Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1998

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Muriel Sherman
UDALL - Muriel M. Sherman, 84, longtime Udall resident, died Jan. 16, 1998, at Riverview Manor in Oxford.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mulvane Brethren Church. Burial will be in Douglass Cemetery.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
Memorials have been established with the Music Library at Bible Broadcasting Network, Charlotte, N.C., and the Riverside Christian Training School in Lost Creek, Ken. Contributions may be made through the church or the funeral home.
Sherman was born Jan. 28, 1913, on a farm near Mulvane, to Clyde and Emma Rozella Myrtle (Schaper) Kessinger. She was raised and educated in the Mulvane area and was the valedictorian of the 1931 graduating class at Mulvane High School.
She taught school for three years in the Green Valley rural school southeast of Udall. 
On April 19, 1936, she married Carl W. Sherman in Conway Springs. They lived and worked on their Udall farm for over 55 days. He died June 14, 1993, and she continued to live on the farm until moving to Riverview Manor in December 1995.
A farmer and homemaker, Mrs. Sherman was a member of the Mulvane Brethren Church where she served as deaconess and her husband served as deacon. Her church activities included teaching Sunday school, WMC, and serving as church pianist and organist for many years.
Survivors include a daughter, Rozella Nickoline Sherman, Udall; a brother, Paul Kessinger, Mulvane; and a sister-in-law, Pauline Bannon, Winfield.

Robert Pool
NORMAN, Okla. - Robert W. "Bob" Pool, 75, of Norman, Okla., formerly of Winfield, died Jan. 11, 1998, in Norman.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Jan. 15, 1998, at Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery in Oklahoma City. The Rev. Dr. Forrest Robinson officiated.
Honorary casket bearers were Charles C. Jones, Dr. George N. Barry Jr., Robert E. Manchester, Frederick W. Volker, Major Gen. Ray Robinson and Harold F. Bratches.
Casket bearers were the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.
Memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society, 2221 W. Lindsey, Norman, OK 73069 and Hospice of Norman, 124 N. Crawford Ave., Norman, OK 73069.
Havenbrook Funeral Home, Norman, had charge of arrangements.
Pool was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Larned, to John and Nona Pool. He was raised and educated in Winfield.
On Feb. 18, 1945, he married Mary Helen "Sally" Callison.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years and retired at the rank of colonel. Among the many decorations he was awarded were the Meritorious Conduct in Performance of Outstanding Service and the First Oak Leaf Cluster to the Legion of Merit. His last assignment was Commander of the Third Mobile Communications Group at Tinker Air Force Base. 
Survivors include his wife, Sally Pool, Norman, Okla.; two sons, Robert D. Pool, Tulsa, Okla., and Dennis C. Pool, Oklahoma City; and three grandchildren.

Esther Mills
Memorial services for Esther Lucille Mills, 85, who died Jan. 12, 1998, were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 16, 1998, at the Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Steve Souther officiated. Private burial services will be held at a later date.
Special vocal music included "In the Garden" and "Amazing Grace."
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.

