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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.
VINCENT FAIRBANK

 Vincent Fairbank, 59, near life-long Ness County resident, died from a heart attack shortly after noon on Friday, June 27.  He had suffered with a heart ailment for almost a year.  Death occurred while he was driving from his home to Shields.  The fatal seizure occurred just west of the Ness-Lane County line, with the driverless car crossing the road ditch, the MOP railroad ditch, and coming to a halt across the railroad tracks.
 Fairbank had been a MOP employee since 1926, living at Brownell and Ransom during that employment with a few months having been spent at Shields.
 Survivors in the immediate family include:  The widow, Mrs. Mae Fairbank of Ransom; seven daughters, Mrs. Floyd Bartlett of Dighton, Mrs. Walter Starling now in Germany, Mrs. Wallace Schweitzer of Ransom, Mrs. Elden Kraft of Great Bend, Mrs. Tony Blackwell of Monahans, Texas, Mrs. Roy Zordel of Ransom, and Dora of the home; five sons, Ralph of Boise, Idaho, Elmer of Ransom, Chester of Dighton, Paul of Hays, and Robert of the home; his mother, Mrs. Amy Fairbank of Bison; a sister, Mrs. Vera Weltz of Phillipsburg; 33 grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
 Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church on Wednesday morning, July 2, 10:00 o[‘clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller.  Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, July 3, 1958

OBITUARY

 Charles Vincent Fairbank, son of the late D.P. Fairbank and Amy Cooley Fairbank, was born March 7, 1899, near Bison, Kansas, and passed away from a heart attack Friday, June 27, 1958, near Shields, Kansas, aged 59 years, 3 months, 20 days.
  When a boy of three, his parents brought him to Ness County, locating of a farm south of Bazine, and he had spent the remainder of his life in the county.  In 1915, the family moved to a farm south of Brownell, where they lived for several years.
 On December 7, 1918, he was united in marriage to Mae Squier of Brownell.  To this union were born 13 children, seven daughters and six sons.  One son, Richard, passed away in infancy in May of 1940.
 He and his bride continued to live on the farm south of Brownell until 1923, when they moved to Brownell, where he accepted the janitorship of the high school.  He held that position for three years, when he resigned to begin his longtime service with the Missouri Pacific Railroad; first living at Brownell, and later moving to Ransom in 1934, which had since been his home.
 He was widely known over this section for his interest in sports for both men and boys; participating himself in his younger years, and then transferring that interest to the participation of his sons and others younger with the passing of time.
 Nearly a year ago he suffered a heart attack, which forced his temporary inactivity from his work.  Although never fully recovering his health, he had always maintained a steadfast determination to return to his work for the railroad.
 Besides the infant son, Richard, he was preceded in death by his father, D.P. Fairbank of Bison in December of 1954; and a brother, Vibert, who passed away in infancy in 1911.
 Survivors include:  The widow, Mrs. Mae Fairbank; seven daughters, Mrs. Floyd (June) Bartlett of Dighton, Mrs. Walter (Audrey) Starling now in Germany; Mrs. Wallace (Burdene) Schweitzer of Ransom, Mrs. Elden (Laura) Kraft of Great Bend, Mrs. Tony (Carol) Blackwell of Monahans, Texas, Mrs. Roy (Esther) Zordel of Ransom, and Dora of the home; five sons, Ralph of Boise, Idaho, Elmer of Ransom, Chester of Dighton, Paul of Hays, and Robert of the home; his mother, Mrs. Amy Fairbank of Bison; a sister, Mrs. Vera Weltz of Phillipsburg; 33 grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
 Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church, Wednesday morning, July 2, 1958, 10:00 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ray Keller.  Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, July 3, 1958

 
ELMER FAIRBANK

 Elmer Danfurd Fairbank, 76, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center.
 He was born April 13, 1921, in Brownell to Charles Vincent and Mae (Squier) Fairbank.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.
 He married Velma Willour on July 23, 1941, in Grantville.  He was a resident of Ransom since 1957, where he was the City Superintendent until his retirement.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church, life-time member of the VFW, and the Go-Getters Senior Citizens, all of Ransom, the Brownell American Legion, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, WaKeeney.
 Survivors include three sons, Rod, Hays, Rich, Garden City, and Stan, Loveland, Colo.; three brothers, Chet, Cimarron, Paul, Independence, and Bob, McPherson; six sisters, June Bartlett, Dighton, Audrey Lentz, Lawton, Okla. Laura Kraft, Great Bend, Carol Small, Liberty, Texas, Esther Zordel, Ransom, and Dora Yoder, Henderson, Nev.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by his wife, Feb. 1, 1997.
 Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Wayne Stephens officiating; burial in the Ransom Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Ransom VFW.
 Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and until 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Ransom VFW or the church.

Hays Daily News, Nov. 18, 1997

Elmer Danfurd Fairbank, 76, died Nov. 15, 1997, at Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center, Ransom.
 He was born April 13, 1921, at Brownell, the son of Charles Vincent and Mae Squier Fairbank.  A Ransom resident since 1957, he was the city superintendent there for many years until retirement.
 He belonged to the United Methodist Church, Go-Getters Senior Citizens and was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7972, all at Ransom, and belonged to the Brownell American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, WaKeeney.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
 On July 24, 1942, he married Velma Willour at Topeka.  She died Feb. 1, 1997.
 Survivors include:  three sons, Rod, Hays, Rich, Garden City, and Stan, Loveland, Colo.; three brothers, Chet, Cimarron, Paul, Independence, and Bob, McPherson; six sisters, June Bartlett, Dighton, Audrey Lentz, Lawton, Okla., Laura Kraft, Great Bend, Carol Black, Liberty, Texas, Esther Zordel, Ransom, and Dora Yoder, Henderson, Nev.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Wayne Stephens presiding.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Monday and Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and Wednesday morning at the church.  Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the Ransom VFW.
 Memorials may be sent to the church or to the Ransom VFW, both in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Nov. 16, 1997
 

ELMER FAIRBANK

 Elmer Danfurd Fairbank, 76, died Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center in Ransom.  A Ransom resident since 1957, he was the Ransom city superintendent for many years before his retirement.
 He was born April 13, 1921, at Brownell,  the son of Charles Vincent and Mae Squier Fairbank.  He married Velma Willour at Topeka July 24, 1942.  She died Feb. 1, 1997.
 He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Go-Getters Senior Citizens and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7972, all of Ransom, and belonged to the Brownell American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles at WaKeeney.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
 He is survived by three sons, Rod of Hays, Rich of Garden City, and Stan of Loveland, Colo.; three brothers, Chet of Cimarron, Paul of Independence, and Bob of McPherson; six sisters, June Bartlett of Dighton, Audrey Lentz of Lawton, Okla., Laura Kraft of Great Bend, Carol Black of Liberty, Tex., Esther Zordel of Ransom, and Dora Yoder of Henderson, Nev.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 The funeral was Wednesday morning at the Ransom United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne Stephens presiding.  Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Ransom V.F.W.  Memorials may be sent to the church or to the Ransom VFW, both in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 20, 1997

OBITUARY

 Elmer Danfurd Fairbank, was born April 13, 1921 at Brownell.  He married Velma Willour July 23, 1941 at Grantville, KS.  He lived at Garden City, Hays, Boise, ID and Ransom where he died Saturday, November 15, 1997.
 After Elmer’s birth in Brownell it is uncertain when they moved to Ransom but, reportedly they had to move after he was caught sleepwalking down main street.
 Elmer attended Ransom High School.  He told many stories to his children about things he and his friends did during their youth.  It is a wonder he survived his high school days!
 Sports were very important to Elmer.  He was an “All State End” in football, excellent in basketball and one of the best third (3rd) basemen in the area in baseball.  Many of you remember his accomplishments.  Elmer held his baseball memories very dear.  In fact, he scheduled his pace-maker surgery around a special reunion with his baseball buddies and his grandson’s baseball games.  Elmer coached the Hays Larks and Brownell Legion baseball team.  He also played for and against the area’s best town teams.
 For 37 years, Elmer ran the Ransom junior and senior high school clock.  In his official capacity he supported one brother, three sons and one grandson.  In 1995 he received special recognition for his volunteer service to the Ransom school system.
 Elmer spent two years in the Army during WWII.  Upon his discharge he joined The Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Among his many awards in 1995 he was honored with the “Elmer Jenkins” award, one of the highest awards in the State of Kansas VFW organization.
 If you went places with Elmer you could count on somebody from his past coming up to say “hi”.  He was a lover of people and loved by many.
 Elmer’s love was unconditional.  He was always there for his family and though in serious times he was a man of few words, they knew that he supported them.
 Elmer was also known as the Constable Andy Griffith of Ransom.
 His best friend and wife of 56 and 1/2 years, Velma preceded him in death.  Their family includes three sons, three daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Much of their time was spent enjoying family activities.
 After retiring as Superintendent for the city  of Ransom, Elmer and Velma hit the highways and byways of America.  They had several traveling companions but probably the most frequent were Oliver and Jennie Tillitson.  There are stories to be told about their many, many, gambling trips!
 Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Elmo, Chief, Smokey, Elm will be missed.  He lived a rich and full life and will be fondly remembered for his friendship and unending live.
 Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, November 19, 1997, at the United Methodist Church, Ransom, officiated by Rev. Wayne Stephens, Pastor.  Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 27, 1997

 
MAE FAIRBANK

 Mae Elizabeth Fairbank, 87, a lifetime resident of Ness County, died Thursday, July 20, 1989, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center in Ransom.
  Born Mae Squire May 27, 1902, at Brownell, she married Charles Fairbank Dec. 7, 1918, at WaKeeney.  He died June 27, 1958.
 She was a member of the United Methodist Church, VFW Auxiliary, and Ladies Pinochle Club, all of Ransom.
 She is survived by five sons, Ralph of Boise, Idaho; Elmer of Ransom; Chester of Cimarron; Paul of Independence; and Robert of Topeka; seven daughters, June Bartlett of Dighton; Audrey Lentz of Lawton, Okla.; Burdene Schweitzer of Ransom; Laura Kraft of Great Bend; Carol Small of Liberty, Tex.; Esther Zordel of Ransom and Dora Yoder of Jean, Nev.; 47 grandchildren; 86 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
 The funeral was Monday morning at the Ransom United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Cryderman officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials to the Church or the Ransom Senior Center.

