Dateline: Hutchinson

Dr. Raymond E. ‘Ray’ Youmans, 93, formerly of Hays, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born August 30, 1924, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Raymond Orlando and Irene (Brian) Youmans.

Ray graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1941. From 1943-1946, he served in the United States Army during World War II, and was stationed at Walker Air Base. Ray then received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Denver. Ray was a Professor of Education at Fort Hays State University from 1958-1992. He loved to learn as he also attended the University of Kansas and San Diego State Law School. Ray also enjoyed being involved throughout his community and abroad. Some of Ray’s civic duties included serving on the USD # 489 Hays School Board for six years, President of College of West Africa, through the United Methodist Missions Council, Boy Scouts, the NEA, and extensive involvement in AARP. Ray was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hays, where he served as a lay leader, Sunday school teacher, and lay preacher, and he attended First Church of the Nazarene, Hutchinson.

On December 16, 1951, he married Marian Alice Schoenfeld in Kansas City, Kansas. They shared 66 years of marriage.

Ray is survived by: wife, Marian of Hutchinson, children, Barbara Youmans of Hutchinson, William Raymond Youmans (Joan Flax) of Centennial, Colorado; granddaughter, Kylie Anne Youmans of Centennial, Colorado; siblings Ron Youmans (Mildred), Robert Youmans, Roberta Sanderson, Roger Youmans; and beloved cat, KoKo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Russell.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with Pastor Bones Nay officiating. Friends may sign the book from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Elliott Mortuary. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Hays. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society-High Plains (located in Hays), First United Methodist Church, Hays, or Hospice House, Hutchinson, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.