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Henry Bartlett Hysel 1925-2000
RICHLAND - Henry "Smokey" Bartlett Hysell, 75, died May 20, 2000, at his home in Richland, Wash. He was born April 12, 1925, in Ellsworth, and had lived in in the TriCities area for 32 years. Before retiring, he worked as an iron worker. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1968. He was a member of the VFW fleet reserve. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maudie Mae "Marie" Hysell. Survivors include two sons, James E. Johnson and daughter-in-law Holly A. Johnson, and Donnie Hysell and daughter-in-law Judy Weber; brother-in-law, Clarence Welker and his wife, Pat; grandchildren, Susan J. Arola of Madison, Wisc., Derek N. Hysell of San Diego, Calif., Tammy J. Baker of Richland, Dena N. Hysell of Los Angeles, Calif., Edward J. Johnson of Richland, Mike Weber of Pasco, Wash., Bill Weber of Pasco, Wash., and Joey Weber of Spokane, Wash.; numerous nephews; great-grandson, Jordan R. Baker, Richland; and several cousins in the Ellsworth County area. Memorials may be made to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 West Entiat Avenue, Richland, WA 99352. 

William Pinegar 1931-2000 
PARADISE William "Ed" Pinegar, 69, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at Feather River Hospital, Paradise, Calif. 
He was born May 31, 1931, in Ozark, Mo., the son of William and Mary Pinegar. He rode the trails for 40 years as a locomotive engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad. Following his retirement he worked with Fantasy Caravan, which offered tours of Mexico and Alaska. He was a resident of Magalia, Calif., for the past six years.
He was a member of Senior Gleeners.
He married Carolyn Jo Lindsay, formerly of Bushton, in 1986, in Fresno, Calif. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Elaine Cooper, Fresno, Calif.; three sons, Bruce Pinegar of Fresno, Allen Pinegar of Albuquerque, N.M., and Tony Pinegar of Grand Junction, Colo.; and a sister, Pearl Beshears, Palermo, Calif. 
Services were June 21, 2000, at the Church of Christ, where he was a member. 

Madelyn J. McCall 1929-2000 
MESA - Madelyn J. McCall, 70, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, in Mesa, Ariz. She was born July 26, 1929, in Lyons, the daughter of Wilbur and Eva Kennedy. She has been a local resident of Mesa for the past six years after being a seasonal visitor for several years, formerly of this area. She was active in music, having been a part of the musical group "The Banjo Sweethearts." She is survived by her devoted husband, Floyd McCall; and two daughters, Connie Craft of Maize, Kan., and Cheryl Archer of Amarillo, Texas. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Mesa Heritage Mortuary, Mesa. Cremation is planned with services to be held at a later date at the Kanopolis Methodist Church, Kanopolis.

Adolph Mares 1922-2000
GUYMON - Adolph Mares, 77, of Guymon, Okla, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at the Memorial Hospital of Texas County. He was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Wilson, the son of Vaclav "James" and Anna Libal Mares. Adolph attended school in Luray and graduated with the Class of 1940. He attended college in Hays. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He belonged to the Methodist church and was a member of the American Legion. He was a custom harvester and he began cutting wheat in the Guymon area in 1957. He moved to Guymon from Russell in 1960. He harvested in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents. On May 24, 1969, he married Annie Mae Cotton, in Guymon. Survivors include his wife, Annie Mares, of the home; a sister, Adeline Stafford, Lakewood, Colo.; three brothers, James Mares of Fairdealing, Mo., Fred Mares of Boise, Idaho, and Eddie Mares of Olathe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral was Thursday, June 29, 2000, at the Bunch [cut off ..].

Nancy J.Sporing 1916-2000 
GOODLAND - Nancy J. Sporing, 83, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at Goodland Regional Medical Center, Goodland, Kan. 
She was born Nancy J. Thompson on October 3, 1916, in Racine, Wisc. A resident of Goodland since 1954, she worked for Model Steam Laundry for 24 years, retiring in 1978. 
She was a member of Goodland Veterans of Foreign Wars and Goodland Moose Lodge. 
Survivors include four daughters, Donna Berquist of Arapahoe, Colo., Letha Kibel of Canon City, Colo., Mary Ann Rupp of Bushton, and Nancy Brown of Goodland; two sons, Lloyd W. Sporing of Superior, Neb., and Ronald Sporing of Haxton, Colo.; a sister, Pat McCay, Pierce, Colo.; 25 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral was Saturday, July 29, 2000, at Bateman Funeral Home, Goodland. Reverend Scott Grimshaw officiated. Burial was in Brewster Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to charity of donor's choice, in care of the funeral home. 

