Belleville Telescope, Republic County, Kansas, Thursday, February 22, 1990, page 1:
Scandian Saves Co-Worker's Life Before Dying In Grain Bin
A Scandia man killed in a grain bin accident at Rydal Friday morning apparently acted to save a co-worker's life before he was completely covered with grain.
Darrel Garst, 59 of Scandia, was pronounced dead at Republic County Hospital in Belleville after the accident which occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at the United Grain Elevator at Rydal. Cause of death is believed to be suffocation.
Garst and Ronald Bundreau, 51, of rural Scandia, were working in the large quonset bin just south of the elevator office. The employees had been emptying the bin of milo for several days.
Bundreau told Republic County Sheriff's officers that they were standing in about 18 inches of grain, but that the grain was piled 4 or 5 feet high on the sides of the bin. The grain was being moved from the bin with a floor auger.
When the movement of the grain slowed, Budreau said they used sticks to unplug the auger or open a lower trap door slightly wider.
The trap door was apparently pushed too far open, causing a huge rush of grain into the auger, said Budreau. Both men lost their balance and fell as the grain avalanched towards them, he said.
Garst tried to push Budreau out of the way of the rushing grain, Bundreau said. Garst was knocked to his knees and completely covered in the grain slide, and Budreau was buried about to his chest.
Budreau's legs were pinned in the grain, and he said he was unable to do any more than try to push the grain away from where he thought Garst had fallen.
Jim Erickson, manager of the elevator, had been making regular checks on the two workers in the bin. He had checked on them only a few minutes before the accident.
because of the noise of the equipment, other United Grain employees were unable to hear Budreau's cries for help. The men were trapped for a while before they were found.
Other employees and neighborhood men immediately started working to free Garst and Budreau while waiting for emergency personnel from the sheriff's office, Republic County Ambulance, and fire departments from Scandia and Belleville. The men were trying to move milo away from the two men, and position plywood around them to keep more grain from falling.
Budreau was removed within minutes of the arrival of emergency personnel, and apparently suffered no injuries. A grain evacuator was used to remove Garst from the milo. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
American Legion Supporter
Garst was remembered by fellow employees this week as a hard worker who was willing to tackle any job.
He was a staunch supporter of the Scandia-Courtland American Legion Post, serving as a past commander, along with other community service work.
Garst is survived by his wife and five children of this area, as well as other relatives. A complete obituary is contained elsewhere in this edition of The Telescope.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart Funeral Home of Scandia and Belleville.
(page 9A) Darrel Garst
Darrel Lee Garst, son of Charles Alfred and Velma Jamison Garst, was born February 10, 1931, at Glasco, and died February 16, 1990, at the Republic County Hospital in Belleville, at the age of 59 years and six days.
He received his education in the Valley School, Jamestown, and the rural school at Burr Oak.
He was united in marriage to Carol J. Modlin, March 24, 1951, and to this union five children were born.
He served with the Marine Corps, 9th Regiment, Anti-tank Division during the Korean conflict.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Scandia and the Albert Isaacson-James Larsen Post No. 193, American Legion of Scandia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Guy Neal Garst, Verle Jamison; one sister, Norma Jolene.
He is survived by his wife, Carrol of the home; three sons, Kenneth of Webber, Dennis of Salina, Kevin of Scandia; two daughters, Carla Sanpaka of Superior, Mrs. Daren (Jennifer) Johnson of Scandia; 11 grandchildren; four brothers, Paul, of Mankato, Charles and James of Mankato, Delmar of Oklahoma City, Okla..; a half-brother, Virgil Jamison of Wichita; two sisters, Shirley Hancock of Englewood, Colo., Sandra Leonard of Kearney, Nebr.
Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church of Scandia February 20, conducted by Rev. Barbara Palmer. Graveside services were conducted by the Albert Isaacson-James Larsen Post No. 193, Scandia, at Riverview Cemetery, Scandia.