ARKANSAS CITY - R.J. "Jack" Conklin, 36, of Arkansas City, formerly
of Duncan, Okla., died Dec. 18, 1997, at Via Christi Medical Center, St.
Francis Campus, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the First Southern Baptist
Church in Arkansas City. Burial will be held at 3:30 Monday afternoon in
the Hope Community Cemetery in Duncan, Okla. Brothers Jim Littlefield,
Jimmie Green and Kevin McSpadden will officiate.
An education fund has been established for Conklin's children. Contributions
may be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home or sent directly to Jack
Conklin Children's Education Fund, c/o Legacy Bank, P.O. Box 1047, Duncan,
Conklin was born June 23, 1961, in Canyon, Texas, to Robert E. and
Betty Ray (Campsey) Conklin. He graduated from Duncan High School in 1979
and continued his education at the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa.
On Aug. 7, 1982, he married Cindy Estes in Marlow, Okla., and they
made their home in Duncan until moving to Arkansas City in 1996.
For two years Conklin worked as a mechanic for American Eagle Airlines
in Lawton, Okla., and had worked as a jet engine mechanic for the General
Electric Jet Engine Facility at Strother Field since August 1996.
He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church and taught Sunday
school for seventh- and eighth-grade boys' classes.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy Conklin, two sons, Estes Ray Conklin
and Cody Lee Conklin, and a daughter, Jackie DeAnn "Dee" Conklin, all of
Arkansas City; his mother, Betty Conklin, Canyon, Texas; and two brothers,
Bobby Conklin, Kansas City, Kan., and Randy Conklin, Memphis, Tenn.
Graveside services for Ferrel E. Wallace, who died Dec. 16, 1997, were
held at 11 a.m. Dec. 19, 1997, at Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Rick Thornton
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Gordon H. Campbell, 72, Oxford, died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at Via
Christi Regional Medical Center- St. Francis Campus in Wichita.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home
in Oxford. The Rev. Curtis Fike will officiate. Burial will be in the Oxford
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1-8 p.m. Sunday.
A memorial has been established with the Oxford first responders. Contribution
may be left at the funeral home.
Campbell was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Fredonia to George and Ethel Tory
Campbell. During World War II, shortly after graduating from high school,
he joined the U.S. Navy.
On June 12, 1965, he married Virginia Ginder in Tulsa, Okla. They had
lived in the Oxford area for the last several years. He worked at Boeing
in Wichita for a few years before poor health forced him to retire in 1982.
Since then he has helped maintain Nepawolla Park in Oxford.
He was a member of the Oxford Masonic Lodge, Tom Schwinn American Legion
Post #90 in Wellington and the North American Hunting Club.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; a son, David Campbell of Wichita;
daughters Debra Cox of Wichita and Carol L. Campbell of Wellington; a brother,
Willie Campbell of Junction City; sisters Nelma Miller, also of Junction
City, and Jean Sadler of Phoenix, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.
ARKANSAS CITY - Etta Florene Wilson, 76, of Arkansas City, died Dec.
20, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of God, Holiness,
in Arkansas City. Pastor Gary Brewer will officiate. Burial will be in
Friends may call at Hawks Funeral Home until 9 tonight.
Wilson was born July 17, 1921, in Pitcher, Okla., to James Arthur and
Rena Edith Myers Dickson. The family moved to Arkansas City when Etta was
a child, and she attended Oak Grove School.
On Jan. 8, 1942, she married Walter Myron Wilson in Wichita, and they
resided in Arkansas City. He died Jan. 5, 1986.
Wilson was a member of the Church of God, Holiness; Home League of
the Salvation Army; Walnut Valley Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers, and Cowley
County Association for Retarded Children. For many years she rang bells
for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season.
Survivors include her son, Paul Wilson, and daughter, Gladys Rhodes,
both of Arkansas City; three brothers, Clarence Dickson, Frank Dickson
and John Dickson, all of Arkansas City; three sisters, Jessie Shook and
Ruth Hatcher, both of Arkansas City, and Alice Arthur, Emporia; six grandchildren
and 10 great-grandchildren.
