James Joseph Van Dyke

James Joseph Van Dyke was born August 26, 1940 in Atchison, Kansas to Charles Elwin and Shirley Ann Van Dyke. Jim was the oldest of three boys. Dennis Michael and Richard Leo Van Dyke were his brothers.  He grew up in Atchison and was on the dive team and football team and attended Maur Hill-Mount Academy.

He retired from Anheuser Busch after 40 years.  Jim had a love for football and spent most of his days watching the KC Chiefs and the KU Jayhawks.  He was often seen in his neighborhood on his scooter and made friends with just about anyone.  His big personality and smile will be missed for years to come.

Jim is survived by his wife Christine, daughters Rhonda Heltzel, Brenda (Peter) Kotar, son Joshua Van Dyke and seven grandchildren, Samantha, Abby, Sophia, Michael, Jada, Owen, and Bennett.


  1. Christine VanDyke on August 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Guys!! he loved you and talked of you often..I can’t begin to remember all the stories Jim had to tell..everyday on the route had a story..some days he actually missed his route and the companions he met along the way..he really loved all his ‘guys’..thank you for taking the time to post

  2. kraig briggs on August 27, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Christine: very sorry for your loss and hope time will bring comfort to you and your family.
    love ya

  3. Mark Handley on August 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I worked with Jim many years at Budweiser. He was a good friend of my late uncle who would often share with me tales of their motor cycle and fishing trips. I will always have fond memories of theses tales. Jim was one of a kind. My sincere sympathy the family.

  4. Sam Schembri on August 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I’ve known Jim for many years in the beer industry. We ran against each other, then we worked together at United Beverage. I always respected an thought alot of Jim. My thoughts and prayers for the family and loved ones

  5. Maurice E. King III on August 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I have very fond memories of working with Jim many years at Double Eagle and United Beverage. Rest in peace Jim. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  6. John & Mary VanDyke on August 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

    We will always remember our cousin Jimmy Joe. We all grew up together with many family celebrations, attending Sacred Heart Grade School and Maur Hill, playing sports and always loving the neighborhood games. Jimmy Joe was always fun to be around. We send our sympathy to all the family.

  7. Nela Humbird=Bruner on August 25, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Hello Richard..Remember me?? Its Nela. I lived across the street from you back in the 6’s on State Line..I have always wondered if you were still in the Kansas city area..Last time I saw you was at Mikes funeral…I was so surprised to see Jim’s obit today and I am very sorry for your loss..I would love to chat with you again I am on Facebook under NelaHumbird-Bruner or my email address is Bruners05@aol.com..you take care!!

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