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Ida Lancaster 
Ida Lancaster, 82, died May 2, 1999, at Hutchinson Hospital. 

She was born Sept. 28, 1916, in Alfalfa County, Okla., the daughter of George and Emmaline Casey Nelson. She was a graduate of Lambert High School, Lambert, Okla. A longtime Hutchinson resident, moving from Mountain Grove, Mo., in 1954, she was a retired admission's clerk at Hutchinson Hospital. 

She belonged to First Christian Church, Hutchinson. 

On July 23, 1954, she married Leslie E. Lancaster at North Platte, Neb. He survives. 

Other survivors include: four sons, Nelson and Tom, both of Hutchinson, Jon, Tulsa, Okla., and Don, Amarillo, Texas; three daughters, Leslie Kay Aikens, Hutchinson, Joy Sloan, Sterling, and Connie Dixon, Wichita; 14 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karolyn Lancaster; two sisters, Alice Pennington and Georgia Clegg; and two brothers, Luther and Dan Nelson. 

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Wildmead Cemetery, Nickerson, with Pastor Melvin Walton presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Golden Plains Health Care Center or to the donor's choice in care of the mortuary. 

Irene R. Richardson 
ALTAMONT - Irene R. Richardson, 88, of Altamont, died May 1, 1999, at Labette County Medical Center. 

She was born Sept. 21, 1910, at rural Altamont, the daughter of Jesse E. and Elsie E. Ware Westervelt. A Beloit resident for three years, later returning to Altamont, she worked for many years as an interior-exterior decorator, retiring in 1975. 

She belonged to First Baptist Church, Altamont, where she served as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, served on various committees and had served as White Cross Chairperson since 1940, overseeing mission work at the church. 

On Sept. 25, 1929, she married Wilbur Zean Richardson at Wichita. He preceded her in death. 

Survivors include: a daughter, Wilma Deane Endicott, Altamont; a sister, Ellen Lambert, Blackwell, Okla.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a nephew; and three nieces. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Wilda Jean Endicott; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson. 

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, Altamont, with the Revs. Don Walker and Marty DeWitt presiding. Burial will be in Mound Valley Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of Bath Funeral Home, Altamont. 

Lois Faye McGavran Ramey 
GREAT BEND - Lois Faye McGavran Ramey, 78, of Great Bend, died May 1, 1999, at Wichita. 

She was born Dec. 8, 1920, at Minneapolis, the daughter of Thomas Carl and Sara Edith Edmonds McGavran. She graduated from Minneapolis High School in 1938. A Great Bend resident since 1952, moving from Hays, she was a retired machine operator for Fuller Brush Co. 

She was baptized in the Methodist Church and belonged to the AARP. 

On Aug. 16, 1942, she married Glenn O. Ramey at Clay Center. He died Aug. 28, 1991. 

Survivors include: three sons, Dennis and Rex, both of Great Bend, and Robert, Pawnee Rock; a daughter, Glennis "Jody" Gutierrez, Liberal; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Carl. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Fryberger Mortuary Chapel, Great Bend, with the Rev. Don Paden presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to service time today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, in care of the mortuary. 

Janet Lee Smith 
STERLING - Janet Lee Smith, 40, of Sterling, died May 2, 1999, at Hutchinson Hospital. 

She was born Aug. 11, 1958, at Ellinwood, the daughter of Edward and Faye VonFelt Vonfeldt. A lifetime Reno County resident, she was a homemaker. 

She belonged to St. Teresa's Catholic Church. 

On May 15, 1974, she married Michael R. Smith at Hutchinson. He survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Jeremy, of the home; a daughter, Alisha Smith, Emporia; a sister, Sharon Sidebottom, Hutchinson; and grandmothers, Marge Bower and Ellen Tiesmeyer, both of Kingman. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Ronnie. 

Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Elliott Mortuary Chapel, Hutchinson. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Hutchinson, with Father Richard F. Stuchlik presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson. 

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society in care of the mortuary. 

Kurt Trent Shedeck 
SYRACUSE - Kurt Trent Shedeck, 49, died April 30, 1999, at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. 

He was born March 4, 1950, at Borger, Texas, the son of Richard H. and Colleen Crittenden Shedeck. He graduated from Spearman High School, Spearman, Texas, Amarillo College of Auto Mechanics and East Texas State University. A Midland, Texas, resident for the past eight years, having lived most of his life in Spearman, Texas, he was an auto mechanic instructor at Midland Junior College, where he had recently been named teacher of the year. 

He belonged to Golf Course Road Church of Christ, Midland. 

Survivors include: two daughters, Patricia Shedeck Lee, Pukalani, Maui, Hawaii, and Claire Shedeck, Hamlin, Texas; mother, Syracuse; grandmother, Anna Raney, Syracuse; brother, Mike, Dalhart, Texas; a sister, Vicki Wilson, Fritch, Texas; and two grandsons. 

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. MST Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, with the Revs. Gaylord Cook and Bob Goebel presiding. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. today and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greene Funeral Home, Syracuse. Burial will be in Coolidge Cemetery, Coolidge. 

Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association or University of Texas-Galveston Transplant Center, both in care of the funeral home. 

Bernice M. Riedel 
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Bernice M. Riedel, 70, died May 1, 1999, at Bethany Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. 

She was born Sept. 23, 1928, at Schoenchen, the daughter of John and Rosella Wassinger Tauscher. A Salina resident for 38 years, moving to Kansas City in 1997, she was an inspector for Tony's Pizza, Salina, for 16 years, retiring in 1994. 

She belonged to Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, and was a former member of Sacred Heart Cathedral and it's Circle, Salina. 

On April 26, 1951, she married Leonard J. Riedel at Hoisington. He survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Steven R., of the home; six brothers, Eldon Tauscher, Larned, Ernie and Kenny Tauscher, both of Arkansas City, Gerald Tauscher, Hoisington, Harold Tauscher, Chicago, Ill., and Ronnie Tauscher, Great Bend; and a sister, Henrietta Farmer, Hoisington. 

Wake service will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann Catholic Church, Olmitz, with Father Ultan Murphy presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Olmitz. 

Memorials may be sent to Sisters Servants of Mary, in care of the funeral home. 

Sarah May Harrison 
OVERLAND PARK - Sarah May Harrison, 95, died April 26, 1999. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Fryberger Mortuary, Great Bend. 

J.M. `Jim' Tuttle 
GOVE - J.M. "Jim" Tuttle, 66, died May 2, 1999, at Gove County Medical Center, Quinter. 

He was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Gove County, the son of Albert and Mary Marshall Tuttle. He was a 1951 graduate of Quinter High School. A lifetime Gove County resident, he worked as a water well driller and farmer. He had been the owner/operator of Aqua Drilling since 1954 and was also a custom silage and hay harvester. 

He belonged to United Methodist Church, Gove, Smoky Hill-Saline Basin Advisory Committee for the Kansas Water Authority, Northwest Local Environmental Protection Group, past vice president of Kansas Water Well Association, and was a charter member of Hackberry 4-H Club. He was a lay leader and Sunday school teacher for Gove United Methodist Church, past member of USD 292 School Board, Gove Lions Club and past Gove County Republican chairman. 

