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Gladys B. Anderson (1908-2002) 
SALINA -Gladys B. Anderson, 94, Salina, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002. Mrs. Anderson was born Gladys B. Spittler June 30, 1908, in Geneseo. She was a beauty operator. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in 1986. Survivors include a son, James of Aurora, Colo.; a daughter, Joan Snyder of Salina; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. The memorial service will be at a later date at the Belmont Boulevard Christian Church, Salina. Private inurnment will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina. Memorials may be made to the church. Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements. 

Laura F. (Swehla) Fesler Chastain (1913-2002) 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Laura F. (Swehla) Fesler Chastain, 89, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at her home in Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Chastain was born in 1913 in Lincoln County near Wilson. She married Reed Chastain in 1980 and was previously married to Paul Fesler. She worked for the Forum Cafeterias and retired in the mid 1970s. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Swope Park Chapter No. 520. She was preceded in death by her former spouses, her sisters, Rose Spaeth and Helen Schmitt; a brother, Richard Swehla, and a niece, Shirley Bunker. Survivors include a nephew, Frank D. Schmitt Jr. of Pleasant Valley, a great-nephew, Gary Bunker and wife, Nancy, Vassar, and great-great-nieces. The funeral was Saturday at D.W. Newcomer¹s Sons Floral Hills Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. 

Richard G. Hokr 
OCALA, Fla. - Richard G. Hokr, 77, Ocala, Fla., died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at the Ocala Regional Medical Center. Mr. Hokr was born in Kanopolis, Kan. He had lived in the Ocala area since 1999, moving here from Pocono Lake, Pa. He was a member of the Ocala West United Methodist Church, the American Legion Post in Pocono, Pa., Woodworking, Poker and Bocce clubs of On Top of the World and Menders and Doers of Ocala West United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Merchant Marines during World War II. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, R. Adrianne; four daughters, Paula Huber of Teaneck, N.J., Laura Asinari of Glendale, Ariz., Vicky Zaloom of Ramsey, N.J., and Cynthia B. Hokr of Lodi, N.J.; two sons, Bruce Hokr of Pompton Plains, N.J. and Martin Asinari of Melbourne, Fla.; two sisters, Mildred May Ferderer and Elizabeth Yeager, both of Wichita; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard, in 1975. Funeral arrangements were handled by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, TimberRidge Chapel, Ocala. 

Ruth E. Esterl (1907-2002) 
SALINA - Ruth E. Esterl, 95, Salina, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002. Mrs. Esterl was born Ruth E. Woolsey Nov. 16, 1907, at Ellsworth. She was a teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anton J., in 1983. Survivors include a son, Dick of Salina; a brother, Paul Woolsey of Denver; a sister, Lou Black of Brookville; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral was Wednesday at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Brookville. Memorials may be made to the church. Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401 was in charge of arrangements. 

Olive C. Holtz (1916-2002) 
ABILENE - Olive C. Holtz, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at Alterra Sterling House, Abilene. She was born Nov. 25, 1916, at Lucas to Frank and Mary Rezeabek Novak. She was graduated from Wilson High School and the College of Cosmetology in Kansas City, Mo. She married Harold Holtz Jan. 1, 1939. In 1941, they moved to Clay Center, where they operated Modern Appliance and later owned and operated Slingsby Motel, Cafe and Filling Station and Mobil Jobbership for several years. She lived in the same home in Clay Center for 60 years before moving to Abilene five months ago. She was a member of the St. Paul¹s Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Women¹s Auxiliary in Clay Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and a son, Douglas. Survivors include a son, Dr. Frank Holtz of Abilene; two sisters, Wilma Hirt of Fairway and Loretta Barta of Lucas; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The funeral was Monday at the St. Paul¹s Episcopal Church in Clay Center, the Rev. Susan Sawyer officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center. Memorials may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society. Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Diane Jackson (1941-2002) 
GREAT BEND - Diane Jackson, 60, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at the Cherry Village Continuum of Care Facility, Great Bend. Mrs. Jackson was born Nov. 23, 1941, at Bartow, Fla. to Robert Eli and Audrey McBride Peacock. Since 1968, she had lived in the Great Bend area, where she was a homemaker. Survivors include three sons, Phillip Jackson of Great Bend, Bob Jackson of Geneseo and Garry Jackson of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a sister, Wanda Tyson of Bartow, Fla.; a brother, Robert V. Peacock, Naples, Fla; and seven grandchildren. A private memorial service is planned. Memorials may be made to Cherry Village Assisted Living. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements. 

