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The following obituaries are of the deceased buried in Ransom Cemetery, St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, and Cyrus Cemetery, Ransom, Ness County, Kansas. These obituaries and news articles were collected and contributed by Mark Horchem.
ANNA AEBY

Died: - May 22, 1902, Mrs. Anna Aeby, at the home of her son, Jacob Aeby, in Nevada township.
Anna Amstutz was born in Saurte, Switzerland, August 1, 1811, and February 12, 1832 was married to G.F. Aeby. To this union were born sixteen children, twelve of whom awaited her on the other shore. Deceased was a devout member of the Mennonite Church from infancy. She came to Gentry, Missouri, in 1881, and in the spring of 1886 came to Ness County, Kansas, where she resided till her demise. She had been confined to her bed since the 15th of February, 1901. While being almost helpless, yet her implicit faith was placed in a risen Redeemer. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite Church in an impressive manner by Abram Ummel, and at three o’clock, Friday afternoon, the remains were followed by relatives and friends to the Ransom cemetery, where the last sad rites of respects were paid to the departed.

Ness Co. News, May 31, 1902


BENJAMIN AEBY

Monday Judge B.F. Garrett and a jury held an inquest of insanity, the unfortunate person being Benjamin Aeby, of Nevada township, who was adjudged to be of unsound mind and a suitable subject for treatment at the State institution for the insane.

Ness Co. News, May 11, 1901


Benjamin Aeby, of Nevada township, who was adjudged insane by a jury in the probate court last week, was confined in the jail until last Tuesday, when he was taken home. His admission into the State institution for the insane was refused because of lack of room. During his stay in this place he was a very sick man, requiring extra watchers at night, and it was believed that he could not live long.

Ness Co. News, May 18, 1901


Died, May 21, 1901, Benjamin Aeby, at his home in Nevada township, after a short illness. Deceased leaves a wife and ten small children to mourn his departure. He was 66 years of age and came to Ness County in 1886.

Ness Co. News, May 25, 1901


Benjamin Aeby, who was recently adjudged insane in the probate court, died Monday evening at his home in Nevada township.

Ness Co. News, May 25, 1901


JOHN AEBY

John A. Aeby, 82, Lindsborg, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1970, in a car accident. Born July 28, 1888, at Ransom, he married Mecie Sweasy Edmonson June 3, 1917. She died Aug. 4, 1962. He was a retired funeral director and had lived here most of his life.
He was a member of the Christian Church, Ransom; American Legion.
Survivors include a daughter; Mrs. Harold Patrick, Lindsborg; Mrs. Patrick La Orange, Salina; brother: George, Kansas City, Mo.; sister: Mabel, Venice, Fla.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery.

Unknown newspaper source


John A. Aeby, 82, a native of the Ransom community and resident there until some 15 years ago when he retired and moved to Lindsborg, was killed in a highway accident near Bavaria in southwest Saline County Tuesday morning, December 1, while enroute back to Ransom to attend the L.A.Dubbs funeral services.
The accident reportedly happened when Aeby passed a highway department truck and met an oncoming car in a head-on crash. The driver of the second car, Charles Sharp of Hoisington, was also killed.
Aeby was born at Ransom July 28, 1888, and spent most of his life there. He was a mortician there for many years before retiring several years ago.
He married Mecie Sweasy Edmonson June 3, 1917. She passed away August 4, 1962. He was a member of the Christian Church and of the American Legion post at Lindsborg.
Funeral services will be held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here Thursday morning, December 3, 10:30 o’clock, with interment to be in the Ransom cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Dorothy) Patrick of Lindsborg, and Mrs. Patrick (Evelyn) LaOrange of Salina; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mabel Aeby of Venice, Fla.; a brother, Leo Aeby of Kansas City, Mo.; other relatives and many friends.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 3, 1970


JOHN AEBY

John A. Aeby was a veteran of World War I, and served overseas in France. He was wounded in the battle of Saint Mihiel. After the war, he was employed at the S-D Mercantile Co., in Ransom as a clerk, bookkeeper, mortician and funeral director until his retirement. A few months after the death of his wife, he moved to Lindsborg, Ks., to be near his daughters and their families. He was killed on Dec. 1, 1970, in a car accident while driving to Ransom for the funeral of his dear friend and neighbor, L.A. Dubbs.
Survivors include two daughters: Dorothy (Mrs. Harold E. Patrick) of Lindsborg, Ks. and Evelyn (Mrs. P.H. La Orange) of Salina, Ks.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, George, of Kansas City, Mo., and one sister, Mabel, of Venice, Fla.

Obituary supplied by the family


MARY AEBY

Mary Aeby passed away at Hoisington Monday, January 12. Funeral services are being held at Ransom today (Thursday).

Ness Co. News, Jan. 15, 1953


Mary Aeby was born July 20, 1887. She was one of 12 children of Benjamin and Bertha Aeby, who resided on a farm near Ransom, Kansas. She departed this life January 12 at the Hoisington Lutheran hospital at the age of 65 years, 5 months and 23 days.
Five of her brothers and sisters have preceded her in death. Six survive her.
After the death of her father in 1910, Mary lived with her mother near Ransom until 1911, when they moved to Kingman, Kansas, where they made their home until her mother’s death in 1926. She was a life long invalid.
Since that time she has been cared for by her brothers and sisters in their homes and the last 14 months in the nurses convalescent home at Hoisington.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 29, 1953


MARY (MARIE) AEBY

Died -- At her home in Ransom, Monday, December 25, Mrs. Jacob Aeby.

