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2016

Ann B. Tedford

Ann B. Tedford, age 92, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City, Kansas. She was born on March 22, 1923 in Jetmore, Kansas, the daughter of William Kimmel & Mabel Amelia Ruff Lupfer. She was a resident of Scott City, Kansas from 1956 to 1982 when she moved to Colorado and then back to Scott City, Kansas in 2002.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Scott City, Kansas.

On May 22, 1943 she married Louis Elwood Tedford in Little Rock, Arkansas. He passed away on July 30, 2001 in Loveland, Colorado.

Survivors include: Two Sons, Stephen L & Betty Jean Tedford of Allenspark, Colorado, Stanley R. & Betsy Tedford of Salem, Massachusetts; One Daughter, Peggy & David Mukai of Bel Air, Maryland; One Brother, William G. & Grace Lupfer of Hanston, Kansas; One Sister, Lois Davis of Salina, Kansas; Seven Grandchildren, Ten Great Grandchildren, Two Great Great Grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband and One Daughter – Pamela Tedford.

Funeral Services were held at First Baptist Church in Scott City, Kansas on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 11 am with Rev. Kyle Evans and Rev. Elwyn Tedford. Interment followed at 3:30 pm in Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in Scott City, Kansas in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home/subaccordion]

Barbara Maxine Kline Patrick

Barbara Maxine Patrick, 74, Hays, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at her home.

She was born November 20, 1941 in Alhambra, California the daughter of Glenn O. and Bernadine A. (Weeks) Kline. Her father died while serving abroad in World War II and her mother later remarried George D. Bellinger. On October 25, 1959 she married Curtis C. Patrick, Sr. in Oskaloosa, Kansas and they were married for fifty years. She and her husband welcomed nearly 30 foster children into their home. She was a mother and homemaker and later became an LPN and worked as a nurse at the Plainville Hospital and nursing home, in addition to other hospitals in Kansas and Oklahoma. She also worked in furniture sales, at Arnholds Furniture in Plainville, Furniture Kingdom in Hays, and furniture stores in Protection and Ashland, Kansas. She also owned and operated a variety store in Protection. She was an excellent singer, was very loving and caring, and would freely share her love and kindness with everyone she met.

Survivors include three sons, William G. “Bill” Patrick and wife Dori of Guymon, OK, Curtis C. Patrick, Jr. and wife Denise of LaVerne, OK, and Shawn A. Patrick and wife Christina of Greenfield, MO, two daughters, Trisa G. Roth and husband Steve Pierce of Coldwater, KS, and Traci L. Mettlen and husband Roger of Hays, her ex-husband Curtis C. Patrick, Sr. and wife Jonni of Cheyenne, OK, numerous foster children, six brothers, Don Kline and wife Kerryl, GM Bellinger and wife Mary, Dennis Bellinger and wife Joan, Joe Bellinger and wife Joetta, Terry Bellinger and wife LeAnn, and Chuck Bellinger, and eleven grandchildren, Chris Welter and wife Katie, Matthew Patrick and wife Nikki, Lora Turnage and husband Marc, Zachary Mettlen, Amy McAtee and husband Cory, Katie Gilchrist and husband Cary, Benjamin Mettlen, Erin Holder and husband Kyle, Curtis C. Patrick, III and wife Tobi, Barbara Patrick and Emily Patrick, seventeen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 11:00 am on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Celebration Community Church, 5790 230th Ave, Hays. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Wild Horse Cemetery in McLouth, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to Patriots of Praise, in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, KS 67601. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com

Genevieve Nicholson

Genevieve “Genny” Nicholson passed away Monday, February 1, 2016. Services were held at 2 pm on Friday, February 5, 2016 in the Walker-Brown Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Kevin Tully officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.

Genevieve Rose Nicholson was born April 4, 1928 in Ashland, KS to Leroy and Ruby (Crouch) Dodson. She was raised along with her sisters, Darlene and Dixie, by her much beloved paternal grandparents, Clell and Mary Dodson.

Genny worked for many years as a secretary for Phillips Petroleum Co. She was a longtime member of the First Methodist Church and active in the 55 Plus Club and volunteered at the Bartlesville Community Center. Faith in God was at the center of Genny’s life and her children, grandchildren and dogs brought her much joy. Genny was artistic and creative. She taught painting for many years and enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts. Genny and her husband Nick were big softball fans, traveling with her granddaughter Bethany’s softball team throughout the region.

Genny is survived by her two daughters; Michele May and husband Bill of Jenks, Maya Betz and husband Jay of Tulsa and son Cody Nicholson of Tulsa. She was blessed with six grandchildren: Michael, Sarah, Bethany, Aaron, Adam and Kaelyn along with ten great grandchildren. Genny is also survived by her half sister, Mary Jamis of Wichita, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Genny was preceded in death by her husband, Chauncey (Nick) Nicholson, her parents, grandparents, Clell and Mary Dodson, two sisters, Darlene Brown and Dixie Hazen, two half sisters, Janice and Yvonne Wright.

Gregory Allen Wilczek

Gregory Allen Wilczek, 53, died Friday, January 29, 2016 at The Minneola District Hospital.
Greg was born on the 29th of January, 1963, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Charles and Marlene (Eberhardt) Wilczek. He has been a resident of Minneola for the last sixteen years. He was also a member of the Tampa, KS and Liberal, KS communities.

Greg was a math teacher for 31 years and spent his free time coaching basketball and cross country, refereeing, remodeling, and gardening. He also enjoyed OU sports, photography, carpentry, and spending time with his children, nieces and nephews, and his Minneola community family.
June 1, 1991, he married Angela Keith in Wakita, Kansas. They have four daughters: Charlotte, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Hannah.

Greg was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include: brother Vincent Wilczek of Pratt, KS and his wife Susan, brother Victor Wilczek of Drummond, OK and his wife Cindy, brother Rodney Wilczek of Wakita, OK, sister Rhonda Lee of Wichita, OK and her husband Mike, sister Valerie Shellhammer of Wichita, KS and husband Joe, mother and father-in-law Karen and Larry White of Collinsville, OK as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday at the Minnis Mortuary in Minneola from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the United Methodist Church. There will be overflow seating at the Minneola High School Gym with a live stream from the church. Kip Ryherd will be officiating. The burial will follow at the Appleton Township Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be given towards The Wilczek Girls’ College Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. They can also be taken to the Minneola Centera Bank.

Jerry Gregory Weikal

Jerry Gregory Weikal, 44, passed away on January 16, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Greg was born in Ashland, Ks. on August 9, 1971 to Minnie & Jerry Weikal. He attended Ashland High School and graduated in May 1990. He attended Remington College for massage therapy and graduated in 2005.

Greg was a self-employed construction worker, detailed airplanes and was a mechanic. He enjoyed doing radio interviews, he had a karaoke business, attended event’s at Sun ‘n Fun Aviation Center, flew airplanes and was a proud member of the Pilot’s Club, where he got his pilot’s license. His goal was too be in the aviation business.

Greg is survived by Karla Weikal of Wellington, Ks., Lori & Caesar McCanse (Kansas City, Missouri), their children & grandson, Spencer Weikal, Ceontez, Caeressa, and Chevy McCanse of Wellington, Ks., and Karson Weikal of Junction City, Ks., Michelle Weikal of Tom, Oklahoma, her children and grandchildren, Nicholas Weikal & his fiancé Kendra of Wellington, Ks., and their children, Addilynn & Tuff Weikal and Triston Brown of Wellington, Ks., Marissa & Brooke Brown of Wellington, Ks., Chris Weikal & his fiancé Megan of Wichita, Ks., and Brian Weikal of Wellington, Ks. Extended family, Heather, Sherry and Patricia Afshar of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Greg was predeceased by both of his parents, Minnie and Jerry Weikal of St. Petersburg,  Fl., great grandmother  Anna Ranabarger of Ashland, Ks., grandparents Helen and Dennis Weikal of Ashland, Ks. and Larry Robert “Bob” Weikal of Wellington, Ks.

A celebration of life will be held for Greg at the Boardwalk Tavern on January 30, 2016 from 4-8 pm. It is located at 2600 54th Avenue North Street, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Memorial donations have been set up by Heather, Sherry &Patricia Afshar on facebook thru gofundme.com/burial by Sherry Afshar. Donations can also be sent to Alife Tribute Funeral Home, 716 Seminole Blvd., Largo, Florida 33782

Wallace G. McKinney

Wallace G. “Wally” McKinney, 83, died January 24, 2016, at Hospice House. He was born August 23, 1932, in Englewood, to George and Esther (Bowers) McKinney. Wally graduated from University of Kansas in 1955, with his Bachelor of Science in Business. Wally was a CPA and entrepreneur. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, a member of Pacific Lutheran Board of Regents for 12 years, Christian Friends Fellowship, and The Pitch Club.

On June 28, 1959, he married Joan Shaft in Hutchinson. They celebrated 56 years of marriage together.

Wally is survived by: his wife, Joan, of the home; daughter, Janet So and husband Hyo-Jin of Olympia, WA; son, Robert McKinney and fiancée Kristy Wescott of Aurora, CO; granddaughter, Karen So of Bellingham, WA; and brother, Charles McKinney and wife Gloria of Englewood.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, David McKinney.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 29, 2016, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 105 Curtis St., with Pastor Tim Carey officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church’s columbarium. Friends may sign the book 9-5 Tuesday through Thursday at Elliott Mortuary, with family to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Emanuel Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hospice of Reno County, or Pacific Lutheran University , in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, Ks 67501.

Thelma A. Finke

Thelma A. (Lou) Finke, age 77, died early Tuesday morning, January 19, 2016, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.

She was born March 27, 1938, at Meade, Kansas, the daughter of Warren and Florence (Hardaway) Wells. As a young girl she attended grade school in Meade until the 8th grade and then attended the Fowler school system, graduating from Fowler High School in 1956. A longtime resident of Fowler, she formerly owned and operated the Town and Country Café in Fowler for many years.

She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, arts and crafts, playing cards, and spending time with her family and friends.

In 1955, she married Monte Finke. They were married for several years before divorcing.

She is survived by: Two sons, Brian Finke of Fowler, Kansas, Kelly Finke of Minneola, Kansas; A daughter, Marcella (Marcy) Krisle of Minneola, Kansas; Two brothers, Larry Wells of Fowler, Kansas, Robert Wells of Arizona; Five grandchildren and Two great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by a son, Keith A. Finke; a daughter, Cheryl A. Finke; a grandson, Eric Rickers; a close friend, Ronnie Wears; her parents; two brothers, Alvin and John Wells; and a sister, Marie.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment followed in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola District Hospital in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Jennifer Kay Hoover

Jennifer Kay Hoover, 28, died Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at her home in Minneola.

She was born March 23, 1987 in Minneola, the daughter of Joseph and Vicki (Griffin) Perry, Sr. A lifetime Minneola resident, graduating from Minneola High School in 2005, she was employed with Brookdale Assisted Living in Dodge City as a CMA.

On June 18, 2005 she married Brock K. Hoover at Minneola.

Survivors include: her husband, Minneola; her infant son, Westin, of the home; her father Joseph Perry, Sr. and step-mother Jennifer, Arkansas City, Kansas; her mother Vicki Becker and step-father Danny Becker, Belton, Missouri; 4 brothers, Joseph Perry, Jr. and wife Lacey of Bloom, Bryan Becker, Newton, James Perry and wife Ashley and Cody Perry, all of Arkansas City; 3 sisters; Chastity Terrazas and husband Carlos, Cimarron, Alicia Vernon and husband Joshua, Roanoke, Texas and Chelsey Yeakel and husband Matthew, McPherson; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Diana Hoover, Lewis, Kansas.

Funeral Service were held at 10:00 am Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the United Methodist Church, Minneola, with Pastor Kip Ryherd and Scott Tilley officiating. Burial was in the Bloom Cemetery, Bloom.

The family suggests memorials to Westin Hoover College Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Leona K. Perry

Leona K. Perry, 75, died Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Wichita.

She was born November 29, 1940 at Holden, Missouri, the daughter of Marvin and Eula (Donald) Myers. A longtime Minneola resident, she was a homemaker.

On June 14, 1959 she married Jimmie Joseph Perry at Bloom. He preceded her in death on June 13, 2014.

Survivors include: her son, Joe Perry and wife Jennifer, Arkansas City; 2 brothers, Donald Myers, Sagina, Texas and Junior Hibbs, Wagoner, Oklahoma; 4 sisters, her twin, Leota Pritchard, Bloom, Shirley Heffner, Arkansas City, Deloris Cleary, Arkansas City and Doris Haskell, Bloom; 4 grandchildren, Chastity Terrazas and husband Carlos, Cimarron, Joseph Perry, Jr. and wife Lacey, Bloom, James Perry and wife Ashley and Cody Perry and wife Kara all of Arkansas City.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Theron Myers; a sister, Dorothy “Dot” Wilson, a daughter, April Perry and a granddaughter, Jennifer Hoover.

Funeral will be 2:00 pm Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Pastor Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial will follow in the Bloom Cemetery. Family will receive from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.

The family suggests memorials to the Minneola District Hospital in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Mildred Elaine Steele

Mildred Elaine (Rainey) Steele, best known as Millie to her friends and family. Millie was born on April 29, 1935 in Dodge City, Kansas. Millie was the youngest of 14 children of Dillard and Hanna (Willems) Rainey. Millie attended school in Ashland, Kansas, later getting her GED and her CNA nurses certification. Millie married Bill Steele on July 17, 1964 in Wheaton, Illinois. Millie and Bill returned to Ashland in April of 1975 to raise their four children Mary Jane, Bryan, James, and Beverly. Millie life was full of watching her children during various sport activities and music performances and contest. Millie was a gardener and she loved canning the food that she grew. Millie liked to crochet and read in her spare time. Millie served the Ashland and surrounding communities as a nurse’s aide and worked at the Ashland Health Center for over 18 years. Millie was a member of the First Christian Church in Ashland for over 70 years. Millie also worked in the First Christian Church office. Millie and Bill were married for 51 years. Millie was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Willard, Henry, Sylvester Clay, Grant Ulysses, Calvin Coolidge, Donald, Delbert; five sisters, Annabell Smith, Ruth Booth, Viola Legg, Marine Routon, and Cora Cravens. Millie won the fight against Alzheimer’s and succumbed to pneumonia. Millie went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the age of 80 years old. Millie is survived by her husband of the home William “Bill” Steele; two sons, Bryan Lee Steele and James Joseph Steele; two daughters, Mary Jane Steele and Beverly Sue Snyder; one sister Phyllis Buchman; six grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and many other family members and friend. Family suggest in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ashland Health Center – Long Term Care Unit, 709 Oak Street, Ashland, KS 67831.

Funeral service were held Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the First Christian Church, Ashland, Kansas, interment at the Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas Under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service Buffalo OK. & Ashland KS. www.wilkinsonfuneralservice.com to sign or send your condolences to the family.

RaymondG. Wise

Raymond G. Wise, 92, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas.

He was born October 12, 1923 in Stratford, Oklahoma, the son of James Emmitt and Mary (McKeel) Wise. A longtime Minneola resident, he worked as a custom cutter until retirement.

On December 31, 1959 he married Dorothy M. Fuhrman in Meade, Kansas. She Survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant daughter, Linda Rae; 3 brothers, Wendall, Winford and Leonard; 2 sisters, Thelma and Milford.

Funeral Services were at 10:30 am Friday, January 15, 2016 at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola with Virgil White officiating. Burial was in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.

The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Christian Church or the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

2015

Dan C. Dorsey

Dan Cobb Dorsey, age 74, died December 2, 2015, at the Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Missouri

He was born July 26, 1941, at Ashland, Kansas, the son of Robert and Vivian (Thomas) Dorsey. As a youth he attended the Englewood, Kansas, school system graduating from Englewood High School. After graduation he went to work at Meade Manufacturing in Meade, after which he joined the United States Army, serving four years as a mechanic in the Core of Engineers which included a tour in Fulda, Germany. It was here he married is first wife, Nancy Feldman, on August 8, 1964. Upon his discharge, he began a career as a mechanic much of which was spent with Westfall GMC in Kansas City, Missouri.

On August 24th, 1984, he married Debra Bostock at Excelsior Springs Mo. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Jay Dorsey and wife Crystal of Golden, Colorado: a daughter, Jana Orth and husband Mark of Meade, Kansas: a stepson, Del Bostock and wife Shannon of Oak Creek Colorado and a stepdaughter, Christina Kent and husband Christopher of Palmer Alaska

Other survivors include: Two brothers, Scott Dorsey (wife, Terry) and Rex Dorsey (wife, Bonnie), eight grandchildren, Robin, Marie, Rebecca, Abigail, Michael, Loren, Kolby, and Aiden and five great grandchildren.

A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Excelsior Springs, Missouri in the spring, Dan’s favorite season. Internment will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri. Cremation has taken place.

Phyllis M. Riley Chatterton

Phyllis M. Riley Chatterton was born September 1, 1937 in Pratt, Kansas, on her parent’s 17th wedding anniversary.  She was the 3rd child and only daughter of Jesse and Glatha Nossaman Riley.  Her brothers were Paul Hazen Riley, of Norman, OK, who was born June 8, 1921, died August 9, 2014 and Loris Ersil Riley, who was still born in October 1922.  Both Paul and Loris were born in Buffalo, Oklahoma.  She is predeceased by her brothers, and her parents.

At the age of two, Phyllis was given every child’s dream, a pony for Christmas.  The pony was the start of a lifelong adventure of owning and showing Arabian horses for twenty-eight years.  She shared this joy with her daughter, Crystal.  Phyllis also raised and showed Wirehair Dachshunds and German Shorthaired Pointers.  She was owned by many other four legged family members as well, and is survived by two cats, Mia and Rusty, AKA “Hell on Wheels”.

Phyllis was a freelance artist (she sold her first work of art at the age of four.)  She illustrated two books.  Her art also won many awards in stain glass, window displays, making costumes for both Arabian horses and their riders.  Quilting was one of her favorite projects, having designed and completed over 100 quilts.  One of her artistic joys was designing an award winning float for Fridays’ Council Tree Chapter, NSDAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and providing over 10,000 American flags passed out to bystanders at the Windsor, Colorado Harvest Festival Parades.   Phyllis moved 31 times since 1960.  Twenty eight of those moves were with her 1st husband, Arnold Evans.  They spent three years as civilians in Germany.  During her years in Germany she filled her time doing art and window displays for local businesses.

Arnold Evans and Phyllis have one daughter, Crystal Glatha Evans Trowbridge who is married to, Cary Trowbridge of Overland Park, Kansas.  The Trowbridges have one daughter, Riley Trowbridge of Overland Park, Kansas. While in Germany, Phyllis met her 2nd husband, John Chatterton and in 1998 they were married in Wichita, Kansas in a very special barn.  The remodeled barn was part of a beautiful Christmas Tree Farm.  John and Phyllis have traveled extensively to the East coast, West coast, Alaska, Canada.  They enjoyed all forms of travel, planes, trains, automobiles, and boats. She volunteered in many associations as she moved across the United States.  Seven of those years were with the Kansas Humane Society.  She did a TV show on Channel 10 in Wichita, Kansas.  She designed booths for Arabian horse shows and dog shows.  She presented talks and programs to schools about humane care and kindness to animals.  She was a member and officer in the Wellington Colorado Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.  Phyllis was a member of Friday’s Council Tree Chapter, NSDAR through her ancestor Stephen Merritt who served from North Carolina.

Phyllis left her earthly home on November 29, 2015 at the Pathways Hospice Center, McKee Medical Center, Loveland, Colorado.

Phyllis is the fourth Riley generation to be buried in Highland Cemetery, in Ashland, Kansas.  She joins her parents, Jesse and Glatha Nossaman Riley; her grandparents, Charles and Melissa Lowery Couch Riley; her great grandparents, James Hall Riley and Cassandra Morris Riley; and other Nossaman relatives.  Her graveside service at Highland Cemetery will be held at “noon sharp” on Monday, December 7, 2015. You will need to be there to find out the significance of the time.   A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2015 and Wednesday, December 3, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Allnutt Drake Chapel, Fort Collins, Colorado. The family will be present from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. each day.   In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to an animal rescue organization or animal shelter of your choice.  Please visit Phyllis’ online memorial at www.allnutt.com.

Graveside Service were held 12:00 noon Monday December 7, 2015 at Highland Cemetery Ashland, under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service.

Shane McBee

Shane McBee, 52, of Flower Mound, TX passed away December 6, 2015 at the family farm home in Minneola, KS. Shane was born May 22, 1963 in Minneola to Larry and Jeanette (McGee) McBee. Survivors include parents, son Kevin McBee of San Francisco CA; daughters Katy and Kelsey McBee of Argyle TX; Lesley Argo, mother of Kevin; Stephanie McBee, mother of Katy and Kelsey, friend Tana Oakes, sisters: Shelly and Randy Shumate of Minneola, Shawna and Courtney Clarke of Lyons, KS; 4 nieces, 6 nephews, and 4 great nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Emogene McBee and Roy and Nadine McGee.

Visitation will be at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola Wednesday, December 9 from 5 – 7 P.M.   Funeral Service will be held at Minneola Christian Church Thursday, December 10 at 10:30 A.M. officiated by Virgil White. Burial will be in Appleton Township Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or Minneola Youth Hunt c/o Minnis Mortuary, Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Delores Marie Osborn McIntyre

Delores Marie (Urban) Osborn McIntyre was born on March 10, 1926 to Jacob and Kathryn Urban in Loretta, Kansas and departed this life on November 30, 2015 at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. Her father Jacob also died on November 30, in 1964.

The Urban family moved to Sitka, Kansas in April of 1926 where Jacob operated a grocery store in Sitka and later in Ashland. Delores attended Sitka Grade School. Her family moved to Ashland in 1942 where her father continued to operate Urban Grocery Store. Delores graduated from Ashland High School in 1944. She worked in her father’s grocery store.

She married John Warren Osborn on August 6, 1947 in Ashland, Kansas. To this union 6 children were born, Ronald John, Stephen Jay, David Warren, Jo Ann, Thomas James and Jacob Allen Osborn. Delores and John made their home in Ashland, operating Osborn Liquor Store until his death in October 1966. Delores continued operating the Liquor Store until 1976 when it was destroyed in an explosion caused by a gas leak. She then worked at Howell Insurance Agency and the Clark County Treasurers Office. In June 1985 she married Bob McIntyre and moved to Lawrence, Kansas. Bob and Delores enjoyed traveling before building a home in Goddard Kansas in 2002. They enjoyed 22 years of marriage until his death in June 2007.

After Bob’s death she moved into Wichita and later back to Ashland Kansas living at the Ashland Health Center until her death.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband John Warren Osborn, son Ronnie Osborn and her second husband Bob McIntyre, her sister Clemmie Dome, brothers Vic Urban, Ferdinand Urban and Hubert Urban, and step-daughter Kathy McIntyre.

She is survived by her sister Mary Jane (Sylvester) Breit of Wichita, Kansas; sons Stephen (Sharon) of Fredonia, Kansas, David (Teddi) of Ashland, Kansas, Jake (Julie) of Cimarron, Kansas and Tom of Great Falls, Montana and daughter JoAnn (Marvin) of Arvada, Colorado, Step daughter Debbie (Dennis) Zimmerman of Belle Plaine, Kansas and Step-son Don McIntyre of Lawrence, Kansas.; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and friends.

A vigil was held on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. The funeral service was Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph’s. Interment was at the Highland/St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorial donations made in Delores’ name may be made to the Ashland Health Center Senior Living, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831.

Rick Keas

Rick Keas, 66, died Sunday, November 15, 2015 at his home in Dodge City.

He was born August 22, 1949 at Colorado Springs, Colorado, the son of Richard “Dick” and Jean (Moore) Keas. A Dodge City resident since 1990, moving from Fowler, he worked as a mechanic for Goff Motors for 18 years as well as Skaggs Motors, later working for Dodge City Salvage until retiring in 2011. He also owned and operated R&B Cycle in Dodge City.

He was a member of ABATE District 7 where he served as District Representative for 15 years. He enjoyed guns, racing and watching cooking shows.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He married Connie Funk in 1991. She survives.

Other survivors include: his daughters, Michele Stubblefield and husband Mitch, Fowler and Nikki Thornburg and husband Alan, Fowler; his mother, Jean, Bullhead City, Arizona; 2 brothers, Joe Keas and wife Shelby, Blair, Nebraska and Bob Keas and wife Noreen, Bullhead City, Arizona; a sister, Suzie Lovelett and husband Paul, Charlotte, North Carolina; step brothers and sisters, Nancy Dudley and husband Gerald, Blair, Nebraska, Suzanne Crook and husband Carl, Omaha, Nebraska, Al Heisner, Jr. and wife Carmen, Denton, Texas, Judy Petterson and husband Jarry, Ceresco, Nebraska and Merri Ausherman and husband Gordon, Blair, Nebraska; and 4 grandchildren, Payton Rickers, Cierra Stubblefield, Macy Cunningham and Nathanial Cunningham.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial service will be 2:00 pm Friday, November 20, 2015 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, with David Johnson officiating. Friends may sign the register from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday at Ziegler Funeral Chapel. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.

The family suggests memorials to ABATE or Hospice of the Prairie both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com

Waneta Weddle

Fondly remembered by her family and friends as “Toots,” Waneta Weddle lived a long and full life. Born on her family’s farm east of Bloom, Kansas, in 1920 to Neva and Ade Clevenger, Toots graduated from Bloom High School. In 1937 she married Leonard Weddle in a ceremony officiated by Rev. G.W. Weddle, Leonard’s grandfather.

Waneta and Leonard made their home on their farm west of Bloom where they reared two children: Leonard Terry and Jeanette. Besides working the land, they were active in Kansas Farm Bureau, where they made many close friends.

A long-time member of the Minneola United Methodist Church, Toots found many ways to be involved in her church community. In early years she and Merle Weddle (her sister-in-law) organized a camp for young girls at Scott City each summer, making the decision to do so because they recognized that while boys had camp opportunities, similar ones for girls did not exist.

Learning about the Bible was important to Toot’s faith, as can be seen in the numerous color-coded pages in her Bible and marginal notes. She completed the Menninger Bible course, a four-year, systematic exploration of the Bible popular in Kansas. In addition to studying the Bible, Toots participated in the church choir for many years.

When Toots and Leonard moved from the family farm to Minneola, she quickly instructed Leonard to erect bird feeders and a Martin house so that she could watch the birds from her kitchen windows, which she regularly did. With binoculars in one hand and a bird book in the other, she spent hours studying and identifying the numerous birds who found sustenance at her feeders and water in her bird bath.

Toots had a creative bent that she fed through painting and sewing. Her grandchildren fondly remember learning to paint ceramic pieces that were usually fired in the neighbor’s kiln. And, she was interested in Weddle genealogy, which she diligently researched, organizing newspaper clipping and pictures and family trees into folders and binders.

In her final days at the Minneola Long Term Care facility, Toots was comforted by the moon’s presence. She asked that her bed be situated so that she could see the moon while lying in bed and she often remarked about it, especially thrilled when the clear Kansas skies revealed a full moon.

Waneta, who was preceded in death by Leonard in February, 2000, and her brother, “Bud” Clevenger , will be missed by numerous friends and family. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Sharon Weddle of Bloom, Kansas; and daughter, Jeanette Besthorn of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Additionally, she is survived by six grandchildren and nine great-grand children.

Suggested memorials are to the Minneola Long Term Care Facility or the Minneola United Methodist Church.

Gail R. Smith

Gail Ruth Smith, aged 65, died peacefully on October 23, 2015 in her home in Westmoreland, Ks. Born November 18, 1949, the daughter of Cyrus Estes Maxfield and Helen Maxine (McInteer) Maxfield in Forks, Washington. Gail’s father was tragically killed in a logging accident when she was 3 years old. Her mother, Gail and baby brother, Bud (Lynn Cyrus Maxfield) moved back to the family home in Minneola, KS where she grew up.

Gail met her husband Craig A. Smith in Manhattan, KS where they were married on June 20, 1982.Together they raised their two sons Michael Lynn Smith and Jeffrey Chad Smith. Gail loved her family first and foremost and was an incredible Mom, grandmother and wife. She enjoyed life and made it a joy with her quick wit, humor and smile on her face. She was known for always greeting everyone with a good morning, smile and positive attitude. Gail was a compassionate person who looked after many family, friends, co-workers and genuinely cared for the people in her life. For 15 years she was employed with Sears in Manhattan in various positions. In those positions she was a mentor and a safe haven for the numerous young people that she employed. She was the mom away from home that would give them comfort and advice while to college and trying to work to support themselves. Many were the gatherings at the Smith house for the kids that were not able to go home and spend the holidays with their family. Gail also made impacts with the other working friendships at the K-State Alumni Association, Stonecreek Family Physicians, Tillman Associates and Steel & Pipe Supply Company.

Gail loved reading. With a different novel in every room, books were her greatest escape. Her love of animals was known to anyone who knew her.

Diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2004. She fought it with a vengeance and showed all who knew her amazing strength, grace, humor, wisdom and love through her battle, and was determined to win the fight.

We will always remember Gail for the strong, caring person that she was and her ability to persevere throughout all of the challenges of her life with the same sense of humor, wit, smile and laugh she was known for.

She is preceded in death by her father (Cyrus Estes Maxfield ) and step father (Porter Burgess).

Surviving of the home is her husband: Craig A. Smith (Westmoreland, KS); son: Michael Smith and wife Christine (Templeton) Smith and their children Cameron and Payton (Thornton, CO); son: Jeffrey Smith (Parkville, MO); mother: Helen Burgess (Newton KS) and siblings: Bud Maxfield and his family (Minneola, KS), Donnie Burgess (Newton, KS) , Debbie (Burgess) Matz and her family (Hesston, KS) and Scott Burgess (Eagle Ridge, CO). She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Stephen Henderson officiating. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Appleton Township Cemetery south of Minneola, Kansas with her cousin Michael McInteer officiating.

On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

A memorial has been established for the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Landy Ray Tedford

Landy Ray Tedford, 59, of Cayce, South Carolina went to be with his Lord on October 11, 2015. He was born April 22, 1956 in Dodge City, Kansas, son of Lynn and Wanda (Latas) Tedford.

Landy graduated from Minneola High School. Following graduation from Ft. Hays State University, he worked in the automotive industry in Hutchinson and Dodge City. In 1991, he moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he was manager for one of the family’s boot stores, Pistol Creek West Western Wear. For the past 5 years he was employed at the Pistol Creek West Store in Columbia, South Carolina.

Survivors include his twin sister, Lynda Linder of Lindsborg, Kansas; sister, Sandra Craft of Caldwell, Kansas; brothers, Robert of Seven Oaks, South Carolina and Dennis of Brownfield, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials suggested to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060

Memorial services will be held in Minneola, Kansas at a later date.

Philip Dean Crane

Philip Dean Crane was born in Ashland, Kansas on Oct. 25th 1950 to the late Hubert and Mildred Crane (Ellsworth). He entered eternal life Sep. 26th 2015. Philip is survived by his wife of 30 years Deanna Crane, Derby KS, married June 1st 1985, and his son Matthew Crane and his brother Gregory from Winfield KS.

His folks settled in Derby, KS in 1954 where he attended school. Philip and family help start Derby First Christian Church. He played guitar, sang and taught bible lessons.

At age 13 Philip learned machining and welding skills at Wichita State University Wind Tunnel where his father worked. Work life came early and it allowed him to pursue his passion for motorcycles and he became a motocross racer.

Philip earned a Drafting Degree and later pilot’s license. His Flight Check instructor encouraged him to seek a flying career. This led him to work at Cessna Aircraft as both machinist and a pilot to ferry airplanes. His love of flying was shared with family and friends.

Philip joined Boeing Aircraft in 1973 as a tooling machinist. He later earned a Business Certificate in Leadership from Wichita State University and was a Training and Safety leader. Also worked at Spirit Aerosystems for two years until retirement in 2006.

Family adventures were always exciting whether by air or land to historic sights and places less traveled.

He was a gentle spirit, true friend, wonderful storyteller, quick humored, family historian and master of fair dealings.

Family and friends please join us to celebrate Philip’s life at the First Christian Church, 507 N Highland St, Ashland KS, 67831 on Oct. 10th at 1:00 pm. Luncheon will follow at 2:00 pm. Service arrangements by the Ashland Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.

William A. Jacques

William A. “Bill” Jacques, 84, died October 4, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born December 24, 1930 in Dodge City to Edwin and Maude (Butcher) Jacques. He was a longtime Minneola resident. Bill was a retired Clark County employee. He graduated from Dodge City High School in 1948 and then graduated from Kansas State University in 1954. He had served on the Ashland School Board and the Englewood City Council.

On May 12, 1956 he married Althea B. Ancalade at Dodge City.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and infant son, David, 2 brothers, Edwin and Robert, and 2 sisters, Doris Henderson and Donna Faye Harden.

Survivors include his wife Althea, son Tony Jacques and wife Lois of Mahaska, KS; daughter, Cherie Harley and husband Gary of Garden City; and 4 grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Minneola United Methodist Church officiated by Pastor Kip Ryherd. Visitation is 6 – 8 P.M. Thursday at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Committal Services will be held at 3:30 PM at the Englewood Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Minneola Home Town Market (freezer replacement fund) or to Habitat for Humanity c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Melvin B. Munk

Melvin B. Munk passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in Minneola, Kansas at the age of 82. He was born on October 31, 1932 in Ellis County, the first of ten children, to the late Ted and Rosemary (Kippis) Munk. The family later moved to Sheridan County, Kansas where Melvin grew up attending country school and graduating from the Eighth Grade. He lived most of his life there until eventually moving to Minneola, Kansas in order to be closer to his daughter, Michelle.

Melvin served in the United States Army from 1959 to 1961. He took great pride in serving his country before returning home where he started working several jobs. One particular Summer, Fred Pratt, owner of Pratt Ranch, told Melvin he would hire him just for that Summer. Forty years later Melvin retired from the ranch having worked for Fred and then Joe. He loved farming and life on the ranch and was a dedicated, hardworking man. In addition, having been raised in the Catholic Church, he was a member of the Saint Frances Cabrini Church and Knights of Columbus in Hoxie, Kansas.

Melvin liked to keep things simple and uncomplicated. Along with his love for farming he was also an avid gardener. In fact, he even planted a garden in his entire front yard. He was a good neighbor who never knew a stranger and wherever he went, he made friends, always finding the good in anybody and any situation. He loved dogs and always had at least one if not more, but the greatest love of his life was his daughters, Holly, Bonnie, and Michelle. He was forever proud of each and every one of them.

Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Holly Addis and husband Chad of Kansas City, Missouri, Bonnie Munk of Gunnison, Colorado, and Michellle Clowdis and husband Josh of Minneola, Kansas; his significant other, Edith Stapleton of Minneola; brother, Paul Munk and wife Josie of Menlo, Kansas; sisters, Zita Schamberger of Hoxie, Kansas, Rosie Stover of Colby, Kansas, Betty Racette and husband Danny of Colby, Kansas, Agnes Holzmeister and husband Donald of Colby, Kansas, Ruth Kratzer and husband Bruce of Lake Wood, Washington, and Pauline Hoff and husband Don of Dallas, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Rosemary Munk; and brothers, Lester Munk and Lawrence Munk.

Services were held Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, at 10:30 A.M., in Hoxie, Kansas. Memorials are to the Melvin B. Munk Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, P.O. Box 987, Hoxie, Kansas 67740. Online condolences may be left at mickeyleopoldfuneral.com

It is written, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Melvin sowed the seed of love into the lives of family and friends alike. Although he will be greatly missed, we rejoice as he now reaps a bountiful harvest of love that will never fail with his heavenly father.

Marjorie Thielen

Marjorie Thielen was born November 23, 1925 to Paul Francis and Celia (Gibson) Thielen, on the family farm east of Ashland, Kansas. Marjorie attended the Clark County Rural Schools. Marjorie cleaned houses, windows, and would sit and take care of people, when needed. Marjorie worked at the Hardesty House for a while and did ironing for many people around the community. Marjorie loved to crochet and piece quilts together. Marjorie loved piecing together quilts and quilting them with her mother every winter. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents Paul Francis and Celia (Gibson) Thielen; sister Emma Peck and husband Raymond; brothers Mark and wife Millie Thielen, Theodore Thielen, Leo and wife Norman Jean Thielen; brother-in-law Bob Tucker. Marjorie left her earthly home on Friday, September 25, 2015. She will be missed by all who loved her. Rest in peace dear sweet lady. Marjorie leaves as her survivors; sister Mary Tucker of Maryland; brother Francis Thielen of Cheyenne Wells, Colorado; nieces, nephews, other family, and many friends.

Family has suggested memorial to the Saint Joseph Church and Ashland Health Center.

Vigil service was held Monday, September 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church, were Father Kola Prakash officiating, Jan Fast pianist, Casketbearer Don Thielen, James Brown, Adam, Elliot, George Krier, Jeff Krier, and Michael Schatz. Honorary Casketbearers Francis Thielen. Interment at the Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service, Buffalo, Oklahoma.  

Ronald Shumate

Ronald Shumate, 89, died September 8, 2015 at his rural Minneola residence. He was born January 7, 1926 near Minneola to G. William and Elizabeth (Whitaker) Shumate. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a Farmer and Stockman.

Ronald graduated from Minneola High School in 1944 and served in the US Army from 1945 – 1946. He was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church and had served as a Director on the CMS Electric Cooperative Board.

On April 8, 1950 he married Jean Elizabeth Donnell at Oklahoma City. She died May 19, 2008.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Cathy, and a brother Edmund.

Survivors include his son, Randy (Shelly) of Minneola and daughter Cindy Wischoff of Chilliwack British Columbia, Canada. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Minneola United Methodist Church officiated by Pastor Kip Ryherd. Burial followed at Appleton Township Cemetery with Military Rites presented by VFW Post #1714 of Dodge City and the National Guard Honors Team.

Memorials are suggested to the Church or Hospice of the Prairie c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

L.W. Dub Holler Jr

L.W. “Dub” Holler, Jr. 63 of Meade, Ks was born May 15, 1952 in Ashland, Ks to Loyal W. Sr. and Mildred Puyear Holler and passed away Aug 23, 2015 in Wichita, Ks.

Dub attended Ashland Schools and graduated with the Class of 1970. He also attended Liberal Vo-Tech in Liberal, Ks.

On June 2, 1973 he married Cathy Herman. To this union was born a daughter Kami Leigh and a son Jason Kaleb.  They divorced.

While in Protection Dub was employed by Ralph Shrauner, The Protection Coop and was a volunteer fireman. He was also employed by the John Moore Ranch of the Lexington Community.

Dub married Carol Sinclair in 1989. They divorced.

On Dec. 31, 1994 Dub married Deb Heronemus and to this union was born two sons Brett and Kasey . They owned and  operated D and  D  Coachworks in Meade as an auto mechanic and body repair business.

Besides his wife and sons Brett and Kasey of the home Dub is survived by daughter Kami Day of Lakin, Ks. and son Jason Holler and wife Misty of Kismet,Ks. A sister LeJean Hanes, Trenton, Mo., Aunt Beth and Uncle Don Watson, Wichita, Ks., Aunt Joyce Puyear, Boulder, Colo. and grandchildren Sierra Swank and Kaden Day Lakin, Ks.

Dub was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, infant brother Garry and bother in law Gary Hanes.

Funeral services were held August 27 at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church with burial in the Church Cemetery, rural Meade.

Lot Foreman Tayler II

Lot Forman Taylor II, 76, of Woodward, OK passed away August 30, 2015 at the Grace Living Center. Lot was born on June 30, 1939 to Lot Forman Taylor and Ruth Irene (Smith) Taylor in El Dorado, KS. Lot’s parents moved their family from Clay Center, KS to Manhattan, KS in 1948. He attended Bluemont Elementary and Manhattan High School. After graduation he spent three years in the Marine Corps stationed in the San Diego area. He was honorably discharged in June, 1960 as a Private First Class E-2. Lot and Loraine Marie Hoerman were married on February 14, 1960 in Manhattan, KS. In 1961 he decided to attend a four year program in Animal Husbandry at Kansas State University, and after only three and one half years he graduated making the Deans Honor Roll. After graduation Lot took over the building of Spillway Marina at Tuttle Creek Reservoir in Manhattan, KS. Over the next ten years, he built and ran the marina and became the principle owner. Tired of being at the mercy of the weather on the lake, Lot went back to school at Kansas State University where he earned a civil engineer degree in 1972. He joined a Great Bend firm and in 1975 opened a branch office in Garden City. In 1980 Lot purchased the branch office and soon became the largest engineering office in Kansas west of Wichita and was a licensed professional engineer and land surveyor in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Some of his biggest accomplishments included redesigning the ditch that drains most of the water for Garden City, designing a 160 acre subdivision, and converting a three hundred mobile home and housing subdivision from septic tanks to a sanitary system. Lot always thought it was rewarding driving through southwest Kansas, parts of Oklahoma and Colorado and seeing all his designs at work. In the 1980’s Lot started farming at the ranch on the weekends, and this is where he kept his BIG FARM TOYS. He enjoyed farming and repairing vehicles and equipment as his hobbies. Lot opened Prairie Land Environmental Remediation, Inc. in 1990 and this is where he kept his other BIG TOYS which included two drilling rigs, a super sucker vacuum truck, dump truck, and a semi. In 1995 Lot opened an office in Woodward, OK and ran offices out of both Garden City and Woodward, and after 31 years of the Kansas office being open Lot finally closed it. Lot was a member of the Society of Kansas and Oklahoma Land Surveyors and an active member at the CrossPointe Church in Mooreland, OK where he served as a Trustee.

Lot is preceded in death by his parents Lot and Ruth Taylor and his sister Katherine Black.

Left to carry on his legacy is his wife Loraine Taylor of Woodward, OK; his daughter Kristin Marie Friesen and husband Al of Guthrie, OK; two grandsons Benjamin Friesen, Jacob Friesen and wife Alyssa; one granddaughter Sarah Dablemont and husband Alexandre; two cousins Charlene Smith and Marlene Smith; one great grandchild; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday September 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the CrossPointe Church, Mooreland, Oklahoma with burial following on Saturday September 5, 2015 at 10:30 at Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas. Condolences may be made to the family & Memorial Tribute viewed at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Vici

Marilyn J. Barrett

Marilyn J. Barrett, age 79, died Thursday morning, August 20, 2015, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.

She was born June 8, 1936, at Arlington, Washington, the daughter of Alma L. and Elsie May (Mossier) Whitman.  A longtime resident of the Northwest, she was a bookkeeper.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilts, making teddy bears, playing the piano, camping, fishing, and gardening.

On October 12, 1953, she married Arthur R. Barrett at Marysville, Washington.  He passed away in 2007.

Survivors include: A son, Arthur R. “Art” Barrett, Jr. and wife Maureen of Englewood, Kansas

She is preceded in death by her husband; a son, Wesley Barrett; a brother Marlin Whitman; and a sister Alberta.aa

Private family services will be held at a later date as cremation has taken place.

James Walter Baker

James Walter Baker was born in Ashland, Kansas on July 26, 1939 to Erroll Knox and Rachel (Overman) Baker. He passed from this life on August 12, 2015.

Jim served his country for 22 years in the US Navy. He was a Naval Aviator and obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

On June 12, 1971, Jim married Frances Willard in Jacksonville, Florida. After Jim retired from the Navy, the couple made their home in Ashland. Jim was self-employed in general light construction.

Jim was a member of Christ’s Church of Ashland. He sat on the boards of Christ’s Church of Ashland, VAM and Pioneer-Krier Museum. He was a valued volunteer at the annual Methodist Men’s Groundhog Supper.

Proceeding Jim in death were his parents; his mother-in-law Mary L. Willard; and nephew Donnie Baker. He is survived by his wife Frances; his brother Jerry Baker; his sister Pat Benear; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made to the Independence Fund, 330 Coosaw Way, #1, Ridgeland, SC 29936, or online at www.independencefund.org

John Allen Boyd

John Allen (Jack) Boyd passed away August 5, 2015. Jack was born in Florence, KS on February 25, 1924. He graduated from Burns High School and was proud to be a lifelong resident of Kansas. He was a World War II Navy veteran and proudly served his country as a pharmacist’s mate, third class, on the U.S.S. Ross in the Pacific Theater. He married Idabelle Brenzikofer on January 12, 1944. For many years, Jack was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church.

His strong work ethic started at an early age, where he delivered milk for his family before going to school and that hard work continued throughout his entire life. He always put his family first. He was a generous person who would stop whatever he was doing to help someone in need.

Jack was an avid sports fan, who played several sports in his younger years and proudly cheered on his children in their sports endeavors. He was proud to be a supporter of Yankees baseball and KU basketball. He enjoyed playing (and cheating in) cards with his family. Jack had a great sense of humor and his storytelling ability captured our attention and left us in laughter.   He had the good fortune of taking many wonderful trips, but his favorite spot was the Colorado Rockies.

He loved people and never met a stranger. He constantly reminded others that his family was the absolute best thing in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Noda Boyd, infant son, James Allen, and son-in-law, Ron Schreiner.

Family members left to celebrate his life include his wife of 71 years, Idabelle Boyd, brother Hurshal, children, Joyce (Randy) Trease, Barbara Schreiner, Brenda (Vic Druten) Boyd, Duane (Mary) Boyd, John (Beth Cramer) Boyd, Brian (Alice) Boyd, 9 grandchildren, Michael, Shane, Ryan, Jason, Chad, Allison, Ian, Anna, and Emma, and 13 great grandchildren.

Jack was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, who will be dearly missed. We will carry him in our hearts forever.

The family would like to thank Mennonite Friendship Communities and Hospice of Reno County for their support and care.

Cremation has taken place and a private memorial will be planned at a later date at the Ebenezer Cemetery, Burns, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Reno County Veterans’ Memorial, in care of Hutchinson Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 300 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson, KS 67502. To leave a message for the family, visit: www.Hutchinsonfc.com.

Julian Bruce Canton

Julian B. Canton usually called J B the son of Ulysses and Erna (Jackson) Canton, was born on October 26, 1922 in Nashua, Montana. J B spent most of his childhood in the small town of Englewood, Kansas, and graduated from Englewood High School in 1942. J B joined the U S Navy and while serving his country he was accepted into the ROTC Program at the University of Southern California and was a member of the Glee Club. J B graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master Degree Teachers of Mathematics. J B was commissioned as an officer and assigned to a ship, around the time WW II ended. In 1946 J B was honorably discharged from active duty, then joined the Naval Reserves as a Supply Corp Officer where receiving rank of Commander, serving for 20 years and retiring in 1964. J B pursued a career in education, teaching high school Mathematics and Spanish for 10 years in the Los Angeles area. J B moved to Carpinteria, California where he worked in Real Estate as a salesman and after several years started his own real estate business as a broker, called Surf Reality, selling the business after 31 years. JB and Dorothy Olson were united in married March 10, 1951 and to this union three children were born Jay, Marvin, and Anne. JB was active in the community serving on the School Board, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and the Masonic Lodge while living in the beach town community. Upon leaving Carpinteria J B continued to sell land parcels and opened a land office in Kern County, California along with Dick Underwood, a salesman for J B many years. J B return to Kansas in 1993 where he grew up, continuing to sell real estate while living in the Ashland Community. J B was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church, enjoyed being involved with the Ashland Senior Center and all their activities. J B enjoyed spending time with the Senior Coffee Club. JB was preceded in death by his father, Ulysses; mother, Erna; brothers, Walter, Lee and Elgin. J B left his earthly home on July 31, 2015 at the Ashland Health Center, after battling cancer. J B is survived by his former wife, Dorothy, Simi Valley, California; son, Jay B Canton and wife Kim of Ashland, Kansas, Marvin L Canton, Lompoc, California; daughter Anne J. Canton, Escondido, California; sister, Lucy Nice, Round Rock, Texas, brother Edwin Canton and wife Carol, Thousand Oaks, California; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. In lieu of flowers, family suggest donations to the Ashland Health Center, 709 Oak Street, PO Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831.

Funeral services were held on August 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Church, Ashland, Kansas, Rev Rick Branson officiating, Charlene Hughes, organist, Pixie Goodnight singing “How Great Thou Art” Congregation singing “Beyond the Sunset” and “When We All Get To Heaven”. Interment at the Englewood Cemetery, Englewood, Kansas, with Military Grave Rites by VFW of Ashland, Kansas.

Services entrusted to Wilkinson Funeral Service Buffalo, Oklahoma. www.wilkinsonfuneralservice.com to sign or send your condolences to the family.

Florence Folks Moore

Florence Folks Moore born February 11, 1915 at her father’s farm north of Ashland, Kansas, passed away on July 24, 2015. Florence was preceded in death by her son, William Moore. She is survived by the Neil Folks family, the Ray Folks family and the Laurel Johnson family. Graveside services were held at the Ashland Highland Cemetery August 1, 2015 under the direction of the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home.

Most of her grade school years were spent in a one-room country school, which was one and half miles from her home. For her eighth grade and freshman year of high school she attended St. Mary’s of the Plains Academy in Dodge City, Kansas. She then returned to Ashland High School and graduated from there in 1933. She attended Emporia State Teachers College for one year and dropped out for a year. Then she returned to college to get her life certificate to teach. For the next three years she taught at a one-room country school west of Ashland. Her first year of teaching she had seven students, seven grades, and all boys. She then returned to Emporia State and graduated from there in 1941 with a B.S. degree in primary education. For the next two years she taught at the State School for the Blind in Jamesville, Wisconsin.

When World War II started she joined the Marine Corps. She was discharged when the war was over. She then went to Hartford, Connecticut and worked with the blinded American veterans returning from the war.

She met her husband there and was married in 1946. The family moved to Gadsden, Alabama, where her son William Robert was born. The family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1952. The first three years there they owned a Red Goose children’s shoe store. After they sold the store Florence went to work at Sandia Laboratories, a Federal Government installation. After twenty-three years she retired in 1980. In 2005, she moved to the Seville Retirement home in Orem, Utah to be near her nephew, Ray Folks, and family. In 2011 she spent a few month’s living with her grandniece, Melanie Johnson and family, before moving to Latter Days Assisted Living in Santaquin, Utah; where she resided until her death.

We will miss you “Aunt Sis”!

Leonard Benzel

Geraldine H. George, 96, of Syracuse, Kansas, passed away July 15, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan, KS. She had been residing in Wamego for a short time.  She had lived in Bullhead City, Arizona following retirement.

Geraldine was born July 11, 1919 in Minneola, KS, the daughter of Frank D. and Laura L. (Monson) Hatcher.  She attended schools in Minneola and graduated from Minneola High School. She married Raymond Fristoe in 1943, he preceded her in death.  She later married Neill Roy George in 1961 in Minneola, KS. He also preceded her in death.

She spent many years as a homemaker and was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star- St. Bernard Chapter 97 of Dodge City, KS.  She enjoyed sewing, especially quilting, and collecting sunflower and frog memorabilia. She was an avid story teller and appreciated time spent with family and friends.

Her survivors include, 3 step-daughters: Ann Whipple (Richard), Rathdrum, ID, Gayle Barns, Mullberry, AR, Sandy Hank (Lonie), Liberty, MO; a niece, Sandra Ellis (Wilbur), Granada, CO; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She is also preceded in death by 4 brothers: Fay, F.D., E.L. Shug, and Fontelle.

Cremation has taken place. Graveside services with Order of Eastern Star burial services for Geraldine will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Minneola Cemetery. The family has suggested memorials to the Order of Eastern Star-St. Bernard Chapter 97, Dodge City, KS, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547.

Geraldine Hatcher George

Geraldine H. George, 96, of Syracuse, Kansas, passed away July 15, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan, KS. She had been residing in Wamego for a short time.  She had lived in Bullhead City, Arizona following retirement.

Geraldine was born July 11, 1919 in Minneola, KS, the daughter of Frank D. and Laura L. (Monson) Hatcher.  She attended schools in Minneola and graduated from Minneola High School. She married Raymond Fristoe in 1943, he preceded her in death.  She later married Neill Roy George in 1961 in Minneola, KS. He also preceded her in death.

She spent many years as a homemaker and was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star- St. Bernard Chapter 97 of Dodge City, KS.  She enjoyed sewing, especially quilting, and collecting sunflower and frog memorabilia. She was an avid story teller and appreciated time spent with family and friends.

Her survivors include, 3 step-daughters: Ann Whipple (Richard), Rathdrum, ID, Gayle Barns, Mullberry, AR, Sandy Hank (Lonie), Liberty, MO; a niece, Sandra Ellis (Wilbur), Granada, CO; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She is also preceded in death by 4 brothers: Fay, F.D., E.L. Shug, and Fontelle.

Cremation has taken place. Graveside services with Order of Eastern Star burial services for Geraldine will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Minneola Cemetery. The family has suggested memorials to the Order of Eastern Star-St. Bernard Chapter 97, Dodge City, KS, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547.

Milton Rollan Hughes

Milton Rollan Hughes, age 84, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center in Meade, Kansas.  He was born December 7, 1930, in Spearman, Hansford County, Texas, to Afton Winfield “Bill” and Pauline (Lewis) Hughes. At an early age the family moved to Durham, Oklahoma where his parents had bought land. Milton attended the Clifford elementary school, a country school not far from his home, but the school consolidated with Durham schools when he began the 6th grade. He graduated from Durham High School in May, 1949. He was drafted into the Army after graduation but a fall from a wooden windmill platform resulted in a serious break to his right leg which, in turn, brought a deferment until October 1952. His basic Army training was at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas. He was sure that this was the end of the earth, as he said, “Even the rocks blew”. After basic training he was sent to Wiesbaden, Germany. He always felt very fortunate to be stationed there as so many of his peers had been sent to South Korea. He was discharged from the Army in September 1954.

Following his army discharge Milton decided to take advantage of the GI Bill. He enrolled at Panhandle (OK) A. & M, Goodwell, OK. He graduated in May 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Elem. Education. The following September he began a teaching career at Washington Elem. in Liberal, Kansas. That year the Liberal Unified School #480 had hired several young, beginning teachers. Among them was a beginning teacher at another school, Doris Charlene Randall, from Ashland. They were married two years later, August 10, 1960. To this union was born their son, Randall Milton, February 4, 1964.

After attending classes for several summers at Southwestern Oklahoma State U., Weatherford, OK, Milton earned his Masters of Education Degree, and became Principal at Washington Elem. in Liberal.  His entire educational career was spent with Unified School District #480 in Liberal. In addition to serving as principal at Washington, he also served as principal at two other schools, Southlawn Elementary and McDermott Elementary. Milton was a firm believer in education and was constantly encouraging and praising students. Milton retired from USD#480 in May 1993, and when Charlene retired in 1994 they moved to Ashland.

He was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church.

Along the way Milton developed another love – the love of gardening. It was reflected in every aspect of his life. He couldn’t beautify the whole world, but wherever his world was, he intended to make it a place of beauty and tranquility. His happiest moments were working in his flower beds and with his roses in particular. Of great satisfaction to him was to observe people enjoying the little garden in downtown Ashland.

Milton was actively involved in the Pioneer-Krier Museum. He loved to tell museum visitors about many of the collections, displays, and artifacts. He also thoroughly enjoyed times when friends just stopped by the museum to visit. The coffee pot was always on.

Preceding Milton in death were his parents and his brother Orton. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlene; his son, Randall Milton and wife Kathryn; two grandchildren, Nicholas Randall and Holly Madeline; nieces, Deana Kay Hughes and Darla Jean Harris, and nephew Orton Zane Hughes.

Services were held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Interment was at Highland Cemetery. Military honors provided by the Willard Aldridge VFW Post 7770 of Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials given in Milton’s name may be made to the Pioneer-Krier Museum, P.O. Box 862, Ashland, KS 67831.

LouJene Story

LouJene Story, 86, died July 14, 2015 at Fowler Nursing Home. She was born November 15, 1928 at Noland, Arkansas to George E. and Levina Jane (Fullington) Story. She was a longtime Minneola resident and was a Homemaker.

LouJene was a member of the Friends Church at Fowler and VFW Auxiliary.

She is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Carla Ashton, granddaughters Amber, Lena and Amanda and a great granddaughter Jinnie Lynn.

She is survived by 3 sons: Jerry Donley of Rossville GA, Lee Donley and wife Glenda of Omaha NE, and Rick Donley and wife Alma of Parsons, KS; 2 daughters: Lynn Donley of Minneola and Margrett Donley and Dale Crump of Vancouver, BC; 16 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.

Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 16, 2015 at the Friends Church in Fowler officiated by Pastor Dennis McDowell. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Burial will be at Appleton Township Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Fowler Nursing Home or to the Church c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Joshua Riley

Joshua Riley, 29, died July 13, 2015 at his parent’s residence in Minneola. He was born May 30, 1986 in Ashland to Ronald and Ranae (Mings) Riley. He was a lifetime area resident.

He was a Customer Service Rep. for Centera Bank of Dodge City. He graduated from Minneola High School in 2004 and then attended NWOSU at Alva, OK and then UCO in Edmund. He was a member of Grace Community Church of Dodge City and was an avid Relay for Life supporter.

Joshua married Amy Burrows on December 30, 2008 at Edmund, OK. She survives. Other survivors include his parents, Ron and Ranae Riley of Minneola; a brother Austin Riley of Ulysses and a sister Madison Riley of Hutchinson; maternal grandmother Eldean Mings of Englewood; paternal grandmother Alta Riley of Derby; mother and father-in-law Bill and Diane Burrows of Prescott Valley AZ.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, J.T. Riley; maternal grandfather, Alvie Mings; and Amy’s grandmother, Sandra Burrows.

