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 . . . .
Sandra Fisher Oakley, Would have been Class of 1966
Sandra Fisher Oakley (Hays, Kansas), born in McPherson, Kansas, passed away at the age of 71, on March 19, 2020. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. She was predeceased in death by her parents, Bud Fisher and Betty Lou Fisher; and her brother Randy Fisher. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, March 24th 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Westview Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Westview Church R3 Youth Group, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, Kansas.
Jim Ray, Class of 1962
James Milton Ray, age 77 of Deweyville, Texas, went to join his wife Kathy in Heaven on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Missouri. Services to honor James will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Dorman Funeral Home with Rev. John Fortenberry officiating. Interment with honors provided by the Southeast Texas Veterans Group will immediately follow at Wilkinson Cemetery. Family and friends will gather for a visitation from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2020. James was born in Huntington Park, California on December 10, 1942 to Esther Mae Richardson Ray and Howard Milton Ray. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. James married the love of his life Kathy Irene Gifford on December 20, 1969 and the two were married for almost 50 years before Kathy passed away on October 28, 2019. He was retired from the oil field and had been a longtime truck driver. James was an outdoors man, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding 4 wheelers. He had a deep love for his family and a sense of humor and whit that will be greatly missed. James had a wonderful laugh that was contagious and greatly appreciated by all that knew him. He loved the thrill of wheeling and dealing. He is preceded in death by his wife Kathy Ray, parents Howard and Esther Ray, son David Eugene Ray and great granddaughter Maribelle Sims. He is survived by his children; Jamie Stallwood, Anne Sims and spouse John Sims, James Ray and spouse Donna Ray, and Jeanne Ray and spouse Kara Ray. Two brothers, David Lynn Ray and John Charles Ray and a sister Melinda Jane Moore. His grandchildren Lacy Barnes and spouse Robert Barnes, Jonathan Sims and spouse Kenzie Sims, Katelyn Stallwood, D'Lisa Stamper, Justin Ray and spouse Madisyn Ray, Kegan Ray, Kali Moore and spouse Brent Moore, Kyla Alexander and spouse Josh Alexander, and Taylor Briscoe and spouse Dillon Briscoe. His great grandchildren; Kylie, Kamryn, Harrison, Levi, Johnie, Noah, Oakley, Rory, Brooks, Harper, Alexis, Dallas, Hayley, Garrett and Ripp. Pallbearers to honor James will be Jonathan Sims, Justin Ray, Kegan Ray, Robert Barnes, Dustin Nolan and Mike Butts.
Greg Stallings, Class of 1984
Gregory S. Stallings 54, passed away on February 29, 2020. He loved hunting, fishing, and his Camaros. He is survived by his parents, Gerald Stallings and Shirley (Long) Meeks; his significant other, Heidi Gillespie and her family, three children, Jessica Bishop, Scotty Stallings and Gracie Stallings; siblings, Shannon McEachern and Kelly Stallings; five nephews, Michael and Clay McEachern, Dustin Davis, Kyle Riggs and Riley Stallings (Campbell); and granddaughter, Lynden Bishop. Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church in Chase, KS
After a long illness, Kathy Sue (Cross) Ricker, 71, passed away at her home in Great Bend, KS on Feb. 28, 2020. Born in Sterling, KS on September 3rd, 1948 she was the daughter of James William and Mary Alice (Belden) Cross. A lifetime Raymond area resident Kathy graduated from Alden High School in 1966 where she met her high school sweetheart Clyde Steven Ricker. They united in marriage on August 10th, 1968 in Ellinwood, KS. She graduated from Crum’s beauty school in Manhattan, KS on May 26, 1967. Kathy was owner of Moeder Oil Company before retiring in 2016. Memberships include St. John Lutheran Church and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. In addition, Kathy was instrumental in starting the children’s library at the church. Survivors include son, Mark and wife Amy Ricker, Raymond, KS; brother-in-law, Ronald and wife Nancy Ricker, Raymond, KS; daughter-in-law, Kristen Kirlew, Overland Park, KS; and beloved grandchildren, Collin, Logan, Emma, Devin, Anna, Mason, Ruby & Wyatt. Kathy was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Ricker; son, Ryan Ricker; and sister, Nancy Cross. Celebration of life will take place 10:00 AM, Friday, March 6th at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinwood, KS with Pastor Thomas Thierfelder officiating. Family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Thursday, March 5th at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Sons of American Legion Pediatric Fund or St. John Lutheran children’s library in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526. Condolences for the family may be posted at www.minnischapel.org
