James Russell Cairns

James Russell Cairns, 75, Hays, died Monday, July 27, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 7, 1944, in Stroudsburg, Pa., to Rev. J. Russell and Grace (Woolridge) Cairns.

In 1965, he moved his family to Hays to minister The Assembly of God Church. He married Gloria (Stremel) on July 19,1969, in Hays. He was an office supply repair man for 20 years with Northwestern Office Suppliers in Hays. He later went on to drive a tour bus for All American Tours covering much of the United States and later drove the bus for Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in Hays. After his second year of ministry college, he was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam Conflict.

He was a youth baseball coach in Kansas and Colorado, an avid reader/historian, photographer, sports fan, movie fan, decent golfer, and all around ornery rascal.

Survivors include a son, Michael James Cairns, Hays; four sisters, Gracie Preston and husband, Tom, Detroit Mich., Beverly Bourquin and husband, Achille, Utica, Sarah Stephens and husband, Wayne, Sacramento, Calif., and Thomasena Cairns, Winchester, Va.; a grandson, Dylan Jacobs, Omaha, Neb.; many nieces and nephews; and his companion and special friend, Gloria Herrman and family, La Crosse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Amy Russell; a brother, Joseph Cairns; and a sister, Mary Jean Lichlieghter.

A private family memorial service and inurnment will be held at a later date.

Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be sent via e-mail to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net or can be left at guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com

Published on July 30, 2020