Monday, June 27, 2016



Thompson, Roger Alfred, 81, of Wichita, Kansas
 passed away Fri. June 3, 2016
at his home in Wichita.
Roger, the son of Alfred and Gertrude (Brumbaugh) Thompson, was born on January 13, 1935, at home in Paradise, Kansas. He graduated from Paradise High School in 1954.
In 1953, he was united in marriage to Dixie Finch. They had 3 children, Beverly, Robbie and Ricky. They lived in Salina, KS for several years where he worked in construction. They moved to Osawatomie, Kansas where he drove a bread truck. Dixie and Roger divorced in 1965.
He made his way to Wichita, Kansas and married Carolyn (Harris) Thompson in Feb. 11, 1970. She had three children, Tami, Allen and Shelly. He eventually adopted Allen and Shelly. He worked for many years at Berry Tractor and Equipment Company until he retired.
Roger was not very good at being retired and took a part time job as the train conductor for Joyland Amusement Park. Once the amusement park closed for the winter he decided since he liked driving people around so much he became a school bus driver. He drove for Wichita school district and then ended his bus driving career when he retired from Haysville school district in 2008.
We lost Carolyn on April 27, 2008. After her death, he stayed active and socialized with friends in the Senior Citizen communities in Haysville and Wichita. At one of the many dances he attended, he met a very special companion, Lelia Waters. They enjoyed many things together including traveling, watching Nascar and college basketball, and of course dancing.

Roger is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn,
parents Alfred and Gertrude,
Brothers; Ronnie, Arthur, Gerald and Lex.
Brother-in-law, Don McCall,
Sister; Joy
Sister-in-law; Norma.
Survivors include his loving children, Beverly (Bob) Sunderland of Greely, KS, Robbie (Robin) Thompson of Bynum, AL, Ricky (Barbara) Thompson of Panama Beach, FL, Shelly (Jody) Nelson of Wichita, Allen Thompson of Leavenworth, KS, Tami (Pat) Ibarra of Wichita,
sisters, Vivian, JoAnn, Sue (Rod),
sister-in-laws, Florence and Joyce,
31 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren with one on the way,
9 great-great grandchildren with one on the way and several nieces and nephews.
He will be missed by many.
Visitation was June 8, 2016 from 6 to 8pm.
Funeral services were at 10 am on Thurs. June 9, 2016 both at Lakeview Funeral Home, 12100 E. 13th St. N., Wichita.
Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to:
Haysville Senior Citizen Center, 160 E. Karla Ave., Haysville, KS 67060.

I apologize for this memorial/obituary being so late.  Brad Thompson sent it to me June 5th and I just found it in my emails last evening - June 27th.  I am very sorry that many of you probably didn't know about this sooner.

Thursday, June 9, 2016



 Connie (Webster) Anderson has requested your prayers.

I received an email from Connie . . . . .

"Onnalee,   Just a note to ask for prayers again for myself.   Have been having regular checkups with my cancer doctor in Hays.  He order a CT scan about a month ago and found I have some lesions on my lungs that came from having colon cancer 5 years ago.  So I am again undergoing chemotherapy for the next 6 months, every other week.  I will be fine as God is going to take care of me and I have many prayer warriors in many different places.  Thanks for the Paradise blog.  It is a great way to find out what is going on with our Paradise grads.

God bless!   Thanks a bunch,
Connie (Webster) Anderson"

Our Love and Our Prayers are with you at this time Connie.
Please keep us posted.

Saturday, May 21, 2016



Click on

Fairport Signs Project.


Seven stars is for the lucky 7 men
who decided on the spot for the first oil well.

In the distance is the monument. Carrie Oswald #1

Monday, May 9, 2016


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5/09/16        5/10/16

Our wonderful friend, Karen Jakub, injured her leg in a fall on March 18, 2016.  This was the same place that she injured it in a fall in August, 2015.  Because of these two bad falls, Karen has developed cellulitis and she has been hospitalized twice with mega doses of antibiotic for the cellulitis.  The mega doses of antibiotic has caused C Diff. (a specific kind of bacterial infection that causes mild to life-threatening forms of diarrhea and colitis).  Right now, this is very serious for Karen.  Her Infectious Disease Dr is treating her with two weeks of Flagyl for the diarrhea - C Diff.  She is not in the hospital right now, but we never know from day to day what the news will be.  She is very delicate right now and needs our prayers daily.
Love & Prayers for you Karen..
I think of you and pray for you daily and several times during the night.  If I wasn't such a "weakling" I would be right there with you all those many days in the hospital.

