Randy White 2015 -- Present

Dion P. Avello

4-08-2003 -- 2015

Richard Standrich

4-20-1999 -- 4-08-2003

K. O. Lavergne

4-16-1991 -- 4-20-1999

Mark A. Butterfield

4-07-1987 -- 4-16-1991

Don Storck

4-07-1981 -- 4-07-1987

Duane "Pappy" Lynch

4-17-1979 -- 4-07-1981

Gerald L. Yocum

4-15-1975 -- 4-17-1979

Beranrd F. Daley

4-17-1973 -- 4-15-1975

George Brown

4-06-1971 -- 4-17-1973

Martin J. Williams

4-07-1967 -- 4-06-1971

Cedric Crane

4-05-1963 -- 4-07-1967

Gerald Fager

4-10-1959 -- 4-05-1963

C. B. Hargadine

4-12-1957 -- 4-10-1959

Byron T. Eberle

6-28-1955 -- 4-12-1957

Name changed from El Paso to Derby, Kansas, in 1956

J. L. Britain 1952 -- 1955
Russell Biggs 1951 -- 1952
Floyd Brown 1949 -- 1951
Dwight McFarlane 1947 -- 1949
C. M. Alley 1942 -- 1947
Edwin S. Gross 1941 -- 1942
Chester E. Smith 1935 -- 1941
J. J. Butterfield 1921 -- 1935
T. D. Wardell 1917 -- 1921
J. J. Butterfield 1913 -- 1917
L. E. Sloat 1911 -- 1913
I. B. Miller 1909 -- 1911
P. Kleinegger 1907 -- 1909
A. P. England 1905 -- 1907
Ed. Braden 1903 -- 1905

(Submitted by Kyle Condon)



By Linda Stinnett-Derby Informer Newspaper

Former Derby Mayor Don Storck always told his family he believed he was born 50 years too late.

After all, had he been born in an earlier time he would have been a Wild West hero, he told them. He was just two generations away from the Cherokee Strip Land Run which his grandfather made to homestead in Oklahoma and he loved the music and mode of the American cowboy.

Even after moving to Derby when he took a job with Boeing, he dressed the part. He may have lived in the city and was serving behind the bench as mayor, but he usually had snakeskin boots on, according to his daughter, LaDonna Pauls.

Storck’s community service in Derby began in the 1970s with service on the park board. City records show he was first sworn in on the city council in April 1974 and he served a two-year stint. He was back on the council in 1978 and in 1981 he successfully ran for mayor. He served in that capacity for six years.

The city was feeling growing pains while he was in office and Storck and the council dealt with related issues. Pauls said Storcks most memorable time on the council was in the establishment of a sister city program with Derby, Australia.

Storck had the personality to work well within the sister city program.

“He was a good player in that,” Gould said.

Storck and his first wife, traveled to Derby, Australia, the far northwest side of the continent and met Peter Kneebone, the mayor of that shire – a municipal unit of government in Australia. Kneebone and his wife would also travel to Kansas and the Storcks enjoyed a long friendship with the other couple.

Storck not only worked with the sister city program, but also enjoyed the community’s relationship with McConnell Air Force Base. He had served with the Army in Korea and flew a flag at his home nearly all of his life, Pauls said. He served as commander of the Derby VFW in the 1980s.

When he returned from Korea, he joined two other Blackwell, Okla., musicians in forming the Quarter Notes. They were a successful dance band for over 30 years and in his later years Storck played in many places, including church and Golden Age dances.

Storck also ran for Sedgwick County commissioner after serving as mayor. He lost to current Commissioner Dave Unruh, but while he didn’t serve in office again, he supported many other campaigns.

“When he wasn’t running for office, he was campaigning for someone else,” Pauls said.

After the death of Storck’s wife, Ruby, in 1990 he sold their home in Derby. When he later remarried Joanie, they lived west of Derby where he enjoyed a return to the cowboy lifestyle after his retirement from Boeing. (Submitted by Kyle Condon)




Ed Braden, 71 Years Old, Had Been Ill Year and Half; Dies Sunday

Ed Braden, 71 years old, mayor of Derby, died early Sunday morning at his home after and illness of a year and a half. He came to Derby 37 years ago from Indiana. He was trustee and postmaster for a number of years. Mr. Braden is survived by his widow; five daughters, Mrs. A.T. Cory, Peotone, Ill., Mrs. L.W. Hare, Viola; Mrs. O.H. Koehler, Indianapolis; Miss. Kathryn Braden and Miss Ruth Braden, Stromberg, Nebr; Samuel R. Braden, Columbia, MO.; and Thomas R. Braden, Dubuque, Iowa. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at Derby with burial in the Derby cemetery. Gill Brothers have charge.
(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ Wichita, KS ~ January 17, 1921 ~ Submitted by Kyle M. Condon)


