HUTCHINSON HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1970



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FALLEN CLASSMATES

In Remembrance Of Fallen Classmates & Teachers
Without Whom Our Lives Would Not Be The Same





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CLASS PRAYER GROUP

LETTER TO MY CLASSMATES





This is very sad news. Our fellow classmate, Debby Grimm (Hendershot) passed away on 12/05/2017. Here is Debby's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Debra R. "Debby" Hendershot, 65, died December 5, 2017, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born January 16, 1952, in Hutchinson, to Jack L. and Amy Arylene (Williams) Grimm. Debby graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970.

On November 28, 1970, she married Richard L. ‘Dick’ Hendershot in Hutchinson. They shared 47 years of marriage.

Debby loved spending time with her family but especially her grandchildren.

Debby is survived by: husband, Dick, of the home; daughters, Staci Jackson and husband Bart of Kingman, Stephani Spiess of Wichita; son, Richard Hendershot Jr. of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Baylee Jackson, Shyann Jackson, both of Kingman, Trystan Spiess, Connor Spiess, both of Wichita; sister, Becky Grimm and companion Tom of Hutchinson; brother, Michael ‘Mick’ Grimm of Wichita; nieces, Christi Hobbs, Jaime Casey, Tyann White; nephew, Jimmie Hobbs; and numerous extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Elliott Chapel, with Pastor Jim Unruh officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson. Friends may sign her book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Tuesday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cancer Council of Reno County or Via Christi Philanthropy, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Debby.





Sadly, our fellow classmate, Larry Symonds, passed away suddenly on 10/09/2017. Here is Larry's obituary as published on the McGilley Memorial Chapel website:

Larry Kay Symonds, 64, passed away October 9, 2017. A celebration service will be held at St. Michael's and All Angels Church in Mission, KS on Saturday, October 14 at 11 am, visiting in the library at 10 am.

Larry was an avid runner and had ran in the New York City Marathon. He loved books and spent his free time writing. He spent many hours working as an advocate for children with autism. Survivors include three daughters, Jessica, Abigail and Alexis; a son, Andrew; two grandchildren; five sisters, and brother Terry.

Rest In Peace Larry.





Very sad to report that Coach Dan Justice passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Here is Coach's obituary as published on the Larrison Mortuary website:

Danny Eugene Justice, 79, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Baldwin City. He was born October 2, 1937 in Dodge City to Doral E. and Alma Irene (Arnold) Justice. On August 2, 1959, he married Betty Lou (Plumb) Justice in Pratt.

Danny graduated from Emporia State University with his Masters Degree in Education. He was a math and physical education teacher as well as a High School basketball coach. He was at Hutchinson High School for more than 40 years and won state 2 years in a row, both 1974 and 1975. In 1976 he was a Summer Olympics coach. He started Fellowship of Christian Athletes at 4 high schools that he taught in. He was a sports fanatic and enjoyed outdoor activities.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; four daughters, Alrena (John) Hostetler of Dallas, Texas, Brenda (Mark) Willmore of Baldwin City, Cindy (Todd) Hughes of Olathe and Danell (Brian) Butell of Baldwin City; 12 granchildren, Nichole Pace, Keith Hostetler, Holden Hostetler, Jordan Hostetler, Marcus Willmore, Madeline Doerhoff, Matthew Willmore, Brittian Regehr, Cory Hughes, Addison Hughes, Bridan Butell and Briley Butell; 3 great grandchildren; step-mother, Eleanor Justice of Pratt; and step-sister, Cheryl Daly of Annandale, VA. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may sign the book Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Rd, Pratt. Visitation with family present will be Sunday 6-7 p.m. at Park Place Christian Church, Hutchinson. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Park Place Christian Church, 2600 N. Adams St, Hutchinson with Pastor David Dubovich presiding. Graveside Service will follow at 3:30 p.m at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt. Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice or American Heart Association in care of the mortuary.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Danny Eugene Justice please visit our Sympathy Store.

Rest In Peace Coach!





Sadly, we have lost yet another one of our classmates. Melanie (Miller) Sodowsky, has passed away. Here is Melanie's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Melanie Jayne Sodowsky, 64, of Hutchinson, died March 19, 2017, at Brookdale of Hutchinson. She was born June 10, 1952, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Melvin and Patricia (Engler) Miller.

Melanie graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970, was a member of Bethany Church of the Nazarene and was a Speech Para for USD 313. Melanie married Kim Holland April 17, 1971. She later married Randy Sodowsky on June 25, 2001, in Lake Tahoe. He survives. Other survivors include: children, Jason Holland (Annette) of Hutchinson, Valerie DeMoranville (David) of San Diego, Calif., and Jennifer Holland of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughters, Madelyn and Lauryn Holland of Hutchinson; siblings, Phillip Miller (Debbie) of Hutchinson, Scott Miller of Tulsa, Okla., and Annette Holmquist (Bobby) of Hutchinson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by: her parents and infant son, Jeremy Holland.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Elliott Mortuary Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Kim Biery presiding. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family to receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Homecare of Reno County in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Visit Elliott Mortuary to leave a personal condolence for Melanie’s family.

Rest In Peace Melanie.





Sadly, very sadly, Coach Alpers has left the building. Here is the obituary for Warren E. "Whitey" Alpers as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Warren “Whitey” Alpers, 81, died Jan. 7, 2017, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 18, 1935, in Great Bend, the son of Clarence and Vera (Brensing) Alpers.

Whitey was a teacher and coach from 1963-1995 at Hutchinson High School.