On Aug. 11, 1952, he married Leona J. Schmidt at Quinter. She survives. 

Other survivors include: three sons, Jon, Quinter, Von and Leon, both of Gove; six daughters, Gwen Kramer, Meriden, Lorsey Thompson and Lana Durkee, both of Manhattan, Rose Packard, Grainfield, Sandra Lonas, Ft. Knox, Ky., and Rita Shogren, Satanta; three brothers, Boyd, Grinnell, Robert and Mahlon, both of Quinter; a sister, Marita Hill, Garden Plain; 23 grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. 

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Gove, with the Rev. Jim Brookhart and Stan Smith presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Schmitt Funeral Home, Quinter. Burial will be in Gove Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the Gove County Medical Center, the American Diabetes Association or the church, all in care of the funeral home. 

Wilma J. Staub 
STAFFORD - Wilma J. Staub, 82, died May 2, 1999, at her home in Stafford. 

She was born Feb. 8, 1917, at Hooker, Okla., the daughter of Archie Hughes and Clara Hagerman Hughes Giesaking. She was a 1935 graduate of Garden City High School and attended Salt City Business College, Hutchinson. A Stafford resident since 1989, moving from St. John, she was a bookkeeper for Dr. Minor, Garden City, Garvin and Garvin Attorneys, St. John, and worked for 23 years for the ASCS Office, St. John. After her retirement, she assisted the St. John Lutheran Church as a bookkeeper. 

She belonged to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Natrona, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and was a past member of Livingston EHU, St. John. 

On May 21, 1938, she married Albert Staub at Garden City. He survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Stephen, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; two daughters, Deborah Hoss, Stafford, and Mary Fatzer, St. John; two brothers, Charles Giesaking, Garden City, and Melvin Giesaking, Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sisters, Thelma Traugott, Tulsa, Okla., and Erma Marker, Garden City.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Giesaking; and a granddaughter. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Minnis Chapel, St. John, with the Rev. Michael Schotte presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Fairview Park Cemetery, St. John. 

Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the funeral home. 

Chester L. Speer 
GENESEO - Chester L. Speer, 81, died May 1, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Center, Lyons. 

He was born Sept. 25, 1917, at Geneseo, the son of Wallace and Flossie Watters Speer. A longtime Geneseo resident, he was a retired foreman for Santa Fe Railroad. 

Survivors include: a sister, Wilma Shannon, McPherson; and several nephews and nieces. 

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, in Geneseo Cemetery, with the Rev. Doug Tribolet presiding. 

Memorials may be sent to the Good Samaritan Center, Lyons, in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. 

Robert E. `Bob' Wilcox 
Robert E. "Bob" Wilcox, 64, of Hutchinson, died May 3, 1999, at Hutchinson Hospital. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. 

James W. `Jim' Scheffler 
NEWTON - James W. "Jim" Scheffler, 79, died May 2, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus, Wichita. 

He was born May 8, 1919, at rural Newton, the son of William A. and Martha Sadowski Scheffler. He was a 1937 graduate of Newton High School. A lifetime Newton resident, he was the retired manager of north and south Dillons Grocery Stores for 45 years, retiring in 1980. 

He belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Lodge, a life member of the Newton Chamber of Commerce, he was past president of the Newton Recreation Center for eight years, served on the Newton Library Board for eight years, past president of Newton Jaycees, he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1950, and served on the Newton Library Vita Program. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 

On Sept. 17, 1944, he married Evelyn J. Gatz at Fort Crook, Omaha, Neb. She survives. 

Other survivors include: two sons, Robert L., Newton, and Ronald J., Topeka; four brothers, Arthur and Morris, both of Newton, Harris, Wichita, and Bill, Colwich; three sisters, Elaine Barham, Doris Beyrle, and Maxine Friend, all of Wichita; and three grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Trudy Dillman. 

Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson Funeral Home, Newton. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Newton, with Father Ken Schuckman presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton. 

Memorials may be sent to St. Mary's Catholic Church or to the Newton Public Library. 

Gerald D. Funk 
PARTRIDGE - Gerald D. Funk, 60, died May 1, 1999, at his home in Partridge. 

He was born Dec. 18, 1938, at La Crosse, the son of Rubin and Clista Niedens Funk. A Partridge resident for six years, moving from Newton and formerly of Galatia, he was a retired city employee at Partridge. 

He belonged to the Elks Club and the Moose Lodge, both at Hutchinson. 

Survivors include: a son, Jerry, Garden City; a daughter, Sandra Mills, Abbyville; a brother, Ronald, Fenton, Mo.; a sister, Susie Lindsey, Newton; and a grandchild. 

Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Larry Frank presiding. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Galatia. 

Memorials may be sent to Friendship Meals of Reno County, in care of the funeral home. 

Larry G. Julian 
ST. JOHN - Larry G. Julian, 62, died May 2, 1999, at Stafford District Hospital, Stafford. 

He was born Sept. 24, 1936, at St. John, the son of Chesley Amos and Ella Mae Julian. A lifetime St. John resident, he was an oil field worker. 

He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, St. John, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. 

Survivors include: a daughter, Lori Ann McCormick, Rock Springs, Wyo.; a stepdaughter, Debbie Clawson, Rock Springs, Wyo.; mother , St. John; a brother, Leonard W. Julian, Milford; a sister, Lorna L. Wilcox, Casper, Wyo.; and three grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Fairview Park Cemetery, St. John, with Paul Keller presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Minnis Chapel, St. John. 

Minnis Chapel, St. John, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Ralph B. Moorman 
NICKERSON - Ralph B. Moorman, 86, died May 3, 1999, at Hutchinson Hospital. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. 

Elsie M. Sloan 
NEWTON - Elsie M. Sloan, 90, died May 2, 1999, at Kansas Christian Home, Newton. 

She was born Sept. 27, 1908, at Cherokee, Okla., the daughter of Ezra Lee and Ida Alice Lehman Gibson. She was a real estate broker and founded Sloan Real Estate in 1955, retiring in 1985. 

She belonged to First Christian Church, was a charter member of the local branch of Soroptimist International, serving as president from 1967 to 1968, and the Mail Clerks Auxiliary. 

On Nov. 4, 1928, she married Delmar J. Sloan at Enid, Okla. He died Feb. 4, 1988. 

Survivors include: a son, Herbert Sr., Wichita; two daughters, Imogene M. Bueker, Newton, and Patricia Ann Osborne, Commerce City, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Charley, Ernest, Floyd, Glenn, Russel and Wilbur Gibson; and a sister, Mable Gibson. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, Newton, with the Rev. MyCherie Zimmerman presiding. Friends may call from 9 am. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton. Burial will be in Restlawn Gardens of Memory, Newton. 

Memorials may be sent to the Fellowship of John of the Kansas Christian Home, in care of the funeral home. 

Hazel Fern Josserand Droll 
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Hazel Fern Josserand Droll, 82, died April 25, 1999, at Long Beach, Calif. 

She was born Feb. 2, 1917, in Gray County, the daughter of John Vaden and Minnie Alcorn Josserand. She attended schools in Dodge City. She was a retired grocery checker and clerk with Local 342, Long Beach. 

