James "Jim" Navinsky

James “Jim” Navinsky, 83, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth, passed away, Sunday, July 28, 2013, at home in his sleep. He was born the second of three children, of Nicholas Mathew and Helen Marie (Zelfer) Navinsky.

James Navinsky

Jim was an Immaculata Graduate who married his high-school sweetheart, Helen Marie Giese on May 12, 1951, in Leavenworth. Jim served in the Army-National Guard in Japan. He came home and started building his life with Helen. He worked for South Western Bell until he retired on Feb. 18, 1985. He built all the family homes, two duplexes and helped others build their homes. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being outdoors. He also had a small farm in the country with a pond and had many great memories there.

He is survived by his wife; his six children, Terry her husband Dan Mulhern (children, Liz, Bridgette and Ben) of Manhattan, Kan., Gwen her husband Russ Skaggs (children, Jill, Kim, BJ and Michael) of Arvada, Colo., Marcia her husband Mike St. Clair (children, Jaclyn and Jeff) of Wichita, Kan., Mark his wife Julie (children, Brandon and Sean) of Basehor, Kan., James his wife Danay (children, Nicole and Alexa) of Flower Mound, Texas and Debby her husband Bill Lucus (son, Brock) of Gardner, Kan.; seven, great-grandchildren; and two sisters, EJ and Babe.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Gregory Houck, O.Carm., as celebrant. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception- St. Joseph Church, or Xavier Catholic School.