ARKANSAS CITY - Irene Hopper, 81, of Arkansas City, died Dec. 5, 1997,
at Presbyterian Manor Health Care Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
The Revs. Steve Chambers and Harry Cunningham will officiate. Burial will
be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with Central Christian Church, Hospice
Inc. and the American Cancer Society. Contributions can be made through
the funeral home.
Hopper was born Oct. 29, 1916, in Rea Valley, Ark., to James Andrew
and Sarah Frances (Treat) Evans. She attended school in Oak Grove and Flippin,
On Dec. 22, 1934, she married William R. Hopper at Mountain Home, Ark.
They lived in Arkansas City until 1943 when they moved to Emporia. They
returned to the Arkansas City area in 1976.
A homemaker, she was a member of Central Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband, William Hopper, Arkansas City; a son,
Eugene Richard Hopper, Buffalo, Mo.; a daughter, Myrtle Irene Posey, Arkansas
City; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Roy W. Cole, 87, of 1639 John, Winfield, formerly of Udall, died Dec.
4, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus, Wichita.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Miles Funeral Service in
Winfield. Burial will be in Udall Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
A memorial has been established with the Salvation Army. Contributions
can be made through the funeral home.
Cole was born Dec. 23, 1909, on a farm near Udall, to Harold A. and
Bertha (Mitchell) Cole. Raised and educated in the Udall area, he began
farming there as a young man.
On May 23, 1931, he married Lila F. Beiswanger in Winfield. They lived
and worked on their farm near Udall for many years. Following his retirement,
they moved to Winfield in 1978. She died Feb. 15, 1980.
On Feb. 6, 1981, he married Wanda A. Hackworth in Wellington. They
resided in Winfield throughout their marriage.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Cole, and a son, Larry W. Cole, both
of Winfield; a daughter, V. Marlene Nichols, Wichita; four stepsons, Brooks
Hill, Newton, Scotty Hill, Rockaway Beach, Mo., Tyrone L. Keithley, Bedford,
Texas, and Denny Hill, Winfield; a stepdaughter, Sherry Mabry, Augusta;
three brothers, James J. Cole and Wesley R. Cole, both of Winfield, and
Gilbert Cole, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Hazel Robinson, Leroy; four grandchildren
and seven great-grandchildren.
Jack Melvin Wade
Jack Melvin Wade, 66, of Douglass, died Dec. 4, 1997, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Douglass Christian Church.
The Rev. Ron Keith will officiate. Burial will take place in the Douglass
Cemetery. Friends may call at Hilyard-Smith Funeral Home of Douglass from
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
A memorial has been established with the children's section of the
Douglass Public Library.
Born Nov. 16, 1931 in Winfield, Wade was the son of Perry and Nina
(Kunkel) Wade. He served in the Army, and was a dairy farmer. He was married
to Alma J. (Plummer) Wade.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Senior Center, Douglass school
board, Douglass Chamber of Commerce, Douglass Township Board and Middle
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Jack Wade Jr. of San
Diego; daughters Cathy Cummins and Lisa Taylor, both of Douglass, Linda
Wade of Wichita, Laurie Wade of Rose Hill; and five grandchildren.
VICTORIA - Gilbert "Dean" McClurg, 68, of Victoria, died Dec. 5, 1997,
at Hays Medical Center in Hays.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Fidelis Catholic Church,
Victoria. The Rev. Frank X. Grinko will officiate. Burial will be in St.
Fidelis Cemetery. The Victoria Veterans of Foreign Wars will provide military
A VFW Rosary is at 7:30 tonight followed by a vigil service at 8, both
at Cline's Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria. Friends may call at the mortuary
until 9 tonight and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A memorial has been established with the Cancer Council of Ellis County.
McClurg was born May 2, 1929, in Palo, Iowa, to Roy and Leah (Holcomb)
McClurg. On Nov. 15, 1952, he married Vera Schmidtberger in Victoria.
McClurg retired from the U.S. Army as a first sergeant E-8 after serving
20 years, including duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He worked in Baxter
Labs in Hays for eight years, then ran Dean's Cafe in Victoria for five
years. He worked in sales and insurance adjusting for three years.
McClurg was a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church and Victoria Veterans
of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Vera McClurg, Victoria; a son, Tom McClurg,
Winfield; three daughters, Deborah Schmidtberger, Newton, Diane Roth, Wichita,
and Paula Dinkel, Victoria; a brother, Chuck McClurg, and two sisters,
Donna Hill and Doris Packingham, all of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and 10 grandchildren.
Services for Clyde Elden Schul, 80, who died Dec. 2, 1997, were held
at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev.
Steve Strom officiated. Burial was in Green Lawn Cemetery.
Kathy Waite sang "Amazing Grace," "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "One
Day at a Time."
Honorary casket bearers were Gene Cain, Herschel Klassen, Richard Miller
and Eli Rush.
Casket bearers were Max Allison, Mike Gingrich, John Kill, Buck Liebau,
Gary Kinnaman and Gary Rierson.
Memorials have been established with the Evangelical Free Church and
the Grenola Historical Museum.
