HUTCHINSON HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1970



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FALLEN CLASSMATES & TEACHERS LIST



SUSAN CAUDILLO WILSON




Sadly, another one of our fellow classmates has recently passed away. Below is Susan Caudillo's obituary.

Susan “Susie” Caudillo Wilson, 71, of Arlington, KS, died with family by her side on February 12, 2024. She was born May 25, 1952 in Hutchinson to Narciso and Rachel (Razo) Caudillo.

Susie attended Hutchinson High School. She held a special place in her heart for animals, especially her beloved cats.

Susie is survived by: mother, Rachel Caudillo; three brothers, Ben (Linda) Caudillo, Ronald Caudillo and Joseph Caudillo, numerous nieces and nephews and her dear friends Laura Mendoza and Christina Montes. She was preceded in death by: husband, Kenny Wilson; father, Narciso Caudillo; and nephew, Bruce Caudillo. Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Temple Baptist Church, 631 East 3rd Ave in Hutchinson, KS, starting at 11:30am.

Rest In Peace Susan.



DAVID ALBERT NELSON



01/02/2024 - Our fellow classmate, Nancy Turney, just came across this information regarding the passing of our fellow classmate David Nelson. Below is David's obituary.

David Albert Nelson, 67, passed away at his home in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. David fought a brave three-year battle with cancer before slipping away peacefully, surrounded by his children, brothers, and former wife.

David was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, on Jan. 2, 1952, the son of Bert and Naomi (Doane) Nelson. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970. Subsequently, David attended General Motors Institute (Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan, where he received his bachelor of science degree in manufacturing development engineering in 1976. While attending GMI, he participated in the co-op program with the university and Delco Electronics. In 1972, he was transferred to Delco world headquarters in Kokomo, Indiana.

On July 1, 1978, David and Maddalena Castaldo were married at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kokomo. They are the parents of three children. The couple divorced after 21 years of marriage, but remained dedicated friends and co-parents.

David is survived by his children, Berton D. Nelson, South Milwaukee, Patrick J. (Tamiko) Nelson, Brooklyn, New York, Kaleb M. Nelson, Chicago, and granddaughter, Maya D. Nelson, Brooklyn. Surviving siblings are Vernon R. (Kay) Nelson, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Ken (Debbie) Nelson, Mount Vernon, Illinois. David is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews, and 11 great-nieces and great-nephews. Former wife, Maddalena Hedrick, also survives. Preceding David in death were his parents, his eldest brother, William F. Nelson, Ph.D, and an infant niece, Sherri Lynn Nelson.

No services are scheduled, but donations in David's memory may be made to the Cancer Research Institute (cancerresearch.org). David will be interred alongside his brother and parents in Hutchinson, Kansas. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

David will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Rest In Peace David.



DAVID GOLDBERG



Sadly, our fellow classmate, David R. Goldberg, 71, of McPherson, KS, and formerly a longtime resident of Hutchinson, KS and Virginia Beach, VA, peacefully passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2023, surrounded by his family at Pleasant View Home, Inman.

David was born on March 28, 1952, in Seattle, WA, the son of Leon N. and Anita M. (Anderson) Goldberg. He graduated from Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson Community College, and Bethany College. He received his Master’s from Friends University.

He was a former elementary school teacher and also worked in food service at The Cedars and McPherson College.

David was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hutchinson.

Survivors include his brother, Richard (Diane) Goldberg of McPherson, KS; three nieces, Lynn (Jeff) Smith, Sara (Tom) Miller, and Ruth Goldberg (Nate West); and four great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon & Anita Goldberg, and an aunt, Ruth Ann Goldberg.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to Circle of Care or McPherson County Food Bank in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

Rest In Peace David.



JEANNIE LAVIELLE BARTH



Unfortunately, and sadly, we have lost still another one of our classmates. Below is Jeannie Lavielle Barth's obituary as published on the Hutchinson Funeral Chapel website.

Jeannie, 71, of Hutchinson, KS gained her wings and went to walk with the angels at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center on September 22, 2023.

She was born in Hutchinson, KS on January 24, 1952, to James “Max” and Izetta “Lou” Lavielle, she graduated from Hutchinson High School working as a lifeguard. Jeannie attended Adela Hale Business Career School and obtained her certificate for Administrative Assistant. Jeannie worked at Cessna/Eaton, SNC and then retired from the Hutchinson Clinic.

Jeannie was preceded in death by her father Max Lavielle and her husband Richard Barth, and is survived by Mother Lou Lavielle, Hutchinson, KS; brother Danny Lavielle, Seattle, WA; sister Diane (Jack) Martin, Hutchinson, KS; children Michelle (Danny) Wilson, Hutchinson, KS; Tracy (Mike) Voth, Hutchinson, KS; Karen (Arturo) Martinez, Manhattan, KS. Thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, two furry friends and loved by many.

Jeannie was baptized in the First Baptist Church in 1964 and attended Crossroads Christian Church in her latter years. She enjoyed her family immensely and will be remembered for making Thanksgiving and Christmas extra special. Heaven has gained a witty, smart, and generous angel. She will be deeply missed.

Cremation has taken place. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, September 28, 2023, at Crossroads Christian Church, 4310 N Monroe St, Hutchinson, KS, with Pastor Kevin Guffey officiating. A memorial book signing for family and friends will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, 300 E. 30th Ave, Hutchinson, KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hutchinson Animal Shelter and sent in care of the funeral Chapel.

Rest In Peace Jeannie.



BARBARA WINGERT WILLIAMS





Sadly, our fellow classmate, Barbara Joann Williams, 71, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS. She was born January 17, 1952 in Hutchinson, KS to Kenneth and Verna (Strayer) Wingert.

Barb graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970 and went on to attend business school at Salt City Business College. She worked for the Hutchinson Clinic for many years, and was a well-known fixture in various roles.

Barb's greatest love was for her grandchildren. One of Barb's favorite activities was line-dancing to country music - especially Alan Jackson! Barb took any opportunity to travel and adored both the mountains and the beach. Barb was not one to sit around, she kept herself busy crocheting afghans for her children and grandchildren, crafting, quilting, walking, cooking for the family, or relaxing with her dog, Myleigh.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Verna; sisters, Karen Drassen and Janice Wingert; brother, William Wingert; and brother-in-law Larry Drassen.

She is survived by her three children, Joshua Webb and his wife, Dana, Bryan Webb, and Megan Webb and her fiancé, Dylan Green; two sisters, Cindy Wingert and Teresa Cofer; three grandchildren, Taiden Glenn, Taylor Glenn, and Tage Green; her cherished dog, Myleigh; beloved friend and kidney donor, Donna VanNordstrand; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 18th, 2023 at 3pm at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, 300 E. 30th Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67502, with Reverend Charles R. Crumble, Sr. officiating.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation, and can be sent in care of the funeral home.

Rest In Peace Barbara.



PAMELA SUE NEWLIN



As always, it is very sad news when we lose one of our classmates. And Pam Newlin is no exception. Below is Pam's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website.

Pamela Sue Newlin, 71, died June 9, 2023, at her home. She was born February 29, 1952, in Hutchinson, KS, to Morris Merle and Darlene (Schrock) Newlin.

Pamela graduated from Hutchinson High School. She was employed by the State of Kansas as an equipment operator, retiring with many years of service.

Pamela is survived by her brother, Randy Newlin, of Newton, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Pamela S. Newlin Memorial Fund, in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Pam.



KIM STUART HOLLAND



We have lost another classmate. Always sad news this is. Below is Kim's obituary.

Kim Stuart Holland, 70, of Dodge City, died April 22, 2023, at Saint Francis Hospital in Wichita surrounded by family. He was born in Dodge City, June 19, 1952, son of Ronald and Patty (Lembright) Holland. Kim graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970, then joined the Kansas Air National Guard. He worked for 50 years as an independent contractor extraordinaire, specializing in siding, windows, and patio covers. Kim married Melanie Miller on April 17, 1971. He later married Rebecca Harper in August 2008. He was an ornery free spirit, with a kind, generous heart, who connected with anyone he met. He loved music, a good time, and pulling pranks.

He is survived by his children, son Jason (Annette) Holland of Hutchinson, Valerie (David) Holland-Demoranville of San Diego, CA, daughter Jennifer Holland of San Diego, CA, grandchildren Madelyn and Lauryn Holland, Siblings Mark (Janis) Holland and Jeanette Holland, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Gizmo. He is preceded in death by his parents, wives, and infant son, Jeremy Holland.

Graveside service will be 1:30pm, Thursday, April 27, 2023 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson with Pastor John Bassett presiding. To honor Kim, donate to your local animal shelter.

Rest In Peace Kim.



MEREDITH ANN WILSON



Our fellow classmate, Meredith Wilson, has sadly passed away. Below is Meredith's obituary.

Meredith Ann (Wilson) Russell, 71, died of throat cancer complications on Friday, February 17th, 2023, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS, surrounded by family. She was born February 14th, 1952, in Hutchinson, KS to Leon "Sonny" and Dorothy (Knipe) Wilson. She married Raymond Russell on March 14th, 1997.

It is hard to sum up a lifetime in a paragraph, but Meredith was known for her appetite for travel and discovering treasures, her cooking - especially her cinnamon rolls - and her artistic ability. She was an avid reader, encouraged others to read and was an advocate for the Cheney Public Library.

