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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.
ELIZABETH DALRYMPLE

Elizabeth A., daughter of A.H. Barber of Ransom, was born March 12, 1906, and departed this life at the Ransom Hospital February 9, 1947.
October 24, 1936, she was united in marriage to Perry Dalrymple. To this union one daughter, Carol Ann was born.
In her early life she became a member of the church of Christ and remained steadfast in this faith to the last.
She spent most of her life in and around Ransom and was a graduate of the Ransom High School. she was one of the county’s most successful teachers, having taught 17 terms. Elizabeth is remembered for her kindness and never tiring endeavor to help others.
She leaves to mourn her loss her daughter, Carol Ann, and her father, A.H. Barber, of Ransom; five brothers; Henry of Moulton, Ia., Russell of Tucson, Ariz., James of Dodge City, Ralph and Bud of Ransom; five sisters, Edith and Hazel of Ransom; Marie of Pratt, Blanche of Denver, Colo., and Leila of Beeler; 21 nieces and nephews; 15 great nieces and nephews; a host of other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 20, 1947
 

DAY baby

The community sympathizes with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Day in the loss of their infant. The little one was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery last Friday.
(Friday = December 5, 1924)

Ransom Record, Dec. 11, 1924
 

SILVANUS DAY

DIED: Tuesday, November 24th, 1903 at his home in Ransom, Silvanus Day aged eighty years one month and nine days. Grandpa Day, as he was known by all, had been in very poor health for some months and recently moved to town where he was cared for by his children, Mrs. Vanderlip and W. H. Day. He was a devout Christian and lived an exemplary life, and will be greatly missed among the workers of his church. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at the M.E. Church by Rev. Funk and interment made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Journal, November 27, 1903
 

BESSIE DEICHERT

Bessie Nora Deichert, 68, died Dec. 4 at the Hospital in Smith Center.
Born July 12, 1917, at Wichita, she had lived in Ransom from 1924 to 1936 and at Smith Center for the past seven years. She married Carl Smith in 1936 at WaKeeney. Later she married Clyde Van Winkle May 4, 1955, at WaKeeney. He died Jan. 1, 1968. Then she married Adam Deichert Sept. 26, 1969, at Seattle, Wash.
She is survived by her husband, of the home in Smith Center; a son, Carl Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah; two daughters, Irene Kraft of Sugar City, Colo., and Faye Shull of Augusta; her mother, Rachel Rauch of Ransom; two half-brothers, Donald Rauch of Scott City and Dale Rauch of Denver, Colo.; three step-brothers, Virgil Rauch of Yampa, Colo., Alvin Rauch of Craig, Colo., and Lonnie Rauch of Oak Harbor, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Saturday afternoon at the First Mennonite Church in Ransom with the Rev. Walter Neufeld officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 12, 1985

Bessie Nora Deichert, 68, died Dec. 4, 1985 at the Hospital in Smith Center.
Born July 12, 1917, at Wichita, she had lived in Ransom from 1924 to 1936 and at Smith Center for the past seven years. She married Carl Smith in 1936 at WaKeeney. Later she married Clyde Van Winkle May 4, 1955, at WaKeeney. He died Jan. 1, 1968. Then she married Adam Deichert Sept. 26, 1969, at Seattle, Wash.
She is survived by her husband, of the home in Smith Center; a son, Carl Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah; two daughters, Irene Kraft of Sugar City, Colo., and Faye Shull of Augusta; her mother, Rachel Rauch of Ransom; two half-brothers, Donald Rauch of Scott City and Dale Rauch of Denver, Colo.; three step-brothers, Virgil Rauch of Yampa, Colo., Alvin Rauch of Craig, Colo., and Lonnie Rauch of Oak Harbor, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Saturday afternoon at the First Mennonite Church in Ransom with the Rev. Walter Neufeld officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

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OBITUARY

Bessie Deichert was born July 12, 1917, at Wichita, Kansas. She lived her first seven years in Beloit, Kansas, with her parents, Peter and Rachel. The family moved to a farm north of Ransom the spring of 1924. She attended school at Bethel Hill.
Bessie married Carl Smith February 9, 1936 and they moved to Boise, Idaho, where their three children, Carl, Irene and Faye were born. In 1953 she returned to Ransom where she ran a beauty shop until 1955. She married Clyde Van Winkle in WaKeeney.
Clyde died January 1, 1968 in Seattle, Washington. Bessie married Adam Deichert in Seattle, Washington on September 26, 1969. Adam and Bessie moved to Ransom, LaCrosse and Ness City before moving to Smith Center, seven years ago where Adam is employed as lab technician in the hospital there.
Survivors include husband, Adam Deichert; son, Carl Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah; daughters, Irene Kraft, Sugar City, Colo.; Faye Shull, Augusta; mother, Rachel Rauch, Ransom; brothers, Dale Rauch, Westminster, Colo.; Donald Rauch, Scott City; step-brothers, Virgil Rauch, Yampa, Colo.; Alvin Rauch, Craig, Colo.; Lonnie Rauch, Oak Harbor, Washington; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bessie’s life was full of hobbies. She never had an idle hour, she loved to work in her garden and loved to cook, sew and make beautiful afghans. Also, helping her friends when they needed help. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Bessie was 68 years of age and died December 4, 1985, at the Smith County Memorial Hospital.


OBITUARY

Bessie Deichert was born July 12, 1917, at Wichita, Kansas. She lived her first seven years in Beloit, Kansas, with her parents, Peter and Rachel. The family moved to a farm north of Ransom the spring of 1924. She attended school at Bethel Hill.
Bessie married Carl Smith February 9, 1936 and they moved to Boise, Idaho, where their three children, Carl, Irene and Faye were born. In 1953 she returned to Ransom where she ran a beauty shop until 1955. She married Clyde Van Winkle in WaKeeney. Clyde died January 1, 1968 in Seattle, Washington. Bessie married Adam Deichert in Seattle, Washington on September 26, 1969. Adam and Bessie moved to Ransom, LaCrosse and Ness City before moving to Smith Center, seven years ago where Adam is employed as lab technician in the hospital there.
Survivors include husband, Adam Deichert; son, Carl Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah; daughters, Irene Kraft, Sugar City, Colo.; Faye Shull, Augusta; mother, Rachel Rauch, Ransom; brothers, Dale Rauch, Westminster, Colo.; Donald Rauch, Scott City; step-brothers, Virgil Rauch, Yampa, Colo.; Alvin Rauch, Craig, Colo.; Lonnie Rauch, Oak Harbor, Washington; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bessie’s life was full of hobbies. She never had an idle hour, she loved to work in her garden and loved to cook, sew and make beautiful afghans. Also, helping her friends when they needed help. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Bessie was 68 years of age and died December 4, 1985, at the Smith County Memorial Hospital.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 19, 1985
 

BILLIE DENNIS

Billie C. Dennis, 69, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999, at the Decatur County Hospital.
She was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Emory and Flora (Braswell) Crawford. She attended Jacksonville area schools.
She married Willis Dennis on March 6, 1949, in Jacksonville. She lived in Ransom, Hays, Oberlin and Lakin and returned to Oberlin in 1980. She was a Nurse Aide.
Survivors include three sons, Denton Rush and Larry Dennis, both of Oberlin, and Larren Dennis, Eureka; a daughter, Pam Harmon, Oberlin; two brothers, G.B. Edge, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Gene Crawford, Kentucky; three sisters, Joan Proffitt, Jacksonville, Carolyn Krause, Jacksonville Beach, and Betty Johnson, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1979, and a sister, Myrtle Johnson.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Pauls Funeral Home, Oberlin, with Sister Marilyn Wall officiating; burial in the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
Visitation is until 8 p.m. today, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Decatur County Hospital.