On Feb. 11, 1937, she married Leo Thomas Droll. 

Survivors include: two daughters, Eleanor Ruth "Peach" HighFill and Kathie Renee Droll, both of Long Beach, Calif.; a brother, Glenn Josserand, Shelton, Wash.; two sisters, June Vaughan, Prescott, Ariz., and Opal Hobbs, Scott City; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Duane; two brothers, John and Tom Josserand; and a sister, Pauline Johnson. 

Funeral services were conducted by Forrest Lawn, Cypress, Calif. Burial was in Forest Lawn, Cypress. 

Shirley May Sinclair 
COLORADO SPRING, Colo. - Shirley May Sinclair, 59, died May 1, 1999, at her home. 

She was born July 24, 1939, at Tulsa, Okla., the daughter of Earl and Mary J. Potter Crussell. She attended school at Ford. A Colorado Springs resident, having lived at Dodge City, she was a beautician. 

She belonged to First Christian Church, Dodge City. 

Survivors include: two sons, Charles, Mobile, Ala., and Craig, Palm Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Kim Dooley, Columbus, Ind.; mother, Dodge City; three brothers, Fred Crussell, Guffey, Colo., Jerry Crussell, Canon City, Colo., and Thomas Crussell, Penrose, Colo.; a sister, Carolyn Lindsey, Healey; and three grandchildren. 

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, with Mr. Larry Williams presiding. Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials may be sent to the Shirley M. Sinclair Memorial Fund. 

Cora K. Stucky 
MOUNDRIDGE - Cora K. Stucky, 90, died May 2, 1999, at Memorial Home, Moundridge. 

She was born Oct. 6, 1908, in McPherson County, the daughter of Daniel D. and Anna Zerger Schrag. A lifetime Moundridge-area resident, she was a homemaker. 

She belonged to Eden Mennonite Church, rural Moundridge. 

On May 1, 1930, she married John R. Stucky at Moundridge. He died Dec. 23, 1993. 

Survivors include: two sons, Wayne L., North Newton, and Kenneth K., Moundridge; four daughters, Neva Kaufman, Moundridge, Betty Stucky and Marlene Unruh, both of McPherson, and Judy Krehbiel, Berryton; three brothers, Orlin Schrag, Edwin Schrag, and Harold Schrag, all of Moundridge; three sisters, Ruth Wedel and Ethel Juhnke, both of Moundridge, and Esther Schrag, Hesston; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vera Thiesen; two grandchildren; a brother, Richard Schrag; two sisters; Alida Cummings and Martha Krehbiel. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Eden Mennonite Church, rural Moundridge, with Pastors Lee Lever and Donovan Graber presiding. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Moundridge Funeral Home. Burial will be in Eden Church Cemetery, rural Moundridge. 

Memorials may be sent to the Memorial Home Building Fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Elsie Mae Helfrick 
SCOTT CITY - Elsie Mae Helfrick, 80, died May 2, 1999, at Park Lane Nursing Home, Scott City. 

She was born March 11, 1919, in northwest Scott County, the daughter of Roy and Jessie Linsacum Helfrick. A Park Lane Nursing Home resident for 19 years and a lifetime Scott County resident, she was an active member of the residents committee, and delivered newspapers to residents. 

She belonged to Southern Baptist Church, Scott City. 

Survivors include: a sister, Louise Vaughan Rose, Scott City; and several nephews and nieces. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Helfrick; and two sisters, Thelma Hughes and Helen Shriver. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Price & Sons Funeral Home, Scott City, with the Rev. Lynne Smith presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Scott County Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to Park Lane Nursing Home, in care of the funeral home. 

Marion Frank Welker 
ABBYVILLE - Marion Frank Welker, 72, of Abbyville, died Oct. 3, 1999, at Hutchinson Hospital. 

He was born May 17, 1927, at Hutchinson, the son of John J. and Bertha Faye Zerbe Welker. He was a 1946 graduate of Reno County High School, Nickerson. A longytime Abbyville resident, he was a farmer/stockman and a school-bus driver for Abbyville and USD 310 for 40 years. 

He belonged to Fairview United Methodist Church, Nickerson, the Reno County Farm Bureau and the Fairfield Booster Club. 

On May 8, 1949, he married Lois E. Estabrook at Nickerson. She survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Charles "Chuck," Kremlin, Okla.; a daughter, Susan Bergkamp, Arlington; a brother, John, Abbyville; four grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary Chapel, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Ed Furman presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson. 

Memorials may be sent to Abbyville Community Center or to the church, both in care of the mortuary. 

Jimmy Bill Lindsay 
PROTECTION - Jimmy Bill Lindsay, 69, died Oct. 3, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. 

He was born Sept. 8, 1930, at rural Coldwater, the son of Benjamin Frank and Mary Helen Shrauner Lindsay. He attended Protection Grade School, was a 1948 graduate of Protection High School, and attended Kansas State University for two years. A lifetime Comanche County resident, he was the owner and operator of Lindsay Electronics. 

He belonged to United Methodist Church, Protection, Alcoholics Anonymous, Woodward, Okla., and Coldwater Masonic Lodge No. 295. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. 

On March 8, 1996, he married Debra Edwards at Ashland. She survives. 

Other survivors include: a stepdaughter, Merrideth Caldwell, Coldwater; father, Protection; and two step-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his mother; and a sister, Marjorie Shuman. 

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Protection, with the Revs. Dennis Carter and Raymond Unruh presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Coldwater. Cremation has taken place. 

Memorials may be sent the Protection Library or to the Protection Beautification Committee, both in care of the funeral home. 

Velma E. Jones 
NEWTON - Velma E. Jones, 77, died Oct. 3, 1999, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. 

She was born July 27, 1922, at Iuka, Miss., the daughter of Murray B. and Lithia E. West Moore. A Newton resident, she was a homemaker. 

She attended Halstead Baptist Church. 

In 1939, she married William Lee Jones in Tippah County, Miss. He preceded her in death. 

Survivors include: three sons, Lee T., Oxford, Thomas E., Halstead, and Stanley, Newton; two daughters, Helen Cagle and Brenda Schultz, both of Newton; four sisters, Christine Murray, Athens, Ala., Josephine Dunn, Marked Tree, Ark., Bobbie Chenowith, Oxford, and Maxine Courtney, Lepanto, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven; a brother, Martin Moore; and a grandchild. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Halstead Baptist Church, with Pastor Roger Ericksten presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead. Burial will be in Halstead Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home. 

Because of a mortuary error, a survivor was omitted from the obituary of Guadalupe Hernandez Lopez in Monday's editions of The News. 

A son, Valentin J. Hernandez, survives in Garden City. 

Roy R. Henry 
Roy R. Henry, 82, of Hutchinson, died Oct. 3, 1999, at Hospice Residential Care Center, Hutchinson. 

He was born March 7, 1917, at Dodge City, the son of Walter Edward and Lora Maude Mulanax Henry. He was a graduate of Hutchinson High School. A Hutchinson resident since 1929, moving from Dodge City, he was an engineer with the Santa Fe Railroad, retiring in 1979 after 38 years of service. 

