RUSSELL — Harry Lee Hunsley III, 82, died Dec. 1, 2013 at his residence in Russell. Born Nov. 3, 1931, in Larned, he was the son Harry, Jr. and Ann (Bishop) Hunsley. He grew up in Great Bend and graduated from Great Bend High School. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. On Aug. 5, 1956, he was united in marriage to Joan Marie Wilkerson, in Russell. She preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2005. He was a professional licensed engineer and land surveyor. He was also a 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.
Mr. Hunsley served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 in the Combat Engineers. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. He also was Past Kansas District Governor of Kiwanis Club, Past Master of Russell Masonic Lodge No. 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.
Survivors include his two daughters, Stephannie Goerl of Great Bend, and Lisa Wheeler of Yukon, Okla.; a son Mitch Hunsley of Russell; a sister, Andra Lee Lehr Tracy of Great Bend; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, at the Trinity United Methodist Church. A private family burial of ashes will follow at a later date. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m., on Friday, at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary. A memorial has been established with the Russell Community Theater in care of the funeral home.
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Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Dec. 5, 2013