E. Richard Heyl

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E. Richard Heyl was born on Aug. 15, 1935 in Hays Kansas to Edgar Heyl and Marion Richards Heyl.  He graduated from Wallace County High School with the Class of 1953.  He joined the Marines in Aug of 1953 and was married to Edna Herl on Oct. 2 1954 and 3 children were born to this union.  Richard participated in basic training in North Carolina, and was stationed at El Toro Marine Base in Santa Ana California.  He and Edna made Santa Ana their home, and welcomed their two sons Leland Dwight on Oct. 31, 1955 and Richard Lewellyn on Oct. 1, 1957.   He was honorably discharged from the Marines in Nov. of 1958, and they moved back to Sharon Springs where their daughter Christine Annette joined their family on July23, 1960.  

Richard was in business with his father Edgar and was operator of Heyls Phillips 66 station and later a car dealer with Heyl Motor Company all in Sharon Springs.  In the early 70's he purchased B & B Gas Company from Bailey Atkinson.  He was in partnership with John and Nettie Lock for a few years and renamed his gas company L & H Gas.  He dissolved this business relationship but was a lifelong friend to John and Nettie.  He made amazing friends and customers over the years of delivering propane, and retired in 2007 selling his business to Henry Dinkel.  

He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Sharon Springs, and he participated in many bible studies over the years.   He was a faithful man of God and his faith never wavered even in his times of suffering.  He loved his kids and was their support throughout life.  He supported them in all activities that he could, if he was not working.  When he became a grandpa he was overjoyed and was the best grandpa anyone could ask for.  The grandkids called him gramps most of the time and they definitely had the run of his house.  They would eat him out of house and home and he never complained about them eating all of his cereal.  He was a man of amazing patience and love, and his grandkids learned so much from him.  The rides in the propane truck, the time they went on trips with him and their grandmother.  There are too many blessing to even count.  When the great grandkids started coming, it was fast and furious. When he would ask their names and who they belong to, he would ask the spelling of their names.  Some he was a little unsure of so he would smile and say ok.  

As his health failed in the last few years, he faced a lot of challenges.  He never complained and eventually he moved in with this daughter at her home.  It was a big change after living in the same home for 47 years, but he made the changes and seemed at home.  He faced every obstacle with a positive attitude and never was bitter or resentful.  He was a friend to all that knew him and he never met a stranger.  He had a smile and a handshake for everyone he had the pleasure of meeting.  In his last few years of independence, he and Al Ryan had a lot of good times drinking coffee with the people at the 27/40 store and eating breakfast at Penny's Diner and Stephens Restaurant.  They were quite a pair and had a lot of good times together.  Marsha Johnson was a classmate and a great friend to Richard, and as his health declined she was an amazing part of his life.  She visited him at his home and his daughter’s home and called him regularly to keep him updated on her latest escapades. Richard was very ill the last 2 weeks and was blessed to have his brother Guy and wife Kathy close to help support him and his daughter.  He went to his Heavenly home on Feb. 2, 2018 at 5:20 am.  He will be missed dearly by all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edgar and Marion Richards Heyl, wife Edna, sons, Leland and Richie, grandson-in-law Brett Spresser, great grandson Ezra Welsh, and sister Mary Kay Brown.  

He is survived by his daughter Christine Heyl Welsh, daughter-in-law Lois Heyl, brother Guy Heyl and wife Kathy of Littleton, CO; grandchildren Amie Gibbs and husband Patrick, Marc Welsh and wife Kristen, Keara Richardson and husband Kenny, Brian Welsh and wife Lacey, Andrew Heyl and wife Lexi, Brock Heyl and wife Chanell, Kevin Heyl and wife Audrey, Mitchell Welsh and wife Audrielle, Matthew Welsh and wife Kelli, Nikki Chubb and husband Bradley, Aarika Welsh and husband Jesse; thirty eight great grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren, two cousins David Woodrow and wife Nancy, and Kim Woodrow and wife Debbie, five nephews Nolan, Jon, Jay, Matthew and Nicholas, four nieces Paula, Katie, Marie and Melissa, and a host of amazing friends who he loved dearly.  He will live forever in our hearts and we will hold his memories close.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM MT at the United Methodist Church in Sharon Springs with Pastors Galen Crippen and Guy Rendoff officiating.  Inurnment will follow with Military Honors in the Sharon Springs Cemetery, Sharon Springs, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Heyl Memorial Fund and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735.

Online condolences may be left at www.koonsrussellfuneralhome.com.

Service arrangements are entrusted to Koons-Russell Funeral Home in Sharon Springs, KS.

OBITUARIES

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O. D. Mote

Longtime Weskan, Kansas resident, O.D. Mote, 82, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Wallace County Community Care Center in Sharon Springs. O.D. was born March 22, 1936 in Vernon, Texas to Oris Dee Mote and Pearl Cooper Mote Cline.  He was the youngest... [More]

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Julia Kloetzke

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Mattie Roberta Finley Jackson

Mattie Roberta Finley Jackson, 78, passed away after a long struggle with ovarian cancer surrounded by her family and closest friends.  Mattie was the daughter of Marshall and Roberta Finley, sister of Delgar (Phyllis), Howard (Norma) and Ben (Alice), born in Goodland,... [More]

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Arthur R. Mai

Arthur R. Mai, son of William Sr. & Martha (Deines) Mai, was born December 25, 1924, at the home of his paternal grandparents in the Trego Center community south of WaKeeney, Kansas. His older twin sister, Katherine Elizabeth, did not survive.... [More]

