Elton Earl Beougher, 78, Hays, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born March 22, 1940, in Gove to Merlyn E. and Vivian V. (Smith) Beougher. He graduated from Gove Consolidated Grade School in 1953, Gove Rural High School in 1957, Fort Hays State University in 1961 with a bachelor’s and 1964 with a master’s and University of Michigan in 1968 with a PhD. He also attended Kansas State University and Winona State University.
He married Cecile Nola LaSalle on Aug. 21, 1960. She preceded him in death. He later married Wendy Morton on Sept. 30, 1994. He taught junior and senior high school in Winona from 1961 to 1964, senior high in Garden City from 1964 to 1965, and college mathematics at Fort Hays State University from 1968 to 2000. He was a proud Tiger and proud of his association with FHSU. He served professionally as President and Treasurer of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics and Chairman of the Kansas Section and Kansas Governor of the Mathematical Association of Mathematics.
He was a member of the Methodist Church in 1952 and accepted Christ as his personal savior in 1972. He served as a teacher and youth leader on many committees, drove the bus for the Kid’s Club, played in the Handbell Choir and sang in the Chancel Choir. He was an early member of the group Crossroads and had a passion for its music ministry.
He enjoyed history and nothing more than a day on the prairie with his metal detector. He was a past president of the Smoky Hill Trail Association and served on the board of historic Fort Hays for many years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, he worked crosswords daily but gave up Sudoku after he constructed an algorithm to solve the puzzles. He read physics books for fun and he enjoyed his family.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Tracea Collins and husband, Alan, and grandchildren, Alexis and Robyn; a son, Timothy and wife, Ronda, and grandchildren, Shelbie (Jason), Courtney (Adrian), Laci, Josie, Luke and Levi; and Chandler Morton and grandchildren, Aidan and Mason and Jeremy Morton and wife, Carmon, and grandchildren, Coby, Cole and Will; a brother, Marvin and wife, Marilea; two great-grandchildren, Brooks and Graves; and many special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Loren and wife, JoAnn; and a sister, Ima Lee Heier,
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; burial will be at 2 p.m. in Gove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Hays First United Methodist Church or Fort Hays State University Math Department for scholarships, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be left at www.haysmemorial.com.