Connie Carol McMinimy O’Bleness passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the age of 90. She was surrounded by family at Fairwinds Sand Creek in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Connie was born during the dirty 30’s in Ashland, KS on July 18, 1933. She remembered struggling to get home from her two room school in a blinding dust storm. She had to feel with her feet for the road. Home was the family cattle ranch where she lived with her parents; Namoi Lee Pyle McMinimy and Vernon W. McMinimy and her brothers Bill, Ranny and Milton. She graduated from Ashland High School where she met the love of her life George Vernon O’Bleness. They married in the Christian Church in Ashland on December 27, 1952. An ice storm blew in the night before their wedding and frosted all the trees in town. The whole town matched the flocked trees that decorated the church for the ceremony.
Connie and George moved to Colorado Springs, CO. It was in Colorado that they began to raise their family. Connie gave birth to 5 children; Carol (Jerry) Nyberg-Caraviotis, Katy (Mike) Kramp, Mike (Gretchen) O’Bleness, Rebecca (Cal) MacLean and Patrick (Angie) O’Bleness. The family lived in CO, NY, IL, TX, CO and ID over the years. Raised on a cattle ranch cooking for the farm hand(s), Connie was a great cook. She loved baking bread and was famous for her cinnamon rolls that she would make while she and George ran a Bed and Breakfast. Her Friday night pizza attracted the neighborhood kids. Connie became a second mother to many of them. Often we came home from school or work to find our friends hanging out with Mom.
We will always remember Mom’s warm and infectious laugh, her love for family, her down to earth, generous and welcoming spirit. She always made everyone feel right at home. She was practical and adaptable wherever she lived. Most of all she was a loving person who was much loved. She was an active church member and an avid student of the Bible throughout her long life. As testimony to this we found “The Complete Works of Josephus” on her bookshelf as we were packing her apartment.
Connie was an avid traveler. Even after George passed away Connie would hit the road to visit her relatives across the country. During these trips she would pursue her interest in both geology and genealogy by visiting cemeteries, caves and digging for gems and fossils. She was also known to go backpacking, even baking bread on the trail. She was proud to have visited all 50 states.
We would especially like to thank the staff of Fairwinds Sand Creek and Hospice of Eastern Idaho for their loving care of Connie, as well as us.
Connie is survived by 4 of her children, 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George and her daughter Katy.
There will be a private burial in Ashland, KS and a Celebration of Life at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Hospice of Eastern Idaho, 1810 Moran St., Idaho Falls, ID 83401-4337 https://hospiceofeasternidaho.com/donate/ or Development Workshop, 555 West 25th Street, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 https://www.dwinc.org/donation-form/
Charles Warren Harrod was born on November 13, 1935, in Yates Center, KS, to Cleo E. “Pete” and Laurene (Johnston) Harrod. He was the first of three brothers. He spent his childhood in Yates Center hunting and fishing with his brothers Lauren and Les and his Uncle Phil Johnston, who was more of a big brother. He excelled in football, basketball, and track while at Yates Center High School, where he still holds the school record for the 180 yard low hurdles. He graduated from high school in 1953. CW went to Washburn University in Topeka on a football and track scholarship. He excelled in track, where, as a freshman, he was in a four-way tie for first place in the pole vault in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference. His academic achievements were not so strong, and after one year, he enlisted in the Navy.
CW served in the Navy from 1954 to 1958, where he made many lifelong friends. He served in wartime (the Korean Conflict) but saw no combat. He was a flight navigator, which sparked his love for flight and engineering. One of his favorite “war stories” tells of the time he and a buddy went into what was called French Morocco. He and his friend were struck on the head by two locals and robbed. Another was the time his plane was chased by a Russian reconnaissance aircraft when they flew into Russian airspace. After his service, CW enrolled in Emporia State Teachers’ College, where he pursued (and received this time) a degree in physics. During his final year, he met Joyce Ann Bowling, a nurse. (You know her as Annie.) CW ultimately asked for Annie’s hand in marriage. The answer was yes, but only if CW graduated and obtained employment. Fortunately for all, CW did graduate and obtained work at Boeing in Wichita, in February of 1962. They were married on February 24, 1962, one week after CW began his new career. CW and Annie were blessed with two amazing sons, Gordon, born in December of 1965, and Greg, who arrived in October of 1967. CW left Boeing in 1970 after rumors of lay-off. He obtained work at Cessna, where he was promptly layed off. He then tried his hand at insurance sales and computer programming, but (returned ultimately to Cessna, where he remained until his retirement in 1997.
Shortly after retiring, CW became a grandfather for the first time when Sarah was born in November of 1997. Grandson Eric was born in September of 2001. CW and Annie took many trips with Gordon and Greg as well as friends and family. Destinations included many trips to Las Vegas, many float trips in Missouri, trips to Florida, Texas, New Orleans, New Mexico, Nova Scotia, and California. They also spent a number of springtimes at college track meets throughout Kansas and the Midwest watching Gordon and Greg compete. A highlight for CW was the annual pheasant hunting trip to western Kansas. This tradition spans 60+ years and continues to this day. He also enjoyed the annual Pete E Harrod Memorial Fishing Trip, named after CW’s father. This is every July and also continues on. Both provided lifetime stories; some incredible and perhaps some better left only to those participating. CW and Annie spent thirty years, a lot of it retired, traveling back and forth from their Wichita home to Lagniappe (Cajun for “something extra”), their 35-acre “farm” near Toronto, KS. Lagniappe was (and still is) a favorite spot for grandkids Sarah and Eric, where they rode Grandma’s horse (“Stink”), fished, and explored. CW spent his final years battling Alzheimer’s disease. He was cared for by Annie for a number of years; they continued to travel back and forth from Wichita to Toronto on a regular basis until CW’s health worsened. In August of 2023, CW was moved into the Memory Unit at Homestead Nursing Home in El Dorado, KS. His health and memory continued to decline, but he still enjoyed regular visits from family. CW died peacefully in his sleep very early on the morning of November 6, 2023.
Charles Warren Harrod; CW, Charles, Chuck, Chuckles, Warren, Charlie, Dad, and Grandpa, was preceded in death by his parents, brother Les, and uncle Phil Johnston. He is survived by wife Annie of Wichita and Toronto, sons Gordon (Michelle) of Wichita,and Greg, of Monterey Bay, CA. grandchildren Sarah of Portland, OR, and Eric, of Manhattan, KS, brother Lauren (Maggie) Harrod of Yates Center, KS, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Janet Marie (Langer) Finke, 52, passed away on Oct. 19, 2023 with family by her side.
Janet was born to Arlene Langer and the late Alvin Langer on Dec. 3, 1970 in Ness City, KS. She grew up on a farm south of Ness City, graduated high school in 1989, and received her Bachelors of Science in Education from Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS in May of 2023.
She was married to Kelly Finke on November 4, 2000. Janet is survived by her husband Kelly; her children Carson Finke, Kealan Finke, Hannah Finke, and Taylor Finke; her mother Arlene Langer; and by a host of many other close family members.
Janet was preceded in death by her father (Alvin), mother-in-law (Thelma Finke), and step-son (Nick Finke).
Janet started as a paraprofessional in 2010 and became the 4th grade teacher at Minneola in 2020. She loved teaching at Minneola Grade School and working with the children. She leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories and was cherished by many.
Celebration of life services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the Minneola High School Gymnasium, Minneola, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to St. Jude’s Memorial Hospital in memory of Janet in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com
Susan “Susie” Mary Hernandez died peacefully on October 13, 2023, in Dodge City, KS. She was 75. Born to Pete and Mary Farrell on June 19, 1948, she was the salutatorian of the inaugural graduating class at Trinity Catholic High School in Hutchinson, KS, where she also worked part-time at Dillons as a cashier, a job she deemed the best she ever had.
She continued her education at the University of Kansas, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Following graduation, she married and raised four children. She and her family lived in Oswego, Kansas City, and Wichita, before eventually moving to Ashland, KS.
In Ashland, she served as Deputy County Clerk at the Clark County Courthouse and was an active parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church. On October 9, 1999, she was remarried to Dennis Ramon Hernandez.
Susie loved reading, puzzles, bingo, and chocolate. She also had a deep love for the ocean, especially dolphins, and never turned down an opportunity to eat crab legs or shrimp. She was an enthusiastic hugger and always gave more than she received, but most of all, she cherished time with her family and her role as a mom.
Susie is survived by her husband, Dennis, Spearville, KS, and her children: Tyler Hartmann and his daughters Alexa and Jenna, Kansas City, MO; Courtney Hartmann Tisa and her husband, Mikey, San Diego, CA; Bri Frisby and her husband Dan, and their children Slade, Lucas, and Faith, Plains, KS; and Josh Hartmann, San Diego, CA; as well as three step-children and seven step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death and is now happily reunited with her mother and daddy, and siblings Joan, Kay, and Pat.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland, KS with Fr. Clifford Oyati presiding. Vigil service will be at 9:00 a.m. before the Mass.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie, in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801, or the Alzheimer’s Association https://bit.ly/SusieHernandez. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.
George Lester Leaming, 93, died Thursday, October 5, 2023 at Minneola Long Term Care.
George was born February 22, 1930 near Forgan, Oklahoma. His parents were Lester James Leaming and Myrtle Alice (LaCrone) Leaming. George was the youngest of ten children.
George’s parents became tenant farmers during the Dust Bowl times. Moving from place to place, trying to make a living for their family. They moved from Forgan, Oklahoma to Box, Oklahoma, near Norman, where his maternal grandparents lived. Eventually they would end up near Bloom where George attended school and was active in sports, and met his future wife, Jean A. Moore. They were married on September 19, 1948 at Bloom Methodist Church.
George started working at NGPL in 1951, where he worked for 35 years, retiring as foreman in 1986. He also helped Jean’s dad, Arthur Moore on the farm south of Bloom. Arthur and Estella Moore had come to Bloom in 1912. Arthur was tragically killed in a car accident in March 1962. George and Jean moved the family lock, stock, and barrel to the farm the end of May that same year. George and Jean took over the farm and remained there until July 2020. Their son David, began farming the land with George and now is the third generation to cultivate the family farm.
George and Jean had four children. Judi Branine- Alberding of Paola, Kansas. David Leaming of Bloom, Kansas. Arlyn Leaming of Dodge City, Kansas. Jodeen Leaming- Udovich and husband Frank of Minneola, Kansas. Two grandchildren, Tina Branine-Bender and husband Chad of Olathe, Kansas, Geoff Branine and wife Robin of Louisburg, Kansas, two great- grandchildren, Braden and Ashley Branine of Louisburg.
George was preceded in death by his wife Jean (July 2,2023), parents, two brothers, Gene (Evelyn) and Ralph (Gracie). Five sisters, Cleo (Dick) Long, Clara (Joe) Slavin, Leta (Dale) Volden, Emma Lou (Bruce Cavender) Holdeman, and Hazel (Ike) Filbeck. There were two siblings who died as children, Iva Jean (age 4 of diphtheria) and Robert (age 12 of pneumonia)
On Tuesday October 10, 2023 visitation will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 am with Pastor Suzie Woods officiating. Burial to follow at the Bloom cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to Hometown Market Minneola KS or Meadowlark House Child Advocacy Center, Dodge City, KS in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Eva Faye McPhail was born on August 13, 1950, in Buffalo, Oklahoma she was the cherished daughter of Lloyd and Barbara Heglin.
Eva attended Primary School and High School at Gate, Oklahoma, graduating with the class of 1968. Eva went to college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she studied commercial art.
Eva Helgin and Bruce McPhail were united in married on July 24, 1971, they were blessed with the greatest joy, a son Tyson was born. Later in life Eva and Tyson made their home at Gate, Oklahoma. Eva worked as the secretary for Beaver County Dist. 1, for 25 years before she retired.
Eva was known for her kind and generous spirit, investing every ounce of herself in her family and her beloved animals. She enjoyed attending craft shows and sharing her love of painting where her vibrant spirit flourished. Eva enjoyed attending her grandson activities and cheering for them at various sporting activities. Her family meant the world to her, and she cherished every moment she spent with them. Eva’s hobbies brought her immense joy and allowed her to express her creativity.
Eva was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Barbara Heglin. On August 22, 2023 Eva Faye McPhail left her earthly plains and went to her be with her Lord and Savior.
She is survived by her son; Tyson McPhail and wife Staci of Ashland, Kansas, grandson; Kash McPhail of Manhattan, Kansas, Lathan McPhail of Ashland, Kansas, brothers Thomas Helgin and wife Marty of Gate, Oklahoma, Arlis Heglin of Gate, Oklahoma, nieces and nephews, Kodel, Rissie, Trapper, and Tucker.
Eva will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Her kind and generous spirit, as well as her artistic talents, will forever be remember and cherished.
Graveside service was held at 9 am, Friday August 25, 2023 at Gate Cemetery, Gate, Oklahoma.
In Lieu of flowers suggested memorials to the Gateway to the Panhandle Museum PO Box 27 Main St. Gate, OK 73844.
On July 21st, 2023, Michael Hugh Bartlett, of rural Ford County Kansas, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife of 54 years (Carla) and his three adult children (Tori, Janae and Hugh Bartlett) all by his side.
Mike was born in March of 1949 to D.A. and Janie Bartlett, who have both preceded him in death. He was raised on a farm North of Fowler, Kansas, where he attended school and graduated high school with the class of 1967. He then went to Dodge City Community College. He also served in the Kansas National Guard and in May of 1969, Mike married his high school sweetheart, Carla Gerber. They lived in Fowler for a short period of time before moving to the farm where his parents had raised him and his 3 sisters, Dawn Ann (Walters), Sue (Wiseman), and Sara (Friesen).
Mike worked hard with his father and he became the 4th generation of Bartlett’s to make a living out on the family farm. Farming and feeding cattle were his passion in life and he had a talent for growing crops and livestock. He had many good horses and a number of loyal dogs over his lifespan. Mike wasn’t afraid to take an occasional risk which led him to some unique business opportunities such as buying a couple truckloads of wild mustangs or in another instance, a herd of buffalo. Raising buffalo suited him well and he maintained a herd for over 30 years.
Mike Bartlett rarely knew a stranger and he had a large menagerie of friends. Despite being a work-a-holic, he liked to have a good time and his sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. Especially by his 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The phone calls, cards, letters and visits Mike received during the last few months of his life were a tremendous source of happiness, peace, and comfort to him. He was proud, strong willed and tough so he carried himself with dignity the end of his battle with COPD.
In typical Mike Bartlett fashion, there are no funeral services planned, certainly no sad farewells or long goodbyes. A celebration of his life will occur with details to be determined later in time. He will be sorely missed by his loved ones.
Carla Jane Huck, 76, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at a Topeka hospital. Carla’s life began on May 8, 1947, in Hardtner, Kansas. She was born the daughter of Carl and Evia (Carrick) Rathbun. Carla was raised in the Coldwater community, graduated from Coldwater High School in 1965, then received a bachelor’s degree from Ft. Hays State University.
On July 26, 1969, Carla married John Charles Huck in Coldwater. They were together until John’s passing on March 22, 2003. Also preceding her in death were her parents Carl in 1961 and Evia in 1997.
Carla dedicated herself to working at Ft. Riley for more than 30 years before retiring in 2002. She then returned to work as the Office Manager for the Feyh Farm Seed company until 2020. The role was not traditional as she served as chauffeur for all of the Feyh family kids taking them to doctors’ appointments, driver’s education class, anywhere they needed to go. She was honored to be a part of their lives and loved them as her own grandchildren.
In recent years, you would find her at a softball diamond, wearing her visor, and cheering for her favorite girl’s softball teams. She knew the importance of positivity in a young girl’s life and spread that inspiration to all the players she cheered for.
Carla loved her pets and they brought her much joy, especially during the difficult times after John was gone. Her heart ached for any animal in need and as her older furry friends made their journey over the rainbow bridge. She was the first to volunteer to help anyone with their pets and enjoyed telling them her favorite stories about her own pets.
She put everyone else’s needs before hers. She was there for a phone call, a ride to an appointment, lunch, or just a good laugh whenever anyone needed anything. Her ability to listen, understand, provide support during difficult times and find the humor in things will be greatly missed.
But most of all, she loved her girls. She enjoyed spending time with them and was so very proud of their accomplishments. She “loved them to the moon and back” and never failed to tell them. Her son-in-laws held a special place in her heart and she was pleased that they were here to take care of her and her girls.
Survivors include two daughters, Jodi (Kraig) Vondran of Wamego and Jaclynn (Steve) Brown of Alma. She also leaves behind a sister, Anita Lousch of Oklahoma and her family Joe, Marcia, Johnny Carl and Jerry; her twin sister Linda Jean (Larry) Johnson of Tucson, AZ; her sister-in-law Jane (Huck) Kay and her family Tim, Susan, and Andrew; cousins Jerry and Joe Coles; and step-grandchildren Melissa McCarthy and Jessica Parks; step-great-grandchildren Marley, AJ, and Miyah along with her softball family and countless friends, all who will miss her dearly.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday August 11, 2023, at the KanEquip Arena on the Wabaunsee County Fair Grounds in Alma.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, KS 66536 or to 5720 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604.
Samuel Reed Hindman was born April 11, 1925, in Galion, Ohio to John and Stella (Anderson) Hindman. He passed from this life on July 16, 2023, in Minneola, Kansas at the age of 98.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul, Bob, Dave and sister Mary (Humphreys) along with many other friends, mentors and relatives.
On August 29, 1950 he married Carol Edgar in Sterling, Kansas. She survives. He is also survived by children: Alvin (Diane), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Anita Curry (Wayne), Topeka, Kansas; Mark (Laurie), North Richland Hills, Texas; Janice Martin (Bob), Denver, Pennsylvania and Joe (Erin), Trinity, Florida; 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren with four more to be born within the next few months.
Reed moved from Ohio to Minneola, Kansas in 1946 where he worked for local farmer, Frank Tedford. In 1949 he attended Sterling College where he did not earn a degree, but found something far more useful to him-his wife Carol. Shortly after their marriage in 1950, Reed left to serve in the U.S. Army in Germany as part of Allied forces preventing Russian aggression into Europe.
Upon returning from the Army, Reed again worked for a local farmer before venturing out on his own to farm. He would continue farming until “retiring” in 2005. Reed’s passion for farming was only superseded by his strong Christian faith and his love for family. He was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder for 57 years. His faith in Jesus Christ directed all aspects of his life from his emphasis on stewardship of the land to leading his children to a faith of their own.
Reed also served his community on the Minneola Hospital Board where he was instrumental in bringing about the Minneola Long Term Care facility where he would spend the last 3 years of his life.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the Minneola Healthcare teams for their excellent care and love shown to Reed.
A private burial will be held. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the Minneola Community Church.
In honor of Reed, memorial contributions may be given to the Minneola Long Term Care or the Sterling Reformed Presbyterian Church both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Phyllis Ruth Fellers, of Goddard, KS formerly of Ashland and Protection, KS, passed away in Wichita on July 5, 2023, at the age of 82. Phyllis was born in Hays, KS July 1, 1941, to Freemond and Garland Peterson. She grew up with her two sisters and brother on the family dairy farm a mile north of Protection, KS. She had a wonderful childhood with two loving parents and cherished memories with her parents, brother, and sisters. On the farm and in her family, she learned the work ethic, values, manners, and religious beliefs that would define her for the rest of her life.
Phyllis graduated from Protection High School in 1959 and then attended nursing school at Stormont Vail in Topeka, KS. Her nursing education was interrupted after she met John Thomas Fellers, from Ashland, KS. Phyllis and Tom met when they were a groomsman and bridesmaid at Tom’s brother, Robert, and Phyllis’s sister, Pat’s wedding. Shortly thereafter Tom and Phyllis were married in Protection, KS on May 21, 1961, and enjoyed 61 years of marriage until Tom passed away April 2, 2023.
Phyllis and Tom lived for two years in Scott City, KS where Tom taught school. In the summers they would come home to Ashland, KS to run the municipal swimming pool. They moved back to Ashland, KS when Tom was offered a job in the Stockgrowers State Bank in 1963. During the fifty plus years they lived in Ashland, Phyllis’s number one priority was raising her three children, Jacque born in 1962, Tom born in 1965, and Elizabeth born in 1968. Phyllis and Tom also had a fourth child, David Craig, who was born in 1964 and passed away as an infant; while she seldom spoke of this, she always carried David in her heart.
While focused on her family and home Phyllis also supported her husband’s career and efforts to serve and promote the community of Ashland. Phyllis worked for many years at the Ashland High School office as the secretary for the Superintendent. Later she helped manage the Ashland Health Clinic office. She was a member of many groups including the Ashland United Methodist Church Women’s Group and PEO. She loved to sew and when her children were young, she sewed many of their early school clothes that are forever memorialized in their school pictures. Later in life she developed a love of quilting and enjoyed the company and talking with her quilting friends as much as the actual quilting. She was a wonderful cook and made the best cinnamon rolls in the world according to her children. Simply put, she was a wonderful and loyal wife and mother and will be greatly missed by her family.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents: Freemond and Garland Peterson; her husband: John Thomas Fellers; her infant son: David Craig; and brother-in-law: Robert Fellers.
She is survived by her children: Jacquelyn Cherie Stearns and husband Jim of Goddard, KS; Thomas Scott Fellers and wife Ellea of Lawrence, KS; and Elizabeth Ann Wager and husband Jeff of Wichita, KS. Phyllis and Tom were blessed with seven grandchildren (Alex, Andrew, Katie, John, Hunter, Natalie, and Austin) and 6 great-grandchildren (Benjamin, Charlotte, Arthur, Tristen, Mackenzie, and Donovan). She also leaves behind three siblings: Patricia Fellers of Ashland, KS; Shirley (Wilbur) Wood of Trousdale, KS; and Charles (Penny) Peterson of Protection, KS. Phyllis is also survived by a multitude of extended family, and many dear friends.
Celebration of Life Service were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2023, at Ashland Bible Church in Ashland, KS with Pastor Rick Branson presiding.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ashland Bible Church in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Jean Ardis (Moore) Leaming, 92, died Sunday, July 2, 2023 at Minneola District Hospital.
Jean was born on October 19, 1930 on the family farm near Bloom, Kansas. Her parents were James Arthur Moore and Estella Mae (Sheets) Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Ruby Moore (Foster) Smith, as well as two infant sisters.
She is survived by her husband, George Leaming; daughter, Judi Leaming-Alberding, Paola, Kansas; son, David Leaming, Bloom: son, Arlyn Leaming, Dodge City, Kansas; and daughter, Jodeen Leaming-Udovich and husband Frank, Minneola; grandchildren, Tina (Branine) Bender and husband Chad, Olathe, Kansas; Geoff Branine and wife Robin, Louisburg, Kansas; great grandchildren, Braden and Ashley Branine, Louisburg, Kansas.
She attended Bloom Schools and graduated from high school in 1948. Jean had a love and flair for music. She was in the “All Girl” band at Bloom High School, and active in vocal and theatrics also. This is where she met her future husband, George Leaming. He arrived at the school system as a young man, blonde haired and blue eyed. Jean set her sights on him and won him over. (Story has it that she had some competition for his affection, but George made a wise decision and chose her). They were married on September 19, 1948 at the Bloom Methodist Church.
After graduation, she attended the Cain-Powell Business College in Dodge City. This education would serve her well. She was secretary of Minneola High School, and manager of the Wheatland Credit Union both in Minneola. She wore the hat of bookkeeper, among many others, on the farm.
As mentioned, Jean loved music. She helped with many bible schools, Sunday school music, and church plays/musicals, and taught Sunday school classes over the years.
Jean also sold Stanley Home Products and Tupperware. Through having “parties” she met and made a lot of friends in the area through these get-togethers.
Jean’s parents came to the farm, south of Bloom, in 1912 moving from Virginia. George, Jean, and the family moved to the farm in May of 1962, following the tragic death of Jean’s father as the result of a car accident. They were on the farm until July 2020. Their son, David, took over the farming and is the third generation to work the land.
Visitation with the family present will be Wednesday, July 5, 2023 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. A private family burial at the Bloom Cemetery will precede the service. The public is invited to the memorial service at 2:00 pm Thursday, July 6, 2023 at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola, with Pastor Suzie Woods officiating.
The family suggests memorials to Civic Connection, Hometown Market, or Minneola Long Term Care all in care of Minnis Mortuary. 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Evera May Wyatt
Evora Mae Wyatt passed away Thursday, June 29, 2023.
She was born September 2, 1926 in New Braunfels, Texas. She married Donald (Jeff) Wyatt in New Braunfels, Texas on February 6, 1946. She and Jeff were married for 52 years prior to his death in 1998.
Evora was an LPN and worked at the Minneola Hospital and Minneola Long Term Care for over 30 years. Besides working full time, she also taught pottery classes at Dodge City Community College for many years. She enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening, antiques and silver smithing. She dearly loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them at every opportunity.
Survivors include: daughters, Nancy Wyatt, Topeka, Kansas, Lindy Ericson and husband Larry, Topeka, and Betsy Wyatt, Bloom; granddaughters, Shanan Kingsbury and husband Tyler, Lawrence, Arrin Vrtiska and significant other, Terril Phillips, Smyrna, Georgia; and grandson, Brett Ericson, Topeka.
Evora was preceded in death by her husband Jeff, her grandson, Andrew Vrtiska and step-brother, Paul Crawford.
Evora leaves her family the legacy of fun, laughter, kindness, compassion and tons of spunk. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
A private graveside service was held on July 3, 2023 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
Joe Conaway of Wellston, Oklahoma, passed away April 11, 2023, surrounded by his children. Joe (or Jody as he was lovingly called by his parents) was born May 11, 1939, in Spur, Texas to Wallace Harper and Cleo Nannie (Kerley) Conaway. Joe was a lifelong minister pastoring numerous Baptist churches from Wyoming to Nebraska and Kansas. He especially enjoyed ministering to smaller, rural churches who are often underserved. An advocate for senior citizens, he volunteered and worked at senior citizens centers in Ashland, Kansas, and Wellston, Oklahoma. Joe always felt a special calling to minister to the elderly and lonely.
Joe was a creative man with endless talent for baking and sewing. His family always looked forward to his pies and cakes at every holiday meal. “Grandpa Joe” never missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren. He could always be counted on to be present at his grandchildren’s dance recitals, soccer games, school presentations and the like.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Conaway. He is survived by his children, daughter, Lynna Conaway of El Dorado, Kansas; son, Layne Conaway and daughter-in-law, Ruthye Herrera-Conaway, of Yukon, Oklahoma and son, Lance Conaway and daughter-in-law, April Burt of Garland, Texas; foster daughter, Becky Kuhns and her husband, Steve, of Sydney, Nebraska; sister, Sue Johnson of Lubbock, Texas; 5 grandchildren, Cayenne Currier, Caden Corbin, Colette Conaway, William Conaway and John Paul Conaway; and 3 great-grandchildren, Christopher Currier, Frances Currier, and Lucille Currier.
A memorial service for Joe will be on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Chandler with Pastor Rick Blackwell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a prayerful donation to “Mission: Dignity” a program for retired ministers and their spouses.
Renita Ethel Hoover-Ediger was born on May 14, 1951, in Beaver, Oklahoma, and passed away in her home in Englewood, Kansas, with family at her side to join her Lord and Savior and many other family members on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at the age of 72 years and 20 days.
After graduating from Beaver High School in 1969, she married the love of her life, Bob Ediger, on June 7,1969. After a honeymoon to South Dakota the couple lived in various Southwest Kansas communities including Ashland, Fowler, Big Bow and Ulysses before moving to Beaver, Oklahoma, in 1974 where they raised their two children, Justin and Amy, until 1996.
While in Beaver, Renita enjoyed various jobs including working for the Beaver County Nursing Home, City of Beaver, and owned her own sewing and cloth store “The Cloth Cottage.” Renita’s enjoyment and passion for reading, eventually, led to a long career as the Beaver County Librarian where she was instrumental in moving the library from an index card system to completely computerized. In addition to bringing the library into the computer age, she helped to make the Beaver County Library’s Summer Reading program for kids a highlight for hundreds of Beaver County children for many years.
In 1996, both she and Bob moved to Englewood, Kansas, where they opened their own business, BOK Petroleum, a bulk oil and convenience store station. While in Englewood, she and Bob opened a grill as a part of the convenience store where they were the source of many hot meals, coffee, and fellowship for the town of Englewood. BOK Petroleum was the place to be, and Renita was the heartbeat that helped to make it thrive. After retiring from BOK, she worked at the Ashland clinic, but in 2014 she re-established her librarian career in Laverne at the Delphian Library where she, once again, helped to advance the library into the modern age and established the Summer Reading program for the children of the Laverne community until her retirement in January of 2022.
Renita’s biggest passion and pastime was enjoying time with her children and grandchildren. Known as “MeMaw” to her grandchildren, she was constantly bragging on their achievements to anyone who would listen and attending whenever and wherever she could each activity they were involved in. Christmas time at “MeMaw’s” house included building gingerbread houses around the dining room table (no matter how old you were) and always reading the Christmas Story followed by singing of Christmas Carols, which ALWAYS had to include “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Near and dear to her heart was her church family at the Rosston First United Methodist Church where she played the organ for Sunday services until her health would no longer allow it. Renita never met a stranger and will be missed by many people who came to love her in the Beaver, Laverne, and Englewood communities.
Renita is survived by her husband, Bob, of the home in Englewood, Kansas; two children, Justin and is wife Jo of Elk City, OK, and Amy with her husband Larry Williams of Gunter, TX; seven grandchildren, Anna Mueller of Yukon, OK, Drew Ediger of Moore, OK, Jonah White of Orlando, FL, Hannah White of Elk City, OK, Trenton Williams of Tulsa, OK, Lizzie Williams and Jack Williams of Gunter, TX; two siblings Janice Campbell of Englewood, KS, and Dennis Hoover with his wife Sharon and their daughter Sarah of Waxahachie TX; and a host of other relatives throughout Kansas and Oklahoma.
She is preceded in death by one brother Alvin Neal and her parents Alvin and Reola Hoover of Beaver, Oklahoma.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the Laverne Methodist Church in Laverne, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Rosston Methodist Church, 1347 North 174 Rd, Rosston, OK 73855 or the Laverne Delphian Municipal Library, PO Box 1102, Laverne, OK 73848.
Arrangements by Laverne Funeral Home, 421 S. Broadway, Laverne, OK 73848. Mailing address 411 E. Pryor, Follett, TX 79034. Read obituaries and offer condolences on our website www.schillingfhg.com
Olga I. (Armas) Howell was born November 2, 1930 in Mira, Ecuador eldest child of Ismael and Marianna Armas.
Olga came to the United States in 1960 and met her husband Don in Chicago, IL. They were married on January 5, 1966. After a brief stay in Baltimore, the couple returned to Ashland where Don was employed by the Mathews Insurance Agency. They purchased the agency in 1973 and operated it as Howell Insurance until 1999.
Olga was very active in the community belonging to many clubs and organizations along with being very active at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafting, bridge and traveling with her husband.
After Olga moved to Mesa, Arizona she became active in the ladies auxiliary of All Saints Catholic Church. Olga had a beautiful singing voice and began taking tap dancing classes as well.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Don in 2014.
Survivors include; son Mario and wife Pam of Mesa, AZ, grandson Jason of Denver, CO; daughter Janet Mowery and husband Doug and grandsons Luke Dougherty of Acworth, GA and Jack Dougherty of Marietta, GA. Also surviving are her brother in law, Vernon Howell of Ashland. Brother, Ismael Armas of Quito, Ecuador and sister Diana Coughlin of Oregon, WI.
Memorial church service will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 10:00am at the St. Joseph’s Church in Ashland, KS with inurnment following at the St. Josephs Cemetery in Ashland, KS.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be donated to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, PO Box 577, Ashland, KS 67831
Arrangements by Ashland Funeral Home, 420 N. Main, Ashland, KS 67831, mailing address 411 E. Pryor, Follett, TX 79034 . Read obituaries and offer condolences on our web site www.schillingfhg.com
Ruth D. “Doll” Yunker, 93, died Monday, May 15, 2023 at St. Catherine’s of Dodge City.
She was born August 31, 1929 at Ashland, Kansas, daughter of Olis A. and Iva Mae (Sawyers) Bowling. She was a 1947 graduate of Ashland High School and on June 21 of the same year, she married Anthony E. “Tony” Yunker at Ashland. They owned and operated The Trading Post in Minneola until moving to Dodge City and opening Tony’s Boot Repair for many years. Before dedicating herself to the boot shop, Doll had worked at the US Postal Service sorting mail and at the historical Evan’s Drumhead factory. She enjoyed quilting and was a member of Miss Kitty’s Quilters in Dodge City.
Survivors include: a son, Dan Yunker and wife Susan, Valdosta, Georgia; 3 daughters, Lynn Ledford, Pampa, Texas, Gwen Rankin and husband Galen, Minneola and Dawna Youngers and husband Kevin, Dodge City; 3 sisters, Elaine Alexander, Overland Park, Ann Harrod and husband Chuck, Wichita and Karen Maris, Ashland; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tony on May 14, 1995, 3 brothers, Melvin, Ocie and Gordon Bowling and 2 sisters, Betty “Sis” O’Bleness and Margie “Tiny” Rainbolt.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 am Friday, May 26, 2023 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, with Pastor Suzie Woods officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, Ashland. There will be no public viewing.
The family suggests memorials to Manor of the Plains Good Samaritan Program in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
Chester Owen Mishler was born October 9, 1927, the sixth child of Ola David and Edith Christine Barker Mishler at home in rural Cherryvale, Kansas. He went to his heavenly home on May 12, 2023, at the age of 95 years, 7 months and 3 days.
Chester grew up in the Cherryvale area and learned farming and helped with the dairy his family ran and attended school at Racob, Harmony, and Cherryvale high school graduating in 1947. He had rheumatic fever and other situations that put him back 2 years in school. Chester married Bonita Marie McGuire on February 4, 1949. They were introduced to each other by Chester’s friend Gerald McGuire, who happened to be Bonita’s brother 2 years younger than her. Chester always said the day they got married Bonita was the boss because she was 15 days older.
Chester and Bonita had a farm north of Cherryvale and started their family there. Later at the house in town where the oldest 3 children started school. Chester also worked for the Cherryvale township learning the road equipment and loved the big machines. They moved to Wichita for a few weeks then they moved to Harper, Kansas where he worked at a dairy for about 6 months. The Mishler’s moved to Ashland on September 28, 1958, to work for Cleo Bliss Plumbing, a job he was told about by friend D. L. Walker from Cherryvale who was pastor at the First Baptist Church of Ashland at the time. They also added their youngest child to the family in 1960.
Chester left the job with Bliss Plumbing for a job with Al Seidel Service and then in May 1964 the Mishler’s bought the plumbing side of Seidel’s business and opened Mishler’s Service Center in the building where the current bus barn is. In 1967 they moved next door east to the current location. Chester took refrigeration courses driving back and forth to Dodge City many nites to get certification and be able to work on the equipment. This added to the services he could provide in his business. Plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electric and refrigeration. They also sold and serviced appliances and televisions.
Chester served as deacon and trustee for the First Baptist Church in Ashland and on the city council. He joined the Odd Fellows lodge in 1963 which was the first step into the Masonic Lodge of Ashland and served as master at one time and a lifetime member of the Kansas Masonic Lodge.
Chester enjoyed going camping first in a family size tent and then in a camper that he built with friends Merle Pike and Mutt Stone. Bonita always said it was not a vacation for her as she had to load and unload provisions and still cook when they were camping. Chester loved to fish but was not known to really catch much. When up at the Clark County State Lake they would go hiking a lot and could be seen up there many weekends, just to be out of town and away from the phone. Other hobbies included wood working: making rocking chairs, rocking horses, cradles, hand pump scooter, truck for kids to peddle, a picnic table that would fold into a bench, and helping to update wooden chairs. He did make himself a wallet and check covers from leather which he also enjoyed. The last 20 years he enjoyed reading books but only if in his NOOK reader, and several magazines. We cannot forget his jigsaw puzzles that had become an obsession in the last 15 years. He worked on them at the senior center and would glue and frame them when done –at first even if it was only because he thought they were so pretty. If someone saw one that was being worked on, he would get it ready for them and the donation went to the senior center. He was very particular about the puzzles, had to do the frame first—or most of it, no pieces in the middle unless was in area where they were to attach and if you left the table be sure there were no pieces sticking to arms, clothes or had been swept off the table. He also got very upset if someone ‘forced’ a piece in the wrong place because they thought it looked like it went there. The last 2 months we could not get him to work on puzzles even at the hospital. Just seemed he was not in the right place to work on them even for a distraction.
Chester would be willing to try to fix or build almost anything. He would check lamps, ceiling fans, vibrating chair motors, tool motors, lawn mowers, weed eaters, garden tractors. He loved to tell stories about jobs he had done especially if they included mess ups done at the factory like one on a tractor that finally found a rag had been stuffed in the intake or someplace—the engine had to be taken apart to find the problem. For his 95 years he had many stories that would seem to merge in the telling as a name would remind him of something else. He could also ask questions about someone suddenly as if we were able to know what he had been thinking. He was really upset the last few years in not being able to remember names from the past but finally would listen when we pointed out we didn’t know the person anyway.
Chester loved his family and was proud of the many generations he had. He might have to be reminded of names but most he knew when heard name or saw them. He enjoyed the family gatherings on Thanksgiving but after a short time the noise got too much and he would have to go home saying, ‘my chair is calling me’. It was so good to have completely surprised him for his 90th birthday in 2017 with so many families and friends who came.
Chester was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and 5 sisters, his wife Bonita in 1997, son Kevin in 2014 and daughter Kathleen in 2017. He is survived. his sister June Richardson of Haysville, KS; Sister Barbara and husband Larry McNickle of rural Cherryvale, KS. Son Tom and wife Renee Mishler of Dickinson, TX; Daughter Mary Mishler of Ashland, KS, daughter-in-law Becky Mishler of Ashland, and daughter Denise and husband John Cleveland of Birmingham, AL. 14 grandchildren, 30 great Grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
Funeral service were held at 10:00AM, Monday May 15, 2023 at the Ashland Church of God, with Nick Johnson officiating. Chet’s Grandsons and Great Grandsons were pallbearers. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery Ashland, Kansas.
The family requests that any donations be given to the Ashland Senior Center.
Devin Powell, 18, died Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colorado from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born November 6, 2004 at Dodge City, the son of David and Ellen (Green) Powell. He was a lifetime Dodge City resident and a 2023 graduate of Minneola High School. He worked on his uncle’s farm for 2 years and received his Welding Certificate from Dodge City Community College. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He loved being a mentor and was an amazing friend to everyone.
He was a member of the 7 I Am Church in Minneola.
Survivors include: his mother, Ellen Powell, Dodge City; his father, David Powell, Dodge City; his sister, Kirsten Powell, Dodge City; his grandfather, Steve Hale, Dodge City; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ellen Hale.
Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm Monday, May 22, 2023 at the Minneola High School Gymnasium with Pastor Michael Perrotti officiating. Burial will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery south of Minneola. Visitation with the family present will be Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.
Devin’s last act of giving while on this earth was organ donation. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests everyone to continue Devin’s legacy by helping others. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Kenneth Lyle Butts, 90 died, Thursday, May 11, 2023 at Minneola District Hospital.
He was born December 14, 1932 on the Ridpath farm in Saline County, Nebraska the son of George and Florence (Ridpath) Butt. On May 4, 1951 he married Maybelle Ellis at Garden City. They later divorced. On July 16, 1966 he married Margaret “Mickey” Grady at Stinnett, Texas. Mickey preceded him in death on August 17, 1978. On October 11, 1980 he married Phyllis Laudick at Spearville.
He moved to Minneola in 1967 and was the Feed Mill Manager for the Minneola Coop for 30 years, retiring in 1995.
He was a member of St. Anthony Church in Fowler and Knights of Columbus Council 2955 in Dodge City as well as serving as a board member of the Minneola District Hospital for 26 years. He was an avid bowler and a member of the Dodge City Bowling Association where he was president from 1975 to 1985 and a 25 year participant in the American Bowling Congress and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2019. In later years his greatest joy was playing pool with his friends at the Minneola Senior Center.
Survivors include: his wife of 42 years, Phyllis, Minneola; 4 sons, Vernon Butt and wife Leilah, Boncarbo, Colorado, Virgil Butt and wife Chris, Westminister, Colorado, Vince Butt, Nevada City, California and Dean Butt and wife Liz, Denver, Colorado; a daughter, Verna Kyser and husband George, Albany, Georgia; a son-in-law, Robert Chow, Colorado Springs; 5 step-daughters, Barbara Orr, Wichita, Linda Baily, Minneola, Donna Minor and husband Roy, Minneola, Karen Staab and husband Jerry, Dodge City and Evelyn Clark, Hutchinson; his daughter of the heart, Deena Raser, Minneola; 2 sisters, Karen Huskamp and husband Mike, Wichita and Kaye Gruver and husband Floyd, Wichita; 6 grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and several great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; and special friends, Andy and Gayla Crane and sons, Patrick and Peyton all of Minneola.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Venitta Chow and a sister, Marilyn Speer.
Vigil service will be at 7:30 pm Friday, May 19, 2023 at St. Anthony Church in Fowler. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am Saturday, May 20, 2023 at the church with Fr. Jim Dieker presiding. Burial will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Friday at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Anthony Parish Building Fund or the Minneola Senior Center both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
We are sad to announce the passing of Jon Webb Matthews (born June 2, 1943) age 76 passed away December 27th, 2019. Preceded in death by Parents Dean & Helen Matthews, Brother Dean Matthews (Carol). Survived by Brother Bill Matthews (Maureen). Children, Carolyn Moore (Jay), Glenn Shupe (Diane) David Matthews (Rachelle), Nathan Shupe (Kelly), Bryan Matthews and seven grandchildren. Graveside services at Ashland Cemetery on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 12:15 P.M.
Hal Noble White, 72, died Monday, May 1, 2023 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
He was born May 15, 1950 at Dodge City, the son of Kenneth and Avis (Ward) White. He was a graduate of Bucklin High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Sterling College. He chose to come back to the family farm to fulfill his God-given purpose to care for the land and raise Beefalo cattle.
Hal met the love of his life, Marilyn White, at Sterling College. While engaged, they attended Explo 72’ in Dallas, TX. This experience gave them a vision of how God might use them in ministry together. On July 28, 1972 they were married at Stafford, Kansas. Following their marriage, they organized Bible studies with youth and young couples. They were also instrumental in leading Christian contemporary summer musicals for 13 years. This included traveling to churches in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, with the purpose of learning to share God’s love with others through music, skits, and testimony. Over time, they served together through the AWANA program, VBS, and other programs in the church.
