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 . . . .
Bob Spani, Class of 1953
Robert (Bob) Eugene Spani, 87 passed away peacefully on May 18, 2022 in Medford Oregon. Bob was born on March 7, 1935 in Lyons, Kansas to Raleigh and Melda Spani. Bob spent his childhood in Chase, KS, graduating from Chase High School in 1953 where he met the love of his life and future wife Mary. Bob and Mary were married on August 11, 1956 and went on to have three children, Doug, Diane and Duane. Bob graduated from college with a teaching degree and had a long and impactful career teaching junior high and high school PE and Health. In 1966 the Spani family moved to Oregon, first to Grants Pass and then settling in Medford where he taught and coached until his retirement in 1993. Bob loved to fish. And hunt. And fish. The Rogue River was his happy place and he spent countless hours there in his drift boat. A day on the river was always a good day for Bob! Bob's other passion (besides his family and friends)was coaching. He had a way with young people and left a lasting impact on many. Bob was always able to talk to his students openly and honestly about anything they wanted to discuss. He coached basketball and football at both the junior high and high school level. It seems like most of Medford has a story to tell about Mr./Coach Spani. This quote from a former student sums it up well "He modeled everything an educator should be...hard-working, a love of young people, integrity, intense yet fun and a team player. I am one of literally hundreds of students and athletes who were bigger and better people as a result of Bob." As much as Bob loved fishing and coaching, he loved his family more! He was a man with a giant heart who loved hard and well. Time with his granddaughters and great granddaughters was especially precious to him--fishing, playing ball, drinking Pepsi...the list goes on! Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brother as well as his son Duane. He is survived by his wife Mary, son Doug (Melinda) Spani, daughter Diane (Loren) Graber and daughter-in-law Margaret Spani. Granddaughters Julie (Graber) Hills, Ali Spani, Kayla Spani and Daphne Spani and great granddaughters Kendra and Paige. The date and time for his memorial service will be announced later.
Sandra Chinchilla, Class of 2003
Ana De la Cruz, Class of 2004
Luis Guerrero Jr, Class of 2009
Enedelia Riojas Guerrero, 64, of Ellinwood, Kansas, passed away May 8, 2022, at Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colorado. She was born August 28, 1957, in Piedras Negras Coahuila, Mexico, the daughter of Miguel Riojas and Fidencia Moreno. Enedelia has resided in Ellinwood for many years, formerly of Chase, Kansas, and Dublin, Texas. She was a homemaker. Enedelia was a member of the Nueva Esperanza Church of Great Bend, Kansas. She enjoyed going to church, fishing, buying plants and gardening, and most of all spending time with her family. On July 7, 1978, Enedelia was united in marriage with Luis Antonio Guerrero. He preceded her in death on August 17, 2020. She is also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Maria Sotelo Guerrero; sister, Yolanda Riojas; brother, Juan Ignacio Riojas; grandson, Jaden Guerrero; and a granddaughter, Chassidy Guerrero. Enedelia is survived by her four children, Ariana McCrory and husband Mitchell of Chase, KS, Ana Delacruz of Topeka, KS, Sandra Chinchilla and husband William of Lyons, KS, and Luis Antonio Guerrero Jr. of Ellinwood, KS; four brothers, Rafael Renteria, Roman Renteria, and Jose Antonio all of Ciudad Acuna Coahuila, Mexico, and Martin Renteria of Dublin, TX; three sisters, Griselda Frausto of Eagle Pass, TX, Sandra Morino Renteria and Angela Renteria both of Ciudad Acuna Coahuila, Mexico; seventeen grandchildren, Alexis Sotelo, Jasmine Sotelo, Tiffany Sotelo, Jessica Murphy, Ismael Martinez, Hana Guerrero, Liam Guerrero, Luis Delacruz, Ana Delacruz, Viridiana Rincon Alejandra Rincon, Humberto Rincon, Carlos Rincon, Areley Rincon, Gavin McCrory, Andrea Rincon, Skye McCrory, and Liberty Delia Demler; and seven great-grandchildren, Sophia Murphy, Mireya Franco, Amiliano Franco, Mariana Burrola, Matias Ricon, Irving Campa Jr. and Arian Burrola. Funeral service will be at 6:00 P.M., Friday, May 13, 2022, at Nueva Esperanza Church, Great Bend, with Pastor Reyes and Pastor Bluvan officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. and on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Nueva Esperanza Church, Great Bend from 4:00 until service time with family present. The family suggest memorials be given to Birzer Funeral Home to help offset funeral expenses.
Sue Kizzar Andrews, Class of 1959
Euvona “Sue” Andrews, 80, of Chase, Kansas, passed away May 1, 2022, at her home. She was born June 28, 1941, in rural Chase, the daughter of Claude F. and Dorothy M. Bortz Kizzar. Sue was a lifelong Chase resident. She attended Chase High School. Sue was an operator at Northern Natural Gas for many years. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Chase, and the American Legion Auxiliary. Sue married Elvis Lee Andrews and they later divorced. Sue is preceded in death by her parents; significate other of more than 30 years, Dennis Sheldon; son, Elvis Lee Andrews II; brother, Jim Kizzar; and two sisters, Claudette Kizzar Dugan and Shirley Kizzar Owen. She is survived by her two sons, Cody Andrews and Monte Joe Andrews both of Chase; brother, Frank Kizzar and wife Valerie of Jal, NM; and brother-in-law, Johnny Mack Owen; sister-in-law, Babe Kizzar; two grandsons, Tony Andrews and wife Jessica and Kacey Andrews both of Lyons, KS; four granddaughters, Michelle Mawhirter and husband Cole, Erica Baird and husband Austin of Pratt, KS, Victoria Clark and husband Garrett of Wichita, KS, and Ashley Weberg and husband Kyle; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, with Johnnie Hardie officiating. Burial will follow at the Chase Springdale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Monday, May 9, 2022, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. The family suggests memorials be given to Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons to help offset funeral expenses.
Husband of Linda Long Ross, Class of 1959
George Alfred Ross, 92, of Hutchinson, died April 24, 2022. He was born March
21, 1930, on the family farm in Jewell County, to Gustav A. and Atta E. (Quick)
George graduated from Mankato High School in
1947 and attended Hutchinson Community College and Pittsburg State University.
He served in the United States Navy from 1948-1952. George worked as a telegraph
operator, railroad agent, and automotive technician and instructor. He enjoyed
woodworking and spending time with his family. George was a member of 10th
Avenue United Methodist Church and American Legion Lyle Rishel Post #68.
