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November 23, 2011

James Wayne Hershberger, 80 years old of Bonita Springs, Florida, died on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. He was born in Wichita, Kansas on September 2, 1931 to Arthur and Nadyne Hershberger. He graduated from Kansas University in l953, served in the Air Force and returned to Wichita, Kansas where he began his career as an independent oil producer.

His accomplishments in athletics are many and legendary. He set many national track records; played 180 holes of golf (running the entire 60 miles). For his 50th birthday, Jim competed in the Hershberger Games which featured athletes competing in 18 sporting events in 15 hours. This event expanded into the Jim Hershberger MVP Games featuring world class athletes competing again each other in a 10 sport, one day event. At the age of 56, Jim won the overall competition - and then retired from competitive sports.

Kansas University named its track in his honor and in l986; Jim was chosen to appear on the Wheaties box. He was awarded the AAU All - American status at the age of 43 years.

He founded Second Chance, a private charity granting low-interest loans to people who had encountered catastrophic circumstances in their lives: served two terms as President of the Sedgwick County Mental Retardation/Disability Governing Board and co-founded the Wichita Chapter of Goodwill Industries, serving two terms as President and four terms on the Board. He was awarded their highest national honor for his service.

For thirteen years, he founded and sponsored the annual Jim Hershberger Thanksgiving Dinner in Wichita, Kansas which fed from 1500 to 2400 each year; he was named Kansas Man of the Year; was the recipient of the American Cancer Society's Excalibur Award as well as the Sigma Chi "Significant Sig" award.

In spite of all the above, Jim always felt that his greatest achievement was in marrying his wife, Sally. Jim leaves behind his beloved wife, Sally and their children: Erin Marshall of Bonita, Springs, Florida, Shannon Hershberger of Wichita, Kansas, Sally Ann Hershberger of New York and California, Chris Hershberger of Phoenix Arizona, Chris and Dr. Nicole Hall of Portland Oregon, Dr. Ben and Angie Gaddie of Louisville, Kentucky as well as grandchildren Evan Hershberger, Kristina Shepherd and her husband, Mark of Eudora, Kansas, Sloane and Georgia Gaddie, Fritz Hershberger Hall and Great grandchildren Gage, Brooklyn and Cadance Shepherd. He is preceded in death by his parents and two sons, James Hershberger, Jr and Michael Hershberger.

A Memorial Service celebrating Jim's life will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice 27200 Imperial Pkwy., Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.

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Published in The News-Press on Nov. 26, 2011.
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December 19, 2011
Dear Sally-
News of Jimmy's death took us back many years to Wichita when Jimmy was a young man. One of his first jobs was at Frontier Chemical where my husband worked. We followed Jimmy through many years from a young man to being in that beautiful home several times in Wichita. We watched proudly his athletic accomplishments. With loving thoughts of Jimmy and you,

Virginia and Mel Clark
Boulder, CO
Virginia and Mel Clark
December 16, 2011
Dear Sally, Lily and I were sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Jim was an inspiration to me as an athlete and businessman. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Jeff and Lily Campbell
December 12, 2011
Dear Sally and family,

Gary and I were out of town for Thanksgiving and did not know of Jim's passing. We only learned of it at our recent Jayhawk basketball watch party gathering. Jim will be missed. We has an exceptional person. He inspired us with his great heart and stories.

With great respect and Jayhawk love,
Gary and Terry Wallace
December 3, 2011
Dear Nicole,

Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Hope all is well with you and your family in Portland.