BURDEN - Services for Charles Hulbert Lyke, 89, who died Dec. 3, 1997,
were held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Burden United Methodist Church. The Rev.
Sheila Ratzlaff officiated. Burial was in Burden Cemetery.
Pat Lundy and Jim Redmond sang "In the Garden" and "Precious Lord,
Take My Hand."
Casket bearers were Jim Ashcraft, Wally Fouts, Armand Hillier, Barney,
Bob, Gary and Jim Lundy and Richard Schooley.
Memorials have been established with the Burden United Methodist Church
and the Alzheimer's Association.
ARKANSAS CITY - Marvin S. Hatfield, 79, of Arkansas City, died Dec.
5, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Wichita.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Hawks Funeral Home. The Right
Rev. Bishop Basil officiated. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice
through the funeral home.
Hatfield was born May 22, 1918, in Arkansas City, to James Abel and
Bertha Ellen (Holdridge) Hatfield. He attended Arkansas City High School.
From 1940 to 1942 he worked at Tybs Service Station. During World War
II he was stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Army.
On Dec. 10, 1946, he married Mary Lucille (Pierce) Crowley in Pratt.
In 1947 Hatfield joined the Arkansas City Police Department. In 1950
he moved to Woodward, Okla., where he became the chief of police. He later
returned to the Ark City Police Department and became captain. He left
the force in 1964.
The Hatfields owned and operated Hatfield's Service Station at Eighth
and Kansas from 1964 to 1985. For the last eight years, he had worked at
Zeller Motor Co. in Arkansas City.
Hatfield was a member of All Saints Orthodox Church in Salina and Spencer
Ralston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1254. He served as a Cowley County
commissioner from 1976 to 1984.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Hatfield, Arkansas City; five sons,
Gary Crowley, Arlington, Texas, Joe Crowley and Jan Hatfield, both of Arkansas
City, Jerry Crowley, Billings, Mo., and the Rev. Chad Hatfield, Salina;
two brothers, Dick Hatfield, Wichita, and Ernest Hatfield, Fritch, Texas;
14 grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
MANHATTAN - Jack Weddle, 75, of Manhattan, died Dec. 7, 1997, at his
Services will be held at noon Wednesday in Mount Vernon Cemetery, north
of Winfield. The Rev. Rick Thornton will officiate.
Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at R.J. Evans Mortuary,
Memorial contributions can be sent to Homecare & Hospice, 323 Poyntz
Ave., Manhattan, or to any other charity.
Weddle was born March 22, 1922, in Kiowa, to Elijah "Lige" and Myrtle
(Davis) Weddle. When he was a child, the family moved to Winfield where
he graduated from Winfield High School in 1940.
On Nov. 6, 1939, he married Ethel Mae "Chup" Connor in Newkirk, Okla.
She died Sept. 28, 1994.
Weddle was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a businessman in
Warsaw, Mo., for 29 years before moving to Manhattan in 1990.
He was a member of the American Legion and Faith Lutheran Church of
Survivors include a daughter, Nola Wilkerson, Westmoreland; a brother,
Floyd Weddle, Muskeegan, Mich.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Cecil O. Boone, 87, of Winfield, died Dec. 8, 1997, at Grouse Valley
Manor in Dexter.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to service time Thursday.
A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church.
Boone was born April 9, 1910, in Winfield, to Robert and Hazel (Rogers)
In July 1939 she married Colvin Boone. He died in April 1970.
A Winfield resident for most of her life, Boone had worked as a nurse
at St. Mary's Hospital and later at Good Samaritan Village and Winfield
She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Bethel Women's
Survivors include a daughter, Cathy Ulbrich, Burden; three cousins,
Tom Fife, Irl Fife and Jim Rogers, all of Winfield; and two grandchildren.
ARKANSAS CITY - Charles E. Shorter, 78, of Arkansas City, died Dec.
8, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m Thursday at Hawks Funeral Home. Pastor
Mark Foster will officiate. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday
and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.
A memorial has been established with the Gospel Light Church. Contributions
can be made through the funeral home.
Shorter was born June 10, 1919, in Burden, to Edgar and Lela (Sutton)
On Oct. 11, 1941, he married Betty Jean Taylor in Little Rock, Ark.
She died Oct. 22, 1987.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.
The Shorters moved to Oxford in 1948 and to Arkansas City in 1952.
Shorter worked at Dixie-Portland Flour Mill in Arkansas City for 33 years
until his retirement in 1983.
Shorter was a life member of Spencer Ralston Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 1254, Shelton Beaty American Legion Post 18 and Disabled American
Survivors include two sons, Richard Shorter, Wichita, and Stanley Shorter,
Arkansas City; a daughter, Janice Foster, Derby, seven grandchildren and
Services for Roy Wayne Cole, 87, who died Dec. 4, 1997, were held at
2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. David Jennings officiated.
Burial was in Udall Cemetery.
Vocal music selections were "How Great Thou Art" and "Go Rest High
on That Mountain."
Casket bearers were Mike Cole, Martin and Rick Hefley, Brooks and Denny
Hill, Mike Kennedy and Calvin Mabry.
