Cornelia Anna Fowler Burke

Cornelia Anna Fowler Burke, 80, resident of Kiowa, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 10, at the Kiowa District Hospital.

Born May 20th of 1937, Cornelia experienced some of her most precious years in Columbus, Texas. Growing up, she excelled as a tap dancer, choir singer and distinguished musician. Cornelia kept her deep love of music all throughout her life by playing piano and organ at her church, nursing homes and at family gatherings. She was confirmed into the Columbus Lutheran Congregation but later joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Because of Cornelia’s love for children, wherever she attended, she was greatly involved in Children’s’ Ministries. She attended college in San Marcos, Texas, and spent most of her adult life in Shreveport, Louisiana, working as an executive secretary and transcriptionist for law, medical and petroleum based industries.

Cornelia retired from KU Medical Hospital to settle in Kiowa many years ago to be closer to her children and grandchildren. For the past two years, she has enjoyed residing at the Kiowa District Manor. Most of her friends at the Manor will remember her contagious laugh, her willpower, and her deep love for Jesus. She enjoyed playing board games and puzzles, but most of all; she had true zeal for The Holy Word and her Savior.

Cornelia is preceded in death by her parents Renata and H.C. Fowler, and grandchildren Steven and Paul Cothran.

She is survived by her daughter Anna Seiden (husband Dwight) of Tyler, TX; her daughter Chantae Simpson (husband Roger) of Kiowa, KS; and her son James Burke (wife Peggy) of Kiowa, KS.

Cornelia is survived by her grandchildren: Rebecca Parratt (husband Smith) of Denton, TX; Kevin Seiden of Tyler, TX; Timothy Seiden (wife Brenda) of Tyler, TX; Amanda Seiden of Houston, TX; R.L. Simpson (wife Gabrielle) of Kiowa, KS; Greg Simpson (wife Rose) of Kiowa, KS; Michael Simpson (wife Ariel) of Kiowa, KS; Chalene Kramer (husband Mark) of Nome, AK and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Cornelia is also survived by her brother Ned William Fowler (wife Rosemary) of Beaumont, TX; her sister Renee Sheffield (husband Earl) of Anahuac, TX; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Her family will respect Cornelia’s wishes and she will be buried in Columbus, Texas where a graveside service will be held this spring. The family has asked that any memorials be given to The Freedom Gates Boys Ranch of Hazelton, Kansas, The Kiowa District Manor, or The American Cancer Society via the Pistol Packin’ Mammas.

We are anxiously awaiting Christ’s return to be reunited with this wonderful woman.

Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas. www.lanmanmemorials Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

Helen M. Hildebrand

Helen M. Hildebrand, 87, Joplin, entered into rest on Jan. 2, 2018 in Joplin, following a one month illness.

Helen was born Feb. 4, 1930 in Kiowa, Kansas, the daughter of Robert T. and Helen (Morris) Ishmael. Helen lived in Stark City, MO and moved to Neosho in 1983 and then in 2004, moved to Joplin.

She had worked as a teacher’s aide and bus driver for the State School for the handicapped, 1962-1992.

Helen was a founding member of the Neosho Chapter of the Bosom Buddies; she was active with the Newton County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life; Newcomers Club; Freeman Auxiliary; Joplin Chapter of the DAR and a former 4-H leader and enjoyed playing games, traveling and being with her family. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Joplin and was active in her church.

Helen and Robert ‘Bob’ Hildebrand were married on Nov. 26, 1949 in Kiowa, Kansas and he preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 2004.

She is survived by two daughters, Laurie Delano and husband, Gene of Joplin and Becky Armstrong and husband, Randy of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Mandy Armstrong of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Lance Armstrong and wife, Lauren of Woodbridge, Virginia and two great grandchildren, Tiberius and Gideon.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Ishmael, Jr. and Sam Ishmael.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2017 at 1 pm at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 2827 E. 32nd Street; Joplin, MO. The family will receive friends following the service until 3 pm at the church.

Contributions in memory of Helen may be made to Neosho Relay for Life for Bosom Buddies or Fellowship Baptist Church, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66; Neosho, MO 64850.

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Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO.

Stephen D. Mott

Our beloved Stephen D. Mott was born in Hardtner, Kansas on June 17, 1950 to Frank and Helen Mott and was raised on a farm near Kiowa along with his four siblings. During this period of his youth Stephen was baptized into the Christian faith on December 10, 1961.

He graduated from Kiowa High School in 1968 and went on to continue his education at Wichita State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1972.

Stephen put his education to use as an accountant in the gas and oil industries concluding his career in real estate as the personal accountant to the largest commercial real estate holder in Wichita and owner of Emprise Bank. He spent these years in Wichita with his wife, children, and usually a puppy.

Stephen married the love of his life, Suzanne Gee, on November 24, 1979, and together they were blessed with 38 years of happy marriage and two beautiful children. Aside from spending time with his family, his greatest joys in life were working outside, playing the piano, spreading his love of music to others, and going on countless adventures through his love of reading.

Retirement found Stephen longing to return to Kiowa where he built a home with his wife on the property he grew up on. He was known to all for his ceaseless generosity and kindness.

On December 21st of this year he was called home to meet his father, mother, and brother, Fred in heaven.

The light of his spirit is carried on by his wife, Suzanne of the home; children, Katie of New York City and Tyler of Wichita; grandchildren, Isabelle and Theodore of Wichita; sisters, Deanna Wetzel of Wichita and Darlene Cloyd (Buford) of Kiowa; brother, Roger Mott (Trice) of Hutchinson; sister-in-law, Deanna Mott of Kiowa; numerous nieces and nephews, and Cooper, the puppy of the home.

Stephen’s family will celebrate his life on the 28th of December at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church located at 205 N. 9th Street, Kiowa, KS 67070. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials through Lanman Funeral Home to the Kiowa Public Library.

Earleta N. Hedges-Selm

Earleta N. Hedges-Selm was born Dece.ber 3, 1935 and died on December 7, 2017.

She was raised in the Corwin area and graduated in 1953 from Hazelton High School. She lived on a farm outside of Attica, KS.

Survivors include a brother, Earnest G. Hedges of Sedalia, MO; son, Monte E. Brown of Attica, KS; niece Nicki R. Roff and son, Michial Roof of Pawnee Rock, KS.

Wilma J. Combrink

Wilma Jewel (Emmele) Combrink was born on August 9, 1920 at home in Hazelton, Kansas, the third child of Sebastian George (Ross) Emmele and Sylvia Jewel (Rule) Emmele. Wilma passed away on December 2, 2017 at the age of 97 years old.

On July 1, 1941 Wilma was united in marriage to David O. Combrink in Medicine Lodge, Kansas at the Methodist Parsonage. They were married for 68 years when David passed away February 16, 2010. While David was serving our country during WWII Wilma continued to work at the Hazelton State Bank, later the Farmer’s State Bank in Hazelton and lived with her parents. On October 26, 1942 their daughter, Carmen, was born. David was discharged from the service in November 1945, shortly after Carmen’s third birthday. Their son, Dennis was born August 26, 1947.

Wilma and David began farming the family farm upon his return from the service and farmed until 1992 when they started having health issues and assistance was needed. They lived on David’s Home Place from 1949 to 1979, moving to Kiowa at that time and living there until 2010 when David passed away. Wilma has lived at the Attica Long Term Care Facility for the last several years.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David; brother, Buford Emmele; sister, Wynema James; granddaughter, Joy Diann Combrink; nephew, Bruce Emmele; niece, Denise Emmele.

Wilma is survived by her daughter, Carmen (Dr. James) Stoneking of Plattsburg, Missouri and son, Dennis (Jeanne Ann) Combrink of Katy, Texas; grandchildren- Shelley (John) Wolfe, Gina (Ken) Leake, Michael Combrink, Donna (John) Juhl, Robin (Jeremy) Moore, Scott (Ellen) Combrink and Ryan Combrink; great grandchildren- Kyle and Kaitlyn Wolfe, Abby, Madison, Mallory, Gabriel, Marjorie and Emmele Leake, Sarah, Emma, Elizabeth and Seth Juhl, Lauren, Joshua, Matthew and Rebekah Moore, Noah, Micah, Isaiah, Eliyah and Josiah Combrink; nieces- Shari Nicholas, Gayla Reed, and Linda Wheelock, nephew- Kent Emmele.

Wilma attended school in Hazelton, Kansas and graduated from High School in 1938. She was active in school activities being a cheerleader for 4 years, learning to play tennis in the eighth grade and was District Champion her senior year. She also enjoyed playing softball. Wilma loved to sing and started singing solos when she was two years old in church and continued to sing for weddings, funerals, church choir, solos, duets, and quartets, including Christmas and Easter Cantatas. She was a collector of many things: stamps, coins, bells, thimbles and spoons. Wilma was a beautiful hand quilter and made quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren as well as other people in the community. She also enjoyed quilting with a group at the church and at the Senior Center.

Wilma was a very loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother with her life centered around her family. She was always involved in her children’s activities being a Community Leader in the Kiowa 4-H Club and supporting her children in other activities in which they were involved. As grandchildren and great grandchildren came along she and David would travel to see them in their activities as they were able.

Wilma loved to travel and David and she traveled to England, Switzerland, Monaco, Bahamas, Spain, Morocco, France, Germany, Venezuela and Mexico with various Farm Groups as well as seeing many states in the U.S. Wilma was a member of the Randolph Loving Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in Wichita and attended meetings there for many years holding some offices. She was very proud to be in this organization since she was an avid Genealogist and had researched her family and David’s family tree back several generations and traveled throughout the United States tracing records and visiting family.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Lanman Funeral Home Chapel in Kiowa, Kansas followed by graveside services at Kiowa Riverview Cemetery all under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

Wilma will be greatly missed by her family. We would like to thank the Attica Long Term Care for her care the last several years. Memorials may be made to Attica Long Term Care, Kiowa United Methodist Church or Barber County 4-H Foundation through the funeral home.

Gerald Bowman

Gerald Bowman, 83, of Cedar Falls, Iowa and formerly of Kiowa, Kansas, died Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa.

He was born June 7, 1934 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Edgar & Viva (Cyrus) Bowman. Gerald married Darlene Best August 1, 1953 in Pontiac. He worked for the water department in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He will be greatly missed as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Darlene Bowman, of Cedar Falls; two sons, Kenneth Lee Bowman of Milford, Michigan and James William Bowman of Purvis, Mississippi, two daughters, Connie Sue Jones of Hutchinson, Kansas and Gail (Pete) Murfey of Cedar Falls, Iowa; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gerald Bowman, Jr.; two brothers and five sisters.

Services will be held in late spring of 2018 in Kiowa, Kansas. Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, is assisting the family.

Jack H. Circle Jr.

Jack H. Circle, Jr. was born on June 17, 1956 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Jack Hobart Circle and Virginia Ann (Carden) Circle. Jack passed from this life on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home in Mounds, OK at the age of 61.

Jack received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wichita State University and spent his career at various positions in oil & gas pipeline design, construction, and services. At the time of his passing he was Vice-President of Pipelines at QPS Engineering, a pipeline services company.

Although an engineer by profession, Jack’s heart was in farming. He actively farmed land in the Hazelton, KS area for most of his adult life, starting with his parents’ land and adding to it over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Beth, of the home; 2 sons, Ryan Circle and Jake Circle both of Colorado; 2 sisters, Jan Circle of Ft. Worth, TX and Sara Circle of Wichita, KS and his beloved dogs, Lotto II, Bentley and Aspen.

Memorial service 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 11th at Ninde Brookside Chapel, 3841 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jack’s memory to the Humane Society of Tulsa, 6232 E. 60th St. Tulsa, OK 74135 ( or Sapulpa Furry Friends, P.O. Box 1083, Sapulpa, OK 74067 (

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LaVerne Lunsford
LaVerne (Colson) Lunsford, 94,  died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital Intermediate Care.
 She was born on April 17, 1923 with her twin sister, LaFerne, on the family farm eight miles northwest of Kiowa, Kansas in Barber County to William Edward Colson and Maggie Maude (Vannaman) Colson where she was raised with five brothers and three sisters.  She attended Mound Center School through the 8th grade.  She worked on the family farm and for neighbors until she married Everett Franklin Lunsford on her 18th birthday on April 17, 1941 at the Harper County Courthouse in Anthony, KS.  Making their home in Medicine Lodge, they raised three children: Bonnie Jean, Donald Franklin, and Dennis Wayne.  She was a homemaker and seamstress.
 She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 54 years, Everett “Pete” in 1995; five brothers, Thomas Edward Colson, John Willis Colson, Ray LeRoy “Bud” Colson, Wilbur Donald Colson, and Lawrence Everett Colson; two sisters, Irene May (Colson) Frederick and twin sister, LaFerne (Colson) Anderson.
 Surviving are one daughter, Bonnie and husband Gordon Heath of Attica, KS; two sons, Don and wife Shelly Lunsford of Wichita, KS and Dennis and wife Gayle Lunsford of Medicine Lodge, KS; one sister, Mary Alice (Colson) Gillum of Salina, KS; Ten grandchildren, Mike Heath of Soldotna, AK, Cheri (Heath) and husband Bret Ricke and Toni (Heath) and husband Eric Dark of Attica, KS, Scott Lunsford and Jefferey Lunsford of Wichita, KS, Bradley and wife Stacey Lunsford of Hesston, KS, Sarah and husband Chad Rafferty of Latrobe, PA, Steve and wife Sheila Lunsford of Pratt, KS, Nathan Wright of Salina, KS and Nikki and husband Jared Allen of Conway Springs, KS; Eighteen great-grandchildren, Ryan, Sam and Ava Dark, Brittany, Brooke, Brady, Brenna, and Baylee Ricke of Attica, KS, Daniel Heath of Soldotna, AK, Miles Brungardt and Kendra, Bristol and Beau Rafferty of Latrobe, PA, Dru and Dyllan Lunsford of Pratt, KS, Coyce Cloutier of Hesston, KS, and Jordy and Andi Allen of Conway Springs, KS; one great-great-grandson, Bronson Cole Hilton of Attica, KS; two sisters-in-law, Bessie Colson of Lebanon, MO and Pam Colson-Gottstein of Baldwin City, KS; a host of very special nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
 Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from Noon to 7:00 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6-7 p.m., at Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, KS with Pastor Tom Walters officiating.  Burial will be at the Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, KS.
 Memorials may be made to the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital Intermediate Care or the First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, KS in care of the funeral home.
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Virginia L. Dixon

Graveside service for Virginia L. Dixon will be Friday, October 20, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery with Pastor Ken Bowden officiating. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Thursday 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

Virginia Lee Dixon was born September 22, 1937 to Maggie (Pettay) Hunt and Clark Hunt at the Hardtner Hospital. She grew up in Kiowa and started waitressing at her mother’s cafe. She quit school in the 8th grade. She later told her great grandkids that she got kicked out because she had gotten too smart. She continued to work at cafés and was employed at Mabel’s café when she met her husband, Jerry “Tex” Dixon. They were joined in marriage on August 12, 1953 in New Mexico. They had one child, a daughter, Jerry Lee (Dixon) McNeal.

Virginia always loved cooking and enjoyed making big dinners for her family and trying out a new recipe from one of her many cookbooks. She loved plants and gardening and often made homemade jellies and would can the fruits and vegetables that she picked.

Virginia also loved going to auctions and garage sales to see what treasures she could find and who she would bump into to chat and reminisce with. She was an avid collector of unusual salt and pepper shakers and could tell you a story about every pain she had. She would often get together with her cousins and aunts to play cards and visit. She loved just going to town and visiting with the many friends that she would bump into.

Virginia was a very tough woman who struggled with numerous health issues over the years. She had several heart bypasses and fought thyroid cancer in 2003. After undergoing chemo treatment she beat her cancer. She lost her husband, “Tex” in 2008 and remained a strong support system for her family. She became diabetic and battled kidney disease until she just couldn’t fight anymore. She became very ill on August 5, 2017 and was admitted to the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. After a pacemaker and an unsuccessful attempt at dialysis she just wanted to come home and was transferred to the Kiowa District Hospital on September 5, 2017 where she could enjoy her friends and family. Virginia finally lost her battle on October 18, 2017. To sum it up she was a lovely lady to have known.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Dixon; her parents, Clark and Maggie Hunt; her brother, Bud Hunt.

Those who survive are her daughter, Jerry McNeal; two grandchildren, Joy Little and Aaron Bridwell and Jeremy McNeal and wife, Elonna; four great-grandchildren, Karlissa Little, Lexus Bridwell, Caylee Bridwell and Dakota Salazar and nephew, Darrell Hunt.

Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation or American Diabetes Association through the funeral home.

Dorothy Ellen Ferguson McNally 

May 31, 1924  –  October 11, 2017

Funeral service for Dorothy will be Thursday, October 19,  2017 at  1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hardtner, Kansas.  Burial will follow at Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Viewing will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the family present from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Memorials  may be given to Barber County 4-H Foundation or Hardtner United Methodist Church through the funeral home.  Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

Born on May 31, 1924 on the family farm, Dorothy Ellen Ferguson (93) was the oldest of five children for Walter and Edna Irwin Ferguson of rural Waynoka, Oklahoma.  She passed from this life on October 11, 2017 in Perry Oklahoma.  Her service will be held October 19, 2017 at the Methodist Church in Hardtner, Kansas, under the direction of the Lanman Funeral Home.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Preston Lewis McNally, one son, Michael Lynn McNally and two sisters, Doris Henson and Lois Finch Jantzen.

She is survived by her brother, Garold Ferguson (Becky) of Chickasaw, Oklahoma; her sister, Carol Jean Cooper (Bill) of Stillwater, Oklahoma; daughter, Pat McNally (Jim Rutledge) of Stillwater, Oklahoma; son, Les McNally (Lynette) of Hugoton, Kansas; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy attended the Pleasant Hill rural grade school and graduated from the Waynoka High School in 1943.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Preston McNally of Waynoka on January 6, 1944.  To this union were born three children:  Patricia Ann, Michael Lynn and Leslie Gene.

In 1950, Preston and Dorothy moved from Waynoka to the Union Chapel community northwest of Hardtner, Kansas, to engage in farming and ranching.  In 1965, the family moved to Hardtner while continuing their farming and ranching operations.  Throughout the years, Dorothy was a member of the Union Chapel Ladies Aid, Flying Eagle H.D.U, Stateline American Legion Auxiliary, and Methodist Church and served as the Community Club Leader for the Lone Eagle 4-H Club and Stateline 4-H Club.  She was instrumental in co-coordinating the annual July 4th Veterans Program, starting in 1993.

In 2011, Dorothy moved to Stillwater and lived with her daughter, then at Golden Oaks Assisted Living in Stillwater and at Green Valley Nursing Home in Perry until her death.  Known for her quick wit, pleasant personality, her graciousness and gratitude, Dorothy was truly loved by her many health care providers, family, friends and neighbors.

Bert Richard Hunter

June 27, 1937 – October 9, 2017

Medford-Funeral service will be Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Pond Creek First Baptist Church. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hazelton, Kansas with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Medford. Viewing will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 until 7:00. Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

Bert Richard Hunter was born on June 27, 1937 in Anthony, Kansas to Hugh Richard Hunter and Ruth Opal (Whaley) Hunter. He entered into eternal life on Monday, October 9, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ellen Ruiz.

He is survived by his children, Steven Hunter of Wichita, Kansas,  Tina and Rich Hunter of Clearwater, Kansas, Stephanie and Jason Shockey of Medford,  Oklahoma,  Stacie Davis of Ellsworth, Kansas,  and Michael and Dessa Hunter of Blackwell,  Oklahoma; brother, Clifford and Ona Hunter of Platte, South Dakota. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Richard grew up and attended school in Hazelton, Kansas. He attended Hazelton High and graduated as valedictorian in 1955. Following graduation, he worked at the service station in Kiowa, Kansas where he became involved with building and racing drag cars. He was known as having the fastest ’57 Chevy in Kiowa, Kansas even going on and setting the national speed record of 99.77 miles per hour in 1958. While working at the service station he also served in the Reserve National Guard and later joined the Army in 1959 where he served until his honorable discharge in 1965.

Following his military service, he started working for John Deere in Kiowa, Kansas part time while running a dairy farm in Sharon, Kansas. He continued to work at various John Deere stores before eventually moving to Medford, Oklahoma in the early 80’s. At this time, he began studying ministry at Oklahoma Baptist University where he later graduated with a degree in ministry. 

He continued working for John Deere as a Part’s Manager for forty plus years retiring from John Deere Northern Equipment in Enid, Oklahoma. 

His love for racing continued after retirement, where he and his long-time friend,  Bill Loch,  traveled the roads of Kansas and Oklahoma attending many races with the anticipation of the Chili Bowl Nationals every January in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

When he wasn’t sitting in the bleachers of the local racetracks, he was spending precious time with his grandkids and great grandkids. 

Richard was a strong and devoted servant for the Lord.  He was well respected and liked by many people.  During the tough times, he kept his faith in the Lord and never wavered in that faith.  He will be deeply missed, but is now at peace and in a better place.

Memorials may be given to Pond Creek Baptist Church through the funeral home.

