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 . . . .

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.

Wife of Gerald Fiedler, Class of 1976

Jan M. West Merrifield Fiedler, resident of Ponca City, Oklahoma, passed away at her home on May 28th, 2023 surrounded by her family and friends. Jan was born on April 7, 1937 to Rolla & Julia West in Duncan, OK. Her family moved several times in her grade school years. She attended schools in Tuttle, OK., Kansas City, KS., Rantoul, IL., Amarillo, TX., and Ponca City, OK., graduating with the class of 1955. She attended Pasadena Playhouse Acting School in Pasadena, CA. for 2 years. After she returned to Ponca City, OK. She was employed by Dr. L. Levern Merrifield in his orthodontic practice. On October 5th, 1967 she married Dr. Merrifield in Ponca City, OK. To this union was born 1 child, Shawn Lea Merrifield. Dr. Merrifield passed away on January 15, 2000. In 1985 Jan saw a need for a safe place for junior high and high school kids to congregate after school. With the help of many volunteers she started and managed Grand Central Station at 5th & Central. She worked to keep it a successful operation from 1985 to 1999. She passed the responsibilities on in 1999 to care for her husband when his health started to fail. After Levern’s passing, she stayed busy managing the ranch. In February of 2006 Jan decided to pursue her interest in dancing again. She reluctantly started to go to the Rockin’ Horse with her own set of rules. It was there she met her future husband, Gerald Fiedler. After a year of dancing and casual conversation, a relationship began to develop. A year of dating led to a proposal, and after a year of engagement they were wed on March 7, 2009.  Jan was a kind, generous, loving soul. She was quick to assist those less fortunate and encourage those who had fallen upon hard times. She never said an unkind word against anyone. "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8

 Jan was a long-time member of First Christian Church in Ponca City. She taught Sunday School for many years. She funded numerous projects at the church throughout the years. She also supported the Dearing House, the Child Development Center, the Ponca City Camp Fire Organization and the Red Rose Chapter of the Ponca City Garden Club with time, talent and financial support. Jan was preceded in death by her parents Rolla & Julia West and her first husband Dr. L. Levern Merrifield. She is survived by her husband Gerald of the home, brother Ronald of Thailand, daughter Shawn Lea Lessert of OKC, sister and brother-in-law Terri Ann and Paul Hadley of Ponca City, son-in-law Wade Lessert of OKC, grandsons Nathan Lessert of OKC and Patrick Hadley of Corinth, TX. Granddaughters Linen Linder of Richardson, TX. and Lauren Meador of Ponca City, great grandson Braxton Miller, great granddaughter’s Emersyn Lesseert, Lucy Linder, and Brooke Hanohano. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma or the First Christian Church of Ponca City, OK. in memory of Jan. M. Fiedler.

Pat Spangler Robertson, Class of 1959

Pratt - Patricia "Pat" L. Robertson, 81, passed away Monday, May 29, 2023 at her home. She was born on November 13, 1941 in Lyons to Walter and Roberta (Link) Spangler. Pat married Harry Robertson on October 14, 1961 in Chase, Kansas. He preceded her in death on February 12, 1995. Pat graduated from Chase High School in 1959. She worked as the Skyline Elementary School secretary for 29 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pratt. She enjoyed reading, quilting and sewing. She is survived by her children, Troy Robertson of Colwich, Tracy Robertson of Pratt and Amy Robertson of Pratt; sister, Sue (Frank) York of Ashland; brother, Mark (Judy) Spangler of Hoisington; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Pat is preceded in death by parents and husband. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.
Memorials may be made to Skyline School Foundation or Lemon Park Lights in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Online condolences may be made at

Mother of
Vicki Blackburn Caywood, Class of 1971
Lorie Blackburn Taylor, Class of 1974

Sydney Lynn Hoffman

 Daughter of Rebecca Sledd Hoffman, Class of 2004
Granddaughter of Denice Schmidt Sledd, Class of 1975

Sydney Lynn Hoffman, 4 ½ months old, of Hutchinson, Kansas, passed away May 16, 2023, at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born December 28, 2022, in Lyons, the daughter of Cory and Rebecca Sledd Hoffman. Sydney is survived by her parents; two brothers, Kolby and Tanner Hoffman of the home; paternal grandparents, Denny and Terry Hoffman of Hutchinson, KS; maternal grandparents, James and Denice Sledd of Chase, KS; and two uncles, Dustin Hoffman of Wichita, KS, and James Sledd of Hays, KS; aunt, Christina Sledd of Wichita, KS; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandparents, Warren and Patricia Hoffman and Richard and Helen Wittlief; and maternal great-grandparents, Thelma and James Sledd and Shirley and Edward Schmidt. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, with Pastor Scott Randle officiating. Burial will follow at the Sterling Community Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Friday, May 19, 2023, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to the Ronald McDonald House in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Found out when her newsletter was returned

