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Thelma E. Smith
FELLSBURG - Thelma E. Smith, 93, died June 1, 2000, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
She was born Aug. 26, 1906, in rural St. John, the daughter of George and Etta Budge. She graduated from McPherson College. A longtime Fellsburg resident, she had been a schoolteacher in the Manter, Trousdale, Centerview, Offerle, Lewis and Macksville schools.
On Jan. 1, 1933, she married Chester S. Smith at St. John. He died in 1967.
Survivors include: two sons, George, Lewis, and Richard, Goddard; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was at 11 a.m. Monday in Fellsburg Cemetery, with Pastor Bill Stapleton presiding. There was no visitation.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society in care of Minnis Chapel, St. John.

Robert A. Vieyra
JUNCTION CITY - Robert A. Vieyra, 46, died May 29, 2000, at Geary Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 25, 1953, at Larned, the son of Pasqual and Basilia Chavez Vieyra. He attended school in Larned.
Survivors include: five brothers, Ricardo, Junction City, Benny, La Crosse, Joe, Larned, Alex and Francisco, both Hutchinson; four sisters, Sanjuana Castor, Schau-mburg, Ill., Julia Castaneda, Lewis, Abby Perez and Frances Eargood, both of Larned.
He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Luz, and a sister, Bernadine Rickman.
Funeral was at 11 a.m. today at St. Xavier Catholic Church, Junction City, with Father Al Brungardt presiding. Cremation is planned. Inurnment will be at a later time in Larned.
Johnson Funeral Chapel, Junction City, is in charge of arrangements.

Glenn ‘Shorty’ Froetschner
LARNED - Glenn "Shorty" Froetschner, 79, died June 1, 2000, at Hutchinson Hospital.
He was born Oct. 7, 1920, in Pawnee township, the son of Roy William and Mary Stauffer Froetschner. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, he was a former Pawnee County commissioner.
He belonged to Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, the Fairfield Grange, Larned, and was a 4-H leader for 22 years.
On Nov. 17, 1948, he married Georganna Bacon in rural Hutchinson. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Phil Leon, Larned; a daughter, Verlayne Warner, Olathe; three sisters, Marvel Field, New Mexico, Cordelia Overfield, Omaha, Neb., and Donna Christianson, Garden City; five brothers, Roland "Sammy," Marion, Kyrle and Donald, all of Larned, and Roy Jr., New Mexico; and five grandchildren.
Funeral was at 4 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Larned, with the Rev. Bill Wolf presiding. Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Larned Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Pawnee County 4-H Foundation, in care of the mortuary.

Ross Kay Strate
CLARKSVILLE, TEXAS – Ross Kay Strate, 73, died Monday, May 15 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana.
Strate was born in Lewis on June 16, 1926, the son of Frank Kay and Mayme Leona Vandree Strate. He lived in Clarksville, Texas. A member of the Methodist Church and the VFW; after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, Ross worked as a rancher.
Ross was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Strate on January 15, 1978, and a daughter, Rita Sonya Van Pelt in November of 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Burnie (Stull) Strate; his brother Rex of Kinsley; his sister, Roberta Hastings, of Wichita; son, Terry and his wife Rhonda, both of Clarksville, Texas; his daughter, Dina Herrmann and her husband Ronnie of Ford, Kansas; 9 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held on Thursday, May 18, 2000, at the Lindeman Chapel in Clarksville, with the Rev. Mark Ritchey presiding. Burial followed at the Lanes Chapel cemetery.

Marilyn C. Cox
DODGE CITY - Marilyn C. Cox, 63, died May 17, 2000, at her home in Dodge City.
She was born June 8, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Carl Frederick and Anna Marie Lobmeyer Weiss. A Dodge City resident since 1999, formerly of rural Cimarron and Texas, she worked for Speed King Mfg., Dodge City, for 17 years, and was director of accounting for the Texas Association of School Business Officials for 15 years, retiring in 1999.
She belonged to Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Altar Society, both at Dodge City.
On April 14, 1956, she married Robert W. Cox Sr. at Dodge City. He died April 24, 1984.
Survivors include: three sons, Robert W. Jr., Columbia, Mo., Brent, Normandy, Tenn., and Rodney, Austin, Texas; a daughter, Dana Marie Habiger, Dodge City; two brothers, Walter Weiss, Atlanta, Ga., and Daniel Weiss, Wichita; four sisters, Eileen Schinstock, Kinsley, Beata Weiss, Wichita, Jeanette Watson, Charleston, S.C., and Marjorie Phillips, Enid, Okla.; and five grandchildren.
Vigil service was at Burkhart Funeral Chapel, Dodge City. Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Jo Clipson presiding. Burial was in Greencrest Memorial Gardens, Dodge City.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Prairie, in care of the funeral chapel.

