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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.
ANNIE BLOCKSOME 

Died: - Friday, November 25, 1904, the three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Blocksome.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 3, 1904 

ANNA BLOCKSOME

Mrs. Anna Blocksome, who has lived in Ransom for a number of years, passed away Sunday morning. Funeral services will be held this Tuesday. A complete obituary will be published next week.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 7, 1940 

BAYE BLOCKSOME

Baye Blocksome, 91, died Monday, April 4, at St. Anthony Hospital in Hays. Born March 8, 1897, in Missouri, she married Glenn O. Blocksome May 4, 1916, at Hays. He died June 15, 1964. She was a longtime resident of Ransom. She is survived by one son, Keith of Ransom; a daughter, Wauneta Hafliger of Deming, New Mexico; a sister, Neva A. Klitzke of Ransom; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be Thursday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church in Ransom with the Rev. Walter Neufeld officiating. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 7, 1988 

OBITUARY

Baye Blocksome, daughter of Lowell W. and Cora Cornish Van Horn, was born March 8, 1897, in Missouri. She moved with her parents as a child to eastern Kansas, and later in 1914, they moved to southern Trego County. She attended high school in Ransom and taught elementary school briefly in Trego County. May 4, 1916, she married Glenn O. Blocksome. They resided in Ransom most of their married life. After her husband’s death in 1964, she continued living in Ransom. At the time of her death she was residing in Heartland Manor in WaKeeney. Those preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, her brother Clarence Van Horn of Colony; also; there were two brothers and a sister, who died in childhood. Survivors include: a sister, Neva Gladys Klitzke of Ransom; one son and his wife, Keith and Kathryn Blocksome in Ransom; one daughter and her husband, Wauneta and Lyle Hafliger of Deming, New Mexico; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-granddaughters. Baye passed away April 4, 1988,m at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Hays.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 21, 1988 

DONALD BLOCKSOME

Donald E. Blocksome, 73, a resident of the Ransom community in his youth and young manhood days, and for years an executive with Sears at Topeka before his retirement a few years ago, passed away at the hospital at Phoenix, Ariz., Friday, January 25. He had resided at Sun City, Ariz., since retiring. Born at Wilson April 25, 1900 he received his early schooling at Ransom, and continued to live there through young manhood. He had lived in Topeka for many years, where he was active not only in his firm’s work but was well known for his promotional contacts for the capitol city. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Loula Wilson of Montgomery, Texas. The body was returned here with services held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, January 29, conducted by Rev. William McFall, pastor of the Ransom U-Methodist Church. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 31, 1974 

Donald Earl Blocksome, son of George and Pearl Blocksome, was born April 25, 1900, at Wilson. He passed away January 25, 1974, at the age of 73 years and 9 months. He was a member of the Ransom Christian Church. He attended the Ransom public schools and Kansas State University at Manhattan. He was united in marriage to Hazel Warner who preceded him in death. He was manager of Sears at Topeka for many years, until retirement in 1963. He spent a year in Brazil helping establish the company’s organization in Sao Paulo and Rio De Janerio in 1948-1949. After retirement he lived in Palm Desert, Calif., and later moved to Sun City, Ariz. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Loula Wilson of Montgomery, Texas; nieces, Mrs. C.E. (Glenna) Verrett of Sulfur, La.; Mrs. Lyle (Wauneta) Hafliger of Lordsbury, N.M., Mrs. Theo Overholt of Santa Monica, Calif., Mrs. Joe (Dorene) Landry of Erskine, Alberta, Canada; nephews, Dean Jacka of Springfield, Ore., Richard Welch of Sun City, Ariz., Keith Blocksome of Ransom, and a host of friends.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 7, 1974 

GEORGE BLOCKSOME

George W. Blocksome was born Feb. 16, 1846, in Marion County, Ohio, being the eldest of twelve children born to Jeremiah and Lavinia Blocksome, all of whom preceded him in death except one brother, Roy Blocksome, of Erskine, Canada. Mr. Blocksome grew to manhood in Ohio and Illinois, learning the barber trade when a boy of 17 in Chicago, Ill. In 1885 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Pearl Welch in Defiance, Ohio, raising her two small children, Imogene and Harry, as his own. To this union four children were born, Georgia and Loula of Borger, Texas, Glen of Ransom and Donald of Topeka, Kansas. In 1890 the couple moved to Cripple Creek, Colo., where he and his brother, John, operated a barber shop, during the gold rush, later moving to Colorado City. In 1894 they moved to Trego County, Kansas, taking up a homestead in Wilcox township near the Smokey River. Mr. Blocksome drove a team in all kinds of weather to Ransom establishing a barber business. He moved into town later where he was in business 42 years. In 1935 he moved to Borger, Texas, making his home with his daughter, Georgia, and son-in-law, Jack Hulls. On July 2nd he had the misfortune to fall suffering a broken hip bone and other injuries causing his death July 14th at the age of 95 years, 5 months and 8 days. Mr. Blocksome was a member of the Lutheran Church, having joined that body when but a boy. In Ransom he made both the Methodist and Christian Churches his home. Mr. Blocksome’s jovial manner and personality won him many friends. He enjoyed the calls and visits of friends until his passing and his greatest ambition was to reach the century mark. Besides his brother Roy, and step-son, Harry Welch, and family of Erskine, Canada, he leaves to mourn his passing his daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hulls, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Wilson, two granddaughters, Mrs. Johnetta Duncan and Mrs. Glenna Cline; one grandson, Buddy Lee Jacka; a great-grandson, Joe Lee Agle; three great-granddaughters, Loretta, Sue and Patricia Duncan, all of Borger, Texas; who were at his bedside during his illness. His son, Glenn, and wife, grandson, Keith, and wife, granddaughters, Waneta, all of Ransom; Donald and wife of Topeka; two granddaughters, Mrs. Virgil Overholt and Mrs. Wayne Conger of Sacramento, Calif., besides a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Powell Funeral Chapel in Borger, Texas, Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Roock, Lutheran minister, in charge. The body being taken overland in the afternoon to the home of his son, Glenn, and family in Ransom. On Wednesday p.m. funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Ransom with the Rev. Bretz of Dighton officiating. A mixed choir of the Methodist, Christian and church of Christ, and a solo by Cliff Anderson with Miss Dorothy Aeby, pianist, conducted the song service. Acting pall bearers were John Willour, Lee Miller, Clinton Scherzinger, Peter Rauch, William Baer and Art Hazen. Honorary pall bearers were Wm. Farr, Jap Rogers, George Osborne, Peter Horchem, L.B. Dubbs and W.E. Stowe. The body was laid to rest in the family lot at Ransom by the wife and mother who preceded him in death Nov. 15, 1915. Ness Co. News, July 31, 1941 GLENN BLOCKSOME Glenn O. Blocksome, 69, well known Ransom man, passed away in the hospital there on Monday, June 15, following a short illness. He had been a mail carrier out of the Ransom post office for some 46 years, retiring in 1963. He was born May 28, 1895, at Lincoln Center, Kansas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Blocksome. The family moved to the Ransom community when he was a child, and he had since resided there. He was united in marriage to Baye Van Horn on May 4, 1916, at WaKeeney, who survives him. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lyle R. (Wauneta) Hafliger of WaKeeney; a son, Keith Blocksome of Ransom; a sister, Mrs. Ivan Wilson of Guymon, Okla.; a brother, Don Blocksome of Topeka; six grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held from the First Mennonite Church in Ransom Wednesday afternoon, June 17, at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. P.K. Regier. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgerald’s in charge. Ness Co. News, June 18, 1964 

OBITUARY

Glenn Orrin Blocksome, son of George W. and Pearl Marcellus Blocksome, was born May 28, 1895, at Lincoln Center, Kansas. He passed away June 15, 1964, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital, thus reaching an age of 69 years and 18 days. He attended the Ransom public schools and spent nearly all of his life in the Ransom community. On May 4, 1916, he was united in marriage with Baye Van Horn at WaKeeney, with whom he shared life’s joys and sorrows for 48 years. To this union two children were born, both of whom survive him. One of his greatest joys were his six grandchildren. With them he spent many happy hours. By profession he was a mail carrier and carried mail on a Ransom rural route from 1917 to 1963. He took delight in accommodating others and doing favors in his relationship to the public by which he endeared himself to the people whom he served and made many friends. He also served as a barber in Ransom for many years. He entered into retirement in 1963. Those who survive his departure are his widow, Mrs. Baye Blocksome of the home; a son, Keith, and his wife, Kathryn, of Ransom; a daughter, Mrs. Wauneta Hafliger, and her husband, Lyle, of WaKeeney; a brother, Donald, of Topeka; a sister, Mrs. Ivan (Loula) Wilson of Guymon, Okla.; six grandchildren; many nephews and nieces and other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, June 25, 1964 

JOHN BLOCKSOME

John G. Blocksome was born April 5, 1864, at Plymouth, Ind., and passed away at his home in Ransom, Kans., April 9, 1936, aged 72 years, 4 days. At about the age of 14 he moved with his widowed mother to Russell, Kans. He was the youngest son of a large family. When a young man he learned the barber trade under the direction of his brother, George W. Blocksome. On June 28, 1887, he was united in marriage to Miss Annie May Small in Russell County, Kans. To this union one child was born, Mabel Lavinna, who passed on at the age of 9 years. Later they moved to Trego County, where they homesteaded, and lived there eleven years, and then moved to Ransom, where Mr. Blocksome engaged in the auto livery business. For twenty years he was a dealer in Studebaker cars, a business which he greatly enjoyed. Three years ago he again took up the barber trade, which he followed until a year ago, when his health began to fail. He was under the doctor’s care for eleven months, his devoted wife nursing him with tender care to the end. Mr. Blocksome had a very cheerful disposition and bore his suffering patiently. He never gave up hope. Neighbors testify that in times of sickness or sorrow Mr. Blocksome was always ready with his car to do what he could for his friends. He leaves his wife, two brothers, George W., of Ransom, and Roy, of Erskine, Alberta Canada, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the M.E. Church on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 12, conducted by the pastor, Rev. D.L. Rothweiler, who brought a comforting message to relatives and friends. Miss Dorothy Aeby at the piano played softly as a double quartet composed of H.C. Anderson, G.I. Shellenberger, Mrs. Ethel McNinch, Mrs. Lena Sidebottom, Mrs. Agnes Hays, Mrs. L.B. Dubbs, Chas. J. Shellenberger and L.B. Dubbs sang: “When They Ring The Golden Bells For You and Me”, “In The Garden” and “The Home Over There”. Mr. Anderson sang the beautiful tenor solo, “There’ll Be No Tears in Paradise”. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Johannes, F.T. McNinch, E.A. Jesse, A.C. Tilley, S.E. Dubbs and O.L. Douglass. Active pallbearers were O.V. Dubbs, I.V. Platt, A.T. Hazen, John Schoeppel, L.E. Parkhurst and D.C. Swisher. Funeral director John Aeby assisted by Geo. Shellenberger had charge of the body, which was tenderly laid to rest beside the grave of his little daughter, Mabel, in the Ransom cemetery.

