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Roy Twist Jr

Roy Twist Jr.

Roy Twist, Jr. age 95, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade, Kansas.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.


Darrell D Laghofer

Darrell D Laghofer

Darrell D. Langhofer, 88, died September 7th, 2018, at Newton Medical Center, Newton, Kansas.

He was born on July 21, 1930, in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of William (Bill) and Noval Langhofer. He attended the Plains school system and graduated in 1948. After graduation, he farmed and ranched until joining the Army. He served from 1954-56 spending a year in Germany.

On June 11, 1961, he married Mary Ellen Douglass at Burlington, Kansas. After their marriage, the couple moved onto a farm northwest of Plains and made it their home. Darrell was a farmer until he retired in 2001.

He belonged to the United Methodist in Plains serving as a trustee and various committees, a past member of the Elks lodge, past Worthy Patron of O.E.S., a member of the Masonic Fraternity Lodge serving as past Master and received his 65 year pin this year.

Darrell is survived by his daughter Debra Bartel and husband Shaun of Newton, KS, and son Douglass Langhofer and wife Melissa of Plains, KS; four grandchildren, Sarah, Megan, Kaylen, and Cole; nephews and nieces.

He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Ellen, parents, and brother, Billy Gene Langhofer.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 14th at Plains United Methodist Church with the Reverend Terry Mayhew presiding. Interment was in the Plains Cemetery.

The family would welcome memorials to the SWH scholarship fund in care of the funeral home.


Jake Z Friesen

Jake Z Friesen

Jake Z. Friesen was born March 27, 1913, on a farm near Meade, Kansas and passed away September 10, 2018.   He was the fourth child born to Jacob R. and Susana (Friesen) Friesen.  His mother passed away on March 18, 1919, when Jake was nine days short of being six years old.  As a child Jake understood his need of a Savior and put his trust in God. He was baptized in May of 1929.

A young woman named Margaret Classen caught Jake’s eye.  Jake often traveled many miles on either horse or bicycle to court Margaret.  On August 12, 1934, Jake Z. Friesen and Margaret A. Classen were married by her father, Rev. George J. Classen, who was the pastor of the Kleine Gemeindechurch.

After completing the 8thgrade, Jake farmed with his father and worked for the family business, Friesen Windmill.  Jake and Margaret lived near Meade until 1942, when they were able to  purchase a farm twenty miles southeast of Meade. There they raised three sons: Norman J., Vernon J., and Wesley J.

He was a member of the former EMB Church of Meade, now the Countryside Bible Church.  Jake served the church as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, trustee, building committee, in addition to serving on various committees in the church conference.  He had a great interest in missions at home and around the world. Jake spent many winters at Rio Grande Bible Institute (RGBI) – a school for training prospective missionaries and a Bible school for Mexican students.  He and Margaret, and later Viola, spent many winters at RGBI helping obtain produce for the school. Jake’s favorite Bible verse was Titus 2:11-14.  Several of his favorite songs were: “Sweetly Lord Have We Heard Thee Calling” and “Behold It’s Eventide”.

Margaret passed away in November of 1989 during heart surgery.  They had been married over 55 years. Wes, his youngest son passed away in August of 2001.  Jake married Viola Warkentin on December 1, 1990.  Together they volunteered and especially enjoyed traveling to attend Church Conference around the country and in Canada.   Jake and Viola were married for 27 ½ years.

He is survived by his wife, Viola, two brothers,  Pete Z. and Ike Z.  Two sons:  Norman of Hesston, KS, Vernon  (Verona) of Tahlequah, OK, daughter-in-law, Nancy Friesen Leichliterof Gretna, NE. His  family has been blessed with 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Countryside Bible Church, rural Meade. In accordance to his wishes, cremation had taken place.  Private family inurnment was held at the Countryside Bible Church Cemetery, rural Meade.

The family would welcome memorials to the Wycliffe Bible Institute in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at


Alice Beulah Hayden

Alice Beulah Hayden

Alice Beulah (Lollar) Hayden, age 84 went home to glory on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Meade District Hospital surrounded by many of her family members.  She was born to Benton and Mayme (Highley) Lollar in Hooker, Oklahoma on October 26, 1933.

Alice graduated from Guymon High School, 1951 and on September 17, 1954 she met the man that would become the love of her life, Samuel L. Hayden.  Alice said it was ‘love at first sight’ and married him only 10 days later on September 27, 1954 in Hooker, Oklahoma.