In 1975, Hal & Marilyn built a house on the farm. Together hand in hand, they faced life’s challenges. They reveled in the beauty of God’s creation from the wildflowers in the pastures, to the birth of a newborn calf, to the joy of planting and harvesting a crop. In time, they were blessed with three wonderful children, Aaron, Caleb, and Alicia.
Growing up, Hal was a member of the Boy Scouts of America earning his God & Country Award. He enjoyed many scout trips to the Spanish Peaks in Colorado. He was a member of the Minneola Community Church for over 50 years and served as a Sunday school teacher, board member, and Elder. He also was on the FSA board, Sodville Township board, and was a volunteer firefighter for Ford County. He was a faithful member of the Gideons International and loved handing out copies of God’s Word to everyone he could.
Hal enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Some of his most cherished moments were when his family all came home to work cattle and help with harvest. He also looked forward to spending time in Colorado with Marilyn relaxing by waterfalls and mountain streams. This past summer Hal and Marilyn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with the entire family making memories together in Wyoming.
Most of all, Hal loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. He believed that if you have received Jesus as your personal Savior from sin and made him Lord of your life then everything we do has eternal meaning and value. To God be the glory for our beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Marilyn; their 3 children, Aaron (Sarah) White, Norton, Kansas, Caleb (Megan) White, Colorado Springs and Alicia (James) Garrison, Collinsville, Oklahoma; 3 brothers, Lee (Julia) White, San Diego, California, Roy (Linda) White, Little Elm, Texas and John (Carolyn) White, South Jordan, Utah; and 10 grandchildren, Gideon, Isaiah, Genesis, Solomon, and Hadassah White; Andrew, Daniel, Elijah, and Adelyn White; and Joshua Garrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Paul White and 2 sisters-in-law, Myrtle White and Gail White.
Graveside service were at 2:30 pm Friday, May 5, 2023 at the Bucklin Cemetery. A Celebration of Life was held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the Minneola Community Church with Pastor Coby Janzen, Kenneth Harshberger and Mike Kennedy officiating.
The family suggests memorials to Sterling College, Gideons International, Kingsdown Presbyterian Church, or the Minneola Community Church all in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Alice Anne Bair O’Brien, formerly of Minneola, passed peacefully at her son’s home on April 18, 2023. She will be dearly missed, but her family is comforted in knowing that she is reunited with her beloved husband, John Alfred O’Brien.
Alice Anne Bair was born in Minneola on August 10, 1931 to Ross and Nellie Bair. She grew up on her family’s farm, one mile east of Minneola, with her four siblings: Ross, Jr., Mary Lou, Linda Lee, and John. In Minneola, she was active in band, playing baseball in gym, basketball, 4H, and doing outdoor chores around the farm. She loved going into Minneola to visit her Aunt Bernice. And she often spoke about the family reunions the Bair and Moore family had.
After graduating from Minneola High School in 1949, she attended Kansas State University and earned a degree in Home Economics in 1953. After graduating, Alice worked as a teacher in Jetmore, KS, teaching home economics. She must have wanted to travel, for she resigned her teaching position, and, after a stint working on a cruise ship on Lake Michigan, she went East with her sister Linda to Boston. There she worked as a high school teacher, Worcester County Extension Service agent, and sometime TV and radio guest who spoke about cooking.
She met her husband in a class at Fitchburg State when their classmates introduced the only two single participants. They started dating, fell in love, and were married in Dodge City in 1960. Their long marriage was a happy one, and they had four children: Dorothy Monica, Thomas, Joseph, and John, Jr.
After marriage, Alice and John resided in Charlestown, MA, in a home three blocks away from the Bunker Hill Monument. She made many friends in the tight-knit community and became active in various organizations and her church. She and John later moved to New Hampshire in retirement.
Alice was always kind, curious, and busy: She enjoyed listening to football and baseball games on the radio, writing letters, reading, traveling, cooking, baking, knitting, hooking rugs, sewing, restoring her home, gardening, and visiting over tea, especially with her grandchildren. She loved living in Boston, with its history and bustle. She never tired of exploring it by T or on foot, often walking from Charlestown to downtown Boston, MGH, and the Museum of Science.
Alice is predeceased by her beloved husband, John, and her cherished daughter, Dorothy. She is survived by her three sons, their wives – Melanie, Tania, and Nancy, and eight grandchildren: Megan, Jennifer, Finn, Emma, John, Nancy Anne, Thomas, and Elizabeth.
To them, she was simply Grammie, and they fondly remember her home with its “cookies, tea, cactuses and dusty corners. She was such a beautiful soul and grandmother.”
And even though she was far away, she was never far from her home in Kansas. She wrote letters, talked for countless hours with her parents and siblings, and visited often. And when she got too old to visit easily, she returned home in her mind. Eighty years later, Alice would still tell stories of her childhood: tending chickens, fetching cows from the little pasture, big family dinners, and, during WWII, watching training flights of planes fly over the Bair farm.
“Bill” William Jack Frankie Rich passed away due to complications with lung cancer in St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, KS on Easter morning, April 9, 2023, at the age of 83. He was born on September 22, 1939, in Ashland, KS to Lloyd and Agidia (Wasinger) Rich and preceded in death by his wife Peggy Alice Rich and brother Myrel Rich.
Bill is survived by his children Ashley Rich & Mel Baier of Garden City KS, Michael & Kelly Rich of Queen Creek AZ, Douglas & Holly Rich of Mesa AZ, and Leslie Rich of Tirana, Albania. He is also survived by his brother Dan & Kay Rich of Ashland KS, his foster son Rick Rogers & Kody of Scott City, KS, and his in-laws Barbara Dewey of Cimarron KS, Sally & Steve Elmore of Ashland KS. Bill was a proud grandfather to seven surviving grandchildren – Jacob & Joshua (Michael), Eric, Reilly & Jack (Douglas), and Mikahael & Darrie (Rick).
Raised on the Rich family farm, which was located 3 miles east of Protection, KS, Bill graduated from Protection High School in 1957. In 1961, he received his bachelor’s degree in Vocational/Agricultural Education from Kansas State University, where he also played football and ran hurdles for the track team.
Bill met the love of his life, Peggy (Rogers), when both were high school teachers at Inman, KS, and they were married in 1962. Bill and Peggy celebrated 56 years of marriage before her passing in 2018. Easter was Peggy’s favorite holiday, and many believe it was fitting that Bill was reunited with her on that day. Bill and Peggy were able to build their dream home in 2004 on the Rich family farm where they were able to enjoy their retirements.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved being active, hunting, and helping guide others on hunting adventures. He particularly enjoyed fishing, a passion he passed on to all of his children. He spent 18 years serving Clark County and surrounding areas in Soil Conservation until he retired in 2005. Bill was also actively involved in his community, serving on various boards and committees, including the Ashland School Board, Protection Library Board, and as a former deacon at the Protection First Baptist Church. In addition to his love of the outdoors, Bill was an avid gardener and a voracious reader. He also had a mischievous sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes on family and friends. Bill was a champion of underdogs, never met a stranger, and was loved by many.
Bill will be remembered as a kind and generous man who touched the lives of many. His family and friends will miss him dearly, but his memory will live on in their hearts forever.
Calling times are from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2023 at Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Coldwater, KS.
On Saturday, April 15, 2023, a Graveside Service was held at 9:30 a.m., in the Protection Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Protection, with Pastor Rusty Westerfield presiding.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the “Patricia, Peggy, Bill Rich Children in Need Services” in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Betty Marie O’Bleness Mathies passed away on April 7, 2023, at her home in Levelland, Texas. Betty was born on March 23, 1943, in Ashland Kansas to Kenneth and Betty (Bowling) O’Bleness. She grew up in Clark County and graduated from Ashland High School in 1961. After High School, she attended Emporia State, where she met her first husband, Norman Witte. They were married June 21, 1964, in Ashland. He died August 31, 1966.
She married Ron Spitler on December 21, 1967, and they had one daughter, Rona. After their divorce, Betty and Rona lived in Hutchinson, where she was employed at Valley Federal Savings and Loan for many years.
On May 20, 1989, she married Wayne Mathies in Hutchinson. They lived near Little River until she and Wayne moved to Texas eventually settling in Levelland. Betty and Wayne lived in the country west of town where they had a cow/calf operation along with their son Aaron; Betty Marie was the CFO and Wayne and Aaron ran the daily operations. They grew large gardens, and a grove of pecan trees as well. For many years they ran a BBQ catering business and smoked turkeys and hams for holidays. She loved to can, cook and share the fruits of her labor. During this time, she enjoyed working for the South Plains Fair in Lubbock each September. She loved her work there and entering the events herself. She won various awards for her baking.
Betty Marie was known as “Sugie” to her brother Larry and later to Rona and her grandsons. She loved to sew, quilt and make handmade cards and gifts for family and friends. She took many classes in quilting and loved meeting the other quilters and learning new skills. She especially enjoyed annual quilting weekends with her mother, aunts, cousins and friends in Ashland. She was secretary of the Friendship Circle in Levelland. A group of women meeting each month to share fellowship with lunches, programs and sometimes fieldtrips. Mostly just to enjoy each other’s company; Betty Marie was an excellent cook and cooking and quilting were her passions.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband.
She is survived by her husband Wayne of Levelland, stepson Aaron Mathies of the home, her daughter Rona Spitler of Sparks, Nevada, grandsons Blake and Jake also of Sparks, Nevada, her brother Larry and wife Helen O’Bleness of Scott City, Kansas. Numerous aunts, nieces, cousins and a host of friends who will miss her dearly.
Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Ashland Kansas on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Ashland Highland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.
Arrangements by Ashland Funeral Home, 420 N. Main, Ashland, KS 67831, mailing address 411 E. Pryor, Follett, TX 79034. Read obituaries and offer condolences on our web site www.schillingfhg.com
John Thomas “Tom” Fellers was born on August 20, 1937, and went to join his Heavenly Father on April 2, 2023.
Tom’s life was defined by his commitment to service and to his community, including being elected as the Mayor of Ashland. Through the years, Tom was a member of various committees, including the Kansas Banking Association, USD220 School Board, Ashland Hospital Endowment Board, Kiwanis Club, and a limited partner of the Elm Grove Apartments. Tom was an active member of the Ashland United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir much of his life. His personal life centered around family gatherings, fishing, reading the Sunday paper, and his love of singing. Tom married Phyllis Peterson on May 21, 1961, and together they had 4 children, Jacquelyn Cherie, David Craig, Thomas Scott, and Elizabeth Ann.
Tom was born in Dodge City, Kansas to Francis and Pauline Fellers, and moved to Ashland, Kansas in 1946. Tom was a lifelong Kansas resident. He graduated from Ashland High School and then attended Fort Hays State University, graduating in 1960 with two degrees, a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. After completing his studies, Tom accepted his first professional job as a Math and Science teacher in Scott City, a position he held for 2 ½ years. In 1981, Tom accepted a new position as an entry level Assistant Cashier at Stockgrowers State Bank. The next 50+ years of his career were devoted to the bank, where he worked his way through the ranks to President and CEO. Under his stewardship, Tom expanded the bank’s service area with the purchase of Bank IV in Meade, Coldwater Bank and Brook-Howell Insurance Agency, and through his participation in the development of the Bankers Bank of Kansas. One of his crowning achievements was the construction of the new bank building in Ashland, which was completed in 1985.
Tom is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Phyllis Ruth Fellers of Goddard, Kansas; his children Jacquelyn Cherie Stearns and husband Jim of Goddard, KS; Thomas Scott Fellers and wife Ellea of Lawrence, KS; and Elizabeth Ann Wager and husband Jeff of Wichita, KS. Tom and Phyllis were blessed with 7 grandchildren (Alex, Andrew, Katie, John, Hunter, Natalie and Austin) and 6 great-grandchildren (Benjamin, Charlotte, Arthur, Tristen, MacKenzie and Donovan). Tom is also survived by a multitude of extended family, dear friends and former colleagues.
Tom was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Francis and Pauline, by his brother, Robert, and by his infant son, David Craig.
Funeral Service was at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at Ashland Bible Church in Ashland, KS, with Pastor Rick Branson presiding.
Burial followed the funeral service at Highland Cemetery in Ashland, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ashland Bible Church or Ashland Community Foundation in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Ellen Hale, 71, died Thursday, March 16, 2023 at her home in Dodge City, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on April 18, 1951 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Clarence O. and Mary Louise (Hunter) Vice. She graduated from Bucklin High school and received her Associates Degree from Dodge City Community College. She worked for the Ford County Appraisers office and retired after 22 years of service. After retirement, she worked for SKACD #613 Cooperative as a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Minneola school district.
She enjoyed gardening, cats, cooking and baking and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
On September 23, 1991 she married Steve Hale in Dodge City, Kansas.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; a daughter, Ellen Powell; 2 brothers, Leroy Vice and wife Joan, Bucklin and Dale Vice and wife Nola, Dodge City; a sister, Charlotte Blundell and husband John, Pawnee Rock, Kansas; and 2 grandchildren, Kirsten Powell and Devin Powell.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Donna Farr.
Funeral service was at 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at the 7 I Am Church, Minneola, with Jeff Hiers officiating. Burial followed in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Grandchildren’s Education Fund or Minneola SPED Paraprofessionals both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Joy Joan (Minor) Marshall, 94 died at her home in Minneola, Kansas on Saturday, March 11, 2023.
She was born on July 26, 1928 in Ashland, Kansas. She was the youngest child of Violet (Demmitt) and John W. Minor, Sr. At the age of 9 she moved with the family to the farm near Bloom, Kansas.
She graduated from Bloom High School and then went to beauty school in Wichita, Kansas where she learned to be a hair dresser.
She married Duane E. Marshall on May 27, 1951 to this union were born; Kelley Ann, Toni Lou, and Joel Martin.
Joan was a very hard working, loving farmer’s wife. She worked in the school cafeteria for many years and also drove a school bus. She also worked in the kitchen at the Minneola Nursing Home for many years. Joan was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and auntie to many nieces and nephews. She helped raise 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She loved children, their home was always filled with kids and laughter. She had a lot of “adopted grandkids” they called her grandma, gram or ma. Joan accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1949. She served in the church as a Sunday School teacher, pianist and helping with VBS. She also loved to sing!
Survivors include, their 3 children, Kelley Ann Monaghan, Augusta, Kansas, Toni Lou Marshall, Minneola, Kansas and Joel Martin Marshall and wife Karen, Bozeman, Montana; their 8 grandchildren, Shonda (Monaghan) Thomason and husband Scott, Warrensburg, Missouri, Andria Monaghan, Duana (Monaghan) Barker and husband Darren, Brenden Monaghan, all of Augusta, Kansas, Meeka (Hornback) Lockert and husband Chandler, Dallas Hornback, both of North Pole, Alaska, Cameron Marshall, New York City, New York and Brittany Marshall, Carlsbad, California; and 12 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Duane on November 11, 2022, sister, Arreta, and 2 brothers, Dean and J.W. Jr. Minor.
Funeral Service will be on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm at CrossWalk Christian Church with Pastors Brad Kefauver and Suzie Woods officiating. Burial will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the church.
The family would like to acknowledge nurse, Gayla Crane and her family for all the loving care they gave to both Joan and Duane. The family greatly appreciates all of their help.
The family suggests memorials to the Cookson Hills Christian Children’s Home or CrossWalk Christian Church both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Virgil Elsey, Jr.
Virgil ‘Bubba’ Earl Elsey, Jr. 60, passed away January 22, 2023 at Hospice House, Hutchinson, KS. He was born July 21, 1962, to Virgil E. Elsey, Sr. and Ima (Summers) Elsey.
Bubba attended Minneola High School and was an outstanding football player. He was awarded ‘First Team All-State Linebacker’ his junior and senior years of high school. In 1980, Bubba’s senior year, he was proud and honored to have been named ‘First Team All-State Running Back’ and ‘Defensive Player’ of the year for the Hutchinson, Wichita, and Kansas City newspapers.
After graduating, he attended college at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. After college, he began to pursue his dream of becoming a ‘Champion Team Roper’. Bubba worked as a cowboy at numerous feedlots in Kansas and Oklahoma. He loved horses, two-steppin’ to country music, and being a cowboy.
On May 12, 1989, Bubba married Vickie Renee Marker, in Garden City, KS. The love of his life, Vickie, passed away on August 25, 2019.
Bubba is survived by: his father, Virgil E. Elsey, Sr. (LuAnn) of Minneola, KS; mother, Ima Gray of Salina, KS; brothers, Rod Elsey (Pam) of Sublette, KS, and Craig Elsey (Tina) of Minneola, KS; sister, Sue Beecham (Evan) of Hillrose, CO; sister-in-law, Diana Lyons (Ralph) of Hutchinson; brothers-in-law, Jeff Marker (Roxanna) of Hutchinson, and John Marker (Michelle) of Land O Lakes, FL; numerous nieces and nephews whose hearts were touched by him in many ways; and canine puppy, Spinner.
He was preceded in death by his wife, and a longtime little canine yorky, Skooter.
Cremation has taken place. Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2023, at Eastside Cemetery, 500 S. Cleveland, Hutchinson, with Pastor Montie McFerrin officiating. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice House, Hutchinson, or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
Dolores J. Beebe, 98, passed away Monday, January 16, 2023 at Minneola Long Term Care, Minneola, Kansas.
She was born November 19, 1924, in Liberal, Kansas, the daughter of Daniel and Bertha (Foutz) Strickland of Turpin, Oklahoma. After graduating high school, she attended and graduated from Saint Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in 1941.
On June 20, 1948 she married Clair C. Beebe in Liberal. Clair was a farmer and carpenter in Minneola.
Dolores worked for 40 years at both the Fowler Hospital and Minneola District Hospital. She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church. She loved being a nurse and loved all those new babies. Her greatest joy in life were her children and grandchildren and attending all their activities as well as taking trips with Clair.
Survivors include: 2 daughters, Marci Hansen and husband Tom, Kent, Washington and Dianna Beebe, Minneola, Kansas; 2 grandchildren, Stephanie, Oregon and Brian, Seattle, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clair, 2 brothers Daniel and Don Strickland and a sister, Dortha Griepy.
Celebration of Life was held at 10:30 am, Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the 7 I Am Church (former United Methodist Church), Minneola with Pastor Michael Perrotti officiating. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola. There will be no public visitation.
In lieu of items being brought to the family, they suggest memorials be given to the Minneola Senior Center or Minneola Long Term Care both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Thomas Jackson Blankinship was born on February 22, 1935 to Irvin Thomas and Mary Ann Turnbo Blankinship and went to be with the Lord November 28, 2022. He belonged to the Methodist Church and served on several boards and taught Sunday School. He had his private pilots license and enjoyed flying the Cessna 150 airplane. He was a member and held offices in Lions Club, Jaycees, and Kiwanis. . He was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard and Woodward Wranglers Square Dance club.
He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Mary Boothe, on December 16, 1955. To this union three children were born, Thomas Wayne, Barbara Carol, and Mark Duane.
He attended Pleasant Valley School and graduated from Stillwater High School with the class of 1954l
He served as Coop manager for Stillwater OK, Crescent OK, Healy KS, Englewood and Ashland KS, and then Waynoka, OK managing grain elevators, feed mills and propane deliveries. Retiring in 1991 he then enjoyed raising wheat and cattle, fishing, and square dancing. After 35 years in Waynoka, OK he moved to Stillwater where he lived with his son Mark and then with his daughter in Edmond, OK.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Donald Ray and Andrew Paul. He leaves behind his wife Nancy, sons Tom W., Valley NE, Mark (Mandee), Barbara (Jim) Zepp. Grandchildren Jacob Wayne Blankinship, Alicia Nelson Freemont NE;, April (Jamie) Medina, Zachary (Kaylee) Zepp, And Keith Zepp Edmond, OK; Brittany Blankinship, Lane Blankinship , Stillwater; and 2 great granddaughters Jordyn Medina and Mariella Zepp Edmond, OK
His body was cremated and his ashes will be scattered over the pond on the family ranch where he loved to fish.
Marca Berger, 56, died Monday, January 16, 2023 from injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident.
She was born April 19, 1966, in Enid, Oklahoma, the daughter of Thomas Stephen and Leola P. (Stateler) Downey. She was a graduate of Bucklin High School and received her associates degree from Dodge City Community College. On January 11, 1997 she married Bruce W. Berger in Dodge City.
Marca loved working with her husband Bruce and children at JB- (Bar) Trading Post in Minneola. Her passion was being a caregiver and daycare provider as well as loving all animals big or small. She had been a receptionist at both the Fowler Clinic and Minneola Clinic. She worked for USD 613, was a former Ensign City Clerk, a volunteer firefighter for Ensign, a member and a director in Dodge City Roundup.
She was a member of Cross Walk Christian Church in Minneola. She loved attending her children’s activities, spending time with her grandson, riding horses with her kids, dancing (especially to George Strait music) and was “mom” to more than just her kids. She enjoyed crafting, bowling, ladies Bible study, being part of the Gold Buckle, running concession stands, scorekeeping for baseball games, helping with prom and serving her community.
Survivors include: her husband, Bruce; their children, Cody Berger and fiancée Lacy Woods, Dodge City, daughter, Taryn Berger and fiancé Cooper Johnson, Ashland, son, Collin Berger, Hays, son Connor Berger, Ensign; mother, Leola Downey, Ford; 2 brothers, Stephen Downey and wife Gina, Ford, Rick Downey and wife Melba, Dodge City; sister Mendy McGregor and husband Roy, Dodge City; Mother-in-law, Marti Spencer and husband Ron, Dodge City; father-in-law, Bill Berger and wife Susie, Hays; brother-in-law, Brett Berger and wife Tammy, Dodge City; Sister-in-law, Christina Boyd and husband Brent, Jetmore; and her grandson, Stetson Johnson, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Funeral service was held at 10:00 am, Friday, January 20, 2023 at the First United Methodist Church, Dodge City, with Pastor Brad Kefauver officiating. Burial followed in Greencrest Memorial Gardens, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorial to the Berger Family in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
Maria Ruiz-Vera of Englewood, Kansas died on January 13, 2023 in Garden City, Kansas. She was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico on January 7, 1931 to Juanita and Francisco Ruiz. She was raised in the mountains (Sierra) of Calvillo, Aguascalientes where she loved riding horses and helping her family. She loved to share stories of her adventures in the mountains.
She married Antonio Vera in 1955 in Tabasco, Zacatecas. They moved to Gate, Oklahoma in 1981. She missed the mountains and warm weather and was always ready to get her suitcase and go back home. The family later moved to Englewood, Kansas. She worked at the Englewood Senior Citizen Center for many years. She served many people in her community Maria and Antonio made this their home. They raised goats, chickens and many other farm animals. . Maria was always ready to cook for everyone who came to visit. Chicken mole became her specialty. She enjoyed having friends over for big family meals on the weekend or anytime for coffee and cookies. As families around the Vera home grew, Maria became known as “Grandma”.
During the last 10 years, she has lived with her daughter Lupe and granddaughters in Garden City. She continued to spread her love and joy and made many new friends. She was loved and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. He loved her family, friends, coffee with bread or cookies, and her tv shows.
She is survived by her daughters Librada and Lupe Vera; Grandchildren Ramon Vera, Angelica and Javier Hernandez, Alondra Granillo, Yuliana Granillo, Selena Granillo; Great-grandchildren Maebon and Trae Vera, Alexa Olivares, Bianey and Camilla Hernandez. Maria is reunited with her husband Antonio, a daughter, sons Valentin, Juan Ramon and wife Lydia, her parents, sisters Josefina and Antonia, and great-granddaugher Karyme.
Vigil Service was held on January 16, 2023 and Funeral Mass was held on January 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland, Kansas. Interment was held at the Englewood Cemetery, Englewood, Kansas.
The family request memorials to the Englewood Cemetery, PO Box 167, Englewood, KS 67840.
Arrangements by Ashland Funeral Home, 420 N. Main, Ashland, KS 67831, mailing address 411 E. Pryor, Follett, TX 79034. Read obituaries and offer condolences on our web site www.schillingfhg.com
Larry Ross Brennan was born November 2, 1948 in Glendale, California, the oldest son out of five children born to Lewis and Lillian Brennan. He left this life Friday, January 6, 2023 at the age of 74 at the Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater, Kansas.
Larry married Donna Penner in 1977 and to this union two daughters were born, Crystal Gayle and Candace Leigh. On October 28, 2006 Larry married Sherida Sue Moore.
His true passions were fishing and hunting. He went on several fishing trips in Canada throughout his life. Larry was a storyteller, and his best stories were those of adventures while hunting and fishing. He always had time to share a story with a willing listener. He knew everyone and everywhere we went it always seemed people knew him. Another love of his was sports. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete in sports and watched a lot of sports on the television. He was an avid OU fan.
Until he retired, Larry worked at Kenneth Sales and Service in Lewis, Kansas as the sales manager. He enjoyed working with people and the daily interactions they had. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Kiowa County fire department for many years.
Larry spent his childhood in California until his father’s passing when he was fifteen years old. At the age of 15, with his newly widowed mother, he and his siblings moved to Oklahoma so they could be closer to his mother’s family. Larry was baptized at St. James Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1974. In 1979, he moved to Greensburg, Kansas where he lived until the EF5 tornado hit on May 4, 2007. After the tornado he resided in Coldwater, Kansas until his passing.
He was “Papa” to seven grandchildren. He was a father, friend, and hero to his two daughters and will be greatly missed. Larry is survived by his wife Sherida Sue Brennan. Surviving are his daughters Crystal and husband Jared Johnson of Wichita, Kansas and grandchildren Maleigha, Josiah, Audriana, and Jonah Johnson. Daughter, Candace Grady and husband Larry Grady of Ashland, Kansas and grandchildren Brennan, Briggs, and Lillian (Lily) Grady. His brother David (Sharon) Brennan of Moore, Oklahoma, sister Luana (Marc) Anshutz of Newcastle, Oklahoma, sister Diana (Scott) Clark of Norman, Oklahoma, and brother Roger Brennan of Noble, Oklahoma. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Lillian Brennan.
As per Larry’s wishes cremation has taken place and no funeral services will be held at this time.
Glenna Evelyn (Bailey) Anderson was born on August 13, 1920 to Eldon and Katie (Erdisk) Campbell at Nekoma, Kansas. Glenna graduated from Alexander Consolidated High School on May 19, 1938.
Glenna married Franklin P Bailey on June 5, 1943 in Ozark, Alabama. Glenna married Kenneth Anderson on October 30th 1988 in Wilroads Garden.
Glenna had several jobs throughout her life besides raising her four children. Glenna various jobs included working at an airplane factory during the war. Glenna also worked for Evans Drum Head Factory, delivered milk door to door for Fairmont Foods in Dodge City, Kansas. Glenna eventually retired as the secretary for Overhead Doors Company of Dodge City, Kansas. Glenna was a member of the Wilroads Gardens Christian Church and the First Christian Church of Ashland, Kansas.
Glenna was preceded in death; parents, Eldon, and Katie Campbell; husbands Franklin Bailey on April 13, 1983 and Kenneth Anderson on March 12, 2001; daughter, Sherry Moore; daughter-in-law, Pam Bailey; granddaughter, Holly Bailey; brothers, Leonard Campbell and Sylvester Campbell; sisters, Thelma Agnew, Norma Powell, and Shirley Rundell. Glenna went to be with her heavenly father on December 18, 2022, at the Ashland Assisted Living Center.
Glenna leaves as her survivors: son’s Ronald Bailey (Ellen) of Valley Center, Kansas, Tracy Bailey (Debbie) of Spearville, Kansas; son-in-law, Les Moore of Ashland, Kansas; daughter, Kanda Duncan of Ashland, Kansas; sister, Colone Blew (Eugene) of Lewis, Kansas; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren.
Glenna important things in life were God, her family, and gardening. Glenna will be miss by all who new her and her enjoyment of life.
Family suggest memorial to the Senior Living Center, Ashland, Kansas and the First Christian Church, Ashland, Kansas.
Bernard Wayne Smith was born on May 30, 1933 in Coldwater, Kansas to John C. and Beatrice Mae (Riner) Smith. Bernard grew up on a ranch and went to country school through the 8th grade. Bernard quit school to go to work, helping on the ranch; while growing up on the I4 ranch north of Freedom, Oklahoma. Bernard told his family of setting up a tent and sweeping the dirt down to the hard pan. They stayed in this while taking care of the cattle. Bernard thoroughly enjoyed taking care of his cattle and going to auctions to visit and watch the cattle market. On July 3, 1958 Bernard married Wanda June Hillman. To this union 3 children were born, Bernadine, Bernie and June. Bernard was preceded in death by his wife; Wanda, brothers; Johnnie, Loyd, and Bobbie Smith, sister; Jessie Moorman, granddaughter; Daisy Smith, two sisters and 1 brother at infancy. Bernard went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 17, 2022, at the Minneola Nursing Home in Minneola, Kansas. Bernard leaves behind Bernadine and husband John Harris of Rosston, Oklahoma, Bernie and wife Dixie Smith of Gate, Oklahoma, June Smith of Gate, Oklahoma. Grandchildren Jake and Brittney Harris, Sierra and Randy Masters, Trevor and Ashlyn Harris, Levi Smith, Ashley and Jimmy Dixon, Blake and Ashley Smith Melissa and Kirby Wanger, Barbara and Zach Hunter, Great Grandchildren Braya Harris, Zakry, Jaisly and Kyzen Masters, Konner and Kace Harris, Codie and Corie Dixon, Hazel, Logan, Wyatt Smith, Luke and Lane Wanger, Reid and Ridge Hunter, many nieces, nephews & friends.
Mitchall Wade Woodruff was born on May 1, 1961 in Beaver, Oklahoma he is the third child of Glenn and Ruby (DePew) Woodruff of Meade, Kansas. He left this life suddenly on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at Ashland, Kansas. Mitch grew up in rural Meade, Kansas and graduated with the Meade High School Class of 1979. While in high school he was involved in wrestling, football and track.
Mitch married Amber Snell in 1983 and to this union four children were born Chandra, Kirk, Morgan and Blake. While the family was young Mitch worked on the Fincham Ranch of rural Meade and later moved South of Ashland to work on the George Ranch. He then went to work in the Feed Mill at the Ashland Coop and was promoted to manager of the Ashland Coop Tire Shop until it closed. In 1991 The City of Ashland offered a scholarship to Pratt Community College to be certified to become an Electrical Lineman. Mitch was awarded the scholarship and off to college he went, on the weekends he worked for the City of Ashland until he graduated and became full time electrical lineman until 2014, where he made a career change and became a lineman for the City of Lucas, Kansas until 2018. In July of 2018 he returned to the City of Ashland and worked until the present.
Mitch’s true passion however was working with cattle or any livestock really. Anytime he could he wanted to be on the crew that was working cattle. He especially enjoyed that time with his son Kirk.
Mitch enjoyed hunting and later he was a supporter of his two boys as they traveled to many a 4-H trap shoot he enjoyed this so much that he volunteered to be the Shooting Sports Coordinator for the Clark County 4-H. He was also actively involved in helping all 4-H’ers from his children with their projects, to 4-H’ers today with their projects. He could be counted on to help get the Clark County Fairgrounds ready for the Fair each year. He was a past member of the Clark County 4-H Council and a 4-H project leader.
Mitch always had a twinkle in his eye, did not know a stranger and was always willing to stop and visit or tell a story.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Glenn Woodruff, Jr. and Ray Woodruff.
Mitch is survived by his parents Glenn and Ruby Woodruff of Meade, KS; Daughters, Chandra and Matt Walter of Hays, KS; Morgan and Lewis Nighswonger of Alva, OK, Sons: Kirk and Tess Woodruff of Ashland, KS, and Blake Woodruff of Alva, OK. Five grandchildren, Brynlee Walter, Sawyer Woodruff, Hawkins Nighswonger, Virgil Woodruff and Ramona Nighswonger. He is also survived by his two sisters Viola Fowler and Rebecca and Jason Wineinger of Colwich, KS; his sister-in-law Mary Woodruff of Castroville, Texas; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.
Memorials may be made to Clark County 4-H Council c/o Clark County Extension Office PO Box 488, Ashland, KS 67831.
Jackie Loretta Saunders, 86, of Ashland passed away on December 8, 2022 at her home with her loving companion Scooter, her dog. Jackie was born in Vega, Texas on July 27, 1936 to Jack & Mary Steward.
She married Hubert Milton Saunders in 1954 and raised four children. Jackie worked at Borden, Inc. for 30 years in Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas. After her retirement she worked with her son, Harold, at his business in Lubbock.
In January 2010, she moved to Ashland, Kansas. She loved the small community and her home. She spent many hours reading but also loved to get out. Jackie is survived by her daughters Deborah Filson and husband Corey of Protection, Kansas and Vicki Moore and husband Steve of Amarillo, Texas. She is also survived by her sister Ginger Smith of Pensacola, Florida and a son-in-law, Gary Tyree of Lubbock, Texas. Jackie also had many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces she adored. She was a member of the Ashland Bible Church and Women of Faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hubert, her brother (Butch), and her two sons Gary and Harold Saunders and Patti Tyree her daughter.
The memorial service will be at Ashland Bible Church at 1:30 p.m. December 15, 2022. Please in lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ashland Bible Church, Ashland Library or the Ashland Senior Citizens Center.
Ron L. Work, 71 year old retired science teacher, died November 11, 2022 at his home in Lamont Oklahoma. Ron was born June 9, 1951 to Tobert and Ruth Work of rural Carmen, Oklahoma. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1969. He participated in band and stage band and was manager of the basketball and football teams in 68-69. In 1969 he was on the medly relay team that participated in the state track meet. Ron graduated from Northwestern State University in 1974. At college he participated in marching band and track and was a member of Blue Key national honor fraternity. Ron lived most of his adult life in Argonia, Kansas and he taught science at nearby Norwich for 40 years. He served on the Argonia library board and was on the Argonia school board for many years. He was a volunteer fireman and EMT. He was honored ASI Kansas Volunteer EMT of the year and he was inducted into the Norwich high school hall of fame
Ron was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years Mary Jane (Kirts) Work; his parents, sister Marilyn Kennedy and brother-in-law Eldon Kennedy.
He is survived by his brother Don Work of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and sister-in-law’s Renee Work and Susan Daylong and brother-in-law Bobby Kirts, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and hundreds of former students and fellow teachers
Donations in Ron’s memory should be made to any preferred scholarship.
Mary Louise Fitzwater, 75, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Born March 17, 1947, at Overland Park, KS, she was the daughter of John W. H. and Mary Louise (Denney) Mattoon.
Mary graduated from high school in Overland Park, KS and attended Kansas State University. On May 31, 1969 she married Jack Lee Fitzwater at Wichita, KS. He preceded her in death on August 21, 2021.
Mary was a long time resident of the Protection, KS area, previously living in Des Moines, IA. She was a member of Protection Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by one son: Kendal Fitzwater of Protection, KS; one daughter, Amy Baker and her husband Doug of Protection, KS; two grandchildren: Hailey and Sophie Baker; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral service was at 2 pm Friday, December 2, 2022 at Protection Methodist Church with Pastor Rick Branson presiding. Burial followed at Protection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Protection Valley Manor in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, PO Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Althea Barbara Jacques, 85, died Saturday, November 26, 2022 at St. Catherine’s of Dodge City from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
She was born April 15, 1937 at New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Lawrence and Anastasia (Demoll) Ancalade. She received her Associates Degree from Dodge City Community College in 1980 and worked as an LPN at the Minneola District Hospital for over 35 years until retiring. She moved to Minneola in 1997 from Englewood, Kansas and was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church where she worked with the Share The Love Group as well as being very involved in the Hometown Market. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and ceramics, and listening to opera, Broadway musicals and many genre’s of music on her Bose CD player.
On May 12, 1956 she married William “Bill” Jacques at Dodge City. He preceded her in death on October 5, 2015.
Survivors include: her son, Tony Jacques and wife Lois, Mahaska, Kansas; her daughter, Cherie Harley, Garden City; 4 grandchildren, Elizabeth Jerauld and husband Christopher, Gary Harley, III, Lauren Harley and Benjamin Jacques; 1 great grandchild, Marcus William Patterson; a sister, Blanche Luke and husband James, Metairie, Louisiana; and a sister-in-law, Suzette Ancalade, Kenner, Louisiana.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, and infant son, David Jacques, a brother, Glen Ancalade and a son-in-law, Gary Harley II.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 3, 2022 at CrossWalk Christian Church, Minneola, with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial will follow in the Englewood Cemetery, Englewood. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.
Memorials may be made to Cherie Harley or Tony Jacques, to be designated at a later date, in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14thAve., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Duane E. Marshall, 98 was born on June 14, 1924 in Minneola, Kansas to Grace and Fred Marshall. Duane went to be with his Lord in the early morning hours on Saturday, November 19, 2022.
He graduated from Minneola High School in 1942 and shortly after went into the United States Air Force for 2 ½ years during World War II. He married Joy Joan Minor on May 27, 1951 at the First Christian Church in Minneola. They have built their home in which they have lived all their 71 years of married life. They had 3 children, Kelley, Toni and Joel.
Duane was baptized into Christ at the age of 14 and was active in the Lord’s work all his life. He was an elder in the Minneola Christian Church for many years until he and Joan transferred their membership to the First Christian Church in Dodge City, Kansas where he served as an elder for several years. Duane served for many years on the Board of Directors of Cookson Hills Christian Children’s Home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and also served a number of years on the Board of Trustees at Midwest Christian College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Duane loved to fly, he was a charter member of the Minneola Flying Club, he used the airplane to fly to many of the board meetings in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. He also flew many relatives and friends to wherever they needed to go. He would love to fly the family on different trips to Colorado and to see relatives and friends or Sunday afternoon short flights! After retiring from farming, he drove an eighteen-wheeler semi which took him to 45 of the lower 48 states. He also drove the school bus for a number of years and last but not least he delivered meals on wheels for many years which he really enjoyed. He loved helping people and never knew a stranger he would make friends with everyone and strike up a conversation and visit for hours!
Survivors include, his wife Joan of the home; their 3 children, Kelley Ann Monaghan, Augusta, Kansas, Toni Lou Marshall, Minneola, Kansas and Joel Martin Marshall and wife Karen, Bozeman, Montana; their 8 grandchildren, Shonda (Monaghan) Thomason and husband Scott, Warrensburg, Missouri, Andria Monaghan, Duana (Monaghan) Barker and husband Darren, Brenden Monaghan, all of Augusta, Kansas, Meeka (Hornback) Lockert and husband Chandler, Dallas Hornback, both of North Pole, Alaska, Cameron Marshall, New York City, New York and Brittany Marshall, Carlsbad, California; and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Lyle Marshall, and 2 sisters, Sybil Washburn and Christine Ferguson.
Funeral Service will be on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm at CrossWalk Christian Church with Pastors Brad Kefauver and Suzie Woods officiating. Burial will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery with full Military Honors by the United States Air Force and the American Legion District 8. Visitation will be held prior to the service Friday from 10:00 am to noon at the church.
The family would like to acknowledge nurse, Gayla Crane with the wonderful care she gave Duane.
The family suggests memorials to the Cookson Hills Christian Children’s Home, 3 Wooden Crosses Cowboy Church or Dream Flights all in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
George Ellen Galloway
George Ellen Galloway, formerly of Blackwell, Okla., died Nov. 13 at Wellington Health and Rehabilitation, Wellington, Kansas. She was 97.
Mrs. Galloway was born on May 28, 1925, at Wilmore, Kansas, to Ira and Iris (Brasher) Metzker. She graduated from Anthony High School in 1943 and worked at Cessna in Wichita. She married Jimmie Dale Galloway in 1947 and they lived in Harper and Ashland before moving to Blackwell where they retired. She thrived as a homemaker, enjoying cooking, canning, quilting, sewing and participation in the Kay County (Oklahoma) Home Demonstration Unit. In their 75 years of marriage, the Galloways enjoyed gardening and yard work, traveling and visiting with family and activities with their church families. They exemplified lives of service to their communities in Ashland and Blackwell, including 30 years delivering Meals on Wheels and helping to prepare Wednesday Night Community Dinners as well as serving on numerous church committees during their more than 60 years with the First United Methodist Church in Ashland and Blackwell.
Mrs. Galloway is survived by her husband, Jim, daughter Sherry Willis and husband Bob of Wellington, Kansas, and son Marsh Galloway and wife Carol of Louisburg, Kansas. Grandchildren include Wes Misak (Wanda Ingram), Wendy Brunton (Jared Brunton), Ian Galloway, Rygh Galloway (Rachael Duty) and Caleigh Galloway (Alex Hodges); great grandchildren Harper Brunton, Kaden Misak and Maddox Misak; step-grandchildren Greg Willis (Sarah Willis), Jeff Willis, Jordan Willis, step-great grandchildren Laken Willis, Brigham Willis, Whitley Willis, Kyle Willis, Drew Willis, Evie Willis, and Addison Willis.
Mrs. Galloway was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Leighton and Jack, sisters Norma Joyce and Roberta, grandchildren Ty Misak and Matthew Galloway, and step-grandchild Katlyn Willis.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Mrs. Galloway may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (stjude.org); and the First United Methodist Church of Blackwell, 524 W. Coolidge Ave., Blackwell, OK 74631.
Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net
Nellie M Harrington Allison passed away Friday, October 22, 2022 at the Minneola Long Term Care in Minneola, KS.
Nellie was born November 17, 1927 in Wichita, KS. Her parents were Newell Arista and Alice Viola Harrington.
On September 20, 1947 she married Earl Allison. They were married 61 years when Earl passed. They had 3 sons.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a homemaker, a volunteer and worked at Stockgrowers State Bank for a number of years, retiring in 1972.
She graduated from Englewood High School in Englewood, KS in 1945. She graduated from Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, KS later in her life. She was the church organist and pianist for several Churches during her lifetime. She enjoyed golf, fishing, camping and music.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, step mother and a brother.
She is survived by her 3 sons Kenny (Pat), Gary (Raelene), and Mike (Dena). A brother Ray Harrington (Nancy). Five grandchildren Josh Allison (Alisha), Ryan Allison, Staci McPhail (Tyson), Shalah Richardson (Craig) and Jennifer Zuelner (Zach). Thirteen great grandchildren Trevor, Ty and Teegun Allison, Emma and Maci Allison, Kash and Lathan McPhail, Bella, Jack, Brad and Grant Richardson, and Jacob and Jayda Willis. One great great granddaughter Henlee Kay Allison. Nieces Cathy Earnest, Carla Shuman and Neva Nicholson. Good friend Rene Smith.
