Friday, December 14, 2012


Email from Penny . . . .

Dear Family and friends,

Went to Imperial, Neb this morning to get staples of of my knee ( 36 total ). 
They took x-rays of my knee and the surgeon said everything looked good !!!!
Home health care will be here again tomorrow.!!!!!!!
Gary has been a "BIG Help, this week !!!

It is so good to be home !!!!!!
Hope this finds you all well and happy !!!
Merry Christmas !!!
Love, Penny


Sunday, December 9, 2012


Brad Thompson sent this to me.  His brother, Curtis, sent it to him.  This is about the GWRRA group going
Paradise.  It took a while for me to get the pictures to include here on the post. (Thanks to my great nephew, Aaron Leonard - from Washington,  for seeing my "Help Me" sign.)  Brad belongs to GWRRA group in Hutchinson.  I thought they wrote up a nice article in the Kansas Winger newsletter.  Thanks Brad!

"Safety is for Life"

" To Save Lives Through Quality, World Class Education"

"Something tells me it’s not very long until you bet-ter have heated gear if you want to ride in comfort. So far this month we’ve had about any kind of temperature except for real cold. Our supper ride this month was pretty short. When we met at the Kwik Shop, nobody was in the mood to go too far and it was a bit cool so we decided to go to McFarland’s for supper. We had 4 bikes and one car with a total of 8 people. The dinner was very good and we didn’t get asked to leave even though it appeared Al Davis was trying to accomplish that by harassing the server. She was a good sport and chose to ignore him as best she could. We did manage to be able to supply several different “war” stories and to also pass on best wishes to Al & Sandy and also Ron and Marjie for their anniversa-ries the next day.

On the 10th we made what has become the annual ride to Paradise, KS for turkey dinner. It was our third trip and each one has been better than the last. We had 4 bikes with 8 people. Three bikes from Chapter C and were joined by Mike and Dawn Quintanar from Manhattan on their GL1800. The roads to Paradise are very straight; however the turkey dinner (all the fixings and all made from scratch) makes up for the lack of twisties. The folks in Paradise really make us welcome and treat us great. Last year we mentioned it was a bit problematic parking on the graveled hill near the school gym. One of the ladies said she knew the perfect place for us to park and would take care of it for next year. As we rode into town they had signs posted for “ motorcycle only parking” and almost directly in front of the building. We were surprised they remembered that from a year before but we made sure to thank them for being so kind.

This is what I call being nice, the dinner was in the building in the background.

We stopped at the entrance sign to Paradise. Don’t blink or you will miss the whole town, permanent population 45 give or take.

While we were riding on K-18 both to and from Paradise we invented a new game made almost ex-clusively for the plains states. We tried to keep track of the number of tumbleweeds that hit our bikes. It was agreed that Jamie and Gayle Conway are “The Tumbleweed Magnets” to go along with their established reputation for attracting hail. Ja-mie got hit by at least 4 tumbleweeds while the rest of us were lucky enough to only get hit once each. Did I mention it was a bit breezy?  
We were guessing the wind was blowing at least 40 mph about all the time. I finally decided to see how accurate our guess was and called the phone number at the Manhattan airport to see what the wind was and it worked out to about 38 mph. From experience that had to mean it was a bit higher out west as Salina normally has stronger wind at their airport than Manhattan. As was agreed upon by all the riders and co-riders if you are going to ride in Kansas don’t complain about the wind.

Just to mix things up on the way back our new found friends were planning on splitting off and going some geocaching on their way back to Man-hattan. It sounded interesting to the rest of us so we had Mike lead and stopped at four different lo-cations along our route and had an enjoyable time finding the “stuff” we needed to find.


Saturday, December 8, 2012


Forrest White ('56) is a member of the choir at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.
Every year, they put on a large Christmas program.
It can be viewed online at 7:30 PM, Saturday, December 8, 2012.
There are several impressive reviews.
Please watch it if you can.

Forrest is in the second row from the top, just right of center.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Watch it on this link.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Wed. Dec. 5, 2012

Here is an up-date on my sister, Penny Loker, who had replacement knee surgery on Monday, Dec. 3. She will be leaving the hospital in Kearney, Neb., tomorrow [Thursday] and going to what they call a "swing" hospital in St. Francis, Kansas.
The address is :
Cheyenne Co. Hospital
210 W. 1st. St. 
St. Francis, Kansas 67756.
This is a hospital close to her home!!
She is doing pretty good except for the nausea and weakness. A nurse was coming to get her as we were talking to take her to physical therapy. As she said on the phone, "Oh, what fun!!!"

