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2014 Obituaries

l Don F. Cox l Dr. Philip R. (Phil) Schmidt l Luther Helmer l Donald Keith Stovall l Joe Vann l Katherine L. Thurber l Martha H. Birney l Frank R. Johnson l Billy I. Wyckoff l Loyette A. Olson l Wesley J. R. Dean Adams l Rodney A. Fulk l Dallas W. Peden l Dorothy M Reynolds



Don F. Cox

CoxDonald Franklin Cox passed away on April 11, 2014 at Jane Phillps Hospital in Bartlesville, OK.

He was born in Cedar Vale on August 17, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Monita Cox , his sister Mary Alice Cox and his nephew Brian Dale. He is survived by his sister Naomi Dale and her children, John Dale, James Dale and Constance Dale.

Don was educated in Cedar Vale and attended Kansas State University from which he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. He served as a Captain in the Air Force in France and returned to Cedar Vale to open his veterinary practice. After selling his veterinary practice, Don moved to San Francisco to accept a position with Cutter Labs in their veterinary division. He retired young and became a world traveler, circumnavigating the globe at least twice. In his later years Don sold his properties in California and returned to Kansas where he purchased a ranch near Elgin and a house in Cedar Vale. He also maintained a second home in Guadalajara, Mexico where he enjoyed many winters where he befriended and eventually “adopted” an entire family.

Don was an avid singer performing regularly in public with the “County Liners” gospel quintet. He also enjoyed cheering for the 49ers on Sundays and forwarding jokes via the internet to his large circle of friends. He will be missed.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday April 26th at 11am at St. Matthews Church in Cedar Vale at 11am. Following the service there will be a reception and celebration of his life at the Snyder Long Shed in Cedar Vale. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com



Dr. Philip R. (Phil) Schmidt

SchmidtDr. Philip R. (Phil) Schmidt, 72, died April 4, 2014, in Wichita.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Winfield. Visitation will be 2pm to 6pm Tuesday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH. Southwestern College will hold an on campus memorial service at the Richardson Auditorium, 4pm on Friday.

Memorials have been established with First Baptist Church of Winfield and Southwestern College. Contributions may be made at the church and or funeral home.

Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Phil was born July 9, 1941, in Detroit, Mich. He was the son of John and Marjorie Schmidt. He graduated from Central High School in Peoria, Ill., in 1959 as one of the valedictorians. He attended Ottawa University, graduating in 1963 top in his class. Phil continued his education, eventually earning his doctorate in history and anthropology in 1974 from the University of Kansas.

Phil married Phyllis Shank August 3, 1963 in Scott City, Kan. The couple moved to Winfield in 1967.

Phil was a teaching assistant at the University of Kansas during graduate school. He joined the faculty at Southwestern College in 1967 and was a professor until his death.

Phil was a member of First Baptist Church of Winfield, where he chaired two pulpit committees and was a longtime Sunday School teacher and choir member. Phil’s extensive community service included the community oversight committee of the Winfield State Hospital, the board of the Community Learning Center, past chair of the Cowley County Republican Party, and several roles in the American Baptist Churches Central Region.

Respected in his field, Phil was the Southwestern College liaison to the Chicago Center; past social sciences division chair; sponsor of Pi Gamma Mu; and a member of numerous committees and task forces. He received his Doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1974 and was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He received the Kopke Award for Excellence in Teaching from Southwestern College in 2008.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents.  

Phil is survived by Phyllis Schmidt of the home; brother Dana Schmidt of Orlando, Fla.; daughters Amy Schmidt of Arkansas City; Allyson Allen and her husband Kelly Allen of Winfield; and four granddaughters.



Luther Helmer

  Helmer     Luther Helmer, 71, of Winfield, died March 26, 2014 at his residence.  His wife, Cynthia,  was at his bedside. 

      Luther was born March 24, 1943 in Presidente Getulio,  Santa Catarine, Brazil to Martin and Millie (Moniger) Helmer who served as missionaries in that region for 10 years. 

      The family returned to the United States in 1947 and  lived briefly in Durham, Kansas. His father's job as a pastor then took the family to Beatrice, Nebraska (1948-54), Canton, Kansas (1954-62) and  to Wellington, Kansas where he served at Calvary Lutheran. 

     Luther graduated from McPherson High School in 1961. He attended St. John's College in Winfield and graduated from Concordia Teachers' College. He obtained a Master's in special education from Wichita State University. He taught for three years at the Lutheran school in Baldwin, Illinois. He then taught in the Winfield school district from 1970 until his retirement in 2013. His expertise in special education also led to his work in the area special services cooperative. In this capacity he taught at Atlanta Elementary and Burden-Central Elementary. 

      Luther married Cynthia Branson of Wellington on December 20, 1970. They made their home and raised their sons, Ryan and Christopher, in Winfield. 

      A life-long Lutheran, he was a member of Trinity Lutheran in Winfield since 1970. 

     Survivors include his wife, Cynthia, of the home; his son, Ryan Helmer and his wife, Carrie of Overland Park; son, Christopher Helmer of Shawnee; two grandchildren, Hans Helmer and Elsa Helmer; brother, Martin Helmer and wife Marilyn of Tescott, Kansas; brother, Paul and wife Charlene of Gardner, Kansas; brother David and wife Marilyn of Skiatook, Oklahoma; brother, Ted and wife Carolyn of Wichita; sister, Ruth and husband Keith of Oklahoma City. 

     Relatives and friends are welcome to call 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Winfield. Those who wish to remember Luther in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Trinity Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran School . Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

     Luther enjoyed the company of his brothers and their frequent trips to Durham, Kansas for sausage and mashed potatoes at the Main Street Cafe. During this trips his brothers often heard of Luther's love of Winfield, his church, Cynthia, Ryan and Christopher and  his grandchildren.



Donald Keith Stovall

StovallDonald Keith Stovall, 85, died March 16, 2014. His Funeral Service will be 2:00pm Friday, March 21, 2014 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield.. Interment at Burden Cemetery. Memorial is the NRA and may be sent to the funeral home. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00-7:00pm at Swisher-Taylor &Morris. Condolence may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Donald was born July 30, 1928 in Lubbock, TX. His parents were Marvin and Minerva (Richardson) Stovall. He was raised and educated in the Lubbock area. He farmed near Lubbock & Plainview TX until he moved to Burden in 1973. He owned a Heating and Cooling business in Burden as well as a Mini-storage business.

He married Jean Walston in 1947 in Texas, she preceded him in death July 14, 1999. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. and had built a copy of a 1928 Pietenpol Aircamper Airplane which he had flown.

He is survived by: Son, Marvin Stovall of Burden; Daughters, Brenda Gail Blessing of San Antonio,TX, Ricky Jo Pulpan of Booker, TX; Brothers, Richard and Norman Stovall of Lubbock,TX;

7 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

 



Joe Vann

Joe Vann, 92, of Winfield, passed away March 13, 2014 at his home.


Services will be 11a.m., Wednesday March 19, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield. Interment at Wilmot Cemetery immediately following the service. Friends and family are welcomed at the American Legion for a reception.


Visitation will be Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home with the family receiving 5 to 7.


In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be given to Creative Community Living or the Joe Vann Scholarship at Southwestern College.


Joe was born August 27, 1921 in Big Cabin, OK. He was raised in Quapaw and Commerce, OK. After graduating from Commerce High, he came to Winfield in the summer of 1941 to attend Southwestern College and play football. In August of 1942, he enlisted in the US Navy Reserve and was later called to active duty. Upon completion of his military commitment, he returned to Winfield. On November2, 1947, he married Wanda Holt of Winfield. Joe graduated from Southwestern College in 1949.


He taught and coached in Glen Elder and Marion before returning to Winfield in 1953 to teach and be the high school football coach. He retired as coach in 1960. He later became Athletic Director and held that position until his retirement.


Joe was a member of the American Legion and the Cherokee Nation. During the 1960's he was active in Lions Club and served as District Governor.


In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife Wanda H. Vann and son Steven Bryan Vann; two brothers and three sisters.


Survivors include his daughters, Teresa Jo of Winfield, Karen Vann Young and husband Ronald F. of San Rafael, CA. Grandchildren Sarah Jayne Walker and husband Jake of Stillwater, OK., Kelsey Knouse of Broken Arrow, OK., Bryan David Vann and Emma Jo Yungeberg of Waterville, KS, Ronda McGraw ofo Belmont, CA. Great Grandchildren; Vann Riley and Lohden Walker, Kaylan and Keegan Knouse, Mandy and Morgan McGraw.



Katherine L. Thurber

ThurberKatherine Leann Thurber, 37, died March 8, 2014 in Wichita,KS. Her funeral service will 2:00pm Thursday, March 13, 2013 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris chapel in Winfield, KS. Visitation from 6:00-7:00pm Wednesday -12th at the Funeral Home. Condolence may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Katherine was born April 1, 1976 in Eureka, KS, her parents are Michael and Janice (Carpenter) Curnutt. She was raised and educated in the Burden area graduating from Central High in 1994. She married Jack Thurber August 7, 1997 in Winfield. She was active in Autism Asperberger PDD Awareness. In 2013 she started online classes at the Art Institute in Pittsburgh, PA in graphic web design.

She is survived by: Husband Jack ; sons,v Alex and Jacob, daughter, Ashlie all of the home; Daughters, Jenna Curnutt of Arkansas City, Shanae Thurber of Springdale, Ark., grandmother, Wilma Loomis of Winfield, grandchildren, Mackenzie VonBon and Zachary Wasson, brothers Larry Widener and Scott Widener of Arkansas City, sisters Janet Kenemore of Winfield, Melissa Clark of Arkansas City, Susan Landsaw and Sherri Dunbar of Winfield, numerous nieces. She was preceded in death by Grandparents, Bud and Margaret Curnutt and Tate Loomis.



Martha H. Birney

BirneyMartha H. Birney, age 93, of Winfield, passed away March 6, 2014 at Cumbernauld Village.

Memorial Services will be Monday, March 10, 2014, 10:30am at the First United Methodist Church. No visitation. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Washington, IA next to her husband, Richard. Memorials may be made to the Church or Cumbernauld Employees Fund. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of arrangements.

Martha was born August 11, 1920 in Eveleth Minnesota, a 1st generation American to Elias and Ida W.(Ilyhuhtala) Heikkila. She was raised and educated in Eveleth, graduating from Eveleth High School in 1938. She attended Eveleth Junior College then finished her degree in Home Economics at Iowa State University in 1942.

She married Richard Birney on October 3, 1943 in Eveleth, MN. He passed away September 6, 1973.

Martha was a homemaker when they were first married. They lived in Eveleth MN, Sioux City IA, Omaha, NB and finally Overland Park, KS. While raising three children, Martha began to work outside the home as a teacher of Home Economics at the High School level. She then worked at the Kansas University Medical Center in the Education Dept, where she developed a program to train clerks to handle communications and information on the hospital floors. She later worked at Bethany Hospital in the same capacity and retired in 1982.

After retirement she remained active in teaching English as a Second Language. She also volunteered at The Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City. She traveled abroad to her family’s homeland of Finland, trips to Israel and the Holy Land. Martha attended numerous Elder hostels.

Martha was a member of the Valley View United Methodist Church in Overland Park, where she participated in Sunday School and bell choir. She originated and developed Stephen Ministries at Valley View. She loved to play bridge and she was a great supporter of the Symphony in Kansas City and Wichita. In 2006, she moved to Winfield to be closer to family. She attended both First United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother William, Sister Aili, Brother Walt, Sisters Ida and Aune.

She is survived by Daughter Barbara (Jack) Gordon of Wichita, Son Richard (Marsha) Birney of Denver, CO., Son Don (Sue) Birney of Winfield, Sister Miriam Keith of Manhattan, KS. Grand children Maureen (Daniel) Guthrie of Towanda, KS, Patrick (Heidi) Gordon of Wichita, Jon (Molly) Birney of Olathe, Erin Birney of Austin, TX, Nick Birney of Denver, Ron Birney of Denver, CO. Great grandchildren Josh, Sarah and Megan Guthrie. Nephew David(Linda) Birney of Washington, IA., Niece Margaret (Dan) Stouffer of Washington, IA. Nephew Jim(Eileen) Mitson of Bloomington, MN. Niece Lynn (Dick) Finstead of Eau Claire, WI. Niece Karen (Don) Little of Manhattan, KS.



Frank R. Johnson

JohnsonMusic educator, Frank Robert Johnson, 76, of Winfield, Kansas died Tuesday. Frank was born to the late David and Helenmae Johnson (Pierce), February 16, 1938 in Claflin, KS. Frank graduated from Kiowa High School in 1956 and received BA and Masters degrees in Music Education from Wichita University. Frank married the late Judith Ann Johnson (Sippel) in 1962, and they lived together in Belle Plaine where he led the instrumental music program for Belle Plaine Schools for 16 years. After working at Cunningham Music Company for several years, Frank went on to teach instrumental music at Winfield School District for 17 years, where he inspired countless young musicians. Frank took on the role of Director of the Winfield Municipal Band, from 1979 until 2006, when he retired and became Director Emeritus. Frank was a member of the Kansas Music Educators Association, the Cowley County Amateur Radio Club, and founder of the dixieland band, The Spirit of New Orleans.

Frank is survived by his two children: Kimberly Johnson of Derby and Brian (Jaymee) Johnson of Lakewood, CO. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Brandon Sage and David Sage. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Winfield Municipal Band. A viewing will be held from 3-8pm Friday at Swisher-Taylor and Morris Funeral Home in Winfield, family will greet friends from 6pm to 7:30pm. Services will be held at Grace Methodist Church at 10:30am Saturday, with burial at Highland Cemetery at 2:00pm. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com



Billy I Wyckoff

WyckoffBilly I. Wyckoff, age 89, of Winfield, passed away February 9, 2014 at the Winfield Kansas Veterans Home. Cremation has been affected and inurnment services will be scheduled at a later date.

Billy was born February 1, 1925 in Winfield, Ks, to Ivan and Elsie(Williams) Wyckoff. He was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1943. He attended Southwestern College and graduated with a degree in Education. He received a Masters Degree in Education from Oklahoma State. He taught at various middle schools in California and retired in 1982. He moved to Udall in 2007 to be closer to family. He has lived at the Winfield Veterans Home since August 2012.

He married Joan Harris in 1945 in Winfield, Ks, she passed away in 1999.

Billy served his country during WW II in the U.S. Navy and had several tours of duty in the Pacific Theater where he received several honors.

In his spare time, Billy became a licensed private pilot. He loved to fly single engine planes, he owned a Cessna 140 and fly all over California.

He is preceded in death by his wife Joan, Sons Ricky in the Udall tornado in 1955 and Kirk in 2011.

He is survived by Son Kris and Wife Cinda of Winfield. Sister Peggy Close of Oklahoma City. Grandchildren Jennifer Rose of Walton, KS, Sean Wyckoff of Newton. Great Grandchildren Jacob, Peyton, Isabella.



Loyette A. Olson

OlsonThe Loyette Olson Funeral Service will be 10: 30 am Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Grace Episcopal Church. Interment at Highland Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 3:00- 6:00pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. Condolence may to sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Loyette A. Polhans Olson died February 8, 2014, at Cumbernauld Village, where she'd lived since December 2012. She was born on May 18, 1932, in Newton, Kansas, and was a 1950 graduate of Newton High School. She married Robert C. Olson, also of Newton, in 1953. They moved to Winfield,KS, in 1954, for Bob to set up his dental practice. Loyette spent much of her life volunteering but at one point administered the Charlotte Hill Charitable Trust and the Sidwell Charitable Trust out of the law of Herlocker, Roberts and St. Peter.

Her main loves were family, her friends, her local church (Grace Episcopal) , antique postcards, Abraham Lincoln, reading, and her many volunteer endeavors. She helped bring Hospice care to Cowley County in the 1980's and served on many community boards, most recently that of the public library, in many clubs, and presented many programs to schools and organizations on Lincoln, postcards, death and dying, Mother Theresa, and books she'd reviewed. Winfield’s Red Hat Societies grew out of a meeting she organized for interested ladies of a certain age, and she loved her weekly Memory Loss Society breakfasts and squat and gobble lunches. The Wichita postcards Club counted her as a member. She was Honored a Soroptimist Woman of the Year, was named a First National Bank First Citizen, and received the Loyette Olson Pioneer Award from the Association of Kansas Hospices. The outreach program she began and administered at Grace Episcopal Church was named after her when she “retired' from it in 2002. newton High school honored her with ab Alumni lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Jean Ellen Polhans, and her husband, Dr. Robert C. Olson, in 1994. She is survived by two daughters, Beverley Buller and husband Paul of Newton, KS and Mary Beach and husband Chris, and three precious granddaughters Christa Beach, Bethany Torrence (Daniel), and Rebecca Beach all of Winfield. Her sister Beverly (Ted) Wade and a niece Mary Ellen (Dennis) of Topeka and a nephew Michael (Becky) of Olathe also survive.

Memorials are to the Loyette Olson Outreach Fund, P.O. Box 490, Winfield, KS. 67156, Harry Hynes Hospice, 313 S. Market St.. Wichita,KS 67202- 3805, and Harden Hospice.



Wesley J.R. Dean Adams

AdamsWesley J. R. Dean Adams, 28, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at South Central Regional Medical in Arkansas City. He was born March 6, 1985 in Wichita, KS. His parents are Earl Dean and Rhonda Kay (Crowe) Adams.

He was raised in Oxford, Ks and had attended and graduated Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe,Ks. He was certified proficient in 3 different sign languages. He lived in Arkansas City and worked at Twin Rivers Developmental Center at Strother field. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran church was active in the Thursday night program, and had a great love for Jesus.

His survivors are: Parents, Earl Dean Adams and Rhonda Kay Adams both of Arkansas City, Grandparent, Alice A. Crowe of Oxford; Brother, Joshua Earl Adams, Wichita; Sister, Mary Alice Adams, Winfield. He was preceded in death by: Sisters, Martha Jewel Adams, Rachael Adams and grandparents John Roy Adams, Jewel Lois Adams and James R. Crowe.

Memorial service will be 3:00 pm, Friday, January 17, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 320 W. Central, Arkansas City,KS

 



Rodney A. Fulk

FulkRodney A. Fulk, age 54, of Burden, passed away January 10, 2014 at his home.


Services will be at 1pm Wednesday, Jaunuary 15, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Visitation will also be Wednesday, from 10am to service time, at the Church. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. Donations to help defray funeral costs will be accepted. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Rodney was born December 13, 1959 in Peoria, IL. To James and Marilyn (Libby) Fulk. He was raised and educated in Peoria, graduating from High School in 1977. He then joined the USAF and worked as a mechanic he was honorably discharge after two years of service.

He married Shirley Parris in 1982, in Monica, IL. They later divorced but remained friends.

He was a self employed jack of all trades. He could build homes, work on cars and trucks. He lived and worked in Illinois until moving to Winfield in 2000.

He is survived by Daughters Charity Jackson of Ponca City, OK, Donna Simpson of Burden, KS, Sharon Galindo of Tonkawa, OK, Corie Fulk of Ponca City, OK. Brother, Donald Fulk of Monica, IL. Sister Tammy Gallant of Renfro, OK.. 10 grandchildren. Father James Fulk.

Preceded in death by mother Marilyn, an uncle Kenneth McGraw, and friend Peggy.



Dallas W. Peden

PedenA memorial service for Dallas W. Peden, Jr., 73, formerly of Mulvane, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1409 S. Rock Rd, Derby, Kans. Family visitation will be at 10 a.m.at the church, and burial at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Winfield, Kans., will follow the services. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of services. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Dallas, a retired Raytheon machinist, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at the Kansas Veterans Home, Winfield.

Dallas was born February 14, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas W. Peden, Sr. and Florence M. Theobald. He was raised and educated in Cleveland, graduated from Columbia High School in 1957, and served in the US Army. He loved gardening, country living and watching Star Trek re-runs. In his younger days he loved hunting and fishing, and bowling and baseball in adult leagues.


Dallas started his career as a tool and die maker working part-time in his father’s tool and die shop at age eight. He continued as a tool and die maker working in several companies until he landed his dream job, working in the aircraft industry, for Boeing in 1991. He retired from Raytheon in 2001.


While working in Gallipolis Ohio, Dallas met and married Karen Lowblad Patel, August 3, 1984. They moved to Derby in 1991 and then to Mulvane in 1993.


Dallas is survived by wife, Karen; children, Penny Adkins of Ohio, Jaya Christopherson (E. Daniel) of Woods Cross, Utah, Joshua Patel (Ruth) of Bountiful, Utah, Jonathan Peden (Kristin) of Layton, Utah, Sara Peden of Mulvane, William Peden of Mulvane; grandchildren, Kimberly Jo (Kimi) Clark, Jason (Jace) Adkins, E. Caleb Christopherson, Isabella Christopherson, Noah Christopherson, Micah Christopherson, Lyllia Patel, Evalyn Patel, Gideon Patel; one great grandchild, Jamal; sisters, Nancy Nikoli (Donald) of Cleveland, Ohio and Joyce Peden of Medina, Ohio.



Dorothy M Reynolds

ReynoldsDorothy M. Reynolds, age 94, formerly of Winfield, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Oxford House in Wichita.

Graveside services will be Friday, January 10, 2014, 1pm, Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Visistation will be Friday, also, 9am to noon at Swisher Taylor & Morris FH. Memorials are to the Capper Foundation – 3500 SW 10th Ave Topeka, KS 66604. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

She was born to Louis F. and Sarah Catherine(Lyon) Casebolt on September 5, 1919 in Cedar Vale, Ks. She attended elementary school at Cedar Vale and graduated from Winfield High School in 1937. She later attended Clark School of Business and Washburn University in Topeka.

Dorothy was employed by Southwestern Bell for 40 years. After retiring, she worked for the Kansas State Legislature during several legislative sessions. She enjoyed traveling and traveled extensively after her retirement.

She was active in Woman's Club of Topeka, American Business Women's Association, Professional Secretaries International, Telephone Pioneers of America, GJ Chapter of PEO Sisterhood, and member of the First United Methodist Church. She was named Woman of the Year by the Topeka Chapter of American Business Women and Secretary of the Year by Kaw Chapter, Professional Secretaries International.

On June 22, 1941, she married R. Paul Reynolds of Winfield, he passed away February 20, 1949. She is survived by daughter April Reynolds of Wichita, three nieces and two nephews.



 

2013 Obituaries

l Mary Alice "Peggy"Knowles l Norma Kay Klingenberg l Ida Lou Funk l Danny Lee Hale l Rebecca (Becky) S. Schotte l Cirilo Lopez Casanova l Maxine R. Kunz l Donald H Mayginnes l Wendell O. Faust l Robert H Simpson l Carol Haury Brubacher l Samuel "Sam" David Dimit l Ronald G. (Ronnie) Fisher l Harold L Stewart l Ronald G. Broadhurst l Dorothy M Cummings l Antonia Ceballos l William Gregory "Greg" Williams l Elzora D Cline l Ronald 'Craig' Morgan l Carl D. Dorsey l Harold E. "Dusty" Rhodes l Virginia Smith l Henry A. Leake, Jr. l Helen Norene Brake l Charles T. Thomas l Lisa Lynn Markley l Victor Vern Vaughan l Kurtis Ray Bryce l William J. "Bill" Callawayl Teresa Ann Stout l Janice Ann Utt Hoag l George Robert McNeish l Jennifer R. Carothers l Wilma P. Wheatcroft l Ida Lue Sunderland l Carlos Sotelo Aguirre l Barbara Sue Hrencher l Ray Elton Parsons l Alice Ethel Fowler l Charles Rickey 'Rick' Utt l Peggy Ann Atkinson l Ken Norland l Robert L Jennings l Harriet S. Jenkins l Sula McSpadden l Velda N. Ledbetter l Melvin C. Martin l Elrena "Auntie" Munday l Alfred W. "Al" Snell l Lloyd L. Miller l Charles C. Crossnoe

 



Mary Alice "Peggy" Knowles

KnowlesMary Alice “Peggy” Knowles, a former resident of Winfield, KS passed away December 23, 2013 at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, FL.  Her graveside service will be at Noon, Friday, January 3, 2014 at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery south of Strother Field south of Winfield, KS.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Mary Alice was born July 19, 1924 in Denver, CO.  Her Parents were Floyd and Margaret (Daniels) Saxton.  She was raised and educated in Winfield and attended Southwestern College before marrying Wilbur Lewis Knowles June 3, 1943 in Winfield.

After 1949 they moved to Wichita, KS.  One of their many interests was assisting the Maude Carpenter Childrens’ Home.  In 1979 they moved to Florida to work with their son.  Wilbur preceded her in death December 30, 1989.

Mary Alice attended the Gulf Coast Church of Christ in Ft. Myers, FL since June 1988. She is survived by:  son, Moky Knowles (wife Pam) Wyndermere, FL; daughters, Corliss Dell (husband Rich) and Tracy Knowles both of Bonita Springs, FL; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Liberty Youth Ranch, P. O. Box 110718, Naples, FL 34108 (239) 597-7070.



Norma Kay Klingenberg

KlingenbergNorma Kay Klingenberg, age 69, formerly of Winfield, passed away December 9, 2013 at Medicalodges – Douglass.

Services will be Friday, December 13, 2013, 10:30am, at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery Chapel. Interment will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be be Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 3pm to 5pm, at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH. Family will greet friends from 4pm to 5pm. Memorials may be made to Medicalodges – Douglass Activity Fund. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Norma was born July 18, 1944, in Winfield, KS, to Elmo M. and Marguerite E.(Mousley) Klingenberg.

The family soon moved to Rossville, KS where she attended the local schools. The family returned to Winfield in 1959, she graduated from Winfield High School in 1962. She also attended Cowley College.

She was a Licensed Mental Health Tech and worked at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. She worked there until 1988 when health issues forced here to retire.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by her parents

Norma is survived by her brother, Gary Klingenberg of Atlanta, GA., her sister Terry and husband Arron Rhodes of Winfield. 3 nephews, 2 nieces.



Ida Lou Funk

Funk

 

Ida Funk, 82, died at her home in Winfield, December 3,2013.

Her Funeral service will be 10:00 am Friday, December 6, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment follow service at the Mulvane City Cemetery, Visitation will be at Swisher Taylor & Morris FH Thursday from 3:00-6:30 pm and family will greet from 5:00-6:00pm. Condolences may be emailed: funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Ida was born March 18, 1931, in Raymond, KS to Arch & Alma(Ash) Cain. She raised and attended schools in Great Bend, Ks and Raymond, KS.

She married Paul Funk, December 1, 1960, in Great Bend, KS. He passed away July 7, 1999.

She worked at F. W. Woolworth in high school and during World War II at Beech Aircraft.h She later worked side by side with Paul in many business ventures that culminated with Paul's Carry Out in Mulvane, Ks.

Ida was also a homemaker, raising a 2 sons and two daughters.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Preceeded in death by son, Don Lee Tieperman, Brother Don Cain, Sister Iona Hidde.

She is survived by son Richard Tieperman and wife Maggie of Winfield. Daughters, Sheryl Ann Skipper of Lake West Tawakoni, TX., Cynthia Naillon and husband Gary of Winfield. 9 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.



Danny Lee Hale

Hale

Danny Lee Hale, 57, of Winfield, Ks. Passed away at his home, November 8, 2013.


His funeral service will 10:30 am Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield, Ks. Interment at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 13 from 3:00-8:00 pm and family will greet from 6:30-7:30. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com


Danny was born February 3, 1956 in Arkansas City, KS. His parents were the Late G. W. Hale & Phyllis (Shelton) Hale. He received his G.E.D. In 1984 and later his AA degree in Business from Cowley Co. . His early employment was with B&S Well service, then WSH&TC for several years. His last employer was with Pizza Hut 1992-2012 as Asst. manager in Winfield. He served his country with the National Guard, retiring after 22 years as a Sgt.

He married Debbie Barrett July 3, 1975 in Atlanta,KS . During the 17 1/2 years they were together they had three children. They divorced in 1992. He met Debbie Kiser in 2001 with whom he has spent 12 wonderful years.


He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and woodworking. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.


He is preceded in death by father, G.W. Hale.


He is survived by mother Phyllis Hale of Winfield, life partner Debbie Kiser of the home. Three sisters, Terry Overall, husband Jim of Parsons, KS., Annette Hale of Winfield, Rebecca Stewart, husband Randy of Porter, TX. Sons, Daniel Hale, wife Kimberly of Ponca City, OK., Nathan Hale, partner Jose of El Paso, TX., Ron Smith, companion, Tammy of Winfield. Daughters, Shalinda Widener, husband Jamie of Winfield. Queesa Kiser of Winfield. Cindy(The Dog) of the home. 12 grandchildren, Ellie(The Duck), 4 nephews, and three nieces.



Rebecca (Becky) S. Schotte

SchotteRebecca (Becky) S. Schotte, age 54, of Winfield, passed away October 29, 2013 at the Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital.


Services will be Friday, November 1, 2013, 10:30, at Trinity Lutheran Church – Winfield. Burial in Mt Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH from 3pm to 8pm. Family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Memorials may be made to The Relay for Life – Winfield Chapter or the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Kansas District, God's Gracious Gifts Fund. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com


Becky was born June 29, 1959 in Paola, KS to Eugene L. and Joan(Gunn) Mueller. She was raised and educated in Paola, graduating from Paola High School in 1977. She attended St. John’s College in Winfield and attained an associates degree in Parish Work.


Becky met Mark Schotte in Winfield and they were married April 25, 1981 in Paola, KS. He survives.


Becky and Mark lived in Paola, KS for nine years and were members at First Lutheran Church and School where Mark taught.


They returned to Winfield in 1991 where they continued to raise their children, Erik and Amanda. Becky worked for various financial institutions in Winfield. She worked for Taylor, Krusor and Passiglia for several years. Later she worked exclusively for Jennifer Passiglia and also worked part time as a hostess/greeter at Nieves' Restaurant.


She was a member of B.P.W. and had held various positions in Relay for Life –Cowley County Chapter. She was active in her church with the LWML(Lutheran Women's Missionary League) and held leadership positions on both the local and district levels.


Becky had a particular zest for life. She lived her faith and shared her joy with everyone she met. She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren and every minute she could spend with them. She fought her battle against cancer with courage and dignity. She accepted the challenge laid upon her and maintained a positive attitude throughout.


Becky is survived by her mother Joan Mueller of Paola, KS. Husband Mark of the home. Son, Erik Schotte and wife Audrey of Wichita, Daughter Amanda and husband Brandon Neff of Emporia. Brother, Bill Mueller and wife Susan of Kearney, NE. Sisters,

Beverly and husband Frank Sauerwein of Wichita, Betty and husband John Hewitt of Paola, KS, Barbara and George Dillenberk of Paola, KS. Grandchildren, Kalvin and Tyson Schotte, Natalie and Annette Neff.


She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene.



Cirilo Lopez Casanova

CasanovaCirilo Lopez Casanova, 88, passed away on October 20, 2013 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield,KS. His viewing will be at 10:00 am with funeral Service at 11:00 am Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris chapel in Winfield, Ks. Interment will be at Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. Cirilo was born Feburary 9,1925 in Elk City,Oklahoma. His parents were Jake & Thomasa (Lopez) Casanova.

Cirilo was a WW II veteran serving with the US Army in seven major campaigns in Africa and Europe with distinction earning 4 Bronze Stars. After the war he Married Isabel (Triana) of Wichita, KS who preceded him in death in 1993. Cirilo retired as a Clerk for Wesley Hospital in1990. He moved to Cleveland, TN and worked and retired from Charleston Hosery. He was a member of a Wichita and Cleveland VFW and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

He is survived by: Son, Lt. Col Terry Simmons stationed in Germany; Daughters, Vicki Munoz and Michelle Morales of Wichita; Brothers, Cruz, Jake, Raymond and Paul Lee Casanova and sister Linda; 10 grandchildren and 22 great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Brother. Mickey, sisters, Grace & Shirley.



Maxine R. Kunz

kunzMaxine R. Kunz, age 87, of Overland Park,KS, passed away October 22, 2013 at the Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care in Kansas City, MO..

Memorial services will be Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10:30am at the Christ Church Anglican, 5500 W.91st, Overland Park, KS Memorials may be made to the Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care 9221 Ward Parkway #100  Kansas City MO. 64114.  On line gifts may be made at www.Kansascityhospice.Org. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Maxine was born April 21, 1926 in Nashua, Iowa to Clayton  and Doris(Bellamy) Sutherland.  She was raised and educated in Iowa, graduating from Ames High School in  1944.  She attended Iowa State University where she attained a B.S. degree in Home Economics.

She married John Adams Kunz August 19, 1950 in Ames, Iowa. 

John and Maxine then moved to Kansas City where they raised 2 daughters, Sue and Tracy.  While they were growing up, Max worked outside the home as a substitute teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District.  She also worked for Price Candy Co. as a manager for their retail locations. 

Maxine remained active during retirement, involved with friends, her neighbors, grandchildren and family.  Max was a 50 year member and past president of P.EO. Chapter IC. She had been a member of her Church for over 50 years and served on the Altar Guild. . 

Preceded in death by husband John, January 29, 2004, brother James Sutherland.

She is survived by daughters;  Sue Birney of Winfield, Ks. and husband Don, Tracy Strodl of Mission Viejo, CA and husband Keith.  Grandchildren, Jon Birney of Olathe, KS and wife Molly, Erin Birney of Austin, TX,  Lindsay Jones and husband Robert of  Laguna Hills,CA and Kelly Strodl  of San Francisco,CA



Donald H Mayginnes

Donald Henson Mayginnes, 92, died October 19, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Village in Winfield. He was born October 11, 1921 in Mound Valley, Kansas. His parents were Harry D. Mayginnes and Grace A (Kauffman). His Burial Service will Friday, October 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Ks. Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H. is in charge of services.

Donald was raised in Mound Valley. He graduated from Labette Co. Community High School in Altamont,KS. He served in WWII with the US Army in the European Theater. After the war he moved to Winfield worked for Beech Aircraft and Cessna Aircraft in Wichita,Ks. He helped start and was active in the Horseshoe Pitching Club in Winfield. He was a former member of the American Legion.

He is survived by:brothers, Paul and Mildred Mayginnes of Columbia,MO, J.B. And Florence Mayginnes of Andover,KS and step-daughters, Pat Howard and Donna Martin,and numerous nieces and nephews.



Wendell O. Faust

faustWendell O Faust, age 86, formerly of Udall, passed away October 8, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in El Dorado.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, October 12,  2013, 10:00am at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Inurnment will be at a later date.  The memorial is the Kansas Veterans Home - Winfield. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Wendell was born October 6, 1927, in Udall, Kansas to his mother Letha Faust.  He was raised and educated in Udall.

He married Bonnie Marie McDermott, she passed away in 1988.

Wendell started working as a young man in farming and agriculture in the Udall area.  He served his country during WW II in the US Army.

After the war, he returned to work in the Udall area. He soon moved to Oxford where he operated heavy equipment for Holt Construction.  While living in Oxford he also graded roads for the Oxford Township.  He worked for several other construction companies before moving to Sedan where he owned and operated his own backhoe operation.  He then sold the business in the mid 80’s and returned to work for Diamond Construction.  His last employment was at the Oxford Alfalfa Mill in Rock.  He retired in 1994.

Preceded in death by his wife, mother, Uncles Homer and Buck, Aunts Pearl, Dorothy & Gladys.

He is survived by Sons; Gregory Faust of  Seattle,  Matthew and wife Eva Wills of Augusta, Ks.  1 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Robert H Simpson

Robert H Simpson, 70, of Winfield, passed away September 29, 2013 at his home.

He was born August 26, 1943 in Ogdensburg, NY to Henry and Marion (Reardon) Simpson.  The family moved to Massena, NY where he graduated from Massena High School in 1961. 

After graduation, Robert lived in Mesa Arizona and Denver.  He worked as a general laborer and in construction.

He is survived by Brothers; William Simpson of Denver, CO., and David and wife Patricia Simpson of Massena, NY.

Preceded in death by his parents in 2002.

No services are schedule. 

Carol Haury Brubacher

BrubacherCarol Haury Brubacher, 79, of Winfield KS passed away on September 29, 2013 at Cumbernauld Village surrounded by family.  She was born on March 24, 1934 in Newton, KS to Florence (Haury) and Walter Buhler Enns.  Carol graduated from Newton High School in 1952.  She received her degree with highest distinction from Bethel College in North Newton, KS in 1956, and later earned her Masters Degree from Wichita State University.  

Carol married Jack Brubacher from Walton, KS on January 14, 1954 in Newton.  The following Christmas she joined Jack, who was based north of London and they toured France, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain. 

While her husband was completing his work at Bethel College, Carol began her teaching career in Newton, KS.  Following Jack’s graduation, they moved to Bryan, TX, later to Kansas City, KS, and eventually to Newton, KS where their daughters were born.  When the girls were teens, the family moved to Winfield, KS where they continue to reside.  

Carol and Jack celebrated their retirements in 1996 with family and friends.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Carol was active in PEO, various professional organizations and loved attending concerts.   She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she was involved in activities including Tuesday at Ten Bible Study.

Carol instilled the love of music in her daughters and grandchildren, who were the pride of her life.  Through her career in teaching Carol taught elementary and middle school in Newton, KS, Bryan, TX and Arkansas City, KS where she touched the lives of countless students who she stayed in touch with over the years.  She enjoyed traveling to numerous parts of the United States for various family events, and enjoyed exploring new and different restaurants.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter, Jacqueline Carol.

Carol is survived by her husband Jack of Winfield, KS; daughters Lisa Smyle and husband Craig of San Antonio, TX; Laurie Lisle and husband Kenneth of Edmond, OK; granddaughters Jennie Burrow and husband Justin of Yukon, OK; Courtney Garton of Edmond, OK; Sean Smyle and Evan Smyle of San Antonio, TX; sisters Rosalind Andreas and husband Carl of Newton, KS; Ellen Goering and husband Don Brown of Boulder, CO in addition to a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.  

Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield, KS on Saturday, October 5th at 10:30 A.M.  A memorial has been established in Carol’s memory with First Presbyterian Church in Winfield.  



Samuel "Sam" David Dimit

DimitSamuel “Sam” David Dimit, 22, of Winfield, KS died Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Winfield. His memorial service will be 10:30am, Thursday, September 26, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Winfield. A Memorial have been established with Winfield Youth Football. Condolences may be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com
     
   Sam was born December 4, 1990 in Winfield. His parents are David A. Dimit and Deborah (Barker) Adams. He was raised and educated in Winfield graduating from WHS in 2009. As a youth he was active in the Boys Scouts, Methodist youth and enjoyed playing high school football. He was a avid sport fan ,  and loved the K.C. Chiefs. He worked at Morton Building and was also attending Cowley Co. College.

         He is survived by: Parents, David Dimit of Winfield and Deborah Adams and stepfather Jack Adams of Michigan. Sisters, Afton Dimit,  Keri Clay, and Leslie Dimit all of Wichita.  Step sister Ashley Ashton of Wichita, Step brother Max Adams of Rose Hill.  Grandparents, Dorothy Dimit and the late Tom Dimit, Bob and Sandy Barker of Winfield, numerous Uncles & aunts and cousins, nieces and nephews, and his dog June Bug.

Ronald G. (Ronnie) Fisher

fisherRonald G. (Ronnie) Fisher, Jr, age 52 of Winfield, passed away on September 1, 2013 at the Wm. Newton Hospital.

Services will be announced in the future for both family and friends. Before cremation was affected, Ronnie donated his body to the Midwest Transplant Team.  His donation of himself will help many people.  Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Ronnie was born March 2, 1961 in San Diego to Ronald G., Sr. and Janice (Potter) Fisher.  He attained his GED.

He married Trina Rohr, April 20, 2012 in Arkansas City, Ks, they were recently seperated.

Ronnie served his country by joining the Army.  He had been living in Winfield for the past 6 months and worked as a self employed handyman.

He enjoyed fishing on the river, playing in pool tournaments, singing Karaoke and fixing things.  Ronnie enjoyed his friends and was a loving brother, son, uncle, father and nephew.

He is survived by Trina, a daughter Robin G Fisher. Sisters Rhonda Courtland, Gilbert AZ. Susie Reiter, Yates Center Ks and Lila Fisher-Price, Wichita, ks.  One brother Tim A Fisher,Sr.  Helena, OK

Preceded in death by both parents, brothers, Daniel J (Danny) Fisher, Sr., Pennsylvania, and Cllifford Joseph Fisher, Iola, Ks, Daughter Kristina E. Fisher, Ark City,Ks.

At the familys request, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Swisher-Taylor Morris FH.

Harold L Stewart

stewartHarold L Stewart, age 88, of Winfield, passed away September 5, 2013 at the Winfield Kansas Veterans Home.

Services will be10:00am, Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. No visitation.  Interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville, KS.
Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Harold was born in Coffeyville, Ks to Francis L and Mona O.(Lansdown) Stewart on January 6, 1925.  He was raised and educated in Coffeyville, graduating from Coffeyville High School in 1943.

After graduating, Harold enlisted in the US Army.  His tour of duty was in the Pacific Theater where he became a machine gun repairer and assembler.  He was honorably discharge in 1946.

After the war, he worked in Kansas City at a GM Factory, several jobs in Coffeyville, then on to Wichita, where he worked for Cudahay Meats in the shipping dock area, loading product for delivery.  He then worked for Beechcraft for 15 years and retired in 1995.

He moved to Fall River, Ks where he had a cabin that he and his family enjoyed.  He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing.   Harold was a member of the Riverview Baptist Church.

He is survived by son Alan K Stewart of Augusta.  Grandchild Sierra Stewart of Austin, Tx.

Preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Neva.

Ronald G. Broadhurst

broadhurstRonald G. Broadhurst,age 73, passed away September 2, 2013 at the Wm Newton Memorial Hospital.

Services will be Friday, September 6, 10:00am at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield.  Visitation will be Thursday, September 5, 2013. at the funeral home from 3pm to 8pm. Family will greet friends from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, Thursday, September 5, 2013.  Interment will follow the service in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, in Parsons, Ks at 3pm.  Memorials are to Southwestern College Cross Country, Track & Field and the First Presbyterian Church Youth Group.    Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Ron was born November 9, 1939 in Pittsburg, Ks to Arthur Guy and Mildred (Eyestone) Broadhurst.  The family moved to Parsons where Ron grew up.  He graduated from Parsons High High School in 1957.  He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Pittsburg State in 1962.

He married Dixie  Widup, December 2, 1962 in Parsons.  She survives.

After recieving his degree, Ron accepted a job with General Adjustment Bureau in Pittsburg and was soon transferred to Arkansas City.  In 1968, he accepted a position with  1st Federal Savings and Loan in Winfield.  This was a growing business opened a branch in Ark City and Ron transferred down as manager.  In 1988, he accepted a position with the State Bank in Winfield as V-P of Real Estate Lending.  He continued with the State Bank until his retirement in 1998.

Ron was an Eagle Scout and served as a scout leader for several years.  He was an avid baseball player and fan.  He played for a Udall team when he was younger and played in ‘every meadow in Cowley County’.  Ron was left-handed pitcher with a wicked fastball.
He also loved Bluegrass, traveling, and ski trips, but his greatest joy came from his grandchildren.

He served on the Advisory Board for Presbyterian Manor.  He was a Session Member  of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the church for 42 years.

Preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by wife Dixie of the home.  Son, Jamie Broadhurst of Shawnee, Ks.  Daughters; Kelly and husband John Nichols of Sacramento, CA, Amy Broadhurst and Scott Gill of Winfield.  In laws; Joe and Kay Vacca of Coffeyville, Ks, Ron and Judy Greathouse of Lee’s Summitt, MO.  Grandchildren, Halee Broadhurst, Spenser Nichols and William Nichols.  Numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy M Cummings

cummingsDorothy M. Cummings, age 89, of Winfield, passed away August 31, 2013 at Good Samaritan Village.

