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Ethel V. Kaufman (1922-2002) 
WHEATRIDGE, Colo. - Ethel V. Kaufman, 79, died Tuesday, April 3, 2002, at Lutheran Medical Center, Wheatridge, Colo., after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Kaufman was born July 12, 1922, in Wilson, Kan., to Frank and Cora Sackman Eitel. She married Maurice Peirano in 1939. Her second marriage, to Jack Kaufman, came in 1958. He survives. The family lived in St. Joseph, Mo., before moving to the Denver, Colo. area. Other survivors include two sons, Robert Peirano of Garden City, Kan., and Michael Peirano of Commerce Town, Mich.; four daughters, Maureen Gerstner of St. Joseph, Mo., Alice Knox of Sedalia, Mo., Betty Jo Stroup of Wilson, and Patricia Henry of Fort Lupton, Colo.; four sisters, Alice M. Eitel of Colorado Springs, Margaret Luck and Doris Sneath, both of Lyons, Kan., Melva Uphoff of Colorado Springs; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister. A memorial service was April 5 at the St. Mark's Catholic Church, Westminster, Colo. 

Charles 'Chuck' Lamoreux (1923-2002) 
SHAWNEE - Charles "Chuck" Lamoreux, 78, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002. Mr. Lamoreux was born May 13, 1923, at Oakley to Drew and Frances Lamoreux. He was graduated from Hays High School and attended Fort Hays State University. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific. He married Doris Peirano in 1945. They operated Lamoreux Motors at Stockton before moving to Shawnee in 1960. They were independent newspaper carriers of the Kansas City Star for 20 years. They retired in the 1980s. Mr. Lamoreux was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings and his wife, Doris. Survivors include his children, Gary and Robbie Lamoreux of Baldwin, Sherry and Mark Humphrey of Stilwell, and Clark and Kristi Lamoreux of Kansas City, Mo.; and eight grandchildren. The funeral was April 12 at the St. Joseph¹s Catholic Church, Shawnee. Entombment was in Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities. The Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee was in charge of arrangements. 

Michael Earl Long (1957-2002) 
GREENLEAF - Michael Earl Long, 44, died Friday, April 19, 2002. Mr. Long was born Oct. 28, 1957, at Ellsworth. He was owner and manager of a bar in Barnes. Survivors include his parents, Clarence Long and Carol Depew of Linn; a son, Mickey of Barnes; two daughters, Chalene Long and Amber Long, both of Barnes; a brother, William "Bill" of Greenleaf; and a sister, Debbie Long of Greenleaf. The funeral was Tuesday at Ward Funeral Home, Greenleaf. Burial was in St. Michael¹s Catholic Cemetery, Kimeo. 

Ferrell Stamback (1924-2002) 
HOLYROOD - Ferrell Stamback, 78, died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at the Hutchinson Hospital. Mr. Stamback was born Feb. 17, 1924, at Halstead to Charles and Susie Kaiser Stamback. He moved to Holyrood 24 years ago from the Wichita area. He was owner of Stamback Construction and Welding and a refrigeration technician for Excel Packing for 35 years. He was a U.S. Navy and World War II veteran and a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Ellsworth. He married Phyllis Hendrickson July 16, 1949, in Conway, Ark. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Becky Dirks of Topeka and Marilyn Massey of Wichita; three sisters, Mary Mace Kruger and Clarice Dyer, both of El Dorado, and Jane Milne of Sedgwick; a brother, Max Stamback of Willcox, Ariz.; and three grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery at Sedgwick. Memorials may be made to the Holyrood Ambulance Service. 

Richard L. Swehla (1915-2002) 
BUTLER, Mo. - Richard L. Swehla, 86, died Tuesday, April 9. 2002, at Adrian Manor, Adrian, Mo. Mr. Swehla was born June 22, 1915, in Lincoln County, Kan. near Wilson to Frank and Anna Martinek Swehla. He was graduated from Westport High School in Kansas City, Mo., and lived in Ellsworth, Kan., between 1923-31. He worked for Armco Steel in Kansas City and Houston before retiring in 1969. He moved from Channelview, Texas, to Butler, where he owned and operated his own maintenance business for many years. He was a member of the Ohio Street United Methodist Church, the Bates County Shrine Club and other Masonic organizations. He was past master of Butler Lodge 254 AF and AM, past patron of Butler Chapter 478 Order of the Eastern Star and past high priest of the George Frank Gouley Chapter 90. He married Ethel Smith April 25, 1936. She is deceased. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Rose Spaeth and Helen Schmit. Survivors include a sister, Laura Fesler Chastain of Kansas City, Mo.; a nephew; in-laws; and other relatives and friends. The funeral was April 12 at Underwood-Steinbeck Funeral Chapel, Butler. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, also in Butler. Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home West or Scottish Rite Temple. 

