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Larry R. Sams, 65, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, December 8, 2001, at his home in Hutchinson. 
He was born November 23, 1936, at Simpson, Kansas, the son of Oran Elmer and Ethel Helen (Thompson) Sams. He was an Industrial Engineer, Plant Manager, and/or Vice President for several companies in Kansas including Johns Manville Corp., Collins Inc. Mobile Tech Division, and Collins Professional Cars. He had been a resident of Hutchinson since 1985, formerly of Winder, Georgia. He was a graduate of McPherson College and Kansas State University. 
Larry was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge #982, both at Hutchinson, and the Jaycees. 
On August 6, 1960, he married Janis O. Emswiler at Friend, Kansas. 
There were two memorial services. The first service was held at 5:30 PM, Thursday, December 13, 2001, at Faith United Methodist Church in Hutchinson. The second service took place at 11:30 AM Saturday, December 15, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Glasco, KS. Inurnment of the cremains was in the Glasco Cemetery. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: his wife, Janis of the home; a son, Scott A. Sams of Winder, GA; three daughters, Jo Lynn Frenya of Rome, GA, Larae J. Sams of Blue Springs, MO, and Dawn D. Crimmins of Lee’s Summit, MO; his parents, Oran and Ethel Sams of Glasco, KS; a brother, Ronald Duane Sams of Millsboro, DE; and six grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Reno County, Faith United Methodist Church, or the Nicol Home of Glasco in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Sylvia Coppock, 90, of McPherson, died Saturday, December 8, 2001, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. She was a homemaker and McPherson resident since 1952, moving from Pawhuska, OK. 
She was born July 15, 1911, at Chase, Kansas, the daughter of Leslie and Jessie (Tunnell) Hardwick. 
On September 7, 1936, she married Ira Paul Coppock at Red Cloud, Nebraska. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1985. 
The graveside service was held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, December 13, 2001, at McPherson Cemetery. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: her sister, Pauline Kaufman of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, Mark Stuart of Jeffersonville, PA and Debbie Jones of Oklahoma City, OK; and a great-grandchild, Grant Jones of Oklahoma City, OK. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Kent Stuart; a brother, Walter Hardwick; and a sister, Hazel. 
Memorial donations may be given to The Cedars in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Guadelupe Gallegos, infant daughter of Armando Gallegos and Esperanza Martinez, died Saturday, December 8, 2001, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. 
A graveside service was held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at McPherson Cemetery. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: her parents, Armando and Esperanza; two brothers, Armando and Jose; and four sisters, Amanda Samantha, Alexandria, and Jessica, all are at home in McPherson. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Guadelupe Gallegos memorial fund in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Tommy C. Peterson, 71, of Gilbertsville, Kentucky and formerly of McPherson, died Friday, December 7, 2001, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. He was a retired District Sales Manager for Carrier Air Conditioning Co. 
He was born December 3, 1930, at McPherson, the son of Arvid L. He was born Dec. 3, 1930, at McPherson, the son of Arvid L. and Ruby E. (Heline) Peterson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War, as a Machinist's Mate First Class. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, December 11, 2001, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: two sons, Paul Peterson of Lake St. Louis, MO and Tom Peterson of Gilbertsville, KY; two daughters, Kimberly Peterson of Benton, KY and Elizabeth Richardson of Florissant, MO; and five grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Peterson. 
Memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home. 

L.D. "Lew" Lloyd, 84, of McPherson, died Monday, December 3, 2001, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. He was retired from Wall-Rogalsky Milling Company where he worked as the Vice President/Manager in the Grocery Products Department. 
He was born January 27, 1917, at Gaylord, Kansas, the son of Harry F. and Lillis N. (Lewellen) Lloyd. He had been resident of McPherson since 1934, and was a graduate of McPherson College. Mr. Lloyd was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific during World War II. 
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, BPOE #502, and the Light Capitol Singers. He also served as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Meals on Wheels. 
On October 30, 1943, he married Alice V. Hedge at Inglewood, California. She died October 2, 1990. 
