Harry Lee Hunsley III, 82 of Russell died Sunday, December 1, 2013 at his residence in Russell.

Harry was born November 3, 1931 in Larned, Kansas the son Harry, Jr. and Ann (Bishop) Hunsley.  He grew up in Great Bend, Kansas and graduated from Great Bend High School.  He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Harry serviced his country in the U.S. Army in the Combat Engineers from 1953 to 1955.

Harry was united in marriage to Joan Marie Wilkerson on August 5, 1956 in Russell, Kansas.  They were blessed with three children; Stephannie, Lisa and Mitch.  They made their home in Russell.  Joan preceded him in death on January 31, 2005.

Harry was a professional licensed engineer and land surveyor.   He was also involved as former certified city planner, a private pilot, past County Engineer/Public Works Director in Russell, Norton, Coffey and Ford Counties for 20 years, Co-owner of White, Hunsley & Associates for 18 years and  Marketing Engineer for Kirkham-Michael from 1998 to 2011.

Harry was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.  He also was a member as Past Kansas District Governor of Kiwanis Club, Past Master of Russell Masonic Lodge #177, Isis Shrine, Past President of Russell Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Habitat for Humanity, BPOE, board member of Post Rock Opportunities Foundation, Board of Kansas Society of Professional Engineers and well as chapter president, City of Russell Council member, Russell Library Advisory board. He founded and served as Chairman of Russell PRIDE Committee, chaired Russell Economic Development Board, and active member of the Russell Community Theater.  He enjoyed family, flying, fishing, hunting, golf, theater and woodworking.

Surviving family include his two daughters, Stephannie Goerl (Vaughn) of Great Bend, Kansas and Lisa Wheeler (Pete) of Yukon, Oklahoma; son Mitch Hunsley of Russell, Kansas; sister, Andra Lee Lehr Tracy of Great Bend, Kansas; aunt Jean Arnold of Wichita, Kansas; seven grandchildren; and a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins and sister/brother-in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Celebration of Harry’s Life will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church.  A private family burial of ashes will follow at a later date.  Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM Friday, December 6, 2013 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary with the family present to greet friends from 6 PM to 7 PM. A Memorial has been established with the Russell Community Theater.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.


 


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