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S. James "Jim" Hartshorn

September 4, 1931 May 4, 2018
S. James "Jim" Hartshorn
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Obituary for S. James "Jim" Hartshorn

S. James “Jim” Hartshorn, 86, of Wichita, formerly of Ottawa, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Dengel & Son Mortuary in Ottawa

Family will meet with friends from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the mortuary.

Interment Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Jim was born September 4, 1931, in Missouri, to Elizabeth Hartshorn, raised by Mam and Dod Hartshorn.

He was a longtime Ottawa resident until moving in 1959 to Wichita, where he made his home until his death.

He graduated from Ottawa High School, class of 1949, and continued his education at Ottawa University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education. Jim completed his master’s degree in Spanish at the University of Kansas in 1959.

Jim served in the United States Army Reserve.

Jim was united in marriage to Helen Marie Olson June 28, 1953, in Garnett, Kansas - she was the “catch of his life.” She survives of the home.

Other survivors include their daughter, Debbie Phillips of Augusta; sister, Brenda Beshears and husband Jim of Missouri; six grandchildren, Michael Hartshorn and wife Melissa, Rachel Hartshorn, Cody Phillips and wife Abby, Casey Phillips and wife Miranda, Courtney and Carley Phillips; and nine great-grandchildren, Jordon, Jaydon, Sofia, baby boy Hartshorn, Peyton, Aaron, Aaliyah, Preslee and Clutch.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Michael James Hartshorn.

Jim was a dedicated teacher from 1959 to 1996, specializing in Spanish (36 years) and French (2 years) at Derby Senior High. He took his students on cultural trips to Mexico.

He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed bowling in a league for 50 years, as well as bowling with his grandchildren, and loved watching KU basketball, football and Jeopardy at 4:00 pm.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Serenity Hospice c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Jim’s Tribute Wall at

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6:30 PM 5/8/2018 6:30:00 PM - 7:30 PM 5/8/2018 7:30:00 PM
Dengel & Son Mortuary - Crematory

235 S. Hickory Street
Ottawa, KS 66067

Dengel & Son Mortuary - Crematory
235 S. Hickory Street Ottawa 66067 KS
United States

Funeral Service




2:00 PM 5/9/2018 2:00:00 PM
Dengel & Son Mortuary - Crematory

235 S. Hickory Street
Ottawa, KS 66067

Dengel & Son Mortuary - Crematory
235 S. Hickory Street Ottawa 66067 KS
United States

Cemetery Details


Highland Cemetery Final Resting Place

1050 East 15th St.
Ottawa, KS 66067

1050 East 15th St. Ottawa 66067 KS
United States

Memorial Contribution

Serenity Hospice


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