Hillsboro – Jim Flaming, 84, passed away February 1, 2017 at Newton Medical Center. He was born March 12, 1932 to Samuel and Agnes (Hiebert) Flaming rural Goessel. He married Eulalia Regier in Hillsboro. He owned Jim’s Plumbing in Hillsboro. Survivors include: wife, Eulalia Flaming of Hillsboro; sons, Stanley of Newton, William of Hillsboro; daughters, Virginia Flaming of Newton, Shirley Esau of McPherson, Susan Flaming of Salina, Vivian (Randall) Picking of Salina, Cheryl (Kevin) Brandt of Hillsboro; brothers, Edward (Shirley) of Durham, Orville (Johanna) of Weatherford, OK, Raymond (Mary) of Washington; sister, Rose (Ernie) Voth of Buffalo Mills, PA; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 6, 2017 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Susan Jantzen. Interment 10:00 a.m. Monday at Haven of Rest cemetery 1 mile East of Hillsboro. Family receive guests from 2 to 4 Sunday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to Rescare of Newton in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin
James Willard Flaming was born March 12 1932. He was the 3rd child born to Samuel J & Agnes (Hiebert) Flaming. He grew up in the rural Goessel area and learned to drive tractor before he was tall enough to sit on the seat. He attended a country school thru 8th grade. Jimmy spoke German until he learned English in school. He left home when 16 years old & went to work for REA setting some of the 1st power poles in the Flint Hills. He often sent home cash or clothes to help with expenses and for his younger siblings.
He met his life long love Eulalia Regier on a blind date set up by his brother Roy and Lois Koehn (Roy’s fiancee). Jim & Eulalia were married on May 4th, 1952. They have been married 64 years. Seven children were born: Virginia, Stanley, Shirley, William (Bill), Susan, Vivian & Cheryl. After working various jobs including double shifts, he became a plumber in 1956. They moved to 215 S Cedar in October 1958. His plumbing business grew at that address. He eventually opened Jim’s Plumbing Service at 118 N. Main in the 1960s. The business sold in 2004. He continued working from home and held a plumbing license for 60 years until October 1st, 2016.
For relaxation Dad & Mom loved fishing. Dad also loved children (as you can tell) and teaching us the fun part of life. We went on many day trips as a family seeing all of Kansas and many parts of OK, MO and NE. There were many family BBQs, weiner roasts and ice cream get togethers with neighbors and extended family members.
Dad and Mom bought Dad’s home place in September 24, 1969. It was Dad’s hobby farm and the family’s place to get away from it all. As children we learned the fine art of gardening, baling hay and how to work hard while still having fun. Dad & Mom also enjoyed many motorcycle trips on their Harley Davidson motor earning honorary t-shirts of Motorcycle Papa and Motorcycle Mama. Later in life they also enjoyed bus tours to various parts of the country. His favorites were the surprise tours.
This is just a very brief sketch of the long and full life of Jim Flaming.