Wednesday, June 28, 2017



Dru Daniel Miller, 36, of Gorham, Kansas
passed away Friday, June 16, 2017
after a yearlong courageous battle with brain cancer,
with his family by his side.
Dru was born July 17, 1980 in Owasso, Michigan, the son of Duane and Donnie Miller.  He grew up in Opelousas, Louisiana and graduated from Acadiana Preparatory School.  He then attended three years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette before graduating from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.
Dru met and fell in love with Jenna Stout on the set of the FHSU television station and was united in marriage on September 25, 2004 in Russell.  This union was blessed with six children; Conner, Christian, Janessa, Malachi, Matthias and Jenson.  They have made their home in Gorham.
Dru was a District Manager for Cochran Chemical Company since 2013.  Before that he worked in sales for Rural Tel and NexTech.  He was a member of the St. Philomena’s Chapel of Gorham.  He served on the Gorham City Council, the Gorham Community Development Association, revived the Gorham Street Dance and was instrumental in the new Gorham City Park.  He enjoyed coaching his children’s softball and baseball teams, fishing, and cheering on his beloved New Orleans Saints. He was an avid sports fan. Dru was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle and godfather. He was always zealous in his traditional Catholic faith.
Dru is survived by his wife Jenna of the home: children, Conner Miller (11), Christian Miller (10), Janessa Miller (8), Malachi Miller (6), Matthias Miller (4) and Jenson Miller (2); father, Duane Miller of Russell; sister, Micah (Miller) Becker (Ryan) of Russell: In-laws Will & Patti Stout of Natoma; Brothers-in-law Shane Stout, Derek Schutte, and Ryan Becker; Sisters-in-law Mari Jo Stout, Diana Schutte, and Michelle Stout; 7 nieces, 2 nephews, and a nephew on the way.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Donnie Miller; brother, David Miller, and nephew and godson, Dyron Schutte.
A Solemn Requiem High Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Gorham Senior Center.  Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Gorham.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell.  A Vigil and Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday at the Mortuary.  A Memorial Fund has been established as Dru Miller Medical Fund.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017



Lloyd Dean Elliott

Dean ElliottLloyd Dean Elliott, 91, of Waldo, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, Kansas.
Dean was born on December 14, 1925 to Lloyd Elvin and Barbara Ruth (Herrick) Elliott. He grew up on the family farm near Waldo and graduated from the Covert High School in May 1943. He was married to Verna Viola McReynolds on February 10, 1946. Dean worked all of his life as a farmer/stockman in the Waldo area. He was involved in the Osborne County Sheep Association, served on the township board, and was an active member of the Waldo United Methodist Church.
Surviving family include his children, Richard Elliott (Catherine) of Waldo, Shirley Welk (Harold) of Hutchinson, and Kendall Elliott (Vickie) of Russell, nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and sister, Marilyn Hoopes (Larry) of Wichita.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Verna; and daughter, Cynthia.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10 AM at the Waldo United Methodist Church in Waldo, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Natoma Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday, June 20 from 2 PM to 8 PM at Clark-Gashaw Mortuary in Osborne, Kansas and Wednesday from 9 AM to service time at the church in Waldo. The family will be present to greet friends Wednesday morning.

Memorials may be given to the Waldo United Methodist Church or the Waldo Senior Center in care of Clark-Gashaw Mortuary in Osborne, Kansas who is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, June 5, 2017



    June 10 at A Fairport Knight 
    Main Street in Fairport!

    The George Brothers 

    (Country, red dirt, comedy)

    Please bring your lawn chairs.
    Beer garden, soda, and water! 
    Popcorn also.

    for making this concert possible.

    Able Bail Bonds/Shawn Baltazor/Salina
    Barbs Bail Bonds/JoAnn Hashenberger/Natoma
    Bar S Ranch/Stielow & Dickerson families/Paradise
    Comfort Pro. Inc./Barry Stalcup/Russell
    Community Bank of the Midwest/ Otis
    Descendants of WR & Edna Bricker
    Fossil Creek Inn & Suites/Barry Carter/ Russell
    Gorham Telephone Co./Gorham
    Hammersmith Electric/Gorham
    Lanas Flower Company/Lana & Mickey/Russell
    Laurence Schlyer/Recycler/Russell
    Lone Wolf/Eric McQuade/Hays
    Meridys Restaurant/Russell
    R B Electric/ Gorham
    Rohleder Auction & Realty/ Russell
    Rural Routes Photography/Greg Rud/Lucas
    Russell County Eco Development & CVB/Russell
    Russell Livestock/Russell
    Schremmer Auction & Realty/Great Bend
    Stein's Designs/Brian Steinert/Russell
    Victoria Lumber Co./Victoria

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Christina Louise Elliott - Class of 1940


Christina Louise Elliott, 93, Hays, 
a resident of the
Hays Good Samaritan Society, 
passed away
 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Hays Med.