Survivors include: three daughters, Nancy Lusk of Wichita, Judy Schumaker of Flagstaff, AZ, and Sara Goyer of Blue Springs, MO; a sister, Maxine Koch of McPherson; and two grandchildren. 
The memorial service was held at 1:30 PM, Thursday, December 6, 2001, at the First Presbyterian Church, McPherson. A private family committal service with military honors took place in McPherson Cemetery prior to the memorial service. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First Presbyterian Church in care of the funeral home. 

Marka C. Miller, 49, died Sunday, November 25, 2001, at her home in McPherson. She was formerly a machinist for Beech Aircraft and a restaurant cook. 
She was born September 15, 1952, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Marka spent her younger years in McPherson and graduated from McPherson High School. She lived in Wichita and Stong City for a number of years, but moved back to McPherson in 1983. Marka was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the McPherson County Humane Society. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 29, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Karen Rice Ratzlaff officiating the service. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: two brothers, Brent Miller of McPherson and Lance Miller of Walker, KS; a sister, Lee Ellen Becker of Lindsborg, KS; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, M. Clare and Sadie L. (Halfin) Miller, and a brother, Stephen Miller. 
Memorial donations may be given to McPherson County Humane Society or the Friends of Maxwell. 

Edna Warkentin, 86, of McPherson, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. Edna Warkentin, 86, of McPherson, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002. She was a homemaker and had been a McPherson resident since 1979, moving from Lehigh. 
The memorial service was held at 2:00 PM, Friday, March 29, 2002, at the Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman. Burial was at the Mennonite Brethren Cemetery in Hillsboro (prior to the memorial service) at 10:30 AM. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: daughters, Janice Winter of McPherson, Janet Hein of Hillsboro, E. Jean Hein of McPherson, and Joan Kaplin of Wichita; sister, Malinda Toews of Inman, ten grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Gretchen Florence, 58, of McPherson died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Hutchinson Hospital. She had been a McPherson resident since 1998, formerly residing in Garden City, Emporia, and Wichita. Gretchen worked as a secretary and administrative assistant for several companies, most recently serving as Assistant to the Director of the Lindsborg Chamber of Commerce. 
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 23, 2002, at the First Presbyterian Church, McPherson. Committal service was at 1:00 PM (prior to the church service) at McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: her husband, Jim of the home; her mother, Helen Arnholz of the home; a son, Christopher Florence of Wichita; a daughter, Michelle Florence of the home; a brother, Robert Arnholz of Dallas, TX; a sister, Margot Ernie of Wichita; and one grandson. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Reno County in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Delilah Johnson, 85, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at her home in McPherson. She was a former employee of Certainteed Corp. and was a sales clerk/bookkeeper at Select Dairy. 
The funeral service was held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church, McPherson. Burial was at McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include: a brother, Glen M. Johnson of McPherson, KS; a sister, Elvessie Johnson of McPherson, KS; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Wilma I. Shannon, 81, died Saturday, March 16, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a retired custodian for USD 418 and had been a McPherson resident since 1962, moving from Geneseo. 
The funeral service was held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial wwas in the Geneseo Cemetery, Geneseo, KS. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: her husband, Kenneth of the home; a son, Eugene Shannon of Cassoday, KS; a daughter, Irene Voth of McPherson; six grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the New Gottland Covenant Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

James G. Buller, 77, formerly of McPherson, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Life Care Center in Federal Way, Washington. Prior to retirement, he was employed at Thompson Transport, Cargill-Nutrena Feeds, and Kansas Cylinder Head, all of McPherson. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Monday, March 18, at the Goessel Mennonite Church in Goessel. Burial was in the Goessel Mennonite Church Cemetery. Visitation took place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: his wife, Ethel of the home; a step-son, Kenneth Messick of Yuma, AZ; two brothers, Roy Buller of Wichita, KS and Melvin Buller of Colorado Springs, CO. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Goessel Mennonite Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Elmer A. Kahlstorf, 95, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at the Cedars. 
He was born October 12, 1906, at Lake George, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Mary (Meyers) Kahlstorf. Elmer was a retired road construction contractor and had been a McPherson resident since 1989, formerly of Lake George, Minnesota. 
