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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.
MINA COFER

Mina Warren was born in Fulton County; Ohio, August 27, 1862 and died at her home in Ransom, Kansas, January 3, 1918, aged fifty-five years, four months and four days. She came, with her parents, to Kansas in 1876, settling on a homestead near Hoisington. On January 12, 1880, she was united in marriage with Alexander C. Cofer and to this union nine children were born, all of whom survive their parents. Mrs. Cofer resided with her husband and family in Barton County until the fall of 1902, when they came to Ness County. In 1909 they went to Washington, where one year later Mr. Cofer died. Mrs. Cofer returned to Ransom in 1914, where she resided until the Angel of Death called her home. Several years ago she affiliated with the Christian Church. She led an exemplary life, was always the first to respond to the call for aid in sickness or distress and was beloved by all who knew her. Although she had been in poor health for a number of years, her last illness did not cover a period of a week’s time. Pneumonia was the direct cause of death. The children are James F., of Stuart, Oklahoma. Arthur C., Harry C., Bertha Dale, Floyd A.C., Orville C., of Ransom, Louis C., of Kent, Washington, Effie E., of Corvallis, Oregon, Eugene F., of the United States Navy. Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock and interment made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, January 10, 1918

VIRGIL COFER

Virgil Arthur Cofer, 76, died Sept. 26, 1995, at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus, Hays. He was born May 16, 1919, at Ransom, the son of Arthur and Katie Mast Cofer. A lifetime resident of Ransom, he was a farmer and stockman. He attended the Brownell United Methodist Church. On Sept. 18, 1940, he married Marie Andrasek at WaKeeney. She survives. Other survivors include: a son, Dale, Ransom; a daughter, Virginia Toedman, Ransom; and four grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, with the Revs. Bill Fitzgerrel and Robert Fairchild presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be made out to the Brownell United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

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Virgil Arthur Cofer, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony’s campus. A lifetime resident of the Ransom community, he was a farmer and stockman. He was born May 16, 1919, at Ransom, the son of Arthur and Katie Mast Cofer. He married Marie Andrasek Sept. 18, 1940, at WaKeeney. He attended the Brownell United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, of the home; a son, Dale of Ransom; a daughter, Virginia Toedman of Ransom; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be Friday, Sept. 29, at 2:00 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City with the Rev. Bill Fitzgerrel presiding. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Brownell United Methodist Church.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 28, 1995

OBITUARY

Virgil Arthur Cofer was born on the family farm east of Ransom in Ness County May 16, 1919. He died at the St. Anthony Campus Hospital in Hays, September 26, 1995, at the age of 76. He was educated in a country grade school and graduated from Ransom High School with the class of 1938. September 18, 1940, in WaKeeney, Virgil married Marie Andrasek from Oakley. They continued to live and work on the Cofer family farm where Virgil was born. Virgil and Marie recently celebrated 55 years of marriage together. To this union were born two children; a son, Dale, and a daughter, Virginia, both of Ransom. He was a life-long farmer, stockman and dairyman. He enjoyed welding and inventing things. He invented the Virginia Wonder riding lawn mower. He owned the company that manufactured the Virginia Wonder for about 20 years. As advertisement for his mower, he teamed up with Leroy Schuckman, and they rode the lawn mower from coast to coast across the United States in the mid-1950’s. In recent years, his family and grandchildren were his biggest pride. He never missed an opportunity to brag and show pictures of his four “grandkids”. Joshua and Adam live close by and visited grandpa often. He was also very proud of the educational accomplishments of his two older grandchildren, Michael and Christina. Virgil was preceded in death by his parents. Arthur and Katie Mast Cofer; his sister, Irma Cofer Combest, and her husband, Dale Combest. He is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home; a son, Dale, his wife, Janet; a daughter, Virginia Toedman and her husband, Charles; grandsons, Joshua and Adam, all of Ransom; granddaughter, Christina and husband, John Payne of Colby and grandson, Michael Toedman of Hong Kong. To all of these Virgil was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. To his friends he was always a giving person.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 12, 1995

CHRISTOPHER COMBEST

C.C. Combest, was badly injured yesterday forenoon, when he was thrown from a binder and run over by the master wheel of the machine. The accident happened at about ten o’clock, when he, with Tom Turman started to cut some feed; the horses became frightened and ran, supposedly throwing Mr. Combest from the machine cutting a terrible gash in and breaking his right leg, besides injuring him internally. Two doctors were called at once to attend the injured man, but at this writing we have not learned the full extent of his injuries. His daughter, Mrs. V.E. West of Hutchinson, and two sons, Clifford, of Yuma, Colorado, and Frank, of Erskine, Alberta, Canada, were immediately notified and asked to come to his bedside. Ransom Record, August 14, 1919

While binding, Wednesday, the team which C.C. Combest was driving became frightened; being unable to manage the team Mr. Combest jumped, falling under the binder, the result being a broken limb and internal injuries.

Ness Co. News, Aug 16, 1919 

OBITUARY 

C.C. Combest who was so badly injured last Wednesday morning when he was thrown from a binder, died Thursday afternoon, as a result of his injuries. The news of his sudden and tragic death came as a great shock to the community, for he had been in the best of health and was just starting the erection of a new residence in Ransom, planning to retire to the farm as soon as his harvest was cared for. Christopher C. Combest was born in Mercer County, Missouri, March 14, 1854, and died at his home northeast of Ransoms, Kansas, August 14, 1919, at the age of 65 years and 5 months. He was one of nine children, all of whom died in early youth except himself and one brother, Will Combest, of Eudora, Kansas. While yet a small child, he removed with his parents to Illinois, where he grew to manhood. Later he moved to eastern Kansas and about thirty-five years ago he came to Ness County and homesteaded the place which has since been his home and where he died. Mr. Combest has been a devout member of the church of Christ from his youth and an elder in the church for several years. No comment is necessary for his life was a sermon in itself and all who knew him respected and loved him. In his departure the community loses a substantial citizen, the church a useful member and the government a loyal subject. He was united in marriage with Miss Emma Woods, July 25, 1875, and to this union were born two children, Josie and Ed. Josie, or Mrs. Traylor, died twelve years ago and Ed lives with his family near Ransom. His companion died at Fredonia, Kansas, January 21, 1882. On December 22, 1886, he was married to Mrs. Laura Maxwell Carr, at Cyrus, Kansas, who survives him. Of this second union were born four children, all of whom are living. They are Frank Combest, of Erskine, Alberta, Canada; Clifford Combest of Yuma, Colorado; Mrs. Lulu West, of Hutchinson, Kansas; and Nay Combest, Ransom. All of the children, except Frank, were present at the funeral. Funeral services were conducted at the Cyrus school house, Saturday at 10 a.m. J.M. Briggs, pastor of the church of Christ, of which Mr. Combest was a member, spoke a few words of sympathy and comfort to the bereaved. Interment was made in the Cyrus Cemetery. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. V.E. West, of Hutchinson; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Combest, of Yuma, Colorado; Mrs. R.C. Beamer and son, Ross, of Oakley; Will Combest, of Eudora, Kansas, Mrs. Gertrude Cross, of Kansas City and Ed Maxwell, of Fredonia.

Ransom Record, August 21, 1919 

DALE COMBEST

Dale E. Combest, 88, a Utica resident for over 50 years, died Sunday, July 7, 1991, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center in Ransom. He was a farmer and stockman. Born Sept. 17, 1902, at Ransom, he married Irma Cofer Sept. 19, 1922 at Ness City. She died Oct. 13, 1985. He was a member of the Utica church of Christ. He is survived by two daughters, Bertha Sitton of Genoa, Colo. and Freida Foster of Utica; two sisters, Florence Engle of Great Bend and Blanche Best of Sun City, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Tuesday morning at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City with Ed Shearer officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center, Maude Carpenter Children’s Home in Wichita or the Utica church of Christ.