Ransom Record, April 16, 1936 MABEL BLOCKSOME

Died: - Sunday, October 7, 1900, Mable, only child of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Blocksome, aged 9 years. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church Tuesday by Rev. Thompson.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 13, 1900 

PEARL BLOCKSOME

Mrs. George Blocksome has taken much worse again last week and is confined to her bed all the time now.

Ness Co. Echo, Oct. 2, 1915 

Mrs. Georgia Blackburn has resigned her position at the restaurant to care for her mother, Mrs. George Blackburn [Blocksome].

Ness Co. Echo, Oct. 2, 1915 

Mrs. G.W. Blocksome died here, Tuesday morning, November 16, after a lingering illness.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 20, 1915 

Harry Welch, of Erskine, Canada, arrived on the Flyer Sunday morning, being called here by the illness of his mother, Mrs. G.W. Blocksome.

Ness Co. Echo, Oct. 30, 1915 

Died Tuesday morning November 16, Mrs. G.W. Blocksome, after about a year’s illness.

Ness Co. Echo, Nov. 20, 1915

OBITUARY

Pearl Sebina Marcellus was born in Defiance County, Ohio, July 4, 1861. She was the youngest of five children born to David W. and Marinda Hopkins Marcellus who were among the earliest pioneers of western Ohio. She was baptized and joined the Presbyterian Church at Defiance in early childhood. March 1, 1879 she was united in marriage to Richard H. Welch, of Defiance who died October 12, 1883. To the union was born two children. Imogene Mae Agle who died at Lawrence, Kansas, May 28, 1911, and Harry E. Welch who resides in Alberta, Canada. September 27, 1887 she was married to Geo. W. Blocksome of Defiance, Ohio. To this union was born four children. Georgia Marcelle Blackburn, Glenn O., Donald E., Lonla C., all of Ransom. She came to this community in May, 1894 and resided here since that time. She departed this life at 5 a.m., Tuesday, November 16, 1915, aged 54 years, 4 months, 12 days. She is survived by her husband, five children, two sisters and several grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. conducted by Rev. J.G. Gilmore and buried in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. Echo, Nov. 20, 1915 

OBITUARY 

Pearl Sabina Marcellus was born in Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, July 4, 1861. She was the youngest of five children born to David W. and Marinda Hopkins Marcellus, who were among the earliest pioneers of Western Ohio. She joined the Presbyterian Church and was baptized at Defiance in early childhood. March 1st, 1879, she was married to Richard H. Welsch, of Defiance, who died October 12, 1883. To this union were born two children, Imogene Mae Agle, who died at Lawrence, Kansas, May 28, 1911 , and Harry E. Welsch, who resides in Erskine, Alberta, Canada. She was married to Geo. W. Blocksome, of Defiance, Ohio, September 27, 1887. To this union were born four children, Mrs. Georgia Marcelle Blackburn, Glenn O., Donald E., and Loula C., all of Ransom, Kansas. She came to this community in May, 1894, with husband and family, and has lived here ever since that time. She departed this life at 5:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 16, 1915, aged 54 years, 4 months and 12 days, being survived by her husband, five children, two sisters, several grandchildren, and many other relatives. Funeral services were held Wednesday, at 3:00 p.m., November 17, conducted by Rev. J.B. Gillmore, and interment made in Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 20, 1915 

RICHARD BLOCKSOME

Robert Ashael Blocksome was born in Marshall County, Indiana, January 13, 1853, and departed this life July 30, 1915, at Topeka, Kansas, aged sixty-two years, six months and seventeen days. Three brothers survive him: Roy, who lives in Erskine, Canada, George W. and John G., both of Ransom. Asa was a well known resident of this community, having come to Kansas in 1878, and lived on a farm in Trego County, many years. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Episcopal Church at Ransom, Sunday afternoon, August 1st, conducted by Rev. G.E. Spear, and the body laid to rest in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, August 7, 1915 

The body of Mr. Acey Blocksome was brought to Ransom for burial, Saturday night. The funeral was held from the M.E. Church Sunday afternoon. Two of his brothers John and George Blocksome live here.

Ness Co. Echo, August 7, 1915

RICHARD KEITH BLOCKSOME

Richard Keith Blocksome, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, at the Hays Medical Center. He was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Ransom to Glenn O. and Baye (Van Horn) Blocksome. He married Kathryn Noll on May 25, 1940, in Hays. A lifetime Ransom resident, he was a farmer and stockman. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church and the Ransom Lions Club. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Rod, Robbins, Iowa, Kent, Decatur, Ala., and Craig, Ransom; a sister, Neta Hafliger, Deming, N.M.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services are at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Mennonite Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Marjorie Ediger officiating; burial in the Ransom Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Blocksome Scholarship Fund at the Ransom High School.

Hays Daily News, Oct. 28, 1996 

Richard Keith Blocksome, 76, died Oct. 27, 1996, at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus. He was born Dec. 1, 1919, at Ransom, the son of Glenn O. and Baye Van Horn Blocksome. A lifetime resident of Ransom, he was a farmer and stockman. He was affiliated with the First Mennonite Church and the Ransom Lions Club. On May 25, 1950, he married Kathryn Noll at Hays. She survives. Other survivors include: three sons, Rod, Robbins, Iowa, Kent, of Decatur, Ala., and Craig, of Ransom; a sister, Neta Hafliger, Deming, N.M.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Mennonite Church in Ransom, with Pastor Marjorie Ediger presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City and from 12 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Blocksome Scholarship Fund at Ransom High School in care of the mortuary.

Hutchinson News, Oct. 28, 1996 

RICHARD KEITH BLOCKSOME

Richard Keith Blocksome, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 27, at Hays Medical Center in Hays. A lifetime resident of the Ransom community, he was a farmer and stockman. He was born Dec. 1, 1919, at Ransom, the son of Glenn O. and Baye Van Horn Blocksome. He married Kathryn Noll at Hays May 25, 1940. He was affiliated with the First Mennonite Church and the Ransom Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, of the home; three sons, Rob of Robbins, Iowa, Kent of Decatur, Ala. and Craig of Ransom; a sister, Neta Hafliger of Deming, N.M.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the First Mennonite Church in Ransom with Pastor Marjorie Ediger presiding. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Blocksome Scholarship Fund at Ransom High School.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 31, 1996 

OBITUARY

Richard Keith Blocksome, known to all as Keith, was born December 1, 1919 at home in Ransom. He was the eldest child of Glenn O. and Baye (Van Horn) Blocksome. His grandparents were George W. and Pearl S. (Marcellus) Blocksome and Lowell W. and Cora (Cornish) Van Horn - all pioneer settlers of the Ransom community. He had one sister, Neta Hafliger of Deming, N.M. Keith attended the Ransom Schools though his family frequently changed residences in Ransom. It was told that he had lived in nearly a quarter of the homes in Ransom by the time he graduated high school. After graduation in 1937, Keith moved to the farm southeast of Ransom where he lived until 1961. In 1961, the family moved into Ransom but continued to farm. On the 25th of May, 1940, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn Noll, in Hays. Three sons were born - Rod, Kent, and Craig. He used to tell people they were his “million dollar crop.” As a youngster, Keith and his sister were often parked in the corner while their dad led and played in his dance band, The Midnight Flyers. Later, as a teenager, his parents forbid him from going to any of these dances. However, he would be allowed to use the family car for dates to movies. He complied with these terms, took the car and started dating Kathryn. Keith was a farmer and stockman all his life and loved the outdoors and making things grow. In his youth he enjoyed duck hunting and fishing at Sand Creek and Lawrence Miller’s Pond northeast of Ransom. In his later years, he loved to go hunting at Kirwin Reservoir with his many goose hunting companions. He enjoyed the fishing trips for trout and salmon in the Colorado Rockies. His lifelong occupation was farming, however, for one year after high school he managed a small gas station and grain elevator in Ransom. Later he was the area dealer for Northrup King Seeds and also did field measurements for ASCS. Both jobs provided opportunity to visit his many friends across the County. Through the years, Keith served his community through membership and offices in numerous organizations: Ransom Telephone board, CO-OP board of directors, Nevada Township board as assessor, clerk, and treasurer, Election board supervisor, Farm Bureau member and director, Adult 4-H leader for many years in the local and County organizations, Ness County Extension Council, and The Ransom Lions Club. For many years he was a member of the Ransom hospital “Walking Blood Bank” - always answering the call to donate in emergencies. He attended the Ransom First Christian Church and later the Mennonite Church. He was keenly interested in all school activities and made sure his three sons and wife completed a college education. He was devoted to family and friends; stopping every morning to see his widowed mother for a few minutes. In his retirement years, he enjoyed the lively camaraderie of his many friends at the morning downtown coffee gatherings. Keith departed this life after a short illness on Oct. 27. Those left to mourn his passing are: his wife Kathryn, of the home; his sister Neta Hafliger and brother-in-law Lyle of Deming, NM; his children: Rod and Elizabeth Blocksome of Robins, Iowa; Kent and Bettie Blocksome of Decatur, Ala.; Craig and Carol Blocksome of Ransom; his grandchildren: Michele Blocksome of Greencastle, Ind.; Mike Blocksome of Robins, Iowa; Myron Blocksome of Robins, Iowa; William Blocksome of Auburn, Ala.; Deborah (Blocksome) and Andy Moon of Littleton, Colo.; Daniel Blocksome of Ransom; Rebecca Blocksome of Ransom; Patricia Blocksome of Ransom; his great grand-child: Tyler Andrew Moon of Littleton, Colo.; and a great many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service was held in the Ransom Mennonite Church Wednesday, Oct. 30, with Rev. Marjorie Ediger officiating. Internment was in the Ransom Cemetery. 

Ness Co. News, Oct. 31, 1996

To Keith Blocksome and his family:

I knew this fellow when I was a kid But had no idea that inside was hid A kind and gentle nature with a yen for fun And a craftsman’s eye for a fine hunting gun.

Through the years I came to know The reasons why we liked each other so We talked of hunting, reloading and such And just how the both of us loved it so much.

He told me of Sand Creek when he was a boy And the Iver Johnson .410, it wasn’t a toy To him he was setting on top of it all Pursuing a duck called the Mallard, that fall.

For the past 20 years when a chill hit the air We headed for Kirwin because goose hunting was fair We just knew the hunting would soon be great So we would get up real early, just couldn’t be late

The wives somehow could not understand What it was that drew us North to this land But it was God’s birds, friends, nature and all That made each December an irresistible call

My friend was so blessed with three sons and a wife And he was sure happy for them in his life His Grandchildren and the recent great grand Were to him the finest in all of this land.

In this poem, I simply wish to convey How I learned to love Keith in every way My hope is that in being a Christian friend Will assure all of you this isn’t the end.

Praise the Lord! God’s Peace & Joy To All Of You, Albert and Jeanette Albers

Ness Co. News, Oct. 31, 1996 

MARIAN BLUE

Word was received this weekend of the death of Mrs. Marion Blue October 5, 1991. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Francine Neitzel in Hawaii. Funeral services were held Sunday in Hawaii. Mrs. Blue was formerly from Ransom but had been making her home with her daughter the past several years. Those wishing to send cards may do so to Mrs. Francine Neitzel, 86-101 Sarrington Highway, Waianae, Hawaii 96792

Ness Co. News, Oct. 10, 1991 

Marian Blue, 80, former resident of Ransom, died Saturday, Oct. 5. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at her daughter’s home in Waianae, Hawaii. She had lived in Hawaii since 1981. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Francine and Rich Neitzel, Waianai, HI; grandsons, Shawn and Shane Mishler, Keaau, HI; brother, Fred Neyer, Ransom; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Frank Callou in 1952 and Sherman Blue in 1976.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 7, 1991

(Cremation took place, headstone only at Ransom cemetery)

SHERMAN BLUE

Sherman J. Blue, 69, a resident of the Ransom community since 1949, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital there Wednesday, July 21. He was born November 28, 1906, at Branch, Mo., and came to Ransom in 1949, where he married Marian Neyer October 25, 1956, who survives at the home in Ransom. Other survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Darlene Ross of Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs. Arlene Long of East Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. Geraldene Hart of St. Louis, Ill.; sons, Ralph Blue of Bellvue Park, Calif., and Eugene Blue of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Mrs. Bessie Garrison of Buffalo, Mo., and Mrs. Ruth Raens of Urbana, Mo.; a brother, Joe Blue of Tunas, Mo.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Francine Mishler of Wakiawa, Hawaii; two step-grandsons, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Ransom U-Methodist Church Saturday afternoon, July 24, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Bill Merriman. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.

Ness Co. News, July 29, 1976 

Sherman James Blue, 69, died Wednesday, July 21, 1976, at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom. He was born November 28, 1906, at Branch, Mo. He married Inez Kelso in 1923. Five children were born of this marriage. He came to Ransom in 1947. October 25, 1956, he married Marian Neyer Callow. After their marriage they lived two years in Buffalo, Mo. The remainder of his life was spent in Ransom. He is survived by the widow of the home; sons, Ralph of Baldwin Park, Calif., Eugene of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters, Mrs. Darlene Clemens of Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs. Geraldine Hard of St. Louis, Ill., Mrs. Arlene Long of Olympia, Wash.; step-daughter, Mrs. Francine Mishler of Wahiawa, Hawaii, brother, Joe Blue of Windyville, Mo.; sisters, Mrs. Bessie Garrison of Buffalo, Mo., Mrs. Ruth Rains of Urbana, Mo.; two step-grandsons, 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, many relatives and friends. Services were held at the Ransom Methodist Church July 24 and burial was in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 5, 1976

CHARLES BOWEN

Charles A. Bowen, 78, a former resident of the north Ransom community, passed away in the WaKeeney hospital January 8, where he had been a patient following a heart attack January 4. He formerly farmed in north Ness County, later moving to WaKeeney to make his home. Funeral services were held at WaKeeney Thursday, January 11, with interment being in the cemetery at Ransom. Survivors include: The widow, Mrs. Gladys Bowen; a daughter, Mrs. Harold Schneider of Kansas City; a son, Andrew of Denver, Colo.; four sisters, Mrs. Maude Jasch of Topeka, Mrs. Mary Anglin of Manhattan, Mrs. Lillian Burrell of Auburn, Calif., and Belle Bowen of Arnold; other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 18, 1962 

OBITUARY

Charles Andrew Bowen, son of Andy C. and Rebecca J. Bowen, was born in Sylvan Grove, Kansas, January 25, 1884. Here he grew to young manhood, helping his father in the livery business. In the spring of 1905 Charles, or “Doc” as he was called by his friends, moved to Trego County with his older brother to break out some farm land. The boys’ mother came to keep house for them. The “wide-open spaces” and “howling coyotes” were too much for Doc, and home sickness sent him “back home”. However, a year later when the family came to Trego County to live, this became his home, too. Farming then became his occupation, both in south Trego County near Arnold and in Ness County near Ransom. In 1920 he and Gladys A. Carroll of Ransom were married. To this union were born two children: Andrew C. and Ruby. In 1939 the family moved to WaKeeney which had since been their home. While clearing off the snow and ice from the driveway, Doc had a heart attack and was taken to the Trego-Lemke Memorial Hospital where he died four days later, January 8, 1962. Doc leaves to mourn his passing his wife of the home; his son Andrew of Denver, Colo, a daughter, Mrs. H.E. Schneider of Kansas City; seven grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Maud Jasch of Topeka; Mrs. Mary Anglin of Manhattan; Belle of Arnold; and Mrs. Lillian Burrell of Auburn, Calif.; sisters and brother-in-law; several nieces and nephews, and many friends. Services were held Thursday afternoon, January 11, at WaKeeney. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 25, 1962 

GLADYS BOWEN

Mrs. Gladys A. Bowen, 86, passed away Friday, September 19, 1980, at the hospital in WaKeeney where she had been hospitalized for several weeks. Born Gladys Carroll at Ransom February 13, 1894, she was a member of the first graduating class (1913) from the Ransom High School. She taught for many years in the Ness and Trego County schools. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.A. Bowen, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Carroll, a brother, Nathan Carroll, and Mrs. Ollie Schaben. Funeral services were held at WaKeeney Monday, September 22, with interment being in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 25, 1980 

OBITUARY

Gladys Arlene Bowen, 86, passed away Friday, September 19, 1980 at the Trego Lemke Hospital in WaKeeney. She had been hospitalized there about three weeks. Gladys was born February 12, 1894 on a farm southwest of Ransom. She lived on the farm with her parents and brothers and sisters and was graduated from Ransom High School in the first graduating class in 1913 -- an honor she cherished for many years. She attended Emporia State College and taught rural school until her marriage to Charles A. Bowen, August 10, 1920. They were engaged in farming southwest of Ransom until 1939 when the family moved to WaKeeney. Her husband, Charles, passed away in January, 1962. Gladys taught rural and WaKeeney grade school for 30 years. She is remembered by many former pupils and teacher friends in Ness and Trego counties. Survivors include a son, Andy, Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Mrs. Harold (Ruby) Schneider, Kansas City; one sister, Mrs. Lela Cearcy, Great Bend; one brother, Hugh Carroll; sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 2, 1980 

MRS. WM. BOWIE

Died:-Sunday, September 30, 1917, at her home at Ransom, Mrs. Wm. Bowie. Funeral services were held Tuesday.

Ness Co. News, October 6, 1917 

BARBARA BREIT 

Mrs. George Breit, 80, a resident of the Arnold community for over 40 years, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom on Saturday, June 25. Born at Pfeifer on September 23, 1885, she was united in marriage to George Breit on November 15, 1904. The couple moved to a farm south of Arnold in 1924, where she had since resided. Mr. Breit preceded her in death on March 7, 1964. A son, Victor, also preceded on October 25, 1965. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Ray (Helen) Marhofer of Colby, Mrs. Sal (Ruth) Herman of WaKeeney, Mrs. Jack (Annabelle) Tanner of Hutchinson, and Mrs. Gordon (Vivian) St. Clair of Albany, Ga.; four sons, Sylvester Breit of Scott City, George Breit of Norman, Okla., Robert Breit of the home near Arnold, and Dale Breit of Hoxie; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Ransom Wednesday morning, June 29, with Fr. Cornelius Leunissen, pastor, as the celebrant. Interment was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery at Ransom with Fitzgeralds in charge. Ness Co. News, June 30, 1966

BARBARA BREIT 

OBITUARY

Barbara Roth was born to Peter and Barbara Roth on September 23, 1885, at Pfeifer, and departed this life at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom on June 25, 1966, at the age of 80 years, 9 months and two days. She was married to George Breit on November 15, 1904, moving to the Arnold community in 1924, where she had made her home since. She leaves to mourn her passing, four daughters, Mrs. Ray Marhofer of Colby, Mrs. Sal Herman of WaKeeney, Mrs. Jack Tanner of Hutchinson, Mrs. Gordon St. Clair of Albany, Ga.; four sons, Sylvester of Scott City, George of Norman, Okla.; Robert of the home, and Dale of Hoxie; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 7, 1964, by one son, Victor, October 25, 1965, and by her parents, three sisters and four brothers. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by her family and large circle of friends. Funeral mass was Wednesday morning, June 29, from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom conducted by Rev. Cornelius Leunissen, pastor. Burial was in the family plot in the church cemetery. Parish rosary was Tuesday evening, June 28, 7:30 o’clock at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home.

Ness Co. News, June 30, 1966 

GEORGE BREIT

George Breit, 79, an Arnold community farmer for 40 years, died Saturday, March 7, at the Ransom hospital. He had been in failing health for the past several months, but his death came unexpectedly. He was born December 12, 1884, at DeSoto, Kansas, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Breit. The family moved to Pfeifer when he was a boy, and he grew to manhood there. He was married to Barbara Roth at Pfeifer on November 15, 1904, and she along with their nine children survive. The family moved to a farm near Arnold in 1924. Funeral services were held from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom Tuesday morning, March 10, conducted by Fr. Cornelius Leunissen, pastor. Interment was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery at Ransom with Fitzgerald’s in charge. Survivors include: The widow, Mrs. Barbara Breit; four daughters, Mrs. Ray (Helen) Marhofer of Colby, Mrs. Sal (Ruth) Herman of WaKeeney, Mrs. Jack (AnnaBelle) Tanner of Hutchinson, and Mrs. G.L. (Vivian) St. Clair of Albany, Ga.; five sons, Robert Breit of the home, Sylvester Breit of Scott City, Victor Breit of Arnold, George Breit, jr., of Norman, Okla., and Dale Breit of Hoxie; a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Jacobs of Pfeifer; two half-sisters, Mrs. Frank Dome of Pfeifer and Mrs. George Dome of Ashland; five half-brothers, Ted Breit of Branson, Mo., Ed Breit of Chicago, Ill., Paul Breit of Wichita, Leo Breit of Larned, and Tony Breit of Salina; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Ness Co. News, Mar. 12, 1964 

George Breit, son of John and Kathern Aberly Breit, was born December 12, 1884, at DeSoto, Kansas, and passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom, Kansas, March 7, 1964, at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 23 days. When a boy he moved with his parents to Pfeifer, Kansas, in Ellis County, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Barbara Roth at Pfeifer, November 15, 1904, and to this union were born nine children Mr. and Mrs. Breit moved to Hodgeman County in 1916, and to Arnold in 1924, where they lived on their farm until his death. He leaves to mourn his wife and sons, Robert, of the home; Mrs. (Ray) Helen Marhofer of Colby, Sylvester Breit of Scott City, Victor Breit of Arnold, Mrs. (Sal) Ruth Herman of WaKeeney, George Breit, jr., of Norman, Okla., Mrs. (Jack) AnnaBelle Tanner of Hutchinson, Mrs. (G.L.) Vivian St. Clair of Albany, Ga., and Dale Breit of Hoxie; 15 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Jacobs of Pfeifer; two half-sisters, Mrs. Frank Dome of Pfeifer and Mrs. George Dome of Ashland; five half-brothers, Red of Texas, Ed of Chicago, Ill., Paul of Wichita, Leo of Larned, and Tony of Salina. Funeral services were held from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Ransom March 10, 1964. Interment was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 12, 1964 

VICTOR BREIT

Victor J. Breit, 51, a resident of the Arnold community since 1924, passed away at the hospital in Ransom on Monday, October 25. He had been in failing health the past several months. He was born on July 21, 1914, at Pfeifer, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Breit. He was married to Laura Herman on November 9, 1938, at Ransom, and the couple had made their home in the Arnold community since. He was preceded in death by a son, Victor Dean, in 1942, and by his father on March 7, 1964. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Laura Breit of Arnold; his mother, Mrs. Barbara Breit of Arnold; four sisters, Mrs. Ray Marhofer of Colby, Mrs. Sal Herman of WaKeeney, Mrs. Jack Tanner of Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. Gordon St. Clair of Lakeworth, Fla.; four brothers, Sylvester Breit of Scott City, George Breit of Norman, Okla., Robert Breit of Arnold, and Dale Breit of Hoxie; other relatives and many family friends. Rosary will be said Wednesday evening, October 27, 7:30 o’clock at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning, October 28, 10:00 o’clock fromt he St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Ransom, with the pastor, Fr. Cornelius Leunissen. Interment will be in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery. The family suggests memorials for the American Cancer Society.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 28, 1965 

OBITUARY

Victor James, son of George and Barbara Breit, was born July 21, 1914, at Pfeifer, and passed away October 25, 1965, at the age of 51 years, 3 months and 4 days. At the age of 10 years he moved with his parents to the Arnold community. On November 9, 1938, he was united in marriage to Laura Herman. The couple made their home on a farm near Arnold where he resided until his death. To this union was born one son, who along with his father preceded Victor in death. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Laura; his mother, Mrs. Barbara Breit of Arnold; four sisters, Mrs. Ray (Helen) Marhofer of Colby, Mrs. Sal (Ruth) Herman of WaKeeney, Mrs. Jack (Annabelle) Tanner of Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. Gordon (Vivian) St. Clair of Lakeworth, Fla.; four brothers, Sylvester Breit of Scott City, George Breit of Norman, Okla., Robert Breit of Arnold, and Dale Breit of Hoxie; a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the St. Aloysius Church in Ransom Thursday morning, October 29, with interment being in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 4, 1965

WALTER BREIT

Walter Robert Breit, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997, at the VA Medical Center, Phoenix. He was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Arnold to George and Barbara (Roth) Breit. He served in the Marines during World War II. He married Florene Brundage on Dec. 31, 1965, in Ness City. An insurance telemarketer, he had been an Arizona resident for 27 years. He was a Catholic and a member of the VFW. Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Gordon, Utica; a daughter, Jane Clark, Moreland; two step-daughters, Dena Welch, Wellston, Okla., and Robyn Rome, Hugoton; a brother, Dale, Hoxie; three sisters, Anna Belle Tanner and Vivian Borom, Albany, Ga., and Ruth Herman, WaKeeney; and nine grandchildren. Services are at 11 a.m. Monday in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery with Father Marvin Reif officiating. A rosary is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Memorials are suggested to the Ransom VFW.

Hays Daily News, Jan. 3, 1997 

Walter Robert “Bob” Breit, 71, died Jan. 1, 1997 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz. He was born Aug. 9, 1925, at Arnold, Kan., the son of George and Barbara Roth Breit. A resident of Arizona for the past 27 years, he was an insurance telemarketer. He was a member of the Catholic Church, William B. Pate Post No. 7401 of the VFW at Chandler, and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. On Dec. 31, 1965, he married Florene Brundage at Ness City. She survives. Other survivors include: a son, Gordon Breit, Utica; a daughter, Jane Clark, Moreland; two step-daughters, Dena Welch, Wellston, Okla., and Robyn Rome, Hugoton; three sisters, Anna Belle Tanner and Vivian Borom, both Albany, Ga., and Ruth Herman, WaKeeney; and nine grandchildren. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, with Father Marvin Reif presiding. Memorials may be sent to the VFW at Ransom, in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Jan. 4, 1997 

Walter Robert “Bob” Breit, 71, died Jan. 1, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Phoenix, Az. He was born Aug. 9, 1925, at Arnold, the son of George and Barbara Roth Breit. A resident of Arizona for the past 27 years, he was an insurance telemarketer. He was a member of the Catholic Church, William B. Pate Post No. 7401 of the VFW at Chandler, and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. On Dec. 31, 1965, he married Florene Brundage at Ness City. She survives. Other survivors include: a son, Gordon Breit, Utica; a daughter, Jane Clark, Moreland; two step-daughters, Dena Welch, Wellston, Ok. and Robyn Rome, Hugoton; three sisters, Anna Belle Tanner and Vivian Borom, both of Albany, Ga., and Ruth Herman, WaKeeney; and nine grandchildren. Graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 6, in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, with Father Marvin Reif presiding. Memorials may be sent to the VFW at Ransom, in care of the funeral home.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 9, 1997 

OBITUARY

Walter R. (Bob) Breit, of Chandler, Az. departed this life at the Veterans’ Administration Carl Hayden Medical Center, in Phoenix, Az. Wednesday, January 1, 1997, at the age of 71 years, 4 months, and 23 days. Bob was born to Barbara and George Breit on August 9, 1925, on the farm south of Arnold, where the family lived for many years. Bob grew up in a loving, caring family with eight brothers and sisters. Relatives and friends enjoyed visiting the Breit farm where fun and frivolity prevailed. Upon arrival at the farm, you would find the family enjoying a basketball or baseball game, and in inclement weather, playing games indoors. Bob attended grade and high school at Arnold. In 1941, when the world was shocked at the outbreak of World War II, Bob felt it was his duty to defend his country, and prior to finishing his senior year at Arnold enlisted in the United States Marines and was inducted in 1942. He completed his boot training in San Diego, Ca. and after his basic training was immediately shipped to the war zone in the South Pacific. He remained in this area through the battles of Saipan, Iwo Jima and other South Pacific Islands. When peace was declared in 1945, and the boys came home, Bob returned to Arnold where he spent many years on the farm assisting his parents. He completed his high school education through a GED course and received his graduation diploma from Arnold High School. Bob and Florene relocated to Chandler, Az. in 1979. He loved the warm climate, and although he missed Kansas, did not miss the cold weather. He spent the majority of his years in Arizona in tele-marketing. He enjoyed his telephone contacts with the public and during the last few years was able to do this from his home. Bob loved life and especially enjoyed children. His many nieces and nephews loved to listen to his stories and still quote many of Uncle Bob’s lines. Although his health was not the best, his death was unexpected. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Florene of the home in Chandler, Az.; son, Gordon, Utica; daughter, Jane Clark, Moreland; two step-daughters, Robyn Rome, Hugoton; Dena Welsh, Wellston, Ok.; brother, Dale Breit, Hoxie; sisters, Ruth Herman, WaKeeney; Anna Belle Tanner and Vivian Borom, Albany, Ga.; nine grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barbara and George, sister, Helen Marhofer, brothers, Sylvester, Victor and George, Jr. Vigil services and rosary were held Sunday evening, January 5, at Fitzgerald’s Funeral Home in Ness City. Military graveside services were held in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery January 6, 1997 and Bob was laid to rest in the family plot. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Semper Fidelis, Bob!!!

Ness Co. News, Jan. 9, 1997

CLARE BREWER

Clare Marvin Brewer, 96, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center in Ransom. Born Nov. 11, 1888, at Seneca, he married Grace Craig Nov. 8, 1911, at Ness City. She preceded him in death. He was the night marshal at WaKeeney for many years. He was a member of the church of Christ at Ransom. He is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Schneider of Ransom; a son, Marvin of Maple Hill; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. The funeral was Saturday morning at the church of Christ in Ransom with Bro. Charles Wharton and Gordon Wild officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 14, 1985 

OBITUARY

Clare Marvin Brewer was born November 11, 1888, in Seneca, Kansas, to Charles and Martha Brewer and departed this life November 6, 1985, at Grisell Memorial Nursing Home in Ransom, Kansas at the age of 96 years, 11 months, and 27 days. Clare was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and four brothers, his wife Grace, and son-in-law Calvin Schneider. When a very small boy, he moved with his parents to southern Missouri where they lived in a log house on Hungry Creek in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Although quite young at the time he lived there, he could recall many interesting experiences and it was there that he learned to hunt the many wild animals and game that roamed the area. Later the family moved to a logging camp, which was also in the Ozark region, and where the father ran a log train for a large sawmill company. In 1896, the family moved back to Kansas to a farm northeast of McCracken. Later they took up ranching in this area. It was here that Clare learned to herd cattle and horses. A few years later they moved to a farm northeast of Ransom. It was in this vicinity that he met Grace Craig. They fell in love and were married November 8, 1911. They moved to Osage City, Kansas, where Clare had a milk and cream route. Their daughter Bonnie was born there. They moved back to the Cyrus Community northeast of Ransom in 1915 and took up farming, continuing until the late 1920’s when they moved to Ransom and Clare operated a gas service station. Their son Marvin was born in September, 1928. When a young man, Clare was baptized into Christ at the C.R. Scott farm on Page Creek, which was used many times in the early days in that capacity. He remained faithful in his belief and during his entire life was a devoted Christian and Bible student. He also prepared and delivered many sermons through the years. They moved to WaKeeney in the early 1930’s where Clare served as Deputy Sheriff and later as night marshal. He loved this work and continued in it until his retirement when they moved to Denver, Colo., to be near their daughter Bonnie and family. In his earlier years, he shared a love for baseball and music. Many a baseball game he played and served as pitcher of the team. His love for music was fulfilled by his playing the guitar and banjo. In later years, he was an avid gardener and took great pride in growing his flowers and vegetables. He also enjoyed making woodcraft items and various pieces of handcraft for his family. In May, 1978, his daughter, Bonnie Schneider, moved from Denver, Colo., to Ransom and a short time later Clare came to make his home with her. He spent many happy hours at the senior citizen center in Ransom where he enjoyed visiting with others and reminiscing about the early days. Having lived nearly a century, he could talk on many subjects. He remained active up until a couple of years ago when it became necessary for him to be in the Grisell Memorial Nursing Home. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his passing, his daughter, Bonnie Schneider of Ransom; son Marvin and wife Wilma of Maple Hill, Kansas; grandsons Kay Schneider and wife Betty of Denver, Colo.; Lynn Schneider and wife Connie of Denver, Colo.; Steven Brewer and wife of Wichita; granddaughters Leta Thornton and husband Glen of Littleton, Colo., and Janet Vergever of Kansas City, Mo., 11 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and many friends. 