He belonged to First Church of the Nazarene, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and was a ham radio operator WQTWJ. 

On March 7, 1939, he married Donna Marie Weaver at Hutchinson. She survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Michael, Tucson, Ariz.; three daughters, Donna Lyn Franklin, Hutchinson, Jayne L. Cook, Wellington, and M. Mitzi Cash, Moore, Okla; a brother, R.D., Hutchinson; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, Hutchinson, with the Rev. R. Kendall Franklin presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson. 

Memorials may be sent to Gideons International in care of the funeral home. 

Kenneth Alvin Helm 
CHASE - Kenneth Alvin Helm, 75, died Oct. 4, 1999, at Lyons District Hospital. 

He was born April 9, 1924, at Sylvia, the son of Charles and Olive Harmon Helm. A Chase resident for 33 years, he was a retired lineman for the Kansas Power & Light Co. 

He belonged to the Lutheran Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, both at Larned, and was a former Chase School Board member and a former Chase fireman. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. 

On Sept. 27, 1963, he married Mary E. Scott at Haven. She survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Kenneth A., Fort Scott; three stepsons, Otis Wayne Smith, San Diego, James Carlis Smith, San Antonio, and Richard Allen Smith; two stepdaughters, Mary Ellen Steele, Farmington, N.M., and Lola Frances Huskey, Chase; a brother, Lloyd, Abbyville; four sisters, Margaret Kumorowski, Abbyville, Dorothy Glaspie, Joplin, Mo., and Donna Miller and Beverly Steiskal, both of Seneca, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford; and a sister, Joan Vincent. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons, with the Rev. Tom Eastman presiding. Burial will be in Lyons Municipal Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the KSU Center for Basic Cancer Research in care of the funeral home. 

Bernard S. Blair 
FORMOSO - Bernard S. Blair, 85, died Oct. 4, 1999, at Republic County Hospital, Belleville. 

He was born April 23, 1914, in Washington Township, Jewell County, the son of Earl Eugene and Pearl Avis King Blair. He attended country schools in Jewell County and Glenwood, Iowa, and high school at Mankato. A Formoso resident, he was a retired farmer, Pioneer Seed salesman and horse trainer, and he also raised livestock. 

He was a member of the Jewell County Hospital Board, Jewell County District No. 101, the Rural Water District Board, and was a Sinclair Township trustee and a school trustee for Unity School, all in Jewell County. 

He married Wilma Fisher. She survives. 

Other survivors include: three sons, Steven, Dallas, Aaron, Gaithersburg, Md., and Bradley, Omaha, Neb.; a daughter, Marjo Kort, Blue Hill, Neb.; a sister, Eva Reboul, Clay Center; and eight grandchildren. 

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Melby Mortuary Chapel, Mankato. Cremation has taken place. 

Memorials may be sent to the hospital or the Jewell County Endowment Association Scholarship Fund, both in care of the mortuary. 

Thomas L. `Larry' Allison 
Thomas L. "Larry" Allison, 59, of Hutchinson, died Oct. 4, 1999, at his home. 

He was born Nov. 26, 1939, at Fort Worth, Texas, the son of the late Bradley and Eunice Powell Allison. A Hutchinson resident since 1975, formerly of St. Louis, he had earned his bachelor's degree from Southwestern Missouri University, Springfield, in 1961. In 1964, he earned his Master's of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. In 1974, he earned his Doctor of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He was the former pastor of Hanley Road Baptist Church, St. Louis, from 1968 to 1975; was an assistant chaplain at the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory, Hutchinson; was pastor of Midland UCC Church, Sterling, from 1987 to 1992; and at the time of his death was a therapist at Horizons Mental Health Center, Hutchinson. 

He belonged to Park Place Christian Church, Hutchinson, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. 

On March 5, 1960, he married Suzanne Tipton at St. Louis. She survives. 

Other survivors include: two sons, Tom, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Jeff, St. Charles, Mo.; a daughter, Lisa Allison, New York City; two brothers, Wilson, Springfield, Mo., and B.N. "Butch," St. Louis; and a granddaughter. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Park Place Christian Church, Hutchinson, with the Rev. John Krueger presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with the family present to receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today, both at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson. 

Graveside services will be in St. Louis. 

Memorials may be sent to Midland UCC Church, Park Place Christian Church or Hospice of Reno County, all in care of the funeral home. 

George N. Griffith 
LARNED - George N. Griffith, 85, died Oct. 3, 1999, at Larned Healthcare and Living Center. 

He was born Sept. 5, 1914, at Rush Center, the son of John William and Katie Tiday Griffith. A lifetime Larned resident, he was a farmer. 

He belonged to the United Methodist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, La Crosse, and the Masonic Lodge, Rush Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran. 

Survivors include: a sister, Ethel F. Busset, Lee's Summit, Mo.; a brother, Lester, Marion; three nephews; and three nieces. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Winfred; and two sisters, Edith Griffith and Elsie Cook. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with Pastor Charles Grant presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Wednesday and until service time Thursday, all at the mortuary. Burial will be in Ash Valley Cemetery, Ash Valley. 

Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association in care of the mortuary. 

David P. Hiebert 
BOULDER, Colo. - David P. Hiebert, 67, died Oct. 1, 1999, at his home in Boulder. 

He was born Sept. 11, 1932, at Wichita, the son of David J. and Lillian Beal Hiebert. A Boulder resident for 31 years, moving from Sterling, he had earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Fort Hays State University. He was employed by the Kansas Central Telephone Co. and was co-founder and president of the Lafayette First Industrial Bank, Lafayette, Colo. He was a former owner of a Farmers Insurance Agency in Lafayette. 

He was a life member of the Lions Club and Ducks Unlimited and was a licensed pilot. 

On May 28, 1955, he married Mary Jo Gibson at Hays. She survives. 

Other survivors include: three daughters; a brother; and a sister, Jean Hembree, Wichita. 

Cremation has taken. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Crist Mortuary, Boulder. 

Dorothy M. Anderson 
LINDSBORG - Dorothy M. Anderson, 86, died Oct. 4, 1999, at Lindsborg Community Hospital. 

She was born March 28, 1913, at Fremont, the daughter of Fredrick and Anna Cedarholm Anderson. 

A Lindsborg resident, formerly of Marquette and Assaria, she was a retired elementary schoolteacher, having taught at McPherson, Saline County rural schools, Assaria and Lindsborg. 

She belonged to Evangelical Covenant Church, the Covenant Women, taught Sunday school and a was a member of the Lindsborg Community Hospital Auxiliary, all at Lindsborg, and belonged to the McPherson Area Retired Teachers Association, the National Education Association and the Kansas Retired Teachers Association. 

Survivors include: a sister, AnnaBelle Anderson, Lindsborg; four nephews; and four nieces. 

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Carl, Ralph, Waldo, Marion and Clarence Anderson; and a sister, Florence Anderson. 

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Evangelical Covenant Church, Lindsborg, with Pastors Jeff Waugh and Darrell Cooper presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, both at Hays Funeral Home, Lindsborg. Private family graveside service will be in Freemount Lutheran Cemetery, rural Lindsborg. 

Memorials may be sent to the church, the Bethany Home or Lindsborg Community Hospital, and all in care of the funeral home. 