Services will be Friday, September 6, 2013, 2pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield. Visitation will be Thursday, September 5th, 2013 from 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Memorials are to Trinity Lutheran Church. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Dorothy was born February 7, 1924 in Winfield, Ks to David W. and Sylvia E.(Alberding) McDade.  She was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1942.

She married Marvin Meier in April of 1942, divorcing in 1973.  She later married Leo Cummings

She worked as a bookkeeper at Graves Drug Store until her retirement.  After she retired she was a Foster grandparent at Whittier and Lowell Schools for many years.

Preceded in death by her parents;  2 brothers James McDade and Jack McDade, son Michael, son in law Dick Powell, and grandson Randy Powell.

Survived by daughter Barbara Powell, grandchildren Mike Powell and his wife Tammy; Teri Coble and husband David; and Rob Powell.  Great Grandchildren Bethany & Jacob Coble, Kelsi Gilmore and Megan Powell.

Antonia Ceballos

ceballosAntonia Ceballos, age 76, of Winfield, passed away August 31, 2013 at her home.

A Rosary for Antonia will be said Wednesday,  September 4, 2013 at the Holy Name Catholic Church at 7pm.  Visitation will be from 5pm to Rosary time at the church.  Burial Mass will be Thursday, September 5,  2013, 10:00am at the church.  Interment to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery – Winfield.  Memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Holy Name Church.  Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Antonia was born August 27, 1937. in Winfield to Encarnacion and Savina(Guiterrez) Carrillo.  She was raised and educated in the Winfield schoools.  She is a life long resident of Winfield.

She married Richard Ceballos, May 7, 1955 in Winfield, he survives.

Antonia was a housewife most of her life, she was devoted to caring and raising four girls.  She was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church and was a member of the Church’s Altar Society.

Preceded in death by her parents, Brother Benito Carrillo, Sister Tila Ceballos, grandson Xavier Hill and son Richard A. Ceballos, Jr., sister Amparito Carrillo, 2nd husband Richard B. Camp.

She is survived by her husband, Richard of the home.  Daughters;  Vickie  (Gary) Beeman, Rita A. Gumm, Cecilia M Adamson, and Antoniette C. Camp, all of Winfield.

Brothers;  Paul (Brenda) Carrillo of Tuscon, AZ. Phillip C (Susan). Carrillo of Wichita, Bob (Sara) Carrillo of Winfield, Arthur (Charlotte) Carrillo of Winfield, Lito (Debbie) Carrillo of Wichita.  Sisters Pauline(Phil)  Silva of Wichita and Mary (Charles) Snetsinger of Winfield.  Grandchildren; Cameron Hill, Natasha Morris, Tyson Morris, Matthew Gumm, Richard Gumm, Antoinette Camp and Quentin Rush.  Great grandchildren; Drake, Ryker, Aniston, Xavier, Damien, Malasia, Malique, Kyan, Teleah, Tyson, Violet, Marek, Aden, Lukien, and Drayden.

William Gregory "Greg" Williams

williams

William Gregory (Greg) Williams passed away August 22, 2013, at the age of 79. Greg was born in Topeka, Ks on August 21, 1934 to Christopher and Emily Caton Williams. Greg attended Kansas State University and Stanford, and graduated with a BA in Business Administration in 1956. On March 3, 1957, he married Marilyn Beth Doran in Manhattan, Ks.

After brief stints in the military and working for McDonnell/Douglas Aircraft in Wichita, he began his career with IBM, where he remained until his retirement in 1992. Greg was branch manager of IBM's Chicago Insurance division for a number of years, and received a number of awards, including the President's Trophy in 1985.

Greg was an avid Chicago sports fan and a proud supporter of K-State athletics. He loved music and was an avid reader. He played clarinet in the Winfield Municipal Band for 13 years. He donated generously to a number of local philanthropic and charitable organizations, including the Cowley County Humane Society, Community Learning Center, the Cowley County 4H Food Stand Makeover, Winfield Food Pantry, and the Winfield Municipal Band.

He adored his granddaughters. Greg was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, and son Mark.

He is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law Kip and Dee Williams, of Manhattan, Ks and Steve and Deanna Williams, of Winfield, three sons, Scott, Greg and Tim, and two grandchildren, Emily and Allie Williams of Hilton Head, SC. Arrangements are being made by Swisher/Taylor in Winfield, and the memorial service will be held Wed August 28, 11:00 am, at First Methodist Church in Winfield. Memorials have been established with the Winfield Humane Society and the Winfield Municipal Band. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.



Elzora D. Cline

clineElzora D. Cline, 93, died August 7, 2013 at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield,
 
Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield. Interment at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Friends may call Sunday, August 11th  from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Funeral Home The family will greet friends from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be sent funeraldirector@stmfh.com.
     
Elzora was born July 6, 1920 in Hutchinson, KS. Her
parents were David Franklin & Minnie Esther (Oyster) Beltz. She was a 1939 graduate of Winfield High.  She married Elmer Ray Cline in 1939, in Newkirk, Ok, he preceded her in death in 1987.

Elzora was a homemaker and raised four girls and one son   She also worked at the Winfield State Hospital for many years taking care of the residents. She worked for Harmon Machine Co. as a level maker for a short time.  She later worked for the Kansas SRS as a home maker for the elderly.  She retired in 1988.

Preceded in death by brother David Junior Beltz,   Sisters Rhoda Darnell, Loretta Beltz & Lola Algier
   

She is survived by: Son, W. R. Cline(Laura)of Lockhart, Tx. ; Daughters Dianna (Joe) Thompson of Arkansas City, Allecia (Tommy) Ramirez of Arkansas City, Denecia  Angleton of Wichita, Threcia (Russell) McFadden of Wichita. Sisters,  Aliene Waldorf  of Cortez, Co, Cleona Adams of Jenks, OK; Sister in law, Ada Beltz of Winfield. Grandchildren; Sean Cline, Steven Cline, Lee Schwyhart, Sarah Schwyhart, Larabeth Thompson, Kristine Thompson, Ethan McFadden, Lara McFadden, Julie Angleton.  Gr grandchildren; Aiden Cline, Gracyn Cline, Chloe Schwyhart, Kyndel Schwyhart.

Ronald 'Craig' Morgan

morganRonald ‘Craig’ Morgan, age 52, of Winfield, KS, passed away in the early morning of Saturday, August 3, 2013.
    Craig was born on March 26, 1961 to Marvin Leroy and Judith Ann (Rimbey) Morgan, in El Dorado, Ks.  His family moved often when Craig was young in support of  his father Marvin’s job as a construction supervisor.  The family did settle down when they moved to Burden, KS in 1976.  It was here that Craig established roots and created friendships that lasted his entire life. He graduated from Burden Central High School in 1979, where he was a member of the wrestling team.
    Craig excelled in animal husbandry and worked as a cowboy most of his life with many of the area ranchers.  His love of the outdoors was evident in everything he did.  He could often be found horseback riding, camping or enjoying time with his family at the area water holes and creeks.
     The Walnut Valley Festival was a huge part of Craig’s life; for many years he had an almost reserved spot near the now infamous “Stage 5” and until his health deteriorated in recent years, he was never one to miss the annual Bluegrass festivities!
     He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Judith as well as two of his sisters:  Debra Westfall and Vicki Lynn.
      He is survived in life by his wife and three children: Wyatt McRae (14),  Lydia Rose (10), and Josie Meadow (5).  His brother Marten Morgan of Norman, OK,   Sisters;  Susan Mayfield of Tacoma, WA, Mindy Wirth of Winfield, Lori Morgan of Augusta, Ronna Vanderpool of Ark City, and Kristi Conklin of Winfield.  In addition; 9 nephews, 6 nieces as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and many great nephews and great nieces. He will be missed by all.
The family would like to invite anyone who knew Craig to join them in remembering his life by visiting with them, between 4-6pm, this Friday, August 9, 2013, at his church, Tisdale UMC.  A short memorial service will begin at 6pm. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH are in charge of services.

 Craig was a proud family man and therefore the Family would ask that in lue of flowers please feel free to contribute to the Morgan Nurture Fund that has been established on behalf of Wyatt, Lydia and Josie. Donations can be made to Tisdale UMC. Please feel free to come share in the fond memory of Craig. Condolences and memories may also be shared at, funeraldirector@stmfh.com. These will be collected and given to his children so that his legacy may live on as they grow.

Carl D. Dorsey

Dorsey]Carl D. Dorsey, age 64, of Winfield, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Robert J. Dole VA Hospital in Wichita, Ks at 10:06am.

Services will be  11am, Friday, August 9, 2013 at the First Christian Church in Winfield.  Visitation will be Tuesday, August 6, 2013, from 4pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH. Following the service, Interment will be in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Carl was born September 19, 1949 in Winfield, Ks. to Carl Eugene and Ruby Johnson(Cox) Dorsey.  He was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1966.

After high school, Carl enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 2 years in Vietnam before receiving his honorable discharge.

He married Kathie Kent, she passed away in 2009.

He had been a resident of the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield for close to 10 years.  While there, Carl took to the residents and staff right away, always interacting with a smile.  The first few years there, he played dominoes with such expertise that he was soon the top player in the facility.  Eager to play other games, he was known for saying “how bout a game of Texas Hold em.”.  He also liked to fish whenever he could.

Carl was a lifetime member of the Bethel AME Church.  His last 7 years he waited faithfully for the 2pm service at the Kansas Vets Home to hear Rev. Harold Gross, sing and elaborate on a few scriptures.  He began to bond with Rev. Gross and like the way he kept his hair cut and play a round or two of dominoes with him.

Carl leaves to cherish his memories; his son Clinton Deon of Ark City, his 3 grandchildren; Chevette, Tyler Dean and Trevor Deon.  His mom, Ruby Cox of Winfield.  His twin brother, Earl Eugene Dorsey of Dallas, Tx, brother Milford Dorsey of Wichita.  His sisters; Bobbye Burns  of Winfield, Sandra Dorsey of Topeka, and Venita Tapia of Winfield.

Preceded in death by his ex wife Kathie Kent, sisters Beverly Wofford and Kay Davis, Father Carl.  And a host of nieces and nephews.  Carl will be greatly missed.

Harold E. "Dusty" Rhodes

RhodesHarold E. “Dusty” Rhodes, 89, of Winfield, died July 24, 2013, at Wesley Hospital in Wichita.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Christ, Eighth and Loomis. Inurnment will be private.
Memorials are suggested for Lowell Elementary School, 1411 Loomis St., Winfield, KS 67156.
Online condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Dusty was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Sumner County, to Bertha (Hatton) and Joseph E. Rhodes, the eighth of nine children. The family moved to a farm east of Arkansas City when he was 11. In his junior year at Dexter High School, Dusty was drafted and chose to join the Navy.

As Seaman 1st Class serving on the destroyer USS Johnston, Dusty fought in the largest battle in naval history. The Battle of Leyte Gulf, as it came to be known, happened off the coast of the Philippine Islands on Oct. 25, 1944. The story of this important  battle has been told in books,  documentaries and other works currently in progress, as it was a turning point in the war in the Pacific. After the USS Johnston was sunk, Dusty recalled that seeing the American flag flying from the rescue ship was “the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.”  

Dusty spent the rest of the war in Seattle, then returned to Winfield where he married Carol Ott. The couple raised two daughters, Julie and Teri, and one son, Steve. A daughter, Linda Sue, preceded him in death.
For 24 years, Dusty worked as a burner assembler at Gordon-Piatt Energy Group at Strother Field. After retiring, he worked more than ever. In addition to his jobs at CornerBank in Winfield and serving meals at Lowell Elementary School, he continued a life-long practice of volunteering his time. For several years, he drove for Meals on Wheels, volunteered at William Newton Hospital and mentored at the Winfield Correctional Facility.

He and Carol were volunteer workers at the very first Walnut Valley Festival, during which time a co-worker commented on how hard that ”little guy named Dusty” was working. He continued as a festival worker for many years. As a member of the local Masonic  lodge, he often delivered orange juice and doughnuts to campers in the Pecan Grove.

Dusty was a member of the American Legion, donated close to 17 gallons of blood to the Red Cross, was active in the Church of Christ of which he was a life-long member, and is remembered by his children and friend Ed Foster for a memorable term as president of the PTA.   
In 2013, his employers nominated Dusty for Exemplary Older Worker Award, an honor the Kansas Department of Commerce and Department of Labor awarded him in April. He was vice president of the USS Johnston-Hoel Survivors’ Association.

In 2006 at the age of 82, Dusty graduated with the Winfield High School senior class. Though he had completed academic requirements for a General Equivalency Degree after leaving the Navy, Dusty had never received his diploma. So, clad in the same blue caps and gowns as the 17- and 18-year-olds in the ceremony, Dusty accepted his Dexter High School diploma to a standing ovation.

Dusty became a sought-out expert on the history of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He contributed commentary and first-hand experience for the Military Channel documentary series on the 10 most significant battles in war history. He shared his story with numerous local, national and international organizations and is prominently featured in James Hornfischer’s book, “The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors.”

Even at age 89, Dusty was every bit as handsome as the boy who pulled on a uniform nearly three-quarters of a century earlier. He had a quick wit, eyes that sparkled and hugs every bit as genuine as he was. He delighted in his family and the friends who surrounded them. A lover of music, Dusty was a constant fixture at the Walnut Valley Festival as he welcomed people from around the world to Winfield.
Dusty was preceded in death by wife his wife Carol and his daughter Linda.  

He is survived by his children, Steve Rhodes, and wife, Ann, Anchorage, Alaska; Julie Mauk, and husband, Dick, Omaha, Neb.; and Teri Andreas Farha, and husband, Ted, Wichita; 10 grandchildren, Kelsey Mauk, Silas Mauk, Aaron  Mauk, Amos Mauk, Patrick Mauk, Kate Mauk, David Mauk and Faith Mauk; Kelsey (Andreas) Blue and Jeff Andreas; Mark Farha, Rachel Farha, Ben Farha and Liz (Farha) Barnes; and five great-grandchildren, Levi Mauk, Bryleigh Blue and Conner Blue, Bennie Barnes and April Mauk.
The many people Dusty touched over the years today feel the grief of his leaving – but rejoice and delight in his living.



Virginia Smith

VSmithirginia Smith, 81, died at her home in Winfield, Ks Sunday July 21, 2013. Her Memorial service will be Saturday July 27, 2013 at 11:00am in Trinity Lutheran Church Winfield. Family interment will precede the memorial service. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00-7:00 pm at Swisher- Taylor & Morris F. H. Memorials have been established with Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran School and Wm. Newton Hospital Auxiliary. Condolences may be sent to:  funeraldirector@stmfh.com  
     Virginia was born October 18, 1931 in Chanute, Ks. Her parents were John & Agnes (Alderman) Zimmerman. She was a Chanute High School  1949 grad and completed  cosmetology School in Wichita, Ks. She married Roy Smith in Chanute October 15, 1950. He preceded her in death March 21, 2007. They moved to Winfield, Ks. in 1960.
      Virginia was a Beautician , Homemaker and she served as a administrative assistant at USD # 465. She was active in Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, PEO Chapter FD, and served many years as a Pink Lady at Wm Newton Hospital. Virginia delivered for Meals-on-wheels, and was active in Golden Eagles.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran church and was active in Bible study and a Sunday School class.

She was an active grandmother for all her grand & great grandchildren. She is survived by: son; Randy Smith - Pam of Ark city: daughters: Debbie Lammert - Walt of McKinney, TX, Marilyn Kohart - Tim Syracuse,KS; brother, John Zimmerman of Salina,KS. grandchildren; Jennifer & Jon Chappelle, Tim & Lori Bahn, Kaleb Kohart & Nicole Benton, Kara & Erik Goff, Janet & Lucas Davidson, Shelly  & Jaron Powell, Charlotte  & Colby Leach, Sam Butters and 10 great-grandchildren.

Henry A. Leake, Jr.

LeakeHenry A. Leake, Jr., age 93, died Thursday, July 18, 2013at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Ks.  He was born June 16, 1920 in Sherman, OK.  He was the son of Henry A Leake, Sr and Gladys(Rowe) Leake. 

After high school, Hank enlisted in the United States Army and served in the European Theater of World War II.  Henry was the recipient of the Bronze Star.  He married Carol Gold and they enjoyed many years together.  When he returned to Winfield, he worked the oil fields with his 2 brothers and father.  He was the proud father of two, Kathy and Henry Leake.  He was loved and adored by many.

Preceded in death by his wife Carol, mother and father, sister Ruth, and brothers, Charlie and Keith

Survivors include; his children, Henry A. Leake III, Kathleen L. Carter, grandchildren, Tricia Steel, Georgia and Saxon Leake and great grandchild Beau  Steel.

Services will be Monday, July 22, 2013, 10am at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Visitation will be Sunday, 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.  Memorial is the Winfield Kansas Veterans Home.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Helen Norene Brake

BrakeHelen Norene Brake, 78 of Winfield, passed away July 16, 2013 at Via Christi-St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Ks.  Helen was born in Granola, OK, on September 10, 1934 to Simeon Lester and Maude Alweta(Wylie) Phillips. Helen graduated in 1952 from Udall High School and married Leroy Brake in 1982.

Helen was a cook and waitress throughout most of her life.  She also headed the Mid-America Drag Strip concession stand where she obtained the status of “Grandma” by everyone.  She retired in 1996 from Wal-Mart in Arkansas City, Ks.

Survivors include her three daughters; Cathy Heinz of Haysville, Ks, Christine Casebolt of Winfield,  and Sandy Casebolt of Winfield.  Grandchildren Monica(Marc)Casebolt of Shawnee, Ks.  Dustin(Jennifer) Casebolt of Dexter, Ks., Robby(Robyn) Heinz of Derby, Ks., Tim(Diana)Heinz of Holcomb, Ks.  Ashley Showalter of Haysville, Ks, and Desarae(Brian) of Murfreesboro, Tn., whom she raised.
Great grandkids; Jasa, Devin, Brenna, Teylor, Draek, Kelsie, Dylan, Darius, Justice, Myrissa, Jaycee, and Danica.  Great-great grandson, Aedyn Ray.
Sisters; Nadine Edwards, Sharon Bowman, both of  Winfield, Janet(Tom) Austin of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Prededed in death by husband Leroy Brake; her parents, four brothers: Neal, Darrell, Arnie, Lester Phillips.   One sister Donna, and infant son and daughter.

Services will be Monday, July 22, 2013, 1:00pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Interment to follow in Maple City Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday at Swisher-Taylor from 4pm to 7pm.  Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Charles T. Thomas

thomasCharles T. Thomas, age 90, died Sunday July 14, 2013 at the Veterans home in Winfield, KS.  He was born June 20, 1923 in Pittsburg, KS.  The son of Lawrence Derby and Nellie(Parsons) Thomas.

After High School, Charles enlisted in the US Coast Guard and while in service he married Sunshine Sherman who preceded him in death.  They enjoyed 54 years together.  In 1945, he attended Kansas State College of Pittburg. He started his career in 1949 as a business and math teacher in Alden, Ks.  He later became the district superintendent for 17 years.  He also served as superintendent in Fairfield, Lansing, and Burlingame school districts.  He started his career in counseling in Sedgwick, and later he went to Valley Center where he continued as a high school counselor where he retired in May of 1988.  Charles worked as a substitute teacher until 1998.  Charles never stopped caring about the young people he taught and mentored as he followed many of them into their adulthood.

Charles was a very loving father to his daughters, Linda and Audrey. They would tell you “Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a daddy.”  His faith in God, integrity, and example helped mold their lives.  Those attributes are a legacy for all who knew and loved him.

In June 1997, he married Mary Jane Gabel, and was a loving and dedicated husband.  Charles and Mary Jane enjoyed traveling and square dancing.  Charles loved to play tennis and continued to follow all the tennis matches on television.  Spending time on the computer was also a favorite pastime for Charles, while at the VA Home, he made lots of new friends playing dominos

Survivors include:  Wife, Mary Jane of Wichita,  two daughters, Linda Hughes(Michael) of Snohomish, Wa., Audrey Guyll(Jim) of Hutchinson.  Three step sons, Glen Gabel(Marilyn) of Hays, Don Gabel(Teresa) of Wichita, Ron Gabel(Valerie) of Schoenchen.  Grandchildren; Pam, Tim, John, Mary, Anne, and  Jim.  6 step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren and 1 gr great grandson. 
Sister, Virginia Walker of Oklahoma City, OK.  Numerous nephews and nieces.

Preceded, also in death by his parents, a brother, Ward and sister, Mary.

Services will be Thursday July 18, 2013, 11am at the Asbury Church 2802 W. 15th in Wichita.  Visitation will be at the church from 10am to service time.  Burial will follow on Friday, July 19th in Pittsburg, Ks in Highland Park Cemetery at 1pm. Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice or Asbury Church.  Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com Swisher Taylor & Morris Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Lisa Lynn Markley

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Lisa Lynn Markley, 51, of Ark City, passed away June 23, 2013 at her home.

Services will be Friday, June 28, 2013, 10:00am in Highland Cemetery in Winfield.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

She was born June 19, 1962 in Plainville, Ks. to Arnold and Nonajean(Walker) Markley.  She was raised and educated in the area, graduating from Plainville High School in 1980.

After high school, Lisa traveled throughout the Midwest, eventually attending cosmetology school  in Wichita.  She got her beauticians license and opened the Mirror Image in Hill City, Ks in 1995.  She operated the business until 2004 when her father became ill and she moved to the Winfield area.  Lisa worked at Mosaic and other health care facilities in town as a CNA until recently.

She is a member of the GracePointe Assembly of God Church in Winfield.

She is survived by her partner of 7 years, Louis Barton of the home.  Son Tyler Markley of Ark City.  Brothers Aaron Markley of Houston and Rick Markley of Topeka.  Grandchildren Treah, Grant and Adyson.

Preceded in death by her parents.

Victor Vern Vaughan

vaughanVictor Vern Vaughan, age 85,  born on May 3, 1928 at home in Cedar Vale, Ks., beloved husband of Virginia Kathryn Vaughan of Wichita, Ks. passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, from a prolonged battle of pancreatic cancer.  Visitation is  6 to 8pm Monday, June 24th at the Westwood Presbyterian Church; 8007 W. Maple in Wichita.  Funeral services will be 10am, Tuesday, June 25th at the church.  Graveside service following at 2pm at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 1208 N. College in Winfield. A memorial service will be arranged for locally, and will be published.  Victor is preceded in death by his parents Willie H. & Jewel and brothers,  Vance Leon, Haldean, Jay, Wayne and Max;  sister Jean Pack and granddaughter, Tiffany Ann Vaughan.
 
Victor worked for Cessna, Carl Graham Glass, and Learjet where he retired in 1994.  Victor, a Korean Conflict Veteran, was discharged as a staff Sergeant in 1956.  He was a proud member of both the American Legion and the VFW. He served in many roles with the Korean War Veterans Alliance.

Victor was a lifetime farmer in Chautauqua & Cowley counties.  Victor married Virginia on August 27, 1995 in Winfield.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, brother Willie H. Vaughan of Winfield. The joys of his life were: Sons Victor, Jr. (Cheryl) and Lonnie(Diane), all of Wichita; daughter; Ginger (Wayne)Bromley of Colorado Springs, CO.; stepdaughter Kristie(Steve) Shoemake of Jenks, OK. and stepson Aaron Smith of Augusta; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Harry Hynes Hospice 313 S. Market Wichita 67202 or Westwood Presbyterian Church, 8007 W. Maple Wichita 67209

Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com



Kurtis Ray Bryce

Kurtis Ray Bryce, 50, of Winfield died June 14, 2013 at Harry Hines Hospice in Wichita, KS. He was born September 25, 1962 in Arkansas City, Ks. His parents are the late Nathan Fairel Bryce and LeVeda (Heppler) Bryce. He attended the Winfield Schools and is a lifetime resident of Cowley Co. He had attended the Nazarene Church and had worked for Winfield Auto Re-Cyclers.
      He is survived by: Mother; LeVeda Bryce of Winfield; Daughter, Krystal Rigdon of Winfield; Brother, Kevin Bryce of Winfield and a grandchild Aiden.

      A private family inurnment is planned. Swisher-Taylor & Morris in charge of services.

Wiliiam J. "Bill" Callaway

callawayWilliam J. “Bill” Callaway, age 85 of Winfield, passed away May 31, 2013 at Good Samaritan –Winfield.

Inurnment services will be 2pm, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Highland Cemetery.  No visitation.  Friends may sign the register book on Tuesday from 9am to service time. Memorials are to the American Cancer Society..  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Bill was born February 13, 1928 in Winfield, Ks to Edwin and Erie(Statler) Callaway.  At an early age, his parents divorced and he lived with his Dad and grandparents(the Edmund Callaway  family.)  He was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1946.

He served his country by enlisting in the Army towards the end of World War II.  After the war he returned to the Winfield area and worked for the railroad as a flagman.

On September 27, 1957, he married Doris Cleghorn, in Winfield.  She preceded him in death, July 2, 2005 in Winfield.

After working for the railroad, Bill worked for Albert Hess Contracting and traveled the country painting businesses and houses for many years.  Locally he was a sign painter and painted houses.  He eventually quit working for Albert Hess to work locally for himself.  He continued working up until 2008, when he retired.

He was a past member of the Evangelical Free Church.

Preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother and 3 sisters.

He is survived by his sister, Margaret Wilhm of Mountain Home, AK., Nieces; Moneisa Fiasca of Beaverton, OR, Madalyne Russell of New Plymouth, ID.  Nephew; Mark Wilhm of Cotter, AR and good friends, Bob and Dee Linker of Marietta, GA., Phil Stover of Winfield.

Teresa Ann Stout

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Teresa Ann Stout, age 54, of Blackwell, formerly of Cedar Vale, passed away at the  Integris Hospital in Blackwell, OK. May 19, 2013.

Services for Teresa Ann Stout, (Blackwell, OK.) formerly of Cedar Vale will be Friday, May 24, 2013, 2pm at the First Baptist Church in Cedar Vale.  Visitation will be Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6pm to 7:30pm at Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale.  Interment will be in Cedar Vale Cemetery.  A memorial has been set-up with RCB of Blackwell, to help defray funeral costs.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com
 
Teresa was born May 13, 1959 in Harper, Ks to Charles and Jo Ann(Layton) Stacy.  The family soon moved to Cedar Vale where she attended the local schools and graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1977.

She married  George Stout, June 22, 1977 in Cedar Vale. He survives.

While in Cedar Vale she was involved with raising her family.  She also worked at the Hill Top Cafe for several years for her mother. She later worked as a Para for USD# 465 in Winfield.  In 2003, she moved to Blackwell, OK where she was manager of  Shepards Oil Company.

Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Jo Ann.

She is survived by husband George, of the home.  Son; Shane Lee Stout and wife Christine of Ark City. Daughter; Lacey Ann Stout and Husband Josh Breedlove of Ramona, OK  Brothers; Jim Filtingberger of Adriana, MO., Rick Filtingberger of Cedar Vale, Steve Filtingberger of Sedan, Joseph Filtingberger of Blackwell.  Sister Kathy Stacy of Blackwell.  Grandchildren Genna Clark, Mitchell Evans, LeAnn Kelley, Ashton Kelley; and many nieces and nephews.



Janice Ann Utt Hoag

HoagJanice Ann Utt Hoag passed away May 4, 2013 at her home in Winfield.  She was born May 29, 1935 in the rural Hoosier, KS area of Cowley Kansas to John Bernard Utt and Beatrice Adeline Hall. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Charles (Rick) Utt.  The family purchased a farm between Cambridge and Dexter in 1941.  She attended school at Gospel Ridge for 1st thru 5th grades.  She attended school in Cambridge from grade 6 until graduation from High School.
    

On Dec 23, 1953, she married Stuart Hoag at First Baptist Church, Dexter, KS.  They lived in Texas, Maine, Nevada, Mississippi and Europe before he retired from the Air Force.  She retired from Kelly AFB, San Antonio, TX in 1990 but continued working as an annuitant through Operation Dessert Storm.  During her career with the Air Force, she worked at Keesler AFB, MS; Stead AFB, NV; Laredo AFB, TX; Lackland AFB, TX, Randolph AFB, TX, Kelly AFB, TX and Ramstein AB, Germany.  She worked in the Electronic Training Center, Military! Personnel, Transportation, Supply and worked extensively in Human Resources in Staffing of positions, Classification of positions, Labor Relations, Resource Management, Training of employees and Employee Relations including awards, discipline, and customer service.  She worked extensively as a Management Consultant in court cases at both the local and national level.  She worked for Hq USAF in the Logistics Career Program for several years where she helped draft processes and procedures for Career Programs and for identifying and training high potential employees for Senior Leader positions.  She served on the team that worked with Universities and Colleges throughout the United States to identify high achiever candidates for Federal Employment.  In this capacity, she interviewed and hired engineers, analysts, management information specialists and various other logistic trainees and made several recruiting/interviewing trips to Wichita State University.  While working within the Logistics Career Field, she served as a Quality Assurance Supervisor and again was in the Wichita area dealing with AF contracts with Boeing and with GE repair services at Wellington. Her final assignment prior to retirement was in the Aircraft Directorate which did maintenance and repair of B-52’s and C-5’s plus acquisition of the C-17, special programs to bring on the new Fighter/Trainer/Bomber aircraft, and servicing of the Foreign Military Affairs contracts with allied nations contract aircraft.  She was responsible for the budget, personnel, supplies, and facilities to support the Aircraft Directorate.  

After retirement, she worked as a volunteer with the Federal Women’s Program to develop training sessions to identify women in low paying jobs with potential for upward mobility and to train mentors to work with these women to establish career goals and career paths to achieve those goals.  She continued to conduct training session in interviewing techniques and dressing for success.  She was active in her Homeowner Association where she recruited volunteers for the many tasks associated with maintaining a large number of common amenities for over 750 homes/families.  She was instrumental in publishing a directory of residents/phone numbers and in fund raising to finance the Association. 

In 1995, the family moved to Winfield.  She continued to be active in community affairs, working on political campaigns of local candidates, and working on a variety of projects in her church and taught her Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church.  She worked for several years in education.  She helped cook for Boy Scout dinners, 2nd Baptist Annual picnic, Cambridge alumni, Winfield Arts and Humanities special events and many other special projects.  She has been on the Board for the Winfield Thrift Shop and has been active in support of the Salvation Army. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, and a member of the Anna Ruth Circle.  She enjoyed quilting, working in stained glass, music, drama and her many friends and family. 

She attended St John’s College, Univ of Maine, Univ of So. Mississippi, St Mary’s University and received a BA in Management from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX.  She was a member of Delta Mu Delta. She was a life member of National Association of Retired & Active Federal Employees (NARFE), Air Force Association, Federal Employees Association and Kelly Heritage.  She was a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and active in the local Peleg Gorton Chapter.  She was especially close to her Red Hat, card playing  group.  

Survivors include husband Stuart, Son, David Hoag and wife Lucy of Gilbert, AZ; daughter Teresa Hoag of Callao, MO; 13 grandchildren;  James and Elizabeth Hoag, Brandy  and  Wyatt Cornwell, Lyda Marie, Frank and Yancey Dryer; Neil, Shawn, Joyce, Sandra, Leyna and Mandy O’Quinn; 7 great grandchildren, Janice Angellina Hoag, Sagen Stanley, Kaden & Carter Wood, Ray Snyder, Ava and Jude O’Quinn. Special friends Paul & Sally Zuniga and children , Laredo, TX and former daughter-in-law, Lori Hoag, her brothers Gary Utt and wife Julie of Winfield, sister Nancy (Jody) Odell and husband Bob, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 Services will be Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10:30am at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield.  Visitation will be Friday, May 10, 2013 from 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.  Family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Memorials are to Winfield First Baptist Church Endowment Fund or to Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch, PO Box 606, Shelbina Mo  63468-9900.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

George Robert McNeish

McNeishGeorge Robert McNeish, born December 28, 1928, much-loved husband, dad, uncle, grandpa, and friend, died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of May 3, 2013.  The son of George Thomas and Florence  Alma McNeish, George was 84. He was a lifelong resident of Winfield and remained strongly committed to his family, the Winfield community, his beloved Kansas Jayhawks, the Wichita Symphony, and his wife Marilyn’s alma mater Southwestern College. 


A dedicated student, George graduated from KU, where he was active in the Theta Tau fraternity, with a geological engineering degree. Fiercely independent, he returned to Winfield to create and operate his own successful small business, McNeish Oil Operations. Later, together with his wife Marilyn, he delivered on a long-held dream to build a continuing care retirement community, Cumbernauld Village, named for his ancestors’ home in Scotland.  While many regarded this dream as unrealistic, they persevered and realized their vision of a community that has provided a caring and compassionate home to many in their retirement years. 


George loved to travel.  He and Marilyn especially loved Scotland.  They traveled the world and loved exploring new places, and deeply enjoyed going back again and again to their second home, their cabin at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.  It was fitting that George and Marilyn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004 in Estes, surrounded by family who loved to spend time with them at the cabin.

  
A scientific rock hound, he couldn’t bear to part with core samples of stone unearthed from oil wells on which he consulted.  He collected samples of sand from his world travels, the geologist in him curious about how the sand on one beach differed from the next, that each was unique.  George shared this and other creative and intellectual passions with his kids, taking them fossil hunting at the farm, collecting rocks from creeks on countless road trips, and exploring the black sand beaches in Hawaii. 

 
George was an avid musician, playing the oboe, saxophone, and other reed instruments for the Jayhawk Marching Band, Winfield City Band and Winfield Community Orchestra with great skill, feeling, and dedication.  He and Marilyn were also very active in the Winfield Community Theater in its formative years, one time practicing “Pickalittletalkalittlepickalittletalkalittle” into the wee hours of the morning to perfect their timing.  His musical legacy lives on through his kids and grandkids, several of whom are committed, adept musicians. 


A kind, gentle, and serving soul, George McNeish was a committed Christian and believed in community service, serving on boards at First United Methodist, Southwestern College, and the YMCA Camp, among others, and as Winfield’s mayor in the late 1960s. 

He also believed in service to his country, and for his US Army service in the Korean War he earned the Bronze Star medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. Later, he was a founding contributor to the long-awaited and much-appreciated Korean War Veterans Memorial in the Nation’s capital.   It was toward the end of his service in Korea that he turned to a friend and pronounced, “I’m going to go home and marry Marilyn Powers.” When George got an idea in his head, he usually figured out a way to make it happen. 

 
George endured with grace and dignity the heartbreaking decline of his Alzheimer’s disease. Marilyn and their kids are incredibly grateful for the competent, attentive, loving care he received from the staff at
Cumbernauld and from his physicians and nursing staff during his difficult last years. They are also so appreciative of the devoted community of friends and to his niece Diane Elliott-Lee who have been so supportive to George and especially to Marilyn during this time.

George is survived by his devoted wife Marilyn and their four kids, Greg, Jerry, Tom and Marya. His survivors also include their spouses Sue, Nancy, and Rebecca McNeish and Bob Robinson; his grandchildren Sarah and Kris Cooper and their children Meagan, Matthew, and Kaleb; Melanie and Alex Reynolds; Corey and Lindsay McNeish; Grant and Leslie Hodges and their son Avery; Erica and Braden Duncan and their children Emilie and Landon; and Lucinda and Ivan Robinson.  In addition, George is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Louis and Ruth Nell Powers, and his nieces and nephews Diane, Steve, and Alice, and Jamie, LouAnn, and Cheryl and their spouses and children. 

A celebration of George McNeish’s life will take place Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 10:30 am at First United Methodist Church. Internment will follow at Highland Cemetery.  No visitation.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home Tuesday from 9am to 5pm or at the funeral service.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

For those wishing to make a contribution in George McNeish’s memory, please consider giving to the Wichita Symphony, Cumbernauld Village, or Southwestern College.  

Jennifer R. Carothers

carothersOn Tuesday, April 30, 2013, our beloved Jennifer RuthAnn (Gowdy) Carothers went to be with our heavenly father due to complications from surgery.  Jennifer was born December 2, 1986, to David Lynn and Danna Rogene Gowdy in Winfield, Ks. and spent most of her childhood in Arkansas City.  She later moved to Winfield where she graduated from High School in 2006.

Jenny was an active member in 4-H, Kansas Saddle Horse Association and FFA.  She was a faithful member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Ark City.  Jenny will be remembered for being a loving wife and mother, being an excellent caregiver, also for her kindness, beautiful smile, baking, gardening, singing and spunk.  She never failed to light up a room when she walked into it.

On December 31, 2011, Jenny married the love of her life, David Lee Carothers.  June 23, 2011 she gave birth to her sweet baby girl Briana Lynn whom she loved to the moon and back.  Surviving to honor her memory is; her husband of the home; daughter Briana, of the home; her parents; Brothers – Joshua and wife Jessica Gowdy of Derby, Jarret and wife Brandy of Wichita.  Grandmother Carol Ann Smith of Winfield, Grandfather Bob Gowdy of Winfield.  In-laws John and Carla Carothers of Winfield.  Sisters in law Audra Adams and Carmen Carothers of Walker, Louisiana.  Her adoring nieces:  Autumn, Chole, Nevaeh, Laney and nephew Tyler.  Plus, a host of Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends that will miss her greatly.

Preceded in death by her grandfather Danny R. Smith, grandmother Jean Gowdy, both maternal and paternal great grandparents and stepson, JD.

Services will be Saturday, May 4, 2013, 2pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, May 3, 3pm to 8pm, family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.   Memorials may be sent to the Missionary  Baptist Church For: (Briana’s continued medical care)– Ark City  210 E. Windsor Ark City, Ks. 67005 or the funeral home.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

 

Wilma P. Wheatcroft

Wilma P. Wheatcroft, 87, of Kansas Veterans Home died there April 19, 2013. Her Memorial Service will be 1:00 pm , Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield, KS. Inurnment will follow at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. Condolences may be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com Memorials are Winfield Veteran’s Home or Ellinwood American Legion.
      Wilma was born March 14, 1926 in Arnold, Kansas. Her parents were Paul and Vera (Dubbs) Huxman. She was raised and educated in the Ness County area graduating from Arnold High School. She attended Salina School of Nursing.  She married Gordon Wheatcroft in LaCrosse, Ks 66 years ago. Wilma worked as a doctor’s Nurse and later a housewife. She was a member of the  USO during WW II and Grace Communion International Church. They had lived in Goodland and Ellinwood before moving to Winfield to be closer to children.

       She is survived by: Husband Gordon of the home; Sons & Wives; Jim & Marcia Wheatcroft of Winfield, Dennis & Sidney Wheatcroft of Chattanooga, TN; Daughter & Husband; Mary & Nick Leaver of Centerville, TN; Sister-in laws; Jane Huxman of Russell, KS, Delores Huxman of WaKeeny. KS, Melba Shepard of Boulder, CO, 8 grandchildren, and 9 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by twin brothers, Rich & Ron Huxman.

Ida Lue Sunderland

sunderlandIda Lue Sunderland, age 82, of Ark City, passed away April 17, 2013 at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital

Services will be Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1:00pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Visitation will be Friday, the 19th from 3pm to 8pm at the funeral home.  Interment will follow services in Highland Cemetery.  The Cowley County Humane Society is the memorial.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Ida was born June 28, 1930 in Winfield, Ks to Harry and Nora(Van Buskirk) Thompson.  She was raised and educated in Winfield.

She married Warren Sunderland, October 23, 1946, in Winfield.  He passed away in January of 2000.

She was a housewife, she and Warren lived in Nebraska, Oklahoma, before returning to Kansas.  She worked as a retail clerk at Potter’s Liquor Store, she retired in 1993.

She was a member of the 1st Southern Baptist Church in Ark City.   She was a member of a local bowling team.

She is survived by Sons; Robert Lee and wife Gail Sunderland of Ark City, Ks.  Bill and wife Crystal of Ponca City, OK.  Brother David and wife Lori Jones of Lincoln, NB.
Grandchildren;  Debbie and husband Jack Heinson of Meade, Ks.  Brian and wife Yolanda Sunderland living in Japan.  Crystal and husband Carl Moss of Tulsa, OK.  Saylis and husband Justin Pappan of Edmond, OK. Aaron Sunderland of Ponca City, OK. Mycah Pendleton of Ponca City. Kristie and husband Jeremy Ganzevoort of Clarksville, TN.

Preceded in death by husband, Warren and brother Swan Ray. Thompson.

Carlos Sotelo Aguirre

Carlos Sotelo Aguirre, age 58, of Winfield, passed away April 16, 2013 at his home. 

Private services will be followed by cremation.  Condolences made be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

He was born October 24, 1954 in Ojinaga Chihuahua, Mexico, to Mauro Sotelo and Graciela(Aguirre) Rodriguez.  He was raised and educated in Ojinaga.  He attended the University de Agronomy in Mexico.

He married Ana Lujan Sotelo in Mexico.  She survives.

They moved to Winfield in 1995.  Carlos worked at Winfield Consumer Products for 16 years.

He is survived by his wife Ana, of the home.  Son Carlos Sotelo Lujan of Winfield. Daughters Cristina Sotelo Lujan, Carolina Sotelo Lujan of Winfield.  Brother Arturo Sotelo, Sisters Minerva Sotelo Valenzuela, Teresa Sotela Serrano, Olivia Sotelo Aguirre

Preceded in death by his parents.

Barbara Sue Hrencher

hrencherBarbara Sue Hrencher, age 58, of Winfield, passed away at Wm.Newton Memorial Hospital April 9, 2013. 

Visitation will be Friday, April 12, 2013, 3pm to 5pm at Swisher-Taylor Morris FH with a Rosary Service at 5pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Burial Mass will be 10:00am, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland, Ks.  Interment follows in St Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorial is the Holy Name Catholic Church & School.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Barbara was born April 13, 1954 in Meade, Ks to Gilbert J. and Mary L. (Lincoln) Krier. She was raised and attended schools in the rural area, graduating from Ashland High School in 1972.  She attended Pratt Community College.
She married LeRoy Hrencher, they later divorced in 1996.
She worked as a contract Administrator for the USDA.  She retired from that position after 30 years in 2010.

Barbara fought cancer personally, for 13 years. She was very active in many organizations.  She was the main organizer for “Bras for the Cause” and Walk for Cancer.  She had been co chairwoman of the Relay for Life since 2000 and Chairperson for the USDA Team 2005-10.

Barbara was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church in Winfield, a lector and church secretary at the Church and was part of the Reading Buddy Program at the Holy Name School.  She was also a member of the Ks. Assn. Of  County Office Employees for 30 years.

Preceded in death by mother Mary L (Lincoln) Krier.

She is survived by Son:  1SG Christopher Noell of the US Army,  Daughters: Maggie Persinger of Winfield and Naomi Persinger of Topeka.  Brothers Robert G. Krier of Ashland Ks, Jeffery Krier also of Ashland. Sisters Nancy Finley of Coffeyville, Ks. Debi Krier of Colorado Springs, Co. Mary Jo Heyka of Manhattan,Ks



Ray Elton Parsons

parsonsRay Elton Parsons, age 94, of Wichita, formerly of Winfield, passed away April 2nd at Chaucer Estates.

Services will be Friday, April 5, 2013, 10:30am at East Heights United Methodist Church,  4407 E. Douglass, Wichita, Ks  67218.  Visitation will be Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in Winfield from 3pm to 8pm, family will greet friends from 6pm to 7pm.  Interment will be in Highland Cemetery in Winfield at 2:30pm following the service.  Memorials are; The American Cancer Society, The Rotary Foundation and Southwestern College.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Ray was born July 6, 1918, in Cheney, KS. to Rollo and Estelle (Calkins) Parsons.  At a very early age he went to live with his grandparents, Emma and William Calkins, who raised him.  Ray was the oldest of nine children.

He was raised and educated in Cheney.  He graduated from Cheney High School in 1936.  He attended Wichita Stated University 1936-37, Wichita Business College, 1937-38, University of Utah, 1942-43, Southwestern College, 1946.  He graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry, 1950.