Juanita Southworth Hughes, Class of 1942

Juanita Mildred Southworth Hughes was born in Depew, OK. on April 22, 1924 to Merrill and Nona Southworth. She was the oldest of five children; Three girls-- Juanita, Alice, and Maxine and two boys-- Don and Robert. Her father worked in the oil fields in Oklahoma and later in Chase, Kansas. Both her parents and all four siblings have preceded her in death. Juanita attended High School in Chase, Kansas and later in Blair Business College in Salina. While living in Chase, she met the love of her life, Berta Dee Hughes. Dee had joined the U.S. Army, and while he was on furlough, they were married December 1, 1942. After his discharge, they moved to Denver, Colorado. Dee and Juanita both worked for Gates Rubber Co. in Denver. Dee was safety Fire Chief and Juanita was an Administrative Secretary. Due to severe arthritis, Dee took early retirement and moved to Phoenix, Arizona for health reasons. Juanita later retired and joined him. They lived in Phoenix until Dee's death in October 2002. Since Juanita had no family in Arizona, in 2007 she chose to move to Ohio to be close to her Sister-in-Law, Naomi Kennedy and family. She lived in the Earl Maag Senior Center in Marrow. She was always an active participant in all the activities and enjoyed and appreciated the love and concern of the management staff and residents. She was a devout Christian and faithfully attended Morrow Church of the Nazarene.

Myrna James Peters, Class of 1957

“Thirty-nine-year-old” Myrna Peters, former Iolan, joyously entered her Heavenly Home on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023. Myrna was born in Chase on Nov. 21, 1939. She was the only child of Ruby and Lewie (Banjo) James. As the years passed, she often “forgot” how old she was, so she always said she was 39 in reference to the year she was born. Myrna loved playing the card game bridge, watching college basketball (especially K.U.), watching NFL games (of course, the Chiefs), and attending Bible Study classes. Despite the years of health challenges, you never heard her sit and complain. Her positive outlook was admired by most people she met. She is survived by her daughter, Tracy (Fiorini) and husband Andy of Olathe and her son Troy of McPherson. She has six grandchildren: Brandie, Brittney, Brailee, Alisha and Josh and wife Heather along with a great-granddaughter Olive. A Celebration of Life will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Olathe, at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21.

Fred's daughter Elizabeth let us know after the 2023 Newsletters were sent out.
Fred M Barrow, Class of 1944 and wife Dolores


Fred M Barrow was born June 26, 1926 and died July 29, 2022 and Dolores (Taylor) Barrow died August 17, 2023. She was born January 27, 1928.  They were married just shy of 74 years and died less than 3 weeks apart. They were welcomed aboard the USS William P Lawrence leaving out of Pearl Harbor on 02-07-2023 for their final journey/burial at sea. They leave behind son Fred T Barrow Chase High class of 1971 and daughter Elizabeth Barrow attended Chase High thru 1972. Also 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Wesley J. (Wes) Kandt, age 62, of Hays, Kansas, passed away March 13, 2023. He was born June 30, 1960, in Council Grove, Kansas, to Karl and Alice (Repschlaeger) Kandt. His family lived in 6 communities during his school years, and he formed many lasting friendships. Wes worked for several years as a general contractor and sheetrock installer with Budke Home Improvement and Orth Drywall. After a serious leg injury, he retired from construction work and drywall and began working at Walmart in Hays. Wes was an avid sports fan, especially of the K-State Wildcats. He enjoyed playing golf, especially at the Ellis Golf Club where he was a long-time member. Wes is survived by two brothers, Greg Kandt and wife Charmane, of Hays, KS, and Dale Kandt and wife Beth of Walsh, CO; nephews Toby, Derek, and Kendall, as well as nieces Taylor, and Keslie. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration gathering will be Saturday, March 18, 2023, 2 PM - 4 PM with services and sharing at 3 PM at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ellis Men's Golf Association.

