Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pete Saunders

Keith D. "Pete" Saunders, 87, Minneapolis died Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Minneapolis.  Pete was born in Barnard on March 19, 1927 to Otto and Eva (Loy) Saunders.

Pete was united in marriage with Pat Beck on November 8, 1947.  Pete worked various jobs including at El Dorado and Ottawa County State Lakes.  He was an avid golfer.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pat; son, Mike; grandson Tyler Vishnefske; and brother, Dale.

Survivors include his children, Mitch Saunders and wife Lynne; Monte Saunders and wife Marie; Shelly Vishnefske and husband John; daughter-in-law Jan Saunders; siblings Beth Holcomb, Jerry Saunders, and Peggy Blanding; grandchildren Nick Saunders, Dakota Saunders, Deuce Sunders, Megan Vishnefske, Jenny Saunders, and Levi Saunders; and great-grandchildren  Liby Vishnefske and Emma Saunders.

It was Pete's wishes to be cremated and memorial services will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minneapolis Golf Course and may be left in care of Wilson Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 166, Minneapolis, KS 67467.

John Wesley "Wes" Pepper 1932-2014

John Wesley Keith Pepper "Wes", 82 of Redding, California, passed away of heart failure due to complications from surgery, on September 12, 2014, at the Shasta Regional Hospital in Redding.  He was  born on May 18, 1932 in Lincoln, Kansas to John Prouty and Reita Geraldine (Bishop) Pepper.

Wes moved around in the earlier years of his life with his family, living for a while in Lingle, Wyoming and in Clorado near Colorado Springs.  The family later moved back to the Pepper family farm in Barnard, Kansas and that is where he spent most of his growing up years.

He lived in and around Barnard, off and on, until he jointed the US Air Force in the fall of 1951.  We graduated from Barnard High School in 1950, along with his cousin Lloyd Jackson.  Wes was the older sibling of Duane Pepper, Judy Pepper, Frank Pepper, Gene Pepper, and Cheryl Pepper, all of the Barnard area.  Wes had many Bishop, Wallace, and Jackson cousins in and around Lincoln County, KS.

Wes served in the Korean War and flew 18 bombing missions over Korea as a right gunner on B-29 bombers.  He met and married his wife of 59 years while stationed in Roswell, New Mexico.  Wes and Evelyn (Roork) Pepper had three children there before moving to California in 1962.

Wes worked as a harvester in his teen years in Barnard and traveling up to the Dakotas and down south as well.  He also later worked on missile sites and became a building contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960's.  Wes built solid homes on strong foundations and Steve Jobs, of Apple fame, lived in one of his houses.  It held up nicely in the 1989 San Francisco earthquake and Steve Jobs praised the craftsmanship of John Pepper Properties in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In the late 1990's, Wes and Evelyn followed their son, John, down to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and have lived there since.  Wes always loved the ocean and enjoyed the beauty and freedom found in that area.

He leaves behind his wife Evelyn; children Teresa, John, and Terri; twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be given to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery at 11800 Gas Pint Road, Igo, CA 96047 wher Wes was interred.

Teresa (Hamilton/Pepper) Rust

Bill Watson in Salina Hospital

Following a long stay in the Lincoln County Hospital, Bill Watson has been transferred to the Salina Regional Health Center for an extended stay.  Cards can reach him at W.G. (Bill) Watson, Salina Regional Health Center, Room 423, 400 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, KS 67401.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Melvin Hart Will Celebrate 90th Birthday


An open house for Melvin Hart will be hosted by his family on  Saturday, August 2 at the Barnard Lions Community Center.  The reception will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  He will be celebrating his 90th birthday.

Melvin Hart has been a lifelong resident of Barnard.  He is a farmer and along with his wife, owned Hart's Grocery Store in downtown Barnard for many years.  Mr. Hart is a charter member of the Barnard Lions Club.  Though he is mostly retired now, he still helps his son, Leon, on the farm.  He is also still quite the dancer and has a smile for the ladies on Wednesday nights.  Mr. Hart is a wealth of knowledge on Barnard history and keeps up on the happenings around the community.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Updating the Blog and the Barnard Banter Third Anniversary

I must apologize for not keeping up with the blog.  Sometimes life gets in the way and trying to work out the kinks get difficult at times.  I have a great deal of information and pictures to catch up on and will try to get it done soon.  During the last few months, I have had a change in employment which has resulted in a work schedule that was hard for me to adjust to.  Also, I was involved in an auto accident that resulted in a fatality.  That has had a severe effect as well.

Thank you for your inquiries about the blog.  I am glad to know that there are people who missed it and I promise that it will continue.  June 8th marked its third year and I hope for many more.  The Barnard Banter has over 27,000 readers in more than 50 countries around the world.  It has truly been an incredible experience.

Life in the Old Barnard Cafe

Nancy Houghton, owner of the former Betty's Place in downtown Barnard, is bringing back a bit of life to the old building.  She is hosting dinners on Wednesday nights.  There was a good turn out this last Wednesday night.  Dinner nights are posted on the front door so keep an eye out and I will try to do better about keeping the blog updated.

Bill and Charlene Watson Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

Bill and Charlene Watson are celebrating 60 years of marriage.  They married in 1954.  They have five children; Vicki, Beverly, Dwight, Jeana, and Ginger.  They continue to live on the farm where Bill's parents got their start.  Bill and Charlene have been active in many organizations including the First Baptist Church of Barnard and  the Barnard Lion's Club.  Charlene is an accomplished local musician and writer.

There is a public reception from 2-4 p.m. at the Barnard Community Center on Saturday, June 14th.