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Sid Swartz Whitcher, 68

Posted 7/19/2018

Sid Swartz Whitcher was born on Jan. 21, 1950 to Bertha and Forest Whitcher of Falfurrias, Texas, in Premont, Texas.

When Sid was around a year old, the family moved to Premont where he attended school, until his graduation in 1968. While in high school, Sid played football, baseball and was a very active member of the Premont Band, playing alto saxophone.

Sid attended Hesston College in the fall of 1968, part of the notorious group which lived in “The Elms,” a house on the corner of Weaver Street and Academy.  Sid had to promise to be good to attend HC the following year.
While at Hesston, he met Kathy Erb. Sid returned to Texas to attend Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville), for a semester and the two continued to date. In November of 1971, Sid and Kathy were married. 

The couple bowled together and played softball. Sid also began to umpire for Carl Boyer and the Hesston Recreation. In 1972, Sid began to work at Hesston Corporation, now AGCO, until his retirement in October of 2015. 
When the Hesston Golf Course opened, Sid became a member, and helped with the founding of the various men’s clubs and leagues. He was known as the guy who could hit a three-wood from anywhere. He also continued to play slowpitch softball, and became a fixture behind the plate at youth baseball games. Rarely a rule came up which Sid didn’t know and was also the first to help teach any kids on the field.
In 1977, Sid and Kathy had Rusty, with Mindy following in 1980. Sid soon had his kids playing golf and ball. In 1991, the couple had daughter number two, Wendy, and Sid was back in the coaching ranks until Wendy hung up her cleats. 

He loved his sports, with his favorite athlete being Mohammed Ali. Sid was a rabid Dallas Cowboys fan (imparting the fandom on Rusty and Wendy), adopting the Royals as one of his favorite baseball teams. He rarely missed a KU basketball game. Sid was a stats guru, looking up stats to share, or taking stats at games. 

He fell in love with fishing and also took up pheasant hunting, enjoying time in the field with the friends he made. When there wasn’t a game on, or he wasn’t outside, he liked to play all sorts of card games, or devour books with a voracious appetite for reading.
Sid never met a stranger, talking to as many people as he could. He was active in his retirement at the Hesston Area Senior Center, making two trips a day to see the “morning” and “afternoon” crowd. He was incredibly proud of his kids and their accomplishments. 

Memorial service will be Friday, July 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church. Memorials may be made to Hesston College Athletics.