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Catherine Marie Barton

Catherine Marie Barton, 95, of 810 East 30th, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Hutchinson Hospital.

She was born Dec. 5, 1902, at Carlsbad, N.M., the daughter of William G. and Anna Ohnemus Driver. A Hutchinson resident since 1916, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross Altar Society and was a 50-year member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 1361, all at Hutchinson.

On Aug. 1, 1919, she married Sly W. Barton at Hutchinson. He died April 1, 1963.

Survivors include: a son, James L. Barton, Fowler; a daughter, Marceline Ann Hendrixson, Buhler; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William Driver and James F. Driver; and three sisters, Mabel Hines, Dorothy Mudge and Lucille Driver.

Parish rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Johnson & Sons Memorial Chapel, Hutchinson. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Hutchinson, with Father Brian Egan presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson.

Memorials may be sent to Good Samaritan Center in care of the funeral home.

Odessa Agnes Bixel Amstutz

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Odessa Agnes Bixel Amstutz, 92, died Feb. 4, 1998 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born Aug. 13, 1905 at Bluffton, the daughter of Samuel and Ella Niswander Bixel. She attended Diller School, was a 1923 Pandora High School graduate and attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

She was a lifelong member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church and was an active member of the Women's Missionary Society. She was a member of Bluffton Women's Garden Club.

On Aug. 23, 1931, she married Willis J. Amstutz. He died April 5, 1997.

Survivors include: three daughters, Marilyn Stucky, Hutchinson, Annabelle Humphrey, Markesan, Wis., and Lucille Snow, Akron, Ohio; three sisters, Hilda Bixel, Sevila Niswander, both of Bluffton, and Dorothy Killam, Carol Stream, Ill.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton, with the Revs. Roger Ford and Charles Warren presiding. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Bluffton Chapel of Chiles & Sons-Laman Funeral Homes. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Mennonite Church Cemetery, Bluffton.

Memorials may be sent to the mission fund of the church, Gideons International, or Mennonite Memorial Home, all in care of the funeral home.

Dorothy N. Boxberger

HOISINGTON - Dorothy N. Boxberger, 69, died Feb. 4, 1998, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.

She was born Aug. 20, 1928, at Hoisington, the daughter of Conrad and Mary Margheim Wilhelm. A lifetime Hoisington resident, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hoisington.

On June 10, 1951, she married Harold Harvey Boxberger at Hoisington. He survives.

Other survivors include: three sons, Harold, Olathe, Harvey, McPherson, and David, Silver Lake; three daughters, Gloria Collier and Mary Ricke, both of Hoisington, and Linda Gennara, Tampa, Fla.; and 15 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Julius H. "Bud" Wilhelm and Leonard G. Wilhelm.

Prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hoisington, with the Rev. Scott Grimshaw presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until noon Friday at the funeral home and 1 p.m. until service time Friday at the church. Burial will be in Hoisington Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Elsie B. Schmitt

Elsie B. Schmitt, 104, of 3705 Asbury Drive, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Thorne Care Center, Hutchinson.

She was born Nov. 25, 1893, at Wichita, the daughter of Herman and Augusta Johns Benscheidt. She was a 1912 graduate of Hutchinson High School and had been a Hutchinson resident since 1905.

She belonged to First Congregational Church, Hutchinson.

On May 20, 1918, she married Albert "Bert" Schmitt at Pretty Prairie. He died Aug. 25, 1938.

Survivors include: a son, Warren, Hutchinson; four grandchildren, Linda Schmidt, Lisa Barker and Phil Schmitt, all of Hutchinson, and Kyle Schmitt, Marietta, Ga.; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gene A. Schmitt; a brother, Newton Benscheidt; and two sisters, Ida Morgan and Ella Benscheidt.

Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, with Pastor Richard Liles presiding. Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call from 9a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the church, Good Samaritan Fund of Wesley Towers or the donor's choice, all in care of the mortuary.

Sylvester A. Biggs

KINGMAN - Sylvester A. Biggs, 83, died Feb. 4, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Wichita.

He was born Dec. 5, 1914, in Kingman County, the son of Dan E. and Anna M. Frey Biggs. A lifetime resident of the Kingman community, he was the retired Kingman County clerk.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1269 and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1164, all at Kingman. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans No. 112 and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, both at Wichita. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having been awarded the Purple Heart.

On June 10, 1952, he married Mary Coslett at Wichita. She survives.

Other survivors include: two brothers, Daniel, Kingman, and Donald, Leavenworth; two sisters, Mabel Duffin, Kingman, and Barbara Biggs, Santa Rose, Calif.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clarence, Walter, Raymond, and Lewis; and two sisters, Charlene Biggs and Rozella Lowe.

Parish rosary and the Knights of Columbus rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kingman, with Bishop Eugene Gerber presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. today and after 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Kingman.

Memorials may be sent to St. Patrick Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

Esther Marjorie Brown

GREENSBURG - Esther Marjorie Brown, 85, died Feb. 2, 1998, at the Minneola District Hospital.

She was born May 5, 1912, at Greensburg, the daughter of Edward and Malissa Alford Brown. She was a 1929 graduate of Greensburg High School, and she attended a one year business college. A Greensburg resident since 1955, she lived in Bucklin for several years. She was employed at First National Bank and the Greensburg State Bank, worked in the finance department of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif., and upon her return to Greensburg, was employed as secretary for a realty company.

She was a member of First Christian Church, the Rebekah Lodge and Business and Professional Women's Club, all at Greensburg. She was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include: a brother, James M. Brown, Topeka; a sister, Dorothy Morford, Greensburg; four nephews; and four nieces.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Quentin; and two sisters, Gladys Brown and Maude Smith.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at First Christian Church, Greensburg, with Dr. Earl Bowers presiding. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg.

Memorials may be sent to First Christian Church or to the Kiowa County Library, both in care of Fleener Funeral Home, Greensburg.

Evelyn Howard Kidd

MEDICINE LODGE - Evelyn Howard Kidd, 86, died Feb. 4, 1998, at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 6, 1911, at Amorita, Okla., the daughter of George and Lula Bell Clepper Pearce. A longtime Kansas resident, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to First Christian Church and was a former member of Home Demonstration Unit, both of Medicine Lodge.

She married Henry K. Howard. He died in 1974. She married Orlan Kidd. He died in 1992.

Survivors include: a son, Gordon Howard, Eugene, Ore.; four daughters, Wilma Kusch, Fairview, Okla., Mae Rodgers, Medicine Lodge, Ruth Thomas, Sharon, and Pattie Tate, Conroe, Texas; a sister, Fern Moomau, Medicine Lodge; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Wayne B. Howard; and a daughter, Glenna Lee Howard.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, with the Rev. Tom Walters presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Larrison-Forsyth Funeral Home, Medicine Lodge. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge.

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

William `Bill' G. Davis Jr.

LARNED - William "Bill" G. Davis Jr., 84, died Feb. 3, 1998, at St. Joseph Hospital, Larned.

He was born Aug. 15, 1913, at Temple, Texas, the son of William G. and Nora Davis. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1934. He worked for Carver Cotton Gin Company, at Dallas, Anderson Clayton & Co., Los Angeles, and was president and general manager of Kingsburg Cotton Oil Co., Kingsburg, Calif., moving to Larned after retirement.

He was on the Board of Directors of the National Cotton Council, served as president of National Cottonseed Products Association, was a Mason and a member of the Tehran Shrine, Fresno, Calif.

On April 3, 1969, he married Mary Elizabeth Harris at Las Vegas. She survives.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Wendy Garton, Miramonte, Calif., and Michelle Dalton, Cheney; a stepdaughter, Pamela Koch, Kingman; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son and two sisters.

Following a private family service the body will be cremated. Morell Funeral Home, Larned, is in charge of arrangements.

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

Nellie Mae Hartley

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nellie Mae Hartley, 94, died Feb. 3,1998, at Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was born July 7, 1903, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Joseph and Theresa Urich. A Colorado Springs resident for 10 years, moving from Canton, she was a homemaker.

She was a member of Canton Christian Church.

On Nov. 24, 1921, she married Vernon Hartley at Dodge City. He died Aug. 16, 1967.

Survivors include: two sons, Harold, Salina, and K. Dale, Colorado Springs; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a grandson.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Empire Cemetery, Galva.

Memorials may be sent to Pikes Peak Hospice in care of Olson's Mortuary, Canton.