Ness Co. News, July 11, 1991 

IRMA COMBEST

Irma H. Combest, 80, died Oct. 13, 1985, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom. Born June 14, 1905, at Hoisington, she married Dale Combest Sept. 19, 1923, at Ness City. She was a resident of Utica since 1937. She was a member of the church of Christ, Ransom. Survivors: husband, of the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center, Ransom; daughters, Bertha Sitton, Genoa, Colo., Freida Foster, Utica; brother, Virgil Cofer, Ransom; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, Ed Shearer officiating. Burial will be at the Ransom Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 until 9 p.m. Monday and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials to the church, or the Grisell Memorial Hospital.

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Irma Helena Combest, 80, a resident of Ransom since 1937, died Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom. Born June 14, 1905, at Hoisington, she married Dale Combest Sept. 19, 1923, at Ness City. She was a member of the Ransom church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Dale, of Utica; two daughters, Mrs. Stacy (Bertha) Sitton of Genoa, Colo., and Frieda Foster of Utica; a brother, Virgil Cofer of Ransom; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Tuesday afternoon at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City with Ed Shearer of Hays and Bro. Charles Wharton of Ransom officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 17, 1985 

OBITUARY

Irma Helena Cofer Combest was born near Hoisington, Kansas at her grandmother’s home on June 14, 1905. When she was about two years old she moved with her parents, Arthur H. and Katie Cofer, to Ness County. Ness County has been her lifelong home. She was united in marriage to Dale Combest September 19, 1923, at Ness City. To this union two daughters were born. In 1937 they moved to the Utica community. Dale and Irma lived on the farm and were actively engaged in farming until September 1979 when they moved to a new home in Utica. They enjoyed this home together until their health began to fail. In August, 1985, Irma joined Dale at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Center in Ransom. At an early age she became a member of the church of Christ, having been baptized at Lynn’s Beach north of Ransom. She enjoyed keeping house, tending her flowers and raising a big garden. Irma passed away at Grisell Memorial Hospital, October 13, 1985, after a short illness at the age of 89 years, 3 months, and 29 days. She is preceded in death by her father, A.H. Cofer, mother, Katie Cofer and baby sister. Surviving are her husband: Dale; daughters, Bertha Dale Sitton of Genoa, Colo.; and Freida Marie Foster of Utica; 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Virgil Cofer of Ransom; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City, with Ed Shearer of Hays and Bro. Charles Wharton, pastor of the church of Christ, Ransom, officiating. Interment was made in the Ransom, Kansas Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 31, 1985 

JAMES COMBEST

James Edward Combest, 87, a resident of Ransom community for nearly 79 years passed away at the Grisell Memorial Nursing home in Ransom on May 9, 1964, where he had resided the past two years. Born at Fredonia on June 24, 1876, he came west with his father, one sister and his grandparents in a covered wagon. The family located in the Cyrus neighborhood in southern Trego County. He resided there until he was married to Vivian Hopper on December 14, 1899. They made their first home in a sod house on a farm five miles northeast of Ransom. Here they raised their family and resided until retiring and moving to Ransom in 1946. The Ransom community was his home all his adult life, except five years the family lived at Newberg, Ore. Mrs. Combest preceded him in death on July 17, 1956, and he lived alone at the home in Ransom until entering the nursing home in March of 1962. At an early age he became and remained a steadfast member of the church of Christ. He found great satisfaction in doing for others, and taking part in community activities. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Besides the wife, he was predeceased by a son, Merwin. He leaves to mourn his passing his three daughters: Mrs. Oscar (Florence) Engle of Hill City, Mrs. Ralph (Bertha) Hall of Dighton, and Mrs. Frank (Blanche) Zitnik of Ransom; two sons, Earl Combest of Kansas City, and Dale Combest of Utica; three half-brothers, Frank Combest of Erskine, Alberta, Canada, Clifford Combest of Pomona, Calif., and Nay Combest of Ransom; a half-sister, Mrs. Victor West of Stockton, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, May 12, conducted by Bros. R.H. McDaniel of Hoisington and Larry Sullivan of Ransom. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, May 14, 1964 

LAURA COMBEST

Laura M. Maxwell was born in Green County, Indiana, March 1, 1861. Moved with her parents to Kansas in 1867. On July 15, 1882 she united in marriage to George Carr. To this union was born one child, George Jr. She came to Ness County in the spring of 1886 where her home was the rest of her life. She was married to Christopher C. Combest Dec. 22, 1886. Four children were born to them. She was a faithful member of the church of Christ for many years. She departed this life June 3, 1924 at Burbank, California at the age of 63 years, 3 months, 2 days. She leaves to mourn her loss 5 children; George Carr of Ransom, Nay Combest of Ransom, Clifford Combest of Pomona, California, Lula B. West of Burbank, California, and Frank Combest of Erskine, Alberta, Canada; 5 grandchildren; 1 stepson, J.E. Combest and family; 3 step grandchildren, Ollie, Flossie and Floyd Traylor; 4 sisters and 2 brothers, Edd Maxwell of Fredonia, Joe Maxwell of Grand, Oklahoma, Elizabeth E. Rae of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Chas. Buchanan of El Dorado, Mrs. Faye Staley of Emporia and Mrs. S.E.Dubbs of Ransom, besides her many friends and neighbors.

Ransom Record, June 12, 1924 

MERWIN COMBEST

Merwin J. Combest, army air force veteran, formerly of Ransom, was killed in an airplane crash in Kansas City, Mo., Monday afternoon. In the plane with Combest and critically injured was John E. Scrogs, a fellow air force reserve member. The cause of the accident was not determined immediately. Combest was flying as check pilot in the front seat of the plane, an AT-6. The plane was said to have struck the ground in nearly a vertical bank, with Combest being thrown from the seat to the ground. Combest had been in Kansas City for the past several months, the family making their home at Sunflower Village, Kansas. He was a bomber pilot in World War II, and was shot down over Austria in February, 1944, on a mission from his base in Italy. He was made a prisoner of the Germans from that date until in May, 1945. The wife, the former Twilla Lyon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lyon of Ransom, and sister of Joe Lyon of Ness City, and two children survive. Others of the immediate family surviving include: His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Combest; two brothers, Earl Combest of Kansas City, and Dale Combest of Utica; and three sisters, Mrs. Frank Zitnik and Mrs. Hubert Horchem of Ransom, and Mrs. Oscar Engle of Great Bend. The body was shipped to Ransom where funeral services were to have been held this afternoon, Thursday, with interment in the cemetery at that city.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 24, 1947 

Merwin James Combest, 25 year old air forces veteran of World War II, was killed and his flying companion, John E. Scroggs, 26, was injured severely in the crash of their air forces training plane yesterday afternoon. The accident occurred at 3:15 o’clock as a wingtip of the plane, an AT-6, dug into a field one-half block north of Thirty-first Street on Blue Ridge Road. Parts of the machine were thrown south across Thirty-first Street and across Blue Ridge. Witnesses said the plane struck the ground in a position as though it was going into a vertical bank. It first struck a peony field owned by Ralph Hennrich, who lives at the northeast corner of Thirty-first Street and Blue Ridge Road. The machine then struck a tree in the Hennrich front yard, ripping away several branches. The fuselage tore across Blue Ridge stopping at the edge of a ditch. Combest’s body was hurled fifty feet farther south. The wing and undercarriage crashed across Thirty-first Street, tore the upper one-third from a telephone pole and stopped in a field about 175 feet west of Blue Ridge. The engine left the nose, and was found about 100 feet south of the wing. Scroggs was held in the wrecked fuselage by his seat belt. He was removed from the rear cockpit and was taken to the Independence sanitarium. Attendants said that he had suffered a head injury, shock, lacerations on the face and hands, a nose fracture and abrasions on the hands, arms and feet. The cause of the accident was not determined immediately. Buddy Landon, 230 1/2 West Maple Avenue, Independence, said he saw the plane from the golf links of the Rockwood Country Club. He is manager of the club house there. “The plane came from the north about 100 feet in the air,” he said. “It banked to the east and then the engine either died or the pilot cut it. Then it banked over the other way and started downward.” The two men took off from the army air forces base at the Fairfax Municipal Airport. Each was a first lieutenant in the air forces reserve. Combest was flying as check pilot in the front seat. Last night army investigators were attempting to determine the cause of the tragedy. Combest’s home was Sunflower Village, Kans. Surviving are a brother, Earl S. Combest, Lake Quivira a member of the investment firm of Prugh, Combest & Land, Inc; his father, James Edward Combest, Ransom, Kas., and his wife and child of the home. Scroggs and his wife, Mrs. Rosemary Scroggs, live at 8203 Tracy Avenue. He is the son of Mrs. Grace Scroggs, 5129 Wyandotte Street. He is a salesman for the Lehigh-Portland Cement Company. He has been a member of the air forces reserve since February, 1946. Combest joined a month earlier. Both men were bomber pilots overseas. Combest was shot down over Austria and was a prisoner of the Germans from February 23, 1944, until May 13, 1945. Based in Italy, he was shot down on his eighth combat mission. Among his decorations were the Purple Heart and four battle stars in the European and Middle East theaters.

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OBITUARY

Merwin James Combest was born on the family farm northeast of Ransom, on August 18, 1921, and departed this life in a plane accident in Kansas City, Mo., April 21, 1947, at the age of 25 years, 8 months and 3 days. Merwin attended Pink, Cyrus and the Ransom grade schools. He became a member of the church of Christ at Ransom during his senior year at Ransom High School from which he graduated in 1939. Following a year at Dodge City Junior College, he enrolled at Kansas State College at Hays, but his college career was cut short by his enlistment in the army air corps in May of 1942. Following the winning of his wings Merwin was married to Twilla Lyon of Ransom on June 26, 1943. His army duty then took him to the European theatre and for 15 months he was held as a prisoner of war after being shot down over Austria. June 1945, marked his return to the United States and he received his honorable discharge in January 1946. The following month Merwin became affiliated with the firm of Prugh, Combest and Land, Inc., Kansas City, of which his brother, Earl was a senior member. He found the security and investment field very much to his liking, a business that both attracted and intrigued his analytic mind. In the short business that he was allowed, he had made considerable progress in grasping the fundamentals of the business that he had chosen as his life’s work. It was regarded by him as both his job and his recreation. Merwin’s hobby was flying, a love for which he developed early in his youth when at the age of 12, he attended the Trego County Fair and chose to forgo the fair’s counter attractions and spent his entire fair on riding as a passenger in an airplane. At his untimely death he was a member of the Army Air Corps Reserve and was engaged in meeting his flying requirements. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Twilla, his 3 year old daughter, Signe Arlene, and his son, Dirk James, aged 9 & 1/2 months; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Combest; his sisters, Mrs. Bertha Horchem and Mrs. Blanche Zitnik of Ransom, and Mrs. Florence Engle of Great Bend; his brothers, Earl L. Combest of Kansas City, and Dale E. Combest of Utica; numerous other relatives and an ever widening circle of friends.

Ness Co. News, May 1, 1947 

PAUL COMBEST

Paul Nay Combest, 89, died Dec. 22, 1984, at the Hadley Medical Center, Hays. Born July 12, 1895, at Ransom, he married Fern Barber Nov. 17, 1920, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He was a farmer and stockman and a lifetime Ransom resident. He was a member of the church of Christ, Ransom, where he was an elder. Survivors: wife, of the home; son, Gayle, Old Bridge, N.J.; daughters, Mrs. Nathalie Elswood, Leawood, Gwen White, Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Bill Buggeln. Burial will be at the Ransom Cemetery. Friends may call all day Tuesday and Wednesday at the Fitzgeralds Funeral Home, Ness City. Visitation at the church from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials to the church building fund.

Hutchinson News 

Paul Nay Combest, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 1984, at the Hadley Medical Center in Hays. He was a farmer and stockman and a lifetime resident of the Ransom community. Born July 12, 1895, at Ransom, he married Fern Barber Nov. 17, 1920, at Colorado Springs. He was a member of the Ransom church of Christ, where he was an elder. Mr. Combest is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Gayle, of Old Bridge, New Jersey; two daughters, Mrs. Nathalie Elswood of Leawood and Mrs. Gwen White of Austin, Tex.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the church of Christ in Ransom with Brother Bill Buggeln officiating. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the church building fund.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 27, 1984

OBITUARY

Paul Nay Combest was born July 12, 1895 in Ness County to Chris and Laura Combest and departed this life December 22, 1984 at Hadley Regional Medical Center, Hays. Nay was born in a sod house on the land homesteaded by his father in the Cyrus neighborhood northeast of Ransom. The sod house was later replaced by a large two story frame house which was his home for 85 years when in 1980 he and Fern moved into their new house in Ransom. Nay was one of a family of six children. His brothers were Frank, Clifford and Edd Combest; sisters were Lula West and Josie Traylor. All have preceded him in death. He attended grade school in the country school of Cyrus and high school at Ransom, graduating in the class of 1916. After graduation, he went into farming with his father and worked with him until his father’s death in 1919. On November 17, 1920, Nay was married to Fern Barber and to this union three children were born. All were raised on the family farm. At an early age Nay was baptized into Christ and has been an ardent and faithful worker in the church of Christ since. He served many years as a Bible class teacher and in 1950 was chosen as an Elder of the church, serving in that capacity until his death. He had great concern for the orphans’ homes and missionaries which the church sponsored and he supported the work in any way he could. Nay was active in the planning and support of the new church building and anticipated with joy its completion. Nay was a community-minded citizen and served on many boards through the years including school board, Farmers’ Co-Op, Farmers’ Telephone Company, Farm Bureau and Federal Land Band. He enjoyed music and singing and sang in a male quartet for many years. His knowledge of early day happenings and historical events was gladly shared with any and all seeking such information. He enjoyed the activities and fellowship at the senior citizen center. Nay was a kind and loving husband and father and a good neighbor, never too busy to help out someone needing help. He will be greatly missed in the community. He leaves to mourn his departing his wife Fern of the home; daughter Nathalie Elswood and husband Woody of Leawood; son Gayle and wife Irene of Old Bridge, New Jersey; daughter Gwen White and husband Mike of Austin, Texas. He also leaves grandchildren; Chris Combest of Seattle, Wash.; Eric Combest of New Haven, Conn.; David Elswood and wife Karen of San Antonio, Texas; Janet Key and husband Jeffery of San Antonio, Texas; Mark, RaeAnn, and Paul White of Austin, Texas; great-grandchildren Timothy and Matthew Key and Jonathan David Elswood. A number of nieces and nephews and many friends mourn his passing. 

