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Elmo H. Schwerdtfager
Elmo H. Schwerdtfager, 85, Bavaria, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2000,
at Salina Regional Health Center.
Mr. Schwerdtfager was born September 26, 1915, at rural Lincoln County and
was a resident of Bavaria since 1968.  He had worked for the railroad during
World War II, ran the Hedville Elevator and farmed near Hedville until 1968
and also worked as a bridge builder and heavy equipment operator for Saline
County, retiring in 1980.
His wife, Goldie, died in 1997.
Survivors include three sons, Robert Schwerdtfager, Lincoln, Bill
Schwerdtfager, Hedville and Brad Schwerdtfager, Salina; a daughter, Sherry
Linder, Salina; two sisters, Julia DeWitt, Hutchinson, formerly of
Marquette, and Geneva Root, Elizabethtown, Kentucky; and seven
grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2000, at
Ryan Mortuary, Salina, with the Rev. Loren Mai officiating.  Burial was in
Bavaria Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Salina.
 
 

Virginia M. Hopkins
Virginia M. Hopkins, 74, Lindsborg, passed away Monday, November 20, 2000,
at Salina Regional Health Center.
Mrs. Hopkins was born Virginia M. Ade on September 11, 1926, at Gypsum and
was a resident of Lindsborg since 1962, moving from Olympia, Washington.
She was a former bookkeeper at Lockwood Realty and a member of Trinity
United Methodist Church and Felicity Chapter of the Order of the Eastern
Star, both of Lindsborg.
Survivors include her husband, Edward A., Lindsborg; two sons, Edward
Hopkins Jr., and Sam Hopkins, both of Salina; two daughters, Kathy Osborn,
Plattsburg, New York and Teresa Fry, Wichita; her mother, Alice Ade, Salina;
a sister, Carol Byard, Kenner, Louisiana; and six grandchildren, among those
are Anthony and Jenny Hopkins, Lindsborg.
A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2000, at
Trinity United Methodist Church, Lindsborg, with the Rev. David Smith
officiating.  Family burial preceded the memorial service in Temple Church
Cemetery, Gypsum.
Memorials may be sent to the church of the American Cancer Society.
11/20/00
Sadie B. Applequist
Sadie B. Applequist, 94, Falun, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at
Riverview Estates, Marquette.
She was born Sadie B. Johnson on May 6, 1906, at Skane, Sweden, and was a
longtime resident of the Falun area.  She was a homemaker and a member of
the Salemsborg Lutheran Church, rural Smolan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Sherman, in 1972, and two
grandchildren.
Survivors include two sons, Ray Applequist, and Leland Applequist, both of
Falun; a daughter, Ilene Lambert, Rowland, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 21
great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Salemsborg
Lutheran Church, rural Smolan, with the Rev. Ray Mai officiating.  Burial
was in the Salemsborg Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Smolan.
Memorials may be sent to Salemsborg Lutheran Church or Riverview Estates, in
care of Hays-Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg, Kansas
67456.
 

Niles Bartle Gibson
Niles Bartle Gibson, 79, McPherson, and formerly of 1617 N. 16th Avenue,
McPherson, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at McPherson Memorial
Hospital.
Niles was born April 13, 1921, at McPherson, son of Julius T. and Dr. Edith
M. Flensburg Gibson.  He married Betty Lorraine Lindblade on Feb. 17, 1946,
at New Gottland Covenant Church, rural McPherson.
He worked as a civil engineer for Mann and Company, and was a farmer and
stockman.  A lifetime resident of McPherson County, he was a Sunday school
teacher for the First Congregational United Church of Christ, where he was a
member.  He was a member of the Farmers Union, United We Stand, McPherson
Saddle Club, McPherson Democratic Party, Farmers Coop, and was a former
member of IOOF Masonic Lodge No. 172 and McPherson Shrine Club, all of
McPherson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Julius T. Gibson Jr.,
half-brother, Hilden R. Gibson, and a daughter, Marcia Gibson.
Survivors include: his wife, Betty L. Gibson, of the home; daughter and
son-in-law, Beverly and Larry Kavouras, Wichita; daughter and son-in-law,
Shanna and Tim Henry, Cheney; grandchildren, Nicholas Kavouras (and his
wife, Michelle), Todd Kavouras, Sarah Henry and Augustus Henry.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, at the First
Congregational United Church of Christ, McPherson, with Dr. Paul Hoffman
officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date in the McPherson Cemetery,
McPherson.
Memorials may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ,
McPherson, in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid, McPherson,
Kansas 67460.
 
