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Jimmy Magathan

A graveside service for Jimmy Martin Magathan, Sr., age 91, Marion, who passed away May 5, 2020, at Newton Medical Center, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.

Military honors will be rendered at the graveside, with Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion, serving the family.

Jim’s life began May 28, 1928, in Florence. He was the son of Frank D. and Zula May (Fisher) Magathan.

Jim served his country proudly in the United States Army, stationed in Korea after World War II.

He was united in marriage to the former Earline Perkins on March 24, 1954, at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion.

After Jim returned home from the service, he went to work for the Kansas Department of Transportation, starting in 1949 and retiring in 1991 as a regional supervisor. He was a member of the Valley United Methodist Church.

Jim loved cars and horses. He was always ready for his next car and always looking. Jim enjoyed watching the birds at his bird feeders and had a sweet tooth, especially for cookies.

He is survived by children Jimmy M. (and wife Rita) Magathan, Jr., Emporia, Monte A. Magathan, Marion, Denise Magathan, Whitewater, Kerry W. (and wife Kathleen) Magathan, Wichita, Linda Fowler, and Janis Weiss; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and sister Shirley Nienstedt of Goddard.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife of 64 years, Earline; brother Loyd Magathan; and sister Charity Reavis.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be directed to Valley United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Jim at

Last modified May 14, 2020