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 . . . .

Arlene West Hoover, Class of 1957

Arlene Hoover, 84, of Medicine Lodge, KS, died Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at her residence. She was born on December 30, 1939 in Lyons, KS, the daughter of Russell West and Jessie (Haden) West Killion. On July 15, 1955, she married Truman D. Hoover in Chase, KS. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2012. Arlene was a homemaker and a member of the Christian Science faith. Surviving are four children, Jo (Galen) Wedman of Medicine Lodge, KS, Rusty (Charlene) Hoover of Drumright, OK, Tammy (Trey) Cook of Drumright, OK, and Sherry (Terry) Barnes of Sapulpa, OK; grandchildren, Justin (Chelsea) Boor, Shawna (Corey) Schultz, Shane (Kristal) Strasburg, Shawn (Brie) Strasburg, Mac Cook, Erin Cook, Savanna (Jacob) Zinn, Alan (Rachael) Hoover, Kyle (Chelsea) Hoover, Courtney (Edward) Crandall, Justin (Michaela) Chandler, Jace Chandler, and Kristie (Mike) Isham; 19 great grandchildren and one on the way; one great great grandchild; three brothers, Bob (Marie) West, Mike (Pam) Killion, and Gary (Debbie) Killion. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son-in-law, Steve Strasburg and daughter-in-law, Dee Ann Hoover. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, KS. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Tom Walters officiating. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at the Euchee Valley Memorial Park, Cushing, Oklahoma with Pastor Mark Jackson officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Quarters for Canines, in care of Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104. Class of 1957

Husband of Debbie Denny Winkelman Easterling, Class of 1969

William Gregory “Gregg” Easterling, 65, of Chase, Kansas, passed away May 27, 2024, at Denali National Park, Alaska. He was born February 12, 1959, in Laurel, Mississippi, the son of Sidney and Sandra (Walters) Easterling. Gregg has resided in Chase for the past twenty-one years, formerly of McPherson, Kansas, and Laurel, Mississippi. He graduated from EE Smith High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Gregg worked at Superior Essex in Hoisington as a bulk line jacketing operator for eleven years, retiring in May of 2023. He was a member at the Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, where he also served as an elder. Gregg was an avid fisherman, who enjoyed all things nature. He was a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan, even when they were not the team to love. If you couldn’t find him manicuring his lawn or watching a game, you could just about guarantee you could find him with his wife going to movies or concerts. Gregg loved his family fiercely and would have invited anyone in need into his home and generously cared for them. He loved his small community and serving them. Gregg believed God called him to serve others the way Christ serves us. He loved Jesus and wanted everyone he knew to experience God’s unconditional love. On February 14, 2003, Gregg was united in marriage with Debbie Winkelman in Chase. He is survived by his wife, Debbie of Chase, KS; three sons, William Easterling of Chase, KS, Jeff Winkelman of Chase, KS, and Lonnie Winkelman and wife Laurie of Lyons, KS; two daughters, Jessica Spohn and husband Phil of Newton, KS, and Michelle Williams of Overland Park, KS; sister, Joy McKnight and husband Jerry of Durham, NC; and nine grandchildren. Gregg is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Amber Marie Easterling; and sister, Cynthia Hamilton. Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, with Pastor Catherine Neely Burton officiating. The family request everyone wear Chiefs attire to the service. Burial will be at Chase Springdale Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Community Presbyterian Church or the City of Chase (for the Main Street park project) in care of Birzer Funeral Home. Lyons.

Bob Hembree, Class of 1948

Robert Franklin Hembree (Bob), 93, passed away on May 13, 2024 at the Legend of Hutchinson. Bob was born in Lyman, Oklahoma, on January 13, 1931, to Joseph Franklin Hembree and Hazel (Clapp) Hembree.  His family moved to Kansas and settled between Lyons and Chase in April of 1939 when Bob was 8 years old.  Bob attended various small country schools as his family moved several times.  Bob started his career at a very young age, working for various farmers before starting his future in the oilfield in the late 1940s.  He worked on pulling units for Flint Rig and Chase Well Service. In the early 1950s in Lyons, Bob smashed his thumb at work and was in search of bandages, which landed him at the Rexall Drug Store.  Bob met Phyllis, who worked in the drug store, and she provided the remedy for his ailment.  And Phyllis liked his car, she decided to start dating him, and they were united in marriage on May 28, 1953. In the late 1950s, Bob’s father, who lived in Ness City, became ill.  His father had two old water trucks, so Bob went out to Ness City to help his father.  Bob’s father passed away in 1961, and shortly after, Bob moved his family to Ness City and purchased the business from his mother, Hazel.  With the help of his wife and children, Bob successfully grew the oilfield business to 23 well service rigs and various allied oilfield equipment, providing operations in western Kansas and the Oklahoma panhandle.  In 1982, they built the Derrick Inn Motel and also owned the Frigid Creme and Park Motel.  At one time, he had over 200 employees.  He started drilling oil wells in 2009, successfully building an oil company to be proud of.  Bob retired and sold the oil company in the fall of 2019. Bob and Phyllis enjoyed traveling with friends and family.  A few of their favorite trips included Hawaii, Alaska, Africa, England, Ireland, Brazil, Tahiti, several Caribbean cruises and various trips in the continental United States. Survivors include his wife Phyllis, 3 sons, Fred (Sherry) Hembree, Hutchinson; Bobby Hembree, Garden City; Steve (Joy) Hembree, Great Bend; 1 daughter, Tena (Rod) Wasinger, Bennington, 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, 4 sisters, Norma Keller, Shirley Hudson, Patsy McCoy, and Sue Buchanan, sister-in-law Mary Hembree, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law, Diana Hembree, 3 brothers, Jim, Bill, & Donnie, and 2 sisters Betty Foster and Joan Quick. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City followed with burial in the Ness City Cemetery. Viewing will be on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the National Alzheimer's Association

Leona Carlson Lemm, Class of 1972

Leona Ruth (Carlson) Lemm, age 69 of Columbia Heights, passed away peacefully in her home on May 6, 2024 after a 1.5-year battle with lung cancer. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lemm, Jr., sister Myrna (Darling) Kueffler, and brother Larry Darling. She is survived by her children, Christopher (Sarah) Lemm, Jacob (Kelly) Lemm, and Matthew Lemm; grandchildren Colin, Penelope, Jade, and Hazel. Leona was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she was actively involved with 4H growing up. She enlisted in the army in 1974, and began her work in kitchens and food service. After the army, she pursued a career as a dietary manager, working at Shalom Home, Abbott Hospital, and New Brighton Care Center. She was a long-time active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Her hobbies included a variety of crafting, from crocheting, to quilting, paper-making, and repurposing trash/recycling into art. She adored her grandchildren and enjoyed baking and crafting with them. She will be dearly missed by family and friends alike. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Wednesday, May 15th (visitation at 10 AM) at CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS (1621 University Ave NE, Minneapolis). Visitation 5-7 PM, (Prayer Service at 5 PM), Tuesday, May 14th at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH FUNERAL CHAPEL (1918 University Ave NE, Minneapolis). Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials preferred to The American Cancer Society.     

Mother of
Iver Tokoi, Class of 1991
Amanda Tokoi Hilfiger, Class of 1992
Richard Ball, Class of 1967
Michael Ball, Class of 1975
Candace Ball Cobb, Class of 1966
Crystal Ball Miller, Class of 1974
David Ball, Class of 1985
Patrick Ball, Class of 1976

Linda S. Ball, 76 of Lovelton, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Towanda Skilled Care, Towanda, Pennsylvania. She was born on November 6, 1947, in Mehoopany to George and Kathleen (Faux) Smith, Jr. Linda graduated from Tunkhannock Area School District in 1965. As a former Post Master, she retired from the US Postal Service after working for 24 years. After retirement, she continued working for the Sullivan County Dept. of Emergency Management Services for several years. She loved her cats, costume jewelry, and grandchildren. In addition, Linda also loved spending time with her church family at Lovelton Bible Church. She is survived by her children, Iver and wife Ashley Tokoi, Amanda and husband Tim Hilfiger, Richard Ball, Michael and Coleen Ball, Candace and husband John Cobb, Crystal and husband David Miller, and David Ball, sister Georgette Smith, brother David and wife Lynn Smith, numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents George and Kathleen Smith, husband John Ball, sons Patrick and Stephen Ball, daughter-in-law Patricia Ball, sisters Darlene Stark and Laurie Pedley. There will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lovelton Bible Church, 2132 SR 4002, Mehoopany, PA 18629

Kenny Aldridge, Class of 1972

Kenneth Lynn “Ken” Aldridge, 70, of Chase, Kan., passed away April 28, 2024, at Hospice House of Hutchinson, Kan. He was born July 4, 1953, in Little River, Kan., the son of John Aldridge. Ken was a lifelong Chase resident. He graduated from Chase High School with the class of 1972, and later received his mechanic degree from Salina Area Technical College. Ken was owner and operator of F & J Auto Salvage in Chase. F & J Auto Salvage has been owned by the Aldridge family since 1963. Ken enjoyed driving race cars on dirt tracks, coon and coyote hunting, fishing, camping, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. On Oct. 30, 1972, Ken was united in marriage with Carol Ruth Hohl in Lyons. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2013. He is also preceded in death by his father, and close friends, Joe Wakefield and Don Wakefield. Ken is survived by his son, David Aldridge and wife Brittany of La Crosse, Kan.; daughter, Carolyn Reissig and husband Shawn of McPherson, Kan.; daughter in heart, Becky Kozel of Lyons, Kan.; five grandchildren, Wade Aldridge, Brylnee Demel, Willie Dunn, Austin Kozel, and Carter Kozel; and great-granddaughter, Payton Marie Dunn. Memorials may be given to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or United Cerebral Palsy in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Wife of
Frank Kizzar, Class of 19

