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Shirley M. Alstatt
  Shirley M. Alstatt, 62, Lindsborg, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2000, at Infinia, McPherson, Kansas. She was
  born January 26, 1938, at Little River, Kansas, daughter of Ivan and Mabel (Carlson) Snell. She was a resident of
  Lindsborg since 1960, moving from McPherson.
  She was a homemaker, and former employee at the Lindsborg Community Hospital and an Avon Dealer. She was a
  member of the Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, the American Legion Auxiliary, Lindsborg, and the VFW Auxiliary, Salina.
  On January 3, 1958, she married Dean W. Alstatt at McPherson. Survivors include her husband, Dean W. Alstatt,
  Lindsborg; one son, Allen R. Alstatt, Marquette; and two brothers, Sheldon Snell, McPherson, and Ivan Snell Jr., Wichita.
  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at the Hays-Christians Funeral Chapel,
  Lindsborg, with Pastor Larry Cross officiating. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery, west of Marquette. Memorials may be
  made to Infinia of McPherson or the Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, in care of Hays-Christians Funeral Home, P.O. Box
  386, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456-0386.
 
  Alson V. Nolan Jr.
  Lt. Col. USAF Retired, Alson V. Nolan Jr. of Westlake Village, California passed away on Friday, December 8, 2000 after
  a long illness. Alson (Al) was born September 8, 1919 in Kingman, Indiana. He attended school in Indiana, Kentucky and
  the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for National Cash Register before entering the Army of the US in 1941. He married
  Mary Lee Catron in 1941.
  Two sons were born to this union--Alson V. Nolan III and Robert Earl Nolan (deceased). Mary Lee passed away in 1968.
  Alson was commissioned in the Army Air Corp in 1942. He had many duty assignments in the Continental U.S., primarily in
  the financial and statistical area. His overseas assignments included Newfoundland, Korea, Vietnam, France, and Germany.
  His final AF duty was to close out all the US Military units in France-a project called Freloc.
  Col. Nolan retired from active duty on July 16, 1968. In 1969 he married Mary Katherine Wickstrom, who survives him. He
  is also survived by one son, Alson V. Nolan III of Texas, one brother, James R. Nolan of South Carolina, and three
  grandsons, Michael, Jeffrey and Robb. Alson lived in Westlake Village for 31 years and was a charter member of the
  Westlake United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Retired Officers Association, and a charter member of the
  WWII Memorial Society.
  Alson was a patient, kind and loving man, always ready to help others. He will be greatly missed by his family and many
  friends. A memorial service was held Monday, December 11, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. in the Westlake United Methodist Church.
  Memorials may be made to the Westlake United Methodist Church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village, CA 91362
  or Fitzgerald Senior Support Center, 401 Hodencamp Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.

Eldon M. De Witt 1917 - 2001
  HUTCHINSON ­  Eldon M. DeWitt, 83, Hutchinson, formerly of Marquette, passed
  away Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at the Hester Care Center in Hutchinson.
  Eldon was born August 5, 1917 at Chapman, Kansas, son of Clarence and Daisy
  (Hunsinger) DeWitt.
  He was united in marriage to Julia Schwerdtfager on April 16, 1944 at
  Salina.  They farmed for over 40 years south of Marquette.  Eldon was also a
  well known carpenter in the area.  They spent six years in Buhler before
  moving to the Hester Center in Hutchinson one year ago.
  Memberships include the Buhler United Methodist Church, Buhler, and the
  Marquette American Legion, Marquette.
  Eldon served his country well in the Army during World War II.  He received
  the Purple Heart for being wounded.
  Survivors include three sons, James (Vicky) DeWitt, Wichita, Kenneth (Rosie)
  DeWitt, Salina, and Thomas (Bonnie) DeWitt, Falun; two daughters, Lois
  (Jerry) Rupert, Beverly, and Linda Crane, Buhler; one sister, Leona Fleagle,
  Hiawatha; one brother, Elmer DeWitt, Chapman; nine grandchildren and four
  great-grandchildren.
  A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2001 in the
  Marquette United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Rose and Pastor Larry
  Brock officiating.  Burial was in the Excelsior Cemetery, south and west of
  Marquette.
  Memorials may be made to the Buhler United Methodist Church, or the Hester
  Care Center, Hutchinson.
  Olson's Funeral Home, Marquette, handled the arrangements.
  The Marquette Tribune, Jan. 31, 2001

