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James "Jim" Robert Riffle, Sr.

July 10, 1937 — April 2, 2021

James "Jim" Robert Riffle, Sr., 83, Latour, Missouri was born July 10, 1937. The son of Frederick Thomas and Glada Elizabeth (Plank) Riffle. He departed this life April 2, 2021 at KU Medical Center surrounded by his loving family at the age of 83 years, 8 months and 23 days.

On November 29, 1957 he married Shirley May Snell of East Lynne, Missouri. They raised two children, James Robert Riffle, Jr (Bob) and Diana Lynn(Riffle) Cotton, Harrisonville. They were happily married for 63 years.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Bob in 1996, two brothers Raymond Riffle and John Riffle and his wife Barbara, and his brother-in-law Bill Davis.

He is survived by his wife Shirley of the home, his daughter Diana Cotton (Jody) of Harrisonville; 4 grandchildren, Lisa Riffle(Jordan) Harrisonville, Jodie Cotton-Perretti Harrisonville, Linda Grice(Jonathan )Nixa and Shawn Cotton Harrisonville; 4 great grandchildren: Lydia Perretti, Kendry, Reese and Dexter Grice. Two brothers and two sisters: Richard Riffle(Carolynn) Garden City, Don Riffle(Gail) Harrisonville, Barbara Davis Independence, and Beverly Andes(Berle)Garden City, and many more family and friends.

He grew up on a farm near Quick City, Missouri with his 6 brothers and sisters. Jim graduated from Latour High School in 1955 then went to work for Stahls Specialty in Kingsville, Missouri where he worked for several years. He would work all day at Stahls and would farm before and after work but always came home with something in his lunch box for the kids to share.

He always called the family on their birthday to sing tp them. He spanned the generations with his generosity and love. He always had a joke to tell you and a friendly ear to hear your happy stories or your problems and tried to give you good advice. Even in his last hours, he was telling jokes to the doctors and nurses and telling them how much he appreciated them and for the good care he was getting and that he loved them all.

When Jim was made they broke the mold. He was a pillar of strength and love to all of us, and always made time for anyone who needed him.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Heart of Life Church, Garden City, Missouri. Burial will be in the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 the church.

The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made to the Jim Riffle Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of The Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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