Memorial Service is 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Grace Community Church of Dodge City with Pastor Kirk Larson officiating.   Memorials are suggested to the Relay for Life (Ford County) or to the Church c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Doug Luetters

A proud father and Papa, dedicated husband and kind and decent man died on July 3, 2015. Douglas George Luetters died at the young age of 66 years, six months, and nine days.  He was born into this world to the parents of George and Coletta Luetters in Ransom Kansas on December 24, 1948. He grew up in Ransom KS with his three sisters, making numerous friends and everlasting memories. He attended the Hutchinson School Of Business until he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Vietnam war from 1969-1970. Upon his return, he married Judy VanWinkle on January 15, 1972 and they began their lives together having two children and spending most of their lives in Dodge City KS. Doug worked for Chaffins Inc. for 20 years and spent the remaining years owning and operating Charlie’s Convenience Store and the Corner Store in Minneola. Doug retired in January of 2015 and was looking forward to golfing, DC Raceway, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. His life was cut short on Friday morning from a massive heart attack. He will be remembered for his wisdom, quick wit, sense of humor, and love and dedication he showed to his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He is survived by his wife, Judy; son Bryan, of Meade KS, his wife, Rochelle, and their three children Lexus, Lawson, Liberty; his daughter Jennifer, of Hutchinson KS, her husband Tyler, and their four children, Luke, Reece, Tate, Jenna; sister Velma Garcia, of Felton CA; sister Donna Luetters, of Wichita KS; numerous relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister Thelma Ciempa.  Doug’s life was honored on July 13, 2015 at Zeigler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, at 1 pm. His burial was in Ransom, following the memorial with a dinner at the VFW in Ransom. In lieu of flowers a memorial can be made to The Pet Miracle Network

Clarence Charles Mullendore

Clarence Charles “Clancy” Mullendore, 90, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Ashland Health Center in Ashland, Kansas. He was born January 24, 1925 to Clarence A. and Leora A. (Kocher) Mullendore in Colorado Springs, CO.

He married Marjorie M. Murphy June 1, 1951.

At age 5 and for the next 10 years Clancy spent his summers with his mother in a cabin hand built by his father in the mountains in Colorado. While his father was pastoring in Kansas, his mother found relief from her respiratory illness and he explored the mountains with his beloved dog Teezer. He attended Ashland High School and was drafted his senior year to serve in World War II. He worked at the Citizens State Bank for 53 years.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ashland.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Mae Cummings and husband Willard, Dodge City, Janis Ann Denton and husband Greg, also of Dodge City, Doris G. Mullendore, Ashland; 12 grandchildren and 1 step-granddaughter; 16 great grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Margie and sister, Janis J. Bartley.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church Children’s Playground Fund, P.O. Box 686, Ashland, KS 67831.

Anita McGonigle

Anita McGonigle, 76, died June 27, 2015 at Pratt Regional Hospital. She was born April 17, 1939 at Spearville to Herman and Margaret (Lampe) Mueller.

On April 18, 1959 she married Carl McGonigle at Dodge City. He died January 10, 2012.

She is survived by her daughter, Theresa McGonigle, Ashland; 3 sons: David and wife Lorraine, Calvin and Brian all of Ashland; brother, Lloyd Mueller of La Junta, Colorado; sister, Mary Harper of Dodge City; 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Jason and two brothers, Robert and Johnny.

Graveside Services and Inurnment will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Highland Cemetery, Ashland, KS. Memorials are suggested to Ashland Senior Center c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Pamela Strodtman

Pamela Strodtman, 72, died June 27, 2015 at Golden Age Home, Cheney, KS. She was born January 4, 1943 in Pueblo, Colorado to Harold and Margaret (Thomas) Eagleton. She was a longtime area resident. Pam had worked for the Bucklin Hospital District and then for the Protection Nursing Home.

On May 19, 1960 she married Wayne Strodtman at Pueblo. He died March 11, 2014.

She is survived by her son Mike of Bucklin; mother Margaret Eagleton; and two sisters, Phyllis Wischer and Paulette Poncar all of Denver; and 3 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, father, son Scott, brother Harold and a sister Ann Craft.

Graveside Services and Interment were held 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, June 30th at the Lexington Township Cemetery officiated by Gary Bennett.

Family has suggested memorial contributions to the Scott Strodtman Family or to Harry Hynes Hospice both in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Antonio Vera

Antonio Vera of Englewood, Kansas, died on June 13, 2015. He fought a hard and painful battle with cancer, but held strong to the end. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Antonio during his 82 years, among them: barbed wire and duct tape can fix, just about anything, also, the best coffee is made with warm milk and chocolate de la abuelita.

Antonio was born in Tabasco Zacatecas, Mexico on September 25, 1932. He was a very young boy when he began his search for the “American Dream”. He had many stories about how he crossed to the USA over 300 times. He decided to make Texas his home in the early 1970’s. He later moved to Gate, Oklahoma to work at a dairy. Oh how those cows loved him! He must have been tired of so many adventures because he did not venture very far and decided to make Englewood his home. It became a place where family and friends knew they were always welcome.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maria, and his children: Librada of Dumas, TX; Valentin of Englewood, KS; Lupe of Garden City, KS (children Alondra, Yuliana, and Selena); Grandchildren: Ramon of Ashland, KS (wife Rhonda, children Maebon and Justin); Angelica of Dodge City, KS(husband Javier, children Alexa and Bianey); and many friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.

Antonio is reunited with his parents, and son Ramon and daughter-in-law Lydia.

Many thanks to the kind-hearted nurses and doctors at the Cancer Center of Kansas and Medical Heights Medical Center in Dodge City, and The Heartland Cancer Center and St. Catherine Hospice Care in Garden City. Thanks as well to friends and family who left no stone unturned in helping in every way possible.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Myatt- Ashland Funeral Home. Services took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland, Kansas on Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00am. A rosary and vigil was scheduled for Tuesday at 7:00pm. Burial services were at the Englewood Community Cemetery.

The family requests memorials made to the Englewood Community Cemetery. C/O Joyce Walker, PO Box 167, Englewood, KS 67840

Marjorie Jewell Cummings Myrick

Marjorie Jewell Cummings Myrick, 93, was born to Wynn and Audrey (Burr) Cummings on February 22, 1922, and went to be with her Lord on June 6, 2015, at the Minneola Long Term Care Facility.

She was born in Sublette, Kansas, and attended school at Sublette. Marjorie married Ralph E. Myrick on October 5, 1941. He passed away January 13, 1966. She was a homemaker and a wonderful mother and grandmother.

A strong Christian, she was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church and loved to listen to gospel music. She was an avid gardener, loved to fish, collect rocks and read. Marjorie enjoyed visiting with family and friends and visited those at the nursing home and hospital. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed teasing those around her.

Family meant everything to her and she loved seeing her children and grandchildren whenever possible. She was loved for her sense of humor by the staff at Minneola LTC and will be missed by them very much.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, Rex, Max, and Ted Cummings; and one sister, Ferne Straney. She is survived by two daughters, Diane Arnold, Canton, and Cheryl (Jim) Bennett of Minneola. She leaves five grandchildren, Christina Bennett, Jon (Heidi) Bennett, Walter (Angela) Arnold, Galva; Jason Arnold (Angela Janzen), Canton; David Arnold (Kay Jordan), Canton; twenty great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Frances E. Jipp

Frances E. Jipp of Topeka, KS went to be with her one and only, Jay Jipp, on Monday, June 1, 2015 with her daughter Jo at her side. Frances was born in Iowa and was raised in Ashland, NE where she met and married Jay Jipp. Jay and Frances enjoyed traveling and camping extensively in Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Frances and Jay moved to Topeka in 1997 where they lived beside their daughter and caretaker, Jo. In January 2005 Jay left Frances’ side to pave the way for her to the next life. For the next 10 years Frances lived by herself with loving assistance from her daughter Jo. Once again, Jay and Frances are together again, as they should be. God rest both their souls. Frances leaves behind two daughters; Janice Jipp, Dodge City, KS and Jolene Massey (husband Pete) of Topeka, KS. Frances also left behind daughter by choice/granddaughter by birth, Tambra Rodriguez (husband Joe) of Shawnee, KS. She is survived by granddaughter Tyra Wolfe (husband Jeff) of Wichita, KS; Three grandsons Joe Naab (wife Kelita) Bismark, ND; Rick Massey (wife Nicole) Lawrence, KS and Jayson Massey (wife Erin) of Lyndon, KS. Frances’ great-grandchildren called her “Peachy”. Peachy had thirteen great-grandchildren; Delany, Sadie and Maddie Wise of Shawnee, KS; Keegan and Randa Wolfe of Wichita, KS; Devin and Tate Naab of Bismark, ND; Kaden Kranbeer of Lawrence, KS; Ruiz, Jonah, Ethan and Malory Walker of Manhattan, KS; little Miss Ali Massey of Lyndon, KS plus one on the way! At her request she was cremated.

Stephen Joseph Preisner

Stephen Joseph Preisner, 71 year old Ashland, Kansas resident passed away on May 21, 2015. He was born on July 23, 1943 in Ashland to Joseph and Marjorie (Pittman) Preisner.

Steve held a variety of jobs over the years including working at the Standard filling station, the City of Ashland, Fairmont foods and delivering EFD and Winters freight in Ashland, Protection and Coldwater. He also painted oil field equipment with Robert McNickle, mowed lawns with John Solida, worked for Rus Hensley Construction, Ashland Feed and Seed and the Red Hills Kountry Store. Steve and his brother, Ivan, co-owned the Phillips 66 in Ashland.

Volunteering many hours at the Ashland Golf Course, Steve also served on the board of the Ashland Golf Course, was a member of the Ashland JC’s and was an Ashland Volunteer Firefighter.

For the past 20 years Steve and Sheryl have enjoyed life together watching their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow.

Preceding Steve in death were his parents and a sister, Kay Young. Left as survivors are Steve’s spouse, Sheryl McPhail; his children, Todd (Lisa) Preisner of Americus, KS, Rick (Jackie) Preisner of Ashland, Jana (John) Wilt of Great Bend, KS, Jeremy (Allison) McPhail and Missy (Curt) Cramer all of Ashland; his grandchildren, AJ (Kat) Preisner, Farren (Matt) Niblack, Nicole Preisner, Lakota Preisner, Blake Wilt, Lakin Preisner, Trey Preisner, Trista Wilt, Tee Preisner, Montana McPhail, Austin Cramer, Hayden McPhail, Kenzie Cramer and Landen McPhail; his great grandchildren, Molly McPhail, Vada Niblack and Ember Preisner; his brother Ivan (Donna) Preisner of Seward, KS; his sister Janet (Dennis) Sharp of Holcomb, KS; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Services will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the First Christian Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorial donations made in Steve’s name may be made to the Ashland Golf Course, P.O. Box 398, Ashland, KS 67831.

     

Sandra Miller, 65, died May 18, 2015 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Wichita. She was born December 5, 1949 in Independence KS to Harrison Ray and Charlotte Marvene (Adolph) Martin. She was a longtime Ashland resident. She was a Para at the Ashland Public Schools working with Special Needs students.

On April 16, 1977 she married Gordon L. Miller at Greensburg. He died August 5, 2006.

She is preceded in death by her father, husband, and a sister, Debbie Klein.

Sandra is survived by 3 sons: Michael Stonehouse, Timothy and Chris Miller all of Ashland; a daughter, Carrie Hall of Protection; mother Charlotte Martin of Greensburg; brother Daniel Martin of Pratt and sister Barb Connaway of Republic, Missouri; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 22, 2015 at First Christian Church in Ashland officiated by Nicholas Johnson. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday at the Church. Graveside Services & Interment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Greensburg at 2:00 P.M. following the services in Ashland.   Memorials are suggested to Ashland Public Schools c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Nancy Lee Graham

Nancy Lee Graham, 75, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Coldwater, KS. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, she was destined for a lifetime of wearing green on her birthday and chasing the perfect corned beef and cabbage recipe, to which she attributed final achievement to her pressure cooker circa 1960 – which upon ignition, sent kids, grandkids, and friends scurrying for safety. Nancy was born in Fort Wayne, IN. However the pressure cooker is believed to have arrived on scene in Winder, GA (1968) and to have trekked across the country making appearances in Pueblo, Ordway, and Olney Springs, CO (1977-1982), finally arriving at current place of residence, Coldwater, KS (1982).

Nancy explored many career options, finally settling on dispatcher, which she felt was her calling. Nancy spent many years responding to the needs of the community as an emergency communications dispatcher for police, fire, and EMS; she worked for both Comanche and Clark County Sheriff’s departments, retiring from Clark County in 2005.

Over the years, Nancy could be found serving in leadership roles for 4-H, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout Troops. To nurture her creative soul, Nancy explored many hobbies such as painting, wood-working, and gardening, but many will likely most remember her craftsmanship as a master baker and cake decorator.

As her faithful companion Happy can attest, she loved animals. She would provide care regardless of leg count, fur, scale, feather, or size. A trait that has been passed to her children and grandchildren.

Although she became homebound, she continued to explore the world through reading, television, and the internet. It is during this period she acquired a taste for the Big Bang Theory, watched grandchildren grow, and provided family and friends with the most up to date weather information.

A few more things about Nancy…she preferred More Red’s for most of her life refusing to give them up, until ultimately forced to do so. To her, Big Mac’s were the original and only chain burger worth driving almost an hour for. An aficionado of coffee, she tried those fancy flavors, but ultimately returned to Folger’s black, which hot, iced, or luke-warm could be found in the same “perfect” travel cup for as long as most can remember. She finished nearly every phone conversation dispensing words of wisdom, “give each other a hug.”

Those who may have had the opportunity to witness the Graham Pressure Cooker in action, those wish they had, or those who ran from the hissing of the pressure relief valve, are encouraged to share via email: grahampressurecooker@gmail.com. Where the secret to perfect corned beef and cabbage may be debated. While credit may have been given to a 1960’s pressure cooker, the trick may have been in the ingredient added after witnesses left the kitchen, her unique if not hard, love.

The family gathered privately, Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Now for those formal in nature and genealogy enthusiasts. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents: William C More and LaVerne (Winner) More, ex-husbands: Paul M Brattain and Jack H Graham. She is survived by children: Shirley Brattain, Robert Brattain, Vicky Brattain, Nancy “Karen” (Graham) Barboza, and Gerald M Graham; son-in-law: Marcus A Barboza; daughter-in-law: Jennifer A Graham; grandchildren: Alexandria N (Davis) Willyard, Christopher S Davis, and Olivia B Graham; great-grandchild: Zandeleigh M Willyard; sisters: Sharon (More) Munson, Barbara (More) Tuesca, and Virginia Schoonmaker; and dearest friend: Verda Colter.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, give someone a hug, or buy someone less fortunate a Big Mac.

Gary Leroy Rankin

Gary Leroy Rankin passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the Shepherd’s Center in Cimarron, Kansas, at the age of 79 years. He was born at Ashland, Kansas, December 13, 1935, to Cecil Leroy Rankin and Elizabeth (Holmes) Rankin. He was the oldest of three brothers and two sisters. He grew to adulthood in Southwest Kansas, working primarily as a farm or ranch hand. He retired at age 65 from Garden City Community College where he had been for a number of years as a grounds keeper.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents and one brother. He is survived by two brothers, Duane and wife Sheryl of Cimarron, Kansas, Stephen and wife Joni of Dallas, Texas, two sisters, Karen of Overland Park, Kansas, Susan and husband Wendell Brown, of Canyon, Texas. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews as well as additional family and friends.

The family suggests that memorials be made to The Shepherd’s Center, P.O. Box 249, Cimarron, Kansas 67835.

No funeral service will be held as cremation has occurred. A private inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas. Arrangements by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

     

Joyce Marshall Coover, 84, passed away at the First Class Adult Care Facility in Phoenix, Arizona, on the morning of April 24, 2015, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Minneola, Clark County, Kansas, on September 20, 1930, the only child of Geth Pitman Marshall and Leslie A. Marshall. Joyce spent her formative years in Minneola and was graduated from Minneola High School in 1948. She then attended and was graduated from Fort Hays College, now Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, in May 1952. She married Charles Richard Coover in 1952 and began her teaching career in a small country schoolhouse between Lakin and Leoti, Kansas. In 1965 Joyce moved with her husband and three children to Phoenix, Arizona, where she became the librarian for the newly built Moon Valley High School. She was quite popular with the faculty due to her sincere kindness, snappy wit, and excellent baking skills. The students also loved her because they knew she was someone who truly cared. After 23 years at Moon Valley, Joyce transferred to Independence High School where she worked as the librarian until her retirement in 1992. Throughout her adult life Joyce made others her top priority by cooking for and serving meals to the homeless. But she is best remembered for her love of animals. Joyce volunteered many years at the Arizona Animal Welfare League Thrift Store. Cats were her favorite, and any feral cat that wanted a good meal instinctively knew to go to Joyce’s home. Her parents, ex-husband, and son Dylan predeceased Joyce, but she is survived by her stepson Leslie Charles Coover (Carolyn) of Topeka, Kansas, daughter Schyler Hart and grandson Tom Hart of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Typical of Joyce she said she did not want to “rest in peace” when she died since, “Why? There is no fun in that!” She also requested no memorial service and that donations be made in her name to the Arizona Humane Society or any other local no-kill shelter. www.ALMoore-Grimshaw.com

Robert H. Daily

Robert H. “Bob” Daily was born in Ashland, KS, on September 10, 1945, the second child to Harold and Joanna Daily. He passed away on April 22, 2015.

They lived in Lexington Township where he attended school through the 2nd grade. After the schools consolidated, he attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Ashland, KS for 3 years. He completed primary and secondary school at Ashland Elementary and High School (1963). He participated in all sports and most school activities in high school. He was actively involved in 4-H, raising an occasional grand champion steer.

Afterwards, he attended Kansas State University for a while and worked, also doing some rodeo. He was drafted into the US Army and served in Vietnam as Sgt., 25th Inf. Div. from 1966-1968. He was stationed at the 25th Inf. Div. Headquarters in Cu Chi, Vietnam, outside Saigon. His division was involved in fighting the Tet Counteroffensive of 1968 before he was discharged. He received the Vietnam Campaign Award with three Bronze Star Awards, in addition to a number of other awards.

After the military, he graduated from Aims College in Greeley, Colorado with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences, 1970.

Thereafter, Bob was a cattleman and worked in the livestock industry for a number of years, frequently in partnership with his father, Harold Daily. He became interested in competitive calf/steer roping with his friends, and also competed in Cheyenne Frontier Days’ Rodeos. He later turned to horse training and breeding and then spent most of his time living in Oklahoma (also living in New Mexico for a while). Horses were his real interest and passion in life. He had a unique understanding of the personality and psychology of horses. He was a long-standing member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Bob was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Joanna Daily. His daughter, Whitney Daily and family, Woodbridge VA, and his stepson, Clint Coover and his family, Dallas TX, survive him. His brother, Jim Daily and family Ashland KS, and sister, Donna Daily and family, Charleston SC, also survive him. Bob has been a member of the Catholic community wherever he has lived.

Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland, KS, on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM. Graveside services will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Ashland, KS, following the services. Arrangements entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St Joseph’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 577 or the VFW, P.O. Box 303, both in Ashland KS 67831.

Retta Rae Mangels Stebens

Retta Rae (Mangels) Stebens was born on October 7, 1939 in Elkhart, Kansas to Earl and Joye (Tarrant) Mangels. Retta attended school in Rolla, Kansas. She had one sister, Donna Marie Curran, who passed away in February 1997.

Retta married Harvey Thompson and to this union three children were born; Randy, Vickie and Teena. In 1960, Retta married Marion Stebens and to this union three children were born; Melody, Larry and Stacey.

In September 1967, Retta and Marion moved from Liberal to Ashland with his job as an oil field operator for Graham Michaelis. Retta remained in Ashland until her passing on April 16, 2015.

After raising her children, Retta worked at the Ashland Nursing Home for 20+ years. She enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and sitting around laughing and telling stories. More than anything Retta loved following her kids and grandkids playing sports over the many years, as they all attended Ashland school.

Retta is survived by her children, Randy and Janet Thompson and Vickie Thompson all of Liberal, KS, Melody Stebens of Ashland, KS, Larry and Mary Stebens of Buffalo, OK and Stacey and Sandra Stebens of Ashland; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Trevor and Renee Thompson and Dylan, Ashley and Ethan, Teresa and Jon Andrade and Bailey, Ella and Harper, Misti and Rob McLain and William, Olivia and Fiona, Mandi and Heath Cain and Brynlee and Branson, Jesse and Alicia Stebens and Ryan and Reece, Josh Stebens and Emily, Collin and Sophie, Danielle and Kyle Culwell and Kale, Austin Stebens, Preston Stebens and Gavin, and Corey and Chance Stebens; and many friends and family members.

Preceding Retta in death were her infant daughter, Teena Marie; her sister; her parents; and her husband Marion who passed away on April 2, 1998.

Memorial donations made in Retta’s name may be made to the Ashland Health Center, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831

A family and friends visitation was held at the Ashland Church of God on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm with a memorial service at 4:00 pm. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

     

Iola Moore, age 94, died April 15, 2015 at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, KS. She was born the November 25, 1920 in Mocain, Oklahoma.

She was a former retail sales clerk for JC Penny and a former, longtime resident of Dumas, Texas.

On July 4, 1939 she married Loren W. Moore at Meade, Kansas.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 am on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Minnis Mortuary Chapel, Minneola, KS with Roger Kirkhart officiating. Graveside services and Internment will be held at 2 pm at the Knowles, OK Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Iola Moore Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Sam Scott

Sam Scott, age 94, died April 11, 2015 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit. He was born August 17, 1920 in Dodge City, KS, the son of Earl Thomas and Annie E. (Albright) Scott.

He was a lifetime resident of Clark County and served the country in World War II in the US Navy.

On August 12, 1946 he married Ruth Elisa Riecker at Minneola. She preceded him in death on October 25, 2003.

He is survived by: his daughter, Ann Schlichting; granddaughter, Ruth Ann (Tyler) Knox; and 2 great grandchildren, Brayden and Charlotte, all of Minneola.

Graveside services were held at 1 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Bucklin, Kansas Cemtery with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating.

The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

David Gibson

David Gibson was born February 3, 1947 in Ashland, Kansas to Raymond and Francis (Mull) Gibson and passed away in Dodge City, Kansas on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. He grew up and lived most of his life in southwest Kansas. David graduated from DCHS in 1965, married Claudia Eddington and had his first son David Charles “Chuck” the same year.

While getting a business degree from Emporia State University David worked as a meat cutter. His family moved to Colorado for several years before returning to Kansas. David farmed, sold and appraised real estate, but his true passion was for horses and cars.

David was preceded in death by his son Michael Raymond and parents Raymond and Francis (Mull) Gibson.

David is survived by his son Chuck, daughters Carolyn (Dougherty) Wylie, Heather Dougherty, Shannon (Schaefer) Howard, companion Peg Vogel, Jason Vogel, Heather (Vogel) Richardson and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorial donations made in David’s name may be made to the Ashland Library, P.O. Box 397, Ashland, KS 67831, to WEPAC, P.O. Box 949, Ashland, KS 67831 to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093, http://www.psp.org/ or to Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Kansas Office, 1820 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS 67214, http://alz.org/centralandwesternkansas/

Wesley Alan Reimer

Wesley Alan Reimer went to his heavenly home on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Minneola District Hospital in Minneola, Kansas. He was born on April 16, 1958 to Isaac T. and Anna L. (Kroeker) Reimer in Fowler, Kansas. He grew up on a farm in rural Meade County with 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

He learned to work hard at a young age due to his dad’s poor health and needing to help support the family and run the farm. As a 6th-7th grader, Wes said he was “‘cussing God for doin’ this to me. I was fightin’ mad.” He was getting bitter about the circumstances the family kept going through. At the age of 13, in the 7th grade, he attended a revival at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Meade when he surrendered the fighting and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. This was his first step in a life long journey of faith. One of his next steps was asking God for a wife – with 10 very specific requirements. God answered that prayer by sending Karen Regier his way. Wes and Karen were married August 27, 1983 and made their home in Protection, KS. On one occasion, Wes asked Karen how many kids she wanted. She responded with ‘at least 4’ and Wes retorted ‘3 is enough.’ God simply added their two ideas together, so they ended up with 7 kids – Kristina, Michael, Andrew, Joanna, Kara, Nathan and Luke.

Wes obviously had a great love for kids which even extended outside the home. As a young, single guy he worked with the Awana program in Meade, and after getting married, the Wednesday night program at the Protection Mennonite Church. After the family moved to Ashland, he began taking kids up to Minneola and worked in the Awana program there before helping start the Awana program in Ashland. He also was a youth group leader with the Jr High & Sr High United Methodist Youth Fellowship in Ashland and taught various Sunday School classes throughout the years.

Wes started his construction career working with the Jost & Wiens Construction crew building churches in Western Kansas – including the Ashland United Methodist Church. In 1982, Wes and his brother, Lloyd, started Reimer Construction, providing high quality craftsmanship for over 30 years. Throughout the years and many different crew members, there were many great conversations and memories made (especially during break times)!

In December 2014, Wes’ first grandchild, Ryan Deighton, was born. Wes got to put together Ryan’s playpen, spent quality naptime and playtimes together, and introduced Ryan to his love of Southern Gospel music in those short 11 weeks.

Wes’ other hobbies included shooting/collecting guns, classic cars (especially GTO’s), collecting/setting up model trains, watching NASCAR, and cheering his kids on LOUDLY at all of their sporting events.

Wesley is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Karen, of Ashland, KS. His daughter Kristina (Brian) Deighton & grandson Ryan of Lincoln, NE; sons Michael, Andrew, Nathan & Luke of Ashland; daughters Joanna & Kara of Ashland; father & mother in law Herb & Wilma Regier of Marion, KS; Two sisters Teresa (Bob) King of Guymon, OK and Lucinda (Steve) Martin of McPherson, KS; Two brothers Lloyd (Michelle) Reimer of Protection, KS and James (Brenda) Reimer of Meade, KS; One sister in law, Gail Regier, of Wichita, KS and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and very close friends.

Interment was at the Emmanuel Mennonite Cemetery in Meade at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 with a memorial following that day at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials given in Wes’ name may be given to the Nathan Reimer Education Fund or the Luke Reimer Education Fund, c/o Stockgrowers State Bank, P.O. Box 458, Ashland, KS 67831.

Helen Genevieve Blair Lamaster

Helen Genevieve (Blair) Lamaster was born September 11, 1916 to Louis and Grace (Smith) Blair. She departed this life on March 14, 2015 at the Minneola District Hospital.

She always said that she did not want a long flowery obituary, so to honor Genevieve’s wishes we will try to keep this short, but to touch on the important aspects of her life.

First and foremost, Genevieve was immersed into Christ and served Him faithfully all of her life. She enjoyed playing the piano and played for the church for many years.

Genevieve was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for others. You could never leave her home without being served some wonderful food. Gardening was another of the things that brought joy to her life and she always raised beautiful flowers and had a well-tended yard. She nearly always had a vegetable garden also. Genevieve said she would much rather be working outdoors than in the house (but she was an excellent housekeeper).

In all of her ways Genevieve was every inch a lady. A beautiful Christian lady. In her later years she was such an encouragement to all those around her, especially the ones in the nursing home. Genevieve loved them very much and they loved her in return. When someone would wish her to have a good day, her reply was always, “It will be just as good as I make it.” Her motto to us was, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Genevieve was a very generous person, always ready to help someone else and give encouragement in every way she could.

She leaves as her survivors a dear cousin Loleta Leslie and husband Max of Alva, OK; a step-brother Denver Gearhart (who is a true brother in every way) of Ponca City, OK; nieces, nephews and many, many dear friends.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her father Louis; her mother Grace; her step-father Jim Gearhart; her sisters Joan, LaDene, and Ella Jane; and her step-brothers Galen and Bruce.

She will be greatly missed!

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM at the Englewood Christian Church in Englewood, KS. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorial donations made in Genevieve’s name may be made to the Englewood Christian Church, P.O. Box 123, Englewood, KS 67840.

Larry G. Henry

Larry G. Henry, 76, went to be with the Lord March 12, following a courageous bout with cancer. He was born July 17, 1938, in Plains, KS, to Willard and Jessie (Bromwell) Henry who preceded hi in death as did siblings Dixie Barnhart, Ralph Henry and Cyrstal Collins.

Larry is survived by his wife Beverly, daughter Dee Ann Francis, grandson Clayton Henry, brothers Sam (Judy) Henry, Kent (Carolyn) Henry, and a large extended family.

Larry graduated from Plains High School in 1956 and Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS in 1960, taught school and coached in Kansas and Colorado, worked for Young Life in the 70s, then returned to teach in 1978, retiring from Widefield High School in 2000, but continuing to coach pole vaulting when needed, as recently as last year.

Larry was an avid golfer, a runner and sport enthusiast. He loved the Lord, his family, friends, and students. He will be dearly missed.

Memorial services were held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Marh 21st at 1 pm.

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Dean E. Matthews

Dean E. Matthews, Jr., born June 22, 1934 to parents Dean E. and Helen Matthews, died March 2, 2015 at his Sammamish, WA, home.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn, son Mark (Coral), daughters Marcia Brown (Jeff) and Carole Anderson (Kyle), stepson Rudy McKinney (Jovanna), and stepdaughter Camille McKinney. Survivors also include grandchildren Jordan, Taylor, Taryn, Carl, Sarah, Jackie, Katie, Drew, step-grandchildren Rhyan, Quinn, Keysa and Eleanor, along with brothers Bill and Jon, three cousins, and six nieces and nephews.

Born in Dodge City, KS, Dean grew up in Ashland, KS, attended the University of Kansas, joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering.

He spent almost four years in the Air Force in Almagordo, NM, where his son and first daughter were born. Dean then moved to Tacoma, WA, to work for the American Plywood Association, and where his second daughter was born. In 1965 he moved to Mercer Island, WA, to work for Simpson Timber Co. in Seattle. Dean was a long-time Mercer Island resident, moving to Sammamish, WA, in 2014.

In 1983 he established his public relations company, Matthews Associates, working with building products companies, and eventually added engineering consulting to the firms work scope. His work had him traveling throughout the U.S., and occasionally internationally. Working until he was 77 he retired in 2012.

A member of Mercer Island Rotary for more than 25 years, Dean loved woodworking, remodeling, furniture making, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, and camping.

A memorial service will held at Trinity Parish in Seattle, 609 8th Ave., Sat., March 28, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to Rotary Foundation, Mercer Island Rotary, P.O. Box 1, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Jerome R. Bender

Jerome R. Bender, 85, died March 10, 2015 at Granbury, Texas. He was born August 23, 1929 at St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jerry graduated from Milwaukie, Oregon High School in 1946. He served in the US Marines from 1946 to 1949. On August 18, 1950 he married Dorothy Martenson in Milwaukie. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, Washington in 1953 then taught in the public schools for 31 years.

Survivors include 2 sons: Joel and Eric; 3 daughters: Rhondi Feucht, Eva-Marie Baldwin, and Anne Timbs; sister: Toni Corkran; 28 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a brother, Brook Bender.

Graveside Services were held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola officiated by Rev. Randall Jahnke with Military Honors presented by the National Guard Honors Team.

Memorials are suggested to the Minneola Civic Center c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Virgie Lou Hunter

Virgie Lou Hunter was born to Willard and Bertha (Ford) Miller on November 15, 1930 Northwest of Buffalo, Oklahoma, in her grandmother’s farm house.

Virgie attended Fort Diamond Country School before attending High School in Buffalo and graduating with the class of 1948.

Following High School graduation, Virgie work many years at the office for Northwestern Electric in Buffalo.

Virgie and husband, Dick Hunter, opened the Love’s store in Buffalo. After several years of operating the Love’s Store, Virgie and Dick bought the Corner Store in Minneola, Kansas. Virgie continued to operate the Minneola store following Dick’s death in 1988. Virgie eventually retired and moved back to Buffalo to enjoy her retirement and friends.

Virgie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane Hawkins and husband Dick Hunter. Virgie left her earthly home Sunday, February 22, 2015.

She is survived by step-sons Lindsay Hunter and wife Mary of Panama and Mitchell Hunter of McCloud and her dear friend, Linda Collins; along with many cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Buffalo Senior Citizens Center.

Memorial service were held 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 4th 2015 at the Buffalo Senior Citizens Center, with Pastor Phil Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service, Buffalo, Oklahoma.

Rebecca (Becky) Lee Smith Minor

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Lee (Smith) Minor, 59, of Spearville, Kansas, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 after suffering a massive stroke. Becky was born in Topeka, Kansas on March 11, 1955. She graduated from Seaman High School in 1973, Brown Mackie College in 1975, Fort Hays State University in 1999 and then earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from Newman University in 2008. Becky retired from the State of Kansas in July of 2014. Becky married Jerry Minor of Minneola, Kansas on November 30, 1974. They celebrated 40 years of marriage this past November. She enjoyed reading, and playing her dulcimer with Jerry at Fort Dodge. Becky loved children of all ages and through her years of volunteering in her church, serving 5 years as Mission Friends Consultant for KNCSB WMU, and her loyal devotion in her workplaces, Becky’s legacy lives on through the hundreds of lives she impacted. Becky is survived by her step-mother Pat Smith of Bloomfield, Kentucky, brothers Stephen (Edie) Smith of Topeka, Tom (Brenda) Smith of Lawrence, Jeff (Janice) Smith of Topeka and sisters Mari (Dave) Parker of Manhattan, Julie (Dan) Hundley of Byron, Georgia, Melinda (Terry) Wolfgang of Bailey, Colorado, and step-brother Mike Massek of New Albany, Indiana and step-sister Sue Massek of Willisburg, Kentucky. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Becky is preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Loretta Smith of Topeka, Kansas. A memorial service was held at First Southern Baptist Church in Dodge City, Kansas on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at 10:00AM with Chad Rhoades presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the AmericanDiabetes Association in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave. Dodge City, Kansas, 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.

Bonny McCarty

Bonny McCarty, 55, died February 17, 2015 at Minneola District Hospital. She was born February 28, 1959 at Jetmore, KS to Velven and Joanne (Babin) Clarke. She was a longtime Ford County resident. Bonny was Office Manager of the Offerle Coop, Bucklin. She was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Jetmore.

She is survived by her husband Terry, daughter: Danielle Dulin and husband Michael of Prairie Village, KS; mother, Joanne Clarke of Jetmore; brothers: Dan and wife Sheryll of Mt. Hope and Kelly and wife Desdia of Jetmore; numerous nieces and nephews.

Bonny is preceded in death by her father, Velven and a brother Michael.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Bucklin United Methodist Church officiated by Scott Tilley. Committal Services followed 1:30 p.m. at the Fairmount Cemetery, Jetmore.   Memorials are suggested to Minneola Health Care Foundation c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Willis Myron Harden

Willis Myron Harden was born on March 26, 1923 to Paul R. and Florence (Bard) Harden, the 3rd of 7 children. HhhhHe was born and lived for 64 years in the farmhouse his grandfather, Charles E. Harden built in 1908 near the original town of Lexington, Kansas. Charles and his father Nathan Harden left a farm west of Indianola, Iowa and homesteaded 2 miles north of Lexington in 1884. Like many, they lost their land following the severe recession of 1893, but Charles started over and with the determination and business acumen he passed on to his children and grandchildren, he eventually built a farm/ranch in the Lexington area, west of Protection and Goodland Kansas. Willis and Velmaree bought a home in Ashland and moved there in 1987. He and his siblings rode a horse together to attend the Lexington grade school. Willis attended Protection High School where he was a classmate to a couple of daughters of Bill and Ruby Riner, some of whom he dated.  After graduating high school in 1941, Willis asked Velmaree Riner to marry him. Willis told how Velmaree let him know she was not interested.

Velmaree moved to Wichita and began work for Standard Oil Co. Willis’s father, Paul had started the first trucking company in the area, and part of Willis’s job was to drive a truck for his Dad hauling cattle to or from Wichita. Any chance he got, he stopped to see Velmaree. Willis told how one day he got a call from Velmaree asking him if the offer for marriage was still good. His persistence paid off, and he and Velmaree were wed in Wichita on May 29, 1947. They once again filled up the original Lexington farmhouse with children – Michael, Ruth, Paul, Philip, and James.

Willis’s farming and ranching career stretched from his early years with horse drawn implements (his grandfather never owned a tractor), steel wheel tractors and pull-type combines, through 400 hp 4wd tractors and large John Deere combines. He leveraged his love of farming and livestock along with a homegrown labor supply (his sons thought it slave labor)to build a very successful farm and ranch that included re-sculpturing tree rows, sand hills, and draws into center pivot irrigation circles. He was an early adopter of technology and methods such as stubble mulching, round balers, and 4-wheel drive tractors. He always owned combines and harvested his wheat and milo crops, using this as an opportunity to teach 8 grand children to operate a combine. He was a careful steward of the land and strived to always improve it and protect it from erosion, and served on the Clark County Conservation Board several years.

But above his love of farming and ranching was his love of family. Velmaree was his lifelong love and strong supporting partner. They worked and sacrificed to make life better for their children and grandchildren, with actions such as moving from the farm and house to Ashland so one of their children could move into this legacy and raise another generation on the family farm.

Willis was a very tough and determined personality, but in 1961 he allowed Jesus to control that strong will and add patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. This faith and commitment to God changed the direction and tone of his life. He was very involved worshiping and serving at the Ashland First Church of God, serving on boards and generous with his time and resources. He was generous to family and friends, and had a tender heart for children who sought him out for Tootsie Rolls with an added smile and a word of encouragement.

Willis was preceded in death by his wife Velmaree, his parents, his sister Francis Eubank, brothers Duane, Lloyd, and Ronald Ray, and grandson John Mark. He is survived by brothers Robert and Daniel, children Michael Willis and wife Gayle, Ruth E. Patterson and husband Harry, Paul R. II and wife Linda, Philip A. and wife Pamela, and son James M., as well as 14 grand children, 32 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the First Church of God in Ashland. Interment was at the Protection Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials can be made to Ashland First Church of God, P.O. Box 685 or Clark County Historical Society, P.O. Box 862, both at Ashland, KS 67831 or Kansas Farm Bureau Legal Foundation (Stop Fowl Play), c/o Mike Irvin, 2627 KFB Plaza, Manhattan, KS 66503 or go to www.stopfowlplay.com.

Alice Gwen McKinney Robertson

Alice Gwen McKinney Robertson, 76, of Tribune, Kansas passed away on February 9th, 2015 at the Greeley County Hospital after a short but fierce battle with melanoma.

Alice was born in Ashland, Kansas on August 9th, 1938 to parents Vivian Marie (Lowry) & Charles Donald McKinney. She grew up on a ranch in Meade County and attended high school at Englewood, Kansas. graduating in 1956. She was the only person in her class. Alice attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in education along with a minor in business graduating in 1959.

Alice married Warren Henry “Hank” Robertson of Buffalo, Oklahoma on April 5th, 1958. Their wedding was held at the United Methodist Church in Englewood, Kansas.

Alice worked as a secretary in the placement office at SWOSU while Hank was finishing pharmacy school. After college Hank and Alice moved to Liberal, Kansas for one year and then moved to Dodge City, Kansas where Alice taught second grade and Hank worked as a pharmacist. In 1965, Hank & Alice moved to Tribune, Kansas where they purchased Richardson Rexall Drug, later becoming Robertson Drug. Alice taught English at Greeley County High School along with working at Robertson Drug. She served as the business manager, bookkeeper, and secretary, until retiring and selling the drug store in 1989. Along with their drugstore, Hank & Alice also started their farming operation in 1965, which continues today.

After selling their drugstore in 1989, Alice along with her friend Helen Govert, started a new adventure known as Exquizit Creations making porcelain dolls. They traveled to many locations teaching others to make their own dolls. Alice was a person of many talents. She enjoyed china painting, tennis, carpentry, farming, traveling, cooking, fishing, and numerous community activities including the hospital board and church. She loved spending time with her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren.

Alice is survived by her husband, Hank, of 56 years. Her children include: Barbara & Darrel Johnson of Richardson, Texas. Mark & Judy Robertson, Tribune, Kansas. Scot & Lisa Robertson, Tribune, Kansas and Jena & Jonathan Brunswig, Scott City, KS. Grandchildren: Clint & Amanda Johnson, Cole Robertson, Shanon & Cale Miller, Carly Robertson, Clay Robertson, Megan Robertson, Katelyn Robertson, Reid Brunswig, Allison Brunswig, & Canon Brunswig. She is also survived by one sister, Norma Salisbury of Montezuma, Kansas. Alice is preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter Jenny Marie Johnson.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 (MST) Friday, February 13th, at the United Methodist Church in Tribune, Kansas with Pastor Wayne Stephens and Reverend Jerl Joslin officiating with graveside services following at the Greeley County Cemetery. Alice will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

Friends may call from Noon until 8:00 pm Thursday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Tribune, Kansas

Memorials may be given to the Greeley County Hospital or The United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at priceandsons.com

Madeline (Stayner) Kane

Madeline (Stayner) Kane, 93, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 6, 2015, in Columbia Cottage, Campbelltown. She was born Monday, October 24, 1921 in McVeytown to the late Robert S. and Ollie (Shade) Stayner. She was predeceased by her husband Thurman S. Kane, and survived by her loving companion of 10 years, Michael Palma.

She was a faithful member of Palmyra First United Methodist Church. Madeline and her husband Thurman were House Parents at the Milton Hershey School from 1943 to 1947. She was a member of the Palmyra Senior Women’s Club at Lebanon Valley College, enjoyed doing crafts, ceramics, knitting, and crocheting. For many years she and her family raised Standard Bred Horses. Most importantly Madeline was a loving companion, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda Tomlinson of Meade, KS; 2 sons, Barry E. Kane and wife Donna of Spring Hill, FL and Roy T. Kane and wife Myriam of Herndon, VA; a daughter-in-law, Rose Kane of Cleona; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Merle R. Kane

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, February 10th at 11 AM at Palmyra First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Birch St., Palmyra 17078 with Pastor David Harris officiating. Burial followed in Grandview Memorial Park, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Palmyra First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 867, Hershey 17033. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.rothermelfuneralhome.com.

Rebecca (Becky) Lee Smith Minor

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Lee (Smith) Minor, 59, of Spearville, Kansas, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 after suffering a massive stroke.

Becky was born in Topeka, Kansas on March 11, 1955. She graduated from Seaman High School in 1973, Brown Mackie College in 1975, Fort Hays State University in 1999 and then earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from Newman University in 2008. Becky retired from the State of Kansas in July of 2014.

Becky married Jerry Minor of Minneola, Kansas on November 30, 1974. They celebrated 40 years of marriage this past November.

She enjoyed reading, and playing her dulcimer with Jerry at Fort Dodge. Becky loved children of all ages and through her years of volunteering in her church, serving 5 years as Mission Friends Consultant for KNCSB WMU, and her loyal devotion in her workplaces, Becky’s legacy lives on through the hundreds of lives she impacted.

Becky is survived by her step-mother Pat Smith of Bloomfield, Kentucky, brothers Stephen (Edie) Smith of Topeka, Tom (Brenda) Smith of Lawrence, Jeff (Janice) Smith of Topeka and sisters Mari (Dave) Parker of Manhattan, Julie (Dan) Hundley of Byron, Georgia, Melinda (Terry) Wolfgang of Bailey, Colorado, and step-brother Mike Massek of New Albany, Indiana and step-sister Sue Massek of Willisburg, Kentucky. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Becky is preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Loretta Smith of Topeka, Kansas.

A memorial service was held at First Southern Baptist Church in Dodge City, Kansas on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at 10:00AM with Chad Rhoades presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave. Dodge City, Kansas, 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.

Fern Still

Fern Still, 83, died January 11, 2015 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit. She was born April 3, 1930 in Leedy, Oklahoma to Roger and Kate (Vaughn) Williams. She was a longtime resident of Minneola. She was a retired Nurse’s Aide.

On September 19, 1953 she married Dale E. Still at Clayton, New Mexico. He died February 25, 1997.

She is survived by 3 sons: Frank and Gilbert both of Dodge City, and Michael of El Dorado; daughter, Rubina Still of Minneola; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Minnis Mortuary Chapel, Minneola officiated by Rev. Kip Ryherd.   Inurnment will be at the Rest Lawn Cemetery, Liberal at 3:00 P.M. Memorials are suggested to Minneola Long Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Mary Jane Shaffer

Mary Jane Shaffer, 94 year old resident of Minneola, Kansas, passed away on January 15, 2015. She was born north of Englewood, Kansas on January 7, 1921 to Leonard and Maude (Johnston) Kibby. She attended the Englewood School where she graduated.

Mary cooked at the school and worked as a hairdresser until her retirement. She was a resident of the Minneola Long Term Care Unit since July 2011.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents; a sister Ernie Brazelton; a brother Dee Kibby; two husbands, Berman Butler and Jack Shaffer; and a grandson Kevin Butler.

Mary is survived by a son Richard Butler of Texhoma, OK; a granddaughter Lyn Gill of Dallas, TX; a grandson Mark (Michelle) Butler and a great granddaughter Chloe Butler all of the Dallas area; and a niece and a nephew.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com There are no services planned at this time.

Darren Lee Sions

Darren Lee Sions was born April 16, 1978 to Tammy ( Romesburg) Ford and Mike Sions. He graduated from Ashland High in 1997. Darren was active in sports in Junior High and High School. He enjoyed art, music, and astrology. Darren enjoyed his family, friends and just people in general. He loved to travel.

Darren was preceded in death by his grandparents, Colleen and Garland Fitzwater and Clifford Romesburg, Gene and Delores Sions; Uncle Lyle; and cousins, Shonya, David, and Jennifer.

He is survived by his mother, Tammy Ford of Ashland, KS; his father, Mike Sions of Borger, TX; two brothers, Derrick Sions and wife Jonna of Meade, KS and Detrick Sions of Ashland, KS: seven nephews, Kyle, Noah, Hayden, Christian, Kaden, Quinton, Maliki; two nieces, Paige and Hannah, numerous uncles and aunts; and an army of cousins.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Church in Ashland, KS. Interment was in the Protection Cemetery. Arrangements by Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home, Ashland, KS. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

The family request memorials to be made to the Ashland City Park, PO Box 547, Ashland, KS 67831.

J. Lavergne Schooner

J. Lavergne Schoonover, 91, died January 10, 2015 at Minneola District Hospital. She was born June 21, 1923 at Kingsdown to Frank and Edna (Berger) Ingels. She was a lifetime Kingsdown resident. She graduated from Kingsdown High School and was a member of the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church, Progressive Club and Order of the Eastern Star.

On May 10, 1942 she married Homer Schoonover at Pratt. He died April 20, 2003.

She is survived by 3 sons: Don (Cathy) and Kent (Robyn) all of Larned and Rod (Leslie) of Dodge City; a daughter Linda Steele (Alan) of Ford; sister, Beryl Hitz of Minneola; 13 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Lester, brother-in-law Merle Hitz and sister-in-law Garnet Ingels.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 14th, at the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church officiated by Pastor Suzie Woods. Burial was in Bucklin Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church or Minneola Long-Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

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Shirley Jean Rice

Shirley Jean Rice, 85, was born to Arthur and Mildred Esplund on November 26, 1929 and died on December 24, 2014.

She lived with her parents and brother, Gary, on a farm six miles south of Bloom, Kansas.  Shirley attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1951 with a degree in Music Education.  She taught elementary music in Greensburg, Kansas after graduation.  A mutual friend introduced Shirley to Warren Rice during that first year, and they were married on June 8, 1952.  Warren was a farmer and rancher in the Greensburg area. Shirley taught music at the Greensburg High School for nine years.  She directed many musicals and worked tirelessly to produce a quality music program.

Shirley was committed to the community of Greensburg and worked on many projects during the fifty plus years she lived there.  After the 2007 Greensburg tornado, she decided to move to Minneola to be closer to her brother, Gary Esplund and his wife, Lou.

Shirley had many interests including religion, politics, traveling, and music. She also taught swimming lessons to many children at the Greensburg pool for eighteen years. Her last travel adventure was a river trip on the Danube, and she boasted that she had been in every state, but North Dakota.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, daughter, Stefni, and parents Arthur and Mildred Esplund.

Shirley is survived by three daughters, Melisa Phelps and her husband John of Whitefish, Montana, Lori Slingsby and her husband Mike of Clay Center, Kansas, Karmela Dedic and her husband Joel of Lockport, Illinois, and brother, Gary Esplund and his wife Lou. She has seventeen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, two nieces, and two nephews.  She was devoted to her family.

A private family burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on January 2, 2015 at the Greensburg Cemetery. There was a celebration of Shirley’s life at 2:00 p.m. at the Minneola Methodist Church.  An open house for family and friends was held on January 1, 2015 at Shirley’s home in Minneola, Kansas.

Shirley was a strong supporter of the arts, so memorials may be made to the Greensburg Twilight Theatre & Community Auditorium.

“Where words fail, music speaks” -Hans Christian Andersen

Services by Minnis Mortuary, Box 459, Minneola KS 67865

Ruby Mae Blackwell

Ruby Mae Blackwell, of Ashland, Kansas, passed away on December 24, 2014. She was born in Crowell, Texas on June 22, 1924 to Luther and Belma (Bacot) Ray. She attended the Nazarene Church in Dickens.

Ruby loved horses and enjoyed showing them. She was an avid seamstress. While living in Ashland, Ruby was a member of the First Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Jack Ray; and an infant brother.

Ruby’s survivors include two sisters, Doris Wall and Josephine Baker, both of Ashland; sister-in-law Helen Ray of Throckmorton, TX; her son Pat Mason and wife Dean of Graham, TX; her daughter Mary Ann Smith and husband George of Alliance, NE; grandchildren, Randy (Tanis) Mason of Benton, KS, Lynn Mason of Wichita, KS, Kim (Brad) Ashcroft of Wichita, Billy Mason of Salina, KS, Cindy Smith of Alliance, NE, Mary K Smith of Omaha, NE and Nancy (Gary) Knoll of Colony, KS; many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Viewing and book signing will be at the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home on Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Viewing and visitation will be on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 9:00-10:00 am at the Zapata Funeral Home in Spur, Texas. Services will be at 10:00 am at the Zapata Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at the Dickens Cemetery in Dickens, Texas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials made in Ruby’s name may be made to the Protection Valley Manner, 600 S Broadway, Protection, KS 67127 or to a memorial of your choice.

Dianna L. Walker

Dianna L. Walker, 55, died Dec. 19, 2014, at Minneola District Hospital. She was born Sept. 25, 1959, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Lester LeMoyne and Ruby Lucille Ellen (Green) Walker.

A longtime Minneola resident, she was a cook for the Minneola Long Term Care Unit. Survivors include: her companion, Rubina Still; son, Mark Allen Still of Kinsley; daughter, Rubina Dalene Still of Dodge City; brother, Michael of Melvern; three sisters, Melinda Arb and Teresa Rice, both of Melvern, and Lori Walker of Topeka; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Larry.

Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at the Minnis Mortuary, Minneola, with Chaplain Dick Robbins officiating. Burial will be held in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola. Memorials may be made to Minneola Long Term Unit, in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Helen Louise Pittman

Helen Louise Pittman, 93 year old resident of Ashland, Kansas, passed away on December 14, 2014. She was born on March 30, 1921 in Willow Springs, Missouri to Joseph Frank and Eula LaVerne (Bolerjack) Herndon.

On April 24, 1939, Helen married R.T. Pittman in Perryton, Texas. To this union one daughter was born, Bernita Irene. The couple made their home in Perryton where R.T. worked for Northern Natural Gas. He was transferred to Meade, Kansas in 1952, and then in 1963 he was transferred to Ashland.

Helen loved playing golf; she enjoyed this until her eyesight got so bad she could no longer play. She also loved to work on ceramics. Helen enjoyed her two grandsons, Alan and Darren LeClear, and later her great grandchildren, Kason, Chelsey, Devin and Chrissy LeClear.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents; two sisters, Norma and Margaret; two brothers, Jack and Kenneth; her loving husband of 74 years, R.T.; and her great grandson Kason LeClear.

Helen is survived by her daughter Bernita LeClear and her husband Donald; grandchildren Alan and Darren LeClear; great grandchildren Chelsey, Devin and Chrissy; and other family members Angela and Lacey.

Viewing will take place at the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home Wednesday, December 17, 2014 and Friday, December 19, 2014 from 9:00-7:00. Services will be Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the First Church of God in Ashland. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials made in Helen’s name may be made to the Pioneer-Krier Museum, P.O. Box 862, Ashland, KS 67831 or the First Church of God, P.O. Box 685, Ashland, KS 67831.

Vivian A. White

Vivian A. White, of Ponca City, Oklahoma, passed away on December 9, 2014. She was born December 21, 1928 in Sitka, Kansas to Wilbur and Katie (Breit) Brown. Vivian grew up in the Sitka and Protection area, graduating from Protection High School.

In 1949, Vivian married Richard Johnson. To this union two daughters were born. Richard passed away in 1969. Vivian married Max White in 1974. Max passed away in 1983.

Vivian was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ponca City. She enjoyed working in her yard and gardening. But more than anything Vivian loved spending time with her family. If she couldn’t visit with them face-to-face she would call them. She loved staying in touch with her family and neighbors.

Preceding Vivian in death were her parents; her two husbands; three brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her two daughters, Kathy Walker and her husband Mike of Lamont, OK and Linda Johnson of Ft. Worth, TX; two step-daughters, Becky Logan and her husband Monty of Fairfax, OK and Melissa White of Ponca City; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three brothers, LaVern Brown of Great Bend, KS, Leon Brown of Colwich, KS and Mel Brown of Ashland, KS; one sister, Geraldine Hoffman of Ponca City; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland. Interment was at the Highland/St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials made in Vivian’s name may be made to the Meals on Wheels, c/o Patricia Leonetti, 328 Virginia Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601.

Anna Mae Webb

Anna Mae Webb, born on March 7, 1915, to Raymond and Estella (Fox) Crane in Sitka, Kansas, passed away in Ashland, Kansas on November 22, 2014. She was a member of the Ashland Church of God. Anna worked at the Dime Store, Drug Store, Telephone Company and the Hospital. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She had many hobbies and liked to sew; making many dolls over the years.

Anna’s first marriage was to Miller Ritter. The couple had five children. In Texas in 1955, Anna married R.B. Webb. Two children were born to this union.

Preceding Anna in death were her parents; Miller Ritter; her husband R.B. Webb; her brothers, Charles, Cedric, Glenn, Hubert and Donald Crane; and her sisters, Daisy McIntyre, Mildred Grimes, Ruby Rice and Shirley Cox.

She is survived by her children Delores (Frank) Dickerson of Bolivar, MO, William A. Ritter of Shattuck, OK, Wanda Carmichael of Meade, KS, John (Janice) Ritter of Cibalo, TX, Warren (Connie) Ritter of Hutchison, KS, David Andrew (Mona) Webb of Wichita, KS and Donna (Allen) Shaw of Protection, KS; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the First Church of God in Ashland. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorial donations made in Anna’s name may be made to the Ashland Health Center L.T.C.U., P.O. Box 188 or the First Church of God, P.O. Box 685, Ashland, KS 67831 or to the Hospice of the Prairie, P.O. Box 1298, Dodge City, KS 67801.

Jerry D. Rakes

Jerry D. Rakes, 59, died November 20, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. He was born December 7, 1954 in Bucklin to Estyle and Zola (Bristor) Rakes. He was a longtime Minneola resident and was retired after working many years for the City of Minneola.

Jerry was a 1973 graduate of Minneola High School and attended Sterling College and graduated from St. Mary of the Plains. He was a member of the New Spring Church in Wichita.

On September 14, 2013 he married Rebecca Lynn Shelit at Colwich. She survives.

Other survivors include son, Jeremy of Frontenac; step-sons, Tyler Brummett of Nashville, T.C. Smyth of Moundridge, Tanner and Taylor Smyth both of Nashville; daughter, Megan Leaming and husband Ryan of Douglass; brother Jimmy and wife Julia of Moore, Oklahoma; sisters Vickie Thornburg and husband Dewayne of Larned and Carma Burns and husband Myron of Fowler; and 3 grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Minneola United Methodist Church officiated by Pastor Kip Ryherd and Chaplain Rocky Schmied. Burial was in Appleton Township Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Clark County EMS c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Gertrude (Trudy) Rose (Carroll) Marshall

Gertrude “Trudy” Rose (Carroll) Marshall, 89, of Guymon passed away Saturday morning, November 15, 2014 at the Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

The daughter of Theodore O. and Edna E. (Kennedy) Carroll, she was born December 15, 1924 in Great Bend, Kansas. She lived in the Great Bend and Larned, Kansas area until moving to Goodland, Kansas in 1959.

In Goodland, she raised her family and being a nurse by trade, owned and operated a small nursing home. After retiring, she married Clifford Warren Marshall and resided in Blackwell and Alva, Oklahoma. Upon the death of Mr. Marshall, she moved to Guymon, Oklahoma in September of 2011 to live with her grandson, Charles and Sandra Miller and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and step-father, Leland C. Silver of Oklahoma City; brother, Dr. Marion O. Carroll of Wichita, Kansas; one daughter, Marcella Corrine Donaldson of Englewood, Kansas.

