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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.
CHARLES YOST

This community was saddened by the news Sunday morning of the tragic death of Charles Yost at his trailer home in Dodge City. Charles grew to manhood in this community but located at Dodge City after his return from service in World War II. Sympathy is extended to his mother, Mrs. Lillie Yost, and families. Dinner was served by the ladies of the Mennonite Church Monday at the Henry Rufenacht home, before the funeral at the Methodist Church Monday afternoon. Mrs. Henry Rufenacht is a sister of the deceased.

Ness Co. News, March 12, 1953

Charles Yost, 41, of Dodge City, a former resident of the Ransom community, passed away at Dodge City on Sunday, March 8, 1953.
A veteran of World War II, the deceased came to Ransom in 1919 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Yost, residing there until his entry into the armed forces.
Survivors include a small daughter, Anita; his mother, Mrs. Lillie Yost of Ransom; four brothers, Fred and Ulrich of Ransom, William of Garden City, and Albert of Los Animas, Colo; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Rufenacht of Ransom; and other relatives.
Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church March 9, with interment being made in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, March 19, 1953

Charles Yost, son of Fred and Lillie Yost, was born October 9, 1911, near Modoc in Scott County, Kansas, and passed away at Dodge City, Kansas, March 8, 1953, at the age of 41 years, 4 months and 27 days.
In 1919 he moved with his parents and brothers and sister to a farm near Ransom. He attended grade school at Free Will School and attended Ransom High school, being graduated with the class of 1932.
On April 8, 1942, he entered the army and served until September 7, 1945, serving in Africa, Italy and Sicily.
On March 31, 1946, he was married to Ella Huenergardt. To this union was born one daughter, Anita Marie.
He was preceded in death by his father; his brother, John; and sister, Anna.
Those remaining are his little daughter, Anita of Dodge City; his mother, Mrs. Lillie Yost of Ransom; four brothers, Fred Yost and Ulrich Yost of Ransom, William Yost of Garden City, and Albert Yost of Las Animas, Colo.; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Rufenacht of Ransom; nine nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the Ransom Methodist Church March 9. The service was conducted by Rev. Lamont Woelk of the Mennonite Church, assisted by Rev. H.G. Snyder of the Methodist Church. A double quartette sang “Under His Wings”, “In the Garden” and “In the Sweet By and By”, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. John G. Mishler. Pallbearers were Wilbur Willour, Jim Barber, Henry Schaefer, Frank Rufenacht, Dave Ummel and Fred Neyer. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.
Ness Co. News, March 26, 1953

EVELYN YOST

The Ransom community was shocked Monday morning, June 2, when word of the unexpected death of Mrs. Ulrich Yost, 47, reached neighbors and friends. Although not in excellent health, Mrs. Yost’s condition was not thought to have been critical, she reportedly had been in improved health in recent days. She passed away in her sleep early Monday.
Mrs. Yost, born at Tacoma, Wash., came to the Ransom community when a young girl, and had lived in that community for the past 30 years.
Survivors include the widower, Ulrich Yost of Ransom; two sons and a daughter, Larry, Glen and Barbara of the home; a sister, Mrs. Harriet Pfaff of Hanston; two brothers, Harry H. Cofer of Lawrence, and Dr. Herman Cofer of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held from the Ransom Mennonite Church this afternoon, Thursday, June 5, 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Reuben Siemens of Ransom. Interment will be in the Ransom Cemetery. Fitzgerald’s of Ness City are in charge of arrangements.

