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Mollie Kaufman
WILSON ­ Mollie Kaufman, 94, Wilson, died Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Mrs. Kaufman was born Mollie Schultz on Aug. 23, 1906, at Marion County. She
was a homemaker and farm wife.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1976; a daughter, Linda
Marie, in 1932; and two sons, Francis in 1990 and Gene in 1966.
Survivors include a son, Larry; a sister, Alwina Motzner; three
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial was in Wilson City
Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church or Wilson Senior Center.
Foster Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson 67490, handled arrangements.

Leo T. Walter
SALINA ­ Leo T. Walter, 89, died  Aug. 14.
Mr. Walter was born Aug. 2, 1912, at Wilson. He was a retired
farmer-stockman.
His wife, Elizabeth, died in 2000.
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Walter, Elsie Wendell and Betty
Rig-ney, all of Salina; a sister, Elma Steinle of Wilson; four
grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five
stepgreat-grandchildren.
The funeral was at August 17 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson. Burial was
in Wilson City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson in care of Foster
Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson 67490.

Mildred Grace (Shaver) Cater
LUDINGTON, MI - Mildred Grace (Shaver) Cater, age 80, of Ludington, MI,
passed away Sunday, Aug. 19,  at home.
Mildred was born Oct. 19, 1920, in Edwards County, Belpre, the daughter of
the late David and Clara (Buhrer) Shaver.
Graduating from Belpre, High School in 1938, Mildred  married Richard R.
Cater on Dec. 18, 1943, at Dodge City Army Air Force Base. Moving from
Belpre to Ludington, MI in 1945. Mildred devoted her time to her home and
family. In 1968, she worked for the Ludington area school system as a
secretary, retiring in 1981.
She enjoyed her gardening, bird and squirrel watching, sewing and reading.
Cherished most was the time  spent with her grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, and family.
She was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel,
American Association of Retired Persons, a former member of Bells and Bows
Square Dance Club, Royal Neighbors of America, a former 4-H leader and
Scouting leader.
She will be remembered by her husband Richard R. Cater, of Ludington, MI;
daughters Betty Kay (Mrs. Larry) Astrauskas of Sand Lake, Michigan, and
Peggy Lee (Mrs. Terry) Smith of Ludington, MI; a son, Rick and wife Pam
Cater of West Olive, MI; sisters Helen Sellers of Salina and Myrtle (Mrs.
Bob) Vlahos of Paris, IL; brothers Walter ³Ike² and wife Judy Shaver of
Larned and Frank and wife Betty Shaver of Royce City, TX; five grandsons;
one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and
nephews. Pam (Mrs. Dave) Pelzel of Ellsworth is a niece.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Betty Shaver and
Nellie Kindall; her brothers Charles, Harold, Ted and Robert Shaver.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, c/o Oak Grove
Cremation Center, 111 South Grove Drive, Ludington, Michigan  49431.

Carolina May Chizek
LINCOLNVILLE ­ Carolina May Chizek, 70, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001 at
Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
She was born Aug. 28, 1930 in Marion, the daughter of Merle and Emma
(Sampson) Smith. On Feb. 27, 1954, she married Leland Chizek at Marlon.
A lifetime resident of Lincolnville, she worked as a telephone switchboard
operator and as a clerk at Tiemeiers Store.
Mrs. Chizek was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Pilsen.
She was preceded in death by a son, Eddie.
Survivors include her husband Leland, Lincolnville; four sons, Terry of
Marion, Galen and John, both of Lincolnville, and Gene of Tampa, Kan.; two
daughters, Connie Wescott of Wichita and Sandy Larsen of Ellsworth; her
mother, Emma Smith of Marion; a brother, Leonard Smith of Minneapolis,
Kansas; a sister, Loretta Klose of Marion; 15 grandchildren; and eight
great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Tuesday August 28, at Holy Family Catholic
Church, Pilsen. Father Steve Gronert officiated. Burial was in Pilsen
Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

Myrtle P. Doran
WILSON ­ Myrtle P. Doran, 94, Wilson, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001.
Mrs. Doran was born Myrtle P. Anderson on Sept. 10, 1906, at Stromsburg,
Neb. to Carrie and Albert E. Anderson. At age sixteen, she began teaching in
a one room school, after three months of college. She completed her teaching
career in Junction City as Music Supervisor. During that time, Myrtle, her
sister Geralyn Anderson and a friend sang as a trio in many area churches.
She served in the Presbyterian Church as director of education, choir
director for the Methodist church and she played the piano at the Wilson
Nursing Home. She was a member of the Friends of Reading, P.E.O. and the
Emanuel Lutheran Church.
One of her special joys was fishing at "Myrtle's Cove" at Lake Wilson, which
was named for her by the Corps of Engineers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, in 1988; and a daughter,
Marilyn Beth, in 1999.
Survivors include a son, Lawrence R. of Wilson; a daughter, Carol Ann Weider
of Walla Walla, Wash.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral was  Aug. 22 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson. Burial was  in
Wilson City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson, in care of Foster
Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson 67490.