She is survived by three children: Barbara J. (Jim) McCarty of Belton, Texas, Michael T. (Karen) Harris of Thornton, Colorado and William W. (Lil) Harris of Keokuk, Iowa; step-son, Dennis W. Marshall of Wichita, Kansas; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and many nieces and one nephew.

Gertrude lived her life showing kindness and a smile to everyone she met. She was an advocate of adopting animals.

Cremation services were entrusted to the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home of Guymon. In lieu of any flowers or gifts, please give to your local animal shelter.

Friends can sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.bunchroberts.com.

Vicky Lea (Luce) Harris

Vicky Lea (Luce) Harris, 56, died November 16, 2014 at Hynes Memorial Hospice Center, Wichita. She was born October 4, 1958 in Dodge City to Richard Lee and Vivian R. (Ratzlaff) Luce. She was a resident of Great Bend since February 2014. She worked in the HR Department of Sunflower Electric Co. She graduated from Minneola High School in 1976 and was a member of the Minneola Community Church.

On July 21, 1988 she married Llewallen Harris in South Carolina. He survives.

Other survivors include her daughter, LaNae of Allen, Texas; father, Richard of Phillipsburg, Ohio; mother, Vivian; and brother, Jeff, both of Great Bend.

She is preceded in death by a brother, Tim.

Memorial Services were at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Minneola Community Church officiated by Pastor Shawn Leach. Inurnment was at Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola. Memorials are suggested to Hynes Hospice Center, c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Betty Joan (Spotts) Arnspiger

Betty Joan (Spotts) Arnspiger entered into her glory 11-21-14 at the Ashland Health Center Hospital in Ashland, KS. She was born 3-16-30 at the original Ashland Hospital in Ashland to an adoring family; father Oscar Donald Spotts and mother Carol Jeanette (Broadie) Spotts. Four years later the family welcomed a baby sister, Donna Jean (Spotts) Blackburn. While Don Spotts was pursuing several job opportunities in the lumber industry, the family lived in many locales, including Carlsbad, NM, Amarillo, TX, Larned, KS and Wellington, KS. During this time it was always a priority to the whole family for Betty to have piano lessons.

The family settled in Wellington when Betty was in high school. It was here that Betty met her high school sweetheart and lifelong love, Richard Charles Arnspiger. It was nearly love at first sight, resulting eventually in a diamond ring paid for with earnings from Richard’s paper route.

After graduating from Wellington High Betty attended the College of Emporia and Kansas University, she studied music, with an emphasis in piano and organ performance. Betty was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. It was a highlight of her life the night she was pinned by a handsome Beta Theta Pi, Richard Arnspiger.

In 1948 Betty’s parents moved back to Ashland and established Don Spotts Lumber Company. Richard and Betty where united in marriage 8-20-50 on an unseasonably cold day at the First Presbyterian Church. Richard went on to work with his father-in-law at Don Spotts Lumber Company for many years. It was a source of pride to Betty that 4 generations (and counting) of her family have worked at the lumberyard her father started.

Betty loved the community of Ashland and was a vital and dedicated force in it for many years. She was an organist at the First Presbyterian Church for 62 plus years, a charter member of Clark County EMS, a paraprofessional in the Ashland School System, a secretary to Prof. Humphreys, she accompanied many HS choral and band groups, she was heavily involved in prison ministry, a member of American Guild of Organists, Moderator of Southwest Kansas Presbytery, member of 20th Century Club, PEO, VFW Auxillary, Eastern Star, Presbyterian Women, and the Ashland Hospital Board. One of her greatest achievements was providing piano lessons to scores of students, instilling the love of music in many generations, including her own children. She was athletic as well. She biked across Kansas when she was 70 and again when she was 71. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed planning many family camping trips. She was an avid gardener and enthusiastic runner.

Those who knew and loved Betty will forever remember her for her youthful spirit, courageous and candid sense of humor, and her indomitable tenacity. Through the trials and joys of her life she provided a beautiful example of what it means to never give up. She is defined by her deep love of family. She was truly the matriarch, she was fond of sitting back, observing the joyful chaos of family dinners and saying to Richard, “Look at what we started,” with a big mischievous grin. She was blessed with a determined faith which she continued to explore and be enriched by until her final hours. She was thankful for every moment of her 64 years together with her husband, Richard C. Arnspiger who survives her along with sister Donna (Spotts) Blackburn, daughter Debbie and Don Harden, daughter Janet and Joseph Fast, son Dr. Richard Charles and Susan Arnspiger, son James Alan Arnspiger and 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents, grandchildren Heidi Marie and Mark David, and daughter in law Mary Frances.

Betty was a lifelong animal lover and leaves behind a beloved cocker spaniel, Betsy and was no doubt welcomed joyfully into heaven by her loyal Buffy.

Services will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials may be made in Betty’s name to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 5, Ashland, KS 67831.

Donald D. Howell

Donald D. Howell was born in Ashland KS on January 18, 1936. He died in Wichita KS on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at the age of 78. Don was the youngest of the four children of Virgil and Nellie (Carlson) Howell. He attended elementary schools in Sitka and Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School in 1954. The high school football team of which he was a member went undefeated his junior year, and as a senior he received recognition as an All-Southwest Kansas football player and honorable mention for All-State.

He attended Kansas State University for two years and graduated in 1959 from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a mathematics degree. He then served two years of active duty in the U.S. Army after which he began his career in the insurance business. Starting in Oklahoma City, he was transferred to Chicago where he met his wife Olga. They were married on January 6, 1966. After a brief stay in Baltimore, the couple returned to Ashland where he was employed by the Mathews Insurance Agency. They purchased the agency in 1973 and operated it as Howell Insurance until 1999. Don became a licensed agent in 1966 and served as a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Association of Independent Agents.
He was active in community affairs serving on the boards of the Pioneer-Krier Museum and the Ashland Library and was a member of the Ashland Civic Club, Ashland Golf Club and Ashland All School Reunion Committee. He served 12 years as a volunteer fireman and had been involved in several other activities and organizations within the Ashland community. Don was an active member of the Ashland United Methodist Church. Don became a member of the Board of Directors of United Telephone Association in 1985, serving as president for 12 years and currently as vice-president.

He enjoyed his farm, golf, woodworking, biking, fishing, playing bridge and supporting the Ashland High School Bluejays and Kansas State University Wildcats.
Survivors include; wife Olga, son Mario and wife Pam of Phoenix AZ, grandson Jason of Denver CO; daughter Janet Dougherty and grandsons Jack and Luke of Dallas, GA. Also surviving is his sister, Doris Patterson of Rio Rancho NM; brother, Vernon of Ashland KS; and sister, Helen Anderson of Amarillo TX. He will also be missed by numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

A memorial service was held at 10:30am Saturday, November 8 at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be donated to the Ashland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 686, the Ashland Golf Club, P.O. Box 398, or the Pioneer-Krier Museum, P.O. Box 862, Ashland, KS 67831.

Lela (Hadlerman) Tyson

Lela (Halderman) Tyson, beloved teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to be with her Savior on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in Minneola, KS.

Lela Irene Halderman was born on October 9, 1923, to Charles and Sylvia Halderman of rural Sedan. Charles and Sylvia passed away in November, 1932. Lela made her home with Uncle George and Aunt Hazel Davis in Sedan. Later, she moved to the home of her brother Marvin and wife Margaret Halderman. In 1933, Lela was asked to live with J.E. and Frances Caraway, next door neighbors of Marvin Halderman and was adopted by the Caraway’s in 1935.

Lela attended Sedan Schools, graduating in 1942. She graduated From Emporia State in 1946, earning a B.S. Degree in Music. From 1946 to 1948, Lela taught vocal music in Dodge City Jr. High School. On April 11, 1948, she was married to Robert L. Tyson of Doge City. Lela was employed by the Haysville School System in 1966 to teach kindergarten and later, first grade. She retired from teaching in 1989, after teaching 25 years.

Lela is survived by a daughter, Julie Ryherd and husband, Rev. Clifford (Kip), of Minneola, and a son Jed Tyson and wife, Sharon, of Wichita. Three grandchildren: Amy (Ryherd) Nightengale and husband, Randy , of Whitefish, MT, Jerrod Ryherd, and wife, Missi, from Olathe, KS and Jeremy Ryherd from Derby, KS; five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Elijah and Ella Nightengale of Whitefish, MT and Cole and Brooks Ryherd from Olathe, KS.

Lela was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Tyson on May 4 1984, her parents and 6 brothers, Marvin, Floyd, Wilbur, Ivan Gilbert and Orman Halderman.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan, KS. Lela’s family will be present from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan, KS.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Minneola United Methodist Church (used for Christmas shopping spree at the Long Term Care Unit where Lela passed away) or the West Haysville Baptist Church and may be left in care of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, KS 67361.

To leave a message for the family or view the obituary online, please visit www.dwbfh.com.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan is in care charge of arrangements.

Joe W. Hunter

Ashland, Kansas native, Joe W. Hunter, passed away October 7, 2014 in Green Valley, Arizona at the age of 91. Born and raised in Ashland, he is the son of James Thurman (JT) and Matilda Hunter and fought as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II. He had a long career in the building industry starting with Teller Construction Company in Portland, OR, later running a branch office for Teller in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Hunter then founded his own firm, Hunter-Saucerman Construction Company, which was involved in commercial construction projects in all the western states. He served as President of the Idaho Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (1963 – 64) and for seven years served as a national AGC director. For ten years, Hunter was a director in the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry. Hunter was President of the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce (1971-72) and was awarded project “First Place” by the Idaho Bicentennial Commission for planning, financing and constructing the Science Center in Idaho Falls which became an extension of the University of Idaho and other Idaho colleges. After selling his interest in Hunter-Saucerman, he moved to Boise, Idaho partnering with Rachel Gilbert in Gilbert and Associates Realty. Always active in Republican Party politics, Hunter served the 1974 Senator James McClure campaign as Finance Chairman for seven Eastern Idaho counties and was Idaho Republican Party Finance Chairman in 1986. He came out of retirement in 1995 when appointed by Governor Phil Batt as Director of the Building Division for the Idaho Department of Labor and Industrial Services and later Administrator of the Division of Building Safety.

Joe Hunter was a first-generation American patriot who joined the U.S. Marine Corps in the month following Pearl Harbor and, for the next 36 months, was engaged in Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Bougainville and other battles. He was a business and civic leader in Idaho whose compassion, integrity and work ethic were well-known.

He is survived by his four children from a 31-year marriage to Mildred (Degnan) Hunter, also an Ashland, KS native. Their offspring are: Peggy (Hunter) Heinrich – San Jose, CA; Michael Hunter – Dallas, TX; Susan (Hunter) Bender – Las Cruces, NM; and Patrick Hunter – Fort Mill, SC; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His cremains will be interred in the Ashland cemetery.

Amyris Iva (Amy) Beenblossom

Amyris Iva “Amy” Beenblossom, 28, died at 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2014, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas.

She was born Jan. 7, 1986, to Lester and Rachel (Seth) Beenblossom in Minneola, Kansas. She lived with her parents in McPherson, Kansas, until she moved to Winfield State Hospital at age 9 months because of needs related to profound developmental disability.

At age 12, upon closure of the state hospital, she moved to Park Hollow House, a group home operated by Bethesda Lutheran Services in Wichita. She attended Levy School in Wichita and graduated in 2004.

In 2008, she moved to Cottonwood House, operated by Mosaic and also affiliated with Lutheran Services, in Liberal.

Amy had a sweet and resilient spirit and was much loved by the many caregivers and health care professionals who enabled her to navigate life with grace and good humor. She was especially close to her foster grandmother Myrtle, at Winfield State Hospital, and to the occupational and physical therapists there. As she progressed to other living situations, Amy made friends and allies from all walks of life, from her housemates to case managers, public school teachers, bus drivers and physicians-in-training providing primary care.

In Liberal, Amy attended Faith Tabernacle Church. She enjoyed events like Picnic in the Park and outings with her housemates, listening to her caregivers talk to her in Spanish, and weekly visits from her grandparents.

Amy is survived by her mother Rachel Coleman and stepfather Autry Coleman Sr.; grandparents Bob and Ruth Seth of Liberal and Minnie Mae Coleman of Wichita; her father’s foster parents Charles and Javene Stephens of Minneola; sisters Ananda Coleman and Amira Coleman of Liberal and Kathryn Beenblossom of Illinois; brothers A.J. Coleman of Liberal and Timothy Beenblossom of Illinois; stepbrothers Autry Coleman Jr. of Liberal, Andrae Coleman of Dallas and Akele Powdrill of Liberal; one uncle; three cousins; one niece; and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her father and by her great-grandmother, Catherine Quenzer.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Appleton Cemetery in Minneola. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Faith Tabernacle Church in Liberal.

Memorials are suggested to Joni & Friends, memo line “Wheels for the World,” a project providing assistive technology to people with physical disabilities in underserved countries, c/o Minnis Mortuary, Box 459, Minneola, KS, 67865.

Anna Louise Davis

Anna Louise Davis, 101-year old resident of Ashland, Kansas, passed from this life on October 15, 2014. She was born April 13, 1913 in Great Bend, Kansas to Arthur and Pearl (Bundy) Leach. She was one of nine children. The Leach family moved to Arkansas City, Kansas when Louise was in her teens. She graduated from high school there and also attended college in Ark. City.

In May of 1933, Louise married Russell Davis. To this union three children were born; Larry, Sally and Fred. The couple made their home in Ark. City but moved to Tacoma, Washington during WWII. They returned to Ark. City in 1947. In 1949, the Davis family moved to Russell, Kansas. Louise and Russell moved their family to Kingman, Kansas in 1955 where she spent many years working as a nurse’s aide at the Kingman Hospital. In 1983, the couple moved to Ashland.

Louise grew up a member of the Congregational Church, but upon moving to Ashland she joined the Methodist Church. She was a master seamstress and quilter. She even taught quilting to several groups. Louise was quite the artist and at one time enjoyed Tole Painting.

Preceding Louise in death are her husband; her parents; four brothers, Art and wife Betty, Bob and wife Freddie, Russell and John; and three sisters, Dorothy Leach, Mary Leach and Charlotte and husband John Bilotta.

She is survived by her daughter, Sally (Curtis) Slaton of Ashland; her two sons, Larry (Cathy) Davis of Laramie, Wyoming and Fred (Phillis) Davis of Jacksonville, Arkansas; a sister, Helen (Joe) Govert of Tribune, KS; two sisters-in-law, Jane Leach of Hutchison, KS and Imogene Leach of Ark. City; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Services were held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Methodist Church in Ashland with Rick Branson officiating. Interment was at the Riverview Cemetery in Arkansas City, KS on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Memorials made in Louise’s name may be made to the Ashland Long Term Care Unit, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831 or to the Hospice of the Prairie, P.O. Box 1298, Dodge City, KS 67801.

Betty Norton

Betty Norton, 87, died October 6, 2014 at Regent Park Assisted Living, Wichita. She was born January 10, 1927 in Fowler, KS to Hugh and Pearl (Sinclair) Bartlett. She was a longtime Clark County resident and was a farmer.

She was a member of Minneola United Methodist Church and a former, longtime member of the Kansas Cowbells Assn.

On November 15, 1947 she married William Franklin “Bill” Norton at Minneola. He died October 11, 2011.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, a son Dan and a sister Lucille Grant.

Survivors include son, Joe Norton and wife Olga of Wichita; daughter-in-law, Ramola Norton and grandson Will Norton and wife Tiffany and their children Carley, Cole and Brody all of Minneola; granddaughter Jennifer Howard and husband Damarcus and their daughter Danelle all of Wichita; brother Bud Bartlett and wife Jane of Fowler.

A private family Committal Service was held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 9 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola. A Memorial Service was held at 2:00 P.M. at the Minneola United Methodist Church officiated by Pastor Kip Ryherd. Memorials are suggested to Minneola EMS c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Kason Alyn LeClear

Kason Alyn LeClear, 23, of Ashland, Kansas passed away on October 2, 2014. He was born in Dodge City, Kansas on October 13, 1990 to Darren and Mecce’ LeClear.

He lived in Ashland, Kansas until graduation when he moved to Woodward, Oklahoma. Kason enjoyed reading, writing poetry, cooking and was a very good artist. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather Gene Harold, His great-great grandparents: Guy & Mildred Jordan, Bury & Mary Harold. Great grandparents: Arthur & Mary Hayzlett, Wallace & Florence Feldman, R.T. Pittman, Ruel & Kathleen Harold, Roy and Ella Mae LeClear, and Uncle Everett LeClear.

Kason is survived by his parents Darren & Mecce’ LeClear. His brother Devin. Grandparents Donald & Bernita LeClear, Thomas & Elaine Feldman. His Uncles Alan, Roy, Ruel, and David. His two cousins Chelsey and Chrissy. His Great grandmother Helen Pittman.

He worked for Subway for years and had so many friends and co-workers he enjoyed.

Memorial donations may be made to Kansas Chapter- Diabetes association, 6900 College Boulevard, Suite 250, Leawood, KS 66211 or Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home, c/o Scotty Schilling, 411 E Pryor Avenue, Follett, TX 79034.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Church in Ashland, KS. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Velma Ruth Clark

Velma Ruth Clark, 88, died October 3, 2014 at Lancaster, California. She was born June 15, 1926 in Bucklin, KS to David H. and Bonnie Faye (Lowe) Freshour.

On April 9, 1944 she married Willis Raymond Clark, Jr. at Bloom, Kansas. He died November 30, 1988.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Connie Banks of Palmdale, Calif., and Cynthia Ray Rispaud of Quarts Hill, Calif.; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 10, 2014 at Minnis Mortuary Chapel, Bucklin officiated by Pastor Rick Jones. There will be no public visitation hours. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Mullinville. Memorials are suggested to Ford County Humane Society c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Virgil Lee Snell

Virgil Lee Snell was the second child born to Virgil and Celia (Myers) Snell on April 2, 1939 at Buffalo, Oklahoma and died on September 17, 2014 at Ashland, Kansas.

Lee grew up on the family farm in the Gyp Valley Community of Buffalo, Oklahoma. During his high school years he was very active in FFA Future Farmers of America attending many a livestock show, showing hogs and cattle. He graduated with the class of 1957 from Buffalo High School. In May of 1956 Lee signed up for the Oklahoma National Guard. Every year for over 40 years he got to go on a two week vacation with the Guard for Summer Camp Training. Lee retired with honors from the Oklahoma National Guard in 2000.
Lee married his long time high school sweetheart Ramona (Hargus) Snell on her graduation day, May 12, 1959. After their marriage Lee went to work for the State of Oklahoma it was during this time the young couple added two daughters to their family Monica born in February of 1962 and Amber in June of 1965.
Lee then became Assistant Manager of Home Lumber and Supply Co. at Buffalo, Oklahoma. Home Lumber and Supply offered him the advancement to manager in September 1970. Lee accepted the position and he and the family moved to Ashland where they have lived ever since. Lee retired from Home Lumber in 1981 and began his hobby as a farmer and cattle rancher. He ran cattle in both Ashland and Buffalo, OK. with his younger brother Linn Snell and just recently with grandson Kirk Woodruff. He and Kirk also had a small animal farm where together they raised hogs, lambs, horses, cows, llamas and Tom the cat. That farm was where many 4-H projects were raised. In 1998 Lee began delivering the daily newspapers, the Dodge City Daily Globe and The Hutchinson News retiring after several years. Lee visited the Ranch House most mornings to enjoy breakfast and some friendly and certainly knowledgeable Conversation from the other customers.
In Lee’s younger years he was very active in the Ashland Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, Ashland Chamber of Commerce and the Clark County Fairboard. He was a member of the Clark County Extension Ag PCD Board and the Ashland Cooperative Board. He was still a very avid supporter of the Clark County Fair and 4-H clubs. He was co-4-H project leader in the hog project for over 20 years and is a current member of the Clark County Farm Service Board of Directors. He was a member of the First Christian Church and an elder on the church board.  In March of 2008 he was named the Ashland Citizen of the year by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid fan of the Ashland Bluejays, more so when one or more of his grandchildren were on the field, court or track. Lee was instrumental in helping both of his daughters in establishing their businesses. Lee stated many many times his true joy was spending as much time as he could with all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Margaret Freeman and a grandson Tyson Nelson.
Lee is survived by his wife Ramona of 55 years, daughters Monica Meininger and husband Mike and Amber Woodruff and husband Mitch of Ashland, KS; brother Linn Snell and wife Barbara of Buffalo, OK. Grandchildren Tony and Leann Krier of Fowler, KS, Chandra and Matt Walter of Manhattan, KS, Caleb  and Jaime Nelson of Buffalo, OK., Brady and  Emily Nelson of Denver, CO., Kirk Woodruff and finance’ Amanda Roach of Ashland, KS Morgan Woodruff, Alva, OK. Blake Woodruff, Alva, OK. and Grant Meininger of Pratt, KS. Great grandchildren Colter Nelson, Tyson Krier, Brynlee Walter, Noah Krier and Grady Krier. As well as several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Charitable donations may be made in Lee’s memory to the following organizations:
Clark County 4-H, Ashland, KS 67831 and First Christian Church, 507 Highland Street, Ashland, KS 67831

Myrland Maxine Scott Hertlein

Myrland Maxine (Scott) Hertlein, 95, died September 17, 2014 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt.  She was born January 15, 1919 in Dodge City, KS to Thomas Earl and Annie (Albright) Scott who preceded her in death as did her brother Wilber and sister Josephine Swenson.  She is survived by one brother Samuel of Bloom, KS, her two daughters, Donna Wygle of SE Pratt County and Barbara Keener of Ardmore, OK, granddaughters Amy (David) Woerz , Kristen (Steven) Scoggin of Dallas, TX, four great grandchildren, Blake and Lauren Woerz, and Brooke and Jack Scoggin as well as many nieces and nephews.
Myrland grew up south of Dodge City in Bloom, KS, later meeting George Hertlein who was farming in Ford County.  They were married in 1937 in Bloom living out west another two years.  In 1939 they moved to his farm south of Pratt where they raised their two girls, Donna and Barbara.  The family was active in the Bloom, Pratt and Fairview communities and in the 4-H program.  After George died in 2007, Myrland moved to Ardmore to live with Barbara and was able to pass on her legacy of loving spirit to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Those fortunate enough to receive her letters were inspired by her bright view of life.  Throughout her years she seemed to embody the fruits of the spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control.
Funeral service was Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Natrona, KS, with Pastor Michael Schotte presiding.  Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt, KS.
Memorials may be made to South Wind Hospice or Greenlawn Cemetery Endowment Fund in care of the mortuary.  Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.

Esther Irene Maris

Esther Irene Maris, 95, passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Ashland Health Center Long Term Care Unit in Ashland, KS.  Born April 20, 1919, at her grandparents’ farm south of Protection, KS, the daughter of Claude and Alma (Goos) Rieff, she was a homemaker.
Irene was nearly a lifetime resident of Protection, KS, moving to Ashland, KS in 2006.  She attended Baxter County School and Protection High School.  Irene was a member of the Protection United Methodist Church; 50 year member of Order of Eastern Star #224; and Royal Neighbors..
She married Raleigh Warren Maris on December 21, 1936 in Greensburg, KS.  He preceded her in death on August 6, 1991.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter: Betty Kay; and one brother: Loyd Rieff.
Irene is survived by two sons: Don Maris and wife Karen of Ashland, KS and Ron Maris and wife Talma of Coldwater, KS; one daughter: Pat Winton and husband Don of Wichita, KS; a son-in-law: Neil Kay of Protection, KS; seven grandchildren: Kevin Maris (Kala), Kelly Weatherford (Stuart), Chad Winton (Christina), Jeff Kay (Rebecca), Kendal Kay (Karrie), Janell Smit (Hannes), and Delana Irene Long (Nick); seventeen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Protection, KS, with Rev. Juanita Catlin presiding.
Burial followed the funeral service at Protection Cemetery in Protection, KS.
Memorials may be sent to Protection United Methodist Church or Ashland Health Center Long Term Care Unit in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS  67029.

Benito Barrera Sr

Benito Barrera, Sr. died September 6, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City, KS.  He was born March 25, 1963 in Plainview, Texas to Guadalupe and Serverda (Serena) Barrera.  He was a Farmer.
Survivors include two sons: Benito (Tiffany) of Fowler and Orlando Villasenor (Mandy) of Dodge City; seven daughters: Brandy Ketron (George) of Dodge City, Nichole Russell (A.J.) of Wichita, Lisa Marie of Wichita, Elena, Tisha, Yolanda, and Alicia all of Fowler; three brothers: Roger of Las Vegas, NV, Billy of Boise City, OK, and Terry of Liberal; four sisters: Bertha Montoya of Ulysses, Trisha of Texas, Tonya of Liberal, and Yolanda; 19 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Barry and Rogelio, sisters Beatrice and Bonnie, nieces, Latisha, Alexis, Jodiecy, Alexandria and Guadalupe “Lil Lupe”.
Funeral Services were held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Friends Church, Fowler, KS officiated by Pastor Dennis McDowell.  Burial followed at Fowler Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Friends Church c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Kathleen (Kathie) Rosellen (O'Neal) Harper

Kathleen “Kathie” Rosellen (O’Neal) Harper passed from this life on September 3, 2014 at age 68.  She was born the daughter of Alice (Gabbert) O’Neal and Dr. Lawrence Wayne O’Neal, M.D.  on May 2, 1946 in St. Louis, MO.  Her early years were spent growing up in St. Louis, MO and briefly in Midland and Amarillo, TX.  She later moved to Ashland, KS and graduated from Ashland High School.  She met the love of her life in Ashland; her husband, James “Jim” Perry Harper.  They were married on June 26, 1965.  Kathie attended the University of Kansas and carried a passion for KU sports for the rest of her life.
Kathie and Jim returned to Ashland after college and raised their two daughters, Nancy and Susan.  Kathie worked for several years at Don Howell Insurance Agency.  She became very involved in stitching.  She enjoyed needlepoint, embroidery and quilting.  She had a passion for teaching needlepoint to others.  She also enjoyed scuba diving and playing bridge.  In support of her husband’s work as a rancher, she was a member of the Kansas CowBelles and became their President in 1979.  She took pride in promoting the beef industry.  She was also a member of the PEO sisterhood throughout her adult years.
After the death of her husband in 1996, Kathie moved to Wichita, KS.  She worked for Williams-Sonoma for many years and enjoyed it immensely.  She also continued her passion for travel during this time.  She attended cooking school in Tuscany twice and traveled extensively throughout Europe.  She also spent much time in Cancun, Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jim Harper, and her parents Alice O’Neal and Lawrence O’Neal, as well as an infant brother, Barth O’Neal.
Kathie leaves as her survivors her daughter Nancy Giles of Canyon, TX and her children, Kristen, Shannon and Logan; and her daughter Susan Kennedy, and husband Mark of Wichita, KS, and their children, Jordan, Harper and Riley.  She also leaves her sisters Patricia Davis, and husband Al of Edwardsville, IL; Janet O’Neal of Glendale, MO and Laura O’Neal of Danville, CA, as well as her sister-in-law, Sandra Rumsey, and husband Gary of San Antonio, TX.  She leaves behind nephews and nieces who were much loved, as well.
Memorial Services were held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS on September 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm.  There was a graveside service at Highland Cemetery in Ashland, KS on September 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, Kathie requested that memorials be donated to Ashland Pride Community, PO Box 37, Ashland, KS 67831 or Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67208.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Frances Van Blaricum

Memorial services for Frances Van Blaricum, 92, Lawrence will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Scroggins Mausoleum at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, KS.  She died Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
Frances was born August 18, 1921 in Ashland, KS the daughter of Robert and Lillie (Skelton) Nunemacher.  She graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in 1943.
She married James Walter Van Blaricum on September 5, 1943 in Ashland.  They raised their family in Meade, KS, where J.W. practiced dentistry for over 30 years and Frances served as his assistant for many of those years. She was also a homemaker.  Their retirement years were spent in Dodge City, KS where they enjoyed golf and traveling together until his death in 2004.
Frances moved to Lawrence in 2005 where she was a member of Chapter HZ, P.E.O., the Tennola Literary Club, and the First Presbyterian Church.  She also enjoyed attending events at the Lied Center and Lawrence Community Theatre.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Grogan, Albuquerque, NM, Francia Bird and husband, Eric, El Dorado, KS; two sons, Ken Van Blaricum and wife, Annette, Pratt, KS, Galen Van Blaricum and wife, Karen, Lawrence; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren.  She was also proceeded in death by one sister, Eula May Nunemacher; and one brother, Robert Nunemacher.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in her name to the First Presbyterian Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.

Timothy Klinzman

Timothy Klinzman, 53, died August 27, 2014 at his residence in Minneola.  He was born October 5, 1960 at Parsons, KS to Robert E. and Thelma G. (Ott) Klinzman.   He was a resident of Minneola since 1980 and formerly of Severy.  He had worked in road construction for several different companies.
He is preceded in death by his father and a step-son Phillip Higgins.
Survivors are his mother, Thelma of Minneola; brother, Steve of Columbus, KS; sister, Lisa Burnett of Shawnee, KS and 2 step-sons, Louie and Derrik Black, both of Ashland, KS.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Minneola officiated by Pastor Dan Bartel.  Cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation.   Memorials are suggested to the Church or American Lung Assoc. c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Irene Loraine (Helean) Betschart

Irene Loraine (Helean) Betschart, 96, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the Ashland Health Center in Ashland, KS.  She was born July 25, 1918, in Missoula, MT, the daughter of Michael Joseph and Martha Jane (Baxter) Helean.  Her father was in railroad and road construction and they moved often.  Irene graduated from St. John’s Academy in Wichita, KS and Capital Beauty School in Omaha, NE.  She was a licensed cosmetologist. She came to Ashland, KS to work in a beauty shop.  She met Forrest Betschart and they were married on January 1, 1940.  To this union four children were born: Frantz, Ruth Ann, Tom, and Ken.
Forrest passed away February 9, 1978.  With her family raised, Irene had time on her hands and decided she needed something to do, so she kept house for Fr. Jack Maes for many years.  Many of the priests in the Dodge City Diocese were able to enjoy her cooking – especially her lemon pie.  She served as church sacristan for many years.  She was a longtime member of the Altar Society, D of I, Funeral Dinner Committee, and V.F.W.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 37 years, her three brothers: Tom, Donald, and Maurice Helean; her sisters: Katherine Evans and Louise Lane; brother-in-law: Russel Lane; sisters-in-law: Irene Helean and Jean Helean; daughter-in-law: Virginia Betschart; son-in-law: Howard Jellison; and step-grandson: Michael Barnes.
She leaves her sons: Frantz and Ellen Betschart, Tom and Susan Betschart, and Ken and Jane Betschart; and daughter: Ruth Ann Jellison; grandchildren:  Mike and Gloria Betschart, Brenda Mead, Anita Johnson, Shauna Betschart, Shane and Jenny Betschart, Cody Betschart and Pearla, Jodi and Brad Thomas, Becky and Andy Luerman, Diana and Bryan Barnard, John and Patsy Jellison, Lori and Tony Ifland, Byron Betschart and Jessie, and Wade Betschart and Becky; step-grandchildren: Codi Wilson, Shayla Underwood, and Jennifer Barnes; 28 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend: Fr. Jack Maes.
Vigil Services were at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 24, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland, KS.  Funeral Mass was at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 25, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland, KS, with Father Charles Mazouch presiding.  Burial was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Ashland, KS.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Ashland Senior Center in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS  67029.

Michele Ann Doyle Krier

Michele Ann Doyle Krier, Ashland, Kansas, passed away on August 5, 2014 at Ashland Health Center, Ashland, Kansas after a long struggle with cancer.  Born on November 24, 1961, in Southern California, she was 52 years of age.  Growing up a military brat Michele attended schools all over the United States.
On May 19th, 2001, George married the love of his life at St. Joseph’s Church, Ashland, Kansas.  Michele came to Ashland working with horses for the late Jesse and Duane Moorman on their ranch.  She was also employed by the local grocer and was a title clerk for Clark County Abstract and Title Company.  She transitioned to Ashland Health Center in 1999 where she worked as the insurance billing clerk to present.
Michele’s community service included becoming an Emergency Medical Technician in 2003 and EMT Intermediate in 2005 and serving in that organization until 2009.  She also joined George as a member of the Ashland Fire Department joining as support personnel then was voted on as a member in 2005. Taking an active role in the organization she held the office of secretary for 6 years.   Michele became a state certified fire fighter 1 thru University of Kansas Fire Science program and started fighting fire squirting water off the back of truck 54 and gradually moving to driving a truck on the fire line.  She could keep up with the best of the best when it came to fighting fire.  In 2012, she was nominated for BPW Community Woman of the Year.  She also was an active member in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Another love in her life was Blue, her horse.  Now Blue is probably on a better diet and stricter feeding regime than most kids and husbands including George.  She became friends thru Facebook with other horse women enthusiasts from all over the United States and several other countries including Australia. They discussed diets and horse tips and genuine friendships have been formed.   Blue has taken her from ranch riding with George, to pleasure riding with Khrista, to barrel racing at the Harper County Round Up Club, Buffalo, Oklahoma.  In 2012 she earned the title of Reserve Champion in Timed Events and coveted the Grand Champion award in Timed Events in 2013 at the High Plains Horse Show, Dodge City, Kansas.
She and George have followed niece and nephew Kalee and Gus in their school activities and rodeo.  They enjoyed family vacations together, river rafting and zip lining.  The fire and church extended family kids have always had a connection to her also.  She was loved by all.  She always said she disliked kids and what is up with that!
Michele is survived by her loving husband George, Ashland; Father-in-law, Gilbert Krier, Ashland; Sisters-in-law, Debi Krier and family, Colorado Springs, Co; Mary Jo and Larry Heyka and family, Manhattan, KS; Nancy and Eric Finley and family, Coffeeville, KS; Brother-in-law, Jeff and Katrina Krier and family, Ashland, KS.  Her horse Blue, and dogs, Sandy and Patches (the little monster).   Her step-father, Tom Strunk, Payson, AZ; Brother, Michael Doyle, Carmel, Indiana and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Preceding her in death was her father, Michael Doyle, Oklahoma City, OK; her mother, Rose Strunk, Payson, AZ; Sister-in –law, Barbara Hrencher, who also battled breast cancer and one- step brother.
A vigil with Rosary was held Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:00p.m. Funeral service was held Friday at 10:00a.m., August 8, 2014 St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ashland, Kansas. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorial donations may be made in Michele’s name to Ashland Fire Department, P.O. Box 844, Ashland, Kansas 67831, WEPAC, P.O. Box 949, Ashland, Kansas 67831, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 577, Ashland, KS 67831, Ashland EMS, P.O. Box 742, Ashland, KS 67831 or Johnson Cancer Research Center, Kansas State University,  1 Chalmers Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.

Linda A. Shannon

Linda A. Shannon, 72, died Aug. 2, 2014 at Reno County Hospice House.  She was born Aug. 6, 1941 in Dodge City, KS the daughter of Loren and Lela Zimmett Shannon.
She was a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  She had been the Director of Human Resources for Farmland Industries and had also later worked for Professional Data Services.
Survivors include her two sons; Devin Shannon, Hutchinson and Shannon Shannon, Minneapolis, MN, a brother, Larry Shannon, Georgetown, TX and a sister, Lana Chaney, McPherson, KS.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial graveside service will be 4:00 PM, Friday at the North Inman Cemetery.  A reception will follow at the Inman Community Center, 200 S. Walnut, a dinner will be served at 6:00 PM.  There will be a book to sign from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home.  Memorials may be given to Hospice of Reno County or the Hutchinson Amimal Shelter, in care of the funeral home.  Visit www.PenwellGabelHutchinson.com to leave the family a personal message.

Jon Sawyers

Jon Sawyers was born the youngest of 8 children to Ralph Sawyers and Maude Cook Sawyers on January 13, 1939 and departed this life on August 2, 2014 at the South Wind Hospice House in Pratt, KS.
Jon was raised his whole life in Ashland, KS, graduating high school in 1957.  On January 3, 1958, he married Kay Rich of Protection and they celebrated 56 years of married life.  To this union 4 children were born: Donny, Regina, Ronnie, and Tobin.
Jon and Kay attended college together at Emporia State Teachers College.  After that, they made their home in Hays, KS, where Kay taught English at Victoria, KS and Jon continued attending school at Fort Hays St. and was a stay at home dad.  After one year, they moved to Ellis, KS where Jon worked for a tax accountant and Kay taught school for two years.  They then moved to Lenora, KS where Jon worked at the local elevator in Lenora and Collier, KS and Kay taught school.  In 1969, they got the chance to move home when Kay accepted a teaching job at Protection School teaching music and Jon became a Vet Assistant for Rangelands Vet Clinic in Ashland, KS.  They made their home on a farm east of Protection, where Jon also did some farming and ranching until they moved to their present home in Protection in 2012.  One of the highlights of Jon’s career was when he became a bus driver for USD 300.  He so enjoyed picking up the kids on his route and many special activity trips.  He always especially enjoyed the Forensic Trips and even got to be a judge at one of the meets as they didn’t have enough judges.  Jon also enjoyed the outdoors by hunting every chance he got.  He especially loved deer hunting and did it with his sons, son-in-law, and grandsons.  It was always a contest of who missed or who shot the big one every year.
Jon and Kay enjoyed retirement years by taking several bus tours and watching their grandkids and great-grandkids in various sporting events.
One of Jon’s favorite things to do as a family was an almost yearly trek to Colorado.  He loved the mountains and took his kids and grandkids there several times.  The last such trip was in January 2013.  It was a very special time for the family.  Jon in his usual orneriness talked his son-in-law, Brett Bates, into getting a tattoo with him while in Colorado.  To this day, each of his children have a love for Colorado and have made several trips with their own families.
Jon’s survivors include his wife Kay of the home, son Donny and wife Sueann of Protection, daughter Regina Bates and husband Brett of Mooreland, OK, son Ronnie and wife Laura of Protection, and son Tobin and wife Amber of Salina, KS.  His grandchildren: Ryan Butts and wife Julia of Chicago, IL, Adam Butts and wife Tara of Mooreland, OK, Heather Marinkovic and husband Pete of New York, Roger Butts and wife Bobbi of Elk City, OK, Aaron Sawyers of Protection, April Sawyers of Protection, Tyler Bates and wife Taylor of Fargo, OK, Karlee Hildebrand and husband Jeff of Nashville, TN, Tabitha Winter and husband Dustin of Wichita, KS, Phillip Sawyers and wife Kristen of Protection, Tim Bates and wife Kelsey of Mutual, OK, and Eli, Alec, Kain, and Colt Sawyers of Salina, KS.  Great-grandchildren: Sydnie, Nathanial, and Peyton Butts of Mooreland, OK, Jaden and Kyle Sawyers and Luke Gean of Protection, Emberlynn Winter of Wichita, KS, Charli Butts of Elk City, OK, and Matt Marinkovic of New York.  A sister: Norma Casey of Booker, TX, his mother-in-law: Geraldine Rich of Coldwater, KS and several other family members who will miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters, and his father-in-law: Lawrence Rich.
Jon will be missed dearly by his family and his many friends he came in contact with.  He always had a smile on his face.
Memorial service is planned at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Protection, KS, with Pastor Mark Slattery presiding.  Burial is in the Protection Cemetery in Protection, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to South Wind Hospice or “Jon for Kids” Memorial Fund in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS  67029.

Evelyn Tedford

Evelyn Tedford, 84, Goodland, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Colby, Kansas.
She was born on March 4, 1930, to William and Elinor Macy in Hanston, Kansas. She attended school in Hanston and went on to Ottawa University in Ottawa gaining her certificate to teach. She taught at Garnett Elementary School, teaching fifth grade.
On June 29, 1951, she married Lawrence Tedford at the First Baptist Church in Hanston.
In 1954 the couple moved to Goodland where Lawrence worked for the Soil Conservation Service. Evelyn was very active in the First Baptist Church and the Women’s Missionary Society.
Evelyn spent her later years at Wheat Ridge Assisted living in Goodland an the Prairie Senior Living Complex in Colby, KS.
Survivors include her three children, Joliene Tarvin of Shawnee, Terry and wife Linda Tedford of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Donald Tedford of Leavenworth; a sister, Eileen Marshall of Wichita; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two on the way.
Services were held Friday, August 1, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Goodland with Pastor Rich Blanchette officiating. Burial followed in the Goodland Cemetery.

Hilda Catherine Graves

Hilda Catherine Graves, age 87, of Neodesha, Kansas formerly of Englewood, Kansas died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha, Kansas.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha, Kansas. Memorial Graveside Services were held on Saturday, July 26, 2014  at 10:00 a.m. at the Englewood Cemetery in Englewood, Kansas with the Pastor Jerl Joslin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma officiating.
The family has suggested memorials to the Cookson Hills Christian Ministry, Box 200, Kansas, Oklahoma 74347 or contributions may be left at the Loran Fawcett Chapel.
Hilda Catherine Graves was born March 12, 1927 in Englewood, Kansas to Sidney George and Margaret Catherine (Austin) Malt. She grew up in Englewood, Kansas and graduated from the Englewood High School.
On July 6, 1946 Hilda married Robert C. Graves in Ashland, Kansas. The couple made their home in Englewood, Kansas. Robert preceded her in death. Hilda worked as a Post Mistress and the Post Office in Englewood, Kansas until her retirement. She was a member of the Englewood Christian Church.
Survivors include two sons James Robert Graves and wife Marty of Mt. Vernon, Texas and Loran Richard Graves and wife Nyna; one daughter Lora Jean Bayliff and husband Richard of Woodward, Oklahoma; one nephew Cedric A. Graves of Amarillo, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert C. Graves; one daughter Carol Fern Marcelles; one brother Sidney A. Malt and her parents Sidney and Margaret Malt.

Arthur Lee Breit

Arthur Lee Breit, 74 year old Ashland, Kansas resident, passed away on July 17, 2014. He was born in Ashland on March 2, 1940 to Alfred and Teckla (Urban) Breit. He grew up in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High.
Arthur married Ella Swift. He worked in the industrial field as a welder. Arthur enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Karen. He is survived by his wife, Ella; his sons, Mitch Breit of Wichita, KS, Joey Breit of Cimarron, KS, Buck and Vail Breit of Liberal, KS and Bear Breit of Ashland; his sisters, Karla Worf of Ashland and Kris Fleming of Dodge City, KS; his grandchildren, Dillon, Olivia and Nathan; and other relatives and friends.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements were handled by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorial donations made in Arthur’s name may be made to the Highland Cemetery, c/o Ashland City Hall, P.O. Box 547, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Cindy Lou (Vrtiska) Seidner

Cindy Lou (Vrtiska) Seidner, 59, died July 1, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City.  She was born November 11, 1954 to John A. and Norma Jean (Krikava) Vrtiska at Beatrice, Nebraska.
Cindy was a longtime Minneola resident.  She graduated from Wesley School of Nursing in Wichita and was a Registered Nurse having started her career at the Maricopa County Hospital and then later at the Doctor’s Hospital both in Phoenix, Arizona.  She worked at Western Plains in Dodge City for over 20 years.  She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church.
On April 3, 1980 she married Richard Seidner in Phoenix, Arizona.  He survives.  She is preceded in death by her father, John and her nephew Andrew Gene.
Other survivors include a son, John and wife Jenifer of Tucson, Arizona, and a daughter, Tess Marie of Lawrence.  She is also survived by her mother, Norma of Minneola, 3 brothers: Jim and wife Kathy of Sedgwick, John and wife Bobbi of Surprise, Arizona and Gregory and wife Marsha of Grand Junction, Colorado; a sister, Lisa  and husband Tom Hoffman of Minneola.
Cremation has taken place. A private Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
Memorials are suggested to the Ford County Humane Society in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Wayne L. Schmdit

Wayne L. Schmidt, 81, died June 25, 2014 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit.  He was born March 22, 1933 at Greensburg to Otis and Lorane (Wedel) Schmidt.
Wayne graduated from Greensburg High School.  He married Nita Lou Baker October 21, 1951 at Wilmore.  They moved to Minneola in December of 1955 where he was a meat cutter for Kemp’s IGA, then R&M IGA.  In 1964 he and Nita opened Schmidt Radio & TV.  Wayne was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church.  He and Nita were 2 of the first EMT’s serving Clark County EMS.  He had served on the PRIDE Steering Committee and the Minneola City Council.  Wayne served on the “chain gang” at the Minneola football games for many years.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and wife Nita who died December 26, 2009.
He is survived by his son Roger Wayne and wife Kim of Wichita, and daughters, Brenda Sue Boswell and husband Rick of McPherson and Kay Lynne Towle and husband Cliff of Hutchinson.  He is also survived by a sister, Mary Slief of Haviland, 13 grandchildren, 1 step great granddaughter, and 2 great grandchildren on the way.
Funeral Services were held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 28th, at the Minneola United Methodist Church, officiated by Pastor Kip Ryherd. Graveside Services & Interment followed at 5:00 PM at the Wilmore, Kansas Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Church or to the Minneola Health Care Foundation c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Loretta F. Kienow

Loretta F. Kienow, 69, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City.
She was born May 11, 1945 at Dodge City, the daughter of Hoy and Viola Looney Cox.  A lifetime Dodge City resident, she was a cashier for over 25 years at numerous stores in Dodge City, many of those years with Wal-mart.
On March 6, 1971 she married William “Bill” McVicker at Dodge City.  He preceded her in death on November 22, 1990.  On May 4, 2002 she married Delbert “Del” Kienow at Ft. Dodge.  He preceded her in death on November 9, 2012.
Survivors include: 2 daughters, Rebecca Perez and husband Jason and their children, Brandon, Jennifer, Teia and Skye and Shelly Martin and her children, Keith, Santana, Katy and Michael; a brother, Raymond Cox, Stillwater, Oklahoma; 3 sisters, Nellie Mae Clark, Wichita, Shirley Steiner, Garden City and Louise Wilcox, Dodge City.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Hoy Lee Cox.
Memorial service was held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Dodge.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Kienow Grandchildren Education Fund in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave, Dodge City, Kansas 67801.  Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.

Hubert Dean Crane

Hubert Dean Crane was born at home to Estella (Fox) and Raymond Crane July 20, 1922 south of Sitka, Kansas off Snake Creek.  He passed away on June 24, 2014 at 91 years in Wichita, Ks.
Growing up in Kansas he attended grade school at Lexington Township and Sitka.  High school was at Ashland where he graduated in 1940.
As a youth Hubert worked for local farmers and ranchers.  After high school he hitched a ride to California and worked as a machinist until WWII began in 1941.  He chose to return to Sitka to go into the army with his classmates.
Hubert served as a scout in the 31st infantry Dixie Division in the Pacific Theater.  He received an Honorable Discharge on December 29, 1945 at Fort Logan, CO.
Hubert met Mildred Ruth Ellsworth at a dance in Ashland his first evening home from the war.  They were married May 25, 1946 at the First Christian Church.  He worked in Ashland from 1946–1951 then moved to Wichita and then on to Derby in 1954.
He worked at Wichita State University as machinist and wind tunnel technician until retirement in 1986.  Hubert enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and family vacations.
Survived by his two sisters Anna Mae (Webb) and Shirley Maxine (Cox):  His two sons Philip Dean (Deanna Ryno), Derby KS and Gregory Alan, Winfield KS:  And four grandchildren Matthew Philip, Eowyn Leigh, Ian Alan, and Emily Kristin.
He is predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Mildred Ruth Ellsworth.  Hubert was the fifth of ten children and predeceased by these brothers and sisters; Charles Raymond, Daisy Viola (McIntyre), Mildred Lucille (Grimes), Ruby Irene (Rice), Cedric Leroy, Glenn Edward, and Donald Fillmore.
Service for family and friends will be at the Ashland Cemetery on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:00a.m.  Luncheon will follow at 11:00 at the First Christian Church.  Join us and celebrate Hubert’s life.
Services were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.

Jack S. Underwood Sr.

Jack S. Underwood, Sr., 83, passed away Thursday June 19, 2014 at Northwest Texas Hospital, Amarillo TX.  He was born February 14, 1931 in Mena Arkansas the son of William Hadley Sr. and Pear (Blackwell) Underwood.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Ruth (Wyatt), Sister Linda Haussler, two grandsons, Mitchell (Mitch) Rupp and Benjamin (Ben) Underwood.
He is survived by son Jack Jr. and wife Crystal of Coldwater, Ks. and daughter Mary Sue and husband Neal of Eldorado, KS; Two brothers, Bill and Gary Underwood; 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephew and friends.
Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial was held.

Tom Long

Tom Long, 71, died June 19, 2014 at Minneola District Hospital.  He was born February 14, 1943 at Tuttle, OK to Cephas Andrew and Ida Maye (Meador) Long.  He was a longtime Minneola resident.  Tom retired as a Plant Manager for ONEOK, Inc.
He attended the First Missionary Church of Dodge City.  He had served on the Minneola School Board for 20 years and had served as President.
On July 15, 1961 he married Beverly Sue Weber at Clayton, New Mexico.  She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Barry and wife Angie of Newton; 2 daughters: Charriese Marie Callahan of Ashland and Valarie Sue Lahman and husband Mike of Minneola; a brother, John and wife Trina of Port St. Lucie, Florida; one sister, Sevalan Maye Brollier  of Moscow, KS;  7 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews,   other relatives, and friends.
Funeral Services were held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, June 23, 2014 at the First Missionary Church, 1310 Avenue C, Dodge City KS with Pastor Jeff Turner officiating. Graveside Services and Interment were at 3:30 P.M. Monday at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.   Memorials are suggested to Minneola District Hospital c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Rose Olivia Lee

Rose Olivia Lee, 93, died June 18, 2014 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit from natural causes.  She was born April 11, 1921 in Meade County to Harry and Esther (Crouse) Burgin.
Olivia spent her childhood in Meade, and her adult life in Hutchinson and Minneola.  She and her husband, Jim, owned Lee’s Department Store in Minneola.  Upon selling it, Olivia became a Registered Nurse at the age of 63 and served as Director of Nursing for the Minneola Long Term Care Unit and at a Nursing Home in Payson, Arizona.
An avid world traveler, Olivia visited a host of countries including China, Japan, Great Britain, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Canada.
On October 29, 1939 she married James E. Lee at Pratt, KS. They were married 74 ½ years.  He survives.
Other survivors include 2 sons: Jim and Don; daughter, Janice; 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
Memorial Services were held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Minneola United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Kip Ryherd. A private family inurnment followed at Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola.  Memorials are suggested to Minneola Long Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Jimmie J. Perry

Jimmie J. Perry, 79, died June 13, 2014 at Minneola District Hospital.  He was born October 11, 1934 to Albert and Georgia (Miller) Perry at Bloom.  He graduated from Bloom High School in 1953.  Jimmie served in the US Army and US Army National Guard.  He worked 10 years for Bloom Coop and then 35 years for Natural Gas Pipeline.  He was also a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 140 in Minneola.
On June 14, 1959 he married Leona Myers at Bloom Methodist Church.  She survives.
Survivors include: wife of the home; 1 son, Joseph Perry Sr. and wife Jennifer of Arkansas City; 5 grandchildren: Chastity Terrazas and husband Carlos of Cimarron and their children, Alyx and KC; Jennifer Hoover and husband Brock of Bloom; Joseph Perry Jr and children Lexi, Fabian, and Payton of Bloom; James Perry and wife Ashley and children Andrew, Elizabeth and Baylee of Arkansas City; and Cody Perry of Arkansas City; 1 brother Glenn Perry and wife Betty of Minneola; and one sister, Florence Hall and husband Lawrence of Bucklin.
He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, April Perry and brother, William Perry.
Funeral Services are Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at United Methodist Church, Minneola, officiated by Pastor Kip Ryherd with full military rights.  Burial will be in Bloom Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Minneola District Hospital, c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Minneola KS 67865.

Donna Margaret (Richardson) Rose Burris

Donna Margaret (Richardson) Rose Burris was born July 25, 1980 to David W. and Jacquelyn V. Richardson. Departed this life June 6, 2014. Donna graduated from Ashland High School in 1998 obtaining her Nursing degree from WSU in 2003. She later obtained a Masters degree in Nursing in 2009. She was employed by Davita Dialysis.
She married David Rose in January of 2004 later divorcing. She was married to Craig Burris in 2010, he survives, additionally Donna is survived by her mother Jacquelyn Johnson of Minneola, Kansas and her brother Alex Held of Washington D.C., her grandfather Robert Harden, as well as a number of other relatives and friends.
Donna was known for her professionalism in her nursing, taking great pride in providing good patient care. She always wanted to be a nurse, her first job as an aide in the Ashland Health Center when she was fourteen, then working in all aspects of the profession.
She will be remembered by those who knew her for her quirky, wry sense of humor, which in many cases helped relieve the tension of her high stress job.
There will be no public viewing as cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial on Saturday June 14 at Advantage Funeral, 4408 W. Central Ave. Wichita at 1:00pm. Please attend with a story or antidote regarding your relationship with Donna.

Tom Downs

Tom Downs, 69, died May 26, 2014 at Dallas, Texas.  He was born July 20, 1944 at Dodge City, KS. to Harold Thomas Downs and Opal Callahan Downs.  He was a Contractor.   Tom served in U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 and was a member of Bucklin American Legion and NRA.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Royce Downs.
Survivors are one daughter: Stefanie Downs; one son, Ryan Thomas Downs; sister, Jeannie Kidwell White; and grandchildren: Hannah Downs, Jake Downs, Kaleb Downs, Kaylie Downs, and Kaden Downs.
Memorial Service were held Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10 A.M. at Minneola  Christian Church with Pastor Virgil White officiating.   Inurnment was at Appleton Cemetery with Military Rites by Julius F. Troehmel Post #269.
Memorials are suggested to the Church or to Bucklin American Legion c/o Minnis Mortuary, Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Robert Barry Randall

Robert Barry Randall, 75, passed away on May 29, 2014. Barry was born July 26, 1938 the son of Robert W. and Maxine  (Burch) Randall. He attended Ashland schools, graduating from Ashland High School with the class of 1956. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving for 4 years. After that he worked in the Dallas, Texas area for Collins Radio, and later, Texas Instruments as a communications specialist. After his retirement from TI, he returned to Ashland to live with his father, Bob Randall. He later moved to Fort Dodge, Kansas where he resided until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by cousins.
A private inurnment will follow at a later date. Arrangements by Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City.

Maria Rodrick

Maria Rodrick, 94, died May 17, 2014 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit.  She was born September 1, 1919 at McPherson, KS to Charles Albert and Emily Alice (Houts) Ulrey.
She was a resident of Minneola since 2009 and a former resident of McPherson and Kingman.  She had worked as a Dental Assistant and a Nurses Aide and had worked at Trinity Hospital in Dodge City and the Kingman Community Hospital.  She was a member of the Minneola Christian Church.
On July 22, 1937 she married Eugene W. Rodrick at McPherson.  He died March of 1973.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers: John, Francis and Riley and 3 sisters: Fern, Irene and Juanita.
Survivors include a son: Gary Rodrick and wife Lynn of Watkinsville, Georgia; a daughter Barbara Marshall and husband Terry of Minneola; 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Graveside Services & Interment were held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 20 at the Crestwood Memorial Park Cemetery in McPherson, KS officiated by Virgil White. Memorials are suggested to Minneola Long Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS  67865-0459.

Kathy Jo Wolfe

Kathy Jo Wolfe, 60, died May 12, 2014 at Minneola District Hospital.  She was born July 29, 1953 at Larned, KS to Charles and Orva Jean (Scheuerman) Wolfe.  She was a resident of Minneola since 2006.
Kathy had worked as a CNA for the Minneola Long Term Care Unit.  She graduated from Bucklin High School in 1972 and attended Dodge City Junior College.  She was a member of the Bucklin United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Orva Jean, and her brother, Kent and wife Sonya and their son, Dakota, all of Hutchinson and an uncle, Paul Scheuerman of Otis.
She is preceded in death by her father.
Graveside Services and Inurnment were held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Bucklin Cemetery officiated by Pastor Rick Jones.  Memorials are suggested to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Hubert G. (Pete) King

Hubert G. “Pete” King of Minneola, KS originally of McCook passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Minneola District Hospital.  He was 89 years old.
Pete was born on January 18, 1925 to parents, Wilbur L. and Eva R. (Swafford) King in Cullison, KS.  He graduated from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, CO.  On June 7, 1943, he entered the US Army Air Corp and served during World War II.  He was honorably discharged on October 26, 1945.
On December 30, 1951 he was united in marriage to Virginia R. “Ginny” Meredith in Salina, KS.  They moved to the McCook community in 1964.  Pete was in sales both retail and wholesale for 47 years. The last 27 was spent as a traveling fabric salesman before retiring.
He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking and carpentry work.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Virginia on July 9, 2010; his daughter, Pamula Olson; grandson, Nathanial Buckley; parents, Wilbur and Eva King; five sisters, Martha, Doris, Clarice, Ionia, and Cleo; and five brothers, Ralph, Gerald, Barton, Samuel and Dale.
Survivors include his son, Scott King and wife, Julie, of Evergreen, CO; daughter, Debra and husband, Dave Buckley, of Minneola, KS; two brothers, Marvin “Jack” King of Littleton, CO and Homer “Lucky” King, of Lakewood, CO; son-in-law, Randy Olson of Johnstown, CO; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given in his name.
A memorial service was held Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating.  Inurnment was in Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors.
Friends may send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com.  Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.

