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James E. Oldham, 69, of Marquette and formerly of McPherson & Lindsborg, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at Lindsborg Community Hospital. 
He was born December 11, 1931, at Wakeeney, the son of Allen G. and Ida May (Nulton) Oldham. Jim was a Marquette resident since 1994, formerly residing in Lindsborg and McPherson. He was a retired truck driver for McPherson County and a worker at Certainteed Plastics, McPherson. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1964. 
JIm was a member of the McPherson SOS Group and the Loving Life Group, Lindsborg. 
On August 24, 1968, he married Jean S. (Weaver) Johnson at McPherson. She died January 27, 1984. 
Survivors include six nieces & nephews; Mark Oldham of Salina, Tony Oldham of Dodge City, Andy Oldham of Wakeeney, Cheyenne J. Oldham of Berea, KY, Karen Williamson of Manhattan, Sonya Dreiling of Salina, Royce Mong of Salina, and Darrell Mong of Salina. 
He was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters. 
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2001, at Marquette United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Larry Brock officiating. There was no visitation. 
Memorials may be sent to the S.O.S. Group, McPherson, the Loving Life Group, Lindsborg, or to Riverview Estates, Marquette, all in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Hazel A. Whitteker, 85, of San Jacinto, CA and formerly of McPherson, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the Manor Care Convalescent Hospital in Hermet, CA. 
A private committal service was held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, June 13, 2001, in McPherson Cemetery. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: two sons, Roy D. Whitteker and George Whitteker, both of San Jacinto, CA; two daughters, Patricia Cone of Berwyn, MA and Beulah Bryant of Bridge, OR; a sister, Helen Leavitt of Weymouth, MA; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Mildred M. Siek, 95, of McPherson, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. 
She was born July 18, 1905, near Woodbine, KS, the daughter of Edward J. and Anna M. (Henning) Siek. Prior to retirement she taught in the home economics department at McPherson College. She has been a McPherson resident since 1943. 
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dickinson County and attended the Church of the Brethren, McPherson. 
Survivors include: two brothers, Kenneth of Abilene and Raymond of Lawrence; and a sister, Nadine Williamson of Salina. 
She was preceded in death by two brothers and eight sisters. 
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at the Church of the Brethren, McPherson, with the Rev. Irven Stern officiating. Grabeside service was conducted at 2:30 Tuesday, in the Mount Zion Baptist Cemetery, Woodbine. 
Visitation was held from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorials donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Arthritis Foundation. 

Theodore Leroy Sellberg, 84, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus in Wichita. 
He was born November 1, 1916, at McPherson, the son of Arthur and Ellen (Olson) Sellberg. He was a lifetime McPherson resident, and a retired farmer and truck driver for Farmland Industries, McPherson. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. 
He was a life member of VFW Post No. 2715 and American Legion Post No. 24, both at McPherson. 
On October 20, 1954, he married Maxine (Dodge) Brennan in rural McPherson. She survives. 
Other survivors include: a son, Tom Brennan of Kansas City, MO.; a daughter, Rhonda Wild of Overland Park; a brother, Robert of McPherson; four sisters, Rosalie Borg of Lindsborg, Marie Larson of McPherson, Adeline Schafer of McPherson, and Grace George of Denver, CO; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Brennan. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Michael Fibranz officiating. Burial with Military Honors was in McPherson Cemetery. 
Visitation was held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorials donations may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society. 

Anne Frances Alexich, 78, of McPherson, died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital. 
She was born Jan. 18, 1923, at Eveleth, MN, the daughter of Frank and Ursula (Prasnikar) Mervich. She had been a McPherson resident since 1979, moving from Tempe, AZ. She and her husband were the former owners and operators of the Wheat State Motel in McPherson. 
She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, McPherson. 
On Aug. 17, 1946, she married Robert Alexich in New York, NY. 
Survivors include: husband, Bob Alexich of the home; two sons, Robert D. Alexis of Los Angeles, CA and Jeffrey M. Alexich of Denver, CO; a daughter, Dianne C. McCormick of Millmont, PA; a brother, Ed Mervich of Arcata, WA; two sisters, Ursula Altobelli of Virginia, MN and Rose O'Korn of Eveleth, MN; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and John Mervich. 
Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, McPherson, with Father Paul Oborny as Celebrant. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. 
Memorials may be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home. 

