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Galen Gwynn Hughbanks

November 19, 1931 ~ April 19, 2020 (age 88)


In Loving Memory of

Galen Gwynn Hughbanks


Galen Gwynn Hughbanks, age 88 of Anthony, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020. Born November 19, 1931, the third child of James Frank and Vivian Esther (Hunt) Hughbanks of rural Crisfield in western Harper County, Galen experienced the Great Depression and Dust Bowl during his childhood years. Schooling began at Alfalfa Valley, and later Camp Creek, which was located on the same section as his grandparents’ farm. Highlights included plays, track and baseball.

Chores took up much of the youngsters time and energy, and from a young age they were milking twice a day. As a graduate of Attica High School Class of ‘49, athletics were a highlight and the teams enjoyed great successes. He enjoyed attending the AHS annual reunion.

Working after graduation he built fence near Sharon, helped build the Anthony Farmer’s Coop north elevator then enrolled at Southwestern College. 

As the Korean Conflict loomed, he enlisted in the United States NAVY, and upon completion of boot-camp at San Diego was assigned to the NAVY Transport Branch at Moffett Field VR 25 near Mountain View CA. Galen served in the South Pacific during nuclear testing, then again served stateside until being honorably discharged as a Yeoman 1st Class.

Educational achievement’s included a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, master’s degree from Colorado State University and post-graduate work at Oklahoma State University. Galen’s teaching and coaching career began in Boulder, Colorado continuing in Sharon and Harper Kansas and as administrative outreach coordinator with Pratt Community College.

In 1953, Galen was united in marriage to Joy LaNell Bates in Mountain View, CA. She passed in 1954.

In 1958, Galen and Bonnie Jo Anne Hutchison were united in marriage at Nunn, CO. The Galen Hughbanks family farm near Anthony began in 1962 when they purchased their home where he lived until his passing. A lifelong student of the Bible, Galen faithfully guided his family and others, enjoying many friendships centered around church communities. 

Galen was preceded in death by his siblings; Monroe Hughbanks, Beverly Hurley, Roger Hughbanks, Fineas Hughbanks.

Galen is survived by his wife, Bonnie of the home; sons Scott Hughbanks of Anthony, KS, and Kyle (Trina) Hughbanks of Alva, OK; daughters Linda (William) Kroupa of Lincolnville, KS and Janell (Russell) Pollom of Spring Hill, KS; grandchildren Clark and Raleigh Kroupa, Jessica, Sam and Wyatt Pollom, Ridge, Sabrina and Savannah Hughbanks. Surviving siblings; James (Donna) Hughbanks Denton, TX, Harold (Gerry) Hughbanks Attica, KS, Karen (Dave) Smith Hedville, KS, Sandra (Bob) Kurt Rose Hill, KS, Tipton (Anita) Hughbanks Attica, KS, Teresa (Jerry) Whitney Enid, OK; and extended family and friends.

Private family burial at Forest Park Cemetery.  Friends may sign the registry online at www.eldrighofffuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Friendship Meals or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch of Amarillo, Texas, in care of the funeral home at 115 S. Bluff Avenue, Anthony, Kansas 67003.

The Hughbanks family has entrusted the care of Galen to the Eldringhoff Funeral Home of Anthony. 

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Private Family Burial

Forest Park Cemetery
South Santa Fe
Anthony, KS 67003


Hopewell Presbyterian Church
302 SW 40 Ave, Anthony KS 67003

Friendship Meals
130 East Main Street, Anthony KS 67003
Tel: 1-620-842-3008

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
600 SW 11th Avenue, Amarillo TX 79101
Tel: 1-800-687-3722
Web: http://calfarley.org

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