Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1997

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Winifred Bannon
ROCK - Services for Winifred Amanda Bannon were held at 1 p.m. Aug. 9, 1997, in the Rock United Methodist Church. The Rev. Cindy Watson officiated.
Ruth Caskey was the pianist, and Kathy Haigler sang "In the Garden" and "How Great Thou Art." The congregation sang "Amazing Grace."
Casket bearers were Mark L. and Brett A. Bannon, Jim Schmidt, David and Stanley Withiam and Don Roberson.
Interment was in Douglass Cemetery under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home of Burden.
A memorial has been established with the Kansas Alzheimer's and Similar Diseases Association.

Buddy Manning
SEASIDE, Calif. - Captain Fermin Floyd "Buddy" Manning II, 30, of Seaside, formerly of Garden City, died Aug. 6, 1997, near Monterey, Calif.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, and at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Garden City. Burial with full military honors will be in Valley View Cemetery. Father Gregory LeBlanc will officiate, and Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.
Born June 10, 1967, at Gallup, N.M., Manning was a son of Fermin Floyd and Joyce (Schmidt) Manning.
He attended schools in Grants, N.M., and Garden City. When he was 14 years old, Manning was selected by the U.S. Olympic Swimming Committee to spend a year in Australia. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1985.
Manning graduated from the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1989 with a degree in astronautical engineering.
He received his pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., and spent four years there as a T38 instructor pilot.
Manning then was an E3-AWACS commander pilot at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. While at Tinker, he served two tour duties in Saudi Arabia and one in Turkey and received many awards and medals.
He recently was accepted at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey.
On Sept. 1, 1990, he married Aimee Watson in Garden City.
Survivors include his wife, a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Katelin, all of the home; his parents, Garden City; and a sister, Renata Manning-Gbogbo, Las Cruces, N.M.
He was a son-in-law of Eric and Patti Watson of Winfield.

Sean Reeves
TACOMA, Wash. - Sean W. Reeves, 27, of Tacoma, formerly of Leavenworth, died Aug. 7, 1997, of injuries received in an automobile accident.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, with burial in Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.
A Sean W. Reeves Memorial Fund has been established.
Born Oct. 25, 1969, in Olathe, he was a son of Jerle Reeves and Cindy Gibson. He attended Lansing High School.
Reeves served with the U.S. Army, and while in Germany was honored with the Soldier of the Year award.
He owned and operated Reeves and Associates General Contractors.
Survivors include a son, Sean Michael Reeves, Tacoma; his fiance, Tina Plancich, Sumner, Wash.; his mother, Cindy Reeves-Kogut, Newhall, Calif.; his father, Jerle Reeves, Decator, Ark.; a brother, Brian Reeves, Leavenworth; two sisters, Lynette Mathis, Winfield, and Annette Hamilton, California; his stepmother, Wanda Mayfield, Leavenworth; a stepbrother, Jerry Hanson Jr., Colorado; and a stepsister, Janet Robertson, Leavenworth.