J. Dwight Lobdell 
DODGE CITY - J. Dwight Lobdell, 76, died Oct. 4, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Center, Dodge City. 

He was born Jan. 27, 1923, at Pratt, the son of Wayne Martin and Jessie Nell Williams Lobdell. He was a 1941 graduate of Minneola High School. A Dodge City resident since 1944, also having lived at Cimarron, he was supervisor for the Kansas Department of Transportation. 

He belonged to First United Methodist Church, was past master of St. Bernard Lodge No. 222, past commander of Knights Templar No. 35, past high priest of Royal Arch Masons No. 75, past patron of Order of Eastern Star St. Bernard Chapter No. 97, past watchman of Shepherds Mizpah Shrine No. 9, and was a member of the Kansas York Rite, the Scottish Rite, Senior Friends, and the Ford County Historic Society. 

On Sept. 8, 1941, he married Gladys Sateler at Dodge City. She survives. 

Other survivors include: two daughters, Theron Hunter, Tucson, Ariz., and Nona Rowton, Livingston, Texas; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy. 

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, with the Rev. Dick Robbins and Dr. Michael Gardner presiding. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Minneola Cemetery, with Masonic graveside rites conducted by St. Bernard Lodge No. 222 AF & AM. 

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church or to the Good Samaritan Center, both in care of the funeral home. 

Louise Joan Weigel 
VICTORIA - Louise Joan Weigel, 71, died Oct. 3, 1999, at Hays Medical Center. 

She was born Aug. 13, 1928, at Victoria, the daughter of Joseph C. and Catherine Paul Weigel. She was a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell in Hays for 32 years. 

She belonged to St. Fidelis Catholic Church, where she was a parish activity center volunteer, and was a member of the Victoria VFW Auxiliary, all at Victoria, and belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and Southwestern Bell Pioneers, Hays. 

Survivors include: three brothers, Donald, Blue Springs, Mo., Robert J., Great Bend, and Tony Weigel, Overland Park; and five sisters, Velma Giebler, Hays, Mary Jane Miller, Shirley Weigel and Doris Weigel, all of Victoria, and Leona Kuhn, Great Bend. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Michael Weigel. 

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria, with Father Frank X. Grinko presiding. Friends may call from 8 to 9:30 a.m. today at Cline's Mortuary of Victoria. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the St. Fidelis Charitable Fund or the St. Fidelis Cemetery Fund of Masses, both in care of the mortuary. 

Cynthia Mary Hinkle 
GARDEN CITY - Cynthia Mary Hinkle, 66, died Oct. 4, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. 

She was born Dec. 8, 1932, at Lucknow, India, the daughter of Henry Campbell and Frances W. Withcombe Brown. She graduated from high school at Northampton, England. A Garden City resident since 1954, she was the owner and operator of C & S Pet Parlor for 18 years and was co-owner of Hinkle Tree Service. 

She belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church, Garden City, and served as secretary of the AAL and as a den mother with the Cub Scouts. 

On Feb. 9, 1954, she married Willard Hinkle at Garden City. He survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Michael S., Garden City; two daughters, Susan M. Wilson, Garden City, and Marie Clark, Burkeville, Texas; three brothers, David Brown, Leavenworth, Alan Brown, Australia, and John Brown, England; a sister, Jean Faulkner, Garden City; two stepbrothers, Mike and Jeff Elmer, both of England; a stepsister, Valeria Multock, England; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Garden City, with Pastor Lyle Stuehrenberg presiding. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City. 

Memorials may be sent to the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo in care of the funeral home. 

Arthur Doane Wilmore 
GREAT BEND - Arthur Doane Wilmore, 86, died Oct. 2, 1999, at Eagle, Colo. 

He was born Jan. 8, 1913, at Del Norte, Colo., the son of Arthur T. and Mary Ray Wilmore. He attended Wilmore schools and was a 1932 graduate of Hutchinson High School. A longtime Great Bend resident, he retired from. C.O. Mammel's Food Stores and then worked for 17 years at the Barton County Courthouse doing janitorial services. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 

In 1960, he married Betty Kazee Good. She died Jan. 18, 1997. 

Survivors include: a son, Dean, Eagle; two stepsons, Bill Good, Geary, Okla., and Terry Good, Austin, Texas; three stepdaughters, Helen Hinsley, Waxahachie, Texas, Donna Early, Parrish, Ala., and Rosie Anderson, Dallas; a sister, Frances Miller, Calimesa, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Wilmore Federated Church, with the Rev. Kent Little presiding. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Coldwater. Burial will follow the service in Wilmore Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to Wilmore Federated Church or the Wilmore Community Center, both in care of the funeral home. 

Alice L. Reinhardt 
LA CROSSE - Alice L. Reinhardt, 90, died Oct. 2, 1999, at Rush County Nursing Home, La Crosse. 

She was born Jan. 7, 1909, at Bison, the daughter of William G. and Ella L. Hamburg Ficken. A lifetime Rush County resident, she was a beautician. 

She served on the state cosmetology board. 

She married Carl Reinhardt. He preceded her in death. 

Survivors include: a niece, Diane Courtney, Wichita. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Loren W. and Eldred Ficken. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, with the Rev. Kathy Bannister presiding. Friends may call until service time today at the funeral home. Interment will be in Lone Star Cemetery, Bison. 

Memorials may be sent to United Methodist Church of Bison or to a children's home of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home, Box 550, La Crosse, KS 67548. 

Eloise Belford 
WICHITA - Eloise Belford, 75, died Oct. 3, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. 

She was born Sept. 21, 1924, at Great Bend, the daughter of August and Ethel Doonan Gagelman. A Wichita resident for two years, moving from Great Bend, she was a homemaker. 

She belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church and the Cougar Booster Club, both at Great Bend. 

On Aug. 14, 1971, she married Virgil E. Belford Jr. at Great Bend. He died Feb. 8, 1995. 

Survivors include: a son, James, Emporia; two daughters, Jan Wheeler, Wichita, and Jackie Kincaid, Northbrook, Ill.; a sister, Delores Potts, Great Bend; and seven grandchildren. 

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dr. Gary W. Teske presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home, Great Bend. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the church or the Great Bend Park Department, both in care of the funeral home. 

Jesus Ramon Pena Jr. 
LIBERAL - Jesus Ramon Pena Jr., age 3 months, died Oct. 3, 1999, at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal. 

He was born July 2, 1999, at Liberal, the son of Jesus Ramon and Julissa Baca Pena. 

Survivors include: his parents, of the home; a brother Caesar, of the home; three sisters, Dahlia, Fabiola and Mariana Pena, all of the home; and grandparents, Jesus and Blanca Baca Pena, Liberal, and Jesus and Librada Pena, of Mexico. 

Funeral will be at 4 p.m. today at Kitch Funeral Home, Liberal, with Austiasio Martinez presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Liberal Cemetery. 

Flossie M. Mock 
Flossie M. Mock, 90, died Oct. 4, 1999, at the Hester Care Center, Wesley Towers, Hutchinson. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. 

Paid Obituary 
Ada Wright 
Ada Wright, 85, of Hutchinson, died Oct. 2, 1999, at Hester Care Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. 

