James Leonard “Jim” Gragson

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

James Leonard “Jim” Gragson, 85, of Shell Knob, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the home of his son in Springfield.

He was born May 18, 1931, in Kansas City, the son of Leonard Orville and Emily Julia (Trexler) Gragson. On Aug. 22, 1955, in Hays, Kan., he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Clare “Bette” Brown, who preceded him in death on Oct. 14, 2016.

Survivors include: his four sons, Leonard, wife Diana of Olathe, Kan., John, wife Donna of Topeka, Kan.; Phillip of Topeka, Kan.; and Doug, wife Alison of Springfield; seven grandchildren: five great grandchildren; one brother, Dr. Teddy Gragson, wife Gay of Athens, Ga., and a sister, Katherine Rosser, husband Richard of Graham, Texas.

He attended EC White Elementary School and Southwest High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He then attended DeLaSalle Military School in Kansas City and graduated from Kemper Military School in Boonville. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy. In 1993, he moved to Shell Knob to make his home. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Shell Knob, was active in Shell Knob Lions Club, Shell Knob VFW, American Legion in Shell Knob. Services with military honors were held Friday at Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob. Rev. Henry Grodecki, C.M. conducted the services.

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