Hays Daily News, January 5, 1999

Billie C. Dennis, 69, died Jan. 3, at the Decatur County Hospital. She was born the daughter of Emory Crawford and Flora (Braswell) on Sept. 11, 1929 at Jacksonville, FL.
She was a Nurses Aide and a former resident of Ransom.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband in 1979 and sister Myrtle Johnson.
Survivors include: three sons, Denton Rush, and Larry Dennis, both of Oberlin, and Larren Dennis and wife Sherry, Eureka; one daughter, Pam and husband William Harmon, Oberlin; two brothers and their wives, G.B. and Vera Edge, Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Gene and Janie Crawford, KY; three sisters and their husbands, Joan and Bob Proffitt, Jacksonville, FL, Carolyn and Frank Krause, Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Betty and Dub Johnson, TX; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Pauls Funeral Home, Oberlin. Sister Marilyn Wall will be officiating the service. Interment will be in the Ransom Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur County Hospital.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 7, 1999
 

VINA DENNIS

Vina Van Winkle was born near Brownell, Kansas, January 31st, 1904 and died at the St. Elizabeth Hospital at Hutchinson, Kansas, April 14th, 1928. She was 24 years, 2 months, and 14 days old.
Vina graduated from the Ransom High School in 1924, as Salutatorian of her class. The following year she taught a successful term of school in Bethel District, north of Ransom.
June 3rd, 1925, she was united in marriage with G.H. Dennis. To this union was born two children, Dorothy Jean, age 2 years, and Willis Keith, age 2 weeks.
Besides her husband and children she leaves to mourn her loss, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Van Winkle, three brothers, Ernest, Ray, and Clyde, four sisters, Susie, Edith, Daisy, and Mrs. E.D. Beamer, all of Ransom, Kansas; also a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the church of Christ, Tuesday, April 17, 1928, conducted by Brother J.M. Briggs.
The choir sweetly sang the following songs: “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Have Thine Own Way”, and “Does Jesus Care”.
Interment was made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, April 19, 1928
 

WILLIS DENNIS

Willis Keith Dennis, 51, passed away at Garden City Friday, June 29, 1979. He was born at Castelton April 1, 1928 and married Billie Crawford at Jacksonville Beach, Fla., March 6, 1949.
He was a member of the Ransom VFW and an active participant in the Kearney County E.M.S., and was employed as maintenance engineer at the Kearney County Hospital.
Funeral services were held from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City Monday afternoon, July 2, conducted by Rev. Richard Van Winkle of Scott City. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Survivors include the widow of the home in Lakin; sons, Larren and Larry of Sunset, La.; a daughter, Mrs. Pamela Harmon of Oberlin; a step-son, Danny Rush of St. Augustine, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Discher of Salem, Ore.; and six grandchildren.

Ness Co. News, July 5, 1979
 

EDNA DIEFFENBACH

Edna Frances Dieffenbach, 84, a Ransom resident for the past 64 years, died Wednesday, April 25, at Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney.
Born Jan. 26, 1906, at McCracken, she married Jesse Lee Dieffenbach March 28, 1926, at McCracken. He died Nov. 14, 1976. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Women’s Christian Temperance Union and Gay Ginghams Home Extension Unit, all of Ransom.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Verla Edwards of Ness City; a brother, Forrest Anderson of Canon City, Colo..; a sister, Helen Ashbrook of Pueblo, Colo.; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday morning, April 30, at the United Methodist Church in Ransom with the Rev. Charles Cryderman officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the church in care of the Fitzgerald Funeral Home.

Ness Co. News, May 3, 1990

Edna Francis Dieffenbach was born January 26, 1906, at McCracken the daughter of Ben and Cora (Elias) Anderson. She died Wednesday, April 25, 1990, at the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney, at the age of 84 years, two months, 30 days.
She married Jesse L. Dieffenbach March 28, 1926, at McCracken. They lived in the Ransom area all their lives after marriage. He passed away November 14, 1976.
She was always active in the Ransom Methodist Church -- playing the piano and organ for many years. She was a member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Gay Ginghams Home Extension unit, all of Ransom. Edna enjoyed playing cards and being with her friends.
Survivors include: a step-daughter, Verla Edwards, Ness City; a brother, Forrest Anderson, Canon City, Colo.; a sister, Helen Ashbrook, Pueblo, Colo.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Edna spent many hours with her grandchildren always willing to take a car trip to Colorado or the Kansas State Fair. She dearly loved her great-grandchildren whether it was playing games on the floor or just running around the house playing tag. Remembering the wonderful holiday dinners she spent hours preparing with such love. “Granny Egg” as she was affectionately called will live in our hearts forever.

“I REST”
by Alice Hansche Mortenson

“Reach down,” I cried, “Dear Jesus, and take my trembling hand.
The path I tread is lonely and I do not understand
The landmarks on the road ahead; they’re hidden from view.”
Then Jesus whispered softly, “Fear not, I’ll carry you.”
So now, though darkness deepens I am divinely blessed, for come what may, within His arms,
I rest ... I sweetly rest.

