Chapter Eternal

Posted by John | | Monday 18 November 2013 1:02 pm

2019-08: Dean Richards ’73

Dean Dudley Richards III, MD Dr. Dean Richards, a Kansas City internist, family man and jokester, died on Aug. 15 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68. Dean Dudley Richards III was born on Mar. 7, 1951, in Lawrence, the oldest of six children. His parents, Dean “Tutt” Dudley Richards Jr. and Catherine Jane (Scott) Richards, were the publisher/owner and editor, respectively, of The Baldwin Ledger newspaper.
Dr. Richards’ early childhood followed his father’s journalism career from Baldwin to Kansas City, Prairie Village and Omaha, before settling back into Baldwin in 1956. As a child, Dr. Richards showed a tremendous gift for the natural sciences. From astronomy to zoology, his thirst for the natural world was unquenchable. He was bold in pursuing his interests he delighted in sitting on the roof to get a closer look at storms that roared overhead. He also loved fishing, blowing up things and, more respectably, scouting, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He completed most of his schooling within a three-block radius of his family’s home, starting at Baldwin Elementary School and finishing at Baker University. He received a Presidential Scholarship to Baker, graduating with a dual major in Chemistry and Biology. He was also an enthusiastic member of Delta Tau Delta. Dr. Richards attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine, belonged to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and completed his internal medicine residency at KU Medical Center.He served patients across Kansas City with an internal medicine private practice from 1980 to 1989 and then as a corporate wellness physician. Following in his parents’ journalism footsteps, Dr. Richards also published articles in The Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) and The Pharos.
Dr. Richards found chemistry with Nancy Christine (Olm) Richards in the Baker University chemistry lab. They married on June 28, 1975. Together, they raised four children, Dean IV, H. Christine, Daniel and David, in Stillwell and Leawood. The family traveled regularly to the beaches of Hilton Head Island, SC and the mountains of Colorado. Dr. Richards enjoyed sharing his love of writing, art and photography even constructing a darkroom in his home and was known for his encyclopedia like repository of knowledge and bad puns. In his retirement, Dr. Richards enjoyed gardening, watching the Kansas City Royals and attending their training camps. He always found time for his grandchildren, Demetrius, Olivia and Max, to discuss nature, tell jokes and go fishing. After dealing with 40 years of cats who liked his wife better, Dr. Richards finally enjoyed the company of a cat, Lucky, who liked him more.
Dr. Richards’ parents preceded him in death. In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, he is survived by his siblings, Nancy Jane, Susan (and husband, Karl), Scott (and wife,Terrie), John (and wife, Nancy), Kip (and wife, Denise); cousin, Steve Richards; daughter-in-law, Shakeena (Hill) Richards; son-in-law, Seth Gregg; mother-in-law, Chloe (Funk) Olm; many nieces and nephews; and the Luckster. Memorial donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), PO Box 49104, Baltimore, MD 21297 or A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 at 1:30 PM in the First United Methodist Church,704 Eighth St., Baldwin City, KS. Reception immediately following.

2017-07: Tom Van Sickle ’59

Tom R. Van Sickle Tom R. Van Sickle, Olathe, Kan., died July 3, 2016. He was born June 22, 1937, in Vernon County, Missouri, the son of Vincent and Welcome Hinderliter Van Sickle. He was a graduate of Fulton High School. Tom attended Baker University for two years prior to transferring to Kansas University and graduating with a BA degree in Political Science in 1959. Tom married Suzanne Galvin in 1964 at Lima, Ohio. Following 25 years of marriage, they later divorced. Following that divorce he spent 19 years with his life partner, Georgina Hunter. She preceded him in death. He graduated from the Washburn School of Law with a J D Degree in 1966 and was admitted to the Kansas Bar that same year. Tom was elected as Kansas State Senator for three terms to represent the Fort Scott district in 1960, 1964 and 1968. While a member of the State Senate, Tom led the successful debate to maintain U.S. Highway 69 status as part of the Kansas freeway system. He was elected Kansas State Treasurer for one term in 1972. Upon moving to Arizona, Tom continued to be active in politics. He served as the chairman of the Arizona Committee for Ronald Reagan for President in 1979-1980. He was an Arizona Delegate to the Republican National Convention held in Detroit in 1980. He was the Field Director for Reagan for President in both Arizona and Hawaii in 1980. He was a lifetime member of the Kansas University Alumni Association, past member of the Fort Scott Rotary Club and Friends of the Fort. In both Kansas and Arizona, Tom was active in the local Chambers of Commerce. Tom lists as his greatest achievement in life, along with his wife, Suzy, his children. Survivors include one daughter, Becky Van Sickle and husband Fergus Caldicott; three sons, David Van Sickle and wife Lolly Merrell, Rob Van Sickle and wife Liz, and Matt Van Sickle and partner, Julia Jagersberger; two step-sons, Howard Hunter-Patel and wife Shilpa, and Chico Hunter and wife Jennie. Also surviving is a brother, Gary Van Sickle and wife Linda; five grandchildren, Henry Merrell-Van Sickle, Charlie Merrell-Van Sickle, Jack Merrell-Van Sickle, Lucy Van Sickle and Mac Van Sickle; and two step grandsons, Neel Hunter-Patel and Orion Hunter; step mother-in-law, Bertha Badillio. Donations in his honor are suggested to the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation Trolly Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at Tom R. Van Sickle