Laud Richard `Dick' Hill

BELLA VISTA, Ark. - Laud Richard "Dick" Hill, 75, died Feb. 3, 1998, at his home.

He was born Nov. 19,1922, in Smith County, the son of Laud R. and Elsie M. Hill. A Bella Vista resident, formerly of Hutchinson, he was retired from Architectural Millwork Inc., Hutchinson.

He belonged to the Countryside Baptist Church, Hutchinson.

On June 30, 1956, he married Dottie Biays at Russell. She survives.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Diana Kroeker, Lenexa; two brothers, Merlin, Manhattan, and Russell, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two grandsons, Bret and Brady Kroeker, both of Lenexa.

No services are planned locally. The family will be receiving friends at their home at Bella Vista. Private burial will be in Smith Center at a later date. Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Galen Dean Rice

SILVER LAKE - Galen Dean Rice, 47, died Feb. 2, 1998, at his home.

He was born April 19, 1950, at Topeka, the son of Louis F. and Darlene Fern Bowlin Rice. A longtime Topeka resident, he was a foreman and cement finisher for Andrews Asphalt & Construction Inc. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran.

Survivors include: a son, Brian G., Topeka; three daughters, Michelle D. Rice, Jodi L. Rice, and Brittany L. Rice, all of Topeka; parents, Sylvia; two brothers, Glen, San Diego, and Mike, Kansas City, Mo.; five sisters, Brenda Halstead, Linda Behymer, and Terri Perez, all of Topeka, Anna Seele, Burlingame, and Raymola Mowery, Carbondale; and three grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Northland Christian Church, Topeka, with the Rev. Tim Maddock presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today at Parker-Price Mortuary, Topeka, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Prairie Home Cemetery, Topeka.

Memorials may be sent to The Villages, 2219 S. W. 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66611.

Clara Lelia Beckner

BENTLEY - Clara Lelia Beckner, 68, died Feb. 3, 1998, at her residence in rural Bentley.

She was born March 12, 1929, at Aline, Okla., the daughter of John P. and Maud G. Thomas Henke. A rural Bentley resident for 30 years, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to Bethel Baptist Church, Wichita.

On Aug. 2, 1943, she married Ralph Charles Beckner at Ringwood, Okla. He survives.

Other survivors include: four sons, Robert, Bentley, Terry, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ted, Seattle, Wash., and David, Sedgwick; six daughters, Linda Barrett, Walsenburg, Colo., Marilyn Wilson, Bentley, Kathy Smithwick, Wichita, Vicki Becker, Farmington, Mo., Marjorie Luna and Pam Ray, both of Sedgwick; 23 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead, with the Rev. John Branson presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley.

Martha Hodson

ARGONIA - Martha Hodson, 83, died Feb. 4, 1998, at St. Luke's Living Center, Marion.

She was born Nov. 1, 1914, at rural Bluff City, the daughter of William J. and Mollie Sophia Scheel Gerberding. A longtime Argonia resident, she was a homemaker.

She was a member of Argonia Friends Church.

On April 17, 1938, she married Orville O. Hodson at Bluff City. He died May 11, 1994.

Survivors include: two sons, Kirk Hodson, Hutchinson, and Dr. Don Hodson, Marion; a daughter, Ruth Reed, Fort Dodge; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Hilda Foster; and a granddaughter, Stacy Lynn Reed.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Argonia Friends Church, with the Rev. Clarence Lanier presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday at the Argonia Mortuary. Burial will be in the Argonia Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church or St. Luke's Living Center, Marion, both in care of the mortuary.

Douglas L. Wright

LITTLE RIVER - Douglas L. Wright, 54, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Newton Medical Center.

He was born May 3, 1943, at Wichita, the son of Harold L. and Ada Fitzmorris Wright. A Little River resident since 1973, formerly of Wichita, he was a retired bondsman.

He belonged to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Little River.

On June 6, 1964, he married Carolyn Lynch at Wichita. She survives.

Other survivors include: three sons, Wade and Warren, both of Little River, and Brian, DVM, Sublette; parents, Hutchinson; four brothers, Jim, Seattle, Wash., Bruce and Steve, both of Wichita, and Randall, Lake Lotawanna, Mo.; and five grandchildren.

Rosary will be 7 p.m. Friday at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Little River, with Father James Hoagland presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. Burial will be in Bean Memorial Cemetery, Little River.

