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2015 Obituaries


l Ric Eric Montoya l Alta Mae Bowman l Myda Ann (Mike) Sallee l Lloyd E. Craig l Tolliver J. (Todd) Matthews l Alvin " Bruce" Fuqua l William LaPorte l Eileen Hope Wilson l Charlotte Ann Arie

Ric Eric Montoya

MontoyaRic Eric Montoya, 50, died at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS March 20, 2015. He was born June 18, 1964 in Winfield, KS. His parents are Pete Montoya and the late Carol (Serviss). He was raised and educated in Winfield graduating in 1982.

He attended Cowley College and was completeing a degree in Destructive Metals Analysis. He has worked as a painter and other jobs in construction. He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and Sons of American Legion Post #10.

He is survived by: Father, Pete Montoya of Winfield ; Grand parents, Clemente & Anita Montoya of Winfield; Sons, Eric and Levi Montoya of Winfield; Brother, Todd Montoya of Wichita; Sister Kristin (Spencer) McFarland of Winfield; Nieces, Ivy (Will) Tatum, Hannah Mcfarland, Sydney (Tony) Ferraro; 4 great nieces and 2 great nephews. He was preceded in by: his Mother Carol and her parents, Lee & Opal Serviss.

A memorial will be held Friday, March 27, 2015, 10:00am at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield. Inurnment and a Celebration of Life Get-Together will follow the Memorial service and will be held at the Farm. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Alta Mae Boatman

BoatmanAlta Mae Boatman, 95, of Winfield, passed away March 17, 2015, at her daughter’s home. 

Services will be 2:00 pm Friday, March 20th, at 1st Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

A memorial has been established at the 1st Baptist Church. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. 

Born October 7, 1919 in Cowley County, Alta Mae was the daughter of Marion (Cunningham) and Virgil Taylor.  She was their youngest child. Her older siblings were Nellie Taylor, Opal McConaghy, Bessie Likins, Pansy King, Nina Krepps, and Alfred Taylor.

Alta Mae married Ernest LeRoy Boatman in April, 1939. They lived most of their married life in Winfield, but also resided in Kansas City, KS and Mesa, AZ.   She worked at William Newton Memorial Hospital as a pediatric aide until they closed the unit. Then she worked at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center as a physical therapy aide in H building until her retirement. 

Mrs. Boatman was always active in her church and held many positions over the years. She held most of the positions in American Baptist Women’s Ministries, served as deaconess, was president of the missions program,  and perhaps her favorite thing was teaching Sunday school because she loved to research her lessons and add points of interest that were not in the quarterly lesson.  She taught Sunday school until she was 94 and unable to continue attending church services.  She loved to make decorations for various occasions at the church and make wooden animals for the children’s Sunday school classes. 

Alta Mae loved to do crafts.  Over her lifetime she did such things as sewing, leather work, crocheting, plastic canvas, paint by number, and ceramics. Before she retired from the State School, she opened AB Ceramic Shop, so she would have something to do when she retired, and offered classes for many years.  For her 80th birthday, she wanted a scroll saw. She sawed many intricate designs and gave much of her work away as gifts. She was still sawing up to a month before her death.  Up until the time she was bedridden she was making wooden animals to be given away to the children who came through the ER at the hospital and crocheting baby blankets for her next great-great grandchildren.

Mr. Boatman died February 11, 1969 in Mesa, AZ. In addition to her parents, siblings, and husband, Alta Mae was preceded in death by her granddaughter Gayle Sevick and son-in-law Andrew Sevick.

Survivors include her sons, Donald and wife Judy, Winfield, Ronald “Butch” and wife Karen, Dexter, Jimmy and wife Elva, North Carolina; her daughters, Wanda Sevick, Winfield, and Carol Boatman, North Carolina; 12 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren.

Myda Ann (Mike) Sallee

SalleeMyda Ann (Mike) Sallee, 82, died at Winfield Senior Living Community Saturday, March 14, 2015. Her Funeral Service will be 1:30pm Thursday, March 19, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Winfield.KS. Interment at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. Friends may call from 3:00-7:00 pm Wednesday and the family will greet from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. Memorials have been established with First Baptist Church and Cowley Co. Humane Society. Condolences may sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Mike was born March 12, 1933 in Moline, Ks.. her parents were Leslie and Thelma (McBrian) Smith. She married Dale Sallee December 25, 1950 in Moline. She was a Housewife. She was in Leadership with Girl Scouts as a leader and trainer of leaders. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Myda is survived by: Daughters, Dalene West, Kathy & Keith Wohlgemuth, Brenda & Billy Earls all of winfield; Grandchildren, Kimberly & Justin Ingram, Eric Earls,Derick & Hollie Earls, Willie Earls, Jacob & Tanessa Earls, Matt West & Fiancee Brooke, Jesse Long & Kelly, Megan & Jason Plagman, Great Grandchildren,Jarett, Zerrick, Myda, Daxton and Grayson.

She was preceded in death by Brothers, Loren & Frank Smith, Sisters, Jo Dale & Laura Olberding.

Lloyd E. Craig

CraigLloyd E. Craig, 82, of Winfield, passed away March 11, 2015.

