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Chad Michael Dezotell 1987-2000
HAYSVILLE - Chad Michael Dezotell, 13, died July 7. He was born May 25,
1987, in Holland, Mich., the son of the Rev. Steven and Rhonda Dezotell. A
resident of Haysville, he was a student at Haysville Middle School.
Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Gary Dezotell and Brian
Dezotell, both of the home; and grandparents, Darrell and Shirley Dezotell
of Newport, Vt., and Calvin and Betty Smith of Hoisington. He was preceded
in death by one brother, Douglas Dezotell.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Haysville Church of the Nazarene.
Friends may call from 4-8 tonight at Smith Mortuary in Haysville. In lieu
of flowers, memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral
home.

Ruth Jean Miller 1934-2000
MCPHERSON - Ruth Jean Miller, 65, died July 8 at Via Christi Regional
Medical Center, St. Francis Campus in Wichita. She was born Dec. 24, 1934,
at Laurenz, Iowa, the daughter of Max and Helen Grossnickle. She received a
bachelor's degree in education from McPherson College. She married Ronald
E. Miller Dec. 29, 1956, in Laurenz. A resident of McPherson for three
years, coming from rural Macksville, she was a homemaker and taught school
for 27 years in Iowa, Guam and Macksville.
Mrs. Miller was a member of Eden Valley Church of the Brethren of St. John
and National Education Association.
Survivors include her husband; one son, Kenneth J. Miller of Macksville;
one daughter, Kathy J. Miller of McPherson; her mother of Laurenz; two
brothers, Wayne Grossnickle of Laurenz and Max Grossnickle Jr. of Erie; one
sister, Gwenna Appel of Curlew, Iowa; and two grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Elaine Burkholder.
Graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at McPherson Cemetery.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church with the Revs.
Parsram Venkatsammy and Matt Spurgin officiating. Friends may call from 1-8
p.m. Tuesday at Minnis Chapel in St. John. The casket will remain closed.
Memorials are suggested to the church, Friendship Day Care or National
Leukemia Society, all in care of the funeral home.

Cherline Haase 1930-2000
Cherline Haase, 69, died July 9 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose
Campus in Great Bend.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians
Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Mark A. Link 1952-2000
Mark A. Link, 48, died July 8 at his home in Great Bend. He was born March
3, 1952, in Great Bend, the son of Kenneth J. and Shirley J. Wallace Link.
He married Janis Kay Hejny Jan. 26, 1974, in Great Bend. A lifetime
resident of the Great Bend area, he was the owner and operator of Chase
Well Service.
Link was a member of First United Methodist Church, Isis Shrine, Kansas
Independent Oil and Gas Association, member and past master of Masonic
Lodge 15 and member and past president of the Association of Oilwell
Services and Contractors.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Michael Kent Link of
Wichita and Steven Mark Link of Great Bend; his parents; and two sisters,
Linda Meyeres of Chase and Rita Bownes of Great Bend. He was preceded in
death by one brother, Kent Eugene Link.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Revs. Jana
Baxter, Marvin Sackschewsky and Angel Dy officiating. Burial will be at
Everitt Cemetery in Great Bend with Masonic graveside rites. Friends may
call until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday at
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to
Park School PTA or Masonic Lodge 15, both in care of the funeral home.

Richard Miller 1939-2000
KINSLEY - Richard Miller, 60, died July 8 at Kinsley. He was born Aug. 22,
1939, at Kinsley, the son of George F. and Alfreda Heyne Miller. He was a
1957 graduate of Kinsley High School. He married Bonnie Jacobs Aug. 8,
1959, at Dubuque. A lifetime resident of Kinsley, he was a retired 24th
judicial district magistrate judge of Edwards County from 1969-1997.
Miller was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and St. Edward's
Council Knights of Columbus, both of Kinsley.
Survivors include his wife of the home; four sons, Richard D. Miller and
Eric B. Miller, both of Emporia, Mitchell C. Miller of Olathe and Aaron L.
Miller of Wichita; one daughter, Denise Wheaton of Lewis; his mother; and
11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and one
grandchild, Jacob Wheaton.
Rosary service will be at 7:30 tonight at McKillip Memorial Chapel in
Kinsley. Parish vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. William
Vogel officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at St. Catherine's in Dubuque.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The
family will receive friends in the church basement following the parish
vigil. Memorials are suggested to St. Nicholas School Endowment Fund or
Dubuque Catholic Cemetery Trust, both in care of the funeral home. 