On January 4, 1964, he married Linda K. Long, in
Pueblo, CO. She survives. Also surviving
are: his children, Jandrea Blumanhourst (Doug) of Wichita, Ryan Ross (Jennifer)
of Olathe, Gary Ross (Cindi Golson) of Wilsonville, AL; grandchildren, Kaylan
Edwards (Trevor), Nathan Blumanhourst (Taylor), Alyssa Thornton (Evan), Drew
Ross, Graham Ross; great-grandchildren, Emilyn, Michael, Elias, Olivia, Elspeth;
sister, Letha Essinger (Don) of Fruitland, ID; and many extended family members.
George was preceded in death by his parents and
6 brothers and sisters. Cremation has
taken place. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 10th
Avenue United Methodist Church, 300 W 10th Ave., Hutchinson, with Rev. Richard
G. Brooks officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Navy Honor
Guard. Private family burial will be in Lyons Municipal Cemetery.
Friends may sign his memorial book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to 10th Avenue United Methodist Church or Hospice House, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
Kenny Malone, Class of 1964
Kenneth “Kenny” Malone, 76, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away April 16, 2022, at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. He was born June 25, 1945, in Great Bend, Kansas, the son of Raphael Leo “R.L.” and Helen Marie Saudinger Malone. Kenny was lifetime Lyons resident. He graduated from Chase High School, Chase with the class of 1964. Kenny was a longtime farmer. He served in the United States Army from September 24, 1964 until his honorable discharge on March 23, 1965. Kenny was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Chase; past treasurer for the Center Township for thirty years; and was past commander of the VFW Post #129. Kenny enjoyed collecting John Deere memorabilia. On March 20, 1982, Kenny was united in marriage with Judy K. Dye in Ost, Kansas. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his two sisters; and brother-in-law, David Dye of Meade, KS. Kenny is preceded in death by his parents; and sister. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 21, 2022, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father Aaron Spexarth officiating. The suggest everyone wear casual clothing. Burial will follow at Lyons Municipal Cemetery with military honors by the Ft. Riley Honor Guard. A Parish rosary will be said at 10:00 A.M. at the church prior to the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Found out when his newsletter was returned
Douglas McConnell, Class of 1956
G. Douglas McConnell, 78, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Doug graduated from Chase High School in Chase, KS, then completed his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville. Later he completed his Master's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Doug began his career as an electrical engineer with Magnavox where he worked on aeronautical radar and sonar equipment. He later transitioned into a sales career of integrated circuits and components. He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, and served as President of Consistory at Salem and Grace St. John's UCC. Doug was also a President of the Basketball Booster Club at Leo High School, a member of the Hoosier Vintage Thunderbird Club, and an active participant in the Grabill Fair. Surviving are his children, Michael (Debbie) McConnell of Spencerville, IN, Daryl (Mindy) McConnell of Auburn, IN, and Dianne (Jack) Haworth of Fishers, IN; 5 grandchildren; 2 brothers and 1 sister. Doug was preceded in death by wife, Karen McConnell; parents, George and Elva McConnell; 1 brother and 1 sister. Service is 10:00 am, Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Salem United Church of Christ, 2401 Lake Ave, with calling one hour prior. Calling also at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Rd on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery, Leo, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the Salem United Church of Christ. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com. Class of 1956
Roberta Keesling May, Class of 1958
Roberta Ann Keesling May died peacefully on March 24, 2022, after a lifetime of family, friends, love, and adventures. Roberta’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at the First Christian Church in Lyons, KS. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing in Roberta’s name to the Lyons Bell and Star fund in care of the Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons, KS. Roberta was born on February 25, 1940, in Lyons, KS to Virgil William Keesling and Selma Caroline Dipple. She grew up and attended school in Rice County, proudly graduating from Chase High School in 1958. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Lyons, KS. Roberta married Floyd Dean May in 1960 and they began their life together in Kansas. In 1978, they moved to Texas where they raised their family and were later blessed with seven grandchildren. After living in several cities in Texas, they settled in their retirement home on Lake Whitney. Roberta was the best example of a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend for all that knew her. She loved spending time with and watching her children and grandchildren grow up and participating in their activities, as well as traveling with Floyd and their Boston terriers in their motor home, creating homemade cards, sewing, making arts and crafts, watching the wildlife at their home on Lake Whitney, collecting owls and baking fancy cakes and goodies for all to enjoy. Additionally, Roberta was a successful businesswoman as a Tupperware Manager for over 40 years, earning numerous top sales awards. Roberta is survived by her husband of more than 61 years, Floyd May; her sister, Barbara Keesling Sherman and her husband Tom; her daughter, Valorie May Shelton and her husband; Mikel; her son, Kevin May and his wife Katie; as well as her grandchildren, Christopher Shelton, Craig Shelton and his wife Maddie, Collin Shelton, Addison May, Caroline May, Hannah May and Andrew May; her niece Shelley Sherman McIntyre and her husband Rich; her step siblings Sharry Tice and her husband Duane; Dennis Wikoff and his wife Rexann. She was preceded in death by her stepsister, Kala Suhler and her nephew, Corwin Sherman.
Dennis Ludwick, Class of 1960
Dennis C. Ludwick, 79, of Chase, Kansas, went home to the Lord on March 30, 2022, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born October 9, 1942, in Sterling, Kansas. He was the son of Jacob Clyde and Sarah Leona Runyan Ludwick. Dennis has resided in Chase for the last 50 years, formerly of Salina, Kansas. He graduated from Chase High School, with the class of 1960, and received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas, in 1965. Dennis worked at Lockheed in Georgia from 1966 until 1969, and Rickel Manufacturing (later known as Big A Sprayers) in Salina. He was also a farmer for many years. On December 12, 1976, Dennis was united in marriage with Carolyn Kaufman in Pretty Prairie, Kansas. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his daughter, Jamie and husband Jeff, and grandson Tegan Link of Raymond, KS; sister, Lin Heritage of Tulsa, OK; and nephew, David and wife Julie, and great-nephews Chandler and Logan Heritage of Tulsa, OK. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be at 10:30am, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with Pastor Joel Grizzle officiating. Burial will follow at Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 7:00pm, Monday, April 4, 2022, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Memorials may be given to Sterling College in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons
For those of you that remember
and her husbands business
around Raymond, KS.
