James Jett



James “Jim” Boley Jett, 73, Linn, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022, of an apparent heart attack.

He was born April 7, 1949, to the late Boyd Jett and Ruby (Jones) Jett in Waynesville.

He was a 1967 graduate of Belle High School and received his degree in Automotive Technologies from Linn Tech in 1969 and also took classes there for auto body in 1971. Jim proudly served his country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War from October 1969 through August 1971, and also served in the National Guard during the early 90’s.

He was united in marriage to Lois Baumgartner Sept. 6, 1969, at the High Gate Baptist Church.

Jim grew up working on the family farm which is still in the family today. He worked for several auto dealerships throughout mid-Missouri for most of his life and then retired from St. Mary’s medical records department when he got older.

Jim was baptized at the Liberty Church of Christ. He was a member of Belle V.F.W. Post #3410 in addition to other veterans’ organizations.

Jim was an avid hunter, gun collector and loved going to auctions looking to find a bargain. He enjoyed participating in tractor pulling events while he lived in Loose Creek starting with garden tractors and finally with his mid-class Oliver 70. Jim enjoyed spending time at the “Ponderosa” which was the nickname for the family hunting cabin and property in Maries County. He liked to keep busy and was always on the go as he couldn’t stand to sit still. Jim enjoyed traveling, taking small road trips and reading James Patterson books as well as westerns and enjoyed watching westerns on TV. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved him.

Jim was preceded in death by father, Boyd; maternal grandparents, Boley and Winnie Jones; and infant daughters, Lisa Ann and Kimberly Renee.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Lois; mother, Ruby Jett of Owensville; son, Aaron Jett of Linn; brother, Steve Jett of St. James; sister, Gloria Gehlert and husband Mark of Linn; nephew, Cameron Gehlert; niece, Marissa Gehlert; and many extended family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 16, at the Liberty Church of Christ. Interment was in the Liberty Cemetery.

Memorial contributions suggested to the Liberty Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Sassmann’s Chapel in Belle.