Pauline B. Springmeyer

Pauline B. Springmeyer, 87, died April 28, 2014 at Minneola District Hospital.  She was born June 24, 1926 in Leedey, Oklahoma to Roger and Kate (Vaughn) Williams.  She was a former Englewood resident and retired Nurses Aide.
On February 21, 1950 she married Henry Lee Springmeyer at Perryton, Texas.  He died September 10, 2008.
Survivors are:  one sister, Fern Still of Minneola; nephews: Michael of El Dorado, Frankie and Gilbert, both of Dodge City; and a niece Rubina Still and friend Dinna Walker both of Minneola.  She is also survived by 6 great nephews and nieces and 3 great great nephews and nieces.
Graveside Services and Interment will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 2, 2014 at Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, KS.  Shawn Leach will officiate.  Memorials are suggested to Minneola Long Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS.  67865.

Les Clark

Les Clark, age 59, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, passed away at 2:32 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at his home.  He was born June 12, 1954, in Gainesville, Texas, the son of William “Sam” and Ima Dee (Bryant) Clark.
Les was a 1972 graduate of Ashland High School in Ashland, Kansas and graduated from Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas.  He worked as a truck driver for BGL Livestock in Inwood, Iowa and loved hauling cattle, breaking and riding horses.  He was known for his sense of humor, always a joker, and he dearly loved his family and friends.
On October 28, 2000, he married Regina “Gina” Gleason in Branson, Missouri.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Regina; his mother, Ima Dee Trammell of Ashland, Kansas; three sons, Justin Wayne Clark and his wife, Shelby, of Bakersfield, California Dusty Dehaan of and his wife, Chelsie, of Halltown, Shawn Dehaan and his wife, Lacie,  of Sparta; five daughters, Kama Fernandez of Palm Harbor, Florida, Carol Ann Winland and her husband, Rodney, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Leslie Dawn Harris of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Casandra Dehaan of Springfield, LaRee Wyman and her husband, Cody, of Ozark; family friends, Brenda Fogelsong and Sherman and Opal Calhoun; faithful dog, Jack Bo; 20 grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.
His father William “Sam” Clark, stepfather Mann Trammell; sister, Linda K. Broadie; and his brother, William Leonard Clark, preceded him in death.
A funeral service, under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, was held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Summit Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be shared at www.FossettMosherFuneralHome.com.

Ralph Williams

Ralph Williamsage 82, died April 23, 2014. Ralph was born June 6, 1931 in Meade, Kansas to Clarence and Velma Williams.
He graduated from Ashland High School in Ashland, Kansas, and went on to attend Dodge City Junior College and Wichita University, graduating with a geology and economics degree in 1953.
Ralph married Marilyn Carpenter on May 24, 1953 in Wichita, KS, and this year would have celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Also, in 1953, he joined the Army, to serve his country during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged upon completion of commitment. He worked several years for Cities Service Oil Company, and retired from Tuco Incorporated, a subsidiary of SPS, in 1979. After retirement, he opened A & H Machine Shop and enjoyed working on cars. He was instrumental in getting the micro midget racetrack started, to which all proceeds were given to the Speech and Hearing Center. He served as a board member of Hochheim Insurance, as well as being a past member of the Kansas, Panhandle and West Texas Geological Societies. He loved to help people, no matter what the situation. He was very active in his Sunday school class and was instrumental in the start up of the Speech and Hearing Center here in Amarillo.
Survivors include: his wife: Marilyn Williams; 3 children: Karen Morris of Amarillo, Kenny Williams and Kathy Dunlap both of Panhandle; 3 grandchildren: Michelle Roberts of Panhandle, Michael Williams and Jason Neusch both of Amarillo; 2 great grandchildren: Lexi and Cole Nicholes of Panhandle; brother: Don Williams of Farmington, NM.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas. The family suggests memorials to Moog Center for Deaf Education, 12300 South Forty Dr., St. Louis,
MO 63141 or Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, 603 East Hildenbrand Ave., San Antonio, TX
78212-2693,  The Ashland Community Foundation P.O. Box 276 Ashland Kansas 67831 or to a charity of their choice.
Please sign the online guest book at www.coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com

William Lawrence (Billy) Isenbart

William Lawrence “Billy” Isenbart, 55, died April 18, 2014 at St. Thomas More Hospital, Canon City, Colorado. He was born on July 6, 1958 at Wichita, the son of Lawrence H. and Lenora  (Kite) Isenbart.
Billy grew up in Englewood, Ashland and Dodge City. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1978. He worked for many years at Wessel Iron and Supply of Dodge City and most recently for Bonnies Car Crushers of Penrose, Colorado. Billy married Tamera Walker on August 16, 2010 at Dodge City and was previously married to Denice Muylaert and Twila Scott. He enjoyed his grandchildren, collecting coins and working on cars.
Billy is survived by his wife Tamera Isenbart, Fountain, Colorado; six sons, Larry Isenbart, and Terry Isenbart, Dodge City, Kurtis Snedecor-Isenbart, Joshua Isenbart, Daniel Isenbart all of Longmont, Colorado and Michael Killingsworth of Higginsville, Missouri; three step sons, Michael, Matthew and Mason Moore of Fountain, Colorado; a daughter, Jessica Isenbart, Dodge City; his parents, Lawrence H. and Lenora Isenbart, Dodge City; two brothers, Tim and James Isenbart of Dodge City; four sisters, Elnora Elmore, Cimarron, La Vonda Isenbart, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Connie Walker, Spearville and Melaine Burns, Dodge City and 14 Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother Paul Isenbart in 1998 and a sister Bertha Pearl Isenbart.
Funeral service were held at Swaim Funeral Home on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Carl Nance presiding. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery in Ashland. Memorials are suggested to William Isenbart Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia, 78, died April 18, 2014 at his residence near Minneola. Cremation has taken place.  There will be no public services.  Minnis Mortuary, Minneola, KS.

Eulaine Marie Benda

Eulaine Marie Benda was born April 5, 1920, at the rural Rawlins County home of her parents, George and Olive (Fellman) Erikson. She passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Good Samaritan home in Oberlin Kansas, at the age of 93.
Eulaine grew up on the family farm southwest of Herndon along with two sisters and two brothers. She attended Linda Grade School District #38 and Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, graduating with the class of 1937. She received her Normal Training certificate to teach while in high school and also took additional classes at Emporia Teachers College. She taught in rural one-room grade schools for seven years.
On June 12, 1944, Eulaine was united in marriage to Wesley G. Benda at the Herndon Covenant Church. Five daughters and one son were born to their union. The family made their home on a farm south of Achilles for 21 years before moving to the Erikson home place. Eulaine and Wesley moved to Oberlin in 2001 and Eulaine became a resident of the Good Samaritan home in 2005.
Faith and family were very important to Eulaine. She was a member of the Herndon Covenant Church for over 80 years and served as church pianist and as a Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She was very involved in Covenant Women Ministries and served on the Midwest Covenant Women Board. She was also a member of Gideons Auxiliary and Hello There Hobby Club. She especially used her gift of hospitality to serve many, and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who was very proud of her family. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and attending the activities they were involved in.
Survivors include six children and their spouses, Connie and Bob Smith of Chippewa Falls, WI, Leanne and Losson Pike of Ashland, Gerald and Patti Benda of Ludell, Shirley and Daryl Maresch of Nekoma, Beverly Messerly of Sublette, and Barbara and Mark Olson of Hoxie; two sisters-in-law, Esther Noren of Oberlin and Ida Marie and David Erikson of Green Valley, AZ; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Eulaine was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley; her parents; sisters, Fern Wenger and Eula Waldo; brothers, Kermit Erikson and Cordette Erikson; son-in-law, Mitch Messerly; and infant grandson, Nicholas Maresch.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Herndon Covenant Church, rural Herndon, Kansas, with Pastor Keith Reuther officiating.  Burial was in the Herndon Covenant Cemetery.  Memorial funds have been established in Eulaine’s name to the church and Good Samaritan Society-Decatur County.  Pauls Funeral Home, 121 N. Penn Ave., Oberlin, Kansas 67749, was in charge of arrangements.  Visit our website www.paulsfh.com to leave condolences for the family.

Phyllis Burns Broadie

Phyllis Burns Broadie, 84, formerly from Manhattan, Kan., died on March 20, 2014 in Lenexa, Kansas. She was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1929, in Ashland, Kan., to Stacy and Beulah Burns.  She was the youngest of 3 children.
Phyllis had a B.S. in Home Economics from Kansas State University and a M.S. in Library Science from Fort Hays State University.  While at Kansas State, Phyllis was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  She married her childhood sweetheart, Harold “Hal” Eugene Broadie, also of Ashland, Kan., in 1950 and was married to him until his death on May 11, 2008.  The Broadies lived in Ashland, Kan., Hugoton, Kan., Caldwell, Kan., Larned, Kan., and Hays, Kan., before retiring to Sun City West, Arizona, for 10 years.  They also lived in Oakland and San Diego, Calif., when Mr. Broadie served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1955. They moved to Manhattan, Kan., in 2002 to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren.
Mrs. Broadie taught 5th grade in Ashland, Kansas while her husband was serving overseas.  She then joined him in California.  In Hugoton, she managed a busy household with four small children.  The family moved to Caldwell in 1961.  While in Caldwell, she taught 6th grade for two years until their move to Larned in 1968.  From 1973-1978,  Mrs. Broadie split her time between Northside Elementary in Larned and Pawnee Rock working as a school librarian and teaching home economics. In Hays, she volunteered at the library and worked in a gift shop.  Phyllis also enjoyed entertaining her grandchildren there.  She was a talented water color artist and seamstress, making most of her daughters’ favorite dresses. She enjoyed reading and volunteering at the reference desk in the library in Arizona.  She played the piano and sang in the church choir.
The Broadies were active members of the First United Methodist Church everywhere they lived and are currently members in Manhattan. Phyllis was a member of and held offices, including president, in P.E.O. chapters for 49 years.  Phyllis also enjoyed bridge, traveling, entertaining, cooking, walking and getting together with friends for coffee. She had a witty sense of humor.  She also was a beloved aunt and friend.
She is survived by her four daughters, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Cyndy Platt and her husband David of Junction City, and their children Brian Platt and his wife Katie and their son Blake, of Austin, TX, and Laura Wolfe and her husband Ryan of Kansas City, MO; Ann Hamilton and her husband Randy Hamilton of Kansas City, Kansas, and their sons Grant Hamilton of Fort Worth, TX, and Jeffrey Hamilton of Roeland Park, Kan.; Marilyn Fox and her husband Larry of Manhattan, and their children Bethany Sims and her husband Luke and their son Cooper of Shawnee, Kan., and Weston Fox of Austin, TX; Lisa Cook and her husband Dave of Boone, IA, and their children Hallie Cook and Christian Cook, also of Boone. Mrs. Broadie is also survived by her sister Joyce Grimes of Hilton Head Island, SC. Besides her husband, she is also preceded in death by her parents and one sister Rita Atkinson Bethea.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Patrick McLaughlin officiating.  Interment followed in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
The family requests memorials to the Good Shepherd Hospice House or the First United Methodist Church, both of Manhattan, Ks.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Donna Minnis

Donna Minnis, 79, died March 13, 2014 at Hill Top House Nursing Home, Bucklin KS.   She was born September 5, 1934 at Minneola to Morris and Esther (Smith) Kennedy.
Donna enthusiastically gave the gift of music to congregations, organizations, communities, family and friends with love and hope for health, happiness, and zest for life.
On August 31, 1998 she married H.T. “Bud” Minnis, Jr. at Minneola.  He died March 3, 2013.
Survivors are 4 sons: Marc Riley, Arkansas City, KS, Steve Riley of Menlo Park, CA, Gary Hale of Patterson, CA, Brad Hale of Timaru, New Zealand; 1 daughter, Jennifer Ware of Oxnard, CA; step-son, Ted Minnis of Bucklin; step-daughter, Cindy Lewis of Bucklin; brother, Benny Kennedy of Cushing, OK, 9 grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren.
Graveside Services & Interment will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Bucklin, Kansas Cemetery officiated by Dick Robbins, Chaplain of Hospice of the Prairie.    Visitation will be 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Thursday, March 20 at Minnis Mortuary, Bucklin.
Memorials are suggested to Hill Top House Nursing Home or Hospice of the Prairie, c/o Minnis Mortuary, Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Wayne Strodtman

Wayne Strodtman, 78, died March 11, 2014 at his rural Clark County residence.  He was born June 1, 1935 in Bucklin, KS to John Henry and Beulah Mae (Fetter) Strodtman.  Wayne was a lifetime area resident and was a Farmer and Stockman.
He graduated from Bucklin High School in 1953 and attended Pratt JUCO and Kansas State University.  He served a short time in the US Army.
On May 19, 1960, he married Pamela Margaret Eagleton at Pueblo, Colorado.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela; 2 sons: Mike of Bucklin and Scott and wife Deena of Cheney, KS; brother, Gary Strodtman of Hutchinson, KS; sister, Janice Welch of Anadarko, OK; and 3 grandchildren.
Graveside Services were held at 1:30 P.M. Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Lexington Township Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Dodge City Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Alice May (Kleinschmidt) Harris

Alice May (Kleinschmidt) Harris age 101, former Hays, Kansas resident died Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Minneola Long Term Care in Minneola, Kansas.
She was born January 17, 1913, on the family farm in Rooks County to August L. “Gus” and Emma I. (Markel) Kleinschmidt. She married Rueben David “Buck” Harris on April 29, 1932 in Hays, Kansas.  He died August 29, 1954.
She retired from the Hadley Hospital in Hays, Kansas after working many years in the dietary department.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and moved to Hays in 1941.  She attended school Plainville, Kansas and completed grammar school in Chicago, Illinois. She enjoyed reading, quilting, the KC Royals, western movies, canning, making noodles, baking, especially cookies.  She also enjoyed visiting yard sales, gardening and starting-African Violets, her family and friends.
Survivors include one son, Richard “Butch” and wife, Sandy, Minneola, KS; two daughters-in-law, Judy Harris, Wichita, KS; Mary Lee Harris, Protection, KS; one sister-in-law, Ellen Kleinschmidt, Plainville, KS; 12 grandchildren, Jolie Johnson, Joel Johnson, Julia Grayson, Marcie Charles, Mitch Harris, Mindy Applegate, Delaina Downs, Darris Harris, Michele Stoddard, Michael Harris, Matthew Harris, Mitchel Harris; 16 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step mother, Hattie; husband; two sons, Jack Harris and David Harris; two brothers, Clarence Kleinschmidt and Roy Kleinschmidt; one sister, Mable Jones; two infant grandchildren Jamie Harris and Janie Harris.
Services were at 2:00 P.M. Monday, March 17, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church,
7th and Ash, Hays, Kansas.  Burial followed Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.
Memorials are to the Minneola Long Term Care or Hospice of the Prairie/Dodge City.
Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas  67601 is in care of arrangements and condolences can be sent via e-mail to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net

Betty Jane Kay

Betty Jane Kay, 67, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater, KS.  Born January 2, 1947, at Ashland, KS, she was the daughter of Raleigh Warren and Esther Irene (Rieff) Maris.
Betty was a lifetime resident of Protection, Ks.  She graduated from Protection High School in 1965 and received a degree from Wichita Business College.  She was a member of the Protection United Methodist Church; Order of Eastern Star; Protection Golf Course; and Ashland Golf Course.  Betty was co-owner and office manager of Ashland Feed and Seed Co.
On April 9, 1967, she married Neil Kay at Protection, KS.  He survives.
She is survived by her husband: Neil Kay of Protection, KS; her mother: Irene Maris of Ashland, KS; two sons: Jeff Kay and his wife Rebecca of Ashland, KS and Kendal Kay and his wife Karrie of Ashland, KS; one daughter: Janell Smit and her husband Hannes of Ashland, KS; two brothers: Don Maris and his wife Karen of Ashland, KS and Ron Maris and his wife Talma of Coldwater, KS; one sister: Pat Winton and her husband Don of Wichita, KS; nine grandchildren: Quade, Zane, and Blake Kay, Sloan, Reece, Braton, and Kinley Kay, and Levi and Jenna Smit; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father: Raleigh Warren Maris.
Funeral service is at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Protection, KS, with Rev. Jessie Zimmerman presiding.  Burial will follow the funeral service at Protection Cemetery in Protection, KS. Memorials may be sent to Protection United Methodist Church or Ashland Fitness Center in care of the funeral home.

Carol Jean (Hagenloh) Seacat

Carol Jean (Hagenloh) Seacat passed away Wednesday evening, 5 March, 2014, in 
Wichita, KS.
She was a resident of the Lexington Township Community and Ashland, Kansas in Clark 
County where she served as Trustee for the Lexington Township and as member of the 
local Election Board. She was active in 21 st Century; The Red Hat Society and enjoyed 
the comradery of a small group of friends known as the Birthday Ladies. She was an 
active member of the United Methodist Church.
Carol J Hagenloh was married to John Porter Seacat, DVM, on 9 July, 1955, in El Paso, 
Texas. She and John attended Kansas State University. They would make there home in 
Salina, Kansas, for a number of years before returning to the Lexington Community 
where she made their home and raised their family. Carol was a devoted mother to her 
children and grandchildren and was actively involved in all aspects of their lives and 
school events; a beloved wife of nearly 60 years; and a steadfast business partner with her 
husband in a family owned and operated cattle ranching, custom feeding operation and 
veterinary practice.
Carol is survived by her husband, John P Seacat, DVM; her sons: Joel A Seacat of 
Dodge City, KS; David B H Seacat of Ashland/Wilmore, KS; Michael E Seacat of 
Ashland, KS; Robert P Seacat of Parker, CO; her brother, Richard Hagenloh of 
Albuquerque, NM; her sisters Nancy K Roddy of Humble, TX; Margaret (Peggy) Golden 
of Sachse, TX; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A private Internment Service was held in the Highland Cemetery at 13:00 hours 
followed by a public Memorial Service at 14:00 hours at the United Methodist Church in 
Ashland, KS, with the Rev. Rick Branson officiating. Arrangements by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com

Ronald Wears

Ronald Wears, 82, died March 3, 2014 at Minneola District Hospital.  He was born May 29, 1931 in Gray County, Ks. to Ellis T. and Dorothy (Perkins) Wears.  He was a Farmer and a longtime Minneola resident.  Ronald served in the US Navy for a short time.  He was a member of the Christian Church and William Houser Post #222, both of Minneola.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers: Bobbie and James.
He is survived by his daughter, Sheri Maybury and husband Kevin of Colorado Springs; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by a special friend, Thelma Finke and her family: Marcy and Kurtis Krisle of Minneola, Brian and Lory Finke of Fowler, Janet and Kelly Finke, and Carson and Kealan Finke of Minneola.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Minneola Christian Church officiated by Virgil White.  Visitation is Wednesday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the family present at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.  Burial is at Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.  Memorials are suggested to Minneola Christian Church c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Mary Katherine Racobs

Mary Katherine Racobs, age 93, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Fowler Residential Care Center, Fowler, Kansas.
She was born August 5, 1920, at Scottdale, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Matilda (Hart) Brown.  During World War II she was a registered nurse, serving in the Mediterranean and the China Burma India Theaters of campaign.  After her honorable discharge she continued her career in nursing.  She was a resident of Fowler, Kansas, for twenty years.
She is survived by: Two sons, Edward Byrne and wife Sandra Wilkinson of Thousand Oaks, California, Brent Racobs; A son-in-law, Brent Wakeman of rural Fowler, Kansas; A granddaughter, Rachel Clowdis and husband Justin of Minneola, Kansas; A great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Clowdis of Minneola, Kansas.
She is preceded in death by a daughter, Mary A. Wakeman on December 18, 2009.
Private family services will be held at a later date.  Cremation has taken place.
The family would welcome memorials to the Fowler Residential Care Center in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas.

Norma Jean Trease

Norma Jean Trease, 90, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 7:25 p.m., Tuesday, February 25th, while in the company of family members, at Brookdale Sterling House.
Norma Jean Trease became heaven’s newest angel on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
Norma Jean Taylor was born in Miami, Oklahoma on July 31, 1923. She was one of four daughters, Mildred, Ruthella, Norma Jean, and Rex Ann, born to Millie M. (Doty) and Rex B. Taylor.
Norma Jean, known by many as “Pug”, attended Miami grade schools and graduated from Miami High School, Miami, Oklahoma with the class of 1941.
At a very young age, her mother enrolled her in performance classes and Norma Jean always enjoyed reciting poems and routines whenever anyone asked her to and could still entertain us with her “Liquid Glue”, “Lata borda Rigdom Kimbo”, and “I See You Mr. Moon”. Her mother passed away when she was nine years old and at various times in her young life she lived with her Grandma Doty and other relatives, and eventually with her oldest sister Mildred (and Jay) Blair. Norma Jean always said Mildred was an inspiration to her, always encouraging her and telling her that she could do well at anything she wanted to do.
Norma Jean met the love of her life while living in Miami, Oklahoma and she and C.M. Trease were married on June 28, 1942 at the Methodist Parsonage in Miami. They enjoyed raising their three sons, Philip, Randy, and Rick in Ashland, Kansas. CM and Norma Jean were wonderful parents that taught their sons a standard of living that was full of love, respect, generosity, and kindness. They never missed one of their sons’ activities and especially loved watching them all play football, basketball, baseball and track. The whole family became die-hard Oklahoma Sooner fans and Norma Jean continued wearing her Oklahoma T-shirt and watching their games while at the Sterling House.
Norma Jean was a homemaker and worked as a telephone switchboard operator for a short time prior to becoming a clerk in the Clark County Treasurers Office in Ashland.  When she and C.M. transferred to Ulysses, KS with Ashland Oil/Mesa Petroleum, she then became a Clerk with the Grant County Treasurers Office until her retirement. After retiring, CM and Norma Jean returned to Miami, Oklahoma to be closer to all their brothers and sisters. Camping trips, boating, fishing and laughter consumed their lives until C.M.s health issues slowed them down.
In 1999, they decided to move closer to one of their sons, and since McPherson was centered between Colorado Springs and Norman, Oklahoma, they decided to move so Philip and Randy wouldn’t have such long distances to travel to see them. They loved being closer to all the grandkids and great grandkids that they spoiled with love AND her great homemade banana nut bread, pumpkin cake, fudge, coconut cream pie. For the next 6 years, Norma Jean and CM made many friends, either spending time at Peter’s lumber yard, Ace Hardware, quilting at the church, or at the Family Barber Shop.
After 64 years together, C.M passed away on September 10, 2005. Norma Jean continued to live at 1112 Ranch Road, McPherson, until she fell and broke four ribs in 2008 and moved to The Sterling House, an assisted living community, to recuperate. After making more friends and feeling “safe” there, she decided to make that her new home. Norma Jean was the most kind, thoughtful, and sincere person and always had something nice to say about everything or everybody. She enjoyed her life to the fullest and peacefully passed away with family and friends by her side at the Sterling House, February 25, 2014 at the age of 90 years, 7 months.
Norma Jean was a member of the First Christian Church, Miami, OK, and enjoyed attending the First Christian Church in McPherson until health slowed her down. The Elders at FCC, McPherson, continued including her on their communion routes each Sunday and Norma Jean loved and appreciated all of them.
The funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 3, 2014 at First Christian Church, Miami, Oklahoma, with Pastor Leon Weece officiating. Favorite Christian songs Norma Jean loved will be played and a video of her life will be shared.
Norma Jean’s grandsons, and great grandsons will serve as casket bearers. Ushers are Jerad Joslin and Bob Evans.
The final resting place will be at the G.A.R. Cemetery Miami, Oklahoma.
Memorials in memory of Norma Jean may be made to First Christian Church of Miami, First Christian Church of McPherson or Hospice Care of Reno County, who provided loving care to her this past month and they can be sent in care of the Glidden – Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.
Norma Jean is survived by her three sons and their families, Son Philip DeWayne Trease, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Grandson Corey Trease, Denver, CO, Great Grandsons Jonathon and Alexander, Granddaughter: Starla (Ted) Baker, Peyton, CO, Great Granddaughter: Kelind Baker and fiancé Allen Thomas, Great Grandsons: Ty Baker, Cannon Baker; Son Randall Taylor (Joyce) Trease, of Norman, Oklahoma, Grandson Shane Taylor (Sheila) Trease, Norman, OK, Great Grandsons Brett Trease, Taylor Trease, Grandson: Ryan (Shay) Trease, Goldsby, OK, Great Granddaughter: Avery Trease, Great Grandson: Bond Trease, Grandson: Chad Taylor (Natalie) Trease, Norman, OK, Great Granddaughters: Ellie Trease, Lovie Trease, Great Grandson: Tucker Trease; Son Richard Lee (Nancy) Trease, of McPherson, Kansas, Grandson: Richard, Jr. (Carmen) Trease, Derby, KS, Great Grandsons: Jake Taylor Trease, Reed Trease, Ben Trease, Granddaughter: Sondra (Brett) Harrington of Galveston, TX, Great Grandson: Cade Taylor Harrington, Great Granddaughter: Kennedy Harrington; Sister Rex Ann (Jay) Dareing, of Miami, Oklahoma, Brother-In-Law: Kenny (Twilla) Trease, Claremore, OK, and Sister-In-Law: Imogene Trease, Commerce, OK, many loving nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Patricia J (Patty) Dreiling

Patricia J. “Patty” Dreiling, age 72, died Friday, January 10, 2014 at the Minneola District Hospital in Minneola, Kansas.
She was born  April 17,1941 in Munjor, Kansas, to Joseph J. and Rose (Pfannenstiel) Gross.  She married Verlin L. “Vernie” Dreiling on September 12,1959 in Munjor, Kansas.  He died July 2, 2011.
She was a homemaker, and worked in the laundry at St. John’s Rest Home in Victoria, Kansas for 23 years.  She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and St. Boniface Christian Mothers both of Vincent, Kansas.  She lived eight months at the Minneola Long Term Care Center in Minneola, Kansas.
Survivors include four sons, Randy Dreiling and wife, Stefani, Hutchinson, KS; Frank L. Dreiling and wife, Brenda, Victoria, KS; Tony Dreiling and wife, Angie, Minneola, KS; Mike Dreiling and wife, Traci, Eudora, KS; three daughters, Sandy Goetz and husband, Jeff, Hays, KS; Sadie Wideman and husband, Mark, Minneola, KS; Terri Maring and husband, Bryan, Eudora, KS; four brothers, Vernon Gross and wife, Jeannie, Hays, KS; Harold Gross, Hays, KS; Gerald Gross and wife, Sylvia and Leslie Gross and Linda, both of Munjor, KS; five sisters, Joann Dreiling and husband Norman, Geraldine Kindal and husband, Don, both of Victoria, KS; Kay Von Lintel and husband, Dennis Vincent, KS; Mary Anderson and husband, Troy, Piedmont, OK; sixteen grandchildren, Blake Dreiling, Ashley Herl and husband Clint, Grant Dreiling, Nate Dreiling, Natasha Hammerschmidt and husband, Cory, Preston Dreiling and wife, Tianna, Tyson Dreiling and wife, Molly, Lawson Wideman, Jacey Wideman, Karson Wideman; Jacob Dreiling, Taylor Dreiling, Darian Graham, Alyson Dreiling, Madison Maring, Kassidy Maring; five great grandchildren, Peyton Englert, Macy Hammerschmidt, Mia Hammerschmidt, Preslyn Dreiling and Verlin Dreiling.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Kenneth Gross and Leon Gross; two sisters-in-law, Viola Gross and Shirley Gross, one brother-in-law, Cletus Brungardt and one great grandson, Stephan Lee Dreiling.
Services were at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria, Kansas.  Burial was in St. Boniface Cemetery, Vincent, Kansas.
A vigil service was held at 7:00 P.M. Monday followed by a St. Boniface Christian Mothers rosary both at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria, Kansas.
Memorial to Minneola Long Term Care Center Garden fund and St. Boniface Cemetery fund.
Condolences can be sent via e-mail to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net

George William Ferguson

George William Ferguson was born in Hutchinson, Kan., to Sarah (Schul) and Pearl Ferguson. At an early age his family moved to Houston, Texas, where they lived for about five years before moving to Minneola, Kan., where George’s grandfather, William Schul, had established a homestead in 1888.
George attended Minneola schools and graduated from MHS in 1943. George entered the U.S. Army in October of 1943, and spent the next four years serving his country. He was in two major combat campaigns in Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star for action above and beyond the call of duty in early 1945. In 1947, while still in the Army, George married his high school sweetheart, Christine Marshall, on December 14, 1947. To this union were born three children, Gregory Lyle on April 18, 1950, Rebecca Joleen on July 21, 1951, and Keith Bryan on May 2, 1958. George and Christine were married for nearly 62 years before the unexpected and sudden death of Christine on Nov. 27, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Sarah (Schul) Ferguson in 1985 and his father, Pearl Ferguson in 1968. George was a farmer first and foremost, farming the family homestead until it was no longer feasible to do so. In addition to that he served in many capacities in the Minneola community: school bus driver, cashier at the former Peoples State Bank, school board member, administrator of the Minneola District Hospital, American Legion, City Council, and Masonic Lodge (of which he was Master in 1956), and then again a school bus driver and finally mentor of the school bus system. At the time of his death, George was a faithful member of the Minneola United Methodist Church, having transferred his membership from the local Christian Church many years ago, after having served there as deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He dearly loved the Minneola community and always did what he could, when he could, to make the community a better place.
George is survived by his sister, Roberta Cusick of Minneola, Kan.; son, Greg of Frisco, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Terry Cornett of Lansing, Kan.; and son, Keith of Wichita, Kansas. He is also survived by grandchildren, Misty Lever and husband David of Memphis, Tennessee, Major Aaron Cornett of Monument, Colorado, and Micah Cornett and wife Katie of Wichita, Kansas; great-grandchildren, Teghan and Wyatt Lever, Austin, Easton, and Carson Cornett.
Memorial service will be held at a later date at the Minneola United Methodist Church, and will be followed by full Military Rites at the Appleton Cemetery. Military Rites are to be credited to Rebecca Cornett and her family, most of which have served this country as Dad did, and we as a family appreciate their dedication and ability to make this happen for Dad. Please attend if you are able. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865. There are so many there who need you help, and any contributions you make will mean so much more, your contributions will help tremendously to keep this facility alive and operating for the benefit of Minneola and the surrounding communities that it services.

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Margo Nesbitt

Margo Nesbitt, 87, died Dec. 29, 2012 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit.  She was born Aug. 2, 1925 to Lawrence J. and Anne DeBerry Jekel.  She married William J. Nesbitt.  He died in 1985.
Survivors include:  son, William J. Nesbitt of Gunnison, Colo; daughter Margo Rakes of Goddard; grandson, Jeremy Rakes and wife Courtney; granddaughter, Megan Leaming and husband Ryan; great grandchildren Bailey and Cooper Rakes.
She is preceded by parents, husband, and a sister, Anne.
Funeral Services are Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Minnis Mortuary Chapel, Minneola with Tim Garrett officiating.  Graveside Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Norwood Cemetery, Norwood, Illinois.  Memorials are suggested to Minneola Long Term Care Unit, in care of Minnis Mortuary, Box 459, Minneola KS 67865

Worley Tennis Schultz

Worley Tennis Shultz, 92, died June 29, 2013 at Ashland Health Center, Ashland,Kansas  He was born on December 7, 1920 at Chanute, the son of Floyd  and Nora (Schuler) Shultz, one of  eight children.
In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of his service, he attended college at Weatherford, Oklahoma to become a watchmaker in May of 1952.
He married Betty Thomas of Canute, Oklahoma. They moved to Dodge City where Worley worked for Bangs Jewelry in 1952. They had two children, Kathleen and Lane. They later divorced. He married Irene Reynolds on May 19, 1972. They later started Shultz Jewelry in Dodge City where Worley was a certified and precious stone gemologist. He was the designated watchmaker for engineers of Santa Fe Railroad. Upon retirement, Worley and Irene moved to Ashland where they enjoyed fishing at Clark County Lake. In recent years they made their home at Ashland Retirement Center where they enjoyed a wonderful life with an extremely caring staff. Worley was a wonderful father who set a great example of humanity and humility. He taught his children to put the Lord first in their lives. He was greatly loved and will be missed.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Dodge City where he was a Sunday School teacher, church elder, church treasurer. He was also a Boy Scout leader and was in the Optomist Club.
Worley is survived by his two sons Lane Shultz and wife Peggy, Mannford, Oklahoma and Roger Reynolds of Wilroads Garden; two daughters Kathleen Alps and husband George of Longmont, Colorado and Barbara Crowder of Durango, Colorado; 14 grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Irene Shultz of 41 years on June 28, 2013, parents, and all of his brothers and sisters.
Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Greencrest Cemetery, Dodge City with Rev. Dick Robbins presiding and military rites by Howard Gotschall Post #1714, V.F.W. and KSARNG. Memorials are suggested to  Ashland Health Center in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Donna Faye (Jacques) Harden

Donna Faye (Jacques) Harden of Minneola, Kansas was born August 28, 1926 to Edwin Denton and Maude (Butcher) Jacques in Dodge City, Kansas.  She was the middle child of five children, Doris Pauline, Edwin, Donna Faye, Bob, and Bill.  The middle child syndrome never struck Mom as she was always a ball of fire, filled with determination, and the will to accomplish whatever she set out to do, or what she thought was the RIGHT THING TO DO.  For the first eight years of schooling she went to a country school with her brothers Bob and Bill, however upon graduation from 8th grade the school was closed and all children went to Montezuma to school.  She graduated from Montezuma High School.  Upon graduation she went to work at the Dodge City Coop as an accountant.
The removal of her appendix in 1946 necessitated the taking of a part-time job.  She went to work at the Dodge City Harvey House as a Harvey Girl.  She thought this was a well-paying job as coffee cost a nickel; however most customers tipped a quarter.  Riches!!!  She lived in Dodge City for about three years then took a job at the Mullinville Coop.  She went to Ashland one weekend to visit a friend, Mary Helen Clark.  Mary Helen was asked out by Jack Stevens to attend a gathering at Jack and Betty Hardesty’s.  Mary Helen replied that she had a friend and that she would not go unless he got a date for Donna Faye.  Jack said, “How about Bob Harden?” she said that would be okay.  Thus Mother met the love of the rest of her life on a blind date.
On August 15, 1948, Donna Faye and Bob married in Dodge City, Kansas.  They lived in Ashland for two years after their marriage, having their first child, Jacquelyn, in 1950. One of the conditions of marriage to Bob was that she would not live in Englewood, Kansas.  Englewood was where they moved about 2 1/2 years after their marriage thus proving she could roll with the punches with the best. R.V. was born in 1952 and Dean in 1954. Donna Faye enjoyed her home on the farm outside of Englewood and found it very hard to leave in 2006 when she and Bob moved to an apartment in Minneola.
Once her children were gone from the home Donna Faye went back to school taking some college courses.  She got better grades than two of her children who shall remain nameless noting that R.V. graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
She had a beautiful garden enjoying Peonies, Roses, Poppies and anything unusual that could be raised in the harsh climate of Western Kansas.  Donna Faye’s major enjoyment was quilts, having several that won in shows and some published in a national magazine.  Her use of color was extraordinary, combining colors that were unusual yet pleasing to the eye.
She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed keeping them for a few days.  She did make them work sometimes which she declared was “good for them” but also took them swimming after a morning of work.  She enjoyed making clothes for her granddaughters and quilts for all the grandchildren.  She was a loving, caring and strong woman of faith who was way more liberal in her thinking than her friends and neighbors, however she generally kept that quiet, preferring not to argue.  She faced life with Honesty and Integrity and taught her children to do the same.  She believed in education as a way to a better, richer life and never stopped learning herself until her disease became too strong.
Donna Faye was a member of UMW, 20th Century, and the Englewood HDU.  She was a board member of the Pioneer-Krier Museum and a founding board member of the Southwest Kansas Library System; she was on the fair board for several years.  She was involved in her community, always trying to make it a better place to live, even though she thought where she lived was one of the best places to be living.
Preceding Donna Faye in death were her parents; her sister Doris Henderson; and two brothers, Edwin and Robert. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Bob Harden; her daughter Jacquelyn Johnson; her sons, Robert Harden II and Dean (Pat) Harden; grandchildren, Donna Burris, Alex Held, Robert Harden III, Nathan Harden, Amanda Harden and Taylor Harden; great-grandchildren, Dominique Joanne and Nathalie Faye; her brother William (Althea) Jacques; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services were held on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Church of Ashland. Interment was at the Protection Cemetery of Protection, KS. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials given in Donna Faye’s name may be made to the Pioneer-Krier Museum, P.O. Box 862, Ashland, KS 67831.

George Roy Duvall

George Roy Duvall was born on May 28, 1927 to Roy and Clyde (Johnston) Duvall in Acres, Kansas. He passed from this life on December 1, 2013 at Minneola District Hospital in Minneola, Kansas.
He graduated from Ashland High School and was drafted into the Army immediately following school. When released from the Army, he returned to Ashland to help with the farm. George met Cleora E. Nichols and they were united in marriage on August 8, 1966. Two years after their marriage began they adopted their first of two daughters, Georgia Lea. In 1970, they adopted Sandra Kay. They lived on the farm until 1977 when they moved to Garden City, Kansas. The family left there in 1979 to move to Haysville, Kansas. After George and Cleora both retired they returned to Ashland. The couple travelled until their health would not allow it.
George was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one brother, Harold Duvall. He is survived by his two daughters, Georgia (Jerry) Rushing of Haysville and Sandy (Tim) Wilson of Ashland; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in Ashland. Interment was at Highland Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.comD
The family has asked that memorials given in George’s name be sent to the VFW, P.O. Box 303, Ashland, KS 67831.

Jesse Solorio

Jesse Solorio, 75, of Ashland, KS, died November 15, 2013 at Ashland District Hospital.  He was born on May 20, 1938 in Medford, OK, the oldest son of Frank Solorio, Jr. and Inosencia Mora Solorio.  Jesse graduated from Medford High School in 1958.  On September 5, 1959, he married the love of his life, Barbara Cooper.  To this union they had four children.
He joined the Army Reserves while a junior in high school, and served for 8 years.  He worked for Cooperatives for 25 years in Medford, OK, Manchester, OK, Freeport, KS, Booker, TX, Fargo, OK, and Ashland, KS.  He worked for Clark County Noxious Weed Department.  He served 12 years on the Ashland City Council.  He served 8 years on the Ashland Hospital board.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an EMT for 13 years for the Clark County EMS.  He was an active member of the Moose Lodge in Dodge City, KS.  He loved to play music and dance.  He played the electric bass for several bands, three of them for his uncle Joe Solorio.  Jesse loved to watch football and basketball, especially loved to watch his grandchildren play and was very proud of their accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of the home.  He is survived by his children, Debbie Lehman and husband Ed of Medford, OK; Jesse Solorio Jr. and wife Sandy of Ashland, KS; Teresa Reynolds and husband Richard of Perkins, OK; Donna Klassen and husband Perry of Gainesville, TX.  He is survived by 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by a brother Tony and wife Judy of Ponca City, OK; two sisters Louise Fisher and husband Dean of Woodward, OK and Margie Solorio of Wichita, KS, and a host of relatives and friends.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Juanita.
Vigil service was held at 7:00 PM on November 18 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ashland, KS.  Funeral Mass was at 10:30 AM on November 19 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ashland, KS.  Graveside service will be at St. Anthony Cemetery, Clyde, OK. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ashland District Hospital, P.O. Box 188, the Clark County EMS, P.O. Box 742, or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 577, Ashland, KS 67831.

Nanon Clare

Nanon Clare, former Western Kansas resident, age 80, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Terrace Grove Assisted Living in Logan, Utah.  Nanon was born and raised on a farm 10 miles south of Sublette, KS on June 16, 1933 to Raymond L. and Mildred l. Black Bird. She had three brothers: Randall, Julian Lee (who died at the age  of 2) and Donald Neil. She was valedictorian of her high school class and went to Southwestern College where she majored in speech, drama and English, graduating with honors.  While at college, she met her future husband, Dale Lee Clare whom she married on June 19, 1955, in the United Methodist Church in Sublette, Kansas.
Dale and Nanon moved to the east coast in August of 1955, when Dale entered Drew Seminary. Nanon taught school for two years in an all-Black school until they moved to Englishtown, NJ, where Dale began his ministry.  They were blessed with three daughters Lisa Jolene, Lori Lee and Linda Diane.
Dale received a commission as Chaplain in the Navy in 1960, and the family moved to California for four years. When Dale left the Navy, they moved to Minneola, KS, where Nanon taught high school speech and drama, directed plays and coached debate and forensics, beginning a career that she absolutely loved.
ln 1975, the family moved to Oberlin, and Nanon took a job teaching speech and English in Atwood, Kansas.  In 1984, Dale became pastor of Scott City United Methodist Church. Nanon taught Advanced Placement English and Senior English, helping with the drama department at the high school.  They later moved to Johnson, Kansas, Dale’s final church. Retired from teaching, she continued directing plays and helping with the drama classes in the Stanton County High School.  Upon Dale’s retirement in 1998, they moved to Garden City, where they were actively involved in the First United Methodist Church, until 2005, when they moved to Providence, Utah to live near their daughter, Linda and their grandchildren.
Nanon’s goal in teaching was to help students love English, especially Shakespeare and writing. Her greatest joy was to see students, who didn’t think they could write, begin to blossom in her class.
Many people will remember that she loved to make people laugh, so her plays usually were good old-fashioned comedies. Even when she quit directing plays in the schools, she continued directing plays in the church. She knew that one of the most healing things she could do was to make people laugh together.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Randall, Julian Lee and Donald, her sister-in-law, Marjoy and nephew Russell Bird.
She is survived by her husband, Dale of Logan, Utah, her three daughters, Dr. Lisa Jolene Clare of Salem, Connecticut, Lori and Kerry Cross of Helena, Montana and Linda Clare of Providence, Utah; two grandchildren, Molly and Eli Clare of Providence, Utah; her special extended family, Melody, Gary and Landon Head; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Logan, Utah.  Burial will take place at a later date in the Banner Cemetery south of Sublette, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Logan, Utah Presbyterian Church Construction Fund in care of Price & Sons Funeral Homes.

Marion Hobart (M.H.) Raser

Marion Hobart (M.H.) Raser, 90, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Minneola District Hospital.  He  was born February 13, 1923 at Jetmore to parents Marion and Lelia  (Koontz) Raser.
Marion was a longtime Minneola resident.    He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy from May 25, 1943 to February 8, 1946.  He then attended the Salt City Business College in Hutchinson where he met his future wife Verda.  He and Verda owned and operated the R&M IGA in Minneola for 23 years, retiring in 1983.  While in retirement  he enjoyed flying kites and Geiger countering.
He was a member of the American Legion and Minneola Community Church.
On August 14, 1947 he married Verda Guthrie at Canadian, Texas.  She survives.
Other survivors include daughters: Deena Raser of Minneola and Lorri Raser  Jackson and husband Cornell of El Paso, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Sandra.
Graveside Services with Military Honors by Chester Hawkers Post #290, were held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Fairmont Cemetery, Jetmore.  Memorial services followed at 2:00 p.m. at the Minneola Community Church officiated by Pastor Shawn Leach. Memorials are suggested to Minneola Long Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Doris Jean Love

Doris Jean Love, 86, died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Minneola District Hospital.
She was born March 21, 1927 at Cedar Hill, Texas.  She loved to be in her garden, to dance and cut gems and make jewelry for herself and friends.
On July 5th 1990 Doris married Carl Love at Buffalo, Oklahoma.
Survivors include: Her husband Carl; 2 sons, Jobey Robert Pike and Sterling Pike; 6 grandchildren, April, Chris, Robyn, Brian, Brad and Kristen Pike; 9 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Private family services at a later date and there will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
The family suggests memorials to the Ford County Humane Society in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas  67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.

Merle Allen Whisenhunt

Services for Merle Allen Whisenhunt, 70, Enid, will be held at Victory Bible Church under the kind guidance of the Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service and Cremation Directors.
Merle was born on January 25, 1943 in Gate, Oklahoma, the son of Roy O. and Florence Irene Berends Whisenhunt, and passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, October 18, 2013. He was raised a quaker in Gate, member of Friends Church.
Merle graduated from Englewood High School in Englewood, Kansas with the class of 1961. He attended one year of college and worked as a Welder by trade.
Merle married Faith Alice Nellis in San Antonio, Texas on June 7, 1975. They moved to Enid in 1976 where he worked as a machinist for Speedstar for several years. Merle was a member of Victory Bible Church.
Survivors include his wife, Faith of the residence; son, Roy Whisenhunt of Enid; daughters, Anita Leonarrd of Meadville, Mississippi, Rebeccca and Hope Whisenhunt, both of Enid; brother, Roy Whisenhunt of Englewood, Kansas; sisters, Edna Ringwald of Bucklin, Kansas, Bernice Bogle of Oklahoma City and Nancy Walters of San Angelo, Texas.
Merle was preceded in passing by his parents, and one sister, Ilene.

Eldon R. (Smitty) Smith

Eldon R. “Smitty” Smith, 81, went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, October 11, 2013 in Pampa.
Services were at 10:00 AM Monday, October 14, 2013 at Central Baptist Church, with Bro. Norman Rushing, pastor, and Rev. Rick Parnell, associate pastor, officiating.  Entombment followed at Memory Gardens Mausoleum under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.
Mr. Smith was born September 27, 1932 in Erick, Oklahoma to Cecil Raymond and Mamie Hamilton Smith.  He graduated from high school in Sweetwater, Oklahoma in 1951.  He married Le Alta Anderson on December 21, 1952 at the First Baptist Church in Texola, Oklahoma.
Eldon had been a resident of Pampa since 1975.  He worked for Skelly-Getty-Texaco (now Chevron), retiring after 26 years of service.  He was a member of Central Baptist Church and served on the Board of Directors for Skel-Tex Credit Union for many years and volunteered at Pampa Regional Medical Center.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Aaron Smith, and a son-in-law, Bruce Johnson.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  II Timothy 4:7
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Le Alta Smith of the home, three daughters, Debi Johnson of Mission, Kansas, LeAnn Shelor and husband Greg of Minneola, Kansas, and Kim Lancaster and husband Mike of Pampa, six grandsons and one granddaughter, Matt Shelor and wife Marsha of Minneola, Kansas, Justin Shelor and wife Cody of Dodge City, Kansas, James Johnson and wife Kendra of Salina, Kansas, Todd Lancaster and wife Rachelle of Kyle, Kimberly Chang and husband Paul of Lenexa, Kansas, Travis Lancaster and wife Lindsay of Plano, and Derrick Shelor of Manhattan, Kansas, eleven, and soon to be twelve, great-grandchildren,  a brother, Hoyt Smith of Amarillo, and a sister, Yvonne Moler and husband Joyce of Pampa.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30 PM Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Accolade Hospice, 1224 N. Hobart, Pampa, Texas  79065, or Central Baptist Church Family Fund, 513 E. Francis, Pampa, Texas  79065.
Sign the on-line guest register at www.carmichael-whatley.com

Braedon Dace Ralston

Braedon Dace Ralston, 12, of Minneola, formerly of Gruver, TX passed away October 8, 2013. Funeral services were held at Gruver High School auditorium October 12, 2013. Burial followed at Shamrock Cemetery, Shamrock,TX. Arrangements by Boxwell Bros. Funeral Home of Spearman.
Braedon was born February 21st, 2001 in Pampa, TX to Wendell and Esther Ralston. Braedon attended Gruver schools through 6th grade. He played football and baseball in Gruver. He began his 7th grade year in Minneola Junior High School, Minneola. He was a member of the Minneola Junior High School Band.
Braedon Dace Ralston was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Ralston.
Survivors include his father, Wendell Ralston of Minneola; two sisters, Caitlin Dowdy and husband, Langston Dowdy of Weatherford,OK, and Gabrielle Garcia of Shamrock, TX, his grandmother, Lillian Cooksey of Spearman, TX and great grandparents, Bill and Reba Hunter of Gruver, TX. Family suggests memorials be to Braedon Ralston Memorial Fund c/o First National Bank, Box 337, Spearman, TX 79081.

Diana Sinclair Wright Hass

Diana Sinclair Wright Hass died October 3, 2013, age 62, from a rare ovarian cancer in Seattle, WA.  Born November 14, 1950 in Harrisonburg, VA, her formative years were spent in Emporia.
She graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA 1973.  After living in the Williamsburg area Diana and her husband Ivan moved to Logan, UT and later to Ashland, KS.  Ms. Hass won “Teacher of the Year” award in Ashland, KS in 1990 just prior to moving to Seattle, WA.   After substitute teaching for one year Ms. Hass began her 23 year career of teaching sixth grade at Madrona Elementary, for the Highline School District.
Diana is survived by her husband of 39 years, M. Ivan Hass of Seattle, sister in law Sandra Costell and niece Rebecca Costell of California, a brother Andrew G. Wright, Jr. and niece of New York City, sisters Elizabeth P. Wright of Alexandria, VA and Barbara W. Wright of Fredericksburg, VA.
Predeceased by her parents Andrew G. Wright, Sr. and Ethel M. Wright of Fredericksburg, VA.
A memorial service was celebrated on November 17, 2013 at Seattle First Baptist Church where Ms. Hass was an active choir member.
It was a highlight of Ms. Hass’ curriculum to take her 6th graders on a week overnight camping experience to Camp Waskowitz, an outdoor environmental education camp started in 1947. The students, many for the first time out of the city, learned about sustainable living and the environment.  In lieu of flowers Diana requested donations be made to support Camp Waskowitz. Her principal, Daniel Yarbrough, would like to create a fund to ensure future sixth graders can enjoy the outdoors through a living memorial in Ms. Hass’ name.
Donations can be made in Diana’s name to: Highline Schools Foundation, Camp Waskowitz, 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien, WA  98166.

Dorothy Lee Baker

Mrs. Dorothy Lee (Davis) Baker, 88, of Bartlesville, died at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. She was a resident of Tallgrass Estates.
Mrs. Baker was born at Belvedere, KS, on August 19, 1925, the daughter of W.P. (Wes) and Edna Estelle (Stenger) Davis. She grew up in Ashland, KS and graduated from high school there. She attended Dodge City Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate and began teaching first and second grades at Sitka, KS.
She married Robert W. Baker on April 23, 1945 and they lived in Ashland in a home that Bob built for them. They moved to Wichita, KS in 1950 when Mr. Baker began his employment with Boeing Aircraft. In 1959 he became in independent building contractor, with Mrs. Baker helping with the office work. Mrs. Baker loved being a homemaker, participating with her children in school and church activities. They moved to Bartlesville 1984 when Mr. Baker retired. Mrs. Baker was a member of the Hillside Christian Church in Nowata and regularly attended First Wesleyan Church in Bartlesville with her daughter and son-in-law.
Mrs. Baker is survived by two daughters: Glennie Tanner (Clark) of Derby, KS, and Joyce Colaw (Stephen) of Bartlesville; two brothers: Robert G. Davis of Ashland, KS, and William T. Davis of Wichita, KS; four grandchildren: Michael C. Tanner (Stephanie) of Camas, Washington, Julie M. Colaw of Bartlesville, Stephen Brent Colaw (Becky) of Bakersfield, California and Patrick O. Colaw (Kylee) of Edmond, Oklahoma; thirteen great grandchildren: Allyson and Paul Tanner, Alexandria, Mitchell, Victoria Tate, James, Jason, David and Sarah Colaw, and Connor, Camden, Karsen and Kaeden Colaw. She also left a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband.
A Celebration of Life for Mrs. Baker was held at 10 a.m. no Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the First Wesleyan Church in Bartlesville. Pastor Joe Colaw of First Wesleyan and Pastor Ben Killion, former minister of Hillside Christian Church in Nowata, will officiate. Graveside services were held at 2 pm on Sunday at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, KS, with her son-in-law, Pastor Clark Tanner of Countryside Christian Church in Wichita, KS officiating.
A memorial fund has been established and those who wish may send their contributions to Brazil Christian Missions, c/o Hillside Christian Church, 1348 West Davis Drive, Nowata, Oklahoma 74048.
Friends who wish to do so may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at http://www.stumpff.org.

Juventino Bonnilla Puentes

Juventino Bonilla Puentes was born on August 16th, 1959 in Santa Clara, Dgo. He was the son of Damian Bonilla and Maria Concepcion Puentes (Concha). He passed away at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS on September 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM after fighting a long illness. Juventino studied at the University of Durango where he earned his Master’s in law on January 19, 1990. His favorite hobbies included spending time with family, friends, and his horses. He loved to help people in need, whether they had money or not. He often got paid by whatever people had. Most of the time it was by livestock, grain, or goods because they couldn’t afford to pay in money. He is survived by his immediate family: his wife of 25 years Isabel Alfaro Bonilla, daughter Pamela, sons Juventino Jr. , Eliott, Eleazar and granddaughters Naomi and Sayumi. His parents Damian Bonilla and Concepcion (Concha) Puentes, brothers and sisters: Eugenia, Adrian, Pedro, Rosa, Damian, Cesar, 15 nieces and 5 nephews.
Services were held Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Ashland. Interment was held at the Santa Clara Cemetery in Santa Clara Durango Mexico. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family requests memorials to be sent to Ashland Health Center, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831.

Richard Lee Harmon

Richard Lee Harmon, 76, died Sept. 17, 2013, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1937, to Thomas Wilbur and Myrtle Blanche (Fox) Harmon in Ashland, Kan.    He attended all his years of school in Ashland.
After high school he joined the Air Force, serving in North Africa and Opheim, Mont., for four years and nine months.
He met his wife, Janet Paulson, while serving in Opheim. They were married Aug. 21, 1960. They celebrated 53 years of marriage. To this union, two sons were born, Randall Eugene and David Allen.
He worked for Grimes Homegas, which was later purchased by Joe Stevens, for 19 years. He then worked for the Ashland District Hospital for 15 years, retiring because of health issues. After retirement they moved to Kalispell. Richard loved the mountains.
He is survived by his wife, Janet; son, Randy, and wife, Evelyn, of Ashland; and son, David, and wife, Jennifer, of Dodge City, Kan.; one grandson, Matt Harmon, of Ashland; two granddaughters, Alexxa and Samantha Harmon of Dodge City; one brother, Bob, and wife, Kay Harmon, of Ashland; a sister, Luann Stoecker, of Mobridge, S.D.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, sister- and brother-in-laws, and friends.
At his request, no services were held.
Memorials may be sent to Ashland Health Center at P.O. Box 188 Ashland, KS 67831; or to the American Heart Association at 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

Patricia L. Rodriguez

Patricia L. Rodriguez, 71, died September 15, 2013 at her home in Dodge City.  She was born November 12, 1941 at Missler, Kansas to “Willie” Perez and Theresa M. Delgado.  She was a longtime Dodge City resident.  Patricia was raised by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hilario Delgado.  She graduated from Minneola High School in 1959 and worked as a CNA at the St. Anthony Hospital, Dodge City.
In January 1961 she married Joe B. Rodriguez at Dodge City.  He died October 2, 1993.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson, Alvin J. Estrella and an uncle, Glen Delgado.
She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Vega and husband Florentino of Spearville; 4 brothers, including Joe Ponse and wife Teri of Dodge City; 5 sisters; sister-in-law, Mary Lucy Rodriguez, Los Angeles; 3 grandchildren: Patricia and “Augie” Estrella and Starla Vega; 2 great granddaughters: Jazmina and Maribel Estrella; numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Rosary will be at 6:00 P.M. Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Funeral Mass is 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 20 at the Church officiated by Fr. Ted Skalsky.   Burial will be at Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola, KS.
She was a kind and loving person, a devoted Mother and Grandmother.
Memorials are suggested to Patricia Rodriguez family c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Frank Edward Reynolds

Frank Edward Reynolds, 64, of Ashland, Kansas passed away September 15, 2013 at his residence in the special care of his devoted wife. He was born August 14, 1949 in Ashland to Harold Lee and Vera Francis (Daily) Reynolds.
Frank attended Ashland grade school, St. Johns Military School, Salina, and graduated from Ashland High School. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and collecting Indian artifacts. He enjoyed traveling the US as well as other countries. The only state he had not visited was Alaska. More than anything, he enjoyed living life to the fullest with his wife Kim, whom he married on April 14, 1984. He mastered many trades throughout his life and worked jobs in the construction field involving demolition, heavy equipment operation, as well as building homes and banks. He was also involved in shrimping in Florida and working on cattle ranches. His favorite foods were crappie & morel mushrooms, which he enjoyed gathering with his wife.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly Sue Reynolds; He is also survived by his son, Bradly J. Reynolds, wife Alisha and granddaughter Breeana, from Fredericksburg, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Frances Lee Reynolds.
Per Frank’s request, there will not be a service. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials given in Frank’s name may be sent to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home to help offset cremation expenses.  Please send memorials to Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home, c/o Scotty Schilling, 411 E Pryor Ave, Follett, Texas 79034.