She was born June 15, 1923 south of Russell, Kansas the daughter of Albert and Christina “Lottie” (Richter) Corwin.  Louise lived her early life on the family farm near Paradise, Kansas and graduated from Paradise Rural High School in 1940. 
On October 4, 1944 she was united in marriage to Arvis Nathan Elliott in Russell.  After Arvis’s discharge from military service, they returned to Kansas and made their home on a farm near Paradise.  Four children were born to this union; Vicki, Dwight, Paul, and Arlene.

In 1963, they moved to Paradise and Louise began her retail sales career at Brown’s Grocery Store.  
In 1975, she began work at the TG&Y and then Pamida store at Russell.  
She retired from retail sales in 1990.  In 1987, Arvis and Louise moved to Hays due to Arvis’s health.  
They were members of the Paradise United Methodist Church for many years, where she was an active member of the UMW, and transferred their membership to the First United Methodist Church of Hays.  Louise became a member of the Ruth Circle and enjoyed the fellowship and embroidering towels for their projects.  Louise was a wonderful cook; she enjoyed making family dinners and making sure that everyone had plenty to eat.
Survivors include her children; Vicki McDowell and husband Jim of Lucas, Kansas, Dwight Elliott and wife Laura of Owasso, OK, Paul Elliott of Dodge City, KS, and Arlene Morgan and husband Pat of Wichita, a sister Violet Herring of McPherson, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arvis in 1998, three sisters; Amy, Ruby, and Norma Lee, and five brothers; Albert “Bud”, Donald, Clarence, Richard, and Chester.

A celebration of Louise’s life 
will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017 
at the First United Methodist Church, 305 W. 7th Street, Hays.  
Burial will follow in the Mt. Herman Cemetery in Paradise, Kansas.  
Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until service time on Saturday at the church. 
Memorials are suggested to the Hays Good Samaritan Society, the Paradise United Methodist Church, or to the First United Methodist Church of Hays, in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays. 
Condolences may be left for the family at

Monday, May 8, 2017

HAROLD HUDNALL - 1934-2017 - CLASS OF 1952

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A link to a video
has been added at the bottom
of this post.

 Harold D. Hudnall, 82, died May 8, 2017, at his Great Bend residence. 

Harold graduated from Paradise High School in 1952

Harold was born Oct. 12, 1934 at Fairport, 
the son of Harry and Edra Mae (Brown) Hudnall. 
He married Velda Marie Steinle Oct. 6, 1957, at Russell.

He began working as bookkeeper and counter salesman for Scheufler Supply Company, Russell, in 1953 and became store manager in 1959. In 1966, Harold was promoted to general manager of the American Parts System (APS) Great Bend Distribution Center and the Big A Auto Parts Company stores, which had purchased Scheufler Supply.  In 1981, he supervised the building of the new 65,000-square-feet APS Distribution Center and Big A Company store, which served nearly 100 Big A stores in Kansas and surrounding states. He credited the company’s success to the Lord and the outstanding efforts and dedication of his many employees.

Mr. Hudnall was a Great Bend resident since 1967. He was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Berlin Crisis in 1962. He enjoyed playing golf and working on his 1956 Chevrolet.

Harold was a member of American Legion Argonne Post 180, served as president of Great Bend Kiwanis, Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship, and the Vintage Wheels Car Club. He served on the boards of directors of the American Red Cross, the Commission on Aging and the Great Bend Petroleum Club. Harold was a member of Faith Community Church.