Ness Co. News, July 27, 1989

OBITUARY

 Mae Elizabeth Fairbank, 87, died July 20, 1989, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center in Ransom.  She was born May 27, 1902, to Charles and Rebecca (Brown) Squier at Brownell.  December 7, 1918, she and Charles Vincent (Smokey) Fairbank were united in marriage at WaKeeney.  They lived in Brownell until 1923, when they moved to Ransom.  With the exception of a two year period of time when they lived in Shields, the remainder of her life was spent in Ransom.  Vincent died June 27, 1958.
 Mae was a homemaker and worked at the Grisell Memorial Hospital for several years.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Monday Ladies Pinochle Club, all of Ransom.
 A kind, loving and supportive mother and grandmother, Mae’s family and their activities were the focal point of her life.  She was always there when anyone needed help.
 Survivors include five sons:  Ralph, Boise, Idaho; Elmer, Ransom; Chester, Cimarron; Paul, Independence; and Robert, Topeka; seven daughters:  June Bartlett, Dighton; Audrey Lentz, Lawton, Okla.; Burdene Schweitzer, Ransom; Laura Kraft, Great Bend; Carol Small, Liberty, Texas; Esther Zordel, Ransom; Dora Yoder, Jean, Nev.; 47 grandchildren; 86 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
 She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Richard, who died in infancy; her parents; two brothers, Otis and Gale Squier; a sister, Bertha Casey; and a grandson.
 Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church in Ransom, with the Rev. Charles Cryderman officiating.  Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, July 27, 1989

 
RICHARD FAIRBANK

 A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Fairbank Sunday and passed away Monday.

Ness Co. News, May 16, 1940

Sunday = May 12
Monday = May 13

(memorial stone only at cemetery - baby buried in Vansburgh Cemetery, Brownell, Ks.)
 
VELMA FAIRBANK

 Velma Mae Fairbank, 75, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 1997, at the St. John’s Nursing Home, Hays.
 She was born Feb. 1, 1922, in Ransom to Ray and Lula Mae (Rankin) Willour.
 She married Elmer D. Fairbank on July 23, 1941, in Grantville.  A retired postal clerk and longtime Ransom resident, she was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Ransom Go-Getters, the VFW Auxiliary and the Senior Citizens, all of Ransom.
 Survivors include her husband, of the home; three sons, Richard, Garden City, Stanley, Loveland, Colo., and Rodney, Hays; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Ransom; burial in the Ransom Cemetery.
 Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
 Memorials are suggested to the church, the Senior Citizens, or the VFW Auxiliary, Ransom.

Hays Daily News, Feb. 3, 1997


 Velma Mae Fairbank, 75, died Feb. 1, 1997, at St. John’s Nursing Home, Hays.
 She was born Feb. 1, 1922, at Ransom, the daughter of Ray and Lula Mae Rankin Willour.  A lifetime Ransom resident, she was a retired postal clerk.
 She was a member of United Methodist Church, Ransom Go Getters, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Senior Citizens, all of Ransom.
 On July 23, 1941, she married Elmer D. Fairbank at Grantville.  He survives of the home.
 Other survivors include:  three sons, Richard, Garden City, Stanley, Loveland, Colo., and Rodney, Hays; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Wayne Stephens presiding.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.  Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
 Memorials may be sent to the church, Senior Citizens or Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, all of Ransom, all in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Feb. 4, 1997

 Velma Mae Fairbank, 75, died Feb. 1, at St. John’s Nursing Home, Hays.
 She was born Feb. 1, 1922, at Ransom, the daughter of Ray and Lula Mae Rankin Willour.  She was a life-time resident of Ransom.  She was a retired postal clerk.
 She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Go Getters, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Senior Citizens, all of Ransom.
 She was married to Elmer D. Fairbank, July 23, 1941, at Grantville and he survives.
 Survivors include:  three sons, Richard Fairbank, Garden City, Stanley Fairbank, Loveland, Co., and Rodney Fairbank, Hays; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 Funeral service was held Wednesday morning Feb. 5, at the United Methodist Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Wayne Stephens presiding.  Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.
 Memorials may be sent to the United Methodist Church, Senior Citizens, or VFW Auxiliary, all of Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 6, 1997

 
FRANK FARMER

 Frank Edwin Farmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Farmer, was born August 15, 1875, near Rockford, Ill., and departed this life in Ransom, at the age of 75 years, 4 months, and 15 days.
 His early manhood was spent in Illinois where he was affiliated with the Congregational Church of Rockford.
 After the death of his brother and mother, he came with his father to Hodgeman County, and in 1906 he was united in marriage to Ivy Mae Dean.
 Mr. Farmer has been identified with the life of Western Kansas in many activities.  He farmed for a number of years, and also operated a threshing machine for some time.  For the past 13 years he has operated the Ransom Hotel.
 His passing is mourned by his wife, two children, Wilbur Farmer and Mrs. Willard Stowe, both of Ransom; nine grandchildren; and many neighbors and friends who have known and loved him for his kindly courtesy and upright character.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 11, 1951

 
IVA FARMER

 Mrs. Iva M. Farmer, 93, long time Ransom community resident, passed away at the hospital there on Thursday, March 4, 1976.  She had been a resident of the Grisell Memorial Nursing Home for many years and had been hospitalized since last November.
  Born at Cottonwood Falls April 29, 1892, she married Frank E. Farmer December 11, 1906, at Jetmore.  They moved to Ness County in 1915.  He died December 29, 1950.
 She was a member of the church of Christ at Ransom.
 Services were held from the church Sunday afternoon, March 7, conducted by the pastor, Bro. Ron Friberg.  Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.
 Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Willard (Hollis) Stowe of WaKeeney; a son, W.L. (Bud) Farmer of Ransom; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Knoefler of Jetmore; nine grandchildren. 29 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 11, 1976

OBITUARY

 Iva Mae Dean, fourth child of Nelson I. Dean and Melissa A. Swart Dean, was born April 29, 1882, in Chase County near Cottonwood Falls.  At the age of four her family moved to a homestead southwest of Jetmore.  When she was seven, she and her family moved to a ranch near Magadelena, N.M., and later her father became foreman in a lead and silver mine at Kelly, N.M.  When Mae was 12, her family moved back to a farm near Jetmore.  Upon completing her formal education she began teaching in rural schools around Jetmore.
 She was united in marriage to Frank E. Farmer December 11, 1906, at Jetmore.  They made their home with Frank’s father on a farm near Jetmore, where both their children were born.
 Her husband owned and operated a threshing machine for 20 years.  During this time the family lived in Jetmore, Dodge City, Ness City, Larned, Utica and Arnold.  They moved to Ransom in 1920.
 While living in Ransom, Mae operated a creamery.  She cooked at the Grisell Memorial Hospital, then she and Frank operated the Ransom Hotel, which later they bought. 
 In their declining years they changed it to a rest home for older people.  When she became too ill and unable to maintain it any longer she began living with her children and grandchildren.  She entered the nursing home March 19, 1971.  She was admitted to the hospital November 14, 1975, and departed this life March 4, 1976.
 She belonged to and attended church all of her young life and in later years she was baptized into the church of Christ, which she attended faithfully until her heath failed her.
 Her husband Frank, preceded her in death.  Those who live to remember her, are her children:  Wilbur L. and wife, Elma, Mrs. Hollis Stowe, and husband of WaKeeney; nine grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Knoeller of Jetmore:  nephews, nieces, many friends and loved ones.

Ness County News, April 1, 1976
 

WILBUR FARMER

 Wilbur “Bud” Farmer, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1982 at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.
 He was born Sept. 28, 1907, in Hodgeman County, the son of Frank and Iva (Dean) Farmer.  He married Elma Zordel on Sept. 28, 1928, at Gove.  He was a retired farmer and mechanic and a member of the church of Christ.
 Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Lowell, Warrensburg, Mo., and Wilbur, Huntsville, Ala.; two daughters, Marilyn Mollenkamp, Russell Springs, and Roselma Farmer, Riverside, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.
 Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, Brother Ron Friberg officiating.  Burial will be in Ransom Cemetery.

Unknown newspaper source

 Wilbur L. “Bud” Farmer, 75, died Oct. 27, 1982, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, after a short illness.  Born Sept. 28, 1907, in Hodgeman County, he married Elma Zordel Sept. 28, 1928, at Gove City.  He was a farmer, mechanic and longtime Ransom resident.
 He was a member of church of Christ, Ransom.
 Survivors:  widow, of the home; sons, Lowell Dean, Warrensburg, Mo.; Wilbur David, Huntsville, Ala.; daughters, Marilyn Mollenkamp, Russell Springs; Roselma Farmer, Riverside, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
 Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fitzgeralds Funeral Home, Ness City; Ron Friberg.  Burial at Ransom Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday at the funeral home.

Unknown newspaper source

 Wilbur Leroy “Bud” Farmer, 75, a resident of Ransom, died October 27, 1982 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
 He was born September 28, 1907, in Hodgeman County.  He married Elma Zordel September 28, 1928, at Gove.  He was a retired farmer and mechanic and a member of the Ransom church of Christ.
 He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons, Lowell of Warrensburg, Mo., and Wilbur of Huntsville, Ala.; two daughters, Mrs. Gayle (Marilyn) Mollenkamp of Russell Springs and Roselma Farmer of Riverside, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
 The funeral was Saturday morning at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home with Brother Ron Friberg of the Ransom church of Christ officiating.  Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 4, 1982
 

WILBUR FARMER

OBITUARY

 Wilbur Leroy (Bud) Farmer was born in Hodgeman County, near Jetmore, September 28, 1907.  His parents were Frank Edwin Farmer and Iva Mae (Dean) Farmer.  He went to several different schools as his parents moved to locations where they harvested.  His father owned and operated a threshing machine, Bud enjoyed this very much.  He had only one sister whom he loved dearly and teased unmercifully.  He was a very active child.  His sister was less than a year younger than he and they were often in trouble, as his sister thought up things for him to get into (that’s what he said).  All through his life he owned a bull dog, or was it the other way around?
 He married Elma Permelia Zordel on September 28, 1928, at Gove, Kansas.  Times were hard those first few years, as indeed they were never really easy.  Bud was always patient and made do with what he had.
 Four children came to bless us, two girls first and then two boys, Marilyn Leigh Mollenkamp of Russell Springs, Kansas; Roselma M. Farmer of the home, now stationed at March Air Force Base, Riverside, Calif.; Lowell Dean Farmer of Warrensburg, Mo.; and Wilbur David Farmer, recently returned from Germany to be stationed at Redstone, Huntsville, Ala. In turn these children gave us our son-in-law, Gayle; daughters-in-law, Charlene and Libby.  More blessings were added with 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  Of these there is only one Farmer boy to carry on Bud’s name.
 About four years ago Brother Friberg brought films to the house, showing the life of Jesus and explained many questions that had been discussed and didn’t understand.  When the end of this film came, Brother Ron asked Bud, “Would you like to be baptized?”
 Bud said, “Yes, someday.”
 Brother Ron said, “Why not today?”
 Bud said, “Alright, how soon?”
 Brother Ron said, “Meet me over at the church in about 20 minutes, this we did.”
 He confirmed and confessed what he always believed, that Christ was his Saviour.
 Bud was a farmer by name, by heart and by occupation.  He had ideas about several things and ways to improve on things he worked with, and with B.J.’s help, he got it done.
 He leaves to remember him:  His wife and children, his brother-in-law; his sister's husband, Willard Stowe of WaKeeney; Henry Wagner of Orosi, Calif.; Sam McBride of Des Moines, Ia.; and sisters-in-law, Edna Zordel of near Denver, Colo.; and Flossie Zordel of Hutchinson; nephews, nieces and cousins and many friends.
 He died October 27, 1982, in the operating room in Saint Francis Hospital at Wichita.  He knew us all through his last illness.  His sense of humor still prevailed.  He was a kind and loving husband and father.  We will miss him very much, but to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 18, 1982
 
BRUCE FARR

 Bruce Farr died Wednesday at the home of W.C. Farr.  Funeral services were conducted Thursday by Rev. Terry.