MULVANE - Daley, Bernard Francis, 87, died Oct 9, 2005. Visitation from 1-6pm on Wed at Senter-Smith Mortuary. Rosary 7pm Wed; funeral mass 10 am Thurs, both at St. Michael Catholic Church in Mulvane. Graveside service to follow at Mulvane Cemetery. Born November 27, 1917 in Parsons. World War II veteran in Egyptian&African theatres. Married Mary Jo McGannon on June 14, 1948. Worked as a dispatcher for the M.K.T. Railroad for 27 years in Parsons and continued working in the transportation industry when the family moved to Derby. He was a two-term Derby City Councilman and served as Mayor of Derby in 1974-76. Retired to Parsons, then Mulvane in 2004. Preceded in death by parents, two brothers, three sisters. Survived by wife of 57 years, Mary Jo, brother, John Daley, sons, Jim Daley (Cathie), Joe Daley (Susan), John Daley (Vicky), daughters, Mary Ann Truex (Robert), Margaret Myers (Mike), Kathleen Hanna (Mark), Jane Bedard (Steve), Julia Adams (Jim), Lisa Zachary (Rob), 29 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. "No matter our age, it is hard to lose our parents, the ones who knew and loved us so well." Memorials established with St. Michael Catholic Church, 545 E. Main, Mulvane 67110, Hospice Care of Kansas, 1401 S. Main, Winfield 67156, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 8340 Mission Rd. Ste. 215, Prairie Village, KS 66206. View video tribute at
(Submitted by Kyle M. Condom)


Lt. Col. Duane G. (Pappy) Lynch, 91, passed away at his home in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, after a long illness. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Gulf Shores on Friday, April 12. Interment was at the National Cemetery at Ft. Barancas, Pensacola, Fla., on Monday, April 15.
Pappy was born on April 4, 1922, in Denver, Colo., but moved with his parents at age 2 to Benton Harbor, Mich.
In 1940, he enrolled in Parks Air College, St. Louis University, where he studied airlines operations management and became an aviator. Following Pearl Harbor, Pappy embarked on a military flying career.
He was the honored recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Organized Marine Reserve Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Services Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Lt. Colonel Lynch retired from the Pentagon in 1968 after 26 years service.
He accepted a position as corporate pilot for U.S. Steel and Foundry. He and his family moved to Derby and Pappy was hired as a program manager and corporate pilot for the president of Beech Aircraft Corporation in Wichita. At Beech, Pappy was one of two engineers who developed the T34C training plane used by the Navy to train pilots at Whiting field.
Ever mindful of his civic obligations, Pappy campaigned for and was elected mayor of Derby where he served for two years. Pappy also went into the real estate business in Derby, along with performing his mayoral duties.
The Lynches moved from Derby to Bella Vista, Ark. in 1981 where Pappy continued in real estate. In 1990, they moved to Gulf Shores, where Pappy transferred his real estate license to Kaiser Realty. In 2001, he was honored with the Kaiser Island Spirit Award. After 17 years, Pappy retired from Kaiser in February 2006.
Pappy and Sharon were active members of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Pappy was a member of the American Legion and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he was a co-founder and member of the Ancient Aviators in Gulf Shores.
Pappy is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Lynch, of the home; Laury Torrence and Kevin Nollenberg, Chris Nevil, Doris Jean Bretz, Linda (Leon) Shook, Jim (Sue) Lynch, Ken Lynch; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by son, Rick Lynch; brother, Phil; and sister, Leah.
In lieu of Flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Benedict School, P.O. Drawer 819, Elberta, Ala. 36530.
(Submitted by Kyle Condon)


Richard D. Standrich, 80. “Rich” entered his eternal home Sun., Aug 9, 2015,  surrounded by family while holding the hand of his beloved wife of nearly 63 years, Vanatta. Rich was born Dec. 21, 1934 in Anthony, KS. He and Vanatta moved to Derby in 1966 where he built a successful custom home-building business, Standrich Inc. A highly-respected business man, Rich was one of the original founders of First National Bank of Derby, now Verus Bank, where he served on the Board of Directors until December, 2014. A longtime member of the Wichita Area Builders Association, he served locally and nationally in many leadership positions. Committed to community service, he served on City Council and was elected Mayor of Derby 1999 - 2003. A member of the El Paso Cemetery Board of Directors, Derby Rotary and Holy Cross Lutheran Church. He was a witty, hard-working, and generous man who never wanted thanked or recognized. He simply quietly took care of the needs of others. Rich is proceeded in death by daughter Robin, parents Clarence and Myrtle Standrich, brothers Bill, Bob and Elvin Standrich, and sister Betty Gunkel. He is survived by wife, Vanatta, daughter Terry Burnett (Bruce), grandchildren Josh Burnett (Abrian) and Ashle Burnett, great-grandchildren Alexis, Trinity, Tripp, and Brennan. Brother Fred Standrich and sister Donna Clark (Larry). Service Aug. 14, 10am, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 N. Greenwich, Wichita. Visitation Aug. 13, 1-8pm with family present, 5-7pm Smith Family Mortuaries, Derby. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 600 N. Greenwich Rd. Wichta, Ks 67206 or Richard Standrich Memorial, c/o Band of Parents P.O. Box 335 Dewittville, NY 14728, an organization funding new treatment for neuroblastoma a rare childhood cancer.
(Submitted by Kyle Condon)

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