Some People come into our lives and quickly go.

Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts

And, we are never, ever the same . . . .

Harry Adams, Class of 1942?

Harry Hugh Adams died April 6, 2021 at 95 years of age surrounded by loved ones. He was born August 6, 1925 to Ray "Roy" J. and Gladys Goldie (McCarty) Adams. His sister and brothers were Gussie "Louise" Adams Estabrook, Edwin Birdene "Bud" Adams, Willard Eugene "Gene" Adams, Earl Ray "Tex" Adams, John Glenn Adams, Frederick "Merle" Adams, Billie LaDon "Don" Adams. All have preceded him in death. A veteran of World War II, Harry joined the army September 1943 shortly after his 18th birthday and was assigned as a gunner in Patton's 80th infantry division. After being wounded by artillery shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge, he recovered and returned to the front line. This second assignment ended when his feet froze after a night crossing of the Or River on Christmas Eve 1944. He spent the remainder of the war recovering in a hospital in Britain. Harry returned home from the war and on October 11, 1946 he married the love of his life, Barbara Beth Bryant. They were married 69 years and delighted in their children - and ESPECIALLY delighted in their 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Each child had their own special relationship with them as did their numerous nephews and nieces. He loved his family/ extended family. Barbara preceded him in death and he greatly missed her every day. Harry worked in the oil fields - his work ethic was stellar. His vast experience in many different positions/roles, jobs, and locations afforded him countless work related friends and acquaintances. He finally totally retired at 85 years of age. Growing tomatoes and other vegetables was one of his great passions. He had a huge garden every year, loved hearing about your garden, offered advice for your garden failures, celebrated your garden successes, and gave away most of what he grew. Cards and domino playing were spirited affairs. If you were his partner in card games, you had better be on your toes and paying attention. He loved to drive and drove all over – especially enjoyed driving around the Chase, Kansas areas where he grew up. He taught many grandchildren how to drive on country and county roads – way before they were of age. During these times he imparted his wisdom and told his childhood and oil field work stories to help guide them on their paths in life. After retiring and before covid was an issue, he went to coffee most every day. There he connected with new and old friends of various ages from all walks of life. Business establishments in surrounding areas that he frequented knew his name and greeted him when he walked in the door. Harry had "a thousand" whimsical words, sayings, and songs that would make you smile or laugh out loud – that is if you were able to understand his "Adams-Language" and keep up with his rapid fire speech. He enjoyed working hard ("getting powerful") and had clever ideas ("cowboy tricks" and "franthanies"). If you met him, you'll never forget him. It would be hard to talk about Harry without mentioning his faith in Jesus Christ. He had promised God if he survived the war he would attend church and dragged all 4 kids to church every Sunday for many years. He read his bible and prayed daily for others. He started his prayers with "Dear God, we are grateful for this day." Harry was also preceded in death by his grandson Kyle Tomey and son-in-law Alex Ybarra. He is survived by his children ~Kent Adams (Sharon Ochs) – Hutchinson, Brenda Ybarra – Mound Valley, Lynn Adams (Ann) – Bison, and Gale Adams Briscoe (Ron Briscoe) – Wichita. Visitation for friends and relatives wishing to pay their respects will be Tuesday, April 13th from noon to 9 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home (1425 S. Patton Rd.) in Great Bend, Kansas with family present from 4-6 p.m. Please wear a mask. Honoring Harry's wishes, a private burial service will be held for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to, in care of the funeral home, to Chase/Raymond USD 401 School District Alumni Association, where Harry graduated from in the 8th grade – Go Kats!

Don Minix, Class of 1961

Donald Jean "Don" Minix, 78 of Raymond, Kansas, passed away April 8, 2021 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons, Kansas. He was born February 2, 1943 in Falls City, Nebraska, the son of William J. and Wilma Arnold Minix. Don graduated from Alden High School with the class of 1961. He has resided in Kansas since 1949. Don was a machinist for local machine shops, pumped oil wells and helped Doug Caywood farm for sixteen years. He was a former board member for USD 401 Chase-Raymond School District, former Raymond Council member, member of the Raymond Fire Department, and Republican Committeeman for Raymond Township. Don enjoyed fishing and woodworking. On October 27, 1962, Don was united in marriage with Nancy Harrison in Raymond, Kansas. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his son Dan Minix of Raymond; daughter, Darla (Minix) Nall with Chris Rohr of Hutchinson, KS; brother, Jerry Minix and wife Pam of Lyons; sister-in-law, Kathy Minix of Tonkawa, OK; granddaughter, Amber Nall of Wellington, FL; great-grandson, Asher Moise of Wellington, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Ronald "Ron" Minix and brother, Marvin Minix. Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with Pastor Oscar Gomez officiating. Burial will follow at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery, Raymond. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M.,Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Reno County Hospice in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

I talked to Malcolm's sister Angie and she told me that there will be a graveside service May 1 at 12:30 PM at St Mary's Cemetery in Chase and afterward a gathering in the park at the Chase Community Center.

This is all I could find right now, will post more when it is available.

Malcolm Link, Class of 1973

We are sad to announce the passing of Retired Detention Sgt. Malcolm Link. Sgt. Link recently passed away after an approximate yearlong battle with cancer. Starting his career with the Sheriff’s Office in May 2004, he served as a Detention Deputy, Corporal, and lastly a Sergeant assigned to 2nd shift in the Detention Facility. Sgt. Link retired in February of 2021 with 16 years and 9 months of service. Malcolm Link had a degree in Animal Science from KSU in 1977 and worked in the ranching industry herding cattle and managing ranches prior to his career at the Detention Facility. Sgt. Link was an avid motorcycle lover and would ride at all times of the year. Sgt. Malcolm Link will be greatly missed by many and his service will not be forgotten.

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get
notices that we have lost an alumni. His daughter let us know.

Lawrence Adams, Class of 1954

Lawrence “Larry” Audrell Adams, 83, of Mooresville, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019. All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte-Lake Norman, 705 Griffith Street, Ste. 203, Davidson, North Carolina 28036. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Adams family. Condolences may be made to the family at

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get
notices that we have lost an alumni. Her daughter let us know.

Joanne Payne Cox, Class of 1944

Joanne Payne Cox of Chesterton died on September 15, 2018 at 9 p.m. She was 91. She was born on November 19, 1926 in Wichita, KS, the adopted daughter of Arthur and Myrtle Payne, both of whom preceded her in death. On June 4, 1950, she married LeRoy E. Cox who preceded her in death in 1999. She is survived by her children: Pamela (Rift Slater) Pawlik of Chesterton, Rebecca (Brian) Tully of Hayden, AL, and Richard (Laura) Cox of Crawfordsville, IN; her grandchildren: Heather (Chad) Compton of Chesterton, IN Lesley Woods of Lake of the Four Seasons, IN, Darcy (Andrew) Brasher of Fultondale, AL, Adam Tully of Pittsburgh, PA, Audrey (Daryl) Willingham of Birmingham, AL, Joel (Sangita) Tully of Birmingham, AL, Jessica Cox of Valparaiso, IN, and Christopher Cox of Kalamazoo, MI; and by her great-grandchildren: Dainen Woods of Lake of the Four Seasons, IN, Dakota Compton of Chesterton, IN, Gillian Brasher of Fultondale, AL, and Chloe Brasher of Fultondale, AL. Joanne was an avid bridge player and was awarded a Jr. Masters commendation in Tulsa, OK. She won several years of competitive bridge tournaments, and she also taught bridge classes. She enjoyed needlework and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was employed as an Executive Administrative Assistant to the President and Vice President of the Levy Company at the Port of Indiana for 20 years. She was a member and Sunday School teacher at the First United Methodist Church in Chesterton. She also attended Porter First United Methodist Church in her later years. A private family service is planned.

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get
notices that we have lost an alumni. Her son and daughter in law let us know.

Helen Reichart Baye, Class of 1944

For those of you wanting to attend the funeral services for Bob Hoppes, Class of 1954, who passed away last December 30, 2020, it will be April 3, 2021 in Galva, KS at the cemetery at 2 PM.

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get
notices that we have lost an alumni. I found his obituary online.

Robert 'Bob' Yoder, Class of 1957

Robert M. Yoder, 79, passed May 18, 2019. Robert was born June 24, 1939 in Jennings, OK to Charles and Elva Yoder. He loved reading, fishing, bowling, the Cowboys, Sooners, and spending time with family especially his grandbabies. He was preceded in death by his son, Chad Sullivan; his parents; brother, Jerry Yoder; and sister, Eva Dillon. Robert is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Loretta Schroeder, Gabe Ravenstien, Tonya Coy, Robert Yoder Jr., Troy Sullivan, and Laree Tingen; 15 grandkids; 31 great grandkids, and was Papa to many more; 1 sister; and 2 brothers.

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get
notices that we have lost an alumni. In searching for Faye all I could find was a Church Bulletin from the town she lived in that stated Prayers for the family of Faye Lukens who died in California.

Faye Schmidt Lukens, Class of 1945

She died July 17, 2020 in California

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get notices that we have lost an alumni. When Gene's Newsletter came back I thought the worst and checked obituaries and found him. He died last November at the age of 100. For several years Gene was our oldest alumni at the reunion. I remember the year he was 90 plus he drove by himself from Utah to Hutchinson for the reunion. The next reunion his 3 daughter's brought him. Now that is a true Chase Kat!

Gene McFarland, Class of 1938

Gene McFarland was born in Chase, Kanas on March 7, 1920 to Roscoe and Ethel McFarland.  He passed away at his home on November 15, 2020.  Gene was raised on a milk farm in Kansas until he enlisted in the Navy.  The Navy had to wait 6 weeks for him because he broke his leg on that farm.  He was deployed into the Coast Guard before he went to a battle ship in the South Seas and the Philippines during World War II.  He was a gunner on the Missouri when it was hit and his back was broken.  Then he was assigned to the air craft Enterprise.  He was honorably discharged. When he returned to the USA, he started working in the trucking business and eventually owned his own truck, and started Rocky Mountain Trucking Co. in Casper, Wyoming.  He hauled casing for the oilfield.  He also built Thunderbird Trailer Park, in Vernal which is still there today.  He worked in the oil patch most of the rest of his life, except for a whirlwind few months in California where he owned a carwash.  He also spent a few years hauling water for the Nevada Test Site in Las Vegas.  Coming back to Vernal, he owned Oilfield Casing Company, and Parrish Oil Tools, from 1972 until 1985.  At this point he started Westates Casing Tools.  He ran that company until he was 90 years of age.  He was a hard worker and retirement did not suit him.  The oil patch was in his blood.  He loved it.  Not very many people could keep up with him.Gene was married four times.  His first marriage was with his high school sweetheart and they had a son, John Phillip McFarland (deceased).  John was married several times and had several children and grandchildren.  Gene’s second and third marriages were very brief.  His fourth marriage was to Alma Duncan McFarland.  They were married for 28 years and they had three daughters; Toni Sue McFarland Rogosch (Larry Rogosch). They live in Las Vegas, Nevada and have two sons; Richard and Eric (son Cash), Teri Lynn McFarland Farr Charest.  She lives in Valley Center, California and has four children; Marlishia Farr Kindall, (married to Gavin, two sons; Jet and Olie), Nicolette Farr (four children; Marlee, Jalen, Asiah, and Ciera), David Farr (deceased, daughter Brighton), and Julian Chatest, Betsi Ra McFarland Magee (married to Jamey Magee).  They live in Vernal, Utah and have two children; JD Magee (married to Carissa, two children; Canyon and Cash), Kriston Magee Lytle (married to Sean Lytle, two children; Alexandria and Alena). Gene was a very strong, tough guy, and set in his ways.  No one could get him to change his mind once he had it set.  He lived to work.  His one and only hobby was to go fishing in Alaska every year, which he did for 30 years.  He also enjoyed putting on a fish fry every year. He lived a very full life and was not shy about telling you some great stories.  I’m sure each and everyone of you would have a great story or comment about Gene McFarland.  His generosity was abounding, along with his opinion.  He had a lot of quirky sayings that I’m sure we have all heard – “Well they’re a different breed of cat, Don’t be negative.  Just let it roll off your back like a duck, I’m full as a tick, dumb as a goose.”  And every day towards the last, he would say, “Well, I woke up this morning!!  Let’s go!”

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get
notices that we have lost an alumni. His daughter let us know.

William Bird, Class of 1942

William (Bill) F. Bird Was born in Lincoln, Kansas October 13, 1926 son of George and Georgia (Moore) Bird. He grew up and attended schools in the Lincoln and Chase areas in Kansas. During married life he lived in Lincoln, Russell, Great Bend, Hill City, Oberlin, Salina, and finally in 1968 made his permanent home in Abilene. He married Dorothy Johnson on May 31, 1947. They had 3 daughters. Dorothy died in 1996. He married Doris Degraffenried on December 6, 1997. Doris died in 2016. When he married Doris he gained 3 more daughters Doris Ward, Kathy Heiser and Stacy Meuli and their husbands, 2 sons Kenny and Jeff Degraffenried and their wives and many grandchildren of which he loved very much. Bill was a great father and grandfather. Bill worked all his life mostly driving trucks beginning on the family farm where he drove farm trucks. He worked for K&E and RC Williams driving oil rigs. He also drove coast to coast for JB Montgomery and retired after driving for Alco over 20 years. He was a World War 2 Veteran. Bill was a great father and grandfather. In younger years he raced motorcycles and enjoyed riding. He always enjoyed spending time with his family, camping and boating, working in the garage on motors and various projects, helping others whenever he could and visiting with others. Bill is survived by 3 daughters Betty J. Whyte Edgerton Kansas, Carolyn K. Eller Abilene, Kansas, Roberta L. Robertson husband James of Abilene. 21 grandchildren and great grandchildren He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his wife Dorothy and his 2nd wife Doris, 2 brothers and 3 sisters, 2 son-in-laws, and 1 grandson. The family has chosen cremation. Memorial Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the Zion Brethren in Christ Church (North of Abilene, HWY 18 & 15) with Pastor Jay Johnson officiating. The family suggests memorials be given to Hospice of Dickinson County or to the William Bird Memorial Fund. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Danner Funeral Home, 501 N Buckeye, Abilene, Kansas 67410.

Former CHS Teacher

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get
notices that we have lost an alumni. Her son let us know

Evva Otto Morris, Class of 1942

Evva Elnora Otto was born on the July 4, 1924, to Bertram Otto and Zella Davasher in Copan, Oklahoma.
She was their eldest child and later had five brothers. Evva was raised in rural Kansas and graduated from Chase High School in 1942 as valedictorian. She received a full music scholarship to Kansas State University, but chose to marry John Edward Morris, Jr. in a small Baptist church in Raymond, Kansas on July 26, 1942. The day after their wedding they took the train to Chicago, her mother packing them a sack lunch. While John was learning to fly B-25 bombers, and was eventually stationed over Italy, Evva remained in Chicago making Norden bomb sights; working for DECCA Records and selling ladies hats in a department store. After John's return from the war, her first son, John Edward Morris III, was born on October 3, 1945 and their second son, Terry, was born on September 3, 1950. The Morris family moved to Grand Prairie, Texas in 1952 and then to Arlington, Texas in 1953, where she lived until moving to a senior living apartment in Pantego in 2013. Evva's civic accomplishments included leading a Cub Scouts den for her sons for many years. In 1966 she recognized the need for a volunteer program at the new Arlington Community Hospital now Medical City Arlington. She organized, led and served with "The Pink Ladies" for over 50 years. Evva and her husband, John, served on many committees for Epworth United Methodist Church and Evva served for several years as president of the UMW. She loved to sing and was a devoted member of the church choir. She loved to crochet and countless family and friends were grateful recipients of her gifts. She enjoyed camping with "The Road Runners" and celebrating her birthday by riding in July Fourth parades. She was a firecracker! She is survived by her sons, John Edward Morris III and wife, Sandy, and Dr. Terry Morris and wife, Ellen; four grandchildren, Steven Morris and wife, Melanie, Janet Newcomer and husband, Jeremy, Molly Fox and husband, Travis, and Meg Richard and husband, Matthew; she adored her precious great-grandchildren, Aiden Morris, Alexander Fox and Edison Richard.

