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 . . . .
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 www.larrisonmortuary.com.
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
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 www.janousekfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were by Janousek Funeral Home, 719 Pine Street, P O Box 550, La Crosse, Kansas 67548, 785/222-2517.
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
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
Rena Adams McKenna, Class of 1982
James Reimer Porter
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.
Shannon McEachern, Class of 1982
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
Rob Challans, Class of 1977
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.
Ted Starnes, Class of 1964
Ted V. Starnes passed away Oct. 18th, 2022. He joined the Navy in 1963, served 4 years then in 1968 he joined the Army and served 3 years at Fort Riley, Ks. He had no children. He is survived by brothers Raymond, Freddy, and Ed Starnes, and sisters Billie, Della, Cora, Vista, and Anna. Ted lived alone for over 30 years in the same house until he got to where he could no longer care for himself. The family will be having a private memorial for him Nov. 5th. He is and will be missed by his loved ones.
Janet Patton Mathews, Class of 1962
Patti Patton Soldan
Anita Louise Patton, 66, of Russell, Kansas, died on Friday, October 21, 2022, at her home in Russell. Anita was born on November 18, 1955, in Lyons, Kansas, the daughter of Kent L. and Valoris A. (Davis) Patton. Anita grew up in Rice, Ellsworth and Russell counties and graduated from Lucas High School in 1973. She earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Barton County Community College. Her other studies included Emergency Management Technician and was an EMT for many years. Anita worked as a cashier at Sunflower Bank in Russell and later in the office at Russell County Highway Department for 22 years, retiring in June of this year. As well as her full-time employment Anita worked part-time jobs including city clerk for the City of Dorrance, clerk for Victor Bros. Auction and Reality and for the American Legion of Dorrance. She was a member of the American Legion Post #334 Auxiliary, PYW-EHU, Dorrance 4 Wheelers and the High Rocky Mountain Riders. Anita was a dependable helper for many events of the area, enjoying many friendships. She enjoyed camping, ATV riding, traveling, sightseeing, collecting glassware and listening to various types of music. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. Surviving family include her brothers Allan Patton (Annette Hoover) of Chase, Kansas, Dale Patton and wife Dana of Wichita, Kansas and Donald Patton and wife Susan of Brookfield, Wisconsin; sisters Janet Mathews and husband Philip of Hutchinson, Kansas and Patti Soldan of Salina, Kansas and sister in-law Marsha Patton of Great Bend, Kansas.She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Carl Patton and brother in-law Loren Soldan. A memorial service to celebrate Anita’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, November 02, 2022, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas. Family will greet guests from 9:30 A.M. to service time on Wednesday. A graveside service will follow at 3 P.M. on Wednesday, at the Chase Springdale Cemetery in Chase, Kansas. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given to the American Legion Post #334 Auxiliary and sent in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary who is in charge of the memorial service in Russell, Kansas. Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons, Kansas, is in charge of the graveside service in Chase, Kansas.
Jeanne Matlack Simmons, Class of 1957
Betty “Jeanne” Simmons, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, in Sterling, Colorado. Memorial service to be announced. Jeanne was born May 24,1939 in Hutchinson, Kansas to Everett and Chlodene (Chain) Matlack. She grew up in Chase, Kansas graduating from Chase High School in 1957. She married Buddy Clune in 1959, whom she later divorced. She lived in Berthoud, Colorado for many years, working at the legendary Wayside Inn Restaurant as a cook/baker. Jeanne moved to Sterling, Colorado in 1971, where she owned and operated the Dairy Creme ice cream shoppe. She accepted a custodial position at Northeastern Junior College where she worked for many years and later retired. Jeanne was a lover of all critters, but especially kitty cats less fortunate. Jeanne’s love for planting flowers and gardening provided a beautiful safe haven for many pets and homeless ‘Pitty Pats’. Her hobbies included rock collecting, ceramics, “Jeanne” landscaping, a love of history and the Old West, football, golfing, being in the mountains, traveling with Jim and Mary, cooking, and music. Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents Everett and Chlodene Matlack, daughter Laura, and her sister Mary (Matlack) Kopfman. Jeanne is survived by her son Jon Clune and wife Zelda of Rapid City South Dakota, many beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jeanne also leaves behind very dear and special friends in Sterling; her Coffee Group, Flood Buddies, Working Buddies from NJC, all her Neighborhood Buddies, and everyone else who considered Jeanne their friend. Jeanne requested that any donations be made to the Logan County Humane Society, 2250 Leisure Ln, Sterling, CO. 80751. Or donate on-line at Loganhumane.org.