Dr. Steven Quade
Overland Park

November 30, 2011
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I worked with him on the MVA competitions as related to his use of Park Board facilities. I always found Jim to be cooperative and gracious. After we both moved to Lawrence we met for coffee occasionally at Hy-Vee. The track and field communities of Wichita State University and Kansas University owe much to Jim's generosity. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Gordon Abernathy
November 30, 2011
Sally, Terri and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. We both are still very grateful for the gift of letting us have our wedding reception at your house. It made it that much more special and memorable. We hope that all the fond memories you have of Jim, will bring comfort to you and your family at this difficult time.
Patrick and Terri Carman
November 29, 2011
Dear Sally, Erin and Sally, I am so sorry to hear of Jims passing. So many fun memories come to mind of elaborate parties or great times on the lake in Minnesota. It is so sad each time I hear of the passing of one of the people in my parents circle of friends, you all sure knew how to live and have fun!!! Jim did many good things and you should all be very proud. Sure would love to see you all again one of these days. May the memories bring a smile to your face. With deepest sympathy. Evan Bontz Miller
Evan Miller
November 29, 2011
Just thought of Jim on the 23rd, when the Thanksgiving meal was served at the YMCA. I remembered when he started that tradition. I have a lot of fond memories of all his works. Most impressed of how he greeted everyone by name on the way into your house after the USTFF track meets. A very good man, God Bless
Bill Compton
November 29, 2011
Ms. Sally; So sorry to hear of Mr. Jim's passing. I recall Mother and Daddy speaking so warmly of both of you. May God grant you comfort at this difficult time.
Sandra Binyon Finchum
November 29, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Hershberger family, may the memories of his well-lived life comfort you. I have no personal or professional relations; I am merely a Wichitan who knew of Jim Hershberger because of his business & philanthropy. As a child & adult, I especially appreciated the yearly Christmas light display! God Bless!
Dawn Harper
November 29, 2011
I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I was fortunate to be able to work with him on store appearances when he was on the Wheaties Box. I was doing pro bono work with the American Heart Association in Wichita at the time. Amazing how people touch our lives and give us wonderful memories. Please keep happy memories with you always. Susan Melton, Kansas City, MO
November 29, 2011
Nicky, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. We will keep you and your entire family in our prayers. With my deepest sympathy, Tracey
Tracey Bettis (Beilman)
November 29, 2011
I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I have a lot of great memories of running with him many years ago. He will always stand out as one of the most generous and positive persons I have ever known. He will be missed.
Steve Riley
November 28, 2011
Sally,I was saddened to learn that Jim had died and had no idea he suffered from alzheimers. I am sure he was blessed to having you by his side during both good and bad times. Jim and I were in the Sigma Chi house at KU at the same time and were always dear friends. I was always proud to be with him. May God Bless You and be with you at this difficult time.
Robert Stephan
November 28, 2011
I knew Jim at the YMCA playing Handball. The "Y" recently fed a thanksgiving meal to over 2,000 people. Many years ago Jim started this at his own expense. Jim was a good man.
Curtis Creed
November 28, 2011
Dear Erin, I am so sorry to hear about you father passing. He was a good man and always tried to put the best of efforts forward. You have my deepest sympathy and my prayers for the family. I remember you from the 70's hanging out from with the gang in Oak Park. Everyone wished we had a loving family like you did. With my deepest sympathy. Davey
Davey Baalmann
November 28, 2011
My deepest condolences to Sally and family. Jim made a great impression in my (and many others) life; I was proud to call him a friend. He will be greatly missed.
J.M. Hadix
November 28, 2011
Sally and Erin,
Jim was a remarkable man.
He was always fair and honest with me and I respected him.
My father passed away in September at 90 in Belleville, Kansas and I miss him.They live on in our love.
Best wishes.
Michael Wreath
November 28, 2011
Sally and family, sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Thinking of all of you.
Brook Williamson
November 28, 2011
My sincere condolences to Sally and family. Jim lived large and lived long and gave back to so many. May he rest in peace.
Maggie Chamberlin Holben
November 28, 2011
Sally, I'm saddened to hear about Jim. I have such fond memories of many Christmas parties in your lovely home and working with him on events. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family.
Robin Ragland Smith
November 28, 2011
Condolences to the Hershbergers. I felt privileged to have known Jim, he will be missed and remembered.
Bill & Gloria Ryan
November 27, 2011
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing, he was always a class act. In 1957 when I went to Wichita to school I followed my sister Pat as a babysitter for Jimmy and Mike. Our son was blessed to meet Jim while attending KU. I have fond memories of those long ago times. Blessings to the family. Janet (Lager) Kaiser
November 27, 2011
Dear Sally and family
I am sad to learn of Jim's death. I have grateful memories of his kindness to me during the illness and death of my young husband, Virgil. My heart goes out to you. Love and blessings to you.
Linda Talbott
November 27, 2011
Erin, Kristina, Mrs. Hershberger and family, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Mr. Hershberger. You and your entire family are in my prayers.
Ann (Schaefer) Abel
November 27, 2011
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Jim Hershberger. He was a great sportsman and a great supporter of Kansas and the University of Kansas. He will be missed. Pat and Billy Mills
November 27, 2011
Erin, I am so sorry for you and your families loss. Pam Parsons (Brewster)
November 27, 2011
We were sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our heart-felt sympathy to you all.
Jim and Sheryl-Kloster Sheils
November 27, 2011
Condolences to Sally, Erin, and family. Jim was always an inspiration. He'll be missed and remembered. So sorry for your loss.
Robert Beattie
November 27, 2011
Sally, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry to learn about Jim's passing. The last time I spoke with you was right after I lost my mother. I always think of Jim and of her in early September, with their birthdays just a day apart. Since then, I lost my dad in February of this year, so I'm all too familiar with the feelings of grief and loss. My heart goes out to you. Please call if you need anything -- even just a listening ear.
Cindy Duckett
November 27, 2011
Sorry to hear of Jim's death. He was a friend. I would have loved to get in touch one more time.
Jack Mace
November 27, 2011
As residents of Lighthouse Bay, we could always count on a friendly wave and a warm smile from Jim who rode by on his daily bike ride through our community. Deepest sympathy to his wife Sally and their extended family. Catherine and Dan Wagner
Catherine and Dan Wagner
November 27, 2011
As residents of Lighthouse bay we could always count on a friendly wave and warm smile from Jim who rode by on his daily bike ride through our community. Deepest sympathy tom his wife Sally and their extended family. Catherine and dan Wagner
November 27, 2011
As residents of Lighthouse bay
Catherine and dan Wagner
November 27, 2011
Jim inspired many of us Masters Athletes to do more and to follow his spirit of giving.I have missed his friendship since moving fromm the Mid West in the early 80s-He will be missedby many.
Ralph Hall M.D.
November 27, 2011
Condolences to the Hershberger family.
Richard D. Salyer
November 27, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Edwin and Kim Kloster
November 26, 2011
What a wonderful man he was, I know you have had great times shared, keep those in your hearts..Our thoughts and prayers will be with you..Sharon , Kayce and Caleb
sharon fielden
November 26, 2011
Grandpa and Gage, my mom to the right. What a great day that was!!!
Kristina Shepherd
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