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Axman, Sr. Claudine ASC, 91, retired educator, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Wake 7 p.m. today; service 4 p.m. Wednesday, both at Adorers of the Blood of Christ Province Center. 
Survivors: several nephews and nieces. Memorial has been established with Retirement of Sisters, ASC. DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary.

Colvin, Melvin James, 46, retired cook, died Saturday, June 17, 2000. Service pending. 
Survivors: children, Melvin Pearsall of Kansas City, Debraca Irvis, Marcus Colvin both of Lake Wales, Fla.; former wife, Deborah Colvin of Lake Wales, Fla.; father, A.J. McCray of Wichita; brothers and sisters, Gunice Colvin, Deltha Colvin, Melva Colvin, Retha Colvin, Jerrold McCray, Eddie Colvin, Mack Colvin, Mark McCray, Michael McCray, Herman McCray, Joseph Evans, Jerry McCray, Aaron McCray, A.J. McCray Jr., John McCray, Bertha McCray, Maxine McCray, Norma Jean McCray all of Wichita, Johnnie McCary of Columbus, Ohio, Bruce McCray of Akron, Ohio, Ervin Colvin of Kansas City, Annette Colvin of Dallas. Vann-Gettis Funeral Services.

Folkerts, Essie Pearl, 64, retired Cessna Aircraft Co. stock room clerk, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
Mrs. Folkerts was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin and brothers, David and Robert Lawrence. 
Survivors: son, James Wright, Oliver B. Towles II both of Wichita; daughters, Debra Whitsitt, Mary Haner both of Wichita; brother, William Lawrence of Wichita; sisters, Darlene M. Schroeder, Carolyn Norris, Shirley Murray all of Wichita; grandchildren, Sherrie Cain, Christopher James Lawrence, Joshua Raymond Lawrence, Kaylie Elizabeth Towles all of Wichita, Jennifer P. Walker of Colo.; great-grandchildren, Steven Michael Cain of Wichita, Michael Thomas Walker of Colo. Memorial has been established with Hospice Inc. Resthaven Mortuary.

Hare, Rose E., 86, of Longview, Texas, formerly of Wichita, retired Boeing Wichita employee, died Monday, June 19, 2000. Service 3 p.m. Wednesday, Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
Mrs. Hare was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Hare. 
Survivors: daughter, Judy Reynolds of Longview; grandchildren, Teri Schultheis and spouse, Bill of Colleyville, Texas, Brian Pierce of Miami, Jackie Reynolds of Atlanta, Ga.; brother-in-law and spouse, Jack and Shirley Hare of Belton, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Matthew and McKensie Schultheis; friend, John Inman. Memorials have been established with Alzheimer's Research and Hospice of Longview. Resthaven Mortuary.

Hartley, Dr. Fount K. "Jack," 74, retired physician and Hartley, Sylvia Hirahara, 61, medical office manager, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Joint services 1 p.m. Thursday, Downing & Lahey Mortuary East.
His survivors: son, Robert Hartley of Kansas City, Mo.; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn Marie and Rev. Paul Merkel of Hamburg, N.Y., Susan Jane and Mark Adams of Wichita, Stacey Baum-Hartley of Kansas City, Mo.; brother, John Arthur Hartley of Weston, Mo.
Her survivors: daughter, Stacey Baum-Hartley of Kansas City, Mo.; stepdaughters, Lynn Marie Merkel of Hamburg, N.Y., Susan Jane Adams of Wichita; stepson, Robert Hartley of Kansas City, Mo.; mother, Shizue Hirahara of Honolulu; brothers, Ivan Hirahara of Kauai, Hawaii, Edwin Hirahara of Seattle, Arnold Hirahara, Jonathan Hirahara, Brian Hirahara; sisters, Vivian Hayashi, Shirlyn Young, Cynthia Pierce all of Honolulu, Genevieve T. of Burbank, Calif.; their grandchildren, Nathan Merkel, Jesse Merkel, Ariel Merkel, Gina Grafos, Julia Adams. She was preceded in death by her brother, Harvey Hirahara. Memorials have been established with Congregation Emanu-el and Wichita Children's Home. 