Services will be held at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 18 at the Swisher-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 17 from 3-7 pm.

Lloyd was born on February 1, 1933 in New Salem to George L. and Nellie I. Craig. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1951 and received a teaching degree in Industrial Arts from Kansas State University in 1956.
After graduation, Lloyd was called to active duty on May 29, 1956. He served on active duty from May 1956 to May 1959. He achieved the rank of Captain. During the 1960’s -70’s, Lloyd served as Transportation Officer at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, KS. From 1975-1980 he served as a USAF Academy CO Liaison Officer for Kansas.
While stationed at Harlingen, TX, Lloyd made a quick trip back to Winfield to marry Shirley M. Froemming on February 22, 1957. The couple lived the military life in Harlingen, Sacramento, CA, Stead AFB, NV and at Forbes AFB in Topeka, Kansas. Eventually, they made their way back to Winfield where they established their home and had three daughters, Peggy, Carol and Karen, all of Winfield.
Once back in Winfield, Lloyd began working for Winfield Publishing Company (Courier) under W.W. Keith, Publisher. He continued working for the Courier up to the time of his death. Lloyd’s many positions at the Courier included Circulation Manager, Advertising Sales, Advertising Manager, General Manager, and he was currently holding the position of Publisher. Lloyd also worked closely with the Arkansas City Traveler staff and had done work with the Newkirk Herald Journal.
Within the community, Lloyd served as the Winfield Chamber of Commerce President in 1971 and as the Lion’s Club President in 1982. In April of 2014 Lloyd was named as an Exemplary Older Worker by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force. In April 2015, Lloyd will posthumously receive the Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award from the Kansas Press Association.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Jr. Craig, of Denver, CO. Survivors include his wife Shirley and his three daughters Peggy, Carol and Karen.
Memorials are to Winfield Main Street through Legacy, Winfield Lions Club sight project, the Cowley-County Humane Society or to the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made through funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Tolliver J. (Todd) Matthews

MatthewsTolliver J. (Todd) Matthews, 88, Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, March 13, 2015 at Swisher-Taylor & Morris chapel in Winfield.KS. Interment will be at a later date at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery. Vistation will be Thursday from 3:00-7:00pm and family will greet from 5:30-6:30. The family asks that in leu of Flowers the donations be sent to: Chimala Mission, New York Ave Church of Christ, 5371 New York Ave, Arlington, TX 76018. Condolences my be sent to: funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Todd was born August 26, 1926 in Imboden, Ark. His parents were Cleveland J. & Arizona (Workman)c Matthews. He was raised and educated in Imboden. He was a WWII US Army veteran. He married Mildred Marie Horsman in 1946 in Pocahontas, Ark. and she survives. Todd worked as a machinist for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita and retired from there. They were members of the Winfield Church of Christ.

He is survived by: Wife, Mildred of Rest Haven in Winfield; Daughter, Gail Sidle husband James of Marietta, GA; Son Thomas Jackson Matthews wife Patricia of Winfield.KS; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Parents, daughter, Cathy, and one Grandson.

Alvin "Bruce" Fuqua

FuquaAlvin “Bruce” Fuqua, 84, Funeral Service will be 1:30 pm Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield,KS. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 pm until service time. Interment will be at Highland cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project may be sent C/O Swisher-Taylor & Morris, 803 Loomis Winfield.kS 67156. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Bruce was born April 2, 1930 in Long beach, Ca. His parents were William Fuqua and Lennie (Hazelton). He was raised and educated in St. Johns, Ks., graduating in 1948. He entered the US Army in 1950 fought in the Korean War, where he was award the Bronze Star. He was discharged in 1956. Bruce married Juanita Wilt Aug. 1, 1950 and she preceded him in death in 2007. He worked as a interior contractor installing wallpaper and trim and painting interiors.

Bruce and Juanita were members of the First Christian Church in Winfield where they were married. Bruce enjoyed fishing, artistic painting and gardening. After Juanita died enjoyed spending time in HomeTown True Value visiting with friends there.

\He is survived by: brothers, Clarence Fuqua of San Antonio, Tx., Bob Fuqua of Seward, Ks., Sister, Rose Marie Hager of St. Johns, KS; special friend, Madison Hovey of Winfield. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, William, Ivan and Calvin Fuqua.

William LaPorte

LaPorteWilliam LaPorte, age 92, 0f Winfield, Ks., passed away Sunday February 1, 2015 at the Veteran's home in Winfield.

Services will be Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in Winfield , Kansas, at Swisher, Taylor , and Morris Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00. Inurnment to follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cowley County Humane Society. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

  William was born on August 31, 1922 in Wetumka , Oklahoma to William and Velma (Harris) LaPorte. He was raised and educated in Wetumka. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the Army. On November 18, 1946, he married Betty Jean Atchison in Napa Valley , California .

They traveled to many places while he was in the service. Their son, John Cobain LaPorte was born at Fort Bragg and their daughters were born in Japan . He retired in 1962 and moved to Winfield to be close to family.  He worked for Gordon and Piatt until he retired in 1974. 

William was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Winfield and in Oklahoma .  This was a very important part of William's life and he enjoyed being with his brothers at the lodge.