Gertrude Louise Trapp
GENESEO - Gertrude Louise Trapp, 88, died Aug. 18 at Lyons District Hospital
in Lyons.
She was born March 12, 1913, in Ellsworth County, the daughter of Louis E.
and Roberta Swafford Schultz. She married Charles Otto Trapp April 5, 1941,
in Russell. He died Oct. 11, 1987.
A resident of Geneseo since 1952, she was co-owner/operator, with her
husband, of Shorty's Cafe in Geneseo.
Mrs. Trapp was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lyons, 55 Plus Club and
Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, both of Geneseo.
Survivors include two sons, Charles L. Trapp of Derby and Louis A. Trapp of
Larned; two daughters, Julia A. Waggoner of McPherson and Linnaea Budke of
McCook, Neb.; two sisters, Mildred Hedrick of Ellsworth and Shirley Lindt of
Pittsburg; 24 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 13
great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Charlene Hutchinson and Fairie
Lea Koffman; five brothers, Erno Schultz, Everett Schultz, Bert Schultz,
Milton Schultz and Walter Schultz; and one sister, Helen McKinley.
The funeral was Aug. 21 at Grace Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Lloyd Sprick
officiating. Burial was at Geneseo Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Foundation, Sandstone Height Nursing
Home or to the donor's choice, all in care of  Sillin Funeral Home in Lyons.

Teresa Rose Pollard Ricketts
LYONS - Teresa Rose Pollard Ricketts, 86, died Aug. 14, at Hutchinson
Hospital, Hutchinson.
She was born Jan. 16, 1915, at Caney, the daughter of Charles and Mary
Harris. A resident of Lyons since 1970, formerly of Claflin and Norton, she
was a homemaker.
She belonged to St. Paul Catholic Church, Altar Society and Silver Threads,
and was a volunteer at Lyons Good Samaritan Center and Park Place
Apartments, all at Lyons.
On June 14, 1931, she married E.B. "Snub" Pollard at Purcell, Okla. He died
Jan. 9, 1980. On Nov. 3, 1981, she married Roscoe Ricketts at Lyons. He died
June 17, 1984.
Survivors include: two daughters, Jackie Dressler, Tulsa, Okla., and Mary
Schoonover, Lyons; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a
great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Ettinger; and a grandson.
Funeral service was Aug. 18 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father
Thomas Leland presiding.
Burial was in Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons.
Memorials may be sent to Lyons Good Samaritan Center Assisted Living, Rice
County Community Foundation Building or the donor's choice, all in care of
Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons.

Theodore Carl "Ted" Trapp III
LINCOLN ­ Theodore Carl "Ted" Trapp III, 75, Lincoln, died Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Mr. Trapp was born Nov. 28, 1925, to Theodore Carl Trapp and Clara Plinsky
Trapp at rural Lincoln County. He was a farmer-stockman and lived his entire
life in Lincoln County.
Ted served in the U.S. Army from May 5, 1944 until receiving an honorable
discharge in 1946. During this time he was with the 63rd Infantry Division,
known as "Blood and Fire," the Regiment being the 254th Infantry, Company G.
His unit fought along the Rhine River in France, known as Rhineland Central
Europe, and later Germany. Ted received the Combat Infantryman Badge,
Distinguished Unit Badge, Victory Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon, Good
Conduct Medal and Bronze Star Medal. Ted was proud to have served his
country.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Lincoln, and served
many years as the congregation's Lutheran Brotherhood Branch Facilitator. He
was a joy to be around and he will be missed by many.
The funeral was Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church,
Lincoln, with Rev. Gary Wolf officiating.  Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery,
Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Lincoln Senior Center.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Harrison-Hall Funeral Home, 111
E. Elm, Lincoln 67455.

