My dad graduated from Garden Plain High School in 1977. Although I didn't know him very well, Garden Plain was always home to him. He made a lot of lifetime friends in his hometown, and was liked by many.
Jeanette married Richard Beard of Wichita in February of 1974. They lived in Wichita where they had three children, Chad, Shannon and Scott. She worked for Bank IV as it transitioned through Boatman's Bank, Nations Bank and finally to Bank of America, where she was an assistant vice president in customer service. She was active at Church of the Magdalen Catholic Church in Wichita as well as volunteering for the Victory in the Valley of Wichita. Her oldest son, Chad, married Holly, in 2002 and they have two children, Connor, 6, and Aubrey, 3. Chad is a detective with the Wichita Police Department. Shannon married Dan Woods, an El Dorado Police Sergeant and is a teacher in Andover. Scott is a teacher at Curtis Middle School in Wichita. Jean passed away in 2006, however she is well remembered in the legacy she left in her husband, her children, her grandchildren and in her faith.
Marge was proud to be graduate of GPHS. She enjoyed following sports, particularly the Garden Plain Owls, the K-State Wildcats and the WSU Shockers. One of her favorite hobbies was gardening, and she could often be found working in her rose garden. In her later years she became active in the Garden Plain senior citizens group and took great pride in the GP Senior Center.
Leon served in the Air Force after HS graduation He last worked with United Airlines as a Computer Tech. Leon and his wife Susan lived in Denver, Colorado. Jogging, skiing, hiking and fishing were his favorite sports. The Oakland Raiders was his favorite football team. Being a wine connoisseur, his dream was to retire and run his vineyard in Palisade, Colorado. He and his wife Susan traveled all over the United States, Alaska, Europe, Egypt, Moorea and all of the Hawaiian Islands. His life was cut short by MS. His motto was "Have fun NOW while you can, life's short".
GERSTENKORN, LEON J. Denver, Computer Tech., United Airlines, Husband of Susan, Brother of Norbert (Martha, Alvin (Mary Jane), Carolyn Gerstenkorn and Bernita (Jerry) Becker. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Son of the late Ben and Rose Gerstenkorn. Memorial service, Tues. 2 PM, Olinger Hampden Chapel, 8600 E. Hampden Ave. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rocky Mt. MS Center 701 E. Hampden Ave. Suite 420, Englewoord, CO 80013-2760
Jeanette Heimerman was born in St. Joe, KS to John and Tillie Thimesch March 15, 1939. She is the oldest of 3 children, brother Dennis Thimesch and sister Marilyn Erker.Jeanette attended GardenPlainHigh School where she was a May Queen and graduated with the class of 1957.She married LeRoy Heimerman August 8, 1959 here at St. Anthony’s. They were married 50 beautiful years and have 4 children whom she was very proud of:Chris, Lisa, Lori, and Kurt.
Dana was such a great friend. I think of her often and miss her dearly.
From Janelle (Helten) Robben on February 11th, 2012
Dana was one of my best friends. We went through so much and what I remember most is how she loved life and how everyone who knew her was a better person after meeting Dana. I think of her and those days fondly. RIP in peace Dana. Thank you for being part of my life. I will miss you always.
Jason was a charmer and funny! Was sad to hear about his passing, he was one of the good ones!
From Michelle Pauly on July 10th, 2015
My Beautiful Brother,
You were the most amazing and beautiful soul I was blessed to not only know, but also blessed to call brother... I love and miss you every single day of my life. Don't worry, this won't stay sappy..you taught me better. I got 99n problems!! As you always said.. Ride or Die... Always love your sis.....
Mr. Puetz taught me more in the late 80's than any other teacher.I still use what he taught me today on a daily basis. The most important lesson he taught me was not to smart off to a man thats back hand could move me 6 inckes back without even looking my way. Wow i think my chest still hurts but i would have never told him that because he didn't like winers!!!! God Bless!!
From Patti Miller Keplinger on June 27th, 2016
Mr. Puetz will always have a special place in my heart. He was my throwing coach (shot put) for 6+ years. He believed in me when I did not believe in myself. It was because of this amazing man that I was blessed with a full college track scholarship. He was truly a man that meant the world to me! Always, Patti '86
My brother Greg was one-of-a-kind. He loved people and there wasn't anything he wouldn't try. From dressing up like the Blues Brothers and attending a City Council meeting in Wichita, to flashing a fake badge at some kids he caught smoking under the bleachers at a baseball game, he was a joy to my life and to all that he met. We miss him and think of him lovingly every day.
Carl graduated from GPHS in 1953. He had a great zest for life, politics, drag racing, bird watching, sports and family. If he could have made it to the reunion I'm sure he would have loved to drive his El Camino in the July 4th parade. Carl was my godfather, and I miss him a great deal....Evelyn Bergkamp Neier
Ray (Bud) graduated in 1948. He worked as a bank examiner in Colorado. Later in life Bud renewed his interest in both music and art, playing in a bluegrass band and taking painting lessons. He passed on his love of sports, particularly baseball, to his three sons.