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Jesse Burton Handlin 1924-2001
COMMERCE, OKLA. - Jesse Burton Handlin, Commerce, Okla., died January 20, at the family home, after an illness. He was 76 years of age.
Mr. Handlin was born July 5, 1924 at Ellsworth, Kansas the son of John D.
and E. Katherine (Collinge) Handlin. He lived in Commerce since 1990, moving there from Enterprise. He was a member of the VFW Post 1295 of Geneseo. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
His parents and one grandson Richard "Ricky" Handlin preceded him in death.
He was united in marriage to Jean Marie (Simma) Handlin on August 30, 1947 in Portales, New Mexico. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include, two sons, Walter of Essington, Pa. and Clinton of
Reno, Nev.; two daughters, Sharon Mead, Wichita and Kathy Scheaffer,
Conyers, Ga.; one brother Lloyd of Willis, Texas; five grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Jan. 23 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami,
Okla. Bob Barker officiated. Pallbears were Harold Johnson, Paul Cormack,
Frankie Hottman, Paul Cornwell, George Zieger and Rod Lake. Honorary
Pallbears were Don Phillips, Dale Oliver, Fred Warns and John Pientka.
Interment was in the Glen Abbey Memorial Garden of Miami, Okla. Military
Rites were by the Northeast Okla. Veterans Funeral Detail.
Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice or American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

Mary Cook 1920-2001
KANOPOLIS - Mary Cook, 80, Kanopolis, died January 15, at Salina Regional Hospital - Santa Fe Campus, Salina.
Mrs. Cook was born July 10, 1920, at Mexico to Ramona (Sanches) and Ventura Joe Lopez Torrez, moving to the United States in 1929, she was a lifelong resident of Kanopolis. She married Earl Cook on August 8, 1950 in Kanopolis and worked at Elkan and was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Kanopolis.
Preceded in death by a son who passed away at birth in 1957.
Survivors include her husband, Earl Cook, Kanopolis, a son, Robert M. of
Chatham, La.; a sister, Josephine Yunger of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; one grandson
and several nephews and nieces.
The funeral will be held 10 a.m., Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church,
Kanopolis,and interment will be in the Kanopolis Cemetery, with Father
Daniel Scheetz officiating.
Visitation 1 - 8 p.m. and Vigil service 7 p.m., was held Wednesday, at
Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.
Memorials may be made to St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Dorothy R. Gordon 1917-2001
HAYS - Dorothy R. Gordon, 83, died, Jan. 11 at the Hays Good Samaritan
Center. Dorothy was born March 20, 1917, at Ellsworth County, to Harvey and Nona (Stumpff) Whitmer. She married Marion Wilson Gordon on Jan. 8, 1946, at Wilson. He died July 31, 1986. She was a homemaker and sold Avon for over 30 years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hays.
Survivors include her son, Lin of Hays; daughters, Carol Gordon and Phyllis
Robertson both of Hays and Anita Gordon-Gilmore of Olathe; and six
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Ralph, Sam, Dan, Gordon, Glenn, Orval, and Jesse Whitmer; three sisters, Ruth Parks, Erna Bush and Doris Ackley.
Funeral service was at, Saturday, January 13, at the First Presbyterian
Church with Reverend Paul Abell officiating. Graveside services and
interment were at the Wilson City Cemetery. A memorial has been established
with the First Presbyterian Church in her name and memory.

Myrtle Iva Buehler - 1919-2001
MORROWVILLE - Myrtle Iva Buehler, 81, Morrowville, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Fairbury Nursing Home, Fairbury, Neb.
Mrs. Buehler was born Myrtle Iva Grise on April 18, 1919, at Kanopolis. She was a homemaker and a cook at Korner Cafe. She attended Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Orval of Morrowville; two sons, Robert of
Haddam and Wayne of Fairbury; two daughters, Shirley Moon of Clifton, Colo., and Linda Moore of Fairbury; two sisters, Ina Reid of Texas and Ima Stoppel of Kanopolis; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ward Funeral Home, 115 W. Second, Washington 66968, the Rev. Wendell Sack officiating. Burial was in
Morrowville Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established.