Edwin Leon Bergner
Edwin Leon Bergner, son of the late Lorace Lee and Doris Lee (Paris) Bergner, was born March 5, 1957, at Kiowa, Kansas, and passed away September 30, 2017, at Alva, Oklahoma, at the age of 60 years, 6 months, and 25 days. He was cremated at his request under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Ed was a graduate of Carmen High School and graduated from Alva VoTech with a degree in diesel mechanics. On December 28, 2010, he was united in marriage to Lesa Mae Houston. He lived in the Dacoma area most of his life and worked as a pumper for Chesapeake.
He really enjoyed being around his children, grandchildren, and bonus children. He enjoyed motorcycles and tractors. He was also a man with many friends who were very special to him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Bergner.
Ed is survived by his wife, Lesa, of Dacoma; two sons, Kyle Bergner and wife, Marque, of Alva, and Matthew Bergner and wife, April, of Wilcox, Nebraska; one daughter, Vanessa Pracht of Kearney, Nebraska; two bonus children, Maggie Schoeling of Grapevine, Texas, and Morgan Stupka and husband, Brandon, of McPherson, Kansas; one brother, Dale Bergner and wife, Christy, of Enid; and two sisters, Donna Bergner of Enid, and Joy Decker and husband, Jerry, of Enid.
Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Tanner Bergner of Colorado, Tasha Bergner of Woodward, Halah and Kajia Canaan, both of Alva, Peyton Bergner of Wilcox, Nebraska, and Drace and Demory Stupka, both of McPherson, Kansas; other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Northwest Family Services or to the Cherokee Elementary School.
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Rella Sanberry

Funeral service for Rella Sanberry will be Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Lanman Chapel in Kiowa.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Facebook:  Lanman Funeral Home Inc.  Viewing will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Rella Sanberry was born June 24, 1931 in Alva, Oklahoma to parents, William Murrow and Dora Eisenhower Murrow and passed from this life September 20, 2017 in Attica, Kansas.  She was a lifelong resident of Kiowa and contributed much to Kiowa and surrounding communities.  She and George Courson married and they had four children, Sue, Dale, Betty and Dean.  George preceded her in death and after a time, she and Ted Sanberry were married.  Rella worked many years as a Nurse Aid and then in Home Health Care with many families requesting her services because of the wonderful care she gave their loved ones.  She was talented in the craft area.  Rella painted on anything she chose to paint.  She crocheted and made wood crafts as well.  She was very skilled with tools, especially her table saw.  Being an athletic person, she had played basketball and baseball and had been great at bowling.

Rella is preceded in death by her first husband, George Courson; sisters, Pat, Edna and Lou and one brother, Gerald.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ted Sanberry of Kiowa; four children, Sue Carlisle of San Angelo, Texas, Dale Courson and wife, Luann of Alva, Oklahoma, Betty Schmidt and husband, Doug of Sharon, Kansas and Dean Courson and wife, Judy of Kiowa, Kansas; forty-seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one brother, Bud Morrow of Kiowa, Kansas and one sister, Wildora Zednick of Texas.

Jean Mikita
Jean Mikita, age 87, died at Brookdale Assisted Living Center on September 16th, 2017

Born December 2nd, 1929 in Hardtner, KS, she lived in Westmont, IL and worked for the Village of Westmont, IL until retiring in 1995 to Albuquerque, NM. In her retirement, she enjoyed hiking, traveling and family.Survivors include her cousin, John M. Wetz of Woodbury, MN, niece, Mrs. Deanne K. Avery of Aurora, Co, great-niece, Mrs. Mindy M Odneal of Aurora, CO, and great-nephew, Sean C. Holland of Anaheim, CA. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, William Mikita, parents, Bethel and Gertrude Young, sister, Marjorie N. Reynolds, and niece, Karen L. Miller.

Interment will be held at the Hardtner Kansas Cemetery on Thursday, September 28th at 11:00am. Relatives and friends are welcome.

Winona A. McNamar
 Winona Adell (Patterson) McNamar, 85, of Medicine Lodge, KS, died Friday, September 8, 2017 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge, KS.
 She was born on December 31, 1931 in Anthony, KS, the daughter of Floyd Edgar Patterson and Ethel Viola (Blowey) Patterson.  On December 2, 1950, she married Darrel L. McNamar in Enid, OK.  He preceded her in death on March 30, 2017.
 Winona was a 1949 graduate and valedictorian of Manchester High School, Manchester, OK.  She was the owner of The Carousel Dress Shop in Medicine Lodge, KS and co-owner and bookkeeper of McNamar’s LP Gas.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS and the United Methodist Women.
 Surviving are one son, Jerry (Patricia) McNamar of Kiowa, KS; one daughter, Dana Jacobs of Medicine Lodge, KS; three grandchildren, Bart Nichols, Matthew McNamar, & Kenneth McNamar; seven great-grandchildren, Madilynn, Cole McLain, Teale Cassidy, & Landon Nichols, Anita-Dawn, Victoria, & Kacie Fagan; one great-great grandson, Brandon Lambert; one brother, Keith Patterson of Wellington, KS.
 Winona was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Darrel, one grandson, Brock Nichols, one brother, Wendell Patterson, & three sisters, Winefred Patterson Love, Joy Patterson Oneth, & Wilma Patterson George.
 Visitation will be on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS with Pastor Paul Stephens and Pastor Tom Walters officiating.  Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony, KS.
 Memorials may be made to the Barber County 4-H Foundation or the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS in care of the funeral home.
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Donald B. “Brad” Bryant

Donald Bradford “Brad” Bryant, 66, of Kiowa, KS, entered into eternal rest September 4, 2017 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, KS

He was born on August 21, 1951 in Hardtner, KS, the son of D.D. “Buck” Bryant and Mildred (Willig) Bryant. On June 5, 1980 he married Valerie (Holmes) Bryant, to this union four daughters were born.

He graduated from Kiowa High School and attended Pratt Community College.

He worked on the family farm until it was sold, then assisted Bill and Jeanine Fullerton on their farm. He owned/co-operated Val’s Daylight Donut Shop in Kiowa for nearly 30 years.

Brad was so proud of his girls. He enjoyed gardening and repairing things, was a huge OU football fan, and adored his dogs. He was a member of the Congregational UCC.

Surviving are his wife, Val, of the home; his daughters, Nicky (Chad) Bryant of Kiowa, KS; Alisha (Bill) Murrow of Burlington, OK, Stephanie (Jason) Bryant of Hutchinson, KS, & Lacey (Louis) Bryant of Chicago, IL; his sisters, Dorothy (Ernie) Bryant Bastin of Albany, OH, Delores Diel of Kiowa, KS, & Debbie (Kryz) Glomski of Springfield, SC; his mother-in-law, Patsy Holmes; four grandchildren, Cullen, Jayli, Gwinn, & Preston; two step-grandchildren, Tina & Sam, & numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Ron Holmes and his brother-in-law, Rex Diel.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at the Kiowa United Methodist Church, Kiowa, KS with Pastor Margaret Johnson & Pat Myers officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Kiowa United Methodist Church,205 N 9th St, Kiowa, KS 67070.

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William James “Bill” Bernard

Friday August 18, 2017 four days after his 83rd birthday, William James “Bill” Bernard passed away at the Serenity Hospice Center in Peoria, AZ due to a prolonged illness. Born in Chicago, Illinois to Tessie and John Bernard.

After attending Roosevelt University Bill served in the army with a medical supply unit during the late 50’s. He had a long term career with Whirlpool Research and Development and Trans Fresh. He travelled extensively on business in Europe and Asia where he developed a fondness for Hong Kong. His expertise centered on modified atmosphere packaging of fresh foods and became a west coast dealer for the machinery and plastics used in this process. He recorded his travels through photography, a hobby of his.

An avid tennis player in the late 70’s thru 2005, he also enjoyed boating and years of friendships and raftups on the California Delta He also enjoyed collecting and restoring vintage slot machines.

Bill had many many friends whom he treasured. His trademark sense of humor never deserted him.

He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara Taylor Bernard of 22 years, children Kristen and Adam, stepson Darin, grandson Henry and companion cat Toots.

A celebration of life will be held for Bill at his home in Surprise, Arizona October 17. As one long time friend put it simply, he was a good man, he will be sorely missed.

Gary Duane Benfield

August 5, 1948 ~ September 3, 2017

Gary Duane Benfield was born August 5, 1948 in Alva, Oklahoma the son of James Grier and Ina Mae (Warren) Benfield.  He completed this life of Sunday, September 3, 2017 in Oklahoma City at the age of 69.

Gary graduated high school at South Barber County High School in 1966 and received his Bachelors degree from Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, Kansas.  He retired as a sales representative for Sysco Foodservice of Oklahoma in 2014.

He is survived by his wife  of 38 years, Shirleta; his sister, Gloria Wolf of Elk Falls, KS; his brother and sister-in-laws, Wynema New, Faye Ryder, Valois Shuler and Jerry Ryder all of Lawton, OK; A. J. Ryder of Cache, OK, Bobby Ryder of Wichita, KS, Sharon Phelps of Houston, TX and Sandy Hannington of Oklahoma City.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary found an appropriate way to unite his love of hiking, camping and photography and became an excellent landscape photographer in the process.  His work has been displayed in various venues including the Wichita Mountains Visitors Center and Oklahoma Wildlife Magazine.

Gary was an avid pursuer of the “perfect bowl  of chili”, participating in multiple competitions  and winning a fair share of them.  Gary qualified and participated in two World Championship Chili Cook-offs.

Of all the places Gary and Shirleta traveled, Gary most loved New Mexico, the quaint little town of Chimayo held a special place in his heart.

Gary was a good brother, a good friend and husband and will be missed immensely.

Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Thursday, September 7th in the Vondel Smith Mortuary North Chapel, 13125 N. MacArthur Blvd.  Burial will be at 2:30 pm in the Highland Cemetery in Lawton, OK.

The family requests that memorials be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis Research, 825 NE 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

Heather Linn Gilbert

Heather Linn Gilbert, age 40, of Wichita, homemaker, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, August 27, from 3 pm to 6 pm at Kiwanis Park, 5101 W. 2nd St.

Heather was born July 20, 1977 in Kiowa, KS to Carol and Leon Gashler. She attended South Barber schools and graduated with the SBHS Class of 1995.

She attended college and received several degrees and worked with disabled and special needs children. She became a foster parent and adopted two daughters before she and her husband, Ronmel, had a child of their own.

She is preceded in death by her father, Leon Gashler; stepfather, Richard Wenzel; grandparents, Leo and Anna Gashler and Raymond Kowalke.

Survivors: husband, Ronmel; son, Jay-Shaun; daughters, Sanaa Jayde, and Samaya Linn; mother, Carol Wenzel; grandmother, Evelyn Kowalke; brother, Doug Gashler (Kim), John Gashler, of Arkansas City; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Benjamin Steinmetz

Benjamin Steinmetz, 94, longtime resident of Kiowa, Kansas, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 5, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born February 19, 1923 in Kulm, North Dakota to Solomon and Katherine (Gebhardt) Steinmetz.

Ben attended elementary school in Kulm where he learned English at the age of nine, having spoken only German until then. Ben worked on the family farm that he later purchased and owned for many years.

A severe drought in Kulm prompted Ben, as a teenager, to work his way south to work on a farm around Scott City, Kansas and then Kiowa. In Kiowa he worked for Sam Schrock and Humphrey Implement.

Ben enjoyed reminiscing about hunting in North Dakota when the drought was over and selling the pelts to furriers for sale in the east. He eventually bought his first combine and started a 40 year, successful career, as Steinmetz Harvesting.

Ben was a pilot and member of the Kiowa Flying Club. He spoke often of learning to fly and his many experiences. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity for 63 years. Ben was also a world traveler having visited every continent other than Antarctica. He often showed and narrated his travel slides for many organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marie Caldwell and Hannah Gulke; brothers, Alexander, Sam, Emil and Jacob Steinmetz.

A graveside Masonic service was held Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery, Kiowa, Kansas. Memorials may be given to Friends of Kiowa District Hospital and Manor Foundation, Inc. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Monte R. Warrington

HUTCHINSON- Monte Ray Warrington, “Gold Diesel”, 69, died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Via Christi on St. Francis Campus, Wichita. He was born October 7, 1947, in Hardtner, Kansas, the son of Harry and Pauline (Coggins) Warrington. Monte graduated from Kiowa High School in 1965. He worked for 50 years as a truck driver, first as an independent owner/operator, and then driving for Farmers Oil Company in Anthony and Consolidated Manufacturing in Hutchinson. After retirement, he worked for C & S Rolloff Service of Hutchinson. Monte enjoyed motorcycling, fishing and auto racing and was a member of Journey Mennonite Church@South Hutchinson.

On October 24, 1975, he married Connie Rae Yutzy at South Hutchinson Mennonite Church. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include: daughters, Christy Reihs (Jeff) of Haven, Jennifer Kurtz (John) of Hutchinson; son, Darin Warrington of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren, Garrett, Savannah, and Cheyenne Reihs; brother, Jerry Warrington (Annette) of Hutchinson; sister, Ruth Hawkins of Wichita; sisters-in-law, Cathy Warrington of Howard, Vickie Warrington of Hutchinson, Patsy Thomas (Larry) of Aline, Oklahoma, Myrna Christiansen of Hutchinson, Gloria Hall (Steve) of Hutchinson, Stella Riney of Haven; mother-in-law, Vida Yutzy of Hutchinson; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many great friends.

Monte was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Robert, Don, Larry, Russell, David, Ron; sister, Carol Weidkamp; father-in-law, Fred Yutzy; brothers-in-law, James Yutzy and Jeff Hawkins; and nephew, Jay Christiansen.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Journey Mennonite Church, 808 S. Poplar, South Hutchinson, with Pastor Eric Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery, Darlow. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Reno County Toys for Tots or the Jubilee Fund at the church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Helen Jane “Scrub” Parker Roy

November 4, 1939  –  July 22, 2017

Helen was born on November 4, 1939 to parents Paul and Ruth Parker in Kiowa, Kansas  and passed from this life at the age of 77 on July 22, 2017 in Wichita, Kansas. Helen was a homemaker, a member of the Eastern Star and loved to bowl and go to luncheons with her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Richard Parker.

Survivors include her loving husband, Wayne Roy; daughters, Liz Holton and husband, Greg, Roberta Heydenreich and husband, Devin and Cindy Clark and husband, Neil and six grandchildren.

A memorial service for Helen was held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Broadway Mortuary in Wichita, Kansas.  She was cremated and has been placed by her family in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery in Cherokee, Oklahoma.  Arrangements were by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.  Facebook:  Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

Allen B. Babb

Hazelton resident, Allen B. Babb, 58, lost his life Tuesday afternoon, July 25, 2017, in a tragic car accident.

He is survived by his wife, Sheri’ Babb, 3 daughters: Manda Sahadi, Adrienne Davis, and Mary Dunz, 8 grandchildren: Faina, Ava, Marley, Beau, Jack, Evan, Owen, and Ruby, and his brother by choice, Darwin Gates. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Mary Babb.

Allen was born November 20, 1958 in Pontiac, MI, but was raised primarily in Corwin, KS. He attended Barber County schools and graduated from South Barber High School in 1977.

In 1989, he met the love of his life and 2 oldest daughters while working in Arkansas. Shortly after, they welcomed their youngest daughter and completed their family.

Allen and Sheri, together for 28 years, had a strong marriage built on a foundation of love and faith in the Lord. Allen recently rededicated his life to God.

He was an active member of the Masons, serving 3 lodges: Delta #77 of Medicine Lodge, Cosmos #278 of Kiowa, and Anthony #300 of Anthony. As a Mason, he held many positions and he took each role seriously. He was also a dedicated member of the Kansas Order of the Eastern Star, and was currently serving as Worthy Patron of Lorraine Chapter 39 of Medicine Lodge, a role that he delighted in.

Additionally, he found purpose in working with the young men at the Freedom Gates Boys Ranch and helping them develop a relationship with the Lord. He found great comfort in the congregation of Community Bible Fellowship. All accomplishments aside, being a loving husband, father, and Popo was the greatest joy of his life.

Allen never met a stranger and touched the lives of anyone who knew him because of the lasting impression he made and his unique sense of humor. His loss impacted the entire community, and he will be greatly missed.

Mark R. Mathews

June 21, 1955    July 14, 2017

Graveside service for Mark R. Mathews, 62, will be Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery near Hazelton, Kansas. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Mark was the third child of the late Harvey and Wilda McReynolds Mathews and lived in Barber County all of his life.  He was a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Agricultural Sciences.  While at K-State Mark became a member of Alpha Taw Omega Fraternity.  Mark loved his horses, while also farming and ranching on the family homestead near Sharon.  He enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends in the morning and playing cards on some evenings with them.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Kristi Lou Gass and Stephen Brent Mathews.

He is survived by a sister, Harva Leigh Lambert (Bill); a brother, Michael Scott Mathews (Becky); a brother-in-law, Larry Dean Gass (Lynda) and nine nieces and nephews and their families.

Mark will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Barber County Rural Fire Association through the funeral home.

Raymond Eugene Schmidt

Ray was the first born son to Richard (Rich) and Frances “Ricke” Schmidt in Barber County, Kansas on September 27, 1928 and passed from this life on June 30, 2017 in Harper, Kansas.

Ray was the oldest of a family of nine. “The Depression” years helped mold this wonderful person into a hard-working, dependable, honest gentleman. He had to hold down the farm to feed the gang as he attended country school for his 3 R’s and self-taught everything else he learned.

Ray served his country in the Korean War, returned to start a new life off the farm. He met his future wife, Eileen in North Dakota, married and started a family. Ray’s career was a lifetime time of welding while raising a family of four: three boys, Doug, Dan and David and one girl, Deanna. Keeping the farmers and oil field happy on 24 hour call was just a part of his busy days.

He also served as mayor of Sharon for many years, was an active member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, cemetery committee, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, volunteer fireman and always a neighbor willing to help anyone in need.

A true man of God. Sitting a good example to all!

He is survived by his wife, Eileen; children, Doug and wife, Betty, Dan and wife, Dee, David and wife, Karen and Deanna and husband, Kevin; nine grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; two brothers and five sisters.

He was preceded in death by sister, Merida; granddaughter, Hope; sister-in-law, Marilyn Keller, brother-in-law, Father Hale Stockert.

Memorial service for Raymond will be Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St Boniface Catholic Church in Sharon, Kansas and Rosary will be Friday, July 7, 2017 at the church at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Memorials may be given to Heartland Hospice or St. Boniface Cemetery through the funeral home.

Beulah Adams

Feb. 24, 1921 – June 1, 2017

Hardtner, Kansas-Beulah Blanche (Baier) Adams passed from this life on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Kiowa Hospital District Manor.

Her funeral service will be Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hardtner with Pastor Debbie Fink officiating. Burial will follow in Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 4, 2017 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Lanman Funeral Home in Kiowa. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Beulah was born at Medicine Lodge on February 24, 1921 to George and Ella (Warrington) Baier. She attended and graduated from Medicine Lodge Schools. On September 8, 1940 she and Gwynne Adams were united in marriage. Beulah was an active member of Union Chapel before moving to Hardtner. She was active in the Hardtner Senior Center and worked in the Food Stand at the County Fair for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marge (Baier) Lukens.

Beulah is survived by a brother, Sam Baier and a sister, Donna Garten of Medicine Lodge; three sons, Eddie Adams and wife, Marsha of Alva, Oklahoma, Jim Adams and wife, Mary Jane of Manhattan, Kansas, John Adams and wife, Charlene of Edmond, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren plus numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Hardtner or the Barber County 4-H Foundation through the funeral home.

Samuel H. Humes

Samuel H. Humes, 78, of Westmoreland, Kansas passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the Via Christi Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas.

Sam was born in Alva, OK on February 13, 1938, the son of the late Juanita (Shepler) and Claude Humes, Sr. He was united in marriage to Freda (Jackson) Humes, who precedes him in death.

Sam served in the U.S. Army and after his discharge he worked as a ranch hand and then worked custom harvest until he retired.

Sam is survived by a brother, Floyd Humes, of Larmar, MO; stepdaughter, Cynthia Zeigler of Burr Oak, KS; grandchildren and great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Freda; stepdaughter, Rita Johnson; brothers, Earl Claud Jr.; sisters, Lillian Colaged and Nora Watkins.

The family will lay Sam to rest at Kiowa’s Riverview Cemetery on Sunday, June 11, at 11:00 a.m.

Ira M. “Marty” Campbell

1944 ~ 2017

Ira Martin “Marty” Campbell was born July 14, 1944 in Springdale, Arkansas, one of four sons born to J. Clarence and Maude Ruth (Franklin) Campbell. He grew up in Anthony, Kansas.

After school, Marty worked on power towers, at Kelly’s Salvage in Harper and did a lot of woodworking.

In 1964, Marty was blessed with his first daughter, Sonya, followed by Carla in 1972 and Jennifer in 1977. In 1983, Marty met Glynda Hammans and they were blessed with one son, Gavyn.

In 1986, he moved from Anthony to Winfield where he began his career as a nurse aide at the State Hospital. In 1990, Marty received an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Coffeyville Community College. In 1992, he became a certified nurse aide and went to work at a nursing agency, working wherever he was called to, until retiring in 2013. Marty and Glynda lived in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma before moving to Kiowa in 2001.

In 1993, Marty was proud to become a grandpa and enjoyed welcoming his 12 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. He and Glynda enjoyed traveling, which included several trips to Graceland, as they were both avid Elvis fans.

On May 24, 2017, Marty passed away in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 10 days. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers: Burl, Bennie and Larry.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Glynda Hammans; his children: Sonya Kunesh, Carla Campbell and husband, Chad Tombleson, Jennifer Campbell, Gavyn Hammans and wife, Samantha, and stepdaughter, Gaye Little; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony with Brian Campbell, Marty’s nephew, leading the service. Musical selections included “Amazing Grace,” sang by his granddaughter, Jayde Tombleson, “How Great Thou Art,” recorded by Elvis Presley, “It Is Well With My Soul,” recorded by the Gatlin Brothers, and “The Old Rugged Cross,” recorded by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Cremation took place following the service. Honorary urn bearers were Matthew Campbell, Dwight Campbell, Autsin Allen, Reece Campbell, Zach Gehrer, Andrew Campbell and Gunner Hammans.

Memorials may be made to the Ira Campbell Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, was in charge of arrangements.

Winferd Roy Harmon

Winferd Roy Harmon (Winnie) was born to William Henry and Lucinda Victoria Harmon on April 2, 1926, on a farm north of Mullinville, Kansas, during the snowstorm of 1926. He died on May 24, 2017, at the age of 91 in Kiowa, Kansas. His was a life well lived. We rejoice in knowing that he trusted in Jesus as his Savior at the age of 82.

During the dust bowl in 1933, William and Lucinda moved Winnie and his sister, Evelyn Marie, to Greensburg, Kansas. His father worked as an electrician for the City of Greensburg and wired the Hand-Dug Well. Winnie was a Boy Scout and played both football and basketball in high school. During his senior year, he received a letter that would impact him the remainder of his days. He was to be inducted into the United States Army to serve in World War II. He graduated from Greensburg High School in 1944 and soon departed for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Winnie was trained to shoot airplanes out of the sky with a 40 MM anti-aircraft gun. He was assigned to the 77th Infantry Division where he underwent jungle training in Hawaii, which was no vacation spot at the time. He then spent several months in Saipan. He was shipped to Okinawa where his division made the final assault on the Shuri Line and they conquered the most defended stronghold, Shuri Castle. This was a day that never left him. After the war in Okinawa was over, he was shipped to Cebu Island in the Philippines. The Japanese soon surrendered and the war was finally over. He did occupation duty on the Island of Hokkaido and spent several months in Tokyo, Japan. Winnie received an Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant on August 8, 1946. We are proud of his service to our country. He was a very good soldier who did what he was trained to do, though he never shot a single airplane out of the sky!