Frank Theis
ARKANSAS CITY - The Honorable Frank G. Theis, 86, of Arkansas City, died Jan. 17, 1998, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita. 
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City. The Rev. Tom Clymer will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends after the service at the Arkansas City Country Club from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Memorials have been established with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Arthritis Foundation. Contributions can be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Theis was born June 26, 1911, in Yale, to Dr. Peter F. and Maude B. (Cooke) Theis. He was raised and educated in Arma and graduated from Arma High School in 1929. He graduated cum laude from the University of Kansas in 1933 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1936.
On Feb. 1, 1939, he married Marjorie Riddle. They made their home in Arkansas City where he practiced law until 1967. He also served as an attorney for the Kansas Tax Commission from 1937 to 1939 and chief counsel for the Office of Price Stabilization for Kansas from 1951 to 1952.
He was president of Young Democrats of Kansas from 1942 to 1946; a member of the Kansas Democratic Club from 1944 to 1946; and chairman of the Kansas Democratic Committee from 1955 to 1960.
Theis was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Political Organization of the Democratic National Committee from 1956 to 1958; national committeeman from Kansas from 1957 to 1967; Democratic nominee for Kansas Supreme Court in 1950; Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1960 and state chairman of the Democratic Party from 1958 to 1960. 
Theis managed George Docking's campaign for governor in 1956 and was Kansas chairman for Lyndon B. Johnson's presidential campaign in 1964. He was appointed by Gov. Mike Hayden to be the Kansas chairman for the Constitution bicentennial celebration in 1987.
Theis was appointed to the Federal District Court, District of Kansas, in 1967. He served as the chief judge of the federal court, District of Kansas, from 1977 to 1981. He was given senior status of the Federal District Court in 1981 and was still active on the bench at the time of his death.
Theis was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and Crescent Lodge 133 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, both of Arkansas City, the Midian Shrine of Wichita and the Kansas Demolay Legion of Honor. 
Mrs. Theis died in 1970.
Survivors include two sons, Franklin Theis, Berryton, and Roger Theis, Wichita; and two grandsons.

Mollie Bradberry
DERBY - Mollie Mary Bradberry, 85, homemaker, of Derby, died Jan. 16, 1998, in Wichita.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 at Senter-Smith Mortuary in Mulvane. Dr. Timothy Boyd officiated. Burial was in Mulvane Cemetery.
Bradberry was born Aug. 15, 1912, in Baxter County, Ark., to Edward and Dora (Sinor) Smith. She married Ray Vincent Bradberry who preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Bradberry, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Don Bradberry, Winfield; two daughters, Phyrnia Petersen, El Dorado, and Treva Snyder, Haysvile; three brothers, Opel Smith, Harvey Smith and Guy Smith, and two sisters, Ida Hayes and Faye White, all of Gassville, Ark.; 18 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Bob Rupert
WICHITA - Robert Glenn "Bob" Rupert, 60, Raytheon tool coordinator, of Wichita, died Jan. 17, 1998.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hillside Funeral Home East in Wichita. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and before service time Wednesday.
Rupert was a Beech Aircraft (now Raytheon) employee for 32 years.
Rupert married Jewell Peyton on Aug. 5, 1955. They divorced in 1967.
He married Doris Patterson in Wichita in 1968.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Rupert, Wichita; two sons, Steven Glenn Rupert, Oxford, and Chuck Eugene Rupert, Haysville; two daughters, Glenna Rupert, Valley Center, and Bobbie Collier, Winfield; three stepsons, Don Patterson and Ronald Patterson, both of Wichita, and Robert Patterson, McCune; a stepdaughter, Debbie Gilbert, Overland Park; a brother, Steve Rupert, Oxford; four sisters, Margaret Whittenburg, Anita Banks, Lenore Doan and Sonja Bluejacket, all of Coffeyville; and 14 grandchildren.