As it happens when the Alumni Newsletter goes out we get
notices that we have lost an alumni. Her nephew let us know.

Dorothy Ames Hoover, Class of 1929

Dorothy May Ames Hoover entered Heaven June 9, 2020 at age 107 1/2 of natural causes. She was born December 9, 1912 on the family farm near Chase, Kansas to Lena Johanna Lanterman Ames and Wilbur Russell Ames Sr. Dorothy graduated from high school in Chase, Kansas. She attended Sterling College, Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and completed her B.S. in English and Secondary Education at Fort Hays State College in Hays, Kansas. Dorothy married Mearle S. Hoover in Claflin, Kansas on July 25, 1934 and honeymooned in Little Rock, Arkansas and enjoyed the hot springs. Her husband preceded her in death in 1985. Although they did not have children, Dorothy enjoyed many years of teaching piano and voice lessons to school children. Dorothy also played the violin and gave violin lessons. Dorothy taught country school, grades 1-8 north of Claflin and taught at Claflin High School during the WW II era. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and served as president of the Beta Chapter Group organized in Garden City, Kansas; the Alpha Chapter was organized in Hays, Kansas. She was also a Worthy Matron in Eastern Star and participated in numerous other groups and organizations. She loved to sing and was active in the Methodist Church and frequently was the choir director. She also loved to garden and raised vegetables and flowers. She enjoyed crocheting and made her own jackets and hats. Dorothy was the oldest of four children and is survived by her youngest sister Helen Dolores Ames Woodruff, age 92. She was predeceased by her brother Wilbur Russell Ames, Jr and sister Verda Evelyn Ames Hufford. Dorothy is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and friends including Bill Ames, Karolyn Bellamy and husband John, Ralph Praeger and wife Sherry, John Ames, David Ames, Johnette Curtis, Jan Oberle and husband Kent, Steven Hopkins and wife Jenelle. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Cynthia Hill, N.P., Visiting Angels, and Brookdale Midland Senior Living and Hospice of Midland. Interment will be in Lyons, Kansas with memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at

 Brother of
Curtis Werner, Class of 1978

 Father and Grandfather of

James Shultz, Class of 1976
Christi Shultz Thomson, Class of 1977
Sheri Shultz Hoover, Class of 1982
Tiffany Webb, Class of 2000
Tenelle Nuest, Class of 2003
Shawnda Wood, Class of 1999
Jeremy Wood, Class of 2002
Dane Wood, Class of 2008


Darrell L. Shultz, 83, passed away on Mar. 7th, 2021 in Ellinwood, KS surrounded by loved ones. Born on Apr. 12, 1937 in Hutchinson, KS he was the son of Harry M. and Electa L. (Strawn) Shultz. Darrell grew up in Nickerson, KS moving to Raymond, KS in 1956. He married Juanita “Bobbi” Messick on Mar. 17, 1957 in Raymond, KS. Darrell worked in the oil field as a contract pumper and well operator for S & S Oil and was a longtime member of the Raymond City Council and Raymond Fire Dept. Survivors include wife, Juanita “Bobbi” Shultz, Ellinwood, KS; son, James (Valerie) Chase, KS, daughters, Christi (Bruce) Thomson, Raymond, KS and Sheri (Ronnie) Hoover, El Dorado, KS; brother, Doug (Sandy) Shultz, Nickerson, KS; sisters, Dorothy Wall, Hutchinson, KS and Diane Parsons, Pratt, KS. Other survivors include grandchildren, Tiffany (Bobby) Webb, Tenelle (Brent) Nuest, Shawnda Wood, Jeremy Wood, Dane Wood, Jacob Hoover, Jaci Hoover and another 13 great-grandchildren. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Darlene Eiland and Dolly June Schiewe; and brother, Delbert Shultz. Graveside service will be Fri., 2:00 PM, Mar. 12th at Hilltop Cemetery in Raymond, KS. Visitation will be Thurs., 11-7 PM with family present from 5-7 on Mar. 11th, at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood, KS. Memorials are suggested to Raymond Baptist Church in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526

Robert 'Bob' Adams, Class of 1961

Robert "Bob" Eugene Adams, 78, of Wichita, loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021. Rosary, 10:30 a.m.; Funeral Mass, 11:00 a.m., both Friday, March 5, 2021, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Services will be Live Streamed through St. Francis of Assisi's website. Graveside Service, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 6, at St. Mary Cemetery, Chase, Kansas. Bob graduated from Chase High School in 1961 (Go Kats!). He then went on in 1968 to work for Case/New Holland (formerly J.I. Case and Davis). He retired in 2000. He was a member of the Army National Guard for 6 years, and a soccer coach through AYSO for over 20 years. Bob was a longtime Dallas Cowboys fan, poet and writer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Adams and Ruth Laudick, and brother, Billy Adams. Survivors: wife, Constance Adams; daughters, Christi (Robert) Bailey and Kaylene Adams; sons, Bryan Adams, Brandon (Sara) Adams, Rob (Sophia) Adams; sisters, Connie (Dave) Weber, Julie Adams, Marla (Mike) Breitenbach, Denise Adams; brother, Dale Adams; grandsons, Christopher Bailey, Kevin Bailey, Adam Bailey, Ian Adams, Owen Adams, Joseph Adams; granddaughters, Cara Bailey, Elizabeth Bailey, Victoria Bailey, Taylor Adams, Isabella Adams and Liliana Adams. A memorial has been established with St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, 861 N. Socora, Wichita, KS 67212 and Interim Hospice, 9920 E. Harry, Wichita, KS 67207. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.

Betty Bell Gillespie, 85, of Chase, passed away February 22, 2021 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born May 18, 1935, in Easton, Missouri, the daughter of John William and Helen Weakley Bigham. Betty has resided in Chase since 2014, formerly of Hayward, California. She worked as a receptionist for PG&E in California and was also a homemaker. Betty loved golfing, enjoyed raising a garden and tending to her beautiful flowers, but most of all loved her pets. She was an avid Oakland Raiders fan. In September of 1955, Betty was united in marriage with David L. Gillespie. They later divorced in 1976. She is survived by her three children, Janet Long and husband Steve of CA, Steven Gillespie and wife Velinda of Chase, KS, and Julie McCaffrey of Turlock, CA; two sisters, Joyce Verlinde and husband Marvin of Seattle, WA, and Judy Thompson and husband Jim of Las Vegas, NV; and seven grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Jane Cannon. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, March 5, 2021 at Chase Springdale Cemetery, Chase. Please use the following link to view the service virtually.  Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Thursday, March, 4, 2021 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to Friends of Animals Rice County in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Just received word about Robert

Robert J Miller, Class of 1948

Robert Joseph Miller born in Dodge City, Kansas, he passed away peacefully, at home on Friday, September 4, 2020. As a young man, Robert earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He served in the United States Navy, retiring after twenty honorable years of service. Robert was a proud Veteran and served in two wars, Korea and Vietnam. He married the former Norma Grubb on June 6, 1954, most recently celebrating 66 years of marriage. Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, Robert served as Unit Manager for Borgess Hospital for eleven years and touched the lives of many he served. He also owned and operated Priority Printing in Portage for many years, until he finally retired to enjoy his favorite hobbies which included fishing, boating, and camping at Cousin's Campground in South Haven. Robert leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Norma, children, Toni D. (Steve) Schiedel and Robin G. (David) Bowman, as well five grandchildren and many great grand-children. His sage advice to the world on his 90th birthday was "Pay attention to everything, but don't do everything you pay attention to." In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a memorial will be held in June, 2021 at the American Legion in South Haven, Michigan. Memorial contributions in Robert's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice, c/o the funeral home. Friends and family are encouraged to leave a condolence message at

