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James Howard Whiles
Mar 17,1936---Nov 23,2017

James Howard Whiles, age 81, died peacefully in his home on November 23, 2017.  Jim was born on March 17, 1936 in Moberly Missouri, and had been a long-time resident of Overland Park, KS.  Jim grew up in Omaha and graduated from Omaha North High School.  He then served in the US Navy for four years.  He was stationed on the USS Trathen, a World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer, during the Korean Conflict.  Following his military service, he attended the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he met his spouse, Jane Rowland Whiles. Jim had a long, distinguished career working for the Federal Government.  He began and ended his career with the US Army Corps of Engineers, with stints with the Defense Mapping Agency and US Environmental Protection Agency in between.  Following his retirement from the position of Chief of Employee Relations for the USACE, he worked part time for the Overland Park Police Department. Jim was an avid bicyclist, well known for his ability to beat much younger cyclists up hills, and not let them forget it.  He spent over 30 years biking through numerous US states, European countries, and Costa Rica.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Howard Whiles.  Survivors include his wife Jane, his children, Matthew Whiles and Wendy Pelaez (Nico), his siblings Dan Whiles, Sheryl Hunt, and Martha Benner, and four grandchildren, Elena Pelaez, Amelia Pelaez, Sadie Whiles and Rowland Whiles.  A celebration of Jim's life will take place at Colonial Church of Prairie Village, 7039 Mission Road, on Thursday December 7, 2017 at 3:30pm.  The family requests no flowers.  If you would like to make a contribution in Jim’s name, please consider Kansas City Hospice or Colonial Church of Prairie Village

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Colonial Church
7039 Mission Rd.
Prairie Village
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Date of Service:
Dec 07 ,2017
Time of Service:
03:30 pm
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Teresa Bell-Stephens Nov 29 ,2017

Cousin ,Palo Alto ,California

So sorry for your loss. I know Jim will be missed. He brightened so many with his warm and witty sense of humor.

Mary and Ron Graver Nov 29 ,2017

"Friends Forever" ,FORT COLLINS ,Colorado

Jim was "one of a kind". Through the years he brought so much laughter and knowledge into our lives and those of our children. Jane truly was the LOVE of his life ... he demonstrated this is so many ways. Everyone's journey would be richer if they had a friend such as Jim...we were so fortunate that our paths crossed. We will miss him forever and ever.

Martha Benner Nov 29 ,2017

Sister ,Portland ,Oregon

Jim was the best big brother a girl could have had in her life. I will miss him so much but my memories will help in the pain. He had one of the best sense of humors a person could have and I still laugh at many of his sayings. Love to all.

Lisbeth Usher McNabb Nov 29 ,2017

Niece (Martha’s daughter) ,San Francisco (Dallas TX) ,California

To Jane, Matt Wendy and all the family and long time friends. Jim had a fabulous wit and a life lived to the fullest. The church is a special place and I will be present in spirit and prayers and hugs sent to all. “And the greatest of these is love” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Jane O'Brien Nov 30 ,2017

Friend of Martha's ,Omaha ,Nebraska

Martha I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your brother. I'm sure God welcomed him with open arms. May he rest in peace. Jane

Marilyn Scheffler Dec 02 ,2017

friend ,Houston ,Texas

Dear Jane and family, I am so so sorry about Jim's death. I was hoping that somehow he would be able to get better and be his old self again! My love for you has never changed after all of these years of being friends. I know what a difficult time this is for all of you and I wish there was something I could say or do to make it easier. Jim and his sense of humor and quick wit will always be what I think about when I think of him. Lot of love to all of you. Love, Marilyn

Stuart Bintner Dec 03 ,2017

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Ride on, Jim. I hope to see you again, but I'll miss you in the meantime.

Marian Pant Smith Dec 06 ,2017

Friend ,Basehor ,Kansas

I am so saddened by the news of Jim passing away. I worked with him in HR at the Corps of Engineers. Like many others, I appreciated his quick wit, but also his wisdom in serious conversation, & his service to others. God speed, Jim.