James "Jim" Dye

Born: Sun., Jul. 23, 1944
Died: Sun., Jul. 23, 2017


Memorial Service

10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 07, 2017
Location: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art


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James Robert Dye Jr., 73, of St. Joseph, formerly of Trenton, Missouri, passed away from this life after his RSVP was sent to Heaven.  It stated that he would be spending part of his birthday with his family in Heaven, on July 23, 2017

Jim was born on July 23, 1944, in Trenton, Missouri to the late James "Bob" Robert, Sr. and Juanita (Ellis) Dye.  Jim's mom died on his 20th birthday.  His great-grandmother died on the day of his birth and his mother-in-law died on his birthday in 1991.  

Jim attended Trenton High School, and was voted most "dependable boy" which was noted in his yearbook.  He always held a special place in his heart for his hometown of Trenton and the Trenton High School Class of 1963.  He had a wonderful group of school friends, maintaining some very close friendships until his passing.  He was a bit of a wild guy during his youth.  Jim's dad always told him that he would never live to see the age of 21, but he surprised Bob by proving him wrong.  

Jim proudly served in the United States Army from 1966-1968.  He completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Kansas, and was later stationed in Germany.  

On December 10, 1967, he married the love of his life, Deborah Elaine Johnson at the Tenth Street Baptist Church in Trenton, Missouri.  On this day, two people were joined in marriage, but equally important was that Jim officially added the Johnsons to his heart as family. Together, Jim and Debbie celebrated 49 years of marriage.

Jim spent his working career primarily at two places, McCarty's Market in Trenton and Hope Haven Industries in Chillicothe.  After many years at Hope Haven, he was earned the position of workshop manager.  There he made a huge impact on lives of the special employees.  He cared very deeply for these friends, always keeping their best interest at heart.  Jim was also very active at Camp Rainbow, serving on the board, as well as running the kitchen with his wife Debbie for several summers.  

He retired from full time employment in 2005, when he and Deborah moved to St. Joseph to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law and grandson.  

"Jimmy" (as he was referred to by many) was an honorable man who would do anything to help someone out, having a special spot in his heart for veterans.  Jim had a quick wit and wicked sense of humor that was not always considered politically correct.  

His diseases affected him in ways he hated including his inability to communicate verbally, see clearly and move his body.  He faced his health issues bravely and rolled the dice when he opted to have brain surgery to help his Parkinson's Disease, as a last ditch effort in the summer of 2016.  The surgery resulted in numerous extreme complications and offered no relief of his symptoms or overall success.  

In his earlier days, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting mushrooms, antique shopping with Debbie and watching Tarzan movies.  Family often remarked that he was "one of the girls" because after a family gathering you could find him visiting with the gals in the kitchen, while the other guys were in the front room, watching sports on TV.  After retirement, he enjoyed panning for gold, genealogy, playing on his computer and metal detecting.  He was key in founding the Pony Express Prospectors Club in St. Joseph, Missouri.

In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by an infant brother, mother and father-in-law LaVern & Lucille Johnson, brother-in-law Mike Johnson (who he considered a brother), special family friend Don "Butch" Sires, uncle Billie Jack Dye and several aunts, uncles and pets.

Surviving family left to miss his humor and happy times when he was his "old self" are his wife Deborah "Debbie" Dye (Trenton High School Class of 1967), St. Joseph, Missouri (formerly of Trenton); daughter Rachael Dye Arney and her husband Scott (who Jim considered his son); grandson Mason Worth Arney (who loved his grandpa unconditionally and without end), all of  St. Joseph, Missouri.  Jim is also survived by two sisters Judy Dye (Valerie), Carol Meeks (Larry); sisters-in-law Sandra Wintermeyer and Lana (Perry-Johnson) Buckridge (Randy); brothers-in-law Duane "J.D." Johnson (Peg) and Eldon Wintermeyer; Dye-side nieces Heather Ehrhardt (Stan) and Laurie Douglas; Johnson-side nieces/nephews Andy Johnson (Mary), Chris Johnson (Brandy), Lauri Cox (Brett), Kathy Verbick (Glen), and Amanda Johnson-Sollars (who he trusted very much and was a special medical caregiver to Uncle Jim) (Darrin); aunt Lorraine Allsup; cousins, numerous other family and close friends.  

Per Jim's wishes, he has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, Missouri, where his daughter is a Funeral Director.  

