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Ada I. Albrecht
Ada I. Albrecht, 79, died May 23, 2001, at St. Catherine’s Hospital, Garden City.
She was born April 6, 1922, at Stafford, the daughter of Pen-umbra A. and Grace Langdon Newell. She attended Kansas State University and later graduated with a master’s degree at Colorado State University. A Garden City resident since the late 1950s, moving from Holcomb, she taught classes at Ensign and Holcomb, and home economics at Abe Hubert Middle School, Garden City. She retired in 1984.
She belonged to First United Methodist Church, Garden City, and Delta Kappa Gamma.
On Dec. 26, 1977, she married Victor C. Albrecht at Garden City. He survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Tim Bell, Las Vegas; three daughters, Carolyn Vanden-bosch, Carbondale, Pa., Robin Nielsen, Aurora, Colo., and Amanda Travers, St. George, Utah; two sisters, Alma Mae McMichael, Garden City, and Christine Murphy, Stafford; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Alice and Evelyn Newell.
Graveside service was at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Stafford Cemetery, Stafford.
Memorials may be sent to the Korean Veterans Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Dr. Samuel Howard Elliott
Dr. Samuel Howard Elliott, 84, died May 5, 2001, at the Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 25, 1916, in Blue Rapids, son of Joseph Harry Elliott and Rebecca Billingsley Elliott. Howard (Bud) lived in Stafford while his father managed the T.M. Deal Lumber Company and was a 1934 graduate of Stafford High School.
He began his chiropractic practice in 1945 in Fort Scott. He retired in 1981. He was past president of the Kansas Chiropractic Association in 1966 and 1967, past president of Fort Scott Kiwanis Club and active in the council of Boy Scout Troop 114. He was a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #8, Fort Scott Scottish Rite Consistory and Mirza Shrine Temple, Pittsburg.
He married Dr. Alice Mae Humes on April 7, 1937, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 1998.
Survivors include a son, Thomas, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; a brother, Albert R. Elliott, Hutchinson; and two sisters, Helen A. Hester, Hutchinson, and Elizabeth I. Smith, Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Franklin.
Funeral was May 8, at Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, Fort Scott. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Fort Scott.

Betty Ruth Bird
Betty Ruth Bird, 79, passed away April 18, 2001, in New Braunfels, Texas, where she had resided for the past several years.
Betty was born June 13, 1921, at Anthony, Kansas. At the age of eight, she moved with her family to Stafford, Kansas, where she lived until her college years. She earned her A.B. degree at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and her M.A. at the University of California in Berkely.
A dedicated English teacher, specializing in college composition, she took academic minors in music and biology. She taught at Bakersfield, California, Junior College, was a laboratory technician at Massachusits General Hospital in Boston, and was a cereal chemistry technician for a San Francisco bakery firm. She later resumed her teaching career in Smiley, Texas.
She was a member of the American Association of University Professors and of Alpha Delta Kappa, honorary teachers association, while at Bakersfield College, and of Pi Delta Ornicron, honorary education society at the University of California.
An accomplished poet, who once was selected to attend a seminar with Robert Frost, Betty’s book of poems, "Kaleidoscope," was published in 1968.
Betty was a great student of the Bible, always willing to share her knowledge with others, and was near completion of writing a book on religion at the time of her death. Her poetry reflected her love of nature, and she took great pleasure in all types of music. She was devoted to children and was loved in kind by her students and by her many nieces and nephews. Her quick wit, sense of humor, generosity, and many acts of kindness will ever be remembered by her family and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, William Walker and Hazel Bird, a sister, Jeannette Baxter Bates, and a brother, Walker Reames Bird.
She is survived by two sisters, Barbara Hershey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Carole Smith and her husband, Conrad, of Liberty, Missouri, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held April 25th at San Geronimo Cemetery in Seguin, Texas. 

Gertrude Shaft Fritzemeyer
Gertrude Shaft Fritzemeyer, 92, died May 15, 2001, at the Leisure Homestead, Stafford.
She was born June 21, 1908, at Clements, the daughter of Augustus Fremont and Ethelind Pyles Shaft. She was a graduate of Cottonwood Falls High School, and the Salt City Business College, Hutchinson. She was a resident of rural Stafford since 1933, and a secretary at Hutchinson Office Supply and Printing.
She belonged to Calvary Baptist Church, Stafford.
On April 4, 1933, she married Ben Fritzemeyer at Hutchinson. He died March 29, 2000.
Survivors include: two sons, Joe, Stafford, and Ray, Wichita; a daughter, Irma Ethridge, Glasco; a brother, Junior Shaft, Atwater, Calif.; a sister, Edna Keller, Hutchinson; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, Stafford, with the Rev. David Vetter presiding. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Minnis Chapel, Stafford. Burial will be in Stafford Cemetery, Stafford.
Memorials are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church, in care of the funeral chapel. 

