Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1997

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Castella White
Services for Castella F. White, 82, who died Feb. 25, 1997, were held at 1 p.m. Feb. 28, 1997, in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Rev. Lyle Bishop officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Organist was Jean Wooddell. Wilma Anglemyer sang "How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross."
Casket bearers were Elizabeth Schiavia, Stephine Rios, Wayne Sellers II and Melody Sellers.
A memorial has been established with Apostolic Faith Mission, 300 E. Fourth, Winfield, KS 67156.

Laura Griffith
Services for Laura Irena Evans Griffith, 99, who died Feb. 23, 1997, were held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28, 1997, in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Keith Cross officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Terry Lawrence was the song leader. Special music was "Farther Along," "Amazing Grace" and "Precious Memories."
Honorary casket bearers were Dean Sorell, Lester Hawkins and Gerald Lawrence. 
Casket bearers were Tom Griffith, Bradley Harding, Roger Griffith, David Griffith, Paul Griffith, Steven Griffith, Brian Griffith, Dean Cleverdon and Douglas Griffith.
A memorial has been established with the Church of Christ, 721 Loomis, Winfield, KS 67156.

Donald Tucker
Services for Donald "Olin" Tucker, 77, who died Feb. 20, 1997, were held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24, 1997, in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Rev. Rick Thornton officiated. Burial was in Douglass City Cemetery.
Organist was June Vasey. Dr. James Schuppener sang "In the Garden" and "Hymn of Promise."
Honorary casket bearers were Jim Rogers, Wayne Priest, Willie Jacks, Robert Duncan and Joe Vann.
Casket bearers were Paul Howland, Bill Swartz, Lucien Barbour, Ernie Kanitz, Bill Thornton, Bill Stephens and the Rev. Forrest Robinson.

Jack Ventle
HUFFMAN, Texas - Jack D. Ventle, 36, of Huffman, formerly of Atlanta, died Feb. 27, 1997, in Erwinville, La., as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel in Burden. Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery. 
Memorials have been established with the Atlanta Economic Development Association and Atlanta-Cowley County Fire District 2.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Ventle was born Dec. 29, 1960, in Winfield, a son of Billie E. and Bonnie (Savage) Ventle. He graduated from Central of Burden High School in 1979 and served in the U.S. Army.
On Sept. 15, 1979, he married Melanie Wells in Grenola. They lived briefly in Augusta before moving to Atlanta. In 1995 they moved to Huffman.
Ventle worked for Koch Industries from 1979 until 1992 and since then for Cana-Tex International as a field service superintendent.
Survivors include his wife, Melanie Ventle, Huffman; two daughters, Tristan Ventle, Grenola, and Treva Ventle, Huffman; his parents, Billie and Bonnie Ventle, and four brothers, Billie Ventle, Eldon Ventle, Gary Ventle and Jim Ventle, all of Atlanta; and a sister, Diana Moore, Middletown, Ind.

Jack Ventle
BURDEN - Services for Jack D. Ventle were held at 2 p.m. March 4, 1997, in Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel in Burden. Larry Womacks officiated. Burial was in Atlanta Cemetery.
Barbara Shively was organist, and Lyman Wheeler sang "Hymn of Promise" and "Wind Beneath My Wings."
Casket bearers were Sammy Rosen, Royce DeVaughan, Darren Grow, Craig Morgan, Vernon Krug and Darryl Littrell.

Ray Turnbull
Ray E. Turnbull, 82, of Wilmot, died Feb. 23, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield.
A memorial has been established with St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Contributions can be made through the funeral service.
Turnbull was born March 2, 1914, in Colorado, to Edmond and Anna (Holcher) Turnbull. He was raised and educated in Colorado until the family moved to Texas when he was 14. He completed his education in Texas schools and was employed as a truck driver, meatpacking plant employee and heavy equipment operator.
In 1942 the family moved to the Winfield area where he was employed as a heavy equipment operator. He also farmed and ranched in the Cowley County area for many years.
On Dec. 30, 1950, Turnbull married Kathryn Tharp in Augusta. They had resided in Wilmot for 27 years. He operated Ray's Recreation in Atlanta, and they later owned and operated Ray's Cafe at that location.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Turnbull, Wilmot.

