Orland Gay Marker, known to his family and friends as Gay, passed away on June 9, 2018 at his home in Topeka, Kansas surrounded by his loving wife - Carol and members of his family. Gay was born August 13, 1933 on the family farm in Scott County, Kansas. He was the fifth of six siblings to John and Elva Harper Marker. He served with the Unites States Army in the Korean War and was honorably discharged as Specialist IV in 1962.
Gay was a Mason and Shriner, a member of the American Legion, VFW and served on the Board of Directors at Kearny County Hospital.
In 1958, Gay married Lillian Beeson where they lived in Scott City. Divorced in 1978, Gay later met and married Carol Jean Dumler on April 17, 1982 in Lakin, Kansas. She survives with an everlasting love for him and a heavy burden of sorrow.
Early on Gay worked for the Kansas-Nebraska Gas Company, then moved on to owning a trash truck service in Scott City, before settling on owning Marker Plumbing where he retired in 1988. Still young, Carol and he set out to earn a second retirement in Motel management. Accomplishing that in 1998, Gay then decided two retirements were enough.
A lifelong and avid Kansas University fan, he could be found most days wearing his red and blue. Gay spent many a day doing what he loved - riding motorcycles, enjoying a fishing hole or traveling to see his family scattered around the mid-west.
Gay is survived by his brother Chester – Hutchinson, KS; children Brian Dumler (Alpha) – Bixby OK, Pamela Marker – Hutchinson KS, Denise Mohlman (Ken) – Hastings NE, Lynn Marker (Shelly) – Lubbock TX, Russell Dumler (Dina) – San Antonio TX, Travis Marker (Keith) – Portland OR, Aaron Dumler (Elizabeth) – Denver CO; in-laws Minnie Marker – Garden City KS, Ray Walter – Colorado Springs CO, Donna Allen – Topeka KS, Kathryn Whatley (Jack) – Enid OK , Elizabeth Carroll (Charles) – Salina KS, Marilyn Heckman – Topeka KS; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and Cougar his beloved adopted Yorkie.
His parents, three brothers Lyle, Albert, Earl and one sister, Beatrice, precede him in death.
Your prayers and good wishes are all the family asks for at this time, if you desire memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Funeral Services will be held at the Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
Interment will be in the Scott County Cemetery in Scott City, Kansas
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday with the family being present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City.