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Mildred Irene Cairns Kile
Mrs. Mildred Kile was the youngest child of Lloyd R. and Maggie Jane Lowther Cairns. Born in Hutchinson, on Nov. 23, 1930, she died on Tucson, Ariz. on Dec. 26, 1997.
Mrs. Kile is predeceased by her three older brothers, all in Kansas, Lloyd Jr., Lee M. and Robert Cairns.
During her life, Mrs. Kile faithfully and lovingly raised her three children alone after the death of her first husband, Wayne L. Morris.
In the late 1960s, Mrs. Kile successfully worked her way through LPN nursing school in McPherson, which career she worked in up to the late 1980s, when she was stricken with severe rheumatoid arthritis in Anchorage, Alaska.
Even throughout her pain and suffering, Mrs. Kile continued helping her children as best she could. Her oldest daughter, Maggie, through her diabling MS, her son, Richard, and her youngest child, Leslie.
Mrs. Kile went to God according to her last wishes. She was surrounded by her children and son-in-law, John P. Medeiros, her grandson, Gavis Cairns, as well as her beloved, faithful pets, who would not leave her side.
Mrs. Kile died at her daughter, Leslie's home in Tucson, Ariz., where she had lived for a number of years, at 6:30 a.m., on Friday, Dec. 26, 1997. 
She is survived by Mrs. Maggie Morris Medeiros; her son-in-law, Mr. John Paul Medeiros; Mr. Richard Morris; Miss Leslie (nee Morris) Cairns; granddaughter, Denise (nee Howard) Cairns; great-grandson, Gavin Cairns; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Violet Cairns; and her nieces and nephews and their children. Also left to fondly remember her are many friends throughout the United States.
A memorial service was held in Tucson, Ariz. on Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997. Her children and son-in-law, John, and great-grandson, Gavin, and friends were gathered together to honor her.
Memorial services will also be held in Wellington, at a time yet to be announced. 

L. Claudine Boatright
L. Claudine Boatright, 81, retired accountant and dairy farmer, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, at Sumner Regional Medical Center. She was a rural Wellington resident most of her life.
Claudine was born Dec. 25, 1917 in Wellington, to Elda and Flo (Norris) White. She married Clifford Boatright on June 30, 1936 at the First United Methodist Church parsonage in Wellington.
He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1996.
She was a member of the Mayfield Federated Church, Phoenix Chapter No. 159 Order of the Eastern Star,Slate Valley Club and Helping Hands.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Hufford of Clearwater; her brother, Jerry D. White of Oxford; her sister, Marjorie Buhrer of Wichita; two grandchildren, Doug and Valeri Hufford; four great-grandchildren, Ruth Ann Whitney, Sandra Hufford, Clayton Hufford and Sydney Hufford; and two great-great-grandchildren, Katlyn and Kelsey Whitney.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Mayfield Federated Church. Pastor Greg Lindenberger will officiate.
Interment will be in the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.
A memorial has been established with the Mayfield Federated Church. Donations may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 this evening.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothea Mae Stevens
Dorothea Mae Stevens, 74, retired after over 30 years as a nurse's aide for Cedar View Good Samaritan Center, died Wednesday, Dec. 31 [1997]. She had lived in Wichita since 1991, moving from Wellington, where she had had lived since 1951 after moving from Harper.
Dorothea was born Nov. 27, 1923 in Harper, to Lem and Myrtle (Harris) Scott. She married Max Stevens on Aug. 26, 1948 in Harper. 
She was a member of the First Christian Church, V.F.W. Auxiliary in Wellington, and was a member of the Eastern Star in Harper for 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max, on Feb. 14, 1988; two brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include her son, Curtis, of Wichita; two daughter, Yvonne White and Kimberly Brenn, both of Wichita; two grandsons; and one granddaughter.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, at the Harper Cemetery. The Rev. Kendale d. Finley, of the First Christian Church, will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the Cedar View Good Samaritan Center. Donations may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. 
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy M. Brown
Peggy M. Brown, 77, retired aircraft sealer for Lockheed Corp., died Friday morning, Jan. 2, 1998, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. She had been a Wellington resident since 1983, moving from Palmdale, Calif.
Peggy was born March 8, 1920 in Marion, Ohio, to Homer and Opha (Trafzer) Willis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert S. Brown in 1980; one sister; one brother; and one granddaughter.
Survivors include her son, Ron Carraher of Kingman, Ariz.; three daughters, Gloria Noyes and Peggy Gooch, both of Wellington, and Jackie Witham of Mayfield; her sister, Grace Anders of Redding, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the American Lung Association. Donations may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday. 
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lloyd Ellsworth Haskell
BELLE PLAINE -- Lloyd Ellsworth Haskell, 71, retired Boeing employee, died Wednesday.
Services -- 10 a.m., Monday, Belle Plaine United Methodist Church. Burial -- Belle Plaine Cemetery.
Survivors -- wife, Glays Mae (Hatfield) Haskell, of the home; daughters, Linda Sharp of Belle Plaine, Deborah Haskell of Wichita and Terry Depin of Tampa, Fla.; brothers, Wes Haskell of Winner, S.D. and Lester Haskell of Wellington; sister, Irene Letourneau of Wellington; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial -- Belle Plaine United Methodist Church.
Visitation -- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home, Belle Plaine.
[Published Jan. 2, 1998]

