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Margaret June Latimer, 80, of McPherson, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a retired Medical Technologist and had worked in the lab at Memorial Hospital for 32 years. 
She was born June 4, 1921, at Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Thomas Elmer and Bertha Irene (Jones) Latimer. She had been a McPherson resident since 1948, moving from Emporia. 
She was a member of First Baptist Church, Fidelis Sunday School Class, the church mission board and memorial committee, American Baptist Women's Ministry and Oriental Chapter #58, Order of the Eastern Star. She held many positions in the Order of Eastern Star including treasurer, Past Matron, and Grand Page. 
The memorial service was held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 5, 2001, at the First Baptist Church. There was no visitation. In accordance with Ms. Latimer’s wishes, the body was bequeathed to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Following the medical study, her cremains will be inurned at the Maplewood Cemetery in Emporia. 
Survivors include; her friend and companion, Lois Snyder of McPherson. She was preceded in death by a brother, William. 
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson County Humane Society in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Walter H. McCrea, 91, of McPherson, died Thursday, July 27, 2001, at Lakewood Heights in Wichita. 
He was born, September 9, 1909, at Winchester, Kansas, the son of William Henry and Margaret (McKemey) McCrea. He grew up on a farm near Winchester where he attended a one-room country school. In 1938, he graduated from Winchester Rural High School. He briefly attended Kansas State University but had to return home to help on the family farm. Although farming was rough during the dust bowl days, Walter remained there until he was 25 years old. 
On December 22, 1934, Walt married Mildred O. Owen of Valley Falls, Kansas. They lived in Winchester for 3 years until 1937, when Walt moved to McPherson to run a Chevrolet garage. Six months later, Walt went to work for the Globe Refinery where he remained for ten years. Walt later went into the farm implement business with William Janssen, selling and repairing farm implements. Following this, he opened his own electrical business. In the early 60's, Walt went into automobile sales as used car manager for a couple of local auto dealers. In the early 70's, he worked for Reimer Ford as the new car manager, until his retirement in January of 1975. Even after retirement, Walt continued to drive cars for Lacy-Regehr Motors. 
Walt has continuously been an active member of his community. He served two terms (6 years) as the Street and Utilities Commissioner for the City of McPherson. He has been an active member of the Baptist Church where he served for several years as the Secretary of Trustees and Chairman of Trustees. In September of 1947, Walt joined the McPherson Kiwanis Club and has been Program Chairman and President of the club, as well as Lieutenant Governor. Both Walter and Mildred were on the Board of Directors for the McPherson Opera House Preservation Company. 
Survivors include: a son, Wyatt of Wichita; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marcia, his wife, Mildred, two brothers, and a sister. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 30, 2001, at the First Baptist Church. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was held 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson Opera House Preservation Company or the Kiwanis Club, both in care of the funeral home. 

Trinidad C. Jimenez, 92, of Puerto Rico, died Friday, July 20, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. 
The funeral service was held week in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. Burial was in the Gurabo Cemetery. Visitation and Rosary was held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, July 22, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: eleven children, including a daughter and son-in-law, Iris and Ron Peterson, of McPherson; and numerous grandchildren, including a granddaughter, Virginia Spohn, of Little River. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arturo, two brothers, and three sisters. 
Memorial donations may be given to the American Diabetes Association. 

Ralph C. Standafer, 84, of McPherson, died Saturday, July 14, 2001, at The Cedars in McPherson. He was a retired farmer and truck driver and had been a McPherson resident since 1988, moving from Worthington, Minnesota. 
He was born June 6, 1917, at Havre, Montana, the son of Alonzo and Bessie (Free) Standafer. On June 10, 1942, he married Bettie J. Woods at Worthington. 
He was a member of McPherson Church of the Brethren. 
Survivors include: his wife, Bettie of the home; two sons, Timothy of Belle Plaine, MN and Matthew of Apple Valley, MN; three daughters, Lynn Dee Gingrich of Rosemont, MN, Leslie Hochwender of Longmont, CO, and Lori Furth of New Ulm, MN; a brother, Lloyd Standafer of Worthington, MN; two half-sisters, Dora Anderson of Hoffman, MN and Della Trieschel of Port Angeles, WA; a step-sister, Ada Griener of Morris, MN; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis; a daughter, Leah Kingery; and a brother, Earl. 
The memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home, with the Rev. Chris Whitacre officiating. Cremains will be interred at the Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Worthington, Minnesota, at a later date. 
Memorial contributions may be given to The Cedars Health Care Center, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