Melvin H. Steinle (1930-2002) 
DORRANCE - Melvin H. Steinle died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at his home in Dorrance. Mr. Steinle was born April 27, 1930, at Dorrance to Henry T. and Irene P. Coffey Steinle. He was a lifetime resident of the Dorrance area, where he was a farmer-stockman and a member of the First Lutheran Church. He married Fern Wire Sept. 17, 1949, at Dubuque. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Barbara Trickle of Bonner Springs; a son, Alan Steinle of Stockton; a sister, Vera Kuker of Parkville; a brother, Dean Steinle of Kimberling City, Mo.; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. The funeral was Tuesday at the First Lutheran Church, Dorrance, Sister Diane Wagner officiating. Burial was in Dorrance City Cemetery. Foster Mortuary, Wilson, was in charge of arrangements. 

Brandon Michael Begnoche (1984-2002) 
CLAY CENTER - Brandon Michael Begnoche, 18, Clay Center, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at the Salina Regional Health Center, Santa Fe Campus, after a 20-month battle with cancer. Mr. Begnoche was born June 3, 1984, in Winfield. He was a senior at Clay County Community High School, where he was a member of the cross country and track teams. He also was a member of the National Honor Society, the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he served as president of the Catholic Youth Organization. He enjoyed writing motorcycles and spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Phil Begnoche and Edward Chavey. Survivors include his parents, Mike and Beth Begnoche of Clay Center; a brother, Justin of Clay Center; a sister, Roxie Martin of Clay Center; and his grandmothers, Anna Begnoche of Clyde and Elsine Chavey-Koch of Clyde. The funeral was Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Revs. Merlin Kieffer, LeRoy Metro and Loren Werth officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Brandon Begnoche Memorial Fund to be designated later. Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, Clay Center, was in charge of arrangements. 

Jimmie R. Robertson (1925-2002) 
WILSON - Jimmie R. Robertson, 77, Wilson, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at the St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City. Mr. Robertson was born Nov. 14, 1925, at Four Corners, Texas, to Elmer A. and Lavina J. ³Dolly² Reed Robertson. In 1992, he moved from Garden City to Wilson. He was a member of the VFW and the Masonic Lodge and was a chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He was an electrician. He married Joanne Smith Aug. 25, 1953, at DeQueen, Ark. She survives. Other survivers include a son, Samie D. Robertson of Henrietta, N.C.; a daughter, Jimmie Anne Owings of Garden City; a sister, Alene Copeland of Tomball, Texas; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Scott Lee Robertson; a sister, Etta L. Cummons; and a brother, Paul E. Robertson. The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday on the west side of Al¹s, Wilson. Inurnment will take place at a later date. The family requests memorials to the Jimmie R. Robertson Memorial Fund, in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, Garden City. 

Margaret Rose Krueger (1916-2002) 
HAYS - Margaret Rose Krueger, 86, Hays, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Lawrence. Mrs. Krueger was born on a farm in Rose Valley near Downs on June 1, 1916, to Emil and Suzanne Selichnow. She was graduated from Osborne High School and joined the staff of the Osborne County Engineer, where she worked for several years before her marriage to August Henry Krueger Jr. of Natoma on Jan. 22, 1943. She served as the bookkeeper and organizer of the family businesses of manufacturing and oil production. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was a district aide; the Daughter of the American Revolution, where she received the Patriot Award; the Federated Women¹s Clubs, the United Methodist Church and numerous civic and volunteer organizations. Survivors include two sons, August Henry Krueger III of Mission and Nelson Lytle Krueger of Lawrence; two sisters, Hilda Towne of Osborne and Veda Cordell of Concordia; four grandchidren and two great-grandchildren. The memorial service was Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. A graveside service was later in the day at the Natoma Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Pastoral Care Department of the Hays Medical Center or the Hays United Methodist Church, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel, 20th and Pine, Hays, Kan. 67601. 

