Tuesday, July 17, 2018

High School building open

Fred Whitman who now owns the high school building, will have the building open for viewing on Saturday the 21st. It will be open all day.

Saturday, July 14, 2018



The Prophets are returning!!


The band the "Prophets" are coming out of hiatus to preform at the Paradise School Reunion.

As usual there will be a DJ. After the DJ is done, the Prophets will play. 

There will be Prophet T-shirts for sale. These collector T-shirts will be on sale at the reunion for 18.00 dollars. They are shown at the bottom of this post.

Here is a little history of the Prophets.

                                                  History of "The Prophets" Band

In 1962 Gene Angel and Dan Hoisington of Paradise, along with a couple of other friends, decided to take guitar lessons from a musician in Russell, Kansas. After a few months they decided to start their own band and, while kicking around names,  heard a band on the radio called "Sam the Sham and the Pharoes" which inspired the name "The Prophets".

To complete the band, Gene and Dan asked Ronnie Hendershott of Natoma if he would be interested in joining them and he agreed to play the guitar.  Still needing a bass player, they talked to Dennis Finch of Natoma who agreed to play the bass guitar.  Dan then switched to drums.

In the summer of 1963, after several weeks of practicing, the group decided to enter a talent contest in Plainville, Kansas where they took second place.   Encouraged by this, they booked the American Legion in Lucas, Kansas and put up posters advertising their first public dance.  The first dance was a success and, while there was a good crowd of teenagers in attendance, there were also a few older folks who thought "The Prophets" was a religious group.  It didn't take long for these older people to leave!

"The Prophets" continued to practice and book more dances. Their popularity continued to grow and they soon found themselves playing most Saturday evenings in central Kansas.  About 1965 they added a trumpet player and sax player who continued to play off and on for a few years. Soon they expanded their horizons and started playing for dances all over Kansas and in a few Nebraska towns.  They built a band trailer to haul their equipment and started playing on both Friday and Saturday nights.

"The Prophets" continued to make music throughout their time in high school. In 1967 Gene Angel left for college so this brought a temporary halt to the band.  However, from time to time they would still play few dances in the area. Ronnie Hendershott and Dan Hoisington played together in a band in Manhattan, Kansas during 1968 and Dennis Finch graduated from high school so the band members went their separate ways.

Eventually, the band members moved back to the Russell area and opened their own Honky Tonk in Paradise, Kansas.  This would have been around 1973 and the name of their band was changed to "Paradise".  The dances in Paradise became quite large with kids from far and near coming to town.  Most Saturday nights found Main Street full of cars and kids.  In one stretch "The Prophets" played 63 consecutive Saturdays. They also played numerous wedding dances and at clubs in the area.  As Dennis Finch was an artist, the band sold many t-shirts and sweatshirts that he designed.  These shirts are still somewhat popular today as, from time to time, Dennis is still asked if he has any "Prophets" shirts for sale.

As most members were raising families it was decided to close the Honky Tonk in 1977.  In 1988 the Natoma, Kansas Labor Day committee asked the "Prophets" to get together and play once more at their Labor Day celebration. They agreed to play one more time together so the dance was billed the "One Stop World Tour".

Gene Angel now owns a ranch and has an accounting business in Natoma, Kansas. Ronnie Hendershott lives in Hays, Kansas and is now retired from the music business .  Dennis Finch is a minister in Beloit and Dan Hoisington is retired.  All that can be said is " You are never too old to Rock & Roll."

Check out their pictures here on the blog.  


Be sure and get your t-shirts at the reunion. They will be $18.00.
Contact Dan Hoisington for advanced orders. post@gorhamtel.com


Paradise Pirate 2018 Reunion T-Shirts 
For Sale
Order ASAP to pick up at the Paradise Alumni Reunion

Bargain price
$10.00 each
Orange or Black

Order ASAP by sending an email
Dan Hoisington
call Deb Maupin  
in the evenings.

There will also be some available at the reunion.
The Alumni Association is selling these.

Monday, July 9, 2018


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Class of 1941

Ruben passed on June 12, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.  
He was the son of Carl and Anna Webster and was born on a farm outside of Paradise on November 6, 1922. 
Survivors include his daughter, Charlene Sumner(Doug), two granddaughters Traci Denil and Lauri Deheck (Kirk), three great grandsons John Joseph Denil, Jacob Ruben and Mason Deheck, brothers Jerry of Landenberg, PA and Alvin of Russell, KS, two sisters Connie Anderson (John) of Osborn, KS and Anita Swarts of Kansas City, KS.  
He was preceded in death by his wife Adeline, his parents, two brothers Dean and Chester and sister Carol.  
Ruben loved the outdoors by playing golf, hunting, and fishing. He loved to travel seeing most of the 50 states and enjoying ocean cruises.  He left this world saying he "left nothing unsaid or nothing left undone".  
A celebration of his life will be scheduled in the future.