Ness Co. News, May 10, 1990

ELLA DIEFFENBACH

Mrs. Henry Dieffenbach passed away early Monday morning the Ransom Hospital. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon and burial was made in the Ransom Cemetery. The obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 14, 1939

OBITUARY

Ella Eliza, daughter of Orin Albert and Kezia Olive Chapman was born at Ottawa, Kansas, on the 31st of July, 1870, and departed this life for the land of eternal day, on the 11th day of December, 1939, at the age of 69 years, 4 months and 10 days.
Her father was a pioneer preacher in the United Brethren Church pioneering for his Christ where ever his church might send him, and for this reason his family got to see much of Kansas in the early days when there were really trying times throughout the prairies of Kansas, but it was out of such homes that the real Kansas came, and men and women of sterling character such as Sister Dieffenbach, who have spent their lives in seeking to show men and women how to live worthy lives.
Mrs. Dieffenbach was converted at the age of 11 years in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, and united with the United Brethren Church at Dighton, Kansas, of which she was a member until after her marriage when she transferred her membership to the Methodist Church of Ransom where she has been a most faithful and much beloved member until called by her Lord and Master to the Realm of Everlasting Day where she today is a member of the Church Triune, having given to the Church she so tenderly loved 46 years of service.
She was also a member of the W.C.T. U. and as such will be greatly missed as she was ever a loving and guiding spirit in this organization and a fearless enemy of the liquor traffic, never fearing to speak her mind against this vile enemy of men. She was a life member and had served this organization well for over 46 years.
On the 26th day of November, 1893, she was united in marriage to Mr. H.F. Dieffenbach and to this happy union two children were born, the little daughter, preceding her into the Glory World.
She leaves to mourn her going, but not as those who have no hope, her loving companion, one son, Jess Lee, of Ransom, a step-son, Fred, of Chicago, Illinois; one brother, Frank Chapman, of Netawaka, Kansas, 4 sisters, Mrs. Lottie Mathers, of Spokane, Washington; Mrs. T.L. Kerns of Kansas City, Kansas Mrs. Carrie Strickler, of Ransom, Kansas and Miss Minnie Chapman, of Kansas City, Kansas.
One grandson, Gillen Dieffenbach, of Zion City, Ill., two granddaughters, Miss Verla Jean Dieffenbach of the home and Mrs. Kathleen Parsell of Houston, Texas; nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 21, 1939
 

HENRY DIEFFENBACH

OBITUARY

Henry Fredrick, son of Fredrick and Barbara Dieffenbach was born on the 16th day of November, 1862, at Pulaski, Iowa, and departed this life for his Home Eternal in heaven on the 9th day of September, 1940, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 24 days.
At a very early age his father was taken from him, leaving his widowed mother with four children; although but a lad of eight years he felt the responsibility as the oldest of the family and did much to support his mother, brother and two sisters.
He came to Kansas with his mother and family, settling in McPherson County, near Inman, which was his home until the fall of 1888 when he moved to Ransom, Ness County, Kansas, where he bought the home then owned by his step-father and mother which has been his home for the past 52 years.
On the 26th day of November, 1893, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Chapman, who preceded him in death only just last December.
His home was gladdened by the birth of two sons and a daughter, the little daughter preceding her parents to the Glory World in infancy.
His great joy was found in serving those whom he dearly loved seeking always to provide for the comfort and happiness even to the seclusion of his own health and strength.
He was a tireless worker, yet always found time for worship of his Best Friend and Saviour and for the service of the Church of His Choice.
Very early in life he gave himself to his Christ and since has been a faithful and loyal follower and servant of his Lord.
He transferred his membership by letter to the Ransom Methodist Church in March of 1894, and for the past 46 years has been a faithful member of the same.
He played a very active part in the organization and building of the first Methodist Church here in Ransom in the year of 1897, and volunteered and became the first janitor, work which he did well and faithfully without remuneration for a number of years. Even in the busy season on the farm, when he had others helping him with the farm work, he would take Saturday afternoon off and come to town to clean the church that it might be ready for Sunday’s Worship.
He served for some time as Sunday school superintendent and was also one of the outstanding primary teachers in the same Sunday school. Many a man dating his interest in the church back to those teaching day of “Uncle Henry” as they affectionately called him.
He was a great believer in punctuality and dependability and set an example in this for others that they might follow. In Church attendance he was most faithful and if the roads were blocked against vehicles he would make his way to the church house either on horseback or afoot.
Of such we can only say, “well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy Lord.”
He leaves to mourn his going, but not as those who have no hope, two sons, Fred, of Chicago, Illinois and Jess, of Ransom, Kansas; one brother, Will, of Denver, Colo., one sister, Mrs. E.P. Shellenberger of Van Nuys, Calif., one grandson, Gillen Dieffenbach, of Zion City, Illinois, two granddaughters, Verla Jean Dieffenbach, of the home and Mrs. Kathleen Parsell, of Houston, Texas; nephews and nieces and a host of neighbors and friends who will greatly miss him.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Ransom Methodist Church with Rev. L.R. Fish in charge of the services assisted by Rev. Abraham Albrecht, of the Mennonite Church. Music was furnished by a double mixed quartette composed of Mrs. F.T. McNinch, Mrs. W.F. Baer, Mrs. L.R. Fish, Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Dubbs, R.L. Sargent, H.C. Anderson and Ward Scott accompanied by Miss Lila McNinch at the piano. They sang, “O, That Will Be Glory,” “How Can I Be Lonely” and “Jesus Never Fails”. Honorary pallbearers were E.A. Jesse, L.B. Dubbs, A.C. Tilley, Peter Horchem, D.M. Sipe and C.C. Jarvis. Active pallbearers were Hubert Horchem, Leslie Tilley, Orville Horchem, Fred Amstutz, Chas. Stutzman and John Schoeppel. Interment was made in the Ransom Cemetery with John A. Aeby in charge.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 19, 1940
 

JESSE DIEFFENBACH

Jesse L. Dieffenbach, 79, died Sunday at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom. Born Feb. 7, 1897 at Ransom he married Nelle Giddings June 8, 1918. She died May 11, 1923. He later married Edna Anderson March 28, 1926 at McCracken. He was a farmer and lifetime resident of Ransom.
He was a member of United Methodist Church, Ransom.
Survivors include widow; daughter: Mrs. Virgil Klitzke, Ness City; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery. Friends may call noon to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Family suggests memorials to Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom.

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Jesse L. Dieffenbach, 79, lifelong resident of the Ransom community, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital there Sunday, November 14, 1976.
He was born February 7, 1897, at Ransom, where he grew to manhood, and married Nelle Giddings on June 8, 1918. She died May 11, 1923. He then married Edna Anderson at McCracken on March 28, 1926.
He was a member of the Ransom U-Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held from the church in Ransom Wednesday afternoon, November 17, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Bill Merriman. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.
Survivors include the widow of the home in Ransom; a daughter, Mrs. Virgil (Verla) Klitzke of Ness City; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 18, 1976

