HEALY — Billy Ray Pike, 88, died Sept. 28, at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City. Born March 17, 1926, in Kingman, he was the son of Clarence Earl and Elsie Mae (Wagonseller) Pike. On Aug. 30, 1950, he married Beth Stewart in Healy. He attended grades 1 through 5 in Kansas and 6 through 11 in California and then moved to Healy and graduated with the Class of 1944. After his discharge from the United States Army he enrolled in Fort Hays State University where he was president of the International Relations Club and belonged to the Kappa Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He graduated in 1951. He moved back to Healy and worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Healy Co-op Propane Department before becoming the Post Master at the Healy Post Office for 30 years.
Mr. Pike served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed in Italy. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Healy, Alternate Delegate to Church Conference, U.S National Association of Post Masters, Fort Hays State K Club, Fort Hays State Half Century Club, past president of Lane County Historical Society, past president of Library Foundation, past member of Lane County Library Board, past Grade School Board Member, and Gideon’s International. He was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years and worked the Colorado Camp for 25 years and received the Scouters Award, Scout Master Key, Wood Badge, Silver Beaver & Vigil Honor.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Pike of the home; three sons Kenneth Dean and Roberta Pike, of Stafford, Dale Eugene and Alicia Pike, of Dighton, and Charles Ray and Elleen Pike, of Great Bend; a daughter, Gaille Renee and Jack Woodlyn, of Conshohocken, PA.; two brothers, Bob Pike of Dunlap, Calif. and Don Pike of Dolan Springs, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Healy wit the Rev. Bud Tushorn officiating. Burial will be at the Healy Cemetery with graveside rites by the American Legion Post 190 and Kansas Army Reserves National Guard. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Boomhower Funeral Home in Wichita. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church, Camp Lakeside or Boy Scouts of America in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Boomhower Funeral Home*
145 N. Wichita
Dighton, KS 67839
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Oct. 1, 2014