Maude Shields
Maude S. Shields, 79, of 212 E. Fifth in Winfield, died Feb. 28, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery east of Atlanta. 
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 p.m. Monday and before services Tuesday.
Memorials have been established with the American Diabetes Association and the Kidney Foundation. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Shields was born Aug. 31, 1917, near Kingfisher, Okla., a daughter of John and Jennie (Griffith) Stewart. The family moved to the Latham area and later to the Timber Creek community east of Atlanta where she was educated.
On April 14, 1937, she married Carl R. Shields at the Timber Creek Church parsonage. They lived and worked on their farm in the Timber Creek community for over 25 years. In 1963 they moved to Winfield. He died Feb. 7, 1977.
Shields was a member of the Atlanta Christian Church and formerly affiliated with the CDO Club of Atlanta.
Survivors include three daughters, Esther Neubecker and Carol Lee Shields, both of Winfield, and Carlene Raynell Foust, Tulsa, Okla; a brother, Henry Stewart, Wichita; seven grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.

Robert Melugin
Robert Dow Melugin, 83, retired farmer, formerly of Maple City, died Feb. 28, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Burial will be in Maple City Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight and until service time Tuesday.
A memorial has been established with Grouse Valley Manor in Dexter. Contributions can be made directly to the manor or through the funeral service.
Melugin was born Nov. 3, 1913, in Tuttle, Okla., a son of Samuel Newton and Sarah Ellen (Watson) Melugin. When Robert was six, the family moved to Perry, Okla., and he was educated in Orlando, Okla., schools.
Melugin began employment as a young man with Conoco Cokeout in Ponca City, Okla. 
On Jan. 1, 1935, he married Vivian Maxine Lovell in Noble County, Okla. They lived on a farm near Kildare, Okla., until 1947 when they purchased a farm near Maple City. He lived and worked there for 41 years.
Melugin was a member of the Maple City Community Church.
Since February 1988 he had lived at Grouse Valley Manor in Dexter. His wife died June 8, 1994.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Melugin, El Dorado, the Rev. Ray Melugin, Grove, Okla., and the Rev. Leon Melugin, Houston, Mo.; two daughters, Marie Tackett, Winfield, and Lorene Anderson, Moran; a sister, Lottie Lovell, Gravett, Ark.; 20 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Roger Gray
Services for Roger Leslie Gray were held at 10:30 a.m. March 3, 1997, in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. The Rev. David Jennings officiated. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery at Arkansas City.
Special recorded music was "My Way" and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Elvis Presley, "Lady" by Styx and "Unanswered Prayers" by Garth Brooks.
Casket bearers were Bub Coons, Russell Higgins, Jerry Leer, Wade Smith, Mark Walker and Josh Young.
A memorial has been established with the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council.

Evelyn Reuther
Services for Evelyn Grace Reuther were held at 2 p.m. March 3, 1997, in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Revs. Charles Middleworth and Stanley Morrison officiated. Burial was in Akron Cemetery.
Special vocal music selections were "Amazing Grace," "Beyond the Sunset," "A Tender Heart" and "Speak to My Soul."
Casket bearers were Geoffrey Borden, Aaron Cole, Albert and Walter Crane, Brandon, John and Steven McBride and Trevis Reuther.
A memorial has been established with the National Stroke Association.

Clara Gelvin
Clara B. Gelvin, 86, of 1201 Menor, No. 603, Winfield, the last original resident of Walnut Towers, died March 3, 1997, at her home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Union Cemetery. The Rev. Fred Houston will officiate. 
Friends may call at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home until 8 tonight.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.
Gelvin was born June 28, 1910, in Hackney, to Harry J. and Orphia Mary (Copley) Taton. The family moved to Winfield in 1912. Clara Gelvin's mother died when she was six, and she was raised by Austin and Mollie Davis. She was educated in 
Winfield schools.
She was employed at William Newton Memorial Hospital in the dietary department. In 1941 she started working for Winfield Laundry and Dry Cleaners as a presser and retired from there in 1972.
On July 21, 1948, she married Ray C. Gelvin in Eureka Springs, Ark. They lived in Monett, Mo., from 1950 to 1952, returned to Winfield, then lived to California from 1953 to 1955 when they returned to Winfield once again. He died in August 1960.
The last of the original residents of Walnut Towers, she moved there in February 1978.
Survivors include a sister, Bessie Waldrope, Wellington.