Bernice Mae James
HOLYROOD ­ Bernice Mae James, 80, Holyrood, died Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Mrs. James was born Bernice Mae Folk on Feb. 12, 1921, at Goteba, Okla. She
was a retired bookkeeper and homemaker.
Her husband, Jack Franklin, died in 1983.
Survivors include two daughters, Janene Ann Gossett of Chandler, Ariz., and
Billie Rae Mercer of Hutchinson; three brothers, Max Lee Folk and Roy
William Folk, both of Holyrood, and Melvin Rae Folk of Bushton; four
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Aug. 17 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Holyrood.
Burial was in Lorraine Baptist Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Holyrood Ambulance in care of  Parsons Funeral
Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439.

Fred J. Boyer
ELLSWORTH - Fred J. Boyer, 90, died Aug. 12, 2001, at Ellsworth County
Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 25, 1911, at Ellsworth, the son of Fred A. and Alma Miller
Boyer. A longtime Ellsworth resident, he was a truck driver for Crystal Salt
Mine, Kanopolis, from 1929 to 1942 and worked for the Kansas Department of
Transportation, Ellsworth, in the maintenance department.
He belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6485, Ellsworth, and
American Legion Post No. 329, Kanopolis. He served in the U.S. Army with the
808th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Company C.
He married Hazel Redding. She preceded him in death. On Nov. 13, 1945, he
married Marie Slechta at Smith Center. She died Sept. 23, 1984.
Survivors include: a son, Dan, Salina; two brothers, David, Midwest City,
Okla., and LeRoy, Borger, Texas; two sisters, Luella Malhado and Mabel
Turlure, both of Kanopolis; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Carroll; and two
sisters, Eva Kennedy and Fern Klima.
Funeral services were Aug. 14 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with
Pastor Jim Newkirk presiding. Burial, with military honors, was in Kanopolis
Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to VFW Post No. 6485, Ellsworth, or American Legion
Post No. 329, Kanopolis, both in care of the funeral home.

Lawrence Parsons
SALINA - Lawrence Parsons, 84, died Aug. 9, at Salina Regional Health
Center, Sante Fe Campus, Salina.
He was born Nov. 14, 1916, at Anthony, the son of Leslie Bryan and Louise
Jane Birchfiel Parsons. A longtime Anthony resident, he moved to Salina in
1983. In 1941, he and his wife established Parsons Funeral Home in Anthony,
retiring in 1982.
He belonged to First Presbyterian Church, Salina. He was a member of the
Kingman Masonic Lodge AF&AM No. 200, Anthony Order of the Eastern Star No.
187, and the Harper Royal Arch Masons No. 61.
On May 21, 1936, he married Frances Herold at Kingman. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Phil, Grove, Okla.; five grandchildren
including Mark, Ellsworth; eight great-grandchildren; and three
great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Aug. 11 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with the
Rev. Donald Ray presiding.  Burial was in Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony.
Memorials may be sent to the Lawrence Parsons Memorial Fund for Forest Park
Cemetery, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.

Ruth E. "Betty" Fosdick
ELLSWORTH ­ Ruth E. "Betty" Fosdick, 78, died Aug. 7, at Ellsworth County
Medical Center.
She was born July 2, 1923, at Strong City, the daughter of Lee Roy and Ruth
Marion Copeland Betty. An Ellsworth resident since 1973, formerly of Lincoln
and Council Grove, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to the Methodist Church and VFW Auxiliary Post No. 7928.
On June 11, 1954, she married Harvey Earl Fosdick at Strong City. He
survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Terry Lynn, Salina, and Timothy Lee,
Holyrood; a sister, Bonnie Lee Spain, Strong City; and a grandson.
Funeral service was Aug. 11 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, Pastor Jim
Newkirk presiding. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Wilson Nursing Center or the American Parkinson's
Disease Association.

Glenn R. Rathbun
ELLSWORTH -- Glenn R. Rathbun, 87, Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Mr. Rathbun was born Aug. 18, 1913, at rural Ellsworth County. He was a
farmer-stockman.
His wife, Eunice, died in 1996.
Survivors include three daughters, Darlene Rathbun and Glennice Musselwhite,
both of McPherson, and Sandy Rathbun of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; two
brothers, Bob of Littleton, Colo., and Jack of Ellsworth; a sister, Ruby
Craig of Junction City; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and
two step great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Aug. 11 at First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth. Burial was
in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Ellsworth Senior Center, First Presbyterian Church
or J.H. Robbins Memorial Library in care of  Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N.
Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439.

