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Gary Ray Goodheart

December 28, 2018

Greensburg- Gary Ray Goodheart, 78, died December 28, 2018 at Hill Top House, Bucklin, Kansas. Born March 19, 1940 in Ellsworth, Kansas to Ray Marion and LaVon Isabel (Missimer) Goodheart. Gary was an Educator for 33 years. He had lived in Bunker Hill, Russell, Wakeeney and Greensburg since 1964. He served in Greensburg on the City Council (1998-2011), on the board of Friends of Education Charitable Trust and on committees and boards at the First United Methodist Church. On June 5, 1960, Gary married Marilyn Tilzey in Russell. She survives. Other survivors one son Brian (Audra) Goodheart, Hutchinson, Kansas, two daughters Lichelle (Scott) Showalter, Goodland, Kansas and Kimberly (Todd) Alderfer, Greensburg, seven Grandchildren Jason (Joni) Showalter, Shannon (Aaron) Schiffelbein, Kristen Alderfer, Terran Alderfer, Kayli Goodheart, Lauren Goodheart, Kaden Armbruster, ten Great-grandchildren, one Great-great grandchild and one Brother Gale (Arletta) Goodheart, Overland Park, Kansas. He was preceded by a brother Loy Goodheart. A memorial service and celebration of Gary’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018 in the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg with Pastor Chu presiding. Visitation Sunday 5-7 at the church. Memorials suggested to FUMC, Friends of Education Charitable Trust, the Twilight Theatre and Hill Top House, all in care of Fleener Funeral Home, PO Box 41, Greensburg, KS 67054.

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  1. Marilyn and family,

    Lisa and I are deeply saddened by the news of Gary’s passing. As one of my earliest mentors, Gary’s demeanor was perfect for handling his fresh, and too young, administrative team. I see Max Clark several times a year and our conversation usually includes stories involving Gary. I particularly remember Gary’s calm leadership style with him sitting back in his chair. But on a rare occasion, he would lean far forward, which was our non-verbal clue that something (or someone) had gotten under his skin! It was then time for us to be quiet and listen. I continue to use his advice today and will even find myself quoting him all these years later. One of his wise but humorous quotes that he shared years ago was, “Mike, handling a tough personnel problem is like throwing up. You always feel better when it is over !” I value those days when I was lucky enough to have a mentor like Gary Goodheart. Lisa and I are unable to attend the service but we will be thinking of the family during this time.

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