Kristopher Kilgore, Class of 2002
Bruce Allen Kilgore, 68, passed away Feb. 27, 2020 at his home in Chase, KS. Born on May 8, 1951 in Great Bend, KS he was a lifetime Barton Co./Rice Co. resident where he worked as a truck driver in the oilfield. Bruce was a Vietnam veteran serving his country in the United States Marine Corp from 1968-1974. Survivors include wife, Jacqueline Kilgore; mother, Delores Arnold; son, Kristopher Kilgore, KS; daughters, Chianna Hemken (Brent), Maria Cavander, Tressure Hardcastle, Charity Jenkins; brothers, Dave Kilgore (Judy), Ronnie Arnold, Harold Lee Kilgore; sisters, Tammy Krom, Gina Krom (Clifford); and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by father, Harold Kilgore and infant sister, Delora Leigh. Memorial service will be 11:00 AM, Friday, March 6th at United Methodist Church in Ellinwood, KS with Pastor Tom Reazin officiating. Inurnment with military honors will follow the service at Lakin-Comanche Cemetery in Ellinwood, KS. Memorials are suggested to the family for expense in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526
Bo Messick, Class of 1977
William Kent (Bo) Messick, 60, passed away at Hays Medical Center in Hays, KS on Feb. 22, 2020. He was born on Oct. 23, 1959 in Lyons, KS he was the son of Jack Messick & Margaret Taylor Doll. He graduated from Chase High School in 1977 and worked as a truck driver. Bo was a lifetime Ellinwood and Raymond area resident. Survivors include parents Jack & Lee Messick & Margaret Taylor Doll; children, Shawn Messick, Mackenzie Messick, and Randy Pray; siblings, Fred (Debbie) Messick and Cathy (Danny) Coon; nephews, Taylor, Brandon, Grayson; nieces, Jenessa, Caicy, Calie; grandchildren, Makynna, Molly, and Mylee; and the Eureka Man Cave Boys. Bo was preceded in death by a sister, Jackie Pryce; step-father, John Doll; and son, Kent Messick. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 5:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 21st at the Raymond gym. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Ellinwood School/Community Library (Daulton’s Room) in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526
Shirley Jean Link, 88, passed away February 14, 2020, at River Bend Assisted Living, Great Bend. She was born on November 17, 1931 at Denver, Colo., to Jack E. & Emma (Feist) Wallace, and was raised in Buena Park, Ca., before moving to Bushton, Kan. at age 14. She resided in Chase and Great Bend. She married Kenneth J. Link on March 27, 1951 at Bushton. He died April 9, 2017. She was a retail sales clerk for Gunn's Clothing, JC Penney's and Kitchen Cupboard for many years. She was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the Altar Society and former member of Daughters of Isabella. She was an avid shopper and the best, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother ever. Survivors include, two daughters, Linda Meyeres and husband Jim of Chase, and Denise Barbour and husband Jack of San Angelo, Tex.; a son in law, Lynn Bownes, and a daughter in law, Janis Link, both of Great Bend; seven grandchildren, Mike Link and wife Kristi, Steven Link, Ryan Bownes and wife Staci, Derek Bownes and wife Ashley, Kalesha Bownes, Jason Meyeres and wife Darci, and Jamee Kizzar and husband Blake; fifteen great grandchildren, Mikayla Bownes, Brenna Bownes, Emeri Bownes, Bristyl Bownes, Ryah Bownes, MaeLynn Schartz, Jersey Meyeres, Morgyn Meyeres, Cordell Moore, Brayden Moore, Allison Link, Emma Link, Duell Kizzar, Lathem Kizzar, Blakelinn Kizzar. With one on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth J. Link; two sons, Mark A. Link, and infant son Kent E. Link; a daughter, Rita J. Bownes; two sisters, Jean Hauser, and Joan Watt; and two infant grandchildren, Nicole, and Curtis Meyeres. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2020 at Bryant Funeral Home, with Altar Society Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend, with Father Don Bedore presiding. Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials have been designated to the American Diabetes Association, Barton County Relay for Life or Kansas Oil & Gas Hall of Fame & Museum, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
Jim Fowler, Class of 1963
James David Fowler died Jan. 22, 2020 in Great Bend, He was born Dec. 7, 1944 in Tulsa, Okla. He graduated from Chase High School in 1963 and joined the Army National Guard after graduation. He was a machinist for 50 years. He married Jacque VanSteenburgh in 1964. Survivors include his wife; daughter Sheryl Spears of the home; three daughters Chrissy, Missy, and Jaime, all of Arizona; two grandchildren, James Miller of Hoisington and Amanda Kramer of Great Bend; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Pauline. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 at the Crosswinds Church in Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to the church for funeral expenses.