Dolores E. Hedrich, 68, of Inman, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital. 
She was born April 29, 1933, in Mitchell, KS, the daughter of Sheldon E. and Glesnor M. (Bergstrand) Bolton. Dolores was a retired registered nurse and Inman resident since 1978. 
She was a member of Andover Lutheran Church and served as a volunteer for Hospice of Reno County. 
Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2001, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
The funeral service took place on Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at 10:30 AM at Andover Lutheran Church, Windom Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ulliman conducted the service. Burial was at the Andover Cemetery. 
Memorial donations may be given to Andover Lutheran Church. 
Survivors include: her husband, Emil Hedrich of Inman, KS; four sons, Alan Hedrich of Inman, KS, E. John Hedrich of Lindsborg, KS, Eric Hedrich of Newton, KS, and Glen Hedrich of Hutchinson, KS; a sister, Betty Bengston of Wichita, KS; two brothers, Arnold Bolton of Yokosuka, Japan and Norman Bolton of Aurora, CO; father, Sheldon Bolton of Oregon; and six grandchildren.

Carolyn K. Swemke, 55, of McPherson and formerly of Wausau, Wisconsin, died Friday, May 11, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a homemaker. 
She was born March 27, 1946, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Virgil LaVerne and Betty Dean Evinger England. She moved to McPherson from Wasau, Wisconsin in 1996. She attended Grace Bible Church, McPherson. 
On July 19, 1980, she married William K. Swemke at Wasau. He survives. 
Other survivors include: two sons, Don Wills of Wasau, WI and Nathan Swemke of Windom, KS; two daughters, Dana Brunet of Boulder, MT, and Devra McClintock of Windom, KS; father, Virgil England of McPherson; mother, Betty Osborne of Fort Myers, FL; a sister, Theresa Capshaw of Colorado Springs, CO; and five grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, James Roscoe Phillips; and a sister, Sherry Lynn England. 
The memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, with the Rev. Richard Duerksen officiating. Scattering of the cremains will take place in the Bull Mountain Range in Montana at a later date. 
Memorials donations may be sent to the Carolyn Swemke Memorial Fund, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Helen L. Finney, 91, of Edmond, OK and formerly of McPherson, Hays, and Great Bend, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at the Edmond Medical Center in Edmond, OK. She was a homemaker and former Barton County Register of Deeds. 
She was born December 2, 1909, at Canton, Kansas, the daughter of William L. and Elta Maude (Powers) Ganson. She was a former resident of Hays and Great Bend and had lived in McPherson from 1981 until 1996, when she moved to Edmond, Oklahoma. 
On November 19, 1929, she married Kenneth W. Finney at Salina. He died November 26, 1980. 
Survivors include: a son, Jack Finney of Henderson, NV; a brother, Leslie Ganson of Vergennes, VT; three sisters, Lois Koffel of Lake Placid, FL, Marjorie Arnold of Valley Center, KS, and Pat “Shirley” Cain of Valley Center, KS; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Don; three brothers, Wayne, Elton and Ralph Ganson; two sisters, Sue Wintersteen and Maxine Blevins; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Finney. 
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2001, at First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, with the Rev. William Nelsen officiating. Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. 
Memorial donations may be given to First Presbyterian Church, McPherson. 

Myrtle H. Johnson, 89, of McPherson, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at The Cedars Health Care Center. 
She was born May 3, 1912, at Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Victor and Anna (Johannsen) Johnson. Myrtle had been a McPherson resident since 1964, and was employed as a cook for Central Christian College until her retirement in 1982. 
She was a member of the Free Methodist Church and the Light & Life Sunday School Class. 
Survivors include: a brother-in-law, John Green of McPherson; two nephews, Larry Green and family of Emporia and Rod Green and family of McPherson; a niece, Cindy Ostrander and family of Lawrence; other relatives and many friends. 
She was preceded in death by a half-sister, Dorothy (Pearson) Green, in 1990. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at the Free Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Mayse & Rev. Mike Hambley officiating. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial donations may be given to Central Christian College of Kansas. 

Benjamin R. "Benny" Paden, 82, of Galva, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at The Cedars Health Care Center. 
He was born February 16, 1919, at Fairland, Oklahoma, the son of Russell and Italy Marie (Bennett) Paden. He worked at the National Cooperative Refinery Association in the insulation department from 1952 to 1984 and was also a plaster and drywall contractor. 
He was a resident of the McPherson area since 1945, and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
He was a member of Countryside Covenant Church and VFW Post No. 2715, both at McPherson, and the Moose Lodge and Jolly Mixers, both at Salina. 
On September 3, 1944, he married Virginia Maxine Decker at Phoenix City, Alabama. She survives. 
Other survivors include: two daughters, Cheryl Stieben, McPherson, and Charmaine Graham, Salina; and four grandchildren. 
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson, with the Rev. Rob Bloss officiating. Visitation took place from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in Empire Cemetery, Galva. 
Memorial donations may be given to Countryside Covenant Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Betty J. Cannell, 74, died April 9, 2001, at Memorial Hospital, McPherson. 
She was born September 9, 1926, at Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the daughter of Clyde Vernon and Millie May (Simpson) Davis. She had been a resident of McPherson since September 2000, moving from Phoenix, Arizona. She was a retired nurse's aide in a hospital at Phoenix. 
Betty was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Phoenix. 
Survivors include: a son, Edwin D. Biddlecome of McPherson; a daughter, Wanda J. Dunnagan of Peoria, Arizona; eight grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Riley Cannell, and a grandson, Howard Lynn Dunnagan. 
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The cremains will be interred in Bountiful City Cemetery, Bountiful, Utah. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Betty J. Cannell Memorial Fund, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

John F. Fattig, Jr., 62, died April 1, 2001, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus, Wichita. 
He was born June 21, 1938, at St. Joseph, MO., the son of John Franklin Sr. and Fern Norene (Braman) Fattig. He had been a resident of McPherson since 1969, and was manager of the Conoco Service Station, McPherson. 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Morning Star Baptist Church, McPherson. 
On Dec. 8, 1976, he married Mary L. Pliler at Midland, Texas. She survives. 
Other survivors include: five sons, Larry Henry of Amarillo, TX, Mickey Henry of Elwood, KS, Duke Fattig of Moundridge, KS, Robbie Fattig of St. Joseph, MO, & Michael Fattig of St. Joseph, MO; two daughters, Kathy Madinger and Phyllis Hayes, both of St. Joseph, MO; two sisters, Fern “Sissy” Walker of St. Joseph, MO and Elizabeth Hutchison of Joplin, MO; 16 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Ferguson; and three grandchildren. 
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2001, in McPherson Cemetery, with the Rev. Robert Park officiating. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorials donations may be given to the John F. Fattig memorial fund, in care of the Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Harrison Bartel, 80, of McPherson, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital. He was a retired farmer/stockman and former resident of Lehigh, KS. 
He was born October 21, 1920, at Hillsboro, the son of Jacob G. and Ida (Unruh) Bartel. He was a member of First Mennonite Church, McPherson, was a three-year district supervisor of the Marion County Conservation District, was the Sunday school treasurer at Johannestal and Lehigh Men-nonite churches, and was on the board of trustees at the Mennonite Church, Lehigh. He was also on the board of directors of the Lehigh Co-Op. 
On September 13, 1946, he married Luella Schmidt at Hillsboro. 
Survivors include: his wife, Luella of the home; a son, Franklin Bartel of McPherson; two daughters, Harriet Woelk of Goessel, and Debra Shorman of McPherson; two brothers, Walter Bartel of Lehigh, and Richard Bartel of Valley Center; a sister, Mabel Plett of Wichita; and two grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur. 
The memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2001, at First Mennonite Church, McPherson, with the Rev. Neil Amstutz officiating. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson. Burial was in the Lehigh Mennonite Cemetery, Lehigh. 
Memorials donations may be given to First Mennonite Church, McPherson. 

