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M. Louise Applegate (1925-2002) 
KEARNEY, Neb. - M. Louise Applegate, 76, died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, Neb. Mrs. Applegate was born Sept. 1, 1925, in Decatur County to Henry and Hattie Cox Davis. She grew up in Decatur and Norton counties and received a teacher's certificate from Fort Hays State College in 1943. She was a member of the Norton Christian Church, Devizes Home Study Club, Cozy Club and EHU. She enjoyed sewing, flower gardening, reading and crossword puzzles. She was married June 12, 1947, to Merle E. Applegate. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Rodney of Junction City; two daughters and their husbands, Marcella and Thomas Hoff of Olathe and Debra and Charles Kootz of Geneseo; a brother, Richard Davis of Attica; six sisters, Lorraine Wolfe of Almena, Betty Kernohan of Zenda, Corrine Caples of Wellington, Delores McDaniel of Attica, Lola Dupuy of Wichita and Pauline Hacker of Harper; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a grandchild. The funeral was Tuesday at Enfield Funeral Home, Norton, Pastor Terrill Worthington officiating. Burial was in Norton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Richard 'Dick' Hoffman (1936-2002) 
SALINA - Richard "Dick" Hoffman, 65, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at Salina Regional Medical Center - Santa Fe Campus, Salina. Mr. Hoffman was born July 19, 1936 in Kanopolis to Walter and Margaret Hudson Hoffman. He was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County. He was a retired farmer and math teacher, teaching at Ellsworth High School, Washburn University, Sterling College, Fort Hays State University and Tonkawa, Okla. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, where he also served as an elder. On May 31, 1958 he married Lesta Worcester in Hill City. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Gregg Hoffman of Ellsworth; a daughter, Susan Robson of Marion; two sisters, Joyce Harrell of Ellsworth and Peggy Berry of Salina; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, William D. Hoffman. The funeral will be Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, Pastor Mark Kayser officiating. Burial will be in the Ellsworth Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. The casket will remain closed at the church. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, and the U.S.D. 327 Athletic Fund. 

Eunice Steinle Barton (1923-2002) 
RUSSELL - Eunice Steinle Barton, 78, died Sunday, July 21, 2002. Mrs. Barton was born Eunice Steinle Dec. 27, 1923, at Bunker Hill. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 2000. Survivors include a daughter, Margie Deem of Meade; a son, Alan Don of Russell; two sisters, Helen Wilhelm of Dorrance and Violet Stone of Great Bend; a brother, Albert of Russell; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was Thursday at the St. John Lutheran Church, Memorials may be made to the church in care of the Russell Funeral Home, 610 N. Elm, Russell 67665. 

Virginia Boyer (1931-2002) 
SALINA - Virginia M. Boyer, 71, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Salina. Mrs. Boyer was born Virginia Marie Sneath on Jan. 26, 1931 in Ellsworth County. She taught piano and guitar lessons and also operated a cake baking business for many years. She was a homemaker and the author of a novel, "My Dear Beau." Memberships included the Kanopolis United Methodist Church and AARP. She married William Kenneth Boyer on March 14, 1952. He died in 1998. Survivors include a son, Kenneth L. of Tucson, Ariz.; a brother, Clarence Sneath of Kanopolis; two sisters, Pauline Patterson of Salina and Libby Mason of Red Feather Lake, S.D. A chapel conclusion service was Saturday at Ryan Mortuary, Salina. The private burial was in Buckeye Cemetery, southeast of Kanopolis. Memorials may be made to the church or to the March of Dimes or American Cancer Society. 

Melvin Ray Folk (1924-2002) 
BUSHTON - Melvin Ray Folk, 78, died Friday, July 26, 2002, at his home in Bushton. Mr. Folk was born Jan. 1, 1924, at Lorraine to Harry Russell Folk and the former Carrie Augustina Drogemeier. He lived most of his life in the Bushton area, where he was a driver¹s license examiner for the state of Kansas for Medicine Lodge, Kinsley, St. John, Great Bend and Ellsworth. He was a member of the Ellsworth Masonic Lodge 146, Holyrood American Legion Post 200, Hoisington VFW and the Lorraine Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He married Mary Perkins Dec. 29, 1951 at Wellington. She survives. Other survivors are two sons, Jerry of Bushton and Bob of Great Bend; a daughter, Marsha of Lyons; two brothers, Bob and Max, both of Holyrood; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Bradley, in 1984; two brothers; and a sister. The funeral was Tuesday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, the Revs. David Trott and Janet Myers officiating. Burial was in Lorraine Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the BCDI Building, Bushton. 

