James Goff Dailey, 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. A Mass of Celebration will be held on April 22, 2015, at 10am at Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, 7023 W. 71st Street, Overland Park, KS. Visitation will be from 9-10am at the church.
Jim was born April 21, 1938, in Cleveland OH, to Alphonse and Anne (McGough) Dailey. Jim grew up in Joplin, MO. Jim was an avid competitor and fan of sports all his life, playing baseball and basketball throughout his youth. While in high school he played point guard and was one of two juniors who started on the Varsity team of the 1954-55 year. That team went on to win the Missouri Class A Championship. As a senior, he was an All State Missouri Basketball player and a Dell All American Nominee in 1956.
Jim went on to play basketball at Saint Louis University from 1956-60. During his junior and senior years he was team captain, starting point guard, and playmaker for the highly successful SLU Billikens. Jim graduated with a degree in Geophysical Engineering in 1960. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. He earned his MBA at Michigan State University in 1965. Jim went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis of 1961-1962.
His business career included working for Arthur Anderson & Co. and American Business Woman’s Association in Kansas City. He moved to California in 1985 to join two partners in the new business of video movie rentals. His next and final business venture was ownership of McGough, Inc., a glove distribution company in Fresno, CA.
Jim was proud of his family; coaching his son’s soccer and basketball teams, hosting AFS students, family celebrations and holidays, as well as enjoying many summer vacations to Estes Park, CO, and later in life golfing and other travels.
He is survived by: his daughter Elizabeth Easley (David) of Overland Park KS; son Michael Dailey of Prescott AZ, and former wife Patricia Phelan of Goleta CA; foreign exchange daughter Sharon Lee of Singapore; also nieces Anne Faherty and Katie Faherty Arman of Chicago; and step-grandchildren Allison and Michael Easley of Overland Park KS . He was preceded in death by his parents Alphonse and Anne Dailey and sister Joan Dailey Faherty.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Joplin Sports Authority , Saint Louis University Athletic Program or the Alzheimer’s Association . Please offer condolences at www.overlandparkchapel.com.