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 . . . .
Charles Hurst, Class of 1965
Charles Hurst, 72, of Bradford, passed away May 13, 2019 at his residence. He was born December 10, 1946 at Oxford, Kansas to the late Earnest and Phydellous Hackler Hurst. Mr. Hurst served in the US Army, touring Germany during Vietnam, serving as an ammunitions sergeant. Returning from the military, he worked the majority of his career as a general contractor. In his past-time, he enjoyed many things to include woodworking, metalworking, astronomy, fishing, and all things artillery. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Lawrence Hurst. He married Kay Bearden Hurst May 13, 1965 at Lyons, Kansas; she survives. He is also survived by a son, John Hurst (Carol) of St. Louis, Missouri; two daughters, Sherry Hurst (Daniel) of Batesville, Mississippi and Melania Macias (Jason) of Greenville, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Isabella and Liam; as well as many friends and extended family. No services are scheduled at this time.
Mary Jane Hardwick Rickner, Class of 1942
Mary Jane Rickner, 94, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2019, surrounded by family at Angel Arms, McPherson. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted when available
David Madden, Class of 2000
David Lee Madden, 37, of Alden, Kansas, passed away April 30, 2019 in Raymond. He was born October 31, 1981 in Lyons, Kansas, the son of Shirley Loder. He graduated from Chase High School with the class of 2000. David has resided in Alden since 2004; formerly serving in United States Marines. He served in the United States Marines from June 19, 2000 until April 15, 2004. David is survived by his mother, Shirley Loder and husband Richard of Arlington, KS; brothers, Chad Loder of Arlington, KS, and Bobby Loder and wife Gitzy of Glenwood, IA; sister, Vanessa Innesote of Mt. Hope, AR; and twelve nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his best friend, his dog Rummel. Graveside service will be at 1:00 P.M., Monday, May 6, 2019 at Alden Valley Cemetery, Alden. In case of bad weather service will be held at Alden Township Hall. Memorials may be made to David Madden Memorial Fund to help with burial expense in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons
Tom Madden, Class of 1972
Elfie Lazzers Hedrick, Class of 1948
Elfie. Maxine Hedrick, 88, died Sunday (Jan. 20, 2019) at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation, Halstead. She was born March 27, 1930, to Harry and Lilly Mae (Creason) Lazzers. She was a 1948 graduate of Chase High School and worked as a bookkeeper and secretary. On Feb. 22 1949, she married Lewis D. Hedrick in DeSoto County, Mississippi. He preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 2003. She is survived by a daughter, Diane (Kevin) Henderson of Halstead; granddaughters, Amanda Giordano of Aurora, Colorado, and Samantha Henderson of Valley Center; and son-in-law, Sam Cruz of Littleton, Colorado. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail Jean Cruz; and sisters, Irene Branstetter and Helen Lazzers. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 25, 2019) at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 26, 2019) at Kaufman Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead. Published in The Kansan on Jan. 24, 2019
Norma Jo Miller Cooper, Class of 1949
Former Teacher and Coach
Gary Smith was born to Howard Max and Lola Agnes Smith in Pretty Prairie, Kan. on July 4, 1934. He grew up in several KS. towns before graduating from Dodge City, KS. High School. During the summer of 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving four years on the USS Herbert J. Thomas DDR 833 as a member of the 7th Fleet in the western Asian Pacific waters. Following his naval commitment he attended Sterling College in Sterling, KS. He graduated in 1960 and started his teaching career which spanned forty years. He received his master's degree from Emporia State University. He worked at many levels of education from preschool to graduate students. During his service of working with students he worked as an elementary physical education teacher in Kansas public schools, Emporia State University Lab facility/P.E. Department and later an administrator at Lowther Middle School North in Emporia, Kan. He is survived by a daughter, Shelly Kuhl, son Shawn, and four grandchildren, Malone, Geoffry, Cullen and Claire. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Patrick and his parents. Following retirement he moved to Arkansas and has spent his time buying items for resale and making a variety of hand-made Native American reproductions. His expanded family includes several auction attendees, who gave him many hours of laughter. He attends and is active in, the First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Ark. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home 306 N. 4th St., Rogers, Ark. Published April 3, 2019
