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George Hunt
ARKANSAS CITY - George E. Hunt, 49, of Arkansas City, owner of George's lawn equipment store, died June 13, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center, Arkansas City.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Parker Cemetery with Jesse A. Kindred officiating.
A memorial has been established for the DARE and GREAT programs of the Arkansas City Police Department. Contributions can be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. 
Hunt was born July 22, 1947, in Arkansas City, a son of J. Richard and Muriel E. (Obenchain) Hunt. He was raised in Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1965. He continued his education at Cowley County Community College.
Hunt married Deborah M. Dillon on March 26, 1970, in Arkansas City. They lived in Arkansas City before moving to Quinter in 1973. In 1976, they moved back to Arkansas City. 
Hunt worked for Waldeck Oil Co. before opening George's, a lawn equipment store, in June 1987.
He was a member of Central Christian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Hunt, a son, Leslie E. Hunt, his mother, Muriel E. Hunt, and one grandson, all of Arkansas City.

Mather Hankins
Services for Mather "Hank" Hankins, 72, who died June 11, 1997, were held at 2:30 p.m. June 14 in Colonial Chapel at Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Neal Alford officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Military rites were conducted by Spencer Ralston Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Arkansas City.
Beverly Ann Hankins sang "Wind Beneath My Wings," and other selections were "Amazing Grace" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee."
Honorary casket bearers were Eric Collier, Jere Dean, Dr. Don Gibson, Hugh Graham and John Logsdon.
Casket bearers were Jim Asbury, Roy Barger, Bill Cousins, Ron Irvin, Dale and Gene Spoon and Randy Wall.
A memorial has been established with the Leukemia Society.

Gladys Shephard
Services for Gladys M. Shephard, 83, who died June 11, 1997, were held at 11 a.m. June 14 in Colonial Chapel at Miles Funeral Service. The Revs. Fred Garvin and Art Hays officiated. Burial was in Burden Cemetery.
Special music selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." A recording of "Go Rest High on That Mountain" by Vince Gill was played.
Casket bearers were Ron Groom, Kip Herberger, Hal McCoy, Bill Presson, Curtis Paul Shelton and David Smith.
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc.

Herbert Dilley
OXFORD - Herbert A. Dilley, 61, of Oxford, formerly of Mount Vernon, Mo., died June 14, 1997, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Oxford Cemetery. The Rev. Curtis Fike will officiate. 
Friends may call at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home until 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Dilley was born June 17, 1935, in Ottawa, Ill., a son of Frank Herman and Ida (Higgins) Dilley. He served with the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1956. 
On Nov. 22, 1981, he married Mildred Louise Majors in Aurora, Colo. They moved to Canton, Okla., where he was a police officer. They later moved to Mount Vernon where he was a truck driver. They had recently moved to Oxford.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Dilley, Oxford; four sons, Carl, Allen and Timmy Dilley, all of Lakewood, Colo., and John Dilley, Mount Vernon; a stepson, James Mallory, Aurora, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Betty Stanley, Porum, Okla., and Linda Mallory, Aurora, Colo.; a brother, Frank Dilley, Republic, Mo.; a sister, Barbara Willey, Ottawa, Ill.; 17 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. 

Herbert Dilley
OXFORD - Graveside services for Herbert A. Dilley, 61, who died June 14, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. June 18 in Oxford Cemetery. The Rev. Curtis Fike gave the memorial meditation. The special music was "Supper Time."
Casket bearers were Cliff Ernst, James Majors, John Dilley and Bobby Mallory.
Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home was in charge or arrangements.

