Mr. James J. VanLoo, age 84 years, of Wardsville, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Jim was born on January 16, 1934 in Wardsville, Mo. the son of Raymond and Marie (Prenger) VanLoo. He was united in marriage on February 8, 1964 in Jefferson City, Mo. to Sarah V. Kirchner who preceded him in death on November 29, 2014.
He was employed as a heavy equipment operator with the International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers, Local 513 from November 1, 1960 until his retirement in 1987. During his time with the union, he worked with Brown Quarries and Twehous Excavating on several projects through central Missouri including river dikes along the Missouri River and helped form, what is now known as, Adrian’s Island. After retiring, he continued excavation and hauled top soil all over the Jefferson City area.
A resident of Wardsville for all his life, Jim was a lifelong cattle farmer on his family homestead. He had an amazing work ethic and prided himself on staying busy. Most days you could find him outside fixing fences, using his tractor, or “driving down the hill” to check on his cattle.
Jim was an active member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Wardsville. He assisted with the Church Picnic for many years and helped maintain the grounds at St. Stanislaus Church Cemetery. He was a founding and 50 year plus member of the Wardsville Lions Club.
Jim cherished time with his family and will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He loved family gatherings and fishing on the Moreau River. In his younger years, he played baseball as a catcher in the Osage Baseball League and later coached his son and nephews on their baseball teams.
Survivors include: his children, Keith VanLoo of Wardsville, Mo. and Jeanette (Richard) Hager of Henley, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Wanda VanLoo of Wardsville, Mo.; two brothers-in-law, Ed “Butch” Kirchner of Hartsburg, Mo. and James Craig of Hartsburg, Mo.; and one granddaughter, Emily Hager of Henley, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 50 years, Sarah; one brother, Jack VanLoo; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Rayma Forck and her husband Alfred, Dorothy Sommers and her husband Alfred, Grace Lauf and her husband Harold, and Marilyn Holtmeyer and her husband Alvis “Al”; one infant sister, Mary Ann VanLoo; and one sister-in-law, Peggy Craig.
Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018 with a prayer service to be conducted at 3:15 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Wardsville with the Reverend I.C. Medina officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at the St. Stanislaus Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Goldschmidt Cancer Center, 1432 Southwest Blvd., Jefferson City, Mo. 65109 or St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 6418 Highway W, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.