In Loving Memory

Honoring the memories of beloved veterans and supporters who have passed

This page is dedicated to the memory of Kansas veterans as well as supporters of the Kansas Honor Flight who have passed.  For a minimum donation of $25, the Kansas Honor Flight will post a special memorial here for friends and families of beloved Kansas veterans, honoring their lives and service to our nation.  All funds received from this special program go toward sending veterans on a future Kansas Honor Flight.

Donations are accepted by check or credit/debit card.  If you'd like to add your special loved one to this memorial page and support this program, please send us a photo and information about them to chief@kansashonorflight.org after making your donation.  Please make sure to add a special note during checkout that the donation goes to the "In Memory Of" program.

For information about donating to this program by check or credit card, visit our Donate page by clicking here.

This Page is Dedicated In Loving Memory Of These Kansas Veterans and Kansas Honor Flight Supporters

Kansas Veteran Larry Gates

Larry Gates

Larry Dean Gates – Born September 28, 1955, entered rest August 31, 2018. Larry was the City Superintendent for Erie Kansas from 1992 – 2001. During his years of service to the city of Erie, he was instrumental in developing and building the 20 Mega Watt power Plant. In 2001, Larry took a position with the City of Chanute and worked his way up to the Director of Utilities. During his time at Chanute he oversaw the installation of the 49 Mega Watt turbine and negotiated the sales of excess capacity. He was the driving force for successfully guiding Chanute into the new energy market and forming the Southwind Energy Group. Larry proudly served as an EMT/fire fighter for the Erie ambulance and fire district for many years. He and his wife Marcketta were a large part of the Main Street Memories Committee in Erie for over 10 years. Larry was a proud member of the Sons of the American Legion, the American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard. In 2009, Larry was instrumental in assisting the American Legion Post 170 in Chanute Kansas raise over $60,000.00 to fund an Honor Flight for 42 area WWII Veterans. Larry made most of the arrangements to make this possible. Without his hard work and steadfast dedication to the Honor Flight project, it would not have been possible. Larry’s family requested his friends and family to donate to a Kansas Honor Flight Fund to be established thru the American Legion Post 170 in Chanute Kansas. Not only was Larry a great patriot, he was a true friend to many in the American Legion. For more info about Chanute American Legion Post 170, visit their website by clicking here.

In Loving Memory Of Kansas Veteran Wendell W. Kellogg

Wendell W. Kellogg

Wendell W. Kellogg, 77, of Salina, Kansas, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018. Wendell was an attorney for 52 years with Marietta, Kellogg and Price Law Firm where he was a founding partner. Wendell was a member of the VFW. He was in the National Guard and served in Vietnam as a JAG Officer from 1968-1970. He was honorably discharged as Captain with multiple military awards, including the Bronze Star Medal for service. “In Memory Of” sponsor Bob Corkins For more information about Wendell, click here.

Kansas Veteran Palmer Dent

Palmer Dent

“Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all the generous donations in loving Memory of Palmer Dent . We are overwhelmed with the love and sympathy from Palmer’s friends and loved ones. Palmer was always a helper , and through this Memorial we hope to continue his legacy of helping others. Shane and Michelle Dent “

In Loving Memory of Kansas Veteran William D. Psachal

William D. Paschal

William was born on the family farm near Luray, KS and graduated from Osborne High School where he excelled in academics and was the Captain of the debate team. Upon graduation from high school, William joined the Army. He was an infantry scout and combat medic. Captured by the Germans after an intense night of fighting, he was a POW for 100 days. After returning from the service, William married his high school sweetheart and recently celebrated 72 years of marriage. William was a highly decorated soldier receiving notably the Combat Infantry Badge, Silver Star, a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor, 2 additional Bronze Stars, a Prisoner of War Medal, and a Purple Heart. He was recognized by the Army for gallantry in action and credited with saving the lives of many soldiers during a particular firefight. Upon graduation from KU, William served as the milk sanitarian for the city of Lawrence and bacteriologist for the State of Kansas. William graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School. In 1966, William opened a dental practice in Wichita, KS after practicing dentistry with Virgil Palmer in Haysville, KS. Funeral services were Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Resthaven Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to Kansas Honor Flight Inc. or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. “In Memory Of” – Sponsor – Jan Paschal jlp321@hotmail.com Click here to read the Wichita Eagle Story about William D. Paschal

Kansas Veteran Palmer Dent

Lewis Wagner

Lewis Lowell Wagoner was a 20-year-old Navy seaman second class when he perished and was declared missing after the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that propelled the United States into World War II. Wagoner was aboard the USS Oklahoma when that battleship, along with other U.S. warships, was doomed by torpedoes while helplessly moored in Pearl Harbor. Wagoner’s body, unidentified at the time, eventually was recovered, along with several hundred fellow shipmates. All of them were buried as “unknowns” in a Hawaii cemetery. But last year, the U.S. military dug up the mass graves and began a painstaking push by special military laboratories to put names to the remains, using pre-war dental records and modern advances in DNA testing. Seaman Lewis Wagner’s remains were flown to Wichita, KS where final ceremonies and burial were conducted. Click here for video about his remarkable finding.