Thomas L. Allen
Thomas L. Allen, 73, Wellington, died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Sumner Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Kendale d. Finley officiating.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home this evening until 9.
Mr. Allen was born on Feb. 16, 1924 in California, the son of Alice and Rex Allen. He was raised in the Harper area.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He married Frances Parsons on March 16, 1966 in Newkirk, Okla. They have lived in Wellington since then.
He had worked at Boeing Aircraft until going to Cessna Aircraft in Wichita as a tool and die maker, until her retired.
He was a member of the Wellington Elks Lodge and the Tom Schwinn American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Frances, of the home in Wellington; one stepdaughter, Donna Clark, of Wellington; two stepgrandchildren, Kelly Robertson of Wellington and Brandon Robertson of San Jose, Calif. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are by Hawks Funeral Home, Wellington.

Marie A. Alder
HARPER -- Marie A. Alder, 46, bus driver for USD 361 and liturgical coordinator at the St. Joan of Arc Parish, former Wellington resident, died Friday.
Wake service -- was held yesterday, St. Joan of Arc Parish, St. Patrick Church, Harper. Mass of the Christian Burial -- was today, St. Joan of Arc Parish, St. Patrick Church, Harper. Graveside services -- were today, Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.
Survivors -- husband, Randy Alder of Harper; sons, Andy Alder of Tulsa, Okla., Sam Alder and Quincy Alder, both of Harper; mother and stepfather, Bob and Jean Sikes of Wichita; and brother, Jim Reid of Wichita.
Elliott Funeral Home, Harper.
[Published Jan. 5, 1998]

Bernard "Ben" J. Albert
CHENEY -- Bernard "Ben" J. Albert, 84, farmer and dairyman, died Sunday.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary -- 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, St. Rose Catholic Church, Mt. Vernon, Kan. Services -- 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, St. Rose Catholic Church, Mt. Vernon. Interment -- St. Rose Cemetery, Mt. Vernon.
Survivors -- wife, Helen Albert of Cheney; sons, Raymond Albert of Cheney, Leonard Albert of Towanda, James Albert of Denver, Eugene Albert of Dodge City, Dennis Albert of Omaha, Neb. and Vincent Albert of Garden Plain; daughters, Theresa Giefer of Wellington, Rita Neville of Wichita and Agnes Miller of Zenda; brothers, Lawrence Albert of Wichita, Reinhard Albert of Pique, Edmond Albert of Andale, Clarence Albert of Colwich and Clem Albert of Wichita; sisters, Sabina Martin of Wichita and Margaret Martin of Garden Plain; 30 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Visitation -- Until 9 this evening and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Wulf-Ast Mortuary, Garden Plain.
[Published Jan. 5, 1998]