Ness Co. Echo, Nov. 30, 1907
 

 
CLIFFORD FARR

 C.C. (Eli) Farr, 79, died Sunday, September 23, 1974 at his home in Wichita County.  Born Dec. 6, 1894, in Ness County, he married Frances M. Rice, Aug. 7, 1935, at Liberty, Mo.  He was a farmer and lived here since 1932.
 He was a member of the Median Shrine; Masonic Lodge.
 Survivors are the widow; sister:  Mrs. Pearl Hazen, WaKeeney.
 Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church; Rev. Gordon Tasker.  Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Ransom Cemetery, Ransom.  Friends may call until service time at Weinmann-Price Funeral Home.

OBITUARY

 C.C. (Eli) Farr, 79, a native of Ness County, died Sunday, September 23, 1974, at his home at Leoti.  Funeral services were held at Leoti and interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
  Born December 6, 1891, in Ness County, he married Frances M. Rice on August 7, 1935.  He farmed in the Ransom community until 1932 when Mr. and Mrs. Farr moved to Wichita County.
 He was a member of the Walnut Valley Masonic Lodge in Ness City, and of the Isis Shrine.
 Survivors include the widow of the home; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Hazen of WaKeeney, and other relatives and friends.
 

Ness Co. News, Nov. 14, 1974
 

 
FRANCES FARR

 Frances M. “Fritz” Farr, age 82, of Clearwater, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 1990, at Ninnescah Manor in Clearwater.
 Mrs. Farr was born on Jan. 27, 1908, in Horace.  She was the only child born to her parents, Ralph Herbert Rice and Mary Jones Rice.  When she was six weeks old, her mother died, and she was taken care of by an aunt and uncle in LaJunta, Colo., until the age of four.  At that time, her Grandmother Rice went to take care of her.  She attended school in LaJunta, Ransom, and later, Brownell.  As a teenager, Mrs. Farr went to Utica to live with an aunt and uncle, and was a 1927 graduate of Utica High School.  She began teaching school near and in Utica following high school, and attended Fort Hays State University every summer.
 August 7, 1935, she was united in marriage to Clifford C. Farr in Liberty, Missouri.  The Farr’s made their home on his family’s homestead near Ransom, and Mrs. Farr no longer taught school.  In the late 1930’s or early 1940’s, they moved to a farm near Selkirk where they lived for many years.  Mr. Farr preceded his wife in death in 1974, and following his death, she moved into Leoti where they had purchased a home a few years before.  Mrs. Farr lived in Garden City from 1979 until 1982, when she moved to Cheney to be near a cousin.  Her health gradually failed, and she became a resident of Ninnescah Manor in Clearwater in August of 1988.
 Mrs. Farr was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Leoti, and later in Scott City.
 Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 15, at the United Methodist Church in Utica with Rev. Chad Anglemyer officiating.  Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery.
 Mrs. Farr is survived by four cousins, Daisy Northcutt, Cheney, Virginia Jackson, Sun City, AZ; and Cheryl Distel and Beverly Beeson, both of Buhl, ID.
 A memorial has been established in her name with Ninnescah Manor, % Webb Mortuary, P.O. Box 325, Clearwater, KS. 67026

Ness Co. News, Dec. 20, 1990

 
LETTIE FARR

 Mrs. W.C. Farr died at her home northeast of Ransom Tuesday afternoon.  Funeral is to be at the M.E. Church at Ransom Thursday, at 2:00 P.M.
 Although Mrs. Farr had been an invalid for some time and it was known that there was little chance for recovery of her health, yet news of her death comes as a shock to the community.  The Farr family is one of the early settlers of Ness County, and they endured the hardships of pioneers.
 The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved husband and children.

Ransom Record, August 29, 1929
 

 
WILLIAM FARR


 William C. Farr was born in Frankfort, Tenn., on May 10, 1855, and passed to his eternal reward on January 18, 1946, at the ripe old age of 90 years, 8 months, and 8 days.
 He was united in marriage to Letta Isabel Hamilton on November 22, 1876.  That same year the young couple moved to Ness County, Kansas, where they homesteaded and lived the hardious life common to the pioneers.  Skirmishes with Indians were experienced and at one time he was surrounded by them.  Materials and groceries had to be freighted from Dodge City where was the nearest railroad, by team or on their own backs.
 Mr. Farr united with the Ransom Methodist Church on March 29, 1896, of which church he remained a member until he was taken to be with the church triumphant.
 He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away on August 27, 1929, and by two of their nine children, Edgar and Julia.
 Surviving are seven children; Mrs. Ada Brundage, WaKeeney; Mrs. Etta Moore, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Clara Ludy, Ransom; Mrs. Bessie McGuire, Utica; Joe Farr, Clifford Farr and Mrs. Pearl Hazen all of Ransom; 33 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Mason of Osborne City.
 Many other relatives and a host of friends also mourn the passing of this pioneer.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 24, 1946

 
AARON FLAX

 A car-truck crash at the intersection of the county Bazine-Brownell road and K-4 highway three miles east of Brownell about mid-morning Monday, October 2, resulted in the death of Aaron Flax, 10-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Flax of Ransom.  It was the first highway fatality of the current year in the county.
 According to Trooper Don Minerd the accident happened when a cattle truck driven by David Honderick of LaCrosse was crossing the highway from the north, and the car, driven by Mrs. Joe Flax, traveling east struck the truck just at the back of the cab.
 Six persons were riding in the Flax car, all escaping with only minor to serious injuries except infant Aaron Flax, who was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Ransom Hospital.
 Two of the group were hospitalized but reported in good condition following the accident.  They were Mrs. Joe Flax and Mrs. Don Friess.  Others given treatment and released with only minor hurts included Michelle Flax, 2, Mrs. Daniel Friess, and Tammy Friess, 2.
 Honderick was uninjured in the accident.
 Trooper Minerd reported that Honderick told him that he had stopped his loaded livestock truck at the north side of the highway, had glanced west up the highway, and then preceeded to drive across the road.  He did not see the approaching car, Minerd reported.
 Funeral services for infant Aaron Flax were held from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom Tuesday afternoon, October 3, with interment being in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 5, 1961

OBITUARY

 Aaron Gerald Flax was born November 24, 1960, to John C. and Rosella Flax at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom.
 He died October 2, 1961, at the age of 10 months and 8 days, the result of a car-truck accident.  He was dead upon arrival at Grisell Memorial Hospital.
 Surviving his untimely passing are his Daddy and Mother, and sister, Michelle Renee.
 A mass of the angels was offered by Father Cornelius Luenissen, pastor of the St. Aloysius Church, Ransom.
 He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
 God gave him to John and Rosella and it was His Hold Will that He took him back again.  It can be truly said that Aaron was a little flower, budded on Earth to blossom in heaven.
 Funeral arrangements were by Fitzgerald’s Ness City.
 Pallbearers were cousins:  Freddie Flax, James Flax, Harold Flax and David Flax, Servers at Mass:  Francis Flax, jr.; Dirk Combest and Bobbie Leiker.  Interment was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom on October 3.
 

Ness Co. News, Oct. 19, 1961
 
ALBERT FLAX

 Albert I. Flax, 75, died Nov. 8, 1997, at his farm home near Arnold.
 He was born Feb. 1, 1922, at Arnold, the son of Joe and Theresa Weber Flax.  A lifetime resident of the Arnold community, he was a farmer and stockman.
 He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both at Ransom.
 On May 12, 1947, he married Frances Augustine at Ellis.  She survives.
 Other survivors include: four sons, Harold, Wright; David, Osage City; Vernon, Arnold; and Bernard, Wilmington, N.C.; two daughters, Patricia Kail, Sublette, and Bernice Barber, Lindsborg; two brothers, Joseph I., Ransom, and Paul, Ellis; three sisters, Martha Peschka, Salina; Sister Doris Marie, Ellis; and Catherine Flax, Chicago; and 10 grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresa.
 Parish vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom.  Funeral Mass will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the church, with Father Marvin Reif presiding.  
 Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 4 to 9 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the church in Ransom.  Burial will be in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.
 Memorials may be sent to Golden Belt Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, Nov. 9, 1997


 Albert I. Flax, 75, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, at his home near Arnold.
 He was born Feb. 1, 1922, in Arnold, to Joe and Theresa (Weber) Flax.  He was a farmer and stockman and a lifetime resident of the Arnold community.  He married Frances Augustine at Ellis on May 12, 1947.  He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both of Ransom.
 Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, Harold, Wright; David, Osage City; Vernon, Arnold; and Bernard, Wilmington, N.C.; two daughters, Patricia Kail, Sublette; and Berniece Barber, Lindsborg; two brothers, Joseph I. Flax, Ransom, and Paul Flax, Ellis; three sisters, Martha Peschka, Salina; Sister Doris Marie, Ellis; and Catherine Flax, Chicago; and 10 grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresa.
 Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom, with Father Marvin Reif officiating; burial in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.
 There will be a parish vigil at 7:30 p.m. today at the church.
 Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral home, Ness City, from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the church, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
 Memorials are suggested to the Golden Belt Hospice, in care of the funeral home.
 

Hays Daily News, Nov. 9, 1997
 

ALBERT FLAX

 Albert I. Flax, age 75, died Saturday, Nov. 8, at his farm home near Arnold.  He was born Feb. 1, 1922 at Arnold, to Joe and Theresa Weber Flax.
 He was a farmer and stockman and lifetime resident of the Arnold community.
 On May 12, 1947 he married Frances Augustine at Ellis.
 He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both of Ransom.
 Survivors include his wife, of the home at Arnold; sons, Harold, Wright; David, Osage City; Vernon, Arnold; Bernard, Wilmington, NC; daughters:  Patricia Kail, Sublette; Bernice Barber, Lindsborg; brothers; Joseph I. Flax, Ransom; Paul Flax, Ellis; sisters:  Martha Peschka, Salina; sister Doris Marie, Ellis; Catherine Flax, Chicago, IL; 10 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresa.
 Parish vigil was Sunday, Nov. 9, at St. Aloysius Church, Ransom.  Funeral mass was Monday, Nov. 10, afternoon at the church officiated by Fr. Marvin Reif, pastor of the church.  Interment in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom, Kansas.
 Memorials may be given to the Golden Belt Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Ness Co. News, Nov. 13, 1997
 

 
ANNA FLAX

 The funeral services of Mrs. Anna Flax (better known as Grandma Flax) were held Sunday afternoon at the St. Aloysius Church.  She was 83 years of age.  She leaves to mourn her death, 12 children, 81 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.
 