Phyllis M. Jones - 1924-2001
HOLYROOD - Phyllis M. Jones, 76, Holyrood, died Friday, Jan. 12, on I-70 near Chapman, as the result of a automobile crash.
Mrs. Jones was born Phyllis M. Thieme on April 20, 1924, at Goff and was a
resident of Holyrood for two years. She was a homemaker and a member of
Community Christian Church, Great Bend.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jo B. in 1991.
Survivors include two sons, Robert of Holyrood and Gerald of Logan; a
daughter, Kathleen Lloyd of Hoisington; a brother, Omar Thieme of Topeka;
four sisters, Pauline Bradley of Lincoln, Olive Bontrager of Wetmore,
Shirley Wood of Big Sandy, Texas, and Dorothy Rice of Topeka; eight
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Wednesday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ,
Holyrood, the Revs. Mary Lou Klein and Jack Sweany offciating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memoral Park, Great Bend.
Memorials may be made to Community Christian Church, Great Bend or Manhattan Christian College, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, 415 N. Main, Hoisington 67544.

Virgina M. Holmes 1923-2001
HOLYROOD - Virginia M. Holmes, 77, Holyrood, died Friday, Jan. 12, on
Interstate Highway 70 near Chapman, as a result of an automobile crash.
Mrs. Holmes was born Virginia Motter on Nov. 22, 1923, at Lyons and was a Holyrood resident since 1946, moving from Hutchinson. She was a homemaker and cook at Holyrood schools. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and American Legion Auxiliary, both of Holyrood.
Her husband, Harold, died in 1973.
Survivors include two sons, Gary D. of Stafford and Charles D. of Topeka;
two daughters, Barbara J. Shelton of Foster City, Calif., and Margaret Ann
Jones of Holyrood; a brother, Leonard Motter of Washington; 13
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Wednesday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ,
Holyrood, the Revs. Mary Lou Klein and Jack Sweany officiating. Burial was
in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Great Bend.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or Great Bend
Humane Society.

Albert A. Wachs - 1904-2001
LINCOLN - Albert A. Wachs, 96, Lincoln, died Thursday, Jan. 11, at Lincoln County Hospital.
Mr. Wachs was born Sept. 29, 1904, at Lincoln County and was a lifelong area resident. He was a farmer-stockman and a member of St. John Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Velma of the home; two stepsons, Erwin Choitz of
Hutchinson and Roy VonFange of Lincoln; a stepdaughter, Reva VonFange of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln, the
Rev. Gerald Radtke officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery,
Ellsworth.
Memorials may be made to the church, the Lutheran Hour or a charity of the
donor's choice.
Harrison-Hall Funeral Home, 111 E. Elm, Lincoln 67455, is handling
arrangements.

Kay Robert 'Bob' Choitz - 1935-2001
HUTCHINSON - Kay Robert "Bob" Choitz, 65, Hutchinson, died Saturday, Jan. 13, at Hutchinson Hospital.
Mr. Choitz was born April 15, 1935, at Ellsworth and was a resident of
Hutchinson for two years, moving from Great Bend. He was a retired
mechanical engineer in the oil industry, a Marine veteran of the Korean War,
a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth, Elks B.P.O. Lodge 1127, Great Bend, and a R.S.V.P. volunteer driver.
Survivors include two sons, Kyle R. of Arlington and Scott A. of Green Bay,
Wis.; a daughter, Vikki R. Wilke of Green Bay; three brothers, Lee of San
Juan Capistrano, Calif., Ernie of Carrollton, Texas, and Richard of Derby;
two sisters, Bev Dougherty of Sanford, Fla., and Linda Epley of Canyon Lake, Texas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran
Church, Ellsworth, the Rev. Gary Wolf officiating. Burial will be in
Ellsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in care of Elliott
Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson 67501.
The guest book may be signed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the
mortuary.

