Tuesday, February 22, 1955


James J Lynn

The success story of James J. Lynn is a fabulous one that has been told and told again. Its beginning was in a tremendous natural ability and a brilliancy for figures that removed a boy from a cotton farm and placed him on the high levels of big business. Its end found a man searching for something beyond financial success.

That would seem entirely natural in considering the complex character of a man like James Lynn. He absorbed a belated education while working full time and was admitted to the bar at the age of 21. Three years later he was a certified public accountant. At 24 he was general manager of the U.S. Epperson Underwriting company and before he was 30 was the owner (along with a huge debt). Within a few years he had expanded into a half-dozen fields.

His love of nature and the fact that he reached a summit of material success at an early age must have contributed to his sincere interest of later years in religious mysticism. His death Sunday in California ends one of Kansas City’s most remarkable stories of individual brilliance and achievement.

Services to Be Held in California
Wednesday; Here Thursday.

Services for James J. Lynn, Kansas City insurance and oil executive who died Sunday at his farm home at Borrego Springs, Calif., will be held at 9:30 o’clock Wednesday morning at the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif., and at 3:30 o’clock Thursday at the Stine & McClure chapel here. Entombment will be in the pantheon at Forest Hill cemetery.


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