He was loved by folks Both young and old Who enjoyed his stories So oft-times told
His gracious manner And words of praise Were a balm to those Who helped fill his days.
His faith in God Was a challenge to all To do their best And in Christ grow tall.
His loving memory With us will stay To enrich our lives Till our dying day.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 21, 1985 

GRACE BREWER

Grace Brewer, 83, died Thursday at Denver, Colo. Born Dec. 13, 1892, at Ransom, she was married to Clare M. Brewer, Nov. 8, 1911, at Ransom. She was a former Ransom resident. Survivors include widower; son: Marvin, Maple Hill; daughter: Mrs. Bonnie Schneider, Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren.

(unknown newspaper source) 

Grace A. Brewer, daughter of George and Ella (Terry) Craig, was born in a sod house northeast of Ransom, Dec. 12, 1892. The family lived for many years on a timber claim northeast of Ransom, where she attended the Cyrus school. She married Clare Brewer Nov. 8, 1911, in Ness City, and they soon afterwards moved to Osage City where he had work. They later moved back to (western) Kansas where they engaged in farming for many years, and in 1926 they moved to Ransom and lived there about five years. They then moved to WaKeeney where Mr. Brewer was engaged in law enforcement work. Mrs. Brewer, known as “Mom” to her children and grandchildren, enjoyed working in the garden, and also worked out at various jobs to supplement their income. They moved from WaKeeney to Denver, Colo., in 1956, where Mr. Brewer had employment for several years, and she had her garden and flowers and church activities. She was baptized at the age of 12 and remained a faithful Christian through her life which she departed July 15, 1976, at the home in Denver. Services were held in Denver July 17, with the remains brought to Ransom where interment was made in the Ransom cemetery. Survivors include the husband of the home; a daughter, Bonnie Schneider of Denver; a son Marvin of Maple Hills; 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. 

(unknown newspaper source) 

GRACE BREWER

Mrs. Clare M. (Grace) Brewer, 83, passed away Thursday, July 15, at Denver, Colo. Born December 13, 1892, at Ransom, to Mr. and Mrs. George Craig, she married Clare M. Brewer November 8, 1911, in Ransom. Funeral services were held in Denver, Colo., Saturday, July 17, and the remains were brought to Ransom where graveside services were conducted by Ron Friberg at the Ransom cemetery on Monday, July 19. Survivors include the husband of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Schneider of Denver, Colo.; a son, Marvin Brewer of Maple Hills; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, July 22, 1976 

OBITUARY

Grace A. Brewer, daughter of George and Ella Craig, was born in a sod house northeast of Ransom December 13, 1892. The family lived for many years on a timber claim northeast of Ransom, where she attended the Cyrus school. She married Clare Brewer November 8, 1911, in Ness City, and they soon afterwards moved to Osage City where he had work. They later moved back to Kansas where they engaged in farming for many years and in 1926 they moved to Ransom and lived there about five years. They then moved to WaKeeney, where Mr. Brewer was engaged in law enforcement work. Mrs. Brewer, known as “Mom” to her children and grandchildren, enjoyed working in the garden, and also worked out at various jobs to supplement their income. They moved from WaKeeney to Denver, Colo., in 1956, where Mr. Brewer had employment for several years, and she had her garden and had flowers and church activities. She was baptized at the age 12 and remained a faithful Christian through her life which she departed July 15, at the home in Denver. Services were held in Denver July 17, with the remains brought to Ransom where interment was made in the Ransom cemetery. Survivors include the husband of the home; a daughter, Bonnie Schneider of Denver; a son, Marvin of Maple Hills; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. 

Ness Co. News, Aug. 5, 1976 

KEITH BRIGGS

Keith, the 2 year old son of Mrs. Phebe LaPlante, was seriously ill Sunday with paralysis of the bowels. He was reported much improved Tuesday morning.

Ransom Record, Dec. 23, 1926

OBITUARY

Donald Keith Briggs was born June 15, 1924, and died Dec. 23, 1926 at the age of 2 years, 6 months and 8 days, in the St. Rose Hospital at Great Bend, Kansas. He was ill about 10 days with intestinal flue, which developed into pneumonia at the last. His sweet and cheerful disposition endeared him to all, and during his illness he was very patient and good, so that the home he leaves will greatly miss him. His parents, grandparents and a multitude of friends grieve over the sudden passing of the little one; but know he is in the Better World where there is no more suffering, pain or death. This little poem beautifully expresses the emotions of

The Mother Heart

“A little clasping to her yearning breast; A little musing over future years; A heart that prays, “Dear Lord, thou knowest best But spare my flower, life’s bitterest rain of tears.”

A little spirit speeding thro’ the night; A little home grown lonely, dark and chill; A sad heart groping blindly for the light A little snow-clad grave beneath the hill.

A little gathering of life’s broken thread; A little patience keeping back the tears’ A heart that sings, “Thy darling is not dead God keeps him safe, thro’ his eternal years.”

A large concourse of sympathizing friends of the bereaved families came to the M.E. Church at 1:30 P.M. on Christmas day to give the last loving word and farewell to the dear little boy whose short life was like a ray of sunshine. Rev. J.L. Mitchell gave a short but touching, tho’ comforting discourse. Friends sang sweet loving hymns, many lovely flowers surrounded the tiny casket and four of Phebe’s school boys tenderly bore the precious body to his last resting place in the plot beside Grandpa and Grandma LaPlante, in the Ransom cemetery.

Ransom Record, December 30, 1926

ALBERT BROCK

Albert F. Brock, 75, near lifelong resident of the Ransom community, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital there on Friday, December 11. Brock, born in Cowley County, came with his parents to the Ransom community when a child of some 18 months. With the exception of four years in which he lived at Scott City, Ransom had been his home since. Mrs. Brock, the former Minnie A. Douglass, whom he married in 1917, passed away on March 14 of the current year. Survivors include the two children, Mrs. Erwin (Vera) Kuhlman of Lakin, and a son, Wilber A. Brock of Klammath Falls, Ore.; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Carr of Ransom; two grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon, December 13, conducted by Rev. Ray Keller, pastor. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgerald’s in charge.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 17, 1959 

OBITUARY

Albert F. Brock was born at Tisdale in Cowley County, Kansas, March 20, 1884 and passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom, December 11, 1959 at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 21 days. He was the son of Albert C. and Mary Martha Brock. He came to Ness County with his mother and family at the age of 18 months and settled in the Ransom community all his life except for four years spent in Scott City, Kansas. He was married to Minnie A. Douglass on September 11, 1917 to which union two children were born: Mrs. Erwin Kuhlman of Lakin, Kansas and Wilber A. Brock of Klamath Falls, Oregon. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Ransom for many years. He was a loving husband and father and a good neighbor to all. He was preceded in death by his wife on March 14 of this year. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Irwin (Vera) Kuhlman of Lakin, Kansas and Wilber A. Brock of Klamath Falls, Oregon, one sister, Mrs. Margaret Carr of Ransom, two grandchildren, Pamella and Dennis Kuhlman, many other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon, December 13, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery with Fitzgerald’s of Ness City in charge.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 17, 1959 

MARY BROCK

Mary M. Brock was born in Clay County, Missouri, in 1844, and departed this life August 6, 1932, at the age of 87 years, 10 months, and 11 days. She was united in marriage on October 20, 1867 to Albert Brock of Holt County, Mo. To this union were born eight children, three having died in infancy. She with her husband and three children, Willis, Rebecca and Mina moved to Ness County, Kansas, in 1881 where she spent her remaining years. Two children Margaret and Albert were born in Kansas. Her husband preceded her to the other land in 1884, her son William in 1899, and daughter Rebecca in 1901. Being left a widow in a new country and with a family to care for meant years of hardship and privation, but all these she faced bravely and no words of praise would be too much for her. She was a faithful Christian from girlhood and a member of the Ransom church of Christ. She leaves to mourn her loss a sister, Mrs. William Oder of Holt, Mo., three children, Albert and Mina Brock, and Margaret Carr of Ransom, four grandchildren, Chester Rider, Albert Carr, Vera and Wilbur Brock, two great grandchildren, Keith and Jean Rider.

Dear mother you have left us, 
Gone to be with Jesus above, 
You have left us, oh, so lonely, 
But we can cherish your sincere love.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church here Monday afternoon conducted by the Rev. P.T. Glass.

Ransom Record, August 12, 1932

MINA BROCK

Mina Mae Brock, sixth child of Albert and Martha Brock, was born in Clay County, Mo., March 28, 1879, and departed this life at the home of her sister, Mrs. Margaret Carr, at the age of 67 years, 3 months, and 17 days, July 15, 1946. She came to Ness County with her parents in 1884 and resided on a farm east of Ransom until 1917, when with her mother she moved to Ransom. In October, 1930 she became a member of the church of Christ and lived a truly Christian life. From 1934 to January, 1945, she made her home with Katie Watson. In 1936, she became blind but never complained about this. She was always thoughtful of others and made as little work for others as possible. She spent many of her darkened hours knitting. She leaves to mourn her loss one sister, Mrs. Margaret Carr, one brother, Albert Brock, both of Ransom; one niece, Mrs. E.R. Kuhlman of Lakin; two nephews, Albert Carr of Wichita, and Wilber Brock of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and many other relatives and friends who will greatly miss her. Funeral services were held from the church of Christ with B.B. Harding in charge. Interment in the Ransom cemetery. A double quartet furnished music. Members of quartet were Mrs. Dorothy Baer Hobson, Mrs. Willa Baer Jones, Misses Donna and Wilma Scott, Messers, Ward, Charles and Robert Scott, and Nay Combest who sang softly “Safe In The Arms of Jesus”, “It Is Well With My Soul” and “We Shall Sleep But Not Forever”.

Ness Co. News, July 25, 1946 

In last week’s obituary of the late Mina Mae Brock the name of Chester Rider, a nephew, was unintentionally omitted in the list of relatives. 

Ness Co. News, Aug. 1, 1946

MINNIE BROCK

Mrs. Albert F. Brock, 74, lifelong resident of the Ransom community, passed away there on Saturday, March 14, following an extended illness. She was born at Ransom on August 8, 1884, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James H. Douglass, and grew to womanhood there. She was united in marriage with Albert F. Brock, who along with two children, Mrs. Vera Kuhlman of Lakin, and Wilber A. Brock of Klammath Falls, Ore., survive. Other survivors include a brother, C.O. Douglass of Athens, Tenn.; two grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2:30 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery, with Fitzgerald’s of Ness City in charge.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 19, 1959 

OBITUARY

Mrs. Minnie Douglass Brock, 74, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital at Ransom, Kansas, March 14, 1959, after a long and severe illness. She was born August 18, 1884, on a farm near Ransom. She was the daughter of the late James H. Douglass and Emily E. Schroyer Douglass. She was married to Albert F. Brock, September 11, 1917, to which union two children were born: Mrs. Vera Brock Kuhlman of Lakin and Wilber A. Brock of Klamath Falls, Ore. Except for the four years she lived in Scott City, her life was spent in her native County. She attended high school and college at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina from which she was graduated in 1916. She taught one year at Niles, Kansas, before returning to her native County. For more than 50 years she was an active member of the Methodist Church of Ransom, having been a teacher in the Sunday school, president of the WCTU. She was also active in the activities of the community, having for several years served on the Ransom city council and in the PTA. Survivors include her husband, Albert F. Brock; two children, Vera Kuhlman and Wilber A. Brock; two grandchildren, Pamella and Dennis Kuhlman; one brother, C.O. Douglass of Athens, Tenn.; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Mrs. Brock was a sincere Christian, patient and uncomplaining through her long illness and a loving wife and mother and a good neighbor. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, from the Ransom Methodist Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller. Interment was in the cemetery at Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 19, 1959

WILLIAM BROCK

Died - April 10, 1902, at the Topeka asylum, William Henry Brock, aged 31 years, 11 months and 29 days. Deceased was born April 11, 1870, in Clay County, Missouri, and moved with his parents to Ness County, Kansas, in 1881. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at Ransom, Kansas, April 13, conducted by Rev. H.E. Ross, of Ness City, Kansas, and interment was made in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, April 19, 1902 

BROWN baby

Born -- To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown, Saturday June 21., twin daughters. We understand that one of the little ones has since died and the other ones life is dispared of.