After he returned home, Winnie moved to Dodge City, Kansas, to work for his uncle at the Nash Garage. He later worked for Winter Feed Yard as their office manager for 32 years where he was well respected by the owners and fellow employees. Winnie enjoyed the cattle business until he retired in 1988.

On August 15, 1948, Winnie married the love of his life, Gladys Joyce Meredith. They celebrated 68 years together; 56 years in Dodge City and 12 years in Derby, KS. Winnie and Gladys built three homes together, doing the majority of the work themselves. He was passionate about gardening, nurturing his many fruit trees, and fishing. He played cards, chess, and horseshoes. Winnie was a kind man who loved his family, enjoyed his friends, and saw the best in others. His greatest joy has been his children and his grandchildren, and he was always active in their lives. To him, the only thing better than babies was more babies!

Winferd is survived by his sister, Evelyn Ireland, Bremerton, Washington; his children, Joyce Moore, Livermore, California; Leesa Mott (Craig), Kiowa, Kansas; Meredith Harmon (Debbie), Omaha, Nebraska; Beth McKee (Ray), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; an abundance of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lucinda; wife, Gladys; infant granddaughter, Breanna McKee; son-in-law, Lex Eckert; brother-in-law, John Vanausdall; and brother-in-law, Wendell Ireland.

A graveside service with Military Honors will be held May 27, 2017, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Mullinville, Kansas, at 10:00 a.m. Winferd will be laid to rest next to his parents and his wife. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

In lieu of flowers, please support our veterans by making your check payable to “Wounded Warrior Project” and mail it to Lanman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 42, Kiowa, Kansas 67070, in memory of Winferd R. Harmon.

Glenn A. Ricke
Glenn Arlen Ricke, 78, of Medicine Lodge, KS, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS.
He was born in Anthony, KS on November 11, 1938, the son of Theodore H. Ricke and Violet J. (Bowman) Ricke.  On March 7, 1964 he married Jana (Sippel) Ricke in Medicine Lodge, KS.  She survives.
Glenn was the owner/operator of Ricke Service in Medicine Lodge, KS, which he started in 1980.  He was a member of the First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, KS the Medicine Lodge Fire Department, the American Legion, Isabel, KS, and the Jaycees, Medicine Lodge, KS.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Jana Ricke, are two sons, Arlen (Leah) Ricke of Falls Church, VA & Kevin (Sharon) Ricke of Warsaw, MO; one daughter, Stacy (Ed) Doherty of Medicine Lodge, KS; five grandchildren, Tiffani (Matt), Casey (Abbi), Kathryn, Marissa, & Michelle; five great-grandchildren, Lakota, Chayce, Derrick, Tucker, & Thomas; three brothers, Jim (Juanita) Ricke of Medicine Lodge, KS; Frank Ricke of Medicine Lodge, KS, & Paul “Whitey” (Donna) Ricke of Hazelton, KS; two sisters, Wanda (John) Harding of Medicine Lodge, KS & Fonda (Ed) Lawrence of Norton, KS.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Joseph Ricke, two brothers, Bob & Ted “Boots” Ricke, and two sisters, Dottie Miller & Lois Ann Watt.
Visitation will be on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, KS with Pastor Tom Walters officiating.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Kiowa, KS with military honors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
The family will gather at the Catholic Parish Hall in Kiowa, KS after the burial.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the First Christian Church in care of the funeral home.
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Marcella G. Patterson

1931 ~ 2017

Marcella Glee Hanna Patterson was born at the Galloway hospital in Anthony, KS on July 5, 1931. She was the only child of Ormonde and Leota (Varnum) Hanna. Marcella was an excellent student and finished her time at Corwin elementary school and Attica High school a year early with the class of ‘47.

Through her childhood Marcella learned to play the piano and spent many hours practicing. This talent served her well over the years as she taught piano lessons, accompanied many solos, groups and ensembles. For many years she was the church pianist or organist at the Corwin or Hopewell Presbyterian churches where she attended. Music was always a large part of Marcella’s life.

Marcella attended Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina and later NWOSU at Alva OK. She then taught at Corwin Elementary School.

On August 14, 1949, Marcella was united in marriage with Phillip Patterson at Corwin, Kansas. To this union six children were born: Randy, Christie, Cathy, Ronnie, Rocky and Cari Jo. For a few years a cousin, Kedzie Patterson Ratcliffe, lived with Phillip and Marcella, and remained a special part of the family to this day.

Phillip was a farmer and rancher and Marcella was probably best known for feeding everyone that worked on the farm and anyone that might be passing through. Marcella showed her love through food and the more people she could gather at her kitchen table, the happier she was. Marcella was always on the go and always willing to take anyone to appointments and to help her friends and neighbors in any way she could.

Marcella was involved in many kid related activities as the children grew up. Most notably, she was the Community Leader of the Goldenrule 4-H club for over 30 years helping many, many kids with projects, talks and concession stands through that time.

One of her greatest joys was keeping books for the Kansas High School Rodeo Association for thirty years. Some of Marcella’s fondest memories were made at Kansas high school rodeos. She enjoyed all levels of rodeo, for many, many years. Watching Rocky win one of his World Titles in Steer Roping was a highlight of her life.

Marcella was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Eta Alpha Sorority and the Hopewell Presbyterian church.

Phillip and Marcella enjoyed many camping trips with Dutch and Helen Cantrell across the United States. Playing cards and dominoes with the Holcomb’s or Pete and Hazel Cantrell was also a regular fun family activity! They also kept a close friendship with Jack and Nellie Robinson.

Through the years, Ronnie helped Phillip on the farm. Phillip eventually retired. On January 3, 2009 Phillip and Marcella moved to Anthony. Phillip passed away on April 11, 2009 and Marcella enjoyed going out to eat and playing cards with her friends.

Marcella passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Harper Hospital at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phillip; granddaughters Morgan Piehl Elliott and Jana Lynne Mackey; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Peggy Catlin and Rudy Gerberding.

She will be deeply missed by her children: Randy Patterson of Anthony, Christie Brungardt and husband, Curt, of Hays, Cathy Spicer of Anthony, Ronnie Patterson of Anthony, Rocky Patterson and wife, Shelly, of Pratt, and Cari Jo Base and husband, Jeff, of Kingman; 16 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; also a sister-in-law, Phyllis Gerberding of Caldwell; a cousin Sylvia Russell, Houston TX and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony with Pastor Kent Olds officiating. Jerry McNamar sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Others,” accompanied by Ruth Salsberry.

Burial followed in Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony. Honorary casket bearers were Ivan Koblitz, Howard Cantrell, Tom Holcomb, Bob Holcomb, Dick Cantrell and Gerald “Cheese” Martin. Casket bearers were Todd Mackey, Travis Mackey, Caden Patterson, Cole Patterson, Parker Patterson and Hunter Spicer.

Memorials in memory of Marcella may be made to the Harper Hospital or to Jana’s Campaign and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia M. Babcock

Georgia Maie (Swan) Babcock, daughter of Dollie and George Swan was born on the family farm near Crisfield KS on July 23, 1919. She passed away in the home she shared with her daughter, Connie Hofstedt and Dean Connie’s husband in Sherwood, AR on May 4, 2017 at the age of 97.

Georgia and Veryl D. Babcock was united in marriage on February 14, 1945 in Hazelton KS, while Veryl was serving in the military overseas. Georgia lived on the family farm with her mother.

Georgia and Veryl have one daughter, Connie.

Georgia retired from the Attica Bank for 23 years. Preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Veryl, sister Phyllis Brown and other close family.

Georgia lived on the family farm until 2007 when she moved to the Attica Annex and then in 2009 moved to Sherwood, AR. to live with Connie and Dean.

Georgia leaves to mourn her daughter Connie, son in law, Dean, granddaughter Nicole Page and her husband Michael two great grandchildren, Berkley Edwards, Georgia Dawn Edwards, and Clifton Page, one sister in law Ruth Ann Carr, nieces Judy (Clint) Mullin and family. Marti (Oria) Lichlyter and family, Carolyn (Doug) Keener and family. Kim (Chris) Seitz and family, nephew Kyle Carr and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements being handled by Smith Family Sherwood Funeral Home, Hwy 107, Sherwood, AR. Cremation will take place, and a reception/celebration of life will be held at the Smith Sherwood Funeral Home on Thursday May 11, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment will be in Attica, KS cemetery with a memorial service at the Attica Methodist Church, In Attica, KS on July 25, 2017, at 2:00PM

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Attica United Methodist Church, the Attica Cemetery, the Attica Annex, Sherwood Animal Shelter, Sherwood, AR, or Arkansas Hospice, North Little Rock, AR in Georgia’s memory.

Special thanks to Home Health Care nurses from Intrepid USA, Dr. Driskoll and staff at Baptist Wound Clinic, and the wonderful team from Arkansas Hospice.

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Leah Hoffman

Leah Hoffman, resident of the Kiowa Manor, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in the presence of her loving family.

Leah was born on September 7, 1924 in Fort Collins, Colorado to Johann and Susanna Grauberger. They were German-Russians who immigrated to the United States in 1912. They had thirteen children and Leah was their seventh child.

She married Theodore Simpson in December, 1944 and they had three children, Harold (Carol) Simpson of Centennial, Colorado; Charlene Lawson of Kiowa, Kansas; Les (Beverly) Simpson of Houston, Texas.

Theodore passed away in 1951 and Leah met and married Arthur Hoffman of Hazelton, Kansas in 1953. Leah, Arthur and the three children lived on a farm west of Hazelton.

In 1966 Arthur and Leah moved to their retirement home in Tucson, Arizona where they enjoyed many happy years. Arthur passed away in 1999 and Leah remained in Tucson until moving to the Kiowa Manor in February, 2014.

Leah is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She enjoyed the outdoors and oil painting, becoming an accomplished artist of outdoor scenery.

Graveside service for Leah will be held at the Rosehill Cemetery in Hazelton, Kansas on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Tom Walters officiating.

Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Maxine M. Nelson

Maxine Madge Rowley Nelson, 89, passed from this life on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Kiowa, Kansas.  She was born on August 21, 1927 in Neodesha, Kansas to Lee and Minnie Rowley and soon afterward, the family moved to WaKeeney, Kansas where Maxine graduated from WaKeeney Grade School and High School.  She spent one year at the University of Missouri, and then worked at a life insurance company in Kansas City for a short time.  She later returned to WaKeeney where she met the love of her life, Paul E. Nelson, a high school teacher.  They were married in 1947 and spent six more years in WaKeeney.  The family moved to Belle Plaine, and later to Kiowa where Maxine worked for many years as a paraprofessional.  She enjoyed her years with the children and teachers in the Kiowa School System very much.

Maxine is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 49 years, Paul; two brothers and one sister.

She is survived by a sister, Winifred of Charlotte, North Carolina; son, Bill of Wichita; son, Mark of Gilbert, Arizona; daughter, Jan Pinamonti of Gold Bar, Washington; grandsons, Andrew and Tristan Pinamonti; granddaughter, Michelle Meras; grandchildren, Trey and Azalea Davalos and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service for Maxine will be Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Kiowa with Rev. Keith Fink officiating.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Viewing will be Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Kiowa First Methodist Church through the funeral home.

Gib Clark

Gib Clark was born March 2, 1935, in rural Byron, Oklahoma where he lived until he was twelve years old. His parents were Raymond Clark and Blanche “Replogle” Clark. He was the seventh of eleven children. He died April 26, 2017

A memorial worship service will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kiowa Christian Church.

Interment will be in Driftwood Cemetery, Driftwood, Oklahoma.

Gib attended one room country schools, Locust Grove, grades 1 2, 3; and Wide Awake School, grades 4 and 5. With the closing of the country school, the Clark children went to Byron School by bus in the 1946-47 school year, when Gib was in sixth grade. He especially enjoyed “town” school.

In the summer of 1947 his family moved to Perryton, Texas, where he went to school from grade 7 through 11. He got a job in Fayetteville, Arkansas and completed High School there, graduating in 1953, at the suburb town of Greenland.

Gib accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior as a young boy of six years old in a country church, Willow Glen Community Church, seven miles east of Byron, Oklahoma. However due to his young age he did not follow through with his Christian commitment and Baptism until he was 12 years old. He was baptized in 1947 by Minister, Raymond Campbell at The People’s Chapel (a community church) in Perryton, Texas. When he first sensed the calling to Christian Ministry, through the advice of his minister at that time, Calvin Cook; he traveled for three and one half years conducting Youth Meetings. A friend, J. W. Walker, whom he met in Fayetteville AR, joined him for about one year of that time, as both of them sought to determine if their calling was genuine. They both celebrated 50 years of ministry.

He attended Pratt Community College, Wichita State University, but received his ministry training, in Bible and Philosophy, from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He later received a bachelor’s degree in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Oklahoma. He completed all classroom studies toward a Master’s Degree in counseling at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas; and an internship at Iroquois

Center For Human Development (Mental Health Center), Greensburg, Kansas, under Dr. Charles Befort. But due to circumstances of the time, did not take the graduate exams, so did not receive the degree.

Gib was married to Marcia Kile on August 4, 1962, in Enid, Oklahoma. They had two sons: Todd and Kipp, born while he was minister, as a student appointment at The Baptist Church of Argonia, Kansas. He has served churches, including Argonia, and Christian Churches in Byron, Oklahoma, Carmen, Oklahoma and Coldwater, Kansas.

When he chose to leave the Coldwater Christian Church after nearly 15 years, He then took secular work with his brother Don’s company, Lillard and Clark Construction Co., in Denver, Colorado.

During the time of this employment he worked part time as a singles minister at Cherry Hills Community Church, leading singles, over 50 years of age. Then, he served as minister of the Morrison Community Church, Morrison, Colorado, for two and one half years. He retired from both this church and the construction company at age 65.

Then upon moving back closer to his birthplace after retirement in 2000, he has served as minister of The Christian Church in Kiowa, Kansas, from December 2003 to the present – 13 years.

He was ordained to Christian Ministry at his home church, The People’s Chapel, Perryton, TX, on Sunday, March 29, 1959. The Kiowa Christian Church planned a celebration of his fifty years of ministry; exactly fifty years, to the day, Sunday, March 29, 2009. However, an ice and snow storm forced postponement to May 3, 2009. His lifetime friend, J. W. Walker came for that celebration. They sang songs which they had sung back in their 20’s. J. W. passed away the following January 12, 2010. This fiftieth celebration was a great time with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, Raymond Clark (1981) and Blanche “Replogle” Clark (1985). A sister, Darlene Calaway (1983), and three brothers, Gail (1999), Bill (2000) and Bob 2011.

Survivors are: his sons, Todd and his wife Candy, their sons, Cevin Otis and Cadon, of Arkansas City, Kansas. Kipp and his wife Jill, and their daughters, Malori and Morgan and son Nicklaus of Phoenix, Arizona.

His sister Audene Holland, Pratt, Kansas; brothers Dick and wife Gayle of Colorado Springs; Don and wife Marilyn, Denver; sister, Arjean Williams, Holdenville, Oklahoma; brothers Larry and wife Norma, of Burleson, Texas; Loy and wife Mae, of Colorado Springs; sister-in-law, Bob’s wife, Rachel of Albany, Oregon. A great number of nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many, wonderful friends from school days and his 57 years of Christian ministry.

Lloyd Burton Tidwell

June 21, 1922 – April 16, 2017

Funeral service for Lloyd will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Kiowa United Methodist Church with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Lloyd’s parents moved to Kiowa from the Faulkner Area north of Cora and Teagarden, Oklahoma in February 1922. He was born on June 21, 1922 west of Kiowa on a farm by the little Mule Creek. He was the third son born to Lawrence and Helen Tidwell. He passed away at the Kiowa Manor on April 16, 2017, at the age of 94. He attended school in Kiowa.

He lived west of Kiowa on a Blackstock farm until the fall of 1942. His Dad died that May and it was in the contract that the family had to move if the dad died. So the family moved to the Baker place west of town, and in the fall they moved into town to the Botkins place. Lloyd helped his family as a farmer and rancher. He was a runner in high school with his brothers, Jack and Dewey. He even helped them make the state track meet. But on the weekends he enjoyed going to a rodeo to calf-rope. He loved his horses and roping.

The end of December in 1942 he was called to the Army. Roy Taylor and Lloyd took their basic training at Camp Barkley in Abilene, Texas. Then in April he was sent to Fort Lewis at Tacoma, Washington.

Lloyd worked for Elmer Alberding June 1943-1947. Then Lloyd worked for George Zimmerman for 31 years beginning in June 1947. For several more years Lloyd continued working for George and IdaBelle Michel. He really enjoyed riding his horse and roping calves to be worked. He also farmed and was quite the mechanic. He built a silage loader, a tracking plow and invented other tools. During these years he helped build a bridge, an elevator and laid brick on the main street of Kiowa.

Lloyd was a provider for his mother since she did not drive. He worked hard to help his brothers and his sister after his dad died. He was a great teacher and helper to his nephews and nieces. He especially enjoyed small children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lonnie Tidwell and wife, Betty, Dewey Tidwell and wife, Betty and Jack Tidwell and wife, Gladys and a brother-in-law, Albert Harbaugh.

He is survived by one sister, Helen Harbaugh; one brother, Bill Tidwell and his wife, Cathy; several nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be made to the Barber County Fair or the Kiowa Manor through the funeral home.

Patricia “Pat” Ann Jones Graves

May 4, 1934 – April 12, 2017

Patricia “Pat” Ann Jones Graves, 82, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on April 12, 2017 in Medicine Lodge, KS, surrounded by family.

She was born May 4, 1934, the daughter of Leo Augustine Jones and Margaret Elizabeth Brockman Jones.

She was preceded in death by parents, stepfather, Russell Williams, husband, Bob, grandson, Cheyenne Patrick Graves, and sister, Leona Marie Jones Young.

She is survived by her eight children, Suzie (Bruce) Reynolds of St. Joseph, MO, Russel (Rita) Graves of Kiowa, KS, Mary (Dwayne) Turnbow of Geneseo, KS, Laura (Bill) Nittler of Medicine Lodge, KS, Roberta (Ray) Trent of Wichita, KS, Chuck (Tammy) Graves of Kiowa, KS, Cecilia (Tom) Williams of Bartlesville, OK, Leo (Dana) Graves of Broken Arrow, OK, twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren; Nathan (Marietta), Aiden and Elijah Reynolds, Erin (Ryan), Myka and Abram Marshall, Sean (Danielle), Liam and Noah Reynolds, all of St. Joseph, MO, Josh (Jill), Ethan, Lilly, and Felicity Graves of Castle Rock, CO, Mariah (John), Gavin, Isaac, and Desiree Doherty, Zach (Komari) Graves, all of Kiowa, KS, Zeb (Andrea) and Levi Graves of Kiowa, CO, Robert (Carmen), Dana, Gregory, and Tryston Turnbow of Great Falls, MT, Stuart Turnbow of Geneseo, KS, Nick (Rachel), Holden and Hazel Turnbow of San Marcos, CA, Travis (Audrey), Gentry and Jovi Nittler of Maize, KS, Heather (Jason), Karlee and Jake Evans of Bucklin, KS, Tara (Tim) Ellis, Bucklin, KS, and Taylor Trent of Wichita, KS, Kyle (Jacy), Keaton, Kase and Jaylee Graves, Austin (Summer) and Taten Graves, all of Kiowa, KS, Rebekah Williams of Bartlesville, OK, Cameron Bishop, Kadie Graves, and Dakoda Graves of Broken Arrow, OK, and Chad Graves of Thackerville, OK. She is also survived by sister, Bunny (Don) Pfeiffer, and brother, John Williams, all of Alva, OK, brother-in-law, Joe (Mary) Graves of Hutchinson, KS, numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat was born and raised in Alva, OK. Her dad died of pneumonia when she was only five years old. A new “miracle drug”, penicillin, had just been discovered and was on it’s way from Wichita, but sadly didn’t arrive in time. She attended grade school at Sacred Heart Catholic School and Alva High School, graduating with the class of 1952. Following high school, Pat attended one year of nurses training at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS.

She married Bob on September 1, 1953 at Sacred Heart Church in Alva, OK. Though Pat was born and raised a city girl, she quickly adapted to the country life. She was a very gifted artist and enjoyed riding along with Bob when he farmed, so she could sketch and paint the beautiful countryside.

By October 1954, their first child was born, and between then and March 1963, seven more arrived. They raised their eight kids on the family farm north of Hardtner in the antebellum-style home built by George L. Graves, Sr. in the early 1900’s, on land homesteaded in the late 1880’s. The family belonged to St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, and Pat was an active member of the Altar Society.

Many people have said they used to love to come early enough to church to see the eight Graves kids pile out of the van. Pat’s number one priority was always her children. When asked what made her most proud, Pat immediately responded with “her babies,” whom she constantly proclaimed as “The Best Eight Kids in Barber County”.

She was a 4-H leader for many years, and Pat never missed a program, parent/teacher conference or home sporting event for her children. She helped her husband Bob with the Amway business, and when the children had all left home, she was very successful with Creative Circle.

Pat loved meeting and visiting with people, which accounted for her success with her Prairie Gifts shop that she ran from her home. She even designed and sold Christmas In Hardtner t-shirts.

Pat and Bob loved to dance, attending all of the local dances at what is now the Kiowa Community Building. They loved dancing so much that they journeyed to Wichita many Saturday nights to dance at the Cotillion Ballroom. Throughout their lifetimes, they danced at many family wedding dances. It was hard to tell who was having more fun, Bob and Pat or the kids and grandkids watching them.

As her Alzheimers disease progressed, she moved from her home in Hardtner to Share Long-Term Care where Bob was and eventually, to Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital Long-Term Care, so she would be closer to family. She developed a close relationship with many of the staff in both facilities, and for that, the family is so thankful. Mom loved singing songs to her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and her family so enjoyed hearing them. Even during her last few years at the nursing home, she could be heard singing songs with the nurses, aides, and family. She will be greatly missed.