Loretta E. Conrardy
DODGE CITY - Loretta E. Conrardy, 89, died May 17, 2000, at Trinity Manor, Dodge City.
She was born May 18, 1910, at Offerle, the daughter of John and Katie Kisner Stegman. She graduated from Spearville High School. A Wright-area resident, she was a homemaker and farm wife.
She belonged to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society, Wright, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Dodge City.
On Nov. 4, 1930, she married Louis D. Conrardy at Spearville. He died Nov. 17, 1994.
Survivors include: a son, Vernon, Dodge City; two daughters, Eloise Reynolds, Dodge City, and Elaine Slattery, Wright; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Milton and John.
Vigil service was at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Wright. Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, was in charge of arrangements. Funeral was at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. John Maes presiding. Burial was in St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Wright.
Memorials may be sent to Trinity Manor Nursing Home, Dodge City, in care of the funeral home.

Ladine Collins
GARDEN CITY - Ladine Collins, 70, died May 19, 2000, at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City.
She was born June 10, 1929, at Dodge City, the daughter of Ezra and Virginia McComas Schweitzer. She attended Dodge City schools, graduated from Dodge City High School and then attended nurse’s training school in Garden City for a year. A Garden City resident since 1964, formerly of Holly, Colo., and Dodge City, she was a homemaker and had worked in the deli at Dillons, Garden City, since 1984.
On Jan. 22, 1950, she married John E. "Jack" Collins at Clayton, N.M. He died Nov. 8, 1999.
Survivors include: two sons, John, Rock Springs, Wyo., and Mike, Garden City; four daughters, Virginia Patterson and Marty Dinkel, both of Garden City, Janine Norton, Holcomb, and Kelly Collins, Rozel; a brother, Vern Schweitzer, Holly, Colo.; a sister, Nancy Hutton, Dodge City; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Paul Schweitzer.
Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City, with the Rev. Derald Musgrove presiding. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.

Mildred J. Gross
Mildred J. Gross, 92, of Hutchinson, died May 17, 2000, at Hester Care Center, Hutchinson.
She was born April 26, 1908, at Hutchinson, the daughter of James L. and Eva Crow Rayl. She attended Hutchinson schools. A longtime Hutchinson resident, formerly of Macksville, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, the former Jefferson Janes EHU of the church, Myrtle Rebekah Lodge No. 28 and the American Association of Retired Persons.
On June 30, 1926, she married Reinhold W. "Jack" Gross at Hutchinson. He died April 17, 1998.
Survivors include: three sons, Bill, Larned, Bob, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jerry, Hutchinson; two daughters, Barbara Cook, Hutchinson, and Alene Leach, Texoma, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Harles Rayl; two sisters, Hester Sexson and Frances Barton; and a grandson. Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with Pastor Alan Stambaugh presiding. Burial was in Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County or the church, both in care of the mortuary.

Dorothy Mae Carey
Dorothy Mae Carey, 86, of Hutchinson, died May 7, 2000, at Hutchinson Hospital.
She was born Dec. 11, 1923, at Stafford, the daughter of Frank and Gladys Goble Corwin. She attended Hutchinson public schools. A lifetime Hutchinson resident, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to Full Gospel Church, Hutchinson.
She married the Rev. Charles Pinkston. He died July 4, 1984. On July 22, 1985, she married Lenel Carey at Hutchinson. He survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Gary Pinkston, Hutchinson; two daughters, Carole Miller and Cheryl Vetter, both of Hutchinson; seven stepsons, Chester Pinkston, Jesse Pinkston, Duane Carey, Bryan Carey, Paul Carey, Timothy Carey and Joseph Carey, all of Hutchinson; three stepdaughters, Alice Pinkston, Hutchinson, Loretta Starks, Burrton, and Treva Carey, Hayward, Calif.; two brothers, Lawrence Corwin, Hutchinson, and Dennis Corwin, Kinsley; two sisters, Irene Smith and Carol Mathias, both of Hutchinson; 31 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a stepson, George Pinkston; and a brother, Richard Corwin.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Thursday at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson. Burial was in Wildmeade Cemetery, Nickerson.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home.

Raymond C. Fox
LARNED - Raymond C. Fox, 75, died May 8, 2000, at Santa Rosa, N.M.
He was born March 2, 1925, at Offerle, the son of Michael M. and Mary Ann Smith Fox. A Larned resident since 1944, moving from Edwards County, he was a custom harvester and carpenter.
He belonged to Larned United Methodist Church.
On May 7, 1977, he married Virginia Lee Cubbage Wilson at Lincoln, Mo. She survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Ronald, Seattle, Richard, Great Bend, and Steven, Larned; two daughters, Elaine Musgrove and Susan Welsch, both of Larned; three stepdaughters, Betty McCord, Great Bend, Judy Luplow, Riley, and Linda Reichert, Hays; four brothers, Eugene, Great Bend, Leo, Larned, Robert, Nickerson, and Melvin, Wilson; 26 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday at Larned United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Charles Grant presiding. Beckwith Memorial Chapel, Larned, Larned, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Larned Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church scholarship fund, in care of the mortuary.

