Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1996

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Bernice Roberts 
Bernice Mason Roberts, 91, of Winfield, died Dec. 22, 1996, at her home in Walnut Towers.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Ark. The Rev. Ken Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the Sidwell Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 754, Winfield, KS 67156.
Friends may call at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and at Moore Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Roberts was born Oct. 29, 1905, in Whitener, Ark., a daughter of James and Angeline (Boyd) Mason. She was raised and educated in Madison County, Arkansas.
On Oct. 19, 1935, she married Carl Roberts in Buena Park, Calif. He died in 1962. She moved to Winfield from El Dorado in 1990, and had lived in Hindsville, Ark., before 1950.
Roberts was a member of the Buckeye Baptist Church in Hindsville.
Survivors include two sons, Gene Roberts, Winfield, and Mitch Roberts, El Dorado; a sister, Ester Gayer, Goshen, Ark.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Frankie Sowder 
Frankie Pharel Sowder, 91, of Winfield, died Dec. 21, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Toronto Cemetery. 
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service until 9 tonight.
Memorials have been established with the Toronto United Methodist Church and First Christian Church in Winfield. Contributions may be made through the churches or funeral home.
Sowder was born Nov. 23, 1905, on a farm south of Toronto, a daughter of Franklin and Rosa (Jones) Willhite. She graduated from Toronto High School in 1923.
On Nov. 5, 1925, she married John Curtis Sowder. They lived and worked on farms in Greenwood and Woodson counties throughout most of their marriage. She also served as substitute postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service at Neal for a number of years.
Following retirement in 1984, the Sowders moved to Winfield. He died June 15, 1989. She had resided at Good Samaritan Village for several weeks.
A homemaker and longtime member of the Toronto United Methodist Church, where she was active in United Methodist Women, she attended the First Christian Church in Winfield.
She was a 69-year member of the Golden Star Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in Toronto and a long-time member of the Quincy Extension Homemakers Unit.
Survivors include a son, Jack Sowder, Winfield, four grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren.

Elmer Logsdon 
PRATT - Elmer S. Logsdon, 92, of Pratt, formerly of Winfield, died Dec. 22, 1996, in Pratt Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Larrison Mortuary. The Rev. Harold Wilcox will officiate. Private services will be held in Janesville Cemetery at Hamilton.
Logsdon was born April 18, 1904, in Tulsa, Okla. He had lived in Pratt for two years and previously had been a resident of Russell, Winfield, Eureka, Ramona and Hays.
On May 1, 1927, he married S. Verina Cummins in Lavonna, Mo.
Logsdon was a retired pumper who had worked for Texaco for 37 years.
Survivors include his wife, Verina Logsdon, Pratt; two sons, Max Logsdon, Winfield, and Charles R. Logsdon, Fullerton, Calif.; a daughter, Bettie Morris, Bucklin; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Harriett Fisher 
WICHITA - Harriett Kathryn Fisher, 81, formerly of Cedar Vale and Topeka, died Dec. 21, 1996, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus, Wichita.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Ozro Falls Cemetery at Hewins. Wheeler Funeral Home of Cedar Vale is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with the television ministry at First United Methodist Church in Wichita.
Fisher was born June 6, 1915, in Cedar Vale, a daughter of Edgar J. and Annice (Taylor) Fisher. She graduated from Cedar Vale High School and from Pittsburg State Teachers College.
She taught in Chautauqua County from 1934 to 1937 and gave private lessons in music and art. She then worked in the Chautauqua County Treasurer's Office. In 1942 she moved to Topeka where she worked as a research analyst for the Kansas Department of Labor until her retirement in 1987.
Fisher had lived in Georgetown Village in Wichita since 1987.
Survivors include two brothers, Donald Fisher and Robert Fisher, and a niece, Linda Gilbert, all of Wichita.

Judith Hearn
DERBY - Judith A. Hearn, 55, of Derby, president and CEO of Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped, died Dec. 20, 1996, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at College Hill United Methodist Church. The Rev. George Gardner will officiate. Burial will be in El Paso Cemetery in Derby.
Memorials have been established with New Frontier Building Project and the Judith Hearn Memorial Music Fund at Derby High School, Derby, KS 67037.
Smith Mortuary of Derby is in charge of arrangements.
Hearn was born Dec. 2, 1941, in Weir City, a daughter of Dale and Winifred (Jones ) Platts. 
She was president and CEO of Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped, and had received numerous awards for her innovative work with the handicapped.
A member of College Hill United Methodist Church, she was also a member of Wichita Downtown Rotary and the National Rehabilitation Association.
Survivors include her husband, Ross Hearn, two sons, Kent Hearn and Steve Hearn, and a daughter, Beth Lankford, all of Derby; four sisters, Jean Coon, Wellington, Suzy Hines and Janice Frazee, both of Derby, and Patty Wolff, Olathe; and seven grandchildren.