William was preceded in death by his wife Betty, in December 1973 and his son John, in February 1975. A sister Mary Kathryn, in 2011 and a granddaughter, Camala in 2005.

He is survived by his daughter Jeanene Van Meter and her husband Mike of Winfield, their sons Clayton and James Van Meter of Lawrence , Kansas ; daughter Theresa Hughes and husband Dan of Plano, Texas, their son Bryan Hughes and wife Tara of Dallas, Texas, and daughter Kelly Hughes and fiancé Andrew Tresenriter of Austin , Texas . Son Billy Dale LaPorte, from a previous marriage, of Detroit, Alabama, his sons, Gary Eye and wife Laura, Bill LaPorte and wife Catherine, of Walsenburg, Colorado, John Michael LaPorte and wife Melissa of Detroit, Alabama, Jason LaPorte and wife Ashley of Castroville, Texas, Justin LaPorte and wife Kaytee of San Antonio, Texas, and daughter Melissa and husband Stephen Lamontange of Gloucester Point, Va. He was also blessed with many great grand children. 

Eileen Hope Wilson

WilsonEileen Hope Wilson, 92, Winfield passed away January 18, 2015 at William Newton Hospital.

Services will be at Thursday, January 22, 2015, 2:00pm, First Presbyterian Church, Winfield, Ks. Burial in Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 3pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Eileen Abbott was born November 3, 1922 in Seiling, Oklahoma to Frank & Maryann(Crump) Abbott. She grew up in Oklahoma City, graduating from Classen High School in 1940. She was a member of the National Honor Society & French Club. After graduating from high school, she moved to Wichita where she worked at Boeing during World War II. While working at Boeing, she met her husband of 56 years, Harold L. Wilson. Eileen and Harold moved to Dallas and Houston after being transferred by Harold's job with Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages. They retired to La Feria, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. While in Houston, Eileen was employed for 18 years as Executive Secretary to the first Vice President of Prudential and First City National Bank.

Eileen and Harold were very active in the Shrine. Eileen was a beautiful Potentate's Lady in 1990 when Harold was elected Potentate to Al Amin Shrine Temple in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, First Presbyterian Church La Feria, Texas where she served as Clerk of the Session for many years and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield.

Eileen moved back to Winfield in 2003 to be near her daughter and family. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold.

Survivors include her daughter Cynthia Brzycki(Robert) of Winfield. Son, Harold, Jr,(Teresa) Allen, Texas. Grandchildren James Robert Brzycki, Waller, Texas; Heather Holland(Loren), Katy, Texas; Scotti Von Urquidy, Winfield and Melissa Shaw, Winfield. Great-grandchildren; Brandyn Brzycki, Derek Brzycki, Chaison Holland, Creighton Holland, Robyn Shaw and Annica Shaw.

Charlotte Ann Arie

ArieCharlotte Ann Arie, age 64, of Cedar Vale, passed away January 5, 2015 at her home.

Sharing time with family and friends, in remembering Charlotte will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Cedar Vale, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Charlotte was born February 25, 1950 in Ash Grove, MO to Leonard and Frances(Piatt) Lafayette. She grew up in Ash Grove. The family moved to Parsons, KS where she graduated from Parsons High School in 1968.

She received training as a CNA/RA. She worked for many years in patient care. Including 15 years at the Cedar Vale Nursing Home.

Preceded in death by son Terry, sister Joetta.

She is survived by son Leonard L. Arie of Arkansas City. Daughter Misty M. White of Cedar Vale. 13 grandchildren and 10 step grandchildren.




2014 Obituaries

l Robert D. Fisher, Jr. l Ruth Ann Wright l Alice Jean Duensing l Donald G. Gaskill l Dave L Mitchell l Robin Nheil Allison l Lois C. Satterthwaite l Judith E. Riggs l H. Dean Hess l Della June Moore l Earl Edward Gordon l Lucien Barbour l Raymond Leon Alberts l Leland Orivel King, Jr. l Margaret A. Widler l Dee Elizabeth Booth 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

Robert D. Fisher, Jr.

Fisher, Jr.Robert D. Fisher, Jr. age 68, of Wichita, passed away December 31, 2014 at the Deseret Health Care Center in Wichita.

Services will be 10:30am, January 5, 2015, at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield. Interment will follow in the Kansas Veteran's Cemetery in Winfield. Memorials maybe made to the Wounded Warrior Project at Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Robert was born September 19, 1946 in Winfield, Ks to Robert D. And Marjorie(Wood) Fisher. The family moved to Wichita where he was raised and educated, he graduated from Wichita North in 1964.

He enlisted in the Army and he served his country for 8 years. In 1972 he joined the Air National Guard. In 1995 he retired from military service. After retiring he worked for Vornado Corp in Andover for a short time.

His partner was Linda Wisely, for nine years. She preceded him in death in 2011.

Robert was a member of the American Legion. During retirement, he would make jewelry and polish stones.

He is preceded in death by infant brother Steven, brother Arnold Fisher and wife Linda.