Ann King Meyer, Class of 1968
, 70, of Russell, Kansas, passed away on her birthday, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. Ann was born January 15, 1950 in Enid, Oklahoma, the daughter of Frank Claude and Muriel Louise (Crouse) King. Ann always enjoyed meeting new people, a skill that came in handy as she lived in five different oilfield towns in Oklahoma and Kansas during her grade school years. Ann spent her high school years in Chase, Kansas. Ann was united in marriage to Douglas "Doug" Meyer on October 9, 1983 in Russell. Ann was a hairdresser and the owner of The Hair Shack in Russell. She built the business up to a total of five hairdressers. This kept Brad and Steve on their toes as any trouble they would get into she would hear about it before they got home. Ann enjoyed designing and remodeling houses. Ann designed an addition to their home and later mover her shop home, where she would operated two stations and do the bookkeeping for her husband's oil operations. Between 1988 and 2005, Ann lived in Longmont, Colorado and Beaver, Oklahoma. She always had a beauty shop in her home and continued to run the office for the oil and trucking businesses. She was known for her Wednesday night sleepovers with her grandchildren. She enjoyed it very much, except for the one hour trip to drop them off at various schools with morning traffic. In 2005, Ann moved back to Russell and "semi-retired." She often said that she was retired and Doug was in his semi. She continued her love for designing and remodeling houses, especially porches and kitchens. She was a dedicated member of the Zeta Mu Sorority. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends, her specialty being desserts. Her passion in life was her family and especially her grandchildren. Ann's surviving family include her husband of 36 years, Doug of the home; sons, Brad Neal (Allison) of Firestone, Colorado and Steve Neal (Tami) of Russell, Kansas; daughter, Ashleigh Meyer of Russell, Kansas; brothers, Don King (Pat) and Dale King (Brenda) all of Park Hill, Oklahoma; sister, Linda Cash of Vici, Oklahoma; and seven grandchildren, Jamie, Jordon, Dylan, Mellowdee, Tyler, Stylee and Debbie. Ann was preceded in death by her parents. A family greeting will be held at the Dole-Specter Conference Center at the Fossil Creek Hotel and Suites in Russell, Kansas from 2 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, January 25, 2020. A private family burial of ashes will follow at a later date. A memorial has been established with Post Rock Family Services. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, who is in charge of these arrangements
I added Paul Miller's updated full obituary so scroll down
Mother of Ron Fox, Class of 1969
Grandmother of Bridgette Fox, Class of 1989
Nina Pearl Elliott Fox, 91, of Hutchinson, passed away December 23, 2019 at Sterling Village. She was born April 20, 1928 in Rice County, Kansas, the daughter of Carl C. and Helen J. Bennett Elliott. Nina has resided in Sterling since October of 2019; formerly of Hutchinson, Kansas. She was a homemaker and loving grandma. Nina enjoyed traveling with her husband to various warm and sunny destinations. On January 3, 1948, Nina was united in marriage with Don G. Fox in Lyons, Kansas. He preceded her in death on May 9, 2009. She is also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Erma Junke, Ruby Mosshardt, Marie Van Nest, Evelyn Roth, and Vera Gulick Thomas; and brothers, Edward Elliott, Henry “Dink” Elliott, and James Elliott. Nina is survived by her son, Ron Fox of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Norma Geortzen of Banning, CA; and grandchildren, Brigette Fox Bennett and husband Jeremy of Sterling, Tim Childers and wife Kristin of Kansas City, MO, Rebecca Loges and husband Gary of Loveland, CO; friend, Dolores Nash of Panama City Beach, FL; and great-grandchildren, Braydon Fox, Mason Kintigh, Sophie Fox, Xavier Loges, Sky Loges, Airabella Loges, Zenya Loges, Shem Loges and Malachi Loges. Graveside service will be at 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 3, 2020 at Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, Kansas with Pastor Rob Bolton officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to Sterling Food Bank in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling
Nancy Sue Conde
Wife of Joe Conde
