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Sister Edna Haefling 1926-2000
Sister Edna Haefling, 74, died Dec. 18, at Dominican Sisters convent infirmary in Great Bend. She was born Sept. 14, 1926, in Concordia, as Lucille Marie Haefling, the daughter of Marion and Mary Anne Beumer Haefling. She entered the Dominican Sisters Community Aug. 29, 1944, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 13, 1947. She celebrated her golden anniversary of religious profession in 1997. Sister Edna was a teacher of grade, junior high and high school students in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri from 1948 to 1983. During that time she also was principal of six parochial grade schools, attended Creighton University, and ended her educational career as receptionist and development director at Sacred Heart High School in Salina. Following these ministries she did microfiling at Central Kansas Medical Center and worked for Heartland Center for Spirituality, both part time positions in Great Bend. She is survived by three brothers: James Haefling of Richardson, Texas, Joseph Haefling of Richmond, Va., and the Rev. Maurice Haefling OSB of St. Benedict Abbey in Atchison; five sisters, Patricia Haefling of Lee's Summit, Mo., Sister Markita Haefling of Great Bend, Valaria Campbell of Kansas City, Mo., Dorothy Caciioppo of Kansas City, Mo., and Dolores Neidert of Loretto, Tenn. Sister Edna's body will lie in state in the hospitality area of the Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the convent. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Abbot Barnabus Senecal OSB officiating. Burial will be at the Sisters Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the convent from today to 2 p.m. Thursday at the convent. Memorials are suggested to: Dominican Sisters Ministry Fund, Office of Mission and Ministry, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 67530-3692. Fryberger Funeral Home of Great Bend is in charge of arrangements. 

Donald L. Shelton 1931-2000
LARNED - Donald L. Shelton, 69, died Dec. 17 at his home in Larned. He was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Larned, the son of Artie A. and Nola Esther Moore Shelton. He married Arlene M. Suiter Aug. 25, 1984. She died Sept. 18, 1999. A lifetime resident of Larned, he was a city power plant operator for 23 years. Shelton was of the Christian faith. He was a member of Larned Fire Department for 36 years and a past little league baseball coach. Survivors include four sons, Gary L. Shelton, Ronald W. Shelton, Richard A. Shelton and Kenneth Shelton, all of Larned; one daughter, Donna Kay Martin of Larned; one step-son, Ricky C. Boland of Pondcreek, Okla.; and one step-daughter, Jana D. Long of Delphi, Ind.; two brothers, Wayne O. Shelton of Borger, Texas, and Floyde Shelton of Monclair, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Leroy Shelton, William Shelton, Marvin "Tommy" Shelton and Art Shelton; and one sister, Opal Guell. Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned with the Rev. John Grummon officiating. Friends may call until 8 tonight and from noon to service time Wednesday, all at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Larned Fire Department, in care of the funeral home.

Mildred Louise Soeken 1914-2000
CHASE - Mildred Louise Soeken, 86, died Dec. 16 at Rock Island, Ill. She was born May 8, 1914, in Macksville, the daughter of Arthur and Ida Schneider. She married Edward J. Soeken Oct. 9, 1938. He died Aug. 26, 1983. A resident of Rock Island, coming from Chase, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Soeken was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Island and a past charter member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lyons. Survivors include one son, Vernon Soeken of Rock Island; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Ruby Knop; and one brother, Edward Voight. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lyons Municipal Cemetery with the Rev. Calvin L'Heureux. Memorials are suggested to the church in Lyons, in care of Sillin Funeral Home of Lyons. A memorial service will be held at the church in Lyons at a later date.

Olive Martha Meyer 1935-2000
STAFFORD - Olive Martha Meyer, 65, died Dec. 17 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus in Wichita. She was born July 28, 1935, in Jetmore, the daughter of DeVern and Lena Delker Franklin. She graduated from St. John High School. She married Leroy Meyer Aug. 4, 1957, in St. John. He died June 17. A resident of Stafford since 1957, she worked on the family farm, was co-owner of Elroy's Pizza and Elroy's II , and a paraprofessional for the Stafford school district. Mrs. Meyer was a member of the Church of Christ, Culture Club and Oktoberfest Committee, all of Stafford. She was secretary for the Stafford County Fair Association for more than 20 years. Survivors include one son, Jeff Meyer of Stafford; two daughters, Cindi Martinez of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Jennifer Alpers of Stafford; and five grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Stafford with the Rev. Aaron Arthaud officiating. Burial will be at the Stafford Cemetery. Family will receive friends until 8 tonight at Minnis Chapel in Stafford. Memorials are suggested to the Stafford Educational Foundation, in care of the chapel.

C. E. Antenen 1905-2000
NESS CITY - C.E. Antenen, 95, died Dec. 18 at his home in Ness City. He was born June 5, 1905, in Ness County, the son of Alfred and Tillie Antenen. He married Margaret Miner Nov. 21, 1929. She died Sept. 9, 1991. A lifetime resident of Ness County, he was a farmer, stockman and worked as a John Deere dealer for 35 years. Antenen was the last charter member of the Ness City Rotary Club. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ness City and the Ness City Saddle Club. Survivors include one son, Gary Antenen of Ness City; one daughter, Jean Rumble of Great Bend; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church in Ness City. Burial will be at Ness City Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight and until service time Wednesday, both at the church. Memorials are suggested to Ness City Rotary Club or the church, both in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home Inc. of Ness City.

Jason Wayne Befort 1974-2000
WICHITA - Jason Wayne Befort, 26, died Dec. 15 in Wichita. He was born Oct. 31, 1974, in Pratt, the son of Ken D. Befort and Lois J. Fisher. He was a 1993 graduate of Pratt High School. He attended Pratt Community College and was a 1998 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in education. A resident of Wichita, coming from Pratt, he was a science teacher for Augusta High School, a middle school football coach, junior varsity basketball coach and a track coach. Befort was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pratt, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and KSU Alumni Association. Survivors include his parents of Pratt; one brother, Mark D. Befort of Pratt; and one sister, Kim J. Voss of Mulvane. Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pratt. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Pratt with the Rev. James Dieker officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt. Friends may sign the register book at Ayers-Calbeck Mortuary in Pratt. Memorials are suggested to the Jason W. Befort Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the mortuary.

Theresa M. Miller 1906-2000
CLAFLIN - Theresa M. Miller, 94, died Dec. 15 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in ElDorado. She was born Nov. 30, 1906, in rural Claflin, the daughter of Joseph F. and Frances M. Schulte Liebl. She married Robert L. Miller Aug. 8, 1927, in Claflin. A lifetime resident of Claflin, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Miller was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Altar Society, both of Claflin. Survivors include her husband of the home; one daughter, Bernadette A. Spradling of ElDorado; one brother, Lawrence N. Liebl of Claflin; 12 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Robert J. Miller and James R. Miller; five brothers, Frank Liebl, Leo Liebl, Joe Liebl, Ambrose Liebl and Gail Liebl; and one sister, Viola Feist. Altar Society rosary will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday and vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, all at the funeral home. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. David Flagor officiating. Burial will be at Claflin Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, both at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Conception Parish Center, Robert J. Miller Scholarship Fund or Lincoln Elementary School Library, all in care of the funeral home.

Betty J. Burns 1926-2000
LARNED - Betty J. Burns, 74, died Dec. 16 at Overland Park Manor in Overland Park. She was born April 2, 1926, in Hutchinson, the daughter of William W. and Helen R. Swift Collins. She married Ennis C. Burns Nov. 6, 1943, in Hutchinson. He died Oct. 8, 1989. A resident of Overland Park for two years, coming from Larned, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Burns was a member of First Christian Church in Larned, past honorary chairman of American Heart Association and past secretary of Wheatbelt Region for Girl Scouts. Survivors include one son, Kurt D. Burns of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Connie J. Burns of San Diego, Calif. and Innes L. Burns Hale of Fairway; one sister, Kathern C. Haning of San Diego; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, James Hugh Collins and Robert E. Collins. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned with the Rev. Dan Lundgren officiating. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fairlawn Burial Park Mausoleum in Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home. 

Donald L. Shelton 1931-2000
LARNED - Donald L. Shelton, 69, died Dec. 17 at his home in Larned. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Morell Funeral Home in Larned.

Francisco Joaquin Garcia 1997-2000
SALINA - Due to information supplied by the funeral home survivors of Francisco Joaquin Garcia, 3, were incorrect. They include his father, Raul Garcia of Great Bend and grandmother, Denise Palacio. 

Vera M. Hohl Sharp 1908-2000
BUSHTON - Vera M. Hohl Sharp, 92, died Dec. 13 at Saline Evangelical Home
in Saline, Mich. She was born July 13, 1908, in Bushton, the daughter of
Henry Clay and Albertina Bredfeldt Hohl. She married Irvin L. "Doc" Sharp
Aug. 30, 1942, in Dodge City. He died Aug. 7, 1992. A resident of Ann
Arbor, Mich., since 1986, coming from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Bushton,
she was a clerk for ladies clothing.
Mrs. Sharp was a member of West Side United  Methodist Church of Ann Arbor.
Survivors include one step-daughter, Reta Jean Landcaster of Ann Arbor; and
three step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ervin
Hohl and Lawrence Hohl.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in
Hoisington with the Rev. Barbara Parker officiating. Burial will be at
Bushton Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to service time Monday at
the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church or
First Responders, both of Bushton, in care of the funeral home.

Theresa Marie Miller 1906-2000
CLAFLIN - Theresa Marie Miller, 94, died Dec. 15 at Susan B. Allen Hospital
in ElDorado. She was born Nov. 30, 1906. Friends may call after 1 p.m.
Monday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by the funeral home.

Glee Starr Bloomer 1903-2000
CLAFLIN - Glee Starr Bloomer, 97, died Dec. 16 in Oklahoma City, Okla. She
was born May 22, 1903, in Great Bend, the daughter of Henry and Nellie
Anthony Starr. She was a 1925 graduate of University of Kansas. She married
Arthur Bloomer. He preceded her in death. A resident of Edmond, Okla.,
coming from Sun City, Ariz., and Claflin, she had taught for two years at
Haddam.
Survivors include one niece, Betty Bloomer Bradley of Oklahoma City; two
great-nephews; and two great-nieces. She was preceded in death by one
sister, Evelyn Starr Bloomer.
Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anns Home Chapel in
Oklahoma City. Burial will be at Claflin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
memorials are suggested to Mercy Hospice, Mercy Health Center, 4300 W.
Memorial Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, or to donor's choice. Smith and
Kernke Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Betty J. Burns 1926-2000
LARNED - Betty J. Burns, 74, died Dec. 16 at Overland Park Manor in
Overland Park.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Morell Funeral Home
in Larned.

Francisco Joaquin Garcia 1997-2000
SALINA - Francisco Joaquin Garcia, 3, died Dec. 13 in Salina. He was born
Oct. 17, 1997, in Salina, the son of Paul and Twilia Garcia. He was a
lifetime resident of Salina.
Survivors include his father of Great Bend; his mother of Salina; brother,
Roque Garcia of Salina; his grandparents, Fred Hutt of Salina, Denise
Phlosia of La Crosse; and Joaquin Garcia and Carlota Franco of Djinago,
Mexico.
Chapel Conclusion Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ryan Mortuary in
Salina with the Rev. Francisco Montoya officiating. Burial will be at Mt.
Calvary Cemetery in Salina. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Sunday and from
9 a.m. until service time at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to Roque
Garcia Education Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Bruce B. Peil 1930-2000
MANHATTAN - Bruce B. Peil, 70, died Dec. 13 at Shawnee Mission Medical
Center in Shawnee. He was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Gothenburg, Neb., the son
of Jacob and Edith Ackerman Peil. He was a graduate of Blue Hill High
School in Blue Hill, Neb., and attended the University of Nebraska. He
married Wilma A. Fabrizius Sept. 5, 1954, in WaKeeney. A resident of
Manhattan, he was a lineman for several rural Electric Cooperatives and
taught electric power and the distribution program at Manhattan Area
Technical College.
Peil was a member of First Lutheran Church, American Legion and a former
council member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Great Bend. He was a U.S.
Army veteran of World War II, serving in the signal corp in Germany.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Brian Peil of Manhattan;
three daughters, Roberta Johnson of Manhattan, Susan Dringenberg of Parsons
and Margaret Peil of Overland Park; four brothers, Glen Peil of Colorado
Springs, Colo., Wayne Peil of Roeland Park, Ken Peil of Ayr, Neb., and Fred
Peil of Blue Hill; one sister, Mary Stanfill of El Cajon, Calif.; and 10
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Keith Wiens
officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Manhattan. The
family will receive friends from 7-8 tonight at Yorgenson-Meloan-Londeen
Funeral Home in Manhattan. Memorials are suggested to the Bruce Peil
Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Doris Ellen Mai 1942-2000
Doris Ellen Mai, 58, died Dec. 13 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center,
St. Francis Campus in Wichita. She was born May 5, 1942, in Roxbury, Mass.,
the daughter of William and Laura Horton McCormick. She married Elwood T.
Mai Aug. 19, 1974, in Key West, Fla. She was a resident of Great Bend since
1993, coming from Salina.
Mrs. Mai was a member of Central Baptist Church in Great Bend.
Survivors include her husband of the home; four sons, William Johnson of
Stuart, Va., Lyndon Baines Johnson of Swan Quarter, N.C., Edward Johnson
and Stephen Mai, both of Great Bend; two daughters, Sarina Johnson of
Salina and Skye Mai of Great Bend; and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Dr. Gordon
E. Rhodes officiating. Burial will be at Russell City Cemetery. Memorials
are suggested to Lupus Foundation, Kansas Chapter, in care of
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home.

Grace Delores Sturtz 1935-2000
ELLINWOOD - Grace Delores Sturtz, 65, died Dec. 11 at her home in Ellinwood. She was born June 29, 1935, in Great Bend, the daughter of the Rev. Oliver K. and Hulda Koch Ringering. She married Edgar Sturtz Sept. 1, 1955, in Shattuck, Okla. A long time resident of Ellinwood, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Sturtz was a member of First Baptist Church, WMF of Ellinwood, former Ellinwood Library board member, Barton County Food Bank board member, Community Concert board member, Barton County Community College Orchestra and Fort Hays State University Orchestra. Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Tevye Sturtz of Ellinwood; three daughters, Debra Typaldos of Nixa, Mo., Karen Bohn of Ellinwood and Stephanie Lafreniere of Oklahoma City, Okla.; step-mother, Elizabeth Ann Ringering of Hillsboro; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Ringering. 
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the church in Ellinwood with the Rev. David Wesner officiating. Burial will be at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in Ellinwood. Friends may call until 8 tonight and from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to the church or to North American Baptist Seminary Scholarship Fund, both in care of the funeral home.

Paul Lee Gower 1946-2000
PHILLIPSBURG - Paul Lee Gower, 54, died Dec. 11 at Phillips County Hospital in Phillipsburg. Survivors include his wife, Anne Marie of the home; four sons, Paul Gower, James Gower and Mark Gower, all of Phillipsburg, and Joe Gower of McCook, Neb.; two daughters, Tina Blew of Phillipsburg and Angela Henderson of Salina; his mother, Crystal Peterson Gower of Victoria; three sisters, Aleta Ducharm, Waneta Gower and Aneta Christensen of Agra; and four grandchildren. Vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel in Phillipsburg.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church in Phillipsburg with the Revs. Alvin Werth and Daryl Olmstead officiating. Burial will be at West Cedar Cemetery in Phillips County. Memorials are suggested to the Phillips County Home Health, in care of the funeral home.

Paul August Schultz 1921-2000
HEIZER - Paul August Schultz, 79, died Dec. 9 at his home in Heizer. He was born April 8, 1921, in Great Bend, the son of August Henry and Hilda Paul Schultz. He married Ruby Smith May 2, 1946, in Great Bend. She died Aug. 31, 1981. A lifetime resident of Heizer, he was a farmer, former sexton of Great Bend Cemetery and former employee at Dean's Furniture of Great Bend. 
Schultz was a member of Assembly of God Church and an Air Corps veteran of World War II. Survivors include one son, Larry W. Schultz of Topeka; and one daughter Jeanette R. Schultz of Modesto, Calif. Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. David Hartsell officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to noon at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home and after 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Frances M. Wheeler 1929-2000
LARNED - Frances M. Wheeler, 71, died Dec. 11 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Garfield, the daughter of Milton K. and Edna Mae Hall Blose. She married Arthur Wheeler Nov. 19, 1964, in Nowata, Okla. He died Nov. 8, 1984. A resident of Wichita for four years, coming from Larned and Belpre, she was a retired food service supervisor at Larned State Hospital. Mrs. Wheeler attended the Christian Church and First Baptist Church and was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, all of Larned. 
Survivors include two sons, Steven L. Pleasant and Ronald F. Pleasant, both of Wichita; one daughter, Pamela B. Rose of Wichita; four sisters, Lillie Murdie of Garfield, Helen Strain of Penngrove, Calif., Charlotte Strain of Rogersville, Mo., and Marion Bartch of Springfield, Mo.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Blose. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Morrell Funeral Home in Larned with the Rev. Dan Lundgren officiating. Burial will be at Belpre Cemetery in Belpre. Friends may call until 8 tonight, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday, all at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Association, both in care of the funeral home.

Doris E. Mai 1942-2000
Doris E. Mai, 58, died Dec. 13 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Frances Campus in Wichita. She was born May 5, 1942. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend.

August 'Auggie' J. Ehly 1912-2000
CLAFLIN - August "Auggie" J. Ehly, 88, died Dec. 10 at Hoisington Rehabilitation Center. He was born April 27, 1912, in Claflin, the son of Gus A. and Mary Knorr Ehly. A lifetime resident of Claflin, he was owner and operator of "The Lounge" for 27 years in Claflin, before retiring in 1995. He was a former sexton of area cemeteries and a farmer. Ehly was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Claflin. Survivors include one brother, Walter K. Ehly of Claflin; three sisters, Helen Kimpler of Great Bend, Beatrice Jarchou of Wichita and Jolene Walden of Apple Valley, Calif. He was preceded in death by three brothers, James Ehly, Richard Ehly and George Ehly; two sisters, Lois Linsner and Lucille Bergstrom; and other infant brothers and sisters. Vigil service will be at 6:30 tonight at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Revs. David Flagor and Pascal Klein officiating. Burial will be at Claflin Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church or Hoisington Rehabilitation Center, both in care of the funeral home.

Daniel L. Miller 1940-2000
LARNED - Daniel L. Miller, 60, died Dec. 10 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus in Larned. He was born June 6, 1940, in Fort Collins, Colo., the son of D.L. and Lida Grace Brenneman Miller. A longtime resident of Larned, coming from Greensburg, he was a licensed mental health technician at Larned State Hospital. Miller was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Gideons International Larned Camp and a volunteer at the Department of Corrections. Survivors include his parents of Hutchinson; two brothers, Bob Miller of Coppell, Texas, and Sam Miller of Speedway, Ind.; and one sister, Virginia Rae Beard of Bedford, Ind. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned with Revs. Rick Clark and Reed Beard officiating. Burial will be at Fairlawn Burial Park in Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church or Gideons International, both in care of the funeral home. Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 12, 2000

Paul Schultz 1921-2000
Paul Schultz, 79, died Dec. 9 at his home in Great Bend. He was born April 8, 1921. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Glenn E. Cooper 1919-2000
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Glenn E. Cooper, 81, died Nov. 27 at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Byers, the son of Ed and Dora Mae Pelsor Cooper. He married Margaret M. Leeper July 15, 1941. He was a resident of Colorado Springs, coming from Great Bend. Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Gary E. Cooper of Colorado Springs; two daughters, Reta M. Juiliano of Shawnee and Glennis A. Willy of Colorado Springs; two sisters, Gladys Russell of Deming, N.M., and Edna Fox of St. John; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Leta Lacey; two brothers, Harlan Cooper and Chester Cooper; and one sister, Marie Fox. Funeral was Nov. 30 at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs. Burial will be in Seward. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association, in care of Nolan Funeral Home in Colorado Springs.

Grace Sturtz 1935-2000
ELLINWOOD - Grace Sturtz, 65, died Dec. 12 at her home in Ellinwood. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.

Ophelia A. Keeton 1910-2000
RUSSELL - Ophelia A. Keeton, 89, died Dec. 10 at Phillips County Hospital, Long Term Care Unit in Phillipsburg. She was born Dec. 12, 1910, in Russell County, the daughter of William H. and Mollie Strecker Michaelis. She married Harold H. Steinert. He died May 28, 1961. She married Cleo M. Keeton Feb. 9, 1974 in Russell. A resident of Phillipsburg, coming from Galatia, Russell and Milberger, she was a homemaker and receptionist in Russell. Mrs. Keeton was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Russell. Survivors include her husband of the home; one daughter, Janice Mai of Russell; one sister, Lenetta Deutsch of Hoisington; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Walter Michaelis, Huldrich Michaelis, Delmar Michaelis and Oscar Michaelis. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Russell with the Rev. Henry Hartman officiating. Burial will be at Milberger Cemetery in Milberger. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday, both at Pohlman's Mortuary in Russell, and from 1 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Milberger Cemetery or Long Term Care Unit in Phillipsburg, both in care of the funeral home. 

Ernest R. Ptacek 1922-2000
RUSSELL - Ernest R. Ptacek, 78, died Dec. 11 at Hoisington Rehabilitation Center. He was born Sept. 26, 1922, in rural Dorrance, the son of Frank C. and Anna Kepka Ptacek. He married Florence E. Meyeres May 9, 1950, in Beaver. A resident of Russell, he was a Moorman feed dealer for 22 years and was a farmer and stockman. Ptacek was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6240, both of Russell, and Knights of Columbus in Wilson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II with overseas duty in the European theater. Survivors include his wife of the home; four sons, Duane Ptacek of Yutan, Neb., Ron Ptacek of Russell, Richard Ptacek of Victoria and Keith Ptacek of Great Bend; one daughter, Karen Bond of Sylvan Grove; three brothers, Edward Ptacek of Ellsworth, Alfred Ptacek of Minneapolis and Francis Ptacek of Russell; three sisters, Beatrice Gerstenkorn of Waterloo, Ann Mae Janda of Lyons and Helen Reeves of Sylvan Grove; 20 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilfred Ptacek and the Rev. Maurice Ptacek; and one sister, Mary Ann Ptacek. Vigil will be at 7 p.m. at Pohlman's Mortuary in Russell. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church in Russell with the Revs. Charles Steier, Pascal Klein and Marvin Reif officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Russell. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, both at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to Parkinson's Disease Association, in care of the mortuary. 

Nathan Reece 1931-2000
Nathan Reece, 69, died Dec. 9 in Hutchinson. He was born June 12, 1931, in Plainville, the son of Ocenus Sr. and Emmaline Reed Reece. He was a graduate of Palinville High School. A longtime resident of Great Bend, he was a landscaper. Reece was of the Christian faith. Survivors include one brother, Richard Reece of Great Bend; and one sister, Martha Ann Reece of Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Efie May Johnson, Janette Cherry and infant Jacqueline Reece. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Golden Belt Cemetery with the Rev. Loyse Clay officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at Fryberger Chapel in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to the Nathan Reece Memorial Fund, in care of the mortuary. 

Nathan V. Fuller 1912-2000
RUSSELL - Nathan V. Fuller, 88, died Dec. 9 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. He was born Aug. 6, 1912, in Little River, the son of Fred and May Banister Fuller. He married Esther Marie Strouse Feb. 14, 1934, in Little River. She died Sept. 2, 1994. A resident of Russell since 1963, coming from Hoisington, he worked for Skelly Oil Company for 42 years. Fuller was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Russell, Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star in Bunker Hill. Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Claussen of Russell; two sisters, Elaine Walstrom of McPherson and Emagene "Dickie" Sherman of Burrton; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one brother, Keith Fuller; and one sister, Margaret Popp. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pohlman's Memorial Chapel in Russell with the Rev. Glenn Tombaugh officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Great Bend. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimers Association, in care of the mortuary.

Mildred I. Lindquist Weeks 1911-2000
HOISINGTON - Mildred I. Lindquist Weeks, 89, died Dec. 8 at Eudora Nursing Home. She was born March 17, 1911, in Wichita, the daughter of Blaine and Maryon Shanks Bowers. She married Lee O. Lindquist Nov. 18, 1932, in Wichita. He died Nov. 30, 1966. She married Marion B. Weeks Nov. 26, 1976, in Hoisington. He died Jan. 25, 1995. A resident of Eudora, coming from Susank and Hoisington, she was a retired postmaster in Susank for 37 years and a former city clerk for Susank. Mrs. Lindquist was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and OES Una Chapter 119, both of Hoisington. Survivors include three sons, Jerry L. Lindquist of Sun City West, Ariz., Jack D. Lindquist of Taylors, S.C. and Jay A. Lindquist of Lawrence; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington with the Rev. Garry Dassow officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Natoma City Cemetery in Natoma. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday, with the family receiving from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, all at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Thelma G. Riedel 1919-2000
HAYS - Thelma G. Riedel, 81, died Dec. 8 at Hays Medical Center. She was born Jan. 30, 1919, in Hays, the daughter of Joseph and Theresia Quint Sander. She married Arthur R. "Art" Riedel June 3, 1941, in Victoria. A resident of Hays, she was a retired waitress and clerk. Mrs. Riedel was a member of St. Jospeh's Church, St. Joseph Altar Society and Christian Mothers, the Daughters of Isabella and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, all of Hays. Survivors include four sons, Ken Riedel of Lakewood, Colo., Art Riedel, Jr. of Larned, Bill Riedel of Aurora, Colo., and Bob Riedel of Bellevue, Neb.; one daughter, Kathy Petr of Wichita; one brother, Robert Sander of Victoria; three sisters, Sister Sarah Sander of Fond du Lac, Wis., Laurine Drazic of Ellsworth and Celeste Schmidtberger of Victoria; and 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Ed Riedel, Alfred Riedel and Hubert Riedel; and two sisters, Georgine Dreiling and Virginia McCardwell. Altar society and Christian Mothers rosary will be at 4 p.m., a VFW Auxiliary service at 6 p.m., a Daughters of Isabella rosary at 6:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m., all today at the Brock's North Hill Chapel in Hays. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Earl Befort officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Hays. Friends may call until 8 tonight and from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Monday at funeral home. Memorials are suggested to TMP-Marian High School or the church or Epworth Towers, all in care of the funeral home. 

Bettie Jane Keating 1936-2000
Bettie Jane Keating, 64, died Dec. 7 at Integrated Health Services of Great Bend. She was born Feb. 25, 1936 in Ada, the daughter of Ralph and Sarah Van Meter Maholland. She married A. Micheal "Mike" Keating Oct. 15, 1954, in Ada. He died Nov. 30, 1995. A resident of Great Bend for 42 years, coming from Barnard, she worked in accounting for Massey Ferguson. Survivors include one son, Kevin Keating of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Rebecca Murray of Shawnee, Okla. and Susan Bieberle of Coldwater; one brother, Neil Maholland of Barnard; and six grandchildren. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bryant-Christian Chapel in Great Bend. Burial will be at Milo Cemetery in Barnard. Memorials are suggested to the Great Bend Public Library, in care of the funeral home. 

Victor Spreier 1917-2000
LARNED - Victor Spreier, 83 died Dec. 6 at Western Medical Complex in Dodge City. He was born Sept. 22, 1917, in Rozel, the son of Jacob and Mary Kindsvater Spreier. He married Doris Irene Martin Nov. 5, 1942, in Rozel. She died Dec. 27, 1988. A resident of Rozel, he was a mechanic. Survivors include one son, Nolan Spreier of Rozel; one daughter of Phyllis Romo of Sacramento, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brother, David Spreier, Henry Spreier, Adam Spreier and John Spreier; two sisters, Eva Rheemsmyber and Molly Spreier; one step-brother, Bill; two step-sisters, Sara Kindsvater-Darnell and Kate Kindsvater-Muller. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Rozel Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Bowles officiating. Friends may call until 8 tonight, at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned.

Lois M. Langdon 1921-2000
BELOIT - Lois M. Langdon, 79, died Dec. 8 at Haven Manor in Lincoln, Neb. She was born July 31, 1921, in Stafford County. She married Robert "Jake" Lamkins. He died in 1981. She married Frank Langdon. He died in 1992. A resident of Beloit, coming from Versailies, Mo., she was a teacher. Mrs. Langdon was a member of Beloit New Life Christian Center and a volunteer for the a Solomon Valley Hospice, Meals on Wheels and the Mitchell County Hospital Economy Shop. Survivors include one son, R.G. Lamkins of Linclon, Neb.; three brothers, Harold Adams of Mt. Hope, James Adams of Great Bend and Paul Adams of Versailles; three sisters, Ruth Stone of Newton, Margaret Ikerd of Newton and Esther Spangenberg of Hudson; and one grandchild. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at New Hope Church in St. John with the Rev. Wade Moss officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in St. John. Friends amy call until 9 tonight at McDonald Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the New Life Christian Center, Beloit Senior Center or Solomon Valley Hospice, all in care of the funeral home.

Ruby Ruth Gerstner 1920-2000
Ruby Ruth Gerstner, 80, died Dec. 8 at her home in Great Bend. She was born Nov. 7, 1920, at Redwing, the daughter of David A. and Bertie M. Clift Ruble. She married William Willinger in 1938 in Kingman County. She married Fred Gerstner Jan. 6, 1977, at Raton, N.M. He died Nov. 3, 1994. A Barton County resident since 1968, having moved from Kendall, she was a homemaker. Survivors include one son, Robert Willinger of Stockton, Mo.; two daughters, Roberta Stull of Garland Texas and Janet Ramsey of Holyrood; one brother, Jim Dennis of Satanta; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Eugene Willinger; and five brothers, Sam Ruble, John Ruble, Herb Ruble, Bill Ruble and Ray Ruble. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home with the Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. MST Monday at Syracuse Cemetery at Syracuse. Friends may call from 1-9 today and 9 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are sugggested to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Thelma Herbel 1916-2000 
RUSSELL - Thelma Herbel, 84, died Dec. 8 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. She was born June 1, 1916, at Fall River, the daughter of John H. and Artie Mary Utz Cain. She married Orville Biles in 1934 at El Dorado. He died in 1961. She married Dan Herbel at Larned. He died in 1995. She lived in central and south central Kansas, Palco and Larned before moving to Russell in 1967. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Gary Biles of Hoisington and Rick Biles of Russell; one daughter, Sara Jane Billinger of Hill City; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son John Lee Biles; one brother; and one sister. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Pohlman's Memorial Chapel in Russell with the Rev. Henry Hartman officiating. Burial will be at Lawn's Cemetery in El Dorado with graveside service at 3 p.m. Monday. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to service time Monday at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to Wheatland nursing Center, in care of the mortuary. 

Glenn E. Cooper 1919-2000
Glenn E. Cooper, 81, died Nov. 27. He was born Jan. 7, 1919, at Byers, the son of Ed and Dora Mae Pelsor Cooper. He married Margaret E. Leeper July 15, 1941. Survivors include his wife; one son, Gary Cooper of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Reta M. Juiliano of Shawnee and Glennis A. Willy of Colorado Springs; two sisters, Gladys Russell of Deming, N.M., and Edna Fox of St. John; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Leta Lacy Cooper; two brothers, Chester Cooper and Harlan Cooper; and one sister, Marie Fox. Funeral was Nov. 30. Memorials are suggested to American Lung Association of Colorado, 1600 Race st., Denver, Colo. 80206. 

Betty Jo Maier 1927-2000
Betty Jo Maier, 73, died Dec. 7 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Plainview, Texas, the daughter of Arthur Leonard Sr. and Thelma Ruth Amberg Mangum. She married Solomon "Sam" Maier Sept. 24, 1947, in Lubbock, Texas. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1963, coming from Susank. Mrs. Maier was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, a past state president of Business and Professional Women and president of Barton County Youth Care, all of Great Bend. Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Bob Maier of Newton; one daughter, Judy Messersmith of Great Bend; one brother, Arthur Leonard Mangum Jr. of Lubbock; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Dr. Gary W. Teske officiating. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Susank. Friends may call until 9 tonight at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Barton County Youth Care, in care of the funeral home.

Lois Osborne 1906-2000
HANSTON - Lois Osborne, 94, died Dec. 5 at Hodgeman County Health Center in Jetmore. She was born Oct. 11, 1906, in Blue Mound, the daughter of William H. and Ella Chaney Grasty. She married Maurice Edwin Osborne Aug. 20, 1929, in Blue Mound. He died Sept. 22, 1974. A resident of Hanston, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Osborne was a member of United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, organist, Home Maker Extension Homemaker Unit, Cowbells, Silver Haired Legislature representative and Senior Center, all of Hanston. Survivors include one son, Eldon Osborne of Dodge City; two daughters, Pat Housman of Hanston and Marvelle Riggs; three sisters, Hazel Passe of Sun City, Ariz., Marguerite Elyard and Margaret Mayer, both of Ocala, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter; one grandson; and one sister, Violet Chestnut. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Mitch Reece officiating. Burial will be at the Hanston Cemetery. Friends may call until 8 tonight at Beckwith Funeral Home in Jetmore. Memorials are suggested to the church or Camp Lakeside, both in care of the funeral home. 

Opal G. Cronn 1912-2000
PARADISE - Opal G. Cronn, 88, died Dec. 6 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Feb. 23, 1912, in Luray, the daughter of Alex and Mary Edna Pattin Whitman. She married George Cronn Nov. 25, 1928, in Russell. A resident of Paradise, she was a homemaker and postal assistant for 25 years. Mrs. Cronn was a member of Paradise United Methodist Church. Survivors include one son, Duane Cronn of Paradise; one daughter, Loretta Baum of Hoisington; one brother, Elbert "Spud" Whitman of Paradise; one sister, Florence McCurry of Liberal; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Leota Harrall and Shirley Nelson; two grandchildren, Leota Hekele and Curtis Nelson; and three brothers, Henry Whitman, Charley Whitman and Fred Whitman. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pohlman's Memorial Chapel in Russell with the Rev. Don Fisher officiating. Burial will be at Mount Herman Cemetery in Paradise. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the church or the Nazarene Church in Hoisington, in care of the mortuary. 

Konrad Herschel Benford 1926-2000
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Konrad Hershel Benford, 73, died Nov. 8 at his home in Palm Springs. He was born Dec. 22, 1926, in St. John. He married Lorraine Doris Hess. She died May 9, 1999. He was a graduate of St. John High School and the University of Chicago with a PhD in liberal arts and a bachelor of science degree in physics. A resident of Palm Springs for 40 years, he was an electronic designer. Survivors include his aunt, Melba Bigham of Derby. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Fairview Park in St. John with the Rev. Carl Feril officiating. Minnis Chapel of St. John is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle Russell 1916-2000
PUEBLO, Colo. - Myrtle Russell, 84, died Nov. 29 in Pueblo. She was born March 1, 1916, in Anderson County, the daughter of Samuel C. and Helen Mae Crawford Holmes. She married Harry Russell Dec. 26, 1939, in Garnett. He preceded her in death. A resident of Pueblo, she was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Harry Owen Russell of Pueblo and Robert E. Russell of Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters, Helen Carpenter of Chino Valley, Ariz., and Eileen Cervanyk of LaPorte, Colo.; two brothers, Francis Holmes and Jim Holmes, both of Garnett; two sisters, Anna Steiger of Silver Springs, Md., and Louise Hunt of Prescott, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Park Cemetery in St. John with the Rev. David A. Ford officiating. Minnis Chapel of St. John is in charge of arrangements.

Bettie Keating 1936-2000
Bettie Keating, 64, died Dec. 7 at Integrated Health Services in Great Bend. She was born Feb. 25, 1936. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. 

Leo Wayne Setser 1912-2000
HUDSON - Leo Wayne Setser, 88, died Dec. 4 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. He was born May 9, 1912, at Sulpher Springs, Ark., the son of Todd and Veda Gatton Setser. He married Velma Hewitt April 22, 1934, in Stafford County. A resident of rural Hudson since 1930, he was a farmer, stockman and clerk of Byron Township for 38 years. Setser was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Don Setser of Manhattan; one daughter, Vivian Evers of Loveland, Colo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Alvin Ray Setser; two brothers, Woodrow Setser and James Setser; two sisters, Buelah Loughry and Mary Skaggs. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Minnis Chapel in Stafford. Burial will be at the Stafford Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today at the chapel. Memorials are suggested to Great Bend Integrated Health Services Alzheimers Unit or the church, both in care of the funeral home.

Sarah Belle Bowles 1912-2000
WICHITA - Sarah Belle Bowles, 88, died Dec. 4 in Wichita. She was born Feb. 27, 1912, in Peck, the daughter of Ray Trevor and Eva Alice Overlev Phipps. She married Joseph Bernard Bowles Nov. 15, 1941, in Hutchinson. He preceded her in death. A resident of Wichita, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Bowles was a member of O.E.S. Survivors include two sisters, Audine Bowers of Belle Plaine and Evelyn Bradley of Arp, Texas. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Belle Plaine Cemetery in Belle Plaine. Friends may call until 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home in Belle Plaine. Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Inc. of Wichita, in care of the funeral home.

Hilda Ruby Schober 1908-2000
Hilda Ruby Schober, 92, died Dec. 5 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born Feb. 1, 1908, in Russell County, the daughter of Jacob Jr. and Katie Steinert. She married David M. Schober Aug. 19, 1932, in Hutchinson. He died Jan. 22, 1994. A resident of Great Bend, she was a retired school teacher. Mrs. Schober was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, local, state and national teachers associations, Silver and Gold Club, Barton County Historical Society and Golden Belt Gem and Mineral Society. Survivors include one son, Robert L. Schober of Wichita; one sister, Helen Pember of Ness City; two step-brothers, Earl Schwartzkopf of WaKeeney and D.B. Schwartzkopf of Ulysses; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Steinert; and one sister, Harriet "Hattie" Schober. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend with the Rev. Jana Baxter officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great Bend. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church or the American Diabetes Association, both in care of the funeral home.

Ramona Zamarripa 1939-2000
Ramona Zamarripa, 61, died Dec. 5 at her home in Great Bend. She was born Aug. 31, 1939, in Hartshorne, Okla., the daughter of Catarino and Felipa Briones Zamarripa. A resident of Great Bend, she was a homemaker and care giver. Survivors include three brothers, Paul Zamarripa of Great Bend, Richard Joel Zamarripa of Lansing and Steve Zamarripa of Duncan, Okla.; eight sisters, Carmen Skelly of Tulsa, Okla., Mary Ingram, Josie Morrison, Isabel Earegood, Angie Ingram and Vivian Bahr, all of Great Bend, Rose Sands of Dodge City and Rebecca Morrison of Hutchinson. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Pantaleon Zamarripa, Richard Zamarripa, Pete Zamarripa and Frank Zamarripa. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend with the Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday, both at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Ramona Zamarripa Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Harold Betz 1921-2000
Harold Betz, 79, died Dec. 5 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. He was born Nov. 16, 1921, in Bison, to Jacob and Anna Betz. He married Alma Funk Feb. 7, 1942, in Larned. A resident of Great Bend, coming from Ness County, he was a farmer. Betz was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of the home; three brothers, Edward Betz of El Dorado, Don Betz of Jetmore and Merle Betz of Liberal; three sisters, Marthella Stegman and Marjory Thomas, both of Loveland, Colo., and Marcheta Hogsett of Ness City. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bazine Cemetery, with the Rev. Bill Anderson officiating and military graveside rites by American Legion Post 392. Friends may call until 9 tonight, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and until noon Friday, all at Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City. Memorials are suggested to donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.

Leo Wayne Setser 1912-2000
HUDSON - Leo Wayne Setser, 88, died Dec. 4 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. He was born May 9, 1912, at Sulpher Springs, Ark., the son of Todd and Veda Gatton Setser. He married Velma Hewitt April 22, 1934, in Stafford County. A resident of rural Hudson since 1930, he was a farmer, stockman and clerk of Byron Township for 38 years. Setser was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Don Setser of Manhattan; one daughter, Vivian Evers of Loveland, Colo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Alvin Ray Setser; two brothers, Woodrow Setser and James Setser; two sisters, Buelah Loughry and Mary Skaggs. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Minnis Chapel in Stafford. Burial will be at the Stafford Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today at the chapel. Memorials are suggested to Great Bend Integrated Health Services Alzheimers Unit or the church, both in care of the funeral home.

Sarah Belle Bowles 1912-2000
WICHITA - Sarah Belle Bowles, 88, died Dec. 4 in Wichita. She was born Feb. 27, 1912, in Peck, the daughter of Ray Trevor and Eva Alice Overlev Phipps. She married Joseph Bernard Bowles Nov. 15, 1941, in Hutchinson. He preceded her in death. A resident of Wichita, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Bowles was a member of O.E.S. 
Survivors include two sisters, Audine Bowers of Belle Plaine and Evelyn Bradley of Arp, Texas. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Belle Plaine Cemetery in Belle Plaine. Friends may call until 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home in Belle Plaine. Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Inc. of Wichita, in care of the funeral home.

Hilda Ruby Schober 1908-2000
Hilda Ruby Schober, 92, died Dec. 5 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born Feb. 1, 1908, in Russell County, the daughter of Jacob Jr. and Katie Steinert. She married David M. Schober Aug. 19, 1932, in Hutchinson. He died Jan. 22, 1994. A resident of Great Bend, she was a retired school teacher. Mrs. Schober was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, local, state and national teachers associations, Silver and Gold Club, Barton County Historical Society and Golden Belt Gem and Mineral Society. 
Survivors include one son, Robert L. Schober of Wichita; one sister, Helen Pember of Ness City; two step-brothers, Earl Schwartzkopf of WaKeeney and D.B. Schwartzkopf of Ulysses; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Steinert; and one sister, Harriet "Hattie" Schober. 
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend with the Rev. Jana Baxter officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great Bend. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church or the American Diabetes Association, both in care of the funeral home.

Ramona Zamarripa 1939-2000
Ramona Zamarripa, 61, died Dec. 5 at her home in Great Bend. She was born Aug. 31, 1939, in Hartshorne, Okla., the daughter of Catarino and Felipa Briones Zamarripa. A resident of Great Bend, she was a homemaker and care giver. 
Survivors include three brothers, Paul Zamarripa of Great Bend, Richard Joel Zamarripa of Lansing and Steve Zamarripa of Duncan, Okla.; eight sisters, Carmen Skelly of Tulsa, Okla., Mary Ingram, Josie Morrison, Isabel Earegood, Angie Ingram and Vivian Bahr, all of Great Bend, Rose Sands of Dodge City and Rebecca Morrison of Hutchinson. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Pantaleon Zamarripa, Richard Zamarripa, Pete Zamarripa and Frank Zamarripa. 
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend with the Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday, both at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Ramona Zamarripa Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Mae Ashley 1907-2000
JETMORE - Mae Ashley, 92, died Dec. 2 at Hodgeman County Long Term Care Center in Jetmore. She was born Dec. 17, 1907, in Jetmore, the daughter of Lloyd and Ida McGee Scothorn. She married Gerald Ashley Aug. 10, 1929, in Jetmore. He died Jan. 10, 1985. A resident Jetmore since 1997, coming from Cheyenne Wells, Colo., she was a homemaker. Mrs. Ashley was a member of E.H.U. in Cheyenne Wells. Survivors include five sons, Arlyn Dwane Ashley of Cheyenne Wells, Glenn Dale Ashley of Dodge City, Gailard Milton Ashley of Webster, N.Y., Lavern K. Ashley of Jetmore and Jerald Clinton Ashley of Lamar, Colo.; one sister, Mildred Bean of Great Bend; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Raleigh Scothorn and Roy Scothorn; and one great-great-grandson. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Beckwith Funeral Home in Jetmore with the Rev. Mitch Reece officiating. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. MST Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery in Cheyenne Wells. Friends may call until 8 tonight and until service time Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Hodgeman County Long Term Care Center, in care of the funeral home.

Irene Velma Poage 1917-2000
JEFFERSON, Ga. - Irene Velma Poage, 83, died Nov. 30 at Bjc Medical Center in Commerce, Ga. She was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Oilton, Okla., the daughter of James Thomas and Edna Phillips Dotson. She married Marion M. Poage Oct. 27, 1934, in Seminole, Okla. He died Nov. 8, 1989. A resident of Jefferson, coming from Great Bend, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Paoge was a member of First Assembly of God Church, Eagles Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, all of Great Bend. Survivors include one son, Richard Poage of Bangkok, Thailand; one daughter, Marilyn K. Bertrand of Jefferson; two sisters, Florene T. Sausedo of Sheridan, Wy. and Lenora Ring of Shawnee, Okla.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend with the Rev. David Hartsell officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight, from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday, and the family receiving friends from 7-8:30 tonight, all at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Ride for Kids Foundation, in care of the funeral home.

Anna Mae Carey 1907-2000
ELLINWOOD - Anna Mae Carey 93, died Dec. 2 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born Aug. 9, 1907, in Reading, the daughter of Francis Martin and Ella Frances Gray Carey. She was a 1929 graduate of Kansas State Teacher's College in Emporia. A resident of Ellinwood since 1943, she was a public school teacher. Mrs. Carey was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Altar Society, Kansas Retired Teachers Association and Barton County Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include two nephews, Leo Francis Carey, Jr. of Minneapolis, Minn. and Patrick William Carey of San Jose, Calif.; and two great-nephews, Ryan James Carey and Joel Francis Carey, both of Minneapolis. Altar Society rosary will be at 3 today at Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood. Parish rosary will be at 5:30 today at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. David Flagor officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Reading. Friends may call until 8 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church or Heritage Senior Center or Ellinwood Public School and Library Foundation, all in care of the funeral home. 

Adrian E. Randolph 1920-2000
MCPHERSON - Adrian E. Randolph, 80, died Dec. 1. a resident of McPherson, he was a handyman and vacuum cleaner salesman. Survivors include two sons, Ray Randolph of Indianapolis, Ind. and Larry Randolph of Prescott, Ariz.; three daughters, Mary Randolph of Denver, Colo., Sharon Randolph of Glasco and Ruth Randolph; one brother, Richard Randolph of Lawrence; two sisters, Margaret Bohannon of Ruydoso, N.M. and Sarah Murrell of Topeka; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Bible Church in McPherson. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of Cochran Mortuary in Wichita.

Roy R. Helus 1926-2000
HUTCHINSON- Roy R. Helus, 74, died Dec. 2 at Hutchinson Hospital in Hutchinson. He was born February 26, 1926, in Salina, the son of Anton and Flossie Root Helus. He married Marie Galliardt Oct. 16, 1950, in Clovis, N.M. A resident of Hutchinson since 1969, coming from Wilson, he was a equipment supervisor for J.H. Shears and Company. Helus was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wilson. MSGR. John F. McManus American Legion Post 262 and DDR Black Powder Society. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife Marie, of the home; one son, Raymond Helus of Milan; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Louis Helus. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson City Cemetery in Wilson with Andy Heer officiating. Friends may call until 8 tonight and until service time Tuesday, both at Foster Mortuary in Wilson. Memorials are suggested to the Hutchinson Boys and Girls Club, in care of the mortuary.

Leo W. Anschutz 1917-2000
WILSON - Leo W. Anschutz, 82, died Dec. 2 at his home in Wilson. He was born Dec. 18, 1917, in Dorrance, the son of Ernest and Lena Koetkemeyer Anschutz. He married Gerry Cross Dec. 21, 1947. She died in 1986. He married Jeanne Baker Dec. 12, 1987. A lifetime resident of the Wilson area, he was a farmer and stockman. Anschutz was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wilson, Wilson Lions Club, Russell Elks Club and Msgr. John F. McManusAmerican Legion Post 262. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Warren Anschutz of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one daughter, Priscilla LoPresti of Leavenworth; two step-daughters, Eileen Grauer of Hoisington and Linda Baker of Garden City; one brother, Paul Anschutz of Russell; one sister, Frances Jackman of El Dorado; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son; four brothers, Willis Anschutz, Harold Anschutz, Louie Anschutz and George Anschutz. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. at Wilson City Cemetery in Wilson with military honors by Msgr. John F. McManus American Legion Post 263. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. James Wagner officiating. Friends may call until 8 tonight at Foster Mortuary in Wilson. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Kay Wesley Moses 1941-2000
Kay Wesley Moses, 59, died Nov. 30 in rural Great Bend. She was born Aug. 10, 1941, in Great Bend, the daughter of Ralph Wesley and Isbell M. Moses . A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a homemaker, elementary-school teacher and a medical records librarian. She was a member of PEO and a volunteer at the Family Crisis Center, both in Great Bend. Survivors include one son, Kyle Burnett of Lawrence; one brother, Charles "Jack" Wesley Moses of Great Bend; and one sister, Ann Van Winkle of Wichita. She was preceded in death by one sister, Jane Sidebottom. Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Diana Coberly officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday at Great Bend Family Mortuary and from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Family Crisis Center, in care of the funeral home.

Nettie E. Turnby 1906-2000
Nettie E. Turnby, 94, died Dec. 1 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. She was born Aug. 17, 1906, in Gretna, Neb., the daughter of John and Elsie Sponagle Eggers. She married Harvey Turnby March 23, 1943, in Omaha, Neb. He died Sept. 27, 1978. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Omaha, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for Mastercraft Furniture in Omaha. Mrs. Turnby was a 70-year member of First Lutheran Church and a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Omaha Benson Post 112. She was a member and chapeau of 8 and 40 Douglas County Salon 254 and Nebraska State Chapeau and a long time volunteer at Omaha Veterans Hospital. Survivors include one son, Conrad Olsson of Great Bend; three daughters, Virginia Weiland and Mary Jean Cammarata, both of Littleton, Colo., and Luella Thomas of Englewood, Colo.; one brother, Carl Eggers of Napa, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Emil Eggers, William Eggers, Elvin Eggers, August Eggers and John Eggers; two sisters, Anna Harden and Clara Kluge; one grandson, Dennis Thomas; one great-grandson, Zachary Phillips; and one great-granddaughter, Lisa Thomas. Funeral and burial will be at Omaha. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of Bryant-Christians Funeral Home.

