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Vida Lee Gray
Vida Lee Gray , 90, formerly of 910 E. Third in Winfield, died May 9, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday 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. Monday.
A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Gray was born March 4, 1907, in Newalla, Okla., a daughter of Abe and Bessie (Bacon) Whitecotton. She was raised and educated in the Newalla area.
On Jan. 26, 1928, she married Raymond Barnett in Shawnee, Okla. Winfield residents throughout their marriage, they owned Barnett Battery and Electric Co. for many years. She also worked at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. He died in 1962.
On June 30, 1963, she married Raymond Gray. They, too, lived in Winfield. He died in August 1968. 
Since May 1995 she had resided at Good Samaritan Village.
Survivors include her nephew, John Bley, Ponca City, Okla.; two nieces, Mary Hittle, Winfield, and Margaret Burkhart, Edmond, Okla.; and a special friend, Charles Cromley, Winfield.

David Martin
DEXTER - Services for David Lynn Martin, 37, who died May 5, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. May 9 in the Dexter Christian Church. The Rev. Norman Reeves officiated. Burial was in Dexter Cemetery.
Nancy Fanning was the organist. Special music selections were "Pass It On," sung by Norman and Diana Reeves; "Feel the Nails," sung by David Smith, and "Butterfly Kisses."
Casket bearers were Jim Fanning, Scott Gurney, Mike Marker, Jim and Norman Reeves and David Smith.
Memorials have been established with the Hemachromatosis Foundation and the Dexter Christian Church.
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Stephanie Fields
ARKANSAS CITY - Services for Stephanie R. Fields, 26, who died May 9, 1997, were held at 3 p.m. May 11 in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The eulogy was given by Stan Fields and Michael Breeden.
Hawks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Fields was born Sept. 30, 1970, in Arlington, Texas, a daughter of Stan and Monita (Larson) Fields. The family moved to Arkansas City when she was five years old. She attended elementary school in Winfield and Hillcrest Academy before graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1986. She was listed in "Who's Who Among American High School Students."
Fields later graduated from Cowley County Community College and was listed in the "Who's Who" of college students.
Fields had been employed by Cowley County Developmental Services.
Survivors include her parents, Stan and Monita Fields, and a sister, Jamie Fields, all of Arkansas City, and her grandparents, Russ and Opal Larson, Winfield.

Lloyd Satterthwaite
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - Lloyd H. Satterthwaite, 63, of Mission Viejo, formerly of Udall, died May 2, 1997, at his home.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Udall United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Ninnescah Cemetery at Udall. Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the Udall Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 505, Udall, KS 67146.
Satterthwaite was born June 23, 1933, in Udall, to Marshall E. and Mildred I. (Chenoweth) Satterthwaite. He attended Udall High School and later graduated from Southwestern College.
His wife, Joan Satterthwaite, died Jan. 2, 1997.
Satterthwaite retired from Hughes Aerospace Co. after 25 years of service.
Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Deck, Foothill Ranch, Calif., and Satterthwaite, address not given; two brothers, Fred Satterthwaite, Udall, and Don Satterthwaite, Mulvane; and a granddaughter.

Lloyd Satterthwaite
UDALL - Services for H. Lloyd Satterthwaite, 63, who died May 2, 1997, were held at 10:30 a.m. May 13 in the Udall United Methodist Church. The Rev. Andrew Stover officiated. Burial was in Ninnescah Cemetery. 
Cora Mettling was the organist. Sheena Godwin sang "Walk Hand in Hand with Me," "Amazing Grace" and "In This Very Room."
Honorary casket bearer was Bob Buckingham.
Casket bearers were Bruce and Paul Satterthwaite, Lee Miller, Scott Reiter, John Buckingham and Keith Grant.
A memorial has been established with the Udall Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 505, Udall, KS 67146.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Hattie Shiever
Services for Hattie H. Shiever, 83, who died May 6, 1997, were held at 10 a.m. May 10 in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Revs. Rick Hathaway and Myron Maltz officiated.
Burial was at 2 p.m. Saturday in Morrison Cemetery, Morrison, Okla.
Judy Stigge was the organist. The congregation sang "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less," "Whispering Hope," "Nearer, My God, to Thee" and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."
Honorary casket bearers were Stephen, Randy and Vance Shiever, Ray E. Widiger, Wesley Werth and Larry Koger.
Memorials have been established with the Lutheran Hour and the Lutheran Seminary Fund.

