Miscellaneous Sherman County, Kansas Obituaries


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Lillian Eileen Bauman, 79, Goodland, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Goodland Regional Medical Center.
The funeral was Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Calvary Gospel Church, Goodland, Pastor Russ Goodrum officiating. Burial followed in the Goodland Cemetery.
Mrs. Bauman was born Lillian Dimmitt May 18, 1920, in Goodland and was a lifetime resident.
She and her husband were engaged in farming. She was a member of the KKG Social Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 1133, and a charter member of Sherman County Historical Society. She was secretary of her class for reunions.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman.
Survivors include two sons, Joe and Jerry, both of Goodland; a sister, Wilma Horney of Brewster; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Goodland VFW Post 1133.
Services were arranged by Bateman Funeral Home, 11th and Broadway, Goodland, KS 67735.

Linda Frances Long, 34, St. Francis, died of cancer Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Cheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis.
The funeral was Sept. 1 at St. Francis Catholic Church, the Rev. Daryl Olmstead officiating. Burial was in the St. Francis Cemetery.
Mrs. Long was born Linda Frances Leydig June 26, 1965, at St. Francis and was a lifetime area resident. She was the owner of Lawn Care Services and a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and the PTA.
Survivors include three sons, Ty, Brandon and Alex, all of the home; her parents, Dale and Lois Leydig of St. Francis; a brother, Mark Leydig of Colby; and a sister, Jana Donohue of Gypsum, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an educational trust fund for her sons.
Knodel Funeral Home, St. Francis, handled the arrangements.

Oneta McKenna, 94, Dighton, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Lane County Long Term Care Unit in Dighton.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Tod Anthony officiating. Burial followed in the Dighton Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. McKenna was born Oneta Brower May 30, 1905, in Marion County, Mo., and was a longtime Dighton-area resident. She and her husband were janitors at the Methodist Church, owners and operators of Dighton Produce and she helped cook the meals for the Dighton Rotary Club. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Dighton, Blaine Township Farm Bureau, Matrons Sunday School Class and United Methodist Quilters and was a past Lane County 4-H leader.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilber Earl, in 1979 and a son, Delbert Wayne.
Survivors include a son, Deverne of Sharon Springs; a daughter, Delores Dellenbaugh of Denver; a brother, Marvin Brower of Scott City; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the church or Lane County Long Term Care.

Emil Hilt, 89, St. Francis, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, Brush, Colo.
The funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, at Salem Lutheran Church, St. Francis, the Rev. Chris Farmer officiating. Burial was in the Hope Valley Cemetery, St. Francis
Mr. Hilt was born March 18, 1910, at Lind, Wash., and was a longtime resident of the St. Francis area. He was a farmer-rancher and a member of Salem Lutheran Church, St. Francis.
His wife, Lydia, died in 1980.
Survivors include three sons, Raymond, Elmer and Stan, all of St. Francis; four daughters, Lydia Bonnette of Arvada, Colo., Martha Sletto of Denver, Elsie Hilt Graham of Morrison, Colo., and Loretta Gann of Rialto, Calif.; three brothers, Walter, Bill and Lawrence, all of St. Francis; a sister, Esther Brunswig of St. Francis; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Gottlieb Lippert, 89, of Idalia died Aug. 31 in Wray.
Funeral services were held Sept. 3, 1999 at Salem Lutheran Church with burial in the Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 29, 1909, in Neudorf, South Russia, to Gottlieb and Christina (Docktor).Lippert.
He came to America with his parents at the age of three, living in South Dakota, California, Idaho. He moved to St. Francis in 1920.
He farmed until he retired and remained at his farm home until his death. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church of St. Francis. He served on the Idalia school board and the Salem Church Council.
He married Anna Hilt May 11, 1933, at St. Francis. They were married for 66 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife Anna of the home in Idalia, four children: Bill Lippert and wife Lois of Idalia; Gus Lippert and wife Charlene of Lamoni, Iowa; Anna Marie Lippert of Aurora, Colo.; and Lillian Olbricht and husband Jim of Spokane, Wash.; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Rudy Lippert of Daly City, Calif.; sisters Lydia Hilt and husband John of St. Francis; Martha Knodel and husband Art of Kanorado; Ruth Knodel of Bethune and a sister-in-law, Winifred Lippert of Omaha, Neb.
Arrangements were by Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis.

