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Visitation

Inman Funeral Home
Friday January 7th, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Graveside Service

North Inman Cemetery
Saturday January 8th, 2022
2:00pm

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James Leroy Stephens

James Leroy Stephens, 81, passed away January 3, 2022, at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born February 5, 1940, in Hutchinson, the son of Orville Oliver and Erma Caroline Rump Stephens. He was a graduate of Inman High School. A farmer most of his life, he also worked various times for the Groveland Township for twenty years. He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, where he was a member of the Men’s Fellowship Group, and on the Inman Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years.

He married Sophia Thiessen on November 5, 1983, in Inman. She survives.
Other survivors include his children, Annel (Travis) Scates, Benton, KS, Daren Stephens, Goodwell, OK, Diane Morgan (Bill Griffith) Kansas City, MO, and Lisa (Andy) Entz, Wichita; grandchildren, Annelise Hoback, Mikaelynn Scates, Tina Busenitz, Dana Oswald, Scott Entz, and Luke Entz; 8 great grandchildren; sister – in- law, Mary Evelyn Stephens, Fairport, NY; and a niece, Denise Kendt, Webster, NY.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Melynn Stephens; a brother, Clyde Stephens; and a nephew, Greg Stephens.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Friday, January 7, 2022, at Inman Funeral Home. Jim’s wishes were for everyone to protect themselves and to wear a mask to the indoor visitation. So please follow his wishes and do so on Friday. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 8, 2022, at North Inman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Inman Museum or the Inman Senior Center, both in care of the funeral home. To leave a message for the family, visit: www.inmanfh.com.


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We met Sophia and Jim at the Senior Center, eating lunch. Always friendly and a big smile. I was always a farmer so I called him "Farmer Jim" and we talked farming. Very knowledgeable about so many things so we always had a good conversation. Good friend made in a short time. He called me Christmas Morning which I will always cherish. I am going to miss him very much.

LaVona Sundquist Jan 6 2022 5:27 PM

We will always remember Jim's passion for antique tractor and the Farming way of life. although our time with Jim was short we always looked forward to seeing him come to the shop.

Moundridge Tractor Inc. Jan 5 2022 4:00 PM

When I was a child my family travelled to Kansas every other year to spend time with everyone, I have many fond memories of our times at the farm with Grandma and Grandpa, then Jim and Sophie-not to forget Pat. As Adults those time were less frequent but always precious, we will hold those memories close in our hearts. We wish we could be with everyone during this time but circumstances here are preventing that. I am sure my Dad was waiting for Jim when he arrived.

Mary Evalyn Stephens
Denise (Stephens)Kendt and Ron Kendt
Stephanie and Jeff Hibbard

Denise Kendt Jan 5 2022 6:48 AM

When I was a child my family travelled to Kansas every other year, I have many fond memories of our time at the farm with Grandma, Grandpa then Jim and Sophie - not to forget Pat as well.as adults those times were less frequent but still precious. We will hold those memories close in our hearts , we wish we could be with you but our circumstances here are preventing that . I'm sure my Father was waiting for Jim when he arrived

Mary Evalyn Stephens
Denise Stephens Kendt and Ron Kendt
Stephanie and Jeff Hibbard

Denise Kendt Jan 4 2022 7:41 PM

Our thoughts are with everyone there, as a child we travelled to Kansas every other year and had wonderful family times, first with Grandma and Grandpa and then Jim and Sophie - fond memories of Pat as well. As adults, lives get busy and your immediate family consumes most of your time. We will hold those memories of our times on the farm with Jim precious in our hearts , I'm sure my Father was waiting for Jim when he arrived. We wish we could be with you but current circumstances are not permitting this.

Mary Evalyn Stephens
Denise Stephens Kendt and Ron Kendt
Stephanie and Jeff Hibbard

Denise Kendt Jan 4 2022 5:52 PM