Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1997

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Ben Shaw
WICHITA - Ben D. Shaw, 66, of Wichita, died Dec. 12, 1997, in Wichita.
A Rosary service will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday and a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, both at Christ the King Catholic Church in Wichita. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Wichita.
Memorials may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church, 4411 Maple, Wichita, KS 67209, or the American Heart Association, 2100 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214.
Shaw was born in Savanna, Ill. He was the owner of a handyman and maintenance service.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Shaw, Wichita; a daughter, Kathy Shaw, Leroy; two brothers, Richard Shaw, Winfield, and Terry Shaw, Wichita; and a sister, Carolyn Charleston, Wichita.

Fern Pray
Services for Fern Marcella Pray, 93, who died Dec. 9, 1997, were held at 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 1997, at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home. Donnie Davis officiated. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery.
Annie Lois Knapp was the organist. Vocalist Francis Devore sang "Abide with Me."
Casket bearers were David Hutchins, Wayne Hutchins, Dale Hutchins, Truman Woods, Darrell Buss and Fred Woods.

Frances Zeigler
Frances Mary (Woolard) Zeigler, 86, died Dec. 12, 1997, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield. 
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Grace United Methodist Church. Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials have been established with Grace United Methodist Church, the Cumbernauld Village Hope Fund and Hospice Inc.
Zeigler was born June 12, 1911, in Stillwater, Okla., to Ira Isaac and Effie May (Scott) Woolard. She attended schools in Enid, Renfrow and several other Oklahoma towns and graduated from Bramen (Okla.) High School in 1928. She graduated from Southwestern College in 1931. 
On June 12, 1933, she married Cecil E. Zeigler in Oxford. In 1934 they moved to Nashville, Kan., where her husband was a minister. They served 22 churches in 12 locations before his retirement in 1972. In 1973 they moved to Friendly Acres retirement complex in Newton where they were volunteers at Friendly Acres and Salem United Methodist Church.
In 1989 they moved to Cumbernauld Village. The Zeiglers celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary shortly before he died Aug. 18, 1993.
Survivors include a son, Troy Daniel Zeigler, Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, Maurine Elizabeth Hogue, Winfield, and Cecile Joy Zeigler, Las Vegas, N.M.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Ira Urban
MEADE - Ira Joe Urban, 83, a longtime Meade resident, died Dec. 12, 1997, at Pratt Regional Medical Center.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Meade United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jim Bush will officiate. Burial of cremains will take place in Graceland Cemetery at Meade. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the Meade High School Athletic Association through Fidler-Orme Mortuary.
Urban was born April 28, 1914, in Hutchinson, to John and Jessie M. (Waller) Urban.
He graduated from Southwestern College in 1936 and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. 
On March 5, 1938, he married Mildred J. Pike in Ponca City, Okla. She died June 15, 1991. 
On Sept. 18, 1993, he married Elsie Cottrell.
A retired teacher and coach, he was a member of the Kansas State Teachers Association, the Kansas State High School Activities Hall of Fame and the United Methodist Church. He was also inducted into the hall of fame at Southwestern College.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Urban, Meade; a son, Rick Urban, Fort Collins, Colo.; a daughter, Sherry Dewell, Fowler; three stepsons, Bill Cottrell and Rex Cottrell, both of Meade, and Vance Cottrell, Van Horne, Texas; a stepdaughter, Diana Cottrell, Hays; four grandchildren, 12 stepgrandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.

