James Brice McClure, 71, went home to meet his Lord and Savior on Nov. 19, 2021.
Jim was born in 1950 to Gladys and Glen McClure in Newton. He had one sister, Virginia. He was a rambunctious child who 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 adviser, continuing to help people prepare for the future, before finally retiring in Halstead.
After the sudden death of his only son, Ben, at only 20 years old, Jim became closer to God and often would travel to Wichita and play his harmonica for anyone who would listen. He also cared deeply for the homeless and donated 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 was 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, and Molly McClure; his six grandchildren, Paige and Lynndon Bais, Nia McClure, and Abigail, David and Isaiah Shook; and his six great-grandchildren, Xavier, Kalea, Christian, Emanuel, Ailani and Nicolas.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, KS 67114. He will be buried in Mound Township in Moundridge.