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Bruce W Brazzle
Bruce W Brazzle
Class of 1973
Passed Oct 16, 2019
(no additional information)
Coach 'spike' Harshbarger
Coach 'Spike' Harshbarger
Class of 1973
Passed Jul 23, 2011
John Day “Spike” Harshbarger, age 76, died July 23, 2011 at his home in Wamego, Kansas, after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

He was born March 31, 1935 at his grandparent’s home three miles north of Amorita, Oklahoma near the Kansas/Oklahoma border.
His parents were Alfred F. Harshbarger and Helen (Marsh) Harshbarger. Spike attended many schools as a child as his father was in the oil field industry. He graduated from Kiowa, KS High School in 1953 and attended Wichita State University on a football scholarship.

After lettering his freshman year, he transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, OK. While at Northwestern, he was a multi-sport standout, earning nine varsity letters in football, basketball, gymnastics, and track. He was the individual high scorer for the track team all four years, and was the conference pole vault champion four years.

His senior season he took third at the NAIA National Meet in San Diego with a vault of 13’1”. This vault was made using a steel pole and landing in a sand pit. Many times Spike would compete in as many as eight events in a track meet. Also while at Northwestern, he met the love of his life, Gwen B. Ashcraft, of Englewood, KS. They were married in Englewood on July 15th, 1956. Spike graduated from Northwestern in 1957 with a degree in Physical Education and Social Sciences. Following college, he joined the Army where he continued his athletic accomplishments.

In the Second Army Championships at Fort Lee, VA, he won the pole vault and discus, and placed 2nd in the javelin. He was selected among 320 athletes as “outstanding Army Athlete.” Spike then became a teacher and coach at Hardesty, OK for two years, Fowler, KS for two years, and Argonia, KS for five years before moving the family to Wamego, KS in 1968. While at Wamego, he taught American History, driver education, psychology, career education, and first aid and safety. He was the cross country and track coach for 13 years. After completing his masters of educational administration at Kansas State University, he became the Wamego Middle School principal for 12 years until his retirement.

In the summertime he worked for Kansas Farm Bureau as a crop hail adjuster for 19 years.
There are not many wheat fields in the state that Spike has not set foot upon. He also enjoyed officiating football and basketball. In his later years Spike continued to compete in track and field at the Masters and Senior levels. At age 66 he obtained All-American honors in the discus. He was inducted into the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame in February 2002 and into the Wamego Sports Hall of Fame in January, 2008.

Spike devoted his life to his wife and family, his Savior Jesus Christ, and to all of his students and athletes. He loved to reminisce about the classroom and the athletic field. His cross country and track athletes held a special place in his heart. He was a teacher in the truest sense of the word. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years Gwen, his children Alan and wife Janell of Topeka, KS, Scott of Westmoreland, KS, and Lynda and husband Dave Shepherd of Overland Park, KS. Also surviving are six wonderful grandchildren: Bret, Maci, Ryan, Jory, Layne, and Landon. He is also survived by two sisters, Alfreda and husband John White of Alva, OK, Wilma Moore of Anthony, KS, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Spike was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Helen, and his mother-in-law Chloe Hitz.
Cynthia I "cindy" Brazzle Harris
Cynthia I "Cindy" Brazzle Harris
Class of 1973
Passed Oct 06, 1998
(no additional information)
Donna Lorene Fouraker Faber
Donna Lorene Fouraker Faber
Class of 1973
Passed Dec 04, 2016
(no additional information)
Doug Yonning
Doug Yonning
Class of 1973
Passed Sep 05, 1987
(no additional information)
Fred Johnson
Fred Johnson
Class of 1973
Passed Nov 27, 2009
Fred E. Johnson
(February 20, 1955 - November 27, 2009)

Fred Eugene Johnson, 54, formerly of Wamego, passed away Friday November 27, 2009 in Manhattan, Kansas.
Fred was born February 20, 1955 in Wamego, Kansas the son of Johnie and Alma (Salzer) Johnson. He graduated from Wamego High School in 1973 and later attended and graduated from The University of Kansas in 1995. In February 1978 he married Tanya E. Hubbel. The couple later divorced. Fred volunteered as an alcohol abuse counselor for several years and was most recently volunteering at Mercy Regional Health Center. He had a fondness for music, good movies, KU sports and traveling when he could.

He is survived by: his son, Jeff Johnson and wife Jennifer of Springhill, KS; his brothers, James “Jim” Johnson and wife Linda of Paris, TX, and Donald Johnson and wife Donna of Wamego, KS; his sisters Linda “Janie” Edwards and husband Ed of Kansas City, KS and Jodi Niehoff and husband Chad of St. Louis, MO. Fred was preceded in death by his father Johnie, his mother Alma and his brother Richard Johnson.

Graveside services will be held Monday December 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Wamego City Cemetery. There will be a visitation at Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego Sunday December 6th from 2-4:00 p.m. A memorial has been established in Fred’s name for Alcoholics Anonymous of Manhattan and contributions may be left in care of the funeral home P.O. Box 48, Wamego 66547.
Fred Johnson
Fred Johnson
Class of 1973
Passed Nov 27, 2009
Hi everybody,

I wanted to add the website for Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego for those of you that want to send condolences but cannot make it to the services Monday!

http://www.stewartfuneralhomes.com/index.cfm
Gary Dee Sackrider
Gary Dee Sackrider
Class of 1973
Passed Nov 12, 2001
(no additional information)
Janet K Gant Phillips
Janet K Gant Phillips
Class of 1973
Passed Jun 24, 2017
(no additional information)
Michael T Pageler
Michael T Pageler
Class of 1973
Passed Nov 09, 2018
(no additional information)
Our Beloved Coach Harshbarger
Our beloved Coach Harshbarger
Class of 1973
Passed Jul 23, 2011
John 'Spike' Harshbarger was a special kind of teacher and coach to all of us in the class of '73.
He taught us with his very unique blend of firm but lighthearted wit and humor. We'll miss you Coach!
Richard Massieon
Richard Massieon
Class of 1964
Passed Mar 25, 2012
(no additional information)
Roxie Ann Travis
Roxie Ann Travis
Class of 1973
Passed Feb 21, 2018
(no additional information)
Terry Lee Sackrider
Terry Lee Sackrider
Class of 1973
Passed Sep 23, 2010
Terry Lee Sackrider, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.
Terry was a custodian at KSU for 10 years and later worked at Pizza Hut in Wamego for 10 years.
Survivors: a sister, Karen Sue Ridder; niece, Amy Davis; nephew, Chris Ridder, all of Wamego.
Preceded in death by his parents and twin brother, Gary (2001).
Graveside service: 2 p.m., Tues., Sept. 28, Wamego Cemetery. Visitation: 7-8 p.m. Monday, Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego.
Memorials: Pottawatomie County Caring Hearts Humane Society, in care of Stewart Funeral Home, Wamego, PO Box 48, 66547.

Condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.

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