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Florence Abrams
MILFORD, Neb. -- Florence Abrams, 86, Milford, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at Milford.
Mrs. Abrams was born Florence Cook on Sept. 23, 1914, at Sutton. She was a homemaker.
Her husband, Tom, died in 1989.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Haney of Ridgecrest, Calif., and Meridel Abrams of Louisville, Ky.; two sons, Thomas of Harvard and Herbert of Lincoln; two brothers, Harold Cook of Monroe and Samuel Cook of Lupton, Colo.; three sisters, Lillian Zoller of Berthoud, Colo., Dorothy Schmier of Canon City, Colo., and Norma Noyes of California; and two grandsons.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Little Blue Christian Fellowship, Nelson, the Rev. David Sellers officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery, Edgar.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Herb Abrams, 519 S. 30th, Lincoln, NE 68510.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home, 446 S. Main, Nelson 68961.

Howard Doyle "Speck" Burger
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Howard Doyle "Speck" Burger, 85, Colorado Springs, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
Mr. Burger was born July 30, 1915, at Blue Hill, Kan., and lived in Colorado Springs since 1952. He was a World War II Army veteran and a medic supply officer in California for 10 years. He was a chief engineer, retiring from the Civil Service after 35 years.
Survivors include his fiance, Gladys Webster of Colorado Springs.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Domoney Funeral Home, 817 Morgan, Downs, Kan., 67437, the Rev. David Hardy officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cawker City, Kan.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Melosena D. "Sena" Dreiling
VICTORIA -- Melosena D. "Sena" Dreiling, 94, Victoria, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at St. John's Rest Home, Victoria.
Mrs. Dreiling was born Melosena D. Sander on Aug. 29, 1906, at Victoria and also had lived in Wheatridge and Arvada, Colo. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella, both of Victoria.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alphonse, in 1956; and a grandson.
Survivors include two sons, Bob of Russell and Allen of Victoria; two daughters, Heraldine Kreutzer of Arvada, Colo., and Agnes Karlin of Wheatridge, Colo.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria, the Rev. Frank X. Grinko officiating. Burial will be in St. Fidelis Cemetery.
A vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday followed by a Daughters of Isabella rosary at 8 p.m. at Cline's Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria 67671.
Memorials may be made to Cathedral of the Plains Charitable Fund, or Masses.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Twila J. Ehrsam
BENNINGTON -- Twila J. Ehrsam, 74, Bennington, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Ehrsam was born Twila J. Nichols on June 30, 1926, in Enterprise and lived in Bennington three years, moving from Solomon and Enterprise.
Her husband, William J., died in 1976.
Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Ehrsam-Quinn of Bennington and Elsbeth Mauceli of Tucson, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Barbara LaPier of Los Angeles and Joan Kay Morley of Tucson; a brother, Neal Nichols of Phoenix; a sister, Delta Broadus of Houston; five grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren.
The service and inurnment will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Enterprise, the Rev. Max Froelich officiating.
Memorials may be made to Saline County Hospice in care of Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 N.W. Third, Abilene 67410.

Emily Grace Grelk
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Emily Grace Grelk, infant daughter of Brian J. and Mary L. Jesch Grelk, Albuquerque, was born and died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at the University of New Mexico Medical Center in Albuquerque.
Survivors besides her parents include a sister, Hannah D. Grelk of Albuquerque; her grandparents, Thomas and Charlotte Grelk of Junction City, Kan., and Dan and Mary Lou Jesch of Chapman, Kan.; and her great-grandparents, Irene Price and Atlo and Annjean Grelk, all of Mason City, Iowa.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Chapman, the Rev. Richard Lutgen officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Chapman.
A prayer vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Londeen Funeral Chapel, 206 W. Fifth, Chapman 67431, followed by family visitation.

Henry E. Herrman
HAYS -- Henry E. Herrman, 70, Hays, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Herrman was born March 2, 1930, in Salina. He was an attorney for Boyer, Hondros and Donaldson Law Firm in Wichita, Sun Oil in Tulsa, Okla., and Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. in Liberal. He was an Army veteran and a member of St. Joseph's Church, American Legion, St. Joseph's Council 1325 of the Knights of Columbus and Bishop Cunningham Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, all of Hays. He was also a member of the American Bar Association and the Kansas Bar.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn of the home; two sons, Henry of Los Angeles and John of Manila, Philippines; three daughters, Pat Hartman of Tulsa, Okla., Margaret Herrman of Columbus, Ohio, and Judy Kilpatrick of Kensington, Md.; and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Church, Hays, the Rev. Mike Scully officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery with military honors by the Hays American Legion.
A parish vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday followed by a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays 67601.
Memorials may be made to the Ellis County Historical Society.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Bishop Cunningham Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard Sunday evening.

Mary Aline Jantz
NEWTON -- Mary Aline Jantz, 88, Newton, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Presbyterian Manor, Newton.
Mrs. Jantz was born Mary Sommerfeld on March 27, 1912, at Canton. She was a retired teacher and a member of First Baptist Church of Canton. She was also a member of Kansas State Teachers Association, McPherson County Area Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Society and Business and Professional Women's Association of McPherson. She was founder of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of McPherson.
Her husband, Arnold, died in 1979.
Survivors include a sister, Rachel Sommerfeld of Canton; a stepson, Arlo Jantz of Prescott, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Opal Hanson of McPherson and Olive Ubel of Topeka; seven stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Canton Township Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. at Olson's Mortuary, 139 N. Main, Canton 67428, the Rev. Charles Kaufman officiating.
Memorials may be made to Presbyterian Manor, Newton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Susie Jost
HILLSBORO -- Susie Jost, 95, Hillsboro, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Hillsboro Community Medical Center Long Term Care Unit.
Mrs. Jost was born Susie Wohlgemuth on Feb. 18, 1905, at Hillsboro. She was a homemaker and a member of Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.
Her husband, John B., died in 1994.
Survivors include two sons, Kenney of Hillsboro and John W. of Cedarville, Calif.; two daughters, Virginia Bestvater of Newton and Margaret Enns of Folsom, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, Pastor Tim Sullivan and Rev. John Ratzlaff officiating. Burial will be in Gnadenau Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.
Memorials may be made to the church.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Memorial Chapel, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro 67063.

Leonard H. Kuck
CLAY CENTER -- Leonard H. Kuck, 85, Clay Center, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center.
Mr. Kuck was born Nov. 5, 1915, at Hanover and lived in Clay Center since 1966, moving from the Linn area. He was a farmer and worked at Greenwood Cemetery for two years and then worked as the city parks superintendent until 1980. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the American Legion in Clay Center.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.
Survivors include his wife, Arline of Clay Center; a son, Al of Clay Center; a daughter, Mary Trumble of Clifton; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Neill-Schwensen-Rook Chapel, 918 Seventh, Clay Center 67432. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center.
Memorials may be made to Clay Center City Zoo.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Howard Lane
LEONARDVILLE -- Howard Lane, 74, Leonardville, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Mercy Health Center-College Avenue in Manhattan.
Mr. Lane was born Feb. 2, 1926, at Walker. He was a World War II Army veteran and received a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his companion, Ann Still of Leonardville; a brother, Marion of Topeka; and a sister, Betty Shortt of Belvue.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home, 303 S. Broadway, Riley 66531, Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Bellegard Cemetery, south of Blue Rapids, with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to research at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Visitation will be today and Sunday at the funeral home.

Norbert Miller
HAYS -- Norbert Miller, 86, Hays, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at the Hays Good Samaritan Center.
Mr. Miller was born Aug. 8, 1914, at Catherine. He was a farmer in the Emmeram and Walker areas and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Hays.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Roy Dean.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; two sons, Donald of Wichita and Pete of Hays; a daughter, Shirley Droegemeier of Hays; a brother, Robert of Stockton; a sister, Tillie Kuhn of Victoria; eight grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Rev. Don Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in the St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.
A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. followed by a parish vigil service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine, Hays 67601.
Memorials may be made to the Hays Good Samaritan Center, Alzheimer's Unit, 27th and Canal, Hays, or for Masses.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Kathy Leigh Morrow
CENTRALIA, Mo. -- Kathy Leigh Morrow, 39, Centralia, died Jan. 16, 2001.
Ms. Morrow was born Feb. 3, 1961, in Birmingham, Ala., and had lived in Lincoln, Kan. She was an accountant with Hubbell Power Systems, Inc., of Centralia and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Survivors include a son, Matt Turner of Vernon, Ala.; her parents, Joyce and Kenneth Morrow of Fayette, Ala.; two sisters, Kenalyn Cromwell of Panama City, Fla., and Kandace Morrow of Knoxville, Tenn; and her grandmothers, Magro Morrow and Jewell Hannah, both of Vernon.
The funeral was at Chandler Funeral Home, Highway 18 West, Vernon, Ala., 35592, Dr. Bill Etheridge officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Pontotoc, Miss.