On June 10, 1956, he married Shirley Stapp in Hays. She survives. Other survivors include: two sons, Mike (Carla) of Emporia and Todd (Jennifer) of Stafford; five grandchildren, Chris (Crystal) of Olathe, Eric (Meghan) of Olathe, Luke, Sam, and Anna of Stafford; three great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Michael, and Cameron of Olathe; brother, Marion (Juanita) of Hudson; nephews and nieces, Kevin (Barb), Janell (Reuel) Foote, Diana (Neal) Leven, Greg (Jody), Brad, Doug (Dani); numerous great nieces and great nephews; and stepsister, Arlene Williams and her children, Victoria and Carlon. He was preceded in death by: his parents; stepmother, Reitha (VanGelder) Alpers; and brother, Burnell “Doc” Alpers.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 17th and Main, Hutchinson, with the Reverends Michael L. McGuire and Jim Rhaesa officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery, Hudson, with Pastor Wade Russell officiating. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Elliott Mortuary. The casket will remain closed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or Hospice and Homecare of Reno County, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peach Coach.





Very sad news. We have lost yet another one of our classmates. Here is the obituary for James "Jim" Hunter Spain as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

James “Jim” Hunter Spain, 64, died July 6, 2016, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born to James Hunter and Darlene Mildred (Winders) Spain Sr., on April 20, 1952, in Hutchinson.

He graduated from Hutchinson High School and was employed at Home Depot, working at the Contractors Desk.

Survivors include: daughter, Lindsy Hobbs and husband Jeremiah of LaCrosse; mother, Darlene Spain of Hutchinson; grandsons, Hunter and Walker Hobbs of LaCrosse; significant other, Lana Mederos of Hutchinson; her children, Milena Mederos, Alecia Hawkins, Erica Mederos; stepmother, Margaret Spain of Burnsville, Minn.; stepsisters, Tami DeLeeuw of Holeman, Wis., Jami Schrag of Burnsville, Minn., Melissa Stanfield of Burnsville, Minn. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Ronnie Spain.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Elliott Mortuary Chapel, Hutchinson, with Father Ted Blakely presiding. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family to receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016, at Elliott Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to The Oxford House of Hutchinson, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Visit Elliott Mortuary to leave a personal condolence for Jim’s family.

Rest In Peace Jim.





Sad to say, but we have lost another one of our classmates. Here is the obituary for Dennis Pauls as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

NAPLES, Fla. – Dennis Wayne Pauls, 64, passed away June 22, 2016, at his home in Naples, Fla., due to complications following a hip fracture. He was born June 5, 1952, to Harold and Mildred (Meyer) Pauls, in Hutchinson.

Dennis graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970 and attended Hutchinson Community College and Sterling College. In his career, he worked as a life insurance agent and in digital media production, while living in Colorado and Florida.

He married Joan Nelson. They later divorced. Survivors include: father and stepmother, Harold and Shirley Pauls, Hutchinson; brothers, Ron (Jan), Hutchinson, John (Eleanor), Andover, Roger (Denice), Owasso, Okla.; sisters, Deanna Speer (Steve), Wichita, Debbie Barry (Tim), Pittsburgh, Pa.; stepbrother, Jay Hinkel (Debbie), Wichita; stepsisters, Jill McConnell (Bob), Wichita, Joy Towle (Tim), Lawrence; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother.

A private family graveside service will be held. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the EOD Warriors Foundation, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Dennis.





Sad news as always. Here is Patty (Wedel) Jason's obituary as published on the Affinity All Faith Mortuary website:

Patricia Ann (Wedel) Jason, 63, passed away on March 28, 2016. Visitation Thursday, March 31, from 4-8 pm, funeral service Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm, both at Affinity All Faiths Mortuary, 2310 E. Lincoln, Wichita, Kansas.

Patricia was born in Hutchinson, Kansas to Bert and Earlene (Prichard)Wedel on September 30, 1952. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her children, Benjamin (Youseline) Jason, Shannon Phelps and Sarah Steele all of Wichita, Kansas; her siblings, Harold (Cathy) Wedel, Oklahoma, Barbara (Frank) Johnson and Allen (Jean) Wedel, all of Hutchinson, Kansas; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, 6231 W. 47th Street S., Wichita, Kansas.

To share online condolences, please visit Affinity All Faith Mortuary

Rest In Peace Patty.





11/07/2015--Here is the latest information & obituary regarding Mike Dutton's passing:

Our condolences to Ron Dutton (HHS Class of '68) and families. His brother, Michael Dutton, 63 (HHS Class of '70), unexpectedly passed away Thursday, November 5, 2015. He was born December 19, 1951 in Hutchinson, Kansas, the son of James R. and Dorothy Dutton.

Mike was a dedicated litigation attorney at Wallace Saunders Austin Brown & Enochs for 32 years. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life.

Mike was preceded in death by his father James R. Dutton.

Mike is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda, his son, Dan Rolf (Tamra) of Lawrence, and his daughters, Amy Helm (Luke) and Carli Niebuhr (Scott) of Olathe and his eight grandchildren. His mother Dorothy Dutton and sister, Nancy Dutton of Arizona and his brother Ron (Dawn) of Overland Park also survive him.

A visitation will begin at 9:00am Tuesday, November 10th at Church of the Resurrection West, 24000 W. Valley Pkwy Olathe, Kansas 66061 where a celebration of life service will follow at 10:30am. Inurement will follow at Olathe Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to Habitat for Humanity.

To sign the guestbook: Michael Dutton

To contact Ron:

Ron Dutton
13210 Walmer Rd.
Overland Park, Kansas 66209-3623
Phone: 913-814-9851
Email: Ron Dutton

Rest In Peace Mike.



