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County Reluctantly Says Farewell To Extension Agents

Hamilton County’s two extension agents have made the decision to resign their positions and leave the county. Jenifer Sexson and Rebekah McKinley, a sister team, took their positions two years ago.
“Whoever replaces them will have some big shoes to fill,” said Deb Mitchell, 4-H project leader for the Bucket Calf and leader for the Willing Workers club.
Jenifer Sexson was the county director, agriculture and natural resources, and 4-H youth development extension agent when she took the position two years ago.
“I enjoyed helping the community with its needs, meeting many great individuals and growing the programs that we have today,” Sexson said. “Programs such as the Hamilton County farmers market, Grow Your Own Community Garden, growing the 4-H program and all of the ag producer meetings we had.”
Sexson’s sister Rebekah McKinley started not long after Sexson did. They worked to promote the extension office and get more people involved.
“I enjoyed making connections in the community and bringing resources and programs to everyone,” McKinley said. “For example, our summer lunch program is probably something I’m most proud of and it epitomizes the idea of bringing everyone together with a resource that everyone can enjoy, not just a certain socioeconomic class or individual group, but everyone in Hamilton County had access to it and the opportunity to enjoy it.”
The lunch program is still being utilized by many every day at lunch time. Not only kids, but many adults enjoy the home-cooked meals that are prepared in the kitchen of the extension office.
McKinley added that because of the lunch program they were able to introduce dozens of youth and their families to the many opportunities the extension office had to offer.
“We brought purpose and fellowship to the extension office and to the Donohue Memorial Building,” McKinley said. “Working for Extension in Hamilton County was challenging and rewarding. Jenifer and I both loved bringing new opportunities and programming to the community, and playing a part in making it a good, productive place to live.”
Both Sexson and McKinley were sad to leave Hamilton County, but life changes caused the move.
“I will always hold my time that I helped serve the people of Hamilton County dear to my heart,” Sexson said.
“Hamilton County is where I met my husband and where we lived for our first three years of being married, we bought our first house together here and both of our babies were welcomed into the world while we lived here,” McKinley said. “It’s a special place for us and has a lot of precious memories.”
Carol Limon also expressed her reaction to Sexson and McKinley’s decision.
“Our whole family will miss them terribly” said Carol Limon, 4-H leader.  “Not only had they became dear friends, they were both so dedicated to our county and our 4-H clubs to make it better. It won’t be the same without them.”

Martin "Marty" Joseph Hale Kenney

Martin “Marty” Joseph Hale Kenney, 34, of Marquette, Kan. died Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Marty was born July 11, 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaii to James Kenney, Jr. and Betsy (Metcalfe) VanGundy. Marty worked as a general laborer. He met the love of his life, Dawn Armstrong, on June 6, 1999, and they married on July 6, 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Kenney and his son, Wyatt, of Gypsum, Kan.; father, James Kenney Jr., of St. Louis, Mo.; mother, Betsy (Chuck) VanGundy, of Marquette;  sisters, Shannon (Chance) Williams of Grantsville, Utah, Sheila (David) Stimatze of Syracuse, Kan., Sandy (Dave) Weis of Salina, Kan., Ann, Jane, Colleen, and Marie Kenney, all of St. Louis; brothers, Matthew (Jana) Kenney of Manhattan, Kan., Peter and Luke Kenney of St. Louis; as well as a tribe of nieces, nephews, a great nephew, cousins, and extended family members.

Marty was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; and a brother-in-law, Bryan Egan.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints in Salina, with Bishop Bob Brunner officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Marty’s wife and son.  Memorials may be sent in care of Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg, KS 67456.

John Franklin Hassler

John Franklin Hassler, of Syracuse, Kan. passed away on June 5, 2017, at the age of 75 years old. He was born April 14, 1942 in Jeff City, Mo., the son of Algie Lee Hassler and Alma (Croll) Hassler.
 