Shirley Haas Cox, Class of 1951
Barbara Lansing Heap, Class of 1958
Son of Norma Hembree Keller, Class of 1951
David Eugene Keller, age 65, of Ellis, Kansas passed away Monday, February 14,
2022 in Ellis. Dave was born February, 19, 1956 in Lyons, Kansas to Troy and
Norma (Hembree) Keller. He graduated from Ellis High School in 1974. On April 4,
1981 he married Tina Schmidt in Hays, Kansas. Dave was a pumper and had worked
in the oilfields most of his life. He enjoyed bowling and casino trips with
Tina. He was an OU football fan and an avid Kansas City Chief fan. Dave is
survived by his wife, Tina Keller of Ellis; his daughter, Megan Keller of
Denver, Colorado; his mother, Norma Keller of Ellis; a brother, Jack Keller and
wife Barb of Ellis; two sisters, Linda Dunn of Hays and Judy Hagan and husband
Greg of Ellis as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death
by his father. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions made payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may
be sent in care of Keithley Funeral Homes PO Box 86 Hays, KS 67601 or made
online directly at www.stjude.org
Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrangements in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel 400 E. 17th Ellis, KS 67637
Joe Golden, Class of 1952
Joe F. Golden, 87, went to be with his Heavenly Father on January 31, 2022. On October 5, 1934, Joe was born to Glenn and Grace Golden at McPherson, Kansas. The family lived in Raymond, Kansas, when Joe met the love of his life, Jacqueline June Farrell at the First Baptist Church in Ellinwood, Kansas. Joe and Jackie were married in Ellinwood, Kansas, on October 18, 1953. Joe and Jackie moved with the Navy and during the time Joe was stationed in Washington D.C. their first son Robert Gene was born. After Joe completed his service the family moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, where their second son, Michael Glen was born. Joe is survived by his wife, Jackie Golden, sons Bob (wife Stacey) and Mike (wife Kathy), grandchildren Brad Golden (wife Jeanifer), Chris Golden (wife Amy), Zachary Golden (Rachel and Leo), and great-granddaughter Paige Golden. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Grace Golden. Joe spent the majority of his working career serving the citizens of Oklahoma as a State Trooper for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. In addition, he served the Oklahoma Public Safety Division after his retirement from the Highway Patrol as a driver's license examiner. Joe loved his "calling" to work for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Joe enjoyed all aspects of sport in the outdoors. For years he hunted, fished, golfed, and shot all types of firearms. He also enjoyed painting pictures of outdoor scenery and singing, especially gospel music. Joe loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After retirement, Joe served in his community church leading the congregation in singing during the worship services. Visitation will be held at the John Ireland Funeral Home in Moore, OK. On Sunday, February 6, 2022, from 2:30 PM until 5:00 PM. Services will be held at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 10:00 AM. The service will be live-streamed for anyone unable to attend (myshbc.com). A graveside service will be conducted at the Duncan Cemetery in Duncan, OK February 7, 2022, at 2:00 PM.
Anita Brady Sheridan, Class of 1975
Anita Maxine Sheridan, 65, of Raymond, Kansas, passed away February 3, 2022, at her son’s home in Wichita, Kansas. She was born June 10, 1956, in Ulysses, Kansas, the daughter of Charles Marion and Ruby Maxine Bitner Brady. Anita has resided in Raymond since 1995, formerly of Chase, Kansas. She attended Chase High School. Anita worked for Ellinwood Tank Service from 1979 to 1998, purchasing the business in 1998. She enjoyed camping, bowling, politics, caring for others, spending time with her family, and most of all, sharing her love of Christ with others. On May 22, 1999, Anita was united in marriage with Daniel Sheridan in Lyons. He and his mother, Shirley Sheridan, survive of the home. She is also survived by her daughter, Celena Feil and Brian Oberle of Chase, KS; son, Travis Feil of Wichita, KS; brother, Francis Brady and wife Mary of Chase, KS; two sisters-in-law, Judy Brady of Moses Lake, WA and Janice Brady of Valley Center, KS; and four grandchildren, Justin Oberle, Mackenzie Oberle, Levi Feil, and Malachi Feil. Anita was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Gary, Melvin, and Chuck Brady; sister, Gene Lovas; and sisters-in-law, Joyce Brady and Kay Brady. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 12, 2022, at the Raymond Community Development Center with Pastor Joel Grizzle officiating and a lunch to follow. The family requests friends and family wear casual clothing to the celebration in accordance with Anita’s wishes. Memorials may be given to the Raymond Community Development Center or Chase House of Prayer in care of Birzer Funeral Home,
Jerome Steffan, Class of 1964
September 24, 1964 until March 8, 1970. Jerome was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons. He was a car enthusiast and loved all things about cars; poring over car details, attending car shows, going to local car dealerships to strike up a deal, and taking pride in caring for the cars that he and Della kept in their garage. On September 14, 1968, Jerome was united in marriage with Della Rufenacht in Ness City, Kansas. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his son, Jarrod Steffan and wife Aimee of Andover, KS; four daughters, Rachel Loesch and husband Roger of Lyons, Rhonda Coulter and husband Nick of Hutchinson, KS, Tina Martinez and husband Luis of Hutchinson, KS, and Tonya Navarro and husband Matt of Emporia, KS; two brothers, Larry Steffan and wife Debby of Chase, KS, and Jim Steffan and wife Cindy of Lyons; sister, Janie Haxton of Claflin, KS; two brothers-in-law, Dale Rufenacht and wife Cindy of Amarillo, TX, and Howard Rufenacht of Wichita, KS; fourteen grandchildren, Mikayla, Cassie, Reagan, Michael, Chloe, Karsyn, Gaige, Landon, Lyncoln, Madison, Zane, Dominic, Hunter, and Augustine. Jerome was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Travis Steffan; and two brothers-in-law, Larry Haxton and Gary Rufenacht. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 A.M., Monday, February 7, 2022, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father Michael Brungardt officiating. A Parish rosary will be said at 10:00 A.M. at the church. Burial will follow at Lyons Municipal Cemetery with military honors by the Ft. Riley Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M., Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Catholic Church or Johnson Cancer Research Center- KSU in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons
David Gilkey, Class of 1966
David Eugene Gilkey, 75, passed away February 1, 2022 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. He was born May 24, 1946 in Hominy, Oklahoma, the son of Durward M. and Evelyn Maxine Minix Gilkey. An area resident since 1975, he was an oil operator. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and enjoyed socializing at the casino, hunting, fishing, gardening, and doing anything with his dog Lucky. David loved watching his grandkids play sports. He served in the United States Navy. He married Leonella “Nelli” A. Meyeres at Miami, Oklahoma; she survives. Other survivors include: two sons, David (Katie) Gilkey, Hutchinson, Adam (Amy) Gilkey, McPherson; three daughters, Tammy (Jon) Nickless, Imperial, Nebraska, Stephannie (Mitchell) Nicol, Holton, Ammie (Robert) Schibler, Gruver, Texas; sixteen grandchildren, Taylar, Ragan, Colby, and Paige Nickless, Reilly, Carson, Hayden Stumpff, Brodey, and Emersyn Nicol, Logan and Rhett Gilkey, Dylaney and Jefferson Weaver, and Quincy Schibler, Finn and Addison Gilkey; two step grandchildren, Montana Nicol and Mikyla (Caleb) Hill; his sister, Nyla; and his faithful dog, Lucky. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Durward and Maxine Gilkey; three brothers, Jerry, Melvin, and Fred; a sister, Tina; and a grandson, Ryder Nicol. Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 14, 2022 at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with Pastor Tom Hudson presiding. Military Rites will be presented by the United States Navy and Larned VFW Post 2271. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Semper Fi Fund in care of Beckwith Mortuary, PO Box 477, Larned, Kansas 67550.