Preceded in death by her grandparents and parents. Meredith is survived by her husband, Raymond Russell of Milton, KS; son, Matthew Gordy of Newton, KS; stepdaughter Victoria Russell of Wichita, KS; brothers Thomas J Wilson of Olathe, KS; Todd Wilson of Hutchinson, KS; Eric (Julie) Wilson of Hutchinson, KS; and sister Stephanie (Tom) Jensen of Wichita, KS; and numerous nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in Meredith's name to Shriners Hospitals for Children, PO Box 1525, Ransom, WV 25438.

A celebration of Meredith's life will follow at a later date.

Rest In Peace Meredith.



ROGER B. NOBLE



Mr. Noble's passing was just recently brought to my attention.

Many of you, I'm sure, were greatly influenced by Mr. Noble. Below is Mr. Noble's obituary as published on the Lanman Funeral Home website (Kiowa, Kansas).

Funeral service for Roger B. Noble will be Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Kiowa United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Thursday 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with family present 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Roger was born June 26, 1937, in Cherokee, Oklahoma to Ferguson Noble and Roselee Root Noble. He passed from this life on July 29, 2019, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita at the age of 82 years and 33 days.

Meeting his future wife the first day of college at NWOSU, he and Patricia Quinlan were married three years later on August 2, 1959. Today would have marked their 60th anniversary. Roger received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music and successfully taught music for twenty-five years. Since the age of sixteen, he served as church choir director in Cherokee, Coldwater, Hutchinson, and Kiowa. Music was his love, and teaching students to appreciate it and to strive for perfection was his passion. He was respected throughout the state, was published in the American Choral Directors’ magazine, and was asked to be rehearsal director of the ACDAs reading convention in Dallas. His vocal groups consistently received highest ratings in music contests.

Even though music was important to him, he also enjoyed carpentry, hunting, fishing, bowling, and, of course, GOLFING with his buddies. Helping Jake Newton with harvest was always a special time, except on “pick up sticks” day on the farm.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents.

Roger is survived by his wife, Patricia (Pat); three sons: Scott of Silver City, New Mexico (Debra, Cade, Danielle, Karli); Steve of Topeka, Kansas (Gita, Eva, Ellie, Emma); Stuart of Kirtland, New Mexico (Roberta, Jerrod, Claudia, Noelle, Ashton) and his sister, Sue Riggs; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Online condolences may be made at www.lanmanmemorials.com and facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Kiowa United Methodist Church or the Monte Thompson Continuing Education Foundation.

Rest In Peace Mr. Noble.



WILLIAM "BILL" McDANIEL



Sadly, we have lost another classmate. Below is William "Bill" McDaniel's obituary as published on the Hutch Post website:

William McDaniel was born September 16, 1952, to Arthur and Marian McDaniel. He was born in Hutchinson, KS, where he stayed a lifelong resident.

His parents, Arthur and Marian, precede William in death.

William is survived by his wife, Lisa McDaniel, son, James McDaniel, daughter, Andrea Thadison, 9 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter, brother, Bruce M cDaniel, and 2 step children.

William worked for the United States Postal Service for many years as a letter carrier, later retiring from USPS in Newton, KS. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, finding some of his happiest memories out in nature. William will be missed by many.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Rest In Peace Bill.



DEBI POWELL



Unfortunately, we have lost still another classmate. Below is Debi Powell's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Debra Kay “Debi” Wilson, 70, died January 2, 2023, surrounded by her family, at McPherson Health and Rehab. She was born May 23, 1952, in Hutchinson, to Jack LeRoy and Marilyn Jeanne (Bradley) Powell.

Debi graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970. She worked for over 25 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Debi worked at Wesley Towers Retirement Community before retiring from TECH as an LPN. She was a classy lady and loved the Kansas City Chiefs. Above all, family came first; Debi never missed an opportunity to spend time with her family.

On July 1, 1988, Debi married Tommy Lee “BoBo” Wilson, in Hutchinson. He died November 7, 2015.

Debi is survived by: daughter, Chelsea Jackson (Jeremey); grandchildren, Maliyah Jackson and Zayden Jackson; siblings, Steve Powell (Rhonda), Jon Powell, and Sue Seybert, all of Hutchinson; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and their families.

Debi was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 9, 2023, at Elliott Chapel, with the Reverend Charles Crumble officiating. Cremation will follow. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Mortuary. Private family inurnment will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.

Click here to view Debi's Celebration of Life service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Cancer Council of Reno County, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Debi.



JOHN WALTER DALTON



We all knew John. And now he is gone. Very sad news. Always sad news. I am told that John's sister posted the following on John's Facebook page:

It is with profound sadness we announce the death of John Walter Dalton on December 12, 2022. His death was unexpected, sudden, and peaceful. It has been called a “heart event”.

In 1952 John was born to Walter and Shirley Dalton in Wichita. John always loved animals and visited his grandparent’s farm often. He played baseball in his younger years, but his favorite sport was basketball. In 1965 the family relocated to Hutchinson where John attended Liberty Junior High and then Hutchinson High School. KU was next and he was a member of the SAE fraternity house. He loved KU. And especially KU basketball. He played intramural basketball at Allen Field House. Ted Owens, the KU basketball coach, would ask John to stay and practice with the varsity squad. He would tell him to foul them hard.

After KU, John chose to farm his grandparent’s farm near Murdock. In 1993 he married Michelle Davis and they have two children Sydney and Jack. John pursued several careers along with farming. He was a real estate agent and business owner. First video stores and then two restaurants. Michelle joined him in these businesses. He focused on cattle in recent years. He loved to video his cattle and post on face book. He had wolf dogs for pets for years. He also loved dogs and cats. Big John was charming, good looking, friendly (he never met a stranger), a great friend, kept everyone laughing, great storyteller, excellent negotiator, and historian.

John is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Michelle; his children Sydney and Jack; sister, Susan Violand, and nieces Sarah Lord and Jessie Nolan.

Any future services are pending and will be announced later.

As per John’s usual signing out on Facebook videos……………………………DALTON OUT.

Rest In Peace John.



JAMES WOODROW ANSHUTZ



Sadly, our fellow classmate Jim Anshutz has passed away. Below is Jim's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website.

James Woodrow Anshutz, 70, died December 3, 2022, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born January 8, 1952, in Hutchinson, to Woodrow and Rachel (Zimmerman) Anshutz.

James graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970, and Hutchinson Community College in 1972. He had a very successful career in the restaurant industry and held management positions all over the country. James was a master at working with people and was currently working part time at Horizons Mental Health Center and often said it was the best atmosphere in which he had ever worked. James was a trained percussionist at HCC and WSU and his passion was music. He was in the Sky Riders Drum and Bugle Corps and loved jazz of all types.

James is survived by: brother, William Anshutz (Kristin), Hutchinson; niece, Lesa Brown; nephews, John and Brian Wilson, and Ian Hopkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marilee.

At his request, cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. There will be an informal get together for friends and classmates in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Horizons Mental Health Center or Hutchinson Animal Shelter, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N Main, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Jim.



COACH RICHARD M. WOODSON



Many of you will remember Mr. Woodson I'm sure.

Memorial services for Richard M. Woodson, 87, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 PM. Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. Richard passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at Bridge Haven in Lawrence.

Richard was born on June 2, 1935, in Hutchinson, KS, the son of Wesley Edward and Sara Lois (Price) Woodson. He married Carlee Penner on June 27, 1958, in Hutchinson, KS. She survives at the home. Other survivors include his children, Debra Lynn (David) Luman, Craig Scott (Wendee) Woodson, eight grandchildren, Lindsey Shepley, Chris Luman, Jessica Rausch, Katie Berry, Parker Woodson, Ryan Woodson, Bayley Woodson, Chelsee Holden, and nine great-grandchildren.

Richard proudly served in the Armed Forces as an Army Medic and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Fort Sam Houston, TX and Fort Carson in CO. After his discharge, he followed his lifelong passion of being a teacher and a Coach. After a few stops, he found his true calling at Hutchison High School, where he coached both Basketball and Tennis among many things. He was also tasked with starting the first ever Women’s Basketball team, which he proudly accepted and then took them to a Championship level. While at Hutch, he won two state Championships, numerous top ten finishes, produced one All American, was both the State Coach of the year multiple times and the Kellogg’s National coach of the year. Richard was also voted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

After his coaching career, Woody, as his friends fondly called him, went on to be a tireless volunteer with the Lions Club of America, University of Kansas Relays and his Church among many other things that were important to him. Most of all Woody was a wonderful Grandfather and Great Grandfather to his family and left many lifelong lessons and memories for us all.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Robert Eugene Woodson and Wesley E. Woodson.

Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to the First United Methodist Church or the Lions Club of America and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Rest In Peace Coach Woodson.



JERRY BURDICK



Sadly, our fellow classmate Jerry Burdick passed away on July 16, 2022.

Here is Jerry's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Jerry Allen Burdick, 69, died July 16, 2022, at his home. He was born September 29, 1952, in Hutchinson, to Ralph and Ellen (Todd) Burdick.

Jerry graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970, and served in the Kansas Army National Guard. He was a machinist for various companies, retiring from Boeing after 20 years of service. Jerry was an avid coin collector and a talented musician who could play any musical instrument by ear. In his early years, Jerry played his guitar in the band, “Dante and the Infernos”.