Hiebert, Levi M., 80, retired Rusty Eck Ford master mechanic and helped develop the automatic transmission for Ford Motor Corp., died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Central Christian Church.
Mr. Hiebert was preceded in death by Marsha Hiebert-Ellis and Hannah Elliott. 
Survivors: wife, Wanda; sons, Steven, Charles both of Wichita, Landon of Andover, Timothy of Corona, Calif.; daughters, Susan Persson of Istanbul, Turkey, Peggy Wrinkles of Apache Junction, Ariz., Betti Patton, Brenda Armstrong, Melissa Elliott all of Wichita; brothers, Paul of Goessel, Otto of Newton; sisters, Lena Hiebert of Goessel, Elizabeth Fry of Newton; 22 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Rainbow's United Inc. Lakeview Funeral Home. 

Jones, Fred C., 65, retired USD 259 employee, died Friday, June 16, 2000. Service pending. 
Survivors: son, Jason of Wichita; daughters, Joy Cyphers, Julie Jackson, both of Wichita, Kandas Van Buren, Monica Van Buren, both of Austin, Texas, Jennifer Jones of Tyler, Texas. Vann-Gettis Funeral Services.

Koons, Marjorie Ruth, 86, of Rogers, Ark., formerly of Wichita and Lamar, retired American Red Cross bookkeeper and former Pentagon telephone operator, died Friday, June 16, 2000. Service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Abilene (Kan.) Cemetery. 
Survivors: daughter, MaraLynne Schmitz of Arkansas City; sister, Sandra Easley of Rogers, Ark.; five grandchildren. Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, Abilene.

McCormick, Wilma "Geneva," 85, homemaker, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Visitation 12:30 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Hillside Funeral Home East; no local service.
No immediate survivors.

Messerschmidt, Gene W., 78, retired Texaco Service Stations owner, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Rosary 7 p.m. today; service 10 a.m. Wednesday, both at Broadway Mortuary; burial 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Scott National Cemetery. 
Survivors: wife, Bobbie Jo; sons, Robert, George, Henry all of Wichita, James of Los Angeles; daughters, Ann Betzen of Wichita, Jean LaRue of Los Angeles; stepdaughters, Jerry Reid of Udall, Cheryl Armstrong of Wichita; brothers, Gilbert of Colwich, Francis of New Britain, Conn.; sisters, Marie Nicholas, Virginia Moore both of Wichita, Edna Marshall of Van Nuys, Calif., Donna Shofner of Auburn, Wash., Dorothy Schmidt of Carl Junction, Mo.; 22 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Porter, Keith D., 42, Thunderbird Charter Bus Co. mechanic and driver, died Saturday, June 17, 2000. Service 11 a.m. Thursday, Chisholm Trail Church of Christ. 
Survivors: wife, Patti; son, Tyron; stepson, Chad Terbeush; stepdaughters, Rose Abasolo, Crystal Terbeush; mother, Alice Porter; father and stepmother, James and Chiann Porter Jr. all of Wichita; brothers, Kirk of Wichita, Kevin of Troy, Mich.; sisters, Gloria Porter of Huntsville, Ala., Karen Porter of Wichita; two grandchildren. Jackson Mortuary.

Richey, Arthur, 56, USD 259 maintenance employee, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. No local services.
Mr. Richey was born August 14, 1943 in Greenfield, MO. the son of William Ralph Richey and Mona Lulabelle Jenkins Richey.
Mr. Richey was preceded in death by brothers, Bill Richey, Conrad Richey and William Ralph Richey Jr. and sisters, Lillian Margarete Richey and Elma Marie Richey. 
Survivors: wife, Karen; daughters, Bonita Neal, Kari Hein both of Wichita, Lurita Norman of Eureka; brothers, Leroy of Newton, twin brother, Archie of Wichita, Doyle, Jerry both of Wichita; sisters, Phyllis Bough of Wichita, Maxine Wallace of Haysville; grandchildren, Dustin, Timothy, Shawn, Alicia, Travis Jr., Jeremy, "Little" Dustin, Destiny, Adrian Arther. Old Mission Mortuary. 

Sims, Dean, 68, Sims and Jost Dozer Service owner and operator, died Monday, June 19, 2000. Private services have been held. 
Survivors: wife, Gloria; son, Eldon of Abilene; daughters, Cheney Matthews, Dorothy Kohman, Lenora McMullen all of Abilene; brothers, Kenneth of Abilene, Myron, Morris both of Calif.; sisters, Dorothy Coleman of Abilene, Vernadell McKinnon, Bernice Belew both of Calif.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home.