Ness Co. News, Aug. 16, 1951
 
 

OBITUARY

 Mrs. Anna Flax, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Honas, was born January 16, 1868, in Bukovina, Rumania, and departed her life at the home of her son, Joe Flax, near Ransom, on August 10, 1951, at the age of 83 years, 6 months, and 25 days.
 She was united in marriage to Paul Flax in 1880 in Bukovina, Rumania.  To this union 13 children were born, 10 sons and two daughters.  One son preceded her in death.
 Mr. and Mrs. Flax came to America in 1901, where they homesteaded near Ellis, Kansas, until 1908 when they moved to WaKeeney.  In 1910 they moved to a farm near Ransom.  Then on January 16, 1925, her husband preceded her in death.  After his death she lived on the farm for 26 years before her health failed and she made her home with her children who care for her until her death.
 She leaves to mourn her, 12 children:  Ignatz, Albert, Frank, Paul and Leo of Ellis; Joe, Godfrey, Rudolph, John, Willard and Mrs. Catherine Kisslinger of Ransom; and Mrs. Regina Augustine of Salina; one brother, Joe Honas of Ellis; 81 grandchildren; and 51 great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends.
 Grandma Flax, as she was known to her friends, was the oldest member of the St. Aloysius Church at Ransom, and a member of the Altar Society, and was received into the confraternity of the Christian Mothers a few months before her death.
 Funeral services were held from the St. Aloysius Church at Ransom on Sunday, August 13, with Father Hubert Kremer in charge.
 

Ness Co. News, Sept. 20, 1951

 
CATHERINE FLAX

 Catherine Flax, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Flax, was born at Ellis, Kansas, April 28, 1905, and departed this life at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom on May 22, 1942 at the age of 37 years and 24 days.
 On January 18, 1926, she was united in marriage to Frank Flax at the St. Mary’s Cathedral Church in Ellis.  To this union were born eight children, all of whom survive - Albertina, Minnie, Gilbert, Rosie, Paul, Alfred, Agnes and an infant daughter, Catherine.  She lived near Ellis until the time of her marriage and since then has lived near Ransom.  Her father preceded her in death.
 She was a kind and loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed in the home and by all her relatives and friends.
 She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and eight children, her mother of Ellis, two sisters, Clara and Rose, and five brothers, Pvt. Martin Flax of Camp Cooke, Calif., Joseph Flax of Vallejo, Calif. and John, Carl and Godfrey, all of Ellis and a number of other relatives and friends.
 Funeral services were held at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom Monday, May 25th.
 Burial was made in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom with John Aeby in charge.

Ness Co. News, May 28, 1942

 
CATHERINE FLAX

 Mrs. Gotfred Flax, 66, a resident of the Ransom community for nearly 50 years, passed away at the home in Ransom on Friday, January 20.  She had been in failing health for the past five months after suffering a stroke.
 She was born in Austria on September 22, 1900, and came to the States with her parents when but a year old.
 She married Gotfred Flax on January 19, 1920, at Ellis, and the couple started their married life in the Ransom community which had since been her home.
 She was a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church of Ransom, and of the Altar Society of the church.
 Funeral services were held from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Monday morning, January 23, with Fr. A.B. Dziemiam, pastor, as the celebrant.  Interment was in the St. Aloysius Cemetery at Ransom with Fitzgeralds in charge.
 Survivors include:  The husband of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Helen) Schuler of Ness City; Rosie Flax of Ransom; and Sister Corona Marie of Aurora; six sons, Ignatius of Ellis; Lawrence of Ransom; Fr. Myron Flax, O.F.M.Cap., New Guinea; Leonard of Wright; Herman of Arnold; and Eugene, of Dodge City; seven sisters, Mrs. Rosie Lang, Mrs. Elizabeth Flax, Mrs. Sophia Augustine, and Mrs. Frances Honas, all of Ellis; Mrs. Theresia Flax of Ransom; Ms. Anna Carver and Martha Weber , both of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, John Weber of Ellis; 29 grandchildren other relatives and family friends.
 She was preceded in death by an infant son in 1933.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 26, 1967

 
FRANCIS FLAX

 Francis H. “Fritz” Flax, 63, died Sept. 18, 1988, at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom.  Born July 18, 1925, at Arnold, he married Marjorie Friess June 4, 1946, at Ransom.  He was a farmer, an implement dealer and a lifetime resident of Ransom.
 He was a member of St. Aloysius Church, and was a fourth-degree knight in the Knights of Columbus, both of Ransom.
 Survivors:  wife, of the home; sons, Francis Jr., Roeland Park; Frederick, Norbert, Richard and Kenneth, all of Ransom; James, Wichita; Eugene, Kinsley; Cletus, Brownell; Michael, Burdett; Myron, WaKeeney; daughters, Doris Estes, Topeka; Theresa Borkenhagen, Janesville, Wis.; Alice Fox, Ellis; Margaret Kraft, Wichita; Bernadette Taylor, McCracken; sisters, Mary Prather, Hoisington; Martha Peschka, Salina; Sister Doris Flax, Ransom; Catherine, Chicago; brothers, Joseph and Albert, Arnold; Paul, Ellis; and 30 grandchildren.
 Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. John Strasser.  Burial will be at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City and from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the church.  Rosary will be 8 p.m. today at the church.  Memorials may go to the hospital or the church.
 

Unknown newspaper source

 Francis H. (Fritz) Flax, 63, died Sept. 18, 1988, at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom.
  Born July 18, 1925, to Joseph Flax and Theresia Weber Flax, he married Marjorie Friess June 4, 1946, at Ransom.
 A farmer and businessman, he was a lifetime resident of the Arnold-Ransom communities.
 He was a member of St. Aloysius Church, Knights of Columbus, and Fourth Degree Knights.
 Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, of the home and 15 children:  Francis, Jr., Roeland Park; Doris Estes, Topeka; Frederick, Ransom; Theresa Borkenhagen, Janesville, Wisc.; Alice Fox, Ellis; Margaret Kraft, Wichita; James, Wichita; Bernadette Taylor, McCracken; Eugene, Kinsley; Norbert and Richard, Ransom; Cletus, Brownell; Michael, Burdett; Kenneth, Ransom; and Myron, WaKeeney; brothers, Joseph and Albert, Arnold; Paul, Ellis; sisters:  Mary Prather, Hoisington; Martha Peschka, Salina; Sister Doris, Ransom; and Catherine Flax, Chicago, Ill.; and 30 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by brothers George, John and Leonard.
 Rosary was Monday evening followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary.  The funeral mass was Tuesday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom, with the Rev. John Strasser officiating.  Burial was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.
 The family suggests memorials to Grisell Memorial Hospital or St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 22, 1988
 

FRANK FLAX

 Frank I. Flax, 78, of Ellis, Kansas, died Monday, Dec. 24, 1979, at St. Anthony Hospital, Hays, Kansas.  He was a retired Union Pacific Railroad employee.
 He was born July 17, 1901, in Ellis, Kansas, to Paul and Anna (Honas) Flax.  He married Catherine Flax, Jan. 21, 1925.  She died May 22, 1942, and also two daughters, Catherine died May 28, 1942 and Minnie died Oct. 1947.  He then married Clara (Flax) Weber June 10, 1948 in Ellis, Kansas.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Ellis, Kansas.
 Survivors include his wife, Clara, of the home; three sons, Gilbert Flax, New Almelo, Kansas, Paul J. Flax Sr., Hill City, Kansas, and Alfred Flax, Wichita, Kansas; three daughters, Albertina Fehrenbach, Ness City, Kansas, Rosie Hicks, Wichita, Kansas, and Agnes Richmeier, St. Peter, Kansas; two step-sons, Leonard Weber, Ellis, Kansas, and George Weber, Wichita, Kansas; and one step-daughter, Virginia Robinett, Wichita, Kansas; five brothers, Joe, Ransom, Kansas, Leo, WaKeeney, Kansas, Rudolph, Arnold, Kansas, John and Willard, Ness City, Kansas; two sisters, Catherine Kisslinger, Ransom, Kansas, and Regina Augustine, Salina, Kansas; 36 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
 Preceding him in death was four brothers:  Paul, Albert, Godfrey, and Ignatius.
 Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 1979, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ellis, Kansas, with Father Paulinus Karlin officiating, burial in the St. Aloysius Cemetery, Ransom, Kansas.  A parish rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1979, at Johnson Funeral Home, Ellis, Kansas.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1979, at the funeral home.
 Casket bearers will be Greg Flax, Mike Fehrenbach, Jerry Weber, Frank Flax, Kenny Richmeier, and Gary Kaus.

Hays Daily News, Dec. 25, 1979

 
GOTFRED FLAX

 Gotfred Flax, 72, of Ransom passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital there on Friday, January 31, after an extended illness.  He had lived at Ransom since 1959.
 He was born on August 8, 1896, at Pojana, Mikuli, Rumania, and married Catherine Weber at Ellis on January 19, 1920.  She died January 20, 1967.
 He was a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church of Ransom.
 Funeral services were held from the church Tuesday morning, February 4, with the pastor, Rev. A.B. Dziemian, conducting.  Interment was in the  St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.
 Survivors include three daughters, Rosie Flax of Ransom, Mrs. Raymond Schuler of Ness City, and Sister Corona Marie of Aurora; six sons, Ingatius of Ellis, Lawrence of Ransom, Myron of Papua, New Guinea, Leonard of Wright, Herman of Arnold, and Eugene of Kansas City.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 6, 1969
 

 
JOHN FLAX

 John Flax, 80, a longtime resident of the Ransom community, died Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center in Ransom.
  Born May 19, 1904, at Ellis, he moved to Ness County in 1921 and to Ness City in 1970.  He was a retired farmer and stockman.
 He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church at Ness City and the Knights of Columbus at Ransom.
 He is survived by four brothers, Joe of Ransom, Leo of Dodge City, Rudy of WaKeeney and William of Ness City; and two sisters, Katherine Kisslinger of Ransom and Regina Augustine of Salina.
 The funeral mass was Monday morning at the Sacred Heart Church with Father John Strasser the celebrant.  Con-Celebrants were Msgr. George N. Stewart and Father Joseph Bahr.  Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery at Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 11, 1984
 

 
JOHN FLAX

 John C. Flax, 45, lifelong resident of the Ransom community, passed away at the hospital there Thursday, April 24.  He had been in poor health for some time.
  Born at Ransom January 28, 1935, he grew to manhood there and married Rosella Friess on August  15, 1958.
 He was a veteran of the Armed Forces and was a member of the Dale Sunley American Legion post at Brownell.  He was also a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom and was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member at Ransom.
 Flax served as mayor of the City of Ransom some years ago.  He was owner of J & R Auto Parts in Ransom before selling that business some months ago.  Funeral services were held from the church in Ransom on Saturday morning,  April 26, with Fr. Dennis Reed of the Sacred Heart Church in Ness City as celebrant.  Interment was in the St. Aloysius Cemetery at Ransom with Fitzgeralds in charge.
 Survivors include the widow of the home in Ransom; daughters, Michelle and Yvonne, and sons, Greg and Tom, all of the home; sisters, Mrs. Earl (Mary) Prather of Hoisington, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Peschka of Salina, Sister Doris Marie Flax of Leawood and Catherine Flax of Chicago, Ill.; brothers, Joe and Albert Flax of Arnold, Paul Flax of Salina, and Francis and Leonard Flax of Ransom; other relatives and many friends.
 Memorials may be made to the North Ness County EMS.

