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James 'Jimmy' Bednasek (1903-2002) 
James "Jimmy" Bednasek, 99, Ellsworth, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Mr. Bednasek was born April 11, 1903, at Wilson to Joseph Bednasek Sr. and the former Jennie Kroft. In 1945, he moved from Wilson to Ellsworth, where he owned B&D Implement and was an agent for Bankers Life and Casualty Insurance. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during World War II and a member of Wilson's American Legion and the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth. He married Gertrude Schmoekel April 29, 1945, at Ellsworth. She survives. Other survivors are a daughter, Judy Juneau of Lawrence, and a grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Dean, in 1953. The funeral was Wednesday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Richard Andrus officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. 

Bessie M. Brotton (1922-2002) 
SALINA - Bessie M. Brotton, 79, Salina, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Abilene. Born Bessie M. Hughes on Oct. 16, 1922 at Salina, she was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband Charles A. of the home; two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Dwight Smith, Ellsworth and Kathryn and John Gruber, Abilene; a brother, Ralph Hughes, Bonney Lake, Wash.; and two sisters, Blanche Werries, Salina and Elsie Brunholtz, Wellington. A memorial service will be Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. at the Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th street, Salina. Inurnment will be in the Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or to the St. Judes Children Hospital. There will be no visitation. Ryan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 

Evelyn R. Tarn (1934-2002) 
KIPP - Evelyn R. Tarn, 68, Kipp, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at her home. Mrs. Tarn was born Jan. 15, 1934, at Wilson to Ernest and Josephine Dolezal Hanzlicek. She was graduated from Wilson High School and Brown-Mackie College. She worked at Kennedy & Coe, Salina. She was a member of the former Kipp Presbyterian Church, where she served as treasurer for several years. She attended Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, rural Abilene, and was a member of the Sunshine Circle and the Neighborhood Club. She married Norman B. Tarn Nov. 23, 1958. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Dwight of Kipp; two daughters, Denise Huning of Morrill and Deanne Arrowood of Norman, Okla.; a brother, Ernest Hanzlicek Jr. of Salina; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Richard and Miles, and a sister, Josephine. The funeral was Saturday at the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Pastors Charles Norman and Dennis Miller officiating. Burial was in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Salina, the American Cancer Society or the church. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, was in charge of arrangements. 

Agnes Walton (1909-2002) 
LYONS - Agnes Walton, 93, Lyons, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at the Lyons District Hospital. Mrs. Walton was born June 16, 1909, at Holyrood to Hans William Christopher and the former Wilhelmine Louise Heiken Besthorn. She was graduated from Holyrood High School and Sterling College and had lived in Lyons since 1970. She was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught at Wilson, Langley, Lorraine, Bushton and Lyons. She was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ of Holyrood, Rice County Republican Women, Rice County Historical Society, Silver Threads, Li-Ar-Mu Club, Lyons, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators for 37 years. She married Claude Orangie Walton Aug. 16, 1936, at Holyrood. He died in 1969. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman and Art Besthorn; three sisters, Linda Burmeister, Elsie Stoltenberg and Bertha Boye; and an infant sibling. Survivors include a daughter, May Eves, and a son-in-law, Rigby Carey of Wichita; two grandchildren, Shannon Carey of Wichita; and Courtney Hohl; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was Saturday at the St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Mary Klein officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Agnes Walton Memorial Fund at USD 405, Lyons, or the Agnes Walton Memorial Fund at Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway, Suite 102, Wichita 67202. Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons, was in charge of arrangements. 

Martha Frances Batman Williams (1906-2002) 
GREAT BEND - Martha Frances Batman Williams, 96, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Garden City. Mrs. Williams was born May 10, 1906, at Dallas, Iowa, to Walter and Carrie Willis Brown. In 1991, she moved from Wilson to Great Bend, where she was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. She married Ralph E. Batman Sept. 22, 1926, at St. John. He died in 1965. She married Sidney Williams July 27, 1969, at Great Bend. He died in 1992. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Frieda Ilene Orr; two brothers, Leland and Howard Brown; and a sister, Ida Mae Stone. Survivors include three sons, Ralph E. Batman of Great Bend, Charles L. Batman of Otis and Elmo E. Batman of Kansas City, Kan.; a daughter, LaWanda Mae Farrell of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; a sister, Elsie McGee of Orange, Calif.; two stepsons, Sherril Williams and Chesley Williams, both of Norwalk, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Opal Crabtree of Norwalk, and Ina Mae Wentzel of Omaha, Neb.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. The graveside service was Monday at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Great Bend, the Rev. Mark Pennington officiating. Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene. Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, was in charge of arrangements. 

Mandi Kay Alexander (1978-2002) 
GREAT BEND - Mandi Kay Alexander, 24, Great Bend, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at Great Bend. Mrs. Alexander was born May 15, 1978, at Great Bend to Guy and Karen Mullenix Sunderland. She was a Great Bend resident for many years, having also lived in Bushton and Larned. She was a member of the Extreme Hope Christian Fellowship and a clerk at the Dolly Madison store. She had also worked at Rainbow Bakery and the Bushton Cafe. Survivors include two daughter, Brianna and Kirsten of the home; her parents, Guy and Karen Sunderland of Great Bend; the grandparents, Raymond and Mary Mullenix of Bushton and Etta Sunderland of Great Bend; a brother, Brian Brueggemann of El Reno, Okla.; and two sisters, Desiree Werth and Dawn Feist, both of Hutchinson. She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Guy Sunderland, and a sister, Sue Murray. The funeral was Monday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, the Rev. Mike Joiner officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Great Bend. Memorials may be made to the Children¹s Trust Fund. 

