Gary Edward Goodchuck, 84, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Good Samaritan Center in Hays.


He was born Dec. 11, 1935, in Denver to Archie Edward and Ada Mae (Summers) Goodchuck. He was a 1954 graduate of Kearney High School and a 1961 graduate of Nebraska State Teachers College, now UNK, in Kearney, Neb.


He retired and moved to Hays in 1998. He quickly became a volunteer in the counselor’s office at Hays High School and helped there for 18 years. He taught american history, social studies, and government for 37 years in Wauneta, Neb., High School. He was a generous person and started student travel in Wauneta’s High School in 1967. He continued that tradition at Hays High. Over his teaching career, he arranged and hosted many student trips to Washington, DC, NY, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Denver, Chicago, Yellowstone, and the Ozarks. He also provided many scholarships for these educational trips. He sponsored mission trips in several churches and schools.


He was a U.S. Army veteran from 1958 to 1960, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. He was a personnel specialist in Headquarters Detachment. His basic training was at Fort Carson, Colo.


Throughout his life, he traveled to 15 foreign countries and extensively throughout the U.S. Starting in 1947, as a 5th grader, his family started their tradition of volunteer work through the summers in Yellowstone National Park. He made over 60 trips to Yellowstone throughout his life. He was awarded the “All American Citizen Award” by the city of Hays in July of 2006.


He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Gracene Bailey and husband, Lennis, and Gloria Goodchuck; and two nephews, Kevin Bailey and Kraig Bailey.


As per his wishes, cremation was chosen. His ashes will be scattered in one of his favorite places, Yellowstone National Park.


Memorials are suggested to the charity or school of your choice.


Brock’s Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com.