Horace Reinking
MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. - Horace John Reinking, 100, retired teacher and former Udall resident, died June 17, 1997, at the Good Samaritan Center in Minneapolis.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Tescott. The Rev. Ken Branch will officiate. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery at Tescott.
Friends may call at Shields Funeral Home in Minneapolis until noon Friday and at the church from 2 p.m. until service time.
Memorials have been established with the Udall United Methodist Church and St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Tescott.
Reinking was born Nov. 28, 1896, in Lawrenceburg, Ind., to William E. and Ida (Minneman) Reinking. He was raised in Tescott and graduated from high school there. 
During World War I he served in the U.S. Army as a radio sergeant on Corregidor in the Philippines.
On June 1, 1922, he married Esther L. Swart in Tescott. She died in 1975.
He married Sylvia Atkinson, of Udall, in 1976. She died in 1993.
Reinking graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1928. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Phi Delta Kappa fraternity.
A grade school principal in Tescott, he later taught math and science in high schools in Tescott, Culver and Simpson. He also taught in Udall schools for many years. 
After retirement he continued to make his home in Udall until moving to the Minneapolis Good Samaritan Center earlier this month. He had celebrated his 100th birthday at a party he gave for his friends at the Udall Senior Center and served as marshal of the Winfield Veterans Day parade in November 1996.
Survivors include a son, Victor Reinking, Topeka; a daughter, Esther L. Graves, Springfield, Ohio; a sister, Lulu Reinking, Minneapolis; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

James Eby
HOWARD - James Whitney Eby, 74, of Howard, retired president of Howard State Bank, died June 15, 1997, at his home.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Cooper will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by Carter-Rader Post 149 of the American Legion in Grace Lawn Cemetery.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial has been established with Howard United Methodist Church's building fund. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Eby was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Lawrence, to James W. and Mary Elizabeth (Courtney) Eby. He spent his childhood in Howard and later attended Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo. Following his graduation in 1941, he attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence until leaving to serve in the United States Army in 1942.
He served in the Army in the European and South Pacific theatres of World War II and in the Korean Conflict. He spent his final four years of military service in Japan before returning to the United States in 1963. He achieved the rank of major in Army Intelligence.
Eby then attended and graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in accounting. He returned to Howard, and like his grandfather, A.F. Eby, and his father, J.W. Eby, worked at the Howard State Bank. He retired in 1985, after served as president of Elk County's oldest independent bank for 18 years.
Eby was a member of the Howard United Methodist Church, Hope Lodge 155 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and Carter-Rader Post 149 of the American Legion. He also served as a member of the Howard City Council and the board of the Howard Housing Authority.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Spurrier Eby, Howard; a son, Carl W. Eby, Midland, Texas; two daughters, Mary Beth Bateman, Wichita, and Pamela S. Bartholomew, Greenville, S.C.; two stepsons, Marc S. Spurrier, Howard, and Brian H. Spurrier, Lawrence; two stepdaughters, Kaye Yates, Huffman, Texas, and Sylvia Stites, Mount Hope; seven grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren.

