Jim D. "Coach" Rash

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December 4, 1934 - January 30, 2019
Born in Shelbina, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Jimmy D. “Coach” Rash of St. Charles, Missouri, passed away January 30th at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Mary Elizabeth (nee Hildmann) Rash; cherished son of the late Walter and Raichel (nee Hastings) Rash; devoted father of Patricia (Norris) Ravenscraft, and Cindy (Rick) Witzel; loving grandfather of Michael (Lana) Loehrer, Jeremy (Kate) Loehrer, Scott (Courtney) Ravenscraft and Eric Witzel; and great-grandfather of Austin Ravenscraft, Alexis Ravenscraft, Connor Ravenscraft, Chase Merritt, Lennox Loehrer, Tenlee Loehrer, and Abel Loehrer. Beloved uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Rash.

Jim dedicated his career to the St. Charles School District from 1957 to 1988 as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. He spent most of his years at St. Charles High School with a half year at Hardin Middle School. He taught physical education and driver’s education, and coached football and track from 1957 to 1966. He influenced many students in his years of education.

He was a faithful member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in St. Charles. Prior memberships were with St. Charles Christian Church and Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.

Jim loved going to his and Liz’s place in the country, riding horses, fishing, and especially doing things with his family. He enjoyed watching most sporting events, especially football and basketball and playing cards. Jim influenced many lives. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Jim's memory to one of the following organizations: Truman State University Bulldog Athletics Fund, American Cancer Society, or a fund for scholarships in Jim’s honor (checks must be made payable to Mary Rash), or a charity of your choice.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Jerry January 31, 2019 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    When I came to St. Charles he was the principalnat St. Charles High. He quickly became a friend as well as the principal. When I becam Adult Education Director he worked directly with me on the use of his buildings. Through the years many things change and a few years, after I was elected to the City Council, we got him to serve on the Senior Citizen Commision. We have maintained this friendship even through the Meeting January, which he attended. St. Charles lost a great resident. Rest In Peace coach, principal but the best is friend.

  2. Jeffery Metcalf January 31, 2019 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    candle 8I’m very sad to here of Jimmy passing, had a good chat with him at Aunt Brenda visitation. Had the nicest memories of his family growing up, Rash Family Reunions, at his farm in Curryville, and many times in Shelbina and always with a Smile on his face. Truly a good person.

  3. Denise Kemmis January 31, 2019 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of your husband and father. Mr. Rash was a leader in education, friend to all and just a great person. I feel very blessed to be a part of the Rash Families lives. Our community and neighbor that we grew up in are very thankful to you all for what you have given to all of us. I send you my deepest sympathy at this time. A wonderful man has left this world to go on to teach and love others. Mr. Rash will always be in our hearts and you will all be in my prayers. Rest in peace our dear neighbor, teacher, and friend. Pat I am always here should you ever need a friend. Love and God’s blessings to you all.
    Denise Bloebaum Mutrux Kemmis

  4. Greg Hendricks January 31, 2019 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    So glad the class of 68 got to visit with you and your lovely wife as special guest at SCHS 50th reunion. Blow your whistle up there COACH. We know you’ll always be with us. You were the best!!! Prayers to the Rash family 💔❤️🙏🙏🙏

  5. Michael Proffitt January 31, 2019 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Coach Rash was my Physical Education Instructor during my freshman year in HS at St. Charles High 1964-65 school year. He was also the Head Football Coach for the Varsity Team that was undefeated that year. He expected much from us in his PE class but was a caring and excellent teacher. I spoke with him a couple of years ago on the phone and he was so kind and had a amazing memory of past events. This past Sept. 22, 2018 he and his wife were the guest at our 50th HS Reunion in St. Charles and he spoke briefly to all of us and told a very funny joke. He was so loved by his students and will be missed by all. May he rest in peace in Heaven with his Lord Jesus Christ.

  6. Don Cooper January 31, 2019 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know Jim long but you would think by the way he treated and talked to me that he had known me all of his life. I will miss you Jim and your ” Beats Me”. Rest in Peace

  7. Scott S January 31, 2019 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Cindy,

    So very sorry for your loss. What a great legacy your father left behind in his teachings and coaching of this towns youth.

    And best of all, he was your Dad…!

  8. Barbara Schneider Connoyer January 31, 2019 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    What a great man, in so many ways to so many people. I remember you well and enjoyed every day that I got to work in your office my senior year. Always fun! Your smile and compassion were memorable!

