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W. John "Johnny" Apt
W. John "Johnny" Apt, 93, Salina, died Thursday, July 26, 2001.
Mr. Apt was born April 9, 1908, at Kunkle, Ohio. He had been a promoter for boxing and wrestling shows, brought many orchestras and Broadway dramas and musicals to the Salina area during the Big Band Era, owned and operated the "Blue Pacific" tavern, Salina, from 1954 to 1961 and also promoted and ran special train trips to Kansas City Athletics baseball games. He also owned and operated Kansas Student Tour Council with his wife, was a district court reporter at Salina for 35 years, retiring in 1976, and later worked at Owens and Brake Court Reporting Service until 1995. He was a member of Kansas National Shorthand Reporters Associations, Eagle's Lodge, Salina Country Club and First Christian Church, all of Salina.
His wife, Thelma, died in 1999.
Survivors include two sons, Larry W. Apt of Parma, Ohio, and John Burton Reynolds of Salt Lake City; and a daughter, Kimberly Apt Beckham of Beeville, Texas.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, Salina, the Revs. Greg Lombard Rea and Kim Blakely Rea officiating.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church or Salina Community Theater.
There will be no visitation. The body was cremated.
Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements.

Shirley Ann Beardslee
HAYS -- Shirley Ann Beardslee, 66, Hays, died Thursday, July 26, 2001.
Mrs. Beardslee was born Shirley Ann McElfresh on June 23, 1935, at Lebanon.
Survivors include her husband, Carroll of the home; two daughters, Kelly Ludlow of Victoria and Nancy Beardslee of Philadelphia; a son, Mark of Hays; her mother, Irene McElfresh of Smith Center; a brother, Don McElfresh of Sutton, Neb.; and two grandchildren.
The family memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays 67601. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to an educational fund for the grandchildren.

Lawrence A. Cordel
CAWKER CITY -- Lawrence A. Cordel, 79, Cawker City, died Friday, July 27, 2001.
Mr. Cordel was born July 4, 1922, at Tipton. He was a farmer-stockman.
His wife, Virginia Ann, died in 1998.
Survivors include a son, Larry of Cawker City; a daughter, Diana Lee Feldhausen of Topeka; and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cawker City.
A vigil will be at 7 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cawker City.
Domoney Funeral Home, 817 Morgan, P.O. Box 127, Downs 67437, is handling arrangements.

Donald "Punk" Dodd
HILL CITY -- Donald "Punk" Dodd, 75, Hill City, died Friday, July 27, 2001.
Mr. Dodd was born Feb. 5, 1926, at Hill City. He was a retired service technician for Kansas Nebraska Gas.
Survivors include his wife, Carole of Hill City; a son, Gene of St. Francis; a daughter, Linda Campbell of Hill City; a sister, Monie Steeples of Hays; and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Spencer-Stinemetz Chapel of Hill City, 522 N. Pomeroy, Hill City 67642. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Graham County Hospital.
There will be no visitation.

Ralph Fose
WaKEENEY -- Ralph Fose, 68, WaKeeney, died Thursday, July 26, 2001.
Mr. Fose was born March 13, 1933, at Bazine Township, Ness County. He was a retired feedmill operator for Farmland Industries.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry, in 1984.
Survivors include three sons, John and Jay, both of WaKeeney, and Joel of Hays; three daughters, Lorna Scheffe of Liberal and Lana Dinkel and Lisa Fose, both of Ellis; a brother, Bobby Foos of Ellis; six sisters, Velma Durham of Farmington, N.M., Donna Corp of Wichita, Lorrine Butterfield of Laurel, Mont., Lillian Tickle of Carmel, Ind., Doris Allen of Indiana, and Betty Kraft of Dodge City; and 15 grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney. Burial will be in WaKeeney City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Fraternal Order of Eagles Scholarship Fund.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney 67672.

Edith M. Gordier
OAKLEY -- Edith M. Gordier, 78, Oakley, died Thursday, July 26, 2001.
Mrs. Gordier was born Edith M. McDonald on May 21, 1923, at Onaway, Mich. She was a retired bookkeeper for Farmington (Mich.) Public Schools.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Cassie, in 1974; and her second husband, Norman A. Gordier, in 1999.
Survivors include four stepsons, Frank G. Gordier of Lenexa, Gerald L. Gordier of Fort Collins, Colo., Steven L. Gordier of South Kansas City, Mo., and Larry Muse of Heber Springs, Ark.; three stepdaughters, Brenda D. Beringer of Sharon Springs, Linda Holland of Heber Springs and Judy Lamerson of Westland, Mich.; and seven stepgrandchildren.
The memorial service will be at a later date at Community of Christ Church, Onaway, Mich. Burial will be at a later date in Elwood Cemetery, Onaway.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, in care of Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 221, Oakley 67748.