Special thanks to Sister Catherine Therese and Bev Miller for their guidance in planning this Celebration of Life for our mother. Additional thanks to The Women of St. John and the choir.

Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.   Memorials may be made to The Women of St. John or Heartland Hospice and sent to Lanman Funeral Home at P.O. Box 42, Kiowa, KS, 67070.

Victor L. Myers

Victor L. Myers, long time resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on March 30th at the age of 83.  He was the son of Harry and Ethel Myers and was born in Nash Oklahoma. He graduated from Kiowa High in 1952.  Vic was a retired carpenter and master mechanic. Vic was preceded in death by his two brothers, Kelby Myers, USMC Major Oran Lee Myers, and son Larry Myers.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rhoda Lane Myers, sons Roc and Edward Myers, daughter Rhonda Hyatt, his sister Ona Hunter and 7 grandchildren
Darrel L. McNamar
Darrel LeRoy  McNamar, 85, of Medicine Lodge, KS died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge, KS.
He was born on July 16, 1931 in Manchester, OK, the son of Roy McNamar and Muriel (Gideon) McNamar.   On December 2, 1950, he married Winona (Patterson) McNamar in Enid, OK.  She survives.
Darrel was the owner of McNamar’s LP Gas.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS, the Delta Lodge AF & AM, the Midian Shrine and the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Association.  He was a past member of the Gyp Hill Stampede Saddle Club, the Kansas Appaloosa Horse Club and was a project leader in Barber County 4-H.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Winona McNamar of Medicine Lodge, KS are one son, Jerry (Patricia) McNamar of Kiowa, KS; one daughter, Dana Jacobs of Medicine Lodge, KS; three grandchildren, Bart Nichols, Matthew McNamar, & Kenneth McNamar; seven great-grandchildren, Madilynn, Cole McLain, Teale Cassidy & Landon Nichols, Anita-Dawn, Victoria, & Kacie Fagan, and one great great grandson, Brandon Lambert.
Darrel was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Brock Nichols, & one brother, Rex McNamar.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS.  Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony, KS with Masonic graveside rites.
Memorials may be made to the Barber County 4-H Foundation or the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS in care of the funeral home.


Elizabeth Catherine Terry

Elizabeth Catherine Terry, our Momma, entered heaven’s door on March 27, 2017, just three days shy of her 103rd birthday. She was born to John and Maria Bahm at their home south of Cherokee, Oklahoma on March 30, 1914. The things she experienced and the changes she had been a witness to over the past century is nothing short of amazing. Many a family get-together was spent by her side, asking her questions of what it was like growing up in the 1910’s and 20’s. She loved telling us the stories of her grandparents and parents and how they immigrated to America. She’d laugh and laugh as she recanted tales and adventures had by her and her ten siblings growing up on the farm.

Another adventure was attending dances at a near-by small town. One dance she met a handsome man from Corwin, Kansas named Carl Terry. They were married three years later on October 16, 1937. They started their married life living in Kiowa, Kansas. While there, two daughters, Mary and Carolyn and a son, Glenn were born. City Service Gas, the company Carl worked for all his life, transferred them to Satanta, Kansas in 1948. While there, another son, Steve joined the family. In 1956, they were transferred to Ottawa, Kansas and daughter Norma completed the family not long after they moved. In 1965, they were transferred back to the gas plant in Corwin, Kansas and from that location is where Carl retired in the spring of 1973. He and Elizabeth moved to Hazelton, Kansas. In August of 1974 Carl passed away.

Elizabeth started a new chapter in her life which included moving to Kiowa, working at Hilltop Nursery outside of Hazelton, traveling all over Europe, Hawaii and most of the continental United States. She took up the hobby of sewing quilt tops and participated in many quilting bee’s. She took lessons and became a talented artist. She joined many groups such as the Barber County Historical Society, German’s from Russia, The Barber County Commission on Aging and participated in the community play’s in Kiowa. She was very active in the Kiowa Senior Citizen group, leading exercises for many years. In October of 2014, with failing eyesight, and family and friends concerned about her living alone, she finally gave into our pleading and moved in with her daughter Carolyn in Wichita, Kansas. She continued to delight us with her wit and charming personality. It was in this home where the Lord called her back to him.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers, two sisters, her husband Carl, her son Glenn, and daughter-in-law Pam. She is survived by one brother, Bobby of Kaw City, Oklahoma, daughter Mary and Leo Wiederholt of Princeton, Kansas, daughter Carolyn and Jack Bell of Wichita, Kansas, son Steve and Mary Jane Terry of Derby, Kansas, daughter Norma and Mark Ricke of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, seventeen grandchildren, sixty-one great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, dozens of nieces and nephews and many friends. She loved her family. She loved her friends. She loved to garden. She loved her hometown. She loved and was a beloved member of St. John Catholic Church in Kiowa, Kansas where the celebration of her life will be Saturday April 1, 2017 at 10:30. She will be greatly missed.

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Kenneth George Gillig

Kenneth George Gillig, age 88, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday,

March 25, 2017, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home, in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. He was born November 11, 1928, in Kiowa, Kansas, the son of the late Fred and Mollie (Molz) Gillig.

Kenneth was a 1946 graduate of Kiowa High School in Kiowa, Kansas and served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict as a combat engineer. Kenneth was a Black Angus Cattle Farmer and a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church.

On May 7, 1955, he married Joretta Faye Thomas, in Alva, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on March 10, 2008.

He is survived by his son, Ken Gillig and his wife, Elizabeth, of Aurora; daughter, Cheryl McWhirter and her husband, Darrell, of Bentonville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Ashley Carr and her husband, Ryan, of Webb City, Missouri, Brittany Gillig of Springfield and Ty McWhirter, of Bentonville; one sister, Marjorie Gillig, of Pratt, Kansas and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, Fred and Mollie; wife, Joretta; two brothers, Albert and Howard Gillig and four sisters, Esther Cornwell, Dorothy Ellison, Ethel Gillig and Velma Moore preceded him in death.

A funeral service under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Aurora United Methodist Church with burial to follow at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora. Visitation will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Aurora United Methodist Church or the Missouri Veteran’s Home in care of the funeral home.

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Gene Pollock

Ray Eugene “Gene” Pollock

November 14, 1932 – February 13, 2017

Ray Eugene “Gene” Pollock, 84, was born to Charles Raymond Pollock and Juanita Irene (Moore) Pollock on November 14, 1932, in Anthony, Kansas. He went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 13, 2017, at the Kiowa District Hospital.

Gene grew up in rural Hazelton, Kansas, where he graduated high school in 1950. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served from 1951-1954. During this time, Gene met and later married Loine Gates on June 9, 1956. To this union they were blessed with three children: Kathy, Shari, and Mark. They made their home in Rural Wellington, Arkansas City, and Mayfield before returning to Hazelton in 1969 to take over the family farm. Gene had a love for the land, cattle, and horses. Even after his retirement he remained active helping his son, Mark with the farm.

Gene developed a love of basketball at a young age, playing in high school for Hazelton, and then later the Kiowa Jewelers. His passion continued as he followed many South Barber and KU teams over the years. Gene’s real love was being a grandpa. The grandkids could “do no wrong” in his eyes and he always had a story about them for anyone who was willing to listen.

He was a Deacon at the Community Baptist Church and later became a member of the Kiowa United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher at both. Gene was a Mason and served on the Board of Directors of the Farmers Coop in Hazelton and the Barber County Soil Conservation District.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim “Short” Pollock.

He is survived by his wife, Loine; his three children, Kathy Hays and husband, Stan of Hazelton, Kansas, Shari Hurley and husband, Jim of Gilbert, Arizona and Mark Pollock and wife, Krista of Kiowa, Kansas; grandchildren, Nicole Hays of Seward, Nebraska, Matthew Devlin of Gilbert, Arizona and Taylor and Clare Pollock of Kiowa, Kansas; one sister, Sue Waggoner and husband, David of Menard, Texas and many other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at the Kiowa United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Keith Fink officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hazelton, Kansas with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with family present to receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m..

Memorials may be given to the Kiowa United Methodist Youth Group in care of Lanman Funeral Home.

Jim Molz

Jimmie “Jim” Lee Molz

July 30, 1933 – February 8, 2017

Jimmie Lee Molz was born in Woods County, Oklahoma on July 30, 1933 to parents, Art Molz and Lola McMurtrey Molz and passed from this life on February 8, 2017 at his home in Hardtner.

After his graduation from high school Jim attended college at Northwestern in Alva. He and Beverly Moore were married July 17, 1954 in Kiowa and to this union four children were born: Judy, Cindy, Ron and Russell.

Jim worked hard and became owner of Molz Oil Company. He was a member of Kiowa United Methodist Church and a devoted member of the choir.

Jim and Judy Rockett were married January 3, 2015 in Kauai and the family grew in number. Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Cosmos Lodge #278, the Midian Shrine and Royal Order of Jesters.

Those who have preceded Jim in death are his parents, Art and Lola Molz; his wife, Beverly; two sisters, Lois Peaster and Pauline Miller.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judy Molz; four children, Judy Courson and husband, Dean; Cindy Yandell and husband, Dave; Ron Molz and wife, Kristi; Russell Molz and wife, Carol; two step sons, Greg Rockett and wife, Dorothy and Jeff Rockett and wife, Denise; grandchildren, Jason Courson, Todd and Kellie Courson, Brett and Heidi Courson, Ty and Haley Naegele, Matt and Brooke Naegele, Tim Naegele and companion, Kayce Phy, Ryan and Brooke Molz, Eric and Chantel Molz, Sara Molz, Blake Molz, Kendall Molz and Dylon Molz; step grandchildren, Nathan Rockett, Noah Rockett, Conner Rockett and Kelsey Rockett; eighteen great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Kiowa United Methodist Church or Kiowa Masonic Lodge althrough the funeral home.

Funeral service for Jim will be Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Kiowa United Methodist Church with Rev. Keith Fink officiating. Burial will be in Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Viewing will be Sunday 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with family present 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Robert Loewenstein

Kiowa, Kansas-Rosary for Robert Loewenstein will be Friday, February 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church in Kiowa and Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery east of Kiowa with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Robert was born on April 13, 1947 in Nashville, Kansas to Francis Loewenstein and Katherine Hommertzheim Loewenstein and passed from this life on January 28, 2017 in Wichita. Robert served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969 which included some time in Vietnam. He married Judy Shelite. They were stationed in Coronado, California when Robert and Judy were first married on January 14, 1968. They moved to Medicine Lodge, Kansas first, then to Peabody, Halstead, Kiowa, Burlington, Oklahoma and then back to Kiowa since 2000. Robert was a member American Legion for fifty plus years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus for some years. He loved fishing and spending time with family, especially his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed visiting with friends at the Co-op.

Those who preceded him in death include his parents and one daughter, Hope.

Survivors include his four children, Richard Loewenstein, Stacy Talbott, Christina Kaumans and Matthew Loewenstein; eight grandchildren, Montana and Taylor McCullough, Chase Schmidt, Reno and Jordan Talbott, Kevin Kaumans, Nicolai Loewenstein and Gavin Loewenstein; brother Roger Loewenstein and wife, Roxie; sisters, Bev Ricke, and husband, Delmar, Jean Clark and husband, Steve, Donna Shinliver and husband, Greg and Joan Shepler and husband, Jeff.

Memorials may be given to the funeral home in honor of the family.


Mary B. Herren

Mary Beatrice Herren, 84, of Arkansas City, KS died Saturday, January 21, 2017, at her residence. Funeral services have been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Brother Babe Standerfer will officiate. Burial will follow in the Parker Cemetery. Friends may greet the family 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Mary was born June 26, 1932, to John R. and Jennie L. (Bixler) Rowland in Hardtner, KS. She was reared and educated in Kiowa, KS graduating from Kiowa High School in 1951. After high school she continued her education becoming an LPN.

On April 10, 1949, she married James A. Herren in Alva, OK. The couple made their home in Arkansas City since 1953. Mary was a homemaker and housewife. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, reading various books, reading her Bible, cooking, and most of all spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children Bonnie Allen and husband Lewis; David Herren and wife Diane all of Arkansas City, KS; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim, her daughter Linda, one sister and eight brothers

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

Tom Doherty

Thomas J. Doherty

Thomas Joseph “Tom” Doherty, 71, of Medicine Lodge, KS, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, KS.

He was born on September 7, 1945 in Cherokee, OK, the son of Edward W. Doherty and Dorothy (Cox) Doherty. On January 17, 1969, he married Kathyrn (Weeks) Doherty in Kiowa, KS. She survives.

Tom was born in Cherokee, OK and grew up and worked on the family dairy farm in Amorita, OK. He was a farmer, rancher and worked at the co-op elevator. He was a member of the St. Cornelius Catholic Church, Cherokee, OK and the American Legion.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Kathyrn Doherty of Medicine Lodge, KS, are three sons, Ed (Stacy) Doherty of Medicine Lodge, KS, Tim (Michelle) Doherty of Kansas City, MO, and John (Mariah) Doherty of Kiowa, KS; Eight grandchildren, Amber, Tiffani (Matt), Casey (Abbi), Sam, Gavin, Isaac, Brooke, & Desiree; Six great-grandchildren, Hannah, Lakota, Chayce, Kash, Derrick, Tucker, and one on the way, Thomas; one brother, Phillip (Anita) Doherty of Amorita, OK; two sisters, Victoria (Jerry) Blevins of Kiowa, KS and Sharon (Melvin) Swafford of Kiowa, KS.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Cornelius Catholic Church, Cherokee, OK with Father Bala Sagila Jesubas officiating. Burial was in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, Cherokee, OK.

Memorials may be made to the Tom Doherty Burial Fund, in care of Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.

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Junior “Jeff” Hawkins

Junior “Jeff” F. Hawkins, 82, passed away January 12, 2017.

Junior served his country in the United States Army, and was the Executive Vice President for a steel fabrication company which he retired from in 1999. He had many experiences in life, but education was very important to him, he spent time educating himself by studying various subjects.

He was a man of faith and was an expert on the Ten Commandments.

Junior was preceded by his parents, Fred Hawkins and Dee Wilkinson; sister, Maxine Tice.

He is survived by wife of 51-1/2 years, Ruth Hawkins; family pet, Chanel; step sons, Justin (Samantha)Bass and Terry (Teresa) Stalnaker; sisters, Pauline Moore and Treva Gean Smith; 3 grand children, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Gathering with family will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Hardtner United Methodist Church, 200 Main St, Hardtner, KS 67057.

A graveside memorial will be held in Hardtner, KS at Hardtner Cemetery at a later date.

Jack H. Circle
Jack H. Circle Sr., 91, retired salesman and farmer, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
Jack was born August 26,1925 in Kiowa, Ks to Ott and Dorothy Circle.  He graduated from Tulane
University in  1950.   Jack was preceded in death by wife, Virginia A. (Carden) Circle, a Registered Nurse in 2015.
Survivors: son Jack Circle Jr. of Mounds, OK; grandchildren, Ryan and Jake; daughter Jan Circle of Fort Worth, TX;
grandchildren Janay and Anthony; daughter Sara Circle of Wichita, KS.

Barbara A. Michel

Barbara Ann Michel, 81, passed away peacefully in Attica, Kansas at the Attica Long Term Care Facility on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Barbara is survived by her children, Kim Ruiz (Jose) of Hazelton, Kansas and Deb Hitchcock (Nick) of Kiowa, Kansas; grandchildren, Solana Grant (Chris) of Wichita, Kansas, Komari Graves (Zach) of Kiowa, Kansas, Jesse Ruiz of Kiowa, Kansas, Jadde Easter (Nate) of Enid, Oklahoma and Dru Henson (Roy) of Kiowa, Kansas; eight siblings out of thirteen, Georgia Tyson of Texas, Rosella Harris (Bill) of Pahuska, Oklahoma, Linda Mullendor of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Janie Venable (Bryan) of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Lloyd Porter (Norma) of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Dee Porter (Dorothy) of Glenco, Oklahoma, Pat Porter (Pat) of Rush Springs, Oklahoma, Charles Porter of Stillwater, Oklahoma and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by, John Michel (husband), Elmer and May Porter (parents), Gene Porter (brother) and three sisters, Frankie, Zola and Betty.

Barbara was born October 1, 1935 in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Elmer and May Porter. She graduated from Eureka Country School in Payne County in 1949 then went to Morrison High School. She moved to Kiowa, Kansas and was employed at “Mable’s Cafe” as a waitress. Barbara met John Michel and they were married on August 14, 1955.

Barbara’s accomplishments were: canning pickles, cooking, cleaning, dancing and playing games with family and friends. She also met with the ladies for coffee. She was a very generous person who loved to spend time with her family. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, Eastern Star and often volunteered for whatever needed done at the Church or School.

A funeral is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Kiowa United Methodist Church with burial at Riverview Cemetery. Rev. Keith Fink will officiate. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Memorials can be made to Attica Long Term Care “Memory Lane” or Heartland Hospice through the funeral home.

Nola Y. Wiedman

Kiowa, KS-Nola Yvonne Wiedman was born on September 13, 1924 to Edna and Gus Scott in Andover, Kansas. She was the oldest of eight children born to the Scotts.

She graduated from Andover High School in 1942 and went to work at Cessna Aircraft factory until the war ended.

Nola married Charles August Wiedman July 16, 1950. She then moved to Kiowa, Kansas where she lived until her death on December 9, 2016.

Nola worked as a bookkeeper in Kiowa for a number of years and kept books for her husband’s welding shop. She was involved in the Congregational Church and Pilgrim Daughters. Nola was always kind and helpful to friends and family. As one family member put it, “If you needed something she was always there – – and brought food.”

Nola is survived by Becky and George Cole, her daughter and husband. She is also survived by brothers, Glenn Scott and Buss Scott from the Wichita area; sister, Donna Schmitz of Andale; twenty-three nieces and nephews and numerous cousins in the Wichita area.

Those preceding her in death include her mother; father; three sisters and one brother.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Kiowa with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas. Memorials may be given to Victory in the Valley or the Congregational Church in Kiowa.

Robert V. Glynn

Hutchinson, KS- Robert “Bob” Val Glynn, 90, died November 30, 2016, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born November 26, 1926, on the family farm near Cherokee, OK to Henry and Margaret (Trotter) Glynn.

Robert graduated from Driftwood High School in Driftwood, OK in 1944. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1945. He was separated from the service in 1946 from Ft. Benning, GA.

On October 30, 1948, he married Eva Lucille Lewis in Cherokee, OK. Bob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Soils from Oklahoma A & M in 1949. He went back to the family farm where he farmed until 1956.

Bob returned to school at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and obtained a teaching certificate and taught at Alva, Oklahoma High School. He then returned to school at Oklahoma State University to complete a Master’s Degree in Chemistry. Bob taught high school sciences at Medicine Lodge High School while continuing to farm in the summers. He taught chemistry at Hutchinson Community College from 1968-1990.

Bob had been a member of Park Place Christian Church since moving to Hutchinson.

Survivors include: sister, Elinor Kaul of Kingston, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Bettie Hood of Victorville, CA; sons, Mike Glynn and wife Betty of Scottsdale, Arizona, Bobby Glynn of Hutchinson, Timothy Cole and wife Leah of Edmond, Oklahoma, Jimmy Cole of Naples, Florida; daughter, Regina Kimbrel and husband Tom of Marion; grandchildren, Tim, KC, Jason, Courtney, Kayla, Nathan, Gretchen, Luke, Becca, Wade, Skye, Nicky, Marshall, Kelly, Jack; great-grandchildren, Tanner, Amber, Zoii, Debra, Paul, Josie, Emily, Levi, Landon, Cade, Aubrey, Ainsley, Lexi, Skyden, Aaron, Daxton and Dayton.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1949, his mother in 1994, and his wife, Lucille, in 2004.

Funeral service will be 9:30 a.m. Monday, December 5, 2016, at Park Place Christian Church, 2600 N. Adams, Hutchinson, with Pastor David Dubovich officiating, with military honors conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Mortuary.

Graveside service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. at Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, Cherokee, Oklahoma. Memorials may be made to the Robert Glynn Scholarship Fund at Hutchinson Community College or Park Place Christian Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.


Donald L. Silcott

Donald Lewis Silcott (Doo-Dad), son of the late Kilare and Dora (Duvall) Silcott was born December 13, 1942, at the Galloway Hospital in Anthony and passed away November 10, 2016 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita at the age of 73, 10 months, and 10 days.

He was married to Jenny Roberta (Gainey) Silcott on May 11, 1964, and then they renewed their love for each other August 11, 1994. They made their home together in Kiowa.

He was the district manager of 3 A & R ready mix. He was a truck driver for his nephew, Claude Dee Catlin for many years, but his real passion was farming, ranching, and working the land at the farm. He was a jack of all trades and loved to drink his keystone and shoot with bull with his grandson, Travis (Red) Foutch. He loved tending the garden with his wife (sometimes). He and daughter, Teresa had many projects together and spent almost every day together doing crazy things.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-dad, Pete Catlin, Spike Headrick; a brother, Clyde Catlin, a daughter, Brenda Kay Lieswald and grandsons, Paul Carillo and Gabriel Shriner.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny; his children, Charlotte Jean Silcott-Johnson and her spouse, Terry of Orlando, Florida, Teresa Rogge of Kiowa, Troy Roach III and spouse, Kiili of Pueblo West, Colorado, Travis Jacobson and spouse, Misty of Alva, Oklahoma, Stephanie Bianco and spouse, Alex of Danville, Illinois, Wendy Smith and spouse, Buck of Attica, Sharla and Shane, a special daughter, Amy Allen of Alva, Oklahoma; his siblings, Jackie Silcott of Atec, New Mexico and Dee and Sue Catlin of Attica; his grandchildren, Jenny Lieswald Foutch and spouse, Travis of Hardtner, Teah Johnson of Orlando, Florida, Trevor and Sadie Rogge of Kiowa, David Roach and spouse, McKenzie of Alva, Oklahoma, Jacob Roach of Pueblo West, Colorado, Britney Carrillo of Capron, Oklahoma, Alexander and Temprance Shriner and Victoria Johnson of Dansville, Illinois, Rylee and Karsyn Jacobson, Braxton, Chloe, and Peyton Fisher of Alva, Oklahoma; his great-grandchildren, Graycee Roach of Alva, Oklahoma, Miley Turner and Kobi Kietel of Capron, Oklahoma, Zachery and Kindle Smith of Attica, and many other nieces and nephews.

