James Harold Chism, age 78 of El Dorado Springs, Missouri passed away on April 7th, 2017 at Community Springs Care Center, following a short illness. Jim was born on August 4th, 1938 to Ovie Ray and Willia (Tolbert) Chism in Aldrich, Missouri.
He graduated from Stockton High School in 1957. After graduation Jim moved to Kansas City, Missouri to work for Hallmark Cards. After a short period of time he decided city life was not for him and returned to El Dorado Springs, Missouri.
He married Carolyn L. Hunt on January 23rd, 1959. To this union one son was born, Brian Lee Chism. They enjoyed traveling many miles and spent many hours watching their son, Brian play sports and other activities through the years.
Later he was married to Sandy (Bogart) Switzer, adding a daughter, Tammy Frame and granddaughter Karenca Frame.
Jim proudly served in the National Guard for two years from 1961 to 1962 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and Ft. Knox, Kentucky and Camp Clark in Nevada, Missouri. He retired from 3-M after nearly 30 years of service. During his employment he made many friends. He enjoyed getting together with buddies and hanging out at the local coffee shop, especially Don McNeece who were best pals.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Ovie and Willia Chism, brothers Joe Chism (Lamar, Missouri) and William Chism (El Dorado Springs, Missouri), sisters Emma Jean Fidler (Bear Creek, Missouri), Mary Ann Schaaf (Kansas City, Missouri) and Evelyn Esry (El Dorado Springs, Missouri).
Survivors include his son, Brian Lee Chism and daughter-in-law, Kelly Beth Chism of El Dorado Springs, granddaughter,Megan Ashley Chism, currently attending Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. granddaughter, Riley Meg Jeffries of El Dorado Springs. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Jim loved traveling and watching his granddaughter, Meg and Riley play several sports through the years. To the girls, he was a best friend, a great chauffeur, lunch dat, and an all around wonderful grandpa.
Other than being a grandpa, his biggest past time was fishing in local lakes and rivers. He also enjoyed traveling across the country to fish and even to Canada. His favorite hot spot was Kentucky Lake where Ken Rice went for the first time together. And later on, took several family members fishing, where they often “out-fished” the local guides!
He enjoyed snagging for spoonbill at the old Osceola dam, gigging suckers, rod and reel and trot lining for catfish. His most favorite fish to catch was crappie. He has passed down his fishing “honey-holes” to his favorite fishing partners, Brian, Mitch, Chris, Johnny, Junior, Pogo, Dennis, Ken (and the rest of the crew)which has been enjoyed at many fish fry’s. Along with being one of the best fishermen around, NO ONE could fry a better batch of crappie he could.
In his later years, everyone in town would see him cruising the streets of El Dorado, often with his favorite companion, Daisy the beagle.