Raymond 'Corky' Sprague, Class of 1959

Raymond Sprague, age 79, went to be with his Lord on Sept. 14, 2020. He had resided in Breckenridge, Texas for the last 16 years of his life. He was employed by the Midland Fire Department for 30 years, retiring in 1996. He soon after started teaching oilfield safety training before retiring for good in 2004 to move to the lake. Ray was preceded in death by his father, Raymond H. Sprague, and mother Maxine Sprague. He is survived by his wife Becky Sprague. Daughters Lisa Worthan and husband Stacy, Angela Pfeiffer and husband Bill and Holly King. Son Trey Sprague and wife Heather. His 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Sisters Deanna Bachler and husband Don and Judy Ryder. Also brothers, Dennis Sprague and Rick Sprague and wife Brenda Sprague. The family will be having a "celebration of life" at The Popular 103 W. Walker, Breckenridge, Tx on Oct. 10 at 1:00 p.m.

Twila Jo Ann Pugh Ruark, Class of 1945

Timothy J Wesselowski, former teacher mid 60's.

McPherson- How many lives can one person touch?  Timothy J Wesselowski, who passed away from complications due to COVID-19 on January 2, 2021 in McPherson, Kansas, impacted hundreds if not thousands over the years. He leaves behind his daughter Tonya (Greg); his son Nathan (Amy); his son Blaine (Anja), his stepdaughter Barbara (Wayne) and his stepson Phil, 10 grandchildren, two brothers: Walt Wesselowski and Dan West and four great grandchildren. A memorial for Tim will be held at an undetermined time in the future once people can gather together without fear contracting the disease that took his life. In remembrance of Tim’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to First United Methodist Church of McPherson or McPherson High School and that you please wear a mask In order protect others like Tim.

Bob Hoppes, Class of 1954

Robert “Bob” G. Hoppes, 84, of Galva, KS, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Bethany Home, Lindsborg. He managed the Co-Ops in Belmont and Durham and was a sales manager for Southeast Publications. Bob was born on April 5, 1936, in Longton, KS, the son of Ivan T. and Agnes B. (McConnell) Hoppes. He graduated from Chase High School (Chase, KS). On December 3, 1955, Bob was united in marriage to Lois Elaine Partington in Chase. Survivors include: his loving wife of 65 years, Lois of the home; three children, Robert, Jr. (Debbie) Hoppes of Land O’ Lakes, FL, Danny (Teresa) Hoppes of Inverness, FL, and Jeff Hoppes of Galva, KS; a sister, Carol Brooks of Wichita, KS; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dalbert Hoppes, and a sister, Norma Donovan. A graveside service will be at a later date at the Empire Cemetery in Galva, KS. Memorial donations may be given to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460

David Wedel, Class of 1974

David Leroy Wedel, 64, of Lyons, passed away December 23, 2020 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born September 6, 1956 in Lyons, the son of Mike and Naomi May Colvard Wedel. David has resided in Hutchinson for the past four years, formerly of Lyons. He graduated from Chase High School with the class of 1974, and later attended Arlington Baptist College in Texas. David worked at North American Salt in Lyons for thirty years as a mill operator. He was a member of the VFW, and Liars Fishing Club, both of Lyons. On October 9, 1987, David was united in marriage with Claudelle Faye Cyr in Lyons. She preceded him in death on January 23, 2016. He is also preceded in death by his parents; son, Jacob Tyler Wedel; nephew, Lucas Nelson; and niece, Kayla Cyr. David is survived by his two sons, Christopher Wedel, and Andrew "Andy" Wedel both of Lyons; two brothers, Charlie Wedel and wife Anita of Lyons, and Larry Wedel and wife Raelene of Hutchinson; three sisters, Inez Guy of Hutchinson, Wanda Woody of Hutchinson, and Linda Wedel-Lusk of Wichita. Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with Pastor Larry Wedel officiating. Burial will follow at Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons. Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M., until service time at the funeral home with family present. Memorials may be given to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Carolyn Boldt Anderson, Class of 1960

Colorado Springs, CO - Carolyn K. Anderson passed away November 27, 2020 in Colorado Springs, CO. She was born on July 11, 1942 in Lyons, KS to Wayne and Rubyanna Boldt. Carolyn married Kurt T. Anderson on November 6, 1971 in Kansas City. Carolyn graduated from Sterling College in Sterling, KS in 1964 then completed the medical technology program at The University of Kansas Medical Center in 1965. She remained there for 47 years, eventually becoming the Lab Supervisor. Carolyn had a passion for gardening, quilting, and singing. She was a worship leader at Broadway Baptist Church for many years, and sang as a baritone with Kansas City Chorus of Sweet Adelines. She is survived by her sister, Rosaleen Boldt of Hutchinson, KS; twin sons, Karl (Jammie) of Fountain, CO; and Kris (Kristin) of Thousand Oaks, CA. She is also survived by her four grandchildren: Lauren, Evan, Ellery, and Kyler. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Carolyn’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association at A memorial service is planned for a later date.

John P. Cedeno, 60, passed away November 11, 2020, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 18, 1960, at Lyons, to Joseph L. & Amelia (Aguilera) Cedeno. He married Karen Weathers January 8, 1983 at Great Bend. She survives. Coming from Lyons in 1983, John was a Great Bend resident. He was a storage field operator for Oneok Hydrocarbon, LP. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. He enjoyed making license plate art, 4 wheeling, going to swap meets, collecting guns, and traveling. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include, his wife, Karen Cedeno of the home; a son, Killian Cedeno and wife Jessica of Great Bend; a brother, James Cedeno and wife, Cathy of Lyons; a sister, Geriann Habiger and husband Virgil of Bushton; and two grandchildren, Kyson Cedeno, and Kenley Cedeno. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Joseph Cedeno. Visitation will be held from Noon to 9:00 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2020, at Bryant Funeral Home, with Vigil service held at 7:00 p.m., Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with Father Don Bedore presiding. Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery. The family requests those in attendance please wear masks and social distance. Memorials are suggested to the Golden Belt Humane Society or Great Bend Home Health & Hospice, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

The time for the service on Saturday October 24th is 11 am

Haroldeen Marie (Worswick) Link, age 88, passed away peacefully October 13, 2020. Haroldeen was born June 29, 1932 in Topeka, KS. She attended schools in Topeka until High school when her family moved to Bushton, KS, and she graduated from Bushton High, It was here she met the love of her life, Clifford Link from Chase Kansas and they were married June 14, 1952 for 48 years who preceded her in death in March 2000. Haroldeen lived in Chase the rest of her life until three years when she moved to Wichita to be closer to her children. Haroldeen committed her time to family and was always making new friends, and she had many whom she valued. She was involved with St. Mary’s Altar Society, VFW Auxiliary and volunteered many hours keeping the St Mary’s Cemetery in Chase taken care of and maintained with love. In her spare time, she loved doing crafts, knitting, sewing and making quilts by hand for her family. Another hobby she dearly later in life was ballroom dancing. She danced until the end. Haroldeen leaves three children; Brad (Lori), Malcolm (Donna Davis), and Angie (Don) Deckert, all of Wichita plus 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren from across the country. She also has a brother In law, Vincent Link of Concordia and many nieces and nephews who were always very special to her. Due to Covid restrictions, burial services will be held October 24, 2020 at St Mary’s Cemetery, Chase Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been set up with the American Cancer Society and St Mary’s Cemetery of Chase.