On March 29, 1972, he married Susan Krause, in Hutchinson. They shared 51 years of marriage.

Jerry is survived by: his wife, Susan Burdick of South Hutchinson; children, Rachel Swartz (John) of McAllen, TX, and Joshua Burdick (Celestina) of Hutchinson; daughter-in-law, Shauna Burdick; mother-in-law, Teena Krause, both of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Jessica Swartz, Nickolaus Swartz, Matthew Swartz, Khayden McElhany, and Stephen Burdick; great-grandchildren, Raviyn, Kloe, and Alivia; sisters, Sharon Burns (Bob) of Wichita and Connie Crow (Fred) of Nebraska; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Jeremy Allen Burdick; and a grandson, Lucas Swartz.

The family will greet friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Elliott Mortuary. There will be a short celebration of life service at 2:30 p.m., with military honors conducted by the Kansas Army National Guard.

To view Jerry's Celebration of Life Service, which will start streaming on Saturday, July 23rd at 2:15pm CDT, first pause the music above and then click here.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Jerry.



SHASHI (RAY) MUSSO





Sadly, our fellow classmate Shashi (Ray) Musso passed away sometime in June of 2022. Unfortunately, there is no obituary that I am aware of.

Shashi Murray Monroe Musso was born in El Dorado, Kansas on 02/23/1952.

Many of us knew Shashi as Ray before he started going by Shashi in high school. What a friendly and fun loving guy he was as I recall. I don't believe he ever met a stranger. And I'm pretty sure he will be greatly missed by many who knew and loved him.

Rest In Peace Shashi.



MR. DON CORBETT





Many of you, especially you band geeks, will remember Mr. Corbett. Personally, he was probably my favorite and most influential teacher at HHS. The wonderful character Mr. Holland from the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus", always reminds me of Mr. Corbett for some reason.

Below is Mr. Corbett's obituary as published on the The Hutchinson News website:

Albuquerque, NM - Dr. Donald L. Corbett passed away September 2, 2021, at the age of 90 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Don was born in Wichita, Kansas on August 16, 1931. He excelled in music, particularly the trumpet, and graduated from Wichita North High School in 1949. He earned both a Bachelor and Master of Music Education from Wichita State University, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Kansas. In his forty years of music education in Kansas, Don served as a band director in the Ashland, Haven, and Hutchinson public schools, before becoming a professor of music at Wichita State University. In 1995 he retired from WSU after 24 years and was honored by being named an Emeritus Professor of Music Education. Don loved teaching music and directing bands, and instilled a love of music in countless students, mentoring and influencing music across the United States and the world.

Don was known nationwide as a band director and was an in-demand clinician at music festivals, receiving numerous awards and honors in his career. He was elected president of Kansas Music Educators Association, president of the Southwestern Division of MENC, and ultimately president of MENC (a nationwide group of 60,000+ music teachers, now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In 1991 he became Executive Director of KMEA, a position he held for 11 years. He directed the Kansas Ambassadors of Music Bands on European tours for 15 years. He served on 12 national committees for the MENC, receiving 11 awards for distinguished service to his profession, and was inducted into both the Kansas Music Educators Hall of Fame along with the Kansas State High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

He married JoAnne Friend in 1954 in Wichita, Kansas. That same year they moved to California where he served in the Army (band) during the Korean War, and where their first child, Jan, was born. They moved to Ashland, Kansas in 1956, where their second child, Scott, was born. In 2012 Don and JoAnne moved to New Mexico from Wichita, Kansas. In retirement, he enjoyed golf, cheering for Kansas Jayhawk basketball, traveling, and taking his dog Paddy on daily walks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Clara Corbett, and sister Francine. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, JoAnne, of Albuquerque; daughter, Jan Corbett Schubert and husband Kent of Albuquerque; son, Scott Corbett and wife Cindy of Westfield, Indiana; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Don will be buried in a private ceremony at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe New Mexico.

Rest In Peace Mr. Corbett.



MS. KIKI CAPPONY



Many of you, especially you ladies, will remember Miss Cappony.

Below is Miss Cappony's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Angeline “Kiki” Cappony, 94, of Hutchinson, died August 21, 2021, at Pleasant Hills. She was born November 27, 1926, in Gary, IN, to George and Estelle (Gallanis) Cappony.

Kiki graduated from Benson High School in Gary, IN; received her B.S. from Hanover College, M.S. from the University of Wisconsin; and an Administration Certificate from Fort Hays State University. She taught physical education at Key West High School, Key West, FL, for 4 years, then at Wichita State University, before moving to Hutchinson, where she taught net sports, health, and drill teams at Hutchinson High School before retiring in 1990.

Kiki was a strong influence to many young women through her leadership of drill teams at Hutchinson High School. She instilled confidence, motivation and challenged her dancers to always do their best. In 1984, Kiki took the Salt Shakers dance team to England, where they performed in London at Shakespeare Park, and competed with several teams in several events.

She was a member of AAHPER, KAHPER, Highlands Golf Association, Friends of the Cosmosphere, Hutchinson Hospital Auxiliary, and the Altar Guild at Grace Episcopal Church.

Kiki is survived by: her sister-in-law, Martha Cappony; 8 nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Sparrow Cappony, and a sister, Christine Argeroudis.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date, at Grace Episcopal Church, 2 Hyde Park Dr., Hutchinson. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Kiki Cappony Memorial Fund at Hutchinson Community Foundation, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Miss Cappony.



L.J. HARTL



Very sad to report that fellow classmate L.J. Hartl passed away on April 6, 2021.

Below is L.J.'s obituary as published in The Hutchinson News:

Sierra Vista, AZ - Louis J. (L.J.) Hartl died peacefully at his home Tuesday April 6, 2021. He was born on October 13, 1952 at St.Elizabeth 's Hospital in Hutchinson, Kansas the son of Luke and Verlee Hartl.

Cremation has taken place.

L.J. was a 1970 graduate of Hutchinson High School.

L.J. worked for Jackson as a semi-driver. He moved to Durango, Colorado where he worked for Durango Asphalt, living there for nearly 20+ years. While in Durango he fell in love with boating where he became acquainted with Captain Raines. He became first mate for Captain Raines. Following a year internship he attended the Coast Guard School in San Diego to become a Captain so he could take yachts from coast to coast. Many times he sailed through the Panama Canal and several hurricanes. He was very proud of this accomplishment. After 9-11 people didn't travel on the water as much due to the pirating so he went to Alaska to drive semi-trucks on the Dalton Highway/Haul Road from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay. He did that from April to October. His co-workers called him a winter chicken because he wouldn't work during the cold season.

L.J. loved people, he never met a stranger, always had a story to tell with GREAT ENTHUSIASM.

Survivors include: sister Beverly Erichsen, Hutchinson, Ks. daughter, Carley Erichsen and Madison, Topeka, Ks; sister Melanie (George) Vogts of Salina, Ks. daughters Lori (Darren) Wilson, Adrie, Kalei and Matthew Powell, Brookville Ks. Lisa Queen, Alex, Morgan and Hannah, Salina Ks; Lana Charvat and Josie, Lindsborg, Ks.

There will be a celebration of life at a date yet to be determined.

Rest In Peace L.J..



ALAN DODGE



As if 2021 did not get off to a bad enough start, what with all the turmoil in our society and the world, now we have the following very sad news to deal with.

Below is the obituary of our fellow classmate Alan Dodge as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Alan Dodge, 69, passed away January 7, 2021, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born August 30, 1951, in Hutchinson, to Robert and Emma (Thorington) Dodge.

Alan was a proud Vietnam veteran that served in the United States Army from 1970-1973. He enjoyed outdoor activities and loved spending time at the lake with family and friends playing ping pong, washers, and boating. Alan was always in attendance, showing his support for his children and grandchildren in their various activities over the years. In later years, one of his favorite activities was taking their dog, Gracie, for walks around the block or for rides in his truck.

On January 2, 1971, Alan married Leanne ‘Ann’ Phleger, in Hutchinson. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a nice drive by parade. He was a loving husband, proud father, grandfather, and step-grandfather.

Alan is survived by: his wife, Leanne ‘Ann’ Dodge of Hutchinson; children, Travis (Jamie) Dodge of Monument, CO, and Tammi (Damon) Preston of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Cody Peterson, Jaiden Dodge, and Madison Dodge; step-grandchildren, Spencer Preston and Savanna Preston; mother, Emma Holmes of Hutchinson; sisters, Iris (Gary) Kauffman of Hutchinson, and Rhonda (John) Gould of California; special four-legged buddy, Gracie; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, and parents-in-law, Joe and Neva Phleger.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Kansas Honor Flight Inc., in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Alan.



PAUL L. WEBER



Very sad to announce the passing of our classmate Paul Weber. Below is Paul's obituary as published on the Brennan-Mathena Funder Home website:

Paul L. Weber, 68, of Topeka, KS died November 30, 2020 at the University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus. He was born April 5, 1952 in Hutchinson, KS the son of Leonard and Louise (Wells) Weber.

Paul worked at Duncan Movie Magic in Topeka for over 20 years. He is survived two sons, Christopher Weber and his wife Bethany of Topeka, Lucas Weber of New York, NY, along with two brothers, Michael Weber of CO and Richard Johnson of TX. Two grandchildren, Nicholas and Rachel Weber also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Louise and a brother, Robert Johnson.

