Jim Valentik

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Jim Valentik, 78, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away at his home on April 27, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones.

Jim was born in St. Louis, MO to Steve G. Valentik and Ruth (Kendall) Valentik on July 1, 1943 one of four children. He grew up in Hannibal, MO graduating for Hannibal High School in 1962 where he excelled in football, basketball, and track. He attended the University of Missouri on a Division 1 athletic scholarship graduating in 1967 with a BSE. He received his Master of Education degree from Central Missouri State University in 1973. Jim served in the Army National Guard from 1969-1976.

He met his wife Kay at summer school at Central Missouri State University and they were married September 21, 1968 in Warrensburg, Missouri.

His career and love were teaching and coaching. He taught in Hannibal, Mexico Public Schools, and Community R-VI where he taught Driver’s Education, k-12 physical education, and middle school health. He coached football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, track, boys’ golf, and softball. He worked in the Parks and Recreation departments in Mexico and Grain Valley, MO. After retiring from Mexico Public Schools in 2007, he and Kay moved to Grain Valley. He began substitute teaching in the Grain Valley School District in 2007 ending May, 2021.

He loved the outdoors, golf outings, fishing, hunting, and his annual winter float trips with Andy Baker, eating pizza at Merrill’s in Moberly, and G & D’s (Alex and Pano) in Columbia; traveling to Bevier to eat at the Pear Tree Restaurant. He loved feeding the birds and deer that come into our yard. He loved his cigar and chatting with neighbors who walked by. He was also a prankster. 

Jim was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church, Mexico, MO and a present member of Timothy Lutheran Church, Blue Springs.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kay; daughter Krista (TJ), granddaughter Emily (Madison) Steiner, brother-in-law Mike (Janet) Green; sister-in-law Juli (Keith) Wingert; special peeps Lauren and Colton Dolby, his special fur babies Gabby, Milky, Finn and Huck. And many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his infant sister Carol Ann Valentik; parents, Steve and Ruth Valentik; his brother Steve P. Valentik; and his sister and brother-in-law Bette and Bill Griggs.

Service

Visitation and the Celebration of Life service will be held June 4, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 Lakeview Road, Mexico, MO 65265, beginning at 10am with service following at 11am.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Missouri Patriot Paws (mopatriotpaws.org), Good Sports.org, or donations can be made out to Kay Valentik, and they will be used for a non-profit we are establishing in Coach Val’s name to support local softball (Mexico and Community RVI) and Mexico high school football.  

Hubba Hubba Coach Val. 

33 Comments

  1. Shannon M Straube on June 19, 2022 at 5:52 am

    Rest easy Jim, I’m glad our paths crossed. Deepest Sympathy to Kay & Krista

  2. Janet Dempski on June 4, 2022 at 8:00 am

    I was so sad to hear of Coach Val’s passing!! What funny memories of MHS driver’s Ed!! He helped make the streets a little safer!!! I know he was welcomed thru the gates with some great people and may the eternal fun begin!! I was so happy to talk to Coach at one of Bob’s memorial golf tournaments.
    I’m so sorry for your loss!

  3. Mindy Meyer on June 2, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    He was always my favorite coach of all time. I was sad to hear this and prayers for Kay & the family.

  4. Lisa Evans Matthews on May 29, 2022 at 12:49 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Condolences to your family. Coach Valentik weathered my early adventures in driving!

  5. Leila Inlow on May 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    We remember all the good times we had with Kay and Jim and taking care of Krista when she was a baby. We will keep the family in our prayers. Jim and Leila Inlow.

    • Krista on June 26, 2022 at 11:51 am

      Jim and Leila,

      I miss and love you both so much ♥️♥️

  6. Lisa Newsom on May 9, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss. He was a great guy.

    • Bobette Balser Wilson on May 25, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      Kay, Krista, and family,
      I was so sad to hear that Coach Valentik had died. He was always so much fun, and I have some many fond high school memories of him.
      I am so very sorry for your loss.
      You are in my prayers.
      Deepest sympathy,
      Bobette

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