Sid O. Carlile

Born: Tue., Feb. 18, 1947
Died: Sun., Jun. 9, 2013


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 11, 2013
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM, Wed., Jun. 12, 2013
Location: Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Wed., Jun. 12, 2013

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Sid O. Carlile

Sid O. Carlile, age 66, of Hays died Sunday in a farming accident on his family farm near Fowler, Kansas.

Sid was born February 18, 1947, in Dodge City, Kansas to Victor and Mildred (Meng) Carlile.  He graduated from Fowler High School in 1965.  He married Arlene Weber on July 18, 1970 in Fowler, Kansas.  He served in the Army National Guard of Kansas, later becoming a police officer and retiring as the Fort Hays State University Chief of Police. He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, American Legion, and the Smoky Hill Chapter of Pheasants Forever.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene of the home in Hays; a son, Matthew Carlile and his wife, Crista and their daughter, Devon, of Urbandale, Iowa; daughter, Holly Schmidt and her husband, Travis and their son, Sawyer, of Germantown, Wisconsin; a sister, Gay Carlson and her husband, Blair of Centennial, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hays.  Burial will be in the Fowler, Kansas Cemetery at a later date.  There will be a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 until 7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.  The family requests memorials to the Sid Carlile Memorial Fund to be used for youth hunts with Pheasants Forever in his name and memory.  Condolences to the family at

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Debbie (Leis) Gerber-Mahan
   Posted Mon June 10, 2013
Dear Arlene,
I cannot tell you how sorry and so shocked I was to hear about Sid. I found out about the accident on Facebook. He was such a happy, fun guy and too young to have died. At least I think he was too young. You and your family are in my thoughts and deepest prayers. The best to you and your family during this very hard time.

Richard and Linda Lee
   Posted Mon June 10, 2013
We extend our sincere sympathy to the Sid Carlile family. Our prayers are with you at such a difficult time. May God give you peace. I used to clean Vic's house and he was our neighbor. Linda & Richard Lee

Frank and Barb Leo
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Dear Arlene, Matt and Holly,
We were very saddened to hear the news of Sid's death. Please know that you are in our thoughts and that we are praying for God's peace for all of you. Frank and I were reminiscing about Sid today and remembering when we lived on the FHSU campus. Sid pulled up behind Frank and started his police lights flashing. Frank had no idea what his traffic violation was, but he pulled over, expecting a ticket or at least a warning. Sid walked up to the car in his best policeman's stride, stuck his hand in the window and said, "I just wanted to be the first to congratulate you on the birth of your baby!" That was when Lindsey was born 38 years ago. It's a sweet memory that we will forever cherish.
God's love, peace and blessings to each of you.
With sympathy and friendship,
Frank and Barb Leo

Chelsea (Erhart) Moore
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this terribly difficult time. I worked with Sid at the University Police Department when I was in college and loved working with him! I have very fond memories of the PD with him sharing stories about his family and giving me advice about life. Although I hadn't seen him in years, it brings tears to my eyes to hear of this news. I'm so sorry for your loss! He will definitely be missed, he was a very fun man to be around and always brought a smile to my face! God bless you and I will keep the prayers coming.
~Chelsea (Erhart) Moore

Rob Royalty (Fishing Tourn. Buddy)
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
It has been an honor get to know Sid this past 5 years at our annual fishing tournament. Sid always brought a smile, humor, and wonderful stories to our lives. You will be missed deeply dear friend. I will catch up to you one day and we will fish together again.


Nancy Nelson
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Arlene, Matt and Holly and families,
I am so sorry for your loss - I have a lot of good memories of Sid and your family when we were neighbors for many years. Such happy times and they will be remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lori Spittles-Black
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Matt and Family-
I am so sorry to hear about the loss your father. May God watch over you and your family during this time.

Jerry and Colleen Renk
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Dear Arlene, Matt, Holly and families--We can't begin to tell you how shocked and sorry we were to hear of Sid's accident. He will be missed by so many, especially those Schmidt kids that so loved him. We will treasure the times we had together, and we hope that wonderful memories will bring you some comfort. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on this journey called life.

Lloyd Gottschalk
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
My condolences go out to the Carlile family. I knew Sid when I was a youngster growing up in Hays, Kansas. He had a dog he raised and gave to me(and our family). The dog's name was Sam. I have fond memories of my first dog Sam, and the guy who gave him to me.

I am sorry for your loss.

Lloyd/Centennial, CO

Dennis Fixsen
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Arlene & Family.....I'm so sorry to hear about Sid. I remember both of you so well from my time in Hays years ago. Sid will be truly missed by all who knew him!

Be well!
Dennis & sons.

Arlene and Family
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Thinking of you at this time. So sorry for your loss.

Lynda Arnhold
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Arlene and Family:
So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father. Didn't know Sid very well, but knew you Arlene and Holly and know you were surrounded by loving family all your life. Prayers are with you at this time.