Nancy Sue Conde, 69, of McPherson, passed away at 10:30 p.m., Tuesday (Dec. 31, 2019) while in the company of family members, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Nancy was born in Great Bend, Kansas on August 22, 1950, a daughter of Bonnie Jean (Watt) and Leonard Herbert Friedly. Nancy attended the Beaver School, Beaver, Kansas, Claflin grade school and graduated from Claflin High School, Claflin, Kansas in 1968. Nancy Sue Friedly was united in marriage to Joe Conde on June 26, 1970 at the First United Methodist Church, Hoisington, Kansas. The young couple established their first home together in Hoisington. They moved to McPherson in 1976. This union was blessed with the birth of three children, one daughter and two sons, Mary, Billy, and Chris. She was a member of First Christian Church McPherson, Kansas and was raised in the First United Methodist Church in Claflin and Hoisington, Kansas and was a member of the Grace Bible Church of McPherson for a while. Nancy was a homemaker and she took great pride in providing for her family in this manner. Through the years she worked as a baby sitter for many children for 17 years, worked at Jubilee Foods, Jantz Lumber, Truevalue, and Citizen State Bank, was a bus driver for M.C.D.S. for many years, and was currently dispatch for the McPherson Senior Center. Nancy was a member of the Red Hats and Ya Ya’s. Nancy enjoyed making people laugh and smile, she loved her kids and grandkids, talking and making new friends, and she never met a stranger. She also enjoyed good music and a strong drink, painting, quilting, and loved collecting owls. Her family was most important to her and she loved getting them all together. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of over 49 & 1/2 years, Joe Conde, of McPherson, Kansas; her children, Mary Cathleen Brawner and husband John, of McPherson, Kansas, William “Billy” Leonard Conde, of Kansas City, Kansas and Christopher “Chris” Aaron Conde, of Lawrence, Kansas; her siblings, Craig Friedly and wife Julie, of Kinsley, Kansas, Roger Friedly and wife Joree, of Hoisington, Kansas, Douglas Friedly and wife Arlene, of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Mariann Shook and husband Gary Shook, of Hoisington, Kansas and Connie Lowe and husband Bob, of Hoisington, Kansas; her seven grandchildren, Conrad Neiman and wife Staci, Brooklinn Lehman and husband Jacob, Jenna Dooley and husband Alex, Taylor Brawner, and twins Joseph and Nickolas Brawner; her six great-grandchildren, Eleanor Neiman, Addeline Neiman, Kalie Dooley, Chase Dooley, Aryalynn Dooley, and Xaedon Badman; many nieces and nephews, other relatives, a host of friends and all her Ya Ya’s Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Bonnie and Leonard Friedly and a grandson, Brenton Brawner. Friends are invited to call on Saturday (Jan. 4, 2020) from 9 until service time at First Christian Church, McPherson. Funeral service will be held at First Christian Church, McPherson, at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 4, 2020) with Pastor Lynn Scott officiating. Burial will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McPherson Relay for life and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.
Donnie Hembree, Class of 1966
Donnie L. Hembree , 71 of Valley Center passed away on December 26, at his home. He was born in Lyons, Kansas, on October 11, 1948 to Frank and Hazel (Clapp) Hembree. He was the youngest of 10 children. Donnie was a proud Marine and served in the Vietnam Conflict, 1966-1970. He married Mary Thompson the 11th of February, 1973. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Jim and Bill, 2 sisters Betty and Joan. His hobbies included his family and friends. He was also a Master Bridge Player. He is survived by his wife Mary, of 46 years; brother Bob, and sisters Norma, Shirley, Patsy and Sue; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a family and friends gathering scheduled at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerfhvc.com
For those that remember Chris, he would have been Class of 1989
Steven Christopher “Chris” Seidl, 48, of McPherson, KS, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. He was a conductor for Wichita Terminal Association. Chris was born on July 12, 1971, in Hutchinson, KS, the son of Steven Charles and Kathie Kay (Smith) Seidl. He graduated from Lyons High School in 1989 and attended Garden City Community College. He was a member of Turkey Creek Golf Club. Survivors include: father, Steven Seidl (Jan) of Hutchinson, KS; mother, Kathie Howell of Hutchinson, KS; children, Wyatt Seidl, Addison Seidl, and Brody Seidl, all of McPherson, KS; fiancé, Jody Hagen of McPherson, KS; step-children, Shakera Ross of Hutchinson, KS, Bronwyn Ross of McPherson, KS, Akiyaa Hagen of Newton, KS, and Markell Hastings of McPherson, KS; a grandson, Carter; grandfather, Donald Smith (Germaine) of St. John, KS; brothers, Chad Seidl (Mandy) of Hutchinson, KS, Corey Seidl (Amber) of Newton, KS, Chuck Seidl (Channon) of Emporia, KS, and Creighton Kloxin of Hutchinson, KS; step-siblings, Anastasia Sims (Ian) of Hutchinson, KS, Kat Rogge (Bean) of Hutchinson, KS, Kimberly Grubert (Mike) of Westminster, CO; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Charles and Berniece Seidl, and Dona Smith. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM, Monday, December 9, at New Hope Evangelical Church with Pastor George Bocox officiating. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery.