Richard D. "Rich" Keeling
OBERLIN -- Richard D. "Rich" Keeling, 50, Oberlin, died Friday, July 27, 2001.
Mr. Keeling was born May 6, 1951, at Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was a farmer and an equipment operator in Decatur County.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy of Oberlin; and a son, Jason of Oberlin. The service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pauls Funeral Home, 121 N. Penn, Oberlin 67749.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Decatur County or Northwest Kansas Organ Donor Group.

Dominique McNabb
Dominique McNabb, infant son of George IV and Kriscina McNabb, Salina, was stillborn Thursday, July 26, 2001.
Survivors in addition to his parents include two brothers, John and George, both of Salina; his grandparents, George III and Deborah McNabb of Salina and John and Martha Perret of Salina; his great-grandparents, Lois Perret of Salina, John and Grace Wisniewski of Michigan and Myra McNabb of McPherson; and his great-great-grandmother, Dorothy McNabb of Michigan.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina.
Memorials may be made to the Dominique McNabb Memorial Fund in care of Bennington State Bank.
There will be no visitation.
Roselawn Mortuary, 1307 S. Santa Fe, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements.

Ruby Lena McNabb
SUPERIOR, Neb. -- Ruby Lena McNabb, 100, Superior, died Friday, July 27, 2001.
Mrs. McNabb was born Jan. 13, 1901, at rural Reubens, Kan. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; two sons, Dallas Wayne and John; and two grandsons.
Survivors include three daughters, Pauline Zoberst of Fort Morgan, Colo., Donnis Melzer of Moclip, Wash., and Rose Asbury of Denver; two sons, Larry Dean of Mankato, Kan., and Billie of Denver; a brother, Woodrow Wilson of Mankato; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato.
Memorials may be made to Superior Good Samaritan Center.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the service Monday at the funeral home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, NE 68978.

Minnie Reva Berkley Rosser
ROSSVILLE -- Minnie Reva Berkley Rosser, 89, Rossville, died Saturday, July 28, 2001.
Mrs. Rosser was born Minnie Reva Berkley on April 19, 1912, at rural Lincoln County. 
Her husband, Frank Louis, died in 1984.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Heidebrecht of Wichita and Marilyn Campbell of Rossville; two sisters, Ruth Sulter of Salina and Helen Webb of Solomon; four granchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rossville United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Rossville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys 66536, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Edward "Don" Truan
RUSSELL -- Edward "Don" Truan, 91, Russell, died Saturday, July 28, 2001.
Mr. Truan was born Feb. 14, 1910, at rural Ellis County. He worked as a state well plugger for Kansas Corporation Commission for 16 years, retiring in 1975.
His wife, Bernadine, died in 1990.
Survivors include a brother, Floyd of Gorham.
The service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Winterset Cemetery, Gorham.
Memorials may be made to Winterset Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays 67601.

Alvin B. VanDusen
ABILENE -- Alvin B. VanDusen, 81, Abilene, died Thursday, July 26, 2001.
Mr. VanDusen was born Nov. 24, 1919, at Manhattan.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Harriet, in 1981.
Survivors include a brother, Roy of Manhattan.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Valley View Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Manhattan.
There will be no visitation.
Chaput Mortuary, 310 N. Washington, Clyde 66938, is handling arrangements.

Verla C. Cooley
OSBORNE -- Verla C. Cooley, 83, Osborne, died Sunday, July 29, 2001,
Mrs. Cooley was born March 16, 1918, in rural Cedar. She was a homemaker and a former cook at Osborne County Memorial Hospital.
Her husband, Everett, died in 1993.
Survivors include a son, Evans of Alton; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Clark-Gashaw Mortuary, 238 N. First, Osborne 67473. Burial will be in Sumner Cemetery, Alton.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Services Inc.
There will be no visitation. The casket will remain closed.

Gertrude M. Gibson
KENSINGTON -- Gertrude M. Gibson, 87, Kensington, died Friday, July 27, 2001.
Mrs. Gibson was born Gertrude M. Billings on Aug. 21, 1913, in rural Smith County. She was a retired homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, in 1988; and a son, Joseph, in 1975.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Gibson of Loomis, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at United Church of Kensington. Burial will be in Germantown Cemetery, Kensington.
Memorials may be made to United Church of Kensington.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Simmons Mortuary, 117 N. Main, Kensington 66951.