Leota Zavesky (1907-2002) 
Leota Zavesky, 94, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Mrs. Zavesky was born Dec. 26, 1907, at Ellsworth to Charles Henry Veatch and the former Matilda Minnie Radke. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth who taught in a one-room school at Elkhorn and at schools in Lorraine, Buckeye and Ellsworth. She was a member of OES Chapter 44 and the First United Methodist Church, both at Ellsworth. She married George Zavesky July 18, 1936, at Republic. He died in 1983. Survivors include a son, Tom Zavesky of Fresno, Calif.; a daughter, Mary Pavel of Titusville, Fla.; and two grandchildren. The graveside service was Monday at Ellsworth Cemetery, Pastor Jim Newkirk officiating. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. 

Alice M. Eitel (1922-2002) 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Alice M. Eitel, 90, died Wednesday, April 9, 2002, at the IHS Nursing Home, Pike¹s Peak, Colorado Springs. Ms. Eitel was born Dec. 3, 1911, on Lambert Ranch, north of Wilson, Kan. to Frank W. and Cora Sackman Eitel. She was a film cutter and a caregiver for children and elderly. Survivors include three sisters, Margaret F. Luck and Doris L. Sneath, both of Lyons, and Melva C. Uphoff of Colorado Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter L. and Calvin L. Eitel; her parents; and two sisters, Annabel Eitel and Ethel V. Kaufman. No service is planned at this time. Burial was in Wilson City Cemetery. Foster Mortuary of Wilson was in charge of arrangements. 

Kathryn R. Johnson (1907-2002) 
HAYS - Kathryn R. Johnson, 94, died Thursday, April 4, 2002. Mrs. Johnson was born Kathryn R. Harris on July 14, 1907, in rural Ellsworth County. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Jr., in 1995; and a grandson. Survivors include two sons, Donald of State College, Pa., and Daniel . of Hays; two sisters, LaVerne J. Harris and Marjorie Hiatt, both of Salina; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The funeral was April 8 at St. Michael¹s Episcopal Church, Hays. It was followed by an Order of the Eastern Star Service. Burial was in Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays. Memorials may be made to the church memorial fund. Cline¹s Mortuary of Hays was in charge of arrangements. 
Neva M. Livingston 
A memorial service for Neva M. Livingston will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Ellsworth¹s Immanuel Lutheran Church. The body was cremated. A private inurnment will be conducted at the Buckeye Cemetery, rural Kanopolis. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. 

Richard L. Swehla (1915-2002) 
BUTLER, Mo. - Richard L. Swehla, 86, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Adrian Manor in Adrian, Mo. Mr. Swehla was born June 22, 1915, in Lincoln County, Kan., near Wilson, Kan., to Frank and Anna Martinek Swehla. He was graduated from Westport High School in Kansas City, Mo. He worked for Armco Steel in Kansas City and Houston, Texas, before retiring in 1969, when he moved to Butler, Mo., from Channelview, Texas. He and operated his own maintenance business in Butler for many years, where he was a member of the Ohio Street United Methodist Church and various Mason and Shine clubs, a past master of Butler Lodge 254 AF and AM, past patron of Chapter 478, Order of the Eastern Star and past high priest of George Frank Gouley Chapter 90. He married Ethel Smith April 25, 1936. She is deceased. He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Rose Spaeth and Helen Schmitt. Survivors include a sister, Laura Fesler Chastain of Kansas City; and many other relatives and friends. The Masonic service was Friday at the Underwood-Steinbeck Funeral Home in Butler. The funeral service followed. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home West or Scottish Rite Temple, Valley of Kansas City. 

Arlene M. Vacek (1918-2002) 
Arlene M. Vacek, 83, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mrs. Vacek was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Ellsworth County to Charles Bowers and the former Olive B. Jessup. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, where she was a homemaker and co-owner of the Cinderella Shoe Store. She was a member of the Excelsior Lutheran Church of rural Wilson, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the church council, the Ellsworth EHU, the VFW, American Legion and hospital auxiliaries and a past board member of the Ellsworth County Extension Council. She married Howard Vacek June 30, 1943, at Salina. He died in 2001. Survivors include a son, H.R. "Rocky" Vacek of Topeka, and Janet Stash of Tucson, Ariz. The funeral was Saturday at Parsons Funeral Home, Sister Diane Wagner officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Excelsior Lutheran Church Lighted Cross Fund or the Ellsworth County Medical Center. 

Linda Brown 
Linda Brown, a long-time resident of Kanopolis, died Sunday, March 31, 2002. She had lived at Villa Grace at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village since January 2001. A memorial service is planned at 10:30 a.m. April 17 in the Villa Grace Chapel. 