Edmond L. Wilson
PONCA CITY, Okla. - Edmond L. Wilson, 74, of Ponca City, formerly of El Dorado, Atlanta and Burden, died Dec. 14, 1997, at St. Johns Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Walnut Valley Memorial Park in El Dorado. 
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight.
Memorials have been established with the Atlanta First Responders and the Ponca City Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Contributions may be made through the funeral home, P.O. Box 720, Winfield.
Wilson was born Sept. 21, 1923, on a farm near Rock, to Robert Allen and Lela Grace (Falkingham) Wilson. He was raised in the Rock community and educated in Green Valley rural school.
As a young man he was employed at the grain elevator in Douglass.
On Nov. 6, 1943, he married Betty J. Lewis at the Douglass Congregational Church.
A veteran of World War II, he served as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific theatre and during the occupation of Japan.
Following discharge he returned to Kansas and began employment with the El Dorado oil refinery. He was also self-employed in farming and custom hay work for many years. The Wilsons lived in El Dorado, Latham, Atlanta and Burden.
After Wilson retired from the El Dorado refinery following 39 years of service, he and his wife resided in Texas and Grove, Okla., before moving to Ponca City in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Wilson, Ponca City; two sons, Allen Wilson, Odessa, Texas, and Jerry Wilson, Oxford; two daughters, Linda Williard, Burden, and Velda Smalley, Oxford; five sisters, Stella Brill, Udall, Mary Etta Pruitt and Emma Twibel, both of El Dorado, Grace Morgan, Atlanta, and Edith Spencer, Rock; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Marion Cook
STAFFORD - Marion B. Cook, 92, of Wheat Ridge, Colo., formerly of Stafford and Winfield, died Dec. 13, 1997, in Wheat Ridge, Colo. 
Graveside services will be held at noon Wednesday at Stafford Cemetery.
Minnis Chapel, Stafford, has charge of arrangements.
Cook was born Oct. 28, 1905, in Fort Scott to Henry M. and Belle (Copeland) Cook. 
On July 16, 1931, he married Beth Goldyne Holt in Wilmot. She died Nov. 5, 1979.
A retired stationary engineer for Citi Service Natural Gas, he was a past member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Stafford.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Cook, Skokie, Ill., and Marion "Lee" Cook, Arvada, Colo.; a daughter, Lyla Olden, Shaker Heights, Ohio; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Donald Zerener
ARKANSAS CITY - Donald Ray Zerener, 30, of Arkansas City, died Dec. 14, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Arkansas City. The Rev. Mark D. Boxman will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Springhill Cemetery near Conway Springs.
Memorials have been established with the Cowley County Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Lutheran Social Services. Contributions may be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Zerener was born Feb. 1, 1967, in Arkansas City to John H. Zerener and Shirley A. Cook. He graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1985.
A warehouse operator at Rubbermaid in Winfield, he was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Arkansas City.
Survivors include a son, Garrett Zerener, and his parents, John and Shirley Zerener, all of Arkansas City; two sisters, Christina Zerener, Seagoville, Texas, and Shari Zerener, Wichita; and his grandparents, Gordon and Bessie Kreipe, Topeka.

Floyd Flagler
HOWARD - Floyd Franklin Flagler, 94, longtime resident of Howard, died Dec. 14, 1997, at Via Christi Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard. The Rev. Ted D. Davis will officiate. 
A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church of Howard. Contributions may be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home. 
Flagler was born May 27, 1903, on the family farm five miles northwest of Howard to George and Kate (Hileman) Flagler. He attended Rock Creek rural school and Howard High School.
On Aug. 20, 1925, he married Opal Lenora Divine in Eureka. They owned and operated a farm northwest of Howard during most of their lives.
He served several years as clerk of Rock Creek District 77 school board and several terms on the board of the Elk County Cattlemen's Association and the Elk County Fair Association.
He was known for preparing and serving ham and beans and quality meat at special gatherings in the Elk County area. 
He also served many years as a deputy for the Elk County Sheriff's Office.
The Flaglers moved to Howard in 1975 and continued to operate the farm throughout almost 65 years of marriage. Mrs. Flagler died June 17, 1990.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Staley, West Valley City, Utah, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Tate Wollard
ARKANSAS CITY - William Louis "Tate" Wollard, 83, Arkansas City, died Dec. 16, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Tannehill Cemetery near Arkansas City. The Rev. Curtis Fike will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the Oxford First Baptist Church's organ fund and the Wellington and Cowley County camps of the Gideons. Contributions can be left at Hawks Funeral Home.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 7 to 8.
Wollard was born Oct. 15, 1914, near Geuda Springs, to Charles Louis and Dency (Aumann) Wollard. He attended Lone Star rural school and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1932. He was active in Future Farmers of America and was a charter member of Cowley County's first 4-H club for which he served as a leader for many years.
Wollard served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre of Operations. He was there for 30 months as a first lieutenant and commanding officer of the 3691st Quartermaster Corps Truck Co. He received the Bronze Star for meritorious service and was authorized to wear the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with five Bronze Stars for battles in Normandy, the Ardennes, the Rhineland, Northern France and Central Europe.
In 1949 he was appointed to serve as justice of the peace for Walton Township in Sumner County. He served as an enumerator for the Kansas Crop and Livestock Reporting Service for eight years.
On Jan. 26, 1956, he married Donna Jean Ross in Hackney. Most of their married life was spent on a dairy farm in Cowley County until they retired and moved to Oxford and later to Arkansas City.
Wollard was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, trustee and member of the adult choir. He was also a member of the Lions Club, Spencer Ralston Post 1254 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Shelton Beaty American Legion Post 18 in Arkansas City and the Wellington and Cowley County camps of the Gideons.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Wollard, Arkansas City; three sons, Carl Wollard, Arkansas City, and John Wollard and Alan Wollard, both of Winfield; a daughter, Sharon Lind, Arkansas City; a brother, Joseph D. Wollard, Springfield, Mo.; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A son, Scott Wollard, preceded him in death.