Ransom Record, Dec. 28, 1922

OBITUARY

Marie Antonette Dalcher was born in France, March 14, 1844, and passed away at her home in Ransom, December 25, 1922, at the age of seventy-eight years, nine months and eleven days.
On Christmas day in 1859, while still in her early girlhood, she was united with the Reform Church and lived a faithful, earnest Christian life to the end.
On March 5, 1870, she was united in marriage to Rev. Jacob Aeby, of Switzerland, with whom she lived fifty-two years, nine months and twenty days, until her death. She left Switzerland with her husband, February 24, 1873, and came to Davis County, Iowa, where they resided one year. In March, 1874, they moved to Gentry County, Missouri, on a farm. Twelve years later they were sent to Kansas to find a location for a Mennonite colony. They located in Ness County, near Ransom, in 1885, and passed through all the trials and hardships of early pioneers. In 1887 Mennonites began to settle around Ransom and in 1900 a new church was erected, which still stands in Ransom and services are held there every Sunday, both Sunday School and preaching.
Rev. and Mrs. Aeby celebrated their golden wedding anniversary two years ago, both in good health.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Rev. Jacob Aeby, one child (an adopted daughter), Mrs. Beulah Sidebottom, of Hoisington; one sister, Mrs. Abraham Ummel, of Ransom; four grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
She had a kind and loving disposition which endeared her to all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted from the Mennonite Church Wednesday morning at ten o’clock by Rev. J.W. Vanderlip, and the remains laid to rest in the Ransom cemetery.


Farewell dear mother, thou art at rest,
And wilt forever be,
Thou could not stay on earth with us,
But we can come to thee.

Thou art gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain and care,
And if through life we live for Him
We’ll meet thee over there.

Ransom Record, Jan. 4, 1923

MECIE AEBY

Mrs. John Aeby, 78, a resident of the Ransom community since 1917, passed away at the Ransom hospital Saturday night, August 4, 1962, following a cerebral hemorrhage.
Born at Van Buren, Ky., on November 16, 1883, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sweasy, she grew to womanhood in the community near Louisville, Ky.
Early in 1917 she came to the Ransom community on an extended visit with her brothers, where she met and married John Aeby on June 3, 1917. The couple had lived in the Ransom community their entire wedded life.
Survivors include the bereaved husband, John; two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Dorothy) Patrick of Lindsborg, and Mrs. Pat (Evelyn) La Orange of Salina; one brother, Dorsie Sweasy; two half-sisters, Mrs. Anna Milburn and Mrs. Ella Reinle of Kentucky; four grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were were held from the Ransom Christian Church on Wednesday afternoon, August 8, at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Reid Swindler of Utica. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgerald’s in charge.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 9, 1962

OBITUARY

Mecie Sweasy was born November 16, 1883, at Van Buren, Anderson County, Ky., and was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Sweasy. She grew to young womanhood in the vicinity of Louisville, Ky. Early in 1917 she visited her brothers at Ransom, Kansas, where she met John Aeby.
On June 3, 1917, Mecie and John were married, and spent 45 wonderful years together in the Ransom community. To this union two daughters, Dorothy and Evelyn, were born.
In the morning on August 4, 1962, Mecie suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was taken unconscious to the Grisell Memorial hospital where she passed away at 11:30 p.m.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
She leaves to mourn her passing her devoted widower, John; her two daughters and son-in-law; four grandchildren; one brother, Dorsie Sweasy; two half-sisters, Mrs. Anna Milburn and Mrs. Ella Reinle of Kentucky; nieces, nephews and friends.
Mecie Aeby was a faithful member of the Ransom Christian Church all of her married life.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Reid Swindler on Wednesday, August 8, 2:00 p.m. from the Ransom Christian Church, and interment was in the Ransom cemetery. Fitzgerald Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ness Co. News, Aug. 9, 1962

PAUL AEBY

Paul F. Aeby, 63, brother of John Aeby of Ransom, passed away August 3, 1955 at Yonkers, N.Y. He grew to manhood at Ransom, later entering the lithography profession at Chicago, Ill., and was working as a lithographer in Yonkers at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at Ransom August 8, with interment being in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 18, 1955

OBITUARY

Paul Fred Aeby was born on a farm near Ransom, Kansas, on July 30, 1892. Paul was a son of Benjamin and Bertha Aeby. He passed away at Yonkers, N.Y., on August 3, 1955, at the age of 63 years and 3 days.
His parents and six brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Paul grew to manhood in the Ransom community. He worked in Chicago, Ill., for a lithograph company for several years and was transferred to their factory at Yonkers, where he was working until his death.
Five brothers and sisters survive Paul. They are Mabel and Lillian of Chicago, Ill., Henry of Mound City, Mo., George of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and John of Ransom. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held from the Ransom Christian Church Monday afternoon, August 8, with burial in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 18, 1955

DONALD ALBERS

Donald William Albers, 80, died June 13, 2001, at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom.
He was born April 21, 1921, at Hargrave, the son of Albert and Gladys Williams Albers. A resident of Ransom since 1946, moving from Hargrave, he was a farmer and rancher. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He belonged to First Mennonite Church and VFW Post No. 7972, the church board and the board of education, and he was president of the senior citizen center, all at Ransom.
On Sept. 16, 1945, he married Marguerite Mae Seuser at Bison. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Albert “Butch”, Ransom, and William Donald, Bison; two daughters, Donna Marie Klitzke, Glendale, Ariz., and Linda Dietz, Hudson; two brothers, Wilbur, Ransom, and E.B., Wichita; two sisters, Lotus Foos, Wichita, and Marcalee Boatright, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Isla Carter, Glenna Leatherman and Alda Munn.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church, Ransom, with Pastor Eric Buller presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and before service time Saturday at the church. Burial, with military graveside rites by Ransom VFW Post No. 7972, will be in Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
Memorials may be sent to First Mennonite Church or to the Ransom Senior Center, both of Ransom.

Hutchinson News, June 15, 2001

Donald William Albers, 80, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at Grisell Memorial Hospital.
He was born April 21, 1921, in Hargrave to Albert and Gladys (Williams) Albers.
He married Marguerite Mae Seuser on Sept. 16, 1945, in Bison. He was a farmer-rancher. He moved from Hargrave to Ransom in 1946, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Ransom, VFW, president of the Senior Citizen Center, was a church board member, and a board of education member, all of Ransom.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Albert “Butch”, Ransom, and William Donald, Bison; two daughters, Donna Marie Klitzke, Glendale, Ariz., and Linda Dietz, Hudson; two brothers, Wilbur, Ransom, and E.B., Wichita; two sisters, Lotus Foos,; Wichita, and Marcalee Boatright, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Isla Carter, Glenna Leatherman, and Alda Munn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Mennonite Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Eric Buller officiating; burial in Ransom Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Ransom VFW.
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and until 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the church or Ransom Senior Center.

Hays Daily News, June 15, 2001


Donald William Albers, age 80, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom. He was born April 21, 1921 at Hargrave, Ks. to Albert and Gladys Williams Albers.
Donald was a farmer and rancher. He moved from Hargrave to the Ransom area in 1946 where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Navy.
September 16, 1945 he married Marguerite Mae Seuser at Bison. She currently resides at the home.
Donald was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Ransom, V.F.W. Post No. 7972, president of the senior citizen center, Church board member and board of education, all of Ransom.
Survivors include: his wife, Marguerite, Ransom; two sons: Albert “Butch”, Ransom and William Donald, Bison; two daughters; Donna Marie Klitzke, Glendale, Az.; Linda Dietz, Hudson; two brothers: Wilbur, Ransom and E.B., Wichita; two sisters; Lotus Foos, Wichita and Marcalee Boatright, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ila Carter, Glenna Leatherman and Alda Munn.
Funeral service was held Saturday afternoon, June 16, at the First Mennonite Church, Ransom. Pastor Eric Buller officiating. Military graveside rites by the Ransom V.F.W. Post 7972 with burial at the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
Memorials may be made to the First Mennonite Church or the Ransom Senior Center, both of Ransom.

Ness Co. News, June 21, 2001

OBITUARY

Donald William Albers passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at the Ransom Hospital. He was 80 years, 1 month, 23 days old. He was born in Hargrave, Ks. to Albert Leslie Albers and Gladys Rachel Williams Albers April 21, 1921 at the Albers homestead. He was the oldest son of eight children. He had four older sisters, two younger brothers and one younger sister. Siblings presently living are brothers: Wilbur of Ransom and E.B. of Wichita; sisters, Lotus Foos of Wichita and Marcalee Boatright of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Isla Carter, Glenna Leatherman and Alda Munn.
He graduated from LaCrosse Ks. High School and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1942-1945. He married Marguerite Mae Seuser of Bison on September 16, 1945. To this union were born four children: Donna Marie Klitzke of Phoenix, Ax.; Albert (Butch) Leslie Albers of Ransom; Linda Sue Dietz of Hudson and William (Bill) Donald Albers of Bison; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
He spent his married life on a farm at Ransom as a farmer and rancher. When the wheat crops failed he supplemented his income by butchering for neighbors, cutting meat at the S & D Store and selling insurance and DeKalb seed.
He was a member of the First Mennonite Church of Ransom. He served on the USD 302 School Board for a number of years. After his retirement he served as president of the Ransom Senior Center as well as serving as a representative for the Southwest Area Agency on Aging from 1989-1995.
He loved people. He loved music. He played the sousaphone in the high school band and violin in the orchestra. He played guitar, sang and until recently continued to entertain many with the violin. He passed his love of music on to all his children. He enjoyed hard work and helping his neighbors. He was a man of character. He would not compromise his Christian beliefs of honesty and standing up for what he believed was right.
He loved his wife, Marguerite, who worked by his side for 55 years. He loved his children, their spouses and his grandchildren with abandon. He gave God all the credit for bringing him home safely from World War II -- for seeing him through tough times and often said, “I’m so thankful to be here, just think what I would have missed if I had not returned from the war. Every day I live is a gift.”
He was a very good horseshoe pitcher competing in many tournaments including two world tournaments and received many trophies.
He loved to fish, hunt and play cards as a means to socialize with his friends and relatives.
In the last two years after the diagnosis of cancer, even in the midst of terrible pain, he knew God was good and was in control. He had an expectation and an anticipation of Heaven. He knew the ultimate healing was not in the flesh but in the spiritual realm. God was very gracious to give him a dream, a vision in these past few weeks, of a heaven and of those who had gone before him.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven...” Eccl. 3:1.
“I know that whatever God does lasts forever, to add to it or to subtract from it is impossible. And he has done it all in such a way that men must feel awe in His presence.” Eccl. 3:14.
“So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should enjoy his work since that is his lot...” Eccl. 3:22.

Ness Co. News, June 21, 2001

JOEL ALBRIGHT

Joel H. Albright died Friday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Brock. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon.

Ness Co. Echo, Dec. 11, 1909

Joel H. Albright was born in Gilford County, North Carolina, September 23, 1830, and died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Martha M. Brock, December 3, 1909, aged 79 years, 2 months and 10 days.
During his boyhood his parents moved to Clay County, Missouri, where he resided until 1881, when he moved to Ness County, Kansas, taking a homestead in the southern part of Nevada township, where he has since lived.
He united with the Christian Union Church at the age of eighteen and when he moved to Ness County he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and remained a consistent member until his death.
He leaves three brothers and two sisters, living, many nephews and nieces and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
Mr. Albright had been enjoying fairly good health until about three o’clock Friday morning, when he began to have trouble to get his breath, but he did not suffer much pain and passed quietly away at nine o’clock.
Mr. Albright will be much missed in the community where he lived as he befriended many during the early hard times and leaves many friends who remember his past kindness.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 11, 1909

OBITUARY

Joel Albright died very suddenly Saturday, December 4, 1909, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Martha Brock, near Ransom.
Deceased was born July 3, 1880, at Gilford, North Carolina, and leaves three sisters and three brothers as immediate relatives to mourn his death.
He came to Ness County in the early eightys and has since then resided on the farm which he homesteaded when he first came to this County.
Funeral services were conducted at the grave, in the Ransom cemetery Sunday, by Rev. M.G. Terry.

