Walter E David, former Chairman of the Cowley County Community College Board of Trustees, died Nov. 7 at Medicalodge in Arkansas City following a lingering illness. He was 82.
David was born Jan. 9, 1927 at Floral, KS. the son of Roy and Edna (Meyers) David. He graduated from Winfield High School and attended Kansas State University. During World War II he served in the United States Army Air Corps. Walter farmed in the Dexter area, worked for Mauer Neuer packing company, served as Cowley County Appraiser, and as Regional Appraiser for the State of Kansas. He made his home in the Dexter area for many years, moving to Arkansas City in 2001. He was a member of Central Christian Church in Arkansas City and served as Elder and Chairman of the Church Board. Along with being Chairman of the Cowley County Community College Board of Trustees, he also served on boards for Caney Valley Electric Cooperative, Soil Conservation, Grouse Creek Watershed, Dexter School Board, and Two Rivers Cooperative. He was an active community leader for the Dexter 4-H Club for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, farming, ranching and traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada. On August 21, 1949 he married Iris M. Rahn. They have three daughters, Jody and husband Terry Beaver of Frisco TX, Ruth David and husband Stan Dains of Fairfax Station VA, and Karen and husband Michael Ferguson of Dexter. They have three grandchildren, Kasey and Kari Crow and Amanda Beaver.
He is survived by his wife, Iris of the home, his daughters and their families. He is also survived by sisters, Elizabeth Ploger of Kansas City, Joan and husband Don Drake of Winfield, and Barbara and husband Hardy Montague of Overland Park KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Glen David.
William Jacob (Bill) Austen died July 30 in Dodge City. He was 76.
Austen grew up in Arkansas City. He graduated from Ark City High School and attended Cowley County Community College. He was named the recipient of the 1996 Outstanding Tiger Alumni award.
He served in the Army during the Korean War after which he returned to Kansas. Austen then attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia where he met his future wife, Ada Jonelle Kinnamon. They were married on January 25, 1958 at Montezuma and after a short stay in Ark City, settled in Dodge City in 1959. He later obtained his Bachelors degree from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City in 1975.
Austen worked in law enforcement for most of his life starting as a desk sergeant with the Dodge City Police Department under Ramon K. House in 1961 and later moved to the Ford County Sheriff’s Office under Richard A. Wolfe. He later worked as Juvenile Officer for Ford County and when the court systems unified, he became the first Director of Court Services over six counties for the State of Kansas. He served in that position until he retired in 1998.
Austen was very active with Dodge City Roundup Rodeo serving as president in 1991 & 1992 and more recently as vice- president. For 25 years he operated the calf roping chute at the rodeo. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Dodge City Community College for a number of years and just recently finished serving as the chairman of the board.
He served as the Executive Secretary for the Dodge City Cowboy Band for 27 years up until his death and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church.