Ollie Leighty
CALDWELL -- Ollie Leighty, 89, retired nurse's aide and homemaker, died Friday.
Services -- 1 p.m., Tuesday, Caldwell United Methodist Church. Interment -- Caldwell City Cemetery.
Survivors -- sons, Stephen, Sparks, Jim and Tim, all of Caldwell; daughters, Rosemary Zerger of Cheney, Ramona Story of Canon City, Colo., Neva McKeever of Redmond, Wash., Norma Nicholas of Wichita, Betty Walker of Denver, Colo. and Esther Davis of Belle Plaine; sisters, Vera Kearns of Haviland and Clytie Starkey of Minature, Neb.; 23 grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial -- Caldwell United Methodist Church.
Elliott-Schaeffer Mortuary, Caldwell.
[Published Jan. 5, 1998]

Kathleen Mae Hansard
BELLE PLAINE -- Kathleen Mae Hansard, 82, homemaker, died Saturday.
Services -- 10 a.m., Tuesday, Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home. Burial -- Belle Plaine Cemetery.
Survivors -- son, Jerry Hansard of Caldwell; daughters, Valerie Simpson of Belle Plaine and Anna Whittley of Wellington; sister, Eileen Arndt of Lebanon, Ind.; stepmother, Cora Bacon of Kingman, Ind.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial -- Villa Maria Van Fund.
Visitation -- Until 8 this evening, Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home, Belle Plaine.
[Published Jan. 5, 1998]

Berniece A. Brown
Berniece Arlene Lebeda Brown, 69, of Topeka, died Dec. 24 [1997]
Services -- were held Friday, Davidson Funeral Home Chapel, Topeka. Inurnment -- was Saturday, Czechoslovakian Cemetery, Caldwell.
Survivors -- husband, Jim of the home; daughter, Christeen of Tennessee; son, Kevin Brown of New Jersey; and brother, Jerry Lebeda of Wichita.
Memorial -- Midland Hospice Care, 200 SW Frazier, Topeka, Kan. 66606.
Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka.

Troy A. Rhodes
CONWAY SPRINGS -- Troy A. Rhodes, 29, mechanic, died Saturday. 
Services -- 10:30 a.m., Thursday, First Christian Church, Conway Springs.
Survivors -- wife, Cynthia Rhodes, and one daughter, Meaghan Rhodes, both of Conway Springs; parents, Gary and Jane Rhodes of Derby; brother, Drew Rhodes of Wichita; sisters, Elizabeth Bird of Mulvane, Geedya Sims and Jenniffer Lawrence, both of Wichita; and grandmother, Ellen Hull of Conway Springs.
Memorial -- First Christian Church, Conway Springs.
Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs.
[Published Jan. 5, 1998]

Naomi M. Wright Townsley
Naomi M. Wright Townsley, 89, Geuda Springs, died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, at Medicalodge East in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Arkansas City. Pastor Billy Hughes will officiate.
Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home this evening until 9, and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m.
A memorial has been established with St. Paul United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left at the church or funeral home.
Naomi was born on March 23, 1908 in South Haven, the daughter of Kenny and Rosetta Pearl Havener Brentlinger. She moved with her family as a child to Hardy, Okla., where she attended grade school. 
She moved to Arkansas City with the family and was graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1927.
She married Harvey Marion Wright on Oct. 4, 1932 in Newkirk, Okla. They lived in Arkansas City. He died on March 1, 1943.
She later married Mike Irvin Townsley on July 17, 1944 in Independence. They lived in Arkansas City until 1968, when they moved to Drury.
They returned to Ark City in 1987. Mr. Townsley died on March 14, 1988.
Naomi had worked at the McClellan and later Kress stores in Arkansas City and then at the Arkansas City Memorial Hospital, where she worked in the food service department at her retirement.
She moved to Geuda Springs in 1995, to live with her daughter until 1997, when she moved to Medicalodge East.
She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Ladies Circle.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Harvey Wright, and his wife, Norma, of Arkansas City, Joseph Lee Wright, and his wife, Jenni, of Winfield, and Michael Earl Townsley and his wife, Cheryl, of Arkansas City; one daughter, Dorothy Fayann Morse, and her husband, Roy, of Gueda Springs; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; and one niece, Betty Jo Kimas of California.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, John Richard "Herky" Wright; one sister, Dorothy Pearl Dixon; and two grandchildren, Jody Wright and Barbara Gates.
Arrangements are by Hawks Funeral Home, Arkansas City.

