Dan Spangler, Class of 1952, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City, KS. He was 79. Dan was born the son of George and Helen (Gracey) Spangler in Arkansas City, Kansas on December 19, 1932. He graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1950 and graduated from Arkansas City Junior College in 1952. Dan was an Eagle Scout and in 1950 went to the National Jamboree in Valley Forge. He served on the camping committee for the Osha Gonda Boy Scout District for several years. Dan served his country in the Air Force. Dan was united in marriage to Janeene Siner on August 4, 1957 at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City. They built a new home and shared over 51 of their 54 years together there. Dan worked for Days Monument before and after he got out of the service. He became a partner in 1965 and sold in 1993, but he continued to work there as he loved helping people. During the last 19 years Dan and Jan enjoyed camping, fishing with his buddies and traveling in their RV to all but 8 of the United States and across part of Canada. Dan served as secretary for 2 years and President of the Kansas Oklahoma Missouri Monument Builders Association for 3 years. He received the Cowley County Community College and Vocational Technical School Outstanding Tiger Alumnus Award for outstanding leadership in the community and for his service and dedication to others in 1992. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and V.F.W., both in Arkansas City. He was on the Chamber Board, the Housing Committee, Chairman of the Board of Zoning for the City of Arkansas City, President of the Kiwanis Club and also chaired the Pancake Feed for several years.
Melba Catherine Shrouf-Hansen, Class of 1952, passed away Saturday, March 24. She was 79. She worked virtually her entire life as a bookkeeper.
Joseph Curtis Waterman, Class of 1989, died March 22 at the Ponca City (OK) Medical Center. He was 43.
Christopher Todd Hess, Class of 2009, passed away on Feb. 2, 2012. He was 28.
Linwood Burns, Class of 1954, passed away on January 20, 2012. He was 77. At Arkansas City Junior College, Burns was a member of the 1952-1953 national runner-up men’s basketball team. During his two years at the school, he helped the Tigers capture a pair of Jayhawk West titles and place among the top-seven teams at the national tournament. ACJC went 53-10 in his two seasons as a player. He also spent two seasons as a member of the Tiger track and field team.
Florence Lee (Goforth) Stephens, 96, of Arkansas City, KS died Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at the Presbyterian Manor, Arkansas City.
Florence was born February 27, 1915, to Greg Hill and Edna (Brown) McIntire in Arkansas CIty, KS. She attended elementary and high school in Arkansas City and Wichita, KS. After high school Florence attended and graduated from Southwestern College, Winfield. Following graduation, she became a Personnel Director for Montgomery Ward Co. in Kansas City and Houston, TX.
In 1941, Florence married Donald W. Goforth in Arkansas City. The couple made their home in Guthrie, OK until his death in 1942. Don was serving in the United States Air Force. Florence became a professional worker with the USO until the end of WWII. She received her Masters Degree and became a Counselor for the Arkansas City High School and the Arkansas City Junior College. Florence was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Scholarship which included a year of study at the Menninger Foundation.
In 1955, Florence married Bruce Stephens. She later returned to Arkansas City to be the Counselor and Director of Guidance for USD 470. She belonged to many organizations including Delta Kappa Gamma, BO Chapter of PEO, National Retired Teachers’ Assoc., Toastmasters International, and Ark City Music Club. She also served as volunteer Chaplain for the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center. Florence traveled extensively and entertained children as a professional Christian clown in children’s hospitals in Florida and Alabama. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Bill (Embry) Heywood, Class of 1956, passed away January 4, 2012, in Scottsdale, Arizona, after a celebrated, lengthy career in radio. He was 75. Bill’s illustrious broadcast career spanned 50 years. His smooth, iconic voice nurtured and entertained generations of Arizonans. Bill held the rare distinction of hosting a top-rated show for five decades in one market, and was subsequently inducted into the Broadcaster Hall of Fame in 2004. Even with all the fame, Bill remained kind and humble, dedicating a large portion of his time to charitable causes. He was born William Embry August 12, 1936, in Newton, Kansas, an only child.
He was a member of the 1954-55 Tiger basketball team, which finished the season with a record of 25-8. He then helped the 1955-56 team to a 26-3 record, the Jayhawk West title, and a No. 1-ranking in the final regular season poll.
Bill’s first job in radio was at KSOK in Ark City, Kansas. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1961, and was offered a job at KPHO, beginning his long, successful broadcast career in Arizona.
While Bill’s career had always been radio-based, his diversity was as strong as his talent, leading him to jobs as a spokesman for Mel Clayton Ford for a record-setting 30 years, the host of PBS specials, the voiceover for national infomercials, and the emcee for numerous local charity and business events. Bill and his wife, Susan, founded a non-profit organization that granted donations to pet programs.