Valerie Jean Kizzar, a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and esteemed dog groomer, transitioned from this life surrounded by family on April 27th, 2024, at UMC Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Born on November 23rd, 1949, in Sterling, Kansas, to Glen Perry and Blanch Jones Perry, Valerie's journey was one adorned with love, empathy, and dedication. In a union that exemplified enduring love, Valerie married her soulmate, Frank Kizzar, on September 16th, 1967, at the Christian Church in Chase, Kansas. Their bond endured over five decades, flourishing with shared joys and steadfast commitment. Valerie's professional legacy spans over 30 years of heartfelt service as a dog groomer, where her skill and compassion touched the lives of numerous pets and their grateful owners. She is preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Blanch Perry, her sister Denise Detter, and brother Brett Perry. Valerie's memory lives on through her beloved husband, Frank Kizzar, of Jal, New Mexico; her son, Matt Kizzar, and wife Jennifer, of Chase, Kansas; her daughter, Nikki Hiebert, and husband Matt, of Seminole, Texas; and her brother, Bart Perry, and wife Debbie, of Pottsboro, Texas. Valerie's profound impact extends to her cherished grandchildren: Frankie Mosier and husband Travis of Lyons, Kansas; Mattie Shaffer and husband Austin of Sweetwater, Texas; Morgan Frerichs of Lodgepole, Nebraska; Zach Kizzar of Pratt, Kansas; and Kyle Kizzar of Holyrood, Kansas. Her legacy also includes nine great-grandchildren: Sawyer and Rilynn Mosier, Evelyn, Claire, Addy, and baby Shaffer, Tuff Frerichs, Leighton, and Arryia Kizzar. A Celebration of Life service honoring Valerie will take place at the Methodist Church of Jal, New Mexico, at 11 am local time on Saturday, May 4th, 2024, officiated by Bob Haddox. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bell and Star Fund in Lyons, Kansas, or the Methodist Church in Jal, New Mexico. Valerie's warmth, grace, and boundless love will forever echo in the hearts of those privileged to have known her. May she find eternal peace, cradled in the love of those she cherished.

Marion (Major) Towns, Class of 1951

Marion (Major) Lee Towns, age 90, joined his wife of 65 years, Patricia, in heaven on April 7, 2024. Marion was born in Shields, KS in 1933 and grew up in Silica and Chase, KS.  He graduated from Chase Rural High School in Chase, KS in 1951.  During his school years, he was active in Boy Scouts, football, track, student government and drama, a rare combination of scholastic, dramatic and athletic ability. Marion joined the US Air Force in 1951.  He was stationed near Seoul, Korea, serving with the 2nd Radio Relay Squadron during the Korean War. After returning to the states, he served at the Shaw Air Force Base continuing to work in radio communications.  While at Shaw, he competed with the Air Force swim team. He enrolled at Kansas State University in 1956 and it wasn’t long before he & Patricia Lindsay were married in Chase, KS.  He was a member of the K-State swim team, became a father of two, and worked on the side during college.  He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering in1959. After graduation from K-State, he began his career with General Electric in upstate NY designing airborne communication equipment.  Marion & Pat were blessed with three more children and decided to move closer to the family.  He transferred with GE to Oklahoma City in 1963 to begin a new project of designing computer peripherals.  He completed a MS in Engineering from OU in 1969, and an MBA from Oklahoma City University in1980.  His career continued with GE & affiliates for a total of 42 years, and he ultimately retired from Seagate Technology in 2002.  Marion loved dancing, singing in the shower, and Chase reunions, but most of all he loved his family.  In 2000, he and Pat purchased a Winnebago motorhome and traveled extensively for the next 20 years, making lifelong RV friends along the way. In retirement his hobbies were worldwide travel, golf, woodworking and class G electric trains. He loved kids and his community, so after retirement he enjoyed driving a school bus for Mustang Public Schools for several years. An active church member and deacon, he loved the Lord, and he loved serving his family and others.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia L. Towns, and great-grandson, Tucker McCallie. He is survived by sons & daughters in law, Tim Towns & Derice Pfefferkorn of Longmont, CO, Tom & Shelly Towns of Tuttle, OK, Tracy & Kim Towns of Bethany, OK; daughters & sons-in-law, Terri & Leonard Walters of Canton, OK and Tammi & Bob Ogle of Fairview, TN; and many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews. Viewing and visitation will be held 5:00 pm-7:00 pm, Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon, OK.  A celebration of life service will be at 2:00 pm, Friday, April 19, 2024, at the First Christian Church, Yukon, OK, with interment following at the Mustang Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Marion’s name to First Christian Church of Yukon, 601 Maple Ave, Yukon, OK  73099. 

Due to their March Newsletter being returned I found out Doug had passed away in 2023

Doug Caywood, Class of 1971

Douglas (Doug) Charles Caywood, 70, of Hutchinson, Kansas, passed away on May 25, 2023 at Hospice House. Doug was born on April 12, 1953 in Hutchinson, the son of John and Doris (Stout) Caywood. Doug attended Alden grade school, and Alden and Chase high schools, where he participated in track, football, and basketball. Doug graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics. While at KSU, he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity where he served a term as president and made life-long friends. Doug was united in marriage with Vicki Blackburn on February 6, 1982 at the Baptist Church in Alden. Doug enjoyed his life’s work as a farmer and cattleman because this afforded him the opportunity to be outdoors to enjoy and be a good steward of God’s creation. He was an avid jogger, biker, and basketball player. Doug and Vicki traveled to many beautiful locations on their vacations. Throughout his life Doug walked humbly with his God and personified the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Doug was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in law, Lila Blackburn; brother-in-law Steve Blackburn, and niece Reannan Kloxin. He is survived by his wife; his sister Kathryn Caywood and husband Phil Robertson, Jr. of West Chester Pennsylvania; father-in-law, Delma Blackburn of Sterling; sister-in-law Jane Blackburn of Raymond; sister-in-law and brother-in law Lorie and Victor Taylor of Cedarcreek, Missouri; four nieces and nephews, David Joe Blackburn, Shana Givens and husband Cliff, Jeremy Taylor and wife Melissa, and Joshua Taylor and wife Becca; and nine great-nieces and nephews, Steve Blackburn, Abigail Blackburn, Allison Blackburn, Rylan Birkby, Brynley Taylor, Camilla Taylor, Brecken Taylor, Cian Taylor, and Carter Taylor. A funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, June 17, 2023, at the Alden Baptist Church, Alden, with Pastor Matt Hendricks officiating. Burial will be at the Raymond Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Alden Baptist Church or Hospice of Reno County in care of Birzer Funeral Home, 203 N 7th Street, Sterling, KS 67579. Doug’s family and friends give special thanks to the staff of Hospice House and the nurses in the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Outpatient Infusion Department for the compassionate and supportive care provided to Doug and Vicki during his illness.

Linda Burgess Eades, Class of 1965

Linda Ruth (Burgess) Eades, 76, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away March 17, 2024, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas. She was born June 1, 1947, in Lyons, the daughter of Jack and Ruth (Brubaker) Burgess. Linda was a near lifelong Lyons resident. She graduated from Chase High School with the class of 1965. She later received her secretary certificate from Brown Mackie College in Salina, and later her LPN degree from Barton County Community College. She was an (LPN) Licensed Practical Nurse at numerous local nursing homes. Linda was a member of Faith Bible Church, Lyons, where she taught children’s church and was a Sunday school teacher. She volunteered at the Rice County Women’s Thrift Shop. Linda enjoyed riding horses, sewing, crafting, and playing the piano. She was a daycare provider and foster parent; and was a mother to more than just her kids. On April 15, 1967, Linda was united in marriage with Walter Eades in Chase. She is survived by her husband, Walter of Lyons; four children, Mark Eades and wife Lisa of Cedar Rapids, IA, Anita Miles of Lyons, KS, Jason Eades and wife Sarah of Great Bend, KS, and Joseph Davidson and wife Jody of Topeka, KS; brother, Richard Burgess of Lyons, KS, two sisters, Nancy Henry of Sterling, KS, and Norma Zajic of Holyrood, KS; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous other children she fostered in her life. Linda is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and infant sister, Barbara Jean Burgess. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 30, 2024, at Faith Bible Church, Lyons, with Pastor Phil Green officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Faith Bible Church or the Rice County Women’s Thrift Shop in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Gene Haas, Class of 1949

Eugene Glenn “Gene” Haas, 93, of Hutchinson, died March 13, 2024, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born August 31, 1930, in Ellinwood, to Roy and Anna (Meier) Haas. Gene graduated from Chase High School in 1949 and attended Hutchinson Community College. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951-1954 and received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Korea. Gene worked as a land surveyor for Hefling Engineering for many years and then as consulting engineer for Reno County Public Works for over 20 years. He also volunteered as the elevator operator at Reno County Courthouse for many years, as well as at the Fox Theater and on the Volunteer Center advisory council. Gene was a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church, American Legion Lysle Rishel Post #68, member and past-president of Kansas Land Surveyor’s Association, past member of V.F.W. Bob Campbell Post #1361, Loyal Order of Moose #982, and AMBUCS. He loved hunting, camping, fishing, and was an avid HCC basketball fan. Gene married Betty June Keen on January 30, 1954, in Hernando, MS. They shared 62 years of marriage before her death on May 17, 2016. He is survived by: his children, Elizabeth Haas of Hutchinson, Richard and Nancy Haas of Excelsior Springs, MO, Vivan and Thomas Shamblin of Wichita; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Gene was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Shirley Cox and Donna Belote. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Elliott Chapel. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Burial Park, with military honors conducted by United States Marine Corps honor guard. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed here: Click here to view the service Friends may sign his memorial book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until the service at Elliott Mortuary. The family will greet friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, American Kidney Fund, Hospice of Reno County, or New Covenant Presbyterian Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Received a message from Liz Bayer Bomba, Class of 1961,  to put these three on the website