OBITUARY

Jesse L. Dieffenbach, son of Henry and Ella Dieffenbach, was born February 7, 1897, near Ransom, and lived his entire life there, departing this life on November 14, 1976, at the age of 79 years, 9 months and 7 days.
He grew to manhood living on the farm his father homesteaded; attended Kansas Wesleyan University at Salina, and taught school for several years. On June 8, 1918, he married Nelle Giddings. To this union was born one daughter, Verla Jean. Mrs. Dieffenbach passed away May 11, 1923.
On March 28, 1926, he married Edna Anderson. In March of this year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
He was an active member of the Ransom United Methodist Church, participating in all it’s activities, particularly choir.
He served his community as a school board member and township board member for many years.
Sports were always a highlight for him whether he was involved as with golf or bowling, or just as a spectator.
He was an active farmer until October of 1973 when he retired because of a paralyzing stroke. He and Edna faced this problem together with determination and hope. Through faith, physical therapy and her constant loving care he was again able to be out taking walks, seeing friends, getting the mail, doing business, going to church - all those things that are so important when you are suddenly struck helpless.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1939, his father in 1940, and his brother, Fred, in 1945.
He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Edna; daughter, Verla and husband, Virgil; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held November 17, from the Ransom U-Methodist Church, the pastor, Rev. Bill Merriman conducting. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 25, 1976
 

NELLE DIEFFENBACH

The community was saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Nelle Dieffenbach, which occurred at her home north of town Friday afternoon. She had not been feeling well for some time, but attended the Mother and Daughter banquet at the M.E. church on Thursday evening in seemingly good health. Later, in the night, after returning home, she suffered a severe attack of appendicitis and the doctor advised an immediate operation, which was performed at her home on Thursday morning by Dr. H.C. Embry of Great Bend and Dr. W.S. Grisell of this place.

OBITUARY

Nelle Faye Giddings was born near Arnold, February 8, 1897, and departed from this life Friday morning, May 11, 1923, at her home near Ransom.
She was married to Jesse L. Dieffenbach June 8, 1918. To this union, one child, Verla Jean, was born March 12, 1922. She was converted in early childhood, and reconsecrated in 1915. Her whole life was one of Christian service in the Methodist Church of which she was a member.
Only one who had the hope of a better world could have faced the end as calmly and fearlessly as she. Even in her severe pain, talked of the comfort which her favorite Psalm, the Twenty-Third, gave her.
She is survived by her husband, baby daughter, father, stepmother, two brothers, and three sisters, as well as by a host of friends which includes everyone who knew her.
Nelle seemed frankly and innocently happy in her home life, possessed a charming, quiet disposition, and a countenance which beautifully expressed her deep interest in all things good. She was a talented musician and her sweet low voice in song has led many to a purer and better life. Her own life was so blameless that she saw only the good in everyone.
Funeral services were held at her home and at the church. Rev. Snyder who conducted the services spoke of her favorite Psalm and its meaning to all of us.
We cannot understand why she was taken from us in the midst of a life of usefulness. We can only say, “Thy Will Be Done” and remember with the poet that,

“Not in cruelty, not in wrath
the Reaper came that day,
‘Twas an angel visited the green earth and took the flower away.”

Ransom Record, May 17, 1923
 

ROBERT DIETTERICH

Robert John Dietterich, 35, longtime Ransom resident, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 1996, near Nevada, Mo., as the result of a car accident.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1960, in Ransom to John and Virginia (Mishler) Dietterich. He graduated from Ransom High School in 1978. He graduated from Kansas State University and Wichita State University with a master’s degree.
He married Candi Hatcher on Jan. 7, 1984, in Hutchinson. He had been a resident of Wichita since 1984, coming from Ransom. He was a Stelbar Oil Petroleum geologist.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Taylor John, of the home; a daughter, Alyssa Laurel Dietterich, of the home; a sister, Valerie Heinrichs, Ulysses; his parents, Ransom; and his grandmother, Ethel Rosenberger, Ransom.
Services are at 4 p.m. Friday in the Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, with the Rev. Matt Fresen officiating; graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom, with the Revs. Matt Fresen and Marjorie Ediger officiating.
Arrangements are being made by Downing and Lahey Mortuary, Wichita, and graveside arrangements are being made by the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.
The family suggests memorials to the Rob Dietterich Memorial.

Hays Daily News, Aug. 15, 1996

Robert J. “Rob” Dietterich, 35, died Aug. 11, 1996, at Nevada, Mo.
He was born Sept. 30, 1960, at Ransom, the son of John and Virginia Mishler Dietterich. He graduated from Ransom High School in 1978. He attended two years of college at Bethel College. He then graduated from Kansas State University and received his masters degree in geology from Wichita State University. A Wichita area resident since 1984, he was a Stelbar Oil petroleum geologist.
On Jan. 7, 1984, he married Candi Hatcher at Hutchinson. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Taylor John, of the home; a daughter, Alyssa Laurel Dietterich, of the home; parents, Ransom; a sister, Valerie Heinrichs, Ulysses; and a grandmother, Ethel Rosenberger, Ransom.
Funeral will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, with Pastor Matt Friesen presiding. Graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Ransom Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent the Rob Dietterich Memorial Fund, in care of Hope Mennonite Church, 868 North Maize Road, Wichita, Kan., 67212.
Downing & Lahey Mortuary, Wichita, is in charge of funeral arrangements. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, is in charge of graveside arrangements.

Hutchinson News, Aug. 14, 1996

ROBERT DIETTERICH

Robert J. ‘Rob’ Dietterich, 35, died Aug. 11, at Nevada, Mo.
He was born Sept. 30, 1960, at Ransom, the son of John and Virginia Mishler Dietterich. He graduated from Ransom High School in 1978. He attended two years of college at Bethel College. He then graduated from Kansas State University and received his masters degree in geology from Wichita State University. A Wichita area resident since 1984, he was a Stelbar Oil Petroleum geologist.
On Jan. 7, 1984, he married Candi Hatcher at Hutchinson. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Taylor John of the home; a daughter, Alyssa Laurel Dietterich, of the home; parents, Ransom; a sister, Valerie Heinrichs, Ulysses; and grandmother, Ethel Rosenberger, Ransom.
Funeral was Friday afternoon, Aug. 16, at Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, with Pastor Matt Friesen presiding. Graveside service was Saturday morning, Aug. 17, in the Ransom Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent the Rob Dietterich Memorial Fund, in care of Hope Mennonite Church, 868 North Maize Road, Wichita, Kansas, 67212.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 22, 1996

