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Donald R. Cummins

Donald R. Cummins, 72, of 2909 South Broadacres Road, died Feb. 2, 1998, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita.

He was born July 10, 1925, at Dore, N.D., the son of Floyd and Mary Stubbs Cummins. A Hutchinson resident since 1965, he was a retired stock room manager for Eaton Corporation.

He belonged to Machinists Local Union No. 1992, Hutchinson. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.

On Jan. 1, 1952, he married Amy Lou Stringos at Hutchinson. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Roy Z., Buhler, and Randy L., Hutchinson; four daughters, Donna Saunders, Hutchinson, Verna Andres, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Vivian Gedeon, San Antonio, and Tacy, North Dakota; a brother, Wayne Cummins, Des Moines, Iowa; a sister, Grace Clark, Washington; and 19 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Cummins.

No services will be held. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 5 to 8 p.m., both at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Reno County Fire District No. 2 Welfare Fund in care of the mortuary.

Roberta D. Lewis

LARNED - Roberta D. Lewis, 79, died Feb. 1, 1998, at Larned Health Care and Living Center.

She was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Pawnee County, the daughter of William Leslie and Lydia Jayne Spaulding Martin. A Pawnee County resident for 78 years, she was a retired school teacher for USD 495, where she taught for 38 years.

She belonged to First Baptist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and Order of Eastern Star, all at Larned.

On Nov. 26, 1947, she married Leonard W. Lewis at Larned. He survives.

Other survivors include: a son, George L. Lewis, Kinsley.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, George Earl, Gene Otto, and Bill Martin; and a sister, Lois Martin.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with the Revs. Jerry Leever and Robert Schmutz presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and prior to service time Thursday, both at the mortuary. Burial will be in Larned Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the mortuary.

Steven M. Carriker

HARDTNER - Steven M. Carriker, 84, died Feb. 1, 1998, at Medicine Lodge.

He was born Aug. 5, 1913, at Deerhead, the son of Sidney M. and Alice Faye Bales Carriker. A lifelong Barber County resident, he was a gas station owner and used car dealer.

He belonged to Hardtner United Methodist Church.

On Dec. 30, 1939, he married Deloris L. Hoagland at Medicine Lodge. She died June 28, 1992.

Survivors include: two sisters, Pauline Morris and Florence Landwehr, both of Wichita.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hardtner United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lew Van Der Wege presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Home, Kiowa. Burial will be in Lake City Cemetery.

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

Forrest Eugene Leeper

PRATT - Forrest Eugene Leeper died Feb. 2, 1998, at Glendora, Calif.

He was born June 1, 1920, at Pratt, the son of David Erwin and Martha Matilda Lee Leeper.

Survivors include: two brothers, Erwin, South Hutchinson, and Jerry, Glendora, Calif.; four sisters, Margaret Jean Bowman and Shirley Roberts, both of McPherson, Thelma Hembree, Hutchinson, and Jean Montgomery, Decatur, Ill.

There will be private services. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt. White's Funeral Home, Azusa, Calif., is in charge of arrangements.

Paula Flores Hernandez

GREAT BEND - Paula Flores Hernandez, 73, died Feb. 2, 1998, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.

She was born April 24, 1924, at Woodsboro, Texas, the daughter of James and Marianna Ramirez Barrientez. A Great Bend resident since 1954, coming from Crosbyton, Texas, she was a retired janitor at Great Bend Packing Co.

She belonged to the Church of Christ, Great Bend.

On Oct. 9, 1950, she married Marcus R. Flores at Crosbyton, Texas. He died Dec. 23, 1989. On Nov. 20, 1995, she married Ramon Hernandez at Great Bend. He survives.

Other survivors include: four sons, Teofilo B. Flores, Brighton, Colo., Thomas B. Flores, Lincoln, Gilbert Lee Flores, Haven, and Frank Joe Flores, Hutchinson; one daughter, Diana Horyna, Pittsburg; three stepsons, Adan Hernandez and Juan Ramon Hernandez, both of Great Bend, and Olevy Hernandez, Sublette; four stepdaughters, Tiodora Hernandez, Elia Rubio and Mayra Sanchez, all of Great Bend, and Eva Lujan, Sublette; three brothers, James Barrientez, Winnemucca, Nev., Joe Barrientez, Omaha, Neb., and Bob O. Barrientez, Great Bend; two sisters, Merci Madrigal, San Antonio, Texas, and Rafela Garza, Napoleon, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 23 step-grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Barrientez, Dominga Newton, and Tom Barrientez.

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bryant-Christians Chapel, Great Bend, with Minister Byron R. Barrientez presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery.

Mary M. Delgado

GARDEN CITY - Mary M. Delgado, 85, died Feb. 3, 1998, at the Terrace Garden Care Center, Garden City.

She was born Dec. 9, 1912, at Aguascalientes, Mexico, the daughter of Antonio and Josefa Morales. She attended Garfield School, Garden City. A Garden City resident since 1917, she worked in the sugar beet fields and was a homemaker.

She was baptized into the Catholic faith.

On May 18, 1928, she married Frank G. Delgado at Garden City. He survives.

Other survivors include: five sons, John and Raymond, both of Garden City, Manuel, Hutchinson, Tony, Berryville, Ark., and Norbert, Wichita; four daughters, Christine Jaramillo, Lathrop, Calif., Virginia Marez, Milliken, Colo., Patricia Lovato, LaJunta, Colo., and Illene Espinosa, Wichita; four sisters, Jo Ann Morales, Margaret Ornelas, Rosa Ramirez, and Juana Heinemann, all of Garden City; 32 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Anita Mesa and Georgia Bruso, two brothers, and three sisters.

Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday followed by a Spanish rosary at Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. James E. Baker presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at the funeral home.

Mildred V. Massoni

KISMET - Mildred V. Massoni, 93, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Liberal Good Samaritan Center.

She was born Sep. 18, 1904, at Rochester, Ind., the daughter of Harry C. and Sarah E. Mills Bundy. She was a 1925 graduate of Kismet High School. A Kismet resident since 1919, moving from Hutchinson, she taught rural school for several years.

She was a member of the Kismet United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, also serving as pianist and organist at the church for many years, and she served on the worship committee.

On June 3, 1926, she married Floyd H. Massoni at Hutchinson. He died Oct. 16, 1988.

Survivors include: two sons, Jack and John, both of Kismet; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, a sister, a son and a granddaughter.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kismet United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Fisher presiding. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Miller Mortuary, Liberal. Burial will be in Kismet Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Kismet United Methodist Church Organ Fund in care of the mortuary.

G.L. `Pud' Hostetter

COFFEYVILLE - G.L. "Pud" Hostetter, 73, died Feb. 1, 1998, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 26, 1924, at Carl Junction, Mo., the son of Orley J. and Edith G. Bishop Hostetter. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1942 and attended Hutchinson Junior College. A Coffeyville resident since 1947, he established Hostetter Realty Company, Coffeyville, in 1955 and later worked for Prudential Insurance Agency from 1966 until his retirement in 1979.

He belonged to First United Methodist Church and American Legion Post No. 20, both at Coffeyville. He was an executive with Boy Scouts of America. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Purple Heart.

On June 17, 1943, he married Maxine W. Cooper at Hutchinson. She survives.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Janice Flint, Kansas City, Kan., and Gayla Crouse, Wichita; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Lee; and a brother, Vernel.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Edgewood Chapel, Coffeyville. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Coffeyville.

Memorials may be sent to Boy Scouts of America or Safe House of Coffeyville, both in care of the funeral chapel.

Erwin `Ed' Mantooth

NORTHGLENN, Colo. - Erwin "Ed" Mantooth, 73, formerly of Great Bend, died Jan. 22, 1998, at North Suburban Medical Center.

He was born June 7, 1924, at Leon, the son of Franklin Brooks and Sylvia Arleta Straight Mantooth. He was the retired district manager for the Rustoleum Co. after 18 years with the company. He worked as a manufacturing representative for Seymour of Sycamor Corp.

He belonged to Boulder Elks Lodge No. 566 for 49 years and was involved with the Boulder Timberliners Barbershop Quartet for 25 years, both at Boulder, Colo.

On Jan. 1, 1944, he married Patricia Jean Benson at Boulder. She died Sept. 26, 1996.

Survivors include: a son, Richard Lee, Thornton, Colo.; three daughters, Kathy Kay Smith, Aurora, Colo., Laurie Jane Ter Averst, Henderson, Nev., and Melody Gay Wrobel, Thornton; three brothers, Kenneth, Canoga Park, Calif., Charley, Woodland Hills, Calif., and Dean, Sylvia; four sisters, Lela Huddleston, South Haven, Maxine Mitchell, Caldwell, Ruth Reed, Fort Collins, Colo., and Teena Brown, Overland Park; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 27, 1998, at Howe Mortuary Chapel, Longmont, Colo. Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park, Boulder.

Memorials may be sent to Sing America-Sing Canada in care of the mortuary.

Rev. Lawrence W. Life

NEWTON - The Rev. Lawrence W. Life, 91, died Jan. 27, 1998, at Newton Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 14, 1906, at Farmland, Ind., the son of Joseph C. and Iva Goldie Smell Life. He was a minister, serving in Mulvane, Earlton, Wichita, Russell and Coffeyville, retiring in 1973.

On Dec. 18, 1927, he married Alma Lois Vaughan at Iola. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, L. Duane, Wichita; two brothers, Noel Eugene, Centerville, Iowa, and Howard Willis, Sedan; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Salem United Methodist Church, Newton, with the Rev. Lawrence Grove presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.

Memorials may be sent to Friendly Acres Retirement Village in care of the funeral home.

Viola D. Loftis

WICHITA - Viola D. Loftis, 57, died Feb. 2, 1998, at Wichita.

She was born April 12, 1940, at Tahlequah, Okla., the daughter of George and Flossie Jones Loftis. A longtime Wichita resident, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include: three sons, Jim Perkins, Argonia, Kenneth and Dwaine Perkins, both of Wichita; five brothers, Allen, Richard, Tony, Jerry, and Michael Loftis, all of Wichita; a sister, Rosemary Martinez, Wichita; and four grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Argonia Cemetery, Argonia, with the Rev. Dan Cloyd presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Argonia Mortuary.

Benton Moore

SCOTT CITY - Benton Moore, 74, died Feb. 2, 1998, at Park Lane Nursing Home.

He was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Scott County, the son of George Washington and Emma Bailey Moore. A lifetime Scott County resident, he was a retired independent businessman who worked as a milk delivery man. He owned and operated gas stations in the Scott City area and was involved with various business endeavors within the community.

He belonged to First Baptist Church, was a retired volunteer fireman and was a member of Scott County Senior Center, all at Scott City.

On Nov. 7, 1943, he married Ruth Pearl Marshall at Scott City. She survives.

Other survivors include: four sons, Tom, Greeley, Bill, Manhattan, John, Belle Plaine, and Chuck, Colby; a daughter, Pat Conine, Scott City; two sisters, Delores Hess, Scott City, and Ethel Anderson, Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Scott City, with the Rev. Lynne Smith presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Price & Sons Funeral Home, Scott City.

Memorials may be sent to the Scott County V.I.P.'s or to the City Slickers Special Olympics, both in care of the funeral home.

Willa Mae Burris

FORT SMITH, Ark. - Willa Mae Burris, 82, died Feb. 1, 1998, at Fort Smith Nursing Home.

She was born June 6, 1915, at Hutchinson, the daughter of Willis Elmer and Jessie Etola Parsons Deland. A Fort Smith resident, she was a homemaker.

She was a Girl Scout volunteer for more than 35 years, serving as council president from 1969 to 1972.

She married Manford Nelson Burris Sr. He survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Manford, Alma, Ark., and Gary, West Covina, Calif.; a daughter, Rita Ellis, Independence, Mo.; two sisters, Marieta Wambsgans, Topeka, and Kathleen Yoder, Hutchinson; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Fentress Mortuary Chapel, Fort Smith, Ark., with the Rev. Robert Price presiding. Burial will be in the U.S. National Cemetery, Fort Smith.

Memorials may be sent to the Central Presbyterian Church, 2901 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901 or to the Mount Magazine Girl Scout Council.

Agnes M. Erker

WICHITA - Agnes M. Erker, 88, died Feb. 2, 1998, at Wichita.

She was born Aug. 19, 1909, at St. Joe-Ost. She was a retired domestic care giver.

Survivors include: a daughter, Sally Francis, Spivey; three brothers, Raymond Erker, Wichita, Fred Erker, Wellington, and Ferdinand Erker, Cheyenne Wells, Colo.; three sisters, Mary Erker and Odillia Gilger, both of Wichita, and Johanna Engebrecht, Cheyenne Wells; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Wichita. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the church with Father Thomas S. McGread presiding. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Wichita.

Memorials may be sent to the church, 861 North Socora, Wichita, KS 67212, or American Diabetes Association, 3210 East Douglas, Wichita, KS 67208.

DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary, Wichita, is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Arlene Pohleman

GREAT BEND - Ruth Arlene Pohleman, 72, died Feb. 1, 1998, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.

She was born Jan. 20, 1926, at Otis, the daughter of Henry C. and Florence E. Matson Moore. A Great Bend resident since 1976, coming form Phoenix, Ariz., she was a homemaker and a waitress.

She belonged to the River of Life Church, Great Bend.

Survivors include: three daughters, Evelyn Allen, Siloam Springs, Ark., Edythe Cochrane, Tulsa, Okla., and LeaAnn Robertson, Great Bend; two sisters, Waunita Berry and Margerie Myers, both of Great Bend; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in Great Bend Cemetery with the Rev. David LeRoy presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. today at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home, Great Bend.

Memorials may be sent to the family.

Wayne A. Regier

NEWTON - Wayne A. Regier, 49, died Feb. 1, 1998, at Newton Medical Center.

He was born July 23, 1948, at Newton, the son of William and Elisabeth Wedel Regier. He graduated from Bethel College in 1971 and Friends University with a M.S. degree in Information Systems Management in 1993. He worked for Bethel Hospital as maintenance supervisor. He was a computer systems developer for Aceware Systems and the owner of Intuitive Solutions.

He belonged to New Creation Fellowship Church, Newton, where he served on the church council.

On Nov. 2, 1985, he married Anne C. Rawlins at Spring Valley Township, Canton. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Luke Hecht, Kansas City, Kan.; a brother, Daryl, Newton; and two sisters, Joyce Gaeddert and Phyllis Regier, both of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Mennonite Church, Newton, with the Revs. Steven G. Schmidt and Wes Bergen presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.

Memorials may be sent to Harvey County Habitat for the Humanities in care of the funeral home.

Manuel C. Sepulveda

LYONS - Manuel C. Sepulveda, 87, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Lyons Good Samaritan Center.

He was born April 6, 1910, at El Paso, Texas, the son of Joseph and Mary Del Cruz Sepulveda. A longtime Lyons resident, he was a retired employee of American Salt Company, Lyons, and Santa Fe Railroad.

He belonged to St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons. He served in the National Guard.

On March 22, 1932, he married Freda Romero at El Dorado. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Richard, Oceanside, Calif.; three daughters, Gertrude Terrones, El Dorado, Alice Boyd, Great Bend, and Mary Gomez, Lyons; two sisters, Bessie Gillespie, El Monte, Calif., and Rosemary Sepulveda, Wichita; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a brother, five sisters, and a grandchild.

Parish rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father James Hoagland presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lyons Municipal Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church or Lyons Good Samaritan Center Alzheimer Unit, both in care of the funeral home.

Don L. Morgan

ATTICA - Don L. Morgan, 63, died Feb. 2, 1998, at Wichita.

He was born Dec. 15, 1934, at Chickasha, Okla., the son of Samuel and Lula Hudson Morgan. An Attica resident, he was a retired government contractor and was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 0113 AF & AM and the Scottish Rite Temple, both at Norfolk, Va., and a member of the Khedive Temple, Chesapeake, Va.

On April 4, 1987, he married Valerie Birch at Naples, Italy. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Don Neal, Wichita Falls, Texas; three daughters, Toni Odum and Wanda Morris, both of Virginia Beach, Va., and Donna Kreke, Midwest City, Okla.; five stepchildren; numerous brothers and sisters; and five grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sevier Funeral Home, Chickasha, Okla. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Chickasha. Elliott Mortuary, Anthony, is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Harry Harold Zimmerman

HAYS - Harry Harold Zimmerman, 74, died Feb. 1, 1998, at Hays Medical Center, Hadley Campus.

He was born Aug. 20, 1923, at Schoenchen, the son of Jacob B. and Clara Stoecklein Zimmerman. He was a retired farmer.

He belonged to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bishop Cunningham Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion, all at Hays, and Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166, Schoenchen.

On Oct. 16, 1954, he married Josephine Herman at Liebenthal. She survives.

Other survivors include: a half-brother, LaVern Zimmerman, Topeka; a stepsister, Clara Rose Munsch, Ness City; and many nephews and nieces.

Parish vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. today with Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m., both at Hays Memorial Chapel, Hays. Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard at 7 p.m. today at the funeral chapel. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, with Fathers Michael Suchnicki and Paulinus Karlin presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, all at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, with military rites performed by American Legion and VFW.

Memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Tri-Parish School in care of the funeral chapel.

Buddy Ray Blagg

COFFEYVILLE - Buddy Ray Blagg, 66, died Jan. 31, 1998, at Hutchinson.

He was born Jan. 3, 1932, at Coffeyville, the son of William Ercell and Belle Lucille Minor Blagg. He attended Coffeyville schools and graduated from Field Kinley Memorial High School in 1950. A Coffeyville resident since 1966, he worked for Bill Crow Volkswagen, Funk Manufacturing, and Quality Toyota, retiring in 1997.

He belonged to Christian Motorcyclists Association, Retreads, and Goldwing Road Rides.

On June 8, 1952, he married Beverly J. Short at Kansas City, Kan. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Brent Allen, Coffeyville; two daughters, Brenda Sue Smith, Tulsa, Okla., and Bridget Ann Everett, Hutchinson; mother, Lucille Blagg, Coffeyville; a brother, Wilbur, Stillwell; a sister, Phyllis Miller, Coffeyville; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in Spring Hill Cemetery, near Coffeyville. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Edgewood Chapel, Coffeyville.

Memorials may be sent to Christian Motorcyclists Association or Reno County Hospice, both in care of the funeral chapel.

Velma Elaine Rogers

HAVILAND - Velma Elaine Rogers, 72, died Feb. 1, 1998, at Pratt Regional Medical Center.

She was born March 10, 1925 at Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of Hobert and Mara Robinette Hollingsworth. A Haviland resident for eight years, formerly of Mexico, Mo., Osage Beach, Mo., and Coldwater, she was a seamstress and helped her husband in the restaurant business.

On May 14, 1956, she married Eugene Rogers at Waynesville, Mo. He survives.

Other survivors include: four sons, Hobert, Macks Creek, Mo., Jack, Eldon, Mo., David, Haviland, and Larry, Greensburg; two daughters, Clarine Reser, Kansas City, Mo., and Wanda Jones...

Pauline Gladys Melton
GREAT BEND - Pauline Gladys Melton, 75, died Feb. 1, 1999, at Great Bend.