Ray was drafted, Dec. 1, 1941 and served as a Weather Officer at several US bases during WW2.

He married E. Jean Youle on Dec, 31, 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The couple lived at various bases, including Lackland AFB, Texas, Burtonwood AFB, England, Andrews AFB, Maryland before Ray resigned his commission as Major n 1954 to enter private dental practice in Winfield.  Jean preceded him in death on Aug 25, 1984.  He married Lola (Tallant)Schowalter onApril 16, 1988 and they lived in Wichita, Ks.

Ray started his solo general dental practice in Winfield, Aug 9, 1954. Son, David, joined the practice in 1983.  He retired from active practice January 1, 1991.

Ray was active in organized dentistry serving as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Kansas Dental Assoc.  He was ADA delegate1974-85.  He received the Kansas Dental Assoc.  ‘Man of the Year’ in 1986.  He received Fellowship in the American College of Dentists 1977, Fellowship in the International College in 1983.  Member Academy of General Dentistry since 1974, member of the Pierre Franchard Academy,  member Psi Omega Fraternity, UMKC School of Dentistry  Alumuni Assoc Trustee 1990-95, served on the dental staff of Wm. Newton Memorial for 36 years.

Ray was a Board of Education Member for 4 years serving as the president in 1962-63.  He was Rotary Club president in 1969-70 and had 51 years of perfect attendance and was a Paul Harris Fellow.  He was past president of the Quarterback Club, past president of Winfield Country Club, Chamber of Commerce Board Member.

Membership in Masons, Shrine and Elks,. life Member of the American Legion, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Past Chairman of the administrative board of the First United Methodist Church- Winfield, past chairman of Parish Relations Committee.  He is a member of the East Heights United Methodist Church.

His hobbies were golf, bridge, travel and was an avid sports fan.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, first wife Jean, daughter Sharon Kraus, brother Veral, sisters Dorothea Collumber, Joanne Compton.

Surivors include his wife, Lola of Wichita, daughter Patty Martin and Husband Ronnie, son Bob, son David and wife Karen, all of Winfield.  Brothers Wayne, Pratt, Ks., Galen, Wichita, Ks., Richard, Hays, Ks, sisters Myraline, Chamois, Mo., Almira Zimmerman, Oklahoma City,  8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Alice Ethel Fowler

fowlerAlice Ethel Fowler, 90. died Friday, March 29, 2013.  Her funeral Service will be 11:00 am Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at First Church of the Nazarene in Winfield where she had been a member since 1977. Interment at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Visitation will be 3:00 – 6:00 pm Tuesday with the Family present. Condolence may be sent to :  funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Alice was born October 6, 1922 in Oberlin, LA.  She was adopted as an infant by Rev. Bush E.  Jones and his wife Birdie. When she was two years old they moved from Glenmora. LA to McNary, AZ where her father was employed as a block setter in McNary's sawmill. In 1928 he entered the Ministry and they moved to Kansas City, MO where he attended Western University.   Alice attended schools in Kansas City, Topeka and Arkansas City, KS. 
June 1, 1939 she married Herbert L. Fowler of Winfield, KS. To this union three children were born, Herbert Brice, Brenda Ann and Ralph Clayton.  He preceded her in death in 1977. 
 

She is survived by: Son Herbert Brice (Jan) of Rosalia, KS, daughter Brenda Ann Fowler of Arkansas City; grandchildren Willy Cooper, Winfield; Kaleb Fowler and wife Sarah, Wichita;  and Korban Fowler and wife Laura of El Dorado, KS; 3 great-grandchildren Kenzie, Ryleigh, and Kaden Fowler; and niece Elizabeth Schiavi (Richard) of Tulsa, OK.  

 She was preceded in death by son, Ralph; infant grandson, Kohen, and sister, Ella Dee. In lieu of flowers,, memorials can be made to First Church of the Nazarene of Winfield.

Charles Rickey 'Rick' Utt

uttCharles Rickey (Rick) Utt, passed away March 24, 2013 in his home in Topeka, Ks. Rick was born April 17, 1945, in Cedar Vale, Ks., to John B. and Addie (Hall) Utt.  He grew up in Cambridge/Dexter area attending school in Cambridge, Winfield and the Ponca City Military Academy along with church activities in Dexter and Winfield.  The family moved to Winfield in 1957, where he was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Rick joined the US Navy in 1962 and spent a tour in Vietnam where he piloted the captain of his ship into enemy territory to receive shelling targets.  This assignment was later attributed to his exposure to agent orange which caused his brain tumor.

He married Judy Taylor in 1971 and to this union was born one daughter, Mia Charmaine.  They were later divorced and Judy preceeded him in death.  He married Johnna Rising in 1981 and to this union was born Amanda Adeline. He married Judy Doyen in 1984 and she adopted Mia. They were later divorced and she passed away in March of 2010.

After leaving the Navy, Rick worked for many years as a long distance truck driver. He owned Thunderbird Travel, which provided transportation for the Walnut Valley Festivals and owned a Ford dealership in Concordia, Ks.

He has been on disability for several years due to an untreatable brain tumor.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John B. and Addie (Hall) Utt

He is survived by two daughters, Mia Budreau and husband Russ of Salina, Ks. Amanda Ritchey and husband David of Wichita.  Grandsons; Austin, Alex, Andrew, Adam of Salina, and Greyson of Wichita.  Sisters, Janice and husband Stuart Hoag of Winfield, Nancy ‘Jody’ and husband Bob Odell of Winfield.   Brother Gary and wife Julie Utt of Winfield.  Plus several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be Monday, April 1, 2013, 10:00am at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Interment to follow in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris from 4pm to 6pm with the family present.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com



Peggy Ann Atkinson

atkinsonPeggy Ann Atkinson, age 78 of Winfield, passed away March 11, 2013 at Cumbernauld Village.

Services will be Thursday, March 14, 2013, 10:30am at the Tisdale United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday, from 3pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH, family will greet friends from 5pm to 7:30pm.  Burial will be in Tisdale Cemetery.  Memorials are theTisdale United Methodist Church and the Cowley County Humane Society.

Peggy was born May 12, 1934 in Winfield, Ks to Welbern and Irene(Jenkins) Savage. She was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1952.  She attained an associates degree in business from St. Johns College.

 She married Glen S. Atkinson March 19, 1955 in Winfield, Ks.  He passed away November 7, 2001.

After college, Peggy began working at the First National Bank.  She married  Glen and they farmed east of Winfield for 46 years.  She raised five children and was a farm wife.  After the children were raised, she returned to work with First National Bank.  After 15 years, she worked at the Winfield Correctional Facility as the assistant administrator, she retired in 2007.

She was a member of the Tisdale United Methodist Church and was active with the Naomi and Ruth Study Group.  She was a member of the Tisdale EHU and a Community Leader with the Tisdale 4-H.
Peggy was a enjoyed being a farm wife and the country life.  She loved to cooking and gardening, with a special fondness for roses, and being with family and friends.

Preceded in death by husband Glen, son – Keith, brothers – Richard & Don Savage, sister -Helena Nixon.

She is survived by Sons – Eric and wife Rhonda  of Alma, Ks., Stephen and wife Tracy of Lafayette, Co., Mark and wife Marna of Rose Hill, Ks., Gregg and wife Maria of Wichita, Ks.  5 grandchildren.

Ken Norland

norlandKenneth M. Norland, age 61 of Winfield passed away from complications of pneumonia March 4, 2013 at Harry Hynes –Via Christi  in Wichita.
 
       Services will be 10:30am Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Winfield First United Methodist Church.  Burial will be at 3:30pm, the same day, at the New Gottland Cemetery, southeast of Lindsborg, KS.  Visitation will be Friday, March 8, 2013 from 3pm to 8pm with family greeting friends 6pm to 7:30pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to Bartlett Arboretum (bartlettarboretum.com), Pioneer Bluffs Foundation(pioneerbluffs.org),  Southwestern College Performing Arts or a charity of your choice.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Ken was born March 23, 1951 in Lindsborg, KS. to Emery and Laura Lee (Myers)Norland. He was raised and educated in Lindsborg, he attended first grade at North Diamond School, which was close to his farm home outside Galva, KS.  At that time the school was one of the last remaining one-room school houses in Kansas. He attended Roxbury Elementary School, and graduated from Lindsborg High School in 1969.  He served his country during the Vietnam War as a legal clerk in the USMC.

After his military service, Ken and his brother Gib did construction work in saw mills on the  West Coast converting saw mill waste into convertible energy in those operations.  He also worked on farming and ranching on the home place near Lindsborg with his father, brother Gib and brother Randy.

He married Madeline Magnusson  June 10, 1979, and they farmed east of Winfield for a short time before moving to Ft. Worth, TX.,  Madeline’s mother’s hometown, so Ken could finish his college degree. He received his B.A. degree from Texas Wesleyan University and also a degree in Ranch Management from Texas Christian University. While attending T.C.U,  Ken worked at the Rivercrest Country Club of Ft. Worth, becoming assistant manager. During the twenty years of living in Ft. Worth, Ken was vice president of the Texas Grain and Feed Association.  He served various offices in his neighborhood association. He was a leader in Indian Guides and Indian Princesses groups with his children and was a major contributor to the Bass Performance Hall.

Since moving to Winfield in 2000, Ken has contributed to the community through his service in the Winfield Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Winfield Convention and Tourism, Habitat For Humanity, United Way, Kanza Committee, Winfield FUMC Stewardship and Finance Committee, FUMC Communion Steward, South Kansas Symphony on the Prairie Construction Team, and more neighborly construction and landscaping projects than one would realize. He also served as Director of Membership Services for the Kansas Bed & Breakfast Association.

He and his wife of 33 years, Madeline(Magnusson) Norland have jointly owned and operated the Bluestem Bed and Breakfast, east of Winfield, since 2007.  It is an example of Ken’s ingenuity of design and the culmination of tireless manual labor.  Ken and Madeline also were co-chairs of the successful campaign to renovate Richardson Auditorium at Southwestern College in 2012.

Ken has volunteered his time with the Southwestern Exposition & Stock Show, helping 4-H and FFA youth, from 1991 to 2013.  He also served on the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth Administrative Council and a member of The Toastmasters of Fort Worth.  Any spare time was spent with dear friends, celebrations over great meals, camping & hunting,  and treasuring time and travel with Madeline and his children Annika and Jon.

Ken is preceded in death by his father, Emery, and mother Laura Lee, and his beloved son Jon.

Survivors include Madeline; daughter Annika; sister Jan Wilde and husband Charlie of Quenemo; KS; brother Gilbert and wife Anita of Spring; TX, brother Randy and wife Gretchen of Galva, KS; various aunts and uncles, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert L Jennings

jenningsRobert L. Jennings, age 90, of Winfield, passed away February 18, 2013 at Winfield Rest Haven. 

Graveside services will be Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:00pm in Highland Cemetery.  No visitation.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Robert was born August 21, 1922 in Elmo, Missouri to Samuel Leroy and Nancy (Toppen) Jennings.  He was raised and educated in Elmo, graduating from Elmo High School in 1940.
He served his country during World War II as a cook in the U.S. Army.  He was stationed in Japan after the surrender.
He married Ellen Maxine Weaver in Maryville, Missouri, June 28, 1941.  She passed away April 26, 1992.
Robert worked as a truck driver for several oil and gas exploration companies.  He started with C.R. Porter in 1951 in Plainville, Ks.  The company transferred him to Winfield in 1953.  He left C. R. Porter to work for Smith & Moon as a sheet metal worker.  He retired in 1991.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brother Roland and son, William Eugene, and 3 sisters

 

He is survived by son Robert and his wife Cindy  Jennings of Athens, Tn.  Former wife Deloras Beach of Winfield.   6 grandchildren, 11 great grand-children, and 2 gr – great grandchildren.

Harriet S. Jenkins

jenkinsHarriet S. Jenkins, 97, died February 18, 2013, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield.

Services are at the First Baptist Church of Winfield, 10:30am, February 20, 2013.  Burial has taken place at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with First Baptist Church and the Winfield Food Pantry. Contributions may be made through Swisher, Taylor, Morris Funeral Home or First Baptist Church.

Harriet was born March 21, 1915, in Winfield. She was the daughter of Ira and Anna R. Stutzman. She attended Winfield schools, graduating from Winfield High School in 1932. She attended Southwestern College during the Depression.

Harriet married Clifford E. Muret Oct. 20, 1940. The couple made their home on a farm in rural Winfield. Clifford died Oct. 28, 1962. Harriet married the Rev. M.E. Jenkins Nov. 7, 1968. They lived in Oxford and Winfield. M.E. died Dec. 7, 1998. They served churches in Oxford, Hackney, Arkansas City and Winfield.

From 1934 to 1940, Harriet worked at the Cowley County Courthouse. She returned to the workforce in 1963 after Clifford died to support her children, Joe and Lee. Besides helping to run the farm, she worked for McSpadden & Andreas until 1979, then worked part-time for Mathews, Taylor & Krusor until 1991.

Harriet was a member of First Baptist Church of Winfield. As a young woman, Harriet was part of the first women’s bowling team in Winfield. She was a volunteer and longtime board member at the Cowley County Historical Museum. She was a member of the Hypatia Study Club and participated in the Sunflower Home Demonstration Unit.

Harriet played cello, and she performed as part of the Winfield City Orchestra.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Harriet was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Ralph Stutzman; three infant sons; and a stepson, David Jenkins.

Harriet is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Chris Muret of Winfield; daughter and son-in-law, Lee and Phil Moorman of Winfield; a stepson, Daniel Jenkins of Johnson City, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Beverly Morgan of Colorado Springs; three granddaughters, Jennifer Muret Bate and husband Seth Bate, Jessie Muret, and Sarah Muret, all of Winfield; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Owen Bate; and numerous stepgrandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Sula McSpadden

McSpaddenSula Belle Wells McSpadden, 93, was born February 15, 1919 in Cedar Vale, KS and passed away January 28, 2013 at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.  She graduated from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, KS in 1937 and attended Wichita University.
     She married Gerald D. McSpadden January 26, 1941 in Moline, KS. A housewife for most of her life, she was employed as a secretary at Topeka Capital Federal Savings and Loan early in her marriage.
     They moved to Winfield in 1950 where Gerald established his law practice. Sula was a member of P.E.O. Chapter FD, Study Club, Worthwhile Club, Coffee Club and William Newton Hospital Auxiliary .   She was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program for over 20 years and The Eagle Nest. Her favorite hobby was growing tea roses and sharing them with friends.
     Preceded in death by her husband Gerald in 2002 and parents Dr. A.Y. and Verina Wells, she is survived by son Steve (Marilyn) of Winfield, grandchildren Brian, Scott and Michael; son Dean (Deb) of Palm Harbor, FL, grandchildren Jillian, Thomas and Erin; and sisters Carol Allison of Wichita and Ruth (Dick) Day of Berkeley Springs, WV.
     A private family graveside service will be held Friday morning, followed by a memorial service at 1:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. No visitation. A memorial has been established in her name with William Newton Healthcare Foundation, 1305 East 5th Ave, Winfield, KS 67156.   Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com



Velda N. Ledbetter

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Velda N. Ledbetter, 94, formerly of Cedar Vale, passed away January 28, 2013 at Good Samaritan Village in Hutchison, Ks.
     
Services will be Friday, February 1, 2013, 1:30pm at Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale.  Visitation will be Friday, 10:00am to service time. Interment in Cedar Vale Cemetery.  Memorials are Good Samaritan Village in Hutchinson and Harden Hospice of Kansas.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Velda was born August 8, 1918 in Inola, Oklahoma to Salem Henry and Emma Urusala(Moore) Fine.  She was raised and educated in Inola, with the family moving to the Cedar Vale area at a young age.
     She married Nolan Irvin Ledbetter October 4, 1934 in Sedan, Kansas.  He passed away March 3, 1969.
     Velda lived in the Cedar Vale area for over fifty years.  She was mainly a housewife during that time.  She did work for 10 years at the Call Grocery Store.  In late 2002, she moved to Colwich to be closer to family, and moved into Good Samaritan in 2006.

Preceeded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is survived by Daughters Betty J. Jones of Colwich, Kansas, Ethel M. Snyder-Davis of Wichita.  Sisters Wilda Osburn of Chanute, Kansas and Mary Terry of Bixby, Oklahoma.  3 grandchildren, 9, great grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren.

Melvin C. Martin

MartinMelvin C. Martin, 77, of Winfield died at home, Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  His Funeral service will be Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Central Baptist Church in Winfield.  Interment will be at Highland cemetery.  Memorials have been established with Les Feldick Ministry – Kinta, OK & Am. Diabetes Assoc. & and may be sent c/o Swisher-Taylor & Morris, 803 Loomis, Winfield, KS 67156.  Condolences may be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com
    Melvin was born May 31, 1935 in Guthrie, OK to Maurice and Addie (Summers) Martin.  He was educated in several schools, including Winfield and graduated from Blackwell, OK in 1953.  He married Georgia Lee Farnsworth April 10, 1955 at the First Baptist Church in Winfield, KS.   Melvin worked as a painter for several years in Winfield and Ponca City, OK.  Later Melvin worked for the Federal government with Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Services as a Superintendent of Grounds and Operations in Chinle, AZ, Wyandotte, OK,  and Nome, AK.  Melvin retired in 1997.  He also was a former member of the Oklahoma National Guard. 

    Family members are their children Steven E. Martin and Jaime Lipscomb of Orange, TX; Krista L. & Carl Morrison of Winfield; Kelli L. Burtrum of Lawrence; Matthew B. Martin of McPherson; Kathleen R. & Howard Clark of Lawrence; and Adam L. Martin and friend Barbara Halloway of Burden; 22 grandchildren; and 38 great grandchildren. His sister Darlene & Herman Martin of Pekin, IL and numerous nieces, and nephews.  Melvin loved having a houseful of his children, grand and great grandchildren.  He loved to study the Bible and was a member of Central Baptist Church, the Elks Lodge & Lions Club.  Melvin loved spending time with his family, camping, hunting, fishing and boating.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Addie and his brothers Maurice Harold, Edwin E, Clifford E, and Stanley A. Martin.

Elrena "Auntie" Munday

MundayElrena “Auntie” Munday, 90, died at the Greenwood Co. Hospital in Eureka, Ks January 20, 2013.
     Her Funeral services will be  10:30 am, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale, Kansas. Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00-servicestime at the Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Cedar Vale City Cemetery. Condolence may be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com   A memorial has been established with the Peoples Place in Cedar Vale.
       Elrena was born June 14, 1922 in Cedar Vale her parents were Dewey Maine Munday and Rilla Ann (Newton). She attended and graduated from Cedar Vale Schools.
She worked for many years in Food Service for USD 285 retiring in 1986 with 36 years of service.  In the summertime she was the cook at Camp Horizon near Arkansas City for many years.She was a longtime member of the First Baptist in Cedar Vale. She served as SS and had taught primary & junior classes  at the Assembly of God Church for 35 years.

       She is survived by: sister; Erma L. Stone of Arkansas City Numerous Nieces and Nephews. Brothers; Enos Wiley “Dub” and Eldon L. Munday and sister Ellen Sutherland preceded her in death.

Alfred W. "Al" Snell

SnellAl Snell passed away on Thursday, January 17th, 2013. He was a resident of Rose Hill, Kansas.
Al was born October 15th, 1930, in Winfield, Kansas.  He graduated from Winfield High School in 1948 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy soon after.
     He joined the Naval Weather Service and as a petty officer served on Pacific overseas stations at Guam, Koror, Okinawa, and Hawaii, and aboard ship in the Far East. He received training as a weather forecaster and reached the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He also served as an instructor before receiving an officer’s commission. His duties as a commissioned officer included forecasting at a naval air station and at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. One highlight of his career came while serving aboard an aircraft carrier, when as ship’s meteorologist he handled forecasting duties for the splashdown/recovery of the Gemini XI space capsule in 1966. He spent his later career in the Navy as a computer systems manager in Monterey, California.
     He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1973.
After retirement from the Navy in 1978, he worked for NCR Corporation in Wichita until 1993. After this time he devoted himself to woodworking and his two grandsons. He was a long-time member of the South Kansas Woodturners.
     He married Catherine A. Briski of San Mateo, California, in 1955. She survives in the home. Other survivors include children Daniel Snell of Prunedale, California (wife Stephanie); Timothy Snell of Wichita; Brian Snell of Florida; Donna Bunyard of Rose Hill (husband Gary); and Kevin Snell of Manhattan. Grandsons are Matthew Bunyard of Manhattan and Michael Bunyard of Wichita. Surviving siblings are Virgil Snell of Overland Park (wife Jane); Janet Hoheisel of Wichita; Wendell Snell of Cape Coral, Florida (wife Ann); and Karen Snell of Winfield.

A rosary will be held at  7:30 pm Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013 and Burial Mass will be  10:30 am Wednesday at Holy name Catholic Church ,Winfield, KS followed by internment at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Winfield. Condolences may be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com  Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.

Lloyd L. Miller

millerLloyd L. Miller, age 89 of Winfield, passed away January 7, 2013 at his home.

Memorial Services with be 10:00am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield, Saturday January 12, 2013. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials are to Trinity Lutheran School in Winfield,  Harden Hospice and Messiah Lutheran School in Grand Junction, CO.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

     Lloyd was born September 23, 1923 in Greenleaf, KS. to Francis Marion and Edna Pearl(White) Miller.   He was raised and educated in Greenleaf graduating from High School in 1941.  In 1949 he attained a Bachelor of Music degree at Southwestern College, and in 1957 a Masters Degree in Music and English from Kansas State University. During this time, he taught music at Logan, Axtell and Barnes School Districts.
     He served his country as an Army Medic with the 20th Armored Tank Division during World War II.  He also spent some time in the Army Marching Band but was needed more as a medic.  He was honorably discharged in February 1945.
     On December 14, 1944, he married Alice Johannes in Hopkinsville, KY. 
In 1964, Lloyd and Alice moved to Winfield where he taught music and English at St. Johns College and Academy up to when the College closed in 1986.  He then retired.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Winfield American Legion Post 10 and the Kansas Authors Club.  He was a 50-year member of the Winfield City Band.

He is survived by his wife Alice of the home, son Corky and wife Enid Miller of Grand Junction, CO. Grandchildren: Kyle and wife Patty Miller of Montrose, CO., Jeremy and wife Tessa Miller of Grand Junction, CO.  Great grandchildren Emily, Olivia, Isaac and Caleb.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his daughter Jana, his brothers Melvin and Ralph, his sister Po.

Charles C. Crossnoe

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Charles C. Crossnoe, age 92, of Winfield, passed away January 7, 2013 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield. 

Family Interment services will be 11:00am, Thursday, January 10, 2013 in Highland Cemetery.  A Memorial service will be conducted at 1:00pm on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield.  Visitation will be Wed. January 9, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.   Memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church and the Cowley County Humane Society.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

He was born July 17, 1920 in Pelahtche, Ms. To Otho and Grace(Carr) Crossnoe.  From a young age he resided in and was educated at the Tennessee Industrial School in Nashville, Tn.  He married Laura Schantz July 9, 1943 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield.  She passed away June 18, 1985
     After high school he served in the Tennessee National Guard and was activated into the US Army Air Corp in 1942.   He was assigned to Strother Field as a member of an advanced team to establish electrical lighting systems for the airfield.  After the war, he continued as an electrical contractor eventually establishing Crossnoe Electric.
     He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon.  He was also a member of the American Legion.  He was known as an avid gardener, frequently sharing vegetables with friends.  He enjoyed reading history and loved animals.  He raised show pigeons and show Cocker Spaniels.

He is survived by a daughter, Lynne Snyder and husband Jim of Winfield.  A grandson, Erik Snyder and his wife Corina of Queen Creek, Az., granddaughter Jamie Archer and husband Danny of Winfield.  Great-grandsons Jacob, Ethan, and Corbin.  He is also survived by a beloved nephew
    





2012 Obituaries

l Jon G. Herod l Lloyd H. Neu l Bob Lewis l Gayle Harlan Snyder, Jr. l Anna R. Dunnell l Sharon Kay Bird l Julia Ann (Hernandez) Tapia l Dorothy J. (Brown) Nicholson l Burton C. Feste l Jacky R.Wilson l Craig Lee Turner l John H Bridges l Michael D. Bird l William 'Billy' R. Bauer l Virginia M. Wilber l Doris Jeanette (Hunt) Priest l Austin L. Adamson l Donna Sue Solomon l Bernadine C. Speer l James "Harold" Berrie l Charles (Chuck) Allen Mecham l Emily E. Hunt l Mella Mae Simpson l Louis D. Gabbert l Olive L. (Mills) Ramey l Alberta Marie Korntheuer l Vonnye Pauline Prather l Connie Weinrich l Elizabeth (Babe) King l Darlene A. Gardenhire l Beulah Crawford-Davis l Michael C. Meloy l Helen Elizabeth Lowrey l John Meece Ringler l Clarence "Don" Broadhead l Betty Lu Lynn Mossman l Glen Eldon Nelson l Helen Marie Marten l Fred William "Bill" Duensing, Sr. lGlorene Cannon l Rev. Dr.Forrest James Robinson l Kenyon Fillmore Martens l Alex Almassy l Ruth M. Ehmke l Josephine V. Torrance l Donna Jean Betus l Norma June McCanon l Mary "Ellen" Martin l Gladys I Owens l Melvin L. Blenden l Arelyn B. Foster l Arleta (Hull) Lundy l Dee B. Lemert



Jon G. Herod

HerodJon G. Herod, 77, a former resident of Garden City, Ks died Saturday, December 22, 2012 in Derby, KS.
His graveside service will be at 11:00am Saturday, December,29, 2012 at the Glenwood Cemetery in Walnut, Ks. Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris F.H., 803 Loomis, Winfield, Ks 67156 from 3-8:00pm. Family will greet from 6-7:00pm. Memorials: Finney Co. 4-H Foundation, Buffalo Dunes Jr. Golf. Condolences may be sent: funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Jon was born January 12, 1935 at Walnut, KS. His parents were James W. & Marjorie (Greve) Herod. He was raised and educated in and around Walnut graduating from Walnut H.S. in 1952 and Kansas State University with a BS in Ag Economics in 1956. He married his H.S. sweetheart Anna Marie Kennedy in May of 1956 she preceded him in death on August 8th of 2011.

on and Ann lived in Morton Co. where Jon was County agent and in 1967 they moved to Garden City, KS where Jon was A Farm Management person for KSU until retirement in 1994. They moved to Derby in 2008.

Jon was active in a variety of activities: Lions Club, 4-H Fairboard, Golf- Men’s League, Captain at Buffalo Dunes, and First United Methodist Church. He help to establish the National Grassland Park in Morton Co., he was a qualified Master Gardener, on Finney Co. Fairboard and a longtime member of the Walnut Masonic Lodge. In his spare time he did punch & latch hook and was an avid KSU Sports fan.
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Jon is survived by: son & wife , Dr. Jeff Herod DVM & Becki of Douglass, KS; Daughter & Husband, Kathy & Bill Winquist of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Elliot, Emersyn, Edisyn and Carter: Brother, Robert Herod of Tulsa, OK



Lloyd H. Neu

NeuLloyd H. Neu.,81, of Winfield died 12/23/12 at his home in Winfield. Funeral services will be Thursday December 26, 2012 at 1:00pm at the Swisher-Taylor & morris Chapel.Visitation will be Wednesday from 3-7:00 pm with family greeting friends from 5:30-6:30pmat theFuneral Home.Condolences may be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com.
      Lloyd  was born November 25, 1931 in Arnett, Ok. His parents are edward Neu and Jess June (Hawk) Neu. He married Martha Goodnight in Winfield and she preceded him in death in 1999. Lloyd worked at General Electric as a Turbine Engine mechanic until retirement. He loved to fish and the out of doors. He was a US Army veteran.

       He is survived by: Sons. Donald L. Neal, Ed Neu, Gerald D. Neu, Kenneth D. Fields, David Fields and James Neu; Daughters, Julie Lavy, Linda Neu; Brothers, Robert Neu: 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by parents, brother-Marvin and Sister Dorothy Haish

Bob Lewis

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Bob Lewis, 81, of Winfield, passed away December 22, 2012 at the Kansas Veterans Home.
     His memorial service will be 10:30 am Friday, December 28, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield. Family inurnment at Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. Memorials have been established with First United Methodist Church and Winfield Arts and Humanity Council and may be sent C/O Swisher-Taylor & Morris- 803 Loomis-Winfield, KS, 67156. condolences may sent to:  funeraldirector@stmfh.com
     Bob was born December 10, 1931, Mexico Missouri to Hugh Adolphus and Bertha (Summers) Lewis. Educated in Mexico, MO and graduated from Mexico High School in 1949. Served 18 months in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict stationed at Austin TX and Victorville CA.       Upon his discharge he was employed at the International Shoe Company, Mexico MO.. Transferred to Topeka KS in 1954 to head of the Accounting Dept. of the Continental Service, a subsidiary of International Shoe Company. 
     On July 18, 1954 in Mexico MO., Bob married Joy Hall, a marriage lasting 58 years.  In 1959 he completed his schooling at Clark School of Business, Topeka, KS as a Certified Shorthand Reporter.   For a short time he served as the reporter for the State Board of Tax Appeals.  His first court was the District Court, Columbus, KS 1959.  In 1967 became the reporter of the District Court, Winfield, KS.  In 1974, he started his own business, “Bob Lewis Shorthand Reporting", Wichita, KS. 
     Because of failing health he retired from reporting in 1996, prompting him to follow a lifelong dream of opening his own art gallery.  In addition he wrote " Random Thoughts" for the Winfield Daily Courier between 1997 and 2007.  He was a member of the National and State Shorthand Reporters Assoc., Rotarian and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Winfield. In addition to being an artist he enjoyed golf, music and reading. He was a long time Sunday School Teacher, Church Choir Director, Church Baseball Coach, member od Methodist men, Weekly Bible Study Group, Walnut Valley Men’s Chorus, College Hill Coffee Group and for a time a tutor at Whittier Elementary School. He was a long time fan of Harry S Truman and avid reader of John Gresham.
    Survived by wife Joy and sons: Jason Wayne Lewis and wife Amy Southlake, TX  Jeffery Hall Lewis and wife Linda, Plainville, KS Grandchildren: Jessica Redfearn and husband Sam, Jacob Lewis, Jordan Lewis, and Alexis Lewis. Step Grandchildren: Braun Flaherty, Milissa Flaherty, Brad Flaherty, Brandy Byler Great Grandchildren: Briley Redfearn Tripp Redfearn.  Step Great Grandchildren: Seth Flaherty, Trevor Flaherty. Nephews: Scott Lewis, Randy Lewis, Patrick Lewis, W.E. Lewis, Jr., Bruce Hall and wife Shirley, Lewis Hall; Nieces: JoAnne Withington and husband, Robert, Nicki Phillips and husband, Donald, Betsy Lewis.

     Proceeded in death by parents and brothers: Chapple and wife Dorothy,Wilburn and wife Loraine Calivin and wife Agripina, Niece: Barbara Sims

Gayle Harlan Snyder, Jr.

snyderGayle Harlan Snyder, Jr. age 68 of Winfield passed away December 13, 2012, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. 

Inurnment services will be 1:00pm, Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. Ks.  There will be a private gathering at the Rehwinkle Community Room after the ceremony.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

He was born October 5, 1944 in Waukegan, Il to Gayle H. Snyder, Sr. and wife Julia E.(Carberry).  He was raised and educated in North Chicago.
 
After high school, Gayle enlisted in the Marine Corp at the age of 17.  He served his country in Vietnam as a gunner for helicopter rescue missions.  He was proud to be a Marne, and always said, ‘Once a Marine, Always a Marine.  A Vietnam Vet – a Lean Mean Fighting Machine.’

He returned to Alexandria, Va where he worked for Piedmont Airlines.  He worked there for many years before returning to the Chicago area.  He worked as a new car salesman.  He moved to Wichita, then to Winfield.
He loved life, fishing, cooking and had lots of friends.  He lived, laughed and loved.

He was preceded in death by his mother Julia and nephew Ryan.

He is survived by his father, Gayle H., Sr. of  Zion, Il., Sisters; Ardis and  husband Les Harris of Crystal River, FL.  Donna and husband Victor Geib of Beach Park, Ill and his best girls; Marilyn Turner and Heidi (Dog) of Winfield.

Anna R. Dunnell

dunnellAnna R. Dunnell, age 74,of Winfield, passed away November 24, 2012 at Good Samaritan Village.

Services will be Thursday, November 29, 2012, 10:00am at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Visitation will be Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 3pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris.  Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Anna was born August 8, 1938 in Burden, Ks to Charles (Jack) and Nona (Franks) Jones.  She was raised and educated in Burden.

She married Lloyd William (Bill) Dunnell, Jr., March 28, 1974 in Mulvane, he survives.

She was a housewife most of her life.  She did work at The Elmo Hotel as a switchboard operator and also at Good Samaritan Village.

She is survived by her husband Lloyd (Bill), of the home. Son Lloyd William (Bill) Dunnell, III and his wife Amy of Winfield.  Brothers Larry and wife Julie Stewart of Burden, Denny and wife Cheryl Stewart of Towanda, Danny and wife Linda Stewart of El Dorado.

Sharon Kay Bird

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Sharon Kay Bird, 69, of Winfield, KS passed away Tuesday morning, November 13, 2012 at her home.

Funeral services will be Saturday,  November 17, 2012, 10:30am at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, Ks.  Visitation will be Friday, November 16, 2012, from 2pm to 8pm, family will greet friends from 6pm to 7:30pm.  Interment will be Monday, in Shawnee Memorial Gardens in Shawnee, Ks.  Memorials may be made to Creative Community Living.  Condolences may be emailed  to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

 Born June 2, 1943 in Norton, Kansas, Sharon was the daughter of Fermon and Vida (Bretton) Button. She was raised on a farm outside of Edmond, Kansas and moved to Norton after her father's death where she completed high school. After high school she attended and graduated from Brown Mackie School of Business in Salina.  Sharon was united in marriage to Alvin D. Bird on June 3, 1962 in Norton. While in the Air Force, they lived in several states and Sharon was active in the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) while organizing volunteers to help with their two developmentally disabled children, Danny and Michael. After leaving the Air Force, Sharon and Alvin then added to their family by adopting two children, Brian in 1974, and Susan in 1982. Also in 1982, they relocated to Winfield where Alvin set up his medical practice. 

Throughout her life, Sharon was active in supporting her husband and family in a myriad of ways. She was a military wife who put up with frequent relocations and made many sacrifices while her husband was in medical school. She was also an advocate for the handicapped, and a dear friend to many individuals in the community. She passionately took on the mission of providing services for individuals and families who were in need. She was the founding director for a sheltered workshop for the handicapped individuals in Jenks, Oklahoma; established respite programs for parents at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center (WSHTC); and became president of the WSHTC parent group. 

Ultimately, with closure of the WSHTC she and other parents established Creative Community Living (CCL), a new parent/guardian driven community organization dedicated to providing services to the handicapped. Currently, CCL supports 121 individuals and employs a total of 265 staff across two counties. Sharon had been the President of the CCL Board of Directors since the beginning. CCL was built as a model with parents/guardians in control that has been emulated in states across the US.

Sharon was the recipient of many awards for her legacy of leadership throughout her life including: the First Citizen award from the First National Bank in 1993 for helping to enhance the quality of life in Winfield, a Governor's Merit Award for service, and the inaugural  Governor's Excellence Award in 2011 for her work with Kansans with disabilities. She has also had a humanitarian award named in her honor. 

She enjoyed spending time with, and caring for, her grandkids as well as attending Kansas State football games with her husband and family.

Her family includes: her husband, Dr. Alvin Bird of Winfield; her son, Brian Bird, and wife, Robin Bird, of Winfield; her daughter, Susan Schultz, and husband, Jonathan Schultz, of Winfield; her sister, Jacqueline Whistler and her husband, William Whistler, of Fairway; and her grandchildren, Hayleigh Bird, Rachel Bird, Ethan Bird and Riley Schultz of Winfield.

In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by her sons Daniel and Michael Bird.



Julia Ann (Hernandez) Tapia

tapiaJulia Ann (Hernandez) Tapia, age 74, formerly of Winfield, passed away November 9, 2012 at the Manor Care Nursing Center in Wichita.  Visitation will be Monday, November 12, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.  Rosary Service will be Monday night 7pm at Holy Name Catholic Church.  Burial Mass will be Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 10:00am at Holy Name.  Contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral costs.

Julia was born April 11, 1938, in Wellington, KS to Ursalo, Sr. and Rebecca (Abasolo) Hernandez.  She was raised and educated in Wellington.

She married Pedro Tapia, March 31, 1962, in Wellington, Ks.  He passed away May 11, 1979.

Julia was a health care provider.  She worked for many years providing care in homes and care facilities for others.  She retired in 1995.

She was a member of the Winfield VFW Auxiliary, the Holy Name Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

Proceeded in death by her parents, husband, brother Joe Hernandez and sister Charlotte Torres.

She is survived by Sons; Pedro Tapia, Jr. of  Winfield, Marc Tapia and wife Tracy of Winfield.  Brothers, Alex Hernandez of Wellington, Ursalo Hernandez, Jr of Wellington and John Hernandez of Wichita.  Sisters; Mary Rios of Junction City, Tx., Gloria Huck of Arkansas, Esther Scobee of Wichita.   Grandchildren Pedro Tapia, III,  Caleb Tapia, Austin Tapia.  Great grandchild Bentley Chrisman.

Dorothy J. (Brown) Nicholson

nicholsonDorothy J. (Brown) Nicholson, age 81, formerly of Winfield, of Wichita., passed away October 25, 2012 at the Via Christie Hope Center in Wichita. 


Graveside Services will be Monday, October 29, 2012, 1:00pm at Floral Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday October 28, 2012, from 4pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.  Memorials made be made to the Foster Grandparent Program – USD 465. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Dorothy was born September 11, 1931 in Barren County, Kentucky to Veachel and Mossie(Dennison) Poynter.  She was raised and educated in Barren County, eventually finishing high school and attended classes at Cowley College.
 
She married Wilton Roy Brown, Sr. on August 27, 1949 in Glasgow, KY.  Dorothy and Roy had three children; Brenda, Jewel and Wilton Roy Brown, Jr. (Wilt).

She was also know as “Dottie” by many.  She was a loving and devoted mother who supported and encouraged her children to love God.  She also supported her children through her active involvement with their schooling and school activities.

After the children were raised, Dorothy pursued her dream of performing and singing country western music.  She traveled through Texas, Arizona and Alaska performing. She and her sister Jenny had a Saturday morning radio show in Bowling Green, Ky where they played and discussed country music.  She also made her own album in Seattle, Wa.        in 1978 and was titled “From My Heart to Yours” by Dottie Jean.

Later in life, Dorothy was a foster grandparent for both Winfield and Wichita school districts.

She is survived by Daughters: Brenda and husband Cecil Jacks of  Hesston, KS  Jewell Ketzler of Aransas Pass, Tx.  Son – Wilton Roy and wife Velene Brown of Wichita.
Brother Aaron  Poynter and  sister in laws Martha Poynter, and Betty Poynter.

Grandchildren – Virginia Arndt Smith, Lanna Jacks Roby and  Bryan , Jeremiah and wife Karen Brown, Megan Jacks Duerksen and husband Lucius , Mike and wife Michelle Skidmore, Jamie and husband Neil Smith, James Ketzler, Roy Ketzler, and Zachariah  Brown.

Great Grandchildren – Frankie Lynn, Dallas, Alyssa, Braden, Triston, James, Bryanna, Trenton, Kierston, Tiffany, Haniah, Azriah.

Burton C. Feste

Burton C. Feste, age 80, of Winfield, passed away October 14, 2012 at his home. feste

Memorial Services will be Thursday, October 18, 2012, 10:00am at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield.  A memorial has been set up with the Joe Thorton Memorial Fund with the Winfield Recreation Commission.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

 He was born December 8, 1931 in South Dakota  to Peter C  and Marian D  Feste.  He was raised and educated in Colorado Springs, graduating from Lewis Palmer High School in 1949.  He served his country by enlisting the U.S. Navy.  He then attained a bachelors degree in education from Colorado State College and a masters degree from Wichita State.
He married, Christene Turney, August 21, 1954 in Colorado Springs, she preceded him in death.  He then married Sarah Glantz, June 6, 1999 in Winfield and she survives.

He was employed in Fountain/Ft. Carson School district for many years as a teacher and administrator.  He also coached football, basketball and other sports.  He moved from the district in 1971 to Burden, Ks, where he continued to be an administrator, counselor, teacher and coach.  In 1981, he retired and began employment with Mayflower Moving and Storage as a truck driver, retiring for good in 2004.

He is survived by his wife Sarah of the home, Sons; Guy Feste of Denton, Tx., Gene and wife Cynde Feste of  Arkansas City, Ks.  Daughters – Connie and husband Jon of Atwood, Ks.  Tina Lister of Winfield.  Sister Delores Campbell of California.  12 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren. 10 great grandchildren, 3 ste grandchildren.

Preceded in death by first wife Christene, daughter Carolyn, three sisters, 1 brother and a step grandson.



Jacky R. Wilson

wilsonJacky R. Wilson, 58, of Winfield, passed away at his home September 29, 2012. 

Services will be at 2:00pm, Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield.  Visitation will be Monday, October 1, 2012, from 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. Family will greet friends from 6pm to 7:30pm. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been set with CornerBank to help defray funeral expenses. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Jacky was born April 16, 1954 in Winfield, Ks to Alva T. and Bertha Ellen(Mann) Wilson. He was raised and educated in Winfield, and attended Winfield High School.
 He worked for Oxford Dehydration Co  for 35 years.  He also worked for Petroleum Enterpries.
Jacky loved to hunt, fish, play golf and card games with family and friends.

He is survived by
Brothers – Perry, Joe, Allen, Richard, and Bill of Winfield.  Don of Dexter and Mike of Lawton, Ok.
Sisters  -Alvalene  Jones of Winfield, Pat Helphingstine of Winfield, Bonnie Bellew of Winfield, Maxine McHenry of Turon, Ks. June Spencer and Kay Paxton, both of Winfield.

Proceeded in death by parents Alva & Bertha, brothers Howard, Marvin, Wesley, Adam and sister Joan Marlow.



Craig Lee Turner

turnerCraig Lee Turner, 21, died of natural causes Friday, September 21, 2012 at his college apartment in Kansas City, Missouri.  

Craig was born October 8, 1990 in Albuquerque, NM the son of Dr. Wade Turner and Laurie (Robidou) Turner.  He was a graduate of Winfield High School with the class of 2009, where he set a school record in swimming-one of the many things he really enjoyed. 
 

He was attending the University of Missouri Kansas City Medical School where he was in his 4th year. Craig was respected and admired by faculty, staff, and fellow students there.  He was a member of the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church and an active member of the UMKC Chapter of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.  Beta members said Craig served a full term as the Scholarship Chair of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter, and encouraged members to focus on and excel in academics.

Craig was life to all around him.  He enjoyed adventure and his favorite trip of all time was to the top of Machu Picchu in Peru.  He was a compassionate young man, well on his way to becoming an outstanding physician.  His loss will impact not only those who knew him but also patients he would have treated. 

