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Betty Jane Durbin Grimwood
Betty Jane Durbin Grimwood, 75, of Burns, died Wednesday, May 5, 1999. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Burns United Methodist Church.
She was born March 9, 1924, in Coffeyville, to Brice and Verna (Brown) Durbin. Her father, a native of Chamois, Mo., was an educator with an unending faith in the potential of the young. Her mother, a native of Elk City, was an embodiment of the Protestant work ethic and values.
From Coffeyville, the family moved to Licking, Mo., to Elk City, and then, in 1936, to Burns where she spent the remainder of her life, with the exception of a year with her husband, Ed, in Washington, D.C., at the end of World War II.
She graduated from Burns High School and attended El Dorado Junior College. She then worked for the Burns State Bank, and, some years later, for the Peabody State Bank.
She married Edward Dwelle Grimwood, originally from Cedar Point, on Nov. 19, 1943. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II, and was the owner of the Grimwood and Son farm implement dealership and hardware store in Burns. Betty earned a pilot's license so she could share in her husband's passion for flying. For more than 60 years they both were devoted to Burns, a proud farming and ranching community on the western edge of the Flint Hills.
In 1954, Betty and a close friend, Bonnie Lohrentz, initiated the Burns International Student Program, which brings University of Kansas international students to Burns for Thanksgiving weekend each year. The program, which remains active, was featured in the Saturday Evening Post in September of 1959. Earlier that year, she and her husband accepted a Distinguished Service Award, presented by then Vice President Nixon, from the Institute of International Education. The citation stated that "Burns is the smallest U.S. community with the biggest foreign diplomatic service in the world." Over the years Burns has hosted more than 500 students from 110 countries.
The Grimwoods visited former guests in Europe and in South America. Occasionally, her influence extended beyond students. She once learned that a United Nations delegate from Togo, Marie Sivorney, who had sung for the Grimwoods as she cooked in their kitchen, needed a vehicle for an important project. Mrs. Grimwood wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, and Sivorney got the vehicle. However, the students were Grimwood's primary focus. Whether providing a home or finding money for a violin, Grimwood was always there. She maintained an extensive personal correspondence throughout the world.
Music was always a part of her life. She loved classical music, and supported and encouraged many young people in the development of their musical talent. One of her proudest achievements was the creation of a youth orchestra, which she directed, in her church.
She retired early to give full time to the church, which she served throughout her life. She was an active lay leader, both in the Burns United Methodist Church and throughout the state. This included work as spiritual life leader with youth, United Methodist Women, and the District Council on Ministries. She studied extensively about spiritual life. She had close spiritual friends in other Protestant denominations and in the Catholic Church. Prayer was a constant in her life.
Elaine Lord, a Methodist minister and close personal friend, helped care for her during her final days, supporting continual care by Grimwood's son Tom, which allowed her to remain at home during her eight-month fight against cancer.
She was educated and wise without an impressive degree. She was a source of energy with less than perfect health. She was an ambassador for her country and a disciple for her God. She was a constant source of love. She was very special and will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Ed; son, Charles and wife, Pat Grimwood of Salina; son, Thomas Grimwood of Burns; grandson John Michael Grimwood of Salina; brother, Brice, and wife, Lois Durbin, of Topeka; brother, John and wife, Jane Durbin of Austin, Texas; five nephews; and cousin, Suzanne Boyett of Dade City, Fla.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Burns United Methodist Church.

Juanita Elizabeth Bacon
Juanita Elizabeth Bacon, 74, of Eureka, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 at Eureka. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at First Baptist Church in Augusta with the Rev. C.R. Macchi officiating. Interment will follow at Butts-Wakefield Cemetery.
She was born June 5, 1925 in Douglass, to Everett and Laura (Holmes) Parker. She married Merle Bacon Feb. 1, 1952 in Mesa, Ariz. He preceded her in death in July of 1996. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Mark Bacon of Claremore, Okla. and Kenneth Nida of Joplin, Mo.; a daughter, Melita McDonald of Eureka; one brother, Jack Parker of Santa Anna, Calif.; her mother, Laura Parker of Eureka; nine grandchildren including some from El Dorado, and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established for First Baptist Church pre-school, 1501 State St., Augusta. Contributions may also be left with Hillside Funeral Home of Augusta.
 