Gaylord R. Parker 1907-2000 
WALLACE - Gaylord R. Parker, 92, of Wallace, N.Y., died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville, N.Y. 
He was born October 28, 1907, in Whitesville, N.Y., the son of Norman and Lavancha Hill Parker. 
On May 1, 1943, he married Sarah A. Nilson in St. Louis, Mo. She died in 1997. He and his wife owned and operated the Parker Resthome in Wallace. 
He was a veteran of World War II and a life member of the Wallace Volunteer Fire Department. 
Survivors include two daughters, Gail Soucy of Union Hill, N.Y., and Etta Hoad of Bath, N.Y.; two sons, Norman Parker of Holyrood, and Steven Parker of Wallace, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral was July 20, 2000, at the H.P. Smith & Son Funeral Home, Canisteo, N.Y. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canisteo. 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Wallace Volunteer Fire Department. 

Meredith F. Beatty 1912-2000 
SEATTLE - Meredith F. Beatty, 87, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at her home in Seattle, Wash. 
She was born Nov. 4, 1912, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of W.W. and Ada Faxon Filken. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1934 and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She and her husband, Philip L. Beatty, originally from Ellsworth, were married for 61 years, when he died in 1997. They lived in Salina, Hutchinson and Wichita, before moving to Seattle in 1964. 
Survivors include her three sons, Mike Beatty of Salina, Brian Beatty of Spokane, Wash., and Tom of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, W. Warren Filkin; and her sister, Mary Eleanor Spencer. 
Family and friends were the focus of her life. She will be remembered for her infectious laugh, positive attitude and gentle and beautiful spirit. 
She was an active member of the KU Alumni Association, DAR, the Glass Club, and the Altar Guild of her church. 
Services were Thursday, August 3, 2000, at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Burien, Wash.; and at the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Ellsworth on Saturday, August 5. Burial was in the Ellsworth Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth's Church or Holy Apostles Church of Ellsworth. Bonney Watson Parker Chapel, Seattle, and Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, were in charge of arrangements. 

Alvin M. Burch 1921-2000 
SALINA - Alvin M. Burch, 79, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, Kan. 
He was born March 12, 1921, in Roxbury. A former resident of Salina, moving to Oklahoma City in the 1960s and returning to Salina a year ago, he was an auto mechanic and worked for Boyer Motors, Salina, and the Cable Lincoln-Mercury Dealership, Oklahoma City. 
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Kanopolis Lake Yachting Club. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred, in 1993; and a daughter, Becky Martin, in 1999. 
Survivors include two sons, John Burch of Weseka, Ill., and Ben Burch of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two daughters, Judy Jennings of Texas, and Debbie Brown of Franklin, Ind.; four stepsons, Max Asbridge of Atlanta, Ga., Ron Asbridge and Jerry Asbridge, both of Salina, and Gary Asbridge of Waco, Texas; a stepdaughter, Joan Diver, Covington, Okla.; a brother, Dennis Pryne, Salina; a sister, Delores Howell, Summerfield, Ohio; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 
The funeral was Friday, August 4, 2000, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina. Monsignor James Hake officiated. Burial was in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina. 
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Cathedral Renovation Fund or the charity of the donor's choice. 

Jeanne V. Borecky 1932-2000 
LONGMONT - Jeanne V. Borecky, 67, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, in Longmont, Colo. She was born Dec. 9, 1932, in Erie, Penn., the daughter of Harry and Theresa Silver Danner. A resident of Longmont, Colo, formerly of Akron, Colo., she was a Catholic youth teacher for several years. 
She belonged to St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar and Rosary societies. She married Lester Borecky in 1955 in Glendale, Calif. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Danner. 
Survivors include four children; and several grandchildren and relatives in the Wilson area. Funeral was July 19, 2000, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Father Don Romero officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the church. 
Brenner Funeral Home, Akron, was in charge of arrangements. 

