Max Gordon Byerley, age 102, of Parker, Kan., passed away Monday, March 6, 2017, at Hospice House in Olathe, Kan.
“Mick,” as he was known to all, was born to William and Louisa Antoinette (Willis) Byerley on Feb. 16, 1915. He was a lifelong resident of Linn County, Kan., and lived south of Goodrich for many years but has called Parker home since 1973.
Mick grew up in a world without electricity or any other modern convenience. He spent his days playing baseball, swimming, hunting and fishing. He and his four older siblings enjoyed having walnut and corn cob fights with their father who was reputedly able to throw a walnut around the corner of the barn.
He married Gertrude Delores Jackson in 1935 and together they had two children, Byron Eugene “Gene” Byerley and Katherine Delores (Byerley) Stanley. Gertrude passed away in 1971 after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Mick married Doris Virginia (Stainbrook) Kehl in 1973, and they enjoyed 39 years together until her death in 2010.
Mick was a farmer and rancher all of his life. He told stories of the “Dirty Thirties” when dust storms killed most of the crops and grasshoppers ate the rest … then they ate the fence posts. He owned cattle until he was well into his 90s when kidney failure forced him to retire in 2008. He then defied the doctor’s prognosis, and his kidneys resumed functioning after nearly a year on dialysis.
He loved to play pitch, dominoes, Yahtzee or any other game that gave him a chance to spend time with family and friends. He lived on his own in Parker until congestive heart failure caused his admittance to Hospice House on Feb. 27.
Mick was preceded in death by his parents, William and Louisa; his siblings, Nellie, Harry, John and Warren; his wives, Gertrude and Virginia; his son, Byron Eugene “Gene”; and stepdaughters Anne Shulista and Tracey Kehl.
He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Stanley and husband Charles of Centerville, Kan.; stepsons Larry Kehl and wife Loretta of Parker, and Allen Kehl and wife Cathy of Russellville, Ark.; his grandchildren, Ron Stanley of Centerville, Katherine “Betsy” Hamilton and husband Eli of Stafford, Va., John Byerley of Mesa, Ariz., and Anita Burdge and husband Robert of Paola, Kan.; and six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 10, 2017, at Centerville Community Church. Burial followed in the Goodrich Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parker (Kan.) Heritage Park or to Hospice House of Olathe, https://www.olathehealth.org/Donations#.WL4J4H9diMV.
You may send your condolences to the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.
Linn County News Published Aug. 23, 2017 Clifford Johnson, age 88, Drexel, Mo., passed away on Monday, Aug.14, 2017, at North Point in Paola, Kan. Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory La Cygne Chapel. Burial was in the... [More]
Linn County News Published Aug. 23, 2017 Anna Marie Smith, age 73, Pleasanton, Kan., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. A private family funeral service was held. Interment was in the Prescott Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Linn County Care to Share. Online... [More]
Linn County News Published Aug. 23, 2017 Leonard “Paul” Lewis, Jr., 60, of Pleasanton, Kan., passed away Aug. 15, 2017, at home after battling metastatic colon cancer. He was cremated. Memorial service was Aug. 19 at the First Baptist Church, Pleasanton. Private... [More]
Linn County gazers of Monday’s Great American Eclipse never experienced totality, as did watchers 70 miles to the north. Still, the total solar eclipse was the closest to Linn County since one passed on a northeastward arc from Wichita through Kansas City on June 18, 1806,... [More]
David McNabb appeared in court on Monday, Aug. 21, with his attorney, Edward Battitori, in front of 6th Judicial District Judge Mark Ward for the purpose of hearing multiple motions prior to the preliminary hearing, which is set for Sept. 5 and 6 in which McNabb is accused of... [More]
The Linn County Sheriff’s Department received word from the Miami County Sheriff’s Department early Tuesday, Aug. 22, that Robert Dean Schoenhals, 56, of Pleasanton, was killed early Tuesday morning after his car drove through flood waters and was swept into deep... [More]
- Pleasanton blood drive to benefit local patients July 3
- Sumter sentenced in shaken baby case
- Jennifer Jo (Stevens) Shaw 01-29-1979 to 03-17-2017
- Sumter pleads guilty to child abuse charges
- Breaking News: Weis, Kleidosty arrested on charges of failure to report child abuse
- La Cygne voices construction damage agreement City also to seek downtown alley-meter bids
- La Cygne City Council acts on personnel items
- Misunderstanding tables AMR\Linn Valley ambulance agreement
The high school fall sports season is upon us, and all three county schools are getting ready for football, volleyball and cross country seasons. It will be exciting to watch all the kids and all the teams this season, but several athletes should have big years barring injury... [More]
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) held their annual fishing derby on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Linn County Fair and Rodeo. There were over 30 kids present at the event and in one hour’s time they caught over 100 fish. There were three... [More]
- Mound City, Pleasanton are winners in this past weekend’s baseball tournaments
- KSHSAA classification changes coming in 2018-2019
- Pleasanton golf hosts home invitational; all 3 county schools compete
- Allen medals for the Buffalos at State
- JV volleyball participates in MVHS tournament
- Catching summer panfish
- Pokemon GO going wild at Kansas state parks
- Pleasanton golf hosts varsity invitational