Teddy Banister
OSAGE CITY - Teddy Hughell Banister, 65, of Osage City, died May 8, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St Francis Campus in Wichita.
Services were held at 2 p.m. May 12 in the Douglass Church of Christ. Keith Sheperd and Keith Cross officiated. Burial was in Douglass Cemetery. Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the Douglass Church of Christ.
Banister was born June 24, 1931, in Arkansas City, a son of Frank and Sylvia (Vandever) Banister.
Banister was a self-employed home builder and a former employee of Cessna. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of the Douglass Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Patty J. Banister, Osage City; a son, Michael Banister, and a daughter, Pamela Rush, both of Douglass; his mother, Sylvia Price, Arkansas City; five brothers, Jay Banister, Arkansas City, Bill Banister, Newkirk, Okla., Kenny Banister, Calhan, Colo., Tommie Banister, Gainesville, Fla., and Jimmy Banister, Kansas City, Mo.; three sisters, Mary Falkenberg, Arkansas City, Jeannie Sanborn, Winfield, and Rita Endruh, Newkirk, Okla.; and seven grandchildren.

Wayne Sallee
LOVELAND, Colo. - Wayne Sallee, 60, of Loveland, formerly of Winfield and Moline, died May 12, 1997, at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Sallee, Loveland; two brothers, Dale Sallee, Winfield, and George Sallee, Moline; and a sister-in-law, Glorine Kittelson, Winfield.
Service arrangements will be announced.

Ramona Amezcua
Ramona Amezcua, 87, of 303 Loomis in Winfield, died May 14, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus in Wichita.
A Rosary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in Holy Name Catholic Church. The Rev. Mike Nolan will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions to any charity.
Amezcua was born July 31, 1909, in Mexico, a daughter of Feliciano and Refucia Gutierrez. She married Jose Amezcua in Winfield. He died Aug. 24, 1990.
Amezcua had worked for Seymour Foods.
A member of Holy Name Catholic Church, she had lived in Winfield since 1945. She had previously lived in Udall.
Survivors include three sons, Joe Gutierrez, Ruben Ruiz and John Amezcua, all of Winfield; four daughters, Josephine Carrillo, Winfield, Margarita Trillo and Ramona Torrez, both of Arkansas City, and Pearl Gomez, Leon; 34 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Eva Case
Services for Eva Merle Case, 93, who died May 8, 1997, were held at 10:30 a.m. May 13 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Fred Houston officiated. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery.
Carolyn Eastman was the organist. Eileen Cummings sang "In the Garden" and "One Day at a Time." "Go Rest High on that Mountain" was performed by Vince Gill.
Casket bearers were Steve Bugay, Ken Grant, Larry and Ron Samms, R.V. Wagner and Walt and Wilbur Wolffrum.
A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church in Winfield.

Dwain Gilbreath
UDALL - Dwain Gilbreath, 60, of Udall, died May 13, 1997, at his home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Udall Cemetery. Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service until 9 tonight.
A memorial has been established with the Udall Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service. Contributions can be made through Wheat State Telephone Co. in Udall or the funeral home.
Gilbreath was born June 26, 1936, in Myron, Ark., to Earl and Roxie Gilbreath. Raised and educated in the Myron area, he moved to Udall with his family in 1951.
Gilbreath was employed by L.O. Kennedy Hardware and Lumber Co. in Udall before beginning work with Wheat State Telephone Co. in 1957. He served the company as a lineman for 40 years.
Gilbreath was a member of the Udall Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years.
Survivors include his sons, Kevin Gilbreath and Kregg Gilbreath, a daughter, Gina Hoffman, his mother, Roxie Gilbreath, and a brother, Harold Gilbreath, all of Udall; three sisters, Geneva Kissinger, Derby, Geraldine Morney, Udall, and Marie Berry, Blythesville, Ark.; and four grandchildren.