Minnie M. Rahmeier 1905-2000 
SYLVAN GROVE - Minnie M. Rahmeier, 94, of Sylvan Grove, Kan., died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at Mid-America Nursing Center, Lincoln. 
She was born Minnie M. Saenger on Sept. 10, 1905, in Sylvan Grove. A lifetime resident of Lincoln County, she was a homemaker. 
She belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sylvan Grove. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Rahmeier, in 1970; and a son, Delbert Rahmeier, in 1973. 
Survivors include two sisters, Florence Krueger of Ellsworth, and Lenora Meier of Clarksville, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral was Sunday, July 30, 2000, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Reverend Robert Wilson officiated. Burial was in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the church. 
Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home, Sylvan Grove, was in charge of arrangements. 

Daisy A. Sawyer 1918-2000 
C. Daisy Essig was born March 3, 1918, in Terra Haute, Indiana, the daughter of William and Bessie (Memmert) Essig. The family moved to rural Dorrance when Daisy was a small child and they lived on a farm. Daisy had an older sister, Chloie and three younger sisters, Doris, Evelyn and Bernadine and two brothers, William and Eugene. 
On June 20, 1935, she was united in marriage to Lyle Arthur Anspaugh of rural Dorrance. This union was blessed with the birth of six children: Fern Elaine, Maryln Irene, Gerold Leroy, James Jay, Russell Eugene, and Jeniece. Lyle died April 27, 1952. 
Daisy married J. Alvin Sawyer, of Brownsville, Texas, in the fall of 1956. They made their home in Brownsville for several years. She returned to Kansas and lived in Salina, where she was manager of Taco Grande for several years. Due to health problems, she moved to Ellsworth until further deterioration of her health caused her to become a resident of the Wilson Nursing Center. She died there on July 22, 2000. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Chloie Mohl, Doris Reh, and Bernadine Baral; and her brothers, Eugene and William Essig; and a grandson, Jeffery Alan Bricker. 
Her survivors include her six children: Fern Dolezal of Ellsworth, Maryln Swenson of Concordia, Gerold Anspaugh of Newton, James Anspaugh of Garden City, Russell Anspaugh of Salina, and Jeniece Kinnan of Las Vegas, Nev.; 12 grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 22 step great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Sawyer, Lucas; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 
Graveside services were in Lucas Cemetery on Thursday, July 27, 2000. Dr. John Snook officiated. Interment was in Lucas Cemetery, Lucas. 
Memorials in Daisy's name may be made to the United Methodist Church of Ellsworth or to the Wilson Nursing Center, Wilson. 
Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home of Lucas was in charge of arrangements. 

Peggy A. Schlaefli 1947-2000 
IONIA - Peggy A. Schlaefli, 53, of Ionia, Kan., died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Mary Lanning Hospital, Hastings, Neb. 
She was born Peggy A. Schreuder on March 6, 1947, in Beloit. A lifetime resident of the Beloit area, she was a paraeducator for the Mankato School District. 
She belonged to Ionia United Methodist Church, and was a member of United Methodist Women and Limestone Valley Women. 
Survivors include her husband, Richard Schlaefli, of the home; a son, William Schlaefli, Las Cruces, N.M.; two daughters, Kim Viets of Girard, and Susan Schlaefli of Fairbury, Neb.; her parents, Lloyd and Lois Schreuder, Cawker City; two sisters, Jan Doherty of Salina, and Connie Hocking of Brookville; and a grandchild. 
Funeral was Friday, July 28, 2000, at Ionia United Methodist Church. Reverends Sarah de Salazar and Frank DeFisher officiated. Burial was in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cawker City. 
Memorials may be made to Solomon Valley Hospice or Kansas State University Center for Basic Cancer Research. 
Waconda Funeral Home, Cawker City, was in charge of arrangements. 

Edward W. Choitz 1926-2000 
ELLSWORTH - Edward W. Choitz, 73, of Ellsworth, Kan., died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at the Wilson Nursing Center, Wilson. 
He was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Sherman Township, Ellsworth County, the son of Emil W. and Dorothea Choitz. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, he was a farmer and rancher. 
He belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Ellsworth. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers. 
Survivors include seven brothers, Lawrence Choitz, Harry Choitz, George Choitz, Emil Choitz Jr., Frank Choitz, Carl Choitz, and Ralph Choitz, all of Ellsworth; two sisters, Mabel Anschutz of Ellsworth, and Ruth Williams of Springfield, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Pastor Robert H. Wilson officiated. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery. 
Visitation was at the church from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or to Wilson Nursing Center. 
Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements. 