Paul has been cremated. Burial of his urn will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Harvesters sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603.

Rest In Peace Paul.



KEITH ALDEN MENDENHALL



Sadly, we have lost yet another classmate. Below is Keith Mendenhall's obituary as published on the Hutchinson Funeral Chapel website:

Keith Alden Mendenhall, 68, of Hutchinson, died on August 13, 2020 at Diversicare, Hutchinson, Kansas. He was born May 3, 1952, in Hutchinson, the son of Bill and Ivy Irene (Petts) Mendenhall.

Keith graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970 and graduated from Hutchinson Community College Practical Nursing Program in 1994. On March 19, 1983, Keith married Ruth Ford in Hutchinson. After Ruth's passing in 2013, Keith married Antonette Roufs on June 20, 2015 in Hutchinson. He was a Home Health and Hospice nurse for 26 years working for Hospice Care of Kansas, Intermin Health Care. Keith was also one of the founding members of Trails West EMS, a volunteer fire fighter for 15 years with District 6. Keith testified before the senate committee to change the law that allows emergency vehicles to use blue lights along with red lights on emergency vehicles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth P. Mendenhall and brother Neil G. Mendenhall.

Keith is survived by his wife Antonette, daughters; Peggy Bennett of Hutchinson, Antonette Miller of Altus, Oklahoma, Lavonda Cochran of McPherson and Sonja Hammer of Lyons; sons, John Mathew Owen Parker of Bel Air, Nick White, John Ford, both of Hutchinson, Dennis Redger of Sun City, California and Scott Redger of Hutchinson; and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Hutchinson, Kansas, with Pastor Luke Helmuth officiating. Friends may sign the book on August 17, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, KS. Memorials may be given to the Diversicare and sent in care of Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, 300 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson, Kansas 67502.

Rest In Peace Keith.



MR. WALTER "GENE" KNOX



Some of you will remember and/or been taught by Mr. Knox.

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

Walter Eugene Knox, 88, died March 19, 2020, at Sandstone Heights in Little River. He was born December 27, 1931, in Fort Scott, to Walter and Hattie (Martin) Knox.

Gene, Dad, Grandpa, Grandpa-Great, Great-Great-Grandpa, Uncle Gene and Mr. Knox was how he was known by all.

Gene graduated from Ft. Scott High School in 1950, where he met his lifetime sweetheart, Lucille Crays. He attended Pittsburg State on a track scholarship, but as a National Guard wire man, he was called to duty his freshman year in the Korean War. He and Lucille married quickly on April 14, 1951, in Huntsville, Arkansas, and were sweethearts for 71 years and married for almost 69 years.

After the war, Gene continued to work on his degree in Vocational Printing, and he and Lucille had their first child, Ty. He was hired by Hutchinson High School (HHS) in 1956, to teach printing in the old building where they had to punch a hole in the brick wall for the linotype arm to move. That hole was there until the day the building was torn down.

He taught at HHS for the next 38 years and had two more children, Debbie and Cindy, during the early years of his career. Mr. Knox taught many of the printers in the surrounding Hutchinson area. He had a great way in teaching young people to believe in themselves and it showed, as so many former students shared what he had done for them. Mr. Knox also worked closely with many students and teachers in producing The Buzz newspaper and The Allagaroo.

He saw printing change drastically throughout his career at Hutch High, but would always move on to the next method. Gene ran a printing business after the school day in the family garage called Knox Linotype for several years. The whole family participated. Gene's three hobbies were "Work, Play, and Work".

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Little River, Methodist Men, VICA, Lyons Club, American Legion, Hutch High Boosters, NEA, and KNEA. He assisted with Sunday school teaching, coaching, youth group leader, and Circle 6 Saddle Club. Gene was honored with numerous outstanding teaching and VICA awards over the 38 years he taught at HHS.

After retiring from teaching, he raised cattle and watched his family grow. Lucille survives and is a resident at Sandstone Heights in Little River. Gene never left her side, always trying to care for her through his last days. He was a child magnet--even the shiest child he would have laughing and playing in no time. All of his grandkids have fond memories of singing while on the porch swing, eating popcorn and listening to stories.

Other survivors include: children, Ty Knox and wife Brenda, Hutchinson, Debbie Vagts and husband David, Nickerson, and Cindy Knox, Santa Fe, NM; grandchildren, David Vagts Jr. and wife Julie, JoEllen Wilson and husband Dave, Kristie Bowen and husband Clint, Keith Vagts and Tina, and Brian Vagts and wife Kayla; great-grandchildren, Kyly Cannon and husband Steven, Jordon Vagts, Tristen Vagts, RJ Kendall, Casey Kincaid, Andrea Bagby, Baylor Bowen, Banks Bowen, Addison Vagts, Jaxon Vagts, Ethan Vagts and Aubri Vagts; great-great-grandchildren, Hadleigh Radenbaugh, Hayleigh Radenbaugh and Hatcher Cannon.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; 6 sisters; and 2 brothers.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary. Please stop by and sign the book, share a story and watch Gene's life in pictures.

On Facebook, search "Public Event", and view "Virtual Celebration of the Life of Walter Eugene Knox".

Memorials are suggested to Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy (HCTEA) at Hutchinson High School, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Mr. Knox.



STEVE DYE



Very sad to announce that fellow classmate Steve Dye has passed. Below is Steve's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Stephen Kent "Steve" Dye, 68, died March 15, 2020. He was born January 24, 1952, in Hutchinson, to Merle Gayford and Dorothy Mae (Teegardin) Dye.

Steve graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970. He lived in Hutchinson until 1972, and then moved to Long Beach, CA. Steve returned to Wichita in 1990, and was currently living in Hutchinson. He was a master carpenter for both residential and commercial construction. Steve was an avid fan of pro-golf, NASCAR, and a car enthusiast. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson.

Steve is survived by: sisters, Cheryl Hayward of Topeka, Meryl Dye of Hutchinson; brother, Leonard Dye and wife Gayle of Loma Linda, CA; nephews, Paul Hayward of Kansas City, MO, and Landon Dye of Loma Linda, CA; nieces, Lesley Hayward of Topeka, Cassie Delaney and husband Chris of Bel Aire, Leanne Taylor and husband Nick of Grand Terrace, CA, Kristie Dye, Jennifer Dye, and Lauren Dye, all of Loma Linda, CA; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Don Hayward.

Celebration of Life will be at First United Methodist Church, 101 E. 1st Avenue, Hutchinson, with Pastor Mic McGuire officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson.

Given the current coronavirus situation, friends may go to the Facebook page for First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, for service details and live-streaming information. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Steve.



MIKE BANTA



Sadly, we have lost yet another one of our classmates. Here is Mike Banta's obituary:

Michael D. Banta, 68, of Rockford, passed away January 22, 2020 in his home, surrounded by his loving family, after his courageous battle with cancer. Born January 8, 1952 in Hutchinson KS to Jack & Jackie (Gaylord) Banta. Mike met the love of his life, Yvette Nichols, shortly after graduating Hutchinson High School and they married March 26, 1972.

Mike and Yvette moved to Rockford after he took a position as Assistant Golf Pro at Rockford Country Club. He enjoyed helping with the annual Rockford Pro-Am Tournament for many years. Later he owned a small business before accepting a position at Barber Coleman (Schneider Electric). He was lastly employed by Regal Cutting Tools, Rockton.

Mike enjoyed watching NASCAR, KC Chief's Football, tinkering with PC's & electronics. But most of all, a tremendous passion for golf. He also enjoyed giving golf lessons, fishing, taking Yvette's horses to the Fair, and the best times were Christmas with family.

Survivors include wife, Yvette; children, Shane (Theresa) Banta and Shana (Moises) Lovato; grandchildren, Ashton, Aislynn, Shayne and Hunter; sister, LeeAnn Tucker; brother in law, John Empey. Predeceased by parents and sister Kristie Empey.

Visitation will be 1 to 3pm with Memorial Service immediately following on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to OSF Hospice, Attn: Barbara Johnson, 5501 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108. Arrangements entrusted to Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory. Share online condolences and memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

Rest In Peace Mike.



WILLIAM "BILL" "GOLDIE" SELLERS, III



So very sorry and sad to report that Bill "Goldie" Sellers has passed away.

Here is Bill's obituary:

Wichita - William H. Sellers III, passed away at his home on February 4, 2020 at the age of 67 after battling his recent diagnosed heart condition, Amyloidsosis.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his children Julia of Nashville, TN, William IV of Wichita, KS, and Marcus of Wichita, KS; his brother Michael Sellers of Hutchinson, KS; his grandchildren, Jalynn, Johnea, Marcus Jr, Tre, Journey, Chayce; his great grandchildren, Legacie and Legend, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arlene and William Sellers Jr. and his brother, Jesse Sellers.

Bill was born in Hutchinson, Ks on June 30, 1952 and attended Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Jr College. After moving to Wichita, he began working at Cessna Aircraft Company. Bill recently retired after dedicating 44 years of service to his employment with Cessna. Wichita is where he also began his family with the mother of his children, Carla Joy.

Bill was a devoted father who was adored by his children and a proud "Papa" to his six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Bill was an avid sports enthusiast his entire life playing and coaching softball in a number of leagues, playing basketball in the Cessna League and running track until well after his 60’s. He also had a love of classic cars and often bought and restored them. Anyone who knew Bill was familiar with his habit of making people laugh by teasing and joking with them.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, 300 E. 30th Ave. Hutchinson, KS. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Charles Crumble officiating. Burial will take place in Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life.