John J. Kaloupek, 88, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001. He sold insurance and real estate in Tama County, Iowa for 60 years. He was a resident of McPherson since August 2000, formerly of Belle Plaine, Iowa. 
He was born February 18, 1913, at Chelsea, Iowa, the son of Frank and Julia (Hach) Kaloupek. 
On February 12, 1938, he married Mabel Elston at St. Joseph, Missouri. She died May 3, 2000. 
Survivors include: two sons, Leighton Kaloupek of McPherson, KS and Mahlon Kaloupek of Maroa, IL; a daughter, Kay Long of Riverside, CA; a sister, Esther Hrabak of Fort Dodge, IA; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard. 
The graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, in the Rector Cemetery, rural Chelsea, Iowa. 
Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hrabak Funeral Home, Belle Plaine, Iowa. 
Memorials may be sent to Infinia Health Center, McPherson, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Edith M. Grimes, 90, of McPherson and formerly of Canton, died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at Angel Arms in McPherson. She was a homemaker and a resident of McPherson County since 1951, moving from Longview, Washington. 
She was born February 4, 1911, at Centralia, Kansas, the daughter of John H. and Carrie (Foster) Barber. 
On November 2, 1951, she married Cecil E. Grimes at Longview, Washington. He died September 17, 1992. 
Survivors include: a son, Gallan E. McCullough of Anthony, KS; a daughter, Edie Lamar of McPherson, KS; a brother, Russell Barber of West Memphis, AR; a sister, Pauline Christiansen of Longview, WA; eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a son, DeWayne and a brother, Buford. 
The graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, in McPherson Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Marion officiating. 
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be sent to Meals on Wheels program of McPherson, in care of the funeral home. 