Longtime Sherman County resident Ralph E. Topliff, 72, died Nov. 14, 1999, at his home in rural Sherman County.
Memorial service will be Thursday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. at the First Uni-ted Methodist Church, Pas-tor Carol Moore Ramey officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. Visitations will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Koons Chapel and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church.
Mr. Topliff was born May 18, 1927, at Goodland, the son of Eva (Mather) and Jesse E. Topliff. He was a 1944 graduate of Goodland High School.
He farmed with his brothers Gale and Dean and his father Jesse until he purchased the Everett Evans and Sylvester farm in June 1949. He married Arbutus Dautel Nov. 27, 1949, at the Methodist Church in Goodland.
His memberships included the First United Methodist Church; Elks, of which he was a life member; and the VFW, of which he was a social member; Sherman County Fair Board, member for 12 years, president for five years; A.S.C.S. Board, 10 years; Soil Conservation Board, seven years; one of the Grand Marshals for the 1988 Sherman County Fair Parade; Bankers Award in 1977; and Goodyear Award in 1986.
Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Gale, and an infant sister, Mary.
Surviving family members include his wife, Arbutus of Goodland; two daughters, Cinda Hatcher and husband Bryan, Goodland; Becky Hicks and husband Mike, Loveland, Colo.; four grandchildren, Mandy Hatcher, Wesley Hatcher, Charlie Hicks and Amber Hicks; one brother, Dean Topliff and wife Myrna and one sister-in-law, Norma Dean Topliff.
Memorials may be given to the Ralph E. Topliff Memorial and may be left at Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735.

Former Goodland resident Eugene Taylor, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at his home.
The funeral was Nov. 12 at Hendricks-Love Mortuary Chapel, 377 15th St. Burling-ton, the Rev. Bill Brewer officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Burlington.
Mr. Taylor was born Aug. 18, 1914, at Goodland and was a former resident of Stratton, Colo.; Bethune, Colo.; and Salina. He was a farmer.
His wife, Iris, died in 1987.
Survivors include his brother, Darrell of Kansas City; a sister Darlene Pottorff of Stratton.

Former Goodland resident Wilda A. Runzel, 83, died Nov. 4, 1999, at Hays Medical Center. She had been a resident of the Sheridan County Health Complex in Hoxie since July 1999.
The funeral was Monday, Nov. 8, at the First United Methodist Church, Goodland, with Pastor Carol Moore Ramey officiating. Burial was in the Sumner Cemetery near Alton.
Mrs. Runzel was born Wilda Wineinger July 10, 1916, in Osborne County, the daughter of Grace Virginia (Forman) and Archie Samuel Wineinger. She graduated in 1933 from Alton High School as valedictorian of her class.
She taught school for three years at Pleasant Plain Country School south of Alton. On May 2, 1937, she and Harold Lee Runzel were married at their minister's country home near Alton. After living in Osborne, they moved to Wichita in 1941, where she was employed at Boeing Aircraft as a sheet metal rivet worker for four years. In 1946, they moved to a country home south of Wichita, where they owned a chicken farm. In the spring of 1948, they moved to Goodland, where she worked at the Goodland Greenhouse. In the mid-1950s, she worked in the Sherman County Treasurer's Office, retiring in 1981 after 19 years as Sherman County Treasurer.
Her memberships included the First United Methodist Church, serving as their financial secretary from 1965 through 1998; United Methodist Women, circle one; Faith Ringers, the hand bell choir at the First United Methodist Church, of which she was a charter member; Order of Eastern Star, in which she held various offices, including organist, and in which she and her husband Harold had been Worthy Matron and Patron in 1958; Kansas Grand Chapter of OES, in which she had been State Grand Marshall in 1961; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, coordinator; and a Cub Scout den mother.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harold; her son Roger (Skip); and her sister Willie Ruth.
Surviving family members include three nephews, James Kee of Stockton; Wayne Kee of Hoxie; and Gary Kee of Tiffin, Iowa; three grandchildren, Judith Lynn Coffenberry of Lawton, Okla.; Millisa Bramlett of Dallas; and Jana Ellis of Dallas; five great-grandchildren; three step-grandsons, Ron Williams, Colby; Brad Runzel, Denver; and A.J. Williams of Larned.
Memorials may be given to the First Methodist Church, and may be left at Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735.