Rest In Peace Goldie.



DENNIS "SPIDER" JOHNSON



Sadly, one of our more popular classmates, Dennis "Spider" Johnson, passed away on January 3. 2020.

As fellow classmate Don Watson said, "Dennis was always laughing and making everyone else laugh too." Indeed! He will be missed for sure.

Here is Dennis' obituary:

Dennis Knight "Spider" Johnson, 67, of Hutchinson, died January 3, 2020, at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. He was born April 18, 1952, in Hutchinson, to George L. and Katherine (Knight) Johnson.

Dennis graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970 and Kansas State University in 1975. He was a national sales director for Lowen Sign Company in Hutchinson and Aztec Sign Company in Austin, Texas. Later, Dennis worked as an independent landman in the oil and gas industry.

He was an avid K-State supporter and loved to watch the Kansas City Chiefs. Dennis loved spending time with his family and was the life of the party. His gregarious and fun-loving personality will be missed.

Dennis is survived by: daughter, Keri Chumbley (Aerynn); son, Wesley Johnson; grandchildren, Rachel, Brandon, Coby, and Lindsey, all of Austin, Texas; brothers, Craig (Pat) and Mike (Nancy) Johnson, all of Hutchinson; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Fairlawn Burial Park in the mausoleum, with The Reverend Dr. Kim Biery officiating. A celebration of life and luncheon will be hosted by the family from 12 to 3 p.m. at Dillon Nature Center in the Visitor Center Meeting Room. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Elliott Mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson or Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Spider.



JOYCE AVERY STEWART



Joyce Diane Stewart, 67, of Hutchinson, Kansas, passed away December 28, 2019, at Diversicare Health and Rehabilitation, Hutchinson, Kansas.

The daughter of Emmett and Viola Avery, she was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, on August 23, 1952. She was a dedicated employee of the Hutchinson Unified School District #308.

She was an avid gardener, and was a master at arts and crafts, especially sewing. Taking care of her family was the driving force in her life.

She enjoyed 42 years of marriage and life with her husband, Everett N. Stewart. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include: two sons, Bradley and Ralph Stewart; one daughter, Vickie Woods, one brother, Butch Avery; nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Leslie Wilson and Curtis Stewart, and one brother, Guery Avery.

Per her request, cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the USD #308 Early Education Department and left in care of Old Mission-Heritage Funeral Home, 528 North Main Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501.

Rest In Peace Joyce.



RON KEITH THOMAS



Some of you may remember the twins, Ron and Don Thomas. Below is the obituary of our fellow classmate, Ron Thomas, who, along with his brother Don, were our classmates during our junior year at HHS.

WICHITA - Ron Keith Thomas passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and beloved dogs on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the age of 67.

Ron was born the son of Clifford and Edith (Anduss) Thomas on Friday, April 11, 1952, in Hutchinson, Kansas.

On February 14, 1991, Ron and Kelly (Krehbiel) were united in marriage in Ellsworth, Kansas. Together they celebrated 28 years of marriage.

Ron was a proud member of the United States Army and Vietnam veteran. He was a lover of music and an avid fan of The Beatles. He will be missed by those that knew him.

Survivors include: his wife, Kelly Thomas of Wichita, Kansas; daughter, Jennifer Turner of McPherson, Kansas; daughter, Jamie Simpson (Sean) of McPherson, Kansas; step-son, Levi Llamas of Moundridge, Kansas; step-son, Cory Llamas of Hesston, Kansas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Don Thomas (Nancy) of El Dorado, Kansas; brother, James Thomas (Teri) of Hutchinson, Kansas; and a sister, Toni Howell (Frank) of Hutchinson, Kansas.

Ron was preceded in death by: his parents, Clifford and Edith Thomas; brother, Richard ‘Gene’ Thomas; and a sister, Arnette Peterman.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held for Ron on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 9 a.m. at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 1208 North College Street, Winfield, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his loving memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit Core Creamation of Wichita, Kansas.

Rest In Peace Ron.



EDWARD WRAY "TED" McADAMS



Fellow classmate Ted McAdams passed away on September 14, 2019. Below is his obituary:

Edward "Ted" Wray McAdams, 67, passed away unexpectedly September 14, 2019. He was born to Virgil and Joyce (Brice-Nash) McAdams on April 18, 1952.

Ted attended and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970. He began working at Consolidated Manufacturing at age 16 and worked his way up to sales/truck driver in 1992. Ted transferred to AER where he retired as Regional Sales Manager after 42 years.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Trudy (Duran) McAdams; daughter, Laura Roberts; son, Cody (Bree) McAdams; stepson, Alex Trujillo; grandchildren, Ainsley, Jaidence, Colbi, Paxton, Colin; and sister, Terri McAdams.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Joyce.

Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 5905 W. 4th Avenue, Hutchinson. Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to a local ‘no kill animal shelter’, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Ted.



EDWARD DANIEL LINDENSMITH



Fellow classmate Eddie Lindensmith passed away on August 9, 2019. Below is his obituary:

Fort Dodge - Edward Daniel Lindensmith, 68, passed away at his home in Fort Dodge on Friday, August 9, 2019. He was born on April 21, 1951 in Hutchinston the son of Arthur and Doris Lindensmith.

Edward attended Hutchinson schools. He joined the United States Navy in 1970 and served in the Vietnam War. Edward returned to Kansas after he was discharged in 1987 and worked as a truck driver for many years until he retired.

Edward was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Lindensmith, and his mother, Doris Lindensmith. He is survived by his daughter, Diane (Collin) Barth.

A military graveside service will be held at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery in Fort Dodge on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM with military honors by the Navy Honor Guard and the American Legion 8th District Honor Guard. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at Swaim Funderal Home.

Rest In Peace Eddie.



VICTOR RUELAS



As published on the Elliott Mortuary website, the following is the obituary for our fellow classmate Victor Ruelas who, sadly, passed away recently.

Victor T. Ruelas, 66, died August 10, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society, Hutchinson Village. He was born October 19, 1952, in Hutchinson, to Trinidad R. and Frances (Hernandez) Ruelas.

Victor graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970. He retired as a baker from Dillons. Victor enjoyed bowling, racquetball, and gambling. He was a member of Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church, South Hutchinson.

Victor is survived by: son, Jeromie Ruelas (Rebecca) of Nickerson; companion, Evelyn Clark of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Chance Ruelas of Nickerson, Marianna Boese of Lyons; siblings, Alfred Ruelas of Odessa, Texas, Vangie Saiz of Brea, CA, Ernie Ruelas (Darlene) of Wichita, Vicki Johnson (Jerry), and Lydia Martinez (Rick), both of Hutchinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alice Saiz.

Parish Rosary will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m., both at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, South Hutchinson, with Father Todd Shepherd officiating. Inurnment will follow in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson. Friends may sign the book from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society- Hutchinson Village, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Victor.



DIANA LYNN (WILSON) MAY



The following is the obituary for our classmate Diana Lynn (Wilson) May who passed away in 2015:

Diana May, 62, of Lawson, died November 24, 2015. Diana was born December 2, 1952 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

No services.

Diana was employed by Excelsior Springs Convalescent Center for 32 years.

Diana was preceded in death by her daughter, Jill Suzanne May; and a brother, Dwight Wilson. Diana is survived by her daughter, Virginia May; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert II and Andrea May; her mother, Joyce Morris; a brother, Randal Wilson; two sisters, Janice Hickman and Mary Lay; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Rest In Peace Diana.



PHYLLIS (LONDEEN) LEGG



The following is the obituary for our classmate Phyllis (Londeen) Legg who passed away in 2011.

Phyllis J. Legg, a long-time resident of Huntsville, Texas, passed away Thursday morning, October 27, 2011, at her residence. She was 58 years old.

Phyllis was born November 24, 1952 to Wendell and Gladys Londeen in Kansas and was a member of Northside Baptist Church. Mrs. Legg is survived by a son, Joshua Armstrong of Conroe, Texas, daughters, Lindsay Horstman and Shannon Legg both of Huntsville, Texas, brother, Ronald Londeen of Houston, Texas, niece, Wendy Wolfe of Henderson and grandchildren, Hayden Armstrong, Grant Horstman and Kayson Nealis. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Gary and sister, Patricia.

Her biggest accomplishment was her three children, but more than anything she loved to spend time with her grandchildren.

Memorial Services to celebrate her life will be 11:00 am Monday October 31, 2011 at Northside Baptist Church with Pastor Reagan Cooksey officiating. The family would like to receive friends Monday morning starting at 10:00 am till service time in the church foyer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northside Baptist Church Children's Fund or MD Anderson's Cancer Center.

Rest In Peace Phyllis.



MARK RASSETTE



It's always sad to announce the passing of one of our classmates and this one is no exception.

Mark Louis Rassette, 66, of Hutchinson, beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away peacefully March 20, 2019, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born June 8, 1952, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hutchinson, to Louis and Virginia (Lenager) Rassette.

Mark attended Faris Elementary School, Central Junior High School, and Hutchinson High School. He received his bachelors degree in English Literature and Religion from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, and later earned a masters degree in History from Wichita State University.

