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James “Jim” L. Sharpe

Service Date: July 25, 2020
Visitation Info: Linnemann Funeral Homes Burlington
Interment Info: St. Mary Cemetery
Service Info: Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Service Info

James (Jim) L. Sharpe, 72, of Florence, KY, left this world and entered into eternal rest Sunday, April 19, 2020 bathed in the love, prayers, and support of his family.  He was dearly loved and respected for his boundless faith and devotion to family.


Born October 23, 1947 in South Bend, IN, he attended Notre Dame High School in Niles, IL and graduated in 1966. He attended the University of Tennessee-Martin before marrying the love of his life on July 4, 1970.


He was a devout Catholic and long-time parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary.  He was an avid golfer, and nothing made him happier than 18 holes with his family and friends.  Jim had a love of airplanes and spent many nights flying on his flight simulator.  He spent the last 7 years traveling with his friends and family knowing no limitations, even getting to visit the beaches of Normandy.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Yolanda (Turri) Sharpe and brothers Patrick, Joseph, and John Sharpe and is survived by his loving wife, Lori (Wehlage), children Jim (Jessica) Sharpe, Dawn (Tony) Beimesch, and Anne (Joshua) Blandford, and 6 granddaughters (Emily, Hannah, Julie, Jenna, Abigail, and Sophia).


A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM at Linnemann Funeral Home, 1940 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY 41005. Burial will be held following Mass at St. Mary Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell, KY.  In lieu of sending flowers, please send memorial contributions to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at the address listed above or to St. Jude Children Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Online condolences may be made at

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Linnemann Funeral Homes Burlington

1940 Burlington Pike
10:00 am

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

5876 Veterans Way
Burlington, KY 41005

St. Mary Cemetery

Address: Ft Mitchel, KY 41017
12:00 am - 12:00 am

James “Jim” L. Sharpe


Dear Lori, Jim, Dawn and Anne,

We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a kind hearted genuine man. When he saw you and said he was glad to see you, you always knew he truly was. He will be greatly missed, but, I hope you find peace knowing he is singing with choir of angels, in heaven with the Lord, he loved so much. Our prayers and thought are with you.

In Our Prayers

Lori we will keep you and your family in our prayers. Jim was such a nice guy and I always enjoyed playing golf with him. He was a fun guy to be around. He will be missed..
Barry and Patti Bungenstock

God Bless Jim

Lori & Family
We share in your loss and wish we could be there with you all and share our thoughts in person.

Jim will be missed dearly. I am very proud to be his brother and he has always set a great example of how to live a good life. The true testament of this is his beautiful family that he leaves. We all have fond memories of Jim which brings a smile to my face and I know he is smiling on all of us right now.

God Bless you

Vickie & Mike

Hugs and Prayers

We are saddened to hear, please know we are only a call away should you need us. Dawn and Tony we love you as neighbors.

Our Deepest Sympathies

Lori and Family,
Please know that everyone is in our prayers and thoughts!
With all our Love.
John Wehlage and Family

Our deepest sympathy

Spending summer breaks and Thanksgiving at Uncle Jim and Aunt Lori’s house are some of the best memories. He will truly be missed. We are so sorry for your loss. We love you all and are sending hugs.
Monica, Tom, Eddie, Tony, and Angie

Such A Gift

Uncle Jim was such a gift and he left us with a legacy of lessons of what is important in life – faith, family and friends. Those of us who were so blessed to have him in our lives were also gifted with his generosity, wisdom, loyalty, protection, sense of humor and fierce debating skills. He simply was one of the very best. He always knew what to say and equally his actions spoke a thousand words – his nodding of his head when he laughed, his shaking no when he disagreed right before the debate would commence, his side glances and other looks, and most of all his warm and sincere hugs and silent encouragement. We are so sorry for the Sharpe family’s loss and love you all so much, but we hope you each find comfort in all of the wonderful memories that will live in our hearts and minds forever as we fondly remember Uncle Jim (and also remember he is warming up the party in heaven for the rest of us with our other angels who were called home before him:) ).

Sending virtual hugs and looking forward to celebrating Uncle Jim soon,
Megan and Jon

So many fond memories

For almost 50 years I have had the honor of calling Jim my brother in law. Brother in law in name only, but a brother in my heart. I don’t remember too many years of my life when Jim was not a part of it. Jim’s family values and devout faith shaped the man he was- loving husband & father, doting grandfather, awesome brother in law, and incredible friend.
He & Lori always opened their hearts and home to anyone who wanted to stop by and visit, and always made everyone feel welcome. Even on those crazy Thanksgivings when the whole Wehlage clan descended on them in mass! The memories of all the good times we had together will never be forgotten. Laughter, tears, debates, more laughter, more debates…all memories we will keep in our hearts forever.
Your cancer journey was a long one, and lived out with such dignity and grace for so many years. May you rest in peace in your heavenly home, in the company of all our loved ones who have been called home before you.
My unending love and deep condolences for my sister Lori, their children Jim, Dawn, Anne and their families. Know that I love you and am grieving with you even though I can’t physically be with you for this most difficult time in your lives. May God’s love wrap you in peace and comfort. May all the fond memories of your life together always be greater than your sorrow.
Love, Mary

Thinking of you and sending prayers and hugs.