As per her request there will be no services.
Patricia Ann (Dorsey) Urban was born December 13, 1939, in Ashland, Kansas, to Robert Anderson and Doris Marie Dorsey. There, Patricia met her future husband, Joe, in grade school. Patricia and Joe attended Ashland High School where she was the homecoming queen during her senior year. Joe’s best friend, Charlie, was the homecoming king and got to sneak a kiss with Patricia. But, of course, Joe won Patricia over and the two married in 1958.
Joe served 20 years in the U.S. Navy with Patricia by his side. The couple shared many adventures across Hawaii, Japan, Tennessee, Maine, and Florida. While living in Maine, Patricia attended Bernard’s Beauty School. She made a career as a cosmetologist across several states until Joe built Patricia her very own beauty salon in Carthage, Texas, called the Unique Beautique. Patricia had a keen eye for beauty. She enjoyed decorating, fashion, and gardening, and always looked stunning.
Patricia and Joe retired at their beautiful ranch in Ben Wheeler, Texas, where they raised horses and cattle and gave a loving home to many other pets over the years. Patricia loved animals and considered them all God’s creatures. She was known for helping lost or injured animals, from wild birds to baby fawns. She leaves behind her loyal Pomeranian, Annie.
Most importantly, Patricia was a devout Christian. She loved God and continually sought ways to become closer to Him and share her faith with others. Patricia taught Sunday school and directed a youth choir. Her faith was so compelling that friends, family, and even complete strangers often asked Patricia to pray for them. She was a testament to the power of faith.
Patricia passed away on October 17, 2022, in Ben Wheeler, Texas. She leaves behind her husband of 64 years, Joseph Paul Urban, and their four children: Cynthia Powers of Harpswell, Maine, Mick Urban and wife, Terry, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, Rhonda Mayfield, and husband, Danny Butts, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, and Rodney Urban and wife, Lori, of Heyworth, Illinois. She is also survived by many grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as her sister, Juanita Moore, and her brother, Bob Dorsey, of Wichita, Kansas. Patricia’s sister, Sydne Hess, of Ashland, Kansas, preceded her in death.
A service was held at the First Church of God in Ashland, Kansas, on Monday, October 24, at 2:00 pm. Burial service followed at the Ashland, Kansas cemetery.
Peggy Lee Huffman, 79, joined her Savoir, Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at Grand Plains Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Pratt surrounded by family and loved ones.
She was born February 27, 1943 at Hardtner, Kansas, the daughter of Orval, Sr. and Dora (Rea) Shelite. She was a graduate of Hardtner High School. She worked as the manager at Zeke’s in Bucklin, as a dietician at the Bucklin Hospital, Kingsdown Co-op and the Presto in Dodge City until retiring in 2007. She was a member of the Ford County Extension. She enjoyed canning, gardening and relaxed by sewing.
On June 3, 1961 she married Cecil Huffman. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2005.
Survivors include: her son, Zane Huffman and fiancé, Carrie Jordan, Greensburg; her daughter, Ronna Lewis and husband Kevin, Haviland; a sister, LaVonne Freeman and husband Dick, Durant, Oklahoma; her companion of many years, Joe Jacobs, Dodge City; 5 grandchildren, Karrah Huffman, Kahl Huffman, Melinda White, Kyle Lewis and Kirby Lewis; and 8 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Cody Lewis and 3 brothers. Orval, Jr., Rea and Don Shelite.
A gathering of family and friends will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 29, 2022 at the Firsrt Christian Church in Medicine Lodge. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Peggy Huffman Memorial Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Judith “Annie” Ann Fry, 56, died Friday, September 30, 2022 at her home in Bloom.
She was born February 27, 1966 at Dodge City, the daughter of Donald Dale and Leota (Myers) Smith. She was a lifetime area resident and worked as a CNA most recently at Minneola Long Term Care.
She enjoyed arts and crafts and loved photography.
Survivors include: her 4 children, John Ochoa, Hutchinson, Jay Ochoa, Kentucky, Jeremy Ochoa, Dodge City and April Ochoa, Ensign; her mother, Leota Pritchard, Bloom; her step-mother, Phyllis Smith, Dodge City; 3 sisters, Debbie Smith and husband Allen, Bloom, Vivian Esplund, Dodge City and Liz Demuth and husband Joe, Dodge City; a brother, Dale Smith and wife Melba, Guymon, Oklahoma; 3 step-brothers, Dan Gross, Terry Gross and Steve Gross; 6 grandchildren, Tucker Ochoa, Dallas Klein, Aroyanna Ochoa, Darisa Ochoa, Jerica Ochoa and Keleaih Ochoa; and the father of her children, Jim Vinsonhaler, Smith Center, Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her father, a sister, Brenda Louise Smith, uncle and aunt, Jimmy and Leona Perry and a niece, Rose Marie Smith.
Graveside services were at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at the Bloom Cemetery with Rev. Allen Smith officiating.
The family suggests memorials to the Judith Fry Memorial Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801.
Carl E. Sparks, 91, died Sunday, October 9, 2022 at Minneola Long Term Care, Minneola.
He was born on November 29, 1930 at Rains County, Texas the son of William and Rosa (Lundsford) Sparks. Carl was a lifetime area resident, he spent most of his life out on the farm 9 miles south of town just moving to town in 2015. He was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church, and past president and board member of the Minneola Co-op. Carl enjoyed farming, welding, tending to his livestock, and his “Friday night supper gang” but most of all he loved his family time. He also served four years in the United States Air Force.
On December 26, 1951 he married Marjorie Lorene Thompson at Minneola. She survives.
Survivors also include: a daughter, Nancy Groth and husband Craig, Satana, Kansas; 2 sons, David Sparks, Lawrence, Kansas and Alan Sparks and wife Alison, Englewood, Colorado; 2 nieces, Michelle Simpson and husband Doug, Moore, Oklahoma and Richelle Naiman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren and one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Jeri Ann Sparks, 4 brothers, Charley, Fred, Marion, and Elmer Sparks, 4 sisters, Pollyann, Rastus, Thelma and Velma.
Memorial service will be Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 10:00 am at the CrossWalk Christian Church with Brad Kefauver officiating. Inurnment will follow at Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Business Development Inc. -Hometown Market and Minneola Long Term Care, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Steven Bradley Hazen was born the 3rd child to Eugene Hazen and Dixie Dodson Hazen on September 19th, 1955 at Ashland, Kansas.
Steve joined his heavenly father from his farm September 23, 2022 at the age of 67 years. Steve attended Protection public schools and graduated with the class of 1973. Growing up Steve spent his summers and after school out on the farm southwest of Protection with his dad and brothers.
Steve loved playing sports in high school. Steve loved rodeo, team roping and golfing with his friends. He loved animals, so much that he would shed tears over any injured ones.
Steve and Kelly Degnan were wed on November 28, 1980 in Protection. To this union were born two children, Jule and Haley.
Steve was a farmer, stockman and truck driver. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland. He was a part of a giving group of local farmers and ranchers that he named Ashes to Ashes. He was an avid supporter of any person he knew and was always trying to make connections anywhere he went. Steve always had a story or joke to tell.
His greatest joys in life were his family. Grandpa loved to watch his grandchildren in everything, whether it be rodeoing, volleyball, baseball or basketball.
Survivors include wife Kelly of the home; son Jule (Heidi) Hazen of Ashland, KS; daughter Haley (Dustin) Walker of Ashland, KS; grandchildren Joslyn and Mason Hazen, Jacee and Rayna Walker; sisters Kerry (Gene) Hackney, Amy Hazen; and brother Trent Hazen all of Protection.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merle and Stan, sister in law Ilene Hazen, father in law Richard Degnan and nephew Jared Kaltenbach.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM followed by interment at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to the Protection Community Venture, P.O. Box 426, Protection, KS 67127 or Live Like Max, 15776 182nd Rd., Winfield, KS 67156.
Arrangements by Ashland Funeral Home, 420 N. Main, Ashland, KS 67831. Read obituaries and offer condolences on our web site www.schillingfhg.com
James R. Preisner, 86, of Topeka, passed away Monday, September 19, 2022.
He was born April 22, 1936, in Ashland, Kansas, the son of Frank and Leona (Fitzgerald) Preisner.
He graduated from Ashland High School in 1954. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Washburn University in 1959, where he pledged Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
In 1958, Jim joined the Army National Guard, graduating from Guard Officer Candidate School in 1962. He served in the 35th Division and the 69th Brigade and was honorably discharged in 1965 with rank of 1st Lieutenant.
He worked at the Kansas State Highway Commission as a safety engineer in the Traffic and Safety Department and in 1963 was an administrative assistant to the director of medical health services with the state department of health. In 1965, he joined Seymour Foods, Inc., Topeka as the transportation manager. Later in 1979, he joined Thies Companies, Inc., Great Bend and Ohse Transportation, Inc., Topeka. He assisted in the formation of Ohse Transportation, Inc. and became Vice-President and General Manger. He retired from Ohse Transportation, Inc. in 1995.
Jim was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Shawnee Country Club (46 years), served on the Board of Directors Transportation Committee, American Meat Institute, American Trucking Association, and the Kansas Motor Carriers.
Jim married Janet Lee Kidwell on July 19, 1979 in Colorado Springs, CO. She survives. Other survivors include sons, James K. Preisner, Jeffrey Preisner, and Craig (Meredith) Preisner; step-children, Sheri (Douglas) Cafer, and B. Gen. Thomas (Jeryn) Palenske; sisters, Jeanne (Ron) Sturgeon and Joanne (Dennis) Herman; grandchildren, James (Jamie) Preisner, Rachel Preisner (Jayme Crawford), Kaetlynn (Austin) Phillips, Christian Palenske, Cathryn (Derek) Wieck, Cameron Cafer, Preston Cafer, and Victoria (Cody) Stephens; great-grandchildren, Brylee, Tommy, Lane, Boston and two great-granddaughters on the way; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family, Jake Palenske (Mark Doty) and Seunghyeok (James) Hyun.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert Preisner and Frank J. Preisner, Jr., and sister, Virginia Inman.
Jim enjoyed golf, working in his yard, and adored working part-time at the front desk at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Topeka. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 SW 25th Street, Topeka, KS 66614.
To leave a message for Jim’s family, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.
Arlene Faye Randle, 89, died Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Attica Long-term Care, Attica, Kansas.
She was born on September 30, 1932 in Beaver County, Oklahoma the daughter of Elias and Esther (Issac) Ratzlaff. She worked as a secretary for the Kansas Department of Transportation, retiring in 2009. She was a member of St. Cornelius Episcopal Church, Dodge City. Arlene enjoyed spending time with her family especially cooking for them. She loved playing cards and dominoes. She enjoyed outings especially eating the occasional frosty and fries!
On November 5, 1950 she married Tom Randle at Concord Missionary Church, Minneola. He preceded her in death on July 7, 2001.
Survivors include: her daughter, Debbie Randle, Medicine Lodge, Kansas; her brother, Donald L. Ratzlaff, Olathe, Kansas; sister, Vivian R. Luce, Great Bend, Kansas; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sons, Steven Michael and Thomas Edward Randle, her brother, H.A. Ratzlaff, and sister, Katherine M. McCalla.
Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City with Fr. John Seatvet presiding. Private family inurnment will follow. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place. Friends and family may sign the register Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Ziegler Funeral Chapel.
The family suggests memorials to Attica Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Rita Riebel, age 95, Nurse’s Aide with Minneola Hospital, Minneola, KS died Sunday, September 11, 2022 in Wichita, KS. Rosary will be at 5:00 pm, Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am, Friday, September 23, at Church of Resurrection, 3910 N Woodlawn, Wichita, KS. Preceded in death by her loving husband, John Riebel; and her parents, Joseph and Katherine Rupp. She was the last of her immediate Rupp family. Survived by her loving children, Linda (Cliff) Weber of Tucson, AZ, Dennis (Brenda) Riebel of Augusta, KS, Gloria (Randall) McBee of Newton, KS, Steven Riebel of Wichita, KS, Judith (Bud) Maxfield of Minneola, KS, Terry (Judith) Riebel of Augusta, KS; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. A memorial has been established with Good Shepherd Hospice, 7829 E Rockhill St #403, Wichita, KS 67206. Share tributes online at: www.dlwichita.com
Sharlene Roesener, 57, died September 1, 2022 at Azria Health in Wichita. She was born on May 23, 1965 in Dodge City, the daughter of Gary and Marilyn (Sanders) Ives.
Sharlene lived with her parents and sisters on the family farm northeast of Cimarron. She graduated from Cimarron High School in May of 1984. On September 8, 1984, Sharlene was united in marriage to David Roesener. After their marriage, they made their home on the Roesener farm south of Dodge City. To this union were born two sons, Josh and Andy.
Sharlene helped out on the farm, driving a tractor and feeding cattle when needed. She also worked at Gibson Pharmacy and Dillon’s garden center. For the last 18 years, Sharlene was the manager of the Boot Hill Gift Shop. She enjoyed gardening and scrapbooking. Sharlene also was an animal lover and raised many bucket calves.
She was a member of Christ The King Lutheran Church, Dodge City and was a 4-H Leader for the DIY jrs.
Sharlene is survived by her husband David of the home; two sons, Josh Roesener and Andy Roesener and wife Cecilia all of Dodge City; three sisters, Lisa Jackson and husband Mike of Dodge City, Denise Weaver and husband Todd of Andover, and Kristy Kugler and husband Allen of Cimarron; a brother-in-law, Bill Roesener and wife Linda of Manhattan, Montana; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Smalley and husband Don of Dodge City. She is preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law, Werner and Dorothy Roesener; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Roesener.
Memorial service were held at Christ The King Lutheran Church, Dodge City on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Corky Spitler presiding. Private family burial will be at Christ The King Lutheran Cemetery in Ford County at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Christ The King Lutheran Church or Boot Hill Museum in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.
Judith Elain (Pedersen) Millikan Sutherland, Age 83 of Spicewood Texas passed from this life on August 22nd 2022 at BS&W Hospital in Marble Falls Texas. She was born August 28th, 1938, in Wibaux Montana, the first of 2 children. Her parents were Stainer and Mildred Pedersen of Glendive Montana. Judy graduated from high school in Glendive Montana then married here husband Fred Willis Millikan on June 9th, 1956.
Moving to Oklahoma thereafter, Judy and Fred resided a short time in Shawnee OK, before moving back to the Millikan family homestead farm in Logan Ok., farming and raising their family for many years. Judy enjoyed working alongside Fred on the farm as well as gardening, sewing, painting, and church activities. After Fred’s passing in January of 1994, Judy lived and worked in Beaver Ok., meeting and marrying James (Jim) Franklin Sutherland in 1994, working alongside him as he pastored two churches. After retirement, Judy and Jim moved to Spicewood Texas in 2013 to be closer to family. Judy most enjoyed sitting out watching her favorite wild animal, the white tailed deer, and loving her grandchildren. Judy was a member of First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls.
Judy is survived by her daughters, Cindy Millikan of Albuquerque New Mexico, Dixie (Millikan) Bobeck of Marble Falls, Texas, and Leslie (Millikan) Lloyd of Spicewood Texas; Grandchildren Luther, Jesse, Jessica, Viktoreia Thomas; Aaron, Nick, and Brody Bobeck; Quinn Lloyd and Jordan (Lloyd) Berrier, and 19 great grandchildren.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Karen (Pedersen) Coker, Fred Willis Millikan, and James Franklin Sutherland.
The family is planning a private memorial service. Please donate to your local charity in Memory of Judy.
Henry M. Stapleton, 95, died Friday, August 26, 2022 at his daughter’s home in Minneola, Kansas.
He was born June 29, 1927 the son of William Edward and Mary Lucille (Schlereth) Stapleton at Two Buttes, Colorado. He worked for Broce Construction and B&B Auto Salvage before owning and operating Stapleton Salvage for 61 years during that time he was a mechanic for John Brown at Jayhawk Rendering and then a mechanic at National Byproducts in Garden City. He was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and VFW both in Dodge City. He served in the Army during the Korean War from December 15, 1950 to December 9, 1952. Henry loved to work and help his family from farming to mechanic work, he always managed to find something to keep him busy. He was most proud of his restored 56’ Ford that he participated in quarter mile street races with. He enjoyed coyote hunting with his brother Alex and going to the dances with his mother at the Moose Lodge before she passed.
On August 17, 1957 he married Edith Maud (Thornton) at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dodge City. They later divorced. She preceded him in death on May 12, 2020. He also had a companion/significant other for over 20 years, Theo J. Melia, she also preceded him in death on October 7, 2021.
Survivors include: 5 children, Phillma Dee Covalt and husband Wilbur, Palmer, Alaska, Edith Elizabeth Winn and husband Stanley, Dodge City, Mary Lucille Rumbaugh and husband Dennis, Minneola, Donalda Kay Stapleton and husband Troy Weiss, Offerle, and Alexander Henry Stapleton and wife Melanie, Minneola; 21 Grandchildren; and 20 Great Grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, Lucille Abscheer, Aileen E. Lee, Ida L. Kreger, 4 brothers, Elmer E., Walter E., George L., and Alexander A., Stapleton.
Vigil service will be at 7:00 pm Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City. Funeral Service will be Friday 2:00 pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Dodge City with Fr. John Stang presiding. Burial will follow at Greencrest Memorial Gardens, Dodge City with full military honors by the State of Kansas and Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorials to American Cancer Society in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801.
Shirley M. Harris, 87, died Friday, August 26, 2022 at Minneola Long Term Care.
She was born July 13, 1935 at Dodge City, Kansas, the daughter of Ross and Leona (Flowers) Cunningham. She was the office manager and bookkeeper for the Minneola Coop for 29 years before retiring in March of 1996.
She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and served on numerous church committees and was a volunteer for Hospice of the Prairie for 17 years. She was a very active volunteer for the Minneola Days activities always making sure everything was running perfect. Many described her as a prayer warrior, if you ever needed a prayer, you called Shirley, you could always count on her prayers!
On July 19, 1953 she married Ronald Harris at Minneola, Kansas.
Survivors include: her husband of 69 years, Ronald, Minneola; her daughter, Rhonda Huggard and husband Jim, Stafford; her son, R. Keith Harris and wife Sonya, Wichita; a brother, Kenneth Cunningham and wife Kay, Minneola; a sister, Sharon Kay Strecker, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Cunningham, Georgia; 4 grandchildren, Heather Matthews and husband Pate, Zachary Marks and wife Vanessa, Jesse Harris and wife Kristina and Sarah Martin and husband Josh; and 13 great-grandchildren, Keith, Colt, Alexia, Landon, Dominic, Hunter, Harper, Hadley, Asher, Adalyn. Heidi, Rowdy, and Tanah.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Cunningham.
Funeral services will be Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 10:00 am at the CrossWalk Christian Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Hospice of the Prairie or CrossWalk Christian Church (to be designated for a new sound system) both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Warren Keith Harrington was born February 14, 1930, in Ashland, Kansas, to Newell and Alice Harrington. Warren, better known to family and friends as “Jab,” grew up in the Englewood and Ashland area, where he graduated with the class of 1948. Jab attended college before enlisting in the United States Navy. He served in the Navy from 1950 through 1954. Jab and Ellen Allison were afterward united in marriage, and they had two sons, Bob and Gordon. The family made their home in the Englewood/Ashland area all of their lives, farming and raising cattle. Jab and Ellen both retired and enjoyed bus tours throughout the United States. They loved spending time with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, and many friends. Jab was known for his outgoing, ornery personality. He loved fishing and drinking coffee with family and friends.
Jab went to his heavenly home on August 24, 2022, in the Ashland Health Center with family and caregivers at his bedside.
Jab was preceded in death by his parents, Newell and Alice (Erickson) Harrington, his wife, Ellen Harrington, his son, Gordon Harrington, and his great grandson, Maji Harrington.
He is survived by his siblings Ray Harrington of Woodward, OK, and Nellie Allison of Minneola, KS. His son, Bob Harrington and daughter-in-law Joan Harrington of Garden City, KS, and daughter-in-law, Sherre Harrington of Ashland, KS. He is also survived by his grandchildren Keith & Chrisanna Harrington and great-grandchildren Zeke, Keanna, Jake, Brady, Nati, and Yemi of Boise, Idaho; Tyler & Jodi Powell and great-grandchildren Jaden, Gage, Danika, and Tate of Corinth, TX; Luke & Holly Harrington and great-grandchildren Rylen & Daxton of Garden City, KS; Lance & Rebecca Harrington and great-grandchildren Parker, Brycen, Laney, and Kade of Lee’s, Summit, MO; Seth & Jamie Harrington and great-grandchildren Kennedy, Karson, Alexandra, and Carter of Englewood, KS; and Clark Harrington of Ashland, KS.
The Harrington Family would love to invite you to a gathering at the Ashland Senior Center on Monday, August 29, 2022, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am (800 Main Street in Ashland, KS) to share memories about Jab with his family and friends.
Following this gathering, friends and family are invited to join a celebration of Jab’s life at 1:00 pm the Highland Cemetery at County Road 21 in Ashland, KS.
Memorials can be sent to the Ashland Senior Center at 800 Main St Ashland, KS 67831 or the Englewood Fire Station at PO Box 132 Englewood, KS 67840.
Under Wilkinson Funeral Service Ashland, Kansas.
Tom Eugene Myers, 68, of Ashland, Kansas, passed from this life on August 5, 2022. He was born November 9, 1953, in El Dorado, Kansas, the second of five children. His parents were Frank and Peggy (Griffith) Myers of El Dorado Kansas. Tom graduated from Flinthills High School Rosalia Kansas in 1972 and attended technical school for HVAC work in Wichita Kansas. On January 12, 1974, Tom married his high school sweetheart, Ramona June (Kropf) Myers. Their married years included living in Emporia and El Dorado, KS; Ordway, CO; Meade and Sublette, KS; back to Meade; and in 1998 to Ashland, KS. During these years they were blessed with three wonderful children, Heath Eugene, Jacque Leigh, and Robyn Lynn.
Tom started his Kansas Department of Transportation career in May of 1992 and continued until the time of his death, for a total of 30 years. He was the District 6, Sub Area 3, Supervisor from 1997-2022 in Ashland, KS.
Tom is survived by Ramona, his wife of 48 years; mother Peggy Myers, El Dorado, KS; brother John/Jodi Myers, Scottsdale, AZ; sisters Debra/Leon Pierce, El Dorado, KS; and Terri Blackston, Augusta, KS; son Heath/RyAnn (Mock), Winfield, KS, daughters Jacque/Robert Tacha, Meade, KS, Robyn/Justin Bravi, McPherson, KS; grandchildren Kayli & Brant Myers, Winfield, KS; Henry Tacha, Meade, KS; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Elgin, and sister Cheryl Leigh.
Cremation has taken place. A family Celebration of Life will occur at a later date.
Arrangements by Ashland Funeral Home, 420 N. Main, Ashland, KS 67831. Read obituaries and offer condolences on our web site www.schillingfhg.com
Judith Ann (Ogden) Randall passed away July 19, 2022, at the Senior Living Unit in the Ashland Health Center. Judi was born April 10, 1944, in Springfield, MO, the daughter of Rev. Seymour Duane Ogden and Margaret (Stillman) Ogden. Her father was a Minister, and shortly after her birth, the family moved to Princeton, IL, then, after a few years there, they moved to Osborne, KS where Judi attended school through the 4th grade. They then moved to Sabetha, KS where they remained for many years, and where Judi graduated from High School in 1962.
After High School, Judi attended K-State where she met Keith Randall from Ashland, KS. They were married March 21, 1964 by her father in Sabetha. Keith’s Career in finance took them to Ness City, Garden City, Bucklin, and finally Ashland where they have resided on the family ranch since 1997.
Judi is survived by her husband of 58 years and their two sons, Jim Randall of Garden City, and Devlin/Dave (Maria) Goldworm of Dodge City; grandchildren Adella, Ceshen and Sal Goldworm of Dodge City, Caleb Randall of Garden city, and Kacey (Ryan) Ackerle and great, grandson Colter Ackerle of Fredericksburg, VA; sister Jane (Vince) Mangone of Arvada, CO; brother Duane (Grace) Ogden of Houghton Lake, MI; and sister-in-law Marilyn Ogden of Centennial, CO, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Charles (Chuck) Ogden.
A Celebration of Life for Judi will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 31, from 1 to 4 at the Ashland Senior Center in Ashland. This will be an informal, come and go event for those wishing to greet the family.
Memorial gifts may be sent to either the Hospice of the Prairie, 200 Fourth Circle, Dodge City, KS 67801, or to the Senior Living Unit of the Ashland Health Center, PO Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831.
Gilbert John Krier, 95, of Ashland, Kansas passed from this life on July 6, 2022. He was born July 3, 1927, in Olpe, Kansas. Gilbert was a twin and one of seven boys born to Lawrence and Josephine (Fladung) Krier.
At the age of 17, Gilbert joined the Merchant Marines until he could officially enlist in the US Marine Corp. He proudly served during WWII and received an Honorable Discharge in 1946. He returned to Kansas and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. He earned his GED and attended one semester at Kansas State University. In 1948 he met Mary Lael Lincoln, and they later married on September 8, 1949. Gilbert and Mary moved to the Ashland area in 1952. He worked various jobs as a ranch hand and in the oil fields before settling on the Glen Ranch in 1960, where he continued to reside at the time of his death. Gilbert never fully retired and was a rancher until the day he died.
Earlier in life, Gilbert enjoyed participating in calf roping and attending various rodeo events. He liked golfing, camping, and boating. Gilbert followed the Ashland High School Bluejays and enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. Gilbert was a big fan of the KSU Wildcats and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Gilbert was a quiet man with strong convictions to his faith, his passion of ranching, and most importantly, his family. He loved by action and all those that knew him will miss him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant twin brother, Robert George; his brothers, Harold, Larry, Charles and Walter; his daughter, Barbara S. Hrencher; his daughter in law, Michele Krier; step-grandson, Bradley C Heyka; and the love of his life, his wife of 49 years, Mary, who he lost in 1998.
Surviving children are Debi Krier, Colorado Springs, CO; Mary Jo and Larry Heyka, Manhattan, KS; (Robert) George Krier II, Ashland; Nancy and Eric Finley, Coffeyville, KS, and Jeff and Katrina Krier, Ashland. Gilbert was blessed with sixteen grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and most recently a new great great granddaughter. He is also survived by his brother, Jerry and Pat Krier, Ashland; Brother-in-law Robert and Sheila Lincoln, Emporia, KS, and many nieces and nephews.
Gilbert was community minded and an active member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus, the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and a lifelong Board Member of the Pioneer-Krier Museum. In 2016 Gilbert won the Ashland Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award. In 2021, Gilbert was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
The vigil service was held Monday July 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Funeral was held at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland on July 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM. Interment followed at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, PO Box 577, Ashland, Kansas and or the Pioneer-Krier Museum, PO Box 862, Ashland, Kansas.
Arrangements by Ashland Funeral Home, 420 N. Main, Ashland, KS 67831. Read obituaries and offer condolences on our web site www.schillingfhg.com
Margaret D. Bartel
Margaret D. Bartel, age 85, passed away Wednesday evening, at the Minneola District Hospital Long Term Care.
She was born February 23, 1937, at Meade, Kansas, the daughter of John B. and Margaret P. (Doerksen) Bartel. As a young girl, she attended school in Meade. She later attended the Grace Hospital School of Nursing in Hutchinson. After her graduation from nursing school, she worked in the republic of Haiti for two years. She then attended the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Kentucky, receiving her degree as a nurse practitioner. She then spent three years in Central America before returning to Western Kansas.
She was a member of the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and with mission work, the ANA, ACNP, and the ACNM.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including, Arlene Eidger of Meade and Lawrence Bartel of Liberty, Missouri.
She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Henry C. Bartel, George D. Bartel, John C. Bartel, and Dick D. Bartel; and two sisters, Marie C. Bryant and Sara D. Reimer.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 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 the Gospel Link, the World Impact Wichita Ministry or the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Missions in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com
Larry Dean Dawson passed away Monday, July 4, 2022 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 72.
He was born to William and Catherine Dawson in Enid, Oklahoma on February 20, 1950.
Larry joined St Joseph’s Catholic Church in April of 2014 and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Ashland Council having joined on June 11, 2014.
Larry worked in road construction for most of his life. He took pride in being the best laydown machine operator in the business.
His hobbies were fishing and watching the Oklahoma University Sooners play football. He loved family gatherings and would be the first one to be ready and press you to hurry it up. He loved to help at all of the Knights of Columbus functions, especially Bingo, always showing up early and staying until everything was cleaned up and put away.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine Dawson, sister Bernice and brothers Chris and Rick.
He is survived by his loving wife Rosa Dawson and sons Damian and Jeremiah Murphy.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 11, 2022 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 11:00.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, P. O. Box 577, Ashland, KS 67831 or the Ashland Health Center, P. O Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831.
On Monday, June 27, 2022, David R. Freelove passed away peacefully at his home in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by his family. David is the husband of Mary Jane Freelove; father of Mark, Brian, Robert, and Dawn Freelove; and father-in-law to Anita, Karen, and Amy; proud Papa to grandchildren, Haley, Trevor, Eric, Delynne, Mary and Lukas; even prouder great-Papa, to Jaelyn and Vivienne; son of Eric and Lena Mae Freelove; brother to Roy, Kenneth, Betty, Sue, Mike and
Jimmy; uncle to a legion of nieces and nephews; and friend to many more.
Those blessed to be in David’s family knew they were loved deeply and protected fiercely. David Freelove was born in Taos, New Mexico, moving to the Cuba and La Jara area where he first started a small ranch and construction company with his father, Eric Freelove.
Later, David moved his family to the Oklahoma Panhandle where he helped his brother-in-law start commercial cattle feeding operation and ranch. David remained a commercial cattle feeder and rancher for most of his life. David and Mary Jane returned to New Mexico in 2011, settling in Albuquerque.
David was a lifetime member of the Chama Masonic Lodge in Cuba, New Mexico.
A private celebration of life observed by his wife and four children according to his wishes. Those wishing to honor David’s memory may do so by making a memorial contribution to the Panhandle Cancer Cure Foundation at http://www.panhandlecancercurefoundation.org.
Sharon Keltner, 69 died Friday, June 17, 2022 at Sumner County Hospital District One, Caldwell, Kansas.
She was born on August 19, 1952 the daughter of Richard and Dorothy (Harris) Hoover in Perryton, Texas. After graduating from Fort Hays State University, she worked as a registered nurse for 40 years. She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church. Sharon loved her Lord, her family and friends. She liked helping others every time she got the chance.
On August 19, 1973 she married Jim Keltner at Meade, Kansas. He survives.
She is also survived by her daughter, Stephanie Keltner; son, Lance Keltner and wife Elizabeth; 3 grandchildren, Emery, Judah and Aubry; 3 sisters, Beverly Kernohan and husband Bob, Marilyn Walter and husband Mike, and Jacque Ediger and husband Jeff; along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. There will be no public visitation, cremation has taken place. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
The family suggests memorials to World Venture or a Christian Charity of your choice, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14thAve., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Sue Ann Schweitzer Kilgore
“It’ll be alright” were the words our Mom would often say. She was known fondly as the “Sweet, sweet lady.”
Our Mom, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend touched the hand of our Savior on January 23, 2022, in Bakersfield, CA.
Born in Perryton, Texas on June 14, 1946, to Kenneth Raymond and Lita Doreen Schweitzer, she was one of four children. Mom was raised in Ashland, Kansas. She was the beautiful homecoming queen candidate, cheerleader, and baton twirler. Later, she became a cosmetologist in Liberal, Kansas: however, she left that profession to become a mother.
Mom married our dad, James Kilgore in 1965. Together, they built Zirkel Trucking, Inc. in Liberal, later relocating the business to Fort Scott, Kansas. They had three children. She was the “mama bear” to her three boys, Jim, Robert, and Eddy. She guided and protected us throughout life. We never went without. She instilled in our early years to love our God evident by sending us off in the church bus and at night, praying before bedtime, the sweet innocent words, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep” and occasionally singing with us the childlike song, “This little Light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
Mom was a champion for the underdog. With, at times, so very few resources of hers, she would give to those in need while sacrificing her own; truly an example of what love really means in life. Love is all we can take with us when we depart this beautiful big blue marble of earth. She left with no enemies.
Mom was preceded in departing this life by her parents, Kenneth and Doreen, sister Lynda Ritter, brother Gerold Schweitzer and her youngest son, our baby brother, Eddy.
Left behind to carry on that love and kindness to others are her sons and wives: Jim and Tracey Kilgore (Waco, Texas) and their children, Caleb (Samantha), Hannah (Max), Samuel and Daniel; Robert and Dianna Kilgore (Bakersfield, CA) and their children, Jordan (Ryan) Shell, Jakeb and Josef and grandchildren from her late son, Eddy, Jesse Massey and Tyler Kilgore. She is also survived by her baby brother and his wife, Alan and Becky Schweitzer (Johnson, Kansas), her sister- in-law, Mary Jo Schweitzer (Ashland), in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and countless friends.
Please join us at a brief graveside service in Ashland at Highland Cemetery on Saturday, June 25, 2022, 11 am with Pastor Jim Kilgore officiating. Lunch will be served at the Ashland Senior Center immediately after services.
Mom, we will continue to love like you loved. We will continue teaching your grandchildren the same and they will do the same with their children and so on for generations. It is a fitting legacy for you, our Mom, the “Sweet, sweet lady.” Mom, no matter what we encounter in our lives, the good and the bad, “It’ll be alright.”
Roberta Pearl Cusick, 100, died Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas.
She was born on November 19, 1921 at Houston, Texas the daughter of Pearl and Sarah (Schul) Ferguson. Roberta was a farm wife all of her life and was known in the Minneola community and beyond for the beautiful wedding cakes she made for many years.
On December 15, 1956 she married George Nickelson, he preceded her in death on December 14, 1987. Later, she married Marshall Cusick on December 8, 1990 he also preceded her in death on October 31, 2009.
Roberta had no children of her own, so she spent many good times with her niece and nephews who survive: Greg Ferguson, Frisco, Texas; Rebecca and husband Terry Cornett, Sun City West, Arizona; Keith and wife Denise Ferguson, Hutchinson, Kansas; several great and great-great nieces and nephews. As a result of her marriage to Marshall Cusick, she gained 2 step-daughters; Connie Parish, Leavenworth, Kansas and Patti Cummins, Dodge City, Kansas; 2 grandchildren; Michelle and husband Nichola Kieffer and Douglas and wife Savanna Cummins and 4 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral service were held on Thursday at 10:00 am on May 12, 2022 at CrossWalk Christian Church, Minneola with Pastor Brad Kefauver officiating. Burial followed at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit or CrossWalk Christian Church both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Wayne E. Garrison, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt, Kansas, after a brief illness.
Wayne was born on September 16, 1944 to Delmer and Pauline (McKie) Garrison. Wayne grew up on the family farm near Logan, Kansas. Wayne married Donna Moreland in 1970 and had two children, Larry and Sherry. Wayne and Donna later divorced. On December 29, 1984, Wayne married Karen (Lynch) Simmons. Through this marriage, he acquired two step-daughters, Jerri Marie and Nikki.
Wayne was an excellent mechanic and was equally accomplished in body work repair and painting anything on wheels. From clocks to semi-trucks, to tractors and combines, if it was broken, he could fix it.
Wayne loved old cars, farming, fishing, over-the-road trucking and most importantly, ice cream. However, his greatest love and pride was for his grandchildren and great grands.
Wayne is survived by daughters; Sherry Elkins (Rick), McMinnville, Oregon, Jerri Leis (Tom), Minneola and Nikki Simmons, Minneola; son, Larry Carpenter (Kristy), Marshall, North Carolina; grandchildren, Madison, Hannah, Katie, Justin, Kelsey, Trey and Toby; Great Grands, Keegan, Weston and Anna; and Wayne’s companion, Diana Campbell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Lloyd and Estel (Ed) Garrison, and his wife Karen in 2008.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Civic Connection in Minneola. There will be no public visitation, as cremation has taken place.
The family suggest memorial to Minneola District Hospital or Clark County EMS in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Douglas R. Clark, 66, died Monday, May 2, 2022 at his home in Bloom.
He was born June 18, 1955 at Dodge City, the son of Richard Eugene and Luecetra Jane (Adams) Clark. He was a graduate of Minneola High School and a lifetime area resident. He was a heavy equipment operator working for the county of Ford County and Max Jantz Excavating.
He married Carla Schmidt and they later divorced.
Survivors include: a brother, Robert Swonger and wife Lois, Bloom; a sister, Cheryl Plumb and husband Gary, Olathe, Kansas; 4 nieces and nephews, Rhonda Swonger, Ashland, Robyn Trussel and husband Jim, Ness City, Rusty Swonger and wife Stephanie, Minneola and Kent Plumb, Olathe; 10 great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, John Robert Plumb.
Graveside service will be at 10:00 am Monday, May 9, 2022 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, south of Minneola, with Pastor Michael Perrotti officiating. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola District Hospital or the Minneola High School Booster Club both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Forrest "Frosty" Ediger
Forrest “Frosty” Lee Ediger was born March 15, 1940 in Meade County, Kansas to Henry N and Clarinda “Cordes” Ediger. Frosty was their first born of 5 children. He attended school in Englewood, Kansas, graduating in 1959.
On October 22, 1959, Frosty married the love of his life, Faye Ann Smith. The couple made their home in Salina, Kansas for 3 months while he worked for Bennett Construction, and then moved back to the Southwest Kansas area. Frosty worked for the Finchum Family in Meade County from 1960-1962, and for Clark County in Englewood from 1963-1969, and then for Lewis George south of Ashland from 1969-1983. Frosty and Faye then moved to the family homestead west of Englewood to live and work on the family farm and ranch.
Frosty enjoyed his work on the farm and ranch, visits with family and friends, fishing and hunting, and he loved his wife Faye with all of his heart. He had deeply missed her for the last 2.5 years. Frosty was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend who often had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye that could light up a room, and he had a laugh that was as contagious as they come. He often offered hugs that would make you feel safe, warm, welcomed, and loved. Frosty was so proud of his kids, grandkids, and great grands. When family was around, it wasn’t uncommon to see a little one or two in his lap in his big chair learning how to pop his suspenders, playing with a flashlight making animal shadows, or even learning how to use a coyote call. If he was with the grandsons he was probably talking about guns or cattle, and a common phrase to hear upon departing his home would be “Love you kids, buckle up and watch out for deer!” He will be deeply missed by so many family and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents Henry N & Clarinda Ediger, son Douglas Ediger, and wife Faye Ann Smith Ediger.
Forrest “Frosty” Lee Ediger, age 82 of Englewood, Kansas went to be with his loved ones and his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 near his home in Meade, County, Kansas doing what he still loved, working on the farm.
Frosty is survived by siblings Jerry Ediger and Joyce, Bob Ediger and Renita, Jim Ediger and Barbara, and Kathy Shumaker and Gene;Children Tamera Seacat and husband Bill of Ashland, Kansas; Janet Smith and husband Allen of Davenport, Oklahoma; Brian Ediger and wife Pam of Minneola, Kansas; Grandchildren Daniel Seacat and wife Kristi of Park City, KS, Jacob Smith and wife Desiree of Madill, OK, Darin Seacat and wife Jeanette of Ashland, Kansas, Becky Clark and husband Nathan of Las Vegas, Nevada, Dustin Seacat and wife Kelli of Gage, Oklahoma, Ethan Ediger and wife Aubrey of Minneola, Kansas, Quentin Ediger and wife Marlee of Lexington, Nebraska, and Layton Ediger of Minneola, Kansas; Great Grandchildren Andilyse Clark, Danni Smith, Jordan Seacat, Presley Seacat, Jorji Smith, Logan Seacat, Molli Smith, Carter Clark, Maci Seacat, Olivia Seacat, Ember Seacat, River Seacat, Brigham Ediger, Easton Seacat, & Koen Ediger, along with many other beloved family members and friends.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for all of the calls, texts, messages, visits, meals, prayers and support as they navigate through this time of loss. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Minneola District Hospital or Countryside Bible Church.
Gordon Hart Harrington was born October 24th, 1952 and was the son of Warren “Jab” and Ellen Harrington. He attended school in Ashland and graduated with the class of 1970. He began his college career at K-State in the fall of 1970, he transferred to Garden City Community College and graduated with his associate degree in 1972. He didn’t stop his college plans there, he then moved to Stillwater to attend Oklahoma State University with his good friend, David who eventually became his brother-in-law. He also had his eye on a hometown girl named Sherre who was in College in Oklahoma City. Gordon and Sherre Goodnight were Married in August of 1974 and made their home in Englewood. In January 1975 Gordon and Sherre moved to Manhattan, where Gordon went back to College at K-State and graduated with his animal science degree in 1976. He became a father to Seth and again to another son Clark. They made their final home in Ashland, Kansas where Gordon was heavily involved in his family farm in Englewood, Ks.
He was a substitute teacher at Ashland USD 220 and became the first official full time substitute. Gordon was the junior high basketball coach and followed them through their career all the way to them winning the state basketball title in 2012. He enjoyed following K-State and Oklahoma State football programs and helped run the sound system for the church. He enjoyed his daily ride arounds with his dad, and playing around on his gator. He was a big supporter of his kids and grandkids, and made sure he attended all of their sporting and school events. He was his grandchildrens #1 fan! You would rarely find him without his faithful companions, Daisy and Barney.
Gordon and Sherre became girl parents for the first time in 1999 when Brandi moved in with them; following Brandi came Kaylyn, Sierra, and Nichole, these girls prepared them for their future of having granddaughters and preparation for what all of that would entail. They instantly became involved with “his girls” projects, sports, and families also.
Gordon is survived by his wife Sherre of the home. Son, Seth and wife, Jamie Harrington and children Kennedy, Karson, Alexandra, and Carter of Englewood. Son, Clark Harrington of Ashland. Father Warren “Jab” Harrington of Ashland, Brother and Sister-in-Law, Bob and Joan Harrington of Garden City. Father and Mother-in-Law, Oley and Shirley Goodnight of Englewood, Brother-in-Law, David Waits of Stillwater, Sister-in-Law, Gayle McMahon of Wichita, Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law, Greg and Pixie Goodnight of Englewood. And numerous nieces, nephews, great- nieces, and great- nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Family suggested memorial to the Englewood Fire Station in care of Wilkinson Funeral Service.