Florence Valdois
NEOSHO, Mo. - Florence Bell Valdois, 84, former longtime resident of Winfield and Dexter, died Dec. 23, 1996, at Medicalodge Nursing Center in Neosho.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Assembly of God Church in Winfield. The Rev. Ken Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
A memorial has been established with the First Assembly of God Church in Winfield. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.
Valdois was born Oct. 1, 1912, at Wellington, a daughter of Clarence and Bertha Lou (Parrott) Hylton. Raised in the Wellington area, she received her high school education in Wellington and Newton. She later attended Northwestern University in Alva, Okla.
On July 23, 1936, she married Paul Valdois in Harrah, Okla., and they made their first home in the Wellington area. They moved to the Dexter area in the 1940s and lived and farmed near Dexter for 10 years.
In 1960 they moved to Winfield where she was employed at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center until retiring in 1974.
She and her husband lived in Winfield until 1994 when they moved to Neosho.
Valdois was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Winfield.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Valdois, and a son, Jerry Valdois, both of Neosho; a daughter, Pauletta Mickley, Lawrence; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Agnes Barnaby
INDEPENDENCE - Agnes Mae Barnaby, 88, of Independence, former longtime resident of Longton, died Dec. 22, 1996, at Mercy Hospital in Independence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Longton United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gerald Manley will officiate. Burial will be in Longton Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the Longton United Methodist Church and Longton Senior Center. Contributions can be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
Barnaby was born April 25, 1908, at El Dorado, a daughter of George Erby and Mamie Edna (McLam) Weber. When she was a child, the family moved to Piedmont where she graduated from Piedmont High School in 1927. 
In 1938 she graduated from Pittsburg State University, and in 1962 she earned her master's degree, also from Pittsburg.
On Nov. 26, 1941, she married Glenn Arthur Barnaby in Longton where they lived most of their lives. 
Barnaby began teaching in 1928 in rural schools in the Elk County area. She taught school in Howard from 1957 until her retirement in 1972.
She had recently entered Meadowbrook Lodge in Independence.
Barnaby was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota and the Retired Teachers Association. She was active in the Longton Senior Citizens, Helping Hand Club and Longton Library Association, and she attended Longton United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include her husband, Glenn Barnaby, Longton; two sons, Art Barnaby, Manhattan, and Richard Barnaby, Valley Center; a daughter, Elizabeth Labhart, San Jose, Calif.; a brother, Raymond Weber, Independence; a sister, Margaret Duckworth, St. Louis; and five grandchildren.

Bernice Roberts
Bernice (Mason) Roberts, 91, of Winfield, died Dec. 22, 1996, at her home in Walnut Towers.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Ark. The Rev. Ken Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and Thursday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established with the Sidwell Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 754, Winfield, KS 67156.
Roberts was born Oct. 29, 1905, in Whitener, Ark., a daughter of James and Angeline (Boyd) Mason. She was raised and educated in Madison County, Ark.
On Oct. 19, 1935, she married Carl Roberts in Buena Park, Calif. He died in 1962. 
In 1990 Roberts moved to Winfield from El Dorado where she had lived since 1950. Before that, she had lived in Hindsville, Ark.
She was a member of the Buckeye Baptist Church in Hindsville.
Survivors include two sons, Gene Roberts, Winfield, and Mitch Roberts, El Dorado; a sister, Ester Gayer, Goshen, Ark.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Lyle Loomis
Lyle W. Loomis, 89, of Winfield, died Dec. 24, 1996, at Cumbernauld Village after a long illness.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Rev. Rick Hathaway will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. 
Memorials have been established with Trinity Lutheran Church and the Hope Fund at Cumbernauld Village.
Loomis was born Feb. 12, 1907, near Augusta, to Maurice and Myrtle Loomis. He graduated from Augusta High School in 1921, attended Kansas State University for a year, then went to the University of Kansas and participated in the University Afloat world cruise before graduating with honors from the University of Illinois in 1930.
Loomis took geology courses from the University of Chicago, then spent several years doing land work in the Oklahoma oil fields.
He later attended Washburn University Law School and became a member of the Kansas Bar Association in 1942, only to be conscripted immediately into World War II. He was a captain in the field artillery for the Sixth Army and served in both the European and Pacific theaters of the war.
Loomis then worked as an associate of Lloyd Roberts of Roberts and Roberts in Winfield. He opened his own office in December 1950 and practiced law in Winfield until 1985. 
On June 14, 1996, he was honored for having completed 50 years of continuous service as an attorney and counselor at law by the Kansas Bar Association.
On Jan. 19, 1951, he married Lela Glantz.
Survivors include his wife, Lela Loomis, Winfield; three sons, Larry Loomis, Winfield, John Loomis, Oklahoma City, and Kirk Loomis, Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, M. Lloyd Loomis, Augusta; a sister, Helen Loomis, Cumbernauld Village; and three grandchildren.

