Jim Smith services May 18-19 in Olathe

Jim smith

Jim smith

James R. “Jim” Smith 76, Gardner Kansas passed away peacefully on May 15, 2015 at the Olathe Hospice House.

He valiantly battled serious health issues since last March.

James was born in Utica, NY on November 18, 1938. He graduated from Mohawk High School and went on to attend college at Ottawa University. He was a four-year letterman in football and track. He graduated with a degree in Science and Physical Education in 1960.

Upon graduation he made the decision to plant his roots here in the Midwest. He married Kansas Girl Arlene Hampton in 1960. His first teaching job was at Stillwell High. He was then hired by Olathe where he started as a biology teacher and coached football, basketball and track. He moved up into administration and became a junior high school principal and eventually the Director of Community Relations. Continue reading

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