Evelyn C. Lebbin 1917-2000
MIDLAND, Texas - Evelyn C. Lebbin, 82, died July 7 at the Younger Center in
Midland, Texas. She was born Sept. 11, 1917, in Wichita, the daughter of
Burton and Blanche Wise Martin. She married Milton Lebbin on Aug. 7, 1938,
at Ellinwood. He died Feb. 2, 1997. A longtime resident of Ellinwood, she
lived the last three years in Midland, Texas.
Mrs. Lebbin was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinwood,
various bridge clubs, a China painting club and the Menninger Bible Class.
Survivors include one son, Keith Lebbin of Scott City; one daughter, Mary
Ann Johnston of Midland, Texas; six grandchildren; and seven
great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Andy Keltner
officiating. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Monday at Kimple Funeral Home
in Ellinwood. Burial will be at the Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in
Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to the church, in charge of the funeral
home.

Charles William Huffman 1905-2000
Charles William Huffman, 94, died July 6 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in
Great Bend. He was born July 12, 1905, at La Plata, Mo., the son of James
and Edna Florence Barnhart Huffman. He married Mayme B. West Aug. 29, 1926,
at Trinidad, Colo. A resident of Great Bend for 54 years, coming from La
Plata, he was a district gauger for Standard Oil Company, retiring in 1963.
Huffman was a member of First Church of the Nazarene and Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Don D. Huffman of Great
Bend and Glenn C. Huffman of Bethany, Okla.; one daughter, Darlene Rowland
of Great Bend; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three
great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six brothers and
three sisters.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Mark
Pennington officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends
may call from 1-9 p.m. today at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great
Bend and from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the church. Memorials are
suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Marjorie A. Sappington Pabst 1912-2000
APPLETON, Wis. - Marjorie A. Sappington Pabst, 88, died June 28. She was
born May 3, 1912, in Great Bend.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hoisington Cemetery with
the Rev. Kevin Baxter officiating. Local arrangements are being handled by
Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend.

Mark Link 1952-2000
Mark Link, 48, died July 8 at his home in Great Bend. Survivors and funeral
arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great
Bend.

Irene E. Hickey 1922-2000
HOISINGTON -- Irene E. Hickey, 77, died July 7 at Clara Barton Hospital in
Hoisington. She was born Dec. 29, 1922, in Barton County, the daughter of
James R. and Clarissa Larkin Carroll. She married Paul F. Hickey April
15, 1944, in Hoisington. He died Sept. 7, 1981. A lifetime resident of
Hoisington, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Hickey was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the
Altar Society, both of Hoisington.
Survivors include two brothers, Pete Carroll of Hoisington and Bill Carroll
of Medicine Lodge; three sisters, Geneva Carroll and Betty Smith, both of
Hoisington, and Edith King of Houma, La. She was preceded in death by one
sister, Ruby Farnsworth.
Vigil service will be at 7 tonight at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in
Hoisington. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev.
Pascal Klein officiating. Burial will be at the church. Friends may call
from 1-9 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church
or the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.