Joseph Delimont
Husband of Esther Bayer Delimont, Class of 1950

Joseph Edgar Delimont, the son of Eli and Marvel M. (Wilson) Delimont, was born February 3, 1932, on a farm in rural Almena and died on January 26, 2024, at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, Kansas at the age of 91. Joe grew up on the family farmstead in Norton County near Almena, where he attended the rual school and later moved into town and attended Almena schools. He joined the United States Army in July 1955, and served until 1957, as a mechanic, spending one year of his service in Germany. After returning from Germany, Joe and family resided in Norton until 1961, when they moved to Lebanon, Kansas, where Joe worked as a mechanic and then owned and operated Joe’s 66 service Station while raising three children. In 1983, Joe was united in marriage with Esther Reynolds and they made their home in Lebanon. Joe was a member of the United Methodist Church, he served on the volunteer fire department and on the Lebanon city council. In later years Joe volunteered his time with projects around town mowing at the church and at the US Center. He loved his family, he loved Lebanon, and the people of Lebanon very much. Preceding him in death were his parents; a baby sister; two sisters; a brother and their spouses, and daughter, Diana (Reynolds) Hembree. Surviving are his wife, Esther Delimont of Beloit, Kansas; children, Leta (Delimont) Landwehr and husband, Mike, of Wichita, Kansas; Rany Delimont and wife, Kristy, of Victoria, Kansas; Wiley Delimont and Travis Eckles of Mission, Kansas; David Reynolds and wife, Ila, of Ingalls, Kansas, and Bob Hambree of Garden City, Kansas. Also surviving are grandchildren, Ryan Landwehr, Diana (Delimont) Staley and husband, Tony; Chris Landwehr, Cuyler Delimont, Nathan Delimont and wife, Allison, and Jason Hembree; 16 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Services were Thursday, 11:00 am, February 1, 2024, at the United Methodist Church in Lebanon with the Rev. Les Ellis officiating. Interment will be at 3:30 pm at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Rush Center, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Lebanon United Methodist Church or the Lebanon Community Library.

Barbara Bayer, wife of Floyd Bayer, Class of 1952

Augusta – Barbara Jeanne Bayer, 79, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Barbara was born on Monday, March 9, 1942 in Augusta, Kansas to Andrew and Bonnie (Ingram) Vancil. Barbara taught high school English and German for nearly 40 years, mostly in Andover. She was a lifelong lover of all animals, particularly horses and dogs. Smart as a whip and with a quick wit, Barbra brought immense joy to her family and friends. She will be dearly missed. Barbara is survived by her daughters Kathleen (Chris) Martindale of Kansas City and Kristin (Glen Nilsen) Bayer of Valley Center; grandchildren Ian (Ashley) Martindale of Overland Park, Heather Martindale of Merriam, and Roane Martindale of Kansas City; brother Martin (Peggy) Vancil of Gilroy, California. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Floyd Bayer. There will be no memorial service at this time due to the ongoing COVID spread. Please leave remembrances on the Dunsford Funeral Home website. The family wishes Memorial Contributions be made out to the Kansas Humane Society at Acknowledgments of donations can be sent to Kristin Bayer, left in care of Dunsford Funeral Home.

Floyd Bayer, Class of 1952

Floyd Herman Bayer, 80, Teacher and Army veteran, passed away on July 26, 2014 at Lakepoint Nursing Center, El Dorado, KS. He was born at the family farm in Rice County, KS to Herman Jacob and Sarah "Scott" Bayer on June 7, 1934. Floyd attended college at McPherson College and Kansas State University and recieved his Master's Degree in Science-Chemistry. He went on to teach chemistry at USD 259-Southeast High School, USD 385-Andover and USD 347-Kinsley where he helped many students over the years understand the difficult subject of chemistry. He married the love of his life, Barbara Vancil on August 15, 1964 in Augusta, KS. Floyd was a former member of the Kiwanas and a member of the Sedgwick County Zoo since it's inception in 1971. Floyd is survived by his wife Barbara; daughters Kathy Martindale(Chris) of Kansas City, KS and Kristin Bayer(Glen Nilsen) of Valley Center, KS; sister Carol Reynolds, Rush Center, KS, Esther Delimont(Joe), Lebanon, KS, and Elizabeth Bomba, San Antonio, TX; grandchildren Ian, Heather and Roane Martindale of Kansas City, KS and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Sarah; and sisters Louise Carlson, Shirley Schendzielos, Elnora Bayer and and infant sister. Memorial services will by held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Eberly Farms, 13111 West 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67235. Memorial donations may be made to the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67212 or the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67220.

Charla Thornton, wife of
Darren Thornton, Class of 1969

Charla Ann Thornton, peacefully departed from this world on Sunday, March 10, 2024, after bravely battling Multiple Sclerosis for many years. She was 68 years old. Charla was born to August Edward and Vada Lorene (Folck) Freund on September 7, 1955 in Escondido, California. She was a 1973 graduate of Great Bend High School. Charla married Darren Keith Thornton on May 24, 1975 in Chase, Kansas. Charla owned and operated a beauty salon in Chase, prior to moving their family to Hoisington, Kansas. While in Hoisington, she was employed at the USD 431 Board Office and Superior Essex. The family then moved to Russell, Kansas and Charla worked in the home health care field. At the tender age of 28, Charla was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a relentless disease that she valiantly fought for decades. Throughout her journey with MS, Charla remained an inspiration to all who knew her. She faced each day with courage and determination, never allowing her illness to define her. Charla cherished the simple joys of life, finding solace in spending time with her family and nurturing her artistic passions. She is known for her infectious laughter and radiant smile, which could brighten even the darkest of days. Her positive outlook on life and her ability to find joy in the midst of hardship touched the hearts of all who knew her. Charla leaves behind a legacy of love, courage and grace that will continue to inspire us all. While we mourn her passing, we take comfort in knowing that she is finally free from pain and suffering, and that her spirit will live on in the hearts of all who were blessed to know her. Left to cherish her memories are her husband, Darren Thornton of Paola, Kansas; her daughters, Danielle Tyler of Gardner and Leslie (Mike) Reese of Shawnee; her son, Jonathan (Dorothy) Thornton of Denver City, Texas; her grandchildren, Alexis and Joey Tyler, Ellie, Mia and Rigley Reese and Jace Thornton; her siblings Mike (Debbie) Freund of Great Bend, Mary Kay (Bruce) Kelm of Shawnee, Eric (Kathy) Freund and Mark (Vina) Freund, both of Hutchinson; brother-in-law Steve (Sandy) Thornton of Russell; sister-in-law Sheryl (Jimmy) Bass of Chase; and last but not least, extended family and friends too numerous to mention. She was preceded in death by her parents. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Though she may be gone from our sight Charla will forever remain in our hearts, guiding us with her love and light until we meet again.

Virginia's daughter let us know she had passed away in 2019
No longer needing the alumni Newsletter.
Virginia Woodbury Martinson, Our files had her as Class of 1948

Virginia Aileen (Woodbury) Martinson, 92, Topeka, passed away October 14, 2019. Virginia was born July 10, 1927 at Sabetha, Kansas, the daughter of Hilton S. and Violette (Ayers) Woodbury. She graduated from Seaman High School in 1945 and received an AB Degree from Washburn University in 1949 in Commerce. She worked as a secretary for the law firm of Stone, McClure, Webb, Johnson & Oman, later was the Executive Secretary for the City Manager of Aurora, Colorado and retired as secretary for Shawnee Heights USD #450. Virginia was an active member of Tecumseh United Methodist Church (since 1964), member of the Choir, and a member and past chairperson of several church committees. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and was the Sunday School Superintendent. She was the past President of the United Methodist Women, past Topeka District Officer, and worked with the Discovery Club for children. She and her husband sponsored the Tecumseh United Methodist Youth for several years. She was Past Matron of Helena Chapter No. 210, Order of the Eastern Star and past Grand Warden of the Grand Chapter of Kansas, Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid gardener and was a member of the Tecumseh Garden Club, and Capital City Garden Club. She was a past member of Rolling Sams Good Sam Camping Club, Chippewa Good Sam Camping Club and a Bunko Group. She worked with Brownie Girl Scouts as a leader and District Leader, and worked on the Election Board as Supervising Judge for over 30 years. Virginia married David Martinson on June 4, 1950; they celebrated their 69th Anniversary this past June. He preceded her in death on June 16, 2019. Survivors include her children, Vicki Martinson, Don (Sherrylyne) Martinson, and DeAun (Calvin) Miller - all of Topeka; grandchildren, Cammie (Nathanael) Upchurch, Rachel Wooten, Jasen Miller, Cassy Miller, Shaun (Emily) Martinson, and Nathan Miller; great-grandchildren, Kaylyn Jordan and Haddie Upchurch; sister-in-law, Genevieve Woodbury and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, H.A. (Bus) Woodbury and infant sister, Jean Adelle Woodbury; brother-in-law, Charles Martinson and wife, Doris; sisters-in-law, Barbara Edds and husband, Clyde, Madeleine Martinson, Margaret Martinson and Lorraine Cobb; and a grandson-in-law, Sean Wooten. Virginia and David enjoyed camping in their 5th Wheel and they took their children and grandchildren on many trips when they were growing up. In all they visited every state in the United States except Alaska. For their 50th Anniversary Virginia and David visited Hawaii. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, October 18, 2019 at Tecumseh United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00-7:30 pm Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 334 SE Tecumseh Rd, Tecumseh, KS 66542.

This one was brought to my attention while stuffing envelopes for the 2024 March Newsletter.