Don Eugene Watts

Don Eugene Watts, age 75 passed away on August 31, 2013 at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover, KS.
He was born March 25, 1938 in Selman, OK to Cecil and Edna (Thompson) Watts.  He married Margaret Ann Logan on June 12, 1959 in Buffalo, OK.  To their marriage was born four children, Darletta Sue, Debbie Kay, Dennis Eugene and Danette Dawn.  Don grew up in the Buffalo area graduating from Buffalo High School in 1957.
Don moved his family to Meade County, KS where he worked on the X.I.T. ranch for several years before moving his family to Ashland in 1967 where he worked for JW Bisel.  He worked as a mechanic and road grader operator for the Clark County Hwy Department for ten years before going to work for Oliver Shupe.  Don retired in 2002 after twenty-three years working on the Shupe Ranch.  While working on the Shupe Ranch he most enjoyed heifer calving season and it was his personal goal each year to have a loss rate of zero, of which he proudly achieved more often than not.
Don served on the Clark County Fair Board for many years as well as running the Clark County Rodeo with his wife Margaret.  But Don’s greatest enjoyment came from his family.  He enjoyed each one of their activities.
Survivors include his children Darletta McLauglin and husband Bill, Debbie Trahern and husband Jay, Dennis Watts and wife Angel, Danette Fletcher and husband Bryan, all of Ashland.  Grandchildren: Jeanette (Trahern) Seacat and husband Darin, Dustin Walker and wife Haley, David Walker, Travis Watts, Quinton and Dennis Watts, Jr, Kyle Hampton, Trenton Fletcher, Chad Watts, Joe, Neil, Crystal and Sean LaBelle, Skye and Ethan Fletcher.  Great-Grandchildren: Landon Watts, Presley and Maci Seacat, Morghan and Absidy Bilski, Jacee Walker; brother Orval Watts and sister Shirley Stinson, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Cecil and Edna Watts, a sister Virginia Watts and his wife Margaret.
Services will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the Church of God in Ashland. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family suggests memorial to WEPAC Alliance, PO Box 949, Ashland, KS  67831 or the Ashland Health Center, PO Box 188, Ashland, KS  67831.

Bruce Tomlinson

Bruce L. Tomlinson, age 71, passed away early Monday morning, August 19, 2013, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas, after a brief illness.
He was born August 23, 1941, at Chanute, Kansas, the son of Johnie O. and May (Churchill) Tomlinson.  As a young boy he attended the Moran, Kansas, school system, graduating from Moran Rural High School in 1959.  After his graduation, he attended Kansas State University receiving his degree in Animal Husbandry in 1963.
In 1965, he moved to Meade, Kansas, where he worked as Assistant Manager for the Meade County Feedyard.  In 1986, he moved to rural Minneola and became the Owner and Manager for Clark County Feedyard.
He was a lifetime member of the Kansas Quarter Horse Association, former member of the Lions Club, and a member of the Meade and Clark County 4-H, receiving the Outstanding Clark County 4-H Supporter Award, was a non-pro in the National Snaffle Bit Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a member of the national judging team while in college.  He enjoyed showing horses in western pleasure, roping with his family, bowling, and spending time with his family and friends.
On September 24, 1966, he married Linda Kane at Hershey, Pennsylvania.  She survives.
Other survivors include: A daughter, Tina Esfeld and husband T.R. of Great Bend, Kansas; Two sisters, Deana Gardner and husband Al of Moran, Kansas, Janice Brown and husband Bob of Olathe, Kansas; Two grandsons, Takota and Ty Esfeld of Great Bend, Kansas; And several nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and a brother, Harold Leon Tomlinson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, Kansas.  Friend may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery, rural Minneola.
The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola District Hospital or St. John Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmorutary.com

Michael James Suire

Michael James Suire was born on August 17, 1944 in Jennings, Louisiana. He departed this life to be in the arms of Jesus on May 4, 2013 at the Minneola District Hospital in Minneola, Kansas.
Mike loved his family so much and was happiest when the grandchildren were around. He grew up in Cajun country and loved gumbo and rice and gravy. He was a true southern gentleman, always polite and respectful.
Mike served in the Army from 1962 to 1965. He served his country proudly. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Ashland, Kansas. He loved working in the church, singing and teaching the youth of the congregation. He had served as an elder, a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Loving the Lord was his first priority. This was a relationship he held onto until the very end of his life.
On May 9, 1965, Mike married Norma Jean Messer in Ashland, Kansas. To this union was born three daughters; Cynthia Jean, Sherry Ruth and Rebecca Michelle.
These three daughters blessed them with granddaughters Haley Ruth Wyatt, Emmily Jean Stavinoha, Bethany Diana Bouziden, Eden Becca Bouziden and Sadie Rhett Bouziden and one grandson Caleb Michael Bouziden.
He is survived by his loving wife Norma of the home, his daughters, Cindy Stavinoha of Ashland, Sherry and Ron Hill of Temecula, CA, and Becky and Rhett Bouziden of Ashland, his grandchildren, a brother Thomas Suire and his wife Candy of Willis, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents Dallas and Emma (Hebert) Suire, a sister Linda Arlene Odom and his maternal grandparents Kie and Marie (Hollier) Hebert.
Services were held Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the First Christian Church in Ashland. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Ashland VFW Post 7770. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials given in Mike’s name may be given to the Minneola District Hospital or the MDH LTCU, P.O. Box 127, Minneola, KS 67865.

Linley Nelson (Windy) Spurgeon

Linley Nelson “Windy” Spurgeon was born to John Linley and Viola (Taylor) Spurgeon on August 7, 1926 on the Spurgeon Ranch north of Knowles, Oklahoma in Beaver County near the north bank of the Cimarron River. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 15, 2013.
Windy’s dad was killed in a car wreck when he was 18 months old. On his third birthday, his mother married Emil Johannsen. The family lived on the Spurgeon Ranch until 1936 when they sold out and moved to the state of Washington to get out of the Dirty 30’s of Oklahoma. The family moved to Colorado where Windy graduated from 8th grade at Mesa Verde National Park, near Durango. They moved to Meade, Kansas and eventually made their way to the Taylor home place north of Gate, Oklahoma.
Windy worked on ranches in the area. Roy and Bertha Sutherland’s home was a second home for him. As young kids, the Spurgeon and Sutherland boys were nicknamed “The Cimarron River Rats” – they spent a lot of time together.
During WWII, Windy served his country in the Army in Germany as a truck driver, prison guard and cook. He left home on November 22, 1944 and returned on October 31, 1946 and resumed his ranch work.
On June 11, 1950, Windy married Levina Dell Hauth. They lived on ranches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado.
Windy accepted Jesus as his savior and was baptized in 1955. He has served Him as youth sponsor, Sunday School teacher, church board member and Elder as the Lord has lead him through the years.
God answered a special prayer for Windy and Dell on July 24, 1965 after Windy had “asked Him for a son of his own that no one could take from him.” J.L. was Windy’s shadow from the time he could walk. They worked together, along with Dell, played together, roped and rode horses. 1976-1979 was probably the most memorable time of the family’s life and God’s granting Windy to live a desire of his life – to ride and care for cattle on National Forest, NW of Del Norte, Colorado for the Twin Mountains Grazing Association. In 1980, the family returned to the Box Ranch south of Protection, Kansas. Windy enjoyed remodeling houses the family lived in and did a good job as carpenter as well as welding and building pens, etc.
The Box Ranch and the Spurgeon’s Oklahoma place are just downstream from where Windy was born on the Cimarron. He commented a few times, “I guess I just can’t stay away from that Cimarron River.”
Windy leaves behind to eventually meet him in heaven wife Dell, son JL and wife Karen, grandson Eric and wife Dana, granddaughter Elizabeth, a sister Annabelle, many nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a stillborn son Charles Russell, three brothers and two sisters.
Interment was held Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Gate Cemetery in Gate, Oklahoma. A memorial service followed at 2:00 PM at the Methodist Church in Gate. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials go to the Gate Funeral Dinner Committee, c/o Betty Long, RR 1 Box 150, Gate, OK 73844 or to the Gate Cemetery, c/o Lila Curtis, RR 1 Box 22, Gate, OK 73844.

Richard Reynolds Degnan

Richard Reynolds Degnan, age 76, passed away August 1, 2013 in Ashland, Kansas.
He was born September 10, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas to Fred and Pearl (Reynolds) Degnan.  On August 3, 1957, he married Carolyn Gleason.  To this marriage three daughters, Mary, Kelly and Lori, were born.
Richard was a lifetime resident of Clark County.  He took over the family ranch and farm at the age of eighteen.  He was proud to raise his cattle, crops, horses and family on his land southeast of Ashland.  He was adamant about being a good steward of the land.  He and Carolyn spent a lifetime committed to training horses.  He enjoyed being both a student and teacher of horsemanship.  He was a lifetime member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association.  He competed for years in the Senior Pro Rodeo Association.  He enjoyed winters in Arizona spending time with friends and roping.  During his lifetime he was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, CASA Board in Dodge City, Dodge City Round-Up Club, Senior Pro Rodeo Association, Professional Rodeo Association, United States Team Roping Championships, Clark County Fair Board and American Quarter Horse Association.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn of Ashland; daughters Mary Kaltenbach and husband, Mark of Ashland; Kelly Hazen and husband, Steve of Protection; and Lori Carlile and husband, Jack of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; grandchildren:  Erin and Austin Boggs, Meade; Jule and Heidi Hazen, Ashland; Kyle and Carrie Kaltenbach, Ashland; Haley and Dustin Walker, Ashland; Micaela Carlile and Will Carlile both of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; great grandchildren:  Degnan, Makenna and Josie Boggs, Joslyn Hazen and Jacee Walker. He also leaves behind numerous family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Fred and Pearl Degnan, a sister, Lois (Degnan) Croskell, a brother, Freddie Bill and grandson, Jared Kaltenbach.
A Wake was held Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland. Funeral services were held on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph’s. Interment was at Highland St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 577, Ashland, KS 67831 or Jared Kaltenbach Memorial Scholarship, c/o Ashland Community Foundation, P.O. Box 276, Ashland, KS 67831.

Duane Henry Moorman

Duane Henry Moorman passed away on July 28, 2013 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He was born on June 3, 1937 in Nickerson, Kansas to Merton and Mary (Mull) Moorman.
The family moved to Ashland in 1943 to help Duane’s grandfather, William Mull, on his ranch. Duane helped on the ranch throughout his childhood. He graduated from Ashland High School and joined the US Army. After his discharge, he returned to ranching and met the love of his life, Jessie Johnson. The couple was married on June 3, 1971.
Duane will be missed by his family, daughters, May Isenbart and husband Vincent of Englewood, KS, Judy Bridwell and husband John of Spearman, TX and Pam Johnson and Alan Wright of Helena, OK; grandchildren, Mark and Tracy Isenbart, Debbie Isenbart, Karen Isenbart and Brandi and Mike Heiland; great grandchildren, Brooklyn Isenbart, Cooper Heiland and Marcus Isenbart; and three nephews, Rick, Gary and Mike Moorman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie, his parents, his brother Keith Moorman and Aunt Lena Mull.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Englewood Cemetery in Englewood, Kansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorial donations given in Duane’s name may be made to the Englewood Funeral Fund, c/o Brenda Mills, P.O. Box 171, Englewood, KS 67840 or the Englewood Cemetery, c/o Joyce Walker, P.O. Box 167, Englewood, KS 67840.

Don Schleuning

Don Schleuning, 69, of Terrell, passed away on July 22, 2013.  He was born on June 21, 1944 in Dodge City, Kansas to Eugene Vance Schleuning and Betty Faye (Lewis) Schleuning.  He was a dedicated man to his country, his employer and mostly to his family.  Don served his country in Vietnam where he earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.  He worked as a paint supervisor for Vistawall in Terrell for over 38 years and was married to his beloved wife, Karen for twelve years.  Don loved to fish, hunt, watch his favorite NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt, watch the Texas Rangers play baseball and also cherished the time spent enjoying Motocross with his son.

Don is preceded in death by his parents.  Those left to celebrate his life are wife, Karen Schleuning, daughter Michelle Schleuning of Carrollton, son Troy Schleuning of Rowlett, step daughter Haley Hollon of Terrell, brothers Bill Schleuning and wife Sylvia of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Larry Schleuning of Topeka, Kansas, and Rick Schleuning and wife Yi of Dodge City, Kansas; sisters Peggy Marshall and husband Rick of Minneola, Kansas, Sonja Barnes of Dodge City, Kansas, Bonnie Finney and husband Robert of Diamondville, Wyoming, and Jeanie Schaffer and husband Ronald of Dodge City, Kansas;  and mother-in-law Alice Chitty of Myrtle Springs.  He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends who will all miss him greatly.
Celebration of life was held Thursday, July 25 at 10:30 am, also at the funeral home.  Interment followed at 2:30 at Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery.  Condolences may be made at www.andersonclaytonterrell.com

Marjorie Ann (Dempsey) Fast

Marjorie Ann (Dempsey) Fast, 90, died July 17, 2013 at the Ashland Health Center in Ashland, KS. She was born January 8, 1923, in Leavenworth, KS, in a loving home with her father, Joseph Dempsey, her mother, Hanna (O’Connor) Dempsey and sister, Mary Jane Dempsey. They had the presence of dear uncles, David Dempsey and Will Dempsey. The three brothers worked the family homestead. While the men ran the cattle and worked the fields, Hanna maintained the home and garden but the afternoons were reserved for poetry reading and recitation from memory with her two girls. To this day Robert Burns still can be invoked into casual conversation by her two daughters.
Marjorie was educated and nurtured by the sisters of the order of St. Benedict at St. Columbkille’s grade and high schools. She continued her education with the Benedictines and graduated from Mt. St. Scholastica College in Atchison, KS. With her biology degree, she worked as a medical technician in Springfield, MO, Kansas City, MO and Topeka, KS. It was in Topeka where she met her husband, Earl Fast. They were married at Assumption Church in Topeka September 13, 1952. Marjorie and Earl had two children, Joseph Michael and Susan Elizabeth.
Earl’s work with several government agencies led them to destinations in the west—notably Great Falls, MT, and Cheyenne, WY. The last relocation was to Lakewood, CO. Marjorie and Earl had a house on Green Mountain—or as their grandchildren called it “Grandpa Earl’s mountain”. It was more than a house—it was a home to anyone who visited. The door was always open and the pantry was always stocked. They had another home and that was Christ on the Mountain Church where they practiced their faith with priests and parishioners, friends and strangers with firm commitment and quiet humility. When Earl died in 1993, the church was filled to overflowing.
A few years later, Marjorie made another and final relocation to Ashland, KS. She was one of the first residents at the Assisted Living Center. It was a place she loved from the very first day to the last day—not just for the many friends she made but for the tender care she received from each and every health care provider and staff member. A keen observer of life, Marjorie loved to report to her sister and daughter the activities of Ashland—from working cowboys to butterfly migrations to simple stands of cedar trees. But it was the people of Ashland she embraced the most and she was grateful for their acceptance of her into their community.
Marjorie is survived by her sister, Sr. Jeremy Dempsey, Atchison, KS; son, Joe and Jan Fast of Ashland, KS; daughter, Susan and Bob Ruell, Bradenton, FL; granddaughter, Erin Fast and Kenny Kindred, Ashland, KS; grandson, David Fast, Ashland, KS; grandson, Jeremy Fast and Holly Rankin, Ashland, KS; and great granddaughter, Jameson Jane Fast, Ashland, KS.
A Vigil was held on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Ashland. A memorial service was held on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph’s. Arrangements were entrust to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials made in Marjorie’s name may be made to the Ashland Health Center L.T.C.U., P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831 or to Mt. St. Scholastica College, 801 S. 8th Street, Atchison, KS 66002.

Anna L. Kroeker Reimer

Anna L Kroeker Reimer, age 90, died Monday morning, July 15, 2013, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.
She was born May 1, 1923, at Rosenhauf, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Peter T. and Elizabeth T. (Loewen) Kroeker.  As a young girl she attended school in Canada.
On August 8, 1955, she married Isaac T. “Ike” Reimer at Morris, Manitoba, Canada.  After their marriage the couple made their home in rural Meade, Kansas, where the couple farmed and ranched in addition to maintaining the family home.
She was a member of the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade, was a Cubbies Leader, and a shop volunteer at the ETC Shop.  She enjoyed gardening, quilting, embroidering, and she spent much of her quite time praying for her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by: Her children, Teresa King and husband, Bob of Guymon, Oklahoma, Wesley Reimer and wife Karen of Ashland, Kansas, Lloyd Reimer and wife Michelle of Protection, Kansas, Lucinda Martin and husband Steve of McPherson, Kansas, James Reimer and wife Brenda of Meade, Kansas; A brother, Frank P. Kroeker of Morris, Manitoba, Canada; A sister, Gladys Reimer of Meade, Kansas; Twenty-two grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband on August 8, 2007; her parents; two brothers, Jacob L. Kroeker and Peter L. Kroeker; and three sisters, Margaret L. Kroeker, Helena L. Kroeker, and Elizabeth L. Kroeker.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade, with Pastors Ken Harder and Chuck Finster presiding.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will follow in the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to the Lone Tree Retirement Center Front Entrance Landscape Fund or the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Elevator Fund in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Adra Jean (A.J.) Shinogle

Adra Jean “A.J.” Shinogle, 27, of Holcomb, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Kearney County Hospital in Lakin, after a long illness.
She was born Aug. 22, 1985, in Garden City.  She graduated from Holcomb High School in 2003.  Survivors include her parents:  Brenda Hill and Paul Hill (step-father):  Steve Shinogle and Tracy Shinogle (step-mother).  Four sisters:  Chelsea Kessler and her husband Justin, and Duty Sullivan and her husband Brandon, all of Garden City, Sarah Hill  of Hays, and Katelyn Hill of Holcomb; two step-sisters, Amanda Jett, Jessi Caudle and her husband Jarod Caudle, one step-brother, Hank Jett and his wife Virginia, and her grandparents Jean and Claude Shinogle, Jean Klaus of Holcomb, Albert and Caroline Klaus of Garden City, and Evelyn Hill of Holcomb.
Funeral Mass was Saturday, July 13 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Garden City.  Burial was at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
Condolences may be sent at garnandfh@sbcglobal.net.  Memorials to the Adra Jean Shinogle Memorial Fund may be sent to Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.

Gary L. Van Hooser

Gary L. Van Hooser, 65, of Englewood, passed away July 2, 2013 at the Ashland Health Center in Ashland, Kansas.  Gary was born February 21, 1948 in Montebello, California.  He moved to the Kansas City area at a young age and met his future wife when they were just 5 years old. Gary and Ruthann married shortly after graduating high school and to this union two sons were born, Thomas Lee and Charles David.
Gary worked for U-Haul and was a self-employed contractor.  He spent the last eleven years of his career in maintenance at the Ashland Health Center, a position he loved in a facility he was very proud of.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his sons, and Ruthann in 2012. Survivors include a host of friendships he made from Kansas City to  California and in Ashland and Englewood.
A memorial service celebrating Gary will be held on July 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ashland City Park. Arrangements were entrusted to Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the Ashland Health Center (notation Resident Christmas Fund), P.O. Box 188, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Bessie Reimer

Bessie Reimer, 71, died July 1, 2013 at Fowler Nursing Home.  She was born November 12, 1941 in Ovid, Colorado to George and Ethel June (Norris) Mader.  She was a former Liberal resident and had lived in Fowler since 1998.  She was a secretary for the Liberal Hospital before moving to Fowler.  She taught at the Fowler Grade School for many years.  Bessie was a member of the Friends Church at Fowler and the Christian Motorcyclist Assn.
On August 12, 1960 she married David B. Reimer at Haxtun, Colorado.  He survives.
Other survivors are 2 sons: Kenneth of Broomfield, Colorado and Loren of Mead, Colorado; 3 sisters: Cindi Atwood of Meridan, Idaho, Linda Smith of New Plymouth, Idaho, and Sharon Curley of Golden, Colorado.  She is also survived by 2 grandchildren.
Funeral Services were Friday, July 5, 2013 at the Friends Church, Fowler, KS at 10:30 a.m. officiated by Ken Harder. Memorials are suggested to Circle of Hope or to the American Cancer Society c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Alice Evelyn Breit

Alice Evelyn Breit 90, died June 29, 2013. She was a retired librarian in Ashland, KS and was a US Navy Wave Veteran. There will be a Mass Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2 P.M at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland, KS. A rosary will be held Tuesday 7:30 P.M. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Haysville, KS.  Alice was preceded by her husband; Alex Breit, parents; Arthur and Marguerite Blakeley, sister; Grace Norton, and brother; Richard Blakeley. She is survived by her daughter; Jane (Ron) Betzen of Wichita, KS, her sons; Don Breit of Wichita, KS, and Joe (Virginia) Breit of Houston, TX, her sister; Ella Blakeley of Protection, KS, her grandchildren; Amanda, Joshua, Jessica and Matthew Betzen, Nina (Morgan) Barraza and Michael Breit, and great grandchild Annabelle Barraza. Memorials may be sent to St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Haysville, KS or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland, KS. Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenmortuary-cemetery.com.

Irene Reynolds Shultz

Irene Reynolds Shultz, 91, died June 28, 2013 at Ashland Health Center, Ashland. She was born on August 8, 1921 at Dighton, Kansas the daughter of Pete and Hattie  (Hockaday) Owen Haney. Irene grew up to womanhood in the Dighton and Dodge City communities.
On July 21, 1940 she married Leo Reynolds and they established their home in Wilroads Gardens raising three children; Barbara Crowder, Roger Reynolds and Cleo Reynolds.
After Leo’s untimely death on February 7, 1969, she married Worley T. Shultz in the early 1970’s, acquiring two other children, Lane Shultz and Kathleen Alps whom she dearly loved.
Wife, mother, helpmate, Irene worked at Gibson’s Pharmacy until joining her husband running Shultz Jewelry in Dodge City. Upon retirement they moved to Ashland where they enjoyed fishing at Clark State Lake. In recent years, Worley and Irene made their home at Ashland Retirement Center where they enjoyed a wonderful life with extremely caring staff.
She was attended Wilroads Gardens Christian Church of Wilroads Gardens. Irene is survived by her husband Worley T. Shultz, Ashland; two sons Roger Reynolds, Wilroads Garden and Lane Shultz Mannford, Oklahoma; two daughters, Barbara Crowder of Durango, Colorado and Kathleen Alps of Longmont, Colorado; a daughter in law Annie Reynolds, Taos, New Mexico; two brothers, Tracy Owen of Indiana and Mickey Owen, California; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Leo Reynolds and a son Cleo Reynolds in 2010.
Graveside service were held at Greencrest Cemetery, Dodge City on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Dick Robbins presiding.  Memorials are suggested to Ashland Health Center  in care of the funeral home.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Geraldine Ramsey

Geraldine Ramsey, 96, passed away on June 21, 2013 at the Minneola District Hospital.
She was born on February 14, 1917 in Kinsley, Kansas to Jerry and Maude (Cox) Gee.
She graduated from Kinsley High School and then Southwestern College at Winfield, Kansas.  She taught Home Economics at Minneola High School and then served as the Social Services Director with the Minneola Long Term Care Unit.
On June 1, 1945, she married Frank Ramsey.
She served on the USD #219 school board and was a member of the Minneola Community Church and Minneola Civic Club.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, “Mack” Gee.
She is survived by her husband, Frank; two daughters, Carol Sibley and husband Jeff of Minneola, and “Jeri” Joseph and husband Fred of Denver, CO; three sisters, Marjorie Williams of Minneola, Marilyn Iserman of Houston, TX, and Kathleen Engle of Atlanta, GA; three grandsons, and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Minneola Community Church.  Pastor Shawn Leach officiating.
There will be a private family inurnment at Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola.
Memorials have been suggested to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS, 67865.

David L. Schoonover

Funeral services for Divid L. Schoonover, age 78, of Centervile, TX were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. Clay Thorton officiated at the service. A private inurnment service will be held at a later date at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX.
David was born October 3, 1934 in Minneola, Clark County, KS. His parents were marshall Herbert and Lucille (Heggy) Schoonover. He grew up in Clark County and was a graduate of Minneola High School and later earned an Assoiciates Degree from Odessa Junior College in Odessa, TX. David served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a master measurement technician for Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America from which he eventually retired. David and his wife, Wanda, had lived in Leon County since 1994 having moved from Port Arthur, TX. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He died in Tyler, TX on Thursday, May 30, 2013.
David was preceded in death by: his parents; and a brother, Herbert L. Schoonover.
Surviving family members include: his wife, Wanda Schoonover of Centerville; sons, David W. Schoonover (Mona) of Nacogdoches, TX and Roberts K. Schoonover of Centervile; daughters, Gale M. Olgin (Rudolph) of Frisco, TX and Luara K. Harrison (Calvin) of Franklin, Massachusetts; brothers, Melvin R. Schoonover (Virginia) of Florida and Kenneth L. Schoonover (June) of Colorado Springs, CO; sister-in-law, Gladys Schoonover of Oregon; nine grandchildren, Daniel W. Schoonover (Lacey), Nicole L. Westcott (Kris ), Sidney Olgin, Heather Olgin, Hope Olgin, Rashanna Tice, Allyse Tice, Addison Harrison and Brooke Harrison; three great-grandchildren, Isaac Schoonover, Aubrey Schoonover and Adelyn Schoonover.
In lieu of flowersm merorial donations may be given to the Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. Walters Funeral home in Centerville, TX was in charge of all arrangements.

Erma L. Winsor

Erma L. Winsor, 82, died May 22, 2013 at Minneola District Hospital, Minneola.  She was born on October 4, 1930 at Dodge City, the daughter of Charles Wallace and Della Josephine (Hackler) Mullendore.
She married Arlo D. Winsor on July 21, 1947 in Dodge City. He preceded her in death on June 18, 2006. They cherished 58 years and 11 Months of married life.
Erma was employed as a cook at Minneola District Hospital and Nursing Home before her retirement. They made their home in Dodge City and Minneola until Arlo’s retirement in 1984. On October 20, 1984 they moved to Zapata, Texas where they lived for eight years. They moved back to Minneola in 1992. They enjoyed fishing and camping.
She was a member of the Farmerettes of Minneola.
Erma is survived by three sons, Jerry Winsor of Minneola, Ron and wife Trudy Winsor of Tyro, and David and wife Janice Winsor, Kingman; 14 grandchildren 14 great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arlo Winsor; two brothers, Harold Leroy and Charles Donald Mullendore, four sisters, Betty June Mullendore, Eva Mae Ingraham, Ethel Marie Platt, and Flora Jean Mullendore, and two infant boys.
Funeral service were held at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at  10:00 A.M. with Rev. Jack Hanks presiding. Burial followd at Greencrest Cemetery in Dodge City.  Memorials are suggested to Minneola District Hospital in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com. [/subccordion]

Marilyn Kay Young

Marilyn Kay Young better known as Kay Young, 72, of Andover Kansas but a native of Ashland Kansas, passed away on May 9th 2013, in the St. Francis Hospital Wichita Kansas. She fought a 5 year battle of kidney failure caused by Scleroderma.
The rosary service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the St Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland Kansas. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m.at the Ashland High School Gymnasium in Ashland Kansas. Father Ben Dande of St. Joseph Catholic Church will be officiating. Burial will follow the funeral at St. Joseph Highland Cemetery following the 2:00 p.m. service. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Kay Young was born in Ashland Kansas on March 16th, 1941. She graduated from Ashland High School and continued on to Hutchinson Business School for a one year.
Kay was married to Jerry D. Young on November 26th 1964 they were happily married 44 years.
Kay worked as a School Cafeteria Manager for U.S.D 220 for 14 years. Before that she enjoyed working side by side with Jerry and there business Young Construction, Inc. Also being a stay at home mom to her children. Kay enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, church, road trips with girlfriends, Nascar racing with Jerry and friends, entertaining her friends and family in her home, and feeding anyone that would walked thru her kitchen at the school, her home, including her last home in Andover. But the one thing that she lived for was her grandkids and their school sporting events, she didn’t miss many.  Kay was also actively involved in Ladies VFW Auxiliary, Catholic Church, and fundraiser for Diabetes Drive, active volunteer in her community for anything that needed help with. Which if you knew Kay well you can understand that is too many to list.
Kay is survived by her five children, thirteen grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister and many loving nieces and nephews.
Children: Francis Young and the late Lynn Young of Ashland Ks, Karla and Terry Zerr of  Andover Ks, Sandra and Stacey Stebens of Ashland Ks, Rodney and Patty Young of Ashland Ks, Cheryl and Bill Barnard of Wichita Ks.
Grandkids: Whitney Young of Dodge City Ks, Preston Stebens of Larned Ks, Kayla Young of Wichita Ks, Walker (Mikahael) Young of Okinawa Japan, Corey Stebens of Larned Ks, Nick Young of Woodward Ok, J.D. Young of Wichita Ks, Chance Stebens of Ashland Ks, Justin Young of Ashland Ks, Elijah Barnard of Wichita Ks, Karlye Thomas of Wichita Ks, Jasmine and Jordyn Barnard of Wichita Ks.
Great Grand Children, Melina, Vanessa, and Serinitey of Dodge City Ks, Gavin Stebens of Buffalo Ok, Tayghen Young of Okinawa Japan, Corbin Smith of Wichita, Ks.
Siblings Steven (Sheryl) Preisner of Ashland Ks, Ivan (Donna) Preisner of St. John Ks, Janet (Dennis) of Holcomb, Ks.
Kay is preceded in death by husband Jerry D. Young, Parents, Joe and Marj Preisner.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Scleroderma Foundation, 300
Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923 or Kansas Dialysis Association, P.O. Box 47095, Wichita, Ks, 67201.

Carrie May Arnold Humphreys

Carrie May Arnold Humphreys was born July 13, 1924, in Emporia, Kansas, to Mary Dakin and Francis Arnold.  After graduating from Emporia High School, she attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, and graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in zoology in 1946. She died April 25, 2013, in Ashland at 88 years of age.
Carrie was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church serving on the session, as well as several regional, state and national committees.  She was president of the Ashland Library Board during the construction of the new building and treasurer of the Ashland Hospital Board.  She was a member of Ashland Study Club, PEO, DAR, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the Kansas University Alumni Association. Carrie was the editor of the Ashland Centennial History Book and authored the First Presbyterian Church centennial history with her beloved husband, Mike.  She was a trustee of the JE Humphreys Scholarship Foundation supporting excellence in teaching and devoted herself to mental health and social justice causes. Her skills in leadership, communication, and thoughtful dialogue were valued by many. She loved her life on the plains.
Carrie married FM (Mike) Humphreys in 1946 and the couple moved to Ashland in l949.  Together they committed themselves to rural community life. They shared joy, curiosity and openness with family and a multitude of friends; always broadening their horizons by engaging with others.
Carrie and Mike nurtured five children, four of whom survive: Karen, Wichita, KS; Iras (Charles Gray), Hayward, WI; John (Diane), Ashland, KS; and Tom (Debi) Ypsilanti, MI.  She thoroughly enjoyed her six grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren: Kate (Josh Kalinowski & Caden, Brady, Maddy May), Betsi (Mark Schumacher & Paige), Luke Humphreys, Lesley (Michael Euston), Katrina Humphreys and Hannah Humphreys Gray. Carrie is survived by her sister, Doris Dial (Virginia Beach, VA), and brother, Phil Arnold (Susan), of Wichita, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, her son, Fred, and brother, Frank D. Arnold.
A memorial service will be held on May 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 5, Ashland, KS 67831 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ruth Helen Pike

Ruth Helen Pike, the daughter of John Clyod Vallentine and Daisy Anna (Fox) Vallentine was born on April 18, 1921 in her parents’ home in the Lexington Community and died July 12, 2013 in the Ashland Health Center Long Term Care Unit at Ashland, Kansas, at the age of 92 years, 2 months and 25 days.
Ruth attended school in the Lexington schoolhouse and graduated from Ashland High School in 1939. Ruth was united in marriage to Merle Lee Pike at Lexington Community Church of God on November 22, 1942; and to this union, three children were born, Cinda Ruth, Gregory Lee, and Kay Ruth.  Ruth and Merle later raised a nephew, Max Waugh; and niece, Karen Hoddy, as their own children after the death of their parents.  They made their home on the farm in the Lexington community where they farmed and raised cattle.  Merle and Ruth moved to Ashland in 1957 where she worked for the Social Rehabilitation Services.
She was a member of the Church of God of Ashland where she taught Sunday School and served on the Women’s Missionary Society.  Ruth also enjoyed playing with her grandkids, crocheting and gardening among many other things.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Merle; by her daughter Cinda Ruth; her father John Clyod Vallentine; her mother Daisy Anna Vallentine; brother John and twin brother Roy; sisters Jennie May, Leonora Anna, and Thelma Daisy; a grandson David Shawn Hoddy, and three great grandchildren.
Ruth leaves as her survivors a son Gregory Lee Pike and wife Karen of Claremore, Oklahoma; a daughter Kay Ruth Rich and husband Danny of Ashland, Kansas; also surviving are a nephew Max Waugh and wife Linda of Bella Vista, Arkansas; and a niece Karen Hoddy and husband David of San Antonio, Texas; 23 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Church of God in Ashland with Rev. John Carney and Mr. David Hoddy officiating. Burial was in the Ashland Highland Cemetery. Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Grandsons serving as pallbearers were Craig Waugh, Brett Bates, Todd Hoddy, Brandon Bates, Braden Bates, C.D. Pike, Shawn Rich, Ramiro Hernandez, T.D. Townsend, Gil Marcilla, Richard Aguinaga, Shane McClintock, and Steve Barksdale.
Honorary pallbearers were Dean and Maxine Hulstine, R.L. and Martha Williamson, Darwin Hamilton, and Frank Vallentine.
Pianist was Judy Vashus.
The family suggests memorials to the First Church of God, P.O. Box 685, Ashland, KS 67831 or the Ashland Health Center L. T. C. U., P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831.

Betty F. Schleuning

Betty F. Schleuning, 90, died Monday, April 15, 2013 at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains, Dodge City.
She was born November 13, 1922 at Timken, Kansas, the daughter of Harrison Morton and Ella Mae Gisick Lewis.  She was a graduate of Bison High School and moved to Dodge City in 1942.  She was a homemaker and in 1978 started working for the South Dillons store starting in the bakery later transferring to the meat department, retiring after 23 years.
On August 1, 1941 she married Gene Schleuning at McCracken, Kansas. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2008.
Survivors include:  4 sons, Bill and wife Sylvia, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Don and wife Karen, Terrill, Texas, Larry, Topeka and Rick and wife Yi, Dodge City; 4 daughters, Sonja Barnes, Dodge City, Bonnie Finney and husband Robert, Diamondville, Wyoming, Jeanie Schaffer and husband Ronald, Dodge City and Peggy Marshall and husband Rick, Minneola; a sister, Ila Mae Edwards and husband Zane, Bison; a sister-in-law, Velda Lewis, Great Bend; 15 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by: a brother, Roy Lewis and a granddaughter, Rebecca Dreiling.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 am Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, with Rev. Dick Robbins officiating.  Friends may call from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Wednesday at Ziegler Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie or Manor of the Plains both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801.  Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.

Jack E. Hardesty

Jack E. Hardesty, 89, of Ashland, Kansas passed from this life on April 9, 2013. He was born on December 16, 1923 in Ashland to Charles and Edith (Roberts) Hardesty.
During WWII, Jack served his country in the Army Air Corps where he learned to fly. Flying became a passion for Jack that led to the mid 1950’s opening of the Jack Hardesty Aerial Spraying business.  While being a crop-duster, he became known as “Cactus Jack”, a nickname that would remain with him.
After the war, Jack married Betty and to this union two children were born.  Jack spent a few years as the Postmaster in Ashland. In the early 1970’s, Jack, Betty and Jack’s mother, Edith, opened the Hardesty House. They operated the Hardesty House for almost 20 years with Edith doing the management and cooking.
Another passion of Jack’s was dancing. He attended dances often and even when he was diagnosed with cancer his attitude was to do what needed to be done so the cancer would be gone and he could get back to dancing. Jack was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Ashland. He was a member of the American Legion. In 2011, Jack was rewarded for his services during WWII with the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his son, Charles Rodney Hardesty. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Craig Harms of Woodland Park, CO, his brother Jim Hardesty of Cimarron, KS, two granddaughters, Lauren Harms of Seattle, WA and Vanessa Sakimoto of Honolulu, HI, nieces, nephews and many friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Presbyterian Church in Ashland. Military Honors will be provided by the US Air Force and the Ashland VFW Post 7770 and will follow at the Highland Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 5, Ashland, KS 67831 or to the Pioneer-Krier Museum, P.O. Box 862, Ashland, KS 67831. Memorials and cards may also be left with the attendants at the service.

Bill Moore

William Thomas “Bill” Moore II, age 68, of Manhattan, died March 27, 2013, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.
He was born October 26, 1944, in Alexandria, Louisiana, the son of Francis John and Louise (Moreland) Moore, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1971.
Bill served for 4 years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Yalova, Turkey and Bedford, England.
Following his military service he attended and graduated from Kansas State University with his degree in Business Administration in 1973.  Bill was an entrepreneur and was in agri-business and retail and commercial real estate.
Bill was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Manhattan and served on the Church Council, Kansas State University Alumni Association, and the Manhattan Breakfast Optimist Club since 1972 of which he had served as President and Lt. Governor and for many years had perfect attendance.  He was a former member of the Sitka Hustlers 4-H Club, Lafayette Lodge # 16 AF & AM of Manhattan, Scottish Rite and ISIS Shrine both of Salina.  He had served as the KSUARH Spring Fling Hospitality Chairman in 1965 and the Kaw Valley Claims Association President in 1974.
Bill was so full of life and had such a love for music in the form of rock and roll, country and gospel.  He was an avid guitar collector, which he enjoyed playing.  He also liked to do karaoke singing to his favorite artists like Alan Jackson, The Beatles, Garth Brooks and Elvis and his karaoke buddies called him “W”.  He loved to go out and shop and would never turn someone down who wanted to go to the store, he was a man of style and class.
On May 13, 1972, in Manhattan, he was married to Gwen Lundin.  Gwen survives of the home in Manhattan.  Additional survivors include two children: Thomas Mark Moore and his wife Jessica of Larned, and Megan Ashli Barnes and her husband Dr. Blake Barnes of Columbia, MO; one brother, John P. Moore and his wife Lisa of Ashland, KS; four grandchildren: William T. “Will” Moore III, Cassie Ann Moore, Robert W. Barnes II and Bruce Regan Barnes; one niece Elizabeth Stimpert and one nephew Philip Moore.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, April 1st, at the First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Dr. Keith Wiens officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Arlene Ralstin

Arlene Ralstin, 73, died March 23, 2013 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, KS.  She was born December 30, 1939 at Ellis County, KS to Russell and Gladys (Mashburn) Irwin.  She was a homemaker.
She belonged to the Mullinville United Methodist Church and had held State Offices in the Order of the Eastern Star.
One June 8, 1958 she married George L. Ralstin in Russell, KS.  He died September 25, 2012.
Survivors include:  2 sons, Lewis and his wife, Kathryn of Greenleaf, Idaho, and Charles and wife Dana of Mullinville; 2 daughters, Jody Burgess and husband Ryan of Minneola and Donna Ralstin of Andover, KS.; sister, Judy Weiss of Holyoke, Colorado; 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 5 brothers: Marvin, Riley, Paul, John, and Max Irwin; and a sister Bonnie Sander.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Mullinville United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Fillmore officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Minnis Mortuary, Bucklin.    Burial is at Hillcrest Cemetery near Mullinville, KS.
Memorials are suggested to Mullinville United Methodist Church c/o Minnis Mortuary, Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

H.T. (Bud) Minnis Jr

H.T. “Bud” Minnis, Jr., 84, died March 3, 2013 at Pratt Regional Medical Center. He was born November 4, 1928 in Bucklin to Herman T. and Alberta Virginia (Burton) Minnis.
He was a retired owner of the Minnis Mortuary of Minneola and the Minnis Mortuary and Bolinger Insurance Agency of Bucklin.
On August 7, 1949 he married Phyllis Jean Howell.  She died March 16, 1998.  He then married Donna Lee Kennedy. She survives.
Other survivors include a son: Ted Minnis and wife Karen; daughter, Cindy Lewis of Wichita; step-sons: Marc and Steve Riley and Gary and Brad Hale; step-daughter: Jennifer Ware; 2 sisters: Jean Dewell of Winfield and Mattie Oswalt of Kremlin OK.;  6 grandchilren: Jessica Pitts and husband Brian of Abu Dhabi,  United Arab Emirates, Lesley-Ann Rosans and husband John of Arlington, VA., Sara  Hoffman of Portland, Oregon, Lisa  Anthony and husband Bryan of Monterey CA., J. Michael Minnis of Manhattan, KS., and Jamie Lewis of Houston TX; 9 step-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Walker, brother, J.W. Minnis and sister, Sara Foster.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Bucklin United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Jones officiating. Burial will be in Bucklin Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Bucklin Community Better Life Foundation or to the Minneola Health Care Foundation c/o Minnis Mortuary, Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Donna Mae Bender

Donna Mae Bender, 83, died March 1, 2013 at Minneola District Hospital.  She was born July 26, 1929 at Delta, Colorado to parents, Nowell and Edith Mae (Patterson) Gardner.
She was a resident of Minneola since 2009.  Donna was a retired music  teacher.  She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Dodge City and the Minneola Civic Connection.
On May 9, 2009, she  married Jerome R. Bender in Centennial, Colorado.
Survivors are her husband, Jerome; nephews: Stan and Rick Gardner of Denver; niece: Debbie Tyson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 2 step-sons: Joel and Eric Bender; 3 step-daughters: Rhonda Feucht, Eva Baldwin and Ann Timbs; 28 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother Alvern Gardner, Jr.
Memorial Service is Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Dodge City KS.  Rev. Randall Jahnke will be officiating. Inurnment Services will be at a later date in Delta, Colorado.
Memorials are suggested to Minneola Music Dept. c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Kenneth C. Bloxsom

Kenneth C. Bloxsom, 89, Overland Park, KS passed February 25, 2013. Kenneth was born on April 1, 1923 in Ashland, KS to Gratsy and Lizzie Bloxsom. Kenneth grew up in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School. He married Dolly Sakdol in 1942. She preceded in death in 1972.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Water District No. 1 for 15 years. Kenneth and his wife, Louise, were members of the Church of the Nazarene.
He leaves behind his wife, Louise, of the home; a daughter, Judy McCollum of Shawnee; a grandson, Erik McCollum, of Shawnee; a son, Jon Bloxsom, of Washington state; and two great grandchildren. No services will be held. Condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com. Arr: Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee 913-631-5566 The Amos Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66203, 913-631-5566

James Ralph Arnold

James Ralph Arnold was born on December 6, 1971 and went to WALK with the angels on February 21, 2013. J.R. was born and raised at Ashland, Kansas where he made a host of friends. In 1991, he moved to Hutchison, Kansas where he bred and raised quarter horses.
He married Renee Brewer and had two daughters along with three of her children. He is survived by Venessa and Jordyn, his daughters of Oologah, OK; his mother and father Perry and Martha Arnold, Hutchison, KS; brother Dusty and Stephanie Arnold and family, Hutchison, KS; sister Tamra and Scott Hetrick and family, Blackwell, OK; grandfather Jim Arnold, Powersville, MO; and a host of family and friends.
J.R. was preceded in death by grandfather and grandmother Ralph and Mary Belle Baker and grandmother Vesta Arnold.
J.R. is walking with God and friends, fishing with grandparents, riding and roping in God’s arena and enjoying the warmth of heaven.
Services in Oologah, OK will be followed by a service at the Ashland High School Gymnasium in Ashland on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials donations may be sent to the Ashland Senior Center, P.O. Box 73, Ashland, KS 67831.

Jessie Wuanita (Smith Johnson Moorman

Jessie Wuanita (Smith) Johnson Moorman passed away on February 5, 2012 at the Minneola District Hospital in Minneola, Kansas. She was born on November 28, 1926 on the Box Ranch at Protection, Kansas to John C. and Beatrice Mae (Riner) Smith. She grew up on the ranch and attended a country school. Jessie loved her family and her dogs. She was a true cow-woman and enjoyed getting up early and feeding her cattle and horses. Being raised with five brothers, Jessie could ride and rope and hold her own. She never met a stranger and could start up a conversation with anyone.
Jessie married LaVerne Johnson and to this union three daughters were born, May, Judy and Pamala.
In June 1971, she married Duane Moorman and the couple lived on a ranch west of Ashland, Kansas.
Jessie will be missed by her family; husband Duane of the home; daughters, May Isenbart and husband Vincent of Englewood, KS, Judy Bridwell and husband John of Spearman, TX and Pam Johnson and Alan Wright of Helena, OK; grandchildren, Mark and Tracy Isenbart, Debbie Isenbart, Karen Isenbart and Brandi and Mike Heiland; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Isenbart, Cooper Heiland and Marcus Isenbart; brothers, Bernard and Wanda Smith and Everett and Judy Smith, sisters-in-law, Hazel Smith and Audrey Hink; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband LaVerne Johnson; and brothers, Johnny, Loyd and Bobby Smith.
Graveside services will be held Friday February 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Englewood Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials given in Jessie’s name may be given to the Englewood Community Center, c/o City of Englewood, P.O. Box 46, Englewood, Kansas 67840.

Dorothy E. Moon

Dorothy E. Moon, 90, died February 1, 2013 at her home in Dodge City.  She was born on February 7, 1922 at Crescent, Oklahoma the daughter of Edward C. and Beatrice May (Reeves) Leatherman.
Dorothy grew up in Fowler and graduated from Fowler High School.  On January 7, 1950 she married Clifford Wayne Moon and made their home together in Minneola until they retired in 1986, when they moved to Dodge City.  Dorothy dedicated her life to her family and she supported her children as a Cub Scout den mother and 4-H leader. She worked as the baker in the Minneola School lunch room from 1974 to 1982 and she baked dozens of cookies for the Boy Scouts leaders when she and Wayne volunteered at Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch after they retired.
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Dodge City.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Clifford Wayne Moon of Dodge City; Two sons, Cliff Moon Jr. and wife Karie of Minneola and Ed Moon and wife Mary Jo of Waldorf, Maryland; a daughter Rita Gross of Austin Texas; five grandchildren, Jeremy Gross, Wayne Moon, Bill Moon, Wilbur Moon, and Jessica Gross.   She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Vera Beatrice Moon, four brothers, Bill, Wilbur, James and Earl Leatherman; and one sister, Alta Dalton.
Graveside service will be held at the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler on February 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Dick Robbins presiding.   There will be no public visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to the Santa Fe Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America in care of the funeral home.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Josephine O. Carroll

Josephine O. Carroll, 92, died January 24, 2013 at her home in Dodge City.  She was born on August 12, 1920 in Minneola, the daughter of Roy Carl and Josephine Bell (Omo) Glaze.
Jo graduated from Minneola High School.  On September 12, 1944 she married Boyce G. Carroll in Minneola.  He died January 29, 2005.  She was an accomplished pianist.  Mrs. Carroll worked in the Ladies Circle and church council at First Christian Church in Dodge City.  She was also active in the Win-A-Couple Sunday School class at the First Christian Church.  Jo was a homemaker and loved KU basketball.  She enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities.
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Dodge City.
Mrs. Carroll is survived by a daughter, Jan Faulds and husband Rod of Minneola; two granddaughters, Michelle Hicks and husband Brian of Cheney and Trish Burns and husband Trevon of Cimarron; great granddaughter, Courtney Hicks of Cheney; and three great grandsons, Connor Hicks of Cheney and Gage and Mason Burns of Cimarron; many nieces and nephews; and all her caregivers. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, and one brother Roy Glaze, Jr.
Funeral service was held at First Christian Church on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM with Dr. Phil Scott presiding.  Burial followed at Appleton Township Cemetery in Minneola.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Prairie or First Christian Church in care of the funeral home.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Martha Allen Hammock

Martha Allen Hammock was born August 13, 1934 to James Robert and Sarah Lucille (Burrell) Nelson in Bunceton, Missouri, where she spent most of her childhood. She passed from this life on January 14, 2013.
On January 21, 1951 she married Cleo Mitchell Hammock in Pratt, Kansas. To this union one son and three daughters were born, Ray, Kathy, Connie and Carolyn.
Martha worked at Farm Bureau Insurance from 1976 to 1999 full time. She was a licensed insurance agent as well as a certified nurse’s aide. After retirement from the insurance company, she worked part time helping feed the residents at the nursing home, something she enjoyed very much.
She was preceded in death by her dad James Robert Nelson, step-dad Ray Shuler, mother Lucille Shuler, husband of 54 years Cleo Hammock, brother Burl Nelson, half-sister Gracie Shuler, son Ray Hammock and daughter Connie Peck.
Martha leaves as her survivors two daughters, Kathy Camden of Mannford, OK and Carolyn Davis and husband Clifford of Buffalo, OK; two grandsons, Rick Price and wife Samantha and Chris Peck and wife Samantha; four granddaughters, Lisa Tegart and husband Rob, Shelly Peck, Bobbie, Lana and Skylar, Jamie Davis and Amber Davis; four great-grandsons, Austin and Dalton Crooks, Brandon Tegart and Hunter Peck; two great-granddaughters, Kendra and Cheyenne Peck; and of course her baby, Sugarfoot who now lives with her big sissy in Buffalo.
A memorial service was held Friday January 18, 2013 at the First Christian Church in Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorial donations given in Martha’s name may be given to the Ashland Long Term Care Unit, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Marvin Darrell Brown

Marvin Darrel Brown, 92, of Englewood, Kansas passed from this life on January 8, 2013. He was born on the family farm in the Ditch Valley area in Oklahoma, south of Englewood, on July 23, 1920 to James Robert and Blanche Lena (Bowers) Brown.
During WWII, Marvin served his country in the US Navy. He was a gunner on the USS Jefferson Meyers and a part of the famous Murmansk Run, a voyage to North Russia. The mission was very dangerous with hazards of storms, arctic ice and the enemy and a number of crew members, as well as other ships on the Run, did not survive. Merchant ships steamed into the stormy arctic facing the relentless enemy to deliver their supplies on the Russian Front in the Barents Sea and White Sea at the ports of Archangel and Murmansk. Marvin was a man who loved his country and it brought tears to his eyes and sadness to his heart when people would not remove their hats or place their hands over their hearts in honor of our flag and anthem or for those who had served and lost their lives protecting ours.
Marvin met and married the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, Barbara Lane. She married him to get him to quit “bugging” her. The rest is the history before us today. Marvin loved his wife and family and enjoyed spending time with them and friends. He liked spending time playing cards with Marty and Joretta Terry and Olie and Shirley Goodnight.
Marvin was a hardworking man all of his life. He was a man of integrity and honesty- you could take his word to the bank. He was a gentle, kind, quiet man. He liked summer vacations in South Fork and Durango, Colorado. He loved bacon and eggs, jalapeño peppers and grapefruit. His favorite was a jalapeño and cheese pizza at the Conoco made by his special cooks.
He never expressed defeat or pain. If asked how he was doing he always replied “Ok”. Marvin was never a complainer.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Elton and his sisters Evelyn and Arlene.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of the home, Kim and Mary Brown of Gate, OK, Pamela and Mike Millender Tardy of Amarillo, TX, Russell and Julie Taylor and Jackie and Betty Taylor all of Gage, OK, grandchildren Travis, Kassi, Tom and Beth, Jodi, Dana and Keri, Matt and Dillon, numerous great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and many, many friends and neighbors who greatly miss him.
Services were held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in Laverne, Oklahoma. Interment was at the Gate, Cemetery in Gate, Oklahoma. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Marvin lived a long, loving and beautiful life as son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. We grieve upon his passing, but embrace our fond memories and feel truly blessed.
Memorial donations given in Marvin’s name may be given to the Rosston Methodist Church, P.O. Box 612, Laverne, Oklahoma 73848.

Perry Leah Wheeler

Perry Leah Wheeler was born August 23,1921 in Rosston, Oklahoma. She was 
welcomed by her parents, Perry Lloyd Wheeler and Leah Elizabeth Shepherd 
Wheeler and brother Andy Bill Wheeler. Perry later welcomed her younger 
brother, Dean Eldon Wheeler to the family.
Perry married Cecil Frederick Mull on December 17, 1945 in Dodge City, 
Kansas. Perry and Cecil welcomed their children, daughter Donna June (died in 
infancy), sons, Frederick Lloyd Mull and Wayne Eldon Mull to their family. They 
raised their sons on a farm near Gate, Oklahoma. When the boys left home, 
Perry and Cecil made Laverne, Oklahoma their home.
Upon the death of her husband, Cecil, Perry moved to Guymon, Oklahoma in 
1982. Perry enjoyed her time traveling and volunteering at the hospital in 
Guymon. She later moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2011, with her son, 
Fred and wife, Brenda.
Perry fought a courageous battle with Alzheimer, always striving to keep herself 
moving and to relive moments in her life that were precious to her. She never 
complained, she never asked for anything for herself and she always said, 
”Please and Thank You.”
In her last days when asked if she needed anything, she responded by saying, 
”No, thank you. I have everything I need. Thank you.”
Perry anxiously awaited the day she would meet Jesus Christ and is now 
rejoicing in his presence. Our Lord took Perry home, peacefully, early January 7, 
2013.
Perry Leah Wheeler Mull is preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Donna 
June, husband, Cecil, son, Wayne and brothers, Andy Bill and Dean Eldon.
She is survived by son, Frederick Lloyd Mull and wife Brenda, Guthrie, 
Oklahoma, grandchildren Ty Mull and family, La Quinta, California, Jimmie Mull 
and family, Guymon, Oklahoma, Melinda Stephens and family, Guymon, 
Oklahoma, Eric Hoffman and family, Okarche, Oklahoma, Destiny Hopson and 
family, Crescent, Oklahoma, 9 great grandchildren, along with sister-in-Iaws, 
Betty Wheeler, Dodge City, Kansas and Millie Myers, Enid, Oklahoma. Perry is 
loved and will be missed by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Friday January 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Myatt-Laverne Funeral Chapel in Laverne, Oklahoma. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery that day at 2:30 PM in Ashland, Kansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family suggests memorials be made to your local Alzheimer Association.
A special thank you to Tuscany Village Nursing Home and Alleive Hospice Care.

Mary E Smith

Mary E. Smith, 82, died January 3, 2013 at Ashland Health Center Hospital.  She was born November 28, 1930 to parents Joe Henry and Cora Grace (Foster) McVicker.
Survivors include brother, Olin McVicker and sister Violet Buck.
There will be a Memorial Service at a later date as cremation has taken place.  Arrangements by Minnis Mortuary, Minneola KS.

Leta Mae Locke

Leta Mae Locke, 88, died January 2, 2013 at Minneola Long Term Care.  She was born Sept. 27, 1924 at Liberal KS to parents William Franklin and Lela Mae (Engel) Wright.   On June 29, 1941 she married Clinton D. Locke at Liberal.  He died October 18, 1978.
Leta was a Librarian and was a member of the First Christian Church, Minneola.
Survivors include: 6 children, Carolyn Marshall and husband, Daryl; Jolene Lankford and husband Lanny; Jeanne Scott and husband David; Chris Lang and husband Ron; Monty Locke and wife Valerie; and Pam Elsey and husband Rod; 12 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
She is preceded by her husband, daughter Bonita, son Danny, 3 brothers: Ron, Jim, and Pete; and 2 great granddaughters.
There was a Private Family Graveside Service and Interment on Saturday, January 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Appleton Township Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life  Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. at Minneola Community Church. Memorials are suggested to Minneola Library or Minneola Long Term Care Unit c/o Minnis Mortuary, Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

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Marilyn Ruth Tedford

Marilyn R. Tedford of 877 N. Greeley Ave, Johnstown, CO, went to be home with Jesus on Friday, December 23, 2011 at the age of 84. She was born in New Concord, Ohio, March 24, 1927, daughter of Bert and Raeta Law. She graduated from New Concord High School in 1945. She attended Muskingum College in New Concord and graduated from the Francis Payne School of Nursing at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH (now Case Western Reserve) in 1951.
From 1952 to 1956 she worked as a missionary nurse at Tanta Hospital in Tanta, Egypt, under the auspices of the United Presbyterian Church. Returning to the US, she attended some classes at Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. There she met her husband, Elwyn Tedford, who is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church. They were married in 1958, spending much of their first year in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied at New College. They served Presbyterian churches in Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Manchester, England. They had two children, Kris, who lives in Annandale, VA, and is a pastor of an Iranian Church, and Lynne, who teaches in a Christian grade school in Hollywood, FL. She worked mainly as a Home Health nurse in several states, at a psychiatric ward in Cleveland, and for eight years under Southeastern Illinois Hospice.
She was a faithful member of the Milliken Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder, plus many activities in the women’s work and Sunday School. She was a very active woman, always wiling to serve and help others. Since 2003 she has been involved in the Kairos prison ministry, sharing the love of Christ to the incarcerated at the Sterling Correctional Facility in Sterling, CO, and also at the women’s prison in Brush, CO, and at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. She dearly loved the Lord and let her light shine as an influence to many.
She and her husband moved to Johnstown, CO in 1999 after he retired from the pastorate at Ashland/Coldwater, Kansas. They were managers of some family rental cabins up the South St. Vrain Canyon, 12 miles from Lyons, CO.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Raeta Law, a sister Agness Duncan, and two brothers, Hubert and Malcolm Law. She is survived by her husband, Elwyn, a son, Kris Tedford of Annandale, VA, a daughter, Lynne Tedford of Davie, FL, a grandson, Nathan Tedford of Annandale, VA and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held at the Milliken Church on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Milliken Presbyterian Church or to Kairos of Colorado.
Arrangements are being made by Paul’s Funeral Service, in Greeley, CO.