Ness Co. News, May 1, 1980

OBITUARY

 John C. Flax, 45, son of Joseph and Theresa (Weber) Flax, passed away Thursday, April 24, at Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom.
  Born at Ransom, January 28, 1935, he married Rosella Friess on August 18, 1958 in Ransom.
 He attended grade and high school in Arnold.  After graduation from high school he attended a trade school in Chicago.
 He owned and operated J & R Auto Supply in Ransom until illness forced him to give up his business about a year ago.
 He served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa as an AP4, from May 19, 1955 until May of 1957.  He was discharged from the Army Reserves in April of 1963.
 He was a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom, the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the American Legion of Brownell, an associate member of the V.F.W. in Ransom, and was past mayor of Ransom.  He also served as Grand Knight for the K. of C., and as a member of the school board in Ransom.
 He was preceded in death by his mother, his brother, George, and a son, Aaron.
 Survivors include:  the widow of the home; daughters, Michelle of Ransom and Yvonne of the home; sons, Greg and Tom of the home; father, Joseph Flax; brothers, Joseph I. and Albert of Arnold, Paul Flax of Salina, Francis and Leonard of Ransom; sisters, Mrs. Earl (Mary) Prather of Hoisington, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Peschka of Salina, Sister Doris Marie Flax of Leawood, and Catherine Flax of Chicago, Ill.
 Funeral services were held from St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Saturday, April 26, at 10 o’clock with Father Dennis Reed officiating.  Interment was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Ransom, with Fitzgerald Funeral Home in charge.
 Honor Guard and Presentation of the Flag was made by the Dale Sunley Post, Brownell, ad the Color Guard of the Ransom V.F.W. Post.

Ness Co. News, May, 1, 1980

 
JOSEPH FLAX

 Joseph I. Flax, 91, died Monday, Jan. 21, at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom.
  Born Oct. 29, 1893, at Bucowina, Austria, he came to this country in 1900, and to the Ransom-Arnold community in 1919.  A farmer, he married Theresia Weber June 4, 1919.  She died May 8, 1976.
 He was a member of St. Aloysius Church and the Knights of Columbus.  He was a veteran of World War I.
 He is survived by four sons, Joseph I, Jr., of Arnold, Albert I. of Arnold, Francis H. of Ransom, and Paul A. of Ellis; four daughters, Mary Prather of Hoisington, Martha Peschka of Salina, Sister Doris Marie Flax of Ransom, and Catherine Flax of Chicago; two brothers, Rudy of WaKeeney and William of Ness City; two sisters, Katherine Kisslinger of Ransom and Regina Augustine of Salina; 43 grandchildren; and 50 great-grandchildren.
 The funeral mass was Tuesday afternoon at St. Aloysius Church with Msgr. Stewart the celebrant.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  The family suggests memorials to the Grisell Memorial Long Term Care Center.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 24, 1985
 

 
LEONARD FLAX

 Leonard E. Flax, 43, lifelong resident of the Arnold-Ransom community, died Saturday, July 19, at his home from a heatstroke.  His death was the county’s first fatality from the extended heat spell.  He had not been in the best of health for some time.
  Born near Arnold March 10, 1937, he had spent his adult life as a farmer, and was employed at the Ransom Farmers Coop.
 He was a member of the St. Aloysius Church, and the Knights of Columbus of Ransom, and was a veteran and member of the American Legion.
 Funeral services were held from the church in Ransom Tuesday morning, July 22, with the pastor, Msgr. George Stewart as celebrant.  Interment was in the St. Aloysius Cemetery at Ransom with Fitzgeralds in charge.
 Survivors include:  his father, Joe Flax of Ransom; brothers, Joe I. and Albert Flax of Arnold, Paul Flax of Salina, and Francis Flax of Ransom; sisters, Mrs. Earl (Mary) Prather of Hoisington, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Peschka of Salina, Sister Doris Marie Flax of Ransom and Catherine Flax of Chicago, Ill.; other relatives and friends.
 Memorials are suggested to the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom.

Ness Co. News, July 24, 1980

 
MINNIE FLAX

 Minnie Flax, 19, of Ellis and daughter of Frank Flax, formerly of Ransom, was instantly killed in a head-on car crash on the highway south of Hays Sunday night.  Three others were injured in the accident.
 Injured were Gilbert Flax, a brother of Minnie, who sustained severe lacerations; Vera Pfannenstiel of Hays, who suffered face lacerations; and Mrs. Doris Brungardt of Hays, who suffered concussion and knee lacerations.
 The deceased was a sister of Mrs. Frank Fehrenbach of Ness City.  Minnie Flax was employed for a time here as waitress in the Castle Inn two or three years ago, prior to the time when the family moved to Ellis from the Ransom community.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 23, 1947

 
PAUL FLAX

 Mr. Paul Flax died Friday noon, January 16th, at his home on the farm northwest of Ransom.  He was born January 3rd, 1863.  Educated by God-fearing parents, he led a God-fearing life.  He was a faithful and good Christian; God’s commandments were the laws of his life, God’s will his pleasure, God’s grace his treasure of life.  To pray, to attend the divine services, to hear the Holy Word and to meditate upon it, to receive the Holy Sacraments - this was his joy and comfort.  The day before death called him, he had for a last time devoutly received the Holy Sacraments.  When a life like this has ended, when a pilgrim like this has departed from the world, we cannot help saying, “Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord.  From henceforth now, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their works follow them.”  (Apoc XIV.13)
 Funeral services were held from St. Aloysius Church , at 10:00 o’clock January 19th, and interment was in the local cemetery.  May his soul rest in peace.
 Mr. Flax is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna N. Honas, and 12 children: Ignatz of Ellis; Albert, Joseph, and Godfrey, Mrs. Catherine Kisslinger, Frank, Leo and John (twins), Paul, Rudolf, Regina and Willie.

Ransom Record, January 22, 1925

 Hal Nesmith  and John Aeby had quite an experience Friday when they attempted to make a professional trip to the Flax home, 6 miles N.W. of Ransom.  The roads were so bad that they were compelled to pass through a pasture.  Mr. Aeby was walking in an effort to find the track which had blown full of snow when one hind wheel of the car dropped into a deep hole of some sort and the front wheels were lifted up and cramped in such a manner that the sedan could not be opened to allow Mr. Nesmith to get out which he would gladly have done.  It took a good bit of shoveling on Mr. Aeby’s part and skillful manipulation of the car before they were able to resume their journey, 4 hours being consumed on the way.

Ransom Record, January 22, 1925

 
ROSIE FLAX

 Rosie Flax, 65, died Tuesday at the Hadley Regional Medical Center in Hays.
  Born Dec. 16, 1920, at Arnold, she had been a resident of Liebenthal for two years where she was housekeeper at St. Joseph rectory.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church.
 She is survived by six brothers, Ignatius of Ellis, Lawrence of Dodge City, Fr. Myron, OFM, of Papua, New Guinea, Leonard of Wright, Herman of Arnold, and Eugene of Hays; and two sisters, Helen Schuler of Ness City and sister Mary Ann of Craig, Colo.
 The funeral mass will be Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom with Fr. John Strasser the celebrant.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.
 Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church with Msgr. A.B. Dziemian the leader.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 20, 1986

 
RUDOLPH FLAX

 Rudolph “Rudy” Flax, 84, died Nov. 23 at his home in WaKeeney.
  Born May 28, 1908, in Ellis, he married Regina Augustine Jan. 31, 1933.  He was a longtime farmer in the Arnold community and had been a WaKeeney resident since 1982.
 He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, WaKeeney, and previous member of the St. Aloysius parish, Ransom.  He was a member of the third and fourth degree Knights of Columbus, Ransom.
 He is survived by his wife, of the home; three sons, Werner of Ness City and Adolph and Robert, both of WaKeeney; two daughters, Virginia Flax of Ness City and Dorothy Jacobs of Hays; a brother, William of Ness City; a sister, Regina Augustine of Salina; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by a son, Rudolph, Jr.; and three grandsons, Steven, Michael and Jeffrey; eight brothers, Albert, Ignatius, Frank, Paul, Godfrey, Joe, John and Leo; a sister, Katherine Kisslinger; and three grandsons.
 The funeral mass was Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church in WaKeeney with Father Paul Becquet and Father Myron Flax officiating.  Burial was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.  The family suggests memorials to the church or Project Hope.

GOOD-BYE MY FRIEND

Got to get to the farm every day,
Riding the mules or hauling some hay.
Always willing to give a helping hand,
Never complained about the mud or sand.
Didn’t mind the hard life he led,
Prayed every night before he went to bed.
Answered questions about his life,
Regina was his “Good Woman” wife.
Uniquely known to his friends and family as Rudy,
Described his eighty-four years as the very, very best.
Your work is done here my friend, now you may rest.
by Brian Flax

Ness Co. News, Dec. 3, 1992
 

 
THERESA FLAX

 Mrs. Joseph (Theresa) Flax, 80, a near 60 year resident of the Ransom community, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital there Saturday, May 8.
  Born November 17, 1895, at Buckovina, Austria, she came to the United States in June of 1901.  She was married to Joseph Flax June 4, 1919, at Ellis.
 She was a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom and of the Altar Society of the church.
 Funeral services were held from the church in Ransom Monday morning, May 10, with the pastor, Msgr. A.B. Dziemian, as celebrant.  Interment was in the St. Aloysius Cemetery at Ransom with Fitzgeralds in charge.
 Survivors include the husband of the home in Ransom; daughters, Mrs. Earl (Mary) Prather of Hoisington, Mrs. Francis (Martha) Peschka of Great Bend, Sister Doris Marie of Leawood, and Sister Catherine of Chicago, Ill.; sons, Joseph I. and Albert I. of Arnold; Francis, John and Leonard of Ransom, and Paul of Ellis; sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Flax, Mrs. John Honas and Mrs. Joe Augustine of Ellis, Martha Weber and Mrs. Anna Carver, both of Kansas City; 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, May 13, 1976

 
AMERICUS FLEMING

 Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fleming motored to Garden City the first of last week for a short visit with their children.  Due to the sudden illness of Mrs. Fleming they were forced to remain longer.  Raymond West is doing their chores.
Ransom Record, March 28, 1935

 Mrs. Charles Fleming passed away at her home northeast of town, Monday.  The funeral will be held this Thursday morning from the Methodist Church.  Burial will be made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, June 20, 1935

