September, 2003

September 1, 2003

I'm not sure how many years it has been going now, but the Hoisington, KS, Labor Day parade is over 100 years old and a number of us from the chapter were able to make it again today.  We lined up in the street across from the high school, looking toward the west where a tornado demolished a good part of town a couple of years ago and did damage to the high school as well.  Before the parade actually started, we got a group photo.  We had no way of knowing it then, but Daniel, standing in the back with the cap on, towering over everyone else, would go home to be with the Lord on September 22 at the age of 51.  

Hoisington isn't that big, but a large crowd turns out for the parade and lines Main Street on both sides.  While waiting for the parade to end, I stood around with some others and talked while waiting for the car show to begin.  "Scarlett," on the right in the red dress, and "her" friend on the left came walking by and stopped to talk for a while.  "Scarlett" is a sight to behold.  I'm not sure, but "Scarlett" appears to be a
woman with masculine features, or a man with feminine features who dresses in this manner periodically for reasons unknown.  If it's the latter,  I can tell you "Scarlett" would scare snakes and make a freight train take a dirt road.   (Just kidding)  A week or so later, I met "Scarlett" on the streets in Great Bend during a craft show in the courthouse square.  After that, I met a man on the street in Great Bend who very much resembled "Scarlett" and could be her twin brother, but I may be mistaken.  "Scarlett's" brother seemed to know about me, though, so maybe "Scarlett" filled him in.

Anyway, the car show was held in the middle of Main Street, and, when it came time, awards were handed out.  One of my personal favorites in the show was this old Farmall tractor.

September 6, 2003

During World War II, Great Bend was a big B-29 bomber base.  The only flying B-29 in the world, and a B-24, from the Commemorative Air Force, spent several days in Great Bend so I went out to see the planes up close.  It was possible to get inside the planes, so I took advantage of the opportunity to tour both of them. While inside "Diamond Lil," the B-24,  I did a photo of the B-29, "FiFi," in the background.  

After looking at "Diamond Lil," I headed for the B-29 and did several photos of the plane from different angles.  These planes visited Great Bend several years ago and I happened to be driving into town from the west when I saw them approaching to land.  I headed for a road at the north end of the runway and watched as the B-29 came over.  It looked huge from the ground as it came over.  On the ground, for whatever reason, it didn't look all that big.  It's still an impressive airplane, though.

B-29's have an interesting nose, and I had to do a couple of photos including it.  When I got to get inside, "Blackie" did the tour and talked with us about the airplane.  This is where the pilot sat, and I had a photo made of me in that seat.  This is a position (navigator?) behind the co-pilot.  The tail gunner got to his position by crawling down a long tube just to the right of that position.

After I walked around inside and outside the planes, I got ready to leave.  As I did so, one of the men from the crew called me over near the gate so I headed over there and talked to some of them while they looked at the BugWing.  I did one more photo of it with "FiFi" in the background.

September 22, 2003

Daniel Rawlins Trickey, 51, Great Bend

Daniel Rawlins Trickey died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 22, at the Clara Barton
Hospital, Hoisington, Kansas.
Born April 14, 1952, in Fort Riley, Kansas, he was the son of Ralph Elwood Trickey
and Marion Louise Lesher.  He graduated from Denver's West High School in 1970.
On January 24, 1974, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and began a
lifelong walk in the Glory of God.

He began working in the printing industry at age 13, and, after graduation, he
continued in that occupation.
On May 7, 1976, he married Christine Kay Hancock in Denver. To this union were
born two children; Elizabeth Ann and Paul Daniel.
Daniel's career took him to Hays in 1978 where he began working for Printcraft
Printers. He and Christine also established a wedding and portrait photography
business in Hays.

In 1989, the Lord led Daniel and Christine to Great Bend where he continued his
occupation in the printing industry.  In 1991, he transitioned into ministries of
benevolence which grew into the Lasting Life Ministries and the Hungry Heart Soup
Kitchen in 1996.  In 1991, he also became a minister in the Crossroads Foursquare
Community Church in Hoisington. Two years later he was appointed Senior Pastor of
this congregation where he served until his death.

Daniel believed in reaching out to everyone to bring the message of the Lord's
goodness and glory.  This belief was put into action in his daily management and
hands-on work at the Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen  At  the time of his death he also
served as manager of Lasting Life Ministries.  In addition, he was treasurer for
the Hoisington Ministerial Alliance and was an active member of the Christian
Motorcyclist's Association.
He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, desktop publishing, computer graphics and was a
devoted fan of the Denver Broncos.

Daniel's love for his family was only overshadowed by his love for Christ. He was
a dedicated husband and father who served as a partner to Christine in all
aspects of their home life and parenting. He knew he was blessed by his family
and did not hide his joy in them. Daniel also developed a special relationship
with Christine's parents and sisters and they thought of him as a son and a

Daniel was a servant and faithful friend to all and he touched hundreds of lives
in his short 51 years. All were better people for having known him and by
following his example.
But foremost, he was a slave to the ambition of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Daniel is survived by his wife Christine, Great Bend; daughter Elizabeth and
husband Mike Schneiweis and their children Curtis Michael and Cierra Dawn,
 a son, Paul , of the home; his father Ralph, Denver; three sisters-in-law
and their husbands; a niece and two nephews, many cousins and a host of loving
He was preceded in death by his mother 2001, a brother Marcus Ralph in 1994, and
an infant brother Glenn Everett.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Assembly of God Church, 601
Patton Road, Great Bend, with a graveside ceremony and interment to follow at 4
p.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Jewell County.
Charter Funeral Home, Great Bend, and Melby Mortuary, Mankato are in charge of
arrangements. In lieu of flowers Memorials can be made to the Lasting Life
Ministries. P.O. Box 844, Great Bend, KS 67530 and the  Foursquare Missions
Press, 11661 Firestone Boulevard, Norwalk, CA 90650.