Ness Co. Echo, Dec. 11, 1909


ALICE ALDRICH

Died: Friday morning May 14, Mrs. Alice Aldrich, wife of W.C. Aldrich. We were unable to learn the particulars.

Ness Co. Echo, May 22, 1909
Possibly Ransom Cemetery, newspaper did not say

ALICE AMSTUTZ

Mrs. Alice Amstutz, 85, a resident of the Ransom community for almost 80 years, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom Saturday, February 29. She had been seriously ill for some three months.
She was born at Lawrenceburg, Ind., October 27, 1878, and came to Ness County with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wessa, in 1886. After receiving her education she taught school for several terms.
She was united in marriage to Louis Amstutz on June 20, 1906, who preceded her in death on November 7, 1959. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Hazel, who died in infancy.
Survivors include a son, Ralph Amstutz of the home; a brother, Ralph E. Wessa of St. Maries, Idaho; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church Monday morning, March 2, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Bruce Blake. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgerald’s in charge.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 5, 1964

OBITUARY

Alice M. Amstutz, daughter of Ellen and Peter J. Wessa, was born at Lawrenceburg, Ind., October 27, 1878, and departed this life February 29 at Grisell Memorial Hospital after a few months illness. Her age was 85 years, 4 months.
She was married to Louis Amstutz June 20, 1906. To this union was born one daughter, Hazel, who died in infancy; and one son, Ralph, of the home.
Husband, Louis, preceded her in death November 7, 1959.
She is survived by her son, Ralph; one brother, Ralph E. Wessa, of St. Maries, Idaho; many other relatives and friends.
She came to Ness County in 1886 when her father homesteaded near Ransom. Alice taught school several years before her marriage. She taught Sunday School for many years and took an active part in church work. She had many interests, chief of which was raising beautiful flowers. Anything of beauty appealed to her-music, fancy work, good books. She never complained even though she was in failing health for some time. Patience, kindness and unassuming dignity were qualities which endeared her to family and friends.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 5, 1964

DAVID AMSTUTZ

Last Friday noon this community was saddened by the news that Dave Amstutz had accidentally killed himself. Mr. Amstutz had been in the field with his son and was on his way to the house when the accident occurred. The jolting and swaying of the car over rough ground discharged the gun which he had in the car. The bullet entered his body just below the right side of his heart, passing upward through the heart and lodging against the left shoulder bone.
Fred Amstutz, the eldest son, had been to the house for some supplies and was going back to the field when he discovered his father dead in the car, about a mile from his home. Dr. D.B. Parker was called immediately and then County Coroner Fitzgerald, who immediately summoned a jury which rendered a verdict of accidental death.
Mr. Amstutz was an expert marksman, and each year attended the annual shoot at the Fort Riley reservation. He was well known over the state, being a dealer in arms and ammunition. He also had a rifle range on his farm and conducted practice shoots which were attended by many of the expert riflemen of this section. He was a popular member of the Association.
Mr. Amstutz always had a gun with him, and the one he had last Friday was a 32 - 20 Winchester, with a soft-nose bullet.
The funeral, which was conducted Sunday afternoon from the M.E. Church, was largely attended, the building being filled almost to capacity. A good many members of the State Rifle Association were in attendance.
The Record joins the many friends of the Amstutzs in extending to them, sympathy, in the death of their husband, father and brother.

Ransom Record, June 13, 1935

ACCIDENTALLY SHOT

D.O. Amstutz, of Ransom, was killed instantly Friday noon when a 32-20 Winchester rifle which he was carrying in the car was accidentally discharged. Dave had driven to the field about a quarter of a mile from the house with fuel for the tractor to fill up during the noon hour. He had turned out of the road into the field where his son, Fred, was listing. When Fred arrived at the corner of the field where the car was stopped he found his father, dead, at the wheel, in a sitting position as if asleep. The gun was found on the floor with the stock down in the right hand corner of the car where it had evidently fallen from the seat. Dave was a lover of guns and always carried at least one when he was about his work, and had built up an extensive business trading in guns and ammunition. His sudden death was a severe shock to
the community


DAVID AMSTUTZ

OBITUARY

David Oscar Amstutz was born on a farm near Ransom, March 31, 1890, and died 1.4 miles from his birthplace on his own farm 4 1/2 miles southwest of Ransom, June 7, 1935, at the age of 45 years, two months and six days.
Dave was the youngest living child of Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich Amstutz, of Ransom. He grew to manhood in Ness County and spent his life here, with the exception of one year, which was spent working away from home and attending Mohler Barber College, at Kansas City, where he learned the barbers trade.
He was united in marriage to Lorena O. Harkness, of Ransom, on June 17, 1915. To this happy union were born seven children, Fred, Vernon, Earl, Hazel, the twins Fern and Fayne and Max. Mrs. Amstutz and all the children, except Vernon, who died in infancy, are still living.
Dave was converted and joined the Methodist Church, of Ransom, and was a faithful attendant at Sunday School and worship services all his life. He was a devout Christian, and those who knew him in business and out of business, as well as those of his family and loved ones, knew him to be such. He was of a very quiet nature and took life seriously. He was deeply concerned about the welfare of his family, not only physically but also spiritually, for when he and his family were able they were all to be found in church on Sundays.
His hobby was guns. He was a good marksman and won several medals at Fort Riley. He dealt in guns and ammunition for about 15 years and during that time built up a trade that reached almost every state in the Union. He was in the habit of carrying a rifle in the car with him on week days as he drove here and there, and it was a rifle that was accidentally discharged, in his car, that caused his death, having pierced his heart.
Dave was a kind and loving father. He loved his home and the fellowship of his loved ones. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and six children, Fred, Earl, Hazel, Fern, Fayne and Max, eight sisters and two brothers, all residing in Ness County, with the exception of Mrs. Lee Everhart, who resides at Louisburg, Kas. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends.

Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding
O’er the spoils that death has won,
We would at this solemn meeting
Calmly say, “Thy will be done”.

By thy hands the boon was given,
Thou hast taken but thine own:
Lord of earth and God of heaven,
Evermore “Thy will be done”.
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Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the M.E. Church, conducted by Rev. D.L. Rothweiler. His tender and comforting words were a solace to all who heard him.
A double quartet, composed of Mesdames Ira Stutzman, L.B. Dubbs and F.T. McNinch and Miss Eleska Rufenacht and Messrs. Charles Stutzman, L.B. Dubbs and George and Herman Shellenberger, sang beautifully the songs, “Sometime We’ll Understand”, “A Shelter in the Time of Storm” and “Sweet By and By”. Miss Fern Miller acted as pianist.
The casket was placed amid a beautiful floral display.
Pallbearers were Messrs. Lee Miller, Leslie Tilley, Bill Anspaugh, Ed Klitzke, Bill Wallace and Bill Koester.
Funeral Director John Aeby had charge of the body, which was taken to the Ransom cemetery for burial.

Ransom Record, June 13, 1935


FRED AMSTUTZ

Fred Amstutz, 87, Ransom banker for over 50 years, passed away at the Grisell Memorial hospital at Ransom Monday, October 19. He had been in poor health the last few years.
He was born at Berlin, Mo., March 13, 1883, but had spent most of his 87 years in the Ransom community.
He began working at the Ransom First State Bank in 1919, and remained with the institution since. He was chairman of the Bank Board of Directors at the time of his death, serving in that capacity since the bank was merged with the Ransom Farmers State Bank in 1967.
He was married to Maude Simpson on May 5, 1920, at Norton. She passed away on June 15, 1943.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ransom.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Andy (Cleo) Somy of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Neyer and Mrs. Rosa Rutschman, both of Ransom; a grandson, Jim Somy of Santa Barbara, Calif.; various nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends myriad.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom U-Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon, October 21, 2:30 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. William McFall. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 22, 1970

OBITUARY

Fred Amstutz was born March 13, 1893, in Berlin, Mo. He was the son of Ulrich and Marian Oppliger Amstutz. He was one of 14 children.
At the age of four, he moved to a farm south of Ransom with his parents and brother and sisters.
He was graduated from Kansas Wesleyan Business College. With the exception of three or four years in Western Kansas, Colorado, and Idaho, he spent his entire adult life in the Ransom community. He was associated with the First State Bank of Ransom some 50 years.
On May 5, 1920, he was married to Maude Leona Simpson of Lenora. To this union was born one daughter, Cleo. His wife preceded him in death on June 15, 1943.
At the time of his death, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First State Bank. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ransom and the Ransom Lions Club.
He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Cleo; son-in-law, Andy; grandson, Jim; sisters, Mary Neyer and Rosa Rutschman, both of Ransom; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Ness Co. News, Oct. 29, 1970


FRED AMSTUTZ

A corner accident on the road about seven miles northwest of Ness City Monday, caused the death of Fred Amstutz of Ransom.
Amstutz, according to reports, was driving north on the road four miles west of town, and collided at the corner with a sand truck hauling gravel on the detour for 283 north of Ness City.
The car and truck met nearly head-on, the truck loaded was traveling east, and the Amstutz car north.
Amstutz lived only a short while after the accident, and the driver of the truck was seriously injured.
Both vehicles were badly damaged by the impact.

Ness Co. News, July 24, 1947

OBITUARY

Fred Leroy Amstutz, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Amstutz, was born at the farm home southwest of Ransom, April 1, 1916. He was the eldest of seven children.
On Monday, July 21, 1947, as he was returning from Beeler, with repair parts for his combine, the car he was driving collided with a sand truck near the North Star schoolhouse. Fred Leroy never regained consciousness and life ebbed out at the Ransom hospital as he was being made ready for the journey to a Hays hospital. His age was 31 years, 3 months, 20 days.
He completed the first eight grades in a country school and then attended the Ransom Rural High School from which he was graduated in 1934.
Following graduation Fred Leroy helped his father in his farming and ammunition business, carrying on with his mother and brother, Earl, for a year or more following his father’s accidental death on June 7, 1935.
On June 15, 1936, he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Hamit, in the Methodist parsonage at Ransom. Three children have blessed this union: David Leroy, now 9 years of age, Michael Bradford, and Frieda Lynne nearly 6 months of age.
The young couple continued on the farm awhile, and after moving to Ransom went to work in Lamar, Mo. From Lamar they moved to Kansas City where Fred Leroy worked as a carpenter and also for the Western Auto Supply. They then returned to Ransom where the deceased engaged in farming and general machinery repair with his brother, Earl.
Fred Leroy was of a very cheerful disposition, and a willing worker, and enjoyed a wide circle of friends.
He was converted as a youth in high school. At the age of 12 years Fred Leroy was received into the membership of the Ransom Methodist Church. And during the last several years he had shown an increasing interest in the work of the church.
The deceased was preceded in death by his father and by a brother, Vernon, who died in infancy.
Left to mourn his departure are his devoted wife, Helen; three children, David Leroy, Michael Bradford, and Frieda Lynne; his mother, Mrs. David O. Amstutz; three sisters, Hazel Amstutz of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Fern Crossland of Hays, and Mrs. Fayne Sneddon of Marshall, Mo.; three nephews and one niece; and many other relatives and a large number of friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the First Methodist Church in Ransom at 2:00 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, July 23, 1947, with the pastor, Rev. Samuel Paulding, officiating. A double quartet composed of Miss Rosanne Willour, Mrs. Clyde Willour, Mrs. Orville Klitzke, Mrs. Samuel Paulding, Clifford Anderson, Jess Dieffenbach, Charles Shellenberger and Clinton Scherzinger sang gospel hymns, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “The Sweet By and By.” Mrs. Samuel Paulding sang the solo, “God Understands”.
Pall bearers were six cousins: Phil Neyer, Fred Neyer, Willard Horchem, Dave Ummel, Thomas Harkness and Vance Harkness.