To this union, six children were born: Gay Lynn, Lance Bryan, Theresa Lee, Samuel Finchett, Debra Ann and Rebecca Ruth.  She and Sam were later to raise two nieces and one nephew, Brenda Gayle, Janet Ruth and Samuel James.

Alice was a pioneer woman in her own right, as she traveled extensively with 5 young children while following her Navy husband to many different stations across the United States and in Scotland; then finally settling in Fowler, Kansas in 1974.  Alice was the Commander in Chief of her home and family.  She was very passionate about her faith and relationship with God and equally passionate about her family. Alice loved to read, but to be honest, her true hobby was her family.

Anyone who came into Alice’s home became family and were expected to stay and eat.  Her world revolved around God, Sam, family and food/fellowship. Alice (Sam too), were quintessential grandparents lavishing all their love and energies on their grandchildren and great- grandchildren. To some, that’s how Grandpa became ‘Boogie” and Grandma became “GiGi.”

Alice became very passionate about her walk with God in the 70’s and became quite evangelistic in sharing her love of the Lord, continuing to do so until her passing.  She was known as the prayer warrior of her family and all prayer requests made their way to her. She was also the ‘Great Encourager’ to her family and all she met.  Alice was always quick to say ‘You can do this,” and always compliment everyone she met and was just as quick to lead by example.  With Alice, nothing was ever impossible, she was a great goal setter and usually completed every goal.

A special thing about Alice was she often had a way of ‘just knowing’ things in advance, often through the Spirit and even through dreams on occasion. For example, many pregnancies were ‘known’ by her; as well as many healings before science would show them to be true.  She would say “everything’s going to be just fine, I know it.”

Survivors include Sam of the home; children, Gay and Dale Skidmore of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; Lance and Vickie Hayden of Wichita, Kansas; Theresa Graham and significant other David Smith of Sherman, Texas; Sam and Kim Hayden of Ulysses, Kansas; Debra & Boyd Foster of Fowler, Kansas; Brenda Grooms of Springfield, Missouri; Janet and Eric Welker of Meade, Kansas and Samuel Lollar of Sullivan, Missouri. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren with two on the way.  Alice is also survived by three siblings, Esther Parker, Byron Lollar and Marie Hicks; in addition to many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends she called family. Alice is preceded in death by infant daughter Rebecca Ruth Hayden, her parents, John Benton Lollar and Mayme Ruth (Highley) Lollar; siblings, Irma Hicks, Joy Hicks, Johnny Lollar, Clayton Lollar, Jack Lollar, Wayne Lollar, June Woods, Delbert Lollar, and Earl Lollar.

Alice will be missed immensely; however, her greatest wish was for all of her family to be saved and ‘right with the Lord.”  Just as a message to all, ‘she wants to see all of you in Heaven.’ AND as she has the ‘Patience of Job’ – she will be waiting for you!

Funeral service will be held at Friends Church in Fowler on Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Mark Campbell and Rev. Dale Skidmore presiding.  Burial will follow at Fowler Cemetery.  Visitation will be at Friends Church on Tuesday September 18, 2018 from 10:00 AM until service time.  Memorials are suggested to the family in care of Swaim Funeral Chapel-Montezuma – PO Box 421 – Montezuma, KS 67867.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at


Vera Mae Winfrey

Vera Mae Winfrey

Vera Mae Winfrey, passed away in her family home seven miles north of Plains, Kansas, at the age of 84, on September 7, 2018.

She was born March 13, 1934, in Meade, Kansas, the daughter of Elmer and Rowena (Stanton) Harris. As a young girl she was raised on the family farm six miles northwest of Plains, on the Harris Farm.  Like most farms in the 1930’s and 40’s, times were very tough, but the stories that have been told from Vera Mae from her past are what made her one of the strongest women to ever live. Living and surviving off the land with six other siblings created the character that she carried for 84 years. She attended the Pleasant Home Country School until 8thgrade, then attended Plains High School, graduating in 1952.

On March 16, 1952, Vera Mae began her 60 year partnership with her true soul mate, Darrell Winfrey. In 1955, Darrell started what would be their 60 year journey of farming and custom harvesting.   Vera Mae never left Darrell’s side, becoming a farm wife and mother that anyone could look up to.   One of Vera Mae’s strongest virtues beside a great wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was her cooking. From harvest fields to church events, to always having a full table at any family gathering was her calling.

