James W. Bily

  • "Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. May you lean on the..."
    - Becky Brewer
  • "Jim was a most generous man, good friend and mentor. It..."
    - Pat O'Donnell
  • "I knew Jim for over 40 years but hadn't seen him for a few..."
    - jack gladfelter
  • "Rest James, until you hear at dawn, the low, clear..."
    - Harry Simpson
  • "Grant rest onto him Oh Lord, may the perpetual light shine..."
    - Barbara Knapp Knapp

Bily, James W. Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend died on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 91. He was born on November 7, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1949 he married Lorraine Maxwell of Joliet, Illinois, who preceded him in death along with his stepson, Tim McReynolds; and brothers, Chuck Bily, and George Bily. Survivors include his second wife, Mary; children, Jim (Linda) Bily, Tim (Nadine) Bily, Candy (Mike) Wagner, Cindy (Jeff Berry) Bily, Mike (Christy Ford) Bily, and Patrick (Julie) Bily; stepson, Rick (Janelle) McReynolds; and sister in-laws, Dottie Brown and Suzi (Bobby) Banto. Together, Jim and Mary offered their love and support to their 8 children, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Jim served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Okinawa and the Philippines during World War II and was proud to have taken the Honor Flight in 2012 to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. with his stepson, Rick. For most of his career, Jim worked for the Hartford Insurance Company, in Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and other cities. In 1970 he moved to Wichita to become president of Wheeler, Kelly & Hagny Insurance. He retired from WKH in 1993, and Jim and Mary began their retirement in Bella Vista, Arkansas, where they enjoyed golfing, fishing, sharing meals with new friends, and serving their churches. In 2005 they returned to Wichita, moving in 2015 to the Catholic Care Center. Jim's greatest joys were his extended family. He was devoted to his faith, proud of his work, and never happier than when he was doing a chore - preferably with one of his kids or grandkids. He loved the outdoors, puttering in his yard when he couldn't be out on a lake or golf course. One of his favorite places was White Lake in western Michigan. He spent summers there as a boy and returned for vacations throughout his life. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 in the St. Elizabeth Chapel at the Catholic Care Center, 6800 E. 45th St. N. with Father Andy Kuykendall officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Starkey, Inc., 4500 W. Maple, Wichita, KS 67209. To sign a guest book or leave a condolence for the family, go to www.cochranmortuary.com.

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Published in The Wichita Eagle from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2018
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