James Robert Biswell

Friday, August 24, 2007

James Robert Biswell, 86, formerly of El Dorado Springs, Mo., went to be with his Heavenly Father on Aug. 23., 2007. He was born April 23, 1921, in Geary, Okla., to John M. Biswell and Mary R. (Slavens) Biswell.

After completing the eighth grade, Jim went to work for Western Union Kansas City to help support his family. He rode a bicycle delivering messages in the area, and saved enough back to latter put himself through baber school before serving in the Army druing World War II. From 1943-1946 he served with the 9th Armored Division, and 2nd Tank Battalion. Jim was awarded three bronze stars for campaigns in Central Europe, Rhineland, and Ardennes. Jim lost his hearing when a mortar round hit his tank.

Upton his completion of service with honorary discharge, Jim returned to barbering in Kansas City, Mo. On Sept. 15, 1952, he was united in marriage to Waneta Cravens, to this union a daughter, Joy, was born. Jim also raised a stepson, Glen Adams.

Jim enjoyed practicing his barbering skills and opened up his own shop in Kansas City, Mo., until his hearing loss forced him to close it. Jim moved to El Dorado Springs, Mo., in 1980 to be closer to Joy and her husband and the apples of his eye, his two grandsons, Travis and Lucas.

Jim liked to play cards and dominoes with his family and ride his bicycle in the country. He enjoyed travel, eating out, exploring caves and above all spending time with his family. He will live forever in the memories of those who knew and loved him.

Survivors include one daughter, Joy Dobbs and her husband Rick, two grandsons, Travis Dobbs and wife Cindy, Lucas Dobbs and his wife Starla, four great-grandchildren, Paige, Austin, Laine, and Drake. One sister, Jean Neal of Kansas City, Kansas, three brothers, Warren Biswell, Cliff Biswell, and Marvin Biswell several nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Community Church of El Dorado Springs under the direction of Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home and pastor Brent Bland officiating. Interment will follow the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery with military honors.