Clayton Wolfe, former CHS Teacher

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Clayton Claude Wolfe in Bonner Springs, Kansas, born in Atchison, Kansas, who passed away on February 14, 2024, at the age of 99, leaving to mourn family and friends. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Clayton Claude Wolfe to pay them a last tribute. He was predeceased by : his parents, Claude Wolfe and Louise Wolfe (Hagen); his brother Don; his step-sister Jeanne Grame; his daughter Nancy Henry; and his son-in-law Frank Bova. He is survived by : his wife Anita Lyness; his daughters, Janet Bova and Claudia Mills; his sons-in-law, Calvin Henry and Steve Mills; and his grandchildren, Kristen Dayo (Kevin), Lauren Bova (Lindsay), Jeremy Henry, Emily Henry, Aaron Mills (Ann Herrmann), Cody Henry (Marnie) and Tyler Mills (Samantha). He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made in Clayton's honor to the Bonner Springs United Methodist Church, the Bonner Springs Public Library, the KSU Foundation, and the Lake of the Forest Clayton Wolfe Memorial Fund.

Barbara Bryant Worman
Sister to
Phyllis Bryant Gannaway, Class of 1971
Phillip Bryant, Class of 1973

We are sad to announce that on February 6, 2024 we had to say goodbye to Barbara Ann Worman of Ellinwood, Kansas, born in Bremerton, Washington. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. She was predeceased by : her parents, Charles Bryant and Dorothy Bryant (Heine); her husband Richard Worman; her brothers, Allen, Eldon and Phillip Bryant; her sister-in-law Teresa Bryant; and her son-in-law Randall Amerine. She is survived by : her children, Robert Worman (Marti), Bruce Worman and Ruth Amerine; and her siblings, Phyllis Gannaway and Martin Bryant. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation was held on Friday, February 16th 2024 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the St. John Lutheran Church. A funeral service was held on Saturday, February 17th 2024 at 10:00 AM at the same location. Memorials may be given to Midland PACE or St. John's Child Development Center in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

In preparing the 2024 Newletters to be sent out,
we have been made aware of 3 other alumni passings.

Judy Sprague Ryder, Class of 1961

Judith “Judy” Ann Ryder, 79 of Arp, TX went home to be with the Lord, on December 14, 2022, in Tyler, TX. Judy was born in Hays, KS on January 18, 1943. Her parents were Raymond Harold Sprague and Maxine W. Dawe. She raised four children and was a homemaker most of her life. She loved all her family with all her heart. Passing before her were husbands Harley D. Long and Don Ryder, and shortly after her passing, her younger brother Dennis Sprague passed also.  Judy is survived by one sister Deanna Bachelor in Mills, WY, and one brother, Rick Sprague, of Midland, TX.  She is also survived by three sons and one daughter, Jerry Ensminger and wife Lana of Aubrey, TX, DeeAnn Scott and husband Brett of Overton, TX, Danny Long of Arp, TX and Randy Long of Arp, TX. Judy is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Meghan, Lexi, Tarissa, Joel, Cheyanne, Christina, Jordan, Zach, Kholby, Harley, Marissa and eleven great-grandchildren.


Max Sellers, Class of 1950

I couldn't find an obituary for Max.


Lois Arnold Hall, Class of 1943

Lois L. Hall, 87, of Topeka, died September 9, 2013 at McCrite Plaza Health Center. She was born in El Dorado, Kansas on December 26, 1925 the daughter of Wilbur Ray and Helen Annette (Mears) Arnold. She married Willard Hall on September 8, 1946 in Lyons, Kansas. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1981. A son, Dana and his wife Brenda Hall survive along with three grandchildren, Alexander, Zachary and Gunther Hall. Lois was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister Geraldine Arnold. Lois will lie in state Friday, September 13th at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. followed by a service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held on Monday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m. at the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory in lieu of flowers to the Friends of Forbes Emergency Fund and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603. 

Marjorie Gates Clark, Class of 1965

Marjorie Ann “Marge” Clark, 77, of Chase, Kansas, went to be with the Lord on February 18, 2024, at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born January 26, 1947, in Chase, the daughter of Junior LeRoy and Goldie M. (Gillespie) Gates. Marge was a lifelong Chase resident. She graduated from Chase High School with the class of 1965. Marge was a nurse aide at the Hospital District #1 of Rice County for twenty-five years. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, sightseeing, and vacationing with her family. Marge also loved going to the mountains in Colorado, four wheeling, and spending time with her family. On August 6, 1965, Marge was united in marriage with Billy R. “Bill” Clark, in Chase. She is survived by her husband, Bill of Chase, KS; son, Scott Clark and wife Paula of Chase, KS; daughter, Wendy Gilmore of Chase, KS; sister, Judy Wilcox of Chase, KS; ten grandchildren, Justin, Jayme, Joey, Ben, Stephanie, Billy, Brendon, Sean, Michael, and Kaytlynn; many great-grandchildren; uncle, Curt Gillespie and wife Hughlene of Chase; and aunt, Ottavia Ludwick of Sterling, KS. Marge was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Tammy Renee Linke; sister, Janet Foulger; and many other loved ones. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, with Zach Ullom officiating. Burial will follow at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. The family suggests memorials be given to Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons to help offset funeral expenses.

Jerald Lick, taught English at CHS from 1986-1988

PEORIA, Ariz. — Jerald Chadwick Lick, Peoria, Ariz., a beloved soul who touched the lives of many, passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2024, at the age of 76. He left this world surrounded by the love and warmth of his family and friends. Born on Nov. 24, 1947, Jerald lived a life characterized by his unwavering kindness, compassion, and boundless love. He was a devoted husband, and a cherished father and grandfather, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to know him. His proudest achievement was having a part in his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. Jerald’s journey through life was marked by his passion for his family. Whether it was attending hockey games or building leggo sets with his grandkids or attending birthday parties and graduations receptions, he approached each endeavor with dedication and a zest for life. He loved to garden and was an expert craftsman. His enthusiasm was contagious, and he inspired others to pursue their passions wholeheartedly. Professionally, Jerald was a farmer for most of his young adult life. He also taught high school English, speech, psychology/sociology, journalism, and forensics for 25 years, retiring in 2004. He excelled in his fields and earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and peers. He was well-known for directing school plays and melodramas. His commitment to excellence and tireless work ethic has left a lasting legacy. Jerald was also a Veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War: 995th Maintenance Company from 1968 to 1973. Beyond his accomplishments, Jerald will be remembered for his warmth, sense of humor, and the ability to make those around him feel loved and valued. He was a pillar of strength during times of need, offering support and a comforting presence to friends and family alike. Jerald was preceded in death by his father, George Lick, Hunter, Kan. (1977); his mother, Elva (Spears) Lick, Hunter, Kan. (2001); and a brother, Darrell Alan Lick, Hunter, Kan. (1954). He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, LaVonna (Biles) Lick, Peoria, Ariz., whom he married on June 15, 1969; his daughter, Lorraine Lick, Goodyear, Ariz.; a son, Jay Lick, Madison Wisc.; and his youngest son, John Lick, Phoenix, Ariz. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Trent Lick, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Drae Lick, Madison Wisc. His surviving family members will forever hold him close in their hearts. The impact he had on the lives of those who knew him is immeasurable, and his memory will continue to bring comfort and inspiration. A celebration of Jerald’s life will be held for family and friends in Kansas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Heifer International, a cause that was dear to his heart. Interment will be at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Hunter, Kan., in a private ceremony for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., Phoenix, AZ  85027. To send expressions of sympathy to Jerald’s family, or upload a photograph, or to share fond memories with the Lick family, please visit May Jerald Chadwick Lick’s soul rest in eternal peace, and may his memory continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who were touched by his presence. Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 10, 2024

Mother of
Pamela Phillips Urioste, Class of 1971

Arylis Laveta Phillips, 91, of McPherson, KS, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2024, at The Cedars.
Arylis was born in Pittsburg, Texas, on January 18, 1932, the daughter of Alva LeRoy Taylor and Alma Lee (Poe) Taylor-Briley. Arylis attended Newton, Little River, and Canton schools and graduated from Canton High School in 1950. She later attended and graduated from Beauty School in Salina, Kansas. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in McPherson. Arylis was a homemaker and worked as a beautician for Beau Mart Beauty Salon. She enjoyed caregiving, quilting, gardening, cooking, being a wife and mother, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arylis married Gail Edward Phillips on August 4, 1950, at Canton Methodist Church. The young couple established their first home together in Canton. They then moved to Gypsum, KS, and because of Gail's work in the oil field, the family moved throughout Kansas and Colorado. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Urioste of McPherson; her siblings, Quincy Taylor of McPherson, Mary Simmons of Salina, Kansas, and Juanita Hanson of McPherson; grandchildren, Chad Carroll (Jodie) and Brandi Martinez-McWilliams (Robert); great-grandchildren, Camryn Carroll, Caitlyn Carroll, Brady McWilliams, Jadeyn McWilliams and Jocelyn McWilliams. Arylis was preceded in death by her parents: her husband, Gail Phillips; her sons, Jon Phillips and William Gary Phillips; her brothers, Ancil Taylor and Perry Taylor; and her sister, Marjorie Florine. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 18, 2024, at First United Methodist Church, McPherson, with Reverend Emily Cannon officiating. Live streaming will be available at Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, The Cedars (Memory Care Unit), or Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. They can be sent to Glidden-Ediger-Wiggins Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460.

