JR Majors Obituary
JR Majors, 93, formerly of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away at his home in Edina, Minnesota, on January 18, 2019, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of 68 years, and daughters Janis Majors Howard (Eliot) of Edina, Minnesota, and Karen Majors Bogle (Grant) of Boston, Massachusetts. He also leaves six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. JR was born in Roff, Oklahoma, and moved to Winfield, Kansas, as a teenager. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Following the war, JR graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master's Degree in Social Work. JR worked at Family and Children Services of Kansas City, Inc. and served as its Executive Director for 25 years. He was the first recipient of the KU School of Social Welfare Alumni of the Year award. In addition to his service with the KU School of Social Welfare Professional Advisory Council, JR served on many community boards including the National Association of Social Workers, the Child Welfare League of America and the Kansas Children's Service League. He served on the board of Marriage Foundations, Inc. and as a trustee of the UMKC Starr Education Funding Committee. JR was a Life Elder of the Prairie Village Presbyterian Church and a 36-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Kansas City. A service celebrating his life will be held on February 9th at 11 am at Linden Hills United Church of Christ at 4200 Upton Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN (55410). The family suggests memorials in JR's name to the KU School of Social Welfare Dean's Opportunity Fund. Donations can be sent to the KU Endowment, PO Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044 or online here.
Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 27, 2019
Picture taken at going away party in 2015 when JR moved to Minnesota to be closer to family.