Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1997

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James Ledgerwood
WHITEWATER - James I. "Jim" Ledgerwood, 72, of Whitewater, retired school superintendent, principal and teacher, died June 22, 1997, in Whitewater.
Services were held June 25, 1997, in the Whitewater Federated Church.
A memorial has been established with the Wheat State Manor Alzheimer's Unit.
Bob Lamb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Terry Ledgerwood, Whitewater, and Steve Ledgerwood, Eureka; a daughter, Marilyn Zimmerman, Valley Center; three stepsons, Raymond Spedding, Marietta, Ga., Charles Spedding, Wichita, and Shawn Spedding, Lee's Summit, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Debby Hardman, Andover; a brother, Bill Ledgerwood, Cambridge; a sister, Ileen Ledgerwood, Winfield; and 13 grandchildren.

Terry Kocher
Memorial services for Terry "Bubba" Kocher, 37, were held June 26, 1997, at the Tisdale United Methodist Church. The Rev. Quentin Bennett officiated. 
Keith and Wilma Anglemyer presented the music, and a tape of the Vince Gill song, "Go Rest High on the Mountain," was played, also.
Honorary casket bearers were LeRoy Nally Jr., Ray Rutherford, Keith Thurber, John McIver, Tim Crow, Harold Pulis Jr., Kevin Simpson and Bill Jennings.

Beulah Courtney
OXFORD - Beulah M. Courtney, homemaker, 84, of Oxford, formerly of Winfield, died June 27, 1997, at Riverview Manor in Oxford.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Oxford Cemetery. The Rev. M.E. Jenkins will officiate.
Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be given through the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Courtney was born Oct. 19, 1912, on the family farm south of Oxford to Thomas Urias and Myrtie Ivah (Curtis) Notestine. She was raised in the Oxford area and attended local schools. 
On June 15, 1929, she married W.L. "Roy" Courtney. They made their home in Oxford, Lyons and Ardmore, Okla. In 1959, after he retired from Shell Oil Co., they moved to Winfield. He died on July 28, 1988.
Survivors include a son, Laurence D. "Larry" Courtney, Houston, Texas; a brother, Thomas W. Notestine, San Antonio, Texas; two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

Bertha Gabler
ROLLA, Mo. - Bertha Gabler, 90, homemaker, of Rolla, Mo., died June 25, 1997, at her residence.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. June 27, 1997, in Rolla Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were under the direction of Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. 
Gabler was born July 31, 1905, in Rolla, the daughter of William Ambrose and Fannie (Sharrar) Corey.
On May 6, 1924, she married George C. Gabler. He died on Nov. 19, 1979.
Survivors include two sons, George C. Gabler Jr., Winfield, and William A. Gabler, Houston, Texas; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Marvin Wilson Sr.
Marvin "Pete" Wilson Sr., 49, welder, of 414 Andrews in Winfield, died June 28, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. The Rev. Rick Hathaway will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the Winfield Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the American Heart Association.
Wilson was born Feb. 16, 1948, in Winfield, the son of Alva T. and Bertha (Mann) Wilson. He attended Winfield High School.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served from Sept 20, 1967, to Sept. 19, 1973, in the First Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.
On Dec. 14, 1972, he married Cheryl Marlow in Hutchinson.
He was a welder at Fluid Kinetics.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Wilson, Winfield; a son, Marvin Wilson Jr., Liberal, two daughters, LeAnne Martin, Arkansas City, and Susan Wilson, Winfield; his father, Alva T. Wilson, Winfield; eight brothers, Perry Wilson, Mike Wilson, Joe Wilson, Allen Wilson, Jacky Wilson, Richard Wilson, and Bill Wilson, all of Winfield, and Don Wilson, Dexter; six sisters, Alvalene Jones, Pat Helphingstine, Kay Paxton and Bonnie Bellew, all of Winfield, Maxine McHenry, Downs, and June Spencer, Jay, Okla.; and four grandchildren.

Esley Barnes
LEON - Esley Harold "Jim" Barnes, 90, of Leon, died July 1, 1997, at Susan B. Allen Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Atlanta Cemetery. The Rev. Dirk Westerman will officiate.
Memorials have been established with the Leon United Methodist Church and the Leon Senior Citizens. Contributions may be made through Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado.
Barnes was born Feb. 10, 1907, the son of pioneer Kansans C.Z. "Neal" and Mary Alice (Schooling) Barnes. He was the last survivor of a family of 12 children. He attended school in Atlanta and Leon.
On Aug. 1, 1927, he married Inez Satterlee, of Atlanta, in Garden City.
For many years he worked for the Northern Natural Gas Co. (Enron) in Minnesota and Bushton. He retired in 1969.
Survivors include his wife, Inez Barnes, Leon; three sons, Leonard Barnes, Dodge City, Lawrence Barnes, Claflin, and Larry Barnes, Yukon, Okla.; two daughters, Kathryn Barnes, Liberal, and Louise Cruth, Lafayette, La.; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Steven Ralston
TOPEKA - Steven L. Ralston, 38, certified public accountant, of Topeka, died June 30, 1997, at the K.U. Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., as the result of an automobile accident.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Central Christian Church in Arkansas City. The Rev. Steve Chambers will officiate.
Friends may call at Hawks Funeral Home from 5 to 9 tonight.
An education fund has been established for his children. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.
Ralston was born Nov. 16, 1958, in Arkansas City, the son of David Lawrence and Shirley Jeanette (Hadicke) Ralston. He was raised in Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1976. 
He graduated from Emporia State College with a bachelor of science in business in December 1980.
On Aug. 12, 1979, he married Marsha Lynn Hull at the Central Christian Church in Arkansas City. They moved to Topeka in 1980.
For the last several years, he had been a certified public accountant in Topeka. 
He was a member of the Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church and a former member of the Topeka Association for Retarded Citizens and coached the Whitesox semiprofessional baseball team in Topeka.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha Ralston, a son, Robert William Ralston, and a daughter, Stephanie Ann Ralston, all of Topeka; his parents, Dave and Shirley Ralston, a sister, Susan Bartlett, and his grandmother, Helen Fern Hadicke, all of Arkansas City, and a sister-in-law, Melody Kreuger, of Winfield.

Ethan Higgins
BURDEN - Ethan "Olen" Higgins, 31, horse trainer, of Burden, died July 1, 1997, at his home.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Private family burial services will take place at a later date.
A memorial has been established with the Winfield Saddle Club. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Higgins was born March 20, 1966, in Wichita, one of four children of Max LeRoy and Dirinda (Perkins) Higgins. He moved to the Winfield area with his mother, stepfather and family as a child and received his early education at Country View Elementary School. As a youth he lived in Garden Plain where he attended junior and senior high school.
He served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army National Guard and was employed briefly as a brick mason as a young man.
A career horseman and horse trainer, he was self-employed in horse training in Cowley Country throughout most of his adult life. He had lived in Burden for many years.
He was associated with the Winfield Saddle Club and the North American Hunting Club.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Dirinda and Owen Gabbert, Burden; two brothers, Christopher Marc Higgins and Michael Higgins, both of Wichita; two sisters, Rhiannon Gabbert, Burden, and Dawnetta Baert, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his grandparents, Betty Perkins and Olin and Amanda Higgins, all of Wichita.

Benjamin Mork
WICHITA - Benjamin E. Mork, 17, of Wichita, died July 1, 1997, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Allerton Southern Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. William Dorsey will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery.
Friends may call at Allerton Southern Baptist Church, 242 S. Edwards in Wichita, until 8:30 tonight.
A memorial has been established with the University of Kansas Medical Center, Fifth Floor, Children's Pediatrics.
Mork was born Oct. 26, 1979, in Fort Stewart, Ga., the son of Anthony D. and Sandra (Vance) Mork. Anthony Mork is a former employee of Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.
He was a student at Wichita High School where he had completed his junior year and a member of Allerton Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include his father, Anthony Mork, Wichita; his mother, Sandra Cole, Phoenix City, Ala.; a half-brother, Christopher Thrash, Phoenix City, Ala.; a sister, Patty-Ann Mork, Wichita; and his grandparents, Francis and Juanita Mork, Wichita, and Charles and Anne Thrush, Phoenix City, Ala.

Marvin Wilson Sr.
Services for Marvin L. "Pete" Wilson, 49, who died June 28, 1997, were held at 10 a.m. July 2, 1997, at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Rev. Rick Hathaway officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 10.
Organist was Diane Glasgow.
Honorary casket bearers were Joe Wilson, Perry Wilson, Mike Wilson, Don Wilson, Allen Wilson, Richard Wilson, Bill Wilson and Jacky Wilson.
Casket bearers were Patrick Wilson, Ed Marlow, Raymond Marlow, Terry Marlow, Timmy Blevins and John M. Wilson.

Roma Shirkey
NARDIN, Okla. - Roma Diane Shirkey, 47, of Nardin, Okla., formerly of Arkansas City, died July 2, 1997, at Via Christi-St Francis Campus in Wichita.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. The Rev. Wade Graber will officiate. Cremation will follow the service.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials have been established with the American Diabetes Association and the St. Joseph's Renal Care Center in Ponca City. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Shirkey was born May 23, 1950, in Santa Ana, Calif., to Robert L. and Joyce Naomi (Eagles) Westhoff. She was raised and educated in Arkansas City. She also attended Cowley County Community College.
She worked for Casco South, was a clerk at Love's, worked as a manager for Town & Country (Total) Convenience Stores in Arkansas City and surrounding communities and owned and operated a laundromat in Blackwell, Okla.
Her husband, Bill Shirkey, preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Brian Brooks, Nardin, Okla., and Andy Hoskins, Ponca City, Okla.; her father, Bob Westhoff, and a brother, Steve Westhoff, both of Arkansas City; a sister, Linda McCormick, Cambridge; and a grandson.

Mamie Lea Gillum
DOUGLASS - Mamie Lea Gillum, 89, owner and operator of Gillums Laundry, Douglass, died July 2, 1997.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Douglass at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Revs. Neal Alford and Ron Keith will officiate. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery, Douglass.
Friends may call at Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
A memorial has been established with Hospice, Inc.
Gillum was born Jan. 4, 1908, in Scott, Okla. She was the daughter of Ira Lee and Lillie Mae (Howe) Payton. She was married to Forrest Walker Gillum, who is now deceased.
She was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother, Melvin "Buck" Payton of Douglass; a sister, Myrtle Seward of Minco, Okla.; daughters LeEtta Miller and Jean Smith, both of Douglass, and Sue Choens of El Dorado; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Eloween Junkens
ARKANSAS CITY - M. Eloween Bean Junkens, 77, of Blackwell, Okla., formerly of Winfield and Atlanta, died July 4, 1997, at Medicalodge North in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight.
A memorial has been established with the Osteoporosis Foundation. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Junkens was born Aug. 17, 1919, in Atlanta, to Ernest and Laura (Brannum) Martin. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1937.
On Sept. 3, 1938, she married Charles Louis Bean, and they made their first home in Atlanta. They resided in many states before moving to Winfield in 1957. He died Sept. 11, 1960.
She was employed at St. Mary's Hospital in Winfield, Good Samaritan Village and Dillons. 
On Sept. 3, 1971, she married Elmer Junkens, and they made their home in Blackwell, Okla. She was employed by Nickerson Farms Store in Blackwell until the late 1970s.
Junkens had resided at Medicalodge North since March.
She was affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Elmer Junkens, Blackwell; two sons, Marty Bean, Derby, and Charles Bean, Winfield; two daughters, Larene Walling, Arkansas City, and Tina Knox, St. Louis; two sisters, Earlene Scott, Winfield, and Eileen Bishop, Atlanta; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Zelda Allison
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Zelda L. Allison, 94, of Bartlesville, formerly of Winfield, died July 4, 1997, in Bartlesville.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Highland Cemetery at Winfield. Stumpff Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials have been established with Jane Phillips Hospice, c/o Bluestem Regional Medical Development Foundation, 3500 SE Frank Phillips, Bartlesville, Okla. 74006.
Allison was born March 22, 1903, in Wilmot, to Harry F. and Maude A. (Teter) Smith. She was raised and educated in Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School in 1921. 
She attended one year of commercial school in Winfield. For several years she worked as an abstract clerk and was deputy registrar of deeds in Cowley County.
On June 20, 1924, she married William S. "Ves" Allison in Winfield. He preceded her in death.
Allison was a member of the First Baptist Church in Winfield.
Survivors include a daughter, Melva Anne Swisher, Bartlesville; a son, Lynn Dale Allison, Wichita; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Ben Wilcox
Benjamin R. "Ben" Wilcox, 45, of 513 E. 34th in Winfield, died July 7, 1997, at his home. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Evangelical Free Church. The Revs. John Morgan and Steven Janecek will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. 
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wilcox was born Aug. 9, 1951, in Winfield, the son of Raymond C. and Velma "Lucille" (Wheelen) Wilcox. He attended Green Valley and Rock elementary schools and graduated from Winfield High School in 1969.
Wilcox graduated from Southwestern College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing technology in 1994. In 1995 he received a master's degree in business management from Friends University.
On March 25, 1988, he married Janet Kay Dunbar.
Wilcox worked as an independent oil field contractor from 1977 to 1988. After working several years as shift supervisor at General Electric, he became superintendent of water distribution for the city of Winfield.
He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church and the Winfield Lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. 
Survivors include his wife, Janet Wilcox, Winfield; two daughters, Ginger Wilcox, Winfield, and Nancy Wilcox, Maryville, Mo.; two stepsons, Cory Dunbar, Wichita, and Nathan Dunbar, Winfield; and a sister, Ednamerle Cody, Rock.

Ethan Higgins
A memorial service for Ethan Olen Higgins was held at 2 p.m. July 7, 1997, in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Fred Garvin officiated.
Special music selections included recordings of Vince Gill's "Go Rest High on That Mountain" and Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes."
A private burial will be held later.
A memorial has been established with the Winfield Saddle Club.

Eloween Junkens
Services for M. Eloween Bean Junkens were held at 10:30 a.m. July 8, 1997, in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Jesse A. Kindred officiated. Burial was in Atlanta Cemetery. 
Special vocal music selections were "How Great Thou Art," "Precious Memories," "He Touched Me" and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" and an Eddy Arnold recording of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady."
Casket bearers were Junkens' grandsons, Justin Askins, Tyson Bean, Brad Crow, Loren Knox, Robert Rakestraw and Dan Stedman.
A memorial has been established with the Osteoporosis Foundation.

Roland Tucker
BAY SAINT LOUIS, Miss. - Roland E. Tucker, 76, formerly of Howard, died July 5, 1997, at his home in Bay Saint Louis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard with Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Carter-Rader American Legion Post 149.
A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church Building Fund. Contributions can be made at Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
Tucker was born Sept. 27, 1920, at Howard to Charles and Myrtle (Thompson) Tucker. He attended schools in the Howard area.
In 1942 he married Betty Louise VanBuskirk at Kansas City, Mo.
Tucker served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was then employed as an instrument technician for Gulf Oil Co. until retiring in 1975.
The Tuckers lived in Louisiana for many years. After his wife's death Sept. 26, 1979, he moved to Howard. He later moved to Mississippi.
Tucker was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Carter-Rader Post 149 of Howard.
Survivors include his daughters, Earlene Cosper, Diamondhead, Miss., and Charlene Bryan, Jackson, Miss., and four grandchildren.

June Froese
ARKANSAS CITY - I. June Froese, 70, of Arkansas City, formerly of Winfield, died July 8, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Arkansas City Baptist Temple. Pastor Chuck Evans will officiate. Hawks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
There will be no visiting hours as cremation has been effected.
Froese was born June 3, 1927, in Coyville, a daughter of Charles and Ethel (Sherlock) Keeler. She attended schools in Coyville and Moline.
On June 13, 1946, she married Wendell Froese in Fredonia. They lived in Kansas for several years before moving to Colorado and Washington. They returned to Kansas in 1971. Before moving to Arkansas City in 1996, they lived in Winfield.
Froese worked for Binney & Smith in Winfield for 10 years, then for the Winfield school lunch program for a year. She delivered flowers for the Winfield Dillons store for a short time. Most recently, she had been the hostess at Redwood Village Restaurant in Arkansas City.
Survivors include her husband, Wendell Froese, Arkansas City; four sons, Richard Froese, El Dorado, Ron Froese, Arkansas City, Jerry Froese, Holyrood, and Gary Froese, Topeka; two daughters, Nancy Hutchinson, Howard, and Kathy Shelburn, Winfield; a brother, Bob Keeler, Espanola, N.M.; four sisters, Georgia Reno, Fredonia, Alta Runyon, Winfield, Una Steed, Auburn, Wash., and Glenna Evanson, Augusta; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Opal Cox
WICHITA - Opal May Cox, 88, homemaker, of Wichita, formerly of Augusta, died July 9, 1997, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Old Mission Mortuary Chapel in Wichita. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in Highland Cemetery at Winfield.
Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association and Botanica of Wichita.
Cox was born March 2, 1909, in Windsor, Mo., a daughter of Henry and Carrie (Heater) Taylor.
A homemaker, she lived in Augusta for 40 years.
Survivors include a son, Delmar Cox, Kent, Wash.; a daughter, Virginia Schofield, Wichita; two sisters, Gladys White, Salinas, Calif., and Helen Billings, Orem, Utah; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Julia Taylor
DOUGLASS - Julia Dorothy Taylor, 90, retired school secretary, of Douglass, died July 9, 1997, in Augusta.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Douglass Christian Church. Pastor Cliff Muci will officiate. Burial will be in Douglass Cemetery.
Friends may call until 8 tonight at Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home in Douglass.
A memorial has been established with the Douglass Christian Church.
Taylor was born Oct. 28, 1906, in Leon, a daughter of William M. and Kate V. (Friend) Eckel.
She married James L. Taylor, who preceded her in death.
A school secretary, she retired from USD 396 in Douglass.
Taylor was a member of the Douglass Christian Church.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Hope Taylor and William Warren Taylor, both of Douglass; five daughters, Martha Kate Haaga, El Dorado, Julia Ann Frakes and Betsy Wright, both of Douglass, Connie Ruth Althouse, Longmont, Colo., and Dorothy Hubbart, Augusta; a brother, John F. Eckel, Blacksburg, Va.; 20 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Caleb Reynolds
Caleb Donal Reynolds, infant son of Deanna Jean (Vincent) Reynolds, of Winfield, died July 9, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Hope Cemetery in Arkansas City. Jesse Kindred will officiate.
Survivors include his mother, Deanna Reynolds, and a sister, Kacie Reynolds, both of Winfield; and his grandmother, Bonnie Vincent, Arkansas City.
Hawks Funeral Home of Arkansas City is in charge of arrangements.

Roberta Branch
VINITA, Okla. - Roberta Henrietta Branch, 88, homemaker, of Vinita, formerly of Arkansas City, died July 10, 1997, in Vinita.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Springside Cemetery of rural Arkansas City.
A memorial has been established with the National Kidney Foundation. Contributions can be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Branch was born Jan. 10, 1909, in Kaw City, Okla., a daughter of Robert Henry and Mattie A. (Morris) Bunker. She was raised in Kaw City and attended local schools. 
On Dec. 25, 1926, she married Ernest L. Branch in Winfield. They made their home in and around Arkansas City. He died Oct. 12, 1968.
Branch was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, IXL Extension Unit and Grey Noret Club.
Survivors include a son, Donald L. Branch, Arkansas City; a daughter, Mary L. Risman, Vinita, Okla.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


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