On October 12, 1932, he married Elva Hazel Miller at Hubbard, Minnesota. 
He was a member of the Free Methodist Church at Kabekona, Minnesota. 
A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 12, at the Free Methodist Church. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
A second funeral service was held at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 16, at the Kabekona Free Methodist Church in Laporte, Minnesota. Burial was in the Lake George Township Cemetery, Lake George, MN. 
Survivors include: his wife, Elva of McPherson; a daughter, Doris Short of McPherson; three brothers, Ervin of Lake George, MN, Orlen of Park Rapids, MN, and Alfred of St. Joseph, MO; a sister, Ruth Willard of El Dorado Springs, MO; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces & nephews. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude Snyder, and two brothers, Arnold and Lloyd. 
Memorial donations may be given to Central Christian College of Kansas or the Free Methodist Church Missions Dept. in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Allen Becker, 78, of McPherson, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Newton Medical Center. He was retired from NCRA where he worked in the de-coking unit. He also worked for Galva Plumbing & Heating constructing ductwork. He lived in McPherson most of his life. 
The memorial service was held at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 15, 2002, at the First Baptist Church, McPherson. Burial, with full military honors, took place prior to the memorial service at McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: a son, George A. Becker of McPherson, KS; two daughters, Barbara Ann Knackstedt of Phillipsburg, KS and Lorraine Lieb of Wilmington, DE; a brother, Lincoln Becker of McPherson, KS; two sisters, Rozella Chapman of McPherson, KS and Betty Carlson of McPherson, KS; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson Senior Center, Central Homecare & Hospice, or First Baptist Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Paul W. Sherfy, son of John Samuel & Leona May (Sharshel) Sherfy, was born June 3, 1912, in Franklin County, Kansas, in the small town of Neal. He moved with his family to Bloom, KS, in 1917, to Washington Creek near Overbrook, KS, in 1922, and finally to Union Ridge, IA, in 1927. He arrived in McPherson, KS, in 1929, to attend McPherson College. He graduated from McPherson College in 1934, and his first employment was with the McPherson Daily Republican as a proofreader. He served in the Navy as a meteorologist with noncombatant status in World War II, and shortly after his return to McPherson following that service, he was employed by Alliance Insurance Company as an underwriter. For two years he was assistant business manager for McPherson College, then spent the rest of his employment again with the Alliance Insurance Company. He enjoyed part-time work with the Alliance Agency following his retirement in 1976. 
He was married to Esther W. Pyle on October 16, 1940. They were married fifty-four years until Esther’s death in 1995. They have two daughters, Sonja Sherfy Griffith, of Kansas City, KS, and Marcella Sherfy Walter, of Helena, MT. They have four grandchildren. Other family members include two sisters, Ethel Harris of Woodstock, IL and Esther Porter of Colorado Springs, CO. In addition, Paul and Esther welcomed nieces and nephews, family and in-laws, friends, and “adopted” children from McPherson College into their home. Paul was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph. 
Paul was avidly and fully involved in McPherson College and the Alumni Association, was a former college trustee, held many offices in the McPherson Church of the Brethren, and was a proud Kiwanian. He had been Division 5 Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis. He delivered Meals on Wheels for almost twenty years, and had served on the Board for Meals on Wheels. He was supportive of the McPherson community. For a time, he advised Boy Scouts on earning their Merit Badges for weather forecasting. 
Paul died on Sunday, February 24, 2002, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. His body has been donated to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Memorial services were held at the McPherson Church of the Brethren, at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2002. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to McPherson College, the McPherson Church of the Brethren, or The Cedars. 