Mabel Leonard, 74, Colby, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at Lantern Park Manor, Colby.
The service was Monday, Nov. 8, at the Goodland Cemetery, the Rev. Steve Kellett officiating.
Mrs. Leonard was born Mabel Schindler April 26, 1925, at rural Sherman County, the daughter of Emma (Krayca) and Fred Schindler and was a longtime resident of the area. She taught first through eighth grades for two years at Star School, rural Goodland, and worked at Duckwall's, Goodland.
On May 13, 1945, she married Raymond Leonard in Scott City. The couple made their home 25 miles northwest of Goodland and she worked with her husband on their farm, driving tractors to plant, cultivate or harvest. They also did a much work on the farmstead, adding new buildings or expanding existing ones.
She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Sunny Circle EHU, the local rural school board and other boards and commissions. She was also a judge for local elections. She enjoyed working in and with flowers and vegetable gardens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond. 
Survivors include a daughter Judy Althoff and husband William "Bud" of Carson City, Nev.; a son, David and wife Lori of Rural Goodland, a sister, Evelyn Barns of Goodland, and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Goodland Regional Medical Center for equipment or Hospice Services of Sherman County, in care of Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735.

Brian Keith Felzien, 35, Aurora, Colo., died Oct. 30, 1999, at his home.
Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Knodel Funeral Home with Pastor David Rossbach officiating. Internment was in the St. Francis Cemetery.
He was born June 21, 1964, in North Platte, Neb. He worked in construction until 1995 when he became disabled.
He loved to play football, playing one year at Bethany College and one year at the University of Colorado. His main interests were hunting and fishing. He was kindhearted and would help anyone.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence and Helen Felzien and Don Brethouwer, his father LaVerne Felzien.
Survivors include his mother, Donna Baumert of Aurora; his sister Bridget and husband Dennis White, also of Aurora; his grandmother Etha Brethouwer, St. Francis; his aunt Eunice Townsend and husband Leo of Goodland; aunt Velma Zimbelman, uncle Rowland Roelfs and wife Phyllis, all of St. Francis.
The family requests memorials to go to any epilepsy foundation.

Gilbert Y. Stothard, 90, died at the Good Samaritan Village in St. Francis Oct. 29, 1999.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the First Christian Church in St. Francis, Pastor Joe Briseno officiating. Burial was in the St. Francis Cemetery.
Mr. Stothard was born to Maude (Scott) and John Stothard Aug. 29, 1909, on a hillside on his father's homestead, 1712 miles southwest of St. Francis next to the Colorado state line. He grew up there and attended Pleasant Hill and East Guerney Schools.
On May, 15, 1945 he began work at the St. Francis Equity, retiring Dec. 31, 1971.
He married Martha J. Morris Dec. 22, 1955.
After retiring from the equity, he tore down buildings and worked part-time for the Wheeler Equity from 1974-1982.
After breaking a hip he entered the Good Samaritan Village in March 1997.
Survivors include his wife Martha; three sisters, Leona Frodin of Goodland; Hilda Terrel of Chico, Calif.; and June Stellbeg and husband Augae of Beloit, Wis.; many nieces and nephews.
Knodel Funeral Home was in charge of services.

John P. Sponsel, 60, Cambridge, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999 at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island, Ill.
A funeral mass was held Oct. 20 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. The Rev. Jack Burns officiated.
John Sponsel was born Nov. 24, 1938, in Edson, the youngest child of Raymond Morris and Emma Marie (Wiedel) Sponsel. He was raised and educated in Edson and graduated from Edson High School in 1956.
He married Eleanor June Lowe Sept. 26, 1959, in Goodland. He was employed for 40 years in the railroad industry, including the Santa Fe, Rock Island and CP Rail.
He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge; and the Transportation Communica-tions International Union. He played the harmonica, saxophone and was a soloist. A song, "Railroad John," was composed and recorded about his life, which made him very proud. He enjoyed collecting toy tractors, native American history, going to auctions and refurbishing his finds. He was a caring individual and never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by is parents, a brother Charles and a sister Mary.
He is survived by his wife; a son and daughter-in-law Patrick and Cheryl Sponsel of Peoria, Ariz.; daughter and son-in-law Stephanie and James Marshall of DeWitt, Iowa; five grandchildren, Jacob, McCall, Evan, Malea and Kayla; three brothers, Bill Sponsel of Cheney, Joe Sponsel of El Dorado, Maurice Sponsel of Omaha, Neb., and two sisters, Anne Startin of Missoula, Mont., and Evelyn Smith of Omaha.
Memorials may be left with the family and will be donated to University of Wisconsin Melanoma Research Center.