Ray Walin
ARKANSAS CITY - Herbert Raymond "Ray" Walin, 81, longtime Ashton community resident, died Aug. 12, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center, Arkansas City.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Redeemer Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Boxman officiating. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with Redeemer Lutheran Church. Contributions can be made at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Born Aug. 7, 1916, at McPherson, Walin was a son of Arthur and Mable (Nelson) Walin. He attended school at Galva and moved with his family in 1941 to the Ashton area where they farmed.
Walin worked as a welder for Davis Manufacturing in Wichita during World War II. He was later a welder for Rodeo Meats for 23 years before retiring in 1979.
On Aug. 20, 1959, he married Opal Barnes, and they resided on the family farm near Ashton.
Walin was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a stepson, Larry Barnes, and a stepdaughter, Shirley Tharp, both of Arkansas City; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Cicely Wilson
SEVERY - Cicely Ann Wilson, 80, died Aug. 12, 1997, at her home in Severy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Severy United Methodist Church with the Revs. Kibum Kim and Gary Parsons officiating. Interment will be in South Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
Memorials have been established with the Severy United Methodist Church and Hospice Inc. of Wichita.
Wilson was born Feb. 16, 1917, in Kansas City, Mo., to Lawrence Clifford and Ollie Violet (Bailey) Rowsey. She attended grade schools in Kansas and Oklahoma and graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich., in 1937.
On Nov. 25, 1937, she married Charles Lester Wilson at Caney. They lived near Havana and Niotaze before moving to Wichita in 1941.
Wilson was employed by Hinkels Department Store and later J.M. McDonald's Clothing Store After retiring in 1976, they moved to Severy.
Wilson was a member of the Severy United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, LeRoy Wilson, Mulvane, and Larry Wilson, Garland, Texas; two daughters, Donna Williams, Mulvane, and Linda Calvert, Dallas; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Richard Pickett
SEDAN - Richard Tom Pickett, 57, formerly of Longton, died Aug. 11, 1997, at Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Longton Baptist Church with the Rev. Ted D. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Longton Cemetery under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
A memorial has been established with the Longton Baptist Church.
Pickett was born Dec. 10, 1939, at Pawnee, Okla., to William Allen and Elsie Iola (Lewark) Pickett. He attended rural schools near Ponca City, Okla., and graduated from Longton High School in 1957.
On Sept. 23, 1956, he married Stella Myra Greenburg at Longton. They moved to Bartlesville, Okla., in 1957, and he worked for the city of Dewey, Okla., for several years.
In 1960 the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and he attended Bible Baptist Seminary at Arlington. He graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.
Pickett began his missionary career by raising funds to supply Bibles for churches in Mexico. He joined the World Baptist Fellowship in 1965, and the family moved to Brazil in 1967. He worked in church planning there until returning to Kansas in 1971. The Picketts returned to Brazil in 1983 and continued missionary work there until 1987. Because of his health, they moved to Wichita.
Pickett had resided at Howard Twilight Manor since 1993.
Survivors include two sons, Wesley Pickett, Gaffney, S.C., and Nathaniel Pickett, Wichita; two daughters, Peggy Henderson, Sedan, and Darlia Conklin, Manhattan; his mother, Elsie Pickett, and his brother, William J. Pickett, both of Longton; and nine grandchildren.

Richard Pickett
LONGTON - Services for Richard Tom Pickett were held at 10 a.m. Aug. 14, 1997, in the Longton Baptist Church. The Rev. Ted D. Davis officiated.
June Kramer was the organist, and Connie Russell sang "Amazing Grace" and "In the Garden."
Casket bearers were Darin Ashenfelter, Mack Kill, Ron McDonald and Greg, Nathan and Wesley Pickett.
Interment was in Longton Cemetery under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established with the Longton Baptist Church.

Lawrence Marshall
MINNEOLA - Lawrence R. Marshall, 62, died July 15, 1997, at the Minneola hospital.
Services were held July 18 at the community church with Robert Seth and Jay Thompson officiating. Carol Sibley was the organist, and Jeanette McBee and Jean Shinogle were vocalists.
Burial was in Minneola Cemetery. Casket bearers were Duane, Rick, Gary, Lyle, Terry and Brett Marshall.
Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association and the community church youth center.
Born March 9, 1935, at Minneola, Marshall was a son of Vernon and Audrey (McMahan) Marshall. The family moved to Atlanta in 1947, and he graduated from Atlanta High School in 1953.
Marshall served with the U.S. Air Force in Europe during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired trucker.
On June 5, 1994, he married Darlene Classen at Dodge City.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Jeff Marshall, Hurst, Texas; a daughter, Jane Davis, Augusta; a brother, J.B. Marshall, Atlanta; a sister, Maxine Keely, Wichita; four grandchildren and numerous stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.

Corrine Cox
Corrine A. Cox, of Route 1, Winfield, died this morning at her home.
Arrangements will be announced by Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.

Ruby Parker
HOWARD - Ruby Violet Parker, 90, died Aug. 13, 1997, at her home in Howard.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard, with interment in Grace Lawn Cemetery. The Revs. Kibum Kim and Robin Haines will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Parker was born June 2, 1907, southeast of Severy to Perley Benton and Bertha (Marshall) Hemry. She attended rural schools in Elk County.
On Sept. 26, 1926, she married John Milton Parker at her parents' home southeast of Severy. They farmed in Elk County until moving to Howard in 1948. The Parkers owned and operated Parker Service Station until retiring in 1971.
Her husband preceded her in death Dec. 9, 1993.
Parker was a longtime member of the Howard United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was a former member of the Loyal Lima Extension Homemakers Unit and Classie Lassies Pitch Club.
Survivors include three sons, Bob Parker, Howard, Kenneth Parker, Grand Lake, Colo., and Danny Parker, Wichita; a daughter, Dorothy Hunt, Canon City, Colo.; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Grant G. Prothro
Grant G. Prothro, 48, of 321 W. 15th in Winfield, a truck driver, died Aug. 15, 1997, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Udall cemetery. Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield from noon to 9 p.m. Monday.
Prothro was born June 16, 1949, in Winfield to Elmer Owen and Gladys Gearhart Prothro.
The family lived in Udall, and briefly in Idaho, before moving to Wichita in 1951.
Reared and educated in Wichita where he attended the Christian Academy, he and his parents moved to Arkansas City in 1967.
He and his mother moved to Winfield in 1969 after the death of his father in 1968. His mother died in 1995.
He had been employed by John Lawrence Trucking, and was a member of the Udall Congregational Church.
Survivors include sisters Levaun Trussell and Angela Jo Case, both of Ponca City, Okla., brothers Owen L. Prothro of Elysian Fields, Texas, and Norman G. Prothro of Rockwall, Texas., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Corrine Cox
Corrine A. Cox, 72, of Route 1, Winfield, died Aug. 15, 1997, at her home.
A private service will be held. Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials have been established with Hospice Inc. and the Winfield Thrift Store.
Cox was born Nov. 14, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minn. She attended schools in Minneapolis, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1943. She also attended the University of Minnesota.
During World War II she served with the Women's Army Corps and was assigned to the Manhattan Project. She worked as a cryptographer for military intelligence after the war.
On Feb. 5, 1951, she married Francis Wayne Cox in Stuttgart, Germany. She was a homemaker while the family lived in many locations overseas. In 1970 her husband retired, and they moved to Winfield.
Cox worked at Graves Drugstore until her retirement. She had served as a volunteer for the Red Cross, at the Winfield Thrift Store and in several hospitals.
Survivors include her husband and two sons, Bradford Cox and Stewart Cox, all of Winfield; three brothers, Julius E. Webster, Mound, Minn., and Cyrus Webster and Reeve Webster, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sisters, Emily Sponberg, Wisconsin, and Hazel Johnson, Albert Lea, Minn.; and two grandchildren.

Bettie Nofsinger
MCPHERSON - Bettie Nofsinger, 75, homemaker, of McPherson, died Aug. 16, 1997, at her home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Brethren in McPherson and at 2 p.m. in Oxford Cemetery. Dr. Don Booz and Philip Lacey will officiate.
Friends may call at Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home in McPherson from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials have been established with Church of the Brethren Television Ministry, McPherson, and The Courage Fund (for the needs of cancer patients of Dr. Nanney). Contributions can be sent in care of the funeral home, 222 W. Euclid, McPherson, KS 67460.
Nofsinger was born May 7, 1922, in Yale, Okla., a daughter of Rusl Tracy and Bernice (Adkisson) Ludewick.
On Nov. 15, 1941, she married Elmer F. Nofsinger in Oxford. He died Feb. 14, 1986.
Nofsinger had lived in McPherson since moving there from Liberal in 1986.
She was a member of hospital auxiliaries in Liberal and McPherson and was active in Girl Scouts of America in Liberal.
Survivors include a son, Ron Nofsinger, Spring Hill; a daughter, Sue Wall, McPherson; a brother, Harold Ludewick, Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Russella Allan and Wilma Armstrong, both of Wichita, and Jean Wilson, Van Buren, Ark.; and five grandchildren.

Ruby Parker
HOWARD - Services for Ruby Violet Parker, 90, who died Aug. 13, 1997, were held at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at Zimmerman Funeral Home. The Revs. Kibum Kim and Robin Haines officiated. Burial was in Grace Lawn Cemetery.
Betty Russell was the organist, and Julia Brenner sang "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" and "How Great Thou Art." 
Casket bearers were Rex Bantz, Jim Criger, Richard Fish, Jason McIntyre, Ruel Penhorwood, Jim Stange and Jim White.
A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Bill Pierce
BURDEN - Bill J. Pierce, 36, oil field worker, of Burden, died Aug. 16, 1997, at his home.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in New Salem Cemetery, west of Burden. 
A memorial has been established with Cowley County Fire District 3 in Burden. Contributions can be made through the State Bank of Burden or Miles Funeral Service, Winfield, which is in charge of arrangements.
Pierce was born May 30, 1961, in Winfield, a son of Donald and Betty (Gardner) Pierce. He attended Winfield schools, including Winfield High School.
As a young man he began work in area oil fields and served various oil field production companies during his career.
A lifelong Cowley County resident, he had resided in the Burden and Dexter areas for over 10 years. 
Survivors include a son, Zachary Pierce, Ramona; his parents, John and Betty Brewer, Burden, and Don Pierce, Great Bend; five brothers, Monty Pierce and John Pierce, both of Winfield, Brad Pierce, Dexter, Todd Pierce, Arkansas City, and Derrel Pierce, Texas; and his grandmother, Frieda Brewer, Winfield. 

Robert Wind
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Robert A. Wind, 61, of Louisville, formerly of Winfield, died Aug. 14, 1997, at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Louisville. A memorial service and burial will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 30 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 6630 Nall Ave., Mission.
A memorial has been established with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 
Pearson Funeral Home, 149 Breckinridge Lane, Louisville, is in charge of arrangements.
Wind was born and raised in Winfield, a son of Victor E. and Margaret M. Wind. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1953.
Wind attended the University of Kansas where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and a master's degree in business administration from California State University at Fullerton. 
He worked for Boeing Co. in Wichita and North American Rockwell at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Anaheim, Calif. From 1971 to 1980 he owned and operated the Bernina Sewing Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Mo. In March 1993 he took medical retirement from the Boeing Co. in Huntsville, Ala.
Survivors include his wife, LaDonna M. (McCardwell) Wind; two sons, Robert A. Wind II and Stephen M. Wind; a daughter, Deborah M. Angilan; two brothers, Charles P. Wind and James L. Wind; four grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Zella Cowardin
ARKANSAS CITY - Zella Cowardin, 88, retired grocer, of Arkansas City, died Aug. 17, 1997, at Medicalodge North in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with Central Christian Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Cowardin was born Sept. 27, 1908, in Augusta, to James Christopher and Adda (Coday) Mannion. She was raised in Augusta and moved to Arkansas City with her parents when she was 16. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1927.
On Nov. 11, 1928, she married Harley Orson Cowardin in Ponca City, Okla. They made their home in Arkansas City where they owned and operated the Supreme Food Store, later known as Harley's Supreme Food Market, from 1934 until retirement in 1974. He preceded her in death.
Cowardin was a member of the Central Christian Church and U and I Sunday School Class.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Rindt, Arkansas City, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Leonard Joseph Thompson
ARKANSAS CITY - Leonard Joseph Thompson, 82, of Arkansas City, died Aug. 20, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home with interment in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association.
Thompson was born April 28, 1915, northeast of Newkirk, Okla., to Benjamin H. and Louise E. (Eck) Thompson. He graduated from Newkirk High School in 1932.
On July 31, 1937, he married Mary K. Baker in Kingman, and they lived on a farm south of Cedar Vale for many years. In 1992 they moved to Arkansas City.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; three sons, Gordon W. Thompson, Ponca City, Okla., Dwight R. Thompson, Geuda Springs, and Norman L. Thompson, Arkansas City; two daughters, Gayla S. Eaglin, Winfield, and Lila Jean Hudgins, Ponca City; two brothers, Floyd O. Thompson, Cedar Vale, and Claude R. Thompson, Virginia Beach, Va.; three sisters, Marie A. Bisonett, Portland, Ore., Alice Rahn, Arkansas City, and Helen F. Durham, St. Joseph, Mo.; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Grant Prothro
UDALL - Graveside services for Grant Gibson Prothro, 48, who died Aug. 15, 1997, were held at 11 a.m. Aug. 19 in Udall Cemetery. The Rev. Kent Wheeler officiated. 
The vocal music selection was "Go Rest High on that Mountain," performed by Vince Gill.
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Jessie Ford
HOWARD - Jessie Pearl Ford, 78, a longtime Howard resident, died Aug. 18, 1997, in Greenwood County Hospital at Eureka.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Funeral Home with Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in Moline Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the Moline Chamber of Commerce City Park Fund and the Elk County Ambulance Service.
Born Aug. 28, 1918, near Bentley, she was a daughter of Orrie John and Anna Leona (Cannon) Dutton. She attended Sedgwick County schools and grew up in the Bentley community.
On July 18, 1938, she married Lloyd Athel Ford at Valley Center. They lived in Wichita for several years, and she was employed as a cook for Olive Beech.
In 1946 the family moved to Severy where they owned and operated a grocery store, cream station and feed store. In the early 1950s they moved to a farm near Elk Falls and in 1956 began a grocery store in town.
In 1967 the Fords moved to Howard, and she worked as a dispatcher in the sheriff's office and cooked for the prisoners. After retiring in 1980, she cooked and worked in restaurants in the Elk County area.
Ford was a member of the Good Sam and Jayhawk camping clubs. She attended Elk Falls Christian Church for many years and was a longtime member of Ladonia Chapter 243 of the Order of the Eastern Star at Elk Falls.
Her husband died Nov. 11, 1990.
Survivors include a son, Leslie Ford, Moline; two daughters, Evelyn Condon, Independence, and JoAnn Turner, Wichita; three brothers, Rex Dutton, Arlington, Texas, Paul Dutton, Maize, and Charles Dutton, Augusta; two sisters, Phyllis Patteson, Augusta, and Barbara Walter, Wichita; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

James Swinney
GEUDA SPRINGS - James Oliver Swinney, 74, retired Lama Electro-Air inspector, of Geuda Springs, died Aug. 19, 1997, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Geuda Springs Cemetery. The Rev. David Lemke will officiate.
Memorials have been established with the Geuda Springs Activity Building and the dialysis unit at William Newton Memorial Hospital. Contributions can be made through Hawks Funeral Home of Arkansas City.
Swinney was born April 9, 1923, in Sedan, a son of Isaac and Alberta May (Price) Swinney. He attended school at Elgin and later attended North Dakota State School of Science. 
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the European Theatre.
On June 14, 1964, he married Anna L. Buell in Nowata, Okla. They lived in Oklahoma City for seven years before moving to Geuda Springs where they had lived for the past 25 years.
Swinney worked at General Electric for 13 years, then worked at the Cessna plant at Strother Field until it closed. He later worked at Lama Electro-Air in Wellington where he retired as an engineering and electrical inspector.
He was a member of Slate Valley Baptist Church and Crescent Lodge 133 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. For many years he had served on the Geuda Springs City Council and also as the mayor.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Swinney, Geuda Springs; two sons, James G. Swinney, Winfield, and Michael R. Swinney, Topeka; two stepsons, Leslie Axton, Manhattan, and Donald Axton Jr., Geuda Springs; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eula Ridgeway Smith
Memorial services for Eula Ridgeway Smith, 68, of Kent, Wash., formerly of Wichita and Dexter, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Dexter Christian Church. 
Inurnment will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery at Cedar Vale. 

Leon Brooks
Leon W. Brooks, 81, retired oil field worker, died Aug. 20, 1997, at Winfield Rest Haven. 
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Morrison City Cemetery, Morrison, Okla. The Rev. Ron Keith will officiate. Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc.
Brooks was born June 16, 1916, at Drumwright, Okla., a son of Robert and Kate (Lankard) Brooks. He was raised and educated in the Morrison, Okla., area.
On Dec. 15, 1941, he married Judith Parli in St. Louis.
He served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II.
Brooks was employed as an oil field driller in several states and later worked as a pumper. He retired in 1980 and moved to Winfield.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church and Winfield American Legion Post 10.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Brooks, Winfield; two brothers, Duane Brooks, Houston, and Terry Brooks, San Diego; and a sister, Nina Connoly, Rush, N.Y.

Bill Pierce
NEW SALEM - Graveside services for Bill J. Pierce, 36, who died Aug. 16, 1997, were held at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 in New Salem Cemetery. The Rev. Sheila Ratzlaff officiated.
Special vocal music was "Go Rest High on That Mountain" by Vince Gill.
A memorial has been established with Cowley County Fire District 3 at Burden.
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

James Swinney
GEUDA SPRINGS - James Oliver Swinney, 74, retired Lamar Electro Air employee, of Geuda Springs, died Aug. 19, 1997, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Geuda Springs Cemetery. The Rev. David Lemke will officiate.
Memorials have been established with the Geuda Springs Activity Building and the Renal Treatment Center of Winfield. Contributions can be made through Hawks Funeral Home.
Swinney was born April 9, 1923, in Sedan, a son of Isaac and Alberta May (Prince) Swinney. He attended school in Elgin and later attended the North Dakota State School of Science. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the European Theatre.
On June 14, 1964, he married Anna L. Buell in Nowata, Okla. They lived in Oklahoma City for seven years before moving to Geuda Springs where they had lived for the last 25 years.
Swinney worked at General Electric for 13 years before working at the Cessna plant at Strother Field until it closed. He later worked at Lamar Electro Air in Wellington where he retired as an engineering and electrical inspector.
He was a member of Slate Valley Baptist Church and Crescent Lodge 133 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. For many years he served on the Geuda Springs City Council and also as mayor.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Swinney, Geuda Springs; two sons, James G. Swinney, Winfield, and Michael R. Swinney, Topeka; two stepsons, Leslie Axton, Manhattan, and Donald Axton Jr., Geuda Springs; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Sandra Ramirez
WELLINGTON - Sandra C. Ramirez, 38, lifelong resident of Wellington, died Aug. 21, 1997, at Sumner Regional Medical Center. 
A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday and a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, both at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sumner Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call at Frank Funeral Home from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
A memorial has been established with Futures Unlimited. Donations can be made through the funeral home.
Ramirez was born April 24, 1959, in Wellington to Tobias and Tiburcia (Venegas) Ramirez.
She was a production laborer for Futures Unlimited.
Survivors include her father, Tobias Ramirez, Wellington; 10 brothers, Sebastian Ramirez, Burbank, Calif., Joe Ramirez, Newton, Victor Ramirez, Newkirk, Okla., Antonio Ramirez, Winfield, John Ramirez, Shreveport, La., Paul Ramirez, Jewett, Ill., Thomas Ramirez, Castaic, Calif., Larry Ramirez, Wichita, and Raymond Ramirez and Manuel Ramirez, both of Wellington; and two sisters, Theresa Perez, Chicago, and Dolores Rodriguez, Wichita.


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