Springfield Regional Arts Council board member, James Gorst, remembered

James Gorst

It is with a heavy heart that the Springfield Regional Arts Council has lost a wonderful arts supporter and board member, James Gorst.

"Look for the helpers," the iconic Mr. Rogers reminds us, in times of sadness. We are so thankful to be reminded of that in people like James on a regular basis. James was a continuous helper, calling the SRAC as soon as he moved to town to see how he could help support the arts in the region. His service didn't stop there, however, as he also joined and became an active member of Rotary Club of Springfield, and Habitat for Humanity.

James helped co-chair the Artsfest Committee and was a joyful presence at every event and meeting. He will be greatly missed, and our hearts go out to his family and friends. The SRAC is beyond humbled that his family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to our organization, as well as Rotary Club of Springfield (links below). His service will be held in his home state of Wisconsin.

Obituary, via Hartson Funeral Home.


Born into eternal life on March 10, 2020. Loving husband of Kim Schaffer. Beloved father of Ali Mrzljak, Luke (Emma) Gorst and Kyle Gorst. Dear son of Francis (the late Patricia) Gorst. Cherished brother of Ann (Glen) Wayer, Mike (Luanne) Gorst, and Mary Ellen (David) Richmond. Further survived by other family and many friends.

Graduate of "THE" UW. Member of Rotary Club of Springfield, MO and Springfield Regional Arts Council. He was also involved with Habitat For Humanity of Springfield. Jim was an avid sports fan particularly the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

Jim loved to travel and enjoyed golf and riding his Harley. Never missed a Shot Call.

A memorial gathering will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 16th from 3 to 6 PM. Memorial Service 6 PM.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorials to Rotary Club of Springfield, MO or Springfield Regional Arts Council.