Samuel Jacob Rogers, 77, St. Francis, died Oct. 29, 1999.
The funeral was Nov. 3 at the United Methodist Church, with Pastor Dennis Livingston officiating. Interment was in the Lawn Ridge Cemetery south of St. Francis.
He was born on March 14, 1922, on the family farm south of St. Francis to George W. Rogers and Mary Charlotte (Andrist) Rogers. He had one older sister, Hilda, and one younger sister, Elaine.
Mr. Rogers attended Pleasant Ridge Country School through the eighth grade. He then farmed with his father until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. He served with the field artillery in France, Holland and Germany. He was discharged in January 1946, whereupon he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was active in the local reserve unit and was promoted to the rank of first sergeant, grade E-8. He was among only 13 in the state of Kansas who were promoted to that level. After 20 years of service, he retired from the reserve in 1964.
Meanwhile, he also farmed on the family farm south of Wheeler.
On Sept. 28, 1952, he married Charlsie Howe.
They had three children: Michael, David, and Marla.
The couple moved to St. Francis in 1988. He always dearly loved farming, but finally turned the farming over to his son. He continued to help every day that he possibly could.
His first love was farming and fishing, although he had little time for it. He was a wonderful friend to many.
Mr. Rogers was survived by his wife Charlsie of St. Francis; his son Mike and wife Jo of St. Francis; his son David of Garden City and daughter Marla Ross and husband of St. Francis. He also leaves also four grandchildren: Derek and Lauren Ross, Travis and Taylor Rogers; two sisters: Hilda Price and husband Al of Goodland and Elaine Spurgeon of Arvada, Colo., as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Kanorado resident May Olson, 76, died Oct. 28, 1999, at Goodland Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services are pending with Everson Funeral Home, Williston, N.D.
Before moving to Kanorado in January, she had been a resident of Burlington since 1990.
Surviving family members include three daughters Karen Shaffer and husband Terry of Littleton, Colo.; Myrtle Olive and husband Bill of Kanorado; Selma Lane and husband Boyd of Shawnee, Okla.; two brothers, August Lindecker and George Lindecker, both of Alexander, N.D.; one sister, Anne Walker of Cartwright, N.D.; and three grandchildren.

Longtime Goodland resident Esther "Bud" Holdorf, 84, died Oct. 27, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Center in Goodland.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 30, at Koons Chapel, with Father Daryl Olmstead officiating. Burial was in the Goodland Cemetery.
Mrs. Holdorf was born Feb. 17, 1915, at Goodland, the daughter of Bertha (Kelley) and John Fenno. She graduated from Goodland High School.
On June 28, 1946, she and William E. "Bill" Holdorf were married in San Francisco. They owned and managed several cleaning shops in Denver and Goodland.
She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Bill Holdorf, who died Feb. 5, 1998; and her sister, Ermalee Coons.
Surviving family members include two sisters, Elaine Thompson and Dody Roulier, both of Goodland; one brother-in-law, Shelby Coons, Goodland; three nieces, Jill Evinger of Independence, Mo.; Julie Stefan, Goodland; Biff Young, Goodland; three nephews, Stan Coons of Overland Park; Harvey Thompson and Jon Thompson.
Memorials may be left at Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735.