A memorial has been established with the Salvation Army.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Ella O. Thomas, 104, of St. Joseph, died Dec. 8,
1997, at a St. Joseph health care center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist, Mount Union
Church, 4604 King Hill Ave., St. Joseph. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery.
Friends may call at Meierhoffer-Fleeman Funeral Home, 1946 Colhoun
St., St. Joseph, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Thomas was born Dec. 20, 1892, in Lexington, Mo., and resided most
of her life in St. Joseph.
She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Her husband, Milton J. Thomas, died in 1966. A son, Vernon M. Thomas,
and a daughter, Leah E. Slaughter, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Edgar Thomas and James Thomas, St. Joseph,
Mo., and Olin Thomas, Atchison; eight daughters, Luella Alberty, Winfield;
Johnetta Quinn, Lee's Summit, Mo., April Treece, Kansas City, Kan., Kim
Ella "Snookie" Wilson, Bellingham, Wash., and Judith Ross, Glenda S. Thomas,
Erica Yates and Joan Minnenhall, all of St. Joseph; and numerous grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
MANHATTAN - Fern Marcella Pray, 93, formerly of Winfield and Oxford,
died Dec. 9, 1997, at Meadowlark Hill Retirement Center in Manhattan.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home
Pray was born April 28, 1904, in Ponca City, Okla., to Merton and Mollie
Patterson. She was raised on a farm in the Adamsville community near Oxford.
She attended high school in Wellington and later worked at the Bank of
Abilene in the bookkeeping department.
On Aug. 18, 1929, she married Joe Robert Pray in Junction City. They
lived in Clay Center for a few years before moving to the Rainbow Bend
community near Oxford.
Pray worked as an aide at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield
and in 1949 became a licensed practical nurse. She retired in 1969.
She attended Slate Valley Baptist Church near Oxford and was a member
of the First Baptist Church in Winfield. She had been an active member
of Business and Professional Women.
In 1972 the Prays moved to Oleander Acres in Mission, Texas, and she
became a member of the First Baptist Church of McAllen, Texas.
In November 1991, the Prays moved to the Good Samaritan Village apartments
in Winfield. In April 1997 they moved to Valley View Nursing Home in Junction
City to be near family. Mr. Pray died June 19, 1997.
Survivors include a son, Ralph Pray, Junction City; a brother, Raymond
Patterson, Oxford; a sister, Faye Buss, Wellington; two grandchildren and
Sharon McJohnson Morgan, 43, of Winfield, died Dec. 8, 1997.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Horne Funeral Home Chapel,
Gurdon, Ark. Loyd Perry will officiate. Burial will be in South Fork Cemetery
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made to the United Methodist Children's
Morgan was a licensed practical nurse and a member of the First United
Methodist Church of Gurdon.
Survivors include her husband, Randy Morgan, Winfield; her mother and
stepfather, Mary Lou and Lyndell Stroud, Gurdon; two sisters, Bridget Mann,
Glenwood, Ark., and Cary Goza, Gurdon; a stepbrother, Greg Stroud, and
a stepsister, Susan Jackson.
TOPEKA - Gladys Brooks Hess, 88, of Topeka, formerly of Burden, died
Dec. 10, 1997, at Wide Horizon Care Facility, Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Parker-Price Mortuary,
245 NW Independence, Topeka. Private burial of cremains will be in Mount
Hope Cemetery, Topeka.
A memorial has been established with First Church of Christ, Scientist,
2600 SW Fairlawn, Topeka, KS 66614.
Hess was born May 13, 1909, in Burden to Robert Osborne and Jessie
A graduate of Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, she taught
school in Meriden and Scranton and was on the library staff at Topeka High
School. She moved to Topeka in 1947.
On Dec. 26, 1948, she married Mervin W. Hess. They owned and operated
Hess Jewelers in Topeka for 26 years. He died Nov. 9, 1977.
Hess was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Topeka;
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston; Helena Chapter 210, Order of
Eastern Star, Topeka; and Chapter FJ of P.E.O., Topeka.
A son, Richard "Dick" Hess, died Oct. 14, 1996.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Barbara Hess, of Topeka.
NEODESHA - Nellie M. Whiteside, 87, formerly of Fall River, died Dec.
10, 1997, at Golden Keys Nursing Home in Neodesha.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Charleston Cemetery north
of Fall River. The Rev. Dale Houghton will officiate.
A memorial has been established with Golden Keys Nursing Home. Contributions
can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
Whiteside was born Oct. 13, 1910, at Virgil, to Albert Monroe and Alta
K. (Roberts) Miller. She was raised and educated in Severy, Fredonia and
On May 31, 1928, she married Millard Samuel "Pete" Whiteside in Fredonia.
They made their home in Fall River for most of their lives. In 1945, she
began working at the Fall River post office as a clerk and continued working
there until her retirement in 1966.
In 1991 she moved to Golden Keys Nursing Home.
Whiteside was a longtime member of the Fall River United Methodist
Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband, Pete Whiteside, Neodesha; a brother,
E.W. Miller, Parsons; and a sister, Phyllis Nevitt, Neodesha.