Janice Eichhorn Read James passed away in her home in Canby, Oregon, Thursday evening, April 12, 2012. Janice was born July 29, 1924 to Fred F. Eichhorn and Mildred (Steward) Eichhorn at the Eichhorn Farm, Labette County Kansas.
Funeral services were on Friday, April 20, 2012 at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Chapel. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Mrs. James graduated from LCCHS (Labette County Community High School) and attended 1 year of Junior College in Parsons, KS. She worked for a time during WWII at North American Bomber Plant in Kansas City. She married Arden E. Read on Nov. 28, 1943. He was a mortician/funeral director who died April 10, 1954 in York, NE. To that union was born a girl and 4 boys who survive. She moved back to Kansas to live with her parents and built a home in Altamont, KS. She worked for a time at Berry Garment Co. in Oswego, then as City Clerk of Altamont for 17 years. In 1972, she moved to Greensburg, KS to be City Clerk. She resigned when she married Robert L. James in 1974. In 1983, she returned to work at the Kiowa Co. Courthouse in the Registrar of Deeds office and later transferred to the County Clerks office. She retired in 1995. Bob and Janice James moved to Beaumont, TX in 2001. He died on September 12, 2004. After his death, she moved to Wauconda, IL, then to Newburgh, Indiana, and finally to Canby, Oregon. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Greensburg, KS and was a certified city clerk of Kansas. For many years, she had a small business “Janice’s Paper Pieces” and she quilted wedding invitations. She also helped her husband in their “Hi-Vue Inc” satellite business in Pratt, KS. She is survived by Terry and Becky Bradfield (daughter) of Molalla, OR; sons, Dr. Arden E. Read, Beaumont, TX, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Read, Lebanon, IL, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Read, Bristol, VA, and Dr. and Mrs. Ronn Read, Wauconda, IL; stepsons: Drs. Jeff and Penny James, Newburgh, IN, Mr. and Mrs. John James of Enid, OK, and Dr. and Mrs. Jim James, Eaton, CO; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and sister, Kathleen Freeman, Bartlesville, OK. She was a strong, Christian woman and an amazing mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 W. Kansas Ave, Greensburg, KS 67054.