She has been a member of the Plains United Methodist Church for her entire life, being involved in all the women’s groups.  She was a forty-six year sister of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

She is survived by her children, daughter, Carla Kay Nosekabel (Mike); sons, Leon Winfrey (Nancy) and Troy Winfrey (Tammie); a brother, Elvin Harris (Hennie); a sister, Katherine White; grandchildren, Aaron Nosekabel (Jackie), Stachia Conway (Phillip), Cheyenne Cox (Shane), Dustin Winfrey (Kasie), Weston Winfrey (Jennifer), Teddi Winslow (Kyle), Wade Winfrey (Madalyn), and Paige Winfrey; great-grandchildren, Jake Nosekabel, Jenna Nosekabel, LeightonNosekabel, Casen Nosekabel, Kailyn Conway, Mason Conway, Brooklyn Cox, Conner Cox, Carson Cox, Dalton Winfrey, Dyson Winfrey, Walker Winfrey, Wren Winfrey, Wraylee Mae Winfrey, Kylee Winslow, and Jaxon Winfrey.

She is preceded in death by her husband on April 27, 2012; two brothers, Gayle Harris and Lloyd Harris; and two sisters, Rose Hall and Alice Burkhardt.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Plains. Interment followed the service in the Plains Cemetery.

The family would welcome memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Untied Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at

Larry Classen

Larry Classen

First, we would like to thank all of you for your support. It means so much to us all.

Larry was an ornery brother to Connie, Darlene, and late sister Kathy; loving husband to Kaye; dedicated father to Brad, Jason, and Brandon; thoughtful father-in-law to Terri, Audra, and Stephanie; proud grandfather to Haven, Holden, Gracie, Noah, Blake, Everett, and Isaac; uncle, and friend to many.

Larry was neat and organized and loved keeping lists and records. Including writing down for us exactly how we should write this eulogy with dates of when this document was edited. That being said you must know that his typed draft of this eulogy was written before 2008. His handwrittenedits to the document were recorded to be October 2008, June 2011, and last edited on February 2017. Now this is important because over ten years ago Larry had written that he was born in Meade, Kansas on October 4, 1940 and anticipated his expected death date to be October 4, 2018. Well he almost made this goal! This was just one example of his perfectionism, and attention to detail.

Larry wanted to share that his spiritual relationship with the Lord began as a child and grew throughout his life. He was saved as a child with help of his mother Katherine Classen and was baptized as a teenager. Larry admitted that at times he struggled with his Christian faith because of his history with depression and anxiety. However, he noted that he made a new and fresh commitment to the Lord in July of 1995. Larry was an active member of the Meade Church of the Nazarene. He taught Sunday school for all ages (children and adults), sang in the choir, served on the board, and enjoyed being a greeter.

Most all knew he was a passionate sports fan and loved everything associated with Meade Buffalos, Kansas Jayhawks, and the Chicago White Sox. He followed MidAmerica Nazarene University football especially during the years that Jason and Brandon played football. He seldom missed their games and traveled all over Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio for several years. This is something his children try to replicate in their parenting as they now understand the full extent of this act of love and support.

Larry was a hard worker that believed in quality work. This dedication to quality work lead to Jason and Brandon being fired from the lawn mowing business Larry operated. However you must know, Larry’s definition of firing someone was not cessation of work but cessation of pay. Related to quality work, Larry was proud to be called “Mr. Webster” because of his spelling, grammar, and vocabulary knowledge. Remember he wrote part of this eulogy, well we would like to give him a hard time about memorial being misspelled in his notes.

Larry worked hard but also knew how to play. He made time to take several memorable family vacations. He loved to travel to university campuses, look over facilities, and meet the coaches. He wrote that you should know he wasn’t bashful and was very curious. He persistently found his way into normally closed areas of sports arenas. He wanted Brandon to recall their trip to the Pyramid in Memphis and Jason to recall their trip to Promise Keepers in Minneapolis. His grandchildren’s favorite memories of playing with Papaw Jayhawk were the basketball games in the church, the Classen summer Olympics, Easter egg hunts, wrestling matches, and board games. Isaac loves all the special toys that Papaw Jayhawk shared with him.

He wanted Kaye to know that she was his beautiful bride, friend, and lifelong companion. She had the most beautiful singing voice and he appreciated her quiet but strong support. He often bragged on her for her talent in music, sewing, and many other talents. He was very appreciative of her dedication through many tough times embedded with the good times.