Thank You Lord for the good news!


I received an update from Penny's sister, Lois Rounkles Bonar, about Penny's surgery  Mon. after Penny's surgery.

"My brother-in-law, Gary Loker, just called. He said that Penny is in the "recovery room" right now and will be going up to a room in about an hour. The replacement knee surgery went well !!!!
If you would like to send her a card here is the address:
Penny Loker
Good Samaritan Hospital
Kearney, Nebraska 68847

If you put the return address as Penny's home address
Box 41
McDonald, Ks. 67756
She will still get it if she leaves the hospital before she gets the card.
Lets fill up her mail box !!!  And hope she gets along with this new knee as well as she did the other one!!!!"

We all love good news!  I agree with Lois, it would be great to fill up her mail box.  And she will for sure get the cards with her home address as the return address.  Thank You to each of you!

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Kenneth (Kenny) Franklin Phillips, 85,
Russell, Kansas,
died on
Saturday, December 01, 2012
at the
Russell Regional Hospital.

Kenny was born July 30, 1927, in Russell, the son of Frank and Minnie (Harsh) Phillips. Kenny was united in marriage to Ruth Motzner on December 09, 1948 in Woodston, Kansas. This union was blessed with 3 children Carla (Class of 1968-Paradise), Elizabeth (Class of 1971-Paradise) and Paul (Class of 1976-Russell). They lived in the Amherst Community until 1974 when they moved to Russell. He attended school in Fairport and Russell. He worked in the oil fields for C.R. Proter and American Petrofina. Most of his life he worked in the service station business. He owned and operated Phillips 66 for several years. He also worked as a reserve officer for the Russell Police Department and Russell Sheriff’s Office for many years. He worked at Gene’s Service Station for many years until his retirement. He was best known for his friendly service and he never knew a stranger. His final 10 years he drove his beloved wife, Ruth, to Hays for dialysis and he never complained about doing it. He loved collecting firearms, hunting and fishing. He was passionate about Petunia, his favorite sow and loved raising the baby pigs. He loved spending time with his 3 children and many grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Paul and going to the farm and hunting, even in the last few years. He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church of Russell. He loved listening to Hymns and old country music.

Surviving family include his daughters Carla Batt of Victoria and Elizabeth Langdon and husband Rick of DeSoto, Kansas; son Paul Phillips and wife Glenda of Russell; brother Keith Phillips and wife Ruth of Russell; 6 grandchildren Tim, Ryan, Sara, Laurie, Megan and Amy along with 8 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth on July 24, 2009; sister Alvetia Reddig and two brothers Dale and Doyle Phillips and son in-law Larry Batt.

A celebration of Kenny’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 06, 2012, at the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Russell with Pastor Earl Haggard officiating.
Burial will follow at the Amherst Cemetery north of Waldo, Kansas.
Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at the mortuary with family greeting guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Wednesday evening.
Memorials may be given to the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Russell and sent in care of the mortuary.
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.


Thursday, November 29, 2012


will be having her 
second knee surgery 

Dec 3rd at noon 
at Kearney, Nebraska. 

Please pray for Penny and Gary. 

Click on this to read about her first knee surgery  → Penny's knee surgery

May God heal your body and soul.

May your pain cease,

May your strength increase,

May your fears be released,

May blessings, love, and joy surround you



Sunday, November 18, 2012



Random act of Kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people.  The phrase may have been coined by Anne Herbert, who says that she wrote “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty on a place mat at a restaurant in 1982 or 1983. 

I have been very blessed this past week and have had the privilege to see the “Random Acts of Kindness” at work.  The wonderful part - it has been happening with our Paradise Alumni as participants - giving and receiving.

There is so much beauty and inspiration watching this magic in kindness transpire through emails between friends.  What a blessing for me to watch all the actions and plans transpire.  