  1/24/2001
  Bethel G. Bowers
  1909 - 2001
  MCPHERSON ­ Bethel G. Bowers, 91, Gypsum, passed away Sunday, January 14,
  2001, the The Cedars in McPherson, Kansas.
  She was born Bethel G. Austin on November 3, 1909 at Oxford, Kansas.  She
  had been a Gypsum resident for many years until moving to The Cedars in
  McPherson.  She and her husband farmed southwest of Gypsum for many years.
  She was also a homemaker.
  Memberships include the Temple Church and the Friendly Neighbors Club, both
  of Gypsum.
  Preceding her in death were her husband Gae, who died in 1981, and two sons,
  Gaegene Bowers and Clint Bowers.
  Survivors include one daughter, Judith Thiel, Lindsborg; one son, Robin
  Bowers, rural Marquette; one sister, Pauline Johnson, Wichita; four
  grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
  A graveside service was held Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at the Temple Church
  Cemetery, southeast of Gypsum, with Rev. Dennis Mullins officiating.
  Memorials may be made to the Temple Church, Gypsum, or to The Cedars,
  McPherson.
  The Marquette Tribune, Jan. 24, 2001
 

  Bernard Paul Oelke
  1927 - 2001
  KANSAS CITY, MO. ­ Bernard Paul Oelke, 73, passed away Wednesday, January 3,
  2001, at his home in Kansas City, Missouri following a lingering illness.
  He was born June 9, 1927 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and was a retired Federal
  Weather Meteorologist.
  He was preceded in death by one son, Bradley Paul Oelke.
  Survivors include his wife, Eleanor (Munson) Oelke, of the home; five sons,
  Gary Oelke, of the home, Greg Oelke, Springfield, Missouri, Dave Oelke,
  Charles Oelke, and Timothy Oelke, all of Kansas City, Missouri; nine
  grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, January 6, 2001, at Muehlback Mortuary,
  Kansas City, Missouri.
  Alfred and Ina Munson were the parents of Eleanor Oelke.

  The Marquette Tribune, Jan. 24, 2001
 

   Vern Levi Myers
  1916 - 2001

  HUTCHINSON ­ Vern Levi Myers, 84, Hutchinson, Kansas, passed away Monday,
  January 15, 2001, at Dillon Living Center, Hutchinson.
  He was born November 18, 1916, at Windom, son of Vade Hiram and Laura Adela
  (Sundgren) Myers.  He was a Hutchinson resident since 1981, moving from
  Little River.
  He was a graduate of Windom High School and attended Kansas State
  University.  He was a retired farmer and had also been employed by the U.S.
  Army Corps of Engineers, helping construct the Kanopolis Reservoir and Dam.
  He was a member of Westside Baptist Church, Hutchinson, and a former board
  member of the Rockville and District #444 school districts, the Farmers Home
  Administration, and served as treasurer of the Rockville Township.  He was a
  WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy.
  On January 23, 1949, he married Pearl Adell Krob in Turon.
  Survivors include his wife, Pearl Myers, Hutchinson; two daughters, Janet L.
  Gobber, Hutchinson, and Patricia A. Dunmire, Leek, England; two brothers,
  Wesley Myers, Phoenix, Arizona, and Gene Myers, Colville, Washington; four
  sisters, Ailene Redding and Bonnie McMurray, both of Hutchinson, Laura Lee
  Norland, Galva, and Rozann Cedarholm, Lindsborg; and three grandchildren.
  A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2001, at
  Westside Baptist Church, Hutchinson, with Pastors Tim Adrai and Eldon Smith
  officiating.  Graveside services were held at Excelsior Cemetery, rural
  Marquette, with the Fort Riley Honor Guard presiding.
  Memorials may be sent to the church or to the Parkinson's Disease
  Foundation.
  The Marquette Tribune, Jan. 24, 2001
  1/17/2001
  Ruth Dale Duncan Middleton   1900 - 2001
  Ruth Dale (McMickell) Duncan Middleton, 100, passed away Tuesday, November
  7, 2000.
  She was born March 22, 1900, in Saline County, Kansas, on a farm near the
  towns of Salina and Gypsum.  Her parents homesteaded the last quarter
  section of land in Kansas under the Homestead Act in 1902 and Ruth lived
  there with her family until she came to Burlington, Colorado to teach music
  and physical education in 1924.
  In 1926, she married Carl G. Duncan, a teacher and administrator.  To this
  union were born four children, three of whom survive:  JoAnn (Bud) Kincaide,
  Long View, Texas; Carl (Joan) Duncan, Littleton, Colorado; and Earl (Betty)
  Duncan, Longmont Colorado.  Carl G. Duncan preceded her in death in 1974.
  Ruth was also preceded in death by her daughter, Lois Collins, and sister,
  Eleanor O'Dell.
  In 1981, she was married to Donald S. Middleton, who preceded Ruth in death
  on March 21, 1995.
  Before coming to Colorado, Ruth taught five years in elementary schools in
  Kansas, two years at Burlington, Colorado, and 24 years in Pueblo County
  District No. 70 at Avondale, Colorado, serving as elementary principal of
  the Avondale School for 13 years.  Other activities include: past president
  of the American Legion Auxiliaries of Cortez, Colorado and Oak Creek,
  Colorado; past president of Federated Women's Clubs in both Cortez and Oak
  Creek; member of No. 132 Wild Rose Chapter of O.E.S. for more than fifty
  years; present member of P.E.O. Chapter BT; and past president of the Monday
  Music Club.
  Ruth was an accomplished musician.  She served as organist for 50 years at
  Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pueblo.
  Survivors include four step-daughters, Roberta Jean (Henry) Hanna, Cloquet,
  Minnesota, Mary (Kenneth) Ray, Arvada, Colorado, Linda (Alan) Thompson,
  Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Betsy Towell, Brookfield, Wisconsin; one sister,
  Eula Hoover, Pueblo, Colorado; 15 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
  A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2000, at
  Westminster Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Pat Hurley officiating.
  1/10/2001
  Mildred J. "Mimi" Boydston 1905 - 2001
  Mildred J. "Mimi" Boydston, 95, McPherson, Kansas passed away Thursday, January 4, 2001 at Shiloh Manor, Canton.
  Mrs. Boydston was born June 6, 1905 at Marquette, daughter of Emil and Alma Elizabeth (Burnison) Vann. She attended
  the Marquette grade schools and graduated from Marquette High School. She then attended and graduated with a teachers
  certificate from Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas.
  She married Ray Thomas Boydston on December 29, 1924, at Lyndon, Kansas. He passed away on September 21, 1981.
  She was Canton resident since 1991, moving from McPherson. She was a homemaker, taught school for a short time at
  Marquette Elementary School, was a bookkeeper at J.C. Penney's, and worked at Bixby Jewelry Store, both in
  McPherson, for a few years before working as a Teller at McPherson Bank and Trust Company, until her retirement.
  Memberships include the Trinity Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and was active in other church functions,
  Order of the Eastern Star, where she was twice a Past Worthy Matron, and volunteer for the American Cancer Society, all
  in McPherson.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Thomas Wesley Sundahl; two sisters, Elsie Hudson and
  Vivian Stwalley; and one brother, Maynard Vann. Survivors include one daughter, Virginia Sundahl, McPherson; four
  grandchildren, Tom Sundahl, Kevin Sundahl, Laura Smysor and Susan Ryan; and eight great-grandchildren, Shane Sundahl,
  Kristian Sundahl, Lukas Sundahl, Mark Sundahl, Joe Smysor, Matt Smysor, Amanda Ryan and Kevin Ryan.
  Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, with Rev.
  Michael Fibranz officiating. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery, McPherson. Memorials may be made to the Trinity
  Lutheran Church, McPherson, Shiloh Manor, Canton, or the Alzheimer's Association.
 
