Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1996

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Betty Koch
PERRYTON, Texas - Betty Brier Koch, 84, of Perryton, formerly of Winfield, died Oct. 15, 1996. Services were held in Perryton.
A memorial has been established with St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Manhattan.
Koch had been a clothing store operator and a housemother at St. John's College.
Survivors include a daughter, Kay Neufeld, Perryton; a brother, Leonard Vansholtz, Geneseo; two sisters, Mitzi Francis, Berkeley, Calif., and Nonie Saffes, Topeka; and two grandchildren.

Elsie Boyd
MEADE - Elsie L. Boyd, 86, a lifelong resident of Meade, died Oct. 26, 1996, at Meade District Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Meade with the Rev. Harry Fink officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery at Meade.
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fisler-Orme Mortuary.
A memorial has been established with Meade District Hospital.
Born Oct. 3, 1910, at Meade, she was a daughter of Herman H. and Katherine M. (Cordes) Feldman.
On May 19, 1929, she married Richard M. Boyd at Meade. She was a homemaker. Her husband preceded her in death Aug. 25, 1994.
Survivors include a half brother, Robert Feldman, Meade; five grandchildren, including Terri Avery, Winfield; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Randy Lee
OXFORD - Randy Lee, 40, of Oxford, died Oct. 27, 1996, at his home.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home with Don Moore officiating. Interment will be in the Douglass cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Cancer Center of Kansas, 818 N. Emporia, Suite 403, Wichita, or to any church.
Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the service Tuesday.
Born Sept. 23, 1956, in Winfield, Lee was a son of Willard J. and Eva (Bowers) Lee. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1974 and had been employed as a finish carpenter.
On Aug. 29, 1992, he married Colene Thomson in Oxford.
Survivors include his wife, of Oxford; two sons, Daniel Marshall, Dardenelle, Ark., and Daren Lee, Oxford; his stepchildren, Travis Brister and Anastasia Brister, both of Wellington; his mother, of Oxford; four brothers, Maurice and Mark Lee, both of Oxford, and Rick and Mike Lee, both of Winfield; and a sister, Mary Ann Smith, Winfield.

Charles Bennett
DERBY - Charles James Bennett, 66, of Derby, died Oct. 26, 1996, in Wichita.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Mortuary in Derby and 3 p.m. in Maple City Cemetery. Wade Graeber will officiate.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Mortuary.
Born Nov. 12, 1929, at Sparks, Okla., Bennett was a son of William Calvin and Juanita Viola (Tunnell) Bennett. On June 18, 1949, he married Jan Hanahan.
Bennett was employed in production planning for Boeing in Wichita.
He was a member of Maple City Community Church.
Survivors include his wife and a son, Mark Bennett, both of Derby; a daughter, Mary Ann Bloomgren, Boise, Idaho; a sister, Faye Miller, Limon, Colo.; three brothers, Kenneth Bennett, Kalispell, Mont., Vernon Bennett, Phoenix, and Stan D'Ray Bennett, Kansas City, Mo.; and one grandchild.

Jessie Dye
Jessie P. Dye, 77, of 917 Harris Road, Winfield, died Oct. 25, 1996, at Columbia Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Miles Funeral Service with interment in Highland Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home until 8 p.m. today.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.
Born Jan. 21, 1919, at Augusta, Dye was a daughter of George Albert and Betty May (Grieves) Withiam. She moved to Winfield with her family as a young child and attended Winfield schools.
On June 29, 1941, she married William Virgil Dye Jr. at Marion. The couple lived in various locations during Mr. Dye's service in World War II and his employment as a pumper for Phillips Petroleum Co., including Russell, Bird City and Norton.
Following retirement, the couple returned to Winfield in 1986.
Dye attended the Baptist Church. She was formerly affiliated with the Rebekah Lodge.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, George Dennis Dye, El Dorado; a daughter, Debbie Gillespie, Winfield; a brother, Stanley "Kye" Withiam, Hesston; two sisters, Rosemary Osburn and Maxine Stevenson, both of Winfield; two granddaughters and a great-grandson.