There will be a register book there, as well as Whitaker-Eads Funeral Home in Trenton for friends to sign.  Friends living outside of the St. Joseph area are encouraged to call the funeral home in St. Joseph (816-232-3355) or the funeral home in Trenton (660-359-3932) to have their names added to the condolence books.

May happy memories of Jim Dye be a blessing to you.  

A memorial service and celebration of life to honor Jim, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on October 7, 2017 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, 2818 Frederick Ave, St. Joseph, MO 816-233-7003.  Full military honors will be rendered by American Legion Post 287 Honor Guard and the United States Army. A reception for family and friends will follow. Private inurnment in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, at a later date.

Please call Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph, MO for additional information at 816-232-3355

The family requests memorial donations to the Green Hills Animal Shelter, 3041 E. 10th St., Trenton, MO 64683 or any local food bank serving the needs of children.    

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Robert/Peggy Veach Robinson
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
To the Dye Family, we extend our deepest sympathy. Don Sires was a cousin to Peggy and she fondly remembers how Jim took care and drove Don anywhere he wanted to go, to work every working day at McCarty's Market and elsewhere. His RSVP has been honored in deed!
God's Blessing's

Robert/Peggy Robinson
Veach Saddlery Co.,Inc.
Trenton MO

Johnny and Ellen Bowers
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
Our Prayers go out to the family and friends. We are sorry for your loss but we are celebrating his freedom from pain and suffering. He has gained what we all hope to achieve. You are all in our prayers.

DeLane Hein
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Debbie and your great family. Heaven gained a special guy; always a pleasant smile and fun loving word (or two) to greet you. Find comfort in the fact that he is bringing a bright spot in God's family.

Bill and DeLane Hein

Mary & Sandy
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
Dear Julia,

We are sorry to hear of your brother's death. He was a special person and you had such good times with him. May those happier times "keep you company" in the days ahead.

Mary & Sandy
Cedar Rapids, IA

Lonny Veach
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Debbie and the whole extended Family. I have very FOND Memories of Jim from school and beyond.

Lonny Veach
THS-'63
TJC-'65

Rochelle LaFollette Woodard
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
I have such fond memories of Jim while he worked at McCarty's Market. My sisters and I grew up going to that store and he was always there-to tease and joke with us! NICE, Wonderful man!

Jane Slaymaker
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
My heart goes out to Jimmy's family and especially his sister Julia, (a dear friend of mine). When someone you love becomes a memory, those memories become treasures.

Sincere Sympathy,
Jane Slaymaker

Melinda Thorne
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
My condolences to your family. I worked closely with Jim when I worked at Modine. He was a "character"! I enjoyed doing business with him! He was a good man!

Kim Andereck
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
As a boy, it seemed as though I'd always known Jimmy Dye. First impressions were of Jimmy down at the old McCarty's Market on Tindall Avenue. He was a stock boy, floor sweeper and keeper of the empty return soda bottles in the back lot. Jimmy put on his white apron and bagged groceries. Later, he drove the market's truck around town, delivering groceries to people in the neighborhood. He always had a smile for anyone who crossed his path. I am sure that sweet nature remained with him all his days. God bless, dear friend. Rest in peace.

Carol Moore Reger
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
I had lost track of Jim so it was very inspiring to read about his life. So sorry that all of you will have such a void in your life. May your memories of Jim sustain you as you go forward.

Mike Moore
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
As a kid growing up on the west side of Trenton, McCarty's Market was always a stop after school and a place for a cool soda pop on a summers day. It was there that I bore witness to how magnificent a man Jim was. Jim was always the epitome of kindness and I consider him to be the example of a gentleman. I had a chance to visit with Jim some years ago. I am thankful that I was able to tell him how much I appreciated his kindness and thanked him for being a wonderful example. God bless you, Jim, as you take your rightful place in that great cloud of witnesses. Thank you, Lord, for placing Jim in my life. The Moore's send their love and condolences to Jim's family.

Vic & Susie Walker
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Jim was a precious man, always enjoyed visiting with him and of course you, Debbie. We know Jim is no longer suffering, for now he is in his heavenly home.
In Christian Love,
Vic & Susie

Ruth Groom
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
So sorry to hear this Debbie and Rachael. Always thought so much of Jim. One of my favorite customers at 17th St, Caseys. Also you Debbie, you were always a wonderful friend and so much fun, Love and hugs to you all. Know he is smiling down from above on you all with that beautiful smile of his.