John began his life in Jeff City. In 1963 he moved to Johnson, Kan. where he began working for Bob Martin farming for 32 years. In September of 1985, he married Debra Lorraine Lundblade in Syracuse. To this union six children were born, Justin, Daniel, Jeremy, Dedra, Darla, and Rachel. In 1988, he moved to Syracuse where he continued to farm and began working for various people including Ray Schaffer, Clarence Simmons, and Larry Buhrle. In 1990, he moved to Horace and began working for Gene Moritz for one short year and moved back to Syracuse in 1991 where he began working for Keith Simon farming and ranching. At this time he was also employed at the Syracuse Commission Sale Barn part time. In 2005, he moved back to Johnson where her first began farming working for Bob Martin and retired in 2007. In January of this year he moved to Homestead Nursing Home in Garden City, due to his health and resided there until his passing.
 
John enjoyed fishing, collecting wheat pennies and junk, working on farm equipment, but his greatest enjoyment was farming and eating Kentucky Fried Chicken.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his spouse Debra Hassler; a daughter, Darlo Jo Hassler; two brothers, Benard Hassler and Charles Hassler; and two sisters, Mary (Hassler) Culp and Clara (Hassler) Best.    
 
He is survived by three sons, Justin Hassler of Johnson,Daniel (& wife Diane) Hassler of Johnson, and Jeremy Hassler of Salina, Kan.; two daughters, Dedra Hassler of Salina, and Rachel Hassler of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Algie (& wife Marlene) Hassler of San Diego, Calif., and Houston (& wife Vernea) Hassler of Garden City, Kan.; one sister, Effie Vader of Wichita; four grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.
 
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery, in Syracuse, KS. There Will Be No Visitation.
 
Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, John Hassler Memorial Fund, (To Be Used For Funeral Expenses), and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

William C. Daugherty II

Born on Dec. 31, 1933, William C. Daugherty II (“Bill” or affectionately as “Gramp” to his grandchildren) was born to William S. and Virginia Walter Daugherty.  Bill’s father owned and operated Daugherty’s Drug Store of Syracuse, Kan.  The family drugstore was established in 1909 by Bill’s grandfather, William C. Daugherty.

When Bill’s father moved the family to be a salesman for Eli Lily Drug Company, the family moved from Syracuse to Leavenworth, Kan. where Bill finished the second half of first grade. The family moved again to Hays before finally returning to Syracuse in the fall of 1942 where Bill entered fourth grade.  He would graduate from Syracuse High School with the class of 1951.  Bill attended KU for three semesters where he met Pat on a blind date during the first weekend of September 1951.  He proposed to Patricia Ann Hessling on the first weekend of September 1952.

In April 1953, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and attended boot camp at Camp Roberts in California.  On Sept. 6, 1953, Pat and Bill were married in Kansas City at the Covenant Presbyterian, her church since childhood.  Bill was then stationed with the occupation force at a medical unit in Munich, Germany for two years.

Bill and Pat’s first child, Kathi Sue Sullivan, was born in Munich in January 1955.  In October 1957, William Douglass Daugherty was born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.  Bill and the family returned to Southwest Kansas where he would begin his 50-year career as a registered pharmacist.  A second daughter, Raelynn Daugherty, was born in February 1959 at Syracuse’s Donahue Memorial Hospital.

Bill was working with his father at the Daugherty Drug Store in Syracuse until May 1963 when he purchased Lakin Pharmacy.  Bill and Pat have lived in Lakin, Kan. since.  They, along with their three children, moved into their house at 208 W. Waterman Street, just two blocks from the drugstore.  Bill owned the store and operated the Lakin Pharmacy until retiring in 1996.  He continued to work with local and regional pharmacies as a relief pharmacist until 2009.

Bill loved keeping up with his customers and their children over the years.  He held a variety of leadership and community involvement positions in Kearny County, which included the Lakin City Council, First Presbyterian Church, Area Mental Health Center, Senior Center, Silver-Haired Legislature, and the Rotary Club.  He was also active as treasurer for Boy Scouts of America Troop 35 (an organization in which he was involved in one capacity or another for over 50 years), and the Kearny County Council on Aging.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his two daughters, Kathi and Raelynn.  Bill is survived by his son Doug and wife Sheri, 5 grandchildren, and 7 ½ great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakin with Rev. Rita Stockton officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lakin Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard and the American Legion District #8 Honor Guard.  There will be no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorials to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 35 in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Lakin.  Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by:  Garnand Funeral Home, 508 N. Main St., Lakin, Kansas 67860, 620-355-7575.

