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Gary Randall Kingsley

August 30, 2021

Gary Randall Kingsley

Born August 29, 1943 died August 30, 2021

Born in Spearman Texas to Richard and Evelyn Kingsley, graduated from Spearman High School in 1961 and attended Lubbock Christian College and York College where he met Leann (Hanke) and they were married on February 6, 1964 in York Nebraska.  They lived in York, where Gary worked at Standard Brands and had their first child in 1965.  Gary took a job with Hesston Corp as a technical illustrator in 1965 and they moved to Newton Kansas.  Gary worked at Hesston Corp (now AGCO) and eventually became the supervisor of the Graphic Design Department until he retired in February 2011.  Gary eventually graduated from Bethel College in 1983.

Gary loved playing golf (he had the nickname of Bear on the Hesston Golf course), wheeling and dealing with his Hesston Belt Buckle business, traveling to flea markets to sell his wares, he loved old cars, especially early Ford Mustangs.  In his later years he loved watching golf and game shows on TV, and flipping channels.  He spent lots of time with his church family, his family and friends having game nights and meeting at Norms to just hang with his pals.

Gary had a deep relationship with God.  He was a faithful member of the Columbus Avenue Church of Christ, having served as a deacon in the past, leading singing, teaching Bible classes and holding up the Bass line while singing at church.

Gary loved his family.  He is survived by his wife, Leann.  Brothers: Larry (Mary) Kingsley of Gainsville TX and Danny Kingsley of Lubbock TX. Brother in Law Richard (Karen) Hanke of Choctaw OK  Children: Geoff (Rhonda) Kingsley of Edmond OK, Deborah Kingsley of Newton KS, Brian (Kelly) Kingsley of Olpe, KS.  Grandchildren: AJ (Latiffany) Kingsley of Kansas City MO (great granddaughters: Ayanne and Cambria), Jeanna Watson-Tolbert (great grandkids, McKaelah, Kembran and Mellanie), Maryn (Logan) Thompson of Bartlett TN (great granddaughter Joanna), Caleb (Abbie) Kingsley of Maumelle AR, Asa Kingsley and fiancée Addie of Edmond OK.  Haley Kingsley and fiancée Jacob of Topeka KS, Maycee Kingsley of Emporia KS, Mia Kingsley of Olpe KS.  Numerous nieces, nephews, church family members and his three cats who made him laugh every day.

Preceding him in death are his parents, In Laws, Harry and Ena Hanke, Sister Patricia Bassett and Grandson Preston Tolbert.

A memorial service for close family and friends with a mask requirement will take place at 2:30p.m. Saturday, September 11th, 2021 at Columbus Avenue Church of Christ, 101 Columbus Ave., in Newton.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to:

Carpenter Place

1501 N Meridian, Wichita KS 67203

PALS Animal Rescue

PO Box 47342, Wichita KS 67201

Know your Bible

C/O Northside Church of Christ

4545 N Meridian, Wichita KS 67204

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13 thoughts on “Gary Randall Kingsley

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friend Debbie Kingsley and her entire family. I know this has been extremely hard for all of you. Thinking of you all and praying for you. 🙏❤🙏

  2. I am so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing but rejoice in his going home. Tommy, Terry and I send our love during this time. We remember Gary as always smiling and happy. Mom and dad (Shug and Betty) loved he and Leann very much. Prayers to the family during this time.

  3. May you feel the comfort and love of our God at this time of sorrow. We are so sorry for your loss. Our love to all of you.

  4. To the Kingsley family my deepest sympathies, prayers and love sent your way. My trips to Newton will not be the same.

  5. I never thought he was guilty of hitting me in the head with a rock on purpose. It was just one of those things when we were kids. He was a very close brother and we took turns calling each other and accusing the other of not keeping the turns “in order”. He may not be with us in body but his smile and funny faces can always bring a laugh or a smile.
    I couldn’t win with older brother Danny ahead of me and Gary (the younger brother) coming after me. But I made them clean their room at times when we were in high school.

  6. AJ we are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. We recently became neighbors of your grandparents. After the first time I met your grandpa and told him I knew you he always flagged me down when I was out mowing. We always had a good chat. He loved talking about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! He will be missed by so many. RIP Mr Kingsley

  7. My sincere Condolences to Gary’s family during this hard time. I worked w/Gary from YR-2000 – YR-2006 at the Hesston Facility. We both shared a passion for Ford Muscle Cars.

    My Deepest Sympathy,
    Bryan B. Compton

  8. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    I knew Gary since the mid 1990’s when we were in Independence, MO and AGCO purchased equipment from HFI and worked very closely with Gary from 2000 to his retirement after relocating to the Hesston area. He was a good guy for sure.

  9. I met Gary when I was a young boy on Hesston golf course, my dad played golf with Gary. “The Bear” was one of my favorite childhood memories growing up playing golf. Prayers to the family he was a great man!

  10. My deepest sympathy for Gary’s family. I worked with Gary in Hesston when they became AGCO. I led the Gleaner and third party while Gary led the Hesston built products. Gary and I had met occasionally on the golf course and since he was bigger than me I let him win most, well all the time. I had lots of respect for him and was saddened to hear of his passing.

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