Memorials may be sent to Rose Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.

Celestine `Celly' Stremel

McCRACKEN - Celestine "Celly" Stremel, 80, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus.

He was born July 27, 1917, in rural Pfeifer, the son of August and Elizabeth Roth Stremel. A McCracken resident since 1943, moving from Loretto, he was a farmer cattleman.

He belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church, McCraken, and Knights of Columbus at La Crosse and McCracken. He was founder and active promoter of the McCracken Rodeo and was a member of the Farm Bureau.

On May 5, 1941, he married Lenora Marie Urban at Loretto. She survives.

Other survivors include: four daughters, Shirley Bundy and Carolyn Davenport, both of Hutchinson, Kathleen Stremel, Salem, Ore., and Lanette Mathews, Lawrence; a sister, Vicki Ficken, Bison; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Stremel; and a sister, Elizabeth Engel.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary's Catholic Church, McCracken, with Father Eugene Kenny presiding. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to service time today at the Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse. Burial will be in McCracken Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church, McCracken Rodeo or McCracken Emergency Medical Technicians, all in care of the funeral home.

Harry A. Waite

DODGE CITY - Harry A. Waite, 79, died Feb. 3, 1998, at his home.

He was born June 12, 1918, at Kansas City, Kan., the son of Harry Arnold and Ethel Theis Waite. He was a 1938 graduate of Dodge City Senior High School, and he received his bachelor's degree in 1941 and his law degree in 1942, both from the University of Kansas. A Dodge City resident, after World War II he entered the practice of law with Everett Minner and retired in 1995 from the law firm of Waite, Snapp & Doll.

He belonged to St. Cornelius Episcopal Church where he was a past vestryman. He was past president of Dodge City Rotary Club, a member of the American, Kansas, Southwest Kansas, and the Ford-Gray County Bar Associations. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star.

On Sept. 18, 1943, he married Evelyn Schroeder at Kansas City. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Stephen W., Dodge City, and Timothy, DeKalb, Ill.; and a granddaughter, Alicia Waite, DeKalb.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Cornelius Episcopal Church, Dodge City, with the Rev. James Johnson presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City. The casket will remain closed. Entombment will be in the Scroggins Mausoleum, Dodge City.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Prairie or to St. Cornelius Episcopal Church.

Johanna M. Rosenhagen Twietmeyer

CHENEY - Johanna M. Rosenhagen Twietmeyer, 86, died Feb. 4, 1998, at Cheney Golden Age Home.

She was born Dec. 24, 1911, at Cheney, the daughter of Johanna and Anna Asendorf Rosenhagen. A lifetime Cheney resident, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Cheney.

On July 29, 1934, she married Edwin Twietmeyer at Cheney. He survives.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Rita Whiting, Tempe, Ariz.; a sister, Marie Koster, Cheney; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, RoJean Feary.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Cheney, with Pastor Ken Kaufmann presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday at Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church Building Fund or the church's Perpetual Care Fund, 6th and Lincoln, Cheney, KS 67025.

M. Leon Vogel

WRIGHT - M. Leon Vogel, 73, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita.

Arrangements are pending with Burkhart Funeral Chapel, Dodge City.

Audrey A. Anthony

ATTICA - Audrey A. Anthony, 98, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Wichita.

She was born July 21, 1899, at Brush, Colo., the daughter of Isaac W. and Rachel A. McClaren Hagler. She was a homemaker and retired cook.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Blue Thursday Club, all of Attica.

On July 12, 1923, she married Lawrence James Anthony, at Wichita. He died June 2, 1966.

Survivors include: two sons, Dean, Pratt, and Earl, Sterling; a daughter, Lois Watts, Lafayette, Ind.; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church, Attica, with the Revs. Richard Redding and Bob Franklin presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Elliott Mortuary, Attica. Burial will be in the Attica Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Attica Long Term Care Facility Activity Fund in care of the mortuary.

Doris Beal Evans

SEMINOLE, Okla. - Doris Beal Evans, 72, died Feb. 2, 1998, at Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City.

She was born March 21, 1925, at Okemah, Okla., the daughter of Fred and Sylvia Toon Wood Beal. A Seminole resident for 14 years, coming from Stafford, she was a homemaker.

She attended Trinity Baptist Church.