Robert is survived by son; Chris Fisher of Wisconsin, daughters; Toni Bryson of Wichita, Dawn Schanke of Wisconsin, Starr Fisher of Wichita. Sisters; Cindy Fisher of Wichita, Marsha Churchman of W. Virginia. Grandchildren; Aaron, Jeremy, Ciara, Flynn, Emily, Katherine, Brianna, Elijah, Joshua, Trystan, Brook. Nephews: Robert, Arnold, Jr., Bradley. Nieces; Dalena, Delona, Diana, Dylin, Gabriella.

Ruth Ann Wright

WrightRuth Ann Wright, 86, died December 27, 2014, at her home. Her private burial service was Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield

. Memorials have been established with Cowley Co. Humane Society, Winfield First Christian Church, and Winfield Food Bank. They may be sent C/O Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H. ,803 Loomis, Winfield, KS 67156. Condolences may be sent to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Ruth was born April 30, 1928 in Winfield, Ks. Her parents were L. L. and Cora (Ward ) Bergevin. She was raised and educated in Winfield and was class Valedictorian. She received 2 Bachelor’s Degrees, one from Stephens College, Columbia, MO,, and one from University Colorado, Boulder, CO. She met her husband, Charles Wright, at the University of Colorado one Easter Sunday on their way to church. They were married August 31, 1951 in Winfield. Chuck later owned and operated the Clinic Pharmacy on Wheat Road.

She had many interests, including collecting antiques and sponsoring flea markets and estate sales. She ran a gift shop, Through the Grapevine, at 800 Main Place. She was a member of the First Christian Church.

She is survived by her Son, Charles Wright III and her daughter, Carol Ann Wright both of Winfield, KS., and two nephews in Austin, TX.

Alice Jean Duensing


Alice Jean Duensing, age 76, formerly of Winfield, passed away December 19, 2014 at the Life Care Center of Andover.

Services will be 1:30pm, Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield. Inurnment at 3pm at the Kansas Veteran's Cemetery following the service. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Alice was born October 11, 1938 in Mt. Vernon, MO to McCance and Snoma Margaret (Morton) Hocker

The family moved to Oxford, KS where she was raised and educated, graduating from Oxford High School in 1955.

She married Fred “ Bill” Duensing June 10, 1965, in Newkirk, OK. He passed away March 9, 2012.

From 1965 to 1969 they lived and worked in Winfield. She worked in patient care at the Winfield State Hospital. In 1970, she and Fred traveled and worked in Alabama, Minnesota, Oregon and Oklahoma. In 1981, they returned to Winfield and Fred worked at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. Alice became a full time homemaker.

Preceded in death by infant twins, a brother and a sister.

Alice is survived by Sons; Bill and wife Becky Duensing, Jr. of Buffalo, MO, Shawn and wife Lesa Duensing of Warrensburg, MO. Daughter; April Brand and husband Garry of Augusta. Sister; Sharon Bennett of Yale, OK. grandchildren, Melisa (Chris) Thurston, Dustin Duensing, Joshua Little, Chris Little, Jeremy Duensing, Joseph Duensing, Cody Duensing, Steven Coker, Jessica Ankrom, Amanda Ankronm, Great Grand Children, Bryen Kyliee, Nichole Thurston, Dakota, Dustin,Jr., Hayleigh, and fred Duensing III, and Riley McCance Duensing.

Donald G. Gaskill

GaskillDonald G. Gaskill, age 77 of Winfield, passed away at his home, December 14, 2014.

Services will be 2pm, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Inurnment will occur at a later date. Memorials may be made to the America Heart Association. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Donald was born October 1, 1937 in Wellington, KS to John A and Dorothy(Cox) Gaskill. He was raised and educated in Wellington.

He married Stella Smith, May 3, 1972 in Anthony, KS. She passed away January 4, 2008.

Don worked for the City of Wellington in the Parks and Recreation Department and Water Distrubution. He would work part time for himself as a mechanic. He soon starting working full time as a mechanic in Wellington and in Tulsa. Don came back to the Winfield area and worked in Wichita at The Turner Ford Dealership. He worked for Colliers Service Station in Winfield for many years and then began working at Kline Motors, he retired in 2002. Don was always a mechanic, he was taught by his grandfather. He learned to rebuild a Model -T at age 12.

His main hobby was music, he played the guitar and sang. His favorite music was Old Country Western. Don continued to repair cars and trucks in his retirement years.

He is preceded in death by his wife Stella, daughters: Kelly Gaskill, Cheryl Sturm and Diane Gaskill.

He is survived by Son; Don Gaskill, Jr. of Bloomington, IN. Daughters; Guyleen Hall of Winfield, Nancy Enderud of Winfield, Karen Haskett of Winfield. Grandchildren Tracy Gaskill, Tommie Enderud, Courtney Covey, Ryan Collard, Veronica Adams, Shawn Gaskill, Tyler Gaskill, Corey Miller, Carlie Buck, Zack Hall. 11 great-grandchildren.

Dave L Mitchell

MitchellDave L. Mitchell, 78, passed away December 10, 2014 at the Kansas Veteran's Home. Graveside Inurnment will be 2:00pm at Kansas veterans Cemetery in Winfield Monday, December 15, 2014. A Memorial has been established with Alzheimer Assc. and may be sent c/o Swisher-Taylor & Morris F. H. 803 Loomis, Winfield, KS 67156.