Yes, these are actual pictures of her legs when she fell in March.
Bless her heart!

A picture of Karen's legs - 5/10/16


Photo Courtesy of Terry Martin
Terry and his wife, Kristine (Koelling),
 went to Natoma for Mother's Day on Sunday.



These photos are more than a year old, but it is good to see Paradise and the buildings from time to time - from year to year.
Photos are courtesy of Steve Wallace.  He grew up in Waldo and now lives in Victoria.  Thank You Steve.

This picture should be used in a movie.

I am always so impressed as to how neat and clean Paradise is kept.
It is always so well groomed.
Thank You to the Citizens who take the responsibility to keep it that way!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


We always appreciate those that contribute to the
Paradise Blog.  

We need assistance from each of you

This was sent last week from "Star."

 Thanks to Steve Thompson of the south Paradise Pride Committee  we have beautiful flowers growing on the east side of the black top.  This really sets the  south side off from the rest of the dull, boring town.  This took real artistry to get the fresh flowers arranged properly. 
 Main Street is nothing but out of county and state vehicles while the regional news media  have been camping out on the edge of town.  This is the most exciting April I can remember.
 Fred Whitman who is the Russell County Sheriff said if he catches anyone sitting on the flower pot they will be arrested and jailed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016



I received this in an email from Lois.

"Thanks for every thing you do for the Paradise Blog;  I love to read it.       
In 1983,  I had cancer of the colon;   surgery to remove the cancerous part of the colon and a colostomy [artifical opening] was made on my left side.   The lower part of the colon was removed plus the rectum, anus, etc.         
Fast forward to 2016,  33 years later.   I had emergency surgery on Feb.13;   for an "impacted colon  and a hernia right below the colostomy."    The doctor removed that part of my colon and repaired the hernia and had to make a new colostomy farther up .  It had not "burst" or I would have really been in trouble.   
Back in 1983 I had no chemo or radiation;  just surgery to remove all of the cancer.    
Today,  I have___" no cancer";  just a very sore abdomen  !!!       Lois Bonar"

Friday, March 18, 2016


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 3-18-16                  3-21-16
I saw these wonderful pictures of our Paradise Water Tower on facebook this morning.  I sent a message to the photographer, Rex Rosenberg, and asked for permission to post these on this blog.
Yes, he gave me permission.  His response . . . .
"Hello-- It was a real treat to have been able to do those photos that day. I've been by that place countless times over the years and have always wondered about it. It's fine with me that you put my photos in the blog as long as they aren't modified in any way."

This is how he introduced the photos on facebook . . .
Rex Rosenberg . . . . . March 15 at 6:52pm"Although not intended, arrival time yesterday at the Paradise Water Tower was perfect. For many, many years I've wondered what the interior of that tower looked like and I finally got to find out. Some men working on the tower allowed a view inside while they worked."
These pictures are also on another link on facebook . . . .
"Old, Abandoned and Interesting Places - Kansas."
I'm not sure, but I'm thinking he might be the Creator of this link.  His link and this link are both very interesting.

Pictures by Rex Rosenberg

 Previous pictures of the water tower.

Water Tower - July 4, 2008

Pictures from Jim - From the top of the water tower

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


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3/8/16      3/9/16 

I must apologize. I failed!  

Penny Rounkers Loker, sent me a message on facebook on 2/16/16 saying . . . . .
"Please put something on the Paradise blog.  Lois is in the hospital.  She had surgery Sat.  They found more cancer but hopefully they got it all.  (Colon)  She will be in ICU for a week. Please remember her in your thoughts and Prayers!!!"

I have been praying for Lois, but I evidently just forgot to put it on this blog.  I came to put an update about Lois this morning and it hasn't been on the blog.  I am so sorry!  Penny, this is completely uncalled for and I will try to do better.  Please keep sending me prayer requests and information. 
This morning on facebook, Lois posted on facebook . . . .