Marie Counts
NORTH BEND, Ore. - Doris Marie Counts, 78, of North Bend, died Oct. 11, 1996, at Coos Bay (Ore.) Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Prairie View Church west of Atlanta. Interment will be in Floral Cemetery northeast of Winfield.
Marie (Dunbar) Counts was born Jan. 28, 1918, the youngest daughter of Lowell and Edna Dunbar. The family lived on a farm near Wilmot.
On June 26, 1937, she married John William "Johnnie" Counts. They lived most of their married lives in Phoenix but resided the past 11 years in North Bend.
Survivors include a son, Michael Counts, Manassas, Va.; two daughters, Gloria Drinen and Nancy Starry, both of North Bend, Ore.; a sister, Mildred Reeves, Tulsa, Okla.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with the North Bend First Christian Church, 2420 Sherman Ave., North Bend, Ore. 97459.

Pete Peterson
DOUGLASS - Vernon Dale "Pete" Peterson, 77, of Douglass, died Oct. 26, 1996, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus, Wichita.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Dunsford Chapel, Augusta, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Herrington will officiate.
Memorials have been established with St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Kansas Humane Society.
Born April 21, 1919, at Atlanta, Peterson was a son of Joseph and Estella (Hall) Peterson. On April 21, 1939, he married Faye King in Augusta.
Peterson served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired dirt contractor and farmer.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, Masons and Midian Shrine.
Survivors include his wife and a son, Dwight Peterson, both of Douglass; three daughters, Mary L. Harvey of Topeka and Delila Pinkerton and Julie Fuller, both of Douglass; a brother, Joe Peterson, Grove, Okla.; a sister, Nadine Brotemarkle, Wichita; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Leonard Roper
HOWARD - Leonard Clyde Roper, 85, died Oct. 28, 1996, at Howard Twilight Manor.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard and 1:30 p.m. in Wichita Park Cemetery. The Rev. Robin Haines will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the Howard Twilight Manor Recreation Fund.
Born April 23, 1911, in Dallas, Roper was a son of Francis Marion and Beulah Sue (Brown) Roper. He attended schools in Wollsey, Ark.
Roper married Edna Alexander, and they later were divorced.
On March 12, 1947, he married Clara (Fry) Redmond in Wichita, where they resided until moving to a farm north of Howard in 1952.
Roper worked at Boeing Aircraft Co. in Wichita during World War II. He then was a carpenter and also a farmer and stockman for many years.
In 1990 the Ropers moved to Howard Twilight Manor. His wife preceded him in death June 14, 1995.
Survivors include two sons, Leonard Clyde Roper Jr., St. Louis, and Roland Duane Roper, Oklahoma City; a daughter, Hope Buford, Oklahoma City; a stepdaughter, Floann Tague, Wichita; and several grandchildren, step grandchildren, great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Wesley Parkerson
Wesley L. Parkerson Jr., 69, of 1500 E. 10th, Winfield, died Oct. 29, 1996, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
His service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Miles Funeral Service. A private interment will be held later.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and until the service Friday.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.
Born Sept. 24, 1927, near Prague, Okla., Parkerson was a son of Wesley L. and Lydia Pauline (Schima) Parkerson. The family lived in Prague and Anthony before moving to Wilmot in 1939.
Parkerson entered the U.S. Army in 1950 and served as a medic during the Korean War. He was awarded a Purple Heart after receiving a combat bullet wound.
He married Frances Joann Slagle in Winfield. They later divorced.
Parkerson was employed locally by the city's gas and electric departments, Consolidated Flour Mill and the Carl Drennan and Kline car dealerships.
In 1967 he moved to Dallas, where he worked for American Airlines until retiring as a flight service technician in 1984.
In 1990 he moved back to Winfield and married Theda I. Becker. She preceded him in death in 1994.
Parkerson was a member of American Legion Post 10, Spencer Yarbrough Post 3544 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Transport Workers Union of America.
Survivors include a son, Rick Parkerson, Dwight; his mother, of Winfield; a sister, Louise Cordell, Wichita; and two granddaughters.

Judith Chambers
CAMBRIDGE - Judith D. Chambers, 54, of Cambridge, died Oct. 30, 1996, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield and at 2 p.m. in the Pawhuska, Okla., cemetery. The Rev. Fran Broadhurst will officiate.
Memorials have been established with Hospice Inc. and Cowley County Safe Homes Inc.
Born Sept. 14, 1942, at Grenville, Quebec, Canada, Chambers was a daughter of Leslie and Doris (Sproule) Cowan. Reared and educated in Quebec, she was a graduate of Grenville High School. After working as a secretary at a paper mill, she moved to Oklahoma in 1968.
On Oct. 17, 1969, she married Charles Loman Chambers Jr. at Wee Kirk Chapel near Cedar Vale. They lived and worked on the Codding Cattle Research Ranch near Foraker, Okla., until moving to Kansas in 1972. They had lived on the Ferguson Ranch east of Cambridge since 1979.
In 1983 Chambers graduated from Southwestern College with a degree in business and computer science. In 1984 she founded ABEL Services Computer Center at 108 E. Ninth in Winfield. She operated the business and served as a systems analyst.
Chambers was a member of Foraker United Methodist Church and the first female member of the Winfield Rotary Club. She was a supporter of Cowley County Safe Homes Inc. and a member of Winfield Soroptimists.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; two sons, Gary Chambers, Bartlesville, Okla., and Charles A. Chambers, Pawhuska, Okla.; her mother, Doris Cowan; four brothers, Donald Cowan, Calgary, Alberta, and Gary Cowan, Micky Bigras and Wayne Bigras, all of Grenville, Quebec; four sisters, Barbara McQuat, St. Andrews East, Quebec, Carol LaVoie, Pierrefonds, Quebec, Marilyn Thistwaite, Bramalea, Canada, and Norma Carkner, VanKleek Hill, Ontario; and five grandchildren.

James Cummings
LOS ANGELES - James Richard Cummings, 54, of Los Angeles, died Oct. 29, 1996, at his home after falling while repairing his roof.
No service will be held.
Born June 3, 1942, in Winfield, he was a son of Leo Melvin Cummings and Lola Emiline (Beltz) Allgaier. After graduating from Winfield High School in 1960, Cummings served with the U.S. Navy as a 3rd class radioman aboard the USS Arnold J. Isabel.
In 1965 Cummings moved to Los Angeles where he was employed by a telephone company until purchasing and managing Best Hardware in Santa Monica, Calif.
Survivors include his parents, both of Winfield, and two brothers, Melvin Joe Cummings, Winfield, and Max L. Cummings, Cedar Vale.

Willard Martin
Willard H. "Twid" Martin, 78, of 1615 Ann, Winfield, died Nov. 1, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Miles Funeral Service with interment in Cedar Vale Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and before the service Monday.
A memorial has been established with Good Samaritan Village.
Born Sept. 26, 1918, near Cedar Vale, Martin was a son of Elbert James and Zelma (Hite) Martin. Reared in the Cedar Vale area, he attended a Buck Creek, Okla., rural school. On Jan. 15, 1942, he married Margaret Ryan at Sedan.
Martin was employed in ranching and farming as a young man and worked in a Cedar Vale restaurant. He served with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific Theatre during World War II.
Martin attended a barber college in Oklahoma City and began his career as a barber in Cedar Vale. After practicing there for many years, he moved to Winfield during the 1960s and continued working as a barber until July 1996.
He had resided at Good Samaritan Village since Sept. 14.
Martin was a longtime member of American Legion Post 10 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3544, both in Winfield. He was also a member of the Oxford Coin Club.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Mary Garcia, Ponca City, Okla., and Julie Beltz, Winfield; and three grandchildren.

Wesley Parkerson
Services for Wesley L. Parkerson Jr. were held at 4 p.m. Nov. 1, 1996, in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Jerre Nolte officiated.
Special vocal music selections were "Amazing Grace" and "God Be with You Till We Meet Again."
Jack Embrey, chaplain of Winfield American Legion Post 10, presented the American flag and recognized Parkerson's military service.
Casket bearers were Jim Buterbaugh, Roger Casebolt, Jim Dobbs, John Havens, Ernest Hensley, Bill Long, Marvin Roady and Bill Thornton.
A private burial will be held later.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.

Wesley Butcher
ROCK - Wesley Mae Butcher, 64, homemaker, of Rock, died Nov. 2, 1996, in Wichita.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Smith Mortuary in Derby. The Rev. Neal Alford officiated. Burial was in Mulvane Cemetery.
Butcher was born May 5, 1932, in Vicksburg, Miss., a daughter of Leslie D. and Bessie Kaufman.
A homemaker, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Douglass.
Survivors include her husband, James N. Butcher, Rock; four sons, David Butcher, Douglass, Mike Butcher, Mulvane, Ron Butcher, Wichita, and Richard Butcher, Rock; a brother, James Kaufman, address not given; two sisters, Mary Nixon, Yuma, Ariz., and Ruby Lee, Fredrick, Okla.; and 16 grandchildren.

William Adkison
William Earl "Bill" Adkison, 59, of 1814 Fuller, Winfield, died Nov. 4, 1996, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Miles Funeral Service with interment in Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Gerald Graber will officiate.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and until the service Friday.
A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association.
Born June 3, 1937, at Ellinwood, Adkison was a son of Fred and Gladys M. (Morrell) Adkison. After growing up in Winfield and graduating from Winfield High School, he worked in area oil fields.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served in Korea as a battery sergeant for the U.S. Army.
During the 1960s he was employed by Beech Aircraft Co. in Wichita. From 1971 to 1978 he worked for Edo.-Aire Corp. He then worked for Boeing Aircraft Co. in Wichita until retiring as a tooling inspector in 1995.
Adkison was a life member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 70, Wichita.
Survivors include his daughter, Jean Adkison, of the home; a brother, Bill Tanner, Ohio; and three sisters, all of Huntington, Ind.

Ruth Ohm
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Ruth E. Ohm, 62, of Detroit Lakes, died Nov. 4, 1996, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Dan C. Abrahams will officiate, Sharlotte Johnston will be the organist, and the Guild Singers and Zion Lutheran Quartet will sing. West-Kjos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Born Oct. 12, 1934, in Winfield, she was a daughter of Gustave A. and Adelaide Dorothy (Meyer) Kuhlmann. She graduated from Winfield High School and from St. John's College in 1954. From 1954 to 1959 she taught school in Cincinnati.
On Nov. 28, 1959, she married Conrad J. Ohm in Winfield. They operated The Village Resort in Shoreham, Minn., and lived in Kansas during the winters. In 1964 they moved permanently to Shoreham and operated the resort until 1978. The Ohms then moved to Detroit Lakes.
Ohm also worked with her husband in Ohm Accounting and as a part-time secretary for Anglo American and Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes.
Ohm was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Guild Singers, a bell choir and various guilds.
Survivors include her husband and a son, Michael Ohm, both of Detroit Lakes; a daughter, Rachael Ohm, Minneapolis; a sister, Marjorie Theimer, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, the Rev. Robert Kuhlmann, Amarillo, Texas, and David Kuhlmann, Houston; and one granddaughter.

Carlton Dixon
MOLINE - Curtis Carlton Dixon, 77, of Moline, died Nov. 5, 1996, at Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard, with interment in Moline Cemetery. The Rev. Walter Darnall will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the Moline United Methodist Church.
Born May 18, 1919, at St. Joseph, Mo., Dixon was a son of Curtis D. and Julia Elizabeth (Roach) Dixon. He grew up in Moline and graduated from Moline High School in 1936.
On Aug. 28, 1945, he married Margaret Louise McGinley at Independence. They owned and operated the Dixon family farm for many years.
Dixon also began working in the oil industry in 1952 and for many years was employed by Mendenhall Drilling as an oil production superintendent. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator for Shore and Sons of Burden for a few years.
He retired from working in oil production and ranching in 1992.
Dixon was a member of the Eastern Kansas Oil and Gas Association and the Moline United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife and two sons, Jim Dixon and Mike Dixon, all of Moline, and five grandchildren.

Blanche Beckner
PONCA CITY, Okla. - Blanche Margaret Beckner, 102, formerly of the Longton area, died Nov. 5, 1996, in Ponca City.
Her service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Longton Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Heyer officiating. Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard is in charge of arrangements.
Born Sept. 27, 1894, at Longton, she was a daughter of Lauren Wilford and Alma Aletha (Williams) Young. She attended schools at Buxton and LaFontaine.
On Feb. 4, 1915, she married William Seth Reed at Fredonia. He died in 1923.
On March 23, 1927, she married John Seldon Beckner at Independence, and they lived on a farm near Howard for many years. After his death in 1946, she moved to Bartlesville, Okla.
Beckner performed house-cleaning services and owned and operated apartment houses for many years in Bartlesville.
In 1991 she moved to Ponca City.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol McNitt, Ponca City, and Alma Parsons, Bartlesville; two grandsons and five great-grandchildren.

Wilma Shank
ARKANSAS CITY - Wilma A. Shank, 80, of Arkansas City, died Nov. 5, 1996, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Wichita.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, Arkansas City, and at 2 p.m. in Crandall Cemetery, Bazine. The Rev. John Penfield will officiate.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 p.m. today.
Memorials have been established with the First Baptist Church of Arkansas City and the First Baptist Church of Bazine. 
Born Jan. 13, 1916, at Alexander, she was a daughter of Leo and Alice (Ryersee) Gish. She attended schools in Alexander and Bazine and graduated from Bazine High School in 1934. After graduating from a cosmetology school in Wichita, she operated Wilma's Beauty Shop in Bazine until 1938.
On Nov. 4, 1937, she married Lloyd L. Shank in Bazine, where they lived until moving to Coats. They also lived in Dodge City, Garden City and Scott City before moving to Arkansas City in 1964.
Shank was a member of the First Baptist Church and Victory Chapter 151 of the Order of the Eastern Star, both of Arkansas City.
Survivors include her husband and a son, William L. Shank, both of Arkansas City; two daughters, Phyllis A. Schmidt and Linda D. Moore, both of Winfield; a brother, Leo Junior Gish, Dodge City; two sisters, Velva Spence, New Orleans, and Elise Bondurant, Big River, Calif.; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Nola Hoskins
ARKANSAS CITY - Nola Mae Hoskins, 83, retired nurse's aide, of Arkansas City, died Nov. 5, 1996, in William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Wayne Robbins will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Vale Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with Winfield Rest Haven. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. 
Hoskins was born Aug. 26, 1913, in Wauneta to Lee Roy and Beryl (Cooper) Kinnaman. She was raised and educated in Cedar Vale and Sedan and graduated from Sedan High School in 1931. 
On April 7, 1931, she married G.O. Blake in Wauneta. 
On June 8, 1941, she married Lester Harrison Hoskins in Cedar Vale. They made their home in Oakland, Calif., and Shawnee, Okla., before moving to Dexter in 1953. In 1963 they moved to Arkansas City. Mr. Hoskins preceded her in death.
For several years until her retirement in 1978, Hoskins worked for Arkansas City Memorial Hospital as a nurse's aide.
She was a member of the Arkansas City and Cedar Vale Church of Christ.
Survivors include five sons, Tommy Gene Blake, Savannah, Ga., Lee Roy Hoskins, Alamo, Texas, and Mike Hoskins, Bill Hoskins and Dick Hoskins, all of Arkansas City; a daughter, Vikki Davidson, York, S.C.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Geneva Wells
HOWARD - Geneva Marie Wells, 72, lifelong resident of Howard, died Nov. 6, 1996, in Howard Twilight Manor.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church of Howard. The Rev. Chuck Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery. 
Memorials have been established with the Howard Senior Center and Howard Twilight Manor. Contributions may be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home.
Wells was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Howard, the daughter of David Alonzo and Louisa Matilda (Butt) Nigh. She was raised in the Howard area and graduated from Howard High School in 1941.
She also graduated from Wichita Business College and was employed for a brief time as assistant auditor at the Allis Hotel in Wichita.
On April 18, 1943, she married John Cleland Wells in Howard. 
For many years Wells was employed as a legal secretary in the law office of Katherine Vinette in Howard. Later she was employed in the law office of Lynn Perkins until ill health forced her retirement in 1982.
Wells was a member of the women's auxiliary, an elder, a trustee and the choir director of the First Presbyterian Church in Howard until it closed. She became a member of the First Baptist Church in 1983.
Survivors include her husband, Cleland Wells, Howard; a son, Gary Wells, Piedmont; a daughter, Sandra Ball, Winfield; a sister, Bonnie Hurt, Wilbur, Ore.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.


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