He is survived by his parents, Wade and Laurie Turner; brothers:  Brent of Emporia, KS and Heath of UMKC in Kansas City, MO and his sister Lauren of the home;  as well as his grandfathers:  Frank Robidou and Merlin Swink;  Uncles:  Brad and Rick Robidou and Kelly Turner.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents:  Jacqueline Robidou, Phyllis Swink-Turner and Kirk Turner.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to a memorial fund which has been set up at Corner Bank to assist in repaying Craig’s medical student loans or William Newton Healthcare Foundation or to the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church. Services are 10:30am, September 27, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield. Visitation, at the funeral home, 3pm to 8pm. Wednesday, family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.   Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

John H. Bridges

bridgesJohn H. Bridges, age 88, of Winfield, passed away September 18, 2012 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.   Services will be 10:30am, Friday, September 21, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. Pastor Ron Sloan will officiate with military honors by American Legion Post 10 and VFW 3544. No visitation.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

John was born in Tulsa OK. September 28, 1924 to Joe and Gracie Bridges.  He was raised and educated in the Tulsa area, graduating from Rogers High School in 1942.
After graduation he entered the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II.  He had duty on the USS Tennessee, USS Solomons and others. 
After the war he returned to the Tulsa area.  He worked as a salesman selling home improvement products for several companies.
He moved to Winfield in 2009 to become a resident at the Kansas Veterans Home.

Preceded in death by 2 sisters, Gloria and Ruth.

He is survived by Son – Trent Bridges of Wellington, Ks.
By grandchildren  Levi and Jeanetta,  great grandchildren Chloe and Gavin.



Michael D. Bird

birdMichael D. Bird, age 46, of Winfield, passed away September 6, 2012, at his home.  Services will be Saturday, September 8, 2012, 1:00pm, at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH Chapel.  Visitation will be Friday, September 7, 2012, from 3pm to 8pm at the funeral home, family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com
 
Michael was born March 30, 1966 on Westover Air Force Base, the son of Dr. Alvin and Sharon Bird. He was born developmentally disabled and lived a portion of his life in institutions before becoming the inspiration for, and a resident of, Creative Community Living (CCL). He was loved, not only by his family, but his extended family of caretakers throughout his life as well.

Michael lived at home during his younger years until he moved to Parson's State Hospital when he was ten. In 1983 he moved to Winfield State Hospital & Training Center (WSH&TC) in Winfield, Kansas in order to be near his family who had moved to Winfield the year before. When the WSH&TC closed in 1996, Michael was the reason Sharon worked tirelessly with a group of other parents and guardians to form Creative Community Living, a not-for-profit organization that provides housing and care for the developmentally disabled in three communities. Michael was a resident at CCL until his death.

Michael, who was always happy, knew he could get away with mischief by flashing his beautiful blue eyes and wonderful smile.

Michael was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Lee Bird and his grandparents Leondard & Emilie Bird, and Vida McLain, her first husband, Fermon Button and second husband, Maurice 'Buzz' McLain.

Survivors include his parents, Dr. Alvin & Sharon Bird, Winfield; his siblings, Brian Bird and spouse Robin Bird, Winfield, and Susan & Jonathan Schultz, Winfield, and his nieces and nephews, Hayleigh Bird, Rachel Bird, Ethan Bird and Riley Schultz.


Michael will be laid to rest next to his brother, Daniel, in Shawnee Mission Gardens in Shawnee, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Creative Community Living.


William 'Billy' R. Bauer

bauerWilliam ‘Billy’  R. Bauer, age 78, of Winfield, passed away August 27, 2012 at the Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital.
 Services will be 11am Friday, August 31, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield.  Visitation will be Thursday, August 30, 2012, from 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.  Memorials maybe made to the funeral home to help defray costs. 

Billy was born March 17, 1934 in Great Bend, Ks to William R. Bauer, Sr. and wife Dora (Krause).  He attended the local schools and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1952.
He entered the Air Force after graduation.  He was stationed around the country and the world and retired after 20years of service.  He work in supply and support.  He then worked for the USPS in Wichita and retired in 2000.  He recently moved to Winfield to be cared for by family.
He married Donna Swartz in Florida, she survives.

Preceded in death by brother in laws; Donald Pratt and Lawrence Lewis, sister Judy Pratt.

He is survived by wife Donna Bauer of Wichita. Daughters; Dorothy and husband Eugene Wittmerof Diberville, MS, Debra Bacon of Arizona.  Sisters;  Grace Lewis of Wichita, Louise McCord of Hays, KS.   Niece in law Roxanna Lewis of Winfield.Grandchildren William, Stephanie and Eric Wittmer. Christopher, Ryan and Charles Bacon.  Great Grandchildren  Lila Wittmer , Jace and Erza Allman.  Nephews Randy, William, Scott.  Nieces Sheree, Kimberly, Karen, Sharon.

Virginia M. Wilber

wilberVirginia M. Wilber, 81, of Arkansas City formerly of Winfield died Sunday, August 26, 2012.  Her Graveside Funeral services will be Thursday, August 30, 2012 at  11:00am. At Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home with family greeting from 6:00-7:00pm. Memorial has been established with Wm. Newton Hospital Auxiliary.
       Virginia was born June 26, 1931 in Winfield. Her parents were Frank and Laura (Basham) Dunbar. She married William “Bill” Wilber December 29, 1950 in Bartlesville, Ok. Virginia graduated with the class of 1949 from WHS, had nurses training at WSH & TC and also had attended CCCC.
       Virginia managed the Antique Mall at 1400 S. Main for many years and had worked as a Physician assistant at WSH & TC. She was a former member of Sunrise Kiwanis and Lions club. In the late 1950’s early 60’s in the height of the cold war,she served as the Winfield and  Cowley Co. Radiological Defense Officer  training fire departments , police, Schools and individuals.
        She is survived by: Husband, Bill of the home; daughter, Dianna Lynn & David J. Bellew of Arkansas City; grandchildren, Justin Rouch  wife  Stephanie, Layla Ruiz all Winfield, Charissa Armstrong of Arkansas City, Peter Allan Wilber of Osawatomie, Ks; 10 great grandchildren.
       She was preceded in death by son, William Curtis Wilber III, sister Arlene Veach and her parents



Doris Jeanette (Hunt) Priest

priestDoris Jeanette(Hunt) Priest, age 86, of  rural Winfield, passed away August 17, 2012 at Good Samaritan  Village.

Services will be 10:00am, Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home Chapel.  Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, August 24, at the funeral home, family will greet friends from 6pm to 7pm.  Private interment will be in Tannehill Cemetery following the service.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Doris was born October 1, 1925 to Claude and Abbie (Chapin) Hunt at their farm home southwest of Winfield.  She was the youngest of five children.  She attended the first 8 grades of her education at the rural school of Centennial District 4, graduating from eighth grade in 1939.  She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1943.
 
She married Vollie  Priest, February 22, 1948, at the farm home of her parents.  Vollie passed away September 23, 2006.  The couple lived their entire married life on the same farm.

She was a farmer’s wife and a homemaker.   She loved to grow flowers and play the piano.   She was a member of the Hackney Baptist Church and was very active in all the women’s groups and church activities.  She would bring to church flowers that she grew in her garden, most Sundays.  She was also the church organist for 63 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Vollie, brothers; Clyde and infant Kenneth, Sisters; Frances (Hunt) Eastman and Wilda (Hunt) Wiseley, a daughter Katherine Neva(Priest) Mawdsley and her husband Elbert and unborn baby.  A granddaughter Katherine Marie (Priest) Kuchar.

She is survived by Son: Lester and wife Barbara Priest of Winfield.  Grandchildren Brian and wife Rachel Priest of Winfield, Bradley and wife Kristin Priest of  Winfield, Julie Bossi and husband John of Arkansas City, Ks, Grandson in law Lewis Kuchar and wife Lisa of  Winfield.  Great grandchildren – Grady, Corbin, Courtney, Claire and Jillian Priest.  Lucas, Landon, and Logan Kuchar.  Jenna and Justin Bossi.

 

Austin L. Adamson

adamsonAustin L Adamson, age  46, of Winfield, passed away at his home, August 1, 2012.
Memorial services will be Saturday, 1pm at the Dexter Outreach Church in Dexter, Ks.  Cremation has been effected.  Donations to cover funeral expenses may be made at the service or sent to the funeral home.

 He was born August 28, 1965, in Springfield, MA, to C.L. and  Jane(Erwin) Honn.  He was raised and educated in several communities, as he was part of a military family.
 He met and married Cecilia Ceballos in 2005 in Winfield, Ks.  She survives.
He attended Cowley and Butler County Community  Colleges. He graduated from Butler County with an associates degree  in Alcohol and Drug Counseling in 2008.He worked for Kings Treatment and had started his own painting business called Austin’s Painting Service.
He was a member of the Dexter Outreach Church.

He is survived by wife Cecilia of the home, Son - Gabriel Adamson from Ohio,  Step-son Quentin and wife Janelle Rush of  Winfield.  Stepdaughter Antoinette Camp of Winfield.  Sister- Monica Adamson from North Carolina.  His father C.L. Honn and  mother Jane Adamson.
Grandchildren, Aden Rush, Lukien Rush, Maric Rush and Drayden Camp.
 

Preceded in death by adoptive father Douglas Adamson.

Donna Sue Solomon

solomonDonna Sue Solomon, age 58, of Wichita, passed away June 29, 2012 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital.  Graveside services will be 10:00am, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the Burden City Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Graber will officiate.  No visitation. Memorials may be made to the Sedgwick County Humane Society. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Donna was born December 21, 1953 in Wichita, Ks to George and Mary Francis(Emerson) Phillips.  She was raised and educated in Wichita, graduating from Wichita West in 1971.
She met Elba Ray Solomon on May 17, 1990 at the Wichita Riverfest, they were married September 10, 1993 in Wichita, he survives.
Donna worked at Wescom, a plastics manufacturing company, for 10 years.  She raised Pomeranian dogs.
 
She is survived by husband Ray of Wichita, daughters; Tammie Doshier of Cherryvale, KS, and Tanya Jamison of Wichita.  Brother Gailen Phillips of Wichita. Sisters; Gladys Toursey of  Fall River, KS., Sharon Wandle of Cherryvale, KS.  Linda Blake of Cherryvale, KS.  Grandchildren;  Addison, Jakob, Bailie, Hunter, Logan, Rylan, Kirsten,  Courtney, Skyler.

Preceded in death by parents, brother John Phillips.

Bernadine C. Speer

speerBernadine C. Speer, age 88, of Burden, Ks. passed away June 25, 2012.
     Services will be 10:00am Friday, June 29, 2012, in the Burden City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com
     She was born June 13, 1924 in Wellington, Ks to Clem Edward and Winnie (Floyd) Tracy. She was raised and educated in Wellington.
On July 27, 1941 in Wellington, KS, she married Forrest H. Speer. He passed away October 28, 1995.
     Bernadine was a housewife, proud mother and had also worked as a hospital dietician. The family lived in Wellington and Afton, OK. Forrest and Bernadine retired in 1982 and moved to Burden.
     She is survived by daughters Patricia Sue Eck and husband Matt of Wichita; Sheila Joy Talley and husband Phil of Tulsa, OK, Ramona Lee Hughes and husband Larry of Colwich, KS. Brother Lawrence Tracy of Lodi, CA. 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

     Preceded in death by husband, parents, sons Stephen Forrest Speer and James Edward Speer.

James "Harold" Berrie

berrie2James “Harold” Berrie, age 95,of Winfield, passed away June 17, 2012 at Cumbernauld Village.
     Services will be Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:30am at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Rev. Norman Reeves will officiate. Interment to follow in Tannehill Cemetery.  Visitation will be at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH, Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 3pm to 7pm, family will greet friends from 6pm to 7pm.  Memorials can be made to the Kansas-Oklahoma Steam Engine Club 9677 75th Rd in Winfield, 67156 or Hospice Care of Kansas at 917 Main, also in Winfield, 67156, or the charity of your choice.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com
     Harold was born September 22, 1916 in Winfield to Donald and Mary (Smith) Berrie.  He lived all of his life on farms southwest of Winfield. He attended country grade school for eight years and graduated from Winfield High School in 1935.  He also attended Arkansas City Junior College and graduated in 1938.
     He was a member of the Beaver Township Board, Tannehill  School Board and a Life Member of the Kansas-Oklahoma Steam and Gas Engine Association.
     Preceded in death by his parents, his only brother Edward Berrie and his wife of  69 years, Lanore Gottlob Berrie

     He is survived by  son Jim and wife Judy of Grand Island, NE., daughter Helen and husband Dennis Anton of  Sierra Vista, AZ.  Five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Charles (Chuck) Allen Mechammecham

Charles (Chuck) Allen Mecham, 91 of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died June 16, 2012.
He was born in Wichita, Kansas on June 2, 1921. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the Pacific. Chuck was an accomplished mechanic and machinist who also specialized in air conditioning. Always a gentleman, his generosity and kindness left a positive impression on everyone he met. He had a well-developed sense of humor that was radiated from his eyes and smile.
He married Eleanora Loraine Hemsworth on July 27, 1946 in Red Wing, Minnesota.Chuck is survived by three daughters: Sandra Garrett of Paris Missouri; Linda Rigsbee of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Anita Goolsby of Springdale, Arkansas; six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.He always said “I’d rather make something than buy it,” and he did – from tractors to motors and even musical instruments
.

 Funeral Servicse will be held at 2 pm June 20, 2012 at Swisher Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield, Kansas. Interment at Star Valley Cemetery.

Emily E. Hunt

huntEmily E. Hunt, age 97, of Winfield passed away June 2, 2012 at Winfield Resthaven.

Memorial Services will be Friday, July 6, 2012, 10:30am at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield.  Inurnment to follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to Winfield Rest haven. 

Emily was born April 8, 1915 in Millville, Missouri to David Kell and Lillian (Wall) Bryant.  She attended school in Millville and graduated from Richmond High School in 1933.
 She married Francis Hunt, October 1, 1938, making their home in Hamilton, Missouri.  They lived there for 12 years before moving to Winfield in 1950.
Emily was a homemaker, and  Francis operated a jewelry store.

She is survived by son Terry and grandson Tyler of Lexington, Ky., two sisters, Betty Daniel and Jean Bengston of Richmond, MO.  Brother Don Bryant of Troy, MO.  Many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband Francis, her parents and brother Jack.

Mella Mae Simpson

simpson2Mella Mae Simpson, age 94, of Winfield, passed away May 13, 2012 at Cumbernauld Village.
Mella Mae was born in Gibbon OK to John Presley Simpson and Bessie Harrow Matthews Simpson.  In 1919 her family moved to Winfield, where she graduated from Winfield High in 1935, later earning a B.S. degree in Education from Southwestern.  She taught in Anthony, Wichita and Liberal KS and Beloit WI, before returning to Winfield in 1949.  Before her retirement in 1983, she spent a year teaching in England as a Fulbright Scholar.  Immediately after retiring, she spent two years teaching in Puerto Rico.  Her entire 46-year teaching career was spent with children in kindergarten and first grade.


Mella Mae is survived by her nephews Don and Gary Simpson, and preceded in death by her niece Lois Simpson Underwood.  She is also survived by many great-nephews and nieces, great-great nephews and nieces, as well as the family she created with fellow teachers, Southwestern students who lived with her over the years, and the many, many former students who made her a celebrity in later Winfield outings.  
For many of us, it was difficult to see Mella Mae’s vibrant personality fade during the past few years.  We missed the old Mella who would demonstrate belly dancing  or take very slow and distracted walks while commenting on trees and vegetation, or telling stories about her former students.  It was a consolation, however, that she was able to pass without pain and with great dignity, thanks to the caring staff at Cumbernauld and the hospice care she received at the end.

Though Mella Mae never bore a child, it was fitting that she died on Mother’s Day, since her life was so centered on the nurture and teaching of children.  It is a legacy that will endure for years through their lives and through the lives of their own children.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Grace Methodist Church.  Pastor John Martin, himself a former kindergarten student of Mella Mae’s, will conduct the service.  All are invited to the service and to a reception to follow at the church.  No gifts please.  It will be more than enough to remember Mella Mae’s open spirit and to share something of that spirit with a child.  At the reception, we would also ask that those she loved to bring a story about Mella Mae that they might be willing to share with others present.

Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com  Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH is assisting with local arrangements.

Louis D. Gabbert

     Louis D. Gabbert, 72, of Cedar Vale died May 8, 2012 at M D Anderson Hospital in Houston, Tx, after a brave fight against cancer. His graveside service will be Saturday, May 12, 2012, 11:00 am at the Cedar Vale City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9am to 10:45am, Saturday,  prior to the service at Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale.  Memorials may be sent to the M.D.Anderson Cancer Center, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Harry Hynes Hospice.   
     Louis was born in Teague, TX to Jesse James and Loretta (Hester) December 31, 1939.    He was raised and educated in Teague and also Hagerman, N.M.
       At age 19, Louis entered the U.S. Navy where he served during the Vietnam War and also participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion.
  He married Leaetta Clevenger, March 10, 1986, in Miami, OK  She survives.
       After moving to Cedar Vale, in 1987, Louis worked as an over the road truck driver, was a heavy equipment operator and worked part-time as a roofer.
      He was active in raising game chickens and was a member fo the Ark City American Legion.   He enjoyed family and friends, camping and fishing.  He also liked to cook both BBQ and gourmet.

He is survived by wife Leaetta of the home.  Sons; Robert and wife Diane Hicks of Ark City, Ks.  Todd and wife Kerry Gabbert of Edmond, OK,  Kevin Gabbert of Kansas,  Wade and wife Amy Gabbert of Meeker, OK.  Daughter Denise Gabbert of Winfield.  Brothers James Gabbert of Skidmore, Tx, Dean Gabbert of Beeville, Tx.  Sisters Joye Burns of Guntersville, AL., Norma Sisemore of Axtell, Tx.  Barbara Lento of Beeville, Tx. Jean Toberny of Ben Wheeler, Tx.  18 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by brothers Doyle Rey and Revis.

Olive L. (Mills) Ramey

Olive L. (Mills) Ramey, a lifetime resident of the Cedar Vale-Winfield area, passed away Monday the 7th of May at Good Samaritan Assisted Living Apartments. Her graveside service will be 11:00 am Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the North Cedar Cemetery west of Cedar Vale, Ks.  No Visitation. Family suggest in Lieu of Flowers memorials have been established with People’s Place Cedar Vale, Cedar Vale UMC, or Donors Choice. They may be sent to Wheeler F. H., C/O 803 Loomis- Winfield, and KS. 67156.  Online condolence may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com 
   Olive was born on May 4, 1916, 8 miles northwest of Cedar Vale on Otter Creek, to Ralph E. and Bertha (Kennedy) Mills.   She joined her brother Floyd and was then the older sister of Ray and Duane.  The family moved around, but was never far from Cedar Vale.     Olive attended several schools and graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1933.
      She married Rollin Ralph Ramey on February 14, 1935, at the Grace Methodist Parsonage in Winfield.  They made their home in rural Cedar Vale where Rollin was a farmer and cattleman while Olive worked in and out of the home.  Two daughters were born to the marriage, Reva June and Gayle Lois.  Olive was a dedicated wife and mother working as a cook and housekeeper for many years.  

     Olive was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, and husband, Rollin, in 1989.  She is survived by her daughters Reva Bird-Sawyer of Arkansas City; Gayle Buchele and husband, Marvin, of Winfield; devoted niece, Susan Mills-Hiebert and husband, J.D., of American Falls, Idaho; 4 grand-children, Cindy Randel and Wade Randel both of Wichita; Clay Randel and wife, Sandy, of Arkansas City; Judy Powell of Burden;  4 great-grandchildren, Ashley and Garret Randel of Arkansas City; Hayden and Ethan Powell of Burden; 1 step-granddaughter, Linda Burditt  & husband, Bruce, of Topeka; 2 step-great grand-daughters, Amy and Julie; 3 step-great-great grandchildren, Katie, Daniel and Joshua.  Numerous nieces and nephews.

Alberta Marie Korntheuer

kornAlberta  Marie Korntheuer. Age 97, of Winfield, passed away April 24, 2012 at the Wm. Newton Hospital  She was born December 16, 1914 in Chicago, Ill to  Albert  and Elsie (Wussow) Falke.  She was raised and educated in  Chicago, attended Bethlehem Lutheran School, grades 1 – 8 and graduated  from Englewood Lutheran Institute in 1930.  She then attended Bryant Stratton Business College
  She worked at The Walther League Business Office and Simmons-Boardman Publishing Co. in Chicago as a secretary.
She met and married Gerhard Korntheuer, August 27, 1938 in Chicago.  He passed away January 31, 1981.
They moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where Gerhard taught English and German  at Concordia High School. The family then moved to Winfield in 1957 when Gerhard became librarian at St. John’s College.  Alberta worked at the Osteopathic Clinic from 1958 to 1976 when she retired.
While she was working, she volunteered in numerous ways for Trinity Lutheran Church. She volunteered at the Snyder Clinic and Wm. Newton Hospital.   She also was treasurer of the St John’s   College Alumni  Association.
Her hobbies included scrapbooking, stain glass, reading, baking, playing cards, scrabble and keeping up with friends.
She loved to travel, including an around the world trip in 1969 when she visited 10 countries with the Concordia Teachers College Alumni, students and faculty.  She also enjoyed family reunions at Bull Shoals Lake, return trips to Chicago and visits by the children.
Preceded in death by a sister Lee and infant brother Robert.

Memorial services will be, Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:30am at the Trinity Lutheran Church.  Memorials are to Trinity Lutheran Church or School, Walther Lutheran  High School, The Lutheran Hour Ministries.

She is survived by children; Sandra and husband Rod Seitz of Oakland, Ark.  Paul and wife Donna Korntheuer of  Wichita,   Mark and wife Barbara Korntheuer of Maywood, Ill. 

Grandchildren; Jeff, Deb, Jerry, Michael, Shawn, Mak, Daniel, John.  Great grandchildren; Casey, Ryan, Breanne, Cole, Ann, Samantha, Nathan, Heather, Jacob, Ellie, Lula.

 



Vonnye Pauline Prather

Vonnye Pauline Prather, 96, of Cedar Vale, KS died Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Integris Hospital in Enid, OK.  Her graveside service will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Cedar Vale City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:45 AM before the service.  The Memorial is Oklahoma Educational Television Association and may be sent to Wheeler F. H. c/o 803 Loomis, Winfield, KS.
        Pauline was born December 15, 1915 in Cotton County, OK.  Her parents were Arthur Baxter and Vonnye (Dick) Allen.  She was raised and educated in Conway Springs, KS graduating from High School in 1933.  She completed her education with a degree from College of Emporia with a B.S. She met her husband to be in Emporia while attending school and married Roy Prather November 30, 1941.  He preceded her in death in 1978. She was a music teacher by profession teaching school and later was in charge of the music, and pianist at the Methodist Church in Cedar Vale.  She also gave music lessons in her home.
       She is survived by; daughter, Carol (Larry) Sanborn and family sons, Sean and Chris and daughter Sarah all of Enid, OK., and 6 great grandchildren. A brother and sister preceded her in death.

Wheeler F.H. Cedar Vale, KS in charge of services.



Connie Weinrich

weinrichConnie Weinrich, 63, of  Winfield died  April  20, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital  in Wichita, KS. Graveside Inurnment services will be 3:00 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. No visitation. Memorial to Winfield Food Pantry.
      Connie was born January 7, 1947 in Winfield. Her parents were Paul Weinrich and  Mary Francis (Theiss) Weinrich. She was raised and educated in Winfield and attended St. Johns College. She had worked as a computer programmer.

       She is survived by: daughter . Shawna Le-Corum of Ft. Stewart, GA and her children Dylan (7), Ashton (6), and Phoebe (3), her companion Ron McGinnis of the home, sister Phyllis Hotchkin of Burden. Sisters Kathy and Mary  preceded her in death. 

Elizabeth (Babe) King

 king    King, Elizabeth (Babe), 88, died April 21, 2012. Memorial services will be held in Winfield at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 2:30pm. Interment at
Highland Cemetery to follow.
.     Born August 1,1923, Babe was a long time resident of Winfield; she was the daughter of Alien and Fannie Robertson. She married Clifford D. Teel on May 2, 1945, who precedes her in death. Surviving is a son, Terry D. Tee! of Indianapolis, Indiana and a daughter, Suzanne Teel Wright, husband Brad of Columbia, Missouri; Brandy Wright, granddaughter, Tessa, great-granddaughter of Columbia, Missouri; Abby Wright, granddaughter, of Lee's Summit, Missouri; Sam Wright, grandson, with Emmett and Harrison, great-grandsons, also of Columbia.
     On July 23,1981, she married Donald D. King who survives. Step-children include daughter Cynthia King Hanes and husband Mike of Winfield, grandsons Brady Hanes, and Bryan Hanes with wife Lisa, and great-grandson Isaac Hanes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; daughter Sharon King Palmer and husband Jim, grandson Jesse N. Palmer, granddaughter Lori L. Cain and husband Chad and great-grandchildren Damian and Ashlyn Cain, all of Arkansas City; daughter Terry King Pike and husband Rick, grandson Scott J. Pike of Ashland, great-granddaughter Caitlyn of Wyoming, and grandson Todd Pike, who precedes her in death; son John S. King, grandchildren Riley and Peyton King of Winfield, son Kris D. King of Winfield, and son Paul D. King of Fort Ann, New York.

     Babe was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church, an active member of the Queen City chapter of Eastern Star for over 50 years, a member of the hospital auxiliary where she had volunteered over 6,000 hours, and an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Winfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to William Newton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in Winfield, Kansas.

Darlene A. Gardenhire

gardenhireDarlene A. Gardenhire, 72, of Winfield died April 12, 2012 at her home in Winfield. Funeral services will be     10:30AM        Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield, KS Fr. Michael Klag will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Union Cemetery in Winfield. Family suggests memorials may be sent to Holy Name Church in Winfield in her name.
      Darlene was born May 7, 1939 at Winfield her parents were Kenneth C. and Margaret (Kamphaus) Gardenhire. She was raised and educated in Winfield graduating with the Class of 1957 from WHS. She had worked as a PBX operator at General Electric at Strother Field then spent 20 years as a operator for SRS in Winfield. After retiring she worked at Graves Drug Store in Winfield for 5 years, retiring again in 2005. She was a member of the Catholic Church. She loved to dance and had won many dance contests all over the South Central Kansas & Oklahoma area. She liked Country and Western music and Elvis Presley.

      She is survived by: Brother, Robert J Gardenhire of El Dorado, KS and nephew Jason Gardenhire and his daughter Ruby of Portland, OR. Her parents and infant sister Linda Lou preceded her in death.

Beulah Crawford-Davis

davis]Beulah Crawford-Davis passed away April 11, 2012 at the Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital.  Services will be Tuesday,  April 17, 2012, 1:00pm at the St. James Church of God in Christ, 611 N. 6th Arkansas City, Ks. Visitation will be Monday,  8am to 5 pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris F.H. in Winfield, Ks   Memorials are to The William H. Watson Scholarship Fund in care of the church.

Beulah was born June 3, 1907 in Lexington, MO to John & Mabel (Gallehar) Workcuff.  She was raised in Edison, Ks and Wilberton, OK.  She and her family moved to Newton, Ks in 1922 at the age of 15 where she met and married Claude Crawford, Sr. of Winfield.  To this union was born 8 children;  Prince Edward, James, Dorothy Mae, Claude, Jr. and Alta, all deceased.   Alma Anderson of Winfield, William Crawford of Lincoln, CA and Albert Crawford of Winfield, survive.

Beulah raised her children in the church as she worked and supported her husband as he Pastored a church in Winfield until his death in 1964.  In 1966 Beulah married Hosea Davis, Sr. which made a blended family of 13.  She again was a Pastor’s wife until the passing of Elder Davis in 1995.  Mother Davis remained a faithful member of Planeview  until her health failed and she moved back to Winfield.

She attended St. James Church of God In Christ in Arkansas City until she was unable to travel  Beulah was proceeded in death by her grandparents, her mother, sisters Luvonia, Hazel, and Gladys.

She leaves to cherish her most precious memories, brother William “Willie” Workcuff,  three children, five stepchildren, two special daughters: Mother Emily Callaway and Atheria Usher and dear friend Mother Von Wilkins.  Also a host of grandchildren, great, great-great and great-great-great grandchildren, along with extended family and friends.

Michael C. Meloy

Michael Clarence Meloy, age 63, of Cedar Vale, passed away April 4, 2012 at the South Central Kansas meloyRegional Medical Center.  Graveside services will be 2pm Friday at the Cedar Vale City Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday at Wheeler Funeral Home from 10am to  1pm.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  
 
 He was born September 26, 1948 in  Siloam Springs, AR to John C.  and Virginia (Garner) Meloy.  The family moved to Caney,  Ks where he was raised and educated, graduating from Dewey High School in 1966.
  He married Susan Ann Weber, November 3, 1973 in Arkansas City, Ks.  She survives.
Michael was self employed  as a day trader.
He is survived by wife Susan of the home. Mother Virginia Meloy of  Wyoming.  Sons Julian Nicholson   of Kentucky, Michael Patrick Meloy of the home.  Daughters Bobbie Sue Negruk of Arkansas City, Molly Caleen Meloy of Arkansas City and Mary Irene Meloy of the home.  5 grand children.

Preceded in death by his father and brother Larry.

Helen Elizabeth Lowrey

lowreyHelen Elizabeth Lowrey, age 96, passed away March 30, 2012 at Cumbernauld Village.  Services will be Monday, April 9, 2012, 11am at Highland Cemetery in Winfield.  A memorial service will follow at Grace United Methodist Church at 1pm on Monday the 9th.  Visitation will be Sunday, April 8, 2012, from 6pm to 8pm at Swisher Taylor & Morris FH.

Helen Elizabeth Callison was born January 10, 1916, at Norwich KS, the daughter of Henry and Martha Phoebe Ellis Callison.  She attended school at Norwich Ks and graduated from Norwich High School.  She attended Southwestern College 2 years and taught school at Green Valley near Rock KS and at Vickery School near Norwich KS before she married.  She also was bookkeeper for her father's grain elevator at Hamner KS.

She married John Beven Lowrey on October 15, 1939, at the Norwich Methodist Church Parsonage.  In 1942 they moved to Winfield KS.  She was active in the Grace Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and was active in the WSCS and later the UMW.  She was president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Uunion and a leader of the Loyal Temperance League for children.  She was a very popular substitute teacher in the Winfield schools for several years.   She preferred to be a stay at home mom, taking in ironing to pay for piano and trumpet lessons for her children- Lorraine & Alvin.  She helped care for the garden and canned vegetables.  She was a seamstress, making clothes for herself and Lorraine and even a special "knee pants" suit for Alvin for the Kanza production.  Many have received her hand embroidered pieces and quilts.  She also ministered to those who were ill and had a very soothing touch.

They lived at 0106 Iowa, moving to 1021 E 19th in 1977.  For many years she helped her husband sell sweet corn and tomatoes in the barn.  In 1997 they moved to Good Samaritan Village.  They had celebrated 62 1/2 years of marriage when John passed away May 15, 2002.

Her daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine & Herb Morton, Winfield KS, survive her
By her son, Alvin Lowrey, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Grandchildren:
            Don & Laura Morton Hale                             McPherson KS
            Tim & Lydia Morton                                        Springfield MO
            David & Becky Morton                                      Emporia KS
            Rob & Tricia Lowrey Wakarchuk                   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 
            Alden & Ariane Lowrey                                       Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Great-grandchildren
            Joshua and Jolie Hale                                       Rapid City SD
            Travis, Ramona, and Seth Hale                                   McPherson KS
            Brianna, Matthew, and Abby Morton                Springfield MO
            Levi, Jonathan, and Ethan Morton                Emporia KS
            Joel Roger Lowrey                                       Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Great-great-granddaughter
            Ashlynn Brooke Hale                                         Rapid City SD

Brother-in-law Glenn Genteman                                 Harper KS
 “Nephew/son”             Jerry Lee Callison and wife Sarah              Wichita KS
“adopted children”            Dixie Wachholtz and husband Rod                 Derby KS
                                    Dale & Karen Morrell                                       Maize KS
Many nieces and nephews

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; brothers, William, David, Leo, and Ernest; sisters, Ruth and Ora.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Winfield Community Food Pantry, Cowley County Historical Society, or Cumbernauld Village

John Meece Ringler

John Meece Ringler, 75, died March 31,2012 at Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City, KS. His memorial ringlerservice will be 3:00pm Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Chapel in Presbyterian manor at 1711 N. 4th in Arkansas City. A private family inurnment will occur later. 
       John was born November 12, 1936 in Wichita, Ks., his parents were Clarence Peter and Ruth (Meece) Ringler. He attended Wichita Schools graduating at North High in 1955. He graduated from Friends University in 1961 and received a Master Degree from Emporia State University. He work for the New Holland Company in sales and later opened a New Holland implement /Ford tractor agency in Kingman, KS. He closed Ringler Implement in 1986 and moved to Boise, ID and back to Wichita in 1991.  He moved 2 miles North of Arkansas City in 1992.

        He married Janice Irene Koegeboen in 1958 and they later divorced. He married Martha Thompson in 1990 in Boise, ID. And she survives of the home, other survivors are: sons, Lance Ringler and wife Cindy of Clinton, MS and Dr. Grant Ringler and wife Becky of Hutchinson, KS; sister Sally Harmsen of Corpus Christi, TX.; 7 grandchildren.

Clarence "Don" Broadhead

broadheadClarence “Don”Broadhead, 80, of Wichita, died Saturday, March 24, 2012. His Graveside Funeral Service will be 2:00pm Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, 1208 N College in Winfield, KS. Viewing will be 3:00- 8:00pm Wednesday – 28, with family receiving friends from 5:00-6:30 pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H – 803 Loomis, Winfield, KS 67156. Memorials have been established with Alzheimer & Related Diseases or Kansas National Guard Museum and may be the sent c/o Swisher-Taylor & Morris F.H.
        Don was a graduate of WSU and served in the US Army and Army National Guard. He was a Korean and Vietnam War Veteran; He retired in 1979 after 30 years of service as a Command Sgt. Major. He is survived by: his loving wife Edwina (EJ); children, Ronald and Connie and was preceded in death by son, Donald.  Among his extensive family members is his younger brother James.



Betty Lu Lynn Mossman

mossmanBetty Lu Lynn Mossman, age 97, died on March 14, 2012 at Hot Springs. Born on September 12, 1914 in Winfield, Kansas to Charles F. Lynn and Lulu Jeanes Lynn, she was summa cum laude graduate from Southwestern College (Winfield) in 1936 and married Hobart F. Mossman the same year.

Following 7 years living in a Chicago suburb, they moved to Dallas where her husband was Head of School at Hockaday School; she became active at Highland Park Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the AAUW, DAR and PEO (a 70 year member). They were members of the Classic Club and Knife and Fork Club.

They moved to Long Island where she did graduate work and was a math teacher for 18 years in Great Neck and Glen Head schools. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and the North Shore Hospital Auxiliary in Manhasset.
After the Mossmans retired to Bella Vista in 1975, she was active in the Presbyterian Church, PEO, the Garden Club and Andante Club. After a stroke in 2002, she moved to Greenwood Manor in Hot Springs Village and then to The Crossings in Malvern, where she resided when she died.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Charles F. Lynn, Jr., her husband Dr. Hobart F. Mossman (an educator), and her son Stuart Lynn Mossman (luthier of S.L. Mossman Guitars).
Her survivors are her daughter Martha Smither and her husband Wilbur of Dallas and Hot Springs Village, two granddaughters, Rebecca Lynn Risinger Marcum and her husband David of Tecumseh, Michigan and Laura Mossman Nicholson and her husband Scott of Sparks, Maryland and seven great grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Her family remembers her as a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who never raised her voice, always gave them wise counsel and had a keen sense of humor. Her friends knew her to be fun, caring, interested and always willing to help.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 3:30pm to 4:30pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home in Winfield. Family will greet friends at that time, followed by a 5:00pm interment in Highland Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to the Hot Springs Village Community Foundation Endowment for Education, P.O. Box 8024, Hot Springs Village, AR 71910-8024.

Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com



Glen Eldon Nelson

nelsonGlen Eldon Nelson, 85, retired Thourghbred Jockey and rancher died March 16, 2012. His Funeral service will be 10:00 am Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Cedar Vale United Methodist Church with interment at the Round Mound Cemetery. Friends may call Monday March 19th at  Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale from 4pm to 8pm and family will greet from 6-8 pm at the Funeral Home. In lieu of Flowers family suggests donations to “The Boys from the Bushes” by Lou Dean, Oklahoma Heritage Publications fund. This book is historical account of Oklahoma Bush track Jockeys who made it from the bush tracks of Oklahoma to the big time tracks. Donations may be sent to: Wheeler F.H.  803 Loomis- Winfield, Ks. 67156.
      Glen Eldon Nelson  was born January 28, 1927 to Glen Monroe and Adelene Jessie Blakie Nelson at Glenrose, Oklahoma. He received his education at Tonkawa and Ponca City. He married Betty Rose Coffrnan Nelson of Ponca City, Oklahoma on November 6, 1948 at Grace Episcopal Church in Ponca City. They were married 56 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 3 sisters; Evon Nelson Green, Jeanie Nelson Fredricks and Maxine Nelson Mathews, brother Irvin Lee Nelson.
         He is survived by his daughter Eldonna Rose Nelson Magnus and husband Randy of  Ponca City, Oklahoma and son Glen Eldon Nelson Jr. and wife Vicki of Gardner, Kansas, his 2 sisters Evelyn Greer and Velma Poplin of Ponca City,  7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
    Eldon started his professional Jockey career in 1947 at Woolford farms in Kansas City and continued for 4 decades retiring in 1973. He rode in numerous tracks in 8 states and 2 foreign countries. Some of the better known names would be Saratoga Springs, Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Pimlico, Churchill Downs and Delaware Park. He won many races which include Kentucky Derby Trials, Laurel Turf Cup and the Preakness in 1972 . He rode for a variety of stables including Christiana and Mooring stables, which were owned by the DuPont Family and Calumet Farms.
       After retiring from a successful  racing career, he returned to his ranch near Cedar Vale, Ks. , where, with his family and friends,  he enjoyed many wonderful years of working with horses and cattle, as well as trapping, fishing, hunting and horticulture.  He was a member of the Wauneta United Methodist Church.

         Eldon was one of the first handful of jockeys to join The Jockey’s  Guild, Inc. and was a 50 plus year member, as  well as a past member of the Cedar Vale Lions Club.  He and his wife  Betty, received the Kansas Banks  Association Conservation Award in 1991, as well as the Kansas Bankers Association  Pioneer Award in 2003.  In  2009, Eldon was honored by being inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.  In his later years, he resided at Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan, Ks.

Helen Marie Marten

martenHelen “Marie” Sherwood Marten, 95 of Lakepoint- Crestview Assisted Living Center in East Wichita went into her Savior’s arms March 15, 2012. Her Funeral service will be 10:30am Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris  Chapel in Winfield. Visitation will be 3:00-8:00pm Friday and family will greet friends from 6:00-7:00 pm at the funeral Home.
Memorials have been established with Cowley Co. Humane Society, Rivercross Hospice and Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield. Condolence may be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com
       Marie was born march 23, 1916 to Clara Mabel Huston and John Sherwood on a farm, ½ mile west of the Grandview Church. She attended the Prairie Grove School and then Stevenson School in Winfield.  She married Dan F Marten Dec. 10, 1939. They farmed and ranched in the Grandview area for over 40years. She loved the farm, tending to a large garden and raising chickens every summer.
      After Dan died in 1999 she moved to Cumbernauld Village for 10 years and then moved to Lakepoint in Wichita to be closer to her son and daughter. Her parents, a brother, sister and her husband Dan preceded her in death.
      She is survived by: son, John “Jack” and wife Donna Marten of Wichita, daughters Janice and husband Sheldon Kamen of Wichita and Sandy Lyons of Denton TX; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

         Helen Marie was loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.

Fred William "Bill" Duensing, Sr.

duensingFred William “Bill” Duensing Sr.,, 80 , formerly of Winfield and Wichita died March 9, 2012 at the Lifecare of Andover Center. His memorial service will be 1:30 pm, Friday, March 16, 2012 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield. Inurnment will be following at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. 
       Bill was born April 25, 1931 in Cedar Vale, Kansas. His parents were Fred Henry Duensing and Gladys May (Anderson) . He was the oldest of 5 children. He was raised and educated in the Cedar Vale & Moline area graduating from Moline High School.. He joined the U.S. Navy were he served as a medical corpsman with the Marine Corp. He served during the Korean War. After the service he used he medical training working at the WSH & TC 2 different times as well as several other care facilities in Minnesota, Oregon and California. He had also lived in Oklahoma. He retired from the Winfield State Hospital in 1990’s. He had been a member of Winfield Am. Legion and was an avid fisherman.
        He married Alice Jean (Hocker) June 10, 1965 and she survives, other survivors are: sons, Fred William “Bill” Duensing, Jr (Becky) of Wichita, KS, Shawn McCanse Duensing (Lesa) of Warrensburg, MO; daughter, April Deeann Duensing of Wichita; sisters, Leona Hamm of Ponca City, Ok, Jeanie Kistler of Udall, June Rocky of Topeka; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by; infants- siblings, Robin, Andrew, Angie and a brother Robert.

Grandchildren: Melissa (Chris) Thurston, Dustin Duensing, Joshua Duensing, Joshua Little, Chris Little, Jeremy Duensing, Joseph Duensing, Cody Duensing, Steven Coker, Jessica Ankrom, Amanda Ankrom  Great Grandchildren, Bryen, Kyliee, Nichole Thurston, Dakota, Dustin,Jr., Hayleigh and Fred W. Duensing III, Riley McCanse Duensing, and Avery Wallace.

Glorene Cannon

cannonGlorene Cannon, age 80, formerly of Winfield, passed away March 9, 1012 at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville, Ark.  She was born January 10, 1932 in Parsons, Ks to John and Ida (Snyder) Dringenberg.  She was raised and educated in Parsons, graduating from Parsons High School in 1950.  She attended Labette Community College.
  She married Richard Cannon, June 26, 1952, in Arkansas He passed away May 10, 2003.
Glorene was a housewife and help raise a son and a daughter.  She moved to Fayetteville in 2003 to be closer to her family.
 She is survived by Son Gary and wife Ellen Cannon of Baton Rouge, La., Daughter Debbie and husband Jack Kern of Fayetteville, Ark.  Brother, Verland Dringenberg of Parsons, Ks.  Sister Lorene Stuteville of Manhattan, Ks.  Grandchildren Christy, Cody, Kennedy, Cannon.

 Services were Monday, 1pm at Highland Cemtery. Gary Cannon and Jack Kern were officiates, various family members served as casket bearers  Miranda Nation sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Abide with Me’  

Rev. Dr. Forrest James Robinson

 robinson    Rev. Dr. Forrest James Robinson, 89, of Winfield died on March 1, 2012 in Winfield.  Forrest had a remarkable life.  For 64 years he was married to Betty Jean(Matthews) Robinson, who died in December, 2010. 
     He is survived by his children: Robin Joy Ulibarri of Evergreen, CO; and Forrest James Robinson, Jr. (Jennifer) of Wichita, KS, and grandchildren: Jesse Comely; Mikael Ulibarri; Reanna Ulibarri; Derek Norrick; Marisa Szemborski; and  Forrest J. Robinson, III.
     Forrest was born in Winfield, KS to William J. Robinson and Gladys S. Robinson.  His siblings: Martha Spence; Shelden Robinson, Frances Hayes; and Doris Blackstock preceded him in death.
     He attended Southwestern College until he joined the service during World War II.  He was deployed to the European Theater with the 104th Infantry Division.  The liberation of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp near Nordhausen, Germany left a profound mark on his life.  After the war he completed his college education at Oklahoma State University.
    After a successful career in business, he was called to full-time ministry.  He graduated from Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey and served United Methodist churches in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Wichita, KS, Derby KS, Winfield, KS and  Johnson, KS. 
     In the 1960’s and the 1970’s, he was involved in the civil rights movement.  In 1974, while serving the First United Methodist Church in Wichita and in the aftermath of Watergate, he felt compelled to bring a voice of integrity to politics.  He ran fo the Republican Party nomination for Governor. Subsequently, he served as Kansas’s first Secretary of the Department on Aging and the Kansas representative to the Ozark’s Regional Commission developing industrial parks across the state.  Later he worked as a fund raiser for Southwestern and even served as its interim president.  He resumed a full time ministry and then served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation.
     Forrest was involved in many community and social activities.  Among those, he was one of the founders of the Winfield Habitat for Humanity.  Later in life, Forrest bore witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust.  He gave 111 presentations to various groups from North Carolina to California.  The last such presentation to a group of more than 400 high school students occurred the day before his stroke. 