Elaine M. "Pat" Pelkey
OBERLIN -- Elaine M. "Pat" Pelkey, 77, Oberlin, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Decatur County Hospital, Oberlin.
Mrs. Pelkey was born Elaine Murphy on June 6, 1923, at McCook, Neb. She was a nurse and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Oberlin and the Altar Society.
Survivors include a son, Gerry Shafer of Aurora, Colo.; and a sister, Peggy Murphy of Denver.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. James Hoover and Sister Marilyn Wall officiating. Burial will be in Oberlin Cemetery.
A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Pauls Funeral Home, 121 N. Penn, Oberlin 67749.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home.

Reta F. Stirn
MINNEAPOLIS -- Reta F. Stirn, 93, Minneapolis, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Ottawa County Health Center, Minneapolis.
Mrs. Stirn was born Reta F. Sechrist on March 8, 1907, northwest of Ada and was a lifetime Ottawa County resident. She was a homemaker and attended Salina Bible Church. She was a member of Sand Ridge Birthday Club, rural Minneapolis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, in 1968; and a granddaughter.
Survivors include a son, Darrel of rural Minneapolis; a sister, Doris Scott of The Dalles, Ore.; and a grandchild.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Shields Funeral Home, 405 Argyle, Minneapolis 67467, the Rev. Rodney Fox officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Ada.
Memorials may be made to Bible Impact Ministries or Minneapolis Good Samaritan Center.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and before the service Monday at the funeral home.

Agnes Vanek
CLAY CENTER -- Agnes Vanek, 97, Clay Center, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Medicalodge, Clay Center.
Miss Vanek was born Dec. 9, 1903, in Riley County and lived in Clay Center since 1960, moving from Garrison. She was a member of the Garrison Methodist Church.
Survivors include a brother, Karl Vanek of Marion.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Neill-Schwensen-Rook Chapel, 918 Seventh, Clay Center 67432. Burial will be in Carnahan Creek Cemetery, Garrison.
Memorials may be made to Clay Center United Methodist Church.
There will be no visitation.

Merleon G. Walker
OSBORNE -- Merleon G. Walker, 72, Osborne, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Osborne County Memorial Hospital, Osborne.
Mr. Walker was born May 15, 1928, at Woodston and lived in Osborne since 1951. He was a truck driver for Thompson Truck Line and Kaser Implement, was a World War II Air Force veteran and a member of American Legion 49 of Osborne. He was a member of the Christian Church of Osborne, where he was deacon and elder and received the Elder Emeritus Award.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda of Osborne; two sons, Ronald of Scranton and Donald of Glasco; three daughters, Janet Goble of Salina, Jaylene Bargman of Hastings, Neb., and Judy Brummer of Osborne; two brothers, Leo of Stockton and Verl of North Highland, Calif.; two sisters, Wanda Jo Walker of Stockton and Anita Cordill of Dallas; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Christian Church, Osborne, the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Burial will be in Osborne Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Clark-Gashaw Chapel, 238 N. First, Osborne 67473.

Emma Lorraine Clark
ABILENE -- Emma Lorraine Clark, 82, Abilene, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Clark was born Emma Gantenbein on Dec. 28, 1918, south of Abilene and was a longtime area resident. She worked at the Viola Grocery Store and the Boogaarts Supermarket and was a member of the New Basel United Church of Christ.
Her husband, Cecil, died in 1983.
Survivors include a sister, Anna Calhoun of Lakewood, Calif.
The service and inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the New Basel Cemetery, the Rev. Max Froelich officiating.
Memorials may be made to New Basel United Church of Christ in care of Danner Funeral Home, 501 N. Buckeye, Abilene 67410.