Patricia Forshee
Wife of Ron Forshee, Class of 1963

Patricia Forshee, 75, retired restaurant waitress and floor manager, died Saturday, January 20, 2024. Rosary will be at 9:30 am; Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am, both on Friday, January 26, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Patricia enjoyed boating, working in her flower garden, observing nature in her backyard and was a lover of all animals. Preceded in death by her parents, Jay L. and Geraldine Conover; siblings, Cindy Dunmire, Larry (Kay) Conover. Survived by her husband, Ron Forshee; daughter, Kim (Tim) Manring; grandchildren, Ericka (Ray) Church, Jerik (Hannah) Manring; great-grandchildren, Tayten Church, Jackson Manring; siblings, Debbie (Jack) Lane, Karen (Allen) Klein, Sharon (Phil) Schoenhofer, Michael (Glenda) Conover, Cindy’s husband, Tim Dunmire; numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with: A Better Choice, 3007 East Central Avenue Wichita, KS 67214, Kansans for Life, 3301 West 13th Street North, Wichita, KS 67203, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Services in care of Downing & Lahey Mortuary - West Chapel.

Janie Martinez Werner, Class of 1974

Janie Werner, 68, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away June 14, 2023, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born October 27, 1954, in Lubbock, Texas, the daughter of Raul “Rudy” and Francisca Perez Martinez. Janie has resided in Lyons since 1991, formerly of Chase and Raymond, Kansas. She was a clerk at Doug’s Hometown Foods in Lyons for many years. Janie was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons. She enjoyed softball, running and riding her bicycle. Janie had a great sense of humor, was very dedicated to her family, and enjoyed spending time with and supporting her children and grandchildren. On February 12, 1977, Janie was united in marriage with Curtis Shawn Werner Sr. in Chase, Kansas. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2016. She is also preceded in death by her father, Raul Martinez; and son, Victor Werner. Janie is survived by her mother, Francisca Martinez of Chase, KS; two sons, C.J. Werner and wife Marcella of McPherson, KS, and Lucas Werner of Lyons, KS; three brothers, Luis Martinez of Chase, KS, Raul Martinez Jr. and wife Karen of Lyons, KS, Lasaro “Larry” Martinez and wife Dee of Lyons, KS; three sisters, Beatrice Olson and husband Gary of Lyons, KS, Sally Lopez and husband Martin of Lyons, KS, and Mary Lopez and husband Juan of Topeka, KS; and five grandchildren, Mia and Isabella Arce, Jada, Xavier and Belladonna Werner. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, June 22, 2023, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father Michael Brungardt officiating. Burial will follow at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 until 10:30 A.M., Thursday, June 22, 2023 at St. Paul Catholic Church, with family present. A Parish rosary will be said at 10:30 A.M., at the church. The family requests memorials be given to Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons to help offset funeral expenses.

Ron Sinclair, Class of 1966

Beloved husband, father and Papa, Ronald NcCoy Sinclair, 75, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Monday, April 24th after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Ron was born in Eads, Colorado on April 13, 1948 to Natalie & Cleason Sinclair. Growing up in western Kansas, he attended Sublette High School where he played football, basketball, baseball and trumpet in the band. He attended Emporia State University where he met the love of his life, Debbie. Ron graduated with Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting and moved to Wichita after graduation. Ron & Debbie married on December 27, 1970 in Liberal, Kansas.  He was President of Grand Mesa Operating Co and later started Sinclair Links, LLC. Ron was on the KIOGA Board of Directors for many years and President of the Petroleum Club from 1992-1993. An avid traveler, Ron especially loved Maui and vacationing at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  Some of his favorite trips included cruising through the Panama Canal, seeing the Super Bowl and watching the Masters in Augusta, Georgia. Ron loved playing golf at many bucket list courses- Pebble Beach, the Plantation Course at Kapalua, St Andrews in Scotland, Wynn Golf Club, TPC Sawgrass and his favorite home course, Flint Hills National. Ron is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Debbie, his son, Scott (Julie), his daughter Megan (Mark), four grandchildren- Alex & Abbie Sinclair and Lydia & Calum Osmundsen.  He is preceded in death by his parents. 

Henry Conde, Class of 1973

Henry Conde, 69, of Mcpherson, KS, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2023 at McPherson Health And Rehab, McPherson KS. Henry was born in Lyons, KS, on April 10, 1954, a son of William and Violet Bonita (Thaire) Conde. Henry attended Chase grade school and graduated from Chase High School, Chase, Kansas. in 1973. Through the years Henry worked as a laborer. Henry enjoyed hunting, fishing, renaissance festivals, woodworking and spending time with his friends and family. He is survived by his brothers, Joe Conde, of McPherson, Ks., Grover Conde, of Blue Springs, Missouri and, Franklin Conde, of South Dakota. Henry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William Redner. Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at Glidden-Ediger-Wiggins Chapel, McPherson, KS. Contributions can be made to the Henry Conde Memorial Fund and they can be sent to Glidden-Ediger-Wiggins Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, Ks. 67460.  

Bill Hardie, Class of 1952

Grandpa Bill Hardie was born on June 30, 1933 to Ralph and Beaula Hardie in Sperry, Oklahoma. He went to his heavenly home on October 28 2023 at the age of 90 years old. His given name is actually Earnest Albert Hardie. But his Grandma called him Billy because he loved playing with the Billy goats! So Billy/Bill just stuck. He began school at Cherokee Elementary in Turley, but because he was a military brat he traveled to many different schools. He finally landed in Chase, Kansas, and completed his education at Chase High School, where he played football and built props for the school plays and proms. In case you didn’t know, Bill was quite a collector, of everything. In his collection was a News paper article titled: “Bill Hardie---He’s busy. Here is how the article spoke of Bill. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is the motto by which he tries mold his life his life. We think this is the main reason he is always available when something requires repairs, a stage manager is needed, or any other thing has to be done. Although he hasn’t much spare time (he’s working at school from 6 to 6) he manages to keep a thriving pencil collection. His first, and 80 year old lead pencil, was obtained about 10 years ago. This spurred him on and since then he has collected some 250 pencils and mechanical pencils, most of which bear advertising. And interesting fact is , no 2 are alike. When asked what guided his every day life, Bill answered, I like to help others in everyway I can.” Bill was very involved in his church activities, and summer church camps were an important part of his life. In one particular summer, he traveled to Wilberton, Oklahoma for camp. While there he met the love of his life, Betty Crumrine. She was at the camp as a guest of her best friend, Darlene Basse Westmoland. He was 16, she was 13 but he knew he had found the girl of his dreams. For the next 3 years he would hitchhike from Chase, Kansas, 272 miles, to Sperry to visit Betty. After graduation his mom and dad dropped him off at Ward Rumsey’s home, where he lived in their little garage apartment. Then, on October 3, 1952 he married his one and only girlfriend, Betty. Not long after he and Betty were married he secured a job with Otasco. He spent the next 37 years as a warehouseman, which eventually led to a supervisor position for the After Otasco closed their doors, he found employment with Tulsa Public Schools and then drove a bus for Skiatook Public Schools. The young couple settled in Sperry, and added their 3 children, Annis, Alane and Arthur to complete their family. They always made sure their kids were in church, (every time the doors were open), and that they attended church camp. As the kids grew older, Bill and his friend Howard built a very unique camper where the family would stay during their yearly vacation to Reunion (a family church camp.) Eventually, Bill designed his dream truck (a 2 seater Ford truck), bought a camper, and then a boat. Family activities included camping, fishing and water skiing. Bill was always active in his church, known then as The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now Community of Christ. He was ordained a deacon in 1950 and a priest in 1960. In 1991 he was ordained an Elder. He served as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Minister, Pastor, Youth Camp Director and hospital ministry. He believed in the power of prayer, and shared in prayer with any who asked. His hobby was being a Super Dad, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa. He supported his kids and grandkids in everything they did. Whether it be football, softball, basketball, wrestling matches, Special Olympic Events. Band and choir concerts, band contests, talent shows, award assemblies, whatever it was, he was in attendance at all of them. However, football was always his favorite, and he was not a fan of Operas. That support didn’t stop when his kids went off and started their own adult lives. He was still there. Only a phone call away. He still helped them move, repair cars, build new homes, and build and transport band props. He was the greatest dish washer and would mop floors till he would drop.. What-ever needed done, He was there. As he aged, he decided he was going to BE Santa. He loved little kids, so this was a great fit for him. He would start growing his beard and hair out at the end of summer, so he would be good and bushy for the Christmas season. He was Santa to many. At schools, church, community activities, Nursing homes, hospitals, anywhere he was called, He was there to bring the Christmas Joy of Santa, Interesting fact. he never allowed Santa in his home with his own kids because Christmas was “Jesus’ day!” In 2015, the town of Sperry honored Bill with the Old Timers Award. Bill loved the town of Sperry and his Pirates. Perhaps his greatest accomplishments was that he lived a clean, wholesome life. Shucks, rats or Hot Doggie were his strongest words. He lived his life by example. He taught folks to love God, to find joy in serving others, and to bless those around you with your gifts and talents. He taught us to be good leaders and to set a positive example. Most of all, he taught us to cherish, honor and love each other. He is survived by one brother, John and wife Sharon of Lyons, Kansas. 3 Children, Annis and Gene of Tulsa, Alane and Dave of Sperry and Arthur and Beth of Sand Springs. 7 Grandchildren, Shawna and husband Joe, Larry and wife Dee, Andrea and husband Eric, Angela, William, John and wife Amber, Rebecca and husband Michael. 12 Great Grand Children: Tiarra, Michaela, Darrin, Lexie, Brooklyn, Natalia, Leo, Dalton, Bella, Ellie, Chloe. And Takoda. And 4 Great-Great Grand daughters, as well as a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Betty, son, Everett Allen, parents, Ralph and Beaula Hardie, Son in Law Lawrence Hickman, sister Darlene and Brother in Law, Ralph Coen. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Skiatook Community of Christ Church youth camp fund.

