Politics & Government

Father of Kansas lieutenant governor dies at age 89

James Colyer, father of Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, died Sunday at age 89, surrounded by family members.

“My family and I want to thank all our friends and Kansans for their prayers and sympathy,” the lieutenant governor said in a statement. “My father was a true member of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who gave so much to his family and country. He was the first in his family to go to high school and went on to be a successful dentist and family man who loved serving his community.”

“My wife Mary and I extend our deepest personal sympathies and prayers to Jeff, his mother Lorene and their family on the loss of Jim today,” Gov. Sam Brownback said in a statement. “I respected Dr. Colyer, who was a combat veteran of World War II, a caring dentist from Hays, and who was married for 67 years to his wife Lorene. On behalf of all Kansans, we offer our condolences and will hold Jeff and the entire Colyer family in our prayers and hearts.”

James Colyer is survived by his wife, Lorene; children Linda King, Diane Colyer, Jim Colyer II and Jeff Colyer; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral plans have not yet been announced.