Survivors include his wife, Velda Hudnall, of the home; one son, Todd Hudnall and his wife Kelly of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Roxanne Weingartner and her husband Bill of Arvada, Colo., and Joy Sederwall and her husband Bryan of Arvada, Colo.; two sisters: Karen Jakub of Derby, and Connie Jahnke of Tucson, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren, Faith Hudnall, Luke Hudnall, Amber Lammers, Emily Rindels, Noah Sederwall, Jakan Sederwall and Jonah Sederwall. He was preceded in death by one brother, Harry "Bud" Hudnall, Jr., and one sister, Dorothy Wilson.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017,
at Faith Community Church in Great Bend,
with Pastors Todd Hudnall and Sandy Kennedy officiating.
Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery
with military rites by Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017,
at Bryant Funeral Home.
 Memorials have been established with
Faith Community Church
 Barton Community College Foundation
Harold Hudnall Scholarship Fund,
in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

Click on this link and scroll down to the bottom 

for a beautiful video of Harold and his family.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle are experiencing many fires at this time.
Please pray for those that are involved with the fires - those that are losing their homes and land and those that are working so hard to put the fires out.

This article came out in the Hutchinson News at 1:00 pm today - 3/7/2017.
Scroll down to see the picture of Brad and read the "clip" about him helping the firefighters.

BRAD THOMPSON - Hutchinson - Fires

Thank You Brad!  We are praying for everyone to be safe.

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The above link was on facebook from a friend of ours - Martha Sexton Bowen - that now lives in Hutchinson.
This was her comments on her post . . . .

Elkhart friends, this article mentions and quotes former Elkhart resident, Brad Thompson, he's the owner of Bridgman Oil. We buy our propane from him. He's been filling firetrucks for two days nonstop. Such a nice guy! Remember those people who help our firemen too!"

I commented in the comments below Martha's post and she responded by saying . . .
Everyone loves Brad. He used to be a volunteer at Strataca too."
Rodney Simmons, from Elkhart, also commented . . . .
Brad knows what it takes he was a volunteer fireman in Elkhart back in the day hats off to him and the firefighters."

Thursday, February 9, 2017


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Shelly K. Wedel, 55, of Lenexa, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at her home.
Shelly was born February 3, 1962 in Manhattan, KS, to Roger William Heitschmidt and Karen Fae Jakub.  She graduated from Derby Senior High School in 1980 and went on to attend Kansas State University.  She married Monte Wedel May 14, 1983 in Wichita, KS.   Shelly volunteered her time helping the elderly and special needs children.
She is survived by her children, Preston Wayne Wedel, Makenzie Kay Wedel; her father, Roger William Heitschmidt and wife Joyce; mother, Karen Fae Jakub and husband Keith; a grandson, Sannto Price DeMint; a sister, Kim Marie Motley and husband Gregg; brother, Jerry William Heitschmidt and wife Nancy; and former spouse, Monte Wedel.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 10 at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee. 
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Vineyard Church of Overland Park, 8301 Lamar Ave, Overland Park, KS 66207.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


.Elaine Marie (Schuler) Hilger, 52, of Russell, Kansas,
passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her home with her family by her side.
Elaine was born July 27, 1964 in Russell, the daughter of Albert, Jr. and Marilee Jo (Austin) Schuler.  She grew up in the Waldo, Kansas area and graduated from Lucas/Luray High School in the Class of ’82.  She then received a Travel/Tourism Degree from Brown Mackey College. In 1983 she returned home to take care of her mother.  Then in 1988 she received a B.S. Business Education Degree from Ft. Hays State University.
Elaine was united in marriage to Patrick Hilger on July 31, 1987 in Russell, Kansas.  This union was blessed with six children; Rachel, Nathan, Christopher, Sarah, Seth, Maria and Jamie.  They made their home in Hays, Kansas for a couple of years before moving to Lawrence, Kansas.  While living in Lawrence, Elaine worked as a Legal Secretary and Para Legal for Frank Taylor while Patrick finished Pharmacy school.  Then in 1992, they moved to Russell where she was a devoted wife and homemaker, as well as, very active as an accountant and bookkeeper with Pat at the Pharmacy.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she helped in the children’s classes and taught religious classes.  She was very active in the St. Mary’s Choir for over 30 years where she sang at weddings and church services. She started Cantoring in 1995 and Cantored over 250 funerals. She was a member of P.E.O., Delta Mu Sorority and the Russell Council of Catholic Women.
Surviving family include her husband Patrick of the home; six children, Nathan Hilger of New York, New York, Rachel Sipe (Chris), Christopher Hilger, Sarah Hilger, Seth Hilger, and Maria Hilger all of Russell, Kansas; brothers, Michael Schuler (Malissa) of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Mark Schuler (Jeanette) of Manhattan, Kansas; sisters, Marianne Ward (Kirk) of Perry, Oklahoma, Melanie Waymaster (Chuck) of Lawrence, Kansas and Marilyn Cederberg (Kevin) of Augusta, Kansas, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant, Jamie Lynn on November 21, 1999.
Celebration of the Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at St. Mary, Queen of Angels Catholic Church of Russell.  Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Russell.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Friday, January 13, 2017, at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.  Vigil and Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM, Friday at St. Mary, Queen of Angels Catholic Church.  A Memorial has been established with St. Mary, Queen of Angels Catholic Church Handicap Project or MSA Coalition.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Merry Christmas