11/06/2015--This is very sad news. Ron Dutton, HHS Class of '68, sent the following:

I wanted to let you know that my brother Mike passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Our family is in a state of shock right now and trying to pull together all arrangements. There will be services at Church of the Resurrection West in Olathe on Tuesday, 11/10/2015. I don’t think we will have the actual time until tomorrow. I want to know if you could at least post this to Mike’s class (’70) and let them know. I would be grateful.

Mike was married to his wife Linda for 35 years, had 3 children, Carli, Amy and stepson Dan (whom he raised), and was a proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren. I will let you know when details are finalized with an obituary and final arrangements.

Thanks much.

Take care,

Ron


More information to follow as it is made available.

Click HERE if you would like to send your condolences to Ron.





Sadly, our fellow classmate, Mary Kingsley, has lost her Daddy. And the rest of us have lost one of our former teachers.

Below is Mr. Kingsley's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Russell Kingsley, 97, died peacefully on Nov. 12, 2014, at Thorne Care Center, Hutchinson. He was born Nov. 28, 1916, in Windom, to John and Mary (Altenread) Kingsley of Windom.

He graduated from Windom Rural High School in 1935, McPherson College in 1939, and received his Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State in Industrial Education in 1947. Russell taught and coached at Smolan High School from 1939 to 1942 and moved to Hutchinson in 1942. He taught Industrial Education until retiring in 1980. For the last 10 years he was a supervisor of the Industrial Education shops in the Hutchinson school system. Many people in the Hutchinson area were members of his adult night classes learning how to repair and construct new furniture. He took a personal interest in both his high school and night school students. He was grateful to his former students for their friendship throughout his life. During WWII, Russell spent two years in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Hope and the U.S.S. Comfort as an Ensign. He also served as a Communication Officer and received his communication training from Harvard University. He was a life member of National Teachers Association, a member of Iota Lambdra Sigma Industrial Arts Honor Fraternity of Oklahoma State, Kansas Officials Association, served multiple terms on the Wesley Towers Board of Directors, a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Trinity United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, and American Legion Lysle Rishel Post #68 for 60 years.

He married Neoma Nordling of McPherson in 1940. She passed away in 1947. He married Helen Blythe on Dec. 26, 1948, in White City, Kan. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2012. Russell is survived by: children, Dr. Larry Kingsley and wife Betty of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mary Kingsley of Kansas City, Mo., John Kingsley and wife Gail of Lenexa; grandchildren, Karen Shudolink and husband Mike of Eagle, Colo., Kevin Kingsley and wife Elisha of St. Petersburg, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Scott and Jack Shudolink, Logan and Killian Kingsley; sister-in-law, Catherine Kingsley of Tulsa, Okla.; and brother-in-law, John Blythe of Manhattan; and many nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Kingsley.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, with Reverend Michael McGuire officiating. Burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson, with military graveside honors being conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, with family to receive friends from 5 t o 7 p.m., at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorials may be made to Wesley Towers Good Samaritan Fund or Trinity United Methodist Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

May You Rest In Peace Mr. Kingsley.





One of HHS's all-time favorite teachers!

Thanks to Mr. Knauer, how many of you can still recite the "The Canterbury Tales Prologue" from memory?

"Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour..."

Here is Mr. Delbert "Del" Dean Knauer's obituary per Elliott Mortuary's website:

Del Knauer, 91, died December 2, 2014, at his home. He was born May 24, 1923, in Barnard, KS the son of William F. and Leitha (Eddy) Knauer. He was a graduate of KSU and KU, and taught at Hutchinson High School for thirty-seven years. After retiring in 1987 he was for eleven years the volunteer Director of the Hutchinson Art Center.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Hutchinson. He served on the Vestry of his church and on several Boards of Directors, including the Downtown Development Board, The Reno County Museum, The Hutchinson Public Library, and the Landmarks Commission. He is survived by two sisters: Darlene Mackintosh of Omaha, NE, and Mary Lu Haas of Manhattan, KS. Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia Kobett.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014 at Grace Episcopal Church, 2 Hyde Park Dr, Hutchinson, 67502.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to Grace Episcopal Church or Hutchinson Art Center in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, 67501.

"A knyght ther was, and that a worthy man,
That fro the tyme that he first bigan
To riden out, he loved chivalrie,
Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisie...

And though that he were worthy, he was wys,
And of his port as meeke as is a mayde.
He nevere yet no vileynye ne sayde
In al his lyf unto no maner wight.
He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght..."

May You Rest In Peace Dear Gentle Knight.





I remember Ron Shipley. He was a really good guy! Quiet and unassuming. Sadly, he is no longer with us.

Here is Ron's obituary as reported in The Hutchinson News on 07/29/2014:

WICHITA – Ronald Dean Shipley, 61, Associate Professor at Newman University, died Friday, July 25, 2014.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014; Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, both at Downing & Lahey West Mortuary, Wichita.

Survived by his wife, Caroline; sister, Sue Miller (Myron) of Haven; niece and nephew, David and Meghan Miller; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorials have been established with Newman University, Ron Shipley Memorial Radiology Scholarship, 3100 McCormick St., Wichita, KS 67213 or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.

Share tributes online HERE.

Rest In Peace Ron.





Such sad news. We have lost another one of our classmates.

Here is Cecelia Cherry's obituary are posted on the Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home website:

Cecelia “Cece” Joyceteen Cherry, 61, died July 17, 2014, at the Olathe Medical Center. She was born Aug. 4, 1952, in Wichita, the daughter of Billy Jack and Wynona Lee Jenkins Cherry.

Cecelia became an entertainer early on in her life, where she sang and danced professionally. Later in her life, she married and settled in as a waitress, working until she was no longer able. She later divorced.