Jay Laessig, Class of 1961

Kenneth Jay Laessig, 81, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023. He was born on April 30, 1942, to Keith and Genevieve “Gen” Laessig in Salina, Kansas. Everyone knew him as Jay, but his family knew him as Honey, Dad, or Papa. No matter what you called him, he was known for his gift of gab, his ornery nature, his artistic gifts, his acts of service for the church, and – most of all – his love of family, including his beloved wife, Peggy. Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Gen; his brother and sister-in-law, Kay and Debbie; and a beloved son, Troy. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, of Wichita; daughter Anita (Greg) of Lyons, sons Scott (Belinda) of Wichita, Roger (Britt) of Hutchinson, Tracey (Dana) of Parker, CO, and Todd (Raina) of Memphis, TN; nephews Darron, Jason, and Gavon; grandchildren Haley (Tyler), Travis, Alyson (Corbyn), Alexa (Noah), Aaron (Russell), Peyton, Jordan, Hayden, Jillian, Keegan, Zachary, Brock, and Tristan; and his treasured great-grandchildren Madelynn, Elias, Noah, Seger, and Taytum. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Kairos Prison Ministry: Kairos of Kansas, PO Box 1862, Topeka, KS 66601 or online at His memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2023 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wichita

Dave Saunders
Husband of Valerie Keesling Saunders, Class of 1980

David Linn “Dave” Saunders, 75, of Chase, Kansas, passed away October 26, 2023, at the Sterling Village, Sterling, Kansas. He was born May 4, 1948, in Lyons, Kansas, the son of Orvel and Madge (Hubbard) Saunders. Dave has resided in Chase for the past thirty-nine years, formerly of Lyons. He graduated from Lyons High School with the class of 1966. Dave was a floor refinisher for many years. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited. Dave was an elder and deacon at the First Christian Church, Lyons, church camp counselor, hunter safety instructor and Rice County Fire Department volunteer. He enjoyed watching football, hunting, and shooting guns. On February 16, 1985, Dave was united in marriage with Valerie Keesling. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Dick Keesling (Karen) of Belton, MO; three nieces, Kim Gonzales (Dan) of El Dorado, KS, Staci Lowe (Randy) of Stillwell, KS, and Katie Latta of Olathe, KS; two nephews, Kent Saunders (Carrie) of St. Louis, MO, and Brian Inwood (Nancy) of Sterling, KS; eight great-nieces, Kelly Gonzales-Archer (Daniel), Briana Lowe, Brynn Lowe, Avery Saunders, Stella Saunders, Maci Latta, Katie Inwood, and Paige Inwood; four great-nephews, Gregory Gonzales, Brooks Lowe, Colton Latta, and Cameron Inwood; and great-great-niece, Aspen Gonzales-Archer. Dave is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Doug Saunders. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the First United Methodist Church, Lyons, with Pastor Chris Lehew and Pastor Tom Reazin officiating. Burial will follow at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., Friday, November 3, 2023, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present. Memorials may be given to the North Pole Fire and Rescue in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Floyd Osborn, Class of 1961

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Floyd Osborn (Woodstock, Georgia), who passed away on October 22, 2023, at the age of 80, leaving to mourn family and friends.

Soon as we get a more detailed obituary, we will post it.

Richard (Dick) Link, Class of 1959

Richard Allen Link left his Berthoud home October 6, 2023, to go to his heavenly home. Dick, as he liked to be called, was born in Great Bend, Kansas to Bernard Martin Link and Rosalia (Sally) Stein Link, March 9, 1941. Dick attended twelve years of school in Chase, Kansas where he played football and ran in track. The 440-meter dash was his specialty, and he won the state championship his senior year. Dick later attended Hutchison (KS) Junior College and then moved to Emporia State Teachers College, Emporia, KS where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Dick’s first teaching job was in Attica, KS where he taught Industrial Arts for two years. He then signed up with the DOD (Department of Defense). His first assignment was the Azores, Portugal. The following year he taught in Nurenburg, Germany.  During his time in the DOD, he spent his off time traveling. He visited 28 different countries with fellow teachers.  Dick then returned to Emporia, Kansas where he taught and coached at Emporia High School while working on his masters degree. It was in Emporia that he met Louise Birkbeck. After dating for several years, they were married June 13, 1970, and moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where both were teachers. During that time, their first child, RaeLynn was born. Dick and Louise then moved to Fort Collins, where Dick and Louise both left teaching and Dick started selling Saladmaster cookware full time. They later moved west of Loveland where a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Erica, joined the family. Eventually, leaving cookware sales, Dick got his real estate license and was one of the first REMAX agents in Loveland. After selling property in the Loveland area for several years, the family moved to Summit County where he sold condominiums for five years in the early ‘80’s. In 1985 the family returned to Loveland where Dick sold American Family Insurance for 20 years. In 1990 the family relocated to their current home in Berthoud. In 2004, Dick retired from insurance and returned to real estate for several years. Dick’s greatest accomplishments, in life, were winning the state track meet as a high school senior, his family, and being one of six original founders pf Birthright, now Birthline. Dick is survived by his wife Louise of 53 years. A son Ryan Link (Stephanie), a daughter Erica (Isaiah) and son-in-law Mark Petrovich.  Grandchildren left behind are Kayla Petrovich, Riley Link, Aidyn and Ariadne Link and Annika, Aaron and Evan Isakson, a host of other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by a daughter RaeLynn (Link) Petrovich. Services will be held at Grace Community Church, 240 Barberry Place, 80537 in Loveland. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Birthline of Loveland, 1511 East 11th Street, Unit 160, Loveland, CO 80537.

Pat Dunning Young, Class of 1948

Pat J. Dunning Young, 93, Baldwin, Kansas formerly of McPherson, Kansas passed away Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Morning Star, Baldwin, Kansas. Cremation with service at a future date. Condolences may be left at Pat was born June 11, 1930 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Roger I. and Dottie (Rawdon) Dunning. After graduating from high school, Pat married Richard D. Young on November 7, 1950 in Sterling, Kansas. She was a homemaker raising her family. Pat was a member of Eastern Star. Pat lived in the McPherson/Alden area for 75 years. She enjoyed painting and creating crafts. Pat is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Donald and Harold Dunning. She is survived by her husband Richard; sons: Michael Don Young and wife Barbara, Gardner, Kansas, Roger David Young and wife Danna, Worcester, Massachusetts and Greg Lynn Young, McPherson, Kansas; sister Carolin Teske and husband Leon, Boca Raton, Florida; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kansas

Son of Marvin Simmons

Leiko Ray Simmons, 39, of McPherson, KS, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at his home. Leiko was born on June 3, 1984, in Hutchinson, KS. He is survived by his mother, Linda Brown of McPherson, KS; father, Marvin Joe Simmons of Hutchinson, KS; uncle, Michael Brown of Honolulu, HI; aunt, Vickie Gehring of Hutchinson, KS; aunt, Mary Johnson of Hutchinson, KS; aunt, Carrie Mattingly of Hutchinson, KS; uncle, Ronnie Simmons of Hutchinson, KS; uncle, Joey Simmons of Oklahoma; brother, Jerry Bown of McPherson, KS; and sister, Jennie Emerson of Tennessee. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to McPherson Meals on Wheels in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

John Ingham, Class of 1991

John Gerald Ingham, 51, Basehor, KS, passed away Tuesday September 12, 2023. A memorial mass will be at 10:30am Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Basehor, KS; a rosary will be said prior to the service. John was born July 21, 1972, in Lyons, KS to Curtis and Shirley (Muth) Ingham.  He was united in marriage to Niccole "Nicci" Batchman on August 17,1998.  John worked as a Safety Auditor for Wachter.  He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church. John enjoyed playing poker, cooking, fishing, being in the mountains and making people laugh.  He loved spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, his wife, Nicci Ingham; one son, Curtis Ingham; two daughters, Taylor Ingham, and Kinzi Ingham, all of the home ; five brothers, Mike (Annie), Raymond, KS; Bob, Tonganoxie, KS; Tom (Ronda), South Lake, TX; David (Kim), Chase, KS; Bill (Kerri), Fort Worth, TX; two sisters, Sheryl (Don) Burggraf, Lawrence, KS; Karen Wood, Paola, KS; and several nephews and nieces. Memorials may be made to the John Ingham Memorial Fund, in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home

Juanita "Bobbi" Messick Shultz
Mother of
James Shultz, Class of 1976
Christi Shultz Thomson, Class of 1977
Sheri shultz Hoover, Class of 1982

Juanita Faye “Bobbi” Shultz, 84, passed away suddenly in Great Bend, KS on August 29, 2023. Born in Raymond, KS on December 29,1938, she was the daughter of Clarence & Dora (Hughbanks) Messick. As a longtime Raymond resident, she graduated High School in Raymond and worked at the Jr. High School for 25+ years as a cook. She married Darrell Lee Shultz on March 17, 1957 at Raymond Baptist Church. They moved into her dream home in Ellinwood, in 2012. Bobbi was a member of the Raymond Baptist Church and Auxiliary. She always enjoyed a good card game. Bobbi was the best dressed mom/grandma around, especially dressing special on the holidays and having shoes for every occasion. She had a love for gnomes around the house and decorative chickens. She was a big supporter of the booster club. She loved watching her favorite sports teams; Chiefs, Jayhawks, Shockers and Royals while drinking a cold Coors Light with her four legged companion Pumper in her lap. Survivors include son, James (Valerie) Shultz Chase, KS, daughters, Christi (Bruce) Thomson, Raymond, KS and Sheri (Ronnie) Hoover, El Dorado, KS, sister, Kay (John) Fore; grandchildren, Tiffany (Bobby) Webb, Tenelle (Brent) Nuest, Shawnda Wood, Jeremy Wood (Sierra), Dane Wood (Brinna), Jacob (Lyndsey) Hoover, Jaci (Ryan) Wolfe and 21 beloved great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Darrell; and brothers Jack & Bud Messick. Graveside Service will be 2:00 PM, Sat., Sept. 2, 2023 at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery with Pastor Thomas Reazin officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow at the American Legion Post 320-Ellinwood. Visitation will take place Friday Sept. 1, 2023 Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood, 11AM-7PM, with family present 5-7PM. Memorials are suggested to Ellinwood Hospital Foundation in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526. 