James Cedeno, Son of James M
Nephew of Geri Cedeno Habiger, Class of 1970
James L. Cedeno, 38, of Hutchinson passed away January 17, 2022, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born on October 22, 1983, in Lyons Kansas, to James M. Cedeno and Devona Burdette. He graduated from Lyons High School in 2002 and attended Barton County Community College, Hutchinson Community College, and was a graduate of The Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. James was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for Old Mission-Heritage Funeral Home in Hutchinson. He enjoyed gunsmithing and reading in his spare time. He is survived by his parents, James M. Cedeno (Cathy) and Devona Belt; Siblings, Megan Simon (Ian), Andrew Cedeno (Katie), and Jordan Cedeno; Nephews, Kolyn Simon, Rhett Simon, Connor Cedeno, and unborn nephew, Elias Cedeno; Grandparents, Dale & Rosie Dressel. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Joseph L. & Amelia Cedeno, Dennis Burdette and his beloved canine friends, Smokey and Wolfgang. A graveside service will take place on Friday January 28, 2022, at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Chase Kansas with Fr. Michael Brungardt officiating.
Claretta Lewis, wife of Gary Lewis, Class of 1961
Claretta Ann Lewis, 74, of Borger passed away Saturday December 4, 2021 while under home hospice care & surrounded by family. Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 am, December 29 at First Southern Baptist Church in Liberal, KS. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home. Claretta was born on July 7, 1947 in McCook, Nebraska to Clarence and Martha (Thummel) Boor. She married Gary Lewis on December 26, 1964 in Liberal, Kansas. Together they shared fifty-seven years of marriage, two children and many memories together. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Claretta loved her family fiercely and they loved her. She especially loved her grandchildren! They were #1 to her! Her and Gary welcomed their first child, Sheila, into their lives while living in Goodwell, OK. After living in Liberal, KS for a short while Gary began his career with Anadarko Petroleum/ Panhandle Eastern in Fort Worth, TX where they brought their second child, Ricky, into the family. Claretta cherished the times they had at the lake with friends. After moving to Kansas City, KS she treasured the time she had raising family and always in attendance at her children’s ballgames and activities. Square Dancing with her Wheel and Dealers Friends and spending lots of time with her neighbors hanging out and playing games. Liberal, KS was the next place they resided. Here she watched her two children graduate from high school. Something she would never live down was the few years she spent working for Lex’s Shoe Collection and spending her paycheck on her growing shoe collection! One last move before residing in Borger, TX Gary & Claretta moved to and lived in Houston TX where she welcomed her first grandchild. While in Borger TX Claretta welcomed 4 more grandchildren into the family! She loved spending as much time as possible with her family! Claretta and Gary also enjoyed the opportunities they had to travel especially trips when they could include her parents. Christmas was always over the top whether it was decorating her tree one icicle at a time or icing her sugar cookies with a toothpick so they would be “just right!” And her greatest joy at Christmas was lavishing gifts on her kids and grandkids! In a recent conversation Claretta considered herself Christian by faith. She understood and confessed Jesus as Lord and that there is no other way to God but through Jesus! Claretta was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Martha Boor; one sister Linda Kerns. Survivors include her husband Gary Lewis of Borger; one daughter, Sheila Freeman and husband Rocky of Amarillo; one son, Rick Lewis and wife April of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Christopher Lewis of Amarillo; Alyssa Lewis currently a student at Baylor; Rhandall Freeman of Canyon; Ayden Lewis of Amarillo; Emma Lewis of Amarillo and one brother Ray Boor and wife Julie of St. Petersburg, FL. And also many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to St. Jude Hospital at www.stjude.org
Larry Patterson, Class of 1975
Larry Joe Patterson, 65, of Chase, Kansas, passed away December 20, 2021, at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. He was born November 24, 1956, on Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, Missouri, the son of Joe D. and Charlene Whitehead Patterson. Larry spent his childhood in many different places from Maine to Puerto Rico following his dad’s military career. He remembered those times fondly and had many stories of the adventures from surfing to riding horses on the beach. He attended Chase High School, Chase, Kansas. Larry was a truck driver for Rice County for over twenty years, retiring in 2018. He enjoyed riding his Harley, reloading ammunition, hunting, fishing, trapping, running coon dogs, and four wheeling in his Jeep down at the river. Larry was an avid outdoorsman, and marksman. He was a lover of wildlife and never passed up the opportunity to catch animals. He even once caught a badger with his bare hands and has video to prove it! Most of all Larry enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids and was happiest when he was telling stories and making people laugh. He was a member of the Raymond Baptist Church, Raymond; member of the NRA, a member of the Kansas Bow Hunter’s Association; and a member of Mountain Men Rendezvous. Larry is survived by his mother, Charlene Patterson and husband Silver Ingram of Chase; three children, Elizabeth JoAnn Madden and husband Thomas of Raymond, KS, Jesse Cole Patterson of Chase, and Misty Dawn Patterson; four siblings, I. Joene Latiolais and husband Marion of Franklin, LA, Chuck E. Patteson and wife Pam of St. John, KS, E. Jane Blackburn of Raymond, KS, and Charlotte K. Larsen and husband David of Lyons; four grandchildren, Alaina, Colton, and Emelia Madden, and Sophia Vasquez; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Larry is preceded in death by his father; Joe D. Patterson; paternal grandparents, Ivor and Pearl Patterson; and maternal grandparents; Harry and Edna Summers; brother-in-law, Steve Blackburn; and grandson, Isaiah Madden. Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 27, 2021, at Raymond Baptist Church, Raymond with Pastor Michael Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 5:00 P.M., Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Goodfellows of Rice County in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Patricia Lindsay Towns, Class of 1956