Survivors include: her mother, Wynona Cherry; a son, Renardo Lamont Cherry; siblings, Beverly Shelton, Gerry Cherry, Terry Cherry and Emmett West. She was preceded in death by her father; and a sister, Billi Cherry.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel, with the Rev. William J. Green presiding. Interment will follow in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson. Friends may sign a register book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31. 2014, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to National MS Society.

To leave a message for the family please visit: Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home

Rest In Peace Cecelia.





Coach Glenn Percy, a man who impacted a very large number of lives for good, has sadly passed away.

Read Coach Percy's lovingly touching obituary HERE.

Some of you, especially some of you guys, will remember this saying we had about Coach Percy: "Show no mercy! Said Coach Percy!"

Rest In Peach Coach!





Sadly, we've lost another classmate.

As reported in The Hutchinson News on 04/05/2014:

WICHITA – Tim A. McGlynn, 61, was born Oct. 24, 1952, in Hutchinson, and passed away Wednesday April 2, 2014, in Wichita.

Tim was a proud Vietnam Veteran with 18 years of service in the United States Army.

He is survived by: his siblings, Jan McGlynn, Carmel Torbert, Kelly McGlynn, and Jeff McGlynn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Phyllis McGlynn.

Private family services will be held. Baker Funeral Home, Wichita, is in charge of arrangements.

Rest In Peace Tim.





Sadly, our fellow classmate, Boyd Schroeder, has passed away.

Here is Boyd's obituary as posted on the Penwell-Gable Funeral Home website:

Boyd Andrew Schroeder, 62, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 at Hutchinson Good Samaritan Village. He was born January 5, 1952 in Hutchinson to Edwin and Verna Craig Schroeder. He was a graduate of Hutchinson High School. He worked in the dietary department for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for 34 years, retiring in 2009. He married Sandra Kay Criqui on July 21, 1973. She survives. We are saying goodbye to a much loved brother, husband, and father on this day.

Survivors include his wife, of the home, a son, Chris Schroeder, Hutchinson, sisters, Elizabeth Myers, OK and LaVon Manear, Buhler, brothers, Bud Schroeder, Pierce City, MO, Norman Schroeder, Emporia, and LeRoy Schroeder, Cushing, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Carl David Schroeder.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday at Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, with Chaplain Amy Claassen presiding. Visitation will be held from 9AM to 9PM Monday, with the family present from 6-8 that evening, all at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, Hutchinson. Memorial contributions may be made to Reno County Head Start, in care of the funeral home.

May You Rest In Peace Boyd.





We've lost our leader. Mr. Madelen, our principal, has passed away.

Here is Mr. Madelen's obituary as posted on the Hutch News website:

George C. Madelen Jr., 88, died Jan. 15, 2014, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. He was born May 6, 1925, in Midvale, Ohio, to Dorothy and George C. Madelen Sr.

He graduated from Colorado University, where he played football. He received his Masters Degree from Kansas State University. He served in the United States Marine Corp until his honorable discharge in June 1946. On June 24, 1951, he married Myrna M. Strom in Omaha. She died April 3, 1991. He was part of the Shriner's in Goodland and Abilene. A resident of Hutchinson since 1967, coming from Abilene, he was a retired school administrator. He was a member of the Hutchinson Rotary Club and Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include: son, George Michael Madelen and wife Diana of Overland Park; two daughters, Debbe Jantz and husband Gary of Newton, Carlye Fast and husband Greg of Hutchinson; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Grace Episcopal Church, Hutchinson, with Reverend Andrew Hook officiating. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. Military honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corp. Memorials may be made to Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Please visit Elliott Mortuary to leave condolences for George's family.

You touched our lives Mr. Madelen. Now May You Rest In Peace.





Not the best way to start off the new year. Sadly, we just lost another classmate.

Here is Stan Gartleman's obituary as posted on the Hutch News website on 01/04/2014:

WICHITA - Stanley D. Gartleman, 61, US Marine Veteran and retired Reno County firefighter, died December 31, 2013.

He is survived by his father, Phillip; brother, Jim; and half-siblings, Matt, Ted, Renee and Gladys.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Winfield Veterans' Cemetery.

May You Rest In Peace Stan.





Even though he never taught at HHS, he nevertheless taught a good number of us in grade school and junior high school. He was my very first music teacher and I will never forget him. He was a wonderful man, a true Christian man, and a very patient and inspiring teacher who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Here is Dean George's obituary as posted on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Dean E. George, 85, of Hutchinson, died Jan. 15, 2013, at his home.

Dean was born Sept. 30, 1927, at Wakita, Okla., the son of Alton L. and Hilda S. Nelson George.

He graduated from Manchester High School in 1945 and from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Okla. He later earned his master's degree from Northwestern State. Dean was a retired band teacher, having taught at Medicine Lodge and later in Hutchinson. Dean taught at Liberty Junior High School and Sherman Junior High School for a total of more than 30 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Dean married Norma Deane Vanderslice on Dec. 25, 1948, in Waynoka, Okla. Norma Deane died Nov. 24, 2011.

Survivors include: two sons, Alan George and wife Shannon, and Terry George and wife Susie, all of Hutchinson; a brother, Leon George and wife Marlyce of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Carol George of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, Kelly Martinez, Kris Mayberry and Tanner George, all of Hutchinson; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Evart and Verle; and two sisters, Mary and Marie.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Elliott Mortuary, with the Rev. John Carney presiding and military honors provided by the U.S. Army Honor Guard from Fort Riley. Cremation will follow the service. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and the family will greet friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, all at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City, sent in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson KS 67501.