She was born March 24, 1923, in Missouri, the daughter of Lee and Frances Gray Crabtree. A Great Bend resident since 1974, moving from Missouri, she was a homemaker.

She was of the Protestant faith.

On May 11, 1955, she married John Lawrence Melton in Mississippi. He survives.

Other survivors include: six sons, Johnny Wayne Melton, Desloge, Mo., Ronnie Melton, Lake Wells, Fla., Virgil Dwayne Russum, Rolla, Mo., and Allen Roy Russum, Gary Melton and John Lawrence Melton, all of Great Bend; two daughters, Glennell Stacy, Hoisington, and Loretta Byington, St. Genevieve, Mo.; two foster children, Richard and Sue Julian, Great Bend; 35 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, James, Junior, Steve and Roy Crabtree; two sisters, Virginia Fields and Lorene Watson Brown; and two granddaughters.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fryberger Mortuary, Great Bend, with the Rev. James H. Chandler presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to service time Thursday, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, all at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Great Bend Cemetery.

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

Earl L. Curtiss
LAWRENCE - Earl L. Curtiss, 75, died Feb. 2, 1999, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

He was born April 9, 1923, in rural Lawrence, the son of Floyd J. and Nettie Almyra Rist Curtiss. He worked for the Box Factory and later as a metal pipe fitter for Reuter Organ Co., retiring in 1988.

He belonged to American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

On Oct. 15, 1946, he married Oma Lee Coleman at Morganfield, Ky. She survives.

Other survivors include: four sons, Joseph, Ellinwood, Donald, Pocatello, Idaho, and Richard and Charles, both of Lawrence; a daughter, Alice Clark, Eudora; two brothers, Robert, Lawrence, and Marvin, McLouth; a half-brother, James Curtiss, Sabetha; a sister, Marjorie Brown, Lawrence; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. The body will lie in state from noon to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, with family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m., and 9 a.m. to service time Friday, all at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, with military honors performed by Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14, American Legion.

Memorials may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, Visiting Nurses Association or the American Cancer Society, all in care of the funeral home.

Orphene Y. Barber
SUBLETTE - Orphene Y. Barber, 80, died Feb. 1, 1999, at her home in Sublette.

She was born July 12, 1918, at St. Francis, the daughter of Louie and Anna Troester Schauer. A Sublette resident since 1960, moving from Dodge City and formerly of Ransom, she worked as a clerk at the Sublette Drug for 30 years.

She belonged to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tribune, IOOF Lodge, Ransom, and American Legion Auxiliary, Sublette.

On July 23, 1941, she married James L. Barber at Garden City. He died Dec. 21, 1960.

Survivors include: a son, James D., Sublette; two daughters, Crystal A. Barber, Wichita, and Mary J. McMullen, Sublette; two brothers, Clarence Schauer, Springfield, Mo., and Vernon Schauer, Lexington, Neb.; a sister, Lucille Anning, Lake San Marcos, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Schauer.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom, with Minister John Wearden presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Thursday at Haskell County Funeral Home, Sublette, with family receiving friends at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Sublette.

Memorials may be sent to the family or the Heart Fund, both in care of the funeral home.

Marcile E. Beardmore
NEWTON - Marcile E. Beardmore, 75, died Feb. 1, 1999, at Newton Medical Center, Newton.

She was born Nov. 10, 1923, at Aulne, the daughter of Earl and Matilda Krueger Avery. She was a retired employee of the J.C. Penney Catalog Store.

She belonged to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Newton.

On Nov. 2, 1949, she married Delbert E. Beardmore at Fairbury, Neb. He died Jan. 25, 1975.

Survivors include: a son, Michael E., Port Barre, La.; a daughter, Deborah Topham, Fort Smith, Ark.; two sisters, June Davis, Oklahoma City, and Rosie Gutsch, McPherson; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Monette.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, with the Rev. Michael Topham presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.

Petersen Funeral Home, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Rodrigo Pineda
TYRONE, Okla. - Rodrigo Pineda, 19, of Tyrone, Okla., died Jan. 28, 1999, near Rolla, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born May 8, 1979, at Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of Rodrigo and Marina Torres Pineda. A Tyrone resident since August 1998, formerly of Liberal, he was employed by Double T Industries Inc. as a welder.

He belonged to St. Anthony Catholic Church, Liberal.

On Aug. 15, 1998, he married Christina Botello. She survives.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Zugey Judith Pineda, of the home; parents, Chihuahua, Mexico; a brother, Alfredo, Liberal; three sisters, Olivia Rubio, Liberal, Alma Morriell, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Josefina Saenz, Tyrone.

Funeral mass will be at 3:30 p.m. today at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Liberal, with Father Henry Hildebrandt and Deacon Erasmo Rodriguez presiding. Burial will be at a later date in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Miller Mortuary, Liberal, is in charge of the local arrangements.

Edna Miller
HAVEN - Edna Miller, 89, died Feb. 2, 1999, at her daughter's residence in rural Haven.

She was born July 11, 1909, at rural Haven, the daughter of Dave V. and Katie Schrock Yoder. A lifetime Haven and Yoder-area resident, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to Old Order Amish Church, Yoder.

On April 18, 1929, she married Albert "Bert" Miller at Hutchinson. He died Aug. 9, 1961.

Survivors include: three sons, Floyd, Jamesport, Mo., Ora, Millersburg, Ind., and Elton, Haven; six daughters, Clara Mae Stutzman, Adair, Okla., Wilma Schrock, Ida Bontrager, and Katie Keim, all of Haven, Esther Eash, Burrton, and Velma Schrock, Jamesport, Mo.; 44 grandchildren; 88 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Freddie; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 9 a.m. Friday at the Elton Miller residence, 10106 S. Mayfield Road, Haven, with Floyd Schrock presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Elton Miller residence. Burial will be in Old Order Amish Cemetery, rural Yoder.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County in care of Van Campen Funeral Home, Haven.

Hermea C. Berg
LINDSBORG - Hermea C. Berg, 90, died Feb. 2, 1999, at the Bethany Home, Lindsborg.

She was born July 30, 1908, at Little River, the daughter of Jesse and Melissa Horner Boston. A resident of the Bethany Home since 1995, formerly of Lindsborg and Marquette, she was a retired teacher and homemaker.

She belonged to the Bethany Lutheran Church, Lindsborg.

On Aug. 25, 1940, she married Carl Berg at McPherson. He died Nov. 16, 1998.

Survivors include: several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Faye Garber.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Lutheran Cemetery, Marquette, with Pastor Don Hawk presiding. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be sent to the Bethany Home in care of Olson's Funeral Home, Marquette.

Lucille Parker Hudson
CONWAY, S.C. - Lucille Parker Hudson, 82, died Feb. 2, 1999, at her home.

She was born April 23, 1916, at Plains, the daughter of Arthur Roscoe and Ida Lee Griffith. A Conway, S.C., resident, she was a was a retired secretary for the Department of the Army.

She belonged to First United Methodist Church, was a member of the church choir, the United Methodist Women, the Emma Thompson Service Sunday School Class and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

She married Normall O. Hudson. He survives.

Other survivors include: a brother, Dr. Olin G. Parker, Athens, Ga.; a nephew; and a niece.

Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, Conway, S.C.

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 58, Conway, S.C., 29528.

Beth C. Seyfried
GOESSEL - Beth C. Seyfried, 74, of rural Newton, died Feb. 1, 1999, at the Bethesda Home, Goessel.

She was born April 16, 1924, at Courtland, the daughter of Clarence and Marion Muirhead Hague. She graduated from Newton High School. A rural Newton resident for five years, formerly of Oceanside, Calif., she was a homemaker.

She belonged to Peace Lutheran Church, Newton.

On Nov. 28, 1952, she married Francis Seyfried at Las Vegas. He survives.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Sandra Miller, rural Newton; a brother, Allan Hague, Newton; a sister, Ann Ratzlaff, Halstead; and a grandchild.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church, Newton, with the Rev. Larry Frank presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Goessel. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

Memorials may be sent to the church or SCCS Home Health and Hospice, both in care of the funeral home.

Doris Little McDonald
GREENSBURG - Doris Pauline Miller Little McDonald, 85, died Feb. 1, 1999, at Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt.

She was born April 20, 1913, in rural Comanche County, the daughter of Albert Clarence and Elsie Phillips Miller. A lifetime Kiowa County resident, she was Kiowa County Registrar of Deeds from 1962 to 1980.

She belonged to Assembly of God Church, where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, WMC President and pianist, Past Noble Grand of Rebekah Lodge and Royal Neighbors Lodge.

In 1932, she married John O. Little. He died June 6, 1961. In 1969, she married Robert L. McDonald. He survives.

Other survivors include: a son, John D. Little, Greensburg; two daughters, Elsie B. Haraldson, Greensburg, and Marjorie L. Shue, Idaho Falls, Idaho; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Assembly of God Church, Greensburg, with Pastor Jeff Anderson presiding. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Fleener Funeral Home Chapel, Greensburg. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg.

Memorials may be sent to the Assembly of God Church Building Fund in care the funeral home.

Ray Dwayne `R.D.' Boyle
LAKELAND, Fla. - Ray Dwayne "R.D." Boyle, 63, died Jan. 31, 1999, at Lakeland, Fla.

He was a retired antique store owner in Hutchinson.

Survivors include: a son, R.D. Jr., San Diego; two daughters, Suzanne Martinez, Vanita, Okla., and Janet Gray, Vernon, Texas; a brother, Larry, Lakeland, Fla.; two sisters, Kathleen Thissen, Lakeland, Fla., and Norma Jennings, Sterling, Ill.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Smith Mortuary, Derby.

Smith Mortuary, Derby, is in charge of the arrangements.

Inurnment memorial services for George Walters, who died Jan. 31, 1999, have been changed to 2 p.m. Friday in Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.

Earline L. Downs
NEWTON - Earline L. Downs, 80, died Feb. 1, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita.

She was born Dec. 21, 1918, at Pratt, the daughter of Earl S. and Lillian Faye Paris Smith. She was a homemaker.

She belonged to Cherokee Christian Church, Cherokee, Okla., Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Iota Mu Chapter, Wichita.

On May 18, 1941, she married Walter D. Downs at Enid, Okla. He survives.

Other survivors include: a stepbrother, Floyd Paris, Stillwater, Okla.; and a stepsister, Bertha Sinnett, Norman, Okla.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel, Newton, with the Rev. David Keazirian presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Cherokee Cemetery, Cherokee, Okla.

Memorials may be sent to Central Homecare and Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Lewis Edward `Mike' Murphey
COLDWATER - Lewis Edward "Mike" Murphey, 66, died Feb. 1, 1999, at Pratt Regional Medical Center.

He was born March 1, 1932, at Tribune, the son of Harold Lewis "Pat" and Hazel Lee Moore Murphey. He was a 1950 graduate of Protection High School and attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, for four years. A Comanche County resident for most of his life, moving from Tribune in 1936, he was a retired magistrate judge, farmer and herdsman.

He belonged to Assembly of God Church, Coldwater, a 42-year member of Kansas 4-H movement, receiving a Kansas State 4-H Alumni Award, and served on the Kansas State Dairy Board and the Kansas State Swine Board. He was a Comanche County Emergency Preparedness Committee chairman, a member of the National Judges' Association, serving as the editor of "The Gavel" official NJA newspaper, a Kansas Educational Conference chairman, historian, chaplain, president-elect and president of NJA. He was a member of the Kansas State District Magistrate Association, Southwest Kansas Magistrate Association and he helped create the National Judges Education and Research Foundation.

On Aug. 5, 1956, he married Joyce Nixon at Wheatridge, Colo. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Russell Lynn "Rusty," Protection; two daughters, Sandra "Sandy" Dobrinski, Lorraine, and Shauna Labo, Saraland, Ala.; mother, Protection; a sister, Patricia Lee Briggs, Kenner, La.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Sandra Elaine Murphey.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Coldwater, with the Revs. Jonathan Gibson, Jack Wingate and Kent Little presiding. Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater.

Memorials may be sent to the National Judges Education and Research Foundation or to the American Cancer Society or to the Coldwater-Wilmore Ministerial Alliance, all in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Box 417, Coldwater, 67029.

Donald E. `Gene' Huddleston
HARPER - Donald E. "Gene" Huddleston, 77, died Feb. 2, 1999, at the Veteran's Hospital, Wichita.

He was born Jan. 4, 1922, in Harper County, the son of Commodore and Grace Galloway Huddleston. He was the retired owner of Don's Barber Shop.

He belonged to the American Legion and Masonic Lodge, and attended Corner Stone Baptist Church, all at Harper.

