Gordon Willems, 66, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, due to having a heart attack.
He is survived by his wife and classmate, Judy (Petty) Willems along with his mother, Esther Willems; daughters, Angela Koehn (Craig) of Montezuma and Stefanie Willems of Hutchinson.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at First Mennonite Church, 52 Rambler Rd., Hutchinson, KS. Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, handling arrangements.
Ted Ocker passed away in his sleep November 23, 2016, in Colorado Springs, CO. Ted was fighting pancreatic cancer aggressively but it had spread rapidly. He is survived by his wife Jane (Holdren) Ocker.
Ellis Billingslea, 66, of Wylie, TX passed away September 22, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Goldie; son and wife, Matthew and Kendra Billingslea of Mulvane, KS; their three children, Trenton, Macey and Colby; daughter, Jennifer Billingslea of Richardson, TX; sister, Gwen DuVal of Garland, TX; step-mother, Margaret Billingslea of Winfield, KS; step-sister Carole (Kenny) Day and family of Winfield, KS; step-sister Donna (Jack) Blatchford and family of Arkansas City, KS; and a host of friends. He is proceeded in death by his Mother, Helen Nixon Billingslea, and Father Ellis D. Billingslea.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday 12pm, September 28, 2016 at Smith Family Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Road in Derby, KS. Graveside services will follow at 2pm at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield, KS. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is with the American Cancer Society.
William J. Wingert, 66, passed away September 11, 2016 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center with his family by his side.
No services are planned.
Thomas C. Feezor, 66, died May 27, 2016 at Hospice House.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be 1:00 PM, Friday at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, inurnment will follow in Fairlawn Burial Park. Military Honors will be conducted by the Ft. Riley Honor Guard. Memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or Hospice House in care of the funeral home.
David Frank Danks passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville, AR, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.
A memorial service was held April 20, 2016 in the chapel in the Bild Training Center at Fellowship Bible Church, Rogers, Arkansas.
Obituary/Leave Condolence message: David Danks
Our classmate Constance “Vicki” Kiene Ediger died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Hutchinson.
Vicki was a dental hygienist at the Dental Center for 25 years.
She is survived by: her son, Dr. Kory V. Ediger and wife Heather and grandchildren.
To sign her Guestbook for Vicki’s Family: Vicki Kiene Ediger
Our classmate, William “Bill” White passed away March 30, 2016 in his hometown of Edwards; MS, while riding his bicycle and apparently had a stroke. Bill’s funeral was April 4, 2016.
Bill played the keyboards in New Orleans; down on Bourbon Street where he met is future wife Linda. Bill loved that environment but later on decided they needed to move and settle down in Edwards, Ms.
Bill was an interior designer for Ameristar Casino and recently retired.
Obituary/guestbook: William Eugene White
Roger Ragland passed away November 23, 2015 at his home in Sweetwater Oklahoma. Funeral is Friday, November 27, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with burial Saturday, November 28, 2015 in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mount Hope, KS.
Our classmate, Debbie Dennis passed August 4, 2015, in San Jose, Ca. from a pulmonary embolism.
Debbie’s niece, Jeni Moore is hosting the Celebration of Life for Debbie.
There will be a celebration of Life for Debbie A. Dennis this Sunday, August 16, from 1:00 – 3:00 at the Spring Hill Community Center: 613 S. Race Spring Hill KS. Spring Hill is about 8 miles just south of Olathe on 169 HWY.
It is a pot luck style if you’d like to bring a dish. Jeni would love to have anybody talk remembering Debbie. So come with a memory to share.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Prairie View Special Olympics. Make checks out to PVHS Special Olympics: Attention Chery Kratzberg, 13731 KS Hwy 152, LaCygne, KS 66040.
(There will be another Celebration of Life in California at a later time to be posted.)
Steve A. Stanfill, 65, died July 17, 2015, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Apparently Steve died from a heart attack.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with Jimie-Wray Mead officiating. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the mortuary.
Guestbook/Obituary: Steve Stanfill
David Wilson passed away April 13, 2015 in Hutchinson, KS.