Memorial Services were held Friday, March 25, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Ashland High School Gym.
Franklin Delano Fox was born December 11, 1934, to Bert Earl Fox and his wife Margaret Josephine Degnan in Sitka, Cimarron Township, Clark County, Kansas. He passed March 10, 2022 VA CLC Amarillo TX.
He was a brother to: Ida McCloskey Marian Legg, Maxine Pendergast and Vera Heiland
His Children are: Curtis, Margaret, Darrin Fox and Art Smith and Ranee Smith Gokie. He married Linda B. Fox August 29, 1977.
Franklin was in the US Army serving 18 months from 1955-1956, stationed in Germany with several months in hospitals in Germany and Colorado.
Frank was a master of all trades, always enjoying mechanic work from early childhood till his forced retirement. He was particularly proud of working communication towers; becoming a “Master Mechanic” with Evinrude Motors after having been told that an auto mechanic could never be a good boat motor mechanic; and hauling Greyhound racing dogs, including a “Million” winner.
Franklin was an inventor; coming out of the service with a handicap, he had to learn to adapt to any job he performed or make the tool he needed. He always improved on manufactured items. He never bothered to get a patent, just enjoying the challenge. He was also a licensed locksmith.
He enjoyed showing his toy poodle Mandy as a puppy in the AKCA dog show and drag racing. He owned more cool cars, pickups and motorcycles than most people dream about. He loved airplanes and flew a lot with local pilots, but never got his license. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a Benefactor Life Membership of the National Rifle Association and member of their Golden Eagles Club.
Frank’s values and love of his country are shown in his military background, in his service for over twenty years as Oklahoma Republican State Committeeman, Life Member of VFW Post 1714 in Dodge City and former member Loyal Order of Moose.
Frank enjoyed ranch life in his youth and again since 1989, when he and Linda moved to her great-grandfather’s homestead near Arnett, OK.
He entered VA long term care in March of 2020. His remains will be returned to Ashland, KS. Brief graveside service Ashland Cemetery is planned for Wednesday April 6th 1:30 pm – weather permitting.
Ross G. Skeen, 66, died Monday, March 14, 2022 at Minneola Long Term Care, Minneola.
He was born on October 5, 1955 the son of Ray Gilbert and Melda Fern (Anderson) Skeen at Bucklin, Kansas. He was a lifetime area resident. And worked as a farmer for the family farm.
He was very involved in his community, he was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, and a former member of Clark County Fair Board, Clark County Soil Conservation, Clark County Fire & EMS, Boy Scout Leader, and the Dodge City Schrine Clowns. Ross was a proud supporter of the Minneola Wildcats especially if his grandchildren were involved. He enjoyed farming, fishing, visiting with people, attending school events and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs.
Survivors include: a son, Cameron Skeen and fiancée Erica McLean, Minneola; a daughter, Mackenzie Olmstead and husband Adam, Buffalo, Oklahoma; a sister, Ramola Norton, Minneola; 12 grandchildren; niece, Jennifer Norton; nephew, Will Norton and wife Tiffany; and 2 great nieces and 2 great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Dan Norton.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, March 18, 2022 at the Minneola United Methodist church with Pastor Michael Perrotti officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Burial will follow the service in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Booster Club or the Minneola Fire Department both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Mariel (Capili) Bernardo was born on January 24, 1981, at Santa Maria, Bulancan in the Philippines, to Gabreil and Teresa Dela Cruz Sta Maria. Mariel went to high school and graduated from Bulacan State University in 2003 with a degree in Computer Engineering. Mariel and Cherwin were classmates, both computer engineering. They were united in marriage on September 19. 2009. Mariel worked as IT System Administration for Ashland Health Center of Ashland, Kansas. To this union two children were born Chloe and Colin. These two children became the most important part of her life. Mariel was a devoted mother, a cheerful friend to many and coworkers. She enjoyed cooking and traveling. Mariel was a spiritual woman, involved in the church activities. Mariel will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and coworkers, all who knew her. Mariel Bernardo unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Saturday March 5, 2022. Mariel is survived by her husband Cherwin, a daughter Chloe, a son Colin and her mother Teresa, her brother, Michael and her nephew, Aaron, and many friends.
The family suggest memorials to the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Ashland, Kansas.
Rosary was held at 10:00 AM Saturday March 12, 2022, at the St. Joseph Church of Ashland with the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Wilkinson Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.
Clarence Andrew Leis, 90, passed away on February 13, 2022 at his home in Rogers, Arkansas. He was born in Minneola, Kansas on February 6, 1932 to the late Andrew and Rosa Cecilia (Elpers) Leis.
He grew up on the family farm being self-taught to play the piano, violin and banjo. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy being stationed in Guam. After serving in the Navy, he started working in retail with McLellan’s Department Store in Dodge City, Kansas and then transferred to Prior, Oklahoma and then the manager in Vinita, Oklahoma. Sam Walton hired him to manage their Ben Franklin store in Coffeyville, Kansas. Sam later transferred him to the first Walmart Store in Rogers, Arkansas in 1963 as the second manager until 1975 when he became a district manager, then Divisional VP of Merchandising and later managed the Walmart Associate store. He retired with 28 years of service with Walmart.
He worked with St. Vincent de Paul Catholic youth 25 years. He was awarded the “PRO ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICE” award from Pope John Paul II in 1984. He was ordained as deacon in 1993 for St. Vincent de Paul, working with homebound and hospital ministry. He served as Pastoral Administrator at St. Raphael in Springdale. He served on the boards for the State Catholic Youth, Our Farm and Poplar House in Rogers, Arkansas.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty (Marrs) Leis; children, Dr. Dan Leis (Katy) of Rogers, Arkansas, Gary Leis (Pedro) of Rogers, Arkansas, Jim Leis (Janie) of Rogers, Arkansas, Theresa Braubuger (Ted) of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Greg Leis of Rogers, Arkansas; 10 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Great Great Grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his siblings, Evelyn Finkeldei, Ivan Leis, Claude Leis, Geneviieve Leis, Florence Busch, Don Leis and Bill Leis.
A Rosary was held on Friday, February 18, 2022. A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Rogers, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the building fund at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Online condolences can be made at www.rollinsfuneral.com
Danny Butts, Sr
Danny Joe Butts, Sr., 75, died Monday, January 31, 2022 at Minneola Long Term Care.
He was born March 26, 1946 at Grass Valley, California, the son of John T. and Evelyn (Elliott) Butts.
Dan Married Sharon Lorrine Gain on December 28, 1962. They had two children Danny Joe Butts (d.o.b., January 19, 1965 Eureka California, Sherry Ann Butts d.o.b., May 26, 1963 Eureka California. Dan drove a lumber truck for Lumberman Saw Mill in Crescent City California from 1962 to 1968. Dan and Sharon divorced December 28, 1968.
Dan married Priscilla Allen, on February 14, 1970 in San Francisco California. They moved to Liberal Kansas in March of 1970 where Dan worked as a mechanic for the Chevrolet dealership. They later moved to Dodge City Kansas where Dan worked at the Flying J Travel Center as a mechanic. They moved to Missoula Montana June 1972 where Dan was a logger. He was very proficient at logging from driving a logging truck, running a rubber tired skidder, D-8 cat and as a sawyer. Dan and Priscilla had one child. Patty Butts-Young on December 5, 1973 in Missoula Montana. Dan used his driving skills to drive long haul truck while living in Missoula, hauling grain from as far away as North Dakota to Lewiston Idaho. Dan and Priscilla divorced in March 1978.
Dan married Eileen Marie Eggleston on June 27, 1979 in Missoula Montana. They later moved to Englewood Kansas. While married, he continued his love for driving truck coast to coast. spending time with his family, fishing and hunting and his love for his pets, especially his cat “Cookie”.
Survivors include: 2 daughters, Patty Young and husband Rod, Ashland, Ks and Sherri Ann Butts, San Jose, California; one son, Danny Joe Butts, Jr. and wife Rhonda, Ben Wheeler, Texas; 2 step-daughters, Jackie Hewitt, Missoula and Jadene Brandt, Ft. Worth, Texas; and 7 grandchildren, Kayla Young, Nick Young and wife Kendra, Justin Young, Brandon J. Nicoletta, Brandon Butts, Brittney Collige and husband Codi, and Samantha Lankford. Along with 11 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-daughter, Paula Ann Brandt and numerous uncles and aunts.
Private family services will be held at a later date in Montana. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
T.C. Dawson, 47, died January 25, 2022 in rural Kiowa County, Kansas. He was born October 9, 1974 in Paola, Kansas the son of Marion Harve “Sweede” Dawson and Karlyn (Edlin) Hays. TC had lived in Wellsville, Edgerton, Argonia and Haviland, Kansas. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1993, attended Colby County Community College and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. He was the County Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency in Greensburg and Ashland, Kansas. TC was passionate about Youth Rodeo and enjoyed working with and judging Youth Rodeo events. He was a member of the KPRA and USTRC and attended the Haviland Friends Church, Haviland. On June 28, 2014 TC married Mary (Jenkins) Melton in Greensburg. She survives. Other survivors include a son Colton Dawson, Haviland, his mother Karlyn Hays and step-father Bill Hays, Missouri, one step son Kendal Melton, Colorado, two step daughters Heather King and husband Alex, Colorado and Hannah Melton, Hutchinson, Kansas, and a half sister Cindy Sue Dawson. Funeral Services and celebration of TC’s life were held 2:00 pm Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Haviland Friends Church with Pastors Todd Follette and Dave Norman presiding. Burial followed in Soldier Creek Cemetery, Belvidere, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to Heartland Youth Rodeo Association, Kingman, Kansas and the TC Dawson Memorial Scholarship through the KPRA, both in care of Fleener Funeral Home, PO Box 41, Greensburg, KS 67054.
Terrance “Terry” Lynn Booth was born on July 12,1951 in Augusta, Kansas to Judson Milford and Wilma Maxine (Lacey) Booth. Terry’s family moved to Casper Wyoming when he was 5 years old and Terry attended the public schools in Casper. He graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper Wyoming with the class of 1970. Terry worked at a lumber yard in Casper. He married Jeannie Jaure in 1970 and they had 1 daughter, Elizabeth Ann. Terry and Jeannie divorced in 1974. Then, Terry went to work for ATCO Drilling co, working oilfield in Wyoming, and this job it kept him moving to many different places in Wyoming and Colorado. Terry and Aleta Chris Booth was united in marriage November 14th, 1980 in Elco Nevada. Due to the work in the oilfield shutting down, Terry and Chris moved to Manning Ks in 1981. Terry worked as a feed truck driver for Lane Co. Feeders, Dighton KS for 15 years. After Chris finished her Physical Therapist Assistant program, Terry and Chris moved to Ashland Ks in 1998. Terry worked with Russ Hensley Construction as a carpenter for 17 years in Ashland, and then he retired. Terry’s hobbies were coin collecting, camping and fishing. And He loved to go to a good auction to see what treasurers he could buy. Terry left his earthly home at the Ashland Health Center at the age of 70. Terry’s survivors are, Aleta Chris of the home, daughter Elizabeth (Lisa) McPherson and husband Roger, Casper Wyo. step-son Conan Taylor and wife Glenda, Winter Garden Florida, step-daughter Sierra Schafer and husband Brian, Las Vegas Nevada, and step-daughter Kelsey Taylor, Dighton Ks, a brother Carl Booth, a sister Pam Muir and husband Louis, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Dennis Booth of Casper Wyoming.
There will be no funeral services as per his wishes, and after cremation he will be taken to Casper Wyoming to be with his family.
Charles Edward Mosshart, 74, died Saturday, January 15, 2022. He was born March 22, 1947 in Ashland, KS. Charlie graduated from Ashland High School in 1965 and then went on to technical school to study machining.
He married Dana Schultz in 1965. They had 2 sons, Shawn and Richard. In 1984 Charlie met and married Sandra Louise Hancock and they had one son, Jay Ross.
Charlie loved working with his hands, his animals and his guns. He lived most of his life on the family farm 3 miles north of Ashland.
In 1977 he began trucking as an independent with his own business and did that until 1994, along with his farming, cattle and sheep. After he quit trucking he began pumping a few oil wells along with his farming activities.
In 2003 Charlie and Sandy opened a restaurant in Protection, Kansas, known as the Farmhouse Bakery and Kitchen and later built their home near Protection.
In 2017 he suffered a devastating setback when the Starbuck wildfire blew through Clark County and he lost every head of livestock in the fire, but like all the other farmers and ranchers that had so many losses he bounced right back. Starting over he was able to build a small cow herd again before his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl Fred Mosshart and Ruth Whittington Mosshart.
Survivors include: his wife of 37 years, Sandy Mosshart; sons: Shawn of Lexington, Kentucky, Richard and wife Leisa of Pratt, Kansas, and Jay Ross of Austin, Texas; a brother, Sam and his wife Becky and sister, Joyce Bay and husband, Jerry Bay; one grandson, 2 great-grand-
sons, and nieces and nephews.
He was a member of the Protection Christian Church.
Cremation is being handled by Minnis Mortuary of Bucklin, Kansas, and a memorial service will be held in the spring.
Memorials may be sent to Carpenter Place in Wichita in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, KS 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Arlene Laverne Kintner, 89, died December 28, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
She was born August 9, 1932 at Girard, Kansas, the daughter of Ernest John, Sr. and Ella Janet (Hoover) Hay. She retired as the Librarian and Dodge City High School. She attended The Cove Church in Mooresville, North Carolina.
On March 30, 1958 she married William “Bill” F. Kintner. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2005.
Survivors include: her son, John Kintner and wife Olga, Charlotte; 5 grandsons, Bryant Kintner, Dodge City, Andrew Kintner, Dallas, Texas, Dylan Kintner, Kansas City, Missouri, Jose Zapata, Warsaw, Poland and Mason Ennis, Charlotte; and 3 great granddaughters, Shyanne & Brielle, Dodge City and Roxella, Wichita.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ernest Hay, Jr.
Private family services and burial will take place. There will be no public viewing.
Arrangements are being handled by Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Arlene Laverne Kintner, 89, died December 28, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
She was born August 9, 1932 at Girard, Kansas, the daughter of Ernest John, Sr. and Ella Janet (Hoover) Hay. She retired as the Librarian and Dodge City High School. She attended The Cove Church in Mooresville, North Carolina.
On March 30, 1958 she married William “Bill” F. Kintner. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2005.
Survivors include: her son, John Kintner and wife Olga, Charlotte; 5 grandsons, Bryant Kintner, Dodge City, Andrew Kintner, Dallas, Texas, Dylan Kintner, Kansas City, Missouri, Jose Zapata, Warsaw, Poland and Mason Ennis, Charlotte; and 3 great granddaughters, Shyanne & Brielle, Dodge City and Roxella, Wichita.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ernest Hay, Jr.
Private family services and burial will take place. There will be no public viewing.
Arrangements are being handled by Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Letha Mae Smith
Letha Mae Smith, 91 died Thursday, December 16, 2021 2021 at the Minneola Long Term Care in Minneola.
Letha was born to Clarence J. Patton and Eula Fern (Jackson) Patton in rural Custer County, Oklahoma. Her dad farmed and her mother taught at several rural one room schools during the Great Depression. After living on several farms in western Custer County she moved with her parents and siblings to the farm her parents purchased three miles east of Thomas, Oklahoma. While living here she attended and graduated from Thomas High School in 1948.
While attending Thomas High School she met her future husband Howard Smith and they were married in the United Brethren Church, where she was a member, on August 28, 1948. He preceded her in death on December 31, 2009.
They moved with Howard’s family to Alva, Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Howard earned a teaching degree in Industrial Arts in 1952. During Christmas break in 1952-1953 Howard accepted a teaching position in Harold, Texas where they remained for a year and a half. They spent their summers in Colorado Springs while living in Texas where Howard worked in a filling station and they spent as much time as they could in the mountains.
Letha and Howard enjoyed retirement and made several trips to Branson, Galveston, and the black hills of South Dakota. They spent at least two weeks each summer in Colorado from the middle 1960’s until their health prevented this. Letha also enjoyed painting and sewing.
They moved to Minneola, Kansas in 1955 where Howard accepted a teaching position at Minneola High School and taught until his retirement in the early 1990’s.
Letha served as a member of the Minneola Library Board for eleven years and then served as Library Director for 23 years retiring in 1996.
Letha is survived by two sons, Tony Smith, Minneola and Pratt and Jerry Smith and wife Charlotte, Cedar Park Texas; grandson, Jerrod Dean Smith and granddaughter, Ryan Mary Smith.
She was also preceded in death by both of her parents, infant son, Bryan Don Smith, 2 brothers Garlan and wife Alverta, and Alvin and wife Ethyl Patton.
Funeral service was at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Pastor Charles Muthiani officiating. Burial followed in the Appleton Township Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Library in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Stanley Kent Hazen was born the fourth child to Eugene Hazen and Dixie Dodson Hazen on August 18, 1957, at Ashland, Kansas. Stan joined his heavenly father from his farm December 14, 2021. Stan attended Protection Public School and graduated with the class of 1976. Growing up Stan’s most memorable moments were spent on the football field. After school and in the summers, he spent his time working on the farm alongside his father and brothers learning to drive a tractor at an early age. Following graduation Stan went to farm and ranch with his father, Gene, southwest of Protection KS. Stan and Kim met in 1974 and were united in marriage, October 28, 1978. To this union were born two children, Darci and Jeremy.
Stan was very talented with his hands. Some of Stan’s hobbies were woodworking, welding, grilling, and “various” secondhand collections. In 1991 Stan and Kim purchased his grandparents place where he expanded his love for farming and ranching. He also purchased a bucket truck and started a painting and tree trimming business. One of the things that Stan enjoyed the most was his cows. Loved them so much that almost all had their own unique name. Most named after great nieces and nephews. Stan loved kids. He had many “buddies” around town that he made sure stop, kneel, and ask how their day was and magically pull a quarter out of their ear. From this he obtained the nickname “Stan Stan the Money Man”. Stans biggest treasure in life was his granddaughter, Kyra.
Stan is survived in death by his wife Kim Hazen of the home. Children Darci Hazen of Ashland KS; Jeremy (Calie) Hazen, Grand Daughter Kyra, and baby Hazen of Satanta, KS. Brothers and Sisters; Kerry (Gene) Hackney, Steve (Kelly) Hazen, Trent Hazen, Amy Hazen, all of Protection, KS.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents and brother Merle Hazen; mother-in-law Linda Haussler, father-in-law Bobby Harmon.
Funeral service was at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Protection Methodist Church in Protection, KS, with Pastor Rick Branson presiding. Burial followed the funeral service at Protection Cemetery in Protection, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to WEPAC Alliance, P.O. Box 949, Ashland KS 67831, or Protection Methodist Church, P.O. Box 146, Protection KS, 67127, in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
The world became a little quieter on December 9, 2021 as Charles Augustus Mcphail, known as Chuck, passed away in his beloved home in Mutual, Oklahoma. Chuck is survived by his wife, Julie Cloud; his children, Christi Brown (Spouse: Lee Brown) and Canda Gierach (Spouse: Lucas Gierach); and treasured grandchildren: Lakota Brown, Karlie Brown, Elaina Gierach, Jason Gierach, Charles (Charlie) King, and Chase King. He was preceded in death by his baby son, C.A. (Charles Augustus Mcphail Jr) who left to be an angel in 1985.
On June 27, 1950, Chuck came into the world as the largest baby born at the time in Ashland, KS. The youngest of 6, he spent his youth making mischief and playing football for the Ashland Bluejays. After graduating in 1968, he joined the Air Force where he spent time in Vietnam and across various bases, including in Shreveport, Louisiana. Chuck came into the roller rink business through his first wife, Rhonda’s, family. In the 1970s, Chuck helped build and manage 17 rinks across 5 states. Throughout his lifetime, he had his hand in flooring, fixing up, building, or running countless roller rinks; and in that time impacted thousands of lives of employees and patrons. While he dabbled in other ventures, he always returned to the rink business that he loved best. The sound of Chuck’s voice on the mic at the skating rink announcing “all skate!” or a rousing game of green light go, or seeing him out doing the jitterbug will forever be missed.
Chuck’s wife, kids, and grandkids fondly remember so many things about “Grandad.” His biscuits and gravy may clog an artery, but it’s worth it. Also: mountainous meat pizzas, slathered barbecue chicken, fried pork chops with fried potatoes and amazing gravy – always served with an entire canister (or 3) of Morton’s salt. The kids especially will miss raiding Grandad’s candy stash, with a variety of delicious treats for any sweet tooth.
We’ll miss hearing and rehearing his multitudes of stories told masterfully, like the ghost stories from the house in Louisiana, how he jumped 27 feet to save Christi from a pool, or finding Canda looking like a racoon after using a magic marker as makeup. His stories were always colorful in language, overly detailed, and never shied away from topics most people would deem inappropriate for the dinner table. Most stories ended with a great belly laugh that can never be forgotten.
We will also begrudgingly miss his non-stop teasing, laughing maniacally upon playing a draw 4 in Uno, and his “spankin’ hand.” Chuck skated to his own beat in life; and love him or not, he always made an impression. Chuck’s greatest lessons taught are to love God and focus on the positive, because “life is what you make it.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute in respect of Chuck’s sweet departed baby C.A.
David Richard Collins, 63 died Monday, November 15, 2021 at his home in Ford, Kansas.
He was born on January 30, 1958 at Cabool, Missouri the son of Richard Hubert and Betty Lucille (Gilbert) Collins. He was a lifetime area resident. He worked as a truck driver for 37 years driving for Sallee Inc., in Dodge City for 17 of those years. Dave was an avid bowler and loved going fishing, playing card games and dominoes with his wife. He enjoyed hunting, watching TV and feeding the squirrels and watching them through the kitchen window. He loved to talk to his friends on the phone, especially Bob Daley.
In 2001 he met Karmon Moog they married on March 2, 2007 at Dodge City, Kansas. She survives.
Survivors also include: his mother, Betty Hale, Minneola; sister, Cathy Yates, Minneola; brother, Dennis Collins, Muldrow, Oklahoma; aunt, Josy McDowell and husband Max, Minneola; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Linda Collins.
Graveside service will be Friday, November 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola with Pastor Suzie Woods officiating. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place. Friends and family may sign the register book Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorials to the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.
Eileen Marshall, 88, died Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Regent Park, Wichita.
She was born September 27, 1933 at Hanston, Kansas, the daughter of William “W.C.” and Elinor Roena (Ruff) Macy. She was a graduate of Hanston High School, attended Sterling College and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ottawa University. On March 24, 1956 she married Lyle Marshall at Hanston and moved to Minneola in 1959. She taught English and Home Economics at Hays High and Haviland High School before moving to Minneola and becoming a homemaker. For many years she was also a writer for the Minneola Record Newspaper.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Dodge City and the Minneola Garden Club. She taught Sunday School in Minneola, loved flowers, quilting and KU Basketball and was active with selling Community Concert tickets.
Survivors include her children, Tammy Doan and husband David, Wichita, Tim Marshall, Dodge City and Tara Stevens and husband Kyle, Wichita; and 4 grandchildren, Caleb Doan, Corey Doan and wife Elise, Joe Stevens and Jordan Stevens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyle on March 22, 2011, a son, Tobin Marshall and a sister, Evelyn Tedford.
Graveside services were at 1:00 pm Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, with Pastor Suzie Woods officiating. The family suggests memorials to Minneola Public Library or Home Town Market both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Sandra “Sue” Goodson, 81, died Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Minneola Long Term Care.
She was born December 17, 1939 at McDonald, Kansas, the daughter of William “Bill” Levi and Virginia (Erikson) Dungan. She moved to Minneola from Yuma, Arizona. She worked as a dog groomer and also worked at Minneola Long Term Care in housekeeping for 11 years. She enjoyed antiques and going to estate sales as well as collecting salt and pepper shakers.
Survivors include: her son, Allen Goodson, Minneola; her daughter, Rhonda Goodson Ramiro and husband Charles, Phoenix, Arizona; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Private family services will be held at a later date. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
Sydne Preisner Hess
Sydne Charlette Dorsey Preisner Hess, 78 years old, an Ashland, Kansas resident, passed away on November 3, 2021. She was born on January 2, 1943 to Robert Anderson and Doris Marie Dorsey in Ashland, Ks.
Sydne married Stephen Preisner in 1964 in Ashland, Ks and had three children, Rick, Stephen Todd, and Jana. They were divorced in 1993. Sydne married Vernon Hess in 1996 in Ashland, Ks.
Sydne held a variety of jobs over the years including going to and graduating from Cosmetology school in 1973 and opening a salon with Denise McCarty, receptionist at Ashland Hospital, managed the G-Mart, clerk at Citizens State Bank, worked in the kitchen for the Ashland Health Center, server at the Ranch House with Nina Glazer, State Highway Department, Ashland USD 220 janitor at the high school and then the grade school before retiring in 2009. Sydne loved to play many different card games and was an avid bridge player in her early years. She loved to play golf, go fishing, and be around grandkids and great grandkids. She crocheted many afghans for kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.
Proceeding Sydne in death were her parents. Sydne is survived by her husband of the home Vernon Hess, son Rick Preisner and wife Jackie of Ashland, Ks, son Todd Preisner and wife Lisa of Americus, Ks, and daughter Jana and husband Johnny Wilt of Great Bend, Ks, nine grandkids, and 8 great grandkids.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM the First Christian Church in Ashland, KS.
Memorial contribution may be made in Sydne’s name to the Ashland Golf Course, PO Box 398, Ashland, Ks 67831.
Janice Ann Ruiz, age 78, of Manhattan, formerly of Dodge City, passed way on October 18, 2021 at the Meadowlark Hills Community – Stolzer House in Manhattan.
She was born on March 4, 1943 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Jay and Francis (Pike) Jipp. Her family lived in Ashland, Kansas area. Janice graduated from Ashland High School with the class of 1960. Janice then attended Cosmetology School in Dodge City.
On August 29, 1965 in Ness City, Kansas, she was united in marriage to William J. Ruiz. Bill survives at their home in Manhattan. They were blessed with three children: Tonya, Tyra, and Tambra.
Janice had a green thumb and loved to garden. Also, she enjoyed bowling and was in league bowling for many years at the Dodge City Plaza Lanes. She worked as a paraeducator for Southwestern Kansas Cooperative District #443-Dodge City Public Schools, and retired after 21 years of service. Janice helped out the school district also by being a part of the paint crew.
She was a member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan. Janice enjoyed helping her grandchildren after she retired, doing what she knew and loved, which was educating them and helping with homework.
In addition to her husband Bill, she is survived by her children, Tonya M. Ruiz-Walker, Manhattan, Tyra Wolfe, Wichita, and Tambra Rodriguez, of Kansas City. Also, her sister Jolene Massey, Topeka, and her 11 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday October 26, 2021 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball in Manhattan, with Father Frank Coady as Celebrant. Inurnment will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.
Memorial contributions in memory of Janice are suggested to the Meadowlark Memory Program. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com
Shirley Ann Stinson was born January 28th 1935, and died, September 23RD 2021 due to health complications. Shirley was the daughter of Cecil and Edna Watts, born in Buffalo Oklahoma. She had three siblings, Virginia, Orville, and Don. She was married to Marvin Stinson, and had eight children, Mary, Tommy, Jimmy, Charlotte, Price, Chris, Rena, and Mark. She has numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved making ceramic figurines and going to church, when she felt good. She loved watching her favorite western and hallmark movies. She always loved it when Sophie, (Tom & Patty’s) dog came to visit and she would parade her around & tell everyone, this was her grand baby puppy.
Services will be held in Buffalo, Oklahoma, on Saturday October 23rd, at the Buffalo Cemetery, at 12:30 PM. Social gathering in Laverne, OK at the Trinity Faith Church, 501 S. Broadway, at 1:30 PM.
Justin David “JD” Redger, 41, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at Pratt Regional Medical Center in Pratt, KS. Born April 8, 1980, at Garden City, KS, he was the son of David and Linda (McPhail) Redger.
JD attended Ashland, KS Schools and graduated from Ashland High School in 1999. He received Associates Degrees in Fire Science and Farm & Ranch Management from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy (Active Duty and Reserve) from 1999-2012.
On July 11, 2015, he married Gayla Eubank near Sitka, KS. She survives.
A resident of Protection, KS, JD was a firefighter for Ashland Fire Department. He was also an E.M.T., starting his career for Clark County E.M.S. and most recently working for Comanche County E.M.S. He was a Director for Dodge City Roundup Rodeo Committee. Other memberships include: KEMSA; KSFFA; and KAAI.
He is survived by his wife: Gayla Redger of Protection, KS; three children: Elizabeth Mahayla “Elle Mae” Redger, Thomas Wayne Redger, and Robert Justin “RJ” Redger of the home; his parents: David and Linda Redger of Ashland, KS; his maternal grandmother: Nadine McPhail of Ashland, KS; two sisters: Trishia Redger of Ashland, KS and Kayla Redger of Hugoton, KS; two nieces: Ashley Price and Britney Redger; his father and mother-in-law: Danny and Mary Eubank of Protection, KS; one sister-in-law: Robin Eubank-Callis (Troy Callis) of Medicine Lodge, KS; one nephew: Bradie Callis; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant son: Maverick James Redger; and his grandparents: Robert McPhail and Albert & Grace Redger.
Memorial service is at 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 15, 2021, at Ashland Rodeo Arena in Ashland, KS, with Pastor Dillon Evans presiding and full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ashland Rural Fire or Comanche County E.M.S. in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Betty Marie (Lunow) Long was born in Denver, Colorado on September 7, 1928, to William and Esther (Esplund) Lunow. She passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 in the Longterm Care Unit in Minneola at the age of 93.
On August 21, 1949, she was united in marriage to William Arthur Long in Minneola. Betty and her husband enjoyed 61 years of married life and spent many years camping.
Betty was a housewife. She belonged to the Women’s Auxiliary and was active in the Quinter Senior Citizen’s Center until moving to Minneola in 2011. She enjoyed participating in many of the activities while a resident in the Longterm Care Unit at Minneola.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, south of Minneola, with Rev. Claude Fillingim officiating. There will be no public visitation.
Memorials are suggested to the Minneola Longterm Care Unit in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
Corrine JoAnn Eaton
Corrine JoAnn (Claussen) Eaton passed away peacefully at home on September 17, 2021. She was born on May 24, 1939 in Spearville, Kansas, the daughter of Victor and Florence (Stein) Claussen. She graduated from Spearville High School in 1957.
On December 27, 1958 she married Arlen N. Eaton in Dodge City, Kansas.
Corrine worked at a variety of different jobs but most importantly was a stay-at home mom raising 4 children. She loved spending time with her 10 grandchildren, attending their school and sports events and spending time in the Colorado mountains. She also enjoyed stained glass, gardening and her flowers.
Corrine is survived by her husband of 62 years, Arlen Eaton, Dodge City; her brother, Bill Claussen, Spearville; son, Alan and wife Kimberly, Dodge City; son, David and wife Jennifer, Fredericksburg, Virginia; her daughter, Brenda Stewart and husband Mark, Minneola, Kansas; 10 grandchildren, Erika (Eaton) Lilley and husband Corey; Nicole (Eaton) Lincoln and husband Andrew; Jessica, James and Michael Eaton; Joseph Eaton, Monica (Eaton) Bowler and husband Lexington; Alex Stewart and wife Taylin; Gary Stewart and wife Brandi; and Natalie Stewart; 3 great grandchildren, Avery and Mayson Stewart; and Garion Lincoln.
Corrine was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Darrell and Richard Claussen, and one son, Craig L. Eaton.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 am Friday, October 1, 2021 at Greencrest Memorial Gardens, Dodge City, with Fr. Wesley Schawe officiating. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place. Friends may sign the register from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
Vicy Jane Holiday
Vicy Jane (Brewer) Holiday completed her earthly journey and passed into the loving arms of her lord and savior on September 15, 2021.
Jane was born to James Irlin and Myra Marie (Knight) Brewer on October 22, 1931, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Tragically, her father was struck by lightning when she was a child and had to be institutionalized for life. Jane at age 5 and her older brother Curtis were left to stay with their grandparents in Oklahoma until their mother could make a new life for them. Her mother was advised to divorce Irlin as he would not be able to live a normal life. Marie married Archie Vernon Williams in Little Rock, Arkansas. Vernon and Marie returned to Oklahoma for Jane and Curtis to live a new life in California. Jane loved her stepfather. In California, at age 15 Jane met the love of her life, a spunky young Kansas born, guitar playing, and singing sailor, Teddy Lloyd Holiday.
Ted and Jane were married at age 15 and 18 in Reno, Nevada on September 18, 1947. Their marriage lasted 64 years until Ted’s passing in 2011. Ted and Jane moved several times in their early years together, primarily to care for ailing and elderly family members. They had three daughters. Linda Ann was born in Harper, Kansas on June 6, 1949, Margie Lou was born in Ashland, Kansas on March 2, 1952, and Donna Kay was born in Hayward, California on February 18, 1953.
In 1965, Jane attended nurses training at St. Catherine’s hospital in Amarillo, Texas to become an LPN. She was an excellent nurse but the family was uprooted again and returned to Oologah, Oklahoma to care for Jane’s ailing mother. In 1967, after her mother’s death, the family moved to Ashland, Kansas to care for Ted’s elderly grandparents. There they remained for over forty years where they ran a water well service and drilling company serving local farmers and ranchers. Ted and Jane decided to sell the business and Ted went to work for the Kansas Highway Department in Ashland, Kansas.
Jane was strong, resourceful, creative, and talented. She was an excellent cook that did not have to measure anything, a seamstress that did not need a pattern, and an artist in all mediums. She crocheted and did embroidery beautifully. The family will miss her homemade pies, jellies, and pickled beets. She canned fruit from their gardens and fruit from their fruit trees into her 80’s. She loved to collect and restore antiques, many of which she proudly displayed in her home.
Jane was blessed with her many friends over the years while proudly accompanying Ted when he played and sang with other local musicians in the area. Her favorite hobbies were fishing and traveling in the travel trailer for weeks at a time.
Jane is survived by her loving daughters, Linda and husband Dan Sweeney and Donna Newton, all of Oologah, Oklahoma, her grandchildren, Shawn Sweeney of Owasso, Oklahoma, Chris and Heather Stephens of Buffalo, Oklahoma, Lyne and husband Don Johnson of Minneola, Kansas, and Jose and wife Meghan Stephens of Ashland, Kansas, great-grandchildren Kolby Klunck, Damon, Kellan, Jase, and Jenna Stephens, Shanelle and husband Jared Bryant, Jalin, Julia, and Jackson Johnson, and nephews, Danny Earl and wife Jane and Olen Curtis Jr “Odie” and wife Susie Brewer. Jane was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, her husband Ted, daughter Margie, grandson Bryan Allison, son’s-in-law’s Ronnie Newton and Steve Stephens, and brother Olen Curtis Brewer.
A graveside service will be held on September 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM at St Joseph Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas.
Robert A. Redger (Bob) passed away on August 26, 2021, at KU Med Center at the age of 74. He was born July 3, 1947, the son of Albert A. and Grace (Kumberg) Redger. He attended Ashland Kansas schools graduating in 1965. He attended Southwestern College Winfield before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving in Vietnam from 1966-1968 obtaining the rank of SP5 (T).
In 1970 he married Carol Jean Fuller and they adopted a daughter, Crystal. They later divorced.
Robert worked in the oil fields as a noxious weed director and a feed store manager before becoming the manager of the Golden Belt Co-op in Ellis, in 1991, retired in 2016. Robert was involved in his community, serving on several boards. He was a member of the Ellis City Counsel, the Chrysler House, and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a Quartermaster for the local VFW Post and was the treasurer for the Ellis United Methodist Church.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter Crystal, his special friend Niki Bartlett, sisters Louise Lagerman (Mel) of Salina, KS; Carol Jackson (Mike) of Vega, TX; Diana Redger of Ashland, KS; brother David Redger (Linda) of Ashland, KS; Niki’s daughters Jenny, Amy, Lesley, and Betsy; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of life will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 AM at the Ellis United Methodist Church with military honors. Cremation was chosen with private family inurnment at a later date.
Arrangements in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel 400 E. 17th Ellis, KS 67637.
Friends and family may make contributions to VFW of Ellis or the United Methodist Church of Ellis, Kansas.
Condolences may be sent by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Etheled L. Marshall
Etheled L. Mauch (Edde) died peacefully at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit on Friday, September 3, 2021. Over her 101 years of life she lived and witnessed many amazing events. She would have turned 102 on September 10th, 2021.
Edde was a woman of many nick-names (Sis, Dimple, Sally) but her most important title was “Mom”. Etheled Lacey Mauch was born September 10, 1919 in Ness County, Kansas, the daughter of Edward and Ethel (Kanaga) Mauch. She graduated from Ness City High School. She attended Emporia State Teachers College where she earned an Associate’s Teaching Degree. Her teaching years were spent in elementary schools in Ransom, Montezuma, Ensign and Dodge City.
On August 8, 1948 she married C.E. “Butch” Marshall in Dodge City, KS. After their marriage she retired from teaching, and they moved to the family farm southeast of Minneola, where she was a farm wife and mother of three. They lived on the family farm for 42 years, until they moved to Minneola in the spring, just before Butch’s death in April of 1990.
Edde was very active in the local community. After Butch’s death, she was unanimously nominated to fill the unexpired term of his County Commissioner’s seat, and then went on to serve two terms of her own. She was also an active member in numerous clubs in Minneola, including Eastern Star (Worthy Matron), Garden Club, Farmerettes, and an honorary member of the Civic Club. She was also a long time member of the Minneola United Methodist Church, and taught Sunday school for several years. Edde and Butch were active supporters and members of the Midian Shrine Club for many years. They worked tirelessly over the years, and loved helping with many of the wonderful events that the Shriners supported and were involved with to help sick children.
During two summers in the 1940’s, before she was married, she stayed with her brother Glenn Mauch and his family in Englewood, Colorado. She had to take several different bus routes to get to The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver where she worked as an elevator operator. She met several celebrities of the 40’s, while working at The Brown Palace, one of whom was Bob Hope.
Over Edde’s, nearly 102 years of life, she enjoyed many hobbies, which included her love of flowers, and working in her flower gardens; both in town and on the farm. She also loved her large vegetable garden at the farm, which came in very handy when preparing homemade meals for long ago wheat harvests. Her talent and love of sewing and baking were very important to her. She made beautiful draperies and quilts. Family and friends would often ask her to make her famous cinnamon rolls and pies for them. Her angel food cakes were asked for over the years by her children, grandchildren, and other family members who were celebrating their birthdays. However, without a doubt Mom’s most loved and favorite time, anytime, was being with and taking care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include three children, Jan Ripberger and husband Rick of Tucson, AZ, Connie Moody and husband Bo of Trophy Club, TX, Rick Marshall and wife Peggy of Dodge City, KS; her sister Vada Amy of Minneola; six grandchildren, Alison Alvidrez, Jeff Vrtiska, Erin Ragsdale, Jared Moody, Kody Marshall, and Katie Salmans; ten great grandchildren, Justin, Coltin, and Savana Alvidrez, Ciara Shelley, Jameson Westenskow, Eli Moody, Orren and Kaidyn Ragsdale, and Scarlett and Arlo Salmans. Etheled was preceded in death by her husband Butch on April 16, 1990, her parents, and five of her siblings, Hollis Mauch, Clair Mauch, Glenn Mauch, Thayne “Buzz” Mauch, and Vada’s twin sister Verda McCune.
Graveside services will be at 10:00 am Friday, September 10th at Appleton Township Cemetery south of Minneola, with Pastor Suzie Woods officiating. You may pay your respects at a visitation on Thursday, September 9th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care or the Minneola Hometown Market, both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
A sincere thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Minneola District Hospital, the Minneola Long Term Nursing Care, and Hospice of the Prairie for all of the excellent care and kindnesses shown to our mother, and to all of us, during her time of care. Each and every one of you is very special to us, and we give our heartfelt thanks for being there for our mom and for us.
Richard Charles Arnspiger, 94, passed away on August 24th, at the Ashland Senior Living Center, of natural causes. Richard was born in Wellington, Kansas on Feb 10, 1927 into a loving home to E.F. Arnspiger and Fern Walcher Arnspiger. Richard was educated in the Wellington schools. He graduated with the class of 1945, summa cum laude. He was valedictorian of his class. He was a member of the Wellington High School championship state basketball team with close friends Jerry Waugh and Ernie Barrett. He was drafted into the Third Army in May, 1945 and underwent basic training in Fort Polk, Alexandria Louisiana. He proudly served his country in the Third Army Headquarters under General George Patton. Richard served as part of the Security, Clearance and Intelligence Gathering department. This position was the result of his excellent scores on the required aptitude tests. He was honorably discharged from the army in 1947 and began his studies at the University of Kansas in the School of Engineering and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1951. He was a proud member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Richard began dating Betty Spotts, his high school sweetheart, whom he married on August 20th, 1950 in the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland. They were happily married for 65 years. In this loving and nurturing home, they welcomed 4 children. Debra Kay (Don Harden), Janet Sue (Joe Fast), Richard Charles II (Susan), James Alan (Reeta).
Richard and Betty had another home: the First Presbyterian Church where they lived their faith with their cherished church family. Richard served as an elder, educator and frequent co-celebrant.
Richard joined his father-in-law, Don Spotts, at the Don Spotts Lumber Company in 1951. He was instrumental in the success of the business and service to the community. He worked for 59 years, retiring in 2010. Richard was honored to receive the first Ashland Chamber of Commerce Legacy award. His service to the community included serving on the city council and as mayor of Ashland for many years.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with his dear friends Willis Shattuck and George Pike.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Larry and Warren; grandchildren Heidi Marie Inderlied, Mark David Hankamer and his loving wife, Betty.
He is survived by his children, 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a multitude of friends.
Richard’s celebration will include remembrances of his life by friends and family. Please gift us with your stories.
Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, KS on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM with interment at the Highland Cemetery, Ashland, KS.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may by made to The First Presbyterian Church, Box 5, Ashland, KS 67831; AHC Senior Living Center, Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831 or the Ashland Community Foundation, Box 276, Ashland, KS 67831
Norma Lee McCune passed away August 22, 2021 at the age of 92. She was born on December 23, 1928 in Kansas City, Kansas. She is preceded in death by her husband Howard E. McCune, her parents, Neal and Lela Van Dorn, and her brother, Duane Van Dorn. She is survived by her daughters Marcia McCune and Gary Rochester, Julie Sifford and husband Rick, and Kristi Rowland and husband Larry and grandchildren Kaitlyn Sifford, Matthew Sifford, and Gabriel Rowland.