Dr. Leta E. (Gattshall) Cates, 33, passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at her home.
Funeral services were Oct. 21 at Sunset Chapel of the Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home, with the Revs. Roy Cates and Shane Waters officiating. Burial followed in the Happy Valley Memorial Park.
She was born Oct. 26, 1965, to Wayne and Carol Gattshall of Goodland, and was a native of Goodland. After residing in Montgomery, Ala., for 12 years she moved to Tennessee.
She graduated from Goodland High School in 1974 and from Fort Hays College and then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. She taught in Kansas public schools and at Troy State University School of Nursing in Montgomery, Ala. She practiced veterinary medicine at Vaughn Road Vet Clinic. She served in the U.S. Army, and reached the rank of major.
Survivors include her husband Frank A. Cates; a son James (Jim) Frank Cates; a daughter Mildred (Millie) Carol Cates, both of the home; her parents Wayne and Carol Gattshall of Goodland; four brothers, David Gattshall, Thornton, Colo.; Lee Gattshall, Valley Center;, John and Wanda Gattshall and girls of Tonganoxie; and Alvin Gattshall of Freeport, Texas; two sisters Karen and Scott Hooker of Kanorado; and Ruth Gattshall of Valley Center; brothers-in-law Rev. Roy and Alma Cates, Clyde and Maxine Cates, Ray Cates and sisters-in-law Ethel Wilson, Virginia Cates, Mildred Jamison, Mary Ruth Cole, Sally Cates, several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society in care of Helen Wilson, 209 Riverside Drive, Elizabeth, TN 37643.

Keith Wilmer Carman, 78, St. Francis, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Cheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis.
The funeral was Thursday, Oct., 28, 1999, at First Christian Church, St. Francis, Pastor Joe Briseno officiating. Burial was in the St. Francis Cemetery.
Mr. Carman was born March 13, 1921, in Cheyenne County and was a lifetime area resident. He was a farmer and a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of St. Francis; a son, Charlie; a daughter, Cheryl Williams, both of St. Francis; two sisters, Helen Passmore of Benkelman and Margaret Sauer of Parker, Colo.; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Cheyenne County Hospital or Cheyenne County EMTs.

Leland A. Anderson, 73, Fredericksburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Norton County Hospital, Norton.
A memorial service was Saturday, Oct. 30, at Pauls Funeral Home, 121 N. Penn, Oberlin, Pastor David Adams officiating.
Mr. Anderson was born July 28, 1926, in Decatur, County. He was a retired painter and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon; a son, Mark of Goodland; a stepson, Robert Lawson of Grimes, Iowa; three daughters, Gloria Fanning of Hamlet, Neb.; Lana Reuber of Hill City; and Gail Smith of St. Francis; a stepdaughter, Pam Jordan of Pleastville, Iowa; a sister, Vi Gallentine of Norton; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in his name.

Former Goodland resident Billy Gaylord Robinson, 83, died Oct. 17, 1999, at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo.
Graveside services for Mr. Robinson, former publisher of The Goodland Daily News, were held Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Elks plot at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery at Cripple Creek, Colo. Officers of B.P.O.Elks Lodge No. 316 performed the graveside ritual.
He was born Feb. 4, 1916, in Garden City, the son of the late Roy F. Robinson and Mary Brollier Robinson. He married Marian Morgan in 1937. She preceded him in death in 1968. He married Mary Alice Blaylock Aug. 17, 1971, in Green Mountain Falls, Colo.
He was a lifetime newspaper publisher. He first owned weekly newspapers in Ulysses and Johnson City in the late 1930s and early '40s.
At the conclusion of World War II in 1945, he took his family to the Black Forest of Colorado, where he operated a cattle ranch south of Elizabeth for three years.
He returned to Kansas and to the newspaper profession in 1948, when he became publisher and co-owner of The Goodland Daily News.
He was active in many civic organizations and activities throughout Northwest Kansas and was recognized as the principal organizer of a popular stock car racing circuit in the 1950s.
After selling the newspaper in Goodland in 1961, he purchased the weekly Cripple Creek Gold Rush. He later acquired several properties in and around Cripple Creek.
His favorite pastime in Cripple Creek was re-establishing and caring for the gold camp's famed free-roaming donkey herd. He was a longtime leader of the Two Mile High Club's traditional Donkey Derby Days celebration.
He was appointed in 1972 as the city's mayor and held the office for over 12 years.
He was a lifetime member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 316 in Cripple Creek and had previously served as exalted ruler of the Goodland Elks lodge.
Known throughout his life as "Bill" and "B.G.," Mr. Robinson had been a resident of Canon City and Comfort, Texas, since his retirement in 1983.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Alice Robinson of Canon City and Comfort; a daughter, Allison Saul Griffard of Montrose, Colo.; two sons, Roy G. Robinson of Graham, Texas; and Raymond L. Robinson of Colorado Springs; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to the Elks National Foundation, c/o B.P.O. Elks, P.O. Box 316, Cripple Creek, CO 80813.