Evelyn K. Beasley, 61, of McPherson, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Hutchinson Hospital. She was a customer service representative at Certainteed Corp. and had been a McPherson resident since 1972, moving from Wichita. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at the Church of Christ. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: her husband, Roscoe of the home; a son, Steven of McPherson; two daughters, Kathleen Brick of McPherson and Anita Beasley of McPherson; her mother, Elaine Watson of Romance, MO; two brothers, Donald Egger of Gainesville, MO and Danny Egger of Mulvane, KS; a sister, Reva Thomas of Gainesville, MO; a half-brother, Dennis Watson of Gainesville, MO; a half-sister, Nina McCullough of Gainesville, MO; and two grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Geraldine M. "Gerry" Minner, 80, of McPherson, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Memorial Hospital. She was a retired elementary school teacher and was a former resident of Emporia. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 5 2002, at the Free Methodist Church. Burial was at the McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: her husband, Don Minner of the home; a son, Dennis Minner of McPherson; two daughters, Donna Robillard of Oklahoma City, OK and Janice Rice of Little Rock, AR; three sisters, Ruthie Hettinger of Coconut Creek, FL, Janet O’Connell of Coconut Creek, FL, and Joyce Dardia of New Fairfield, CT; and three grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Free Methodist Church or Central Christian College of Kansas in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Jewel Taylor, 97, of Lindsborg, died Thursday, February 28, 2002, at Bethany Home in Lindsborg. She was a homemaker and a former resident of McPherson. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at the First Church of the Nazarene. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: four daughters, Mary L. Chernock of Baldwin, NY, Alethea Bieri of Temple, TX, Jo Davis of Georgetown, KY, and Helen Swisher of Marquette, KS; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, & 17 great-great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First Church of the Nazarene in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Rosalie R. Gilbert, 85, died Monday, February 25, 2002, at Pleasant View Home in Inman, Kansas of a stroke. She was born March 30, 1916, on the Boldt farmstead eight miles northwest of Chase, Kansas to Charles E. and Mary Ella (Keys) Boldt. 
After five years at IXL, a small country school near her home, she made the change to the “big city” Hutchinson school system and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1933. She went on to attend Sterling College and Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. Because of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, she wasn’t able to finish her college degree, a lifelong dream. 
On December 27, 1947, she married William A. Gilbert in Lyons, Kansas. For almost 30 years, she and her husband farmed near Chase. He passed away on March 26, 1977. 
She was a school bus driver for the Chase school system, the first woman in the area to drive a school bus. During World War II, she was a riveter in an aircraft assembly plant in Oklahoma. 
At Chase, she was an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church. She also belonged to the Mothers Singers and Chase H.D.U. She was a 4-H leader for more than 10 years. In her retirement years, she helped initiate the Chase Senior Center. Then for many years, she enjoyed at least one night a week with friends and fellow senior citizens, playing pinochle at the Center. She also served on the Rice County Council on Aging. 
She is survived by a daughter, Janis Thogmartin and husband, Clyde, of Ames, Iowa; a son, Larry Gilbert and wife, Ellen, of McPherson; a grandson, Kyle Gilbert, a granddaughter, Lesli Gilbert of McPherson; and a sister Lucile Hager of Olathe. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, four brothers, Paul, Harold, Lowell, and Wayne Boldt, and a sister, Roma Bordelon. 
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 1, at the Community Presbyterian Church, Chase, KS. Burial will be at the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, rural Bushton. Visitation is from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Chase Community Presbyterian Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Arlene M. Yoder, 87, of McPherson, died Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. She was a homemaker and a McPherson resident since 1920. 
The funeral service was held at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 22, at the Monitor Church of the Brethren, rural McPherson. Visitation took place from 4:00 to 6:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. A private committal and inurnment service was held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Monitor Church Cemetery. 
Survivors include: her husband, Royal F. Yoder of the home; three sons, Lowell Yoder of McPherson, Ellis Yoder of McPherson, and Engel Yoder of Marquette; a daughter, Karen Okeson of Seattle, WA; two sisters, Rowena Albright of McPherson and Donnis Fishburn of Arnold, CA; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; a great-grandson; and six step-great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to The Cedars, Monitor Church of the Brethren, or the Heifer Project International in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Frederick A. Schmidt, 86, of McPherson, died Monday, February 18, 2002, at Memorial Hospital. He was a retired aircraft maintenance supervisor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. He had been a McPherson resident since 1996, moving from Edmond, OK. 