Jerry Robl, Class of 1951

Retired teacher and cattleman, Martin Jerome “Jerry” Robl, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023, aged 89. Jerry was the husband of Judith Robl and father of four. He was born to Alvin Andrew (Dick) and Martha Irene (Link) Robl in Great Bend, KS, on May 16, 1933. Jerry grew up in the Chase, KS, area. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he graduated from Fort Hays Kansas State College with a Bachelor of Science degree. He taught mathematics for 33 years in Odin, El Dorado, Wichita, and Little River, retiring from USD 444 in 1993. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Ducks Unlimited, and the Liar’s Fishing Club. Jerry is survived by his wife and children: Glenda Ganung, Orlando, FL; Catherine Robl and Thomas Robl (Leslie), both from Lyons; KS; and Jayne Laymon (Aaron), Saxman, KS; and his sister, Norma Higgins (Raymond), of Lyons, KS, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and his beloved cattle dog, Joe. He is predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Alvin and John Robl and three grandchildren Christopher, Joshua and Sarah Jones. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, March 16, 2023, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father Michael Brungardt officiating. Burial will follow at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons, with military honors by Ft. Riley Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. A Parish and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons or Knights of Columbus Council #7422 in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Carol Bayer Reynolds, Class of 1946

Carol Joan Reynolds, 93, Rush Center, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Intermediate Swing Bed, La Crosse, Kansas. Carol was born December 25, 1929, in Chase, Kansas, the daughter of Herman and Sarah (Scott) Bayer.  She was a resident of Rush County, Kansas, for 70 years, moving from Chase, Kansas.  She was a 1946 graduate of Chase High School, Chase, Kansas, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Fort Hays Kansas State College, Hays, Kansas. On February 8, 1952, she married Bill Reynolds at the Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, Kansas.  He preceded her in death December 5, 1997. Carol was a teacher for 41 years before her retirement on July 1, 1994.  She began her teaching career, and taught kindergarten at USD 403 Otis-Bison.  Along with her 41 years as a teacher, she tutored many students outside of her classroom, and was active in her local teachers association. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, La Crosse, Kansas; NEA (National Education Association); Kansas NEA; a former member of the State Library of Kansas Board, and she served a three year term on the Kansas Reading Circle Committee. Carol volunteered at the Walnut Valley Senior Center, and the Rush Center Library, both of  Rush Center, Kansas.  She also volunteered for many church boards and women’s groups. Survivors include:  her daughter, Debra and Lee Oelkers, Hays, Kansas; two granddaughters, Carolyn and Scott Payne, and Michelle and Dylan Quigley; five great grandchildren, Katie, Anna, and Stella Payne, and Aubrey and Kobie Quigley; and two sisters, Esther Delimont, Lebanon, Kansas, and Elizabeth Bomba, San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Floyd Bayer; three sisters, Elnora Bayer, Louise Carlson, and Shirley Schendzielos; and an infant sister. Memorial service will be Monday, February 20, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church, La Crosse, Kansas, with Pastor Scott Tempero officiating.  A private family interment in the Locust Hill Cemetery, Rush Center, Kansas, has taken place. In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests memorials to the Rush County EMT’s, or the FHSU Education Department, Hays, Kansas. Condolences or remembrances may be left for the family at Arrangements were by Janousek Funeral Home, 719 Pine Street, P O Box 550, La Crosse, Kansas 67548, 785/222-2517.

Dixon Steadman
Great Grandfather of;
Dixon Steadman, Class of 2021
Payton Steadman, Class of 2022

Dixon Steadman, 91, of Chase, Kansas, passed away February 6, 2023, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas. He was born on November 30, 1931, in St. John, Kansas, the son of Clifford Nelson and Blanche Ilene Dixon Steadman. Dixon has resided in Chase since 1977, formerly of Wichita. He graduated from Radium High School, Radium, Kansas, with the class of 1949. Dixon served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War from July 24, 1952 until January 26, 1962, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He received the following awards for his service, Korean Service War, UN Service Medal, National Defensive Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean PUC, Navy Unit Sitation, Drill Instructor, and Korean Defense Service Medal. Dixon drove truck for United Van Lines for 16 years, 4 years for Alexander, and retired from Smithway in 2000. Dixon was a life member of the VFW McPherson Post #2715. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. On August 24, 1953, Dixon was united in marriage with Goldie Mae Simmons in Ellinwood, Kansas. She preceded him in death on December 20, 1999. He is also preceded in death by his parents, and five children, Debra McClelland, Clifford Steadman, Floyd Steadman, Tredda Steadman, and Goldie Mathis. Dixon is survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 13, 2023, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with Johnnie Hardie officiating. Burial will follow at Chase Springdale Cemetery, Chase, with military honors by the United States Marine Honor Guard, Patriot Guard and the McPherson VFW Post #2715. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M., Sunday, February 12, 2023, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present. Memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Ginger Tyrrell Miller, Class of 1954

