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2014 Obituaries

l Max W. Simmons l Raymond Henry Meyer l Kaitlin Lynne Martin l Dorothy Ruth (Brown) Banks l Lawrence L. Liermann l Jon M. Estes l Gordon L. Wheatcroft l Donna L. Bauer l William S. Barr l Timothy Lee Barker l Alma D. Anderson l Cynthia Carol Compton l Philip Robert Hower 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



Max W.Simmons

Max W. Simmons, 70, of Winfield,  passed away Wednesday morning, July 16, 2014, at his home.
Born December 7, 1943 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Winfield,  Kansas to Leonard A. Simmons and  Neva M. (Hall) Simmons.

He was reared and educated in the Grandview area and graduated from Winfield High School in 1961.
Max made his home in Winfield and settled the last 17 years in the New Salem area.

He was an excellent mechanic and a man who could fix just about anything. He was a great gardener who enjoyed the outdoors. He loved his dogs and enjoyed spending his free time camping at the Winfield City Lake with friends and family.  Max was a man of principle who would go out of his way to help a friend or someone in need.

Max was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Simmons, and a brother, Gary Simmons.

Survivors include his mother, Neva Simmons, Winfield;  partner of 10 years, Beulah Barnes, Wichita. Daughters, Patricia Simmons Smith and husband, Christopher Smith, Olympia,  Wa., and Jana Simmons, Wichita; grandchildren,  Trevor Simmons, Colin Smith, Cory Smith and Grace Smith.
A private service was held at sundown at the Winfield City Lake on July 24, 2014.

Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH



Raymond Henry Meyer

MeyerRaymond Henry Meyer, age 93, of Wichita, passed away July 28, 2014 at SE Kansas Regional Medical Center.

Services will be Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:30am at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Friday at the Church from 9am to 10am. Interment in Wichita Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of services.

Raymond was born January 20, 1921 in Lincoln, KS to Carl & Martha (Von Fange) Meyer. He was raised and educated in Lincoln, graduating from high school in 1938. He attended some college then enlisted in the Army Air Force was trained as a pilot. The war was ending by the time his training was completed.

He married Arlene Fischer in May of 1950, in Wichita. She passed away April 4, 1984.

Raymond worked for Boeing for many years where he was a Tooling Specialist. He became an expert in aircraft production. He also had his private pilot's license and had part ownership in his own plane.

He loved fishing and playing golf.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, brother Eldon Meyer, and sister Doris Brodin

He is survived by: Daughters – Karla Gilbert of Ark City, Teresa Rippe of Clive, IA., Marilyn Hinson of Wichita. Sisters Florence Winter of Vancouver, WA., Gladys Reinert of Valley Center. 6 Grandchildren, 11 Gr grandchildren.



Kaitlin Lynne Martin

MartinKaitlin Lynne Martin, age 16 of Winfield, passed away, July24, 2014 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Memorial Services will be Friday, August 1, at 7:00 pm at the Central Baptist Church in Winfield.

Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Kaitlin was born May 20, 1998 in Wichita to Curtis D. and Julie L.(Brake) Martin. She has lived in Winfield her entire life. She was home schooled and was a junior at the high school level.

She is survived by her parents, Curtis and Julie, sister Fayth Martin of the home. Maternal grandparents Clyde and Joy Brake of Winfield. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends.

Preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Richard and Mary Martin, and infant cousin Tanner Holler.



Dorothy Ruth (Brown) Banks

Banks

Dorothy Ruth (Brown) Banks, 93, died July 13, 2014 at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield. Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home with the family present, from 7pm to 8:30pm. Her Memorial Service will be at 10:00 Saturday, July19, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Private Family interment will precede the services. Memorials have been established with First Presbyterian Church and Rivercross Hospice. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com .

 

Dorothy was born March 15, 1921 in Kansas City,MO to John F. Brown and Jean Dorothy (Johnston) Brown. Her family moved soon to Waurika,OK where she attended public schools. Upon graduation from High School she moved to Winfield to attend Southwestern College. She lived with two aunts Beth and Evelyn Johnston. While attending Southwwestern she was introduced to her future husband, J. J. Banks.

She and J. J. were married at her home in Waurika on Sunday morning December 7th , 1941 and subsequently spent her early married life following J. J. from Navy base to Navy base and finding employment in support of the War effort. Upon returning to Winfield after the war, J. J. opened his insurance office and Dorothy took up housekeeping. She was a Girl Scout leader and was active in her church serving as librarian

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Harry in infancy and he husband of 66 years. Survivors include her son: Jim Banks and wife Robbie,Winfield, daughteer, Sally Swanson and Husband Bobb, Columbia, MO., four grandchildren, Jason Banks and wife Nadine, Manhattan, KS, David and wife Polly, Derby, KS., Jessi Whitehurse and husband Joe, Columbia, MO., Jeff Swanson and wife Christina, Austin, TX. And 9 great grandchildren.