Dorothea Mae Stevens
Graveside services for Dorothea Mae Stevens, who died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, were held Monday, Jan. 5, 1998 at the Harper Cemetery. 
The Rev. Kendale d. Finley, of the First Christian Church, officiated.
Frank Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Eileen J. Kraus-Cunningham 
Eileen J. Kraus-Cunningham, 81, Wellington resident since 1936 when she moved from Oklahoma, died Wednesday night, Jan. 7, 1998, at Sumner Regional Medical Center. 
She was a retired health care worker and had worked at Cedar View Good Samaritan Center for 14 years.
Eileen was born March 18, 1916 at Dover, Okla., to Walter and Fern (Miller) Hebbe. She married Owen Cunningham on Oct. 7, 1996 in Wellington.
She was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was a volunteer at the Wellington Food Bank.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, J.W. Kraus; her son, Dean Kraus; and her daughter, Juanita Kraus.
Survivors include her husband, Owen, of the home; her daughters, Sharon Callender and Cynthia Tracy, both of Wellington, and Leta Vaughn-Logan of Caldwell; her sister, Glendon Starr of Shawnee, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Frank Funeral Home. Pastor Sallie Shore, of the First Christian Church, will officiate.
Interment will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the Kiwanis Operation Holiday or the American Heart Association. Donations may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 this evening.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elva Mae Bell
Elva Mae Bell, former resident of Wellington, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 in Orange County, Calif.
Elva was born on Dec. 12, 1911 in Wellington and resided here until her move to California in December 1948. Her husband, Merrill G. Bell and her mother, Pearl Taylor, preceded her in death.
Elva and her husband owned and operated the Pla-mor Bowling Alley in Wellington from 1946 to 1948, just prior to their move to California.
Elva was the beloved mother of Jana Kirkpatrick of Hayes, Va. and Cheryl Price of Santa Ana, Calif. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Ken Kirkpatrick and Dale Price, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.
A prayer service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, at the Frank Funeral Home. Pastor Sallie Shore, of the First Christian Church, will officiate. 
Interment will be at Prairie Lawn Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Walnut Manor. Donations may be left at the funeral home.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest J. Evans
Born Aug. 5, 1913, Ernest J. Evans passed away Friday evening, Jan. 9, 1998, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, following a short illness.
Ernest Evans is survived by Ann, his wife of 54 years; and four sons, Erwin and his wife, Kathy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Albert "Lee" and his wife, Marcia, of Winfield, Dwaine and his wife, Cindy of Bowdoinham, Maine, and Stanley and his wife, Mindy, of Clearwater. He was 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Hahn School Board, Sumner County District No. 75 from 1948 through 1968, Arkansas City Milk Producers Association from 1945 to 1965, serving many years as chairman of the board and president of the company. He was a member and organizer of the Corbin Fire District (County No. 5) and was a member of the Sumner County Hospital District No. 1 and Corbin Methodist Church, where he served in many offices.
He was a member of the Sumner County Extension Board for two terms and was a 4-H leader in Sumner County for several years. He was a member of the Downs Township Board, Sumner County for 12 years and was county election board officer on several occasions.
Ernest Evans was a resident of Sumner County since 1931, relocating from Alberta, Canada to Portland, Ore., then to the Henry Mitchell homestead in Sumner County. Ernest and Anna Stewart Lepart were married April 25, 1943 at Wesley Methodist Church in Wichita, moving to the family farm near Corbin, homesteaded in 1875 by Henry Mitchell.
