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Harvey Kay "Coach" Shank

Harvey Kay ShankHarvey Kay "Coach" Shank, 81, of Russell, Kansas, passed away on March 10, 2018, at Salina Regional Heath Center, Salina, Kansas, after a courageous battle against AML.

He was born on August 21, 1936, in Dickinson County, Kansas, to Jacob Harvey and Mildred (Fahrbach) Shank. Kay grew up on the family farm west of Navarre, Kansas, and graduated from Dickinson County Community High School - Fighting Irish, Chapman, Kansas, in 1954. He earned a Bachelor's degree from the Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas, in 1959. He was invited to spend three summers at the National Science Foundation in Durant, Oklahoma, to earn his Masters in Mathematics. He continued his education with administrative classes at Fort Hays State University.

Kay took a teaching and coaching position in Lincoln, Kansas, in 1959 where he met and married his beloved wife, Jamilee (Page) on December 26, 1960. Kay and Jamilee then moved to McPherson, Kansas, to start their family. The family moved to Russell in 1969 where he taught mathematics, coached and held the position of athletic director at Russell High School USD #407 until retirement in 1994.

Many awards and recognitions include: First at state in the Javelin throw in 1954 for the Fighting Irish; Kansas 3A Basketball Coach of the Year 1976; Kansas Boys All-State Coach of the Year 1979; The highlight of his coaching career was leading the Russell High School basketball team to the 1979 4A Kansas State Championship; he shared the title of "Men of the Year" Russell County, 1979; and was inducted into the Fighting Irish Athletic Hall of Fame 1987.

Kay's teaching career rivaled his coaching career. His years as an algebra and geometry teacher inspired many students into the education and mathematics fields. His guidance and determination to succeed influenced many students and athletes through the years.

Kay worked hard to support his family. He worked for State Farm Insurance for over 30 years as a crop hail adjuster and farm appraiser driving thousands of country miles all over Kansas. He was involved in the Russell community serving on the Russell Public Library Board for several years. He was active as a member of the First Congregational Church since 1970.

Kay's love of sports kept him active as an avid golfer. He could be found weekly on the golf course or in the club house with his golf buddies. Kay enjoyed watching sports and supporting his grandchildren in all their sports and school activities. His enthusiasm and comments in the stands will be missed by his family.

Survivors include his wife Jamilee (Page); two daughters, Kaylee Karst (Steve Trueblood) and Susan Shank (Chris Harders), all of Russell; three grandchildren, Randilyn Karst, Kansas City, Missouri; Nash Karst and Autumn Karst of Russell; Sister Nona Boyd of Salina, Kansas; brother Pete Shank and wife Clara of Abilene, Kansas; Sister-in-law Ricci Flaherty and husband Rich of Henderson, Nevada; Brother-in-law Jay Page of Peabody, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Kay's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Trinity Methodist Church in Russell. Cremation has been selected by the family and a private inurnment will be held at the Russell City Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Trinity Methodist Church with family to greet guests from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening.

The Kay Shank Fund has been established with the Russell County Area Community Foundation and checks can be out out to RCACF. Memorials can also be sent in care of the Rebecca A. Morrison House. All contributions and condolences may be sent in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth Street, Salina, Kansas 67401-2686, or visit to view the full obituary.

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