Ness Co. News, Jan. 10, 1985 

SAMUEL COMBEST

Following are the particulars of the sad accident which caused the death of Samuel Combest, of Wilcox township, Trego County, and who was well known in this vicinity, Thursday morning, April 21, 1898, he procured a team of Mr. Schell to do some breaking, and in the afternoon Mr. Schell went to where he was breaking to help burn the grass. Mr. Combest thought it would better to wait until evening, as the wind was blowing so strong that the fire might escape from them, and so suggesting proceeded with his plowing. Mr. Schell started for his home, but, believing it would be safe, set fire to the grass. The wind being strong the fire soon crossed the furrow and was crossing the open prairie in the direction of the Lynn and Curtis places. Mr. Combest, thinking he could stop the fire by plowing started a furrow. By this time several neighbors were on the scene. Mr. Curtis volunteered to hold the plow while Mr. Combest, who was sixty-nine years old, drove the team. Suddenly the wind changed and drove the fire directly upon them. The team became unmanageable and threw the old gentleman to the ground and got away; Combest regained his feet, and Curtis told him that their only chance to save themselves was to run through the fire, and supposing that Combest was following started and as soon as he was through and the smoke had cleared away Combest was nowhere to be seen; instead of following Curtis he tried to reach a piece of plowing a few rods away. Seeing nothing of him Curtis started back and found him a few rods away on the ground with his clothes burning; he was badly burned about the head and face; his hair and whiskers were burned off, his right arm and side were terribly burned, and the flesh almost fell from the hands. Mr. Curtis’ hands were badly burned while endeavoring to put out the flames. By this time W.O. Dubbs had arrived, and they helped Combest to get up and started to walk him home. After going a short distance he said his feet hurt, and asked that his boots be taken off; they were so badly burned that they were cut off, and the skin and part of the flesh came away with them. By this time Wm. Lynn came up with his wagon and they took him home, by which time he was about blind, as his eyes were badly burned. Dr. Myers was called to dress his wounds, and everything possible was done to relieve his suffering. He bore his affliction without a murmur until nine o’clock of the evening of the 23rd, when death relieved him of his suffering. He was buried Sunday, at three o’clock, at the Cyrus Cemetery, and a large concourse assembled to pay a last tribute of respect to the dead. H.W. BARBER. 

Ransom, Kansas, April 24, 1898

Samuel Combest who lives in the southern part of Trego County and six miles northeast of Ransom was seriously burned Thursday, April 21, 1898, at 4:30 p.m. while fighting a prairie fire. He was plowing along side of the fire when the wind made a sudden change and swept the furious flames upon him. He started to run but ran in the same direction the fire was going until he was completely exhausted and fell into the burning flames. After the fire had passed over him he was rescued by Frank Curtis and Wm. Dubbs, but it was too late to save his life. Dr. Myers was summoned but medical aid was of no avail, and he died at 9 o’clock Saturday night, April 23, 1898. Mr. Combest was past 69 years old, and has lived in Trego County several years. The remains were laid to rest Sunday at 3 p.m. in the cemetery seven miles northeast of Ransom.

Western Ks. World, April 30, 1898 

VIVIAN COMBEST

Mrs. J.E. Combest, 75, longtime resident of the Ransom community, passed away at the Ransom hospital on Thursday, July 17, 1956. She had suffered a stroke some 12 days prior to her death. Vivian Hopper, daughter of Mrs. John Sunley, was born at Emporia July 24, 1880. She moved to the McCracken community with her mother and grandparents. She later moved to the Cyrus community near Ransom with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sunley. She was united in marriage to J.E. Combest in 1899, the couple celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary last December 14. They lived on the farm they homesteaded northeast of Ransom, retiring to Ransom in the summer of 1946. Survivors include: The husband, J.E. Combest of Ransom; three daughters, Mrs. O.V. Engle of Great Bend, Bertha Horchem and Blanche Zitnik of Ransom; two sons, Earl Combest of Kansas City and Dale Combest of Utica; other relatives and friends. One son, Merwin Combest, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be conducted from the church of Christ in Ransom tomorrow afternoon, Friday, July 20, at 2:00 o’clock. Interment will be in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, July 19, 1956

OBITUARY

Vivian Hopper Combest was born July 24, 1880, at Emporia, Kansas, and departed this life July 17, 1956, in Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom, Kansas, at the age of 75 years, 11 months and 23 days. She was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hopper. Her father died while she was in infancy. Later in her childhood, she moved with her mother and grandparents to the McCracken community, and from there, with her mother and step-father, John Sunley, to the Cyrus community. She was united in marriage in December of 1899 with J.E. Combest and with her husband established their home in a sod house on the present site of the J.E. Combest farm northeast of Ransom. To this union six children were born. With the exception of five years during which they lived in Newberg, Ore., the farm near Ransom remained their home until retirement in 1946 to their present home in Ransom, where on December 14, 1955, they observed their 56th wedding anniversary. At an early age she became and remained a steadfast member of the church of Christ. She found great enjoyment in doing things for others, taking part in community activities and never tired of traveling and visiting. She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Merwin. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, J.E. Combest; her sons, Earl Combest of Lenexa and Dale Combest of Utica; her daughters, Florence Engle of Great Bend, Bertha Horchem and Blanche Zitnik of Ransom; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Ness Co. News, Aug. 2, 1956

IDA CONARD

Mrs. Ida Ena Conard, 89, died Thursday, December 19, 1974, at her home near Ransom. Born April 10, 1885, at Jameson, Mo., she was married to Lyman E. Conard, Dec. 14, 1910, at WaKeeney. He died June 13, 1960. She lived here since 1910. She was a member of church of Christ; American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors are a son: Willard, Fort Worth, Tex.; daughters: Ruth Ann Conard, Ransom; Peggy Conard, of the home; Mrs. Harry Hanke, Newton; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church; Rev. Ron Friberg. Burial will be in Cyrus Cemetery. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Saturday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. 

Unknown newspaper source 

Mrs. Ida E. Conard, 89, near lifelong resident of northern Ness County, passed away at her home in Ransom Thursday, December 19, 1974. Born April 10, 1885, at Jameson, Mo., she came to Ness County with her parents in 1887 and had been a resident of the Ransom community most of the time since. She moved into her home in Ransom in 1958. She was united in marriage to Lyman E. Conard December 14, 1910. He died June 13, 1960. She was a member of the church of Christ in Ransom. Funeral services were held from the church Monday morning, December 23, conducted by the pastor, Bro. Ron Friberg, assisted by Br. Bill Buggeln of Great Bend, former pastor at Ransom. Interment was in the Cyrus Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge. Survivors include three daughters: Ruth and Peggy Conard, both of Ransom, and Mrs. Harry (Ena) Hanke of Newton; a son, Willard Conard of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. 

Ness Co. News, Dec. 26, 1974

OBITUARY

Ida Ena Conard, the youngest child of Isaac N. and Nancy Ann Goodvin, was born April 10, 1885, near Jameson, Daviess County, Mo. She passed away December 19, 1974 at her home in Ransom after a long illness. Ida lived most of her life in or near Ransom, her folks having moved here in 1887. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sisters, two husbands, and a granddaughter. She was united in marriage to Isaac C. Conard April 19, 1905. He died July 19, 1909. On December 14, 1910 she married Lyman E. Conard. Lyman departed this life June 13, 1960. Lyman and Ida had four children, Ruth, Peggy, Willard and Ena. Ida was a faithful member of the church of Christ, having been baptized into Christ in her girlhood. She was a loving wife and mother and tried to bring up her children in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” She leaves to mourn her passing her four children, Ruth and Peggy Conard of the home; Willard of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mrs. Harry (Ena) Hanke of Newton; her daughter-in-law, Marg., her son-in-law, Harry; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The years and time may wipe out many things but they never wipe out the sweet memories of those we loved, and our days when we were all together. 

There is no time we could set for parting 
We who must remain 
Are never ready for such pain. 
Ever our prayer would be, 
“Not yet! Not yet, dear God, another day, 
With us let our beloved stay.” 
We must believe when falls the blow 
That wisely God has willed it so. 
-E. Guest

Ness Co. News, Jan. 9, 1975 

ISAAC CONARD 

There were several deaths at Ransom this week, of which we were unable to learn any of the particulars, save as could be gleaned over the telephone live. Mrs. John Scherzinger, wife of one of the principal merchants of that city, died Sunday, and the following day Mrs. J. M. Kendall was called away. Also, on Monday I.C. Conard, son-in-law of Hon. I.N. Goodvin, died. We are informed that there are two or three persons in Ransom whose lives hang by the merest thread.