Nellie May Tomlinson Bartlett

Nellie May Tomlinson Bartlett, 93, of Olathe, formerly of Humboldt and Iola, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Pinnacle Ridge Nursing Home in Olathe.
May was born in Woodson County on February 9, 1919, the daughter of Fred and Rose (Hibbs) Churchill. She attended schools in Woodson County.
She was married to Johnie Tomlinson in 1937. He preceded her in death on January 3, 1975. She later married Kenneth Bartlett. He also preceded her in death.
May worked on the Assembly Line for the IMP Boat Plant in Iola for over twenty-four years.
She enjoyed cooking and sewing and spending time with her family.
May is survived by two daughters, Deana Gardner and her husband Al of Moran, KS and Janice Brown and her husband Bob of Olathe; one son, Bruce Tomlinson and his wife Linda of Minneola, KS; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands Johnie and Kenneth; a son, Harold Leon Tomlinson; two sisters, Wilma Schoepflin and Shirley Mynatt; and a brother, Fred Churchill.
Funeral services were held at 12:30 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the Penwell-Gabel-Humboldt Chapel. Interment followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Humboldt, KS.

George Cloutman

George Cloutman, age 96, died December 14, 2012, at the Minneola District Hospital. He was born November 25, 1916 in Medicine Lodge, KS, the son of George William and Martha (Jarrett) Cloutman.
He was a longtime resident of Minneola. He retired from the Kansas Power and Light Company after 33 years of employment. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Mason ic Lodge #431 and American Legion Post #222, both of Minneola, VFW Post #1714 of Dodge City, DAV-Sunflower Post #12 and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
On February 6, 1943 he married Rose K. Rolf at Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
He is survived by: his wife, Rose; 2 sons, Larry and wife Elizabeth of Lawrence, KS and Don and wife Jackie of Burdett, KS; daughter, Leah Berens and husband Tim of Olathe, KS; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, and an infant daughter, Linda Diane.
Funeral services were held at 10 am, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at the First Christian Church, Minneola, KS with Virgil White officiating. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 3 pm, Tuesday, at the Highlands Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, KS with Tom Walters officiating. Memorials are welcome to Minneola Health Care Foundation or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

John E. Millett Jr.

John E. Millett, Jr., 92, died Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Minneola District Hospital.  He was born December 27, 1919 at Sterling KS to parents, John E. and Lena M. (Reed) Millett.   He was a longtime Minneola resident and a farmer/stockman.
He graduated from Sterling High School.  He was a Veteran of WWII serving in the US Army.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church and American Legion and also served on the A.S.C.S., Hospital, Church, and COOP Boards.
On June 7, 1941 he married Lena M. Amend at Sterling, KS.  She died March 16, 1995.
He is preceded by parents, wife, Lena; brother, Edger; and sister, Erma Beard.
Survivors include daughter, Patricia Denison and husband Charles; 2 grand daughters: Angela Ratzlaff and Amanda Lang; 4 great grandchildren: Shelbie and Shandie Ratzlaff and Kimber and Kolten Lang all of Minneola.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be Wednesday, 4:00 P.M. at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, KS with Virgil White officiating.  Visitation is at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.  Memorials are suggested to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) c/o Minnis Mortuary, Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Fern Evelyn (Waugh) Salyer Cox

Fern Evelyn (Waugh) Salyer Cox passed away on November 6, 2012. She was born on October 18, 1919 and was the fifth child of Perry Madison and Mable Mae (Wise) Waugh born at the farm home in the Willard community in Harper County Oklahoma. She started her first year at the Willard country school. The family moved to Ashland in 1926 where Fern attended elementary school. She then moved with her family to Goodman, Missouri in 1930.
It was during this time that Fern’s father died at the age of 44 years. Her mother and the five younger children moved to Rogers, Arkansas where Fern graduated from high school in 1936. She returned to Ashland with her older sister where she spent most of her life.
Fern was employed in the Elmer Broadie home for several years. In 1962 she married Kenneth Salyer and they resided on the farm just west of Ashland. She remained on the farm after Kenneth’s sudden death in 1971. Fern worked at various jobs at the county courthouse and in the county road department office.
In November of 1979, Fern married Willard Cox and they resided in Ashland after Willard retired from farming. They enjoyed some traveling before Willard’s passing on May 29, 2002.
Fern enjoyed flower arranging, crafts, writing poetry and cooking. She was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church for over 50 years and a member of the garden club, Sunflower HDU, the UMW and the Red Hat Society. She was one of the two surviving members of the Circle of Friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Ruth Salyer, Luella Heiney Butterworth and Hazel Eddings, three brothers, Melvin, Carl and Charles, the spouses of her siblings, and a niece, Kathryn Miller.
Fern is survived by a step-son, Ron Cox and wife, Gloria, of Rapid City, Michigan and their family, and fourteen nieces and nephews.
Services were held Friday November 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in Ashland. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery of Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorial donations given in Fern’s name may be given to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 686, the Ashland Long Term Care Unit, P.O. Box 188, or the Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 73, all of Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Leland R. Stutheit

Leland R. Stutheit, 74, of Waverly, Nebraska, formerly Salina, KS, went to be with his Lord on October 14, 2012. Leland passed away at the Waverly Care Center, Waverly, Nebraska after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Leland was born on September 10, 1938 in Kensington, Kansas to Harold and Lena (Grauerholz) Stutheit. He graduated from Kensington, Kansas and attended Fort Hays State College. Leland and Sandra Sheley were married on June 21, 1959. He was a retired grain elevator manager in various towns in Kansas and Texas. He was active in Lion’s Club, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, and ISIS Shrine.
Leland is survived by his wife Sandra; daughter, Dian and husband Kevin Hofferber of Greenwood NE; son, David and wife Michelle Stutheit of Olive Branch, MS; former daughter-in-law, Julie Stutheit of Kansas City, KS. Grandchildren Jason Leland and Natalie Hofferber of Greenwood, Jackson David Stutheit of Olive Branch, Sarah and Annie Stutheit of Kansas City. Brothers: Marvin Stutheit and wife Pheobie, Norton, KS. Melvin Stutheit, Shawnee, KS. Twin sister, Lela Eller and husband Gary, Hays, KS, sister Helen DaVatz, Olathe, KS. Sister-in-law, Irma Sheley, Colby, KS. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, brother-in-law Don Sheley, brother-in-law Meldean Moore and sister-in-law Joan Stutheit.
He was a very gentle, kind and loving man. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who put the Lord and family first. Leland was a Christian man that walked the walk. Well done my good and faithful servant.
Memorials in lieu of flowers suggested to Asera Care Hospice or Waverly Food Bank.
No visitation, cremation. Memorial service 2:00 pm Saturday, Capitol Christian Church, 7800 Holdrege St., Lincoln.  Inurnment will be in Waverly Cemetery, Waverly, NE.  An additional memorial service to be held at Salina, KS at a later date.  Condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com.

Betty Jo Denton

Betty Jo Denton, 87, died September 5, 2012 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit.  She was born September 10, 1924 at Osage County, Oklahoma to Lilburn and Janie Jo (Chowning) May.
She graduated from Pawhuska High School, Pawhuska, Okla. and Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University).  She was a member and served as Elder and Clerk of Session at the Ashland Presbyterian Church.  She was a member of the Civic Club and P.E.O and Eastern Star.  She had served 2 terms as Clark County Commissioner and was active in the Farm Bureau (County, State and National levels).  She had served as a rural Representative of Clark County on the SW Kansas Library System.
On August 18, 1946 she married Winfield Denton, II at Pawhuska, OK.  He died October 13, 2010.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother L.B. May.
Survivors include:   1 son, Winfield Denton of Minneola; 2 daughters: Debbie Maddy of Kansas City, KS and Kim Denton-Hill of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 1 brother Eugene Baylis May of Bella Vista, Arkansas; 1 sister Juanita King of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Ashland Presbyterian Church with Marsha Granberry officiating.  Graveside Services and Interment will be at 1:30 PM at Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
Memorials to Winfield and Betty Jo Denton Scholarship Fund c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Eunice Mae Pittman

Eunice Mae Pittman, 94, died Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit.  She was born May 2, 1918 on the family farm near Bloom.  Her parents are Harry W. and Hannah F. (Larson) Esplund.
She married Cleo Pittman on June 5, 1945 in Dodge City, KS.  He died September 13, 1999.
Eunice attended the Bluff Creek one room school south of Bloom and graduated from Bloom High School in 1936 as the class Valedictorian.  She was active in the Bloom School Alumni and served as its historian for many years and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She spent her entire life in Clark County, primarily as a wife, mother and homemaker.  She was very accomplished in the domestic arts and was a skilled seamstress, quilt maker, cook, woodworker and genealogist.
Eunice is survived by one son, Galen L. Pittman of Lawrence.  She is preceded in death by a son, Stanley R. Pittman.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 6 at the Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating.  Visitation is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.
The family suggests memorial to Hospice of the Prairie, c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Josephine (Jo) Irene Swenson

A memorial service for former longtime Lamar resident Josephine “Jo” Irene Swenson were held at 1:00 PM Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Lamar United Methodist Church with Reverend Ramon Robledo officiating.  A private family interment was held at Fairmount Cemetery prior to the memorial service at the church.
Josephine “Jo” Swenson was born on January 31, 1924 in Bloom, Kansas to Thomas Earl and Annie Elizabeth (Albright) Scott and quietly slipped away in the early morning hours of September 1, 2012 in the Littleton, Colorado care home where she had been lovingly served for the past seven years.
A loving wife, devoted mother, and constant friend, Jo was active in many facets of the life of our community for many years, most notably through the United Methodist church, as a member of the local P.E.O. chapter  and through her antique business.
Jo was preceded in death by John, her husband of 49 years and her brother Wilbur Scott.
She is survived by sister Myrland Hertlein of Ardmore, OK; bother Sam Scott of Bloom, KA; sons Scott of Littleton, CO and Terry and wife Suzie of Monument, CO; five grandsons and three great-grandsons (with a great-granddaughter on the way).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to the Lamar United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association. To make gifts to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Josephine, go to: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pg=fund&fr_id=1060&pxfid=63096

Alberta M. Keller

Alberta M. Keller was born to Anson and Edith Keller on the family farm 4 miles south of Minneola on August 3, 1917.  She died in Yorba Linda, California, September 1, 2012, at the age of 95 years.
Alberta graduated from Minneola High School in l934, McPherson College in l938 and earned the masters degree from Kansas University in l941.  She taught at high schools in Kansas, Alaska and Montana before she moved to California in l954.  In that year she began teaching English and journalism at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, CA.  From 1964 until 1971 Alberta was chair of the English department and in 1981 she retired.
Alberta lived in Modesto for 52 years.  She was a member of the Modesto Church of the Brethren and a founding member of Casa de Modesto, a retirement community, serving on its Board of Directors for many years.  She was a McHenry Museum docent and a volunteer with the public library home delivery service for the homebound.  Alberta traveled widely in the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Velma Keller Strickler, and is survived by a nephew and three nieces.  In accordance with her wishes, her ashes were dispersed at sea.[/subccordion]

Bradley (Brad) A. Watson

Bradley “Brad” A. Watson, 37, formerly of Dodge City, Kansas, died Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at Central Florida Regional Hospital, Sanford, Florida, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born August 2, 1975 at Bucklin, Kansas the son of Dwight Watson, Jr. and Judith “Jude” Hessman.  After graduation in 1993 he joined the United States Navy.  He served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Navy “E’ Award and Good Conduct Medal.  He was honorably discharged in 1998 attaining the rank of Aviation Boatswain’s Mate.  He was a service advisor at David Maus Chevrolet, Sanford.
He was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.  He was a huge Kansas City Chiefs Fan and accomplished artist.  He enjoyed surfing, boating, skateboarding and the ocean.
Survivors include:  his daughter, Alyssa Thomas, Pittsburg, California; his father and step-mother, Dwight, Jr. and Valerie Watson, Montezuma; his mother, Judith “Jude” Hessman and companion Brian T. Johnson, Dodge City; siblings, Josh Watson, Ensign, Molly Showalter and husband Brian, Ensign and Jeremy Watson, Overland Park, Kansas; his companion, Jodi Goldberg, Longwood; grandparents, Bob and Mary Hessman, Dodge City, Dwight, Sr. and Raylene Watson, Montezuma and Richard and Helen Marrs, Fowler, Kansas; a nephew, Sabyan Shea Showalter; a niece, Keagan Mel Eesa Showalter; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ruth Hessman, an uncle, Ron Hessman and an aunt, Mel Hessman Rains.
Vigil Service was at 6:00 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Dodge City.  Funeral Mass was at 10:00 am Wednesday at the church with Fr. Ted A. Skalsky presiding. Burial was in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Dodge, Kansas with full military honors.
The family suggests memorials to the Bradley Watson Memorial Fund in care of Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas, 67801.  Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.
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Gerald Lee Piepmeier

Gerald Lee Piepmeier, 74, died August 2, 2012, in Hutchinson. On July 12, 1986, he married Anna Mae Strawn. She died May 24, 2011. He then married Darla Samms Mather on May 13, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Darla; daughters, Debra Ann Mitzner and husband Steve of Sylvia, Sheila Denise Hornback and husband Alan of Minneola, Jami Scott and husband Adam of Kansas City, MO, Kara Taylor and husband Shanen of Wichita; father-in-law, Gene Samms of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Katrina Combs and husband Jim, Shala Metzger and husband Ray, Charlie Hornback and wife Hillary, Chelsey Crump and husband Bard, Sedona Mather, Emerson Taylor, Colsen Taylor, Avalen Taylor and Boden Taylor; great-grandchildren, Karly and Chase Combs, Dylan and Tagan Metzger and Collin Hornback; sister by choice, Joyce Paul; stepsister, Lanore Waters of Hutchinson.
Memorial services were held at 11 am on Monday, August 5, 2012, at South Hutchinson United Methodist Church with Reverend Warren Hett presiding. Burial followed at Wayne Township Cemetery, Lewis, Kansas. Memorials may be sent to the South Hutchinson United Methodist Church in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford.

Wanda Tedford

Wanda Tedford, 83, died July 31, 2012 at Via Christi-St. Francis Medical Complex, Wichita KS.  She was born January 24, 1929 at Rozel, KS. daughter of  Albert and Esther (Carison) Latas.  She was a longtime Minneola resident and retired school teacher.
Wanda graduated from Ft. Hays State in 1953.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church, UMW and Farmerettes all of Minneola.
On July 29, 1955 she married Lynn W. Tedford at Rozel, KS.  He died June 13, 2009.
Survivors include 3 sons: Landy and Robert both of Columbia, South Carolina and Dennis of Brownfield, Texas; 2 daughters: Lynda Linder of Lindsborg, KS and Sandra Craft of Caldwell, Ks.; 2 brothers: Ronald Latas of Phoenix, Arizona and Willard Latas of Larned, KS.; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, KS.
Memorials are suggested to Minneola United Methodist Church c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865

Myrna Mattern

Myrna Mattern, 69, passed away at the Cedar Ridge Inn Nursing Home in Farmington on Saturday, June 30, 2012. She was born in St. Anthony’s Hospital, in Minneola, KS and was raised in Englewood, KS where she attended school and graduated high school in 1961.
Myrna served her country as an Aviation Storekeeper in the U.S. Navy. She was honorably discharged in 1964.
She married Robert Mattern in 1973, in Ashland, KS.
Myrna worked as a purchasing agent for the Bureau of Reclamation until her retirement in 2004.
Myrna was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents, Leonard “Rip” and Amelia “Babe” Young and infant sister Millie Young.
She is survived by her daughter, four sons and two daughter-in-laws, LeAnn Brower (Bruce) of Hutchinson, KS, George Robert and wife, Susan Mattern, John Robert, Glenn Robert, all of Farmington, Mark Robert and wife, Tammie Mattern, of TN, two grandchildren, Matthew Brower of Lawrence, KS and Maria Brower of Hutchinson, KS, one great-granddaughter, Isabella Brower (Maria) also of Hutchinson, KS, her cousin, Faye (Forrest) Ediger, of Meade, KS and several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Myrna was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law and friend. We are all blessed to have had her.
A graveside service for Myrna will be held at 2 p.m. Monday October 22, 2012 at Englewood Cemetery, Englewood, KS, with Jerry Ediger officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Lee Acres Volunteer Firefighters Assoc., 29 Road 5500, Farmington, N.M. 87401,in honor of Bob and Myrna’s years of service.

Raymond C. Zane

Raymond C. Zane, age 73, died at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit on Thursday, June 7, 2012. He was born July 2, 1938.
He graduated from Minneola High School and served in the US Navy from 1958 through 1962.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna Baker of Pueblo, Colorado.
Cremation has taken place. An inurnment will take place at a later date in Colorado.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Colin Dason Scott Jr.

Colin Dason Scott, Jr., 2 months of age, passed away at his home in Bloom, Kansas. He was born March 26, 2012, the son of Colin and Angelica (Chavez) Scott.
He is survived by: his parents; sisters, Kaelyn Delicia and Kallista Marie; maternal grandparents, Javier and Angie Chavez of Bloom; and paternal grandmother, Corliss Williams of Topeka, Kansas.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Minnis Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Allen Smith officiating. Burial followed in Bloom Cemetery.
The family welcomes memorials to the Lighthouse Baptist Church in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Daryl M. Barnes

Daryl M. Barnes, age 75, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Via Christi-St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. He was born September 18, 1936 in Lakin, Kansas, the son of Martin and Chloe (Greeson) Barnes.
He was a farmer and a longtime resident of Minneola, formerly of Lakin. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Minneola, was a former Lions Club member and served in the US Air Force.
On August 4, 1963, he married Linda K. Esplund at Minneola. She survives.
He is also survived by: his son, Martin of Amricus, Kansas; a daughter, Darylene of Lenexa, Kansas; and two sisters, Doris McMichael and Wilda Tallant, both of Lakin, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, Virgil, Vera, Vernon and Ralph, and a sister, Vada McMichael.
Memorial services were held at 3 pm on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating.
The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola United Methodist Church or the Hometown Market in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Sherry Lynette Moore

Sherry Lynette Moore, 68, of Ashland, Kansas passed away on May 23, 2012 at the Ashland Health Center. She was born on March 22, 1944 in Dodge City, Kansas to Frank and Glenna (Campbell) Bailey.
The Bailey family resided in Wilroads Gardens-Dodge City, Kansas and Sherry graduated from Ford High School in 1962. She attended Dodge City Community College and worked for a time as a telephone operator. Sherry met and married Leslie Moore and the couple made their home in Garden City, Kansas before moving to Ashland in 1974. They purchased the grocery store and ran it until 2006 when they sold it to their daughter and son-in-law. While running the store, Sherry took care of the books and ran the register. After selling the store, she still helped out with the stocking and other duties of the business.
Sherry and Leslie enjoyed spending time together searching for and playing in various casinos. Sherry loved cooking and gardening but those loves did not shine a light on her love for her kids and grandkids. She was a great follower of her grandchildren in their assorted activities. Many years ago a family tradition of Sunday family dinners was started and was a special and treasured time spent together.
Sherry was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother, Glenna (Bailey) Anderson of Ashland; her husband, Leslie of the home; her son, Lane and his wife, Angela, of Shattuck, OK; her daughter, Heather McCann and her husband, Brad, of Ashland, KS; her son, Derek and his wife, Emily, of Ashland, KS; grandson, Logan Moore of Tonkawa, OK; granddaughter, Shayna Moore of Shattuck, OK; granddaughter, Aspen McCann and grandson Corey McCann both of Ashland; and granddaughter, Saige Moore of Ashland; two brothers, Ronald Bailey and wife, Ellen, of Valley Center, KS and Tracy Bailey and wife, Debbie, of Spearville, KS; a sister, Kanda Duncan of Ashland; nieces, nephews and a host of friends who will miss her greatly.
Services will be held Saturday May 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the First Christian Church of Ashland. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery of Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered online at www.schillingfhg.com
The family requests memorials in Sherry’s name be given to the WEPAC Alliance, P.O. Box 949, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Herman K. Redden

Herman K. Redden, 89, died Sunday, May 13th, at the Kansas Soldier Home in Fort Dodge, KS. He was born November 24, 1922 in Chase County, NE, son of Austin Earl and Mary Elisabeth (Mosher) Redden, growing up in the Prairie Jim Community.
October 18, 1945 Herman entered into active service of the Navy. He was honorably discharged August 10, 1946. The story goes he was the last of four brothers to enter the service as his paper work had been stuck to the back of his brother Max’s.
Prior to WWII Herman farmed south of Champion, NE. Throughout his life he had many occupations. He worked the pipeline for several years, had a house moving business, operated a tree trimming business, was a beekeeper, a fur harvester, worked at the CO-OP in Trenton for several years, was a farm and ranch hand, and raised Walker and Redbone coonhounds. In the 1980’s he breed Toy Fox Terriers and raised Nubian Goats north and west of Ellis, KS prior to retirement.
On February 2, 1963 Herman married Elizabeth V. (Bess) Dixon. They were married 30 years and raised 3 daughters together.
Herman’s pride was his five grandchildren whom he loved dearly: James Richard Redden, Laura Lynn Redden, Colleen Marie Garrett, Levi James Garrett and Christopher John Garrett.
Survivors include his children, Mary C. Garrett of Timken, KS; Helen L. Redden of Minneola, KS; Darlene S. Redden and companion Robert Still of Denver, CO, mother of his children, Bess Redden of Minneola; former son-in-law, Curtis J. Garrett of Afton, OK; brother, Pat D. Redden and wife Bernice of Palisade, NE; a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Henry, Austin, Jim, Raymond and Max; Sisters: Gladus Bird, Annie Hogsett, Jessie Martin, Mattie North, Ollie May, Ida and Bessie; Granddaughter: Mary Elizabeth Redden and domestic companion Lucile Lowe.
A memorial service was held May 19th at 1 pm (MDT) at Leiwer Funeral Home in Imperial, NE. Interment followed in Green Lawn Cemetery at Lamar with a reception following in the community center in Champion.

Ruby I. Rice

Ruby I. Rice, 88, of Cedar Vale, Kansas, passed away Friday morning, April 27, 2012 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Sedan, Kansas.
Born on February 11, 1924 in Sitka, Kansas, she was the daughter of Raymon and Estella (Fox) Crane. She was raised and received her early education in Sitka and later Ashland, Kansas where she graduated from Ashland High School in 1942. She worked at the Ashcraft Pharmacy in Ashland during high school.
She was united in marriage to Glen Rice on January 4, 1946 in Pratt, Kansas. The couple made their first home in Ashland. They later moved to rural Dexter, Kansas where the couple ranched. Ruby was a dedicate homemaker. They resided in Cedar Vale, Kansas until 1964 when they moved to Winfield. Mr. Rice preceded her in death in February of 1995. Ruby resided at the Dexter Care Center until its closing when she moved to the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center.
She was a member of the Walnut Valley Quilt Guild and enjoyed teaching stained glass. Ruby was an avid walker and liked to cook, quilt and all kinds of handiwork.
Her family includes: her son-in-law: Mike Young of Cedar Vale, KS; her brother: Hubert Crane of Ashland, KS; Her sisters: Anna Mae Webb of Ashland and Shirley Cox and husband Donald of Ashland; Her grandchildren: Lorri Pontious and husband John and Michael Young; and her four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sydnia Young; her brothers, Charles, Glenn, Cedric and Donald; and her sisters, Mildred Grimes and Daisy McIntyre.
Graveside funeral services were held at 2 pm on Monday, April 30, 2012 at the Ozro Cemetery east of Cedar Vale.
A memorial has been established in Ruby’s name for Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Coffeyville. Contributions can be made through Miles Funeral Service in Winfield.

Emmy Lou Gleichman

Emmy L. (Harshberger) Gleichman, age 78, died peacefully on April 21, 2012 after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  She was born on March 13, 1934 in Minneola, Kansas to George and Beulah Harshberger.  She had two sisters, Norma and Ida, and two brothers, George and Gary (deceased).  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Gleichman, and is survived by two children, Mary Grant of Tulsa, OK and Robert Gleichman of Houston, TX.  She is also survived by four grandchildren:  Casey Gleichman 24, of Houston, TX; Katie Grant 24, attending law school in New York City; Eric Gleichman 21 of Corpus Christi, TX; and Molly Grant 20, attending school in Norman, OK.
Emmy married Richard Gleichman in 1956.  As their lives and career progressed, the moved from Derby, Kansas to OKC in 1967 where Richard transferred to a position in sales with Meadow Gold Dairy.  While in OKC, they joined Messiah Lutheran Church and raised their family with the support of Messiah’s extended church family.
Emmy graduated from the Saint Joseph School of Nursing in Wichita, KS and was an RN her entire life.  She worked in the evenings to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Emmy held various positions throughout her nursing career including:  practicing RN, LPN Nursing, Instructor, and ultimately the Director of School Nursing for the OKC Public Schools.  Emmy had a passion for nursing and caring for others because her life was dedicated to this profession.
Upon retirement, Emmy became very involved in volunteer work.  She was an OSU “Master Gardener” providing community horticultural support; she enjoyed raising butterflies each year for the OSU Butterfly Exhibit at the State Fair of Oklahoma.  Emmy had a passion for cooking and cooked countless meals for “Mobile Meals”, church meetings and functions, and Messiah’s annual Oktoberfest”.  Emmy even cooked German food for several other Lutheran churches around the country.  Emmy volunteered at “Christmas Connection” and “Seniors”, and was often referred to as a “Full Time Volunteer”.  Her hard work and passion was a reflection of her commitment to her Lord, her church family, and to the community.
As an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, she cared for many aged members during their final years of life.  Her sincere and demonstrated passion in caring for others touched many lives.  She drove members to appointments, stayed with them when they were sick, and considered it an honor to help so many people.  She was a committed Servant of God.

Rolland (Rollie) Dean Loewen

Roland “Rollie” Dean Loewen, 74, of El Paso, IL passed away at 8:20 am on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.
Memorial services were held at 10:30 am on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Salem Church in rural Gridley, IL. Rev. Stuart Rex and Rev. Tim Smith will officiate. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, Spare and Share Building Fund, or Youth For Christ in Findlay, OH.
Rollie was born on October 29, 1937 in Meade, KS a son of William W. and Margaret J. Isaac Loewen. He married Gladyce Bixel on August 14, 1959 in Bluffton, OH. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Lori (Bill) Troyer of Normal, IL; two sons, Lyn (Lori) Loewen of Findlay, OH; Landis (Kelleen) Loewen of Hudson, MA; seven grandchildren, Kelsey, Claire, and Rachel Troyer; Lydia (Jake) McKinley; Zach (Mariel) Bingham; Jacob and Baylee Loewen; three great grandchildren, Kadin, Adelyn, and Morgan McKinley; and one brother, Merle (Betty) Loewen of Ellinwood, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rollie taught school for 33 ½ years with the last 30 years being in the El Paso School District. He enjoyed operating the scoreboard for many years at the El Paso-Gridley high school basketball games. He was a member of the Salem Church where he served on many boards and also taught Sunday School. He was the chaplain for the Livingston County Gideons and served on the board for the Spare and Share in Gridley where he was the chairman for the past few years.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com

Margaret (Peggy) Ann Durbin

Margaret “Peggy” Ann Durbin, 78, of Ashland, Kansas departed from this life on April 12, 2012 in Ashland. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 26, 1933 to Otto Dennis and Margaret Virginia (Garrison) Alber.
Peggy grew up in Albuquerque, graduating from St. Mary’s High School. She attended Western School for Private Secretaries and worked at the Atomic Energy Commission at Sandia Base in Albuquerque. On September 25, 1955, she and Raymond Durbin were united in marriage. To this union four sons and a daughter were born.
Raymond retired from the US Navy and through this service he and Peggy traveled the world. Peggy lived in New Mexico, Hawaii, Washington state, California, Denver, Colorado, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Detroit, Michigan, and finally in Ashland, Kansas. During this time Peggy worked as an accountant and nurse. She was a member of the Navy Wives Club of America and participated with the Little League, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts clubs.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Gary Alber; her husband, and a son, Raymond Lee. She is survived by three sons, Michael and wife, Lonna, of Albuquerque, NM, Tony and wife, Kendra, of Ashland, KS, and Pat and wife, Kris, of Atlanta, GA; her daughter, Margie Kirkegard and husband, Leroy, of Deer Lodge, MT; seventeen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild;; extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family requests memorials are given to the Ashland Health Center, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831 or the St. Joseph’s Church, P.O. Box 577, Ashland, KS 67831.

Wilbur Pete Hoffman

Wilbur Pete Hoffman, 91, of Ashland, Kansas passed from this life on April 7, 2012. He was born in Claflin, Kansas March 18, 1921 to Frank and Francis (Kreir) Hoffman.
The Hoffman family moved from Kansas to Colorado when Wilbur was a boy. When he got older Wilbur returned to Kansas and worked in the Civil Conservation Corps before joining the US Navy in 1942. He served his country as a Gunner’s Mate in the Navy until 1946. Upon returning to Kansas, and the Ashland area, Wilbur worked for Jess Harper on the Harper ranch and helped his Uncle Ed Hoffman farm. On May 10, 1949 Wilbur took Geraldine Brown as his wife at the St. Mary’s Church in Sitka, Kansas. The couple made their home in Ashland and to this union two children were born.
Wilbur worked in a janitorial position for 36 years at the school, hospital and court house. Along with doing odd jobs around town Wilbur enjoyed mowing lawns. He took great pride in his wife, two children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family. Wilbur was a very kind, loving man. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Frank, Jr and Leo; two sisters, Bea Murray and Bernice Thomas; and a granddaughter, Cassandra Le Hoffman.
Wilbur is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geraldine; his son, Don Hoffman and Sharla of Ponca City, Oklahoma; his daughter, Diana Price and husband, Jerry, of Ponca City, Oklahoma; five granddaughters, Brenda Bridenstine and husband, Ryan, Melissa Fields, Michelle Hoffman, Nicole Thomas and husband, Andrew, Merrick Hoffman; four great-grandsons, Garrett Bridenstine, Kyler Bridenstine, Talon Saulters, and Cash Fields; nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.
A Wake will be held Tuesday April 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland. Funeral services will be held Wednesday April 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph’s. Interment will be at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Ashland. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered online at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 577, Ashland, Kansas 67831 or the Ashland Senior Citizen’s Center, P.O. Box 73, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Glenn Alton Miles

Glenn Alton Miles, 85, of Ashland, Kansas passed away on March 29, 2012. He was born in Valley Center, Kansas on April 12, 1926 to James A. and Helen B. (Rosenberger) Miles, the oldest of six children.
Glenn grew up in Ashland, attending schools there. He was drafted into the US Army his senior year of high school. He served as a Military Police, stationed in Korea, during WWII. Glenn received a sharp shooter medal while serving. After the war Glenn returned to Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School.
One of Glenn’s favorite enjoyments came through flying. He owned an Ercoupe single wing plane that he loved flying and spent many hours hanging out at the airport. He loved to watch the planes coming and going and the aerobatics performed. Glenn enjoyed farming and ranching, hunting and shooting, being a member of the local VFW, and especially spending time drinking coffee and visiting with friends.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Max Edward and James Arthur. He is survived by three sisters, Norma Jo Leaf and her husband, Stanley, of Stamford, Texas, Joyce Nichols and her husband, John, of Overland Park, Kansas, and Helen Miles of Hays, Kansas, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Graveside services will be held Saturday March 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family requests memorials be given to the Ashland EMS, P.O. Box 742, Ashland, KS 67831 or to the Ashland Senior Citizen’s Center, P.O. Box 73, Ashland, KS 67831.

Gladys Ellen Pike

Gladys Ellen Pike, age 92, departed this life on March 28, 2012 at the Ashland Hospital Health Center in Ashland, Kansas. She was born at the Sitka, Kansas family farm on October 7, 1919, the only child of Gould Charles Kirby and Bertha Lee Pratt.
Gladys attended the Sitka grade school and graduated from the Ashland High School in 1937. She attended Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas for one year, earning a normal teaching certificate. She taught at the Coyote Country School in Clark County Kansas Lexington Community. On July 2, 1940 she married her high school sweetheart, Losson George Pike, in Santa Ana, Orange County, California. After World War II, Gladys and George moved to the Sitka, Kansas farm where they farmed, ranched and raised two sons, Losson Gene and Kirby Dean Pike. The moved from the family farm to the Kirby residence in Ashland in 1972 when George’s health failed and Kirby took over the farming/ranching business. George passed away on February 23, 1977, and until three years ago Gladys remained ever busy with her yard and home decorative crafts which were memorial to her energy and creativity. Gladys served the community as 4-H leader, member of Home Extension Unit, Circle of Friends Club, Ashland United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, American Cancer Society, and various other organizations, but most of all she was just always Mom. Gladys was on the Ashland Methodist Church building committee and spent countless hours doing cleaning and janitorial work when the new church was built and completed. Tabitha House Ministries was another special work where she lent a hand at sorting, cleaning and organizing the many charitable donations.
Gladys Pike is survived by her two sons, Losson and Kirby and their wives, Leanne and Sherry, all of Ashland, KS; Grandson, Lt. Col. David Losson Pike, USAF, Goldsboro, NC, and his wife, Stacy and their children, Mitchell and Marshall; Grandson, Major Andrew Nathan Pike, USAF, Tucson, AZ, and his wife, Virginia and their son, Elias; Grandson, Wesley George Pike and his wife, Chandra, of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Granddaughter, Abby Marie Krause and her husband, Joel, and their children, Gracelyn Marie and Judah Maben, of McKinney, TX; Granddaughter, Jenny Marie Clevenger and her husband, Dustin, and their son, Jack, of Bucklin, KS; Granddaughter, Josie Teniele Jay and her husband, Eric, and their children, Harper and Wren, of Lawrence, KS.
A memorial service will be held on Monday April 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM at the Ashland United Methodist Church with Pastor Rick Branson officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family suggests memorials be given to the Ashland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 686, Ashland, KS 67831, the Tabitha House Ministries, P.O. Box 154, Ashland, KS 67831 or the Ashland Health Center LTCU, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831.

Doris Bessie Vannaman

Doris Bessie Vannaman, 101, was born on September 14, 1910 in Gray County Kansas to George and Bessie (Proffit) Evans. She passed away on March 18, 2012 in Wamego, Kansas.
Doris graduated from high school in Cimarron, Kansas. She married Glee Vannaman on August 16, 1930 in Garden City, Kansas. The couple made their home in Ashland, Kansas and Doris remained in Ashland until moving to Wamego, Kansas after Glee’s death in 2005.
Doris not only took care of her family, but worked as book keeper for Glee’s businesses in Ashland. She helped manage the International Harvester store while Glee was in the service and was the secretary of Vannaman Hardware while he served as Clark County Clerk and appraiser.  Doris managed Vannaman Liquor Store from 1979 to 1986, then worked with Glee at the store until retiring in 1998 at the age of 88 years.
She was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Richard, a great-granddaughter, Amanda Crane, a great-grandson, Marshall Crane, a daughter-in-law, Paula Vannaman, a son-in-law, Bob Brown, and four brothers, Oral, Edgar, Darrell, and Dale.
She is survived by her son, Donald D. Vannaman of Kansas City, Kansas, two daughters, Peggy J. Crane and husband Guy of Wamego, Kansas and Patty J. Brown of Choctaw, Oklahoma, ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 10:00 AM on Friday March 23, 2012 at the Valley Vista Care Home Chapel in Wamego, Kansas. Funeral services were held on Monday March 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the United Methodist Church of Ashland, Kansas. Interment was at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas at 3:30 PM the same day. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered online at www.schillingfhg.com
The family has suggested memorials be made to the Valley Vista Care Center, 2011 Grandview, Wamego, KS 66547, the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 686, Ashland, KS 67831, or to a charity of your choice.

Robert Gary Mills Sr.

Robert Gary Mills, Sr., age 73, died March 16, 2012, at his ranch in Ashland, Kansas.
Mr. Mills was born August 13, 1938 in Stillwater, Oklahoma to William “Willie” and Vada (Barnes) Mills. He married Glynda E. Gober in Chandler, Oklahoma and from that union came his three children, Gary, Jr., Dana Kay and Cindy Diane. He married Susan K. Kearn in Ashland, Kansas, June 13, 1998.
He was a graduate of Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. From college, he went to work for USDA Market News. Over the years his work led him to offices in Thomasville, Georgia, Baltimore, Maryland, Des Moines, Iowa, Sioux City, Iowa and finally to the office he desired most, Dodge City, Kansas. After 39 years of service, he retired as Officer in Charge, having received numerous commendations for excellence in service.
On August 19, 1971, his family purchased and moved to their ranch west of Ashland, Kansas, where he lived the remainder of his life. The Mills’ ran a small cow-calf operation on the land he truly loved.
He was a man of strong Christian faith. This faith was often demonstrated through quietly helping others behind the scenes, as well as in more public activities. In his life, he served as an Elder in two churches and was a driving force in establishing Christ’s Church of Ashland. He was a founding member of the Boot Hill Adult Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a charter member of the Thunder of the Plains chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association where he served with as chapter president with his wife Susan actively supporting him as a chapter officer. He also attended the United Methodist Church in Ashland.
Over the years, Gary was involved in numerous organizations, including livestock and cattlemen’s associations. He announced rodeos, was an avid supporter of OSU athletics and loved to explore and embrace his western heritage. He loved cars, especially fast ones. He won the Oklahoma state driving championship when he was in high school.
He is survived by his wife, Susan (Kearn) Mills and her children, Eric Jendra and Sarah Peattie; sister and her spouse, Kay and Jay Zerfoss and their daughter, Karen; Children and their spouses, Gary, Jr., and Mary Mills, Dana and Joe Stevens, Cindy Diane and Eric Kittleson; grandchildren, Samuel, Anna, Sarah, Jonah, Elijah and Daniel Mills, Matthew Arnold and Jordan Stevens, Jake and Hannah Kittleson.
A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church in Ashland, Kansas, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest at the Roselawn Cemetery, Okeene, Oklahoma, the same day at 3:30 p.m. The services will be conducted by close friend, Rev. Jeff Hiers of Dodge City, Kansas.
Funeral services are being provided by Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home, Ashland, Kansas. Condolences may be given at their website: www.schillingfhg.com
Memorial gifts may be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 733 Fir St., Eudora, KS 66025 or the OSU Alumni Association, 201 ConocoPhillips, OSU Alumni Center, Stillwater, OK 74078-7043.

Marshall Paul Goff

Marshall Paul Goff of Dodge City, Kansas passed from life to LIFE the evening of February 19, 2012.  He was born to Leonard Paul Goff and Elsie Riepe on  May 5, 1923 in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.  Leonard was an auto mechanic and his mom was a school teacher at “Deer Creek’ ranch school. At age 5, his family moved to Northeastern Oklahoma, to an area called Blackbird Creek, just outside of Tahlequah, Oklahoma where the family survived the “30’s” by rounding up hogs, raising horses and mules for the army and milking a few shorthorn cattle. He was the youngest of three children, older brother Maurice and sister, Marian both preceded him into LIFE. Many good years of growing up occurred around Blackbird Creek, a clear running stream that was the family’s refrigerator, laundry and swimming hole. Many family tales and memories occurred during this time which framed his attitude and gave him his foundation for life. He spent a few years in the CC Camps in Colorado, sending money home to the family for survival and a savings to send his sister to college. Marian married her sweetheart and his brother Maurice used the savings for college. He married Lillian Ruth Mashburn, just before he went to war. While in training at San Antonio, Texas, his daughter Freda Ruth Goff was born and just before being commissioned, the War ended.  He left the Army Air Force with training in communications. Shortly after being discharged from the Army Air Force, his son Clyde Paul Goff was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  Marshall was hired as a Lineman by Western Light and Telephone Company and moved just west of Wichita, Kansas to build electric and phone lines during the REA years of the communication industry. Promoted to a local telephone Maintenance man position, he lived shortly in Cimarron, Kansas and over 15 years in Ashland, Kansas doing local telephone work, raising his family, being a volunteer fireman, doing community work like coaching little league, umpiring baseball and helping build a Yankee size base ball field on the Clark County Fair Grounds. Western Light and Telephone was purchased by United Telephone Company and in 1959, Marshall was promoted to Plant Superintendent and he moved his family to Dodge City, Kansas. After a few years he was promoted to Assistant Manager, then Manager of the Company and spent 24 years in these positions. During that tenure he was active in the National Telephone Association; he became the President of this group and spent time lobbying in Washington D.C. He married Verna Mae Myers, March 7, 1975. During their marriage, they ran C& M Campers and retired to traveling, with their home base being Grove, Oklahoma, where he owned and operated Anchor Windshield Repair, a part time job. His main job was fisherman and member and officer of the Moose Lodge. In his life time, he farmed, started a grocery store/ convenience store, sold campers, started a housing project, remodeled houses, repaired windshields, and was active in his community where he lived. He was a member of First Christian Church in Dodge City and attended Wilroads Gardens Christian Church with his wife.  Much could be written about Marshall’s life and his activities, but to sum up his life; active, creative, and helpful, a man of his word and respected by all.
He is survived by his wife, Verna, of 36 years; Verne & Karen Pankratz, daughter and son-in-law; Mandy Pankratz, Josh & Azura Pankratz grandchildren, all of Dodge City, Kansas;  Lillian Goff of Amarillo Texas; Clyde and Nancy Goff, son and daughter-in-law, Michael & Laurie Goff, grandchildren all of Amarillo, Texas; David & Shari Ellis grandchildren, Oologah, Oklahoma; Freda & Jim Monseu of Littleton, Colorado, daughter & son-in-law; David & Kirsten Monseu Denver, Colorado, Brian and Cheyenne Monseu of Silver Plume, Colorado, grand children; Great grandchildren, Ty Paige, Preston Paige, Kailey Roberts, Kyle Roberts, Jaxon Goff, Kelise Roberts and Keaton Goff,  Joseph Monseu, Isabella Monseu, June Monseu;  four nieces; Sandy Buchanan, Jan Goul, Laurie Judon, and Anita Sutton.
Funeral service will be held at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. with Jeff Hiers and Clyde Goff presiding.  Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City.  Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from Noon to 8:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated in care of the funeral home.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Arthur Lloyd Ganson

Arthur Lloyd Ganson of Ashland, Kansas was born December 27, 1911 to Dale and Hattie (Meadows) Ganson north of Leoti, Kansas in the family home. He passed away on February 18, 2012 at the Ashland Health Center. He was one of nine children. On June 4, 1951, he married Adeline Parker. She passed away December 26, 1987. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Survivors include twin daughters, Jean Malone of Ulysses, Kansas and Janet (Bill) Shaw of Ashland, Kansas, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four sisters, Hazel Hester of Boise, ID, Ella Friedell of Denver, CO, Edith Barrett of Hays, KS, and Alma Hershinger of Denver, CO.
The purchase of the Ritz Theater brought Art to Ashland in 1946. Art, along with his wife, purchased and owned Gansons from 1959 to 1977. He was an active member of the community serving on Ashland City Council 1953-1955, and as mayor from 1955-1961. Art was on the Ashland School Board from 1963 to 1970, and on the Abel Scholarship Trust from 1974 to 1995. In 1970, he was elected a Clark County Commissioner and served until 1978. During the time he had these elected duties he was President of the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, and March of Dimes County Chairman. Art was a member of the Masons Lodge #277. As a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church, Art served on numerous boards and committees. He was a ticket taker and cashier for the annual Ground Hog Supper for 45 years. Art owns a parcel of the family farm north of Leoti and the post office building in Ashland.
In the early 1900’s you might have seen Art and his siblings driving their horse and buggy to school, and in 2012, you can catch a glimpse of him by way of Google Earth. He is in the “street view” riding his scooter down Main Street to coffee at the drugstore.
Considering all of his professional and personal accomplishments, the love for, and the dedication to, his family was his greatest accomplishment. On his recent 100th birthday, he enjoyed visiting and entertaining family and friends, and holding the great-grandkids for pictures and fun.
Art lived alone in his home until this past September.
An important member of the Ashland community for 65 of his 100 years, his presence will be missed by family and friends.
Services were held Tuesday February 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church in Ashland with Pastor Rick Branson officiating. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Ashland Health Center, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, Kansas 67831 or the Ashland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 686, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Forrest Dale (Tim) Davenport

Forrest Dale “Tim” Davenport, 74, died February 11, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born on October 2, 1937 at Dodge City the son of James Frank and Iona Wesley (Netherton) Davenport.
Tim grew up in Dodge City and graduated from Dodge City High School. After graduating he served in the US Navy. Tim was a self employed auto mechanic and was delivering the Hutchinson news paper in Minneola. He loved to fish, hunt, and hang out with his friends.
He was a life member of the Howard Gotschall Post #1714, V.F.W.
Tim is survived by two brothers, Bob Davenport and wife Sara of Quartzsite, Arizona and Frank Davenport and wife Barbara of Bucklin; and five children, Tim, Kim, Chad, David and Tracy; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; companion, Billie Swim; one brother & three sisters.
Memorial graveside service were held at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, Ft. Dodge on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Vernon Bogart presiding. Military rites will be conducted by Howard Gotschall Post #1714, V.F.W. Memorials are suggested to the Tim Davenport Memorial Fund in care of Frank Davenport. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Melissa Lynn Young

Melissa Lynn Young, 50, of Ashland, Kansas was born on July 24, 1961 in Coldwater, Kansas and was the daughter of Frank and Faye (Williams) Brooks. She left this earth on February 2, 2012 at the Ashland Health Center.
Lynn was a lifelong resident of Ashland. She was employed at the Clark County Courthouse as the Register of Deeds. She also served as a member of the Fair Board for numerous years. Lynn loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and family. She enjoyed doing crafts and spending weekends at the casino with her husband and friends.
Lynn was a wonderful, caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Faye Brooks and her father Paul Perrcifield. She is survived by her husband, Francis of the home; her daughter, Rebecca Stebens and husband Joshua of Woodward, OK; her three sons, Robert Graff of Ft. Supply, OK, Jason Graff of Yukon, OK, and Brandon Graff and wife Danielle of Valparaiso, IN; her step-children, Whitney Young of Dodge City, KS, J.D. Young of Ashland, KS, and Walker Young and wife McKayle of Okanawa, Japan; her sister, Starla Woods and husband Gary of Englewood, KS; her brother, Michael Brooks and wife Melody of Deerfield, KS; multiple grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday February 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the First Christian Church in Ashland with Jim Sutherland officiating. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery of Ashland. Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered online at www.schillingfhg.com
The family requests memorials are given to WEPAC, P.O. Box 949, Ashland, KS 67831 or the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

CarmaLee Beebe

CarmaLee Beebe, age 78, died on January 22, 2012, at her residence in Minneola, Kansas. She was born February 1, 1933, in Minneola, Kansas, the daughter of Charles Lee and Beulah Mae (Smith) Deniston.
She was a lifetime resident of Minneola and a homemaker. She graduated from Minneola High School in 1951 and was a tireless servant for the Lord, teaching Sunday School for over 40 years and cooking countless funeral and church dinners. She was passionate about her family and a lover of all animals. She served on the Clark County Extension Council, Southwest Kansas Advisory Library committee, was a member of the Minneola Civic Club and was an avid tole painter and instructor in the Southwest Tole Painting Chapter.
On August 5, 1951 she married Dean Beebe at Minneola. He survives.
Other survivors include: 1 son, Keith and wife Sarah of Aurora, Colorado; 3 daughters, Sharon Allen and husband George of Aurora, Colorado, Eileen Cooper and Sylvia Stefan, both of Minneola; a half-brother, Larry Deniston and wife Kay of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, January 26th, at the First Christian Church in Minneola with Virgil White and Chuck Steele officiating. Call will take place at Minnis Mortuary in Minneola on Wednesday, January 25th, from 11 am to 6 pm with the family present from 4 to 6 pm. Interment will take place in Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola, KS.
The family welcomes memorials to Carpenter Childrens Home or Heifer International, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Brooke A. Minor

Brooke A. Minor, age 22, went to live with the Lord on January 16, 2012 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She was born May 26, 1989 in Dodge City, Kansas, the daughter of Kirby and Laurie (Lies) Minor.
Brooke graduated from Minneola High School in 2007 and from Sterling College in 2011 with a degree in Sprorts Management Marketing. She was employed as the office manager at the NCAA 2012 Men’s Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She is survived by her parents, Kirby and Laurie Minor, Minneola; a brother, Bryce Minor and wife Amy of Blanchard, Oklahoma; 2 sisters, Kara and Morgan, both of Minneola; her grandmother, Karol Lies, Minneola; and her fiancé Travis Highfill and his daughter Peyton of Bellle Chase, Louisiana.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Lewis and Esther Minor and her maternal grandfather Rodney Lies.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 21st, at the Minneola High School gymnasium at 10 am with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Calling will take place from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, January 20th at Minnis Mortuary in Minneola. Burial will take place in Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola.
The family welcomes memorials to the Brooke Minor Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Carl McGonigle

Carl McGonigle, 71, passed away early Tuesday morning on January 10, 2012 at the Ashland Health Center.
Carl was one of eight children born to Ray and Lilly McGonigle of Fowler, Kansas.
Carl married his bride of 52 years, Anita Mueller, on April 18, 1959. They moved to Ashland, KS in 1965. Carl went to work for Shaw Feedyard and worked there for 16 years. After leaving the feedyard, Carl started the McGonigle Trucking Business and worked on their farm until his accident made him retire. Carl and Anita had five children, Theresa, Calvin, David, Brian, and the late son, Jason.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Lilly; four brothers, Perry, Chester, Clinton, and Russel; a sister, Donna; a daughter-in-law, Theresa; and a grandson, Phillip.
He is survived by his wife, Anita; a brother, Henry of Wichita; a sister, Alice of Texas; four children, Theresa, Calvin, Brian, and David and his wife, Lorrine; eight grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM the First Baptist Church of Ashland with Sean Patrick officiating. Graveside to follow. Condolences may be offered online at www.schillingfhg.com
The family suggests memorials go to the family of Carl McGonigle.

Ruthann Marie Hale

Ruthann Marie Hale, 65, of Englewood, Kansas passed away on January 9, 2012 at the Ashland Health Care Center in Ashland, Kansas. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1946 to Andrew Lawrence and Ruth (Anderson) McMillan.
Ruthann grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. After high school she attended Beauty School in Kansas City. She lived and worked in Sacramento, California for twenty years before moving to Englewood in 1993.
Ruthann was preceded in death by her parents, her two sons, Thomas Lee and Charles David.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Vanhooser, her close friend and her sons, Sue Chester, Brad, Chad, Colton, and Dillion, her brother, Richard McMillan and his wife, Roseanne, and a host of friends.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Arrangements were handled by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered online at www.schillingfhg.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations given in Ruthann’s name be given to the Ashland Health Care Center, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Ida Mae Rickard

Ida Mae Rickard, age 92, died Monday evening, January 9, 2012, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.
She was born November 2, 1919, at French, Arkansas, the daughter of William and Mary Keley (Owens) Todd.  As a young girl, she attended the Beaumont, Kansas, school system.
On October 5, 1945, she married Albert Eugene “Gene” Rickard at Pratt, Kansas.  After their marriage, the couple lived in Wichita, Kismet, Minneola, and in 1954, moved to Fowler, where they made their home.  She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Fowler Christian Church; Rebekah Lodge, serving as a past worthy matron; and the EHU Extension.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by: Three sons, DeWayne Rickard and wife, Kate of Blue Eye, Missouri, Tom Rickard and wife, Janet, of Meade, Kansas, Walter Burt of Garden City, Kansas; A sister, Nadine Heff of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Ten grandchildren and Twenty-seven great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Gene on April 10, 1987; a son, Gary Rickard; and four sisters, Minnie Martin, Icephine Thompson, Tressie Pennington, and Ruby Brasfield.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2012, at the Fowler Christian Church, Fowler, with Pastor Tom Walters presiding.  Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.
The family would welcome memorials to the Meade District Hospital or the Lone Tree Retirement Center in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com.

Daniel H. Glaze

Daniel H. Glaze, age 62, died on January 8, 2012 at the Minneola District Hospital in Minneola, Kansas. He was born December 5, 1949, in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Raymond E. and Jewell Ilene (Greaser) Glaze.
He was a longtime resident of Minneola, having worked as a concrete contractor. He was a Veteran serving in the US Army in Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion at Bucklin, Kansas and the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club.
On March 11, 1978, he married Cathy E. Nusser at Meade, Kansas. She survives.
He is also survived by: his mother, Ilene Glaze-Shelton, Dodge City; two sons, Kerry of Salina and Kevin of Minneola; 2 brothers, Dennis, Skyatook, Oklahoma and Donald, Greenville, South Carolina; 5 granddaughters and 6 great grandchildren.
The family wishes to greet friends from 1-3 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Civic Connection, Minneola, KS.
A private inurnment will take place at a later date.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Grocery Store Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Linda Kaye (Clark) Broadie

Linda Kaye (Clark) Broadie passed away early Tuesday morning, January 2nd with her family by her side.  She was born March 20, 1948 in Gainesville, TX to William “Sam” Clark and Ima Dee Clark.  Her father worked in the oil fields resulting in the family moving several times throughout her childhood.  In 1965 the family left Texas and moved to Ashland, KS.  Little did she know that this was the move that would seal her fate.  Upon moving to Ashland she caught the eye of a cocky young man who made it his goal to meet the new girl in school.  Bill and Linda began dating in November of their senior year.  After graduating from Ashland High School In 1966 the young man she had fallen in love with made a decision that would affect her more than she ever dreamed.  Bill enlisted in the Marine Corp.  They were engaged December 24, 1967 prior to Bill’s deployment to Viet Nam.
While Bill was overseas Linda attended Northwestern University in Alva, Oklahoma on a full ride academic scholarship. Bill was given a medical discharge in 1968.  Linda and Bill were married July 27, 1968.  Linda devoted her time to nursing her husband back to health both physically and mentally.  They both attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS and started their family with the birth of their son, William Barrett on June 8 1970.  Upon graduating from FHSU with a double major in business administration and accounting they moved back to Ashland in the spring of 1971.  March 27, 1974 they gave birth to daughter, Amy Lynette.
Linda spent the next 37 years making her husband, children and grandchildren feel very special and cared for, right up to her final hours.  She was always there for her children and her grandchildren.  Whether it was playing hide n seek, cowboys and Indians, painting gourds, playing soccer or baking special treats. Her grandchildren loved to be at Grandma’s.
Linda enjoyed her gardens of flowers and herbs.  She was always looking forward to spring and the long summer days where she would spend hours tending her gardens.  Linda was a wonderful cook and would prepare very special meals for her family during the holidays and at family gatherings.  The family spent many an hour around the dinner table enjoying the food she prepared and the love that was shared during those meals.
Linda’s kindness and generosity made those around her feel at ease and comfortable.  She enjoyed being an active member in the community and helping out whenever and wherever she could.  Linda was a member of P.E.O., 21st Century Club, Red Hat Society, United Methodist Women and various Bible study classes.
Linda is preceded in death by her father, William Leonard “Sam” Clark II, brother, William Leonard Clark III, step father A.L. “Mann” Trammell.  She is survived by her mother, Ima Dee Clark Trammell of Ashland, KS; her husband of 43 years, William “Bill” Broadie of Ashland, KS; her son, William Barrett (Lori) of Burns, KS and their children Raegan (Wichita, KS), Colt and Austin; her daughter, Amy Lynette (Jeff) Deubig of Dousman, WI and their children Luke and Grace; her brother, Leslie (Regina) Clark of Missouri and many, many additional family and friends.
Services will be held at the United Methodist Church, Ashland KS Thursday January 5, 2012 at 1:30pm with Pastor Rick Branson officiating.  Interment to follow at Highland Cemetery in Ashland, KS.  Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered online at www.schillingfhg.com
The family suggests memorials be made to the United Methodist Student Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 686, Ashland, Kansas 67831, the All American Beef Battalion, P.O. Box 458, Ashland, Kansas 67831, or Assistance in Health Care, Southwest Regional Medical Center, 10109 East 79th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74133.

2011

Robert Ross Cunningham

Robert Ross Cunningham, 83, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011 in Tulsa, OK. Born August 14, 1928 in Argentina to James Scott and Hazel (Ross) Cunningham.

Graduate of Sterling College, Sterling, KS and Pittsburg-Xenia Theological Seminary. U.S. Navy Veteran. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for rescuing 5 Marines from drowning while under enemy fire in a river ambush in Viet Nam. After 33 years of active duty at US Naval Stations in Annapolis, MD, and Midway Island, on the USSS Raleigh (LPD-1) and the USS Orkikany (CV-34) and tours with the Marines at Paris Island, SC, Chu Lai and Hoi An, Viet Nam, and Camp Pendleton, CA, and as assistant detailer to the Naval Chaplain Corps at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC, he returned to the civilian pastorate as Parish Associate at the Fallbrook Presbyterian Church, Fallbrook, CA. Prior to the Navy he served Presbyterian congregations in Jamestown and Jetmore, KS.
Preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Stuart Cunningham.
Survived by his wife of 59 years, Marjorie Tedford Cunningham, daughters, Lynette Cunningham Hardy and husband, Rev. Wayne Hardy of Tulsa, and Louise Cunningham Magee and husband Randy of San Leandro, CA; grandchildren, David Hardy, Jonathan Hardy, Bill Magee, Caitlin Magee and Laura Magee; siblings, Margaret Cunningham Mitchell and husband Daniel of Los Angeles, CA and James Cunningham of Upland, CA.
Chaplain Cunningham’s character was marked by humility, integrity, strong moral courage and a love for God’s Word and God’s people. His family, friends and community have been deeply blessed by his love and example.
Services were held at 11 am on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Kirk of the Hill Presbyterian. Interment took place at 2 pm on Friday, December 30, 2011 at Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, KS. Moore’s Southlawn 663-2233 share memorials at www.moorefuneral.com.