Lawrence L. Liermann

LiermannLawrence L. Liermann, 89, died July 9, 2014. Graveside Inurnment Service will be Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:00am at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. A Memorial has been established with Friendship Meals in Winfield and may be sent C/O Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.

Lawrence was born June 29, 1925 in Winfield. His parents were Lawrence & Beatrice (Fulcher) Liermann. He was raised and educated in Winfield graduating with Class of 1943. He was a WW II Navy Veteran of the pacific Theater and saw action in Okinawa where a suicide plane hit his ship. After the war He graduated from St. Johns college. He worked 20 plus years for Boeing and 12 for Cessna.

He married Selma M Raasch February 17, 1978. She preceded him in death in 1996. He was a stamp collector and writer. He had been living at the Kansas Veterans Home since 2011. He is survived by: Sister, Rosemary Almassy of Winfield, numerous Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by Brother, Harry Liermann and Sister, Nancy Priest.



Jon M. Estes

EstesJon M. Estes, age 59, of Winfield, passed away July 4, 2014 at his home.

Cremation has been effected, a memorial service is pending. A Memorial Service will be conducted by Hospice Chaplin Charles Klassen, Monday, July 14, at 10:00am in the Activity Room at Walnut Towers in Winfield. Memorials may be made to T.D. Jakes Ministries. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH assisted. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Jon was born September 30, 1954 in Belleville, Ks. To Guy and Joanna (Burgess) Estes. He was raised and educated in Oxford, attending Oxford High School.

He married Rita Meredith, September 18, 1987, in Winfield, Ks. She survives.

Jon worked health care as a patient aide. He worked with Southwinds until 2007 when health issues forced him to retire.

Preceded in death by his parents, and a niece Marcia Estes.

He is survived by his wife Rita of the home. Daughter Angela Martin and husband Steve of Longview, Tx. Brother Pat Estes of Winfield. Sisters; Tara Mobley of Avon, N. Y., Sheila Rojas of Winfield, Kathy Orozco of Lovington, N.M. 2 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.



Gordon L. Wheatcroft

WheatcroftGordon L. Wheatcroft, age 90, of Winfield, passed away June 23, 2014 at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital.

His memorial service will be 10am, Wednesday July 2nd, at First United Methodist Church in Winfield. Inurnment to follow at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery- Winfield. Memorials may be made to the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, and the American Legion, Ellinwood, Kansas. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Gordon was born March 28, 1924 in Utica, Ks. His parents were Tony and Essie (Bollinger) Wheatcroft. He was raised and educated in the Ness County area, graduating from Utica High School in 1942.

Gordon served his country during WW II as a Marine and survived the battles of Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima, three of the bloodiest battles in the war. After the war he returned home and married Wilma Huxman in 1946. They were married for 66 years. She passed away in 2013.

He was a salesman for over 70 years. He worked for H.D. Lee, Kraft Foods, Certified Chemicals, Hokey Sweepers and Power-Up. He made his last sale for Power-up two weeks prior to his death.

Gordon was an avid golfer. He had 4 holes – in – one in his lifetime.

Gordon and Wilma lived in Goodland and Ellinwood before moving to Winfield to be closer to family.

He is survived by sons & their wives: Jim & Marcia Wheatcroft of Winfield, Dennis and Sidni Wheatcroft of Chattanooga, TN.; daughter Mary and husband Nick Leaver of Centerville, TN.; Sister Melba Shepherd of Boulder, CO.; Sisters in laws;Jane Huxman of Russell, KS., Delores Huxman of WaKeeny, KS.; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.



Donna L. Bauer

BauerDonna L. Bauer, age 81, of Wellington passed away June 2, 2014 at the Sumner County Care Center.

Cremation has been effected. A Memorial Service for Donna will be 2pm, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Sumner County Care Center, Wellington Kansas. Arrangements are by Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com. Inurnment will be in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Donna was born February 3, 1933, in Downers Grove, Ill, to Clinton & Dorothy(Seeley) Swartz. She was raised and educated in Downers Grove, graduating from high school in 1948.

Donna was a housewife and helped raise a family with William 'Billy' Bauer. He preceded her in death August 27, 2012.

She is survived by her daughters: Dorothy and husband Eugene Wittmer of Diberville, MS. Debra Bacon of Arizona. 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.

She was a wonderful, happy lady and will be greatly missed by her friends and adopted family at Sumner County Care Center.



William S. Barr

BarrWilliam S. Barr, 89, of Kearney died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. A Memorial service was held on March 29, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Kearney. A local memorial service will be Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10:00am at the Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield. Inurnment will be in Highland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the charity of choice. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH is in charge of local arrangements.