Patricia Rose Lindsay Towns was born on October 30, 1938, to Homer Victor Lindsay and Mabel Louise Ramsey Lindsay, in Lyons, Kansas. She entered the gates of heaven on December 13, 2021. She grew up in Chase, Kansas and graduated in 1956 from Chase Rural High School. She played the clarinet in the high school band, was a lead in school plays and was also a cheerleader. Pat married Marion Lee Towns (Major) in 1956. They lived in Kansas, and New York before settling in the Oklahoma City area for the past 58 years. They have 5 children and 12 grandchildren and 12 great grands. In 1973, she started and managed the family business, Custom Printing, for 25 years. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the Malcolm Hunter Chapter Regent (2008-2010) and held several offices. Completing her college degree was a lifelong goal. She proudly accomplished this goal in 2011. At age 73, Pat earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma University. Pat’s dream of traveling came true in 2000 when they purchased a Winnebago motorhome. She and Major travel extensively for the next 20 years in the RV as well as many cruises and other travels. She was fascinated by genealogy and invested many retirement years in developing and maintaining family history. One of her final accomplishments and precious gift to her family was writing a 96 page book telling her life story. Pat loved ice cream before bed, Felix the cat, Elvis, square dancing, and red antique dishes but mostly she loved her family. Pat’s greatest accomplishment and her pride and joy was her family. She faithfully organized family gatherings, celebrations and reunions. She has always been the glue that kept the family close. She is survived by her husband, Marion Towns; sons & daughters-in-law, Tim Towns & Derice Pfefforkorn of Longmont, CO, Tom & Shelly Towns of Tuttle, OK, Tracy & Kim Towns of Bethany, OK; daughters & sons-in-law, Terri & Leonard Walters of Canton, OK, Tammi & Bob Ogle of Franklin, TN; sister, Jean Sink of Merriam, KS; brother & sister-in-law Don & Kate Lindsay of Crawfordsville, IN and many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews. Viewing and visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2021 at Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon, OK. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:00 at the First Christian Church, Yukon, OK, with interment to follow in the Mustang Cemetery. Memorial donations in Pat’s name to First Christian Church Yukon, 601 Maple Ave, Yukon, OK 73099.
Charles (Chuck) Brady, Class of 1965
Charles W. Brady, age 74, of Valley Center, Kansas, passed away on Friday, Nov 26, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas. He was born in Syracuse, Kansas on May 23rd, 1947 to Charles Marion Brady & Ruby Maxine (Bitner) Brady. He was raised in Chase, Kansas. Chuck entered into the military April of 1966 and served in the U.S. Navy until 1970. He then attended four years and graduated in 1977 from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He worked for the Post Office for over 20 years as Postmaster in Medicine Lodge and Valley Center, Kansas. The rest of his career was spent running an insurance adjusting business. His greatest joys in life were studying the Bible and spending time with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles Marion Brady and Ruby Maxine Brady; sister Elma Jean Lovaas of Lakeside, MT, brother Melvin Brady of Ellinwood, KS, and brother Gary Brady of Chase, KS. Chuck is survived by his wife Janice Brady, daughter Angela Brady, son Michael Brady, brother Francis (Mary) Brady of Chase, KS, and sister Anita (Daniel) Sheridan of Raymond, KS, many other family and friends. Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 6, at Baker Funeral Home Chapel, 100 S. Cedar, Valley Center, Kansas, with visitation before. Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m., at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 1208 N. College, Winfield, Kansas. Condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerfhvc.com
Jim (Spunk) Taylor, Class of 1953
James H. (Jim) Taylor, 87, of Dumas, passed away early Sunday afternoon, November 28, 2021. A family visitation will be held at Beeson Morrison Funeral Directors on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 5 -7 o’clock in the evening. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Pastor Keith Hight officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Beeson-Morrison Funeral Directors. Jim was born June 22, 1934, in Healdton, OK to Maple E. and Lillie (Lewis) Taylor. After graduating high school, Jim honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps. On February 12, 1955 he married the love of his life, Colleen McPherson in Chase, KS, and they would celebrate 66 wonderful years together. They made Dumas their home and he worked for El Paso Natural Gas, retiring after 37 years. Jim had a passion for scouting and served as scoutmaster for Troop 137, twice attending the scout jamboree. He and Colleen became avid hockey fans and faithfully supported all of the Amarillo teams. James was also very involved in a 50-year journey into the many appendant bodies of masonry where he served in many offices including Worshipful Master of Dumas Lodge, High Priest and Thrice Illustrious Master as well as Commander of the Amarillo Chapter, Council and Commandry in York Rite. He served as the area’s district representative for these bodies and was honored by being invested in the Knights Commander of the Court of Honor and their distinctive red cap, as well as being Past Sovereign for the order of Red Cross of Constantine. He was a member of Hunt United Methodist Church in Dumas and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is preceded in death by: his parents Maple and Lillie, sisters: Helen Link, Margaret Doll, and Mary Johnson; and brothers: Bill, Jack and Mapel Taylor. Jim is survived by his wife Colleen of the home: daughter: Tonya Scarborough and husband Billy of Dumas; son: James Taylor Jr and wife Janet Jung of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren: Craig Scarborough and wife Stacy Jones of Dumas, Chris Scarborough and wife Leila of Amarillo, TX, Jessie Brooks of Amarillo, TX, Alex, Kortney, and Carmie Jung all of Amarillo, TX; 8 great grandchildren and many numerous family and friends. The family suggests, with gratitude that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a favorite charity. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of "Jim", please visit our Tribute Store or plant a tree.