     Forrest’s service will be held 10:30am, Monday, March 5, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, KS.  In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with the Winfield First United Methodist Church, Southwestern College, and Winfield Habitat for Humanity.

Kenyon Fillmore Martens

martensKenyon Fillmore Martens, age 78, of Winfield, passed away February 26, 2012 at the Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital. 
Services will be 1:00pm, Friday, March 2, 2012 at Grace United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Thursday, March 1, 2012, from 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor  & Morris FH.  Family will greet from 5pm to  7pm.  Interment will be in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield.   Memorials are the Winfield Recreation Commission and the Ark City Recreation Commission.
 
He was born July 8, 1933 in Fairview, Ok. to Ervin and Ruby( Godfrey) Martens.  Kenyon was raised in Fairview,OK and graduated from Wellington High School in 1951.  After high school, Kenyon worked for the Santa Fe Railroad.
     He married Betty Jean Stewart, Dec. 28, 1957, and had recently celebrated 54 years of marriage.  She survives him.
     He and Betty moved to Winfield from El Dorado in 1985, making Winfield their home.

Kenyon enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and retired after 21 years of distinguished service, attaining the rank of Sergant First Class.  Among Kenyon’s most memorable assignments was his duty as a U.S. Army recruiter in several Kansas communities.  After his  Army Service, he worked for KT Oil, KOYY Radio, Jarvis Auto Supply and the Winfield Police Dept.
 
He had many hobbies such as officiating and announcing various sporting events, coaching both men’s basketball and baseball teams.  He worked several rodeos as the ring announcer and was a judge in the Severy, Ks Labor Day Parade.  Kenyon also was an avid fisherman and hunter and member of the Winfield Bass Club.
  He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield.

Preceded in death by his parents, grandson Steven Joe Crank, infant granddaughter Mallory Angel Pletcher.

He is survived by
Wife; Betty Jean of the home. Sons; Greg Martens of Wichita, Mark (Suzanne) Martens of  Gresham, OR., Jeff(Melissa) Martens of Andover, Ks.  Daughters; Mary Beth(Bill) Cobble of Amherst, VA., Suzy(Rob) Crank of Towanda, KS. Jeanie(Kelly) Pletcher of Rosalia, KS., Connie(Jeff) Leavitt of Wichita, Stacy (Hosteen) Tsosie of Ark City. KS.
Grandchildren;  Teresa Morrissey, Kevin Burchardt, Mindy Ellis, Weston & Jenna Pletcher, Erica Martens-Short, Justin, Kyle, Evan, Alec & Chase Martens.  Xavier, Brianna, & Jaxon Tsosie.  Holly and Hanna Leavitt.

Great – Grandchildren – Gabriel Wark, Jordyn, Taylor Kermode, Brayden Kermode, , Molly Beth and Lucas Ellis.

Alex Almassy

almassyAlex Almassy, 82,  of Winfield died Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield A memorial service will be held  10:30 am Saturday, February 25, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield. Inurnment will be at the Highland Cemetery Winfield.  Memorials have bee established with the Helping Hands Fund at First United Methodist Church and the Winfield Food pantry.
        Alex was born October 2, 1929 in Budapest, Hungary his parents were  Count Miklos and Maria (Huli) Almassy. He was raised and educated in Budapest with 3 brothers and 3 sisters. When he was ready to go to college in 1955 when the Hungarian Rebellion broke out, He was able to immigrate to the United State arriving first in New York , clearing immigration he moved to Chicago, Ill
 Arriving in Chicago he soon found that a fiend from Hungary was living in Winfield, Ks.  In May of 1956 he arrived in Winfield to visit his friend and look for a job. In Winfield he meet Rosemary Liermann and they were married December 20, 1958.  In April of 1962 he and Rosemary purchased the Liermann Boot & Saddle Shop  which they have ran for the last  50 Years.
       Alex had been a member of Winfield Elks , Lions Club and chamber of Commerce.. He was a member of the Fist United Methodist Church .

       Alex is survived by: wife Rosemary of the home; daughters, Maria (Robin) Kerr of Winfield, Julia (Hayden) Berk of Overland Park; grandchildren, Justin (Nicole) Kerr of Rock, Ricky Kerr of Winfield, great grandchildren, Skyler Allen, Emily Kerr, Alexis Kerr.

Ruth M Ehmkeehmke

Ruth M. Ehmke, age 88, of Winfield, passed away February 16, 2012 at Cumbernauld Village.  Services will be 2:00pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church.  Interment to follow in Mt Vernon Cemetery.  Visitation, Monday, February 20, 2012, from 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.  Family will greet friends from 6pm to 7pm.  Memorial is to Hospice Care of Kansas and the First United Methodist Church.

Ruth was born July 18, 1923, on a farm south of Meno, OK to Omar Glenn and Mary Elizabeth (Swartz) Bergdall.  She attended Forest Home School through 8th grade and graduated from Ames High School in 1940.  She earned a two-year teaching certificate from Southwestern College, Winfield, Ks. in 1942 and taught her first year at Hill View, a one room school west of Winfield.  While teaching there she met Don Ehmke who was home on furlough from the Army.  The following three years, she taught in Wellington, KS and ‘courted’ Don through correspondence.

Ruth married Donald E. Ehmke, June 9, 1946, at Grace Methodist Church in Winfield.  He preceded her in death December 28, 2010.

Ruth was a homemaker and farmwife until returning to Southwestern College and earning her four-year degree in 1967.  She taught an additional 18 years in Wellington before retiring in 1985.

After retirement, Ruth and Don enjoyed traveling and volunteering, which included mission work in Kentucky and New Mexico.  Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Mizpah/Seekers Sunday School Class.   Ruth and Don lived on a farm west of Winfield for 61 years, before moving to Cumbernauld Village in 2006.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Don; brothers, Keith and Paul Bergdall, brother –in-laws Chuck Patton, Gerald Ehmke and Lewis Andrews; Sister in laws Mildred Andrews and Jean Ehmke; and 2 nieces

She is survived by Sons; Keith and wife Margaret Ehmke of Maple Grove , MN., Kim Ehmke of Winfield.  Daughters Karen Bethune and husband David of Ringgold, GA., Sue Kennedy and husband Charlie of Wichita.  Sisters Bertha Patton of Enid, OK, Betty Crabtree and husband Dee of  Murfreesboro, TN.  Grandchildren;  Derek Dinoni, Dan Ehmke and wife Maria, Louis Kennedy, Ashlea Servi and husband Joe;  five great grandchildren, four nephews and one niece.

Josephine V. Torrance

torranceJosephine V. Torrance, 83, of Winfield, passed away February 14, 2012 at Cumbernauld Village. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Friday, February 17, 2012 at the  Cornerstone Bible Fellowship at 3725 E. 9th in Winfield. Friends may call at Swisher- Taylor & Morris Funeral Home from 2:00-5:30 on Thursday. Interment will be 2:00 pm Friday at the Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, Kansas. Memorials are established with Big Brothers & Sisters, Cumbernauld Village Employee Fund and Cowley County Humane Society. 
        Josephine was born February 19, 1928 in Chaonia, MO and her parents were William Grey and Maude Kathleen ( Classick ) Cooper. She was raised and educated in the Eureka, KS area graduating from Eureka High School in 1946.  She married Richard Torrance in 1946 and he preceded her in death in 2001. They moved to El Dorado in 1950 where she raised her children and volunteered at the Susan B. Allen hospital. She attended the 1st Baptist Church in El Dorado.. She moved to Cumbernauld Village in 2005.

        She is survived by: son , Michael (Joan) Torrance of Winfield; daughter, Sandy (Gary) Foust of Winfield; sisters, Marjorie Campbell of Burden, Mildred Waltman of El Dorado; 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Proceeded in death by a daughter Jane Jackson of Odessa, Tx. on August 17, 2011

Donna Jean Betus

betusDonna Jean Betus, 84, passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord in the company of her family on Tuesday, February 7th, at her home in Overland Park, Kansas. Donna was born on September 2, 1927 to Chart (Chick) Lee and Alma Julia (Krueger) McGranahan in Winfield, Ks. 

Donna Jean was married three times. With her first husband, Warren S. Combs, she had two sons-Charles Lee and Samuel Kaye.  With her second husband, Francis M. Atkins, she was blessed with daughters Teresa Renee and Mitzi Gayle. 

Donna Jean worked for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 36 years.  She was proud to have a perfect attendance with that company, starting as a telephone operator in Winfield and transferring to Wichita, Ks. when the Winfield office was closed.  While in Wichita she met and married her third husband, James R. Betus.  

For over 50 years Donna Jean was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.  She was a also a member of the First Baptist Church of Winfield.

Donna Jean enjoyed ballroom dancing, volunteering at Riverside Hospital in Wichita, Ks and traveling with her family.  She particularly enjoyed the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.  Donna Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Chick and Alma, her husbands Warren, Francis, and James; also her two sons, Charles Lee and Sammy Kaye.  She is survived by her daughters, Teresa (Terrie) Winslow and husband, Jeff of Leawood, Ks--Mitzi Weir and husband Kurt of Oklahoma City, Ok., grandchildren Justin Combs of Winfield, Jack and Sam Winslow, Levi and Julia Moreland, and great grandson Zachary Combs. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 10th from 4-8 p.m. at the Swisher Taylor Morris funeral home in Winfield, Ks. and services on Saturday, 10:30am at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  The family requests memorials to Crossroads Hospice, Inc., care of Swisher Taylor Morris Funeral Home, Winfield, Ks. 



Norma June McCanon

mccanonMcCanon, Norma June (Tucker), 88, passed from this world on the evening of Tuesday, February 7, 2012 after a brief illness.  She took her last breaths at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by family.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Kenneth Robert McCanon; children, Pam (Terry) Weaver, Jan (Mike) Horsch, Rob (Tammy) McCanon, Cheryl (Tim) Smith; grandchildren, Janelle (Colin) Duthie, Scott (Katie) Weaver, Sarah Horsch, Rachel Horsch, Leah Horsch, Heather McCanon, Kyle McCanon; and great-grandson, Campbell Duthie; and sister, Wilma Jean Hovland.  Predeceased by: parents, Byron and “Dot” Ames Tucker; brother, J.D Tucker; sister, Ruth Tompkins; and infant daughter, Karen Sue McCanon.

Norma was born in Gravette, Arkansas on May 19, 1923. She attended a one room elementary school in Wet Prairie, Arkansas.  She graduated from Southwest City Missouri High School in 1942.  Her strong moral code and her compassionate and inquisitive character were formed by the influence of her parents and grandparents.   Always fascinated by science, Norma pursued a career in nursing.  She completed her nursing training in 1952 at the General Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.  After marrying Ken, the couple moved to Winfield where they opened a general dentistry practice, raised four children, and celebrated more than sixty years of marriage. 

Active in the community, Norma was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, Hospital Auxiliary, Eastern Star, Garden Club and numerous other organizations.   She will long be remembered for influencing the organization of Meals-On-Wheels initiative in Winfield, KS in 1969, and for her hand-beaded wedding dresses, homemade cinnamon rolls, and amazing green thumb.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose presence will be deeply missed.

Services will be Saturday, February 11, 2012, 10:30am at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, Interment will be at Highland Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, February 10, 2012, from 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor  & Morris FH.  Family will greet friends from 6pm to 7:30pm.  Memorials can be made to the  Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 300 N. Main Wichita, Ks  67202



Mary "Ellen" Martin

Mary “Ellen” Martin,93, died Feb. 5, 2012 at Cumbernauld Village. Interment will be 10:30 am Thursday, martinFebruary 9, 2012 at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. A memorial services will be 1:00 pm Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield.
       Ellen was born April18, 1918 in Knowles, Oklahoma . Her parents were John Henry and Martha Clara Jane (Van Meter) Longmate. As a Child they moved to Rogers, Ark where she attended schools. She attended a Nursing Class in Dodge City , then moved to Winfield in 1940. She helped several families with their babies before running Ellen’s Nursery for 4 years.  She married James V. Martin Oct 21, 1944 and he preceded her in death  1975.
       Ellen was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a Golden Girl member of PEO, Chapter FD and a pink lady volunteer at William Newton Hospital. She is survivors are:

Son, Rev John Martin and wife Sharon of Winfield; granddaughter Anne Martin, Atlanta, GA, grandson, Alex Martin, Wichita; sister, Mabel Howard, Springdale, Ark; brother, John Longmate, Alma, ARK; and nieces and nephews

Gladys I Owens

Gladys I. Owens, 81 of Winfield, Ks. died Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield. Visitation will be Sunday, February 5, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H. Private family interment will be Monday, February 6, 2012 at the Piney Cemetery in rural Jay, Oklahoma. Memorial has been established Harry Hynes Hospice.
     Gladys was born September 15, 1930 in Jay, Oklahoma. Her parents were Jim and Ida Mae (Nix) Dennis. She was raised and educated in the Jay, OK area. She married D.C. Owens in March 21, 1947 and he preceded her in death June 13, 1986.  She moved to Winfield in 1968 and worked in Housekeeping at WM. Newton Hospital retiring in 1992.

       She is survived by: son, Doug (Judy) Owens of Winfield; Daughter,  Rose  Little Jim of Norman, OK; brothers, Edward Dennis-Winfield, Leroy Dennis-Hominy, OK, Leo Dennis-Paris, TX ; Many grand and grand children. Brother, Joe Dennis, sisters Betty Turner and Matilta Dennis preceded her in death.

Melvin L. Blenden

Melvin Leroy Blenden, Jr., age 66, of Cedar Vale, Ks died at this home Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. His was born August 16, 1945 in Cedar Vale. His parents were Melvin Leroy Blenden, Sr. and Vada Mae (Herrington) Blenden. He was raised a educated in Cedar Vale. He was a lifetime resident of Chautauqua/ Cowley Co. area.
      Melvin was a independent truck driver. He is survived by: sons, Melvin Paul Blenden of Pawhuska, OK, Garriod Blenden of Arkansas City; daughter Tammy of Tulsa, Ok; brother, Frank Blenden of Arkansas City; sister Nora Shultz of Braman, OK; several grand children, nieces and nephews.

     Cremation has taken place and a private family inurnment will take place later in the spring. Wheeler F. H. in charge of services.

Arelyn B. Foster

fosterArelyn B. Foster, 90, passed away at her home in Winfield January 8, 2012. Friends may sign a memorial book for her on Wednesday, January 11,2011 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. At the Funeral Home . Graveside services will be held 3:30 pm Thursday, January 12, 2011 at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson, Kansas. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00  Friday, January 13, 2012 at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, Ks. A memorial has been established in her name  William Newton Hospital Auxiliary.

         Arelyn was born July 8, 1921 in Hutchinson, Kansas her parents were Joseph Berry and Lula (Bell) Berry. Her mother died at an early age and she was raised in several different communities. After high school she attended a Nursing school and was a registered nurse for ---years  in Scottsdale, Az. She moved back to Winfield in1995 where she lived until her death . She attended the Episcopal Church but recently started attending a church group at Cumbernauld Village. She married Riley R. Foster and he precedes her in death in 1987. Her survivors are: Cousin, Donella Kerry of Colorado Springs, CO; Niece, Shari L. Brown & family of Derby, Nephew, James W. Lee & family Bixby, OK, Kirby W. Lee & family of Neodesha, KS

Arleta (Hull) Lundy

Arleta (Hull) Lundy, 71, passed away at her home in Cambridge, Ks. Sunday, January 8, 2012 after a long illness. Visitation will be Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 3:00-8:00 pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 6:30-7:30 pm Thursday. Private family inurnment later. Memorials have been established with Harry Hynes Hospice or to the Choice of the Donor and may be sent C/O Swisher-Taylor & Morris- 803 Loomis- Winfield, KS 67156. Condolences may be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com  .
       Arleta was born April 27 1940 in Grenola, KS her parents were Raymond Faye Hull and Marry Catherine (Condon) Hull. She was raised and educated in Grenola graduating from High School there in 1958. She married Richard Neil Allison and they had 5 children and he preceded her in death in 1983. She married Amil (Barney) Lundy December 10, 1990 and he preceded her in death October 18, 2011.
     She loved the out of doors and fished and hunted. She gardened and enjoyed cooking, sewing and making candy. She loved when the grandchildren came to visit. She enjoyed Country music and would go to any performances that were near and traveled several times a year to Branson, MO for the shows.

       She is survived by: son. Robin Allison and Heather of Burden; daughters Brenda Cory husband Jim of Twin Falls, ID, Carman Spoon husband David of Winfield, Sherry Buske of Winfield, Tracy Henry husband Brian of Alma, KS; brothers, Floyd and Bill Hull of Grenola; sister Shirley Ferrell of Neodesha, KS ; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  A sister Delores Alberts preceded her in death.

Dee B. Lemert

lemertDee B. Lemert, age 91, of Arkansas City, Ks,  passed away January 6, 2012 at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.  Services will be 2:00pm, Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Cedar Vale United Methodist Church.  No visitation.  Interment will be in Ozro Falls Cemetery.  The memorial is the Wauneta United Methodist Church.
 
 He was born December 4, 1920 in Hewins, KS. to Earl and Ava(Baldwin) Lemert.  Dee attended lower grades in Hewins School with Earline(his sister), they rode their ponies, about a mile and half, to school, boarding  them in the nearby barn of their grandparents until they rode them home in the evening. He graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1938.
                After graduation, he worked breifly on the family ranch before joining the military during  WW II, attaining the rank of  SGT.  He was assigned to a military police unit based in Des Moines, Ia and for many years, enjoyed traveling to reunions of his unit throughout the U.S.
  He married Venus Satterlee in 1954 in Vinita, OK.  For a time they settled on a ranch near Leon, Ks., and in 1960, returned to the Lemert Ranch, living in one of the early day sandstone homes on Possum Trot Holler that he remodeled himself.  Venus passed away March 4, 1991. 
     He married Doris Bennett in April of 1993 at the Wauneta Methodist Church, east of  Cedar Vale.  She survives and is residing at Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City
 
Dee was a rancher his entire life.  He was part of the Lemert Brothers,  a partnership of uncles, brothers and his father, near Hewins  known as the XL Bar Ranch  He retired from ranching in 1994.
Dee was an accomplished carpenter and welder as can be seen today in the many well-preserved buildings on the ranch.
  He was a member of the Wauneta Methodist Church.
Preceded in death by a brother, Lee and his parents.

He is survived by wife, Doris of the home, brother Bernard(Abner)Lemert and wife Ann of Arkansas City.  Sister- Earlene Lemert of Arkansas City.    Numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

 





2011 Obituaries

l Allen A. Jones l Donna J. Kahrs l Floyd Donald Stuckey l Lola Viets l Argenia P. O'Neil l Irene McKinley l Norman Jean Wade l Arlene Dunbar Veatch l Richard Lee Warren l Carrol E. Harris l Melba "Maxine" Magnus l Lawrence (Larry) Bogle l Fern E. Feese l June A. Miller l A.V. 'Barney' Lundy l Patsy Ellen Bailey l Ann E. Daviesl Marion Paul Mathews l Willeva R. Van Sickle l Douglas L. Wright l Gary "Butch" Pickering lSophia Edna Black Duncan l Earl Lloyd Jenkins l Thelma Marie Stoabs l Glorine Kittelson l Ira Wesley 'Wes' Mills l Martha Jeanne Liermann l Glen E. Sinclair l Biffle D. Gordon l Verona A. Buchele l Nita Alice Wilson l Billie "Bill" Jim McKinley l Terry G. Stevens l Seltha Lorain Dorsch l Joan Conrod l William 'Bill' G. Whitson l Frederick "Fred" G. Bard l Judith Elaine Armstrong Agnew l Joel Lewis Sowder l David C.(Dave) Warren l Leo Pius Selenkel Leonard O. Richardson l Stephen R. Brownl Mabel M. Mitchell l Clifford H. Johnson l Merrill "Kern" Gordon l Victor McClung l Maxine Hock Tracy l Lucille King Jarvis l Phyllis C. JayNati Barron l Sarah Jean Scott Warren l D. Lanore (Gottlob) Berrie l Mary Gwen Fitzgerald l Charles E. Cowdrey l Ronald "Ron" Bauer l Derreck T. David l Kenneth A. Brothers l Elaine A. Handsaw l William "Bill" A. Lee l Betty Lou Hamm



Allen A. Jones

jonesAllen A. Jones, 62, of Atlanta, KS. died at his home in Atlanta December 24, 2011. His memorial services will be 10:00 Friday, December 30, 2011at the Cambridge Baptist Church.
        Allen was born January 4, 1948 in Beach Bluff, TN. His parents were Howard and Ida Mae (Cornell) Jones. He was raised and educated in Tennessee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam conflict. He moved to Atlanta later where he worked for Rubbermaid/Gott manufacturing in Winfield and later managed a farm operation.

      He married Nancy V. Marsh on May 24, 1971 in Beach Bluff, TN. And she survives. Other survivors are: sons, David Jones of Council Bluffs, IA, Terry Jones of the home; daughters Sherry Jones of Mulvane, Peggy Jones of Cambridge, KS.; brothers, Vernon Jones of TN, John Jones of Wichita; sisters Wilma Lee Holder of TN, Melba Serri of TN, Debbie Richardson of TN; and 7 grandchildren..

Donna J. Kahrs    

kahrs  Donna J. Kahrs, 67, died Monday December 26, 2011 in Winfield, Kansas. Viewing will be Wednesday, December 28, 2011 from 3:00-8:00pm with family greeting friends from 6:00-7:30 at Swisher-Taylor &  Morris F. H.  .Inurnment graveside will be 3:00 pm Thursday, December 29 at the Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Memorial has been established with Rivercross Hospice and American Cancer Society.
       Donna has born November 14, 1944 in Manchester, Iowa. Her parents were Arthur and Edna (Ross) Brandenburg.  She was raised in Epworth, Iowa.  She married Neil Kahrs Sr. in 1961.  They later divorced.

     They moved to Burden in 1974 . Donna started the Little Hooker Cafe in 1984 and operated it until illness forced her to close  in 2011. She is survived by: son, Neil ,Jr. and Lisa  Kahrs of Dexter; daughters , Kathy and Wayne Bodkins of Winfield, Lisa and Kenny Hogarth of Goddard; brothers, Bruce and Clarence Brandenburg of Iowa, 6 grandchildren , Stephanie Bodkins, Kevin Bodkins, Emily Bodkins, Cody and Tanessa Kahrs, Camille and Cody Adams, Marcus Hogarth.

Floyd Donald Stuckey   

stuckeyFloyd Donald Stuckey died December 23, 2011 at the Wesley Hospital in Wichita. His funeral service will be Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 10:30 in the First Christian Church in Winfield, Ks. Interment at Highland Cemetery Winfield. Friends may call Wednesday from 3:00-8:00pm  and family will greet from 6:30-7:30 at the Funeral Home.  Memorial has been established to help defray expenses and can be sent to Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H –803 Loomis- Winfield, KS. 67156.
     Floyd Donald Stuckey went to his heavenly home on December 23rd with his family at his side. Floyd was born on October 1, 1937 to John L & Ola Mae (Harp) Stuckey in Winfield, Kansas. He grew up and received his education in Winfield graduating in 1955. Floyd joined the Army/National Guard in 1954 and spent 43 years serving his country. He continued his education during that time graduating from Northwest Schools in 1961 with Jet Engine, Cowley County Community College in 1964 with Associate of Arts degree & Wichita State University in 1969 with an Aeronautical Engineering degree.      
     Floyd and Wilma Hoyt were married in 1961. Out of that union, they adopted two girls; Sheryl Ann & Pamela Jean. They later divorced. He worked most of his adult life as an aeronautical engineer for Beechcraft, Learjet and Cessna.  Floyd was involved in many organizations. He was a member of the Boy Scouts where he received his eagle’s award, American Legion, K & O Gas/Steam Association, Jaycees, was a National Guard reservist, part of the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, and a member of First Christian Church since the day he was born. 
     Floyd loved being outside piddling around with things. There usually wasn’t anything that he could not fix. He was a friend to many. Floyd’s children and especially his grand children were his world. You could find him on the side line cheering all the grandkids sports, building a tree house, celebrating birthdays, holidays and graduations, golfing, camping & fishing, building tractors, in parades, supporting choir events & fund raisers, tutoring & teaching and just being their when he was needed.
     Floyd is survived by his daughters; Pamela Ungles and husband Jon and Sheryl Dunbar and husband Charles. Grandchildren; Preston Ungles, Tristan Ungles, Clayton Ungles, Matt Stuckey, Mercedes Dunbar. Twin brother Lloyd Stuckey and his wife Mary Jo. 2 nieces, 3 nephews, several cousins and numerous close friends.

Preceded by death are his parents and a grandson Coltin Lee Vaden

Lola Viets

vietsLola Viets, 84, of Winfield died on December 15, 2011. Memorial services will be 4pm, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Monday, December 19, 2011, from 4pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris.
   Memorials have been established with First United Methodist Church’s Endowment Fund for Missions, USD 465 Foundation’s Viets Scholarship, and Winfield Habitat for Humanity.

Lola was born November 19, 1927 in rural Cloud County, Kansas to Leslie and Alice (Buckley) Viets.  She attended a one-room elementary school, and graduated in 1945 from Clyde (Kansas) High School.  In 1949 she graduated from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and began her teaching career in Hanover, (Kansas) High School.

In the fall of 1954 Lola moved to Winfield where she became the librarian at Winfield High School.  By attending school during the summers, she finished her Master’s Degree in Library Science in 1956.  In 1996 she retired from working in public schools for forty-seven years. During her retirement years she volunteered with USD 465 and as a fund-raiser for Winfield Habitat for Humanity.  She was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Chapter HK of P.E.O., and a book club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Don Viets, and her sister, Arlene Rockwood.  She is survived by her sister, Velma Frazier, and husband, Paul; brother-in-law, Jim Rockwood; sister-in-law, Ruth Viets, six nieces and nephews



Argenia P. O'Neil

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Argenia P. O’Neil, age 89, of Winfield, passed away December 14, 2011 at Cumbernauld Village. Services are Saturday, December 17, 2011, 10:30 a.m.at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield.  Visitation will be Friday, December 16, 2011; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  There will be a social in Fellowship Hall at the church from 9:30 a.m. to service time, on Saturday at First United Methodist Church.  Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.  Memorials are to Harry Hynes Hospice and First United Methodist Church.

She was born May 15, 1922 to Walter and Laura (Johnson) Christensen, in Buena Vista County, Iowa.  She was raised and educated in the area graduating from Spencer High School in Spencer, Iowa in 1940.
Argenia was first married in 1941 to Harley  S. Wedgebury.  He died in 1945 during a battle in the European Theater.  She married Merle O’Neil in 1948, in Laurens, Iowa.  He passed away February 14, 1994.
Merle and Argenia moved to Winfield in 1948 where she worked as a  Administrative Asst. for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance office.
She was a member of Merry Makers and Chapter FD of P.E.O.  She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church where she sang in the Choir for 60 years, and also served as Sunday School Secretary.
 
She is survived by one son; Mark O’Neil and wife Donna O’Neil of Winfield.  Daughters Judy K. and husband Sam Beam of Anthony, Carole and husband Jerry Stine of  Winfield.  12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister

Irene McKinley

     Irene McKinley, age 92, formerly of Winfield, went home to be with her Lord on December 9, 2011 at Medicalodges in Arkansas City, Kansas.  She was born February 21, 1919, in Winfield, the only child of Wm. Youel and Ada L. (Baker) Pickering.  Irene was raised and educated in Rock, Akron, and Winfield where she graduated.
     She continued her education and upon graduation from Southwestern College, began her many years of teaching in this area.  She taught in Wellington where she met her future husband.  She continued teaching English, School yearbook, and Literature in Arkansas City during the 1960’s, Liberal in the 70’s and Oxford in the 80’s.  Upon retiring, Irene with husband Bill managed the Walnut Towers for several years.
      Before her final retirement, she worked in the fabric department of the local Wal-Mart for fifteen years until 2006.  Irene served as Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star Organization, and was active in several volunteer organizations.
       On August 22, 1948, Irene married Billie ( Bill) Jim McKinley at the Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield, to this union was born a son, Ian McKinley.
        Her parents, an infant daughter and husband preceded Irene in death.  She is survived by her son Ian McKinley, granddaughter Buffy McKinley of Lawrence, Kansas, and countless beloved students and friends.

Memorial services for Irene are Saturday, December 17, 2011, 2:00pm at the Calvary Chapel, 1001 S. 3rd St., Arkansas City, Kansas.  No visitation

Norman Jean Wade

wade Norma Jean Wade, age 84, died Monday, December 12, 2011.  She was born June 2, 1927 in the family home located in Grand Summit, Kansas, to Henry and Delilah (Woods) Ballin.  Raised and educated in the Cambridge area she graduated from Cambridge High School in 1945.  On October 28, 1946, Norma was united in marriage to Robert Dee Wade who preceded her in death (2009).  To this union were born three children.

 Norma worked as a secretary for J.W. Powers Insurance before returning to school to earn her elementary education degree.  A graduate of Cowley County Junior College and Southwestern College where she was selected for The Order of The Mound, Norma was excited to begin her teaching career.  As an upper elementary teacher, she taught in both the Moline and Winfield school districts.  Upon retirement she continued to enjoy her hobbies of sewing, quilting, traveling, and working for the Lord.  Both her natural and church families were very important to her.  Norma was a member of the Winfield First Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, parents, Henry and Delilah Ballin, and brother Henry Ballin, Jr.  Norma is survived by two daughters, Karen (Dale) Morrell of Maize, Ks and Marilyn (Steve) Jones of El Dorado, Ks, a son Henry of Cambridge, Ks, seven grandchildren, Daylene Morrell, Bryan Morrell, Sharon Leister, Brodie Jones, Shane Wade, Jason Keith, Levi Wade, six great grandchildren, and a brother Alvin Ballin of Cambridge, Kansas.  A host of family and friends are among those honoring her memory.

Services for Norma J. Wade will be Saturday, December 17, 2011, 2:00pm at the Grenola Christian Church. Rev. Wallace Wartick will officiate.  Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, December 16, 2011 from 4pm to 8 pm; family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  

Arlene Dunbar Veatch

Arlene Dunbar Veatch, 78, of Winfield passed away at her home Monday, December 12, 2011. Her graveside service will be Friday, 2:00pm, December 16,2011 at the Highland Cemetery in Winfield. No Visitation.
        Arlene was born May 4, 1933 at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield. Her parents were Laura Mae (Basham) and Frank Fulton Dunbar. She was raised and educated in Winfield graduating from WHS in 1951. After graduation she worked for many years as a secretary/bookkeeper and office manager.
        On may 14, 1993 she married Kyger D. Veatch and he survives of the home. Other survivors are: sister, Virginia M. (Bill) Wilber; niece, Diana Lynn (Dave) Bellew all of Arkansas City: four step children, Rick (Charlotte) Veatch, Rocky Ford,CO, Susan (Kent) Nugen, Tumwater, WA, Tim Veatch, Winfield, and Caroline (Steve) Wilson, of Arkansas; seven step- great-grandchildren, Kyger N &Jan Veatch,  Michelle and Chad Nugen, Austin, Hollianne, and Jaydon Wilson and a large family of friends.

         Her parents and a nephew Butch Wilber preceded her in death.

Richard Lee Warren

warrenRichard Lee Warren, DVM, 88, of 1003 Alexander, Winfield, KS died Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield. Services will be 1:00pm  Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Interment at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield, KS.  Friends may call Monday from 3:00- 8:00pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home Family will greet from5:30 – 7:00. Memorial have been established with First Presbyterian Church.
        Dick Warren was born December 31, 1922 in Garnett, Kansas, to Dow Orland and Ethel Brittain Warren. He graduated from Garnett High School in 1939. Then he attended the University of Kansas, with the goal of becoming an engineer. However, WW II intervened and he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the 325th Fighter Squadron, European Theater. In February of 1945 he was shot down and was a POW until the end of the war. He received two Bronze Stars for Rhineland and Northern Apennines and a European African Middle East Ribbon  for his service.
        August 22, 1945 he married Sarah Jean Scott, also of Garnett, Kansas, living and farming in Garnett until he was accepted into Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1947. He began to practice veterinary medicine in 1951as a partner of Dr. Thomas Allison in Winfield, Kansas.  Dr, Warren provided veterinary service in Winfield and the surrounding area for 60 Years until his health prevented his involvement in January of 2011. His wife Jean, of  64 years, preceded him in death February 10, 2011.

        Survivors are: his immediate family including his children; Linda Jackson and husband David , Fort Scott, KS, Dr. Kip Warren and wife Andrea, Sarah Warren, Winfield, Kansas: grandchildren, Edie Jackson and Kip Jackson, Kansas City , Quinn Warren, New York City, and Scott Warren, Denton, Texas Brothers; Thomas Warren,Iola,Ks., James Warren, Galva,KS. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Warren, formerly of Kincaid,KS.

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Carrol E. Harris

Carrol E. Harris, age 99, of Winfield, formerly of Burden passed away November 16, 2011 at the Via Christiharris – St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

      Services are 10:30am, Saturday, November  19, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Burden.  Visitation will be Friday, November 18, 2011 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH from  3pm to 7pm, family will greet friends from 5pm to 6pm.  Interment will be in the Burden City Cemetery.  Memorials are the First Baptist Church of Burden and the Burden Senior Center.

     He was born September 1, 1912 in Burden to Charles and Mary(Lauppe) Harris.  He was raised and educated in Burden graduating from Burden High School in 1930.
     He married Louise Pennington September 26, 1936 in Newkirk, OK.  She passed away December 17, 2002.
     He was a farmer all his life and farmed in the Burden area.  He also worked for Bair Propane as a driver for 16 years.
    He was active with the community by serving more than 20 years total on the  Silver Creek, Moscow and Sheridan Township School Boards.  He was also a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Burden.

Preceded in death by five brothers, infant son Charles and 3 infant sisters.

He is survived by Son; Jim and wife Marie Harris of Winfield.  Daughters; Wanda Rigsby of Houston, Tx.  Jeanie Krug of Winfield.   7 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and  numerous gr-great grandchildren.

Melba "Maxine" Magnus

magnusMelba ‘Maxine’ Magnus, was born June 27, 1927 to John Harlan and Annie (Cochran) Duncan.  She was the 8th of 9 children.  She was raised and educated in the Cedar Vale area and graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1946 and in May of 2011, celebrated her 65th class reunion.

She married Earl Eugene Magnus on May 29, 1947 and they celebrated 50 years of marriage.

She began working for Aging Projects/Friendship Meals in 1981 and retired as the manager of the Cedar Vale Friendship Meals in 2007.  She also worked for Sedan Floral for several years as a flower consultant.

Maxine was a member of the First Baptist Church.  She was a Sunday school teacher at he church for almost 25 years.  She is the president of the Kemp Barnes American Legion Auxiliary Unit #201 in Cedar Vale.  She was also active in the past as a 4H leader for the Cedar Vale Go-Getters 4-H Club, a Girl Scout Leader and was also a past member of “Social Hour” and “The Friendship Club” She was also Grand Marshall of the 2007 Cedar Vale Labor Day Parade.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, in June 1997, her parents and siblings John Wesley Duncan, Cecil Duncan, Bertha Bohannon, Gladys Krout, Lucille Swarts, Myrtle Harp, Daisy Dyke and Patsy Ellen Bailey.

Children; Ragena Dobney, Randy & Eldonna Magnus and Marcia Magnus:  5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren survive her.
She is also survived by 3 special in-laws; Robert Bailey, Clyde Hatcher and Coral Ann Magnus and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 10:30am, at the First Baptist Church in Cedar Vale.   Visitation will be Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 4pm to 7pm at Wheelers Funeral Home in Cedar Vale.  Family will greet friends from 6pm to 7pm.  Memorials are to the First Baptist Church of Cedar Vale and Friendship Meals. 

Lawrence (Larry) Bogle

     Lawrence (Larry) F. Bogle passed away on November 2nd, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital.  Larry was born in Ticonderoga New York on 7/22/1958 to Frederick L. Bogle and Florence A. Hayford.  Larry attended school in Hague and Ticonderoga New York.  At this point Larry would want us to clarify the fact that he was born and raised in beautiful upstate New York, NOT New York City.  Larry joined the United States army and served from 1975 -1981. 
     While in the service he married Janet L. Morris on 3/17/79. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Tracette and Steven.   After his honorable discharge from the service they lived in Amarillo Texas, Melbourne Florida, and Winfield Kansas.   Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and working on aircraft. He worked for Boeing for over 16 years as a mechanic, electrician, and estimator.  He became disabled in 2006 from diabetes complications.  
Larry is survived by his wife Janet of the home, Daughter, Son in Law, and Grandson, Tracette, Shankar, and Noah Ramakrishnan of Aurora Colorado, and Son, Daughter in Law, and grandchildren, Steven, Nikki, Anastasia, Alyvea, and Alija Bogle of Winfield.  His brothers Terry and Garry bogle and their families, all from Winfield, and his wonderful Aunts, Bonnie Krajc, Verna Bevins, Annabelle Hills and Wilma Ryan all of Florida.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and cousin, Jeff Ryan.

Services are Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10:30am at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH Chapel.  No visitation.  Friends may sign register book during regular business hours on Friday.  Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association



Fern E. Feese

feeseFern E. Feese, age 90, of Winfield, passed away October 19, 2011 at Winfield Rest haven
Graveside services will be 10:30am, Monday, October 24, 2011 at Highland Cemetery.  No visitation.  Friends may sign book at funeral home during regular business hours.   Memorial is Winfield Rest Haven
  She was born March 24, 1921, in Plevna, Ks. to Clifford C. and Della (Viola) Welch.  She was raised on the family farm and  graduated from Plevna High School in 1939.
She married  W.V. Feese at the Justice of the peace in Hutchinson in 1940. He passed away October 1995
After their marriage, they lived in Enid, OK, Wichita, and Ks and then to Winfield in 1943.  Along the way, she worked as a housewife (raising 2 daughters), an Avon Representative, and a Sterling Silver Sales Person.   She work, locally, as the manager of the children’s department at Kerr’s and also worked at the Winfield Red Cross Office.
  She enjoyed reading, visiting with friends and family.  She was artisitic and was good at drawing and landscape oil painting.  She loved dogs, especially Penny & Katy, her dashounds.

She is survived by daughters; Connie Bryant of  Tupelo, Ms., Sharon and husband Clint Hall of  Seguin, Tx.   Grandchildren; Greg and wife Audrey Feaster, Jeff and wife Darla Feaster, Karla and husband David Landrum,  Teresa Lynn Bryant and husband Darren.Great grandchildren; Atlanta Hutchins, Ashley, Hopkins, Rebekah Feaster, McKinley Feaster, Lindsey Landrum, Ashley Schmidt, Callie Feaster, Jackson Feaster, Hunter Feaster.  Two great – great grandchildren.



June A. Miller

millerJune A. Miller, age 85, of Winfield passed away October 21, 2011 at the Wm.Newton Memorial Hospital. 
Services will be at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel, Monday,  October 24, 2011, 10:00am.  Visitation will be 4pm to 6pm on Sunday, October 23, 2011, at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery south of Strother  Field.  Memorials are the First Baptist Church of Arkansas City, the Wm. Newton Hospital Foundation.
 
She was born August 2, 1926 in Eureka, Ks to Charles M. and Grace ( Brenneman) Mann.  She was raised and educated in the Silverdale area of Cowley County .

She married John Miller in 1948; he passed away November 12, 1999.
She was a farm wife and helped John with many things associated with farming and raising three children.
 She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, The Republican Party Leaders, and the K & O Steam Engine Association. She was also a member of the Ark City First Baptist Church.

She is survived by Son Russ and wife Pennie Miller of Winfield. Daughter Sherry and Dave Bowman of Rock.  5  grand children, 1 great grandchild

Preceded in death by son Buddy, 8 sisters and 2 brothers

A.V. 'Barney' Lundy

A.V. ‘Barney’ Lundy, age 84, of  Cambridge, passed away October 18, 2011 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center.

There will be no public services.  There will be visitation, Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home from 3pm to 8pm.  Family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  Memorials are donor’s choice.

 Barney was born June 24, 1927 to Howard K. and Lucille (Ryan) Lundy.  He was raised and educated in Cambridge, graduating from Cambridge High School in 1945.
    He worked for City Services, which was a  natural gas pipeline service, later turning into Williams Natural Gas Services.  Barney was an oiler,  repairing the big engines.  He retired in 1984 after working for 35 years.
     He was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved the outdoors.  He also had a passion for baseball.     He married Arleta (Hull) on December 10, 1990, in Miami OK.  she survives.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Cleta and Winifred.

He is survived by wife Arleta, of the home.  Son; Robin Allison of Burden.. Daughters; Brenda Cory and husband Jim of Twin Falls, ID., Carman Spoon and husband David of Winfield, Sherry Buske of Winfield, Tracy Henry and husband Brian of Alma, KS.  Sister Norma Staton of Carrolton, TX.  12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.   Several nieces and nephews.

Patsy Ellen Bailey

baileyPatsy Ellen Bailey, 80, of Cedar Vale, Kansas died at the Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Her funeral service will be at 10:30 am Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Cedar Vale, Kansas . Interment will be at Cedar Vale City Cemetery. Memorial has been established with: Cedar Vale Friendship Meals.  Friends may call from 4:00 -7:00 pm Wednesday at the Wheeler funeral Home in Cedar Vale. Family will greet from 6:00-7:00pm at the Funeral Home.
        Patsy was born July 20, 1931 at Cedar Vale. Her parents were John Harlan Duncan and Annie (Cochran) Duncan. She was raised and educated in the Cedar Vale area Schools. She had worked at the Cedar Vale Bank, for Dr Hays & Dr. Taylor and The Cedar Vale Nursing Center. She was a member of Cedar Vale Rebekah Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary and the First Baptist Church.
      She was one of the delivers of Friendship meals, she bowled in a Sedan League and loved going to Branson, MO with her husband Bob. She had a large number of Grand and Great grandchildren which she loved being with and enjoyed.
       She married Robert Dean “Bob” Bailey June 6, 1953 in Ft Smith, Ark and he survives, other survivors are : Daughters; Kathi & Bill Kennedy of Cedar Vale, Gail LeGrand of Cedar Vale; Sister Maxine Magnus of Cedar Vale; 10 Grand and 13 Great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by : twin sons, Tommy Dean and Timmy Gene Bailey on Jaunuary 13, 1959: Siblings , John Wesley Duncan, Cecil Duncan, Bertha Bohannon,Gladys Krout, Lucille Swarts, Myrtle Harp and Daisy Dyke.

      Wheeler Funeral Home Cedar Vale in charge of services

Ann E. Davies

daviesAnn E. Davies, age 72, of Winfield, passed away October 15, 2011 at the Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita.   Services will be Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 1:30pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  Visitation will be Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 3pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

Ann was born November 30, 1938 in Cleveland, OH to Vernon H and  Mary (Gmeindl) Wainwright.  She was raised and educated in Cleveland, graduating from East High School in January of 1957.  She later received a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Education from Wichita State University.
She married Richard Davies May 3, 1958 in Cleveland, OH.  He passed away December 29, 1985.
They moved to Winfield in 1974.  She worked as a sixth grade teacher in the Arkansas City School from 1978 to 2001.  She then retired.
She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winfield.  She participated in the Red Hat Club organization and also volunteered for Friendship Meals.