She was born Sept. 11, 1914, in Wilson County, Kansas, the daughter of William and Fannie Henley Fitzmorris. 

She had lived in Wilson County in her early years, moving to Wichita, Ks., living there for 35 years, and Little River for 12 years, before moving to Hutchinson in 1993. 

She was a graduate of Coyville High School, Independence Community College and Newman College in Wichita, Ks. 

She was a homemaker and an elementary school teacher for the Wichita Public Schools for 25½ years before retiring. 

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross Altar Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society, and the Kansas and NEA teacher associations. 

On Dec. 26, 1938, she married Harold Leroy Wright in Fredonia, Ks. He survives. 

Other survivors: 5 sons, James Wright and wife Patti, Hutchinson, Kansas; Bruce Wright and wife Barbara, Wichita, Kansas; Randall Wright, Lake Lotawana, Missouri; Stephen Wright and wife Mary, Wichita, Kansas; 1 daughter-in-law, Carolyn Wright, wife of Douglas Wright of Little River, Ks; 1 sister, Alice Drake, Hutchinson, Kansas; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by one son, Douglas Wright; and one brother, Pat Fitzmorris. 

Parish rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with Father Brian Egan and Father Eugene Grabner presiding. 

Burial will be held at Bean Memorial Cemetery, Little River, Kansas. 

Calling time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home. 

Velda Dora Whittaker 
GREAT BEND - Velda Dora Whittaker, 90, died Oct. 8, 1999, at Great Bend. 

She was born April 30, 1909, at Lewis, the daughter of Robert Ellsworth and Cora Luella Ray Israel. A Great Bend resident since 1953, she graduated from the eighth grade in Lewis. She was a farm wife, a cook at Central Kansas Medical Center and at restaurants, both at Great Bend, and cared for children in her home. 

She belonged to First Christian Church, Great Bend. 

On Feb. 15, 1934, she married Otis Jesse Whittaker at Ingalls. He died Nov. 15, 1953. 

Survivors include: a son, Robert Leon, Great Bend; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by three sons, Terrill Dean, Ronald Otis and Earl Ross; four brothers, her twin, Eldon, Alva, Porter and Claude Israel; two sisters, Grace Addison and Frances Moore; and two infant siblings. 

Funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. Bill Johnson presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Fryberger Mortuary, Great Bend, and from 8:30 a.m. until service time Friday at the church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Cimarron Township Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to Project Dream Inc. (for children of alcoholics with camps at Cedar Bluff Reservoir) in care of the church or the mortuary. 

Foster `Shorty' Delinger 
GARDEN CITY - Foster "Shorty" Delinger, 74, died Oct. 10, 1999, at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City. 

He was born Aug. 31, 1925, at Yuma, Colo., the son of Noel P. and Anna Willibey Delinger. A Garden City resident since 1970, formerly of Sterling, Colo., Kimball, Neb., and Dighton, he was an oil-field worker. He was a Finney County employee, worked for Smith Sand Co. and was employed by the city in Garden City as a mechanic, working on heavy-duty equipment 10 ten years before retiring in 1986. 

He belonged to First United Methodist Church, the Builders Sunday school class, was a life member of VFW John J. Haskell Post No. 2279 and belonged to the AARP, all at Garden City. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 

On June 18, 1950, he married Ina Mae Stuck at Yuma. She survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Edwin, Deerfield; two daughters, Elaine Childers and Beverly Delinger, both of Garden City; a brother, Forest Delinger, Fort Collins, Colo.; and five grandchildren. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Garden City, with the Revs. Robert Cousins and Janet Hernandez presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City, with military rites conducted by Garden City area veterans. 

Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the funeral home. 

Everett L. Boley 
GREAT BEND - Everett L. Boley, 96, died Oct. 10, 1999, at Integrated Health Services, Great Bend. 

He was born May 11, 1903, at Girard, the son of John Wesley Jr. and Mary Magdalene Cruzan. A former Wichita resident before moving to Great Bend, he worked at Boeing Aircraft and Wesley Motor Hotel, both at Wichita, before retiring. 

He belonged to Mount Olive Christian Church, Montezuma, and the Wichita Gem and Mineral Society, Wichita. 

On June 25, 1928, he married Marie M. Paden. She died Jan. 6, 1998. 

Survivors include: a son, Joseph R., Great Bend; three granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary, Wichita. Burial will follow in Burrton City Cemetery, Burrton. 

Memorials may be sent at the donor's request in care of the mortuary. 

Ruby Estelle Hopkins 
Ruby Estelle Hopkins, 68, died Oct. 10, 1999, at her home. 

She was born April 22, 1931, at Guthrie, Okla., the daughter of William B. and Ruby Sidle Hopkins. She graduated from Will Rogers High School, Tulsa, Okla. A Hutchinson resident since 1965, moving from Liberal, she retired from First National Travel, Hutchinson, in 1994, and worked part-time for Hutchinson Floral. 

She belonged to Park Place Christian Church, Hutchinson, and was a former volunteer with Hospice of Reno County and Meals on Wheels. 

Survivors include: a son, Randall Ray Hall, Newport Beach, Calif.; two daughters, Sharon K. Hall-Mitzner, Nickerson, and Rhonda Lynn Blair, Pullman, Wash.; mother, Ruby Hopkins-Pittman, Tulsa; two sisters, Norma Hopkins-Collyer, Tulsa, and Judith Lee Riley, McKinney, Texas; and a granddaughter. 

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson & Sons Memorial Chapel, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Lewis A. McPherren presiding. Private graveside service will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson. 

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County or to Park Place Christian Church, Hutchinson, both in care of Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson. 

Ruth Harriet Algrim 
MONTEZUMA - Ruth Harriet Algrim, 90, died Oct. 10. 1999, at the Pleasant View Home, Inman. 

She was born Aug. 19, 1909, at Ingalls, the daughter of John Marian and Harriet Maria Posey Henderson. A Gray County resident since 1932, moving into Montezuma in 1966 and to Inman in February 1998, she was a homemaker. 

She belonged to United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women and attended the Senior Citizen's Center, all at Montezuma. 

On April 26, 1929, she married Leora E. Algrim at St. John. He preceded her in death. 

Survivors include: a son, Eugene Ernest, La Crosse; five daughters, Helen Stapleton, Hutchinson, Arlene Thiessen, Inman, Velma Kirkegaard, Arvada, Co., Harriet Krey, Rolla, and Kae Schmidt, Olympia, Wash.; a brother, John Elroy Henderson, Lakin; a sister, Martha Markel, Montezuma; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Wilma Algrim; four brothers, Kenneth, Erwin, Lester and Louis; and three sisters, Marietta, Celo and Florence. 

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Montezuma, with the Rev. Gene Eshleman presiding. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Pleasant View Home Chapel, Inman. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Montezuma Funeral Home, and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Montezuma. 

Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the funeral home, Box 421, Montezuma, KS 67867. 

Ellen E. Smith 
DODGE CITY - Ellen E. Smith, 81, died Oct. 11, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Center, Dodge City. 