Tommy Elton Hopkins (1941-2002) 
GREAT BEND - Tommy Elton Hopkins, 60, died at his home in Great Bend. Mr. Hopkins was born Dec. 1, 1941, at Garden City to Floyd Earl and Inez Craton Green Hopkins. He moved from Garden City to Great Bend 28 years ago, and worked for Russ' Roofing for 20 years. He married Beverly M. Winters Dec. 14, 1988 in Topeka. She died Feb. 16, 1998. He also was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Earl Hopkins; and a sister, Jean Geary. Survivors include three sons, Leslie W. and Tommy Ray, both of Great Bend, and Darren Lynn of Hutchinson; a daughter, Pamela Marie Hopkins of Hutchinson; a stepson, Harold S. Winters of Great Bend; three brothers, Floyd of Ellinwood, William J. of Walnut Grove, Mo., and Loren of Ellsworth; a sister, Shirley Steimetz of Garden City; and seven grandchildren. The body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Tommy Hopkins Memorial Fund. Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, was in charge of arrangements. 

Laverna Klema (1916-2002) 
RICHLAND, Wash. - Laverna Wilhelmina Rosa Klema, 85, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Richland Life Care. Mrs. Klema was born Oct. 25, 1916, in Ellsworth County, Kan., to Otto and Amalia Wessemiller Katzenmeier. She worked as a telephone operator after high school. She married Rudolph Klema July 17, 1938. They owned and operated four grocery stores in Kansas and Nebraska until 1959 before moving to Utah and later Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Alvin Sr. and Gilbert Katzenmeier. Survivors include a daughter, Ona; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. The funeral was July 18 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Richland. Burial was in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Walla Walla, Wash. 

Beryl Smith (1914-2002) 
LOGAN - Beryl Smith, 87, Logan, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002. Mrs. Smith was born Beryl Snyder on Dec. 4, 1914, at Gaylord. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie; and an infant daughter. Survivors include six sons, Leroy of Speed, Carl and Stanley, both of Logan, Johnny of Phillipsburg, Bob of Norton and Rex of Longview, Wash.; three daughters, Lucille of Randle, Wash., Kaye Ferrer of Mesa, Ariz., and Johnita Chestnut of Speed; a brother, Grover Snyder of Ellsworth; 27 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. The funeral was July 20 at the Logan Christian Church. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Logan. Memorials may be made to Logan Manor or the church. The Logan Funeral Home, First and Church, Logan 67646 was in charge of arrangements. 

Lila Jean Stroede (1931-2002) 
Lila Jean Stroede, 71, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Villa Grace. Mrs. Stroede was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Ellsworth County to Herbert Voeltz and the former Clara Henke. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County and a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Rodney of Salina; three daughters, Nancy Nowlin of St. Joseph, Mo., Joleen Stroede of Raytown, Mo., and Sandra Sawyer of Bushton; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry. The funeral was Friday at Kanopolis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. 

Tiodore J. 'Ted' Diaz (1930-2002) 
KANOPOLIS - Tiodore J. 'Ted' Diaz, 72, died Monday, July 22, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mr. Diaz was born April 1, 1930, at Kanopolis to Ysidro Diaz and the former Jovita Mesa. He was a lifelong resident of Kanopolis, where he retired after 14 years as a construction worker for J.H. Shears & Son. He was a member of the St. Ignatius Catholic Church and a life member of the Russell VFW and the American Legion at Kanopolis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include a daughter, Darla Jo Morehead of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Georgia Wilkinson of Kanopolis; a brother, Eugene Diaz of Kanopolis; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Manuel ³Lightning² Diaz, in 2002. The vigil will be at 7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Parsons Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday the St. Ignatius Church, Father Daniel Scheetz officiating. Burial will be in Kanopolis Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made to the church or the Kanopolis American Legion. 