Dave was born January 28, 1936 in Lone Grove, OK. His parents were Noah and Lottie (Stark)

Mitchell. He was raised in the Guymon, OK area. In 1954 he entered the U.S. Army and completed his service in 1956. He married Ingeborg Eckart March 11, 1957 in Guymon. Together they owned and operated Mitchell's Roustabout Service in Tyrone, OK from 1969 until retirement in 200l.

He and Ingeborg moved to Winfield in May of 2013 when Dave entered the Kansas Veterans Home.

He is survived by: Wife, Ingeborg of the home; Sons, Harlan (Anita) of Winfield, Duane (Tami) of Ft Leonard Woods, MO., Scott (Patricia) of Stillwater, OK, Jason (Jessica) of Mulvane, KS, former daughter-in-law, Joy Mitchell of Colorado Springs, CO. 9 grandchildren; Tallon,Vanessa, Lindsey, Nicole, Madison, Anya, Alexis, Danielle and 5 Gr. Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one infant son, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

Robin Nheil Allison


AllisonRobin Nheil Allison, 48, of Burden,Ks. died at Via Christi – St. Francis, Wichita Wednesday, December 10, 2014. His memorial service will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel in Winfield, Ks. Memorials can be sent to Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home to help defray funeral costs.

He was born November 1, 1966 in Portland, OR, to Richard and Arleta(Hull) Allison.

Robin loved hard work, hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family He had a very unique loving and witty personality to those who knew him. Robin was preceded in death by his parents; Richard and Arleta (Hull) Allison; Step-father Barney Lundy.

Survivors include; his Wife Heather of the home, Sons; Ryan Allison, Potwin, KS, Rowdy Allison, Topeka, KS, step-sons; Dakota Creekmore, Newton, KS, Montana Howland, Burden, KS. Sisters; Brenda Cory, Twin Falls, ID, Carman Spoon, Winfield, KS, Sherry Buske, Winfield, KS, Tracy Henry, Alma, KS & many of loving nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and cousins.

Lois C. Satterthwaite

SatterthwaiteLois C. Satterthwaite, 88 of Udall, died  December 3, 2014 at her home.    

A Celebration of Life Service will be December 28th at 2:00 pm at the Udall Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Udall Methodist Church or to the Udall Community Historical Society.

Condolences maybe emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Lois was born November 21, 1926 to William S. and Edna (Huff) Grant at their farm near  Udall, Kansas.  Lois was raised in Udall and graduated from Udall High School in 1944.  One week later she entered St. Mary’s Hospital in Winfield, Kansas under the United States Cadet Corps from where she graduated in 1947 as a Registered Nurse.  Lois married Fred Satterthwaite in 1947 at Eldorado, Ks. after Fred’s return from military duty.

Lois, worked for St. Mary’s Hospital and Wm Newton Hospital as an RN was chosen to be the School Nurse for USD 465 in 1962.  Lois remained at USD 465 as the School Nurse for 23 years.  Lois graduated from Southwestern College with a BS degree in 1978.   

Lois was active in many organizations throughout her professional life.  She was honored by being the Women of the Year in 1978 by the BPW.  Lois was elected as the President of the Kansas School Nurses in 1980.  Most recently was honored as a 20 year member of the Udall Community Historical Society.

A lot of you know Lois from the Winfield Schools and some of you know her as Mrs. Sheriff after Fred became the Sheriff of Cowley County.  

Lois is survived by husband, Fred of the home. Lois has three children:  Sherry Elliott and husband Lonny from Colorado Springs, Co.; Paul from Udall, Ks. and Bruce from Winfield, Ks; four Grandchildren: Lisa Borgen of Colorado Springs, CO., Tyler Satterthwaite of Winfield, Ks., Abby Satterthwaite of Shreveport, La. and Taylor Satterthwaite of Winfield, Ks..; four Great Grandchildren: Joshua and Ryan Borgen and Clayton and Nathan Crabtree.  Family also includes Donna Phillips of Shreveport, La,  Emily Davis, Parker Davis and Alyssa Handlin of Winfield.   Lois was preceded in death by her parents and by two Grandchildren: Greg Elliott and Melissa Elliott Crabtree.  

Judith E. Riggs

RiggsJudith E. Riggs, age 90, of Ark City, passed away December 2, 2014 at Presbyterian Manor.

Services will be Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:00am at the Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday, December 4, from 3pm to 7pm at Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH. Family will greet friends from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Inurnment at later date at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield. Memorials may be made to the Ark City Presbyterian Manor. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Judith was born June 21, 1924 in Burns, KS to Theodore E. and Gladys(Mills) Harvey. The family moved to Cedar Point, KS where she attended local schools and graduated from Cedar Point High School in 1941.

She married Bob Riggs on December 26, 1945 in El Dorado, KS. Bob and Judith grew up together in Cedar Point and married Bob after he returned from his naval service during World War II.

Judith and Bob live in El Dorado for several years where she worked part time at Graves Drugstore. They moved to Winfield in 1964. She worked at Graves in Winfield before starting work at the Winfield State Hospital. She held a position in the reimbursement office. She started in 1965 and retired in 1988, along with Bob.

