Miscellaneous Cowley County, Kansas Obituaries - 1996

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Sue Lehmann
Sue Lehmann, 55, retired licensed practical nurse, of 1009 E. 11th in Winfield, died Jan. 2, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Rick Hathaway will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to service time Tuesday.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.
Lehmann was born May 8, 1941, in Concordia, a daughter of Ola and Bernilda (Else) Barnes. She was raised in Delphos and graduated from Delphos High School in 1959. She attended St. Mary of the Plains Nursing School.
On June 10, 1966, she married Lester Lehmann in Winfield.
A licensed practical nurse, Lehmann worked at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center until her retirement in 1994.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband, Lester Lehmann, Winfield; a daughter, Barbara Lehmann, Wichita; a brother, Ola Barnes Jr., Conde, S.D.; a sister, Louise Travis, Wichita; and one granddaughter.

Opal Serviss
OXFORD - Opal Serviss, 89, homemaker, died Jan. 2, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital, Winfield. She had been a resident of Good Samaritan Village in Winfield for three years.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Oxford Christian Church. The Rev. Danny Ginn will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery.
Friends may call at Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home until 8 tonight.
A memorial has been established with the Oxford Christian Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Serviss was born Jan. 29, 1907, in Chelsea, Okla., a daughter of Seburn and Eva Lena (Ramsey) Hemphill. She was raised in Chelsea.
In 1925 she married Ernest Ross. He died in 1941.
In 1948 she moved to Oxford where she married Lee Serviss in 1954. He died in 1978.
Serviss was a member of the Oxford Christian Church, had been active in the Christian Women's Fellowship and participated in activities at the Friendship Center.
Survivors include two sons, Gene Ross, Moore, Okla., and Jack Ross, Longmont, Colo.; two daughters, Bea White, Oxford, and Vici Rodriquez, Belmont, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Robert Smith 
AUGUSTA - Robert Newton Smith, 80, retired oil field worker, of Augusta, formerly of Sedan, died on Jan. 2, 1997, in Augusta. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday in Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta. The Rev. Howard Friesen will officiate. Smith was born on Jan. 14, 1916, in Sedan, the son of Edwin and Gertrude (Howard) Smith. 
On Dec. 23, 1939, he married Leoti Hague in Newkirk, Okla. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a retired oil field worker who had worked for Big Four Well Service in Winfield and White Eagle Refinery in Augusta.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Michael Smith, Farmington, N.M., and David Whitham Smith, Douglass; a daughter, Lenea Michelle Colling.

Jennifer Keely 
Jennifer Keely, 18, daughter of Wes and Deborah Keely of 1318 Fuller in Winfield, died Jan. 3, 1997, from injuries received in an automobile (accident near the Winfield City Lake. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in Burden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 tonight and until noon on Tuesday. JA memorial has been established for the Girls Fast Pitch Softball Program at Winfield High School. Contributions can be made through the school or funeral home. Born May 21, 1978, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Wesley and Deborah Ann (Otto) Keely. She attended Lowell Elementary School and Graduated from Winfield High School in 1996. Following graduation, she attended Coffeyville Community College on a full athletic scholarship. She was preparing to leave for service with the U.S. Marine Corps on Jan. 6. During high school, Keely had been named first team catcher for the All Ark Valley Softball Team. Survivors include her parents and a brother, Aaron Keely, all of Winfield; her grandparents, Mary and Bert Otto, Burden, and Geraldine and Gene Keely, Granite Shoals, Texas; and her great-grandmother, Goldie Jobe, Granite Shoals, Texas. 

Harold Gill
WICHITA - Harold Freeman Gill, 89, retired Bemis Co. custodian, of Wichita, died Jan. 4, 1997.  Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Broadway Mortuary Chapel in Wichita. Memorials have been established with the St. Louis Shriners Hospital and Broadway Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Imo Gill, Wichita; a daughter, Jeanette Kemp, Towanda; two grandchildren, LaDonna Ross, Winfield, and Kathryn Isbill, Arlington, Texas; and four great-grandchildren. 

Russell Nelson
Russell Nelson, 92, died Jan. 4, 1997, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Burial will be in Tannehill Cemetery. Visiting hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established with the USD 465 Foundation. Nelson was born June 20, 1904, in Leland, Ill., a son of Les and Cora (Coakes) Nelson. As a young man, he moved with his family to Winfield. He attended rural schools and graduated from Winfield High School in 1922. On May 24, 1926, he married Hilda Stephens in Illinois. They moved to a farm southwest of Winfield in 1937. She died in 1975, but he remained there until moving to Cumbernauld Village in May 1991. Survivors include two sons, Lyle Nelson, Las Cruces, N.M., and Darrell Nelson, Stillwater, Okla.; two daughters, Phyllis Hearn and Mary Ellen Woods, both of Winfield; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and five stepgreat-grandchildren. 

