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James Paul (Jim) Greischar

05 December, 2012 by troy glidden

Jim Greischar, 82, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 9:06 p.m., Tuesday, December 4th, while in the company of family members, at his home.

James Paul “Jim” Greischar, the only child of Elizabeth Marie (Spitzner) and Raymond Victor Greischar, born December 7, 1929 at Blue Earth, Minnesota. He was baptized in St. James, Minnesota where he attended St. James Catholic Convent School, then a country school near Richmond, Kansas and graduated from Richmond High School in 1947.

Jim was united in marriage to his long time sweetheart, Barbara Jane Ferguson on April 25, 1953 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Richmond, Kansas. This union was blessed with the birth of five children, two sons and three daughters: Kelley, Kevin, Kathey, Karyne, and Kristyne. Through the years he has moved his family to many different places such as Lawrence, Richmond, Wichita, Arkansas City, Salina, Lindsborg, Ottawa, Derby, El Dorado, Hillsboro, Provo, Utah, North Platte, Nebraska, Tulsa, Blackwell, and Fairview, Oklahoma, then finally back again to their home in McPherson. What took him so many places was his work as a retail store manager having managed for F.W. Woolworth for 10 years, TG&Y and McCrory for 35 years, and Alco for 7. In his retirement he was a contract driver for Lacy-Regher and Midway Motors for 13 years. Jim and Barbara are faithful members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where they served their church in many capacities through the years. The church filled two of his passions outside of his family, basketball and music. He coached CYO basketball in Utah and always belonged to the church choir in every parish. As a youth he had to give these two passions up when he was needed at home to help on the farm instead of a music and basketball scholarship to Ottawa University. Many may not know he was an accomplished accordion player and played in a Polka band at weddings and family functions. Jim also served his community through the years as well. He was a member of the (noon) Kiwanis Club since 1974, a 65 year member of the Knights of Columbus and past Grand Knight in Blackwell, Oklahoma, and McPherson, was also the co-vice president and Volunteer Chairman of Thanksgiving Community Inc for 16 years with Barb, they were honored as the McPherson 2011 Philanthropist of the Year for their participation. He was a former member of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce through the TG&Y Family Center.

Jim was a devoted Christian, believing in God, family and community as his calling. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, boss, dear friend and mentor. His wise counsel, gracious smile, and sense of humor will be missed by those who knew and loved him. He was so very proud of the young men and women he mentored in the art of retail customer service and their successes. Jim’s greatest love was his family. He looked so forward to the family reunions, Thanksgiving flag football, the themed get together at Christmas including ugly sweaters,'80's workout attire and then those crazy games like the family Olympics, Bunco, oldy-wed game, and 4 on a couch he was forced to play. He was proud of his children and always wanted the best for them. He was especially proud of his 9 grandchildren and they new exactly how ornery he could be. He loved the visits from his 4 great grandchildren and all those special hugs they gave him. Jim and Barbara had a very unique family in that they shared three sets of twin grandchildren and one set of great-grandchildren. Once the great-grand daughters arrived grandpa was eager to change his car tag from TWINSX3 to TWINSX4. Family was very important to Jim and he relished talking about his tribe to anyone who would listen.

Following several months of ill health, Jim passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 4th, in the company of his family. Jim would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on December 7th. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Kelley Raymond Greischar on December 7, 2003.

Surviving family include his loving and devoted wife of over fifty-nine years, Barb. His children, Kathey Bengtson and her husband Don, of Lindsborg, Kansas, Kevin and his wife Ronda, of Kansas City, Missouri, Karyne Schrag and her husband Greg, Kristyne Thompson and her husband Wayne, of McPherson. His 9 grandchildren, Brad Bengtson and his wife Jess and his twin Brian, Mark Bengtson, Michael Thompson and his wife Chelsea, Taylor Thompson, twins Kylie and Dustin Greischar, twins Brooke and Elle Schrag; his 4 great-grandchildren, Carter & Rorey Bengtson, and twins Taylin and Taytum Thompson; other relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. and a Rosary to follow at 7:15 p.m.. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the First Christian Church with Reverend Lynn Scott officiating. The congregation will sing “On Eagles Wings” with Jim Pauls accompanying, (see insert), and special music by Kristyne Greischar Thompson.

The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.

Family suggests donations to St. Joseph's Catholic Church or Community Thanksgiving Inc. or Hospice of Reno and McPherson County and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

(his six grandsons)
Brad Bengtson Brian Bengtson Michael Thompson
Mark Bengtson Dustin Greischar Taylor Thompson

Mike Poe Steve Bergmeier Mike “the Clown” McVicker Monte Harder
Jean Branstetter Lee James Daryl Evers Ray Marshal Gary Gray

Roger Koehler Pete Leiker

Posted By Brenda Parks Carlson on 13 December, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss I loved working for Jim he was a kind and thoughtful man he was the best boss he will be missed

Posted By Donna Beker on 06 December, 2012
I have fond memories of Jim when I worked at TG&Y. He was my first boss. My favorite one is when her would do his Woody Woodpecker immitation on the store intercom at the end of the night. He was blessed to have a loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Donna

Posted By Terri Turner Crampton on 06 December, 2012
Karyne: Keeping your family in our prayers.

Posted By Eli & Kerry Dallen on 06 December, 2012
Barb & Family, We were so sorry to hear about your loss. We have many fond memories of Jim, he was good man and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted By Beth and Jim Bandy on 05 December, 2012
Kris, Wayne, Michael, Chelsea and Taylor and of course Taylin and Tatum,
During this difficult time, may you seek comfort and peace knowing the many lives your Dad/Grandpa/Great Grandpa have touched. May you gain strength in the coming months from the love and prayers of your friends as well as the memories you have of such a loving man.

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