OBITUARY

Robert John Dietterich was born on September 30, 1960 in Ransom, Kansas to John and Virginia Dietterich. The younger of two children, Rob spent many of his early years on the western Kansas farm with a rock in one hand and a trombone in the other.
He was baptized by Willard Schrag at First Mennonite Church of Ransom on January 2, 1977. Friends and colleagues quickly learned that church and faith were an integral part of Rob’s life as conversations about home, work, politics, finances, and occasionally sports, would often find their way back to the basics of Christian faith.
Rob graduated from Ransom High School in 1978 and became a student at Bethel College the following fall. After two years at Bethel he transferred to Kansas State University graduating in 1982 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Geology, and received a Masters degree in Science and Geology from Wichita State University in 1985. While at Kansas State he was a member of the Gold Key Honor Society, and at Wichita State an honorary member of the Sigma Gamma Epsilon geology fraternity.
Rob and Candi were married on January 7, 1984 at Trinity Methodist Church in Hutchinson, and became charter members of Hope Mennonite Church of Wichita on October 6, 1985. At Hope Mennonite they celebrated many anniversaries and the birth of their two children, Alyssa Laurel on December 10, 1988 and Taylor John on June 15, 1990.
Rob loved his family and was deeply loved in return. Rock hunting and Saturday morning breakfasts at Carol’s Kitchen in Andover with Alyssa and Taylor became an opportunity to care for his children as well as give Candi some time to recharge on her own. Rob frequently helped Candi with housework and refused to take up golf feeling that it would take too much time away from his family.
Rob’s love for his family, music and nature instinctively flowed over into the church. Presentations about geology, volcanos, dinosaurs and rock and fossil hunting brought a creative and invigorating perspective of God’s world to children’s Sunday School and Wednesday night activities. Rob’s Jazz performances, laughter and devotion to the “Wildcats” will ring in the ears and hearts of all those who remember him as one of the many pillars of Hope Mennonite Church.
Rob worked at the Raymond Oil and Range Oil Corporations as a staff geologist, at the Excel Corporation as a computer programmer, and most recently with the Stelbar Oil Corporation where his work as a Petroleum Geologist continued to draw on and invigorate his passion for the outdoors. Colleagues remember Rob as someone who “had life figured out” in knowing what was truly important, and never being too busy to laugh or put down his pencil and just listen.
Rob became a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 1982 and the Kansas Geological Society in 1985 where he served on a multitude of committees.
Rob was a loving son, brother, father, husband, and friend who walked in the footsteps of his Lord and Savior. Mixing one part humor, one part faith, one part knowledge of the world of nature, and one part wisdom of the world of the heart, Rob brought to us, however briefly, a picture of one who endeavored to love his God, family, church and friends, and who received more a mountain of love in return.
Rob was killed in an automobile accident east of Nevada, Missouri on Sunday, August 11, 1996.
Surviving Rob are his wife Candi, two children Alyssa and Taylor of Andover, parents John and Virginia of Ransom, sister Valerie Heinrichs of Ulysses, and grandmother Ethel Rosenberger of Ransom.
Funeral service was held at the Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, Friday afternoon, August 16, officiated by Pastor Matt Friesen. Graveside service and interment was held Saturday, August 17, at the Ransom Cemetery officiated by Pastor Matt Friesen and Pastor Marjorie Ediger of the First Mennonite Church, Ransom.
Memorials may be given to “The Rob Dietterich Memorial Fund” in care of the Hope Mennonite Church, 868 North Maize Road, Wichita, Kansas 67212

Ness Co. News, Aug. 22, 1996
 

MAUDE DIXON

Mrs. Maude A. Dixon, 81, lifelong resident of the Ransom community and a member of the pioneer Scherzinger family, passed away at the hospital in Hays Saturday, August 15, 1970, after a lingering illness.
She was born at Ransom June 22, 1889, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Scherzinger. She grew to womanhood in the Ransom community.
She was united in marriage to William Dixon in Ness City on June 26, 1907. He passed away December 26, 1959.
She was a member of the Ransom United Methodist Church and of the Utica Rebekah Lodge.
Several nieces and nephews and other distant relatives along with many friends survive.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom United Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, August 18, conducted by Rev. Harry Betts of Arnold. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgerald’s in charge.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 20, 1970

OBITUARY

Maude Alice Scherzinger was born June 22, 1889, on a farm near Ransom. Her parents were John and Caroline Scherzinger.
She grew to womanhood in the Ransom community and attended the local schools. She was a member of the Ransom Methodist Church.
On June 26, 1907, she married William Dixon, and they farmed near Ransom. After 52 years together he passed away December 26, 1959.
Following his death Mrs. Dixon moved into Ransom where she spent the past nine years. There she continued to enjoy having friends and relatives visit in her home.
She was on the board of directors of the Ransom First State Bank, and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge at Utica.
Saturday, August 15, 1970, she passed away at the Hadley Memorial Hospital in Hays where she had been a patient sufferer in the final days of her lingering illness.
Mrs. Dixon was the last in her family. Preceding her in death were a sister, Mrs. Joe Scott, and brothers Will, Cleveland and Clinton Scherzinger.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, numerous other distant relatives and many friends.
Mrs. Dixon will be remembered as a faithful, devoted person, dedicated to serving her God, her family, her friends and her community.

Ness Co. News, Aug. 20, 1970

WILLIAM DIXON

Death claimed another Ness County pioneer on Saturday, December 26, 1958, when William Dixon, 91, of Ransom passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in that city. He had been in poor health for some months.
Born at Greenfield, Ind., Mr. Dixon came to Ness County when a young man, and had been a resident of the Ransom community since.
He and Mrs. Dixon, who survives, were united in marriage by the late Judge P.T. Glass in Ness City on June 26, 1907, and had lived on their present farm southeast of Ransom throughout their wedded life. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary with open house at the home on June 26, 1957.
The couple had no children, and Mr. Dixon was the last remaining member of his immediate family.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, December 30, 2:00 o’clock from the Ransom Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller, officiating. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with the Ransom IOOF Lodge conducting the final rites, and Fitzgerald’s of Ness City in charge.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 1, 1959

OBITUARY

William Dixon, son of James and Sarilda Parker Dixon, was born near Greenfield, Hancock County, Ind., on January 8, 1867. He passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom, Kansas, on December 26, 1958, at the age of 91 years, 11 months and 18 days.
The family moved from Greenfield, Ind., to Fayetteville, Ark., where they lived until 1878. They then moved to Kansas, locating in Rice County, and in 1886 came to Ness County. He was one of Kansas’ early pioneers.
On June 26, 1907, he was united in marriage to Maude A. Scherzinger. He was a kind and loving husband.
They moved to the farm southeast of Ransom where they continued to live until his death.
Those preceding him in death were three sisters, Mrs. Winnie Musselman, Mrs. Myrtle Snodgrass, and Mrs. Nora Millard; two half-sisters, Mrs. Lyda Tucker and Mrs. Josie Littlepage; one step-sister, Mrs. Hattie Horchem; and one step-brother, Wesley Raymond.
He is survived by his wife, Maude; and a large number of nieces and nephews, plus a host of friends.
He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He attended the Methodist Church with his wife as long as he was able.
Mr. Dixon was an extremely personable man who enjoyed to the fullest degree his many friends. He wore such an easy air of informality that all to whom he was host, cherish the moments spent in his company. He was most happy when his friends came to call. His happy smiles and cheery greeting had never failed to spread the sunshine of welcome upon those who entered his hospitable home.

