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Gayle Hecky-Kurup

December 5, 1950 — December 2, 2021

Gayle Hecky-Kurup


Gayle Lynn Hecky-Kurup, age 70, of Hays, Kansas died Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas.

She was born December 5, 1950, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Thomas Amon and Alice Frances (Ropeter) Mallory. She married Sylvester Hecky then later married Robert Kurup, and they both preceded her in death.

She was sales representative and computer technician for N.E.W. and Direct TV. She grew up and attended high school in California. She moved to Russell in 2000 and then later moved to Hays, she retired in 2016. She enjoyed arts and crafts, going fishing, and always had a love for animals. Most of all she loved her grandchildren, family, and

spending time with them.

Survivors include her children, Jacob Kurup and wife, Kristin, Russell; Nicholas Kurup, Hays, KS; Melissa Sennett and Brian Summers, Hays, KS; her son-in-law, Lee Gage, Hays, KS; her sisters, Melanie Harmon and husband, Bob, San Jose, CA; Tina Livingston and husband, Brian, Campbell, CA; her brother-in-law, Randy Manley, CA;

her grandchildren, Shansy Flax; Chailynn Sennett; Kailie May; Katie May; Gavin Jacobson; Bodhi Gage; and Sharon Gage; her five great-grandchildren and one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her daughters, April May;

Heather Hecky-Gage; and her sister, Colleen Manley.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Thursday, at the mortuary.

A private family inurnment will be held at a later date

The family suggests memorials to the Gayle Hecky-Kurup family for her grandchildren made payable to: Melissa Sennett, in care of the mortuary.

Condolences can be sent via e-mail to or can be left at the guest book at


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