In Loving Memory of Kansas Veteran Brian

Brian Petr

Brian Petr was born March 28, 1993 to Kathy and Don Petr. He joined the Army Reserve in March of 2011. His Basic Training was at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then went to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri for his AIT in 88 Mike, truck driving. At the time of his death he was an E-4 Specialist. He earned a BS in Computer Engineering at K-State in 2015 while working at ResNet. It was at ResNet where he met his wife Amy. They begin dating September 1, 2016. Then he moved to Jacksonville, Florida for a warmer climate in October of 2016. After Amy graduated from Manhattan Technical College in May of 2017, she moved to Jacksonville so they could end their long-distance dating. Exactly one year after their first date, they married September 1, 2017 in Wichita, KS. That was the last time we saw him alive. On November 3, 2017, just 63 days after getting married, he was riding his motorcycle to work in the morning when a vehicle made a U-turn in front of him. We do not know at this point if he died instantly or shortly after at the hospital. He was buried in Wichita, KS. We miss you Brian! Love, Mom and Dad “In Memory Of” – Sponsor – Kathy Petr kpetr@cox.net

Kansas Veteran Jim Hardesty

Jim Hardesty

Jim Hardesty, 91, died May 27, 2018 at The Shepherd’s Center in Cimarron. He was born on December 20, 1926 in Ashland, the son of Charles Samuel and Edith Fae (Roberts) Hardesty. As a child, Jim lived in the Ashland-Englewood area. His family then moved to Greensburg, Dodge City and Meade. Jim graduated from Meade High School in 1945. Shortly after graduation, he was drafted. Jim served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. After his discharge, Jim returned to Meade where he married Bonnie Keltner on April 30, 1948. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. Jim and Bonnie lived in several southwest Kansas towns before settling in Mullinville, where they owned and operated Hardesty IGA grocery store. In 1971, they moved to Cimarron, where Jim was part owner in the Cimarron IGA grocery store. He enjoyed traveling and vacationing with family. In 2011, Jim, along with his son, Steve, and brother, Jack, had the honor and privilege of going on an Kansas Honor Flight to Washington DC. He was a member of the Cimarron United Methodist Church. Jim is survived by his wife Bonnie of Cimarron; five children, Shari Perkins of Dodge City, Sandy Unruh and husband Steve of Cimarron, Debbie Lee of Garden City, Dee Ann Moran of Douglass, and Steve Hardesty and wife Sandy of Topeka; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren with one soon to arrive. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack; son-in-law, Terry Perkins; and great granddaughter, Emma Grace Unruh. Memorial service will be held at Cimarron United Methodist Church on Saturday June 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Mike Keating presiding. Military Honors will be provided by KSARNG. There is no visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to Kansas Honor Flight, The Shepherd’s Center, American Cancer Society, or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of Swaim Funeral Chapel – 1901 6th Ave – Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com. – To date, $1,290.00 has been donated to the KANSAS HONOR FLIGHT mission. Click here to visit Jim's Obituary, view a dedication video, sign a guestbook, and more on the Swaim Funeral Home website.

In Loving Memory Of Kansas Veteran Daniel Connolly

Daniel Connolly

“In Memory Of” sponsor Deidre Meyers.

In Loving Memory of Kansas Veteran Thomas Hanenkrat

Thomas "Tom" Hanenkrat

“In Memory Of” sponsor Susan Davis

In Loving Memory Of Kansas Veteran George Owen Hurst

George Owen Hurst

George Owen Hurst passed away on 11/08/17. He joined the Army in January of 1943 and served as a medic before getting wounded in France in 1944. He received a Purple Heart, Silver Star, and British Bravery Commendation Medal. He was greatly loved by his family, and he is missed. He was the beneficiary of a Kansas Honor Flight, and it is my privilege to make this donation in his memory. “In Memory Of” – Sponsor – Susan Sanders

In Loving Memory Of Kansas Veteran Wendell W. Kellogg

George Morrison

In honor of George Morrison who served our nation, and went on the Kansas Honor Flight in 2017. Sponsor – Hannah Morrison – hannmorri@gmail.com

In Loving Memory Of Kansas Veteran Lawrence Ray Rains

Lawrence Ray Rains

Age 97, passed away February 28, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Blanche Rains, his sister Margery Cleveland, and his grandson Ryan Rains. Survived by his loving wife of over 68 years, Mary Kay, son Randall, son Chris (Jonelle), grandchildren Kyle Rains, Nicole Rains, Justin Rains, and great grand children Hailee Rains and Nicholas Rains. As per his request, there will be no memorial service. Mr. Rains was a World War II veteran and served in Italy. Memorial donation can be made to Kansas Honor Flights, P.O. Box 2371, Hutchinson, KS 67504.

In Loving Memory Of Kansas Veteran Viviano Reveles

Viviano Reveles

“In Memory Of” sponsor Linda Mahnken – lindacmahnken@gmail.com

In Loving Memory Of Kansas Veteran Warren Seward

Alan Sparrowhawk

“In Memory Of” sponsors Philip Schroder, Jean Lunt, Douglas Cowell, Eric Burkhead, Debbie and Mick Pond.

In Loving Memory Of Kansas Veteran Warren Seward

Warren Seward