Myra J. DeWitt, 81, of McPherson and formerly of Wilson, KS, died Friday, March 23, 2001. She had worked in a dry cleaning business and as a CMA at the Wilson Nursing Home. 
A private family committal of the cremains will be held at a later date in the Wilson Cemetery. There is no visitation. 
Survivors include: three sisters, Marian Cunningham, Ida Gertrude Snell, and Jane Smith, all of McPherson. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Wilson Nursing Home, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Bernena B. Giunta, 76, of McPherson, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, MO. 
She was born July 18, 1924, at McPherson, the daughter of Charles Loren and Ethel Clarissa (Hamrick) Swick. She was a lifetime resident of McPherson and a retired mail carrier for the McPherson Post Office. 
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, McPherson. 
On January 3, 1943, she married James Frank Giunta at Salina. He preceded her in death on November 21, 1961. 
Survivors include: her daughter, Marcia Meacham of Warrensburg, MO; a brother, Dean Swick of McPherson; a sister, L. Fern Gustafson of McPherson; 3 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. 
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Brown; and two brothers, Galen and Don. 
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial was in the McPherson Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be given to the American Lung Association. 

George William Collett, Jr., 87, of McPherson, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. He was a retired dairy farmer, TV repairman, sheep-shearer, and also worked in the maintenance department at Central College. 
He was born March 5, 1914, at Cashion, Oklahoma, the son of George W. Sr. and Annie Angeline (Hart)Collett. 
He was a member of the Free Methodist Church, McPherson. 
On May 26, 1938, he married Geraldine C. DeBoard at Covington, Oklahoma. 
Survivors include: his wife, Geraldine C. Collett of the home; three sons, Johnny D. Collett of Goodland, KS, Gerald W. Collett of Rushville, IL, and Elvon D. Collett of Mount Pleasant, IA; a daughter, Coletta Steers of McPherson; three sisters, Mamie Martin of Cashion, OK, Pearl Triplett of Cashion, OK, and Nell Catron of McPherson, KS; nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Bonnie Jean and Judith Elaine Collett; three brothers, Walter, Riley and Melvin; and a granddaughter, Anna Steers. 
The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, at the Free Methodist Church, McPherson, with the Revs. Mike Hambley and Tom Mayse officiating. Visitation was from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at 4 p.m. Monday in Cashion Cemetery, Cashion, Oklahoma, with the Rev. Hugh Wayman presiding. 
Memorial donations may be given to Oakdale Christian High School, Jackson, Kentucky in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Louise A. Speer, 80, of McPherson, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at Infinia Health Center in McPherson. 
She was born Nov. 22, 1920, at Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Milton T. and Clara A. Bruce Winter. She had been a resident of McPherson since 1927 and was a retired police dispatcher for the McPherson Police Department. 
On Nov. 30, 1943, she married Brintnel D. "Brint" Speer at Wichita. He died April 2, 1969. 
Survivors include: several nieces and nephews, including Caryl R. Scales, McPherson. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Leslie W. Winter. 
A graveside services was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2001, in Crestwood Memorial Park, McPherson, with the Rev. Michael Marion officiating. 
Visitation was scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial donations are suggested to the McPherson Police Depart-ment K-9 Unit. 

James R. Burns, 82, of McPherson, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, at Memorial Hospital, McPherson. 
Mr. Burns was born July 6, 1918, at Bendena, Kansas and had lived in McPherson since 1951, moving from St. Joseph, MO. He was a truck driver for Kansas Transport, Thompson Transport, and Kit Manufacturing. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a Life Member of McPherson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715. 
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Imogene, in 1967; a daughter, Sharon Palmer; and a granddaughter, Stacey Culver. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ilene of the home; a daughter, Judy Pennington of McPherson; a son, James E. Burns of St. Joseph, MO; three sisters, Margaret Osteen, Nina May Boatwright and Agnes Christy, all of St. Joseph, MO; four stepsons, Ronnie Robinson of Norton, KS, Donald Robinson of Norfolk, NE, Carl Robinson of Blue Springs, MO, and Robert Robinson of Overland Park, KS; two stepdaughters, Sheryl Grindle of Glenwood, IA, and Alice Marie Keenen of Turpin, OK; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Ilene of the home; a daughter, Judy Pennington of McPherson; a son, James E. Burns of St. Joseph, MO; sisters, Margaret Osteen, Nina May Boatwright, and Agnes Christy, all of St. Joseph, MO; step-sons, Ronnie Robinson of Norton, KS, Donald Robinson of Norfolk, NE, Carl Robinson of Blue Springs, MO, and Robert Robinson of Overland Park, KS; step-daughters, Sheryl Grindle of Glenwood, IA and Alice Marie Keenen of Turpin, OK; 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 3 step-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society. 