Robert Harold Hamilton

Memorial Services for Robert Harold Hamilton will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colo.  Inurnment will follow at the Holly Cemetery with Military Committal Rites provided by the Holly V.F.W. Post #4281 and Lamar V.F.W. Post #3621.

Robert Harold Hamilton, 99, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of Holly, went to his heavenly home on Dec. 16, 2016 in Greeley. 

Harold was born on June 6, 1917 in Groom, Texas to Robert Bruce Hamilton and Neva Hughes Hamilton.  When he was 3 the family moved to Holly. 

He graduated from Holly High School in May 1935.  In September 1940 he entered into the US Army serving during WWII in Germany among other places.

After his discharge in June 1945, he moved to Denver, Colo. where he met and married Virginia Spiller on Oct. 5, 1947. After their marriage, they moved to Holly where Harold was employed by Donahue Motor Company for the next thirty years as the parts manager.  Harold & Virginia had three daughters Kathy, Charmaine and Jan.  They later divorced. 

He was a member of the Holly VFW and Holly Volunteer Fire Department. 

On Feb. 20, 1988 Harold married Aura Bell Thompson Schnabel. They lived south of Holly for many years until moving to Greeley in September 2011 to be closer to family.  They were very devoted to each other in their golden years

Harold was a faithful member of the Star Community Church and loved to read his Bible every day.

Harold was a man of few words, but he had a great smile and was a loving man. He loved to play Skip-Bo everyday with his wife Aura Bell and their friend Jack.

He is survived by his loving wife Aura Bell of Greeley;  daughters, Kathy Glassburn (Bob) of Padroni, Colo., Charmaine Herbel (Gary) of Kingsland, Texas and Janice Michael of Sterling, Colo.;  step-daughters, Kay Anderson (Ernie) of Greeley, Karon Cope (Wayne) of Houston, Texas; step-sons,  Dave Schnabel (Dorothy) of Dodge City, Kan. and Ross Schnabel (Bonni) of Hutchison, Kan.;  grandsons,  Lance McDermed, Jason Glassburn and Blake Michael.  He is also survived by nine step-grandchildren, step- great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Neva Hamilton; grandson, Christopher McDermed; son-in-law,  Jon Michael; siblings,  Irene Souders, Odette Ritchie, Marvin Hamilton, Bernard Hamilton, Helen Moore, Bernice Stultz, Lloyd Hamilton and Hazel Brown.

Memorial donations may be made to the R & R Retreat for Missionaries in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

Helen Ann McClellan

Helen Ann McClellan, 94, of Bella Vista, Ark. died Thursday, June 01, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice House. She was born July 25, 1922 in Hutchinson, Kan. the daughter of Fred and Victoria Vague.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista.

Survivors include, two sons, Wayne McClellan and his wife Adelheid, of Bella Vista, and Dale McClellan, of Kansas; one brother, Fred Vague and wife Erlee, of Kansas; one grandson, Rob McClellan, and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements were made under the direction of Epting Funeral Home located in Bella Vista. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com

Lawrence "Dean" Pointer

Lawrence “Dean” Pointer, age 82, of Ulysses, Kan., went to be with his Lord on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  He was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Hoisington, Kan., the son of Floyd E. and Cleo (Tope) Pointer.

Dean attended Kendall grade school and high school, graduating from Kendall High School.  He married Neva Smith on March 18, 1955.  They were married 62 years.  When Dean and Neva got married, Dean was working at a service station in Lakin, Kan.  Later, he was employed by Acid Engineers, Dowell, and the Helix Gas Plant located in Grant County.  Dean retired after 32 years of service.  Dean and Neva shared a ceramic business for 45 years.  He resided in Ulysses for 54 years with his family, moving into The Legacy at Park View in 2013.  Dean enjoyed singing in the kitchen in the mornings, bowling, hunting, traveling, driving trucks during wheat harvest, eating out, visiting with friends and family, and gardening.  His cookie jar was always filled and ready for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Dean was a loving father and grandfather.  One didn’t visit his home without having to sit down at the table to have a meal or snack.