William Stephen Barr was born May 17, 1924 in Petrolia, Kansas to Alice Josephine (Martin) and Vernon Edward Barr.  The family moved from Chanute to Augusta, where he attended public schools, graduating from Augusta High School in 1942.  Some high school honors were Citizenship A, National Honor Society, president of Hi Y, and member of student council, and Eagle Scout as well as four year band member. 

He attended Ottawa University and had some credit hours from KU and Wichita U.  During WWII, Barr was in the Navy at Great Lakes, Chicago and the Pacific, After completing dental school in Kansas City, he spent a short time in Winfield before returning to the Navy during the Korean War, serving at NTC San Diego, MCAS El Toro, Korea and Japan with the Marines.  Upon release from active duty was encouraged to participate in the Naval Reserve, which he did with enthusiasm.  Retiring after thirty five years (active and reserve), serving many years as Captain.  After this he continued for twelve more years as Area Coordinator (Kansas) for the Naval Academy Information Program (Blue and Gold).  During his time with the Blue and Gold program, the number of midshipmen from Kansas more than doubled to the total number allotted Kansas.

Returning from active duty, Barr practiced dentistry in Anthony until February 1957, when he married Merle Steinberg and moved to Winfield.  After her death, he married Christine Underwood in Ottawa in 1997.

He was a life member of the Naval Reserve Association.  Barr was a long time member of the Navy League, American Legion, life member of the American Dental Association, and the Alumni Association of the UMKC School of Dentistry.  He was secretary-treasurer and president of the Southern District Dental Society, member of the Wichita Chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry and president of the Kansas Academy of general Dentistry, and fellow of the AGD.

He was a thirty five year member of the Winfield Lions Cub, serving as president twice, twenty five years apart.  Barr was a member of the national Audubon Society and on the board of directors of the Wichita Audubon and the Chaplin Nature Center.  Served a three year term representing Cowley Count on the board of Aging Projects, Inc., a ten county agency.

He was a supporter of several Native American charities, and was a charter member of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Was a twenty-six year participant in the Harvard School of Public Health, Health Professionals Follow-up study.

Last but no means least was a long time member of Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Virginia Elizabeth Clark and first wife. He is survived by wife Christine Gangwish Underwood Barr and her five children, Clark Underwood (Springfield, MO); Douglas Underwood (Lawrence, KS); Carol Underwood (Potomac, MD); Bruce Underwood (Indian Wells, CA); and Jean Underwood (Cedar Rapids, IA), as well as seven step-grandchildren



Timothy Lee Barker

BarkerTimothy Lee Barker, age 53, of Wichita, passed away May 17, 2014 at his home.

Cremation has been affected. Memorial Services are pending. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Tim was born April 28, 1961 in Wichita, Ks to James Lee and Mary Joane(Smith) Barker. He was raised and educated in Wichita, graduating from Wichita South in 1979.

He married Debra Shumate, August 30, 2013 in Wichita, she survives.

After graduation, Time began working at Rick's Appliance in Wichita, then at Lindly TV and Appliance in Winfield. He worked as the lead man in the Electrical Maintenance Dept. for Spirit-Boeing for over 20 years.

Tim was a memberof the Paddlefoot BBQ and was past president and member of the IBEW. In his spare time he design and built custom cabinets.

Preceded in death by parents.

He is survived by wife Debra of the home, step daughter Georgetta Hunter of Wichita, Sister Susan Ann Barker of Claflin, Ks. Grandchild Vanessa Carey. Brother in laws; Austin Shumate, III and wife Nancy, Justin Barrow. Mother in law Donna Shumate. Sister in laws; Pam Moyer, Wanda Woodward, Gail Shumate, Glenda Shumate, Cynthia Raborn(Justin Barrow). Friends Rachael and James Brown. Many cousins, friends, and co-workers.



Alma D. Anderson

AndersonAlma D. Anderson, age 83 of Winfield, passed away May 7, 2014 at her home.

Memorial Services will be, Tuesday, May 13, 1pm, at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment will be in Highland Cemetery. Memorials may be given in her name by the donor's choice. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Alma was born January 2, 1931 in Winfield, Ks to Claude and Beulah(Gallagher) Crawford. She was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1948.

She married Everett Anderson in 1950, in Winfield. They later divorced.

Alma worked as a nurse's aide for many years at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She then worked at Winfield Cleaners until her retirement.

She was a member of the Church of God in Christ.

Preceded in death by parents, Claude and Beulah Crawford, twin sister Alta Reynolds, sister Dorothy, brothers Edward, Claude, Jr. and James, son Rudy and granddaughter Angela Walker.

Alma is survived by sons; Dave Ronald (Ronnie) & wife Jean Crawford of Wichita, Kelvin(Kelly) Anderson of Wichita. Daughter Karla(Shelly) Anderson and Craig of Winfield. Brothers Albert Crawford of California, Willliam Crawford of California. Uncle; William Workcuff of North Carolina. 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews,cousins and friends.