Boyd Edward Masten
A memorial service for Boyd Edward Masten, who died December 24, 2000 in New York City, will be held Saturday, May 26 at 1:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in Stafford, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to: United Methodist Church, Nora E. Larabee Library, Stafford County Historical Museum, or a charity of your choice. 

Viola Ruth Smyth
Viola Ruth Smyth, 92, died May 18, 2001, at Lyons Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Lyons.
She was born Oct. 5, 1908, at St. John, the daughter of Ernest and Minnie Beaver Wise. She was a longtime Hutchinson and Castleton resident, moving to Lyons in 1999. She was retired from patient supply at Grace Hospital, Hutchinson.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson.
On Jan. 18, 1927, she married Phillip Stephen Smyth at St. John. He died Aug. 19, 1966.
Survivors include: two sons, Phillip E. "Gene", Lyons, and Glenn E., Littleton, Colo.; a daughter, Phyllis R. Donohue, Omaha, Neb.; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Wesley, Wilbur and Lloyd Wise.
Funeral was 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson; with Rev. Cindy Watson officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson.
Memorials to the church or donor’s choice, both in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. 

Eva Mae Shanks Shell White
Eva Mae Shanks Shell White, 83, died Oct. 6, 2000, at Spokane, Wash.
She was born May 17, 1917, at Copeland, the daughter of Charles and Della Mae Cox Amos. She was a longtime Stafford resident before moving to Spokane. She was the owner and operator of the Powder PUff Beauty Salon in Stafford. She was a 1936 graduate of Stafford High School and attended Sidney’s Beauty School in Hutchinson, where she also taught.
She was a member of the Nazarene Church of Stafford, participated in the Missionary League, taught vacation bible school, member of the WCTU, Ye Olde Tyme Club, Rebecca Lodge, Stafford Garden Club, was a Cub Scout Den mother and was the county chairman for the March of Dimes.
In 1935 she married Melburn Shanks. In 1979 she married Charles "Cap’’ Shell. He died in 1982. She then married John White in 1991. He survives.
Other survivors include one son, Blaine Shanks of Wichita; one daughter, Gaylene Youngberg, Salina; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren.
The burial of her ashes will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, at the Neola Cemetery with Pastor Ron Moser officiating. Minnis Chapel, Stafford, is in charge of arrangements.

Viola Hazel Perkins
Viola Hazel Perkins, 75, Hutchinson, died Sept. 7, 2001, at Wesley Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 20, 1925, at Lyons, the daughter of Leeman and Josephine Barks Fundenberger. A longtime resident of Hutchinson, moving from Lyons, she worked for Hutchinson Bag Company for 27 years. She was a 1944 graduate of Turon High School.
She belonged to Temple Baptist Church.
On Nov. 11, 1944, she married Clinton C. Perkins at Luke Field, Ariz. He died Jan. 10, 1993.
Survivors include: a son, Clinton J. Perkins, Houston; a daughter, Ramona A. Varney, Houston; two brothers, Lloyd and George, both of Lyons; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Keith and Floyd.
Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Fairlawn Burial Park, with Rev. Richard Prewett officiating.
Memorials to Delos V. Smith Senior Center, in care of Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. 

Fredrica Leach
Fredrica Leach, 82, died Sept. 4, 2001, at Hospice Residential Care Center, Hutchinson.
She was born March 14, 1919, at Tonkawa, Okla., the daughter of Fred and Alma Busby Hutto. She was a retired office training supervisor for Mountain Bell Telephone Company and was a resident of Arlington for 28 years, moving from Albuquerque, N.M.
She was a past member of the Rainbow Girls and served as the Grand Worthy Advisor for the state of Kansas. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was one of the first women to become a licensed pilot in the state of Kansas.
On Nov. 5, 1941, she married Robert L. Leach at Winfield. He died in March 1993.
Survivors include: two sons, John, Tahsis, British Columbia, and Robert, Arlington; a brother, William "Bill" Hutto, Bella Vista, Ark.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was 10:30 a.m. Friday in Stafford Cemetery, with Rev. Kasey Crosby officiating.
Memorials to Hospice of Reno County, in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford. 