Sleep on, dear loved one,
You’ve earned your rest.
God called you home--
He knoweth best.

Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church Tuesday, December 30, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller. The Ransom IOOF Lodge were in charge of the graveside service in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 8, 1959
 

AGNES DOERSCHLAG

Agnes Westphal was born in the city of Kiel, Denmark, on the 26th day of June, 1847 and passed away in her home at Ransom, Kansas, on the 21st day of November, 1940 at the age of 93 years, 4 months and 26 days.
She came to America with her parents in the month of May, 1865, and located at Lyons, Iowa, where she met and married M.E. Doerschlag on February 23rd, 1866.
They lived in Lyons, Iowa, until 1870 when they moved to Minnesota in the timber country where the soldier husband could file on timber land, and there they took an active part in the development of a new country. In 1884 the family moved to Kansas and settling on a homestead 8 miles northwest of Ransom where Agnes and her husband again took an active part in the development of a desert country. She was a pioneer in the true sense of the word having a part in the development of two new regions, one in Minnesota and the other in Kansas and the hardships endured, were many and the same as those that all early pioneers had to bear in the settlement of new countries.
She was the mother of seven children, four daughters and three sons, five of whom survive her, Mrs. Ella Marcy, Mrs. Olga Schreiber and Mrs. Gussie Stowe of Ransom, Otto of Topeka, Kansas, and Walter of Ransom; she was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, Louise, and one son, Edward.
Her life has been a long and useful one, as a pioneer of the north woods she ministered to the wants of her family and did those noble deeds in giving help to those needy and worthy neighbors. As a pioneer here in western Kansas more than fifty years ago, most of us can and do realize the trials and hardships that became a part of her life; that she met them squarely and conquered these adversities bravely, is a tribute to the life of this pioneer mother.
She was baptised in the Lutheran faith during infancy and was a firm believer and a devoted member of her faith during all the hardships of pioneer days; in the later years after coming to Ransom she became a member of the Methodist Church and has been loyal and steadfast in and to the church.
Her whole life was one of service to others, she enjoyed most the making of gifts for her children and grandchildren and next to that making gifts for her friends. Grandma, as she was familiarly known, numbers her friends, only by those who were her acquaintances.
Grandma leaves, besides her children, to mourn her loss, twenty-six grandchildren, fifty-five great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Ransom Methodist Church Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The choir, composed of Mrs. Ross, Verla Dieffenbach, Cleo Amstutz, Ila Fish, Lila McNinch, Mrs. Jess Dieffenbach, Mr. Garten, Mr. Ross, Mr. Jess Dieffenbach and Wayne Garrelts, sang “Rock of Ages” and “Lead Kindly Light.” They were accompanied by Miss Dorris Marhofer. Rev. Fish, accompanied by Ila Fish, sang a solo entitled “Eastern Gate.”
The body was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 28, 1940

CAROLINE DOERSCHLAG

Mrs. Caroline Doerschlag, 87, long time resident of the Ransom community, passed away at the hospital there on Tuesday, November 26, after a long illness.
Born February 20, 1887, at Rockville, Mo., she moved to Ness County with her parents when a small child and continued to make her home here.
On January 12, 1908, she was united in marriage with Walter A. Doerschlag. He died May 8, 1967.
She was a member of the Ransom U-Methodist Church, and of the Starlight Chapter of OES at Ness City, and of the Rebekah lodge.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, November 29, from the Ransom U-Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Bob Jeffries. Interment will be in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.
Survivors include a daughter, Noreen Doerschlag of Fort Dodge; a son, Walter of Hays; two sisters, Hulda Johannes of Wichita, and Mrs. Lillian Crofford of Portland, Ore.; brothers, Cliff Johannes of Brownell, William Johannes of Kansas City, Mo., Lester Johannes of Chugwater, Wyo., and Walter Johannes of Elma, Wash.; three grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 28, 1974

OBITUARY

Caroline Doerschlag was born February 20, 1887, at Rockville, Mo., and departed this life at the Grisell Memorial Hospital at Ransom November 26, 1974, at the age of 87 years, 9 months.
She came to the Ransom community in a covered wagon with her parents in 1889. The family homesteaded two miles west of Ransom.
She was united in marriage to W.A. Doerschlag January 12, 1908. To this union were born three children: Walt of Hays, Noreen of Fort Dodge, and Victor E. who preceded in death.
The couple farmed near Ransom until 1913, when they moved into Ransom, and through the years operated a real estate and insurance business, built and operated the Ransom theatre for a time, and published The Ransom Record for a time. She served as postmaster for several years before retiring in 1952.
She and her husband moved to Dighton in 1954.
She entered the Grisell Nursing Home in 1968 where she spent her declining years.
Surviving, besides the son and daughter, are four brothers, Cliff of Brownell, Bill of Kansas City, Lester of Chugwater, Wyo., and Walter of Elma, Wash.; two sisters, Hulda Johannes of Wichita, and Mrs. Lillian Crofford of Portland, Ore.; three grandsons, other relatives, and friends.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 2, 1975
 

JEAN DOERSCHLAG

Jean Doerschlag died Friday, Dec. 29, 1989, at the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney, Nebr., at the age of 63. She was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Enid, Okla., to Murdo and Pauline (Davis) Ross.
Jean served as a confidential secretary for the Pentagon, payroll accountant for the Quartermaster General and in the private sector she was a skilled and longtime accountant, bookkeeper and payroll accountant for many years.
She married Walt Doerschlag on Sept. 21, 1946, in Enid, Okla., and made their first home on his dad’s farm at Alamota. She enjoyed ranching, animals and the outdoors.
Prior to moving to McCook about one year ago, they lived in Longmont, Colo. She was a member of the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Hays and the DAV Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of McCook; three sons, James of Watonga, Okla.; Jerry of Longmont, Colo.; and John of North Platte, Nebr.; two sisters, Veta Wilson of Enid, Okla.; and Carol Schenk of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren, Dustin, Jamie, Christopher, Jessica Jean, Jeremy and Johnny.
Services were held Dec. 31 at the Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with Father Robert Trask officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery with Pastor Ralph Bryant officiating. Memorials may be addressed to the McCook Humane Society and left in her name at the Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 4, 1990
 

MORGAN DOERSCHLAG

Morgan Edward Doerschlag was born in the province of Schwerin-Meklinburg, Germany, on May 18th, 1837, and died in Ransom, Kansas, January 3rd, 1917, at the age of 79 years, 7 months, and 17 days.
In 1854 he came to America, locating in Iowa, where he engaged in farming and other pursuits until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he enlisted in Company E of the 26th regiment of Iowa Infantry and served throughout the entire war, receiving honorable discharge on June 6, 1865.
After the war, he returned to Iowa and in 1866 he was united in marriage with Agnes Wesphal. To this union were born seven children, all of whom survive him.
In 1869 he went to Minnesota, taking a soldiers’ claim in the woods, being one of the earliest settlers in that region and enduring the privations that all pioneers do in setting up new countries. After a few years he moved to Illinois, and soon after he came to WaKeeney, Kansas finally locating on a homestead eight miles northwest of Ransom on which he lived until a few years ago, when he moved to Ransom and lived here until the time of his death.
The deceased was a man who had gone through many hardships in life. During the war he was in many of the large battles, such as Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Chickamaugua, and others.
In Minnesota as well as Kansas, his pioneer days were full of hardships, yet he was one of the few who stayed here and helped make this western country what it is.
He leaves to mourn his death his wife and seven children; Mrs. J.G. Marcy, Mrs. John Schreiber, Mrs. Louisa Kraus, Mrs. W.E. Stowe and Edward, Otto, and Walter Doerschlag.
Deceased was a kind and loving neighbor, a true friend and a progressive citizen and leaves a host of friends who will miss him.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning from the Methodist Church.