Till We Meet Again Mr. George.





Sadly, we have lost another Classmate.

Here is the obituary for Gary Christian as posted on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Gary Dale Christian, 61, died Dec. 21, 2012, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.

Gary was born Aug. 29, 1951, in Hutchinson, the son of Dale and Velda Lee (Means) Christian.

Gary graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970 and then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Gary worked as an industrial construction worker for Borton L.C. for almost 30 years.

In 1978, he married Susan Blaker. They later divorced. Survivors include: two children, Jeremiah Christian and wife Amanda of Hutchinson, Jessica Christian and husband Abel of Wichita; three sisters, Sue Baggett-Zelenka and husband Tony of Hutchinson, Cheryl Phinney and husband Clayton of Inman, Debbie Vigil and husband Frank of Hutchinson; two grandchildren, Darril and Eunnise; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Fort Riley Veterans' Cemetery, Manhattan, Kan. Friends may call from 12 noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, with family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorials may be made to the Mid America Bully Breed Rescue, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

May You Rest In Peace Gary.





Life is precariously short.

Here is the obituary for Robert "Bob" Ashcraft as posted on the funeral home website on 12/24/2011:

Robert “Bob” Jay Ashcraft, age 59, of Elkhart, Kansas died December 21, 2011 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, Kansas. He was born October 17, 1952 in Wichita, Kansas the son of Leo Elmer and Jacqueline Dever (Hefnider) Ashcraft.

Robert graduated from Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Kansas. He also attended Hutchinson Community College, Wichita State University and graduated at Portland, Oregon. Robert served in the United States Air Force for eleven years. He lived in Aurora, Colorado and operated a central vacuum business. He moved to Elkhart in February 2009. Robert was an assistant manager for the Love’s convenience store in Guymon, Oklahoma. He enjoyed spending time with his Labrador dog, Raven; hunting, fishing, and was an accomplished musician.

Survivors include wife, Lori Ann Brelesford; son, David Christopher Ashcraft of New Jersey; daughter, Kristine Caroline Ashcraft of Seattle, Washington; brother, James Dean Ashcraft of Wichita, Kansas; sister, Eudon Lee Ashcraft-Dutton of Elkhart, Kansas.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service and interment will be held at a later date at the Fort Scott National Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kansas. Arrangements are in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.

Please visit Garand Funeral Home to leave a personal message for Bob's family.

Rest In Peace Bob. You will be missed for sure.




The cycle of life forges relentlessly onward.

My absolute favorite coach at HHS has passed away. I am glad to have known this man. He was so good to me. I hope you all feel the same way too.

Below is Coach Woody Kramer's obituary as published in The Hutchinson News on September 16, 2011:

Woodrow M. "Woody" Kramer, 92, of Hutchinson, died September 15, 2011, at Elm Grove Estates in Hutchinson.

Woody was born December 10, 1918, at Ft. Scott, the son of William and Gertrude Payne Kramer. He graduated from Olathe High School in 1936, Ft. Scott Junior College, and Pittsburg State Teachers College. He later received his masters degree in education at the University of Missouri, and an Education Specialist degree from Wichita State University. Woody moved to Hutchinson in 1946 as a biology teacher and head track coach at Hutchinson High School, and also was the assistant coach in football and basketball. In 1956, he became the athletic director, along with his teaching and coaching duties. He became full-time athletic director in 1975, and held that position until he retired in 1984. He spent a total of 39 years at Hutchinson High School. He also served for many years as the manager of the Kansas State High School Activities Association 3-A State Basketball Tournament held every year in Hutchinson.

Woody was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was a founding member and long-time "temporary" teacher of the Vota Vita Sunday School class; the Hutchinson Lions Club; a life-time member of both the Kansas and National Education Association; the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and was awarded the association's Distinguished Service Award in 1981. He was elected to the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1991, and was inducted into the Ft. Scott Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. Woody was a founding member of the Hutchinson Area Retired School Personnel Association (HARSPA), and a member of the Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel (KARSP). He was also awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship through the Lions Club in July 2011.

Woody married Virginia E. Brumback on December 31, 1938, in Ottawa. She died June 20, 2004.

Survivors include: a daughter, Bobette Siemens and her husband Jim, Hutchinson; a grandson, Kramer Siemens, Hutchinson; a granddaughter, April Menzies, Longmont, Colorado; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2011, at the First Christian Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Jim Bell and the Rev. Melvin Walton presiding. Interment will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Gardner Township Cemetery at Gardner, Ks. Visitation will be Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the family greeting friends Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., all at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorial contributions can be given to the Woodrow M. "Woody" Kramer Memorial Scholarship Fund, sent in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 North Main, Hutchinson, Kansas, 67501. Visit Elliott Mortuary to leave your condolences.

09/23/2011 / Rest In Peace Coach. You will be missed for sure.




Life goes on for most of us, but sadly, not for some of us, as another one of our dear classmates recently passed away.

Here is the obituary for Charlotte Bernard (King) as published in the Hutchinson News on 07/18/2011:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Charlotte A. Bernard King, 59, died July 13, 2011. She was born March 4, 1952, to Kenneth E. and Lois W. Madison Bernard.

She married William A. King Dec. 31, 1988. He survives with brother, Howard; sisters, Maxine Johnson, Shelia Johnson, and Kennita Hairston; brothers-in-law, Raymond, James, and Robert Jr.; sisters-in-law, Sandra Haliburton, Rosa Perkins, Brenda Walker, and Gloria Hall; uncle, Charles; and aunts, Lucille Adams and Emma Castor.

Funeral noon Wednesday at Walker Funeral Service, Springfield, Ill.