She is survived by Sons: Richard A. Davies of Wichita, Robert J and wife Sharon of Wamego, Michael P. Davies of Wichita.  Daughter Dale R. and husband Doug Hein of Mulvane. Brother: Tom Wainwright of Cleveland, OH.  Sisters: Colette Chesnes and Lois Wainwright of Cleveland.  Grandchildren:  Caitlin and Sam Davies.  Chris, Nathan and David Hein.  April and Nicole Davies.

Marion Paul Mathews

mathewsMarion Paul Mathews, 91, of Winfield, passed away October 13, 2011 at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30am Monday, October 17, 2011 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Interment at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Friends may call Sunday from 4:00-7:00 pm and family will greet from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Funeral Home. Memorials have been established with the Legacy Foundation and the H. L. Snyder Memorial Research Institute both in Winfield.
   

Known to his friends as Paul, was born May 25, 1920 in Winfield, KS, the son of William A. and Ethel P (Jameson) Mathews.  He grew up on a farm north of Cambridge, KS. 

After graduating from Cambridge High School and Pittsburg State Teachers’ College, he volunteered for service in the Army Air Force.  After completing pilot training, he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant.  As a B-24 four-engine bomber pilot, he joined the 431st Squadron of the Seventh Air Force.  The airplane assigned to him was equipped with both regular and radar bombsites, one of only a handful of radar equipped planes in WWII.  He flew combat missions out of Guam, Saipan and Okinawa with the later missions over Japan and the China coast. 

Upon being discharged as a 1st Lieutenant, he entered law school and received a law degree from the University of Kansas.  Thereafter he practiced law in Winfield for about forty-five years.  At the time of his retirement he was senior partner in the law firm Mathews, Taylor and Krusor.  He was elected to four terms in the Kansas House of Representatives and while there served as Chairman of the Assessment and Taxation Committee.  He later served as Chairman of the State Chamber of Commerce Taxation Committee.   He was city attorney for Udall from 1955 to 1980, and served as president of the Winfield Chamber of Commerce from 1981 to 1982.  Paul enjoyed piloting his own plane for a number of years.

      On June 28, 1947, he and Florence (Polly) T. Pozorski were married in Monterey, Indiana.    His wife of the home, daughter Cheryl Gentry and husband Darrell of Independence, Kansas, grandsons Todd Gentry and Brian Gentry and wife Suzanne and great grandchildren Anna and Paul Gentry, all of Winfield, survive him.  Other surviving family include his niece Lucille Bailey and husband Don of Burden and nephews Geoff  and Mike Mathews, Tom and Robert Jones as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert (Bob) Mathews, sisters Neva Triplett, Lola Jones and Phyllis Mathews, half sisters Flossie Taylor and May Neilson and half brother Ray Mathews.   

Willeva R. Van Sickle

vansickleWilleva R. Van Sickle, 91 formerly of Burden, Ks. died Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. Her Funeral service will be 10:30 am Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Burden Baptist Church. Interment will be at the Burden City Cemetery. Family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Burden Baptist Church Building Fund.
      Willeva was born September 27, 1920 in Burden, KS. Her parents were William &
Ruth (Peck) Headley. She was raised and educated in the Burden area and attended Southwestern College. She married Wilbur Van Sickle October 25, 1941   and he preceded her in death December 26, 2009.
      Willeva had worked as a Rural School teacher in Cowley County for several years. She had moved several times with her husband employment at Boeing living from the East coast to West coast.  They moved back to Burden in 1971 and moved to a nursing home in Derby, Ks. in 2010.
       She enjoyed singing with the Sweet  Adeline’s along with her grand and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Burden Baptist Church. She is survived by:

Sons- David –(Judy) Van Sickle of Derby, Richard- (Diane) Van Sickle of Wichita; Brother-  George “Billy” Headley of Atlanta, Ga ; grandchildren – Holli Schmidt, David Van Sickle, Dalis Sharpe, John Van Sickle; 12 Great Grandchildren and one GR-Great Grandchild. She was preceded in death by a sister- Sarah Sumner.

Douglas L. Wright

wrightDouglas L. Wright, age 62, of Winfield, passed away October 4, 2011 at the Via Christ-St. Teresa Hospital in Wichita.

A luncheon in his honor for family and close acquaintances will be given, 12:00pm, Saturday October 8, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Winfield.  The family will greet friends from 1:30pm to 3:00pm at the church.  Memorials may be directed to the Winfield Habitat for Humanity. 

 He was born July 25, 1949, in Kansas City, KS, to Harold B. and Mary Louise (Besser) Wright.  He was raised and educated in Kansas City and graduated from Turner High School in 1968.
   He served his country by enlisting the Air Force for 18 months.  He moved to Winfield in 1973 where he worked as a Respiratory Therapist at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital until 1982.   
    He married Betty Banks October 4, 1975, in Winfield, she survives.
He was a member of the Christ Center of Oklahoma City and a long time volunteer with Winfield Habitat for Humanity.

His wife Betty of the home, Son Christopher D. and wife Jeanelle Wright of Arkansas City survive him.  Brother Jay W. Wright of Kansas City, KS.  Grandchildren Darian Wright, Anna Wright and Chloe Wright.

Gary "Butch" Pickering

pickeringGary “Butch” Pickering, 68, of Winfield, Kansas, formerly of Crown Point, Indiana, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on October 4, 2011.  
Born in Olney, Illinois to Ray and Virginia (Tingley) Pickering.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Virginia Pickering and parents-in-law Robert and Raeburn Walsh.  On September 1, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl (Sherri) Walsh.  


A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Winfield, KS on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 11 AM.  A second service will be held at Geisen Funeral Home in Crown Point, IN on Sunday, October 9, 2011.  Service at 4 PM; visitation from 2-4 PM.   Interment at a later date.   

Memorials have been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS IN 67202-3805  and William Newton Healthcare Foundation, 1305 E. 5th Street, Winfield, KS.  67156.    
Butch was diagnosed with Dementia in 2004 and continued to live a full and active life.  He participated in programs and research at Northwestern Neurocognitive Behavioral Center in Chicago.  It was Butch’s desire to use his diagnosis to further research in the understanding and treatment of dementia related disorders.

Graduated from Lawrenceville, IL High School and DeVry Technical Institute.  He worked as an Instrument Technician for Marathon Pipeline for 17 years.  In 1984 Butch purchased Hammond Mufflers, Inc. in Hammond, IN.  Butch was committed to community involvement in the Hessville/Hammond area for 23 years, retiring and selling the business to long-time faithful employee, Richard Spinks.     

Butch loved the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.  His hobbies included golf and trap shooting. After moving to Kansas in 2008, Butch became a regular at the Winfield Senior Citizens Center where he enjoyed playing cards and fellowship.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Winfield, and the Methodist Men’s Breakfast Club.  Survived by his wife Cheryl (Sherri) Walsh Pickering, Winfield KS; daughter, Amy Schulze, Lafayette, IN; son, Rob Pickering, Winfield, KS; three granddaughters, Kelsey Schulze, Wichita KS, Jordan and Stephanie Schulze, Lafayette; two grandsons, Grandon and Gavin Pickering, Winfield, KS;  brothers, Dr. Robert (Marianne) Pickering, Tulsa, OK and Duane (Liz) Pickering, Pueblo, CO; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Judy Mieure, Findlay, OH.  five nieces, one nephew and many cousins throughout the USA.  

Sophia Edna Black Duncan

duncanSophia Edna Black Duncan arrived at her heavenly home on September 26th, 2011 in Crescent City, CA.  She was born on July 31, 1914 in Waynesville, MO to Lewis V. Black and Clara Alice Pipkin Black.  Sophia was raised in Winfield, KS and was saved at a tent revival at age 10.

She worked at Seymour’s until her marriage to Orville Duncan on October 15, 1931.  In 1941, Sophia, Orville and their three daughters moved to Torrence, CA and later a son joined their family.  In 1975 Orville retired and they moved back to Winfield.  Sophia was a member of the Royal Neighbors for many years.  She loved to bowl and play bingo.  Sophia was blessed with a long good life and will be greatly missed.

Preceding her in death are her husband of 57 years, Orville Duncan, daughter Twila Dawn Duncan, grandsons David Haselwood, Tracy Main & Dennis Duncan, son in law Walter L. Klein and great granddaughter Kelly Fritz.

Sophia is survived by her daughter Carolyn Klein of Crescent City; Wauthena & husband Bill Main of Springfield, MO and son Dale Duncan of Crescent City.  She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 13 great great grandchildren. 2 nieces and 1 nephew.

Graveside services will be held at Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas on October 6, 2011 at noon.



Earl Lloyd Jenkins

Earl Lloyd Jenkins, age 86 of Winfield, passed away September 20, 2011 at the Kansas Veteran’s Home.jenkins 

Services will be Monday, September 26, 2001, 10:30am at the First United Methodist Church in Douglass.  Visistation will be Sunday, September 25, 2011, from 1pm to 3pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris in Winfield.  Interment will be in Douglass City Cemetery.  Memorials are to the Hollis Boys Home and the Douglass Senior Center. 

He was born December 21, 1924 in Coffeyville, Ks to Samuel E. and Ruth A.(Vickery) Jenkins.  The family moved to Emporia where he was raised and educated, also spending sometime in Manhattan. 
He served his country during WW II in the Navy in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.  He returned to El Dorado, Ks where he worked in the oil industry.  He met and married Geraldine Mae Stewart, December 18, 1948, in Douglass.  She passed away in 2004 after  56 years of marriage.
Earl worked as a farmer most of his life.  He also worked in maintenance at various school districts in Manhattan, Douglass and Wichita.  In 1985 he retired and moved to Arizona with Geraldine.  They returned to Douglass in 1999, then moved to the Kansas Veteran’s Home in 2003.

  He was member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Daughters – Jill Jenkins of Douglass, Ks, Peggy and husband Norman Wike of Pueblo, CO, survive him.  Grandsons Josh Johnson and fiance Rachel Wrigley, Chad and wife Breean Johnson. Granddaughter Shelley. Great Granddaughter Courtney Lipke and great grandson Ethan.  Many loved nieces and nephews and their families.

Preceded in death by 2 sisters and 2 brothers

Thelma Marie Stoabs

stoabsThelma Marie Stoabs, age 86, of Winfield passed away September 13, 2011 at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital. 

 Services will be 10:30am, Friday, September 16, 2011 at the First Christian Church.  Visitation will be Thursday September 15, 2011 at the funeral home from 3pm to 8pm.  Family will greet friends from 6pm to 7pm.  Memorials are to the Boy Scouts of America, Wm. Newton Hospital Foundation.

 She was born October 22, 1924 in Cherokee, OK. to Charles Lloyd and Beatrice(Hatch) Branson.  She was raised and educated in Alfalfa County, before moving to the Cowley County area in the 1940’s.
  She married James Delbert(J.D.) Stoabs October 7, 1942 in Cherokee, OK.  He preceded her in death May 3, 1985.
   She was devoted to raising her family and  ‘baby sat’ from her home for numerous years.  She also worked at Wm. Newton Hospital in the laundry department before retiring
    She loved to sew, taking care of her grandchildren, and the outdoors, especially fishing.  She was a giving person who  spent her life caring for others and will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by Sons; Jim and wife Terri Stoabs of Winfield. John and Maurica Stoabs of Winfield.  Steven Stoabs of Winfield.  Daughters, Laura Ann and husband Donnie Butler of Winfield.  Rhynell Karr of Winfield.  Brother, Billy Branson of Venita, OK.  Sister in law, Barbara Branson of Ark City, KS.
     Grandchildren Jane Bosie, David Butler, Rochelle, Wurm, Benjamin Karr, Jennifer Sterling, Kaleb Stoabs, Kyle Stoabs,
     Great Grandchildren , Michael Bosie, Nathan Bosie, Emily Bosie, Aaron Butler, Ayla Butler, Samuel Butler, Mackenzie Karr, Mika Karr, Makayla Karr, Jenae Sterling, Jaden Sterling, Trevor Brown, Brandon Martin, Josh Martin, Addie Martin, Alexandra Wurm, Victoria Wurm

Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers; Thomas, Charles, David and Joel.  Sisters, Maxine Frazier and Imogene Branson.

Glorine Kittelson

 kittelson    Glorine Kittelson age 86, of Winfield, died at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield September 5, 2011.
     She was born August 10, 1925 in Cedar Vale, KS to James Nealy and Bertha(Davis) Littrell.  She was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1943.
     She married Millard Kittelson, December 4, 1943 in Winfield; he passed away November 26, 2001.
     She was a housewife and worked as a Sales associate at J.C. Penney’s, a cashier at Albertson’s Food Market, and in the business office at the Snyder Clinic.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
     She is survived by Sons: James L. and wife Debra of Winfield, Ronald of Montrose, CO., Randy and wife Gretchen of Winfield. Daughters; Trudy Kittelson of Colorado Springs, CO., Teresa and husband Jake Jacobs of Whitewater, KS., Janet and husband Dale Hostetter of Winfield.  Sister Pat Sallee of Loveland, CO.
         
     Grandchildren are Robyn Knowles and Bill Washabaugh Mulvane, KS. Lonnie Knowles of Derby, KS, Angela Kittelson, Chandler, AZ. Veronica Kittelson, Mesa, AZ. Jennifer and Travis Delaney, Edmond, OK. Michelle and Dennis McCullough, Dexter, KS. Laura and Troy Leiker, House Springs, MO. Grace and Ty Short, Emporia, KS.  Jeff and Gretchen Wacker, Winfield.  Gabriel and Amy Wacker, Shawnee Mission, KS.  Ashley and Nick Wright, Arkansas City, KS.  Adrian Sandoval, Montrose, CO. Abe Hull, Tucson, AZ. Elan Kittelson, Providence, RI,  Krisa and Rob Montague, Moore, OK.
    

     Great Grandchildren are Jordan Knowles, Iola, KS. Seth Mundt, El Dorado, KS.  Michon and Zachary Davis, Chandler, AZ.  Jarred Chapin and Khaeli Davis, Mesa, AZ. Kaden Smith and Kalyn Delaney, Ponca City, OK.  Emma Delaney, Edmond, OK. Isaiah and KyLeigh McCullough, Dexter, KS. Cheyenna and Chance Leiker, House Springs, MO.  Bruce Short, Emporia, KS. Tiernan and Brandt Stoddard and Liam Wright, Arkansas City, KS. Alexander and Miguel Sandoval, Montrose, CO.  Kiarah and Raiden Montague, and sibling soon to be born, Moore, OK. Nadia Wacker, and soon to be born sibling,Shawnee Mission, KS.

Ira Wesley 'Wes' Mills

millsIra Wesley ‘Wes’  Mills, age 52, of  Winfield, passed away August 27, 2011 at his home. 
Memorial Services will be Friday, September 2, 2011, 2pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.  A memorial has be set to help defray costs, Lora Barkus can be contacted to make donation.

He was born December 2, 1958 in Los Angeles, Ca. to Marvin E. and Doris Jean(Franklin) Mills.  He was raised and educated in the Los Angeles area, graduating from John Muir High School in 1976.

He worked as a plumber and a gardener for many years in the Los Angeles area.  He moved to Winfield in 1998 where he worked for his cousin Boyd with Barkus Construction. He recently worked locally in several restaurants, Kathryn’s, Bleu’s and Beiderman’s.

He enjoyed being outside, helping out on the farm, and spending time with family and friends.

 
Prededed in death by his parents and two sisters.

He is survived by son Gabriel Lawrence Wesley Mills of Winfield,  Sister – Cynthia Hathaway  and husband Larry of Duarte, CA. Nephew Daryl G. Whiting and grand nephew Aidin Whiting both of California.  Cousins Boyd and Lora Barkus of Winfield.

 



Martha Jeanne Liermann

liermannMartha Jeanne Liermann, age 79, of Winfield, passed away Friday August 19, 2011 at her home. Memorial services will be 10:30am, Monday,  August 22nd at the Winfield First United Methodist Church.  Inurnment will precede the memorial service at Highland Cemetery.   Memorial is the First United Methodist Church.

Martha Jeanne was born in Winfield, February 23, 1932 to Earl and Ernestine Brant.  She graduated from Winfield High School in 1950.  While in high school she played the piano for the choirs, and was also Y Teen president.  Following high school she married Harry Liermann, August 5, 1950 in Bentonville, AK.  Harry preceded her in death January 25, 1996. 

Martha Jeanne was a bookkeeper by trade.  Through the years she worked at Edward B. Stephensons; Winfield Plumbing and Heating; USD 465 office of the Superintendent.   She was part owner of the Hanger and Wardrobe.  She and Harry also owned a Montgomery Wards store.

 Martha Jeanne was an original founder of Hospice in Winfield.  She was a member of Mothers for a New School and a fifty year member of PEO and was a founding member of  Chapter HK of  PEO.  Her legacy will be her unconditional devotion to her family and friends.  She cared deeply for them and was always willing to help in any way she could.  He hobbies included playing mahjong, tole painting, cooking and reading. She volunteered in the church office for 20 years.

In addition to husband Harry, her brother Bill and wife Pat Brant, and their son, Billy, preceded her in death.

She is survived by; Brother – Dean and wife Delois of Phoenix, AZ.  Their son Bob and wife Susie, also of  Phoenix.  Martha Jeanne’s niece Sherry and husband Steve Kromka and son Billy, all of Denver, CO.  Sons – Craig Liermann of Winfield, Chris and wife Julie Liermann of Olathe, KS.  Daughter – Jane Kaufman and husband Chris of Winfield.  Four grandchildren  - John Kaufman of Wichita, Caroline Kaufman of Winfield, Alexandria Kaufman of Olathe and Mitchell Liermann of Olathe.  Nieces and nephews on the Liermann side include Linda Deal, Terry Priest, Laura Christian, Jeff Priest, Maria Kerr and Julia Berk.  She is also survived by friends Alex and Rosemary Almassey and L.L. Liermann of Winfield

Martha Jeanne was much loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

 



Glen E. Sinclair

Glen E. Sinclair, 86 of Cedar Vale, KS died at the Pleasant Valley Nursing home in Sedan, July 23, 2011. sinclairHis memorial service will be Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 10:00am at the Pavilion in the Park at Cedar Vale. Private family inurnment will be at later date. Memorials have been established with Rivercross Hospice or the Park Pavilion in Cedar Vale.
        Glen was born September 29, 1924 in Grenola, KS. His parents were Ed and Luetta  (Jellison) Sinclair. He was raised and educated in the rural Grenola area. He was a cowboy in the Cedar Vale area and had worked many of  the  ranches there.
        He married Alice M. (Bever) October 12, 1946 and she survives, of the home. Other survivors are: sons; James Sinclair of El Dorado, KS, George & wife Carolyn Sinclair of Tyro, KS; daughters and husbands, Glenda and Richard Urie of Sedan, Alice Faye and Jay Bland of Taloga, OK; 8 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

 

Wheeler F. H. – Cedar Vale, Ks. in charge of services



Biffle D. Gordon

     Biffle D. Gordon, age 100, formerly of Cedar Vale, passed away July 8, 2011 at Winfield Rest Haven. 

She was born October 29, 1910 in the Indian Nation at Bristow, OK  to Wiley Evans and May Moore.  She had lived at Winfield Rest Haven since 2005, previously living at the Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
        She married John Shiever in Wichita, in 1930.  A precious son, Richard Wiley, was born on November 17, 1931.  Mr. Shiever was killed in a car accident.
         Biffle had met Leon ‘Big Swede’ Gordon in 1927.  A Justice of the Peace married them in 1935 and again by a Methodist minister in Red Cloud, NE in 1936.  A precious son, Tommy Joe, was born November 6, 1936
         Biffle and Leon lived with her folks at the North Chapman-Barnard Ranch until 1944, then moved to Cedar Vale.
         She was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Church, actively teaching Sunday School and helped create a Chapel.  She loved all people, young and old.  She started the only sorority in Cedar Vale, Epsilon Sigma Alpha.  The time they spent in Cedar Vale were called their ‘Glory Years’
        In 1953, Tommy went on to college and Richard was married, so Biffle and Leon closed their home and traveled many places where they spent their life together, helping others.
       Her husband, father, mother, beloved sister Opal and nephew Jim Bob, preceded her in death.

        She is survived by her two sons; Richard and wife Mary Ellen of Phoenix, and Tom and wife Corrine of Duluth.  Many wonderful grandchildren, great grandchildren and great -great grandchildren, also survive.

Verona A. Buchele

bucheleVerona A. Buchele of Raytown, Missouri died Monday, July 4, 2011 in Sedalia, Missouri.

The daughter of Paul and Helen Buchele, she was born on December 24, 1942 in Cedar Vale, Kansas.

Verona enjoyed softball and was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan.  She loved her lake home and took great pleasure in hosting friends and family with rides on her pontoon boat.  Her great nieces and other children enjoyed the latest lake toys that were always waiting for them to enjoy.  She served as Vice President of the Wanta Linga Sub Division Home Owners Association the Lake of the Ozarks.

After graduating from Kansas  State University in 1964 she taught school in Russell, Kansas, then worked as an executive for Camp Fire Girls and retired from  Amoco in after a long career.  Verona remained close to her former Camp Fire Girls (Camp Fire USA) co-workers and recently returned from a reunion in Iowa.

She is survived by her best friend, Norma Rowland, Raytown, MO; her brother, Kenneth Buchele and his wife, Marilyn, Emporia, Kansas; a niece, Amy Buchele Ash, Lawrence Kansas; a nephew, Bradley Buchele, Lake Waukomis, MO and two great nieces.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, July 8th at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Vale, Kansas.  Burial in Ozro Falls.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, July 15th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Floral Hills Funeral Home & Cemetery, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, MO.  64133

Memorial contributionsmay be sent to the Camp Hitaga, Camp Fire USA Iowana Council, PO Box 10075, Cedar Rapids, IA  52410  or the First Baptist Church, Cedar Vale, KS or may be  sent to Swisher-Taylor-Morris Funeral Home, 803 Loomis Street, Winfield, KS 67156.

Nita Alice Wilson

wilsonNita Alice Wilson, age 89, passed away June 8, 2011 at Cumbernauld Village.  Services will be held Monday, June 13, 2011, 9:30am at the Swisher-Taylor& Morris Chapel.  Visitation will be Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 4pm to 6pm at the funeral home.  Family will greet friends from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.  The memorial is for the Tisdale United Methodist Church or Harry Hynes Hospice.
Contributions may be made through the funeral home or church.
    Nita was born January 22, 1922 west of Burden to Rufus and Viola (Chambers) Sumner.  She was raised and educated in Cowley County.  She attended elementary schools at Lowell in Winfield, also Tisdale and Grand Prairie, north of Burden.  She attended high school in Burden.  She obtained her GED Certificate of Achievement in May of 1970.
    On February 8,1940, she married Percy Wilson, in Eaton, Ks, and they lived on the family farm for almost 64 years of their married life.  Her husband died January 7, 2004.
     She began working for the Winfield Courier as a rural correspondent in 1972, writing the Eaton Community News for 30 years.  During that time, she worked in the darkroom, was a photographer and wrote news stories.
     She spent most of her married life helping on the farm, preparing the land for planting and during wheat harvest season.
     Because she enjoyed writing, she had several stories published.  Her interests were music, playing the accordion, and flowers.  She was a 45 year member of the Eaton Community Club of which she helped organize in 1945.  She also served as a Cowley County GOP committeewoman and was supervising judge for 11 election years for Sheridan Township precinct held in the Wilson garage.  She had been a member of the Tisdale United Methodist Church since 1957.
     She is survived by daughter Martha Kelley and husband Larry of Winfield.  Brothers – Rufus J. Sumner and wife Ruth of Topeka, Ray Sumner and wife Nonie of Grove, Ok.  Sisters – Faye Smith and Iris Howard, both of Thayer.
     She also leaves grandchildren; Mike and Dawn Kelley, Diane and Gunar Myers, Karen and John Chrisman, Beth and Justin Ecklund.  Great Grandchildren; Carissa, Savannah and Isabella Kelley, Spencer and Thatcher Myers, Drew and Emily Chrisman, Faith, Krista, and Jesse Eklund.  And a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by a son Robert, brothers Orin, Howard, and Gene, and sisters Lois Dennett and Aletha Titus.

Billie "Bill" Jim McKinley

Billie “Bill” Jim McKinley, age 83,of Winfield, passed away June 5, 2011, at the Medicalodge East of Arkansas City.  Services will be Saturday, 10:30am at the First Christian Church,  The register book will be available
friday from 1pm to 5pm at the funeral home.  Inurnment will be in Highland Cemetery..
      He was born July 28, 1927, in Wellington, Ks one of 10 choldren of John James and Goldie Valentine (Larmer) McKinley.  He was raised and educated in Wellington, graduating from Wellington High School in 1945.  He graduated Southwestern College with a BSE and Emporia State with a MSE .
      He married Irene Pickering, August 22, 1948, in Winfield, she survives.
He served his country in the US Navy during World War II.
He taught science and biology at the high school level in Arkansas City, Caldwell, and Liberal before retiring in 1976.
      He was a member of the Masonic Lodge  #11 ,  American and Kansas Orchid Society, the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. and the  KNEA.  He was a member of the First Christian Church.
     Preceded in death by  nine brothers and sisters, and one infant daughter.

He is survived by his wife, Irene.  Son, Ian McKinley of Winfield, and granddaughter Buffy McKinley of Lawrence, Ks.  

 



Terry G. Stevens

stevensTerry G. Stevens, age 60, of Cedar Vale, passed away  May 25, 2011 at the Sedan City  Hospital. He was born in October 30, 1950 in Great Bend, Ks to Alvin M. and Irma Jean. (Pryor) Stevens.  The family moved to Fremont, Ca. when he was young.  He attended local schools and graduated from Fremont High School in 1968.
He worked various jobs in California before moving to Cedar Vale in 1994.  He became a registered C.N.A. and had worked at various medial facilities in the area, also at the Kansas Veterans Home.
He and his wife Pat Osland  have been together since June 23, 1992, since meeting in California.
He is a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

He is survived by wife Patsy of the home, his parents Alvin and Irma Jean Stevens of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, brother Richard Stevens (Lynda) of Cedar Vale, Sister Nancy Thornbrugh of Bonners Ferry ID. Preceded in death by brother-in-law Mike Thornbrugh.

He was loved and will be missed by many nieces and nephews

Visitation will be Wed.  June 1, 2011, from 4pm to 7pm at Wheelers Funeral Home in Cedar Vale.  Graveside services will be 1:00pm on the Little Cemetery in Little, OK on Thursday June 2, 2011.  The memorial is the American Lung Assoc. 



Seltha Lorain Dorsch

dorschSeltha Lorain Dorsch went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 27, 2011 surrounded by family at the home of her daughter Karen and under the care of Hospice..
            Services are Wednesday, 11:00am, June 1, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church with burial in the Hooker Memorial Cemetery in Hooker, Oklahoma at 1:00 PM on Thursday. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Winfield, Kansas; LCMS World Missions; Hospice Care of Kansas, or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hooker, Oklahoma. Memorials may be given through Swisher Taylor Morris Funeral Home (803 Loomis, Winfield,KS 67156). Seltha was born July 19, 1922 in Houston, Texas to Anton August Christian Mittelstaedt and Alma Marie (Ziegenhain). She was baptized on August 27, 1922 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring, Texas.  Her childhood was spent in the Houston and the Spring, Texas areas.  Seltha was confirmed April 26, 1936 at Trinity Lutheran Church in the Klein Community, Texas, and was an active member of the Walther League youth group and involved in various church activities.  After her graduation from John H. Reagan High School in Houston, Seltha worked in the candy department of  Kress's 5 & 10 Store, the I-Need-A-Laundry Laundromat and at the Shell Oil Company in the paleontology department washing core samples.
Seltha met her husband Daniel Dorsch at a Walther League picnic held for soldiers in basic training at Camp Wallace, Texas. 

Seltha and Dan were married December 18, 1945 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas.  They lived in El Paso, Texas after their marriage as Dan recuperated from injuries received in WWII.  They moved to Hooker, Oklahoma in 1948.  Seltha was involved in many activities at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hooker B Altar Guild, Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school secretary.  She and Dan brought their neighborhood children with them to Sunday school and church. She enjoyed cooking, canning and loved her family and providing a good home for them.  She was also very active in mission work.


Seltha moved to Winfield in 2000. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield, and a member of the Golden Eagles Group at Trinity.
Seltha is preceded by her husband Daniel, parents Anton & Alma Mittelstaedt, brother Will Mittelstaedt, daughter-in-law Janet Dorsch, granddaughter Amanda Dorsch and great-granddaughter Erin Ayala.


Survivors include son Timothy Dorsch and Ruth of Fairmont, OK, daughters Karen Haskell and Kenneth of Winfield, Susan Wolf and Gary of Ellsworth, KS, Mary Dorsch of Winfield, and sister Valeria Dietrich and Henry of Houston, Texas.  Grandchildren are Benjamin Dorsch, Daniel Dorsch and Angie, Philip Wolf, Andrew Wolf, Chad Duncan and Kris, Lissie King and Jeff, Andrew Haskell, Beth Ayala and Raymond, Joel Haskell, Timothy Haskell and Anne of Furthe, Germany.  Great-greatgrandchildren are Micah Dorsch, Nate Dorsch and Keegan Dorsch, Jelani King, Daniel Ayala and Rebecca Ayala, and Patrick Haskell. She is also survived by a number of aunts, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com  Visitation will be Tuesday May 31, 2011 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH from 3pm to 8pm,  family will be present from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.



Joan Conrod

conrodJoan Conrod passed away at home on Monday, May 23, 2011 surrounded by her immediate family.  Joan Conrod was born in Beloit, Kansas on April 27, 1928 to Earl and Grace Mercer.  She was the seventh of ten children.  She was raised in Wellington from the age of seven and graduated from Wellington High School in 1946.  She attended Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Winfield and graduated in 1950. She married James R. Conrod on November 19, 1949.

During her career as a registered nurse, Mrs. Conrod worked at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital for 13 years.  During eight of those years, she served as Director of Nursing Service.  She spent the rest of her career at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center before retiring in 1990 after 27 years of service.

Conrod was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church where she has served as an ordained elder and deacon.  She taught Sunday School and was a member of the Murray Sunday School Class, Mariners, Janet Hodson Circle, Tuesday at Ten Bible Study, the Glad Tidings Crew, and was a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Woman. In 1994, she was honored as the Outstanding Presbyterian Woman. She was a former member and president of the Whittier PTA, a founder of the WHS Advisory Board and a Cub Scout leader.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority since 1952 and the Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, serving many years as president of the organization.  Habitat for Humanity, CASA of Cowley County and Safe Homes appreciated her ability to sell tickets and many times sold over 100 tickets for each program. 

Survivors include daughters Connie Bland and her husband John, Alba, Texas, Becky Jack, Andover, Karen Metz, Prairie Village, Linda Groth and her husband Bob, Ponca City, OK, and one son Major David Conrod and his wife Amy of Marietta, GA.  Six grandsons, Aaron Jack and his wife Anne of Andover, Captain Scott Metz and his wife Erica of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Greg Metz and his wife Lindsay of Prairie Village,  David Jack and his wife Ashlee of Roeland Park, and Matthew and Christopher Conrod of Marietta, GA.  Great grandchildren include Brittany, Simon, Ana and Maxwell Metz and Kate, Claire, and Ella Jack.  Surviving siblings include Mary Jo Powers of Winfield, Betty Doherty of Mission, and Richard Mercer of Lawrence, and 74 nieces and nephews.  Her husband of 56 years, James, died on August 29, 2006.  Brothers Harold, Bob, and Bill Mercer and sisters Ruth Mercer, Margaret Puls and Dorothy Pompeo also preceded her in death.

Cremation has been effected and the memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011 at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Winfield.  A memorial has been established with the 1st Presbyterian Church Discretionary Fund in Winfield.  The family will accept condolences from friends in the fellowship hall of the church immediately following the funeral service.



William 'Bill' G. Whitson

    William ‘Bill’ G. Whitson, age 73, formerly of Oxford, passed away May 15, 2011 at the Deer Valley Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.  Inurnment services will be Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 10:30am in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, with Military Honors.  Memorials are to the American Heart Association.  Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

    He was born June 14, 1937 in Winfield, KS to Gerald and Margaret (Muret) Whitson. He was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1956.
After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp, serving 4 years active and 2 in the reserve.
    He married Beverly J. Cameron in 1962, they later divorced.  He married Donna Steffen May 14, 1975, she passed away in 2009.
    Bill worked for Boeing, in Wichita as a fork lift operator for a couple of  years, then moved to Phoenix where he worked for the Orangewood Retirement Community.   He worked there for 20 years, before retiring.  He moved back to Oxford in 1991 and had recently moved back to Phoenix.

He is survived by Sons: Marty Whitson of Wellington, KS, Derek Whitson of Oxford, KS, and Jason Whitson of Phoenix, AZ.  Daughter: Summer Whitson of Springfield, MO.  Sisters: Frances Yoder of San Francisco, CA., Phyllis Ryan of Lansing, NY. And Kay Lumbert of Winfield.
11 Grandchildren, 4 Great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents, Gerald and Margaret, wife Donna Steffen, and daughter Tina Catlin.



Frederick "Fred" G. Bard  

    Frederick “Fred” G. Bard , 98, died at Winfield Rest haven Center May 16, 2011. His graveside service will be 11:30am, Thursday, May 19, 2011at Highland Cemetery. Friends wishing to sign a registry book early may do so Wednesday from 9:00- 5:00pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H. A memorial has bee established with The First Christian Church of Winfield and Winfield Rest Haven.   Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com
      Fred was born March 28, 1913 in Faxon, Oklahoma. His parents were Cloud and Nora Olive (Gordon) Bard. He was raised and educated in Winfield and attended Winfield H. S. He was a WW II Navy veteran.
       Fred worked as manufacturers Representative for the Redding Furniture Company and the Western Furniture Mart in San Francisco, CA. He retired in 1968. He was a former member of Winfield Elks, Am. Legion. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

      He married Susie Marie Marts April 6, 1932 and she preceded him in death Nov. 11, 1981. He is survived by: Nieces and Nephews.



Judith Elaine Armstrong Agnew

agnewJudith Elaine Armstrong Agnew, age 66 of Winfield, passed away April 19, 2011 at Cumbernauld Village.  She was born August 18, 1944 to Joseph and Mary Virginia (Alford) Armstrong.  She attended Hyde Elementary School in Wichita and graduated from Kemper Hall in Kenosha, WI.  She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Omaha University in Omaha, NE. and University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO.
     Judy lived in Wichita, Colby, Cedar Vale and Winfield, KS., Omaha and Lincoln, NE., St. Louis, MO., and in Sterling, Colorado Springs, Durango and Lamar, CO.  She served as a Librarian in Omaha, NE., Ignacio and Lamar CO., Cedar Vale and Winfield, KS.  Traveling was a favorite entertainment and Judy had the opportunity to visit Italy, England, and Cozumel, Mexico.  Her profession as a librarian enabled her to work with many children, teachers and administrators in her career.
     Judy was a member at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield where she served on the Worship, Music and Arts team, which developed plans for a new pipe organ.  She also played in the Memorial Bell Choir.  Judy was a former member of PEO, was active in Book Club and on the Social Committee at Winfield High School.  Judy formerly served on the board of the Kansas Association of School Librarians and was privileged to be appointed by the governor to the State Library Network Board.
     Judy is survived by sons, William James Agnew IV of Aquanga. CA., Gregory Scott Agnew and wife Paula or Grand Junction, CO.  Grandchildren – William J. Agnew V, Robert Agnew, Anthony  Agnew, Taylor Agnew, Caedmon Agnew.  Sister Nancy Fletcher of Colorado and many close and wonderful friends.
     Funeral services will be 9:30am, Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield.  Interment will be in White Chapel Gardens in Wichita, Ks. following the service.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Winfield Isle of Lights, or the Winfield High School Library.   Memorials may be sent to Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH  803 Loomis Winfield, Ks  67156.

Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Joel Lewis Sowder

 sowder     Joel Lewis Sowder, 32, passed away at his home in Winfield on April 19, 2011. His memorial service will be Friday 10:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield. Inurnment will follow at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Memorials have been established with Southwinds Res-Care and may be sent to Swisher-Taylor & Morris F H-803 Loomis- Winfield, Ks Condolences may be sent funeraldirector@stmfh.com
    Joel was born on September 4, 1978 to Monty Sowder and Krystyna M ( Behrhorst) Clift. He was raised in Wichita and Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School on 2000. After high school. Joel was employed by Southwinds  and had many hobbies, including flag collecting and lawn mower repair. Joel loved spending time with his family and many friends at the Walnut Valley Festival.

     Joel is survived by: parents; Monty and Tonja Sowder of Wichita and Krystyna and David Clift of Winfield; siblings, Erin (Sowder) Falk – Chanute,KS, Emily (Sowder) Flowers – Winfield, Jacob Behrhorst – Wichita, Ely Behrhorst – Montana, Nathan Clift – West Virginia, Anna Clift – CA, Kore Lippoldt – Wichita, Veronica Sowder – Wichita; nieces and nephews; Lillian Falk, Jonathan Falk, Madalyn Clift, Piper Clift, and Emmy Pipes; grandparents, Wallace and Jewel Behrhorst, Linda Sowder and Jane Lee Clift all of Winfield. He was preceded in death by: paternal grandparents Jack and Beverly Sowder and step- grandfather Worrall Clift.

 



David C. (Dave) Warren

warrenDavid C. (Dave) Warren, 84 retired teacher, coach & athletic official passed away April 18, 2011. His memorial services will be Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:00 at the First United Methodist in Winfield with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall with  Private family inurnment. Friends may sign a registry book Wednesday from 3- 8:00pm and family will greet friends from 6-8:00 pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H.
    Dave was born April 21, 1926 in Cedar Rapids, IA. He parents were Merb and Mabel (Crosen) Warren. He graduated from McKinley High School in 1944 and attended Coe College both in Cedar Rapids, IA and was a graduated of Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. in 1951. He taught and coached for 5 years in Potwin, Ks, 1 year in Gossell,KS, 5 years in Pretty Prairie, KS and 6 years in Newton, KS. and 20 years in Winfield. Dave had coached baseball, basketball, golf, football and gymnastics in his career and taught Drivers Ed. and middle and high school physical ed., influencing many lives of young people he loved. He retired in 1988.
       Dave was an outstanding football and basketball official for more than 20 years. He had the privilege of knowing other fine officials and having them as close personal friends. He took pride and satisfaction in the athletes that he knew and with whom he worked.
      A great accomplishment of his coaching career was a state championship in baseball for Winfield in 1972 with his son Mike playing on the team. Dave was a member of the Kansas Collegiate Officials Hall of Fame and the greater Wichita Officials Hall of Fame and Southwestern College Hall of Fame,
      He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bob & Don and a sister Betty.

He is survived by; Wife, Luanne of the home; sons, Mike and wife Debbie of Great Bend, KS, Pat and wife Angie of Kansas City ,MO; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorials have been established with First United Methodist Church, Southwestern College Athletics and Cancer Center of Kansas or the choice of the Charity of  the Donor may be sent to Swisher- Taylor & Morris F.H.- 803 Loomis-Winfield, Ks 67156. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

 



Leo Pius Selenke

selenkeLeo Pius Selenke, 75, of Warsaw, MO formerly of Winfield died April 6, 2011 at the Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton, MO. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm Sunday at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel followed by a rosary which will be said 7:00 pm Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris chapel in Winfield. Burial Mass will be 10:30 am , Monday, April 11, 2011 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Winfield. Internment will be in Highland Cemetery.  Memorials have been established with St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Warsaw, MO and American Lung Association.
      Leo was born April 13, 1935 in Grainfield, KS his parents were John and Magdalena (Wildeman) Selenke. He was raised and educated in the Wichita area.  Graduating from Plaineview High School.
He had worked for Boeing Aircraft for 10 Years and retired with 32 from Cessna Aircraft in Wichita and moved to Warsaw, MO. in 1998 for retirement.
   He had coached Pop Warner Football enjoyed hunting, fishing and stained glass work.. His family and grand children were a special enjoyment for him.
     He is survived by: wife, Shirley of their home in Warsaw; son, Bruce & wife Elaine of Oxford, KS; daughters Kathy Bryant of Arkansas City, Karen & husband Kevin Brown of Paola, KS, Vickie & husband Paul Bechtel of Osawatomie, KS, Brothers -Sylvester Selenke of Oklahoma, & Donnie Selenke of Kansas, Sisters – Agnes Harris of Kansas and Phyllis Faverio of Florida, 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

      He was preceded in death by: Son Leo Michael Selenke, brother John and sister Elenora Selenke and granddaughter, Courtney Brewer.



Leonard O. Richardson

     Leonard O. Richardson, 82, died April 1, 2011, as the result of an accident on the family farm west of richardsonWinfield. Leonard was born to Glenn William and Mary Elizabeth (Newlon) Richardson on Aug. 28, 1928, at home in Kingman County. He was the eighth of eight children.
     Services will be at 2:30 pm Tuesday, April 5th at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Burial at Highland Cemetery will follow the service. Rev. Bob Wyman and Rev. Diane Massey will officiate. Arrangements are by Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral home. Visitation will be Monday, April 4th from 5:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Family will greet visitors from 6:00-7:00 pm. Memorials have been established with the First Presbyterian Church, Southwestern College and William Newton healthcare Foundation.
     Leonard graduated from Kingman High School in 1946 and that fall he enrolled at Southwestern College where he played football until he injured his knee while snow skiing. He met Eleanor King during his senior year and they had their first date on April 1, 1950. They were married October 20, 1950 at the First Baptist Church. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last fall.
     He taught briefly at Moline, KS before being drafted into the United States Army where he served in Korea as a second lieutenant. He was a forward observer, served in the field artillery, was a paratrooper and was a member of the 82nd Airborne. He was able to visit Korea 60 years after the Korean War.
     After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1953, he returned to Winfield where he went into the construction business, eventually forming Richardson Brothers Construction Company with his brother, Newt. Richardson Brothers first built concrete block buildings and eventually became dealers in Butler Buildings and grain bins. The brothers built many buildings in Winfield, Arkansas City, and the surrounding area. He and Newt also had several other business interests.
     Leonard was active in the First Presbyterian Church, had just joined the Hospital Foundation Board, had served as President of the Winfield Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of Kellogg Co-op and the Vernon Township Board. He had farmed his whole life and remained active in a farm and ranch business.
     Leonard loved his family and was proud of his children: Ann Richardson, Beth Wilke and husband Steve, and David Richardson and wife Cozetta, all of Winfield, his five grandchildren Krista Ranby and husband Scott, Durham, North Carolina, Katie Wilke and fiancé Adam Johnson, Taiwan, Joel Wilke and wife Lindsay, Camp Horizon, Arkansas City, Julie Wilke, Winfield and Kalen Richardson, Lawrence, and her mother Jalaine Richardson, Winfield, and his great-granddaughter Norah Beth Ranby.

     Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren named above, he is survived by his brother Newton and wife Doris, Winfield; sisters Lois Tucker, Haysville; Hazel Whomans, Hutchinson; nieces Alice Simmons, Susan Lowe and husband George, Winfield; and nephew Stan Richardson and wife Ann, Nickerson; as well as a number of other nephews and nieces and many close and wonderful friends..

Stephen R. Brown

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Stephen R. Brown, age 64, of Winfield, passed away March 30, 2011 at this home.  Services will be at the Maple City Community Church, Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11:00am, with a lunch to follow.  Pastor Norman Reeves will officiate. Inurnment will be at later date at the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Co. He was born September 23, 1946 in Dallas TX  to Richard Leroy and Corrie Anna (McBee) Brown.
Stephen was a locksmith; he owned and operated Greenleaf Lock and Key.
He was veteran of the USAF and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.  He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.  He attended the Maple City Community Church,

Proceeded in death by his parents and daughter Jessica Nicole Brown.

He is survived by
Wife of ten years  Shellee Brown, Sister – Judy-Bob and husband Denny Wilkinson, Stepdaughters – Amanda Vargo, Kristin Yeager, Erin Dowell.  Grand-children Alexis Vargo, Jessika Hammers, Savannah Matlock, Lee-Wade Matlock, Zachary Dowell, Austin Dowell, Emma Dowell.  One niece and several nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, one great great nephew.

Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Any donations or in lieu of flowers, please contribute to Hospice Care of Kansas or the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.

Mabel M. Mitchell

Mabel M. (Kent) Mitchell, age 96, of Winfield, passed away March 30, 2011 at the Wm. Newton Memorial mithcellHospital.  Graveside services will be Monday, April 4, 2011, 2pm at the Union Graham Cemetery in Winfield.  Visitation will be Friday, April 1, 2011 from 9pm to 4pm at the funeral Home, and Monday from 9:00am to noon.
     She was born in Winfield, Ks, May 22, 1914 to John E. and Florence E. (Wade) Kent.  She was raised and educated in the Winfield Schools, graduating in 1932. She married Roy W. Mitchell July 30, 1935 in Winfield, he preceded her in death in 2002.
     She worked for Boeing Aircraft during WWII, as a riveter, and then took time off for raising children.  She returned to Boeing and retired in 1970 with a total of 20 years of employment.
     Her hobbies included: sewing, crafts, playing cards and visiting with her friends at the Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of the First Christian Church.

She is survived by
Daughters – Phyllis Lambert of Arkansas City, Ks, Mary Kay Evans of Winfield.
Son – Michael D. Mitchell of McPherson, Ks
Sister – Doris Gaffron of Austin, Tx.
10 Grandchildren, 25 great- grandchildren and 6 gr great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
     In addition to her husband and parents, brothers – Claud, Chester, Rosco and James E. Kent, Sisters – Gladys Garrett, Nettie Brannum, Bula Sponberg, and Thelma Bunyun, preceded her in death.

    In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

Clifford H. Johnson

Clifford H. Johnson, 90 of Winfield died at his home 1805 Manning March17, 2011. His Funeral service will be 10:30 am Monday, March 21, 2011 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield. Interment will be following at Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery in Winfield. Memorial is the Alzheimer Assc.
       Clifford was born January 1, 1921 in Humboldt, KS. He was raised in Winfield by Everett Palmer and his mother Leona Brown. He attended Winfield Schools. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943  and was a WW II Veteran.
       After the war he returned to Winfield and worked for Stuber Brothers Ford and later Kline Motors. He retired from Kline’s in 1986.         He was lived with his companion Bobbye Burns for 30 years and she survives. Other survivors are: Step daughters; Krysten Anderson of Winfield, Fawn Anderson of Wichita a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: brothers, Clarence and Royce and sister Deloris and a baby niece.



Merrill "Kern" Gordon

gordonKern Gordon passed away early Sunday morning, March 13, 2011, at  Cimbernauld Village.  He was 91 years old.  Kern was an owner of a local manufacturing company and a long time supported of Southwestern College.  His funeral services will be 12:00(noon) Friday, March 18, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, KS.  Interment is at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield.  Memorials have been established with Southwestern College, First United Methodist Church and William Newton Hospital Auxiliary both of Winfield, KS.    He was born September 19, 1919, in Cascade, Montana, the child of Merrill and Edith Gordon, raised on a cattle ranch that is now operated by his nephew, Steven.  While attending Montana State College, the lure of becoming an officer in the Army Air Corp resulted in quitting college and signing up for an Army career.  While in training in the state of Washington in 1941, he met Betty Deardorff and in a few months they were married, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past November 29.Gordon graduated from Oregon State College in 1946 and moved his young family to start his engineering career in Butte, Montana with an engineering company.  He stayed only 3 years, leaving in 1949 with business partner Bill Piatt to settle in Winfield to start Gordon and Piatt, a gas burner company.   They sold gas burners both national and internationally.  With a merger in 1971 it became Peabody, Gordon and Piatt.  After his retirement from the firm in 1984, he became involved in waste heat recovery from broilers and served as president of Heatmizer, Inc.Serving as a navigator of the famed bomber “Shanghai Lil” during World War II, his B-17 plane was shot down over Italy.  With Kern navigating, the airplane landed in Turkey where he was interned until released in an exchange of internees between the German and British embassies.  He ended his active army career as a Lt. Col and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.Kern loved flying.  He bought his first airplane shortly after arriving in Winfield in 1950.  He and Bette flew throughout the United States on business and pleasure and often flying to the Bahamas where they liked to vacation.  He flew until he was in his late eighties, when a heart condition grounded him.  As for playing golf, Saturday at 1:00pm was his tee time with his buddies JJ Banks, Jim Barnthouse and Bill Taylor.  Golf was also part of most vacations.
Kern was a longtime member on the Board of Trustees for Southwestern College, a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion, Elk Lodge and Winfield Country Club. His parents and sisters, Margaret Gordon Lestz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Helen Gordon a victim of the great flu epidemic of 1918, predecease Kern.  Wife Bette Gordon, brother and sister in law John Gordon and Betty of Polson, Montana, survive him with his children are Merrill Kern Gordon III and wife Tracie of Winfield, Helen Johnston and husband Gary of Lenexa, Kansas, Suzanne Lecht of Hanoi, Vietnam, and Barbara Gordon and friend Sam King of Pompano Beach, Florida.  Grandchildren:  Chad Gordon, Heather Gordon, Becky Bramlage, and Cory Johnston, 11 grandchildren.



Vic McClung

Vic McClung, 59 was born September 30, 1951 to Irvin and Gracie McClung. He was a life-long resident of Winfield, KS. Vic attended Tannehill School, a one-room school house, for elementary school. He graduated from Winfield High School with the class of 1969, Cowley Community College in 1971, and Emporia State University where he was a part of the Acacia Fraternity in 1973. ESU is where he met his wife Jan, also from Winfield. They married May 18, 1974.
Vic was a life-long Kansas farmer. He grew up on a family farm where they raised laying hens and cattle, and grew wheat, milo, alfalfa, and hay. He and his brother Jim began their own farming operation in 1970 called McClung Brothers. After Vic finished college, McClung Brothers continued the tradition of being stewards of the land and have farmed in Southern Kansas for over 35 years. Vic’s dedication to farming was evident in the many organizations he belonged to.  He was on the executive board of Kellogg Co-op and continued as Kellogg became Valley Co-op.  USDA’s Farm Service Agency counted him as a valuable member of the county committee for 23 years.  He was a member of Southern Kansas Pork Producers and was active in helping get the buying station established after Ark City Packing Company closed. He was a board member of the Federal Land Bank, who was instrumental in helping farmers purchase land. Vic belonged to Southern Kansas Cotton Growers, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, and the Cowley County Extension PDC for Ag and Economics. While his four daughters were active in Cowley County 4-H, Vic was also a long-time Community Leader, and County Photography Leader.
Vic’s father, Irvin began selling Dekalb seed in 1953. McClung Brothers were happy to take over the family seed business in 1996 and continue their work with Monsanto seed after they bought Dekalb. Vic and Jim also grow and sell Kansas certified wheat seed with which Vic won Grand Champion prize at the Cowley County Fair’s 2010 Wheat Show with his last wheat harvest.
Vic was a very active member in his community. When he was a young man, he belonged to Jaycee’s. Vic lived in Beaver Township all his life and was a board member for the township for 24 years. Grace United Methodist Church housed his church family where he served on many committees and was the New Beginnings Sunday School Class Leader.  He spent the last 9 and a half years as an advocate for students on the Board of Education for Winfield Public Schools, where he served as president for two terms.
Vic was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in September 2009. He lost his courageous battle with the disease on March 10, 2011. He decided to donate his body to KU medical center for research in hopes to develop treatment and someday a cure for ALS.
Vic was preceded in death by his parents Irvin and Gracie McClung. He is survived by his wife of over 36 years, Jan McClung; daughters, Shannon, Erin, Ashley, and Allison; sons-in-laws, Daniel Goldak and David Hughes; grandson Cameron Goldak; brother Jim McClung and wife Mary; sister Jo Ann Parsons; mother-in-law Margaret Widler; nephews Travis McClung and Brad Strawn; nieces Kerrie Bryant, Jill Daughhetee, Tracy Eberhardt; and many great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 20, at 3:30pm at the Winfield High School auditorium. Directly following the service the family invites friends to join them in the cafeteria for a pork burger feed in Vic’s honor. Memorials have been established with the following organizations: Grace United Methodist Church, USD 465 Foundation, Cowley County 4-H Foundation, The ALS Association. Donations can be made at the memorial or through the family.



Maxine Hock Tracy

Maxine Hock Tracy, 94, of Ardmore, OK died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Select Specialty Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK. The service will be Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at The Argonia, KS, Cemetery Chapel at 2:00 pm. Friends may view the deceased at the Cemetery Chapel before the service. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to: Snyder Research Foundation, 1407 Wheat Rd., Winfield, KS 67156
        Maxine was born June 10, 1916 in Milan, Kansas. Maxine was 1 of 12 children and is survived only by a sister, Hazel Porter, Blackwell, OK. Her parents were Oliver Benton Hock and Florence Elva (Cheatham) Hock. She was raised in Milan area, attended schools in Milan and Argonia, Kansas. She married Edwin R. Tracy in Wichita, KS, Oct 17, 1934. Edwin preceded Maxine in death, May 1990.
Maxine is survived by: Her children: Glen Tracy and his wife Ruth who live in Warren, MI,  and Ann Holloway, Ardmore, OK
Grandchildren: Tracy A. Severs and husband Bill, Ardmore, OK , Kenna Robyn Owens, Ardmore, OK ,Robert K. Tracy and wife Jenifer Dodd, NY, NY ,Jennifer L. Campbell, Ardmore, OK and  Carol L. Tracy, Wamego, KS
Great Grand Children: Garrett W. Campbell, April A. Severs, Carlie L. Campbell, Ashley D. Severs and Heath B. Owens all of Ardmore, OK



Lucille King Jarvis

Lucille King Jarvis, 97, of Cumbernauld Village died March 2, 2011. Her Funeral service will be 10:30 am Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, KS. Interment at Highland Cemetery and a Memorial has been established with First United Methodist Church in Winfield in Lieu of flowers.
     Lucille was born July 5, 1913 in Hutchinson, KS,  her parents were Harry and Margaret (Dunn) King . She graduated from Hutchinson High School attended Hutchinson Community College and graduated from Southwestern College in 1936 with a BSED. While at Southwestern she meet Jack B. Jarvis and they where married at her parents home in Hutchinson May 2, 1937. He preceded her in death Oct. 21, 1988. They made their home in Winfield where Jack worked at Jarvis Auto Parts Company and later with his brothers Lawrence and Robert owned the company. He retired in 1966. 
      She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for many years. She was active in PEO a charter member, Worthwhile Club, and had been a Pink Lady at William Newton Hospital for many years.        

She was preceded in death by a son: David; brothers, John King of Winfield, Don King of Wichita, Harold King of Phoenix and  David  King of   Long Island, New York.  She is survived by; Son and wife, Steve & Denise Jarvis of Parker, CO; Daughter and husband, Joan & Larry Henry of Tulsa, OK; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.



Phyllis C. Jay

     Phyllis C. Jay, age 71, of Sedan, passed away February 19, 2011 at the Pleasant Valley Manor Nursing Center in Sedan.  She was born October 13, 1939 in Denver, CO.  She was adopted by Archie(Jack) and Gertrude(Hern) Bagley in Salina, KS.
     She married Arthur E. Jay in 1965.  She was a homemaker until she attended Marymount College in Salina, studying business and accounting.  She and Arthur later divorced and she moved to California, where she worked as a bookkeeper and accountant.
     In 1993, she moved back to Salina where she continued her work, her last employment was with the American Legion in Salina as their accountant.
     She retired in 2006 and moved to Sedan to be closer to her family.  She was a member of the Salina American Legion.

Proceeded in death by her parents and son Art.

Daughter, J. Waller, Son Hunter Jay, sister Maxine Lawrenson, 5 nieces and 1 nephew, survives her.

Inurnment services will take place at later date in the Beverly Cemetery, in Beverly, KS.

Memorials can be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Coffeyville, KS.

Wheeler Funeral Home in charges of services


Nati Barron

Natividad (Nati)Barron, age 90, of Winfield, passed away February 18, 2011 at Good Samaritan.
She was born September 8, 1920 in Longton, Ks. to Bardomino ‘Ben’ and Guadalupe(Torrez) Mendoza.  She was raised and educated in the Longton area.
 She married Francisco ‘Frank’ Barron.  He preceded her in death in 1975.
She worked at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center, also as several area rest homes.  She also participated in the Foster Grandparents Program with USD 465.
She was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church.

Preceded in death by daughters Theresa Anthony, Juanita Barron, son
Frankie Barron, sister Mary Llamas, Brother Rodrigo Mendoza, grandson Matthew Wells

She is survived by
Sons – Angel Barron of Winfield, Robert  ‘Bob’ Barron of Wichita
Daughters – Esther Delgado of Winfield, Lupe Wells of Winfield
Brother – Benito Mendoza of Wichita

13 Grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 6 gr-great grandchildren.

Rosary Service will take place Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7 pm at the Holy Name Catholic Church.  Visitation will be from 6pm til service time at the Church.  Burial Mass will be Monday, February 21, 2011, 10:30am at Holy Name.  Interment will be in St.-Mary’s Cemetery.  Memorials are to Alzheimer’s Association.


Sarah Jean Scott Warren

Sarah Jean Scott Warren, 86,1003 Alexander, Winfield, Kansas, died February 10, 2011.
Jean was born April 22,1924, in Garnett, Kansas, to Henry Kip and Lillian Archer Scott, She and her twin sister, Jane, graduated from Garnett High School in 1942. Then she attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, graduating with a bachelor's degree in geology in 1946, On August 22,1945, she married Richard Lee Warren, also of Garnett, Kansas. She resided in Garnett and Lawrence until her husband, Richard, was accepted into Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, Kansas in 1947.

n 1951, Jean moved to Winfield with her husband, Richard, who began to practice veterinary medicine as a partner of Dr. Thomas Allison. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women, Chapters CU and HK of P.E.O., Hypatia, and Coffee Club. During the years and in each of these organizations she held many official positions. In 2006 she was named Presbyterian Women's Woman of the Year and felt that mis was the culmination of a life of service and faith. Church, family, friends and community formed the core of her life in Winfield.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Dr. Richard Warren, and her children, Linda Jackson and husband, David, Fort Scott, Kansas, Dr. Kip Warren and wife, Andrea, and Sarah Warren, Winfield, Kansas. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Edie Jackson, Kansas City, Kansas, Kip Jackson, Kansas City, Kansas, Quinn Warren, New York, New York, and Scott Warren, Denton, Texas.
Service will be at 11:00 A.M., February 15, 2011, at Swisher-Taylor Funeral Home, Winfield, Kansas. Burial will be at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery, Winfield, Kansas. Visitation will be Monday, February 14, 2001 from 3pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris.

 Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Winfield, Kansas.


D.Lanore (Gottlob) Berrie

berrie D. Lanore (Gottlob) Berrie, age 90, of Winfield passed away February 7, 2011, at Cumbernauld Village.  Services will be 10:30am, Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in Winfield.  Visitation, Friday 1pm to 5pm, family will greet from 3pm to 4pm, at the funeral home. Interment in Tannehill Cemetery. Norman Reeves will officiate.  Memorials are to Alzheimer Association 347 S. Laura Wichita, Ks. 67211or donor's choice.

     Lanore was born February 13, 1920 in Winfield to Roy and Verna (Godfrey) Gottlob.  She was raised on a farm southwest of Winfield.  She attended rural elementary schools, attended Winfield High School for 2 years, and then attended Arkansas City High School where she graduated in 1939.
     She married Harold Berrie, June 13, 1941 in Wichita, Ks.  They farmed southwest of Winfield until moving to Cumbernauld Village.  They would have celebrated 70 years of marriage in June of this year.
     Lanore loved children.  He grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy.  She was a faithful Avon Lady for 23 years.  She was an avid gardener and canned what she grew.  She loved her strawberry patch and her family loved her strawberry jam.
     She was a very talented person who enjoyed all types of crafts.  In her later years, she started making porcelain dolls and sewing the clothing. She also liked to do china painting.
Preceded in death by brother Vern and infant sister.

      Her husband Harold of Winfield, son Jim Berrie and wife Judy of Grand Island, NB., daughter Helen Anton and husband Dennis of Sierra Vista, Az.; survive her.  Also, brother Dale Gottlob and wife Juanita of Conifer, CO.   Five grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.


Mary Gwen Fitzgerald

Mary Gwen Fitzgerald, 79, Winfield, Ks., died at the William Newton Hospital, Monday, January 31, 2011. fitzgeraldHer services are 10:30am, Monday, February 7, 2011 at Swisher-Taylor  & Morris F. H. Visitation 8:30am to service time, Monday at the funeral home. Condolences made be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com
     She was born April 16, 1931 in Winfield to Warren M. Fitzgerald and Leola W. (Robinson) Fitzgerald of Burden. She lived with her parents most of her life.  After her parents passed, she entered the New Horizons Home.  After that facility closed, she moved into the Southwinds program. Her parents preceded her in death.

She is survived by her guardian of many years, Rochelle Begeman of Ark City, Ks. and many friends.

INTERMENT:  Private interment in Burden City Cemetery

MEMORIAL: Kansas Jaycees Cereal Palsy Ranch
                       6411 SW 50th St El Dorado Ks, 66062



Charles E. Cowdrey

       Charles E. Cowdrey, 77, passed away at his home January 18, 2011 with his wife Nancy and family by his side. Memorial celebration will be held Saturday February 5, 2011, 10:30am, at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, KS. Following the service a reception will be held for friends and family at cowdreyFellowship Hall at the church.
      Charlie was born in Camden Point, MO. On November 16, 1933. His parents were Charles and Muriel (Duncan) Cowdrey. He graduated from Gower, MO High School and received his undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University and completed his masters degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia,
       Charlie coached Football for Thirty-Eight years at the high school, community college and University level. He developed many lifelong memories and friendships with athletes and coaches during his career,
      He is survived by: wife, Nancy (Bruce) Cowdrey of the home; son, Bruce and wife Melody of Dunlap, Ill; daughters, Paula Cowdrey of Bloomington, Ill and Paige Perrigo and husband Brian of Winfield, grandchildren Tyler and Morgan Cirks of Winfield; sister, Millis Frisch and husband Peter of Windsor, CA; Nephews, Jason Morris of Hawaii, Josh Morris of Washington; Aunt, Francis Thorla of Manhattan, KS; Cousins, Sharon Hobbs husband Brian of Manhattan, Joyce Transmeier of Grayson, MO. Preceded in death by father Charles and  mother Muriel step-mother Mary Cowdrey.
           Memorials have been established with Athletic Depts. of Southwestern College in Winfield, KS  and University of Missouri – Columbia may be sent C/O Swisher-Taylor & Morris F H.-803 Loomis-Winfield, KS 67156.
Email condolences to: funeraldirector@stmfh.co



Ronald "Ron" Bauer

Ronald “Ron” Bauer, 75, of Winfield died January 16, 2011 in Wichita, KS.  Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winfield, KS.  bauerVisitation is 3:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris F.H. in Winfield.  The family will be present to greet from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Family inurnment will be Thursday at Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield.

Ron was born July 19, 1935 in Yankton, SD.  His parents were Hugo and Ruth V. (Smith) Bauer.  He was raised and educated in Springfield, SD graduating in 1953.  He was in High School ROTC and joined the Navy after graduation serving in the Korean War Era 1953-55 and spent 4 more years in the reserves.  He attended South State Teachers College in Springfield graduating in 1959.  He was Principal, Teacher and Coach at White, SD then Principal & Coach at Little Falls, MN and at Armour, SD.  During this time he completed his Masters in Education at Brookings, SD.  In 1966 Ron, Ardis, and Family moved to Winfield where Ron was Business Manager at St. John’s College.  After St. John’s he taught 19 years in the public school as a math teacher.  One year at Wellington Middle School, then 18 years at Winfield Middle School and Winfield High School retiring in 1997. 
    Ron’s activities were many and varied: Ron was one of the original organizers of the Pop Warner Football program in Winfield.  He was instrumental in the development of the Little League Football Field at the fairgrounds.  During Ron’s tenure at USD 465 he served as score keeper and timekeeper for numerous sports teams.  He was a member of Winfield Viking Booster Club for several decades and served a term as president.  Ron was also a member of the Southwestern College Booster Club and served a term as president.  Ron was involved in establishing the Sun Bowl at Southwestern College and Committee Chairman for one year.  Ron enjoyed all forms of outdoor activities and sports.  Ron was an avid fisherman, hunter, and golfer.  He refereed football and basketball, and umpired baseball.  He enjoyed watching his three kids and eight grandkids in all their diverse activities.  Intermingled within all these activities Ron was one of the original 9 charter members of the Winfield PD as a reserve Police Officer where he served for 13 years.  In his spare time he was an entrepreneur, over the years he owned a Mexican food restaurant and several rental properties. 
    Ron is survived by: Wife, Ardis of the Home, Sons and wives Kevin &Tanza Bauer, Kelly & Jennifer Bauer both of Wichita; daughter and husband, Tammie & Mark Smith of Dewey, OK; grandchildren, Ashlee & Andy Smith, Spencer, Allison & William Bauer, Veronica, Haley and Abigail Bauer and Great Granddaughter Londyn; brother, Rev. Paul Bauer and wife Joann of Hayesville, NC.  He was preceded in death by infant grandson, Patrick.

    In Lieu of Flowers family suggests memorial donation be given in his name to: Trinity Lutheran Church - Winfield, Youth Groups at Eastminster Presbyterian - Wichita, Hillside Christian Churches-Wichita; USD #465 Foundation, Brothers in Blue.  All donations may be sent to Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH, 803 Loomis, Winfield, KS, 67156. 

Derreck T. David

 david   Derreck T. David, age 18, of Winfield passed away January 9, 2011.  He was born October 20, 1992 in Wichita, Ks. to David Drum and Crystle Cox.  He recently obtained his high school diploma in Topeka, Ks.
     Derreck loved to spend time with his big family.  He took a lot of pride in being an Uncle.  He was a good big brother.  He absolutely adored animals, especially his dog Mia.  His life goal was to go to vocational school to become an underwater welder.  His daily goals were to see smiles on everyone’s face that he encountered.  Overall, Derreck was an amazing person!  He will be loved and missed for eternity.

Preceded in death by sister Ashley Drum

He is survived by
Mother – Crystle and step father Rodney Cox of  Kingman, Ks.
Father – David Drum of Winfield.
Brothers – Brandon Drum, Austin David, Ty Cox, Joshua Drum
Sisters – Amber Gonzales, Amanda Adams, Tasha David
Grandpa – Larry David
Grandma- Sharon David
Uncles – Kerry David, Jerry West, Clifford David, Mick David, Chuck Maynard, Larry Calvin
Aunts –Tanya Clark, Tammy Hollins, Linda Calvin,
Nephews – Angelino Gonzales, Julian Gonzales
Nieces – Annabelle Gonzales, Adrina Parker, Nevaeh Soliz

Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com
 
SERVICES: 1:30pm, Monday January 17, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Winfield

VISITATION: 10:00am to service time, Monday January 17, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Winfield.

INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery

MEMORIAL: Cowley County Humane Society

Kenneth A. Brothers

Kenneth A. Brothers was born May 21, 1921, in Winfield, Kansas to Arthur and Edith (Husted) Brothers.  Hebrothers graduated from Frog Hollow grade school, Winfield High School class of 1939 and Southwestern College.  He farmed in the Frog Hollow and Tisdale areas.  He entered the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942.  He was a pilot of B-24 and B-17’s in the Eighth Air Force in England.  He was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

He was a member of the Tisdale United Methodist Church serving on the official board for many years.  He was also a member of the American Legion and a board member of the Winfield Farmers Co-op.  In 1942, he married Veneta Reimer in Sterling, Kansas.  She died in 1978.  In 1979, he married Phyllis Schneider in Wichita.

Survivors are his wife, Phyllis of the home. Daughter Patricia Hill and husband Robert of Partridge, Kansas.  Step-daughter, Rebecca Cummings and husband Mark of Appleton, Wisconsin.  Step-grandchildren, Erin, Andrew, and Amy Cummings.

Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

SERVICES:  Saturday, January 15, 2011, 10:00am, at Tisdale United Methodist Church

VISITATION:  Friday, January 14, 2011, 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.
Family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

INTERMENT:  Highland Cemetery

MEMORIALS:  Tisdale United Methodist Church
                           Harry Hynes Hospice

                           Cumbernauld Village Hope Fund

Betty Lou Hamm

Betty Lou Hamm, 74, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2011 at her home in Winfield. Her Funeral hammServices will be Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 2:00pm at the Tisdale United Methodist Church with Interment at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Friends may call Tuesday from 3:00- 7:00pm with family greeting from 4:30-5:30pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.
       Online condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com  Memorials to Tisdale United Methodist Church and USD# 465 Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
      Betty was born May 21, 1936 in Winfield. Her parents were Edmund and Martha (Diller) Walker. She was raised and educated in Winfield graduating with the Class of 1954 as Valedictorian. She worked as a secretary  for USD# 465, then Southwestern College and returned to and retired from USD#465 in 1991.
      She was a member of Tisdale United Methodist Church was active in the UMW and was one onf the starters of the Sunflower Parish Food Program and served as secretary for many years.
    She married Robert L. Hamm on December 22, 1956 in Winfield and he survives, other survivors are:
Daughters and Spouses
                     Karen and David Ross                 Uniontown, KS
                      Cindy and Roger Enix                 Edmond, OK

Grandchildren   Stephanie Carman, Bradley Ross and  Courtney Enix. She was preceded in death by an infant sister Caroline. 

William "Bill" A. Lee

William “Bill” A. Lee, 78, of died January 8, 2011 . His funeral service will be Wednesday, January 12, 2011lee at 10:30 am at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Friends may call Tuesday from 3:00- 7:00 pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris F.H.  Condolences may be sent to
funeraldirector@stmfh.com  .Memorials are to Snyder Research Foundation or Winfield VFW #3541 in lieu of flowers.
       Bill’s parents were Raymond A. and Emily B. (Furnas) Lee. He was raised and educated in Winfield and was a 1950 graduate of the High School. He entered the US Navy Jan. of 1951 serving on the USS Philippines carrier during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of Winfield VFW and Am. Legion.
       He married Shirley Prier December 24, 1954 and she preceded him in death January 9, 2008.
      Bill worked for Boeing Manufacturing in Wichita, Ks. starting as a mechanic and retired in 1992, as an engineering manager. He was a member of the Elks and the USS Philippines Sea Association. He was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church.      He is survived by: daughter and husband Melinda and Gary Duggan and their daughter Michelle and great grandchildren Misha and Helena of Edgerton, Ks.  He was preceded in death by his son Michael.



Elaine A. Hanshaw

hanshawElaine  A. Hanshaw, 81,  of Winfield Rest Haven died there Wednesday, January 6, 2011. Her Funeral Services will be Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:30am at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield with private family burial at the Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday, January 9, 2011 from 2:00-4:00pm at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com .
       Elaine was born September 18, 1929 in Cowley County. Her parents were Clifford and Leona (Taton) Merry. She was raised and educated in Winfield graduating from Winfield High School in 1949. She married Robert “Bob” Hanshaw and he preceded her in death November 4, 1993.
        Elaine lived in Winfield most of her life other than a few years Wichita and Nowata, OK. She had worked at Beech Aircraft and longest as a Bakery manager at Dillon’s and later in Home Healthcare. She was also a housewife and mother raising 3 children. She loved to play Bingo.
 She is survived by:
Sons                     Gary Hanshaw                            Winfield
                             David Hanshaw                           Eustis, Fl
Daughter               C. Kathleen Ramsey                   Winfield
Brother                  Arthur Merry                               Upton,WY
3 Nephews and 2 Nieces

She was preceded in death by daughter Linda (Hanshaw) Nixon and sister Leora Merry.




 

2010 Obituaries


l Donald E. Ehmke l Seth James Burgess Gould l Almedia Greever l Lois M. Livengood l John 'Steve' Glasgow l Betty J. Robinson l John 'Ed' Edmond Jarvis l Marjorie L. Crum l Martha A. Wakefield l Philip R. Bradley l Marjorie S. Davis l Norman J. Richardson l Thomas E. Halbert l Juston Larman Holroyd l Olivia Natalie Kerwin l Mildred L. Schuyler l Teresa F. Johnson, M.D l Perle M. Miles l Gloria Winblad l Mary E. Crum l Kenneth Doyle Simpson l Evelyn E. Potter l Cecil Ray Holt l Leonard Stewart Laws l Wanda Striegel l John Foster l Roberta Jean Ehmke l Elizabeth Groene l Carl R Finney l Velma Buettell l Joseph I Stuckey l Worrall Small Clift l Vida Ella McLain l Belia Lincicome l Donald Delos Alvord l Cecilio D. Carrasco

Donald E. Ehmke

Donald E. Ehmke, 94, died December 28, 2010 in Winfield. His Funeral services will be Tuesday, Januaryehmke  4, 2011 at 10:30 am the First United Methodist  Church in Winfield with Interment at Mt. Vernon Cemetery West of Winfield. Memorials have been established with Habitat for Humanity or Hope Fund at Cumbernauld Village. Friends may call Monday From 3:00-8:00 pm family will greet from 6:00-7:00 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.
       Don was born December 26, 1916 at the Old Winfield Hospital. His parents were Harvey J and Kathryne (Schmidt) Ehmke. He attended Elsberry School though 8th  grade and graduated from Winfield High School in 1935. He farmed and worked for others until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. He was an instructor at Camp Roberts, CA for 21/2 years in field artillery and served as a forward observer in the European theater. When the war in Europe was over he was in Czechoslovakia. He came home for a month and was sent to Japan until February of 1946 and was sent home discharging as a Staff Sergeant.
       He married Ruth ( Bergdall  )  June 9, 1946 and they lived west of Winfield farming for more than 61 years and raising 4 Children. Don farmed until 1993 moving to Cumbernauld in 2006. 
        In retirement Don and Ruth did mission work in Kentucky and New Mexico and traveled a great deal. Don’s hobby in retirement was making chests for all the families that wanted one and other wood projects. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Mizpah/Seekers SS Class and Methodist men. He had been a member of the township Bd.and served many years on the board of Directors of the Kellogg Co-Op,.       
        Don is survived by: Wife, Ruth of Cumbernauld, Sons , Donald “Keith” Ehmke Minneapolis, MN, Kim Alan Ehmke Wichita; Daughters, Sue and Charlie Kennedy Wichita, Karen and David Bethune Ringgold, Ga; Grandchildren, Dan Ehmke, Louis Kennedy, Derek Dinoni, Ashlea Servi; and 5 great grandchildren; Nephew, Bruce Ehmke Winfield. Her was preceded in death by a brother Gerald and sister Mildred.



Seth James Burgess Gould

Seth James Burgess Gould, 25, is an organ transplant donor with Midwest Organ Transplant. On gouldSaturday, December 11th, at 12:46pm, his precious heart stopped beating at Via Christy St. Francis Campus in Wichita, Ks

       
Seth was born on November 6, 1985 in Winfield, Ks. to Lorna Burgess and Brad Gould. He was raised and educated in Winfield Schools graduating in 2003. Seth began his working career at Cumbernauld Village then moving on to Creative Community Living. For five years he has worked in construction, roofing and concrete. In 2008 he married Krystal Rhodes, his first love, at the First Baptist Church in Winfield. Krystal survives Seth with their daughter, Shea Ann Gould of the home. Seth is also survived by his mother, Lorna Burgess, and step father Dru Davis of Winfield and his father, Brad Gould of Winfield.

Other survivors include: Brothers; Joseph Burgess of Derby, Jeremiah Trout and his father, Rod Trout, of Winfield and Tyler Gould of Winfield. Step brothers; Jessie Callison of Arkansas City, Brandon Bratcher of Arkansas City and Jason Haunschild of Wichita. Sisters; Adrian Burgess of Arkansas City and Alba Davis of Winfield. Step sister; Jennifer Davis of Edmond,  OK. Grandparents; James Burgess of Haysville, Tom Gould of Chester OK, Shirley Gould of Arkansas City and Naomi Davis of Winfield. Godfather; Garfield Bethel of Winfield. Great Grandmother; Ogureta Horrocks of Winfield.

Seth is preceded in death by his grandmother: Kay burgess and grandfather:   Harroll Davis, and by BLAZE.
                         *Seth is loved by all and will be deeply missed*

Memorial Service will be Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church, 200 E 11th, in Winfield. Private burial. Memorial gifts to help defer costs may be made at Union State Bank in Winfield, in care of Lorna Burgess. Swisher Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Almedia Greever

Almedia Greever, 96, of Winfield, died December 9, 2010 at at Cumbernauld Village.
 
Miss Greever was born May 6, 1914 in Cowley County, the daughter of Clyde and Bessie Greever.  Educated in Winfield and Arkansas City, she began her teaching career in the early 1930s after graduating from Arkansas City Junior College, known today as Cowley County College, with an associate degree.  She taught all 12 grades in a one-room school near Gouda Springs, walking the mile to the school each morning to start the wood burning stove, regardless of the weather. 
During the summers, she attended Southwestern College.  After earning her bachelor's degree in education from Southwestern, she taught for several years in the Gouda Springs elementary school before starting her teaching career in Winfield.  During the years of World War II, Miss Greever and other friends from Winfield spent their summers in New York City working on their master's degree in education at Columbia University.  After Miss Greever taught in Winfield for nearly a decade she became the principal at Stevenson School, and later was principal for Whittier and Country View schools until her retirement in 1980. 
She also taught in many summer programs at Southwestern College.
 
She was responsible for the creation Herbert Hawk Scholarship.  She visited the different classes when they had their class reunions and asked for donations to start the scholarship fund for Winfield High School graduates.  Very active in Soroptimist International of Winfield, the organization created the Almedia
Greever Continuing Education Scholarship in her honor.
 
She loved to travel and after learning to drive and buying her first car in the early 1950s, she took her nieces and nephews on many road trips all over Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and New Mexico.  In an effort to keep her first car like new, her motto was "no feet, no fight, no eat."  After her retirement she continued
to travel to visit friends and relatives, including several trips to England, Holland and Germany.
 
She will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews: Mack and Paula Greever of Claremore, OK, Nick Greever of Grand Junction, Co, Holly and Ralph Haynes of Auburn, WA, Janice Greever of Las Vegas, NV, Karen Umphenour of Nevada, MO, Bill Greever of Nevada, MO; great nieces and nephews, Annette Greever of Winfield, Jennifer Greever of Lawrence, Jason Greever of Emporia, Tracy Greever-Rice of
Columbia, Mo and, Jill Greever Fitzpatrick of Little Rock, AR and Chris Greever of Tulsa, OK and many great-great nieces and nephews of whom she was very devoted.
 
Funeral services are 10:30am, Monday, December 13, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Winfield. Interment at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Friends may call Sunday -12th from 4:00-7:00 pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Soroptimist International of Winfield's Almedia Greever Scholarship Fund or HospiceCare of Kansas.



Lois Maurine Carson Livengood

Lois Maurine Carson Livengood, 92, passed away December 10, 2010.  Born in 1918 the daughter of localivengoodl baker Thomas J. Carson and his wife, Pearl, she lived in Winfield, through her school years graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BA degree in Sociology and Education from Southwestern College in 1939.

            She was a teacher in the elementary school in Plains, Kansas, for two years until her marriage to Rev. Vern D. Livengood in 1941, and also taught fifth grade in Liberal, Kansas, from 1970 to 1975.

            Lois served actively as a Methodist minister’s wife in her husband’s pastorates throughout central and western Kansas including Burden, Lindsborg, Scott City, Wichita –Bethany, Wellington, Concordia, Liberal and Anthony.  Upon retirement in 1980, the Livengoods returned home to Winfield where they were active in community volunteer activities and Grace United Methodist Church.  Lois contributed her many talents to the choir, education and music programs, women’s groups and kitchens of each of these churches.    

            At an early age, she learned to play the piano and accompanied her mother who was often invited to sing solos in the community.  She was the pianist or organist at several of the churches they served.  Also a skilled cellist, she played with orchestras at WHS, Southwestern College, Bethany College in Lindsborg, and Seward Community College in Liberal. 
                       
            Lois was a wonderful mother to their three children.  She is survived by Judy Peakes and her husband, John, of Merchantville, NJ, Steve Livengood, of Washington, DC, and Tom and his wife, Cindy Livengood, of Houston, TX.  She has eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

            Vern and Lois moved their residence to Cumbernauld Village in 1995.  She survived Vern who passed away in April 2001 after 60 years of marriage.  They appreciated their long full lives and God’s constant Presence with them, the love and support of their children and their families and the multitude of friends in all the communities in which they were privileged to live.  
 

            Services are pending.    The family requests that any remembrances be directed to the Vern and Lois Livengood Scholarship Fund, Southwestern College, 100 College Street, Winfield, Kansas 67156-2499 or other charity of the donor’s choice.

John 'Steve' Glasgow

John ‘Steve’ Glasgow, age 62, died,December 8, 2010 at Medical Lodge East in Arkansas City.  His funeral service will be Saturday, December 11, 2010, 1:00pm at Swisher Taylor & Morris Chapel. Interment in Tannehill Cemetery.  A memorial has been established with the NRA.  Visitation will be Friday, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm; at Swisher Taylor & Morris.

Steve was born October 1, 1948 in Wellington, Ks., his parents were John Fred and Eldena(Carpenter) Glasgow.  He was a 1962 graduate of W H S and attended Cowley County Community College.  He worked at General Electric as a mechanic and in maintenance, retiring in November of 2008 after 32 ½ years.

He was a avid hunter and fisherman.  He held a lifetime membership in the NRA.  He was a member of the Winfield VFW and American Legion, also the NHRA(National Hot Rod Association).  A Vietnam era Navy Veteran, he served on the USS Canberra, CA-70 Cruiser.

He is survived by

Long time Companion Dolores Hayes of Arkansas City
Brother and sister in law – Dave and Diane Glasgow of Winfield, their kids Derek of Lawrence, Ks and Amber of Blue Springs, Mo.
Uncle & Aunt – Kenny and Jo Glasgow of Rainbow Bend

Numerous cousins and a host of good friends.

BETTY JEAN ROBINSON

robinsonBetty Jean Robinson, age 88, died on December 5, 2010 at the Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, Kansas. Her Memorial Service is 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, with the inurnment to be held later at the Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Memorials have been established in her name with the First United Methodist Church in Winfield and the Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity.
Betty Jean was born on April 4, 1922 in Anthony, Kansas to Charles W. and Inazetta (Barr) Matthews. In 1928 her family moved to Winfield. She attended Winfield Schools and graduated from Winfield High School in 1940. She graduated from Southwestern College in 1944, where she was Moundbuilder Queen, Homecoming Queen and May Queen.   She was an accomplished musician on the flute and piano throughout her life.
Betty Jean taught high school music and English in Halstead, Kansas and Bucklin, Kansas.
She met Forrest J. Robinson in elementary school and they continued together in school until 1943, when Forrest entered the Army and left for Germany. After the war, she resigned her '* teaching position in Bucklin to marry Forrest on December 29, 1945 in Winfield. The couple moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma so that Forrest could complete his college education. There they organized a gift and jewelry store, which they operated until 1954. Forrest followed his call to the Christian ministry. He and Betty Jean served United Methodist churches in Wichita, Derby, Winfield and Johnson, Kansas. She was Forrest's always present confidant and advisor during his unsuccessful campaign for Governor of Kansas in 1974.
Betty Jean had many outside interests. She led tours of the Holy Lands and Europe, was a 55 year member of P.E.O., a member of the Winfield Regional Symphony, and one of the founders of the Winfield Area Habitat for Humanity.

Betty Jean was a beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many persons. She was preceded in death her parents, and her brothers, Garland Barr Matthews, Warren Donald Matthews, Charles Russell Matthews and Loren David Matthews. She is survived by her husband Forrest of the home, her children, Robin Joy Ulibarri of Evergreen, Colorado and Forrest James Robinson, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Wichita, Kansas, and her grandchildren, Jesse Comley of Evergreen, Colorado, Reanna Ulibarri of Evergreen, Colorado, Mikael Ulibarri of Evergreen, Colorado, Derek Norrick of Wichita, Kansas, Marisa Norrick of Dallas, Texas, and Forrest James Robinson, III of Wichita, Kansas.


John 'Ed' Edmond Jarvis

jarvisJohn ‘Ed’ Edmond Jarvis, II, age 68 of Winfield, passed away December 3, 2010 at Wm.Newton Memorial Hospital.  He was born April 9, 1942 in Winfield, Ks to John E. and Shirley (Johnson) Jarvis.  He was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1960.  He attended Southwestern College, then enlisted in the Navy.   Returned from duty to attend Cowley College and Wichita State.
     He proudly served his country aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma City during the Vietnam War.
He returned to Winfield where he was employed as a banker ath First National Bank and served as Vice President for many years. He loved dogs and will be missed by his dog Annie.
Ed enjoyed camping, Amateur Radio, which his call sign was NOIDW
He was a member of the Elks and several Amateur Ham Radio Clubs. He was a past member of the Presbyterian Church

Preceded in death by a sister and an infant child.

He is survived by
Sons – Mike Jarvis of Bartlesville,OK,  Eric Jarvis of Winfield.
Brother – Paul Jarvis of Buffalo, WY.
Grandchildren – Christopher, Meaghan, Ashley, and Lane.

SERVICES:  Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 1:00pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel.

VISITATION:  Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris

INTERMENT:  Kansas Veterans Cemetery

MEMORIAL:  Cowley County Humane Society.

Marjorie L. Crum

crumMarjorie L. Crum, age 89, of Winfield, passed away December 1, 2010 at Good Samaritan Village.  She was born July 25, 1921 in Anthony, Ks to Harry and Nettie Mae(Jacob) Harper.  She was raised and educated in Anthony, graduating from Anthony High School in 1939.
   She married Frank Crum November 11, 1944 in Newkirk, OK, he passed away in 1981.
After they were married, the moved to Wichita where she was a housewife, dedicated to family and home.  In 1968, they moved to Winfield where she worked for Hawks Interstate/Aidex Pest Control as a bookkeeper and receptionist.  She retired in 1980.
  Marjorie was a member of the Central Baptist Church where she also taught Sunday school.  She also participated in the Foster-Grandparents Program through USD 465.

Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 5 sisters, and daughters; Mary and Myrna.

She is survived by
Grandchildren – Bo and Wendy Crum of Winfield, Matthew Crum of Winfield, Chuck Shaw, April Berry, Samantha Redd, and Ronda Thomas.
18 great grand children

SERVICES:  1:00pm, Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at Central Baptist Church in Winfield

VISITATION:  Noon to 6pm, Monday, December 6, 2010 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.

INTERMENT:    Forest Park Cemetery – Anthony, Ks

Martha A.Wakefield

Martha A. Wakefield, 82, of Winfield died Nov. 20, 2010 at her home in Winfield.  A private inurnment service will be later.  The family suggests memorials may given in her name to the Winfield Public Library and can be dropped off at the library or sent to Swisher-Taylor & Morris F H- 803 Loomis- Winfield, KS 67156. Condolences may be e-mailed funeraldirector@stmfh.com

      She was born Sept. 11, 1928 in Concordia, Ks. Her parents were Fred Osterhout and Fern (Roderick) Osterhout. She was a graduate of Atlanta High School and attended Southwestern College. She met William Cameron Wakefield I at Southwestern College and they were married January 25, 1948.
      Martha was a member of the First United Methodist Church and had be active in Mothers Study Club, Red Hats and the National Tea Leaf Assn. She moved into her home on Fuller Street in 1954, which was one of her great loves. Martha life was filled with kids and grandkids, friends and watching the family activities, sports and kids events. She raised her 4 children on Fuller while remodeling, working in the yard picking weeds. She loved Winfield and every thing about living here. She had said she would not live any place else.
        She is survived by:
Husband                          William C. Wakefield I                            of the home
Daughters                          Nancy Smith                                                Kitteridge,CO
                         Jane Pipes                                                      Winfield
                                          Jill Wakefield                                               Eugene, OR
Son                                    Bill  Wakefield II                                         Winfield
Brother                             Russell Osterhout                                         Tempe, AZ
Grandchildren
Joseph, David, Annie, Daniel, Sally, and Thomas Pipes, W. C., Grant, Patrick, and Bonnie Wakefield, Anna Ruth Smith, William “Will” Wakefield Halstead;
Great Granddaughters; Sophie Joye Wakefield and Emmy Elizabeth Pipes.

A sister Mildred Hockaday preceded her in death.

Philip R. Bradley  

Philip Randall Bradley was born on August 12, 1954 in Winfield, Kansas, to Phillip L and Betty McGowan Bradley. He passed away on November 17, 2010 at home in Shawnee, Kansas.
   Funeral arrangements are being handled by Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee, and Swisher-Taylor Funeral Home in Winfield, Kansas.
Services in Shawnee will be held Saturday, November 20th at 11 am at Crossroads Church, 10901 Johnson Dr. Shawnee, Ks. 66217
Services in Winfield, Kansas are Monday, November 22th 10:30 am First United Methodist Church Interment at Highland Cemetery.

    Randy, attended Winfield Public Schools and Graduated from Winfield High School in 1972. He also attended and graduated from Southwestern College, in 1976. After graduating he attended Dallas Seminary and became an Ordained Priest. He served Catholic Churches in Pittsburg, Ks., Hutchinson, Ks., Wichita, Ks. and Council Grove, Ks.
Upon leaving the priesthood, he worked for the City of Winfield. During this time he earned a second degree in Biology from Southwestern College.
    For the past several years he lived in Shawnee, Kansas and worked with Barber Financial Group. He was a member of Winfield Masonic lodge# 110 and OES # 138.   
    He was preceded in death by his father, sister, Patricia Bradley, grandparents Earl and Margaret Waldorf McGowan, and Walter and Margaret Mackey Bradley.
    He is survived by his mother, three sisters Penny Fell, Pamela Anderson and husband Darwin Anderson, and Paula Bradley. He is also survived by two nephews Ryan and Brandon Fell and half-sister Morea Powell.

    A memorials has been set up with the Crossroads Youth Ministry, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, Ks. and earl & Margaret McGowan Scholarship at Southwestern College, 100 College, Winfield, KS. 67156.  Donations may be left at the funeral home.



Marjorie S. Davis

 davisMarjorie Sullivan Davis passed away peacefully November 12, 2010 at Winfield Rest Haven, Winfield Kansas. Her loving family is grateful for the superior care that she received there and for the fact that she did not suffer.
      Marjorie was born in Cedar Vale, Kansas on February 4, 1919 to Neal L. and Cora E. (Hess) Sullivan.  Marjorie grew up in Cedar Vale graduating from Cedar Vale High School in 1939.  The Sullivan family were cattle farmers in the Caney Valley for many years. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Dr. Walter O. Davis, her son, Walter O. Davis, Jr., her beloved sisters Virginia Wallace, Helen Harlow, and her brother Neal Sullivan.
     Mrs. Davis is survived by her children: Joyce Davis Brown, Denver, Colorado; Dr. H. Neal Davis, Big Stone Gap, Virginia; John S. Davis, Denver, Colorado; and eleven grandchildren Christy M.Voegtle, Richard D.Oneslager, Jr., Charlotte J.Turner, Bradley N. Davis, Barron N. Davis, R. Shane Dishner, Jonathan A. Dishner, Michael A.Davis, Jamie M. Kreutzer, Matthew Davis, Luke Davis. A sister, Hilda Lowe of Tonkawa, Oklahoma., and sixteen great grandchildren.
     Marjorie was a loving mother and grandmother.  She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, a passionate gardener and had a beautiful soprano voice. She enjoyed singing in various choral groups and she worked as a secretary for the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas.
Memorials are to the Church of Christ in Cedar Vale or Winfield Rest Haven and may be sent to Wheeler F.H./Swisher-Taylor & Morris, 803 Loomis Street, Winfield, KS 67156.
Honoring Mrs. Davis' wishes the body will be cremated.

     Memorial service arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Wheeler Funeral Home of Cedar Vale.

Norman J. Richardson

richardsonNorman J. Richardson, age 87 of Mulvane, passed away November 6, 2010 at his home.  He was born in Newkirk, OK November 17, 1922 to Ervin and Julia (Tontz) Richardson.  The family moved to Wichita, when he was young, where he was raised and educated.  He graduated from Wichita East in 1940.
     Norman then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was a tank commander throughout WW II in the Pacific Theater.  He proudly served through the end of the conflict.
He returned home and then married Claudene Buchanan May 14, 1946 in Newton, KS. She survives.
     The family lived in Wichita where Norman was employed as a machinist. He worked in the aircraft industry for most of the airplane manufacturers in Wichita.  In 1970, they moved to Mulvane where he was owner of Allied Machinists, which tooled many aircraft related parts.   He retired in 1980.
     He and Claudene would contribute time to Youth Ville, in Newton, KS.  They would volunteer time and efforts to give troubled youths some attention when needed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

He is survived by
Wife – Claudene
Sons -  Larry Richardson of Mulvane, Kenneth Richardson of Glenoma, WA. Lee Richardson of Jackson, MO., Curtis Richardson of Mulvane.
Daughters – Carol Gordon of Mulvane, Pamela Hyatt of Boca Raton, Fla., Connie Bullard of Monticello, Fla.

13 grandchildren, 21, great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren

SERVICES:  Friday, November 12, 2010, 1:30pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield.

VISITATION:  Thurday, November 11, 2010, 3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris.
Family will greet friends from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

INTERMENT:  Kansas Veterans Cemetery

MEMORIAL:  
Hospice Care of Kansas
314 N. Washington
Wellington, Ks   67152



Thomas E. Halbert

halbertThomas Edward Halbert, age 52, of Winfield, passed away October 26, 2010 at the Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.  He was born October 28, 1957 in Winfield, Ks. to Kenneth J. and Claudine(Snell) Halbert.  He was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1975.
    He married Trudy Williams, January 29, 1983 in Miami, OK.  She survives.
Tom worked as a heavy equipment operator for the BNSF railroad.  He worked there for 28 years before retiring in 2004.

Preceded in death by his father, brothers Jim and Rodney, son Jeffrey and niece Jamie.

He is survived by
Wife -  Trudy
Mother – Claudine Halbert of Winfield
Sons – Nathan Thomas Halbert and wife Melissa of Winfield
            Jason Patrick Halbert of Winfield, Bryan Edward Halbert of Winfield
Daughters – Amber Jewel and husband Luis Torres of Wichita
                    Brooke Lynn and husband Scott Hawkins of Jacksonville, N.C.
Grandchildren -  Logan, Abi, Hannah, Ciara, Kamea.

SERVICES:  Saturday, October 30, 2010, 10:30am, Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel

VISITATION:  Friday, October 29, 2010,  3pm to 8pm, family will greet friends from  6:30pm to 7:30pm, at Swisher-Taylor & Morris.

INTERMENT:  Highland Cemetery

MEMORIAL:  Kansas Veterans Home – Winfield

                         Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Juston Larman Holroyd

Juston Larman Holroyd, 92, of Hewins, Kansas passed away October 19, 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  His graveside funeral service will be held Friday, October 22, 2010 at 10:30 am at the Ozro Falls Cemetery northwest of Hewins, Kansas.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm at the Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale, Kansas.

Larman was born September 12, 1918 in Hewins, Kansas.  His parents were James Marion Holroyd and Joye Majorie (Lemert) Holroyd.  He graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1936.  He married Nila Marie Foster in Rogers, Arkansas on November 1, 1938.  They lived in Hewins and were married for 59 ½ years when Nila died June 22, 1998.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Larman was a life-long rancher with his father, Jimmy and his brother, Thurman Holroyd.  After their deaths he continued the cattle operation through September 2008.

Larman was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nila and brother, Thurman.  He is survived by his son, Dale and wife Judy of Independence, Kansas; daughter, Jane Tedder and husband, Virgil of Skiatook, Oklahoma;  granddaughters, Michelle Atkins and husband Gene of Avant, Oklahoma and Becky Rumfelt of  Independence, Missouri; great grandchildren, Brittnee and Justin of Avant, Oklahoma.

Family suggest memorials be made to Comforting Hands Hospice, Bartlesville, Oklahoma  or The American Cancer Society.  Memorials can be left with the
Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale, Kansas or mailed to Wheeler Fh-803 Loomis-Winfield, Ks 67156 who are in charge of the services.



Olivia Natalie Kerwin

Olivia Natalie Kerwin was still born October 12, 2010 at Wm. Newton Hospital in Winfield.  Her arrival was greatly anticipated, her departure heartbreaking.  Her parents are David and Elizabeth(Bryant) Kerwin of Winfield, Ks.  The maternal grandparents are William  Bryant, Sr., Michelle Hamilton and partner Nathan Woods.
Paternal grandparents are James and step mom Kathie Kerwin,  Sandie and step-father Randy Major. Aunts and uncles: William and Jocelyn Bryant, Andrew Brant, Brandy Ledbetter, Kattie Bryant, Dakota Hamilton, Penny and Paul  Pennington, Adam and Krystal Kerwin.   Great Aunt Ilene Rhodman. She leaves a loving family of  cousins, friends and many others.

 Private ceremonies to be conducted in Arkansas and Winfield.



Mildred Louise Schuyler

Mildred Louise Schuyler passed away October 3, at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

She was born May 19, 1922 in Wichita, Ks to Cash and Belle McGinnis.  She was married to Marion F.Schuyler, who preceded her in death in 1967.  Also preceding her in death were her parents, her sisters Eva True, Thelma Hubbard, Maxine Demaree and her brother Keith McGinnis

Survivors include her daughter Peggy Brooks and her husband David of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and her son Michael Schuyler and his wife Sue of Kearney, Nebraska; six grandchildren:  Adam Schuyler of Orlando, Florida, Emily Schuyler of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Robert Brooks of Portage, Michigan, Michael Brooks of Chicago, Illinois, eleven grandchildren;  Sebastian and Sofia Schuyler, Jacob Michael, Mia, Stefanie, Steven, and Samantha Brooks;  and Ashley, Drew, Connor, and Michael Thrall.  She was especially close to her niece, Sandy Snetsinger, of Winfield, who was a helpful companion, particularly in her later years.

She devoted most of her life to her family and met life’s challenges without complaint.  She was a talented seamstress and loved arts and crafts, especially crochet.  The many small children that she cared for during her life loved to visit her house because it was always full of toys and sweets for her visitors.  She always had pets, some of which had been abandoned with no place else to go.  In her later years she could be seen driving her 1965 Mustang or walking her beloved dog Sam.  She had a generous heart, asked very little for herself, and shared what she had with those less fortunate than herself.  She spent the last days of her life living with the Brooks family in Ann Arbor.

Graveside services will be Monday, October 18, 2010, 10:30am, at Highland Cemetery in
Winfield, Ks.

Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home

Teresa F. Johnson, M.D.

johnson Surrounded by her beloved pets (Louie, Lucy, Dodger and Alice), friends and loved ones, Dr. Teresa Fay Johnson stepped from this life into the ever-after on October 8, 2010, from her home in Winfield, Kansas. She was born on February 20, 1955, to Wilbur Smith Johnson and Imalee (Barrick) Johnson, at St Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. After her father, Wilbur Johnson, started preaching at the Minneola, Kansas, Christian Church in 1963, Teresa attended the Minneola Public Schools along with her brothers, Lynn and Galen, and her sister, Rebecca. Her youngest sister, Lisa, remained at home with her mother. Teresa graduated as class valedictorian from Minneola High School in May of 1973.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry, graduating with honors from Emporia State University in 1977.  Her next step included completing medical school, graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1981. Dr. Johnson completed her surgical residency in 1986.
She moved to Winfield in June of 1986 to begin her surgical practice at the William Newton Memorial Hospital, with her office at the Snyder Clinic. Dr. Johnson married Dan Flummerfelt, the Winfield Middle School principal, on November 5, 1993. In June 1998 during a rafting trip on the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River, while hiking she fell approximately 80 feet and was instantly paralyzed from mid-back down. Due to multiple injuries received as a result of the fall, she was no longer able to practice medicine. Thus began another adventure in her life.

Her gardening buddies, quilting friends, nursing crew, book club members, friends, and close loved ones joined Dr. Johnson in her valiant crusade against ovarian cancer. She fought valiantly to her very last breath.
A favorite scripture of Dr. Johnson’s was Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Dr. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Flummerfelt; her brother, Raymon Lynn Johnson; her sister, Lisa Kaye Johnson; her paternal grandparents, Galen and Tempest (Smith) Johnson; and her maternal grandparents, Raymon and Ina (Chaffin) Barrick.
Those who remain to cherish her memory are her parents, Wilbur and Imalee (Barrick) Johnson of Ashland, Kansas; her brother, Galen, and wife, Kim (Mahan), of Rolla, Missouri, and their children, Elizabeth (Johnson) Markham with husband Matt and daughter Ariana of Troutville, Virginia, Nathaniel, Sarah, Seth, Hannah, and Timothy Johnson of Rolla, Missouri; sister, Rebecca (Johnson) Moller, and husband Lynn of Wichita, Kansas, and Rebecca’s daughter, Katharine Doyen, of Lawrence, Kansas; several aunts, uncles and cousins, and a host of friends around the world.

Dr. Johnson’s family gratefully acknowledges the many acts of kindness, love, care, and concern shown to her throughout her years in Winfield.

A celebration of Dr. Johnson’s life will be at the Winfield Grace United Methodist Church, 320 College Street, on Thursday, October 14th, at 10:00 AM. Officiants sharing in the memorial service will be Pastor John Martin of Winfield; Clyde Goff of Amarillo, Texas; and Leon Weece of Miami, Oklahoma. Dr. Johnson’s niece, Sarah Johnson, will provide harp music prior to the service. A graveside service will follow at the Winfield Highland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Eunice Borman, Dava Carrell, Debbie Casad, Lorri Greenlee, Kate Poovey, Shona Salzman, Marvis Gaddy and Laurie Turner.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 13th, at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home, 803 Loomis, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM with family present from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Memorial gifts may be designated to the William Newton Healthcare Foundation, 1305 E. 5th Street, Winfield, Kansas, 67156.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of arrangements



Perle M. Miles

miles

Perle McClung Miles passed away September 23, 2010 in Wichita, KS.  Perle was born August 8, 1926 in Winfield, KS to Arthur and Bessie (Heydecker) McClung.   She married Stanton B. Miles in January 1951. Perle, a former nurse, retired from St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS.  She is survived by her son, Mark B. Miles of Wichita, KS; grandsons, Blake Miles of Wichita, KS and Derek Miles of Bentonville, AR, and many other relatives and friends.  Viewing will be Sunday, September 26, 3 pm to 6 pm at Swisher, Taylor & Morris Funeral Home , 803 Loomis, Winfield, KS.  Graveside service will be Monday, September 27, at 10 am, Tannehill Cemetary, Winfield, KS.  In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the H.L. Snyder Research Foundation Scholarship Program, 1407 Wheat Rd, Winfield, KS  67156. 



Gloria Winblad

winbladGloria Winblad, age 83, of Winfield, passed away at her home September 20, 2010.  She was born March 30, 1927 in Lindsborg, Ks to John Arvid and Geneva (Erickson) Danielson.  She was raised and educated in Lindsborg, graduating from Lindsborg High School in 1945.  She attended Bethany College and obtained a B.S. in Music Education.
     She married Dr. James N. Winblad in Lindsborg August 16, 1950.  He passed away February 15, 1996.
     She taught music in Kansas City, Ks.,  had lived in New Orleans, then moved to Winfield in 1962 to raise a family with James.
     She was a member of the Soroptomist Club, a member of the Grace Episcopal Church, the Choir and Altar Guild.

She is survived by
Sons – Dr. James Kent Winblad of Winfield,  Dr. John Mark Winblad of Winfield
Daughters – Kristin Ann Frahm of Winfield, Ingrid Sue Culver of San Antonio, TX.
                    Sonja Diane Winblad of the home.
Grandchildren- Krista Boan of Overland Park, Dr. James Bret Winblad of Wichita, Cole Winblad of Overland Park, James Frahm of Whitesboro, TX, Ericka Frahm of Kansas City, MO. John Frahm of Winfield, Jennifer Alford of Lawrence, Dr. Onalisa Winblad-McGeeney of Prairie Village, Ingrid Brown of Olathe, Kirsten Anderson of Dearborn, MO, Erik Culver of Austin, TX, Hannah Culver of Houston, TX..  and 8 great grand children

  great-grandchildren, Eirik Alford, Anna McGeeney, Avery Brown, Nora Brown, John Anderson, Oliver Winblad, Signe Boan, Chaplain Boan

SERVICES:  Thursday, September 23, 2010, 1:30pm Grace Episcopal Church – Winfield

INTERMENT:   Highland Cemetery

MEMORIAL: Grace Episcopal Church, Kansas Special Olympics, Susan B. Koman Brest Cancer Foundation

Mary E. Crum

crumMary Elizabeth Crum, age 60 of Winfield, passed away September 16, 2010 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Ks.  She was born October 1, 1949 in Wichita, Ks. to Frank Reed and Marjorie Lou Velma (Harper) Crum .  She was raised and educated in the Wichita area graduating from Derby High School in 1967.  She received training as a LMHT(Licensed Mental Health Technician) at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. She later received CNA training
She worked at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center from 1973 to 1984, then worked in a hospital in Arkansas. She moved back to Kansas in 1986 and worked at Susan B. Anthony Hospital in El Dorado.  In 2001, she worked at St. Josephs Hospital in Wichita until 2004.  She then retired living outside of Winfield.
       She was a member of the ABATE motorcycle group.  She was also a past member of the Central Baptist Church. She loved her animals and her grandchildren. She also loved to fish and ride motorcycles. Later she enjoyed making replica American Indian beaded jewelry.
Preceded in death by her father and sister Myrna Lou.
 She is survived by
Mother - Marjorie Lou Velma (Harper) Crum
Sons – Bo Charles Lance Crum and wife Wendy of Winfield.
            Matthew Vincent Paul Crum of Winfield
Brother -  Roger Mingle of Wichita
Grandchildren – Joshua, Mikelle, Brittany, Justice and Kassidy Great- Grandchildren – Cordelle and Adron
SERVICES:  Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 10:00am at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home Chapel.
 VISITATION:   Tuesday, September 21, 2010,  3pm to 8pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris.

 INTERMENT: Forest Park Cemetery – Anthony, Ks   1:30pm, Wednesday

Kenneth Doyle Simpson

Kenneth Doyle Simpson, 45,of Winfield, KS  died September 14, 2010.  A memorial service and gathering will be Sunday, September 19, 2010 1:00- 3:00pm at the Island Park  Main Pavilion.
      He was born February 11, 1965 in Midwest City, OK. His parents are the late Doyle Simpson and Melva (Ellis) Simpson-Hollingshead.
     Kenneth was a Mason by trade and worked as a private contractor in the Wichita Area. He married Louann Stewart and she survivies. Other survivors are: Daughters Kyrstal Gibson of Wichita, KS, Viola  Morton of Winfield, Tabatha Stewant of Wichita: Brother, John Simpson of Udall; sisters, Cindy Ables of Wichita, Lisa Easley of Wichita;
Grandson, Bradley Leroy Crane; Mother, Melva Simpson- Hollingshead of Wichita.
      He was preceded in death by his father and step-father Orie Hollingshead and grandson Steven Doyle Crane.

Swisher-Taylor & Morris F.H. in charge of services.

Evelyn E. Potter

potterEvelyn E, Potter,84 of Winfield died September 13, 2010. Her Funeral services will be 10:30 am Friday, September 17, 2010 at 10:30 am First United Methodist Church in Winfield, Ks. Interment at the Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday –16th at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH.  Memorials have been established with Helping Hands at First United Methodist Church, Safe Homes and Food Pantry.

She was born September 17, 1925 to George and Rose (Seematter)  Scholz.
Evelyn grew up north of Frankfort, KS in the home her grandfather built in 1860.  She attended Snipe Creek Rural school  and graduated from Frankfort H.S. in 1942. She completed a B.S. degree in Dietetics from Kansas State University in 1946.  She then interned for a year in Cincinnati.  She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.   She married Don Potter on September 1, 1947 and they moved to Winfield in 1950. While raising four children, she was also an active member of her church and community. She was a 60 year member of the First Methodist Church, was active in United Methodist Women and spent a big share of her life planning and cooking church dinners.  She was active in PEO and served twice as president.  She was a lifelong member of OES and served as Worthy Matron and was the Mother Advisor for Rainbow for Girls in the 1960’s.  She was a candidate for the KSU Alumni Board of Directors. She belonged to several bridge clubs and Coffee Club.  She was a member of American Dietetics Association and worked 16 years at the Winfield State Hospital as a dietitian. Her interests in addition to family included a passion for cooking and baking and K-State football.  She supported and worked with Helping Hands, Safe Homes, and the local food pantry. 

Survivors
Husband – Don of the home
Sons – Paul Potter of Winfield,     Jon Potter of Bellaire, Ks.
Daughters – Donelyn Hansen of Wamego, Ks, Kimberly Tadtman of Winfield
10 Grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by sister, Rose Anne.

Cecil Ray Holt

holtCecil Ray Holt, 78 of Cedar Vale,Ks. died at Dewey ,Oklahoma September 10, 2010. Graveside Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the Round Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 13th  from 5:00- 7:30 pm at the Wheeler funeral Home in Cedar Vale. Memorial is American Cancer Society and may be sent to 803 Loomis-Winfield, Ks. 67156
      Cecil was born June 3, 1932 in Higgins, tx. His parents were Cecil “Bud” Holt and Goldia (McCoy) Holt. He was raised and educated in the Cedar Vale Area. He joined the Marine Corp in 1951 and was discharged in 1954. He was a Farmer/Rancher in Cedar Vale.
    

 

 

He is survived by:
Son                           Doug Holt       of Cedar Vale
Step-daughter        Treci Hawkins of Wichita
Daughters               Tamm7y Holt    Peculiar, MO
                                  Traci Pratt          Lampe, MO
Brother                     Davy Mack Holt   Arkansas City
Sisters                      Hazel Kingsbury    Pawnee, OK
                                   Vicky Holverson     Manhatten,Ks.

10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren

Three wives preceded him in death, Betty Holt, Velda Holt and Corine (Linde) Holt

Leonard Stewart Lawslaws

Leonard Stewart Laws, 92, of Cumbernauld Village, Winfield, KS, passed away September 8, 2010 at Cumbernauld
Born Dec.29,1917 in Pocasset, Oklahoma he was the son of Samuel M. Laws and Ruth O. Laws. A graduate of Salem High School and Willamette University in Salem Oregon, he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He took further graduate work in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Mn. before completing a Doctor of Education degree at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
His teaching career started at Stanford University where he taught algebra and trigonometry for two years. Then he moved to the University of Minnesota where he taught mathematics for ten years and became an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Mechanics in their Institute of Technology. While in Minneapolis and serving as President of the Wesley Foundation he met, fell in love with and married Janet Owen of Springfield, Minnesota. She preceded him in death January 19, 2008. Their union produced three sons and a daughter.
Upon receiving his doctorate Dr. Laws accepted the position of Dean-Registrar at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. During his tenure of 37 years at Southwestern Dr. Laws was the Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and in addition, at various times, held the titles of Director of Teacher Education, Director of Summer School, Acting Dean of Men, Chairman of the Social Science Division, Chairman of the Natural Science Division, Trustee, and occupied the John Phillips Chair of Mathematics. He was named "Outstanding Teacher" by the S.C. Student Council. He received a National Science Faculty Fellowship and took the Laws family to Stanford University for a year of post doctoral study in Statistics.
Leonard Stewart Laws, 92, of Cumbernauld Village, Winfield, KS, passed away September 8, 2010 at Cumbernauld
Born Dec.29,1917 in Pocasset, Oklahoma he was the son of Samuel M. Laws and Ruth O. Laws. A graduate of Salem High School and Willamette University in Salem Oregon, he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He took further graduate work in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Mn. before completing a Doctor of Education degree at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
His teaching career started at Stanford University where he taught algebra and trigonometry for two years. Then he moved to the University of Minnesota where he taught mathematics for ten years and became an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Mechanics in their Institute of Technology. While in Minneapolis and serving as President of the Wesley Foundation he met, fell in love with and married Janet Owen of Springfield, Minnesota. She preceded him in death January 19, 2008. Their union produced three sons and a daughter.
Upon receiving his doctorate Dr. Laws accepted the position of Dean-Registrar at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. During his tenure of 37 years at Southwestern Dr. Laws was the Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and in addition, at various times, held the titles of Director of Teacher Education, Director of Summer School, Acting Dean of Men, Chairman of the Social Science Division, Chairman of the Natural Science Division, Trustee, and occupied the John Phillips Chair of Mathematics. He was named "Outstanding Teacher" by the S.C. Student Council. He received a National Science Faculty Fellowship and took the Laws family to Stanford University for a year of post doctoral study in Statistics.



Wanda Striegel

striegelWanda Striegel, 81, of Winfield, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, September 6, 2010 at Good Samaritan Village.  Born  May 9, 1929 in Wewoka, OK. Her parents were Louis C. and Viola Mae (Olds) Gilley. She was raised and educated in the South Central part of Oklahoma, graduating from McLish Consolidated High School in 1948 as valedictorian of her high school class.   She married Henry L. Striegel, June 6, 1953 in Ada, OK. 
   She raised a family and worked for 39 years as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell in Wichita.  She retired in 1996 and moved to Winfield in 1998 to be closer to family.
  While in Wichita she was a member of Old Manor Baptist and First Bible Baptist Churches. As a member of Telephone Pioneers Wanda volunteered for Big Brothers and Big Sisters bowling League and Kansas Special Olympics.  She also taught English as a Second Language.  In Winfield she was a pink lady with the Winfield Hospital Auxiliary, in Surgery waiting and the Snack Bar and was just awarded a pin for 6500 hours of volunteer service.  She was a member of the Central Baptist Church serving on many committees, Finance, Personnel, Treasurer of Women’s Mission Committee, WMU, taught Sunday School, VBS, the leader of mission friends (GA’s). Wanda was a financial supporter of many foreign missions throughout her life.

Survivors
Daughters – Jacque Nation of Winfield, Anita Striegel of Winfield, Terri Wood and husband Mark of Naples, FL.
Brothers – Norman of Cromwell,Ok, Carl (Lois) of Ada,OK, Franklin (Connie) of Albion, OK, Earl (Joyce)of Winfield, Lloyd (JoAn) of Ropesville, TX and Fred (Judy) Gilley of Ada,OK.
Sisters -  Nelda Bowen of N.C., Ruth Richardson Mo., Laverna Chandler of Ada, OK, and Clara (Larry) Brengle of CA
Grandchildren –Rachael Land and husband Shannon of Broken Arrow, OK
R. J. Nation and wife Tosha of Hampton, VA.  Miranda Nation of Winfield.
Great-grandchildren –Lilah and Meredith Land, Trevor and Cody Nation, Makaila Bonner and Austin Peri.
4 Living Aunts and Uncles.
Preceded in death by: former husband Henry L. Streigel, infant son Paul Henry Striegel, Brothers, Leita, Otis and Baby Glenn; Sister, Baby Myrtle

SERVICES:  2:00PM, Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Central Baptist Church in Winfield.

VISITATION:    3pm to 8pm, Friday September 10, 2010 at Central Baptist Church- 904 Wheat Rd.-Winfield, KS with Family from 6-8 pm.

INURNMENT:  Lakeview Cemetery – Wichita,  11:00 am Monday Sept. 13, 2010

MEMORIAL:  Central Baptist Church .

Swisher-Taylor & Morris F.H. in charge of services.



John N. Foster

John N. Foster, age 70, of Cedar Vale, passed away August 16, at his home.  He as born October 10, 1939 to Wesley and Grace (Winchell)Foster in Hewins, Ks.  He graduated from Cedar Vale High School in 1957. 
He enlisted in the Air Force and was honorably discharged after 2 years of service.  He was trained in electronics and worked for many computer companies in Silicon Valley in California.
He returned to Cedar Vale in 1991 where he opened an electronic and television repair shop.  He retired in 1999.
Preceded in death by brother Charles.

Survivors
Brother – Howard Foster of Garden, N. Y.
Sister – Irene Pittman of Midwest City, OK
Several nieces and nephews.

SERVICES:  Private burial, Round Mound Cemetery

Services arranged through Wheeler Funeral Home of Cedar Vale.

Jean Ehmke

Roberta Jean Ehmke, 81, died Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Via Christi Hospital St. Francis Campus after problems associated with heart surgery. Her funeral service will be 10:00 am Thursday, August  19, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, KS. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Vernon Township. Memorials are established with Helping Hands at First United Methodist Church and Cowley Co. Humane Society.
      Jean was born September 18, 1928 in the Tisdale Area. Her parents were Robert Fry and Mary (McCardwell) Fry. She was a graduate of Winfield High School in 1946.  She married Gerald Ehmke September 18, 1949 in Winfield. He preceded her in death April 27, 2010.
     Jean had worked at the First National Bank and later Binney & Smith in Winfield and was a farm wife. She was a member of the Merrymakers Club and the First United Methodist Church. She started with the First Methodist Choir in 1963 and retired from it in 2008.   She is survived by;
Son, Bruce of Winfield; Sisters, Joan Rush of Winfield, Joyce Patrick of Arcadia, CA ; several nieces and nephews and her dog Buddy. A brother Robert Fry preceded her in death.



Elizabeth Groene

Elizabeth Groene, age 86 of Winfield,  passed away August 9, 2010 at Winfield Resthaven.  She was born January 16, 1924 in Severy, Ks.  Her parents were William M.  Morgan and Catherine Elizabeth (Weyrauch) Morgan. She was raised and educated in rural Kansas, graduating from Howard High School in 1942.
She married Raymond Groene November 24, 1948 In Winfield.  He passed away May 4, 2001.
Helen was a housewife and worked at Stuber Ford Dealership and later at J.C. Penneys.
She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church, The Altar Society and Harvest House.
Preceded in death by son William A. “Bill” Groene and sister Mary McKulsky

Survivors
Son – Matt and  wife Sondra Groene of Winfield
Daughter – Beth and husband Ron Glantz of Winfield
Brother – Joe Morgan  of Montana, David L. Morgan of Tucson, AZ
Grandchildren – David and Meredith Glantz, Kimberly and Brian Simpson, Steven Groene, Andrew and Kaitlyn Groene.  Great grandchild Sydney Glantz.

SERVICES:  Rosary – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 7:00pm – Holy Name Catholic Church
Burial Mass – Friday, August 13, 2010, 10:00am, Holy Name Catholic Church

VISITATION:  Thursday, August 12, 20l0, 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home. Family will greet friends from 4pm to 5pm.

INTERMENT:  St. Mary’s Cemetery – Winfield, Ks.

MEMORIALS:  Holy Name Catholic Church

                           American Cancer Society

Carl Richard Finney

finneyCarl Richard Finney, 78, of Winfield, died in his home Sat., Aug. 7, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Winfield. Visitation will be 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery. A memorial has been established with Eagle Nest Inc.
Carl was born July 19, 1932 in Arkansas City, KS. His parents were W. C. Finney and Glenna G (Massingil) Finney. He attended Winfield schools. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1950-53 spending his overseas portion in Europe. Carl started his life-long passion for food by attending a Army Chefs training in Germany. Carl met his wife, Gilberte, while serving in France. She was a dishwasher at the mess hall where Carl was a cook. Carl and Gilberte married in Gilberte’s hometown of Foameix, France, on April 7, 1953.
In 1964 Carl started Finney Heating and Air at 112 E 8th Ave. in Winfield. His son, James joined the business in 1974. Business was a family affair, with Gilberte handling reception and keeping the books. Carl often prepared lunch at the shop for the family. Finney Heating had a good history of employing part-time help from a half dozen different off-duty fire fighters. In the late 1990’s, Carl began to withdraw from the day-to-day operations at Finney Heating and eventually retired. James Finney continues to operate the business with 3 other full-time employees.
Carl was a member of American Legion and active member of the Elks Club. Carl and Gilberte were longtime members of the First Christian Church. Carl enjoyed using his cooking talent to participate in men’s breakfast fellowships at First Christian Church and First United Methodist Church. Carl and Gilberte loved watching their children, and then their grandchildren, do sports and school activities. Carl enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing.
Carl is survived by his wife, Gilberte; son, James Finney (and wife, Susan) of Winfield; daughters Marilyn Elizabeth Everhart of Brunswick, MD, and Marsha Anne Florence Hatcher (and husband, Bryan) of Lenexa, KS; grandchildren Jeremy Finney (and wife, Jane), Hannah Northerns (and husband, Jordan), Joel Finney, and Esther Finney; great grandchildren, Jasper and Justus Finney; brother, Charles Finney (and wife, Ida) of Winfield; cousins Margaret Taylor of Brookville, FL, Val Finney of Ottawa, KS, Everett Finney of Seabring, FL.

Carl was preceded in death by brothers; Ward Jackson,Jr., Guy H. Finney and John F. Finney.

Velma Buettell

Velma Buettell, age 83,of Winfield, passed away  June 19, 2010 at Cumbernauld Villagae.  She was born August 23, 1926 to  Earl and Mollie(Spitler) Mc Glasson.  She was raised Velma Buetteland educated in Utah, obtaining a high school diploma.
After high school, she decided to ‘touch’ every one of the outlying , then 48, states and did so by motorcycle.  
She worked in various office and service jobs before marrying Amos Buettell in 1953, and becoming a full time mother and housewife.
In 1959, she toured and camped across Western Europe, visiting 6 countires.
Amos was an avid pilot and Velma enrolled and aced a course for single engine aircraft, this course was regarding what to do if a pilot were to become incapacitated.

Preceded in death by parents, Earl McGlasson and Mollie, her siblings Eugene and Valeta, and her husband Amos.

Survivors
Sons – Marc Buettell of Lake Geneva, WI., Matthew Buettell of Eagle River, WI and daughter Amy of Neenah, WI.

She loved children, especially those in need, and was a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House.  Her excitement when given a tour of the Winfield Firehouse was a joy to her  and her family.  The family requests memorials be directed to the Ronald McDonald House or the Winfield Fire & Rescue Team.

Services were private

The family will love and miss you Mom.  Rest in Peace.

Joseph I Stuckey
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Joseph I Stuckey, age 64, of Wichita, passed away July 15, 2010 at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Inpatient Unit.  He was born November 12, 1945 in Winfield to Eugene I and Vestal (Jones) Stuckey.  He attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas and Cowley County Junior College and received an Associates Degree. 
He married Donell Bradfield June 11, 1966 in Arkansas City.  She survives. Joseph worked at Rodeo Meats in Arkansas City from 1966 to 1990 in Data Processing.  He then continued his career with Rodeo Meats in Wichita until 1996. After which, he attended Climate Control Institute for HVAC.  In 2002, he completed his career at International Cold Storage in Andover before he retired.
He was a member of the Northwest Christian Church in Wichita.
SURVIVORS
Wife - Donell of the home.
Son - Byron Stuckey of Wichita
Daughter - Elizabeth "Libby" Campos of  Tulsa, OK
Grandchildren - Brian and Rebekah of Tulsa, OK

SERVICES:  Saturday July 17, 2010, 10:00 am at Memorial Lawn Cemetery - Arkansas City; 2:00 pm Celebration of Life at Northwest Christian Church - Wichita

NO VISITATION

INTERMENT: Memorial Lawn Cemetery - Arkansas City

MEMORIAL: Stuckey Grandchildren Education Fund



Worrall Small Clift

Worrall Small Clift, 87, of Winfield died early Thursday, July 1, 2010 in his Cumbernauld Village apartment.He was born in 1923 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. His father entered the furniture business and, in 1926, they family moved to Winfield and started the Kay and Kaw store and Eight and Main. Later the moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where Worrall graduated from high school.

He attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University), joining the Sigma Nu fraternity. One summer vacation he helped to build the streets of the Strother Field airport. His studies were interrupted by World War II. Mr. Clift joined the Marines but then went into Naval Officers Training School in Chicago.

He married Jane Lee Marsh, daughter of the proprietor of Winfield’s Marsh’s Shoe Store. Eventually Ensign Clift became an instructor at Ft. Pierce, Florida where he taught A.P.A. landing maneuvers.

Ultimately he was assigned to a transport ship, the Guildford, and he served during the landing at Iwo Jima and with the force that began the occupation of Japan.

After being released from the Navy, Mr. Clift returned with his family to Stillwater and completed his degree. They moved to Winfield, where he began work at Marsh’s Shoe Store, later becoming the manager and owner.

Active in the American Legion and First United Methodist Church, Mr. Clift was one of the primary organizers of baseball at the fairgrounds. He was instrumental in the Main Street program, the planting for red bud trees along ninth street, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Winfield Community Theater. Later he would serve on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army local chapters.

He sold the shoe store in 1979. After working for a time at Southwestern College, he became a real estate agent with the Buterbaugh-Handlin agency, where he continued to be active through the 1990s.

He thoroughly enjoyed his years of reading with the first graders at Whittier School. He was devoted to theater and college sports and was a regular golfer.

Mr. Clift is survived by his wife, his daughter and son in law, Marsha and John Scott of Enid, Oklahoma), his son and daughter in law, Gary and Cheryl Collins (of Manhattan, Kansas), his son and daughter in law, David and Krys (of Winfield), his brother Gilbert B. Clift of Dallas, ten grandchildren Allyson Gevertz, Andrew Scott, John Clift, Nathan Clift, Anna Lee Clift, Erin Falk, Joel Sowder, Emily Flowers, Jacob Behrhorst, and Ely Behrhorst. And nine great grandchildren Rebecca, Maya, Jenna, Caleb, Madeline, Paper, Lilly, Johnathan, and Emmie.

SERVICES:  Saturday, July 3, 2010, 1:30pm, at First United Methodist – Winfield.

VIEWING:  Saturday, July 3, 2010 11am to service time at the Church.

INTERMENT:  Highland Cemetery

MEMORIAL:  Permanent Endowment Fund -  First United Methodist Church
                          Southwestern College – Stadium Fund

Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home in charge of services.



Vida Ella McLain

McLain,-Vida-06262010Vida Ella McLain, 97, Winfield, Ks., died  June 26, 2010 at  Winfield Rest Haven Nursing Home. Funeral services will be   10:30 am Tuesday, June 29, 2010   Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H. in Winfield, KS. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00- 7:00 pm at  the Funeral Home and the Family will greet from 6:00-7:00pm. Interment will be   10:00 am, Wednesday, June 30, 2010  at the Edmond City Cemetery in Edmond, KS.
She was born Feb. 18,1913 in Speed, Ks. Her parents were William and Grace Bretton.
Vida and her first husband, the late Fermon L. Button, farmed in the Edmond, Ks. community.
Also preceding her in death were a brother, Walter Loren Bretton; two sisters, Beulah Conkey and Wilda Dauble; her second husband, Maurice "Buzz" McLain, and a grandson, Daniel Bird.
Vida was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was an inspiration to her family.
Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Kay (Button) Bird and husband Dr. Alvin Bird, Winfield, and Jacqueline Jean (Button) Whistler and husband William Whistler Jr., Fairway, Ks.; six grandchildren, Michael Bird; Brian Bird and wife Robin; Susan (Bird) Schultz  and husband Jonathan; Jerry Whistler and wife Lee Ann; Alan Whistler and Rebecca ; Susan (Whistler) Schwemmer and husband Neil, and six great grandchildren, Hayleigh, Rachel and Ethan Bird and Aubrie, Courtney and Ashley Schwemmer
Prior to living in Winfield, Vida resided in Bella Vista, Ark
She was a golfer and a bowler and followed sports on TV. She played cards with her friends and checkers with her great grandchildren. She excelled in embroidery and needlepoint and made delicious cookies.
She was a member of the United Brethren Church, Edmond;
The family suggests memorials to:
Creative Community Living - Meyer Hall
 1500 East Eighth Ave. - Suite 201
Winfield, Ks. 67156.
Arrangements are by Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home, Winfield, KS.  67156.



Belia Lincicome

picture of Belia Lincicome.Mrs. Belia Lincicome, age 75, passed away June 14, 2010. Belia loved her church-life and all people. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a United States Marine Corp veteran, as was her late husband of over 50 years, Mr. Kenneth Lincicome.
Belia was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and was involved with many church activities.

Surviving to honor her life and going home are;
Daughters – Wilma Louise Whitaker of Winfield

Mrs. Belia Lincicome, age 75, passed away June 14, 2010. Belia loved her church-life and all people. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a United States Marine Corp veteran, as was her late husband of over 50 years, Mr. Kenneth Lincicome.
Belia was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and was involved with many church activities.

Surviving to honor her life and going home are;
Daughters – Wilma Louise Whitaker of Winfield
Carmen Delores West of Whitefish, Montana
Sisters – Aurora Taylor of Dallas, Texas
Lupe Greer of Austin, Texas.
7 grand children and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by husband,and daughters Deborah Weaver and Loretta Forestt.



Donald Delos Alvord

donald Donald Delos Alvord,84, died at the Labette Co. Medical Center in Parsons, KS  on his birthday June 5, 2010. His Funeral Service will be Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Winfield. Friends may call for visitation Wednesday,  from Noon – service time at the First Baptist Church in Winfield. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Memorials to Presbyterian Manor of Parsons, Kansas
       Donald was born June 5, 1926 in Minneapolis ,MN his parents were Ira D. and Alda (Simmons) Alvord. He was   Educated in  Yates Center, Kansas where he graduated from High School.  Donald was a retired USD# 465 Certified employed. He was a member of the First Baptist Church for more than 60 years, plus worked as head custodian.
        He married Cecil Audine Courtney August 2, 1948 and she preceded him in death October 14, 2009.
         He is survived by:

Sons                          Donald Lee Alvord                      Sterling, Ks
                                  Robert “Bob” Alvord
                                   Wife Debbie                                Parsons, Ks

Grandchildren             Daniel, Sara, Nicholas, and Andrew

   He was preceded in death by a stepsister Gwen.



Cecilio D. Carrasco

Picture of Cecilio Carrasco Cecilio D. Carrasco, age 67, of Winfield, passed away June 2, 2010 at the Harrry Hynes Hospice Care Facility in Wichita.  He was born in Mexico, November 22, 1942 to Pedro and Nicolasa (Domingez).  He was raised and educated in Mexico.
He was married to Maria (Tores), she survives
He had lived and worked in the Winfield area since 1973.  He worked as a sheet metal fabricator for Gott Manufacturing, had 22 years with  Gordon-Piatt and also had worked for Good Times, Inc.
He as a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church

Preceded in death by parents and a brother Manuel Carrasco.

He is survived by
Wife – Maria of the home
Children –  Brenda Carrasco of  Mexico
Step-children- Norma A. Chavez, Leopoldo(Ed) Chavez of Winfield
Siblings – Ramon Carrasco of Colorado, Fermin Carrasco of Texas, Juan Carrasco of Winfield, Maria Tarin of Winfield, Gloria Perez of Winfield, Octavio Carrasco of Winfield. Pedro, Jose and Elisabeth  Carrasco of Mexico.

  1. grandchildren and one great grandchildren

SERVICES:  Rosary,  Sunday, June 6, 2010, 7pm at Holy Name Catholic Church.
Burial Mass: 10:30am, Monday, June 11, 2010,  at Holy Name Catholic Church.

VISITATION:  6pm to Rosary at Holy Name Catholic Church

INTERMENT:  Highland Cemetery