Robert Cole
AUGUSTA - Robert J. Cole, 85, of Augusta Medical Complex, died Jan. 4, 1997, at the medical complex. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Russ Jones will officiate. A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church. Visiting hours are until 9 tonight and from 8 a.m. to service time Tuesday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. Cole was born Jan. 27, 1911, in Winfield, a son of William S. and Cora Ann (Wicker) Cole. On July 20, 1931, he married Elizabeth Ann Winn in El Dorado. She died Dec. 28, 1996. Cole worked at Gott Manufacturing until retiring in 1974. He was a (member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include a son, Robert T. Cole, El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Mary Grill, Augusta; a sister, Elizabeth Hall, Fort Dodge; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Helen Jackson
Helen M. Jackson, 88, lifelong Cowley County resident, of Walnut Hill Nursing Center, died Jan. 4, 1997, at Walnut Hill. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Mary Ross will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Foundation. Jackson was born March 15, 1908, to Gustafus and Gertrude (North) Tidwell. In September 1926, she married Henry L. Jackson. He died in July 1955. Jackson worked in dietary services at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center until her retirement. Jackson was a member of Bethel AME Church and had been active in church groups. She was also active in Foster Grandparents and during World War II had worked at a United Service Organization. Survivors include two daughters, Alice Underwood, Nash, Okla., and Dolly Lou Hall, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Madeline Callahan, and Margaret Guillory, both of Winfield; 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. 

Jessie Rogers
PONCA CITY, Okla. - Jessie Luella Rogers, 79, a Ponca City resident, died Jan. 3, 1997, at the Ponca City Nursing Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sunset Lawns Cemetery of El Dorado. The Rev. Jim Mainzer will officiate. Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City, is in charge of arrangements. Born Dec. 15, 1917, in Atlanta, Rogers was a daughter of Robert B. and Hazel (Smith) Wright. She graduated from high school in Arkansas City and continued her education at Bott's Business College in Ponca City.
On Oct. 6, 1978, she married Ralph Rogers. The couple made their home in El Dorado before moving to Ponca City in 1979. He died in 1982.  Rogers was employed as a secretary at Strother Field for several years. She later was employed by Gas Service Co. in El Dorado for more than 20 years before retiring in 1978. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Survivors include two brothers, Smith J. Wright, Ponca City, and Warren B. Wright, Winfield, and several nieces and nephews. 

Philip Weinrich
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - Philip A. Weinrich, 72, a resident of Alamogordo for the past 43 years, formerly of Winfield, died Jan. 2, 1997, at Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital. A memorial service was held at 5 p.m. Jan. 7 in Sears Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Weinrich was born Nov. 9, 1924, in Madison, a son of Leonard and Tillie B. (Weaver) Weinrich. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea. FAn electronic technician, Weinrich worked for Dyncorp at Holloman Air Force Base for 30 years before retiring in 1993. A member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, he was also an amateur radio operator and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Glenda Weinrich, Alamogordo; two sons, David Weinrich, Alamogordo. and Michael Weinrich, St. Inigoes, Md.; a daughter, Pamela Maye, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Carol Mitchell, Winfield; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Melinda Goates
LONGTON - Melinda Diane Goates, 31, of Longton, died Jan. 4, 1997, at her home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. The Rev. Darren Mabe will officiate. Burial will be in Longton Cemetery. Goates was born April 13, 1965, in Wichita to Wallace Eugene and Bertha Maydean (Reaka) Biby. She was raised and educated in Maize. On June 19, 1982, she married David Ray Goates in Wichita. They moved from Wichita to Eureka in 1984 and to Longton in 1990. Goates was a former employee of Elk Manor Nursing Home and had been working as a certified nurse's aide and medication aide at Howard Twilight Manor. She attended Westside Freewill Baptist Church for several years and had recently attended the Longton Holiness Church. Survivors include her husband, David Goates, Wichita; her parents, Wallace and Bertha Biby, Eureka; seven brothers, Dean Biby and Warren Biby, both of Tucson, Ariz., Russell Biby, Emporia, Chauncey Biby, Eureka, Marcus Biby, El Dorado, and Samuel Biby and Richard Biby, both of Wichita; and a sister, Clara Gaw, Olympia, Wash. 