Tim and I are so saddened by Jim’s passing. We still remember all the great times we had together as couples before we got married. Great memories.
Hoping you will find some peace as you go through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Tim and Laura

In our Prayers

We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing Jim’s smiling face in church. May he Rest In Peace & Enjoy eternal life in Heaven. You are all in our thoughts & Prayers. Sending Love, The Gangwish & Hennigen Families

He will be missed by all

It seems hard to remember a time when Jim was not around and with the family. High school – such a long time ago. So many memories!! Outings, trips, card playing, weddings and so much more including some great debates. He will be missed.
We are so sorry for your loss and know that we love all of you and grieve with you.
Love, Sue and Jeff

My deepest condolences

Our heart goes out to each of during these times! Prayers and hugs for all! Mike and Amanda Dages

Sending so much love

Words cannot express how much we will miss Uncle Jim. He was one of our favorite uncles that we always looked forward to seeing at the Sharpe family reunions. He was one of the smartest, funniest, hardworking, and kindest people we know, and we were lucky to have him as an uncle. We loved hearing stories about him and Lori and our parents in their early years. We’re so happy that Jim was able to spend his last years enjoying life and living it to the fullest while maximizing his time not only with his immediate family but with his siblings and extended relatives as well, and we know that he spent his last days happier than ever as he was surrounded by the people he loved more than anything. We will always love and remember Jim and will keep his memory alive. We love you guys so much. Love, Donna and Diana Defino (and Marc Ruby)

Prayers and memories

We were so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing, so encouraged to read of his strong faith. May God give you and your family peace and the consolation of knowing he is waiting for you where there will be no more tears. All of you remain in our prayers. Mary and John Bochek

Love Always ❤️

It was really great to spend some quality time with Jim last fall. We were able to play some golf, catch up on family updates, reminisce about the good ol’ days, and argue about politics. And Lori was able to say over and over again, “Stop talking politics!”

Jim you will be dearly missed, but you will be with us always in the fondest of memories.
Much love, (from your other best looking sister)
Babe ❤️

Sending our love and sympathy to you all

Of all the many blessings however great or small to have Uncle Jim was the greatest one of all. We know you are at peace and your memories will be in our hearts forever.

Aunt Lori, Jim, Dawn, Anne and all,
We wish we could be there but know we have you in our prayers and thinking of you all everyday. Sending you our love, hugs and our deepest sympathy. Love you so much!! Xxxxoooo
Dennis, Jodi, Allie and Denny

With Love

Jim was always loving, caring, helpful and supportive to everyone.

But did you know that Jim almost bit his tongue in half when he was 4 yrs. old, climbing on the toilet!
My Mom was torn as what to do – take him to hospital or beat his behind!

I will miss you dearly Jim!
Love your best looking sister, Anne❤️

Prayers for the Sharpe Family

May your wonderful memories of Jim bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Mart & Cheryl Erickson

Rest In Peace

We are praying for all of you and hope you will find peace and comfort through this time.

Jim….Mr. Sharpe….was a great, great man whom we will never forget. I loved seeing his smiling face when he would go by our house on the golf course, and when he would sit in church proudly listening to Dawn, Emily, or Hannah sing. And, John loved getting an opportunity to work for Jim and Lori at their home and will always remember the kindness Jim showed him while he was working on projects.

But….our greatest memory will always be after John nipped the very tip of his finger off and was feeling pretty sorry for himself and his loss. While sitting in church waiting for Mass to start, Jim took a picture of his own hand, texted it to John, and just said something witty like, “Wow. You sure have it rough.” It was EXACTLY what John needed at that moment, and we still laugh when we think about that today.

We are honored to have known him and to call him a friend. May he rest in peace.

Kat , John, Lainey, Jack, & Hannah Renaker

Lori, Dawn & Family

I’m so sorry for your loss, Jim was a true gentleman, and will be greatly missed.
Praying for Jim and the whole family.
Grant him eternal rest O Lord.
Jay Buckley

Sending hugs and prayers your way.

Dear Lori and family
We are so saddened to hear about Jim. You and Jim were the first neighbors to reach out to us when we moved to Kentucky and we had many good memories as neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and hope that all YOUR wonderful memories will comfort you.
Jim and Colleen Garafalo

Lori, Dawn & Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Jim is smiling in every picture I have seen of him. I hope you are able to smile and find happiness in the memories he has given you.
Chuck & Shelley Dupree

We are thinking of you all

Dear Lori & Family,
Both Chuck & I are so sorry for your loss. I notified our old group of Church of the HolySpirit CCD teachers & they are praying for you all, as Chuck & I.
Many hugs to you all.

Barbara Bocan

Prayers for Peace

Praying for peace and may God comfort you Lori. Jim was a sweet kind man and heaven gained another angel. Love You Tricia Yarter

Sending virtual hugs

So sorry to hear this news. Praying that the wonderful memories bring you and your family peace
Tony and Nancy Anderson

Thinking of you all

May your faith bring you peace.

With love

Jim was not only a fine business man but a beloved husband, father, and Grandfather. He touched many lives with his kindness and example of goodness. I will cherish my memories of him as I pray for comfort and solace for you, Sharpe family.

Julie Ginn Collins