Oris A. Kingery

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Oris A. Kingery, Sylvan Grove, died Sept. 10, 2018 at Salina Regional Health Center at the age of 78. Oris was born June 19, 1940, the son of Tony Kingery and Vada Bittner Kingery in Mena, Arkansas. At the age of three he and his family moved to Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Wichita High School West in 1958. On March 11, 1961, Oris and Barbara Rutledge were united in marriage in Wichita. Oris attended Friends University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Arts. He began his teaching career in Barnard, Kansas, and received his Masters Degree in Education from Fort Hays State University. In 1966, Oris and his family, moved to Sylvan Grove where he taught in the Sylvan Unified School District until health issues forced his retirement in 1974. After his retirement, Oris used much of his time assisting a number of elderly community members with their financial affairs. Woodworking was a talent that he enjoyed and took pride in his projects. He loved hunting and fishing his entire life and was always trying to figure out a way to enjoy those activities when his body made it impossible. Fishing trips to Canada with his family were some of the best of times. Oris was active in his community as a volunteer dispatcher for the fire department, played a key role in the establishment of the Senior Center, and served on the Sylvan Unified School Board for many years. He was always there with a helping hand and probably with a joke or prank, as well. He was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Sylvan Grove. Oris was preceded in death by parents, Tony and Vada Kingery, brother Charles Kingery, and sister Grace Fiant. Survivors include his wife Barbara, son Scott Kingery (Dawn), daughters Brenda Frederking (Richard) and Jill Ptacek (David), 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Services were held September 15, 2018, at the Sylvan Grove First Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial was in the Sylvan City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Oris and Barbara Kingery Community Scholarship Fund in care of the of Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home, Lucas. Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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