Ralph Decker
Ralph Winfield Decker, 88, of Cumbernauld Village, died Dec. 23, 1996, in William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Grace United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pennsylvania. Wheeler Funeral Home of Burden is in charge of local arrangements.
A memorial has been established with Grace United Methodist Church. 
Decker was born July 3, 1908, in Dunmore, Pa., a son of David John and Maud M. (Jackson) Decker. On Oct. 12, 1932, he married Elvira Doris Krotzer in Middletown, Conn.
Decker graduated from Dunmore High School and from Wyoming Seminary and in 1932 received a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. From Boston University he received a master of arts degree in 1936, a bachelor's degree in sacred theology in 1937 and a doctor of philosophy degree in 1941.
He received a fellowship to study in Berlin from 1938 to 1939. He also received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Cornell College in Iowa in 1961 and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Pfeiffer College in 1965.
Decker was ordained in the United Methodist Church as a deacon in 1935 and as an elder in 1936 and pastored numerous churches in the Boston area. He was an instructor at Boston University from 1941 to 1950 and served as president of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa., from 1950 to 1959.
He was director of educational institutions for the United Methodist Church from 1959 to 1968 and dean and professor of New Testament at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenn., from 1969 until his retirement in 1974.
Following retirement, he wrote The Self-Instruction Bible Study Series for the United Methodist Publishing House and various Sunday school lessons. 
Survivors include his wife, Elvira Decker, Cumbernauld Village; a son, Ralph Decker Jr., Winfield; and a brother, Albert Decker, New Jersey.

Luisa Manriquez
OMAHA, Neb. - Luisa A. Manriquez, 88, homemaker, of Omaha, formerly of 611 E. Sixth in Winfield, died Dec. 21, 1996, in Omaha. 
A Rosary will be tonight at 7 in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home Chapel.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Name Catholic Church. The Rev. Mike Nolan will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with Holy Name Church.
Manriquez was born Aug. 25, 1908, in Aguascalientes Aguas, Mexico, to Pablo and Marcilina (Jimenez) Aguilar. She attended grade school in Mexico. When she was in her teens, the family moved to North Platte, Neb.
In January 1926 she married Frank A. Manriquez in North Platte. They moved to Winfield where they lived for over 60 years. He died in September 1985.
Because of her health, she moved to Omaha to be near her family.
She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church.
Survivors include a son, Henry Manriquez, West Virginia; a daughter, Rose Vargas, Omaha; a brother of Santa Ana, Calif.; two sisters of Escondido, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Geneva Cole
TUCSON, Ariz. - Geneva E. Cole, 73, of Tucson, former longtime resident of Winfield, died Dec. 23, 1996, in Tucson.
Friends and family will gather for a time of greeting and sharing at 10 a.m. Monday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Jerre Nolte will officiate. 
Friends may also call at the funeral home between noon and 8 p.m. Sunday.
A memorial has been established with Grace United Methodist Church. Contributions may be made at the church or the funeral home.
Cole was born June 12, 1923, in Winfield, to Harvey and Nettie (Bared) McFarland. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1941.
She was a bookkeeper for many years for Dungey's Firestone in Winfield.
In the 1940s she married Clyde Thompson, who died in 1949. 
In 1954 she married Hale Stephenson. They resided in Winfield throughout their marriage. He died in 1963.
She moved to Arizona during the 1960s. In May 1966 she married Aaron "Gene" Cole. They resided in Arizona throughout their marriage, and she was employed for a number of years with the Motorola Corp. He died in 1989.
Cole was affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Steven Thompson, Tucson; two sisters, Marie Potter, Winfield, and Alice Weigle, Shawano, Wis.; and two grandchildren.

Oma Waggoner
Oma B. Waggoner, 91, homemaker, formerly of 504 E. 15th in Winfield, died Dec. 24, 1996, in Good Samaritan Village.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Highland Cemetery. 
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and until noon Monday.
A memorial has been established with Good Samaritan Village. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Waggoner was born April 2, 1905, in West Virginia, to Peter E. and Carolyn (Robinson) Stewart. She was raised and educated in West Virginia. 
During the 1920s she married Samuel L. Waggoner. They moved to Kansas during the 1930s and resided in Winfield. He died in February 1986.
She was affiliated with the Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother, Willie Stewart, Des Moines, Iowa; a sister, Bernice Taladay, Shenandoah, Iowa; and nieces and nephews, including Earl and Ruth Gordon of Winfield and Donna and Leonard Stewart of Udall.

