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Calvin Taylor 1929-2000
STAFFORD - Calvin Taylor, 70, died Sept. 14 at Corpus Christi, Texas. He
was born Dec. 15, 1929, in Stafford County, the son of Fred and Clara Mae
Thomas Taylor. He was a graduate of Wichita State University. A resident of
Texas since 1956, he was a school teacher in McPherson County and was
employed as a publisher's representative.
Taylor was a member and organist at First United Methodist Church in
Mathis, Texas.
Survivors include one sister, Lyda Chance Crawford of Corpus Christi.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Stafford Cemetery with the
Rev. Kasey Crosby officiating. Minnis Chapel of Stafford is in charge of
arrangements.

Irene Marie Steckel 1910-2000
RUSSELL - Irene Marie Steckel, 89, died Sept. 13 at Hays Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 5, 1910, north of Dorrance, the daughter of John P. and
Ida Virginia Garrett Thielen. She married Clarence "C.J." Steckel June 4,
1935, at Dorrance. He died Oct. 25, 1991. A resident of Russell since 1946,
she was a homemaker and aided in the family businesses.
Mrs. Steckel was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Russell Council
of Catholic Women.
Survivors include one son, Rodney "Rod" Steckel of Russell; one brother,
George Thielen of Dorrance; one sister, Vivian Anschutz of Dorrance; three
grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one
stepgreat-grandchild.
Vigil service will be at 7 tonight, followed by a Catholic Women rosary,
both at the church. Funeral will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church with
the Rev. Charles Steier officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 8 a.m. until service time
Saturday, all at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church or St.
Mary's Cemetery Fund, both in care of the funeral home.

Melba Jean Pedigo 1924-2000
Melba Jean Pedigo, 75, died Sept. 11 at Via Christi Regional Medical
Center, St. Francis Campus, in Wichita. She was born Oct. 28, 1924, at
Madison, the daughter of Byron C. and Pattie Thelma Garriott Warrenburg.
She married Howard Stenson Pedigo March 29, 1943 at Great Bend. He died
Nov. 16, 1981. A resident of Great Bend for 19 years, coming from Madison,
she worked in food services for USD 428.
Mrs. Pedigo was a member of First United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge and
Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, all of Great Bend.
Survivors include one son, Donald L. Pedigo, of Great Bend; two daughters,
Sandra S. Smith and Kandis Ann Pedigo, both of Great Bend; one sister,
Audrey G. Morphis of Wichita; four grandchildren; two great- grandchildren;
two step-grandchildren; and one step-great- grandchild.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great
Bend with the Rev. Jana Baxter officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend
Cemetery. Friends may call from 1-9 tonight and from 9 a.m. until service
time Thursday. Memorials are suggested to Rosewood Services, in care of
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home.

Raymond B. Funk 1923-2000
RUSSELL - Raymond B. Funk, 77,  died Sept. 12 at Via Christi Regional
Medical Center, St. Francis Campus in Wichita. He was born Feb. 11, 1923,
in Barton County, the son of William and Lydia Litzenberger Funk. He
married Lillian Boxberger Nov. 22, 1942, at Milberger. A lifetime resident
of Barton County, he was a farmer and dirt contractor.
Funk was a member of the United Emanuel Lutheran Church at Milberger.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Clark Funk of Galatia; two daughters,
Victoria Sturgeon of Meriden, and Connie Funk of Great Bend; one brother,
Leonard Funk of  Otis; one sister, Clara Baker of Portland, Ore.; six
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
three brothers, Rudy Funk, Elmer Funk and Paul Funk.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Keith
Kreitzer officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Galatia. A
prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home
in Hoisington. Friends may call from 1-9 tonight, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, both at the funeral home, and from 9:30 a.m. until service time
Friday at the church. Memorials are suggested to United Emanuel Lutheran
Church in care of the funeral home.

Virginia M. Hickerson 1922-2000
Virginia M. Hickerson, 78, died Sept. 10 at Integrated Health Services of
Great Bend. She was born Jan. 25, 1922, at Newton, the daughter of Earl and
Mabel Hall Leedy. She married Albert Hickerson Feb. 28, 1943, at Wichita. A
resident of Great Bend for 1 1/2 years, coming from Weslaco, Texas, and
Dodge City, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Hickerson was a member of Community Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Galen Hickerson of
Tunas, Mo.; two daughters, Gwenna Harms of Great Bend and Gina German of
Mayfield; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother,
Harold Leedy.
Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great
Bend with the Revs. Wilbur Johnson and Leon Weece officiating. Burial will
be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great Bend. Friends may call until 9
tonight and from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday, all at
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to
Faith of Life Ministries, in care of the funeral home.

Theodora Christina Faris 1924-2000
Theodora Christina Faris, 76, died Sept. 9 at Wichita. She was born Jan.
23, 1924, at Plattesville, Wis., the daughter of Fred and Lydia Hurd Stuer.
She married Robert O. Faris.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Robert O. Faris Jr. of
Valley Center; one daughter, Sandra Christine Faris of Denver, Colo.; and
one brother, John Stuer of Dubuque, Iowa.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Congregational
United Church of Christ in Great Bend with the Rev. Diana Coberly
officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cochran Mortuary in
Wichita.

Joseph Francis 'Joe' Clawson 1920-2000
Joseph Francis "Joe" Clawson, 80, died Sept. 10 at Integrated Health
Services in Great Bend. He was born June 27, 1920, at Dighton, the son of
Arnold and Hazel Ross Clawson. He married Katherine Koelsch Heckens Jan. 5,
1947, at Emporia. She died Sept. 23, 1982. A resident of Great Bend since
1947, coming from Larned, he was a mechanic for the city of Great Bend.
Survivors include one son, Curtis L. Clawson of Great Bend; one daughter,
Joyce A. Stout of Great Bend; three stepdaughters, Marie Kern, Mae Brown
and Helen Sanders, all of Great Bend; two brothers, A.B. Clawson of Pawnee
Rock and Virgil Clawson of Larned; two sisters, Maxine Yeager and Ruth
Dick, both of Larned; two grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; one
great-grandson; and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Memorial Park
in Great Bend with the Rev. William F. Johnson officiating. Friends may
call from 6-9 tonight and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, all at
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to
American Cancer Society or American Heart Fund, both in care of the funeral
home.

Katharine W. Petty 1915-2000
EMPORIA-Katherine W. Petty, 84, died Sept. 9 at Salem Village Nursing Home,
Joliet, Ill. She was born Dec. 10, 1915, at Emporia, the daughter of Wyatt
B. and Gertrude Parkman Marbourg. She married Lindell Petty Feb. 26, 1939.
He died in 1989. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Petty was a member of First Presbyterian Church at Emporia.
Survivors include two sons, Mike Petty of Lockport, Ill., and Steve Petty
of Great Bend; two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother,
Wyatt Marbourg.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church at Emporia
with Dr. J. Gordon Bechtel officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Lawn
Cemetery at Emporia. Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday
at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association in
care of Roberts-Blue Barnett Funeral Home in Emporia.

Rosalie Jean Pennington        1934-2000
Rosalie Jean Pennington, 65, died Sept. 7 in Great Bend. She was born Sept.
21, 1934, at Coffeyville, the daughter of Orville Andrew and Bertha Mildred
George Thomas. She was a 1952 graduate of Field Kindley Memorial High School
in Coffeyville, a 1954 graduate of Coffeyville Community College with an
associate?s degree, a graduate of Friends University in Wichita with a
bachelor?s degree and  a 1995 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a
master?s degree. She married Garey Franklin Pennington Nov. 25, 1976, at
Coffeyville. A resident of Great Bend since 1976 coming from Coffeyville,
she was an assistant to the president of Barton County Community College for
22 years, an administrator at Coffeyville Community Junior College for 24
years and was employed by Primus Sterilizer for three years.
Mrs. Pennington was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Barton
County Community College Board of Trustees, Pilot Club International of
Great Bend, Golden Belt Country Club, CCC Cancer Support Group and Beta
Signa Psi sorority. She was the founding president of the Association of
Kansas Community College Office Professionals. She was the 1994 recipient of
the Laura M. Cross Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and
Admissions Officers Distinguished Award from Wichita State University.
Survivors include her husband; one son, Randy Watson of McPherson; one
daughter, Vikki Watson of Gardner; one stepson, Patrick Pennington of
Phoenix, Ariz.; three stepdaughters, Julie Frank, Colleen Ulinger and Lisa
Askey, all of Phoenix; her mother, Bertha Bohannon of Coffeyville; two
brothers, Harold Thomas of Coffeyville and Larry Thomas of Carl Junction,
Mo.; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Kevin
Baxter officiating. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9-11 a.m.
Monday, all at Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend and from 1 p.m. until
service time Monday at the church. The family will receive friends from 4-6
tonight at the mortuary. Additional funeral service will be at 10 a.m.
Wednesday at Ford Wulf-Bruns Funeral Service, Edgewood Chapel, in
Coffeyville with the Rev. Dallas Beall officiating. Burial will be at
Restlawn Cemetery in Coffeyville. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday at the chapel. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday at the chapel. Memorials are suggested to Rosalie Jean Pennington
Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Fryberger mortuary.

William David Britton    1908-2000
LEWIS - William David Britton, 92, died Sept. 8 at Pratt Regional Medical
Center in Pratt. He was born July 20, 1908, at Belpre, the son of Andrew J.
and Elizabeth Gibson Britton. He married Alsea Fletcher on Dec. 29, 1935,
and was divorced Sept. 29, 1998. A lifetime resident of  the Lewis area, he
was a retired farmer.
Britton was a member of the United Methodist Church of Lewis, former USD
#502 board member, former ASCS board member, former Lewis Co-Op board member
and a 50-year member of Lewis Masonic Lodge 220.
Survivors include two sons, Gale Britton and William Britton, both of Lewis;
one daughter, Barbara Hyde of Fort Smith, Ark; 10 grandchildren, and 10
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, four
brothers, and one sister.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at McKillip Memorial Chapel in Kinsley
with the Rev. Mark Hornbaker officiating. Burial will at Wayne Cemetery in
Lewis. Friends may call until 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to service time
Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to donor?s choice or to
the lodge, both in care of the funeral home.

John Loren Selle    1920-2000
GREAT BEND - John Loren Selle, 80, died Sept. 8 at his home in Great Bend.
He was born April 27, 1920, in rural Great Bend, the son of Egon and Fern
Ann Chamberlain Selle. He married Lethea Haller Nov. 16, 1945, at Wichita. A
lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer.
Selle was a member of the Church of Christ and had served on the school
board of USD 107. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Richard Selle of Pueblo West, Colo.;
one daughter, Patricia Amerine of Great Bend; four grandchildren, and 4
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Hazel
Christiansen.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the church with the Revs. Peter
Wackerman, Vern Haller and Fred Kirkpatrick officiating. Burial will be at
the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may visit from 1-9 tonight and 9-11:30 a.m.
Monday at Bryant-Christian Funeral Home and from noon to service time Monday
at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church in care of the funeral
home.

Kathryn 'Kay' Loy Calvin     1910-2000
BRIGHTON, Mich. - Kathryn 'Kay' Loy Calvin, 89, died Aug. 29 at Ashley Court
in Brighton, Mich. She was born Nov. 6, 1910, in Glasco, the daughter of
Frank J. and Clara Butler Colwell. She attended St. Mary College and earned
an AB degree from the University of Kansas in 1932 and a master?s degree
from the College of William and Mary. She married David T. Loy, M.D. He died
in 1960. She married Clifton C. Calvin. He died in 1993. A resident of
Brighton coming from Kansas, she was employed in 1933 as a social worker
with the Federal Emergency Relief Agency and later with Central Trades
Council. She was an instructor in the sociology department at the University
of Kansas in 1960.
Mrs. Calvin was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity, served on the
board of directors of the Kansas state Historical Society, was a member of
the Native Sons and Daughters, served as Lawrence Housing commissioner,
helped establish a Catholic Social Services and served as member of its
board, and was a member of PEO since 1936. In 1971, she was cited by the
governor of Kansas as a distinguished Kansan.
Survivors include two grandsons, David K. Loy of Minneapolis, Minn., and J.
Michael Loy of Brighton;  three great-grandchildren, Janell Loy-Alberta,
Abigail Loy and Taylor Loy; and one great-great-granddaughter, Alexis Loy,
all of Brighton. She was preceded in death by one son, David C. Loy, of
Oshkosh, Wisc., and one brother, George F. Colwell of Glasco.
Memorial service for Mrs. Calvin and her son will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. Interment will be at Great
Bend Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Douglas County Historical
Society or donor's choice, both in care of the funeral home.

Victor A. Courange     1931-2000
ENID, Okla. - Victor A. Courange, 69, died  Sept. 1 at Integris Bass Baptist
Hospital in Enid, Okla. He was born  May 21, 1931, at Beaver, the son of Joe
and Mary Courange. He attended school in Hoisington. He married Leoma Bethel
Oct. 19, 1995, at Wellington. A resident of Enid, Okla., he was an oil field
supervisor. 
Courange was a member of Moose Lodge. He attended St. Gregory the Great
Catholic Church in Enid. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Mark Courange of Redding, Calif.,
Rick Courange of Bakersfield, Calif., and Tom Courange of California; two
daughters, Vicki Courange of McCook, Neb., and Shelly Jacobs of Indianola,
Neb.; one stepson, Ron Thomas of Midwest City, Okla.; five brothers,
Clarence Courange of Noble, Okla., Irvan Courange of Oberlin, Eugene
Courange of Pratt, Joseph Courange of Canadian, Texas, and Jim Courange of
Wichita; eight sisters, Irene Greene of Woodward, Okla., Mary Ann Ash of
Canadian, Texas, twin sister Victoria Hubbard of Vernal, Utah, Joann Torres,
Helen Klein, Virginia Munoz, and Norma Seyfert, all of Hoisington, and
Theresa Hall of Kansas City; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by one brother, Paul Courange; and one sister, Marjorie Cooper.
Funeral Mass was Sept. 5 at the church. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery
at Paul?s Valley, Okla. Memorials are suggested to the Oklahoma Medical
Research Foundation, Cancer Division, in care of Anderson-Burris Funeral
Home in Enid.

Eula Viola Evans 1903-2000
LARNED - Eula Viola Evans, 97, died Sept. 6 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Joseph Campus in Larned. She was born June 2, 1903, in Pawnee
County, the daughter of Charles A. and Estella L. Metz Miller. She married
Fred Samuel Evans Oct. 15, 1924, at Larned. He died Oct. 27, 1993. A
lifetime resident of Larned, she was a retired occupational music therapist
at Larned State Hospital.
She was a member of United Methodist Church, past president of Veterans of
Foreign Wars Auxiliary and 4-H, all of Larned. She was also a member of
Fairfield Grange and Ash Valley Grange.
Survivors include one son, Joe Evans of Minneapolis, Minn.; one daughter,
Phyllis Basom of Salina; one brother, Glenn Miller of Larned; seven
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by three
brothers, Arlus Miller, Cleadus Miller and Warren Miller; and one
granddaughter.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in
Larned with the Rev. Charles Grant officiating. Friends may call until 8
tonight and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday, all at the Mortuary.
Burial will be at Larned Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to donor's
choice, in care of the mortuary.

Marcia Kay Koelsch 1946-2000
ST. JOHN - Marcia Kay Koelsch, 54, died Sept. 6  at Hutchinson Hospital.
She was born March 21, 1946, at Sterling, the daughter of Marion Kester and
Juanita Welch. She was a 1964 graduate of St. John High School and attended
Hutchinson Junior College. She married Bill Edward Koelsch March 23, 1972,
at St. John. A lifetime resident of St. John, she was a homemaker and
support worker at Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility.
Survivors include her husband; one son, Billy Kester Koelsch of St. John;
two daughters, Denise Kay Cotter of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Michelle Lyn
Koelsch of St. John; one brother, Larry Welch of Lawrence; one sister, Jana
Williamson of Casper, Wyo.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Minnis Chapel in St. John with the
Revs. Ladd Welch and Lanny Welch officiating. Burial will be at Fairview
Park Cemetery in St. John. Friends may call until 8 tonight at the chapel.
Memorials are suggested to St. John Recreation Commission or Children's
Fund, in care of the chapel.

Kayla Sue Plume  1940-2000
HEREFORD, Ariz. - Kayla Sue Plume, 59, died Sept. 4 at Life Care Center in
Sierra Vista, Ariz. She was born Nov. 23, 1940, at Goodland, the daughter
of Alfred and Fontella Perry Stover. She was a graduate of Fort Hays State
University with a master's degree in psychology.  She married Frank Plume
Sept. 7, 1982. She was a resident of Arizona since August of 1999, coming
from Hays.
Survivors include her husband; two sons Russell James Hawk of Montrose,
Colo., Randall John Hawk of Great Bend; one sister, Patricia Criss Eugene
of Colby; and six grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Jensen's Sierra Vista Mortuary in
Sierra Vista. Memorials are suggested to Life Care Center in Sierra Vista
or American Cancer Society Memorial, both in  care of Marie Storment, 2160
East Fry Blvd, Suite C-5 No. 343, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.

Rosalie Jean Pennington 1934-2000
Rosalie Jean Pennington, 65, died Sept. 7 at Central Kansas Medical Center,
St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born September 21, 1934. Survivors
and funeral arrangements will be announced by Fryberger Mortuary of Great
Bend.

Louise Leis 1924-2000
TUCSON, Ariz. - Louise Leis, 76, died Aug. 3 at Hemet, Calif. She was born
April 4, 1924, the daughter of Frederick P. and Christina Braun Dreiling.
She married Paul Leis Aug. 17, 1963, at Denver, Colo. He died Sept. 23,
1999. A longtime resident of Tucson, coming from Walker, she was a
homemaker.
Survivors include two brothers, Tony Dreiling of Holly, Colo., and Fred
Dreiling of Great Bend; and one sister, Helen Shaffer of Hemet. She was
preceded in death by three sisters, Edna Balding, Josephine Major and
Amelia Bernay.
Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anne's Catholic Church in
Walker with the Rev. Frank Grinko officiating. Burial will be at the church
cemetery in Walker. Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend is in
charge of local arrangements.

Helen Haring 1911-2000
BUSHTON - Helen Haring, 89, died Sept. 5 at her daughter's home in High
Rolls, N.M. She was born Aug. 5, 1911, at Bushton, the daughter of Martin
L. and Pearl Logan Shonyo. She was a 1929 graduate of Bushton High School
and a 1933 graduate of Emporia State University with a bachelor's degree in
education. She married E.L. "Lee" Haring March 3, 1934, at Council Grove.
He died Oct. 14, 1999. A resident of High Rolls since 1995, coming from
Bushton, she was a school teacher in Kansas, Colorado and Florida.
Mrs. Haring was a member of United Methodist Church in Bushton.
Survivors include one son, David L. Haring of Scaly, Texas; one daughter,
Wanda Lee Cumba of High Rolls; 11 grandchildren; and eight
great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Revs. Barbara
Parker and David Trott officiating. Burial will be at Bushton Cemetery.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice or Kansas
Historical Society, both in care of Sillin Funeral Home in Lyons.

Kayla Sue Plume 1941-2000
HEREFORD, Ariz. - Kayla Sue Plume, 59, died Sept. 4 at Life Care Center in
Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Memorials are suggested to Kayla Plume Memorial Fund for Life Care Center
in Sierra Vista or American Cancer Society Memorial, both in care of Marie
Storment, 2160 East Fry Blvd., Suite C-5 No. 343, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.
Arrangements are being handled by Jensen's Sierra Vista Mortuary in Sierra
Vista.

Sue J. Meitner 1920-2000
WICHITA - Sue J. Meitner, 80, died Sept. 5. She was born Feb. 2, 1920, at
Dodge City, the daughter of John Lewis and Veva Wilcox Van Valkenberg. She
married Carl Meitner Jan. 4, 1941, at Wichita. A longtime resident of
Wichita, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Meitner was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Wichita and
served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Gregory Meitner of
Wichita; two daughters, Carla Meeds and Nikki Nelson, both of Wichita; 10
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Rosary service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Funeral Mass
will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Friends may call until 8 tonight
and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday at Watson Funeral Home in Wichita.
Memorials are suggested to Catholic Charities St. Anthony's Shelter, in
care of the funeral home.

Richard Antonio 'Rick' Hilario 1978-2000
ARKANSAS CITY - Richard Antonio "Rick" Hilario, 21, died Sept. 4 at St.
Luke's Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Sept. 5, 1978, in
Arkansas City, the son of Greg and Teresa Viramontes Hilario. He was a 1997
graduate of Arkansas City High School, where he was active in football and
wrestling. He was crowned Homecoming King in 1996. A lifetime resident of
Arkansas City, he was an employee of Gordon-Piatt Energy Group and
Hillcrest Lanes Bowling Alley, where he worked as a mechanical helper.
Survivors include his companion, Brooke Butler; his father of Arkansas
City; his mother and stepfather, Teresa and Dale Hanna of Great Bend; three
brothers, Greg Hilario Jr. and Tim Hilario, both of Arkansas City, and Matt
Hilario of Mason, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Charlotte Hilario of Arkansas
City; and maternal grandparents, Larry and Gay Viramontes of Wellington.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas
City with the Rev. Jimmy Van Dyke officiating. Burial will be at Riverview
Cemetery in Arkansas City. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.
Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer
Society, in care of the funeral home.

Frieda Mae Smith 1912-2000 
Frieda Mae Smith, 88, died Sept. 5 at Great Bend. She was born Feb. 11,
1912, at Knowles, Okla., the daughter of Franklin Verner and Clara Jessie
Berends Morris. She was a 1930 graduate of Hoisington High School. She
married Fred J. Smith Dec. 11, 1929, at Chase. He died Feb. 22, 1982. A
longtime resident of Great Bend, she was a homemaker and nurse's aide at
Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend.
Mrs. Smith was a member of King Memorial United Methodist Church in Great
Bend, United Methodist Women and taught adult Sunday school and Meninger
Bible Class.
Survivors include one son, Michael Smith of Gilmore City, Iowa; three
daughters, Julia Stambaugh of Elk City, Okla., Grace Bell of Great Bend and
Lois Pierson of Claflin; four half-sisters, Joan Patterson of Panama City,
Fla., Faye Ledane of Whitewright, Texas, Myra Cole of Gridley, Calif., and
Kay Booth of Las Vegas, Nev.; 20 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and
six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend
with the Rev. Diana Fox officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend Cemetery.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until
service time Friday, all at the funeral home. The family will receive
friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested
to the church or Golden Belt Hospice, both in care of the funeral home.

Alfred Scheuerman 1913-2000
RUSSELL - Alfred Scheuerman, 86, died Sept. 4 at Russell Regional Hospital.
He was born Sept. 28, 1913, in Rush County, the son of Gottlieb and
Wilhelmine Jenke Scheuerman. He married Esther E. Karst May 2, 1943, at
Otis. A resident of Russell since 1995, coming from south central Kansas,
he was an oil field pumper.
Scheuerman was a member of United Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Milberger.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Larry Scheuerman of
Bentonville, Ark., and Donald L. Scheuerman of Hoisington; one brother,
Aaron Scheuerman of Otis; and two sisters, Martha O'Kane of San Jose,
Calif., and Leah Hoefs of Sun City, Ariz. He was preceded in death by two
brothers, David Scheuerman and Martin Scheuerman; and five sisters, Amelia
Mosladen, Elizabeth Stenzel, Louise Schugart, Hilda Roberts and Frieda
Tittel.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Keith
Kreitzer officiating. Burial will be at Milberger Cemetery. Friends may
call from 7-9 tonight and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday at Pohlman's
Mortuary in Russell, and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the
church. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Dixie Darlene Riggs 1936-2000
WICHITA - Dixie Darlene Riggs, 64, died Sept. 2 in Wichita. She was born
March 9, 1936, at Galesburg, the daughter of Cecil H. and Virginia Brewer
Hembree. She was a 1954 graduate of Great Bend High School. She married Jim
Riggs July 19, 1987, at Wichita. A resident of Wichita, coming from Great
Bend, she was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Scott A. Langrehr of
Augusta; one daughter, Nancy Tandy of Wichita; one stepson, Vernon Riggs of
Wichita; two stepdaughters, Shannon Thompson of Valley Center and Nancy Lyn
Borer of Orlando, Fla.; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by one sister, Joann Lanterman.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in
Valley Center with the Rev. Dr. J. Tal Tittsworth officiating. The body
will be cremated. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at Baker Funeral
Home in Valley Center.

Thelma Lucille Wood 1907-2000
Thelma Lucille Wood, 93, died Sept. 3 at Central Kansas Medical Center,
Long Term Care in Ellinwood. She was born March 30, 1907, at Winfield, the
daughter of William Joseph and Mary Alice Hartsook Poor. She married Frank
J. Wood April 2, 1924, at Winfield. He died Aug. 4, 1957. A resident of
Great Bend since 1954, coming from Fairfax, Okla., she was owner and
president of Wood Petroleum Inc., in Great Bend.
Mrs. Wood was a member of Episcopal Church and Order of the Eastern Star,
both of Great Bend.
Survivors include her longtime companion, Kathleen Kimpler of Great Bend.
A private memorial service will be held. Memorials are suggested to Brit
Spaugh Zoo or Great Bend Humane Society, both in care of Bryant-Christians
Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Frances E. 'Barney' Chiles 1909-2000
HOLYROOD - Frances E. "Barney" Chiles, 91, died Sept. 3 at Wilson Nursing
Center. She was born March 4, 1909, at Natoma, the daughter of Samuel
Thomas and Cora Blanche Alexander Barons. She was a graduate of Lyons High
School. She married James T. Chiles Dec. 16, 1945, at Denver, Colo. He died
July 1, 1952. A resident of Wilson since 1996, coming from Holyrood and
Denver, she was an office manager for Western Belfour in Denver and a
partner with her husband in promotional advertising.
Mrs. Chiles was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter Lutheran
Church Ladies Aid and American Legion Auxiliary, all in Holyrood.
Survivors include one stepson, James T. Chiles Jr. of Garland, Texas. She
was preceded in death by three brothers, Reginald Barons, Eldred Barons and
John Barons; and two sisters, Calista Wamhoff and Dorothy Wentworth.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. John
Sharp officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lyons Cemetery in
Lyons. Memorials are suggested to the church or Wilson Nursing Center, both
in care of the Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth.

Anthony Ray Mong 1952-2000
ELLINWOOD - Anthony Ray Mong, 48, died Sept. 2 at University of Kansas
Medical Center in Kansas City. He was born March 23, 1952, at Wakeeney, the
son of Clayton Allen and Pauline Darline Pierce Mong. He married Shirley
Ann Ruckman May 25, 1974, in Great Bend. A resident of Barton County since
1957, coming from Russell Springs, he was a machinist for Corrosion Proof
Fitting Company in Great Bend.
Mong was a member of First Church of God and Barton County 4-H, both in
Great Bend. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Bryan Mong of Hutchinson
and Bruce Mong of Ellinwood; one daughter, Patricia Ross of Seminole,
Okla.; his parents of Great Bend; one brother, Clinton Mong of Ellinwood;
one sister, Barbara Bitnoff of Belpre; and two granddaughters.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. Dick Ogle
officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Stafford County
with military honors provided by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Friends may call
until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, all at
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Clark Harold Solso 1919-2000
Clark Harold Solso, 81, died Aug. 29 at Hillcrest Health Rehabilitaion
Center in Wayzata, Minn. He was born April 25, 1919, at Hitterdal, Minn.,
the son of Henry and Bertha Johnson Solso. He was a 1937 graduate of Newman
Grove High School in Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska. He
married Irene Marie Wedell Aug. 10, 1946, in New York. She died March 3,
1989. A resident of Great Bend since 1947, coming from Norfolk, Va., he was
co-owner of Cen-Kan Supply, an electrical and plumbing wholesale business,
in western Kansas.
Solso was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Great
Bend, Sunflower Shrine Club, Masons, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars and Elks Lodge. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World
War II on the USS New Orleans.
Survivors include three daughters, Julie Guelich of Edina, Minn., Christine
Huber Solso of Bloomington, Minn., and Jane Stabler of Keene, N.H.; one
sister, Lois Johnson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and special
friend, Mary Anne Mull.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Diana
Coberly officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may
call from 1-9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, all at
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to
the church, in care of the funeral home.

Walter Calvin Cooper 1907-2000 
SYLVIA - Walter Calvin Cooper, 93, died Aug. 31 at Hutchinson Hospital. He
was born Aug. 26, 1907, near Plevna, the son of Calvin A. and Martha Norman
Cooper. He attended Hopewell and Plevna schools. He married Alta Irene Darr
Aug. 26, 1930, at Langdon. She died Sept. 22, 1982. A resident of Sylvia
since 1967, coming from Langdon, he was a farmer and mechanic.
Cooper was a member of Langdon Christian Church, where he served as a
deacon and elder, past member of Langdon School Board, past member of
Plevna Co-Op board and past member of Reno County A.S.C.A. board.
Survivors include two sons, Walter Darrel Cooper of Sylvia and Alfred Jack
Cooper of Stafford; one daughter, Karen Ann Cooper of Carl Junction, Mo.;
nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three
stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Dow
Cooper, Lloyd Cooper and Otto Cooper; and three sisters, Zelda, Alpha and
Cora.
Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Minnis Chapel in Stafford. Burial
will be at Peace Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at
the chapel. Memorials are suggested to Sylvia Senior Center or Cystic
Fibrosis, both in care of the funeral home.

Burnice Irene Otte 1923-2000 
Burnice Irene Otte, 77, died Aug. 30 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St.
Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born June 3, 1923, at Scott City, the
daughter of William F. and Rada Barger Beaton. She married Loyal E. Otte
Nov. 22, 1941, at Wichita. A resident of Great Bend since 1937, coming from
Scott City, she was a county treasurer clerk for Barton County.
Mrs. Otte was a member of First Christian Church, Shamrock Social Club,
Elks Lodge and Ladies of the Elks Lodge, all of Great Bend.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Gary L. Otte of Grand
Fork, N.D.; one daughter, Melodie Friedebach of Jefferson City, Mo.; one
brother, William E. Beaton of Scott City; five grandchilden; and three
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Kent E. Otte;
and one sister, Beatrice Wilson.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. William F.
Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great
Bend. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, all
at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to
the church building fund, in care of the funeral home.

Linda M. Bott 1948-2000 
LA CROSSE - Linda M. Bott, 51, died Aug. 30 at Hays Medical Center, St.
Anthony's Campus in Hays. She was born Nov. 18, 1948, at La Crosse, the
daughter of Marvin and Mary Schaffer Urban. She married Greg Bott Feb. 4,
1967, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in La Crosse. A lifetime resident of
Rush County, she was a deputy Rush County clerk from 1981-1985 and Rush
County clerk from 1985 until her death.
Mrs. Bott was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in La Crosse,
Kansas Association of Counites, South Central County Clerks' Association
and Kansas County Clerk and Election Officers' Association, where she
served on the audit, scholarship, legislative and elections committees. She
also served on the St. Michael's social commission.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one daughter, Stefanie Parrott
of La Crosse; her mother, Mary Urban Herman of La Crosse; one brother,
Ronald "Mac" Urban of La Crosse; and one grandchild.
Rosary service will be at 7:30 tonight at Janousek Funeral Home in La
Crosse. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with the
Rev. Benjamin Martin officiating. Burial will be at La Crosse City
Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials
are suggested to Hays Oncology Unit, Hays Medical Center, in care of the
funeral home.

Gary Randa 1967-2000 
HUTCHINSON - Gary Randa, 33, died Aug. 30 at his home in Hutchinson. He was
born June 24, 1967, at La Crosse, the son of Marvin A. and Mary Ann Herrman
Randa. A resident of Hutchinson for 2 1/2 years, coming from Washington,
D.C., he was an electricain for Cheney Door Company in Hutchinson.
Randa was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Liebenthal. He was a
veteran of the U.S. Marines, having served in Desert Storm.
Survivors include one daughter, Jennifer Amanda Randa of Oceanside, Calif.;
his mother; three brothers, Ronald Randa and Leslie Randa, both of La
Crosse and Lyle Randa of Wichita; five sisters, Doris Scheideman, Nadine
Foreman and Pamela Winkler, all of Haysville, Linda Gottschalk of Lenexa
and Marilyn Hill of Casper, Wyo.
Rosary service will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Janousek Funeral Home in La
Crosse. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church in Liebenthal with
the Rev. Benjamin Martin officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery
in Liebenthal. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph's Heritage Fund or donor's choice,
both in care of the funeral home.

Clarice O. Triplett 1914-2000 
ELLINWOOD - Clarice O. Triplett, 86, died Aug. 31 at her home in Ellinwood.
She was born Jan. 29, 1914, at Sisterville, W.V., the daughter of Thomas A.
and Mary Blanche Henderson Tuttle. She graduated as a registered nurse with
a bachelor's of science degree from Wesley School of Nursing. She married
Joseph P. Triplett Sept. 20, 1938. He died. A resident of Ellinwood for
almost 60 years, she was a retired school nurse for Ellinwood Schools and
taught nursing classes in El Dorado and Great Bend.
Mrs. Triplett was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ellinwood
and Tuesday Bible Study Club.
Survivors include one daughter, Joanita Doll Masden of Ellinwood; nine
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one
daughter, Sue Duft; and one granddaughter.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Larry
Young officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend  Cemetery. Friends may call
from 5-8 p.m. Sunday and from 3-8 p.m. Monday, all at Kimple Funeral Home
in Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to Barton County Diabetes Association
or Ellinwood Area Health Care Fund, both in care of the funeral home.

Bobby N. Black 1931-2000
WICHITA - Bobby N. Black, 69, died Aug. 30. He was born March 20, 1931, in
Montgomery County, the son of Louis Guy and Sarah Ellen Barker Black. A
resident of Wichita, he was an avionics technician for Honeywell and RCA.
Survivors include one son, Douglas James Black of Wichita; two daughters,
Lisa Ann Wright of Wichita and Tracey Lee Harrison of Enid, Okla.; one
brother, Louis Elmer "Bud" Black of Great Bend; nine grandchildren; and one
great-grandchild.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Resthaven Mortuary Chapel in Wichita.
Burial will be at Resthaven Gardens of Memory in Wichita. Memorials are
suggested to Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund of Wichita or Emmanuel
Christian School of Enid, both in care of the funeral home.

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