Charles D. Mitchell
OVERLAND PARK - Charles D. Mitchell, 84, died May 8, 2000, at Villa St. Joseph, Overland Park.
He was born Feb. 6, 1916, at Belpre, the son of Allie and Pearl Ivy Mitchell. A 60-year resident of Mission, he worked for Mobil Oil Corp. He was a graduate of Fort Hays State University.
He was a member of Countryside Christian Church at Mission.
Survivors include: a son and two grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with the Rev. Richard Martin presiding. Burial was in Belpre Cemetery.

Beulah P. Brasfield
LARNED - Beulah P. Brasfield, 94, died May 7, 2000, at Hutchinson Hospital.
She was born Feb. 26, 1906, at Ulysses, the daughter of Thomas and Jessie Emeline Scott Workman. A lifetime Larned resident, she was a secretary at Clutter Electric and at Lynch Drug Store, Larned.
She belonged to Presbyterian Church, the BPW, was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary, all at Larned, and the American Contract League Bridge Club, Great Bend.
On July 16, 1938, she married Floyd Brasfield at Larned. He died Aug. 19, 1992.
Survivors include: three grandchildren, Darrel Turner, Hutchinson, and Shawana Ariza and Amy Brasfield, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; four great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Tom Brasfield and Victor Turner; and four brothers, Kenneth, Wilbur, Cecil and Paul.
Graveside service was at 2 p.m. Monday in Larned Cemetery, with the Rev. Jim Howthorne presiding. Beckwith Mortuary, Larned, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to the American Lung Association, in care of the mortuary.

Lois Marie Webb
LARNED - Lois Marie Webb, 79, died May 10, 2000, at Hospice Residential Care Center, Hutchinson.
She was born Sept. 30, 1920, at Ellensburg, Wash., the daughter of Herbert and Eula Mundy Harrell. She graduated from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, Yakima, Wash., in 1943. A Larned resident since 1945, she was the director of nursing at Gleason Hospital for 30 years and a staff nurse at St. Joseph Hospital for 12 years.
She belonged to First United Methodist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, both at Larned, the Reserve Officer Auxiliary and was a life member of the St. Elizabeth Alumni Association and Central Washington College Alumni Association.
On Feb. 22, 1943, she married Fred E. Webb Jr. at Ellensburg, Wash. He died June 9, 1991.
Survivors include: a son, Stephen F., Larned; a daughter, Sue Ann Shelby, Topeka; two granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernadine Schulz and Juanita Greer.
Funeral was at 1 p.m. Monday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned, with the Rev. Charles Grant presiding. Inurnment will be at a later date in Larned Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Larned Emergency Service or the Jordaan Memorial Library, both in care of the funeral home.

Judy Rodriguez
HILLSBORO - Judy Rodriguez, 61, died May 2, 2000, at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.
She was born May 7, 1938, at Muncie, Ind., the daughter of Paul and Florence June Cowley. A Hillsboro resident, she was a bookkeeper.
She belonged to Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro.
On Nov. 8, 1982, she married Junior Rodriguez at Miami, Okla. He survives.
Other survivors include: four sons, Dwight Wilkening, Hutchinson, Dennis and Barry Rodriguez, both of Kinsley, and Douglas Rodriguez, Herington; three daughters, Nora Schaller, Kinsley, Lisa Springer, Lewis, and Beverly Sharp, Coldwater; two brothers, Sonny Murray, Carson City, Nev., and Eddie Cowley, Merced, Calif.; two sisters, Lila Minson, Fresno, Calif., and Tina Robinson, Rocky, Okla.; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Marlin Rodriguez; and a grandchild.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, with Pastor Tim Sullivan presiding. Hillsboro Memorial Chapel, Hillsboro, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Gnadenau Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.
Memorials may be sent to the memorial fund at Shriner’s Crippled Children Burn Clinic, in care of the memorial chapel.