Sonia May
SALINA - Sonia K. May, 56, of Salina, died May 13, 1997, at her home.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Salina. The Rev. Donald Schroeder will officiate. Burial will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery in Salina. Ryan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials have been established with the Kansas School for the Deaf at Olathe and the ALS Foundation.
May was born Aug. 21, 1940, in Sydney, Neb., a daughter of Merle and Edith Jacobsen.
An instructor of the hearing impaired and deaf for the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education, she was the 1991-92 recipient of the Extra Special Educator of the Year award from CKCE.
A member of the Kansas Educators for the Hearing Impaired, she was also a charter member of the Kansas Parents Association for the Hearing Impaired. 
May was a member and past officer of CED and a member and provider for Kansas Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs.
She was a member of Sunrise Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her husband, Russell E. May, Salina; two sons, Sidney Eells, Hutchinson, and Stewart Eells, Topeka; a daughter, Shellie Esch, Benton; two stepdaughters, Kelly May, Boulder, Colo., and Misti May, El Dorado; her mother, Edith Garber, and a brother, J.D. Garber, both of Newton; three sisters, Beverly Kelsch and Tania Cooper, both of Newton, and Melanie Rosen, Rio Rancho, N.M.; and six grandchildren.

Amanda Dumler
Amanda L. Dumler, 87, of Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, died May 15, 1997.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Rick Hathaway will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dumler was born Dec. 22, 1909, in Milberger, a daughter of Jacob and Pauline (Strecker) Steinert. She received her early education in Russell rural schools and graduated from Russell High School in 1927.
On July 23, 1933, she married Ruben Dumler in Milberger. He died Jan. 1, 1991. 
A Winfield resident since 1946, she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and took part in many St. John's College activities. 
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Reetz, Denver, and Paula Nellis, Jenks, Okla.; a sister, Vera Streck, Galatia; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Horinek
PHILLIPSBURG - Mary Catherine Horinek, 54, of Phillipsburg, died May 9, 1997, at her home.
A Vigil service was held May 12 at Saints Philip and James Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 13, also at the church. The Rev. Kerry Ninemire officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemeteryg.
Steve Schmidt sang "On Eagles' Wings," "Isaiah 49" and "I Am the Bread of Life." The Sweet Adelines sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Honorary casket bearers were Emergency Medical Service employees.
Casket bearers were Don Hayes, Bob Kendall, Doug Hageman, John Hougen, Cliff Kendall, Dave Porter, Jerry Cunningham and Dick Osterhaus.
Memorials have been established with Emergency Medical Services and Sweet Adelines, in care of Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 563, Phillipsburg, KS 67661.
Horinek was born Sept. 24, 1942, in Indianapolis to George and Margaret (Garrison) Wood. She was raised in Chanute and graduated from Chanute High School in 1960. She attended Kansas State University from 1960 to 1963 and graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1997.
Horinek was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing; Pinnacle, a national honor society for adults and non-traditional students; Saints Philip and James Catholic Church; Sweet Adelines and the Velvet Rhapsody Barbershop Quartet.
Survivors include three sons, Scott Christopher Horinek, Phillipsburg, Kirk Andrew Horinek, Wamego, and Patrick Heath, Pittsburg; two brothers, George Wood Jr., Wichita, and Bob Wood, Burlington; a sister, Nancy Roark, Winfield; and three grandchildren.

Ramona Amezcua
A Rosary service for Ramona Amezcua, 87, who died May 14, 1997, was held at 6:30 p.m. May 15, 1997, Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. May 16, 1997, at Holy Name Catholic Church. The Rev. Mike Ryan officiated. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Dorothy Groene was the organist. Bill Chamberland was the song leader. The congregation sang "I Am the Bread of Life" and "Amazing Grace."
Casket bearers were Wade Alexander, Ron Garcia, Filimon Silvia, Faro Montoya, Leonard Trillo and Clay Springer.

Clara Carlene Vongbolikhanh
Clara Carlene Vongbolikhanh, 32, of 801 E. 19th in Winfield, died May 16, 1997, at her home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. The Rev. K.B. Murray will officiate. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery, east of Arkansas City. 
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Memorials have been established for Millington Street Baptist Church and Hospice Inc. Contributions may be made at the church or funeral home.
Vongbolikhanh was born Dec. 14, 1964, at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield, one of two daughters of Norman C. and Nelda (Rowe) Crouse. She was a member of the 1983 graduating class at Winfield High School. 
She was employed locally as a waitress and in private domestic service as a young woman.
On Dec. 3, 1986, she married John Vongbolikhanh at Clovis, N.M., and the couple resided at Clovis briefly before moving to Winfield in 1987.
She had been employed four years with Casco South in Winfield before retirement due to failing health in 1991.
She was a member of Millington Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, John Vongbolikhanh, her parents, Norman and Nelda Crouse, and her sister, Carolyn Bruner, all of Winfield.

