James William Yarick, 81, Grandview, Mo., died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Research Belton Hospital, Belton, Mo. He was born July 31, 1922, to Frank Wilhelm and Sarah Mariah Earnest Yarick in Horton, Mo.
James grew up in rural Horton and graduated from Rich Hill High School where he played football and basketball. He has lived in the Kansas City, Mo., area since the 1940s. On July 4, 1950, he married Allyne Hirni who preceded him in death on Mar. 10, 2000. During World War II, he served as a Merchant Marine. After the war he worked as a sign hanger in Kansas City and finally was employed in sheet metal construction, retiring in 1982. James was a member of the Sheet Metal Union No. 2 in Kansas City and the Elks Lodge in Grandview, Mo.
James is survived by a son, Gary Yarick, Peculiar, Mo.; a daughter, Brenda Ward, Peculiar, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Durst, Butler, Mo.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Earnest Yarick.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 29, at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler, Mo., with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions may be given to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.