Cheryl Engelhardt, Class of 1972

Cheryl Renee Engelhardt, 69, of Hutchinson, KS died on July 27, 2023. She was born September 15, 1953 in Pratt, Kansas to Elmer E. and Lavada P. (Quasebarth) Engelhardt. Cheryl graduated from Chase High School and Brown Mackie College-Salina. She worked at Rice County Abstract and Gibson’s in Great Bend, Ks. In 1998 she moved to Hutchinson and worked at McDonald’s at their 30th Avenue store, for over 20 years and made many friends. While in Great Bend, she took organ lessons and then played for Sunday services at Our Savior Lutheran in Great Bend and Christ Lutheran in Hutchinson.  Cheryl still played piano when she could up until her death. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and making ceramics. She loved to spend time with family and attending church.  Her favorite travels include Colorado, the Grand Canyon, Mexico, Nashville, Graceland, Dolly World, Texas and visiting family. Cheryl is survived by: sister, Vicki Engelhardt, Wichita; brother, Darryl (Janet) Engelhardt, Jefferson City, MO; nieces, Stephanie (Randall) Angerer, and Jennifer (Joe) Allen, Jefferson City; great-nephews, Hampton and Cavanaugh Angerer and Dominic Allen, Jefferson City; and great-niece, Gabriella Allen, Jefferson City. She was preceded in death by her parents, and infant son, Lucas. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hutchinson with Pastor Quentin Nuttmann officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Hour Ministries, St. Louis, MO, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main

Duane Wood, Class of 1979

Duane G. Wood, (62), peacefully passed away August 15, 2023, at home with beloved family and dogs by his side. Born in Lyons, KS on December 25th, 1960, to parents Betty and Virgil Wood, Duane was a lifelong resident of Chase, KS. He graduated from Chase High School and spent the entirety of his career in the oil field. An active member of his community, Duane volunteered as a firefighter for numerous years, a member of the USD 401 Board of Education for 30 years, youth baseball coach, and a member of the Raymond Baptist Church. Duane is survived by wife, Rebecca Wood, married August 9th, 1996; daughters, Nicole Foster(Dennis) of Meade, KS, and April Miller(Troy) of Dallas, TX, Lauren Robertson (Jason) of Sedgwick, KS; sons, Nathan Wood (Cherise) of Ellinwood, KS and Nicholas Wood (Amber) of Sterling, KS; grandchildren, Derek Foster, Domanic Wood, Lake Foster, TJ Miller, Jayden Robertson, Kamden Wood, Kearra Wood, Adelyn Miller, and Cillian Robertson expected in October; siblings, Luanna Maes (Mike) of Lyons, KS, Richard Wood (Saundra) of Woodlands, TX, Dale Wood (Vicki) of Great Bend, KS, Jeanine Link (Howard) of Chase, KS, and Teresa Crowl (Jim) of Lyons, KS, David Wood (Tracy) of Chase, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Donald Wood (Carla) of Tulsa, OK. Duane will be remembered for his kind heart, ornery wit, giving and supportive nature, faith, and unwavering strength. He was an avid coin collector, loved fishing, camping, mushroom hunting, and spending time with his family and friends. A visitation will be held at Birzer Funeral Home in Sterling, KS on Friday, August 25th from 5-7pm. The funeral will be held at the Raymond Baptist Church on Saturday, August 26th at 11 am with reception to follow at the Raymond Community Center. If you would like to make a memorial donation please support MinKahz NETs Mission or the American Petroleum Institute in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store

David Link, would have been Class of 1955
David's parents were William and Edith (Moore, Class of 1906) Link and sisters were Norma, Betty and Shirley.


David Link-July 10, 1937 - July 7, 2023
Bend, Oregon - Capt. David Lee Link, 85, of Bend, Oregon, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2023, at Mount Bachelor Memory Care. His two children, Ryan Link and Rebecca Dao, were by his side. A career aviator, avid traveler, handyman, reader, hunter, member of both Mensa and the NRA, and lover of a dirty joke, "Dave" was a proud dad, a doting grandfather, and a beloved uncle. He enjoyed political discourse and critical thinking and was known to write passionate letters to the editors of various publications about issues he held dear. Born July 10th, 1937, he spent his early childhood in tiny Chase, Kansas. He attended St. Mary's High School in Wichita, where he played on the basketball and football teams sophomore, junior, and senior years. His older sisters, Norma and Shirley, helped raise him; his father, William, passed when he was 11, and he lost his mother, Edith, when he was 24. He graduated in 1955 and enlisted in the Marine Corps that same year, serving until 1963 and rising to 1st Lieutenant as an F-8U Crusader fighter pilot. Honorably discharged, he landed a job as a United Airlines pilot and stuck with it for 35 years until his retirement in 1997. From the 727 to the DC-10 to trans-Pacific routes as a Boeing 747-400 captain, he regularly flew the heavy birds from the UAL hub in San Francisco to Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Auckland. He was married once, to Lorraine (née Belmont), from 1971 to 1982. She was a UAL flight attendant when they met in San Francisco. They settled in the suburbs of Seattle, where their son Ryan and daughter Becky were raised. Both kids graduated from the University of Washington. Capt. Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in the 1980s from the New York Institute of Technology via correspondence. Some of his favorite authors were Robert A. Heinlein, P.G. Wodehouse, and Nora Roberts. He solved a crossword puzzle almost daily in whatever city newspaper was before him at the time. In his lengthy retirement, he enjoyed hunting trips and safaris and, later on, cruises with his long-time travel partner, Palma Menges. He migrated from Edmonds, WA, to Scottsdale, AZ, then back home to Wichita until the birth of his first grandchild in 2009 brought him back to the Seattle area. He followed his daughter's family when they relocated to Bend, OR in 2014. He is survived by son Ryan Link (Allison) of Nashville, TN; daughter Rebecca Dao (Tony) of Bend, OR; three grandkids, Halle Marie Dao (13), Blake Ryan Dao (11), and Edison Lee Link (3), with another boy due in September for Ryan and Allison; nephews William "Spunky" Shipler (Pam) and Charles "Chuck" Shipler (Kathleen), both of San Diego, CA; and half-brother Don Snyder (Marsha) of Buckeye, AZ. He will be inurned with military honors on the morning of Sept. 2 at St. Mary's Cemetery in Chase, KS, next to his parents, William and Edith Link.

Published by Wichita Eagle on Jul. 29, 2023.

Dennis Klima
Cousin of
Denise Klima Wedel, Class of 1983
Stella Klima Rasmussen, Class of 1984
Eric Klima, Class of 1988

Dennis Vernon Klima, age 71, was welcomed by his Lord and Savior, on July 25, 2023, after a work related accident. He was born Sept. 9, 1951, in Sterling, Kan. He was the first born to Vernon and Lavina Mae (Belote) Klima. He grew up in Claflin, Kan. and graduated from Claflin High School in 1970.  Dennis married his sweetheart, Rhonda Clinkscales, on Aug. 1, 1976, in Holyrood, Kan., in the presence of their family at the residence of a friend. To their union, they welcomed a son, David Klima, daughter, Laura Klima-Fehr, and their youngest son, Jordan Klima. Dennis and his wife, Rhonda, have lived in Great Bend since 1999. Dennis was an active member of Grace Community Church, and was a known as a man of godly character amongst his friends, community members, and those who worked with him in the oil patch. His faith meant everything thing to him, and those around him could always expect to hear a Bible verse or word of encouragement from Dennis. He enjoyed attending Adult Bible Fellowship and weekly men’s prayer meetings. His family knew that they could find him up early reading his Bible or on his knees in prayer before going to work for the day.  Dennis worked in the oil industry for over 46 years, owning Klima Well Service for over 42 years. He was known amongst his peers for his knowledge of the business and his hard work ethic. The dedication to his business was a character trait that all of his children also possess and they take pride in carrying on the legacy of hard work their father displayed. Dennis was a loving husband and proud father and grandfather, who enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family. They will remember his servant-heart, silly nicknames, and love of Hallmark Movies.  Klima was survived by his wife, Rhonda (Clinkscales) Klima; children, David (Misty) of Boise, Idaho, Laura (Matt) of Kansas City, Kan., and Jordan (Natalie) of Hays, Kan.; grandchildren, Macey, Micah, Maxson, and Mavery; and siblings, Donna Briggeman, Gary Klima, Vera Blair, Sherry Siemsen, Ernest Klima, and Jim Klima. Dennis was proceeded in death by his parents, Vernon and Lavina Mae (Belote) Klima.  Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2023, at Bryant Funeral Home, with family to receive guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Grace Community Church, with Pastor Jay Beuoy presiding. Interment will follow at Great Bend Cemetery North. Memorials have been designated to Grace Community Church, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Steve Ball, Class of 1970

Stephen Craig “Steve” Ball, 70, passed away July 16, 2023, at his home in Bison, Kansas. He was born on October 6, 1952, in Great Bend, Kansas, to John and Coralee Ann (Lewis) Ball. On October 10, 1987, he married Linda Koci in Bison, Kansas. She survives. Steve served his country in the United States Marine Corp and after being discharged, spent his working years as an onsite geologist in the oil field. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Walnut City Lodge of Rush Center. Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, dog training and farming. Survivors include his wife of the home; three brothers, Richard Ball of Junction City, Kansas, Michael (Coleen) Ball of Hillsboro, Kansas, and David Ball of Manhattan, Kansas; two sisters, Candace (John) Cobb of Lawrence, Kansas and Crystal (David) Miller of Winfield, Kansas; stepbrother, Iver Tokoi of Abilene, Kansas; and stepsister, Amanda (Tim) Hilfiger of Spring Grove Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Patrick Ball; and sister-in-law, Patricia Ball. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 20203, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Schumacher presiding. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Marine Corp, as well as Masonic Funeral Rites presented. Memorials may be made to Barnard Library in LaCrosse, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544.

