Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1997

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Delilah Thomas
Delilah Redford Thomas, 83, of 221 N. Park, Winfield, died Sept. 5, 1997, at Winfield Rest Haven.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials have been established with the Tisdale United Methodist Church and the Alzheimer's Association. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Thomas was born Nov. 26, 1913, on a ranch near Atlanta, to Clifford B. and Minnie M. (Ketterman) Price. Raised and educated in Atlanta, she graduated from Atlanta High School in 1932. She continued her education at Butler County Junior College where she received her associate's degree.
On Nov. 1, 1936, she married Walt Redford in Atlanta. They lived and worked on their ranch near Burden throughout their marriage. He died Aug. 31, 1967.
On Feb. 19, 1972, she married Floyd E. Thomas in Tisdale. They had resided in Winfield since that time.
Thomas was a member of the Tisdale United Methodist Church and Eaton Community Club.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd Thomas, Winfield; a son, Bob L. Redford, Burden; two stepsons, Mike Thomas, Halstead, and Gary Thomas, Tulsa, Okla.; a stepdaughter, DeAnn Titus, Newton; a brother, C.B. Price, LaFeria, Texas; two sisters, Lois Shannon, Neosho, Mo., and Lorraine Dryden, Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Marion Kunkel
DOUGLASS - Marion Lee Kunkel, 71, of Douglass, died Sept. 4, 1997, in Wichita.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Douglass Christian Church. The Rev. Ron Keith officiated. Burial was in Douglass Cemetery. Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials have been established with the Rock Christian Church Building Fund and Hospice Inc.
Kunkel was born Feb. 1, 1926, at Rock, a son of Rolla and Verna (Starkey) Kunkel.
He was a retired sheet metal assembler at Boeing and a member of Rock Christian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Norma (Lanier) Kunkel, Douglass; three sons, Terry Kunkel, Belle Plaine, Mark Kunkel, Wichita, and Kent Kunkel, El Dorado; three daughters, Sandra Zimmerman, Douglass, Lisa Gimple, Rock, and Lori Lockard, El Dorado; three sisters, Marjorie Leayman, Meryl Knapp and Eleanor Johnson, all of Rock; and 14 grandchildren.

Mary Alice Bell
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Mary Alice Bell, of Chattanooga, sister-in-law of Marie Barker of Winfield, died Sept. 3, 1997, at her home.
Services were held Sept. 6 at Chattanooga Funeral Home. The Rev. Douglass Hawkins officiated. Burial was in the U.S. National Cemetery in Chattanooga.
Bell is survived by her husband of 59 years, James M. Bell, Chattanooga, formerly of Winfield; a son, James L. Bell, Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Sharon A. Gaston and Connie Danner, both of Chattanooga; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Lodean Klein
UDALL - Services for Lodean M. Klein, 63, who died Sept. 4, 1997, were held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Udall United Methodist Church. The Revs. Leonard Goosen and John Branson officiated. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery.
Cora Mettling was the organist, and Sheana Godwin sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "When Love Comes Home."
Honorary casket bearers were Sam Bales, Herman Dietzsch, Brad Klein, Lawrence Lee, Doyle Patton and Mike E. Thompson. 
Casket bearers were Bill Beverage, John Casson, John Cooper, Mike Dowers, Rick Godwin and Bob Shields.
Memorials have been established with the Udall United Methodist Church and the Walnut Valley Quilt Guild.
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Odessa Miller
Odessa Miller, 84, of 1518 Frankfort, lifelong resident of Winfield, died Sept. 8, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and until noon Thursday.
A memorial has been established with Winfield Rest Haven. Contributions can be made through the funeral home or the Church of Christ.
Miller was born June 20, 1913, at Winfield, to Frank and Nora (Barker) Hedges. She was raised and educated in Winfield.
On May 5, 1930, she married Harry G. Miller in Wichita. They resided in Winfield throughout their marriage. He died Nov. 12, 1972.
The Millers operated Winfield Taxi Service during the 1940s, and they later owned and operated Miller Appliance Co. and the Miller Crosley car dealership in Winfield.
Miller was also employed by Hedges Hudson car dealership and served for a number of years as manager of the Western Drive-In.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Michael D. Miller, Blue Springs, Mo.; a daughter, Sharon L. Glass, Oroville, Wash.; a brother, Bill Hedges, Ponca City, Okla.; a sister, Dorothy Piper, Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Charissa Owen
BURDEN - Charissa Dea "Char" Owen, 42, of Burden, formerly of Arkansas City, died Sept. 7, 1997, at Hula Reservoir near Pawhuska, Okla.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Riverview Cemetery, Arkansas City. The Rev. Tom Clymer will officiate. The casket will remain closed at all times.
A memorial has been established with the North Shore Animal League "Save-a-Pet" Fund. Contributions can be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Owen was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Arkansas City, to Philip E. and Charline (Brooks) Parman. She was raised and educated in Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1972. She also attended Cowley County Community College.
On March 17, 1973, she married James Owen in Arkansas City. They lived in Arkansas City and Winfield before settling in Burden.
Owen was a homemaker and member of BO chapter of P.E.O.
Survivors include her husband, James Owen, and a son, Doster Owen, both of Burden; her father and stepmother, Phil and Ruth Parman, Arkansas City; and two brothers, Philip Michael Parman, Sparks, Nev., and David Parman, Winfield.