Obituary/Guestbook: David Wilson
Lonnie Martin, 64, of Lindsborg, passed away March 24, 2015.
He was born November 5, 1950, the son of Robert and Barbara (Burch) Martin in Hutchinson, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Marty Martin.
Lonnie is survived by his son, Jesse DuMars of Lindsborg, daughter, Angie Holm of Lindsborg, brother, Rob Martin, sister, Liz Martin, and four grandchildren.
Services will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorials may be designated for the family to help with expenses in care of Christians Funeral Home 103 N. Washington, PO Box 386, Lindsborg, KS 67456.
Online condolences at www.ChristiansFuneralHome.com
Sandy was selected for the Hutchinson High School’s Wall of Honor. She is recognized for her service to the community. She spent 33 years teaching in Hutchinson, and has been active in various community programs. She also has served on the American Cancer Society Board for Reno County and Cancer Council of Reno County.
Sandy and two other HHS graduates formally took their place on the Wall of Honor during the HHS varsity boys’ basketball game against McPherson High School on Feb. 20 in Hutchinson.
Our classmate Larry Dodge passed away February 14, 2015 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday at Westside Baptist Church, Hutchinson. Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson. Visitation will be held from 9AM to 9PM Wed., with the family present from 6-8PM that evening, all at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, Hutchinson.
Classmate Richard Merle Farney Jr., 63, made his final journey June 19, 2014, with his resting place Heaven.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.
Burial will follow in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with family to receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., at Elliott Mortuary. The casket will be closed.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cause for Paws or Dillon Nature Center, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
Obit/guestbook: Richard Farney
Our classmate Vicki Harman Biggs passed away June 11, 2014 of natural causes. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m . at the United Methodist Church in White Rock, 580 Meadow Ln, White Rock, N.M.
Our condolences to Vicki’s family.
Obituary/Guestbook: Vicki Harman Biggs
To contact Vicki’s husband Tom Biggs:
524 Brighton Dr.
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544-3573
Our entire Scholarship Committee, consisting of Frank Stuckey, Sandy McElwain Woodson, Nellene Grose Kenyon, and Julie Sherrill Drach were able to attend the 2014 HHS Awards Assembly on May 7th to witness the 1st Scholarship being awarded from our class. It was rather exciting being there, reliving the past a little, seeing all the young students go up to receive their awards, and seeing all of our class’s hard efforts come to reality in being able to help a HHS Senior continue their education. The recipient of our Class Scholarship is Shea O’Sullivan, a darling young lady, who seems very worthy of our award. She plans to attend Kansas University in the fall and major in Anthropology. A copy of her personal statement is attached. Nellene presented the award and did our Class proud. Her presentation speech is shown below. Again, thanks to all of our Classmates who made this possible. We should indeed feel very proud.
“At our HHS Class of 1968’s 40th reunion, Classmate Frank Stuckey, who was Vice President of our Student Council and a Young American Award candidate, felt it was important for our class to develop a scholarship fund to give back to the school that had blessed us in so many ways. Our Scholarship Fund was started at that time. At our 45th Class reunion last fall, a big push was made to reach our goal of $25,000 in order to endow the Scholarship fund. Donations both large and small were accepted and with a couple of fundraisers at our reunion, the class met our goal shortly after our reunion. Our Class is proud to be one of the few classes who give a scholarship, and we are the youngest class to establish a scholarship to date.
The last two years of high school our class lost four of our classmates and shortly after graduating we lost another to the Vietnam War. Our Class has always considered those that started Hutchinson High School our sophomore year and/or until graduation as part of our class even though for a variety of reasons some may not have graduated with us. To date we have lost 72 classmates with about only ten unaccounted for out of our graduating class of 484 members.
In loving memory of our lost classmates, we are very proud, honored, and privileged to present this first scholarship of $1,000 from the HHS class of 1968 to the 2014 Hutchinson High School graduating Salthawk, Shea O’Sullivan.”