Lola Mae Busby
Lola Mae Busby, 87, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999 at a Texas hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at City Cemetery in Kenedy, Texas. Visitation will from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the funeral home.
She was born Aug. 8, 1912 in Lockhart, Texas to Wesley and Rena Copeland. She was a faithful member of South Bluff United Methodist Church for 44 years where she had taught Sunday school. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.
She is survived by two sons, Charles W. Busby and his wife, Myrna of Quartzsite, Ariz. and Thomas W. Busby and his wife Phyllis of Corpus Christi; three daughters, Jane Holding and her husband Jim of El Dorado, Nancy Busby of Corpus Christi, and Chris L. Busby of Tennessee; six grandchildren, Gary Busby, Vicki Wilson, Lynne Patterson, Beth Busy, Jennifer Hughey, and Nancy Roberts; 14 great-grandchildren, Amy Averill, Dana Busby, Bryan Busby, Brent Wilson, Keith Wilson, Jarrad Wilson, Michael Wilson, Courtney Patterson, Ashley Yuen, Jaycob Hughey, Jayme Hughey, Cody Roberts, Gaston Roberts and Torie Roberts; one brother, W.W. Copeland of El Paso, Texas; one sister, Sarah E. Hover of College Station, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edmond Busby; her son, James Copeland Busby; granddaughter, Debbie Foshee; and two brothers, Orville and Porter Copeland.
A memorial has been established for South Bluff United Methodist Church. Contributions may be sent to the funeral home.

Earl Eugene 'Boomber' Lacy
Earl Eugene "Boomber" Lacy, 53, of Beachmere, Australia, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at his home in Australia. Memorial services are 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at the First Christian Church in El Dorado. Cremation preceded the services.
He was born Sept. 19, 1946, in Eureka, the son of Earl H. and Beryl J. (Frye) Lacy. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1965 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado.
He moved to Australia four years ago from California and was a driver for Beachmere City Bus Company. On Aug. 30, 1997, he and Eleanor Robinson were married at St. Michael Abby in Beachmere, Australia.
Survivors include: wife, Eleanor, of the home; daughters, Shannon, Tania and Robyn Lacy of Brishane, Australia; step-daughter, Emily of Beachmere, Australia; step-son, Stewart of Beachmere, Australia; parents, Earl and Beryl Lacy of El Dorado; sister, Sandra Wilbur and her husband Steve of Edmond, Okla.; brother, Greg and his wife Barbara of Parkville, Mo.; three nieces, three nephews, three great-nieces and many family members and friends.
 
Merle Ada Nairn Geil
Merle Ada Nairn Geil, 97, of Edmond, Okla., and former resident of El Dorado, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Oklahoma Christian Home in Edmond. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Bryant-Christians Chapel in Great Bend. Burial will followe in the Great Bend Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
She was born Aug. 17, 1902, in Barton County, the daughter of Perry Columbus and Maggie May Hall Nairn. She graduated from Pawnee Rock schools and business school in Los Angeles, Calif. Upon her return to Pawnee Rock she worked for the Western Telephone Company. On Aug. 21, 1928, she and Earl Geil were married in a ceremony held on top of Pawnee Rock.
She was a cook at Shady Grove Grade School and farmed with her husband west of Great Bend until his death in 1964. In 1988 she moved to Alexandria, Va., then moved to Oklahoma City. She had resided at Oklahoma Christian Home in Edmond for four years.
She was a member of the Liberty EHU, charter member of the 20th Century Club of Pawnee Rock, 4-H extension council and Pawnee Rock and Great Bend Christian churches.
Survivors include: four sons, Donald D. and wife Angie of Oklahoma City; Glenn M. and wife Judie of Edenburg, Texas; Gene W. and wife Mary of Silver Springs, Md., and Larry L. and wife Joanne of New Cambria; daughter, Joan Hicks of Alexandria, Va.; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are to the Oklahoma Christian Home Operations, Edmond, Okla.
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend has the arrangements.

Margaret Coats
Margaret Coats, 88, of Potwin, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the United Methodist Church in Potwin. Burial will follow at McGill Cemetery, Potwin. Visitation will be be 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, June 16. Family visitation will be 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Friday.
She was born Aug. 27, 1911, in rural Potwin, the daughter of Charles William and Clara Dora (Fowler) Baldwin. She and Roy H. Coats were married Aug. 30, 1935, in Newton. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1989. She was a homemaker and an Avon representative for more than 27 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Potwin.
Survivors include: sons, Bus Coats of El Dorado and Richard Coats of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Joan Sommers of Potwin; sisters, Mildred Lambert of Sun City, Calif., Gladys Biggs of Cottonwood Falls and Betty Egoian of Pnola Way, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Chuck Coats.
Memorials have been established for the Wheat State Manor van fund.
Bob Lamb Funeral Home has the arrangements.
 
Gladys Pearl Reeves
Gladys Pearl Reeves, 96, of Sonoma, Calif., and formerly of El Dorado, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at the London House in Sonoma, Calif. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17 at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. A private burial will be held at Sunset Lawns Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 19, 1904, in Humbolt, the daughter of Hiram Lafayette and Minnie (Jones) Towner. She and Earl Morris Reeves were married on Dec. 24, 1932, in El Dorado. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1985. Gladys and Earl lived in California and Kansas throughout their marriage. She was employed in the Linen Service Department of the Sonoma State Hospital.
Survivors include: grandsons, Mark Durnil of Farmington, N.M., and Larry Durnil of Wichita; several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sons, three brothers and one sister.
Kirby-Morris Funeral Home has the arrangements.

Harold Earl Holden
Harold Earl Holden, 87, of Blackwell, Okla., died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Ponca City, Okla. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Blackwell. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery. Casket bearers are Don Ray, Shelby Ray, Randy Ray, Landon Ray, David Dick and Curtis Dick. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at the funeral home.
He was born Dec. 1, 1912, in Cherryvale, the son of Earl and Lula Mae (Harper) Holden. He grew up in the Cherryvale are attending schools and graduated from Winfield High School in 1932. Following graduation he attended University Preparatory School in Tonkawa, Okla., for two years and then went on to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla. He began working as an electrician in Florida and entered the United States Navy serving during World War II. Following his discharge he moved to Blackwell and married Ida Maude Eillison Jan. 13, 1946, and settled in Blackwell. He began working for Welborn Electric for a number of years and then began traveling all over the United States as an electrician working under the Local 444 Union out of Ponca City for most of his career. He retired in January 1978.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blackwell and the Masonic Lodge. He was a lifetime member of both the V.F.W. and the American Legion.
Survivors include: wife, Ida Holden, of the home; sister, Erma Hentrich of Beaumont, Texas; brother, Harvey Holden of El Dorado; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
A memorial has been established with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation - Heart Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of Roberts Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, Okla. 74631.

Leland Dwight 'Dee' Williams
Leland Dwight "Dee" Williams, 80, of El Dorado, died Thursday, Aug. 10, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 14, at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Sunset Lawns Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 7, 1919 to Floyd Benjamin and Ethel (Coffelt) Williams in Long Lang, Mo. He grew up in the Teterville area, but lived most of his life in the El Dorado area. On Aug. 29, 1945, he was married to Annette Wilmarth in Missouri.
Williams was a truck driver for Skelly and Getty Oil Companies for more than 37 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Prospect Baptist Church and coffee group. He enjoyed fishing, doing woodworking projects and traveling to Bluegrass Festivals. His favorite past time was working on small engines and automobiles.
Survivors include: daughters, Patricia and husband Fred Myers of Haysville and Mary and husband Bill Whitson of Towanda; a sister, Ann Cutsinger of El Dorado; grandchildren, Steven and Travis Morrow and Danica, Amber and Nickolas Whitson; step-grandchildren, Shannon Dunkel, Kelli Morrow and Toby Myers; five great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette; his parents; brothers, Lowell and Don Williams; and one sister.
Memorials have been established with the American Diabetes Association and the Lions Eye Bank in care of Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, who has the arrangements.
 
Corrine E. Hardisty
Corrine E. Hardisty, 70, of El Dorado, died Aug. 10 at a local nursing home. Private services will be held.
She was born Oct. 14, 1929 to Theodore Grant and Geraldine (Shuman) Pope in Caw City, Okla. In 1965, she was married to Freeman Hardisty in Psagoula, Miss. 
Hardisty was a homemaker and has lived in the El Dorado area since 1980. She was a member of the First Assembly Church of God Church, Augusta.
She is survived by a sister, Carol Martin of Skiatook, Okla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman; her parents; sons, Michael Gary and Michael Freeman Hardisty; and a brother, Orville Lee Pope.
Kirby-Morris Funeral home has the arrangements.

Ervin E. Ferry
Ervin E. Ferry, 78, of El Dorado, died Aug. 11 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m., Aug. 15, at Carlson Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Piedmont Cemetery.
He was born Feb. 19, 1922 to Elbert Chester and Goldie Pearl (Shipman) Ferry in Elk County. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1945.
On May 27, 1946, he was married to Pauline Schouten in Howard. They moved to El Dorado in 1963 and he worked as a parts manager for several automobile agencies and also was a tool crib manager for Cardwell. He was a member of the 30th Bombardment Association.
Survivors include: his wife, Pauline of the home; a son, Ron Ferry of Potwin; a daughter, Ervetta Ferry of El Dorado; a brother, Chester Ferry of Moran; grandchildren, Dwayne Ferry of El Dorado and Rhonda Ferry of Salem, Ore.; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made in his memory for the American Lung Association in care of Carlson Funeral Home, who has the arrangements.
 
Pete E. Hiebert
Pete E. Hiebert, 87, of Hillsboro, died Aug. 10 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 15, at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, rural Hillsboro, with Pastor Gaylord Goertzen officiating. Burial will be at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.
He was born March 21, 1913 to Peter P. Hiebert and Margaret Claassen in Hillsboro. On Oct. 21, 1941, he was married to Elma Dirks in Buhler. 
Hiebert was a rancher and farmer and was a member of the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church.
Survivors include: a daughter, Arlene Crawford of Topeka; brothers, Otto Hiebert and Louis Hiebert, both of Hillsboro; a sister, Lillian Entz of Newton; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elma.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. and family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hillsboro Memorial Chapel, who has the arrangements.

Samuel Omer Harper
Samuel Omer Harper, 92, of El Dorado, died Sunday, Dec. 10, at Via-Christi St. Joseph in Wichita. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Carlson Funeral Home. Cremation will precede the services.
He was born March 22, 1908 to Simian Allen and Purlina (Davis) Harper near Bunker, Mo. He had made his home in El Dorado for the past 50 years. He worked for Skelly Oil Company as a foreman of the Fractioning Unit. He was a past member of B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge and the Labor Union.
On June 19, 1931, he was married to Nora Gibson in Eureka.
Survivors include: his wife; a daughter, Dixie and husband Roy Dickson of El Dorado; sisters, Bonnie Ritchey of Hutchinson and Dona Holcomb of El Dorado; grandchildren, Daniel Dickson and Angela Claycamp of El Dorado; and great-grandchildren, Lucas James of El Dorado, Mitchell Dickson of El Dorado, Danica Dickson of Valley Center, Angel Ferguson of El Dorado, Megan James of Parson and Nicole Ferguson of Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Frank Allen Harper; a daughter, Gloria Jane Harper; and five brothers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the El Dorado Senior Center in care of Carlson Funeral Home, which has the arrangements.

Walter Harrison McAdoo
Walter Harrison McAdoo, 83, of Arkansas City, died Saturday, Dec. 9, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Bible Christian Church. Interment will be at 2 p.m. in the Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita.
He was born Nov. 30, 1917 to Owen H. and Amanda J. (Imhoof) McAdoo in Oronogo, Mo. At the age of five, he moved with his family to the El Dorado area, where they lived on the North Wilson Lease and he attended Elcon School. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1935. On July 24, 1938, he was married to Helen J. Benfer-Davidson in Newton. They made their first home in El Dorado, moving to Iola then to Arkansas City, Wichita, Dodge City, back to Wichita and in 1985, back to Arkansas City. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 40 years, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of the Bible Christian Church, Bell Telephone Pioneers, Crescent Lodge #133 AF&AM and the Wichita Consistory. He had been a church youth leader, a volunteer and board member of the American Red Cross and a Cub Scout Master.
Survivors include: his wife of the home; a son, Larry W. and wife Carol McAdoo of Virginia Beach, Va.; sisters, Mildred Geer of Potwin and Fern Harris of El Dorado; brothers, Cecil Eugene McAdoo of Ottawa, Donald McAdoo of Wichita and William Claire McAdoo of Carbondale; grandchildren, Dr. James A. McAdoo of Newport News, Va., Elizabeth Ann McAdoo of Fairfax, Va., and Timothy A. McAdoo of Virginia Beach, Va.; and great-grandchildren, James Alexander McAdoo II and Hunter Lee McAdoo, both of Newport News, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Merle, James F. and Kenneth McAdoo; and a sister, Nellie Ruth Parker.
Memorials may be made to the Bible Christian Church or the Prairie View Christian Camp, in care of Rindt, Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City, which has the arrangements.

Ervin L. Brewer
Ervin L. Brewer, 90, of El Dorado, died Friday, Dec. 8, at LakePoint Nursing Center in El Dorado. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Carlson Funeral Home. Interment will be in Sunset Lawns Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 4, 1910 in Fargo, N.D. He came to El Dorado in 1990 from Buckeye, Ariz. He was a retired self-employed carpenter and contractor. He was a member of Prospect Baptist Church.
On Oct. 7, 1933, he was married to Bernice Emerick in Tacoma, Wash. 
Survivors include: sons, Jack Brewer of Riverside, Calif., and David Brewer of an unknown address; a daughter, Donna Church of El Dorado; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Michael Shane Dysinger
Michael Shane Dysinger, 26, of Wichita, died Saturday, Jan. 20 at Wichita. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Potwin Methodist Church, with Pastor Robert Brunnell Jr. officiating. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Hooker Cemetery in Hooker, Okla.
He was born Aug. 25, 1974 to David and Pattye (Thompson) Dysinger in Wichita. On Sept. 30, 2000, he was married to Denise Long in Eureka Spring, Ark.
He attended grade school at Kendrick, Okla., and high school at Fredric Remington High School of Whitewater. He entered the Air Force in July 1993. At the time of his death, he was serving full-time in the Air Force Reserve at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.
Survivors include: his wife of the home; a son, Brendan Dysinger of Phoenix; his father of Potwin; his mother, Pattye Cleaton of Bartlesville, Okla.; his stepfather, Bill Matthews of Bartlesville, Okla.; a sister, Gina Powe of Garden City; grandparents George and Vivian Dysinger of Pueblo, Colo., and Elizabeth Burdge of Rogers, Ark.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Clyde Thompson and George Burdge.
Visitation is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Bob Lamb Funeral Home in Whitewater and from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Roberts Brothers Funeral Home in Hooker, Okla. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church at Potwin and the First Christian Church at Hooker, Okla. Bob Lamb Funeral Home has the arrangements.

H. Leonard 'Smitty' Smith
H. Leonard "Smitty" Smith, 76, of Towanda, died Saturday, Jan. 20, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Graveside services were held this afternoon at the Towanda Cemetery.
He was born Aug. 26, 1924 to Arnold and Alice M. (Hosler) Smith in Fall River. He was a construction worker and machine operator for the past 30 years. He also was a plumber. He had made his home in Towanda since 1957. He was a member of the Christian Church and a former member of the Lions Club.
On March 1, 1942, he was married to Jewell D. Curnutt at Eureka.
Survivors include: his wife of the home; daughters, Connie and husband Fred W. Brush of Towanda and Peggy and husband Brad Denney of Neodesha; sisters, Bessie Lewis of Eureka and Alehta Cannon of Pawhuska, Okla.; grandchildren, Jamie Clarke of Benton and Amber Denney and April Branscum, both of Independence; and great-grandchildren, Nick Clark of Benton and A'Nessa Branscum of Independence.
Carlson Funeral Home has the arrangements.
 
Soloman 'Sol' Tuchfeld Blum
Soloman "Sol" Tuchfeld Blum, 93, of El Dorado, died Sunday, Jan. 21, at his residence. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita.
He was born Jan. 25, 1907 to Marks Yaretsky and Claudia Marion (Tuchfeld) Blum in Shelby, Miss. He grew up in the state of Georgia. He achieved Eagle Scout in the Boy scouts.
On Oct. 4, 1940, he was married to Mildred Barnes in Bollingreen, Ohio. He was an electrician in Michigan working on bombers. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He was an electrician First Class with the CB's. He and his wife moved to El Dorado in 1945. He was a retired coin machine operator for United Distributors of WIchita.
He was a member of the Temple Emanu-El in Wichita. He also belonged to the Butler County Shrine and Patmos Masonic Lodge #97 A.F. & A.M; was a past master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia; and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Cap. Edgar Dale Post 81, the VFW Fred Priestly Post 1174 and the Elks Lodge; and was a member of the AmVets. He was known for his love of collecting items like coins and rocks, his love for the outdoors, gardening, hunting, bird watching and working in the yeras and his love to play gold.
Survivors include: his wife of the home; a son, Claude (Bub) Blum of San Antonio; a daughter, Sara Beth Montei of Pratt; granddaughters, Sara Wallace, Sarena Storrer and Kenya Blum; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Morgan, Kyle and Gage.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a sister and a grandson, Jack Montei.
Memorials may be made to the Midian Shrine Crippled Childrens Fund and Hospice Inc. in care of Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, which has the arrangements.



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