On Oct. 28, 1947, he married Mareda Booth at Wichita. She died May 27, 1979,

Survivors include: a son, Clyde, Las Vegas; three daughters, Donna Bryant, Topeka, Jenine Wright, Maize, and Valerie Morgan, Meriden; three sisters, Reba Baum, Monette, Mo., Edith Nichols and Emma "Kitty" Silcott, both of Attica; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Elliott Funeral Home, Harper, with Pastor Rick Carter and the Rev. Cherl Linn-Wertheimer presiding. Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Harper Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Veteran's Administration Volunteer Services or the Kansas Humane Society, both in care of the funeral home.

Richard L. `Dick' Elder
TRIBUNE - Richard L. "Dick" Elder, 71, died Feb. 1, 1999, at his home in rural Greeley County.

He was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Wichita County, the son of Roy and Helen Graham Elder. A lifetime resident of Wichita and Greeley counties, he was a farmer and stockman.

He belonged to Order of the Eastern Star, Garden City, Anthem Masonic Lodge, Scott City, and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Tribune. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

On Nov. 20, 1955, he married Betty Blau at Leoti. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Larry, Leoti, and Marvin, Tribune; two brothers, Leroy and Frank, both of Leoti; four sisters, Alice Summers, Bessie Burch and Neva Duncan, all of Leoti, and Ruby Whitney, Denver; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Leoti, with the Revs. Paul McNall and Kate Dooley presiding. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Price & Sons Funeral Home, Leoti. Burial will be in Leoti Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Greeley County Home Health Care or the donor's choice of charities, in care of the funeral home.

Myrle Gordon Smith
HUGOTON - Myrle Gordon Smith, 74, died Feb. 1, 1999, at Stevens County Hospital, Hugoton.

He was born Jan. 27, 1925, at Kinsley, the son of Earle Holland and Goldie Pearl Reeder Smith. A Hugoton resident since 1952, moving from Kinsley, he was a retired auto mechanic at the Ford garage.

He belonged to First Christian Church, he was a life member of the Smith-Delay Post Veterans of Foreign Wars and a former member of the Kiwanis Club. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II with the Seabees.

On July 3, 1951, he married Nina FrancisWright at Kinsley. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Carl Dean, Hutchinson, and Kevin Wayne, Dumas, Texas; a daughter, Linda Diane Brown, Denver; a sister, Eula Westphal, Kinsley; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Loren, Wayne and Jack; and two sisters, Meriba McWilliams and Helen Glunt.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Hugoton, with Max Johnson presiding. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Thursday at Paul's Funeral Home, Hugoton. Burial with military graveside rites will be in Hugoton Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.

Pearl Sue Riedl
SCOTT CITY - Pearl Sue Riedl, 26, died Feb. 1, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita.

She was born Sept. 22, 1972, at Scott City, the daughter of Dean and Ruth A. Wells Riedl. A lifetime Scott City resident, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to First Baptist Church, Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies and the Scott County 4-H Club, all at Scott City.

Survivors include: parents, Scott City; a brother, Harold, Scott City; a sister, Twilla Snell, Wichita; grandparents, Malvin and Edith Wells, Scott City; and three nieces.

She was preceded in death by grandparents.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Scott City, with the Rev. Lynne Smith presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, all at Price & Sons Funeral Home, Scott City. Burial will be in Scott County Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Pearl Sue Riedl Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

Lila Fern Blake
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Lila Fern Blake, 96, died Feb. 1, 1999, at the local nursing home.

She was born June 17, 1902, at Iuka, the daughter of John Elton and Mary Lucy Cooper Miles. A Colorado Springs resident since 1960, she was a retired beautician.

She married Harold L. Blake. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include: a son, Billy Ray Woodard, Salt Lake City; two daughters, Barbara J. Barritt, Colorado Springs, and Mary Katherine Gilmer, Bellevue, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Private graveside service will be in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, Colorado Springs.

Memorials may be sent to the Silver Key Senior Services, 2250 Bott Ave., Colorado Springs, 80904.

Maynard Lee Wiebe
ITHACA, Mich. - Maynard Lee Wiebe, 62, died Jan. 30, 1999 at his home in Ithaca.

He was born April 3, 1936, at Goessel, the son of Jacob and Mary Friesen Wiebe. He was a deacon at the Newark Church of God in Christ, Ithaca.

On May 4, 1958, he married Anita Mae Litwiller at Ithaca. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Jonathan, Ithaca; four daughters, Jill Haynes, Carson City, Mich., Rachel Litwiller, Perrinton, Mich., and Virginia Schmidt and Kimberly Ensz, both of Middleton, Mich.; two brothers, Virgil, McPherson, and Louren, Clayton, Wis.; and 22 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in Ithaca. Burial was in Hayes Road Cemetery, Ithaca.

Dodge Funeral Home, Ithaca, was in charge of the arrangements.

Victor P. Martens
GREELEY, Colo. - Victor P. Martens, 78, formerly of Halstead, died May 1, 1999, at his home in Greeley, Colo.

He was born June 8, 1920, at Inman, the son of Gustav B. and Mary Pauls Martens. A former Halstead resident, he was a retired farmer and carpenter.

He belonged to First Presbyterian Church, Greeley, Colo.

He married Esther Weins. She died July 23, 1962. On Nov. 23, 1965, he married Faith Miller at Halstead. She survives.

Other survivors include: three sons, Gene, Ames, Iowa, Loren, Kansas City, Mo., and Donald, Lees Summit, Mo.; a daughter, Jody Martens, Fruita, Colo.; a brother, Walter, Arvada, Colo.; two sisters, Alma Theisen, Hutchinson, and Lois Dewhurst, Arvada, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin and Ed.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, Greeley, Colo. Additional memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church, Halstead, with the Rev. Cleo Koop presiding. Internment will be in Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Mennonite Central Committee, in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Betty Lou Adair
PAWNEE ROCK - Betty Lou Adair, 43, died May 4, 1999, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 30, 1955, at Iola, the daughter of Louis A. "Jack" and Crystal Alger Dellett, Jr. A Pawnee Rock resident for three years, moving from Great Bend, she was a homemaker.

On June 2, 1997, she married Richard A. Adair at rural Pawnee Rock. He survives.

Other survivors include: parents, Rush Center; two daughters, Tammy Chism, Great Bend, and Tara Hayes, Wichita; three stepdaughters, Annette Imhoof, Waterville, Mary Baker, Kansas City, Kan., and Angela Adair, Canon City, Colo.; three brothers, Louis A. Dellett III, Rush Center, Donald Rodenberg, Wichita, and Gary Murrow, Atchison; three sisters, Nancy Crum and Mary Stewart, both of Wichita, and Linda, St. Joseph, Mo.; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ron Williams.