Mary Nienke 1926-2000
ELLSWORTH - Mary Nienke, 73, died July 5 at Ellsworth County Medical 
Center. She was born Sept. 2, 1926, at Columbia, Mo., the daughter of 
George and Sally Baker Hyde. She married William Victor Nienke Aug. 22, 
1952, at Salina. He died April 11, 1996. A resident of Ellsworth for 45 
years, coming from Columbia, she was a homemaker and worked at Ellsworth 
Good Samaritan Center and Hospital, Chickishay Mobile Homes and Elkan. 
Mrs. Nienke was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, Ladies 
Aid, AARP, American Legion Auxiliary, charter member of Veterans of Foreign 
Wars Auxiliary Post 6485. She was active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and 
as a crosswalk guard. 
Survivors include four sons, Charles Nienke of Lyons, Ernie Nienke of 
Ellsworth, Dale Ray and Eddie Ray, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; two 
daughters, Judy Ruckman of Lyons and Beth Kanagy of Reedsville, Penn.; four 
brothers, George Hyde, Samuel Hyde and James Hyde, all of Columbia, Mo., 
and Charles Hyde of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three sisters, Bessie Sexton, Lillian 
Davis and Lena Craig, all of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; and 12 
great-grandchildren. 
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Gary C. Wolf 
officiating. Burial will be at Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Friends may 
call from 1-5 tonight at Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth. The casket will 
be closed. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral 
home. 

Leonard F. Bunselmeyer Sr. 1916-2000 
HUDSON - Leonard F. Bunselmeyer Sr., 83, died July 5 at his home in Hudson. 
He was born Nov. 27, 1916, in Stafford County, the son of Fredrick W. and 
Minnie Marie Nolte Bunselmeyer. He married Elizabeth E. Flory July 11, 
1942, at Englewood, Calif. She died Nov. 30, 1988. A lifetime resident of 
the Hudson community, he was a flour packer for the Stafford County Flour 
Mills in Hudson. 
Bunselmeyer was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Hudson, 
American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and 
past president of Eagles Lodge in Great Bend. He was a U.S. Army veteran of 
World War II and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. 
Survivors include two sons, Leonard F. Bunselmeyer Jr. of Great Bend and 
Keith W. Bunselmeyer of Shawnee; one brother, Vernon F. Bunselmeyer of 
Great Bend; one sister, Alvena E. Heyen of Hutchinson; five grandchildren; 
and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Warren L. 
Bunselmeyer; and one sister, Ruth Heyen. 
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. George 
Reddington officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Cemetery in Hudson with 
full military honors at graveside. Friends may call until 9 tonight at 
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home and from 9:30 a.m. until service time 
Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of 
the funeral home. 

Doris Aline Reynolds 1916-2000 
Doris Aline Reynolds, 84, died July 6 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. 
Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born Feb. 1, 1916, in Marshall County, 
the daughter of Alonzo and Rena Schlitzbaum Long. She married Roy E. 
Reynolds July 1, 1936, at McPherson. He died May 14, 1990. A resident of 
Great Bend for 50 years, coming from Stafford, she was a homemaker. 
Mrs. Reynolds was a member of Assembly of God Church. 
Survivors include one daughter, Karen Arthur of Salina; two grandchildren; 
and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one brother, Vern 
Long. 
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend 
with the Rev. Brian Norvell officiating. Private burial will be at the 
Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. 
until service time Monday, all at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested 
to Gideon Bible Society. 

Florence Emma Engle 1905-2000
Florence Emma Engle, 94, died July 5 in Great Bend. She was born July 7,
1905, at Ness County, the daughter of James Earl and Edna Vivian Hopper
Combest. She was a 1924 graduate of Ransom High School. She married Oscar
V. Engle May 14, 1927, at Ransom. He preceded her in death. A longtime
resident of Great Bend, she was a homemaker and co-owner of a contracting
business.
Mrs. Engle was a member of First Christian Church of Great Bend.
Survivors include two sons, Bob Engle of Great Bend and Rod Engle of Lee's
Summit, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by three brothers, Earl Combest, Dale Combest and Merwin Combest;
and two sisters, Bertha Horchem Hall and Blanche Zitnik Best.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fryberger Chapel with the Rev. Rob
Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Friends may
call until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the
funeral home. The family will receive friends from 7-9 tonight. Memorials
are suggested to the church building fund, in care of the funeral home.

