Bebermeyer family named Kansas State University's Family of the
YearK-State Communications and Marketing
|The Bebermeyer family was
recognized as the 2013 Kansas State University Family of the Year at
Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 7, during the football game against
Louisiana-Lafayette. (Photo: David
Three sisters started a family
legacy nearly 70 years ago that has resulted in four generations of Kansas State
University Wildcats and one outstanding family of the year.
Bebermeyer family was recognized as the 2013 Kansas State University Family of
the Year at Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 7, during the football game against
The family's purple pride began with sisters Dorothy
Bebermeyer Snider, Abilene, Kan., who attended the university from 1946 to 1949;
Evelyn Bebermeyer Krause, Manhattan, Kan., who attended the university from 1945
to 1952; and Vivian Bebermeyer Funk, Garden City, Kan., who attended the
university from 1947 to 1950.
"The annual Family of the Year competition,
sponsored by Chimes Junior Honorary, is always incredibly competitive," said
Chance Berndt, junior in marketing, Herington, Kan., and Chimes co-chair of
events. "This year was no exception. With more than 40 K-State alumni, the
Bebermeyer family exemplifies what it means to be a true member of the Wildcat
family, on both a collegiate and alumni level."
Throughout the family's
history at K-State, members of the Bebermeyer clan have exhibited leadership in
numerous ways, serving as student body president, Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter
president, Farmhouse chapter vice president, rush coordinator and pledge
educator, engineering ambassador, admissions representative, freshman
orientation leader and resident housing assistant
Members of the family
also have been involved in student senate, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Glee Club,
K-State chorale and other musical performances, including two United Service
Organizations tours and various athletic teams and extracurricular clubs. They
have won numerous awards from the university, including Kansas State University
adviser of the year in 1982.
Nicole and Andrew Hawkins, Goddard, Kan.,
nominated the family to honor Dorothy, Evelyn and Vivian for creating a lasting
tradition in the family. They, along with other family members, are being
recognized and presented with a plaque at halftime of the football game.
"Being honored as family of the year is a dream come true," Nicole Hawkins said.
"I don't feel we did anything special, but with the love we have for K-State
it's hard to not become involved in the traditions and activities provided by
the university. We love how the university focus is on family, which makes
getting K-State Family of the Year that much more special.
Bebermeyers took what they learned about leadership while at K-State and have
continued to apply it to their personal and professional lives. Members of the
family have served the state of Kansas as a state senator, executive director
for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka, a ranger with Kansas Wildlife and Parks,
director of care management at Mercy Regional Health Center, a university
professor and a judge, as well as educators, farmers, lawyers and
Living members of the Bebermeyer family are:
Bebermeyer Snider's '49 children are Cindy Manz, and husband Roger; Ray Snider
'76 and wife, Lucretia; Janice Hanney '72 and husband, Paul '71; and Glen Snider
'80 and wife, Linda Fast. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Troy Manz,
and son Brendan Fosse; Nicole Hawkins (fr) and husband, Herb '99, and their
children Andrew, Christian, Preston and Kinsley; Caleb Snider '07 and wife,
Lindsey '07, and their children, Cade and Addy; Paul Snider and wife Afton, and
their children, Sydnie and Elsa; Luke Snider '10; Mark Snider; Ashley Hanney;
Tara Schreiner '05 and her husband, Danny '06, and daughter, Layne; Alexa
Hanney; Taylor Hanney '11; Dylan Snider; Tyson Snider; Lydia Hoffmann; and Riley
Evelyn Bebermeyer Krause's children are Max Knopp '78 and his
wife, Kaleen '83; Joe Knopp '74 and his wife, Nancy '74; Ted Knopp '79 and his
wife, Nancy '82; Keith Knopp '93 and his wife, Stephanie; Nancy Daniels and her
husband, Don; and Becky Miller '81 and her husband, Tim '81. Grandchildren and
great-grandchildren are Michelle Moore and husband, Nathan, and their children,
Sarah Tarn, Megan Tarn, Max Moore and Sam Moore; Cody Knopp; Amanda Knopp and
son, Conner; Travis Fritson; Katie Gaetke and husband Matt; Andy Knopp; Mitchell
Knopp; Emily Hood and husband, Zack, and their children, Brooks and Nora; Mary
Knopp; Phillip Knopp; Levi Knopp; Callie Knopp; Carson Knopp; Stacie Vincent and
husband, Paul, and their children, Ramona and Charlie; Eric Daniels; Bryce
Miller; and Madeline Miller.
Vivian Bebermeyer Funk's '50 husband is
Rodger '50 and their children are Beth Love and husband, Dan; Boyd Funk '75; and
Brenda Funk '77. Grandchildren are Hannah Love; Ben Love; Sam Funk and wife,
Chelsea '09; and Elliot Funk and wife, Samantha Algrim-Funk.