He is survived by his wife, Neva of their home; children, Doris Greene and husband Jerry of Ulysses, Rodney Pointer of Ulysses, Debra Case of Ozawkie, Kan., Denise Sisk and husband Len of Garden City, Kan., and Deanna Pointer of Ulysses; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Williams of Ulysses; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dean is preceded in death by his parents; Floyd E. and Cleo Pointer; stepfather, Ralph Earnest; brother, Floyd, his wife Glenda, and their son Eugene; nephew, Andrew; granddaughter, Lacey Case; and brother-in-law, Jim Williams.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 10 a.m. (Mountain Time) at the United Methodist Church in Kendall, with Reverend Gina Tyler and Pastor Bob Le Vene officiating.  Graveside service will be Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. (Central Time) at Ulysses Cemetery.  Friends may call on Monday, May 29, 2017, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. (Central Time) at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Rodney and Deanna Pointer Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS  67880.  Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Dean "Bob" Pfannenstiel

Robert Dean "Bob" Pfannenstiel, 77, died on May 23,  2017, after his struggle with cancer. He was born on Sept. 2, 1939, the son of Isidore and Adolphine (Gabel) Pfannenstiel of Munjor, Kan. Bob graduated in 1957 from St. Joseph’s Military Academy in Hays, Kan., and then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for two years. Upon returning from the Army, Bob attended Garden City Juco and Washburn University. He graduated in 1963 from Washburn University with a degree in Business Administration.

Bob married the love of his life, Martha L. Akers on June 10, 1961. From this union came three children, one daughter, Sherry Ann, and two sons, Steven Dean and Brian Keith.   

After college graduation Bob went to work for the Fleming Company. He owned and operated the Pay Day IGA stores in Dodge City and Great Bend, Kan. from 1970-1992. He presently owns the Locker Room.   

Bob was an avid sports lover and supported all local athletic programs, but dearest to his heart was his Pay Day IGA softball teams. He enjoyed watching KU basketball, Notre Dame football and the Kansas City Royals.

Bob was an active member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Knights of Columbus. He served on the board at St. Mary of the Plains College and the Salvation Army.

Survivors include: wife of 56 years, Martha; daughter, Sherry McMahan (Trent) Franklin, Tenn.; son, Steve (Cherie) Jetmore; brothers, Harvey (Peggy) Windsor, Colo., and Jerry, Windsor; sisters, Mary McDonald (Tom) Gilbert, Ariz.; Cora Stockman, Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren, granddaughter, Mandy Shaw (Dillon), Franklin, and grandsons, Scott McMahan, Chattanooga, Tenn., Parker and Austin Pfannenstiel, Jetmore. Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and an abundance of dear friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and his son, Brian Keith.

Vigil service was held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday at the church with Fr. Wesley Schawe presiding. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, with full military rites by Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714 at Military Honors for the State of Kansas. Visitation was held on Friday, May 26 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials to:  Brian Pfannenstiel Memorial Scholarship, Sacred Heart School Endowment Fund, Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame, and Hospice of the Prairie all in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com

Margaret Isabel (Blase) Steitz

Margaret Isabel (Blase) Steitz, 94, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on May 11, 2017. Born Dec. 16, 1922 as the daughter of George and Edna (Finkenbinder) Blase in Syracuse, Kan. She grew up to attend country school in Hamilton County and 8th grade through high school in Syracuse public schools, graduating in 1942. That same year, she met and married Alfred Steitz. To this union, five children were born: Kenneth Eugene, Robert Alfred, Steven Wayne, Joe Alan, and Susan Margaret.
 
Margaret lived in Hamilton County, Kansas for 72 years assisting with the family farm and working as a phone operator for Bell Telephone, a clerk in retail drug stores, and a bookkeeper for Gould Implement Inc. Her final job was as the Hamilton County Register of Deeds, where she won on a write-in vote. She retired to Arizona in 1994, and 13 years later moved to Kansas City, Mo. Margie loved to quilt, sew, bake her famous cinnamon rolls, and enjoy all of the talents of her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered most for her unwavering love of family, friends, and the Lord..
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Edna Blase; her husband, Alfred Steitz; two sons, Kenneth Steitz and Joe Steitz; three brothers, Albert Blase, Adrian Blase, and Alvin Blase; and one sister, Dorothy Blase.
 
