On November 14, 2013, Jim went home to the Lord. He died at home with his wife, Iona, to whom he was married and devoted to for 64 years. He was born on February 6, 1925 and lived his life in Kansas City. Jim served in the Army during World War II and landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge and was in Germany when the war ended. Jim was a firefighter at Richard Gebaur Airbase for nearly 40 years. While serving there, he was the Captain on duty when a major fire broke out on the airbase. He successfully put the fire out while rescuing several of his men hurt during the event. He was awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest civilian award, for his bravery.
His family was the most important part of his life. He and Iona especially enjoyed his granddaughters with whom he was very close. In 1961, Jim, his wife and children joined Peace Lutheran Church where Jim and Iona continued to be very active members. Jim never met a stranger and was extremely well liked by everyone who knew him.
Jim was the proud father of three children, Janice (Ralls) Jones of Carson City, Nevada, James F. Ralls, Jr. of Kansas City North and Jeffrey D. Ralls and his wife Cindy Ralls of Lee's Summit and four granddaughters, Kelsey Ralls, Allyson Ralls, Shannon Ralls and Katie Jones. Jim was preceded in death by his parents James S. and Ethel Ralls and his brother Paul Ralls.
Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 18, at Peace Lutheran Church, 8240 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.