Emery Vernon Schmidt
Emery Vernon Schmidt, 89, died Sept. 6, 2001, at McPherson Memorial Hospital, McPherson.
He was born Sept. 25, 1911, in southeast Stafford County, the son of Jacob and Elisa Marcum Schmidt. A longtime resident of Stafford County before moving to McPherson in 2000, he was a farmer, electrician and a custom harvester.
He belonged to Friends Church, Stafford, Zenith Co-op, Ninnescah Electric, was a past school board member of York Center Country School in Stafford County and also was a school bus driver.
On Feb. 13, 1932, he married Leona Adams at St. John. She died Aug. 9, 1990. In Dec. 1990, he married Virginia Powell at Stafford. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Gerald Allen and Larry Vernon, both of Sylvia; a daughter, Nadine Janet Fuller, McPherson; nine grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and two great-grandsons.
Funeral was 10:30 a.m. Monday at Minnis Chapel, Stafford, with Glen Elliott officiating. Burial was in Neola Cemetery, rural Stafford.
Memorials to Angel Arms Assisted Care Center or to the American Lung Association, both in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford. 

Opal Johnson Hartnett
Opal Johnson Hartnett, 89, died Sept. 4, 2001, at Parks Edge Nursing Home, Tulsa, Okla.
She was born Jan. 29, 1912, at Sylvia, the daughter of Esten J. and Elsie Adelia Brown Johnson. A former resident of Stafford, she was a homemaker and managed her own farmland.
On Jan. 7, 1929, she married Wayne Alton "Jack" Hartnett at Hutchinson. He died April 17, 1984.
Survivors include: a daughter, Marlene Hartnett Smith, Tulsa; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was 2 p.m. Friday in Peace Creek Cemetery, rural Stafford.
Memorials to Hospice of Green Country, Tulsa, in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford. 

Fred Sizemore
Former Stafford church of Christ minister Fred Sizemore, 61, died Sept. 1, 2002, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, Ark. He had been in poor health several years. Fred and his wife, Mary, had been married 42 years.
Fred preached for the church 6 years in the 1970s before moving to Canada for a number of years. He and his family returned to stafford for another 6 years, leaving in 1984 to live in Wesley, Ark. While in Stafford he worked with John Brock in the roofing business. Fred was also a charter member of the Optimist Club and an Emergency Medical Technician.
Fred was well known for his laughter, a great ability to play guitar and to sing. He did love music and people.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Neal and Ella Sizemore, Rowlett, Texas; Larry and Julie Sizemore, Wesley, Ark., Michael and Renee Sizemore, Wesley, Ark.; three daughters, LaDonna and Mike Keck, Wesley, Ark., Geri and Danny Martin, Fayetteville, Ark., Adala and Keith Watkins, Huntsville, Ark.; one sister, Janette Alexander, Conroe, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; 3 step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons, Jeremy Qugley and Kyle Watkins. 

Edmond O. Biggs
Edmond O. Biggs, born December 7, 1914, in Sylvia, released to God’s care on Sept. 7, 2001, in Woodland, Calif., after a lengthy battle with kidney failure. He was raised in Macksville on a farm. He graduated from Hutchinson Business College in 1935, and married Virginia Thomas, who preceded him in death in 1981.
He moved to Albuquerque, N.M. with his family in 1941, where he managed grocery stores until beginning a 34 year career with TWA. He retired as Operations Supervisor in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1977, then moved to Reno, Nev., where he lived with his wife, Carolyn until her death in 1991.
He is survived by his sons, Thomas and Richard Biggs, daughter-in-law, Diane, grandchildren, Lance, Desiree, Tim, Shawn, six great-grandchildren; sister, Beth Stephenson, niece Connie Black and nephew Ralph Stephenson.
He will be remembered for his warm personality, kindness and sense of humor, in spite of his failing health and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Memorial Mass will be Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1138 Wright St., Reno, Nevada. His ashes will be added privately to the urn containing wife Carolyn’s at Mountain View Mausoleum, Niche 90, Rose Columbarium, Reno, Nevada. In lieu of flowers, remembrances are preferred to the Center Street Mission or Catholic Community Services, Reno, Nevada.

Rexford E. Newell 
Rexford E. Newell, 75, died Oct. 3, 2001, at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
He was born Aug. 22, 1926, at Stafford, the son of Harry and Viola Dunn Newell. A resident of Stafford for most of his life, he was a driller in the oilfield and was retired from Zenith Coop.
On Sept. 20, 1950, he married Audra Kasselman at Clyde. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Ben Newell, Sylvia; daughter, Lynette Long, DeKalb, Miss.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Don and Richard.
Memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Stafford with Rev. Guy Elliott officiating.
Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or the Chelsea Dick Fund, both in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford. 