  9. Darrel Billups January 31, 2019 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    candle 8This news really caught us off guard. We are so saddened to hear this news. When we came to St. Charles, the Rash’s and especially Jim did a great job of mentoring a new coach. I was scheduled to coach FB at Cleveland high school and Jim would have nothing to do with and quickly got me in the St. Charles school district. Since the 1st time I met Jim there was an instant connection (which is just like most guys). Jim has a great relationship with Jesus and that was the attraction.

    Jim has simply moved his address from St. Charles to Heaven. And to that we do not say goodbye but simply; “See you later!”

  10. Mary Jo Verhulst January 31, 2019 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Dear Liz and family,
    So sorry for your loss.
    Our sympathy and prayers,
    MARY Jo & Ernie Verhulst

  11. Mary Jo Verhulst January 31, 2019 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Dear Liz and family,
    So sorry for your loss.
    Our sympathy and prayers,

  12. Anita G St. Pierre January 31, 2019 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace, Coach Rash. My mother, Doris Gerken, thought the world of you when she taught at SCHS

  13. Bruce Widaman January 31, 2019 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Good man, and good Neighbor; God’s speed.

  14. Geraldine A Jacobs January 31, 2019 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    In 1958 one of the first dates with Jake,my future husband, was to attend my first Mizzou football game with you and Jim and Jim’s brother played. Our daughter and son attended Blackhurst Elementary with Cindy. Liz you must have so many happy memories of your life together. Jake and I always treasured your friendship. Losing someone you love is hard, but I handled Jenny’s and Jake’s deaths as though they are not gone, but living somewhere else. My deepest sympathies.

  15. Keith Ruprecht January 31, 2019 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    For me Coach Rash was a great principal for SCHS and also a great neighbor. He always provided that rock solid quiet presence and leadership that gave me confidence. I thank you for that Coach. Condolences to Pat, Cindy, and your families. RIP Coach.

  16. Doug Widaman January 31, 2019 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Nothing but admiration and respect for this man you will be missed sir

  17. Karmen Fugate February 1, 2019 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Cindy,
    I am so sorry for loss. You father was a very charismatic principal. Reading all these entries, you are blessed by so many that adored him for what he did for St Charles.

  18. Scott Widaman February 1, 2019 at 7:01 am - Reply

    My condolences to all of the Rash family. Coach Rash was a great person, good neighbor, and friend to all that knew him. It was an honor to have known him.

  19. Cary J. Hahn February 1, 2019 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Coach Rash was a little part of my life for over 60 years. My big brother Dennis was at SCHS in 1957 and then I was at jr. high at the old h.s. 1959-60. I was a member of SCHS Class of ‘ 65 and we all thought the best of him. I had younger brothers who also knew him as well.

    I was amazed…at Class reunions he remembered me and my buddy, Bob Dye…just two out of the thousands of students he dealt with over the years. Bob and I both worked on the newspaper and year book and made a movie and he always remembered that. The football guys had a special connection to him, and you could see that at our 50th reunion in 2015 and get togethers since.! He was certainly a stand up guy in the St. Charles community. Last August, at our last SCHS alum meeting he still looked great and was outgoing. A giant of a man!

  20. Ginger Hallam February 1, 2019 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Cindy – we are so saddened by the news of your dad’s passing. What a wonderful man! He was such a great influence on so many lives – what a tribute! He was always smiling and seemed happy to put up with us crazy high school girls, right?
    Hugs to your mom and Pat – prayers for your whole family.

    Dave and Ginger (Sullivan) Hallam

  21. Dan & Margie Robinson February 1, 2019 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Liz and family at this time. We always enjoyed the time we spent at our Halloween parties, sitting around the bonfire and talking about old times. I’m so thankful that Jim Rau got us all together for those luncheon visits. What a great man and mentor he was to all. He will be greatly missed. May it comfort the family to know that he is in God’s loving arms.

  22. Larry Cole February 1, 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    candle 3My coach in 1963 and 1964 for physical education, track and football. I broke my ankle in football and I can still remember how careing he was as he took me to the hospital in the back seat of his car. I was glad to see him at our 50th reunion. May God bless this good man. Regards to my coaches family at this very hard time.🙏

  23. Debbie Schimweg February 1, 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Pat and Cindy,
    So sorry to hear of your loss.He was a great member of the SCHS family.I remember my dad always enjoyed watching football with him even after all of us kids were no longer in high school. My family sends our deepest sympathy.
    Debbie(Leitman) Schimweg

  24. Rick Beebe February 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    He was a great Principal.

  25. John Langston February 1, 2019 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I am so saddened to hear Coach Rash has passed. He was my football and track coach my junior and senior years. Coach had a tremendous impact on my life then and his influence on me as I grew to adulthood was ever present. After high school and before moving to Atlanta, I had the chance on numerous occasions to talk and play pickup basketball with coach at the high school gym. It was always a pleasure being in his company. He will forever be in my thoughts when I think back on those days and hope these words bring some comfort to his gracious wife, relatives and many many friends.

