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James Curran

Published on -9/15/2012, 5:13 PM

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James Curran, 80, Joplin, Mo., formerly of Hays, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, due to lung cancer.

He was born Feb. 15, 1932, in Kansas City, Kan.

He grew up in the Kansas City and Raytown area, graduating form Raytown High School in 1950. He attended Missouri Valley College for two years on an athletic scholarship. He then returned to college at Kansas State University, where he was a member and officer in Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity while earning a bachelor's degree in business.

He married Nicky Shade in August 1958. After graduation, he worked as a district manager for Oldsmobile Division of General Motors and later as a sales specialist for Eagle Picher Industries. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War.

He was an exceptional athlete in high school and college, and especially enjoyed helping kids in these fields. He was a supporter of Boy Scouts and Little League (both boys and girls). He enjoyed a good game of cards, traveling and partying with friends and family.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, formerly of Hays; two sons, Jim Curran Jr. and wife, Jan, Kingman, Ariz., and Bob Curran and wife, Leslie, Fort Smith, Ark.; two daughters, Cindy Garton and husband, Greg, and Sandy Thomas and husband, Troy, all of Joplin; a stepbrother, Robert Murphy; three stepsisters, Barbara Thomson, Ruth Hicks and Glenda Sadler, of the Kansas City area; and eight grandchildren, Derek, Blake, Christine, Michelle, David, Caleb, Alex and Davin.

He was preceded in death by his adopted parents, Helen and Glen Thompson; and a stepbrother, John Thompson.

Graveside services were Saturday in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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