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     James Barton Fast, age 66, of rural Lamar, died Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at Nevada, RegionalMedicalCenter


     James was born September 3, 1942, in Barton County, Missouri, to Barton and Hazel (Ross) Fast.  He graduated from Liberal High School in 1960 and attended college at Pittsburg, Kansas. 


     On July 15, 1961, at Liberal, James married Judith Lynn Yoke and they made their home west of Lamar.  James was a dedicated grain farmer, and he and Judy maintained a dairy herd and milked cows for more than 33 years.  James devoted his life to his family and the farm.  He had a passion for horses, raising many draft horses and pulling ponies.  He was a member of the Lamar Saddle Club and was a talented team roper.  James was a member of Lamar Elks Lodge and he enjoyed the fellowship of many good friends around a card table.   


     Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Judy, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky & Mike Charlton, Harrisonville, Missouri; a son and daughter-in-law, Doug & Michelle Fast, Liberal; a brother Rick & wife Debbie Fast, Iantha, Missouri; three sisters, Hazel & husband Bill Lawrence, Lavonne & husband Larry Hanshaw, all of Independence, Missouri, and Kathy Thompson, Blue Springs, Missouri; four grandchildren, Chad Fast, Kiley Fast, Jack Charlton and William Charlton; and a large extended family.


     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 6th, at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 p.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in Iantha Cemetery at a later date.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or American Diabetes Society, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.





#8 Liberal, Mo.lJean Overstreet 2009-08-12 06:14
Dearest Judy, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of James. He was such a great guy. I have such fond memories of spending time at the Fast' home when I was a young girl.

James and my James always enjoyed each others company too.

You are in my prayers. God Bless you and your family.
#7 Alamosa,Co.HR&Carolyn Archer 2009-08-11 20:09
Judy and family, We were so sorry to hear James passed away. Wanted you to know we are thinking about you.
#6 Aurora, MOSamantha Foster Hall & Famil 2009-08-10 09:39
Judy and Family,

So sorry to hear about your loss. I heard the news yesterday and you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

#5 Columbia, MOKamero Haverstic 2009-08-09 20:00
Judy, I just heard the news tonight-Kate told me on the phone. I was shocked. So sorry for your loss-I have many fond memories of your farm (with Beck) and of you all coming into the office. I think about you often. God bless you. Kamero
#4 David & Peggy Banwart 2009-08-07 13:31
So sorry to hear about James, our prayers are with you & your family at this difficult time
#3 Liberal, MORon & Bev Long 2009-08-06 09:46
For some reason my comment didn't show so I'll see at the funeral. God bless.
#2 Joplin, MOCathy Fast Bell & Jennifer 2009-08-05 10:29
Judy and family, We are so sorry to hear of James' passing. He was a neat guy. We have fond memories of your family when we lived at Liberal. God Bless.
#1 Liberal Mo.Randy & Toni Yount 2009-08-04 12:08
May it bring you comfort to no he is at peace & suffers no more! Please no we will keep you in our prayers.

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