James B. ”Jimmy” Luikart, 69, St. Joseph, passed away at home Tuesday, August 12, 2014 surrounded by loved ones.
Jim was born on January 21, 1945 on a farm south of Cosby, Missouri to Robert and Virginia (Garbe) Luikart. Jim moved with his parents to St. Joseph when he was two years old. He attended Old Musser School, Mark Twain Elementary School, Bliss Junior High School and Central High School. During High School he played football and baseball, graduating in 1963. He attended the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, but chose a different path for his future.
Jim was known for his strong work ethic. As a boy he had a paper route and worked in the grocery store, saving enough money to buy his first car when he was seventeen years old. As a young man he built homes, at times working two and three jobs to meet his responsibilities, including running a dairy. In 1973 he began his life career in the fuel oil business as J & L Gas and Oil Incorporated. He leased first with Home Oil & Gas Corporation until 2000, and then with St. Joe Petroleum Company.
He enjoyed living in the country, being a dairy farmer, gardening, fishing, and home cooking.
Jim was baptized in the Christian Church and sang in the Children’s Choir. As an adult he placed his membership with the St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Joseph.
He was an honorable, compassionate and opinionated man. He was known for his generous way with people. When he saw a need, he provided what was needed, often doing so anonymously.
Jim will be missed by his loving mother, Virginia, and his many customers, friends and neighbors who knew and loved him. A light has gone out. We love you Jimmy.
Jim was blessed by so many who cared for him including Heartland Home Health Care, Helping Hands with Care from the Heart Inc., and Hands of Hope Hospice. We are forever grateful for the love he received.
Services: 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory where friends may call after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and between 1:00-2:30 on Saturday before the service. Private Interment Blakely Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church, The Missouri Department of Conservation, or Helping Hands with Care from the Heart Inc., the private caregivers who so tenderly and respectfully cared for Jim while he was at home. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.