Norma attended Kansas State University where she was a member and president of the Kappa Delta sorority. She met the love of her life, Howard McCune, a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, after being set up on a blind date and they were married March 24,1951 in Kansas City, Kansas. After their marriage they returned to live in Minneola, Kansas. On the way to Minneola, Howard stopped to purchase 100 chicks and Norma remarked, “What are we going to do with those?” Norma embraced her role as a farm wife and became the COO of the McCune homestead.
Norma served her community in Minneola through her membership in the Garden Club, Civic Club, a member of Easter Star and she played piano for the Minneola United Methodist Church. Norma enjoyed gardening and playing the piano. She adored her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren.
There will be a gathering of friends and family at Minnis Mortuary in Minneola on Saturday, November 13, 2021 beginning at 10:00am. The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Hospital District or the Alzheimer’s Foundation both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Brenda Sue (Betschart) Mead passed away, at the age of 57, on August 15, 2021 at Ashland Health Center, after a year and a half battle with cancer. She was born April 24, 1964 to Frantz and Ellen (Cunningham) Betschart in Ashland, KS. She attended Ashland Schools, graduating with the class of 1982. She attended cosmetology school in Dodge City, KS and worked as a nail tech and hair stylist for several years before going to work for Central Electric in Dodge City.
On April 23, 1988, she and Patrick M. Mead were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dodge City. To this union two sons were born, Jeston Michael and Kolton Michael.
In 2000, she purchased Ashland Floral from Betty Salyer. She was a very talented and artistic florist, always striving to make not only beautiful arrangements, but long lasting as well. It seemed that no matter what was asked of her she could make it happen. She was delighted to hear that her flower shop had been chosen, by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, to be business of the year for 2021. She also worked as a C.N.A. for Ashland Health Center, both the hospital and long-term care.
Her greatest joy was being with her boys and being a second mom to their friends, cheering them on in whatever they were doing – she was their biggest fan, supporter, and encourager. She was so proud of the fine young men they are today. Her grandchildren, Jeci and Jru, were the icing on her cake. Grammy B could always be persuaded to take them fishing or whatever else they wanted to do. Making cookies and movie night sleepovers were special times. She loved hunting pheasant, quail, or deer with Jerry or just sitting quietly fishing together. Their deep sea fishing trip was a highlight of her life.
She had a smile that could light up a room and personality to match. She was thoughtful, kind, and generous in all she did. Seldom did a child leave her flower shop without a balloon and a sucker and a hug.
She is survived by her sons: Jeston and wife Jhaymie and children, Jeci and Jru of Holcomb, KS, and Kolton and wife Casie of Garden City, KS; Her closest companion and the love of her life: Jerry Ellis and his children Cody and Heather Ellis; Her parents: Frantz and Ellen Betschart; brother: Mike Betschart and wife Gloria; sister: Anita Johnson; nephews and nieces: Eric, Jake, and Bret Betschart, Kimberly Courtney, Baylee Johnson, Cooper Johnson, and Dana Bear; Aunt Ruth Ann Jellison; Uncles Tom and Ken Betschart; cousins, great-nieces and nephews; step-son Shawn Mead; many friends and co-workers at A.H.C.; and her two best friends: Sheryl Golden and Shawna Thacker.
Public viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home in Coldwater, KS.
Memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Ashland High School Gymnasium in Ashland, KS, with Father Eric Gyamfi presiding.
Graveside inurnment will follow the service at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ashland, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Brenda’s Grandchildren Education Fund in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Marilyn Weber, 74, died August 11, 2021 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. She was born on July 17, 1947 at Dodge City, the daughter of W.A. and Mildred (Worford) Stephens.
Marilyn was born and raised in Dodge City and was a graduate of Dodge City Senior High School. On October 28, 1967 she married Duane Weber at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dodge City. A lifetime resident of Dodge City Marilyn was a secretary for Sacred Heart Cathedral for 10 years. She along with her husband owned and operated Flowers by Irene from 1990 to 1998 and most recently was a night assistant at Swaim Funeral Chapel for the past several years.
Marilyn was an avid bowler and was on a league bowling team for over 50 years. Every summer was a fun summer where the Sand Pit “Water Sports” was home and Beaver Lake was vacation. Marilyn loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and was the glue that held the family together.
She was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Daughters of Isabella, and Soroptimist International.
Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Sandy Krout and husband Kyle of Minneola; son, Michael Weber and wife Marsha of Dodge City; and a foster program son from St. Mary of the Plains College, Stephen Triggs of Godley, Texas; five grandchildren, Georgina Gall of Bentonville, Arkansas, Whitney Roberts and husband Preston of Dodge City, Ty Weber of Dodge City, Lexie Gall of Minneola, and Payton Weber of Dodge City; sister, Marcia King and husband Dick of Larned; two sister-in-laws, Marilyn Rosati and husband Peter and Delores Mull and husband Bill both of Wichita; and a brother-in-law, Dale Weber and wife Michelle of Orlando, Florida; one niece and six nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and Husband, Duane Weber.
Celebration of Life and Remembrance was at 7:00PM on Monday, August 16, 2021 at Swaim Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 10:30 AM with a Rosary at 4:00 PM on Monday. Memorials are suggested to the Marilyn Weber Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.
Cathy Delores Meadows, 68, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2021 at SunPorch of Dodge City. She was born on September 18, 1952 at Blackwell, Oklahoma, the daughter of Gerald Warren and Nancy Christine “Chris” (Hayden) Blue.
Cathy grew up mostly in Ashland, Kansas. She spent most of her adult life in Dodge City, before moving back to Ashland a few years ago. Cathy was a hair stylist for the community of Dodge City, as well as worked for a short time as a paraprofessional for the Dodge City School District. Cathy married Richard “Richie” Meadows on January 27, 1973 in Ashland; together they had three children.
Cathy was a simple person with a bubbly personality. She was an extreme believer and lover of God. She was also an amazing wife, mother, and friend. Cathy enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
She was a member of the Abundant Life Family Church of Dodge City.
Cathy is survived by her daughter, Sarah Schulte and husband Nathan of Denver, Colorado; son, Bryce Meadows of Ashland; three grandchildren, Molly Richelle Macias, Madalyn Marie Schulte, and Maverick Slade Schulte; brother, Jay Blue of Manhattan; brother in law, Ron Meadows; three sisters in law, Linda Downing and husband Greg, Joanna Stephenson and husband Bill, and Jerri Pick and husband Jeff; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richie Meadows; son, Slade Meadows; and parents, Gerald and Chris Blue.
Funeral service were held at the Abundant Life Family Church in Dodge City on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM with Dr. Jim Ames and Pastor Lydia Ames presiding. Burial followed at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City. Memorials are suggested to the Abundant Life Family Church or to an organization of the donor’s choice in Cathy’s name both in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.
Katharine Suzanne (Doyen) Strunk entered this world on July 22, 1993, in Tacoma, Washington. She was joyfully greeted by her parents: mother, Rebecca Suzanne Johnson of Ashland, KS; father, Robert Wayne Doyen of San Augustine, TX.
Katharine departed this life by suicide on Sunday, July 11, 2021. She was making her home in Austin, TX. Cremation has taken place. Her earthly vessel was under the care of Green Cremation Texas of Austin.
Memorial services will be held at times to be determined by each parent. A memorial stone will be placed by her mother in the Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola, KS. Her father will place a memorial bench in the Attoyac Cemetery near San Augustine, TX.
Kate attended Sundown Elementary in Katy, TX, from Kindergarten through Third Grade. She attended the remainder of her school years at schools in the Maize, KS, School District after moving with her mother to Wichita, KS. She graduated from Maize High School in May of 2010.
At sixteen years of age, Katharine headed off to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering on May 16, 2015.
On Katharine’s 18th birthday, she took to the skies for a breathtaking skydiving experience. Her middle name was “Adventure”. Only part of her escapades and feats included horseback riding, skydiving, flying low on her motorcycle, traveling solo anywhere and everywhere, rock climbing, and kayaking. Katharine’s final excursion was a vacation to Costa Rica just for the fun of it. She wanted to see the world.
Katharine became intent on completing a Master’s level degree in Teaching that would enable her to live in foreign countries and teach English as a Second Language. She desperately wanted to make a difference in this world.
She elected to change professional directions in her life from Mechanical Engineering to Information Technology/ Cyber Security. She moved from Charlotte, NC, to Austin, TX. Her final profession was with Tracepoint in Austin.
Katharine was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Wilbur Johnson; paternal grandparents, Lennis and Tiny B. Doyen; her father’s brother, Raymond Doyen; and three of her mother’s siblings, Lynn, Lisa, and Teresa Johnson.
Katharine brought joy to the lives of so many, who now remain to grieve her passing: her parents, Robert Doyen and Rebecca Johnson; her maternal grandmother of Ashland, KS: Imalee Johnson; three older siblings from Robert’s marriage to Sandra Kay Tanner: Leia Doyen of Colorado Springs, CO, Joshua Doyen of Houston, TX, and Serena Doyen of Lumberton, TX; and many aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends from around the world.
If you are personally struggling with thoughts of suicide, or have gone so far as to make a plan, please ask for help. Call 1-800-273-8255. You don’t have to go it alone.
In Katharine’s honor and memory, donations of any size can be made to The Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Their website is https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Farewell to our beloved Katharine. May you rest in peace.
Memorial service for Katharine will be held on Thursday, August 19th, at 2 pm at the Ashland United Methodist Church (310 N. Main St), Ashland, KS
Kathleen “Kathy” Ray (Patrick) Warkentin, 50, passed away July 15, 2021 in Ashland, KS.
She was born on December 12, 1970 in Dodge City, Kansas, the daughter of Kyle Patrick and Delores (Kreie) Bernash. She was raised in Dodge City, Kansas and had been a long-time resident of Ashland, Kansas. She was a graduate of Dodge City High School and Dodge City Community College. Over the years, Kathy served her community as a waitress and nurse aide. She also performed various odd jobs for those in the community who needed help.
Kathy had a kind heart, helping anyone she could. She was an animal lover. She enjoyed the outdoors with a cold Coors Light while being with friends and family. She liked the open road and country music. Over all she loved her family, taking special attention to her daughters and grandchildren.
Kathy is survived by her mother, Delores Bernash of Ashland, KS; her 4 children, Cori Vigil and husband Clay of Dodge City, KS; Courtney Longfellow and husband Cayden of Minneola, KS; Corrissa Osborn of Ashland, KS and Raylee Johnson of the home. She is also survived by her siblings Harry Hixon of Dodge City, KS; Tony Hixon and wife Chelle of Dodge City, KS; Tina Gerritzen of Dodge City, KS; Randy Hixon and wife Penny of Hutchinson, KS; Joel Wood and wife Brenda of Spearville, KS and Richard Hixon and wife Melody of Ensign, KS; 6 grandchildren Jaxson, Paisley, Hadleigh and Kynslee Vigil of Dodge City, KS; Jessica Harshbarger of Minneola, KS and Breckyn Osborn of Ashland, KS and many cousins, along with multiple nieces and nephews.
Kathy is preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents; father, Kyle Patrick; step-father, Clayton Bernash; multiple aunts and uncles; and two nephews, Richard Hixon Jr., and Ryan Hixon.
Memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the First Christian Church in Ashland, Kansas with Pastor Joshua Fitzwater officiating. There will be no public visitation, as cremation has taken place.
The family suggests memorials be made in the name of Cori Vigil for Raylee Johnson in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14thAve., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.
Arthur “Art” Eugene Lind, 80, passed away July 6, 2021, at his home in Great Bend. He was born April 7, 1941, at Windsor, Colorado to Henry & Eugenia (Leffler) Lind and grew up on the family farm near Eaton, Colorado with two brothers and three sisters. Upon graduating from Eaton High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado where he competed as a sprinter and hurdler on the track team. It was in Greeley, that he met his wife Barbara Clarise Hennigh. They were married in June of 1963 in Greeley.
Art began his teaching career in North Platte, Nebraska, where their first son Aaron Mitchell Lind was born. He survives with his wife Denise and resides in Greensburg, Kansas. Art then moved his family to New Laguna, New Mexico where he taught and coached on a reservation. While living in New Laguna, his daughter Katrina was born. She survives and resides in Ashland, Kansas with her husband Jeff Krier. Two years later a son, Michael, was born. He survives and resides in Kansas with his wife Nichole.
Next, Art moved his family to Buckeye, Arizona. Through the years, he taught various subjects, including American History, Government, and Physical Education, but his true passion in teaching was woodworking and coaching football and track. He was great at it, impacting countless lives through his teaching and coaching. He coached a State Championship Track Team in 1975 and two Football teams that vied for the state championship in 1980 and 1981. Summers in Buckeye were spent working on the grape farm, taking the family camping, and helping Barbara’s dad, Harold, with wheat harvest in Kansas.
In 1981, Art survived a life-changing stroke that left him unable to continue to teach or coach. With a sense of humor, determination, grit, and faith in Jesus he overcame these hurdles in life the same way he had on the track. Life was now different, but not over. He moved back to his family home in Eaton, Colorado, and found employment in a local woodshop. In 1999, he moved to Greensburg, Kansas to be close to his children and their families. Art is survived by his six grandchildren: Kalee (Owen) Clemens, Augustus Krier, Evan, Grady, Cade, and Holden Lind, and extended family of David Way, Joshua Burnett, Sarah Burnett, Davie Burnett, Ashley Kinner, and Alicia Kinner.
In 2007, an EF5 tornado destroyed his home in Greensburg, and Art relocated to Great Bend, Kansas. He became a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church and took pride in caring for the church lawn. While in the Great Bend area, he took joy in seeing his children and grandchildren. He worked in his woodshop building benches, chairs, and trunks, selling some, but giving most to family and friends. He grew a productive garden, loved reading a good book, playing dominoes, watching an old western or a good football game, track meet or basketball game, as well as visiting with his loving neighbors. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. We take comfort in knowing he is with Jesus.
Other survivors include a brother, Jerald Lind (LaSalle, CO); two sisters, Ina Vigil (Centennial, CO) and Marlene Murray (Davenport, IA). He was preceded in death by Barbara; his parents; a brother (Albert Lind); and a sister (Louella Foss).
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 12, 2021, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend, Kansas, with Reverend Adam Wutka presiding. Burial details are pending. Memorials have been designated to St. Mark Lutheran Church, in the care of Bryant Funeral Home.
Gisele Kay McMinimy, one of the sweetest and strongest souls, joined heaven on June 4, 2021 after living and loving here on earth since her birth on December 19, 1963, in Ashland, KS. She died peacefully at her sister’s Wichita home wrapped in the love of family and friends after a multi-year journey with breast cancer.
She is survived by her mother, Eldora McMinimy of Sitka, KS, sister, Vera Bothner (Jim) of Wichita, KS, brother Kendall McMinimy (Anne Morrissey) of Fremont, WI, and beloved nieces and nephews Hannah and Jace Bothner and Mackenzie and Finnian McMinimy.
She was preceded in death by her father William (Bill) McMinimy and grandparents Vernon and Naomi McMinimy and Ralph and Eleanor McReynolds.
Gisele radiated positivity and genuinely embraced all that life is, even during the years of chemo, radiation and the overall uncertainty that comes with a cancer diagnosis, inspiring us all. She lived life fully and well, pursuing her many interests, always enjoying the people, nature, music and beauty she surrounded herself with. One of her greatest passions was to travel, which she did with family, friends and just as readily on her own. She frequently set off across the country in search of quaint towns, eclectic shops, music festivals, flea markets and great food and beverages– texting photos of her adventures to family and friends. Her travels extended to nearly every state where she always found the best restaurants, breweries, stores and gardens. She especially enjoyed international travel, including to Mexico, Italy, England and France. She beat the medical odds at every turn, and even medical appointments became an opportunity to have fun and create memories as she planned 11 trips around treatments at MD Anderson with visits to quaint and historic cities, sites, beautiful botanical gardens, restaurants and breweries along the way and in Houston. Gisele’s inspired home reflected her wayfaring with vintage finds from estate sales and antique shops, mile-high stacks of books, overstuffed cushiony furniture and her treasured piano. Warm months were her favorites, spent swinging in her hammock or reading on her sun porch, contemplating her garden. She had many close friends from childhood, college and work, including the self-dubbed “Peaches.” She laughed often and easily with friends, family and colleagues. She was a purveyor of great coffee in every format, red wine, dark craft beer and artisanal cocktails especially with elderflower or lavender. A voracious reader, she enjoyed her book club and hosting themed events for them. Always in search of the trifecta of artisanal food, beautiful outdoor settings and great music, Gisele was drawn to festival venues near and far. She was a regular at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Colorado, reveling in the music and the mountains. She loved all kinds of music, including folk, indie, rock, piano solos and opera.
Gisele was born in Ashland, KS, and lived a quintessential ranch life at the family home property in Sitka, KS on the third-generation farm. The oldest of the three McMinimy children, she excelled at school, read beyond her years and loved living in the country, playing with her siblings and cousins during their treasured visits plus raising and showing her quarter horse, Shauna Mac, including winning champion horse showmanship at the county fair. After graduating from Kansas State University, majoring in Agricultural Journalism, Gisele worked at the Kansas Bankers Association and Kansas Children’s Service League before joining the communications team at Friends University. She served Friends for 25 years, retiring as Director of Brand and Communications in 2019 due to cancer. She was dedicated to her job and the university and spent long hours writing, editing and collaborating to create beautiful publications, websites, videos, ads and more while attending graduations, candlelight concerts and other beautiful higher education events. She was a graceful mentor and supervisor to many young professionals and student workers and a beloved colleague with her trademark smile, laugh, optimism, dedication and professionalism, all with a fun streak. Known for her kindness, Gisele made friends everywhere, from her work life to her Bunko group and book club to fellow board members on the Opera Kansas board where she served for years. Her quick laugh and gentle nature drew people to her, including her many health care providers throughout the course of her illness. She adored Dr. Mattar, Cathy Spangler and the entire Cancer Center of Kansas team. Gisele loved her nieces and nephews unconditionally and would spend hours with them, including playing every official and made-up game. As they grew into adults, she was their biggest cheerleader and champion. One of the family’s favorite traditions was Christmas Eve at Aunt ‘Sel’s house as she created magic with decorations, candles, food, Christmas stockings and love. Gisele will forever be found in the Kansas sunset, one of her favorite times of day, at the moment when the entire horizon becomes a perfect shade of pink, reflecting all her love, warmth, beauty and light.
A celebration of Gisele’s beautiful light and life will be held at Botanica on Friday, June 25th at 2 p.m. It was Gisele’s wish that memorial tributes be made to the Gisele McMinimy Scholarship at Friends University, Advancement Office, 2100 W University Avenue, Wichita, KS 67213 or the Bartlett Arboretum in care of the Legacy Foundation, P.O. Box 713, Winfield, KS 60190
Tam “Bucky” Mooney, 72 died Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas.
He was born on January 27, 1949 at Corpus Christi, Texas the son of Brann Alvis and Carrie Francis (Schweitz) Mooney. He had lived in Minneola since 1977 moving from Sweeney, Texas.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Minneola. Bucky enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, playing games, watching western movies, and writing poetry, but most of all he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. He worked as a pipeline welder his entire life retiring only in 2015 due to his health.
On October 5 1968 he married Mary V. Cronk at the Christian Church in Minneola. She survives.
Other survivors include: his 4 daughters, Tam “Tamatha” Jordan, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Crystal Garrison and husband Ed, Bucklin, Rachel Servis and husband Travis, Bucklin, and Lori Mooney, Minneola; 4 brothers, Sam Mooney, Aransas Pass, Texas, Tim Mooney and wife Mary, Victoria, Texas, Tom Mooney, Roswell, New Mexico, and Jim Mooney, Quincy, California; 1 sister, Cissy Reynolds and husband Jim, Aransas Pass, Texas; 1 brother-in-law, Dickie Winters, San Antonio, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren, Brooke , Kiesha Jordan, Troy Jordan Jr., Ashton Crable and husband Tyler, Derian Garrison, Payton Garrison, Quenton Garrison, Dylan Servis, Arionne Servis, Deacon Servis and Faith Mooney; 8 Great Grandchildren, Tony, Richad, Chari, Malaya, Tory, Täry, Evie Lou, and Brexton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Christy Jo Mooney, brother, Lem Mooney, and 2 sisters, Dinah Mooney and Linda Winters.
Funeral service were at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 29, 2021 at CrossWalk Christian Church, Minneola with Scott Tilley officiating. Burial was at 4:30 pm Saturday in the Coats Cemetery, Coats, Kansas.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Senior Center or Buck Mooney Welding Scholarship both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14thAve., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolence may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Jessica Renae Teer passed away on May 22, 2021 at the age of 39. She was born in Ashland, KS on May 4th, 1982 to Kristien & Bruce Teer. Jessica grew up in Ashland, KS with her two sisters, Alissa and Kayla. She attended Ashland schools and graduated in May of 2000.
She was blessed with two children, Kade, age 14 and Jillian, age 5, whom she loved with all her heart. She enjoyed boating, skiing, snowboarding and horseback riding with her aunt Kerry.
Jessica is survived by her Parents; Kristien & Bruce Teer, Ashland. Husband; Frank Finley, Ashland. Son; Kade Haydock, Ashland. Daughter; Jillian Teer, Ashland. Sisters; Alissa Barby and husband Kyle, Slapout, OK., Kayla Fahrenbruch & husband Adam, Castle Rock, Colo. Grandparents: Leona Nusz, Ashland and Dorothy D. Forest, Richardson, TX. Jessica had numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts & uncles.
Funeral Services were held at 2:00 pm at the First Church of God, 408 Maple, Ashland, KS. Interment at the Highland Cemetery, Ashland, KS
Memorial contributions can be made to her Facebook funeral donation page at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2241737605957744/?funraiser_source=external_url
John Stephen Bruner, 63, died Saturday May 8, 2021 The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas.
He was born April 5, 1958 in Washington, Indiana, the son of Charles and Bertha (Day) Bruner. He has lived in Minneola for eight and a half years moving from Paoli, Indiana.
John worked for Cintas of Dodge City. He loved camping, cooking, grilling, carpentry, taking care of his yard and spending time with his family.
On November 10, 1990 he married Debbie Hauser in Santa Claus, Indiana. She Survives.
Other survivors include his two daughters, Kirstie Pate and husband Justin, Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Lexy Bruner, Wichita, Kansas; 3 brothers, Andy Bruner and wife Pat, Leroy Bruner and wife Helen, Donnie Bruner and wife Sandy all of Loogootee, Indiana; 2 sisters, Margaret Shaffer and husband Joe, Poseyville, Indiana, and Ann Quinn and husband Roger, Loogootee, Indiana; granddaughter, Lilly Pate and grandson Anaya Pate, Jeffersonville, Indiana; Special family friends Tim and Samantha Gillis and their children Lily and Rose.
John was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard Bruner.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am Friday May 14, 2021 at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola with Fr. Jim Dieker officiating. Visitation will be Thursday May 13, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the mortuary. Private family burial of cremated remains will be held at a later date in Loogootee, Indiana.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Health Care Foundation in care of Minnis Mortuary 1901 N. 14th Ave. Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be left at www.minnismortuary.net.
Charles Russell McKinney, passed away unexpectedly March 30, 2021 at his home near Englewood, Kansas.
Charles Russell (Chuck) McKinney was born in Ashland, Clark County, Kansas, on January 5, 1941, to George Wesley and Esther May (Bowers) McKinney. The family lived on the Grove Ranch until 1952, when they moved to the ranch homesteaded by Chuck’s grandfather, Charles Wesley McKinney. Chuck was a lifelong rancher and cattleman.
Chuck was active in sports throughout his school years at Englewood High School where he graduated with the class of 1959. He attended Fort Hays State University and graduated in 1963, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.
In September of 1962, he married Gloria Ann Thompson at the First Christian Church in Meade, Kansas. After graduating from college, they returned to Englewood where Chuck was involved in ranching. In 1968 he built and operated a feed yard in the Oklahoma Panhandle where he was an innovator in cattle feeding. Continuing his love for cattle, he and Gloria returned to the Grove Ranch in 1975 and raised their three children, James Wesley, Russell Lynn, and Gayla Lea.
Chuck wore many hats in the community. He was one of the founders and an active fireman on the Englewood Rural Fire Department for almost 40 years. He served on the Ashland-Englewood School Board for over 12 years and was President for a time. Chuck served as Clark County Commissioner from January 8, 2001, to present. Currently he was also serving as President of the Kansas Legislative Policy Group. He served faithfully as a member of the First Baptist Church of Meade, Kansas.
Chuck enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and grandchildren. Another passion of his was flying. He enjoyed piloting his Cessna 210. He faithfully served his family, community, and Lord.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria of 59 years, his son, Wesley (Rhonda) McKinney and his daughter, Gayla (Kevin) Schwertfeger and their families. His grandchildren include, Samantha (Brian) Houtwed, Kayla McKinney, Amanda (Jerry) Riggs, Joshua (Katie) McKinney, Elizabeth McKinney, and Anna Schwertfeger, and his three great-grandsons, Orval Wade Riggs , Grayson Dean Riggs, and Clayton Charles McKinney.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Esther McKinney; his brother, Wallace Gene McKinney; and his son, Russell Lynn McKinney.
Funeral services was held Friday, April 2, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Meade, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Englewood Rural Fire Department in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com
Bessie Pauline (Kumberg) Seacat, daughter of Fred and Inez (Sundgren) Kumberg was born February 28, 1923 in Ashland, Kansas and died at the age of 98 years old on March 27, 2021 after a short illness at her home in Ashland, Kansas.
Bessie attended grade school at Sitka, Kansas and high school at Ashland, Kansas graduating in 1941. She attended Ft. Hays State College 1941 – 1942 and then worked at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita from 1942 – 1944. She later attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas for a short time. Her dream was to become a concert pianist but soon decided that was too lofty a dream to make a living.
While walking home from work one day she saw a sign that stated, “Be a Marine…Free a Marine to Fight” at which time she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve and served from 1944 – 1946.
Bessie married George Owen Seacat on March 16, 1947 at the Methodist Church at Sitka, Kansas. They lived on the Seacat farm in Lexington community until 1980 when they moved to Ashland, Kansas.
She was a member of the First Christian Church, Ashland, Kansas where she loved serving the Lord as a pianist, organist, children’s Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School superintendent. Bessie was a wonderful homemaker, showing hospitality to many, many missionaries and friends. She most of all was a wonderful mother and grandmother and great grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister Grace Redger.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn and husband, Gary Gooszen of Emporia, Kansas and sons Ronald and wife, Leta Seacat of Montrose, Colorado, Roger and wife, Kay Seacat of Dodge City, Kansas and Bill and wife, Tammy Seacat of Ashland, Kansas.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include:
Jennifer and husband, Craig Mueller and great-grandchild Anya of Bellingham, Washington. Jeremy and wife, Tanya Gooszen and great-grandchildren Madison and Lucas of Emporia, Kansas.
Douglas and wife, Janelle Seacat and great grandchildren Dane, Dafne, Madeline and Mila of Montrose, Colorado. Melissa and husband, Marshall Bender and great-grandchildren Charlotte and Daniel of Estero, Florida.
Michelle and husband, David Sloan and great-grandchildren Kahlan and Ransom of Manhattan, Kansas. Tracy and husband, Kevin Salzman of Dodge City, Kansas.
Daniel and wife, Kristi Seacat and great-grandchildren Jordan, Logan, and Olivia of Sedgwick, Kansas. Darin and wife, Jeanette Seacat and great-grandchildren, Presley, Maci and River of Ashland, Kansas. Dustin and wife, Kelli Seacat and great-grandchildren Ember and Easton Seacat of May, Oklahoma.
Donations in Bessie’s memory may be made to: First Christian Church Ashland, 507 Highland St., Ashland, KS 67831.
Services were held on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Church Ashland, Ashland, KS. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the Willard Aldridge VFW Post 7770. Arrangements were entrusted to Ashland Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.schillingfhg.com
Margaret Louise (Harshberger) Douglas, 90, of Minneola, KS went peacefully to be with the Lord as a result of heart failure on March 14, 2021 at the Minneola District Hospital. In the Spring of 2020 Margaret survived COVID-19 without a stay in the hospital.
Margaret was born February 9th, 1931 in Dodge City, KS to Castle and Ruby Jones. She had no siblings, but Wesley Black of Dodge City, a cousin and close friend, was like a brother. During her high school senior year Margaret was hospitalized for weeks due to encephalitis and had to repeat the year. After graduating she attended nurses training, but didn’t quite finish before getting married.
In 1952 Margaret Louise Jones married James William (J. W.) Harshberger in Dodge City, KS and shortly after moved to the farm six miles north of Minneola where she spent the rest of her life until moving to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in 2018. Margaret had six children: Kathy, Karl, Karen, Kay, Kenneth, and Kevin. Margaret raised all six kids on the farm often working long hours driving a grain truck or doing whatever was necessary to keep the farm going.
In 1969 Margaret’s husband J. W. tragically passed away leaving her with six kids at home and the huge debt of the recently purchased farm and irrigation system. Her father, Castle Jones, came and lived with the family to help operate the farm. Margaret worked night shifts for years at the Minneola District Hospital to help make ends meet and so she could attend her children’s day activities. She even took her vacation to drive a truck during harvest. After nearly 30 years, she paid off the farm debt and still owns the original land purchased in 1966.
In 1985 Margaret married Jack V. Douglas from Ashland, KS. They enjoyed doing things together and working on the farm. Jack developed cancer and preceded Margaret in death in 2002. Margaret was also preceded in death by her parents, Castle Jones (1996) and Ruby Jones (2001), her first husband J. W. Harshberger (1969), and her two oldest children, Kathy Dragoo in 2006 and Karl Harshberger in 2015. Margaret is survived by children Karen Ryan of Lenexa, KS, Kay Chapin and husband Rick from Lebanon, KS, Kenneth Harshberger and wife Lisa from Meade, KS, and Kevin Harshberger and wife Janelle from Louisburg, KS.
Besides her six children, Margaret had 18 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren. This is not to mention many step grandchildren.
Margaret was a great cook and enjoyed crocheting and made afghans for most of her grandchildren and some great grandchildren. She always planted an enormous garden when her family was at home and canned thousands of jars of fruits and vegetables. Margaret was always known for being an extremely hard worker, for her stubbornness, and for speaking her mind (often embarrassing her family).
Margaret’s service of life were held at the Minneola United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Attendees are requested to social distance and wear masks during the service. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to the Minneola Long Term Care through Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, KS 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
The family would like to thank both the Minneola District Hospital and Minneola Long Term Care for the excellent care Margaret received over the last several years.
Larry Ray McBee, 78, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 4, 2021 at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, Kansas. He was born October 30, 1942 in Meade, Kansas to Ray Emerson and Emogene Louise (Edwards) McBee.
Larry graduated from Minneola High School in 1960. He married Jeanette Roine McGee on June 16, 1961. He worked for Natural Gas Pipeline of America and retired in 1998 after 32 years. He began farming that year and continued until 2017.
He was a member of the Minneola Christian Church where he served on the church board for many years. He was also a member of the Jaycees, Minneola volunteer fire department where he served as fire chief, and was part of the pit crew for Jim Harkness. Larry was an avid reader and could frequently be found engrossed in his latest western. He was a huge fan of the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and KU basketball. He loved all sports, but was most passionate about whatever sport his children or grandchildren were involved in. Hobbies included rebuilding his ‘51 Chevy pickup, hunting, shooting pool, and visiting the Coop for coffee with friends. Larry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who spent his free time on remodeling projects for family, the church, the Minneola Home Town Market, and enjoyed getting in his skid-steer to lend a hand to his neighbors with snow removal. He will be greatly missed.
Larry is survived by his wife Jeanette, daughters Shelly (Randy) Shumate of Minneola, Kansas and Shawna (Courtney) Clarke of Lyons, Kansas, 13 grandchildren: Shandy Shumate Arend, Brandon Shumate, Brant Shumate, Colton Clarke, Casie Clarke Luedke, Kevin McBee, Shanna Shumate DeVore, Brandy Shumate, Shaley Shumate, Cody Clarke, Braden Shumate, Katy McBee, Kelsey McBee and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Shane McBee.
Funeral service was at 10:30 am Tuesday March 9, 2021 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Virgil White officiating. Burial followed in the Appleton Township Cemetery, south of Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Minneola Youth Hunt or Cookson Hills Children’s Home both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14thAve., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Lynda Mitchell, known lovingly to her friends and family as Pearlene, ended her aggressive battle with cancer on February 26, 2021 at the age of 63 years. Pearlene was a brave little woman that never faced a challenge she wasn’t ready to tackle. She was a friend to many and loved her family fiercely. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family, sharing stories and hosting events where her family could come together. She shared 42 years of marriage with the love of her life, Phillip. They were married in Hooker on September 16, 1978.
Pearlene was born in Snyder, Texas on August 30, 1957 to Merel Everette and Marjorie Elizabeth (Edmisson) Moore. She attended school in Hooker graduating with the Class of 1975. Pearlene had a long career working at Hooker Equity, Tri-County Electric in Hooker, and later at Tractor Supply in Monahans Texas. Pearlene also shared her talents in service to her Lord as Song Leader, Board President, weekly Bible Study Leader and Worship Leader.
Whatever Pearlene’s family was involved in, she was always there to volunteer and support, whether it was Boy Scouts, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, church, or sorority. She was known by so many in the communities where she lived.
She was preceded in death by her parents; birth mother, Marjorie who passed away when she was only three, Wilma, her wonderful stepmother who loved Pearlene like her own, and her father, Merel Moore.
Pearlene is survived by her husband, Phillip of the home in Bushland, Texas; son, Casey Mitchell and wife, Sara, and daughter, Lyna Mitchell. Grandchildren, William and Dakota Flannery; her brother, Darrel Moore, sister, Pam Burlingham and husband, Dave, and sister-in-law, Dianna Brown and husband, Phil. Survivors also include many nephews, nieces and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning, March 9th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Hooker with Pastor Tina Rickman officiating. Interment will be in the Englewood Cemetery in Clark County Kansas at 3:00 p.m., services are under the care of the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home of Guymon.
Memorials in memory of Pearlene may be given to the Texas Oncology Foundation, memorials will be accepted at the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, OK 73942. Friends can sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.bunchroberts.com.
Ven V. Inlow, 87, died Tuesday February 23, 2021 in an ATV accident.
He was born July 25, 1933 at Minneola, Kansas, the son of Walter and Angie (Koppers) Inlow. Ven was a lifetime resident of Minneola.
He served in the United States Army from 1955-1957. His life was farming and ranching while also working for NGPL for 33 years.
On September 12, 1954 he married the true love of his life Mary J. Hornback. She Survives.
Other survivors include his two daughters, Trudy Guild and husband Dennis, Turpin, Oklahoma and Pamela Ediger and husband Brian, Minneola; 5 grandsons, Chance Oczkus, North Dakota, Cooper Oczkus and wife Misti, Texas, Ethan Ediger and wife Aubrey, Minneola, Quentin Ediger and fiancé Marlee McKenna, Fowler, Kansas, Layton Ediger and Haley Jacobs, Minneola, Kansas; 5 great grandchildren, Adysen Oczkus, Case Oczkus, Caralynn Oczkus, Brigham Ediger and Koen Ediger.
Ven was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Memorial service will be 2:00 pm Saturday February, 27 2021 at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola with pastor Suzie Woods officiating. There will be no public visitation as cremation has taken place. Private family burial will be held at a later date at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Steaks for Troops or the Minneola District Hospital both in care of Minnis Mortuary 1901 N. 14th Ave. Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be left at www.minnismortuary.net.
Jordan (Hamilton) Stauth of Haviland, Kansas left this world suddenly on February 17, 2021, at the age of 37, less than 2 miles from her home in a motor vehicle accident. She was a loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed.
She was born on April 19, 1983 to Paige Rambo Hamilton and Bradley K. Hamilton in Chickasha Oklahoma. Jordan attended grade school at Pioneer and then Chickasha High School graduating in 2001. She attended the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma; and attended nursing school in Enid, Oklahoma, finishing as a Licensed Practical Nurse in August 2005. Jordan was employed at Ashland Health Center.
Jordan met Gunnar Stauth through mutual friends, and they were married on June 7, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Gunnar of the home; daughter Addyson Hamilton; son, Blake Seibold; stepchildren Parker and Claire Stauth; father, Brad (Danielle) Hamilton of Chickasha Oklahoma; mother, Paige Rambo Hamilton of Ashland, Kansas; brother, Zach Hamilton of Chickasha, Oklahoma; sister, Haile (Matthew) Isakson of Augusta, Georgia; and one special niece Molly Bea Isakson, of Augusta, Georgia. She is also survived by her grandparents Rodney and JoAnn Rambo of Englewood, Kansas, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jordan has gone to join her grandparents in heaven, Bill and Bea Hamilton, of Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Jordan deeply loved her children and family. She enjoyed playing the piano, with classical music being a favorite. There were so many people deeply touched by Jordan as a nurse and friend. She so loved her residents in the Senior Living center and had a way to touch those being the most difficult. Everyone around her knew she deeply cared about them. She has left many close friends so suddenly that this makes us all remember that life is so short and precious that we need to tell those we love how important they truly are.
Jordan’s smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
sFuneral service were at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Greensburg, KS, with Kevin Foster and Pastor Chu presiding.
Burial followed the funeral service at Fairview Cemetery in Greensburg, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Addyson and Blake College Fund in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
On Monday February 15th, 2021 Marvin Sheldon Lipsett, dedicated husband, father, and grandfather peacefully passed away in his home at age 92.
Marvin was born on September, 30th 1928 in Ashland, Kansas to Sheldon Lipsett and Hattie Johnson. Sheldon drove through the bridge toll where Hattie was working and it was love at first sight. Marvin’s parents and three sisters, Fern, Jean, and Virginia, moved to Erie, Kansas when he was in highschool. Early in life, Marvin persevered through a lot of hardship that required him to find personal strength – at age 18, he was involved in an auto explosion that badly burned his body and required months of healing. Later, Marvin took over the family farm in Erie following his father’s passing. At age 22, Marvin was drafted into the army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean war conflict from 1950 to 1953. Following his time in the military, Marvin worked as a draftsman for Boeing before purchasing a gas station in Wichita, Kansas.
Marvin’s luck changed when his niece Gloria introduced him to her teacher, Jean. Marvin adored Jean and they were married in Ft. Knox Kentucky in 1952. Jean and Marvin moved to Ashland, KS in 1961 where they took over his aunt’s farm. They lived on the farm and he began his career as a cattle and wheat farmer. Marvin cherished talking with his friends at the g-mart, summers with his grandchildren, and keeping Jean on her toes. Marvin was a proud Freemason and aspired to uphold the brotherhood’s moral values and integrity. Marvin received a Quilt of Valor in 2014 from the Quilt of Valor Foundation, awarded to Veterans who have been touched by war. Marvin will be remembered by his family as a rambunctious, strong-willed, trustworthy, and hard-working man who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. Marvin was preceded in death by his mother, Hattie, father, Sheldon, one daughter, Estella Lynn, and wife, Jean Lipsett. Marvin is survived by his two sons, Randall and Michael, and three grandchildren, Sarah, Megan, and Brian – who love him the whole world full.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the First Christian Church at 2:30p.m. central time and will also be streamed via this Zoom link: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/95926132197
G. Irene Unruh, 90, died Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at her home in Garden City, Kansas. She was born January 14, 1931 in the Lexington Community of Clark County, Kansas. She was the daughter of John Virgil & Jennie May (Vallentine) Crane.
Irene grew up in the Lexington Community where she attended schools. She attended high school in Ashland, Kansas where she graduated in 1950. The family moved into Ashland when she was a senior in high school. Irene then attended nursing school at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City where she has lived since. Irene worked as a registered nurse at St. Catherine Hospital for 47 years, retiring in 1996. She worked in the baby ward and hospital leadership. In 1953, she married David Unruh in Ashland, Kansas. Irene also was a co-owner and operator of the Antique Needle in Garden City. She was a member of Turning Point Church of the Nazarene and the Sandhill Art Association. Irene loved arts and crafts, painting, embroidery, photography, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren. She also had a very strong faith and loved life.
Survivors include four children Roger Unruh and spouse Sara of Garden City, Kansas, Nancy Smith & Spouse Chuck of Madison, Kansas, Judy Unruh & spouse Vicki Gebhart of Hutchinson, Kansas, and Tom Unruh of Garden City, Kansas; a son-in-law Dennis Scott of Independence, Kansas; ten Grandchildren; and twenty six Great-Grandchidlren. Irene is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Linda Scott; a brother Guy Crane; two sisters Ellen McPhail and Eula Mae Crane; and a grandson Dave Unruh.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Turning Point Church of the Nazarene in Garden City with Rev. Nathan Haeck officiating. A private family interment will take place at a later date. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to Turning Point Church of the Nazarene in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Doris M. Brummett
Doris M. Brummett, 98, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Brookdale Senior Living in Dodge City, Kansas.
She was born July 1, 1922 in Douglas, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence F. and Pearl M. (Willis) Merrill. She attended Wichita State College for 2 years after graduating from Valley Center High School. In high school she and three other girls sang in a quartet called the Gingham Girls. They were fortunate enough to sing on a Wichita radio station several times. The four remained friends the rest of their lives with Doris being the last.
She worked at Beach Aircraft during WWII repairing the motors on the drills that were used in building the planes. While there she earned her swimming lifesaving badge. A Minneola resident since 1968, moving from Liberal, Kansas, she was a homemaker. She worked various jobs and retired from the Minneola Nursing Home having worked in the kitchen.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Meade, Kansas as well as VFW Ladies Auxiliary 1714 in Dodge City. She loved to sew, quilt, knit, crochet and gardening.
On February 11, 1946 she married Fred Vanley at Bentonville, Arkansas. They divorced in October of 1965. On July 8, 1968 she married R.G. Bacon at Paducah, Texas. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1988. On November 10, 1992 she married Vernon Brummett. He preceded her in death as well.
Survivors include: her daughter, Cheryl Hill and husband Larry, Krum, Texas; her son, Lonnie Pete Vanley and wife Shari, Cordelia Village, California; 6 grandchildren, Todd Vanley, Garden City, Tera Piper and Tiffany Brady both of Liberal, Brandon Hill, Texas City, Texas, Brenda Hill, Double Oak, Texas and Brenee Mitchell, Grapevine, Texas, 9 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Clarence Merrill.