Artherton, Roy, 92, self-employed, died Saturday, June 17, 2000. Visitation with family 6 to 8 p.m. today; service 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, both at Hawks Funeral Home. 
Survivors: son, Gene of St. Joseph, Mo.; daughters, Bette Artherton of Smith Center, Marilyn Artherton of Garnett, Carolyn Roberts of Topeka, Helen Wilson of Albany, Ore.; brother, Tom of Peoria, Ariz.; sister, Olivia Morgan of Dexter; five grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Central Christian Church. 

Scott, Viola "Vi," 79, died Saturday, June 17, 2000. Private family services.
Mrs. Scott was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Caldwell, Kan., daughter of William and Edna Vaughan.
On July 25, 1937, she married Lester David Snyder. Following their divorce she married Gilbert Scott on Nov. 2, 1966. She had worked for Boeing Wichita, The International Association of Machinists, Beech Aircraft Corp., and in recent years for The State Bank of Burrton.
Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by one brother, William. 
Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Rosetta and Judd Durner of Burrton, Karen and John McCoskey of Sedgwick; brothers, Robert Vaughan of Springdale, Ark., Norman Vaughan of Morrison, Colo.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Vi Scott Memorial Fund in care of The State Bank of Burrton. Hillside Funeral Home East, Wichita.

Gobea, Tony Jr., 67, retired Monarch Cement Co. maintenance mechanic, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Rosary 7 p.m. Wednesday; service 10:30 a.m. Thursday, both at St. Patrick Catholic Church. 
Survivors: wife, Aurora; daughters, Rose Shelton of Overland Park, Lisa Sartain of Omaha; mother, Suzanna Zaragosa of Chanute; brothers, Joe, Pete Zaragosa both of Chanute; sisters, Sally Padilla, Mary Ellen Ornelas both of Chanute, Cecilia Rowe of Wichita; six grandchildren. Memorials have been established with St. Patrick School and American Cancer Society. Gibson-Koch-Friskel Chapel.

Ritchey, Lois Alma, 76, cook and area school cafeteria manager, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, The Trinity United Christian Church. 
Survivors: son, Lonnie of Topeka; daughters, Elain Risley, Janet Klag both of Wichita, Kathy Vogt of Valley Center, Norma Mitzel of Panora, Iowa; brother, Dr. Lynn Torrance of Big Snady, Texas. Memorial has been established with The Trinity United Christian Church. Lanterman Funeral Home.

Nielsen, Anne "Annie," 97, homemaker and farmer, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, United Methodist Church. 
Survivors: several nephews and nieces. Memorials have been established with Southwind Hospice and American Cancer Society. Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home.

Johnston, Paul, 79, farm equipment salesman, died Monday, June 19, 2000. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, Maple Grove Cemetery. 
Survivors: wife, Bernice; daughters, Karen Prosuch of Colorado Springs, Sally Johnston of Indianapolis, Jean Kolsky of Dodge City; son, John III of League City, Texas; four grandchildren. Memorials have been established with National Kidney Foundation and American Lung Association. Swaim Funeral Home. 

Osborn, Loren E. "Milky," 73, retired Mobil Refinery night supervisor, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Carlson Funeral Home. 
Survivors: wife, Marjorie; daughter, Dianne Travnicek of El Dorado; sisters, Sharon Marlow of Andover, Lucille Walker of Woodland, Calif.; two grandchildren. Memorials have been established with American Heart Association and First Baptist Church.

Hagins, Roberta Britton, 85, homemaker, died Monday, June 19, 2000. Visitation with family 7 to 8 p.m. today; service 10 a.m. Wednesday, both at Carlson Funeral Home. 
Survivors: nephews, Floyd Hagens Jr. of Emporia, Douglas Dwelle of Houston; nieces, Ann Morgan-Ward of El Rito, N.M., Sara Adams of San Antonio. Memorial has been established with Friends of the Zoo.