Ruth Francis Mead

Ruth Francis Mead, 93, died December 11, 2011 at the Carriage House of Greensburg, Kansas. She was born August 5, 1918 in Greensburg, the daughter of Claude J.  and Cora (Sypher) Hopkins. She was a waitress and a retail clothing sales clerk. Ruth graduated from Greensburg High School in 1935. She attended the Greensburg Christian Church. On March 14, 1937, Ruth married Buck Mead in Greensburg. He preceded her in death in October, 1995. She is survived by one son Ron Mead and wife Donna, Buffalo, Oklahoma, two daughters Marge Schmidt, Mullinville, Kansas and Karen Copeland, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, ten Grandchildren, twenty-one Great-grandchildren, and nine Great-great-grandchildren. Ruth was also preceded in death by a Granddaughter Ronica Laverty, Great-grandson Shandon Schmidt, three brothers and one sister.
A memorial service and celebration of Ruth’s life was held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Greensburg Christian Church, with Pastor Keith Dellenbach officiating. Private inurnment in Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Kiowa County Library and the Kiowa County Senior Center, both in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main St. Greensburg, Kansas, 67054.

Margaret Bosley

Margaret Bosley, age 88, died at Trinity Manor in Dodge City on December 7, 2011. She was born August 19, 1923 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Everett and Anita Proctor.
She was a resident of Dodge City since 2003 and was a former long-time resident of Minneola.
On September 11, 1943 she married Dale N. Bosley at Woodward, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on October 30, 2008.
Dale and Margaret owned and operated Southwest Lumber and Supply Company at Liberal, Kansas until 1973 when they moved to Minneola. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Dodge City, Kansas.
She is survived by: 3 sons, Jerry and wife Cheri of St. Joseph, Missouri, Michael and wife Donna of Dodge City, Kansas and Wayne and wife Mary of Waco, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister, Anita Kelly.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 12, 2011, at 11 am at the Church of Christ in Dodge City, Kansas with Gary L. Bennett officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at 2 pm at Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola, Kansas.
The family welcomes memorials to Trinity Manor in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Marguerite Helen Brandon

Marguerite Helen Brandon was born February 7, 1921 in Ashland, KS.  She is the daughter of Charles and Altha (Fox) Reynolds.  She went to be with her heavenly Father on November 23, 2011. Marguerite has been a long time resident of Edmond, OK.
On August 9, 1940 she married Jesse Brandon at Woodward, OK.  He passed January 19, 2000.  Survivors include daughter, DeLoris Brown of Protection, KS, son, Dwayne Brandon of Rosharon, TX, daughter, DeAnna Dykeman of Edmond, OK, eleven grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Deborah Brandon, a son, Don Brandon, her brother, Francis Reynolds, and a sister, Mary McFarland.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday November 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, KS, with Pastor Rick Branson officiating. Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials may be given to the Bradford Village, 906 N Boulevard, Edmond, OK 73034.

Luther McGee

Luther McGee, age 93, died November 20, 2011 at Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas. He was born October 8, 1918 in Brown Station, Missouri, the fourth of seven children born to Emerson Stanley and Nettie Tabitha Josephine (Castor) McGee.
He moved to the Minneola area with his mother, brothers and sisters at the age of 8. He met Rosa Lee Cusick in 4-H and eventually started working for her father, Walter Cusick on the family farm near Minneola. He was a Veteran having served in the US Army during WWII in Alaska.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army he returned to Minneola and married Rosa Lee on March 17, 1948 at the Cusick home.
He worked most of his life in the Minneola and Ashland area as a cowboy, farmer and worked for the Ashland School District in the transportation department for many years. He loved horses, cattle, the outdoors and being with his family.
He was a member of the Minneola Christian Church and the VFW at Ashland, Kansas.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 63 years, Rosa Lee, who resides in the Minneola Long Term Care Unit; son, Tony McGee and wife, Elaine, Eureka, Kansas; daughters, Peggy Snodgrass and husband, Dennis, Ashland, and Linda McGee and husband, Troy Dresser, Knoxville, Tennessee; granddaughters, Stevie Warren and husband, Andrew, El Dorado, Kansas, Melissa Walker and husband Casey, Peoria, Illinois and Megan Abbott-Dresser, Knoxville, Tennessee; grandsons, Levi McGee, Eureka, Kansas, Cody Snodgrass and wife Jenn, Fr. Walton Beach, Florida, Daniel Dresser and wife Tiffany, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Denton Dresser, Knoxville, Tennessee; great grandchildren, Camden Walker, Peoria, Illinois, Dukatti Snodgrass and Mason Snodgrass, both of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and Adalynn Dresser, Knoxville, Tennessee; one sister, Margaret, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services with Military Rites conducted by VFW Post 1714 – Dodge City will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 2 pm at the Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola, Kansas with Virgil White officiating.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit or Hospice of the Prairie in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Arthur F. Ratzlaff

Arthur F. Ratzlaff, age 91, died on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at his residence in Minneola, Kansas. He was born August 4, 1920, in Ford County, Kansas, the son of Henry F. and Magnalena (Reimer) Ratzlaff.
He was a lifetime resident of the area. He had worked at the Minneola Coop Service Station, Feed Mill and Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America. He was also a farmer and stockman.
Ratzlaff was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church, American Legion and was a lifetime member of the VFW at Dodge City. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the US Army Medical Corp.
On November 16, 1946 he married Wandalee Mary Jay at Dodge City, Kansas.
He is survived by: his wife, Wandalee of Minneola; two sons, Perry Jay Ratzlaff and Scott and Angela Ratzlaff of Minneola; one brother, James Ratzlaff of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; two sisters, Anna Ratzlaff of Pittsburg, Kansas and Sara Kissel of Limon, Colorado; three granddaughters and one great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Hank and Eli, and two sisters, Rosie and Bertha.
Graveside services were held at 2 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 with Dick Robbins officiating at the Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola, Kansas with Military Rites conducted by VFW Post #1714 – Dodge City, Kansas.
The family welcomes memorials to Hospice of the Prairie in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Harry Branard Christmas Jr

Harry Branard Christman Jr., 89, of Tucson Arizona, passed Wednesday November 9, 2011 at his home in Amber Lights Living Center.  Harry was born November 19, 1921 in Ashland, Kansas the son of Harry and Abbie Gertrude (Johnson} Christman.
He grew up and attended school in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School.  He attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and graduated in 1943 with a B.A. in Chemistry. It was at Fort Hays State that Harry met and fell in love with Mildred Heitschmidt.  They were married on January 28, 1944.
He followed his Chemistry degree and went to work for Fluor Corporation in the Oil and Gas Industry. Harry was a world traveler with Fluor working in various countries such as Canada, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Iran, plus many locations in the United States.  He retired as Vice President of Engineering and Construction.
Harry was an active member of Marana Community Christian Church in Marana, AZ and Whittier First Christian Church, Whittier CA.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Millie of Tucson and 3 sons and 1 daughter:  Michael Christman of Brea, CA, granddaughter Nicole; Pat & Linda Christman of Fallbrook, CA, granddaughters, Michelle and Sierra of Seattle, WA; son Randy & Deborah Christman of San Ramon, CA, grandson Noah, granddaughters, Alexandra and Annaliese; Teri Christman Saunders of Alvin, TX, granddaughters Rachael and Annie; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his sisters, Mildred Christman Smith & Marjorie Christman York.
Memorial Services will be held at Marana, AZ and Ashland, KS at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Marana Christian Church, The American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice is appreciated.
The family thanks all of you for your friendship and prayers.

Ethel Anderson

Lydia Ethel (Granny) King Anderson, age 106, died November 7, 2011 at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas. She was born July 24, 1905 in Larned, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Catherine (Baker) King.
She was a longtime resident of the area. She graduated from Zook High School in 1925 and attended McPherson College for two years. She then taught in a one-room country school in Clark County for one year after which she was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church, WSCS and taught Sunday School.
On August 8, 1928, she married Henry Anderson at Larned, Kansas. They lived on a farm south of Bloom, Kansas. Ethel continued to live on the farm until 2002 when she entered the Minneola Long Term Care Unit. Henry preceded her in death on May 21, 1980, having passed away at their home.
She is survived by: two daughters, Eloise Stroud of Wichita, Kansas and Verna Bowling and husband Ocie of Minneola, Kansas. She was ‘Granny’ to 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry; a daughter, Melda Skeen and husband Ray; two brothers, Delbert and Harvey King; a sister, Mayme Morris and husband Charles; grandson, Ronnie Barnett; son-in-law Jerry Stroud; and a grandson-in-law, Dan Norton.
Funeral services were held at 3 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Minneola United Methodist Chruch with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola, Kansas.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Business Development, Inc. (Grocery Store Fund) in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Rachel Dorothy (Overman) Baker

Rachel Dorothy (Overman) Baker, 97, of Ashland, Kansas was born on January 6, 1914 to Irving A. and Minnie A. (Jones) Overman in Mankato, Kansas. Rachel was one of nine children in this family. She passed from this life on November 6, 2011 at the Ashland Health Center in Ashland.
Rachel attended the Wesley Nursing Training Center in Wichita, Kansas and graduated in 1937. This was a long lived nursing career with Rachel retiring in 1980 and then still working part-time until 1990. She married Errol K. Baker in Caldwell, Kansas on December 31, 1938. To this union were added two sons and a daughter.
Knitting, sewing and gardening were some of Rachel’s favorite past times. She loved her flowers! She served as den leader for the Cub Scouts and participated in the Girls’ Night Out Bowling League.
Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her five brothers, her three sisters, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.
She is survived by her two sons, James Walter and his wife Francis and Jerry Irving, her daughter, Patricia Ann Benear, seven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were held Thursday November 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in Ashland with Rick Branson officiating. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family suggest memorials given in Rachel’s name be given to the Hospice of the Prairie, P.O. Box 1298, Dodge City, Kansas 67801 or the Ashland Health Center, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

James (Jim) Warren Bisel

James “Jim” Warren Bisel, 88, long time Ashland, KS resident passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Minneola District Hospital after suffering a stroke. He was a loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.  Jim was born in Okeene, OK on August 2, 1923.  He was the son of Manuel and Hulda (Brickman) Bisel, brother of Jerry Bisel and infant sister, all who preceded him in death and brother of Tom Bisel of St. Louis, MO.   He is survived by his his wife of 64 years, Wanda Martin, whom he  married in 1947 and was the proud father of  four daughters; Dr. Donna Hughes, Las Vegas, NV; Janice (Cookie) Krehbiel (husband Robert),  Ashland, KS; Rebecca Hoffman (husband Tom) who preceded him in death in 1996, and Jamie Gale (husband Mitch), Leawood, KS.  He was “Papa” to eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Jim was a Marine Corp WW II Veteran and member of the Ashland VFW.  During his lifetime in Ashland, he was instrumental in the formation of the Cimarron Grazing Association.   He served as a member of the Clark County Soil Conservation Board, A.S.C.S. Committee and president and member of the Ashland Co-op Board. He was an active member of the First Christian Church, serving as elder and deacon and was a past president of the church board.   Jim, who never retired as a rancher and farmer, fed cattle and bought land the last day of his earthly life. His favorite activity was tracking the cattle market and buying and selling cattle on the Internet. He also loved to entertain family and church friends by playing his harmonica.
The funeral was held on Wednesday morning, November 9, 2011 at the First Christian Church in Ashland, KS at 10:30 AM with Jim Sutherland officiating.  Interment, with military honors by the Ashland VFW, was at the Highland Cemetery, Ashland, KS. Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family suggests memorials in Jim’s honor be given to the Minneola District Hospital, 212 Main Minneola, KS 67865 or The Ashland First Christian Church, 507 Highland St. Ashland, KS 67831  in care of the Myatt Funeral Home, P. O. Box 578, 420 N. Main, Ashland, KS 67831.

Grace M. Thompson

Grace M. Thompson, age 89, died Wednesday afternoon, at Hutchinson, Kansas.
She was born June 3, 1922, in rural Hodgeman County, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence and Ella Fox Watson.  As a young girl she attended Garden City High School.
On November 30, 1940, she married Samuel E. Thompson at Syracuse, Kansas.   After their marriage the couple made their home in Meade where she maintained their home.  On November 30, 1966, her husband passed away in an accident.  After his death she returned to school, receiving her nurses training and began her nursing career.  She later moved to Hutchinson, Kansas, living there for many years.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidery work, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by: Two sons, Larry W. Thompson of Edgewood, New Mexico, Gary D. Thompson of Hutchinson, Kansas; Two daughters, Gloria A. McKinney of Englewood, Kansas, Carol E. Ullum of Hutchinson, Kansas; A brother, Don Watson of Wichita, Kansas; A half-brother, Ken Blanscet of Oregon; Seven Grandchildren and Many Great-Grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Fran L. Adams; two brothers, Joseph and Homer Watson; a sister Minnie Peery; two grandsons; and a granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the First Baptist Church, Meade, with Pastor Gordon Paulsen presiding. Interment was at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the Valley View Cemetery, Garden City, Kansas.
The family would welcome memorials to the Hospice Care of Kansas in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.
Personal Condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

William F. (Bill) Norton

William F. “Bill Norton, age 86, died October 11, 2011 at the Minneola District Hospital. He was born October 9, 1925 in Junction City, Kansas, the son of Leon and Edith (Latzke) Norton.
He was a longtime resident of Minneola and was a farmer and stockman. He was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church and the Kansas Livestock Association.
On November 15, 1947 he married Betty Bartlett at Minneola, KS.
He is survived by: his wife, Betty; a son, Joe Norton and wife Olga of Wichita, KS; daughter-in-law, Ramola Norton of Minneola; grandson, Will Norton and wife Tiffany of Minneola and their children, Carley, Cole and Brody; granddaughter, Jennifer Norton and daughter Danelle of Wichita, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dan; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Betty Martin.
Memorial services were held at 2 pm on Friday, October 14, 2011 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. A private burial took place at Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola EMS in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Anna Nora Freeman

Anna Nora Freeman, age 88, passed away at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom, Kansas on October 11, 2011.
She was born April 17, 1923 in Utica, Kansas the daughter of Walter and Josie Clodfelter Zordel.
She was a homemaker and a long-time resident of Ransom and Utica. She also had lived in Kingsdown and Bucklin.. She was a member of the Ransom Church of Christ, the Home Demonstration Unit of Utica, and Jane’s and Jean’s Square Dance Club of Ransom. On August 12, 1941 she married Clyde Hazen in Utica, Kansas. He preceded her in death on May 6, 1970. She later married Raymond “Bill” Freeman on May 8, 1971 in WaKeeney, Kansas. He preceded her in death on July 18, 1987.
She is survived by her brothers, Albert Zordel (Alouise), Ransom, and August Zordel (Susan), Ransom; sisters, Lila Reeder, Cleburne, Texas, Ida Mae Decker (Wilbur), Hooker, Oklahoma, and Dollie Shoupe (Clarence), Seeley Lake, Montana; stepdaughter, Willis Freeman, McPherson; and several stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Walter, Jr. and Roy Zordel; and sister, Wanda Joy Nixon.
Funeral service were held Saturday, October 15, 2011, 2:00 P.M. at the Church of Christ, Ransom. Burial followed at Ransom Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Rhode Island Suites or the Ransom Cemetery Improvement Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fitzgeraldfuneral.com.

Della M. Jenkinson

Della M. Jenkinson, age 72, died Wednesday evening, October 5, 2011, at the Harry Hynes Hospice, Wichita, Kansas.
She was born August 3, 1939, at Great Bend, Kansas, the daughter of Merl and Namoi Shipps.  As a young girl she attended the Dodge City school system, graduating from Dodge City High School in 1958.  She later attended Dodge City Community College.
On April 9, 1961, she married J.J. “Jack” Jenkinson.  Upon their marriage the couple made their home in rural Meade County, Kansas, where she assisted her husband with farming and maintained her home.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, serving as a Trustee for many years; the Hobby Club; several car clubs, and flying clubs.  She enjoyed reading, square dancing, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by: Her husband, Jack Jenkinson of rural Meade, Kansas; A son, John Jenkinson and wife Jana of Lakin, Kansas; A daughter, Joy Giessel and husband George of Minneola, Kansas; A brother, Frank Shipps and wife Mary Clair of Dodge City, Kansas; Six grandchildren, Kym, Stephanie, Ryan, Dusty, Kayla, and Miranda.
She is preceded in death by her parents; a half-brother, Wayne; and a half-sister, Alameda.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 10, 2011, at the United Methodist Church, Meade, Kansas, with the Reverend Susan Greene presiding.  Interment followed in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to the Harry Hynes Hospice in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Asa M. Hoofer

Asa M. Hoofer, 93, of Ashland, passed away on Saturday October 1, 2011 at the Ashland Hospital. He was born in Coldwater, Kansas April 3, 1918 to Roy H. and Clara D. (Stone) Hoofer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 60 years, Helen E. (Coverdale) Hoofer, two brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his son, Barry and daughter-in-law Helen, two grandsons Matt and Grady (Valerie), and four great-grandchildren, Abbie, Grant, Alex and Samson, all of Wichita, and a sister, Sue Gregory of East Palestine, OH.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM at the First Christian Church in Ashland with Jim Sutherland officiating. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery of Ashland. Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 844, Ashland, Kansas 67831 or the Ashland Long Term Care Center, P.O. Box 338, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Merle D. Hitz

Merle D. Hitz, age 87, died on September 26, 2011, at the Minneola District Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born March 26, 1924 on the family farm near Kingsdown, KS, the son of John F. G. and Grace Rose (Siefkies) Hitz.
He was a lifetime resident of Kingsdown. He was a farmer and stockman and worked for the U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency and the Ford-Kingsdown COOP.
He was a member of the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church and had served as a Trustee.
While his sons were young, Merle helped start and was a Scout Leader in Kingsdown for Troop 169, taking the local youth on numerous campouts and annual trips to Colorado to the scout ranch. He served on the USDA/Farm Service committee for 9 years and served on the Victory Electric Cooperative Board of Directors for 14 years.
On May 24, 1945, he married Beryl Ingalls in Dodge City, KS. They were married for 66 years.
Merle and Beryl were very active with the local square dancing club, “Pairs and Squares”, for several years with numerous friends in the area until ill health required them to cease dancing.
He is survived by: his wife, Beryl; son, Michael Hitz and wife, Yvonne, Spearville; a daughter, Gayla Kirmer and husband, Kurt, Spearville; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Dennis, 3 brothers, Glen, Clyde and Harold, and a sister, Veda Flair.
Funeral services were held at 11 am on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church with Leonard Hitz and Suzie Woods officiating. Burial followed in the Bucklin Cemetery.
The family welcomes memorials to the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church or the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin, KS 67834.

Mona M. Ratzlaff

Mona M. Ratzlaff, age 90, died September 23, 2011 at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas. She was born February 8, 1921 in Crawford County, Iowa near Vail, Iowa, the daughter of James L. and Jessie (Conrad) Maynard.
She was a longtime resident of the area and owned and operated Modern Beauty Shop in Minneola from 1963-1979. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Fowler and was a Past President of the State Assembly of the Rebecka Lodge.
On March 24, 1940 she married Henry “Hank” Ratzlaff, Jr., at Fowler, Kansas. He died in February of 1979.
She is survived by: a son, Gayland Ratzlaff of Fowler, Kansas; 2 daughters, Linnette Jones and husband, Jerald, of Minneola, Kansas, and Brenda Riebel and husband, Dennis, of Derby, Kansas; 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 8 great, great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband ‘Hank’, a son, Glen, 2 brothers, James Leroy and John W. Maynard, and a sister, Enid Willis.
Funeral Services were held at 2 pm on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Fowler Christian Church with Mike Ediger officiating. Burial followed in Concord Cemetery.
The family welcomes memorials to the Kansas Eye Bank or Lone Tree Retirement Center in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Erma Marie (Millett) Beard

Erma Marie (Millett) Beard was born on September 14, 1917 in Model, Colorado to John Edward and Lena Mabel (Reed) Millett. Died September 21, 2011.
She graduated from Sterling, Kansas high school. On August 16, 1935 she married James Clair Beard in Sterling, Kansas.
In 1935 she moved to Minneola where she and Clair owned and operated Beard IGA until 1944. They moved to a farm southwest of Minneola where they lived for many years. Several years ago she moved to Florida to be close to her daughter and family.
Erma was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church.
Proceeded in death by her parents, husband, Clair, and a brother, Edgar Millett.
She is survived by a daughter, Dixie, and her husband, Mack Posey, of Indiantown, Florida; and a son, James Anthony (Tony) and wife, Diane, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Erma has 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Public Library.
Burial took place in Appleton Township Cemetery.

Mary Kathryn Pike Davidson

Mary Kathryn Pike Davidson, 83, of Kellyville, Oklahoma passed away on September 12, 2011. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on December 10, 1927 to Gilbert and Della Ann (Powell) Marshall.
Mary grew up in Kellyville and graduated from high school there in 1945. After graduating, Mary met Cecil Dean Pike and they were united in marriage on April 18, 1946. The couple made their home in Ashland, Kansas. Two sons, Rick L. and Rob D., were added to this union.  Mary attended the Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas. Cecil passed away in 1981.
Mary worked at the Stockgrowers State Bank in Ashland and operated the ranch until 1991. In 1996, Mary married James Hollis Davidson and the couple made their home in Kellyville. James passed away in 2008.
One of Mary’s biggest enjoyments was sewing. She was a member of the 20th Century Club and attended the United Methodist Church in both Ashland and Kellyville.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, both of her husbands, her son Rob D. Pike, her grandson, Todd J. Pike, and three brothers, Cleo, Ralph, and Bob Marshall.
She is survived by her son, Rick L. Pike and wife Terry of Ashland, grandson, Scott J. Pike of Kellyville, great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Pike, sister, Donna J. Marshall, and many more who love and miss her.
Memorial services will be held on Friday September 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church of Ashland with Jim Sutherland officiating. Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home of Ashland. Condolences may be offered at www.schilingfhg.com
The family suggests memorials be given to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association in care of the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home, c/o Scotty Schilling, Rt. 1 Box 132, Follett, Texas 79034.

Martin T. Reimer

Martin T. Reimer, age 73, passed away Monday evening, August 22, 2011, at the Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas.
He was born June 14, 1938, in rural Meade County, Kansas, the son of Cornelius A. and Katharina H. (Doerksen) Reimer.  As a young boy he attended grade school at the McNulty School in rural Meade County, he later attended the Meade Bible Academy, graduating in 1956.  Upon his graduation, he returned to the family farm to assist following the death of his father.  He later attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, in the falloff 1957 until the spring of 1958, before returning to Meade County.   A lifetime resident of Meade County, he was a farmer, rancher, and a truck driver.
On August 30, 1953, he was baptized at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in rural Meade County.  He was an active member of the Fowler Friends Church.  Over several years he served with the Mennonite Central Committee working on their meat canning truck.
On November 5, 1994, he married Carolyn Ann (Hearn) Sallabedra at Stafford, Kansas.  She precedes him in death on September 4, 2007.
He is survived by: Two stepsons, Kevin Sallabedra of Stafford, Kansas. Kerry Salladedra of Wichita, Kansas; A stepdaughter, Barbara Suzanne Gerstenkorn of Great Bend, Kansas; Several nieces & nephews including, Jerry & Martha Reimer of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Roy Reimer of Colcord, Oklahoma; Carol Reimer of Glennallen, Alaska; Teresa & Robert King of Guymon, Oklahoma; Wes & Karen Reimer of Ashland, Kansas; Lloyd & Michelle Reimer of Protection, Kansas; Lucinda & Steve Marten of McPherson, Kansas; and James & Brenda Reimer of Meade, Kansas; Two brother-in-laws, Merlyn & Diane Hearn of Stafford, Kansas, Ronnie Hearn of Stafford, Kansas; Two sister-in-laws, Elizabeth Reimer of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Anna L. Reimer of Meade,Kansas; Four step-granddaughters, Kara Gerstenkorn, Sydney, Morgan, & Brooke Sallabedra; Twenty-five grand nieces & nephews and numerous cousins.
He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; three brothers, Isaac T. “Ike”, Levi T. and an infant brother; and two sisters, Lena Reimer & Agnes Wiens.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011, at the Fowler Friends Church with Pastor Shane Shetley presiding. Interment was held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the Stafford Cemetery, Stafford, Kansas.
The family would welcome memorials to the Fowler Friends Church in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be shared with the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Cornelia Beatrice (Bea) Hess Coverdale

Cornelia Beatrice “Bea” (Hess) Coverdale, 93, of Ashland, Kansas passed away August 16, 2011 at the Pratt Regional Medical Center. She was born June 14, 1918 in Castleton, Kansas to James and Hester A. (Lisman) Hess.
On August 6, 1950, Bea married John Cecil Coverdale in Hutchinson, Kansas. She drove school buses for USD #220 for many years. Bea was also church custodian, along with Gladys Pike, for twenty years and retired when she was 75 years of age. Along with her other jobs, Bea was the bookkeeper for the Coverdale Body Shop. She was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church, the Ashland United Methodist Women’s group, and the Ashland VFW Auxillary.
Bea was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five sisters, Grace Sutton, Mary Witt, Fern Murphy, Ruth Beam, and Ruby Oswald, and three brothers, William, James, and Carl Hess. She is survived by her son, Dale Coverdale of Bucklin, Kansas, her daughter, Cheryl (Coverdale) Crafton of Ashland, Kansas, five grandchildren, Michael, Jonathan, Joshua, Hannah, and Anna, and a sister Beaulah Harkness of Hutchison, Kansas.
Graveside services were held Saturday August 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland with Pastor Rick Branson officiating. Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
The family suggests memorials be sent to either USD #220, P.O. Box 187, Ashland, KS 67831 or the VFW Post 7770/Veteran’s Memorial Wall Fund, P.O. Box 303, Ashland, KS 67831.

John Cecil Coverdale

John Cecil Coverdale, 87, of Ashland, Kansas died August 6, 2011 at the Kansas Soldiers Home in Fort Dodge, Kansas. He was born in Greensburg, Kansas on September 3, 1923 to Leroy and Francis (Moore) Coverdale. He attended the Sitka schools and graduated from Ashland High School in 1941. John was inducted into the Army on February 18, 1943. He was sent overseas February 25, 1943 to serve in WWII in the European Theatre. He was honorably discharged on December 10, 1945. On August 6, 1950, John married Cornelia Beatrice “Bea” Hess in Hutchinson, Kansas.
After being discharged from the military John founded the Coverdale Body Shop. He worked there until his body would no longer allow him to work. He was a member of the Ashland Rural Fire Department, the Masonic Lodge, and the VFW Post #770.
John was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Herbert, Homer, and Marion, and two sisters, Helen Hoofer and Dorothy Bird. He is survived by his wife, his son, Dale Coverdale of Bucklin, Kansas, his daughter, Cheryl Crafton of Ashland, Kansas, and five grandchildren, Michael, Jonathan, Joshua, Hannah, and Anna.
Memorial services will be held Thursday August 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Ashland with Rick Branson officiating. Arrangements were made by Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home of Ashland. Condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials may be given to the Ashland Rural Fire Department, P.O. Box 844, Ashland, Kansas 67831 or the Ashland Area VFW, P.O. Box 303, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Lawrence D. Tedford

Lawrence D. Tedford of Goodland, Kansas died July 30, 2011, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 84. He was born at Minneola, Kansas, November 12, 1926, to Walter and Lelia Tedford.
Lawrence graduated from Minneola High School in 1944. After spending two years in the U.S. Army during WWII, he returned home and attended Sterling College and Fort Hays State University, graduating with a degree in Agriculture Science in 1951.
He married Evelyn Macy June 29, 1951, at Hanston, Kansas, moving to Goodland, Kansas, where he served with the Department of Agriculture as a conservationist, retiring in 1981, as the District Conservationist.
He loved flying and held a pilots license until he was in his 80’s. He also enjoyed taking photographs from the air and won several awards for his photos.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Louis Tedford. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Terry (Linda) of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Donald of Colby, Kansas; a daughter, Joliene Tarvin of Shawnee, Kansas; a brother, Max (Bernice), Goodland; a sister, Loretta (Jack) DeWerff, Mesa, Arizona; a sister-in-law, Ann Tedford of Scott City; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many cousins.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church, Goodland, August 2, 2011, with burial in the Goodland Cemetery.

William (Bill) Smith

Williams ‘Bill’ Smith, age 80, died at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas, on July 15, 2011. He was born October 17, 1930, the son of Ferris and Clarice (Dawson) Smith.
He was a lifetime resident of Ford County and was a truck driver. He had worked for Speed King, Excel and Magouirk Chevrolet. He graduated from Ford High School and was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a longtime member of the Dodge City Moose Lodge.
On April 1, 1967 he married Karen Craig at Dodge City.
He is survived by: his wife, Karen of Dodge City; a son, Art and wife, Kendra, of Denver, Colorado; three daughters, Melissa Airehart and husband, Jeff, of Dodge City, Melinda Stapleton and husband, George, of Dodge City, and Ranee Gokie of Phoenix, Arizona; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother, Robe.
Funeral services were held at 10 am on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the Minnis Mortuary Chapel, Minneola with Virgil White officiating. Burial took place at the Kansas Soldiers Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Kansas with Military Rites conducted by VFW Post #1714 of Dodge City.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit Christmas Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Tommy Mack McEachem

Tommy Mack McEachern of Buffalo, Oklahoma departed this life on July 10, 2011, at the age of 67.  Tommy was born to Tommy Joe and Delois (Smith) McEachern in Fillmore, Oklahoma on December 28, 1943.  In 1960, Tommy and his family moved from Madill, Oklahoma to Buffalo.  Tommy graduated from Buffalo High School and later attended Okmulgee Technical School studying diesel mechanics.  Tommy retired after many years working for Atlantic-Richfield (ARCO).
Tommy married Elaine Shuman on April 8, 1961 in Woodward, Oklahoma.    Buffalo was Tommy’s home where he and Elaine raised their children and made innumerable friends. Tommy’s enjoyed fishing, playing dominos, auctions, woodworking and the refinishing of woodwork.
Tommy is preceded in death by his father, PFC Tommy Joe McEachern, who died during WWII, two step-dads, Leslie Peery and Chet Snider, and infant daughter Denise Elaine.
Survivors include Mother, Delois Snider, of McPhearson, Kansas, wife, Elaine of Buffalo, Oklahoma, son, Jody and wife Suzanne of Torrence, California, son, Tom of Woodward, Oklahoma, daughter, Vonda and husband Stacey Spencer of Grand Prairie, Texas, brother Joe McEachern of McPhearson, Kansas, brother, Charles Perry of Raymore, Missouri, granddaughters, Jordan and Taylor Spencer, and grandson, Sy Spencer; one aunt, Velda McEachern and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Buffalo, Oklahoma with Pastor Jerry Hodges officiating.  Interment was in the Highpoint Cemetery in Buffalo.  Arrangements made by Myatt-Buffalo Funeral Home.  Condolences can be sent to www.schillingfhg.com

Teddy Lloyd (Ted) Holiday

Teddy Lloyd (Ted) Holiday, 82, of Ashland, Kansas, was born in Harper, Kansas to Lloyd and Margie (Howell) Holiday on December 7, 1928, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Collinsville, Oklahoma.
Ted spent most of his early years growing up on a ranch near Englewood, Kansas and in California. He served in the U. S. Navy during WW II and upon his return from the service, he married Vicy Jane Brewer and they celebrated their 63rd anniversary on September 18, 2010. Throughout the years, Ted’s career took the family from California to Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and finally back to Ashland, Kansas in 1967 where he owned and operated a water well drilling and service business. Dozens of the windmills operating in the landscape around the Ashland area are reflective of his success in the business of finding precious water for local farmers and ranchers. Health issues forced a sale of his well business and he was subsequently employed with the Kansas State Department of Transportation from which he retired after several years of service. Ted was a colorful character and there was rarely a dull moment when others found themselves in his company. He developed a passion for guitar and country and western music as a youth and often entertained family and friends with his old Gibson guitar and by singing the many songs he knew by heart.
Ted and Jane celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Nashville, Tennessee and while there, he realized one of his lifelong dreams. He had the opportunity to play and sing, center stage, at the Ryman theatre, home of the Grand Ole Opry. Ted’s vivid quality of character, music and love for his family will be greatly missed.
Ted was preceded in death by his grandson, Bryan Allison. He is survived by his brother, Clarence Eugene Holiday (Cathy) of Sacramento, California, his loving wife, Jane, daughters Linda Sweeney (Dan) of Owasso, Oklahoma, Margie Stephens (Steve) of Ashland Kansas and Donna Newton, of Oologah, Oklahoma. He is also survived by four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 15th at St. Joseph’s cemetery in Ashland, Kansas with Father Maurice Cummings officiating. Burial services were under the direction of Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, Kansas. Condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com.
The family has suggested memorials be sent to the Bryan Allison Scholarship Fund in care of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 577, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Virginia L. Crick

Virginia L. Crick, 71, died Sunday, July 10, 2011 at her home in Dodge City.
She was born January 6, 1940 at Ashland, Kansas, the daughter of W.L. and Maybelle Rodman Cunningham.  She attended Business College in Denver and for over 20 years was the Executive Secretary at the High Plains Journal in Dodge City.  She had been a Dodge City resident since December 1997, moving from Cimarron.
She was a past president of the Women’s Chamber, board member of the United Way and sang with the Sweet Adelines all in Dodge City.  She was also a member of the Single Action Shooting Society and Patriot Guard as well as being very active with Relay for Life.
On August 29, 1982 she married Rod Crick at Dodge City.  He survives.
Other survivors include: 2 daughters, Donna Houston and husband Michael McDonald, Houston, Texas and Dixie Craig, Reno, Nevada; a son, Matthew Crick, Colorado Springs; 2 brothers, Ray Cunningham, Topeka and Phil Cunningham and wife Mary Ann, Ashland; 2 sisters, Norma Cunningham, Parsons and Myrna Sanders and husband Steve, Monett, Missouri; 2 grandchildren, Tyson Craig, Garden City, Kansas and Christina Craig, Coralville, Iowa; and 2 great grandchildren, Logan and Lucas Craig.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Lewis Brown and a sister, Mary JoAnn Cunningham.
Memorial Services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, with Fr. Dennis Zimmerman presiding.  There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.  Friends may sign the register from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday at Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel.  A reception will follow the memorial service at the High Plains Journal.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie, Susan G. Komen Foundation or the American Cancer Society all in care of Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas  67801.  Condolences may be sent to www.burkhart-ziegler.com.

Todd James Fitzsimmons

Todd James Fitzsimmons, 24, died July 8, 2011 at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. He was born on November 20,1986 at Dodge City the son of Don and Cathy (Cook) Fitzsimmons.
Todd was a 2005 graduate of Minneola High School and also graduated from Dodge City Community College. He graduated with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in accounting from Emporia State University. He worked as a tax clerk for Grant Thornton accounting firm in Wichita. Todd enjoyed fishing, reading, collecting old movies, and especially James Bond memorabilia . He loved playing sports and was an avid Duke Blue Devils basketball fan.
He was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi, and was involved in the student government as a student ambassador and also as a SWARM Leader at Emporia State University.
He is survived by his parents, Don and Cathy Fitzsimmons of Dodge City; two sisters, Sarah Fitzsimmons of Dodge City and Melody Kerr and husband Jeremy of Overland Park, Kansas; two grandmothers, Lillian Fitzsimmons and Roberta Cook both of Dodge City. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Don Fitzsimmons and James Cook.
Funeral service were held at First United Methodist Church in Dodge City on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM with Dr. Gary Winget and Rev. Jeff Turner presiding. Burial followed at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City.
Memorials are suggested to the Todd Fitzsimmons Accounting Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.

Eva Mae (Stith) Ford

Eva Mae (Stith) Ford, 91, went to be with her Lord on July 6, 2011 at the Ashland Long Term Care Unit in Ashland, Kansas. She was born on August 1, 1919 in Memphis Scotland County Missouri to Thomas and Laura (Phillips) Stith. Eva was the fifth of six children.
She was raised in Dodge City, Kansas and attended Dodge City High School. On June 3, 1937 Eva married Farrow Ford. The couple made their home in Wright Park. Eva spent 35 years managing the City Swimming Pool and was employed by the Ford County Register of Deeds office for ten-plus years. She and Farrow enjoyed motorcycling in the evenings and were members of the First Baptist Church in Dodge City. She was a homemaker and loved her grandchildren. Eva lost her husband on September 2, 2002.
Eva was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Erma Klee and Cleo Whetstone, and two brothers, Edwin and Howard Stith.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon and husband, James, Spradlin of Ashland, Kansas, a sister, Vada Wolfe, two grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Eva will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Graveside services will be held Saturday July 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas with Reverend Gary Winget officiating.  Arrangements were made by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home of Ashland, Kansas. Condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church, 1310 2nd Street, Dodge City, Kansas 67801 or to the Ashland Long Term Care Unit, P.O. Box 188, Ashland, Kansas 67831.

Randy Dean Sidebottom

Randy Dean Sidebottom, 47, died July 1, 2011 at Minneola District Hospital.
He was born September 4, 1963 in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Ronald K. and Nila Jane (Dunn) Sidebottom. He was a longtime resident of Dodge City and former resident of Greeley, Colorado.
He was employed as a diesel mechanic with Foley Equipment Co. of Dodge City and had also been a truck driver.
He is survived by his father, Ronald K. Sidebottom of Dodge City; his wife, Debbie (Borth) Sidebottom of Dodge City; 2 sons, Alan of Sterling, Colorado and K.C. of Denver, Colorado; 1 daughter, Charrity Longan and husband, Jeff, of Orchard, Colorado; 1 sister, Rhonda Bruckner and husband, James, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and 10 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Nila Jane.
Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Garrett officiating. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola United Methodist Church in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Billy L. Johannsen

Billy L. Johannsen, age 61, died early Wednesday morning, June 29, 2011, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.
He was born September 15, 1949, at Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Wilhelm H. “Billy Jo” and Agnes Marie (Borchers) Johannsen.  As a young boy he attended the Meade school system, graduating from Meade High School in 1968.  Upon his graduation, he later attended Seward County Community College.  He was a lifetime resident of Meade and Beaver County.  He served the citizens of Meade County as a deputy sheriff for many years before pursing his passion for the old west as a chuckwagon operator.
He enjoyed roping, chuckwagon cooking, western history and cowboy poetry.
He married Kathy Evans on January 9, 1971 at Dickens, Texas.  He later married Kathy Stone at Ashland, Kansas.  The couple later divorced.
He is survived by: A son, Dusty Johannsen of Liberal, Kansas; Two daughters, Tammy Farmer of Shallowater, Texas and Leann Taylor of Kingwood, Texas; A brother, Max Johannsen of rural Meade, Kansas; Seven grandchildren, Cody Weatherford, Tandi Taylor, Taci Taylor, Braydon Farmer, Ashton Farmer, Clayton Johannsen, and Hadley Johannsen; Several nieces and nephews, including, Riki Stecklein, Benjy Johannsen, & Jimmy Johannsen.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew and godson, Clayton Johannsen on February 13, 2011.
Celebration of life services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Church of the Nazarene, Meade, Kansas, with the Reverends Jim Sutherland and Ron Willard presiding.  As a request of Bill cremation has taken place.  Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
The family would welcome memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Deloris R. Scheib

Deloris R. Scheib, age 85, died June 20, 2011 at Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas. She was born February 21, 1926 in Oskaloosa, Kansas the daughter of Alvin and Margaret (Trager) Sutton.
She was a longtime resident of Minneola and was a homemaker and a farmer. She is a member of the United Methodist Church at Minneola. She was an active member of the Civic Club and Legion Auxiliary, both of Minneola and was a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She has served on the Minneola School Board for many years and had also served as President of hte Board of Directors of the Wheatland Credit Union. She graduated from Bucklin High School in 1943, Colorado Women’s College in 1945 and the University of Kansas in 1947.
On June 4, 1949 she married Lawrence E. Scheib at Bucklin, Kansas. He preceded her in death on November 18, 1980.
She is survived by: a son, Todd E. Scheib of Minneola; a daughter, D’Ann R. Wiziarde and her husband, Dan, of Independence, KS; a grandson, Tregor Wiziarde, Independence, KS.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two infant brothers, Myron and Dale Sutton.
Family and friends may call between 11 am and 7 pm on Wednesday, June 22nd, at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Thursday, June 23rd, at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Garrett officiating. Burial will follow in the Bucklin Cemetery, Bucklin, Kansas.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Public Library in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Floyd F. Couch

Floyd “Bus” Couch, 82, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011.  He was born August 4, 1928 in Kansas City, MO to Perry Percy and Aynie Mae (Pennell) Couch.  He and Mary Ellen Dart were married onJuly 28, 1948.  Bus retired from Home Lumber and Supply Company after 46 years of service at age 62. He was awarded a Lifetime Membership to the Mid-America Lumberman’s Association. He especially enjoyed playing golf with his golfing buddies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and one brother.

Bus is survived by three children, Jan Smith of Denver, CO; Terry Couch and wife, Marcia, of Dodge City, KS; Sheryl Martin and husband, Troy, of Bourbonnais, IL; five grandchildren, Connie Norwood and husband, Dan, of Richmond, VA; Tyson and Schafer Couch of Dodge City, KS; Andrea Oelger and husband, Nathan, of O’Fallon, MO; Amie Weethee of Kansas City, MO; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Tuesday, June 28, 2011, from 6-8 PM at Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home, 420 Main Street, Ashland, KS.

Memorials may be sent to Ashland Golf Club, P.O. Box 398, Ashland, KS, 67831, or the Ashland Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 73, Ashland, KS, 67831.

Anna Mae Piepmeier

Anna Mae Piepmeier, 75, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Hospice House, Hutchinson. Born April 12, 1936 at Lewis she was the daughter of Leo Golden and Anna Delcine Binhack Strawn.
She was a receptionist for the Edwards County Hospital – Midway Clinic and Cross Manufacturing. She was a member of the Lewis United Methodist Church, South Hutchinson United Methodist Church and Friends in Christ.
On March 10, 1957 she married Charles “George” McClaren at Lewis. He preceded her in death on November 11, 1985.  She then married Gerald Piepmeier July 12, 1986 at Lewis.
She is survived by her husband – Gerald of Hutchinson; Daughters – Debra Ann Mitzner and her husband Steve of Sylvia, Sheila Denise Hornback and her husband Alan of Minneola; Sister – Thelma Stade of Gross Valley, CA; Sister-in-law – Enola Gish of Baldwin City; Grandchildren – Katrina Combs and her husband Jim, Shala Metzger and her husband Ray, Charlie Hornback and his wife Hillary, Chelsey Hornback and her fiance Brad Crump; Great-grandchildren – Karly and Chase Combs, Dylan and Tagan Metzger.
Cremation has taken place.  Memorial service was held at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 28 at the South Hutchinson United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Ault-Duell presiding.  Casual dress is requested. Burial of the ashes was at 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 28 at the Wayne Township Cemetery, Lewis, Kansas.
Minnis Chapel, Stafford is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be sent to the So. Hutchinson United Methodist Church in care of the chapel.

Rev. Orlando R. Jantz

Rev. Orlando R. Jantz, age 75, died at his farm residence near Minneola, Kansas on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. He was born October 28, 1935 in Montezuma, Kansas, the son of Elmer and Agnes (Unruh) Jantz.
He was a longtime area resident having worked as a minister, farmer and woodworker. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Dodge City having been in the pastorate for 50 years as pastor of churches in Ulysses, Sylvia and Stafford, Kansas and Greeley and Pueblo, Colorado. He was currently serving as pastor of the Bucklin and Kingsdown Presbyterian Churches. He also drove a school bus for USD 219 – Minneola for many years.
On August 2, 1957 he married Naomi Kornelsen at Dodge City. She survives.
He is also survived by: 3 daughters, Deanna Naumann of Denver, Colorado, Denise Franklin and husband, Kendall, of Bourbonnais, Illinois, and Charlene Janzen and husband, Travis, of Cimarron, Kansas; 1 brother, Kenneth Jantz of Placentia, California; 2 sisters, Virginia Luthi of Great Bend, Kansas and Frances Jantz Wade of Denver, Colorado, and 6 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Eugene.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 am on Friday, May 27, 2011 at the Minneola High School Gymnasium with Rev.’s Mike Allen, Kendall Franklin and Travis Janzen presiding. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Kansas.
The family welcomes memorials to the Bucklin and Kingsdown Presbyterian Churches or to the First Church of the Nazarene in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Ruby H. Marshall

Ruby H. Marshall, age 99, died on Friday, May 13, 2011, at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas. Ruby was born February 18, 1912 in Greensburg, Kentucky, the daughter of William and Lucy.
She was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Minneola. She is a member of the First Christian Church of Minneola, Rebekah Lodge and Quilters Club of Minneola and a Sweet Adelines of Dodge City.
On March 4, 1930 she married Rollin Marshall at Campbellsville, Kentucky. He preceded her in death on January 6, 1992.
She is survived by: 2 sons – Brent Marshall of Hutchinson, Kansas and Terry Marshall of Minneola, Kansas; 5 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 5 brothers and 1 sister.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11 am at the First Christian Church, Minneola with Virgil White officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola, Kansas.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit or First Christian Church of Minneola, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Emogene L. McBee

Emogene L. McBee, age 89, died at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas on May 10, 2011. She was born December 18, 1921 in Salina, Kansas, the daughter of Edward and Mabel (Smith) Edwards.
She worked for USD 219 – Minneola for 33 years in the lunch room cafeteria and was a longtime resident of Minneola.
She graduated from Minneola High Schooli n 1940 and was a member of the First Christian Church of Minneola and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Women’s Council of the church.
On May 11, 1940 she married Ray M. McBee at Fowler, Kansas. He preceded her in death on November 18, 1998.
She is survived by: 2 sons – Larry and wife Jeanette of Minneola and Randall and wife Gloria of Newton, Kansas; 1 daughter, Sandra Bolster and her husband Lee of Guthrie, Oklahoma; 7 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, George Edwards and a sister, Evelyn Lombardi.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the First Christian Church, Minneola, Kansas with Virgil White officiating. Burial followed in Fowler Cemetery, Fowler, Kansas.
The family welcomes memorials to the First Christian Church, Minneola, in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Julius R. Williams

Julius R. Williams, 83, died on May 4, 2011 at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of John Arthur and Edna A. (Kreger) Williams.
On November 29, 1988, he married Donna Lee Slattery. She survives.
Throughout his lifetime he ran the family dairy, was a farmer/rancher and owned Williams Dozer service, specializing in soil conservation.
Julius is survived by his wife, Donna Le Williams, of the home; six daughters, Janet Williams of Jetmore, Debra Rincon and husband, Eric, of Dodge City, Brenda Maupin of Dodge City, Debby Israel of Kansas City, Donna Bennett and husband, Jon, of Clearwater, and Jami Skeen of Minneola; two sisters, Eleanor Hansell and husband, Robert, of Croydon, Pennsylvania and Irma Churning and husband, Carl, Jr., of Dodge City; 12 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark; daughter, Tammy Kreger; nephew, David Churning; and niece, Eleanor Ann Cunningham.
Memorial services were held at the First United Methodist Church of Dodge City on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2 pm with Rev. Adelia Hooley presiding.
Memorials are welcome to the Julius Williams Memorial Fund in care of Swaim Funeral Home, 1901 Sixth Ave, Dodge City, KS 67801.
Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Kathleen H. (Kathy) Flair

Kathleen H. ‘Kathy’ Flair, age 78, died at Via Christi Hospital, Wichita, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. She was born in Evanston, Illinois on March 7, 1933, the daughter of John E. and Kathleen H. (Murff) Schifferle.
She was a former resident of Bucklin, having moved to Dodge City in 2006. Kathy lived her early years in Ketchikan, Alaska and attended high school in Paris, Arkansas. Following her marriage to Gary they lived in San Jose, California for 17 years before moving to Bucklin, where she owned “Flair’s Originals Flower Shop for 25 years. She also opened a shop in Minneola. Kathy moved to Dodge City five years ago to retire.
She was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City.
On May 2, 1958 she married Gary L. Flair in Santa Clara, California.
She is survived by: husband of 53 years, Gary; her children, Deborah Flair of Pocatello, Idaho, Robert Flair and companion Peggy Muhlenbruch of Andale, Kansas, Julie Wessel and husband John of Dodge City; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jack, of St. Helen, California.
Vigil service was held Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 7 pm at Sacred Hearth Church and Funeral Mass was held on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 10:30 am at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Father Ted Skalsky officiating. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City.
The family welcomes memorials to the Bucklin Library Building Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin, KS 67834.

Wanda Estes-Sinclair

Wanda Estes-Sanders, age 86, died at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. She was born on May 11, 1924 in Dodge City, Kansas, the daughter of Hiram H. and Viola Estella (Hensley) Brown.
She was a long time resident of Bucklin, having retired from the Bucklin Hospital District where she worked as a nurse for the Bucklin Hospital and Hill Top House Nursing Home. She was also a retired owner of Bucklin Tractor and Implement Co.
She graduated from Bucklin High School in 1942 and was a member of the Bucklin United Methodist Church and DAR. In 1981 Wanda staredt eh Hill Top House Budget Shop for the benefit of the nursing home.
On February 28, 1944 she married Maynard L. Estes at Dodge City. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1989. On September 14, 1996 she married Robert Sanders. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2002.
She is survived by: 3 sons, Maynard (Bud) Estes Jr. and wife Renae, Bucklin; Michael Estes and wife Kristy of Bucklin and Kelly Estes and wife Debbie of Pratt; 1 daughter, Letty Bachelor and husband David of Bucklin; 2 brothers, Eugene Brown of Dodge City and George Brown and wife LaDonna of Jetmore; 5 sisters, Evelyn Preston of Dodge City, Marion Hinck of Hutchinson, Coral Schmidt and husband Harold of Oregon, Eleanor Hawes of Ford, and Joyce Nantz and husband Jim of Vero Beach, Florida; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, brothers, Jack and H.H. Brown Jr. and sisters, Helen Vannaman and Francis Brown.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Bucklin United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Friesen and Rev. Dr. David E. Williams officiating. Burial followed in the Bucklin Cemetery.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit or Bucklin United Methodist Church, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Emma Jean Miller

Emma Jean Miller, age 86, died at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit on Sunday, April 24, 2011. She was born January 18, 1925, near Mullinville, Kansas in Kiowa County, the daughter of Dennis Ray and Helen Isabella (Wilson) Neier.
She was a longtime resident of Minneola and was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and EHU. She was a retired office clerk for Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America.
On May 5, 1946 she married Clinton E. Miller at Mullinville, Kansas. He preceded her in death on June 20, 1984.
She is survived by: a son, Kenneth Miller of Minneola; a daughter, Linda Otte of Salina, Kansas; a brother, Ben Neier of Dodge City, Kansas; 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clinton, a son, Gordon, and 3 sisters, Edna Maltbie, Dortha Bieber and Frances Selby.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Friends and family may call from 1 to 7 pm on Wednesday, April 27th, at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Burial will be in Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Health Care Foundation in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Neal Hornback

Neal Hornback, age 76, died at his home in Minneola on Saturday, April 23, 2011. He was born on May 23, 1934 in Dennis, Kansas, the son of Charles S. and Bernice (Carson) Hornback.
He was a longtime resident of Minneola and worked for the Natural Gas Pipeline Company for over 30 years. He was also a farmer.
On May 23, 1953 he married Mary M. Smith at the Denton Ranch in rural Clark County. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2011.
He is survived by: 3 sons, Charles Neal Hornback, Jr. and wife Jenny of Dodge City, Alan Hornback and wife Sheila of Minneola, and Bruce Hensley and wife Kathy of Grove, Oklahoma; 2 daughters, Marilyn and Tammy Hornback, both of Minneola; a brother, Lorl Hornback of Parsons, Kansas; a sister Mary Inlow and her husband Ven of Minneola; a brother-in-law, Dale Jones of Parsons, Kansas; and 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary, and a sister, Alma Jones.
Funeral services were held at 10 am on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the First Christian Church, Minneola with Virgil White officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Fire Department or Minneola Health Care Foundation, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Nadine E. Huggard

Nadine E. Huggard, age 86, died at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas, on Friday, April 22, 2011. She was born February 28, 1925 the daughter of Charlie and Cleo (King) Adams.

She was a longtime resident of Waverly, Kansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Waverly Baptist Church and Black Powder Rifle Club.
On March 2, 1944 she married John R. Huggard at Manhattan, Kansas. He preceded her in death in February of 1991.
She is survived by: 4 sons, John R. Huggard, III and wife Susie of Minneola, Jim Huggard and wife Rhonda of Stafford, Kansas, Bob Huggard and wife Marilyn of Los Alamons, New Mexico, and Roger Huggard of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; 1 daughter, Sharon Smith and husband Eddie of Greely, Colorado; 2 brothers, Charles Adams and wife Joann of Topeka, Kansas and Bill Adams and wife Carol of Austin, Texas; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Adams of Dodge City, Kansas; 23 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, a son, Steve, and a brother, Roy Adams.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the Minneola Community Church with Shawn Leach officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola District Hospital in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Nadine Darlene Esplund

Nadine Darlene Esplund was born September 21, 1924, on a farm near Bloom, KS to parents Clarence C (d 1962) and Golda E (d 1991) and an older sister Viola. Two younger brothers preceded her in death, Arnold (d 1993) and Donald (d 2006). After finishing Wichita Business College and attending Kansas State College she worked in a doctor’s office and then decided she wanted to be a nurse. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Wichita, KS in 1956. Her work career took her to California, Denver, Milwaukee and back to Denver. She married Jean Schneider in 1964 and divorced two years later. Nadine suffered a stroke, from which she did not recover. She died March 25, 2011. She leaves behind a sister and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held April 9th at 11 am at Grace Lutheran Church in Boulder CO. Internment of her ashes will be at the Minneola Cemetery possibly on Memorial Day weekend.

Lyle F. Marshall

Lyle F. Marshall, 83, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola. He was born November 14, 1927, the son of Frederick and Grace Mae Lile Marshall at Minneola.
He married Lola Eileen Macy on March 24, 1956, at Hanston. She survives.
He was a farmer and stockman. He was a veteran, serving in the Korean conflict.
Survivors include his son, Timothy, Dodge City; two daughters, Tamara Doan and husband, David, Wichita, and Tara Stevens and husband, Kyle, Wichita; one brother, Duane Marshall, Minneola; and four grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Christine Ferguson and Sybil Washburn; and a son, Tobin.
The funeral service was held at 11 am, Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the First Christian Church, Dodge City, with the Rev. Philip Scott presiding. Burial followed in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family welcome memorials to the First Christian Church in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Karen Nichols

Karen Nichols, 71, of Fowler, Kansas, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas. Karen was born April 20, 1939 in Fowler, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence and Martha (Eccleston) Nichols.
She was a lifetime resident of Fowler and was a retired nurse. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Fowler, Kansas.
Survivors include one brother, Thayne Nichols of Scott City, Kansas; 2 sisters, Phyllis Krisle, Fowler, Kansas, and Cleora Duvall, Ashland, Kansas; many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and interment was held at 2 pm Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Fowler Cemetery with Ken Pitzer officiating.
The family welcomes memorials to the Humane Society of Dodge City in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Sybill A. Marshall Washburn

Sybil A. (Marshall) Washburn was born June 12, 1922 on a farm one mile east and ½ mile south of Minneola, Clark County, Kansas.  Her parents were Fredric L. Marshall and Grace Mae (Lile) Marshall.  She passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Ks.
Sybil grew up and attended school in Minneola, graduating with the class of 1939.  She graduated from Dodge City Junior College in 1942.  Upon furthering her education, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Friends University in Wichita, KS in 1956, and a Master of Education Degree from Wichita State University in 1969.  She taught English at Wichita North High School from 1959 to 1969.  Sybil moved to Belleville, Illinois in 1969 and taught English at Belleville East High School until 1989; she returned to Wichita in 1990, at which time she retired from the teaching profession she so dearly loved.  Due to failing health, she moved into the Minneola LTCU in February, 2005.  Throughout her lifetime, Sybil was a faithful member of the First Christian Church wherever she lived, and taught Adult Sunday School classes most of her adult life.
Sybil was pre-deceased by her parents, her sister Christine Ferguson, and beloved nephew Tobin Marshall for whom she wrote a poem that to this day is admired by all who read it.  She leaves to mourn her passing two brothers, Duane E. Marshall and wife Joan and children: Kelley Monaghan, Joel Marshall, Toni Hornback; Lyle F. Marshall and wife Eileen and children: Tamara Doan, Tim Marshall, Tara Stevens;  George Ferguson and children: Greg Ferguson, Rebecca Cornett, Keith Ferguson.  Many other friends and relatives were touched by Sybil’s life as well.
There was cremation.  A private family graveside memorial service and inurnment will be held at Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola with Pastor Kip Ryherd officiating.  In lieu of flowers, please send any memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, PO Box 10, Minneola, KS 67865.