Lexie L. Roberts, 55, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Infinia Health Center in McPherson. 
She was born November 21, 1945, at Cushing, OK., the daughter of LeGrande and Lexie Ruth (Starkey) Stinson. A McPherson resident since 1966, she was a homemaker and a health care provider. 
She was a member of the Word of Faith Fellowship, McPherson. 
She was married to Eugene Ragle. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1967. 
Survivors include: three sons, Danny Ragle of North Platte, NE., Mike Anderson and Wayne Anderson, both of McPherson; three daughters, Cristie Karber of Wichita, Donnie Truitt of Henryetta, OK., and Amber Cooley of Overland Park; her mother, Lexie Decker of Broken Arrow, OK.; two brothers, Jeff Stinson of Missouri City, TX., and Doug Stinson of Sacramento, CA.; a sister, Jamie Knoy of Broken Arrow, OK.; and 10 grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Virginia Stinson. 
The memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home with the Revs. Peggy Holloway and Dale Christiansen presiding. There was no visitation. Burial of the cremains was in Crestwood Memorial Park, McPherson. 
Memorials may be sent to Word of Faith Fellowship, in care of the Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Wilma L. Swabby, 85, died March 9, 2001, at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River. 
She was born April 5, 1915, at Windom, the daughter of William F. and Lola M. (Schriner) Hailings. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of the Little River-Windom area. 
She was a member of Andover Lutheran Church, WELCA, and the Andover Ladies Quilting Group, all at Windom. 
On Feb. 12, 1952, she married Hiram Ford Swabby at McPherson. He died May 11, 1987. 
Survivors include: a stepdaughter, Doris Ann Miller of Windom; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a step-great-granddaughter. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Hailings; an infant sister; and another sister, Margaret Hailings. 
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at Andover Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ulliman officiating. Visitation took place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 12, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in Excelsior Cemetery, rural Marquette. 
Memorial donations may be given to Andover Lutheran Church, Sandstone Heights Nursing Home or the American Cancer Society. 

Martha H. Penner, 85, died March 9, 2001, at The Cedars in McPherson. 
She was born June 2, 1915, at Inman, the daughter of George and Marie (Hildebrand) Ensz. She was a homemaker and McPherson resident since 1979, moving from Inman. 
She attended Inman Mennonite Church. 
On April 24, 1938, she married David N. Penner at Inman. He died Aug. 1, 1997. 
Survivors include: a daughter, Lila Jean Wiens of McPherson; two brothers, Al and Bud Ensz, both of Hutchinson; three sisters, Esther Neufeld and Luie Neufeldt, both of Inman, and Bert Bowman of Larned; and a grandchild. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Mel; and two sisters, Kate Martens and Mary Jane Ensz. 
The memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2001, at Inman Mennonite Church, with the Rev. Jerry Kaiser officiating. A private family committal service took place in the North Inman Cemetery prior to the memorial service. 
Memorials donations may be given to the Sunflower Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Violet E. Peters, 91, died March 5, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. 
She was born March 27, 1909, at Minneapolis, Kansas, the daughter of Will C. and Emma Katherine (Linsenmayer) Smith. She was a homemaker 
and had been a Canton resident since 1993, formerly residing in Galva. 
She was a member of Galva Christian Church, the Order of Eastern Star, both at Galva, and the Myrtle Rebekah Lodge No. 86 of McPherson. 
On Jan. 1, 1928, she married Arthur Peters at Hillsboro. He died April 10, 1984. 
Survivors include: three sons, Wesley Peters of Topeka, Marvin Peters of McPherson, and Richard Peters of Iola; a brother, Keith Smith of Waseca, MN.; a sister, Faye Jean Smith of Canton; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Wanetta Miller and Barbara Mahaffey; a brother, Marion "Jack" Smith; and two sisters, Freda Rhodd and Wanda Nightingale. 
The funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001, at the Galva Christian Church, with the Rev. James Lorensen officiating. Visitation was held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2001 at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was at the Empire Cemetery near Galva. 
Memorials contributions may be given to the Galva Christian Church. 