Sad part of sending out the Annual Newsletters is we get news like this~~
Anna Dueser Nearing, Class of 1938
Anna Elizabeth Dueser Nearing, age 96, of South Kansas City, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2017 at Brighton Gardens assisted living facility in Prairie Village, Kansas. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30am on Saturday, December 9th at St. Thomas More Parish, 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64131. Mass of Christian Burial will follow, beginning at 10:30am. Anna was born on December 27, 1920 to Theodore Dueser and Louise (Pieshl) Dueser on her father’s family farm in Ellinwood, Kansas. Anna was the youngest of five children, having one brother and three sisters. She grew up without indoor plumbing on the farm, where they grew wheat and raised a variety of animals. Anna did the dishes with her older sister, Josephine, who was the closest to her in age. When Anna was 6-years-old she was sometimes responsible for killing a chicken that her family would eat. She spoke of being a “daddy’s girl” and said her father was soft on her and her mother disciplined them more. She followed her father around the farm, helping him out. She said, “When I was young I walked with big steps to keep up with him.” Anna and her family went to Catholic Church every Sunday, unless it snowed too much. Her parents both spoke fluent German so her and her siblings were raised with the German language at home and learned English at school. She remembers her older brother, Frank, as a first grader learning the word “dog” in English and writing “dog” on his paper and proclaiming, “D-O-G, hund!” Hund is the German word for dog. Anna graduated from Kansas State University in 1942 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. She taught high school in Kansas for four years and then attended Cornell University in New York for graduate school. She finished the coursework for her Master’s Degree, but her advisor wanted her to do her thesis in geometry, and she wanted to do in practical math, so she never completed the dissertation. It’s at Cornell University where she met the love of her life, Frank H. Nearing. Frank had served in the Navy in 1943 during WWII on a ship in the South Pacific. He was working on his Doctoral Degree at Cornell. They married in 1956 when she was 35 and working at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas. Frank and Anna moved to Iran so that Frank could teach agriculture to Iranian citizens where he had been working for the Aid for International Development program of the U.S. State Department. They moved back to the United States in 1959 to have children in a better healthcare system. Anna and Frank brought three children into the world; their eldest daughter, Jean, and the twins, Elizabeth and Vicki. Anna remained very social, independent, and active in the church and neighborhood. She often hosted bridge games which she learned to play in Iran from Frank, who learned bridge from his Baptist mother! Anna was involved in many organizations, including the Red Bridge Social Club, AAUW, Red Bridge Homes Association, Girl Scouts, and the PTA.Anna is preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Louise Dueser; husband, Frank H. Nearing; brother, Frank Dueser; and her three sisters, Clara Crowther, Loretta Pecchioni, and Josephine Aaron. She is survived by her daughters, Jean Nearing, Elizabeth Grant, and Vicki Somodi; and her granddaughter, Rachel Somodi. Anna had a challenging life. Her family didn’t have much while she was growing up and she recalls the Dust Bowl and The Great Depression and how it affected the farm. She suffered from measles and mumps before vaccines existed for them. Anna raised one of her children with Cerebral Palsy and her husband, Frank, died in 1993 from prostate cancer. She was alone after that and resisted finally moving into an assisted living home in 2011. When asked what she would name the title of a book about the story of her life, she replied “Step by Step”. Anna will be remembered as a loving mother, dear friend, and one of the most strong-headed, proud, stubborn, and independent women.