2017-05: Tom Duckett ’63

Thomas Gaillard Duckett, II, 75, formerly of Mission Hills, KS, passed away on May 21, 2017, in Lakewood, CO. Private graveside services will be held at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. A reception is pending at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer and Freeman Funeral Home. Mt Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home & Cemetery. Dignity Memorial.
Published in Kansas City Star on May 25, 2017

2017-03: Brooke R Kendall ’69

Brooke R. Kendall, 71, of Osage City, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
He was born Oct 8, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Rev. Robert B. and Marian L. Kendall.
He graduated from Baker University and served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War on the aircraft carrier USS KittyHawk.
He was a skilled heavy equipment mechanic. His specialty was the Case IH machinery, but he worked on all. Brooke worked all over the state of Kansas. In his retirement, he enjoyed boating, working on his Corvette and taking his dog Sammy for a ride in the truck.
Survivors include a daughter, Alicia R. Woodson and husband Larry of Grandview, Texas; a son, Travis L. Kendall and his wife LaShonda of Emporia, Kansas; grandson, Layton A. Kendall of Emporia, Kansas; and sister, Kathy L. Foster and husband Jim of Overbrook, Kansas.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 14th , 2017, at the Moran Cemetery, Moran Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to Navy Safe Harbors Foundation and sent in care of Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, PO Box 408, Garnett, Kansas 66032. You may send your condolences to the family at

2017-04: Ivan Jarett “Jay” Morgan ’48

MORGAN Jay, 93, of Fort Collins, passed away peacefully April 20, 2017, while in the Centre Rehabilitation facility. He had been living in New Mercer Commons since July of last year. Jay has been a resident of Fort Collins since 1998 when he and his wife, Lila Jean Morgan moved from Prairie Village, KS. Jay Morgan was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Baldwin City, KS, to Orvil Scott Morgan and Myrnice Crysler Morgan. After graduating from Baldwin High School, he joined the United States Navy on May 15, 1943, where he became a pilot. During World War II, he predominantly flew carrier based SB 2 C Curtis Hell Diver dive bombers. After the end of the War, he continued to fly with the Naval Reserve until he was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces on Oct. 14, 1955. He returned to Baldwin in 1945 to attend Baker University, where he met Lila Jean Bachman, whom he married on Aug. 24, 1949. After graduating from Baker in 1948, he began his professional career with the Equitable Life Assurance Company, where he worked as an executive for nearly 30 years until retiring. He then went on to work in residential real estate sales for another 10 years, prior to moving to Colorado to be with family. Surviving family include three sons, Ross Morgan and his wife Kathy, Randy Morgan and his wife Nancy, and Mitch Morgan and his wife Becky; four grandchildren, Lyndsay Morgan, Allie Morgan, Tyler Morgan, and Taylor Morgan; and numerous loving nieces and nephews, and their families. The last of his generation, he is preceded in death by his wife, Jean, who died Feb. 1, 2005; his parents, his brother, O. Scott Morgan, and his sisters, Buena Vista Ulrich, Noreen Williams and Jane Cross. Jay was a loving father and patriarch to his sons and extended family. His warm smile and kind heart will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 30, 2017

2015-04: Eugene L. “Skip” Doane ’68

Our Brother Eugene L. “Skip” Doane enter the Chapter Eternal on April 19, 2015.  Skip grew up in Lawrence, graduated from Baker ’68 and obtained a  medical tech degree.  He started his career at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and then worked and retired from Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.  He was a medical Technologist with specialty in hematology and coagulation studies.  Skip struggled after a very difficult surgery in 2011 and retired in 2012.  We send our warmest sympathy to Fran. Skip will be dearly missed by all his Brother’s.

2015-03: James G Parke ’53 Past away March 23 in Green Valley, Arizona.

2014-03: Holt Hughes ’69 Click here for obituary.

2014-02:  Craig Leitnaker ’79  Click here for obituary.

2014-01: Joseph Harlan Peters ’42, a member of the Distinguished Service Chapter, passed on 1/3/2014. Brother Peters attended 70 STAG celebrations.

2013-10:   John C Lewis ’53 

The family will celebrate the life of Captain (USN-R) John C. Lewis,
with a Memorial Service on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:00 am at the
Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia.  Directly
afterwards, John will be buried with full military honors at a graveside
ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, adjacent to the Chapel.  After
the burial at 10:30 am, the family will host a luncheon reception nearby at the Capital
View Ballroom at the Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn Virginia.

 2013-10 John C Lewis