Vivian Edna Lee Miller "Ginger", 86, of Amarillo, TX passed away February 6, 2023. Memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2023 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Ginger was born October 24, 1936 in Pratt, KS to Charles Louis and Vivian May Tyrrell. She graduated from Principia University in St. Louis. Ginger married Frank Miller on October 2, 1956 in Sterling, CO. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years before going into the trucking business hauling for numerous different companies including jet fuel for NASA. She also became a member of WIC (Women in Construction). Ginger was always very proud of her affiliation in WIC. Ginger loved playing the piano and dancing. She was a proud member of the "Eastern Star" known for her beautiful singing voice. She always enjoved a good episode of Wheel of Fortune and was a social butterfly. Ginger and her family met many years for a reunion at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri; enjoying fishing, boating, and camping with those she loved. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Frank Miller; father, Lou Tyrrell; mother, Vivian Tyrrell; sister-in-law, Ann Tyrrell; brother, Charles Tyrrell; sister, Rita Unruh; sister-in-law, Maxine Tyrrell; and son-in-law, Monty Trull. Ginger is survived by her children, Jennifer Salas and husband Daniel, Cindy Trull, Frank Miller, and Vivian Miller; grandchildren, Danielle Taylor and husband Michael, Colleen Barjas and husband Donald, Gabriel Salas, Cameron Miller, and Justice Dillard; 6 great-grandchildren, Lily, Hunter, Jeriah, Levi, Allysha, and Shyann; brother, Jack Tyrrell; and brother-in-law, Ross Unruh. The family would like to give a special thanks to, GiGi Lewis, Troy Unruh, and Jeff Tyrrell.

Francis Brady
Husband of;
Mary Casey Brady, Class of 1962

Francis Marion Brady, 84, of Chase, Kansas, passed away January 19, 2023, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born October 24, 1938, in Johnson, Kansas, the son of Charles and Ruby Bitner Brady. Francis owned and operated semis since 1975 and ran Longshot Grill for 21 years. On October 17, 1961, Francis was united in marriage with Mary Katherine Casey in Lyons, Kansas. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his son, Shannon Brady of Chase, KS; son-in-law, Larry Oberle of Geneseo, KS; four grandchildren, Colt Oberle and wife Julie of Wichita, KS, Andrew Larsen and wife Nickia of Lyons, KS, Michael Oberle of Geneseo, KS, and Raven Pedigo and husband Kyle of Ellsworth, KS; six great-grandchildren, Joseph, Alissa, and Chloe Pedigo all of Ellsworth, KS, and Kyler, Maklan, and Tucker Larsen all of Lyons, KS; two sister-in-laws, Janice Brady of Valley Center, KS, and Judy Brady of Moses Lake, WA; and brother-in-law, Dan Sheridan of Raymond, KS. Francis was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tamy Oberle; three brothers, Melvin Brady, Gary Brady, and Chuck Brady; and two sisters, Jean Lovaas, and Anita Sheridan. A Celebration of Life will be held for Francis and his daughter Tamy at a later date. The family suggests memorials be given to Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons to help with funeral expenses.

Elvira "Vera" Adams
Mother of:
Rena Adams McKenna, Class of 1982

James Reimer Porter
Husband of:
Patricia Kelso Porter, Class of 1962

James Reimer Porter, 81, was welcomed into Heaven on January 5, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. James was born on June 22, 1941, in Meade, KS, to Wallace and Lila (Dykstra) Porter. Jim, or as some knew him, “Flash”, graduated Little River High School in 1959. He worked as an electrician in the oil and gas industry and was a heavy equipment operator on many construction sites. , On March 30, 1985, Jim married Patricia Ann Kelso, in Geneseo, KS. Jim and Patricia Shared 37 years of marriage where they were blessed by spending time with family. He loved collecting coins and finding treasures while metal-detecting. He was a huge fan of the KU Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs, and never missed a game. Jim’s greatest passion was watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. He was always their biggest cheerleader. Jim is survived by: wife, Patricia Porter, Lyons; children, Jim (Judy) Porter, Bushton, Cathy (Dan) LaTourell, Sterling, Melinda (Alan) Moore, Lyons, and John Ray, Lyons; brothers, Stan Porter, Little River, Richard Porter, Lenora, KS and Leroy Porter, Raymore, MO; sisters, Nancy Burroughs, Joplin MO and Lois Lung, Salina, KS; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Jim is preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Jerry Porter; and two grandchildren. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Jim Porter Memorial Fund, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main St., Hutchinson, KS, 67501.