Graveside services were at 2:00 pm Saturday, June 19, 2021at the Appleton Township Cemetery, south of Minneola, with Pastor Kent Peck officiating.
The family suggests memorials to St. Jude’s in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary .net
Bart Andrew Denison passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Minneola District Hospital.
Bart was born in Wichita, Kansas on May 9,1962 to Charles “Andy” and Erma Lee (Davis) Denison. He was the youngest of 5 boys. He graduated from Minneola High School and attended Votech in Beloit, Kansas. He worked oil field and construction for most of his life. He loved fishing, camping, and Harleys.
On December 31, 1983 he married Tammy Jean (Arnold) of Jetmore, Kansas. They had four children, Tosha, Andrew (Buck), Amber Lee and Nicholas (Nick.) Tammy and Bart later divorced but remained very close friends.
Later, Bart met and married Heidi (McMillan,) they had a son Herschel. Bart also gained 3 daughters with this marriage, Anjul, Samantha and Rachel. He always loved the girls as his own. Heidi and Bart later divorced.
Bart had four brothers, Jim “WR,” Chuck, Bob, and Tom. The brothers grew up close and were together quite often. Tom and Bart remained nearly inseparable their entire lives, it would be rare to see one without the other. Joel Burnett became Bart’s fifth brother through the years and would often be with him and Tom.
He is survived by his brothers; Tom (Lisa), Bob, and Chuck all of Minneola. His sons; Nick (Lauren) of Wichita and Herschel of Kansas City. His daughters; Tosha (Chris) of Great Bend and Amber (Dan) of Colorado Springs. His stepdaughters; Anjul, Samantha and Rachel, as well as their families. His grandsons; Aden, Brayden, Zeth, Tobin, Landan, Carter and Jace. His granddaughters; Alexis and Cora. As well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was proceeded in death by his son, Andrew “Buck” Denison, a brother Jim “WR” Denison, parents Charles “Andy” and Erma Lee Denison, as well as grandparents and several friends.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:00 am at Crosswalk Christian Church in Minneola, Kansas with Brad Kefauver officiating. A memorial luncheon will follow at the Civic Center in Minneola. Family is requesting for guests to bring a side dish. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the GoFundMe set up for Bart’s Memorial Expenses. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Bobbie Kay (Swiler) Leverich was born in Wichita, KS on December 7, 1945 to Robert Dale and Thais Nadine (Cline) Swiler. She died Monday, February 8, 2021 in Ashland, KS.
She graduated from East High School in Wichita, KS in 1963. Bobbie went on to attend Pittsburg State University where she met and soon married Robert “Bob” Leverich in 1965. They had three children, Michael, Jennifer, and Gayle Renee.
Throughout her life, Bobbie had many jobs including librarian, store clerk, farmer, llama farmer, owner of Zeke’s Quick Stop in Bucklin, KS, and secretary for Bucklin Tractor. She was also a member of the First United Church of Bucklin, East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita, United Methodist Women, and a bridge club. Bobbie loved her time with family and friends. She could often be found playing cards or board games, or completing puzzles. She had an amazing green thumb, planting many plants, flowers, and gardens over the years. Bobbie had a strong passion for the outdoors where she enjoyed fishing and hiking. Her home was always decorated for the holidays and she loved reading. Bobbie always had a book with her, even reading on her Kindle up to her final days.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter, Gayle, who died in infancy.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Brenda) Leverich of Wellington, and Jennifer (Keith) Baker of Ashland, KS; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, February 19, 2021, from 3:00 – 7:00 pm, with family present from 4:00 – 6:00 pm; Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, February 20, 2021, both at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Graveside Service will follow at 2:00 pm at Fredonia City Cemetery, Fredonia, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Botanica, 701 Amidon St., Wichita, KS 67203; and ALS Association, 3450 N. Rock Rd. #211, Wichita, KS 67226. Share tributes online at: www.dlwichita.com
Barbara L. Short, 74, died Monday, February 1, 2021 at her home, Minneola, Kansas.
Barbara was born June 22, 1946 at Nashville, Kansas, the son of Victor and Vera (Greenstreet) Catlin. She moved to Minneola in 1962 from Medicine Lodge and graduated from Minneola High School in 1964. Barbara enjoyed going out, helping people, loved to take care of and feed all animals stray’s or her own. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, painting, putting puzzles together, her daily crossword puzzles and her daily devotions. Barbara loved being around her family.
On July 25, 1976 she married John Short at Minneola. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2004. Barbara was a cook for many years at the Minneola civic center and Youthville.
Survivors include: her daughter, Rhonda Eisel and husband Desmond, Meade, Kansas; 2 step sons, Kenneth and Donnie Short, both of Great Bend, Kansas, sister, Glenda Haines, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 3 grandchildren, Payton Derr and husband Colton, Cozad, Nebraska, Nickolas Dooley, Eugene, Oregon, Scott Eisel, Meade, Kansas, and her dog, Molly.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Judy Morisse, three dogs, Fred, Missy and Petey.
Memorial graveside service was at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to the Ford County Humane Society in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Jeffrey Ryan Gibson, 46, died Sunday, January 31, 2021 in rural Ford County from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
He was born March 30, 1974 in Wichita, the son of Craig and Barbara (Box) Gibson. He was a 1992 graduate of Valley Center High School. While in high school, he was active in 4-H, raised pigs and ran cross country. In 1996, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kansas State University, studying Ag Business, Animal Science and Production Management. He participated in Rodeo Club all 4 years, serving as president.
Some of his favorite things to do were attending anything involving his daughters. Sports, FFA, choir or any other events, if his princesses were doing something, he’d be there. He also loved fishing, rodeo, bull riding, and spending time with his friends. Considering he made friends wherever he was at, this wasn’t too difficult for him. He was involved in the cattle industry his entire working career, working for Sun-Glo Feeds in Hesston, Gjerstad Cattle, R&E Cattle Company and was a self employed cattle broker, trading fat cattle.
Regardless of his job title, his job was all about talking to people. He was always calling people he knew, starting a conversation. Even when it started with work it turned into a conversation about so and so’s family, their pets, anything. If he didn’t know someone and he thought there was common ground, he would get to know you. He could start a conversation based on the cap you were wearing.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dodge City. He was also a member of the Kansas State University Alumni.
On February 2, 2002 he married Janae Kirby-Wilson. To this union, 3 daughters were born. Charlie, Chylynn and Celia.
Survivors include: his 3 daughters all of Ashland; his mother, Barbara Gibson, Newton, Kansas; his father, Craig Gibson and wife Linda, Wichita; sister, Stephanie Senn and husband Mike, Newton; brother, Brian Gibson and wife Mary, Emporia, Kansas; 2 step-sisters, Cynthia Allensworth and Kristen Allensworth both of Wichita.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Doyle and Irene Box.
Funeral services were at 10:30 am Monday, February 8, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Dodge City with Pastor John Paul officiating. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Gibson Girls Education Fund in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14thAve., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
William (Bill) Broadie passed from his earthly life to his eternal heavenly home on January 21, 2021, after a six-week battle against COVID-19. Bill was born February 26, 1948, in Ashland, KS, to Elmer (Raymond) and Leta (Luke) Broadie. Bill graduated from Ashland High School in 1966. He was a life-long resident of Ashland, KS, a fourth-generation cattleman, and a proud United States Marine.
Bill loved being a cowboy. Stories of a young Bill working alongside his father and “helping” out on the ranch were frequently retold. One story often heard was of a very young Bill looking up at one of the cowboys and saying, “Do you want to have some fun?” At that moment, he spurred his Shetland pony, Dynamite Dan, as they went bucking through the middle of the herd “whoopin’ and a hollarin’” and scattering the entire herd after a full morning of gathering. Bill often said it was a good thing it took several hours to regather the cattle; otherwise his father would have killed him. Bill often told stories about growing up on the ranch as a kid. He had several mishaps, including being kicked or runover by cattle or getting bucked off his horse. The first aid administered to him by the cowboys were phrases like “I guess they won’t hurt you in football,” or “Get up it will make you tough,” or “It’s a long way from your heart.” These valuable lessons learned on the ranch of toughness, determination, perseverance, and hard work were reinforced as a Marine and carried him throughout his life.
The next chapter in his life was set in motion when Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During Bill’s deployment to Viet Nam, he was wounded twice. The second one resulted in the amputation of his leg. To put it simply, his air evacuation did not go smoothly. As his good friend Rod Raso stated, “Who the hell else can get shot, dropped out of the helicopter that is supposed to be evacuating him, and still survive?” Bill spent six months in the Philadelphia Naval Hospital recovering from his injuries. He was awarded two Purple Heart Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, and Presidential Unit Citation. He received an honorable medical discharge in 1968.
Bill returned to Ashland and married his high school sweetheart, Linda Kaye Clark, on July 27, 1968. They enrolled at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS, to pursue their educational goals and started their family with the birth of their son, William Barrett on June 8, 1970. Graduating from college, in the spring of 1971, they returned to Ashland to partner with his father & grandfather on the ranch. They gave birth to daughter, Amy Lynette on March 27, 1974.
Bill’s determination for leading a full and independent life remained a focal point of his character. He resumed his normal activities of riding horses, roping, doctoring and taking care of cattle, as well as (reluctantly) learning to drive a tractor again, mastering all of these tasks with his wood leg. At one point, his prosthetist wanted to understand why he was breaking so many wood legs. After spending a couple of days on the ranch with Bill, he quickly understood and came up with a reinforced leg, designed to better withstand the cowboy life. Bill never used his disability as an excuse. He never complained about the hand he was dealt. He led by example and taught his children to get up, keep going, and work hard. If he felt that a pity party was carrying on too long, he would offer a spare leg for a kick in the butt to get you going.
In 1988, Bill joined on with Superior Livestock Auction, a young company that was to revolutionize the cattle industry. Setting out to build a new career with Superior, he saw the benefit for both producers and livestock in this model of bringing the traditional cattle auction to satellite TV. As a representative for Superior Livestock Auction, his circle of business associates grew nationally. Bill personally marketed over 500,000 head of cattle over the course of 32 years and created a team that has collectively marketed over 2.2 million head of cattle. He helped build the foundation and reputation of this young company into a nationally recognized and successful marketing option for ranchers.
After 9/11, Bill saw the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq lingering on. Always driven to serve, Bill was moved to do something after seeing the press vilify the troops, just as they had done to the Viet Nam veterans. Combining his two life passions, the beef industry and his brothers and sisters in arms, Bill wanted to show his appreciation to them by serving steak dinners to the troops and their families. Bill, along with a core group of dedicated and committed friends, successfully created the All-American Beef Battalion. Since April 26th, 2008, they have served approximately 418,000 service men, women, and families in 28 states. Bill was continually overwhelmed by the commitment, dedication, and love given by the men and women who have selflessly sacrificed countless hours to the beef battalion, in order to fulfill their mission of serving ribeye steaks to the troops.
Bill will always be remembered for his toughness, generosity, and his ability to just “call it like it was”.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer (Raymond) and Leta (Luke) Broadie and his wife Linda (Clark) Broadie. He is survived by his son; William Barrett (Lori) Broadie of Burns, KS, and their children Raegan (Jake) Sowders of Wichita, KS, Colt (Mackenzie) Broadie of Burns, KS, and Austin Broadie of Burns, KS. His daughter Amy (Jeff) Deubig and their children Luke and Grace Deubig of Dousman, WI. Three great grandchildren, Carson, Harper, and Grayden. His sister Susan (John) Ploger of Kinsley, KS. His dear friend Vicki Haydock of Ashland, KS, and many additional family and friends near and far.
Services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021, at the Ashland High School Football Field. Interment will be at Highland cemetery, Ashland, KS, immediately following the service.
The family requests memorials be made to the All-American Beef Battalion, PO Box 458, Ashland, KS, 67831.
Arrangements were made by the Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences can be made to the family at www.schillingfhg.com.
Peggy (Pearlie) May Mills, passed away from CV-19 complications on December 17, 2020.
Peggy was born July 1, 1924 in Englewood, KS to Henry and Ina Ford. She graduated from High School in 1942.
She spent 2 years in Colorado Springs, CO during WWII then moved on to Glendale, CA and then Lancaster CA. While working in a bank, she met J.D. Mills who she was married to for 53 years. They lived in Westend, a small company town (no longer in existence) in Searles Valley where she worked for the Trona Joint Unified School District for 21 years until her retirement in 1983.
They raised two sons in Westend, John who lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife Jeanne and Mike, who lives in Bakersfield, CA with his wife Trish.
She grew to love the desert. The family explored every dirt road or track for miles around in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. She and J.D. moved to Ridgecrest, CA, where she was a long-time volunteer at the Maturango Museum. Then to Lancaster, CA where J.D. passed in 2002. Peggy moved to Magnolia Place Assisted Living in Bakersfield to be near family in 2018. Peggy enjoyed the retired life, traveling to Italy to visit John in the US Air Force, numerous times to Hawaii with her sister-in-law, Mildred and husband Charlie Rader as well as many areas of the United States pursuing her genealogy hobby.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, J.D., sisters Bonnie, Bertha, and Ina, and brother Henry Alonzo, Jr.
She is survived by her two sons, their wives, step-grandchildren Mark Palmer and Carrie McBryant, and step great- grandchildren Josh McBryant and Audrina Arrowood and a step-great-great grandson, Matty Navarro.
Services are pending.
Darrel Wesley Girk, 72, passed away June 18, 2020, at the Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater, KS. Born February 18, 1948, in Ashland, KS, the son of Wesley Wallace “Buck” and Delsie Virginia (Davidson) Girk, Darrel was a farmer and rancher.
Darrel was a lifetime resident of Protection, KS. He graduated from Protection High School in 1966 and attended Pratt Community College, where he was a member of the football team and track team. Darrel was a member of the United Methodist Church in Protection, KS, a member of the Box Ranch Association, had served on the Rural Water Board, and Masonic Lodge.
Darrel had a passion for horses and roping. He started learning how to train horses and rope at a young age. The old timers in Protection would ask him to help rope and work cattle and he always was eager to help. He once said there wasn’t an animal on the farm he hadn’t roped: kitties, chickens, geese, dogs, but not a deer, he did try but they were too fast. He did however rope a bobcat! True story!!
On June 18, 1968, he married Terri Herd in Coldwater, KS. They had two children: Reesa Dionne and Wesley Slade. They later divorced.
On February 14, 2001, he married Terena Kay Henderson in Taos, NM. She survives.
He is survived by his wife: Terena Girk of Protection, KS; one daughter: Reesa Smyth (Joe) of Plymouth, MN; one son: Slade Girk (Suzie) of Protection, KS; sister-in-law: Charlotte Girk of Protection, KS; brother: Ross Girk (Lisa) of Coldwater, KS; sister: Nyla Sherman (Kent) of Ulysses, KS; sister-in-law: Karen Girk of Protection, KS; six grandchildren: Max & Wyatt Baker of Plymouth, MN and Eli, Isaac, Lyla, & Abbie Girk of Protection, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Nyle and Gary Girk.
Memorial service is at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at United Methodist Church in Protection, KS, with Pastor Wayne Stephens presiding.
A private family burial will precede the memorial service at Protection Cemetery in Protection, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Protection United Methodist Church, Comanche County Hospital, Hospice of the Prairie, or Protection Golf Course in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Micheal Sean Brooks, age 46, was born January 21, 1974 in Ashland, KS, to the late Faye Evelyn (Williams) and Franklin Dennis Brooks. He died May 19, 2020 near Deerfield, KS.
He attended and graduated Ashland, KS schools. He worked in agricultural and the oil and gas industries — most recently was an employee at Sunbelt Farms near Deerfield, KS.
Micheal was a gifted fabricator, welder, electrician and mechanic and had a passion for rat rods, rye whiskey, hard rock music, and especially his dogs. He was a very devoted and loving husband to wife Melody (Jarboe) and caring father to Seth Szekula. Micheal & Melody were united in marriage on August 9, 2008 at Taylor Park, Co and the Colorado mountains became a very special place for him. Micheal never knew a stranger and was always willing to lend a hand.
Micheal leaves the love of his life Melody, and son Seth of the home, sister Starla (Brooks) Kernell (Dave) of Fowler, KS, and aunt Peggy (Williams) Stotler of Ashland, KS. Mother and Father-in Law, Jim and Barbara (Weatherred) Jarboe of Lakin, KS, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
Micheal was proceeded in death by his parents, a sister, Melissa (Lynne) (Brooks) Young, and his grandparents.
A private viewing took place with family on May 21, 2020 and a celebration of Micheal’s life will be announced at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the Micheal Brooks Memorial Fund, in care of Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Richard “Dick” Lobb, 91, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Minneola Long Term Care.
He was born on April 23, 1929 at the family home on a farm near Oskaloosa, Kansas, the son of George and Willetta May (Belle) Lobb. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1947 and married the former Midge Lederer in 1948. Dick and Midge were married for 47 years until her passing in 1995.
Dick farmed and helped construct silos for the first few years of his marriage to Midge and then worked for Dupont De Nemours and Company for
over 30 years in Tecumseh. He enjoyed family time, woodworking, remodeling, building and for a few years working with his long horn cattle. He married Joan Curry on August 31, 1996 and during their marriage, he generated numerous wood working projects out of his Minneola wood working shop and fed birds and squirrels hundreds of pounds of sunflower seeds and peanuts. He was a wonderful husband, father and family man and will be sorely missed.
Survivors include: his wife Joan, of the home, sister, Donna Wenger, Hiawatha, Kansas, daughter, Kathy Sumner, Lawrence, Kansas, sons, Clyde Lobb (Pam), Shell Knob, Missouri, Ken Lobb (Nancy), Canton, Georgia, stepson Wayne (Anita) Curry, Minneola, Terry Curry, Kansas City, Missouri, 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren and 9 step-great grandchildren.
He is also preceded in death by wife, Midge Lobb, brother, Clifford Lobb and sisters, Bessie Everett, Mildred Hoecker and Imogene Lobb.
Memorial services will be determined at a later date. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
Helen E. Pitman, 79, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Minneola District Hospital.
She was born October 29, 1940 north of Kinsley, Kansas in her parents home, she was the daughter of Edwin and Ruth (Vieux) Delander. She graduated from Kinsley High School in 1958 and then Ft. Hays State in 1962, she returned to college and earned her Masters from Ft. Hays State in 1994. Helen was an English teacher in several school systems including Dodge City, Hanover, Marysville and Minneola; however the majority of her teaching experience was in the Minneola School District where she was also the school librarian the last 10 years. She served on the State Board for the Kansas Association of Teachers of English for 2 years as secretary.
She was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church.
On January 27, 1962 she married Robert “Lynn” Pitman at Kinsley, Kansas. He Survives.
Other survivors include: 3 children, Robin, Dona, and, Brian. Robin Pitman and wife Heidi reside in Berryton, Kansas and have 2 children: Ashlyn and Jarrett. Dona Esplund and her husband Chris live in rural Minneola, Kansas and have 3 children: Erik, Hallie and Nathan. Brian Pitman and his wife Kathy live in Melbourne, Florida.
She is also survived by 2 sisters, Evalina Craig and husband Howard, Kinsley, Kansas and Edna Weigel and husband Dave, Bisbee, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside services were held in the Appleton Township Cemetery south of Minneola at 1:00 pm Saturday May 16, 2020 with Pastor Jane Langat officiating. A Celebration of life for Helen will be held at 1:00 pm on July 26, 2020 at the Minneola United Methodist Church, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to Minneola United Methodist Church in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Marilyn J. (Moody) Harris, 82, died Monday, May 11, 2020 Minneola Long Term Care Unit.
She was born March 14, 1938 at Dodge City, the daughter of LeRoy Curry and Ada Marie (Shaffer) Moody. She was a lifetime area resident and was the office manager at the Minneola Clinic for 26 years until retiring in 2000.
She was a member of CrossWalk Christian Church Minneola.
On June 10, 1956 she married Norman Harris at Minneola. He preceded her in death on September 19, 2017.
Survivors include: 2 sons, Brad Harris and wife Fredonia, Holton, Kansas and Mike Harris, Garden City; a daughter, Darcy Harris, Minneola; 2 brothers, Ralph Moody, Dixson, California and Bo Moody, Roanoke, Texas; a her sister, Jean Buhman, Florence, Arizona; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
A private family graveside will be held in the Appleton Township Cemetery south of Minneola. A memorial service will be schedule and announced at a later date.
The family suggests memorials to Minneola Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
She was the last of her generation, the last of 13 children. Esther (Delgado) Herman was born May 6, 1926 in Minneola, Kansas to S.G. and Isabel Delgado. She was a graduate of Minneola High School class of 1945. In 1944, she met a boy named Roy Herman from the neighboring town of Ashland, Kansas. He was preparing to leave and enter the Navy. He returned from serving in the Navy two years later and on November 3, 1946, Roy proposed to Esther. On January 1, 1947 Roy and Esther were married in Dodge City, Kansas.
They made their home in Protection, Kansas where they raised four daughters. Roy and Esther owned and operated Protection Cleaners for over 40 years. Esther worked beside Roy at the cleaning shop and after retirement, she became involved with the Southwest Area Agency on Aging as a volunteer who assisted the elderly with Medicare questions and concerns. She volunteered at Protection Valley Manor nursing home as a mini van driver taking patients to and from medical appointments. In her spare time, she made tortillas, enchiladas and fried chicken which were all Roy’s favorites. Roy passed away on September 1, 1995.
Esther was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland, Kansas. She belonged to various community organizations and lived in Protection until her stroke in 2009. She initially moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma for stroke rehab and ended up living in Bartlesville for over 10 years. She passed away peacefully, Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the age of 93, at Bartlesville Health and Rehab in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband Roy A. Herman, her parents S.G. and Isabel Delgado and her siblings: Tomasa, Edward, Emilio, Josephine, Basil, William, Kate, Peter, Del C., Martina, Escolastica, and Paul.
She leaves behind four daughters: Marilee Kay Potter (Larry), of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Catherine Eloise Holler, of Protection, Kansas. Lyndee Jo Taylor (David), of Bartlesville, OK. Lisa Ann Minor (Calvin) of Minneola, Kansas. Thirteen grandchildren: Pattie Main, Amy David, Lori Potter, Kami Grusing, Jason Holler, Karen Lazear, Kacee Gharfeh, Kenyon Lomax, Thad Taylor, Dillon Taylor, MeKayla Gemaehlich, Jayda Minor, and Trevor Minor. Seventeen great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and expecting two more great-grandchildren this year, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In honor of Esther Herman, there will be no visitation, no funeral and no graveside services so we can maintain social distancing to keep family members and her community safe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Protection Cemetery Directory Fund in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Jewel Ilene Glaze Shelton, 100, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Brookdale Senior Living in Dodge City.
Born April 7, 1920 she was a daughter of the late Charles Faye and Lula May Greaser of rural Elkhart, Kansas. Ilene moved to Minneola, Kansas to attend Minneola High School living with her sister and brother-in-law, Thelma and Cecil Kintner. She graduated in 1939.
Ilene was married to Raymond Glaze in 1940. They lived in Minneola until his death in 1981. She was a devoted mother and homemaker. She was surrounded by a large family unit and loved to plan and cook for any and all family gatherings. Ilene enjoyed playing cards in her spare time which she continued throughout her life. Ilene worked at J.C. Penney’s in Dodge City until her retirement.
In 1983, Ilene was united in marriage a second time to Cecil J. Shelton. They resided in Dodge City until his death in 2002. They enjoyed many wonderful trips together across the US. They also loved to “flip” houses. She had a gift for interior design and decorating.
Ilene was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She had one older brother, Paul Greaser of Troy, Kansas and two older sisters Thelma Kintner and Juanita Church of Minneola.
Ilene was preceded in death by three children Claudia Deana Glaze in 1948, Devon Edgar Glaze in 1953, and Daniel Harlan Glaze in 2012. She has two surviving sons, Dennis Lyle Glaze of Skiatook, Oklahoma and Donald Raymond Glaze of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Along with many nieces and nephews, she also has 12 grand children, 16 great grand children and 10 great great grand children.
Due to CDC guidelines regarding the coronavirus, the funeral service will be live streamed at 10:00 am Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel with Jeff Hiers officiating. Family and friends may view through Ziegler Funeral Chapel’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zieglerfuneralchapel/. Burial will follow at Appleton Township Cemetery south of Minneola. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Ziegler Funeral Chapel. A private celebration of her life will be held online through Zoom.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Prairie in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
From the Greaser family Bible:
She is sleeping, calmly sleeping,
In a new made grave today.
We are weeping, sadly weeping,
for our mother gone away.
One by one the tender Shepherd
Gathers loved ones to his fold,
and he draws them to His bosom
With a tenderness untold.
Maxine Marie Taylor McCurley died April 26, 2020, at age 99.
She had resided at Rosario Assisted Living in Anacortes, Washington, since December 2017 with full intentions of returning to her home in Anacortes.
Maxine was born January 12, 1921, in Hillsdale Oklahoma, where she grew up on her mother and father’s farm.
After high school graduation she attended Northwest College in Alva, Oklahoma, majoring in home economics.
There she met and married Paul McCurley in 1941. The couple had homes and raised their two children in Kansas, Colorado and Washington.
Maxine was preceded in death by her son Michael in 1986, her huband in 2007, her parents Docia and Ogie Taylor, and brothers Dale and Dean.
She is survived by her daughter, Megan Pasternak and her husband Walt of Sitka, Alaska; her son’s widow Gloria Lantz and her husband Michael of Bellingham, WA; her sister Ruth Porter and her husband Jack of Cedaredge Colorado; and a niece and three nephews.
Maxine was an active member of United Methodist Church of Anacortes and requested cremation, ashes scattered and no service.
Friends are encouraged to make a donation to their favorite charities in her name.
Her daughter can be contacted at PO Box 830, Sitka, AK 99835.
Linda L. Curry, 73, died Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Minneola Long Term Care.
She was born July 23, 1946 at Wellington, Kansas, the daughter of Nick and Leotta (Maples) Unruh. She was a cook at Minneola Long Term Care for 5 years until retiring. She was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed horseback riding and fishing.
On June 23, 1964 she married Jerry A. Curry, Sr. at Clayton, New Mexico.
Survivors include: her husband of 55 years, Jerry, Minneola; 2 sons, Jerry Curry Jr. and wife Crystal and Michael Pearce and wife Becky; a daughter, Connie Jo Siapno; and 2 grandchildren, Michael Pearce Jr. and Terry Styles.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Private family services will be held. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
The family suggests memorials to Minneola Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Eugene M. McAdam 96, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died April 6, 2020 at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains in Dodge City, Kansas. He was born on September 16, 1923, at Cleveland, Kansas, the son of Harry and Irene (Heatherman) McAdam.
Gene was the fourth oldest of ten children. He married Maxine Struble at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Wichita on January 26, 1948. They lived at Kingman until they moved to Cimarron in 1969.
After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Gene spent his adult life working in the insurance industry. He started in the business with his father and one of his brothers at McAdam and Sons Real Estate and Insurance in Kingman. In 1966 he went to work for the Cimarron Insurance Company as a property/casualty field agent. The family moved to Cimarron in 1969 when he became assistant manager and then manager of the crop insurance department until his retirement in 2002. After retirement, he worked part-time as a field representative for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company. He was a well-known and highly respected member of the crop insurance industry throughout the state and nation; serving on the executive committees of the Crop Hail Insurance Actuary Association, the National Crop Insurance Actuary, and National Crop Insurance Services from 1981-1989.
In addition to his illustrious career Gene was a devoted grandfather, a world traveler, an avid reader, an active golfer, a regular at various coffee shops in Cimarron, and served on the Cimarron City Council for several years.
Gene is survived by two sons Dan (Jeannette) McAdam, Jim (Buz Johnson) McAdam all of Wichita; three daughters, Michelle (Carl) Leatherwood of Dodge City, Jill (John) Leis of Minneola, Carrie (Jim) Marx of Omaha, NE; two sisters, Doris Winchester of Lawrence, and Peg (Jim) Freiden of Hurst, Texas; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, his parents, his brothers Paul, Dick, Pat, Joe, Mark, and Bill; and one sister Kathleen.
A private funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday, April 13. Private burial service will follow at Cimarron Cemetery. Since there will not be a wake please join the family in saying a Rosary at home for Gene at 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 12. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Prairie or Dodge City Special Olympics in care of Swaim Funeral Home, 1901 6th Ave, Dodge City, KS 67801. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.
Luann M. (Harmon) Stoecker age 85 formally of McLaughlin, SD passed away on April 1st, 2020 at the Springdale Village Nursing Home, Mesa, AZ from kidney disease. She was born July 10th, 1934 to Wilbur and Blanche Harmon of Ashland, Kansas. She grew up in Ashland and graduated in 1952. In the summer she traveled with her father, a custom combiner, when she met Eugene Stoecker of McLaughlin SD and fell in love. On May 9th, 1953 they married in Ashland. Gene and Luann took over the family farm in McLaughlin where they farmed and ranched until 1994 when they retired to Mobridge, SD. In 1980 they became snowbirds at the Lost Dutchman RV Resort in Apache Junction, AZ. She enjoyed her winters friends and serving coffee and donuts on Monday mornings. In 2015 Luann made Arizona her permanent residence.
February 2018 Luann had an issue with the flu, her kidneys, and bladder that landed her in the E.R. and later in the rehab of Springdale Village. It was during those 3 months that her children decided to leave her in the care of the wonderful staff of Springdale’s skilled nursing. In the fall of 2018 her kidney doctor informed the family that her kidneys were pretty bad and we needed to be prepared to call in Hospice. The following February that same doctor expressed he never expected to see her again. She showed him her strong will and he ended up seeing her 3 more times. The staff at Springdale grew to love her as family. Her evening nurse called her a spitfire, but loved her very much. Even when she wasn’t doing physical therapy some of them would still come to visit her. Due to CR-19 the family was not able to visit her, so one of the PT staff came in most every day before her shift just to hold her hand and try to get her to eat a little something. Many of the staff simply called her Mom and loved her as their own. The administrator expressed that of all of the people they have lost, this was harder on the entire staff more so than some of the others.
Luann was a member of the UCC Church of McLaughlin. She was active in the church and participated in Ladies Aid. Luann was also very involved in the American Legion Auxiliary and served as an officer. She enjoyed many summers camping and fishing along the Missouri River. She liked to read, play cards, take a dip in the swimming pool, but most of all she enjoyed being around family and friends. Her last years she just loved to sit and watch people go up and down the streets at the Lost Dutchman RV Park and later the halls of the Nursing Home.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Randy) Squires of Nevada, Iowa, her son, Robert (Jeannie) Stoecker of Memphis, Tennessee, 4 grandchildren, 3 great granddaughters, 3 great, great grandchildren and a brother, Bob Harmon of Ashland, KS. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Stoecker, her parents, Wilbur and Blanche Harmon and two brothers, Richard Harmon and Wilbur Dean Harmon.
Per her request there will be no formal memorial service. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers or gifts a memorial contributions may be sent to the nonprofit organization, WEPAC Alliance, Box 949, Ashland, KS. 67831.
Jim Stuck passed away on March 22, 2020, in Ashland, KS at the age of 80. He was born February 2, 1940 on the Stuck Farm just outside of Ashland KS. Where he lived his last years. He was an avid John Deere tractor fan and loved living on the farm. He loved to tell stories and only embellished the boring parts. He was witty, ornery, kind hearted and stubborn all at the same time.
He was preceded in death by his Father Wilbur Stuck, Mother Vedra Stuck, Brother Dean Stuck and Sister Maurine Moore. He is survived by his two son’s Michael Stuck of Seattle, WA and Delton Stuck of Jacksonville, FL.
Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolences to the family can be made at www.schillingfhg.com.
Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Robert Gayle “Bob” Leverich 76, Retired Finance Director for BTI, Inc., died Thursday, March 12, 2020. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at East Heights United Methodist Church. Graveside Service will follow at 3:30 pm, at Fredonia City Cemetery, Fredonia, KS. Bob graduated in 1961 from Pittsburg High School and in 1966 from Pittsburg State University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Bob was previously a music teacher at schools in Minneola, Jetmore, and Bucklin, KS. He worked for over 30 years for Bucklin Tractor & Implement as a parts and finance manager. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed bowling and fishing. He was the past Master of Grandview Masonic Lodge #376, a former member of St. Bernard Lodge in Dodge City, and a current Member of Pyramid Masonic Lodge in Wichita. Bob was actively involved in the Lion’s Clubs in Bucklin, KS and Andover, KS. Preceded in death by his father, Robert Leverich; mother, Lillian Starr. Survived by his wife, Bobbie Kay Leverich; daughter, Jennifer (Keith) Baker of Ashland, KS; son, Mike (Brenda) Leverich of Wellington; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. A memorial has been established with: East Heights United Methodist Church Music Department, 4407 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67218. Share tributes online at: www.dlwichita.com
James “Jim” Kent Wyatt (Papa Jim) was born December 13, 1941 to James Kermit and Virginia Margaret Cook Wyatt at the Ashland hospital in Ashland, Kansas. Jim was blessed with four sisters: Margaret “Peggy”, Virginia, Sharon, and Debra. Jim attended Ashland schools, graduating from Ashland High School in 1960. Jim worked on the AT&SF railroad in Wichita as a railroad construction worker. Jim returned to southwest Kansas and worked as a mechanic for the Chevy garage in Meade. In 19633, Jim joined the United States Navy as a Construction Mechanic (CM) in the Seabee construction forces. His career in the military was cut short due to the loss of his sister, Peggy, and returned home to help his mom and sisters. Jim was honorably discharged in 1965. Upon returning home, Jim joined in marriage with Betty Ann Gibson in 1966 and resided in Ashland, later divorcing in 1979. During this time, Jim worked as a cattle buyer and raised horses. In 1980, Jim married Joyce Louise Musgrove in Ashland, and they made their home near Sitka Kansas. Joyce had three children, Felix, Jason, and Jolie, who he adopted. Jim enjoyed his professions which included owning and operating a gravel hauling business, clerking livestock sales and various auctions in surrounding communities, working as a dispatcher at the Clark County sheriff’s office, hauling propane for Waits, Inc. but most of all he enjoyed his role, of many years, as the mail carrier for the rural citizens of Ashland. Jim had a life-long love of raising and racing quarter horses. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, motorcycle riding, swapping stories with friends, and spending time with family. In later years, Jim loved bragging about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, spending time with them, teaching them about horses, and taking drives in the country. Jim also enjoyed attending church services at the First Christian Church until his health would not allow him to do so. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Peggy. Jim went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 25, 2020, at the age of 78, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade Kansas. Jim is survived by his children: Felix and wife Jacqueline of Winchester, CA, Jason and wife Franie of St. John and Jolie and husband Scott of Meade. Three sisters: Virginia (Virgie) and husband Von of Ashland, Sharon and husband Steve of Fredonia, and Debbie and husband Ben of Ashland. His Grandchildren: Haley Jaglowski and husband Ty of Murrieta, CA, Chelsey LeClear of Balko, OK, Christine LeClear of Stillwater, OK, Holden Girard of Manhattan, KS and Stone Wyatt of Winchester, CA. His Great Granddaughters: Rylee and Addison Jaglowski of Murrieta, CA., many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Jim’s memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or Senior Citizen’s center in Ashland, Kansas.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020in the First Christian Church with pastor Kevin Foster; interment followed in the Highland Cemetery Military Graveside rite by the Ashland VFW and the SHOW team of Ashland High School. Under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service Ashland.
Doris Jean (Crosby) Headley, a resident of Blue Springs, Missouri, was born on August 12, 1931, in Ashland, Kansas and passed away on December 26, 2019 at the age of 88 in the Benton House in Blue Springs. Services were held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Royer Funeral Home in Grain Valley, MO. Burial was immediately following. Doris was the second child of Ray Crosby and Fanny (Smith) Crosby and grew up in a home filled with love along with her three sisters and one brother. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Virginia (Don) Lamberson and Phyllis (Vernon) McMinimy, and an infant brother Richard. Doris is survived by her husband of 6 years, Dr. Marvin Headley, one sister Ruth (John) Amos, one brother Don (Marlene) Crosby, three children Lynn (Rich) Prine, Russ (Vicki) Headley and Eric (Tricia) Headley along with nine grandchildren Aaron (Ali) Headley, Jordan (Robert) Garside, Hayley Prine, Ian Headley, Makenna Headley, Mia Headley, Meisi Headley, Courtney (Tim) Brown, Amanda Prine, and five great grandchildren, Oliver Headley, Carter Brown, Kendall Brown, Hudson Brown, and Lainey Brown.
Growing up, Doris loved the outdoors, riding horses, swimming in the city pool and surrounding lakes, bicycling around town, and playing with siblings and friends. Her love of nature, wildlife, and especially birds were close to her heart. She met her husband Marvin at The College of Emporia where they were both enrolled in a bird watching class. Doris received her Bachelor’s degree and Nursing degree and later earned a Masters of Education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO.
Early in their marriage, Doris and Marvin enjoyed their time living in Berlin, Germany, while Marvin served his country in the U.S. Army. Their oldest child Lynn was born in Germany. They returned to pursue their careers in Neosho, Missouri in 1957.
Throughout her career, Doris taught Pediatric Nursing at Children’s Mercy Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri. Doris was also very active in her community and had a strong devotion to her church. She and Marvin are current members of Lee’s Summit First Presbyterian Church. She participated in various Women’s Clubs, taught Bible School, and spent many hours working with the elderly. Additionally she helped raise funds for needy children domestically and abroad and was instrumental in raising funds to build the Newton County Nursing Home in Neosho, Missouri.
After many years of assisting her husband in his responsibilities as Superintendent of Schools of various Missouri districts, Doris and Marvin retired together in Blue Springs, Missouri. She continued to pursue her love of bird watching, serving her community and church through volunteering and following the lives of her children and grandchildren. Doris will be greatly missed and remembered by her loving family and host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Della Lamb Community Services, Kansas City, Missouri.
Arrangements were under the direction of Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, Missouri.
Joyce Eloise Keasling was born June 19, 1932, to Dale and Irene Keasling in Protection, Kansas. Joyce attended grade school in Protection, Kansas; she graduated from high school in Ashland, Kansas, in 1951. Joyce and Richard were married on August 16, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Ashland, Kansas. Joyce and Richard were blessed with five children: Helen, Connie, Richard, Linda, and Larry. Joyce was a devoted wife, loving mother, and a friend to everyone she met. Joyce enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidering, and anything craft related, especially if it was for her grandchildren. Joyce also enjoyed bird watching, her favorite bird being the red cardinal. Being a farmer and rancher’s wife she was good at making old things new again. For many years she cooked not only for her family but also for the hired hands at Shaw’s Feedyard. She also helped at the First Christian Church in Ashland, Kansas, and she worked at the Ashland High School cafeteria when needed. Joyce was preceded in death by the following loved ones: Richard, her husband of 66 years; her parents Dale and Irene Keasling; her infant daughter Helen Irene; her sister Donna Graff; and brothers Donald Keasling and James Keasling. Joyce went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 13, 2019, at Wheatlands Health Care Center in Kingman, Kansas. Joyce is survived by: sons Richard (Jeannee) Theander of Richmond, Texas, and Larry (Shelly) Theander of Ashland, Kansas; daughters Connie (John) Scammey of Independence, Kansas, and Linda (Keith) Dreiling of Topeka, Kansas; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other family; and friends. The family suggests memorials to Rivercross Hospice, 251 South Whittier, Wichita, KS 67207, and Wheatlands Health Care Center, 750 West Washington, Kingman, KS 67068.
Funeral service will be held Thursday December 19, 2019 Kingman Christian Church, Kingman, Kansas, with burial to follow at 3:00PM at the Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas, with Pastor Kelly D. Jayne officiating, under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service Ashland, Kansas.
Gary “Frank” Kofford, 73, died Thursday, December 12, 2019 at his home in Minneola.
He was born August 26, 1946 at Dodge City, the son of Leo and June (Simmons) Kofford. He was a lifetime area resident and was an equipment operator for the Clark County Highway Department, retiring August 26, 2006. He loved running equipment and fishing.
On July 4, 1969 he married Gayla Kay Weddle at Minneola. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2016.
Survivors include: 2 sons, Steven, Minneola and Bryan, Goodland; 2 brothers, Jerry Kofford and wife Mary Ann, Tyler Town, Mississippi and Dale Kofford, Dodge City; and a sister, Sue Kofford, Bloom.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Linda Kofford and a brother, Steven Kofford.
Graveside services will be at 10:00 am Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, south of Minneola, with Brad Kefauver officiating. There will be no public viewing cremation, has taken place.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie and Prairie Home Health in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Richard Hans Theander was born on July 4, 1934 to William and Mary Helen Theander at Matfield Green, Kansas. Richard attended High School in Ashland, Kansas, and continued his education at the Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas. Richard married Joyce Eloise Keasling on August 16, 1953 in Ashland, Kansas at the Methodist Church. Richard and Joyce were blessed with 5 children, Helen, Connie, Richard, Linda, and Larry. Richard was a Farmer/Rancher which he loved, time on the tractor was his therapy. Richard was foreman for Shaw Feedlot in Ashland, Kansas. Richard’s hobby was to go fishing. Richard was a devoted husband to his wife Joyce. Richard was a member and elder of the First Christian Church in Ashland, Kansas. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen Theander; brother, Raymond Theander; infant daughter, Helen Irene Theander. Richard went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 25, 2019, at Wheatlands Health Care Center in Kingman, Kansas. Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce Theander, sons, Larry (Shelly) Theander of Ashland, Kansas, Richard (Jeannee) Theander of Richmond, Texas; daughters Connie (John) Scammey of Independence, Kansas, Linda (Keith) Dreiling of Topeka, Kansas; brother, Dean (Jean) Theander, Arlen (Jeanne) Theander, sister, Mary Pauley, seven Grandchildren; nine Great Grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other family and friends. Family suggest memorials to Rivercross Hospice, 251 S Whittier, Wichita, KS 67207 and Wheatlands Health Care Center, 750 West Washington, Kingman, Kansas 67068.