Ransom Record, January 11, 1917
 

OBITUARY

Morgan Edward Doerschlag was born May 13, 1837 and came to America in 1854 settling in Iowa where there were quite a few Germans. During this time the talk of gold lured him and some of his friends to go west. He used to tell of his trip across Kansas with others on their way to the gold rush at Denver, telling of narrow escape from Indians and of tremendous herds of buffalo and antelope. They stayed in a log cabin (now in the heart of Denver) several nights. The group returned east to Iowa with more experience than wealth. Here he learned the builder’s trade and became an excellent carpenter and built many homes in Iowa and Illinois. He enlisted in Company E of the 26th Iowa Infantry at the beginning of the Civil War and served with distinction in battles at Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Gettysburg, and returned to Iowa afterwards.
Morgan met Agnes Westphal, daughter of Henry and Doras Westphal from Denmark and they were married in 1866 in Lyons, Iowa. They lived in Lyons until 1868 when they moved to Minnesota where the government allotted homesteads to Civil War veterans. They lived in a log house and had many hardships from the cold and heavy snows. The Indians would help during the children’s sicknesses. They moved from Rush Lake, Minnesota to Savannah, Illinois in 1882 where Morgan’s sister and family had come on their way to Kansas. This was Augusta and Carl Cornelssen and they were the only ones to come to Kansas.
In 1884, Morgan came to Kansas to WaKeeney and filed on homesteads in the southern part of Trego County. These were hard days out on these wide plains and that winter was the worst in history and took its toll in lives of people and livestock. It was a common thing for Morgan to walk to WaKeeney a distance of thirty miles and walk back with a 50 lb. sack of flour and other family necessities. He used to walk to Pawnee Rock and work at stripping broomcorn for $1.00 a day. However, with all the hardships, the family stayed in good health with never a serious illness with no doctors.


NOREEN DOERSCHLAG

A Ransom native, Noreen Doerschlag, 47, passed away at Fort Dodge Thursday, December 26, where she had resided for some time.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom U-Methodist Church Saturday, December 28, and interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
She was born July 11, 1927, at Ransom, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Doerschlag. Her mother preceded her on November 26.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 2, 1975
 

RODNEY DOERSCHLAG

Twin boys arrived at the home of Ed Doerschlag Friday, November 12.

Ness Co. Echo, Nov. 9, 1907


 

The infant son of Edward Doerschlag and wife died Monday.

Ness Co. Echo, Nov. 23, 1907
 
 

VICTOR DOERSCHLAG

Died -- Monday, March 1, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Doerschlag.

Ness Co. Echo, March 6, 1909
 

WALTER DOERSCHLAG

Walter A. Doerschlag, 79, long time resident and former representative of Ness County, passed away at the Veteran’s Hospital at Fort Lyon, Colo., on Monday, May 8. He had been in failing health for some time.
He was born November 27, 1887, and after reaching manhood had lived on a farm northwest of Ransom for many years.
He served as county representative for two terms, 1929-31 and 1933-35.
Mr. and Mrs. Doerschlag moved from their Ness County farm to Dighton in 1952, and had lived there since.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Ness City and of the IOOF Lodge at Dighton.
Survivors include: The widow, Mrs. Caroline Doerschlag of Dighton; a daughter, Noreen Doerschlag of Fort Dodge; a son, Walt Doerschlag of Alamota; three grandsons, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist Church in Ransom on Thursday afternoon, May 11, 2:00 o’clock with the pastor, Rev. Bruce Blake, officiating. Interment will be in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, May 11, 1967

OBITUARY

Walter A. Doerschlag was born November 27, 1887 on his parents homestead northwest of Ransom and departed life May 8, 1967, at the Veterans’ Hospital, Ft. Lyon, Colorado, at the age of 79 years.
W.A. and Caroline Johannes were united in marriage by Rev. Joseph N. See at the Banner Methodist Church north of Ransom. To this union were born three children, Noreen of Fort Dodge, Walt jr., of Alamota, and Victor Elbert who preceded his father in death.
Walter farmed after his marriage until 1913 when the couple moved to Ransom, where he was in the real estate business and built and operated the Ransom theatre and Doerschlag Garage.
He loved cattle and land and in 1940 obtained the present Doerschlag ranch north of Alamota. The Doerschlag’s moved to Dighton in 1952 where they have resided since.
He was in the Kansas Legislature two terms where he headed the tax code commission. He was a veteran of World War I. He was a charter member of both the Ransom VFW and Ransom American Legion.
W.A. was a 32nd Degree Mason of Walnut Valley Lodge 191 of Ness City and a member of IOOF Lodge 286 of Dighton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Victor Elbert; sisters Ella, Olga, Louise; brothers Edward and Otto.
His memory is cherished by his wife Caroline, daughter Noreen, son and wife Walt jr., and Jean, three grandsons; a sister, Mrs. Gussie Stowe and many relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, May 18, 1967

JAMES DONAHER

Died: - Tuesday, January 4, 1916, at his home in Ransom, James Donaher, aged fifteen years and three months. Death occurred suddenly after a brief attack of pneumonia.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 15, 1916
 

OMER DONAHER

Omer Donaher about 21 years of age, son of Mrs. Goldhammer, (better known here as Mrs. John Ostendorp), died in the hospital at Wichita Dec., 28. The body was sent here and the funeral services held at the Catholic Church Monday forenoon. Interment was made in the Ransom St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery.

Ransom Record, January 3, 1924
 

DOTY baby

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Doty, died Friday, and was buried in the Cyrus Cemetery Saturday afternoon.
A son was still born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Doty, Friday, September 27.

