James G Walden, 80, of Lee’s Summit passed away peacefully on March 15, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Feb. 17, 1934 in Waverly, Mo. and was part of the first graduating class of Santa Fe High School. He attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. and Missouri State Teacher’s College in Warrensburg.
Jim, of Christian faith, worked for 30 years at Southwestern Bell and was a member of the Communication Workers of America. Throughout his many years, James was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Harry S Truman Chapter, a 50 year Master Mason in the Waverly Masonic Lodge, a member of the Heartland R.S.Prussia Club, and served on the board of the MissouriArchaeological Society. He served in the Marines and was a life member of the Marine Corps League, KC Chapter.
He enjoyed collecting Indian artifacts, studying genealogy, fishing, hunting and attending his son’s and grandson’s sporting events. He was an avid MU fan and could often be found enjoying games surrounded by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, James O Walden, and his mother, Virginia Capps Walden. He is survived by his wife, Lois Cheesman Walden, his son, James Kendell Walden, his grandson, Kendell James Walden, his sister, Harriett Walden Summers and her husband, Richard Summers. He is also survived by three nieces, six nephews, seven great nieces and seven great nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on March 22 at Langsford Funeral Home Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. Graveside service with Marine Corp honors will be at Waverly Cemetery at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Waverly Baptist Church, Waverly, Mo. 64096. Online condolences may be left for the family at langsfordfuneralhome.com
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St., Lee’s Summit, Mo. 64063, 816-524-3700)