Father in law
of Nicole Folger Lattimer, Class of 2000
Grandfather of Taylor Lattimer, Class of 2020
Mark Allen Lattimer, 66, died September 3, 2022, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born September 11, 1955, in Sterling, to Max C. Lattimer Sr. and Betty Jo (Miller) Lattimer. Mark graduated from Lyons High School in 1973. He was the shipping and receiving manager at KMW Ltd. in Sterling for many years. Mark had worked in the parts departments at Young Motor Co. in Lyons and Conklin Cars in Hutchinson. Mark dedicated many years of his life as a volunteer firefighter with the Rice County Fire Department. Mark was an avid gardener who loved making salsa and watching NASCAR as a Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Lyons. On December 9, 2005, Mark married Connie Jo (Pruner) Phillips. She survives. He was preceded in death by: his father, Max Lattimer Sr.; a son, Richard Lattimer; and a brother, Max Lattimer Jr. Surviving are: his sons, Jason & Nicole Lattimer of Chase, Jeremy & Jennifer Lattimer of Peculiar, MO; mother, Betty Lattimer of Hutchinson; sister, Jim & Janet Sutton of Rising Star, TX: numerous grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; stepsons, Tracy & Kim Phillips of Hutchinson, Todd & Amy Phillips of Wichita; and many extended family members. A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the family residence, 5612 N. Eisenhower Dr. Hutchinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mark Lattimer Memorial Fund, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
It came to my attention that we lost Don in 2019 so here is his obituary for his classmates and friends.
Don Huls, Class of 1983
Donald E. "Don" Huls, Jr., 54, of Topeka, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019. He was born August 6, 1965 in York, Nebraska, the son of Donald Eugene and Joyce Naomi (Leiser) Huls, Sr. Don graduated from Chase High School in Chase, Kansas and earned an Associate Degree in Welding from Salina VoTech. He had many side jobs as he loved the idea of being the Man. He was a fantastic welder among many of his talents and dreams. Don had a passion for wood and loved his custom climbing business where he cut wood and turned it into beautiful pieces of art. He spent a big part of his life down by the river or lake fishing which he loved so much. Don married Robin Lynn Dilley on February 14, 1990 in Concordia, Kansas. She survives. Other survivors include their children, Kyle J. (Britney) Huls of Marysville, Kansas, Melissa D. (Damon) O'Brine of Marysville, Kansas, Carrie L. Abram of Topeka, nine grandchildren and his mother, Joyce N. Stewart of Troy, Kansas and his siblings, Tammy (Shane) Stanton of Troy, Kansas, Joey (Lori) Huls of Hays, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2019 at Dove Southeast Chapel, 2843 SE Minnesota Ave. Cremation will follow the visitation and private inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Donald E. Huls, Jr. Memorial Fund c/o Sunflower UP Credit Union, 407 Broadway, P.O. Box 190, Marysville, Kansas 66508.
Betty Browning Fulton, Class of 1944
Betty Jean Browning Fulton (or BJ as her friends and family knew her) residing in Troy, AL, age 95, graduated from this earth to her heavenly home about noon on July 16, 2022. Betty was born August 19, 1926 near Chase, Kan. She graduated from Chase Rural High School in 1944 and then attended College of Emporia (the Presbyterian college in Emporia, KS). A Chase, Kansas farm girl with a very strong will; she was a breast cancer survivor, scarlet fever survivor, and Dust Bowl survivor. Always a lover of reading and music, she majored in Library Science and was an organist, piano teacher, and folk dance teacher. Betty loved playing cards (especially single and double solitaire), and she was quite the ballroom dancer and square dancer. Her friends often commented on her wittiness and clever anecdotes. She also loved sewing, crocheting, bird-watching, raising Labrador Retrievers, traveling abroad, and meeting with family for reunions. Betty spent her working career beginning in Manhattan, Kansas with her first husband, Kenneth E. Bradfield, running a men’s boarding house while Ken finished his engineering degree at K-State after WWII. Then, in Topeka, Kansas, Betty was a secretary for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. After moving to Hutchinson, Kansas, she chose to be a housewife and engaged parent while her children were young, and then returned to work – first as a secretary at Ultra Van Inc., then as an engineering secretary and then patent attorney’s secretary with Cessna Fluid Power in Hutchinson, Ks. When Eaton Corporation bought Cessna, Betty was transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she worked as advanced engineering secretary for Eaton Corp. until she retired. After retiring, Betty moved to Smyrna, TN where she was an active member in First United Methodist Church of Smyrna (where she met her second husband of 16 years, Printiss Fulton). She was also active in Eastern Star and in her local Senior Citizen’s Group. Survivors include: her two children, Gwenneth Jean Threadgill (Gene) of Troy, Alabama; and Kevin Earl Bradfield (Jeanette) of Concord, California; stepsons Keith Fulton (Lynn) of Memphis, TN; and Geoffrey Fulton (Sherry) of Culver, IN; grandchildren Megan Miller (Chris) of Jersey City, NJ; Spencer Bradfield of Colorado Springs, CO; Stacy Schaffer (Josh) of Gower, MO; Rachel Pritchett (Ben) of Troy, AL; and Regan Bell (Casey) of Dothan, AL; and step-grandchildren Angela Fulton of Culver, IN; Chris Fulton & family of Murfreesboro, TN; Dustin Fulton & family of Colorado Springs, Co; Rodney Fulton II and family of San Diego, CA; and Lori Kairdolf and family of Brentwood, TN. Great-grandchildren were her delight. She had eight: Leah Jean Bell, Austin Brian Pritchett, Forrest Browning Bell, Anna Grace Pritchett, Sadie Louise Bell, Caleb Ryan Bell, Clara Rose Schaffer, and 7- week old Elizabeth Ann Miller. Other survivors include several nieces, nephews, and a lot of friends. Betty was blessed beyond words with her children, grandchildren and most of their families coming to Troy for a final visit a week before her departure. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Printiss Fulton; her parents, Earl and Olive Browning of Chase, KS; her five siblings: Merle Folger, Orville Browning, Lila Peake, Lois Ruth Schreuder, and Doris Jones; and her stepson, Rodney Fulton. Following her wishes, no memorial services will be conducted. Memorials may be given to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or First Baptist Church of Troy, AL - Missions Ministry.
Elvis Lee Andrews
Monte Andrews, Class of 1982
Cody Andrews, Class of 1982
Kacey Andrews, Class of 2010
Elvis Lee Andrews, 86, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Heritage Nursing Home. He was born November 23, 1935, in Cookville, Texas. Elvis was retired from the Colonial Baking Company and had various other jobs throughout his life. He served as a veteran in the Army for two years. Elvis was a member of New Horizon Fellowship Church of God. He loved transporting the Amish, traveling all over the country. Elvis also enjoyed gardening and loved the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Waylon Andrews and Bessie Jewel Carlisle; brothers, JW and Harold Andrews; and son, Elvis Andrews II. Elvis is survived by his wife of 41 years, Becky Andrews; sons, Monte Joe Andrews of Chase, KS and Cody Andrews of Wichita, KS; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Tony and Jessica Andrews (Kolt and Kinzie) of Lyons, KS; Ashley and Kyle Weberg (Birdie) of Indiana; Michelle and Cole Mawhirter (Tanner, Wyatt and Breana) of St. John, KS; Victoria and Garrett Clark (Malikai, Camron, and Romeo) of Wichita, KS; Erica and Austin Baird (Carter) of Pratt, KS; Kacey Andrews (Brooke and Kayden) of Lyons, KS; sisters-in-law, Connie (Kenneth)Thomas, Merlene (Pastor Carl) Mann and Diane DeGraffenreid; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at New Horizon Fellowship Church of God, 1518 Washington Avenue, with a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Horizon Christian Academy. Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.
Beatrice Olson, Class of 1974
Janie Werner, Class of 1974
Mary Lopez, Class of 1975
Sally Lopez, Class of 1979
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand . . .
Since the 2023 newsletter has gone out~~~
Class of 1942
Juanita Southworth Hughes
Class of 1944
Fred M. Barrow
Class of 1953
Class of 1957
Myrna James Peters
Class of 1959
Pat Spangler Robertson
CHS FACULTY AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
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