Amie McGlynn Moore, Class of 2002
Sarah McGlynn Johnson, Class of 2004
Jason McGlynn, Class of 2009
Quentanna Marie “Quen” McGlynn, 57, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away on November 12, 2021, at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born November 24, 1963, in Fort Morgan, Colorado, the daughter of Phil Williams and Joyce Cramwell/Hagler. Quen has resided in Lyons since 1976, formerly of Ness City, Kansas. She graduated from Lyons High School with the class of 1982 and continued her education earning certificates as a Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse Aide, and Rehabilitation Aide. Quen worked at Good Samaritan Society of Lyons for nineteen and a half years as a CNA, CMA, RA, van driver and assisted the residents with activities. She has worked at Sterling Village as a RA and activities director since July of 2021. Quen was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, and a 4-H Club leader. She judged cooking at the Kansas State Fair. Quen enjoyed being outdoors, canning, sewing, tending to her chickens, and most of all spending time with her family. On June 12, 1982, Quen was united in marriage with Kevin McGlynn in Lyons. He survives of the home. She is also survived her father, Phil Williams and wife Teresa of Baldwin City, KS; mother, Joyce Dudenhoeffer and husband Don of Bronson, KS; three children, Amie Moore and husband Michael of Columbus, OH, Sarah Johnson and husband Brock of Hutchinson, KS, and Jason McGlynn and fiancé Sarah Malott of Hays, KS; six siblings, Amanda Taylor, DeeDee Hartman, T.J. Larkin, Brian Williams, Boe Williams, and Travis Williams; uncle and aunt, Jim and Jan Black of Loveland, CO; five grandchildren, Jessamee Moore, Emily Moore, Chloie Johnson, Beau Johnson, and Barrett Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Quen is preceded in death by her brother, Jason Kenneth Williams; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Marge Williams; and maternal grandparents, Harold and Elise Hagler. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, November 18, 2021, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons with Father Michael Brungardt officiating. Burial will follow. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M with a rosary at 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Catholic Church, Rice County 4-H Club, or Sterling Village (for the resident’s activities fund) in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Betty Gillespie, Class of 1958
Betty Louise Gillespie, 82, of Chase, Kansas, passed away on November 4, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society of Lyons. She was born August 1, 1939, in Warsaw, Missouri, the daughter of Robert Ambrose and Margaret Messacasa Gillespie. Betty was a lifelong Chase resident. She graduated from Chase High School with the class of 1958. Betty attended Barton County Community College and received her LPN degree from McPherson School of Nursing in 1979. She was an LPN at Hospital District #1 of Rice County for ten plus years. Betty was a member of Chase Baptist Church and Eastern Star. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Betty is survived by her two sons, Gilbert Aguilera and Gerald Aguilera and wife Dorothy both of Chase; brother, Curtis Gillespie and wife Hughlene of Chase; sister, Ottavia Ludwick of Sterling, KS; eight grandchildren, Todd Aguilera and wife Aimee of Alden, KS, Gilbert Aguilera III and wife Ashley of Polk, OH, Natalie Zink of Lyons, KS, Brooke Aguilera of Lyons, Glenn Aguilera and wife Krista of Chase, Audree Aguilera of Valley Falls, KS, Andrea Aguilera of Hoisington, KS, and Aaron Aguilera of Chase; ten great-grandchildren, Jace Aguilera, Saylor Aguilera, Landon Aguilera, Gracyn Zink, BryAnn Zink, Alyssa Martinez, Colton Aguilera, Kaiden Strickland, Jasper Aguilera, and Charity Aguilera. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Dell Gillespie, Robert "Buck" Gillespie, Herman "Slick" Gillespie, John Gillespie, and Bill Gillespie; four sisters, Minnie "Midget" Wheeler, Edith Royster, Goldie "Nip" Gates, and Mary Trehan; and grandson, Brian Aguilera. Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at First Baptist Church, Chase with Pastor Rick Standlee officiating. Burial will follow at Chase Springdale Cemetery, Chase. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, Chase in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Margaret Taylor Doll, Class of 1956
Margaret Ann Doll of Eureka, died on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Greenwood County Hospital, in Eureka, at the age of 83. She was born on July 22, 1938, in Seminole, Oklahoma, the daughter of Maple and Lillie Roseman (Lewis) Taylor. She was raised in Chase, Kansas, at the Gulf Oil camp. She graduated from Chase High School with the Class of 1956. On June 3, 1957, Margaret was united in marriage to Jackie Lee Messick. They made their home in Raymond, Kansas. To this union, four children were born. Margaret's greatest joy was motherhood and raising her children was the focus of her life from this point on. She worked as a bus driver for USD 401 and a school secretary. She was well known around the area as a great cook, often feeding entire ball teams at her home before the games. On February 22, 1991, Margaret was united in marriage to John Franklin Doll. They made their home in Eureka. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Rainbows, Cub Scouts as a leader, and the Fred Priestly VFW Post 1174 Auxiliary. She is survived by two children, Cathy Coon of Eureka; and Fred Messick of Valley Center; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jim Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Jackie Leann Pryce, and William “Bo” Messick; one grandson, Kent Allen Messick; and five siblings, Helen Link, Maple Taylor, Bill Taylor, Jack Taylor, and Mary Johnson. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 1, 2021, at Koup Family Funeral Home, in Eureka with Mr. Dalton Knox officiating. Cremation has been effected. A private family scattering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Chase High School Alumni Association. Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, PO Box 595, Eureka KS 67045, which is overseeing arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family online, at koupfunerals.com.
Husband of Robin Patterson Jesseph, Class of 1976
Lacey Jesseph Whiting, Class of 2001
Roxanna Jesseph Barney, Class of 2005
Jenny Lynn Jesseph, Class of 1998
Carl O. Jesseph, 62, of Chase, Kansas, passed away September 22, 2021 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. He was born October 10, 1958, in Newton, Kansas, the son of Dennis Oliver “Dee” and Peggy Ann Tripsis Jesseph. Carl was a lifelong Chase resident. He was an oil field worker and truck driver. Carl was a member of the Chase Baptist Church. On October 15, 1976, Carl was united in marriage with Robin Patterson in Chase. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his two daughters, Lacey Whiting and husband Justin of Kingsdown, KS, and Roxanna Barney and husband Brad of Raymond, KS; two brothers, Dennis Jesseph and wife Pam of McPherson, KS and Sam Jesseph of Lyons; two sisters, Amanda Butts of Lyons, and Diane Schmidt and husband Ernie of Delia, KS; three grandchildren, Dalton Rose of Chase, Kylie Barney of Raymond, and Ryker Whiting of Kingsdown, KS. Carl is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jenny Lynn Jesseph; sister, Ellie Jesseph. Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, September 27, 2021, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with Rev. Johnnie Hardie officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. until service time at 2:00 P.M. with family present. Burial will be at Raymond Hilltop Cemetery at a later date. The family requests memorials may be given to Birzer Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
James Lewis, Class of 1960
James's niece sent me this
Altho James and his brother Gary, Class of 1961, only attended CHS for about a year or so, they always remembered us and attended our All School Reunions.