Susan Nikkel Eason, 100, died Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at the Moundridge Manor in Moundridge. She was a homemaker and a resident of Moundridge, formerly residing at Inman and Hillsboro. 
She was born March 6, 1901, at Houston, Texas, the daughter John D. and Helena (Loewen) Nikkel. 
She was a member of Zion Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Inman. 
On Nov. 19, 1937, she married David R. Loewen at Winton, California. He died July 10, 1958. On June 12, 1959, she married Tom Eason at Winton, California. He died October 8, 1979. 
Survivors include: two stepsons, David Lloyd Eason of, Salem, Oregon and Thomas Gene Eason of Atwater, California; a stepdaughter, Edna Jantz of Atwater, California; a brother, Tony Nikkel of Moundridge; and a sister, Eva Ensz of Inman. 
She was preceded in death by two stepsons, Jacob and Raymond Eason. 
The funeral service was held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2001, at Zion Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Inman). Burial was in the Zion Church Cemetery. Visitation was conducted from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial contributions may be given to Moundridge Manor in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Bonnie D. Mogenson, 77, formerly of McPherson, died Thursday, June 28, 2001, at her home in Yukon, Oklahoma. She had been a resident of Yukon since 1995. Prior to retirement, she was the manager of the Beau Mart beauty salon in McPherson. 
She was born June 24, 1924, at McPherson, the daughter of Harry A. and Gladys M. (Cunningham) Ek. On November 23, 1941, she married Harry L. Mogenson at McLouth, KS. He died February 22, 1986. 
Bonnie was a member of First United Methodist Church, McPherson. 
A private family graveside service was held on Monday, July 2, 2001, at Crestwood Memorial Park, McPherson. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: a son, Phil W. Mogenson of McPherson; a daughter, Jo Lynn Burch of Yukon, OK; two sisters, Phyllis Shoemaker and Marjorie Hawkinson, both of Galva; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Mercy at Home Hospice, Oklahoma City, OK, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Horton E. Presley, 77, of McPherson, died Friday, June 22, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. 
He was born May 24, 1924, at Akron, Ohio, the son of Gilbert E. and Amy N. (Phipps) Presley. Horton was a resident of McPherson since April 2000, moving from Dalton, Georgia. He served as a pastor for ten years before becoming an English Professor, teaching at Ottawa University, Hong Kong Baptist College, and Dalton College (Dalton, GA). 
On April 13, 1946, he married Lorena A. Perry at Rockford, Michigan. Mr. Presley was a member of First Baptist Church, McPherson. 
A memorial service was held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the First Baptist Church, McPherson, with the Rev. Les Cantrell officiating. Inurnment of the cremains took place on Friday, June 29, in the Columbarium at McPherson Cemetery. 
Survivors include: his wife, Lorena of the home; two sons, John of Lindsborg and Ken of Rochester, MN; and four grandchildren. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the National Parkinson Foundation Inc. (P.O. Box 02-5163, Miami, FL 33102-5163) or to a college scholarship fund of the donor’s choice in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Mabel A. Peterson, 99, of McPherson and formerly of Lindsborg, died Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at Infinia Health Center in McPherson. 
She was born June 29, 1902, in McPherson County, the daughter of Joseph and Alfrieda Olson Peterson. She was a resident of McPherson since 1930, and worked as a silk finisher at McPherson Laundry, housekeeper, and cake baker/decorator. 
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson. 
Survivors include: two sisters, Clara Carhart of Portland, Oregon and Hanna Flesche of Tacoma, Washington; and numerous nieces & nephews. 
She was preceded in death by: four brothers, Albin, Art, Eben and Melvin; and three sisters, Alice Krohn, Vera Jensen and Myrtle Strouse. 
The funeral service was held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 17, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson. Burial was in the Freemount Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Lindsborg. Visitation took place from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church may be sent in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Ilamae Quinlan, 72, of Little River, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at her home in Little River. She was former a hospital 
lab technician and homemaker. 
She was born October 8, 1929, at Little River, the daughter of Sidney Earl and Jesse Pearl (Troy) Loughridge. A resident of Little River since 1988, she had also lived in Wichita, Hays and Lyons. 
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of the Queen Esther Chapter #32, Order of Eastern Star, both of Little River. 
On July 17, 1947 she married Calvin H. Colle at Little River. On July 15, 1979 she married Norman Quinlan at Hays. 
Survivors include: two daughters, Deborah Snyder of Verona, MO, and Cecily Colle of Phoenix, AZ; two sons, Britt Colle of McPherson and Brad Colle of Houston, TX; four brothers, Everett Loughridge of Lyons, KS, Raymond Loughridge of Little River, KS, Robert Loughridge of La Puente, CA, and Harley Loughridge of Carson City, NV; a sister, Bernice Adams of Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Judith Ann Colle; her former husband, Calvin H. Colle; and four brothers, Delmar, Eugene, Ross and Sidney Edwin Loughridge. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Little River. Burial was in Bean Cemetery, Little River. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Little River. 
Memorial donations to the Little River Senior Center may be sent in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Delbert L. Drinen, 89, of McPherson, died Wednesday, November 7, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. He was a retired farmer & stockman. 
He was born November 1, 1912, at Home City, Kansas, the son of William Amos and Nancy Jane (Green) Drinen. He was a resident resident of McPherson County since 1934, and a graduate of Friends Bible Academy, Haviland. 
He was a member of Countryside Covenant Church and volunteered many hours at the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and the Senior Center. 
On August 22, 1936, he married Velma Lucille Mohan at Hutchinson. She preceded him in death on January 25, 1994. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 10, 2001, at Countryside Covenant Church. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: a brother, Delmer G. Drinen of Sun City, AZ; a sister, Nellie Ethel Diggs of Castle Rock, CO; and several nieces & nephews. 
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Jessie Drinen; and five sisters, Eliza Houston, Martha Keck, Minnie Keck, Della Dotson and Bobbie Carrie Slater. 
Memorial donations may be given to Countryside Covenant Church or Barclay College in Haviland, KS, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Clarence A. Frederick, 79, of Lindsborg and formerly of McPherson, died Monday, November 5, 2001, at his home in Lindsborg. 
He was born December 8, 1921, at Emporia, Kansas, the son of Mike and Lillian Frances (Torrens) Frederick. He was a retired farmer and newspaper carrier and had lived in McPherson County since 1994. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepfather, Ralph Garrett. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 8, 2001, at Stockham Family 
Funeral Home. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Clarence A. Frederick Memorial Fund. 