Henrietta E. Lenz
HOLYROOD - Henrietta E. Lenz, 81, died Aug. 7 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend.
She was born May 28, 1920, in Spearville, the daughter of Asby and Nettie
Tockert Peters. She married Chester D. Lenz, Sr. Aug. 3, 1946, in Dodge
City.
A resident of Holyrood, coming from Phillipsburg, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Lenz was a member of the Catholic church and Daughters of Isabella.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Chester D. Lenz, Jr. of
Assaria; four daughters, Janice Weiershauser of Germany, Pamela Burns of
Honolulu, Hawaii, Annie Lenz of Derby and Jane Stewart of Spokane, Wash.;
three brothers, John Peters of Great Bend, Nathan Peters of Dodge City and
Stanley Peters of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; and one
great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Peters
and Earl Peters.
Graveside services will be Aug. 10 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City.
Memorials are suggested to Holyrood Emergency Medical Service, in care of
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home,Great Bend.

Lawrence Henry
HOISINGTON - Lawrence Henry, 92, died Aug. 2 at Hoisington Rehabilitation
Center in Hoisington.
He was born July 23, 1909, in Ellsworth County, the son of Alfred Herbert
and Hattie Belle Burk Henry. He married Amelia Huggins Aug. 7, 1930, in
Salina. A resident of Hoisington, coming from Ellsworth, he was a farmer and
stockman in Carneiro Community. Henry was a member of First Presbyterian
Church in Ellsworth.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one daughter, Marilyn Lindsay of
Hoisington; six grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by one son, Eugene Earl Henry; and three sisters.
Graveside service were Aug. 4 at Buckeye Cemetery in rural Kanopolis, with
Nancy Oehler officiating. Memorials are suggested to the J.H. Robbins
Memorial Library, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.

Jerry L. Claussen
SALINA - Jerry L. Claussen, 58, Salina, died Saturday, Aug. 4,  at his home.
Mr. Claussen was born June 19, 1943, at Dorrance.
He was a college instructor at Kansas State University-Salina.
Survivors include his wife, Tina of the home; two sons, Robin L. of Salina
and Steven R. of Wilson; three daughters, Michele L. Ristvedt of Olney,
Ill., Misty R. Claussen of Salina and Angel M. Siler of Lincoln, Neb.; a
brother, Leo W. of Salina; two sisters, Verna M. Shaffer and Eunice M.
Garrett, both of Russell; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at St. John's Lutheran
Church, Salina. Burial was in Dorrance City Cemetery, Dorrance.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Salina or Kansas State University-Salina
Scholarship Fund.
Visitation was be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Geisendorf-Rush Smith
Funeral Home, 401 W. Iron, Salina 67401, where the family received friends
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Angela B. Weers
LARNED - Angela B. Weers, 80, died Aug. 4 at Larned Healthcare Center in
Larned.
   She was born March 20, 1921, in Odin, the daughter of Frank and Anna
Penka. She married Melvin C. Weers Sept. 16, 1941, in Larned. He died in
1997. A resident of Stafford County since 1941, she was a homemaker and cook
for Radium Schools in Radium.  Mrs. Weers was a member of Xavier Catholic
Church in Seward.
Survivors include one son, Francis "Frank" H. Weers of Williamsburg; one
daughter, Diane M. Krupp of Ellsworth; one sister, Cecilia Hall of Larned;
five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by one son, Richard M. Weers; nine brothers, Frank Penka, Lucas Penka,
August Penka, John Penka, Joe Penka, Bruno Penka, Raymond Penka, Ludwig
Penka and Gilbert Penka; and four sisters, Albina Kirmer, Martha Schneweis,
Isabel Slattery and Sarah Hawk.
Funeral was be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Minnis Chapel in St. John,
with the Rev. Rene Guesnier officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Cemetery
in Hudson. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, in care of the
funeral chapel.

Mary Lou Jensen
BROOKVILLE -- Mary Lou Jensen, 74, Brookville, died Monday, July 30.
Mrs. Jensen was born Mary Lou Alcorn on Jan. 20, 1927, in Brookville. She
was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton.
Survivors include a son, Robert C. of Brookville; and two grandchildren.
The funeral was Aug. 2 at Brookville United Methodist Church. Burial was in
Brookville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Brookville United Methodist Church or Brookville
Senior Citizens Center in care of Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, 401 W.
Iron, Salina 67401

Harvey W. Mehl
HOLYROOD - Harvey W. Mehl, 84, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2001.
Mr. Mehl was born June 19, 1917, at rural Ellsworth County. He was a retired
farmer-stockman.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Anna of Holyrood; a son, Dean of Downers
Grove, Ill.; a daughter, Deborah Konneker of Raleigh, N.C.; and four
grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church,
Holyrood. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Hour or St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N.
Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439 and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, Holyrood.