Mark's passion for history, the arts, and social justice led him to a career path which included a position with the Reno County Museum, many years as Director of the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council, and a role as the Executive Director of the Hutchinson Art Center. He was also actively involved in the Hutchinson chapter of the NAACP.

Mark was a man of many talents. He utilized his green thumb serving as the head groundskeeper at Hutchinson Community College, teaching horticulture classes there, and landscaping his own yard to share its beauty with neighbors, friends, and family. Mark also had a culinary gift. His joy was to prepare food for others in good times and bad, and his barbeque skills were legendary.

On February 17, 1995, Mark married Gail Diane (Black) Hayes in Hutchinson. They shared 24 years of marriage. She survives.

Also surviving are: sons, Joseph Hayes, Hutchinson, Matthew Hayes, daughter-in-law, Erica; grandchildren, Braden and Avery, all of Louisville, Kentucky; sister-in-law, Linda Perrin, Hutchinson; nephews, Clint Perrin, Hutchinson, and Nick Perrin, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and his faithful Boxer, Lola. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of Mark's life and legacy is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Friends may sign his memorial book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the Mark Rassette Memorial Fund for a memorial garden created by Prairie Hills Nursery and Landscaping that will be established in Mark�s backyard, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Mark's generous spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of those who were blessed to have known him.

Rest In Peace Mark.



BEVERLY (BARKER) McGILL



Sad to say, here is a classmate's obituary that was recently sent to me:

Beverly June McGill (Barker), 64, died December 5, 2015, at Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital, in Hospice care, Venice, Florida. She was born June 26, 1951 in Hutchinson, Kansas to Ernst (Jack) Herman Barker and Ruth Louise Case.

Beverly attended and graduated in 1970 from Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Kansas. She had worked as a Certified Nurses Aide until 2009.

Beverly had 3 children and 8 grandchildren; son Terry Smith from La Junta, Colorado and his 2 children Ethan, and Kiersten Smith; daughter Misty Lowery and fianc� Jason Nixon from Rose Hill, Kansas and her children Jessi Lowery, Jacob and Jadyn Nixon and daughter Cynthia Haines and husband Sean Powell from North Port, Florida and her children Sierra Haines, Briana and Aliya Powell. Beverly was survived by two siblings: Barbra Berger of South Hutchinson, Kansas and Betty Schemm of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her older brother Billy Barker and younger brother Buddy Barker as well as both parents Ernst (Jack) Herman Barker, and Ruth Louise Case.

Rest In Peace Beverly.



DALE POE



Many of you, I'm sure, will remember Dale Poe. Sadly, Dale passed away on 02/19/2019.

Here is Dale's obituary as published in The Hutchinson News:

WAMEGO - Dale Ray Poe, 65, Wamego, Kansas, passed Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in Topeka, Kansas. Dale was born on June 13, 1952, to Lee and Cora (Gilbert) Poe in Sikeston, MO. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970. He went into the US Navy after high school. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1982, he married Mary F. E. Southards in Chalmette, LA. He was retired. He is survived by: his wife, Mary, Wamego; three children, Christina Hobson (Troy), Belvue, Andrew, Wamego and Aaron (Darci),Norman, OK; three grandchildren, Anthony, Karlee, and Stella. He was preceded in death by his parent, brothers, sisters, and one grandson.

Memorial Services for Dale will be held February 26th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wamego. The Burial Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 27th, at the Fairlawn Burial Park in Hutchinson, KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Kidney Foundation or a fund for the grandchildren and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego, PO Box 48, 66547.

Rest In Peace Dale.



NANCY (GROSSARDT) ZIMMERMAN



Our fellow classmate, Nancy Grossardt, passed away on 12/13/2018.

Here is Nancy's obituary as published in The Hutchinson News:

Nancy L. Zimmerman, 66, of Hutchinson, passed away on December 13, 2018, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. She was born on February 28, 1952, the daughter of Melvin and Chonita (Childers) Grossardt in Great Bend, KS.

She graduated from Hutchinson High School, and spent many years in the community. In 1992 she married Gregory D. Zimmerman in Hutchinson, KS.

Nancy was a member of Crossroads Christian Church for 30 years where she enjoyed singing in the choir and assisted in leading first morning worship. She was involved in Vacation Bible School registration and missionary work.

Nancy was employed with Tyson Foods for 8 years and later worked at Dillon�s for 13 years where she was a customer service representative for accident claims in Kansas and Missouri. She later went on to work for Daymon World Wide where she retired after 10 years of service. After she retired, Nancy enjoyed being home with her family and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, and a brother, Carl Grossardt. Survivors include: her husband, Gregory; daughter, Jennifer (Jordon) Lund; grandson, Allen Roush; sisters, Judith (Ron) O'Hara and Shirley (Larry) Wintamute; and an uncle, Bernerd Grossardt.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Christian Church in care of the Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, at 300 E. 30th Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67502.

Condolences may be left online at www.hutchinsonfc.com

Rest In Peace Nancy.



BONNIE LOUISE POWELL



Some of you will remember our classmate Bonnie VanWinkle. Bonnie was in our sophomore class and then moved away. Sadly, Bonnie passed away on 09/28/2018.

Here is Bonnie's obituary as published recently in The Hutchinson News:

OZARK, Mo. - Bonnie Louise Powell, 66, of Ozark passed away on Friday, September 28, 2018, at her home.

Bonnie was born on April 13, 1952, in South West City, the daughter of William and Geraldine (Campbell) VanWinkle. She married Roland K. "Bud" Powell. He survives. Also surviving are: four sons, Phil (Emily) Renner of Highlandville, MO, Buddy (Dawn) Powell of Marcella, AR, Chuck (Lacey) Powell of Ozark, MO, and Jason (Jessica) Powell, also of Ozark, MO; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Bonnie at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018, at Adams Funeral Home in Ozark, Mo. Friends and relatives are invited to a visitation with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Rest In Peace Bonnie.



PATTI (Richardson) HAMILTON



We've lost yet another fellow classmate. Here is Patti Hamilton's obituary as published on the Lemley Funeral Service website:

Patti Hamilton, 66, of Morrilton, Arkansas, passed away Monday, September 24, 2018, at Baptist Hospital in Conway.

Patti was born May 22, 1952, in Hutchinson, Kansas, daughter of Thomas Richardson and Charleen Danford Bauer. She was preceded in death by her father; step-father, Maynard Bauer; and a grandson, Austin Fisher. She is survived by a son, Nicholas Hamilton; daughter, Elizabeth Fisher and husband Clint Baggett; 3 grandchildren, Cody Fisher, Emily Fisher, and Madeline Baggett; 2 sisters, Kathleen Rich-New and husband Bob New, and Marell Richardson; mother, Charleen Bauer; dog, Sneakee; and several nieces and other family and friends.

A family conducted memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online obituary and condolences are available at Lemley Funeral Service.

Rest In Peace Patti.



CONNIE PENLEY BARLOW



Sad news, as always. Our fellow classmate Connie Penley Barlow has passed away.

Here is Connie's obituary as published on the Elliott Mortuary website:

Connie Jean Penley Barlow, 66, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born April 5, 1952, in Hutchinson, the daughter of J.C. and Juanita Marie (Gummere) Penley. Connie graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1970. She worked for over 25 years in child support enforcement for the Kansas Department of Children and Families.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; special grandmother, Agnes Gummere; and granddaughter, Haley Barlow.

Connie is survived by: sons, Chance Barlow and Dustin Barlow of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Laynee, Emily, Mara, and Mason Barlow; sisters, Nancy Eidson and husband Virgil of Nickerson, Jackie Beaver and husband Wayne, Susan Edwards, all of Hutchinson; brother, Jerry Penley and wife Terry of Sun City West, AZ; many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018, at The Corner Stone Baptist Church, 1028 E. 16th Ave., Hutchinson, with Wayne Beaver officiating. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the donors choice, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Rest In Peace Connie.



TROY PALMER



It is always very sad news whenever one of our classmates passes away and our fellow classmate Troy Palmer is no exception.

Here is Troy's obituary as published in the Warren-McElwain Mortuary website:

Funeral service for Troy A. Palmer, 66, Lawrence will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Reading, KS. Troy passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Troy was born April 20, 1952 in Tombstone, AZ, the son of Charles Marrion and Dolores Virginia (Embry) Palmer.

He had careers in residential real estate and in the auto industry. He also started and operated his own businesses.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy (Bocquin) Palmer; sons, Patrick A. Palmer, Nicholas A. Palmer (Laura C.); and his siblings, Roma Palmer, Barbara (Gerald) Acker, and Stephen Palmer.

The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Mortuary.

Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Rest In Peace Troy.



LISA SHIELDS





Jo Eurton Terwey & Lisa - Best Friends Forever!

Sadly, very sadly, our fellow classmate, Lisa Shields, passed away on May 23, 2018. Here is Lisa's obituary as published in the Downing & Lahey Mortuary website:

Lisa Jane Shields, 66, loving mother and stepmother, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 30, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary.

Preceded in death by her parents, Robert J. Shields; mother, Mary E. Torrence; sister, Sandra K. Shields; and brother, Michael R. Shields. Survived by her significant other and caregiver, Lester H. Kahler, Jr., of Haysville, KS; son, Jason R. Spaulding of Colorado Springs, CO; daughter, Jamie M. Spaulding of Portland, OR; stepsons, Lester H. Kahler, III, of Austin, TX and James J. Kahler of Colorado Springs, CO; cherished Cocker Spaniel, Miss Tracie, and numerous other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, a kind donation may be directed toward the CADASIL Foundation. Please note the family's address of 728 E Gordon Bennett Dr., Haysville, KS 67060 when donating.