Ness Co. News, July 24, 1909 

LYMAN CONARD

Lyman E. Conard, 70, well known Ransom community man, passed away at the hospital there on Monday, June 13. Funeral services will be held from the Ransom church of Christ today, Thursday, June 16, 2:00 p.m., conducted by R.H. McDaniel of Hays. Interment will be in the Cyrus Cemetery northeast of Ransom. Survivors include: The widow, Mrs. Ida Conard; three daughters, Ruth Ann Conard and Peggy Conard of the home, and Mrs. Ena Hanke of Newton; one son, Willard Conard of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, other relatives, and many friends.

Ness Co. News, June 16, 1960

OBITUARY

Lyman Everett Conard, 12th child of Joseph S. and Phoebe A. Conard, was born October 26, 1889 on a farm near Guy, Kansas, in Sheridan County. He departed this life June 13, 1960, in the Grisell Memorial Hospital at Ransom, Kansas, at the age of 70 years, 7 months, and 17 days. He grew up on the farm in Sheridan County and lived there until his marriage. After his marriage, he moved northeast of Ransom. Although making several moves, most of his life since his marriage has been near Ransom. His home at he time of his death was in Ransom, having moved there a little over a year ago because failing health caused him to give up farming. Lyman was married to Ida Goodvin Conard on December 14, 1910. To this union were born four children: Three daughters: Ruth Ann and Peggy of the home, and Ena Hanke of Newton; one son, Willard of Fort Worth, Texas. After being baptized, Lyman was added to the Lord’s church. He has been a faithful member of the church of Christ for many years, serving as an elder several years. Whenever he was able to read, he studied his Bible daily. Lyman was always a good neighbor and friend. He was a devoted husband, a kind and loving dad and granddad. For the last six years he has been in failing health, suffering heart attacks and a stroke, but he just couldn’t give up work. For him “to die is gain” and like the Apostle Paul he could say, “I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day”. (II Tim. 4:7). Preceding him in death were his parents, three sisters, and eight brothers. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Ida; his daughters, Ruth Ann, Peggy, and Ena; his son, Willard; four grandchildren, LeAnn and Ricky Hanke, Johnny and Barbara Conard; a son-in-law, Harry Hanke; and a daughter-in-law, Marjorie; many relatives and friends.

Dad, you’ve left us! But you’ve left behind 
Many pleasant memories of someone kind; 
Of someone who lived from year to year 
Not thinking of self, but of those held dear.

Funeral services were held from the Ransom church of Christ Thursday afternoon, June 16, conducted by Rev. R.H. McDaniel of Hays, assisted by Rev. Louis Stowe of Granite, Okla. Interment was in the Cyrus Cemetery northeast of Ransom. The singers were: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hunter, Mrs. Dean Beagle, and Bill Lyon from the church of Christ in Dodge City. Pallbearers were: Nay Combest, Nathan Carroll, Bill D. Scott, Ronald Horchem, Virgil Simpson, and Charles Musselman.

Ness Co. News, June 23, 1960 

RUTH CONARD

Ruth Ann Conard, 88, died Dec. 13, 2000, at Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center, Ransom. She was born Aug. 29, 1912, northeast of Ransom, the daughter of Lyman Everett and Ida Ena Goodvin Conard. A lifetime resident of the Ransom area, she was a teacher and school librarian for 44 years. She was a member of the church of Christ, Ransom. Survivors include: two sisters, Bertha “Peggy” Conard, Ransom, and Ena Hanke, Newton. She was preceded in death by a brother, Willard Conard. Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church of Christ, Ransom, with the men of the church conducting the service. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 10:30 a.m. to service time Friday at the church. Burial will be in Cyrus Cemetery, near Ransom. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the church or the Ransom Grade School Library, both in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Dec. 14, 2000 

Ruth Ann Conard, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2000, at Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center. She was born Aug. 29, 1912, northeast of Ransom to Lyman Everett and Ida Ena (Goodvin) Conard. She was a teacher and school librarian for 44 years. She was a lifetime resident of the Ransom area and a member of the church of Christ, Ransom. Survivors include two sisters, Bertha “Peggy” Conard, Ransom, and Ena Hanke, Newton. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Conard. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church of Christ, with the men of the church officiating; burial in the Cyrus Cemetery near Ransom. Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church or the Ransom Grade School Library.

Hays Daily News, Dec. 14, 2000

OBITUARY

Ruth Ann Conard was born August 29, 1912 and departed this life Dec. 13, 2000 at the age of 88 years, 3 months and 14 days. She was the oldest of four children born to Lyman Everett Conard and Ida Ena (Goodvin) Conard. She was born on a farm in Trego County northeast of Ransom, Kansas, just over the Ness Co.-Trego Co. line. She was born in a native stone house, built by her grandfather, I.N. Goodvin and her uncle A.D. “Lando” Goodvin. They quarried the stone with which the house was built. She moved with her parents to Mountain View, Missouri. From there they moved to a homestead in Kit Carson County, Colorado, where her sister “Peggy” was born. In about two years, they moved in a covered hayrack in midwinter, to a farm along the Smoky Hill River, north of Healy, Kansas. They returned to Ransom where Ruth Ann attended her first year of school at Ransom Grade School She lived in and around Ransom the remainder of her lifetime. She graduated from the Ransom High School in 1930 as Valedictorian of her class. She began her teaching career when she was barely 18 at the Fairview Country School. She taught in country schools in Ness and Trego Counties for 20 years. She began her teaching career in the Ransom Grade School, and taught there for 24 years. She claimed all of her pupils as her “kids”. She loved them all and never forgot any of them. In a letter Ruth wrote, earlier this year, she said, “To me I have lots of children - all my students. I've always referred to them as my kids.” She loved children and always said, “children are my favorite people”. Ruth was proud to be able to say she had taught 3 generations of some families. After her retirement, she was always delighted to have her former pupils stop by and visit. Ruth always laughed about it taking her 20 years to get her first college degree. She received her college education the hard way by going to summer school, night and Saturday classes. She finally received her B.S. in education from Fort Hays State University. Ruth never stopped learning, as she continued her education and classes finally obtaining her Master’s degree. The last few years of her teaching career, she had the duties of being school librarian, in addition to her classroom. Ruth retired in 1977. On Nov. 2, 1923, Ruth was baptized into Christ at the age of eleven and He added her to His church. She served him faithfully all of her life and studied His word daily. She taught children’s bible classes for many years. Ruth Ann never wanted anything for herself. Whatever she had, she wanted to share with others. In anyone needed help, she was always ready to give. She had many health problems in the year 2000. On August 7th, she moved into the Grisell Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, where she resided until the time of her passing. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Willard, and a niece, Barbara Conard. Survivors include her sisters, Bertha “Peggy” Conard, Ransom, Ks. and Ena Hanke and husband Harry, Newton, Ks.; her sister-in-law, Marjorie Conard, Ft. Worth, Tx.; 2 nephews, John Conard and wife Tracey, Ft. Worth, Tx., and Rick Hanke and wife Karen, Choctaw, Ok.; 1 niece, Leann Kingsley and husband Gary, Newton, Ks.; 6 great-nephews, 1 great-niece, 2 great-great nieces, and 4 great-great-nephews. She also leaves many cousins, relatives and friends to remember her, as well as many children- her former pupils. Ruth was known for the poetry, stories and anecdotes she would write. When her father passed away in 1960 Ruth wrote a short poem that was included in his obituary. By changing only one word, this poem very fittingly represents Ruth’s life.