Nellie Paugh
Services for Nellie M. Paugh, 97, who died Dec. 30, 1996, were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 3 in Union Cemetery. The Rev. Gerald Graber officiated. A memorial has been established with Winfield Meals on Wheels. Survivors include many nephews and nieces, including Jim Goodwin and April Finuf, both of Winfield, and Deloris Linker, formerly of Winfield, now of Marietta, Ga. Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Marval Harlan
WICHITA - Marval Lee Harlan, 81, retired accountant, of Wichita, died Jan. 5, 1997, in Wichita. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Mortuary in Haysville. Dr. Will Glaser will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Sacred Gardens, Sedalia, Mo. Visiting hours will be until 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday. Harlan was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Sedalia, Mo., a daughter of John and Addie (Sheets) Rynard. She married Elmo "Pete" Harlan, who preceded her in death. Harlan was retired from her work as an accountant with L&G Electric. Survivors include a son, James Burgess, Wichita; two daughters, Trudy Julius, Wichita, and Kay Burgess, Winfield; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Olga Andreas 
Olga M. Andreas, 88, retired bookkeeper and accountant, died Jan. 6, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Beatrice, Neb. Dr. Jimmy Shellburn will officiate. Burial will be in the First Mennonite Church Cemetery in Beatrice. Friends may call to visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Memorials have been established with Good Samaritan Village, the First United Methodist Church of Winfield and the First Presbyterian Church of Beatrice. Andreas was born Oct. 8, 1908, in Beatrice, Neb., a daughter of John and Margarethe (Reimer) Andreas. She was a graduate of Beatrice High School and attended business college. Andreas worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for several firms in Beatrice and as the secretary of the First Presbyterian Church in Newark, N.J.  Andreas was previously a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Beatrice. She had been active in Business and Professional Women and had been named BPW Woman of the Year. She also was a member of the Beatrice Hospital Auxiliary. After moving to Winfield in 1990, Andreas joined the First United Methodist Church. She was president of the Good Samaritan Residential Council.  Survivors include two nephews, Warren Andreas, Winfield, and Ron Andreas, Albuquerque, N.M., and seven grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Lorene Bowlby
WICHITA - Lorene H. Bowlby, 81, of Larkfield Nursing Center in Wichita, formerly of 1807 Broadway in Winfield, died Jan. 6, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center - St. Francis Campus.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday and until noon on Thursday. A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Bowlby was born Nov. 4, 1915, in Oklahoma, a daughter of Willis Arthur and Elsie (Thompson) Rowe. The family lived in various locations in Oklahoma and Kansas due to her father's oil field employment. She received most of her education in Udall schools.  In 1933 she married Floyd E. Bowlby in Udall, and they made their first home on the Bowlby family farm near Udall. They moved to Winfield in 1943. He died Jan. 8, 1993.  Bowlby was employed as a psychiatric aide for many years, retiring from Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. For the past two years she had resided at Larkfield Nursing Center. Survivors include two sons, Terry L. Bowlby, Winfield, and Donald R. Bowlby, Garden City; two brothers, Bill Rowe, Great Bend, and Ronald Rowe, Wichita; four sisters, Thelma Buckman, Winfield, Helen Doubrava, Garden City, Shari Richardson, Great Bend, and Helen Rowe, Wichita; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Mildred O'Neil 
Mildred O'Neil, 90, of 1120 E. Sixth in Winfield, lifelong Cowley County resident, died Jan. 6, 1997, at William Newton Memorial Hospital.  Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Rick Thornton will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery.  Memorials have been established with William Newton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the First United Methodist Church. O'Neil was born Oct. 12, 1906, in Cowley County, a daughter of William F. and Lulu (McNeill) Whittaker. She graduated from Arkansas City High School and worked for Albright's in Newkirk, Okla., and for an Arkansas City bank.  On Oct. 3, 1936, she married Carl S. O'Neil at Bronson. He died Jan. 1, 1973.   O'Neil was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Cowley County Fair Auxiliary, William Newton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Proto Extension Homemakers Unit. She had also been active in the Merry Makers Club and Meals on Wheels Inc. Survivors include a son, Dr. C. Stanton O'Neil, Salina; three daughters, Urna O'Neil, Winfield, Myrna Neaderhiser, Miltonvale, and Jean Sauzek, Oxford; a sister, Velma Poovey, Oxford; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

James Schmania
James G. Schmania, 75, of Walnut Hill Nursing Center, died Jan. 6, 1997, at Walnut Hill. Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