Donnie loved his pets Pepper, MoMo, Snowball, Snoopy, Lightning and Elvira, whom he rescued.

A memorial service for Donnie will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Lanman Funeral Home Chapel in Kiowa.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the American Heart Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Gladys Joyce Harmon Meredith

September 27, 1928 to October 13, 2016 (88)

Gladys was born on September 27, 1928, to Wilbur Henry and Elsie May Cope Meredith, on the family farm 15 miles south of Meade, Kansas. She went to be with her Lord on October 13, 2016, and we rejoice in the grand reunion she is enjoying with her parents and her wonderful sisters that she loved dearly.

She attended a country school at Pleasant Valley, south of Meade, and graduated from Meade High School in 1946. She then attended Cain Powell Business College in Dodge City, Kansas. She was employed by First National Bank in Dodge City, and then as a stenographer at Van Riper, Williams and Larsen, Attorneys at Law.

Gladys married the love of her life, Winferd Roy Harmon on August 15, 1948, at the Meade Methodist Church. She attended First Baptist Church in Dodge City and was very involved in the American Baptist Women’s Association. She served the Lord by serving others in many unselfish ways. She cooked countless meals, homemade bread, and loved to entertain in her home. She loved to farm her inherited land until the day she passed. She played the piano and accordion, she loved to sew, garden, cook, craft, garage sale, and she always enjoyed a good bargain! After 56 years in Dodge City, they moved to Derby, Kansas in 2004. Gladys was very active in the Derby Senior Center and attended Crosswinds Community Church.

To this union were born four children: Joyce Elaine Moore, Livermore, California; Leesa Darlene Mott (Craig), Kiowa, Kansas; Meredith Lee Harmon (Debbie), Omaha, Nebraska; Beth Ann McKee (Ray), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Gladys was blessed with an abundance of wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and has always been active in their lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Elsie; two sisters, Lucille Meredith Wohlford and Darlene Meredith Schiffner; and infant granddaughter, Breanna Lynn McKee. She is survived by her husband, Winferd; her brother, Otis Meredith (Carolyn), Meade, Kansas; her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

A private family service has been held. Memorials have been established with Gladys Harmon Memorial Fund for the care of Winferd Harmon c/o Crosswinds Community Church, 208 N. Georgie, Derby, KS 67037 or the Derby Senior Center, 611 N. Mulberry Rd, Derby, KS 67037.

We love her and will miss her greatly; there is no one quite like Gladys Harmon!


Dean W. Brintnall

Dean W. Brintnall, 82, of Kiowa, Kansas passed from this life on  Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Kiowa Hospital.   He was born August 29, 1934 to Byron and Jessie (Gingrich) Brintnall in Chester, Oklahoma.  He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict after graduating from Seiling High School in 1952.  Following his service and honorable discharge in 1955, he graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1960 with a degree in accounting.  He spent his career in agriculture-centered management, finance and banking.  He served the Farmers Cooperative at Hazelton, Kansas as manager and later worked at the National Bank for Cooperatives (CoBank), retiring in 1995.  During retirement he served on the Boards of the First State Bank and South Central Telephone Communications. Dean was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kiowa and served as treasurer for many years.  He and Charlene Cunningham were married in 1960.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers and three sisters-in-law, Eugene (Genie), Wayne, and Wendell (Sandy) and  Alma Jean Ellison as well as two brothers–in–law, Jesse James and Henry Holmes.

Those surviving are his wife, Charlene Brintnall of Kiowa; his son, Ray (Jean) Brintnall of Hiawatha;  his daughter, Sheila Brintnall of Alva, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Jay (fiancé Jessica) Brintnall and Jessie Brintnall of Hiawatha; one sister, Bessie Holmes of Enid, Oklahoma, two sisters-in-law, Alvena Brintnall of Bethany, Oklahoma, and Alice Faye James of Chandler, Oklahoma.

Services will be held Friday, October 7, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, Kiowa, Kansas at 1:30 p.m. Graveside services with military honors will follow at the Alva Municipal  Cemetery in Alva, Oklahoma.  Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Kiowa First United Methodist Church through the funeral home.



Donna Jeanne Olson Piersall Schnackenburg

1933 ~ 2016

Donna Piersall Schnackenberg, 83, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on October 3, 2016. She was born September 10, 1933 in Kiowa, KS. She moved to Oklahoma as a young child and graduated from Capron High School in Capron, OK. She briefly attended Northwestern State College in Alva, OK, and then went to work for a local bank in Hardtner, KS. It was here she met her future husband, Teddy Keith Piersall, whom she married in 1953. They had two children, Keith Ray and Sheri Jeanne in the next few years, while living on the family farm.

Donna and her family moved to Anthony, KS in 1958 where she worked as a cook for the combined elementary/high school, which allowed her to be home for her children each afternoon. Once her children were in grade school, she started working for the City Clerk’s office in Anthony until the mid-80’s when she retired. Her husband, Ted, passed away suddenly in 1982. In 1985, she was re-married to John Schnackenberg, who showed her the world. Together they travelled and spent winters in Florida, while still remaining active in their church. John died in 2009, and in 2011 Donna moved to Kansas City to live with her daughter, Sheri.

Donna was a good Christian woman who found the Lord at an early age. She showed a love and kindness towards all, which included volunteering with her church in Anthony and being a friend to everyone she met. She loved to sew, making clothes for her daughter until she was in high school. One of her favorite things to do in Kansas City was to sit on her front porch every day and wave to anyone and everyone who passed by. Her sweet, radiant smile and her blown kisses helped bring together those who lived around her and made them into a true neighborhood. Donna had many friends in Anthony and Kansas City and she will be lovingly missed and remembered by them all.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Orra Olson; two sisters, Mina Mae McKay and Ethel Rugg; infant son, Kent; husband Ted Piersall; son Keith Piersall; step-daughter Jana Hirschman; and second husband John Schnackenberg. She is survived by her daughter, Sheri Piersall; step-daughter Kathy Aldridge and husband Al; step-son J.D. Schnackenberg and wife Janice; step-daughter Angie Cloud and husband Mark; step-son-in-law Don Hirschman; and her many nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral service were held 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Revolution Fellowship in Anthony with Pastor Kent Olds officiating. Burial followed in the Hardtner Cemetery, Hardtner, Kansas.

Memorials may be made to the Revolution Fellowship and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, was in charge of arrangements.

Dwayne A. Kruckenberg

Kiowa-Memorial service for Dwayne A. Kruckenberg, 75, will be Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Kiowa, Kansas.  Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Dwayne was born on the family farm near Isabel, Kansas on May 10, 1941 to parents, Ted Kruckenberg and Mildred Jenkins Kruckenberg.  He and Marlene Reif were married in Wichita on January 27, 1962.  They had come to Kiowa and lived and farmed in this area for fifty-four years.  Dwayne was a man who liked to be involved in many things such as his yard, especially caring for his squirrels for whom he mixed special food, hunting, checking cattle and the farm work, even after retirement.  He was a great KU basketball fan.  He was also an avid pitch player and loved to go to casinos. His children and grandchildren meant much to him and he followed their activities.   Dwayne is preceded in death by his father, Ted Kruckenberg; his mother, Mildred Buckles; his step-father, Hilbert Buckles; one sister, Marcia Jo Sporn and one brother, Gary Kruckenberg.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marlene Kruckenberg; one daughter, Cindy Summers; two sons, Casey Kruckenberg and wife, Ruth and Scott Kruckenberg and wife, Tammy; five grandchildren, Dallas Summers, Kirsti Summers, Nick Kruckenberg, Nathan Kruckenberg and Austin Kruckenberg; two great-grandchildren, Daccota Kruckenberg and Kolten Kruckenberg.

Memorials may be made to the Kiowa Library through the funeral home.

Joel Patrick Humphrey

Joel Patrick Humphrey, 39, was born on June 16, 1977 in Kiowa, KS. His parents are Lenora (Lee) Lieurance Humphrey and James Patrick Humphrey. He died on September 18, 2016 at his home.

Memorial service was held on Thursday, September 22, at Woodland United Methodist Church in Wichita.

There will be a grave side service on Saturday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Kiowa.

On October 14, 1995 he married Dawn Wiley and to this union was born one son, Jonas Perry Humphrey. After their divorce, he and his partner Jackie Brown became parents to twins, Orin Alexander and Sophia Carmalita.

Over the years, Joel held various positions that complimented some of his passions, including cooking, graphic designs, music and art.

On October 31, 2014 he married Daisy Barger.

He was preceded in death by a step-brother, Tyson Hudson; his grandparents, Dale and Betty Lieurance and Bud and Pat Humphrey.

He is survived by his wife, Daisy; children, Jonas, Orin and Sophia; parents, Lee Humphrey, Wichita and Jim (Sue) Humphrey of Medicine Lodge; sister, Tammi (Chad) Ohl, Wichita; step-siblings, Rance (Jill) Prewett and Pam (Barry) Rutter; plus a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A memorial has been established at the Woodland UMC, 1100 W. 15th, Wichita, KS 67203 with the children’s ministry.


Maralyn Hamilton

Maralyn Hamilton, 84, of Belle Plaine, KS passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M Saturday, September17th at the Oxford First Christian Church. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, September 16, 2016 from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. A memorial has been established with Oxford Friendship Meals. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Maralyn Joan Hamilton was born June 5, 1932, the daughter of Earl and Berniece (Brattin) Wetzel in Lewistown, IL. She graduated from Kiowa High School in 1950. On December 23, 1950 Maralyn was united in marriage to Mervin Hamilton in Wichita Falls, TX. Maralyn was a farm wife for 67 years; she enjoyed quilting, sewing, reading and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.

Maralyn is survived by her husband, Mervin of the home; sons: Terry Hamilton and his wife Vicky of Oxford and David Hamilton and his wife Jane of Oxford; daughter, Becky Rogers and husband Greg of Derby; 10 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gary Wetzel and a brother in-infancy.


Judy Swonger

Cunningham, KS – Judy Swonger, 69, of Cunningham, KS, died Friday, September 9, 2016 at Kingman Hospital, Kingman, KS. She was born February 21, 1947 in Nashville, KS to Andrew Jackson and Virginia Louise (Trent) Pulliam.

Judy was a resident of Cunningham for 20 years coming from Kiowa, KS.

Survivors include her husband, Brad Wimberly, 3 sons, Doug (Susan) Swonger of Kiowa, KS, Troy (Amy) Swonger of Pratt, KS, Christopher Swonger of Madsonville, TX, a daughter, Jodi (Brad) Sluss of Haviland, KS, 2 brothers, Phillip Pulliam of Wellington, KS, Michael Pulliam of Oklahoma City, OK, a sister, Jackie (Butch) Meng of Kingman, KS, 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and the father of her beloved children, Larry Swonger.

Visitation will be Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Monday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends Monday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt, KS. Funeral service will be Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, Pratt with Pastor Mike McGovney presiding. Burial will be in Attica Cemetery, Attica, KS.


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Dewey Reed

Kiowa, Kansas – Funeral service for Dewey Reed will be Saturday,September 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kiowa First Christian Church. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas. Online condolences may be made at

Dewey was born April 1, 1921, west of Alva, OK, near Ferry, OK. He passed away August 30, 2016, at Attica Long Term Care in Attica, KS, at the age of 95 years and 4 months. His father was Dennis Reed and his mother was Martha (Tidwell) Reed. Dewey was the oldest of six siblings.

At a young age, he and his Uncle Cecil left Oklahoma and ventured to Colorado looking for work. Following his heart, he returned to Oklahoma where he met the love of his life, Vergie Roots. They were married on November 9, 1941, in Alva, OK.

On July 11, 1942, Dewey was called to serve his country in World War II. Dewey started basic training at Camp Hale in Leadville, Colorado. He then went on to serve 3 years in Burma. There he took care of the Army’s mules and horses.

When he returned to the states his first job was with the Merrill Ranch. Later he began working on the Z Bar Ranch and was there for over 50 years. Working and doctoring cattle, building fences, and breaking horses were among his many jobs.

Dewey and Vergie raised their children Duke, Trish, Steve, and Buddy Liggenstoffer. He loved his familiy but his wife was his whole world. He would sometimes sing “The Cattle Call” to Vergie and you could see the love in his eyes when he did.

Some of Dewey’s passions in life were horses, greyhounds for hunting coyotes, fishing, family, and his friends. Dewey was loved and respected by many.

Those who preceded Dewey in death were his wife, Vergie; son, Duke; his parents, Dennis and Martha; sisters, Vonna and Wanda; brothers, Richard and Floyd.

Those left to cherish his memory include Patricia Ann Atkinson and husband, Eddie of Clever, Missouri, Steven Leon Reed and wife, Susie of Kiowa, Kansas, Buddy Liggenstoffer and wife, Carolyn of Kiowa, Kansas. Nine grandchildren include Duke Schupbach and wife Kelly, Jodie Payne and fiance Kevin Turpin, Kent Reed, Travis Reed, Trishell Lopez, Stephanie McCammon and husband, Jim, Dusty Reed and wife, Amanda, Audra Liggenstoffer, Buddy Liggenstoffer II and wife, Pattie. Five great-grandchildren include Bailey Zulkoski, Marshall McCammon, Emma Schupbach, John Schupbach, and Buddy Liggenstoffer III. Also left to cherish his memory are sister Margie King of Wilder, Idaho, and brother, Sonny Reed of Pierre, South Dakota.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Attica Long Term Care through Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.

Howard Roberson

Hardtner – Howard “Sam” Roberson, Jr., 66, passed away August 31, 2016 in Wichita.  He was born December 17, 1949 to Howard Franklin Roberson and Ethel Violet Anderson Roberson.  On May 22, 1993 he and Star Stillman were married.  Howard was cremated and there will be a memorial service at a later date.  Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Memorials may be made to help with expenses through the funeral home.

Sondra K. Thompson

WICHITA – Sondra Kay Thompson (Hummel), was born in Arkansas City on December 11, 1946 to Alice and Leon Hummel. She and husband J.D. just celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

Sondra spent over 50 years as a private piano teacher and church accompanist.

She passed away Thursday, August 4 and her services will be at First Christian Church in Clearwater on Tuesday, August 9th at 10:00 a.m. Formal visitation is at Downing & Lahey at 10515 W Maple on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sondra is survived by her husband, two children and eight grandchildren.

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Terry S. Stephens

Terry Sue Carthrae Stephens, was born, the second daughter, to Stewart and Marion (Wells) Carthrae on September 8, 1951 in Hardtner, KS.

Terry began her education in a one-room country school house in Aetna, KS. She graduated from Kiowa High School in 1969. She then attended Wichita State University, and continued her education at Washburn University School of Law, where she graduated in 1990.

She married Richard Stephens in 1976. Together they have two children, Sarah (JJ) Selmon and Michael Stephens.

She was the beloved sister of Glenda (Ron) Sibley, Rita (Russel) Graves, Kathryn (Bud) Winters, and brother Hal (Debbie) Ecksten. She attended Morningstar Community Church where she was an AWANA leader for many years.

Terry worked at Sedgwick County District Court as a deputee court trustee. Terry spent her time giving and caring for others, including her cherished grandchildren, Kingston, Sylvia, Oliver, Luther, and Cash, as well as her nieces and nephews. “Queenie” also enjoyed much anticipated trips with her sisters, creating much loved family stories, after which, her extended family enjoyed listening to her detail the mishaps and joy had by all.

She loved her Savior with all her heart, soul, and mind; and loved her neighbor as herself. Family was everything to her. Words cannot adequately express the truly incredible person Terry was, and space will not permit the listing of the numerous lives that were brightened, guided, directed, changed, and greater because of Terry. Terry is reunited today with her parents and infant brother.

Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday at Morningstar Community Church, Wichita, with burial following at 3:30 p.m. at the Hardtner Cemetery in Hardtner, KS.

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Dr. Marion D. Christensen

Kiowa-Marion D. Christensen, the son of Frank D. Christensen and Minerva and Birdie (Southerland) and Leopold Schmidt, was born March 22, 1925 and passed away July 14, 2016.

Marion was born in Thomas, Oklahoma and moved to Mutual, Oklahoma as a freshman in high school. He graduated from Mutual in 1943 and immediately joined the war effort in World War II. He was stationed in England and made thirty-five missions over Germany as a ball-turret gunner in a B-17. He was S/SGT Marion D. Christensen of the 8th Army Air Corp.

He returned home after completing his thirty-five missions and married his high school sweetheart, Roberta Lea Griffith, on May 6, 1945.

Marion started college at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma the following January where he studied pre-med. He also started his family during this time. Dennis and Kathleen were born in Enid. He finished his education at Oklahoma University of Medicine in Oklahoma City.

In 1953 after graduation, they moved to Kiowa, Kansas where they completed their family with Sherrill and Steven. Marion served the town of Kiowa from 1953 to 1994.

He was preceded in death by brother, Deon Christensen; sister, Caroline Rice and granddaughter, Christine Jackson.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta, of the home; son, Dennis Christensen and wife, Shirley of Kiowa, Kansas; daughter, Kathleen Gilchrist and husband, Larry of Seiling, Oklahoma; daughter, Sherrill Jackson and husband, Duane of Kiowa, Colorado and son, Steven Christensen and wife, Carolyn of Kiowa, Kansas; ten grandchildren, Greg Gilchrist, Debra Seevers, Amber Morris, Renee Reed, Mike and Evan Jackson, and John, Cody, Mark and Amy Christensen; thirteen great grandchildren, Carsen, Nolan and Greyson Reed, Caleb, Miranda and Kaitlyn Gilchrist, Amber Vaverka and Jasmine Seevers, Sheridan and Wyatt Morris, Cadence and Delaney Jackson and Gavin Christensen; one sister, Dee Snyder and husband, Trigg of Enid, Oklahoma; brothers, Robert Christensen and wife, Mary Beth and Tom Christensen and wife, Gina of Mutual, Oklahoma. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service was Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Kiowa with Rev. Keith Fink officiating. Burial followed at Riverview Cemetery at Kiowa.

Memorials may be given to Kiowa United Methodist Church, Kiowa District Hospital or Kiowa VFW through the funeral home.


Laverne C. Jelinek

1924 ~ 2016

Laverne Christine Jelinek was born on December 24, 1924, in Kiowa, Kansas and departed this life June 21, 2016 at the age of 91 years in the presence of her family in Milford, MI.

Laverne, daughter of Van and Hallie (Valentine) Utterback was the youngest of 10 children. She lived in Kiowa attending all levels of education until graduating from Kiowa High School in 1943. While in high school she loved Home Economics and continued her love of cooking and sewing her entire life.

After high school she moved to Anthony and started working at Thrift Oil Company as a bookkeeper. It was there that she met Charlie M Jelinek who was in the Army at the time. They corresponded until the war was over and were married on November 16, 1946. They moved to a farm in Freeport and after having three children moved to Bluff City continuing a life as a farmer’s wife and raising 3 children.

She soon went to work for the Bluff City Post Office as a part time clerk. She continued working for the post office for 30 years ending her career as Officer in Charge at age 62. After retirement she began quilting and made every child and grandchild a keepsake quilt, numerous baby quilts and wall hangings.

She lived in Bluff City until Charlie passed in 1998 and then moved to Anthony. While living in Anthony she was a member of the Anthony Christian Church, Eta Alpha chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary. In May of 2007 she moved to Michigan and lived in independent living for five years, then lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Milford, MI the past four years.

During her last years she enjoyed family gatherings, discussing the past and current events, watching her great grand children play sports and teaching them how to make their favorite recipes as well as being entertained by her great and great-great grandchildren. She loved visiting the farm in Kansas and hearing the daily farm news as well. Although she liked living in Michigan, she always missed Kansas.

Laverne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charlie, son Larry, great-grandson Kevin, and 8 sisters and 1 brother. She will be deeply missed by her son Marvin Jelinek and wife Deb of Mulvane, KS, daughter Charlene Giesen and husband Doug of Milford, MI, grandchildren: Justin Jelinek and wife Elizabeth of Mulvane, KS, Jason Jelinek and wife Laura of Mulvane, KS, Marlan Giesen and wife Nancy of Hitchen, England, Mark Pyles and wife Dawn of Wixom, MI, and Jerri Osborne and husband Jim of Hartland, MI, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at the Anthony Christian Church on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The family would like everyone to come and share memories during this time.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Anthony Christian Church.

Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is assisting with arrangements.

Richard L. Rhea

Memorial services for Richard Lee Rhea, 65, of Hazelton, KS will be held at 2:00 p.m. on thursday, June 23, at the Hazelton, KS Senior Center.

He was preceded by his parents, Melba and Arthur Rhea. Survivors are daughters Valerie “Jason” Shober, Amber “Butch” Lewis; sister Aloma Decker; brother Terry “Diane” Rhea and 5 grandchildren. Baker Funeral Home, Wichita, is in charge of arrangements.

Billy Hitchcock

Bill Hitchcock

November 14, 1936 – June 11, 2016

William Dean “Billy” Hitchcock was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 14, 1936, son of James C. Hitchcock and Jessie L. Scribner.  He passed away June 11, 2016 in Kiowa, Kansas.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Catholic Church in Kiowa, Kansas.  Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Visitation will be Monday, June 13, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

He was married to Lois Ann Ricke in 1956.

In 1984 he married Elke Brunhild Tucker, she passed away September 27, 2007.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Flora Mae Rigney and Ethel Ashlock; brothers, James Hitchcock and L.E. “Sonny” Hitchcock.

Bill moved from Tulsa to Kiowa in 1957 and worked on the farm at Hazelton. He soon took a job at the Kiowa Locker System for Marvin and Toni Rodkey.  In 1966 he was manager at Anthony Cold Storage.  In 1969 he entered into partnership with Milford Powell at the Anthony Meat Company, where he worked as butcher and meat cutter until taking employment with Kansas Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector.  In 1970 he and Robert Ricke, purchased the Kiowa Locker System.  He retired in 2004.