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Saturday, November 12, 2016



Comments are on the left hand side, towards the bottom, of these posts.  I'm not sure that each of you notice the comments.
I'm sure several of you will enjoy reading this comment and it will bring back memories for you.
Thank You Doug for taking out the time to write a Comment and give those students that had your Dad for a Principal the memories.  He left the year that I started teaching in Paradise.  

My name is Doug Siemens, my father was Walter Siemens, principal at Paradise for the classes of 1962 and 1963. While I was too young to attend Paradise then, my brothers Don and Dan along with my sisters Walta, Rosanne and Lyn did. I think Don was a freshman our last year in town.

Dad passed away in 1985. Earlier this year, we cleaned out Mom's house and came across the Pirate yearbooks from those two years. I started searching and stumbled across this blogsite.

One memory I have about town was living in the bus barn for a few days while we waited for our house to be completed. We ended up living just up the hill from Mr. and Mrs. White, an old couple whose son and family lived in an "underground" house.

If any Paradise Educated readers are interested in contacting me regarding my family members, my email is

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016


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Eulah F. (Chatham) Robbins, 96 of Paradise, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Parkview Care Center in Osborne.

Eulah was born December 21, 1919 on the family farm north of Waldo, Kansas.  She was one of nine children born to Roy, Sr. and Edith (Lane) Chatham.  She grew up and attended school north of Luray, Kansas.  She then attended Ft. Hays Teacher College for 2 years.   She taught at a country school south of Osborne and later she taught at Paradise School until it was closed.
Eulah was united in marriage to Bobbie Mac Robbins on August 21, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri.  This union was blessed with four children; Harold, Cleta, Diana and William.  They made their home on the farm where Bobbie was born.
Eulah was a devoted wife and farmer’s wife.  She took great pride in their farm and in their children.  She was a member of the Nazarene Church of Paradise, where she taught Sunday school and was past President of the Nazarene Missions.  The last few years with her son, she attended the Westview Church in Hays, Kansas.
Surviving family include her two daughters, Cleta Johnson (Al) of Kenai, Alaska and Diane Blosser (Darrell) of Hays, Kansas; two sons, Harold Robbins (Mary) of Yakutat, Alaska and William Robbins of Paradise, Kansas; brother, Roy Chatham, Jr. of Osborne, Kansas; two sisters, Naomi Copeland of Topeka, Kansas and Virginia True of Kearney, Missouri; eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Randall Chatham, two sisters Izora and Wilma and adopted son, Merlin “Mac” Chesney.

Celebration of Eulah’s Life will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Paradise United Methodist Church in Paradise, Kansas.  Burial will follow at the Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  A Memorial has been established with the Nazarene Missions.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

LIVE CONCERT - FAIRPORT, KS. - 0CT. 15, 2016 - 6:00 PM TO 10 pm

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Fairport, Ks is the place to go for a Live Concert

Directions to FAIRPORT! From Russell.....take interstate 70 to Gorham, get off the exit, go north to stop sign and go east! From Gorham....1 mile east on Hwy.40 to the RB electric building or 177th. Street, turn north and go approximately 12 miles the blacktop curves to the west, keep going right into Fairport! From Natoma, take the white rock road approximately 12 miles south, at the bottom of the hill turn east and come right into Fairport. Get lost.....follow the cars!!

Much preparation has been put into this event.
The flood caused some anxiety,
but nothing will stop this big event at Fairport.

The stage is ready.

Thank You Charlotte and Roger David
and the community and sponsors