Porter Boyer
ARKANSAS CITY - Porter Leroy Boyer, 84, of Arkansas City, died Dec. 15, 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 the Newkirk, Okla., cemetery. 
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6:30 to 8.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.
Porter was born Sept. 20, 1913, at Chilocco, Okla., to David Thomas and Ada Ellen (Boyer) Boyer. He lived in the Arkansas City area all his life.
On Dec. 13, 1937, he married Wilma Lue Williamson in Miami, Okla. She preceded him in death.
Boyer farmed and worked for the Cowley County Road Maintenance Department and McFarland Gravel Co.
Survivors include four sons, Darrell Boyer and Terry Boyer, both of Arkansas City, Larry Boyer, Hutchinson, and Timothy Boyer, Waggoner, Okla.; three daughters, Patricia Annis, Conley, Ga., Ramona Burr, Arkansas City, and Wanda Ford, Ponca City, Okla.; two brothers, Jack Boyer, Holdenville, Okla., and Gerald Boyer, Wetumka, Okla.; three sisters, Ada Buzzi, Eneree Corbett and Beulah McFarland, all of Arkansas City; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Vance Warrington
CLEARWATER - Vance Wayburn Warrington, 64, of Clearwater, died Dec. 15 1997, in Clearwater.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Haysville United Methodist Church. Dr. Will Glaser will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, Atlanta, Texas.
Friends may call at Smith Mortuary, Haysville, until 8 tonight and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc.
Warrington was born May 28, 1933, in Atlanta, Texas, to Truman and Mazie (Orr) Warrington. He married Evelyn G. Kroeker who preceded him in death.
Warrington was a retired flight line inspector for Cessna Aircraft. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the Masons and the Independent Order of Foresters.
Survivors include a son, John Warrington, Haysville, two daughters, Dawn Warrington, Sacramento, Calif., and Lisa Warrington, Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Evon Goettel, Columbus; and two grandchildren.

Ferrele Wallace
Ferrele Wallace, 58, of Winfield, was found dead at his home Dec. 16, 1997.
Cremation has already taken place.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ferrel Wallace
Ferrel E. Wallace, 58, of 212 E. Fifth, Winfield, died Dec. 16, 1997, at his home.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Rick Thornton will officiate. Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wallace was born Aug. 7, 1939, in Kingman, to Ray E. and LaVona (Scharth) Wallace. He had spent most of his life in Winfield and worked for Sheneman Meat Processing, Wellington Quality Meats and Fiesta Grande restaurant.
Survivors include two sons, Clark Wallace and Kyle Wallace, and two daughters, Darlene Wallace and Debra Wallace, all of Winfield; a brother, Gerald Wallace, Parsons; and a grandson.

Edmond Wilson
Services for Edmond Lee Wilson, 74, who died Dec. 14, 1997, were held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. Larry Womacks officiated. Burial was at 2 p.m. in Walnut Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in El Dorado.
Music selections were "One Day at a Time," performed by Cristy Lane, and "Daddy's Hands," performed by Holly Dunn.
Honorary casket bearers were Raymond Banks, Jack Bannon, David Casper, Jim Maybriar, Lawrence White and Dick Williams.
Casket bearers were Bob and Ray Brill, Vance Handlin, Dave Martin and David and John Wilson.
Memorials have been established with the Atlanta First Responders and the Ponca City (Okla.) Emergency Medical Service.