Ness Co. News, June 5, 1958

OBITUARY

Evelyn Florence Almina Cofer, daughter of Harry and Eva Cofer, was born August 3, 1910 at Tacoma, Wash., and departed this life at her home near Ransom on June 2, 1958 at the age of 47 years, 9 months and 30 days.
On February 19, 1911 she moved with her parents to Great Bend, and later to Ransom.
She was christened in the Methodist Church in Tacoma, Wash., and transferred her membership to the Ransom Mennonite Church on November 27, 1927. She joined the Ransom Rebekah Lodge on January 17, 1938.
She was united in marriage to Ulrich Yost on May 21, 1940 at Hays. They made their home on a farm south of Ransom. Three children were born to this union: Barbara Ann, Larry Arlen and Glen Ulrich.
Evelyn was a telephone operator for about 20 years, working at Ransom, WaKeeney and Hill City.
She received her education from the Ransom grade schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1930. She also took nurses training at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend and Asbury Hospital in Salina.
Evelyn was of a cheerful disposition and had a smile for everyone. She was always willing to help in church or community affairs even though her poor health did not permit her to attend very regularly.
Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Cofer of Lawrence; Two brothers, Dr. Herman D. Cofer of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; and Harvey of Lawrence; one sister, Mrs. Harriet Pfaff of Hanston; seven nieces, seven nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, June 12, 1958

FRED YOST

Fred Yost was born in Switzerland November 15, 1868 and died at his home near Ransom, November 16, 1925, at the age of 57 years, and one day.
His health had been failing for several years, but he was not considered seriously ill until about six months ago.
He came to America with his parents in 1874 and located at West Bend, Iowa, from where they moved into Andrew County, Missouri, where he grew to manhood.
He came to Kansas in 1897, locating in Ness County.
On September 18th he was united in marriage to Lillie Oppliger. To this union eight children were born.
He moved to Scott County with his family in 1904, and remained there until 1919, when he moved back to Ness County, where he resided at the time of his death.
He united with the German Reformed Church when he was about 14 years old.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, six sons, John, Fred, Ulrich, Charles, William and Albert, two daughters, Anna and Jennie all of this place, five sisters, Emma Schopfer of St. Louis, Mo., Dina Ara and Ida Yost of Nordway, Mo., Pauline Wright of Fillmore, Mo., and Martha Ueligger of Rosedaly, Mo., and one brother, Charles of Savannah, Mo., and a host of other relatives and friends.

One by one they pass away,
Joining loved ones who have gone;
And it leaves us here today,
Weary, Mournful, sad and lone.

The funeral is announced for today at ten o’clock at the Mennonite Church, Rev. J.L. Mitchell, Pastor of the Methodist Church, in charge.

Ransom Record, November 19, 1925

FRED YOST

Fred Yost, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 1975, at his farm home near here. He was born Dec. 3, 1902, at Modoc. He was a farmer and lived here most of his life.
He was a member of the International Organization of Odd Fellows, Ness City.
Survivors include three brothers: Ulrich, Ransom; William, Garden City; and Albert, Big Bow.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Mennonite Church, Ransom; Rev. Garman Wedel. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom.
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Fred Yost, 72, well known Ransom community man and a resident there from his young manhood days, died at the home of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, February 8. He had not been in ill heath.
Born at Modoc on December 3, 1902, he moved with the family to the Ransom community in 1919, and had been a successful farmer over the years. For many years he had served as Cooperative Weather Observer of the U.S. Weather Service.
He was a member of the Ness City IOOF lodge.
Funeral services were held from the First Mennonite Church in Ransom Tuesday afternoon, February 11, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Garman Wedel. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.
Survivors include three brothers: Ulrich Yost of Ransom, William L. Yost of Garden City, and Albert Yost of Big Bow; other relatives and many friends.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 13, 1975

OBITUARY

Fred Yost, son of Fred and Lillie Oppliger Yost, was born December 3, 1902, at Ransom, and passed away suddenly at his home Saturday evening, February 8, 1975, at the age of 72 years, 2 months and 5 days.
In 1904 he moved with his parents and a brother and a sister to Modoc. He attended school at Modoc and Scott City. The family moved to the Ransom community in 1919 where Fred has been engaged in farming ever since.
He was a Federal Weather observer since 1958.
He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Ransom and Ness City 50 years and at the time of his death was Noble Grand.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Anna and Jennie, two brothers, John and Charles.
He believed in his neighbors and community and was always willing to help wherever help was needed.
He leaves to mourn his departure, three brothers: Ulrich of Ransom, William of Garden City, and Albert of Big Bow; other relatives and a host of friends.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 20, 1975

JOHN YOST

Sudden Death

Friends of Mr. John Yost were shocked to hear of his sudden death early Sunday morning. John was convalescing from an appendicitis operation and getting along fine. Sunday morning a clot of blood went to his heart causing his death within a very short time.
John’s friendly ways and optimistic views won for him many friends. He was always ready to extend a helping hand to his fellowmen, and besides his relatives there are a host of friends who will miss him greatly.