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home Chapel, Great Bend, with the Rev. Don Paden presiding. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the La Crosse City Cemetery, La Crosse.

Memorials may be sent to the family or the American Cancer Society, both in care of the funeral home.

Ellen I. `Onie' Parnell
LIBERAL - Ellen I. "Onie" Parnell, 82, died May 2, 1999, at her home in Liberal.

She was born May 28, 1916, at Kismet, the daughter of Floyd R. and Mary M. Morris Fellers. A lifetime Liberal area resident, she worked as a volunteer at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal Air Museum, Coronado Museum, Dorothy's House and the Baker Arts Center.

She belonged to First United Methodist Church, Church Circle, the Evergreen Garden Club, Aurora Club, the Southwest Medical Center Auxiliary and several bridge clubs.

On Sept. 20, 1941, she married Everett "Hap" Miller at Liberal. He died March 4, 1945. On April 17, 1949, she married Lawrence B. Parnell at Liberal. He died April 28, 1980.

Survivors include: a stepson, Don Parnell; three brothers, Carl and John Fellers, both of Hugoton, and Lloyd Fellers, Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Ruby Lewis, Liberal, and Mary Lewis, Kismet; two step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and 12 nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Charles.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Liberal, with the Revs. Phil Shull and Paul Hood presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Kitch Funeral Home, Liberal. Private family burial will be in Liberal Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the donor's choice of charities, in care of the funeral home.

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

He was born Dec. 31, 1934, at Pratt, the son of Elton P. and Mattie Marie Miller Wilcox. He was a 1952 graduate of Pratt High School and attended Pratt Community College. A longtime Hutchinson resident, he was a retired chief electronics technician for the FAA.

He belonged to First Christian Church, Hutchinson, Hutchinson-Reno Masonic Lodge No. 124 A.F. and A.M. and Midian Shrine.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

On Feb. 7, 1955, he married Nina J. Smith at Clayton, N.M. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Steven Robert, Hutchinson; a daughter, Tammy Stanfill, Inman; father, Pratt; a sister, Janet Wittig, Pratt; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary Chapel, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Melvin Walton presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson.

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

Melvin Doc Forbes
ELKHART - Melvin Doc Forbes, 78, died May 2, 1999, at Morton County Care Center, Elkhart.

He was born Aug. 22, 1920, at Elkhart, the son of Freddy L. and Alma Ross Forbes. A lifetime Elkhart resident, he was an oil field worker.

He belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3162, Elkhart.

On Aug. 21, 1949, he married Ruby B. Hagerman at Vilas, Colo. She died May 12, 1977.

Survivors include: a son, Ralph, Elkhart; two daughters, Chloe Talbert, Muskogee, Okla., and Zoe Mayes, Henderson, Nev.; five brothers, Lester and Bob, both of Elkhart, Alden, Branson, Mo., Vernon, Stigler, Okla., and Ernie, Guymon, Okla.; four sisters, Amanda Knowles, Lawrence, Ga., Grace Childs, San Antonio, Texas, Veda Douglas, Hagler, Neb., and Stella May, Elkhart; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today in Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, with the Rev. Terrell Giddens presiding.

Memorials may be sent to Whistle Stop Park, Elkhart, in care of Harrell Funeral Home, Elkhart.

Hester A. Dennis
HALSTEAD - Hester A. Dennis, 95, died May 2, 1999, at Schowalter Villa, Hesston.

She was born April 4, 1904, in Woods County, Okla., the daughter of George and Amelia Graves Hill. A Halstead resident since 1939, she was the former owner/operator of Dennis Variety Store, Halstead.

She belonged to First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, both at Halstead.

On Aug. 28, 1921, she married Fenton A. Dennis at Kiowa. He died March 18, 1993.

Survivors include: a son, Dean, Midland, Texas; a daughter, Betty J. Kindell, Ocala, Fla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Omar, Orloff, Lawrence and Claude; and two sisters, Goldie and Pearl.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Halstead, with the Rev. James Mardock presiding. Burial will be in Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Effie N. Utterback
Effie N. Utterback, 92, of Hutchinson, died Oct. 24, 1998, at Henderson Convalescent Hospital, Henderson, Nevada.

Memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Peter Hartman presiding.

Memorials may be sent to the donor's choice of charities, in care of Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Cletus K. `Clet' Narron
NICKERSON - Cletus K. "Clet" Narron, 61, died May 3, 1999, at his home in Nickerson.

He was born Aug. 6, 1937, at Larned, the son of Clyde Welch and Helen Cleta Collier Narron. He attended Hutchinson public schools. A Nickerson resident for eight years, he was a mechanic and repairman for Borton Inc., Hutchinson.

He belonged to First Baptist Church, Hutchinson.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

On Feb. 14, 1991, he married Patricia Jean Dunn Marshall at Nickerson. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Jerry and Thomas, both of Hutchinson; a daughter, Debra Cape, Bois D'Arc, Mo.; three brothers, Donald, Lakewood, Calif., Dennis and Jim, both of Hutchinson; two sisters, LaVera Simms and Phyllis Turner, both of Lyons; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Cletus, Jr. and Randy; a brother, Garry; and a sister, Wilma Brown.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Nickerson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursday, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Burial will be in Wilmead Cemetery, Nickerson, with military honors conducted by the Ft. Riley Honor Guard.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County or the American Cancer Society, both in care of the mortuary.

Elizabeth Marie Kinney
STERLING - Elizabeth Marie Kinney, 79, died May 4, 1999, at Lyons District Hospital, Lyons.

She was born Aug. 29, 1919, at Guthrie, Okla., the daughter of Frank Everett and Jessie Belle Blanchard Boyce. A Sterling resident for seven years, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to Church of the Nazarene, Lyons.

On March 26, 1937, she married Loyd Otto Kinney at Perry, Okla. He died Dec. 1, 1984.

Survivors include: two sons, Howard, Lufkin, Texas, and Charles, Topeka; four daughters, Ethel Stevens, Paola, Margaret Stewart, Corona, Calif., Alice Lenard, Nixa, Mo., Linda Tripp, Sterling; two brothers, Warren Boyce, Valley Falls, and Chet Boyce, Meade; a sister, Mary List, Valley Falls; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Everett Boyce.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Nazarene, Lyons. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Valley Falls Cemetery, Valley Falls, with Rev. Robert Friesen presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons.

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

May Kearney
MEDICINE LODGE - May Kearney, 75, died May 4, 1999, at her home in Medicine Lodge.