Tom Hudson, Son of Shirley Hembree Hudson, Class of 1956
Tom was born into a loving home in Lyons, Kansas to Herman and Shirley Hudson on September 20, 1960. After school Tom became a much in demand finish carpenter. He married Robin Hall who was the love of his life on January 29th, 1983. In 1991 Tom and Robin moved to Bastrop and opened their first Subway. In 2005 they moved to a farm in Smithville. They currently own Subway stores in Giddings, LaGrange and Smithville. Tom is survived by his wife Robin, mother Shirley, daughters Amanda (Shawn) Romero and Jacki (Andrew) Short, his grandchildren Emma and Hudson Short, Tyler, Evan and Lucy Romero and his sisters and their families Sondra Johnson and Lori Hudson. Many knew him as Tom, Tommy, or Subway Tom Hudson; a man who was devoted to his family. He loved his Wife, Daughters and Grandchildren and spent his life supporting them in anyway he could. His greatest pleasure was being with them and helping them to achieve what they wanted in life. He believed in right and wrong and would never hesitate to help someone who needed help. Tom was generous, could fix anything, was a hard worker and a loyal friend. He mentored and treated his employees with respect. He enjoyed racing motorcycles, fishing and working the farm. He loved Jesus, His Country and Community and will be greatly missed by all that loved and knew him.
Memorials can be made to the Winchester Area Volunteer Fire Department.
Kristy Morton Colyer, Daughter of Ramona Mernagh Morton, Class of 1965
Kristy Kay Morton Colyer 51 of League City, Texas passed away August 29 at her home. She was born November 22, 1969 in Dodge City, Kansas to parents Virgil R. Morton and Ramona K. Mernagh Morton.She was predeceased by her Father, Virgil R. Morton and her Grandparents, Walter F. and Margaret Mernagh of Chase, Kansas and Ted and Helen Morton of Ellinwood, Kansas. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Paul Colyer of League City. Her Chldren, daughter Miranda Heritier of Angleton Texas. Son Aaron Sebok of Angleton, Texas and four Grandchildren. Her Mother Ramona K. Morton of Angleton. Her Sister Monica Sebesta and husband Matt of Angleton and her Aunt Victoria Young of High Point, North Carolina. No service will be held and interment will be at a later date.
Brother of Linda Messick Kimple, Class of 1965
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Larry Messick, age 84 graduate of Raymond High School died August 15, 2021. The son of Orie & Mary Messick, he was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy Band. He was a certified gemologist and retired owner of Jason Lord Jewelry of Del Ray Beach for 40 years. Survivors include a son Garry (Kim) Boynton Beach; a sister Linda (Richard) Kimple of Fort Collins; granddaughter Grace. Larry was preceded by wives Elsie, Mary & brother Dennis.
Darleen Hendricks Risley
Darleen Cora Risley, 73, of Sterling, Kansas, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on August 28, 2021. She was born May 19, 1948, in Columbia, South Carolina, the daughter of Harry Jr. and Pauline Wright Hendricks. Darleen was a lifelong Rice County resident. She graduated from Alden High School with the class of 1966 and received her Cosmetology License from Sydney’s Hair Dressing School in Hutchinson. Darleen owned and operated The Beauty Parlour in Sterling and was a beautician for 54 years. She also owned and operated the 8th Street Alley ReDesigns with her sister, Dolores Nash, in Sterling. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling; member of Beta Sigma Phi; treasurer for the Food Bank in Sterling; and volunteered at Reins of Hope, Hutchinson. Darleen enjoyed crafts, repurposing furniture and enjoyed decorating for Christmas. On December 24, 1966, Darleen was united in marriage with Robert Miller in Raymond. They later divorced. On January 1, 1982, Darleen was united in marriage with Doug Risley in Sterling. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her seven children, Stephen Miller and wife Traci of Great Bend, KS, Tara Claussen and husband Craig of Springdale, AR, Shandi Webster and husband Ted of Hutchinson, KS, Heather Percival and husband Matt of Wichita, KS, Heidi Taphorn and husband Tom of Manhattan, KS, Jacob Walton of McPherson, KS, and Tamie Hinote of Wichita, KS; two brothers, Harry Hendricks III and wife Susan of Raymond, KS, and Geno Hendricks and wife Koni of Raymond; two sisters Dolores Nash and husband Dave of Panama City Beach, FL, and Dianna Pearson of Noble, OK; sixteen grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Darleen is preceded in death by her parents; father and mother in-law Glen and Eula Risley; daughter, Stacy Miller; and her grandson, Taylor Miller. Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church, Sterling with Pastor Amy Foster and Pastor Michael Gray officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 P.M at the Sterling Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. In lieu of fresh flowers, plants and memorial contributions would be greatly appreciated. Memorial contributions may be given to the Darleen Risley Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.