Clara Eacret
RUSSELL -- Clara Eacret, 84, Russell, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at St. John Nursing Home, Victoria.
Mrs. Eacret was born Clara Karst on Oct. 10, 1916, at Russell. She worked as a waitress for many years.
Her husband, Charles, died in 1994.
Survivors include two sons, Don Parker and Dean Parker, both of Arab, Ala.; a brother, Herbert Karst of Newton; four sisters, Martha Brack, Elsie Brack, Elma Morgenstern and Esther Scheuerman, all of Russell; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pohlman's Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665, the Rev. Keith Freitzer officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
The body was cremated. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to St. Johns Rest Home, Victoria, in care of Pohlman's Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell, 67665.

Robert L. Earnest
RUSSELL -- Robert L. Earnest, 73, Russell, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at St. Luke's Hospital, in Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Earnest was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Chanute. He was City Attorney of Russell and a member of the Russell County Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the State City Attorneys Association of which he was a past president. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church of Russell and Isis Shrine, a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1715 of Russell. He was a World War II and Korean Conflict Navy veteran and a 50-year member of Russell Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores of Russell; a daughter, Sheila Lahmann of Blue Springs, Mo.; a brother, Gordon of Pleasanton, Calif.; a sister, Ellene Davis of Hays; and two grandsons.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Russell, the Revs. Jerry Jones and J.C. Emerson officiating. A reception will follow the services at the Russell Elks Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church or Russell BPOE 1715, both of Russell, or KETCH, Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped in Wichita.
Webb-Freer Funeral Home, 205 S. 17th, Blue Springs, MO 64105, is handling arrangements.

Mary Josephine "Jo" Elkins
WAKEFIELD -- Mary Josephine "Jo" Elkins, 94, Wakefield, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Wakefield Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Elkins was born Mary Stevensen on June 7, 1906, at Paola and lived in Wakefield since 1992, moving from east of Clay Center. She was a former member of the Madura Congregational Church and Wakefield Library Club. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clay Center and was active with the Clay Center Garden Club, Holiday Campers, Clay County 4-H and the Kansas Flying Farmers.
Survivors include her husband, Howard E. "Bud" Sr. of Wakefield; three sons, Howard E. "Bud" Jr. of Mankato, Robert S. of Clay Center and Richard N. "Dick" of Manhattan; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wakefield Chapel, 504 Birch, Wakefield 67487. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Wakefield.
Memorials may be made to Wakefield Museum.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

Arthur D. "Art" Harman
HAYS -- Arthur D. "Art" Harman, 80, Hays, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center.
Mr. Harman was born March 21, 1920, at Hays. He was a World War II Army veteran, a farmer and the former owner of Harman's Water Service and Harman's Retail Liquor Store. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Hays.
His wife, Helen, died in 1990.
Survivors include two sons, Roger of Hays and Jim of Salina; a brother, Francis of Fayettville, Ga.; three sisters, Henrietta Jacobs of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mildred King of Plainville and Rose Baker of Hays; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays 67601, the Rev. William Miller officiating. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Eloise Marie Hays
BELOIT -- Eloise Marie Hays, 87, Beloit, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Westy Community Care Home, Westmoreland.
Mrs. Hays was born Eloise Carden on March 25, 1913, at Beloit where she lived since 1959, moving from Gaylord. She was a homemaker and a member of Beloit First Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Sickels, in 1950; and her second husband, Harold "Bus" Hays, in 1998.
Survivors include two sons, Leroy Sickels of Manhattan and Paul Sickels of Beloit; a daughter, Lorraine Schulte of St. George; two sisters, Ruth Olisar and Dorothy Swatzel, both of St. George; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gaylord Community Church, Pastor Bob Williams officiating. Burial will be in Gaylord Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Lung Association.
Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home, 910 N. Campbell, Beloit 67420.

Ray Carl Henderson
TOPEKA -- Ray Carl Henderson, 73, Topeka, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Eisenhower VAMC in Leavenworth.
Mr. Henderson was born Sept. 29, 1927, at Bell City, Mo., and lived in Topeka for many years. He worked at Flemming Food, Meadow Gold Milk Co., and the VA Hospital in Topeka. He was a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta of Valley Falls; two brothers, Cliff of Topeka and W.H. of Downs; and three sisters, Margie Grittman of Beloit, Janet Wisehart of Downs and Luann Hamel of Hutchinson.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at West Lawn Memorial Gardens in Topeka with military honors by Fort Riley.
Memorials may be made to Salvation Army.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday morning at Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas, Topeka 66608.