She was born Aug. 6, 1923, at Ottawa, Canada, the daughter of Victor and Caroline Jordan Simpson. A Medicine Lodge resident for one month, moving from Ottawa, she was an accountant and had been a professional figure skater.

She belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, was a member of Experimental Farms Fellow, Ottawa Lions Club Auxiliary, Ottawa Civic Hospital Auxiliary and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Volunteers.

In July, 1944, she married Joseph Brian Kearney at Ottawa. He died Sept. 23, 1979.

Survivors include: a daughter, Maureen A. Meador, Medicine Lodge; two grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Ottawa. Inturnement will be in Ottawa Cemetery, Ottawa, Canada.

Memorials may be sent to the donor's choice of charities, in care of Larrison-Forsyth Funeral Home, Medicine Lodge.

E. Lucille Francis
E. Lucille Francis, 96, of Hutchinson, died May 4, 1999, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Hutchinson.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Minnis Chapel, St. John.

Ethena Mae Howard
COFFEYVILLE - Ethena Mae Howard, 82, died May 3, 1999, at her home in Coffeyville.

She was born Jan. 8, 1917, at Wilson, Okla., the daughter of Hershel and Ruth Cullers Holman. She attended schools in the Wilson area. A Coffeyville resident, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to Southview Church of God, South Coffeyville, Okla., and was a former member of First Assembly of God Church, Coffeyville.

On March 29, 1933, she married Ansel William Howard at Woodward, Okla. He died Feb. 8, 1999.

Survivors include: three sons, Leonard and James G., both of Coffeyville, and Harry H., Enid, Okla.; three daughters, Helen F. Drake, Penrose, Colo., Mary Ruth Crites, Coffeyville, and Margaret A. Higgins, Fayetteville, Ark.; three brothers, Hilton Holman, Stephenville, Texas, Royce Holman, Brogoria, Texas, and Gayle Holman, Montague, Texas; a sister, Mary E. Briscoe, Graham, Texas; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Holman; four sisters, Joyce Watkins, Dorothy Lamance, Lou Bullock and Ruby Holman; and a stepbrother, Jack Ramsey.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Edgewood Chapel, Coffeyville. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Thursday and 8 a.m. to service time Friday at the chapel. Burial will be in Robbins Cemetery, Coffeyville.

James Theron Rucker
AMORITA, Okla. - James Theron Rucker, 65, died May 3, 1999, at his home.

He was born July 1, 1933, at Alva, Okla., the son of Theodore and Grace Maltbie Rucker. He was raised by an aunt and uncle and in 1946 went to live with Alvina Maltbie and Paul Talley. He graduated from Amorita High School in 1951. An Augusta resident since 1967, returning to Amorita in 1980, he worked as a policeman, firefighter and as a welder for many years, retiring in 1995. He was also a farmer.

He served for two years in the U.S. military.

Survivors include: a sister, Iva Gates, Amorita, Oka.; a nephew, Tony Gates, Byron; three nieces, Nancy Ensminger, Cherokee, Oka., Paula Crusinbery, Waynoka, Okla., and Penny Emmele, Hutchinson; and great-nephews and nieces.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Fisher Funeral Home, Kiowa, with Reed McKibben presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Fisher Funeral Home, Kiowa. Burial will be in Byron-Amorita Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Byron-Amorita Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Lucille M. Weber
GASSVILLE, Ark. - Lucille M. Weber, 83, formerly of Liberal, died April 30, 1999, at Gassville, Ark.

She was born April 3, 1916, at Hutchinson, the daughter of Frank and Catherine Eakes Ludwig. She attended Plains schools. A Liberal resident for 50 years, moving to Wichita in 1998 and recently to Gassville, she was a Nurse's Aide for many years and later cared for elderly people in their homes, Liberal.

She belonged to St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Altar Society and Guild.

On Feb. 13, 1934, she married Anton Weber at Plains. He died Dec. 15, 1972.

Survivors include a son, Wayne, Midway, Ark.; two daughters, Delores Bergner, Sun City, Fla., and Ruth Weber, Wichita; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Henry Hildebrandt presiding. Burial will be at the Liberal Cemetery. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Miller Mortuary, Liberal.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Prayer Town in care of the mortuary.

Luciele O. McDonald
LIBERAL - Luciele O. McDonald, 71, died May 3, 1999, at her home in Liberal.

She was born Oct. 7, 1927, at Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Arnold and Evelyn E. Lowe Schwager. She graduated from Evander Childs High School, in the Bronx, and later from design school. A Liberal resident since 1948, moving from Turpin, Okla., she was a professional seamstress, making dresses for weddings, prom and dance costumes for people in Liberal.

She belonged to First Presbyterian Church, where she had taught Sunday school for more than 20 years, served as a deacon and was Chairman of the Christian Educational Committee, and served on the Southwest Medical Center Auxiliary.

On Sept. 8, 1946, she married Clifford E. McDonald at New York, N.Y.

Survivors include: three daughters, Charlotte Hill, Liberal, Charlene Antrim, Turpin, Okla., and Melanie Pitcock, Lincoln, Neb.; father, Minneapolis, Minn.; a brother, Robert Schwager, Cary, NC; a sister, Lynette Bianchi, Long Island, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Clifford A.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Stephen B. Saville presiding. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 to 11 a.m. Friday. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, all at Miller Mortuary, Liberal. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Beaver, Okla.

Memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church to establish a mission support fund for St. Catherine's Cancer Support Group in care of the mortuary.

Vera P. O'dell
ALBUQUERQUE - Vera P. O'dell, 76, formerly of Liberal, died May 2, 1999, at Albuquerque, NM.

She was born Oct. 18, 1922, at Quinlan, Okla., the daughter of William W. and Rosa F. Sanders Maggard. A Liberal resident since 1971, moving to Albuquerque in October 1998, she was a waitress for many years.

Survivors include: a son, Delbert E. Pearson, Albuquerque, NM; a brother, Leroy Maggard, Hoisington; four grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Miller Mortuary Chapel, Liberal, with the Rev. Tom Wilkins presiding. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to service time Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Liberal.

Everett D. Sanderson
MACKSVILLE - Everett D. Sanderson, 67, died May 2, 1999, at Stafford.

He was born Jan. 1, 1932, at Meteetsie, Wyo., the son of John A. and Audrey E. Goodner Sanderson.

Survivors include: stepfather, Magnus Blomquist, Harper; and a half brother, Bill Timmons, Omaha, Neb.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today in the Attica Cemetery, Attica, with Father Michael Peltzer presiding.

Elliott Funeral Home, Harper, is in charge of the arrangements.


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