Richard Loraine “Dick” Garner, 77, St. Louis, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at his home.
He was born July 8, 1935, in Iola, to the late Vernon “Bus” Garner and Gladys Williams Garner. He was the fourth of five children.
Richard grew up in Iola and was a student in the Iola School District until he graduated in 1953. He went on to attend Allen County Junior College for two years. Taking a break from education, Richard served his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959.
After serving in the military he returned to what he was most passionate about, education. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree at Pittsburg State University in 1961. Richard went on to gain four master’s degrees, including a Master of Science from Pittsburg State University. While pursuing higher education, he became a teacher in the St. Louis School District. He taught students at Soldan and Vashon high schools. He also worked with Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Richard never missed an opportunity to teach both in and outside of the classroom. He traveled the world to South Africa, where he taught children in camps. He also made voyages to South America and Jerusalem. He strived to be better than better. His laugh could light up a room, and his excitement and enthusiasm were contagious.
He is survived by his oldest brother Vernon “Red” Garner, oldest sister Phyllis Garner Bass and younger sister Janice Garner Lane. He was married twice. From those relationships he leaves three stepsons to cherish his memory, Gary, Carl and Dan; a host of nieces and nephews; his best buddy Don and a host of relatives and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his brother Ronnie Garner and parents, Vernon “Bus” Garner and Gladys William Garner.
Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Highland Cemetery in Iola.
Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be left at, www.iolafuneral.com.
Memorial graveside services for Marilyn Jeanette (Snavely) Meservy will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Iola Township Cemetery a mile east of Piqua. Marilyn was a former Iola resident who died Dec. 23, 2013, at Fort Saint John, British Columbia, Canada. Her complete obituary was in The... [More]
Gerald Gene Brinkman, 69, Peabody, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Peabody Methodist Chruch. Donations made be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Peterson Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, KS 67114.
Kathy Thompson, 57, Iola, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1957, in Wichita, the daughter of Frank J. and Etta Mae (Lauer) Florio.Kathy grew up in Haysville and graduated from Campus High School. She was married to Mike White on Feb. 21, 1976, and... [More]
Iola voters will decide in November whether to approve a half-cent sales tax to support construction of a new elementary and high school for USD 257.City Council members 7-0 voted Monday evening to put the sales tax issue on the ballot. If approved, half of the new sales tax... [More]
Iola City Council members will continue to look at ways to pare the city’s 2015 budget before next year’s spending plan is approved.The Council has until its Aug. 11 budget hearing to decide whether to approve a 6-mill increase, as proposed by City Administrator Carl... [More]
Starla Cox, Iola, was ready for a change.“I’ve been overweight my whole life,” she said. “I don’t want to be this way the rest of my life.”In February, she began exercising and watching what she ate, determined not to get stuck in the trap... [More]
COFFEYVILLE — The Iola Seahorses competed at the league meet in Coffeyville on Friday and Saturday. Iola took sixth out of eight in both age groups.“The team swam really well,” coach Ciara Klubek said. “Jordan Strickler and I were very proud of all of... [More]
POMONA — Bizarre circumstances ended Iola’a AA American Legion baseball team’s run at a third straight state championship during the Zone 6 Tournament against Paola Friday night. After seeing a seven-run lead evaporate, Iola’s season ended with a 10-10... [More]