Neel's obituary can be found here.
Kenneth "Neel" Holler joined Kansas Authors Club in 2009. He was a member of District 5 and a regular participant in the annual literary contests, and a frequent award winner. Though he was unable to attend, Neel was recognized for 10 years of membership at the 2019 Convention in Wichita. Also in 2019, he won 2nd place for the short story titled, Rose.
Neel's obituary can be found here.
Kenneth Edward Peery and his wife, Doris, were KAC D1 members for several years. Kenneth passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the age of 93.
Carol Yoho (D1) shared the following news item about the Peery's from an August 2011 Kansas Authors Club meeting:
Ken and Doris Peery, District 1, Topeka, shared work they'd helped publish by Ken's cousin, Maury Pierson, who was a Topeka artist, ship modeler, salesman, and closet writer. Having no children, Maury shared a small box of his writings with Ken, expressing the hope that someday they might be published. Ken and Doris worked on the booklet, hoping to publish before Maury's passing but he died in July, 2008. The keyboarding was made difficult by frequent bouts of laughter. When completed, the book was bound with a spiral binding and titled "Wit and Philosophy" by "an old curmudgeon" Maury Pierson. Copies were mailed to Maury's living cousins. Ken and Doris read selected portions of his writings.
Link to Kenneth's Obituary (Legacy.com)
Ralph W. Dagenais was a District 5 member of Kansas Authors Club who long played an active role in both district and state leadership. After joining KAC in 1992, he served as State Financial Secretary from 1993-2001. He also served several terms as district secretary and state contest chair.
Ralph helped secure the first KAC website in 1995, housed on the KU Department of History website. Ralph, along with wife, Julia (KAC President from 1992-xxx), and son, John, acted as webmaster for this site.
In 1995, Ralph received a service award for his many roles in Kansas Authors Club. He was recognized as a 20 year member in 2013.
In his last correspondence with the current Financial Secretary, Tracy Million Simmons, he stated (via Facebook message) that at 95 years of age, he was retiring his membership with Kansas Authors Club. He enjoyed his many years of active participation with the club and valued the friends and supporters he had gained there.
Ralph wrote memoir, non-fiction, and technical writing.
His obituary can be found here.
Members are invited to submit memories and details of Ralph's work with KAC. Please send in an email to Tracy.
Norm Ledgin was an active member of Kansas Authors Club, District 2, from 2007 to 2019.
Norm was the author of the following books:
Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope through Famous Role Models (with Temple Grandin)
Sally of Monticello, Founding Mother (a novel)
The Jayhawker, a novel
Heart Deco, a novel
Disharmony, A Sally Freberg Mystery
Link to Obituary.
Norm on Wikipedia
Norm's Amazon Page
LeNore Stumpf, District 1, Topeka, formerly of Axtell, died at the age of 84 on March 9, 2017. She was a long-time member of KAC.
LeNore was born March 15, 1932, in Baileyville, Kansas. Survivors are husband of 64 years, Walter, children Barbara (Elias) Pimentel, Elaine (Richard) Hatch, Richard (Evan) Stumpf, Brenda (Mike) Leonard, Dan (Diane) Stumpf, Roger (Kim) Stumpf, 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, siblings Mary Mueting, Rozella Ronnebaum, Kathleen Gravenstein, Albert Kuckelman.
LeNore was known for her work as a journalist. She joined KAC in 1986 as a member of D1 and in 1990 transferred to D4. She lived in numerous states and overseas as her husband was in the service, making her experiences varied. She had a colorful writing career as columnist and author.
In 2002 her novel Branded With Love was published by PublishAmerica. In 2005 she received KAC's J. Donald Coffin Award for her book Life, I Think, Is Like a Watermelon, a collection of 90 humorous columns, many of which originally appeared in the Marysville Advocate. At the 2006 state Writers Conference in Junction City, LeNore was a workshop presenter. Her topic was "Writing a Hometown Newspaper Column." and in 2008 Writers Conference in Dodge City LeNore won a KAC "Award of Merit" for Life Achievement, when she was noted for her career as "columnist and published author."
LeNore's complete obituary is available online.
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