He was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Cape Girardeau to Harry and Bessie Dunlap Warder.
On Sept. 13, 1958, while in England serving his country, he married the love of his life, June Ann Broom, who survives. They shared nearly 52 years together, loving and honoring one another.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and completed four years of service.
In 1968, he became an Illinois State Trooper and retired a master sergeant from the state police Dec. 31, 1991, after 24 years. After retirement, he went to work at Walmart in Cape Girardeau, greeting everyone who entered with a smile and a helping hand. He worked there 13 years until January 2005.
Jim loved people and had a kind word for everyone he met. He died the way he lived, with God's love and peace in his heart, and praise for his lord on his lips. He was an inspiration to all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, James (Kathy) Warder of Harrisburg, Ill.; a daughter, Lisa (David) Sander of Cape Girardeau; his stepfather, Leslie Grah of Scott City; a brother, Bob (Marvellee) Warder of Magnolia, Ark.; a brother-in-law, Ivor Broom of Great Yarmouth, England; three stepsisters, Mary Johnson of Scott City, Opal Horseley of Cape Girardeau, Betty Lyons of Peoria, Ill.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Dustin (Megan) Warder of Owensboro, Ky., Joshua Sander of Cape Girardeau, Melissa Sander of Fenton, Mo., Nicolas Warder and Halle Warder of Owensboro, and Lauren Sander of Fenton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Warder.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time at Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church. The Revs. Janet Hopkins and Debbie Arvelo will officiate. Burial will be in Hobbs Chapel Cemetery, with full military honors by Missouri Honors Team and VFW Post 3838.
Memorials may be made to Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a faithful member, or to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.