Ed Ankerholz, Class of 1941
Ron Link, Class of 1953
Ronald “Ron” Link, longtime Cushing resident, passed away early Tuesday morning in Drumright at the age of 83 years. The son of the late Eugene Link and Francis Link, Ron was born on Dec. 18, 1935 in Lyons, Kansas and was raised and educated in Lyons/Chase area. He retired from Arco in the early 1980’s and had been a self-employed geologist since that time. He enjoyed woodworking, building bird houses, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Greg Link and his wife Lisa, Rob Link, Landon Link and his wife Kristi and Deia Crull; one brother Howard Link and his wife Jeanine; 10 grandchildren, Baron, Connor, Dakotah, Macy, Hannah-Beth, Jackson, Dylan, Jayden, Carson and Channing, and other relatives and friends, including his dog and best buddy, Murphy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Jack. A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Oak Grove Baptist Church with Sonny Johnson officiating. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Ron Link, please visit our Tribute Store
Grandson of John and Judy Truhlar, Class of 1969
Tyler Thomas Truhlar, 30, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 in Turon. He was born February 10, 1989 in Wichita to Steven Wholey and Tamra Epp and was later adopted by Michael Truhlar. Tyler worked as a grain elevator manager. He loved drawing, working on his truck and spending time with his daughter. He is survived by his mother, Tamra Truhlar of Pratt; fathers, Michael (Mandy Gonzalez) Truhlar of Pratt and Steve (Mardena Jackson) Wholey of Kiowa; daughter, Lillie Truhlar of Pratt; brothers, Brandon Truhlar of Stafford, Levi (Anecia) Beaman of Stafford, Matthew Truhlar of Pratt; and Billy (Merryn) McReynolds of Turon; sisters, Morgan Gonzalez and Mercy Gonzalez of Pratt; grandparents; John and Judy Truhlar of Kingman; girlfriend, Kaylie Brown and her children all of Pratt; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.Tyler is preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvin and Margie Epp and Jack and Hazel Hunter. Visitation will be Friday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019 at Turon Cemetery, Turon with John Hamm presiding. Memorials may be made to Tyler Truhlar Memorial Fund or American Diabetes Association in care of Larrison Mortuary.
Beverly Kennedy Gatewood, Class of 1957
Kennedy Gatewood, of Duncan, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. She was born
on March 12, 1939, in Lyons, Kansas, to Alvin and Doris (Sharpe) Kennedy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 25, at Eastside
Church of Christ with Ron Stough officiating. Burial will follow at the Duncan
Cemetery under the direction of Whitt Funeral Home. Beverly attended Chase,
Kansas public schools and attended Emporia State University, majoring in
Elementary Education. She was employed at Halliburton from 1970 to 1991. She was
a Well Pressure Test Chart Reader and then, when that department closed, she
became an administrative assistant until her retirement. She married John
Richard Gatewood on March 17, 1984. She enjoyed shopping and decorating her
home. She also loved watching classic movies and listening to music. Beverly is
survived by her husband, John; children, Dan and wife Connie Gatewood of
Brenham, Texas; Jeff and wife Esther Gatewood of Hudson Oaks, Texas; Mike and
wife Vicky Gatewood of Saginaw, Texas; daughter-in-law, Lea Ann Gatewood of
Houston, Texas; grandchildren, J.R. Navarrette, Nathan and wife Bonnie Gatewood,
Logan and wife Carly Gatewood, Lindsey and husband Travis Wendt, Evan Gatewood,
Sarah Gatewood, Paul and wife Demi Gatewood, and James Gatewood.;
great-grandchildren Alyssa, Daniel, and Angelica Navarrette, Atalie and Riley
Gatewood, Silas and Aubrey Wendt, and Fletcher Dan Gatewood. Sister, Sheryl and
husband Wayne Lind; Brother, Howard and wife Judy Kennedy; and her very special
friend, Sandra Cooper. She was preceded in death by her parents and Preston
Gatewood. Pallbearers will be Dan Gatewood, Jeff Gatewood, Mike Gatewood, Nathan
Gatewood, Logan Gatewood, and James Gatewood.