Vera E. Streck 1903-2000 
GALATIA - Vera E. Streck, 97, died July 6 at Central Kansas Medical Center, 
St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born June 1, 1903, in Russell 
County, the daughter of Jacob and Pauline Strecker Steinert. She married 
Phillip Streck Oct. 15, 1922, in Russell County. He died Feb. 28, 1984. A 
lifetime resident of the Galatia area, she was a homemaker. 
Mrs. Streck was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia. 
Survivors include one son, Dean Streck of Hesston; three grandchildren; and 
nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Leonard 
Streck; one brother, Herman Steinert; and three sisters, Bertha Decker, 
Elsie Hampton and Amanda Dumler. 
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Shannon 
Tiller officiating. Burial will at Fairview Cemetery in Galatia. Friends 
may call from 2-9 tonight at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington and 
from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Memorials are 
suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home. 

Clara Ruth Taylor 1919-2000 
PRAIRIE VILLAGE - Clara Ruth 'Clu' Taylor, 81, died July 5 at her home in 
Prairie Village. She was born May 28, 1919, in Wichita, the daughter of Ray 
Delaplane and Clara Vollmer Mering. She was a graduate of Southwest High 
School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She married 
Thomas R. Taylor in 1947. A resident of Prairie Village since 1987, coming 
from Great Bend, she was a bookkeeper for the family business, Walnut Hill 
Feed Yard. 
Mrs. Taylor was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Mo., 
and Delta Gamma Sorority. 
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Richard R. Taylor of 
Great Bend; one daughter, Ann T. Mueller of Kansas City; one brother, John 
Mering of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Virginia McDonald of Miami, Fla., 
Jean Quinn of Kansas City and Marjorie Sherman of New London, N.H.; three 
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one 
brother, Ray Delaplane Mering Jr. 
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Great Bend City Cemetery. 
Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church. In lieu of 
flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Luke's-Shawnee Mission Hospice, 
3100 Broadway, Suite 300, Kansas City, Mo., 64111, or to the church, in 
care of the funeral home. 

Helen M. Sheldon Eckels 1914-2000
NESS CITY - Helen M. Sheldon Eckels, 85, died July 6 at Ness City Long-term
Care Center in Ness City. She was born Aug. 14, 1914, at Frankfort, Ind.,
the daughter of Besstina and Ina Eva Jones Talbert. She married Jack
Sheldon in 1934. He died May 7, 1975. She married William J. Eckels March
19, 1982. He died Aug. 10, 1999. A resident of Ness County since 1934, she
was a bookkeeper for the Chevrolet automobile dealership and Greeley Gas.
Mrs. Eckels was a member of United Methodist Church, Starlight Chapter -
Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary and Gingham Girls, all
of Ness City.
Survivors include one son, Donald Max Sheldon of Florissant, Colo.; three
stepsons, Ron Eckels, Jerry Eckels and Bill Eckels, all of Ness City; two
stepdaughters, Kay Wasinger and Linda Schneider, both of Ness City; one
brother, Edwin L. Talbert of Garden City; one sister, Mary Ryersee of Great
Bend; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ness City Cemetery with
the Rev. Doug Hasty officiating. Friends may call until 9 tonight at
Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City. Memorials are suggested to Order of
the Eastern Star in Ness City, in care of the funeral home. 

Charles W. Huffman 1904-2000
Charles W. Huffman, 95, died July 6 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great
Bend. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. 

John J. Sheil 1938-2000
John J. Sheil, 62, died July 3 at Wesley Hospital in Wichita. He was born June12, 1938, in Great Bend, the son of Edward and Pauline Sheil. A longtime resident of Great Bend, he was a retired beauty supply salesman. Survivors include four daughters, Corinne Sheil Clark of Brighton, Colo., Dianne Sheil of Denver, Colo., Roxanne Sheil and Pauline Sheil, both of Aurora, Colo.; one brother, Mike Sheil of Denver; two sisters, Ruth Murray of Great Bend and Juanita Jensen of Spokane, Wash.; and one grandchild. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams, Great Bend, KS 67530. Hillside Funeral Homes East in Wichita is in charge of arrangements.

Loren S. Frank 1933-2000
CANTON - Loren S. Frank, 66, died July 5 at Lindsborg Community Hospital in Lindsborg. He was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Arkansas City, the son of Raymond Victor and Delphia Sarah Forbes Frank. He married Wilma J. Hager Oct. 18, 1957, in Great Bend. A resident of Canton since 1970, coming from Claflin, he was a mechanic for Johns Manville in McPherson. Frank was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Canton, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 in McPherson and American Legion Post 366 of Hillsboro. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Korean War. Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Larry Frank of Galva and Victor Frank of Canton; one daughter, Dianne Frank of McPherson; his mother of Chouteau, Okla.; one brother, Carrol Frank of Great Bend; one sister, Lethea Helems of Chouteau; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Schuefler. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Michael Sharp officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 tonight at Glidden-Ediger Chapel in McPherson. Family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church, American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association, all in care of the funeral home.

Curtis A. Uthe 1959-2000
Curtis A. Uthe, 41, died July 4 in Barton County. He was born Jan. 24, 1959, at Mitchell, S.D., the son of Alvie and Mary Joan Snodgrass Uthe. He married Debora S. Zimmerman Sept. 26, 1977, at Presho, S.D. A resident of Great Bend for 23 years, coming from South Dakota, he was a boiler and maintenance technician for Fuller Brush Company. Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Nicole S. Liles of Great Bend and Brandi L. Uthe of the home; his parents, Allen and Mary Joan Brinckmeyer of Presho; two brothers, Max Brinckmeyer of Spearfish, S.D., and Jeff Brinckmeyer of Winner, S.D.; five sisters, Cindy Canaga of Loveland, Colo., Rhonda Diedrich of Rapid City, S.D., Tammy Kokas of Los Angeles, Calif., Lisa Brinckmeyer of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lynn Brinckmeyer of Spokane, Wash.; and one grandson. He was preceded in death one sister, Mindy Brinckmeyer. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend with Chuck Carpenter officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great Bend. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Kansas Wildlife and Parks, in care of the funeral home.

David Randall McKinnis
1957-2000 ARKANSAS CITY - David Randall "Randy" McKinnis, 42, died July 4 at Riverside Hospital in Wichita. He was born Nov. 5, 1957, in Lyons, the son of Darold R. and Betty C. Hillard McKinnis. A resident of Arkansas City, he was a carpenter. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Darold and Tab McKinnis of Arkansas City; one daughter, Marsha Gosset of Salina; one brother, Randy L. McKinnis of Arkansas City; two sisters, Karen L. Brown of Great Bend and Charity McKinnis of Arkansas City; three stepbrothers, Skip Bolia of Arkansas City, Jerry Bolia of New Kirk, Okla., and Robert Bolia of Kansas City, Mo.; and one stepsister, Teresa Buell of Hutchinson. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Church Cemetery in Lyons. Memorials are suggested to the Alcoholic's Anonymous chapter of donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.

Florence Emma Sunley Engle 1905-2000
Florence Emma Sunley Engle, 94, died July 5 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend.

Vera E. Streck 1903-2000
GALATIA - Vera E. Streck, 97, died July 6 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

Douglas M. Carver 1958-2000
LA CROSSE - Douglas M. Carver, 41, died July 4 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus in Wichita. He was born Oct. 24, 1958, in Washington, D.C., to Raymond and Velma Herrman Carver. A longtime resident of Rush County, he was a meat cutter for Pat's Beef Jerky. Carver was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Liebenthal. Survivors include his parents; former wife, Jane Reeves of Seattle, Wash.: one daughter, Andrea Carver of Hays; three brothers, Rick Carver of Superior, Colo., Scot Carver of Colby and Patrick Carver of Hays; two sisters, VeRae Starkey of La Crosse and Paula Hayes of Liebenthal; and companion, Diane McFarren of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Audrey Jane Carver. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Benjamin Martin officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Andrea Carver Educational Fund, in care of Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse.

Charles Lee Miles 1927-2000
LIBERAL - Charles Lee Miles, 72, died July 1 at his home following a sudden illness. He was born Nov. 5, 1927, at Pleasant Hill, La., the son of Charles L. and Cassie Bruce Miles. A resident of Liberal, he worked in the oil industry and was employed by Wakefield Production of Liberal for 17 years. Survivors include one son, Charles E. Miles of Wichita; one daughter, Glenda L. Cooper of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Yancey. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Great Bend Cemetery. Miller Mortuary in Liberal is in charge of arrangements.

Leonard F. Bunselmeyer Sr. 1916-2000
HUDSON - Leonard F. Bunselmeyer Sr., 83, died July 5 at his home. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. 

Hugh C. Humphrey 1922-1999
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Hugh C. Humphrey, 77, died Nov. 7, 1999, at his home in Chula Vista. He was born July 7, 1922, in Hoisington, the son of George and Margaret Corrigan Humphrey. He married Elvera Steinert Aug. 29, 1971, in San Diego, Calif. A resident of Chula Vista since 1970, coming from Hoisington, he was a retired gantry operator from NASSCO Shipbuilders of San Diego. Humphrey was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church of Chula Vista. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a machinist mate, first class.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Charles L. Humphrey of Tulsa, Okla.; one daughter, Trena Sue Logan of Albuquerque, N.M.; one stepson, Michael L. Cummins of Chula Vista; one stepdaughter, Sandra K. Berland of Abilene; 11 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Memorial graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. John Church Cemetery in Hoisington with the Rev. Pascal Klein officiating. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

Viola H. Warner 1913-2000
HOISINGTON - Viola H. Warner, 86, died July 4 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Aug. 8, 1913, in Hoisington, the daughter of Jacob and Hanna Templing Margheim. She married Harold Warner March 28, 1940, in Wichita. He died May 4, 1997. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Warner was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Altar Society, both of Hoisington.
Survivors include one son, Gary Warner of Georgetown, Texas; and one sister, Helen Morgenstern of Great Bend. She was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Warner; and two brothers, Rudolph and Marvin Margheim. Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Pascal Klein officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery in Hoisington. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Gerald E. Komarek 1913-2000
ELLINWOOD - Gerald E. "Shorty" Komarek, 86, died July 4 at Ellinwood District Hospital. He was born Aug. 21, 1913, in Ellinwood, the son of Henry and Emma Schmidt Komarek. He married Marie Oberle April 21, 1936, in Ellinwood. A lifetime resident of Ellinwood, he was the retired owner and operator of Komarek Sanitation and Classic Lanes and former elevator operator at Dartmouth Elevator for Wolf Milling. Komarek was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both in Ellinwood, Eagles Lodge in Great Bend and a volunteer for the Ellinwood Fire Department for 18 years.
Survivors include his wife of the home; five sons, Jerry Komarek and Tom Komarek, both of Ellinwood, Jim Komarek of Colorado Springs, Colo., Henry Komarek of Salina and Steve Komarek of Hutchinson; three daughters, Evelyn Duke of Buckeye, Ariz., Ruth Komarek of Alexandria, Va., and Mary Standlee of Ellinwood; one brother, Donald Komarek of Liberal; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, six sisters and one grandchild. Altar Society rosary will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood. Wake service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a K of C rosary, both at the funeral home. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. David Flagor officiating. Burial will be at Lakin-Commanche District Cemetery in Ellinwood. Friends may call from 5-8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ellinwood Ambulance Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Irene S. Neal 1911-2000
Irene S. Neal, 89, died July 3 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 6, 1911, in Marion County, the daughter of Edward C. and Lena Heer Ehnstedt. She married John Thomas Neal July 23, 1946, in Chanute. He died March 24, 1972. A resident of Great Bend since 1967, coming from Hutchinson, she was a sales clerk at Dillons for 16 years. Mrs. Neal was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Silver and Gold Club, High Rise Kitchen Band and a volunteer at Central Kansas Medical Center, all in Great Bend.
Survivors include one nephew, Rex Danford of Anaheim, Calif.; and three nieces, Susie Renfro of Great Bend, Barbara Simon of Hampton Cove, Ala., and Diane Treadwell of Charlotte, N.C. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Clara Miller and Olga Danford. Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Jana Baxter officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, all at Bryant-Christians Funeral home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, in care of the funeral home.

Curtis A. Uthe 1959-2000
Curtis A. Uthe, 41, of Great Bend, died July 4 as the result of a automobile accident. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Erma Lee Hurst 1927-2000
SEWARD - Erma Lee Hurst, 72, died July 4 at Stafford District Hospital in Stafford. She was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Wichita, the daughter of Charles R. and Inez Blankenship. She married Ernest E. Hurst Jan. 8, 1945, in Lyons. A resident of Seward, she was a homemaker. Mrs. Hurst was a past member of First Presbyterian Church in Chase.
Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Gail D. Hurst of Boulder, Colo., and Logan Lee Hurst of New York City, N.Y.; one daughter, Carma M. Jackson of Norman, Okla.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Arlen Ray Blankenship and Val Gene Blankenship. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Minnis Chapel Inc., in St. John with the Rev. Rene Guesnier officiating. Burial will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery in Lyons. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Parkinsons Disease Research, in care of the funeral home.

William A. Caughey 1938-2000
William A. Caughey, 61, died July 1 in Great Bend. He was born Sept. 14,
1938, the son of M. Reed and Opal Casper Caughey.He was a graduate of
Russell High School and attended Wichita State University. A longtime
resident of Great Bend, coming from Russell, he was employed by the post
office for seven years.
Caughey was of the Baptist faith.Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Great Bend Cemetery with
the Rev. Mark Pennington officiating. Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend is
in charge of arrangements.

Leon Dale Strecker 1931-2000
DODGE CITY - Leon Dale Strecker, 69, died June 30 at his home in Dodge
City. He was born June 5, 1931, in rural Bazine, the son of Jake and Martha
Voos Strecker. He married Louise Faye Zahn June 18, 1954, in San Diego,
Calif. A resident of Dodge City since 1982, coming from WaKeeney, he worked
most of his life as a driller and tool pusher in the oil-field industry. He was also employed as a car salesman, independant businessman and for the past 10 years worked for Heartland Rental Company of Dodge City.
Strecker was of the Christian faith. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving
from 1951-1954 on the U.S.S. Curtiss.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Donald W. Strecker of
WaKeeney and Bernard D. Strecker of Dodge City; one brother, Larry Strecker
of Palm Coast, Fla.; three sisters, Dorthy Hanes of Topeka, Donna Schneider
of Russell and Janice Nichols of Gladstone, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and
three great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of God in WaKeeney with
the Rev. Exie Barber officiating. Burial will be at the WaKeeney City
Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the
church. Memorials are suggested to help assist his wife with travel
expenses for her cancer treatment in Houston, in care of Morell Funeral
Home in Larned. 

Darald D. Jacobs 1940-2000
LA CROSSE - Darald D. Jacobs, 60, died July 1 at Kiowa County Memorial
Hospital in Greensburg. He was born Jan. 30, 1940, at La Crosse, the son of
Adam Jr. and Augustina Wassinger Jacobs. A lifetime resident of Rush
County, he was a farm laborer.
Jacobs was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in La Crosse.
Survivors include three brothers, Tony Jacobs of St. Louis, Mo., Wilfred
Jacobs of Hays and Virgil Jacobs of La Crosse; and one sister, Sharon Swann
of Oklahoma City, Okla. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald
Jacobs, Charles Jacobs, Leroy Jacobs and Larry Jacobs.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Benjamin
Martin officiating. Burial will be at the La Crosse City Cemetery. Friends
may call from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and prior to the service Wednesday, all at
Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse. Memorials are suggested to donor's
choice, in care of the funeral home.

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