The Obit For Jim Beane

James Tyler Beane

Published in Kansas City Star on July 17, 2012


James Tyler Beane, beloved husband, father and grandfather, 89, of St. Paul, Minn., formerly of Leawood, Kan., passed away July 11, 2012, at Cerenity Senior Care Marian. Born June 16, 1923, Jim grew up in Evansville, Ind., where he graduated from Memorial H.S. He received a scholarship to attend St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., and completed his freshman year.

As World War II erupted, Jim enlisted in the Navy. He spent a year at sea on a tanker and then transferred to the Drill Instructor's School at Bainbridge, Md. He was assigned to Camp Endicott in Rhode Island and served his last two years as a Specialist 2.

Jim went into professional baseball after the service and played minor league baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization as a left handed pitcher.He left baseball to continue his education at St. Joseph's, eventually earning a Master of Science degree in Physical Education at Indiana University. He returned to St. Joseph's College and coached athletics there. In 1954 he was named the Baseball Coach of the Year in the Indiana Collegiate Conference. He was later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at St. Joseph's.

In 1954 Jim left coaching and went to work for General Motors Institute. He spent the next 33 years with GM in various production plants in Michigan, New York, Georgia, and Kansas City. He retired in 1986. Jim met the love of his life Cornelia, in high school and they were married in 1948.

He is survived by three children that adored him; David, Janet, and Joanie, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Jim lost his beloved wife of 57 years in 2005 and decided to move to Woodbury, Minn., to be closer to family that were always so very important to him.Jim never met a stranger and loved to read, especially history. He enjoyed sports of any nature and later became quite a cook. He was deeply loved by his entire family and will be greatly missed.

Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 14251 Nall Ave., Leawood.

Inurnment in Resurrection Cemetery and Mausoleum, Lenexa.