Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1997

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Jack Conklin
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, Okla. 73534.
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.

Ferrel Wallace
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 officiated. 
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Gordon Campbell
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 cemetery.
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.

Etta Wilson
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 Parker Cemetery.
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.

Leona Evans
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 Jim VanWinkle.
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 Hospice Inc.

Donald Lahman
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.

Beatrice White
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) Ross. 
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.

James LaBarr
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 Cemetery.
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.

Larry Redford
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.

Mary McCutcheon
OXFORD - Mary E. McCutcheon, 60, of Oxford, died Dec. 21, 1997, at her home.
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 home.
There will be no visitation. The casket will be open before the funeral Friday.
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.

W.A. Standerfer
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 Oxford Cemetery.
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 U.S. Army.
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 Dobson
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 Wednesday.
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 in business. 
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 to 1986.
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.

Wayne Wyckoff
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 many years.
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 Thompson
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 Saturday.
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 in 1971.
The couple moved to Grenola in 1971 and had resided in Winfield since 1985. Mrs. Thompson had resided at Good Samaritan Village since November 1996.
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.

Leanna Sauzek
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 years.
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 Evangelism Organization.
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.

Frances Zeigler
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, 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
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 (Hampton) Weathers. 
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 College. 
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. 

Anna Koop
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 (Schreffler) Stanley.
She married Aaron Koop Dec. 25, 1934, in Wichita. He died Sept. 3, 1997.
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.

Ingeborg Dobson
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 Maria."
Casket bearers were Lewis Alberding, Jim Buterbaugh, Grant Dick, Jeremy Dobson, Steve Dobson and Alan Wurtz.
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc.

Albert Endicott
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 Kittelson
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 Vernon Cemetery. 
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.


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