Chester Earl Lawson
Chester Earl Lawson, 78, Salina, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at The Cedars, McPherson.
Mr. Lawson was born Feb. 26, 1922, at Beloit. He was a truck driver for Sunbeam Baker and a plumber for City Plumbing, both in Salina. He had owned and operated the Union Station Tavern in Salina for more than 45 years. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1432 and the American Legion, both of Salina. He was a past member of the Eagles Lodge in Salina.
His wife, Betty L., died in 1987.
Survivors include a son, Roger of Salina; three daughters, Carol Tacker of Inola, Okla., Barbara Erickson of Gypsum and Shirley Hardesty of Salina; a brother, Clinton Lawson; a sister, Lotti Millison of Salina; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, the Rev. Paul Robbins officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to the Cedars Alzheimer's Unit in care of the family.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and prior to the service Tuesday at the mortuary.

Ray Dave Perez Jr.
HERINGTON -- Ray Dave Perez Jr., 73, Herington, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Perez was born March 25, 1927, at Pueblo, Colo. He retired from the Kansas National Guard in 1987, as a Sergeant First Class after 25 years of military service. He received temporary appointment as a training technician with Operations and Training Department of the Adjutant General, State headquarters in Topeka and later was appointed unit administrator of the Council Grove Armory until he retired. He also worked at Fort Riley with the civil service. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church of Herington and the Knights of Columbus. He was a life member of Dix-Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1281 and held the office of post adjutant. He was a 25-year member of Clarey R. McClaren and American Legion Post 12, both of Herington. In 1998, he received the Senior Citizen of the Year from the Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce for outstanding service in the community.
Survivors include his wife, Monica of the home; a son, Ray Tomas of Abilene; three sisters, Teresa Pace of Salem, Ore., Ruby Lombard of Okemah, Okla., and Lucy Perez; and two granddaughters.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the St. John's Catholic Church, Herington, the Rev. Mark Wesely officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington, with full military honors.
A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at the Donahue Funeral Home Chapel, 404 S. Broadway, Herington 67449.
Memorials may be made to the church or the Dickinson County Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Eldon A. Peterson
LINDSBORG -- Eldon A. Peterson, 90, Lindsborg, formerly of McPherson and Marquette, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Peterson was born Sept. 3, 1910, at Dresden. He was in the grocery business in Marquette, Lindsborg and McPherson for 42 years. He was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church and Lions Club, both of Marquette. He was a former member of the Marquette School Board, Lindsborg Kiwanis Club, Gideon's and Marquette City Council.
Survivors include his wife, Maybelle of the home; three daughters, Jolene Reiswig of Marion, Bernita Sveiven of Fairfax, Va., and Coralee Murray of Budapest, Hungary; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Evangelical Covenant Church, Lindsborg, the Revs. Jeff Waugh and Don Hawk officiating. Burial will be in Marquette Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Marquette Evangelical Covenant Church and Gideon's International.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Olson's Funeral Home, 202 N. Jackson, Marquette 67464.

Joetta Nellie Pound
MANHATTAN -- Joetta Nellie Pound, 88, Manhattan, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Pound was born Joetta Alexander on Nov. 6, 1912, in Salina and lived in Manhattan since 1963, moving from Chanute, Herington and Council Grove. She and her husband operated Pound's Fabrics and Judy's Children's Store, and she also worked in The Yarn Shop, all of Manhattan. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Manhattan and attended the widows and widowers Sunday school class at First United Methodist Church.
Her husband, Ernest, died in 1984.
Survivors include three daughters, Loretta Lee Ross of Columbia, Mo., Judith Ann Hedeen of Abilene and Barbara Jo Risner of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and six granddaughters.
The body was cremated. Private services will be in Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan.
Memorials may be made to KSU Foundation for the College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz, Manhattan 66502.

