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Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, James M. Olley passed away on December 9, 2015 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (nee Jackson) of Wentzville, MO; three daughters: Keri (Bryan) Schumacher of Williamsburg, VA, Beth Schickel of Crestwood, KY, and Susan Olley (Michael Riley) of Maryland Heights, MO; two sons: James (Michelle) of Kansas City, MO, and Michael (Andrea) of St. Louis, MO; six granddaughters: Emily, Clara, Caroline, Catherine, Anna, and Ava; two grandsons: Hunter and Finnegan; two great-grandsons: Kayden and Elijah; brother, Bob (Terri) of Sturdevant, WI; sister, Pat (Jerry) of Kenosha, WI; four nephews and their families; and cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents, Lewis and Helen Olley.
Raised in Racine, WI, Jim attended St. Edward’s grade school and St. Catherine’s High School (class of 1959). Graduating from Notre Dame in 1965 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, he began his career at McDonnell Aircraft/Boeing as a data engineer in wind tunnel testing until his retirement in 2011. In 1965, Jim also married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie, and they happily celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends earlier this year. A long-time resident of Bridgeton, MO, and member of St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, Jim was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was supportive of all his family’s endeavors. Upon moving to Wentzville in 2006, he came to love his new community and church, St. Patrick’s. Jim was a friendly favorite among his neighbors as well as a spirited “club” member at Family Partners. He greatly enjoyed traveling, reading, and sports, particularly Notre Dame football, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the St. Louis Blues. Jim left his family and friends with many beautiful memories, especially of his bright smile and loving heart. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.