Sunday, July 8, 2018



Adrienne Joyner posted this on facebook this morning . . . . .

"For those of you who have called and texted for updates on Dad, we decided to start a caringbridge site to keep everyone informed. Thank you all for your love and support. We are gladly taking all we can get right now."

Devin Strecker gave me permission to put it on the blog.
They will keep this updated for all of us.  Please pray for Glen and his family.  Also, for Glen's medical team.  Thank You!

Click on

Glen Strecker Medical Update

Sunday, June 3, 2018



Vada Marie (Dwinelle) Krumwiede, 77,
 of Salina, 

joined her Lord and Savior 

Thursday, May 31, 2018.

She was born Dec. 9, 1940, to Ray and Edith Dwinelle
in Paradise. Vada married Lynn Krumwiede, Dec. 5, 1959.

Survivors include:
her husband, Lynn; 

four daughters, Kim George (Rick) of Salina, Darlene Bedford (Dave) of Lenexa, JoyHarbaugh (Chad) of Culver, and Jenny Garcia (Paul) of Cedar Falls, Iowa;
nine grandchildren, Keith and Audrey George, Megen and David Bedford Jr., Kaleigh and Ashlyn Harbaugh, and Derek, Avery and William Garcia.
She was preceded by: her parents; brother, Marvin; sisters, Betty McNeal (Robert), and Sharon Leiker-Houser.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Salina.
Burial will follow in Gypsum Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials to:
Trinity Lutheran Church,
in care of the funeral home.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


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The USD 399 Natoma-Paradise-Waldo Board of Education has voted six-to-one to transition to a four-day school week starting this fall.
The Board hosted community meetings over the last few months to discuss the possibility of the change.
The Board actually voted down the change earlier this year, but according to Superintendent Larry Geist, reconsidered it at a meeting Tuesday because of new budget figures.

Sunday, April 15, 2018



Funeral Services
will be
April 21st - 2:00 pm
Dove Cremations & Funerals - Southwest
3700 SW Wanamaker Rd
Topeka, KS

Please feel free to click on the above link to Share MEMORIES
Also, click on "Memorial Video."


Jerald (Jerry) A. Ross, 67,
was born December 12, 1950, at Russell, Kansas, the son of Lee E. and Mary Catherine (Quint) Ross, and died April 12, 2018, at his home.  Jerry graduated from Luray High School in 1969.  He loved high school sports and played football at Butler County Community College.  He then transferred to Fort Hays State University where he graduated with an Industrial Arts degree in 1973.  On April 12, 1975, he married Cindy Borger in Meade, Kansas.  Jerry and Cindy were blessed with three children—Jennifer, Jeralyn and Jonathan.

Jerry loved wheat harvest.  In his younger years he owned and operated a custom cutting business and traveled from Oklahoma to South Dakota.  Later he enjoyed giving his kids and grandkids a ride on the combine.  He was proud to teach his son and grandsons about the farming operation.  He also enjoyed reminiscing about the “good old days” growing up on the family farm west of Luray.  In more recent years, he loved attending his grandchildren’s many sporting events as he was proud of each and every one.  Jerry also had many odd jobs over the years including working at Larned State Hospital as an MHDD.  His most recent job was a cashier at Russell Travel Center where he enjoyed meeting new people, as he never met a stranger.

Throughout his life, Jerry was a member of various civic organizations including the Bunker Hill Lions Club and the local Kiwanis Club.  While his family was actively involved in 4-H, he served on the Russell County Fair Board.  He was also proud to be a Russell County Commissioner for several years.  Jerry was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and had served on the Property Committee.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.

Surviving family includes Cindy of the home, daughters Jennifer McNett (Douglas) of Larned, Kansas, and Jeralyn Jefferson (Ellis) and son, Jonathan Ross (Heather), of Russell, Kansas.  Jerry was also blessed to have 9 grandchildren:  Ross, Reed, Ella and Emma McNett; Jasmine and Ellise Jefferson; and Brygette, Jaxon and Karrsyn Ross.  He is also survived by 7 brothers--Joe Ross (Carol), Abilene, KS; Richard Ross (Jeanette), Olathe, KS; Kelly Ross, Oklahoma City, OK; Gary Ross, Plano, TX; Brad Ross (Linda), Raymore, MO; Robert Ross, Nashville, TN, and Harlan Ross (Kim), Manhattan, KS; 2 sisters--Cathy Nelson (Larry) and Mary Pat Waymaster (Lance), both of Russell, KS, as well as many nieces and nephews, and his mother-in-law, Katherine Borger, of Meade, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Mary Catherine Ross.