A memorial service was held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 21, at the McPherson Church of the Brethren. A graveside service and inurnment of the cremains was held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23, at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in New Carlisle, Ohio. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: his wife, Edith of the home; a son, Fred Schmidt, Jr. of McPherson; a daughter, Deborah Crotts of Edmond, OK; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
Memorial donations may be given to Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Barbara Ann Reed, 44, of McPherson, died Thursday, February 14, 2002, at her home. She was a massage therapist & reflexologist and had been a McPherson resident since 1972, moving from Maize, KS. 
The funeral service was held at 3:00 PM, Monday, February 18, at the First Baptist Church. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: her husband, Steven A. Reed of the home, her mother, Emma Ligon of Wichita; three sisters, Nora Burdett of Washington, MI, Verla Schubach of Wichita, and Karla Thompson of Tacoma, WA. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Anna D. Flud, 38, of McPherson, died Saturday, February 9, 2002, at her home. She was a former motel housekeeper and had been a McPherson resident for six years. 
There will be no memorial service. The body was cremated and inurnment will take place in California at a later date. 
Survivors include: her companion, Mark Bogenrief of McPherson; her mother, Retha M. Harrison of Mountain Ranch, CA; two sons, John R. Danile of Modesto, CA and Mike J. Daniel of Modesto, CA; two brothers, Jim Harrison, Jr. of Mountain Ranch, CA and George F. Flud of Modesto, CA; three half-sisters, Colleen Leonard of Las Vegas, NV, Dee-Anna Ott of Brighton, CO, and Vickie Dickinson of Keyes, CA. 

Eva Nikkel Ensz, 86, of Inman, died Tuesday, February 5, 2002. She was a homemaker and had been a resident of the Conway/Inman area since 1946. 
The funeral service was at 10:30 AM, Friday, February 8, at Zion Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (rural Inman). Burial was in the Zion Church Cemetery. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: her husband, John R. Ensz of the home; two sons, Ron Ensz of Ulysses, KS and Karl Ensz of Inman; two daughters, Gloria Koehn of Ulysses, KS and Florene Koehn of Muleshoe, TX; a brother, Tony Nikkel of Moundridge; 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Gospel Tract & Bible Society in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Tracy Joe Smith, 37, of McPherson, died Monday, February 4, 2002. He was a Registered Nurse and was formerly employed at Schwan’s Sales in Salina. He had been a McPherson resident most of his life. 
The funeral service was held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, February 7, 2002, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: parents, Billy Joe, Sr. & Shirley R. Smith of McPherson; two brothers, Steven J. Smith of McPherson and Billy Joe Smith, Jr. of Galva; a sister, Dayna C. Needham of McPherson; and six nieces and nephews. 
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson County Humane Society in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Dr. (Colonel) Michael K. Yancey, 42, of Mililani, Hawaii, died Sunday, January 27, 2002, at Tripler Army Medical Center near Honolulu, Hawaii. 
He was born in Casper, Wyoming on May 29, 1959, the son of Clarence and Betty (Kimball) Yancey. Most of his youth was spent in the Golden, Colorado area. He was a graduate of Central College, McPherson College, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 
While attending Central College he met Jill M. Cooney, and they were united in marriage on May 26, 1979, in McPherson. 
Dr. Yancey had been stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center since 1994, where he served as Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Residency Program Director, and Assistant Chief of the Department of OB/GYN. 
The funeral service was held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 5, at the Free Methodist Church. Dr. Mike Hambley and Rev. Pete Anderson officiated the service. Burial with full Military Honors was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at the Free Methodist Church. 
Survivors include: his wife Jill; their three children, Jensen Adair, Haleigh Kimball, and Reid William; his parents, Clarence & Betty Yancey of Golden, CO; a brother, Shaun Yancey and his wife, Debbie, of Orlando, FL; two sisters, Kathleen Spencer and her husband, Bill, of Colorado Springs, CO and Jeanette Karins and her husband James, of Arvada, CO; maternal grandmother, Helen Kimball of Nebraska; Jill’s parents, Henry & Ruth Cooney of McPherson; Jill’s sisters, Linda Pharr and her husband, Tom, of Dallas, TX, Debra Wagoner and her husband, Alan, of McPherson, and Kim Johnson of San Antonio, TX; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Michael K. Yancey Memorial Fund, Account #9098, c/o the True Research Foundation, 8610 N. New Braunsels, Suite 705, San Antonio, TX 78217 or in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Frances L. Shearhart, 79, died Thursday, January 31, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a homemaker and McPherson resident since 1965, moving from Coffeyville, KS. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Monday, February 4, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation took place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: a son, Jerry Shearhart of McPherson; three daughters, Karen Coy, Sharon Shearhart, and Jo Marlett, all of McPherson; a brother, Ernest “Junior” Stanley of Humbolt, KS; a sister, Jeanette Tucker of Independence, KS; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to Central Homecare & Hospice in care of the funeral home. 