She is survived by two sons, Robert (& wife Sandra) Steitz of Kansas City, and Steven (& wife Toni) Steitz of Sun City, Ariz.; a daughter, Susan (& husband Clint) Cole of Weatherby Lake, Mo.; six grandchildren, Chad (& wife Michelle) Steitz of Phoenix, Ariz., Ryan (& wife Shanna) Steitz of Parkville, Mo., Jay (& wife Melody) Steitz of Peoria, Ariz., Justin (& wife Amanda) Steitz of Parkville, Clint III Cole of Weatherby Lake, and Clayton Cole of Weatherby Lake; 10 great grandchildren, Kiven, Kaelyn, Lauryn, Patrick, Jacob, Margaret, Audrey, Leah, Gavin,
and Brody; and nine nieces and nephews and many cousins.
 
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. (MDT) at the First Presbyterian Church in  Syracuse. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse.
 
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, of Syracuse.
 
Condolences may be sent to fellersfh@yahoo.com. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to, First Presbyterian Church, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, P.O. Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.

Robert Bruce Koehn

Robert Bruce Koehn was welcomed into the world on May 21, 1963 by his parents, Chuck and Nadella Koehn in Tribune, Kan. He was the firstborn grandchild of Robert and Mary Evelyn Drew and, he was therefore, proudly named after his Grandpa Bob. His other grandparents, Ed and Esther Koehn, were equally excited to add Bruce to their growing family and list of grandchildren.

Bruce spent his entire childhood in Tribune where he graduated high school in 1981 alongside his life-long classmates and friends. In 1985, Bruce made a historic discovery. Following a big rain, Bruce spotted something near his family farm in Greeley County. It was the tusk of a mammoth protruding from the earth. It caused quite a commotion around western Kansas for some time and caught national attention as well. An archaeological dig ensued and the mammoth's first stop was Greeley County historical museum per Bruce's request.

He left Tribune and headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to learn to fly and became a pilot. After getting his pilot’s license, he moved back to Tribune to use his new skills as a crop duster and also volunteered as an emergency medical technician. This work was followed by many other interesting occupations and experiences in Colorado and Utah where he was also baptized into the Mormon faith.

He eventually returned to Tribune and worked in the oil and gas industry installing and maintaining wells. He was talented and his dad taught him and his younger brother, Mike, how to build or repair most anything. His adventures continued there in Tribune and his artistic abilities shown brightly as he single-handedly designed and built his own very unique home. His creativity and ingenuity had no boundaries!  This home was always filled with fun, friends and laughter. When he was not at home, he could be found at his mom and dad’s farm home sipping from his signature giant Quick Shop soft drink, chatting and telling stories. He especially loved when his three nieces came to town for a visit!   They couldn’t wait to see what fun crafts or adventures their awesome Uncle Bruce had in store for them at Grandma’s house!

Bruce had an intense interest in people. He wanted to learn from them and about them. When he had a conversation with someone, he had the ability to make him or her feel as though they were the most important, most interesting person in the world. He listened intently and truly cared and wanted to know. He was kind and generous to a fault. He even obtained his hypnotherapy license in hopes of helping others through therapy as well. He was a giver who gave quickly, easily and without regret--never wanting or expecting anything in return.

He was his own man and a free spirit. He typically wanted nothing to do with conventional ways or means. He was proud and independent. He was special and determined to live his life on his own terms.

He made the decision in early 2012 to leave the dust and wheat fields of Kansas to chase his dream of living a carefree life in the sun, sand and on the sea!  He packed up a bus he’d built and said goodbye to his family and friends and moved to Panama City Beach, Florida. During the off-season, he worked at Largo Mar Condominiums where the residents loved and relied on him for maintenance (and friendship!). During tourist season, he was a part of Paradise Adventure Tours and worked on the crew of a catamaran. He was most at peace on the water and the marina was his favorite place to be--making friends and meeting many kind people who also grew to love our Bruce.

During the last month of his life, he quietly fought a difficult battle with severe pneumonia and passed away suddenly on April 8, 2017. His life ended in Florida filled with the things he loved--interesting people, freedom and the ocean waters.