She was born April 4, 1918, at Willard, Okla., the daughter of Robert William and Ellen Harmon Brock. A Dodge City resident for more than 50 years, she was a cook at various restaurants in the area. 

She belonged to First Assembly of God, Dodge City. 

On Dec. 20, 1952, she married William S. Smith at Dodge City. He died Feb. 7, 1965. 

Survivors include: seven brothers, Basil D. and Robert L., both of Wichita, Cecil V., Denver, Leonard G., Woodward, Okla., Owen Keith, La Cygne, Pearl J., Midland, Texas, and Thomas H., Watertown, N.Y.; a sister, Emma Goldsberry, Springfield, Mo., and several nephews and nieces. 

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Assembly of God Church, Dodge City, with the Revs. David Graves and Shirley Wiley presiding. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City. 

Memorials may be sent to the church or to Hospice of the Prairie, both at Dodge City, in care of the funeral home. 

Gerald Imel Beitler 
ST. JOHN - Gerald Imel Beitler, 85, died Oct. 10, 1999, at Western Plains Regional Hospital, Dodge City. 

He was born Feb. 10, 1914, at St. John, the son of Hugh Roy and Hulda Williamson Beitler. A St. John resident, he was a state highway worker for 32 years. 

He belonged to St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, Rebekah Lodge, the Lions Club, 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus, and was a charter and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, all at St. John. He was a World War II veteran. 

He married Catherine Malik and later married Dorothy Crabaugh. On Feb. 14, 1970, he married Ruth Weese Ellis at St. John. She survives. 

Survivors include: a son, Mark Musso, Jefferson City, Mo.; a daughter, Mary Fisher, Elhambra, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Sherry Poe, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Thelbert, St. John, Thaine, Colorado Springs, and Arlo, Pretty Prairie; three sisters, Mildred Birch, St. John, Eleanor Shepherd, Livingston, Texas, and Chlora Stuart, Independence; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. 

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Minnis Chapel, St. John. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, St. John, with Father Rene Guesnier presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at Minnis Chapel, St. John. Burial will be in Fairview Park Cemetery, St. John. 

Memorials may be sent to the church or the Ida Long Goodman Library, St. John, both in care of the chapel. 

Jack H. Williams 
TOPEKA - Jack H. Williams, 66, died Oct 9, 1999, at his home in Topeka. 

He was born May 20, 1933, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of John B. and Margaret McDorman Williams. He was a Shawnee Mission High School graduate at Merriam, attended Washburn University, Topeka, and the U.S. Army Command and Leadership Course, and was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Washington, D.C. 

He had 30 years of service with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, retiring in 1991 as a special agent in charge of the Special Services Unit. He designed and supervised the KBI new agent and in-service training programs for 16 years. He assisted in the design of training programs for the Kansas Peace Officers Association. 

He belonged to Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, Topeka Lodge No. 17 AF & AM, and was a patient representative at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. 

He married Donna Knapp. On July 2, 1977, he married Janet Welch at Hutchinson. She survives. 

Other survivors include: a son; two daughters; a sister; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka. Friends may call after 8 p.m. today at Penwell-Gabel Midtown Chapel, Topeka. Family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Memorials may be sent to Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 1305 South Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603. 

Robert Thomas `Bob' Love Sr. 
TYRONE, Okla. - Robert Thomas "Bob" Love Sr., 69, died Oct. 8, 1999, at Tyrone. 

He was born Aug. 25, 1930, at Seminole, Okla., the son of Charles C. and Mary V. Ritchie Love. He attended school in Mount View. Moving to Tyrone in 1961, he was a mechanic and later owned and operated Love Pumping, Tyrone, as a contract pumper. 

He belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge and was a volunteer fireman, both at Tyrone. 

On Nov. 19, 1947, he married Pauline Broughton at Pawhuska, Okla. She survives. 

Survivors include: four sons; four daughters, including Carolyn Gonzales, Derby, and Virginia Hinton, Liberal; two brothers; three sisters; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tyrone Baptist Church, with Pastor Carl Hein presiding. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Mortuary, Liberal. Burial will be in Tyrone Cemetery. 

Leila Madoline Ruppert 
GREENSBURG - Leila Madoline Ruppert, 88, died Oct. 10, 1999, at Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, Greensburg. 

She was born Feb. 15, 1911, at Indianola, Neb., the daughter of Michael A. and Mary Caroline Buzzard Jussel. A Greensburg resident since February 1993, moving from McCook, Neb., she was a farm wife and homemaker. 

She belonged to the Garden Prairie Club, where she was a charter member for 56 years, and the 4-H Club, and was HDU county chairman and a weather observer for the National Weather Service, all at Nebraska. She belonged to United Methodist Women at Garden Prairie and Greensburg, and the Jolly Stitchers, Greensburg. 

On Aug. 24, 1927, she married Charlie Samuel Ruppert at McCook. He died Aug. 16, 1963. 

Survivors include: a brother, Lawrence Jussel, Springfield, Mo.; and a sister, Vera Luce, Branson, Mo. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Greensburg, with the Rev. Lawrence Lambert Jr. presiding, and at 10 a.m. Thursday at Carpenter-Breland Chapel, McCook, Neb., with the Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp presiding. Burial will be in Memorial Park, McCook. 

Memorials may be sent to Garden Prairie United Methodist Church, McCook, Neb., or to First United Methodist Church, Greensburg, both in care of Fleener Funeral Home, Greensburg. 

Arlyn Drake 
GARFIELD - Arlyn Drake, 90, died Oct. 10, 1999, at Larned Health Care and Living Center. 

He was born Feb. 6, 1909, at Rozel, the son of Joshua Ervin and Eutoca Mae Middleton Drake. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, he was a farmer, high school teacher and coach, and was postmaster at the Garfield Post Office. 

He belonged to Garfield Lutheran Church and the Over 50 Club, was a former mayor of Garfield, belonged to the Lions Club and was an honorary American Legion member, all at Garfield, was a 32nd Degree Mason at Larned, and belonged to the Scottish Rite, Wichita, the K-Club and the Fort Hays State University Lettermans Club. 

He was married to Ruth Peterson for 67 years. She survives. 

Other survivors include: a son, Monet, Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Arlyne Basom, Larned; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Maurice; four brothers, Lyle, Herbert, Oral and Ray; a sister, Helen Scott; and twin great-granddaughters. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Garfield Lutheran Church, with Nancy Mitchell and the Rev. Jim Lohmeyer presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Morell Funeral Home, Larned. Burial will be in Garfield Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 124, Larned, KS, 67550-0124. 

Ruth M. Bruce 
LAKIN - Ruth M. Bruce, 80, died Oct. 11, 1999, at Lakin. 

She was born Nov. 14, 1918, at Lakin, the daughter of Ezra and Hazel McAfee Porter. She attended Lakin schools and lived in Detroit until 1988, when she moved back to Lakin. She was a nurse's aide at various hospitals and nursing homes and served in a Detroit volunteer grandmother program after retirement. 

She belonged to Wesleyan Church, Lakin. 

In August 1937, she married DeWitt Bruce at Ouray, Colo. On July 28, 1943, she married Arthur A. Rich at Montrose, Colo. 