They both moved to Florence, KS to take care of their parents, moving back to Ark City in 1993.

She lived at Presbyterian Manor for 5 years, participating in many activities and enjoying others company. She had a tag on the front of her vehicle that said “Bingo Queen” for which she was known.

Preceded in death by her husband Bob, and her sister Winifred Schubert.

She is survived by Sons; Max and wife Rosemary Riggs of Sonoma, CA, Richard Riggs of Olathe, KS, Randy Lee and wife Linda Riggs of Nixa, MO. Daughter; Betty J Bryant and significant other Dennis Christianson of Star Valley Ranch, WY. Brother; Leland and wife Maria Harvey of Des Moines, IA. Grandchildren; Mark and spouse Gina Riggs, Stacy and spouse Gary Simonson, Krystal and spouse Tony Kelly, Amy and spouse Cory England, Kassie and spouse Jon Lindsay, Kyle Bryant and fiancee Amber O' Neil, Megan and spouse Stan Palmer, Sarah and spouse Shane Schartau, James Bartley. 20 great-grandchildren, 2 gr-greatgrandchildren.

H. Dean Hess

Hess H. Dean Hess, 86, of Winfield, Kansas,  passed away Nov. 30, 2014 in his home surrounded by loving family. 

     Service and reception will be held at the First United Methodist Church 1000 Millington Street , Winfield, Kansas, at 1:00 pm.  Thursday Dec. 4th. Arrangements are by Swisher, Taylor and Morris Funeral Home.  Reception to follow in Fellowship Hall for refreshments and visiting.   Family inurnment will be at Kansas Veterans Cemetary, Winfield, Friday morning.  Memorials may be made to Kansas State University – Alumni Center at 1720 Alumni Center Manhattan, KS. 66505-6600. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

     Dean was the son of Frances Elwood and Carmen Ena Hobble Hess and was born April 21, 1928 at Enid, Oklahoma.   At age 2, Dean and his parents moved back to Kansas where his  father managed Foster Lumber yards in Kansas and Colorado. The Hess family resided in Hugo, Colorado until moving to Colby in 1938.   In 1950, in Colby, Kansas  Hess Lumber Yard became a family business until it was sold in 1986.

     During Dean’s High School years in Colby, he participated in the band playing trumpet, was in Debate, and wrestled on the high school team.  He was a member of National Honor Society, and was an Eagle Scout.  He graduated from Colby High School in 1946. 

     In the Fall of 1946, Dean enrolled at Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas majoring in Business.  He joined the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, lettered in Wrestling and joined ROTC.  

     On August 29, 1948, he married Betty Lou Williams of Dodge City, Kansas and were united in marriage at the First Christian Church in Dodge City.  In May of 1950 he graduated from Kansas State College, Manhattan, Kansas,  At that time he worked as a salesman for Great Lakes Steel  Corp out of Detroit and Denver, contacting  dealers to sell quansit huts.  He was called into the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and served from 1950-1953. He served one year as courier officer in the Azore Islands in the Atlantic.  His wife, Betty and young son, Terry  joined him there.

     In 1953 , the family returned to Colby where Dean worked in the Hess family lumber yard for eight years.  There daughters, Diana and Karen and infant son, Kent  were born.  After  joining the First Christian Church and was activie in community affairs, he joined and served 10 years in the National Guard at Hays and Topeka.  

     May 1961, Dean become Executive Director of the Kansas State Alumni  Association, serving until 1978.  There he and his staff were instrumental in increasing memberships, forming alumni clubs, conducting alumni trips and working with the university administrators,  athletics and community events.  

     The next two years he worked as Vice President for Lloyd Smith, owner of SV Tool Co.  in Newton, Kansas.  Also he worked after that in Wichita as a real estate agent for Century 21 until his retirement in 1992.  He and Betty moved to Winfield, Ks in 1996 to be near their family.  

     Dean had a strong faith in God, and enjoyed all of his wonderful  family.  He was a loving  husband,  father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  His talents were numerous and he enjoyed mentoring  family and young people.  He treasured traveling and his hobby of family geneology.

Dean was preceded in death by brother Dale Hess, Brother-in-law Don Davis and brother-in-law Don Wiley.

Survivors include his wife Betty; Son Terry Hess of Washington; Daughters Diana and husband Craig Duncan of Winfield, Karen and life partner, Laurie Gavenda of Boston; sisters are Marilyn Wiley of Phoenix and Wanda Davis of Colby. Grandchildren include Spencer Duncan and wife Tessa, Wichita, Taylor Duncan and wife Tara, Winfield, Justin Hess, Ashley Hess, Meagan Walker and husband Josh, all of Washington, Dean's special Great-Grandhildren include Ella and Grady Duncan, Adalyn and Nora Duncan.

Della June Moore

MooreDella June Moore, 56, of Winfield, went Home with the Lord on November 9, 2014 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita surrounded by family.

Memorial Services will be Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:00am at the First Church of the Nazarene. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of arrangements.

Della was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, July 6, 1958 to Bill Allen and Freida (Zang) Johnson. The family later moved to Winfield where she attended local schools and graduated from Winfield High School in 1976.