07/18/2011 / May You Rest In Peace Charlotte. You will be missed.




Sadly, we have lost another one of our classmates.

Here is Richey Kopper's obituary as published in the Hutchinson News on 06/25/2011:

Ralph Richey Kopper, 59, died June 24, 2011, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born Nov. 24, 1951, in Hutchinson, the son of A. Boyd and Helen B. Richey Kopper. He was a 1970 graduate of Hutchinson High School and took several courses at Hutchinson Community College. Richey started working for his family business Kopper Supply and continued working there when they sold to Shield Industries.

On Dec. 3, 1977, he married Linda K. Bronson in Hutchinson. She survives. Other survivors include: two daughters, Elizabeth Kay Mueting and husband Eric, Topeka, and Rebecca Joy Kopper, Hutchinson; three sisters, Patricia Winn, Mesa, Ariz., Linda Hogan, Pagosa Springs, Colo.; and Kathy Dube, Hutchinson; a granddaughter, Lainey Marie Mueting and one grandson on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Elliott Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Kim Biery presiding. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Monday; cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Council of Reno County, in care of the mortuary. Please visit Elliott Mortuary to leave a personal message for Richey's family.

07/06/2011 / Rest In Peace Richey. You will be missed.




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This one is truly sad for different reasons. Two of which are in the photo above. Our fellow classmate Tom Moorman passed away on April 7, 2011 of an apparent heart attack. At the moment this is all the information I have. As more details are made available I will post them here. And yes, that is Sherri Gerdel in the photo above with Tom taken in January of this year. They look so happy together, don't they?

04/10/2011 / We will all miss you Tom.

04/13/2011 / As promised, here is the latest information I have regarding Tom Moorman’s passing. The note below is from Tom’s son Steve:

“As many of you may already know, my father Tom Moorman has passed away. He suffered from a heart attack sometime on Thursday and was found by family friends on Saturday Morning.

We will be holding a service to celebrate his life on Friday April 15th at 3:00 P.M. The event will take place at the Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery at 7777 W. 29th Avenue in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. A reception will follow.

Anyone wishing to attend from out of state may call 800-224-4177 and use our reference number 2379 to receive a bereavement travel plan to help with costs. The Westminster Hampton Inn will also offer a discount bereavement rate on your room when you tell them you're coming for the Tom Moorman funeral. They can be reached at 303-427-0700.

Thank you for all the kindness that everyone has already shown myself and my family. We greatly appreciate everyone and hope you can join us on the 15th.”


04/14/2011 / Here is Tom's obituary:

Thomas W. Moorman, age 58, of Arvada, Clorado, passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 7, 2011.

Born August 18, 1952, Tom was raised in Hutchinson,Kansas. He was a graduate of the HHS Class of 1970 and a graduate of the University of Kansas where he earned degrees in journalism and psychology. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After working in the classified advertising department at the Kansas City Star, Tom graduated from the Washburn University School of Law in 1981. He was an Associate Comments Editor for the Washburn Law Journal. He practiced law in the Denver area, formerly as a staff attorney for the Colorado State of appeals, and more recently as an attorney in private practice.

His parents, Dr. Victor and Mrs. Virginia Moorman, of Hutchinson, KS, and his wife, Sherri Vincent, preceded Tom in death. Survivors include his son, Steven Moorman, of Fort Collins, CO; sister, Nancy (David) Silverforb of Prairie Village, KS; and brother, Bruce (Tauni)Moorman of Overland Park, KS. In addition, he leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends who have loved him dearly and will miss him sorely.

Tom will be remembered as a steadfast man defined by his quick, dry wit, keen intellect and unwavering loyalty for those whom he loved. Services, Friday, April 15, 2011 3pm, OlingerCrown Hill, 29th & Wadsworth. Donations in Tom's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Please visit Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary to offer condolences.

Goodbye Tom. May you rest in peace.



This one saddens me greatly. Coach Jones passed away on October 29, 2010.

Some people come into your life and don't make much of an impact at all. Coach Jones was not that person, at least not in my life. Words cannot express the impact he had on my life back in 1966 as my coach and teacher in 9th grade at Central Jr. High School. I'm sure some of you feel the same way too.

Below is Coach Jones' obituary as published in the Hutchinson News on November 2, 2010:


Harold R. Jones, 84, formerly of Hutchinson, died Oct. 29, 2010, at Presbyterian Manor, Lawrence, Kan. He was born June 14, 1926, in Oxford, Kan., the son of Forrest P. and Ethyl M. Ransom Jones.

Harold graduated from Oxford High School in 1944. He then joined the Navy and served in WWII as a Signalman 2nd Class from 44-46. Upon returning to the United States, he returned to school and received his Bachelors from Oklahoma A & M and his Masters from Wichita State University. He was a teacher and a coach, working first at Dexter High School from 50 to 52, then Hoisington Junior High from 52 to 57, Hutchinson Junior High 57 to 67, then in Hutchinson at Allen Elementary as Principal 67 to 72, Liberty Middle School 72 to 85 and retired from Hutchinson High School as assistant principal in 1988. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hutchinson.

On Dec. 17, 1949, he married Lela M. Kisselburg in Wichita. She survives. Other survivors include: a son, Dr. David A. Jones and wife, Marsha; granddaughter, Kristen D. Gill and husband, Jarrod; grandson, Greg A. Jones; and two great-grandchildren, Treven and Kendel Gill, all of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents and a twin brother, Hobart L. Jones.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at Trinity United Methodist Church with Reverend Pat Ault-Duell presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Burial Park. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church in care of the mortuary. Please visit Elliott Mortuary to leave a personal message for Mr. Jones' family.