Funeral Service 

 St. John Lutheran Church 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 10:30 A.M.  

Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018,

Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary 

Family will greet people from 6 to 7 P.M.
The family has set up a memorial  
to Pheasants Forever or St. John’s Lutheran church 
and sent in care of the mortuary.

I am taking the liberty to post one more picture of Jerry and his brothers.
This is such a wonderful picture of a close family, the Ross family.
All of them are strikingly handsome!
This was on facebook with Janette (Angel) Ross saying  . . . .

"In this "wild, crazy" brother lineup:
Joe, Jerry, Richard, Kelly, Gary, Brad, 
Bobby and Harlan!

All looking so handsome in their tuxes from Harlan and Kim's wedding!
Jerry will be missed."

Friday, March 30, 2018



Angela J. McNeal A
Angela Janice (Krob) McNeal
passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
at Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, Kansas
at the age of 75.
Angela was born on September 24, 1942 in Plainville to the late Charles and Donavene (Benedick) Krob.
Her early childhood days were spent growing up on the farm near Fairport, Kansas. Later the family moved to a farm near Woodston, Kansas where she attended country school before attending Paradise High School with the Class of 1960. It was here she met the
love of her life, Denzil McNeal. They were united in marriage on December 28, 1958 at the Paradise Methodist Church.

Angela was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and neighbor. Her family was the center of her life, and if she knew you, you were considered family. A talented homemaker, she enjoyed making and sharing baby quilts, afghans, alphabet & number books, pillows, and crocheted doilies. She was an amazing cook, and always made sure that no one left her table hungry. She liked relaxing with her color books and was an avid collector of salt and pepper shakers. Her love for her family was second only to her love for her Lord. She was a member of Plainville Nazarene Church and relished the time she spent with her church family in worship and fellowship.

Angela is survived by her husband Denzil McNeal of the home in Stockton; 

children Teri McAmoil and husband Dan of Penokee, D.J. McNeal and wife Kathy of Natoma, Devin McNeal of Ozark, MO, and LaDonna Shetterly of Stockton; 
sisters Pam Terry and husband Charles of Bakersfield, CA, and Shiela Jones of Plainville; 
brother Tim Krob and wife Amanda of Garfield; 
grandchildren Chris Crawford, Melanie and Jason Nelson, April and Vincent Hofstetter, Ed and Cierra McAmoil, Dawn and Brett Horyna, Crystal Lehmann, Amanda and Joe Wagner, Jeremy and Stefanie McNeal, Danielle McNeal, Kyle Burch, Kelley Burch, TJ and Chelsea Butler, Miles and Julia Shetterly, Alex Shetterly, and Raymond and Breanna Shetterly; 
great-grandchildren Madalyn, Claudia, Sada, Tate, Jase, Emma, Adaline, Waylon, Elizabeth, Cody, Nathan, Tyler, Kaitlyn, Aubrey, Kira, Evelyn, Miya, Kolby, Maggy, Connor, Carter, Christopher, and Levi.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Donavene Krob.

The Psalmist David said, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him.” Angela was a woman of strong faith who trusted every aspect of her life to the hands of her Lord. Although we love and miss her greatly, we rejoice that the strength and protection He gave her is no longer needed, for now her trust has found fulfillment in the same loving hands that have now carried her home.
Funeral Services will be held 
at 10:00am on Monday, April 2, 2018 
at Plainville Nazarene Church.
Burial will follow at Cedar Bluff Cemetery in Osborne County. 
Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00pm on Sunday 
at the funeral home in Plainville 
with family receiving friends from 4:30-6:00pm. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018



Alice Wiggs
August 28, 1940 - March 10, 2018
Funeral Service:
March 13, 2018  
Cemetery Service:
March 13, 2018 

          Alice Wiggs, age 77 of Jonesboro, died Saturday, March 10, 2018
 in the Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. She was born 
August 28, 1940 in San Diego, CA, the daughter of Lester and Helen (Dodson) 
Pfortmiller. She married James Wiggs Sr. on May 30, 1964 in Harrington, KS.           Alice is survived by her loving husband of fifty three years, James Wiggs 
Sr. of Jonesboro; son, James Jr. (Gail) Wiggs of Dix; six grandchildren, 
Joshua, Emilee, and Jacob Wiggs, Dean and Matt Renaud and Lynette Glover; 
three sisters, Thelma Hutchinson of Russell, KS, Susan Kohler of Lawrence, KS 
and Loa Gordan of Topeka, KS; other relatives and many friends. 
She was preceded in death by her parents.           Alice was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. 
She was a graduate of the University of Kansas, finishing in the top 10 
in her class. She has always been proud to be a Jayhawk alumni. 
Alice was an elementary school teacher for many years until her 
retirement.           Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018 
in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek with Pastor Mark Hasty officiating. 
Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery. 
Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church. 