Alta Kennedy
Alta S. King Kennedy, 98, longtime Winfield resident, formerly of Atlanta, died Jan. 19, 1998, at Winfield Rest Haven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in Wilmot Cemetery. 
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and until noon Friday.
A memorial has been established with Winfield Rest Haven. Contributions may be made at Winfield Rest Haven or the funeral home.
Kennedy was born March 4, 1899, in a sod house near Bessie, Okla., to Marion Edmon and Delia (Bills) Throckmorton. She was raised near Carter, Okla., where she received her education in the Indian Creek rural school.
At age 18 she moved to Texas where she met Huber J. King. They married in July 1923 in Batesville, Texas, and lived in Texas before moving to Winfield in 1944. He preceded her in death.
She was employed locally at the J.C. Penney store and later at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. For five years she resided in Enid, Okla., where she cared for her parents before their deaths.
On June 24, 1972, she married Earl V. Kennedy in Atlanta. They lived and worked on their farm in the Prairie View community west of Atlanta until moving to Winfield in 1977. Her husband died Sept. 29, 1986. She had resided at Winfield Rest Haven for seven years.
Kennedy was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include four sons, Bob King, New Caney, Texas, Berwin King and David King, both of Winfield, and Dan King, Loveland, Colo.; two daughters, Sarah Lou Cravens, San Antonio, Texas, and Delia Fay Kennedy, Atlanta; two stepsons, Otis Kennedy and Paul Kennedy, and a stepdaughter, Pauline Jones, all of Atlanta; a sister, Orpha Smith, Cortez, Colo.; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Lyle Chambers 
DEXTER - Lyle F. Chambers, 78, longtime Dexter resident, died Jan. 17, 1998, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Springside Cemetery, southeast of Arkansas City. 
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
A memorial has been established for the benefit of Chambers' family. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Chambers was born April 27, 1919, in Arkansas City, to Albert and Gladys (Tipton) Chambers. He graduated from Dexter High School in 1938 and received a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
A World War II veteran, Chambers served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army in the European Theater from 1941 to 1946.
On April 3, 1943, he married Mildred L. Moser in Spencer, Iowa. They resided in Colombia, South America, Alaska and several southern states before moving to Dexter in 1962. Chambers founded his petroleum production firm, the M-Rush Co., and drilled and developed a number of oil leases in Chautauqua County before retiring.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Chambers died July 12, 1997.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Harrell, Woodridge, Ill., and Shirley Chambers, Dexter; a brother, Donald Chambers, Shidler, Okla.; and one grandson.

Clara Embrey
Services for Clara Melissa Embrey, 85, who died Jan. 14, 1998, were held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in the First Christian Church. The Revs. Roger Guy and Forrest Robinson officiated. Burial was in Mount Vernon Cemetery.
Martha Brandenburg was the organist, and Pat Crawford and Wilma Anglemyer were the vocalists. Selections included "Amazing Grace" and "A Closer Walk With Thee."
Honorary casket bearers were Edgar Sisson, Henry Janke, Wayne Birdsong, Harry Kampschroeder, Albert Mann, Fred Bard, Don Fowler, Virgil Dye and Ward O'Neil.
Casket bearers were Larry Oglesby, Bill Morris, Bill Thornton, Ernest Hensley, Jim Buterbaugh, Bill Davis, Keith Wood and Jim Day.
Memorials have been established with the First Christian Church and the American Heart Association.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Embrey was a member of the William Newton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Rebekah Lodge.

Allen Snook
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Allen Walter Snook, 78, of San Antonio, died Jan. 12, 1998, in San Antonio.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 in Porter Loring Chapel. Burial with full military honors was in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
A memorial has been established with the Ronald McDonald House, 227 Lewis St., San Antonio, TX 78212.
Snook was born June 15, 1919, in New Salem, to Walter A. and Ella (Pollock) Snook. He graduated from Winfield High School and served with the Army Air Corps as a pilot during World War II.
Snook was employed at Beech Aircraft Co. in Wichita before moving to San Antonio. He was a member of the Hump Pilots Association and the Wilmington Warriors.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lois Snook, San Antonio: two daughters, Sue Trezza, San Antonio, and Judy Morris, Houston; a brother, John Snook, Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Opal Dodson
RAYMORE, Mo. - Opal M. Dodson, 91 of Raymore, formerly of Longton, Died Jan. 18, 1998, at Raymore Health Care Center
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Longton Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Salvation Army. Contributions can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of howard.
Dodson was born Jan. 17, 1907, in Longton, to Charles and Myrtle (Zinn) Zollars, and lived her early years in the Longton community. After marrying Jesse B, dodson, they moved from Longton to Manhattan in 1939. After her husband's death on Dec. 5, 1970, she moved to Lee's Summit, Mo., where she lived until moving to Raymore in 1995.
Survivors include a son, Wayne Dodson, Raymore, Mo.; a daughter, Jessie Thomas, Corona Calif.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Muriel Sherman
MULVANE - Services for Muriel Maurine Sherman, 84, who died Jan, 16, 1998, were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Mulvane Brethren Church. The Revs. Larry Hoffman and Joe Hanna officiated. Burial was in Douglass Cemetery.
Marcia Hoffman was the organist, and Erica Kolby was the pianist. Marcia and Larry Hoffman were vocalists.
Casket bearers were Ora Adaams, Gene, Mike and Ronald Beard, Keith Grant, Herbert Munhollon and Don and Paul Schueneman.
Memorials have been established with the Bible Broadcasting Network's Music Library, Charlotte, N.C., and the Riverside Christian Training School, Lost Creek, Ky.
Mile Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Elmer Knowlton
Elmer Edward Knowlton, 84, of 1021 E. 11th, Winfield, died Jan. 20, 1998, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Rev. Steve Souther will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and until service time Saturday.
Knowlton was born July 23, 1912, in Aness, to William Edward and Rosamond (Hancock) Knowlton. He graduated from Cheney High School and Southwestern College.
On Sept. 8, 1934, he married Ethyl Oyler in Norwich. She died Aug. 7, 1996.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Knowlton was an accountant. He had worked for the city of Winfield for nine years, for Smith-Moon nine years, and for Gordon & Piatt six years.
Knowlton was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include four nieces, Illene Swartzlander, New Salem, Betty Poyner, Seattle, Betty Lou Morrison, Wichita, and Ellen Yocum, Bullhead City, Ariz.