On Aug. 7, 1945, she married E.G. Evans. He survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Rodger L., Thackerville, Okla., and Harvey E., Hutchinson; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Swearingen Funeral Home, Seminole, Okla., with Steve Cline presiding. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Seminole.

Aliene Winchester Krueger

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Aliene Winchester Krueger, 93, died Feb. 3, 1998, at Evergreen, Colo.

She was born Nov. 18, 1904, at Hutchinson, the daughter of Stanley Allen and Edith Carey Winchester. She was a Hutchinson resident until 1924, moving to Laramie, until 1975, she was a homemaker.

She was a member of P.E.O.

In 1931, she married Max Leon Krueger at Los Angeles. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include: a son, Kim T. Krueger, Green Valley, Ariz.; a daughter, Kirsten K. Lamontagne, Evergreen, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

Cremation will take place. All States Cremation, Wheat Ridge, Colo., is in charge of arrangements.

Richard C. Reida Sr.

HARPER - Richard C. Reida Sr, 86, died Jan. 31, 1998, at Escondido. Calif.

He was born May 28, 1911, in Kingman County, the son of Charles F. and Mary Soukup Reida. He was the retired owner of Dick Reida Real Estate Co., Wichita, and was a real estate agent in Prescott, Ariz.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs, Colo. He was a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge, Wichita, a 60-year member of Masonic Lodge, Harper, and a member of the National Realtors Association.

On June 2, 1934, he married Melba L. Maninger at Harper. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Richard C. Jr., Las Vegas, and William D., Ventura, Calif.; a daughter, Janice R. Miller, San Marcos, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Harper Cemetery, with Masonic Rites by the Harper Masonic Lodge No. 206 AF & AM.

O.I. Grace Wohlford

LYONS - O.I. Grace Wohlford, 105, died Feb. 4, 1998, at Lyons District Hospital.

She was born Dec. 4, 1892, on the family farm near Lyons. A longtime Lyons resident, formerly a 30-year resident of Wichita, she was a former employee of the National Bank, the West Mill, Rice County treasurer's office and Rice County clerk's office, all at Lyons, retiring in 1960 from Ludermans Lumber Co., Wichita.

She belonged to First Christian Church, Lyons.

Survivors include: many nephews and nieces, including niece, Betty Schwartz, Lyons.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Lyons Municipal Cemetery with the Rev. Jan McDaniel presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons.

Memorials may be sent to First Christian Church or to the Lyons District Hospital Swing Bed.

Jane Bauman
TURON - Jane Bauman, 78, of Turon, died Jan. 27, 1999, at her home.

She was born Jan. 10, 1921, at Hutchinson, the daughter of Roy and Ella Amerine Lamont. A Turon resident since 1946, she attended IBM Business College, Endicott, N.Y. She lived on the east coast during World War II, where she worked on the first IBM computers for the War Department. She has written columns for newspapers for the last 50 years, including the Pratt Tribune. Since 1960 she was a feature writer for The Hutchinson News.

She attended Turon Community Church and was a member of the Kansas Presswomen's Association.

On Dec. 23, 1939, she married Marion Bauman at Hutchinson. He died Dec. 11, 1972.

Survivors include: two sons, Michael F., Shawnee and Max A., formerly of Wichita, now of the home; a sister, Phyllis Burnett, Turon; and two grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Turon Community Church, with Chaplain Fred Obold presiding. Friends may sign the registry book from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. The casket will remain closed. Burial will be in the Turon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County in care of the mortuary.

Gladys E. Beedy
HAYS - Gladys E. Beedy, 99, died Jan. 26, 1999, at St. John's of Victoria Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 1, 1900, in Phillips County, the daughter of Allen B. and Myrtle Rayburn Dixon. She attended elementary and secondary school at Agra. She was a schoolteacher for 32 years in Akron, Colo., Simmons, Agra and Oakley. She joined the Nurse's Corps in Dodge City during World War I and worked at John Kellogg's Clinic in Battle Creek, Mich. She also was a nurse's aide at the Multiplex Clinic, Chicago.

She belonged to First United Methodist Church and Delta Kappa Gamma, both at Hays, the National Education Association, United Methodist Women and the Agra Alumni Association, of whose Hall of Fame she is a member.