Vincent Link, Class of 1936

Vincent Link, 104, died peacefully at his rural Aurora home, June 5, 2023. He was born October 17, 1918, to Louis and Bertha (Gregory) Link on the family homestead north of Chase, Kansas. He attended school in Chase and graduated high school in 1936. Due to the Great Depression, a job was impossible to find. However, Vincent got a tip from an uncle that a construction crew was needing volunteers to help build the Catholic school in Chase. He volunteered and after only two days of observing his skills, the construction leader offered Vincent a job at 30 cents an hour! He then traveled with the crew building schools and other structures until receiving a letter that he was "selected" to serve in the armed forces for one year. That one year obligation became four years of serving in the army during World War II. Vincent was stationed at Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands when it was attacked by the Japanese navy, earning him a Bronze Star. He was sent to Europe and was in Germany when he received the sad notice that two of his three other brothers, also in the war, had died serving their country. Thus his combat obligation ended and he returned home to the states. After the war ended, Vincent was quickly hired back by the same construction company. One evening while in Chase at a church dance, some young students wanted Vincent to dance with their teacher, Miss Martina Flynn. They were married at Martina's home parish, St. Peter's Catholic Church in Meredith Township, Cloud County, on June 2, 1947. A few years later, the couple purchased a farm adjacent to the church where they were wed. Vincent began a long career in farming and raising livestock. Over the years, Vincent earned several farming and conservation awards. He also used his construction skills to build a new home on the property for his family. Martina died November 3, 1963.   On August 9, 1973, Vincent married Roberta Tholstrup Moe. The couple enjoyed 42 years of marriage until her passing on June 5, 2015. Vincent resided on the farm from 1950 to his passing. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church until its closing but remained as a cemetery business volunteer. Vincent served on the board of the former neighborhood school Cottonwood District 62. He also served several terms on the board of the Cloud County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Concordia Moose Lodge. In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Teresa Owens; brothers, Gregory, Russell, Norbert, Raymond, Clifford and Kenneth; his granddaughter, Carrie Brayton; granddaughter-in-law, Krystal Link. He is survived by his children, Albert (Terri), Centennial, Colo.; Marita Link, Lenexa, (fiancé, Bob Overcash, Gravois Mills, Mo.); Tom (Peggy), Manhattan; Karen Gerstenkorn (Ray), Topeka; Gerald (Deanna), Delphos; Susan Brayton (Mike), Glasco; and Ann Schaefer (Henry), Wichita; his grandchildren, Ben Link, Martina Richardson, Katie Link, Tyler Link, Justin Stahlman, Amy Link, Lance Link, Grady Brayton, Joe Schaefer and John Schaefer; and eight great-grandchildren.   He also leaves his stepchildren, Renee (Nick) Speltz, Reta (Kevin) Cailteux, Rachelle Zaragoza and Doug (Michelle) Moe; numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia, with Fr. Steven Heina & Fr. Mark Wesely officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Meredith Township Catholic Cemetery, rural Concordia, Kansas, with military honors by Ft. Riley, American Legion Post #76 & VFW Post #588. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, with the family receiving friends after the Rosary Service. A Rosary will be prayed on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, Kansas. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church; St. Mary's Catholic Church, Glasco; or St. Peter's Cemetery Fund in care of Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, PO Box 606, Concordia, KS 66901. For online condolences please visit,

Janis Gilbert Thogmartin, Class of 1968

Janis L. Thogmartin of Emporia died on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.  She was 73. Janis was born on January 6, 1950, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of William Aaron and Rosalie Ruth Boldt Gilbert.  She married Clyde Orville Thogmartin, Jr. on July 1, 1978, in Chase, Kansas.  He died on March 10, 2020, in Emporia. Surviving family members include brother, Larry Gilbert and wife Ellen of McPherson; niece and nephew Kyle Gilbert and Lesli and Jason Coomes; special friends Carl and Rita Headrick, Wendy and Matt Booker, Kent and Nikki Simmons, Richard and Sandra Headrick.  She is preceded in death by her parents and husband. Janis was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church, Emporia. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 15, 2023, at the First Christian Church, Emporia with burial following at the Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia.  The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorial contributions to Emporia State University Foundation or the First Christian Church can be sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, Kansas 66801

Larry Garman, Class of 1967

Larry Paul Garman, 74, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at the Catholic Care Center, Wichita, KS with his family by his side. Larry Paul Garman was born on November 5, 1948, to Ardis M. (Layton) Summers and Carl Garman. Larry grew up in Chase, Kansas and was a long-time resident of Hoisington, Kansas. Larry was a truck driver for multiple companies. He ended his driving career with National Carriers. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed UFC fight nights, playing cards, and throwing horseshoes. He also enjoyed listening to classic rock-n-roll and country music. Watching the Dallas Cowboys and KU’s Men’s Basketball were also his favorite ways to pass time. Larry is survived by his four children, three daughters, Angela Brown, Wichita, KS, Rebecca Pierce, Hoisington, KS, Nancy Garman, Wichita, KS and one son, Gabriel Garman (Trudi), Covington, OK., a stepdaughter, Shannon Bryant and a stepson, Jeffrey Menzer. Seven grandchildren, Alexis Wiesner (Tyson), Taylor Crawford (Bailey), Alexander Brown, Sydney Crawford (Ryan), Makenzie Marbutt (Jeremy), Blake Garman (Alexis), and Adam Mannie. Eight great-grandchildren, Jaxx, Maxx and Emersyn Wiesner, Greysen and Oakleigh Crawford, Adrian Brown, Adeline and Violet Garman, Tanner McFarlane. Two sisters, Jo Anderson (Andy), Mexico, MO and Carla Hill (John), Russell, KS, along with nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces and great-great nephews and nieces and many friends. Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Luella Jane Garman, his grandparents B. Walter & Nancy Layton, his parents, Ardis M. Summers & Carl Garman, and his grandson, Tre’ Lewis Cherry. Graveside services will be held at Springdale Cemetery in Chase, KS. Memorials can be made in care of Angela Brown. 

Larry Holliday, Class of 1975

Larry Dean Holliday, 66, of Marysville, Kansas, passed away June 4, 2023, at the Cambridge Place, Marysville. He was born February 19, 1957, in Chula Vista, California, the son of Alton C. “Buddy” Jr. and Dora Ann Casey Holliday. Larry has resided in Marysville since 2020, formerly of Lincoln, Kansas. He graduated from Chase High School, Chase, Kansas, with the class of 1975, attended Colby Community College and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Yoder, Kansas. Larry was an assistant superintendent at the Sterling Power Plant for seventeen years. He was also a police officer for Sterling, Morton County, Ellsworth Correctional Facility, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and ATV’s, and attending antique car shows. Larry is survived by his son, Justin Holliday and wife Kalene of Lyons, KS; two sisters, Valerie Shultz and husband James of Chase, KS, and Cindy Steffan and husband Jim of Lyons, KS; four grandchildren, Justice Holliday of Sterling, KS, Avery Holliday of South Hutchinson, KS, Natalie Ventura of Lyons, KS, and Boston Holliday of Lyons, KS. Larry was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside service will be at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 17, 2023, at the Chase Springdale Cemetery, Chase, with Pastor Larry Schumacher officiating. Memorials may be given to the Cambridge Place, or the Senior Village in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

K.O. Fuller, Class of 1953

Keith “K.O.” Fuller, 88, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at McPherson Hospital.  He was a retired teacher and taught at McPherson Junior High School, McPherson Middle School, and Kansas State Industrial Reformatory in Hutchinson. K.O. was born on March 22, 1935, in Hutchinson, KS, the son of Keith Eldred and Alene (Ferrell) Fuller.  He graduated from Chase High School, Sterling College, and Emporia State University.  On August 2, 1956, K.O. was united in marriage to Nadine J. Schmidt at Antioch Friends Church in Stafford County. He was a member of the McPherson Church of Christ. Survivors include: his loving wife of 66 years, Nadine; three children, Brian Fuller of the Philippines, Shannon Fuller of McPherson, KS, and Kim Reazin (Richard) of Galesburg, KS; a brother, Pete Fuller (Brenda) of Stafford, KS; 12 grandchildren, Tyler Clary (Addie), Andrew Fuller, Benny Clary (Andrea), Shelby Skillett (Jake), Austin Clary, Cole Reazin (Selena), Zachary Fuller, Moriah Fuller, Kaytlynn Kuder, Josiah Fuller, Jordan Fuller, and Charity Fuller; eight great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Karen Jean. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Stockham Family Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM, Friday, June 9, at McPherson Church of Christ. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to McPherson Church of Christ, Multi Community Diversified Services (MCDS), or Angel Arms in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

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

Since the 2024 newsletter has gone out~~~


Class of 1943

Lois Arnold Hall

Class of 1948

Virginia Woodbury Martinson
Bob Hembree

Class of 1949

Gene Haas

Class of 1950

Max Sellers

Class of 1951

Major Towns

Class of 1957

Arlene West Hoover

Class of 1961

Judy Sprague Ryder

Class of 1965

Marjorie Gates Clark
Linda Burgess Eades

Class of 1971

Doug Caywood

Class of 1972

Kenny Aldridge
Leona Carlson Lemm


Clayton Wolfe, former CHS Teacher

Memorials Received Since The 2024 Newsletter: 

Gene Haas, Class of 1949, given by Gerald & Sherry Bliss Cole


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!