Ruth, you’ve left us! But you’ve left behind 
Many pleasant memories of someone kind; 
Of someone who lived from year to year 
Not thinking of self, but of those held dear.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 15, 2000 at the Ransom church of Christ. Burial in the Cyrus Cemetery, near Ransom. Memorials are suggested to the church of Christ, Ransom, Ks. or the Ransom Grade School Library.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 28, 2000 

EUNICE CONLEY

Eunice A. Conley, 81, died Nov. 21, 1994, at the Cherryvale Care Center, where she had resided since 1983 because of ill health. She was born March 31, 1913, near West Plains, Mo., the daughter of Lyle and Alma Gale Houghton. The family moved from Missouri to a farm near Brownell in 1915. She grew up in Ransom and graduated from Ransom High School in 1931. A Ransom resident until moving to Wichita in 1941, she moved to Cherryvale in 1950 and to Colorado in 1961. She returned to Cherryvale after retiring in 1974. In 1934, she married Marion Conley. He died Jan. 28, 1990. Survivors include: three sons, James, Salem, Ore.; David, Plattsmouth, Neb.; and Michael, Blue Springs, Mo.; a sister, Blanche Van Winkle, Fort Collins, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in the Ransom Cemetery, near Ransom, with the Rev. Bill Fitzgerrel presiding. Memorials may be sent to the Cherryvale Ministerial Alliance in care of Darling and Burns Chapel, P.O. Box 261, Cherryvale, Kans., 67335 Unknown newspaper source

Eunice A Conley 81, of Cherryvale, died Monday Morning, November 21, 1994 at the Cherryvale Care Center where she had been a resident since 1983. Graveside funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, November 30, at the Ransom Cemetery with the Reverend Bill Fitzgerrel, pastor of the Ransom Methodist Church, officiating. The family suggests memorial remembrances to the Cherryvale Ministerial Alliance and remembrances will be received at the Darling and Burns Chapel, P.O. Box 361, Cherryvale, Ks 67335.

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OBITUARY

Eunice A. Conley was born March 31, 1913 near West Plains, MO the daughter of Lyle Houghton and Alma (Gale) Houghton. The family moved from Missouri to a farm near Brownell in 1915. In Kansas, they lived in a sod house and their frame house was built about 1920. She grew up and attended high school in Ransom graduating from Ransom High School in 1931. In 1934, she was united in marriage to Marion Conley. The couple lived in Ransom until moving to Wichita in 1941. They moved to Cherryvale in 1950 and then to Colorado in 1961. They returned to Cherryvale after retirement in 1974. Mr. Conley preceded her in death on January 28, 1990. Survivors include three sons, James of Salem, OR; David of Plattsmouth, NE and Michael of Blue Springs, MO; a sister, Blanche Van Winkle of Fort Collins, CO; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

Ness County News, Dec. 1, 1994 

MARION CONLEY

Graveside services were held Thursday afternoon at the Ransom Cemetery for Marion Conley, a former resident of the Ransom community.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 8, 1990 

AGNES COOK

Agnes, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Stowe, was born in Trego County, Kansas, August 22, 1894, and died at her home north of Ransom, December 25, 1918, at the age of 24 years, 4 months and three days. Pneumonia caused her death. She was united in marriage with Nile Cook, December 23, 1915, and of this union were born two children, Nile Wesley, aged two years, and Leah Marjorie, aged one year. At the age of fifteen, she was converted and united with the M.E. Church and from that time on, was ever a true and faithful Christian. She was always of a cheery nature and counted her friends by her acquaintances. It is said of her, “She was a good girl,” which, spoken sincerely, is one of the highest tributes that could be paid anyone. Besides her husband and babies, she is survived by her parents, two brothers and one sister, her grandmother, Mrs. Agnes Doerschlag, and many other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home, by Morton Miller, pastor of the Methodist Church, and interrment made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, December 26, 1918 

MILFORD COOK

Graveside services will be held at the Ransom Cemetery Thursday morning, June 7, 10:00 o’clock, for Milford N. Cook, 87, of Mansfield, Mo. He died Monday, June 4, at the hospital in Houston, Mo. He was born July 4, 1885, at Barnard, and lived for a time prior to 1918, in the Ransom community. His wife, Agnes Stowe Cook died in 1918, and is buried at the Ransom Cemetery. Rev. William McFall, pastor of the Ransom U-Methodist Church, will conduct the services, with Fitzgeralds in charge of arrangements. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Leah Klipsel of Beulah, Colo.; a son, Nyle W. Cook of Mansfield, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Lela Chatlham of Florence, Colo.; a brother, Newton Cook of Canon City, Colo.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ness Co. News, June 7, 1973 

CHARLOTTE COPPER

Mrs. Henry Copper, 92, passed away at the Laas home here Monday evening, July 1, where she has been cared for by Mrs. Pete Laas for the past year. Funeral services will be held from the Fitzgerald Funeral home here Friday morning at 10 o’clock, with interment to be made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness County News, July 4, 1946

OBITUARY

Charlotte A. Copper was born on January 12, 1854, in Hardin County, Iowa, and passed away in Ness City, on July 1, 1946, at the age of 92. She was married at the age of 19, and moved with her husband to Ness County in 1887. Her husband preceded her in death on February 3, 1932. Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here Friday morning, July 5, conducted by Rev. R.L. Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ness City. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness County News, July 11, 1946 

HENRY COPPER

The death of H.E. Copper occurred at Midwest Hospital last Friday, following an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Methodist Church. An obituary will appear in next week’s issue of the Record.

Ransom Record, November 4, 1932 

OBITUARY 

Henry Copper was born July 14, 1853, in Freeport, Ill., and departed this life at the Midwest Hospital in Ransom, Kansas, October 28, 1932 at the age of 79 years, 3 months and 14 days. When just a boy he moved with his parents to Iowa Falls, Iowa, where in 1881 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Rainsberger. In 1883 the young couple moved to Concordia, Kansas, and in 1887 came to Ness City where he engaged in the trade of blacksmith for a number of years. For the past several years they have lived on a farm in Nevada township. Besides his companion of more than fifty years Mr. Copper is survived by one brother Frank of Oklahoma, a niece, Mrs. Smith, of Lebanon, Kansas and one nephew, Ed Copper of Stockton, Kansas, and other relatives whose residences are not now known. Mr. Copper has suffered with cancer for a number of years, and during the last weeks of his life was faithfully cared for by the staff of the Midwest Hospital. The funeral service was held at the Methodist Church conducted by the pastor Rev. C.E. Hall.

Ransom Record, November 11, 1932 

JOHNETTA CORGILL

Mrs. Gil (Johnetta) Corgill, 52, a former resident of the Ransom community, passed away at Oklahoma City on Monday, May 27. Death came unexpectedly. She was a graduate of the Ransom high with the Class of 1934. She was a niece of Mrs. Baye Blocksome of Ransom. The body will be brought from Oklahoma City to Ransom for graveside services on Thursday afternoon, May 30, 4:00 o’clock, with Rev. P.K Regier, pastor of the Mennonite church in charge.

Ness Co. News, May 30, 1968 

AUGUSTA CORNELSSEN

Died: - Friday, February 8, 1895, of heart disease, Mrs. Augusta Cornelssen, of Nevada township, aged about sixty-eight years.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 16, 1895 

BERTHA CORNELSSEN

The wife of Ernest Cornelssen died suddenly at her home in Nevada township last Sunday. She was at the dinner table, and remarking that she did not feel well went into an adjoining room to lie down. In about fifteen minutes some member of the family went into the room to see how she was feeling and found that she was dead. The cause of her death was not ascertained by our reporter. The remains were interred Wednesday.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 3, 1903 

(Sunday = December 28, 1902) (Wednesday = Dec. 31, 1902) 

CARL CORNELSSEN

Carl Cornelssen was born in Mecklenburg, Germany (now East Germany) on August 15, 1824. He was a member of the Lutheran Church in Bulow. He met and married Augusta Doerschlag, one of eighteen children. Augusta was born on Nov. 25, 1827. They had thirteen children born in Bulow. In 1882, family stories state that the whole Cornelssen family came to the United States of America and went to Savanna, Illinois and met up with Morgan Edward Doerschlag, (Augusta’s brother) and they stayed there until the fall of 1884. The Cornelssen family and the Doerschlag family came to Kansas in the fall of 1884 and stayed in WaKeeney until a house was built for them. Carl Cornelssen’s entire family went to the Trego County Courthouse in WaKeeney, Kansas to the Office of the District Court on Nov. 8, 1884 and signed Intentions to become U.S. Citizens. The interesting thing about this was the women also signed Intentions, which was not a common thing in those days. Carl died in 1907 and Augusta died in 1895. They both are buried in the Ransom Cemetery in the Protestant Section. 