Margaret Mary Davis (1918-2002) 
Margaret Mary Davis, 83, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mrs. Davis was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Denver, Colo., to James Duncan Davis and the former Rose Frances Reilly. She was graduated from Cathedral High School in Denver and received a registered nursing degree from Mercy Hospital. She took a course at the University of Washington to specialize as a surgical nurse. She later became a nurse anesthetist. She lived in Antonito, Colo., for 20 years, before moving to Ellsworth in 1971. She lived the past few years at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. She enjoyed playing bridge and also was involved in her church, the St. Bernard¹s Catholic Church, and enjoyed her pets. She married Dr. George R. Davis May 1, 1948, in Denver. He died in 1986. Survivors include two sisters, Nancy Davis Hays of Albany, Calif. and Virginia F. Shaffer of Westminster, Colo.; and numerous other relatives. The funeral mass is today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the St. Bernard¹s Catholic Church, the Revs. Daniel Scheetz and Charles Steier officiating. Burial will be in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Good Samaritan Village. Parsons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Bernice Letha Rodrick (1906-2002) 
INDEPENDENCE - Bernice Letha Rodrick, 95, died Saturday, March 30, 2002. Mrs. Rodrick was born Bernice Letha Bland Aug. 28, 1906, in rural Lucas. She was co-founder of the Rodrick Funeral Home, Independence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlie E., in 1983. Survivors include a son, Larry of Independence; a daughter, Kay Coen of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; two brothers, Gordon Bland of Luray and Gene Bland of Wilson; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Wednesday at Webb and Rodrick Funeral Home, Independence. Private burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence. Memorials may be made to the Book of Remembrance or the First Presbyterian Church of Independence. 

Paul Clinton Wikoff (1919-2002) 
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Paul Clinton Wikoff, 82, died Friday,, April 5, 2002, at the Independence Regional Health Center. Mr. Wikoff was born Dec. 28, 1919, in Ellsworth County, Kan., to Tom and Minne Wikoff. He was a World War II Navy veteran who retired after 37 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Beth, of the home; two sons, Doug of Lee¹s Summit, Mo. and Karen of Overland Park, Kan.; two sisters, Helen Graves and Florence Schwardtfager, both of Salina, Kan.; two brothers, Lester Wikoff and Grant Wikoff, both of Brookville, Kan.; and four grandchildren. A memorial service is planned April 15 at the Gudgell Park Community of Christ Church, Independence. Speaks Suburban Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

Linda L. Brown (1912-2002) 
KANOPOLIS - Linda L. Brown, 89, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Mrs. Brown was born April 12, 1912, to J.M. and Mattie Meeks Calvert. She lived most of her life in Ellsworth County, where she was co-owner of Three Brownies Cafe in Holyrood and an assembly line worker at ElKan. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kanopolis and a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. She married Ezra David Brown Dec. 21, 1930, at Newkirk, Okla. He died in 1969. She also was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth L. Brown in 1990 and three sisters. Survivors include four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Her body was donated to the KU Medical Center. 

Norman E. Dumler (1930-2002) 
SUN CITY, Ariz. - Norman E. Dumler, 71, died Friday, March 8, 2002. Mr. Dumler was born June 8, 1930, at Russell. He co-owned and operated an automotive remanufacturing parts business in California until retiring in 1990. Survivors include his wife, Dixie of Sun City; a son, Mark of Seattle, Wash.; a daughter, Kim Virtue of Baker, Ore.; a brother, James of Nixa, Mo.; and two sisters, Marjorie L. Pohlman of Russell and Mary Ann Vopat of Wilson. A memorial service was Saturday at Pohlman¹s Mortuary, Russell, Ka., 67665. Inurnment was in Hoisington Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Norman Dumler Sports Memorial at Casa Robles High School, Orangevale, Calif. 

Dell Grill (1911-2002) 
Dell Grill, 91, died Monday, April 1, 2002. Mr. Grill was born Feb. 9, 1911, in Grillville. He was the retired owner and mechanic for Grill Brothers Body Shop. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith, in 1990. Survivors include nieces and nephews. The funeral was Wednesday parsons Funeral Home. Burial was in Wilson City Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, First Presbyterian Church of Ellsworth or the American Legion. 

Lucille E. Reiter (1914-2002) 
Lucille E. Reiter, 87, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mrs. Reiter was born July 17, 1914, on a farm northwest of Holyrood to Herman and Elisabeth Runsel Horst. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth, where she was a bookkeeper and stenographer for the Gas Service Co. and the Kansas Power Co. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Ellsworth Hospital Auxiliary. She donated several handmade afghans to auxiliary fundraisers. She married Joseph Reiter Dec. 31, 1955, in Ellsworth. He died in 1974. Survivors include cousins and friends. The funeral was Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Pastor Mark Kayser officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, Ellsworth County Medical Center or J.H. Robbins Memorial Library. 

Elma M. Steinle (1907-2002) 
DORRANCE - Elma M. Steinle, 94, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mrs. Steinle was born Aug. 23, 1907, in Russell County to David and Anna Eichman Walter. She was a lifetime resident of the Dorrance-Wilson area, where she was a homemaker and attended the First Baptist Church of Wilson. She married Solomon Steinle, who died in 1986. Survivors include two sons, Darwin of Dorrance and Dwaine of Great Bend; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The memorial service was Wednesday at the Evangelical Free Church, Ellsworth. Burial in the Dorrance City Cemetery preceded the service. Memorials may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Relief Fund in care of Foster Mortuary, Inc., 610 24th Street, Wilson 67490. 


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