Betty Dabbs Meyer
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Arlene and family. I was so sorry to hear about Sid. Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

Bob and Suzanne Klaus
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Arlene and Family,

We can't tell you how sorry we were to learn of Sid's death. We always enjoyed seeing you both out at church at Antonino and loved Sid's sense of humor. Please know you are in our prayers.

Matt & Kala Tuxhorn
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Arlene and Family,

It is with saddened hearts that we learn of Sid's passing. We were just in Hays this weekend with plans to stop by and see you both. Sid was an amazing guy with a huge heart for helping others and a passion for all things outdoors. He will be greatly missed.

Love the Tuxhorns

Charlene Lix
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Arlene, Matt & Holly,
I am so very sorry to hear about about Sid. He was a wonderful man who would do anything for anyone. He was more than just a boss, he was a friend who will be truly missed, and the best supervisor i could gave ever asked fir. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jan Gottschalk Meade
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Dear Arlene, Matt & Holly,

My condolences to you all during this time. Sid lived in our basement when I was 10 years old, renting from my Mom & Dad as a college student and barber for my Dad (Cecil Gottschalk). He was such fun to be around, and loved his laugh. It was good to see him again at my brother Chris' 50th birthday party, your neighbor now. He so proudly shared his hunting trophies, his favorite pastime! My deepest sympathy to you all. May Sid rest in peace. And may our Lord provide you comfort and healing.

Jan Gottschalk Meade
Dallas, TX

Melissa (Moore) Wellbrock
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
Mrs Carlile,
I am sure you do not remember me, however I was a student in your class at Jefferson Elementary. I met your husband at that time due to an event that occurred in my life at that time, which happened to have occurred at Fort Hays. I have never forgotten the kindness and care that you both showed me during that time. I just want to offer you my condolences on the loss of a very special man. He showed such compassion and kindness to me, a child he didn't even know during such a horrible time in my life. He was truly a gift.

Brenton Phillips
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
I knew Sid when I was a student at FHSU and worked as the nightwatchman at Wiest Hall for three years in the early 80s. I remember one night in particular when Sid and his partner laughed uproariously at the title of the book I was reading--"Pigeon Feathers" by John Updike. (I was an English major.) That title cracked them up to no end. Sid was always friendly and helpful, and I'll always value his dedication and service to the students and staff at FHSU. God bless him and his family.

Brenton Phillips
Concordia, KS

Vicki & Tom Johansen
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013

We were saddened to learn of Sid's accident. He was truly one of the "good guys." You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

DeBra Prideaux, FHSU alumni director
   Posted Wed June 12, 2013
Arelene and family…..I was saddened to learn of the passing of Sid, a person of great importance in the FHSU family. I had the opportunity to work with him many years and was always impressed by his wit and humor in dealing with day-to-day activities here at the university.

He may be gone, but Sid will definitely not be forgotten by anyone who ever had the opportunity to know him or become his friend. He truly was an admirable man who made a positive difference in the many lives he touched. He leaves a great legacy, not only in his law enforcement career, but also in the many ways he provided service to the community, support for the university, and the model he provided by his qualities of character, work ethic, and generosity.

May your heart be comforted by all you shared, and his memories keep you and your family company through the years to come. In sympathy,


Robert E. Blecha
   Posted Wed June 12, 2013
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Sid. I worked with Sid when I was the KBI Agent assigned to Hays, Kansas in the 1980's. Sid was always a pleasure to work with on investigations on the campus of FHSU. He was dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of the students of FHSU. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Robert E. (Bob) Blecha-Retired KBI Agent & Director

Shelly Fixsen Gabel
   Posted Wed June 12, 2013
Dear Arlene, Matt, Holly, and Family,
Arlene I am so sorry to hear about your loss and to say what a wonderful person God has called home. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and know that the real grieving begins later. Please know, especially then, that you are not alone, that all that care for you will be there throughout this difficult time.
Wish I could ease your pain but I will keep in contact and come and see you when I get back to Hays. All my love Shelly

Rev. Sandy & Mickey Ellis
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
Dear Arlene and kids. I was a hunting and fishing buddy of Sid's during the late 79-s through mid-80's. He was a hunter, avid angler, lover of southwestern Kansas, his wife and children. I remember the cook outs, the ball games, all the issues of kids being born and growing up. He was an officer of the law, a man whose character reflected a strong sense of ethics, high moral character, and the faith of one who understood how small we all are in the big picture.

Mickey and I were deeply saddened to hear of his passing and pray that in grief you can remember the man, husband, father, pal that we all miss. May God be with you.

Rev. Dick (Sandy) & Mickey Ellis, Plymouth, MN.

Joe and Nadine Thomasson
   Posted Wed June 19, 2013
We were so sorry to learn of Sid's passing. Not long ago we visited with him at Walmart about his retirement, and of course shared some fishing stories. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Kathy Smith
   Posted Tue August 27, 2013
I just saw Sid's obit in the Fort Hays news. I just wanted to let you know that I remembered him fondly at Emporia State while I was a student there. I also, for some years, kept up with what he was doing because my former mother-in- law, Ninette Karlin, worked with him at Fort Hays. I'm so sorry to know that he's gone and pray for your peace.

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