He had a lot of friends all over the country even though he considered himself a private person. He will be remembered for his friendship, jokes, sense of humor, pranks, and life lessons he conveyed through actions and words. He often wore a t-shirt that said, “I want to live my life so that the preacher won’t have to lie at my funeral.”

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Church of the Nazarene, Meade.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Private family interment will be held at the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

Larry we love you…

James E (Jim) Pass

James E (Jim) Pass

James E. (Jim) Pass, age 79, passed away Friday afternoon, August 24, 2018, at his Meade, Kansas, residence.

He was born October 15, 1938, at Fairburn, Georgia, the son of Edward Ernest and Lilly (Williams) Pass. As a young boy he attended school in Fairburn.  After his schooling, he joined the United States Navy, serving his country as an electrician from 1956 until 1959.  After his discharge, he began working as truck and automotive mechanic.

On October 3, 1959, he married Patricia Garten.  In 1981, the couple moved to Meade, where he worked as an electrician for the Meade City power plant for ten years.

He was a member of the American Legion and attended the Emmanuel Mennonite Church.  He enjoyed fishing, carpentry work, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Pat) Pass of Meade; a son, James Dale Pass (Denise) of Washington; two daughters, Lisa Johnson of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Tina Pass-Tacha (Milton) of Meade; ten grandchildren, Constance Shrewsbury (Jake), Amanda Balbantin (Pablo), Josh Munsey, Paul Campbell (Ashley), Courtney Keith, James Pass, Jr, Jake Pass, Kyra Pass, Kyndra Pass; fourteen great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Benny and Vivien Garten; a special sister-friend, Shirlee Lynn and family, Derrick Lynn, Joseph Lynn, Eddy Lynn and Tony Lynn; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Luther Pass and Frank Dempsey; four sisters, Martha Wallace, Lucy Ellis, Ruby Newborn, and Frances Jeffries; a granddaughter, Lillie Campbell; a son-in-law, Billy M. Johnson; and a brother-in-law, Buddy Garten.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade.  In accordance to Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  Inurnment followed in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

The family would welcome memorials to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation or the American Heart Association in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at


Dale R McFall

Dale R McFall

Dale R. McFall, age 64, passed away Tuesday evening, August 14, 2018, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.

He was born September 9, 1953, at Pontiac, Michigan, the son of John Edward and Charlene (Miles) McFall. After his high school graduation, he attended Northern Michigan University, receiving his Bachelor degree.  He then began his career in teaching at Manton, Michigan.  Later in 1980, he moved to Meade, Kansas, teaching band for eighteen years.  While in Meade, he attended Fort Hays State University and later Wichita State University, receiving his Masters degree.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school superintendent.  He enjoyed teaching, children, puzzle books, playing the lottery, watching television, his dogs, and spending time in the Michigan outdoors.

In 1983, he married Susan M. (Wyrick) Tacha in Hawaii.  She survives.

Other survivors include a stepson, Robert Tacha and wife Jacque of Meade; a sister, Jacqueline Petersen and husband Ralph of Michigan; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Louise Wyrick of Kismet, Kansas; and a grandson, Henry Tacha.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother John Damon McFall.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Meade. Interment followed in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome memorials to the United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at


Clyde Leroy Federer

Clyde Leroy Federer

Clyde Leroy Federer was born May 25, 1918, in Hocking County, Ohio, to Beman and Nada Federer. He died, August 4, 2018, in Yucaipa, CA.  His wife, Ada, preceded him in death.  Clyde is survived by one sister, Edna Miller, of Yucaipa, grandsons Del and Richard Rhodes, 6 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, 2 nephews, Rick Boyd and Don Miller, and 2 cousins, Janet Shonebarger and Betty Lou Buchsieb.

Clyde went to school at Sugar Grove, Ohio. After graduation, he worked at dairy stores in Lancaster and Columbus, Ohio.  He then worked as manager of restaurants in Lancaster, Ohio.

In 1942 Clyde joined the Army and took basic training at Gulf Port, Mississippi.  He then went to Kelly Field US Air Force Base in Texas. He was a supply Sergeant for the line of B-24 planes.  He was then sent to Liberal, Kansas, as a supply Sergeant to open an Air Force base for the B-24s.  Clyde was then shipped overseas to India and then to China, where he was a B-24 supply Sergeant.  Clyde was discharged from the Army in 1945 as a Tech Sergeant.

