Charles “Jamie” Jameson Schwartz

Charles J. “Jamie” Schwartz, 1942-2015 – Lawrence, Kansas

Charles Jameson “Jamie” Schwartz was born on October 2,1942, in Salina, Kansas, the oldest son of Mary Ann (Jameson) and Albert John Schwartz. Jamie died peacefully at his home in Lawrence, Kansas surrounded by family on Sunday, February 8, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dianne; son John and wife Anne of Fairway, Kansas; and son Matt of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by brother John of Portland, Oregon; sister Peggy Wallert of Baldwin, Kansas; brother A.J. of Wichita; brother Norb of Salina; sister Mary Boman of Bonner Springs; and sister Ethel Brightwell of Overland Park. He was preceded in death by brother, Fred in 1970.

Jamie was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Salina, Kansas, and attended the University of Notre Dame on a National Merit Scholarship. He served in both the US Army and Navy and graduated from Marymount College, Salina, Kansas in 1969.

Jamie married Dianne Zoglo of Denver, Colorado, in 1970. He worked at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, before attending Kent State University for graduate studies. He directed the Citizenship Center at Rock Springs Ranch in Geary County for the Kansas 4H Foundation. He was elected to the Kansas Legislature representing Junction City and Geary County Kansas. The family moved to Topeka where he worked in the office of Governor John Carlin as a Legislative Liaison. Jamie was appointed by the Governor to his Cabinet serving as Secretary of Economic Development. After leaving state government Jamie worked for the Kansas Savings and Loan Association and later ran a successful consulting business. Upon retirement he and Dianne moved from Topeka to Lawrence where Jamie continued working, volunteering as the Treasurer of the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, volunteering as an election poll worker, and serving as the bookkeeper of his homeowners association. During this time he continued his lifelong business as a nationally known stamp and coin dealer.

Jamie loved his family, especially the large number of cousins who would frequently gather at the family home in Salina. He had a way of easily making friends – classmates, neighbors, co-workers – and he treasured his connections to all of them. Jamie loved to read, to sing, to learn, and to laugh. Ultimately Jamie will be remembered as a loving husband, a kind and inspirational father, a cherished cousin, a dedicated uncle, and a deeply-loved friend to so many people.

A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina, Kansas, on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Salina.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider a donation to one of the following organizations that Jamie cared deeply about: The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, The Center For Action and Contemplation, KANU Public Radio or The Lawrence Public Library and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

16 Condolences

  1. Sister Marilyn Stahl on February 9, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Dear Diane and family,

    My heartfelt sympathy of the loss of dear Jamie. I have wonderful memories of his efforts to make this world a peaceful and just world. I’m grateful to know that you had 44 years together.

    May you and yours be comforted by your memories of happy years with Jamie and by the thought that so many of us are holding you in prayer and loving support.

    Sister Marilyn Stahl

  2. Larry Tenopir on February 10, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Dianne–I’m so very sorry. You were perfect together, and I treasure you both as good, longtime friends. larry tenopir

  3. Dan and Julie Kenagy on February 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

    John and family,
    Please know we are thinking of you all at this time. Every time I saw or talked to your Dad he was always smiling and happy. I/we feel so lucky to have known him and to have such a WONDERFUL friend in one of his greatest legacies, his son John. All our love,
    Julie and Dan Kenagy

  4. Donna & Fairley McCain on February 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Our hearts are aching for your loss… We have good memories of you & Jamie when we all were in JC

  5. Debbie Doyle on February 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Diane & Family,

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. So many memories from our MMC days. Jamie was always so much fun to be around. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Debbie (Davies) Doyle

  6. Mary Jane (Cox) Zimmerly on February 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Dear Dianne and all,

  7. Mary Jane (Cox) Zimmerly on February 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Dear Dianne and all,
    There are so many memories of both you and Jamie and MMC! I will never forget when Jamie rescued a group of us from being dismissed from school because of young, foolish actions! He was a friend and always a hero to me. All of the Schwartz family took such good care of us when we were in school! You two were always my fairy book couple. I’m so saddened by this news!
    Mary (Cox) Zimmerly – class of 71

  8. Ramona Carlin on February 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Dianne and family :
    God made only one Jamie, and I was among those privileged and delighted to know him well. The dedicated and gentle caring, but most of all, that SMILE, remain with me. May you receive comfort in memories and in knowing what he meant to many of us.

    –Ramona Carlin

  9. Jake and Carole Mertz on February 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Dear Diane and Family: We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers for all of you. We will lift up Jamie in prayer to our Heavenly Father for eternal rest and peace. May you find comfort in the special and wonderful memories of your husband and father. God Bless you.

  10. Steve Millstein on February 11, 2015 at 9:57 am


    So sorry to hear of your loss.

    While many years have gone by, the fond memories have not faded. You could always count on Jamie for a good laugh and a quick retort. A truly wonderful guy.

    Sincerest condolences.


  11. Sister Margaret Nacke on February 11, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Dear Diane,

    You and the family have my deepest sympathy and prayers. I have memories of Jamie in my art history class.

    You can be so proud of how he lived his life…other centered to be sure. He was engaged meaningfully in life in those matters that matter.

    Sr. Margaret Nacke

  12. Kristi Carlsen Jewell on February 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Oh Dianne, I’m so, so sorry. Please know you are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers.

  13. Bob Martin, Germantown, Maryland on February 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Jamie was one of a kind and I valued his dedication, intellect, and hard work in making Kansas a better place.

    My sympathies go out to all the members of his family.

  14. Miles Schnaer on February 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Schwartz Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time! We are so sorry for you lose!
    Miles and Paula Schnaer and your friends at Crown Automotive

  15. Joe Scranton on February 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Heartfelt…. miss him… one of kind…remembering the smile…distinquished… mischievous..sympathies

    as sincere as the words are as they shower down at this time, they never quite capture for me the tear in the essential fabric that is a death of a good man and friend.

    Be well.

  16. Vicki {Ludes} Fiebach on February 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Dear John,

    I am so very sorry to learn of Jamie’s passing. Always thought of him as a special guy. I will have a Mass said for him at my parish church, St. Thomas Aquinas -Wichita

    Vicki Ludes Fiebach

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