Leona Evans
Leona P. Evans, 81, a resident of Walnut Towers, formerly of Route 5, died Dec. 17, 1997, at Walnut Hill Nursing Center.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Steve Strom will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 9 p.m. Friday.
A more complete obituary will be printed in Friday's Courier.

Donna McNair
WAYNE, N.J. - Donna M. McNair, 91, died Dec. 15, 1997, at her home in Wayne, N.J.
Funeral services were private. 
Memorial contributions can be sent to Teach for America, c/o Nancy Mailloux, 20 Exchange Place, Eighth Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005.
Moore's Home for Funerals, 1591 Alps Road, Wayne, N.J. 07470, was in charge of arrangements.
Born in Winfield, McNair had been a Wayne resident for the last 40 years. Before her retirement in 1975, she had been a first-grade teacher in Wayne Township for 20 years. She previously taught school in Winfield and at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C. 
In the 1940s and 1950s she was the dairy council director for Forsythe County, North Carolina.
McNair was a member of the New Jersey Education Association, Pines Lake Garden Club, Pines Lake Senior Citizens and Pines Lake Women's Club.
Her husband, James P. McNair Jr., died in 1986.
Survivors include a daughter, Sue McNair, Bloomingdale, N.J.; and two sisters, Hilma Howard and Roberta Wilson, both of Wichita. 

Leona Evans
Leona P. Evans, 81, a resident of Walnut Towers, formerly of Route 5, Winfield, died Dec. 17, 1997, at Walnut Hill Nursing Center.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Steve Strom will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight.
Memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society and Hospice Inc. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Evans was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Winfield to Emmett Clifford and Dyantha Elizabeth (King) Hall. She was raised and educated in Winfield.
On May 25, 1938, she married Amos R. Evans at the Cowley County Courthouse. The couple made their first home in Winfield and later lived and worked on a farm north of Burden. They returned to Winfield in 1953 and moved to their farm east of Winfield in 1962. Her husband died Aug. 2, 1988.
Evans moved into Winfield in 1990. She resided on East Seventh before moving to Walnut Towers.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Evangelical Free Church.
Survivors include four sons, Raymond Evans, Wayne Evans and Walter Evans, all of Winfield, and Thomas Evans, Udall; three daughters, Elizabeth Blanco, Florida, Pearl Atkinson, Winfield, and Janet White, Haysville; 21 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Mary Elam
ROGERS, Ark. - Mary Louise Elam, 78, of Rogers, formerly of Burden, died Dec. 15, 1997, at a local nursing home.
Memorial services will be held in Bakersfield, Calif.
Elam was born May 13, 1919, in Burden, to Guy and Mattie Sutton.
She moved to Rogers from Bakersfield, Calif., in 1996.
Survivors include her husband, C.H. "Buss" Elam, to whom she was married in 1982; and two sisters, Martha Sue Olson, Lancaster, Calif., and Betty Jean Smidley, Orange, Calif.
A daughter, Cathy, preceded her in death.

Allison Usry
HOWARD - Allison Daniele Usry, infant daughter of Teresa Gallardo and Larry Usry of Howard, was stillborn Dec. 18, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Moline. The Rev. Edward J. Steinberger will officiate. Zimmerman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Teresa Gallardo and Larry Usry, Howard; her grandparents, Patricia and John Gallardo, Winfield, and Sue and David Usry, Sedan; and her great-grandparents, Wilma and Jim Weyrauch, Haysville.

Jack Smith
ELLSWORTH, Maine - Jack O. Smith, 65, died Dec. 17, 1997, in Phoenix.
Memorial services and inurnment will be in Ellsworth at a later time.
Smith was born Sept. 14, 1932, at Pretty Prairie, a son of John O. and Clara (Magnuson) Smith. A longtime resident of Maine, he was a graduate of Pretty Prairie High School, the University of Wichita and Harvard Law School.
He served as mayor of Auburn, Maine, and was Superior Court Justice in Bangor, Maine, before retiring in 1992.
Smith was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
On June 19, 1959, he married Sarah Johnson in Wichita.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Smith, Ellsworth; a son, Stephen John Smith, Millersville, Md.; a daughter, Kristin Smith, Phoenix; two sisters, Lois Patterson, Sterling, and Ruth Schmidt, Turon; and a grandchild. He was the brother-in-law of Claire and Ned Graham of Winfield.


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