• James R. Smith

    27 Apr 2019

  • Sedan – James R. Smith, 67, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (formerly of Sedan) passed away at his home on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

    James was born on August 20, 1951 to William A. Smith and Helen L. (Locke) Smith in Liberal, Kansas.  James went to school in Sedan graduating from Sedan High School in 1969.  After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1975. After being discharged from the Navy he received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Maple Woods Community College. 

    James lived in Kansas City, Tulsa, Houston, and Broken Arrow.  On March 11, 2005 he married Galina Kachanova in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  James was an engineer and a salesman for many years.  James also owned his own business Kencor and was a successful businessman.

    James had total faith and trust in God.  He was a member of the VFW in Broken Arrow and the American Legion.

    James is survived by his wife Galina Smith of the home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; two daughters, Stephanie Muzingo of Belton, Missouri, and Julia Bunn; his mother Helen Smith of Coffeyville, Kansas; one sister Rita Smith-Carinder of Caney, Kansas; his mother-in-law Klavdia Petunina; 3 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and other family members.

    James was preceded in death by his father, one granddaughter, and his nephew.  

    Graveside Services will be held Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan with Tom Barton of the Caney Church of Christ officiating.

    Friends and family may call on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan with the family receiving friends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    The family has suggested memorials to the VFW Post 10887 of Broken Arrow and may be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.



    I went to school with James and was so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for the family in their time of sorrow


    May GOD'S grace comfort you help you through this time of grief. When I think of Jim I smile because he was such a good guy. He will be missed by the class of 69.


    Prayers for all of James family.


    James and I worked together for many years. He was a good man and friend. I wish him and his family all the best. Mike


    I worked with James in Houston, TX, and he was a gentleman and pleasure to work with!!! Sympathy’s to his family. He will surely missed. James Rest In Peace


    You will be missed James. Thank you for the years of service at Kencor promoting the AMETEK Solidstate Controls UPS solutions. I will always remember that group dinner we had in Columbus Ohio a few years ago. Your stories about race cars and your wife's You tube video were always interesting. You are in our thoughts and prays.


    I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a really great guy and friend of my brother when they were kids growing up in Sedan. I am so glad I was able to see and visit with Jim last year at my brother's funeral. Please accept my sincere condolences.


    Only knew James for about 10 years. But he always had a smile on his face and a open heart. I will miss him. May he Rest In Peace