Melvin 'Butch' Hoien - 1952-2001
HARTZEL, COLO. - Melvin OButch½ Hoien, 49, died Dec. 18 at the Heart of the Rockies Medical Center, Salida, Colo. after a short illness.
Mr. Hoien was born June 15, 1952 in Norfork, Neb. to Harold and Margaret
Hoien.
He worked in the Kansas oil fields as a driller for many years and lived in
Wilson for over 15 years before moving to Hartsel, Colo.
Survivors include his wife Debra (Crum); two sons, Harold of the home and
David of Wilson. Two daughters, Kandy Stock, Topeka and Wendy Smith,
Wichita; seven grandchildren, Tristen Hoien, Melvin Kenneth Hoien Jr.,
Brendon Stock, Thomas, Tyler and Rebecca Smith and Haley Hoien.
Memorials maybe made to Debra Hoien, P.O. Box 789, Fairplay Colo. 80440.

LynDon A. "Lyn" Gurtner 1964-2001
SALINA - LynDon A. "Lyn" Gurtner, 36, Salina, died Thursday, Jan. 4, at
Salina when a man jumped onto his delivery truck on Interstate Highway 135.
Mr. Gurtner was born Jan. 10, 1964, at Auburn, Ind., and had lived in Salina
since 1997. He was a route manager for Schwan's Frozen Food Sales and had farmed south of Atwood and in Cheyenne Wells, Colo. He had worked for Biofoam Corp. in Great Bend. He was a member of ATA Tae Kwon Do, Colby.
Survivors include his wife, Traci of the home; three daughters, Amanda
Gurtner and Tanzia Gurtner, both of Salina, and Talitha Gurtner of
Marysville, Ohio; a son, Tanner of Salina; his mother, Sally Carlson Gurtner
of Fremont, Ind.; two brothers, David of Las Vegas and Earl of Fremont,
Ind.; and two sisters, Eldonna Wagonrod of Ohio City, Ohio, and Jolenna
Dailey of Edon, Ohio.
The funeral was held Monday at First United Methodist Church, Salina, the
Revs. Eric Dailey and Jim Lundin officiating. Burial was in Gypsum Hill
Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials may be made to the Gurtner Children's Memorial in care of Ryan
Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401.

Mary H. Foran 1912-2001
WILSON - Mary H. Foran, 88, Wilson, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at Wilson
Nursing Center.
Mrs. Foran was born Mary H. Vopat on Sept. 14, 1912, at Wilson and was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker, an aide at Wilson Nursing
Center and cook at Small's Chicken of Wilson. She was a member of St.
Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella and Altar Society, and a
charter member of Ellsworth County EHU.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; a daughter, Carolyn; and
three grandchildren.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Alice Bush of Elizabethtown, Ky.; three
sons, Kevin and Thomas, both of Wilson, and Michael D. of Wichita; 12
grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson, the Rev. Jerome Morgan officiating. Burial was in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
A parish vigil was Sunday at Foster Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson 67490.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Christeen A. Brejcha 1902-2001
ELLSWORTH - Christeen A. Brejcha, 98, died Jan. 8, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village in Ellsworth.
She was born May 4, 1902 in Ellsworth County, the daughter of Anton and Anna (Kaplan) Dolezal. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, she lived at Good Samaritan since 1995. She was a homemaker.
On Dec. 9, 1954, she married Joe Brejcha in Salina. He preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 1993. Survivors include a sister, Veronica Dolezal of Ellsworth and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 11 at Parsons Funeral Home,
Ellsworth. Dr. John Snook officiated. Burial was at Palacky Cemetery, rural
Holyrood.
Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Retirement Village.

Mabel M. Hurt 1920-2001
ELLSWORTH - Mabel M. Hurt, 80, Ellsworth, died Thursday, Jan. 4, at her
home.
Mrs. Hurt was born Mabel M. Obermueller on April 8, 1920, at Lincoln and
lived in Ellsworth since 1995, moving from Salina. She was a nurse at Fort
Riley Hospital and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth.
Her husband, Robert E., died in 1994.
Survivors include three sisters, Amanda Obermueller and Betty Katzenmeier,
both of Ellsworth, and Martha Miller of Glendale, Ariz.
The funeral was Monday at Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439, Pastor Gary Wolf officiating. Burial was in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Melvin "Butch" Hoien 1952-2001
SALIDA, COLO. - Melvin "Butch" Hoien, 49, died Dec. 18 at the Rockies
Medical Center, Salida, Colo. after a short illness.
Mr. Hoien was born June 15, 1952 in Norfork, Neb. to Harold and Margaret
Hoien.
He worked in the Kansas oil fields as a driller for many years and lived in
Wilson for over 15 years before moving to Hartsel, Colo.
Survivors include his wife Debra (Crum); two sons, Harold of the home and
David of Wilson. Two daughters, Kandy Hoien, Topeka and Wendy Smith,
Wichita; seven grandchildren, Tristen Hoien, Melvin Kenneth Hoien Jr.,
Brendon Stock, Thomas, Tyler and Rebecca Smith and Haley Hoien.
Memorials may be made to Debra Hoien, P.O. Box 789, Fairplay, Colo. 80440.