Aaron Koop
WICHITA - Aaron Koop, 86, of Wichita, retired landscaper for the city of Wichita, died Sept. 3, 1997.
Services were held Sept. 5 in Resthaven Mortuary Chapel.
A memorial has been established with Alzheimer's Association, South-Central Kansas Chapter, Box 2763, Wichita, KS 67203.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Koop; five sons, Keith, James, Robert and John Koop, all of Wichita, and Steve Koop, DeQuincy, La.; four daughters, Judith Rucker, Elizabeth Hull and Sandra Bloom, all of Wichita, and Mary Roberts, Winfield; 27 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Delilah Thomas
Services for Delilah Redford Thomas were held at 2 p.m. Sept. 10, 1997, at Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Quentin Bennett officiated.
Special vocal music included "The Journey," performed by Aileen and Elkin Thomas; "I'll Fly Away," sung by Pat Lundy; and "The Rose," performed by Bette Midler.
Interment was in Atlanta Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chester Bates, Charles Cromley, John Havens, Ernest Hensley, Ernest Kanitz and Charles Martin.
Memorials have been established with the Tisdale United Methodist Church and the Alzheimer's Association.

Eona Branson
GROVE, Okla. - Eona Pauline Branson, 68, of Grove, formerly of Wellington, died Sept. 11, 1997, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Wellington. with the Rev. Sallie Shore officiating. Interment will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established with St. John's Hospice of Grove. Contributions can be made through Hawks Funeral Home of Wellington.
She was born April 6, 1929, and married Harold Branson June 29, 1947, both in Pratt.
The Bransons owned a construction business in Wellington from 1957 to 1991. They moved to Grove in 1991.
Branson was a member of the Disciples of Christ, Wellington, and First Christian Church, Grove. She was a past president of the Christian Women's Fellowship and started the Life Line Program at St. Luke's Hospital, both in Wellington.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, Dennis Branson, St. Louis; a daughter, Cynthia Helmer, Winfield; a brother, Robert Alexander, address not given; and five grandchildren.

Vineta Bartch
B. Vineta Bartch, 87, a longtime Atlanta resident, died Sept. 12, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Miles Funeral Service with interment in the Towanda cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 9 p.m. Monday and until 10 a.m. Tuesday.
A memorial has been established with the Atlanta Christian Church. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Born July 31, 1910, near Towanda, she was a daughter of David William and Myrtle Violet (Mooney) Bloir. She attended schools in Towanda and graduated from Towanda High School in 1929.
On Feb. 13, 1935, she married Roscoe T. Bartch at Fredonia. They lived in Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, California and Arizona before moving to Towanda in 1942 and to Atlanta in 1948.
Bartch was a member of the Atlanta Christian Church, an Extension Homemakers Unit and a garden club.
Her husband preceded her in death Aug. 31, 1988.
Bartch had resided at the Good Samaritan Village since 1993.
Survivors include a daughter, V. Moonine Walker, Visalia, Calif., and her grandchildren, Janell Dunaway and Wayne Alan Walker.

Kathryn Foster
Kathryn Margaret Foster, 89, of Arkansas City, died Sept. 11, 1997, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City. The Rev. Emory Day will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
Born May 19, 1908, in New Franklin, Mo., she was the daughter of Thomas Frazier and Anna (Bethke) Thomson. She attended schools in New Franklin, and graduated from high school in 1927. After graduation she went to work at S.S. Kresge store where she met Aubrey C. Foster Sr. She married him on May 15, 1930, in Sioux City, Iowa. the couple made their first home in Aberdeen, S.D., but due to his work, lived in various cities throughout the Midwest.
In 1946, the couple moved to Arkansas City where he and Ernest Casey opened Ark Furniture. After Casey's death, the store's name changed to Foster's Furniture. In 1975 the couple opened a store in Winfield.
Her husband preceded her in death on May 3, 1993.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Arkansas City, Esther Circle and Philathea Sunday school class.
She was also a member of the Fortnightly Club, Soroptimist Club and the Ark City Garden Club.
Survivors include two sons, Aubrey C. "Bud" Foster Jr. and Robert M. Foster, both of Arkansas City, a brother, Tommy Thomson of Arkansas City; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Silta Bonesteel
Silta A. Bonesteel, 90, of Route 3, Winfield, died Sept. 13, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Burial will be in Burden Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the Salvation Army.
Bonesteel was born May 17, 1907, in Buffalo, Okla., to Lewis and Ethel (Shields) Venn. She was raised and educated in Oklahoma and moved to the Winfield area when she was 18.
On Oct. 3, 1926, she married Chester Bonesteel in Winfield. They worked in the shipyards in California during World War II. After returning to Winfield, they owned and operated the Pleasant Valley Dairy.
Her husband died Dec. 26, 1995.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Deslauries, Tucson, Ariz., and Ethel Shipp, Winfield; a brother, Lewis Venn, Winfield; three sisters, Zora Turner, Winfield, Verna Sherman, Wichita, and Blanche Meritt, Pond Creek, Okla.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Luciel Ridings
OOLOGAH, Okla. - Luciel A. Ridings, 86, longtime Cedar Vale resident, died Sept. 14, 1997, at her home in Oologah. 
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Cedar Vale First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Winfield. 
Friends may call at Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale beginning at noon Tuesday.
A memorial has been established with the Community Hospice of Claremore, 618 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, Okla. 74017. 
Ridings was born Oct. 24, 1910, in Anderson County, to Elmer E. and Rose B. (Stout) Kingsbury. She graduated from Dexter High School and earned her teaching certificate from Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg. 
She taught for five years at the Prairie Ridge and Cambridge schools.
On May 6, 1936, she married Harold Charles Ridings in Okemah, Okla. In 1942 they moved to Cedar Vale, where she was a homemaker and a member of the Cedar Vale First Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school and was active in the Women's Missionary Union.
Her husband died Jan. 30, 1997. She moved to Oologah in June.
Survivors include a son, Jim Ridings, Fort Pierre, S.D.; a daughter, Marcia Bacon, Oologah, Okla.; two sisters, Aileene Rotha, Winfield, and Ora Parsons, Burden; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Lotus Roberts
ARKANSAS CITY - Lotus Jeanne Roberts, 77, of Arkansas City, died Sept. 13, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City. 
Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Wee Kirk Chapel near Cedar Vale. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Cremation has been effected.
A memorial has been established with the First Presbyterian Church Youth Fund. Contributions can be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Roberts was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Winfield, to Lotus M. and Mabelle (Filson) Day. She was raised in Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1938. She also attended Wichita Business College.
In 1960 she married Garland Roberts in Cairo, Egypt. They made their home in Saudi Arabia and other countries as employees of ARAMCO Oil Co. She worked as an executive secretary for many years.
After retiring, she and her husband lived in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Roberts was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include a brother, the Rev. Ernest Filson Day, Roswell, N.M.; and a sister, Virginia Kelley, Estes Park, Colo.

Joseph Price
ATLANTA - Joseph Michael Price, 20, of Atlanta, died Sept. 14, 1997, at Augusta.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Douglass. The Rev. Cliff Muci will officiate. Burial will be in Douglass Cemetery.
Friends may call at Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home until 8 tonight.
Price was born May 11, 1977, in Winfield, to Ronald Michael and Nyija (Haskin) Price. 
He was a line assembler at Boeing.
Survivors include his parents, Ronald Michael and Nyija Price, a sister, Bridget Price, and his grandmother, Bonnie Price, all of Atlanta; his grandparents, Ivan and Lucille Haskin, Douglass; and his great-grandmother, Ida Brown, Atlanta.

Dessie Stalnaker
ARKANSAS CITY - Dessie Stalnaker, 90, retired teacher, of Arkansas City, died Sept. 15, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home until 8 Thursday evening. The casket will remain closed for the service.
Memorials have been established with Mount Hope United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Stalnaker was born on a farm south of Geuda Springs to A.O. and Iva (McCormick) Stalnaker. She was raised in the Geuda Springs and Arkansas City areas, attended Crescent Country School and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1926. In 1930 she graduated from Southwestern College.
Stalnaker taught in various Kansas communities, the last 25 years in Medicine Lodge. She retired in 1969 after 38 years of teaching.
She was a member of the Medicine Lodge United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Arkansas City Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include a brother, Raymond Stalnaker, Newkirk, Okla., a sister-in-law, Gladys Stalnaker, Arkansas City; and several nieces and nephews.

Hazel Jackson
OVERLAND PARK - Hazel M. Jackson, 84, of Overland Park, formerly of Winfield, died Sept. 12, 1997, at the Louisburg Care Center in Louisburg. 
There were no services. Cremation has been effected.
Jackson was born Sept. 19, 1912, in Winfield, to Ernest and Olsa (Burbridge) Phillips. On April 12, 1941, she married Francis Jackson in Winfield. He died Oct. 12, 1987.
Jackson had lived in Winfield all her life prior to moving to Overland Park one and a half years ago.
She was a member of the Winfield First Christian Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Hainline, Overland Park; and a grandson.

Waneta Ward
SHAWNEE MISSION - Waneta Ward, 59, of Shawnee Mission, formerly of Winfield, died Sept. 16, 1997, at her home.
D.W. Newcomer Sons Overland Park Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ward was born Jan. 14, 1938, in Amorita, Okla., a daughter of Maxine Frazier of 401 E. Fourth, Winfield, and the late Orval Henderson. She attended school in Byron, Okla.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Ward, Shawnee Mission; two sons, Wayne and David; three daughters, Debbie, Raylene and Teresa; a brother, Orval Henderson, Winfield; five sisters, Eva Jo Terronez, Winfield, Lola Mount, Sedan, Kay Hull, Stillman Valley, Ill., Dorothy Still, Glenpool, Okla., and Linda Chavez, Cottonwood Falls.

Beatrice Bartch
Services for Beatrice Vineta Bartch, 87, who died Sept. 12, 1997, were held at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. Darrell Walker, her son-in-law, officiated. Burial was in Towanda Cemetery.
The special vocal selection was "Amazing Grace."
A memorial has been established with the Atlanta Christian Church.

Vera Vardy
ANTHONY - Vera Irene Vardy, 103, homemaker and licensed practical nurse, of Anthony, died Sept. 16, 1997, in Sun City West, Ariz.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Elliott Mortuary in Anthony. The Revs. John Schnelle and Richard Roe will officiate. Burial will be in Burchfiel Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the South Hutchinson United Methodist Church.
Vardy was born July 2, 1894, in Orleans, Neb., to Charles and Ida Florence (Smith) Tinklepaugh. Her husband, Arthur Edward Vardy, died Dec. 12, 1949.
She was a member of the South Hutchinson United Methodist Church and Naomi Circle of the church.
Survivors include a son, James Edward Vardy, Anthony; a daughter, Elisa G. Marsh, Sun City, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Johnny Trammel
CLEARWATER - Johnny Lee Trammel, 47, of Clearwater, motorcycle mechanic and former Learjet Inc. maintenance mechanic, died Sept. 17, 1997, of injuries received in a motorcycle accident.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Webb Mortuary in Clearwater.
A memorial has been established with the Wichita Area Toy Run, c/o Jan Billings, 1202 N. Emporia, Wichita, KS 67214.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Trammel, Clearwater; three sons, Steven Garrison, Wichita, Justin Trammel, Topeka, and Michael Trammel, address not given; two daughters, Stephanie Garrison and Jessica Sheehan, both of Wichita; his parents, John and Sharlene Trammel, Moline; a sister, Joyce Wonser, Cambridge; and two grandchildren.

Luciel Ridings
CEDAR VALE - Services for Luciel A. Ridings were held at 1 p.m. Sept. 17, 1997, in the Cedar Vale First Baptist Church. Dr. Stanley Upchurch officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery at Winfield.
Lyman Wheeler was vocalist and Evelyn Upchurch was pianist. Music selections were "The Old Rugged Cross," "The Church in the Wildwood" and "Blessed Assurance."
Honorary casket bearers were Mike Campbell, Paul Fulsom, Lowell Harp and Verne, Loran and Craig Sweaney.
Casket bearers were John Bacon, Louis Brankel, Alpha Cody, Madison Holroyd, Ryan Ridings and Mark Thompson.
A memorial has been established with the Community Hospice of Claremore, 618 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017.
Wheeler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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