On Dec. 18, 1924, she married Harry Beedy at Fort Morgan, Colo. He died in 1933.

Survivors include: three daughters, Patricia Theis, Topeka, Joan Henry, Hays, and Harriett Bixenman, Grinnell; two brothers, Ted and John both of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Bettie Hubbard, Whittier, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by three brothers; four sisters; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Hays, with Dr. John Paulin and the Rev. Phil Fischer presiding. There will be no visitation. Graveside inurnment will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in West Cedar Cemetery, Agra. Hays Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the Fort Hays State University Endowment Fund in care of the memorial chapel.

Susie Berry Harrison Crook
BUHLER - Susie Berry Hamilton Crook, 93, of Buhler, died Jan. 25, 1999, at Buhler Sunshine Home.

She was born Sept. 15, 1905, at McCredie, Mo., the daughter of John P. and Jalie A. Berry Harrison. She was a Buhler resident since 1994, formerly a longtime resident of Auxvasse, Mo. She graduated from McCredie High School and attended college at Synodical College, Fulton, Mo. She was a homemaker and seamstress.

She was a former member of The Old Presbyterian Church, Auxvasse.

On Sept. 20, 1939, she married Harley C. Crook at McCredie. He died April 9, 1998.

Survivors include: a daughter, Beverly Hilton, Buhler; a sister, Margretta Sims, Auxvasse; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Benard Harrison; and a sister, Delia Lepold.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maupin Funeral Home Chapel, Fulton, Mo., with Pastor Ray E. Kempel presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in the Auxvasse City Cemetery. Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Central Christian School, Hutchinson, in care of the mortuary.

Francis E. Dutton
Francis E. Dutton, 80, of Hutchinson, died Jan. 25, 1999, at his home.

He was born May 29, 1918, at Penalosa, the son of Francis Ulysses and Maude Elizabeth Woodson Dutton.

He farmed until the 1950s, when he moved to Hutchinson and worked at Cessna Fluid Power.

He was a member of VFW Post No. 361 and served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

Survivors include: a brother, Enos, Hutchinson; and three sisters, Mary Dutton and Bettulu Hinds, Hutchinson, and Helen Fornwalt, Penalosa.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ulysses Dutton; and a sister, Genevieve Friggeri.

Private family graveside services will be in the Larado Cemetery. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the funeral home.

Judy V. Gates
GARDEN CITY - Judy V. Gates, 57, of Holcomb, died Jan. 27, 1999, at her home.

She was born Nov. 29, 1941, in Marienthal, the daughter of Robert and Geneva Hall Morris. She was a graduate of Garden City High School. In 1966, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where she worked for AT&T as a district manager, moving to Holcomb in 1986.

She was a member of Church of the Nazarene, Garden City.

In May 1970 she married Rodney B. Gates at Rochester, Mich. He died May 5, 1975.

Survivors include: two daughters, Corey Gates, Wichita, and Casey Harmon, Garden City; parents, both of Holcomb; a brother, David, Holcomb; two sisters, Earleen Morris, Wichita, and Colleen Banas, Lewisville, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Church of the Nazarene, Garden City, with the Rev. Craig Coulter presiding. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Price & Sons Funeral Home, Garden City. Burial will be in the Valley View Cemetery, Garden City.

Memorials may be sent to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in care of the funeral home.

Joseph Ed. McQueen
Joseph Ed. McQueen, 85, of Hutchinson, died Jan. 25, 1999, at Mennonite Friendship Manor.

He was born Feb. 16, 1913, at Meade, the son of Marshall and Lela Schultz McQueen. He attended Meade schools. A Hutchinson resident since 1935, formerly of La Junta, Colo., he was an electrical assistant at Cargill Salt, retiring in 1970, and was a maintenance man for the YMCA for 14 years.

He was a little league baseball coach in Hutchinson for 30 years and a Silver Topper Bowler of Hutchinson.

On Nov. 24, 1935, he married Doris Best at La Junta, Colo. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Ed, Hutchinson, and Don, Rio Verde, Ariz.; three daughters, Juanita Stuckey and Marge Green, both of Hutchinson, and Connie Bowman, McPherson; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Harley Davis; three brothers, Sid, Marlin and Paul; two sisters, Eva Leffel and Ruby Franklin; and a granddaughter.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Elliott Mortuary Chapel, Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with the family present to receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County, in care of the mortuary.