 
 

Otis L. and Mingnon P. Gomer
Otis L. Gomer, 94, passed away Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at Hospice House
Woodside, Pinellas Park, Florida.
Mingnon P. (Ping) Gomer, 92, passed away, Monday, October 9, 2000, at
Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park, Florida.
Otis was born Nov. 5, 1905, at Lost Springs, Kansas, son of John and Erika
(Pearson) Gomer.
Mingnon was born Oct. 20, 1907, at Langley, Kansas, daughter of Foster and
Emma (Johnson) Buffington.
Both families of Otis and Mingnon moved to Marquette, Kansas, during their
early ages where they attended schools.  They were united in marriage on
Nov.  14, 1927.
After their marriage, they moved to Glasco, Kansas where Otis worked in a
meat market.  Later, he became a meat market manager for Safeway stores at
various locations in Kansas.  In 1945 Otis and Mingnon returned to Marquette
and bought a farm, raising crops and feeding cattle.  In 1957 they sold
their farm and moved to Florida and bought a motel on Clearwater Beach.
After operating the motel, Otis worked in real estate until retirement at
the age of 65 in 1970.
Preceding Otis in death were his parents, two brothers, Dawsey Gomer, and
Orville Gomer and two sisters, Lola Smith and Gladys Jost and one daughter,
Twila Gomer McClung.
Preceding Mingnon in death were her parents, two brothers, John Buffington
and Leo Buffington, and three sisters, Mildred Wilson, Mabel Sharkey, and
Myrtle Griggs and one daughter, Twila Gomer McClung.
Otis is survived by one brother, Leroy Gomer, Yuba City, California.
Survivors of Otis and Mingnon include: one daughter, Reta Gomer Loy; four
grandchildren, Kelly Otis McClung, Joe Britt McClung, Dea Loy Guzzi, and
John Foster Loy; and three great-grandchildren, Joe Roger McClung, Kyle
Kelly McClung and Bradley Foster Loy, all of Florida.
A memorial service was held for the couple Thursday, Nov. 2 at SkyCrest
Methodist Church, Clearwater, Florida.  Inurnment will be held at a later
date.
 

Juanita I. Brunk
Juanita I. Brunk, 79, Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at
Hutchinson Hospital.
She was born June 6, 1921, at Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Madge
Davis McKeever, and was a Hutchinson resident since 1942.
She was a graduate of Stagg Creek High School, Gypsum, Kansas, and attended
Salt City Business College, Hutchinson.
On Jan. 1, 1939, she married Duane B. Brunk at Wichita.  He passed away
Sept. 10, 2000.
She was a retired secretary for L.I. Powers.  She was a member of the
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, a 50 year member of the Hutchinson Women¹s Bowling
Association, and a member of Carey Park Women¹s Golf Association.  She was
also a former member of the Women of the Moose, Hutchinson Chapter 1371.
Survivors include a son, Gary Brunk, Sapulpa, Oklahoma; a daughter, Jan
Rich, Hutchinson; two brothers; three sisters; six grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, at Memorial
Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, with Pastors John Schroeppel and H.O. Lindblad
officiating.
Memorials may be sent to Interfaith Housing or Hutchinson Public Library in
care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, Kansas  67501.

11/15/00

Foster B. "Buss" Busby
Foster B. "Buss" Busby, 73, Marquette, passed away Tuesday, November 7,
2000, at Riverview Estates, Marquette.
Mr. Busby was born July 31, 1927, at El Dorado and was a longtime resident
of Marquette and the Kanopolis Lake area.  He was a former owner of Busby
Well Service and a member of First Christian Church, McPherson.
He was preceded in death by a stepson, Eldon, and two great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, ElDora, Marquette; a son, Larry R. Busby,
McPherson; two daughters, Kay A. Busby, Severy and JaNelle Busby, Manvel,
Texas; three stepsons, Jere Ellis, and William (Bill) Ellis, both of
Lindsborg, and Randall Ellis, Canton; nine grandchildren; and seventeen
great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 13 in the
McPherson City Cemetery with Rev. Neal Engle officiating.
Memorials may be made to Central Home Health Care and Hospice of Newton or
Riverview Estates, Marquette, in care of Hays-Christians Funeral Home, P.O.
Box 386, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456.
 

Mason D. "Deb" French
Mason D. "Deb" French, 72, McPherson, passed away Saturday, November 4,
2000, at his home.
Mr. French was born December 27, 1927, at Douglass and was a resident of
McPherson since 1958, moving from Wichita.  He was a retired dental
technician for French's Dental Lab from 1958-1987 and for Pearce-Turk Dental
Lab, Wichita.  He was an Army veteran from 1945-1947 and a member of the
First United Methodist Church, McPherson.
Survivors include his wife, Verna, of the home; two sons, Thomas M. French
and Gerald L. French, both of McPherson; three daughters, Debbie Brown and
Lisa Starr, both of McPherson, and Kelly Larson, Marquette; three sisters,
Patricia Pritchard, Douglass, Jenny Barker, Goodman, Missouri, and Mary
Watson, Augusta; sixteen grandchildren, among which are Emily and Tim
Larson, Marquette; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at
Stockham Funeral Home, McPherson, with the Rev. Sandy DesPlas officiating.
Inurnment was in the columbarium in the  McPherson Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Friendly Fremont 4-H Club or Central Homecare
and Hospice.


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