March 10, 2018
Alice's sister, Loa, posted this on facebook . . . . 
"I received a call early this morning from my nephew letting me know that my sister, Alice Wiggs, had passed away in her sleep at 6:15 this morning. She had multiple health issues and had very recently gone through a lot of changes - being hospitalized and then going to a rehab center in Illinois. She was 77 and was a wonderful, funny, spunky person that I will miss a great deal. Mom and her are together now, with all the rest of the family.

Jim and Alice with their son, Jimmy and his wife Gail

Back row
Loa, Alice, Thelma

Front row
Alice Whitman, Helen, Sue 

 Alice and Jim's grandchildren

Sunday, December 31, 2017



In Loving Memory of

Helen Maud Burger

1918 - 2017

 Helen and her youngest daughter - Loa

Helen and Harold - 1970
Helen and Loa - Helen's 99th Birthday

Helen Maud (Dodson) Pfortmiller Burger, 99, Topeka, passed from this life the morning of December 29th at Plaza West Care Center. Helen was born October 5, 1918 in Lincoln County, Kansas, the daughter of Walter and Maude (Bishop) Dodson. She graduated from Paradise High School in 1936. Helen married Lester Pfortmiller in 1938; he preceded her in death in 1942. Helen married Harold Burger in 1949; he preceded her in death in 2003. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Hazel (C. Everett) Harrell; brother, Charles (Ila Mae) Dodson; sister, Alice (Fred) Whitman; sister, Elma (H.M. "Jack") Lowder; brother, Howard Dodson and brother, Walter Dodson. 

She is also survived by her four daughters; Thelma Hutchinson of Great Bend, KS, Alice Wiggs of Jonesboro, IL, Ellen Sue Koehler of Lawrence, KS, and Loa Gordon of Topeka, KS, 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Neva Lee (Hoskins) Dodson.

Helen's family thanks the staff at Plaza West Care Center and Midland Hospice Care for their services.

Helen's request to be cremated has been honored. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Dove Cremation and Funeral Service, Topeka, KS. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Midland Hospice Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017



Charlotte Pierson David, her husband, Roger and her daughter, Jessica
work constantly to promote Fairport.

Charlotte was honored by receiving the Business Excellence Award 2017.  

Their "Fairport Knight" received the award.  

Charlotte stated -
" We are beyond proud to receive the 2017 Kansas Department of Commerce Business Excellence Award and the Northwest Kansas Regional Retail Award. We would like too thank the Russell County ED/CVB, Kansas Commerce Business Appreciation Program, Russell County commissioners, and everyone else that believes in us and Fairport, Kansas. Thank you so very much."

They sell this T-Shirt

For those on facebook you can check out Fairport Knight ← click here.


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                                 Garnett Angel, Ruth Bartlett, Beth Whitman, Florence Thompson

Wonderful Sunday in Paradise celebrating the 90th birthday's for Garnett Angel, Ruth Bartlett and Beth Whitman.  They were honored for their 90th birthday's (this past summer), as members of the Paradise United Methodist Church and their diligent work in the church and very active work in the United Methodist Women (UMW)!!
Each received a corsage and very kind words of each of their accomplishments from Bonnie Thompson
 (UMW President) and new pastor of the church, Rev Stacy Ellsworth!
Also joining these ladies was another good friend, Florence Thompson, who also turned 90 this past summer! 

Gene Angel (son), escorted his mother and daughter, Jan Ross, pinned on Garnett's corsage!
Sandy Meade, Beth's daughter and Vickie Elliott, Ruth's niece, pinned corsages on their mother and aunt respectively!

Back row - Bonnie Thompson, Pastor Stacy Ellsworth
Front row - Garnett Angel, Ruth Bartlett, Beth Whitman

I love this picture.
Can't you just see them start talking as soon as their picture was taken?

Mason, Gene, Lynn, Ryan, Janette, Richard
and Garnett

After church, a wonderful salad luncheon was enjoyed by everyone, 
followed by cake. 
The families wish to Thank the Paradise United Methodist Church, Pastor Stacy, Bonnie Thompson and those that worked so hard to make it a such a special memory and fantastic day for the Birthday Gal's.
Thank You to Joyce Thompson, Mona Hoisington, Bonnie Thompson, Deb Maupin, Mollie Haberer, Tammy Schultze and Janice Lund.