In Memory

Stan Briar

HESSTON - Stan Briar, 64, died at his home on July 3,2014. He was born on July 2, 1950, in Newton, Kansas, the son of Norman N. and Maurine (Dreier) Briar. Stan was a 1968 graduate from Newton High School.

He then went on the United States Navy, serving two terms during the Vietnam Era. During his time after the service, Stan worked at Agco, for many years as a material handling clerk, before entering into retirement. Stan was a member of the V.F. W., American Legion and the Eagles Lodge, all of Newton. He served as a Commander of the V.F.W. as well. He had a love for fishing, hunting and just spending time with his friends and family.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Sondra Berry.

Survivors include, his loving wife Switlana of the home, two sons, Jason (Darci) Briar of Sterling, KS and Patrick Briar, Lake Panasoffkee, FL.; one brother, Vic Briar (Carman), Canon City, CO; five grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at the Highland Trinity United Church of Christ in rural Newton, Kansas. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Highland Trinity United Church of Christ or the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of the funeral home at 120 E Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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07/06/14 11:25 AM #1    

Jim Guhr

Swirlana and family:

My name is Jim Guhr. I was a classmate with Stan. My wife and I are praying for you and your family in your time of loss. We pray that Gods peace through His Son Jesus the Christ, will give your family comfort and healing as only He can. My favorite bible verse in times of loss is (Phillipians 4:7).

Jim and Christy Guhr

07/06/14 07:36 PM #2    

Maureen Koehn (Fast)


So sorry to read of Stan's passing. I only had Stan in one class in high school and that was ART.  He pretty much saved my sanity since I was so insecure in my ability.

 Praying God will wrap your spirit in his loving arms and give you peace, hope, and comfort as you adjust to the loss of one you love so much.

Reenie and Ken Fast


07/07/14 11:09 AM #3    

Connie Hale (Rhodes)

Stan and I go way back to little kids playing under the bleachers while our big brothers played baseball. We built dirt castles with cigarette butts sticking out every which way and sometimes shared five cent snow-cones. His grin was about as big as his heart and that huge ball mitt he always carried around, and when he wasn't tossing a ball behind the stands, he would be standing out in the mosquitoes patiently waiting for the opportunity to catch a fly-ball for a nickel return.

All through high school and our years of friendship Stan always gave me that special hug with something shared about our past that would make us both laugh. We enjoyed dancing together at class reunions and giggling over silly-heart stories.

I will grieve the absence of my friend, but I also celebrate and thank God for the opportunity to share parts of my life with him and his family... I have truly been blessed in so many ways to call him my friend.

"Father, I pray that inner-peace will fill the void in Switlana's heart. I pray for continued love and support that will lift up family members and friends as they go through the heartaches and adjustments of losing a precious loved one. Amen."

Connie (Hale) Rhodes


07/07/14 11:23 AM #4    

Barbara Smith

Stanand I grew up in the same neighborhood and when ever we went to 12th and oak park he was there we played in the pool andworked crafts with the people in charge he played ball with my bro rick. Who has also passed. He was always smiling and my mom use to say we both looked like we were up to something when we were smiling at the same time we were friends for ever and he never forgot his friends his passing will leave a void but the memories will remain always. My prayer for you and all he's loved ones will be that they remeber the good times forgive him for the bad and thank god for the time you had him in your lifes. God bless you all

09/20/14 07:56 PM #5    

Marci Phillips


My brother told me of Stan's passing. I am so sorry. May God comfort you at this time. Monte gave me your phone #. I really wanted your address also. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I've looked for you at Dillons the couple of times I've been in lately. Haven't seen you.

Remember the good times and that Stan is at rest.

Thinking of you.......

Marci Phillips


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