William Robert"Billy Bob"
Brother of Robin Patterson Jesseph, Class of 1976
Grandson of Vista Starnes Voth, Class of 1972
Joshua Eli Voth, 28, died unexpectedly on December 4, 2019 during a work accident at Fremont Correctional Facility. Josh was born in Lyons, Kansas, October 29, 1991 to Eric Voth and Melissa Hutchinson. He graduated high school in Lyons, Kansas where he was an accomplished wrestler winning multiple State Titles. Following high school Josh worked as a welder and Heavy Equipment Operator. Josh started work at DOC in February of 2016. Josh worked hard to achieve his rank as Sergeant and was working towards promoting to Lieutenant. Josh and Tomi welcomed their first-born child Samantha on March 5, 2014. On September 24, 2016 Josh married the love of his life Tomi, who was his partner in life for over eight years. On July 12, 2017 and March 17, 2019, he welcomed his daughter Addison and son Jace into the world. He was a devoted father and his children were the most important part of his life. Besides spending time with his family and friends, Josh was an avid fisherman who spent most of his free time out on the lake. Josh was often joined by his daughter Samantha, friends, and co-workers. He enjoyed hunting, camping and being outdoors. He had a very successful hunting season this year killing his first elk and first Colorado Buck. Josh had a bright and energetic personality who was never afraid to take on any project, whether that included rebuilding his truck, or fixing up their first house. Josh is survived by his wife, Tomi Voth; His children Samantha (5), Addison (2), and Jace Voth (8 month); His father Eric Voth; His grandmother Vista Voth; His siblings Sierra, Sydney, Zachary, and Lexi; His aunt and uncle Todd and Karrie Voth; His Mother and Father-in-law Rhonda and Matthew Thompson; Sister-in-laws Morgan Thompson Daniella Madrid and Brother-in-laws Michael Madrid and Johnathon Hicks; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his mother Melissa Hutchinson and his grandfather Norman Voth. Josh will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him. A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on December 13 at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. Following the service, family, friends and co-workers are invited to attend a celebration of Joshua's life. Venue to be determined. Flowers and condolences may be offered at 1188 Rockafellow Ave, Canon City, Colorado 81212. Services entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home.
Published in The Canon City Daily Record from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2019
Wife of Jim Ray, Class of 1962
Kathy Irene Gifford was born on September 27, 1952 in Larned, KS to Eugene and Doris Gifford and gained her angel wings on October 28, 2019. After her mother passed, her father married Phyllis Gifford. She is survived by Phyllis Gifford as well as her siblings Mary Nolan, Kirk Mische, and Brad Mische. Kathy is survived by her husband, James Milton Ray, whom she married on December 20, 1969 in Sterling, Kansas. She passed just short of their 50th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her children Jamie Stallwood, Anne Sims and spouse John Sims, James Ray and spouse Donna Ray, and Jeanne Ray and spouse Kara Ray. Her grandchildren Lacy Barnes and spouse Robert Barnes, Jonathan Sims and spouse Kenzie Sims, Katelyn Stallwood, D'Lisa Stamper, Justin Ray and spouse Madisyn Ray, Kegan Ray, Kali Moore and spouse Brent Moore, Kyla Alexander and spouse Josh Alexander, and Taylor Briscoe and spouse Dillon Briscoe.Her great grandchildren Kylie, Kamryn, Harrison, Levi, Johnie, Noah, Oakley, Rory, Brooks, Harper, Alexis, Dallas, Hayley, and Garrett. She is preceded in her death by her parents, Eugene and Doris Gifford, her brother Gary Gifford, her son David Ray, and her great granddaughter Maribelle Sims. Kathy had a love and passion for life that can't be described. While she lost her battle to cancer, she never gave up fighting, because she had so much to live for. Of her passions her family became the greatest, especially when it came to spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to watch movies with them, with her all-time favorite involving the Minions, even having a Minion birthday party a few years ago. She loved to sing, especially when she was jokingly told not to quit her day job. Even when sick in the hospital, at a time when she couldn't have anything to eat or drink, she was given a sucker to which she responded by singing a rendition of "I'm in Heaven". Not only did she sing, but she loved to dance as well. She was a huge fan of Elvis. One of the most notable things about Kathy was her sense of humor….man how she loved to laugh and make others laugh as well. Give her a little "Harvey Flinker" and she was even more hilarious and sassy. Sometimes she was called "Chatty Kathy" and boy could she live up to this name. Kathy never met a stranger….she would talk for hours to a complete stranger in the grocery store, walking away with a new friend. She had a love for people and loved her career in nursing. She was a loving wife, mother, in law, grandmother, sibling, friend…the list goes on. She touched many lives, likely more than we will ever know.