OBITUARY

 Americus Diana Eve Fleming, second daughter of L.H. Eve and Amelia Albright Eve, was born Feb. 1, 1868, and departed this life June 17, 1935, at the age of 67 years, four months and 16 days.
 She was united in marriage to Charles W. Fleming Feb. 4, 1885.
 To this union five children were born.
 She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Charles W. Fleming, and said five children -- Arthur M. Fleming, Bessie Fleming Watson, Grace Fleming Glass, John M. Fleming and Faye Fleming Logan, 12 grandchildren and a host of friends.
 She was a pioneer of Ness County, having lived here continuously for more than 56 years.
 On Feb. 4, 1935, she and her husband celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, with practically all of her family present, as well as a large number of friends.
 When her family was small doctors had not yet located within practical reach, means of transportation considered.  She therefore assumed full responsibility for the health of her family.  She kept a watchful vigil and could detect the first symptoms of disease.  When sickness came to a child she never slept to any extent until she had fully mastered the disease.  She successfully nursed all her children through the many children’s diseases.
 She was always bent upon being helpful, not only to the members of her family but also to neighbors and friends as well.  Many a time neighbors called her to minister at the bedside of one who was ill.  She never refused -- at times she went when she should not have done so, had she considered herself at all.  She was of a friendly nature and enjoyed immensely visiting with old friends and acquiring new ones.
 She united with the Latter Day Saint Church at Bazine, May 22, 1899, of which she was an enthusiastic member and supporter at the time of her death.
 As a pioneer she developed a hardy, self-reliant spirit.  She was a tireless worker and an enthusiastic friend.
 In short, she was a helpful wife, a tender and devoted mother and a true friend and neighbor.
 Funeral services were held Thursday morning from the Methodist Church.
 Scripture reading and prayer was offered by Rev. D.L. Rothweiler.  Rev. Teeters, of Alexander, gave a tender and comforting sermon.  A mixed quartet, composed of Mrs. G.G. Hays, Mrs. E.O. Barry, H.C. Anderson and Chas. Shellenberger, sang “The Solid Rock”, “Rock of Ages” and “Abide With Me”, accompanied by Miss Dorothy Aeby.
 The casket was placed amid a bower of beautiful flowers.
 Pallbearers were Zell Barnett, John Garrelts, Raymond West, Sam Wonnell, Bill Snodgrass and Jack Stull.
 Funeral Director John Aeby had charge of the body, which was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, June 27, 1935
 
CHARLES FLEMING

 Word was received here of the death of Charley Fleming, a pioneer of the county.  Mr. Fleming died Friday at the Larned Hospital.  Funeral services were held at the Fitzgerald Funeral home Sunday afternoon and burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, July 8, 1937


 Charles W. Fleming, second son of Archibald Fleming and Elizabeth Bacon Fleming, was born November 10, 1854, and died July 2nd, 1937, at the age of 82 years, 7 months and 22 days.
 As a young pioneer he settled on a claim in Ness County in 1879 even before the Missouri Pacific Railroad was built.  A few years later he married Americus Diana Eve to which union five children were born, all of whom are living, and all were reared on the claim where he maintained his residence for more than 58 consecutive years.  The first few years of married life were spent in sod houses, and three of the children were born during that period.
 While he was making his first trip to Kansas he had difficulty in getting water for his horses as residents along the way were afraid of the spread of horse disease.  While on that trip, he promised himself that if the time ever came that he owned land and had a well thereon, he would let the traveler know that he was welcome to partake of the water.  He found plenty of water on his claim in Ness County and for many years he maintained a sign “plenty of water” on his windmill so that the traveler would be informed that he was welcome to the water.   In the early days, great trains of wagons, enroute east for harvest, would make the Fleming farm their destination for the night, and generally do the same on the return trip.  In that way, he acquired a very large acquaintanceship, and always had time for a friendly chat to renew acquaintances from year to year as the harvest trip was annually made.
 In 1899 he united with the Latter Day Saint Church of Bazine, Kansas, of which church he has been a very continuous member since.  In his younger years he was a very ardent supporter and worker in such church.
 He leaves to mourn his passing one brother, John Fleming, of Reeds Spring, Missouri; his five children, A.M. Fleming, of Garden City, Kansas; Bessie Watson, of Ness City, Kansas; Grace Glass, of Pineville, Louisiana; John M. Fleming, Casper, Wyoming; and Faye Logan, of Garden City, Kansas; also thirteen grandchildren, and a host of neighbors and friends.
 Mrs. Fleming died about two years ago and since Mr. Fleming made his home with his children and in Ness City where he frequently came to look after his farm.
 Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the funeral home with the Rev. John Teeter of Alexander in charge and assisted by Rev. W.E. Shuler.  Burial was made in the Ransom Cemetery by the side of his wife.

Ransom Record, July 8, 1937

 
ELDON FOLEY

 Eldon Henry “Pat” Foley, 83, died Saturday, March 3, at the Dodge City Regional Hospital.
 Mr. Foley was born April 17, 1900, in Iowa Point, Kansas.  He was a long-time resident of Ness County.  He was a veteran of World War I and World War II.
 The funeral was Tuesday morning at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City with the Rev. Chet Ross, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating.  Military graveside rites were conducted by the Frank Stull Post of the American Legion with burial in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 8, 1984
 

OBITUARY

 Eldon “Pat” Foley was born April 17, 1900 of Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch parents, Henry Patrick and Mary Foley, at Iowa Point, Kansas, south of White Cloud.  He was the only survivor of a family of three brothers and six sisters.  The family lived on a farm and raised stud horses.
 As a boy Pat attended the Methodist Church.  He was a long-time resident of Ness County, Kansas and recently has been a resident of Fort Dodge.  Pat passed away at Dodge City Regional Hospital, Dodge City, Kansas, on Saturday, March 3, 1984, at the age of 83 years, 10 months, 15 days.
 His life was simple and he shared in the “colorful” Old West.  In 1918 he came to Dighton where he worked on a ranch.  Life for him was hardy, being a cowboy and working on farms.  Later he worked for Joe Murray, south of Arnold, managing his ranch.  After that he lived in Arnold and worked on numerous farms, ranches, and did harvesting.  For some ten years he worked for Louie and Sam Horchem.  He also worked in sale barns in Ness City and Scott City.  Although he worked in the oil fields in Great Bend for a time, he again returned to work in Ness County.
 During World War I Pat served in the United States Infantry.  In 1962 he retired and established a home in Ness City.  Later he moved to the Wheatview Apartments and from there to Fort Dodge.
 Pat will be remembered as “our Irishman,” a friendly person with colorful stories of the past and counted by many as a friend.  A few distant nieces and nephews survived him, but he leaves a host of neighbors and friends who treasured his friendship.
 Funeral services were held at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, Kansas, on Tuesday, March 6, 1984, 11 a.m. officiated by Dr. Chet Ross, Pastor of the United Methodist Church, Ness City.  Interment was made in the Ransom, Kansas, Cemetery with military graveside rites by The Frank Stull Post No. 152 of the American Legion, Ness City.

Ness Co. News, Mar. 15, 1984
 

 
DOROTHY FOSTER

 Dorothy G. Foster, 84, a former Ness County resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Wichita.
 She was a retired secretary-stenographer.
 She was born Sept. 24, 1908, in Ransom, the daughter of John and Anna Rassicot Willour.
 She is survived by a brother, Carl Willour of Wichita, and two sisters, Rosanne Hilmes of Othello, Wash. and Darlene Burnett of Rose Hill.
 The funeral was Sunday afternoon in Wichita.  A memorial has been established with the Botanical Gardens, 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS 67203

Ness Co. News, Nov. 12, 1992

OBITUARY

 Dorothy G. Foster passed away November 4, 1992 at the Lincoln East Nursing Home, Wichita, KS at the age of 84 years, 1 month, 11 days.  She was born September 24, 1908 at Ransom, KS to John R. and Anna Rassicot Willour.  After her long journey through life it is fitting that she requested to be laid to rest beside her parents at Ransom where her roots began, and where she lived for the first 18 years of her life.
 Her wish was to donate her body to the University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, to help the advancement of medical science.  Their letter of condolence to the family states--”Our department appreciates such noble contributions on behalf of medical education and research; benefits to untold numbers of others are long lasting.”
 Dorothy is survived by two sisters, Darline Burnett, Rose Hill; Rosanne Hilmes, Othello, WA; one brother, Carl Willour, Wichita.
 Some words of Indian philosophy:  “Weep but briefly for your loved ones as they enter the kingdom of God.  For they shall possess a joy and peace that is unattainable on God’s earthly realm.  Rather, rejoice in their everlasting and total happiness for their eyes have seen God.”
 This poem, entitled “I’m Not Here” is a tribute to Dorothy’s memory.

Don’t stand by my grave and weep
For I’m not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamonds glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
when you awaken in morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circle flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I an not there, I did not die.

 A memorial service presided by her brother-in-law, Chuck Burnett, and interment of the cremains was held Wednesday, March 30, 1994 at Ransom, Kansas Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 7, 1994

 
EILEEN FOSTER

 Eileen A. Foster, 57, died Oct. 8, 1983, at her home after a sudden illness.  Born Eileen A. Roths June 18, 1926, at Ransom, she married Gilbert Randall in 1946, at Ness City.  He died Dec. 15, 1967.  She married Lyle Foster Feb. 15, 1975.  She had been a lifetime Ness County resident.
 Survivors:  widower, of the home; sons, Robert Roths, Rodney Randall, both of Ransom; Tim Randall, Salina, daughters, Berneice Wilcox, Minneapolis; Cathy Dempsey, Hays; Beth Mollenkamp, Ellis; step-daughter, Myrna Solomon, Great Bend; sisters, Evelyn Hunter, Front Royal, Va.; Olivia Roths, Silver Spring, Md.; Berneice Bare, Jacksonville, Fla.; Delores Hartman, 1229 East 8th; Dolly Foster, Tulsa, Okla.; Frankie Oliver, Ransom; Jane Boyd, Jacksonville; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren.
 Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City; the Rev. Richard Van Winkle.  Burial at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.  Friends may call all day Monday and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Unknown newspaper source

 Eileen A. Foster, 57, a lifetime resident of the Ransom and Brownell communities, died Sunday, Oct. 8, at her home in Brownell.
  Born June 18, 1926, at Ransom, she married Gilbert Randall in 1946 at Ness City.  He died Dec. 15, 1967.  She married Lyle Foster Feb. 15, 1975.
 She is survived by her husband, of the home; three sons, Robert Roths of Ransom, Rodney Randall of Ransom and Tim Randall of Salina; three daughters, Mrs. Kenny (Berneice) Wilcox of Minneapolis, Mrs. Bill (Cathy) Dempsey of Hays and Mrs. Beth Mollenkamp of Ellis; seven sisters, Evelyn Hunter of Ft. Royal, Va., Olivia Roths of Silver Springs, Md., Berniece Bare of Jacksonville, Fla., Delores Hartman of Hutchinson, Dolly Foster of Tulsa, Okla., Frankie Oliver of Ransom, and Jane Boyd of Jacksonville, Ks.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Myrna) Solomon of Great Bend; 120 grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
 The funeral was Tuesday afternoon at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City with the Rev. Richard Van Winkle of Scott City officiating.  Burial was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 13, 1983