Beverly J. Fleenor, 71, died Thursday, October 25, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a former schoolteacher & homemaker and had been a McPherson resident since 1994, moving from Clay Center, KS. 
She was born February 16, 1930, in Decatur County, Kansas, the daughter of Gilbert and Opal (Swisher) Bryan. She was united in marriage to Robert M. Fleenor on December 22, 1951, at Herndon, Kansas. 
Mrs. Fleenor was a member of First United Methodist Church, McPherson. 
The funeral service was held at 11:00 AM, Monday, October 29, at the First United Methodist Church, McPherson. A second funeral service was held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, October 30, at the United Methodist Church in Oberlin, KS. Burial was in the Oberlin Cemetery. Visitation took place from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: husband, Robert of the home; three daughters, Debra Babcock of Holton, KS, Pam Wright of Wichita, KS, and Gwen Pepper of Topeka, KS; five sisters, Detta Anderson of Oberlin, KS, Donna Kelley of Oberlin, KS, Helen Jaderborg of Longmont, CO, Janice Sauvage of Edwards, CO, and Cheryl Stull of Solomon, KS; step-mother, Eva Bryan of Oberlin, KS; step-brother, Dennis Barratt of Lincoln, NE, and seven grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or a United Methodist Church of the donor’s choice. 

Charles E. "Chuck" Williams, 80, of McPherson, died Wednesday, October 24, 2001, at The Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson. He was a retired flour packer & floor supervisor for W-R Milling Company and a lifetime McPherson County resident. 
He was born December 21, 1920, in Galva, Kansas, the son of Albert A. and Elvira M. (Peterson) Johnson. On October 27, 1940, he was united in marriage to Vivian N. Shafer at Lindsborg. 
Mr. Johnson was a lifetime McPherson County resident and a member of First United Methodist Church, BPOE #502, American Legion Post #24, VFW Post #2715, and Moose Lodge #982. He was also a US Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater of Operations. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, October 27, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church. Rev. Michael Marion officiated the service. Burial was at Crestwood Memorial Park, McPherson. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: his wife, Vivian of the home; a son, Kevin Johnson of McPherson; two daughters, Sharyl Miller of McPherson and Sheila Freidenberger of Rogers, AR; two sisters, Lenora Breeden of Quinter, KS and Evelyn Elvin of Lee’s Summit, MO; nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Clarence, and two sisters, Mildred Johnson and Edith Alexander. 
Memorial donations may be given to First United Methodist Church American Heart Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Sonja E. McIntyre, 63 of Longmont, Colorado and formerly of Windom, KS, died Friday October 19, 2001, at the Hospice of Boulder County Care Center in Louisville, Colorado. 
Sonja was born February 6, 1938, in Hutchinson, KS, to Dave and Myrtle (Mattson) Anderson, a wheat farming family in central Kansas. She attended Alpha Elementary School and Windom High School before receiving her BA in Elementary Education, with a Music minor, from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. 
She taught one year in Topeka before coming west to Colorado and teaching eight years in Englewood, CO. It was during this time that she met her husband Bob, and they were married on December 22, 1963, in the Andover Lutheran Church, Windom, KS. They then made their home in Littleton, CO and were blessed with two wonderful daughters; Sheri, born March 16, 1970, and Boni, born April 19, 1973. 
After a four-year assignment in San Jose, CA, the family returned to Colorado in 1977 and settled in Longmont. In 1978, Sonja started teaching in the St. Svrain Valley School District, retiring in June 1999. Most of her time was spent at Indian Peaks and Niwot Elementary schools. She was the epitome of an elementary school teacher and well respected by her peers. 
Sonja was active in the First Lutheran Church choirs, the Longmont Chorale, and the Longmont Chorale Singers. She was also a member of NEA, CEA, CRSEA, MU chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 32. 
She is survived by her husband; daughter Sheri and husband, Robert Short, and grandson Matthew, of Longmont; daughter Boni of Denver; brother Rodney Anderson, and his wife CeCelia, of Salina, KS; brother-in-law Rev. Allen J. McIntyre, of St. Paul, MN. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, October 24, 2001, at at Andover Lutheran Church, Windom, with Rev. Kris Berjke-Ulliman officiating. Internment will be in the Andover Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Andover Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home. 