Darrell D. Atteberry
Darrell D. Atteberry, 71, died Oct. 10, 2001, at his home in Larned.
He was born June 4, 1930, in Pawnee County, the son of Guy M. and Grace Amanda Birks Atteberry. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, he was formerly the executive director of the Pawnee County ASCS office and after retirement a realtor and land appraiser with Clock Real Estate, all at Larned. He was U.S. Navy veteran.
He belonged to First United Methodist Church, Larned, and was a volunteer fireman with the Larned Fire Department for 40 years. He was a 50-year member and past master of Larned Lodge No. 167 AF & AM, Tolden Sheaf Chapter No. 226 OES, Great Bend, and had served on numerous city, county and state committees.
On July 1, 1955, he married Daisy A. Brazda at Burdett. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Kevin; and a daughter, Brenda Johnson, both of Larned; two brothers, Arlis, Larned, and Duane, Payson, Ariz.; two sisters, Eva Hiett, Englewood, Colo., and Velma Gish, Lyons; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Dale; four brothers, Glenn, Gerald, Earl and Clifford; and a sister, Marjorie Buck.
Funeral was 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Larned, with Pastor Charles Grant and Ken Walker officiating.
Burial, with military graveside honors, was in Larned Cemetery.
Memorials to the Larned Volunteer Fire Department in care of Beckwith Mortuary, Larned. 

Gilbert C. Rundell
Gilbert C. Rundell, 84, died Oct. 9, 2001, at Friendship Manor, Pratt.
He was born Dec. 3, 1916, in Stafford County, the son of Clarence L. and Jennie Kitlen Rundell. A resident of Pratt, moving from rural Stafford, he was a retired farmer and stockman. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.
He belonged to Preston United Methodist Church, the American Legion, Preston, and Kilwinning Masonic Lodge, Pratt. He served on the state board of directors of Farm Bureau for a number of years.
On June 15, 1941, he married Bonnie E. Zink at Neola. She died Sept. 16, 2001.
Survivors include: two sons, Grover, Stafford, and Kenneth, Pratt; and two grandsons.
Funeral was 2 p.m. Friday at Larrison Mortuary, Pratt, with Rev. Kendal Utt officiating.
Burial with military honors was in Neola Cemetery, Neola.
Memorials to Pratt United Methodist Youth Camp Funds or to South Wind Hospice, both in care of the mortuary. 

Dorothy Main
Dorothy Main, 89, died Oct. 14, 2001, at Sandpiper Bay Healthcare Center, Wichita.
She was born April 25, 1912, at Stafford, the daughter of John and Stella Taylor Fee. A Wichita resident since 1990, living in Stafford from 1974 to 1990 and in Sublette from 1956 to 1974, she was a teacher and a homemaker.
She belonged to Central Church of Christ, Wichita.
On Sept. 3, 1937, she married Delbert W. Main at Stafford. He died April 22, 1996.
Survivors include: a daughter, Linda Hooten, Wichita; a sister, Christine McCrory, Sterling, and three granddaughters.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Central Christian Church, Wichita, with Rick Cline officiating. Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, at Minnis Chapel, Stafford. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Stafford Cemetery.
Memorials to Maude Carpenter Children’s Center, in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford. 

Howard David Jimison
Howard David Jimison, 82, died Oct. 11, 2001, at Ellsworth Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 30, 1919, at Stafford, the son of William and Minnie Pearl Main Jimison. A 1938 graduate of Stafford High School, he was a resident of Lorraine since 1950, where he had worked 31 years with Lorraine Grain Co. and 11 years for the city of Lorraine.
He belonged to the Saddle Club in Lorraine.
On Sept. 19, 1942, he married Verda M. Staley at Byers. She survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Larry, Great Bend, Kyle Bushton, and James, New Era, Mich.; two daughters, Cheryl Urbanek, Colby, and Cathy Preston, Oakley; two brothers, Lysle, Winfield, and Russell, Wichita; four sisters, Dorthora Sanford, Lorraine Ripley and Marjorie Tribue, all of Wichita, and Wanda Gere, Garden City; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael David; two brothers, Horace and Robert; and two grandchildren.
Funeral was 2 p.m. Monday at Minnis Chapel, Stafford.
Burial was in Stafford Cemetery.
Memorials to the Leukemia Society or donor’s choice, both in care of the chapel. 

Carol Jim Gullett
Carol Jim Gullett, 80, died Oct. 13, 2001, at Western Plains Regional Hospital, Dodge City.
He was born July 17, 1921, at Pawhuska, Okla., the son of James William and Belle Forest Gullett. He graduated from Pawhuska Indian School, Pawhuska, Okla. A resident of Macksville, he was a measurement technician for Northern Natural Gas Co., an oil pumper for Sante Fe Pipe and Supply and a carpenter. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He belonged to Macksville Christian Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars, St. John.
He married Patsy Jean Landrum. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, James William, San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Mary L. Klee, Shasta Lake, Calif., Sharon M. Torkelson, Beaubier Saskatchewan, Canada, and Jane L. McGinty, Derby; a brother, Loyd, Wynona, Okla.; a sister, Ellena Grimes, Borger; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Ann Gullett; a brother, Harold; and a sister, Delva Ogan.
Funeral: today, Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m. at Macksville Christian Church, Macksville, with Revs. Carey Haner and Scott Moyer officiating. Burial in Farmington Cemetery, Macksville.
Memorials to the church, in care of Minnis Chapel, Macksville. 