Alma Reita Graves
HEALY - Alma Reita Graves, 89, died May 1, 2000, at Park Lane Nursing Home, Scott City.
She was born Aug. 26, 1910, at Alexander, the daughter of Royal Earl and Gladys Rose Monroe Coddington. She graduated from Dighton High School. A resident of Healy since 1941, moving from Dighton, she was a homemaker.
She was a member of United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the American Cancer Society, the of Eastern Star, and EHU, and was a Sunday school teacher and 4-H leader, all at Healy.
On Feb. 18, 1931, she married Dale Graves at Ness City. He died July 28, 1977.
Survivors include: three sons, J. Darel, Goodland, Gary L., Ashville, N.C., and B. Kent, Healy; a brother, Cecil Coddington, Burdett; a sister, Faye Mostrom, Burdett; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Funeral was at 3 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Healy, with Pastor Randy Jellison-Knock and the Rev. Keith Schadel presiding. Price & Sons Funeral Home, Scott City, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Healy Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Charlene E. Aggson
LARNED - Charlene E. Aggson, 71, died May 3, 2000, at her home.
She was born Feb. 17, 1929, at Great Bend, the daughter of Charles and Esther Almquist Seeman. A lifetime Larned resident, she was the owner of Aggson Jewelers.
She belonged to United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Larned Country Club, and the Chamber of Commerce, all at Larned.
On Oct. 26, 1947, she married Dareld Leland "Babe" Aggson at Larned. He died March 23, 1985.
Survivors include: a son, Dave, Concordia; a daughter, Kaye Boor, Sterling; a sister, Frances Keane, Walnut, Calif.; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside service was at 3 p.m. today in Larned Cemetery, with Pastor Charles Grant presiding. Beckwith Mortuary, Larned, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to the Larned Emergency Medical Service, in care of the mortuary.

Dale Meurisse
Dale Meurisse, 64, of Hutchinson, died May 5, 2000, at Hutchinson Hospital.
He was born Jan. 12, 1936, at Brookville, the son of Leo C. and A. Eleanor Meurisse. He was a graduate of Brookville High School. A Hutchinson resident since 1970, formerly of Brookville, he was a machinist at Eaton, retiring in March 1999.
He belonged to Moose Lodge No. 982 and the Eaton Employees Club, both at Hutchinson.
On April 24, 1993, he married Betty J. Wolfe at Hutchinson. She died Sept. 13, 1998.
Survivors include: two sons, Larry, Aurora, Colo., and Darvin, Burlington, Colo.; two daughters, Marcia Kruse, Selden, and Leslie Gardea, Kinsley; two sisters, Rose Anna Elam, Washington, Kan., and Donice Edgerton, Brookville; his fiancee, Carol J. Miller, Hutchinson; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rosary was at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson & Sons Memorial Chapel, Hutchinson. Funeral was at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral-home chapel, with Father Ned Blick presiding. Burial was at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Brookville.
Memorials may be sent to the Brookville Lions Club, in care of the funeral home.

Allen Floyd Lutes
PRATT - Allen Floyd Lutes, 76, died May 6, 2000, at Hutchinson Hospital.
He was born Nov. 13, 1923, at Fowler, the son of Archie F. and Alta O. Collins Lutes. A Pratt resident for 37 years, moving to Nickerson in January, he was a Pratt County employee.
He belonged to Pratt Calvary Baptist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pratt. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
On Feb. 11, 1950, he married Mary Bowlin at Fayetteville, Ark. She survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, John, Decatur, Ill., Rex, Newton, and Robert, San Diego; a daughter, Carol Divine, Nickerson; two sisters, Aetna Diorio, Pueblo, Colo., and Ava Cawthon, Kinsley; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin; and three sisters, Amelia Crosley, Adelia Hackett and Armilda Wooten.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pratt Calvary Baptist Church, with Minister Scott Buller presiding. Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary, Pratt, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Cairo Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the mortuary.

Doris Era Pool
OBERLIN - Doris Era Pool, 102, died April 23, 2000, at Decatur County Good Samaritan Center.
She was born Nov. 8, 1897, in Indian Territory, Okla., the daughter of William G. and Ida Gallentine Clawson. She graduated from Decatur Community High School. A resident of Norcatur since 1962, formerly of Norcatur, Denver and Gypsum, she was a homemaker and receptionist in a dentist office.
On July 18, 1923, she married Jesse W. Pool at Norton. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include: a son, Ralph, Kinsley; a daughter, Marie Patterson, Running Springs, California; seven grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Fern Andrews and Ethel Fraizer.
Services was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Norcatur Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dale Thiele presiding. Burial was in Norcatur Cemetery.
Paul’s Funeral Home, Oberlin, is in charge of arrangements.

A. Glenn Walter
A. Glenn Walter, 66, of Hutchinson, died April 28, 2000, at Hutchinson Hospital.
He was born May 19, 1933, at Downs, the son of Elmer Phillip and Anna Wiersma Walter. He graduated from Downs High School. A Hutchinson resident since 1973, moving from Offerle, he was a former manager of Farmers Co-op, Abbyville.
He belonged to Hutchinson Friends Church and served in the Kansas Army National Guard.
On June 1, 1957, he married Florence Marie Peterson at Alton. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Jim, Elkhart, Ind.; a daughter Kristin Marie Wissel, Colta, Ecuador; two brothers, Donald, Downs, and Robert, Hillsboro; two sisters, Florence Walter, Downs, and Beth Elliott, Wichita; and four granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by a son, Terry.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hutchinson Friends Church, with the Rev. Gary Getting presiding. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson.
Memorials may be sent to the church or to Central Christian School, both in care of the funeral home.