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Jason Stanley Kenny

Jason Stanley Kenny, age 47, of Ulysses, Kansas, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.  He was born September 20, 1970, in Goodland, Kansas, the son of Stanley Shoop and Dolores E. (Newell) Kenny. Jason grew up in Sharon Springs and... [More]

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V. Kay Melia

Longtime Goodland, Kansas resident, V. Kay Melia, 88, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018, surrounded by his family, at the Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado. Kay was born on May 9, 1930 near Bucklin, Kansas to Gordon and Lula (Skeen) Melia.   ... [More]

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Dr. Richard “Kay” Driver

Dr. Richard "Kay" Driver, 86, of Goodland Kansas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 17, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Goodland after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. Kay was born on March 2, 1932 in Great Bend, KS to Gladys & Guy Driver. He was baptized... [More]

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Dorothy Fay Connolly

Dorothy Fay Samuelson Connolly, age 87 passed away in Northglenn  Colorado on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Dorothy was born in Weskan , KS on September 19, 1930 to Lawrence Samuelson and Barbara (Godfrey) Samuelson.  She grew up in Weskan, the third of five girls, graduating,... [More]

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COURT

Lucas sentenced in drug case

Braden Lucas, Goodland, was sentenced on a level 2 severity,  non-person felony drug charge. Lucas plead guilty on May 31st to unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, 3.5 - 100 grams, which carries a presumptive prison sentence of 123 months... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Sep 20, 2018

Hause, David Norman Jr, Brewster, Kans, securing loads on vehicles, deferred adjudication, costs $108. Smith, Nolan Gerald, Alamosa, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fine $105, costs $108. Walton, Trevor J, North Waterboro, Maine, driving 83 mph in a 65 mph zone, fine... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Sep 6, 2018

  Johnson, Andrea Mckenna Green, Phoenix, Ariz, driving 90 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $150, costs $108. Gwidt, Jesse Michael, Brighton, Mich, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $87, costs $108. Holliday, Stewart M, Phoenix, Ariz, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Three sentenced on drug charges

August 15th, 2018 - three defendants appeared for sentencing in the Wallace County District Court on charges stemming from last year’s 41-person, multi-county drug bust. Alyssa Lamb appeared with her attorney, Robert H. Gale, Syracuse, KS for sentencing. Lamb plead guilty... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Aug 23, 2018

Farr, Rebecca P, Lamy, NM, Driving 76 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $51, court costs $108. Thornhill, Georginna M, Florrisant, MO, Driving 99 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, restitution $42, court costs $108, other time 6 months. Luna, Miguel, Nebraska City,... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Aug 9, 2018

Rupp, Sasha Paulynn, Sharon Springs, Vehicle liability insurance required, fines $300, court costs $108. Masiker, Nolan Alexander, Lakeworth, Fla, Driving 83 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $93, court costs $108. Hauser, Kristin Lee, Wichita, Kans, Driving 82 mph in a 65 mph... [More]

Sentencings in Drug Cases

The Honorable Judge Scott Showalter handed down sentences in 7 drug related arrests, most of these stemming from the massive multi-county arrest August 2017. Matthew Henry Hessler appeared in court with attorney Colton Eikenberry, Hays, KS.  He had been charged with Unlawful... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Jul 26, 2018

Mack, Antoine Jamaal, Norcross, GA, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $99 and fees $108. Raines, Michael Thomas, Bedford, IN, driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and fees $108. Goodwin, Kiera Leanne, Wallace, KS, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $63 and... [More]

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NEWS

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Nex-Generation intern program impacts 68 students

Fifty-six businesses across northwest and north central Kansas hosted 68 high school and college interns through this summer’s Nex-Generation Student Internship Program. Participating students received an opportunity of a lifetime, preparing them for any future career... [More]

Labor Day Golf Tournament

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Lifewatch Training in Sharon Springs

A Lifewatch helicopter from Colby came to Sharon Springs to hold training with the Wallace County EMS in the practice field at Wallace County High School. The helicopter was scheduled to be used in the training, however it was called away before the training session to transport... [More]

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Smoky Valley 4-H Club Members Show at 2018 State Fair

Five members of Smoky Valley 4-H Club of Sharon Springs entered exhibits at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson last week.  Josh Daily competed in a classic business suit in the Clothing Buymanship Style Review, and received a purple ribbon.  Josh will be competing... [More]

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Walker-Helsel and dog Emme awarded Grand Champions at State Fair

  Claire Walker-Helsel and her dog Emme  are the Grand Champion Intermediate Dog Showmanship team at the 2018 Kansas State Fair Dog Show, September 15, 2018.  Claire is a member of Smoky Valley 4-H Club in Sharon Springs and is an 8th grader at USD 241. ... [More]

Sheriff's Log for August 2018

8-1 One male arrested on an arrest and detain 8-2 911 SS ambulance paged to care center 8-2 one vehicle accident involving a calf 8-2 911 child playing with phone 8-3 SS ambulance transfer to Denver 8-3 Lots of reports that storm took out power lines 8-4 911 SS... [More]

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Unleash New Adventures With Girl Scouts

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St. Louis Brass Quintet to perform

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Upcoming Weekend Events

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Bugle Notes - Wallace County 150th Anniversary

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Bugle Notes - Forsyth Scout Days with Gov. Colyer

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Bugle Notes - Kriegh reunion and State Museum Board retreat

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Bugle Notes - Gatling Gun and Museum Passport Program

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Bugle Notes - Railroad House and "Fifty Fearless Men"

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Bugle Notes - Buick Car Club and future plans

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