Regina Janett Meyer
Regina Janett Meyer, infant, died Oct. 12, 2001, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
She was born Oct. 11, 2001, at Wichita, the daughter of Todd Allen and Karla Michele Meyer.
Survivors include: her parents, St. John; three brothers, Jesse Meyer, Dalton Gleason, and Austin Meyer, all of St. John; two sisters, Atlanta Gleason and Lyndsey Meyer, both of St. John; grandparents, John Brock, St. John, and Dean and Janett Meyer, Sidney, Neb.; and several aunts and uncles.
Rosary service was 7 p.m. Tuesday at Minnis Chapel, St. John. Funeral: today, Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, St. John, with Father Rene Guesnier officiating. Burial in Fairview Park Cemetery, St. John.
Memorials to NICU Neonatal Care Unit, Wesley Hospital, Wichita, in care of the chapel. 

Alta Clothier Spear
Alta Clothier Spear, 98, died Oct. 4, 2001, at her home, Pueblo, Colo.
She was born Feb. 12, 1903, near Sylvia, the daughter of Wiley A. and Carrie Haskin Clothier. She was a school teacher at Rising Sun in Reno County, and Ardrey in Stafford County. She was also a civil servant for the U.S. Government, retiring after 30 years.
In 1923, she married Carl Spear. They later divorced. He died in 1958.
Survivors include: three sons; two daughters; a brother, three sisters including Freda Werner, Hutchinson; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two caretakers.
Memorial service was 11 a.m. Friday at Central Christian Church, Pueblo, Colo., with Dr. David Chambers officiating. Cremation took place.
Montgomery and Steward Funeral Directors Inc., Pueblo, was in charge of arrangements. 

Kelli D. Tjaden-Dodson
Kelli D. Tjaden-Dodson, 33, died Sept. 23, 2001, at Pratt Regional Medical Center.
She was born March 15, 1968, at Wichita, the daughter of Jake and Mary Tjaden. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include: a son, Jacob, and a daughter, Alexandra Dodson, both of Byers; her parents, Byers; a sister, Rebecca Reed, St. John; and grandmothers, Mardelle Tjaden, Clearwater, and Mable Rogers, Moline.
Funeral was Sept. 28, at First Baptist Church, Clearwater.
Memorials to the Jacob and Alexandra Dodson Trust Fund, in care of First National Bank and Trust, St. John, or Webb Mortuary, Clearwater. 

Raymond Owen Tompkins
Raymond Owen Tompkins, 76, died Oct. 2, 2001.
He was born April 3, 1925, near Byers, the son of Lawrence and Gladys Miles Tompkins. He graduated from Antrim High School in 1942, and Kansas State University in 1947. He was employed at Soil Conservation Service, Great Bend, from 1947 to 1951, and then was a land-use technician for Orange County, California. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Battle of the Bulge and receiving the purple heart.
On Jan. 6, 1946, he married Margaret Jane Russell at St. John. She died May 16, 2001.
Survivors include: three daughters; a brother, Kenneth, Great Bend; and three granddaughters.
Services were held Oct. 8 at Waverly Church, Santa Ana, Calif.
Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary, Santa Ana, Calif., was in charge of arrangements. 

William Dee Hull
William Dee Hull, 44, Hudson, died October 13, 2001, at Strong City.
He was born Nov. 16, 1956, at Albambra, Calif., the son of William Don and Genevieve S. Hull. He was a truck driver for Stafford County Flour Mills and Rawhide Trucking in Hutchinson. He was also an oil field worker. He was a resident of Hudson since 1981.
He was a member of the American Legion, Stafford and was a US Navy Veteran. He was a St. Hon High School graduate of 1975.
On Sept. 22, 1979 he married Iva Rose Barraclough at Great Bend. She survives.
Other survives include his parents of St. John; two brothers, Eugene G. Hull, Parsons and Carl J. Hull of St. John; two sisters, B.J. Delgadillo, St. John and Gina McKown, Arkansas City.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Minnis Chapel, St. John with Al Hatten officiating. Burial was in Fairview Park Cemetery, St. John.