Memorial Service Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:00 AM at Downing and Lahey East Mortuary, 6555 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206

Rest In Peace Lisa.



RANDOM THOUGHTS

In light of the recent passing (see below) of our classmates Steve Butterfield and, to somewhat of a lesser extent, Cindy Miller (but only because I did not know Cindy at HHS as well as Steve), for some reason, I have this low underlying sadness at Steve's passing and I can't figure out why. I mean, just like with most every other classmate, I never had any contact with Steve after we graduated from HHS. Perhaps it's because we were teammates at Central Junior High and HHS where we ran track together. I don't know. Perhaps it's the mortality thing and he, for some reason, brings it closer to my attention. But why am I saddened by Steve Butterfield's passing more than I usually am by any of our other classmate's passing?

I'm not sure I can answer this question other than to say that I realize how very susceptible we all are in our lives to the possibility of "gaining the world but losing our soul" in the process.

What good is that?

Our lives are so incredibly short. We all come into this world empty handed and we all leave the same way. And what really matters, what only matters, is what we do in between our coming and our going and whether or not we can, before we go, sincerely answer the Lord's question that He put to Peter one day, and most assuredly will put to each one of us as well, which was, "Do you love Me?"

I sincerely hope and pray that both Steve and Cindy were able to answer that question in the affirmative. And I hope and pray that each one of us can and will also answer that question with a resounding "Yes, Lord, I do love you!"

God does not need us to love Him. But we, most surely, need to love Him.




STEVE BUTTERFIELD




Life is indeed very short. Fellow classmate Steve Butterfield passed away on April 16, 2018.

Here is Steve's obituary as published online at the Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home:

Stephen (Steve) Fred Butterfield, 65, of Paradise Valley, died of heart complications on Monday, April 16, 2018.

While his family mourns the passing of their patriarch, his friends, associates and so many others mourn the loss of an irreplaceable man. Nicknamed "Butter" as much for his ability to make everything better as it is a play on his name, Steve was a stranger to no one, a friend to everyone and was loved by all who met him. His personality was larger-than-life and his generosity was immense. Steve believed in "dreaming big", a motto that guided him in both his personal and business practices.

The son of the late Sam and Marcia Jo Butterfield of Hutchinson, Kansas, Steve left his hometown in Kansas in 1970 to attend Arizona State University, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration. With his new degree and a newfound love for the Valley of the Sun, Steve knew he had big dreams to pursue right here in Arizona. And that he did. His career spanned more than 35 years and included work in investment banking, capital markets and municipal finance, but it was his work in the student loan industry that propelled Steve's career in the direction of his dreams. In 1990, Steve and business partner, Mike Dunlap started to acquire student loans portfolios together and in 1996 they co-founded Nelnet with a vision that it would become a world-class business designed to help students and families plan and pay for their education making their educational dreams possible. In 2003, they took the company public on The New York Stock Exchange. As a visionary and founding partner, Steve's entrepreneurial spirit and passion became the heart and soul of Nelnet. He had an amazing memory for faces and names and believed in coaching and bringing up everyone around him. He grew his team at Nelnet, leading with humility, inspiration and instilling in them his motto to "dream big" and reach further than they thought possible.

In 2007, Steve retired from Nelnet to spend more time enjoying two of his other great passions, family and travel, especially to McCall, Idaho where he enjoyed most of his time while still remaining committed to Nelnet as vice chairman and shareholder. Steve's commitment to building his business was only matched by his desire to give back, a role which he played proudly as a Phoenix Thunderbird, a founder of the Nelnet Foundation and Nelnet Scholars program and an active member of several local and national boards. He will be remembered for his love of ASU football and Sun Devil Athletics, which drew him to a leadership role within the Sun Devil Club and his most recent passion project as co-chairman of the Club's recent Sun Devil Stadium fundraising effort. His love of the game helped drive the strong culture of giving within Sun Devil Athletics and was backed by personal investments that he ensured funded specific programs. It can be said that his immense generosity mirrored his life motto, he not only dreamt big, he gave with all his heart. The world lost a great one. However, Steve's legacy will live on through his many contributions and the greatest of all his accomplishments, his family, his favorite dream come true.

Steve is survived by his wife, Shelby; his sons Stephen Jr. (Mary), Brooks, Matthew, and Jack; his daughter Bailey; and his three grandchildren, Mary Josephine ("Joey"), George and Stevie. Steve is also survived by his brother Scott and his wife, Susie and their sons Tyler, Jake and Sam. Family and friends will celebrate the life of Steve with a Memorial Service and reception where they will raise one "final final" in honor of their beloved "Butter". Memorial Service and reception will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at Paradise Valley Country Club, 7101 N. Tatum Blvd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.

Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Butterfield Family Scholarship Fund, care of Hutchinson Community College Endowment Association, 1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS, 67501 or online at the Hutchinson Community College Alumni & Endowment Website.

Rest In Peace Steve.



CINDY MILLER



Sadly, our fellow classmate, Cindy Miller, has passed away.

Here is Cynde's obituary as published online in The Hutchinson News:

TOPEKA - Cynthia Ann Muller, 66, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away April 17, 2018.

Cynthia was born January 9, 1952, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Lloyd G. and Beulah Mae Barnes Miller. She enjoyed gardening but Cynthia's biggest passion was riding her silver and black Harley Davidson Tri Glide. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include: daughter, Candace Garcia-Smith and husband Derrick, Hutchinson, Kansas; son, Joshua Burdick, Fort Riley, Kansas; stepmother, Jane Miller, Hutchinson, Kansas; two brothers, Larry Muller and wife Becky, Indianapolis, Indiana and Joe Miller and wife Georgeann, Hutchinson, Kansas; a sister, Pam Maley, South Hutchinson, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Kristofer Brown, Tiara Brown, Korbin Smith, Taybin Smith, Killian Smith, Thailyn Smith, and Khayden McElheny; a great-grandchild, Kenai Venegas; and her significant other, Doug Renbarger.

Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents.

Celebration of Cynthia's life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at First Church of The Nazarene, 4290 N Monroe Street, Hutchinson, Kansas 67502. Please use the south entrance. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka, Kansas 66614.

Condolences may be sent online here.

Rest In Peace Cindy.



DEBBY GRINM



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.



LARRY SYMONDS



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.



COACH DAN JUSTICE



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. to 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.



MELANIE (MILLER) SODOWSKY



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.



COACH WHITEY ALPERS



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.



JIM SPAIN



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.



DENNIS PAULS



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.



PATTY (WEDEL) JASON



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.



MIKE DUTTON



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.



MR. RUSSELL KINGSLEY



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.

Rest In Peace Mr. Kingsley.



MR. DEL KNAUER



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..."

Rest In Peace Dear Gentle Knight.



RON SHIPLEY



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, KS., 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.



CECELIA CHERRY



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



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.



TIM McGLYNN



Sadly, we've lost another classmate.

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

WICHITA, KS., 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.



BOYD SCHROEDER



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.

Rest In Peace Boyd.



MR. GEORGE MADELEN



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.

Rest In Peace Mr. Madelen.



STAN GARTLEMAN



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.

Rest In Peace Stan.



MR. DEAN GEORGE



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.



GARY CHRISTIAN



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.

Rest In Peace Gary.



ROBERT ASHCRAFT



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 sonof 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 Loves 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.



COACH WOODY KRAMER


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 athleticdirector, 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.

Rest In Peace Coach.



CHARLOTTE BERNARD (KING)


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.

Rest In Peace Charlotte.



RICHEY KOPPER


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.

Rest In Peace Richey.



TOM MOORMAN


(Click Above For More Photos of Tom's Life)

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.

Rest In Peace Tom.



COACH HAROLD JONES


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.

Rest In Peace Coach.



BILL PIERSON


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.

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

Rest In Peace Bill.



BARBARA RUCKMAN (ALLENBACH)


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.

To send your condolences to Barbara's family click here.

Rest In Peace Barbara.



John J. Bowman moved to Hutchinson in 1969 and then graduated from Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson JUCO and was an honor grad from Kansas University where he received his master’s in Chemical Engineering.

He is survived by: his mother, Anna M. Bowman, Hutchinson; uncles; David Bowman, Spring Hill, Laddie Bowman, Wichita, and Tom Bowman, Tenn., aunts, Patsy Hill, Buhler, Mary Reitburger, Ala., and Judy Farmer, Kansas City, Ks.; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gee Jay Bowman and uncle and aunt, Dr. Barr and Rita Barr.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday June 19th at Elliott Chapel with Father Nicholas Voelker presiding. Visitation will be noon to 9 p.m. today.

Burial will be in Fairlawn Burial Park. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in care of the mortuary. Please visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave a personal message for the family.

Rest In Peace.



MARY HAEN


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.

Condolences may be left at the Elliott Mortuary website.

Rest In Peace Mary.



MARY RAUH (WRIGHTMANN)


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 atWanamaker 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.

Rest In Peace Mary.



MR. RON ROLFS



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.

Rest In Peace Mr. Rolfs.