Information from book by Patrick O’Neill 

HOWARD COTTON

Howard J.S. Cotton, 60, of Hoisington died in the hospital there Monday, August 12. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 27, 1915. He had lived at Ransom for some time, and was a retired contract painter until ill health forced his retirement, at which time he took a job as special police officer with a detective agency. While serving with the agency he received an award for service above and beyond the call of duty in saving a woman’s life. Survivors include a daughter Mrs. Everett (Debbie) Scott, jr., of Hoisington, and a sister, Mrs. Lorraine Munroe of Pamona, Calif. Memorial graveside services will be held at the Ransom Cemetery Wednesday evening, August 14, 7:00 p.m., conducted by Rev. Robert Jeffries, pastor of the Ransom U-Methodist Church, with Fitzgerald’s in charge.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 15, 1974 

CHARLES CRAIG

Typhoid fever made a fearful visitation at the Craig home, on the Forrester, within the past week, the father, Charles Craig, dying Friday, Aug. 9, 1907, and the mother, Myrta Craig, Tuesday, Aug. 13. They leave 3 children, and we understand that one or more is sick. Funeral sermon to be preached at Ransom Sunday.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 17, 1907 

Charles Craig died at his home on the Forrester, southwest of Ransom, Friday of last week, Aug. 9, 1907, of typhoid fever. The funeral was held Saturday, burial being made in the Ransom Cemetery. He leaves a wife and children.

Utica Enterprise, Aug. 16, 1907 

The death of Charles Craig of Forrester township two weeks ago from typhoid fever was followed a few days later by the death of his wife from the same malady, a circumstance of which we did not learn last week. They leave three small children, two of whom were seriously ill at the time of their parent's death. The case is a particularly sad one.

Utica Enterprise, Aug. 23, 1907 

A very sad occurrence happened the past week in Forrester township, when Friday, August 9, 1907, Charles Craig died at the age of 39 years and was buried in the Ransom Cemetery Saturday. On Aug. 13, his wife, Myrta Craig died at the age of 36 years. Mrs. Craig leaves three children, two of which are at this writing seriously ill.

Ness Co. Echo, Aug. 17, 1907

(location unknown, no records of burial) 

ELLA CRAIG

Ella E. Terry, daughter of Robert J. and Susan Terry, was born in Daviess County, Missouri, June 15, 1873. After a long illness she departed this life at the home of her daughter in Hays, Kansas, April 4, 1942, at the age of 68 years, 9 months and 10 days. She moved, with her parents, to Ness County, Kansas, in 1885 and has made Ness County her home since. She was united in marriage to Geo. W. Craig August 25, 1889. To this union was born: four daughters, Golda Cranston, Ness City, Grace Brewer, WaKeeney, Ida Kraus, Monte Vista, Colorado, and Edna Altman, Hays. While a young woman she united with the church of Christ at Cyrus, northeast of Ransom, under the preaching of Bro. D.W. Nay. Mrs. Craig was a kind and loving mother, a faithful companion and a good neighbor and will be greatly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away January 7, 1936. She is survived by four daughters, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three sisters, one brother and a host of other relatives and friends. A precious one from us has gone; a voice we loved is stilled; a place is vacant in our home which never can be filled. God in His wisdom has recalled the boon his love has given, and though the body slumbers here, the soul is safe in heaven. Funeral services were conducted by Arthur Davis of Dodge City, at the church of Christ in Ransom Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, April 6th. Funeral Director Geo. Butler had charge of the body, which was laid to rest beside her husband in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 9, 1942 

GEORGE CRAIG

George Craig passed away Tuesday morning at his home here in Ransom from a stoke of paralysis, having been an invalid for many years. Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon from the church of Christ. The obituary will appear in next week’s issue of The Record.

Ransom Record, January 9, 1936 

George W. Craig was born in Franklin County, Ind., Jan. 11, 1864, and departed this life in Ransom, Jan. 7, 1936, aged 71 years, 11 months and 26 days. When he was 14 years of age, he moved with his father to Daviess County, Missouri. He came to Kansas in 1880, remaining one year, then he returned to Missouri. In 1883 he returned to Kansas and homesteaded. He was united in marriage to Ella Terry, Aug. 28, 1889. Four daughters were born to them: Golda M. Cranston of Ness City; Grace A. Brewer and Ida S. Kraus of Ransom; and Edna J. Altman of Hays. All of the daughters with their mother survive him, also 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Craig united with the church of Christ at Cyrus when he was a young man, under the preaching of Samuel Dowell. Mr. and Mrs. Craig lived on their farm northeast of Ransom nearly all their married life until his health failed, then they moved to Ransom. He was the last of a family of five brothers and one sister. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones and a host of friends. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord thenceforth, yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from labor and their works do follow them.” 

Unknown newspaper source

OBITUARY

George W. Craig was born in Franklin County, Ind., Jan. 11, 1864, the last of a family of five brothers and one sister, and departed this life in Ransom, Kas., Jan. 7, 1936, at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 26 days. He moved with his father from Indiana to Daviess County, Mo., when he was four years old. He came from Missouri to Kansas in 1880, remaining one year. He then returned to Missouri, but came to Kansas again in 1883 and homesteaded. He and Ella Terry were united in marriage Aug. 25, 1889. To this union four girls were born, Golda M. Cranston, of Ness City; Grace A. Brewer, of Ransom; Ida S. Kraus, of Ransom; and Edna J. Altman, of Hays. All of them, with their mother, survive him, also seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Craig united with the church of Christ at Cyrus, northeast of Ransom, when he was a young man, under the preaching of Samuel Lowell. Mr. and Mrs. Craig lived on their farm northeast of Ransom most of their married life, but when his health failed they moved to Ransom. In his passing he will be missed not only by his family but by his many friends as well. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from labours, and their works do follow them”. Funeral services were held from the church of Christ Thursday afternoon, Jan. 9. Brother J.M. Briggs spoke comforting words, and a male quartet, composed of Ward, Chas. and Robert Scott and P.N. Combest, sang “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”, “Life Will Be Sweeter Someday” and “No Night There”. Pallbearers were Bert Barber, W.E. Stowe, L.E. Randall, Ed Combest, John Petty and L.E. Conard. Funeral Director John Aeby had charge of the body, which was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, January 16, 1936 

JEAN CRAIG

The little daughter, Jean Marie, born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Craig at Midwest Hospital Sunday, died Monday and was buried in the Ransom Cemetery.

Sunday = November 22, 1931 Monday = November 23, 1931

Ransom Record November 27, 1931 

(location unknown, no records of burial) 

MYRTA CRAIG

Typhoid fever made a fearful visitation at the Craig home, on the Forrester, within the past week, the father, Charles Craig, dying Friday, Aug. 9, 1907, and the mother, Myrta Craig, Tuesday, Aug. 13. They leave 3 children, and we understand that one or more is sick. Funeral sermon to be preached at Ransom Sunday.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 17, 1907 

The death of Charles Craig of Forrester township two weeks ago from typhoid fever was followed a few days later by the death of his wife from the same malady, a circumstance of which we did not learn last week. They leave three small children, two of whom were seriously ill at the time of their parent's death. The case is a particularly sad one.