Survivors are his four children Ricke Dean and wife, Belinda of Kiowa, Nicke William and wife, Deb of Kiowa, Vicke Clepper and husband, David of Cherokee, Oklahoma, and Dirk Tucker and wife, Michelle of Atlanta, Georgia;  seven grandchildren, Angela Allison (Kevin), Wreath Hitchcock, Matt Clepper (Shawna), Jay Clepper (Mandy), Trey Clepper, Jadde Easter (Nate), Dru Henson (Roy), and Troy Tucker;  eleven great-grandchildren, Lauren and Logan Hitchcock, Dylan and Adrienne Allison, Trenton and Bailey Clepper, Hadley and Bentley Easter and Blaine, Makaela and Hayden Dungan;  sisters, Karon Bean and Sharon Holdorf, Broomfield Colorado.

Memorials may be made to South Wind Hospice and sent to Lanman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 42, Kiowa, Kansas 67070.

Jerry Mason

Jerry Lee Mason

Jerry Lee Mason, 74, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas after a short illness. He was born June 30, 1941 in Medford, Oklahoma to Mervin and Flora (Ragan) Mason.

Jerry grew up in Byron, Oklahoma and moved with his family to Washington State before moving back to the area, graduating from Anthony High School.

An avid bowler, Jerry took a job with Fred Wetz at Paradise Bowl in Kiowa. He met and married Peggy Miller in 1966. They would have been married 50 years, June 4 2016. He continued to operate Paradise Bowl evenings and weekends while working as Butcher at Parker’s Grocery Store and then Kiowa IGA as Butcher/Manager.

He took a position at Hardtner Supply as Butcher/Manager until his illness and death. He loved his customers who sometimes drove miles just to go in and sit awhile.

Jerry’s greatest joy was being a Grandpa and spending time with his family. He loved fishing, golfing, bowling and family reunions with the Masons.

Jerry joined the Kansas Army National Guard in October 1963 and retired with an Honorary Discharge in October 1983 as Sergeant First Class E7.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Mervin and Flo Mason; his brothers and their wives; Dewey and Dorthea Mason, Milton and Lavonna Mason, and Darrel and Martha Mason.

Jerry is survived by his wife Peggy of Kiowa; son, Todd Mason and his wife, Audra of Ponca City, Oklahoma; daughter, Jody Mason Hart of Enid, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Taylor and Cole Mason, Megan and Bryson Hart; brothers, Albert Mason and his wife, Dolores and Harry Mason and his wife, Dianna; his sisters, Betty Woods and her husband, Ed and his twin sister, Janet Hardin and her husband, Merle and many loving nieces, nephews, and numerous other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Kiowa United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016. A visitation will be held at Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016 and Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 4:00 to 7:00. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Memorials may be contributions to the family through the funeral home or to a charity of your choice. ­­

Doing His Best

He’s the hard working, thoughtful and sensitive kind

An honest and warmhearted man…

He’s simply a person who’s doing his best

To live as well as he can.

You’ll probably not see his name in lights,

His goal is not glory or fame.

He may not be chosen as man of the year,

And not all will remember his name.

He most likely values the people he loves

And friendship to him is a prize.

Contentment with life can be seen in his face

And happiness shines in his eyes

He’ll share what he has with somebody in need,

Find time to help those in distress…

He may not be famous, he may not be rich,

But at living, this man is a success. -L. L. Elrod

Vergie Reed

Vergie Reed

Kiowa-Funeral service for Vergie Reed will be Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Kiowa First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at Medicine Lodge.  Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.

Vergie was born near Alva, Oklahoma on February 16, 1924, the daughter of George Roots and Emma Hopkins Roots.  She attended South Hackberry country school and Laswell country church.  She and Dewey Reed were married in Alva, Oklahoma on November 9, 1940 and had celebrated 75 years of marriage last November.  Vergie was a true rancher’s wife.  She and Dewey lived at the Z-Ranch and she cooked for 25 to 30 men for many years.  She also tended the milk cows, chickens, guineas.  She was Steve’s backup mechanic and kept Duke’s car clean.  She loved doing things for and with family.  Vergie and Dewey had traveled to Nashville to the Grand Old Opry and to California to see other family.  They loved to go dancing, first to Capron and later to the VFW in Alva. They had pet names for each other and used them to the end – she was punk and he was honk.

Vergie was given the utmost loving care at the Attica Manor from the day she entered to her last days.  She was loved.

Those who preceded Vergie in death are her parents; one son, Duke Reed; sisters, Vera, Viva, Theo, Rose and Nora and one brother, Orin.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dewey, three children, Patrician Ann Atkinson and husband, Eddie of Rogersville, Missouri, Steven Leon Reed and wife, Susie of Kiowa,  Buddy Liggenstoffer and wife, Carolyn of Kiowa; nine grandchildren, Duke Schupbach and wife, Kelly, Jodie Parsons, Kent Reed, Travis Reed, Trishell Lopez, Stephanie McCammon and husband, Jim, Dusty J. Reed and wife, Amanda, Audra Liggenstoffer and Buddy Liggenstoffer and wife, Pattie; five great grandchildren, Bailey Zulkoski, Marshall McCammon, Emma Schupbach, John Schupbach and Buddy Liggenstoffer; one sister, Catherine Naomi Ford and husband, Wayne of Enid, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Attica Long Term Care through Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Sue Knobbe

Sue Kay Knobbe

Sue Kay (Wood) Knobbe, 82, of Overland Park, KS, left her physical life on May 1, 2016 to be with the Lord and loved ones after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was surrounded by her family. Sue was preceded by her beloved husband, Larry Knobbe, her parents, Harry and Lena Wood, sisters, identical twin Sally Kohlhase, and sister, Joanne Alberding.

A celebration of her life was held on Friday, May 6, 2016, in the Wesley Chapel at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.

Sue was born in Wellington, KS, on February 24, 1934, and raised in Kiowa, Kansas. Sue spent her youth in Kiowa “dusting the shelves” at her father’s hardware store.

Survivors include her sister, Judy (Dennis) Kale of Wichita, KS; nephews, Mark Kohlhase, his wife Becky and children Hal and Jane of Prairie Village, KS; Doug Kohlhase, his wife, Jennifer and sons, Isaac and Gus of Overland Park, KS and Eric Brown and his wife Emily and daughters, Ellie and Emma of Redlands, CA; nieces, Amy Hampton, her husband Mike and daughter Hailey of Wichita, KS, Jackie Perkins, her husband Robert of Bellevue, NE, Jerri Saunders, her husband Bill of Allen, TX, Janet Dunn of Oak Point, TX and Jennifer Turner, her husband David of Howe, TX. Sue lived a full and vibrant life.

Her adventures included working at Yellowstone National Park and for the FBI in Washington, DC, and Denver, CO. Sue found her way back to Kansas City and retired from Allied Bendix Corporation (now Honeywell) after 30 years of service.

Her warm smile and kind eyes greeted friends, family, and strangers alike, especially as she walked her dog every day and volunteered more than 4,000 hours at St. Joseph Hospital. Sue was also active with the African Violet Society of Kansas City and won many awards for her violets. Her devotion to God and her church were very special to her.

The family suggests contributions be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association to aid in research of this disease. Online condolences may be expressed at:

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Floyd S. Domnick, Jr.

Floyd Smith Domnick, Jr., age 76, of Tyler, Texas, passed from this life on April 29, 2016 at the East Texas Medical Center following a very short illness of cancer. A celebration of his life will be held at the Apostolic Christian Church in Kiowa, Kansas at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday May 5, 2016 with Ron Allenbach and Matt Schupbach officiating under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home, Inc of Kiowa. Viewing will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. with family present from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

He was born in Peoria, Illinois on March 13, 1940 to Floyd Smith Domnick and Doris Lorraine (Fritz) Domnick.

They moved to Udall, Kansas when Junior was about three. In 1945 they moved to a farm west of Burlington, Oklahoma where he attended school 1st -10th grades and participated in FFA, basketball, tennis and track. However, he had a desire to play football and transferred to Kiowa High School his junior year, where he graduated in 1958. He then attended Northwestern State University in Alva, Oklahoma and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado majoring in Horticulture.

He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Vanda Garner of Kiowa, Kansas on October 30, 1959 at the United Methodist Church in Kiowa. To this union two children were born: Brandon and Holly.

He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1960 and followed the Lord in baptism. He loved the Lord in his own special way and in his later years really enjoyed talking to people about the Lord, even total strangers.

In 1961 he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Cleveland, Ohio and Fairbanks, Alaska.

His dad was a custom cutter and he, with his siblings, spent their summers cutting wheat from the Texas-Oklahoma border to the Canadian border.

In 1973 Junior and Vanda established Hilltop Nursery and Landscape Service north of Hazelton, Kansas, and then later went into farming in 1980. He also drove a school bus and was janitor for South Barber Schools for several years. He had many different jobs throughout his lifetime, but horticulture and working with plants was his passion.

Junior loved his children and family deeply, cherishing memories of Domnick family reunions in years past. He was the oldest of five siblings and twenty-one first cousins. Every time he had an opportunity to be with any member of the family, he had a story to tell about each one of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a miscarried son.

He is survived by his wife, Vanda of Tyler, Texas; son, Brandon and wife, Amy of Northglenn, Colorado; daughter, Holly Beavers and husband, Scott of Phoenix, Arizona; two granddaughters, Megan and Harry Lujan of Englewood, Colorado and Rachel and Dylan Zollars of Highland Ranch, Colorado; two brothers, Ronnie Domnick and Skeet of Kiowa and Terry Domnick and Donna of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two sisters, Judith Kildow and Roger of Cherokee, Oklahoma and Cindy Domnick of Missoula, Montana; many nephews; nieces; many cousins and friends.

In liew of flowers, the family requests memorials be made through Lanman Funeral Home in Kiowa to The Apostolic Christian Church of Kiowa, Hardtner or Kiowa Volunteer Fire Departments, Kiowa District Hospital or South Barber Schools.

Martha R. Froetschner

Hutchinson- Martha R. (West) Froetschner, 69, died March 27, 2016, at her home after being surrounded by her family celebrating Easter. She was born on February 17, 1947, in Hardtner, to Dale L. and Rosie (Reid) Steele.

Martha married Jackson L. West in 1963 in Kiowa. Together they had two daughters, Jacqueline Smalling of Nickerson and Jovonna Funnell of Topeka. Also surviving are grandchildren, Krystal Walton, Jachob Strecker, Jensenn Strecker, Victoria Smalling, Benjamin Smalling, Mattalynn Funnell; and great grandson, Wyatt Walton.

In 1991, Martha married John A. Froestchner of Offerle. Martha was a 40 year career registered nurse. Family was the most important part of life to Martha. She loved having the entire extended family for holidays, birthdays, or for any reason, just to be together. Martha enjoyed cooking, music, sewing, and dancing.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at First Christian Church, Kiowa, with Dennis Hatlestad officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Kiowa. Friends may sign the book 9-5 Thursday at Elliott Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Kiowa, or Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219, N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.



Lee A. Ridgway

Lee Albert Ridgway, 78, of Perry passed from this life on March 20, 2016.  Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at The Event Center in Perry on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 1:00pm.  Visitation will be held on Friday, March 25 from 9am to 8pm with family greeting guests at the funeral home from 6pm to 8pm.

Lee was born on January 2, 1938 in Welch, OK to Albert Leroy and Ida May (Adams) Swafford Ridgway.  He spent several of his younger years in Corwin, KS before the family relocated to Kiowa, KS where he was raised and attended school. He began working on his family farm even before he was old enough to attend school. When the family moved to Kiowa before his 3rd grade year, he picked up a paper route which he delivered before attending class.

On June 8, 1955, he married the love of his life Wilma Maxine Culver from Alva, OK at the Baptist Church in Kiowa, KS.

In 1956, he began working for Broce Construction. Shortly thereafter he accepted a job as a wingman at Boeing, constructing and installing wings on the B-52 aircraft. Three years later he returned to Kiowa and worked as a mechanic for about nine months. As he watched the workers construct the new South highway leading out of Kiowa and it drew him back to his love of construction. He returned to Broce Construction where he helped build highways in Kansas, parts of the Will Rogers Turnpike and I-40 (Hwy 66) from OKC to Western Oklahoma and Kansas. His family followed him on this journey.

In 1971, the family relocated to Perry, OK where Lee worked building the exits at 412 and I-35. He then spent 12 yrs working for Morrows Concrete as a truck driver. He spent the next 17 years working as a grader/blade operator, maintaining roads for Noble County.  He retired from the county in 2003, but that was short lived. He returned to the construction industry, working for Jeff Frank Construction and then Gary Rogers at North Central Construction in Stillwater until his passing.

Lee Ridgway touched many lives during his 78 years of life and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Rachelle Ridgway; and granddaughter, KayLee Rochelle Ridgway. Sisters: Fern Crowl, Joyce O’Conner, Lena Burns, and Rose Yocam. Brothers: Ray Swafford, Lloyd Swafford, Carl Swafford and Guy Ridgway; nephew Jim Ridgway and wife Pat.

He is survived by his wife of almost 61 yrs, Wilma Ridgway of the home; Two sons: Tony Ridgway and wife Patricia of Breckenridge, OK and Michael Ridgway and wife Brenda of Enid, OK; a daughter Keitha Kukuk and husband Lynn of Perry, OK. Sisters: Eva Cox and Irene Vanatta. Grandchildren: Jacque Boss and husband George, Denton Ridgway, Kyle Ridgway, LaChelle Witter, Anthony Witter and wife Amy, Meliah Boyd and husband Coby, Alicia Kukuk, Fred Kukuk, Trisha Johnson, LaTrisha Jinkens and husband Matt, Kaden Ridgway

Great Grandchildren: Jacelynn Boss, Corrin Boss, Madolyn Ridgway, Lakyn Ridgway, Braydon Ridgway, Kelsey Jinkens, Kassidy Jinkens, Aaron Witter, Riley Witter, Kelbi Phillips, Bradly Kukuk, Kati Jo Kukuk, Samantha Kukuk, Christian Johnson, Heather Carey, Jacob Carey, Daniel Jeter, Taylor Witter, Heston Witter, Kohl Witter, Zain Wilson, Rhyker Wilson, Wyatt Boyd and Rylee Boyd.

He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.

Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at

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Clinton L. Palmer

February 2, 1940 – March 13, 2016

Kiowa, Kansas-Clinton Leroy Palmer was born February 2, 1940 northwest of Alva, the son of late Thomas Jay and Floy Sanders Palmer. This special day twins were born, Barbara Jean, six pounds, twelve ounces and Clinton Leroy, eight pounds, four ounces.

Floy carried the babies ten months. They were welcomed by an older sister, Leona and brother, Ernest. Thomas Jay had to drive to town for more baby clothes. The twins were always dressed alike while growing up. Clinton always led a farm boy’s life, plenty of animal toys – work to do. Clinton was very smart and always found ways to make money. He sold baby rabbits and ducks to T,G & Y and they sold them out of their front window.

Clinton went to school in Cherokee for first through third grade. He then moved to the farm northwest of Alva. He attended Washington Elementary School for grades four through six and Horace Mann Jr. High School in Alva. He graduated from Alva High School in 1958.

Clinton attended and graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a master’s degree. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 – 1972, with a duty assignment in Vietnam.

He moved around and ended up in Kiowa, Kansas. The last four years, Clinton made his home at Kiowa Manor, where he had excellent care. Clinton passed away at Kiowa District Hospital on March 13, 2016.

Clinton is survived by his twin sister, Barbara Jean; brother-in-law, Jim Case; special cousin, Shirley Sanders Ullom; several nieces; nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sisters; one infant niece; sister, Leona Corbin; brother-in-law, Raymond; brother, Ernest Jay Palmer and sister-in-law, Tellena Palmer.

Graveside service for Clinton will be Friday, March 18, 2016 at Short Springs Cemetery on Highway 11 west of Cherokee, Oklahoma. Viewing will be before the service at the cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the funeral home on behalf of the family.

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Doris F. Teeter

Born: July 31, 1922

Died: March 04, 2016

Doris F. Teeter, age 93, formerly of Grinnell, died on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Prairie Senior Living Complex, Colby, KS.

Doris Frances (Schoenfeld) Teeter was born in a sod house north of Park, Kansas on July 31, 1922. She was the third of six children born to Martin and Mary (Ploeger) Schoenfeld. Growing up during the depression, many stories were told about the dust storms, big gardens, canning, and having to gather cow chips for fuel. Even going to church during the winter months was a challenge because the water had to be drained from the radiator of the Model T so it would not freeze during the Sunday services.

On October 22, 1942 she was united in marriage to W. M. “Shorty” Teeter in WaKeeney, KS. To this union four children were born; Darlene who died in infancy, Donald Ray (Jackie) Teeter of Grinnell, KS; Mary Jane (Keith) Rathgeber of Kiowa, KS; and Larry Dean Teeter (friend Terry Starns) of Brewster, KS.

Family gatherings were fun times especially if you were celebrating a birthday with angel food cake and homemade banana ice cream. Doris was an excellent cook, her fried chicken, turkey & dressing, apple bread, fruitcake, burnt sugar pie and the list goes on…..And “Ma Teeter” had the BEST coffee around shared on a Sunday morning after church usually with cookies that she always kept in a Tupperware container in the freezer.

She loved a good game of cards, dominos or checkers. These were her and Shorty’s evening entertainment usually with Doris ending up the loser and “Pappy” as she called him laughing at her anger. Her yard was her domain; she loved her garden & flowers and had the greenest grass around. She was a homemaker, a cook at the school and caregiver to several elderly ladies in Grinnell. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary #2864 and the United Methodist Women.

Doris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother with five living generations. She will be missed by her children: Don, Jane, Larry; 13 grandchildren: Melissa Byerly, Melanie McDonough, Christopher Teeter, Meredith Lewallen, Brian Rathgeber, Brandi Thom, Brad Rathgeber, Brent Rathgeber, Sarah Castle, Adam Teeter, Andrew Teeter, Emily Teeter and Aaron Teeter; 34 great-grandchildren: Elizabeth & Victoria Basham, Alissa & Nicholas Byerly, Dawson & Cole McDonough, Matthew & Luke Teeter, Brooklyn, Makayla, Sydney & Tayte Lewallen, Taylor, Tristan & Trina Rathgeber, Micah, Madison & Morgan Polson, Carrington Thom, Trae, Bryn, Caden & Bryson Rathgeber, Gavin & Ethan Rathgeber, Rebekah, Maiah & Dane Castle, Avyn, Axtyn & Aspyn Teeter, Italy, Nala, and Talon Teeter; and a great-great grandson, William Carpenter.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Shorty on January 30, 1997; infant daughter Darlene, parents, Martin and Mary Schoenfeld, siblings: Jake Schoenfeld and Catherine Leiker, sisters-in-law Clara Schoenfeld and Zelma (Dorman) Giddings, and brothers-in-law: Herb Leiker, Elwin Coulter, Leonard Mueller, Virgil Teeter, Leslie Teeter, and Mac Teeter. Other survivors include her sisters: Irene Coulter of Hoxie, Alice Mueller of Shawnee Mission, and Thelma (Forrest) McCowan of Basehor, sister-in-law Mary Teeter of Grinnell, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m. at Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, Oakley, with Pastors Sheryl Johnson and Michael Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Grinnell Cemetery with honors by Grinnell VFW Post #2864 Ladies Auxilary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Grinnell United Methodist Church.


Leslie Coggins

Leslie R. Coggins

Leslie Ruel Coggins, age 44, passed away from a motorcycle accident on February 28, 2016 at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, TX.

He was born October 2, 1971 at Kiowa Hospital, Kiowa, KS, the son of Les and Dee Coggins of Kiowa. He grew up in Kiowa and graduated from South Barber High School in 1990.

Leslie enjoyed riding his motorcycle, working on any kind of vehicle and being a handyman as well as always helping friends and neighbors. Les never knew a stranger.

He worked for BNSF Railway as a conductor and engineer.

Leslie is survived by his wife, Julie Stricker Coggins, of Haysville, KS; four children, Cesley Coggins, Codey Coggins, and Brantlee and Brayden Coggins; his parents, Les and Dee Coggins of Kiowa; four brothers, Jim (D’Narda) of Cheney, KS, Mike (Shana) of Kiowa, Charles (Cheris) of Anthony, KS, and John (Kristi) of Kiowa, KS; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, two uncles and their families, and many, many friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Haysville Christian Church, 1306 W. Grand, on Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m.

There will be a sharing of memories for family and friends on Sunday, March 13, at the Kiowa Masonic Lodge, 202 S. 9th, at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Leslie R. Coggins Children’s Education Fund at the First State Bank, 546 Main St., Kiowa, KS.

Donald V. Beason

Donald Vernon Beason was born on October 12, 1931 to Vernon and Sybil (Ross) Beason in Kiowa, KS. He was their only child. He was raised next door to his fraternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Minnie (Beason) and Harry Downtain, both of whom passed away in the early 1950’s.

Don entered the Kiowa, KS school system and completed K-12, graduating with the class of 1951. He was very active in the sports of both basketball and football through junior high and high school. His father died in June, 1950.

In June of 1951 he was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Doris N. Curran and to this union three daughters and one son were born. In Sept. of 1951 he was inducted into the U.S. Army and he and Doris went to California where he took his training. In April of 1952 he was shipped to Korea where he completed his tour of duty as a guard in a P.O.W. camp.

After his discharge in Sept. of 1953 he returned to Kiowa to his wife, Doris, and 9 month old daughter and joined his mother in managing the Beason Truck Service. After selling the trucking business service he worked various other jobs, the last one being Water Superintendent for the City of Kiowa. He and Doris divorced in 1966.

In October of 1977 he married Jeanette Prather and became a caring step-father to her five children.

On March 3rd of 2010, Don suffered a massive stroke and spent the remainder of his life housed at Homestead Health Facility in Wichita, KS. He passed away there on February 7, 2016.

Final services are pending.

Besides his wife, Jeanette, he is survived by his daughters, Deb Scott, Diane Peacock and Denise Hall; one son, Kelly Beason; step-children, Bill Prather, Ella Looker, Charles Prather and Deb Ferrell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Beason, in 1951, and one step-son, Mike Prather.

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason passed quietly away on February 18, 2016, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, among family and friends. She was 93.

She was born Sue Ireena Godard on July 3, 1922, in Rosedale, Oklahoma, to Carl B. and Leacy M. Godard. She graduated Rosedale High School and spent a year at Oklahoma A&M University before World War II. She married Jesse L. Mason in 1946, and they had two sons. The family made their home in Kiowa, Kansas, where Sue lived until moving to Sierra Vista.

