Miscellaneous Ellsworth County, Kansas Obituaries


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Joseph Branda (1922-2002) 
WILSON - Joseph E. Branda. 80, Wilson, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Salina. Mr. Branda was born Jan. 10, 1922, at Luray to Joseph F. and Josie Hynes Branda. He lived in Russell his entire life before moving to Wilson. He was an air conditioning, heating and appliance serviceman for Deines & Humburg¹s. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson. He married Clarice Knoll Oct. 29, 1951, at Russell. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Joseph N. Branda of Liberal; four daughters, Clarice M. Scheck of McAlester, Okla., Margaret Longolia of Chico, Calif., Julia Anne Drake, Middletown, Ohio, and Mary Zorn of Wilson; 12 grandchildren; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Richard, and a sister, Matilda Novak. The funeral is 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at the St. Wenceslaus Church, the Rev. Jerome Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors by members of the Russell VFW. Foster Mortuary, Wilson, is in charge of arrangements. 

LeMoyne R. Frederick (1921-2002) 
HOBBS, N.M. - LeMoyne R. Frederick, 81, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at Hobbs, N.M. Mr. Frederick was born May 2, 1921, at Ellsworth, Kan. He moved to Hobbs in 1967 from Los Alamos, where he was bureau chief for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He was a journalist and a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II. He married Joyce Schaffer. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Steven Frederick of Arlington, Texas; three daughters, Judy Schlotterback of Farmington, N.M., Sharon Turner of Odessa, Texas, and Carol Noble of Alva, Okla.; and two sisters, Leatrice Foley of North Carolina and Joann Janne of Mesa, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Pershing and Clarice. The graveside service was 2 p.m. Wednesday in Wilson City Cemetery, Pastor Elaine Lord officiating. Foster Mortuary, Wilson, was in charge of arrangements. 

Norma Pflughoeft (1920-2002) 
RUPERT, Idaho - Norma Pflughoeft, 82, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at Minidoka Memorial Hospital Extended Care. Mrs. Pflughoeft was born Aug. 20, 1920, at Kingfisher, Okla., to the Rev. Arthur and Katherine (Peper) Schroeder. She lived in Oklahoma until she was 10 years old, and moved to Ellsworth, Kan., where her father was the pastor of a rural parish. She married Melvin Pflughoeft on Feb. 9, 1941. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Rupert and farmed. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rupert, where she was involved in several church organizations. She was a Pink Lady at Minidoka Memorial Hospital, and was in charge of the American Red Cross Blood Mobile for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her parents; three brothers, Art, Norbert and Marvin; and a sister, Alma. She is survived by two daughters, Ardyth Del Santo of Atlanta, Ga., and Susan Breezee of Pocatello, Idaho; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lorna Schroeder of Ellsworth, Anna May Hochman of Geneseo, Ruth Kasiska of Kanopolis, and Jeanette Westerhaus of Wichita; two brothers, Kenneth Schroeder of Austin, Texas, and Lambert Shroeder of Nampa, Idaho; and her stepmother, Hilda Schroeder of Ellsworth, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rupert with the Rev. Gary S. Benedix officiating. Burial was in the Rupert Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church. Hansen Mortuary, Rupert, was in charge of arrangements. 

Calleene Rathbun (1930-2002) 
Calleene Rathbun, 72, Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at Salina Regional Heath Center - Santa Fe Campus. Mrs. Rathbun was born March 9, 1930, in Pearson, Okla., to Odem Bettis and the former Viola Villines. She lived most of her life in Rice and Ellsworth counties, where she was a homemaker and retired medical clinic office manager. She was secretary for Willing Workers and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She married Jack C. Rathbun Aug. 6, 1947, at Ellsworth. He survives. Also surviving are four sons, Jerry, Kelley and Kendall, all of Ellsworth, and Jackie of Kanopolis; a daughter, Susie Carney of Andover; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Treva, Nicholas and Jessie. The funeral was Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, Pastor Mark Kayser officiating. Burial was in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to Smoky Hill Campers. Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Brian L. Rozell (1942-2002) 
ARKANSAS CITY - Brian L. Rozelle, 60, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at his home in Arkansas City. Mr. Rozelle was born May 13, 1942, at Ellsworth to Floyd Burton ³Bert² and Adrien Alice Harts Rozelle. He was reared in Ellsworth, where he was graduated from high school in 1960. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force, serving two years in Turkey. He was an instrument-rated pilot. Upon his discharge from the service, he worked as a disc jockey and reporter for KUPK radio station in Garden City, KSAL in Salina and KABI in Abilene. He started work as an electronic technician for the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad in 1978. He moved to Arkansas City in 1981. He was a life member of the Spencer-Ralston Post 1254 VFW and the Shelton Beaty Post 18 American Legion, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union and past president of the local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association. He also was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was chairman of the Finance Committee and a certified lay speaker. He married Susan Fugitt Morris June 20, 1992. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Joel Morris of Olathe; three daughters, Sarah Kempke of Olathe and Emily Messing and Abby Dickey, both of Arkansas City; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the church and T.H.E. Brian Trust in care of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City. Funeral arrangements are being made through the funeral home.

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