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
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.
Memorial services for Terry "Bubba" Kocher, 37, were held June 26,
1997, at the Tisdale United Methodist Church. The Rev. Quentin Bennett
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
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.
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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.
NARDIN, Okla. - Roma Diane Shirkey, 47, of Nardin, Okla., formerly
of Arkansas City, died July 2, 1997, at Via Christi-St Francis Campus in
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,
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.
ARKANSAS CITY - M. Eloween Bean Junkens, 77, of Blackwell, Okla., formerly
of Winfield and Atlanta, died July 4, 1997, at Medicalodge North in Arkansas
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
Hawks Funeral Home of Arkansas City is in charge of arrangements.
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
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.