Albert A. Hlaus (1919-2002) 
WILSON Albert A. Hlaus, 83, died Thursday, July 11, 2002. Mr. Hlaus was born Jan. 21, 1919, at Wilson. He was a farmer-stockman. His wife, Mary, died in 1994. He also was preceded in death by three sisters, Anna Staudinger, Mary Hlaus and Agnes Hlaus, and five brothers, Joseph, James, Frank, Charles and Emil. Survivors include a step-son, Richard Rezac of Kennewich, Wash., and a step-daughter, Sharon Soukup of Garden City. The funeral was Monday at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors by members of the John McManus American Legion Post 262. Memorials may be made to the church. Foster Mortuary, 610 24th Street, Box 533, Wilson 67490, was in charge of arrangements. 

Melchior Lang (1921-2002) 
HAYS Melchior Lang, 80, died Thursday, July 11, 2002. Mr. Lang was born Aug. 9, 1921, at Quinter. He worked in track maintenance for Union Pacific Railroad for 36 years, retiring in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Mary H. of the home; two sons, Tommy Lee of Atlanta and David James of Ellsworth; a brother, Winifred of Quinter; two sisters, Frances Kalher of Quinter and Nellie Goetz of Salina; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at the St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays. Burial was in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, with military rites by the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Memorials may be made to the church or for masses. Cline¹s Mortuary, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays 67601 was in charge of arrangements. 

Ralph E. Linke (1942-2002) 
CHASE Ralph E. Linke, 60, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Hutchinson Hospital. Mr. Linke was born Jan. 11, 1942, in Ellsworth to Austin M. and Georgia R. Michells Linke. He was a lifetime Chase resident, where he was a pumper/trucker. He was a member of the Chase Presbyterian Church. He married Mary L. Loutzenhiser Nov. 25, 1963, in Chase. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Thomas L. and Joseph R., both of Chase, and Matthew L. of Hutchinson; a brother, Jerry of Geneseo; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister. The service was Monday in Chase Springdale Cemetery, Johnnie Hardie officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. 

Mable Alma Lyne (1922-2002) 
KIMBERLY, Idaho Mable Alma Lyne, 79, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at the Twin Falls Care Center. Mrs. Lyne was born Aug. 20, 1922, in Lincoln County, Kan. to Edward and Amanda Choitz Schultz. She attended schools in Kansas. She moved to Idaho in 1957 and worked in several bean warehouses, potato processing plants and a cold storage facility. She and her husband, George Lyne, owned George¹s Chevron Service Station in Kimberly from 1968-75. She also worked as a cook and as a babysitter, earning the nickname ³Grandma Mable² from the more than 200 children she cared for between 1982 and 1996. She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kimberly. She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Gilbert and Elmer. Survivors include two sons, Leroy and Elden, both of Kimberly; a daughter, Paula Weeks of Kimberly; a brother, William ³Bill² Schultz of Kansas; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. The funeral was June 19 at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Bill Flanery officiating. Burial was in Twin Falls Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Tillie Marie Peters (1915-2002) 
LAWRENCE Tillie Marie Peters, 87, died Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at her home in Lawrence. Mrs. Peters was born July 9, 1915, at Kanopolis to Thomas and Mary Ann Fait Zahradnik. She was reared in Kanopolis and in 1935 moved to Lawrence, where she was a practical nurse at the Crum Nursing Home and at Lawrence Memorial Hospital until she retired in 1980. She also was a homemaker whose hobbies included gardening and canning. She married William Oliver Peters Oct. 19, 1935, in Ellsworth. He died in February of 1973. Survivors include two sons, William ³Sonny² and Thomas, both of Lawrence; a daughter, Janice Rogers of West Memphis, Ark.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. The graveside service was Friday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, was in charge of arrangements. 

Lester R. Richards Jr. (1937-2002) 
LYONS Lester R. Richards Jr., 64, died Friday, July 12, 2002, at his home in Lyons. Mr. Richards was born Dec. 8, 1937, at Salina to Lester and Geneva S. Erickson Richards. He was graduated from Lindsborg High School in 1956. A longtime resident of Lyons, he was a retired electrician and owner of Richards Electric. He was a member of the Lyons Fire Department, Masonic Lodge and Electrical Board, all at Lyons, and Isis Shrine, Salina. In 1959, he married Virginia Gale White at Lindsborg. She died Sept. 7, 1989. On Sept. 18, 1995, he married Lola Bailey at Ness City. She survives. Other survivors include, eight sons, Lester D. of Ellsworth, Raymond W. of Lyons, Michael S. of Sasebo, Japan, Steven L., Leslie J., Jeffrey C., Brian T., all of Hutchinson, and Erick A., Sterling; a brother, Herman C., McPherson; a sister, Jean L. Rowland of Oswego; and 15 grandchildren. The memorial service was Wednesday at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons, the Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. Inurnment was in Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Lyons Fire Department in care of the funeral home. 

