Robert L. and L. Donnese (Willhite) Harsh of rural Cassoday were united in marriage on June 20, 1953 at the Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville, Ark.
Robert graduated from Cassoday High School, El Dorado Junior College, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kansas State Teachers College and his Master’s Degree from Emporia State University. He taught school for 43 years and coached for 35 years beginning at Burdick and Lost Springs and then Rosalia Elementary School and Flinthills High School, retiring in 1997.
He continues to operate Harsh Farms with his sons. Donnese graduated from Rosalia High School then worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in El Dorado and transferred to Southwestern Bell in Emporia while Robert finished college. She also spent 27 years as Lunchroom Manager for Flinthills USD 492 then worked for the United States Postal Service as a clerk in North Newton and retired as Postmaster at the Cassoday Post Office in 1999. They have been very involved in their community including the Cassoday United Methodist Church and the Cassoday Historical Museum.
Robert and Donnese have two sons, Bob and wife Susan (Stoddard) of El Dorado and Terrie and wife Sue (Flohrschutz) of Cassoday. They have five granddaughters, Erica (Steven) Haines of Wichita, Candice (Derek) Reyna of Tulsa, Okla., Abby (Dustin) Wahl of Dana Point, Calif., Hope Harsh of Cassoday and Baylie Harsh of El Dorado, and six great-grandchildren, Perry Haines, Preston, Lyndon and Sophia Reyna and Curren and Ryder Wahl.
A card shower is requested. Cards may be sent to Robert & Donnese Harsh, 13525 NE Grant Road, Cassoday, KS 66842.