She married Bruce A. Moore, September 1, 1984 in Winfield. He survives her.

Della worked as a Psychiatric aide at the Winfield State Hospital for 10 years. Then worked in many of the area nursing homes providing care for the elderly.

She is a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, in Winfield. Della loved children, singing and enjoyed drawing and painting.

She is survived by husband Bruce of the home, Son; Paul D. Moore of Sedalia, MO., Daugther; Mindy J. McKinney of Aurora, MO. Brothers; Tracy Johnson of Okmulgee, OK., Garan Johnson of Belle Plaine, KS. Sisters; Joy Hunter of Newkirk, OK., Teresa Rawley of Winfield, Vicky McCallum of St. George, KS., Shelly Mathews of Ark City, KS. Grandchildren; Destiny Moore, Cody Blair, Sasha Blair, Kiowa Blair, Bren Blair.

Earl Edward Gordon

GordonEarl Edward Gordon, age 73 of Winfield, KS, died comfortably at home with family on November 1, 2014 of lung cancer.  He was born on May 5, 1941 to Bernice (Stewart)  Gordon and Earl Everett Gordon in  Winfield, KS.  He attended Winfield schools and graduated  from Winfield High School in 1959.  He was married to Ruth Jacobs on June 4, 1961 in Severy, KS.  

He was employed by Boeing and Winfield State Hospital.  After retirement he provided child care for his grandchildren.  His greatest joy in life was his grandchildren.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Sharon Cluster.

  He is survived by his wife, Ruth Gordon, Daughters Danielle Tipton and husband Frank, Maria Moore and husband  Kenny,  and Crystal Bachmeier, all of Winfield.  Brothers Jim Gordon, Belton, MO, and Virgil Gordon,  Pratt.   Sister Karen Gordon, Pleasant Hill, MO.  Grandchildren Levi Andes, Ryan Maldonado,  Zachary Bachmeier, Elizabeth Bachmeier,  Emily Corle, Ashley Corle,  Gracie Moore, and Laine Moore.

An informal memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at First Methodist Church  Fellowship Hall at 10th and Loomis, Winfield, KS.  Casual dress please.

Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Lucien Barbour

BarbourLucien Barbour lived from January, 1926 until October 2, 2014. He was born in Winfield, Kansas to H. L. and Beulah Barbour being the youngest and only son with older sisters Betty and Marsha. While H. L. tutored Betty and Marsha to be cello stars, he coached Lucien to excel at tennis.

Lucien graduated from Winfield High School winning state tennis singles championships his junior and senior years. Along the way he won a Missouri Valley singles championship at the age of 16. He entered the military in 1944 and was stationed in Boca Raton, FL for the duration of the war. Following the war he enrolled at Stanford University where he was a member of the Stanford tennis team. After graduating from Stanford, he returned to Winfield to join his father’s firm, Barbour-Collinson Abstract Company. In 1951, he married his wife of 63 years, Judy, in Mission, KS. They resided in Winfield thereafter building a family and contributing to the community he loved.

Lucien is survived by his wife Judy, by 3 children, Becky Winblad (Kent) of Winfield, Robin Barbour of Winfield and Randy Barbour (Beth) of Prairie Village, grandkids Krista Boan (Scott) of Overland Park, Bret Winblad (Stevie) of Pittsburgh, PA, Cole Winblad (Ashley) of Winfield, Kendall Elam (Caleb) of Winfield, Katie Gomez of Winfield, Dryden Barbour of Manhattan, Hilary Barbour of Overland Park and Garrett Barbour of Lawrence, and by 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a niece, Dru Marseilles (Bill) of Edmund, OK.

While tennis was his passion and is the first thing Lucien is remembered for, his contributions to the Winfield community were possibly his greatest legacy. An active member of the Winfield Chamber of Commerce, he served on the City Commission in the 1980’s representing the City as Mayor on a goodwill trip to Winfield’s sister city in Israel. He was instrumental in building business owner support for the downtown improvement project in 1985. He actively pursued getting state highway funds to improve the transportation systems in Cowley County. He worked to build consensus on purchasing the old St. John’s College campus to improve facilities and amenities for Winfield residents. In fact, perhaps the greatest legacy he left his family, friends and community was his leadership in working together, compromising and building consensus of different interests, for the benefit of the community as a whole.

The Grace Episcopal Church in Winfield was an important part of Lucien’s life. He was an active lifelong member serving on the vestry numerous times and on the Endowment Fund committee.

The memorial service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at The Grace Episcopal Church in Winfield, 715 Millington, Winfield, Kansas. Condolences may be sent to swishertaylormorris@hotmail.com. Memorials can be made to The H. L. Barbour Scholarship Fund at Southwestern College or to the Grace Episcopal Church Endowment Fund.

Raymond Leon Alberts

AlbertsRaymond Leon Alberts, age 65, of Wichita, passed away September 23, 2014 at the Wesley Medical Center.

Services will be Saturday, September 27 at 12:30pm in Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola, Ks. Visitation will be 9am to 11am, Saturday at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home in Winfield. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com

Raymond was born February 28, 1949 in Jefferson City, MO, to Charles C. and Loreana M. (Branson) Alberts. He was raised and educated in Jefferson City.