Ness Co. Echo, June 27, 1907 

JOHN BROWN

John W. Brown, born April 25, 1892, in Beaver City, Nebr., to Charles H. and Rosa Cohen, passed away suddenly at his home on June 28, 1968, at the age of 76 years, 2 months, and 3 days. John, with his parents, moved to Trego County at the age of eight years, attending Rural School District No. 22 and spending his boyhood near WaKeeney. He entered the U.S. Army on April 26, 1918, at Camp Funston, Kansas, and spent 14 months in France and Germany with Co. 289, Div. 123. He was honorably discharged June 2, 1919, at Camp Funston. He was united in marriage to Mary (Rauch) Percell on January 5, 1922, in Cheyenne Wells, Colo. They made their home on a farm in southern Trego County until August 1, 1935, when they moved to WaKeeney and he became a laborer and mechanic. He was employed at the Harries Motor Co. for many years, retiring in 1958. John was a member of the American Legion and W.W. 1 Barracks. He leaves to mourn his passing, his widow, Mary; two step-sons, Cecil Percell, Ferguson, Mo., and Robert Percell, Eugene, Ore.; three sons, Dwight Brown, LaPuente, Calif., Leslie Brown, Montclair, Calif., and Everett Brown, Azusa, Calif., four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Edwards, Woodland, Calif., Mrs. Vera Knouf, WaKeeney, Mrs. Mable Knouf, Downs, and Mrs. Elsie Reddig, Woodland, Calif.; one brother, Fred Barton, Yakima, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Englebright, Lindsay, Mont., and Mrs. Lillie Sigler, Miles City, Mont.; twenty-six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at Hendricks Chapel, July 2, with Rev. Keith Dudeck, Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Western Ks. World, July 11, 1968 

MARY BROWN

Mary Brown passed away Thursday, May 17, 1984 at Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital. She was born September 26, 1898 near Hays, Kansas (Ellis County) to Chester Butler and Sarah Jane (Uplinger) Rauch. In 1901 the family moved to south Trego County, Kansas, where she grew to womanhood. On October 2, 1914 she was united in marriage to Theodore Edward Percell. To this union three sons were born, Clarence, Cecil and Robert. She married John W. Brown at Cheyenne Wells, Colo., on January 5, 1922. They lived on a farm in south Trego County. In 1935 they moved to WaKeeney, Kansas where they resided the remainder of their lives. To this union seven children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. on June 25, 1968, two sons, Clarence and Robert, her parents, two sisters and six brothers. She is survived by four sons, Cecil H. Percell, Ferguson, Missouri; Dwight Brown, Mission , Kansas; Everett W. Brown, Glendora, Calif.; Leslie D. Brown, Ontario, Calif.; and four daughters, Mrs. Al (Dorothy M.) Smith, Mrs. Leo (Elsie L.) Reddig, Woodland, Calif.; Mrs. Galen (Vera M.) Knouf, WaKeeney, Kansas and Mrs. Arthur (Mable E.) Knouf, Downs, Kansas. She is also survived by one brother, Neal Rauch, Wallace, Kansas; twenty-six grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and many friends and relatives. Mary will be remembered by friends and relatives as a woman of determination and strong character, tempered by a fine sense of humor with unlimited love and devotion to her family, friends and neighbors. Memorial services were held on Monday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Hendricks Funeral Chapel with Reverend Dwite Brown officiating. Burial was in the Ransom, Kansas Cemetery. The family kindly suggests memorials to the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital.

Western Ks. World, May 31, 1984 

W.L. BROWN

W.L. Brown of Nevada township started for Iowa, last Saturday, via the Mo. Pac., to visit his aged father who is seriously ill. On Sunday a message reached his family here that the train on which he rode had a smash up this side of Kansas City and the Mr. Brown was killed outright. The wreck was caused by a broken rail. The body arrived at Ransom Monday night.

Ness Co. Echo, Feb. 6, 1904 

ALLIE BRUNDAGE

Died, Saturday, July 30, Allie Blanche, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brundage. The little one had never been well during her brief life of three weeks. Rev. F.D. Funk conducted the services at the home Sunday at 11’o’clock, the lesson being taken from 2nd Sam. 12:16-23. Kind friends covered the little white casket with flowers. Bonnie Lappan, Gertrude Johannes, Minnie and Agnes Dubbs acted as pall bearers.

This lovely bud, so young and fair, Called hence by early doom, Came just to show how sweet a flower In Paradise could bloom.

Ransom Journal, August 6, 1904 

MARY BRUNDAGE

The funeral of little Mary Brundage was held at the Methodist Church Sunday at three in the afternoon. The remains were laid to rest in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. Echo, Jan. 8, 1909 

ADA BRUNDIGE

Ada Amelia Farr was the first of 10 children born to W.C. and Lettie Farr. She was born on May 8, 1878 in Ellsworth County. Her parents homesteaded in Ness County near Ransom, where she grew to womanhood. On March 17, 1905, she was united in marriage to Albert L. Brundige, in Gove, Kansas. The couple homesteaded in Logan County. They lived for a time in Ness and Trego Counties, and in 19 moved to WaKeeney to reside. To their union were born eight children. She was a member of the WaKeeney Church of God. She was a patient at the Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital for a period of 16 months, and at the Logan Rest Home for one month. She passed away at the rest home on January 3, 1963, at 84 years of age. She was preceded in death by four of her children: Clifford, Leona, Florence, and Eldon. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Bernice Allen of Chicago, Ill., and Lottie Stieben of WaKeeney; two sons, William H. Brundige of Kidder, Mo., and Leroy Brundige; 15 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Pearl Hazen of WaKeeney; one brother, Clifford Farr of Selkirk; and a host of other friends and relatives. Funeral services were held Monday, January 7th from the Church of God in WaKeeney with Rev. Lynden Howard clergyman. Interment was in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 17, 1963 

ALBERT BRUNDIGE

Albert Leroy Brundige, born to George Washington Brundige and Sarah Fisher Brundige on July 18, 1880, died at Trego County Hospital Wednesday morning, July 14, 1971, just four days before his 91st birthday anniversary. He was one of eight children born to the Brundige family in Osborne County where he lived much of his early years. He was married to Ada Amelia Farr on March 17, 1906 and from that union was the father of eight children: Florence, Lottie, Leona, William, Elden, Clifford, Bernice and Leroy. For the past three decades he had resided in WaKeeney living close to his daughter and her family, Mrs. Theodore Stieben. His wife passed away in 1963. Besides the eight children, eighteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren who had known and loved him, there remain many friends and even second and third generation friends to mourn his passing. Services were held Saturday morning at the Church of God in WaKeeney with burial at Ransom, Kansas. Rev. Curtis Germany officiated with Hendricks Funeral Chapel arranging.

(unknown newspaper source) 

CLIFFORD BRUNDIGE

Clifford Raymond BrundIge was born June 2, 1919, in Trego County, Kansas and departed this life at St. Anthony’s hospital in Hays June 6, 1949, at the age of 30 years, and 4 days, from injuries received in an accident while moving his trailer house to Brownell, so he would be close to his employment at Cedar Bluff Dam. He attended school in Trego County. He served in the United States Army for 10 months and 17 days. He served in Unit A. 49th headquarters and air base squadron. He was united in marriage to Miss Regina Shuck on February 24, 1946, in Billings, Mont. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Regina; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A.L. BrundIge of WaKeeney; two sisters, Mrs. Theodore Stieben of Ogallah and Bernice BrundIge of Larned; two brothers, Wm. H. BrundIge of Brookline, Mo., and L.R. BrundIge of Littleton, Colo.; besides a host of friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church in WaKeeney by Rev. Bert Hurst of Ness City, assisted by the American Legion from the WaKeeney Post, both at the church and also at the cemetery. Burial was made at the Ransom cemetery. Pallbearers were Virgil Cofer, Goodwin Wahlborg, Wilford Stramel, Raymond Stieben, Alvin Wahlborg, and John Feezor.

Ness Co. News, June 16, 1949 

DELIA BRUNDIGE

Died -- The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Brundige, Thursday morning. The little one had been sick for some time. She was about eighteen months old.

Ness Co. Echo, Aug. 22, 1908 

TERRY BURRIS

Terry Lynn Burris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Burris of Claflin, was born May 27, 1948, and departed this life December 31, 1949, at the age of one year, seven months and four days. Terry Lynn leaves to mourn his loss his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Burris; four grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Van Winkle of Ransom, and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Burris of Palco; one great-grandfather, Henry Bruegeman of Hays; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Ness Co. News, Jan. 12, 1950 

CLARA BUTTS

OBITUARY

Clara Alice Rauch, daughter of Daniel and Hanna Rauch, was born at Hays, Kansas, December 27, 1886, and departed this life at Hadley Memorial Hospital in Hays March 29, 1947, at the age of 60 years, three months and two days. Clara, youngest of seven children, was left motherless at the age of twelve. A year later she moved with her father and aged grandmother to Niwot, Colo. Here she carried the responsibilities of housekeeper for Grandmother Rauch was blind. Here, too, she became a member of the United Brethren Church. She was married September 1, 1921 at Boulder, Colo. to Elmer Butts and established a home at Detroit, Michigan. Later they moved to Inkster, Mich. where she attended the Church of the Nazarene. Her home still was in Inkster at the time of her death. Clara had been in failing health for several weeks before she came to Kansas October 1st 1946, to visit relatives. She became bedfast at the home of her brother, J.W. Rauch, WaKeeney, where she remained until the last twenty-three days, which were spent at the Hadley Memorial Hospital. Clara will be remembered by her many friends, in Kansas, Michigan and Colorado for her cheery smile and ready, helping hands. She is survived by one brother, J.W. Rauch, WaKeeney, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Straley, Brighton, Colo. and a host of other relatives and friends whom she held most dear. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Ransom on Tuesday afternoon with Rev. B.R. Harris and Rev. Samuel Spaulding officiating. Burial in the Ransom Cemetery. Music was furnished by the Ransom Choir with Mrs. Beulah Klitzke at the piano.