Lillian Audine Richards (1928-2002) 
OMAHA, Neb. Lillian Audine Richards, 74, died Friday, July 5, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Omaha, Neb. Mrs. Richards was born July 2, 1928, at WaKeeney to Lawrence and Jenny Elba Ross Berry. She was a homemaker. She married Dale F. Richards April 8, 1951, in Parsons. He died Feb. 15, 1986. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Marie. Survivors include four sons, Jimmy of Longmont, Colo., Tommy of Wilson, Larry of Glenwood, Iowa, and Pete of Hutchinson; a brother, Larry Berry of Natoma; three sisters, Donna Dugan of Independence, Carol Zerr of Herington and Sharon Patterson of Quinter; and seven grandchildren. Graveside services were July 10 in the Hoxie Cemetery, the Rev. Russell Fincham officiating. Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, Hoxie, was in charge of arrangements. 

Verna Lois Voos (1915-2002) 
HUTCHINSON Verna Lois Voos, 86, formerly of Russell, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002. Mrs. Voos was born Verna Lois Hubbs on Sept. 21, 1915, at Dorrance. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond A., in 1985. Survivors include a sister, Frances Bunker of Lyons. The service was Saturday in the St. Mary¹s Catholic Cemetery, Russell. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary¹s Catholic Church, Russell, in care of Pohlman¹s Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665. 

Harold Paul Burmaster (1917-2002) 
SALINA Harold Paul Burmaster, 85, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002. Mr. Burmaster was born April 26, 1917, at Ellsworth. He was a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 1975. He was an Army veteran, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, Bronze Service Star, American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Verna L., in 1974; his second wife, Evelyn M., in 1987; and a son, Gary L., in 1992. Survivors include his companion, Ardis L. DeWester of Salina; a son, Dennis of Salina; a daughter, Jeanette Puthoff of Arvada, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Friday at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 E. Crawford, Salina 67401. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Salina American Legion Post 62 or Trinity Lutheran Church Organ Fund. 

Ernest F. Hammond (1930-2002) 
TOPEKA Ernest F. Hammond, 72, died Tuesday, July 2, at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka. Mr. Hammond was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Howard, N.Y., to Floyd and Ruth French Hammond. He was reared in Avoca, N.Y. and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-58. He was stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka with the 55th Air Refueling Squadron, part of the Strategic Air Command. After the service, he worked for Dr. Pepper and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Companies in Topeka. In 1975, he became a custodian at Topeka High School and worked there until his retirement in 1992. He joined the First Baptist Church in 1955. He married Blanche Bezemek on Nov. 18, 1960, in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Kevin and Ken, both of Topeka; a daughter, Karen Hammond of Topeka; three brothers, James and Victor, both of New York, and Paul of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters, Faith Hagenloh of Albuquerque, N.M., Alice Bliss of Avoca, N.Y., and Ellen Jopson of Lavonia, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas, Topeka, Ks. 66608. Burial was in Topeka Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Midland Hospice House, the American Red Cross or the First Baptist Church. 

Mary Lois Pedigo (1913-2002) 
GENESEO Mary Lois Pedigo, 88, died Monday, July 8, 2002. Mrs. Pedigo was born Nov. 27, 1913, in Washita County, Okla., to Samuel Tarus and Emma Grebe Kenedy. Since 1937 she lived in Geneseo, where she was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Women, the United Methodist Church, and the 55 Plus Club. She married William Donald ³Bill² Pedigo Nov. 24, 1937, in Lawton, Okla. He died Sept. 2, 1989. She was also preceded in death by a son, William Bruce Pedigo, and three brothers: Alfred Kenedy, Harold Kenedy and Elbert Kenedy; and a baby sister. Survivors include a son, Gaylcn Elbert Pedigo of Geneseo, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The funeral will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Geneseo, the Rev. Gene Langhofer officiating. Burial will be in the Geneseo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. Memorials may be made to the church in care of the funeral home. 