Sue was strong in her faith and was a life-long member of the Church of Christ. She worshipped for 50 years with her church family at Riverside Church of Christ in Burlington, Oklahoma.

She was a wonderful mother who created a warm, loving environment for her sons, encouraging and guiding them to grow up responsibly. She provided that same love and nurturing to her grandchildren and extended family. She was loyal and supportive to her friends and always had a ready smile for everyone. She loved poetry, reading, word play, games of all types, and sports. She was everything one could ask for in a daughter, mother, spouse, or friend. She will be sorely missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Charles M. and Van R. Godard, her nephew, Charles G. Godard and both of her spouses, Jesse Mason and Marcine Diel.

She is survived by both of her sons and their wives, Tony (Candy) and Joel (Frances); her granddaughters and their husbands, Jenifer (Kevin) Robbins and Janet (Neal) Blankenship and her great-granddaughters, Maggie and Allison Blankenship. She is also survived by numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and other extended family members that she loved deeply.

Arrangements are being handled by Jensen’s Mortuary in Sierra Vista and Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee, Oklahoma. No services will be held in Sierra Vista. Services will be held at Riverside Church of Christ in Burlington, Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. She will be interred in next to Jesse in Apostolic Christian Cemetery near Burlington. Viewing will be Monday, February 29, 2016 at Lanman Funeral Home in Cherokee from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. with family present. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Tipton Children’s Home in Tipton, Oklahoma.

Delmar Garman

Delmar D. Garman

Delmar Dean Garman, 85, of Fayetteville died Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Clarity Pointe in Fayetteville. He was born December 27, 1930 in Hazelton, Kansas the son of Francis and A.D. Garman.

Dean proudly served during the Korean War in the U.S. Marines where he earned numerous awards, including the Purple Heart. In 1974, Dean founded RoArk Printing and was the owner and operator for many years. During his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gathering with family and friends.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 30 years Marilyn Graul Garman, three sisters; Phyllis Triplett, Alice Ricke, Leona Garman, two brothers; Arnold (A.J.) Garman, and Richard Garman.

He is survived by two sons; Don Garman and wife Terri, of Rogers, Ron Garman and wife Sharon, of Rogers, two daughters; Tina Noble of Rogers, Tamie Fletcher and husband Rob, of Wellington, Kansas, one sister; Juanita Eckert and husband Carl, of Kiowa, Kansas, five grandchildren; Tyler Garman and wife Lindsey, of Rogers, Kylie Whitehead and husband Trey, of Prosper, Texas, Jessica Thompson and husband Tyler, of Bentonville, Rees Noble of Fayetteville, Dalton and wife Ellen Wood Guilfoil, of West Allis, Wisconsin, and six great-grandchildren.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to: Clarity Pointe in Fayetteville, Alzheimer’s Foundation, or Circle of Life Hospice.

Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bentonville. Condolences:


 James R. Donovan

James R. “Jim” Donovan, 91, of Medicine Lodge, KS, died Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge, KS.

He was born on October 26, 1924 in Oklahoma City, OK, the son of Raymond Donovan and Hazel (Rankin) Donovan. On December 1, 1946, Jim married June C. (Stone) Donovan in Medicine Lodge, KS. She preceded him in death on May 24, 2003.

Jim was a rancher and a member of the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS, the American Legion, the Delta Lodge, #77, Masonic, and the Kansas Livestock Association. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Manilla, Phillippines.

Surviving are two sons, Michuael (Rhonda) Donovan of Medicine Lodge, KS and Gary (Debbie) Donovan of Wichita, KS; Five grandchildren, Brett Donovan, Lindsay (Brandon) Miller, Blair Donovan, Seth Donovan, and Chase Donovan; one great-grandchild, Donovan Miller; Several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two sisters, Jane McCormick and Carol King.

Visitation will be on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Larrrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS with Pastor Paul Stephens and Pastor Tom Walters officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, KS with military honors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, in care of Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.

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Della M. Trotter

Hardtner-Della May McCracken Trotter, 100, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital.  Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hardtner with Pastor Dwain Richert, Community Bible Fellowship Church, Medicine Lodge, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Condolences may be shared with the family at   Viewing will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Della was born on August 16, 1915 to William Lee and Alice McCracken.  She attended school and graduated from Medicine Lodge High School, obtaining a teaching certification.  She taught school in a one room school house northwest of Hardtner.   On May 31, 1935 she married Earl Trotter.  Della and Earl ranched and farmed northwest of Hardtner. He  preceded her in death.  In 1954 she became the head cook at the Hardtner Public School.  She fed students for 27 years.  Being an avid reader she became the librarian at the Hardtner Public Library.  After retiring from the library she enjoyed being a homemaker and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Elmer, Roy Charles and John; three sisters, Mildred Marian, Beth May and Lenora (Babe) Lawson and one great grandson, Matthew Strain.

She is survived by two children, Janet Smith and husband, Bill of Hardtner, Ethan Trotter and wife, Janice of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Donna Strain, LeeAnne Osgood, Laura Fails, Brian Trotter and Ashlee Trotter; eight great grandchildren, Jessica Strain, Spencer Osgood, Abbigail Osgood, Samuel Fails, Josephine Fails, Sadie Trotter, Preston Trotter and Rylee Trotter; one great-great grandchild, Olivia Strain; nieces; nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to Bill and Janet’s Nature Museum or the Hardtner Public Library through the funeral home.

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Zella A. Winters

Zella Ann Winters went to be with our Lord Friday, February 12, 2016 at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City, Kansas. She was born on August 27, 1933 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Glenn and Sarah Cole. As a result of her father working for Phillips 66 pipelines, she lived in many places growing up. Zella did not know a stranger. She was very patriotic and supported many churches with her contributions.

On August 15, 1952 she married Robert Dean Winters Sr. in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. She was a pitch player, loved to dance and was a member of the Granny League Bowlers in Garden City. She also loved spending time with all of her grandchildren and other family members when she could.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Winters Jr. and his wife, Robbe of Woodward, Oklahoma and Bud Winters and his wife, Kathryn of Hardtner, Kansas; daughter, Betty Guitron and her husband, Roy of Garden City, Kansas; three sisters, Lois McGarry and her husband, Jewell of Edmond, Oklahoma, Glenda Alexander and her husband, Jerry of Hardtner, Kansas and Opal McCracken and her husband, Mike of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Zella’s husband, Robert Winters Sr. died March 23, 1998. She was also preceded in death by a great grandson, Conner Winters.

Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Hardtner, Kansas on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project through Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.


Andy R

Andrew C. Rathgeber

Kiowa-Funeral service for Andrew C. Rathgeber will be Monday, February 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Kiowa First Christian Church.  Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Andy was a private man in life and to honor him the family has chosen only a private family viewing.

Andy was born on August 9, 1956 in Kiowa to Bobbie Rathgeber and Lometa Tharp Rathgeber and passed from this life on February 11, 2016 in Kiowa.  He lived in Kiowa most of his life with the exception of a few years here and there.  He owned and operated Bob’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse in Kiowa.  He enjoyed landscaping projects and watching horror and thriller movies.  He also enjoyed science and history and was able to discuss both subjects at length.  Andy had a love for model trains, which included building the trains, cities, landscapes, ponds and such to surround the train tracks.

Andy was preceded in death by his father, Bobbie Rathgeber; grandparents, Cecil and Gladys Rathgeber and John and Fay Tharp and nephew, Conner Winters.

Survivors include his mother, Lometa Rathgeber; one daughter, Brandy Nicole McKitrick; four grandchildren, Kelia Lometa Waugh and husband, Braden, Andraia McKitrick, Malayna McKitrick and Nathan Andrew Dean McKitrick; one great grandchild, Paizlee Faye Waugh and two sisters, Toni Orsburn and husband, Dennis and Bobbie Parker and husband, Jim.

Memorials may be given to the funeral home to benefit the family.

Boyd B. Forester

Kiowa-Boyd Beaumont Forester was born January 23, 1932 in Alva, Oklahoma to B.C. “Bo” and Mary Forester. He died February 6, 2016 in Kiowa, Kansas.

Boyd attended school in Kiowa, graduating with the class of 1950. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Animal Husbandry. Boyd was on the tennis team at KSU, was a member of the Army ROTC and the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. White at K-State, he met Sally Hoatson. They were married September 23, 1955.

A fixed wing and helicopter pilot, Boyd achieved the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Force. After his discharge he and Sally moved to the family farm north of Kiowa.

His interest included soil conservation, and he was a pioneer in implementing a soil fertilization program. He was a long time member of the Cosmos Lodge.

Boyd loved to teach tennis to anyone who would pick up a racket. He provided many books to beginners on how to play the game. He and Sally loved their dogs and treated them as their family. Reading was a means to learn more about his other interests, politics and economics.

Boyd was a vocal supporter at his grandchildren’s sporting events! After retirement he began painting with watercolors. He enjoyed giving his works to friend and family.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sally and his brothers, Buford Means and Delmar Means.

He is survived by his children, Kim Nickelson and husband, Mark of Waynoka, Oklahoma, John Forester and wife, Linda of Kiowa, Kansas, Dan Forester of Kiowa, Kansas; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Lorraine LoVette Rake and husband, Mike Rake of Wichita, Kansas; Jackie LoVette and Stacy Brown of Grand Mound, Washington, David LoVette of Topeka, Kansas; extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Kiowa Hospital District Manor through the funeral home.


Donna Mae Soucie

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, January 15, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sidney, NE for Donna Mae Soucie. She passed away January 11, 2016.

Officiating were Fr. Jim Heithoff, Fr. Matt Koperski and Msgr. Adrian Herbek.

Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Sidney, NE.

Donna Mae Soucie was born on July 21, 1929 in Fullerton, NE to Bernard “Ben” and Elizabeth (Birkel) Messing. During World War II the family moved to Hastings, NE where Donna Mae attended and graduated from St. Cecilia Catholic School.

On April 6, 1948, she married Leonard Soucie at St. Cecilia Catholic Church and to this union seven children were born, including a set of triplets. They farmed thirteen years at Doniphan, NE and moved to a farm west of Lodgepole in 1962. Upon retirement they moved to Sidney in 2001.

Donna Mae was an active member of Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Altar Societies. During her few hours of spare time Donna Mae enjoyed embroidering beautiful keepsakes for her family. Holiday gatherings were held at the farm and at Sidney until the family outgrew the house.

After moving to Sidney, she helped to serve funeral dinners with the St. Patrick’s Altar Society and enjoyed very much her time working at the Rummage House. For several years during retirement, Leonard and Donna Mae drove cars for Wolf’s between their dealerships.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years: Leonard; her (5) sons and (2) daughters: Dennis (Libby) of Sidney, Douglas (Marietta) of Juniata, NE, Delmar (Marilyn) of Sterling, CO, Donald (Coreen) of Lodgepole, NE, Deborah (John) Dana of Sunol, NE, Diane (Dwight) Mitchell of Hastings, NE and Dean of Sunol; (23) grandchildren; (1) step-grandchild; (30) great-grandchildren; (3) step-great-grandchildren; (1) brother: Paul (Elaine) Messing of Loveland, CO and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Donna Mae was preceded in death by her parents, (I) grandchild: Jeff Soucie, (1) brother: Eugene and (1) sister: Grace and their spouses.


Harold Belt

June 8, 1921-January 6, 2016

Harold Belt, age 94, retired car salesman, passed away Wednesday, January 06, 2016. The son of John E. & Clara Mae (Wollard) Belt was born on June 8, 1921 in Gueda Springs, KS and grew up in Maize.

He began his adult life as a farmer in a northern suburb of Wichita, but transitioned to sales for Wearever Aluminum. By the 1950s, he’d begun selling cars for Zogelman Studebaker, then Scout Pontiac, Yingling Chevrolet, and finally Scholfield Brothers.

Harold married Alice Michel Belt on March 15, 1947, at the parsonage of Broadway Christian Church in Wichita, who in 2015 after 68 years of marriage preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Murlene Bowman, Zelda Peake, Beulah Shaw, and one brother, Wilbur.

Survivors include sons, Robert (Jo) Belt, Michel Belt; one brother, John D. (Paddy) Belt; and one granddaughter, Mackenzie Paige Belt.

A graveside service will be held for both Harold and Alice in the Spring at Riverview Cemetery in Kiowa.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with St. James Episcopal Church of New London, 76 Federal Street, New London, CT 06320.


Norma J. Ballard

Funeral service for Norma Jean Ballard will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Kiowa United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hazelton.

Norma Jean Gates Ballard left this world on January 7, 2016, just 6 days after her 86th birthday.

Norma Gates ushered in both a new year and a new decade when she entered into the world on January 1, 1930. Born in the family farmhouse near Hazelton, Kansas, she was the 4th child of Eugene Griffith and Jamima Garlow Gates.

 She spent her early years growing up on the farm. A few of her duties were to help milk the cows and feed the livestock. However being raised on the farm did have its perks. Norma loved horses. She became an expert horsewoman who enjoyed riding often. It also provided the perfect time to enjoy reading and interacting with her very large family.

Norma attended rural country schools prior to going to Hazelton Schools where she graduated in 1947.

Hazelton also was the place she met William “Bill” Ballard. They would marry at his parents home on November 9, 1947. Their early years were spent in rural farm homes in the Hazelton area as her husband attempted to make a living in farming. Over the next few years, Norma’s family would grow in size, with the birth of her 3 children, Connie, Keith, and Joe. When the children became school age, Norma and her family moved to Kiowa. Norma worked primarily as a homemaker. She did however supplement her income by working a variety of jobs. Some of them were baking and selling cinnamon rolls and donuts, babysitting other children, and working at the Kiowa Hospital as a Nurse’s Aid.

Norma stated repeatedly that her happiest times were spent in Kiowa. She loved raising her children there. She enjoyed school and sports activities as well as attending the Kiowa Methodist Church and the many church activities. However after the death of her youngest son Joe, Norma and Bill left her beloved town of Kiowa and moved to California. They would spend the next 10 years there. Wanting to rejoin family, Norma and Bill moved to Topeka, Kansas to be near their daughter Connie and her children Shannon and Stacey. This also allowed her to be close to her son Keith and his family in Oklahoma.

The next few years found Norma and Bill owning and operating a housecleaning business. This continued for a few years following the death of Bill. As the years progressed, Norma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and eventually moved to Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Claremore.

Norma will be remembered for many different aspects of her life. Her friends and family all share great memories. However they all shared the love for her cooking. She was well known for her famous chicken fried steak, chicken and noodles, and great breakfasts.

She is preceded in death by her parents Eugene and Jamima Gates; husband Bill Ballard; son William Joseph “Joe” Ballard and daughter Connie Ballard Schwartz, and siblings, Merle Gates, Eileen Greikspoor, Dean Gates and infant brother, Roger Gates.

Survivors include her son, Keith Ballard and wife Christie of Claremore; grandchildren, Matthew Ballard and wife Traci, Michelle Sagely and husband Michael all of Claremore, Michael Ballard and wife Fanny of Orebro, Sweden, Stacey Miller and husband Adrien, and Shannon Gregg and husband Kevin all of Topeka; 12 great-grandchildren, and siblings Bob Gates and wife Dorothy of Buffalo, Shirley Hamm and husband Duane of Hillsboro, KS, Vinita Waggoner and husband Dee of Valley Center, KS and Harold Gates and wife Iva of Amorita.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at , Tulsa Public School foundation  or the Claremore Public School Foundation at .



Ed Sutton

1953 ~ 2015

Ed Sutton, 62, of Anthony passed away Monday, January 4, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, January 15, 2016 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony, Kansas. Arrangements are with the Prairie Rose Funeral Home of Anthony. A memorial has been established with the Ed Sutton FFA memorial scholarship. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Edwin Paul Sutton was born February 16, 1953, the son of Lloyd and Maxine (Moad) Sutton in Hardtner, Kansas. He graduated from Hardtner High School in 1971. Ed received an Associate’s Degree from Pratt Junior college, his Bachelor Degree from Ft. Hays State College, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia in Animal Science. He studied Animal Sciences and Genetics (post graduate work included working with Dr. Larry Benyshek involvement with National Cattle Evaluation, EPD’s ultrasound, and all area of animal genetics and breeding). Ed was the ranch manager for the McVay Cattle Company in Hepler, Kansas for 25 years, an agronomy assistant manager at the Anthony Coop and was currently an Ag loan officer for Security State Bank in Wellington.

He truly enjoyed all sports and more so when he enabled others to succeed in successful hunting/fishing outings. Ed was a workaholic to a fault- inherited from his father- extreme pride in the fact that a clock served little purpose- if there was work to be done, work until done. His drive and relentless desire to excel in whatever he was doing was admired- yet, made it difficult for others to endure or appreciate the same intensity.

He is survived by his sons, Scott Sutton and his wife Sara of Weir, KS and David Swan and wife Brittany of Zebulon, N.C., and daughter, Minnie Sutton of Ft. Scott, KS; 5 grandchildren, McKinley, Marley and Tucker Sutton and Bryson and Brayden Swan; one brother, Greg Sutton and his wife Deborah of Broken Arrow, OK and a sister, Becky Burnside and her husband Jim of Largo, FL; nephews, John & Brad Bates and Dane, Josh and Jake Sutton, and one niece, Diane Bates.

Preceding him in death are his parents and a brother in infancy, Douglas.

Roy J. Betty

Chapel service for Roy James Betty, 71, will be at Lanman Funeral Home on Thursday, January 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Kiowa, Kansas Viewing will be before the service at the funeral home.

Roy passed away in Pratt, Kansas on January 1, 2016. He was born in Kermit, Texas on February 26, 1944, the son of Betty Jo (Aldridge) Betty and the adopted son of E. Dean Betty, both of whom are deceased.

Roy grew up in Hazelton, Kansas with two sisters, Ruby Kirk (deceased) and Mary Abrams. He has three children, JoLynn (deceased), Pam and James; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Pratt Area Humane Society through the funeral home.


Dayton Edward Birdwell

July 16, 1930  -December 30, 2015

Kiowa, Kansas-Dayton was born on July 16, 1930 to Dayton Moses Birdwell and Trula Faye True Birdwell in Long Beach, California and passed from this life on December 30, 2015 in Attica, Kansas.    Dayton served three years in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Phillipines.  He married Anita Garner Fox on February 14, 1976 in DeSota, Texas.  Dayton lived in the Kiowa area for twenty-three years, moving from Dallas, Texas.

Dayton was a Christian and enjoyed Christian music.  He composed several songs and had them recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with a youth pastor vocalist.  He was sales manager for a large home improvement company in Dallas, Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas and in Phoenix, Arizona.  Upon retirement, he moved to Kiowa with his wife, Anita.  He loved to hunt and fish with his dog, Buddy.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Garner Fox Birdwell of Kiowa; three children by a previous marriage, Deborah, Michael  and Kamie, all from the Dallas, Texas area; two stepsons, Brad Fox and Curtis Fox, both of Kiowa, Kansas; one brother, Ray Birdwell of Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Those who preceded Dayton in death include his parents and his sister, Carol Alyea.

Memorials may be given to KUMC Youth Group through the funeral home.

Fred Mott

Kiowa-Funeral service for Fred Mott will be Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Kiowa Congregational Church with burial in Riverview Cemetery.  On Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. there will be a time of visitation at the funeral home with the family present. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Memories may be shared at

Fred L. Mott was born on April 21, 1944, the son of Frank Mott and Helen Diel Mott at Hardtner.  After high school, he attended college in Emporia, Kansas and Alva, Oklahoma.  On July 1, 1966, Fred and Deanna Betty were married in Kiowa Congregational Church.  They lived in the Kiowa area where he was a farmer/stockman.  He was a Mason, a Shriner, a Moose and Elk Lodge participant.  He attended many rodeos and always had to have coffee or tea at Yur Place in Hardtner.  He particularly loved attending the grandkids events.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two baby boys, at birth, Wes and J. F. and one brother-in-law, Gary Wetzel.

Fred is survived by his wife, Deanna Mott of Kiowa; his daughter,  Marcy Heaney and husband, Dave of Kansas City; three grandchildren, Peyton, Reese and Cade; two sisters, Deanna Wetzel of Wichita, Darlene Cloyd and husband, Buford of Kiowa; two brothers, Stephen Mott and wife, Suzanne of Kiowa, Roger Mott and wife, Trice of Hutchinson.

Memorials may be made to Kiowa Historical Society, Oklahoma Medical Research, Heart Division or charity of choice through the funeral home.


Gary D. Wolgamott

Funeral services for Gary Dean Wolgamott, 75 of Weatherford, Oklahoma will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, Oklahoma, with Pastor Lynn Brack officiating.

Burial will. follow in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home of Weatherford.

Gary Dean Wolgamott was born July 23, 1940, in Alva, Oklahoma to Winona (Willig) Wolgamott and Kenneth Wolgamott. He passed away December 18, 2015, in Weatherford, Oklahoma at the age of 75 years, 4 months, and 25 days.

Gary was raised and attended school in Hardtner, Kansas and graduated from Hardtner High School in 1958. Gary went on to attend Northwestern State College, currently Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1963.

On April 28, 1962, he married the love of his life, Sandy Seibel. Gary and Sandy went on to attend Oklahoma State University where Gary graduated with a PhD in Microbiology in 1968. Sandy and Gary moved to Weatherford in 1967 and he began his career at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

He taught various advanced science classes including Microbiology, Epidemiology, and Immunology. He later served as the Associate Dean of Allied Health. He was awarded a summer faculty fellowship program in Aeronautics and Space Research held at NASA Johnson Space Center during the period of 1975 and 1976.

While teaching at SWOSU, Gary became active in Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society serving as National President for eight years. He was a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Lambda Tau Honorary Medical Technology Society serving as the National Treasurer for 35 years. He received the Bernhardt Award for Teaching Excellence in 1996. In 2006 Gary presented the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Outstanding Graduate-Education Award.

Gary’s career at SWOSU spanned 45 years where his passion for his profession and his love for teaching and mentoring left a legacy of healthcare professionals across the state and nation. Gary retired in 2012. Gary was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Weatherford, Oklahoma and the Weatherford Kiwanis Club. He loved to travel with his wife and they went on

wonderful adventures making many life-long friends. He enjoyed bicycling, hiking, skiing, traveling and reading. Gary loved his family and he was an amazing husband, father and grandfather.