Doris M. Monty
Doris M. Monty, 84, Salina, died July 29, 2001.
Mrs. Monty was born Doris M. Kindlesparger on March 14, 1917, in rural Lincoln County. She was a bank officer and loan officer at First National Bank, St. Joseph, Mo., for 33 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alcid E., in 1994; and a son, William Joseph, in 1964.
Survivors include two brothers, Dean Kindlesparger of Salina and John L. Kindlesparger of Lindsborg.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at University United Methodist Church, Salina. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401.

Richard L. Ruddell
GOODLAND -- Richard L. Ruddell, 63, Goodland, died Sunday, July 29, 2001.
Mr. Ruddell was born July 28, 1938, at Burlington, Colo.
He was preceded in death by a son, Randy.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of Goodland; a son, David of Goodland; a daughter, Sandra Murray of St. Francis; three sisters, Loretta Beachley and Bonnie Wachs, both of Burlington, and Patricia Campbell of Trenton, Neb.; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Mountain time Wednesday at First Christian Church, Goodland. Burial will be in Goodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Mountain time Tuesday at Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland 67735-1555.

Everett Dean Shuler
OAKLEY -- Everett Dean Shuler, 72, Oakley, died Monday, July 23, 2001.
Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, Oakley, is handling arrangements.

Johnnie Thomas
Johnnie Thomas, 74, Salina, died Thursday, July 26, 2001.
Mr. Thomas was born Feb. 26, 1927, in Monroe, La. He retired in tire service for Saline County.
Survivors include a son, Wayne of Wichita; four daughters, Frankie Thomas, Georgaleen Thomas and Joyce Edwards, all of Salina and Norma Wright of Salinas, Calif.; and two sisters, Gracie Thomas of Dayton, Ohio, and Georgia Lena Harris of Oakland, Calif.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, Salina. Burial will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Missionary Baptist Building Fund, in care of the funeral home, 401 W. Iron, Salina 67401.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Hetty Lou Brooks
MORLAND -- Hetty Lou Brooks, 68, Morland, died Saturday, July 28, 2001.
Mrs. Brooks was born Hetty Lou Shughart on Sept. 9. 1932, at Eustace, Texas. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Dale of rural Morland; three sons, Larry Crayton of Peabody, Lewis Crayton of Morland and Lester Crayton of Hays; a daughter, Leann Crayton of Salina; a brother, George Shughart of Climax Springs, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Spencer-Stinemetz Chapel, Hill City. Burial will be in Morland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Salina Regional Health Center Skilled Nursing Unit, Penn Campus.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the service Wednesday at the funeral chapel, 522 N. Pomeroy, Hill City 67542.

Elizabeth F. Burt
LINCOLN -- Elizabeth F. Burt, 86, Lincoln, died Sunday, July 29, 2001.
Miss Burt was born Aug. 17, 1914, at Lincoln. She was an abstractor and a teacher.
Survivors include a sister, Bonnie Riddle of Topeka.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Lincoln. Burial will be in Lincoln City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mid-America Health Care or Lincoln Girls Basketball Team.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Harrison-Hall Funeral Home, 111 E. Elm, Lincoln 67455.

Fronie A. Freeborn
FLORENCE -- Fronie A. Freeborn, 89, Florence, died Saturday, July 28, 2001.
Mrs. Freeborn was born Fronie A. Scobee on Oct. 12, 1911, at rural Chase County. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Ellis "Jack" of rural Florence; a son, Jackie D. of rural Florence; two daughters, Ruth E. Hodges of Ponca City, Okla., and Mary Lee Wineinger of Marion; a brother, Tom Scobee of Cedar Falls, Iowa; a sister, Rosie Murphy of Monett, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Florence Christian Church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, rural Florence.
Memorials may be made to Florence Christian Church or Marion Manor.
Zeiner Funeral Home, 104 W. Fifth, Florence 66851, is handling arrangements.

Wilbur Dean "Bill" Gott
MISSION, Texas -- Wilbur Dean "Bill" Gott, 77, Mission, died July 23, 2001.
Mr. Gott was born Sept. 23, 1923, at St. Louis. He was a World War II veteran, a prisoner of war and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a retired supervisor for Kansas Power and Light at Salina, Kan., and Topeka, Kan., and had coached Graves and Marymount Softball Teams in the Salina area.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Gott in 1970; and a brother, Don in 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie of Mission; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Evelyn of Salina; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Keith Tannehill of Assaria, Kan.; a sister, Lillian McIntosh of Salina; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The inurnment service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church or Sacred Heart Cathedral, both of Salina.
Ric Brown Family Funeral Home, Mission, handled arrangements.
The body was cremated.