Maude A. Hale
NEWTON - Maude A. Hale, 107, died Jan. 26, 1999, at the Kansas Christian Home, Newton.

She was born Nov. 15, 1891, at Ashland, Neb., the daughter of James L. and Alice A. Ramshaw Owen. A Newton resident since 1956, moving from Pomona, she was a retired co-owner of the B&M Newsstand.

She belonged to First United Methodist Church and the Rebekah Lodge, both at Newton, the Pomona chapter of the Order of Eastern Star for more than 50 years, and was past president of the Women's Relief Corps.

On Dec. 14, 1911, she married Edmund S. Hale at Kansas City, Mo. He died Nov. 24, 1956.

There are no immediate survivors; she was preceded in death by a son, John Edmund Hale; and a sister, Ella Puckett.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Pomona Cemetery, with the Rev. Francis Stockton presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, Newton. Memorials may be sent to the church or to the Kansas Christian Home, both in care of the funeral home.

Henry Neufeld Klassen
RUSH CENTER - Henry Neufeld Klassen, 42, died Jan. 26, 1999, at his home in Rush Center.

He was born Feb. 23, 1956, at Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of John Penner and Agatha Beickker Neufeld. He was the owner of Klassen Used Farm Equipment at Rush Center. He attended the Methodist Church.

On Aug. 7, 1977, he married Susan Fehr Thiessen at Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Survivors include: Susan Klassen, La Crosse; a son, Johnny, La Crosse; five daughters, Susan, Tina, Agatha, Helen and Anna Klassen, all of La Crosse; mother, of Cuauhtemoc; seven brothers, Cornelius, John, Jacob, Isaac and Frank, all of Mexico, and Peter and Martin, both of Bishop, Texas; five sisters, Katharina Wiebe and Susana Renpel, both of Mexico, Agatha Peters and Anna Peters, both of Bishop, Texas, and Helena Giesbrecht, of Alberta, Canada.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, LaCrosse, with the Revs. Kathy Bannister and Henry Friesen presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday at Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Rush Center Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Henry Neufeld Klassen Memorial Fund, for the education of the children, in care of the funeral home.

Joe I. Kauffman
ZIMMERDALE - Joe I. Kauffman, 68, died Jan. 26, 1999, at Halstead Hospital .

He was born Jan. 10, 1931, at West Liberty, Ohio, the son of Irvin Joseph and Dorcas S. Yoder Kauffman. A Hesston area resident since 1973, moving from Ohio, he received his bachelor of divinity degree from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. He was a mechanic and operated an auto repair shop in Zimmerdale. He also pastored Mennonite churches in Plain City, Ohio, Springfield, Ohio, and Bloomington, Ill.

He was a member of the Whitestone Mennonite Church of Hesston and was a former member of the Kiwanis Club, Newton.

On May 18, 1952, he married Naomi Mae Albrecht at Flanagan, Ill. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Sanford and Stephen, both of Wichita; three daughters, Cindy Kauffman, Arvada, Colo., Becky Kasper, Peabody, and Debby McKenzie, Goshen, Ind.; mother, Goshen, Ind.; two brothers, Lowell, West Liberty, Ohio, and John, Rogers, Ark.; a sister, Mary Grove, New Paris, Ind.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday in East Lawn Cemetery, near Zimmerdale. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, with the Revs. Michael Bogard and Scott Miller presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Miller Funeral Home, Hesston.

Memorials may be sent to Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus, in care of the funeral home

Dorothy E. Poppe
CIMARRON - Dorothy E. Poppe, 85, died Jan. 26, 1999, at Cimarron Shepherd's Center.

She was born March 14, 1913, at Isabel, the daughter of William and Mary Schierkolk Lampe. She was a 1931 graduate of Isabel High School and graduated from the Wesley School of Nursing at Wichita in 1934. She worked as a registered nurse for many years.

She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church at Dodge City.

On Nov. 29, 1934, she married Bill Poppe at Isabel. He died Jan. 24, 1996.

Survivors include: two sons, Clyde, Montezuma, and Weldon, Bellevue, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Dodge City, with the Rev. Randall Jahnke presiding. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. today at Swaim Funeral Chapel, Cimarron. Burial will be in the Cimarron Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church or to Gray County Emergency Medical Service, both in care of the funeral home.

