HUTCHINSON — Stanley Donald Mollhagen of Hutchinson, born Feb. 12, 1923, died April 26, 2012 at Mesa, Ariz.
A fourth generation Kansas farmer and stockman, he was born to Harry and Flora (Habel) Mollhagen at Lorraine, Kansas.
He graduated from Lorraine High School and attended Kansas State University, playing on the Kansas State University men’s basketball team.
He served on the Lorraine school district board, was a Lorraine Grain Fuel and stock board member. He was elected to the Smoky Hills Rural Electric Cooperative Board. He recently retired as a director of The Lorraine State Bank.
Stanley attended the Lorraine Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School and served on the Deacon Board. After moving to Hutchinson, he enjoyed attending Trinity United Methodist Church and the Duo Sunday School Class.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathryn Alice Davis of the home; their children Jon D. (Patricia) Mollhagen, Lorraine; and Jane E. (Michael) Mollhagen Mott, Derby; and grandchildren Lacey L. Mollhagen, Austin, Texas; and Blaze P. Mollhagen. Lorraine.
He was preceded in death by a son, Stephen D. Mollhagen; a grandson, Beau D. Mollhagen; his parents; an infant brother; a sister, Edith (Mollhagen) Christy, and a brother, Milton.
In his 80th year, Stanley began riding his bicycle and met his goal of riding 24,902 miles, equal to the circumference of the earth, by his 86th birthday.
After 80 years, he was inspired to write a book about his memories and his life. To this day, Stanley is remembered for his participation as a player on the Lorraine Town Basketball Team. Among other basketball honors received, he was named to the Kansas AAU All-Star Tournament Team in 1947 at Wichita.
Funeral services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 2 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Hutchinson. A public graveside service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lorraine Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with the family receiving friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m.
The family suggests contributions to the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Towers, 700 Monterey Place, Hutchinson, KS, 67502.
Stanley’s relationship with Jesus Christ was most important to him as he lived his life as a born again Christian. Stanley will be remembered for his quick smile, gentle way and quiet words of wisdom.
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, April 29, 2012 ##