Athol Williams
ARKANSAS CITY - Athol L. "Al" Williams, 84, of Arkansas City, died Jan. 20, 1998, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Christian Church in Arkansas City. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call at Hawks Funeral Home until 9 tonight and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
A memorial has been established with the Midian Shrine Plane of Mercy Fund. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Williams was born April 24, 1913, in El Campo, Texas, to Charles Laverne and Katie Myrtle (Britton) Williams. He attended schools in Arkansas City, including Arkansas City High School. 
On April 4, 1932, he married Opal Donna Mavis in Winfield.
They lived in Arkansas City where he worked for the Santa Fe railroad for 17 years. They then moved to Wichita, and he was a salesman for Rusty Eck Ford for 20 years until he retired. They moved back to Arkansas City 12 years ago.
Williams was a member of Central Christian Church, Helpmates Sunday School Class, national and local chapters of the National Association of Retired Persons, National Association of Railway Retired Employees, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Ambassadors, Arkansas City Evening Lions Club where he served on the board of directors, Victory Chapter 151 of Order of Eastern Star, Crescent Lodge 133 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Wichita Consistory of the Scottish Rite Temple, Midian Shrine Temple, Cowley County Shrine Club for which he was second vice president, and Ancient Order of Camel Herders 118.
Survivors include his wife, Opal Williams, Arkansas City, and several nieces and nephews.

Ralph Conrady
WAKITA, Okla. - Ralph Robert Conrady, 76, lifelong resident of Wakita, died Jan. 19, 1998, in Enid, Okla.
A memorial wake was held at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Jan. 22, both at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Wakita. Wakita Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Conrady was born May 24, 1921, northeast of Wakita, to Charles and Kunda (Ronck) Conrady. He graduated from Wakita High School.
During World War II, he served in the European Theater in the U.S. Army Motor Pool, Transportation Division, and was stationed in London.
On March 4, 1946, he married Dorothy Mae Metzinger. He farmed but also worked in carpentry.
Survivors include five sons, Donald Conrady, Woodward, Okla., Michael Conrady and Gary Conrady, both of Wakita, Robert Conrady, Cache, Okla., and Johnny Conrady, Oklahoma City; five daughters, Carolyn Murphy, Winfield, Lynda Parker, Enid, Okla., Patricia Thurman, Caldwell, Phyllis Blanton, Valley Center, and Janet Frazier, Oologah, Okla.; a sister, Anne Marie Frangione, Wakita; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His wife and two children, Charles and Mary, preceded him in death. 