Lois M. Snyder 1921-2000 
El DORADO - Lois M. Snyder, 78, of El Dorado, Kan., died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. 
She was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Kanopolis, the daughter of Ralph F. and Grace Agnes Duncan Fenley. She spent most of her life in El Dorado except for a few years from 1979 to 1985, when she lived in Grove, Okla. She was a homemaker and worked at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital for several years as a ward clerk. 
She was a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary. 
On October 13, 1938, she married Clarence Ray Snyder in Wellington. He died August 7, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Jennifer Diane Snyder; a sister; and her stepmother, Josephine Goodrich Fenley. 
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Ralph and Gloria Snyder of Geneseo, and Brian and Shirley Snyder of Leon; two daughters, Shirley Patton and husband Charles, and Karla Knight, all of El Dorado; 15 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado. Interment was in Walnut Valley Memorial Park, El Dorado. 
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, in care of the funeral home. 

Meredith F. Beatty 1912-2000 
Meredith F. Beatty, 87, died July 29, 2000 at her home in Seattle, Washington. 
She was born on November 4th, 1912, in Kansas City, Missouri, daughter of W. W. and Ada Faxon Filken, where she grew up. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1934 and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She and her husband, Philip L. Beatty, originally from Ellsworth, were married for 61 years until his death in 1997. They lived in Salina, Hutchinson, and Wichita, Kansas before moving to Seattle in 1964. 
Her three sons, Mike of Salina, Brian of Spokane, Washington, and Tom of Seattle, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren survive her. She was pre-deceased by her brother, W. Warren Filken and sister, Mary Eleanor Spencer. Family and friends were the focus of her life. She will be remembered for her infectious laugh, positive attitude, and gentle and beautiful spirit. 
She was an active member of the KU Alumni Association, DAR, the Glass Club, and the Altar Guild of her church. 
Services will be at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Burien, WA at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 3rd and at the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Ellsworth at 2 p.m. on Saturday August 5th. Burial will be in the Ellsworth Cemetery. Bonney Watson Chapel of Seattle and Parsons Funeral Home of Ellsworth are in charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth's Church or Holy Apostles Episcopal Church. 

Sherry L. Driscoll 1961-2000 
DORRANCE -Sherry Lynn Driscoll, 39, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, near Dorrance, as a result of an automobile accident. 
She was born April 28, 1961, in Ellsworth, the daughter of Jerry J. and Ella Mae Driscoll. A lifetime resident of the Russell area, she worked for the Russell Daily News for several years and had also worked in bookkeeping, clerk and cashier positions. 
She belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a member of St. Mary's Guild, both of Russell. Survivors include her parents, Jerry J. and Ella Mae Driscoll, Russell; and two brothers, John Driscoll and Mitch Driscoll, both of Russell. 
A parish rosary-vigil was held Friday, July 21, 2000, at Pohlman's Mortuary, Russell. 
The funeral was Saturday, July 22, 2000, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Russell. Rev. Charles Steier officiated. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Russell. 
Memorials may be made to the church. 

Mary G. Lolley 1925-2000 
RILEY - Mary G. Lolley, 74, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at her home in Riley, Kan. 
She was born Mary G. Wagner on October 16, 1925, in Ellsworth. She was a bookkeeper in medical records at Irwin Army Hospital at Fort Riley for 15 years, retiring in 1987. 
She was a member of Konza Prairie Quilt Guild, Riley American Legion Auxiliary and Senior Bowling League of Manhattan. She won several awards for short stories and won several ribbons for quilts and collectibles at the Saline County Fair and the Kansas State Fair. 
Survivors include her husband, John E. Lolley, of the home; a son, James Andrews, Blue Mound, Ill.; a daughter, Janice Glenn, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; a stepson, Dan Lolley, Olympia, Wash.; her mother, Clara Wagner, Salina; a brother, George Wagner, Brookville; a sister, Betty Beach, Salina; and seven grandchildren. 
The funeral was Monday, July 24, 2000, at HolmesMemorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene. 

