhamer.

Jim grew up in Warrensburg, MO and graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1948. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Central Missouri. While in college, Jim played football for the Mules and was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.

While in college and during the first few years of his teaching career, Jim played semi-pro baseball with his brother, Jack, for the Holden Chiefs.

After graduation, Jim taught and coached in Alma, MO and Holden, MO before moving to Kansas City, MO. He began a long teaching and coaching career at Ruskin High School in the Hickman Mills School District where he taught Drafting, Woodworking, and Driver’s Education  until he retired in 1983. Jim was well-liked by his students and peers and maintained lifelong friendships with many. Not to be one who sat still, Jim began a ten year career as a curb, sidewalk inspector, and bridge inspector for the city of Kansas City.

Jim was a lifelong member of the Disciples of Christ Church. Jim, Shug, Jay, and Katie lived in South Kansas City for many years, where they were members of Hickman Mills Community Christian Church. Jim served as an elder at the church. Later in their lives, Jim and Shug moved close to Raytown, MO and became members of Raytown Christian Church. When Jim moved to John Knox Village, he joined Lee’s Summit Christian Church.

Jim was an amazing woodworker! He made many pieces of furniture for his home as well as furniture for his children and grandchildren. Jim was a loyal fan of both the Chiefs and the Royals. He was very proud that he was able to go to the Royals play-off and World Series games in 2015, at age 85 with his friend, Pat Conard.

Our family would like to thank the staff at Addington Place of Lee’s Summit, Homestead of Overland Park, and Monarch Hospice Care for taking such good care of our Dad!

Jim will be missed by all his friends and especially his family!


Jim’s visitation will be Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 1:00 pm followed by the Celebration of his Life at 2:00 pm at Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 NE Tudor Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to Lee’s Summit Christian Church.

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