Norma "Jean" Hiebert Hembree, Class of 1952

Norma “Jean” Hiebert Hembree, age 86, passed away in her home in Wichita on October 8th, 2020. Born in Halstead, Kansas on January 26th, 1934, Jean was a lifelong Kansas resident. She graduated from Chase High School in 1952, and then studied physical education at Fort Hayes Kansas State College, graduating in 1956. She married her husband Jim on June 11th, 1956 in Topeka, at the family church of friends Micki and Harry Wiesner. From 1956 to 1957, Jean taught physical education to junior and senior high school students in Ottawa, Kansas. Later, she was the bookkeeper at the family business, Hembree’s Auto Repair, until retirement. Jean and Jim welcomed their son Timithy Jim in 1958, followed by a daughter, Toni Lynn, in 1961. The Hembrees lived in Wichita for over fifty years; during this time Jean became a grandmother to Jon, Molly Jean, Sean, and Patrick, and a great-grandmother to Quentin and Adrian Almendarez. Jean was the kind of person who never thought twice about extending herself to help someone else; she put love and care into everything she did. She spent endless hours hand-sewing clothing for her children and grandchildren. She helped lead both Boy and Girl Scout troops. She assisted family, friends, and neighbors in times of need. She indulged her children in welcoming an endless parade of animals into their home (though she was often as thrilled with the menagerie as they were—she especially loved cats, and always had at least one). She was an incredible cook, and often shared homemade food with her family and friends. This generosity combined with her dry, offbeat sense of humor made her someone who was dependable in difficult circumstances and delightful the rest of the time. Jean was a formidable card player and could spend hours on end beating her family members at any number of games. She had a green thumb and a garden to show for it. She was an avid reader, with a particular fondness for murder mysteries. She loved to watch sports, especially tennis, gymnastics, and football (she was a big Chiefs fan). And, in keeping with her passion for physical education, Jean herself was athletic—she retained the ability to do the splits well into her old age. Her home was the gathering place for numerous family events, from Christmas feasts to fierce card competitions with her sisters-in-law. Her dedication to her loved ones and her joyful spirit made Jean Hembree who she was. Those who knew her count themselves lucky. Jean was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim Hembree; her brothers David, Jackie Dee, and infant brother Robert Eugene Hiebert; her sister-in-law Jorge Ann Hiebert; her parents David Jacob Hiebert and Lillian Harriet Beal Hiebert; and her husband’s siblings Betty Foster, Joan Quick, and Bill and Don Hembree. She is survived by her brother Harry Hiebert; her sisters-in-law Jo Peterson and Elaine Hiebert; her husband’s siblings—Bob Hembree and wife Phyllis, Norma Keller, Shirley Hudson, Patsy McCoy, Sue Buchanan, and Don’s wife Mary Hembree; a host of nieces and nephews; lifelong friends Micki Wiesner and Helen Hinkle; her son Timithy and partner Jennifer Haase, grandson Jonathan and wife Tiffany, and great-grandsons Quentin and Adrian; and her daughter Toni Hembree-Kigin, husband Timothy, and grandchildren Molly Jean, Sean, and Patrick. Plans for a celebration of life are pending. In lieu of flowers, Jean would appreciate a donation to

Father of:
Fred Messick, Class of 1976
Cathy Messick Coon, Class of 1981

Jackie Lee “Jack” Messick, 86, of Great Bend, Kansas, passed away October 14, 2020 at Greenwood County Hospital, Eureka, Kansas. He was born June 6, 1934 in Sterling, Kansas, the son of C. O. “Jack” and Dora Hughbanks Messick. Jack had resided in Great Bend since 1990, formerly of Raymond, Kansas. He graduated from Raymond High School, with the class of 1952, and later went on to graduate from Brown Mackie Business College in Salina, Kansas. Jack was a chief gauger for Jayhawk Pipeline for 38 years, and owner of Jack Messick Income Tax Service for 40 years. He was a member of Raymond Baptist Church, Raymond; member of Elks Lodge #1127 of Great Bend; member of Masonic Lodge #171 of Sterling; former Chase/Raymond USD 401 school board member; and was Mayor of Raymond for 18 years. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, bookkeeping, doing taxes, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. On June 3, 1957, Jack was united in marriage with Margaret Taylor Doll in Chase. They later divorced. On June 8, 1990, Jack was united in marriage with Leila Pearce in Alden, Kansas. She preceded him in death on May 16, 2020. He is also preceded in death by his parents; son, William “Bo” Messick; daughter, Jackie Pryce; brother, Bud Messick; and grandson, Kent Messick. Jack is survived by his two sons, Fred Messick and wife Debbie of Valley Center, KS and Jay Miller and wife Karol of Great Bend, KS; daughter, Cathy Coon and husband Danny of Eureka, KS; two sisters, Bobbie Shultz and husband Darrel of Ellinwood, KS, and Kay Fore and husband John of Lyons, KS; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Raymond Baptist Church, Raymond with Pastor Matt Hendricks officiating. Burial will be at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling with family present. Memorials may be given to Raymond Baptist Church Steeple Fund in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.

Mary 'Murph' 'Aunt Mary' Taylor Johnson, Class of 1963

Mary Catherine ‘Aunt Mary’ Johnson, 75, died October 2, 2020, at Hospice House. She was born May 3, 1945, in Lyons, to Maple and Lillie (Lewis) Taylor. Mary graduated from Chase High School in 1963 and Jackson Commercial College, Jackson, MS. She worked as a legal secretary for Gilliland & Hayes LLC until her retirement. Mary then worked part-time for International Homes and Hutchinson Recreation Commission. She was of the Southern Baptist faith, a member of American Legion Women's Auxiliary Unit #68 and was very active in Chase High School Alumni Association. On October 1, 1968, Mary married Albert ‘Al’ Johnson, in Guymon, OK. He died July 29, 2005. She is survived by: sister, Margaret Doll, Eureka; brother, Jim Taylor (Colleen), Dumas, TX; niece, Catherine Coon (Danny), Eureka; nephew, Fred Messick (Debbie), Valley Center; stepdaughter, Peggy Medders (Curtis), Rio Vista, CA; four step grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; and numerous extended family members. Mary was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; sister, Helen Link; brothers, Bill, Maple, and Jack Taylor; niece, Jackie Pryce; nephew, Bo Messick; stepdaughter, Sherry Johnson; and stepson, Richard Johnson. Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 5905 W. 4th Ave., Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, with family present from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to Chase High School Alumni Association, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501

Donald Wood, Class of 1963


Retired Police Sergeant Donald “Don” Eugene Wood, age 75, of Tulsa, OK passed away on August 27, 2020. He was born July 19, 1945 in Lyons, KS to Virgil and Betty Wood. After high school, in 1963, Don joined the Kansas National Guard until 1966. He married his wife of 51 years, Carla, in Hampton, VA. He was a proud United States Air Force Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. Don was a 1971-72 graduate of the Tulsa Police Department training academy, and he earned his associate degree in police science in 1974 from Tulsa Community College. In 1976, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, OK, studying criminal justice and public education. Don began his law enforcement career with the City of Tulsa Police Department which lasted 31 years, 4 months, and 7 days earning the rank of Sergeant. After retirement he worked for a short time for Tulsa International Airport police, leaving there to join the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office as Captain working at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, retiring in 2012. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Tulsa, OK. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He loved fishing, grilling and just being with his family and the people he loved. He was a true mentor and friend to many fellow officers and other members of the law enforcement community. He will be missed deeply by all who knew him. Don is survived by his daughters Elaine Murphy (Clint) of Bristow, OK, Kimberly Fisher of Wichita, KS and Kristy FIncannon (Jason) of Sand Springs, OK. Companion Barbara Yuebanks of Cromwell, OK. Also survived by his Grandchildren Jenna White, Christopher White, Kristen Wood, Savannah Still, Lindsay Whitehouse, Cole Fincannon, Joshua Fincannon. Great Grandchildren Brock Still, Owen Freeman, Kinadey Still, Jacob Luke Freeman, Miles White and Liam Whitehouse. Siblings Luanna Maes of Lucas, KS Richard Wood(Saundra) of Houston, TX, Dale(Vicki) of Great Bend, KS, Jeanine Link(Howard) of Chase, KS, Teresa Crowl(Jim) of Lyons, KS, David Wood(Tracy) of Chase, KS, Duane Wood(Rebecca) of Chase, KS. Companion Barbara Yuebanks of Cromwell, OK Preceded in death by Father Virgil Wood, Mother Betty Wood, wife Carla Wood, great grandchildren triplets Beau, Memphis and Jack Services at 11 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church located at 1419 N 67th E. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74115 followed by a special time of remembrance and the Tulsa Police Departments honors presentation from 1-3 at Floral Haven Funeral Homes family center located at 6500 S. 129th E. Ave., Broken Arrow, OK 74012. Food and beverage will be served at the family center.

