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

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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

Thursday, October 6, 2016


 Deb Maupin

Dorene and Gene Chrisler

Eric and Mollie Haberer

Ernie Thacker

 Francis Mahoney

 Garnett Angel, Virginia Robertson 

Garnett, Richard and Janette Ross

 Kenny & Pat Steilow

Deb Maupin and Roger Pruter

Jan and Roger Pruter

Ruth Bartlett and Joyce Thompson

Merilyn and Vernon White 



 I received these pictures from Dan 9/6/16.  I'm sorry I'm so slow about getting them on the blog.  I could blame it on to a lot of things, but won't go into that now.  He signs his messages "Star."  He just knows he is my Star student.  :)  Actually, he is - along with many others.  

Hi Onnalee, 
Here are a few pics of the Saline River at the Hoisington farm 8 miles SW of Paradise.  It is where Agnes Sims lived when she taught school. Then I took some pics of what use to be a 9.5 acre pond.  After 6 years of drought the pond has been bone dry but the rains this summer had it filling up and last week it was finally full.  This land belongs to John & Yvonne Driscoll (Van sold it to them about 6 years ago).  John took Yvonne out on Saturday evening to see the pond as neither of them had ever seen it completely full.  That only lasted a few hours as by Sunday morning the pond was empty due to the dam failing.  It is a very sad sight!

Looking West from bluff

 Saline River West of barn

                                        Washed out dam

West of barn