Memorial contributions can be made in Beverly's name to Beautiful Day Foundation.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.whittfh.com. Published on May 24, 2018
For those that remember, would have been Class of 1961
For those that remember, would have been Class of 1983
Larry Short, Class of 1956
Larry D. Short 80, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019. He was born in Tyro, KS, November 25, 1938, to parents Clarence Alvin and Gladys Leona (Lane) Short. Larry was a loving father, grandfather and uncle. He was a foreman for General Motors for many years. On November 28, 1980, he married Velma Mae Wills. He loved gardening, fishing, watching sports, especially football and baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals was his favorite team. Larry never tired of sitting on his front porch taking in nature. He enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels and was especially amazed with hummingbirds. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family. His dog was his best friend. He especially enjoyed BBQ’s. Larry will be missed by his family and friends. Larry is survived by his eleven children: Ronald Short of Poplar Bluff, MO, Roger Short and wife Brenda of Poplar Bluff, MO, Robert Short and significant other Becky of Highland, IL, Gary Short of IA, Randy Hillis of Fredericktown, MO, John Hillis and wife Rosemary of Chesterfield, MO, Joseph Hillis of House Springs, MO, Ted Kottwitz and wife Sandy of Hillsboro, MO, Marsha Langlois and husband Jim of Floresville, TX, Sheri Clifford and husband Don of Franklin, IN, Julie Pesch of Festus, MO; one sister: Peggy Jo Alexander of Hobbs, NM; several grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Larry is preceded in death by his loving wife of thirty-three years; one daughter: Lois Diane Wells; three brothers: Newt Short, Keith Short and Norman Short; two sisters: Lois Milsap and Nadine Hawkins. Visitation will be from 12:00 until 2:00 pm, Monday, March 11, 2019 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm also at the Greenville Chapel. Burial will be at Little Bushy Cemetery, Wappapello, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
Billy "Carl" Adams, Class of 1949
We just found this out
Mavis Juby Jennings, Class of 1957
Sharpe, Class of 1947
Wife of Arden Stapleton
Teresa Christenson, Class of 1982
Leann Olson, Class of 1986
Sondra Young Cox, Class of 1960
Sondra D. Cox, 76, of Lyons, passed away February 6, 2019 at Hospice House, Hutchinson. She was born July 7, 1942 in Great Bend, Kansas, the daughter of Mack and Clara Tickel Young. She graduated from Chase High School, Chase, Kansas, and received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Barton County Community College. Sondra has resided in Lyons since 1975, formerly of Chase. She was a retired registered nurse having served as Director of Nursing at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River, and Good Samaritan Society, Lyons. Sondra enjoyed supporting her grandsons in all of their athletic events; attended numerous country music concerts; loved fishing and her pets; and enjoyed going to the casinos. On May 31, 1975, Sondra was united in marriage with Richard Cox in Lyons. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her son, Mike Cox and fiancée Holly Meier of Little River, KS; and three grandchildren, Kody Cox and fiancée Kayley Schmidt, Kyler Cox and Kayston Cox. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Stanley and Wesley Young. Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Burial will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time Tuesday. Memorials may be given to the Bell and Star Fund in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Robert Roy Gilmore
Sandy McMullen, Class of 1989
Bobby Gilmore, Class of 1990
Larry Wood, Class of 1957
Larry Edgar Wood, 79, of Hutchinson, passed away January 30, 2019 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born March 30, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of C.E. “Chuck” and Mildred Thornbrough Wood. Larry graduated from Chase High School with the class of 1957, and from Salt City Business College in 1959. He resided in Rice and Reno Counties for most of his life. Larry was general manager at the Nickerson, Hutchinson, and Anthony Farmers Cooperatives until he retired in 1996. On May 28, 1959, Larry was united in marriage with Ann Milsap in Chase, Kansas. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his two sons, William “Bill” Wood and wife Carolyn of Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Scott E. Wood and wife Lori of Cheney, Kansas; brother, Rondal Wood of Bentonville, Arkansas; sister, Barbara Thompson of Rogers, Arkansas; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside funeral service will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery, Raymond, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cancer Council of Reno County, in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.