Charles William "Bill" Gatz, 70, of McPherson, died Thursday, October 18, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. He was a farmer and retired Vice President of the commercial loan department at McPherson Bank & Trust. 
He was born May 17, 1931, at McPherson, the son of Samuel Peter and Helen Ada (Babb) Gatz. He graduated from McPherson College and Madison School of Banking, Madison, Wisconsin. He was a lifetime resident of McPherson County and U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. 
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2715, American Legion Post #24, BPOE #502, Rotary Club and McPherson Shrine Club, and was past president of McPherson Country Club. 
On December 13, 1953, he married Kay Ann Goforth at McPherson. On April 19, 2000, he married Emily Katherine Collins at McPherson. 
Survivors include: his wife: Emily of the home; a son, C. Mark Gatz of Black Forest, CO; two daughters, Charla K. Gatz Johnston of McPherson and Julia K. Hughes of Denver, CO; a sister, Jerry L. Odle of Birmingham, AL; and three grandchildren. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Monday, October 22, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Marion officiating. 
Burial with Military Honors by VFW Post #2715 was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial contributions may be given to the Memorial Hospital ER 2000 Project or the Chalmers Cancer Center in Hutchinson. 

Peggy J. Sellberg, 73, died Tuesday, October 9, 2001, at her home in rural McPherson. 
She was a retired schoolteacher and lifetime resident of McPherson County. 
She was born February 3, 1928, near Groveland, the daughter of Roy T. and Mabel (Morse) Sitts. 
On November 4, 1953, she married Robert D. Sellberg at McPherson. 
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, WELCA, McPherson Area Retired Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and was a graduate of McPherson College. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, October 13, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Michael Fibranz officiated the service. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: her husband, Robert Sellberg of the home; two daughters, JoEllen Barnard of Blue Springs, MO and Roxanne Sellberg of Skokie, IL; a sister, Jean Hassman of McPherson; and four grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson County Humane Society or Trinity Lutheran Church, in care of the funeral home. 

William Glen Seitz, 93, of McPherson, died Monday, October 8, 2001, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. 
He was born October 4, 1908, at Mound City, Missouri, the son of George and Ferby (Cline) Seitz. He was a retired farmer and had lived in McPherson since 1987, moving from Nickerson, KS. 
He was a member of McPherson Church of Brethren, and had received several soil conservation awards in Reno County. 
In 1935, he married Beulah Blickenstaff. She died in 1975. On May 22, 1976, he married Viola Jane (Lloyd) Edwards at Nickerson. 
The funeral service was be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, October 12, at the McPherson Church of the Brethren. Rev. Chris Whitacre officiated the service. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: his wife, Viola of the home; a daughter, Virginia Switzer of Nickerson, a brother, Fred Seitz of Sun City West, AZ; a step-daughter, Pamela Watson of Toronto, Canada; a step-son, Frank Edwards of Westwood, Ontario, Canada; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by: a brother, Lloyd; and a sister, Thelma Smith. 
Memorial donations may be given to The Cedars Special Care Unit or the McPherson Church of the Brethren in care of the funeral home. 