Ransom Record, March 16, 1934

OBITUARY

John Sherman, son of Fred and Lillie Yost, was born near Ransom, Kansas, July 18, 1901, and departed this life, March 11, 1934 at the Midwest Hospital at the age of 32 years, 7 months, and 23 days. He spent all of his life in and near Ransom, making his home with Grandpa and Grandma Oppliger. He attended grade and high school, graduating in 1919.
When a young boy he united with the Mennonite Church in Ransom. On October 1, 1930 he was married to Caroline Long. To this union were born two children, Joyce Rosa and John Alfred.
John was of a cheerful disposition and had many friends. His father preceded him in death in 1925.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and two children, Joyce and John, his mother and grandmother, five brothers, Fred, Ulrich, Charles, William and Albert; two sisters, Jennie and Mrs. Ernest Jaehde, all of Ransom; and many other relatives and friends who will sadly miss him. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge.

We cannot say and we will not say
That he is dead, he is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He wandered away into an unknown land;
And left us dreaming how very fair
It need must be since he is there.

The funeral service was held at the Methodist Church in Ransom on Tuesday, March 13, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C.E. Hall.
A male quartette composed of Chas. J. Shellenberger, H.C. Anderson, E.E. Penner, and J.L. Dieffenbach sang “The Old Rugged Cross”, “No Night There”, and “God Will Take Care of You”. Mr. Nova G. Moody of Beeler sang “In The Garden” as a solo.
The pallbearers were John Schoeppel, A.C. Kraus, Leo Mishler, Oscar Engle, Herman Jaehde and Herbert Barkley. The body was laid to rest in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ransom Record, March 16, 1934

LILLIE YOST

Mrs. Lillie Yost, 88, a long-time resident of the Ransom community, passed away at the Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom Thursday, May 19. She had been in poor health for some time.
Born in Andrew County, Mo., April 11, 1878, she came to the Ransom community with her parents in 1895.
She was united in marriage with Fred Yost at Ransom on September 18, 1897. The family lived on a farm near Ransom until 1904 when they moved to Modoc, where they lived until 1919 when they returned to a farm south of Ransom. Mr. Yost passed away in October of 1925. Also preceding her were four children.
She was a member of the First Mennonite Church of Ransom.
Survivors include four sons, Fred and Ulrich Yost of Ransom, William Yost of Garden City, and Albert Yost of Johnson; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and other relatives.
Funeral services were held from the Mennonite Church in Ransom Saturday afternoon, May 21, conducted by Rev. P.K. Regier, pastor. Interment was in the Ransom Cemetery with Fitzgeralds in charge.

Ness Co. News, May 16, 1966

OBITUARY

Lillie Bertha Yost, daughter of Ulrich and Rosena Oppliger, was born April 22, 1878, near Nodaway, Mo., and departed this life on May 19 at the Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom, at the age of 88 years, 1 month and 8 days.
She came to Ness County with her parents in 1895 and lived on a farm near Ransom.
On September 18, 1897, she was married to Fred Yost. To this union were born eight children, four of whom preceded her in death. Her husband died in 1925.
The family moved to Modoc in 1904 and remained there until 1919 when they moved to a farm south of Ransom where she lived until four months ago when she entered the Ransom nursing home.
She was a member of the Mennonite Church and the Mission Society and was faithful in attendance as long as her health would permit.
She leaves to mourn her departure, four sons: Fred and Ulrich of Ransom, William of Garden City, and Albert of Johnson; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Rosa Oppliger, 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, May 21 from the Ransom Mennonite Church, Rev. P.K. Regier officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, May 26, 1966