Guy Basil Small (1935-2002) 
PRATT - Guy Basil Small, 67, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Mr. Small was born May 27, 1935, at Nottinghill, Mo., the son of Robert and Leona Hesterly Small. He was a resident of Pratt for 13 years, moving from Salina, and a retired supervisor for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, both at Pratt. He married Sandra J. Carpenter at Wichita on Oct. 14, 1957. She survives. Other survivors include: three sons, Ronald M., of Goddard, Lonnie W. of Medicine Lodge and Roy M. of Burden; four daughters, Vicki L. Whitehair of Hope, Rita Thurber of Winfield, Christi Bailey of Ellsworth, and Kathy Small of Lyons; a brother, James R., of Sawyer; two sisters, Betty Soper of Medicine Lodge, and Elinor Gallaugher of Isabel; 17 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, John; and two granddaughters, Rachel and Heather Thurber. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Larrison Mortuary, the Rev. Scott Bullerpresiding. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt with military graveside honors by the U.S. Army of Fort Riley. Memorials may be sent to Guy Small Memorial Fund, in care of the mortuary. 

Donald Trowbridge (1919-2002) 
RUSSELL - Donald Louis Trowbridge, 82, Russell, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at the Hays Medical Center. Mr. Trowbridge was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Wayne County, Ill., the son of the former Daisy Belle Myers and Fred Benjamin Trowbridge. The family soon moved to the Rochelle, Ill., area, where Mr. Trowbridge was graduated in 1938 from Steward High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as an artillery gun mechanic with A Battery, 301st Field Artillery Battalion, 94th Infantry Division, from Dec. 16, 1942, until Dec. 29, 1945. During two of those years, he was stationed in Europe and earned four bronze battle stars in major battles of World War II. He left the Army with the rank of technical sergeant fourth class. Mr. Trowbridge was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6240 in Russell, a life member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Association and a member of the 94th Infantry Division Association. He married Josephine A. McKittrick on May 3, 1946, in Great Bend. She survives. During their early years, the couple lived in Wilson, where Mr. Trowbridge worked as a miller at Wilson Flour Mill. In 1957, the couple moved to Russell, where Mr. Trowbridge later owned and operated Ace Oil Treating Company. He and a partner also established the Bear House Truck Stop in Bunker Hill. Other survivors include a son, David M. Trowbridge, Wilson; two daughters, Rebecca L. Blocher, Lawrence, and D. Caroline Trowbridge, Lawrence; a brother James B. Trowbridge, Rochelle, Ill.; a sister, Elsie Lamb, Muncie, Ind.; and two granddaughters, Erin E. Blocher and Sarah A. Zimmerman, both of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clarence Trowbridge, Truman Trowbridge and Cecil Trowbridge; and three sisters, Ruby Byers, Flossie Card and Dorothy Homan. The funeral was Saturday at Pohlman¹s Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell, with Brother Augustine Rohde officiating. Burial followed in Wilson Cemetery, Wilson. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. John¹s Rest Home, Victoria, sent in care of the funeral home. 
 
 Alvin L. Acheson Sr. (1928-2002) 
RUSSELL - Alvin L. Acheson Sr., 74, Russell, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002. Mr. Acheson was born Aug. 12, 1928, at Palco. He worked for United Telephone Co. for 41 years, retiring in 1988. He was preceded in death by a son, Robin Lynn. Survivors include his wife, Norma of Russell; four sons, Alvin Jr. of Wilson, Terry of Salina, Donald of Russell and Dan; two sisters, Twila Criswell of Hill City and Vivian Morris of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The funeral was Tuesday at Pohlman¹s Memorial Chapel, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in care of the mortuary. 