Emmett O. Suiter
LOVELAND, Colo - Emmett O. Suiter, 89, Loveland Colo., died March 3, 2002, at North Shore Manor.
He was born July 7, 1912, at Macksville, the son of John Howard and Minnie Myrtle Rowland Suiter. He took over the operation of his fathers farm until 1949 and then worked as a businessman in several business ventures in Denver retiring in 1970. A resident of Loveland for 14 years, he was a former resident of Sun City, Calif.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge where he was a 32nd Degree Mason. He loved fishing and teasing his grandchildren.
On May 12, 1933, he married Verna Ruth Beaver in Kansas. She died March 20, 1997.
Survivors include: two daughters, Ruth Fixsen (Gayle), Everett, Wash., Rebecca Justice, Loveland; 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, William, two brothers; two sisters and a grandson.
Cremation was conducted. No services are scheduled at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Service Hunter Chapel, 2100 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80538. 

Mary Louisa "Pat’’ Mitchell
MACKSVILLE - Mary Louisa "Pat’’ Mitchell, 100, died March 1, 2002, at Golden Plains Home, Hutchinson.
She was born Jan. 27, 1902, at Lostant, Ill., the daughter of Frank Mason and Mary Paterson. She attended college at Winfield; Alva, Okla.; and Edmond, Okla. A resident of Macksville from 1929 to 1981, she was a school teacher at Macksville for 16 years and worked at Larned State Hospital.
She was a past member of the Methodist Church, Blackwell, Okla., and OES of Macksville.
On April 8, 1927, she married Martin K. Mitchell at Ponca City, Okla. He died in 1981.
Survivors include: five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Martin K. Mitchell Jr.; a daughter, Mary Lou Sykes; two sisters, Bessie and Mildred Patterson; and a brother, William Patterson.
Funeral was 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church, Macksville, with Minister David Upp officiating. Burial was in Farmington Cemetery, Macksville.
Memorials to Macksville EMS or the Arthritis Foundation, both in care of Minnis Chapel, Macksville. 

Ada Alline Deyoe
COLDWATER - Ada Alline Deyoe, 82, died Feb. 27, 2002, at Comanche County Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born Jan. 5, 1919, at Stafford, the daughter of Wilbur and Alta Brown Parnell. She graduated from Greensburg High School in 1940. A resident of Coldwater since 1966, moving from Garden City, she was a homemaker, secretary for Mel Krebs Construction Company and a clerk for REA Electric.
She belonged to Coldwater United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, past worthy matron of Order of Eastern Star No. 224, JUS and Builder’s Sunday School Class, all of Coldwater.
On Dec. 8, 1940, she married Harold C. Peters at Greensburg. He died Sept. 8, 1944. On Jan. 25, 1958, she married Richard I. Deyoe at Raton, N.M. He died May 8, 1990.
Survivors include: a son, Harold Wayne Peters, St. Clair, Mich.; a brother, Elmer Parnell, Littleton, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Lee Peters; three brothers, Ralph M. Parnell, Roy C. Parnell, and Orville E. "Bill’’ Parnell; and a sister, Thelma Louise Rich.
Funeral was 2 p.m. Monday at Coldwater United Methodist Church, with Rev. Kent Little officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater.
Memorials to the church or Pioneer Lodge, in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Coldwater. 

Betty Ann Bond
Betty Ann Bond, 86, died Feb. 28, 2002, at Leisure Homestead, stafford.
She was born Sept. 29, 1915, at Arlington, the daughter of James Davis and Bessie Long Bond. She graduated from Fort Hays State, Hays. She taught school at Kansas Center, High Point in Reno County and Langdon grade school. A resident of Stafford for four years, moving from Turon, she was a retired secretary for the Army Corps of Engineers after 25 years of service in Kansas City.
She belonged to the Christian Science Church of Kansas City and the Order of Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack, James and Walter; and three sisters, Enid Hickok, Jo Black and Inez Edwards.
Graveside service was 1 p.m. Monday in Partridge Cemetery, Partridge, with Rev. Kasey Crosby officiating.
Memorials to Leisure Homestead Nursing Home, in care of Larrison Funeral Home, Turon. 

Ethel Lorraine Burkhart
AUGUSTA - Ethel Lorraine Burkhart, 89, died Feb. 27, 2002, at Augusta.
She was born Dec. 30, 1912, at Stafford, the daughter of Mose Francis and Maggie Belle Alfrey Francis. A resident of Augusta, formerly of Stafford, she was a retired grocery store clerk.
She married George Burkhart. He died in 1988.
Survivors include: a son, Gary Burkhart, Ulysses; a daughter; a brother; six grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta. 