Lois V. Snyder, 84, of McPherson, died Tuesday, January 29, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a retired registered nurse and was both a Nursing Supervisor and Director of Nursing at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. 
Services were held Friday, February 1, 2002, at 11:00 AM at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
A second service was held at 2:00 PM (Mountain Time) on Saturday, February 2, at the United Methodist Church in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Cheyenne Wells. 
Survivors include: a brother, Floyd Snyder of Waldron, AR; three sisters, Anna Knoll of Cheyenne Wells, CO, Margie Billinger of Cheyenne Wells, CO, and Wilma “Billie” Graham of Loveland, CO, and a dear friend, Linda Josserand of McPherson. 
Memorials can be sent to McPherson County Community Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

LaVeda A. Koontz, 98, of McPherson, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. 
She was born October 1, 1903, at rural Roxbury, the daughter of William A. and Minnie Ethel (Schultz) Keagle. She was a homemaker and had been a McPherson resident since 1983, moving from Houston, TX. 
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Northgate Club and the KYN Breakfast Club, all of McPherson. 
On April 2, 1932, she married Marrs A. Koontz at Oklahoma City. He died February 4, 1969. 
Survivors include: a brother, Glenn A. Keagle of Fredonia, KS; two sisters, Edrie P. Osborne of Santa Monica, CA and Muriel Writer of Roxbury, KS; several nieces & nephews. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, William, and three sisters, Geraldine Nirider, Mariam Binford, and Lucille Carlson. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 28, 2002, at the First Presbyterian Church, McPherson. Burial was in the Valley View Cemetery at Roxbury. Visitation took place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First Presbyterian Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Grace A. Kirby, 86, of McPherson, died Friday, January 25, 2002, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. 
She was born August 10, 1915, at Marquette, Kansas, the daughter of Delbert and Roxy (Fanatia) Young. A longtime resident of McPherson, she was a clerk at Bader Cleaners, and was employed in the meat department at Eldon's IGA. 
She was a longtime member First Church of the Nazarene, McPherson, and the Women's Ministry of the church. 
On February 8, 1938, she married John Kirby at McPherson. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1961. 
Survivors include: a son, Larry Kirby of McPherson; a sister, Midge Ingram of Wichita, KS; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Young; and three sisters, Lucile Fowler, Mildred Ellrick and Crystal Young. 
The memorial service was held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 27, 2002, at the First Church of the Nazarene, McPherson. There was no visitation. In accordance with the deceased’s wishes, the body was donated to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First Church of the Nazarene in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Joseph B. "Joe" Carlile, 79, of Loveland, Colorado and formerly of McPherson, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland. 
He was born August 26, 1922, in Cloud County, Kansas, the son of Isaac Oliver and Hazel (McConnell) Carlile. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. 
On June 16, 1949, he married Constance "Connie" Evelyn Mitchell at Lawton, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on June 30, 1998. 
Joe was a former McPherson resident and had lived in Loveland, Colorado since 1998. He was retired from Farmers Alliance Insurance Company, serving as Executive Secretary and Director of Operations. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, January 24, at the United Methodist Church in Glasco, Kansas. Burial was in the Glasco Cemetery. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday, January 23, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: a son, Craig M. Carlile of Fort Collins, CO; a daughter, Janell B. Herrera of Brighton, CO; a sister, Patricia Dalrymple of Temple, TX; and four grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Leonard W. Hedlund, 82, of McPherson, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a retired farmer and had lived in McPherson since 1992. 
He was born January 20, 1919, the son of Victor Waldemar and Inez E. (Johnson) Hedlund. On August 16, 1952, he was united in marriage to Alice L. Kruger in McPherson. She preceded him in death in May of 2000. 
Survivors include: brother, Virgil Hedlund of Elbert, CO; sisters, Virginia Mitchell of McPherson, Vivian Osborn of Hill City, and Betty Quarnstrom of Topeka; step-son, Robert Noble of Bruceville-Eddy, TX; step-daughter, Sharol Collins of University Place, WA, and two step-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Arnold and Carl hedlund, and a sister, Alice Burkholder. 
The funeral service was be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, January 21, at New Gottland Lutheran Church, rural McPherson. Burial was in the New Gottland Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation took place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Memorials are suggested to Meals on Wheels or the Paralyzed Veterans Association in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Mary June Carlson, 69, of rural Windom, died Thursday, January 17, 2002 at Hutchinson Hospital. She assisted her husband in their dairy operation for 41 years and had lived in the Windom area since 1950, moving from Galva. 
The funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 21, at Andover Lutheran Church, rural Windom. Burial was in the Andover Cemetery. Visitation took place from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: her husband, Vernie of the home; two sons, Rex Carlson of McPherson and Max Carlson of Sterling, KS; a daughter, Jo Hicks of Buhler, KS; five sisters, Lydia Huenergardt of Fresno, CA, Olinda Meier of Hillsboro, KS, Dorothy Converse of Pueblo, CO, Pearl Besecker of McPherson, and Ruth Ann Dick of McPherson; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to Andover Lutheran Church or Hospice of Reno County in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Viola Marie Weyand, daughter of William F. and Iva Mae (Litton) Roemer, was born October 1, 1924, at Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. She was raised in Gove County, Kansas and graduated from Gove High School. She then went on to cosmetology school and began her career as a beautician, working at the Beau Mart Salon in McPherson, eventually becoming the shop manager. She had been a resident of McPherson since 1946. 
On October 14, 1950, she was united in marriage to Arnold L. Weyand at Wichita, KS. They were blessed with the birth of two children, Janet and Carol. 
Marie loved sports, both as a participant and spectator. She was an excellent golfer, loved flowers, and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. She was a member of First Christian Church and the Kansas Ladies Golf Association. 
Marie’s passing came on Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Infinia Health Care Center in McPherson. She was seventy-seven. 
Survivors include: her husband, Arnold of the home; two daughters, Janet Young of Overland Park, KS and Carol Stame of Glenview, IL; a granddaughter, Lindsay Stame of Glenview, IL; two step-grandchildren, Lori Graham of Shawnee, KS and Todd Young of Overland Park, KS; a step-great-granddaughter, Nicole Graham of Shawnee, KS; three sisters, Myra Strickert of Garden City, KS, Myrtle Nelson of Scottsdale, AZ, and Wilma “Tiny” Wymore of Phoenix, AZ. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. 
The funeral service was held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 19, 2002, at First Christian Church with Rev. Neil Engle officiating. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery. There was no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Central Homecare & Hospice, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Emagean M. Lundstrom, 81, of McPherson, died, Monday, January 14, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She had been a McPherson resident since 1951, moving from Manhattan, Kansas. 
She was born January 4, 1921, the daughter of Leonard A. and Alpha R. (Pickett) Maison. She graduated from high school at Edgerton, Kansas and went on to continue her education at Brown-Mackie School of Business in Kansas City. 
Mrs. Lundstrom had been employed as a health care worker, was a former secretary to the Probate Judge in Rice County, and worked in the A.S.C.S. office at Manhattan, as well as being a devoted wife and mother of two daughters. 
On June 2, 1946, she was united in marriage to Victor D. “Doc” Lundstrom at Lyons, KS. Emagean was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Amity Club, both of McPherson. 
The memorial service was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 16, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Marion and Rev. Harold Nelson officiating. Inurnment of the cremains took place in McPherson Cemetery. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: her husband, Victor D. “Doc” Lundstrom of the home; two daughters, Donna Lundstrom of San Francisco, CA and Jane Lundstrom Brown of Olathe, KS; a brother, Don Maison of Broomfield, CO; a granddaughter, Lauren Brown of Olathe, KS; and a cousin, Jean Parsons of Bartlesville, OK. 