Tyler Blaine Foss
BOULDER, Colo. - Tyler Blaine Foss, 23, died April 23, 2000, at his home.
He was born May 6, 1976, at Kansas City, Kan., the son of Daniel C. and Patricia A. Brill Foss. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1994, attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and was attending the University of Colorado, Boulder.
He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
Survivors include: his parents, Hutchinson; a sister, Tara E. Carleton, Kansas City, Mo.; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Brill, Lewis.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Amanda Louise; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Foss.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Hutchinson, with the Rev. William T. Soule presiding. Friends may sign the book from 1 to 9 p.m. today and Friday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson.
Memorials may be sent to the Tyler Blaine Foss Memorial, in care of the Hutchinson Community Foundation.

Verne Mille
SUBLETTE - Verne Miller, 88, died April 25, 2000, at Hamilton County Extended Care Unit, Syracuse.
He was born July 20, 1911, in Haskell County, the son of Charles Edward and Flossie Pearl Follin Miller. He attended Sublette High School and graduated from Manhattan High School. He worked for other farmers during the Depression, finally taking over the family farm, and became a pioneer in Haskell County irrigation. He raised certified seed and ran cattle. After retirement, he established a tree farm and raised Christmas trees.
He was a member of Plymell Union Church, where he was a past board member; was a longtime member of the Haskell County Soil and Conservation Board, a past treasurer of Finney-Haskell County Old Settlers Association, belonged to the Farm Bureau, and was a founding member of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association.
On Dec. 23, 1931, he married Dollie Ida Freeman at Cimarron. She died Aug. 14, 1978.
Survivors include: a son, Francis, Hartsburg, Mo.; two daughters, Verna Rundell, Syracuse, and Fredys Wasson, Belpre; two brothers, Earl, College Park, Md., and Ralph, Upland, Calif.; two sisters, Laura Quakenbush, Sublette, and Mary Vail, Alexandria, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday at Plymell Union Church, with Pastors Ray Raley and Gary Meeks presiding. Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City.
Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Claude C. Laird
INMAN - Claude C. Laird, 89, died April 23, 2000, at the Pleasant View Home, Inman.
He was born Sept. 1, 1910, at Belpre, the son of Clarence Stanley and Alma Peterson Laird. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1929. An Inman resident since 1993, moving from Hutchinson, he was a retired shoe salesman.
He belonged to First United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Elks Lodge, both at Hutchinson.
On Feb. 12, 1938, he married Stella Adell Cravens at Hutchinson. She died Oct. 24, 1991.
Survivors include: a son, Steven C., Burlington; a daughter, Claudia J. Laird, Hutchinson; a twin sister, Ara Alma Steward, Garden City; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, with Dr. D. Allen Polen Jr. presiding. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to the Henry Laird Library, Belpre, to the Pleasant View Home Physical Therapy Equipment Fund or to the Boy Scouts of America, all in care of the funeral home.

Lorene Dykes Gleason
LARNED - Lorene Dykes Gleason, 73, died April 24, 2000, at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
She was born July 17, 1926, in rural Stafford County, the daughter of Orlie and Mary Dixon Dykes. A longtime resident of Pawnee County, she was a homemaker and retired activity therapist at Larned State Hospital. She was a volunteer for Fort Larned National Historical Site and United Methodist Women Thrift Shop.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, all of Larned, and Zook Community Club, Zook.
On Aug. 5, 1944, she married V.M. Gleason at Radium. He survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Darryl and Patrick, both of Larned; two daughters, Debra Kisner, Hays, and Karla Stevens, Normal, Ill.; a sister, Joy Ochel, Hudson; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Darlene Dykes.
Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned, with the Rev. Charles Grant presiding. Burial was in Larned Cemetery, Larned.
Memorials may be sent to Fort Larned Old Guard, in care of the funeral home.

Mary M. Paris
LARNED - Mary M. Paris, 91, died April 28, 2000, at Larned Health Care & Living Center
She was born Aug. 26, 1908, at Larned, the daughter of Webb and Mary Mooney Paris. She was a lifetime Larned resident.
She belonged to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Larned.
Survivors include numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Wendel.
Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Larned, with Father Dennis Reed presiding. Vigil service was at 7 p.m. Sunday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned. Burial was in Larned Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the mortuary.

John T. Friesen
BUHLER - John T. Friesen, 89, died April 20, 2000, at the Buhler Sunshine Home.
He was born June 26, 1910, at Hooker, Okla., the son of Isaac and Lena Thiessen Friesen. A lifetime Buhler resident, he was the grounds and maintenance supervisor for Buhler USD 313, retiring in 1975. He worked at the South Hutchinson Sale Barn for many years and was a farmer.
He belonged to First Baptist Church and was past president of the Pony Pulling Association, both at Hutchinson.
On April 10, 1932, he married Grace Unruh at Buhler. She died April 25, 1985. On June 27, 1987, he married Maye Brown at Hutchinson. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Roy, Shell Knob, Mo., and Earl, Garfield, Ark.; a daughter, Shirley Schmidt, Kinsley; three sisters, Martha Ediger and Margaret Balzer, both of Inman, and Rose Siemens, Shafter, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ike and Dave; a sister, Mary Thiessen; and a grandson.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at First Baptist Church, Hutchinson. Buhler Mortuary, Buhler, was in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Buhler Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the mortuary.