Clyde married Ada Boyd on June 5, 1946, in Lancaster, Ohio. He worked as the manager of Oliver’s Shoe Store and later as manager of Family Shoe Store in Liberal, Kansas.  Clyde opened Clyde’s Shoe Store in Newton, Kansas.  His wife Ada worked with him the shoe store for 12 years.  Later Clyde and Ada retired and moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas, where they lived for 10 years. They then moved to Weslaco, Texas, and then back to Meade, Kansas. Ada passed away in Meade, Kansas, in 2002. Clyde moved back to Weslaco, Texas, and then to Yucaipa in 2009.  While living in Yucaipa, Clyde went to the senior center each day.  He played cards and made lots of friends playing Bunco. In January 2018, he moved to Cedar Mountain Post Acute in Yucaipa, where he enjoyed the staff and appreciated the good care they gave him. He also became good friends with his roommate, Andre Bonaldo.

On May 25, a party was held to celebrate his 100thbirthday with family, staff, and patients at Cedar Mountain Post Acute in Yucaipa.

Clyde’s last move will be to Meade, Kansas, to be with his wife Ada, and their dog Little Bit.  Memorial graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.


Robert E. Mabery

Robert E “Bob” Mabery

Robert E. “Bob” Mabery, age 85, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the BSA Hospice of the Southwest, Amarillo, Texas.

He was born September 20, 1932, at Meade, Kansas, the son of Robert and Martha Mae (Granger) Mabery. As a young boy he attended the Meade School system.  After his education, he entered into the United States Navy serving aboard the U.S.S. Princeton during the Korean Conflict as a Boatsman Mate, which conducted the Liberty Launches.  Upon his discharge, he returned to Meade and began his career in maintenance. He worked for the USD 226 and later for Meade County, responsible for the maintenance of the Meade County Court House and the Meade County Jail.  In addition to his maintenance responsibilities, he served as a bus driver for the school system, driving for thirty-three years.

He is a member of the American Legion, serving as a past Commander, the Kiwanis Club, serving as a past president and was instrumental in starting the KEY Club in Meade during his presidency, and was a former Meade City Councilman.  He enjoys fishing.

On December 31, 1956, he married Wanda Mae Jeffries at Meade, Kansas.  She precedes him in death on May 30, 1997.

He is survived by: A son, Wayne Mabery of Meade, Kansas; Two daughters,  Pat Hissom of KerrvilleTexas, Donna Chappell of Plains, Kansas; Three grandchildren, One great-grandchild, One step-great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; a brother, Buford Mabery; two sisters, Ella Mae LeClear and Lenor Cook; and two grandsons, Kellen Hissom  and Kyle Hissom.

Memorial services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2018, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade. Interment took place at 8:45 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2018, at the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

He has requested memorials to the Beam Senior Center or Crown of Texas Hospice Foundation for BSA Hospice of the Southwest in care of the funeral home.

Personal Condolences may be given to the family at


Donald Leroy Hatfield

Donald Leroy Hatfield

Donald Leroy Hatfield, 78, of Liberal, passed away on Monday July 30, 2018 at his home in Liberal, KS; one day short of his 79th birthday.

He was born on July 31, 1939 to Howard and Lorene Hatfield at Rural Meade Co, KS.

Don grew up on a farm near Fowler, KS and was a graduate of Fowler High School, class of 1957. In his youth he was active in the Boy Scouts and 4H Clubs. After graduating Don joined the US Army where he served on active duty for four years and then four years with the Army Reserves. Don loved farming and was a farmer for many years. He had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, camping, doing stain glass, woodworking, and history. Don also had a great love for Genealogy and his Hatfield heritage that went all the way back to the Hatfields and McCoys feud of 1881; he was devoted to the history of his Great Great Great Great Grandfather- Emanual Hatfield. Don was active in the community where he served in the Liberal Noon Lions Club; serving as President up to July 1, of 2018 and Liberal ELKS Lodge #1947. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Liberal.

