Silver Plume, CO Airplane Crash Kills Wichita State Football Players, Oct 1970
TERRY LITTLEDIKE, a punter on the Utah State team that would have met Wichita State on the field Saturday, led his team in prayer when word of the crash reached Utah. The game was canceled.
Back in Wichita, Kan., there was shock and sadness. Girlfriends, wives, sisters and mothers gathered with students, and other athletes in a campus fieldhouse to mourn.
"This is a great tragedy in the lives of these boys and their families and a sad, tragic day in the history of the university," Wichita State University president Dr. Clark Ahlberg told the crowd.
A C-54 National Guard plane ordered dispatched by Kansas Gov. Robert B. Docking, took off from Wichita at 6:30 p. m.(MDT). It carried the families of those who survived. Another plane left for Colorado, "to bring the bodies back to Kansas."
All university weekend functions, including a Shockers' Club dinner, were canceled, as were all Republican Party political activities across the state.
"We're just swamped with calls from the public," said a newspaper reporter.
The team, called the Wheat Shockers, had lost all three of its games this season -- to Texas A. & M. 41-14, to Arkansas State 53-14 and to West Texas State 43-0.
It was WILSON'S first head coaching job. Before he departed with his team for the fatal plane flight over the Rocky Mountains, WILSON said:
"We have had fair practices this week. The players worked hard, but you cannot expect them to have the same vigor after losing three games as when you are winning."
It was several hours after the crash before the number of persons involved in the two flights to Utah could be determined.
When the second plane landed about an hour after the crash of its companion plane, Dr. Ahlberg telephoned an assistant coach in Logan to break the news.
Ahlberg told the coach to read him the name of every person on board the plane that landed safely. When Ahlberg received that list, he released the names of the 40 persons aboard the stricken airplane.
Airplane Crash Victims Listed
SILVER PLUME, Colo. (UPI) -- Victims in Friday's Wichita State football team plane crash:
JUDY LANE, 28, stewardess, Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUDY DUNN, 39, stewardess, Oklahoma City, Okla.
MARVIN BROWN, 19, Solomon, Kan., sophomore running back.
DON CHRISTIAN, 20, Duncan, Okla., junior defensive back.
JOHN DUREN, 19, Oklahoma City, sophomore quarterback.
RON JOHNSON, 21, Kansas City, Mo., senior defensive back.
RANDY KIESAU, 20, Clinton, Okla., junior running back.
MAL KIMMEL, 21, Ste. Geneviere, Mo., senior center.
CARL KRUEGER, 19, Chicago, sophomore tackle.
STEVE MOORE, 21, Derby, Kan., senior linebacker.
TOM SHEDDEN, 20, Oklahoma City, junior tackle.
GENE ROBINSON, 21, Dayton, Ohio, junior quarterback.
JACK VETTER, 21, McPherson, Kan., senior lineman.
TOM OWEN, JR., 20, Temple Terrace, Fla., junior running back.
RICK STINES, 19, Kansas City, Kan., guard.
RAY COLEMAN, Wichita, Kan.
MRS. RAY (MAXINE) COLEMAN, Wichita, Kan.
CARL FAHRBACH, Wichita, Kan.
FLOYD FARMER, Wichita, Kan., university's ticket manager.
JOHN GROOMS, Wichita, Kan.
MRS. ETTA MAE GROOMS, Wichita, Kan.
MARTY HARRISON, 19, Wichita, Kan.
BERT KATZENMEYER, Wichita, Kan., university's athletic director.
MRS. BERT (MARION) KATZENMEYER, Wichita, Kan.
RAY KING, Newton, Kan., Kansas State Legislator.
MRS. YVONNE KING, Newton, Kan.
BEN WILSON, Wichita, Kan., head football coach.
MRS. HELEN WILSON, Wichita, Kan.
DANNY CROCKER, 27, Oklahoma City, pilot.
JOHN TAYLOR, 21, Sherman, Tex.
TOM REEVES, 30, Concordia, Kan.
RONALD G. SKIPPER, 35.
MIKE BRUCE, 21, Sherman, Tex.
JOHN HOHEISEL, 21, Garden Plain, Kan.
RANDY JACKSON, 21, Atlanta, Tex.
GLENN KOSTAL, 20, Chicago.
DAVID LEWIS, 20, Duncan, Okla.
KEITH MORRISON, 21, Hawkins, Tex.
ROBERT RENNER, 21, Garden Plain, Kan.
RICH STEVENS, 22, Andover, Kan.
The Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1970-10-03
[Note .. The survivors were taken from other articles]