Ann Harman Price, Class of 1951
(Olive) Ann Harman Price, 85, of Alligator Point, Florida passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at home surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Glen Edward Price. Ann is survived by her three children, James, Glenda and Patricia and two grandchildren, Jennifer and Jessica who called her Mawmaw. Olive Ann Harman was born in Kansas on June 10, 1934. She attended school in Chase, Kansas and has stayed in touch with classmates. She treasured the reunions over the years and will surely be missed. She LOVED sunflowers which is the Kansas state flower. Ann and Glen married in 1951 and raised a beautiful family. Ann worked for and retired from Dekalb County schools in Decatur, Georgia. She was a Business Education teacher at Lakeside High School and Druid Hills High School. Ann and Glen were active members at Rehobeth Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia. Ann headed a Puppet Ministry there as well as a Children's Church Ministry for many years. When they retired and moved to Florida in the mid-90's, she substituted at Wakulla County Schools and participated in the GED training programs. She served for 20+ years as secretary/treasurer at Mission by the Sea Church on Alligator Point and was secretary of the Volunteer Fire Department. She has season tickets for the Sopchoppy Opry since their beginning and loved it so very much. Ann loved traveling/RV-ing with her many friends over the years throughout North America. She has cruised and traveled many places including Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia as well as the South and North Pole and all around the Mediterranean and Egypt. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mission by the Sea on Alligator Point, Florida on November 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32308-5428 and Mission by the Sea Church, P.O. Box 1115, Panacea, FL 32346. Interment will be at Veteran's Cemetery in Tallahassee where she will be buried with her husband, Glen E. Price, U.S. Navy.
Ron Minix, Class of 1961
Ronald Dean “Ron” Minix, 76, of Sterling, Kansas, passed away September 30, 2019 in El Dorado, Kansas. He was born February 2, 1943 in Falls City, Nebraska, the son of William J. and Wilma Arnold Minix. Ron graduated from Alden High School, Alden, Kansas, with the class of 1961. He was a lifetime Rice County resident. Ron was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church, Hutchinson, and Calvary Baptist Church, Sterling. Ron enjoyed woodworking and loved his pets. He is survived by his son, Steve Minix and wife Stephanie of Lyons; siblings, twin brother Don Minix and wife Nancy of Raymond, KS, Jerry Minix and wife Pam of Lyons, and Marvin Minix and wife Kathy of Tonkawa, OK; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Paul Shryock; and grandson, Ian Shuey. Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery, Raymond, Kansas with Pastor Oscar Gomez officiating. Memorials may be given to Friends of Animals Rice County in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Dale & Delores Hoover
Alice Hoover Cassidy, Class of 1958
Rex Hoover, Class of 1961
Ray Hoover, Class of 1968
Dale Hoover, 84, of Saxman, Kansas, passed away September 20, 2019, in rural Sterling. He was born July 21, 1935, in Dade County, Missouri, the son of Herbert C. and Tessie Mae Rogers Hoover. Dale graduated from Everton High School, Everton, Missouri, and later attended Hutchinson Community College. He resided in Everton, Missouri until moving to Lyons, Kansas in 1955, and resided in Saxman since 1964. Dale was an electrician for American Salt in Lyons, and in the mid 1970′s went on to work for Hospital District #1 as an electrician and maintenance supervisor. He attended various churches in the area and was a member of the Methodist Men’s Bible Study group in Lyons. On January 19, 1957, Dale was united in marriage with Delores L. Smith in Alden, Kansas. He is survived by: his children, Larry Hoover and wife Shirley of South Hutchinson, Gaylene Wilson of Hutchinson, David Hoover and wife Phyllis of Hutchinson, Melody Conner of Hutchinson, and Dala Crosby of Lowell, Michigan; two brothers, Rex Hoover and wife Sharon of Wichita/Chase, and Ray Hoover and wife LaNell of Hutchinson; sister, Alice Cassidy of Wichita; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Dale was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Timothy Dale Hoover; and three brothers, Dwain, Truman, and Roy Hoover. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2019, at Methodist Church, Lyons with Pastor Scott Miller officiating. A private family burial will be held at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Methodist Church, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Star of Hope (formerly Haiti Love and Faith) in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Delores Lea Hoover, 81, of Saxman, Kansas, passed away