Roberta Halfast Allen, Class of 1953

Roberta I. Allen, 87, of Hutchinson, passed into her eternal life on January 3, 2023, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born March 12, 1935, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Robert and Thelma (Gardner) Halfast. Roberta graduated from Chase High School, KS, and attended Adela Hale Business School in Hutchinson, KS. On May 28, 1954, Roberta married Edward “Mike” Allen in Chase and eventually settled in Hutchinson with their three children, Kathy, Bob, and Mike. They shared over 52 years of love, life, marriage, and family before his passing on February 15, 2007. Roberta carried on as the matriarch of their wonderful family as it expanded with more grandchildren and great-grandchildren with whom she could continue giving of her big heart. Having always loved watching and actively supporting her kids in their activities, she would go on to be the consummate cheerleader for her grandchildren.  She often traveled to see them play wherever that may have taken her. Roberta’s kindness and generosity throughout her life made many feel as though they were a part of her extended family. Whether in her work, church, or neighborhood, she was always helping people unconditionally and selflessly.  This brought her great joy. Roberta worked as an administrative assistant at Woodwork Manufacturing and Architectural Millwork Inc. for several decades. She was also involved with the Business and Professional Women’s Club where she held several officers’ positions. Roberta was a passionate and competitive bridge player. She played regularly at the Delos V Smith Senior Center and Hutchinson Art Center. Roberta was equally right brained as she was left. Her creative side revealed itself in her beautiful handmade quilts and gorgeous paintings given to family and friends. Roberta was an active member of the American Legion Lysle Rishel Post 68 Auxiliary and supported the post with many hours of service over the years. There is little room to articulate a life so fully lived as was Roberta’s. She will be dearly remembered and celebrated by all who were blessed to share any part of her journey. Roberta is survived by: daughter, Kathy (Steve) Colley, Hutchinson; sons, Bob (Nancy) Allen, Granville, OH; and Mike (Jennifer) Allen, Kansas City; grandchildren, Brian (Sarah) Gisick, Brandon (Pornsiri Putsiri) Allen, Brenton (Samantha) Allen, Rachael (Broc) Cramer, Nick Allen (Aurora Westphal), Brent (Kandee) Colley; great grandchildren, McKenzie Colley, Reid Gisick, and Adelaine Allen. She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; granddaughter, Stefanie Gisick; and brother, Tom Halfast. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2023, at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hutchinson, with Pastor Craig Waetke officiating. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sunday, January 8 through Thursday, January 12 at Elliott Mortuary. Family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 12, at Elliott Chapel. Memorials are suggested to: American Legion Lysle Rishel Post 68, Hutchinson and Delos V Smith Senior Center, Hutchinson, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Father of:
Shannon McEachern, Class of 1982
Kelly Stallings
Heidi Gillespie