Gray is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandy Wolgamott; one son Thad Wolgamott and wife, Marilyn of Weatherford; one daughter Dotti Forehand and husband, Shannon of Stephenville, Texas; six grandchildren, Kenny Wolgamott, Tyler Wolgamott, Tatum Wolgamott, Riley Forehand, Avery Forehand and Emma Forehand and one sister, Judy Wolgamott of Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ann Eshleman

HARDTNER, KS- Luella Ann Eshleman was born to Sam and Matilda (McMinn) Scott on December 11, 1937, in Hardtner, Kans., and passed December 13, 2015, at the age of 78 years and two days.

The youngest of seven children, Ann attended the Hardtner Public Schools and graduated in 1955.

In 1956, Ann married Oscar (Otch) Eshleman. Four sons blessed their home in Hardtner. In 1972, the family moved to Wichita, and later Ann and Otch moved to Olathe, Kans. After Otch’s retirement, they returned to Hardtner.

Ann’s spirit of fun and her love for children were evident when she managed the toy department at McLeod’s Department Store in Wichita. She often knelt down to visit with children at their eye level while sharing the latest toy or game. She delighted parents, children and employees when she rode the store’s Big Wheels demo through the aisles. Ann knew and appreciated the value of children’s laughter.

Nieces and nephews – several claiming to be her favorite – found laughter, encouragement, hot coffee and delicious food at Aunt Annie’s dining room table. She nourished both body and soul.

Ann was an avid reader, and loved the English language. She easily completed crossword puzzles and word games, always in ink. Her sharp wit was constant.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Jube, Tite and Don; and sisters Iris Snead, Avis Allen and Dixie Grant. She is survived by her husband, Otch, of the home; sons Kenny and Willie (Sophie) of Wichita; Kelly and Kerry of Olathe, Kans.; grandsons Samuel of Hardtner, Lyndon of Olathe, and Aaron of Wichita; granddaughters Rebecca (Chris) Price of Garnett, Kans. and Jessica (Chris) Laughlin of Lane, Kans.; four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Graveside services at the Hardtner Cemetery are being planned for the spring. A memorial has been established in Ann’s name at the Hardtner Public Library, P.O. Box 38, Hardtner, Kans.

Alice Belt

Alice Michel Belt

Age 91, retired legal secretary, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015. The daughter of Christian Frederick “Fred” Michel & Caroline “Carrie” Schupbach Michel,

Alice was born on July 13, 1924 in Burlington, OK and moved to Wichita in 1942 to begin her career as a secretary. Alice married Harold Belt in March 15, 1947 at the parsonage of Broadway Christian Church in Wichita.

Preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George, Vernon, Ray, John, Ben, Joseph Michel; and one sister, Emma Greiner.

Survivors include her husband, Harold; sons, Robert (Jo) Belt, Michel Belt; and one granddaughter, Mackenzie Paige Belt.

Private Services will be held. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with St. James Episcopal Church of New London, 76 Federal St., New London, CT 06320.

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Gerva E. (Hargett) Powers

December 24, 1933 – November 9, 2015

Kiowa-Gerva E. Powers, age 81, long time resident of Kiowa, Kansas, passed away on November 9, 2015 at Kiowa District Hospital Manor after a long illness due to cancer.

She was born December 24, 1933 on the farm near Bellefont, Kansas to Grant Powers, Sr. and Alice Henning Powers. She was one of twelve siblings.

She graduated from Bucklin High School in Bucklin, Kansas and married her high school sweetheart, Lynn Hargett in August of 1952. Four children were born to them.

She was a seamstress for many people and later trained to become a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Kansas. She practiced this profession for many years before retiring. After her retirement, she spent the remaining years enjoying being outside tending to her garden and flowers.

Gerva is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Geraldine (Powers) Dohrman, Genevieve (Powers) Cayton; brothers, Virgil Powers, Clarence Powers, Lavern Powers and Norman Powers.

She is survived by her lifetime love and soul mate of 63 years, Lynn Hargett; her sons, Gary and wife, Debbie (Pollock) Hargett of Waddell, Arizona, Terry and Terry (Bunnell) Hargett of Troy, Missouri, Alan and Marcia (Kraft) Hargett of Copeland, Kansas; one daughter, Lynette (Hargett) Callison and husband, Denny of Kiowa, Kansas; brothers, Grant Powers Jr., Dick Richard Powers, Galen Powers; sisters, Norma (Powers) Ross and Bernice (Powers) Logan; grandchildren, Charles and Lisa Hargett, Todd and Jill Hargett, Meghan and Chris Gray, Cory and Amanda Hargett, Nic and Tori Hargett, Zach Hargett, Josh Hargett, Casey Hargett, Kyle and Lindsey Callison, Kurt Callison; great grandchildren, Jessica, Hunter, Aubrey, Maygan, Bailee, Braxton, Alexis, Darrien, MacKeena, John (Doc) and Cooper.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Kiowa Masonic Lodge with service arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Kiowa District Hospital Manor or Pratt County Hospice through the funeral home.

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Randy C. Ireland

1960 ~ 2015

Randy C. Ireland was born June 22, 1960 in Harper, Kansas, son of Elden Leroy and Phyllis (Godbout) Ireland. He attended Plainview Country School through the third grade, finished elementary school in Anthony, and graduated from Chaparral High School in 1978.

Randy was raised on a farm and was always involved with his family farm. Following high school, he continued to farm with his brothers and dad. He always had a love for farming and ranching. He and his brothers also owned Ireland Brothers Trucking together.

On July 18, 1997, Randy was united in marriage with Laquita Dresslaer. This union blessed him with Laquita’s children: Douglas, Joey and Erica. Randy enjoyed teaching his “city girl” how to farm.

In his earlier years, Randy liked to drag race. He enjoyed trap shoots, hunting and bowling. He always liked using his 4-wheeler for farming and also taking it to the dunes.

On October 19, 2015, Randy passed away at his home near Anthony at the age of 55 years, 3 months and 27 days. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Randy will be deeply missed by his wife, Laquita; children: Douglas Dresslaer, Joey Dresslaer and wife, Cristen, and Erica LeBlanc and husband, Joel; siblings: Kathy Ford, Mark Pfeifer and wife, Judy, Jim Ireland and wife, Cyndi, and Kim Ireland and companion, Kenny Poston; 6 grandchildren: Patrick Lynch, Allyson Dresslaer, Mandela Dresslaer, Isabel LeBlanc, Gavin LeBlanc and Lucas; uncle and aunt, Francis and Anita Godbout; nieces and nephews, whom he was very close to: Trisha, Amy, Shayla, Shelby, Jenny, Brook, Taylor and Nick; and a host of other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Christian Church in Anthony with Pastor Ed Preston officiating. Patrick Lynch sang “On Eagle’s Wings.” Pat Prouse sang “I’ll Fly Away.”

Burial was in Spring Grove Cemetery, Anthony. Honorary casket bearers were Charlie Yates, Fred Mott, Dick Cantrell, John Kerr, Doug Dresslaer, David Dieker and Michael Penny. Casket bearers were Mark Pfeifer, Jim Ireland, Jake Henderson, Kirk Moore, Tom Lear, Branson Fawcett, Gary Graham and Keegan Dick.

Memorials in memory of Randy may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the National Kidney Foundation or the Anthony Volunteer Fire Department and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St. ~ Anthony, KS 67003, was in charge of arrangements.

Shannon Lynn Keigley

Shannon Lynn Keigley, son of Mark and Sherri Hamilton of Victor, Montana was born November 12, 1977 at Kiowa, Kansas. He passed away, October 6, 2015 at his home in Pryor, Oklahoma at the age of 37 years, 38 days.

Shannon is survived by daughter Keylie and son Kannan of the home, his mother, Sherri Hamilton, brothers, Jeremy Keigley, Hamilton, Montana, Nathan and Brian Williams, grandfather, Jerrald E. Peevy, Marshall, Texas. Other family and special friends who were helpful to him during his illness, Ekelia , Matisha, Thomas, Richard, Barry and family.

His family was of utmost importance to him and he was a dedicated father. He loved his children very much.

Shannon spent several years in Montana where he attended Trapper Creek Job Corp of Darby, Montana. He received his degrees in Arch and Tig Welding. He worked as a contractor fighting fires for a year. He was talented and accomplished with many varied interests and used his skills to construct homes and buildings. He had a passion for camping, fishing, hiking and climbing which led him to participate in The Boy Scouts of America. He served as Scout Master, Cub Master and Adventure Range Master for Troop 189 Salina, Oklahoma. He established a camp ground for scouts there on ideal grounds with hills, rocks, a flowing creek and area wildlife. He was very involved until he could no longer participate due to his health.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Angie and Jim Pollock, great-grandparents , Alice and Tom Wells, Earl and Dorthea Peevy, uncle, Jerrald Peevy.

The Boy Scout Troop 189, Salina, Okla, held a Memorial Flag Ceremony and Retirement of the American Flag October 17. The Flag was presented to his daughter Keylie. A new Flag was hoisted in memory of Shannon.

A memorial service will be held Friday Oct 30 at the Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Montana. Shannon was cremated and sent home. He loved Montana and was always trying to get back there. He will be greatly missed and will rest in those mountains he loved.

Condolences may be sent to Sherri Hamilton & family, 1304 Meridian Rd, Victor, MT 59875.

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell, 85, of Nowata, OK passed away March 9, 2015 at St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa. He was born December 24, 1929 in Kansas City, MO to Mary Hazel (Larkin) and Leonard Bruce Campbell, Sr. Bruce graduated from Kiowa, KS High School and continued his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State College, Weatherford, where he earned his degree in Pharmacy.

He married Connie Gwen Nelson on August 31, 1931 in Weatherford. They had two sons, Roy Bruce Campbell and Scott Campbell. They made their home in Nowata where he owned and operated Nowata Pharmacy.

Bruce enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, dancing, working puzzles and gardening. He was well known for the tomatoes he raised. Bruce was a multi-faceted man. He could do or fix almost everything.

His wife, Connie passed away in February 2002. On November 26, 2010, he married Jo Ellen Semrad in Branson, MO. Bruce loved Nowata Ironman football and painted the “N” on the football field. He was a very loving and kind husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Richard Jaso

Richard Jaso, 78, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed from this world into Heaven October 5, 2015.

He was the oldest of five children born to Gertrude and Joe Jaso. Richard was a member of West Side Christian Church, Wichita, where he served several terms as an elder and loved Bible Study Fellowship, attending for 10 years.

Richard was born and lived in Kiowa until shortly after graduating from Kiowa High School in 1955.

He loved sports and played football, basketball, tennis and track at Kiowa High School. He later would referee basketball and when his grandchildren came along he coached them in M.A.Y.B. basketball and little league football. He was very dear to those he coached and they would call him grandpa.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marsha Jaso; sons, Ron (Crystal) Jaso, Jeff (Becky) Jaso; daughters Tammy (Mark) Mathes, Tina (Gary) Jaso-Andrews, Jill (Tom) Simon; brothers Danny and Bobby (Brenda) Jaso; sisters, Kathy Gonzales, Dolores (Mario) Moreno; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and longtime friends.

Viewing is 6 to 8 pm Friday at Resthaven Mortuary, Wichita.

Funeral Service is 10:00 am Saturday, Oct. 10 at West Side Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials my be sent to West Side Christian Church, 1819 West Douglas, Wichita, KS 67213 or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.

Evalina Gustin
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Evalina Lucile Gustin passed away October 5, 2015, in Plattsburg, Missouri. She was born September 12, 1919, the daughter of Walter Dial, and Georgia Fannie (Miller). She graduated from Hardtner High School and enrolled in the school of nursing at Independence Sanatorium and Hospital, in Independence, Missouri. Afterward she worked in the mid 40s and early 50s as a nurse at Hardtner, Kansas and Cherokee, Oklahoma. Her favorite floor in the hospital was the “O.B. Floor.” She loved babies. 
She married James A. Mayhew about 1940. They became the parents of two girls: Georgia Marie and Virginia Sheryl. On July 5, 1947, Evalina married Oscar Gustin and they were blessed with a son, Gary “Buddy’’ Paul Gustin in 1948. In1962, they adopted Joseph Paul Clare Gustin, the biological son of Virginia Sheryl.
Evalina and Oscar moved to a farm in Lambert, Oklahoma with their daughters. From 1948 to the mid 1950s they worked two farms (their own, and the neighbors). When the couple decided to pursue jobs in Wichita, Kansas, the children, Georgia, Virginia and Gary Paul, lived a year in Hardtner with their Grandmother Georgia Dial prior to joining their parents. 
Mr. and Mrs. Gustin both found work at Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. Evalina’s job was described as “Bucking Rivets.” It was a process used in the factory to assembled aircraft with rivets. Eventually, Evalina transfered to an office position within the Beech Aircraft Company. She was with them for thirty years. 
After retiring from the aircraft company, both she and her husband, worked part-time as bus drivers for the South Barber School District. They also continued to work on a home they owned in Hardtner.
When it came to the pleasures of life, there was so much she loved. She played the violin and sang, gardened, sewed, and cooked. She also loved to travel––one time she took a long trip with her brother Wayne in his private plane. They visited landmarks and relatives across the United States. Most of all she enjoyed, being with her children and grandchildren. The love she had for them and God was transparent. It came shinning through in all she did, be it caring for them, or teaching Sunday School.
Evalina always loved the company of numerous pets. Later in life there was her beloved dog “Muffin” and finally, “Siam” a stray Siamese cat. At the home of her daughter and son-in-law, she enjoyed the company of their faithful dog “Rusty.”
Mrs. Gustin was preceded in death by Oscar, her husband for 45 years; her son, Gary (Buddy) Paul; parents, Walter and Georgia Dial; sister, Loretta; and four brothers, Russell Wayne; Amber; Willard; and Milton.
Survivors include 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several great-great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and friends. Among Evalina’s long-time friends is a fine lady named Stella. She and Evalina were classmates at Hardtner High School.
Evalina lived 96 full and productive years. She will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of all who loved her.
Funeral services will be held at the Fry-Brass and Spidle Funeral Home in Kearney, Missouri on Thursday October 8, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. 
Burial takes place on Friday October 9, 2015 in Hardtner, Kansas: Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Fry-Brass and Spidel Funeral Home. Telephone Number: 816-628-4411

Pauline E. Wetz

Pauline Ellen Lumpkin Wetz, age 92, long-time resident of Kiowa, Kansas and recent resident of Mission, Kansas passed from this life on September 13, 2015.  She was born in Smith County, Kansas and married Edward Wetz in 1946.  She obtained a degree in Nursing and was later certified as one of Kansas’ first nurse clinicians.  Pauline worked at Kiowa District Hospital and Kiowa District Manor.  Her interests included basket weaving, silversmithing, antique restoration, beading, her church and Eastern Star.

Pauline is preceded in death by her husband, Edward; daughter, Luann; parents, Frank and Ruby Lumpkin and brother, Kent Lumpkin.

She is survived by her children, Mark Wetz and wife, Celine, Greg Wetz and Lora Blaser and husband, Robert; son-in-law, Jack Cooper; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration be given to the Kiowa Congregational Church, Friends of Kiowa District Hospital and Manor Foundation, Inc. or Kansas City Hospice House through the funeral home.

Memorial service of joyful celebration of a long and full-filling life for Pauline will be Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Kiowa Congregational Church with Pastor Bud Ruggia officiating.  Service arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Vivian F. Harbaugh

Vivian Ferne Harbaugh, 93, died Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, Kansas.  She was born October 6, 1921 to Kay and Gertrude Holder on a farm, 10 miles south of Norwich, Kansas.
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Harold  “Pat” Harbaugh, daughter Laura Lynn, brothers Keith and Wayne Kay Holder, sister Virginia Morgan.
Vivian has one living daughter and husband, Cheri Lee and Bob Keefer, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Vivian had left the farm in Medicine Lodge, Kansas 2014 to live in Wichita, Kansas with her three nieces:  Susan Flores, Sondra Boyer, and Joni Russell.
Memorial Service will be 10:00 A.M. Monday October 26, 2015 at the First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, Kansas with  Pastor Tom Walters and Pastor Paul Stephens presiding.  Lunch will be provided preceding service in the Community Room of the church.  Cremation has taken place.  Inturnment of Pat and Vivian Harbaugh’s ashes will be at the Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, Kansas after the lunch.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, and First Christian Church, all of Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
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William G. Schrock

Funeral services for William G. Schrock, 85, will be Monday, September 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Fellowship in Kiowa, Kansas with Rev. Gene Getz officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.

Bill passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in Tyler, Texas. He was born September 30, 1929, in Wichita, Kansas, to Sam and Minnie Schrock. They moved to Kiowa when Bill was two years old. He attended a one-room country school in his early years and graduated from Kiowa High School. He was a member of the class of 1947. He was honored to receive both the State Farmer and the American Farmer awards.

Bill was inducted into the Army and served his country in the Korean War. After returning from Korea, Bill visited his war buddies in Francesville, Indiana, where he met Kathleen E. Gudeman. Bill and Kathleen fell in love and married in December of 1953. They made their home together in Kiowa. Bill was a farmer and cattleman. He valued God’s creation and was glad for the opportunity to work the land. They continued to reside on the farm until retiring in 2013 to Tyler, Texas.

Bill was active in the Navigators, Gideons, and Promise Keepers. He was a member of Grace Bible Fellowship.

Survivors include his wife, of 61 years, Kathleen Schrock, Tyler, Texas; daughter, Jo Ann and her husband, Mike Pile of Tyler, Texas; son, Bob Schrock and his wife, Lori of Vero Beach, Florida and Kiowa, Kansas; grandchildren, Austin William Pile of San Luis Obispo, California; Quintin Pile of Tyler, Texas, and Ellie Marie Schrock also of Vero Beach. Florida and Kiowa, Kansas.

Visitation will be held at Lanman Funeral Home in Kiowa on Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 6:00.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Kiowa District Hospital and Manor and to the South Barber FFA through the funeral home.

Tom S. Smith

Hardtner, KS-Graveside service for Tom S. Smith, 93, will be Friday, September 25. 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery in Hardtner, Kansas with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Tom was born in Piedmont, Missouri to Orin L. Smith and Martha C. Couch Smith and passed from this life in Alva, Oklahoma on September 20, 2015. Tom served in the U.S. Navy and was a blacksmith by profession.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Mahan of Medford, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Tina and Tim Calcote, Toby Mahan and Bill and April Mahan; eight grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Paul L. Sternberger

Paul L. Sternberger, 68, left this life to be with the King on September 4, 2015, after a 6 year battle with cancer. Paul was born on April 9, 1947 in Hardtner, Kansas to Robert and Hazel Sternberger. His “Celebration of Life” services will be held on Saturday, September 19th at 10:30 a.m. at Lifeway Church in Kingfisher.

Paul attended Kiowa Public Schools his entire childhood where he graduated with the class of 1965. He cherished his classmates and desired so much to attend the recent 50th class reunion which was held on Sept. 5th. After high school, Paul attended Kansas State for a semester and then found a permanent home at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK., where he graduated with an education degree in 1969.

He married Faye Jenkinson and they had two children, Jason Robert and Julie Renae Sternberger.

Paul’s early ambition was to be the best coach that there ever was which can be attributed to the great coaches he had at Kiowa and SWOSU. His first coaching job was in Clinton as an assistant football and track coach.

In 1973, Paul accepted his first head coaching job at Blanchard where he stayed for 3 years. During his tenure at Blanchard, he was selected as the Little All-City coach of the year. The players from those teams always held a special place in his heart and he was so proud of plaque given to him from the players that still hangs in his office proclaiming him as “The best damn coach Blanchard has ever had.” After that, he accepted the same position at Tecumseh for 2 years and then on to Elk City for 1 year. In 1980, Paul got out of education and pursued different business opportunities that eventually led him to be a regional sales manager for a school furniture company before his retirement.

In 2009, Paul married Lia Turner and they made their home in Trophy Club, Texas. They enjoyed traveling to Kingfisher, Oklahoma and bought a house there in 2013 to be near his son and grandsons. Paul loved watching his grandson’s football games from the field and encouraging them to excel with his experience and loving advice.

Paul loved his “NITWIT” golfing group and other golfing buddies. He and Lia spent wonderful times traveling the United States to be with them and play his favorite courses.

While Paul was in college, he began officiating basketball as a hobby to help support his family. This turned into a magnificent career which eventually led him to officiate in the Big 8, Southwest, Missouri Valley and Western Athletic Conferences for 17 years. He officiated 787 Division I games and when asked about some of the calls, he would quickly tell you that he “got that one right.”

Paul is survived by his wife, Lia Sternberger; one son Jason Sternberger and wife Jackie of Kingfisher, Oklahoma; one daughter, Julie Renae of Ada, Oklahoma; three grandsons, Jace Evan, Jett William and Jaxon Paul Sternberger; and four step-children, Tiffany Dailey and husband Jason of Austin, Texas, Ashley Turner of Austin, Texas, Hunter Turner of Austin, Texas and Austin Turner of Lubbock, Texas.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the cancer research department at MD Anderson, Development Office Unit 705, P.O. Box 301439 Houston, TX. 77230-1439 MD Anderson
Development Office Unit 705
P.O. Box 301439 Houston.

Mildred Groendycke

Wichita, formerly Kiowa-Graveside service for Mildred “Millie” Louise Groendycke were Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Mildred was born on March 9, 1926 in Kiowa to George Groendycke and Alice Zimmerman Groendycke and passed from this life on September 8, 2015 in Wichita.

She graduated from Kiowa High School in 1944. Millie then attended WSU in Wichita.

She was married to Parker Wiley for 25 years. During her career she was a secretary, accountant, realtor, tax consultant and owner of Mildred Groendycke Resources. She enjoyed donating her time volunteering with American Red Cross. Millie led a very colorful life and was well traveled.

Those who preceded Millie in death include her parents, George and Alice Groendycke and son, Russell Wiley.

Survivors include Millie’s son, Michael Wiley and Sue; grandchildren, Dawn Pennell and Russell; Darcy Winingham and Tyson, Josh Wiley and Stacey and twelve great grandchildren.

A memorial has been established for Millie at Wichita Fellowship Club, Inc. at 204 W 18th Street, Wichita, KS 67203.