Margaret Etling
KINSLEY - Margaret Etling, 94, died April 17, 2000, at Edwards County Hospital, Kinsley.
She was born April 12, 1906, at Beloit, the daughter of Peter and Nancy Myers McKechnie. A longtime Kinsley resident, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, PEO Chapter CQ, Kinsley, and Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Kansas.
On April 25, 1927, she married John A. Etling at Larned. He died March 11, 1961.
Survivors include: three daughters, Nancy Weidenheimer and Susan Roenbaugh, both of Kinsley, and Mary DeWerff, Larned; a sister, Betty Kerr, San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother and a grandchild.
Graveside service was at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hillside Cemetery, Kinsley, with the Rev. James Graner presiding.
Memorials may be sent to the Kinsley Library or to Southwind Hospice, both in care of McKillip Memorial Funeral Home, Kinsley.

Marjorie D. Bidleman
KINSLEY - Marjorie D. Bidleman, 72, died April 13, 2000, at her home.
She was born April 18, 1927, at Elkhart, the daughter of Leonard and Myrtle M. Ellis Schroth. A longtime resident of Kinsley, she was a homemaker.
Survivors include: two daughters, Deane Maley, Milford, and Carol Breeden, Salina; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services was at 2 p.m. Friday in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Kinsley, with the Rev. Ryan Johnson presiding.
McKillip Memorial Funeral Home, Kinsley, is in charge of arrangements.

Earl E. Armstrong
DODGE CITY - Earl E. Armstrong, 61, died April 16, 2000, at his home.
He was born April 28, 1938, at Larned, the son of Keith and Hazel Hartman Armstrong. He graduated from Larned High School. A Dodge City resident since 1965, he worked at Dodge City Meat Co. and bought Jones Packing Co. in 1975, he the was owner and operator.
On June 9, 1957, he married Patricia J. Crook at Larned. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Curt, Dodge City; a daughter, Pam Taylor, Rozel; mother, Larned; two brothers, Donnie, Castle Rock, Colo., and Jack, Larned; a sister, Loal McMillan, Wichita; and five grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, with the Rev. Dick Robbins presiding. Entombment was at Scroggins Mausoleum in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Prairie or to the Cancer Center at Kansas, P.A., Dodge City, both in care of the funeral home.

Estel Arthur Zook
LARNED - Estel Arthur Zook, 88, died April 18, 2000, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Joseph Long Term Care, Larned.
He was born Jan. 12, 1912, in rural Pawnee County, the son of Charles Albert and Viola Cynthia Grubb Zook. A lifetime resident of Pawnee County, he delivered LP gas for the Pawnee County Cooperative for several years, retiring in 1975.
He was a Christian.
Survivors include: four brothers, Charles, Lakewood, Calif., Willard, Azel, Texas, Howard, of Rozel, and Ronald, Salem, Ore.; a sister, Hazel Deane Query, Palo Alto, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Jennings.
Graveside service was at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, south of Larned, with Pastor Bob Schmutz presiding. Morell Funeral Home, Larned, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home, P.O.Box 124, Larned, KS 67550.

Kenneth Dale Williams
LARNED - Kenneth Dale Williams, 73, died April 18, 2000, at his home in Larned.
He was born March 25, 1927, at Amarillo, Texas, the son of Kenneth Vernon and Virginia Lucille Stanley Williams. He graduated from Wichita High School North and from Air Capitol Business College, Wichita, in 1963. A Larned resident since 1978, moving from Wichita, he was a retired custodian for St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Larned.
He was a Christian, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Graveside service was at 10 a.m. Monday in Larned Cemetery, with Pastor Dan Lundgren presiding. Morell Funeral Home, Larned, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to the Larned Emergency Medical Service, in care of the funeral home.

Robert Francis Ruiz
LARNED - Robert Francis Ruiz, 24, died April 8, 2000, at Seoul, South Korea.
He was born June 7, 1975, at Larned, the son of Robert A. and Shelia G. Carris Ruiz Rodriguez. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emporia State University in 1999 and attended Butler County Junior College before joining the U.S. Army. He was assigned to Fort Sill, Okla., for basic training, Fort Hauchuca, Ariz., for AIT training, and to Yongson Military Base, Seoul, South Korea, on March 12, 2000. He was a former Larned resident.
He belonged to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Larned.
On June 8, 1996, he married Yvonne Smith at Fort Riley. She survives.
Other survivors include: father and stepmother, Robert A. and Janine Ruiz, Wichita; mother and stepfather, Shelia and Joe Rodriguez, Larned; a brother, Kiel Lawrence, Wichita; a sister, Maria Brooke Ruiz, Larned; and grandparents, Trinidad Ruiz, Larned, Eunice Carris Wendelburg, Tribune, and Dorothy Jean Newton, Oshkosh, Neb.
Rosary was at 7 p.m. today at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned. Funeral Mass was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Larned, with Father Dennis Reed presiding. Burial was in Larned Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials may be sent to the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Fund, in care of the mortuary.

