Memorial fund finances new benches at fields
During halftime of Friday night's football game, Jacob, Justin and Jimmy Walker assisted in the dedication of new benches at the football field and soccer field.
The boys are the sons of Nancy Walker and the late Jim Walker.
The four benches were purchased from a memorial fund established when their father died earlier this year.
Diane Bretthauer, representing the Tonganoxie High School Booster Club, said the group worked with Nancy Walker to find a suitable memorial. They decided benches for soccer and football would be appropriate because of the athletic interests of the Walkers' three sons.
"Jacob's on the soccer team, and Justin and Jimmy both play football," Bretthauer said.
Jacob is a sophomore, Justin is a freshman and Jimmy is a senior.
Their father, too, was an athlete. A 1976 graduate of Tonganoxie High School, Jim Walker participated in football, basketball and track.
Bretthauer thanked Butch Rodgers for the city's help in getting the benches put together last week.
"Butch Rodgers' crew came in late Wednesday night and they had the benches put together so they'd be there for the soccer game Thursday and for the football game Friday," Bretthauer said.
Attending Friday's game and watching the dedication of the benches were extended family members of Jim and Nancy Walker.
"Jim's whole family was there," Bretthauer said. "In fact, Nancy's whole family was there, too."
Bretthauer said additional purchases for the school district are planned from the Walker memorial fund.