DERBY – James Arthur Gemas, 71, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Smith Family Mortuary, Derby.

Jim was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He retired from Spirit Aerosystems in 2012. He was a 1965 graduate of Southeast High School in Wichita, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Human Resource Management from Friends University.

James "Jim", beloved husband, father, Papoo and friend, is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Jo Gemas; three children: Nicholas Gemas (Modester), Heather Gemas, and Jil Whitfield (Matt); five grandchildren: William, Sophia, Stella, James and Nicholas; his mother, Esther Gemas; and many family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.