A son, Walter Robert Dickson, preceded her in death.
Services for Leona P. Evans, 81, who died Dec. 17, 1997, were held
at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The
Rev. Steve Strom officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Music selections were "How Great Thou Art" and "One Day at a Time,"
both performed by Kathy Waite, and "He Touched Me."
Honorary casket bearers were Harry Evans, Victor Gurnee, Don Hall and
Casket bearers were David Atkinson, Kevin White and Brandon, Casey,
Darren, Mike and Timothy Evans.
Memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society and
BLACKWELL, Okla. - Donald L. Lahman, 67, of Blackwell, died Dec. 21,
1997, at Blackwell General Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawks Funeral Home in Arkansas
City. Burial will be in Caldwell Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m.
to service time Tuesday.
Lahman was born June 19, 1930, in Arkansas City, to Jepthy Allen and
Pearl Rebecca (Antry) Lahman. He was raised in Harper County and later
attended Cowley County Community College.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.
Lahman retired as a brakeman for the Santa Fe railroad n 1975.
On April 28, 1997, he married Gloria Gila Baker Dickson in Harper County.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Lahman, Harper; a son, Mike Lahman,
Arkansas City; a daughter, Rebecca Neises, Oxford; a stepson, Michael Dickson,
Oklahoma City; seven stepdaughters, Jean Crittenden, Wakita, Okla., Jessie
Dickson, Waukomis, Okla., Elizabeth Jones, Rockingham, N.C., and Norma
Shaefer, Bryan Black, Clara Ruff and Phyllis Mahar, all of Enid, Okla.;
four grandchildren, 24 stepgrandchildren and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
OXFORD - Beatrice Denice White, 68, of Oxford, died Dec. 21, 1997,
at her home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver-Hawks Funeral
Home. The Rev. Curtis Fike will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the organ fund of the First Baptist
Church in Oxford and the Jamie Freed Cancer Fund. Contributions can be
left at the funeral home.
White was born March 16, 1929, in Oxford, to Ernest and Opal (Hemphill)
On Aug. 2, 1947, she married Anan Keith White in Sulphur, Okla. They
had lived in Oxford since 1948.
White had been a secretary at the Winfield State Hospital and Training
Center. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, a hospital
auxiliary volunteer, a member of the Helping Hands Board and a church clerk.
Survivors include a son, Terry White, Gore, Okla.; two daughters, Cheryle
Cunningham, Raton, N.M., and Regina Weber, Winfield; and five grandchildren.
NEODESHA - James E. LaBarr, 81, of Neodesha, died Dec. 21, 1997, at
Wilson County Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Loran Fawcett Funeral Home
in Neodesha. Pastor Rick Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Neodesha
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 tonight.
LaBarr was born June 18, 1916, in Whitefish, Mont., to Charles Madison
and Ruby G. (McMillen) LaBarr. He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School.
On Nov. 14, 1936, he married Flossie I. Blevins in Yates Center.
LaBarr was employed at the Standard Oil refinery in Neodesha until
its closing. He then was employed by the city of Neodesha until retiring.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Flossie LaBarr, and a son, David LaBarr,
both of Neodesha; five daughters, Delores Marsh, Wichita, Betty Lacis,
Alvin, Texas, Ruby Firestone, Oklahoma City, Okla., Charlotte McColm, Topeka,
and Laura Counsil, Neodesha; two brothers, Richard LaBarr, Stroud, Okla.,
and Clarence LaBarr, Frisco, Colo.; four sisters, Sara Lerma, Kanopolis,
Loretta Hoffman, Baltimore, Md., Bonnie Gray, Culver, and Mary Easter,
Ellsworth; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Mary LaBarr, a daughter, preceded him in death.
FRANKLINTON, La. - Larry Joe Redford, 40, of Franklinton, died Dec.