Glenn R. Strouse, 85, of Little River and formerly of Hutchinson, McPherson, and Windom, died Monday, February 26, 2001. He was a retired farmer & stockman. 
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Crestwood Memorial Park, McPherson. Visitation is scheduled from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: a son, Ron Strouse of Hutchinson; a daughter, Elaine Strouse of Overland Park, KS; a brother, Jack Strouse of McPherson, KS; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be given to the Sunflower Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Kurtis F. Naylor, 84, died Feb. 17, 2001, at his home in McPherson. 
He was born March 31, 1916, at Portis, KS the son of Lewis and Virginia (Friend) Naylor. Previously of Mountain Grove, MO., he moved to McPherson in 1994. He was a retired clergyman of the Church of the Brethren in Denver, Co., Wenatchee, WA., and Pomona, CA. 
He was a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren. 
On May 10, 1942, he married Gladys Shank at Navarre, KS. She survives. 
Other survivors include: four daughters, Merylee Ortmayer of St. Louis, MO, Cherylin Peniston of Denver, CO. Mariza Naylor of Alta Loma, CA., and Illana Naylor, Manassas, VA.; two brothers, Kirk Naylor of Omaha, NE., and Kent Naylor of McPherson; and seven grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Church of the Brethren, McPherson, with the Revs. Charles Whitacre and Chris Whitacre officiating. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be in Navarre Cemetery, Navarre, KS. 
Memorials may be sent to McPherson Church of the Brethren, the McPherson College Scholarship Fund, Heifer Project International or On Earth Peace, all in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson. 

Helen L. Nelson, 85, died Feb. 21, 2001, at The Cedars in McPherson. 
She was born March 15, 1915, at Stockton, the daughter of Ray and Ida (Borin) Leighty. She had been a McPherson resident since 1942. Helen was a homemaker, retired school teacher, piano teacher and secretary. 
She was a member of Countryside Covenant Church. 
On June 1, 1938, she married Norris W. Nelson at Stockton. He survives. 
Other survivors include: two sons, John of Las Vegas, NV and David of Topeka, KS; a daughter, Margaret Krehbiel of, McPherson; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Pauley and Florence McKown. 
Cremation has taken place. Interment of the ashes will was at 2 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2001, in McPherson Cemetery. The memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2001, at Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson, with the Rev. Rob Bloss officiating. 
Memorials donations may be given to Countryside Covenant Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Melvin Lee Lolling, 64, of rural McPherson, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at his home. He was a leadman in the maintenance department at Certainteed Corporation and McPherson resident since 1956. 
He was born December 5, 1936, at Hutchinson, KS, the son of Jacob E. and Lela G. (Zimmerman) Lolling. On December 22, 1957, he was united in marriage to Neva Lee Shenefelt at Navarre, KS. She preceded him in death on January 10, 1994. 
Melvin was a graduate of McPherson College, receiving a BA degree in Industrial Arts Education. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Treasurer for the Philo Sunday School Class, member of the Lads & Plaids Square Dance Club, Life Member of the American Jersey Cattle Assn., the Kansas Jersey Cattle Assn., and a former leader of the Empire Best 4-H Club. 
The funeral service was held at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 23, 2001, at the McPherson Church of the Brethren. Reverends Chris and Charles Whitacre officiated the service. Burial was at Crestwood Memorial Park, McPherson. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: two sons, Steven Lolling of McPherson and Bruce Lolling of McPherson; four daughters, Deborah Lolling of Chicago, IL, Sheryl Schrag of McPherson, Melva Ingalls of Wichita, KS, Paula Herbel of Durham, KS; and fourteen grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Louise Milton. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Church of the Brethren, McPherson College, the 4-H Foundation, or Hospice & Home Care Services of Hutchinson. 

