James W. "Jim" Thurman, 95, Great Bend, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Almost Home, Great Bend.


He was born May 30, 1925, in Larned to Clair W. and Bess P. (Hawkins) Thurman. He was raised in Rozel and was a graduate of Rozel High School and Fort Hays Kansas State College in 1949.


He married Darlene Z. Nelson on Jan. 23, 1947. She preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army veteran in 1943. In 2000, he retired from a long career as an independent insurance agent in Great Bend. He was a former high school, college football and basketball official. He also served as a former mayor and city councilman of Great Bend.


He was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars, all of Great Bend.


Survivors include five children, Pamala Larsen (Tom Thompson), Loveland, Colo., Craig Thurman (Mary), Overland Park, Douglas (Judy), Hays, Denise Parker (Dan Pfannenstiel), Dodge City and Marisa (Kevin) Struckhoff, Windsor, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren plus two on the way; a sister-in-law, Gwyneth Frack, Garden City; three nieces and a nephew.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Randy Larsen; and a great-granddaughter, Finley Grace Taylor.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the family is having a private graveside service in Great Bend Cemetery.


Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Friday with family present from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. Request that masks be worn.


Memorials are suggested to Almost Home, Inc. or Trinity United Methodist Church, both of Great Bend, in care of the funeral home.


Condolences can be sent to the family at www.bryantfh.net