George M. Rentschler
SMITH CENTER -- George M. Rentschler, 87, Smith Center, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Smith County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit.
Mr. Rentschler was born Jan. 12, 1914, at Byron, Neb., and lived in Smith Center since 1996, moving from Jansen and Norton. He was a farmer until 1963 and then worked for Norton Unified School District as a custodian, retiring in 1975. He was a past member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Norton.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura M., in 1972; his second wife, Evelyn, in 1996; a son, Vernon; and a granddaughter.
Survivors include a son, LaVern of Smith Center; a daughter, Ailene Phelps of Kingman; a brother, Bill of Atkinson, Neb.; two sisters, Margaret Peterson of Gretna, Neb., and Emma Goodin of Council Bluff, Iowa; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The funeral home will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Enfield Funeral Home, 215 W. Main, Norton 67654, Pastor Chad Ecklels officiating. Burial will be in Norton City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Norton.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Simmons Mortuary, 116 W. First, Smith Center 66967, and 1 p.m. to service time Tuesday at Enfield Funeral Home, Norton.

Esther I. Smith
NATOMA -- Esther I. Smith, 80, Natoma, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Westview Manor, Derby.
Mrs. Smith was born Esther I. Eickhoff on July 28, 1920, at rural Natoma and was a lifelong area resident. She worked for Natoma Cooperative Association for more than 30 years, retiring in 1985, and was a bookkeeper for the service station and elevator complex. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary, both of Natoma.
Her husband, Marvin, died in 1980.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth of Boulder, Colo., and Dwane of Derby; two daughters, Carol Gonzales and Linda Pelton, both of Houston; a brother, Harold Eickhoff of Trenton, N.J.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church, Natoma, the Revs. L.J. McDermott and Ben Eickhoff officiating. Burial will be in Natoma Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church or American Legion Auxiliary, Natoma.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Pohlman's Mortuary, 701 N. First, Natoma 67651, and 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the church.

Marion W. "Jack" Smith
CANTON -- Marion W. "Jack" Smith, 84, Canton, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital.
Mr. Smith was born Sept. 3, 1916, at Minneapolis and lived in Canton for eight months, moving from Galva. He was a retired McPherson County Road and Bridge Construction employee and a member of Galva Christian Church. He was a past member of Galva American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor of Hutchinson; three sons, Stuart Smith of Lincoln, Neb., Keith Fasnacht of Clifton, Colo., and Glen Fasnacht of Hutchinson; five daughters, Donna Swallow of Erie, Colo., Cheryl Groover of Noblesville, Ind., Jan Goering of Flagler, Colo., Shirley Brumbaugh of Grand Junction, Colo., and Ann Bartholomew of Hutchinson; a brother, Keith of Waseca, Minn.; two sisters, Violet Peters and Faye Jean Smith, both of Canton; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Canton Christian Church, the Rev. Jack Smith officiating. Burial will be at Canton Township Cemetery with military rites by Canton American Legion Post 192.
Memorials may be made to the church or the World War II Veterans Memorial in care of Olson's Mortuary, 139 N. Main, Canton 67428.

Reta F. Stirn
MINNEAPOLIS -- Reta F. Stirn, 93, Minneapolis, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Ottawa County Health Center, Minneapolis.
Mrs. Stirn was born Reta F. Sechrist on March 8, 1907, northwest of Ada and was a lifetime Ottawa County resident. She was a homemaker and attended Salina Bible Church. She was a member of Sand Ridge Birthday Club, rural Minneapolis.
Her husband, Ray, died in 1968.
Survivors include a son, Darrel of rural Minneapolis; a sister, Doris Scott of The Dalles, Ore.; and a granddaughter.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Shields Funeral Home, 405 Argyle, Minneapolis 67467, the Rev. Rodney Fox officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Ada.
Memorials may be made to Bible Impact Ministries or Minneapolis Good Samaritan Center.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today and before the service Monday at the funeral home.

Darrell Tyler
Darrell Tyler, 71, Salina, died Saturday Feb. 3, 2001, at his home.
Roselawn Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements.

Gladys Ona Wells
MILTONVALE -- Gladys Ona Wells, 87, Miltonvale, died Dec. 31, 2000, at Park Villa Care Home in Clyde.
Mrs. Wells was born Gladys Woodworth on Jan. 16, 1913, in Miltonvale and was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker.
Her husband, Stewart, died in 1993.
Survivors include a son, Ray of Castle Rock, Colo.; a daughter, Sondra Strait of Englewood, Colo.; a sister, Maxine Monty of Concordia; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miltonvale Cemetery. 
The body was cremated.
Memorials may be made to Miltonvale Assisted Living Center.
Family and friends will be gathering at Kountry Cafe for lunch following the service.
Phelps Funeral Home, Miltonvale, is handling arrangements.


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