Terry L. Coker, 63, of Lindsborg, died Sunday, October 7, 2001, at Lindsborg Community Hospital. He was a retired truck driver and Lindsborg resident, formerly of Canton. 
He was born September 30, 1938, at Ness City, the son of Fred Lawrence and Emma Irene (Ferking)Coker. 
Mr. Coker was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1956 to 1958. 
The graveside service and inurnment of cremains was held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at the Ness City Cemetery in Ness City, Kansas. Visitation was held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: a son, Lawrence Lyle “Larry” Coker of Canton; two daughters, Terri Lea Lindholm of Lindsborg and DeAnna Jones of McPherson; two brothers, Wesley Coker of Dighton, KS and Gary Coker of Chase, KS; four sisters, Arlene Cline of Wakeeney, KS, Connie Wagoner of Ellis, KS, Frona Nikkel of McPherson, and Linda Chambers of Washington, CA; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by three brothers, William, LaVern and Tom; and three sisters, Freida Coker, Henrietta Wilkison and Irma Morath. 
Memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home. 

Mary Grace Webb, 79, of McPherson, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. 
She was born June 23, 1922, in McPherson, the daughter of Guss T. and Darl (Sitts) Webb. She worked all her life as a Registered Nurse, working in numerous hospitals around the country including Denver Children's Hospital, Wesley Hospital in Wichita and Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She had been a McPherson resident since 1984, moving from Cleveland, Ohio. 
She was a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren and the Retired Nurses Association. 
The funeral service was held at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 22, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. The Rev. Chris Whitacre officiated the service. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: brothers, Kenneth Webb of Albuquerque, NM and Galen Webb of Wichita, KS; sisters, Bonnie Bishop of Canton, KS and Darlene Carlson of Kinsley, KS; half-sister, Martha Webb of Goessel, KS, a sister-in-law, Laura Webb of McPherson; and several nieces & nephews. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Webb, and a sister, Doris Lorene Webb. 
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson Church of the Brethren in care of the funeral 
home. 