Carol Esther (Stoelting) Nicholson was born August 30, 1931, on her grandparents’ farm near Bristol, South Dakota, the third child of Edwin August and Rose Marie (Anderson) Stoelting. When Carol was four, the family moved to Schaller, Iowa, and a year later to Sac City, Iowa, where she attended school and graduated in 1949. She then went to business school in Omaha, Nebraska. To earn part of her tuition, she was a nanny for a family in Omaha. After graduating, her first job was at Merchants Biscuit Company, which later became Keebler. It was there that she met her husband, Robert “Bob” Nicholson. They were married on March 28, 1954, in Sac City. Daughters Tara Sue and Lori Ann were born in Omaha. The family then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and from there to Woodward, Oklahoma, where son Bris Robert was born. He lived only three days. In May 1957, they moved to Ashland, Kansas, where daughters Jeri Lyn and Kira Lee and son Reid Alden were born. Reid lived one month and three days.
Carol and Bob owned and operated the Ashland Nursing Home for many years. Later, Carol worked at Stockgrowers State Bank for 28 years, also working weekend nights at the nursing home. In retirement from the bank, she continued working weekends at the nursing home for a few years, housecleaning for local residents, and keeping busy with children and grandchildren. In 2016, she moved to Hutchinson, Kansas.
Carol had many talents, including cooking, sewing, crocheting, and knitting. She was a very good mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend to many.
Carol’s Christ-centered faith was very important to her. Her love of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, was exemplified by her devotion to family and friends and her service to others. Every Sunday, she and her daughters traveled 32 miles one-way to the Lutheran church in Buffalo, Oklahoma, because there was no Lutheran church in Ashland. She also made the same trip to see that her daughters completed confirmation classes.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, sons Bris and Reid, brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Jean Stoelting, sister Betsy Stoelting, brother-in-law Lyle Skinner, and the father of her children, Robert Nicholson.
Survivors include daughters Tara Nicholson of Hutchinson, Kansas; Lori (Terry) Brunholtz of Owasso, Oklahoma; Jeri (Jonathan) Melin of Derby, Kansas; Kira (Brent) Gugler of rural Chapman, Kansas; sister Marlene (John) Hemmer of Mission, Texas; and sister Phyllis Skinner of Lake City, Iowa. Her grandchildren are Ariel Paul Melin, Maria (Daniel) Shields, Gareth Melin, and Jaron (Elizabeth) Melin, all of Derby, Kansas; Andrew Warner of Abilene, Kansas; Ashley (David) Beier of Wichita, Kansas; Kaylen Gugler of Woodbine, Kansas; and Kristine Gugler of Hays, Kansas. Her great-grandchildren are Lily and Liam Shields of Derby, Kansas; Evan Beier of Wichita, Kansas; and the expected child of Jaron and Elizabeth Melin.
Willis Gene O’Bleness was born to George Vernon O’Bleness and Bertha Mae (Blakeley) O’Bleness on April 24, 1944 in Springdale, Arkansas. He finished high school in Ashland, Kansas in 1962. Willis entered the Army on February 16th, 1965 as a sharpshooter and was discharged in 1966 due to health issues.
In 1968, Willis met the love of his life, Bonnie Kidd on a blind date that lasted until almost 6:00 AM the next morning almost causing Bonnie to be late to her waitressing job at the 160 Café. Willis arrived at the café at the end of her shift to invited Bonnie to go to watch a ballgame. She simply replied, “I have a notation not to talk to you again.” She did end up going out with Willis again that night. This young couple was married on June 19, 1968 which was only the beginning of 51 ½ years of together. Not having any children of their own, they greatly enjoyed having Mandy Barnes a 12-year-old little girl come to live with them until she finished high school.
Willis worked for many local farmers and rancher throughout his life. He also traveled a lot working for the telephone construction company. For 6 ½ years, he worked at Stoppel Dirt Inc. in Sublette, KS as a dirt scraper.
He enjoyed watching John Wayne westerns, military/ action movies, and sports on TV but preferred to attend the games. Willis enjoyed visiting with others and playing cards such as canasta and pitch. He had many hobbies such as woodworking, woodburning, gardening, and loved to make wall hangings with religious themes for the staff to hang in the offices.
Willis went to be with the Lord on November 23, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents and bother George Vernon.
He was survived by his wife Bonnie and cousins Russ Hensley and Melanie Hink.
Memorials can be made in Willis’s honor to the First Christian Church 507 North Highland, Ashland, KS 67831.
Funeral service was held at the Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the First Christian Church in Ashland, KS, followed by the interment at the Highland Cemetery.
Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolences can be made to the family at www.schillingfhg.com
Phyllis Marie Crosby McMinimy, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away at age 86 on October 13, 2019. She was born March 25, 1933 to Ray and Fannie Crosby in Ashland, Kansas and grew up in that small and nurturing community. She attended the College of Emporia, marrying her Ashland high school sweetheart Vernon in 1952. They were happily married for the next 64 years until his death in 2016.
She provided a loving home for their four children as his career took them to urban areas across the country and to Geneva Switzerland, moving to Charlottesville in 1992. Wherever they went Phyllis created a network of dear friends, exhibiting her generous heart and spirit of hospitality. Family and church were of central importance in her life. Her other interests included an appreciation of art, a talent for gardening, and her love of dogs and antiques.
Throughout her life she was active in the Presbyterian Church including First Presbyterian in Charlottesville. She received the Presbyterian Women Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her PW work and served as Moderator of the Presbytery of the James PW Coordinating Team in 2007.
She is survived by her siblings Doris (Marvin) Headley, Ruth (Max) Amos, and Don (Marlene) Crosby; her children: Linda (Walt Smiley), Mark (Gretchen), Doug (Susan Ackerman), and Paul (Beth); 12 grandchildren: Stephen (Sarah), Mitchell, & Jonathan Smiley; Chris, Jeffery, Jack, Rachael, Caroline, Wesley (Camila), Sarah, Jocelyn & William McMinimy; and two great-grandchildren, Thomas and Emma Smiley .A memorial service was held November 26 at 10 a.m.at First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street, Charlottesville. Any letters to the family should be sent to Linda Smiley 1300 Waltham Ct. Richmond (Henrico) VA 23238
On Friday morning, October 18, 2019, Nancy (Nan) Patricia Wallingford Closson passed peacefully but with triumph, into her savior’s presence and her husband’s loving arms.
Nan was born February 11, 1920 to Charles A. and Ruth N. Keller Wallingford at the Wallingford home in Ashland, Kan. Tragically, Ruth died two days after Nancy’s birth due to complications from influenza and spinal meningitis. Two years later, Charles married Mabel Z. Finfrock, the nurse who cared for Ruth during her pregnancy. Mable became a wonderful mother to Nan, her older sisters Mary and Betty, and the older adopted siblings, Joseph and Mildred Wallingford.
Nan graduated from high school in Ashland and attended Kansas Teachers College in Emporia. After college she worked for a few years in Wichita. On Dec. 27, 1941 Nan married Merle W. Closson at the Wallingford home in Ashland. Their first years together were spent in St. Louis where their son Spencer was born. Following Merle’s service in the Navy, they returned to Ashland where son Dan was born.
In Ashland, Nan assisted Merle in operating the Wallingford Grain Elevator Company. A devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, she served as Sunday school superintendent for several years. Nan started Ashland’s first preschool kindergarten, Nan’s Nursery, in her home. She taught for two years, then helped establish kindergarten in the school system. Nan was an active member of PEO, Chapter BA, which her mother Ruth helped organize in 1918. (Nan later joined Chapter DJ in Wichita.) Nan was also a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother, member of the VFW Auxiliary, and a member of the Logan-Whitley Chapter of the DAR in Kentucky.
Nan spent leisure time cooking, painting, writing announcements and diplomas in her own special style of script, and providing decorations for meetings and gatherings. Nan loved art, the brilliant colors of a rainbow and red roses. A self-taught musician, she enjoyed playing her marimba for special occasions. Nan endeared herself to those around her by speaking to everyone she encountered and encouraging others in times of need.
In 2000, a few years after Merle’s passing, Nan moved to Wichita. She became active in a bible study group and made several friends in her condo community. The last two years were spent living with Dan, Shelley and their two miniature dachshunds!
Nan is preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings. Nan is survived by sons, Spence (Lynda) and Dan (Shelley); grandchildren Skip (Kristin) and Fred (Bethany); great-grandchildren Spencer and Avery; nieces and nephews, Lani Hammond, Kerom Hammond, Lynette (Tom) Cablk, Maryanna (Micah) Barcus, Aaden Barcus, David (Miranda) Cablk and Millicent Hunt Wesley; step-grandchildren Tiffany (Donovan) McGlory and Erin (David) Clark; step-great-grandchildren Devin and Trevor Davis, Cameron Jackson, and Caleah and Calvin Hollinger.
Services were held on October 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland. Memorials to PEO, Chapter BA, Box 345, Plains, KS 67869. with arrangements entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home, Andover, KS and online guest book may be signed at www.heritageofandover.com
Phyllis Hope “Peggy” (Grimes) Wilson, 97, died Sept. 26, 2019, at Pioneer Manor nursing home in Hugoton, Kan.
She was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Ashland, Kan., to William Bryan and Hope Vaudith (McCasland) Grimes, and was raised in Ashland with her brothers, Robert B. Grimes and William M. Grimes. She attended college for a year in Emporia, Kan. She married Jerome “Jerry” Wilson on April 26, 1942. She resided in Ashland until 2012, when she moved to Ulysses, Kan., to be near family. She lived at Pioneer Manor for two years before her passing.
She worked for attorneys F.N. “Rusty” Cossman, Willis Shattuck and Sarah “Sally” Shattuck, and for Raymond and Leta Broadie at the sale barn in Ashland. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church where she held many offices and sang in the choir. She learned to play bridge as a child and was an ardent player throughout her life. She was a world traveler, visiting China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South America and many other places.
She is survived by her nieces Cynthia (Grimes) Siebert and Kimberly Grimes; nephews Charles R. Grimes, Roger I. Grimes, William G. Grimes and Greg Grimes; great-nieces Prudence Siebert and Kendra (Siebert) Bishop; great-nephews Todd Grimes, Troy Grimes and Jason Perez; as well as several great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, nieces Jamie Lynne Grimes and Michelle Grimes, and great-nephew Toby Grimes.
Memorials can be made in Peggy Wilson’s name to Pioneer Manor, 1711 S. Main St., Hugoton, KS 67951.
A graveside service is at 2 p.m. Oct. 26, 2019, at Highland Cemetery in Ashland, Kan.
Arrangements were made by the Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, Kan. Condolences can be made to the family at www.schillingfhg.com.
Helen Mae Gardiner Arnold was born April 10, 1933 in Ashland, KS the second of two children to Ralph and Muriel Gardiner. She passed from this Earth on October 24, 2019 at the age of 86 yrs, 6 mo and 14 days.
After graduating from Ashland High School, she attended Kansas State for two years before returning to Ashland. She and Philip Arnold were married on November 27, 1953, a union that lasted 37 years and was blessed with four children.
She was always there to tie a shoe, wipe a nose, sew a Scout patch, give a haircut or do whatever was needed. She supported her kids in all their many activities. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren while downplaying her own significant contributions to their accomplishments and successes.
Growing up on her parents’ family farm and ranch, she learned early and well the value of hard work and perseverance. She never forgot those lessons and always worked to instill those qualities in her children.
She had a life-long love of animals and especially inherited her love of horses from her father, Ralph. In addition to breeding many champion Paint and Quarter Horses, she raised cattle, Welsh corgis, llamas, burros, guinea hens, cats and goats. Never one to sit and watch, she preferred to be riding and working outside. When there was cattle work to do, she would often go horseback all morning before returning to the house to fix lunch for the crew.
Raising four kids, keeping house, breeding mares, and attending uncounted school activities, games, and concerts, she was always busy. But she found time to maintain lifelong friendships, play championship golf and develop her artistic crafts. She was an active member of many organizations including the American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, United Presbyterian Women, Ashland United Methodist Church, and Clark County Soil Conservation Board. She gave of her time to mow and maintain the church grounds, teach 4-H youth programs, and serve on volunteer governing boards.
Helen was a talented artist who learned custom leather tooling and saddle restoration. In her later years she became an expert scroll saw artist and spent many happy hours in her woodshop sawing away. She said it was something she never got tired of.
A series of injuries left her with bad knees and arthritic joints. She never let it stop her and continued caring for her animals and doing her many projects long past when others would have retired to the easy chair. Her declining health robbed her of much, but her enduring spirit still came through even at the last.
Helen was a complex, multi-talented person. Strong, hard-working, fiercely independent, and stubborn, she was also a loving mother, loyal to her many friends, and generous with her time. She treasured time with visiting grandchildren and was always ready to fire up the four-wheeler or saddle a horse.
Preceded in death by parents Ralph and Muriel Gardiner, brother Henry Gardiner and granddaughter Jessica; she is survived by children James (Cecilia), Jerry (Judy), Vicki (Carter) Mathews, and David; grandchildren Erin (Vince) Accurso, Trey (Christina) Mathews, Matt (Teika), Reid Mathews, Alex and Eric; great-grandchildren Francesca Accurso and Ashlyn Mathews; extended family and many close friends.
Helen will be missed by us all. But she will live on in her family and will be remembered whenever colts are born and the grass greens up in the spring.
The family suggests memorials to the Ashland Health Center Senior Living P.O. Box 188 Ashland, KS 67831.
Memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Ashland, Kansas on November 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM the inurnment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas.
Arrangements were made by the Ashland Funeral Home. Condolence can be made to the family at www.schillingfhg.com.
Deborah Michelle Scott, 44, died on Monday September 2, 2019 at her home in Garden City. She was born on December 10, 1974 at Pryor, Oklahoma.
She grew up in Dodge City and attended Dodge City schools. She stayed in Dodge City until moving to Ashland in 2002. In the past several years she has lived in both Ashland and Garden City. Deborah’s special love was her Grandchildren and enjoyed fishing, BBQ and just generally having fun, especially making prank phone calls. She was preceded in death by her Father and Brother- Allen Resor.
She is survived by her 4 Sons- Christopher Woods of Garden City, Alex Torrez of Ashland, Matthew Scott Torrez of Dodge City & Andrew Torrez of Dodge City, Mother- Sherry Resor of Ashland, 2 Sisters- Susie Mendiola of Kinsley & Chawan Tompkins of Texas, 2 Grandchildren and the Father of her Sons- Luiz Torrez of Dodge City.
There will be no services held at this time. Memorials are suggested to the Deborah Michelle Scott Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.grnandfuneralhomes.com
Arden Roush, was born in Lebanon, KS on August 19, 1930. He began his new life in Glory on July 20, 2019 in Nevada, MO.
Arden pastored at the First Christian Church in Pasco, WA, for several years in a vibrant congregation. Many, many received Christ as their Savior and were baptized in His Name under Arden’s ministry there. He also founded a Christian Center.
Those who preceded him in death were his parents, his son, and his brother. Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, J. Elizabeth of Nevada, MP: his daughter, Kathy Lopez of Semi Valley, CA; step-daughter, Katie Williams and husband Bill of Milo, MO; three grandchildren; Stephen of Berkeley, CA, David and wife Courtney of Semi Valley, and Collin and Adrian Bond of Milo, MO; many relatives and many, many friends.
Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Price Cemetery in Lebanon, KS.
William Gordon, Jr.
William “Bill” Joseph Gordon, Jr., 74, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Robert J. Dole V.A. Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Born July 25, 1945, at Pittston, PA, he was the son of William Gordon, Sr. and Elizabeth (Hilbert) Gordon.
Bill was a resident of Ashland, KS, moving there in 1998, previously living in Alaska. He graduated from high school in Middlesex, NJ in 1964. Bill was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1978. He was an avid New York Yankees baseball fan and enjoyed bowling.
On August 16, 1989, he married Diana Cusick at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, AK. She survives.
He is survived by his wife: Diana Gordon of Ashland, KS; his mother: Elizabeth Gordon of Wyoming, PA; two step-children: Robbie Lynn of Anchorage, AK and Michelle Kamps (Craig) of Livingston, MT; one daughter: Leandra Scalph of Anchorage, AK; one sister: Ruth Price (Joe) of Wyoming, PA; two grandchildren: Aaron and Ella Kamps; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father: William Gordon, Sr..
Celebration of Life Service was at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Coldwater, KS, with full military honors.
Michael Ralph Drennan “Mike” was born in Bloom, Kansas on October 2, 1933 and moved to Phoenix in 1979. He left those of us that love him on July 31, 2019 after a hard fought 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born into a cowboy lifestyle that included riding race horses in his preteen years, rodeoing, roping and ultimately training, showing and judging horses as well as breeding and raising Quarter Horses. He held a judge’s card for the American Quarter Horse Association for over 35 years along with several other breed associations. He judged the most prestigious shows in the US and Canada and was asked by AQHA to judge shows and give clinics in foreign countries at a time when they were expanding worldwide. He loved sports and attended Cardinals games and the Phoenix Suns for 26 years. But his true passion was helping people with their horses, even offering advice to strangers when he noticed someone having trouble with their horse at a show. He freely gave of his time to locals at clinics and welcomed any ropers that showed up at his place for a tune up. Mike served in the Army during the Korean War, being stationed in Germany for 2 years. He is survived by his wife Gayle of 40 years, nieces Margaret Spanier and Kathy Leonard, their spouses Richard Spanier and Dennis Leonard, Margaret and Richard’s sons Seth and Sean Spanier, Seth’s wife, Chris and their 2 boys Dylan and Ryan. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Barrows Neurological Foundation or Hospice of the Valley. Celebration of his Life will be held on October 2nd at Grayhawk Golf Resort at 5 pm, western or casual attire please.
Paulette Irene DuPree (Kreie) 71, died, Friday, July 19, 2019 at Minneola.
She was born on October 30, 1947 to Jess Kreie and Nellie (Copeland) Kreie at Dodge City.
She attended school in Dodge City. Paulette waitressed at various places but enjoyed her waitressing the most at the Lamplighter Club in Dodge City and the 54 Club in Minneola. She worked as a nurse aide and director of activities at the Hilltop House in Bucklin. She did secretarial/ receptionist work at Bucklin Chiropractic. She was a Cosmetologist and salon owner of Scissor Palace in Dodge City. She volunteered with various clubs and groups through the years. She loved going to the car races and watching family members race, going to concerts, listening to oldies and dancing to Elvis and Garth Brooks, gardening, crocheting, but the things she loved the most was spending time with family especially her kids and grandkids. She had a lot of wisdom that she shared especially with her grandkids and great grandkids.
She married Donald DuPree on May 26, 1969 in Enid Oklahoma. He survives.
Survivors also include: 1 son, Don DuPree Jr. wife Teresa, Bucklin; 2 daughters, Julie Taylor Birney husband Carl, Bucklin, and Lori DuPree and companion Jeff Wiens, Hutchinson; 1 sister, Delores Bernash, Ashland; 2 brothers, Bud Kreie companion Helen, Ashland, and Don Kreie, Hutchinson; 2 brother-in-laws, Raymond DuPree wife Shirley, Dodge City, and Don Steele, Kinsley; and 1 sister-in-law, Ellen Ann Cranmer, Colorado; 12 grandkids and 14 great grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, Estel Kreie, 3 sisters Vera Culver, Rosey Mowdy, Shirley Kreie, and her daughter, Lena Ann Meredith.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Bucklin Community Church with Scott Tilley officiating. Burial will follow in the Ford Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Bucklin.
The family suggests memorials to Heartspring (leading provider of services and therapies for children of special needs and developmental disabilities) in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 516, Bucklin, Kansas 67834. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Calvin Dean McGonigle 56, passed away July 11, 2019 in Dodge City, KS. He was born September 24, 1962 in Dodge City, KS to Anita and Carl McGonigle. He was a long time resident of Ashland, KS. Calvin graduated from Ashalnd High School Class of 1981. Calvin worked for Jim Baker and the lumber yard in Ashland. Calvin loved to fix lawn mowers and enjoyed playing bingo. Calvin enjoyed his time at the Coldwater Lake. When he wasn’t working at Shaw Feedyard as a feed truck driver. He loved helping anyone in need.
Survivors include, a sister Teresa McGonigle, and two brother Brian McGonigle and David McGonigle of Ashland, KS and other family members in the surrounding area. Calvin was preceded in death by his parents Anita and Carl McGonigle, his wife Teresa Cruze McGonigle and his brother Jason McGonigle. There was no viewing, as cremation had taken place.
Sue (Walker) Kibbe, 81, of Houston, TX, passed away and went to be with the Lord in Heaven on July 6, 2019. She was born in Ashland, KS, on September 20, 1937 to Val and Josephine Walker. She was married to Ken Kibbe for 61 years. Sue had many talents including sewing, fashion design, quilting, and gardening, and had a sewing business for a number of years. Sue loved being a part of her bridge group and cherished those friendships. She used her talents to help others through the Mission Stitchers ministry, she was a faithful supporter of all of her grandkids’ many activities, she had prolific vegetable gardens, and she absolutely loved RVing and Sue made many friends along the way in all of her activities. She was preceded in death by husband Ken, father Val, mother Josephine, brother Dale, and grandson David. She is survived by brothers Harry (Joyce) Walker and Jerry (Sharon) Walker, sons Jay (Doreen) Kibbe and Kale (Debbie) Kibbe and daughter Lisa Saunders, 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, Andy (Tess) Saunders, Doug Saunders, Kenneth David (Brenda) Kibbe, Katy Kibbe, Daniel Kibbe, and Joe Kibbe.
Kevin D. Glaze, 38, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in rural Meade County from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born July 5, 1980 in Meade, the son of Daniel “Danny” H. and Catherine “Cathy” E. (Nusser) Glaze. He was a lifetime Minneola resident and a graduate of Minneola High School and worked for Tyson McVey Construction in Dodge City. He enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles.
On April 27, 2007 he married Alana Borst at Minneola. She survives.
Other survivors include: their 2 daughters, Summer and Zayla Glaze both of the home; his mother, Cathy Glaze, Minneola; his brother, Kerry Glaze and wife Heather, Salina; his grandmother, Ilene Shelton, Dodge City; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
A come and go reception will be held throughout the day on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Minneola Community Center. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
The family suggests memorials to the Kevin Glaze Memorial Fund in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com
Norma Jean Leis passed away in Columbia, Missouri, on June 13, 2019, her 89th birthday. Norma was born in Dodge City, Kansas, on June 13, 1930, to George D. Harshberger and Beulah E. Schoonover. She married Donald W. Leis on November 22, 1948. They were childhood sweethearts and she was always proud of his Army service in WWII. They lived in Minneola, Kansas, until 1966, when they moved to the family farm near Minneola, which was homesteaded by Norma’s grandfather, JW Harshberger. Don preceded Norma in death on June 11, 1993. In 2007, Norma moved to Hallsville, Missouri, for health reasons. She continued to be a passionate Kansan, despite her address change.
Norma was a rancher, farmer, gardener and craftswoman who mastered all sorts of handwork. She was an avid reader and traveled extensively, visiting six continents over the years. After sending all of her children to college, she pursued her own college career. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and was always a source of surprises. She was most proud, however, of her family. She was a mother first and foremost; she loved babies and, perhaps, her grandchildren best of all. In her final years, she was still making baby quilts and afghans for yet to be born children.
Norma was a member of St Anthony’s Parish in Fowler, Kansas, and, after moving to Missouri, her adopted parish, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Centralia, Missouri. Her spiritual life was always a comfort to her and the friends she made as part of her faith were always important to her. She served as a lay eucharistic minister, delivering the sacraments to the homebound. Norma also served as a long-time volunteer with Hospice of the Prairie. She relished being in charge and making her own decisions. To her final days, she was the one making life decisions.
In addition to her husband, Norma is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a sister and a grandchild. She is survived by one sister, Ida Heinson, of Lamar, Colorado. She is also survived by her nine children, 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her children are David (Rosann) Leis of Paducah, Kentucky; Mike (Lidiette) Leis of San Pedro de Poás, Costa Rica; Brenda (Larry) Jensen of Columbia, Missouri; Mark (Jane) Leis of Kansas City, Missouri; Tom (Jerri) Leis of Minneola, Kansas; Gail (Dant) Lasater of Chesterfield, Missouri; Dianne (Jeff) Peier of Wichita, Kansas; John (Jill) Leis of Minneola, Kansas; and Jana (Eric) Brey of McCordsville, Indiana. Norma is also survived by her brother-in law, Clarence Leis, sisters-in-law Betty Leis, Dorothy Leis, LaVern Leis, Floydene Leis and Judy Harshberger, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fowler, Kansas, followed by a visitation with family present at 8:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at the church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Lunch will follow in the Parish Hall. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola, Kansas.
Donations in Norma’s memory can be made to either the Don and Norma Leis Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Minneola High School, at 12548 108 Road, Minneola, Kansas 67865-8503, or the Leis Family Fund that Norma established with the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas, P.O. Box 1313, Dodge City, Kansas 67801-1313.
Patricia “Patty” L. Denison, 74 died, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Minneola District Hospital.
She was born September 2, 1944 in Dodge City, the daughter of John E. and Lena M. (Amend) Millett. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker and did artistry also.
She was a member of CrossWalk Christian Church, and the Garden Club both in Minneola. Patty enjoyed quilting, arts and crafts, photography and animals. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren most of all.
On February 14, 1982 she married Chuck Denison in Minneola. He survives.
Survivors also include: her 2 daughters, Angela Ratzlaff and husband Scott, Minneola and Amanda Strunk and husband Joe, Maize, Kansas; 9 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the CrossWalk Christian Church with Brad Kefauver officiating. Burial will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to Minneola Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Esther Ruth York was born August 10, 1919 to Frank and Cora Johnson York of the Sitka Community. She passed away at the Ashland Health Center/Senior Living Center on May 25, 2019. She was two and one-half months from her 100th birthday.
Ruth attended the Sitka Elementary schools and graduated from Ashland High School with the Class of 1937. She then attended Southwestern College to return home and teach one term in the Bare country school on the Clark/Comanche County line and one year near Burlington, Kansas. Realizing that teaching wasn’t her calling, she returned to Wichita and graduated from the Wichita Business College and worked for Cessna Aircraft. During World War II, Ruth served on the Red Cross staff assigned to the 231st General Hospital in both the European and Pacific theaters. She spent a year in Japan during the Occupation.
After returning from overseas, she worked on Capitol Hill in Washington DC for Kansas’ U.S. Senator Clyde Reed and later for Congressman Clifford Hope of the 6th District of Kansas. In 1951 she moved to Houston, Texas, and was a secretary to the President of San Jacinto Oil and Gas Company. Ruth then worked for twenty years managing the office of Radford Byerly, an oil and gas attorney. She retired in 1984 living in Houston until 2002 when she moved to Wichita to live with her sister, Sibyl Mauk.
Ruth traveled the world extensively. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf and bridge. She loved entertaining nieces and nephews in Houston and at a beach house on Galveston Bay.
Ruth was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Jr. League, various book clubs, and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Wichita.
She is survived by her sister, Sibyl Mauk, Wichita, KS, and eleven nieces and nephews, their spouses and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Frances Randall, Mildred Snyder, Doris Dove, two brothers, John York, Russell York, two nephews, Kenneth York and Warren Randall.
Memorials in her honor are suggested to be made to the Ashland Health Center/ Senior Living Center P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831 or Hospice of the Prairie P.O. Box 1298 Dodge City, KS 67831.
A Memorial Celebration of her grand life will be at the Ashland United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 10:30 AM and the inurnment will be at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas at 9:30 AM.
Arrangements made by the Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolence can be offered by the family at www.schillingfhg.com.
Kenneth Leland Swanson passed away on May 15, 2019 at the age of 86 years, 4 months and 4 days. He was born in Ashland, Kansas, at the farm home of his parents Walter Alexander Swanson and Mary Golden Beard Swanson. He had three older brothers, one an infant who passed away 1-2 days after birth, Harold, and Robert Swanson. He attend grade school and high school in Ashland.
He met Melba L. Edmonston on a blind date. He always said he knew after the first date he was going to marry her, but he waited until their third date to ask. They eloped and were married on April 8,1954 in New Mexico. They began traveling right away courtesy of the United States Army. Their first child was born in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. Their three girls were all born in the Ashland District Hospital.
Kenneth was a teacher in the Ashland school system his entire career. He said he asked Prof Humphreys why he hired him as a teacher. Prof’s response was, he knew “Ken had pulled every trick in the book so the students would not be able to pull pranks on him.” In addition to various second jobs, he volunteered in the community. He assisted Jim Arnold getting the local Boy Scout troop started and was active in that for many years. He was also involved with the local Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, and was the voice of the Ashland Bluejays at football games for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Melba, his parents, Walter and Mary Swanson, two brothers (infant and Harold), their daughter in law, Patricia Swanson, and son in law, Brian Harris.
He is survived by his brother Dr. Robert Swanson (Ruby) Brookings, SD; his four children,
Monte Swanson, Topeka, Krista Smith (Eric) Topeka, Melanie Swanson, Wichita, and Kerry Harris, Topeka. Grandchildren, Eric “Brandon” Smith (Tara) Chanute, Elizabeth “Liz” Kinate (Nate), Kansas City, MO, and Lauren Harris, Topeka; and two great grandchildren, Hudson Kinate, Kansas City, MO, and Ryder Smith, Chanute.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to United Methodist Church P.O. Box 686 Ashland, KS 67831, USD 220 Ashland Public Schools 311 JE Humphreys St. Ashland, KS 67831, and Santa Fe Trail Boy Scouts 402 E Fulton St. Suite #4 Garden City, KS 67846.
Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2018 at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Graveside services followed at Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas.
Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolences can be made to the family at www.schillingfhg.com
Ellen Harrington was born July 20, 1931 in Ashland, Kansas to Leslie and Della (Hart) Allison. Ellen passed away May 10, 2019 at the Ashland Health Center Senior Living Center.
Ellen attend school in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in May 1949, following graduation Ellen began a long career with Stockgrowers State Bank.
Ellen married Warren (Jab) Harrington and they made their home on the farm in Englewood. Ellen’s family will attest to her baking abilities. Her desserts were always sought after.
In 1991 Ellen retired after forty-two years. Jab and Ellen enjoyed traveling the lower states.
She survived by her husband Warren (Jab) Harrington, Bob and Joan Harrington, Garden City, KS. Gordon and Sherre Harrington, Ashland, KS
Grandchildren: Keith & Chrisanna Harrington, Maji, Zeke, Kiki, Jake, Brady, Nati, and Yemi, Boise, Idaho; Tyler & Jodi Powell, Jaden, Gage, Danika, Tate, Corinth, TX; Luke & Holly Harrington, Rylan & Daxton, Garden City, KS; Lance & Rebecca Harrington, Parker, Brycen, Laney, Kade, Lees, Summit, MO; Seth & Jamie Harrington, Kennedy, Karson, Alexandra, Carter, Englewood, KS; Clark Harrington, Ashland, KS.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Della (Hart) Allison, brother, Earl Allison, and great grandson Maji Harrington.
Memorials can be made to AHC Senior Living Center P.O. Box 188 Ashland, KS 67831.
Services were held at the First Christian Church in Ashland, KS on May 13, 2019 at 2:00PM and interment followed at the Highland Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.schillingfhg.com.
William Templeman, Jr.
William R. (Bill) Templeman, Jr., 97, died June 7, 2019 at Minneola Long Term Care, Minneola.
He was born October 24, 1921 in Dodge City, Kansas son of William Roy Templeman and Pearl B. (Shinogle) Templeman.
He lived and farmed with his family on the farm northeast of Minneola and spent the winters in Aransas Pass, Texas working on a shrimp boat with his father. Bill graduated from Bloom High School in 1940. After graduation he served 4 years in the US Navy on a supply ship and as a gunner’s mate on the Admiral Halstead during World War II, in San Francisco, New Zealand and Sidney, Australia.
He married Edna L. (Babe) Parks on January 1, 1945. She preceded him in 1967. He married Evelyn Rooney on October 30, 1971. She preceded him on July 29, 1999.
He was a member of the Minneola Methodist Church and American Legion. He loved to fish and travel during the winter and spent time in Bullhead City, Arizona.
Survivors include, one Step-Daughter, Connie (Rooney) Dellinger and husband Bob, Dodge City; 2 Step-Granddaughters, Amy Woydziak and husband Matt, Hays, and Wendy Dellinger, Dodge City; 2 Great Grandchildren, Wade Woydziak and Emily Woydziak; one Great Great Granddaughter, Addison Woydziak and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Bernadean E. Moore, one brother, Rodney Templeman, and 2 nieces, Janel Marshall and Judy Reed.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am Wednesday June 12, 2019 at Minnis Mortuary Minneola with Jeff Heirs officiating. Burial will follow in Greencrest Memorial Gardens, Dodge City, with full military honors by Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714 and the United States Navy. Visitation with the family present will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to Minneola Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Rose Kathryn Cloutman, 96 died May 18, 2019 at Minneola District Hospital. She was born July 5, 1922, in Pratt County, Kansas to Edgar David and Mary Amy (Logan) Rolf.
She was a graduate of Pratt High School and Pratt Junior College. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for The Peoples State Bank and Unified School District #219 of Minneola. She was a member of CrossWalk Christian Church in Minneola.
She married George Cloutman on February 6, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He died December 14, 2012.
Survivors include; 2 sons, Larry (Liz) Cloutman, Lawrence, Kansas and Don (Jackie) Cloutman, Burdett, Kansas; 1 daughter, Leah (Tim) Berens, Olathe, Kansas; 4 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren; and Sister-in-law, Wilma Rolf.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband George, infant daughter Linda Diane, 1 sister and 2 brothers.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2019 at the CrossWalk Christian Church with Pastors Suzie Woods and Brad Kefauver officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday in the Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge with Tom Walters officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the family present at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to Minneola District Hospital or Minneola City Library both in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Anna Jean Wilson-Minor
Anna Jean Wilson-Minor, a resident of Ashland Long Term Care was called to her heavenly home April 5, 2019. She was born in the family home at 434 West 8th, Ashland, Kansas at 10 PM May 2, 1924 to George Maben and Dulcie Fox Pike, the seventh of eight children. Mr. Pike was a photographer, owning Pike Studio, and public servant, having served Clark County as County Clerk and Probate Judge. Mrs. Pike was a homemaker.
Anna Jean graduated from high school in May 1942, having gone all 12 years of schooling in Ashland, except for her sophomore year when she lived in Attica, Kansas with her sister, Mildred and husband Joe Urban.
After high school graduation, she enrolled in the Colorado State College of Education, Greeley, Colorado, attending one quarter where she was the secretary to the Head of the Department of Languages. She then moved to Los Angeles, California, working for the Bullocks Wiltshire Department Store as a secretary, later transferring to the accounting department after taking a three-week night course in machine bookkeeping. She was later secretary to the production manager of Emsco where they made the landing gears for the Navy PBY planes. Anna Jean returned to Ashland late in 1943 and married G. T. (George Turner) Wilson on January 2, 1944. To this union two daughters were born, Georgeann and a year later Georgette who died before she was born. Anna Jean and G. T. were divorced in 1952. She worked for Stockgrowers Bank and Grimes Homegas, Inc.
Anna Jean and Georgeann moved to Hays in 1957 where she enrolled as a business major. She graduated in 1959 with honors having been elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi.
She taught 3 years in Jetmore, Kansas while also attending graduate school in Greeley, Colorado during the summers. She received her M. A. degree and was inducted in Delta Pi Epsilon.
They moved to Pratt, Kansas where she taught 4 years at Pratt High, and 12 years at Pratt Community College. She returned to Ashland, Kansas to finish her teaching career retiring in 1989.
Anna Jean loved to help people, so wherever there was a need, one would find her volunteering. She sang in church choirs 74 years, taught Sunday School classes 60 years, and worked at Hospice of the Prairie for 23 years.
She married J. W. Minor September 5, 1992 and he predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers (William and L. G.), 5 sisters (Virginia, Vivian, Mildred, Rose Helen, and Nita). She is survived by her daughter Georgeann, son-in-law Bill Lang, granddaughter Brooke (Nate Essington), great-granddaughter Meredith Ann Essington, 5 stepchildren, and their offspring.
Memorials may be made to the Ashland United Methodist Church P.O. Box 686 Ashland, KS 67831 or Hospice of the Prairie P.O. Box 1289 Ashland, KS 67801.
Celebration of Life is at United Methodist Church in Ashland, KS at 11:00AM on May 2, 2019.
Arrangement made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Read obit and offer condolence at www.schillingfhg.com.
William “Bill” Joseph Steele, age 89, of Ashland, Kansas, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Ashland, Kansas.
Bill was the only child to his parents Elwyn Joseph and Lillian Mamie Steele. Bill was born on July 17, 1929 in Prince Crossing, Illinois.
Bill is preceded in death by his two parents and his loving wife of 52 years, Mildred (Millie) Elaine Steele (Rainey). Bill is survived by his seven children. Three girls from his first marriage: Virginia Koetter, Peggy and Debra Steele and four children with the love of his life Mille: Mary Steele (Ashland, KS), Bryan Steele (Eugene, MO), Beverly Sndyer (WaKeeney, KS) and James Steele (Huntsville, AL) and eight grand-children and seven great grandchildren.
Bill grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Wheaton High School and joined the United States Air Force. He served his Country honorably from April 1948 – August 1968 earning numerous awards and decorations. During Bill’s 20 years of military service, he served in numerous assignments overseas and stateside. Amongst his proudest missions was supporting the Berlin Airlift where he earned the Air Force’s “Humane Action” medal for his support and participation.
In 1964 Bill and Millie were united in marriage in Wheaton, Illinois. The two started their family of four children and in 1975 the family moved to Ashland, Kansas where Millie was raised. Bill worked as carpenter for a couple of years and then joined the Clark County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff in 1977. Bill retired at the age of 66 after working proudly and serving the people of Clark County for 18 years. Bill enjoyed working another 12 years as a carpenter in Ashland and finally retired for good at the age of 78.
Bill enjoyed working with his hands, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. Bill was a Christian, a proud American, a proud military Veteran, a 33rddegree Mason, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a firm believer in the right to bear and keep arms.
Bill’s children thank the fine folks of Ashland and Clark County for the 44 years Bill and Millie lived in Ashland where they called “home”. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to honor Bill to the USD 220 SHOW (Students Honoring Our Warriors) Program, the Ashland Health Care Center-Long Term, or during offering this Sunday at your Church. Arrangements were provided by Wilkinson Funeral Service, Ashland, Kansas.
MaryLou Jackson, 76, died on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart Ks. She was born on September 6, 1942 in Garden City. She is the daughter of Gerold & Marjie (Renner) Crook. She married Stanley A. Jackson on April 14, 1961 in Garden City.
MaryLou graduated from Garden City High School in 1960. She raised her family on the farm and helped her husband with the farming operation. Later, she became an crop insurance agent for the Gordon O’Dell Agency. She enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen at Jennie Barker School, sewing, quilting & cooking. She and her husband moved to Satanta after retirement. She was preceded in death by her Father -Gerold Crook and Brother- Jay Crook.
She is survived by her Husband- Stanley Jackson of the home in Satanta, 2 Sons- Brad K. and wife Darla J. Jackson of Satanta and Bret L. Jackson and wife Marvella Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, Mother- Marjie Crook of Garden City, Brother- Ron Crook of Garden City, 2 Sisters- Vivian Huelskamp of Mineola & Rhonda Magnison of Ulysses, along with 6 Grandsons and 11 Great-Grandchildren.
Graveside Service will be at 1:30PM, Tuesday at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City with Von Hunn officiating. The family will greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:30PM on Monday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com
Jesse Erik David Mercer, 45, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home in Preston. He was born November 17, 1973 in Hutchinson, the son of David Charles Mercer and Ethel Viola (Lake) Carter. On May 27, 1995, he married Yvonne Marie (Ferguson) Mercer at the Free Methodist Church in Pratt.
He graduated from Ashland High School in 1992. He received an Associates in Automotive Mechanics from Pratt Community College in 1995 and later his Bachelors in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas. He moved to Preston 9 years ago from Corinth, Texas. He was the Service Manager at Lanterman Motors. He was a member of the Pratt Free Methodist Church. He served as the Mayor of Preston, Youth Leader and Board Administration at Pratt Free Methodist Church and Youth Core Ministries. He enjoyed picking on his children and sister, woodworking, mechanics, cooking, smoking meats and decorating cakes.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; daughter, Megan (fiancé, Bobby Fanning) Mercer; son, Matthew Mercer; and mother, Ethel Carter all of Preston; father, David (Patricia) Mercer of Wichita; brother, Frank (Amy) Maggard of Parker, Colorado; sisters, Deidra (Richard) Rattay of Mason City, Iowa and Jonelle (Christopher) Knapp of Udall; and stepsisters, Leah (Jeff) Ellis of Kingman and Rachelle (Danny) Slates of Derby.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Lee Maggard.
Visitation will be Friday, April 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5-7 at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Free Methodist Church with Pastors Matthew Tuszynski and Mike McGovney presiding. Inurnment will be at a later date at Sylvia Cemetery, Sylvia.
Memorials may be made to Jesse Mercer Memorial Fund, Pratt Free Methodist Church or My Happy Place, Mason City, Iowa in care of Larrison Mortuary. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.
Dylan James Lovell, 18, a resident of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his home. He was born on January 10, 2001 in Kansas City, MO to Rob and Trina (Ledford) Lovell.
Dylan inspired everyone he met to fight even when it seems impossible and to love unconditionally. He spent many months as an inpatient at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and saw many specialists there as well. Many times the doctors just knew Dylan wasn’t going to make it, but he defied the odds for over 18 years. He was a fighter through it all, and always amazed everyone with his positive attitude.
Dylan was diagnosed at a very young age with a condition called Moebius Syndrome and was active in the Moebius Syndrome community. Prior to his passing, Dylan and his family participated in an informational video about and a government study of the rare condition. Dylan’s body was donated to the research efforts after his passing and although his condition is related to Mobius Syndrome, the doctors believe that Dylan may have actually had an even more rare, possibly undiscovered condition. The researchers have expressed to the family their excitement as Dylan’s gift is very precious. It will help them gather information that is very hard to come by and will potentially help many with related conditions.
Dylan brought joy and laughter to all who knew him. You would always see him enjoying Veggie Tales on his I-Pad. He also loved to paint, swim, and watch the Royals play baseball. At home Dylan enjoyed lounging in his favorite fuzzy blankets and cuddling with his brother and sisters and his dogs Connor and Murphy. Above all Dylan cherished family time which was highlighted by a Make A Wish trip to Disney World in October of 2015.
Survived by his mother, Trina Ledford of Blue Springs, MO; father, Rob Lovell of Blue Springs, MO; siblings, Devin Jace Lovell, Tessa Ann Lovell, Tayler Aria Lovell all of Blue Springs, MO; maternal grandparents, James and Teresa Ledford of South Coffeyville, OK. He is preceded by his paternal grandparents, Louis and Betty Lovell of Dodge City, KS.
