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.