James L. Burkhead 1967-2001
WILSON - James L. Burkhead, 33, Wilson, died Thursday, Jan. 4, at Salina
after jumping from the Crawford Street overpass on Interstate Highway 135.
Mr. Burkhead was born March 6, 1967, at Russell and was a lifetime resident
of Wilson. He was a truck driver.
Survivors include two brothers, Gerald of Wilson and Tim of Lorraine; and
two sisters, Caroline Stark of Rogers, Ark., and Doris Barber of Herington.
The funeral was 2 p.m. Monday at Foster Mortuary, 610 24th Street, Wilson
67490, Pastor Tim Harlan officiating. Burial was in Wilson City Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.

Frank D. Oshel 1922-2000
WILSON - Frank D. Oshel, 78, died Monday, Dec. 25, at the Wilson Nursing Center, Wilson. Mr. Oshel was born August 11, 1922 in Topeka to Boyd Oshel and Iva Gwendolyn Anna Oshel and was a resident of Holyrood since 1942 where he was a farmer and stockman and a employee of Midway Industries.
He was a member of Holyrood Lions Club, Eagles Club of Great Bend, Lloyd J. Schroeder American Legion Post #200, where he was a past commander and St. Paul's United Church of Christ, all of Holyrood. Survivors include his wife Elsie Purma whom he married Nov. 8, 1942 in Wichita; two daughters, Janice Grubb and her husband Dwaine and Judy Glaser, all of Holyrood.
Two brothers, Clifford of Topeka and Elmer of Waynesburo, Pa. and a sister Christine Girvin of Liberty, Mo. The funeral and interment was at 11 a.m., Thursday at Palacky Cemetery, Holyrood with military rites by Lloyd J. Schroeder American Legion Post #200 and Pastor Mary Lou Klein will be officiating.
A time of fellowship and celebration was at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Holyrood.

Julia Ann Zamrzla 1912-2001
WILSON - Julia Ann Zamrzla, 86, Wilson, died Friday, Dec. 29, at the Wilson Nursing Center. Miss Zamrzla was born June 20, 1912, at Wilson and was a lifetime resident. She was a schoolteacher, retiring in 1977, and a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella and Altar Society, all of Wilson.
She was also a member of National State and County Teachers Associations. Survivors include two sisters, Georgianna Vopat of Plainville and Margaret Soukup of Wilson; and brother, Ernest "Ike" Zamrzla of Oklahoma City.
The funeral was Tuesday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson, the Rev. Jerome Morgan officiating. Burial was in the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church in care of Foster Mortuary, 610 24th, Wilson 67490

Mary "Odah" Mehl 1913-2001
LYONS - Mary "Odah" Mehl, 87, died Dec. 28. at Good Samaritan Center, Lyons. She was born Oct. 6, 1913, at Jetmore, the daughter of Ira Eli and Alice Ethel Peterson Fail. She was a 1932 graduate of Geneseo High School.
A Lyons resident since 1972, formerly of Holyrood and Mesa, Ariz., she was a homemaker. She belonged to Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons. On Oct. 8, 1940, she married "Shorty" Adolph Carl Mehl at Holyrood.
He died March 11, 1999. Survivors include: a son Richard L., Hutchinson; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lewin Fail. The funeral was held Jan. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons. Burial was in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Holyrood, with Rev.
Calvin L'Heureux presiding. Memorials may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church or St. Peter's Church both in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons.


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