Florence L. Schacht
LORRAINE ­ Florence L. Schacht, 95, Lorraine, died July 24.
Mrs. Schacht was born Florence L. Murphy on July 30, 1905, in rural Rice
County. She was a retired schoolteacher at Lorraine Grade School.
Her husband, Alfred, died in 1992.
Survivors include four daughters, Ramona Schroeder of Dundee, Ill., Janet
Friederichsen of Orange, Calif., Marilyn Janssen of Lorraine and Jean
Stromberg of New York; a sister, Ardith Griffith of Spring Valley, Calif.;
11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was July 28 at First Baptist Church, Lorraine. Burial was in
First Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Lorraine or Gideons
International in care of Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth
67439.

Fred R. Williams
FIRCREST, Wash. ­ Fred R. Williams, 58, died July 18, 2001, at his home in
Fircrest.
He was born July 26, 1942, in Ellsworth County to Rosalie (McCutheon) and
Lester Lyle Williams.He grew up in Ellsworth County but has lived the last
19 years in Washington State.  He joined the U.S. Air Force during the
Vietnam War and was a pilot flying C-7 Caribou and C-130 Hercules until his
retirement in 1986. He managed the C-130 Flight Simulator at McChord Air
Force Base until the time of his death.
Survivors include: his wife, Susan; two sons, Bradley, Kent, Wash. and Kevin
Jensen, San Francisco, Calif.; a  daughter, Erin Campbell, Fircrest, Wash.;
his parents, Les and Rosalie Williams, Marquette; a brother, Bob Williams,
Little River; and four grandchildren.
 Inurnment will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 4 at Langley Cemetery.
Memorial service will be Saturday, August 4, 10:30 a.m. at Marquette
Methodist Church.
Memorials are suggested to Marquette Methodist Church.
Parson's Funeral Home, Ellsworth, is in charge of local arrangements.

Bernard G. (Brick) Fickel
TUCSON, ARIZ. ­ Bernard G. (Brick) Fickel, 84, died peacefully in his
sleep, July 16, in  his home in Tucson, Arizona.  In accordance with his
wishes the body was  cremated.  The funeral was Saturday, July  21, in
Manhattan, Kansas.
Until November, 2000, Bernard lived for 35 years at a rural Manhattan
address.  He is survived by his wife Shirley; his son Jerry (Ana Maria) of
Miami, Florida; daughters Ruth (David) Ard of Marion, Iowa; Sheila Johnson
of  Tucson, Arizona; and Maureen (Michael) Shea of Manhattan; a sister,
Catherine  Basta of Bellevue, Washington, and a brother, Samuel Fickel of
Anderson,  California.  Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and one
great-granddaughter.
 Bernard was born January 25, 1917, in Earlton, Kansas, to Charles and Mary
Fickel, the 7th of 10 children.  He graduated from Kansas State Agricultural
College in 1943 with a major in Dairy Husbandry.  He married Shirley
Cunningham (of Wilson) January 17, 1944, in Ellsworth, Kansas.  He began his
professional career as a County Extension Agent in Ellsworth County.
Bernard  worked for many years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil
Conservation Service, as a farm planner, in Geary, Clay, Riley and
Pottawatomie counties.  He retired from that work in 1972.
Bernard was a founding member of St. Thomas More Catholic parish and a
Fourth  Degree Knight of Columbus.    He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta
Fraternity,  Iota Chapter, KSU.  He was a member of the Holstein-Friesian
Association of  America for over 60 years and was recognized for his many
years' membership  at the National Convention a few years ago.  He was also
a member of the National Soil Conservation Society.  He was a founder of the
Tuttle Classic  Pig Sale.  He himself was a ten-year 4-H Club member in
Neosho County during  his youth, and was involved with his own children in
Riley County 4-H in the 1950's  through 1960's, where he was an active
supporter for many, many  years.
"Brick" was known in Riley County for his expertise in judging swine, beef
and dairy animals before their official placement at the County Fair.  Since
1951 he enjoyed "hobby farming" by raising registered Holstein cattle and
other livestock at Riley and then Manhattan. His children were the pride of
his life and his grandchildren were the joy of his old age.  He will be
greatly missed by family and friends.
Memorials may be made to St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Ave.,
Manhattan, KS 66502.    Condolences may be addressed to Shirley Fickel, 4413
Orchard Dr., Tucson, AZ 85712.


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