  Le Roy Peterson 1906 - 2001
  LeRoy Peterson, 94, passed away Friday, December 29, 2000, at Bethany Home, Lindsborg. The oldest son of William A.
  and Anna (Ternstrom) Peterson, he was born December 6, 1906, in the Mt. Vernon Community, Kingman County, Kansas.
  Brought by his parents to Lindsborg in March 1907, at the age of three months, he was baptized Clarence LeRoy by Dr.
  Alfred Bergin. With the exception of two years spent in Southern Texas and three years in the military during World War II,
  he spent his years in the Fremont and Lindsborg area.
  He graduated from and attended Marquette High School and Wichita Business College. His three years in the military were
  spent as a medical corpsman attached to the 6th Night Fighters Squadron of the 7th Air Force. He attained the rank of
  Sergeant.
  After his honorable discharge from the Army in October 1945, he was employed as bookkeeper and office manager in
  several Lindsborg businesses, namely: Leaf's Garage, Anderson's Bros., Superservice and Peterson Bros. (no relation).
  On June 4, 1949, he was united in marriage to Alyce Cedarholm. She passed away on July 25, 1975. In May 1966, he was
  appointed Assistant City Clerk of the City of Lindsborg, appointed City Clerk in 1967, and served in that capacity until May
  1, 1976. Since then he was semi-retired, often seen at the office doing volunteer work. He was preceded in death by a
  sister, Viola Dahlsten, and a brother, Paul Dahlsten.
  Survivors include two brothers, Carl William Peterson, Lindsborg, Milton Peterson and wife, Mildred, Salina; one sister,
  Gladys Peterson, Lindsborg; and sister-in-law, Annabelle Cotherern Peterson, Fresno, California. Following a private funeral
  service, burial was in the Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg. Memorials may be sent to Bethany Lutheran Church, Bethany
  Home, or the Lindsborg Community Hospital, all of Lindsborg, in care of Hays-Christians Funeral Home, P.O. Box 386,
  Lindsborg, Kansas 67456.
 