11/03/2010 / Rest In Peace Coach.



It is a sad day today. Bill Pierson passed away on January 23, 2010. Below is his obituary as published in the Hutchinson News on January 24, 2010:


William Victor "Bill" Pierson, 57, died January 23, 2010, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born April 17, 1952, in Flint, Michigan, the son of Clyde Allison and Maurine Henrietta Buggeln Pierson. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970. Bill then joined the Air Force, serving in Vietnam and retiring as a Tech Sergeant after nearly 20 years of service.

On May 29, 1971, he married Bonnie Kay Baker in South Hutchinson. She survives. Other survivors include: three daughters, Ashelle Doolittle, Stacie Bartley and Mandie Works and husband Nathan, all of Midwest City, Okla.: a sister, Trudy Stucky and husband Al of Sunrise Beach, Texas; a brother, Dennis Pierson and wife Edith of South Hutchinson; a sister, Peggy Webb and husband Brian of Castleton; a sister, Penny Wilt and husband Brad of Abbyville; and four grandchildren, Jade Kuntz, Brock Doolittle, Christopher and Jonathan Bartley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Thomas Webb.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday January 26, 2010, at Elliott Mortuary Chapel, Hutchinson, with Pastor Richard Foster presiding. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until service Tuesday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to Hospice House, or the American Cancer Society, both in care of the mortuary. Please visit Elliott Mortuary to leave a personal message for the family.

01/25/2010 / To send your condolences to Bill's family, and particularly to his wife Bonnie, click here.



It is always a sad day for me whenever I hear about one of our classmates passing, and this day is no different as I just received an email informing me of the recent passing of one of our more popular classmates, Barbara Ruckman (Allenbach).


Here is the email:

Robin - Barbara's sister, Norma (68 Class), emailed me last night that Barbara passed away. She had been very sick (I believe cancer) and Norma said she was being cared for at home and passed away with her son holding her hand and her husband by her side. I knew you would want to know this. I'm getting ready to notify my group of classmates of Norma's family's loss. Sorry about the news of a HHS 70 classmate passing. Hope your holiday season is going great. Tom Wilson (68 Class).

Below is Barbara's obituary as listed on the Webb-Shinkle Mortuary Chapel website:

Barbara A. (Ruckman) Allenbach, age 57, USD 259 Para Educator, 25 yrs Cessna Cost Estimator, passed away Tues, Dec 22, 2009. Services, 2pm, Mon, Webb-Shinkle Mortuary Chapel, Clearwater, KS.

Survivors: husband of 32 years, Aaron; sons, David (Jennifer) Allenbach of Haysville, Matthew (fiancee Stacy) Allenbach of Clearwater; parents, Raymond "Rocky" Ruckman and Eula (Hause) Holcomb of Hutchinson; sister, Norma (Lynn) Exposito of Partridge, KS, Nancy (Rick) Hostetler of Moapa, NV; brother, Ron (Linda) Ruckman of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Keedan, Kellen, Bryce. Memorial: Hospice Care of Kansas, 314 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152.

12/26/2009 / To send your condolences to Barbara's family click here.



Sadly, we have lost another one of our Classmates.

Below is the obituary for Mary Haen as listed on the Elliott Mortuary website:


Mary J. Haen, 56, died Oct. 7, 2009, at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. She was born Dec. 9, 1952, in Hutchinson, to Bill J. and Charolean Willis Haen. She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970, then graduated from Sidney's Hairdressing College, and attended Hutchinson Community College. A lifelong resident of Hutchinson, she had worked as a secretary for the Kansas Department of Transportation, previously worked at the State of Kansas SRS Office, and was recently doing temporary work at St. Francis Academy.

Survivors include: her father, Bill J., Hutchinson; a brother, Bill D. and his wife, Cathie, Hutchinson; a nephew, Chad, Hutchinson; a niece, Jenny Rehse and husband, Bobby, Goddard; and a great-niece and nephew, Lauren and Brandon Rehse. She was preceded in death by her mother, Charolean Haen on July 10, 1995.

Cremation has taken place. Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, in Penwell-Gable Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson, with Pastor Henry Blickhahn presiding. Friends may sign the register from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Monday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorials may be sent to the M.D. Anderson Children's Hospital, the Shriner's Children's Hospital or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, all in care of the mortuary.

10/11/2009 / Condolences may be left at the Elliott Mortuary website.



I am very saddened to report that we have lost another classmate.

Below is the obituary for Mary Rauh (Wrightsman) as reported in the "Topeka Capital Journal" on June 23, 2009:


Mary Elizabeth Wrightsman, 57, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2009.

Mary was born October 22, 1951 in Hutchinson, Kansas, and was the daughter of Charles Edward and Elizabeth Mary (Maloney) Rauh. She was a 1970 graduate of Hutchinson High School, later graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from Washburn University in 1974. She taught at various schools in Topeka and surrounding areas. Mary was an active volunteer at Wanamaker Elementary and with Girl Scouts of America. She had a deep love for animals and cared for a number of family pets.

Mary married Calvin E. Wrightsman on July 22, 1978 in Hutchinson. He survives. Other survivors include her children, Courtney Elizabeth Salazar and husband Sean; Brenna Suzanne Hofelt and husband Brandon; Alyssa Caitlin Wrightsman, Cameron Charles Wrightsman and Terence Edward Wrightsman.

Mary will lie in state after 3 p.m., Wednesday, where the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. at the Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Rd, Topeka, Kansas 66617.

To leave a message for the family online please visit Penwell-Gabel.