Tuesday, November 13, 2012



Our Angel's from Paradise

Michele Peterka ('86) & her children Haley & Trenton 
Jeff Hagerman, ('90) his wife and their sons Carmeron, Conner & Kyle.
Garnett Angel ('45) and Janette (Angel) ('64) & Richard Ross

Back row - Haley, Michele, Trenton - Jeff, Sara & Cameron
Front row - Garnett, Richard & Janette, Kyle & Conner 

Sunday, November 11, 2012



Carla Phillips Batt and her Family

Left to right - back row
Carla's son - Tim Batt, his wife Tammy Batt, Carla
Carla's daughter - Laurie McQuade, her husband Eric McQuade
Left to right - front row -
Tim & Tammy's daughters - Skylar, Taryn and Tayler
Laurie & Eric's son and daughter - Chris and Morgan 

I am thankful for facebook.  I just happened to see this photo and asked permission to publish it here on the Paradise Blog.  Thanks Carla!


Among our greatest blessings is our freedom.

This is a blessing to which we owe an incredible debt of 
gratitude to our heroes – the men and women of our armed forces.
Thank You to each of YOU!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Donnie's appointment at KU Medical Center has been changed to Nov. 14th at noon.  
Please continue to pray for Donnie & Duane - especially on the 14th.

Donnie and Duane are so thankful that their grandchildren (their children too) live near them.  It is such a pain reliever to have grandchildren close to you.  Cancer seems to always be a continuing effort towards pain control.  Getting a call from a grandchild asking if they can come over to play is the best medicine of all.

Thank You for your prayers and please continue to pray often.

Sunday, October 28, 2012



In Memory
Bryan Lane Duvall

Bryan died suddenly Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 after a short illness.

He was born March 25th, 1952 in Russell, to Guy and Vera (Keith) Duvall.

After graduating from Paradise High School, he attended Barton County Community College and Kansas State University where he graduated with a Masters degree in agricultural economics.

He met his future wife in chemistry class at BCC and they married in 1978 in spite of the challenges of multiple job transfers and living halfway across the country from each other.

He worked in agriculture all his life. He started working at the neighbor's ranch, working on custom harvest crews and working with multiple grain companies trading commodities. Buying, selling and moving millions of bushels of grain on a daily basis was second nature to him. Whenever possible, Bryan enjoyed fast cars, old cars, and old fast cars. He enjoyed driving the cars more than working on them. He always rooted for the Kansas college teams and was a loyal to K-State football even during the lean years.

He is survived by his spouse Deanna, Edmond Okla.; and two sisters, Lana Duvall, St. Francis, and Lisa Duvall, Ellinwood, and other relatives.

He will be missed by friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and one sister.

There will be no service. 

 Paradise Reunion - 2010

Bryan Duvall, Sonja (Thompson) Weisgerber,
Donna (Ringler) Totman, Paul Elliott, Marilyn (Coover) Mitchell


Thursday, October 25, 2012



From Duane Miller 10-23-12
Thank You for the update Duane.  We pray for Donnie and for you too, daily.

"Hello Onnalee 
Donnie's next appointment for treatment at KU Medical Center is November 12.  We were  notified today of the appointment date. The first  angiogram or mapping was to prepare the liver for SIR-Spheres treatment  This coming appointment is to actually administer  SIR -Spheres microspheres. The  procedure enables radiation to be sent direct into the liver tumors,  so exposure to the remaining healthy liver tissue is minimized. Most of the radiation is delivered to the tumor in the first two weeks following treatment.
Chemotherapy has not been getting desired results for Donnie. The cancer count has been holding in a high range. The plan was for liver surgery after her last chemo break. The plan was scraped when her cancer count jumped very high and fast. The radiation treatment is to boost the effort to kill most of the tumor.  In a small number of cases the tumor is reduced to a size allowing surgery to get it all.  Of the treatment options,  this is the one that Donnie is a candidate for. Chemotherapy is expected to continue in combination with the radiation..
Your prayers,  especially on November 12 for comfort and  peace for Donnie, for  efficiency of the procedure;  including a successful result of the treatment, will be appreciated.   
Many thanks 
Duane Miller"

Dear Lord, 
As Donnie and Duane await Donnie's appointment for treatment on Nov. 12th at KU Med Center, let us offer You all of our anxieties for their good and your glory.
Calm them in their worries, knowing these don’t add wisdom but rather stress to this situation.
Enlighten the medical team, though the power of your Spirit, to make wise decisions as Donnie has her treatment.
Help them as they turn to You in these fragile, painful moments, to continue to look towards You for grace and strength.
Comfort us in seeking you now as we place all our concerns in your loving hands as we say “Thy Will Be Done.”  Amen



Tuesday, October 9, 2012



Terry Martin just posted this on facebook.
Terry is Donnie's brother.  Will post more when I hear from Duane.