Rhodes, Sharon Lorraine, 50, day care provider, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Service 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Faith Lutheran Church. 
Survivors: husband, Ronald; son, Jeremy; daughters, Jessica all of home, Jamie of Emporia; parents, Paul and Shirley Hensley of Emporia; brothers, Michael Hensley, Timothy Hensley, Gregory Hensley all of Emporia; sister, Shannon Schumann of Emporia; one grandchild. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Laurie, Evelyn D. (Boulanger), 56, homemaker, died Monday, June 19, 2000. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Grenola Christian Church. 
Survivors: companion, Charles Barnett; sons, Donnie of Mulvane, Martin of Ada, Okla.; daughters, Karen Clubb of Grenola, Betty Krause of Parsons; brothers, Wayne Boulanger of Independence, Phillip Boulanger of Brunswick, Ga., Edward Boulanger of Eureka; sister, Patricia Corle of Moline; two grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Grenola Christian Church and American Diabetes Association. Zimmerman Funeral Home.

Williamson, Leland Rex, 82, retired Farmer's Insurance Group senior claims representative, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Mercer Funeral Home. 
Survivors: wife, Grace; son, David Leland Williamson of Overland Park; daughter, Susan Frances Williamson of Kansas City, Mo. Memorials have been established with American Diabetes Association and Holton Community Hospital.

Alber, Marshall W. "Al," 82, retired restaurant owner, died Monday, June 19, 2000. Service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Mount Hope Cemetery.
No immediate survivors. Memorial has been established with VFW Dewlen-Dix Post 1186 Hospital Equipment Fund. Potts Chapel.

Seifert, Opal Faye Ellis, 93, former Knorr Schlaudt Wholesale House, Barton Salt Co. and Kingman County Soil Conservation employee, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, Livingston Funeral Home. 
Survivors: daughter, Beverly Nelson of Claflin; one grandchild. Memorials have been established with Wheatlands Health Care Center and First Presbyterian Church.

Geubelle, Brenda, 36, died Monday, June 19, 2000. Funeral mass 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Anthony Catholic Church. 
Survivors: parents, Denis and Sherril of Lakin; brothers, Bryan of Hampton, Va., Doug of Lakin, Jeff of Graham, Wash.; sister, Krista Gorman of Fort Scott; grandmother, Delphine Schmidt of Lakin. Memorial has been established with Russell Childhood Development Center. Garnand Funeral Home. 

Reed, Shelby M., 73, retired insurance agency and tax accounting business operator, died Saturday, June 17, 2000. Service 10:30 a.m. today, Carson-Wall Funeral Home. 
Survivors: wife, Audrey; sons, Randy of Topeka, Douglas of Galesburg, Gary of Joplin, Mo., Kelly of Buhler; daughter, Kathryn Gard of Parsons; brothers, Seth of West Palm Beach, Fla., Robert of Parsons, Melvin of Otto, N.C.; 12 grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Labette County Medical Center Foundation.

Vanley, Beverly S., 43, Boeing Wichita material processor, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Visitation 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Smith Mortuary, Derby; service 2 p.m. Thursday, Immanuel Baptist Church, Wichita. 
Survivors: husband and best friend, Larry; stepsons, Jason of Augusta, Justin of Wichita; parents, B.R. and Earldene Stiner of Emporia; brothers, Ray Stiner of Watertown, S.D., Wesley Stiner of Topeka, Ed Stiner of Kansas City; sister, JoAn Lucy of Port Orchard, Wash.; one stepgrandchild. Memorial has been established with Kansas Humane Society. 

Lira, Christopher Wayne McDonald, 28, self-employed carpenter, died Saturday, June 17, 2000. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Prairie Lawn Cemetery. 
Survivors: wife, Mistee; daughter, Samantha of the home; father, Wayne McDonald of Wichita; mother, Mary Jane Blum of Haysville; brothers, Jeremiah McDonald, Matthew Storment both of Haysville; sisters, Jessica McDonald, Sarah Storment both of Haysville, Jennifer Terwort of Wichita; grandparents, Jerry and Ludella Spurlock of Wichita, Mary Lefors of Wichita. Frank Funeral Home.

Elam, Joseph "Joe," 64, former Winfield State Hospital and Training Center certified nurses aide, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Memorial service 2 p.m. Thursday, Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. 
Survivors: daughters, Della Elam of Peabody, JoDean Elam of Macksville; brothers, Harley of Wichita, Earl of Hinesville, Ga., Herbert of Kansas City, Mo., Arthur of Lincoln, Mo., Wayne of St. Joseph, Mo.; sister, Patricia Rockhold of Arkansas City. 


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