Bruce was loved by everyone that met him. His huge heart, silly giggle and big smile will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his Uncle Charlie Dunham, Grandpa Ed Koehn, Grandpa Bob Drew and Grandma Esther Koehn. He is survived by his Grandma, Evelyn Drew of Syracuse, Kan.; his parents, Chuck and Nadella Koehn of Tribune, Kan.; his brother, Mike Koehn, sister-in-law Rhonda Koehn and his beloved niece Emily Koehn all of Castle Rock, Colo.; his sister, Charene Crosby and his beloved nieces Brooke and Drew Biermeier all of Frisco, Texas; his Aunt Rene, Aunt Jo and all of his cousins (Jeff, Brenda, Barbara, Ron, Bev and Steve) and their families; as well as many friends across the country, and… his best friend, companion and pet dog, Hiway.

A celebration of Bruce’s life is planned in Panama City Beach, Florida with a sunset cruise on the catamaran on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Family and friends are also planning a graveside memorial in Tribune.

Please visit www.kentforestlawn.com to post memories, pictures and condolences.

Grace B. Crist

Grace B. Crist, 91, died on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Homestead Assisted Living in Garden City, Kan.  She was born March 8, 1926, in rural northwest Hamilton County, Kansas, to Daniel and Erma (Schenbeck) Bruchy.  At about age four, her family moved to Holcomb, Kansas, where she attended school and, on May 18, 1944, graduated as valedictorian at Holcomb High School. 

She married Leland Crist on Oct. 13, 1946 at Anthony, Kan.  They lived and farmed near Friend, Kan., and together raised four children: Johnny, Danny, Mel, and Jacque.  Grace was a housewife and helped on the farm with day-to-day tasks.  She taught Sunday school at Prairie View Church of the Brethren for many years and served on the Friend School Board of Education.  During this time, she also learned to fly.  She obtained her private pilot’s license in 1961, a commercial license in 1975, and became instrument rated in 1979.  Grace enjoyed flying immensely.  She was a member of the Kansas and International Ninety-Nines, an international organization of licensed women pilots, and was very active in the local Cimarron Chapter. 

In 1970, she moved to Garden City.  She had various employers in Garden City including the Garden City Municipal Airport (Garden Air, Inc.), Security Savings and Loan, and KSU Farm Management as a bookkeeper/tax preparer.  Early into retirement, she was a part-time substitute teacher for USD 457.  She went to college as a non-traditional student and graduated cum laude from Saint Mary of the Plains College in 1981 with a B.A. in Business Administration.  Grace thrived on education and throughout her life was always eager to learn new things on any subject matter.        

Grace was a member of the Garden City Church of the Brethren, where she taught Sunday school for many years.  She entertained frequently in her home for family, friends, and Women’s Fellowship.  She enjoyed traveling and traveled Europe extensively.  A highlight was retracing her father’s footsteps during his service abroad in WWI.  Among her many other interests were cooking and baking, flower gardening, bird watching, reading, crocheting, volunteering, genealogical research, and spending quality time with her family.  Grace was a member of the Finney County Historical Society, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, the local TOPS club, and other organizations throughout her lifetime.  She will be remembered most for the unconditional love she showed to others and for her endearing wit and charm.

Left to honor Grace and remember her love are her four children, Johnny (Leveta) Crist, Danny (Nancy) Crist, Mel (Jane) Crist, and Jacque Crist-Dabney; her grandchildren, Kelly Crist, Jeremy Crist, Elissa Crist, Darrin (Audrey) Crist, Sara (Marcus) Jones, Danny (Krystal) Crist Jr., Todd (Amber) Crist, Toye (Darren) Wheatley, and Katrina (Julian) Brown; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jarvis (Kay) Bruchy, sisters Lola Richards, Doris McAdams, and Orrilla (Jerry) Stonehocker, and nephew, Troy McAdams.  
 
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, April 19, at the Church Of Brethren in Garden City with Von Hunn officiating.  Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.  Memorials are suggested to either the Church Of The Brethren or Friends Of Lee Richardson Zoo in care of Garnand Funeral Home.  Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

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