"Just got word about my sister Donnie Miller.
 Her procedure went well. 
Will have to go back in 3 weeks for another one. 
Thanks for all your prayers."


Sunday, October 7, 2012


Donnie will be having 
a new cancer treatment 
KU Medical Center - Kansas City
Monday - October 8, 2012

Please pray for strength for Donnie and for Duane.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012



Chester & Elsie Rounkles
2nd annual family reunion

Lois ('60), Marvin ('61) and Penny ('64)

Family members came from 3 states came to attend the "Chester & Elsie Rounkles 2nd annual family reunion" on September 1st & 2nd, 2012 at Gardner, KS, Kansas City, KS & DeSoto, KS. 
The reunion started at noon on Saturday at the home of Lonnie & Mary Bushnell at Gardner, KS.

Host and Hostess :
Lonnie Bushnell, Mary's husband, & Mary 
and their grandson Brock Bushnell 

Sat. everyone enjoyed a hoggie sandwich,  chips & lemonade.  After lunch we all traveled to K.C. , Ks to the "Legends" at Village West. We enjoyed the Cabala's Store and the Museum at Village West. We then ventured to the Hollywood Casino. We ate supper at Dave's Famous BBQ restaurant then we all traveled to Desota, Ks., for dessert at John & Shirley Mello's House.

Sunday : We had a great cook out at noon at Lonnie & Mary Bushnell's house, Gardner, Kansas.  We spent the afternoon visiting, taking pictures, reminiscing, playing cards . 

Birthday cards were signed  for Lois Bonar  & Mitch Ramey's birthdays which they had that week.  We took a break in the middle of the afternoon and had banana splits to celebrate the birthdays !!!!!   The next big event of the day was the famous "Nertz" card game !!!!!

Playing a card game "NERTZ" !!! 
Lois, husband Gene Bonar,
 nephew Johnny, wife Shirley, 
Penny, niece Gina 

Those attending  the union were :
John , Shirley & Michael Mello, DeSoto, KS
Gene and Lois (Rounkles class of 1960) Bonar, Cherryvale, KS 
Greg Bonar & Olivia , Parsons, KS 
Mitch & Gina Ramey, Parsons, KS
Mary & Lonnie Bushnell, Gardner, KS
Penny ( Rounkles class of 1964 ) Loker, McDonald, KS
Chad, Sharla (Reschke) Bushnell  & Baby Brock, Gardner, KS
Marvin Rounkles (class of 1961 ) O'Fallon, Illinois Ryan, Maureen, Kira, &  Maya Rounkles,  Imperial, Missouri.

John & Joyce (Rounkles class of 1957) Mello.  Russell, Kansas ~~~  were unable to attend.

Thank you to Mary Bushnell & Penny Loker for organizing the reunion !!!! A "GREAT" time was had by all. See you all next year in St. Louis !!!!!
Everyone also enjoyed looking at the scrap book that Mary Bushnell made of the 2011 reunion. She will add to it each year.

Written by Penny F, Loker (class of 1964)


Lois Rounkles Bonar & Penny Rounkles Loker -  September 1, 2012


Monday, October 1, 2012



As we were cleaning out our garage, we found this lovely hand made picture that says . . .

To Hazel     From Lydia & Floyd

Millard is thinking that it is probably from Lydia & Floyd Houser. Millard & I would like to send this to one of their relatives as it certainly is beautiful and a work of art to treasure.

I put this on facebook and asked about relatives of Lydia & Floyd.
Janette (Angel) Ross had a very informative comment.
" I just called mom and she said that Floyd and Lydia and Dick and Hazel were great friends in Paradise. Lydia was my great aunt (Grandma White's sister, their brother was Vernon Bartlett). I think that Floyd and Lucy's dad, Lawrence Houser were cousins. Lydia has 2 dtrs, Karen Houser Creighton in Houston, TX and Barbara Houser Hilligest in Sela, WA. Karen is about 5 years older than Lucy & I, she was my 2nd cousin and Lucy's 2nd cousin too, (I think), but Lucy & I were never related. Frosty White may know how to get in touch with Karen. I bet she would like to have that embroidery design. Do you have Frosty's email, I think he has Karen Houser's email and writes her sometimes. Maybe you could email the photo above to him and he could send it to her? It's really nice for sure!"