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Moberly, and a brother, Leonard Maison, Jr. 
Memorial donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church or The Cedars Wellness Center Project. 

Garen W. Skinner, 56, died Sunday, January 6, 2002, at his home in McPherson. He had been a resident of McPherson since 1990, formerly of Cedar Point and the Topeka area. 
He was born June 12, 1945, at Topeka, the son of Leo L. and Myrtle A. (Huffman) Skinner. He graduated from Manhattan Christian College in 1987. He was head custodian at USD 400 in Lindsborg and also was a former pastor, serving several Independent Christian Churches in Kansas. 
He was a member of Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. 
On September 25, 1970, he married Dianne G. Hudson at Topeka. 
The memorial service was held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. A private committal of the cremains was held on Thursday, January 10, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka. There was no visitation. 
Survivors include: his wife, Dianne of the home; a son, Wesley Skinner of Olathe; two brothers, Cletus M. Skinner of Edinburg, TX and James B. Skinner of Topeka; three sisters, Rowena Turner of Holcomb, Jean Davis of Lecompton, and Carol Manion of Topeka; and three grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be given to Central Homecare & Hospice in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home. 

Thelma J. Miller, 89, of McPherson, died Tuesday, January 1, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was a retired waitress and had been a McPherson resident since 1940. 
She was born August 25, 1912, at Canton, the daughter of David H. and Cora Esther (Hart) Serviss. On August 24, 1956, she married Nyland W. Miller at Newton, Kansas. He preceded her in death in 1968. 
She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2715 Ladies Auxiliary. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Friday, January 4, 2002, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Fibranz officiated the service. Burial was in the Valley View Cemetery, Roxbury. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. 
Survivors include: three brothers, Arnold Serviss of McPherson, Charles Serviss of McPherson, and Dale Serviss of Lyons; two sisters, Elva Meljo of Hoisington and Vera Janzen of McPherson. 
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lucien & Lloyd Serviss, and two sisters, Lily Boyce & Betty Cleek. 
Memorial donations may be given to the American Legion Auxiliary, Trinity Lutheran Church or First Presbyterian Church, all of McPherson. 

Helen Peterson, 90, lifetime McPherson County resident, died Tuesday, December 25, 2001. 
She was born March 11, 1911, at Windom, the daughter of Adolph and Anna (Modig) Lindquist. She was a former food service worker for McPherson USD 418, working at the high school and junior high cafeterias. She also was a housekeeper for the Bixby family of McPherson. 
Helen was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Busy Bee Club, both of McPherson. 
On November 9, 1938, she married Eben L. Peterson at McPherson. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1987. 
The funeral service was held at 10:30 AM, Friday, December 28, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial was in Crestwood Memorial Park, McPherson. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stockham Family Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 
Survivors include: a son, Dennis Peterson of Oklahoma City, OK; three daughters, Janell Nelson of Galva, KS, Kathryn Cross of McPherson, and Linda Thomson of Larned, KS; a sister, Margaret Etzold of McPherson; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
Helen was preceded in death by three brothers, Martin Lindquist, Arvid Lindquist, and a stillborn infant, and three sisters, Esther Nelson, Edla Kramer, and Hilda Sawyer. 
Memorial donations may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church in lieu of flowers.

Virgil T. “Bud” Freeburg, 91, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. He was a retired painting contractor and lifetime McPherson resident. 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 25, at Trinity Lutheran 
Church. A private family inurnment service will take place at McPherson Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The body was cremated. 
Survivors include: his wife, Freda of the home; son-in-law, Robert Christensen of McPherson; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Christensen; three brothers, Martin, Emil, and Walter; and six sisters, Edith Nordling, Ellen Parsons, Mildred Hill Lindholm, Sarah Coughenour Sloan, Carol Perry, and Rose Lee Dana. 
Memorial donations may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church in care of Stockham 
Family Funeral Home.


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