Carl M. Meitner 1918-2000
OLMITZ - Carl M. Meitner, 82, died Dec. 1. He was born April 11, 1918, in Olmitz, the son of Frank and May Meitner. He married Sue VanValkenberg Jan. 4, 1941, in Wichita. She preceded him in death. Survivors include one son, Gregory Meitner of Wichita; two daughters, Carla Meeds and Nikki Nelson, both of Wichita; two sisters, Frances Healy of Denver, Colo., and Josephine Gerber of Hagerstown, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Meitner. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church in Olmitz. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Anne Catholic Church Renovation Fund or Catholic Charities, in care of St. Anthony's Shelter. Watson Funeral Home in Wichita is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Louise Kraisinger 1911-2000
Helen Louise Kraisinger, 89, died Dec. 1 in Great Bend. She was born Nov. 18, 1911, in Saline County, Neb., the daughter of Vaclay C. and Emma Vnoucek Koci. She was a 1928 graduate of Bison High School. She married Robert Stephen Kraisinger March 2, 1933, in Larned. He died June 24, 1967. A resident of Great Bend for 10 years, coming from Timken, she was a cook for Timken Grade School and Larned State Hospital, a reporter for Rush County News, Larned Tiller and Toiler and the Great Bend Tribune, and a nurses aide for Great Bend Manor. Mrs. Kraisinger was a Methodist and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles. Survivors include four sons, Kevin J. Kraisinger of Hays, Robert L. Kraisinger of Timken, James J. Kraisinger of Scottsburg, Ind., and Gary W. Kraisinger of Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Sylvia Oliverius of La Crosse; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse with the Rev. Kathy Bannister officiating. Burial will be at La Crosse Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday with the family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. Monday, both at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimers Association, in care of the funeral home.

Eva Lea Routh 1909-2000
Eva Lea Routh, 91, died Dec. 1 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 25, 1909, in Port Hudson, La., the daughter of John L. and Mary Arizona Borskey Pickens. She married Benjamin I. Routh June 1936, in Baton Rouge, La. He died March 5, 1985. A resident of Great Bend for 47 years, coming from Calgary, Canada, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Routh was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and Altar Society. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and was a volunteer at Central Kansas Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include two sons, Benjamin Lee Routh of Idaho Springs, Colo., and Charles L. Routh of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Woodrow Wilson Pickens of Baton Rouge, La.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse Pickens and Joseph Guidry; and one sister, Mary Leona Hurley. Vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Warren Stecklein officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, both at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to CKMC Foundation/Pastoral Care, in care of the funeral home.

Irene V. Poage 1917-2000
COMMERCE, Ga. - Irene V. Poage, 83, died Nov. 30 in Commerce. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Monday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by the funeral home.

Harold Lee Stout 1910-2000
HOISINGTON - Harold Lee Stout, 90, died Dec. 1 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born June 18, 1910, in Forbes, Mo., the son of Francis Lee and Sarah Smith Stout. He married Myrtle L. Faris Sept. 10, 1931, in Ness City. She died Sept. 23, 1990. A resident of Hoisington, coming from Ness City, he was an engineer with Missouri Pacific Railroad and owned and operated Stout's Service Station in Hoisington. Stout was a member of United Methodist Church in Beeler and a member of United Transportation Union. Survivors include two sons, Dean M. Stout and Lyle E. Stout, both of Hoisington; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one son, Francis Stout; two brothers, Herb Stout and John Stout; one sister Ethel Whipple; two grandsons, John Stout and Roy Stout; and one great-grandson Zachary Stout. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Hoisington with the Rev. Wayne Flanders officiating. Burial will be at Hoisington Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, both at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or donor's choice, both in care of the funeral home.

Delena Kenyon 1913-2000
BOGUE - Delena Kenyon, 87, died Nov. 30 at Dawson Place Nursing Home in Hill City. She was born April 27, 1913, in rural Graham County, the daughter of Isadore and Lula Conyac. She married Ivan R. Kenyon May 14, 1934, in Damar. He died Sept. 24. A longtime resident of Bogue, she was a homemaker and teacher. Mrs. Kenyon was a member St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Anns Sodality in Damar. She was founding member of Bogue Pinochle Club. Survivors include two sons, Gary Kenyon of Great Bend and Alan Kenyon of Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Marilyn Kay Pozas of Glendale, Ariz., and Jolene Alexander of Ottawa; four sisters, Lillie Stiever of Mesa, Ariz., Zelia Brin and Genevieve Belisle, both of Damar, andIda Conyac of Hill City; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Wake will be at 7:30 tonight at the church. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Revs. Don McCarthy and Bill Kilian officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Damar. Friends may call from 2-6 tonight at Spencer Chapel of Hill City and from 8:30-10 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Dawson Place, in care of the funeral home.

B. Paul Carlile 1913-2000
HOISINGTON - B. Paul Carlile, 87, died Dec. 1 at Hoisington Rehabilitation Center in Hoisington. He was born April 22, 1913, in Prairie Grove, Ark., the son of Hardin and Stella Felton Carlile. He married Dora Belle Jones July 24, 1936, in Great Bend. She died Jan. 4, 1986. A resident of Hoisington for 67 years, coming from Prairie Grove, he was a retired employee of the city of Hoisington. Carlile was a member of American Legion Post 286 and Odd Fellow Lodge, both of Hoisington. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include one son, Jim Carlile of Colwich; two daughters, Jean Gnam of Lenexa and Paula Schwein of Overland Park; one sister, Cora Jones of Spokane, Wash.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill Carlile, Richard Carlile, Dean Carlile, G.E. "Curly" Carlile; and two sisters, Eva Lena Kendall and Ida Layman. Graveside services will be at 2 today at Hoisington Cemetery with the Rev. Paula Bell officiating. Military graveside rites will be by Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 7428 and American Legion Post 286. Memorials are suggested to Hoisington Rehabilitation Center, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.

Ralph William Button 1912-2000 
Ralph William Button, 88, died Dec. 1 in Great Bend. He was born April 4, 1912, the son of Dr. Edward C. and Edna Lewis Button. He was a 1930 graduate of Great Bend High School and attended University of Kansas. He married Margaret Charlotte Smith Sept. 11, 1936, in Golden, Colo. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer, owner of the driving range and a landman in the oil industry. Button was a Sunday school teacher, trustee, usher, deacon and member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Great Bend. Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Edwin Quentin Button of Kansas City, Mo.; three daughters, Charlotte Ann Button of Franksville, Wis., Jan Iota Button of LaMar, Mo., and Patricia May Button of Albuquerque, N.M.; one sister, Edwina Speers of Conroe, Texas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son and one sister, Ruth Ames. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Great Bend Cemetery. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Diana Coberly officiating. Friends may call until 9 tonight at Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend. Family will receive friends from 3-5 tonight at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the mortuary.

Jonathan R. 'Rex' Mayo 1924-2000
HAYS - Jonathan R. "Rex" Mayo, 76, died Dec. 1 at Hays Medical Center. He was born March 25, 1924, in Lemming, Texas, the son of Charles E. and Mary W. Hobrock Mayo. He married Mary W. "Billy" Stoner Aug. 25, 1946, in Plainville. She died Aug. 27, 1993. He married Eulalia Berls May 6, 1995, in Hays. A resident of Hays, coming from Pratt and Plainville, he was a retired drilling superindendent and tool pusher for Red Tiger Drilling Company. Mayo was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 6th Armored Division. Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Stephen Mayo of Hays and Philip Mayo of Olathe; one brother, Charles Merrill Mayo of Phillipsburg; one sister, Marjorie Moore of Bourbonnais, Ill.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Leah Pooley, Norine Mayo, Maxine Spaulding and Lois Stevenson. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Brock's North Hill Chapel in Hays with the Rev. Paul Abell officiating. Graveside sevice will be at noon Monday at the Natoma Cemetery in Natoma. Friends may call from 3-8 tonight and from 9 a.m. until service time Monday, at the chapel. Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, in care of the chapel.

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