James E. Oglesby, age 92, of Joplin passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Mercy Hospital after a sudden illness.
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James was born on May 14, 1928 in Blanchard, Oklahoma to the late Elbert and Viola (White) Oglesby. James was born and raised on a farm in Oklahoma. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and the United States Air Force. On July 30, 1949 James was united in marriage to Mary Stokes, to this union three children were born.
After his family, James’ s second love was his business, Short Creek True Value in Galena, Kansas and his former employer Tri State Motor Transit. James was an active member of Royal Heights United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher.
James was preceded in death by his parents and step-mom, Sylvia Oglesby. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Mary. Two sons, Ken Oglesby (Carol) of Galena, Ks and Dale Oglesby (Judy) of Galena, Ks.; one daughter, Donna Strup (Steve) of Cape Girardeau; three siblings, Larry Oglesby, Jerry Oglesby, and Fanny Jo Buller; nine grandchildren, Robin Cronin, Neil Oglesby, Michael Oglesby, Christy Bebee, Jeremy Oglesby, Jamie Lorimer, Heather Mooney, Jeremy Strup, and Brittney Greninger; twenty-two great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.
James will be interred at Mount Hope Cemetery in Webb City at a later date with a private family service.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri.