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Betty Morgan
NEODESHA - Betty Lorraine Morgan, 67, of Neodesha, former longtime Winfield resident, died Nov. 20, 1997, at her home in Neodesha.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and before services Monday.
A memorial has been established with Cowley County Safe Homes. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Morgan was born Aug. 17, 1930, in Rose Hill, to John Henry and Leona Dessie (Love) Gurnee. Raised and educated in the Rose Hill area, she moved to Winfield as a young woman.
In 1954 she married George Kepford, and they lived in Winfield throughout their marriage. He preceded her in death. 
She moved to Neodesha in 1982 and married Bob Morgan, whom she later divorced. 
A Winfield resident for nearly 40 years, she had been employed in housekeeping for the Sonner Motor Inn in Winfield.
Survivors include five sons, Kerry Depford and Robert Depford, both of Neodesha, Tim Depford, Springfield, Mo., Dale Morgan, Iowa, and Tony Morgan, Springfield, Mo.; six daughters, Janice Brown, Karen Jones and Tammy Thomas, all of Winfield, Debbie Blackford, Lockwood, Mo., Vickie Allison, Marshfield, Mo., and Tina Morgan, Neodesha; five brothers, Junior Gurnee and Victor Gurnee, both of Winfield; Darl Gurnee, Arkansas City, Don Gurnee, Chicago, Ill., and Jack Gurnee, Hallowell; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Jackie Donley
OXFORD - Jackie Donley, 81, of Oxford, died Nov. 22, 1997, at Riverview Manor.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 8 tonight and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
A memorial has been established with Riverview Manor. Contributions can be left at the funeral home.
Donley was born Nov. 10, 1916, in Miami, Okla., to Rob and Lucy Jane (Combs) Orcutt. 
On June 20, 1935, she married Maurice Eugene Donley in Colorado Springs, Colo. They moved from Nebraska to Oxford in 1945.
From 1946 to 1961 they owned and operated Donley LP Gas in Oxford, and through the mid-1960s they owned and operated Feline's Restaurant. Donley also worked at Riverview Manor for 20 years until her retirement in 1987.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Oxford and a past matron of the Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include a daughter, Sheryl Donley Baker, Arkansas City; a sister, Nora May Dugan, Colorado Springs; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild. 
Mr. Donley died June 14, 1974. A son, Buddy Eugene Donley, also preceded his mother in death.

Betty Morgan 
NEODESHA - Betty Lorraine Morgan, 67, of Neodesha, former longtime Winfield resident, died Nov. 20, 1997, at her home.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Ron Keith officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Vocal music included "Go Rest High on That Mountain," performed by Vince Gill, "Amazing Grace," by Maraquel Allison, "Where No One Stands Alone," by Elvis Presley, and "Love Me," by Collin Raye.
Casket bearers were Don and Jake Gurnee, Shawn Love, Chuck McNeece, Phil Rimel and David Thomas.
A memorial has been established with Cowley County Safe Homes Inc.
Morgan was born Aug. 17, 1930, in Rose Hill, to John Henry and Leona Dessie (Love) Gurnee. Raised and educated in the Rose Hill area, she moved to Winfield as a young woman.
In 1954 she married George Kepford, and they lived in Winfield. He preceded her in death. 
She moved to Neodesha in 1982.
A Winfield resident for nearly 40 years, she had been employed in housekeeping for the Sonner Motor Inn.
Survivors include five sons, Kerry Kepford and Robert Kepford, both of Neodesha, Tim Kepford, Springfield, Mo., Dale Morgan, Iowa, and Tony Morgan, Springfield, Mo.; six daughters, Janice Brown, Karen Jones and Tammy Thomas, all of Winfield, Debbie Blackford, Lockwood, Mo., Vickie Allison, Marshfield, Mo., and Tina Morgan, Neodesha; five brothers, Junior Gurnee and Victor Gurnee, both of Winfield, Darl Gurnee, Arkansas City, Don Gurnee, Chicago, and Jack Gurnee, Hallowell; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Edward Matuk
ZELLWOOD, Fla. - Edward C. Matuk, 72, of Zellwood, formerly of Neodesha, died Nov. 19, 1997, at his home.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. Nov. 25 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Apopka, Fla. Cremation has taken place. Loomis Funeral Home of Apopka was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the Stewart Fieldhouse renovation project at Southwestern College.
Matuk was born in Shenandoah, Pa. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic Theater.
He attended Southwestern College where he played football and baseball before graduating in 1950. He was inducted into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
An independent oil producer, he moved to Neodesha in the 1950s. He moved to central Florida in 1990.
Matuk was a member of the Elks Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5962.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Estela Matuk, Zellwood, Fla.; a brother, Al Matuk, Ringtown, Pa.; a sister, Elenor Brown, Hershey, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Flossie Barnett
KEARNEY, Neb. - Flossie "Ted" Barnett, 90, a resident of St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village in Kearney, formerly of Udall, died Nov. 24, 1997, at the care center.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Udall Cemetery. The Rev. Sam Lever will officiate. O'Brien-Straatman Funeral Home of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
Barnett was born May 12, 1907, in Santa Cruz, Calif., to Sidney and Mollie (Anderson) Cope. She attended school in various states.
On Sept. 16, 1927, she married Peter Shehan in Winfield. 
In December 1953 she married Eura Barnett in Las Vegas. He preceded her in death.
Barnett was a resident of Udall from 1966 to 1993. She moved to Elm Creek, Neb., in 1993 and had been a resident of St. Luke's since May 1996.
Survivors include a daughter, Delores Pitt, Elm Creek; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Elmer Junkens
BLACKWELL, Okla. - Elmer Leroy Junkens, 78, of Blackwell, died Nov. 17, 1997.
Private services have been held.
A memorial has been established with the Alzheimer's Association. Contributions can be made through Miles Funeral Service, P.O. Box 720, Winfield, KS 67156.
Junkens was born March 10, 1919, to Wesley and Novilene (Robinson) Junkens. 
On Sept. 3, 1971, he married M. Eloween Bean. They lived in the Blackwell area. She died July 4, 1997.
A lifelong resident of the Dillworth, Nardin and Blackwell, Okla., communities, he was an oil field worker.
Survivors include his stepsons, Charles Bean, Winfield, and Marty Bean, Derby; two stepdaughters, Tina Knox, St. Louis, and Larene Walling, Arkansas City; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Faye Keller
DOUGLASS - Faye Aalene Keller, 94, of Douglass, died Nov. 23, 1997, in Derby.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Mortuary in Derby. The Rev. Cindy Watson will officiate. Burial will be in Mulvane Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 8 tonight.
A memorial has been established with the Mulvane Historical Society.
Keller was born Aug. 11, 1903, in Spokane, Wash., to Charles W. and Ethel May (Reed) McBride.
She married Clarence Keller who died in 1991. A son, Donald Whitted, died Oct. 29, 1995.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include three grandsons, Mark Whitted, Raleigh, N.C., Martin Whitted, Arlington, Texas, and Karl Whitted, Tennessee; three granddaughters, Donna Rauh, Overland Park, Sandra Rhodes, Mulvane, and Micki Watson, Hope Mills, N.C.; and nine great-grandchildren.

Patricia Cox
DEXTER - Patricia Anne Cox, 67, lifelong Dexter area resident, died Nov. 25, 1997, at the Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.
A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Cox was born Jan. 26, 1930, on a farm near Dexter, to Walter and Esther (Rowe) Glass. She was raised and educated in Dexter.
On Sept. 4, 1946, she married Raymond D. Cox in Winfield. Married over 51 years, they lived and worked in the Dexter community throughout their marriage. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Cox, Dexter; four daughters, Ramona Catron, Cedar Vale, Debra Dibelka, Omaha, Neb., Terry Killingsworth, Dexter, and Pamala Bain, Newkirk, Okla.; a brother, Merle Glass, Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Marilyn Love, Dexter, and Brenda Erickson, Wellington; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Martha McDaniel
OXFORD - Martha E. "Mattie" McDaniel, 95, longtime Oxford and Winfield area resident, died Nov. 26, 1997, at Riverview Manor Nursing Center in Oxford.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Memorials have been established with the Winfield Food Pantry and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
McDaniel was born Feb. 9, 1902, on a farm east of Rock, to George and Verlinda (Tuggle) Hahn. She received her education at Green Valley rural school.
On Jan. 1, 1920, she married Herb McDaniel in Rock. They resided in Udall for 10 years and moved to the rural Oxford area in 1938. In 1947 they moved to Oxford and resided there for more than 30 years. Mr. McDaniel died Nov. 24, 1974.
Mrs. McDaniel moved to Winfield in 1979. She had resided at Riverview Manor since July 1994.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Slate Valley Baptist Church near Oxford.
Survivors include a son, Howard McDaniel, Arkansas City; four daughters, LaJune Bales, Oxford, Doris Sisson, Winfield, Illene Hutchins, Geuda Springs, and Iris McCrabb, Auburn, Wash.; two brothers, Amos Hahn, Atlanta, and Paul Hahn, Sapulpa, Okla.; a sister, Elsie Baker, Winfield; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.

Lola Casebolt 
CANADIAN, Okla. - Lola Mae (Parris) Casebolt, 61, of Canadian, Okla., died Nov. 24, 1997, at the Okemah Indian Hospital in Okemah, Okla.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Merritt Funeral Service Chapel in Eufaula, Okla.
Casebolt was born Sept. 10, 1936, in Claremore, Okla., to Earnest Bruce Parris Sr. and Norma Belle (Branstetter) Chapman. 
On March 16, 1962, she married Lloyd "Junior" Casebolt in Stigler, Okla. 
For many years she worked for the REACH program for mentally retarded and handicapped children.
She was a member of the Canadian Church of Christ, a past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagle Aeries 3124 in Garden City and a member of the Moose Lodge of Garden City.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Casebolt, Canadian; a son, Allen Burns, Texas; three daughters, Cathy Heinz, Garden City, Sandy Casebolt, Winfield, and Dina Chapman, Oklahoma; a brother, Bruce Casebolt, Vian, Okla.; three sisters, Edith "De De" Harper, Eufaula, Okla., Beverly Widener, Deer Creek, Okla., and Jackie Avery, Inola; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Patricia Cox
Services for Patricia Anne Glass Cox, 67, who died Nov. 25, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 28, 1997, in the Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Jesse A. Kindred officiated. Burial was in Dexter Cemetery.
Special vocal music selection was "Go Rest High on that Mountain," performed by Vince Gill, and "The Old Rugged Cross."
A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.

Bessie Waldroupe
WELLINGTON - Bessie Avis Waldroupe, 85, of Wellington died Nov. 26, 1997, at Sumner County Regional Medical Center, Wellington.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Union Cemetery. Pastor Dane Massey will officiate.
Friends may call at Frank Funeral Home, Wellington, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
A memorial has been established with Cedarview Good Samaritan Center.
Waldroupe was born Feb. 6, 1912, in Winfield, a daughter of Harry and Orpha (Copley) Taton. On Dec. 22, 1925, she married Ralph Waldroupe in Winfield, where she was a homemaker. Mr. Waldroupe preceded her in death. In 1988, she moved from Winfield to Wellington.
Survivors include four sons, Dennis Waldroupe, Neosho, Mo., James Waldroupe, Hoisington, and Glenn Waldroupe and Ronald Waldroupe, both of Wellington; four daughters, Viola Puffinbarger, Rose Giddens and Betty Beard, all of Wellington, and Ruby Schalk of Arkansas City; 32 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Charles Farnsworth
Charles L. Farnsworth, 90, of Winfield, died Dec. 1, 1997, at the Catholic care home in Wichita. 
A Rosary service will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Name Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with Walnut Towers and Holy Name Building Fund.
Farnsworth was born Jan. 5, 1907, in Berryville, Ark., the youngest of eight children of James Alfred and Martha Matilda (Jones) Farnsworth. 
On Nov. 17, 1937, he married Catherine Fern Moody. She preceded him in death.
An assembler for Strother-Wells, he retired in 1979. 
For most of his life he had lived in Winfield where he was a member of Holy Name Church and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Richard Farnsworth, Goddard, and David J. Farnsworth, Wichita; two daughters, Eileen Gregory, Valley Center, and Jane Farnsworth, Wichita; and eight grandchildren.

Ola Glenn
Ola Edith Glenn, 88, of Winfield, died Nov. 29, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery Chapel in Arkansas City. The Rev. L. Don Richardson will officiate. 
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc. Contributions may be given through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City.
Glenn was born April 10, 1909, in Weathers, Okla., to Walcie L. and Martha S. (Weaver) Helms. When she was nine years old, she traveled from Oklahoma to Missouri in a covered wagon. 
On Dec. 12, 1925, she married Ambers G. Glenn in Winfield. They made their home in Grainola, Okla., until 1930 when they moved to Maple City. In 1940 they moved again to the Silverdale and Kaw City area until moving to Silverdale in 1973. She lived there until moving in with her daughter, Wilma Birdzell, in 1992. A homemaker, ranch cook and baby sitter, she attended Silverdale Community Church.
Survivors include a son, Donald A. Glenn, Arkansas City; a daughter, Wilma Birdzell, Winfield; a sister, Faye Johnson, Valley Center; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Martha McDaniel
Services for Martha E. "Mattie" McDaniel, 95. who died Nov. 26, 1997, were held at 2 p.m. Nov. 29, 1997, in the Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Revs. David Lemke and M.E. Jenkins officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Special vocal music selections were "Amazing Grace" and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."
Casket bearers were: Ron Bales, Cliff Bales, Bob Bales, Ellen Johnson, Sheryl King, Kathleen McCrabb, Mark McDaniel, Carolyn Mosely, Janet Scherdin, Douglas Sisson, Kent Sisson, Greg Hutchins, David Hutchins, Kevin McCrabb and Michael McCrabb.
Memorials have been established with the Winfield Food Pantry and the American Cancer Society.

Ashlyn Rhodes
ARKANSAS CITY - Ashlyn Paige Rhodes, infant daughter of Troy David and Rachel Diane (Biddle) Rhodes, of Arkansas City, died Nov. 28, 1997, at Columbia Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. 
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawks Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the Renal Transplant Department of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Survivors include her parents, David and Rachel Rhodes, and a sister, Makayla Rhodes, all of Arkansas City; grandparents, Dave and Linda Rhodes and Marlin and Barbara Rhodes, all of Arkansas City, Nathan and Brenda Biddle, Winfield, and Ted and Christie Kennedy, Ponca City, Okla.; great-grandparents, Delores Day, Arkansas City, and Leonard and Iris Biddle and Melvin and Betty Miller, all of Winfield.

Ralph Owen
ARKANSAS CITY - Ralph DeWayne Owen, 56, of Arkansas City, died Nov. 28, 1997, at his home.
There will be no visitation or service. Cremation has been effected.
Owen was born Jan. 26, 1941, in Blackwell, Okla., to Gale Beacher and Lucille (Brown) Owen. He was raised in Blackwell until he was a teenager and moved to Chula Vista, Calif., where he attended high school. 
During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Navy.
On Dec. 23, 1979, he married Vivian Ruth Sommers at the Hackney Baptist Church.
Owen was a maintenance technician at Donlinger & Sons Construction of Wichita. Since 1986 he and his wife have owned and operated D&V Aluminum of Arkansas City and for two years, RVO Marketing. 
He was a member of the Winfield American Legion, the Ponca City Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Arkansas City Moose Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian Owen, Arkansas City; two daughters, Amby Brewer, Angels Camp, Calif., and Galen Owen, Mississippi; two stepsons, Donald R. Holden, Arkansas City, and Chris Holden, Wichita; a stepdaughter, Sandy Franklin, Mississippi; and four grandchildren.
A son, Britt Owen, preceded him in death.

Pauline Swisher
Pauline Stauffer Swisher, 77, formerly of 1517 Millington, Winfield, died Dec. 1, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield. 
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Colony Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
A memorial has been established with the Youth Groups of Hackney Community Baptist Church. Contributions may be made through the church or the funeral home.
Swisher was born March 21, 1920, on a farm near Colony, to Sam and Cynthia V. (Pittsenbarger) Stauffer. Raised and educated in the Colony community, she graduated from Colony High School in 1938. She then attended Wichita Business College, where she was trained in bookkeeping and accounting.
On Jan. 31, 1942, she married John M. Swisher at Iola. They made their first home on a ranch at Silkville, near Ottawa. The Swishers lived and worked on farms and ranches at Westmoreland and Ottawa before returning to Colony in the late 1940s. They resided at Leroy and Garnett before moving to Winfield in 1956. 
She was employed locally at the Strother Field Restaurant and as a bookkeeper for the Hackney Co-op. She was dietary cook for the Cowley County Jail and later was manager of the snack bar at William Newton Memorial Hospital. She retired in 1977 due to failing health.
A resident of Winfield for over 40 years, she was a member of Hackney Community Baptist Church. The Swishers spent 14 winters in Texas and were members of Sunchasers Camping Club.
Survivors include her husband, John M. Swisher, Winfield; two sons, John R. Swisher, Lafayette, Ind., and Benny Swisher, Winfield; a daughter, Mary Foster, Winfield; two sisters, Wanda Billingsley, Baxter Springs, and Mabel Othick, Garnett; eight grandchildren, one stepgrandson, eight great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Charles Farnsworth
Charles L. Farnsworth, 90, of Winfield, died Dec. 1, 1997, at the Catholic care home in Wichita.
A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Name Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with Walnut Towers and Holy Name Catholic Church Building Fund.
Farnsworth was born June 5, 1907, in Berryville, Ark., the fifth of eight children and last surviving child of James Alfred and Mary Matilda (Jones) Farnsworth. 
On Nov. 17, 1937, he marred Catherine Fern Moody. She preceded him in death. 
A Winfield resident for most of his life, he worked as an assembler for Strother-Wells until his retirement in 1979. 
He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Richard Farnsworth, Goddard, and David J. Farnsworth, Wichita; two daughters, Eileen Gregory, Valley Center, and Jane Farnsworth, Wichita; and eight grandchildren.

Ruby Conover
Ruby Geraldine "Jerry" Conover, 67, of Winfield, died Dec. 1, 1997, at Columbia Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Oxford Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Fulton will officiate. 
Friends may call at Hawks Funeral Home, Oxford, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.
Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association and the Arthritis Foundation. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Conover was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Blackwell, Okla., to William and Georgia (Romine) VanCleve. Raised and educated in Blackwell until 1946, she graduated from Kennewick, Wash., High School in 1947 and from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Winfield in 1950.
On Sept. 23, 1950, she married William Conover. They lived in Winfield where she worked at St. Mary's Hospital and William Newton Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1979 due to failing health. She was a member and former officer of St. Mary's Alumni Association.
Survivors include her husband, William Conover, Winfield; three sons, Mitchell Conover, Davis, Fla., and Kevin Conover and Michael Conover, both of Winfield; her mother, Georgia VanCleve, Winfield; a brother, Ronald VanCleve, Olympia, Wash., a sister, Billie Lindly, Winfield; and four grandsons.

Clyde Schul
Clyde E. Schul, 80, of 1013 Millington, Winfield, died Dec. 2, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Wichita.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Steve Strom will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Memorials have been established with the Evangelical Free Church and the Grenola Historical Museum. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Schul was born Aug. 29, 1917, northeast of Grenola, to Clayton H. and Mary Ethel (Thompson) Schul. He graduated from Grenola High School in 1934 and attended Fort Scott Junior College.
As a young man he served as an auto parts manager in Joplin, Mo. 
He joined the U.S. Army Air Force in 1940 and attended officers candidate school. During World War II he served as an instructor of Air Force pilots. Following discharge from active duty, he served many years with the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
On March 16, 1942, he married Mary Louise Farrar in Arizona. Following World War II, they resided in Rapid City, S.D., where he was co-owner and operator of a golf course. During the early 1950s, he purchased a Hobart Food Preparation Equipment franchise in Joplin. He later owned and operated a Hobart franchise in Wichita. The Schuls moved to their farm near Grenola in 1964.
Mr. Schul sold his business in Wichita in 1972 and farmed near Grenola for nearly 20 years. He also served as a rural mail carrier in Elk County.
His wife died March 7, 1991. 
On April 25, 1992, he married Wanda Johnson McClure at the Evangelical Free Church in Winfield. They have resided in Winfield since their marriage.
A member of the Grenola United Methodist Church, Schul attended the Evangelical Free Church in Winfield. He was previously affiliated with a Masonic Lodge in Missouri, and he served as a member of the Silver Haired Legislature. He had also served as a shuttle bus driver for the Elk County Senior Citizens for a number of years. 
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Schul, Winfield; a son, Clayton William Schul, Marion; a daughter, Mary Catherine Thompson, Wichita; two sisters, Audrey Wilson, Wichita, and Dorothy Johnson, Grays Lake, Ill.; six grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Jan Fitzmorris
CEDAR VALE - Jan Fitzmorris, 57, of Cedar Vale, died Dec. 2, 1997, at Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Timmons Chapel in Fredonia. The Rev. Gene Benefiel will officiate. Burial will be in Fredonia Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday. 
Memorials have been established with the SCCS Home Health and Hospice and Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Fitzmorris was born Dec. 20, 1939, in Fall River, to Floyd R. and Wanda (Anderson) Fink. She graduated from Fredonia High School.
On Oct. 20, 1957, she marred Gary Fitzmorris in Fredonia.
She was a medical records clerk at Cedar Vale Community Hospital and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fredonia.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Fitzmorris, Cedar Vale; two sons, Mike Fitzmorris, Gypsum, and Scott Fitzmorris, Wichita; a daughter, Lori Kiblinger, her mother, Wanda Fink, and a brother, Jerry Fink, all of Fredonia; and a grandson. 

Charles Lyke
BURDEN - Charles H. Lyke, 89, longtime Burden resident, died Dec. 3, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Burden United Methodist Church. The Rev. Sheila Ratzlaff will officiate. Burial will be in Burden Cemetery.
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from noon to 9 p.m. Friday.
A memorial has been established with Burden United Methodist Church.
A more complete obituary will be printed in Friday's Courier.

Michele Hestand
ARKANSAS CITY - Michele Gail Hestand, 41, of Arkansas City, died Dec. 2, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital as the result of a car accident.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery. 
A memorial has been established with Sacred Heart Catholic School. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Hestand was born Nov. 23, 1956, in Wichita, to Glen and Joyce (Neely) Burris. She was raised and educated in Wichita and Arkansas City and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1974. 
She graduated from St. John's School of Nursing and was working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Southwestern College at the time of her death.
On Aug. 16, 1974, she married Eldon Hestand in Arkansas City. 
Hestand worked for Arkansas City Memorial Hospital as an obstetrics nurse for 10 years and Hospice Inc. for several years. She was currently director of nursing at the Winfield Correctional Facility. 
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a former member of the Soroptimist Club. She had been named Soroptimist Outstanding Young Woman of the Year and was listed in the "Who's Who in Nursing."
Survivors include her husband, Eldon Hestand, two sons, Aaron Hestand and Casey Hestand, and her parents, Glen and Joyce Burris, all of Arkansas City; and a brother, Michael Burris, Mountain Grove, Mo.

Charles Lyke
BURDEN - Charles H. Lyke, 89, longtime Burden resident, died Dec. 3, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Burden United Methodist Church. The Rev. Sheila Ratzlaff will officiate. Burial will be in Burden Cemetery.
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service until 9 tonight.
Memorials have been established with Burden United Methodist Church and the Alzheimer's Association. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Lyke was born Nov. 26, 1908, in Bartlesville, Okla., to Samuel Ellis and Myrtle Elma (Skiles) Lyke. He graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1925.
During the early 1930s Lyke began his career as an engineer for Cities Service Gas Co. in Bartlesville. In 1934 he moved to Cambridge.
On Jan. 23, 1935, he married Ruth Ann Sitton in Wichita. They made their home in Cambridge until moving to Monett, Mo., in 1954. The Lykes also lived in Tonganoxie and Guymon, Okla., before moving to Baker, Okla., in 1964. In 1966 the Lykes moved to Barnsdall, Okla., where he worked for Cities Service until his retirement in 1973. The Lykes then moved to Burden.
A longtime member of the Masonic Lodge in Burden, Lyke was also an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. 
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Lyke, Burden; a son, Roger Lyke, Buffalo; a daughter, Karen Fouts, Costa Mesa, Calif.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pauline Swisher
Services for Pauline Stauffer Swisher, 77, who died Dec. 1, 1997, were held at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Ted Brown officiated. Burial was in Colony Cemetery, with Howard Reiter saying the graveside prayer.
Vocal music selections were "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Amazing Grace." Vernan Stout played a song on the violin.
Honorary casket bearers were Gene Conrod, Claude Goodnight, Lee Johnson, Harold Muret, Vollie Priest, John Reynolds, Rusty Swisher and Truman Woods.
Casket bearers were Ken Jackson, Bobby Stout, Vernan Stout, Freddy Swisher, Michael Swisher and Paul Swisher.
A memorial has been established with the youth groups at Hackney Community Baptist Church.

Edna Waymire
WILLIAMSBURG - Edna L. Waymire, 77, of Williamsburg, died Dec. 2, 1997, at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today, and services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, both at Dengel & Son Mortuary in Ottawa. The Rev. Tony Blaufuss will officiate. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Friends can call at the funeral home from Friday noon until the service hour. 
Waymire was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Lexington, Okla., to Noah J. and Etta (Tate) Rhodd. She graduated from Chilocco Indian Boarding School in 1938.
On Aug. 11, 1938, she married Warren E. Waymire in Burden. He died Dec. 31, 1996.
A homemaker, she moved from Brunswick, Mo., to the Williamsburg area in 1983.
Waymire was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Williamsburg and the Citizen Potawatomi Indian Nation.
Survivors include a son, Ronald E. Waymire, Massillon, Ohio; a daughter, Jeraldine Waymire, Williamsburg; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
An infant son, Warren Eugene Waymire Jr., died in 1940. A daughter, Edna Marie McKinney, died in 1988.

Roy Cole
Roy W. Cole, 88, of 1639 John, Winfield, died Dec. 4, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus, Wichita.
Miles Funeral Service will announce arrangements.

Gertrude Bossi
ARKANSAS CITY - Gertrude Bossi, 100, longtime resident of Arkansas City, died Dec. 4, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Springside Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 tonight.
A memorial has been established with Grandview United Methodist Church.
Bossi was born May 6, 1897, to Alvonzo and Charity Alice (Graham) Tipton, in Kay County, Okla. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1917 and from the Kansas City National Training School for Deaconesses and Missionaries, Kansas City, Mo., in 1919. 
She worked as a deaconess for the Methodist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Baltimore, Md., before marrying Vincent Volta Bossi in May 1921 in Kay County.
They lived on a farm southeast of Arkansas City until 1960 when they moved to Arkansas City. Bossi spent the last three years at Presbyterian Manor.
She was a longtime member of Grandview United Methodist Church, Arkansas City. She was instrumental in starting Grandview United Methodist Women and was active in the Arkansas City Christian Women's Club.
Survivors include four sons, John V. Bossi, James E. Bossi and Frank A. Bossi, all of Arkansas City, and Thomas R. Bossi, Winfield; two daughters, E. Catherine Bossi, Kansas City, Mo., and Berneice Southcott, Santa Monica, Calif.; a brother, Alvonzo Tipton Jr., Spokane, Wash.; a sister, Alice Tipton, Topeka; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Joseph T. Bossi, and two daughters, Alice Brumbeck Eggeman and Mary Dermid.

Baby girl Prakonkham
Baby girl Prakonkham, born Dec. 4, 1997, died Dec. 4 at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Baptist Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Survivors include her parents, Thai Prakonkham and Phonvilay (Nakhoneneua) Prankonkham, and a sister, Alexis Prakonkham, all of Winfield; and her grandparents, Jeff and Bay Nakhoneneua, Winfield, and Khamphanh and Home Prakonkham, Fresno, Calif.


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