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Donald Ralph Bloss

Donald Ralph Bloss, 88, Hays, died Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Hays Medical Center.

He was born April 28, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents moved to Chicago, and then when he was age 5 to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he spent his school years.

He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1943 and went into the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served in the continental U.S. until March 1946. In the fall of 1946, he enrolled at Iowa State University at the Camp Dodge campus.

On August, 20, 1949, he was married to Phyllis Jeannette Handlen in the Methodist Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1949-50, he lived in Story City, Iowa, and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Industrial Education from Iowa State University. He began graduate school in counseling that summer.

He was principal/teacher at Plover, Iowa, in 1950-54. He received an M.S. degree in Counseling in 1953 from Iowa State University. He was prinicpal/counselor at Graettinger, Iowa, 1954-57. He was counselor and then director of guidance services in Davenport, Iowa, from 1957 to 1968, with a total of 18 years in the public schools of Iowa.

He returned to graduate school at the University of Missouri in 1968-70. He was director of Missouri Statewide Testing Service and an instructor, completing an Ed.D. in counseling psychology, August 1970.

He then was employed as director of the testing service and professor of education at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, from 1970 to 1990. He has lived in Hays during his retirement with an interest in golf (his goal was to shoot a 45), photography, travel, crosswords puzzles and birding. He donated many cross-stitch works of art to the church and community members. He has been active in the Hays Photo Club, the Humane Society of the High Plains, Lions Club, and is a member of Masons and Eastern Star.

He feels his most important contributions was his 40 years service as a teacher and counselor, as well as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Hays; a son, James Bloss, and his wife, Marie, McKinney, Texas; and a daughter, Jeannine Bloss, Hays; his sister, Jane Zilmer, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Brendan, Aaron, Kirsten, Caitlin, Rachael and Alexis; and one great-grandchild, Antonia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph T. Bloss and Isabel Gillen Bain.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church of Hays, following a private family burial at Mount Allen Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hays, and desired any memorials be directed to the church or Humane Society of the High Plains in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at