Monday, January 23, 2023

Obituary - James Erwin Golden, Sr.

James Erwin Golden, Sr., age 69, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. He was born April 9, 1953, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Royal S. Golden and Elsie L. Foote Golden. 

James grew up and attended school in Denver, Colorado. He served with the United States Army from 1975 to 1979 where he was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. 

While with the Army, James served with the Military Police and also did photography work. Following his time with the Army, Jim moved to Ft. Scott, Kansas to pursue a career in truck driving. He married Connie Hayes and they had two sons, James Jr. and Daniel.

For the majority of his life, James worked in the trucking industry where he was able to travel throughout the country. For a time while his sons were in high school, James worked for the Water Treatment Plant in Ft. Scott, but later returned to trucking. Following his retirement, James loved to drink coffee and spend time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his two sons, James E. Golden, Jr. and Daniel Golden (Joyce) all of Ft. Scott; twelve grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Also surviving are three brothers, John, Dean and Dale Golden and a sister, Colleen Schmersal. He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren and his former wife, Connie.

Following cremation, a celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the James Golden Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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