WICHITA, Kan. Robert David Scraper Dave was born to Robert Bob and Vida Scraper, on May 27, 1943, in Beloit, Kansas.
While Bob served in the Army during WWII, Dave and Vida resided with Vidas parents, in Beaver County, Oklahoma.
Upon Bobs discharge the family took up residence on a farm near Asherville, Kansas, in Mitchell County, where Dave began school at Asherville Grade School, along with 26 other students in grades 1 to 8.
The farm was sold when Bobs Army Reserve unit was recalled, during the Korean Conflict.
During the following years, the family followed Bobs occupation and Dave attended schools in Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma.
In 1958, the family moved to Hiawatha, Kansas, where Dave graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1961.
When he moved to Hiawatha, he met a pretty majorette named Sandy, (the band directors daughter). They dated throughout high school.
Dave and Sandra Sue Cooper were married in July of 1961.
Both attended Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University), in the fall of 1961.
To this marriage were born four sons, Michael, Jeffrey, Joel and Greg.
Sandy died in an automobile accident in 1992.
After graduating from KSTC in 1965, Daves career in Kansas education as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent encompassed 32 years, in such places as Waverly, Tonganoxie, Hiawatha, Onaga, Conway Springs and Winfield.
During this time Dave also obtained graduate degrees from Northwest Missouri State University and The University of Kansas.
After retiring from education, he was involved with the South Central Kansas Health Insurance Group, as its Chief Operating Officer and Plan Administrator, until 2005.
In 1993, Dave married Katherine Fisher, of Conway Springs, and was blessed with the addition of her three sons, Aaron, Bradley and Kyle, to the family.
Dave, Kathy and their three youngest, moved to Winfield in 1995.
Dave and Kathy moved to Wichita, in 2008, to downsize their life.
They enjoyed their large, ever-expanding family at holidays and traveling around the country to visit them.
While in Wichita, Dave and Kathy became active in the Calvary United Methodist Church, where Dave held several committee positions and was a Stephen Minister.
Dave was possessed by a lifelong interest in horses. He often said that he didnt remember learning to ride. He participated in all forms of equine activities during his life, and was proud of the accomplishments the horses he raised had achieved.
He was a long term member of the American Quarter Horse Association, one of the early members of the American Paint Horse Association and a 4-H horse project leader at both the county and state level.
Another of Daves areas of interest was related to his Cherokee ancestry.
Dave was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, and participated in the Mid America All Indian Centers American Indian Festival, with the painted ponies demonstration (war and hunting horse symbols, and their meaning) during the festival.
Always a history academic, Dave was continually researching indigenous history and was more than willing to share this knowledge with others.
Dave was preceded in death by: his parents; Sandra (Cooper) Scraper; Katherine (Walker) Scraper; brother, Larry Scraper.
He is survived by: sons, Mike (Vickie) Scraper, Wichita, Kansas, Jeff (Tiffany) Scraper, St. Peters, Missouri, Dr. Joel (Mary Ann) Scraper, Augusta, Georgia, Greg (Jen) Scraper, Windermere, Florida, Aaron Fisher, Wichita, Brad (Danielle) Fisher, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Kyle (Christin) Fisher, Andover, Kansas; brother, Dr. Randy L. (Wanda) Scraper, Edmond, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Gerol (John) Moore, Hiawatha; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; many cousins; and nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Calvary United Methodist Church.
Interment will be noon Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha.
Arrangements entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home, Andover.
Online guest book may be signed at www.heritageofandover.com. As published in the Atchison Globe.