  26. Linda A. Sullivan February 1, 2019 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    My husband Tom Sullivan (deceased in 2007) knew Jim well. Tom taught science at SCHS for ten years. I taught business at SCHS from 1968-1972. Jim was a great teacher, coach, and assistant principal while we were there. It is true that he had a positive influence on many teachers and students. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by many. My prayers and sympathy go out to his family.

  27. Bill Solomon February 2, 2019 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Dear Liz, Pat and Cindy,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I had the honor to be one of his assistant principals during his tenure
    as Principal at SCHS. He truly dedicated himself to the students, faculty and community of SCHS and will never be forgotten. My family and I wish you consolation and warmest regards .
    May God be with your family.

    Thinking of you,
    Bill Solomon and family
    Panama City Beach Florida

  28. Brenda Leatherman February 2, 2019 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    candle 3We are so sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful man. My mom has talked about Jim all of my life. And growing up with him and living in the same neighborhood in Shelby County has been very special for her. Not meeting Jim and Elizabeth until when I was grown, I always looked forward to seeing them come back home. Jim and I would talk about sports, about growing up near my Grandparents, school administration problems. He never ever forgot where he came from. He would always ask about my mom. The last time that I saw him and Liz was in Shelbina. The Rash family will
    always hold a special place in my heart. And this guy was bigger than life, and a perfect example of what hard work and
    dedication could do. RIP Jimmy, you will be missed.

  29. John E. Schnare February 3, 2019 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Jim has influenced me so deeply since I first met him as my Grade Five PE Teacher at Franklin School in 1957. Each fall from 1959 until our undefeated season in 1964, he guided the most formative part of my adolescence: football. As I was dong my sorting after 49 years of elementary teaching last summer, I ran across our play book from senior year. The last section had to do with attitude and included some of Jim’s favorite quotes: It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Breaks are made. Never, ever quit. As I look back over a lifetime of joy, grief, happiness, and disappointment, I recognize that the attitude that Jim shaped in groups of adolescent boys has served us well. One other guiding light that he posted on the locker room door as we exited to the Maplewood Homecoming game in senior year was: What you give tonight you have forever, what you don’t give is lost. Jim gave so much to so many over all these years. He led us to manhood by being a good example and expecting much from us He will be held in our hearts for all time. May all love surround both Jim and his family.

  30. The Tilley Family February 3, 2019 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Cindy,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our prayers and condolences to and your family.

  31. Ruth Guthrie-Kundl February 3, 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Only the best of memories of coach Rash

  32. Linda Kleiman Schuler February 3, 2019 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Liz, Patty and Cindy: I am so sorry to hear about Jim. You know he was one of my favorite principals, and one of my favorite volleyball parents. He was so supportive of the community, the schools, the athletic teams and most
    of all his family. I enjoyed working for him and with him. May his memory be for a blessing. May God help to ease your pain. Ms. Kleiman

  33. Larry & Judy White February 4, 2019 at 10:41 am - Reply

    candle 8Liz, Cindy, Pat……Thanks for sharing a great guy ! Jim was admired by all who knew him (and that was a huge number !) for his down-to-earth attitude to life and any problems it might present . He had a great
    sense of humor and an amazing memory of names and events ! R.I.P. Coach

  34. Jim Cheves February 4, 2019 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Liz,Pat,Cindy
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.We had so many great years at SCHS. Sorry I can’t be there for the service.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  35. Chuck Hull February 5, 2019 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Coach, you are the reason so many of your students went on to succeed in life. You certainly changed my future with your influence. Thanks, Coach!

  36. Patricia Brown February 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    candle 1Liz so sorry for your loss as I know how had this road is.

  37. Patricia Brown February 6, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    candle 1So sorry for you loss and this will no be easy as he will be missed.

  38. Patricia Brown February 6, 2019 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    candle 1So sorry for your loss. Life will be so different and he will be dearly missed.

  39. Judy Cross February 11, 2019 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Cindy & Pat,

    I was so sorry to hear about your dad, he will be missed by all that knew him. My heart and prayers go out to you all at this time. I want be able to be there for the service, but will be thinking about you all.

  40. Arthur Wash February 12, 2019 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    To the Rash Family. We are saddened by your loss. Jim was a terrific guy, kind and always with a smile. May God bless and keep you in his care.
    Art and Rose Mary Wash

  41. Tom Kasper February 13, 2019 at 10:41 am - Reply

    He was a great coach but even a better story teller. When you look at all the lives he touched in a positive way his life was a game well played.