  Robert Patrick Istas 1960 ­ 2001
  Robert Patrick Istas, 40, Rogers, Arkansas, formerly of Hutchinson, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2000,
  at St. Mary's Hospital, Rogers. Mr. Istas was born July 25, 1960, at Concordia, Kansas. He worked in inside sales at
  Industrial Bearing and Transmission.
  He served in the Marine Corps and was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Mary (Spoon) Istas;
  his mother, Mary J. Istas, Carl Junction, Missouri; two daughters, Sarah Istas and Ashley Istas, both of Concordia; four
  brothers, William Joseph Jr., Superior, Nebraska, Rex Alan, Austin, Texas, John, Rochester, New York, and Jason, Carl
  Junction, Missouri; and two sisters, Janice Istas, Hutchinson, and Susan Lawrence, Rapid City, South Dakota.
  Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2000, at Johnson & Sons Memorial Chapel, 300 E. 30th,
  Hutchinson, Kansas with Pastor Wayne Pitman officiating. Cremation followed the service. Memorials may be made to the
  American Heart Association or a charity of the donor's choice.
 
  Dorothy M. Dahlsten 1913 - 2001
  Dorothy M. Dahlsten, 87, Lindsborg, passed away Friday, December 29, 2000, at Lindsborg Community Hospital. She
  was born March 11, 1913, at Hooker, Oklahoma, daughter of D.M. and Myrtle (Buchanan) Rudd. She was a resident of
  Lindsborg for many years, moving back from Abilene in April 2000. She was a retired school teacher and homemaker. She
  was a member of the Freemount Lutheran Church, rural Lindsborg, the WELCA of the church, and the Galaxy Club,
  Lindsborg.
  On August 22, 1940, she married Evert Dahlsten at Hooker, Oklahoma. He died May 5, 1971. Survivors include a son,
  Jerry Dahlsten, Lenexa; a daughter, Shirley Pekarek, Kensington; and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held at
  10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at the Freemount Lutheran Church, rural Lindsborg, with Pastor James A. Harrison
  officiating.
  A private burial was held prior to the service in the Freemount Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Lindsborg. Memorials may
  be made to the Freemount Lutheran Church, in care of Hays-Christians Funeral Home, P.O. 386, Lindsborg, Kansas
  67456.
 
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  Shirley M. Alstatt, 62, Lindsborg, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2000, at Infinia, McPherson, Kansas.
  She was born January 26, 1938, at Little River, Kansas, daughter of Ivan and Mabel (Carlson) Snell. She
  was a resident of Lindsborg since 1960, moving from McPherson.
  She was a homemaker, and former employee at the Lindsborg Community Hospital and an Avon Dealer.
  She was a member of the Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, the American Legion Auxiliary, Lindsborg, and
  the VFW Auxiliary, Salina. On January 3, 1958, she married Dean W. Alstatt at McPherson. Survivors
  include her husband, Dean W. Alstatt, Lindsborg; one son, Allen R. Alstatt, Marquette; and two brothers,
  Sheldon Snell, McPherson, and Ivan Snell Jr., Wichita.
  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at the Hays-Christians Funeral
  Chapel, Lindsborg, with Pastor Larry Cross officiating. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery, west of
  Marquette. Memorials may be made to Infinia of McPherson or the Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, in
  care of Hays-Christians Funeral Home, P.O. Box 386, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456-0386.
 
  Alson V. Nolan Jr.
  Lt. Col. USAF Retired, Alson V. Nolan Jr. of Westlake Village, California passed away on Friday, December
  8, 2000 after a long illness. Alson (Al) was born September 8, 1919 in Kingman, Indiana. He attended school
  in Indiana, Kentucky and the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for National Cash Register before
  entering the Army of the US in 1941. He married Mary Lee Catron in 1941.
  Two sons were born to this union--Alson V. Nolan III and Robert Earl Nolan (deceased). Mary Lee passed
  away in 1968. Alson was commissioned in the Army Air Corp in 1942. He had many duty assignments in the
  Continental U.S., primarily in the financial and statistical area. His overseas assignments included
  Newfoundland, Korea, Vietnam, France, and Germany. His final AF duty was to close out all the US Military
  units in France-a project called Freloc.
  Col. Nolan retired from active duty on July 16, 1968. In 1969 he married Mary Katherine Wickstrom, who
  survives him. He is also survived by one son, Alson V. Nolan III of Texas, one brother, James R. Nolan of
  South Carolina, and three grandsons, Michael, Jeffrey and Robb. Alson lived in Westlake Village for 31
  years and was a charter member of the Westlake United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the
  Retired Officers Association, and a charter member of the WWII Memorial Society.
  Alson was a patient, kind and loving man, always ready to help others. He will be greatly missed by his
  family and many friends. A memorial service was held Monday, December 11, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. in the
  Westlake United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Westlake United Methodist Church,
  1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village, CA 91362 or Fitzgerald Senior Support Center, 401 Hodencamp
  Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.


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