Ness Co. News, July 31, 1947


HERMAN AMSTUTZ

Died: - Friday, August 12, 1898, Herman, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich Amstutz, aged about six years.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 20, 1898


LORENA AMSTUTZ

Lorena Opal Amstutz, 90, a life-long resident of the Ransom community, died Sunday, June 3, at the Dodge City Regional Hospital.
Born Dec. 1, 1893, at Ransom, she married David O. Amstutz June 17, 1915, at Ransom. He died June 7, 1935. A member of the Ransom United Methodist Church, Mrs. Amstutz had made her home at Ft. Dodge for the past several years.
She is survived by two sons, Earl of Ransom and Max of Fort Wayne, Indiana; two daughters, Mrs. George (Hazel) Davis of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Milton (Fayne) Snedden of Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Tuesday afternoon at the Ransom united Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Vance officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, June 7, 1984

OBITUARY

Lorena Opal Amstutz, daughter of James Harkness and Maria Bradley Harkness, was born December 1, 1893, at Ransom, Kansas and departed her life June 3, 1984, at the Dodge City Regional Hospital. She lived most of her life at Ransom.
She married David O. Amstutz at Ransom, June 17, 1915. To this union seven children were born: four sons, Fred, Vernon, Earl and Max; three daughters, Hazel, Fern and Fayne.
Her husband, David O. Amstutz and three children, Fred, Vernon and Fern preceded her in death.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ransom. She was active in the Women’s Society and WCTU. She also taught Sunday School for years until her health failed a number of years ago.
She is survived by two sons, Earl of Ransom and Max of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; two daughters, Hazel Davis of Kansas City, Mo., and Fayne Sneddon of Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren, many relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, June 14, 1984


LOUIS AMSTUTZ

Louis Amstutz, 84, long time resident of the Ransom community passed away at the hospital there Saturday, November 7. He had been a patient at the Ransom hospital for some time.
Born in Missouri, Mr. Amstutz came to the Ransom community at an early age, and homesteaded on a farm southwest of Ransom, where he underwent many of the pioneer hardships here. He had been a continuous resident of the Ransom community since his homesteading days, except for two years spent in Colorado and Idaho.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church on Monday afternoon, November 9, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller, with Fitzgerald’s of Ness City in charge. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery.
Survivors include: The widow, Mrs. Alice Amstutz, and a son, Ralph, of the home; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Neyer, Mrs. Lizzie Johannes, Mrs. Anna Sipe, and Mrs. Rosa Rutschman, all of Ransom; a brother, Fred Amstutz of Ransom; other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 12, 1959

OBITUARY

Louis Amstutz, son of Ulrich and Marian Amstutz, was born July 28, 1875, in Berlin, Gentry County, Mo., and departed this life November 7, 1959 at the Grisell Memorial hospital where he had been a patient for several months.
Louis was from a family of 13 children. Those preceding him in death were Mrs. Della Ummel, Mrs. Emma Horchem, Mrs. Laura Huxman, Mrs. Ida Everhart, his sisters; and two brothers, David and Herman; and a sister who died in infancy.
Four sisters and one brother are still living. They are: Mrs. May Neyer, Mrs. Lizzie Johannes, Mrs. Anna Sipe, Mrs. Rosa Rutschman, and Fred Amstutz, all of Ransom.
Louis at an early age, moved with his family from Missouri to Kansas and homesteaded on a farm southwest of Ransom. This farm is now occupied by the Fred Neyer family.
Being one of the early settlers in Ness County, Louis learned many things the hard way. He knew what it was to work and struggle and endure hardships that the early settlers had to face. Many of the water wells in the community are ones he dug by hand.
He became a member of the Methodist Church in early manhood and remained true to that faith.
On June 20, 1906, he was united in marriage to Alice Wessa. Two children were born to this union, Hazel, who died in infancy, and Ralph, who is of the home. All of his married life had been spent on the farm with the exception of two years which was spent in Colorado and Idaho.
He was a man who served his fellow men in numerous ways. He served as township trustee for 20 years. He was superintendent of the Sunday School for a number of years and also served on the school board. He was always a good neighbor and friend, ready to extend a helping hand to any who might need him. He was a great lover of the land and cherished his farm, his home and family.
His widow, Alice; and son, Ralph, are left to mourn his passing, besides many relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, November 9, 2:30 p.m., from the Ransom Methodist Church. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 12, 1959


MARIAN AMSTUTZ

Dr. W.S. Grisell accompanied Mrs. Amstutz to Kansas City last Tuesday, returning Friday.

Ness Co. Echo, March 5, 1910


Mrs. Ulrich Amstutz went to Kansas City to the hospital for an operation but the doctors pronounced the disease cancer of the liver, and thought it best not to perform the operation and she returned home Saturday evening.