He moved to Wichita in 1973 where he operated B & B Motors with a realtive. He was a mechanic and used car salesman. The business closed in 1995 and then he became an independent long haul truck driver. He retired in 2006 and was living at Southern Hills Retirement Center in Wichita.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers William D. and James E.

He is survived by brothers: Ronald C. of Hollywood, CA., Robert G. of Wichita, and Donald L. of Wichita. Sister, Dorothy J. Fletcher of Wichita.

Leland Orivel King, Jr.

Leland Orivel King, Jr., age 78, of Winfield, passed away August 8, 2014 at the Galichia Heart Hospital.King

Graveside services will be 10:30am Friday, August 15, 2014, in Forest Park Cemetery in Anthony, Ks. Visitation will be Thursday, from 3pm to 7pm, at the funeral home. There will be a family directed service at 5pm, friends are invited, at the funeral home. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Leland was born April 6, 1936 in Dewey, OK to Leland Orivel, Sr. and Martha Frances(Echols) King. The family moved to Winfield when he was eight. He attended local schools.

He married Myrna Lou Crum in February 1982. She passed away April 29, 2008.

He starting working, at a young age in various jobs related to construction, trucking, and oil field services. He worked for Butler Brothers for over 30 years. He worked off and on in the past few years and retired last year.

Leland, in his spare time, enjoyed participating in area rodeos. He loved to rebuild four wheelers and spending time with his children and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Preceded in death by his parents, his step mother Margaret Firebaugh King, his wife Myrna, brother Richard King, Sr., sister Georgia Parker, daughters; Terry Halstead, Jacqueline DeVaughn, Michelle King.

He is survived by his children; Ronda Thomas of Winfield, Samantha Moody of Wichita, April Berry of Winfield, Charles Shaw of Ark City. Connie King, Kimberly King, Angela Davis, Jaquline King and Lisa Perry, all of Winfield. Brothers and sisters; Mary Bailey of Dewey,OK, Carol Emmitt of Bartlesville, OK., Ben King, Sr. of Caney, KS and Norma Firebaugh of Winfield. Also by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews

Margaret A. Widler

WidlerMargaret A. Widler, 80, of Winfield died August 8, 2014 at William Newton Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service will be held August 16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.  A viewing will be held prior to the memorial service starting at 9:00 a.m.  A graveside service at Tannehill Cemetery will follow the memorial service.  Arrangements are by Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home.  Memorials have been established at Grace United Methodist Church and the Winfield Food Pantry.  Donations can be made at the memorial or through the funeral home. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com.

Margaret was born October 1, 1933 to Carl & Lola Letterman in Clarinda, IA.  She was the youngest of three girls.  She graduated in 1951 from Salina High School where she met her husband, Frank B. Widler. Frank and his family relocated to Winfield when he started college at Southwestern. After Frank and Margaret married on January 3, 1952 Margaret moved to Winfield as well.  Margaret worked as a secretary at the Winfield State Hospital for 36 years.  

As a young couple, Frank & Margaret enjoyed square dancing and playing bridge.  She enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s activities and performances.  Margaret was an avid reader and loved to watch movies both old and new. 

Margaret was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the America Legion Auxiliary, and Grace United Methodist Church. 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank; sister Mary Mitchell; son Michael Widler; and son-in-law Vic McClung.  She is survived by her daughter Jan McClung, grandchildren Shannon McClung, Erin McClung, Ashley & Daniel Goldak, & Allison & David Hughes; great grandchildren Cameron & Ian Goldak and Hannah Hughes; and sister Carlene Hindman. 

Dee Elizabeth Booth

BoothDee Elizabeth Booth, age 95, of Clovis, CA, passed away July 24, 2014 at the Willow Creek Health Care Center.

Graveside services will be Monday, August 4, 2014, 1:00pm in Highland Cemetery. No visitation. Condolences may be emailed to funeraldirector@stmfh.com. Swisher-Taylor & Morris FH in charge of services

Dee was born January 4, 1919 in Winfield, KS to William and Floy (Bolton) Hollingsworth. She was raised and educated in Winfield, graduating from Winfield High School in 1937.

After high school, Dee went to secretarial school and worked in New Orleans and Seattle, then settled in Fresno, CA. There she worked at North American Aviation in the mid 40's, which morphed into Grand Central Aircraft. Later she worked at Container Corporation and Valley Medical Center in Fresno.  She worked as a secretary for the City of Fresno Parks Recreation Department and later the Veterans Hospital in Fresno, as an executive secretary for the head of the psychiatry.  In Fresno, she raised two children, Paul and Pam.

Dee's hobbies included ballroom dancing, sewing, and cooking.

After a long retirement, Dee entered a retirement center in 2009 due to health issues. 

Dee is preceded in death by her parents, and 3 brothers; Wayne, Paul and Ralph Hollingsworth.

She is survived by daughter Pamela and spouse Fred Eickmeyer of Silverdale, WA., son Paul and spouse Margaret Nelson of Boise, Idaho. Sister – Ruth Harris of Winfield.

Dee had 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

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.

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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


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.