19, 1997, as the result of an automobile accident in Hammond, La.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church
in Lyons. The Rev. Tom Eastman will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m.
in Cambridge Cemetery.
Friends may call at Sillin Funeral Home in Lyons from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Larry Joe Redford Scholarship
Fund, in care of the funeral home, 214 West Avenue South, Lyons, KS 67554.
Redford was born May 23, 1957, in Lyons, to Jeff and June (Hendrickson)
Redford. In 1975 he graduated from Lyons High School. He later graduated
from Kansas State University with a degree in business marketing.
A sales manager for the Adageo Co., Redford had been a resident of
Franklinton, La., for six years. He had previously resided in Mississippi.
He attended the First Baptist Church in Franklinton.
Survivors include his mother, June Redford, Lyons, and a sister, Susan
Vogler, Chesapeake, Va.
OXFORD - Mary E. McCutcheon, 60, of Oxford, died Dec. 21, 1997, at
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home.
Pastor Wayne Handle will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery
in Geuda Springs.
A memorial has been established with the bell ringers of the Oxford
United Methodist Church. Contributions may be made through the funeral
There will be no visitation. The casket will be open before the funeral
McCutcheon was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Anthony, to Fred and Aura (Wells)
Miller. She was raised in the Anthony area.
On Dec. 23, 1960, she married Jerry McCutcheon in East St. Louis, Ill.
They lived in Williamsfield, Ill., during most of their marriage. They
moved to Oxford in August 1997 to be closer to their family and because
of their health.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry McCutcheon, Oxford; a brother,
Vernon Miller Sr., Clearwater; and three nephews she raised, Vernon Miller
Jr., Nixa, Mo., Terry Miller, Wichita, and Rodney Miller, Belle Plaine.
MISSION, Texas - W.A. "Dub" Standerfer, 69, of Mission, died Dec. 21,
1997, at the Mission hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Oliver-Hawks Funeral
Home in Oxford. The Rev. Curtis Fike will officiate. Burial will be in
A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association.
Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Standerfer was born July 6, 1928, in Megargel, Texas, to Jim Porter
and Bessie (Hinsley) Standerfer. During the Korean War he served in the
On Jan. 15, 1976, he married Patsy Ruth Thomas Anderson in Wichita.
In October 1987 he retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone in Wichita
after working there 35 years as an installer. The Standerfers lived in
Derby until 1990 when they moved to Texas. They spent the summer months
traveling throughout the United States.
Standerfer was a member of the Telephone Pioneers Family Campers.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Standerfer, Mission, Texas; three
daughters, Terri McLaughlin, Houston, Texas, Sheri Moldenhawer, Derby,
and Denise Standerfer, Mulvane; three stepsons, Dennis Anderson, Pensacola,
Fla., David Anderson, Towanda, and Drew Anderson, Neola, Iowa; a stepdaughter,
Denice Morrison, Arnold, Mo.; one brother, Jimmy Standerfer, Garrison,
Minn.; two sisters, Gladys Dowers, Oxford, and Glenda Casey, Clayton, N.C.;
13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ingeborg T. Dobson, 45, of Route 2, Winfield, died Dec. 21, 1997, at
William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miles Funeral Service.
The Rev. Mike Nolan will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight and until noon
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc. Contributions can
be made through the funeral home.
Dobson was born Aug. 8, 1952, in Wuerzburg, Germany, to Eugen Franz
and Anna Zelem Schneider. Raised and educated in Germany, she was a graduate
of high school at Kitzigen, Germany, and later received her secondary degree
She was employed in Germany with E-Center department stores. In 1982
she emigrated to the United States.
On May 7, 1982, she married Larry Dobson in Hagerstown, Md. They made
their first home in Maryland and later that year returned to Germany where
her husband served with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from 1982
The Dobsons returned to the United States in 1986 and had resided in
Winfield for more than 10 years. They formerly operated the Royal Club
of Winfield, and she had also been employed by Checkers Food Store.
