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Streu, James Michael

Streu, James Michael

September 23, 1945 — January 7, 2020

James Michael Streu, 74, of Kearney and a former Liberty resident, passed away January 7, 2020, at Liberty Hospital with family at his side. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 am, on Saturday, January 11, at St. James Catholic Church, Liberty. Burial will follow at Glenridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Liberty Hospital Foundation.

Jim was born September 23, 1945, in Kansas City, MO, the younger of two sons of Ray L. and E. Bernice (Sloan) Streu. He grew up in Cameron and moved with his family to Liberty in 1961, where he graduated from Liberty High School. He later received his Bachelor's degree in Education from Central Missouri State Teachers' College. At CMS, he was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon. Jim was united in marriage to J. Lynette Moore on July 30, 1965, in Norborne, MO.

Jim taught Industrial Arts, Physical Education, and coached football and wrestling at Oak Park High School prior to beginning a long career in real estate and home building. Jim owned and operated Century 21 Sentry Realty in Liberty, owned Jim Streu Construction, and worked most recently for Robertson Properties before he retired. Jim was also a lifelong cattleman, and was a member of the Waterfowlers' Hall of Fame and Ducks Unlimited. Jim was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and served 36 years on the Liberty Hospital Board of Directors.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lynn; children, Doug (Lori). Kim Schank (Kenny) and Devin (Nikki); grandsons, Nathan, Garrett and Dawson; brother, John (Judy deceased); brother-in-law, Wayne Moore (Ann); as well as four nephews, their families, and many friends.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 am, on Saturday, January 11, at St. James Catholic Church, Liberty. Burial will follow at Glenridge Cemetery.

Streu, James Michael's Guestbook

It was years ago I met Jim and Bob Harris as suitemates at CMSC. Could not have asked for better. Jim gave me a ride home at times and as I recall if the speed limit was 55...he always drove 55. It was a jovial group of Liberty and Raytown Bluejays. I wish his family well and remember a fine young man....back in the day.

Curt Staggs

Jim was a great man and someone you can truly count on. He was always someone I’d love to go talk too. I’m very sorry for your loss.

Bryant Schmitz

We bought our first house from Jim in 1981. Was a great guy to work with. Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the family.

Roy & Leslye Werner

I enjoyed discussing business and family with Jim when I would see him. He was a very good family man. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Streu family.

David M Belfonte

Mr. Streu was one of the sweetest men I’ve ever met. My heart and prayers go out to his entire family.

Donna Everett

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