Joseph L. Riley (1917-2002) 
ST. GEORGE Joseph L. Riley, 84, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at his home in St. George. Mr. Riley was born Nov. 24, 1917, in Opolis to Camille and Stella Kitchen LeRoy. He later took the name of his step-father, Charles Riley Sr. He served in the U.S. Army at a time when horses were the main method of transportation for supplies and materials. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, where he remained until his retirement. As a civil service worker, he was assigned to Thailand as a master aircraft mechanic on F-105 fighter-bombers. He married Helen Bell at the Fort Riley Main Post Chapel on Dec. 28, 1939. They were later divorced and she preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 1993. He later married Saiyute Srikongrags on Dec. 15 1965, at Thailand. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Bobbie Griggs, and her husband, Alan, of West Suffield, Conn., and Patty Steen, and her husband, Phil, of Manhattan; two step-sons, Suriyan Poonpiset, and his wife, Reba, of Littleton, Colo., and Paya Poonpiset of Atlanta, Ga.; a step-daughter, Wasana Tanvisut of Dunedin, Fla.; two grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Miller, and a half-brother, Charles Riley Jr. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan. Full military honors will be conducted following the service. Memorials may be made to the Russell T. Reitz Humane Society, the Disabled American Veterans or the Girls and Boys Town. 

Charles B. Sanmann (1918-2002) 
Charles B. Sanmann, 83, died Friday, June 28, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Mr. Sanmann was born Nov. 22, 1918, in Geronimo, Okla. to Rudolph and Caroline Nienke Sanmann. He was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County. Survivors include two brothers, Edward of Los Lunas, N.M, and Lloyd of Albuquerque; and two sisters, Viola Riggle of Albuquerque and Rosaline Montgomery of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by a twin brother, Henry; brothers Jess and Kenneth Adams; and a sister, Alice Miller. The graveside service was June 28 at the Kanopolis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Albert W. Borell (1912-2002) 
WILSON Albert W. Borell, 89, died Friday, June 28, 2002. He was born Nov. 4, 1912, at Wilson. He was a farmer and oil operator. Survivors include numerous nephews and nieces. The funeral was Monday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wilson. Burial was in Wilson City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Foster Mortuary, 610 24th Street, Wilson, Kan. 67490 was in charge of arrangements. 

Ruby Morganfield-Craig (1912-2002) 
JUNCTION CITY Ruby F. Morganfield-Craig, 90, died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at Geary Community Hospital, Junction City. Mrs. Morganfield-Craig was born Jan. 11, 1912, in Ellsworth to M.M. and Lula Stull Rathbun. She was graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1929 and attended Fort Hays State Teacher¹s College. She was a school teacher in the Ellsworth County rural District for four years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, president of UPW for two years, elder of the church in 1961, Ladies Reading Club, Chapter AR of PEO, Presbyterial Officer of Presbyterian Church and former trustee and advisory board member of the Geary Community Hospital Healthcare Foundation. She also was formerly in Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Geary County Tuberculosis and Health Association, director of Kansas State Board of Tuberculosis Health, member of the Doting Grandmother¹s Club and the hospital auxiliary and served the American Cancer Society for 36 years. She was married to William ³Bud² Lowell Morganfield Dec. 29, 1932, in Geneseo. He died July 17, 1989. She married Ret. Col. Dan Craig Feb. 14, 1993. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Ken Morganfield of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Shirley Morganfield of Estes Park, Colo.; two brothers, Jack Rathbun of Ellsworth and Bob Rathbun of Denver, Colo.; a grandson; a step-granddaughter; three step-great-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Cleo and Glenn Rathbun, both of Ellsworth. The funeral was Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Junction City, the Rev. Robert Frasier officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery, the Rev. Don Ray officiating. Memorials may be made to the church, 113 W. Fifth Street, Junction City, Kan. or Geary Community Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 3015, Junction City 66441. Johnson Funeral Home, Junction City, was in charge of arrangements. 

