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.
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.