Ransom Record, October 3, 1918

(died Friday, September 27, 1918 -
buried Saturday, September 28, 1918)
 
 

HARRY DOTY

Harry P. Doty, 88, long time Ransom community resident, passed away at the hospital there on Tuesday, February 14.
Funeral services will be held from the Ransom Methodist Church Thursday afternoon, February 16, at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller. Interment will be in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgerald’s in charge.
Survivors include: The wife, Mrs. Mary Doty of Ransom; four daughters, Mrs. Amy Ummel, Mrs. Rosalie Schweitzer and Mrs. Reita Schreiber, all of Ransom, and Mrs. Helen Clouston of Ness City; three sons, Kenneth Doty of Ransom, Edwin Doty of Pocatello, Idaho, and Shelby Doty of Jefferson City, Mo.; one brother, Fred Doty of Moran; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 16, 1961

OBITUARY

Harry P. Doty, son of James E. and Maria Potter Doty, was born November 23, 1872, on a farm near Ottumwa, Iowa. He departed this life February 14, 1961, at the age of 88 years, two months and 21 days.
In his young manhood he became a member of the Methodist Church. In December of 1897 he came to LaHarpe, Kansas, with his parents. A few years later he moved to Moran, where he was a rural mail carrier. It was in Moran that he met Mary Moules whom he married on April 12, 1903, at LaHarpe.
In March of 1913 the Doty family moved to a farm northeast of Ransom, where they resided until 1920, at which time Mr. Doty became the manager of the Farmer’s Union and he and his family moved to Ransom.
For many years Mr. Doty served his community as a paper hanger and painter. In later years he assisted his sons in managing the Strand Theatre and the skating rink. He especially liked the skating rink work as it brought him in contact with the young people. He was an ardent sports fan. He attended all of the local high school’s football and basketball games for many, many years.
Mr. Doty was a man of unfailing generosity and integrity. He was a kind and loving husband and father. His 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren were the delight of his heart.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Mrs. Mary Doty; and his children, Mrs. Amy Ummel, Kenneth Doty, Mrs. Rosalie Schweitzer, Mrs. Reita Schreiber, all of Ransom, Mrs. Helen Clouston of Ness City; Ed Doty of Pocatello, Idaho and Shelby Doty of Jefferson City, Mo., also by his only surviving brother, Fred Doty of Moran, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church on Thursday, February 16, 1961, at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Ray Keller officiating. Honorary pallbearers were: Charles Dubbs, G.I. Shellenberger, Fred Amstutz, L.B. Dubbs and George Osborn. Active pallbearers were: Tholen and Harrie Clawson, Jake Long, Leonard Kreutzer, Virgil Simpson and Lester Oliver. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 23, 1961

JOHN DOTY

OBITUARY

John Loyal Doty, eldest son of James E. and Maria Potter Doty, was born August 20, 1870, at Kewanee, Ill. He passed away July 5, 1943, at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom, Kansas, at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 15 days.
While still a small child he moved, with his parents, to Ottumwa, Iowa, where he lived until grown. When a young man he joined the Methodist Protestant Church of Ottumwa.
On December 23, 1894, he was united in marriage to Laura A. Sutton. To this union four children were born: Hallie Emnos, who died in infancy, Gladys, Ray H., and James E. Doty.
He came to Kansas in the fall of 1897 and settled on a farm near LaHarpe. About 1905 he moved to Pueblo, Colo, where he spent most of his life.
On December 25, 1910, he was married to Mrs. Eva Brown of Pueblo, Colo. They lived in the Ransom community about seven years, during which “Jack” was engaged in the threshing business. About eight years ago he came to make his home with his brother, H.P. Doty.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva Doty; three children, Mrs. Gladys Wynn of Copeland, Ray H. Doty of Pueblo, Colo., and James E. Doty of Los Angeles, Calif., two grandchildren, Johnnie and Betty Wynn; two brothers, Fred F. Doty of Independence, and Harry P. Doty of Ransom, and several nephews and nieces.

Ness Co. News, July 22, 1943
 
 

KENNETH DOTY

Kenneth H. Doty, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom.
Born Jan. 30, 1908, at LaHarpe, he was a near lifetime resident of the Ransom community. Doty was a theatre projectionist most of his life.
He is survived by brothers Ed of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Shelby of Greeley, Colo.; sisters Amy Jarvis, Rosalee Schweitzer, and Reita Faye Schreiber of Ransom, and Helen Clouston of Ness City.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Interment will be at the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 11, 1986
 

OBITUARY

Harry Kenneth Doty was born Jan. 30, 1908 to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Doty of LaHarpe. He died at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom at the age of 78 after an illness of many months.
During the last weeks of his life, he was patient and tried to be cheerful. He appreciated daily mail, visits of relatives and friends, and was grateful for the tender, friendly care given him by the hospital staff.
Beginning school in LaHarpe, Kenneth moved with his family to a farm northeast of Ransom at the age of 5. He attended grade and high school in Ransom, where his class was the first to graduate from the new high school, built in 1926. Kenneth was center for the football team. He attended business college in Wichita.
Upon finishing school, he returned home to help his parents who now had seven children, with the family farm.
After years of farming with horses, cutting and threshing wheat which was hauled by horse drawn wagon, the Dotys bought a tractor, combine, and model T Ford truck in 1929. Farming continued until the devastating dirt storms of the ‘30s.
Moving from the farm into Ransom, Kenneth assisted his father, who had become a paperhanger. Years later he drove a gas truck for the Co-op.
His favorite employment was being a movie-projector operator. He learned to run the machines and started working at Ransom Theatre when he was 14. In this occupation for many years, he also worked in Gothenburg, Cimarron, Syracuse, LaCrosse, Russell, and Ness City theatres. He retired as a projectionist at the age of 70.
During the depression years, his only income at Ransom Theatre was that his family could attend the movies free. In 1940 and ‘41, Kenneth and his father ran the Ransom Skating Rink.
Kenneth asked for very little, and led a quiet life. He enjoyed playing croquet and bingo, and watching ball games. Snoopy, Kenneth’s dog, was a special friend.
A devoted family man, he was most content at home. Kenneth’s many employers showed him great respect, and he was never knowingly unkind.
Kenneth is missed by: sisters Amy Jarvis and Levi, Helen Clouston, Rosalie Schweitzer and Raymond, Reita Schreiber and Vincent; brothers Shelby, and Ed and Gloria;
nieces Linda McFadden and Harold, Cindy Knoll and Ron, Mary Lee DeShazo and Joe, Jeanne MacDonald and Clif, Ann Garrelts and Gayle, Barbara Poage and Jerry, Janica Martynow and Tom, Claudia Wrightson and Bill, Sharon Sauther and Jerry, Leslie Aitken and Thomas;
nephews Brad Doty, Donald Clouston and Carolyn, Robert Clouston and Marye, Darrel Schweitzer and Shirley, Ken Schweitzer and Linda; great nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 1, 1987


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