Utica Enterprise, Aug. 23, 1907 

A very sad occurrence happened the past week in Forrester township, when Friday, August 9, 1907, Charles Craig died at the age of 39 years and was buried in the Ransom Cemetery Saturday. On Aug. 13, his wife, Myrta Craig died at the age of 36 years. Mrs. Craig leaves three children, two of which are at this writing seriously ill.

Ness Co. Echo, Aug. 17, 1907

(location unknown, no records of burial) 

WILLIAM CRAIG

William M. Craig died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. N.J. Rogers, last Sunday evening, May 15th, after an illness which has kept him an invalid for a number of years. Funeral services were held at the home Monday, conducted by J.A. Freed. By request we reserve obituary mention until next week.

Ransom Journal, May 21, 1904 

Died: - Sunday, May 15, 1904, at his home in Ransom, William Craig, aged 76 years. He was born in Franklin County, Indiana in 1828. He was a sufferer for fourteen years. Four children are left to mourn his loss.

Ness Co. News, May 21, 1904 

OBITUARY

William M. Craig, one of the best known men of this part of Ness County, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. N.J. Rogers in Ransom, Kansas, Sunday, May 15, 1904. He was born in Franklin County, Indiana, October 5th 1827, and was at the time of his death seventy-six years, seven months and ten days of age. He was united in marriage in 1857 to Ada McNealy, and to this union was born seven children, two of whom preceded the father and mother to the unseen world. Over a year ago Mr. Craig’s faithful wife passed away, leaving him to stem the tide and storms of this life alone with his children, all of whom are grown. He and his wife both became Christians in early life and their influence was united in the grand effort to serve God, to help their neighbors to lead better lives and to up build civilization. Both remained steadfast in their christian profession until death summoned. Mr. Craig has been an invalid for several years, but his suffering was always borne in patience and his last days were almost entirely given to the study of the New Testament scriptures and his conversation was always along the scriptural line of thought; and now while he has gone to join his faithful wife and companion he leaves behind the lessons he has taught and lived. Hence we can say, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them. “Rev. 14:13.

Asleep in Jesus! Peaceful rest. 
Whose awakening is supremely blest: 
No fear, no woe shall dim the hour 
That manifests the Savior’s power.

Asleep in Jesus! Oh for me 
May such a blissful refuge be: 
Securely shall my ashes lie 
And wait the summons from on high.

Ransom Journal, May 28, 1904 

FERN CROSSLAND

Mrs. Kenneth Crossland, formerly Fern Amstutz of Ransom, passed away at her home at San Jose, Calif., Friday, April 22. Funeral services will be from the Ransom Methodist Church and interment made in the Ransom Cemetery. Survivors include the husband, one daughter and one son, besides other relatives.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 28, 1960 

OBITUARY

Fern Zelma Agnes Amstutz Crossland was born at Ransom, Kansas on February 19, 1924, and departed this life at San Jose, Calif., April 22, 1960, at the age of 36 years, 2 months, and 3 days. She attended the Ransom Grade School and Ransom High School before entering college at Hays. On July 7, 1935, she was baptized into the Methodist Church of Ransom, and remained a Christian throughout her life. On July 1, 1944, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Crossland of Boston, Mass. He was stationed at Walker Air Base near Hays. To this union two children were born, a son, Kenneth, and a daughter, Loraine. Survivors, beside her husband and children are: Her mother, Mrs. Lorena Amstutz of Ransom; two brothers, Earl Amstutz of Ransom, and Max Amstutz of Fort Wayne, Ind.; also two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Davis of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Fayne Sneddon of Parsons; many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church on Friday, April 29, conducted by Rev. Ray Keller. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, May 19, 1960 

JOE CURRY

Joe Curry, 52, of Rosemead, Calif., son of Mrs. Netta Curry of Ransom, and a former resident of the Ransom community, was killed in an airplane crash at Frazier Park, Calif., March 22, 1981. A 1946 Ransom High School graduate, Curry moved to Rosemead, Calif., in 1952, where he was employed as a heavy earth moving equipment operator. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Pauline Curry of the home; sons, Joe of the home and Rex of Rosemead; a daughter, Paula, of the home; his mother, Mrs. Netta Curry of Ransom; and a twin brother, Jack Curry of Hutchinson. Services and interment were in the Rose Hill Memorial Park Cemetery at Whittier, Calif., March 26.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 2, 1981 

(memorial marker only at Ransom Cemetery) 

NETTA CURRY

Netta Elizabeth Dubbs Curry, 90, died Dec. 11, 1990 in Hutchinson. She was born May 14, 1900, at Ransom, the daughter of Louis Burdette and Mollie Curtis Dubbs. A resident of Hutchinson since 1982, moving from Ransom, she was a retired music teacher in private and public schools. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She married Ralph T. Curry Aug. 9, 1924, at Lindsborg. He died in December, 1961. She is survived by a son, Jack of Hutchinson; a sister, Bertha Graham of Gulf Breeze, FL; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Saturday morning, Dec. 15, in Hutchinson with graveside service Saturday afternoon at the Ransom Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Cryderman officiating. Memorials may be sent to the Hutchinson Community College Foundation piano fund in care of Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 20, 1990 

Netta Elizabeth Dubbs Curry, 90, formerly of 17 East 2nd, died Dec. 11, 1990, at Dillon Living Center, Hutchinson. She was born May 14, 1900, at Ransom, the daughter of Louis Burdette and Mollie Curtis Dubbs. A resident of Hutchinson since 1982, moving from Ransom, she was a retired music teacher in private and public schools. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. On Aug. 9, 1924, she married Ralph T. Curry at Lindsborg. He died in December, 1961. Survivors include: a son, Jack J., Hutchinson; a sister, Bertha Graham, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Johnson and Sons Memorial Chapel, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Nick Warner presiding. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Ransom Cemetery, Ransom, with the Rev. Charles Cryderman presiding. Memorials may be sent to the Hutchinson Community College Foundation Piano Fund in care of Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson.

Unknown newspaper source 

ALMA CURTIS

Alma Odessa Hoover was born near Kensington, Kansas, in Smith County, June 18, 1886 and departed this life on June 21, 1926 at the age of 40 years and 3 days, at the hospital in Stearling, Colorado. In infancy she became afflicted with infantile paralysis and was sick a great deal during her entire life; having been in the hospital three times previous to this. She bore her afflictions and suffering with great patience. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and became a member of the Methodist Church and was a conscientious Christian and devout reader of the Bible, and true to her convictions. She resided with her parents in Smith County until after her mother’s death when her father moved to Danby Valley, Ness County in 1918. She was united in marriage to James Curtis of Iliff, Colorado on August 15th, 1923. To this union was born a son August 15th, 1924 who did not live. Her father, mother, two brothers, and one sister preceded her to the Glory World. She leaves to mourn her loss five sisters; Mrs. Elma Curtis (her twin sister) of Norton, Kansas; Mrs. Cora Everhart of Brownell, Kansas; Mrs. Violet Everhart of Arnold, Kansas; Mrs. Marie Rider of Ransom, Kansas; and Bessie Hoover of Norton, Kansas; and one brother, Marion Hoover of Norton, Kansas, besides a host of relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church of Ransom, Kansas, by the Pastor, at three o’clock in the afternoon, Wednesday, June 23, 1926, and the body was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery.

”The Life Boat”

“We are floating down the stream oftime, we have not long to stay,
The stormy clouds of darkness willturn to a brighter day,
Then let us all take courage, for we are not alone.
The life-boat soon is coming to carry the Pilgrim home.”
“Jesus while our hearts are bleeding,
O’er the spoil that Death hath won,
We should at this solemn meeting,
Calmly say thy will be done.”
“By Thy Hand the boon was given,
Thou hast taken but thine own,
Lord of Earth and God of Heaven,
Evermore Thy will be done.”

Ransom Record, July 1, 1926


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