  42. Becky Tibbs Balicki February 14, 2019 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Coach was a huge part of my life from grade school physical Ed to high school football coach. I worked in his office typing football programs and making pep rally banners. He was the best. Saw him at our 50th reunion. Such an important part of our class..he will be dearly missed. My heartfelt sympathy to his family. Rest In Peace Coach. 🙏

  43. Mel Horne February 17, 2019 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I was a county boy from downstate Missouri when I transferred to SCHS and first met Coach Rash. It was in the winter of 1963. I was wearing a bright orange letterman’s jacket which I am sure was quite offensive to lettermen in the blue and white world of the St. Charles Pirates.
    First memory of Coach was when he looked me up and invited me to run track that spring and prepare for football the next fall. I have always been appreciative of that acceptance. I had understood that there was little chance of me playing. McVey had warp speed and he and Gillete and Sutton controlled the backfield positions. But Coach quietly encouraged me and help me to believe that I ha a chance to play ‘big city ball’ with Jackie, and John and Wayne and Ron and Chuck and all the guys on that Junior and Senior football teams.. I later discovered that one of the great strengths of Jim Rash was that he cold make you believe you wee something when you were in reality too small and too slow.
    So , as it turned out for the 1965 St. Charles Pirates, Coach was our secret weapon. He turned our small band of boys in to lethal ‘fast attack’ men on the field. Our prowess was the product of Coash Rash’s vision of what we could be And he convinced us all. I was a grown man before I realized that I was not the gifted athlete that Rash me believing that I was
    Some amazing things about Coach. His gift to St. Charles was that he sold his vision to each class of athletes and students. We all thought he belonged to the Class of 1965. That he was ours. And he was. And we loved him. But each class felt the same
    Secondly he had an uncanny ability to remember ‘the great stories’ and re-tell them at will. And in great detail. And listening to him tell them one was never offended that the stories may have gotten better with the telling.
    Of course the real hero was his wife Liz who dutifully listened to the re-telling of those stories year after year.
    Coach Rash we will miss you. You have been wonderfully and inextricably a part of our lives for most of our lives. I am forever blessed by the memories and friendships that you brought to me.

  44. Jerry and Pam Cook February 17, 2019 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Liz, Cindy, Pat,

    We can’t begin to tell you how sorry we were to learn of Jim’s death. Pam has had health issues and it has kept us out of circulation for the last two months. We wanted you to know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry that we were unable to attend the services this weekend, but we were thinking of you and praying for you. God bless you and give you His peace.

  45. Jerry and Pam Cook February 17, 2019 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    candle 7Dear Liz, Cindy and Pat,
    We were so saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. He and Jerry served many years together at SCHS where they taught, coached and worked as principals. We always enjoyed the times we spent sharing the stories of outrageous exploits of both the students and coaches. I was never sure which was actually worse. One thing was always sure, Jim loved those kids and did everything he could to help them achieve. He will be greatly missed. Pam has had health problems that have kept us out of circulation for the last two months and made it difficult for us to attend the services this past weekend. God bless you and give you His peace.

  46. Jerry and Pam Cook February 17, 2019 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    candle 7Liz, Cindy and Patty,
    We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He and JERRY spent many years working together as coaches, teachers and principals. Pam remembers when Jim first came to SCHS and she was in middle school. He brought the school to life and really gave the students a team to cheer for. We have many memories of dinners together as the coaches shared stories of the students and coaches exploits over the years. Our hearts were saddened that we were unable to attend the services this past weekend. Pam has had health issues that have kept us out of circulation the last two months. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you and give you His peace.

  47. Rich Hobbs February 23, 2019 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Rest in Peace, Coach……

  48. Rich Hobbs February 23, 2019 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    candle 5Thanks for Teaching me How to Play Football and Win against Against Everybody we Played, and Bring out the Fight in this Dog……

  49. Steve Wise March 6, 2019 at 9:32 am - Reply

    candle 3Just learned of Jim’s passing.
    I grew up as a neighbor to the Rash family from 1955 to the late 60’s.
    The Meyers, Widimans, Stewart’s and if course, the family of “Pio’s” it was a great neighborhood and Jim was a great guy with us kids growing up playing sports or kickball in the middle of the street.
    Jim was a powerful advocate for all of his students.
    It was a great to be able to trade conversations with him in the halls of St. Charles High School.
    After graduating in 72, I would see him in the old neighborhood in Sue Lane, and he was the same great guy.
    Thanks to his family for sharing such a terrific man.

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