Herschel 'Pete' Janssen (1913-2002) 
LORRAINE - Herschel ³Pete² Janssen, 89, Lorraine, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at his residence. Mr. Janssen was born Sept. 3, 1913 to Lewis C. and Johanna Janssen. He was a lifetime resident of the Lorraine area, where he was a retired farmer/stockman and founder of Green Garden Angus. He was past president and an honorary member of the Kansas Angus Association and a member of the American Angus Association and the Lorraine Baptist Church. He married Marian Craig Nov. 16, 1935, at Kingman and following her death in 1993, Rosemary Feigenspan May 14, 1997, at Lorraine. She survives. He also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tammy Boeken, in 1962. Other survivors are two sons, Arlo of Columbus, Mt., and Richard of Ellsworth; three daughters, Jo Walker of Canton, Rachel Meitler of Great Bend and Joyce Cotton of Golden, Colo.; a step-daughter, Mary K. Radenberg of Claflin; 15 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at the First Baptist Church, Lorraine, the Rev. Don Decker officiating. Burial was in Lorraine Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements. 

Erwin Lynn Julian (1947-2002) 
MARQUETTE - Erwin Lynn Julian, 55, Marquette, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at Hutchinson Hospital.. Mr. Julian was born on March 28, 1947, at Larned to Roy Eugene and Eva Marie (Finch) Julian. He lived in St. John until 1958 before the family moved to Holyrood. He graduated from Holyrood Rural High School in 1965, and later Dodge City Community College where he received his AA Degree. He then served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam for three years before returning and graduating from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1972. He lived in Yates Center from 1972 until 1991 when he moved to Marquette. He was a maintenance employee at Riverview Estates Nursing Home and a funeral director at Olson's Funeral Home, both of Marquette. On December 5, 1992, he was united in marriage to Glenda M. (Rush) Baxter at the Elim Lutheran Church in Marquette. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Ruth Waters, brother, Gerald Rodney Julian, and an infant sister. Survivors include his wife, Glenda M., of the home in Marquette; a son, Michael E. Julian, Yates Center; a step-son, Kevin Baxter, Marquette; two daughters, Anna Marie George and her husband, Matt, Yates Center, and Nicole D. Collins and her husband, Justin, Cooperas Cove, Texas; a step-daughter, Melissa Riggs, and her friend, Martin MacCammon, Marquette; four grandchildren, Josie Riggs, Marquette, Dakota Julian, Wyatt George and Cassidy George, all of Yates Center. The funeral was Sept. 5 at the Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, with Pastor Larry Cross officiating. Burial was in the Marquette Cemetery, north of Marquette, with Military Rites by the Marquette American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Elim Lutheran Church or Riverview Estates Nursing Home, both of Marquette. 

Bradley F. 'Kermit' Schaan (1964-2002) 
WILSON ­ Bradley F. "Kermit" Schaan, 38, Wilson, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, in a boating accident at Lake Wilson. Mr. Schaan was born July 3, 1964, at Turtle Creek, N.D., to Francis A. Schaan and the former Ramona Heinle. He grew up in Minot, N.D., lived in Arizona for 10 years and in Kansas for the last 13 years. Schaan was a gas maintenance foreman for Midwest Energy in Hays and member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. He married Cynthia Kennedy March 6, 1982, in Salina. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Tiffany Schaan of Wilson and Lori Schaan of North Carolina; a son, Bradley, Jr., of Wilson; his parents, Ramona and Francis Schaan of Minot, N.D.; two sisters, Brenda Weber of Minot, N.D., and Bernadean Howell of Makoti, N.D.; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was Friday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson, Father Dan Scheetz officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Memorial Cemetery in Minot, N.D. Memorials may be made to the Bradley Schaan Memorial Fund (for the children¹s benefit). 

Jerry L. Small (1963-2002) 
WILSON - Jerry L. Small, 38, Wilson, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, in a boating accident at Lake Wilson. Mr. Small was born Nov. 25, 1963, at Russell to Gillen Small and the former Karen Krentzl. He was a lifetime resident of Wilson, where he owned and operated Smokey Hill Auto Body. He was a member of the Wilson Masonic Lodge, the Russell Shrine, Isis Temple, York Rite Masonic Body, Wilson Masonic Lodge and the Wilson United Methodist Church. He married Loretta Whitmer June 2, 1990, at Wilson. She survives. Other survivors include his parents, Karen and Gillen Small of Wilson; three sisters, Malia Rich of Garden City, Desda Prockish of Louisville, and Tanaya White of Ulysses; a brother, Gary Small of Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral was Saturday at the Wilson United Methodist Church, Pastor Elaine Lord officiating. Burial was in Wilson City Cemetery with Masonic rites by Sumaria Lodge 298 of Wilson. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children¹s Hospital in care of Foster Mortuary, 610 24th Street, Wilson 67490.


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