"Thank you everyone for the visits, cards, flowers, food, and gifts of friendship that you have shown me since my "emergency " abdominal [colon] surgery on Feb. 13, 2016. I was in I.C.U. for one week, Re-Hab for another week and went home on Feb. 27th. I am able to do more each day and go to Re-Hab at the CORE twice a week. Thanks for the prayers!!!"

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Iva M. (Laughlin) Byrd


Iva did not graduate with the Class, as they moved, but her picture is at the bottom of the Class pictures and she was at the 2010 Class Reunion.
Click on links

Iva and Jim's Wedding Anniversary

Class of 1960

2010 Reunion Pictures of Class of 1960 1
2010 Reunion Pictures of Class of 1960 2

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Eleanor (Eulert) Laubhan class 47


Eleanor (Eulert) Laubhan
, 86 of Russell, Kansas, died January 29, 2016, at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.

She was born Jan. 13, 1930, the daughter of Otto and Elsie (Reich) Eulert. She grew up in Rural Russell County and attended Paradise High School. She attended Ft Hays State University and taught school for a short time.  She worked at various businesses in Russell. She worked as a bookkeeper at Laubhan Electric when she married Paul Laubhan on May 27, 1959.  He preceded her in death on June 30, 2001.  She was a longtime member of St John Lutheran church in Russell. She enjoyed her many pets throughout her life time.

Survivors include two sisters, Irene Schmidtberger, of Corpus Christi, Texas and Lynda Koelling of Paradise, Kansas; Two brothers, Lewis Eulert of Hays, Kansas and Don Eulert of Santa Ysabel, California.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister Joyce Gillett and a brother Harold Eulert.

Funeral services to honor Eleanor's life will be held at 2:30 PM on Thursday, February 04, 2016, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating.  Private burial will follow at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Russell.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Hays Humane Society and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Joe Zitnik Obit class of 1961

Joseph Zitnik Joseph Max Zitnik, 
age 72, 
passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 
Wichita County Health Center in Leoti, Kansas. 

Joe was born January 9, 1943 in Garden City, Kansas, the son of Joseph & Maxine (Ford) Zitnik. A lifetime resident of Wichita County, Kansas, he was an Educator with over thirty years experience serving and teaching in the Wichita County school system and a farmer/rancher. Joe was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas. He had also served on the Board of Directors for Wichita County Schools and Area Mental Health. Joe’s surviving family includes- Two children- Van Zitnik- Overland Park, Kansas Jasmine Zitnik- Fort Worth, Texas His Mother- Maxine Zitnik-Mills- Strickler- Leoti, Kansas Four siblings- Charles & Carolyn Mills- Aurora, Colorado Sheila & Gary Campas- Leoti, Kansas Rita & Milton Beydler- Wiggins, Colorado Dana Lieurance- Denver, Colorado One grandchild- Andrew Joseph Zitnik- Overland Park, Kansas His fathers, Joseph Zitnik and Govan Mills and a brother, Harley “Tuck” Mills, preceded him in death. Vigil Services will be held at 7:00 pm Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas with Father Benjamin Martin officiating. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery in rural Wichita County, Kansas. Friends may call from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Tuesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.
 Memorials may be written to the Leoti EMT’s and mailed to:
 Price & Sons Funeral Home PO 161 Leoti, Kansas 67861

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Amelia G. Michaelis Class of 1954