Clara Vongbolikhanh
Services for Clara Carlene Vongbolikhanh were held at 10 a.m. May 19, 1997, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. The Rev. K.B. Murray officiated. Burial was in Parker Cemetery in Arkansas City.
Ruth Caskey was the organist. The congregational hymns, "Amazing Grace" and "In the Garden," were performed by Ruth Helsel.
Casket bearers were Steve Crouse, Mickey Hollis, Chan Phennavong, Mike Sengvilay, Roger Sutton and Ken Vannavong.
Memorials have been established with Millington Street Baptist Church and Hospice Inc.

Dwain Gilbreath
Graveside services for Dwain Gilbreath, 60, who died, May 13, 1997, in Udall, were held at 10 a.m. May 6, 1997, in Udall Cemetery. The Rev. Sandy Newman officiated. 
Casket bearers were Leonard Chamberlain, Clyde Hedden, Jerrold Hoffman, Frank Kistler, Roy Kistler, Richard Rutter, Russell Slater and Lynn Umholtz.
A memorial has been established with the Udall Voluntary Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service. 
Miles Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Arnold O. Sonntag
Arnold O. Sonntag, 86, of Route 1, Winfield, retired farmer, died May 16, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. May 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in his name with Trinity Lutheran Church. Contributions can be made at the church or funeral home.
Sonntag was born Aug. 23, 1910, at Meridian, Texas, to Heinrich Alvin and Emma (Seedig) Sonntag. He was raised and educated in the Meridian area.
On Aug. 23, 1935, he married Elfrieda Schade, and they made their first home on a ranch. They later moved to Briscoe, Texas, where they resided until moving north of Winfield in June 1954.
The Sonntags lived and worked on their family farm for over 43 years. He served as custodian for Trinity Lutheran Church for seven years and later was custodian for the Cowley County Courthouse. Following retirement from the county, he maintained the Fairview Township roads for eight years and later worked for the Winfield Sale Barn.
Sonntag was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Elfrieda Sonntag, Winfield; four daughters, Sylvia Ozbun, Winfield, Betty Warlick, Wichita, Lennis Moore, Pittsburg, and Nancy Finley, Oxford; two brothers, Louie Sonntag, Meridian, Texas, and Edwin Sonntag, Seguin, Texas; four sisters, Clara Schmidt and Selma Bargsley, both of Fort Worth, Texas, Freda Jackson, Seguin, Texas, and Pauline Woodruff, Boerne, Texas; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arnold Sonntag
Services for Arnold O. Sonntag were held at 10:30 a.m. May 19, 1997, in Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Roderick Hathaway officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Judy Stigge was the organist. Dawn Flippin sang "Amazing Grace," "The Lord's Prayer" and "How Great Thou Art."
Casket bearers were Aaron M. Finley, John F. Flippen, Darrell R., John V., Mark L., Paul T. and Robert T. Ozbun and Trygve W. Palmer.
A memorial has been established with Trinity Lutheran Church.
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Benjamin Givens
ARKANSAS CITY - Benjamin R. "Ben" Givens, 65, former mayor of Arkansas City, died May 17, 1997, at his home in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with St. James AME Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. 
Givens was born March 25, 1932, in Arkansas City, to Leo V. and Castoria (Higgs) Givens. He attended school through the eighth grade in Arkansas City. In 1951 he graduated from Father Flanigan's High school in Boys Town, Neb. He later graduated from Cowley County Community College. 
Givens was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 1972 after 20 years of service.
On Aug. 18, 1961, he married Taeko Mishima in Japan. 
Givens was a retired police officer with the Arkansas City Police Department.
A member of St. James AME Church, he was past president and lieutenant governor of Kiwanis District 7, past commander and life member of Shelton Beaty Post 13 of the American Legion, and life member of Spencer Ralston Post 1254 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 
He was elected to two terms on the Arkansas City Commission and served two terms as mayor and one term as chairman of the Strother Field Commission. In 1996 he received the Salvation Army's Harry Long Award.
Survivors include his wife, Takeo Givens, Arkansas City; four daughters, Gloria Givens, Los Angeles, Cecilia Francis, Tulsa, Okla., Melba Givens, Junction City, and Lt. Carina Givens, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.; two brothers, Barnell Givens, Kansas City, Mo., and the Rev. Harry A. Givens, Saginaw, Mich.; two sisters, Nancy Theus and Rose Hill, both of Los Angeles; and four grandsons. 

Mildred Taylor
DERBY - Mildred Beryl Taylor, 85, formerly of Howard, died May 17, 1997, at Westview Manor in Derby.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. The Rev. Robin Haines and Lloyd G. Zimmerman will officiate. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the First Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary of Carter-Rader Post 149, both of Howard.
Taylor was born March 30, 1912, in Howard, to Arthur P. and Fannie (McBride) Dickson. She graduated from Howard High School in 1930.
On Sept. 4, 1932, she married Philip Franklin Taylor in Howard. She was employed for several years in the office of Dr. F.L. DePew in Howard. 
In 1942, her husband enlisted in the U.S. Army and she and her daughter moved to Wichita where she worked at Crystal Laboratories, testing crystals for fighter planes.
Taylor was later employed for several years at Lewen's Department Store in Wichita.
She was a charter member of the Woodlawn Baptist Church and served many years as its music director. 
She also took advanced training in music directing in Wichita.
In 1974 Taylor and her husband retired and returned to Howard. In 1978 she organized a choral group, The Choraliers, that included members from each church in the Howard community. They presented cantatas at Christmas and Easter.
In 1989 she and her husband moved to Derby to be near family and medical facilities. He died Aug. 25, 1991.
Taylor was a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary of Carter-Rader Post 149 of Howard. 
A member of the Howard Baptist Church, she served as Sunday school secretary and music committee chairperson for several years. She was also a former chairperson of the Day Circle of American Baptist Women and served as secretary of Howard American Baptist Women.
Survivors include her daughter, Colette Phillips, Derby; a sister, Maxine Stephen, Los Angeles; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Don Schwantes
Don L. Schwantes, 74, of 1810 John in Winfield, died May 18, 1997, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Highland Cemetery. 
Memorials have been established with Hospice Inc. and the Winfield Memorial Forest at Winfield City Lake. Contributions can be made through the First National Bank or Miles Funeral Service.
Schwantes was born Oct. 17, 1922, at Towanda, a son of Robert and Anna Schwantes. The family moved to Winfield where he was raised and educated.
A World War II veteran, he served with Darby's Rangers in the U.S. Army in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was awarded a Purple Heart following injuries received in Italy.
On July 1, 1944, he married Dorothy J. Seglem in Winfield, where they lived throughout their marriage.
Schwantes worked as a mechanic for Drennan Motor Co. and Ross Motor Co. in Winfield for a number of years and began working at General Electric in 1961. In 1984 he retired as a foreman at G.E. 
After being declared legally blind in 1984, he began producing wood projects for the home and garden. One of his creations, a chicken, was recently purchased by Will Rogers Jr., and a copy is on display at the Will Rogers Museum.
After the death of their son, Robbie, in 1974, the Schwanteses started the Memorial Forest at Winfield City Lake in Robbie's memory.
A member of the First Christian Church in Winfield, Schwantes had also been affiliated with the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Schwantes, Winfield; a daughter, Sherry Helms, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Mildred "Tillie" Higdon, Winfield; and two grandchildren.

Amanda Dumler
Services for Amanda L. Dumler, 85, who died May 15, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. May 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Revs. Roderick Hathaway and Duane Reetz officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Diane Glasgow was the organist. The congregation sang "For All the Saints," "Blessed Assurance" and "A Mighty Fortress."
Casket bearers were Don Bromlow, Carl Seeliger, Jack and Marc Nellis, Kenzie Reetz, Dale Hill and Todd Hagaman.
A memorial has been established with Trinity Lutheran Church.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Henry
OXFORD - Mary Louise Henry, 72, of Oxford, died May 18, 1997, in Oxford. 
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Mortuary in Derby. The Rev. Bill Fulton will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Wichita.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 8 tonight and 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Memorials have been established with Riverview Manor in Oxford and the Alzheimer's Association.
Henry was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Garnett, a daughter of Frank and Mary Agnes Kriftewirth.
She was a cashier at McConnell Air Force Base before her retirement.
Survivors include her husband, William Dallas Henry, Oxford; two sons, Fred Henry, Andover, and Frank Henry, Oxford; a daughter, Jan Hively, Fort Scott; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Cleda Gurnea
Cleda F. Gurnea, 92, a resident of Walnut Hill Nursing Center in Winfield, formerly of Dexter, died May 19, 1997.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Dexter Cemetery. Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Gurnea was born Nov. 23, 1904, in Kentucky, a daughter of Edward and Emma (Day) Sauer. When Gurnea was a youth, her family moved to the Dexter area where she was raised and educated.
After marrying George Gurnea, they lived for many years in the Kansas City area where she was employed as a secretary and bookkeeper.
Following her husband's death, she returned to Dexter in 1978. She had resided at Walnut Hill since 1992. 
Gurnea was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include a niece, Marcia Osborne, Littleton, Colo., her friend and guardian, Kay Burgess, Winfield; and several grandnephews and grandnieces.

Carwin Miller
Carwin C. Miller, 78, of 317 Soward in Winfield, died May 20, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Jerre Nolte will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until 9 Thursday evening and before services Friday.
A memorial has been established with the Winfield Community Food Pantry at Grace United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made at the church or funeral home.
Miller was born April 16, 1919, in Porum, Okla., a son of Tony and Ada (Aldridge) Miller. Following his father's death when Miller was three years old, his mother remarried, and the family lived in various locations in Oklahoma and Texas. He graduated from high school in Texas and worked as a young man in the oil field and construction industries.
A veteran of World War II, he served as an aircraft mechanic crew chief with the U.S. Army Air Force in the European Theatre and in Italy. Following discharge he moved to Atlanta and was employed for a number of years at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.
On April 16, 1947, he married Bernadine E. Hall in Harrison, Ark., and they resided in Merriam before moving to Winfield in 1948.
Miller worked for Cessna and Boeing aircraft companies in Wichita before beginning employment in the maintenance department at William Newton Memorial Hospital during the 1960s. He retired from the hospital in 1985.
Miller was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Bernadine Miller, Winfield; a son, Charles O. Miller, Ponca City, Okla.; a daughter, Alice Feist, Lyons; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Henry
OXFORD - Mary Louise Henry, 72, of Oxford, died May 18, 1997, in Oxford. 
Services were held at 1 p.m. May 21 at Smith Mortuary in Derby. The Rev. Bill Fulton officiated. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Wichita.
Memorials have been established with Riverview Manor in Oxford and the Alzheimer's Association.
Henry was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Garnett, a daughter of Frank and Mary Agnes Kriftewirth.
She was a cashier at McConnell Air Force Base before her retirement.
Her husband, William Dallas Henry, died Sept. 2, 1978.
Survivors include two sons, Fred Henry, Andover, and Frank Henry, Oxford; a daughter, Jan Hively, Fort Scott; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Miva Wells
HOWARD - Miva May "Mike" Wells, 83, died May 20, 1997, in Howard Twilight Manor.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Mount Hope Cemetery at Independence. Lloyd G. Zimmerman will officiate. 
A memorial has been established with Howard Twilight Manor. Contributions can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home.
Wells was born May 14, 1914, on a farm near Independence, to Thomas Edward and Hattie Belle (Mitchell) Ray. She attended Overfield Rural School, District 19, and graduated from Independence High School in 1932.
On Aug. 1, 1937, she married James Arthur Wells in Independence. She worked on their farm and was also a seamstress and quilt maker. 
Wells had always lived in Montgomery County until entering Howard Twilight Manor in January.
She was a member of the Drum Creek Sewing Circle and served many years as a 4-H project leader.
Survivors include her husband, James A. Wells, Independence; a son, Wendell R. Wells, Cherryvale; a daughter, Shelby S. Perkins, Howard; a sister, Pat Keck, Independence; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Don Schwantes
Graveside services for Don L. Schwantes, 74, who died May 18, 1997, were held at 11 a.m. May 21 in Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Ron Keith officiated.
Special vocal music was "There Will Be Peace in the Valley."
Memorials have been established with the Winfield Memorial Forest at Winfield City Lake and Hospice Inc.
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Glen Biesemier
Glen C. Biesemier, 88, of Village East Apartments in Winfield, died May 21, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. The Revs. Rick Thornton and Roderick Hathaway will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. until service time Saturday.
Memorials have been established with the First United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran School.
Biesemier was born June 20, 1908, in Moorland, Iowa, a son of John and Selma (Kurth) Biesemier. He attended rural schools near Moorland and graduated from Moorland High School. 
Biesemier graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering and business and was selected one of the top 10 most representative men for Cardinal Key Honors.
On June 12, 1934, he married Thelma Eldridge in Des Moines, Iowa. She died Dec. 25, 1974. 
On June 24, 1976, he married Vivian Podschun in Wellington.
Biesemier worked for the Gambles-Skogmo Co. operating stores in Leavenworth for five years and in Salina for 14 years. In 1950 he purchased the Gambles store in Winfield and operated it until being appointed zone superintendent for Kansas and Oklahoma in 1959. He retired in 1971.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Consistory and Isis Shrine Temple in Salina and the Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian Biesemier, Winfield; three daughters, Merilee Hunt, Miami, Okla., Linda Slack, Kingman, and Bette Hollenbeck, Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

William Dickson
ARKANSAS CITY - William R. "Bob" Dickson, 61, of Arkansas City, died May 21, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Buddy Cook will officiate.
Friends may call at Hawks Funeral Home until 9 tonight.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Dickson was born Aug. 6, 1935, in Arkansas City, a son of James Arthur and Rena (Myers) Dickson. He was raised and educated in Arkansas City.
On Sept. 24, 1954, he married Dorothy Florine Zimmerman in Arkansas City.
Dickson was employed by the city of Arkansas City for 13 years before working for Skyline for 17 years. During the 1980s he worked for Rodeo Meats until it closed. Then he worked for Swanson Hog Farm and for the last three years had been shop janitor at L.G. Pike Construction.
He had attended the Church of the Nazarene and was active in the American Iris Society through clubs in Wichita, Ponca City and Augusta.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Dickson, Arkansas City; a son, Don Dickson, Oklahoma City; two daughters, Kathy Traffas and Debra Walker, and three brothers, Clarence Dickson, Frank Dickson and John Dickson, all of Arkansas City; four sisters, Florine Wilson, Jessie Shook and Ruth Hatcher, all of Arkansas City, and Alice Arthur, Emporia; and three grandchildren.

Flora Littrell
CEDAR VALE - Flora E. Littrell, 91, longtime Cedar Vale resident, died May 21, 1997, at Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Cedar Vale Cemetery. Wheeler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the Cedar Vale Community Hospital Activities Fund. 
Littrell was born Aug. 23, 1905, in Stockton, Mo., a daughter of Frank and Lettie (White) McCall. The family moved to Cedar Vale in a covered wagon when she was two years old. She graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1923 and received her teaching certificate from Southwestern College. 
Littrell taught at Blue School near Cedar Vale and later worked in caretaking and cleaning for many families in the area and as a clerk at Adam's Grocery in Cedar Vale.
On Jan. 22, 1928, she married Ordie Corbert Littrell in Dexter. He died Aug. 5, 1967.
Littrell was a member of the Cedar Vale Baptist Church and a former member of the Rebekah Lodge.
Survivors include a son, Richard Littrell, Cedar Vale; a daughter, Treva Gray, Canadian, Okla.; a brother, Floyd McCall, Sedan; four granddaughters, 10 great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-great-granddaughter.

Cleda Gurnea
DEXTER - Graveside services for Cleda Frances Gurnea, 92, who died May 19, 1997, were held at 11 a.m. May 22 in Dexter Cemetery. The Rev. Norman Reeves officiated.
The vocal music selection was "Peace in the Valley."
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Carwin Miller
Services for Carwin C. Miller, 78, who died May 20, 1997, were held at 10:30 a.m. May 23 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Jerre Nolte officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Louise Schuppener was the organist. Jamie Schuppener sang "Hymn of Promise" and "Nearer, My God, to Thee."
Honorary casket bearers were Bill Morris, Roger Williams and Philo Wooddell. Casket bearers were Dale and Duane Hall, Phillip and Terry Lynch, Ron Mawdsley and Brent Miller.
A memorial has been established with the Winfield Community Food Pantry at Grace United Methodist Church.


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