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James Woodrow Snelling
James’ life began on May 1, 1928, in Florence, KS. He was the son of James Arthur and Edith L. (Drush) Snelling. He was a 1946 graduate of Florence High School. James enlisted in the United States Air Force on May 20, 1946, and served until May 19, 1949, when he left the service as a staff sergeant.
James was united in marriage to the former Luella Beneke on June 6, 1954, in Lincolnville, KS. He worked at the Florence Bulletin before being employed by Trans World Airlines as a customer service and operations agent at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. James' job with TWA allowed the family to travel to many different cities in the U.S. and abroad. The family later moved to Wichita where he worked at Mid-Continent Airport until he retired from TWA in 1985. He then had several part time jobs until Luella retired.
James enjoyed attending the Florence High School Alumni banquets every year. He was a long-time member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Wichita and served on the church's Commission of Properties, mowing and caring for the lawn well into his 80’s. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening (he loved his tomato plants!) and spending time with his family.
James is survived by his children Doranne (Roger) Beavers of Norman, OK, James (Linda) Snelling of Bells, TX, Mark Snelling of Wichita, Brad Snelling of Wichita, and Kay (Ron) Adams of Wichita; grandchildren Zac (Mira) Beavers, Tyler (Lexie) Beavers, and Cody (Christina) Beavers, Kyle (Natalie) Koontz, Cody (Lindsey) Koontz and Rachel Parker; and 15 great grandchildren. James passed away on January 30, 2022, at Wichita Presbyterian Manor. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, grandson Ryan Parker, and siblings John Snelling and Shirley Robinson.
James' family will gather with friends on Sunday February 6, 2022, at Ascension Lutheran Church (842 N. Tyler Road; Wichita) for his funeral service at 2 p.m. with a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. He will be laid to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence following the service. Yazel Megli Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Ascension Lutheran Church or the Florence Historical Society. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of James at www.yazelmeglifh.com.
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Big Jim - was a great family man and someone you could look up to. He left you better for having known him.
Stan Sykes Feb 9 2022 9:35 PM
A quite, wonderful and thoughtful man. He will be missed.
Doug Sykes Feb 6 2022 11:45 AM
Jim was a kind and funny man -- and made amazing waffles. I worked with his daughter Kay in St. Louis and met him and Luella when they came to visit. When Kay and her family moved back to Wichita, I was a frequent visitor. Jim would always make waffles for us and I loved hearing his TWA stories and seeing his garden. My heart aches for his family in their loss and I'm praying for God's comfort each time they miss him, which will be often.
Tana Murphy Feb 4 2022 12:51 PM
Rest James, until you hear at dawn, the low, clear reveille of God. Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Air Force.
Harry Simpson Feb 4 2022 12:12 PM
Jim was such a treasured life-long friend. He and his family were really a part of my family. I wish I could be at his celebration of his life on Saturday. Prayers of comfort to all. He was a great man.
Bill Davis Feb 3 2022 4:12 PM
So sorry for your loss. We know he will be missed.
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Judy Jennings Kiddoo Feb 2 2022 7:51 PM
So sorry to see about Jim, know you all will miss him. Cherish your memories!! Hugs to all.
Dale and Tootsie Snelling Feb 2 2022 5:33 PM
A candle was lit in memory of James Snelling
Dale and Tootsie Snelling Feb 2 2022 5:27 PM
We are truly sorry for your loss. We have fond memories and will miss Jim❤️
Sherry and Keith Feb 2 2022 5:09 PM
Jim was a wonderful person whom I met when I started working at Ascension. He was always quick with a joke and how he loved to show his wit and dancing feet. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him, but God now has another angel by his side.
Christie Trull Feb 2 2022 3:44 PM