Shea O’Sullivan’s personal statement:
My name is Shea O’Sullivan and I would like to be considered for the Class of 1968 scholarship. During my time at Hutchinson High School, I have been involved with Jazz Band, Swimming, Volleyball, Reno Count Communities That Care, Student Council, HHS Drama Department, Key Club, National Honors Society, the Honors Program, the International Baccalaureate Programmee Diploma Candidate, Youth Environment Awareness of Hutchinson, Poetry Club, am a Kansas Honors Scholar and have received the Silver Key in the Scholastic’s Competition for Writing and Art. My current class ranking is 8th out of 326. My unweighted GPA is 3.67 while my weighted GPA is 6.17.
While participating in extracurricular activities listed above, I am also an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Hutchinson Youth Group. I am a senior leader in Youth Group and lead my peers in bible studies and fellowship activities. In addition to church, I have worked for three out of my four years in high school. Currently, I am unemployed due to involvement in the spring play. However, I plan to work part time after the completion of the play and continue to work into the summer. Having a job, being a leader in church and keeping up with my grades has given me the opportunity to learn time management while being accountable for my actions.
Upon going to college, I plan to study Anthropology and minor in Theatre at the University of Kansas. Education is extremely important to me, and I plan to work towards my masters or doctorate degree. I would love to go into research while at college and be exposed to different cultures while studying abroad. However, my parents may not be able to pay for this cost, as I have younger siblings. Any financial aid would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for considering my application.
We are happy and proud to announce that our class scholarship fund now has a balance of a little over $30,000. Thanks to all of our classmates who have made this possible. We will be awarding our first annual scholarship of $1,000 this year. The HHS awards assembly will be held on Wednesday, May 7th at 9:30am in the Salt Hawk Activity Center. Our committee plans to attend the assembly. We welcome any other classmates who would like to join us to see the presentation of our first scholarship. We do not yet have the information on the recipient of our class scholarship. We will share this information with you after the awards assembly.
We should all be proud of this accomplishment. We will be helping an HHS student further his/ her education this year and for years to come. Also, please remember that even though we have met and exceeded our goal, you can still contribute to our fund. If our fund grows, we may be able to award more dollars or perhaps fund two scholarships. Contributions should be made payable to “The Hutchinson Community Foundation” and please write “HHS Class of 68” in the memo line. Mail your contributions to the Hutchinson Community Office at P.O. Box 298, Hutchinson, KS 67504-0298. Remember that your donations are tax deductible and go towards a very good cause.
The Scholarship Committee:
Nellene Grose Kenyon
Sandy McElwain Woodson
Julie Sherrill Drach
Below is the criteria used to select the recipient of our Class Scholarship:
HHS Class of 1968
One $1000 scholarship awarded to a graduating HHS senior planning to attend a regents college or private university in Kansas (includes most 2-year, 4-year, and technical schools) from the HHS Class of1968. The selection committee will consider the following criteria.
1. The applicant should present a demonstrable need for financial aid.
2. Has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and has not been awarded more than one other local scholarship.
3. Participation in at least one extracurricular activity and/or holding a job is preferred.
4. Applicant who demonstrates good citizenship, goal orientation, and leadership potential should receive favorable consideration.
Submit a personal statement that reflects the above criteria to the Counseling Center.
The Reunion Committee would like to thank all of those who came to the 45th Reunion. From what we are hearing, the general consensus is that the reunion was a success and all had fun. The silent auction was a first with great donations to bid on. A big hit was having the photo booth Friday night. With that said, please click on the link and see photos taken in the booth and also be sure to check back to see additional photos being submitted! A final recap will be posted in the very near future once we have everything tallied up!
If you have information on any of the following classmates, please contact us here.
Coffman, Glenda Young – was in Ottawa, KS area
Ehrlich, Russell (Rusty) – senior year, moved here from Lyons
Guillen, Anita – Prescott, AZ
Heim Sharon Gustafson
Holmes, Connie – Believe in Wichita
Kopper, Linda Hogan
Neufeld, Pam Bush – Believe in Texas
Palmer, Steve – Believe in Newton, KS area
Rayl, Shelley Marcum Holroyd – Believe lives in Battle Creek, Michigan
Sutton, Ted – Oregon
Taylor, Bonnie Teel – Believe in Wichita
Yates, Norman – Perhaps Wichita