Amelia G. Michaelis, 80, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Friday, November 20, 2015 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.
Amelia was born February 4, 1935 in Jetmore, Kansas, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Strecker) Schneider.  They lived in the Jetmore area until the early 40’s when they moved to Russell.  Then in 1949 they moved to Paradise where she graduated from Paradise High School.
Amelia was united in marriage to Arnold “Arnie” Michaelis on April 1, 1956 in Russell.  This union was blessed with five children; Jeffrey, Randall, Roxanne, Judith and Jerry.  They lived in the Russell area until 1962 when they moved to Gorham.  Then in 1966 they moved to Paradise until 1974 when they returned to Russell.
Amelia was a devoted wife and homemaker.  She also worked at several local restuarants
and stores.  She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church and the Russell V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, cross stitching, reading, playing the piano, baking, auctions, shopping, going to the grandchildren’s activities, KC Royals baseball games, vacations to the National Bowling tournament, attending IMCA-sanctioned racing events, and watching KU Basketball.
Surviving family include her husband of 59 years, Arnie of the home; sons, Jeffrey Michaelis (Janelle) and Jerry Michaelis all of Russell, Kansas; daughters, Roxanne Young (Scott) and Judith Riebel (Perry) all of Russell, Kansas; sisters, Catherine Barnes of Dodge City, Kansas and Alta Weigel of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Anglea Carter, Brittany Michaelis, Nathan Wheelock, Joshua Noonan, Caitlin Young and Amanda Michaelis, and one great grandson Gavin Height.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son Randall, six brothers ( Schneider), Lloyd, Victor, John, Clarence, Rueben and Dean and five sisters, Viola Maier, Ruth Gerhardt, Edna Propp, Helen Stephens and Elnora Schwein.

Celebration of Amelia’s Life will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Otterbein United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Memorials have been established with Otterbein Building Fund or V.F.W. #6240 Ladies Auxiliary.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Sunday, November 15, 2015



From left to right
Vada Krumwiede,Van Hoisington, Ernest Thacker, 
Miss Virginia Robertson, Randall Weller,
Dorene Chrisler, Roger Pruter, Dick Woodall.

Monday, November 9, 2015



From Will Haworth . . . . .

"It was good to talk with Arlin's wife this evening. They are now living in Lebanon, MO with her daughter I think. Some around there are specialists in the therapy Arlin needs. He is able to eat some foods now and is working at talking and improving use of his arm and leg on that side. We keep them in our prayers. I do have the address..."
1424 Ryan
Lebanon, MO 65536

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender, 93, of Waldo, Kansas passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Parkview Care Center in Osborne, Kansas.
Grace was born may 22, 1922 on the family farm near Waldo, the daughter of Fred and Violet (Tabler) Gillett. She grew up in the rural Waldo area and graduated from Waldo High School.
Grace was united in marriage to Werle C. Mullender on May 22, 1940 in Osborne. This union was blessed with three children; Vanan, Marla and Janis. They made their home on a farm north of Waldo. Werle preceded her in death on August 3, 2002.
Grace was a devoted wife and homemaker. She was always helping Werle on the farm. She also drove the school bus for Waldo - Paradise School District # 399 for many years. She was a member of the Waldo United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed collecting rocks, fishing and doing crafts.
Surviving family include her son, Vanan Mullender (Brenda) of Waldo, Kansas; daughters, Marla Brumbalow and Janis Harp (Charles) all of Waldo, Kansas; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers Rex Gillett and Max Gillett, and a granddaughter Collette Harp.
A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Vincent Cemetery north of Waldo. There will be no visitation. A Memorial has been established with the Waldo Senior Center. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Monday, September 14, 2015



Scroll down to Sept. 2 to get the first updates.  
The first information is at the bottom, thus you have to scroll up to read the updates in order.  

From Arlin's College roommate, Will Haworth, 9-13-14 . . . . . .

"Arlin & Joann Chesney        
1005 N. Lafayette
Brownsville, TN  38012    

Many cards are getting to Arlin.  He is remaining in the hospital for rehab . . intensive rehab . . . for the present time.  He got the NG tube out of his nose and his feeding tube into his stomach is working.  Getting the NG tube out of nose and throat help in trying to talk.  He is getting Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and swalling.

There have been cards that come from the post on the Paradise blog . . . and that has been a real blessing to him."

Thank You to each of you for sending cards to Arlin.  Paradise always shows their support, their love and their concerns.
We appreciate you very much.

  • 9/13, 6:11p

Friday, September 11, 2015


The day Americans put their differences aside 
and stood united.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


I am in the process of adding pictures by Greg Rud.
I have been interrupted and will finish ASAP!
Sorry that I am so slow!
I am in the middle of income taxes right now.  Since I was ill the first of the year, I didn't make the April deadline, so working on the Oct. deadline.  Will get back to these wonderful pictures - and more - after the taxes are completed.