Don is survived by Fiancé- Eula Odneal; Two Daughters- Christy Hergert and husband Conrad of Liberal, KS; Lisa Hatfield Baker of Leavenworth, KS; Son- Rodger Hatfield of Fruita, CO; Brother- “Cokey” Norman Hatfield and wife Jean of Fowler, KS; Sister- Sherry Copple and husband Jerry of Berthoud, Co; Five Grandchildren- Echo Garcia and husband Corban, Candice Kline, Ryan Hergert, Nathan Viegra and Natasha Edwards and husband Dustin; 12 Great Grandchildren- Easton, Peyton, Bohdi, Breighyn, Aidyn, Caidynce, Mercedes, Eros, Atticus, Thanatos, Ciera, and Blix.

He was preceded in death his parents, One Daughter – Tanya K Hatfield, One Sister- Carol Stanley

There will be no viewing as cremation has taken place.

Memorial Services will be 10:30 Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the First Christian Church, with Mike Riney, officiating.

The family suggests memorials to the Liberal Noon Lions Club in care of Miller Mortuary PO Box 826 Liberal, KS 67905-0826.

Friends may send condolences to the family through Don’s tribute web page at

Roch Miles Dvorak

Roch Miles Dvorak

Roch Miles Dvorak, 65, died July 7, 2018 at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.  He was born on June 18, 1953 at Spearville, the son of Derrol R. and JaNeva (Kirmer) Dvorak.

Roch grew up in Spearville and was a graduate of Spearville High School. On August 11, 1973 he married Debra Greenstreet at St. John Catholic Church in Spearville. He was a longtime employee of Cargill in Dodge City.

He was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City.

Roch is survived by his wife, Debbie Dvorak of Dodge City; his children, Rochelle Luetters and husband Bryan of Meade and Nicholas Dvorak and wife Kelly of Shawnee; grandchildren, Lexus, Lawson, and Liberty Luetters of Meade and Bailey, Meilyn, Abby, and Layna Dvorak of Shawnee. He is also survived by siblings, Karlene Davis, Kathlene Loyd and husband Tom, Lydia Watts and husband Ron, Richard Dvorak and wife Bonnie, JaNelda Fields and husband Steve and Nikki Meyer and husband Rich.He was preceded in death by his parents.

Vigil service was held at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7:00PM. Memorial Mass was held at the cathedral on Saturday July 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM.  Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hodgeman County.  Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Moffitt Cancer Center both in care of the funeral home.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at

Stanley E Post

Stanley E Post

Stanley E. Post,  passed away peacefully into the loving arms of God on July 10, 2018, in Overland Park, Kansas.Stanley lived a full and honorable life, and touched countless lives with his honesty and integrity. Stanley was also known for his kind and generous nature, his willingness to always help a neighbor, and to be a good friend.

Stanley was born September 17, 1940 in Meade, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his father, Meredith, his mother Phyllis, and his brother, Phillip. He is survived by his son, Keenan, and grandchildren Taryn and Nathan; his sister, Susie Ballstaedt, and husband Noel, and their children, Brittany, Nathan, Alicia, Faith, Jacob, Cara, Levi; his sister-in-law, Elaine Post, nephews Brent and Michael.

During the last several years the support of Brent Post, Phillip’s son,  has been an extraordinary blessing to Stanley and Keenan. During dad’s transition to Overland Park the kindness, love, and care of Keenan’s mother and sister, Barbara and Deidra, was nothing short of a blessing from God.  And, the genuine love and care showed to Stanley by Keenan’s love, Gina, and daughter Meika, has brought countless smiles to dad’s face and heart during his time in Overland Park. The joy of having his grandchildren close by, showering Stanley with their love, has been a blessing to dad and so beautiful to experience. A heartfelt thanks, to Arlen and Juel Blattner, and Chuck and Romana Zortman, who were true friends to the end.

Keenan is forever grateful to his father who taught him lessons as boy, and as a man, that only a father like Stanley with the character, perseverance, and kindness could have taught. He will be forever missed, always cherished, and we will be together again. Thank you all for your love of my father and condolences, may God bless you all.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to Meade Co. 4H Livestock Sale, Box 458, Plains, KS 67869.

Funeral services will be held at the Fowler Christian Church at 2 pm on Wednesday, July 18.

Rodney Lee Ohnick

Rodney Lee Ohnick

Rodney Lee Ohnick, 64, died Thursday, July 12, 2018 in rural Meade County. He was born March 31, 1954 to Mitcheal “Mick” and Patricia Jane “Pat” (Twyman) Ohnick at the Ft. Bliss U.S. Army Hospital, in El Paso, Texas. As a young boy he attended the Meade school system, graduating from Meade High School in 1972. Upon his graduation, he began his career in farming. In June, 1986, