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 . . . .


James Cedeno, Son of James M Cedeno
Nephew of Geri Cedeno Habiger, Class of 1970

James L. Cedeno, 38, of Hutchinson passed away January 17, 2022, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born on October 22, 1983, in Lyons Kansas, to James M. Cedeno and Devona Burdette. He graduated from Lyons High School in 2002 and attended Barton County Community College, Hutchinson Community College, and was a graduate of The Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. James was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for Old Mission-Heritage Funeral Home in Hutchinson. He enjoyed gunsmithing and reading in his spare time. He is survived by his parents, James M. Cedeno (Cathy) and Devona Belt; Siblings, Megan Simon (Ian), Andrew Cedeno (Katie), and Jordan Cedeno; Nephews, Kolyn Simon, Rhett Simon, Connor Cedeno, and unborn nephew, Elias Cedeno; Grandparents, Dale & Rosie Dressel. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Joseph L. & Amelia Cedeno, Dennis Burdette and his beloved canine friends, Smokey and Wolfgang. A graveside service will take place on Friday January 28, 2022, at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Chase Kansas with Fr. Michael Brungardt officiating.

Claretta Lewis, wife of Gary Lewis,  Class of 1961

Claretta Ann Lewis, 74, of Borger passed away Saturday December 4, 2021 while under home hospice care & surrounded by family.  Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 am, December 29 at First Southern Baptist Church in Liberal, KS. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home. Claretta was born on July 7, 1947 in McCook, Nebraska to Clarence and Martha (Thummel) Boor.  She married Gary Lewis on December 26, 1964 in Liberal, Kansas.  Together they shared fifty-seven years of marriage, two children and many memories together. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Claretta loved her family fiercely and they loved her.  She especially loved her grandchildren!  They were #1 to her! Her and Gary welcomed their first child, Sheila, into their lives while living in Goodwell, OK.  After living in Liberal, KS for a short while Gary began his career with Anadarko Petroleum/ Panhandle Eastern in Fort Worth, TX where they brought their second child, Ricky, into the family.  Claretta cherished the times they had at the lake with friends.  After moving to Kansas City, KS she treasured the time she had raising family and always in attendance at her children’s ballgames and activities.  Square Dancing with her Wheel and Dealers Friends and spending lots of time with her neighbors hanging out and playing games. Liberal, KS was the next place they resided.  Here she watched her two children graduate from high school.  Something she would never live down was the few years she spent working for Lex’s Shoe Collection and spending her paycheck on her growing shoe collection!  One last move before residing in Borger, TX Gary & Claretta moved to and lived in Houston TX where she welcomed her first grandchild.  While in Borger TX Claretta welcomed 4 more grandchildren into the family!  She loved spending as much time as possible with her family! Claretta and Gary also enjoyed the opportunities they had to travel especially trips when they could include her parents. Christmas was always over the top whether it was decorating her tree one icicle at a time or icing her sugar cookies with a toothpick so they would be “just right!”  And her greatest joy at Christmas was lavishing gifts on her kids and grandkids! In a recent conversation Claretta considered herself Christian by faith.  She understood and confessed Jesus as Lord and that there is no other way to God but through Jesus! Claretta was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Martha Boor; one sister Linda Kerns. Survivors include her husband Gary Lewis of Borger; one daughter, Sheila Freeman and husband Rocky of Amarillo; one son, Rick Lewis and wife April of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Christopher Lewis of Amarillo; Alyssa Lewis currently a student at Baylor; Rhandall Freeman of Canyon; Ayden Lewis of Amarillo; Emma Lewis of Amarillo and one brother Ray Boor and wife Julie of St. Petersburg, FL.  And also many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to St. Jude Hospital at

Larry Patterson, Class of 1975

Larry Joe Patterson, 65, of Chase, Kansas, passed away December 20, 2021, at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. He was born November 24, 1956, on Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, Missouri, the son of Joe D. and Charlene Whitehead Patterson. Larry spent his childhood in many different places from Maine to Puerto Rico following his dad’s military career. He remembered those times fondly and had many stories of the adventures from surfing to riding horses on the beach. He attended Chase High School, Chase, Kansas. Larry was a truck driver for Rice County for over twenty years, retiring in 2018. He enjoyed riding his Harley, reloading ammunition, hunting, fishing, trapping, running coon dogs, and four wheeling in his Jeep down at the river. Larry was an avid outdoorsman, and marksman. He was a lover of wildlife and never passed up the opportunity to catch animals. He even once caught a badger with his bare hands and has video to prove it! Most of all Larry enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids and was happiest when he was telling stories and making people laugh. He was a member of the Raymond Baptist Church, Raymond; member of the NRA, a member of the Kansas Bow Hunter’s Association; and a member of Mountain Men Rendezvous. Larry is survived by his mother, Charlene Patterson and husband Silver Ingram of Chase; three children, Elizabeth JoAnn Madden and husband Thomas of Raymond, KS, Jesse Cole Patterson of Chase, and Misty Dawn Patterson; four siblings, I. Joene Latiolais and husband Marion of Franklin, LA, Chuck E. Patteson and wife Pam of St. John, KS, E. Jane Blackburn of Raymond, KS, and Charlotte K. Larsen and husband David of Lyons; four grandchildren, Alaina, Colton, and Emelia Madden, and Sophia Vasquez; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Larry is preceded in death by his father; Joe D. Patterson; paternal grandparents, Ivor and Pearl Patterson; and maternal grandparents; Harry and Edna Summers; brother-in-law, Steve Blackburn; and grandson, Isaiah Madden. Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 27, 2021, at Raymond Baptist Church, Raymond with Pastor Michael Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 5:00 P.M., Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Goodfellows of Rice County in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Patricia Lindsay Towns, Class of 1956

Patricia Rose Lindsay Towns was born on October 30, 1938, to Homer Victor Lindsay and Mabel Louise Ramsey Lindsay, in Lyons, Kansas.  She entered the gates of heaven on December 13, 2021. She grew up in Chase, Kansas and graduated in 1956 from Chase Rural High School.  She played the clarinet in the high school band, was a lead in school plays and was also a cheerleader. Pat married Marion Lee Towns (Major) in 1956.  They lived in Kansas, and New York before settling in the Oklahoma City area for the past 58 years. They have 5 children and 12 grandchildren and 12 great grands. In 1973, she started and managed the family business, Custom Printing, for 25 years.  She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was the Malcolm Hunter Chapter Regent (2008-2010) and held several offices. Completing her college degree was a lifelong goal.  She proudly accomplished this goal in 2011. At age 73, Pat earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma University. Pat’s dream of traveling came true in 2000 when they purchased a Winnebago motorhome. She and Major travel extensively for the next 20 years in the RV as well as many cruises and other travels.  She was fascinated by genealogy and invested many retirement years in developing and maintaining family history.  One of her final accomplishments and precious gift to her family was writing a 96 page book telling her life story. Pat loved ice cream before bed, Felix the cat, Elvis, square dancing, and red antique dishes but mostly she loved her family.  Pat’s greatest accomplishment and her pride and joy was her family.  She faithfully organized family gatherings, celebrations and reunions.  She has always been the glue that kept the family close. She is survived by her husband, Marion Towns; sons & daughters-in-law, Tim Towns & Derice Pfefforkorn of Longmont, CO, Tom & Shelly Towns of Tuttle, OK, Tracy & Kim Towns of Bethany, OK; daughters & sons-in-law, Terri & Leonard Walters of Canton, OK, Tammi & Bob Ogle of Franklin, TN; sister, Jean Sink of Merriam, KS; brother & sister-in-law Don & Kate Lindsay of Crawfordsville, IN and many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews. Viewing and visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2021 at Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon, OK. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:00 at the First Christian Church, Yukon, OK, with interment to follow in the Mustang Cemetery.  Memorial donations in Pat’s name to First Christian Church Yukon, 601 Maple Ave, Yukon, OK 73099.

Charles (Chuck) Brady, Class of 1965

Charles W. Brady, age 74, of Valley Center, Kansas, passed away on Friday, Nov 26, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas. He was born in Syracuse, Kansas on May 23rd, 1947 to Charles Marion Brady & Ruby Maxine (Bitner) Brady. He was raised in Chase, Kansas. Chuck entered into the military April of 1966 and served in the U.S. Navy until 1970.  He then attended four years and graduated in 1977 from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He worked for the Post Office for over 20 years as Postmaster in Medicine Lodge and Valley Center, Kansas.  The rest of his career was spent running an insurance adjusting business.  His greatest joys in life were studying the Bible and spending time with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles Marion Brady and Ruby Maxine Brady; sister Elma Jean Lovaas of Lakeside, MT,  brother Melvin Brady of Ellinwood, KS, and brother Gary Brady of Chase, KS. Chuck is survived by his wife Janice Brady, daughter Angela Brady, son Michael Brady, brother Francis (Mary) Brady of Chase, KS, and sister Anita (Daniel)  Sheridan of Raymond, KS, many other family and friends. Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 6, at Baker Funeral Home Chapel, 100 S. Cedar, Valley Center, Kansas, with visitation before.  Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m., at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 1208 N. College, Winfield, Kansas. Condolences may be left for the family at

Jim (Spunk) Taylor, Class of 1953

James H. (Jim) Taylor, 87, of Dumas, passed away early Sunday afternoon, November 28, 2021. A family visitation will be held at Beeson Morrison Funeral Directors on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 5 -7 o’clock in the evening. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Pastor Keith Hight officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Beeson-Morrison Funeral Directors. Jim was born June 22, 1934, in Healdton, OK to Maple E. and Lillie (Lewis) Taylor. After graduating high school, Jim honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps. On February 12, 1955 he married the love of his life, Colleen McPherson in Chase, KS, and they would celebrate 66 wonderful years together. They made Dumas their home and he worked for El Paso Natural Gas, retiring after 37 years. Jim had a passion for scouting and served as scoutmaster for Troop 137, twice attending the scout jamboree. He and Colleen became avid hockey fans and faithfully supported all of the Amarillo teams. James was also very involved in a 50-year journey into the many appendant bodies of masonry where he served in many offices including Worshipful Master of Dumas Lodge, High Priest and Thrice Illustrious Master as well as Commander of the Amarillo Chapter, Council and Commandry in York Rite. He served as the area’s district representative for these bodies and was honored by being invested in the Knights Commander of the Court of Honor and their distinctive red cap, as well as being Past Sovereign for the order of Red Cross of Constantine. He was a member of Hunt United Methodist Church in Dumas and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is preceded in death by: his parents Maple and Lillie, sisters: Helen Link, Margaret Doll, and Mary Johnson; and brothers: Bill, Jack and Mapel Taylor. Jim is survived by his wife Colleen of the home: daughter: Tonya Scarborough and husband Billy of Dumas; son: James Taylor Jr and wife Janet Jung of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren: Craig Scarborough and wife Stacy Jones of Dumas, Chris Scarborough and wife Leila of Amarillo, TX, Jessie Brooks of Amarillo, TX, Alex, Kortney, and Carmie Jung all of Amarillo, TX; 8 great grandchildren and many numerous family and friends. The family suggests, with gratitude that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a favorite charity. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of "Jim", please visit our Tribute Store or plant a tree.

 “Quen” McGlynn
Mother of

Amie McGlynn Moore, Class of 2002
Sarah McGlynn Johnson, Class of 2004
Jason McGlynn, Class of 2009

Quentanna Marie “Quen” McGlynn, 57, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away on November 12, 2021, at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born November 24, 1963, in Fort Morgan, Colorado, the daughter of Phil Williams and Joyce Cramwell/Hagler. Quen has resided in Lyons since 1976, formerly of Ness City, Kansas. She graduated from Lyons High School with the class of 1982 and continued her education earning certificates as a Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse Aide, and Rehabilitation Aide. Quen worked at Good Samaritan Society of Lyons for nineteen and a half years as a CNA, CMA, RA, van driver and assisted the residents with activities. She has worked at Sterling Village as a RA and activities director since July of 2021. Quen was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, and a 4-H Club leader. She judged cooking at the Kansas State Fair. Quen enjoyed being outdoors, canning, sewing, tending to her chickens, and most of all spending time with her family. On June 12, 1982, Quen was united in marriage with Kevin McGlynn in Lyons. He survives of the home. She is also survived her father, Phil Williams and wife Teresa of Baldwin City, KS; mother, Joyce Dudenhoeffer and husband Don of Bronson, KS; three children, Amie Moore and husband Michael of Columbus, OH, Sarah Johnson and husband Brock of Hutchinson, KS, and Jason McGlynn and fiancé Sarah Malott of Hays, KS; six siblings, Amanda Taylor, DeeDee Hartman, T.J. Larkin, Brian Williams, Boe Williams, and Travis Williams; uncle and aunt, Jim and Jan Black of Loveland, CO; five grandchildren, Jessamee Moore, Emily Moore, Chloie Johnson, Beau Johnson, and Barrett Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Quen is preceded in death by her brother, Jason Kenneth Williams; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Marge Williams; and maternal grandparents, Harold and Elise Hagler. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, November 18, 2021, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons with Father Michael Brungardt officiating. Burial will follow. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M with a rosary at 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Catholic Church, Rice County 4-H Club, or Sterling Village (for the resident’s activities fund) in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Betty Gillespie, Class of 1958

 Betty Louise Gillespie, 82, of Chase, Kansas, passed away on November 4, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society of Lyons. She was born August 1, 1939, in Warsaw, Missouri, the daughter of Robert Ambrose and Margaret Messacasa Gillespie. Betty was a lifelong Chase resident. She graduated from Chase High School with the class of 1958. Betty attended Barton County Community College and received her LPN degree from McPherson School of Nursing in 1979. She was an LPN at Hospital District #1 of Rice County for ten plus years. Betty was a member of Chase Baptist Church and Eastern Star. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Betty is survived by her two sons, Gilbert Aguilera and Gerald Aguilera and wife Dorothy both of Chase; brother, Curtis Gillespie and wife Hughlene of Chase; sister, Ottavia Ludwick of Sterling, KS; eight grandchildren, Todd Aguilera and wife Aimee of Alden, KS, Gilbert Aguilera III and wife Ashley of Polk, OH, Natalie Zink of Lyons, KS, Brooke Aguilera of Lyons, Glenn Aguilera and wife Krista of Chase, Audree Aguilera of Valley Falls, KS, Andrea Aguilera of Hoisington, KS, and Aaron Aguilera of Chase; ten great-grandchildren, Jace Aguilera, Saylor Aguilera, Landon Aguilera, Gracyn Zink, BryAnn Zink, Alyssa Martinez, Colton Aguilera, Kaiden Strickland, Jasper Aguilera, and Charity Aguilera. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Dell Gillespie, Robert "Buck" Gillespie, Herman "Slick" Gillespie, John Gillespie, and Bill Gillespie; four sisters, Minnie "Midget" Wheeler, Edith Royster, Goldie "Nip" Gates, and Mary Trehan; and grandson, Brian Aguilera. Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at First Baptist Church, Chase with Pastor Rick Standlee officiating. Burial will follow at Chase Springdale Cemetery, Chase. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, Chase in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Margaret Taylor Doll, Class of 1956

Margaret Ann Doll of Eureka, died on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka, at the age of 83. She was born on July 22, 1938, in Seminole, Oklahoma, the daughter of Maple and Lillie Roseman (Lewis) Taylor. She was raised in Chase, Kansas, at the Gulf Oil camp. She graduated from Chase High School with the Class of 1956. On June 3, 1957, Margaret was united in marriage to Jackie Lee Messick. They made their home in Raymond, Kansas. To this union, four children were born. Margaret's greatest joy was motherhood and raising her children was the focus of her life from this point on. She worked as a bus driver for USD 401 and a school secretary. She was well known around the area as a great cook, often feeding entire ball teams at her home before the games. On February 22, 1991, Margaret was united in marriage to John Franklin Doll. They made their home in Eureka. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Rainbows, Cub Scouts as a leader, and the Fred Priestly VFW Post 1174 Auxiliary. She is survived by two children, Cathy Coon of Eureka; and Fred Messick of Valley Center; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jim Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Jackie Leann Pryce, and William “Bo” Messick; one grandson, Kent Allen Messick; and five siblings, Helen Link, Maple Taylor, Bill Taylor, Jack Taylor, and Mary Johnson. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 1, 2021, at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka with Mr. Dalton Knox officiating. Cremation has been effected. A private family scattering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Chase High School Alumni Association. Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, PO Box 595, Eureka KS 67045, which is overseeing arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family online, at

Carl Jesseph
Husband of Robin Patterson Jesseph, Class of 1976
Father of
Lacey Jesseph Whiting, Class of 2001
Roxanna Jesseph Barney, Class of 2005
Jenny Lynn Jesseph, Class of 1998

Carl O. Jesseph, 62, of Chase, Kansas, passed away September 22, 2021 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. He was born October 10, 1958, in Newton, Kansas, the son of Dennis Oliver “Dee” and Peggy Ann Tripsis Jesseph. Carl was a lifelong Chase resident. He was an oil field worker and truck driver. Carl was a member of the Chase Baptist Church. On October 15, 1976, Carl was united in marriage with Robin Patterson in Chase. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his two daughters, Lacey Whiting and husband Justin of Kingsdown, KS, and Roxanna Barney and husband Brad of Raymond, KS; two brothers, Dennis Jesseph and wife Pam of McPherson, KS and Sam Jesseph of Lyons; two sisters, Amanda Butts of Lyons, and Diane Schmidt and husband Ernie of Delia, KS; three grandchildren, Dalton Rose of Chase, Kylie Barney of Raymond, and Ryker Whiting of Kingsdown, KS. Carl is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jenny Lynn Jesseph; sister, Ellie Jesseph. Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, September 27, 2021, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with Rev. Johnnie Hardie officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. until service time at 2:00 P.M. with family present. Burial will be at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery at a later date. The family requests memorials may be given to Birzer Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

James Lewis, Class of 1960

 James's niece sent me this

Altho James and his brother Gary, Class of 1961,  only attended CHS for about a year or so, they always remembered us and attended our All School Reunions.

Tom Hudson, Son of Shirley Hembree Hudson, Class of 1956

Tom was born into a loving home in Lyons, Kansas to Herman and Shirley Hudson on September 20th, 1960.  After school Tom became a much in demand finish carpenter.  He married Robin Hall who was the love of his life on January 29th, 1983. In 1991 Tom and Robin moved to Bastrop and opened their first Subway.  In 2005 they moved to a farm in Smithville. They currently own Subway stores in Giddings, LaGrange and Smithville. Tom is survived by his wife Robin, mother Shirley, daughters Amanda (Shawn) Romero and Jacki (Andrew) Short, his grandchildren Emma and Hudson Short, Tyler, Evan and Lucy Romero and his sisters and their families Sondra Johnson and Lori Hudson. Many knew him as Tom, Tommy, or Subway Tom Hudson; a man who was devoted to his family.  He loved his Wife, Daughters and Grandchildren and spent his life supporting them in anyway he could. His greatest pleasure was being with them and helping them to achieve what they wanted in life.  He believed in right and wrong and would never hesitate to help someone who needed help. Tom was generous, could fix anything, was a hard worker and a loyal friend.  He mentored and treated his employees with respect.  He enjoyed racing motorcycles, fishing and working the farm.  He loved Jesus, His Country and Community and will be greatly missed by all that loved and knew him.

Memorials can be made to the Winchester Area Volunteer Fire Department.

Kristy Morton Colyer, Daughter of Ramona Mernagh Morton, Class of 1965

Kristy Kay Morton Colyer 51 of League City, Texas passed away August 29 at her home.  She was born November 22, 1969 in Dodge City, Kansas to parents Virgil R.  Morton and Ramona K. Mernagh Morton.She was predeceased by her Father, Virgil R. Morton and her Grandparents, Walter F. and Margaret Mernagh of Chase, Kansas and Ted and Helen Morton of Ellinwood, Kansas. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Paul Colyer of League City.  Her Chldren, daughter Miranda Heritier of Angleton Texas. Son Aaron Sebok of Angleton, Texas and four Grandchildren.  Her Mother Ramona K. Morton of Angleton.  Her Sister Monica Sebesta and husband Matt of Angleton and her Aunt Victoria Young of High Point, North Carolina. No service will be held and interment will be at a later date.

Larry Messick
Brother of Linda Messick Kimple, Class of 1965

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Larry Messick, age 84 graduate of Raymond High School died August 15, 2021.  The son of Orie & Mary Messick, he was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy Band.  He was a certified gemologist and retired owner of  Jason Lord Jewelry of Del Ray Beach for 40 years.  Survivors include a son Garry (Kim) Boynton Beach; a sister Linda (Richard) Kimple of Fort Collins; granddaughter Grace. Larry was preceded by wives Elsie, Mary & brother Dennis.

Darleen Hendricks Risley

Darleen Cora Risley, 73, of Sterling, Kansas, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on August 28, 2021. She was born May 19, 1948, in Columbia, South Carolina, the daughter of Harry Jr. and Pauline Wright Hendricks. Darleen was a lifelong Rice County resident. She graduated from Alden High School with the class of 1966 and received her Cosmetology License from Sydney’s Hair Dressing School in Hutchinson. Darleen owned and operated The Beauty Parlour in Sterling and was a beautician for 54 years. She also owned and operated the 8th Street Alley ReDesigns with her sister, Dolores Nash, in Sterling. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling; member of Beta Sigma Phi; treasurer for the Food Bank in Sterling; and volunteered at Reins of Hope, Hutchinson. Darleen enjoyed crafts, repurposing furniture and enjoyed decorating for Christmas. On December 24, 1966, Darleen was united in marriage with Robert Miller in Raymond. They later divorced. On January 1, 1982, Darleen was united in marriage with Doug Risley in Sterling. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her seven children, Stephen Miller and wife Traci of Great Bend, KS, Tara Claussen and husband Craig of Springdale, AR, Shandi Webster and husband Ted of Hutchinson, KS, Heather Percival and husband Matt of Wichita, KS, Heidi Taphorn and husband Tom of Manhattan, KS, Jacob Walton of McPherson, KS, and Tamie Hinote of Wichita, KS; two brothers, Harry Hendricks III and wife Susan of Raymond, KS, and Geno Hendricks and wife Koni of Raymond; two sisters Dolores Nash and husband Dave of Panama City Beach, FL, and Dianna Pearson of Noble, OK; sixteen grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Darleen is preceded in death by her parents; father and mother in-law Glen and Eula Risley; daughter, Stacy Miller; and her grandson, Taylor Miller. Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church, Sterling with Pastor Amy Foster and Pastor Michael Gray officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 P.M at the Sterling Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. In lieu of fresh flowers, plants and memorial contributions would be greatly appreciated. Memorial contributions may be given to the Darleen Risley Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.

Ora Faye Thomas Vaughn, Class of 1944

Lyons - Ora Faye Vaughn, 95, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away August 17, 2021 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born March 9, 1926 in Augusta, Kansas, the daughter of Homer and Clara Corral Thomas. Ora graduated from Chase High School, Chase, Kansas, with the class of 1944. She has resided in Lyons since 1976, formerly of Midland, Texas. Ora cleaned houses and was a housewife. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting and even made some of her own clothing. On June 20, 1947, Ora was united in marriage with Walter William Vaughn in McPherson, Kansas. He preceded her in death on November 6, 2003. She is also preceded in death by her parents. Ora is survived by her son, Gary Vaughn of Lyons; and a cousin, Phillip Morris and wife Janice of Ponca City, OK. Graveside services will be at 1:00 P.M., Monday, August 23, 2021 at Springdale Cemetery, Chase,with Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M., Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Alzheimer's Association in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Karen Fuller Jean, Class of 1957

Bucklin - Karen (Fuller) Jean, 82, died Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Hill Top House, Bucklin. She was born February 5, 1939 in Rice County, Kanss, the daughter of Keith Eldred and Edith Alene (Ferrell) Fuller. She was a longtime Pampa, Texas resident where she worked as an LPN for Dr. Hampton for many years until retiring. She moved to Bucklin from Pampa in 2018. She was a member of the Pampa Church of Christ, Moose Lodge and volunteered at the Good Sam's and Pampa Senior Citizens Center all in Pampa. On August 17, 1956 she married Covert "Jim" Jean at Meade, Kansas. He preceded her in death on September 14, 2011. Survivors include: 2 sons, David Jean, Coats, Kansas and Bill Jean, Denver, Colorado; 2 daughters, Jackie Robertson and husband Stan, Greensburg, Kansas and Jo Ann Holman and husband Dennis, Pampa; 2 brothers, K.O. Fuller and wife Nadene, McPherson, Kansas and Pete Fuller and wife Brenda, Stafford, Kansas; 3 grandchildren, Nikijo Smith, Cambrey Cook and husband Stacy and Brittney Jean; and 5 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Private family service will be held at a later date. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place. The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie or Hill Top House both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to

Rodger Kelso, Class of 1967

Rodger Carson Kelso died July 21, 2021 in Houston, Texas.  He was born May 13, 1949 in Lyons Kansas, the youngest son of Raymond and Jessie (Raulston) Kelso.  Rodger was raised in Chase, Kansas and graduated from Chase High School and Hutchinson Junior College before relocating to Houston, Texas in 1972 to attend Mortuary College.  He spent over 30 years in Funeral Service in the Houston area and after retirement, began a new career in Landscape Design until the time of his death.  Rodger was a great lover of music. He collected record albums and books; was an avid wild mushroom hunter; grower of orchids, and loved to cook and enjoy fine wines. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers: James, Darrell, Millard, and Leon.  He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friend Frank H. Mahy.  A gathering of friends for a visitation with special music, food, and wine will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from three o’clock until five o’clock in the afternoon at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston.   Graveside services and interment will be at Chase Springdale Cemetery under the direction of Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons, Kansas.

Ron Casey, Class of 1970

 Ronald Dean Casey went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at his home after a brief illness. Ron was born March 9,1951 in Yuma City, California to Elmer Lee Casey and Betty Louise (Ogden) Casey. He grew up in Chase, Kansas and worked as a young man in the Kansas oil fields as first a driller, then through hard work became the manager. He loved his Lord and was of the Baptist faith. On March 27, 1987, Ron married Lana Gay (Jones) Gideon in Springfield, Missouri. He drove a truck for JB Hunt. Lana accompanied Ron for many of his semi-truck trips around the country. They loved each other and enjoyed spending time together at home or on the road. They operated a bowling alley in Stafford, Kansas and then later in Springfield, Missouri with his cousin, Lonnie E. Ogden, and his wife, Vickie (Lana’s sister). Later in life they enjoyed working together at Missouri state park sites in the Branson/Table Rock Lake area until they retired. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and by all four of his siblings; Marquita Virginia “Quita” Chism, Richard Lee Casey, Jimmie Leon Casey, and Pamela Sue Capps. He was also preceded in death by his beloved “son”, Jeffrey Allen Gideon. Ron leaves behind his beloved family who were with him throughout his life and with him as he entered his reward. Lana, “daughter” Cheri Rafiner, “granddaughter” Cierrah March, her husband Jared and their children. His many nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Ron will be missed by all who knew him. Ron chose cremation for his earthly remains and this is being directed by Greenlawn North Funeral Home in Springfield, Missouri. Memorial service/Celebration of Life will be at a later date. Burial will be at a later date.

Karilyn Doll
Mother of
Terri Huslig, Class of 1972
Mick Doll, Class of 1974
Cheryl Stegman, Class of 1975
Tamara Campbell, Class of 1978
Marty Doll, Class of 1980
Monte Doll, Class of 1982
Debora Weve, Class of 1985

Karilyn Kay (Willett) Doll, 86, left this world peacefully on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, while a resident of Sterling Village, Sterling, Kansas. She was born October 7, 1934 to Vern E. and Nadine (Britt) Willett in El Dorado, Kansas. Karilyn graduated from El Dorado High School in 1952 and attended Butler County Community College. She worked as a secretary for Leasure Law Office in El Dorado. She married John Franklin Doll on March 24, 1953 and to that union were born seven children. They were later divorced. A resident of Chase, Kansas for most of her life, Kay worked as a certified nurse’s aide at the Lyons District Hospital in Lyons and as a secretary at Chase Grade School in Chase, retiring in the year 2000. She had made many acquaintances over the years while at the hospital and CGS and had seen countless students work their way through Grade School, Middle School, and High School and then on to adulthood. Kay, also known as Grandma Kay to so many people, loved spending time with her family and friends, whether it was having a picnic or watching the sunrise at Sterling Lake, going to lots of movies and concerts, going shopping, or checking out different restaurants. She loved her margaritas, red beers, reading good books and she absolutely loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and attending their special events over the years. Kay also had a special soft spot in her heart for her grandpups and loved listening to those “doggie tales”. She was a fabulous cook … making tasty fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy and the most marvelous “pinwheel cake”, along with many other delectable delights. Survivors include her children: Terri and Jeff Huslig, Ellinwood, Kansas; Mick and Deana Doll, Raymond, Kansas; Cheryl and Don Stegman, Lyons, Kansas; Tami and Sparky Campbell, Olathe, Kansas; Marty Doll, Chase, Kansas; Monte and Robin Doll, Ellinwood, Kansas; and Debora and Rick Weve, Wichita, Kansas; one brother, Scotty and Shirley Willett, Park Hill, Oklahoma; one sister-in-law, Arleen Shipley, Deer Creek, Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Wayne Willett; and her grandson, Daulton Doll (who was most definitely waiting for her at the Pearly Gates with open arms and a giant smile). Per Kay’s request, there will be no funeral service as cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 5:00 p.m. at Birzer Funeral Home in Sterling, Kansas. A private family service is scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorials are suggested to Daulton’s Room at the Ellinwood Public Library and to Sterling Lake, in care of Birzer Funeral Home, 203 North Seventh Street, Sterling, Kansas 67579

Thomas Taverner, Class of 2006

Thomas O. Taverner was born January 3, 1988 and died May 19, 2021. Tom loved his God, his family and his country. He served in the US Army and Army National Guard 2006-2021. He was a loving husband, father and hero to his children. He loved spending time working with the church youth group and sharing his love for God. Tom was always the life of the party with a contagious smile. Thomas is preceded in death by his grandfather Joseph Edmond Taverner and grandmother Evelyn Taverner. He leaves behind his wife Kristen Taverner; daughter Abrianna and son Titan Taverner; parents Robert and Sandra Taverner; brothers Timothy, James and Andrew Taverner; sisters Nicole Scott; LynnErin Dusso, December Mortimer and many other relatives and friends. Tom will be missed, but never forgotten

Rita Tyrrell Unruh, Class of 1961

Rita L Unruh, 77, was born in Lyons, KS on November 8, 1943 to Charles Lou Tyrrell and Vivian May (Hayden) Tyrrell. She left her earthly life on April 19, 2021 after complications from a kidney transplant, from the generous act of love from an anonymous donor, to begin her heavenly life with God the Father, Jesus Christ the Lord, and the Holy Spirit. Rita was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Charles L. & Ann Tyrrell. She is survived by her husband, and love of her life Robert R Unruh, to whom she was married 58 wonderful years; son Troy R. and his wife Brenda A. Unruh, their children Maggie (Margret), Emily, Elizabeth, and Drew (Andrew); daughter Gina L. Unruh (late husband Ron G. Unruh) and their children Lance & Jackie Unruh, Brock Unruh, Jeremy & Heather Unruh, Samantha & Gabe Rijfkogel, and Timothy Unruh; and son Trenton S. Unruh and his children, Christopher Richmond, Caleb Unruh, Allie (Alexis) & Cody Long, Shay (Shayli) Unruh, Robert Ross Unruh, and Carley Unruh; 16 great grandchildren, and her dog Paz, grand dog Katy and great grand dog Eloise. She is also survived by sister Vivian (Ginger) Miller (late Frank Miller); brother Jack & Maxine Tyrrell; Loretta & Jim Hull; Barbara Unruh (late Phil Unruh); Carol Berry; Glenda & Kenny Vogel; Adele & Kenny Koehn; Denton Unruh (late Joyce Unruh); Martha & Dennis Bell; Susan & Orville Williams; Louise (late Bruce Unruh); Roger & Donna Unruh; and Danny & Brenda Unruh. She had 41 nephews and nieces, many friends, and loving spiritual family members. In her early years she lived in Chase, KS where her father owned a business CL Tyrrell International Dealership and Tyrrell Trucking. She met Robert on the campus of Fort Hays State University and was married December 1, 1962. She and Robert moved to Garden City, KS in 1966. Rita worked at the Associates, Inc., was the secretary to Principal Duane Woodson at Garden City High School, and later became partner with Robert when he began a scratch State Farm Insurance Agency in 1972. Raised a Christian Scientist, Rita met the other love of her life in 1987, Jesus Christ, through loving friends and was saved, baptized in water, and baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit at Word of Life Church, where she served on the worship team and Covenant Women. Recently, she attended Turning Point Church of the Nazarene. A loyal friend with a servant’s heart and contagious laugh, she loved her family and the spending time in the Word of God. She was a powerful woman of prayer. Although she was small in stature, she was a giant in her passion and heart for her family and people she loved. Rita was strong in the Lord and in His power and might; she knew how battle in the Spirit and win. We are confident, although she is absent from her body, she is present with our Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Turning Point Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Nathan Haeck officiating. Memorials may be given to the Missions Department of Turning Point Church of the Nazarene 2720 N Campus Dr Garden City, KS 67846 or the Unruh Family Fund at the Western Kansas Community Foundation 402 N Main Garden City, KS 67846 which benefits area vacation bible school programs and the ABC Pregnancy Center all in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City.