ULRICH YOST

Ulrich Yost, 92, died Tuesday, June 3, 1997, at the Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend.
He was born April 5, 1905, in Ransom to Fred and Lillie Bertha (Oppliger) Yost.
He married Evelyn Cofer on May 21, 1940, in Hays. A farmer and lifetime area resident, he was a member of the Empire Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ness City, and the Ransom Lions Club. He attended the First Mennonite Church, Ransom.
Survivors include two sons, Larry, Bazine, and Glen, Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara Schreiber, Ransom; a brother, Bill Yost, Garden City; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife on June 2, 1958.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Mennonite Church, Ransom, with the Rev. Marjorie Ediger officiating; burial in the Ransom Cemetery.
Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the church.

Hays Daily News, June 5, 1997

Ulrich Yost, 92, died June 3, 1997, at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend.
He was born April 5, 1905, at Ransom, the son of Fred and Lillie Bertha Oppliger Yost. A lifetime resident of Ransom, he was a farmer.
He was a member of Empire Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Ness City. He belonged to the Ransom Lions Club, and attended the First Mennonite Church at Ransom.
On May 21, 1940, he married Evelyn Cofer at Hays. She died June 2, 1958.
Survivors include: two sons, Larry Yost, Bazine, and Glen Yost, Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara Schreiber, Ransom; a brother, Bill Yost, Garden City; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Mennonite Church of Ransom, with pastor Marjorie Ediger presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and until service time Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the funeral home.

Hutchinson News, June 5, 1997

Ulrich Yost, 92, died Tuesday, June 3, at the Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. A lifetime Ransom resident, he was a farmer.
He was born April 5, 1905, at Ransom, the son of Fred and Lillie Bertha Oppliger Yost. He married Evelyn Cofer May 21, 1940, at Hays. She died June 2, 1958.
He was a member of Empire Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Ness City, the Ransom Lions Club and attended the First Mennonite Church at Ransom.
He is survived by two sons, Larry of Bazine and Glen of Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara Schreiber of Ransom; a brother, Bill of Garden City; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Friday afternoon at the First Mennonite Church in Ransom with pastor Marjorie Ediger presiding. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the church in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City.

Ness Co. News, June 12, 1997

ULRICH YOST

OBITUARY

Ulrich Yost, son of Fred and Lillie Oppliger Yost, was born April 5, 1905 at Ransom, Kansas and departed this life on Tuesday, June 3, 1997 at the Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend, Kansas at the age of 92 years.
Ulrich lived with his parents and siblings on a farm near Modoc, Kansas until 1919 when they moved to a farm south of Ransom. He attended Free Will Country School and graduated from Ransom High School in 1925. He attended Business College at Dodge City, Kansas for a short time before returning to Ransom.
He was united in marriage to Evelyn Cofer on May 20, 1940 at Hays. To this union three children were born. Evelyn passed away June 2, 1958. Ulrich and Evelyn had operated the Ransom telephone office and he had been a farmer most of his life, living on the farm where he was born and raising his family there.
In his earlier years he especially liked to play baseball and later he enjoyed the game of golf. He was a National Weather Observer for many years and was a past member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Ransom Lions Club and Senior Citizens Center. He had served on the Board of Directors of the Ransom Coop, Ness County Farm Bureau and the former Ransom Telephone Board as well as Township Trustee.
He moved from his farm home into Ransom in 1972 and retired from farming in 1984. In his later years he had lost most of his eyesight and was no longer able to drive his car so you would see him getting about town in his golf cart. He also enlisted the aid of family and friends to drive him to appointments and to eat out. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was so proud of their accomplishments.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, John, Fred, Charles and Albert; two sisters, Anna Jaehde and Jennie Rufenacht. He is survived by one daughter, Barbara Schreiber and husband Bill of Ransom; two sons, Larry Yost and wife Connie of Bazine and Glen Yost and wife Vangie of Sacramento, CA; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one brother, William Yost and wife Mildred of Garden City; many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, 1997, at the Mennonite Church in Ransom with Pastor Marjorie Ediger officiating. Burial was in the Ransom Cemetery.

