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James Russell Cairns

November 7, 1944 — July 27, 2020

James Russell Cairns


James Russell Cairns - age 75, of Hays, Kansas died July 27, 2020, at Hays Medical Center Hays, Kansas.

He was born on November 7, 1944, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to Rev. J. Russell and Grace (Woolridge) Cairns.

In 1965 Reverend Cairns moved his family to Hays, Kansas to minister The Assembly of God Church. Jim married Gloria (Stremel) on July 19,1969, in Hays, Kansas and later they divorced in1982.

Jim and Gloria had two children, Amy and Michael. After his second year of ministry college, Jim was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.

He was an office supply repair man for twenty years with Northwestern Office Suppliers in Hays. He later went on to drive a tour bus for All American Tours covering much of the United States and later drove the bus for Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in Hays. He was a youth baseball coach in Kansas and Colorado, an avid reader/historian, photographer, sports fan, movie fan, decent golfer, and all around ornery rascal. He marched to the beat of his own drum, and he will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his son, Michael James Cairns, Hays, KS; one grandson, Dylan Jacobs, Omaha, NE; four sisters, Gracie Preston and husband, Tom, Detroit MI; Beverly Bourquin and husband, Achille, Utica, KS; Sarah Stephens and husband, Wayne, Sacramento, CA; Thomasena Cairns, Winchester, VA; many nieces and nephews; and his companion and special friend, Gloria Herrman and family, LaCrosse, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Amy Russell; one brother, Joseph Cairns; one sister, Mary Jean Lichlieghter.

A private family memorial service and inurnment will be held at a later date.

Services are entrusted to Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E.22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601. Condolences can be sent via e-mail to or can be left at guest book at


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