Dobson attended Holy Name Church and was a member of the American Legion
Post 10 Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Dobson, Winfield; three stepsons,
Thomas Dobson, Lee's Summit, Mo., Jerry Dobson, Grandview, Mo., and Kenneth
Dobson, Crofton, Md.; a brother, Paul Schneider, Kaltensondheim, Germany;
a sister, Karin Pareira, Palo Alto, Calif.; and two stepgranddaughters.
DERBY - Wayne Wyckoff, 95, formerly of Winfield, died Dec. 23, 1997,
at Sterling House in Derby.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Swisher-Taylor &
Morris Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Jerre Nolte will officiate. Burial will
be in Highland Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with Grace United Methodist Church.
Wyckoff was born May 11, 1902, in Winfield, to Fred and Pearl (Farnsworth)
Wyckoff. He married Hazel Harrah Sept. 15, 1934, in Douglass.
In 1967 Wyckoff retired from Beech Aircraft after working there for
The Wyckoffs moved to Derby in 1989.
He was a member of the Lions Club and Grace United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Wyckoff, Derby; a son, James Wyckoff,
Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter, Mary Sue Kurminsky, Derby; and two grandsons.
Emma Lee Thompson, 91, of Winfield, former longtime resident of Grenola,
died Dec. 21, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Miles Funeral Service.
Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery in Grenola. Friends may call at the
funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until service time
A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church
in Winfield. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Thompson was born Jan. 15, 1906, in Wichita, to Harry and Mary (Landis)
Thompson. The family moved to the Grenola community when she was a child.
After her graduation from Grenola High School in 1924, she taught school.
On April 29, 1925, she married Armand W. Thompson. For over 20 years,
they made their home in Grenola where they owned and operated a grocery
store and later a drug and sundry store. Mrs. Thompson also operated a
beauty shop in her home for nearly 20 years.
In 1948 the family moved to Washington state. They later resided in
El Dorado where she was employed by the J.M. McDonald Store for eight years.
They moved to Wichita in 1957. She was employed by Underground Vaults and
Storage Co. in Wichita and Hutchinson for many years prior to her retirement
The couple moved to Grenola in 1971 and had resided in Winfield since
1985. Mrs. Thompson had resided at Good Samaritan Village since November
She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she had been
affiliated with the Anna Ruth Circle.
Survivors include her husband, Armand Thompson, Winfield; a son Larry
Thompson, Glendale, Ariz.; a sister, Annette Kingsbury, Reno, Nev.; three
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
WELLINGTON - Leanna I. Sauzek, 79, longtime resident of rural Wellington,
died Dec. 22, 1997, at Sumner Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wellington Cornerstone
Fellowship Church. The Rev. Dave Beeson will officiate. Burial will be
in Prairie Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Hawks Funeral Home.
Casket bearers will be Jason Edwards, Devon Sauzek, Todd Rhine, Nathan
Sauzek, Eric Tincher, Chet Burrows and Joseph Berns.
Memorials have been established with Cornerstone Fellowship Church,
2000 Vandenburgh Ave., Wellington, KS 67152; Take His Heart Ministries,
P.O. Box 532, Wellington, KS 67152; and Hospice of Wellington, 219 W. Eighth,
Wellington, KS 67152.
Sauzek was born July 3, 1918, near Valley Center, to Harry Lee and
Blanche (Edwards) Phillips. She attended Valley Center schools.
On July 16, 1937, she married Gus Edward Sauzek in Wichita. The couple
moved to the Wellington community in 1942.
Sauzek taught china painting in her home and had served as the Kansas
China Painters Association president. She was also active in 4-H for many
Sauzek was a member of the Cornerstone Fellowship Church and Oxford
Federated Soldenella organization. She was a certified lay speaker for
the Methodist Church and a certified teacher for the Morris Cerullo World
Survivors include her husband, Gus Sauzek, Wellington; three sons,
Gus Edward "Ed" Sauzek, Ponca City, Okla., Roy Sauzek, Wellington, and
Larry Lee Sauzek, Oxford; a half-brother, Jere Phillips, Valley Center;
eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Frances M. Zeigler, 86, who died Dec. 12, 1997,
were held at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Grace United Methodist Church. The Revs.
