Share |

Richard Garner

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.

OBITUARIES

Bill Isaac

thumb

Bayard native Charles Lee “Bill” Isaac, 85, rural Greenfield, Mo., died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Lockwood, where he had lived for the past month.Funeral services, including Masonic rites, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral... [More]

Lillie McAloon

thumb

Lillie McAloon, 93, Iola, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Windsor Place in Iola.Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Geneva Cemetery northwest of Iola. Memorials are suggested to the Iola Alzheimer’s Support Group and may be left with the funeral home. The family... [More]

The Rev. Janet Chubb

thumb

The Rev. Janet A. Chubb, 59, Parsons, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Labette Health. She was pastor at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Iola.She was born Aug. 7, 1955, in Davenport, Iowa, to The Rev. T. E. Lindemann and Gertrude (Fritz) Lindemann. At the age of 6, she... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Bowlus director supports new schools

thumb

Susan Raines has a message for those considering whether to support construction of new elementary and high schools in Iola — especially those considering voting against the $50 million bond issue.“Don’t vote no because of the Bowlus,” she said.Raines... [More]

County inches toward new pact

thumb

A proposed change in how Iola’s ambulance crews would be backed up may provide the key to resolving the city’s ongoing emergency medical services contract negotiations with Allen County.Iola City Administrator Carl Slaugh spoke Tuesday with Allen County commissioners... [More]

Trek to Iola brings Oklahoman full circle

thumb

David Rule’s trip of a lifetime never topped 50 mph. “I’d go 40 if nobody was behind me,” he said.Rule, 67, comes from a family steeped in military tradition, and fully aware of the sacrifice and commitment required to defend the country.Starting Friday,... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Tumbling class offered by Iola Rec starts Monday

thumb

Kids will be springing backhands into a tumbling class offered by Iola’s Recreation Department starting Monday. Venessa Weohr takes over the instructing duties this year.“In the past, the rec department has done tumbling through Emily Pargman or Casey Finley,”... [More]

Varsity Fillies sweep matches

thumb

Iola High’s varsity volleyball team won both of its matches on senior night Tuesday.The Fillies started off with a 25-10 and 25-18 win against Prairie View. Addie Haar secured three kills. Emery Driskel had four aces and five kills. Emma Piazza had three aces, four kills... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription