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Lois J. Rupert
  1946 - 2001

    Lois J. Rupert, 54, rural Beverly, passed away Friday, April 20, 2001, at
  her home.
  Lois was born August 7, 1946, at Salina, Kansas, daughter of Eldon and Julia
  (Schwerdtfager) DeWitt.  She was a graduate of Marquette High School, and
  had lived at rural Beverly for 21 years, moving from Salina.  She was a
  registered nurse at Asbury Hospital in Salina, and was a member of St.
  Patrick's Catholic Church, Lincoln.
  She was preceded in death by her father, Eldon DeWitt.
  Survivors include her husband, Jerry, of the home; two daughters, Julie
  Reilly, Wichita, and Amy Fisher, rural Marquette; her mother, Julia DeWitt,
  Hutchinson; three brothers, Jim DeWitt, Wichita, Kenny DeWitt, Salina, and
  Tom DeWitt, Falun; and one sister, Linda Crane, Buhler.
  A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at St.
  Patrick's Catholic Church, Lincoln, with Rev. Ralph Aschenbrenner
  officiating.  Private family burial was in the Excelsior Cemetery, southwest
  of Marquette.
  Memorials may be made to the church or Hospice of Salina.
  Olson's Funeral Home, Marquette, was in charge of arrangements.
  The Marquette Tribune, April 25, 2001

  Luciano Torres
  1931 - 2001

  Luciano (Lucie) Torres, 69, East Chicago, Indiana, formerly of Marquette,
  passed away Thursday, April 5, 2001.
  He was born July 18, 1931 at Salina, Kansas, son of Anastacio and Carrie
  He graduated from Marquette High School in 1951, and later that same year
  joined the U.S. Navy and served his country for four years.  In 1960, he was
  united in marriage to his wife Emma at Monterey, Mexico.
  He was employed for 30 years with Inland Steel Company, East Chicago,
  Indiana, until his retirement.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Gregorio,
  Felipe, and Vidal.
  Survivors include his wife, Emma, of the home; two sons, Gus and Ernie; one
  daughter, Adriana, all of East Chicago; two brothers, Anthony (Tony) Torres,
  East Chicago, and Anastacio (Andy) Torres, Jr. and wife, Judy, Belle Plaine,
  Kansas; one sister-in-law, Barbara Torres, East Chicago; a number of nieces
  and nephews.
  A funeral mass was held Saturday, April 7, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe
  Church, East Chicago, with the Rev. Juan Gonzalez officiating.  Burial was
  in the St. John Cemetery, Hammond, Indiana.
  Memorials went to Hospice located in East Chicago.
  The Marquette Tribune, April 25, 2001

  Ronald E. Phillips
  1931 - 2001

  Ronald Eugene (Ron) Phillips, 60, Marquette, passed away early Thursday
  morning, April 19, 2001, at his home.
  Ron was born August 9, 1940 at Abilene, Kansas, son of Wayne and Georgia
  His education included attending Bethany College at Lindsborg.
  On August 4, 1979, he was united in marriage to Verna Graham at Marquette,
  Kansas.  Ron had previously lived in McPherson where he was employed as a
  truck driver for Certainteed Corporation.
  He was a dealer in antiques and collectibles.   His hobbies included
  woodworking and a fascination of the computer world.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  Survivors include his wife, Verna, of the home; one step-son, Todd Graham,
  Marquette; one step-daughter, Andrea Willems, Marquette; four
  step-grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Graham, and Brandi and Whitney
  Willems, all of Marquette.
  A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2001, in the
  Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, with Pastor Larry Cross officiating.
  Burial was in the Marquette Cemetery, north of Marquette.
  Memorials may be made to the Marquette Ambulance Service or the Marquette
  Fire Department.  Olson's Funeral Home, Marquette, was in charge of the
  The Marquette Tribune, April 25, 2001

  April 11, 2001
  Eula M. Spohn 1924 - 2001
  Eula Marie Spohn, 77, Marquette, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at
  Riverview Estates, Marquette, where she recently became a resident.
  Eula was born January 8, 1924 at McPherson, Kansas, daughter of Ralph and
  Nellie (Borders) Spohn.
  She was a retired registered nurse and a graduate of the University of
  Minnesota.  She also had a degree in social work.  She moved to Marquette 15
  years ago coming from Kansas City, Kansas.  She was a talented artist who
  enjoyed painting, tole painting, and wood carving.  She loved circus clowns
  and enjoyed calliope music of which she was a collector.
  Memberships include Elim Lutheran Church, National Tole Painting
  Association,  the Marquette Wood Carvers, and Marquette Town and Country
  Preceding her in death besides her parents was a brother, Leo Spohn.
  Survivors include one sister, Ebba Nelson, Marquette; one sister-in-law,
  Helen Spohn, Marquette; nine nephews, Lawrence (Saundra) Spohn, Barry
  (Carylee) Nelson, Morris (Gayle) Nelson, Linn (Lou) Nelson, all of
  Marquette; Ross (Effie) Spohn, Scott City; Cary (Pauline) Spohn, Liberal;
  Raymond Spohn, Daytona, Florida; Doyle (Pat) Spohn, Holton; Kale (Kelly)
  Nelson, Fort Scott; many great-nieces and nephews; and many
  great-great-nieces and nephews.
  A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2001, in the Elim
  Lutheran Church with Pastor Larry Cross officiating.  Private family
  inurnment will be held at a later date.
  Memorials may be made to the Eula Spohn Memorial Fund.  Olson's Funeral
  Home, Marquette, was in charge of the arrangements.
  The Marquette Tribune, April 11, 2001

  April 4, 2001
  Ruth A. Underwood 1915 - 2001
  LINDSBORG ­ Ruth A. Underwood, 85, Lindsborg, passed away Wednesday, March
  28, 2001, at the Salina Regional Health Center, Santa Fe Campus, Salina.
  She was born on November 7, 1915, at Delmore Township, New Gottland, Kansas,
  daughter of Fred W. and Christine (Bodine) Peterson.
  She was a former secretary for Smoot Grain, Salina, and was a resident of
  Lindsborg since 1946, moving from Hawaii.
  On June 19, 1942, she married Dale R. Underwood in Baltimore, Maryland.  He
  died August 15, 1977.  She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church,
  a charter member of the 99 Flying Club and the Marquette Town and Country
  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
  Survivors include a son, Gary Underwood,  Lindsborg; a daughter, Carole
  Gilmore, Palm Desert, California; one sister, Mildred Lillian, Marquette;
  and one granddaughter, Melanie Gilmore, San Diego, California.
  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2001 at the
  Hays-Christians Funeral Home Chapel, Lindsborg, with the Rev. David Smith
  officiating.  Burial was in the Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg.
  Memorials may be given to the Trinity United Methodist Church, Lindsborg
  Community Hospital, both of Lindsborg, or the American Heart Association, in
  care of Hays-Christians Funeral Home, P.O. Box 386, Lindsborg, Kansas
  The Marquette Tribune, April 4, 2001

  Kenneth Florian Holm 1911 - 2001
  SALINA ­ Kenneth Florian Holm, 89, Salina, passed away Sunday, April 1,
  2001, at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, Kansas.
  He was born September 8, 1911 at Marquette, Kansas, son of Carl and Ellen
  (Nyberg) Holm.  He was one of a set of triplets which included his brother
  and sister, Keith and Kathryn.
  He grew up in Marquette and graduated from Marquette High School in 1931.
  He loved sports and participated in football, basketball and track.  He was
  a K-State fan, holding season football tickets from 1962 until 1994.
  He married Ethyl Burnison at the Elim Lutheran Church parsonage in Marquette
  on November 25, 1934.  He was also baptized and confirmed at Elim.  The
  couple were residents of Salina since 1941.  Ethyl passed away on April 19,
  Their first child, Janet, was born in 1938, and the second, Ron, in 1943.
  Kenneth retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1974, after 43
  Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Kathryn, and Helen, and one
  daughter, Janet Pearce.
  Survivors include a son, Ron (Marsha) Holm, Plano, Texas; one brother, Keith
  Holm, Tulsa, Oklahoma; one sister, Romeyn Dove, Andover; five grandchildren,
  Julie Pearce, Grand Prairie, Texas, Jeff (Sherry) Pearce, Lenexa, Jill
  Pearce, Kansas City, Melanie (Chris) Young, Louisville, Kentucky, and Nathan
  Holm, Abilene, Texas; and one great-granddaughter, Alexis Pearce.
  A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 3, 2001, in the Immanuel Lutheran
  Church, Salina, Pastor Loren Mai officiating.  A private family burial
  preceded the memorial service in the Lutheran Cemetery, west of Marquette.
  Memorials may be sent to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Salina.  Olson's
  Funeral Home, Marquette, was in charge of arrangements.
  The Marquette Tribune, April 4, 2001

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