James Vernon Laughlin

  • Born: February 4, 1929
  • Died: May 24, 2014
  • Location: Overland Park, Kansas

Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

11200 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

Tel. (913) 451-1860

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Vernon "Jim" Laughlin, 85, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Jim was born February 4, 1929, in Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a degree in history. Jim then graduated from Georgetown University with a Juris Doctorate. He also served as a SSG in the Army during the Korean War. Jim had a distinguished 20 year career with the FBI and continued in law enforcement until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Francis Laughlin and two brothers, John and Dennis Laughlin.

James is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joanne Laughlin; four children, Kathleen, Suzanne, James (Mary) and Don (Sue Ellen); five grandchildren, Jennifer (Meghan), Allison, Sean, Ryan and Ian; and one great-grandchild, Connor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FBI Memorial Education Fund at www.fbiaa.org/donations/.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 14251 Nall Ave, Leawood, KS 66223. The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Condolence & Memory Journal

We knew Jim as a new neighbor and substitute teacher at Center High School. He was easy to talk with and always had a positive view.

Posted by Bob and Virginia Ray - Kansas City, MO   June 02, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss and sorry I was unable to make it to the mass and service. I worked at the Convention Center with Jim and have many fond memories of lively discussions with him where I would always come away with new knowledge and another perspective. I was young, he was wise and I was blessed to have him as a friend and mentor in the early years of my career. A very good man. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Kathleen Lee - Kansas City, MO - Friend   May 30, 2014

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing and wish to extend my sincere condolences. I was in Kansas City from 1962 to 1972 as a Special Clerk and became an SA in 6/1972. When I and two others took our tests to become Agents Jim was one of two people who assisted me providing suggestions on how to prepare for the examination. Including my time in DC as a fingerprint clerk, I had 15.5 years of service. As an Agent in Sioux Falls, SD during the early 80s, I had the pleasure of calling Jim concerning a Bank Robber I had arrested and was able to identify two photos of 2 Subjects of robberies in KC conducted by the 2 brothers who were living in the Dallas, TX area and robbed almost 30 banks. Jim was extremely helpful and was able to get the prosecutor issue warrants to hold them from making bail. Ron Grove

Posted by Ronald R. Grove - Sioux City,, IA - Co-worker - Friend   May 29, 2014

My sincere condolences to the Laughlin family. It was a pleasure to have worked at the FBI KC office with Jim during 1967-68.
Bill Hayes

Posted by Bill & Teresa Hayes - Miami, FL   May 29, 2014

He had a great since of humor and sharp whit! I am honored to have known him! Hugs to Joann and my sincere condolences to the Laughlin and Ryan family's. What a wonderful spirit! He will not be forgotten!

Posted by Bernie Foster - Sarasota, FL   May 29, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Jim was a good friend and mentor while at the Convention Center. We worked together for many years. He talked me into finishing my Bachelors Degree and for that I am grateful. His wit was enjoyed by everyone. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Janet Gamble-Duff - Parkville, MO   May 28, 2014

Mr. Laughlin made a very positive impact on my life, the lives of my brothers, and the lives of many others. May the Lord's grace, peace, and comfort bless his family and friends, Amen!

Posted by Don Chapman - Belton, MO   May 28, 2014

Jim was my first supervisor in Kansas City on 5 Squad. I learned a lot from him that stood me in good stead for the rest of my career. Jim was a talented, very funny guy. I will miss him. Bob Carlson

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2014

Mr. Laughlin was a great man and taught many lessons to people he led and worked with. He greatly influenced my life as a young man returning home from the Army. Although he always thought I'd be a cop, I have had a great career as a Firefighter here in KC. I think of him often and remember the lessons well.
Captain Michael Cambiano KCFD, President IAFF, Local 42

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2014

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I appreciate your father's military service to our country. My sympathies are with Jim and his family.
Denny Brand,
Blue Valley High

Posted by Denny Brand - 15611 Outlook Overland, Park, KS   May 27, 2014

Suzy, Please accept our sincere sympathy on the death of your father, James.

Your Co-Workers
Charles & Vicky Bruscato

Posted by A friend   May 27, 2014

Mrs Laughlin, Jim planted a seed in a lot of peoples' lives that will continue to grow many years from now. I have used and still use today some of the lessons he taught me. I am forever grateful. Willie Jamison

Posted by A friend   May 26, 2014

The end of an era. Rest in peace old buddy.
Joan Laughlin

Posted by A friend   May 26, 2014

I worked with Jim for several years at the Kansas City Convention Center. He was a fine man.

Posted by Jonathan Pointer - Los Angeles, CA - former colleague   May 26, 2014

The FBI family has lost a valued member - and a true friend. He will be sorely missed by all.

Posted by Gene T - Olathe, KS   May 26, 2014

Joanne & Family
Our warm and deepest sympanthy to all the family.Jim will be missed by all.He was a fine ,loving man.Gods peace to all.
Ralph & Maudeline

Posted by Ralph Britz - Lee Summit,Mo., MO   May 25, 2014

Our most sincere condolences to the Laughlin family. Jim was always a bright spot at meetings of the Retired FBI Agents, and we will miss seeing him.

Frank Carey
Treasurer, Heart of America Chapter
Society of Former Agents of the FBI

Posted by Frank E Carey - Kansas City, MO - FBI   May 25, 2014

Jim Laughlin and his wife, Joanne, were dear friends of my parents, George and Genevieve Lueckenhoff. Mr. Laughlin always made my dad smile. He was a character and such a loving man. We will miss him here, but George will sure be happy to see his buddy!

Posted by Anne Doerr - St Louis, Mo   May 25, 2014

He was the best boss a girl could ever have. I had the utmost respect for Jim. He hired me with the City in 1984 and promoted me in 1987 he made me a better person and taught me a lot. I missed him every day.

Posted by Jane Wallberg - Kansas City, MO   May 25, 2014

Dear Joanne & Family,

Even though only a short time before Jim left Clarence M. Kelley Group, I truly enjoyed working with him. Jim always had a joke or good story to tell. He was one of the most knowledgeable individuals I have known throughout my career in law enforcement. I know he will be missed by many. I am so glad to have known him.

Terry Campbell
Clarence M. Kelley Group

Posted by Terry Campbell - Overland Park, KS   May 25, 2014

Jim, Mary, Allison and Sean,

We have such fond memories of Jim at Sean's baseball games sharing good conversation. With warmest condolences our love and prayers are with you.

Linda, Devin & Dalton Rumley

Posted by A friend   May 25, 2014