James Edward “Jim” Cahalan, 69, of Edina, Missouri, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, at his residence north of Edina, Missouri. Jim was born the youngest child of James William and Parthena Louise Powell Cahalan, on August 26, 1947, in Kirksville, Missouri. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and the Knox County High School, graduating in the Class of 1965. He continued his education at the University of Missouri Rolla and Purdue University attaining a PHD in Nuclear Engineering. He was employed for thirty years at Argonne National Laboratory, working in Research and Development of advanced nuclear power generation, retiring in 2012. Jim returned to Knox County, in retirement to make his home. He was a member of the Baring Country Club, serving on the Board. He enjoyed being a HAM Radio Operator and working as a gentleman farmer around the farm and lake.
He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, Missouri. Jim is survived by his brother, Don and his wife Ginger Cahalan of Leawood, Kansas; a cousin, Kay Kinder Routh of Springfield, Missouri, that was raised as a sister; five nieces and nephews, Sherri and Peter Jackson of Leawood, Kansas and their children Tyler, Blake, Shelby and Nicole, Patrick and Melissa Cahalan of Thousand Oaks, California and their children Alex, Drew and Matt, Timothy and Christine Cahalan of Leawood, Kansas and their children Elizabeth and Nicholas, Jeffrey and Deborah Nelson of Olathe, Kansas and their children Jessica and David, and Brian and Robyn Cahalan of Fayetteville, Arkansas and their daughter Mary Grace; along with many neighbors and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Cahalan on January 3, 1987, and his mother, Parthena Cahalan on January 5, 2009. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016, with the family receiving friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Edina, Missouri. Deacon Ken Berry will officiate and music will be provided by Nancy Reardon and Brent Karhoff. Casket Bearers will be Kenny Sutton, Steve McPherson, Peter Jackson, Timothy Cahalan, Patrick Cahalan, Brian Cahalan and Nicholas Cahalan.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Jim Cahalan may be left to the Baring Country Club. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home, 208 N. 4 th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.