From Norma Hutchcraft Williams. 
"Lucy Shearer was a Houser, not sure if she's related. Lydia was a favorite of my mom's".

From Pat Hoopes Preston
There children were named Billie,Barbra Karen don't know where they are now but Billie went school with oldest brother. Lydia &Floyd were in our mother father wedding. They were best friends they were kin to the Barletts (vern)

From Forrest White
Lydia & Floyd Houser were my Aunt and Uncle. Their daughter, Karen Creighton, is the only member of that branch of the family with whom I am still in contact. I have addressed a copy of this reply to her.
Onnalee Harrell is the official keeper of the Paradise Web site/blog. 

I sent an email to Karen.  I haven't heard back but guess she is as busy as the rest of us.
I wanted to share the beautiful picture with each of you.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


those who lost their lives.
Thank You to All 
First Responders  and other Heroes
who helped that day!





"We will never forget the tragedy of 9/11 and the lives that were lost, just as we will never forget the sacrifices made by our troops to protect our freedoms. 
Today, we stand proudly as Americans first."    Scott Brown


Sunday, September 9, 2012



Penny (Rounkles) Loker went to Gardner, Ks, Aug. 31st, then she and her niece, Mary (Mellow) Bushnell, drove to Olathe and had a 2 hour visit with Janette (Angel) Ross.  
They will be celebrating their 50th class reunion at the next Paradise Reunion in 2014.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


I cleaned out my email Inbox today and found an email from Myron Brown, sent 8/23/2012.
Thank You for the photo and for identifying the class members, Myron.
Myron wrote . . . .

"Hello Onnalee:
We really enjoy the Paradise blog - you do such a great job....
Here is the picture of the Class of '62 taken at the Paradise reunion. All of the class was there with exception of Albert Strecker who, sadly, we lost a couple of years ago."

Names (pictured left to right):
Jack Hoopes, Linda Elliott, Connie (Hudnall) Jahnke,
Connie (Webster) Anderson, Lynda (Eulert) Koelling,
Marilynn (Miller) Dinkel, Carolyn (Wilson) Funk
Merilyn White, Sue (Thompson) Heitschmidt, Myron Brown

This photo is also posted below with the Reunion Pictures - Blue Room 2 - with some of the other casual pictures of the Class of 1962.
Thanks again Myron.


I received an email from Norma Hutchcraft Williams on Aug 16, 2012 telling us about their family reunion. 
What a neat family reunion - 3 days in Kennewic, Washington.

From Norma . . . .
"On August 10, 11 and 12th the Hutchcraft Cousin Reunion was held in Kennewic, Washington.
Three Paradise alumni were present as well as three children of Paradise alumni. They were Barbara Nigh, Lompoc, CA, and her sister Linda Woerner (husband John), Jewell, KS. They are the daughters of Ewing Hutchcraft (Class of '29 and Florence Saunders Hutchcraft (Class Sponsor '35). Three children of Norman Hutchcraft (Class of '30) were present: Dwain (Class of '54) and wife, Carol; Gerald (Class of '56) and wife, Juliet; and Norma (Class of '61) and husband, Jim. The hosts were Gary Hutchcraft and wife, Nettie of Kennewic. Gary is the son of Virgil Hutchcraft (Class of '35).
The reunion started on Friday morning with a jet boat ride 40 miles up the Columbia River to the Hanford Reach area. The Hanford Reach is an area that was taken over by the government in 1942 to produce the plutonium necessary for the Manhattan Project which ultimately ended World War II. Those facilities are now being cleaned up and the buildings "cocooned" or sealed. Of course the area is very secure but you cannot see the security from the river. It just appears to be nothing but wide open spaces inhabited by deer, pelicans, herons, coyotes, etc.
Saturday was spent shopping for souvenirs or antiques followed by supper, the usual family history quiz and the passing of the traveling "trophy", a moonshine jug. Sunday was spent in church and watching a movie about Mount St. Helen's eruption.
Every odd numbered year our reunion is held in Kansas. It's always a good time.
Thanks again and "yes", you may put this on the blog.
Norma Hutchcraft Williams
Thank You so much Norma.  It sounds like a wonderful and delightful time for your family. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


School starts next week.  We are spending quality time with our grandchildren this week.  Their favorite Vacation or Special Time is to spend a day by themselves with their Mom.  They actually get a day and a night. With 4 children, being so close together (11, 10, 9, 7) that doesn't happen as often as they would choose - but this is their last week of vacation wish.  We are enjoying the other 3 each day.  We are having a great time too.
I will be back next week but Hey! I need pictures from you or any interesting information.  Have a great week - rest of the week. 

