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Monday, November 30, 2015

Obituary - James Mason Hart

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James Mason Hart
James Mason Hart, age 75, of Nevada, MO passed away November 29, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield after a very brief illness. He was born November 6, 1940 in Shelbina, MO, the son of Forrest Wayne and Lois Elizabeth (Rogers) Hart. He met his future wife, Rama Faye Campbell on a blind date in Nevada in November of 1962. They were married two years later on November 28, 1964 in Nevada. In 2014 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on an Alaskan Cruise.

In his youth, Jim lived in Hamilton and Osceola, MO and Corydon, IA. He graduated from Corydon High School in 1958. After a year of college he joined the United States Air Force serving our country from 1959 to 1963 both state side and abroad in England. In 1965 Jim began employment with the National Cash Register Company later known as NCR Corporation, as a field engineer in Topeka, KS. His twenty-eight years of NCR employment in both domestic and international venues as a Systems /Application engineer took him to many countries. In the mid-1970’s Jim and Rama lived in Tripoli, Libya where both worked for NCR. Upon returning to the United States they lived for twenty years in Wichita, KS, then Harrisonville before making Nevada their permanent home in 2004.

Jim was baptized in his early years and attended church in many places. Recently he had been attending services at the United Methodist Church in Nevada. In 2014 he received his 50 year Masonic pin and was an endowed member of the Osage Lodge #303. He was also a member of the Truman Club.

Jim’s interests were many and varied. For many years he owned Corvettes and loved driving and auto crossing them. After buying a place on Truman Lake he took up bass fishing. Woodworking was another talent that he possessed. In 1998 Jim and Rama bought their first motorhome and enjoyed their travels across the U.S. Jim also especially enjoyed the camaraderie of his Tuesday/Thursday coffee group.

Survivors in addition to his wife Rama include his cousin, Thomas A. Rogers and wife Claudia of Colorado Springs, CO and their children and families; brother-in-law, Keith Campbell; niece, Michelle Dawn Campbell; nephew, Dustin K. Campbell and wife Robin; great nieces, Brooklyn Swait and Ashlyn Swait; and great nephews, Cayden Campbell and Morgan Campbell, all of Nevada; along with many close friends.

A Memorial Service with Masonic Rites and Military Honors is scheduled at 1:30 Friday, December 4, 2015 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Sharon Freeman officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. just prior to the service also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at a later date in Iowa.

Those who wish may contribute in Jim’s memory to the Masonic Home in Columbia, MO or to the United Methodist Church in Nevada in care of Ferry Funeral Home.