Eva (Yoder) Dillon, Class of 1962
Daughter of Charles and Elva (Wilcox) Yoder, was born in Yale, Oklahoma on September 20, 1944, and was blessed to spend her final days with her loving family at her son’s home in Phillipsburg, Kansas where she peacefully passed away on January 22, 2019, at the age of 74. Eva moved with her family to Chase, Kansas in 1952 and graduated from Chase High School. Eva married Chuck Babcock in 1962 and to this union four children were born. Eva later married the love of her life, LeRoi Dillon on February 3, 1996 and gained four more wonderful children. They made their home in Norton and Nickerson, Kansas, before moving to their home in Logan, Kansas. Eva enjoyed camping and crafting, but her favorite time was spent with her family, especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Survivors include: eight children, Diane, and husband, Steve Bliss, Logan, Kansas; James, and wife, Jama Babcock, Kechi, Kansas; Allan, and wife, Deanna Babcock, Lenora, Kansas; Steven, and wife, Christy Babcock, Phillipsburg, Kansas; Wayne, and wife, Marcia Dillon, Hutchinson, Kansas; Annora, and husband, Rick Matzek, Kearney, Nebraska; James, and wife, Michelle Dillon, Kansas City, Missouri; Patricia, and husband, Lee Dreher, Drexel, Missouri; three brothers, Bob, and wife, Doris Yoder, Fort Worth, Texas; Don Weaver, Phoenix, Arizona; Charlie, and wife, Gale Yoder, Hutchinson, Kansas; one sister, Eve, and husband, Jon Wyatt, Norton, Kansas; 24 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; several other relatives and friends. Eva was preceded in death by her parents, husband, LeRoi, one brother, Jerry Yoder, and the father of her children, Chuck Babcock. Funeral service – Friday, January 25, 2019 – 10:30 a.m.at –Christian Church – Logan, Kansas. Visitation – Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 5:00 p.m until 7:00 p.m.at the Christian church, 204 n Douglas St, Logan, KS 67646 Interment – Pleasant View cemetery – Logan, Kansas Memorials – Christian Church in Logan or Eva Dillon memorial fund.
Ella Mae Wilson Sharpe, Class of 1944
Ella Mae Wilson Sharpe 92, passed away Sunday, January 6th, 2019. She was born November 24th, 1926 to William (Blackie) Wilson and Zoe Henley Wilson in Burns, Kansas. She was raised in Chase, Kansas. She graduated from Chase High School, was a member of Eastern Star, and was a long time member of Mulvane United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Jim) Sharpe, her parents, and sister, Marie Musgrave. Ella Mae is survived by her Children, Greg Sharpe (Patt), Susan Schletzbaum (Alan); grandchildren, Stacy Bosley (Brandon), Mike Sharpe (Carrie), Keri Nail (Derrick), Kris Clifton (Trent); great-grandchildren, Cole Bosley, Jake Bosley, Gabi Sharpe, Izzy Nail, Colt Nail and Zoey Clifton. Memorial Service: 10:00 am, Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Mulvane United Methodist Church 107 S. Central Mulvane, Kansas 67110. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to James Sharpe Memorial Athletic Scholarship, C/O Mulvane United Methodist Church. www.SmithFamilyMortuaries.com
Aileen Neal, Class of 1945
Aileen Louise Neal, 91, of Houston, Texas, passed away January 2, 2019 at Houston Northwest Medical Center, Houston, Texas. She was born June 28, 1927 in Winfield, Kansas, the daughter of Ernest M. and Hazel Biddle Neal. She attended Chase High School, Chase, Kansas and graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California with the class of 1945. Aileen has resided in Houston for the past 24 years, formerly of Wichita, Kansas. She was an administrative assistant for Civil Services and Armed Forces from 1968, until retiring in 1995. Aileen was a member of Spring United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas. Aileen was married to Arbis Shipley from 1945 until 1974, and to Louis Manchon from 1974 until 1984. She is survived by her two daughters, Robin Wells and husband Richard of Orlando, FL., Trenise Jones of Houston, TX; and son, Kevin Shipley of Houston, TX; five grandchildren, Courtney Fusco and husband John, Andrew Wells, Kelsey Jones, Daren Shipley and Brian Shipley and wife Jennifer; and one great-granddaughter, Stephanie Shipley. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry Shipley; three brothers, Jack, Errol and Gene Neal; and two sisters, Margie Parten and Melva Wynn. Funeral service will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with Pastor Kim Shank officiating. Burial will be at Chase Springdale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons
Johnnie Thornton, Class of 1949
Johnnie K. Thornton, 90, of Chase, passed away December 27, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society, Lyons. He was born January 27, 1928 in Marland, Oklahoma, the son of Otto and Florence Burgill Thornton. He attended Chase High School. Johnnie has resided in Chase since 1949, formerly of Burrton, KS. At the young age of 17, he was a tank truck driver for Sinclair. In 1985, Johnnie retired as a field pumper for Atlantic Richfield ARCO. He was a member of the Shriners, Royal Lodge #192 A.F. & A.M., Lyons, KS, and a volunteer firefighter. Johnnie was an avid gardener, loved canning, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. On April 16, 1948, Johnnie was united in marriage with Betty A. Clites in Ellsworth, Kansas. She preceded him in death on October 27, 1989. On October 13, 2000, Johnnie was united in marriage with Florence E. Eachus Mellott in Ellsworth, KS. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his two sons, Darren K. Thornton and wife Charla of Paola, KS, and Steven D. Thornton and wife Sandy of Russell, KS; daughter, Sheryl E. Bass and husband Jimmy of Chase; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rosemary Hatcher and Wanda Poole; and son, Johnnie C. Thornton. Funeral service will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with Johnnie Hardie officiating. Burial will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery with masonic rites. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyon with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Senior Center, Chase; Chase High School; or Shriners Hospitals for Children in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Kay Laessig, Class of 1966
Carol Jean Yarbrough Davis, Class of 1955.
Karen Yarbrough, Class of 1959
Carol Jean Yarbrough Davis died on May 17, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK at the age of 80. Carol was born in Gary, Indiana on February 1, 1938 to Rev John and Esther Yarbrough. She attended Chase High School and graduated in 1955. She later moved to Bethany, Oklahoma; married and raised her family in the Oklahoma City area, where she lived until her death. Preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Karen Yarbrough, and son, Cameron. She is survived by sons: Riley and Jeff, daughters: Tiffany and Tamara, and several grandchildren.
Carol’s sister, Karen Yarbrough, died on April 27, 2018 in Oklahoma City. The sisters were in the same hospital, the same ICU and died within 3 weeks of each other. Karen attended school in Chase, Kansas during the years of 1954-1959. She may not have graduated from Chase High School but would have been a graduate of 1959.
Jack Taylor, Class of 1949
Brenda Crowl Dorman, Class of 1975
Brenda Renee Dorman, age 61, of Jal passed away on October 30, 2018. She was born May 27, 1957 in Lyons, KS to Jimmy Dean Crowl Sr. and Claudette (Kizzar). Brenda married Danny Dorman on November 29, 2000 in Jal, NM and the celebrated 17 year together. Brenda was a 1975 graduate of Chase High School. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Brenda loved county music and had a passion for dancing. She was devoted to her family, enjoyed traveling, was an excellent cook and was always visiting with her friends through social media. Brenda is survived by her husband: Danny Dorman of Jal, NM; sons: Ben H. Chance Jr. of Jal, NM, and Brit Dean Chance of Jal, NM; daughters: Dalinda Dorman of Monahans, TX and Janessa Dorman of Eunice, NM; brother: Jim Crowl Jr. and wife Teresa of Lyons, KS; sisters: Monica Butts and husband Terry of Jal, NM and Bretta Thompson and husband Danny of Jal, NM, grandchildren: Evand Dean Chance, Nicho las Martinez, Sienna Dorman, Kane Maruffo, and Adam Maruffo. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents: Jimmy and Claudette. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm MST, Monday, November 5, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jal with brother Alan Speed officiating. Interment will follow at the Jal Cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Terry Linn Butts, Trevor Thompson, Johnny Mac Owen, Nicholas Martinez, Luis Navarrette, and Randy Lopez. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Eugene Immel and Eric Rodriguez. Arrangements are under the direction of Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit. Class of 1975
Robin Oberle, Class of 1982
Garrel Brady, Class of 1984