Rev. Clarence W. McCreight 1910-2000 
ELLSWORTH - The Reverend Clarence William McCreight, 89, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Ellsworth, Kan. 
The Rev. McCreight was born Sept. 24, 1910, in Hutchinson, the son of James "Will" William and Bessie May (Weeks) McCreight. The family farmed north of Lyons. He was a resident of Ellsworth since 1982, after retiring as minister of the Presbyterian Church, Wilson. 
Rev. McCreight graduated from Lyons High School in 1928; Sterling College in 1932; and Pittsburg-Xenia Theological Seminary, Penn., in 1935; and received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1972. He served in churches in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Kansas. He completed his ministry at the Presbyterian Church in Wilson and the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Vesper. In his service to the church, he attended four General Assemblies, served as Moderator of the Synod of Illinois, served as Moderator of several Presbyteries, chaired many Presbytery committees, and served as a Chaplain at Lake Wilson. 
He was a grade school teacher for 24 years with the Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois school systems. 
He served many of those years as a school principal. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. 
He was a member of the Masons for 57 years and a member of the Tadmor Temple Shrine in Ohio. He was also a member of Eastern Star for a number of years and a member of Lions Club for 46 years, where he held positions as secretary and president several times. He was an active participant in community activities, serving as a city council member, library board member and treasurer, and a committee member of the Boy Scout program. As a city council member of Wilson, he was instrumental in the addition of the Avenue of Flags for the city's cemetery. 
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Genevieve (Gillis) McCreight; his two brothers, Wilbur and Ralph McCreight; and his two sisters, Ethel and Helen. 
Survivors include his wife, Juanita (Hutton) McCreight, Ellsworth; four sons, John McCreight of Ellsworth, James McCreight of Davenport, Iowa, David McCreight of Olathe, and Robert McCreight of Jewell; two daughters, Mary Means of Davenport, Iowa, and Margaret Schutte of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; three greatFuneral was Thursday, July 20, 2000, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth. Rev. Mark Kayser officiated. Memorial service was Saturday, July 22, at Family Funeral Service Chapel, Viola, Ill. 
Burial with Masonic graveside services was in the Viola, Ill., Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to Sterling College; Viola United Presbyterian Church, Viola, IL 61486; or the church of your choice. 
Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements. 

David T. Newsome 1940-2000 
SALINA - David T. Newsome, 60, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, Kan. 
He was born May 17, 1940, in Ellsworth. He was a retired driver/salesman for Wonder Bread and also worked for M&D Enterprises for years. 
Survivors include his wife, Pat Newsome, of the home; a son, David Newsome, Fort Polk, La.; two daughters, Crystal Cason of Carrollton, Texas, and Cher'ie Mai of Chesapeake, Va.; his mother, Ada Newsome, Salina; a brother, Harry Newsome, Salina; two sisters, Julie Benson of Liberal, and Yvonne Murphy of Gresham, Ore.; and 10 grandchildren. 
Funeral was Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, Salina. The Rev. Kevin Franklin officiated. Cremation took place. 
Memorials may be made to Faith Promise Missions at Grace Baptist Church, Salina, or Faith Baptist Church, Concordia. 

Daisy A. Sawyer 1918-2000 
ELLSWORTH - Daisy Anspaugh Sawyer, 82, of Ellsworth, Kan., died Saturday, July 22, 2000, in Wilson. 
She was born Daisy A. Essig on March 3, 1918, in Terra Haute, Ind. A resident of Ellsworth for 15 years, formerly of Salina, she was a homemaker. 
She belonged to the United Methodist Church, Ellsworth and was a member of the Dorcas Ladies Group of the church. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lyle A. Anspaugh, April 27, 1952; and her second husband, J. Alvin Sawyer. 
Survivors include three sons, Gerold Anspaugh of Newton, James Anspaugh of Garden City, and Russell Anspaugh of Salina; three daughters, Fern Dolezal of Ellsworth, Maryln Swenson of Concordia, and Jeniece Kinnan of Las Vegas, Nev.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren.   Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday), July 27, 2000, in Lucas Cemetery, Lucas, with Dr. John Snook officiating. There is no visitation. 
Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Ellsworth or Wilson Nursing Center, Wilson. Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home of Lucas is in charge of arrangements. 

Alice W. Schwerdtfeger 1918-2000 
KANOPOLIS - Alice W. Schwerdtfeger, 82, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at her home in Kanopolis, Kan. 
She was born April 7, 1918, in Ellsworth County, the daughter of William and Ella Ida Haase Nienke. A lifetime resident of the Ellsworth area.  She belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Ellsworth. 
On May 29, 1938, she married Hubert "Jack" Schwerdtfeger, in Ellsworth. He died March 7, 1991. 
Survivors include three daughters, Alice Rush of Geneseo, and Gladys Koralek and Donna Choitz, both of Ellsworth; a son, Robert Schwerdtfeger, Ellsworth; 12 grandchildren; 24 greatFuneral was at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Pastor Bob Wilson officiated. Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation was from 9 a.m. to service time at the church. 
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Saline County Dialysis. 
Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements. 

