PARKER — The Parker Rural High School Alumni Banquet took place April 27 at Parker Elementary School.

At 5 p.m., 161 reservations had been made. The evening opened with everyone giving the Pledge of Allegiance led by Steve Kinder (class of 1965), followed by the invocation given by Judy (Creighton) Browning (1960). The welcome was given by Richard Chambers (1965). The very good meal was prepared by One-Stop Café of Parker and served by the members, parents and leaders of Thunderbird 4-H Group of Parker.

Richard Chambers introduced the officers and roll call was given by Marilyn (Hampton) Rhoades (1963). The secretary report was given by Janice (Cady) Stahl (1958). The treasurer’s report was given by Steve Kinder. Marilyn Rhoades gave the historical society and genealogy society reports. Election for next year’s board members was held.

The scholarships were given by Richard Chambers to three 2019 graduates. Sam Chambers, son of West and Missy Chambers and a graduate of Prairie View High School, plans to attend Hutchinson Community College and get a degree in ag technologies. Augusta Browning, daughter of Kendra and Eric Browning, also a graduate of Prairie View High School, will attend Allen County Community College and study elementary education. Zach Nickelson, son of Chris and Christy Nickelson, a graduate of Jayhawk-Linn High School, will attend McPherson College on a football scholarship and plans to get a degree in business management. We wish them the best in their future accomplishments.

The oldest alumni present were members of the class of 1941, Helen (Page) Merrill and Mildred (Davey) Diehm.

Larry McNabb has attended each of the alumni banquets since he graduated in 1969, which was the final year Parker Rural High School maintained their school. Jean Nickell was also recognized for taking pictures of the event for the last several years. Each was presented with vases of beautiful daisies.

Janice (Woolsey) Long (1962), maker of Quilts of Honor, presented Donald Smith (1947) with a very nice quilt she had just finished.

A memorial service for 26 graduates that had passed away since last year’s banquet was held. Marilyn Rhoades read the names and Richard Chambers lit a candle for each.

The evening ended with the singing of the school song, led by the class of 1969. Everyone was invited to attend this year.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or

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