James R. Journey Jr. was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 18, 1922, to James R. Journey Sr. and Cora (Nyhart) Journey. James recently passed away on Dec. 19, 2005, at the Community Springs Healthcare Center in El Dorado Springs, Mo.
James spent his childhood in Buffalo, Kan., and from the age of 12 grew up, in Nevada. James married his wife, Mary L. (Wade) Journey on Aug. 21, 1947.
James joined and spent one in a half years in the C.C.C while training and working in Wentzville and Kaiser, Mo. He was selected for machinist/tool and die training at New Britain, Conn., after enlisting in the Military Service at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. James achieved a "Class A" machinist/tool and die maker and was an inventor of various machining techniques. James served in World War II in the European Theatre in George Patton's Tank Corps, from 1942-46.
Survivors include his wife, Mary L., who continues to live in El Dorado Springs. To this union are three sons, James R. Journey III, Ronald R. Journey, and Mark A. Journey.
James is the great-great-greatgrandson of James Journey, who fought in the American Revolutionary War of 1776.
James enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and farming. James was dedicated to his wife, Mary for 59 years.
Both parents, and younger brother, Charles, preceded him in death. James has one sister, Patricia Rogers (Weldon) from Humansville, Mo., and two brothers, John (Carol) and Dean (Shirley) Journey both from Haysville, Kan.
Grandchildren of James Journey include: Jacqueline Horst, Grant Journey, Hollie Journey, Marcus Journey, Lindsey Journey, and Daniel Boone Journey. There are 31 nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 23, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with, Vernon Peterson officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until the hour of service. Burial with military honors will follow in Moore Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Evergreen Memorial Chapel.