Shelly White, Class of 1986
Husband of Debby Loesch Bach, Class of 1972
Caryl Faye Lewis
Wife of James Lewis, Class of 1960
Former Chase High Teacher
Clydene Werner Jacobs, Class of 1974
Edna Hawkins Wolfe, Class of 1942
On the evening of August 13th, the Lord gently took Barbara Martin’s hand and led her into Heaven. She was born in Stigler, Oklahoma, on September 16th, 1936 to Rowena and Chester Barlow. She is survived by her loving husband Dan, and their 5 children: Todd Irwin, Chad Spencer, Susan, Mike, and Derek Martin; as well as her sisters Judy Bond and Diana Shadrick, 6 nieces and nephews, 10 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter on the way. Barbara loved to dance, and Dan was her equal. She loved to read and always had a book in her hand, and several waiting. She loved Elvis and his music as well as all the 50’s and 60’s rock n’ roll performers, oh how she enjoyed them. Above all things she loved her family. She and Dan loved to travel, and he enjoyed showing her new places. They cherished each other. She was a loving and kind mother, Grammy, sister, aunt, and dear friend to many. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Dennis Barlow, and nephew Lance Barlow. She faced many health challenges over the years and fought them bravely, each and every time. A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Monday the 27th at 12:30 pm at Floral Haven, located at 6500 S 129th E Avenue, Broken Arrow, OK 74012, phone number, (918) 252-2518. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, a charity she was passionate about. When Dan’s time on earth is through, he will come to you in Heaven and say, “I knew I would find you here”. Rest in peace dear one and know you were dearly loved.
Craig, Class of 1983
Dale, Class of 1984
Robin Butler, Class of 1981
Cameron Gillespie, Class of 1982
Jimmy Gillespie, Class of 1989
Melissa Bethea, Class of 1980
Genny Gillespie, Class of 1989
Loren Keith Lumpkins, 77, of Chase, passed away August 29, 2018, at Sterling Presbyterian Manor, Sterling, Kansas, following a courageous 2 ½ year battle with brain cancer. He was born December 24, 1940 at Codell, Kansas, the son of Irwin Roy and Della Benedick Lumpkins. He graduated from Plainville High School in Plainville, Kansas and attended Ft. Hays State University. He was a long time resident of Chase, formerly of Plainville and Great Bend, Kansas. Keith loved his work as a self-employed oil producer. He was an avid arrowhead hunter and loved spending time with his family and his beloved dog Maggie. He was a member of the Chase Baptist Church. He married Cheryl Jones on June 1, 1962 at Ellinwood, Kansas, and later divorced; then on August 11, 2002 he was united in marriage with Grace Gillespie in Chase. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Delwin Lumpkins and sister-in-law Ramona Lumpkins; sister, Royalynn Nelson; brother-in-laws, Darrel King and Johnnie Lumpkins; and a step-granddaughter, Mara Gillespie. Keith is survived by his wife, Grace of the home; two sons, Craig and wife Cathy, and Dale and wife, Lisa, all of Wichita; step-sons Cameron Gillespie and Jimmy Gillespie, both of Chase; daughters Robin and husband Bruce Butler of Manhattan; Renee and husband Doug Stejskal of Almena, Kansas; step-daughters Melissa Bethea and Genny Gillespie both of Chase; brothers Earl and wife Juanita Lumpkins of Great Bend, and sisters Kay Lumpkins of Great Bend and Ginny King of Parker, Colorado; six grandchildren and 19 step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and 20 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, at the Chase Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Kirk officiating. Burial will be at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, August 31, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Birzer Funeral Home with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Memorials can be made to Chase Baptist Church in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Donald G. Popp, Class of 1971
Nov 7, 1952 - Aug 25, 2018 Survived by wife, Cynthia; children, Shane (Lisa) Popp of Santa Monica, CA, Jeremy Popp of Omaha and Stephanie (Eric) Tiritilli of Omaha; grandchildren, Kaden Lindsay, Anna and Sophia Tiritilli, Sophie and Luke Popp; sisters, Ruth (Don) Miller and Betty Fowler; brother, Mark Popp. Preceded in death by parents, Theodor and Viola Popp; sister, Gladys Phelan. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry or Open Door Mission.