September 22, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas. She was born
September 21, 1938, in Lyons, Kansas, the daughter of Orville and Buelah
Delores was a lifelong Saxman resident. She graduated from Lyons High School with the class of 1956. Delores was a homemaker. She was a master gardener, and member of Toast Masters Club. Delores attended various churches in the area. On January 19, 1957, Delores was united in marriage with Dale Hoover in Alden, KS. He preceded her in death on September 20, 2019. She is also preceded in death by her parents and son, Timothy Dale Hoover. Delores is survived by: her children, Larry Hoover and wife Shirley of South Hutchinson, Gaylene Wilson of Hutchinson, David Hoover and wife Phyllis of Hutchinson, Melody Conner of Hutchinson, and Dala Crosby of Lowell, Michigan; honorary grandfather, Bob Schirer; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2019, at Methodist Church, Lyons with Pastor Scott Miller officiating. A private family burial will be held at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Methodist Church, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Star of Hope (formerly Haiti Love and Faith) in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons
Judy Wasinger Truhlar, Class of 1969
Judy Marie Truhlar, 68, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019 at her home in Kingman. She was born April 22, 1951 in Lyons, KS, the daughter of Michael and Georgine (Windholz) Wasinger. On June 14, 1969 she married John Truhlar in Chase. He survives. She moved to Kingman last year after living in Turon for more than 20 years. She is survived by her husband, John; sons, Michael J. (Mandy Gonzalez) Truhlar of Pratt, Scott (Andrew) Godbey-Truhlar of Wichita, Jason (Dena) Truhlar of Salt Lake City, Utah, James Truhlar of Wichita, Paul (Mary Jane) Truhlar of Riverside, California, Michael M. Truhlar of Kingman and William (Jennifer) Denio of Kingman; daughters, Christy (Kelly) Kirk of Liberal and WyNema (Mitch) Wells of Derby; brother, Thomas (Marlene) Wasinger of Hays; sisters, Mickey Wasinger of Sterling, Jane (Richard) Sparks of Derby and Nancy (Larry) Cantrell of Lenexa; sister in-law, Janice Wasinger of Victoria; 21 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Raymond Wasinger. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 1-5 at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Cremation will follow. Memorials may be made to Heartsprings in care of Larrison Mortuary
Paul Miller, Class of 1952
Paul Miller, 85, Butler, Missouri, He was born June 27, 1934 and died Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Butler. Cremation, with a memorial service at a later date. A complete obituary will be added when it becomes available.
Added this obit 1/8/2020
Paul LeRoy Miller, Jr. passed away August 10, 2019. He was born June 27, 1934, in Guthrie, OK, to Paul LeRoy Miller and Minnie Avada (Atteberry) Miller. Paul married Roseann Thomas on November 20, 1955. Together they raised three children and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2005. A graduate of Chase High School, Paul earned his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1957 and 1962, and his PhD from Oklahoma State University in 1966. Paul and Roseann lived many years in Manhattan, KS, where he was a faculty member and department head of Mechanical Engineering at K-State. They later retired to Arvada, CO, where they enjoyed the mountains and outdoors for 10 years. In 2004, they returned to their Midwestern roots and relocated to Butler, MO. Paul enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and watching his grandchildren play sports and excel in academics. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Lila Jean, and his wife Roseann. He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Janet Miller (Nile Dillmore), David Miller (Susan), and Glenda Graf (Rick), his sister Doris Woodruff-Filbey (Edgar Filbey), seven grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their children. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Butler or Butler R-V Educational Foundation.
Brenda Gates Boatwright, Class of 1980
Services for Brenda Gates Boatwright of Geneseo, KS is July 6, 2019 at 3:30 at
Victory Church Chase, KS.
