Jimmy Ray Frankenfield was born January 3, 1943 to W.B. and Nola (Hitt) Frankenfield in Cedar County, Missouri. He passed away on February 4, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo at the age of 77.
He was raised with his sisters Patty and June and brother Johnny. The family spent a significant amount of time with his Uncle Ray Frankenfield and wife Irene and their children Donald, Shirley and Leland. The cousins are more like siblings than cousins.
Jimmy graduated from Osceola High school in 1963 then went on to complete an apprenticeship with the pipefitters. He was a proud 4th generation pipefitter and worked at many well known locations including the missle silos, Lacygne Power Plant, Montrose Power Plant, Crowne Center and Truman Dam. He retired from Local Union #33 after many years of work.
He was united in marriage to Constance L. Bourland on June 11, 1966. To this union two children were born, Cathy Ann in 1968 and Jimmy Allen in 1971. Jimmy and Connie were married for 54 years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. Many hours were spent in the woods hunting, walking meadows with his bird dogs or on the water fishing. He learned to tie flies for fly fishing as a child and this is a skill he practiced until he was no longer able to tie them. He even learned to make bamboo fishing poles and fly rods.
His greatest joy was his family. He cherished every minute that was spent in the company of loved ones. He was quick witted and always showed his love and pride in his family.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Patty Sue, and his cherished son Allen. He is survived by his wife Connie of the home, his daughter Cathy Roberts and husband Kress of Osceola, grandson Ryan Carroll and wife Amanda of Osceola and great granddaughter Jamie, granddaughter Ashley Roberts of Osceola and great granddaughter Sydnee.
Betty Moore Wiles saysFebruary 7, 2020 at 6:35 am
Connie & Family,
My sincere sympathy. Praying for God to comfort
and give you strength.
Betty Moore Wiles
Class of 1964
Beth Cox saysFebruary 9, 2020 at 6:32 am
Connie & Cathy, I’m so very sorry. Know that I am thinking of you and am sending much love