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James Robert ‘Jim’ Davolt

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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2019 5:12 pm

OSWEGO — James Robert “Jim” Davolt, 81, of Oswego passed away at 9:07 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at his home.

He was born April 29, 1937, in Oswego to Harry and Alice (Allison) Davolt. James graduated from Oswego High School in 1955.

On Sept. 6, 1957, he married Patsy Cox in Parsons.

In 1959 James moved his family to Wichita, where he worked at Boeing Aircraft Co. and later for Universal Motor Oils until retiring in 2000. While with Universal Motor Oils, he wrote poems for each individual receiving an award at the company award banquets. He also wrote poems for Christmas dinners, retirees and 50th wedding anniversaries. He even wrote a poem for a Memorial Day service in Sherman. Shortly after his retirement, he moved back to Oswego.

James’ unique testimony is that he gave his heart to Christ while pressing jean pockets for Berry Garment Factory in Oswego while in high school. He was an active member of Bible Holiness Church, both locally and for the general church. Through the years, he was a member of various general church boards including the home missions department, the publication board and the school board and he served as general treasurer. Locally he was a member of the church board, a Sunday school teacher, a song leader and a soloist and even preached when asked to fill in.

James took his civil responsibility seriously. He never missed an election once becoming eligible to vote. He also worked for years for the Sedgwick County Election Commission, working at the neighborhood voting place on Election Day. He was also an avid blood donor, donating over 17 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross with his name being on the Wichita chapter wall of fame. James enjoyed traveling and was able to visit all of the lower 48 states.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Davolt of the home; a daughter, Theresa Kasparek and her husband, Gerald, of Lenexa; a son, Philip Davolt and his wife, Jean, of Park City; grandchildren, Jonathon Kasparek and his wife, Mandy, James Kasparek, Julia Kasparek, Jeremy Davolt, Cole Kasparek and Stephanie Davolt; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Max Davolt and his wife, Rona, of Rogers, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Lorene Blair.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, Parsons. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Independence Bible School or the American Red Cross and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

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