Obituary: James Clare Kreider
Funeral services for Jim Kreider, Kansas City, Kan., and formerly of the Loring community of Bonner Springs, were held Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, at the First Christian Church in Bonner Springs. Burial was in the Bonner Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Kreider, 76, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Kansas City, Kan.
He lived for 67 years in the Loring area where he began farming and gained an interest in cattle while in partnership with his father. He and his wife, Peggy, moved to the Wolcott area in 1992. She preceded him in death in 1997.
Mr. Kreider raised Longhorn cattle at their ranch, known as Paradise Longhorn Ranch. He was a banker also, and served on the board of directors of Commercial State Bank in Bonner Springs since 1955. Since 1985, he served as chairman of the board of directors.
Mr. Kreider was interested in the conservation of wildlife and soil. In the 1970s he received the Kansas Wildlife Federation award for a lagoon system established near his feedlots. For a number of years, he served as the director of the Kansas Wildlife Federation.
He also served on committees with the Wyandotte County Farm Bureau, and served on state committees.
In the 1980s, Mr. Kreider served as vice chairman of the board of the Wyandotte County Soil Conservation. He also served as chairman of the Kansas Association of Conser-vation Districts Community Committee. In addition, he was an active member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. And, he served as a director for Operation Wildlife.
Mr. Kreider was known for his work with the leukemia foundation. He was elected last year to the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
He served for a number of years on the board of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. He served as a trustee of the First Baptist Church in Bonner Springs.
In 1998, he married Dixie Schowengerdt. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, James C. Kreider II, Bonner Springs; two daughters, Connie S. Djajich, Olathe, and Julie K. Shibler, St. Marys; a brother, Hayden Wood, Berryton; seven stepchildren; 25 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Christian Church, 148 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs, 66012.
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