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 . . . .

Ann Harman Price, Class of 1951

(Olive) Ann Harman Price, 85, of Alligator Point, Florida passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at home surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Glen Edward Price. Ann is survived by her three children, James, Glenda and Patricia and two grandchildren, Jennifer and Jessica who called her Mawmaw. Olive Ann Harman was born in Kansas on June 10, 1934. She attended school in Chase, Kansas and has stayed in touch with classmates. She treasured the reunions over the years and will surely be missed. She LOVED sunflowers which is the Kansas state flower. Ann and Glen married in 1951 and raised a beautiful family. Ann worked for and retired from Dekalb County schools in Decatur, Georgia. She was a Business Education teacher at Lakeside High School and Druid Hills High School. Ann and Glen were active members at Rehobeth Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia. Ann headed a Puppet Ministry there as well as a Children's Church Ministry for many years. When they retired and moved to Florida in the mid-90's, she substituted at Wakulla County Schools and participated in the GED training programs. She served for 20+ years as secretary/treasurer at Mission by the Sea Church on Alligator Point and was secretary of the Volunteer Fire Department. She has season tickets for the Sopchoppy Opry since their beginning and loved it so very much. Ann loved traveling/RV-ing with her many friends over the years throughout North America. She has cruised and traveled many places including Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia as well as the South and North Pole and all around the Mediterranean and Egypt. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mission by the Sea on Alligator Point, Florida on November 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32308-5428 and Mission by the Sea Church, P.O. Box 1115, Panacea, FL 32346. Interment will be at Veteran's Cemetery in Tallahassee where she will be buried with her husband, Glen E. Price, U.S. Navy.

Ron Minix, Class of 1961

Ronald Dean “Ron” Minix, 76, of Sterling, Kansas, passed away September 30, 2019 in El Dorado, Kansas. He was born February 2, 1943 in Falls City, Nebraska, the son of William J. and Wilma Arnold Minix. Ron graduated from Alden High School, Alden, Kansas, with the class of 1961. He was a lifetime Rice County resident. Ron was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church, Hutchinson, and Calvary Baptist Church, Sterling. Ron enjoyed woodworking and loved his pets. He is survived by his son, Steve Minix and wife Stephanie of Lyons; siblings, twin brother Don Minix and wife Nancy of Raymond, KS, Jerry Minix and wife Pam of Lyons, and Marvin Minix and wife Kathy of Tonkawa, OK; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Paul Shryock; and grandson, Ian Shuey. Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery, Raymond, Kansas with Pastor Oscar Gomez officiating. Memorials may be given to Friends of Animals Rice County in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Dale & Delores Hoover
Brother of:
Alice Hoover Cassidy, Class of 1958
Rex Hoover, Class of 1961
Ray Hoover, Class of 1968

Dale Hoover, 84, of Saxman, Kansas, passed away September 20, 2019, in rural Sterling. He was born July 21, 1935, in Dade County, Missouri, the son of Herbert C. and Tessie Mae Rogers Hoover. Dale graduated from Everton High School, Everton, Missouri, and later attended Hutchinson Community College. He resided in Everton, Missouri until moving to Lyons, Kansas in 1955, and resided in Saxman since 1964. Dale was an electrician for American Salt in Lyons, and in the mid 1970′s went on to work for Hospital District #1 as an electrician and maintenance supervisor. He attended various churches in the area and was a member of the Methodist Men’s Bible Study group in Lyons. On January 19, 1957, Dale was united in marriage with Delores L. Smith in Alden, Kansas. He is survived by: his children, Larry Hoover and wife Shirley of South Hutchinson, Gaylene Wilson of Hutchinson, David Hoover and wife Phyllis of Hutchinson, Melody Conner of Hutchinson, and Dala Crosby of Lowell, Michigan; two brothers, Rex Hoover and wife Sharon of Wichita/Chase, and Ray Hoover and wife LaNell of Hutchinson; sister, Alice Cassidy of Wichita; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Dale was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Timothy Dale Hoover; and three brothers, Dwain, Truman, and Roy Hoover. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2019, at Methodist Church, Lyons with Pastor Scott Miller officiating. A private family burial will be held at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Methodist Church, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Star of Hope (formerly Haiti Love and Faith) in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Delores Lea Hoover, 81, of Saxman, Kansas, passed away September 22, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas. She was born September 21, 1938, in Lyons, Kansas, the daughter of Orville and Buelah Crandall Smith.
Delores was a lifelong Saxman resident. She graduated from Lyons High School with the class of 1956. Delores was a homemaker. She was a master gardener, and member of Toast Masters Club. Delores attended various churches in the area. On January 19, 1957, Delores was united in marriage with Dale Hoover in Alden, KS. He preceded her in death on September 20, 2019. She is also preceded in death by her parents and son, Timothy Dale Hoover. Delores is survived by: her children, Larry Hoover and wife Shirley of South Hutchinson, Gaylene Wilson of Hutchinson, David Hoover and wife Phyllis of Hutchinson, Melody Conner of Hutchinson, and Dala Crosby of Lowell, Michigan; honorary grandfather, Bob Schirer; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2019, at Methodist Church, Lyons with Pastor Scott Miller officiating. A private family burial will be held at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Methodist Church, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Star of Hope (formerly Haiti Love and Faith) in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons

Judy Wasinger Truhlar, Class of 1969

Judy Marie Truhlar, 68, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019 at her home in Kingman. She was born April 22, 1951 in Lyons, KS, the daughter of Michael and Georgine (Windholz) Wasinger. On June 14, 1969 she married John Truhlar in Chase. He survives. She moved to Kingman last year after living in Turon for more than 20 years. She is survived by her husband, John; sons, Michael J. (Mandy Gonzalez) Truhlar of Pratt, Scott (Andrew) Godbey-Truhlar of Wichita, Jason (Dena) Truhlar of Salt Lake City, Utah, James Truhlar of Wichita, Paul (Mary Jane) Truhlar of Riverside, California, Michael M. Truhlar of Kingman and William (Jennifer) Denio of Kingman; daughters, Christy (Kelly) Kirk of Liberal and WyNema (Mitch) Wells of Derby; brother, Thomas (Marlene) Wasinger of Hays; sisters, Mickey Wasinger of Sterling, Jane (Richard) Sparks of Derby and Nancy (Larry) Cantrell of Lenexa; sister in-law, Janice Wasinger of Victoria; 21 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Raymond Wasinger. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 1-5 at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Cremation will follow. Memorials may be made to Heartsprings in care of Larrison Mortuary                                                            

Paul Miller, Class of 1952

Paul Miller, 85, Butler, Missouri, He was born June 27, 1934 and died Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Butler.  Cremation, with a memorial service at a later date.  A complete obituary will be added when it becomes available.

Brenda Gates Boatwright, Class of 1980

Services for Brenda Gates Boatwright of Geneseo, KS is July 6, 2019 at 3:30 at Victory Church Chase, KS.
She is survived by her husband Glenn. Children: Chris, Canada, Jamie Guldner, Lyons and Jeffrey, Osage City. Brother Terry lives in the Philippines, Sisters: Neva, Kansas City, Missouri, Jennifer, Leavenworth , Ks and Kellie, Wichita. Two grandchildren April and Andrew Guldner. Brenda passed away June 15, 2019

Amelia Aguilera Cedeno, Class of 1946

Amelia Ann Cedeno, 91, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away June 17, 2019 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born July 26, 1927 in Florence, Kansas, the daughter of Gilbert and Natalia Martinez Aguilera. Amelia graduated from Chase High School, Chase, Kansas, with the class of 1946. She resided in Lyons since 1969, formerly of Chase. Amelia was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, St. Paul Catholic Church Altar Society, and VFW Auxiliary, Lyons. On June 10, 1950, Amelia was united in marriage with Joseph Leyva Cedeno in Chase. He preceded her in death on October 13, 2011. She is also preceded in death by her parents; son, Joseph Cedeno; three brothers; and three sisters. She is survived by her children, Gerianne Habiger and husband Virgil of Bushton, KS, John Cedeno and wife Karen of Great Bend, KS, and James Cedeno and wife Cathy of Lyons, KS; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 A.M., Monday, June 24, 2019 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father Patrick Kotrba officiating. Burial will be at St. Marys Cemetery, Chase, Kansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Parish rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. following visitation. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, or American Cancer Society in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

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

Thomas Thaine “Tom” Madden, 65, of Raymond, Kansas, passed away April 29, 2019 at his residence. He was born on January 7, 1954 in Ellinwood, Kansas, the son of Bill and Wanda (Scheufler) Madden. Tom graduated from Chase High School with the class of 1972, and later received his Associates Degree from Barton County Community College. He was a lifelong Raymond resident. Tom was a farmer and rancher his entire life. He served in the United States Army from 1972-1975 and in the Army Reserves from 1975-1978. Tom was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ellinwood; former school board member for USD 401 for 20 years, serving as school board president for a number of those years; Bell Township Trustee; a member of the Fur Harvester’s Association; and the Kansas Bow Hunter’s Association. He enjoyed riding horses, trapping, hunting, farming, and the mountains in Colorado. Tom lived a life that he loved. He was a loving father, grandfather, son, and brother. Tom is survived by his parents; son, Thomas Wayne Madden and Elizabeth of Sterling; daughter, Julie Boeckman and Matt of Goff, KS; two sisters, Pam and Kerry Hendricks of Great Bend, and Tamara Madden of Hutchinson; eight grandchildren, Alaina, Colton, Emelia, Dustin, Dalton, Madison, Gunner, and Hartley. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Carl and Hazel Madden; maternal grandparents, Paul and Gertrude Scheufler; and grandson, Isaiah Thomas Madden. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, May 3, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, Ellinwood with Pastor Dave Wesner officiating. Burial will be at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery, Raymond, Kansas. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to Ronald McDonald House or Healing Heart Ranch in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.


