Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1997

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Harold Morrissey
ARKANSAS CITY - Harold Robert Morrissey, 86, of Arkansas City, died March 14, 1997, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Riverview Cemetery.
Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Morrissey was born June 10, 1910, in Sisterville, W.Va., and was raised and educated in Arkansas City.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He was a military policeman stationed as a guard in the Japanese prisoner of war camps in Arizona. He was also stationed in California.
On Jan. 20, 1938, he married Bernice Strode in Winfield. They lived in Arkansas City throughout their marriage.
For many years he worked as an electrical tester for the General Electric Aircraft Engine Maintenance Department at Strother Field. He retired in 1974.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Brooks, and two grandchildren, Amy Tebow and Bryan Atkins, all of Arkansas City.

Ruth Stinnett
Services for Ruth T. Stinnett, 81, who died March 12, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. March 15, in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Steven Souther officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Keith Anglemyer was the organist. The congregation sang "I Danced in the Morning" and "Victory in Jesus."
Casket bearers were Jim Banks, Tom Bossi, David Henry, Jeff Higdon and Aaron and Eric Stinnett.
Memorials have been established with the First Presbyterian Church and the American Cancer Society.

James Enlow
CEDAR VALE - A memorial service for James Donald Enlow was held at 2 p.m. March 14, 1997, in Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel in Cedar Vale. The Rev. Tom Sheldon officiated. Burial was in Cedar Vale Cemetery. 
Cindy Call was the organist, and Lyman Wheeler sang "How Great Thou Art." The other vocal selection was Vince Gill's "Go Rest High on That Mountain." 
A memorial has been established with People's Place.

Nellie Shorter
Nellie J. Shorter, 83, homemaker, of 1610 Ann in Winfield, died March 15, 1997, at Winfield Rest Haven.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and until service time Wednesday.
Memorials have been established with the Church of Christ and Winfield Rest Haven. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Shorter was born June 22, 1913, east of Winfield, to Joe and Maysie (Williams) Hanna. Raised in the Eaton community east of Winfield, she received her early education in the Eaton school and graduated from Winfield High School in 1931.
On March 20, 1932, she married Chester Harold Shorter in Winfield. They lived and worked throughout their 48 years of marriage on farms in the Dexter community. He died June 27, 1980.
Shorter moved to Winfield in September 1980 and had resided at Winfield Rest Haven since Jan. 31.
She had been a member of the Church of Christ in Winfield since 1928.
Survivors include a son, Junior Shorter, and a daughter, Linda Keasling, both of Winfield; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Frances Platt
Mary Frances Platt, 73, former co-owner of the Bed & Bath Shop, of 311 E. 15th in Winfield, died March 16, 1997, at her home. 
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Rick Thornton will officiate.
A private inurnment is planned.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Platt was born April 15, 1923, in West Blockton, Ala., a daughter of Joseph and Allie (Denison) Lampis. She was raised and educated in Alabama. 
On Dec. 15, 1943, she married W.D. "Bill" Platt in Nashville, Tenn. He died March 10, 1968.
In 1949 the family moved to Winfield from Salina. The former co-owner of the Bed & Bath Shop, Platt was a member of First United Methodist Church and had been a member of Chapter CU of PEO.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Sue Boecker, Agoura, Calif., and Sandra Ellis, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; a sister, Jean Whatley, Monroeville, Ala; and two grandchildren.

Lawrence Horton
Lawrence C. Horton, 85, of 1330 Wheat Rd. in Winfield, died March 16, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Rev. Warren Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Floral Cemetery northeast of Winfield.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
Horton was born Sept. 2, 1911, at Wilmot, a son of Solomon and Margaret Ethel (Cockran) Horton. On Nov. 5, 1938, he married Thelma Lucille Parsons in Newkirk, Okla. 
A former sales representative for automobile dealerships, Horton retired from the city of Newport Beach, Calif., in 1973. The Hortons then returned to Winfield.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church and Lodge 110 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, both of Winfield.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Lucille Horton, Good Samaritan Village in Winfield; a son, Donald K. Horton, Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Anita Bradbury, Winfield; a brother, Donald K. Horton, Phoenix; two sisters, Margaret Thomas, Sedan, and Frances Ruth Reese, Topeka; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Berniece Meyer
WICHITA - Berniece R. Meyer, 85, retired elementary school teacher, of Wichita, died March 16, 1997, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Seltzer Springs Cemetery, east of Wichita. Downing-Lahey Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association, 2100 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214.
Meyer was born June 26, 1911, in Wichita, to George Foster and Della Zena (Buxton) Roach. Her first husband, Earl James Reeves Sr., died in 1962. She later married Martin Meyer, who also preceded her in death.
For 37 years Meyer taught in Wichita elementary schools.
Survivors include two stepsons, Earl James Reeves Jr., Japan, and Robert Reeves, Jonesboro, Ark.; two stepdaughters, Carol Bradshaw, Winfield, and Linda Easley, Waseola, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mabel Bohannan
CEDAR VALE - Mabel Izetta Bohannan, 97, of Cedar Vale, died March 16, 1997, in Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cedar Vale First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery. Wheeler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the Cedar Vale Community Hospital Activities Fund. 
Bohannan was born Nov. 22, 1899, in Cedar Vale, a daughter of Irvin and Lillie Mabel (Orin) Lister. She graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1919 and married Newton Franklin Bohannan on July 9, 1919, in Sedan. He died Feb. 24, 1960.
A homemaker, Bohannan was a member of the Cedar Vale First Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include three sons, Rollin Bohannan, Cedar Vale, Cecil Bohannan, Topeka, and Bill Bohannan, Bolivar, Mo.; two daughters, Mable Bohannan, Cedar Vale, and Betty Boss, Osage City; two brothers, Clarence Lister and Loren Lister, both of Howard; 22 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and 39 great-great-grandchildren.

Mabel Bohannan
CEDAR VALE - Services for Mabel Izetta (Lister) Bohannan, 97, who died March 16, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. March 19 in the Cedar Vale First Baptist Church. Dr. Stanley Upchurch officiated. Burial was in Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Evelyn Upchurch was the pianist, and Mark Johnson sang "Till We Meet." 
Honorary casket bearers were Larry Boss and Jimmy and Keith Bohannan. 
Casket bearers were David, Bruce and Loel Bohannan, Tim Basler, Mike Slaughter and Chet Boss.
A memorial has been established with the Cedar Vale Community Hospital Activities Fund.
Wheeler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Geraldine Rawls
GRANBURY, Texas - Geraldine S. "Gerry" Rawls, 75, homemaker, of Granbury, formerly of Burden, died March 5, 1997, at her home.
Services were held at 2 p.m. March 7 in the First United Methodist Church of Granbury. Burial was in Granbury Cemetery.
Rawls was born Sept. 14, 1921, in Burden, a daughter of Ward and Gladys Shannon.
A resident of Granbury since 1950, Rawls was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Granbury and a past president of the Opera Guild and the American Osteopathic Association Auxiliary. 
Her husband, Dr. Robert A. Rawls, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Shannon Rawls, Granbury; a brother, Steve Shannon, Little River, S.C.; and a sister, Evelyn Weidner, Sarasota, Fla.

Marion Elam
WICHITA - Marion Francis Elam, 64, of Wichita, died March 14, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. March 17 in Broadway Mortuary Chapel. Dr. Jim Morford officiated. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Missouri, 1900 W. 47th Place, Suite 107, Westwood, KS 66205.
Elam was born Jan. 7, 1933, in Wichita, to Stanley and Nora Blanche (Pierce) Elam. He was a compositor for the Wichita Eagle for 43 years and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Elam, Wichita; two sons, Rick K. Elam, Winfield, and Richard L. Elam, Wichita, and three grandchildren.

Jennie Sewell
ARKANSAS CITY - Jennie Hazel Sewell, 99, of Arkansas City, died March 19, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. The Rev. Blake Orr will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the Central Christian Church Choir Fund. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. 
Sewell was born Feb. 14, 1898, in Erie, a daughter of Hugh King and Isabelle (Isenhour) Lusk. She was raised and educated in South Haven and graduated from South Haven High School in 1915. 
She worked as a secretary for Santa Fe Railway and the local telephone company.
On Dec. 31, 1922, she married Coy U. Sewell in Arkansas City. They lived in Arkansas City throughout their marriage. He died Sept. 21, 1964. 
Sewell was a member of the Central Christian Church, where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years; Ruth Circle; 20th Century Sunday School class and Christian Women's Club. She was also a member of the World War I Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Plummer, Winfield, and three grandchildren.

Nellie Shorter
Services for Nellie J. Shorter were held at 11 a.m. March 19, 1997, in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. Charles Ivie officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Special vocal music was "Where the Roses Never Fade" and "Precious Memories."
Honorary casket bearers were Charles Harmon, Bill June, Berwin King, Carroll Sandborn, Warren Sickles and Jesse Sympson.
Casket bearers were Dennis and Jeffrey Burkett, David Keasling, Gary Rhodes, Clinton Shorter and Kevin Smith.
Memorials have been established with the Church of Christ and Winfield Rest Haven.

Walter Kampschroeder
ARKANSAS CITY - Walter L. Kampschroeder, 84, of 1711 N. Fourth in Arkansas City, died March 19, 1997, at Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and until service time Saturday.
A memorial has been established with Presbyterian Manor. Contributions can be made at the manor or funeral home.
Kampschroeder was born Jan. 22, 1913, near Braman, Okla., to Henry and Anna (Janke) Kampschroeder. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Winfield where he was raised and educated. The family returned to Braman in the 1930s.
A veteran of World War II, he served as an infantryman with the U.S. Army 90th Division during the invasion of Europe. Following capture by enemy forces, he was confined to a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany for nearly a year.
Kampschroeder then returned to the family farm near Braman and lived and farmed in the Braman and Newkirk areas for many years.
On Aug. 16, 1982, he married Laura Wallace Bence in Miami, Okla. 
He had resided at Presbyterian Manor since February 1996.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Arkansas City.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Kampschroeder, Arkansas City; a brother, Henry Kampschroeder, Cambridge; and a sister, Louise Womacks, Atlanta.

Mollie Watson
CEDAR VALE - Mollie Terrell Watson, 89, of Cedar Vale Nursing Center, died March 19, 1997, at Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenlawn Cemetery at Grenola. Wheeler Funeral Home of Cedar Vale is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with Cedar Vale Nursing Center. 
Watson was born July 20, 1907, in Grenola, a daughter of Joseph and Delilah (Burnsworth) Terrell. 
She was a homemaker and had worked as a salesperson for Montgomery Ward.
Watson moved into Darrah Boarding Home in Winfield in 1978 and later moved to Grouse Valley Manor in Dexter and then to the Cedar Vale Nursing Center. 
Survivors include nieces and nephews.

Robert Bickford
ARKANSAS CITY - Robert Norman Bickford, 65, of Arkansas City, former Winfield State Hospital and Training Center employee, died March 20, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Guy Rendoff will officiate.
Friends may call at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
Memorials have been established with First United Methodist Troop 328 of the Boy Scouts of America and the American Heart Association. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Bickford was born March 17, 1932, in Oswego, to Nathan Rickard and Naomi Elizabeth (Wood) Bickford. He was raised in Arkansas and Wichita. After graduating from Wichita North High School in 1950, he served with the U.S. Navy.
Bickford then attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received a bachelor's degree in business administration.
On Dec. 28, 1952, he married Avis Ann Johnson in Wichita. They lived in Fayetteville, Ark., before moving to El Dorado and Hutchinson and then to Arkansas City in 1961.
Bickford worked in management at Rodeo Meats until the company closed. He then worked at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center in the shipping and receiving department until retiring in 1996.
Bickford was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Rodeo Key Club and helped lead Boy Scout Troop 328.
Survivors include his wife, Avis Bickford, Arkansas City; three sons, Robert Scott Bickford and Richard Kent Bickford, both of Arkansas City, and Randall Drew Bickford, Chicago; a daughter, Sharon Sue Bickford, Austin, Texas; three brothers, Donald Bickford, Owatonna, Minn., Charles Bickford, Fayetteville, Ark., and Malcolm Bickford, Denver.; and two sisters, Virginia Lauderdale, Springdale, Ark., and Rosemary Lowry, Newton.

Oma Fair
ARKANSAS CITY - Oma E. Fair, 87, of Arkansas City, former co-owner and operator of Clark City Service Station, died March 20, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus, Wichita.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawks Funeral Home. The Rev. James Standerfer will officiate. Burial will be in Newkirk Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 tonight and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
A memorial has been established with Trinity Baptist Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Fair was born Aug. 30, 1909, in Japton, Ark., a daughter of Thomas and Mae (Parsley) Watkins. 
On Dec. 27, 1924, she married William Elvin Clark in Japton. They moved to Kansas in 1925 and to Arkansas City in 1944. He died Aug. 11, 1951.
On Aug. 12, 1954, she married William Clark Fair in Ponca City, Okla. He died Aug. 18, 1975.
Fair was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Survivors include four sons, Gerald Clark, Arkansas City, Richard Clark, Davenport, Iowa, Jesse Clark, Solgohachia, Ark., and Harvey Clark, Sacramento, Calif.; three daughters, Geniece Gaston, Imogene Brister and Dorothy Upton, all of Arkansas City; three brothers, Kermit Watkins, Fayetteville, Ark., Carl Watkins, Huntsville, Ark., and Raymond Watkins, Combs, Ark.; two sisters, Stella Lewis, Fullerton, Calif., and Rema Manley, Huntsville, Ark.; 29 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 

Clifford Smith
ARKANSAS CITY - Clifford B. Smith, 81, formerly of 2224 W. Ninth in Winfield, died March 21, 1997, at Sterling House care center in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel of Winfield. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. until service time Monday.
Smith was born Aug. 29, 1915, in South Haven, a son of Clifford Nelson and Lois (Weedman) Smith. 
On July 21, 1940, he married Lillie Lee Starks in Wellington. She died March 14, 1979. 
Smith later married Mary Cowell. 
A Winfield resident since 1963, he retired from the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center power plant maintenance department in 1980.
Smith was a member and deacon of the Evangelical Free Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Smith, Augusta Medical Complex; two sons, Richard Smith, Arkansas City, and James Nelson Smith, Guthrie, Okla.; two daughters, Barbara Lee Morris, Ponca City, Okla., and Jeanette Kay Lewis, Griffin, Ga.; a sister, Bernadine Whitlen, Fort Worth, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


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