James Brice McClure, aged 71, went home to meet his Lord and Savior on November 19, 2021. Jim was born in 1950 to Gladys and Glen McClure in Newton, KS. He had one sister, Virginia. He was a rambunctious child that loved mischief and often tested his family’s patience, but also loved to draw, paint and sculpt. As a young man he traveled across the Midwest helping with the Wheat Harvest each year, then later became a door-to-door vacuum salesman before eventually working for John Hancock Life Insurance. He worked there for several years, traveling across the country and even overseas as one of their top salesmen. However, the most pride he took from his job wasn’t his status, but his ability to help people. He had a keen sense of money and finance, and used this talent to help several families not only prepare for the unexpected, but also went out of his way to make sure they were never shortchanged or financially burdened in their time of loss. Later, he became a financial advisor, continuing to help people prepare for the future, before finally retiring in Halstead, KS. After the sudden death of his only son, Ben, at only 20 yrs old, Jim became closer to God and would often travel to Wichita and play his harmonica for anyone who would listen. He also cared deeply for the homeless and would donate his time or money whenever he could. He had one son and three daughters whom he loved dearly. He will be most remembered for his caring and giving heart that extended beyond his family to anyone in need, and will be deeply missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his son Benjamin McClure, and survived by his sister Virginia and her husband Lee Crawley, his daughters: Shelby Williams-Norlin and her husband Scott Norlin, Anna and her husband Nathan Shook, Molly McClure, his six grandchildren Paige and Lynndon Bais; Nia McClure; Abigail, David, and Isaiah Shook; and his six great-grandchildren Xavier, Kalea, Christian, Emanuel, Ailani, and Nicolas.
Services will be held December 4, 2021 at 10AM at Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N Main, Newton, KS 67114. He will be buried in Mound Township in Moundridge, KS.