He was born in Dodge City to Paul R. and Thelma J. (Rutherford) Staten.
He served in the U.S. Army in France during World War II.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State College and a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University.
He taught art and French in the Parsons school system from 1950 until his retirement in 1986, when he moved to Colorado.
He enjoyed golf, pool and fishing and always valued his many friendships in Parsons. The world is more beautiful with his paintings, stained glass and wood carvings.
He married Ruth Hinckley in 1947. They were married for 34 years.
He is survived by their daughters, Trinette Nelson and her husband, Terry, of Wichita and Yvette Staten O’Hara of Golden, Colo.; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; his sister, Thelma Pauline Mead; and his current wife, Mary.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Staten; and sister, Patsy Jordan.
At his request, there will be no funeral service — just celebrate his memory with laughter and a cold beer.