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
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
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
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.