Francis C. Fiddler (1913-2002) 
SHAWNEE - Francis C. Fiddler, 89, Shawnee, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at his home. Mr. Fiddler was born July 11, 1913, in Port Huron, Mich. In the 1950s, he moved to the Kansas City area, where he owned and operated the Apple & Cider Market in Shawnee from 1959 to 1983. He also was the original owner of the 50 States Bird Feeders. He was a hard worker and an avid bird lover. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma, in 2001; and a daughter, Beth Ann Fiddler. Survivors include five daughters, Honor Kepka of Ellsworth, Ellen Ellis of Overland Park, Carol Conlin, Emporia, Sharon Gaither of Kansas City and Margaret Fiddler of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; a sister, Rose Richert of Port Huron, Mich.; and five grandchildren. 

Blake Edward Hanzlick (1959-2002) 
AUGUSTA - Blake Edward Hanzlick, 43, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at his home in Augusta. Mr. Hanzlick was born June 22, 1959 at Hays to Bill and Kay Huddleston Hanzlick. He was an electrician for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Survivors include his wife, Lana; a son, Justin of Augusta; two daughters, Chelsey Hanzlick and Courtney Hanzlick, both of Augusta; the mother, Kay Hanzlick of Augusta; and two sisters, Juli Beard of Bend, Ore., and Linda Romero of Cincinnati, Ohio. The funeral was Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Augusta. Memorials may be made to the ALS Foundation; Hospice Care of Kansas, El Dorado; the First United Methodist Church Youth, Augusta; or the Hanzlick Children College Fund. Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Charles Heitschmidt (1930-2002) 
HOLYROOD - Bobby Charles Heitschmidt, 72, a farmer-stockman, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at his home in Holyrood. Mr. Heitschmidt was born June 29, 1930, at the Ellsworth hospital to Charles J. and Nora Soeken Heitschmidt. He was a 1948 graduate of Holyrood Rural High School, a 1953 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in agriculture and a 1962 graduate of Sterling College with a degree in elementary education. At Kansas State, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. On Aug. 19, 1951, he married Lavel Ann Russell at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holyrood. Mr. Heitschmidt was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1953-55 during the Korean War. He served from 1957-77 as a liaison officer for the Air Force Academy, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a member of American Legion Post 200. He was an elementary and junior high school teacher at Claflin from 1957-63. In 1963-64, he was the assistant office manager for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Reno County before coming to Ellsworth County, where he served as the ASCS executive director for 26 years, 1964-1990. He served as president of District 5 of ASCS County Office Employees. In November 1999, he was elected to the Ellsworth County Commission, representing District 1. He was past president of the Kansas County Commissioners Association (1994), vice president of the Kansas Association of Counties, past president of both K-WORC (1995) and K-CAMP (1998) and a member of the Kansas Association of Counties. Since birth, he was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holyrood, and past president of the congregation. He was a member of the Lutheran Layman¹s League and a Lamplighter for Aid Association for Lutherans. He served as past president of the Hoisington Lutheran Hospital and was a board member for 20 years. He was a sales representative for Double H Auction and Realty. He also was a member of the Ellsworth County Catbakers and the Holyrood Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, Lavel; two sons, Tony and wife Robyn of Holyrood, and Todd and wife Rae of Leoti; a daughter, Conetta and husband Mark Suchon of Seabrook, Texas; a sister, Caroline Pflughoeft of Claflin; five grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. The funeral was Monday at the St. Peter Lutheran Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the St. Peter Lutheran Church, or the Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University in care of Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. 

Opal M. Hildebrandt (1927-2002) 
Opal M. Hildebrandt, 75, Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002. Mrs. Hildebrandt was born Opal M. Howard in Lincoln. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death in 2000 by her husband, Elmer. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Hildebrandt of Salina and Roy Birka of Ellsworth; three daughters, Linda Walker of Big Sandy, Tenn., Candy Lyne of Ellsworth and Eleanor Dinkie of Ellsworth; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Tuesday at the Immanuel Cemetery, Vesper. Memorials may be sent ³in memory of Opal² to Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, 401 W. Iron, Salina 67401. 