John Forshee, Class of 1967

Graveside services for John Lawrence Forshee, 71 of Enid, will be Friday, September 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm in Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma under the direction of Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory, Enid, OK. John was born on July 1, 1949 in Great Bend, Kansas to Lytle Edgar and Loretta Teresa Malone Forshee and died August 24, 2020 in Enid, Oklahoma. He grew up in Chase, Kansas and graduated from Chase High School, a proud member of the Class of 1967. John enlisted in the USAF, stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi and Vance AFB. He retired from civil service as an Inspector at Traffic Management Office at Vance AFB. John married Jean Workman on December 30, 1986 in Enid. He loved collecting anything concerning John Wayne, Elvis and the US Presidents. John was a member of St. Ignatius of Loyola Church at Vance AFB, later at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Enid. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean on February 4, 2015; parents. He is survived by his children, Jon Paul (Ericka) Forshee and Mary Mclean; step children, Datha (Bill) Cottingham, Dana (Dan) Newton, Mike (Erin) Workman; grandchildren, Chance and Justin Mclean, Scott Cottingham, Katelyn (Jared) Tabor, Jennifer (Tyler) Grimes, Jeremy Newton, Nicole (Jacob) Traxler, Mikaela Workman; great grandchildren, Aurora, Clara, Jake, Wyatt and Korbyn; brothers, Ron (Pat) Forshee, Kent (Theresa) Forshee; sister, Elaine (Rod) Straub; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Sometimes we don't find out about the loss of an alumni right away.

Linda Smith Colberg, Class of 1951

Linda Colberg passed away Monday, July 20, 2015. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at East Cross United Methodist Church with Associate Pastor Chad Perceful officiating. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Geneseo Cemetery in Geneseo, KS. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home. Linda Lou Colberg was born October 12, 1933 in Sterling, KS to Eston and Oleta (Ramsey) Smith. Linda married Jack T. Colberg on October 13, 1951 in Bentonville, AR. Linda was a member of East Cross United Methodist Church where she was actively involved in many church activities including Vacation Bible School. She loved to sing, travel, ceramics and going to the casino. Linda is survived by her daughter, Deborah Richardson of Dewey and son, Jack Colberg of CO. Step-children: Vicki Lessert and husband Chuck of TN, Ronald Colberg and wife Carolyne, Kathy Northcutt and husband Paul Eddie Jr. Grandchildren: Melissa Sutterfield of Bartlesville, Jason and wife Michelle Colberg of RI and Kevin and wife Amanda Detienne of CO. Step-grandchildren: Jay Lessert III of TN, Keith Lessert of IO, Chad Colberg, Jeremy Colberg, Paul Northcutt III, Luke Northcutt, Walter Northcutt of CO, Steven Whaley of TX, Michaell Lindsey of KS. Great grandchildren include: Blake and Wyatt Sutterfield, Lexi Colberg, Arron Colberg, Mia Colberg, Riley Colberg, Madison Colberg and Makena McClure. Step-great grandchildren: Eric, Hunter, Lydia, Garrett, Kennedy, Kaiden, Kaleb, Baylee, Autumn, Dayton, Braden, Skylar, Kelsey, Zach, Ella, Jalene, Cooper, Gracie, Mason, Hope and Benjamin. Step-great-great grandchildren: Aiden, Devon, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jack T. Colberg, sister, Mary Nichols and brother, Bud Smith.

Wife of Don Kopfman, Class of 1973

Wilda "Jean" McClymonds Neal, Class of 1943

Wilda “Jean” Neal, 94, of Great Bend, Kansas, passed away July 19, 2020 at Diversicare of Larned, Larned, Kansas. She was born March 26, 1926 in Midian, Kansas, the daughter of Robert and Beatrice Latchaw McClymonds. Jean has resided in Larned for the past two years, formerly of Chase, Lyons, Great Bend and Valley Center, Kansas. She was a homemaker. Jean was a past member of the VFW Auxiliary of Chase. On December 23, 1944, Jean was united in marriage with Jack Neal in Redwood City, California. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2004. She is also preceded in death by her parents; son, Randy Neal; sister, Joan McClymonds; and half-sister, Lenis McClymonds. Jean is survived by her three daughters, Vickie Wilkerson and husband Allen of Valley Center, KS, Cindy Effertz and husband Steve of Great Bend, KS, and Gail Bailey and husband Ron of Hoisington, KS; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Neal of Euless, TX; half-sister, Roberta McClymonds of WA; thirteen grandchildren; twenty four great-grandchildren; and eleven great-great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Chase Springdale Cemetery with Chaplain Jeff Owen officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 until 10:30 A.M., Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Diversicare of Larned or Kindred Hospice in care of Birzer Funeral Home

Alvin Heine, Class of 1943

Alvin Walter Heine, 93, died on July 3rd. He was born November 27, 1926 at the family home in rural Chase, KS to Walter and Alma Panning Heine. The home burned down on Christmas Eve, one month after he was born, but the family re-built and it was his home for 90 years. Then he moved to an assisted living facility in Kansas City. Dad was a farmer all his life. He lived through the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, floods, drought, hail and tornadoes and took life in stride. Alvin loved hunting and fishing and being with family, friends, and neighbors. He loved two kinds of pie – hot or cold. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Ellinwood and the Chase High School Alumni Association.

Alvin is preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents, Walter and Alma; and sisters, Dorothy, Velma and Ruth. Alvin is survived by two sons, Michael (Nancy) of Galena, Missouri and Glenn (Linda) of rural Ellinwood; a daughter Brenda (Richard) of Springville Utah; 5 granddaughters and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, July 9th at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinwood, KS with Rev. Thomas Thierfelder & Rev. Kenton Abbott officiating. Interment will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in rural Chase, KS. Visitation will be 11-7 PM with family present from 6-7 at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood, KS on July 8th. Memorials are suggested to the Chase High Alumni Association and St. John Lutheran Church in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526. Condolences to the family may be left at

Wife of Gerald Bynum, Class of 1962

Kathleen Ann Bynum, 69, of Hutchinson, passed away on June 10, 2020, at Hospice House, Hutchinson, KS. She was born January 27, 1951, in Quinter, KS, the daughter of Wilfred J. and Isa E. (Teel) Rumback. Kathleen graduated from Trinity High School in 1969 and attended Adele Hale Business College in Hutchinson. She married Gerald Lee Bynum on July 24, 1971 in Hutchinson. This union was blessed with two daughters Rebecca and Emilee and a son Matthew. Kathy was a homemaker and later worked for Walmart Distribution Center and retired after 21 years. She enjoyed the outdoors and was a member of women’s walking club, loved singing and enjoyed her church and bible studies. Kathy loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending her time with them. She was a member of Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City and Lenexa Baptist Church. Kathy is preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include: her husband, Gerald; daughters, Rebecca (Brad) Oshel and Emilee (José Yépez) Bynum; a son, Matthew (Hiromi) Bynum; three brothers, David (Gretchen) Rumback, Don (Karla) Rumback and Bill (Ana) Rumback; and six grandchildren, Garrett, Wyatt and Carly Oshel, Leesa and Luke Bynum and Atlas Yépez Bynum. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at First Southern Baptist Church, 1201 E. 23rd, Hutchinson, KS with Pastor Roy Jaye officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 from 2 to 7 p.m. with family greeting guests from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, 300 E. 30th Ave. Hutchinson, KS. Burial and committal service will take place at Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons, KS.  Memorials may be made to Hospice House of Reno County or Celebrate Recovery and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.