Angela Shields
Angela Shields, 14, died Jan. 26, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born Aug. 7, 1984, at Hutchinson, the daughter of Brian and Elvie Reyes Shields. She was a freshman at Buhler High School, participating in cross country, track, band and softball.

She belonged to New Hope Baptist Church, Hutchinson, and was an active member of the church youth department.

Survivors include: her parents, of the home in Hutchinson; a sister, Sarah Shields, of the home; and grandparents, Jr. and Betty Shields, Cave Creek, Ariz., and Justiniano and Felicidad Reyes, of the Philippines.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Westside Baptist Church, Hutchinson, with Pastor Harold Nelson presiding. Friends may sign the register book from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson. The casket will remain closed. Burial will be in Fairlawn Burial Park.

Memorials may be sent to the Sarah and Angela Shields Medical Fund in care of the Bank of Kansas, Hutchinson.

Herman E. Reissig
HAYS - Herman E. Reissig, 87, died Jan. 25, 1999, at his home.

He was born Jan. 2, 1912, near Bunker Hill, the son of George and Christina Dumler Reissig. He grew up in the Bunker Hill area. After his marriage, he lived on a farm north of Gorham. He later moved to Hays where he farmed for several years. In 1959, he moved to Hays and worked as a custodian at the junior high school and at Alco before retiring.

On April 22, 1937, he married Ada Elizabeth Flickinger at Ellsworth. She died July 4, 1967.

Survivors include: a son, Duane, Wichita; a brother, Ernest, Billings, Mont.; a grandchild; and a companion, Rosetta Ochs, Hays.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Rudolph, William, Robert and infant Herbert; and five sisters, Carrie Reissig, Dolly Reissig, Christina Ehrlich, Agnes Gariepy and Theresa Dumler.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until noon Friday at Pohlman's Mortuary, Russell.

Memorials may be sent to the Hays Medical Center, Hadley Campus, in care of the mortuary.

Dorothy May Spain
KINGMAN - Dorothy May Spain, 86, of Kingman, died Jan. 26, 1999, at Ruston, La.

She was born May 15, 1912, at Wakita, Okla., the daughter of Lon L. and Stella Cooprider Spaulding. A longtime Kingman resident, she was a homemaker and a retired sales associate for J.C. Penney's.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Kingman Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, both at Kingman.

On May 25, 1944, she married Forrest Cannon. He died Feb. 18, 1951. On Dec. 9, 1959, she married Wilbur J. Spain. He died Dec. 9, 1977.

Survivors include: three step-daughters, Janice Vaughn, Hutchinson, Sharon Weve, Haven, and Diane Pierce, Mount Hope; two sisters, Elsie Jones, Tuolumne, Calif., and Bertha Teague, Cheyenne, Wyo.; 14 step-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Sibyl Abbey; two brothers, Herbie and Milton Spaulding; and two sisters, Blanche Stahle and Mildred Spaulding.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman, with the Rev. Michael Waggoner presiding. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Kingman.

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, Kingman, or to the Kingman VFW Auxiliary, both in care of the funeral home.

Ray F. Uehling
NESS CITY - Ray F. Uehling, 87, died Jan. 27, 1999, at Ness County Long Term Care Center, Ness City.

He was born Sept. 8, 1911, at Uehling, Neb., the son of Frank and Bertha Von Seggren Uehling. A Ness City resident since 1946, he was a farmer. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Rotary and Frank Stull Post No. 152 of the American Legion, all at Ness City, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Ransom. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

On Feb. 2, 1941, he married Edna Stulken at Bazine. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Thomas R., Garden City, and Terry D., Ness City; a brother, Frank T., San Diego; two sisters, Thelma Baker, El Cajon, Calif., and Wilma Larson, Oceanside, Calif.; and four grandsons.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Ness City. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and until service time Saturday at the church. Burial, with military graveside rites conducted by Frank Stull Post No. 152 of the American Legion, will be in the Ness City Cemetery.

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

Celia M. Alger
WINDOM - Celia M. Alger, 90, died Jan. 26, 1999, at Memorial Hospital, McPherson.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Olson's Mortuary, Marquette.

Rosary for Anna Mae Shenk Kelley, who died Jan. 26, 1999, will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Hutchinson, with Father Brian Egan presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.


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