Cynthia Carol Compton

ComptonCynthia Carol Compton, 68, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2014.   Cynthia was born on May 27, 1945, in Winfield, Kansas and was the only child of Theodore S. and Carol V. Compton.  She graduated from Winfield High School in 1963 and from Southwestern College in 1969.   From there Cynthia taught middle school music for the Wichita Falls, Texas School District until her retirement in 2008. 

Cynthia is survived by cousins, including Richard and Diane Elder, Julie Hilding, Janice Rothlauf, Barbara Bradburn, Deborah and Wade Potter, and Donald and Lynn Elder, and one aunt, Thelma Elder.

Cynthia was a bundle of love and life and talent, and she blessed untold numbers of young lives beyond the ones we know and could count.  She was an accomplished musician on the piano and viola.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Winfield and performed with the Wichita Falls Symphony.  She played for the Prairie View United Methodist Church.  She worked for many years playing and directing productions at the Backdoor and the Horsefeathers and Applesauce Theatre.  She gave private lessons to hundreds of students, coaching them for recitals and programs, and encouraging them along their way. 

In recent years Cynthia played for the Southwestern College musical theatre ensemble twice a week. She also was an accompanist for private student lessons at Southwestern, and for a choir in Wellington, Kansas.  Music was her life, and sharing it with others by accompanying them was most meaningful.

Cynthia had a God given gift with regard to being able to play any piece of music, and do so in the key or style that best suited the venue she was performing for or the person she was accompanying. Sharing that talent meant more to her than her own well being. This past Easter Sunday after being hospitalized, she was at the Prairie View Church service and performed the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Making beautiful music was Cynthia’s greatest passion.  She was loved by many and will be greatly missed!

Memorial Services will be Thursday, 10:00am, May 1st, at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. In leiu of flowers memorials made by made to Southwestern College Performing Arts. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com



Philip Robert Hower

HowerPhilip Robert Hower ,72 ,of Winfield, Kansas went to be with the Lord on April 19, 2014.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Phil was born January 26, 1942 son of Robert Theodore (Bob) Hower and Mildred Ruth (DeLong) Hower in El Dorado, Kansas. 

Phil and Sandra Flick were married on October 4, 1962 at Grace United Methodist Church.  To this union they were blessed with two daughters Paige and Shawn.   When Phil graduated from college the adventurous   life of a coaching family began.  They had moving down to a science.  Phil was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program and the whole family attended several summer FCA Camps at Estes Park.  Over the years wonderful friendships evolved between the players and their families.  Many of the players still kept in touch with Phil.  

Phil taught mathematics in High School for 48 years.  Even though he was a successful teacher his love was for football.  In 1963 as a student at Southwestern College he was named to the Methodist All-American University and Elevens team.  He coached every level of the sport from 1st grade youth football to collegiate ball.  He was a head coach for Hugoton High School, Kiowa High School, Independence High School, Scott City High School, Southwestern College and Winfield High School. He was a Shrine Bowl coach in 1975 and Head Shrine Bowl coach in 1976.   In later years he worked as an assistant football coach at Friends University.    He coached in six conference teams and six NAIA games. In his spare time he coached Girls Softball, Track, Girls Basketball,  wrestling, and taught drivers education.  He also taught math at Burden High School and Cowley County Community College evening classes.

 Phil moved to Winfield when his father Bob, became a coach at Southwestern College.  He graduated from Winfield High School and Southwestern College. While attending Southwestern he worked as a fireman and policeman to earn extra income.  He also did graduate work at Ft. Hays State University, Wichita State University,   Northwestern State College in Oklahoma, and was awarded two National Science Foundation Scholarships.  He was awarded the Master Teacher Award 1997, inducted into the Southwestern College Hall of Fame 1992, Society of John Wesley, Community Cornerstone Award 2012, Coach of the year 1988-1989, Excellence in Education Award 1997, and the Foundation Builder Award.

 Phil was preceded in death by an infant brother Steve, his parents Bob and Mildred Hower.

 Phil is survived by his wife, Sandra; children, Paige and husband Bo Camp, Sam and Eliza; Shawn and husband John Shriver, Jenifer Shriver,  Dustin Daniels, Great-Grandchildren Skylar and Damien; Levi Daniels, Jaylen Shriver, Jade and Brian Smith, Great-Grandchildren Paiton and Cassidy; sisters,  Susan and husband LeRoy Fronk, Kris and husband Ken Breidenbach.

Memorial Services for Phil will be 10:30am, Saturday, May 3rd, at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield. There will be a visitation with family at the Church, Friday May, 2nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Memorials are Southwestern College and the First United Methodist Church. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of arrangements.



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

  HelmerLuther 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 flew 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.