Husband of Donna Keesling Groves, Class of 1976

Joseph Kelley Groves, our loved husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, went to be with our Lord, Thursday, June 4, 2020. He was born December 29, 1958 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and lived in the area, Midwest City and Choctaw, his entire life. Joe married his beloved wife, Donna Strube Groves, June 13, 2007 and lived in Choctaw, Oklahoma.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Barbara Groves, his brother, Mike Groves, and Mother in Law, Jo Keesling, and niece, Danielle Clarke.
He is survived by wife, Donna Groves, (step)sons, Dustin Strube, and Darrick Strube and wife, Shannon, grandson, Desmond Strube, father-in-law, Don Keesling, sister-in-law and husband, Diana and Bob Clarke, brother-in-law and wife Doug and TJ Keesling, sister, Pat Groves Peabody, sister-in-law, Jackie Groves; and many cousins, nieces and nephews; Chris and Amy Groves, Jennifer and Will Ross, Adam and Elisa Peabody, Chase, Colby, Opal and Elsie Keesling, David Clarke, Cassidy Groves, Jack Groves, Tennyson Ross and Trey Solomon.
Joe was an avid photographer spending many years on the sidelines at OU football games as the ultimate OU supporter. He enjoyed and photographed Aerospace America Shows, the annual Women’s College World Series, and other events he was involved with through the Oklahoma City All Sports as a board member, many Chamber events for Midwest City and others and his grandson. He had his camera out during family events, their many trips, social gatherings of friends, sunsets, sunrises and their country property.
Joe graduated from the University of Oklahoma. He loved and was proud of the State of Oklahoma, Midwest City and his MCHS Bombers; he was dedicated to his high school classmates and multitude of friends he and Donna entertained at their home. He was committed to volunteering to benefit others, working actively through the EOC Rotary Club of Choctaw as an officer and member.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Wickline United Methodist Church, 417 Mid America Blvd., Midwest City, OK. 73110. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the EOC Rotary Club Foundation and sent to PO Box 223 Harrah OK 73045. Or to the Mid-Del Public School Foundation at the following link:

                                                                      Makena Paige Brady
                                                      Daughter of David Brady, Class of 1988
                                              Granddaughter of Kay white Brady, Class of 1962
                                                Granddaughter of Doug Melcher, Class of 1960

Pratt - Makena Paige Brady, 17, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020. She was born October 8, 2002 in Pratt to David and Tracie (Melcher) Brady. Makena was a Junior at Pratt High School. She worked as an Administrative Assistantant at Quality Well Service in Pratt. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pep Club and Kay Club. She enjoyed artistry, fishing, playing basketball, being a smartass and spending time with her family and Grant. She was a huge animal lover and had planned to be a Vet Tech. She is survived by her parents; siblings, Jessica (Michael) Baker of Ellinwood, Derek (Kendi) Brady of Ellinwood, Presley (Joe) Birzer of Lyons, Kamryn Brady of Pratt; grandmother, Karen Melcher of Pratt; uncles, Mark Brady of Chase, Bob (Arin) Melcher of Kansas City, Kansas, Curtis (Martha) Malone of Raymond; aunt, Sherryl Malone of Pratt; Cousin/Best friend, Cambry Melcher of Pratt; cousins, Cole Brady of Chase, Blake Melcher of Manhattan, Mason Melcher of Pratt, Taylor Melcher of Kansas City, Kansas, Mariah Chavez of Kansas City, Kansas; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews. and her big furbaby, Brodie James. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Vigil Service Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2020 at Larrison Mortuary. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt. Memorials may be made to Pratt Area Humane Society in care of Larrison Mortuary. Online condolences may be made at

Joyce Dellinger Burress, Class of 1957

Joyce Luetta (Dellinger) Burress, 81, of Ellinwood, KS, died May 2, 2020 at Ellinwood Country living. Born on April 9, 1939 in Zenda, KS she was the daughter of Claude and Ida (Boldt) Dellinger of Chase, KS. Joyce graduated from Chase high school in 1957 and later married Glen Burress on November 22, 1959 at the Presbyterian Church in Chase, KS. Joyce was an Ellinwood resident since 2002 formerly of Texas, Wyoming, and California. Glen and Joyce operated U Pump It in Great Bend and Joyce was an active member of the Chase Alumni. She also worked laundry at CKMC Hospital in Great Bend. Survivors include husband, Glen Burress; son, Robert Dean Burress children, Seth Burress and Sharon Burress; daughters, Treva Ann Paden, children, Jake Schepmann, Heather Nicolet, Jerry (Emily) Schepman, & Kristen (Mike) Wondra, and Nick Schepmann, and Rhonda (Terry) Thurman, children, Shelby (Pedro) Garza, Stephanie (Johnny) Jenkins, & Courtney; and sisters, Claudia Dellinger and Billye Dellinger. Other survivors include 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parent and siblings, Virgil (Geri) Dellinger, Lucille (Lenord) Studer, Faye (Chief) Sanders, Ruby (Lee) Dumas, Chrystabelle (Dale) Harmon, Steve Dellinger, Dwight Dellinger. Due to current gathering restrictions a private family service will take place with interment at Chase Cemetery. Public visitation will be 12-5 PM, Wednesday, May 6th and Friday, May 8th from 4-7 PM at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood, KS. Memorials are suggested to Chase Alumni or the family in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526. Condolences may be left at

Jerry Morse, Class of 1965


Jerry W. Morse was a former student of Chase High School in Chase, KS but his family moved to Santa Fe NM and Jerry subsequently graduated from Santa Fe High School. He continued his educational pursuits earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Highland University in Las Vegas, NM. Later he earned a Ph.D. from University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Jerry Morse was an educator his whole life, teaching students throughout NM public schools as well as teaching at NM Indian School, and various other American Indian school systems in the state. Dr. Morse also worked as a Graduate Student Advisor at UT Austin; a dropout prevention specialist at Texas Education Agency, and a visiting professor at Eastern New Mexico University and Texas Tech University. His love of teaching was unsurpassed. He especially enjoyed teaching English as a Second Language to both adolescent and adult students. Jerry passed in July 2019 from complications related to congestive heart failure. He is preceded in death by his brothers Larry and Tim as well as his parents Robert and Vinita Morse. He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia Mendez-Morse (Lubbock, TX), his aunt Margaret Schoenhofer and cousins (Wichita, KS). Jerry leaves behind eight nieces and nephews as well as eight grandnieces and grandnephews all who loved him dearly and remember the tasty meals he prepared for and with them, the many swimming 'lessons' he gave them, and all the help he provided during their school and college studies.

Maple Edward Taylor, Class of 1946


Maple Edward Taylor April 27, 1928–April 11, 2020 Maple Edward Taylor died of the coronavirus on April 11, 2020; his wife of sixty-nine years, Jo Ann Link Taylor, died of the virus on April 14, 2020. Maple Edward Taylor was born on April 27, 1928, to Lillie Roseman (Lewis) Taylor and Maple Taylor in a Gypsy Oil Company camp house in Seminole County, Oklahoma. Maple was the third of seven children. His brothers and sisters include Helen Marie, William Oscar, Jack Anderson, James Howard, Baby Girl (passed shortly after birth), Margaret Ann, and Mary Catherine.  Maple graduated from Chase High School in Chase, Kansas, in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He went to submarine school at New London, Connecticut. He boarded the submarine the USS Cabezon (SS 334) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in December 1946, where on his first deployment he crossed the equator and cruised the South Pacific to Japan, then returned to Pearl. His second cruise took him all the way to the icepack of the Arctic Circle.  Maple was discharged in the spring of 1948 and returned to Chase, Kansas, where he went to work in the oilfield and caught the eye of an exceedingly attractive and vivacious young gal, Jo Ann Link, who was working at a soda fountain. In August of 1950 he married Jo Ann Link at Chase, Kansas, and they very quickly had three children: Susan Marie, Maple Andrew, and Gurney William (Diane Patricia and Carolyn Ann would come later). In the spring of 1957 Maple and family moved to Hobbs, New Mexico, where he went to work for D A & S Oilwell Servicing as a tool pusher. Diane Patricia was born in 1958. In 1962 the family moved to Loco Hills, New Mexico, a very small oiltown in the sand dunes between Hobbs and Artesia, then returned to Hobbs in 1964. Maple and Jo Ann’s fifth child, Carolyn Ann, was born at Hobbs in February 1968. In the summer of 1981, Maple went to work for the energy company Aramco in Libya and lived in an oil camp deep in the Lybian desert, about 300 miles from Benghazi, where there were, yes, even more sand dunes. While he was in Libya, the U.S. shot down two Libyan military jets and American workers were forced to leave the country. Maple once said he was told that if he could make it to the airport from Tripoli without being hanged, he should have no trouble getting home. All did turn out okay and he returned safely back to Hobbs; he went back to work for D A & S, where he retired in 1993. In 2002, Maple and Jo Ann moved from their longtime home in Hobbs to Farmington, New Mexico. After that they lived in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas, in the care of daughter Diane and her husband Danny Holmes, then returned to Colorado where they resided in an assisted living home. Maple was Post Commander of the VFW in Chase, Master of Chase Masonic Lodge, and Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star. He was an avid reader, particularly historical literature, and most particularly the American Civil War. He would sing Civil War songs and The Battle Hymn of the Republic in a deep beautiful voice in front of the bathroom mirror in the mornings. His children remember well the snap of his ankle and the jangle of his pocket change and car keys when he marched down the hall to administer “corrections.” He loved to say, “Great day!” and “Cake!” Maple was a loyal, hardworking oilman whose integrity was absolute. Maple is survived by his children Susan Taylor, Maple Taylor, Gurney Taylor, Diane (and husband Danny) Holmes, and Carolyn Taylor, as well as 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, and siblings James Howard Taylor, Margaret Ann Doll, and Mary Catherine Johnson.  He was preceded in death by siblings Helen Marie Link, William Oscar Taylor, and Jack Anderson Taylor, as well as granddaughter Marie Antoinette Moyers and daughter-in-law Peggy Sue Taylor. At this trying time please consider, in lieu of any flowers and gifts, donating to your local food bank or other charity for those who can’t work and who are in need. Maple and Jo Ann would be so honored for you to do this. For information on a website under development for Jo Ann and Maple, contact  Class of  1946

Jo Ann Link Taylor, Class of 1951

Jo Ann Link Taylor November 8, 1932–April 14, 2020 Jo Ann Link Taylor died of the coronavirus on April 14, 2020; her husband of sixty-nine years, Maple Edward Taylor, died of the virus on April 11, 2020. Jo Ann Link was born on November 8, 1932, to Marie Antoinette (Deustch) and Paul John Link at their small farm near Chase, Kansas. Jo Ann was the fifth of nine children. Her sisters and brothers were Marilyn Margaret, Mary Suzanne, Paul Maurice, James Francis, Carolyn Katherine, Kathleen, John Nicholas, and Arnold Herman. In August of 1950, Jo Ann married a handsome US Navy submariner, Maple Edward Taylor, also from Chase, who had just returned from the South Pacific. Jo Ann, who graduated from Chase High School in 1951, and Maple Taylor quickly had three children: Susan Marie, Maple Andrew, and Gurney William (Diane Patricia and Carolyn Ann would come later). In the spring of 1957 Jo Ann and family moved to Hobbs, New Mexico, where her husband Maple went to work for an oil well servicing company. Their fourth child, Diane Patricia, was born in 1958. In 1962 the family moved to Loco Hills, New Mexico, a tiny oiltown in the vast sand hill country between Hobbs and Artesia, then returned to Hobbs in 1964. Jo Ann and Maple’s fifth child, Carolyn Ann, was born at Hobbs in February 1968. In 2002 Jo Ann and Maple moved from their longtime home in Hobbs to Farmington, New Mexico. After that they lived in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas, under the care of daughter Diane and her husband Danny Holmes, then returned to Colorado in 2019 where they moved into assisted living. Jo Ann was a traditional stay-at-home wife and mother as well as a devout Catholic who donated a lot of time to her church. One of the highlights of her life was attending Christmas Eve mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Not so traditional were her avocations and accomplishments, pursued in her “spare” time while raising five children and taking care of her husband. Among her accomplishments was earning an associate degree in Biology from New Mexico Junior College in 1972. She was also an accomplished swimmer and long-time Red Cross Life Saving Instructor. Countless people in Hobbs and from the surrounding area over the years told Jo Ann’s children, “Oh yeah, your mom taught me to swim.” Jo Ann was an avid tennis player and golfer; she competed in local club tournaments (her short game, both at the net and around the green, was rumored to be exquisite). She learned to downhill ski at the young age of forty-five and shredded the slopes in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon. She was also a runner and ran 10Ks when they were first invented. A skilled flyfisherwoman, Jo Ann loved to flyfish for trout in the high country of Colorado. She also enjoyed taking old furniture and refinishing it good as new. These accomplishments are even more amazing because she spent many years as a child in a wheelchair and on crutches suffering from a painful and debilitating bone disease, osteomyelitis. She underwent experimental bone-graft surgery in 1959 after the disease resurfaced and threatened to take one of her legs. She fought back and recovered to be the athlete and active spirit she was born to be. Jo Ann helped those who had a hard time helping themselves. Her quiet, unconditional generosity made a big difference in the lives of many, including her patients when she was a hospice volunteer. She loved and stayed close to her brothers and sisters, adored and marveled at and always remembered her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved her grand-dogs and grand-donkeys as they did her. Jo Ann’s frequent letters were simple, clear, and full of story. She was resourceful, generous almost to a fault, and unassuming; and there wasn’t a pretentious bone in her body. Jo Ann was always and indelibly herself.  Jo Ann is survived by her children Susan Taylor, Maple Taylor, Gurney Taylor, Diane (and husband Danny) Holmes, and Carolyn Taylor, as well as 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, and siblings Carolyn Schoenhofer, Kathleen Link, and Arnold Link.  Jo Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Maple Taylor, and by siblings Marilyn Muth, Sue Ackerman, Maurice Link, James Link, and John Link, as well as granddaughter Marie Antoinette Moyers and daughter-in-law Peggy Sue Taylor. At this trying time please consider, in lieu of any flowers and gifts, donating to your local food bank or other charity for those who can’t work and who are in need. Jo Ann and Maple would be so honored for you to do this. For information on a website under development for Jo Ann and Maple, contact Class of  1951


Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand . . .

Since the 2021 newsletter has gone out~~~


Class of 1929

Dorothy Ames Hoover

Class of 1938

Gene McFarland

Class of 1942

Evva Otto Morris
William Bird
Harry Adams

Class of 1944

Helen Reichart Baye
Joanne Payne Cox

Class of 1945

Faye Schmidt Lukens

Class of 1948

Robert J. Miller

Class of 1954

Lawrence Adams

Class of 1957

Robert 'Bob' Yoder

Class of 1961

Bob Adams
Don Minix

Class of 1973

Malcolm Link


Douglas Lippstreu

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Please remember our deceased friends and classmates with a memorial gift to our alumni association.  We send a nice card to the family acknowledging your gift.  These gifts help your association with on-going expenses of office supplies, postage, etc.  Any amount is appreciated.  We do not have dues and through these gifts we are able to cover operating expenses and contribute to projects at the school.  Your help is truly appreciated.  Make your check payable to CHS Alumni Association and send to:  CHSAA, P.O. Box 72, Chase KS 67524. Also please specify on your check that this is for the In Memory Fund. Thank you again!