Luke Lewis Gean, born October 15, 2012, gained his police badge on Friday, March 15, 2019, surrounded by his loving parents. His mended heart is now whole.
He is watching over his family now; parents: Blaze and April; siblings: Jaden, Kyle, and Milee; Nana and Papa: Don and Sue; Mimi and Pops: Liz and Russ; Grandpa and Grandma: Johnny and Patty; Uncle Chase (Nicole), Aunt Heather (Pete), Aunt TaTa (Dustin), Aunt Kirstie (Randy), Aunt Ashley (Lynn), Uncle Kade, Uncle Keston and Uncle Jason (Diane); Great-Grandparents: Memaw Ginger, Grandma Kay, Grandma Carol, Grandpa Mike Snyder (Guyneth), Grandpa Lewis (June), and Don and Judy Hensley; Cousins: Ember, Asher, Matt, Mike, Ryatt, Rebel, Pate, Jace, Donovan, Tyson, Raegan, Gavin, and Nolan; Numerous other family members and friends; His dear friends: Gina Hoffman, Brandt and Haily Rogers, Westrup Girls, Winter and Doug Jackson, and U.S.D. 300 staff and students.
Special thanks to Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Shah and to all the wonderful nurses and staff on the PICU and cardiac floor at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Funeral service is at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019 at South Central Middle School Gymnasium, Protection, KS, with Trevor Ball presiding. Burial will follow the funeral service at Protection Cemetery in Protection, KS.
The family requests that guests dress casual and wear red in memory of Luke.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Luke Gean Scholarship Fund at Bank of Protection or Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.
Don Howard Randall, age 84, passed away on February 28, 2019 at Inland Valley Medical Center. He was born on January 18, 1935 in the small country town of Ashland, Kansas to Paul and Mildred (Ingram) Randall. He grew up on a cattle ranch with his younger brother Keith. Family history was greatly valued with several generations of relatives living nearby who helped pioneer the area. Don graduated from Ashland High School in 1953 then went on to college at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma where he met his beautiful bride, Erma Lee Moothart. Don graduated in 1957 and they were married on May 24, 1958 just a few days before Lee graduated. The newly married couple moved to Nashville, Tennessee where Lee worked as a school teacher and Don pursued his doctorate in psychology from Vanderbilt University. They had two children (Kathy and Rod) during this time, Don finished his PhD and they eventually moved to Hays, Kansas where Don became the Department Head of Psychology at Fort Hays Kansas State College. Their third child, Randy, was born in 1968. In 1970, Don accepted a position as a clinical psychologist in Long Beach, California and moved his family out west where they have been ever since. But he never lost his love for the ranch in Kansas and took his family back to visit many times over the years creating cherished memories. His love for the ranch has now been passed on to his children and grandchildren. After living a few years in Long Beach, the family settled in Covina, California where the three children continued their school years and graduated from high school and college. Once the kids were on their own, Don and Lee moved to Big Bear, California and he commuted weekly to his private practice in Twenty Nine Palms until he retired in 1997. Two of his children married and the grandkid years began. The large Big Bear home is remembered now as the best grandkid house. Grandad, as Don was fondly called, built a bedroom just for the grandkids, played board games with them in the sunroom, and helped them sled down the hill in the snow. Even with nine grandchildren, Don and Lee took each one out for their birthdays creating more special memories. In 2001, Don and Lee moved to The Colony in Murrieta where they enjoyed a wonderful community of friends. They both played paddle tennis and were active with the Colony Racquet Club. Don was the president for two years (2005-2006). He was also a charter member of the Knights of the Round Table, a group of men who meet regularly at the Clubhouse to discuss life, solve the world’s problems, and play pool. Don has been a faithful caregiver to his wife Lee in recent years as she has struggled with loss of hearing and memory. Don’s unconditional love for his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, and friends has been a beautiful example of God’s love to everyone around him. He will be greatly missed, but the priceless memories he has left behind will live on in our hearts forever.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
Don is survived by Lee (Moothart) Randall, his beloved wife of 60 years; daughter, Kathy (Darryl) Scroggins, son, Rod (Leigh) Randall, preceded in death by his son, Randy (1968-1996); survived by 9 grandchildren: Kristi (Jonathan) Dietz, Taryn Randall, Jenni (Ben) Otte, Darryl (Lisa) Scroggins, Lauryn (Phil) Estrada, Corbin Randall, Scotty Scroggins, Tim Scroggins, Andy Scroggins; 7 great-grandchildren: Nathan, Jericho, Aria, and Isaiah Dietz, Aaron and Olivia Scroggins, Baby Otte; his brother Keith (Judi) Randall, nephews Jim and Dave Randall.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on: Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00am
The Colony at California Oaks, 40710 Avenida Florita, Murrieta, CA 92562
Allen Craig Ball was born on February 7, 1956 at Greensburg, Kansas to Elmer and Leona (Harris) Ball. At a young age his parents, two brothers Ken & Larry and a sister Donna moved to Buffalo, Oklahoma and made the home, then came Allen’s baby brother Russell. Allen graduated form Buffalo High School. Allen joined the United State Navy and served his country for several years. Allen has been a resident of Ashland, Kansas since his adulthood. Allen worked as a carpenter and plumber along side Bob Albert Construction, Mishler’s Service Center; Dave Osborn; and Russ Hensley construction. He also was a handy man fixing all different things or repairing cars, truck and worked on motorcycle. Allen loved the New York Yankees and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Allen enjoyed playing the guitar and enjoyed listening to music. Allen was an animal lover, with his lovely dog Yuhoo, who was always in the pickup with Allen. Allen was proceeded in death by his parents, and a sister Donna Schmiedeke of Elkhart, Kansas. Allen left his earthly home on February 25, 2019. Allen is survived by his brothers, Ken Ball, Larry Ball and Russell Ball, wife Kristi, Brother in Law, Herb Schmiedeke, nephews and nieces and a host of friends. Memorials for Allen Ball Funeral Expenses in care of Wilkinson Funeral Expenses, PO Box 821, Ashland, KS 67831. Memorial services will be planned at a later date.
Carol (Hayes) Morrow, 82, died Friday, February 22, 2019 at Minneola Long Term Care.
She was born February 22, 1937 at Cimarron, the daughter of Joseph Charles and Golda (Buchanan) Hayes. She was a graduate of Ingalls High School and a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker, enjoyed reading and was well known for playing the piano.
On June 23, 1956 she married Jack Clifford Morrow at Clayton, New Mexico. He preceded her in death on September 27, 2010.
Survivors include: her daughter, Melissa Goldsberry and husband Robert, Dodge City; her sister, Lela Headrick and husband Raymond, Cimarron; a daughter-in-law, Denise Morrow, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 3 sisters-in-law, Sharon Hayes, Guymon, Oklahoma, Brenda Hayes, Ingalls and Sandy Gates and husband Robert, Memphis, Tennessee; 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son, Terry Morrow and 4 brothers, David, Eldon, Wayne and Allen Hayes.
Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, with Rev. Vernon Bogart officiating. Private family burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon to 8:00 pm at Ziegler Funeral Chapel. The casket will remain closed.
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
Phyllis Lee Hurley, 95, died Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Minneola Long Term Care.
She was born July 16, 1923 in Dodge City, the daughter of Edigar and Edna (Gordon) Glaze. She was a graduate of Minneola High School. She was a resident of Burnet, Texas and Minneola. She worked as a cook at the Highway Cafe in Minneola and made the best pies.
She was a member of CrossWalk Christian Church in Minneola.
On July 16, 1941 she married Wallace D. Hurley at Mullinville. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2005.
Survivors include: 2 daughters, Sue Boyd and husband Larry, Meade and Connie Higginbotham, Round Rock, Texas; a son, James Hurley, Burnett, Texas; 15 Grandchildren; many Great Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great-Great Grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and 10 brothers and sisters.
Funeral service were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the CrossWalk Christian Church with Brad Kefauver officiating. Burial followed in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggests memorials to Minneola Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Betty L. Weber, age 89, passed away early Tuesday morning, February 19, 2019, at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas.
She was born February 23, 1929, at Rolla, Kansas, the daughter of Harold and Dora (Crews) and stepmother Ruth (Britenbach) Hogue. As a young girl she attended school in Rolla, graduating from Rolla High School. She later attended Kansas Wesleyan University, receiving her degree in nursing. After her graduation, she worked for eight years as a nurse.
On July 13, 1957, she married Neal E. Weber at Rolla, Kansas. After their marriage the couple made their home at rural Fowler, Kansas.
She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ of Minneola, Kansas. She enjoyed reading, working in the outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Jena Loffert and husband Brennan of Richmond Hill, Georgia; a great-granddaughter, Allie Diana Loffert of Richmond Hill, Georgia; and a brother Don Hogue and wife Dorotha of Colorado.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Neal on December 13, 2012; a daughter, Diana Marie Stinchcomb on February 26, 2001; a son-in-law, Robert Allen Stinchcomb on April 14, 2018; mother, Dora Hogue; and a brother Lester Hogue on August 28, 2016.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until service time Friday. Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery.
The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com
John Stephens II
John E. Stephens II (Steve) was born September 19, 1950 in Ashland Kansas to John D. (Jack) Stephens and Jean Schroeder Stephens. Steve attended Ashland High School and graduated in 1968. After high school he attended Pratt Junior college for two years. He couldn’t make up his mind what he wanted to do, so he joined the Air Force in 1970. He was stationed at Spangdolem Air Force Base, Germany and Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. While stationed in Germany, he married Margie Holiday on February 18, 1972 in Bitburg, Germany. Steve and Margie knew each other from high school, but only dated for two weeks before they decided to get married. They remained together until Margie’s passing. Steve and Margie had three children Chris, Lyne, and Jose. After his discharge from the Air Force he returned to Ashland to engage in farming at the Stephens Ranch with his father in 1974. Through the years he worked at the Ashland Co-op, Ashland Feeders and Filson Manufacturing. Steve’s job at Filson’s took him all over the country selling cattle equipment. He loved this job and never met a stranger no matter where he went. He returned to the ranch in 2002 where he spent the rest of his life farming and ranching. Steve was never found without a smile on his face, a joke to tell, or a kind word of encouragement. Steve was preceded in death by his wife Margie on August 20, 2016, parents Jack and Jean Stephens, father in law Ted Holiday, and nephew Bryan Allison. Steve left this earthy home on February 11, 2019 in Coldwater, Kansas. Steve is survived by his children, Chris (Heather), Buffalo, Oklahoma, Lyne (Don), Minneola, Kansas, Jose (Meghan) Hays, Kansas. Brother Don, Chickasha Oklahoma, Mother In Law, Jane Holiday, Oologah Oklahoma. Eight grandchildren, Damon and Kellen Stephens, Shanelle Sharp, Jalin, Julia and Jackson Johnson and Jenna and Jase Stephens, nieces, nephews, special friend Diana Owens, other family and friends. Memorials can be sent to Bryan K. Scholarship-Ashland Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church Ashland, or Comanche County Hospital, all in care of Wilkinson Funeral Service, Ashland, Kansas.
Funeral services were held at 2:00PM Thursday February 14, 2019 in the Presbyterian Church of Ashland, interment followed services in the Highland Cemetery Ashland, with the Ashland VFW Military Graveside rites and the Masonic Lodge. Under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service of Ashland, KS.
Walter Joseph Krier was born in Olpe, Kansas the son of Lawrence and Josephine Fladung Krier on July 25, 1944, and departed this life on January 11, 2019, at Peace Valley, Missouri.
After high school graduation at Englewood, Kansas Walter served his country during a time directly following the Korean Conflict. He then attended Panhandle State University in Oklahoma where he earned a rodeo scholarship to McNeese University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Walter earned his degree in veterinarian medicine, then spent several years with Swift Packing Company in Fort Worth, Texas later becoming employed by American Cyanamid Pharmaceutical Company. After his retirement he worked as a cattle representative for Superior Livestock Auction while enjoying his interests in cooking and gardening.
He is survived by his wife Lexie Krier of the family home and four children: Brian Krier and wife DeeAnna, Kevin Krier, Melissa Bell and husband Stan, Kim Jenkins and husband Brian, the mother of his children and a multitude of grandchildren nieces and nephews, two brothers Jerry Krier and wife Patty, and Gilbert Krier of Ashland, Kansas.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and four of his brothers Robert, Harold, Charlie and Larry Krier.
Jennifer Lynn (Lynny) Husband, age 43, passed away late Saturday evening, April 20, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, as a result of a motorcycle accident.
She was born January 30, 1976, at Scott City, Kansas, the daughter of Ralph and Jamie (Lang) Krisle. She attended the Fowler school system and graduated from Fowler High School in 1994. She then attended Pratt Community College. On returning to Fowler she coached volleyball and other sports in the Fowler school system. All the players loved her but some of the officials had a difficult time with her. She was also working as a Grain Merchandiser for the Meade CO-OP.
After her education, she returned to Fowler and began her career as a Grain Merchandiser, and was currently employed at the Meade CO-OP.
Her children were her life. Riding motorcycles was her passion, Lynn’s smile and infectious laugh were known by all.
She enjoyed many crafts and was very creative. Many in the community are wearing shirts she created for them.
On December 2, 2016, she married Brandon J. Husband at Kansas City. He precedes her in death on April 20, 2019. She was his Queen . . . He was her King.
She is survived by a son, Kenyan Weber; daughters, Kadyn and Kambrey Weber; a stepdaughter, Carrie Husband; mother Jamie Lang; brothers, Robert Krisle, Slade (Abby) Lang, and Gage (Tiffany) Lang; a stepbrother, Chad (Tracy) Lang; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Fowler High School Gymnasium. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas. Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.
Memorials to the children of Lynn and Brandon can be made in care of the funeral home. The family request that those in attendance of the service come as Lynn and Brandon would.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com
Helen M. Anderson, 89, of Amarillo died Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Helen was born in Ashland, Kan., on March 9, 1929, to Virgil and Nellie Howell. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1947. Helen attended Kansas State University, joined Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and received a B.S. in Home Economics in 1951.
Helen married Don Anderson on April 7, 1950, in Ashland, Kan. With Don, she learned to play golf and enjoyed traveling. They raised three children and enjoyed spending time with and watching their grandchildren grow.
She was a member of the Methodist church, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Panhandle Geological Society Women’s Auxiliary, Geologist Wives Bridge Club, Amarillo Art Center Docents, Antique Club, and a couple’s cooking club.
Survivors include daughter, Chris Jones and husband, Bennett, of Ft. Worth; son, Greg Anderson and wife, Connie, of Dallas; daughter Kim McCarty and husband, Steve, of Amarillo; granddaughters Taylor Jones of Austin and Merrill Jones of Ft. Worth; grandson Nick Sandlin and wife, Alex, of Austin; a brother Vern Howell of Ashland, Kan.; a sister-in-law Olga Howell of Mesa, Ariz.; and numerous other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Don; her sister, Doris Patterson; and her brother, Don Howell.
George Reed, Jr.
Graveside services for George Richard Reed, Jr, 86, of Diana will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, November 16, 2018 at Walnut Creek Cemetery, with Pastor Guy McGraw officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home in Diana. He passed away on November 12, 2018 in a Longview hospital.
George was born December 8, 1931 in Ashland, Kansas to George Richard Reed, Sr. and Mary May Finley Reed. He served in the U.S Navy during the Korean War and later retired from Letourneau where he worked as a welder. He married Bertha Ann Henry on November 23, 1957 at Forest Home Baptist Church in Kilgore, Texas. She preceded him in death on October 27, 2014.
George is survived by sons: Curtis and Watson Reed, daughter and son-in-law: Lisa and Dave Hiles, 3 grandchildren: Joshua Reed, Cory Hiles and Chase Hiles, brother: Frank Reed, sisters: Helen Freer and Cherry Love and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son George Reed, III and sister Louise Burlingham.
Please leave online condolences at www.grubbsloydfh.com
Karla Jean Worf passed away peacefully in her Ashland home on November 4th at the age of 63 surrounded by her family.
Karla was born on April 6th, 1955 in Ashland, Kansas
She leaves behindby her husband Jeff Worf of 28 years, and her son Kaine King and his wife Rhonda, Two step-sons Zach & Adam Worf, sister Kris and her husband Larry, Nieces Stephine and Lindsey, Nephews Allen, Nathan, Tanis, Buck, Bear and Jack. Granddaughter Paige Evans, Great Grandchildren Bentley and Berklee and many many friends.
Karla is preceded in death by her Mother & Father Teckla & Alfred Breit, Sister Karen Shaw, and Brother Artie Breit.
A graveside service is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13that 10:00 A.M. at Ashland Highland Cemetery, the family will receive friends at the Christian church directly after the service.
Memorials can be sent to Hospice of the Prairie 200 Fourth Circle, Dodge City, KS 67801.
The family would like to thankHospice of the prairie for their care and dedication.
Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home. Read obit and make condolences at www.schillingfhg.com.
It is with broken hearts of the family of Wanda (Hillman) Smith announces her passing on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Minneola Hospital, Minneola, Kansas at the age of 84 years. Wanda was born on May 16, 1934 in Boise City, Oklahoma to Martin and Norma (Peggy) Hillman. During her childhood years Wanda lost her father to cancer. As a young girl Wanda spent time living with her grandmother while Peggy worked in the airplane factory in Wichita, Kansas. Peggy remarried to Ferdinand Frank he became Wanda’s daddy. To this union Wanda gain three brother and two sisters which later she helped raise all her sibling while both Ferd and Peggy worked. Wanda graduated from Fowler High School in Fowler, Kansas in 1952 then later attended Business College in Denver, Colorado. On April 14, 1958 Wanda met Bernard W. Smith at a cafe in Meade, Kansas where she worked. On July 3, 1958 Wanda and Bernard were married to this union 3 children were born Bernadine, Bernnie, and June. Bernard and Wanda raised their children on the family ranch north of Gate, Oklahoma. Wanda was very active in raising bucket calves, growing a large garden, putting up hay, and she thoroughly enjoyed calving heifers. As her children progressed in school Wanda became a bus driver for the Gate School District. Wanda enjoyed becoming the activity bus driver and keeper for the Gate Pirates. In life Wanda enjoyed the company of her nine grandchildren and later in life her 9 great grandchildren. Wanda was preceded in death by her father, Martin Hillman; mother, Norma (Peggy) Hillman Frank; daddy, Ferdinand Frank; sister, Mary Louise Frank; granddaughter, Daisy Smith. Wanda is survived by her husband, Bernard W Smith of 60 years of Gate, Oklahoma; children, Bernadine Harris and husband John of Rosston, Oklahoma, Bernnie Smith and wife Dixie of Gate, Oklahoma, June Smith of Gate, Oklahoma; Grandchildren, Jake Harris and Fiancé’ Brittany Ratliff, Sierra Master and husband Randy, Trevor Harris and fiancé’ Ashlyn Long, Levi Smith, Ashley Dixon and husband Jimmy, Blake Smith and wife Ashley, Melissa Wanger and husband Kirby, Barbara Hunter and husband Zach; great grandchildren, Zak, Jaisley, Kyzen Masters, Codie and Corie Dixon, Hazel and Logan Smith, Luke and Lane Wanger; sister, Marge Blattners and husband Harv of Grove, Oklahoma; brother, Jim Frank and wife Lucia of Hennessy, Oklahoma, Tom Frank and wife Nacy of Lake Elsinore, California, Wally Frank and wife Kelly of Norman, Oklahoma, numerous extended family members and friends.
Funeral Service were held Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Gate Friends Church, Gate Oklahoma. Interment was held at the Englewood Cemetery, Englewood, Kansas.
Lillie “Ellen” (Crane) McPhail was born on March 6th, 1923 in Lexington, KS at her parents home, to John Virgil and Jennie Mae (Valentine) Crane. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1941. She was introduced to Marven McPhail, at a barn dance in Sitka, KS. Shortly after falling in love they were married on October 04, 1941. Marven and Ellen lived in Clark County for most of their married life until moving to Fort Dodge in 2001. After Marven’s death, September 14th, 2010, Ellen moved to Spearville, KS to live with Deana. Ellen came back to Clark County to live in the Ashland Health Center Senior Living Unit in 2014. Ellen enjoyed doing for others; whether it be cooking, sewing or taking care of the animals. Ellen was famous for her Halloween Trick-or-Treat Donuts – it was always a mad dash; not only for her grandkids but every other kid in town to get their hands on one of Ellen’s homemade donuts. Ellen was a member of the VFW Axillary, D.A.R (Daughters of the American Revolution), Extension Club and 4-H parent. Ellen was an avid gardener (her peonies were sought after during the Memorial Holiday). Marvin and her loved to do arts and crafts; often going to craft shows and making personal gifts for her children and grandchildren. Ellen lived for the outdoors, animals and her family.
Ellen passed away peacefully at Ashland Senior Living on 10/23/2018 in Ashland, Kansas at the age of 95.
Ellen is survived by her seven children: Ann McMurphy of Liberal, KS; V.C. McPhail (Sharon) of Cimmaron, KS; David McPhail (Marlyn) of Buffalo, OK; Bruce McPhail (Robin) of Ashland, KS; Keith McPhail (Dedra) of Protection, KS; Deana Leterle (Kenneth “Friday”) of Spearville, KS, Janna Thornton (Richard) of Dodge City, KS; One son-in-law, Tom Betschart (Susan) of Ashland, KS; one sister, Irene Unruh of Garden City, KS; twenty-three Grandchildren and forty-four Great-grandchildren and four Great-great grandchildren.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Jennie Mae, husband, Marven, daughter, Virginia Betschart, sister Eula Mae Crane, and brother, Guy Crane.
Service is at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at First Christian Church in Ashland, KS. Pastor Kevin Foster presiding.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ashland VFW Auxiliary (P.O. BOX 303 – Ashland, KS 67831) or the Ashland Health Center Activity Fund (P.O. BOX 188 – Ashland, KS 67831). The family would like to thank all of the staff at Ashland Senior Living for being her companion and caretaker in the last years of her life.
Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home, 420 Main, Ashland, KS 67831. Read obits and offer condolences at www.schillingfhg.com.
William Max (Mac) McCormae entered this life on Oct. 11, 1993, in Ashland, Kan. He departed this world on Oct. 13, 2018 in Peublo, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Dee; and his adult children, Mick (Jean) and Tracey. As well as numerous other beloved family and friends. He served in the Army for two years where he was stationed in Germany and five years in the Army Resserve. He worked 30-plus years at CF&I. He worked as a handyman many years following his retirement until his health prevented it. His final wish was for cremation. His life will be celebrated at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. The celebration will be held at The American Legion Hall Post 203, 2420 Santa Fe Dr., Pueblo, Colo. Please join us and share your stories of his life. In lieu of flowers of food, please donate to Sangre do Cristo Hospice House or the charity of your choice.
Loretta (Tedford) DeWerff, 87, passed away at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend, KS on October 18, 2018. Cremation will take place and a Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date.
Virginia F. Abbott, a resident of rural Agra, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, KS at the age of 82. She was born June 24, 1936 in Ashland, KS to Roy and Ruth (Wright) Fox.
She married Myron Abbott on July 29, 1961 in Ashland, KS. From this marriage, they had one son, Travis.
Virginia was very proud of attending Emporia Teachers college where she earned her teaching certificate. She taught math in Phillipsburg, KS where she met Myron. They moved briefly to Benkleman, NE before settling back to the Abbott family farm where she spent the rest of her life. She enjoyed being a mother and homemaker but was not just a farmer’s wife. She loved getting out and driving the tractor as well as checking the cows and horses. She also got pleasure from being able to babysit her grandchildren and attend their activities.
Survivors include her son, Travis, and wife Anne (Berland) of Kensington. Her grandson, Justin and Wife Amy, of Kensington and granddaughter, Hailey of Hays. She has one great-grandson Adam also of Kensington.
She was preceded in death by her husband Myron, parents, and siblings Verona Trease, Gene Fox, and Claudette Hensley.
Gary L. Aldridge, 73, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City. He was born on September 12, 1944 at Wichita the son of William Newton & Dorothy Lee (Robertson) Aldridge. He married C. Jane Hannagan on December 27, 1966 at Manhattan.
Gary moved with his family to Ashland when he was 5 years old and graduated from Ashland High School in 1962. He then served in the United States Navy. After his discharge he enrolled at Kansas State University and received his Bachelor’s in Animal Science and Business Finance. He worked in Garden City, Colorado and Emporia as a Agriculture Loan Officer. In 1981 he moved back to Ashland to farm. In 1998 he moved to Lakin to become Branch Manager of Fidelity State Bank. Later he was Branch Manager of Western State Bank and Plains State Bank in Lakin. He enjoyed building and collecting toy trucks.
He is survived by his Wife- C. Jane Aldridge of the Home, Brother- Richard Aldridge of Corpus Christi, Texas and Sister- Sue Berryman of Cascade, Colorado.
Celebration of Life Reception will be held form 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, September 29 at the Ashland Senior Center.
Graveside service will be at 1:30 PM on Saturday, September 29 at Highland Cemetery in Ashland with Randy Fisher officiating. Military rites will be by the United States Navy Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to Lakin Pride Committee in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com
Nathan “Nate” Robert Pike, 85, died Thursday September 20, 2018 at the Minneola District Hospital. He was born to Cecil Eugene and Lula Belle (Dorsey) Pike on May 22, 1933. Nathan was born in the home of his grandparents in the Lexington Community, Clark County, Kansas on land homesteaded by Grandfather Nathan Eugene Pike and Nancy Jane Lamb Pike (across road from Mount Jesus) in 1885. Nathan’s grandfather grew the first wheat in Clark County.
Nathan “Nate” grew up in the Lexington Township, Clark County and attended his first 2 ½ years of education in North Star Country School in the Lexington Community. He moved with his parents, sister Joan, and brother Cecil Dean to the Minneola community in November 1941 when they purchased the Pike Ranch. They all attended the Minneola Public Schools.
Nathan and Beverly Young were united in marriage on December 15, 1950 and have made their home on the Pike Ranch since 1954. To this union were born 3 sons, Kris Leon (died in infancy), Brad Eugene, and Byron Lee.
Nathan pastured cattle in several surrounding states, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico, and bought and sold cattle in all these areas. He has many friends in the business and kept in contact with a good many through the years. He did business with mostly a handshake – which was customary back years ago – not so much today. His word and honesty was a trait many respected. In later years, Nathan supported the livestock organizations, KCA and R/Calf USA. After his health deteriorated he had to turn the business over to the sons Brad and Byron, but continued to be involved in business decisions.
Nathan was preceded in death by parents Cecil and Lula Belle Dorsey Pike, brother Cecil Pike, sister Joan Parnell, and infant son Kris. He is survived by devoted wife and partner of 67 years Beverly, son Brad (Sandra), son Byron (Melissa), grandchildren Heather Grigsby (Brandon), Missi Ryherd (Jerrod), and Jamie Pike, and 5 great grandchildren – Reese, Britton, and Kashlee Grigsby and Cole and Brooks Ryherd.
Memorial service was at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. There will be a private family burial of the cremated remains. There was no public visitation. Cremation had taken place.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Minneola District Hospital in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Claudette Ruth (Fox) Hensley was born November 2, 1933 in Ashland, Kansas to Roy Lee and Ruth (Wright) Fox. Claudette left this earthly life on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Ashland Health Center with her family by her bedside. Claudette lived in the Lexington community until the death of her father Roy in 1938. The family then moved to Ashland, KS. She attended school in Ashland and graduated with the Class of 1951. She was employed as a telephone operator until her marriage to Thomas Edward Hensley on January 24, 1955. To this union they were blessed with four children, Russell, Melanie, Cindy and Karen. After raising her children, Claudette, alongside her husband owned and operated the BlueJay Drive In and later Plantland Floral Shop and Greenhouse in Ashland. Later moving to Fritch TX opening a floral shop “Flowers and Such”. After several years they returning to Ashland to retire. Claudette enjoyed sharing her wonderful talent of cooking and baking, tending to her flowers and gardens, spending time with her family, learning to use the computer and taking care of her beloved pets. Claudette is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Tom, siblings, Gene Fox, and Verona (Fox) Trease.
Her survivors include children, Russell Hensley and wife Liz, Melanie Hink and husband Bill all of Ashland, KS, Cindy Hensley and friend Lee Peltier of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, Karen Lusk and husband Danny Ray of Borger, TX, sister, Virginia Abbott of Agra, KS. Grandchildren, Dusty Hink and wife Jenny, Max Lusk, Kirstie Rudzik and husband Randy, Chase Gean and Nicole Brown, Blaze Gean and April Sawyers. Great grandchildren, Gus, Ryatt, Rebel, Pate, Jace, Jaden, Kyle, Luke, and Milee.
Services were held at The First Christian Church 507 Highland Street, Ashland, KS on September 1st, 2018 at 1:30 pm, with burial taking place at The Highland and St. Joseph Cemetery in Ashland. Claudette being a breast cancer survivor the family request memorials to WEPAC Alliance PO Box 949, Ashland, KS 67831.
Hattie Emma Smith, 85, died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at her home in Minneola, Kansas.
She was born January 1, 1933 in Blackgum, Oklahoma the daughter of George and Ethel (Jones) Garrett. She attended school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and on April 19, 1952 she married Timothy E. Smith. In 1989 her and her husband Tim, moved to Minneola from Wewoka, Oklahoma where the owned and operated Tim’s Diner.
Hattie was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed reading.
Survivors include: her son, Timothy Smith and wife Angie, Midland, Texas; 2 daughters, Sherry Bryant and husband Ron, Mason, Ohio, and Janet Smith, Minneola; 3 brothers, Grand Somner and wife Judy, Altus, Oklahoma, Gail Somner, Tuscson, Arizona, and Henry Garrett, Tennessee; a sister, Wilma Bash, Bixby, Oklahoma; 8 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Tim on November 27, 2009, sister, Arlene Bash, and brother, George Garrett.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 am Friday, August 17, 2018 at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial followed in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.
The family suggest memorials to Minneola United Methodist Church or American Red Cross both in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Dolores “Dodo” N. Giles, 95, died Sunday, August 20, 2018 at Manor of the Plains, Dodge City.
She was born February 7, 1923 in Wright, Kansas the daughter of Roger and Minnie (Wortman) Norris. She was a graduate of Spearville High School and attended Salt City Business College in Hutchinson. She owned and operated a multigenerational ranch.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, and the Daughters of Isabella, both in Spearville. She was a life member of the Kansas Livestock Association.
On February 22, 1943 she married Norman Lee Giles in Wright, Kansas. He preceded her death on December 20, 2010.
Survivors include: daughter, Trudy Giard, Ashland; son, Roger Giles and wife Cathy, Bucklin, daughter, Audry Gates and husband Ralph, Hockley, Texas; daughter, Jody Peintner and husband Gary, Holyoke, Colorado; daughter, Lorie Horacek and husband Jon, Offerle; son, Kelly Giles, Canyon, Texas; and daughter, Julie Cox and husband Mike, Arlington, Texas.
She was also preceded in death by, parents, infant daughter, Jodie Marie, 1 brother and 3 sisters.
Vigil service will be Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Spearville. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church north of Bellefont with Fr. John Forkuoh, Fr. John Strasser, and Fr. Prakash Rao Kola presiding. The casket will remain closed, there will be no public visitation. Private burial will take place.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Ashland Community Foundation, St. Mary’s Heritage, or Windthorst Heritage, Inc. all in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 516, Bucklin, Kansas 67834. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Myrna L. Behm, 82, died Monday, July 30, 2018 at Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville, Arkansas.
She was born December 8, 1935 at Wilmore, Kansas, the daughter of Alwyn Franklin and Audrey Elizabeth (McIntyre) Hall. She was a graduate of Minneola High School. After high school, Myrna worked for TWA in Kansas City as a teletype operator then did office work and sales for CertainTeed Co. in Kansas City. She lived in Arlington, Texas for a few years and worked as a secretary and then moved to Bella Vista where she has lived for the past 17 years. She enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include: her daughter, Pamela Peck, Austin, Texas; her brother, Elston Hall and wife Sandra, Colleyville, Texas; a nephew, Kurt Hall and wife Lisa, Richmond, Virginia; 2 great nephews, Zachary and Bryce Hall and a great niece, Taylor Hall.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 am Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, with Pastor Francis Kinyua officiating. There was no public viewing, cremation has taken place.
The family suggests memorials to the donor’s choice in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Rita M. Hoffman, 98, passed away July 16, 2018 at Minneola Community Hospital in Minneola, Kansas. She was born September 15, 1919 in Fowler, Kansas, the daughter of Fred J. & Sophia (Wortman) Heinz.
Rita attended Fowler schools with her elementary education received in a country school south of Fowler and she graduated from Fowler High School. She then attended beauty college in Omaha, Nebraska receiving her beautician license which she kept active until age 92.
She married Vernon Hoffman on January 31, 1942. He preceded her in death on August 31, 1976. They had 5 children.
Upon moving back to Fowler she worked as a beautician until the age of 86.
She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Fowler.
She is survived by her 5 children: Carol Snodgrass, Dodge City, Kansas; Phyllis (Larry) Elliott, Kilgore, Texas; Don (Julie) Hoffman, Kilgore, Texas; Jim (Kim) Hoffman, Stafford, Kansas; and Gary (Sonya) Hoffman, Kilgore, Texas. She had 6 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. One sister, Mary Jane Edwards, Orange City, FL survives.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Melva Dewell and Evelyn Beckerman, 1 brother, John Heinz and son-in-law, Dean Snodgrass.
A rosary was said at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 9:00 am. Funeral followed at 10:00 am with Father Ted Skalsky presiding. Burial followed the service in the Fowler Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Building Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
On Saturday July 14, just hours before his 82ndbirthday, Mr. Delbert Eugene Hurst, went to join his fellow truckers in that big convoy in the sky. Born July 15th, 1936 to Hurl and Lila Hurst in Powhattan, KS, he was the youngest of 3 children. After completing the 10thgrade Delbert set out on what would become a grand life adventure taking him all over the country, be it trucking, dispatching, or smoozing corporate big wigs to win trucking contracts for his company Hurst, Inc.
Delbert could be described in many ways. To some he was the best friend anyone could have, to others a grandfather who was always excited to teach and share his knowledge, to his wife Alyce of the last 23 years a loyal and loving husband, to his community a friendly face and a wonderful neighbor, and to his customers a man of his word who would always go the extra mile to get the job done. His firm yet welcoming hand shake and warm smile was always there to greet you and no matter what was going on, he always had the time to lend his ear and share his wisdom when needed or lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Delbert enjoyed many things in life, though the open road was near the top of his list. He spent many hours behind the wheel of a Peterbilt, or as he would say “The greatest truck ever made” traveling all over this great country, his Harley Softtail, and even just driving around town in his pickup. In his later years he joined a group of men at the Corner Store for coffee and at the Senior Center to shoot pool. He was a whiz with his hands and was always tinkering away in his garage, where he kept things so clean you could eat off the engine of his truck.
Delbert was preceded in death by both his father Hurl and mother Lila, his brother Robert Hurst and sister Donna Reasoner. He is survived by his wife Alyce Hurst, married February 14, 1995 in Las Vegas, his children and step children, numerus grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
His memorial service will take place at the Minnis Mortuary Minneola, Kansas Friday, July 20that 10 am. The family would like to ask that any donations be made to the Minneola Community Hospital in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865, as the care received at the hospital went above and beyond what was expected of them. The family thanks everyone who was a part of Delbert’s life and appreciate your love, prayers, and support. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Elaine Thomas Mendenhall Lincoln, age 95, passed away in St. Petersburg, FL on 11-17-2017. She was preceded in death by her husbands Virgil Mendenhall (m. 1948 d. 1981), and Paul Lincoln, (m. 1986 d. 1994), brothers Charles Thomas and Thomas Gray.
Elaine is survived by her four children, Pamela (Rolland) Oselka, Terry Mendenhall, Donna Steele, Curtis (Veronica) Mendenhall; also her three brothers, Robert Gray, Walter Gray and Jack Gray, 11 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
Elaine was born in Wichita Falls, TX, daughter of Frank Thomas and Nellie Thomas Gray. She spent much of her childhood in Ashland, KS, graduating from Ashland High School in 1938. She attended Park College in MO, Business College in Wichita, KS, and went back to school in her 40’s, graduating from University of South Florida with a degree in Business Administration.
Elaine married Virgil Mendenhall on February 19, 1943. They raised their children in Wichita, KS, moving to St. Petersburg, FL in 1959.
Elaine was employed by an electronic communications company and an engineering company while in Florida. She retired in 1981 and led an active life: traveling, volunteering, playing games and cards, water aerobics, and belonging to a book club. She enjoyed educational travel at 62 Elderhostels.
Elaine’s family held a Celebration of Life at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, in St. Petersburg 12/29/17. Elaine will be laid to rest with her family in Highland Cemetery, Ashland, KS on July 20, 2018,1:00 PM.
Donald Dale (Don) Keasling passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, surrounded by his family. Don was born in Protection, Kansas, on July 6, 1934, to Dale and Irene (Barnes) Keasling.
On July 6, 1954, Don married Marjorie Venso, and together they raised five children while living and working in Newton, Ashland, and finally Hutchinson, since 1968.
Don was preceded in death by: his parents; twin sister, Donna; brother, James; eldest daughter, Donna Sue; and grandson, Jerod Christopher.
He is survived by: his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Marjorie; their four children and their families; his eldest sister, Joyce Theander, Ashland and nephews Doug Graff and Larry Theander.
Don was a loving husband, proud father and grandfather, doting great-grandfather, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew and loved him.
Memorial service were10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, at First Congregational Church, 3410 N. Plum, Hutchinson, with Pastor Matt Stafford officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Congregational Church or Hospice House, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
L.L. “Mac” McInteer departed this earthy world on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, while doing one of the things he loved most, playing golf with buddies.
He was born on December 23, 1947 and raised in Minneola, Kansas. He was a proud member and a valued part of the community. He never knew a stranger. Mac was a friend to all and a helper until his last day. The world will miss his smile, his sense of humor (and somewhat awful jokes), and his unconditional love for his family and friends. The people of Minneola will miss his wave and morning greeting on his daily walk around town.
On February 8, 1969 he married Carolyn Gardner in Manhattan, Kansas.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, Minneola; his 2 daughters; Kelly Harrick and husband Scott, Overland Park and Kaela Morgan and husband Doug, Shawnee, Kansas; 6 grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah, Abbie, John, Matt and Molly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Juanita (Young) McInteer and a brother, Dennis.
A Red Solo Cup Celebration of Life will be held June 23, 2018 at 11:00 am at the New City Park on south Poplar Street in Minneola. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place. A private family graveside will be held.
The family suggests memorials to Minneola Health Care Foundation, Dodge City CASA or Midwest Transplant Network in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net.
Jim D. Bennett, 76, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at his home in Minneola.
He was born November 29, 1941 on the family farm near Cheney, the son of Jay Deveraux and Naomi Marguarite (Krase) Bennett. He was a graduate of Cheney Rural High School and later served in the Kansas Army National Guard in Kingman. A Minneola resident since 2001, moving from Denver, he was a Customer Service Representative for Avaya, Southwestern Bell and AT&T until retiring in 2001. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Cheney and attended Crosswalk Christian Church in Minneola. He was a member of the Men’s
Coffee Club in Minneola as well as the Dodge City Roundup and had Chaired the Liberal Pancake Race.
On September 13, 1970 he married Cheryl Myrick at the Golden Plains
Baptist Church near Moscow, Kansas. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Cheryl, Minneola; his son Jon and wife Heidi, Meade; his daughter, Christina Bennett, Aurora,
Colorado; a brother, Jerry Bennett, Clearwater, Kansas; a sister, Jan
Rogers and husband Kenn, Topeka; and 3 grandchildren, Dawson, Makayla
and Naia Bennett.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial services will be at 1:30 pm Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Crosswalk Christian Church in Minneola with Pastors Brad Kefauver,
Francis Kinyua and Dan Bartel officiating. There will be no public Sviewing, cremation has taken place.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie in care of
Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to www.minnismortuary.net
Melba Lorene Swanson passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the age of 83 years 8 months and 8 days. She was born in rural Comanche County (west of Protection) Kansas on September 15, 1934. She was welcomed into the family of Harold and Helen (Eubank) Edmonston and older brother Donald Dean Edmonston. Later, Harold Myron, was born into the family. She attended a rural one room school until she started high school in Protection as freshman where she then graduated.
She met Kenneth L. Swanson on a blind date who always commented he knew by the end of the date he was going to marry her, but he waited until the third date to ask her. They eloped and were married on April 8,1954 in Raton, New Mexico. They began traveling right away courtesy of the United States Army. Their eldest was born in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. Their three girls were all born in the Ashland District Hospital. Children are: Monte Swanson of Topeka, Krista Smith (Eric) of Topeka, Melanie Swanson of Wichita, and Kerry Harris of Topeka.
She was a devoted member of the Ashland United Methodist Church, including being a Sunday School teacher, Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Church Council. She volunteered as leader of several organizations for youth, including cub scouts, brownie scouts and 4-H. She was “mom” to many kids growing up, as well as a devoted wife, caregiver, and friend. She had a talent for welcoming everyone.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, Harold and Helen Edmonston, numerous aunts and uncles, her daughter-in-law (Patricia) and her for former son-in-law, Brian Harris.
She is survived by her devoted husband and their four children, three grandchildren, Eric Brandon Smith (Tara), Elizabeth “Liz” Smith Kinate (Nathan “Nate”), and Lauren Harris and her two great grandchildren, Hudson Kinate and Ryder Smith. She is also survived by her two brothers and their families.
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Ashland United Methodist Church P.O. Box 686 Ashland, KS 67831 or Ashland Community Foundation P.O. Box 276 Ashland KS 67831.
Arrangement made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolence can be made at www.schillingfhg.com.
Linda Charlene Call, 67, of Englewood, Kansas passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at her home in Dodge City, Kansas. She was born on August 25, 1951 to Ruby “Jean” Tanner and Arthur Vincent Call in Boise City, Oklahoma. Linda served as a homemaker for the majority of her life and also worked and lived at Arrowhead West in Dodge City for a number of years, where she made many friends. Linda was preceded in death by her mother Jean Wright, and her step-father Vic Wright.
Graveside services were held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Englewood Cemetery in Englewood, Kansas with Jerry Ediger presiding.
Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home of Ashland, Kansas. Read obit and offer condolences www.schillingfhg.com
Memorials may be sent to the Englewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home at PO Box 167
Ashland, KS 67831.