Christine Pereue
Christine S. Pereue, 96, of 1925 Hollowood, Winfield, formerly of LaJolla, Calif., died Jan. 19, 1998, at her home.
A private memorial service will be held this evening.
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc. Contributions can be made through Miles Funeral Service.
Pereue was born Aug. 31, 1901, in Frankfort, Mich., to Lewis and Inga (Mauseth) Rodal. Raised in Michigan, she was a 1919 graduate for Frankfort High School. She later attended college in Ypsilanti, Mich., graduating in 1921 with a degree in education.
On July 3, 1922, she married Joseph H. Pereue in Frankfort. He died in 1970.
Pereue had lived with her daughter in Winfield since 1985.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Albright, Winfield; a sister, Lucille Kenny, Ocala, Fla., three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A son, Joseph H. Pereue III, preceded her in death.

Milton Rush
CEDAR VALE - Milton Ennis Rush, 94, of Cedar Vale, died Jan. 21, 1998, at Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cedar Vale First Baptist Church. Wheeler Funeral Home, Cedar Vale, is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the church. 
Smith was born Oct. 10, 1903, in Lookout Valley, near Cedar Vale, to Isaac and Ora (Higgins) Rush. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1923.
On June 1, 1931, he married Elizabeth Carnahan in Shreveport, La. She died May 8, 1962.
On Dec. 24, 1962, he married Violet S. Robertson Kittrell in Independence. She died March 28, 1990.
Rush retired from Humble Oil Co. in 1958 after 31 years of service. He then lived in Winfield for four years before moving to Cedar Vale.
Rush was active in the Cedar Vale First Baptist Church and at People's Place (senior center), delivering Friendship Meals and driving the center bus.
Survivors include a daughter, Jane Rush Arbisi, Frisco, Texas, two granddaughters, four stepgrandchildren and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Francis Stewart
SEVERY - Francis Louis Stewart, 77, of rural Severy, died Jan. 17, 1998, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in South Lawn Cemetery at Severy. Pastor Alan Hunter will officiate. 
A memorial has been established with St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Contributions can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
Stewart was born Jan. 8, 1921, southeast of Severy, to John Douglas and Edith (Phroehl) Stewart. He attended Pleasant Plain rural school and grew up in the Severy area.
Stewart took care of his parents before they died and lived his entire life on the farm where he was born. 
Survivors include a brother, Marvin L. Stewart, Howard; a nephew, Billy L. Stewart, Severy; a great-nephew and a great-niece.

Florence Grant
WICHITA - Florence Grant, 102, longtime Burden and Winfield resident, died Jan. 21, 1998, at the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Burden Cemetery. Wheeler Funeral Home of Burden is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita. 
Grant was born July 15, 1895, in Burden, to Miles Leroy and Emma Eliza (Burden) Smith. She graduated from Burden High School in 1914, then taught at Grand Prairie and later at the Torrance school. 
She worked in offices at Oil Hill and the Walnut Valley Times, both in El Dorado, and later for the county attorney's office in Winfield. She was a reporter and typesetter and held other posts at the Burden Times for many years.
On March 27, 1930, she married Fred Grant in El Dorado. He died July 6, 1969. The Grants lived in Burden for many years and moved to Winfield in 1951. She moved to the Masonic Home in Wichita in 1984. 
Grant was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winfield and an 85-year member of Burden Chapter 128 of the Order of Eastern Star. 
Survivors include a niece, Marty McClain, Wichita.

Lyle Chambers
ARKANSAS CITY - Services for Lyle Francis Chambers, 78, who died Jan. 17, 1998, were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 in Springside Cemetery, southeast of Arkansas City. The Rev. Roderick A. Hathaway officiated. 
Music included "Amazing Grace," sung by Norman Reeves, and "The Old Rugged Cross," performed by Steve Cross.
A memorial has been established for the benefit of Chambers' family.

Ernest Evans
CORBIN - Services for Ernest J. Evans, 84, who died Jan. 9, 1998, were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 13 at Corbin United Methodist Church. The Revs. Warren R. Smith and Judy Ramsey officiated. Burial was in Corzine Cemetery.
Rod and Pam Lungren sang " My God and I" and "How Great Thou Art." Frances Kloefkorn was the organist.
Casket bearers were Patrick, David, Brian, Michael and Scott Evans, Cory Young and Andy Schuchart.
A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church of Winfield.


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