JAMES EDWARD DIAMOND
Ret. M/Sgt. J.E. Diamond, 79, residing in Lee’s Summit, Mo. passed peacefully July 3, 2014. Funeral Service will be at 2 p.m., July 9 with Visitation at 12:30-2 p.m. prior to service at McGilley & George Funeral Home in Belton. Burial in the West Union Cemetery. Contributions suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Born on July 16, 1934, near Cleveland, Mo., Jim grew up in Cass County, Mo., graduating from Freeman High School. He married Sally Tomkins on Dec. 13, 1958.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 11, 1954. He was assigned to the 44th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Wing, Smoky Hill AFB, Kan., then was deployed TDY to England on 3 occasions 1955, 1957, and 1958. While on TDY at Greenham Common on July 4, 1957 he met Sally Tomkins. Jim was promoted to M/Sgt. in June 1971. He retired after 20 years active duty at Offutt AFB, Neb. Jim was an engineer for Missouri Pacific Railroad from 1974-97.
He is survived by wife, Sally of the home; children, Curtis (Lisa), Shelley (Randy), Allan (Karla), David, and Daniel (Staci); five grandchildren, Alexandra, Jack, Emma, Xavier, Elijah; brothers, Raymond (Goldie), Ray (Colleen), Ernie, Frank (Nancy); and the many family and friends he made throughout his life.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is never to die”
Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleygeorgebelton.com
(Arrangements: McGilley & George Funeral Home 611 Chestnut, Belton MO 64012, 816-322-2995)