Ora Faye Thomas Vaughn, Class of 1944
Lyons - Ora Faye Vaughn, 95, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away August 17, 2021 at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born March 9, 1926 in Augusta, Kansas, the daughter of Homer and Clara Corral Thomas. Ora graduated from Chase High School, Chase, Kansas, with the class of 1944. She has resided in Lyons since 1976, formerly of Midland, Texas. Ora cleaned houses and was a housewife. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting and even made some of her own clothing. On June 20, 1947, Ora was united in marriage with Walter William Vaughn in McPherson, Kansas. He preceded her in death on November 6, 2003. She is also preceded in death by her parents. Ora is survived by her son, Gary Vaughn of Lyons; and a cousin, Phillip Morris and wife Janice of Ponca City, OK. Graveside services will be at 1:00 P.M., Monday, August 23, 2021 at Springdale Cemetery, Chase,with Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M., Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. Memorials may be given to Alzheimer's Association in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
Karen Fuller Jean, Class of 1957
Bucklin - Karen (Fuller) Jean, 82, died Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Hill Top House, Bucklin. She was born February 5, 1939 in Rice County, Kanss, the daughter of Keith Eldred and Edith Alene (Ferrell) Fuller. She was a longtime Pampa, Texas resident where she worked as an LPN for Dr. Hampton for many years until retiring. She moved to Bucklin from Pampa in 2018. She was a member of the Pampa Church of Christ, Moose Lodge and volunteered at the Good Sam's and Pampa Senior Citizens Center all in Pampa. On August 17, 1956 she married Covert "Jim" Jean at Meade, Kansas. He preceded her in death on September 14, 2011. Survivors include: 2 sons, David Jean, Coats, Kansas and Bill Jean, Denver, Colorado; 2 daughters, Jackie Robertson and husband Stan, Greensburg, Kansas and Jo Ann Holman and husband Dennis, Pampa; 2 brothers, K.O. Fuller and wife Nadene, McPherson, Kansas and Pete Fuller and wife Brenda, Stafford, Kansas; 3 grandchildren, Nikijo Smith, Cambrey Cook and husband Stacy and Brittney Jean; and 5 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Private family service will be held at a later date. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place. The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie or Hill Top House both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
Rodger Kelso, Class of 1967
Rodger Carson Kelso died July 21, 2021 in Houston, Texas. He was born May 13, 1949 in Lyons Kansas, the youngest son of Raymond and Jessie (Raulston) Kelso. Rodger was raised in Chase, Kansas and graduated from Chase High School and Hutchinson Junior College before relocating to Houston, Texas in 1972 to attend Mortuary College. He spent over 30 years in Funeral Service in the Houston area and after retirement, began a new career in Landscape Design until the time of his death. Rodger was a great lover of music. He collected record albums and books; was an avid wild mushroom hunter; grower of orchids, and loved to cook and enjoy fine wines. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers: James, Darrell, Millard, and Leon. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friend Frank H. Mahy. A gathering of friends for a visitation with special music, food, and wine will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from three o’clock until five o’clock in the afternoon at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston. Graveside services and interment will be at Chase Springdale Cemetery under the direction of Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons, Kansas.
Ron Casey, Class of 1970
Ronald Dean Casey went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at his home after a brief illness. Ron was born March 9,1951 in Yuma City, California to Elmer Lee Casey and Betty Louise (Ogden) Casey. He grew up in Chase, Kansas and worked as a young man in the Kansas oil fields as first a driller, then through hard work became the manager. He loved his Lord and was of the Baptist faith. On March 27, 1987, Ron married Lana Gay (Jones) Gideon in Springfield, Missouri. He drove a truck for JB Hunt. Lana accompanied Ron for many of his semi-truck trips around the country. They loved each other and enjoyed spending time together at home or on the road. They operated a bowling alley in Stafford, Kansas and then later in Springfield, Missouri with his cousin, Lonnie E. Ogden, and his wife, Vickie (Lana’s sister). Later in life they enjoyed working together at Missouri state park sites in the Branson/Table Rock Lake area until they retired. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and by all four of his siblings; Marquita Virginia “Quita” Chism, Richard Lee Casey, Jimmie Leon Casey, and Pamela Sue Capps. He was also preceded in death by his beloved “son”, Jeffrey Allen Gideon. Ron leaves behind his beloved family who were with him throughout his life and with him as he entered his reward. Lana, “daughter” Cheri Rafiner, “granddaughter” Cierrah March, her husband Jared and their children. His many nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Ron will be missed by all who knew him. Ron chose cremation for his earthly remains and this is being directed by Greenlawn North Funeral Home in Springfield, Missouri. Memorial service/Celebration of Life will be at a later date. Burial will be at a later date.
Terri Huslig, Class of 1972
Mick Doll, Class of 1974
Cheryl Stegman, Class of 1975
Tamara Campbell, Class of 1978
Marty Doll, Class of 1980
Monte Doll, Class of 1982
Debora Weve, Class of 1985
Karilyn Kay (Willett) Doll, 86, left this world peacefully on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, while a resident of Sterling Village, Sterling, Kansas. She was born October 7, 1934 to Vern E. and Nadine (Britt) Willett in El Dorado, Kansas. Karilyn graduated from El Dorado High School in 1952 and attended Butler County Community College. She worked as a secretary for Leasure Law Office in El Dorado. She married John Franklin Doll on March 24, 1953 and to that union were born seven children. They were later divorced. A resident of Chase, Kansas for most of her life, Kay worked as a certified nurse’s aide at the Lyons District Hospital in Lyons and as a secretary at Chase Grade School in Chase, retiring in the year 2000. She had made many acquaintances over the years while at the hospital and CGS and had seen countless students work their way through Grade School, Middle School, and High School and then on to adulthood. Kay, also known as Grandma Kay to so many people, loved spending time with her family and friends, whether it was having a picnic or watching the sunrise at Sterling Lake, going to lots of movies and concerts, going shopping, or checking out different restaurants. She loved her margaritas, red beers, reading good books and she absolutely loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and attending their special events over the years. Kay also had a special soft spot in her heart for her grandpups and loved listening to those “doggie tales”. She was a fabulous cook … making tasty fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy and the most marvelous “pinwheel cake”, along with many other delectable delights. Survivors include her children: Terri and Jeff Huslig, Ellinwood, Kansas; Mick and Deana Doll, Raymond, Kansas; Cheryl and Don Stegman, Lyons, Kansas; Tami and Sparky Campbell, Olathe, Kansas; Marty Doll, Chase, Kansas; Monte and Robin Doll, Ellinwood, Kansas; and Debora and Rick Weve, Wichita, Kansas; one brother, Scotty and Shirley Willett, Park Hill, Oklahoma; one sister-in-law, Arleen Shipley, Deer Creek, Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Wayne Willett; and her grandson, Daulton Doll (who was most definitely waiting for her at the Pearly Gates with open arms and a giant smile). Per Kay’s request, there will be no funeral service as cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 5:00 p.m. at Birzer Funeral Home in Sterling, Kansas. A private family service is scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorials are suggested to Daulton’s Room at the Ellinwood Public Library and to Sterling Lake, in care of Birzer Funeral Home, 203 North Seventh Street, Sterling, Kansas 67579
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand . . .
Since the 2022 newsletter has gone out~~~
Class of 1951
Shirley Haas Cox
Class of 1953
Class of 1956
Class of 1958
Barbara Lansing Heap
Roberta Keesling May
Class of 1959
Sue Kizzar Andrews
Class of 1960
Class of 1964
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