06/23/2009 / Go here for more information. (pause music player at page bottom before clicking)





I'm sure many of you will remember Mr. Rolfs. He taught some of us biology and chemistry our sophomore year at HHS. He was also the head of the science department, as well as head sponsor of the "Valence Club".

Below is Mr. Rolf's obituary as reported in "The Hutchinson News" on April 30, 2009:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Ronald Dale Rolfs, 68, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 23, 2009, after a courageous, nearly two-year battle with brain cancer.

He was born March 17, 1941, in Ellsworth, to Walter George and Lydia Esther Schroeder Rolfs. He grew up on the family farm near Lorraine, along with his six older brothers and sisters.

A graduate of Lorraine High School and Sterling College - where he played basketball all four years - Ron received a master's degree from Kansas State University in 1964.

On Aug. 1, 1964, Ron married Dorothy Mae Dobrinski of Geneseo at the First Baptist Church, Lorraine. From 1964 to 1968 they lived in Hutchinson where Ron taught biology and chemistry at Hutchinson High School.

Ron attended dental school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City from 1968 to 1972. After his graduation, the family moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where Ron was stationed with the Indian Health Service, providing dental services for the people of Isleta and Jemez Pueblos. After leaving the Indian Health Service in 1974, Ron continued working as the full-time dentist for Isleta Pueblo for more than twenty additional years until a hand injury forced him to retire from dentistry. After retirement, Ron enjoyed keeping busy with his many hobbies as well as with babysitting his grandsons.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, LaVerne Trebilcock and Arlene Prentice; and a brother, Melvin Rolfs. Survivors include: his wife of 44 years, Dorothy; two daughters and sons-in-law: Rhonda and husband Ken Anderson and Valerie and husband Todd Reynolds, all of Albuquerque; one son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Martha Rolfs of Chicago, Ill.; two grandsons, Forrest Sumruld and Oliver Anderson of Albuquerque; two sisters, Marilyn Nickel and Lois Slabach, both of Clearwater; a brother and wife, Merle and Diane Rolfs of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at Hoffmantown Baptist Church, Albuquerque, where Ron had been a member since 1972. Graveside services will take place at the Lorraine Cemetery in Lorraine, Kansas at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 30.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Eagles' Wings Youth Ranch, PO Box 465, Mountainair, NM 87036 or to the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation, 4901 Lang Ave. NE, 87109. Please visit the online guest book for Ronald at RememberTheirStory.com.

04/30/2009 / Go here for more information.





I'm sure many of you will remember Coach Joe Krafels. I'm guessing he probably taught a number of you to drive too. Sadly, he passed away suddenly on April 2, 2008.

Here is Coach Krafels' obituary as reported in "The Hutchinson News" on April 4, 2008:

HUTCHINSON, KANSAS - Joe Krafels, 82, died April 2, 2008, at Hutchinson Hospital after a sudden illness.

He was born Aug. 4, 1925, at Scammon, the son of Joe and Nona Johnson Krafels. He graduated from Winfield High School and Wichita State University. He was a teacher and coach at Hoisington High School, coming to Hutchinson High in 1956, where he was the basketball coach for 12 years and served as Director of Student Activities until retiring in 1988.

Joe belonged to the First Baptist Church, the National Education Association, Hutchinson Retired Teachers Association and was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Hall of Fame in 1990.

On Nov. 23, 1949, he married Jane Wheeler at Oxford. She survives. Others survivors include: sons, Rodney, Rick and wife Cyndi, and Ron and wife Nancy; daughter, Carla Childs and husband Dan, all of Hutchinson; sister, Billie Anderson, Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey, John and Jennifer Krafels, Lindsey Koebel, Jill Roberts, Allison Cole, Savannah, Sydney and Austin Childs; three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Addison and Natalya Krafels.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, with Pastor Matt Stafford presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary.

Memorials may be sent to T.E.C.H., in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be sent to Elliott Mortuary.

04/05/2008 / Go here for more information.





I am sure many of you remember Coach Gus Meschke. What a great guy he was as I recall. Quite an athlete in his own right too! Sadly, he recently lost his battle with cancer.

Here is Coach Meschke's obituary as reported in "The Hutchinson News" on March 11, 2008:

HUTCHINSON, KANSAS - Gus Meschke, 63, died March 9, 2008, at Hutchinson Hospital.

He was born July 20, 1944, in Hutchinson, the son of Marvin Gus and Norma Countryman Meschke. He graduated from Buhler High School, Hutchinson Junior College and Kansas State University, playing football at both Hutchinson and KSU. He recently was inducted in to the Buhler High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime resident of the Hutchinson area. Following his graduation from college, he taught in Great Bend and at Hutchinson High School. After teaching he went into construction and was the owner of Gus Meschke Construction Company.

On Sept. 21, 1985, he married Debbie Gibson in Tulsa, Okla. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Matt and his wife Kate, Wichita; a daughter, Jill Donahoe and husband Greg, Springdale, Ark.; his mother Norma Walker and her husband Marshall, Brownsville, Texas; his stepmother, Nan Meschke, Hutchinson; half brothers, Brad, Phoenix, Ariz., Jay, Overland Park, and Mark Walker, Carbondale, Colo.; a sister, Susan Stockwell, Tulsa, Okla.; and his father and mother-in-law, Bill and Mary Gibson, Hutchinson.
He was preceded in death by his father Marvin Meschke.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 East Sherman, with the Rev. Tim Soule and the Rev. Dr. J. Konrad Rock. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Buhler High School or Dillon Nature Center, both in care of the mortuary.

Personal condolences may be sent to Elliott Mortuary.

You will be dearly missed Coach.

03/11/2008 / Go here for more information.

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