Tamra Brady Oberle, Class of 1981

Shirley Muth Ingham Hammeke, Class of 1956

LARNED — Shirley Ingham passed away on Dec. 22, 2022 at Country Living of Larned in Larned, Kan. Shirley was born in Chase, Kan. on Aug. 15, 1938 to Anthony and Cora Muth. She was one of nine children and grew up in Chase where she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through the 8th grade. She graduated from Chase High School in 1957. She attended business school in Hutchinson, Kan. where she studied accounting. She worked for an accounting firm in Lyons, Kan. after completing her studies. Shirley married Curt Ingham on July 7, 1960 in Tempe, Ariz. The union was blessed with eight children. Shirley spent her life raising her children with her husband Curt and supporting her extended family. She returned to work after her children were older and worked as an optometrist assistant for Dr. Huffman and Dr. Gibson in Lyons, Kan. She later worked as an office assistant for an allergy specialist, Dr. Wiens in Great Bend, Kan. She enjoyed her career helping others and easily made friends with those she served. Shirley lost her husband, Curt on Feb. 23, 2000. She later married her husband, Richard Hammeke on Dec. 3, 2011. Shirley enjoyed becoming a stepmother to Richard’s children and extending her family. She loved to host family dinners and enjoyed the laughter and conversations of her children and grandchildren. She loved her family by cooking wonderful meals and was famous in the community for her delicious pies. Shirley was a member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellinwood, Kan. She was previously a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Chase, Kan. She served on the Altar Society for both parishes. She also was active in the Chase High School Alumni Association. Shirley is survived by her husband, Richard Hammeke; children Sheryl Burggraf (Don), Mike Ingham (Annie), Bob Ingham, Karen Wood, Tom Ingham (Ronda), David Ingham (Kim), Bill Ingham (Kerri) and John Ingham (Nicci); stepchildren Mary Klepper (Terry), Nancy Noda (Chris) and Steve Hammeke; sister Barbara Muth; grandchildren Mark Davis, Darron Ingham, Lucas Ingham, Alex Komarek, Sam Wood, Amanda Wood, Scott Ingham, Macy Liebl, Jacob Ingham, Clayton Ingham, Hunter Ingham, Taylor Ingham, Curtis Ingham and Kenzie Ingham; step-grandchildren Kirstie and Devin Klepper, Merritt, McKenna, Paxton, and Brynna  Hammeke, and Salone, Isla, Elin, and Sutton Noda. There are also 17 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Curt Ingham; siblings Wilfred Muth, Fred Muth, Nadine Brown, Tom Muth, Bob Muth, Ray Muth and Mary Richter; grandchildren Brett Davis and Bill Wood.  Funeral Mass will take place at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Ellinwood, Kan., at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27th followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Chase, Kan. Rosary will be held before Mass at 9:15 a.m. Private family visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26th at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood, with public visitation from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s research Hospital in care of Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood, KS 67526.  Funeral arrangements provided by Minnis Chapel 113 N. Main Street Ellinwood, KS.   67526 Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 24, 2022

Elaine Revel Pugh, Class of 1943

Marion Elaine Pugh, 97, passed away on December 14, 2022, at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford, Kan. She was born on January 25, 1925 in Chase, Kan. to William and Julia (Gockstetter) Revel. On January 14, 1943, she married Roy Arthur “Art” Pugh in Chase, Kan. He passed on October 6, 2005. An area resident since 1946, Elaine worked as telephone operator in her younger years before becoming a homemaker. She was a very accomplished artist, especially in oil painting, sharing her talent through teaching art at the Great Bend Rec Center, Art Inc., Barton Community College, and the Cabin, and enjoyed her garden. Survivors include a son, Randy Pugh of Stafford, Kan.; two daughters, Diane Adams of Mulvane, Kan., and Lexie (Mike) Weiser of Salina, Kan.; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her husband; a son, Rodney Pugh; a grandson, Christopher Pugh; her parents; six brothers, Willis, Glen, Stanley, Wade, Donnie, and Ronnie Revel; and a sister, Bonnie Frazier. Visitation will take place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 18, 2022 at Bryant Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2022 at Bryant Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Vandenburg presiding. Interment will follow at Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials have been designated to the Shafer Art Gallery, in care of Bryant Funeral Home

Elsie Challans
Mother of:
Rob Challans, Class of 1977
Mark Challans
Phillip Challans