Western Ks. World, Apr. 3, 1947 

ANN BUXTON

Graveside services were held in the Ransom St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Saturday, Oct. 19, for Mrs. Ann (Kraus) Buxton who passed away in a Bartlesville, OK hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 22. She is survived by a son, Jim Buxton of Ponca City, OK; a daughter, Roberta Horning of Bartlesville, OK; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two brothers, Bernard of Fountain, CO and John of Wichita. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dale Buxton, who passed away January 31, 1989.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 31, 1991

Ann C. Buxton, 82, a resident of Bartlesville since 1989, died Tuesday, October 22, 1991, at 11 a.m. in the Jane Phillips Episcopal-Memorial Medical Center. Rosary prayers will be recited Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Colonial Chapel of Neekamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Arthur O’Hara, rector of the church, as the celebrant. Following services in Bartlesville, Mrs. Buxton will be removed to Ransom, Kan., where graveside committal rites and prayer services will be conducted Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the family plot in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Neekamp Funeral Home. A native of Kansas, Mrs. Buxton was born Aug. 12, 1909, at Ransom to Charles and Emilia (Jakel) Kraus. She attended schools in Ransom. Following her schooling, she remained in Ransom where she taught school. She married Dale J. Buxton on May 7, 1935, at Ransom. They lived in South Dakota and later in Montana where Mr. Buxton was a realty officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Mr. Buxton retired in 1971, and the couple moved to Billings, Mont. Mr. Buxton preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1989, and Mrs. Buxton came to Bartlesville in February 1989. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. Survivors include a son, James D. Buxton of Ponca City; a daughter, Roberta Horning of Bartlesville; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers: John Kraus of Wichita, Kan., and Bernard Kraus of Fountain, Colo.

(unknown newspaper source)

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Ann C. Buxton, age 82, formerly a resident of Billings, Montana, and a resident of Bartlesville since 1989, was celebrated 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of St. John’s Catholic Church. Father Arthur O’Hara, rector of the church, served as the celebrant. Final committal rites will be accorded Mrs. Buxton 9:30 a.m. Friday in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom, KS. Services and interment are under the direction of Neekamp Funeral Home. Mrs. Buxton is survived by a son, James D. Buxton of Ponca City, OK; a daughter, Roberta Horning of Bartlesville; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John Kraus of Wichita, KS., and Bernard Kraus of Fountain, CO.

(unknown newspaper source) ANNA BUXTON

Mrs. R.C. Buxton passed away this Tuesday night at her home in Ransom. She had been ill for years with arthritis and in late years was bedfast. Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon at 2:30 from the Ransom Christian Church.

Ness Co. News, May 16, 1940

OBITUARY

Anna Jane DeWalt was born October 10, 1884, at Kingston, Missouri, the daughter of Mary C. and Wilson DeWalt. She died at her home in Ransom, May 14, 1940, at the age of 55 years. At the age of eight years Anna Jane DeWalt moved with her father and only brother to Boulder, Colorado, where she spent her girlhood. She then moved to Hamilton, Missouri, where she became a member of the Presbyterian Church. On October 21, 1903, she was married to Richard Clyde Buxton, at Leavenworth, Kansas. The couple lived in Kansas City, Missouri, until 1910 when they moved to Utica, Kansas. In 1919 they left Utica to make their home in Ransom. Six children were born to the union, all of whom are living. Mrs. Buxton is survived by her husband, three sons, Monte Buxton, of McCracken, Kansas, Dale Buxton of Busby, Montana, and Reginald Buxton of Ransom; three daughters, Wilma Buxton , of Ransom, Mrs. Enid Scott of Utica and Mrs. Fay Bailey, of Hot Springs, South Dakota; a brother, Elbert DeWalt, of Longmont, Colorado, a step-mother, three half sisters and two half brothers, all of Canada and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by the Reverend Bretz, of Dighton, at the Christian Church in Ransom. Burial was made in the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, May 23, 1940 

DALE BUXTON

Dale J. Buxton came to Montana in 1938 to the Tongue River Indian Reservation, worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was headquartered in Billings. He also worked for the Bureau of Land Management, retiring in 1972. He was a member of Little Flower Parish and Knights of Columbus. Mr. Buxton, 82, of 7 Nimitz Drive, died Monday morning in St. Vincent Hospital of natural causes. He was born in Kansas City, Kan., a son of Richard and Anna Buxton and raised in western Kansas. In May, 1935, he married Ann Catherine Kraus in Ransom, Kan. In 1938, he graduated from Colorado State with a bachelor of science degree in forestry. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Edward (Roberta Ann) Horning of Bartlesville, Okla.; a son, James D. of Lake Charles, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Sidney (Faye) Bailey of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mrs. Thomas (Wilma) Mitten of Kansas City, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services are pending at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

The Billings Gazette, Jan. 31, 1989 

Buxton - Dale J., 82, 7 Nimitz Drive. Rosary will be Thursday 6 p.m at Dahl Funeral Chapel, Billings. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Friday at Little Flower Church. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

The Billings Gazette 

Word was received last week of the sudden death of Dale Buxton of Billings, Mont. Mr. Buxton, formerly of Ransom passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 1989 at his home. Funeral services and burial were in Billings last Friday.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 9, 1989 

BUXTON--Dale J., 82, 7 Nimitz Drive. Rosary will be Thursday 6 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel, Billings. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Friday at Little Flower Church. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. (2/3) 

(Dale Buxton was disinterred and moved to St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom, Ks. Burial was August 17, 1992). -----------------------

ESTHER BUXTON

Esther Johannes Robinson Buxton, 91, died Sept. 10, 1998, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend. She was born Oct 23, 1906, at Ransom, the daughter of Fred and Mattie Lynch Johannes. A lifelong Ransom resident, she had lived at Integrated Health Services, Great Bend, for the past 5 1/2 months. Before living at Grisell Memorial Long-term Care Center from February 1997 to February 1998, she cooked at Ransom High School for a year and helped her second husband run the Strand Theater at Ransom for many years. She had been a homemaker. She belonged to United Methodist Church and the Go-Getters Senior Citizens, both at Ransom. On Oct. 22, 1924, she married Harold “Bob” Robinson at Gove. He died in October 1940. In June 1941, she married Richard Clyde “R.C.” Buxton at Gove. He died Aug. 4, 1957. Survivors include: a son, Jerry Buxton, Great Bend; two daughters, Valda Robinson, Ortonville, Mich., and Willafred Ward, Lynnwood, Wash.; a brother, Harold Johannes, Scottsdale, Ariz.; a stepson, Reggie Buxton, Ellinwood; two stepdaughters, Wilma Mitten, Kansas City, Mo., and Faye Bailey, Florida; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Vance Leroy Robinson; two brothers, Herman Johannes and Erhardt Johannes; two sisters, Lucile Jesse and Ruth Johannes; and two grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Wayne Stephens presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Burial will in Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Go-Getters Senior Citizens or to the Ransom Library, both at Ransom and both in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Sept. 13, 1998 

ESTHER BUXTON

Esther Robinson Buxton, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born Oct 23, 1906, at Ransom to Fred and Mattie (Lynch) Johannes. She married Harrold “Bob” Robinson on Oct. 22, 1924, at Gove. He died in October 1940. She married Richard Clyde “R.C.” Buxton in June 1941 at Gove. He died Aug. 4, 1957. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church and Go-Getters Senior Citizens at Ransom. She was a lifelong resident of Ransom. She lived at Integrated Health Services in Great Bend for the past five months and previously lived at the Grisell Memorial Hospital Long-Term Care Center. She cooked at Ransom High School one year and helped her second husband run the Strand Theater in Ransom for many years. Survivors include a son, Jerry Buxton, Great Bend; two daughters, Valda Robinson, Ortonville, Mich., and Willafred Ward, Lynnwood, Wash.; a stepson, Reggie Buxton, Ellinwood; two stepdaughters, Wilma Mitten, Kansas City, Mo., and Faye Bailey, Florida; a brother, Harold Johannes, Scottsdale, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Vance Leroy Robinson; two brothers, Herman and Erhardt Johannes; two sisters, Ruth Johannes and Lucile Jesse; and two grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Wayne Stephens officiating. Burial in the Ransom Cemetery. Visiting times are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Go-Getters Senior Citizens, Ransom, or the Ransom Library.

Hays Daily News, Sept. 13, 1998

ESTHER BUXTON

Esther Robinson Buxton, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 10, at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born Oct. 23, 1906, at Ransom to Fred and Mattie (Lynch) Johannes. She married Harold “Bob” Robinson on Oct. 22, 1924, at Gove. He died in October 1940. She married Richard Clyde “R.C.” Buxton in June 1941 at Gove. He died Aug. 4, 1957. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church and Go-Getters Senior Citizens at Ransom. She was a lifelong resident of Ransom. She lived at Integrated Health Services in Great Bend for the past five months and previously lived at the Grisell Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Center. She cooked at Ransom High School one year and helped her second husband run the Strand Theater in Ransom for many years. Survivors include a son, Jerry Buxton, Great Bend; two daughters, Valda Robinson, Ortonville, MI, and Willafred Ward, Lynnwood, WA; a stepson, Reggie Buxton, Ellinwood; two step-daughters, Wilma Mitten, Kansas City, MO, and Faye Bailey, FL; a brother, Harold Johannes, Scottsdale, AZ; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Vance Leroy Robinson; two brothers, Herman and Erhardt Johannes; two sisters, Ruth Johannes and Lucile Jesse; and two grandchildren. Services were at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Ransom, with Rev. Wayne Stephens officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Go Getters Senior Citizens, Ransom, or the Ransom Library.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 17, 1998 

The community extends deep sympathy to the family of Esther Buxton who passed away in a Great Bend hospital last Thursday, September 10. Her card playing friends will miss her as well as all the others who’s heart she has touched.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 17, 1998 