Robert Marsh
ARKANSAS CITY - Robert Lee Marsh, 78, of Arkansas City, retired Winfield State Hospital and Training Center employee, died Dec. 24, 1996, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Parker Cemetery. 
Friends may call at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home until noon Friday. The casket will be closed during the service.
Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Association. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Marsh was born Oct. 10, 1918, in Tabernash, Colo., and was raised in Tabernash, Denver and Colorado Springs. 
He married Florence L. Hockenbury May 16, 1942, in Arkansas City. She died Aug. 4, 1982.
On Oct. 13, 1993, he married Carolyn N. Pike in Colorado Springs, Colo. They made their home in Arkansas City.
A veteran of World War II, Marsh served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Strother Field.
He retired from Winfield State Hospital and Training Center where he was in charge of the wheelchair department. Earlier he was employed in retail sales in various businesses in Arkansas City.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Marsh, Arkansas City; a son, Robert Marsh Jr., Winfield; two stepsons, Kenneth W. Pike and Lawrence G. Pike, both of Arkansas City; two grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

Johnnie Murphy
HOWARD - Johnnie Emerald Murphy, 94, retired farmer and handyman, of Howard, died Dec. 24, 1996, in Howard Twilight Manor.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Funeral Home. Tom Henry will officiate. Burial will be in Moline Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the Howard Church of Christ. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Murphy was born Nov. 8, 1902, north of Howard, a son of John Edwin and Nancy Jane (Adams) Murphy. He was raised in the Howard area and attended Elk County schools.
In October 1922 he married Mable Bratches in Sedan. She died in January 1927.
On March 14, 1928, he married Elsie Arabell Francisco in Fredonia. They owned and operated a farm in Elk County until 1957, then moved to Moline in 1958. He was employed at Mac's Service in Moline and was the caretaker of Moline Cemetery for several years. 
Murphy had worked in carpentry, house painting and lawn care since retiring in 1965.
He was a longtime member of the Howard Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Murphy, Howard; two sons, James Murphy, Clearwater, and Robert Murphy, Benton; a daughter, Zelma Carriger, Topeka; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pearl Lewis
BURDEN - Services for Pearl E. Lewis, who died Dec. 17, 1996, were held at 10 a.m. Dec. 23 in Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel in Burden. The Rev. Sheila Ratzlaff officiated. 
Barbara Shively was the organist, and Lyman Wheeler sang "How Great Thou Art."
Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. in the Cashion, Okla., cemetery. The Rev. Ed Cook officiated.

Edward Day
Edward L. Day, 72, of Winfield, retired employee of Cessna Aircraft¹s engineering department, died Dec. 25, 1996.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Resthaven Gardens of Memory in Wichita. Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association and the Salvation Army.
Survivors include his former wife, Peggy Day, Wichita; two sons, Mike Day, Wichita, and Mark Day, Garland, Texas; a brother, Jimmie Sam Day, Winfield; a sister, Melva Putman, Wichita; two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

Norman Harcourt
WICHITA - Norman Estel ³Rock² Harcourt, 75, of Wichita, formerly of Winfield, died Dec. 23, 1996, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Smith Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Road, Derby. Pastor Lowell Churchill will officiate. Burial will be in Douglass Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 8 tonight.
Harcourt was born April 20, 1921, in Winfield, a son of Estel Arthur and Mildred Juanita (Williams) Harcourt. On July 4, 1962, he married Wanda L. Blue.
Harcourt was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a Beech Aircraft industrial engineer.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Harcourt, Wichita; two sons, Kenny Harcourt, Peck, and Lyn Harcourt, Glenn Heights, Texas; a daughter, Susan Hannon, Indianapolis; a brother, Harold Harcourt, Norman, Okla.; a sister, Elnora Vaughn, Independence; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Doris Harrington
HOWARD Services for Doris C. Harrington, who died Dec. 17, 1996, were held at 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. The Rev. Robin Haines officiated. Burial was in Elk Falls Cemetery.
Sharon Hughes provided organ music.
A memorial has been established with Howard Twilight Manor. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Gary Lunceford
DERBY Gary Wayne Lunceford, 38, of Derby, formerly of Winfield, died Dec. 25, 1996, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and until service time Tuesday.
A memorial has been established for the benefit of his family. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Lunceford was born Nov. 12, 1958, at San Luis Obispo, Calif., a son of Donald and Shirley Ann Jameson (Bazil) Lunceford. The family moved to Kansas when he was 10, and he was educated in Wichita.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Korea. Following discharge due to a disability, he returned to Kansas where he was employed by an exterminating service in Wichita for several years.
Lunceford had resided in Wichita and Winfield for many years before moving to Derby to live with his sister and her family for the past two months.
He was affiliated with the Baptist Church.
Survivors include a sister, Linda Bealby, Derby; a brother, Mike Lunceford, Winfield; two half-brothers, Jason Lunceford, Derby, and Joshua Lunceford, Colorado; his grandmother, Prudence Phillips, El Dorado; and several nieces and nephews.


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