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Old 06-21-2010, 08:31 AM
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Post James H. Shultz, 79, of Kansas City, MO

James H. Shultz, 79, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010 at St. Joseph Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family at his bedside. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road. Interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Jim was born September 16, 1930. He attended Benton Grade School, Central High School and Kansas City Jr. College.
He served in the United States Marine Corps 1948-1952, Item Company, 3rd Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division. He fought in the early days of the Korean War, Inchon Landing, Puson, Liberation of Seoul and the Chosin Reservoir where he was awarded a Purple Heart.
He formed Sentry Security/Protective Alarms in 1969, operated today by his son. Sentry Protective Alarms grew to be one of the largest privately owned alarm companies in the United States. Jim lived by the creed, "if you take from the community then you should give as well as you take." To that end, he belonged and served many organizations including: Lifetime Member and Past Commandant, Simpson Hogatt Detachment; Past Commandant of Department of Missouri Marine Corps League; Midwest Vice Commandant Marine Corps League; and Past National Senior Vice Commandant of Marine Corps League. As National Senior Vice Commandant of Marine Corps League brought the Marine Corps League National Convention to Kansas City. He was able to bring such luminaries as Bob Hope, Lee Marvin, Martha Raye and John Russell to that convention. He was instrumental in creating the "Iron Mike Award" which the Marine Corps League still awards today. Bob Hope and Martha Raye were the initial recipients. As Past President of First Marine Division, he brought the First Marine Division Association to Kansas City in 2007. He also founded the Missouri Korean War Veteran's Memorial at Washington Square Park in Kansas City, MO and was a Past member of the American Legion Lodge/Veterans of Foreign Wars in Overland Park. Jim was a founding member of the Kansas City Chiefs Red Coaters. He served as Past President of the Kansas City Chiefs Red Coaters, Founder/Creator of "Red Friday." He was the first honoree of the Kansas City Chiefs "Lifetime Achievement Award." He was a member of Abdallah Shrine, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas Lenexa Lodge, Abdallah Shrine Fire Wagons, Royal Order of Jester's, and Past Director of Jester Court 93. Jim was a former member of Kiwanis Club and Native Sons of Kansas City. He was area director of Johnson County YMCA Football League for Nallwood Junior High School, Coach of Nallwood Junior High School Football teams for 14 winning years, and Chairman of Missouri Valley AAU Diving. He was member of Club 13 Downtown Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Bowling team where his team won First Place in 2007 and he bowled a 200 game. He was also a Trustee for Liberty Memorial. Jim was also a member of Permanent Memorial Day Committee of Kansas City, MO; member of American Freedom Foundation; member of Order of Devil Dogs; and life member and board member of The Tracy Simien Foundation for Seniors; and was Temple Photographer for Abdallah Shrine Temple. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Leila M. Farrar, father Herbert M. Shultz, stepfather Charles Edward Farrar and stepmother Mary Nelson Shultz. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Barbara Shultz of Kansas City, MO; daughters Debra S. Shultz of Overland Park, KS and Jeanna Verden (Kent) of Leawood, KS; son James E. Shultz (Debbie Lynn) of Leawood, KS; sister Eddie Gayle Newborn (Tom); and three grandchildren James Davis Shultz, Serena Maude Verden and Sydney Leigh Shultz. Jim said, "The Marine Corps made me the man that I am. My beloved wife, Barbara, was the Wind Beneath My Wings and my Soul-mate." In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri- Korean War Veterans Memorial, 520 W. 103rd St., P.O. Box 193, Kansas City, MO 64113. Condolences may be made at www.mtmoriah-freeman.com.
Published in Kansas City Star on June 20, 2010



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