Monday, August 13, 2012




This is the last picture we took on our way out of Paradise, the Sunday after the reunion.
Well, I guess we were out of town - South of Paradise at the Miller Farm.  Millard walked from the road, across a barbed wire fence, down a valley, to the top of a hill, down another valley to the top of another hill to take this picture.  He has always wanted a picture of Paradise from this view.  Our camera isn't quite powerful enough to take a picture like he really wanted and this isn't the year for GREEN HILLS AND VALLEY'S,  but this is our "Little Town on the Prairie."

The pictures of the 2012 Paradise Alumni Reunion are on the blog.  Also Roger Pruter and Terry Martin shared their pictures.  I hope you enjoy looking at them.  I wish that I would have been able to get a picture of EVERYONE that was at the reunion.  I would like to work out a system for the next reunion.  Any suggestions?
If everyone were like one of our favorite alumni members - Jay Anderson - it sure would help.  He said . . . "I'm here.  You need to take my picture, this may be my last year."  How true for all of us.  How many of us have seen our last year at the Paradise Reunion? 
Thanks Jay!  You made my day! 

We still have post cards.  I have sent 8 in the mail the past two weeks.  They are very nice and professional  postcards and I know that everyone would enjoy having one for a keepsake - or perhaps you would even like to send one to someone.

There are more Post Cards for sale.  Some with a stamp and a Paradise postmark and some without. 
The Post Cards with the stamp and postmark are $1.50 each.
The unstamped cards sell for $1.00 each.

Again, Thank You Brad Thompson, the alumni committee - Eric, Deb, Dan & Joyce - and for our Postmaster, Lucy, for the time each of you have spent in preparing the sale of these postcards.

Brad Thompson, we are very proud of the post cards.

Brad hired a printer to print the post cards and then Brad donated them to the Paradise Alumni.
The alumni had to buy the stamps to put on the post cards with stamps and Postmaster Lucille(Houser) Shearer postmarked the postcards with the stamps.
In a few years, there may not be a post office in Paradise so the postmark will be something for us to treasure too.  It is postmarked the day of the reunion.
Brad Thompson - 1974

If you wish to buy a post card please contact Eric, Deb, Dan or Joyce. 
If you would prefer to send me an email with your address I will contact one of the above
to make arrangements with you.  They will cost a few ¢ extra to have them sent to you.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Class of 1959

We received our picture from the photographer at the reunion today. 
When you receive yours, I certainly would appreciate it if you would scan it/them and send it/them to me.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012


On July 4, 2008 I posted photos of Paradise that were taken from the top of the water tower.
These are so neat and so beautiful! 
Enjoy these again!

Click on



Did you see what was posted here on the Paradise Blog May 19, 2012?
It is always nice to see that other people capture Paradise in Pictures too.
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For some reason this made me think of the
You have to scroll down a ways to read the Bad & the Ugly

Maybe they are still reading the blog
Perhaps I could just send these statistics to them.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012


There is an update
and for
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Millard & I celebrated 47 years of marriage at Freddie's today and we shared a Signature Turtle. It doesn't take much to make us happy as long as we are together. Our Love is Strong!

God certainly led us together - 50 years ago He sent me to Paradise, Ks for my first teaching job - Millard's hometown.
11 years ago Millard thought he would be making funeral arrangements for me anytime for several days.  THANK YOU LORD!



Sunday, August 5, 2012


A message to Jay Anderson

You didn't think I took a picture of you in 2010?
Click on this link and scroll down a little more than half way to picture 10. 

Just wanted to remind you that I knew you were there and I can prove it.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


I have all the photos that I have - including Roger Pruter's, Terry Martin's and ours - on the blog. 
If anyone has more pictures, especially of alumni and friends that we three did not capture, please email them to me.
In time I may - or will try to - take out time to tag or identify Roger's and Terry's pictures.  Going to take a break for a while.
I wish to apologize to those that I did not get a picture of you, your friends or your classmates.  I wish there were a way that I could get a picture of everyone at each table before they moved to another place by the time I got to their table.  There should be a way that I could get it done. 
Perhaps if we put a net over each table until the pictures were all taken?    