Elsie Kay Challans of Newton, Kansas, age 81 years, passed into the arms of her Savior Jesus peacefully on Thursday morning, December 1, 2022, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born December 22, 1940, in rural Halstead, KS to Charles R. and Minnie M. (Giersch) Hege. Throughout her life she resided in Newton, Lyons, Salina and rural Halstead, KS. Elsie attended Newton High School and Barton County Community College. She loved her family well. She was so fond of her many friends and frequently would spend time on phone calls with them, and in previous years, would have a weekly “coffee crew” she met with in Salina. She adored Christmas, was a voracious reader and loved Cardinal birds as well as growing and nurturing flowers, especially Clematis vine. Elsie worked for 26 years as a paraprofessional with special needs children in the USD 405 (Lyons), USD 401 (Chase) and USD 305 (Salina) school systems. She loved her work and was dedicated to helping children with special needs reach their highest potential. On October 7, 1958, she married Robert R. Challans at the Sister Frieda Chapel, Newton, KS. Robert and Elsie celebrated 64 years of marriage in 2022. She dedicated her life to raising 3 sons and rejoicing in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Elsie is survived by her husband, Robert of Newton: 3 sons, Robert F. Challans of Hesston, KS; Mark W. (& Cindy) Challans of Smolan, KS and Dr. Phillip (& Jama) Challans of Wichita, KS. Elsie came from a large family of 10 children and is also survived by brother Richard Hege of Newton, KS and sister Delores(& Fred) Sexauer of DeSoto, TX. Elsie was extremely proud of her 5 grandchildren; Daniel, Lacey, Caley, Brandon and Sky and 6 great grandchildren; Mallorie, Mike, Miles, Makenna, Marshall and Nash. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Donald Gene and Kenneth (Kenny Earl) and sisters Mary Alice Zimmer, Betty Lou Lea, Linda Bemiss, Charlene Reidlinger and Ruth Ann Cole. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel, Newton, KS with Pastor Jonathan Whitley of Heartland Community Church, Wichita, presiding. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Family and friends are invited to gather at The Breadbasket Restaurant, Newton, KS at 3:30 pm for food and fellowship. Private family interment will take place, at a later date, at the Fairview Pioneer Cemetery, rural Halstead, KS. Memorial donations may be made to and left with Petersen Funeral Home and will go to help in the fight against autism.

Dick Salter, Class of 1972

Richard Norman “Dick” Salter, 68, of Sterling, Kansas, passed away December 8, 2022, at his home. He was born February 3, 1954, in Liberty, Missouri, the son of Norman Clinton and Nina Faye Wallace Salter. Dick was a lifelong Alden and Sterling resident. He graduated from Sterling High School with the class of 1972 and received his associates degree in agriculture from Hutchinson Community College in 1974. Dick was a farmer, stockman, and a truck driver for Dillions Corporation in Hutchinson. He was a member of the Alden United Methodist Church and Teamsters. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, wood working, mechanic work and most of all spending time with his family. On October 24, 1974, Dick was united in marriage with Peggy Ann Bell in Alden, Kansas. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his three children, Jessica Mihm and husband Andrew of Kearney, NE, Heather Lang and husband Craig of Burrton, KS, and Zach Salter and fiancé Saucha Silvers of Sterling, KS; and seven grandchildren, Caleb Claussen, Cameron Claussen, Carson Claussen, Haley Mihm, Wallace Lang, Lillian Lang, and Bria Salter. Dick is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Doug Salter. Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at the Alden United Methodist Church, with Dennis Corbett and Pastor Rob Bolton officiating. Burial will follow at the Alden Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Monday, December 12, 2022, at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling, with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to the Sterling Public Library in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.

Joyce Ankerholtz Cheuvront, Class of 1953

Joyce L. (Busch) Cheuvront, 87, of Lenexa, Kansas, passed away December 9, 2022, at Evergreen Community Center in Olathe, Kansas. She was born February 27, 1935, in Chase, Kansas, the daughter of Henry and Lena (Blank) Ankerholz. Joyce has resided in Lenexa since 1981, previously living in Lyons, Kansas, since 1958. She worked for various plumbing supply businesses in the Kansas City area carrying on her career from the family business, Busch Plumbing and Heating in Lyons. On October 3, 1953, Joyce married James L. Busch in Chase, Kansas. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1973. On October 30, 1976, Joyce married John R. Cheuvront in Lyons, Kansas. He preceded her in death on December 4, 1982. She is also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard Ankerholz and Edward “Ed” Ankerholz; and sister, Irene Kennedy. Joyce is survived by her three children, James Busch and wife Debra of Houston, TX, Joel Busch and wife Donna of Hutchinson, KS, and Julie Rowe of Olathe, KS; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

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

Since the 2023 newsletter has gone out~~~


Class of 1936

Vincent Link

Class of 1942

Juanita Southworth Hughes

Class of 1944

Fred M. Barrow

Class of 1948

Pat Dunning Young

Class of 1953

K.O. Fuller

Class of 1957

Myrna James Peters

Class of 1959

Pat Spangler Robertson
Richard (Dick) Link

Class of 1961

Floyd Osborn

Class of 1967

Larry Garman

Class of 1968

Janis Gilbert Thogmartin

Class of 1970

Steve Ball

Class of 1972

Cheryl Engelhardt

Class of 1975

Larry Holliday

Class of 1979

Duane Wood

Class of 1991

John Ingham



Memorials Received Since The 2023 Newsletter: 


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!