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James R. Unruh 1940 - 2018
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James R. Unruh 1940 - 2018

PAWNEE ROCK — James R. Unruh, 77, passed away with Rosie by his side, Saturday June 16, 2018 at Cherry Village in Great Bend, Kan. He was born Aug. 22, 1940 at Great Bend, the son of Dean and Nancye Converse Unruh. Jim was a life-long farmer in the Pawnee Rock area.
Jim and Rosie met at Vin’s Pharmacy in 1960 in Larned. He worked at Craig Millers body shop. He also worked at Flex Weight Corp., R&S Transportation as a truck driver and Ark Valley Sand Co. He retired in 2012 and then enjoyed time with his children and grandchildren. Jim and Rosie attended the Pawnee Rock Christian Church.
On April 28, 1962 he married Rose Mary Salmans in the First Christian Church, Larned. She survives.
Other Survivors include, five children, Thomas, Great Bend, Teresa (Blair) McPherson, Hays, Larry, Great Bend, Gary (Adria), Great Bend and Katie (John) Kessler, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, William E., (Cinda), Salina and George M. (Kim), St. John; a sister, Susan (Don) Ellis, Metairie, La.; nine grandchildren, Hope, Calvin, Emily, Tanisha, Regan, Kaylee, Sydney, Conner and Chase; and two great grandchildren, Lawson and Hannah. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Bowman; and a daughter-in-law, Heather Unruh.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Charles Winkler presiding. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday with family present from 5-7 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Pawnee Rock Cemetery, Pawnee Rock, Kan. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, in care of Beckwith Mortuary, P.O. Box 477, Larned, KS 67550. Personal condolences may be left at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary
P.O. Box 477
Larned, KS. 67550
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 19, 2018