Ron Keith and Jerre Nolte officiated.
Zeigler willed her body to the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Louise Schuppener was the organist. Vocalists were Dr. James Schuppener,
Les Hogue and Beverly Spears. Jalynn Nolte was the harpist.
Music included "The Church's One Foundation," "Softly and Tenderly,"
"Medley of Carols," "Amazing Grace," "It Is Well with My Soul" and "Joyful,
Memorials have been established with Grace United Methodist Church,
Cumbernauld Village Hope Fund and Hospice Inc.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Melvin Weathers, 87, a Winfield resident since 1914, died at Good Samaritan
Village Dec. 25, 1997.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris
Chapel. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Weathers was born July 14, 1910, in Granby, Mo., to Frank and Lucretia
On April 22, 1939, he married Ida Maxine Knuckey in Winfield. She died
Jan. 12, 1968.
Weathers worked as a horse trainer and at Boeing Aircraft and St. John's
He was active as a scoutmaster for Troop 311 of the Boy Scouts.
Survivors include two sons, Norman Weathers, Arkansas City, and Rodger
Weathers, Winfield; a daughter, Martha Seck, Arkansas City; a sister, Velma
Rose, Yates Center; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A son, Max Weathers, preceded him in death.
WICHITA - Anna Margaret Koop, 84, a homemaker, of Wichita, died Dec.
24, 1997, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Resthaven Mortuary Chapel.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.
Koop was born April 7, 1913, in Wichita, to James Otis and Vera Inez
She married Aaron Koop Dec. 25, 1934, in Wichita. He died Sept. 3,
Survivors include five sons, Keith Koop, James Koop, Robert Koop 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; a sister, Jean Roberts, Iola; 27 grandchildren, four
stepgrandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services for Ingeborg Thekla Dobson, 45, who died Dec. 21, 1997, were
held at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 in Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The
Rev. Mike Nolan officiated. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Music selections were "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Ave
Casket bearers were Lewis Alberding, Jim Buterbaugh, Grant Dick, Jeremy
Dobson, Steve Dobson and Alan Wurtz.
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc.
ARKANSAS CITY - Albert B. Endicott, 73, of Arkansas City, died Dec.
26, 1997, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawks Funeral Home. Burial
will be in Parker Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the American Lung Association.
Contributions can be made at the funeral home.
Endicott was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Arkansas City, to Fred L. and Golden
(Wollard) Endicott. He was raised in the Maple City area and attended school
in Arkansas City.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.
On Oct. 27, 1946, he married Bonnie Guilinger in Arkansas City. She
died March 31, 1965.
Endicott was a member of Spencer Ralston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
1254 and Ducks Unlimited.
Survivors include three sons, Edward Endicott, Memphis, Tenn., and
Grant Endicott and Arlen Endicott, both of Arkansas City; two daughters,
Jeanne Waldorf, Arkansas City, and Shirley Shaver, Augusta; two brothers,
Melvin Endicott, Ponca City, Okla., and Don Endicott, Hurst, Texas; 12
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Clarice Lorene Kittelson, 79, of 1901 E. 12th in Winfield, died Dec.
24, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian
Church. The Rev. Steve Souther will officiate. Burial will be in Mount
Memorials have been established with the Diabetes Association, First
Presbyterian Church and William Newton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Kittelson was born Dec. 3, 1918, to Emmer Levi and Florence (Fife)
Kittelson. She graduated from Winfield High School and Southwestern College.
Kittelson worked at Boeing, BIC Loans and the Tuberculosis Association,
all in Wichita, before her retirement on Jan. 1, 1977.
She was a member of Business and Professional Women, William Newton
Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Merry Makers Club and Church Women United.
Survivors include a brother, Millard Kittelson, Winfield.