Floyd G. Duryee (1907-2002) 
WICHITA Floyd G. Duryee, 95, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002. Mr. Duryee was born June 7, 1907, in Ellsworth County to Simon and Laura Duryee. He was a retired flight instrument designer and developer. Survivors include his wife, Blanche, of the home in Wichita; a son, Floyd D. Duryee of Wichita; three daughters, Janice Stanton of Salina; Dolores Darland of Wichita, and Vivian Schauf of Wichita; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters. The funeral was Friday at Resthaven Mortuary, Wichita. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Newton, 2505 N. Main, Newton, Ks. 67117, or the Wesleyan Church, 2153 S. Market, Wichita, Ks. 67211. 

Mary B. Fulford (1928-2002) 
Mary B. Fulford, 73, died Saturday, June 29, at her residence in Ellsworth. Mrs. Fulford was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Leo and Sophia Olsen McAvoy. In 1985, she moved from Phoenix, Ariz., to Ellsworth, where she was a homemaker and worked in her husband¹s photography studio. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ellsworth and past president of the Methodist Women¹s Group. She married Edwin C. Fulford Jr. April 25, 1958, at New Hope, Pa. He survives. Other survivors include three sons, Charles G. of Ellsworth, Chester G. of Norristown, Pa., and Rob K. of Waringtonville, N.Y.; two daughters, Mary Paulo and Deborah Podlena, both of Ellsworth; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Edwin C. III, and a brother, Bernard McAvoy. The funeral was Wednesday (July 3) at 10 a.m. at Parsons Funeral Home, the Rev. Jim Newkirk officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ellsworth Good Samaritan Retirement Village or the Methodist Church. 

Alice M. Gerritzen (1922-2002) 
ODIN Alice Marie Gerritzen, 79, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center St. Francis Campus, Wichita. Mrs. Gerritzen was born July 26, 1922, in Dorrance to Henry J. and Charlotte E. Lilak Kepka. She was graduated from Dorrance High School and was a homemaker who lived in Great Bend for 43 years before moving to Odin. She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and St. Rose Altar Society, both at Great Bend. Her hobbies included reading, playing Bingo and antique hunting with her husband. She married Anthony Gerritzen Sept. 3, 1946, in Wilson. He died Jan. 13, 1988. She also was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harold Kepka. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Hicks of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jeanette Marie Jackson of Boise, Idaho; a son, Edward A. of Williamsport Pa.; two brothers, Raymond Kepka of Dorrance and Leonard Kepka of Great Bend; two sisters, Adeline Bechard of Grinnell and Betty Mattas of Wilson; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral was Wednesday (July 3) at 10 a.m. at the St. Rose Catholic Church, Father Angel Dy officiating. Burial was in Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Renal Care Group of Great Bend or St. Rose Catholic Church. Fryberger Mortuary, 2115 Washington, Great Bend, 67530. 

Charles B. Sanmann (1918-2002) 
Charles B. Sanmann, 83, died Friday, June 28, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Mr. Sanmann was born Nov. 22, 1918, in Geronimo, Okla. to Rudolph and Caroline Nienke Sanmann. He was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County. Survivors include two brothers, Edward of Los Lunas, N.M, and Lloyd of Albuquerque; two sisters, Viola Riggle of Albuquerque and Rosaline Montgomery of Oklahoma; a nephew, Charles of New Mexico; a great-niece, Samantha Dahl of Tennesse; and a great-nephew, Jim Dahl of Texas. He was preceded in death by a twin brother, Henry; brothers Jess and Kenneth Adams; and a sister, Alice Miller. The graveside service was Tuesday at the Kanopolis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. 

Donald Wilkens (1927-2002) 
Donald A. Wilkens, 74, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at CLC, Salina. Mr. Wilkens was born Nov. 4, 1927, at Little River to August J. and Rosa Janzen Wilkens. In 1988, he moved from Lorraine to Ellsworth. He was a retired farmer and member of the First Baptist Church, Lorraine. He married Margaret Herb Nov. 25, 1951, in Hudson. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Jerry of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Carol Miller of Overland Park and Connie Wilkens of Hutchinson; a brother, Harlan Wilkens of Hutchinson; a sister, Wilma Janssen of Scott City; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter. The funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday (July 3) at the First Baptist Church, Lorraine, the Rev. Jim Morford officiating. Burial was in the Lorraine Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to Victory Village of Hutchinson. Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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