Ruth Elsie Fischer
GREAT BEND - Ruth Elsie Fischer, 81, died Feb. 27, 2002, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.
She was born May 18, 1920, in Michigan, the daughter of Joseph F. and Mega Weymeier Krueger. A resident of Great Bend since 1990, moving from Seward, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to Peace United Church of Christ, Hudson.
On July 15, 1938, she married Edwin Karl Fischer at Hudson. He died Dec. 13, 1993.
Survivors include: a son, Ricky L., Great Bend; four daughters, Janice M. Rose, Hudson, Janet R. Davis, Athens, Texas, Judy A. Fischer, Reno, Nev., and Lila L. Dress, Great Bend; four brothers, Herbert, Kansas City, Mo., David, Princeton, Texas, Edgar, Edinberg, Texas, and Samuel, Fort Worth, Texas; a sister, Selma Banman, Mt. Vernon, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson.
Funeral was 10:30 a.m. Monday at Peace United Church of Christ, Hudson, with Pastor Nick Prather officiating. Burial was in Peace United Church of Christ Cemetery, Hudson.
Memorials to the church in care of Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. 

Matthew Allen Hurd
WICHITA - Matthew Allen Hurd, 31, died Feb. 26, 2002, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita.
He was born Dec. 30, 1970, at Sylvia. A resident of Wichita since 2000, formerly of Little River, he was a junior at Wichita State University.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
On Nov. 28, 1989, he married Christy K. Van Meter at Hutchinson. On April 20, 2001, he married Michelle M. Bendure at Wichita. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Zachery Taylor of the home and Payton MacKenzie, Hutchinson; a stepson, David Ray Bendure, of the home; two stepdaughters, Samantha Nicole Bendure and Dusti Marie Bendure, both of the home; parents, Don and Jacque Weins-Borders, Lyons; grandparents, Alice Broomfield, South Hutchinson, and Loren and Phyllis Wiens, Lyons; and numerous relatives.
Funeral was 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Lyons, with Rev. Gary Karas and Pastor Carol Rose officiating. Burial was in Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons.
Memorials to the Education Scholarship Fund for Zachery and Payton Hurd, in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons, PO Box 89, Lyons, 67554. 

Ruth L. Rein
Ruth L. Rein, 82, died March 2, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka.
She was born May 6, 1919, at Shields, the daughter of Robert Charles and Mary Jane Magerkurth Allen. She was a homemaker and had been a resident of Stafford, Wichita and St. John before moving to Topeka in 1999.
On Jan. 9, 1938, she married Carl H. Rein at Shields. He died April 5, 1976.
Survivors include: two sons, Robert Rein, Larned, William Rein, Topeka; daughter, Priscilla Sexon, Wichita; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Funeral was 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Minnis Chapel, Stafford. Burial was in Stafford Cemetery.
Memorials to the Stafford County Historical Society in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford. 

Robert William Haas
PRATT - Robert William Haas, 78, died June 19, 2003, at Grove Nursing Center, Grove, Okla.
He was born Nov. 7, 1924, at Preston, the son of William and Mary Edith Hinshaw Haas. A retired lineman, mail carrier, and farmer, he lived in the Pratt area for more than 50 years, Cannon City, Colo., from 1991 to 2000, then in Grove, Okla., since April 2000.
He belonged to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grove, Okla., and was a lifetime member of Kinsley Gun Club, Kinsley.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as PFC in the 108th Infantry in the Philippines from 1944 to 1945.
On Oct. 9, 1949, he married Marjorie Lea Moffat at Natrona. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons; two sisters, including Dorothea Wiltshire, Pratt; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral was 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Michael Schotte officiating.
Memorials to Pratt Library, Pratt, in care of Larrison Mortuary, Pratt.

Carra L. Graham
TURON - Carra L. Graham, 69, died June 16, 2003.
She was the daughter of John R. and Mamie Shirley Matson. She was a retired city of Wichita Parks Department ceramics teacher.
She belonged to First Southern Baptist Church, Pratt.
Survivors include: husband, Doyle G., Turon; two sons, Michael G., Halstead, and Gerald D., Wichita; two brothers, Robert Matson, Hutchinson, and Larry D. Matson, San Leandro, Calif.; two sisters, Jean Kirk, Denver, and Mary Kerrigan, Canyon City, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Steven S. Graham; her parents; three brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday at Resthaven Mortuary, Wichita.
Memorials may be sent to Reno County Hospice, Hutchinson, or First Southern Baptist Church, Pratt, both in care of the funeral home.

Ruth M. Guettsche
Ruth M. Guettsche, 85, died June 16, 2003, at Hester Care Center, Wesley Towers, Hutchinson.
She was born Jan. 5, 1918, at Ransom, the daughter of Claud and Gertrude Johannes DeWitt. She was a graduate of Kinsley High School, Kinsley, and a graduate of Sterling College, Sterling, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English and psychology. A Hutchinson resident since 1946, she was a school teacher at Truesdale School, and a homemaker.
She belonged to First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, and United Methodist Women.
In 1941, she married Harold Santee at Kinsley. He was killed in World War II in 1944. On Dec. 28, 1947, she married Howard L. Guettsche at Hutchinson. He died Oct. 20, 1996.
Survivors include: two daughters, Janet Unruh, Burrton, and Phyllis Richardson, Stafford; a brother, Claud J. DeWitt, Wichita; a sister, Joan Underwood, Atwood, three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Arensman.
Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at Johnson and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel, Hutchinson. Burial was in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson.
Memorials may be sent to Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Towers, Hutchinson, in care of the funeral home.

