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.