Kenneth G. Schlup Sr., 90, died Jan. 19, 2022, at his Newton residence.
He was born April 8, 1931, in Newton to Frank and Mary L. (Hand) Schlup. On June 10, 1953, he married Mary L. Koehn at Newton, and she survives of the home.
He was a 1951 graduate of Newton High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University in 1958. Kenneth was an outstanding basketball player. He played in state title games in 1949, 1950 and 1951 and was a state champion in 1949. He also played basketball for Wichita State University, Dodge City Community College and the U.S. Army Team in Germany. Kenneth faithfully served his county in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 in Germany.
He started his working career at Newton High School, teaching physical education and also coaching varsity boys basketball. While at NHS, Kenneth’s face was the model for what was the “Railerman” logo, which was drawn by an NHS student in 1968. He is a member of NHS Athletic Hall of Fame, both as a player and coach.
When not playing basketball, Kenneth enjoyed swimming at the Newton Municipal Pool. He worked at the pool from junior high through high school. He later became the manager of the pool. He was a strong swimmer and diver, saving at least two drowning victims, and he met his wife at the pool, having to save her from the distress of the deep end.
Serving the public was a constant in Kenneth’s life—not only teaching but working as the activities director of the “new” Newton Community Activity Center in 1974. After leaving that job, he continued serving by working for Harvey County as the manager of Parks and Recreation, Landfill and the Road and Bridge Department.
In his retirement, he spent time with his wife, Mary; daughter, Bobbye; and son, Ken Jr. His family was the center of his universe until his last day on Earth. He also enjoyed spending time tinkering his shop and working in the yard.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of the home; son ,Kenneth (Nancy Ice) Schlup; daughter, Bobbye Lynne Schlup; and sisters, Dorothy Williams and Francis Schmidt. He also is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; brother, L.K. Red Schlup; and sister, Kathlene Powel.
Private family interment will be Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. A public celebration of Kenneth’s life will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice and left with Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.