Ness Co. Echo, March 5, 1910


MAUDE AMSTUTZ

The Ransom community was saddened on Tuesday when the word of the death of Mrs. Fred Amstutz reached there from Hays, where death occurred about 11 o’clock Tuesday morning. Mrs. Amstutz had been in the hospital for several days.
Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Church in Ransom Thursday afternoon, June 17, at 1:45 p.m., with burial in a Ransom cemetery.
Surviving are the husband, Fred, and one daughter, Cleo Faye, besides many other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, June 17, 1943

OBITUARY

Maud Leona Simpson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Simpson, was born February 21, 1893, in Graham County, and died at St. Anthony’s hospital, Hays, June, 1943, at the age of 50 years, 3 months, and 25 days.
When but two years of age she moved with her parents to a farm near Lenora, where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Fred Amstutz, May 5, 1920. One child, Cleo, came to bless this union.
She united with the Methodist Church in 1915, at Lenora, and in 1920 transferred her membership to Ransom, where she served as a faithful servant of her Lord until her death. She was superintendent of the primary department of the Sunday School for many years. She represented the Ransom charge at the annual conference last year, at Salina.
At the time of her death, she was a member of the board of stewards, and was a communion steward. She loved her Lord and her Church, and especially delighted in the communion services of the church. She was a devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor, and a faithful friend.
She will be sadly missed by her husband and daughter; her three sisters: Mrs. Edith McKenney of Colby; Mrs. Alice Wing of Lenora; and Mrs. Wanda Troutner of Zarah; also, many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, June 24, 1943


RALPH AMSTUTZ

Ralph Amstutz, 83, died Tuesday, June 22, 1993, at Ransom.
A lifetime Ransom resident, he was a retired McNess products dealer for more than 50 years.
He was born Dec. 24, 1909, at Ransom, the son of Louis and Alice Wessa Amstutz. He was a member of the Ransom United Methodist Church.
He is survived by several cousins.
Memorial service will be announced at a later date by Fitzgerald Funeral Home of Ness City.

Ness Co. News, July 1, 1993

A memorial service for Ralph Amstutz, who died June 22, will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City.
Marjorie Ediger, pastor of the Ransom First Mennonite Church, will preside. Memorials are suggested to the Ransom Senior Center or the Ransom Library.
Mr. Amstutz was a lifetime Ransom resident. He was a retired McNess Products dealer for more than 50 years.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 5, 1993
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Ness Co. News, Aug. 12, 1993

ULRICH AMSTUTZ

Ulrich Amstutz was born, April 28, 1838, in Switzerland and died at the old home place five miles south of Ransom, Kansas, June 12, 1917, aged seventy-nine years, one month and fourteen days. He was married to Miss Mariana Oppliger in 1867, and to this union thirteen children were born, four boys and nine girls, eleven of whom survive. His companion departed this life March 30, 1910. They immigrated to this country in 1870, and settled in Ness County, where they lived continuously till death.
There remains to mourn this loss his eleven children, a number of grandchildren and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held at ten o’clock, this morning, at the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful and loyal member, and will be in charge of his pastor, Rev. Abram Ummel, assisted by Rev. Fisher.

Ransom Record, June 14, 1917

Ulrich Amstutz died at his home south of Ransom, Tuesday, June 12, at the age of 79 years, 1 month and 14 days. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Mennonite Church of Ransom.

Ness Co. News, June 16, 1917


VERNON AMSTUTZ

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Amstutz, Sunday, January 20, 1918, but it did not live. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Vanderlip at the home Monday afternoon.

Ransom Record, January 23, 1918


Born and died:-Monday morning, January 21, 1918, Vernon, little son of Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Amstutz, of near Ransom. A particularly appropriate and comforting discourse was delivered at the home, that afternoon, by Rev. Vanderlip, of Ransom, who conducted the funeral service, in the presence of relatives and a few friends. Interment was made in the Ransom cemetery. The sympathy of many friends goes out to the parents in their bereavement.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 26, 1918

GLADYS ANDERSON

Gladys N. Anderson, 75, died June 18, 1992, at Wichita.
She was born Dec. 29, 1916, at Burdett, the daughter of Henry and Sadie Pruitt Reid. A resident of Wichita since 1989, moving from Norton, she was a retired registered nurse.
She was a member of Rozel Methodist Church, Rozel, Ransom Methodist, Ransom, the Norcatur and Norton United Methodist Church, Norton, and West Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita.
On June 17, 1942, she married Luther Davisson. On July 18, 1948 she married Harold Anderson at Ransom. He survives.
Other Survivors Include: one son, Robert Anderson, Overland Park; three daughters, Delores Ellyett, Springdale, Ark., Janet Belt, Topeka, and Velma Honer, Wichita; one brother, Joseph Reid, Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Stella Ideker, Rozel; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita, with the Rev. Ken Hathaway. An additional service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, Ransom. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
Memorials may be sent to Victory in the Valley, 917 North Market, Wichita, 67214

Ness Co. News, June 25, 1992


H. CLIFFORD ANDERSON

Cliff Anderson, 83, a native of the McCracken community and a resident of the Ransom community for many years before moving to Norton a year ago, passed away at the home in Norton Friday, September 29.
Born at McCracken December 7, 1888, he married Minnie Haug at Arnold on January 1, 1911. They had made their home at Ransom for nearly 50 years where he was employed as a meat cutter for the S-D Mercantile for many years.
He was a member of the Christian Church at Ransom.
Survivors include the widow of the home at Norton; a son, Harold Anderson of Norton; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held from the United Methodist Church at Ransom Monday afternoon, October 2, conducted by the pastor, Rev. William McFall. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 5, 1972


MINNIE ANDERSON

Mrs. Minnie Anderson, 87, long time resident of the Ransom community, passed away Wednesday, June 24, at the Grisell Memorial hospital at Ransom.
Born in Trego County September 30, 1893, she married Clifford Anderson January 1, 1911. They continued to live in her home community, making their home at Ransom until his death on September 29, 1972. She was a resident of the LTC unit of the Grisell Memorial hospital since 1977.
She was a member of the Ransom Christian Church.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom U-Methodist Church Saturday afternoon, June 27, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Tim C. Ault-Duell. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.
Survivors include a son, Harold Anderson of Norton; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren,other relatives and many friends.