ESTHER BUXTON

OBITUARY

Esther Buxton was born Oct. 23, 1906, at Ransom, the daughter of John Frederick “Fred” and Mattie Lynch Johannes. She died Sept. 10, 1998, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend, six weeks before her 92nd birthday. A lifelong resident of Ransom, she married Harold “Bob” Robinson on Oct. 22, 1924, at Gove. He died in 1940. She married Richard Clyde “R.C.” Buxton in June 1941 at Gove. He died Aug. 4, 1957. A homemaker, she found delight in gardening, music, her family and friends, cooking, traveling, reading books and playing cards. She loved to call her friends on the phone and cheer them up when they needed it. She helped her second husband operate the Strand Theater in Ransom for several years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Go-Getters Senior Citizens, and a former member of the Garden Club, the Monday Evening club, and several card-playing clubs, all of Ransom. Survivors include a son, Jerry Buxton, Great Bend; two daughters, Valda Robinson, Orionville, MI, and Willafred Ward, Lynnwood, WA; a brother, Harold Johannes, Scottsdale, AZ; three stepchildren, Reggie Buxton of Lawrence, Wilma Mitten of Kansas City, MO, and Faye Bailey of Florida; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Vance Leroy Robinson, in 1989; two sisters, Lucile Jesse in 1990 and Ruth Johannes; two brothers, Erhardt and Herman Johannes; an infant sibling; and two grandchildren, Denise Hilmes and Carlos Rogers. Her funeral was Sept. 16 at the church, with the Rev. Wayne Stephens officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Ransom Go-Getters Senior Citizens, or to the Ransom Public Library. She had a wonderful life, and her family and friends celebrate that. They rejoice - not that she dies, but that she lived. They will miss her sweet smile and melodious laughter. She had major grief and sorrow in her life, but also major joy, gladness and happiness. She wasn’t perfect, but about as close to it as one gets. If she was ever quick to anger, she was equally quick to forgive. She held no grudges. She would do, or would have done, anything for her kids, involving any expenditure of money, effort or energy. She believed in always keeping your word, your promises. She tried to bring some light and joy to others daily. The Senior Center was her home away from home. She was always concerned about others. Even in her last days of terrible suffering, she daily asked her son how he was feeling, if his “bad” tooth was still hurting. She had a great sense of humor. Her hearing and vision got very bad, but she found a way to laugh once in a while, anyway. She loved animals especially her purebred, neurotic beagle, Freckles, who lived with and worshipped her from 1961-73, and Asa, the back cat at the Ransom nursing home. When she was young, her father, Fred Johannes, called her Pollyanna because of her near-constant optimism and cheer. She stayed up all night, sleepless, as a child, tending to a sick pet dog, unbeknownst to her parents. Later she did the same many times with her own sick, injured and/or hospitalized kids. Dr. Samuel Jackson, the 18th century British literary wit, said, “It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives, sir.” That goes for a woman, too. And Esther Buxton lived well and right. When she was able, she picked up mail and other items for many of the elderly people in town, and provided transportation around town for several. She had been unable to drive for the past eight years, due to poor eyesight. For the 5 1/2 months preceding her death, she had lived at IHS Nursing Home in Great Bend, and for a year before that, at Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center in Ransom. No one ever loved Ransom, her family and friends more than she did. Perhaps as much, but not more. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. “Death Be Not Proud, Though Some Have Call-ed Thee Mighty And Dreadful, For Thou Art Not So.” John Donne, 17th century British poet, preacher and metaphysical writer.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 22, 1998 

ISABELLE BUXTON

Mrs. Belle Buxton passed away at her home in Utica, Monday morning at 3 o’clock, having been critically ill several weeks following a paralytic stroke. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Utica Thursday morning and the body laid to rest in the family lot in the Ransom cemetery. The funeral was delayed awaiting the arrival of Ray Buxton of Cleveland, Ohio, who was unable to arrive until Wednesday evening.

(unknown newspaper source) 

OBITUARY

Isabel McCrea was born at Burgettstown, Pa., October 29th, 1853 and departed this life at her home in Utica, Kans., April 27th, 1927 being at the time of her death 73 years, 5 months, and 26 days of age. In Washington, Pa., on the 26th day of September, 1872 she was united in marriage to James F. Buxton who preceded her in death, January 3rd, 1919 at Burgettstown, Pa. The five children born to this union are all living. These are R.C. Buxton of Ransom, Kans., A.W. Buxton of Utica, Kans., Lydia Buxton Hoffer of Chicago, Ill., J.W. Buxton of Kansas City, Mo., and Roy R. Buxton of Cleveland, Ohio. In early life Mrs. Buxton united with the Presbyterian Church of Mirabile, Mo., having moved from Washington County, Pa. to near Mirabile, Mo., in 1883 where she resided and near Hamilton, Mo., until 1909 when the family came to Utica, Kans., which place has since been their home.

Ransom Record, April 28, 1927

MARY BUXTON

Mr. and Mrs. Mont Buxton of McCracken were the parents of a still born baby, born Thursday, August 7.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 14, 1947 

RICHARD BUXTON

R.C. Buxton, 75, widely known Ransom realtor, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, August 5, 1957, following a heart attack. Born in Pennsylvania, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Buxton, he moved his family to Utica in 1910, and had been a resident of Ness County since. While at Utica he worked in a lumber yard, later operated a creamery and then opened a real estate office, a vocation he followed until his unexpected death. He moved from Utica to Ransom in 1920, and had been one of that town’s most progressive business men over the years. Through the years he also operated moving picture houses at various times at Utica and Ransom. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna, in 1940. The couple had six children. He later married Mrs. Esther Robinson, and to this union, one son, Jerry, was born. Survivors include: The widow, Mrs. Esther Buxton, and a son Jerry of the home; Monte Buxton of McCracken, Dale Buxton of Billings, Mont., Mrs. Enid Scott of Ransom, Mrs. Wilma Mitten of Utica, Mrs. Faye Bailey of Rock Island, Ill., and Reginald Buxton of Ransom; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be held from the Ransom Methodist Church this morning, Thursday August 8, at 10:00 o’clock, with the pastor Rev. C.H. Larson officiating. Interment will be in the Ransom cemetery. Fitzgerald’s of Ness City are in charge of arrangements.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 8, 1957 

OBITUARY

Richard Clyde Buxton was born in Washington County, Penn., September 21, 1881, son of James and Isabelle McCrae Buxton, and died August 5, 1957, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital When he was two years of age, Mr. Buxton’s parents moved to Kingston, Mo., where he grew up, attending country school and high school. At an early age he became a member of the Presbyterian Church at Kingston. In 1903 he married Anna Jane DeWalt. To this union were born six children: Mont, Dale, Enid, Wilma, Faye, and Reginald. In 1910 the family moved to Utica, Kansas, where Mr. Buxton first worked in a lumber yard, operated a creamery, and then opened a real estate and insurance office, a business to which he was devoted for the rest of his life. While in Utica he became interested in motion pictures and operated one of the first movies in western Kansas. Later he built the Olympic theater in Utica which is now the Utica Grocery and Locker. He retained an active interest in theaters throughout his life. In 1920, Mr. Buxton moved to Ransom where he opened the real estate and insurance office which he operated to the day of his death. In 1940, Mrs. Anna Buxton died after a long illness. Mr. Buxton later married Mrs. Esther Robinson and to this union, a son, Jerry was born. Mr. Buxton, through his great faith in the people and land of Western Kansas, played a major part in the settling of this western country. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Esther and Jerry of the home; Mont Buxton of McCracken; Dale Buxton of Billings, Mont., Mrs. Enid Scott of Ransom; Mrs. Wilma Mitten of Utica; Mrs. Faye Bailey of Rock Island, Ill.; Reginald Buxton of Ransom; Esther’s children, Vance Robinson, Ciales, Puerto Rico; Mrs. Valda Allen and Mrs. Willifred Hilmes, both of Othello., Wash.; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning, August 8, 1957, from the First Methodist Church in Ransom, at the 10:00 o’clock hour, with the pastor, Rev. Hjalmar Larson, in charge of the services. By request Reverend Larson read the Scripture found in Matthew 6:1-4,6, and used as his subject, “The Sanctuary of the Inner Life.” With Mrs. Russell Shellenberger as accompanist, a mixed octet: Jane Neyer, Beverly Ummel, Virgie McKenzie, Mrs. Bertha Horchem, Jess Dieffenbach, Gary Neyer, Carl Klitzke and Edwin Shellenberger sang three comforting songs of the Kingdom: “In the Garden” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Sweet By and By.” Those who acted as flower ladies were: Mesdames Mary Strickler, Bernice Hinnergardt, Elsie Horchem, Ann Sargent and Edna Scherzinger. The honorary casket bearers were: Lester Bowers, Warren Willour, L.B. Dubbs, A.J. Ummel, Charles J. Shellenberger, L.A. Dubbs, Walter Doerschlag, sr., and Clinton Scherzinger. The casket bearers were: Russell Shellenberger, Virgil Schreiber, Ross Potter, Jake Long, Clyde Willour and Ted Scott. Interment was at the Ransom cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 15, 1957

ROY BUXTON

Born June 6th - to Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Buxton, a boy, who did not live.

Ransom Record, June 14, 1923 

VERA BUXTON

Vera G. Buxton, 80, Lawrence, died July 14, 1999, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community, Lawrence. She was born Sept. 24, 1918, at rural Hillsboro, the daughter of Gerhardt and Helena Jantzen Friesen. She received a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College, Newton, and a master’s degree from Fort Hays State College. A Lawrence resident since 1998, she formerly taught music in Ransom public schools and was a librarian at Ellinwood Elementary School, retiring in 1985. She belonged formerly to the Methodist Church,Ransom, and now to the United Church of Christ, Ellinwood. On Feb. 18, 1945, she married Reginald Buxton at Newton. He survives. Other survivors include: two sons, Paul, Soldotna, Alaska, and Scot, Lawrence; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Dennis, Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Max Friesen, Overbrook; a sister, Lucille McElwain, Hutchinson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ada. Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the United Church of Christ, Ellinwood. Memorials may be sent to Bethel College Endowment Fund, North Newton, in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

Hutchinson News, July 15, 1999 

Vera G. Buxton, 80, former Ransom resident, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. She was born Sept. 24, 1918, in rural Hillsboro to Gerhardt and Helena (Jantzen) Friesen. She graduated from Bethel College, Newton, and received her master’s degree from Fort Hays State College. She married Reginald Buxton on Feb. 18, 1945, in Newton. She taught music in Ransom public schools and was a librarian in the Ellinwood Elementary School. She retired in 1985. She had been a resident of Lawrence since April 1998. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Ransom, and the United Church of Christ, Ellinwood. Survivors include her husband, of the home; two sons, Paul, Soldotna, Alaska, and Scot, Lawrence; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Dennis, Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Max Friesen, Overbrook; a sister, Lucille McElwain, Hutchinson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ada. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the United Church of Christ, Ellinwood. Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Bethel College Endowment Fund, 300 E. 27th, North Newton, KS 67117-0531

Hays Daily News, July 15, 1999 

VERA BUXTON

Vera G. Buxton, 80, former Ransom resident, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community. She was born September 2, 1918, in rural Hillsboro to Gerhardt and Helena (Jantzen) Friesen. She graduated from Bethel College, Newton, and received her Master's degree from Fort Hays State College. She married Reginald Buxton February 18, 1945, in Newton. She taught music in Ransom public schools and was a librarian in the Ellinwood Elementary School. She retired in 1985. She had been a resident of Lawrence since April, 1998. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Ransom, and the United Church of Christ, Ellinwood. Survivors include her husband, of the home; two sons, Paul, Soldotna, AK and Scot, Lawrence; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Dennis, Mesa, AZ; a brother, Max Friesen, Overbrook; a sister, Lucille McElwain, Hutchinson; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ada. Services were Monday afternoon, July 19, at the United Church of Christ, Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to the Bethel College Endowment Fund, 300 E. 27th, North Newton, KS 67117-0531.

Ness Co. News, July 22, 1999


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