Alta & Robyn Bardsley
   Posted Sat July 29, 2017
Deb and family,
You may not remember me or my daughter Robyn, but we had many super moments in Trenton when Robyn was little. I am a friend of Jims sister Judy and we spent many fun moments with all of you. I was so very sorry to learn about Jim and I want you all to know that you are in our prayers! Big hugs to all of you!!!!!

Bill Clark
   Posted Sat July 29, 2017
Such sad news for so many who knew and loved Jim. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deb and the whole family. Jim was known and loved by so many who share in your grief. The world will be less than it was without Jim's faithful support, quick wit and abiding love for all. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by all who knew him even briefly.

Cindy Brown
   Posted Sat July 29, 2017
To Debbie, Rachel, Scott, and family-- so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. This truly prompted memories long ago of Jim and Butch at McCarty's Market. (My family was there constantly.) I echo the others in remembering Jim's smile, friendliness, and kindness. Deb, hugs to you and to your family from across the miles in Calif. Did not know about Hope Haven, but what an apt name and great place to work. Congrats on your 49 years of marriage. Hugs and prayers. Know that others care and send love. Cindy Brown class of 68.

Dr. Sid and Dr. Judy Rogers
   Posted Sun July 30, 2017
We've been out of town for a bit and just found out about Jim's Chariot arriving. When I first moved to Trenton, Mo., entering into the 5th grade in 1955, one of the first young men in our new life was Jim Dye. He, Jim (James Cagney) Kidd, and Jim (Moots) Hatfield set my life in the right direction. Soon thereafter Mike (Speedster) Johnson came into the mix. We walked to school, boxed, and played ball in the streets. Jim "Dido" introduced us to the snooker pool room, and as newcomers to the community, introduced us to Preach, Sweed, and Mr. McRae. "Dido" was a natural born ring-leader of good men. He was a giant of a fellow when we were playing football as Freshmen. Jim was Mrs. Cooper's "pet" in the Science class in Junior High. In High School, Mrs. Marian McCarty thought "Dido" was sent directly from Heaven to help council her regarding any unruly students. When Jim and I were about 14 or so, my dad hired him to do all the cream testing at our Feed & Grain business. Dad also had several giant grain bins that we had access too. One time we were jumping off the walkways into the grain in a bin. When we were both deep into the grain, an emptying auger was turned on. No one knew we were in there (as we weren't supposed to be in there). Jim was taller and knee deep in corn. I climbed onto his shoulders and was able to reach a ladder to pull myself up arm height, with legs dangling. Jim then climbed up my feet, legs, and over me to get himself out. The augers were running, our hearts were beating like a monkey-rattle, and once he was able to get above me.....pulled me on up and out. We never told our folks about it. Bob, Jim's dad also worked with dad. When we were about Juniors in High School, Jim, Carl (Stud) Trump, and I brought our guns for a "show and tell" day at Mr. Roda's class. Jim and I carried ours to school while walking to school. Carl had to bring his on the school bus. Naturally we had to have the "bolts" out of them. Can you imagine that happening today. Fast forward to our Senior year in school. Jim fell in love with Mike Johnson's sister. He spent all his time thereafter talking about her (Boring....). Anyway he ended up marrying her and they lived happily ever after. I miss Jim Dye, and we Pray for those in his wonderful family that he and Debbie have, to carry on his good blood into a long life for them, full of the kind of life.......Jim lived. We have been proud students of Sir James Robert Dye. God Bless you guys. We love you, Sid and Judy Rogers

Lynda Ellis Estrella
   Posted Mon August 07, 2017
I want to say something nice and kind, something sweet so that you will know my sincerity. But all I can think of is how I felt when my father passed. Seeing Jimmie's face is like looking at my Dad all over again; and so my heart does break for you. My prayers for you and yours, for what is to come and what has been, may the preciousness of the memories keep you while you wait. I think that whole Ellis/Dye crowd has a lot of stories to tell because they used their lives to live and test and tempt just a little more out of the time they had. May we all be so fortunate and blessed to have the trail this man blazed, and all those before him.

Teresa Clark
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Jims passing. I was a Security Officer at Modine and that is where I met him. I always enjoyed our bull sessions. He was one of my favorite people that came thru those doors.

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