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



Norma J. Cooper, 88, Bennington, formerly of Chase, died Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Ottawa County Health Center, Minneapolis. Norma was born July 8, 1930 in Rice County to James E. and Amy (Maggs) Miller. She and Earl B. Cooper were united in marriage on June 5, 1949 in Chase. Norma worked as a C.N.A. and was a homemaker. Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl; and siblings, Lansing, Norman, and Marion. Survivors are her sons, Art and Janie and Craig and Sabine; sister, Melva Miller; grandchildren, Aaron Cooper, Andy (Carol) Cooper, Neil (Rochelle) Cooper, Amanda (Dale) Smith, and Jennifer (Alex) Eberhart; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 27 at Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the services. Private family graveside services will be at the Springdale Cemetery, Chase. Memorials may be made to the Ottawa County Rural Fire District #4 or the Bennington Senior Center.                               

Former Teacher and Coach
   Gary Smith

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

Beverly Ann 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 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

Danny Lynn Gilkey
Son of Karen McGee Gilkey, Class of 1964

Danny Lynn Gilkey was born March 6, 1966 in Larned, KS.  He passed away in the Good Samaritan Home February 21, 2019  in Hays, KS. after many health issues. Dan which he preferred to be called was an over the road trucker till health issues started taking over. He resided in Phillipsburg, KS. with his companion, health care giver, Nancy Quinn for many years. Dan is survived by his mother, Karen of Belpre, KS. one brother Randy Gilkey of Belpre, KS. a nephew Austin Gilkey and family of Macksville, KS. and a niece Bridget Blevins and family of Stafford, KS. and six great nieces and nephews. Dan was preceded in death by his father, Melvin four years ago. Graveside services are planned for 2 pm on March 6, 2019 in the Belpre Cemetery, Belpre, KS. with pastor Brian Blackburn presiding. Dan will be missed by all his family, friends and acquaintances.

Billy "Carl" Adams, Class of 1949

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Mavis Juby Jennings, Class of 1957

Mavis L. Juby Wendlandt Jennings, 75, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2015, after a lengthy illness at McPherson Health and Rehab. She worked at The Cedars in the housekeeping and laundry department. She also co-owned and operated a cab company and bus depot in Herington. Mavis was born on April 1, 1940, in Ellsworth, the daughter of Walter and Grace G. (Going) Juby. She graduated from Chase High School in 1957 and attended Hutchinson Community College. Mavis married Gary Bush in 1957. She married Robert Wendlandt in 1967 and after his passing, she married Kenny Jennings. Survivors include: daughters, Brenda Likely and husband, Joe, of McPherson, and Becky Robertson of McPherson; son, Gary Wendlandt of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and siblings, Ethel Buller, Marie Clark, and Chester Short. The funeral service were held Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Stockham Family Funeral Home.  Memorial donations may be given to McPherson County Humane Society in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460        

Charles Orr Sharpe, Class of 1947

Wife of Arden Stapleton
Mother of:
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
Father of:
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 –Christian Church – Logan, Kansas. Visitation – Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 5:00 p.m until 7:00 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.

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

Jack Anderson Taylor, Sr., proud veteran of the Korean War, died November 13, 2018, at Merit Health Central. He was born January 17th, 1932 in Seminole, Oklahoma, the 4th of 7 children to Maple and Lillie Taylor. He grew up in Kansas and joined the Marines at age 18, serving as a radio operator for the Corps and rising to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. After his service he attended Millsaps College and made lifelong friends as a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Upon graduation he worked for Irby Construction on several projects in the Southeast and even one in Africa. After marrying his college sweetheart, Pansy Barksdale, they settled down in Jackson, MS to raise their 3 children. He worked at various occupations - realtor, banker, car salesman - before retiring from the Army Corps of Engineers in 1986. After spending some time in Kansas and Colorado he settled in Clinton, MS. Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing and sports, especially golf and watching the New Orleans Saints and Mississippi State football. He is survived by his children Tara Hackney (Mike) of St. Augustine, FL, Adair Sulhoff (Matt) of Marietta, GA and Jack Taylor, Jr. (Tanya) of Madison, MS, his grandchildren Noah, Rachel, Anna, Daniel, Joseph and Jacob, and his siblings Maple, Jim (Spunky), Margaret and Mary. A Memorial Service will be  held at a later time. The family would like to thank everyone who looked after Jack in his later years: his buddies from Kappa Sig and the Marines, the staff at the VA Home in Jackson, all his doctors and caregivers and his friend Dee.  Memorials can be made to the Semper Fi Fund in Jack’s memory, to help other Veterans.


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

Ed Ankerholz

Class of 1942

Mary Jane Hardwick Rickner

Class of 1946

Amelia Aguilera Cedeno

Class of 1948

Elfie Lazzers Hedrick

Class of 1949

Norma Jo Miller Cooper

Class of 1951

Ann Harman Price

Class of 1952

Paul Miller

Class of 1953

Ron Link

Class of 1956

Larry Short

Class of 1957

Beverly Kennedy Gatewood

Class of 1961

Ronald Minix

Class of 1965

Charles Hurst

Class of 1969

Judy Wasinger Truhlar

Class of 1972

Tom Madden

Class of 1980

Brenda Gates Boatwright

Class of 2000

David Madden



Teacher and Coach
 Gary Smith

Memorials Received Since The 2019 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!