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Janet E. Bowman 1944-2000
PAWNEE ROCK - Janet Bowman, 55, died March 29 at her home. She was born
Sept. 15, 1944, at Great Bend, the daughter of Dean and Nancye Converse
Unruh. She married Joseph M. Bowman Aug. 22, 1963, at Macksville. A
lifetime resident of Pawnee Rock, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Bowman was a lifetime member of Pawnee Rock Christian Church and
Christian Women's Fellowship, both of Pawnee Rock.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Daniel J. Bowman of
Larned; one daughter, Sharynn K. Bowman of Garden City; three brothers,
James R. Unruh of Pawnee Rock, William E. Unruh, Macksville and George M.
Unruh, St. John; and one sister, Susan G. Ellis, Lafayette, La.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned
with the Rev. Don Paden officiating. Burial will be at Pawnee Rock Cemetery
in Pawnee Rock. Friends may call until 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to service
time Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church,
in care of the funeral home.

Edwin A. 'Eddie' Stremel 1927-2000
Edwin A. "Eddie" Stremel, 72, died this morning 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.

Earl Wayne Vick 1938-2000
MOORE, Okla. - Earl Wayne Vick, 62, died March 21. He was born Jan. 23,
1938, at Kingston, Okla., the son of Earl and Ludie Beth Vick. A resident
of Moore, coming from Ponca City, Okla., and Oklahoma City, Okla., he had
taught school in Ponca City and was retired from Rainbo Baking Company.
Survivors include his wife Judy Vick of the home; two sons, Robert Vick and
Jason Thomas, both of Moore; two daughters, Sabrena Vick and Kathryn
Schein, both of Moore; stepmother, Ciddy Vick of Great Bend; one sister,
Betty Willoughby of Oklahoma City; one stepbrother, Greg Vick of
Farmington, N.M.; and two stepsisters, Donna Gales of Ellinwood and Kathy
Ellis of Midwest City, Okla. He was preceded in death by one son, Jerry
Thomas, and a granddaughter, Jennah Hayes.
Funeral was held March 23 at Easter Avenue Baptist Church in Moore.

Ben Fritzemeyer 1903-2000
STAFFORD - Ben Fritzemeyer, 96, died March 29 at Stafford District
Hospital in Stafford. He was born Oct. 17, 1903, at Stafford, the son of
Henry and Mary Priess Fritzemeyer. He married Gertrude Shaft April 1933, at
Hutchinson. He was a 1928 graduate of Emporia State Teachers College. A
lifetime resident of Stafford, he was an accountant and farmer.
Fritzemeyer was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Stafford.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Joe Fritzemeyer of
Stafford and Ray Fritzemeyer of Wichita; one daughter, Irma Ethridge of
Glasco; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
and five stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five sisters.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at
Stafford Cemetery in Stafford. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. at Minnis
Chapel in Stafford. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the
funeral home.

Byron 'Butch' Basye 1960-2000
STAFFORD - Byron "Butch" Basye, 39, died March 27 at Stafford. He was born
Oct. 13, 1960, the son of Marvin and Eunice Brack Basye. He married Janeen
Lohrenz Aug. 10, 1984, at Sylvia. He was a 1979 graduate of Stafford High
School. A lifetime resident of Stafford, he was owner of Basye Well
Servicing.
Basye attended the Methodist Church in Stafford and was a member of AESC.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Calvin Basye of the home;
two daughters, Jennifer Basye of Stafford and Stephanie Basye of the home;
his father and stepmother, Marvin and Pam Basye of Stafford; his mother and
stepfather, Eunice and Melvin Dreher of Great Bend; grandmother, Velma
Basye of Sylvia; two sisters, Kim Hessman of Newton and Gina Gould of
Cheney; one stepbrother, Aaron King of Nickerson; and two stepsisters, Amy
Harris of Stafford and April Green of Nickerson.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Kasey Crosby
officiating. Burial will be at Stafford Cemetery in Stafford. Friends may
call until 7 tonight at Minnis Chapel in Stafford. Memorials are suggested
to the church, in care of the funeral home.

William Felix Belanger 1926-2000
William Felix Belanger, 74, died March 27 at Great Bend. He was born Feb.
24, 1926, the son of Felix and Florence Alfoncine Baker Belanger. A long
time resident of Great Bend, he was a blackjack dealer and chef in Las
Vegas, Nev.
Belanger was a member of the Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include two sisters, Marie Ruiter of Barstow, Calif., and Connie
Creel of Sun City, Calif. He was preceded in death by three brothers,
Leonard Belanger, Louis Belanger and Joseph Belanger; and two sisters,
Katherine Osbourn and Lee Temple.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden Belt Cemetery in
Great Bend with the Rev. Charles Mazouch officiating. Friends may call
until 5 tonight and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Fryberger Mortuary in
Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to the William Belanger memorial fund,
in care of the funeral home.

Virginia J. Russell 1924-2000
Virginia J. Russell, 76, died March 22 at her home. She was born March 4,
1924, at Seward, the daughter of Kibble J. and Frances Christina Hamilton
Brown. A resident of Great Bend, she was a teletype operator for Western
Union.
She was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include two brothers, Andrew J. Brown of Salinas, Calif., and
Ernest R. Brown of Olympia, Wash.
Inurnment will be in California. There will be no visitation. Great Bend
Family Mortuary and Crematory in Great Bend is in charge of arrangements.

William Bellanger 1926-2000
William Bellanger, 74, died March 27 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St.
Rose Campus in Great Bend. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be
announced by Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend.

Rita Estella Roach 1906-2000
LARNED - In the March 27 obituary of Rita Estella Roach, 94, who died
March 24, a surviving sister's name was misspelled. She is survived by
sister, Clara Irene Blackwell of Larned.

Mary D. Dinkel 1909-2000
RUSSELL - Mary D. Dinkel, 90, died March 26 at Russell Regional Hospital
in Russell. She was born Sept. 12, 1909, at Walker, the daughter of John
and Anna Mary Brungardt Mermis. She married Edmund J. Dinkel May 29, 1928,
at Victoria. He died Dec. 9, 1993. A resident of Russell, coming from the
Walker area, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Dinkel was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Russell and
Daughters of Isabella at Gorham.
Survivors include one son, Loren Dinkel; one daughter, Mary Nowak of
Russell; two half brothers, Robert Mermis of Salina and John Mermis of
California; four half sisters, Irene Berens of Quinter, Celesta Vonfeldt of
Albert, Remegia Quint of Denver, Colo., and Joan Vonfeldt of Victoria; 10
grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one
son, Gerald Dinkel; three infant children; brothers, Alfred Mermis and
Edmund Mermis; one half brother, Clarence Mermis; two sisters, Matilda Rome
and Ann Koerner.
Parish vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a Daughters of Isabella rosary
to follow at Pohlman's Mortuary in Russell. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Charles Steier officiating. Burial
will be at the church cemetery in Gorham. Friends may call until 9 tonight
at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church or Russell
Regional Hospital, both in care of the funeral home.

Eula Mae Jones 1916-2000
ELLINWOOD - Eula Mae Jones, 84, died March 26 at Sterling House in Great
Bend after a long illness. She was born March 12, 1916, at Daisey, Okla.,
the daughter of Charles and Phoebe Beatrice Berneathy Barker. She married
Arley Willard Jones Aug. 28, 1945, at Fort Smith, Ark. A resident of
Ellinwood since 1945, living in Great Bend for two months, she was a
retired licensed practical nurse having worked at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend and Ellinwood District Hospital in
Ellinwood.
Mrs. Jones was a member of Cornerstone Fellowship in Great Bend, Order of
Eastern Star 1965 Worthy Matron of Ellinwood and Women's Aglow.
Survivors include her husband of the home; three grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Judy
Brooks and Patsy Anderson; one brother, Benjamin Barker; and three sisters,
Helen Goodspeed, Catherine Elizabeth Livingston and Cora Barker.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Curtis
Reinhart officiating. Burial will be at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in
Ellinwood. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Kimple Inc. Funeral
Home in Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to Golden Belt Home Health and
Hospice, the church fellowship or Masonic Oncology Program, all in care of
the funeral home.

Marie Bennett 1913-2000
HOISINGTON - Marie Bennett, 86, died March 25 at Good Samaritan Center in
Ellis. She was born Nov. 23, 1913, at Eureka, the daughter of Emory and
Flora Kesinger Blake. She married Everett D. Neal in Arkansas. He preceded
her in death. She married Ross L. Dory in Newton. He died Jan. 30, 1959.
She then married Joe N. Bennett Dec. 10, 1961. He died Aug. 9, 1969. A
resident of Hoisington since 1942, coming from El Dorado and Climax, she
was a homemaker.
Mrs. Bennett was a member of First Christian Church and a 25-year member of
Order of Eastern Star UNA 119 and served as past worthy matron, all of
Hoisington.
Survivors include two daughters, Peggy S. Velman of Blackfoot, Idaho, and
Janet L. Weber of Ellis; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Ray Neal; two brothers, Hugh Blake
and Marion Blake; and one sister, Nell Fraser.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. Paula Bell
officiating. Burial will be at Golden Belt Cemetery. Friends may call from
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family receiving friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday
at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington and from 9 a.m. to service
time Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan
Center, in care of the funeral home.

Rita Estella Roach 1906-2000
LEAVENWORTH - Rita Estella Roach, 94, died March 24 at Leavenworth County
Infirmary in Leavenworth. She was born March 7, 1906, at Larned, the
daughter of Orlando Hiram and Lucy Stella Wheeler Fell. She married
Clarence Earl Roach June 5, 1929, at Larned. He died Oct. 13, 1973. She was
a 1923 graduate of Larned High School, receiving her BS from Fort Hays
State University in 1955, and receiving her Masters of Education Degree
from Emporia State College in 1960. A resident of Leavenworth, coming from
Larned where she had lived since 1971, and from Kansas City where she had
lived from 1955-1971, she taught at Washington High School and Arrowhead
Junior High School, both in Kansas City, until retiring. She had also
taught at one-room schools in Pawnee County and at Wellington.
Mrs. Roach was a member of First Christian Church of Larned where she
taught Sunday school and was a past board member, 70-year choir member and
founder of the youth choir, a member of Christian Women's Fellowship,
Tetulia, Retired Teacher's Organization in Larned, Daughters of The
American Revolution, a 35-year member of Larned Chapter of Order of Eastern
Star and was a Sustaining Member of Philomathean Club of Leavenworth.
Survivors include one son, Lt. Co. USAF Ret. Dwight Earl Roach of Myrtle
Beach, S.C.; one daughter, Clarita Belle DePaolis of Leavenworth; one
brother, Cleo "Ted" Fell of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sisters, Nadine Miller of
La Crosse, Clara Irene Blaebrell and Wilma Fraser, both of Larned; three
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
two sons, Ronald Wayne Roach and Russell Lee Roach; one brother, Clifford
Fell; and one sister, Fern Drain.
Funeral was today at the church. Burial will be at Larned Cemetery in
Larned. Additional funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the
church. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to service time at the church.
Beckwith Mortuary of Larned and Barnen Funeral Home of Oskaloosa are in
charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the church of
Leavenworth or Larned, both in care of the funeral home.

Sister Mary Alban Rohr
WICHITA - Sister Mary Alban Rohr, ASC, 93, died March 23 in Wichita. She
was born March 14, 1907, in Antonino, the daughter of George A. and Mary C.
Wassinger Rohr. A resident of Wichita, she was a retired elementary
teacher.
Survivors include nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by nine
brothers, Tony Rohr, Albert Rohr, Rudolph Rohr, Paul Rohr, Jacob Rohr,
Clarence Rohr, Gilbert Rohr, Frank Rohr and Richard Rohr; four sisters,
Agatha Rohr, Alice Rohr, Rose Rohr and Clara Rohr.
Wake service will be at 7 p.m. today at Provincial House of the Adorers of
the Blood of Christ in Wichita. Funeral Mass will be at 4 p.m. Monday at
the provincial house. Memorials are suggested to Retirement of Sisters,
ASC, in care of DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary in Wichita.

Michael Leigh Milloway
LARNED - Michael Leigh Milloway, 45, died March 23 at Northwest Texas
Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. He was born March 31, 1954, at Larned, the son
of Max W. and Evelyn Hewett Milloway. He was a graduate of Plainview High
School and attended South Plains College. A lifetime resident of Plainview,
Texas, he was a construction worker.
Milloway was a member of First Christian Church in Tulia, Texas, and
Hi-Plains Gem and Mineral Society.
Survivors include one stepdaughter, Charity Shone of Plainview; two
brothers, Richard Milloway of Tulia and James of Gainesville, Texas; and
one sister, Joanne D'urso of Springfield, Va. He was preceded in death by
one sister, Melodie Milloway.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Larned Cemetery in
Larned with the Rev. Daniel Lundgren officiating. Friends may call from 9
a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned. Memorials are
suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Ardise Fisk Greenlee
Ardise Fisk Greenlee, 95, died March 23 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in
Great Bend. She was born July 12, 1904, in Claflin, the daughter of Emmett
T. and Margaret Fisk Greenlee. A lifetime resident of Barton County, she
was a former school teacher.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women's
Club, Retired Teachers Association, RSVP, Portia Club and Order of the
Eastern Star.
Survivors include two nephews, Richard M. Greenlee of Bella Vista, Ark.,
and Jim Greenlee of Wausau, Wis.; and two nieces, Kathy Greenlee and Kelly
Greenlee, both of Stelle, Ill. She was preceded in death by one brother,
Maurice Greenlee.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend
with the Rev. Dick Near officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend Cemetery.
Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are
suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Harry Hergenreter 1913-2000
OTIS - Harry Hergenreter, 86, died March 22 at Plaza West Regional Health
Center in Topeka. He was born May 7, 1913, at Lincoln, Neb., the son of
Conrad and Magdelena Hinkle Hergenreter. He married Ida M. Rodie May 20,
1945, at Otis. She died July 28, 1989. A lifetime resident of Otis,
residing in Topeka for the past two years, he was a farmer.
Hergenreter was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Otis.
Survivors include one brother, Victor Hergenreter of Kansas City; and one
sister, Esther Bell of Denver, Colo. He was preceded in death by an infant
daughter, Marlene Hergenreter; one brother, William Hergenreter; and one
sister, Lydia Caviness.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Margaret
Gary officiating. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery in Otis. Friends may
call until 9 tonight at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington and 11
a.m. to service time Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to
Otis Ambulance Service, in care of the funeral home.

Norman E. Schneider 1937-2000
RUSSELL - Norman E. Schneider, 62, died March 21 at Russell Regional
Hospital in Russell. He was born July 30, 1937, at Trego County, the son of
Adam George and Armalia S. Eiring Schneider. He married Thyra Reeder Sept.
2, 1956, at WaKeeney. She died March 24, 1995. A resident of Russell for
the past year, coming from Ransom, he was a farmer and stockman.
Schneider was a member of Eagles Lodge in WaKeeney.
Survivors include two sons, Tom Schneider of Abilene and Tim Schneider of
Salina; two daughters, Tamera Rogers of Hays and Lynette Steckline of
WaKeeney; one brother, Vern Schneider of Fort Collins, Colo.; and 11
grandchildren.
Inurnment will be later. Great Bend Family Mortuary and Crematory in Great
Bend is in charge of arrangements.

Helen I. Marchand 1908-2000
Helen I. Marchand, 91, died today at Integrated Health Services in Great
Bend. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Paul Clinton Radke 1926-2000
CLAFLIN - Paul Clinton Radke, 73, died March 3 at his home. He was born
Oct. 19, 1926, at Hoisington, the son of Paul B. and Clara E. Brack Radke.
He was a graduate of Hoisington High School in Hoisington and Emporia State
Teachers College in Emporia. A resident of Claflin since 1986, coming from
Indianola, Neb., he was a retired roustabout and pumper for Amoco
Production Company.
Radke was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church of Hoisington. He was a
U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.
Survivors include three brothers, Norma Radke of Lindsborg, Allan Radke of
Pinedale, Wyo., and Bill E. Radke of Hoisington. He was preceded in death
by one brother, John Radke.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in
Hoisington with the Rev. Garry Dassow officiating. Burial will be at
Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday and 9 am. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. The
casket will remain closed. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care
of the funeral home.

Toni Renee Lund 1961-2000
LARNED - Toni Renee Lund, 38, died March 19 at Springfield, Ore. Due to
incorrect information received, her last name and the name of the minister
were incorrect.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned
with the Rev. Dan Lundgren officiating.

Eugene J. Jurgensmeier 1928-2000
HIAWATHA - Eugene J. Jurgensmeier, 72, died March 9 at Hiawatha Community
Hospital in Hiawatha. He was born Feb. 27, 1928, at Auburn, Neb., the son
of Bernard and Helena Riemann Jurgensmeier. He married Joan L. Reschke, May
25, 1949, at Fidelity Church. He attended St. Augustine Catholic School,
south of Sebetha and attended school in Fairview, graduating from high
school, class of 1945. A resident of Hiawatha, coming from the Fidelity
area, he was a farmer and stockman until retiring in 1999. He had also
worked as a meat cutter, plumber, in construction and carpentry. After
retiring, he worked at Peterson Seed in Hiawatha.
Jurgensmeier was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church at Fidelity,
having served on various church committees; former member of BPOE 1741
Hiawatha Elks Lodge; life member of Sabetha Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
7285; charter member of American Legion Post 322 in Fairview, serving as
secretary and adjunctant; and Eagle Lodge at Auburn, Neb. He was a U.S.
Army veteran, serving during the Korean War as an infantryman.
Survivors include his wife of the home; five sons, Stephen Jurgensmeier of
rural Hiawatha, Charles Jurgensmeier of Bennington, James Jurgensmeier of
Salina, Patrick Jurgensmeier of Fairview and John Jurgensmeier of San Jose,
Calif.; two daughters, Kathleen Jurgensmeier of Hoisington and Karen
Jurgensmeier of Platteville, Colo.; three brothers, Raymond Jurgensmeier
and Leo Jurgensmeier, both of Fairview and Leroy Jurgensmeier of Topeka;
five sisters, Evelyn Suther of Wetmore, Viola Peters of Overland Park,
Berniece Newman of Albuquerque, N.M., Helen Skinner of Fairview and Lois
Bindel of Sabetha; and 10 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with the
Rev. Donald Redmond officiating. The body will lie in state prior to
service time, Saturday at the church. Burial will be at the church cemetery
with military graveside services provided by Fairview American Legion Post
322. Memorials are suggested to the church memorial fund or Ronald McDonald
House, both in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha.

Toni Renee Learned 1961-2000
LARNED - Toni Renee Learned, 38, died March 19 at Springfield, Ore. She
was born Nov. 30, 1961, at Larned, the daughter of Gary R. and Delores Maye
Lawrence Murray. A resident of Springfield since 1977, coming from
Ellinwood, she was an inventory clerk for Washington Inventory Service in
Springfield.
She was a past member of United Methodist Church of Larned.
Survivors include longtime companion, Sai Montgomery of Springfield; one
daughter, Tanya K. Lund of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; her mother, Dee Kelly and
stepfather, Al Kelly, both of Stafford; one brother, Gary D. Murray of
Larned; one sister, Terri Lynn Boorman of Klamath Falls, Ore.; stepbrother,
Randy Kelly of Everett, Wash.; and one grandmother, Maxine Murray of
Larned.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned
with the Rev. Jerry Leever officiating. Burial will be at Brown's Grove
Cemetery in Burdett. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at
the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association,
in care of the funeral home.

Agnes M. Offutt 1897-2000
UTICA - Agnes M. Offutt, 102, died March 20 at Gove County Hospital in
Quinter. She was born March 23, 1897, at Pleasanton, the daughter of Martin
Luther and Martha Moore Harmon. She married Irvin Samuel Offutt Sept. 23,
1914, at La Crosse. He died July 23, 1967. A resident of Utica since 1936,
she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Offutt was a member of First Christian Church and Rebekah Lodge, both
of Utica.
Survivors include three sons, George Offutt of La Crosse; Irvin Offutt Jr.,
of Crockett, Texas, and Frank Offutt of Utica; four daughters, Alberta
Mausolf of Albert, Ruth Holopirek of La Crosse, and Edith Hicks and Lucille
Downs, both of Decatur, Ill.; one sister, Gladys Juvenal of Bison; 40
grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; and 50 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Glen Offutt, in 1957; three
grandsons; and one great-great-grandson.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church with the Revs. Michael
Grogan and Kerry Grogan officiating. Burial will be at Utica Cemetery.
Friends may call until 9 tonight and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and
Thursday, all at Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City, and until service
time Friday at the church. Family visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church, in
care of the funeral home.

Anna Lillian Graves 1917-2000
SARATOGA, Calif. - Anna Lillian Graves, 82, died March 20 at Mission Oakes
Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif. Survivors and arrangements will be announced
by Morell Funeral Home in Larned.

Wyvona 'Shorty' Briggs 1927-2000
HOISINGTON - Wyvona "Shorty" Briggs, 72, died March 18 at Salina Regional
Health Center in Salina. She was born Aug. 9, 1927, at Lyons, the daughter
of Charlie and Rosa Dillinger Welch. She married Charlie "Chief" Briggs
June 11, 1953, at Medford, Okla. A resident of Hoisington for 48 years,
coming from Lyons, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Briggs was a member of the Christian Church of Lyons.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Patrick M. Briggs of
Lyons; one brother, Jack Lee Welch of Lyons; one sister, Berta Hodson of
Medford, Ore.; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four
brothers, Alfred Welch, Byron Welch, Willie Welch and Wylie Welch; and one
sister Marguerite Hodson.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in
Hoisington with the Rev. Tom Eastman officiating. Burial will be at
Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington. Friends may call until 9 tonight, 9 a.m.
to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday, all at the funeral
home. Memorials are suggested to American Heart Association, in care of the
funeral home.

Euin Vance Petrey 1922-2000
ROGERS, Ark. - Euin Vance Petrey, 77, died March 18 at Northwest Nursing
Center in Fayetteville, Ark. He was born Nov. 27, 1922, at Willow Springs,
Mo., the son of Charles Eugene and Ruth Elizabeth Spence Petrey. He married
Connie Dubus. A resident of Rogers for 23 years, coming from Hoisington, he
worked in the oil fields as a tank welder and was previously employed by
O'Neill Tank Company in Great Bend.
Petrey was a member of American Baptist Church in McPherson and was a
lifelong member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a
U.S. Army veteran, having received the Purple Heart.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Vanessa Tennison of
Fayetteville and Rhonda Bertalotto of Rogers; two sisters, Wilma J. Wilber
of Burlington, Colo., and Virginia M. Voshell of Portland, Ore.; and three
grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Benton County Memorial
Park Cemetery in Rogers. Military honors will be by Bella Vista VFW Post
9063. Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association or Kidney
Foundation, in care of Burns Funeral Homes Inc. of Rogers.

Leon A. Schartz 1936-2000
HUTCHINSON - Leon A. Schartz, 63, died March 18 at his home. He was born
Sept. 1, 1936, at Barton County, the son of Nicholas A. and Aileen A.
Kimpler Schartz. He married Loreva M. Friesen Aug. 15, 1962, at Hutchinson.
He was a graduate of Great Bend High School and attended Fort Hays
University. A longtime resident of Hutchinson, he was owner and operator of
LASCO Restaurant Equipment Company in Hutchinson.
Schartz attended St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Hutchinson. He was a U.S.
Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Leon A. Schartz II of
Kansas City, Mo.; one step son, Mark Friesen of Winfield; one step
daughter, Debbie Peterson of Hutchinson; seven brothers, Kenneth Schartz of
Topeka, Vernon Schartz of Grants Pass, Ore., Norbert Schartz of Sutter
Creek, Calif., Gerald Schartz of Hays, Tom Schartz of Phoenix, Ariz., Pat
Schartz of Ellinwood and Loren Schartz of Great Bend; three sisters,
Celesta Bennett of Hurst, Texas and De Sales Feist and Mary Bowes, both of
Ellinwood; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by one brother, Charles Schartz.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Richard
F. Stuchlik officiating. Friends may call until 9 tonight and 9 a.m. to 9
p.m. Tuesday at Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson. Memorials are suggested to
donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.

Frederick J. Schlessiger 1913-2000
CLAFLIN - Frederick J. Schlessiger, 87, died March 17 at Clara Barton
Hospital in Hoisington. Due to incomplete information received, two
sisters, Mrs. Henry Mantz and Mrs. Fred Sovereign, both of Claflin, were
omitted from survivor's list. Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home of Hoisington,
is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Irene Marchand 1908-2000
Helen Irene Marchand, 91, died March 16 at Integrated Health Services of
Great Bend. She was born Aug. 13, 1908, at Clinton, Mo., the daughter of
John Ervin and Cordie McCormick Renfro. She married Herbert Ervin Marchand
July 28, 1935, at Great Bend. He died April 13, 1988. A resident of Great
Bend for most of her life, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Marchand was a member of Central Baptist Church and Comanche Extension
Unit.
Survivors include one son, William Marchand of La Cygne; one daughter, Mary
Marchand of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two granddaughters. She was
preceded in death by one sister, Thelma Richter.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Gordon E.
Rhodes officiating. Burial will be at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in
Ellinwood. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Monday at
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend, and from noon to service time
Monday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church in care of the
funeral home.

Evelyn C. Schauf Jacobs 1914-2000
HOISINGTON - Evelyn C. Schauf Jacobs, 85, died March 16 at Central Kansas
Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, in Great Bend. She was born Aug. 4, 1914,
at Dubuque, the daughter of Michael P. and Mary K. Ney Schauf. She married
Lawrence E. Jacobs Oct. 28, 1940, at Dubuque. He died Jan. 9, 1988. She was
a 1931 graduate of Dorrance High School in Dorrance. A resident of
Hoisington since 1981, coming from a farm near Dubuque, she was a
homemaker.
Mrs. Jacobs was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and
Altar Society of Hoisington, Daughters of Isabella of Claflin, a former
member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and Altar
Society of Dubuque.
Survivors include two sons, Michael E. Jacobs of Iron River, Mich., and
Lawrence B. Jacobs of Hoisington; two daughters, Bonnie Miller of Kinsley
and Joyce Viets of Zionsville, Ind.; one sister, Marie Thomas of Ellinwood;
10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
one sister, Germaine Schauf; and one great-grandson, Jacob Wheaton.
Daughters of Isabella Rosary will be at 3 p.m. Sunday and vigil service at
7:30 p.m. Sunday, both 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 St. Catherine Catholic Church Cemetery in
Dubuque. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Catherine Heritage Fund; the Dubuque
Catholic Cemetery Trust or St. John the Evangelist church, all in care of
the funeral home.

Frederick J. Schlessiger 1913-2000
CLAFLIN - Frederick J. Schlessiger, 87, died March 17 at Clara Barton
Hospital in Hoisington. He was born March 16, 1913, at rural Claflin, the
son of Max Frederick and Mary Otillie Kafka Schlessiger. He married Esther
Elizabeth Ochs Dec. 31, 1933, at Hoisington. A lifetime resident of Claflin
and Ellinwood, he was a farmer and stockman.
Schlessiger was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Claflin.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Jack F. Schlessiger of
rural Claflin; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Schlessiger and Albert
Schlessiger; and four sisters, Emma Drew, Helen Lathrop, Hanna Hieken and
Marie Schlessiger.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Arlo
Lehmann officiating. Burial will be at Claflin Cemetery in Claflin. Friends
may call from 1-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, with family
receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, all at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home
in Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to the church or Claflin Ambulance
Service, in care of the funeral home.

Anna Margaret Nordman 1913-2000
LARNED - Anna Margaret Nordman, 86, died March 18 at Larned Healthcare and
Living Center in Larned. She was born Nov. 16, 1913, at Timken, the
daughter of Joseph and Albertina Omaught Gabriel. She married Joseph H.
Nordman June 11, 1934, at Great Bend. He died April 24, 1986. A resident of
Larned since 1985, coming from Great Bend, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Norman belonged to King Memorial United Methodist Church, past member
of Eagles Auxiliary and Silver and Gold Club, all of Great Bend.
Survivors include two daughters, Mildred Fyler of Larned and Mary Ann
Rudiger of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Frank Gabriel of Great Bend; eight
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
twin sons, Raymond Nordman and Ralph Nordman; and one sister, Mary Husler.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned with the
Rev. Charles Grand officiating. Burial will be at Hill Crest Memorial Park
in Great Bend. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9
a.m. until service time Tuesday, all at the funeral home. Memorials are
suggested to First United Methodist Church (Larned) Radio Fund, in care of
the funeral home.

Leonard J. Moeder 1923-2000
ELLINWOOD - Leonard J. Moeder, 77, died March 17 at Ellinwood District
Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born Feb. 13, 1923, at Odin, the son of
Edward and Ida Penka Moeder. He married Dorothy Bieberle May 2, 1950, at
Bushton. A resident of Ellinwood, he retired from working for the city
after 23 years. He also worked for the Knights of Columbus in Ellinwood.
Moeder was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the 3rd and 4th
Degree Knights of Columbus, all of Ellinwood.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Mike Moeder of Ellinwood;
one daughter, Ellen Albert of Hutchinson; five brothers, Ray Moeder,
Richard Moeder and Larry Moeder, all of Great Bend, Leo Moeder of Claflin
and Eddie Moeder of Hutchinson; three sisters, Monica Schneider of Olmitz,
Vi Prosser of Larned and Mary Ann Fisher of Plainville; and three
grandchildren.
An Altar Society Rosary will be at 3 p.m. Monday, a Wake service at 7 p.m.
Monday and a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Monday, all at Kimple
Funeral Home in Ellinwood. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at
the church with the Rev. David Flagor officiating. Burial will be at
Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in Ellinwood. Friends may call from 9 a.m.
to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the St.
Joseph School Endowment Fund.

Fern B. Weathers 1901-2000
Fern B. Weathers, 98, died March 16 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great
Bend. She was born Sept. 27, 1901, at Lewistown, Ohio, the daughter of
James F. and Emma Viola Kerns Pettit. She married Chester Weathers Feb. 21,
1920, at Great Bend. He died Dec. 9, 1989. A resident of Great Bend for
most of her life, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Weathers was a member of First Congregational, United Church of
Christ, Dorcas Club and American Legion Auxiliary, was a charter member of
Great Bend Garden Club and past member of Harmony Club.
Survivors include one son, Russell Weathers of Great Bend; one brother,
Ervin Pettit of Great Bend; one sister, Mildred Kirby of Sacramento,
Calif.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one
great-great-grandchild.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in
Great Bend with the Rev. Dick Near officiating. Burial will be at Great
Bend Cemetery in Great Bend. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday, all at the funeral home. Memorials are
suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

James Rodney Orth 1949-2000
GARDEN CITY - James Rodney Orth, 50, died March 15 at St. Catherine
Hospital in Garden City. He was born Dec. 20, 1949, at Wichita, the son of
Harold P. and Helen L. Downey Orth. A resident of Garden City and Great
Bend, he was a supervisor for Francis Casing.
Orth was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great Bend. He was a
U.S. Navy veteran, having served in Vietnam.
Survivors include three brothers, Dennis M. Orth of Fort Worth, Texas,
Harold L. Orth Sr. of Great Bend and Stanley T. Orth of Austin, Texas; and
one sister, Priscilla A. Orth of Peabody.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Warren
Stecklein officiating. Private inurnment will be later. Friends may call
from 6-9 tonight at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Evelyn S. Jacobs 1914-2000
DUBUQUE - Evelyn S. Jacobs, 85, died March 16 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.

Walter W. Michaelis 1907-2000
RUSSELL - Walter W. Michaelis, 92, died March 15 at Wheatland Nursing
Center in Russell. He was born Nov. 10, 1907, at Russell County, the son of
William and Amelia Strecker Michaelis. He married Rachel C. Keil June 26,
1927, near Russell. She died Oct. 1, 1999. A resident of Russell for most
of his life, he worked in dirt and road construction until his retirement
and worked for Becker Farms for a number of years.
Michaelis was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Russell.
Survivors include three sons, Donald Michaelis of Liberal, Larry Michaelis
of Lyons and Bill Michaelis of Russell; three daughters, Delores Hanhardt
of Bison, Elaine Paulson of Salina and Shirley Roth of LaSalle, Colo.; two
sisters, Ophelia Keeton of Phillipsburg and Lenetta Deutsch of Hoisington;
30 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
two sons, Vennard Michaelis and an infant; four daughters, Melba Kuhn,
Patricia Dumler, Sharon Mitchell and infant daughter; and three brothers,
Huldrich Michaelis, Oscar Michaelis and Delmar Michaelis.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pohlman's Memorial Chapel in Russell
with the Rev. Michael Fibranz officiating. Burial will be at Michaelis
Cemetery in Russell. Friends may call until 9 tonight at the funeral home
and 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested
to the church of Wheatland Nursing Center, both in care of the funeral home. 

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