Mona Grace Frick, 94, St. Francis, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, at Good Samaritan Village, St. Francis.
The funeral services were held Oct. 20 at First Christian Church, St. Francis, Pastor Joe Briseno officiating. Interment was in St. Francis Cemetery with a Rebekah graveside service.
Dr. Frick was born Mona Monahan Feb. 26, 1905, on the family farm near St. Francis to Robert Bird Wilber and Lillian Agnes Monahan. She was baptized into the Christian Church in 1910 and started teaching Sunday School before graduating from high school in 1924. She served as office secretary to the local Farm Bureau and the Superintendent of Schools for 10 years.
She married Harry Charles Frick in 1926. Graduating from chiropractic college in Wichita in 1939, Dr. Frick practiced for 38 years in St. Francis and Denver. She served as an airplane spotter in the Los Angeles area for a time after the beginning of World War II.
She and her husband worked several years in the Spears Chiropractic Hospital in Denver, where she utilized her chiropractic skills and she worked in the maintenance department. She returned to practice in St. Francis in 1947.
For a number of years, she, with the help of a number of her friends, actively collected numerous truckloads of clothing and sent them to needy Indians in South Dakota and elsewhere. She assisted in establishing the Cheyenne County Museum and spent many hours helping at the museum. She joined the Rising Star Rebekah Lodge in her early years.
The Fricks and her brother, William Wilber and family, purchased land near Anton, Colo., in 1947 and she spent the summers feeding and caring for the "crew" until 1972 when they retired from farming in Colorado.
Her parents, husband and brother, preceded her in death. She is survived by her nephews, Robert Wilber of Golden, Colo., and William Wilber of Las Vegas, Nev.
Memorials may be made in care of Knodel Funeral Home, 202 S. Benton, St. Francis, KS 67756.

Dan Simmonds was born in Denver to Patricia L. and George A. Simmonds. The family moved to Goodland in 1951. He attended grade school and high school in Goodland, later graduating from Northwest Kansas Technical School in the technical drafting program. He worked in Kansas City, Mo., and Denver before moving to Austin, Texas. He started working at Lockwood Engineering 13 years ago as the company's only employee. At the time of his death, the company had more than 20 employees. He was considered the company's most valued employee.
He married Teresa Chandler in December 1994 at a church in Gaylord.
While living in Austin, he became involved in numerous benefits. Two of his favorites were the annual Toy Run and the annual Bunny Run. The Toy Run benefited abused and neglected children living at the Junior Helping Hands of Austin. He and other friends would spend many weeks planning to make sure each kid would get at least one item on their Christmas list. When the children heard the roar of the big Harleys approach the home, they ran first to "Big Dan" to hug him and be one of the first kids to sit on his bike with him. Mr. Simmonds was the main force behind the Toy Run. The Austin Toy Run has been renamed "Big Dan Memorial Toy Run."
The Bunny Run is held around Easter. The children from the Junior Helping Hands are invited to an Easter egg hunt and a barbecue. Non-perishable food is collected and donated to the Austin Food Bank. The group of bikers who put on these two events make no money from them. All money collected over expenses is passed on to the charity.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Albert Simmonds and Melvin Kel-logg, father George Simmonds and grandmother Agnes Haining.
He is survived by his wife Teresa of the home in Austin; grandmother Fern Kellogg, Gaylord; mother Patricia L. Simmonds, Loveland, Colo.; sisters Patricia S. Simmonds, Spokane, Wash.; Penny and Jeff Stiverson Denver; brother Kelly and Diane Simmonds, McDonald; niece Tara Houck and son Kyler of Denver; nephews John and Kelly Ray Simmonds of McDonald, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He will also be missed by many friends.
Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home of Austin provided the cremation arrangements.