Ness Co. News, June 12, 1997

HELEN YOUNGER

Mrs. Paul Younger, 59, of Ransom passed away at the hospital there on Tuesday, June 11. The family lived in the Utica community for many years before moving to Ransom in 1957.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning, June 14, at 10:00 o’clock from the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ransom, and interment will be in the cemetery there.
Rosary will be said at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here both Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 12-13, at 8:00 o’clock.
The survivors include: The husband, Paul Younger; three daughters, Mrs. Walter Pfannenstiel of Cozad, Nebr., Mrs. Don Weyer of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Larry Snodgrass of Winona; three sons, Marvin and Harold of Denver, Colo., and Paul of Cozad, Nebr.; five sisters, Mrs. Alex Sanders, Mrs. Ervin Weber, and Mrs. Toby Voissem all of Menasha, Wisc., Mrs. Alois Ruder and Mrs. John Sietz, both of Hays; six brothers, Albert and Edward Jacobs of Menasha, Wisc., Leo Jacobs of Ashland, Victor Jacobs of Cortez, Colo., Ray Jacobs of Redwood City, Calif., and Irvin Jacobs of Topeka; 18 grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, June 13, 1963

OBITUARY

Helen Mary Younger was born to Casper and Magdelena Jacobs on September 23, 1903 at Hays, Kansas. She departed this life on June 11, 1963, at the Grisell Memorial Hospital, Ransom, Kansas, at the age of 59 years, 8 months, 19 days. She had been in failing health for the past eight months and very seriously ill the past few weeks of her life.
On October 26, 1920, Helen was united in marriage with Paul Younger at Ellis, Kansas. They lived in the Utica community for 37 years, then moved to Ransom in 1957. She was a good and faithful member of St. Aloysius Church of Ransom, a member of the altar society, Daughters of Isabel, and the Christian Mothers.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Paul, of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Lorene) Pfannenstiel, Cozad, Nebr.; Mrs. Don (Mildred) Weyer, Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Larry (Carol) Snodgrass, Winona; three sons, Marvin and Harold of Denver, Colo., Paul of Cozad, Nebr.; five sisters, Mrs. Alex Sanders, Menasha, Wisc., Ms. Ervin Weber, Menasha, Wisc., Mrs. Tony Voissem, Menasha, Wisc., Mrs. Alois Ruder, Hays, Mrs. John Sietz, Hays; six brothers, Albert and Edward Jacobs, Menasha, Wisc., Leo Jacobs, Ashland, Victor Jacobs, Cortez, Colo., Ray Jacobs, Redwood City, Calif., Irvin Jacobs, Topeka; 18 grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.
Requiem Mass was held from St. Aloysius Church on Friday, June 14, 1963, 10:00 a.m., Fr. Cornelius Leunissen, celebrant. The High Mass was sung by members of the St. Joseph’s Church choir of Hays. Interment was in the St. Aloysius Cemetery, Ransom.

Ness Co. News, June 27, 1963

PAUL YOUNGER

Paul Younger, 64, of Ransom passed away in the hospital at Oakley on Tuesday, February 2.
He was born on July 22, 1900, at Ellis, and had lived at Ransom since 1957, moving there from the Utica community where the family resided for many years.
Mrs. Younger died at Ransom on June 11, 1963.
The body was brought to the Fitzgerald Funeral Home here Tuesday.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete Wednesday morning, with a tentative time suggested for Friday, pending arrival of relatives from a distance.
Survivors include: Three daughters, Mrs. Walter Pfannenstiel of Cozad, Nebr., Mrs. Don Weyer of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Larry Snodgrass of Page City; three sons, Marvin and Harold Younger of Denver, Colo., and Paul Younger, jr., of Cozad, Nebr.; 18 grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Ness Co. News, Feb. 4, 1965


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