 
EILEEN FOSTER

OBITUARY

 Eileen was born to Frank and Sophie Roths on June 18, 1926.  She grew up on the family farm northeast of Ransom.
 She was united in marriage to Gilbert Randall in 1946.  To this union, five children were born.  Gilbert preceded her in death in 1967.
 Eileen and Lyle Foster were united in marriage on February 15, 1975.  Eileen and Lyle resided in Brownell at the time of her death.
 Eileen was a friend and “adopted” mother to numerous young people besides her own children and she loved and appreciated all of them.
 Through these last few years of her life, she had numerous surgeries and health problems but she still had a zest for life.  Among some of the things she enjoyed doing was listening to her records for the blind, going to garage sales and being with her grandchildren.  On the morning of her death, she received a call from Tim and Chris letting her know she was going to be a grandmother again, which really overjoyed her.
 Eileen will always be loved and fondly remembered by the surviving members of her family which include her husband, Lyle, of the home; sons and their families; Bob and Pat Roths, Monty and Kenny of Ransom; Rod and Carol Randall, Brandon and Travis of Ransom; Tim and Chris Randall and Erin of Salina; daughters and their families; Berneice and Kenny Wilcox, Denise and Cheri of Minneapolis; Cathy and Bill Dempsey and Samuel of Hays; Beth Mollenkamp, Jackie and David of Ellis; stepdaughter, Myrna and Jerry Solomon, Travis and Ryan of Great Bend.  Seven sisters; Dolly, of Tulsa, Okla.; Frankie of Ransom; Delores of Hutchinson; Evelyn of Fort Royal, Va.; Olivia of Silver Spring, Md.; Berneice of Jacksonville, Fla.; Janie of Hilleard, Fla., and a host of many other relatives and friends.
 Her parents, a sister, Gilbert and a granddaughter, Stacy Randall, preceded her in death.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 27, 1983

 
MILLIE FOUQUET

 The whole community was shocked Wednesday, by the news that Mrs. George Fouquet had died at five o’clock that morning, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Kraus.  Influenza was the cause of her death, which had not been unexpected for several days.
 Millie Agnes Kraus was born near Ransom, March 7, 1894, and died at Ransom, February 12, 1919, aged twenty-four years, eleven months and five days.
 She was a sweet, cheerful disposition, beloved of all who knew her.  She was a graduate of the Ransom High School of the class of ‘15 and taught two terms at the country school and later studied music at the Hays Normal.
 She was united in marriage with George P. Fouquet, July 31, 1917, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, of this city.  To this union one child, Chester Manley, was born.
 They built themselves a home here, and life seemed to hold for them her richest blessings.
 She was a dutiful daughter, loving wife and devoted mother - a real home-maker.
 Sometimes it is hard for us to understand, but we must learn to say, “Not my will, but Thine, be done,” and thus find comfort.
 She leaves to mourn her early departure, a husband, one son, father and mother, two brothers and a host of relatives and friends.
 Funeral services were to have been conducted at the Catholic Church at ten o’clock this morning and interrment made in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.

Ransom Record, February 13, 1919
 
JOYCE FREEMAN

 Joyce Marie Freeman was born at Fort George G. Meade, Md., March 27, 1958, and passed away September 7, 1959.  She lived at Annapolis Junction, Md., most of the time until her father was transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas, and now living at Wakefield.
 She was very loving and will be sadly missed by her parents, Sgt. and Mrs. Alfred Freeman; also one brother, Bernard; two sisters, Debra Anne and Cynthia; also grandparents and great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sunley, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Freeman, Mrs. Grace Sunley, Mike Peters, all of Brownell; Mrs. Bessie McCurdy of Albert; also other relatives and friends.
 Funeral services were held from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom with interment in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 17, 1959

 Mrs. Bessie McCurdy of Albert, Mrs. Lawrence Richardson and Roy McCurdy of Great Bend were Wednesday callers at the Ray McCurdy home.  They also attended funeral services for Joyce Marie Freeman at Ransom Wednesday morning.

Ness Co. News, Sept. 17, 1959
 

 
LOUIS FREEMAN

 Louis W. Freeman, 81, lifelong resident of the Brownell community, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom, Friday, January 3.  He had been in failing health for some time.
  Born April 8, 1893, in northeast Ness County, he had lived his entire life there where he farmed.
 He was united in marriage to Mary Peters September 29, 1929, at McCracken.
 He was a member of the St. Mary’s Church of McCracken.
 Survivors include the widow of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Mary) Suppes of Otis, and Mrs. Bob (Katherine) Bradburg of Salina; two sons, Louis J. Freeman of Edgar Springs, Mo., and Alfred W. Freeman of Fort Belvoir, Va.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Ed (Elnora) Peeples of  Urich, Mo.; 19 grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, three step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
 Services were held from the church in McCracken Monday morning, January 6, and interment was in the Ransom St. Aloysius Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.

Ness Co. News, Jan. 9, 1975

 
MARY FREEMAN

 Mrs. Louis (Mary) Freeman, 74, long time resident of the Brownell community, passed away at Butler, Mo., Saturday, October 23, 1976.  The body was brought here with funeral services to be held from the St. Marys Catholic Church in McCracken Wednesday morning, October 27.
  Born March 21, 1902, at Catherine, she married Louis Freeman September 29, 1929, at McCracken.  He died January 2, 1975.
 She was a member of the St. Marys Catholic Church in McCracken.
 Survivors include:  Daughters, Mrs. Dewey (Eleanora) Peeples of Butler, Mo., Mrs. Bob (Katherine) Bradbury of Salina, and Mrs. Clarence (Mary) Suppes of Otis; sons Louis Freeman, jr., of Edgar Springs, Mo., and Alfred Freeman of Corpus Christy, Texas; sisters, Mrs. Barbara Ree of LaCrosse, and Mrs. Anna Wrobleski of Milwaukee, Wisc.; brother, Alvis Peters of Hays, and John Peters of Denver, Colo.; 22 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
 Interment was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Oct. 28, 1976

 
CLETUS FRIESS

 Cletus Frederick Friess, 72, died June 26, 1996, at his home in Ransom.
 He was born Jan. 15, 1924, at Ransom, the son of Mathias Fredrick and Mayme Margaret Roths Friess.  A Denver, Colo., resident for the past 50 years, having just moved to Ransom two weeks ago, he was the manager for the Fellowship Club of Alcoholics Anonymous.
 He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Ransom, and Fellowship Club of AA, Aurora, Colo.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
 Survivors include:  nine brothers, Elmer, Easton, N.J., Lewis, Ness City, Donald, Dodge City, Warren, Hays, Bernard, Harold and Fred, all of Topeka, Dan, Spearville, and Maurice, Ransom; and eight sisters, Laurene Marvin, La Crosse, Marjorie Flax, Mary Frances Flax and Rosella McLain, all of Ransom, Sister Janice Friess, Wichita, Anna Mae Ferguson, Lebanon, Mo., Janice Hornung, Spearville, and Cathy Ator, Prairie Village.
 Parish vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Aloysius Church, Ransom.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church with Father Marvin Reif presiding.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and after 4 p.m. Sunday at the church.  Burial will be in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom, with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7972, Ransom.
 Memorials may be sent to the church or Golden Belt Hospice, both in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, or The Fellowship Club, 10242 16th Ave., Aurora, Colo.

Hutchinson News, June 28, 1996

 Cletus Frederick Friess, 72, died Wednesday, June 26, 1996, at his home.
 He was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Ransom, to Mathias Fredrick and Mayme Margaret (Roths) Friess.
 He lived in Denver for 50 years, moving to Ransom two weeks ago.  He was an Army veteran of World War II.
 Manager for the Fellowship Club of Alcoholics Anonymous, he was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom, the Fellowship Club of AA, Aurora, Colo, and the Ransom VFW.
 Survivors include  nine brothers, Elmer, Easton, N.J., Lewis, Ness City, Donald, Dodge City, Warren, Hays, Bernard, Harold and Fred,  Topeka, Dan, Spearville, and Maurice, Ransom; and eight sisters, Laurene Marvin, LaCrosse, Marjorie Flax, Mary Frances Flax and Rosella McLain, Ransom, Sister Janice Friess, Wichita, Anna Mae Ferguson, Lebanon, Mo., Janice Hornung, Spearville, and Cathy Ator, Prairie Village.
 Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Aloysius Church, Ransom, with Father Marvin Reif officiating, burial in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom with military rites by the Ransom VFW.
 A parish vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the church, to Golden Belt Home Hospice, or to the Fellowship Club, Aurora.
 Arrangements are by the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

Hays Daily News, June 28, 1996


 Cletus Frederick Friess, 72, died Wednesday, June 26, at his home in Ransom.  A Denver resident for the past 50 years, he had moved to Ransom just two weeks ago.  He was the manager for the Fellowship Club of Alcoholics Anonymous in Aurora.
 He was born Jan. 15, 1924, at Ransom, the son of Mathias Frederick and Mayme Margaret Roths Friess.  He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Ransom, the Fellowship Club of AA of Aurora and the Ransom VFW.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
 He is survived by nine brothers, Elmer of Easton, N.J., Lewis of Ness City, Donald of Dodge City, Warren of Hays, Bernard, Harold and Fred, all of Topeka, Dan of Spearville and Maurice of Ransom; eight sisters, Laurene Marvin of LaCrosse, Marjorie Flax, Mary Francis Flax and Rosella McLain, all of Ransom, Sr. Janice Friess of Wichita, Anna Mae Ferguson of Lebanon, Mo., Janice Hornung of Spearville and Cathy Ator of Prairie Village.
 The funeral mass was Monday morning at St. Aloysius Church in Ransom with Father Marvin Reif the celebrant.  Burial, with military graveside rites by the Ransom VFW, was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.  Memorials may be sent to the Golden Belt Home Hospice in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City or the Fellowship Club, 10242 16th Ave., Aurora, Colo.

Ness Co. News, July 4, 1996 

 
DANITA FRIESS

 Danita Anne, infant daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Friess of Ransom, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital there on Wednesday, March 31, of spinal menengitis.  She was born on January 30, 1965.
 Besides the parents, she leaves two sisters, Carolyn and Roberta; grandmothers, Mrs. Clara Hoffman of Victoria, and Mrs. Mayme Friess of Ransom.