I'm sure all of you know that you have to click on "Older Posts" at the bottom of each page in order that you see all the pictures. 
Thank You for your support! 

Friday, August 3, 2012


For the past month or two some of us have been asked to pray even more for Donnie (Martin) Miller - Class of 1960 - as her cancer testing and results have been very discouraging.
We watched Donnie at the 2012 Paradise Alumni Reunion and we rejoiced within ourselves that she was there, she seemed to be having a great time and we Thanked God every time we were near her.  She was a real inspiration to all of us.
Tonight I heard from Duane again and he gave his and Donnie's permission to put a Prayer Request for All of You to please pray for Donnie.

From Duane . . . .

"Onnalee, It is difficult for Donnie talk about her condition. We lost our son David to cancer in Dec. 7, 2005. He was evacuated from the Persian Gulf and the USS Boxer in 2001 and started cancer treatment at the Navy hospital in San Diego, California. He was the same way and didn't want any discussion about it. It seemed like there was little time for healing over the years of battling cancer and the loss of David and we were dominated by the disease again.
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Donnie's cancer was discovered on February 14, 2008. She had colon cancer and it metastasized to her liver. She went to Mayo Clinic for biopsy of the liver and treatment plans. Donnie decided that Dr Beck in Salina would be her oncology doctor. The prognosis at Mayo Clinic was not encouraging and offered little hope. The cancer has been aggressively controlled through heavy chemotherapy treatments the past four and a half years. Liver surgery was planned after a last 30 day break in chemotherapy through the month of July (last month).
August 1st, Donnie's cancer count elevated from 17 to 56. Doctor Beck was surprised that it was higher than 20 to 25. Surgery was not a matter of discussion. He said the cancer has to be evasive at another place or other than the liver. He is arranging for an appointment at KU Medical Center for evaluation of Theraspheres Implant in the liver. If that procedure is ruled out then radiation at Salina will be an option. Dr Beck said the implant is a really painful procedure and told Donnie that she might not want to do it.
She is now back on chemo. Pain is getting more intense in her legs and back. Dr Beck said that could be caused by diabetes and advised getting an appointment at the clinic here in Russell, to control the pain.
Many thanks for prayer's.  Duane"

Our prayer for Donnie & Duane and their family.

We pray for Donnie undertaking chemotherapy - the use of medicines or drugs to treat her disease - that the Lord will work out His perfect will in her situation and bring about healing or sufficient grace to make it through each treatment. We know that God is The Great Physician. We ask for peace for Donnie & Duane and their family and ask the healing virtue of Our Lord God to flow through every vein, tissue, cell, ligament and that her pain may be lessened.

We believe that God's desire is manifest in Donnie's life.

Men may give up, doctors may give up, BUT God never gives up on anyone.

We pray for all the doctors and nurses taking care of Donnie. We pray for family members that You, Heavenly Father, will comfort them and grant them peace as they comfort their loved one - their wife, their mother, their grandmother and our precious friend - Donnie.

We ask all this in Jesus Mighty Name.  Amen

Please continue to pray for Donnie.
She has more chemo next Tues - Aug. 14th. 
Her last chemo, over a week ago, was very hard for her for two or three days.  But you know Donnie - she started feeling better and went back to her bingo game playing at the VFW.
Then the next day, Tue (July 7th) and and Duane had lunch with Lynda Koelling.
After lunch she drove to Milberger to see the twins, Eli and Reagan and their older sister, Riley Marie.

Donnie & Duane's daughter, Micah Maried Becker, gave birth to twins July 2, 2012.
Reagan Grace Becker weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces, 19 inches long .
Elijah Martin Becker weighed 5 pounds 9 ounces, 19 inches long. 

Reagan was delivered first. Elijah will be called Eli.

They were expecting them July 11.
They have a sister 2 ½ year old Riley Marie Becker and their dad is Ryan Martin Becker.

What a  happy time for the whole family and how wonderful for Donnie to be able to drive to their home and be with them from time to time.  The twins and their sister are certainly a miraculous change and body builder from the chemo that Donnie has to endure.

Thank You for your Prayers and please continue to pray for Donnie and for Duane too.