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James “Jim” C. Carrigan

KSAL StaffSeptember 20, 2022

James “Jim” C. Carrigan, age 82, of Salina, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on Friday, September 16th, 2022.

Jim was born November 16, 1939 to his parents, Mike and Minnie Carrigan, in Chicago, Illinois. He met his wife, Diane, in 1959 on a blind date.  His twinkling blue eyes and contagious laugh sealed the deal. They were married for 61 years.

Jim worked as an Engineering Technician for Shaver & Company and Bucher, Willis & Ratliff Corp. before serving as the Director of Development for Sacred Heart High School. He retired from ADM Milling in 2009.

Jim didn’t know a stranger and enjoyed getting to know people, who often described him as ‘ornery’ upon first meeting.  Faith, family, and friends were his priorities.

He was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish, serving on the Parish Council, as Eucharistic Minister for 35 years, and co-Director of St. Mary’s Sunday pre-school program. Along with his wife, Diane, he served as a Marriage sponsor for several years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Diane; his four children, Steve Carrigan, Scott Carrigan, Lori Carrigan, and Christy (Randal) Thomas; his beloved grandchildren, Ethan and Miranda Reinking; brother, John (Carol) Carrigan; brothers in law, Russell (Renee) Denning and David (Ginger) Denning; Sister-in Law, Linda Denning; and many treasured nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Minnie Carrigan; Brother, Jerry Carrigan; Sister, Jackie Baehro; mother and father-in-law, Art and Winnie Denning; and brother in law, Peter Denning.

Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs and da Bears, with his fur buddy, Jax, by his side.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Holiday Resort, Salina Regional Health Center, the Fresenius Dialysis Center, and the team at Interim Healthcare of Salina who treated him with kindness and compassion over the last few years.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at St. Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church. Burial will be in All Saints Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ryan Mortuary on Tuesday Sept. 20, 2022 from 4 until 8 p.m., where the family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. and Vigil Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Endowment Fund at Sacred Heart Jr-Sr High School, 234 East Cloud St, Salina, KS 67401 or


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