Edythe Ida Hawkins
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Edythe Ida Hawkins, 93, Asheville, formerly of Delphos, Kan., died Thursday, July 26, 2001.
She was born Edythe Ida Koeppen on Dec. 5, 1907, at Attica, Kan. She was a farm wife.
Her husband, Clifton E., died in 1975.
Survivors include a son, Marvin of Asheville; a daughter, Donna Rice of Livingston, Texas; two sisters; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
The entombment service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Delphos Mausoleum.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Shields Funeral Home, 405 Argyle, Minneapolis, KS 67467.

Rich Keeling
OBERLIN -- Rich Keeling, 50, Oberlin, died Friday, July 27, 2001.
Mr. Keeling was born June 6, 1951, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He attended Clarion Grade School and graduated from Clarion High School and the University of Florida. 
He married Tracy L. Sell, May 17, 1987, at Piper. 
He farmed and later worked for Decatur County as an equipment operator. He was a member of the Oberlin Arts and Humanities, Tri-State Festival Organization and was a Hospice Volunteer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Jean Keeling.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy; a son, Jason Berry; two honorary daughters, Kristina and Brandy Dean, and a honorary granddaughter, Mikayla Dean. 
The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pauls Funeral Home, 121 N. Penn, Oberlin 67749, Sister Marilyn Wall officiating. 
Memorials may be made to Northwest Kansas Organ Donor Group or Hospice of Decatur County.

William M. "Bill" Kendall
HERINGTON -- William M. "Bill" Kendall, 81, Herington, died Monday, July 30, 2001.
Mr. Kendall was born May 12, 1920, at Herington. He was a retired farmer-stockman.
Survivors include his wife, Lu of the home; a daughter, Carolyn Haden of Topeka; three sons, Larry of St. Louis, Jim of Vienna, Austria and Dave of Dover; a sister, Helen Haage of Herington; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Herington. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington, with military rites.
Memorials may be made to Kansas SmokeLess Kids Initiative, 4300 S.W. Drury Lane, Topeka 66604, or in care of Donahue Funeral Home, 404 S. Broadway, Herington 67449.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and 9 a.m. until the service Wednesday at the church. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Douglas W. Lang
WaKEENEY -- Douglas W. Lang, 57, WaKeeney, died Monday, July 30, 2001.
Mr. Lang was born Aug. 4, 1943, at Wahoo, Neb.
Survivors include a son, Jeff, address unknown; a daughter, Tina Lang, address unknown; his mother, Beulah Lang of WaKeeney; two sisters, Marian Kiefer of Pleasanton, Iowa, and Bonnie Joslin of WaKeeney; and four grandchildren.
Private burial will be at a later date in WaKeeney City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses, in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney 67672.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the funeral home.

Dolores Ann Shanahan
Dolores Ann Shanahan, 78, Salina, died Saturday, July 28, 2001.
Mrs. Shanahan was born Dolores Ann Myers on Feb. 24, 1923, at Commerce, Okla. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Patrick W. of Salina; three daughters, Nancy Shanahan and Linda Beneke, both of Salina, and Susan Rothwell of Wichita; a sister, Barbara Nelson of Santa Maria, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Salina.
A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401.
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Cathedral or Saline County Humane Society.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

George W. Tugwell III
George W. Tugwell III, 62, Salina, died Sunday, July 29, 2001.
Mr. Tugwell was born Aug. 5, 1938, at Baltimore. He was was a self-employed carpenter in home construction and a retired officer for the Ellsworth County Police Department. He was a member of Grand Avenue Methodist Church, American Legion Post 62 and the National Rifle Association.
He was preceded in death by a stepson, Frank Berkman, in 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Frances L. of Salina; a daughter, Connie Harder of Belleville; a brother, Bill of Baltimore; a sister, Freda Suter of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ryan Mortuary, Salina. Burial will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1432.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the service Wednesday at the mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401.

Carolyn S. Woddell
McPHERSON -- Carolyn S. Woddell, 62, McPherson, died Sunday, July 29, 2001.
She was born Carolyn S. Gard on May 4, 1939, at Independence. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Lynn.
Survivors include her husband, Wilford of Beloit; a son, Kevin of McPherson; three daughters, Debbie Adams and Kim Woddell, both of McPherson, and Tina Woddell of Newton; two brothers, Kenny Gard of Winfield and Jim Gard of Colorado; a sister, Pat Richey of Enid, Okla.; and four grandchildren.
The memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at McPherson First Church of the Nazarene.
Memorials may be made to the Carolyn S. Woddell Memorial Fund.
There will be no visitation. The body was cremated.
Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements.


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