COACH JOE KRAFELS



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.

Rest In Peace Coach.



COACH GUS MESCHKE



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.

Rest In Peace Coach.



RANDY CROMWELL



This one is really hard for me to have to mention. I have so many fond memories of being on the Swim Team with Randy for three years at HHS. What a fun-loving guy he was. I know he will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He left us all way too soon. Good bye my friend.

As touchingly reported in "The Hutchinson News" on August 26, 2007:

WALNUT COVE, N.C. - Our deeply loved John "Randy" Cromwell has slipped the bonds of this world from diabetic-related complications in Walnut Cove, N.C. John was a native of Hutchinson, Kansas, and the son of the late Bertha Weed and Robert Cromwell.

John was a graduate of Hutchinson High School Class of l970, and was then known by family and friends as "Randy." While in high school, John was a Kansas State champion swimmer, an Eagle Scout, an honor student and trombone player in the band. After graduation, John moved to Colorado and then to Montana, where he graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in forestry.

John was a warm and caring person with a great sense of humor. He loved all animals and had owned both dogs and cats during his lifetime. His deep laughter would fill a room and he touched everyone he met in very positive ways. John worked for many years at Boeing Co. Seattle, in many capacities. He accepted the huge responsibility for Boeing as project manager overseeing the installation of the new x-ray machines in many of the airports in the northwest. His last job at Boeing was a safety inspection/scheduling manager.

John moved to North Carolina in 2005 after spending more than 25 years in the northwest, living in Oregon and Washington (Gig Harbor, Fox Island and Tacoma). In the last few years of his life, he was an event planner with his fiance, Dottie. They delighted in planning events which encompassed John's love of Harley Davidson motorcycles and "hitting the open road." John made two trips to Sturgis, South Dakota, with several friends on their Harleys to attend the annual Sturgis rallies.

John's survivors include his daughter, Jessie Cromwell, Sandpoint, Idaho, fiance Dorothy "Dottie" Dixon, Walnut Cove, N.C., who was with him at the end, his nephew Todd Gordon (Gwen, three children), niece Kim Martin (two children) and sister, Jeanine Barta, all of Kansas. John is also survived by his lifelong friend, David Smith, who he always referred to as "his brother" and David's wife, Kathy, Fox Island, Wash., AND lifelong friend, Terry Tatro and Terry's wife, Pat, Bellevue, Wash. David's sister, Julie Beal, Hutchinson, was always John's "next-door sister." We will all miss you, John.

Rest In Peace Randy.



CYNTHIA "SUSAN" JOHNSON


As always, it saddens me to report that we have lost another Classmate. Here is Susie Johnson's obituary as published in "The Hutchinson News" on June 9, 2007:

GARDINER, MONTANA - Cynthia Sue "Susan" Johnson, 54, of Gardiner, Montana, died June 6, 2007.

She was born July 11, 1952, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of the late Corliss and Wanda Phillips Johnson. She was raised in Hutchinson with her six brothers and sisters. She graduated from Hutchinson High School. Her love of nature and the mountains brought her to Gardiner, Montana, where she lived, worked and played for many years. Susan was an avid reader and loved her family and friends.

Survivors include: two brothers, Corliss Lee (Anne) Johnson, Brookings, S.D., and Barry Johnson, Shawnee; and three sisters, Candy (Jim) Hund, Lago Vista, Texas, Deborah (Randy) Bernard, Farmer City, Ill., and Robin (Joey) Fisher, Belle Plaine.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Guy Michael Johnson.

There will be a family gathering Sunday in Gardiner, Montana.

Rest In Peace Susan.



MONA DeGARMO (WILCOXEN)


Sadly, another Classmate of ours recently passed away. Here is Mona (DeGarmo) Wilcoxen's obituary as published in "The Hutchinson News" on March 3, 2007:

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - Mona Joyce Wilcoxen, 54, of Kansas City, KS, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at Indian Meadows Nursing Center. Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Porter Funeral Home, 1835 Minnesota Ave. Kansas City, KS. Burial will be in Edwardsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-America Chapter of the National MS Society, 5442 Martway, Mission, KS 66205.

Mona was born October 16, 1952, in Ulysses, KS and lived in Hutchinson, KS for 34 years before moving to Kansas City, KS in 1988. Mona was a childcare provider and nanny.

Her mother, LaWanda DeGarmo, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Kurt A. Wilcoxen, and son Kyle Wilcoxen, of the home; daughter Dana Siscoe and husband Clark, of Overland Park, KS; her father Harry DeGarmo, of Hutchinson, KS; 3 sisters Lisa Johnson, Atlanta, GA; Lori Mallory, Olathe, KS and Anita DeZego, of St. Louis, MO; and a brother Jay DeGarmo, of Las Vegas, NV.

Condolences may be expressed at www.porterfuneralhome.com.

Rest In Peace Mona.



STEVEN BEALS


It saddens me to have to announce that another one of our Classmates passed away recently. Here is the obituary for Steven Beals as it was published in "The Hutchinson News" on December 12, 2006:

Steven R. Beals, 55, died December 18, 2006, at Hospice House, Hutchinson.

He was born October 6, 1951, in Hutchinson, the son of Richard Lee and Donna Nadean White Beals. In 1970, he graduated from Hutchinson High School and attended Salina Business School. A lifelong resident of Hutchinson, he was the bookkeeper at Montezuma Co-op for several years.

Survivors include: his mother; a brother, Greg Beals and wife, Judy, Hutchinson; two nephews, Scott Beals and wife, Amanda, Hutchinson, and Brett Beals and wife, Bre, Hutchinson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard L. Beals, on August 20, 1999.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Elliott Chapel, with Pastor Bob Smith officiating. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum.

Memorials may be sent to the Kansas Society for Crippled Children or Hospice House, in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be sent to www.elliottmortuary.com.

Rest In Peace Steven.



NANCY LONG


I am very sorry to announce the passing of one of our Classmates. Here is Nancy Long's obituary as published in "The Hutchinson News" on September 28, 2006:

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS - Nancy Lynne Long, 53, died September 24, 2006, at her home, The Woodlands, Texas.

She was born November 6, 1952, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Arthur F. and Phyllis Lorrine Erhard Long. She graduated Hutchinson High School in 1970 and Kansas State University in 1974. She was a substitute teacher and had formerly taught at San Jacinto Community College.

Survivors include: two sons, Philip Cratty and Justin Cratty, both of Lawrence; a daughter, Nicola Cratty, of the home; her mother, Hutchinson; two brothers, Gaylord Long and wife, Paula, McPherson, and William Long and wife, Linda, Hutchinson; a significant other, Robert Fiore of New York, N.Y.; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Hutchinson. Private graveside service will be in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Tim Soule presiding. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

In lieu of usual remembrances, an educational fund has been established in her honor through First National Bank in Hutchinson or The Cure Autism Now Foundation or The Children of Heartsong. Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, is in charge of arrangements.

Rest In Peace Nancy.



JIM MATTISON


Unfortunately we have lost another Classmate. Jim Mattison passed away March 7, 2006 in Hutchinson. His obituary was published in "The Hutchinson News" as follows:

James T. Mattison, 53, died March 7, 2006, at Hospice House, Hutchinson.

He was born November 1, 1952, at Hutchinson, the son of Jack E. and Barbara Knowlton Mattison. In 1970, he graduated from Hutchinson High School. He was employed at Decker and Mattison Co.

He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club.

Survivors include: a son, Jake Mattison and his fiance, Katie Clark, Hutchinson; a daughter, Kimberly Fager and her husband, Kent, Topeka; his father, Jack Mattison and his wife, Mary Ann, Hutchinson; a brother, Brett Mattison and his wife, Colette, Hutchinson; a sister, Cindy Freeman and her husband, Alan, Hutchinson; and two grandchildren, Jackson and Holden Fager, Topeka.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara F. Mattison.

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Park Cemetery, with Pastor Todd Sinclair presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorials may be sent to Quivira Wildlife Refuge or Hospice of Reno County, both in care of the mortuary.

Personal condolences may be sent to www.elliottmortuary.com.

Rest In Peace Jim.



KATHY McJUNKIN (WILLIAMS)


I am saddened beyond words to have to announce that Kathy (McJunkin) Williams passed away in Hutchinson on November 11, 2005 after a very long battle with cancer. We will miss you very, very much Kathy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family at this time of great sadness over their loss of Kathy. There is, however, great comfort in knowing that she knew the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore, is now in His presence!

Rest In Peace Kathy.



YOLANDA SANCHEZ (RUTLEDGE)


I am very saddened to announce that Yolanda (Sanchez) Rutledge passed away in Hutchinson, Kansas on July 2, 2005. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family for their loss. We will miss you Yolanda.

Rest In Peace Yolanda.



DAVID FRASURE


Sadly, we recently lost one of our fellow classmates. David Frasure passed away on May 23, 2005 in Wichita, Kansas. I remember David as a quiet but friendly guy. I'm sure he will be missed by his family and friends. We will miss you too David.

Rest In Peace David.



MR. VERNE COMLEY


Please take a moment to remember one of the finest teachers Hutchinson High School has ever known. On February 14, 2003, and with great fanfare I'm sure, Vern Comely was ushered into the presence of the Lord. We will miss you dearly Mr. Comley!

Some Personal Thoughts About Mr. Comley.

Rest In Peace Mr. Comley.