Ernest Evans was a "tiller of the soil," a wheat and dairy farmer until he retired in 1978. They remained on the farm until moving to Winfield in 1993. Since moving to Winfield, Ernest and Ann have made many new friends and were avid card players.
Ernest Evans will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Corbin United Methodist Church. The Rev. Judy Ramsey and the Rev. Warren Smith will officiate.
Interment will be at the Corzine Cemetery or the First Baptist Church in Winfield. Donations may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 on Monday.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Fay L. Roberts
Fay L. Roberts, 84, retired farmer and Hunnewell Grain Elevator employee, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at the South Haven Guest Home. She had lived in the South Haven and Hunnewell area most of her life.
She was born June 13, 1913 in Hunnewell, to Dan and Grace (Hale) Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include her sister, Beulah Chappel of Council Bluff, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven.
A memorial has been established in lieu of flowers with the American Lung Association. Donations may be made at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roland Edward Ruff
Roland Edward Ruff, 86, retired farmer, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation. He was a resident of Riverdale, after moving to Sumner county and the Wellington area as a young boy.
Roland was born Feb. 11, 1911 in Springfield, Mo., to Thomas and Amelia (Drussa) Ruff. He married Vonda Johnston on Feb. 24, 1949 in Wellington.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served on the school board in Riverdale, water district board in Riverdale and the 76 Township Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; his stepson, Larry E. Venis of Wellington; his daughter, Susan Tuzicika of Salina; his sister, Fern Ruff of California; one grandson; two stepgrandsons; and four stepgreat-grandsons.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Frank Funeral Home. The Rev. Randy Abbey will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church and the American Heart Association.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Chad Schwertfeger
CALDWELL -- William Chad Schwertfeger was born Nov. 24, 1974 in Las Vegas, Nev. to William R. and Vonya L. (Scribner) Schwertfeger. He passed from this life on Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, following an accidental shooting.
Following his 1993 graduation from Caldwell High School, Chad began his college career at Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla. He was majoring in electronic media, and would have graduated in May of this year.
Chad enjoyed being with his family, school, golfing and fishing with his friends and watching football -- especially the New York Giants.
He will always be remembered for his wonderful personality, caring attitude and that special smile for everyone.
Survivors include his loving parents, Bill and Vonya Schwertfeger of Caldwell; sister, Tracey of Caldwell and Lawrence; grandparents, Jean Vernon of Enid, Okla., Duane and Mona Scribner and Lois Shellhammer, all of Caldwell; aunts, Connie Eckermann and her husband, Mick, of Caldwell, and Dianne Schwertfeger and her husband, Phil Rule of Lenora; uncle Bob Schwertfeger of Twin Falls, Idaho; cousins, Rohn Eckermann, Kent Eckermann and Craig Eckermann, all of Caldwell, Jerry Schwertfeger of St. Louis, Mo., Gary Schwertfeger of Twin Falls, Terry Schwertfeger of Austin, Texas, Derek Schwertfegr of Twin Falls, Dawn Decraene of Antwerp, Belgium, and Brad Quigley of Olathe; other relatives and many-many friends.
Father Patrick Larkin led Rosary services at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Elliott-Shaffer Mortuary, Caldwell. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. in St. Martin's Catholic Church, with Father Patrick Larkin, officiating.
Casketbearers were Rohn Eckermann, Kent Eckermann, Craig Eckermann, Ben Rowe, Kris Harris, Darren McDorman and Terry Koehn.
Wade Williams sang "Amazing Grace," accompanying himself on guitar. Organist was Irene Metzinger.
Interment followed in the Caldwell City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in memory of Chad to the Caldwell High School Alumni Association.