Esther Spangenberg
HUDSON - Esther Spangenberg, 92, died June 20, 2003, at Leisure Homestead, Stafford.
She was born March 8, 1911, at Waukegan, Ill., the daughter of Bernard F. and Louise Wuestenfeld Adams. A Hudson resident all of her married life, she was a graduate of St. Rose School of Nursing, Great Bend. She was a registered nurse, taught in a one-room country school and was a homemaker.
She belonged to Trinity United Church of Christ, Hudson, and drove the horse-drawn school bus for the country school.
On April 6, 1938, she married Elmer Louis Spangenberg at Hudson. He died June 5, 1986.
Survivors include: two sons, Mark, Newton, and Norman, Hudson; a daughter, Janeth Staley, Fresno, Calif.; three brothers, Paul Adams, Vandalia, Ill., Harold Adams, Mt. Hope, and James Adams, Great Bend; two sisters, Ruth Stone and Margaret Ikerd, both of Newton; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Langdon; a grandson and a step-grandson.
Funeral was 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ, Hudson. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery, Hudson.
Memorials to the church in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford.

Betty Ann Daniel
MOORE, Okla. - Betty Ann Daniel, died June 2, 2003.
She was born June 5, 1934, at Sylvia, the daughter of Aaron and Alma Queen. She graduated as high school salutatorian.
She married Robert L. Daniel and traveled with her husband around the country in the oilfield. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by a son, Michael Daniel; a daughter Debbie McGowen; four grandchildren, a sister, Doris Hargett; nieces, Sherry White and Lynette Bennington, and a nephew, Kevin Hargett.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral was June 4, in Oklahoma City at the Good Shepherd Christian Church. with interment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.
Memorials to St. Anthony Hospital, Joyful Beginnings. Vondell L. Smith & Son Mortuary, was in charge of arrangements.

Glenn E. Newdigger
PITTSBURG - Glenn E. Newdigger, 83, Pittsburg, died June 22, 2003, at the Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center in Pittsburg.
He was born April 21, 1920, in Picher, Okla., the son of Arthur and Rena Mitchell Newdigger. He and his family moved south of Joplin, Mo., when he was 12 years old. He had been a resident of the Pittsburg area since 1954.
He worked for Overhead Door Company in Pittsburg as an installer for 42 years, retiring in 1987. He served his country in the United States Army during WWII as a Private First Class from November, 1941 through October, 1945.
He was a member of the VFW, Joplin, Mo., the Carpenters Union and a leader in the Cherokee County 4-H.
On Dec. 24, 1954, he married Carrie Gurley in Joplin, Mo. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Randy Newdigger, Pittsburg, and Glenn E. (Rusty) Newdigger Jr., Macksville; a brother, Robert Newdigger, Joplin, Mo.; two sisters, Eunice Newdigger and Eva Hunt, both of Joplin, Mo.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral home in Pittsburg with Elder Mary Cash officiating. Burial in the Bird Cemetery south of Pittsburg with the Albert Wheeler VFW Post #1158 providing flag presentation ceremonies.
Memorials to the Cherokee County 4-H Scholarship Foundation in care of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

Darrel Pettijohn
Darrel Pettijohn, 76, died June 22, 2003, at his home in Stafford.
He was born Dec. 28, 1926, at Tetersville, in Madison County, the son of Murel and Cecile Swann Pettijohn. He had been a resident of Plainville and Palco before moving to Stafford in 1965. He was an oilfield pumper and employed with the City of Stafford before retiring in 1988.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, served on the Board of Directors for Friends of Quivira and was a past Boy Scout leader. He was an Army veteran of WWII.
On May 23, 1948, he married Clara Lavon Eves at Lyons. She survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Rick Pettijohn, St. Francis, Greg Pettijohn, Stafford, Frank Pettijohn, Mayfield, Ky.; a daughter, Darolyn Bullard, Stafford; three brothers, Charles Miller, Beaverton, Ore., Richard Pettijohn, Eucha, Okla., Jim Pettijohn, Great Bend; two sisters, Lillian Walters, Ulysses, Erma Carmichael, Plainville; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, George and a sister, Elsie.
Funeral: 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, at the First Baptist Church, Stafford, with Rev. Guy Elliott officiating. Burial in Stafford Cemetery.
Memorials to the First Baptist Church or South Wind Hospice, both in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford.


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