Kurt Leslie James passed peacefully at his home in Topeka, Kansas on June 3, 2020. His untimely passing was a shock to all who knew him. Kurt was born on January 11, 1952 in Topeka, Kansas to Howard and Helen James. Kurt is survived by his two sons, Dylan James, (29) and Daniel James, (27) his mother, Helen James, and his four (4) siblings, Karen Campbell, Tim James, Chris James, and Terry James, and many nieces and nephews. Kurt is also survived by his loving fiancé, Maria Noriega, of San Luis Obispo, California.
Kurt graduated from Topeka West High in 1969 and was proud to serve his country as a medic in the United States Air Force. After a stretch of time living in New York City, he returned to Topeka, Kansas where he worked full time at Goodyear Tire Co. in a supervisory role, while paying his way through law school at Washburn University School of Law. He graduated and passed the Kansas Bar Exam in 1996. Over the course of his legal career, Kurt offered his guidance and energy to many individuals in Shawnee and the various surrounding counties in Northeast Kansas.
Throughout his life, Kurt loved showing dogs and the dog show life, with his favorite breed being the Standard Poodle. Kurt met the love of his life, Maria, at a dog show in 2012. He loved life and was never one to turn down adventure or walk away from a challenge. Kurt loved his sons, Dylan and Daniel, Maria, his many friends, his family, and most of all he loved gathering together with and cooking for them. He was an avid golfer, animal lover, a great storyteller, a gambling man, and one that loved the theater, art, the blues, live music, fine food and traveling. He will be missed by many.