James R. Hesseltine, 72, Overbrook: April 12, 1947 – Sept, 18, 2019

OVERBROOK, Kan. – James Ross Hesseltine, 72, died Sept, 18, 2019, at Midland Hospice Care Center, Topeka, Kan. Born April 12, 1947, he was the son of Ralph Hesseltine and Allene (Coffman) Hesseltine.

James grew up and was a lifelong resident of the Overbrook, Kan., area, graduating from Overbrook Rural High School with the class of 1965. He later graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in civil engineering in 1975. From January 1969 to February 1973 James served his country proudly in the United State Navy as a radioman, earning the rank of radioman second class. Most of his service time was spent aboard the U.S.S. El Paso.

James was a civil engineer for Graybeal Construction, Topeka, Kan., from 1984 until his retirement in 2012. He worked for Kramer Engineering, Topeka, prior to that.

James was a member of the Overbrook United Methodist Church and the American Legion Anderson-Raible Post 239, of Overbrook, where he served as post commander.

James enjoyed hunting and fishing and an occasional game of golf. He did crosswords every day, usually calling his mother or aunt to see if they had finished the puzzle or to help each other finish the puzzle. He was well known in the Overbrook community for his many years of umpiring the Overbrook Activities Association softball and baseball games. He was always attending and active in his kids’ activities in their youth. One of his favorite pastimes was dominos. He was always ready to play. James’ favorite thing to do with his time was spend it with the love of his life and his high school sweetheart, his wife, Karen.

On Oct. 19, 1968, James was united in marriage to Karen Bevitt, in Topeka. They celebrated 50 years of marriage this past year.

James is survived by his wife, Karen Hesseltine, Overbrook; two sons, Tim (Beth) Hesseltine, Andover, Kan., Kevin (Shawna) Hesseltine, Topeka; two brothers, Scott (Marie) Hesseltine, Topeka, and David Hesseltine, Overbrook; four grandchildren, Jordan, Hunter, Maura, Nathan; and father-in-law, Merlin Bevitt, Harveyville, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Allene Hesseltine; and mother-in-law Doris Bevitt.

Memorial funeral services will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Legion Anderson-Raible, Post 239, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences can be left at www.lamb-roberts.com.

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