Ness Co. News, Apr. 8, 1965
 

 
EUGENE FRIESS

 Eugene Friess, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Math Friess of Ransom, was killed in an automobile accident late last week near Great Lakes, Ill., where he was stationed while serving in the navy.  
 Funeral services were held Tuesday.
 Surviving besides the parents, are nine brothers and eight sisters, other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 17, 1953


 The community was shocked and saddened by the death of Eugene F. Friess, BM-2 of the Security Department, U.S.N.A.S. stationed at Minneapolis, Minn.
 The funeral was Tuesday morning.  Sympathy is extended to the Matt Friess family in the loss of their son.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 17, 1953
 
 

OBITUARY

 Eugene Francis Friess, BM-2, son of Mr. and Mrs. Math Friess, was born on April 24, 1927, at Ransom.  He died December 10, 1953, at the age of 26 years, 8 months and 16 days.  His death was the result of an unusual automobile accident at Minneapolis, Minn.  He was riding as a passenger in the rear seat of the automobile, when it went out of control due to icy conditions, and overturned pinning him beneath the car.  Death was instantaneous.
 He attended Centralia School, one mile north of his home, and went to Ransom High School one year.
 He was inducted into the service in July of 1945.  He served one year in the navy at Alameda, Calif., after which he was honorably discharged.
 He spent three months at home, after which time he enlisted in the navy October 40, 1946, for four years.  Most of this time was spent aboard the Crusier USS Providence in the Atlantic Fleet. After this time had expired he re-enlisted for six more years.  He was on the Destroyer USS Shenandoah AD26, also in the Atlantic Fleet, until in November of 1952, when he was assigned to shore duty at USNAS, Norman, Okla.  He was at Norman, Okla.,until in May of 1953 at which time he was transferred to USNAS at Minneapolis, Minn., arriving there on May 9, where he served his country until his untimely death.
 The body was escorted by a buddy, Lawrence Hanson, BM-2, who worked in the same office with Eugene in the security department.
 He leaves to mourn, besides his parents, 10 brothers and 8 sisters; Mrs. Lawrence Marvin of Ransom, Mrs. Marjorie Flax of Ransom, Cletus of Denver, Colo., Elmer of Dodge City, Lewis of Lyons, Sr. M. Janice (Bernadette) of Wichita, Donald at home, Mrs. Anna Mae Baumgartner of Ellis, Warren James in Korea serving aboard the USS Oriskony, Mrs. Mary Frances Simon of Colwich, Bernard, Rosella, Harold, Frederick, Janice, Daniel, Catherine and E. Maurice, all of the home.
 Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, December 15, from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church with Rev. George Kalin, O.F.M.Cap., as celebrant at solemn high mass assisted by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Grellner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Dodge City, as deacon and Rev. Eugene Becker, O.F.M. Cap., of Hays as subdeacon.
 A naval contingent from the air base at Hutchinson had charge of services at the grave.  Eight men of the contingent were pall bearers.  Honorary pallbearers were eight men of the Ransom VFW Post.  John Aeby had charge of funeral arrangements.

Ness Co. News, Dec. 24, 1953
 
MARY FRIESS

 Mary Margaret Friess, 89, died Jan. 9, 1989, at her home at Ransom.  Born Mary Margaret Roth Dec. 1, 1899, at New York, she married Matthias Friess Feb. 11, 1920, at St. Marks.  He died March 4, 1958.  A homemaker, she was a resident of Ransom since 1920.
 She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, St. Aloysius Altar Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 7972, Neighborly Neighbors Extension Unit, Go-Getters Senior Citizens Club and was a church organist for 50 years.
 Survivors:  sons, Cletus, Denver, Elmer, Easton, Pa., Lewis, Ness City, Donald and Maurice, both of Ransom, Warren James, Livermore, Calif., Bernard, Harold and Fred, all of Topeka, Daniel, Spearville; daughters, Laurene Marvin, LaCrosse, Marjorie Flax and Rosella McLain, both of Ransom, Sister Janice, Wichita, Anna Mae Ferguson, Pomona, Calif., Mary Frances Flax, Arnold, Janice Hornung, Dodge City, Catherine Ator, Prairie Village; 85 grandchildren; 114 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
 Rosary will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Ransom.  Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, Father Tom Wagner.  Burial will be in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.  Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.  Memorials may go to the church.

Hutchinson News, Jan. 10, 1989


 Mary Margaret Friess, 89, a longtime resident of Ransom, died Monday, Jan. 9, 1989, at her home in Ransom.
  Born Dec. 1, 1899, in New York City, she married Matthias Friess Feb. 11, 1920, at St. Marks, Kansas.  He died March 4, 1958.  She had been a Ransom resident since 1920.
 She was a member of St. Aloysius Church, St. Aloysius Altar Society, Ladies Auxiliary of Post 7972 of the VFW, Neighborly Neighbors EHU, and Go-Getters Senior Citizens, all of Ransom.
 She is survived by 10 sons, Cletus of Denver, Elmer of Easton, Penn., Lewis of Ness City, Donald and Maurice of Ransom, Warren of Livermore, Calif., Bernard, Harold and Fred, all of Topeka, and Daniel of Spearville; eight daughters, Laurene Marvin of LaCrosse, Marjorie Flax and Rosella McLain of Ransom, Sister Janice of Wichita, Anna Ferguson of Pomona, Calif., Mary Frances Flax of Arnold, Janice Hornung of Dodge City, and Catherine Ator of Prairie Village; 85 grandchildren; 114 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
 The funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 in St. Aloysius Church, Ransom, with Fr. Tom Wagner the celebrant.  Burial will be in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.

Ness County News, Jan. 12, 1989

 
 OBITUARY

 Mary Fontaneli was born December 1, 1899 at New York City, New York.  In 1901 she came on an orphan train to Colwich, Kansas and was adopted by Jacob and Mary Roths of St. Marks, Kansas.
 February 11, 1920, she was united in marriage to Matthias Friess at St. Marks, Kansas.
 Mary was a member of St. Aloysius Church, St. Aloysius Altar Society, Ladies Auxiliary Post 7972 of the VFW, Neighborly Neighbors E.H.U. and the Go-Getters senior citizens, all of Ransom.  She was Church organist for 52 years.
 She is survived by 10 sons:  Cletus, Denver, Colo.; Elmer, Easton, Pa.; Lewis, Ness City; Bernard, Harold and Fred, all of Topeka; Warren James, Livermore, Calif.; Daniel, Spearville; Donald and Maurice, both of Ransom; eight daughters:  Laurene Marvin, LaCrosse; Marjorie Flax and Rosella McLain, both of Ransom; Sister M. Janice (Bernadette), Wichita; Mary Frances Flax, Arnold; Anna Mae Ferguson, Pomona, Calif.; Janice Hornung, Dodge City; Catherine Ator, Prairie Village; 85 grandchildren, 114 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Matthias, March 4, 1958 and one son, Eugene, December 10, 1953; six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
 Funeral Mass was held Thursday, January 12, 1989, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Aloysius Church in  Ransom, celebrated by the Most Reverend Eugene J. Gerber, Bishop of the Wichita Diocese, with con-celebrants Father Tom Wagner, Father John Strasser, Father Richard Schinstock, Msgr. Arnold Weller and Msgr. P.J. Leahy.  Rosary was held Wednesday evening, January 11, at the St. Aloysius Church.  Interment was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom, Kansas.

Ness County News, Jan. 19, 1989

 
MATHIAS FRIESS

 Mathias F. Friess, 61, a northwest Ransom community farmer for the past 38 years, passed away at the Ransom Hospital on Tuesday, March 4.  He had been ill for about 10 days, and had undergone major surgery prior to succumbing.
 Funeral services will be held from the St. Aolysius Catholic Church at Ransom on Saturday morning, March 8, 9:00 o’clock, it was announced late Wednesday afternoon by Fitzgerald’s of Ness City, who are in charge of arrangements.
 Survivors include:  The widow, Mrs. Mary Friess of Ransom; eight daughters, Mrs. Frances Marvin of Ransom, Mrs. Marjorie Flax of Ransom, Sister Mary Janice of Wichita, Mrs. Anna Baumgartner of Whittier, Calif., Mrs. Mary Simon of Rosalia, Sister Mary Jeanette of Wichita, and Rosella Friess and Catharine Friess, both of Ransom; 10 sons, Cletus Friess of Denver, Colo., Elmer Friess of Dodge City, Louis Friess of Lyons, Donald, Daniel, and Earl Friess, all of Ransom, Warren Friess in service based in Japan, Bernard Friess in service in Korea, Harold Friess and Fred Friess of Topeka; 27 grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Ness Co. News, March 6, 1958
 

OBITUARY

 Mathias Frederick Friess was born on November 29, 1896, at St. Marks, in Sedgwick County, Kansas.  He passed away after a short illness at the Grisell Memorial Hospital, at the age of 61 years, 3 months and 5 days.
 He was the son of Fred J. and Anna Friess (both deceased).  Math was the fourth child of a family of nine children.  He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and an active member of the Ransom K of C Council.
 He served his country in World War I with the army, stationed at Camp Funston.
 He was united in marriage to Mary Roths February 11, 1920, in St. Marks Catholic Church.  He and his bride came to Ness County that same year and lived on the same place for 38 years.
 He leaves to mourn his untimely death, his widow, Mary; and 18 living children:  Mrs. Lawrene Marvin of Ransom, Mrs. Marjorie Flax of Ransom, Cletus F. Friess of Denver, Colo., Elmer N. Friess of Dodge City, Lewis J. Friess of Lyons, (Bernadette) Sister Mary Janice of Sacred Heart Convent of Wichita, Donald M. Friess of Ransom, Mrs. Anna Mae Baumgartner of Whittier, Calif., Warren James Friess, U.S. Navy, Atsugi, Japan, Mrs. Mary Frances Simon of Rosalia, Bernard J. Friess, U.S. Army, Asian City, Korea, Rosella Friess, of the home, Harold R. Friess of Topeka, Frederick T. Friess of Topeka, (Janice) Sister Mary Jeanette of Sacred Heart Convent of Wichita, Daniel, Catherine and Earl, all of the home.  One son, Eugene, preceded his father in death on December 10, 1953.
 Other survivors are four brothers, John B. Friess of Cheney, Joe Friess of Conway Springs, Fred Friess of Cheney and Raymond Friess of Goddard; three sisters, Mrs. Katie Thaine of Clearwater, Mrs. Mary Good of Wichita, and Miss Anna Friess of Wichita.  One sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Landwehr was called to her eternal reward August 11, 1952.  Many other relatives and friends survive.
 Officers at the solemn Requiem Mass were:  Rev. William Stehle, O.F.M., Cap., celebrant; Rev. Vincent Eck, deacon of Lyons; Rev. John Haberthier, sub deacon of Dighton.  The Requiem was sung by the choir from Sacred Heart Church of Ness City.  Active pallbearers were nephews; Florian Friess, Urban Landwehr, Jake Roths, Aloysius Roths, Clarence Metzen and Eugene Metzen.  Honorary pallbearers were Martin Schreiber, Francis Luetters, Joe Hilmes, William Schweitzer, George Luetters, and Albert Baumgartner.
 Funeral arrangements were by Fitzgerald’s of Ness City.  Interment was in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Ransom.

Ness Co. News, March 20, 1958


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