She is survived by her husband Glenn. Children: Chris, Canada, Jamie Guldner, Lyons and Jeffrey, Osage City. Brother Terry lives in the Philippines, Sisters: Neva, Kansas City, Missouri, Jennifer, Leavenworth , Ks and Kellie, Wichita. Two grandchildren April and Andrew Guldner. Brenda passed away June 15, 2019
Amelia Aguilera Cedeno, Class of 1946
Amelia Ann Cedeno, 91, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away June 17, 2019 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born July 26, 1927 in Florence, Kansas, the daughter of Gilbert and Natalia Martinez Aguilera. Amelia graduated from Chase High School, Chase, Kansas, with the class of 1946. She resided in Lyons since 1969, formerly of Chase. Amelia was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, St. Paul Catholic Church Altar Society, and VFW Auxiliary, Lyons. On June 10, 1950, Amelia was united in marriage with Joseph Leyva Cedeno in Chase. He preceded her in death on October 13, 2011. She is also preceded in death by her parents; son, Joseph Cedeno; three brothers; and three sisters. She is survived by her children, Gerianne Habiger and husband Virgil of Bushton, KS, John Cedeno and wife Karen of Great Bend, KS, and James Cedeno and wife Cathy of Lyons, KS; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 A.M., Monday, June 24, 2019 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father Patrick Kotrba officiating. Burial will be at St. Marys Cemetery, Chase, Kansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Parish rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. following visitation. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, or American Cancer Society in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Charles Hurst, Class of 1965
Charles Hurst, 72, of Bradford, passed away May 13, 2019 at his residence. He was born December 10, 1946 at Oxford, Kansas to the late Earnest and Phydellous Hackler Hurst. Mr. Hurst served in the US Army, touring Germany during Vietnam, serving as an ammunitions sergeant. Returning from the military, he worked the majority of his career as a general contractor. In his past-time, he enjoyed many things to include woodworking, metalworking, astronomy, fishing, and all things artillery. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Lawrence Hurst. He married Kay Bearden Hurst May 13, 1965 at Lyons, Kansas; she survives. He is also survived by a son, John Hurst (Carol) of St. Louis, Missouri; two daughters, Sherry Hurst (Daniel) of Batesville, Mississippi and Melania Macias (Jason) of Greenville, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Isabella and Liam; as well as many friends and extended family. No services are scheduled at this time.
Mary Jane Hardwick Rickner, Class of 1942
Mary Jane Rickner, 94, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2019, surrounded by family at Angel Arms, McPherson. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted when available
David Madden, Class of 2000
David Lee Madden, 37, of Alden, Kansas, passed away April 30, 2019 in Raymond. He was born October 31, 1981 in Lyons, Kansas, the son of Shirley Loder. He graduated from Chase High School with the class of 2000. David has resided in Alden since 2004; formerly serving in United States Marines. He served in the United States Marines from June 19, 2000 until April 15, 2004. David is survived by his mother, Shirley Loder and husband Richard of Arlington, KS; brothers, Chad Loder of Arlington, KS, and Bobby Loder and wife Gitzy of Glenwood, IA; sister, Vanessa Innesote of Mt. Hope, AR; and twelve nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his best friend, his dog Rummel. Graveside service will be at 1:00 P.M., Monday, May 6, 2019 at Alden Valley Cemetery, Alden. In case of bad weather service will be held at Alden Township Hall. Memorials may be made to David Madden Memorial Fund to help with burial expense in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons
Tom Madden, Class of 1972
Elfie Lazzers Hedrick, Class of 1948
Elfie. Maxine Hedrick, 88, died Sunday (Jan. 20, 2019) at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation, Halstead. She was born March 27, 1930, to Harry and Lilly Mae (Creason) Lazzers. She was a 1948 graduate of Chase High School and worked as a bookkeeper and secretary. On Feb. 22 1949, she married Lewis D. Hedrick in DeSoto County, Mississippi. He preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 2003. She is survived by a daughter, Diane (Kevin) Henderson of Halstead; granddaughters, Amanda Giordano of Aurora, Colorado, and Samantha Henderson of Valley Center; and son-in-law, Sam Cruz of Littleton, Colorado. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail Jean Cruz; and sisters, Irene Branstetter and Helen Lazzers. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 25, 2019) at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 26, 2019) at Kaufman Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead. Published in The Kansan on Jan. 24, 2019
Norma Jo Miller Cooper, Class of 1949
Former Teacher and Coach
Gary Smith was born to Howard Max and Lola Agnes Smith in Pretty Prairie, Kan. on July 4, 1934. He grew up in several KS. towns before graduating from Dodge City, KS. High School. During the summer of 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving four years on the USS Herbert J. Thomas DDR 833 as a member of the 7th Fleet in the western Asian Pacific waters. Following his naval commitment he attended Sterling College in Sterling, KS. He graduated in 1960 and started his teaching career which spanned forty years. He received his master's degree from Emporia State University. He worked at many levels of education from preschool to graduate students. During his service of working with students he worked as an elementary physical education teacher in Kansas public schools, Emporia State University Lab facility/P.E. Department and later an administrator at Lowther Middle School North in Emporia, Kan. He is survived by a daughter, Shelly Kuhl, son Shawn, and four grandchildren, Malone, Geoffry, Cullen and Claire. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Patrick and his parents. Following retirement he moved to Arkansas and has spent his time buying items for resale and making a variety of hand-made Native American reproductions. His expanded family includes several auction attendees, who gave him many hours of laughter. He attends and is active in, the First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Ark. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home 306 N. 4th St., Rogers, Ark. Published April 3, 2019
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand . . .
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Class of 1962
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Class of 1977
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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!
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