Harry Adams, Class of 1942?

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

Don Minix, Class of 1961

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


Malcolm Link, Class of 1973

Malcolm K. Link, age 66, passed away on the 4th of April, 2021, in Wichita, Kansas, after battling cancer.
Born in Ellinwood, Kansas to Clifford A. Link and Haroldeen Marie Worswick Link of Chase, Kansas, he was raised in country life, graduated Salutatorian from Chase High School, and received Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science & Industry from Kansas State University 1977. Malcolm applied his education and experience to the agriculture industry mostly in western Kansas. Malcolm pursued his love of Western history and cowboy life, including challenging rodeo bucking stock… often commenting he was born 100 years too late. He loved horses, dogs, being outdoors, guitar playing, history, leather works, guns, cowboy hats, boots – a true cowboy! Later a motorcycle replaced his horse and he rode at all times of the year.
May 2004, Malcolm moved to Wichita and started his law enforcement career with Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. He served as Detention Deputy, Corporal, and lastly Sergeant assigned to 2nd shift Detention Facility to finally retire February 2021 with near 17 years of service. Malcolm was a man of loyalty and dedication, taking seriously his responsibilities and commitments. Despite a crusty exterior and stubbornness, he was a loving and caring person. That evidence is the deep sorrow and pain the hearts of his fiancé and family feel from his passing. Preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Haroldeen Link. Survived by fiancé/partner Donna Davis of Augusta KS, son Alexander Link of Parker CO, siblings Bradley C. (Lori) Link of Wichita KS, and Angela M. Link (Don) Deckert of Wichita KS, uncle Vincent Link of Concordia KS, five nephews, five nieces, and many cousins and extended family. Burial services to be Saturday, May 1, 2021, 12:30 pm, at St. Mary's Cemetery, Chase KS; and Celebration of Life following at Chase Community Building. Memorials in his memory may be designated to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (, or Saint Mary's Cemetery fund.

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

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Lawrence Adams, Class of 1954

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

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Joanne Payne Cox, Class of 1944

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

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Helen Reichart Baye, Class of 1944

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

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Robert 'Bob' Yoder, Class of 1957

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

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Faye Schmidt Lukens, Class of 1945

She died July 17, 2020 in California

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

Gene McFarland, Class of 1938

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

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William Bird, Class of 1942

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

Former CHS Teacher

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Evva Otto Morris, Class of 1942

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

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Dorothy Ames Hoover, Class of 1929

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

 Brother of
Curtis Werner, Class of 1978

 Father and Grandfather of

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


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

Robert 'Bob' Adams, Class of 1961

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

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


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

Since the 2021 newsletter has gone out~~~


Class of 1929

Dorothy Ames Hoover

Class of 1938

Gene McFarland

Class of 1942

Evva Otto Morris
William Bird
Harry Adams

Class of 1944

Helen Reichart Baye
Joanne Payne Cox
Ora F. Vaughn

Class of 1945

Faye Schmidt Lukens

Class of 1948

Robert J. Miller

Class of 1953

Jim (Spunk) Taylor

Class of 1954

Lawrence Adams

Class of 1956

Margaret Taylor Doll
Patricia Linday Towns

Class of 1957

Robert 'Bob' Yoder
Karen Fuller Jean

Class of 1958

Betty Gillespie

Class of 1960

James Lewis

Class of 1961

Bob Adams
Don Minix
Rita Tyrrell Unruh

Class of 1965

Charles (Chuck) Brady

Class of 1967

Rodger Kelso

Class of 1970

Ron Casey

Class of 1973

Malcolm Link

Class of 1975

Larry Patterson

Class of 2006

Thomas Taverner


Douglas Lippstreu

Memorials Received Since The 2021 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!