Jim’s life began on July 21, 1940 the son of Bernard “Bing” Nicholas and Frances Lucy (Swickard) Nolan in Iola, Kansas. He lived in Iola and Colony during his youth. He moved to Coffeyville in high school where he was a 1958 graduate of Field Kindley Memorial High and served in the US Navy from 1958-1961. He married Phyllis Ann Lindsay on September 22, 1962, in Independence, Kansas. Early in their marriage Jim worked for Beechcraft before going to work as a pipeline foreman and bending engineer for 35 years until retirement. After retirement he went to work for Learjet as an inspector. He attended Palmyra Baptist Church and was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 101. Jim and Phyllis enjoyed traveling the country together. He also enjoyed antiquing, coin collecting and welding.
His loving family includes his wife, Phyllis of 58 years; sons, John “Nick” Nolan of Whitewater, Jay (Hope) Nolan of Elbing, Joel (Shelly) Nolan of Olathe; daughter, Janel (Jeff) George of Valley Center, Julie (Kevin) Nolan Russell of Whitewater; sister, Frances Claire Dixon of Orlando, Florida; ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many step-great-grandchildren. Jim’s greatest joy was his family, in addition to his children and grandchildren he has several bonus children and grandchildren, plus a large number of nieces and nephews who love “Uncle Jim” greatly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Michelle Ann Nolan. Jim passed away peacefully on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the age of 80 years old.
His family will gather with friends on Thursday, January 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, 120 S. Main, Whitewater, Kansas. Funeral service will be held at Palmyra Baptist Church, 999 NW Butler Road, Benton, Kansas on Friday, January 29, at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow in Whitewater Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Palmyra Baptist Church in care of Lamb Funeral Home, P.O. Box 358, Whitewater, Kansas 67154. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Jim at ymzfh.com.
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