Survivors include: a son, Dennis D., Shelby Township, Mich.; two daughters, Brenda M. Gerritzen and Patricia E. Johnson, both of Lakin; a sister, Betty Cekovsky, Leoti; seven granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wesleyan Church, Lakin, with the Rev. Jeffrey Lee presiding. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, all at Garnand Funeral Home, Lakin. Burial will be in Lakin Cemetery. 

Vera F. Finch 
ULYSSES - Vera F. Finch, 81, died Oct. 10, 1999, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital, Ulysses. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Garnand Funeral Home, Ulysses. 

Marilyn J. Wilson 
McPHERSON - Marilyn J. Wilson, 60, died Oct. 11, 1999, at her rural McPherson home. 

She was born April 7, 1939, at Logan, the daughter of M. Wayne and Florence I. Green Reitzel. She was a bookkeeper and secretary for Prairie Art & Sign Co., McPherson, and retired from Sterling Drug Co., McPherson, in 1992. 

She belonged to First United Methodist Church, McPherson, the Mary Martha Circle of United Methodist Women, the Happy Homemakers, F.C.E., and the Alleluyah Bell Choir. 

On Feb. 13, 1960, she married William J. "Bill" Wilson. He survives. 

Other survivors include: three sons, Tim, Canton, and Tom and Troy, both of McPherson; a daughter, Teresa Armstrong, Hays; two brothers, Neal Reitzel, Mesa, Ariz., and Melvin Reitzel, Durand, Mich.; and 10 grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother; Walter Reitzel. 

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, McPherson, with the Rev. Larry Harvey presiding. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, both at Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, McPherson. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the church or to Hospice of Reno County, both in care of the funeral home. 

Jim L. Ray 
MANHATTAN - Jim L. Ray, 61, died Oct. 7, 1999, at the Mercy Health Center, Manhattan. 

He was born Sept. 25, 1938, at Kingman, the son of Ross and Clenon Layman Ray. A longtime Olathe resident, he had returned to Manhattan after retiring from the Department of Agriculture. 

He belonged to First United Methodist Church, Manhattan, the Masonic Lodge, Lions Club of Olathe, and the Combined Federal Campaign for the United Way, Kansas City. 

On Sept. 30, 1956, he married Marilyn Warta at Arlington. She survives. 

Other survivors include: two daughters, Jamie Lynn Musgrove, Stafford, Va., and Jana Wyatt, Manhattan; and four grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Dean. 

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at W.L. Frye and Sons Mortuary, Olathe, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman. Cremation will follow. 

Memorials may be sent to Arlington Methodist Church or to the Mennonite Special Care Unit, both in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. 

Francis Hodges 
KINGMAN - Francis Hodges, 85, was found Oct. 11, 1999, at his home. 

He was born Aug. 22, 1914, at Kingman, the son of Huey and Lucille Speigelmeier Hodges. A lifetime Kingman community resident, he was a retired farmer. 

He belonged to Kingman Christian Church. 

On Oct. 30, 1934, he married Faye Spradlin at Kingman. She died May 3, 1989. 

Survivors include: a son, James, Hutchinson; four daughters, Barbara Denison, Ariz., Patricia Fischer and Kathryn Crile, both of Hutchinson, and Mary Frances, Okla.; three brothers, Bob, Estes Park, Colo., Don, Naples, Fla., and David, Lawrence; two sisters, Meredith Calkins, Wichita, and Anita Lewis, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Keith and Russell; and three sisters, Margaret, Doris Logan and Betty Breckenridge. 

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kingman Christian Church, with Pastor Matt Keith presiding. Cremation has taken place. 

Memorials may be sent to the church in care of Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman. 

Denise Melanie Phillips Eldredge 
WICHITA - Denise Melanie Phillips Eldredge, 35, died Oct. 9, 1999. 

A former Hutchinson resident, moving to Wichita, she was a sales secretary with Journal Broadcasting. 

Survivors include: a son, Jay P. Nelson, Douglass; a daughter, Sarah N. Nelson, Douglass; parents, Dennis and Melanie Phillips, Omaha, Neb.; and grandparents, Donald and Ruth Phillips, Augusta. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church, Augusta. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta. 

Christina Jeanette Martin 
MOUNDRIDGE - Christina Jeanette Martin, one year, died Oct. 11, 1999, at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge. 

She was born Sept. 11, 1998, at Moundridge, the daughter of Sylvan S. and Sherri L. Yost Martin. 

Survivors include: her parents, Moundridge; a sister, Kayla Martin, Moundridge; grandparents, Luke and Darla Martin, Hesston, and Dave and Carolyn Yost, Moundridge; and great-grandparents, Floyd Yost, Moundridge, and Jesse and Frances Schmidt, Montezuma. 

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Meridian Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, rural Hesston, with Ministers Franklin, Eldon and Greg Wenger and Shawn Giesel presiding. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Moundridge Funeral Home. Burial will be in Meridian Church Cemetery, rural Hesston. 

Julius Dean Johnson 
HILLSBORO - Julius Dean Johnson, 63, died Oct. 11, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Wichita. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hillsboro Memorial Chapel. 

PAID OBITUARY 
Louis Wire `Buck' Lewis 
KINSLEY - Louis Wire "Buck" Lewis, 83, departed this life on Oct. 8, 1999, at his home on the Lewis ranch south of Kinsley. He was a cattle rancher and a lifelong Kinsley area resident. He served as a director of the Kinsley Bank from 1956 to 1999. 

Buck, along with his brothers, Dick and Bert, were descendants of the Lewis and Wire families, who were pioneers of Edwards County. 

Buck was the youngest of three sons to Bert D. and Madge Wire Lewis. He was the great-grandson of Isaiah V. Lewis, who was pasturing and trading cattle he had driven from Texas long before there was Kinsley. 

Buck was born Feb. 6, 1916, at the Lewis ranch. When he was seven, his father died, leaving his mother with three boys to rear. 

Buck and his brothers learned the meaning of hard work as they helped their mother develop the ranch during the Depression years. 

On July 16, 1938, Buck married Lucille Blount and brought her to live on the ranch. Four children, Mike, Lana, Niki, and Van, grew to adulthood under the shelter of this loving relationship. 

Buck was a Talks-around-the-table kind of father, seasoning the food with life's lessons. He passed his knowledge and love for the cattle business along to his sons. To his daughters as well as his sons, he gave a sense of self and was a role model for what a man should be. 

He loved music. He was a glide-across-the-room-crowd-parting dancer. He was the rhythm. 

So Buck 

May the earth be soft under you when you rest upon it, tired at the end of the day. 

May the earth rest easy over you when at last you lie under it. 

May the earth rest so lightly over you that your spirit may be out from under it quickly and up, and off, and on its way to God. 

Buck is survived by his beloved wife, Lucy; children: Mike and Ruth Lewis and family, Lana Whitney and family, Roger and Niki Shepherd, and Van and Nan Lewis; sisters-in-law Kathryn Lewis and Thelma Lewis and family; cousins John Wire and family and Rex Woods and family. 

A private service was held Oct. 11, 1999, at Hillside Cemetery, Kinsley. 

Memorials may be sent to the Edwards County Historical Society in care of McKillip Funeral Home, Kinsley. 


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