Maria N. Smith 1926-2000 
ELLSWORTH - Maria N. Smith, 74, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth, Kan. 
She was born Maria N. Ruiz on March 29, 1926, in Castell Veseco Granada, Spain. An Ellsworth resident since 1960, she was a homemaker and for a short time, she operated her own business selling material and thread. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll W. Smith, on March 8, 1999. 
Survivors include a stepson, Burton Smith, Dayton, Ohio. 
Memorial service will be announced at a later date, with Rev. John Snook officiating. Private inurnment will be in the Ellsworth Cemetery. Cremation took place. 
Memorials may be made to J.H. Robbins Memorial Library, Ellsworth. 
Ryan Mortuary, Salina, was in charge of arrangements. 

Roger Lamont "Monty" Morris 1957-2000 
INDEPENDENCE - Roger Lamont "Monty" Morris, 42, of Independence, Mo., died Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at the V.A. Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Morris was born Aug. 24, 1957, in Hutchinson. He attended William Chrisman High School before enlisting in the Navy and serving aboard the U.S.S. Ft. Fisher. Survivors include his mother, Norma C. Howell, Independence, Mo.; father, Roger H. Morris and his wife, Dorothy, Shawnee; sisters, Sherry Hill and her husband, Michael, Lee's Summit, Mo., and Stashia Annette Morris, Blue Springs, Mo.; stepsister, Debbie Tillinghast, Clifton; niece and nephew, Sara Curry and Morgan Curry; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services were held Friday, July 14 at D.W. Newcomers Floral Hills Chapel, with the burial in Floral Hills Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the V.A. Medical Center Memorial Fund. 

Crea E. Justice 1905-2000 
GREENSBURG - Crea E. Justice, 94, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at The Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, Greensburg, Kan. She was born Sept. 27, 1905, in Reno County, the daughter of Charles Y. and Jessie Coen Brown. She was a resident of Greensburg since 1906. She graduated from Greensburg High School in 1924 and attended Kansas State University. Crea was an avid reader. She belonged to the First United Methodist Church and was a member of Chapter AH of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. On Nov. 11, 1929, she married Percy William "Punk" Justice in Greensburg. He died Oct. 6, 1984. They had just celebrated their 54th anniversary in 1983. She was also preceded in death by a brother, L. Harlow Brown; and a sister, Pauline Kinyon. Survivors include four nephews, Ron Brown of Syracuse, Rick Brown of Alva, Okla., Rev. Charles Kinyon of Canon City, Colo., and Keith Kinyon of Boulder, Colo.; and a niece, Cindy Webber, Ellsworth. Funeral was Monday, July 17, 2000, at Fleener Chapel, Greensburg. Rev. Charles Kay Kinyon officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg. Memorials may be made to the Kiowa County Library and Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, in care of the funeral home and Greensburg State Bank. 

Arthur W. Besthorn 1916-2000 
HOLYROOD - Arthur W. Besthorn, 84, of Holyrood, Kan., died Monday, July 17, 2000, at Good Samaritan Retirement Village-Villa Grace, Ellsworth. He was born April 22, 1916, in Ellsworth County, the son of Hans William Christopher and Wilhelmine Louise Heiken Besthorn. A lifetimre resident of Holyrood, he was a farmer and rural route carrier for 25 years in the Holyrood and Hoisington areas. He belonged to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Holyrood. He was a member of Holyrood American Legion, Order of Eastern Star, Holyrood; Isis Shrine and consistory of Salina; and AF&AM Lodge #146, Ellsworth. He was also an Air Force World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by sisters, Elsie Stoltenberg, Olinda Burmeister, Bertha Boye and an infant sister; and a brother, Herman Besthorn. On June 2, 1940, he married Viola K. Ross in Ellinwood. Survivors include his wife, Viola Besthorn, Holyrood; a sister, Agnes Walton, Lyons; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Pastor Mary Lou Klein officiated. Burial was in St. Paul's United Church of Christ Cemetery, Holyrood. Visitation was Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials may be made to the church or Ellsworth County Ambulance Service. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements. 