Ness Co. News, July 2, 1981


BOHUSLAV ANDRASEK

Bohuslav Andrasek of Oakley, father of Mrs. Anna Griffith and Mrs. Marie Cofer of Ransom, died at the Logan County hospital, April 28, 1972 at the age of 79 years, of a heart attack.
He was born in Czechoslovakia on April 24, 1893, to Bohuslav and Anna Andrasek. He came to the United States in 1913.
On August 14, 1916, he married Matilda Besperat in Timken. To this union eight children were born: Louis of Scott City, Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Cofer of Ransom, Frank and Joe of Great Bend, Mrs. Rosie Fairchld of Wallace, Mrs. Mildred Peter of Fort Collins, Colo., and Bob of the home.
Also surviving him are his wife, Matilda, 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Services were held Sunday, April 30 in Oakley with burial at the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, May 4, 1972


MATILDA ANDRASEK

Mrs. Matilda Andrasek, 85, formerly of Oakley, died Wednesday, July 8, at the nursing home in Fort Collins, Colo., where she had resided the past four years.
Born Matilda Besperate in Chicago March 14, 1896, she married Bohuslav Andrasek in LaCrosse August 14, 1916. He died in April of 1972.
She was a member of the Community Church in Oakley.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, July 14, from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Willard Schrag, pastor of the Ransom First Mennonite Church. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery.
Survivors include: Daughters, Mrs. Anna Griffith and Mrs. Marie Cofer both of Ransom, Mrs. Mildred Peter of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mrs. Rosie Hill of Goodland; sons, Louis Andrasek of Scott City, Bob Andrasek of Fort Collins, Colo., and Joe Andrasek of Great Bend; 19 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, July 16, 1981


LYDIA ANSPAUGH

OBITUARY

Lydia Newby Anspaugh was born in Jonesboro, Ind., January 26th, 1859, and departed this life at Christs Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, August 12th, 1941, at the age of eighty-two years, six months and seventeen days.
She moved with her parents to Kansas in 1878. They settled on a homestead near Dubuque, Kansas.
She was united in marriage to William H. Anspaugh, October 24th, 1880. They moved to Wilson, Kansas, where they resided until 1904, moving to a farm in Russell County. In 1915 she moved to Ransom, Kansas, where she resided until a short time before her death.
Her husband and four children preceded her in death. Five children and nine grandchildren survive to mourn her departure. The children are: Mrs.E.H. Gruver, of Paradise, Kansas, Rev. S.E. Anspaugh of Rawlins, Wyoming, George Anspaugh of Ness City, W.H. Anspaugh, jr., of Great Bend, Kansas and Mrs. J.B. Oppliger of Topeka, Kansas.
She was a member of the Quaker Church until the transfer of her membership to the Methodist Church to which she remained a true and faithful member until her death.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 14th, at the Methodist Church in Ransom, Kansas. The services were conducted by Rev. Albrecht of Ransom and Rev. J.E. Gruver of Ada, Kansas. A double quartet composed of Mrs. W.F. Baer, Mrs. L.B. Dubbs, Mrs. Floyd Durr, Gladys Garrelts, H.C. Anderson, Geo. I. Shellenberger, Alvin Maddy and L.B. Dubbs, sang “There’ll Be No Dark Valley”, “There’ll Be No Disappointment in Heaven” and “Sometime We’ll Understand”, they were accompanied by Mrs. Emma Moody.
Pall bearers were A.T. Hazen, H.C. Cofer, Chas. H. Miller, Fred Amstutz, Forrest Walter and John Oppliger.

Western Ks. World, Aug. 21, 1941


WILLIAM ANSPAUGH

W.H. Anspaugh sr. suffered a stroke last Thursday morning and was for awhile in a very serious condition, but at present some better.

Ransom Record, February 25, 1937

OBITUARY

William H. Anspaugh was born in Montpelier, Ohio on May 23, 1853 and passed away at his home in Ransom, Kansas March 19, 1937.
He came to Kansas in 1879 and homesteaded near Dubuque, Kansas. On October 24, 1880 he was united in marriage to Lydia Newby Hill. In 1882 they moved to Wilson, Kansas where he worked at the carpenter trade.
To this union nine children were born, four of whom died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife and five children; Mrs. Ethel Gruver of Paradise, Kansas; Solon, of Rawlins, Wyoming; George, of Ness City; Mrs. Nellie Oppliger of Ellsworth; and Wm., jr. of Ransom and other relatives and a host of friends.
Mr. Anspaugh was baptized in infancy and has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church for many years.
Mr. and Mrs. Anspaugh moved to Ransom in 1914 and resided here since.
The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church and burial in the Ransom cemetery.

Ransom Record, March 25, 1937


WILLIS ANSPAUGH

A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Anspaugh Thursday but did not live. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. J.W. Vanderlip and burial made Friday morning.

Ransom Record, May 24, 1923


ANNA APGAR

We are sorry to report that Mrs. Apgar’s condition is most critical.

Ransom Record, Jan. 15, 1925


Mrs. Anna Apgar was born Sept. 24, 1876 near Sandy Run, Penn. and died at the home of her brother, John W. Rauch, near Arnold, January 29, 1925 aged 48 years, 4 months and 5 days. Mrs. Apgar came to Kansas in 1877, moving to Colorado in 1903 locating at Loveland, where she resided until October, 1924 returning to Kansas because of ill health thinking the lower altitude might benefit her. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and united with the M.E. Church a few weeks before her death, spending much time in prayer and having scripture read to her, until God called her. She leaves two daughters, two brothers and two sisters and many friends to weep for her. The daughters, Mrs. Marguerite Foster of Brighton, Colo. and Mrs. Mary Askew of Los Angeles, Calif., and the two brothers, John W. of Arnold and Albert Rauch of Modoc, Kansas, were present at the funeral. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bisbee of the Arnold church and burial was in the Ransom cemetery.
Funeral services for Mrs. Apgar, who died Thursday morning at the home of her brother, Wes Rauch, were held from the M.E. Church at Arnold Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock Rev. Bisbee had charge of the service. Interment was made in the Ransom cemetery. One daughter from Calif. and another from Colo. were with their mother when the end came.

Ransom Record, Feb. 5, 1925


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