Carrie Alice "Kaye" Yoder, 84, died Friday, September 7, 2001, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. She was a homemaker and former bookkeeper for Graves Truck Line, a freight delivery company in McPherson that was owned by Kaye and her husband, Russell. 
She was born April 20, 1917, at rural Roxbury, the daughter of Carl "Charles" Julius and Emma Ella (Young) Hanson. She was a lifetime resident of McPherson County and was a 1947 graduate of McPherson College. 
She was a member of Church of the Brethren, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and was a former 4-H leader. 
On March 28, 1941, she married Russell Lowell Yoder at McPherson. He died December 9, 1996. 
Survivors include: two sons, Joe Yoder of McPherson and Harold Yoder of Caney, OK; a daughter, Susan Schechter of Wichita; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Hanson, and a sister, Lorine Overholser. 
The memorial service was held at 11:00 AM, Friday, September 7, 2001, at the Church of the Brethren. There was no visitation. The body was donated to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in accordance with the deceased’s wishes. Inurnment of the cremains will take place in the Monitor Church of the Brethren Cemetery upon completion of the medical study. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Church of the Brethren in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Lavana L. Chrislip, 66, died Monday, September 3, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a homemaker, Avon Representative, and employee of the McPherson Sentinel & Mac Shopper. She had been a McPherson resident 1955, moving from Cambridge, Nebraska. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, September 6, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was conducted from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: son, John Chrislip of McPherson; three daughters, Linda Born of McPherson, Pam Unruh of McPherson, and Barb Nowak of Hillsboro; two brothers, Red Hiatt of McCook, NE and Phillip Hiatt of San Antonio, TX; fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society, the Friends of Maxwell, or the First Southern Baptist Church of Augusta in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Maynard N. Esau, 65, died Friday, August 31, 2001, at his home in McPherson. He was a retired farmer and construction & maintenance worker and had been a McPherson resident since 1959. 
He was born November 15, 1935, in Lyons, Kansas, the son of Neal C. and Mary (Borth) Esau. On April 26, 1959, he was united in marriage to Eleanor J. Decker at McPherson. 
Maynard was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, McPherson. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, September 4, 2001, at the Grace Lutheran Church. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was conducted from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Monday at Grace Lutheran Church. 
Survivors include: his wife Eleanor of the home; a daughter, Christina Whitmer of Wichita, KS; two sisters, Joyce Gordon of Columbia, MO and Jeanne Hapgood of McPherson, KS; a step-sister, Nola Unruh of Clay Center, KS; step-brothers, Tom Kruse of Millersville, PA and Richard Kruse of Galva, KS; and one granddaughter. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Grace Lutheran Church Elevator Fund or the American Heart Association in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Howard H. Kittell, 83, died Saturday, August 25, 2001. He was a resident of Weslaco, Texas and was a former McPherson resident. He was the owner & operator of Kittell Printing, McPherson. 
He was born January 29, 1918, ijn McPherson, Kansas, the son of Henry A. and Edna S. (Stromquist) Kittell. On January 6, 1943, he was united in marriage to Mary Kathryn Wile in McPherson. 
Howard was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, B.P.O.E. #502, VFW Post #2715, Masonic Lodghe #172, and the Scotich Rite of Free Masonry, Wichita. 
The graveside service and inurnment was held at 10:00 AM, Friday, August 31, 2001, at McPherson Cemetery. 
Survivors include: his wife, Kathryn of the home; a son, Howard “Kit” Kittell of Montrose, CO; a daughter, Kay Bechtel of Overland Park, KS; a brother, Henry A. Kittell of Irvine, CA; three sisters, Isobel Davis of Albuquerque, NM, Helen Lang of Albuquerque, NM, and Mary Budd of Rosemount, MN; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Kathleen M. Johnston, 85, died Friday, August 24, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a homemaker and McPherson resident since 1955. 
She was born September 28, 1915, at McPherson, the daughter of Charles John and Pearle (Marston)Kittell. 
She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was an Honorary Life Member of United Methodist Women. 
On November 1, 1936, she married Elmer T. Keck at McPherson. He died July 26, 1965. On December 26, 1970, she married Ralph O. Johnston at McPherson. 
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2001, at First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Michael Marion and Bob Fleenor officiating. A private family committal service was held in McPherson Cemetery following the funeral. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: her husband, Ralph O. Johnston of the home; two sons, Marvin C. Keck of Wichita and Stanley M. Keck of Wichita; two daughters, Shirley J. Martin of Overland Park and Marjorie L. Martin of Ottawa; a step-daughter, Sharon M. Blank of Hutchinson; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Buel M. Bledsoe, Jr., 62, of McPherson, died Sunday, August 12, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. He was a retired school bus driver for Kansas Transit, former owner/operator of Daylight Donut Shop, and also worked as a highway maintenance person for the Kansas Dept. of Transportation. He had been a McPherson resident since 1962, moving from Newton. 
He was born February 27, 1939, at Marion, the son of Buel Monroe Sr. and Mattie Ellen (Bastin) Bledsoe. On September 2, 1961, he married Patricia A. Sieg at Newton. 
Mr. Bledsoe was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, McPherson. 
Survivors include: his wife, Patricia of the home; a son, John of McPherson; a daughter, Kimberly Bruner of McPherson; a sister, Dixie Ewert of Great Bend; and 10 grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Allen; a daughter, Crystal; a brother, Wallace; a sister, Dorothy Giggy; and a grandson, Alex Bruner. 
The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 15, 2001, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Tuesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. The Rosary service was conducted at 8:00 PM Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. 
Memorial donations may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church in care of the funeral home. 

Mary E. Rucksdashel, 90, of McPherson, died Friday, August 10, 2001, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a retired librarian assistant for McPherson Public Library and had been a McPherson resident since 1961, moving from Lexington, Nebraska. 
She was born February 28, 1911, at Auburn, Nebraska, the daughter of Howard and Josephine (Henning) Wrightsman. On September 19, 1935, she married Rex N. Rucksdashel at Falls City, Nebraska. He preceded her in death on June 22, 1989. 
Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church, Myrtle Rebekah Lodge No. 86, and Business and Professional Women's Club, all at McPherson. 
The funeral service was held at 2:30 PM, Wednesday, August 15, 2001, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in Crestwood Memorial Park, McPherson. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: her son, Neil Rucksdashel of Bellevue, WA, two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church in care the funeral home.


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