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 . . . .

Timothy J Wesselowski, former teacher mid 60's.

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

Bob Hoppes, Class of 1954

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

David Wedel, Class of 1974

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

Carolyn Boldt Anderson, Class of 1960

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

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

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

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

Norma "Jean" Hiebert Hembree, Class of 1952

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Wood, Class of 1963


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

John Forshee, Class of 1967

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

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

Linda Smith Colberg, Class of 1951

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

Wife of Don Kopfman, Class of 1973

Wilda "Jean" McClymonds Neal, Class of 1943

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

Alvin Heine, Class of 1943

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

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

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

Wife of Gerald Bynum, Class of 1962

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

Husband of Donna Keesling Groves, Class of 1976

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

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

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

Joyce Dellinger Burress, Class of 1957

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

Jerry Morse, Class of 1965


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

Maple Edward Taylor, Class of 1946


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

Jo Ann Link Taylor, Class of 1951

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

Chase High Principle around 1969-1973
Verlin Kolman

BELOIT – Verlin Ray Kolman passed from Earth to Heaven on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. He was a great man, not by worldly measures, but by the way he loved his family, loved God, and showed the love of Christ others. Verlin was born on August 18, 1936 to Chas and Grace Kolman in Cuba, KS. Embodying the message of his mother to value and gather education, he graduated from McPherson College and went on to become an educator and businessman. He taught and coached in Spearville and Jetmore, before becoming a Principal in Chase, Greensburg, and the first Principal at the new high school in Beloit. He also served as the Assistant Director at North Central Technical College. After retiring from education, he continued working in real estate and farming. He loved hard work and passed this lesson on to his family. Whether a teacher or a principal, his guiding philosophy was to put others first. He had a soft spot for the underdog and went out of his way to lend them a hand. Verlin was a great example of steadfast godliness. Like the mustard seed, no single day was he the hero, but his daily faithfulness moved mountains and built a legacy with his 63 years of marriage, his blessed family, his work ethic, and with service to the church. He spoke and acted with the love of Christ to others. In the community, he touched lives through feeding kids at church, bringing Christmas memories to families with “The Tree Farm”, ensuring that no one left without a tree due to cost, spearheading the Port Library relocation, and helping families to buy or sell homes. For his own family, he was a fountain of wisdom, advice, lessons, and fun. Playing pitch, pushing his grandchildren on the swing in front of his house, and taking family vacations were an endless source of joy. He approached life with zeal and integrity. He wrote letters to his family to share his wisdom. In his last letter he wrote, “You are invited to will be the ultimate family vacation – date unknown.” In dying, he gave his family the opportunity to pray in faith and lean on God knowing that we live with the hope we will see him again. He salted his food, put syrup on his waffles, shared his Hot Tamales, enjoyed his wife, enjoyed his family and friends, and enjoyed the community. Moving on in God’s graces are his wife of 63 years, Diane, his children: Venette (Robert) Davis, Denise (Jay) Jones, Bret (Susan) Kolman, Heath (Yanely) Kolman, and his grandchildren: Tiffany, Whitney, Ashley, Faith, Caleb (Abi), Aspen, Kayley, Daniel, Alec, Austin, Brooke, Elle, and great-grandson, Elijah. He is survived by one sister, Geneva Severin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Paul Kolman, and his sisters Dollie (Kolman) Pickard and Evelyn (Kolman) Meyer. It was a life lived abundantly and lived well. He was described by his daughter-in-law as a SERVANT. It is a good and fitting epitaph for Verlin. May he enter into his rest. He can be remembered through posts on Roberts Family Funeral Home in Beloit KS or through gifts to Heart Choices, the Port Library, or Beloit First Christian Church Youth Group or Elders Love Fund. We invite you to participate remotely in the celebration of Verlin Kolman’s life through the live stream of his funeral services from Beloit First Christian Church ( on Wednesday, April 8th at 2:00 pm. He will be buried in the McPherson Cemetery on Thursday, April 9th at 11:30. Roberts Family Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at or mailed to 910 N. Campbell, Beloit, KS 67420

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

Kathy Ricker

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

Father of
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 Link

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

Ann Loree (King) Meyer, 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


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

Since the 2020 newsletter has gone out~~~


Class of 1943

Alvin Heine
Wilda "Jean" McClymonds Neal

Class of 1946

Maple Taylor

Class of 1951

Jo Ann Link Taylor
Linda Smith Colberg

Class of 1952

Norma Jean Hiebert Hembree

Class of 1954

Bob Hoppes

Class of 1957

Joyce Dellinger Burress

Class of 1960

Carolyn Boldt Anderson

Class of 1962

Jim Ray

Class of 1963

Donald Wood
Mary Taylor Johnson

Class of 1965

Jerry Morse

Class of 1966

Sandra Fisher Oakley

Class of 1967

John Forshee

Class of 1974

David Wedel

Class of 1977

Bo Messick

Class of 1984

Greg Stallings


Verlin Kolman, Chase High Principle around 1969-1973

Timothy J Wesselowski, former teacher, mid 60's

Memorials Received Since The 2020 Newsletter: 

Joyce Dellinger Burress, Class of 1957, given by Gerald & Sherry Bliss Cole

Alvin Heine, Class of 1943, given by Paula Bliss Bieberle


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!