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Heather Jack

Passed away: August 26, 2011
Funeral Home: Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home

Jack R. Heather, 86, Hays, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Ellis Good Samaritan Center, Ellis.

He was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Lordsburg, N.M., to Sylvanus and Blanche Marie (Redus) Heather. He completed high school in El Paso, Texas. After World War II, he earned his bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Texas at El Paso and his master's degree in radio and television from the University of Denver.

He married Yvonne Parish in August 1950. He later married Margaret "Peggy" Chaffee Smith on Aug. 4, 1974, in Hays. In 1950, he was employed to develop a broadcast curriculum at Fort Hays State University. The radio, TV and film area successfully was developed and moved into its own building at FHSU in 1981. In 1986, the building was named Heather Hall, and in 1988, he retired after serving FHSU for 38 years. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He was an instructor in Armament School until going overseas to serve in the 14th Air Force, which was known as the "Flying Tigers" based in China. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hays, Hays Arts Council and was past president of Ellis County Historical Society.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; two daughters, Brooke Adams, Longmont, Colo., and Dawn Heather, Fort Collins, Colo.; a stepson, Stanley Smith, Fairbury, Neb.; two stepdaughters, Nora Myer, Sacramento, Calif., and Betsy McCreery, Hays; six grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Linda Miller; a brother, Harber Heather; and a sister, Dora Mullins.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; burial in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens Cemetery, with military honors by the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Hospice of Hays Medical Center in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.