Edna Hochman (1926-2002) 
Edna Hochman, 76, Ellsworth, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002. at the Wilson Nursing Home. Mrs. Hochman was born Sept. 13, 1926, at Brookville to William and Marie Bradford Boyer. She was a lifetime resident of the Ellsworth area, where she was a homemaker and a member of OES Chapter 44, Ellsworth. She married Martin Hochman Jr. April 4, 1950, in Lincoln County. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Myron Hochman of Ellsworth; three daughters, Dianne Rogers of Lorraine, Roxie Janssen of Geneseo and Sharrilyn Smith of Wichita; two sisters, Winnona McCall of McPherson and Irene Matzek of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by two sons, Marlin and Marty IV. The service was Wednesday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, Pastor Mary Lou Klein officiating. Burial will be in Ellsworth Cemetery with OES rites. Memorials may be made to the Wilson Nursing Home or the Shriners Crippled Children¹s Hospital. 

Joseph Dale Macek (1932-2002) 
SALINA - Joseph Dale Macek, 70, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at the Salina Regional Health Center. Mr. Macek was born June 28, 1932, on the family farm in Noble Township to Joseph J. and Lydia Pertle Macek. He was graduated from Ellsworth High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, the Wilson Council Knights of Columbus, an honorary life member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Post 262 Wilson American Legion, Machinists Union Local 2328 Salina, a past president of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the church council. He was a former John Deere dealer, parts man and retired machinist for Raytheon Aircraft, Salina. He married Alice Doubrava Jan. 25, 1958, at Ellsworth. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Jerry D. of Wilson; a daughter, Ramona M. of Topeka; a sister, Bernadine Bachman of Ellsworth; two grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. His parents, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. The funeral was Wednesday at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Father Jerome Morgan officiating. Memorials may be made to the church, the Wilson Senior Center or Wilson American Legion Post 262. Foster Mortuary, Wilson, was in charge of arrangements. 

D.J. Prochaska (1988-2002) 
D.J. Prochaska, 14, Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. D.J. was born Sept. 7, 1988, at Beloit to Terry Maske and the former Sara Wallace. She moved to Ellsworth three years ago from Abilene. She was an eighth grade student at Kanopolis Middle School and a member of the Ash Creek 4-H Club and the Flying DX Junior Rodeo Association. Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Sara and Robert Prochaska of Ellsworth; her father, Terry Maske of Fairport; the maternal grandparents, Don and Jane Wallace of Beloit; and the paternal grandparents, Roger and Jan Prochaska of Ellsworth and Bill and Loretta Maske of Fairport. The funeral was Saturday at the St. Bernard¹s Catholic Church, Pastor Mary Lou Klein and Father Daniel Scheetz officiating. Memorials may be given to the D.J. Prochaska Memorial Fund. Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Ruth Ellen Stewart (1932-2002) 
BUSHTON - Ruth Ellen Stewart, 70, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Mrs. Stewart was born Oct. 28, 1932, at Mindenmines, Mo. to Ora O. and Mary Louella Maxwell Hilton. She lived in Wichita for 45 years before moving to Bushton seven years ago. She was a homemaker. She married Gilbert Franklin Stewart Sept. 2, 1950, at Springdale, Ark. He died in 1975, She also was preceded in death by a son, Roger F.E. Stewart in 1993; a granddaughter, Tina Stewart; and brothers and two sisters. Survivors include a son, Phil Stewart of Bushton; two daughters, Belinda Sue Ashley of Wichita and Bonna Lynne Baize of Wichita; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. The graveside service was Saturday at Rosedale Cemetery, Mulberry. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Ruth E. Stewart in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, P.O. Box 146, Hoisington, Ks. 67544. 


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