Halee N. Cline, 2 months, died January 30, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. 
She was born Nov. 24, 2000, at McPherson, the daughter of Justin W. Cline and Mary Elizabeth Smith. 
Survivors include: her parents, of the home; a sister, Cayla Smith, of the home; grandparents, Gary and Cindy Brenneman of McPherson, Harlan and Stephanie Smith of McPherson, Winnie Cline of Wichita, and Kenneth Cline of, McPherson; great-grandparents, Beulah Cline of Oklahoma City, OK, Oza Dwain and Mary Shaw of Deming, NM, and Harlan and JoAnn Smith of El Paso, TX. 
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with Chaplain Hubert Brown officiating. Visitation was scheduled from 10 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. 
Memorials may be sent to the Halee Nicole Cline Memorial Fund, in care of the Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Robert S. McIntyre, 22, died Friday, January 5, 2001, in Phoenix, Arizona. 
A graveside service was held at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 26, 2001, at McPherson cemetery. 
Local survivors include his grandmother, Barbara (White) Patrick of McPherson. 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca Sue (Marler) McIntyre, and his sister, Katherine Gwen McIntyre. 

Lorene D. Bennett, 65, of McPherson, died Thursday, January 18, 2001, at Infinia Health Care Center in McPherson. She was employed at Multi-Community Diversified Services and had been a McPherson resident since 1993. 
She was born Jan. 5, 1936, at Ashland City, TN, the daughter of Willy and Pauline (Sanders) Bennett. She had lived in Lindsborg from 1990 until 1993, when she moved to McPherson. 
Survivors include: two brothers, Bob Bennett of Moline, KS and Wesley Bennett of Mount Hope, KS; and a sister, Alma Bennett of Nashville, TN. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Bennett. 
The memorial service was held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 25, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. There was no visitation. Burial of the cremains will take place at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Sun City, Kansas at a later date. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Lorene Bennett memorial fund in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Lucile Marie Miller, daughter of Almon R. and Nellie A. (Gray) Fairchild, was born May 20, 1915, in McPherson, Kansas. She was a lifetime McPherson resident. Lucile served two terms as McPherson County Treasurer from 1963 to 1967. She also was the secretary and treasurer for Millers Automotive Electric, a business owned by Lucile and her husband. 
On June 1, 1941, she was united in marriage to Wade Ward Miller in McPherson. 
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Life Member and Past President of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #24, Passe Chapeau of the 8 & 40, Life member of the McPherson County Historical Society, Life Member of the McPherson Memorial 
Hospital Auxiliary, member and Past Noble Grand of Myrtle Rebekah Lodge #86, and member and Past President of the Soroptimist Club.
Lucile passed away on Friday, January 12, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital. She was eighty-five. 
Survivors include: her husband, Wade W. of the home; two sons, Gerald W. Miller of McPherson and Warren Miller of Colorado Springs, CO; a daughter, Sharon Bosley of Shoreacres, TX; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren. Lucile was preceded in death by a brother, Don Fairchild.
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Monday, January 15, 2001, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Les Cantrell officiating. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First Baptist Church, McPherson County Teen Center, or the American Lung Association.

Minnie L. Thiessen, 87, died January 2, 2001, at Dillon Living Center, Hutchinson. 
She was born December 13, 1913, at Inman, Kansas, the daughter of Isaac B. and Mary (Neufeldt) Regier. She was a homemaker and had been a McPherson resident since 1944, formerly residing at Inman.
She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Christian Women's Club, and the McPherson Garden Club.
On November 19, 1933, she married Peter E. Thiessen at Meade, Kansas. He died June 30, 1990. 
Survivors include: a son, Donald J. Thiessen of Chino, AZ; two daughters, Elsie Schmidt of Topeka, and Bernice Perkins of Marietta, GA; a brother, Roy Regier of Meade; three sisters, Agnes Loewen of Plano, TX, Lydia Nickel of Medora, and Ruth Loewen of Meade; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Ed, and August Regier.
The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Glover officiating. Visitation was scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in North Inman Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to First Church of the Nazarene, McPherson.


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