Francis W. Smith
Francis W. Smith, 93, Wellington, died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wellington.
Graveside services and interment were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Sumner Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Nel Holmes officiated.
Mr. Smith was born on Nov. 16, 1904 in Wellington, the son of William James and Lydia Frances Atkins Smith. He was raised in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School in 1925. He later graduated from the University of Kansas in 1931 and was a life member of the K.U. Alumni Association.
He married Bessie Lillian Enloe on Feb. 6, 1949 in Edinburg, Texas. They lived in Wellington and she died on May 16, 1993.
Francis had been a locamotive engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad for many years, before retiring on Jan. 31, 1972. He pulled the last passenger train into Wellington.
He was a member of the Wellington Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his daughter, Debby Lantis of Pomona; one stepdaughter, Doris Klein of Temple, Texas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one brother, Harold Smith.
Arrangements were by the Hawks Funeral Home.

Eileen J. Kraus-Cummingham 
Services for Eileen J. Kraus-Cummingham, who died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, were held Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Frank Funeral Home. Pastor Sallie Shore, of the First Christian Church, officiated.
Musical selections were "Amazing Grace" and "Goin' Home." Soloist was LaVern Wallace and Donnis Whaley was organist.
Honorary casketbearers were Bud Tracy, Clayton Logan, Leah Logan and Richard Strait. Casketbearers were Nick Callender, Bryon Tracy, Tim Tracy, Jared Vaughn, Greg Callender and Wayne Callender.
Interment was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
Frank Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Dale Dawson
WICHITA -- Richard Dale Dawson, 73, retired Boeing modification employee, died Sunday.
Wake -- 7 p.m., Tuesday, Mid American Indian Center. Services -- 10 a.m., Wednesday, Mid American Indian Center.
Survivors -- wife, Elvena; son, Edward "Eddie" of Wichita; daughter, Kelly Whitehorn of Wichita; brothers, Thomas of Guntersville, Ala., and Kenneth and Franklin, both of Wichita; sisters, Ruby Zimmerman of Wichita and Hazel Roberts of Neosho, Mo.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Hillside Funeral Home East, Wichita.
[Published 1/12/1998]

Florence Marie Shafer
BELLE PLAINE -- Florence Marie Shafer, 78, of Belle Plaine, retired Boeing clerk, died Thursday.
Services -- were held today, Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home, Belle Plaine. Burial -- Belle Plaine Cemetery. 
Survivors -- husband, Winford Shafer, of the home; sons, Calvin Shafer and Wayne Shafer, both of Belle Plaine; daughters, Merri Houghton of Americus and Donna Newton of Wichita; sister, Mildred DeVillis of Billerica, Mass.; and brother, George Twohig of Somerville, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial -- SCCS Hospice.
Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home, Belle Plaine.
[Published 1/12/1998]

Fay L. Roberts
Fay L. Roberts, 84, retired farmer and Hunnewell Grain Elevator employee, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at the South Haven Guest Home. He had lived in the South Haven and Hunnewell area most of his life.
He was born June 13, 1913 in Hunnewell, to Dan and Grace (Hale) Roberts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include his sister, Beulah Chappel of Council Bluff, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven.
A memorial has been established in lieu of flowers with the American Lung Association. Donations may be made at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 this evening.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Seva Cheek
BELLE PLAINE -- Seva Cheek, longtime resident, has died. Services are pending with Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home.
[Published 1/13/1998]

William K. "Bill" Lord
ARKANSAS CITY -- William K. "Bill" Lord, 88, retired Lord Construction Co. owner and operator, died Friday.
Services -- were Monday, First United Methodist Church.
Survivors -- wife, Lucille; sons, Tom of Lubbock, Texas, and David of Lawrece; daughters, Bonnie Britton of Granbury, Texas, Sara Arnett of Arkansas City, Elaine of Arlington, Lois Fox of Enid, Okla., and Jean Gough of Wellington; stepson, Dick MdCreight of Wescoxville, Pa.; stepdaughter, Judith McCreight of Bristol, Tenn.; brother, Jess of Arlington, Texas; sister, Emma Dodson of Wichita Fall, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial -- First United Methodist Church, Arkansas City.
Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
[Published 1/13/1998]


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