Pearl Colberg Smith 1906-2000 
LYONS - Pearl Colberg Smith, 93, of Lyons, Kan., died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Wesley Towers, Hutchinson. She was born Oct. 18, 1906, in Ellsworth County, the daughter of Edward and Josie Ogden Colberg. She graduated from Salt City Business College, Hutchinson. A longtime Lyons resident, she was a homemaker and retired secretary. She belonged to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Busy Bees, United Methodist Women and Order of Eastern Star, all of Lyons. On July 30, 1946, she married M.O. Smith in Lyons. He died August 12, 1972. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Colberg; and a sister, Bessie Piehler. The funeral was Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Lyons. Revs. Janet Weathersbee and Joe Cobb officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to Wesley Towers, both in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. 

Frank A. Vondracek 1926-2000 
TIMKEN - Frank A. Vondracek, 74, of Timken, Kan., died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. He was born June 22, 1926, in Timken, the son of Joseph A. and Ludmila Pechanec Vondracek. A lifetime resident of Barton County, he was a farmer and stockman. He belonged to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and was a member of Catholic Workman Lodge and the Holy Trinity Church Council, all of Timken. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Rudy Vondracek. On August 30, 1950, he married Marie E. Felder, at Holy Trinity Church, Timken. She survives. Other survivors include five sons, Steven F. Vondracek of Dorrance, David A. Vondracek of Wichita, and Anthony C. Vondracek, Charles M. Vondracek and Francis J. Vondracek, all of Timken; a daughter, Mary T. Ernst, Maize; a sister, Agnes Finger, Larned; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren...

Iva Beatrice Buckbee 1904-2000 
LYONS- Iva Beatrice Buckbee, 95, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Lyons Good Samaritan Home, Lyons, Kan. She was born Oct. 7, 1904, in rural Lyons, the daughter of Ely and Cinderella Kiser Fuson. A lifetime resident of Lyons, she was a retired nurse's aide at Lyons District Hospital and was a school and hospital cook. She belonged to First Baptist Church, Lyons, and was a member of AARP, American Baptist Women, the Millie Marvin Circle, the former Lyons Garden Club, the Friendship Club, and the Oakland Homemakers EHU. On April 21, 1926, she married Alfred Buckbee in Ellsworth. He died July 5, 1965. She was also preceded in death by a son, Delbert Buckbee; two brothers, Arthur and Jesse Fuson; and two sisters, Carrie Nickel and Amy Buckbee. Survivors include a son, Kenneth Buckbee, Lyons; a daughter, Lucille Shoemaker, Lyons; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren...

G. Reid Anschutz 1940-2000 
LUCAS - G. Reid Anschutz, 59, of Lucas, Kan., died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Salina Regional Health Center. He was born August 9, 1940, in Ogden, Utah, the son of Raymond G. and Mary H. Day Anschutz. A resident of Lucas, he was employed by Home Oil Co. until entering the U.S. Army in 1960. After being discharged from the Army he returned to Lucas and his job at Home Oil Co. Later he was employed by Yarnell Chevrolet. In May of 1963, he began Anschutz Dairy, a route selling and delivering dairy products, until 1982. He also worked for Kansas Custom Cubes, Inc. before going to work at Beverly Health Care of Lucas. Due to failing health, he was forced to retire in October, 1999. He was a member of Lucas American Legion Post #267, served on the Lucas Fire Dept. for 25 years and was on bowling teams for years at the Wilson and Ellsworth bowling alleys. When his health permitted, Reid was active in promoting and assisting in community projects. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond; and an infant brother, Evert Ray. On June 16, 1963, he married Celia M. Oetting in Hunter. Reid and Celia also sponsored Irene Tejano and Melodie Cayabyab, Phillipino nurses, from 1994 to 1997 and considered them members of their family. Survivors include his wife, Celia Anschutz; his son, Gary Anschutz; two granddaughters, Catie and Sara; his mother, Mary Anschutz; two brothers, Robert Anschutz of Bogard, Mo., and Darrell Anschutz of Hutchinson; a sister, Ella Mae Lundblom, Osborne; special friends, Melodie Cayabyab and family of St. Francis, and Irene Tejano and family of Salina; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral was Friday, July 14, 2000, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Lucas. Pastor James Wagner officiated. Burial was in Lucas Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Beverly Health Care of Lucas, or Lucas Area Community Theater. Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home, Lucas, was in charge of arrangements. 