Ruby M. West
SPEARVILLE – Ruby M. West, 86, died April 21, 2000 at Trinity Manor Nursing Home, Dodge City.
She was born October 16, 1913 at Hodgeman County, the daughter of James H. and Mary B. Katz West. A Spearville resident since 1945, moving from Hodgeman County, she was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Federated Church, Spearville.
Survivors include: 1 brother, Alvin West, Spearville; and several cousins.
She is preceded in death by a brother, James West.
Graveside Services will be 2:00 PM Monday at Silent Land Cemetery, Spearville, with Rev. Byoung C. Lee presiding. Friends may call from 9:00 AM to Noon Monday at Burkhart Funeral Chapel, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society in care of Burkhart Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Avenue, Dodge City, Kansas 67801.

Jason Michael Worley
OLATHE - Jason Michael Worley, 25, of Olathe, passed away at his home Wednesday, April 19, 2000. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2000 at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 143rd & Blackbob Rd. (913) 768-6777. Burial will follow at the Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Jason was born October 20, 1974 in Larned. The first ten years of his life he resided in Lewis before his family moved to Mesa, Arizona for 4 years. He has been a resident of Olathe since 1988.
He leaves his parents: Michael & Charlotte Worley of the home, a brother: Eric Worley of the home, a sister: Sara & husband Patrick McCue of Olathe, Paternal Grandparents: Ross & Joan Worley of Council Grove, and Maternal Grandparents: Jim & Adah Cross of Lewis. Also surviving are Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, and Nieces.
Jason will be remembered for his sweet, caring disposition; and his kindness to people and love for animals.

Phyllis K. Strate
KINSLEY - Phyllis K. Strate, 83, died April 11, 2000, at her home in Kinsley.
She was born Jan. 20, 1917, at Kinsley, a daughter of Alfred C. and Maude Whitcomb Brodbeck. A lifetime resident of Kinsley, she was a retired carnival operator.
On March 12, 1956, she married Lionel L. Strate at Tucumcari, N.M.. He survives.
Other survivors include: a sister, Gloria Breitenbach, Kinsley.
Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, Kinsley, with the Rev. Sara Davis Blodgett presiding. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Kinsley.
Memorials may be sent to South Wind Hospice, in care of McKillip Funeral Home, Kinsley.

Nora M. Cole
KINSLEY - Nora M. Cole, 80, died April 12, 2000, at Garden Valley Retirement Village, Garden City.
She was born Dec. 12, 1919, at Rardin, Ill., the daughter of Warren and Bertha Houdeshell Jarvis. A former resident of Kinsley, she was a homemaker.
She married Herbert A. Neufeld. He died in May 1958. On Sept. 7, 1960, she married Paul Cole Jr. at Kinsley. He survives.
Other survivors include: four sons, Herbert Neufeld, Port Charlotte, Fla., Dewey Neufeld, Athens, Texas, Gerald Neufeld, Fort Worth, Texas, and Richard Neufeld, Malakoff, Texas; four daughters, Linda Manning, Huntley, Ill., Patricia Unruh, Port Charlotte, Fla., Pamela Nichols, Dugway, Utah, and Donna McClung, Graford, Texas; a brother, Warrenie Jarvis, Kinsley; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 3 p.m. Saturday at McKillip Memorial Chapel, Kinsley, with the Rev. Richmond Graham presiding. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Kinsley.
Memorials may be sent to St. Catherine Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Wayne B. Fehrenbacher
ST. JOHN - Wayne B. Fehrenbacher, 79, died April 15, 2000, at Atchison Hospital.
He was born Feb. 25, 1921, in rural St. John, the son of George J. and Florence Fehrenbacher. He was an operator for the Stafford County maintenance department, worked the power plant for the city of St. John, and worked in the Hutchinson salt mines. He was a drayman for the Santa Fe Railroad and the owner-operator of Wayne’s Bicycle Shop, St. John. He had lived in Atchison, Stafford, Macksville, Seward and St. John.
He belonged to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Seward.
On Oct. 31, 1941, he married Betty L. Richardson at St. John. She died Jan. 27, 2000.
Survivors include: three sons, Melvin John, Topeka, Lawrence Daniel, Cleveland, and Joseph R., Wichita; three daughters, Helen Skidmore and Anna Lucido, both of Atchison, and Teresa Whiting, Great Bend; a brother, Howard, Kinsley; a sister, Louise Harter, St. John; 23 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Rosary was at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Minnis Chapel, St. John. Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Seward, with Father Rene Guesnier presiding. Minnis Chapel St. John, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church or to the Medicalodge Gazebo Fund, both in care of the funeral chapel.

