James Kees

James C. Kees

Friday, May 16th, 1930 - Monday, June 29th, 2020
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James C. Kees, 90, of Santee, SC, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020. He was born in Harlan, IN, to Mary Lindemuth Kees and Charley Kees. He graduated from Harlan High School and was a partner on the family farm. He played professional softball and pitched in the World Softball Tournament on six different occasions. His hobbies were sports orientated, he loved to follow the Indiana Hoosiers and to travel. James married Jeannine Kees in 1976 and they were a team as business partners, travel companions, sports enthusiasts and best friends. He was an owner in Century 21 Associated Brokers and JCK Realty specializing in farm and land real estate. James also worked in development, 1031 exchanges and commercial fields. His accomplishments included enlarging the footprint at TRMC, acquiring land for the County City Industrial Park, being the real estate partner for the development of The Village Medical Park on St. Matthews Road and constructing over 130 apartments. James goal was always “how can the real estate accomplish the goal of the buyer or seller?”. He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Vickie Stump, Diane (Roger) Delagrange, Marcia (Mike) Hammond, Karen (Brent) Wells; a son, Brad (Jackie) Kees all of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a step-son, Cary Owens of Chicago; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and his brother, Richard Kees of Fort Wayne. Service is 11:00 am, Friday, July 3, 2020 at Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St. with calling one hour prior. Burial in Harlan Memorial Cemetery. The family would like to encourage all in attendance to wear a face mask. Memorials to ASPCA, attn: Gift Processing, P. O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929, for the Love of a Paw at or a charity of one's choice. To sign the online guestbook, go to
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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  • Service

    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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  • Interment

    Harlan Memorial Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Harlan, Indiana
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Mauna Cowan

Posted at 06:26pm
It was my pleasure to work with Jim as a new real estate agent many years ago. God bless his family as they grieve his death.

Eartha Corley

Posted at 08:40pm
I will always think highly of Mr.and Mrs kees and the entire family.I just want to thank Mr.and Mrs kees for everything Mr.kees will truly be miss . My condolences and love to the Kees' family. Mrs.Eartha Corley from Orangeburg SC

Laurie Hoffman Budash

Posted at 07:58pm
Dear Jeannine and Richard,
I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a very interesting and knowledgeable real estate man. My sisters and I enjoyed your hospitality with Jim when visiting SC years ago. His stories and experience were very helpful. The fact that he had a working relationship with our father for many years meant a lot to each of us.

You and your families are in our thoughts and I wish you happy memories of Jim to share for years to come.
Laurie Budash

Janeen Malfait

Posted at 03:32pm
So many fun memories being at the ballpark watching our Dads playing softball and us kids running around playing. So sorry about Jim. We love all of you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Joe & Janeen

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