Leana Mae Ford

Leanna Mae Ford, 88, passed away February 6, 2011, at the Ashland Long Term Care Unit in Ashland, Kansas.
Leanna was born on the family homestead in Minneola, Kansas on November 20, 1922 to Walter and Angeline Mae (Coppers) Inlow. She attended and graduated high school in Minneola. After high school Leanna attended Dodge City College for a year.
Leanna moved to New Mexico and that is where she met H. Eugene Ford. The couple was married in Taos, New Mexico on June 11, 1954. They later moved to Dallas, Texas where she worked as a secretary in sales.
Leanna was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge and served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary Eagles.
Leanna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Vern and Don Inlow.
She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Ven and Mary Inlow of Minneola, Kansas, a sister, Darlene Bright of Hopewell, Virginia, two sisters-in-law, Lee Mae and Elaine Inlow and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday February 13, 2011, at 3:00 PM at the Ashland Long Term Care Unit in Ashland, Kansas with Darrell Bisel officiating. Arrangements by the Myatt-Ashland Funeral Home of Ashland, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorials to be given to the All American Beef Battalion, P.O. Box 458, Ashland, Kansas, 67831

Ruth Bernice McClain Weaver

Ruth Bernice McClain Weaver, age 86, died early Saturday morning, January 29, 2011, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.
Ruth was born March 23, 1924 in Alba, TX.  She is the youngest daughter of William E. and Willie A. (Sandlin) McClain.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Elmer, Chester, and Cleddie and her sisters Edna and Jessie, a son Garry Lynn Bogle, and her son-in-law, Wayne Sheetz.
She was a longtime resident of Meade, KS, moving her family to Meade in 1955.  She taught for Meade public schools from 1955 to 1989.  In 2003, she moved to Minneola to be near her family.   Ruth enjoyed gardening and yard work.  She twice won the Minneola Yard of the Month Award.
She is survived by a son, Leonard Bogle of Middletown, CA, a daughter, Dianne Sheetz of Minneola, KS and son and daughter-in-law, Lyndal and Kristi Weaver of Richardson, TX; 6 grandchildren, Amy Laudick, Emily Smith, Scott Bogle, Gabriel Bogle, Lyndsey Weaver, Chase Weaver and 5 great grandchildren, Madison, Brady and Cooper Laudick, Clara Smith and Bogle
Ruth was a longtime member of the Meade Church of Christ .  She was a graduate of Paden High School and Fort Hays State University.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2010, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary Chapel, Meade.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to Minneola District Hospital in care of the Fidler-Orme-Bachman funeral home.

Wilma Wajneeta Reese Hall

Wilma Wajneeta Reese Hall, age 82, died January 25, 2011 at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, KS.
She was born January 17, 1929 at Dodge City, KS, the daughter of LeRoy and Bessie (Reinert) Stone. She was a longtime resident of Fowler and worked as a nurses aide for over 40 years. She worked in Fowler and Minneola Hospital Districts and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wichita.
She is survived by: 2 daughters: Dana Reese-Frazier, Fowler and Dina Reese-Oster, Blanchard, OK; 1 brother: Don Stone, Clarksville, TN; 1 sister: Wilda Mueller, Rose Hill, KS; 4 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 am on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Abundant Life Family Church, Dodge City, KS with Pastor Jim Ames officiating.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Health Care Foundation in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Mary M. Hornback

Mary M. Hornback, age 76, died at her residence in Minneola on January 10, 2011.
She was born May 29, 1934 in Spearville, Kansas, the daughter of Andrew M. and Mary E. (Tepe) Smith. She was a longtime resident of Minneola and was a homemaker.
On May 23, 1953 she married Charles Neal Hornback on the Denton Ranch. He survives.
Other survivors include: 2 sons: Charles Neal Hornback, Jr. and wife Jenny of Dodge City and Alan Hornback and wife Sheila of Minneola; 2 daughters: Marilyn Hornback and Tammy Hornback, both of Minneola; 3 brothers: Vincent Smith and wife Enda May of Vichy, Missouri, John Smith and wife Pat of Rolla, Mississippi and Jerry Smith and wife Connie of Pittsburg, Missouri; 1 sister: Sister Clara Smith of Wichita; 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, Andy, Richard and Bernard, and 3 sisters, Kate Wears, Anne Reed and Regina Nufer.
Funeral services were held on Thursday January 13th, 2011 at 11 am at the First Christian Church, Minneola, with Virgil White officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Fire Department or Minneola Health Care Foundation, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Evelyn (Leis) Finkeldei

Evelyn (Leis) Finkeldei, 90, died January 9, 2011.  She was born April 5, 1920, at Conway Springs, Kansas, the daughter of Andrew and Cecilia (Elpers) Leis.
The family moved to rural Fowler in 1925.  She attended elementary schools there and graduated high school at Minneola in 1939.
She worked at St. Frances Hospital, Wichita, Kansas, and later at the Dodge City Air Base.
She married Joseph Finkeldei August 21, 1945, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fowler.  They farmed and resided in Fowler.  She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Anthony’s Altar Society.
Her husband preceded her in death on March 16, 1997.  She is survived by two sons, Donald Finkeldei, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Alan Finkeldei, Dodge City, Kansas; two daughters, Jane Mayo and husband Vern, Fowler, Kansas, and Mary Smith and husband Brad, Creed, Colorado; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Other survivors are three brothers, Ivan Leis and wife Floydene, Dodge City, Kansas, Claude Leis and wife LaVerne, Fowler, Kansas, Clarence Leis and wife Betty, Rogers, Arkansas; one sister Genevieve Leis, Pueblo, Colorado; two sister-in-laws, Dorothy Leis, Fowler, Kansas, and Norma Leis, Hallsville, Missouri; and a brother-in-law George Busch, Wichita, Kansas.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Donald Leis and William Leis; a sister, Florence Busch; and one grandchild, Janell Marie Finkeldei.
Vigil services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas.  Holy Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 13, 2011, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Fowler.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Minneola District Hospital, Fowler Residential Care, or St. Anthony Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Gerhard Kroeker

Gerhard Kroeker, age 99, died on January 2, 2011 at Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.
He was born November 1, 1911, on a farm residence in Ford County, Kansas, the son of Peter D. and Elizabeth Kroeker.
He was a longtime Minneola resident and retired farmer and rancher. He was baptized in the German Mission Church and was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army. He was a longtime member of the Minneola American Legion.
On September 14, 1941 he married Dorothy Marie McGuire at Dodge City, Kansas.
He is survived by: his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Melva Gean Ratzlaff of Minneola; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Henry Kroeker; a half-brother, Peter W. Kroeker and an adopted sister Marie Taves.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Minnis Mortuary Chapel, Minneola, Kansas with Ken Pitzer officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm on Wednesday, January 5th, at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Burial will take place at Fowler Cemetery with Military Honors presented by VFW Post 1714 – Dodge City.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola District Hospital Equipment Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

 

2010

Norman Lee Giles

Norman Lee Giels, age 86, died on Monday, December 20, 2010, at Minneola District Hospital. He was born July 8, 1924, in Burdett, KS the son of Norman A. and Eula (Lee) Giles. He was a lifetime resident of the area.

He was a lifelong rancher and farmer and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Spearville, Knights of Columbus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Kansas Livestock Association. He had served on the Spearville School Board, Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees and Offerle Coop Board.
On February 22, 1943 he married Dolores N. Norris at Wright, KS.
He is survived by: his wife; 2 sons: Roger of Bucklin and Kelly of Canyon, TX; 5 daughters, Trudy Giard, Rifle, CO, Audry Gates, Magnolia, TX, Jody Peintner, Holyoke, CO, Lori Horacek, Offerle, KS, and Julie Cox, Owatonna, MN; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Jodie Marie, and a sister, Myrna Fox.
Vigil service was held at 7 pm on December 22, 2010 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Spearville. Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 am on Thursday, December 23rd at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Spearville with Fr. Ted Stoeklein, Fr. Maurice Cummings and Deacon Dwaine Lampe officiating. A private family interment was held at the Giles Ranch.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola Health Care Foundation in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin, KS 67834.

Nelda Faye Doss

Nelda Faye Doss, 80 years of age, died November 28, 2010, at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola.
She was born February 27, 1930 in Florence, Texas, the daughter of Nolan A. and Emma (Buchanan) Williams. She was a longtime resident of Salina. She was a teacher in the Salina school system for over 25 years. She also taught in Wichita for many years and in several other states earlier in her teaching career.
She was a member of the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church, N.E.A. and the Salina Twirlers Square Dance Club.
On October 10, 1952 she married Msgt. Henry T. Doss at Ellington AFB, Houston, Texas. He died April 1, 2000.
She is survived by: 2 daughters, Nancy Popp and husband Terry of Bucklin and Daviann McClurg of Salina; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Funeral services were held at 10 am on Friday, December 3rd, 2010, at the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church, Kingsdown, with the Rev. Orlando Jantz officiating. Graveside services and interment was held at 3:30 pm at Gypsum Hills Cemetery, Salina.
The family suggests memorials to the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church or Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin, KS 67834.

Clair Beebe

Clair Beebe, age 93, died Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.
He was born November 16, 1916 near Minneola, Kansas, the son of Harry and Anna (Miller) Beebe. He was a lifetime resident of Minneola. He attended the Lincoln Country School then graduated from Minneola High School in 1935. He attended Dodge City Community College and Kansas State University and was self-employed as a farmer. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 8th Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion and United Methodist Church, both of Minneola, and was a longtime member of the VFW Post #1714 at Dodge City.
On June 20, 1948 he married Dolores Strickland at Dodge City. She survives.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Marcelene Hansen and husband Thomas of Seattle, Washington and Dianna Beebe of Minneola; 1 brother, Dean Beebe of Minneola; and 2 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Velma Beason.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 12, 2010, at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Friends and family may call from 11 am to 7 pm on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Burial will take place in Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola, with Military Rites conducted by VFW #1714.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola American Legion or Minneola District Hospital in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Wendell (Bo) Amy

Wendell “Bo” Amy. 85, died Friday, November 5, 2010 at Minneola District Hospital.
He was born November 8, 1924 in Ford County, the son of Felix and Juanita (Shinogle) Amy.  He attended school in Bloom and Minneola and was a graduate of Minneola High School.  A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer.  He was also a private pilot.
He served in the Army Air Force during WWII as a tail gunner on a B17 in the 8th Air Force.  He was stationed in Alkinberry, England with the 482 Path Finder Bomb Group attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He was a member of the Christian Church, Minneola, a life member of Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714, Dodge City and life member of American Legion Post 222, Minneola.
On January 8, 1949, he married Vada Mauch at Dodge City.
Survivors include: his wife, 1 son, Randy Amy and wife Rae Jean, Dodge City; 1 daughter, LuAnn Elsey and husband Virgil, Minneola; 1 sister, Shirley Stucky and husband Richard, Shawnee, Kansas; 3 grandchildren, Craig Elsey and wife Tina, Jason Amy and wife Kristine and Jordan Amy, Ron Elsey and wife Pam, Virgil Elsey Jr. and wife Vickie; and 2 great grandchildren, Bo and Courtney Elsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were at 10:30 am Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the United Methodist Church, Minneola, with Rev. Kip Ryherd presiding. Burial was in the Appleton Township Cemetery with military honors by Ft. Riley.
The family suggests memorials to the Salvation Army or Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714 both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 123 S. Main, Minneola, Kansas  67865.

Linda Byerley

Linda Byerley, age 89, died Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.

She was born March 4, 1921, in Minneola, the daughter of O.B. and Charlotte (Turley) Riley. A lifetime resident of Minneola, she was a homemaker. She graduated from Minneola High School and attended Emporia State University.
She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church.
On September 6, 1941, she married Thomas Louis Byerley in Minneola.
Survivors include: daughter, Louise West and husband, Jon, Minneola; son, Thomas Byerley and wife, Karen, Edmond, OK; 3 granddaughters, Vickie Glaze and husband, Dennis, Skiatook, OK, Dana Wallace and husband, Andy, Stillwater, OK, Ashlee Clifton and husband, John, Yokosiuka, Japan; and great-grandchildren, Dustin Glaze, Dianna Baroi and Kaylee Clifton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, brother Glen Riley, and a great grandson, Caelan Wallace.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm on Friday, October 29, 2010, at the United Methodist Church, Minneola, with Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Cemetery, Minneola, Kansas.
The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola United Methodist Church in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Laura Ethel Stewart

Laura Ethel Stewart, 95, went to be with her Savior on Thursday, September 9th, 2010, at the Harry Hynes Hospice Section of St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
She was born on Thursday, June 10, 1915. at her parent’s home in Lawrenceville, Illinois, the daughter of Richard John Kneidl and Laura Ethel Price Kneidl.  She then spent her childhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Tulsa High School in 1932.  Laura received a degree in Ancient Languages and graduated magna cum laude from Sterling College in 1936.   While in college, Laura won the national championship in extempore speaking at the national Pi Kappa Delta forensics tournament at Lexington, Kentucky. Following graduation, Laura taught Latin and English in Alma, Kansas for one year before marrying her college sweetheart, Ritchey Stewart, on June 10, 1937. They lived and farmed in the Zenith area and celebrated 69 anniversaries together before he died on November 12, 2006. To this union, two children were adopted, a son, Darrel Wayne, born on November 3, 1944, and a daughter, Marilyn Joan, born on December 28, 1950.  She has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren that brought such joy to her life.
Laura was a homemaker and an active member of the United Presbyterian Church all her life.  Though she didn’t continue a career as a public school teacher, she used her gift of teaching and her love of God’s Word to direct Vacation Bible School, teach Sunday School, and lead Bible Studies for all ages.  She was an elder in the church and held leadership positions in the Women’s Presbyterial and Synodical organizations of the church at local, state, and national levels.
Laura was a long-time member of the Stafford Drama Guild, participating in their productions as an actress, director, and a part of the stage crew.  In addition, she frequently presented programs, book reviews, and workshops.
She was a member of Y.W.C.A., the BK Chapter of P.E.O. and the Mame Volker Missionary Society.
She served her alma mater, Sterling College, as president of the Alumni Association, and was elected to the Board of Trustees where she served faithfully for many years.  She received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest alumni award offered by Sterling College, in 1993. Most recently, in October of 2009, Laura was presented the honor of being the first inductee into the Fine Arts Hall of fame at Sterling.
Laura once said, “In an obituary the only thing of utmost importance (besides the fact that you were born, of course) is that you have received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior from sin and that He is the Lord of your life.  Then everything that we have done has meaning and value.”  In loving memory, we give God the glory for all He has done in and through our dearest mother, grandmother, and friend, Laura Ethel Stewart.
Survivors include:  a son, Darrel, and his wife Sue, Newton; a daughter, Marilyn White and her husband, Hal, Kingsdown; one brother, Richard, and his wife, Mary, Nampa, ID; four grandchildren, Michael Stewart and his wife, Elaine, Smithville, MO; Aaron White and his wife, Sarah, Norton; Caleb White and his wife, Megan, Colorado Springs, CO, and Alicia Garrison and her husband, James, Tulsa, OK; and four great-grandchildren, Kristen and Jacob Stewart, Gideon White, and Andrew White.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ritchey Stewart; her parents, R.J. and Ethel Kneidl; one sister, Ruth Marie Hart, and a great-grandson, Rory Shane Stewart.
A memorial service was held at the Minnis Chapel in Stafford on Monday, September 13, at 10:30 a.m.  Interment was at the Stafford Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be sent to Sterling College or the Harry Hynes Hospice in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford.

Linda M. Kofford

Linda M. Kofford, age 61, died September 7, 2010, at her residence in Minneola, KS.
She was born March 11, 1949 in Fowler, KS the daughter of Leo and June (Simmons) Kofford. She was a longtime resident of Minnola having worked for the Minneola District Hospital for over 30 years.
She is survived by: 3 brothers, Jerry of Tyler, MS, Gary of Minneola, Dale of Dodge City; and 1 sister, Sue Kofford of Minneola.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Steven.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a private family inurnment at a later date.
The family suggests memorials to the Kidney Foundation in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Francis E. Acre

Francis E. Acre, 85, died August 15, 2010 at the Hospice Care Center in Louisville, Colorado.
He was born May 1, 1925 near Minneola, the son of Guy and Stella (Bell) Acre. He graduated from Minneola High School in 1943 and was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. He is a retired teacher and long time resident of Broomfield, Colorado.
He is survived by longtime companion, Mark Haury.
Graveside services were held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at the Bucklin Cemetery with Rev. Jerrod Bugenot officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin, KS 67834.

James (Jim) Andrew Hensley

James “Jim” Andrew Hensley, age 64 lost his battle with cancer at his home, July 21, 2010 in Ashland, Kansas. He was born December 6, 1945 in Ashland, Kansas to Paul J. & Kathryn (Vandeveer) Hensley. Jim graduated high school from the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. He also earned a Bachelors Degree from St. Mary’s of the Plains in Dodge City, KS and a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. Jim was a Forth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Theatre Director for the Topeka Public School and a private pilot of a 1946 Ercoupe. He was a teacher from 1971 to 1986 in Topeka, KS and then from 1990 to 1992 in Ashland, KS. Jim then became a Field Agent for the Knights of Columbus which lasted from 1997 to 2010. He was married to Mary Louise Scanlon in June 1970. They had two daughters, Jennifer & Andrea. Jim remarried in October 1979 to Veronica St. Claire Boushie, who had two daughters Franie & Gina. Jim enjoyed hunting with his dog “Comere”, he loved painting and crafting and was an avid Willie Nelson fan. He devoted his life to the preservation of the Hensley Homestead established in 1884 and until his death; he resided on the remaining 25 acres of that land.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Paul in May of 1988 and Kathryn in May of 1992, one sister Mary Marjorie at her birth, and his dog “Comere” in June 2010. He is survived by his wife, Veronica Hensley, four daughters, Franie J. (Boushie) Minor Hensley of Ashland, KS, Jennifer L. (Hensley) Davenport and her husband John of Elk Grove, IL, Gina M. (Boushie) Gutierrez and her husband Manuel of Minneola, KS and Andrea (Onnie) K. (Hensley) Burgos and her husband Dustin Esquibel of Wichita, KS; nine grandsons, Tyler, Alex, Andrew, Henry, Timmy, Tony, Owen, Charlie & Benjamin; two granddaughters, Lauren & Erin; two sisters, Barbara (Hensley) Berry and her husband Les of Layfette, CO and Eleanor (Hensley) Staab and her husband Chuck of Arvada, CO and many loving in-laws, cousins and friends.
The vigil service was held at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland, KS on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm. The funeral service was held at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland, KS on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 10:00 am.  Bishop Gilmore, Father Schmerer and Father Cummings officiated. A special song “Ave Marie” was performed by daughters Franie (violin) & Onnie (vocals) accompanied by Jane Stein on the piano. Interment was held at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, KS following the Funeral Service.
Memorials were asked to be made to Hospice of the Prairie, 200 4 Circle, Dodge City, KS 67801.

Fern Tedford Kabelac

Fern L Kabelac, 86, passed away at her home in Bremerton, Washington, July 20, 2010.
She was born November 28, 1923, in Minneola, KS, the daughter of Bryce and Vera Ward Tedford. She graduated from Minneola High School in 1941, and worked as a commercial artist/cartoonist in Colorado Springs, CO. It was there that she met Ernest “Bus” Kabelac, whom she married in Prot Orchard, WA, September 27, 1946. They moved to Bremerton, WA, where they raised four sons.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Bryce and Vera Tedford, and a brother, Lynn Tedford of Minneola.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest Kabelac; four sons, Jerry (Donna), of Belfair, WA; Larry (Suzanne), Poulsbo, WA; Rich (Terrill), Federal Way, WA; and Ronald (Becki), Port Orchard, WA; sisters, Pearl Tedford, Hutchinson, KS and Faye Holt, Mountain Home, AR; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Also, many nieces and nephews and cousins.
Services were held at Lewis Funeral Chapel, Bremerton, WA at 1 pm on July 27, 2010.

Floyd R. Olson

Floyd R. Olson, age 94,  died Monday, June 21, 2010 at Trinity Manor in Dodge City, Kansas.
He was born May 20, 1916 near Minneola, the son of Louis C. and Maud F. (Rose) Olson. He was a farmer and a longtime resident of Dodge City.
On March 1, 1953 her married Pearl C. Rowlett at Phoneix, Arizona. She preceded him in death on August 23, 1997.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
He is survived by: nephew, Kevin Buecher and wife Barbara of Harrisburg, PA; niece, Betty Gerber and husband Henry of Glen Carbon, IL; great-nephews, Tyler and Zachary Buecher of Harrisburg, PA; great-nieces, Elizabeth Auer and husband Charles of Bellville, IL, Robin Pinkel and husband Michael of Collinsville, IL; great-great nieces, Sophia Auer of Bellville, IL, Emily Pinkel of Collinsville, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a nephew, Kenneth Watson.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 10 am at the Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola with Dick Robbins officiating.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Public Library in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Roger Cronk

Roger Cronk, age 85, died on June 9, 2010 at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.
He was born February 28, 1925 at Pratt, Kansas, the son of Forrest George and Mary Gladys (Cox) Cronk.
He graduated from Sterling, Michigan High School in 1943 and was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army. He was a member of the Lone Start Baptist Church, Greersferry, Arkansas. He was a retired engineer and superintendent with Kansas Power and Light Company.
In 1945 he married Eileen Marcella Combs at Pratt, Kansas. They divorced in 1978.
Survivors include: one son, Dr. Roy Cronk and wife Nancy of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one daughter, Mary Mooney and husband Buck of Minneola; two sisters, Virginia Flower and Joyce Stevenson; six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Eugene; one sister, Francis Zeliff; two infant sons and one infant granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 12th, 2010 at the First Christian Church, Minneola, Kansas, with Mike Williams and Virgil White officiating. An inurnment will take place at the Coats, Kansas Cemetery at a later date.
The family welcomes memorials to the Minneola District Hospital to purchase a special bed to relieve pressure sores or the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of America, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

James E. Gibbons

James E. Gibbons, 82, died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains, Dodge City.
He was born February 18, 1928 at Great Bend, the son of Edward J. and Alice E. Miller Gibbons.  A lifetime area resident, he was a Rail Car Inspector for the Santa Fe Railroad for 32 years, retiring in 1990.  He was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Life Member of Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714 both in Dodge City.
He served in the United States Navy during WWII.
On March 8, 1957 he married Betty L. Hodges at Guymon, Oklahoma.  She preceded him in death on February 17, 2004.
Survivors include:  a son, Jamie Gibbons, Amarillo; 2 daughters, Monica Halling and companion Mike Shean, Spearville and Mary Ubel and husband David, Dodge City; 2 brothers, Edward Gibbons, Ulysses and William Gibbons, Arizona; 3 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters, Jane L. Covalt, Jo Francis Hill and Mary Crane.
Vigil Service will be 7:00 pm Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City.  Memorial Mass will be 2:30 pm Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 903 Central Ave., Dodge City with Fr. Ted A. Skalsky presiding.  There will be no public visitation, cremation has taken place.  Friends may sign the register from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Wednesday at Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel.  Inturnment will be in Greencrest Memorial Gardens, Dodge City, with military rites by Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie in care of Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas  67801.  Condolences may be sent to www.burkhart-zielger.com.

Charles E. (Andy) Denison

Charles E. “Andy” Denison, age 85, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.
He was born November 3, 1924, near St. Francis, Kansas, the son of Blaine and Theda (Crosby) Denison. He was a longtime resident of Minneola.
He was a farmer and stockman and worked for Broce Odell Concrete of Dodge City, and then for the Minneola Feed Mill.
He graduated from St. Francis High School in 1942 and was a veteran, serving in the US Navy during World War II. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1953 and was a member of the First Christian Church and Masonic Lodge #431 of Minneola. He was a member of the Median Shrine and their Clown Unit and VFW Post #1714, both of Dodge City. He was a Clark County EMT and was honored as Kansas’ oldest EMT.
On February 14, 1948, he married Erma Lee Davis. She preceded him death on June 23. 1976. He then married Deloris Reinerr on February 14, 1983, at Dodge City. She died September 7, 2002.
He is survived by: 5 sons, James and wife Jeannie of Leforis, TX, Robert of Minneola, Charles and wife Patricia of Minneola, Thomas and wife Lisa of Minneola, and Bart of Minneola; 1 brother, “Pete” J. Denison of Vacaville, California; 1 sister, Hilda Tygrett of Indianapolis, Indiana; 14 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his spouses, 2 brothers, Joe and Jerry, and 2 sisters, Mary Lou Moore and Barbara Northdruf.
Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at the First Christian Church, Minneola with Virgil White officiating. Burial will follow in Appleton Township Cemetery, rural Minneola, with Military Rites conducted by VFW Post #1714 of Dodge City and Masonic Rites conducted by Masonic Lodge #431 of Minneola.
The family welcomes memorials to the First Christian Church, Minneola, in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Naomi Ullom

Naomi Ullom, 98, died Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the Minneola Long Term Care, Minneola.
She was born Dec. 1, 1911, to Finley and Ulah (Faris) Reed in Ford County. On October 18, 1930, she married Frank L. Ullom at Dodge City. He died March 11, 2002.
She was a longtime Minneola resident. She graduated from Minneola High School in 1930.
She had worked for Dr. G. D. VanBlaricum, DDS in Minneola and then retired as an employee of the People’s State Bank of Minneola.
She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church and U.M.W. She was also a former longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Quilting Club and Vera Waters Art Class. She had served on the Board of Directors of the Bloom-Minneola Credit Union.
Survivors include her son, Doug Ullom and wife, Shirley, of Dodge City; daughter, Donita Morain and husband, Roger, of Guthrie, Okla.; 4 grandchildren: Kelly Todd Ullom of Kansas City, Ks., Kenton F. Ullom and Kevin Lynn Morain both of Wichita, Ks., and Cynthia Lea Johnson and husband, Keenan, of Kansas City, Ks.; and 3 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded, in death, by her parents; husband; a son, Lowell; 2 brothers, James and Bud Reed; and a sister, Ethyl Reed.
Graveside Services and Interment were at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, with Rev. Kip Ryherd presiding.
Memorials are suggested to the Minneola United Methodist Church or to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola KS 67865.

Edwin Jerald Callahan

Edwin Jerald Callahan, 54, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Via Christi-St. Francis, Wichita.
He was born July 13, 1955, to James Russell and Zell Preston Callahan at Meade.  He married Charriese Marie Long on April 19, 1986, at Minneola. She survives.
He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Survivors include two sons, James Taylor and Jerald Daniel Callahan, both of Ashland; a daughter, Lisa Kay Ball and husband, Jason, Woodward, Okla.; two brothers, Schuyler Callahan and wife, Shirley, Minneola, and Steve and wife, Kathy, Lubbock, Texas; a sister, Jan and husband, Ron, Fowler; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service was at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Ashland, with the Rev. Betty Dosey presiding. Burial was in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
Memorials are suggested to the James and Jerald Callahan Scholarship Fund in care of Myatt Funeral Home, PO Box 578, Ashland, KS 67831.

Gladys Lorene Reinert

Gladys Lorene Reinert made her transition March 12, 2010 at her home south of Bucklin, Kansas.  She was known as “Rene” to her many friends and family.  She was born July 9, 1916 at Wellsford, Kansas, the daughter of Elmer and Viola (Knox) Winsor.
Rene grew up in Dodge City, Kansas, attended Dodge City High School, and later received her GED.  While going to High School, and before marrying, she worked as a Nurse’s Aid at St. Anthony’s Hospital.
On February 26, 1935 Rene married Charlie (Chic) Reinert in Dodge City, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on January 22, 1986.
After her marriage she moved to a farm south of Bucklin, Kansas where she gave birth to her two children Kenneth and Jo Ann.  She lived on the Bucklin farm until the spring of 1943 when she and Chic moved to a farm south of Bloom, Kansas and continued to farm the Bucklin farm.  During her early years of marriage she was always busy cooking for harvest hands and delivering the meals to the fields.
Rene went back to work at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Dodge City in 1954, commuting to Bloom on weekends.  On January 27, 1961, at the age of 55, Rene graduated from Dodge City Community College with an Associate Degree in Practical Nursing.  She continued to work at St. Anthony’s Hospital where she assisted in the birth of her two grandsons, Mark Davis and Michael Reinert.  After St. Anthony’s closure, she served at Trinity Hospital in Dodge City for two years until retiring.
Rene moved to Dodge City in 1962, still commuting to the farm often.  Rene gave comfort and care to many patients during her years working in the hospitals.  After retirement, she loved working in her yard with her flowers.  Her great enjoyment was visiting with family and friends.
Rene was a member of the Dodge City Moose Lodge and Senior Friends.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Reinert, Sun Lakes, Arizona, and one daughter, Jo Ann Davis, Bucklin, Kansas; two grandsons, Mark Davis and wife Rhonda, Bucklin, Kansas, and Michael Reinert and wife, Kathleen, Glendale, Arizona; one granddaughter, Deanna Mielke and husband Todd, Fountain Hills, Arizona; two great grandsons, Aaron and Matthew Mielke of Fountain Hills, Arizona; one sister, Eula Smith; 2 sisters-in-law, Erma Winsor and Orrinne Winsor; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Goldie Smith, Ima Mayfield, and Betty Chandler, and seven brothers, George, Lorenzo, Lloyd, Vern, Vernen, Arlo, and Roy Winsor.
Graveside Services & Interment were at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Jerry Hodges presiding.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Prairie, Dodge City, Ks. or Hill Top House, Bucklin, Ks. in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

Irene M. Deniston

Irene M. Deniston, 98, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at Minneola District Hospital, Minneola.
She was born May 30, 1911, to S. A. and Mary (Smith) Hemple at Goltry, Oklahoma.
She married Charles L. Deniston on Aug. 11, 1935, at York, Neb. He preceded her in death on July 28, 1978. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include: her son, C. Larry Deniston, Albuquerque, N.M.; a stepdaughter, Carma Lee Beebe, Minneola; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.
The graveside services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola, with Virgil White presiding.
Memorials are suggested to the Minneola Christian Church or the Minneola Library in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

James Royce Downs

James Royce Downs, 64, of Drain, Oregon died January 12, 2010 of pancreatic cancer.
A memorial service was held Saturday, January 16 at Drain Assembly of God Church.
He was born August 30, 1945 in Ashland, Kansas to Harold and Opal (Callahan) Downs.
James grew up and attended schools in Minneola and Dodge City, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. James worked for 30 years as a metal smith and jeweller. He lived in Forest Grove, OR for nearly 20 years, moving there from Texas. James had a passion for music, enjoyed shooting and loved the outdoors. James had a special relationship with God, and was an active member of Yoncalla Christian Assembly. He married Marilyn Terry, December 26, 1968 in Kimball, Nebraska.
He is survived by wife Marilyn Downs, Drain; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Kim Downs, Yoncalla, OR; daughter, Lori Downs, Drain; brother, Tom Downs, Fowler, Kansas; sister, Jeannie Kidwell, Harrisburg, OR; 7 grandchildren, Jeremy, Kolton, Brandon, Chance, Stephanie, Courtney and Joey.

2009

Howard L. Smith

Howard L. Smith of Minneola, Kansas died Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Minneola after a long battle with heart disease and diabetes. He was born in Dewey County, Oklahoma, on March 31, 1928 to Wesley M. and Moeta (Noblitt) Smith.
He married Letha Patton on August 28, 1948 at Thomas, Oklahoma. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Tony L. of Pratt, Kansas and Jerry D. and wife Charlotte of Cedar Park, Texas; two grandchildren, Jerrod Dean and Ryan Mary; a brother, John W. and wife Ruth of Ada, Oklahoma; an aunt, Lora Smith of Anthony, Kansas; and fourteen nieces and nephews as well as many more relatives and friends.
Howard graduated from Thomas High School in 1946 and enlisted in the 82nd Airborne. After his discharge he attended and graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University of Alva with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education in 1952 and received his Masters Degree from Fort Hays State University in 1968. He taught Industrial Arts at Minneola High School from 1955 until his retirement in 1990. He had also been a part time employee of the Kansas State Experiment Field north of Minneola for many years in the 60’s and 70’s.
He was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church and was Cub Master for several years.
His hobbies were hunting, reading, making turquoise jewelry and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren and visiting his cabin in Bonanza, Colorado. A highlight of his life was a cruise and tour of Alaska.
Howard’s ready smile, sunny disposition and love of life will be greatly missed.
Howard was preceded in death by an infant son, Bryan Don, his parents, two brothers, Wesley M. and Charles R., and his sister, Letha Fern.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 4, 2010, at 2 pm at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Cemetery, Minneola.
Memorials are suggested to the Minneola Health Care Foundation in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Nita Lou Schmidt

Nita Lou Schmidt, age 77, died Saturday, December 26, 2009, at Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.
She was born September 6, 1932, at Wilmore, Kansas, the daughter of Roderick H. and Alzina G. (Burditt) Baker.
She was a Minneola resident since 1955 and was co-owner of Schmidt Radio and TV. She was one of the first EMT’s in Clark County and had served on the PRIDE Steering Committee. She had also served on the Minneola Hospital Board, worked with the Girl Scouts for many years and was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church.
On October 21, 1951 she married Wayne L. Schmidt at Wilmore, Kansas. He survives.
Other survivors include: son, Roger and wife Kim of Wichita; daughters, Brenda Sue Boswell and husband Rick of McPherson and Kay Lynne Towle and husband Cliff of Hutchinson; sisters, Iris Yvonne Smith of Lawton, Oklahoma and Ruth Ann Baker of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 am Tuesday, December 29th, at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Pastors Kip Ryherd and Virgil White officiating. Interment followed with a graveside service at 3 pm on December 29th at the cemetery in Wilmore, Kansas.
The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola United Methodist Church Missions, Minneola Health Care Foundation or to the Helping Hand Ministries, all in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Jeffrey Mark Stevens

Jeffrey Mark Stevens, 42, died Dec. 16, 2009, in Minneola. He was born Nov. 26, 1967, in Dodge City, the son of Earle and Charlene Bruce Stevens.
On Nov. 16, 1991, he married Michele Johnson. She survives. Other survivors include: two children, Kyle Stevens and Alicia Stevens; his mother, Charlene Stevens; his father, Earle Stevens Sr.; a brother, Earle Stevens Jr.
Funeral service were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 19th, at Minneola United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Windthorst, with military rites by Howard Gotschall Post #1714 V.F.W. Memorials can be made to Jeffrey Stevens Children’s Educational Fund in care of Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City.

Harley Copeland

Harley Copeland was stillborn on December 8, 2009 at Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas.
She is survived by her parents, Brett L. and Cheryl L. (Bogner) Copeland, Fowler; two brothers, Andrew and Cody Copeland; paternal grandparents, Tim and Sue Copeland, Fowler; and maternal grandparents, David and Janice Bogner, Wright, KS.
She is preceded in death by an infant brother, Jayce.
Graveside services were held on Sunday, December 13th, 2009 at 2 pm at the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler, Kansas with the Rev. Shane Shetley officiating. The family suggests memorials to the family in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Georgia Hindman

Georgia Hindman, age 90, died December 3, 2009, at the Colorado Plains Medical Center, Fort Morgan, Colorado.
She was born February 1, 1919, in Meade County, Kansas, the daughter of James Walter and Margaret (Cordes) McCampbell. She was a longtime resident of Minneola, Kansas and was Kindergarten Teacher at the Minneola Grade School from 1953 to 1981. She was a member of the United Methodist Church at Minneola, Kansas.
On September 18, 1942 she marred Clarence E. Hindman at Minneola, Kansas. He preceded her death on April 8, 1990.
She is survived by: son, John (J.W.) Hindman of Fort Morgan, Colorado; son-in-law, Charles Clark, Minneola, Kansas; brother, Jim McCampbell, Fowler, Kansas; sister, Ann Weeks, Windsor, Ontario, Canada; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 6 great, great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, Ethel Mae Clark, 2 sisters, Dorothy Brickle and Bonnie Flynn, and a grandson, Chris Clark.
Funeral services were held at 11 am on Monday, December 7, 2009, at the United Methodist Church, Minneola, Kansas, with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola, Kansas.
The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola United Methodist Church in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Timothy E. Smith

Timothy E. Smith, age 80, died November 27, 2009, at his residence in Minneola.
He was born January 18, 1929, in Wewoka, Oklahoma, the son of Timothy A. and Nellie J. (Wheat) Smith. He was a longtime resident of Minneola and was retired owner and operator of Tim’s Diner in Minneola. He was also a farmer and rancher.
He was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church, William Houser Post #222 of Minneola and VFW Post #1714 of Dodge City.
On April 21, 1952 he married Hattie Garrett at Huntsville, Arkansas. She survives.
Other survivors include: son, Timothy A. Smith, Midland, TX; 2 daughters, Sherry Bryant, Cincinnati, OH and Janet Smith, Minneola; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 6 brothers.
Funeral services were held at 11 am on Monday, November 30, 2009 at Minnis Mortuary Chapel, Minneola with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola United Methodist Church in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Tina Ann Marshall

Tina Ann Marshall, 1 month of age, passed away in her home in Garden City, KS on November 27, 2009.
She was born October 27, 2009 in Garden City, KS, the daughter of Eric Clinton Marshall and Kyla Marie Colbert. They survive.
Other survivors include: Paternal Grandparents, Daryl and Carolyn Marshall, Fowler, Rick Vandergrift, Jetmore, and Carol Vandergrift, Glendale, AZ; Great Grandmother Leta Locke, Minneola; Aunt Kimberly Pancoast, Chicago, IL; Maternal Grandparents, Gerald Colbert, Lubbock, TX and Coleen Burns, Altus, OK; Great Grandfather Jack Colbert, Washington, IN; Uncle Aaron Colbert, Hays, KS.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 5th, 2009 at the Community Church in Minneola with Mark Weece officiating.
The family would welcome memorials to SIDS Resources in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Christine M. Ferguson

Christine M. Ferguson, age 83, died November 27, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Lansing, KS.
She was born July 22, 1926, in Minneola, KS, the daughter of Fred L. and Grace (Lile) Marshall. She attended Minneola schools, graduating from Minneola High School in 1944. She was a lifetime resident of Minneola and worked for the Peoples State Bank of Minneola for eight years and retired from the Minneola Grade School, where she served as a secretary for 22 years. She also served as secretary for the United Methodist Church in Minneola for eight years.
She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church and was a former longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Minneola.
On Decmeber 14, 1947 she married George W. Ferguson at Minneola. He survives.
Other survivors include: 2 sons, Greg Ferguson, Frisco, Texas, and Keith Ferguson, Wichita, KS; one daughter, Becky Cornett, Lansing, KS; 2 brothers, Duane Marshall and Lyle Marshall, both of Minneola; 1 sister, Sybil Washburn, Minneola; 2 grandsons, Aaron and Micah Cornett, and one granddaughter, Misty Lever.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at the United Methodist Church, Minneola, with the Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Marshall K. Cusick

Marshall K. Cusick, 92, a long-time farmer stockman in the Minneola area, died Oct. 31, 2009, at the Minneola Long Term Care Center.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Minneola Christian Church with Pastor Virgil White officiating. The flower service was at 10 a.m.
Mr. Cusick was born Nov. 22, 1916,  to Jennie Mae Downs and Walter E. Cusick in the farm home near Minneola, Kansas, where he lived much of his life. He graduated from Minneola High School in 1934.
He married Nadine Mannis on Aug. 25, 1944. She preceded him in death on Oct. 28, 1985.
On Dec. 8, 1990, he married Roberta  Ferguson Nickelson. She survives at the home in Minneola.
He was a long-time member, deacon and elder of the Minneola Christian Church.
He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, as well as a staunch Christian who served His Lord using all of his quiet and many talents.
Besides his wife, Nadine, he was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Pugh, and his brother, Marvin Cusick. Survivors include his wife, Roberta; two daughters, Connie Parish, Leavenworth, and Patti Cummins, Dodge City; four sisters, Lois Barnett, Independence; Rosa Lee (Luther) McGee, Minneola; Nora (Jim) Sands, Merriam; and Erma Danley, Brandon, Vermont; two grandchildren, Michelle (Nicholas) Kieffer, Wichita; Douglas Cummins, Manhattan; and one great-granddaughter, Makenzie Kieffer, Wichita; and a host of nephews and nieces.
Memorials are suggested to the Minneola Christian Church in care of the Minnis Mortuary, Minneola, KS 67865.

Margaret Belle (Fleener) Riley

Margaret Belle (Fleener) Riley, 89, died October 31, 2009, at her home in Arvada, Colorado. She was born July 11, 1920 in Greensburg, Kansas, the daughter of Weaver Leavitt and Emily Bell Beck Fleener. She was a homemaker. She had lived in Greensburg, Minneola and Arvada, Colorado. Margaret was a member of the Minneola Community Church and Civic Club of Minneola. She graduated from Greensburg High School in 1938 and earned a Teaching Certificate from Emporia State Teachers College. She taught first grade at Minneola.
On July 16, 1946, she married Glen Riley in Greensburg. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1987.
She is survived by two sons, Steve Riley, Hutchinson, Kansas, and John Riley and wife Connie, Arvada, Colorado; two daughters, Glenda Riley, Hutchinson, Kansas, and Mary Foutz, Arlington, Texas; two brothers, John and wife Barbara Fleener, Greensburg, Kansas, and Paul and wife Shirley Fleener, Manhattan, Kansas; brother-in-law Richard and wife Maxine Spare, Hutchinson, Kansas; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jerry Wayne Riley, son-in-law Jerry Foutz and a sister, Neva Jean Spare.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, in the Minneola Community Church with Rev. Robert Seth presiding. Gifts in Margaret’s name are suggested to the donor’s choice in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main, Greensburg, Kansas 67054.

Wilbur Goatley

Wilbur Goatley, age 84, died October 28, 2009, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, KS.
He was born August 25, 1925 at Pawnee Rock, Kansas, the son of Paul William and Telitha Hester (Stoltz) Goatley. He was a longtime resident of Ford County and was a farmer, mechanic and retired owner of Bloom Repair.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW at Dodge City and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by one brother, Charles Goatley of Bloom.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, George H. and two sisters, Vera M. McGee and Ruth P. Beagle.
Funeral services were held at 10 am on Saturday, October 31st at the Minnis Mortuary Chapel, Minneola, Kansas with Pastor Virgil White officiating. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, with Military Honors conducted by the VFW Post #1714, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.

Vern E. Glaze

Vern E. Glaze, age 76, died Sunday, August 30, 2009 at the Okeene Municipal Hospital, Okeene, Oklahoma. He was born December 23, 1932 near Minneola, the son of Edgar Glaze and Edna (Henette) Gordon. He was a former longtime resident of Garden City.
Vern worked as a technician for Peoples Natural Gas Co., retiring in 1994. Prior to that he worked for the Coop at Kingsdown and Englewood. He graduated from Minneola High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953.
Vern contracted polio at the age of 12 and was a Poster Boy for the March of Dimes in 1947.
In July of 1956 her married Martha Gorman. They later divorced and on June 30, 1974 he married Marilyn Welch in Garden City. She survives.
Other survivors include: 4 sons: Steve (Ramie) of Bennett, CO, Darren of Kansas City, MO, Chris (Marti) of Garden City, and Keith Christen (Sandy) of Van Alstyne, TX; 2 daughters: Tami McIntyre (Kevin) of Garden City and Regina Lorenz (Bobby) of Okeene, OK; 1 sister, Phyllis Hurley of Burdett, TX; 14 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sons, Eddie and Brad; 1 daughter, Vicki; 6 brothers and 4 sisters and a grandson, Daniel.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am Thursday, September 3rd, at the Cornerstone Church in Garden City with Pastor Neil Burum officiating. A service will also be held at 2 pm on Thursday, September 3rd at 2 pm at the Minnis Mortuary Chapel in Minneola with Pastor Virgil White officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 am to 7 pm on Wednesday, September 2nd at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Burial will take place in Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Dorothy M. Ptacek

Dorothy M. Ptacek, 80, died Tuesday, August 25, 2009, in Ellsworth. She was born January 27, 1929, in Ellsworth County to Wilmer A. and Olga Schwartzel Gregory. A lifetime Ellsworth County resident, she was a homemaker and owner-bookkeeper of Mike’s Heating and Plumbing for 42 years. Dorothy was past president of Wilson Auxiliary, regent of Daughters of Isabelle, past member of City Council, economic development and public advisory committee, all of Wilson. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson.
On August 31, 1948, she married Wilfrid Mike Ptacek in Wilson. He died July 31, 1982. She was also preceded in death by two grandsons.
Survivors include sons, Larry, of Wilson, Thomas G., of Springdale, Ark., Maurice, of Minneola, Melvin L., of Allen, Texas, and Michael D., of Brookville; brother, George Gregory, of Clay Center; sisters, Faye Pejsha, of Jacksonville, Ark., and Esther Snowball, of Salina; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A vigil was held at 5 p.m. with the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m, Saturday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth. Burial followed in Wilson Catholic Cemetery, Wilson.
Memorials are suggested to the Ellsworth County Healthcare Foundation, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth 67439.

Max Edgar Stephenson

Funeral services for Max Edgar Stephenson, 73, formerly of Garden City, KS, were held at 9:00 a.m., Monday, August 24, 2009 at Smith Memorial Chapel, Guthrie, OK with Reverend Dwayne Schroeder of Lutheran Church of Our Savior of Bethany, OK officiating.  Burial took place at 4:00 p.m., Monday at St. Michael Lutheran Cemetery, Jetmore, KS.  Services were under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Guthrie.
Max was born on July 6, 1936 in Guthrie, OK to Olie Frank and Evelyn L. (Anderson) Stephenson.  He died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Max attended high school in Minneola, KS where loved sports and played football and basketball.  He also built and raced street cars.
Max attended college to obtain an engineering degree, but was lured after one year to the lucrative field of natural gas pipelining and welding.  Over the years, he became a much sought after pipe fitter and welder and decided to settle in Kansas and start a welding / farm repair service.  Later after a rancher approached him about the idea, he started his own custom metal building business, using his knowledge gained and engineering ability.  Later he and his wife Rose used his construction experience to form a storage unit rental company in Garden City, KS where he retired from.
Max always found time to pursue his love of flying aircraft, fishing, hunting, skeet shooting, and riding motorcycles.
He is survived by his son Kelly Stephenson of Gardnerville, NV, daughter Tracie Stephenson of Oklahoma City, sister Myrna Wall of Shreveport, LA, three granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter.
Max is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Rose Elaine (Boger) Stephenson in 2007 and his parents.
Friends may sign the online guest book at www.smithgallo.com.

Wilma Wenta Wills Manka

Wilma Waneta Wills Manka, August 17, 2009.   Born June 19, 1909 in Kinsley, Kansas.  Preceded in death by parents, Dell and Beatrice Wing Wills and brother, Waldo Wills.  Survived by son, Carl (Marilyn) of Brentwood, TN; grandchildren Aaron (Margie) Manka, Kirsta (Bo) Oglesby, Jason Manka and Cara Manka and great grandchildren Kade, Alden, Anna and Miranda.  Mrs. Manka was born and raised in Kansas where she taught school for 28 years.    She was a member of Minneola United Methodist Church and the Civic Club.  The family would like to thank all of her friends for the many cards, notes and well wishes sent to Wilma on the celebration of her 100th birthday.  She very much enjoyed reading each of them was touched by your thoughtfulness.  Visitation Thursday, August 20, from 5-7pm at Minnis Funeral Home in Minneola.  Service on Friday, August 21 at 10:00am at Minneola United Methodist Church with burial in Plains, Kansas.  Memorial contributions may be made to Minneola UMC or Youthville, Kansas. MINNIS FUNERAL HOME, Box 459, 123 S. Main, Minneola, (620) 885-4227.

Jim L. Wears

Jim L. Wears, age 82 of Lincoln, NE and formerly of Sidney, passed away Saturday morning, August 8, 2009 at his home in Lincoln.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 13th at the First United Methodist Church in Sidney with Rev. Thomas Hyde officiating.  Military Graveside Honors were at 10:30 A.M., Friday morning, August 14th in the Appleton Township Cemetery at Minneola, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to St. Elizabeth’s Hospice, 245 S. 84th, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE  68510.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service is in charge of Jim’s care and funeral arrangements.
James Lee Wears, the son of Ellis T. and Dorothy (Perkins) Wears, was born on October 18, 1926 at Topeka, KS.  He received his education in Minneola and graduated from Minneola High School in Minneola, KS.  Jim participated in football and basketball.  He served his country in the United States Navy during WWII from October of 1944 until his honorable discharge in July of 1946.   Jim was united in marriage to Catherine Smith at Minneola, KS.    On October 29, 1983, Jim was united in marriage to Carol (Kicken) Spencer in Sidney.  Jim spent his working life farming and worked for the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America for 30 years as an inspector and engineer.
Jim was a 60 year member of the American Legion, enjoyed woodworking, visiting with his many friends, listening to country music, watching All Star Wresting, and enjoyed the rivalry between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Survivors include his wife:  Carol of Lincoln, his children:  Bob and Joyce Wears of Elk City, OK, Gary and Rhonda Wears of Perryton, TX and Carol and Larry Hagen of Miles City, MT;  his step-children:  Brenda Spencer-Nelson of York, NE, Cindy DeBord of Lincoln, Brent and Khiet Spencer of Lincoln and Karen and Richard Pleming of Wichita, KS; (1) brother:  Ron Wears and special friend Thelma of Minneola, KS; (16) grandchildren and (15) great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Catherine; (1) infant daughter: Cheryl Wears and (2) grandsons:  Joseph and Patrick Hagen.

2008

Maxine Foster

Maxine Foster, age 87, died December 8, 2008 at Homestead Nursing Home in Wichita, KS.
She was born August 30, 1921, in Fowler, KS the daughter of George E. and Ethel M. (Stewart) Erikson. She was a longtime resident of Minneola, KS and the retired co-owner of Jim’s Auto Repair of Minneola.
On May 14, 1947 she married James E. Foster in Minneola, KS. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1988.
Survivors include: 3 sons – Wayne and wife Edie of Livingston, TX, Gene and wife Jeanette of Denver, CO and Randy and wife Annette of Minneola; 2 daughters – DeDe and husband Van of Wichita and Karla and husband Don of Richmond, VA; 2 brothers – Arlen of Sedona, AZ and Jack of Amarillo, TX; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband James, her parents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
Graveside services will be held Friday, December 12, 2008 at 11 am at the Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. There will be no public visitation.
Memorials are suggested to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit or Minneola EMT’s in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Vern Ray Inlow

Vern Ray Inlow left this life in the Via Christi St Francis Hospital at Wichita, KS on Wednesday, November 27, 2008, at the age of 81 years, 3 months and 2 days. He was born on August 25, 1927 on the family farm south of Minneola, KS. One of five children born to Walter Obed and Angeline Mae (Koppers) Inlow, Vern grew to manhood in the Minneola community where he attended school. Vern was drafted into the United States Army on December 5, 1945 serving with the 332nd Engineers in Germany. He was honorably discharged on February 11, 1947 receiving the Victory Medals, Army of Occupational Medal and others.
On March 27, 1953, he married Lee Mae Franks in Clovis, NM and they were blessed with four children: Carolyn, Lonnie, Larry and Kathy. Vern and the family made their home in Cimarron, KS and he worked for Blicks Agri Services for almost 10 years before returning to Clark County. He was a proud volunteer fireman for the Cimarron Fire Department. Vern continued working in the agriculture business, working at the Coop, farming and other various jobs.
Vern and Lee Mae made their home at Ashland, KS in 1993. He lived and worked his entire life in southwest Kansas.
He loved traveling, turning every vacation into a family quest. Fishing and reading were his passions. Vern loved his family and was honored to have been married to Lee Mae for over 55 years.
Vern was also a member of the Ashland VFS Post #770.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Angie, and a brother, Don Inlow.
Vern is survived by his wife Lee Mae of Ashland, his children, Carolyn Bisel and husband Rev. Darrell of Hutchinson, KS, Lonnie Inlow and wife Mary of Yuma, CO, Larry Inlow of Chickasha, OK, Kathy McClure and husband Jack of Omaha, NE; two sisters, Leanna Ford of Ashland and Darlene Bright of Hopewell, VA; a brother, Ven Inlow and wife Mary of Minneola; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Nathan, Michelle, Michael, Christopher, Daniel and Clayton; two great grandchildren and other relatives and many friends.

Marla Suzanne Dunn

Marla Suzanne Dunn, age 53, died Sunday, November 2, 2008 at the University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colorado. She was born September 26, 1955 in Falls City, Nebraska the daughter of Gene and Jeannine (Shafer) Hanika.
She was raised in southeast Nebraska and graduated from Southeast High School in Stella, Nebraska. In 1984 she moved to Minneola where she was actively involved in the community. She was the Librarian at the Minneola Public Library, and Avon representative and was always involved in crafts shows and fairs.
Marla was a member of the First Christian Church, Minneola, where she served as treasurer, was a member of the Quilt Club, a past President of the Healthcare Foundation and she was a volunteer for many community organizations and events.
On October 27, 1973 she married Harold Dunn Jr. in Shubert, Nebraska.
She is survived by her parents and husband; two sons, Wade and wife, Amy, Dodge City, and Reed of Lafayette, Louisiana; one granddaughter, Payton, of Dodge City; two sisters, Kim Dunn of Shubert, Nebraska and Tonda Jones of Des Moines, Iowa; and many family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, November 7th, 2008 at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Burial will follow in Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Public Library in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Dale N. Bosley

Dale N. Bosley, age 88, died October 30, 2008 at Trinity Manor in Dodge City, Kansas. He was born July 29, 1920 in Gage, Oklahoma, the son of Dan and Opal (Hanan) Bosley.
He was a former longtime resident of Minneola. He owned and operated Southwest Lumber and Supply Co. of Liberal and was a building contractor. He had served as a Church of Christ minister for many years.
He had served on the Minneola City Council. He and his son built the Church of Christ in Minneola. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy Seabees.
On September 11, 1943 he married Margaret Proctor at Woodward, Oklahoma. She survives.
Other survivors include: sons, Jerry and wife Cheri of St. Joseph, Missouri, Michael and wife Donna of Dodge City and Wayne and wife Mary of Waco, Texas; brother, Warren of Aurora, Colorado; sister, Cleo Redgate of Waynoka, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and triplet infant sisters, Rita, Leta and Nita.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm on Monday, November 3rd at the Church of Christ, Minneola, Kansas with Tom Elliott officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola. Memorials are suggested to the Minneola Church of Christ, c/o Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.

Don Sibley

April 11th, 1929, George and Mabel Sibley, of Lewis, KS and their 7 children welcomed Donald W. Sibley into this world. This large and close knit family was now complete and would go on to enjoy life’s highs and face life’s lows, together.
On October 28th, 2008, Don’s parents and all his brothers and sisters again came together and welcomed him to his final home. Joining them in their welcome was a granddaughter named Lacy whom Don had never met. If this reunion was like most all other involving Sibley’s, the stories told were many and smiles were everywhere.
Don’s early life was spent doing those things that all small town families did during those hard years of the Great Depression. Values and a character that would last a lifetime were instilled and would serve him well. It was after serving his country in the Korean Conflict that Don’s life took on a new direction.
On May 31st, 1953 in Minneola, KS, Don took as his wife Mary Lou (Bair) and for fiftyfive years this union withstood the rigors of time. Unto this marriage were born four children; Susan (Charles) Russell of Texhoma, OK, Mike (Margaret) of Cary, NC, Kent (Terry) of Wichita, KS, and Jeff (Carol) of Minneola, KS.  Special “adopted” daughter Vicki Cumming, of Amarillo, TX.   Being a Sibley meant being a family, and Don and Mary raised their kids accordingly.
For most of his adult life Don either farmed or taught school, and though he did not like being a student he loved to teach. He started out as high school teacher, progressed to the jr. high level and finished up his teaching days at the elementary level. He always told Mary that he drew the line at teaching kindergarten.
Don passes from this world leaving his wife, children, grandchildren Kasey and Sarah Russell, Aaron and Chrissy Sibley, Tiffany Roy, Andrew Sinfellow, Jason and Jerod Thayer, great grandchildren Hunter and Hayden Roy, Chase, Ramsay and Emma Kate Thayer and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

Michael Alan Mazza

Michael Alan Mazza, 16, died Saturday, October 18, 2008, in rural Dodge City due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born October 29, 1991, at Dodge City to Alan Matthew and Lisa Michelle (Baker) Mazza.
He was a junior at Minneola High School. His activities included football, golf, weightlifting, track, hunting and spending time with friends and family.
He was a member of Grace Community Church; the church’s youth group; and the Minneola High School football team Bible study.
Survivors include his parents, of the home; two sisters, Hannah and Rebekah Mazza, both of the home; his grandparents Ernie and Carole Mazza, Ashland, and Keith and Freda Baker, Plainview, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral service was held at 10:30 am Wednesday at Grace Community Church, Dodge City, with Rev. Kirk Larson presiding. Burial was at Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City.
Memorials may be made to Grace Community Church or the Minneola High School athletic department in care of Swaim Funeral Home, 1901 Sixth Ave., Dodge City, KS 67801. Personal condolences may be left at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.