Bill H. Shook
KINSLEY - Bill H. Shook, 62, died April 15, 2000, at Edwards County Hospital, Kinsley.
He was born July 2, 1938, at Orange, Calif., the son of Wilbur and Goldie Draffen Shook. A longtime Kinsley resident, he was a farmer.
He belonged to the Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge, both at Lewis, and the 101st Airborne.
Survivors include: a son, Michael, Kinsley.
Graveside service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Hillside Cemetery, Kinsley, with the Rev. Joyce Daniels presiding
Memorials may be sent to the Kansas Masonic Home in care of McKillip Funeral Home, Kinsley.

Mabel Sarah Deckert
LARNED - Mabel Sarah Deckert, 92, died April 7, 2000, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus, Larned.
She was born May 13, 1907, at Portland, Ore., the daughter of James J. and Grace Mary Bennett Johnson. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, she was a homemaker.She belonged to United Methodist Church, Larned
On Aug. 24, 1928, she married Albun P. Deckert at Pawnee Rock. He died July 9, 1984.
Survivors include: four sons, Marvin, Blue Springs, Mo., Ronald, Napa, Calif., James, Kansas City, Mo., and Kenneth, Wichita; a daughter, Marcia Rider, Olathe; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Emery; and a sister, Mary Longwell.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with Pastor Charles Grant presiding. Burial was in Larned Cemetery.

Edith Mary Hazlett
ELLIS - Edith Mary Hazlett, 90, died Sunday, April 9, 2000 at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony’s Campus, Hays.
She was born July 22, 1909 at Anutt, Missouri, the daughter of William and Ruth Dunham Loflin.
She married Harold F. Hazlett September 9, 1933 at Wakeeeney. He died November 3, 1964.
She attended Fort Hays State College and was a teacher for three years. She lived in Kinsley for 59 years before moving to her farm home near Ogallah. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, VFW Auxiliary, both of Ellis, and the American Iris Society. She graduated from Ellis High School in 1928.
Survivors include two brothers, William of Ellis and Glenn of Dodge City; one sister, Esther King of Ponca City, Oklahoma; Nieces and nephews Royce King and wife Sara of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Philip King and wife Laura of Ft. Collins, Colorado; Joann Paschal and husband Mark of Luray; Tonya Keller and husband Ernie of Ellis; Shirley Voran and husband Dave of Cimarron; Jeri Irwin of Hays; and eight great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and Carl Loflin.
Funeral services will be at Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis, at 11 a.m. Wasinger Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis, in care of the Funeral Chapel.

Lester J. Davis
HUTCHINSON - Lester J. Davis, 83, of Hutchinson, died March 30, 2000, at Hutchinson Hospital.
He was born June 7, 1916, at Frisbee, Mo., the son of James Robert and Rhoda Ellen Baker Davis. He graduated from Salt City Business College. A Hutchinson resident since 1946, moving from Campbell, Mo., he was an employee of Krause Plow Corp., Hutchinson, retiring in 1981.
He belonged to Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee on the church board, American Legion Lysle Rishel Post No. 68, the Saltshakers Camping Club and the Hutchinson Gem and Mineral Club, all at Hutchinson. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
On June 9, 1946, he married Elsie Laura Schlender near Olpe. She survives.
Other survivors include: two foster sons, George Bales, Topeka, and Donald Bales, Lewis; a daughter, Lestel Kramer, Fort Collins, Colo.; a sister, Ola Bradshaw, White Oak, Mo.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday at Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, with Pastor Alan D. Stambaugh presiding. Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, was in charge of arrangements. Graveside service was at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Olpe, with military rites conducted by a Fort Riley honor guard.
Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the mortuary.

Calvin L. Toot
LIBERAL - Calvin L. Toot, 75, died March 29, 2000, at Baptist St. Anthony Hospital, Amarillo, Texas.
He was born Oct. 19, 1924, at St. John, the son of Joseph Lee and Elsie Ruth Aves Toot. He graduated from Trousdale High School and was a Liberal resident for 40 years. In 1986, he retired as supervisor of service and shipping departments at Trade Winds Industry.
He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lane Day Post No. 3166, Liberal, and was a Gunner’s Mate First Class for the U.S. Navy during World War II.
On Aug. 2, 1945, he married Betty L. Montgomery at San Francisco. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, David, London, England, and Colin, Comfort, Texas; two daughters, Linda Morlan, Overland Park, and Judy Connelly, Amarillo, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald.
Graveside services was at 2 p.m. Saturday in Belpre Cemetery, Belpre, with military honors by Fort Riley and Naval Reserve Center. Kitch Funeral Home, Liberal, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association, both in care of the funeral home.


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