Ada I. Albrecht
Ada I. Albrecht, 79, died May 23, 2001, at St. Catherine’s Hospital,
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
On Dec. 26, 1977, she married Victor C. Albrecht at Garden City. He
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
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,
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
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
Gertrude Shaft Fritzemeyer
Gertrude Shaft Fritzemeyer, 92, died May 15, 2001, at the Leisure Homestead,
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
Memorials are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church, in care of the funeral
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
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,
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
Funeral was 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson;
with Rev. Cindy Watson officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery,
Memorials to the church or donor’s choice, both in care of Sillin Funeral
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
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,
Fredrica Leach, 82, died Sept. 4, 2001, at Hospice Residential Care
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
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
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
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
Memorials to Hospice of Green Country, Tulsa, in care of Minnis Chapel,
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
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.
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
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.
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
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, 89, died Oct. 14, 2001, at Sandpiper Bay Healthcare Center,
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
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
Memorials to Maude Carpenter Children’s Center, in care of Minnis Chapel,
Howard David Jimison
Howard David Jimison, 82, died Oct. 11, 2001, at Ellsworth Medical
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Kelli D. Tjaden-Dodson
Kelli D. Tjaden-Dodson, 33, died Sept. 23, 2001, at Pratt Regional
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
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
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
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
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,
Funeral was 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church, Macksville,
with Minister David Upp officiating. Burial was in Farmington Cemetery,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
HUDSON - Esther Spangenberg, 92, died June 20, 2003, at Leisure Homestead,
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
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
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,
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
Memorials to the Cherokee County 4-H Scholarship Foundation in care
of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
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
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, George and a sister,
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.