Marie Wilson Musgrave, Class of 1941
Marie Wilson Musgrave, 94, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Shawnee, KS. Marie was born in Toronto, Kansas and graduated from Chase High School in 1941. She attended Fort Hays State for two years and married Duane Musgrave in 1944 in Little Rock, AR. Marie previously lived in Chase, Kansas and Sedan, Kansas. She had a love of travel and an active interest in genealogy. Her travels took her to all 50 states and to all continents except Australia and Antarctica. As a genealogist, Marie researched and wrote six books on the Musgrave-Wilson families. Paramount in Marie’s life was her love of family and family connections. She made a point to stay in touch with family and friends through the years but mostly she liked to be a mom. She listened to her children’s stories, laughed at their jokes and planned both large family gatherings and small picnics on the porch. All the grandchildren looked forward to annual visits with Grandma and Grandpa. Marie was preceded in death by her parents William C. Wilson and Zoe Henley Wilson, by her husband of nearly 48 years, Duane, by her youngest son, Tom of Lacrosse KS, and by twin great grandsons, Colin and Logan Musgrave. She is survived by her sister, Ella Mae Sharpe of Mulvane, KS, her son and daughter-in-law, Curt and Jeanne Musgrave of Kansas City MO, her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Debbie Musgrave of Carbondale, KS, and her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and David Bever of Wichita, KS. Marie is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, Kansas with Rev. Jesse and Arlene Patrick officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Community Presbyterian Church with family present. Memorials may be made to KC Hospice and Palliative Care, KC Hospice Foundations KCHPC 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64114 or Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, KS in care of Birzer Funeral Home, 214 West Ave. South, Lyons, KS 67554. Class of 1941
Doug Melcher, Class of 1960
John Douglas “Doug” Melcher, 76, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 at his home in
Pratt. He was born April 27, 1942 in Great Bend to Irvin L. and Marcella
Contance (Link) Melcher. On June 17, 1972 he married Karen Kay (Snyder) Melcher
in Ellinwood. She survives.
After high school, Doug joined the United States Navy where he worked as a welder. He owned Doug’s Pumping Service and did work as a contract pumper in the oilfield. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and everything to do at the lake.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; sons, Bob (Arin Woodson) Melcher of Kansas City, Kan. and Curtis (Martha) Malone of Raymond, Kan.; daughters Tracie (David) Brady of Pratt and Sherryl Malone of Pratt; sisters, Jalayn (Jim) Rowden of Littleton, Colo. and Jeannie (Jess) Penner of Hutchinson; brother, Larry Melcher of Hutchinson; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Doug is preceded in death by his parents; son, Shane Melcher; sisters, Margaret Melcher and Janet Branscom.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with family receiving friends Tuesday from 5-7 at Larrison Mortuary. Vigil and Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pratt. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pratt, with Father Michael Klag presiding. Burial with Navy honors will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt. Memorials may be made to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation for Asbestos exposure in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Online condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com. Funeral arrangements provided by
Larrison Mortuary ,300 Country Club Road ,Pratt, KS 67124 Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 7, 2018
Daughter of Allen & Vickie Neal Wilkerson
Found a better obit so replaced the other one.
Loretta Malone Forshee, Class of 1937
Ron, Class of 1963
John, Class of 1967
Kent, Class of 1973
Elaine, Class of 1976
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand . . .
Since the 2019 newsletter has gone out . . .
Class of 1938
Anna Dueser Nearing
Class of 1941
Class of 1942
Mary Jane Hardwick Rickner
Class of 1948
Elfie Lazzers Hedrick
Class of 1949
Norma Jo Miller Cooper
Class of 1953
Class of 1956
Class of 1957
Beverly Kennedy Gatewood
Class of 1965
Class of 1972
Class of 2000
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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!
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