Richard M. Seaton
COFFEYVILLE - Richard M. Seaton, 84, of Coffeyville, died June 20, 1997, in Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.
Friends may call at the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Edgewood Chapel from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and at the church from 9 a.m. to service time Tuesday.
The family would welcome memorials to the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Endowment Foundation in Coffeyville and the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Seaton was born Jan. 25, 1913, in Washington, D.C., to Fay N. and Dora E. (Schmidt) Seaton. In 1915 the family moved to Manhattan where they had purchased The Manhattan Mercury. Richard Seaton graduated from Manhattan High School and from Kansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in journalism in 1934. He earned Phi Kappa Phi honorary distinction at Kansas State and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
On June 1, 1935, he married Mary Holton in Manhattan. She died Nov. 6, 1989, in Topeka.
The Seatons moved to Coffeyville in 1947 when the family bought the Coffeyville Journal and KGGF radio station. Seaton was active in Coffeyville civic affairs. He was a founder of the Coffeyville Historical Museum, a founder of the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation and a founder and charter member of the Coffeyville Country Club. 
He also helped establish the Dalton Defenders Memorial Museum in 1953 and the Brown Mansion Museum in 1973. He was a member and past president of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce and was active in Mid-America, a regional economic development organization.
The Coffeyville Journal was sold to Gannett Newspapers in 1978 at which time Seaton gave up day-to-day management responsibilities. He remained active in the company on several levels, including writing weekly book reviews.
On May 18, 1991, he married Eva (Smith) Sanborn in Coffeyville.
The Seaton Media Group includes newspapers, radio and television stations in Winfield; Hastings and Alliance, Neb.; Deadwood, Lead and Spearfish, S.D.; and Sheridan, Wyo. At one time, the holdings included newspapers in Colby and Goodland and a radio station in Lubbock, Texas.
Seaton was a member of the KSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and a trustee of the KSU Foundation. He helped lead fund-raising efforts for the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art which opened last year on the KSU campus. The Mary Holton Seaton Gallery is part of the museum.
Seaton's uncle, Roy Seaton, was dean of engineering at KSU and is memorialized by Seaton Hall on the college campus. Mary Holton Seaton was the daughter of E.L. Holton, a department of education head, who is memorialized by Holton Hall.
R.M. Seaton was active in several professional newspaper associations. He was a past president of the Kansas Press Association and had been active in the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He was a trustee of the William Allen White Foundation, a member of the first Kansas State Water Resources Board and an original member of the Kansas Cultural Arts Commission.
He established several scholarships at Kansas State University, including an endowed chair in journalism and the Mary Holton Seaton Scholarship for graduates of Coffeyville Community College.
Survivors include his wife, Eva L. Seaton, of Coffeyville; three sons, Richard H. Seaton and Edward L. Seaton, both of Manhattan, and Frederick David Seaton, of Winfield; a daughter, Elizabeth Hall, of Eugene, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Jayne Rook, of St. Peters, Mo.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Joseph Pray
JUNCTION CITY - Joseph Robert "Joe" Pray, 92, of Junction City, former owner of Pray Furniture in Winfield, died June 19, 1997, at the Valley View Professional Care Center in Junction City.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home in Oxford. The Rev. M.E. Jenkins will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in Winfield. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Pray was born April 22, 1905, in Monticello, Ind., the son of Ralph Joseph and Rachel (Bennett) Pray. He attended Pittsburg State College.
On Aug. 18, 1929, he married Fern Marcella Patterson at the Presbyterian Church parsonage in Junction City.
They lived in Clay Center where he worked at the A&P Grocery Store. They moved to Oxford where he worked at Ablegards Hardware Store. He farmed for a short period of time, then began work for the Barnsdall Oil Co. In 1942 they moved to the Rainbow Bend Community where he worked in the gasoline plant. 
After the plant closed, he went to work in the accounting department at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. He then worked at the Kaw Furniture Store. He and P.C. Oliver became partners in the Winfield Furniture Store on West Ninth. He eventually became sole owner and operated the store until his retirement in 1971.
The Prays moved to Mission, Texas, in 1972, and remained there until November 1991 when they returned to Winfield. They moved to Junction City in April 1997.
Pray was a member and leader of the Slate Valley Baptist Church near Oxford and the First Baptist Church in Winfield. He was also a member of the Border Missions and attended the Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Fern Pray, and a son, Ralph Pray, both of Junction City; two sisters, Marjorie Watson, San Jose, Calif., and Phyllis Moody, San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Joe Pray
JUNCTION CITY - Joe Robert Pray, 92, of Junction City, former owner of Pray Furniture in Winfield, died June 19, 1997, at the Valley View Professional Care Center in Junction City.
Services were held at 2 p.m. June 23, 1997, in Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home. The Rev. M.E. Jenkins and Donnie Davis officiated. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery.
Francis DeVore sang "In the Garden." Annie Lois Knapp was the organist.
Casket bearers were Derrel Pearce, Jerry Calvin, Thoburn Woods and Irl Fife.
A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in Winfield. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Pray was born April 22, 1905, in Monticello, Ind., the son of Ralph Joseph and Rachel (Bennett) Pray. He attended Pittsburg State College.
On Aug. 18, 1929, he married Fern Marcella Patterson at the Presbyterian Church parsonage in Junction City.
They lived in Clay Center where he worked at the A&P Grocery Store. They moved to Oxford where he worked at Ablegards Hardware Store. He farmed for a short period of time, then began work for the Barnsdall Oil Co. In 1942 they moved to the Rainbow Bend Community where he worked in the gasoline plant. 
After the plant closed, he went to work in the accounting department at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. He then worked at the Kaw Furniture Store. He and P.C. Oliver became partners in the Winfield Furniture Store on West Ninth. He eventually became sole owner and operated the store until his retirement in 1971.
The Prays moved to Mission, Texas, in 1972, and remained there until November 1991 when they returned to Winfield. They moved to Junction City in April 1997.
Pray was a member and leader of the Slate Valley Baptist Church near Oxford and the First Baptist Church in Winfield. He was also a member of the Border Missions and attended the Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Fern Pray, and a son, Ralph Pray, both of Junction City; two sisters, Marjorie Watson, San Jose, Calif., and Phyllis Moody, San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Goldie Goforth
MOLINE - Goldie Merry Ellen "Tuddie" Goforth, 84, died June 20, 1997, at Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Zimmerman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Elk Falls Cemetery.
Goforth was born Nov. 27, 1912, in Big Cabin, Okla., to John Wesley and Gracie May (Moreland) Hunsucker. She attended school and lived near Vinita, Okla., before moving with her family to Pushmataha County, Okla., during the 1920s.
On Dec. 17, 1930, she married Carvin William Goforth at Antlers, Okla. They lived in various Oklahoma communities before moving to Wichita in 1953. In 1974 they retired to Elk Falls. He died in 1983. She had lived in Elk Manor since 1985.
A homemaker, she worked on the family farm for many years.
Survivors include a daughter, Sylvia Davis, Elk Falls; a brother, John Hunsucker, Burden; two sisters, Dorsey Thompson, Talihina, Okla., and Julia Milliser, Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Eleanor Sick
PAOLA - Eleanor R. "Becky" Sick, 86, of Paola, retired Boeing Aircraft employee, died June 18, 1997, in the Paola Rehabilitation Center.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. June 23, 1997, in Oxford Cemetery. Evangelist Donald Moore officiated.
A memorial has been established with the Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University. Contributions may be made through Oliver-Hawks Funeral Service in Oxford.
Sick was born Dec. 15, 1910, in Joplin, Mo., the daughter of Clarence Frederick and Marion Elsie (Stark) Coppenbarger. 
On Sept. 21, 1958, she married Orval Wayne Sick in Las Vegas, Nev. He died May 21, 1980.
She had lived in Oxford for many years and retired from Boeing Aircraft in Wichita. 
A member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, she moved to Paola in October 1996.
Survivors include two brothers, Robert L. Coppenbarger, Fontana, and Alvin E. Coppenbarger, Costa Mesa, Calif. 

Calvin Kempton
GRENOLA - Calvin Ellis Kempton, 75, of Grenola, rancher, died June 20, 1997, on his ranch south of Grenola. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. The Rev. Deane Endicott will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola.
A memorial has been established with the Howard First Baptist Church. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Kempton was born March 9, 1922, in Burden, to Clarence Jerome and Alice Elizabeth (Bottomley) Kempton. He graduated from Burden High School in 1940 and began working on his parents' farm. On Nov. 21, 1942, he married Doris Jean Hopper at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita. They made their home on a farm south of Grenola and during the week stayed in Wichita while he was employed as a tool liaison foreman at Beechcraft. He retired in 1987 after 36 years with Beech Aircraft Co. They built a new home on their ranch and made their home south of Grenola.
Kempton was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for several years and was a long time member of the Supervisors' Club at Beech Aircraft Co. He kept busy working his cattle and operating the ranch.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Kempton; a son, Curtis Kempton, Clearwater; a daughter, Kathleen Zimmers, Howard; and seven grandchildren.

Mildred Travis
DEL CITY, Okla. - Mildred R. Travis, 89, of Del City, Okla., formerly of Red Rock, Okla., and the Tisdale community, died June 18, 1997, at Midwest City Regional Hospital.
She was born on June 19, 1907, in Four Acre, Okla., the daughter of Amminidab and Laura Ann Daisy Conklin. She graduated from Enid High School and received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1928. 
In October 1935 she married Claude O. Travis.
She lived in the Tisdale community from 1944 to 1955.
A public school teacher for 28 years, she taught in several communities, including Rock, Sumner and Daniels in Noble County, Okla., Parker, Okla., and Ashland, Boise City and Burkburnette, Texas.
She was a member of the Red Rock Garden Club and Sunny Lane Baptist Church of Del City, taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school and accompanied youth to the Falls Creek Baptist Assembly. 
Survivors include her husband, Claude Travis, Del City; two sons, Ben C. Travis, Del City, and David O. Travis, Panola, Okla.; a daughter, Laura Ann Weiss, Sterling, Va.; three sisters, Laura Margaret Conklin, Meeker, Okla., Daisey Dean Donaldson, Enid, Okla., and Olvina Feken, Perry, Okla.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Grace Hensley
DOUGLASS - Grace Lillian Hensley, 96, of Douglass, homemaker, died June 21, 1997, in Douglass.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Douglass United Methodist Church. The Rev. Cindy Watson will officiate.
Friends may call at Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home until 8 tonight.
Memorials have been established with the Douglass United Methodist Church and Wichita Radio Reading Service, 1751 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67208.
Hensley was born March 17, 1901, in Derby, the daughter of Edgar and Mary (Foster) Goodin. 
She married Glenn W. Hensley, who preceded her in death.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Douglass United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son, Marvin Hensley, Haven; a daughter, Connie Combes, Douglass; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Thelma Brenner
UDALL - Thelma Raye, Brenner, 91, of Udall, homemaker, died June 21, 1997, in Udall.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Richland Cemetery. 
Friends may call at Senter-Smith Mortuary in Mulvane from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Brenner was born Sept. 5, 1905, in Hamilton, Texas.
She married Wilbur Brenner who preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Jim Rountree, Udall, and a brother, Clyde Weir, Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jeannie Camp
NEWKIRK, Okla. - Jeannie Ann Camp, 45, of Newkirk, Okla., formerly of Arkansas City, died June 20, 1997, at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola.
Friends may call at Wheeler Funeral Home in Burden until 8 tonight.
Camp was born Feb. 3, 1952, in Wichita, the daughter of Chester and Mary (Chandler) Scott. She graduated from Wichita South High School in 1970.
On Feb. 5, 1971, she married Michael R. Camp in Arkansas City where they made their home. 
She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Medicalodge East in Arkansas City. They moved to Newkirk five years ago.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Camp, Newkirk; three sons, Michael Camp and Shawn Camp, both of Newkirk, and Tim Camp, Fort Smith, Ark.; her parents, Chester Scott, Fort Smith, Ark., and Mary Marts, Wichita; a brother, Chipper Pete Marchell, Texas; two sisters, Randi Rae Phillips, Wichita, and Penny Lee Sederis, Oklahoma City; and two grandchildren.

Phyllis Chisham
WELLINGTON - Phyllis Ann Chisham, 62, of Wellington, retired school teacher, died Sunday at Columbia Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. The Rev. Ken Davidson will officiate. Burial will be at Sumner Memorial Gardens.
Visiting hours will be from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Frank Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday to greet friends.
Memorials have been established with the First Assembly of God Church in Winfield and the Kiwanis International Foundation. Donations may be made at the funeral home. 
Chisham was born on Sept. 23, 1934, in Wagoner, Okla., the daughter of Ivan and Grace (Huff) Oliver. She graduated from Wagoner High School in 1952. 
In 1954, she graduated from Miami Oklahoma Junior College and n 1956 from Northeastern University in Talequah, Okla. She received her master's degree at Pittsburg State University in 1966 and did other graduate work at Wichita State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State universities. 
On Aug. 5, 1960, she married James Allen Chisham in Wagoner.
She began her teaching career in Arkansas City in 1956 and taught there until moving to Wellington in 1963, where she taught for 37 years at Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt Schools. 
Chisham was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Winfield. She spent many years teaching Sunday school, working with missionettes, serving as a youth leader, an officer in Women's Ministries and singing in special music groups in both the Arkansas City and Wellington Assembly of God Churches. 
She was also a member of the National Education Association at the local, state and national levels, in which she served as an officer many times. She was named a Wellington Business and Professional Woman of the Year. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota teaching sorority, in which she held many offices, including state president. She was an active member of Kiwanis, Knotty Knotters EHU, Sew and Sew Club, the American Association of University Women and Treble Clef Club.
Survivors include her husband James Chisham, Wellington; two sons Jeffery E. Chisham, Salina, and James "Kevin" Chisham, Wichita; a daughter Carla Chisham, Wellington; two brothers Travis Oliver, Tulsa, Okla., and Irvin Oliver, Wagoner, Okla.; and a grandson.

Terry Kocher
HEMET, Calif. - Terry E. Kocher, 37, of Hemet, Calif., formerly of Winfield, died June 22, 1997, in Hemet.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Tisdale United Methodist Church.
A memorial fund has been established in Kocher's name. Donations may be made at Citizens Bank of Kansas.
Kocher was born June 8, 1960, in Winfield, to Charles "Chuck" and Sharyn Kocher. He attended Winfield schools and graduated from Winfield High School in 1978.
On July 9, 1993, he married Lisa Cline in Winfield.
He was employed with Butler Brothers, Morton Buildings, J.B. Hunt and Rubbermaid before moving to California in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Kocher, and a son, Terry James Charles Kocher, both of Hemet; a daughter, Kenna Kocher, Dexter; three stepdaughters, Summer Cline, Amanda Cline and Savanah Cline, all of Hemet; his mother, Sharyn Davis, Winfield; a brother, Keith Kocher, Topeka; two sisters, Vickye Thielen, Arkansas City, and Kristye Kent, Winfield.

Robert Utt
ARKANSAS CITY - Robert Gerald Utt, 40, of Arkansas City, Auto Zone commercial account manager, died June 23, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.
The Rosary will be recited this evening at 7 at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
An educational fund has been established for his children. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Utt was born June 24, 1956, in Arkansas City, to Glenn W. and Janice I. (Thomas) Utt. He was raised in Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1975. He also attended Cowley County Community College.
On Jan. 19, 1985, he married Christina Arlene Metzinger in Arkansas City. They made their home there until moving to Ponca City, Okla., in 1991. In August 1996 they returned to Arkansas City. 
The commercial account manager for Auto Zone in Arkansas City, he was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Christina Utt, and two sons, Bradly Utt and Cody Utt, all of Arkansas City; four daughters, Candace Utt, Arkansas City, and Tiffany Utt, Amy Utt and Kelly Utt, all of Winfield; his mother, Janice Arth, Lidgerwood, N.D.; and a brother, Randy Utt, Arkansas City.

Lewis Rising
Lewis "Emmett" Rising, 94, formerly of 1021 Manning in Winfield, died June 23, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Rising was born June 4, 1903, on a farm west of Burden, one of 11 children born to Lewis and Addie (DeCamp) Rising. He was raised in the Burden and New Salem area and educated in Prairie Home rural school.
He married Letha Archer, and they divorced.
He later married Stella Supler who preceded him in death.
In March 1974 he married Katie Rose Hardy Glass in Winfield where they lived throughout their marriage. She died Jan. 16, 1988.
For a number of years, he was employed with Gott Corp. when their factory was located on East Sixth in Winfield. He later worked for the city of Winfield Electric Utility Department power plant for many years.
He had resided at Good Samaritan Village since 1991.
Survivors include a daughter, Lillian Grunwald, Winfield; two brothers, Bryce Rising, Burden, and LeRoy Rising, Perryton, Texas; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

Jeannie Camp
Graveside services for Jeannie Ann Camp were held at 10:30 a.m. June 24, 1997, in Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola. The Rev. John Waterloo officiated. 
Brenda Waterloo sang "In the Garden" and "How Great Thou Art."
Wheeler Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Lewis Rising
Graveside services for Lewis "Emmett" Rising, 94, who died June 23, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. June 25, 1997, in Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Steven Janschek officiated. 
Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice. 
Miles Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Robert Anderson
LITTLE RIVER - Robert L. Anderson, 76, a lifetime resident of the Little River area, died June 25, 1997. at Hutchinson Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Congregational United Church of Christ. The Rev. Beth Shepard will officiate. Burial will be in Bean Memorial Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Sillin Funeral Home in Lyons from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday.
A memorial has been established with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Anderson was born April 11, 1921, in rural Little River, to Bernard and Hazel (Grimley) Anderson.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
On Jan. 21, 1946, he married Betty J. Schmitt in McPherson.
Anderson was a retired farmer and former employee of Collingwood Grain. He had been employed part time with H&H Auction in Lyons at the time of his death.
He was also a member of American Legion Post 258 in Little River.
Survivors include three sons, Duane Anderson, Winfield, Dennis Anderson, Lawrence, and Sheldon Anderson, Nickerson, Neb.; a daughter, Sharon Anderson, Hutchinson; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Emma Dale
CEDAR VALE - Emma Fern Dale, 93, of Cedar Vale, formerly of Winfield, died June 25, 1997, in the Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Cedar Vale Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the Cedar Vale Nursing Center.
Wheeler Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Dale was born Nov. 1, 1903, in rural Cedar Vale, the daughter of Arthur Nip and Mamie (Rice) Dale. She attended Centennial rural school and graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1922. 
She received her teaching certification from Southwestern College and taught sixth grade in Cedar Vale in 1922-23.
She was a bookkeeper for the L.C. Adams Mercantile and for the Citizens National Bank, both in Cedar Vale, and then for Byron Radcliff in Wichita, retiring after 30 years.
She returned to the family farm in Lookout Valley in the 1960s and then moved to Winfield in 1970. In January 1990 she moved into the Cedar Vale Nursing Center.
She was a member of the Cedar Vale Church of Christ.
Survivors include an uncle, Dean Rice, of Wichita; and several cousins.

Evelyn McConnell
Evelyn P. McConnell, 94, retired Winfield teacher and elementary school coordinator, of Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, died June 27, 1997, at Cumbernauld.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Rick Thornton will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with Cumbernauld Village and the Winfield Public Library.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
McConnell was born on Aug. 21, 1902, in Fredonia, to Charles Oscar and Hallie Clyde (Lamb) Purkaple. She was raised and educated in the Fredonia area.
She received her bachelor of arts degree from Southwestern College in 1938 and completed a master of arts degree from Columbia Teaching College in New York in 1967.
On Aug. 3, 1922, she married W.W. "Bill" McConnell in Neodesha. They moved to Winfield the same year. He died on Nov. 18, 1931.
A retired teacher for the Winfield schools, she taught in Lowell and Webster elementary schools, was principal at Webster and retired as Winfield elementary school coordinator in the spring of 1967 after a career of 33 1/2 years.
She was a member of the National Education Association, the Kansas chapter of the National Education Association and the Winfield chapter of the National Education Association. 
She served on the advisory commission of the state superintendent of instruction and on the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, at both the state and national levels.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Charles McConnell, Rose Hill; a daughter, Dorothy Brown, Shawnee Mission; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


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