Longtime St. Francis resident Leroy Hubert "Hooky" Nipps, 68, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at Goodland Regional Medical Center.
The funeral was Thursday, Oct. 14, at the First Christian Church, St. Francis, the Rev. John Barlett officiating. Burial followed in the Goodland Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 10, 1930, at Siebert, Colo. He was a member of Shrine and Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of Elks, Goodland and Kansas Trap-Shooting.
He was around a year old when his family moved from Lawn Ridge to St. Francis, where he lived the majority of his life. He attended school in Pleasant Ridge Country School, then high school in St Francis and Goodland.
On Nov. 26, 1949, he married Deloris Emilie Krien in Colby.
In his younger years, Mr. Nipps was a longshoreman on the California coast. He also worked at Palace Market in St. Francis. but most of his life was spent farming. When he first started farming he worked for his grandfather and father. He and grandpa would do the farming while his dad worked in a farm shop repairing farm equipment.
The farm was like a little town with several family members living there. The shop was the central gathering place for friends and neighbors who either came to chat or have machinery repaired.
Mr. Nipps was a friendly person and enjoyed visiting and his grandchildren Isreal, Crystal and Amanda and later his great-granddaughter Da-kota. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, boating, collecting arrowheads, golfing and times spent with his dog "Pat." He was a history buff. He and his wife, along with friends Sparkey and Eilene Nolan, traveled when they could, which led to many interesting corners. He learned about the southwest culture, including making jewelry, first making the tools he needed then the jewelry, even creating his own designs.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris "Dee" of St. Francis; a son, Charlie of St. Francis; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Burn Center or the charity of the donor's choice.
Knodel Funeral Home, 202 S. Benton, St. Francis, KS 67756, handled the arrangements.

Grace Manerva Faulkender, 76, St. Francis, died Wednes-day, Oct. 13, 1999, at Cheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis.
The funeral was Saturday, Oct. 16, at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dennis Livingston officiating. Burial was in the St. Francis Cemetery, St. Francis.
Mrs. Faulkender was born Grace Manerva Mace Nov. 10, 1922, at St. Francis and was a lifetime resident. She owned a retail hardware store and was a member of United Methodist Church and Ramblers Club, both of St. Francis.
Her husband, Howard "Fizz," died in 1982.
Survivors include two sons: Stan of Ellis and Roger of St. Francis; a brother, Roby Mace of Enid, Okla.; three sisters, Dolorus Cooper and Alberta Chance, both of St. Francis, and Virginia Wickwar of Springfield, Mo.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be in care Knodel Funeral Home, 202 S. Benton, St. Francis, KS 67756.

Claude W. Miller
Claude W. Miller, 63, Colby, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999 at Citizens Medical Center, Colby.
The funeral was Friday, Oct. 15, at Kersenbrock Funeral Chapel, Colby. Burial was in the Sharon Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Miller was born Nov. 8, 1935, at Sharon Springs and was a resident of Colby for many years. He was a four-year veteran of the Army and four-year veteran of the Air Force. He was retired road maintenance supervisor for the City of Colby.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn of Colby; a son, William F. McKnight of Goodland; two stepsons, Rocky Diederich of Oberlin and Patrick Diederich of Moundridge; a daughter, Jennifer K. Phillips of Denver; a stepdaughter, Carmel C. Summers of Colby; a brother, Virgil D. Miller of Ocean Springs, Miss.; two sisters, Gertrude Yeakey of Taylor, Mich., and Doris Clawson of Salina; two grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in care of any Colby bank or the funeral home, 745 S. Country Club, Colby, KS 67701.

Goodland resident Betty J. Lesley, 72, died Oct. 11, 1999, at Goodland Regional Medical Center.
She was born May 1, 1927, at Los Angeles. She married Gerald Lesley Nov. 5, 1949, in Ventura, Calif. Moving from Seattle, the couple retired in Goodland in March 1989.
Preceding her in death was a daughter, Nancy. Survivors include her husband, Gerald Lesley of Goodland; and two sons, Rick Knight of Goodland and Curt Lesley of Anacortis, Wash.

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