Frankie Allen
ARKANSAS CITY - Frankie Mae Allen, 60, of Arkansas City, died March 3, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. James AME Church. The Rev. Marguerite K. Tinney will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with St. James AME Church. Contributions can be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Allen was born June 2, 1936, in Guthrie, Okla., to Frank and Katherine (Harding) Robinson. She was raised in Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1953. She graduated from Cowley County Community College in 1955.
On Aug. 19, 1955, she married W.L. "Buddy" Allen in Arkansas City where they had resided throughout their marriage. 
Allen was a cook for Friendship Meals.
A member of St. James AME Church, she was also a member of Meridian Chapter 19 Order of Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary and Kansas Association of Colored Women's Club. She was a past board member of the Salvation Army in Arkansas City and had served on the Arkansas City Planning Commission.
Survivors include her husband, Buddy Allen, Arkansas City; a son, Christopher Allen, Winfield; two daughters, Avis Smith and Leslyn Allen-Gunter, both of Arkansas City; her foster mother, Christine Hare, Wichita; and three grandchildren.

James Dobbs
James R. Dobbs, 69, of 2020 E. 12th in Winfield, died March 4, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Miles Funeral Service will announce arrangements.

Gladys Coble
HOWARD - Gladys Hope Coble, 98, longtime resident of Howard, died March 4, 1997, at Howard Twilight Manor.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Cooper will officiate. Burial will be in Moline Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with Howard Twilight Manor and the Howard United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Coble was born Sept. 24, 1898, near Moline, to Silas Victor and Lillie May (Hebb) Jones. She attended Star rural school and graduated from Moline High School. 
In 1917 she received her normal training certificate and taught school in Elk and Chautauqua counties for seven years.
On June 12, 1924, she married Harold N. Coble in Winfield, and they lived on a ranch southwest of Howard for over 50 years. In 1975 they retired and moved to Howard. He died Jan. 11, 1986.
Coble was a member of the Howard United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She also was a member of the extension units at Union Center and Mound Branch for many years and served as clerk of the Chaplin School Board in Elk County for 20 years.
Survivors include two sons, Gene Coble and Alton Coble, both of Howard; two sisters, Mabel Call, Cimarron, and Phyllis Divine, Howard; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Tina Fulcher
ARKANSAS CITY - Tina Louse Fulcher, 35, of Arkansas City, died March 3, 1997, at Columbia Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. The Revs. Elza Haynes and James Watson will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the Church of God in Christ. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Fulcher was born Jan. 25, 1962, in Ponca City, Okla., a daughter of William and Bessie (Jordan) Haynes. She was raised and educated in Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Arkansas City. In 1980 she graduated from Arkansas City High School, and she later attended Cowley County Community College and Bryan Institute in Wichita. 
In Wichita she married James A. Fulcher, and they made their home in Arkansas City. 
Fulcher worked for Dr. Aucar and Dr. Morton and at the Snyder Clinic in Winfield, Reedy Ford and Stephen Chevrolet. At the time of her death, she was employed as a meat cutter at Prairieland Processors Meat Packing Plant in Arkansas City.
Fulcher was a member of the Church of God in Christ of Arkansas City.
Survivors include her husband, James Fulcher, Arkansas City; her parents, William Haynes, Oklahoma City, and Bessie Jones, Arkansas City; two brothers, Douglas E. Haynes and Travis Haynes, both of Arkansas City; two sisters, Dana Haynes, Topeka, and Gwen Bradley, Detroit, Mich.; and her grandmothers, Olene Haynes, Ponca City, Okla., and Elzeler Jordan, Newkirk, Okla.

Robert Melugin
Services for Robert Dow Melugin, 83, who died Feb. 28, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. March 4 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. Burial was in Maple City Cemetery.
The Revs. Leon Melugin, Ray Melugin and K.B. Murray officiated.
Music included "Wish You Were Here," sung by Mark Gray, and "Go Rest High on That Mountain," by Vince Gill. The Rev. Norman and Diane Reeves also sang.
Casket bearers were Scott Anderson, Darren, K.B., Kirby, Monty, Phil, Ricky and Shane Melugin, and Chris, Gene and Steve Tackett.
A memorial has been established with Grouse Valley Manor in Dexter.

Maude Shields
Services for Maude S. Shields, 79, who died Feb. 28, 1997, were held at 10:30 a.m. March 4 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Leonard Fennewald officiated. Burial was in Mount Vernon Cemetery.
Irma Scholfield was the organist. Eugene Shields sang "The Old Rugged Cross," "One Day at a Time" and "In the Garden."
Honorary casket bearers were Kenneth Jamison and Ed Whiteman.
Casket bearers were Mrs. Shields' grandsons, Randy and Tony Foust, Mike Furrey, Colbert McLaughlin and Craig and Scott Neubecker.
Memorials have been established with the American Diabetes Association and the American Kidney Foundation.

George Pettijohn
CLAREMORE, Okla. - George Andrew Pettijohn Sr., 79, retired elevator construction worker, of Claremore, died March 3, 1997, in Claremore.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Claremore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore.
Pettijohn was born March 18, 1917, in Cassoday, to Murel and Weltha (French) Pettijohn.
On Dec. 31, 1939, he married Fairy Gladys Langloy in Newkirk, Okla. She died in 1995.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.
Pettijohn worked in elevator construction and was a member of the International Union of Elevator Construction, Local 18, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include a son, George Andrew Pettijohn Jr., Carlsbad, Calif.; a daughter, Betty JoAnn Taylor, Waco, Texas; his stepmother, Cecil Pettijohn, Plainville; three half-brothers, Darrel Pettijohn, Stafford, Richard Pettijohn, Langley, Okla., and Jim Pettijohn, Great Bend; a half-sister, Erma Carmichael, Plainville; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Clara Gelvin
Services for Clara B. Gelvin, 86, who died March 3, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. March 5 in Union Cemetery. The Rev. Fred Houston officiated. 
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

L.B. Smith
WEBB CITY, Okla. - L.B. "Smitty" Smith, 72, of Webb City, retired owner of B & S Well Service in Winfield, died March 4, 1997, in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Ponca City, Okla.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Highland Cemetery at Winfield. The Rev. Charles Richey will officiate. Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax, Okla., is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with Home Health Care, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, 120 Patton Dr., Ponca City, OK 74601.
Smith was born March 8, 1924, in Star, Texas, a son of Linson Herbert and Emma Kate (Thompson) Smith. 
Smith lived in Texas until the early 1950s when he moved to Kansas and Oklahoma to work in the oil fields. He owned and operated B & S Well Service in Winfield before his retirement in 1984.
On Dec. 5, 1959, he married Juanita "Wanda" Watson. She died in July 1985.
On May 3, 1986, he married Laura Kerr and moved to Webb City.
Smith was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Smith, Webb City; a son, Dale Smith, Winfield; two daughters, Shirley Schmidt, Newton, and Sandra Meister, Holton; six stepsons, Vernon Willingham, Potosi, Texas, William Canaday, Fort Smith, Ark., James Kerr and Scott Kerr, both of Webb City, Ron Kerr, Tyrone, Okla., and Bill Kerr, Shidler, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Gerry Garner, Midlothian, Texas, and Louella Slatten, Lefors, Texas; two brothers, Bobby Ray Smith, Towanda, and Zane Smith, Barstow, Calif.; a sister, Margie Clay, Humboldt; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. 

Ramona Martin
Ramona Martin, 77, retired cook, of 2116 Central in Winfield, died March 6, 1997, in William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Highland Cemetery. Keith Cross will officiate. Swisher-Taylor & Morris is in charge of arrangements.
Martin was born May 21, 1919, in Cowley County, a daughter of Kyle and Maria (Hazelwood) Huff. She had lived in Winfield since 1926.
On Jan 28, 1948, she married Ernest Martin Jr. in Bartlesville, Okla. He died Dec. 11, 1990.
Martin worked as a cook at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center, Winfield High School and Friendship Meals.
She was a member of the Winfield Church of Christ and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Survivors include a brother, Elvin Huff, Winfield; and three sisters-in-law, Earlene Scott, Winfield, Ilene Bishop, Atlanta, and Eloween Junkens, Blackwell, Okla.

James Dobbs
James Ross Dobbs, 69, of 2020 E. 12th in Winfield, died March 4, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Winfield. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
Memorials have been established with the American Lung Association and H.L. Snyder Memorial Research Foundation. Contributions can be made at the church or funeral home.
Dobbs was born Oct. 8, 1927, in Winfield and was raised by his mother, Jessie Davenport Criger. 
He graduated from Winfield High School, attended Southwestern College and in 1953 received a degree in business administration from Wichita State University. He later completed requirements to be a certified public accountant.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the South Pacific Theatre with the U.S. Navy in a special forces section. 
On July 30, 1950, he married Dorothy L. Stephenson in Winfield. They had resided in Winfield during most of their marriage.
Dobbs began his affiliation with Edward B. Stephenson & Co. in Winfield in 1954 and served as a managing partner for 34 years. He retired from active business involvement in 1988.
Dobbs was a member of First United Methodist Church and had been an active supporter and participant in Winfield community affairs. A past commander of American Legion Post 10, where he had served as Kansas state membership chairman, he was also affiliated with Spencer Yarbrough Post 3544 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge.
A member of the Kansas and Cowley County Certified Public Accountants associations, he formerly served as a member of the Kansas State Board of Accountancy.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Dobbs, Winfield; two daughters, Stephanie Moore, Emporia, and Jami Axe, Fort Worth, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Ray Turnbull
Services for Ray E. Turnbull, 82, who died Feb. 23, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. March 6 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Phyllis Provost officiated. 
A private burial will take place later.
Special vocal music selections included "Whispering Hope," "Amazing Grace" and "San Antonio Rose," performed by Steve Manley and Ruth Ryel.
Honorary casket bearers were Gordon Hare, Bart Haworth, Charles Manley, Bob and Jack Martine and Wes Rhodman.
A memorial has been established with St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Carole Barnhart
Carole J. Barnhart, 61, of Winfield, died March 6, 1997, at Walnut Hill Nursing Center.
Miles Funeral Service will announce arrangements.

Vera Arnold
Vera Arnold, 87, formerly of 1802 Hackney in Winfield, died March 6, 1997, at Winfield Rest Haven.
Miles Funeral Service will announce arrangements.

Marion Bromlow
Marion B. Bromlow, 82, of Walnut Hill Nursing Center in Winfield, died March 5, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Midway Assembly of God Church in Fairview, Okla. Pastor Roderick A. Hathaway will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery at Fairview.
Friends may call at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home until 9 tonight.
A memorial has been established with Midway Assembly of God Church. 
Bromlow was born March 6, 1914, in McMillan, Okla., a son of James Emanuel Bromlow II and Margaret "Maggie" (O'Connor) Bromlow.
In February 1935 he married Pansy Juanita Brownell in Major County, Okla.
After her death, he married Pernie (Foltz) Clinkenbeard of Fairview. They moved to Guymon, Okla., where he owned a wholesale dairy route. The marriage later ended.
Bromlow married Lelia Mae Wallis of Guymon. In 1959 they moved from Guymon to Edmond, Okla., where he worked as a route salesman for Pepsi Bottling Co.
Survivors include a son, Donald Bromlow, Winfield; five daughters, Betty Zimmerle, Lawndale, Calif., Barbara Feeney, Hawthorne, Calif., Shirley Carle, Winfield, Dixie McClung, Oklahoma City, and Cynthia Cruz, Moore, Okla.; a stepson, Benny Wallis, Atlanta, Ga.; four stepdaughters, Karen Norvall, Atlanta, Ga., Bonnie McCrarey, Monroe, Okla., Patsy Womack, Valencia, Calif., and Darlene Ellis, Westminster, Calif.; a brother, Jack Bromlow, Gage, Okla.; a sister, Jewell Woods, Alvin, Texas; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


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