James T. Germer died December 21, 2017, at 12:11 pm at Olathe Medical Hospital of respiratory failure. He was surrounded by his loving family, Pastor Dan Wehmeier and the amazing Pulmonary team of OMC.
Jim was born on July 14, 1952, in Marysville, Kansas, to Frederick Theodore (August Herman, Baptismal name) and Jean (Schiermeyer) Germer.
He was married to Jean (Dixson, Brown) on January 29, 1983. God blessed their union of marriage as a family with four children.
Jim served as a Chaplain Assistant for the United States Army from September 1972 to September 1975. He devoted most of his career life as a Director of Christian Education for the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and as a Director of Religious Education for the Army, with a Degree in Theology.
Jim enjoyed the theatre and starred in plays at the Junction City Little Theatre. He created a youth Ministry team of singing and drama, titled Psalm 151, during his time at Fort Riley as a Director of Religious Education. They took their dramas on the road, and if you had the opportunity to experience Psalm 151, you knew they were an awesome team! Jim continued youth/college and adult ministry throughout his life, serving LCMS Kansas and South Dakota. Jim’s passion for theatre continued at King of King’s Lutheran Church in Gardner, where he directed and wrote many dramas.
Jim enjoyed fishing, K-State, the Royals and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Most of all, he loved his family and had a special place in his heart for young people. He was a member of American Legion Post 19 in Gardner. Jim and Jean loved celebrating their German heritage together as members of the German American Edelweiss Society of Kansas City, and attending several other German-American clubs and events in the Kansas City area. Jim touched many lives of all ages in the community. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Jean and Frederick Germer, and one sister, Karen Huddleston.
Survivors include his wife, Jean, daughter Jessica Capes and husband Shawn, son Austin Germer, son and daughter Thomas and Lisa Brown, sister Patti Scheibmeir and husband Ron of Topeka, sister Connie Richardson ans husband Jim of Marysville, brother Joe Germer and wife Patty of Marysville, brother Jon Germer and wife Deb of Ralston, NE, brother-in-law Edgar Huddleston of Marysville, nine grandchildren Devon Haywood, Taya and Sofia Semon, Harper Capes, Abigayle and Avery Brown, Hunter, Hadlee and Hayden Germer, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorials may be given in his name to continue the drama ministry at King of Kings Lutheran Church in lieu of flowers.
The Celebration of Life for Jim Germer will be on Wednesday, December 27th. Visitation at 10:00 AM with the services at 11:00 AM. A meal will be provided following the services.
Location is King of Kings Lutheran Church, 306 East Madison, Gardner, Kansas 66030