James Stewart Hammond was born June 21, 1927 to Christopher Columbus Hammond (CC) and Dora (Helmbrecht) Hammond in Kiowa County, KS. They had moved to Kiowa County KS from Taswell in Crawford County, Indiana, in an immigrant railroad car along with half brother George Temple Le Grand.
Stewart attended several country schools during his youth, including District 17, District 34. (Farmington) District 22, Kowboy Korner, District 2 and then into Greensburg.
He helped his father farm and ranch until he went into the Air Force in 1945, serving as a medic at Shepard Field, Texas. After his honorable discharge he returned to farming during the summer and contract work during the winters. He helped build the telephone lines in Greensburg, Haviland, and Bucklin in the early 1950’s.
He worked construction, helping build the booster stations abound Greensburg, the Michigan Wisconsin and City Service, and helped build additions to Northern Natural and Panhandle Eastern.
Elevator, ran a cement mixer during the day shift at Coldwater and was the deck foreman at Ford.
He helped Beryl Spicer with the construction of the nursing home in Greensburg. Caremore Haven. He worked at the mobile Service Station from 1954-1956.
He married Phyllis Davis in December 1950 and had a daughter, Brenda Jo. They divorced in 1954 and then he married Virginia (Cronic) Morris in January 1970. Stewart died on March 13, 2017 in Marion, KS. He is survived by his six children, Brenda Robertson (Butch); Jeff Morris (Carolyn); Wade Morris (Diane); Chandra Morris, Derek Morris (Joyce); Christopher Hammond (Lanissa). They have 19 grandchildren: Heath Robertson, Clint Robertson(Lani), Jesse Morris(Annika), Emilee Morris, Tyler Morris, Michael Morris, Evann Deal, Anna Deal, Chelsi Holinde (Chris), Shayla Cook (Kody), Caitlyn Meitner (Cory), Hunter Morris, Jerid Rosenburger, Bryce Morris, Keltonn Morris, Kindra Morris, Lakisha Hammond, (Austin), Zachary Hammond, and Colton Hammond along with 14 great grandchildren.
Stewart frequently stated that the best years of his life were the ones he spent raising and teaching his children how to work. He enjoyed going fishing with his grandchildren. He enjoyed his farming and ranching work. He enjoyed the smell of the freshly tilled soil and watching the new plants grow. He enjoyed seeing new calves playing in the pasture. He also enjoyed raising hogs on the farm. He truly enjoyed his family and friends.
Stewart served on several boards during his lifetime. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Greensburg where he had served as a deacon, and elder, and chairman of the board. He was a 50 plus year member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Eastern Star, and post commander of the American Legion Marvin C. Stephenson Post #103. He also served on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors for several years. He served on the Draft Board until it was discontinued. He served on the Senior Center Board of Kiowa County and the Fairview Cemetery board there as well. He was a 4-H Community leader for more than 20 years.
He lived his first 81 years of life in and around Greensburg, KS. He then moved to Marion, KS after the Tornado of 2007 destroyed his home. He will be remembered for the many walking sticks he made and donated to anyone who needed or wanted one.
He will be missed by his family and friends but welcomed Home by God. Services will be held at the Greensburg Christian Church on April 7, 2017 at 1:00p.m. in Greensburg, KS.
A memorial Fund has been established for Marion Senior Center, 309 S. 3rd Marion, KS 66861 Phone number (620) 382-2942.