Spencer C. Stonebraker 1962-2000 
ELLSWORTH - Spencer C. Stonebraker, 37, of Ellsworth, Kan., died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Salina Regional Health Center-Santa Fe Campus. He was born October 15, 1962, in Hays, the son of David and Nancy Cassidy Stonebraker. He had attended Salina Special Education Center. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth, he was a resident of Bethphage. He assembled floormats for Bethphage and OCCK. He belonged to First United Methodist Church, Ellsworth. Survivors include his parents, David and Nancy Stonebraker, Ellsworth; a brother, Ken Stonebraker, Salina; a sister, Deb Stonebraker, Salina; and a niece and a nephew. Funeral was Monday, July 17, 2000, at First United Methodist Church, Ellsworth. Dr. John Snook officiated. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethphage of Ellsworth or the church. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements. 

Jake Herbel 1907-2000 
DORRANCE -Jake Herbel, 93, of Dorrance, Kan., died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Russell Regional Hospital, Russell. He was born April 14, 1907, in Dorrance. A lifetime resident of Dorrance, he was a farmer and stockman. He belonged to First Lutheran Church, Dorrance. Survivors include his wife, Minnie Herbel, of the home; a daughter, Marilyn Betts, McCook, Neb.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren...[cut off ..]

D. Irene Droegemeier 
GENESEO - D. Irene Droegemeier, 72, of Geneseo, Kan., died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson. She was born in Geneseo the daughter of John and May Monroe. A lifetime resident of Geneseo, she was a homemaker and retired from [cut off ..]

Donald L. Boileau  1931-2000
KANOPOLIS - Donald L. Boileau, 68, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at his home in rural Kanopolis, Kan. He was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Salina. He had been a Salina resident until 1983 when he moved to Kanopolis. He had been a self [cut off ..]

Jere Robert Miller 1946-2000
RUSSELL - Jere Robert Miller, 53, of Russell, Kan., died Friday, July 7, 2000, in rural Barton County. He was born Oct. 5, 1946, in Ellsworth. A resident of Russell for four years, formerly of Downs and Cawker City, he was a truck driver for Jones Oil Co. He belonged to the First Assembly of God, Beloit, and Light House Community Church, Downs. Survivors include his wife, Linda Miller, Russell; two daughters, Patti Krone of Beloit, and Janette Miller of Hays; and two sisters, Jan Sahlfeld of Beloit, and Chloris Miller of Hope, Ind. A memorial service was held Monday, July 10, 2000, at Harrison [cut off ..]

Mary F. Nienke 1926-2000
ELLSWORTH - Mary F. Nienke, 73, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth, Kan. She was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Columbia, Mo., the daughter of George and Sally Baker Hyde. A resident of Ellsworth for 45 years, moving from Columbia, Mo., she was a homemaker and had worked at Ellsworth Good Samaritan Center & Hospital, Chickishay Mobile Homes, and Elkan. She belonged to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, and was a member of Ladies Aide, AARP, American Legion Auxiliary. She was a charter member of VFW Auxiliary #6485, was active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and was a crosswalk guard. On August 22, 1952, she married William Victor Nienke, in Salina. He died April 11, 1996. Survivors include four sons, Charles Nienke of Lyons, Ernie Nienke of Ellsworth, and Dale Ray and Eddie Ray, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Judy Ruckman of Lyons, and Beth Kanagy of Reedsville, Penn.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren...[cut off ..]

Matthew Logan Hoffman  2000-2000
SALINA - Matthew Logan Hoffman, 5-1/2 months, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at his home in Salina, Kan. He was born Jan. 21, 2000, in Wichita, the son of James Hoffman and Rosina Urbanek. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Urbanek, on March 24, 1998. Survivors include his parents, James Christian Hoffman and Rosina Margaret Urbanek; five brothers, his twin Dakota Hoffman of Salina, Joshua Hoffman of Russell, and Brandon Hoffman, Levi Hoffman and Shay Hoffman, all of Wamego; his grandparents, David and Rocky Urbanek, and Jim and Judy Hoffman, all of Salina; two great-grandchildren...[cut off ..]

Ivan L. Wiemerslage 1916-2000 
SALINA - Ivan L. Wiemerslage, 84, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center, Salina, Kan. 
He was born May 29, 1916, in Latimer, Iowa. A resident of Salina since 1980, moving from Belleville, he was active in the Saline County A.R.C. and Kansas Special Olympics. He belonged to the Methodist church. 
Survivors include two nieces, Sandra K. Quade of Derby, and Candace Francis of Geneseo. 
Memorial service was Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina. Reverend Paul Robbins officiated. Private inurnment was in Voss Cemetery, rural Vesper. 
Memorials may be made to the Occupational Center of Central Kansas or Saline County A.R.C. 


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