James Kelly 
ARKANSAS CITY - James Kelly, 56, of Arkansas City, retired mobile home manufacturing general manager, died Jan. 6, 1997, at his residence. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Memorials have been established with Hospice Inc. and the Kids at Cowley Fishing Program. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Kelly was born Nov. 12, 1940, in Detroit, Mich., to Francis P. and Frances M. (Bedard) Kelly. He was raised and educated in Marysville and graduated from Marysville High School in 1959. He continued his education at Carthage College and Drake University.  On July 15, 1961, he married Ellen Lee Meiselbach in St. Clair, Mich. Kelly worked in the mobile home manufacturing industry for 25 years. He had been employed as general manager and production manager for Skyline Corp., Coachman Industries and Fuqua Homes. He retired due to illness in 1994. Survivors include his wife, Ellen Kelly, and a son, Michael Kelly, both of Arkansas City; three daughters, Ann Headrick, Arkansas City, Laurie Bignotti, Santiago, Chile, and Patty Neises, Geuda Springs; a brother, Jack Kelly, and a sister, Joanne Kelly, both of Port Huron, Mich.; a foreign ;exchange daughter, Berran Yucesoy, Ankara, Turkey; and two granddaughters.

Sam Carter
HOWARD - Sammie Sherman "Sam" Carter, 87, of Howard, died Jan. 7, 1997, at Riverside Hospital in Wichita.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Funeral Home with burial Ain Grace Lawn Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Cooper will officiate.  A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church. Born Oct. 12, 1909, near Howard, Carter was a son of Rolla Sherman and Nora May (Leckliter) Carter. He attended schools in the Howard community. On Sept. 9, 1933, he married Mary Mabel Jones in Howard. Carter served with the U.S. Army in Tunisia, France and central Europe during World War II.  He then was a farmer and rancher in the Howard area until retiring in 1978. The Carters moved to Howard in 1979. His wife preceded him in death Sept. 26, 1983. Carter was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2712 at Eureka and Carter-Rader American Legion Post 149 at Howard. Survivors include a son, Tom Carter, Parsons; a daughter, Kathy Mitchell.

Bill Shelton
GEUDA SPRINGS - William Ray "Bill" Shelton, 48, of Geuda Springs, died Jan. 6, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus, Wichita.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home with burial in Geuda Springs Cemetery. The Rev. David Lemke will officiate. A memorial has been established with the Kansas A.B.A.T.E. Chapter Annual Toy Run. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Shelton was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Wellington to Charles Roy and Ruth (Eddings) Shelton. He attended schools in Geuda Springs and Oxford and graduated from Oxford High School in 1965. He attended a school for mechanics in Oklahoma City. Shelton served with the U.S. Air Force's 35th Tactical Fighter Wing during the Vietnam War and was a member of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing when discharged.  Shelton had been employed by Morton Buildings at Strother Field and Larry Pike Construction. For the past eight years he worked as a mechanic for Lift Truck Center of Wichita.  He was a member of the Oklahoma and Kansas chapters of A.B.A.T.E. Motorcycle Club and the Air Force Sergeants Association.  Survivors include two brothers, Pat Shelton, Geuda Springs, and Charles Shelton, San Antonio, Texas; and four sisters, Virginia McDonald and Kay Snook, both of Arkansas City, and Bonnie Dargel and Patsy Dorman, both of Geuda Springs. 

Millie Helmer
Millie Helmer, 84, of 1924 E. 15th, Winfield, died Jan. 6, 1997, in Oklahoma City. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roderick Hathaway officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and until the service Saturday. Memorials have been established with Trinity Lutheran School and Hospice Inc. Born Dec. 28, 1912, in Durham, Helmer was a daughter of Henry and Katherine (Brunner) Moninger. She attended grade school in Milwaukee, Wis., and Durham High School.  On July 17, 1938, she married the Rev. Martin Helmer in Durham. They lived in Brazil from 1938 to 1947, Beatrice, Neb., from 1947 to 1954, Canton from 1954 to 1962 and Wellington from 1962 to 1985. The couple moved to Winfield in 1985, and he preceded her in death May 13, 1988.
Helmer was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include five sons, Martin Helmer, Tescott, David Helmer, Gaylord, Minn., Paul Helmer, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Luther Helmer, Winfield, and Ted Helmer, Wichita; one daughter, Ruth Stuewe, Oklahoma City; 20  grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Sandra Lehmann
Services for Sandra Sue Lehmann were held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 7, 1997, in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Rev. Rick Hathaway officiated, Diana Glasgow was the organist and Gale Walker was the vocalist. Interment was in Highland Cemetery.  Honorary casket bearers were Vic McClung, Newt Richardson, John Glasgow, Elmer Knowlton and Wayne Steadham. Casket bearers were Louis and Larry Hoover, Jim McClung, Mike Travis, John Stoabs and Jesse Larrimore. A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association.


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