Fray Oland Gideon, 83, Hays, died Monday, March 2, 2020, at his home.


He was born May 17, 1936, in Mount Pleasant, Mo., to Loyd and Mesakel (Mathews) Gideon.


He married Florence Ruth Eggers on Aug. 20, 1953, in Ellinwood and they celebrated over 66 years of marriage. He worked at the Ellinwood Co-op Gas Station, was owner of M & M Fertilizer in Garden City, worked at J & J Pipe and Supply in Hays, managed several grain elevators in Kansas and was a door greeter at Walmart.


He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Hays.


He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and riding in his red pickup while teaching his grandchildren to drive. He enjoyed going to the Kansas State Fair, bowling, attending the all night sing-a-thon in Hutchinson and traveling to Estes Park. He was outgoing, friendly, enjoyed people, faithfully attended church and had a strong faith in God.


Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Keith Gideon and wife, Denise, Rossville; a daughter, Darla Froelich and husband, Van, Walker; a brother; Ronald Gideon and wife, Darlene, Springfield, Mo.; six grandchildren, Stephanie Avery and husband, Damian, Amy Gideon and fiancÚ, Donnie Robinson, Mike Gideon and wife, Ronnie, Kegann Gideon, Chans Gideon and Tiffany Hammerschmidt and husband, Chad; and 11 great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Doris Gillis; and a great-grandson; Dalton Heard.


A private family inurnment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park, north of Great Bend.


Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.


Condolences can be sent to at www.haysmemorial.com.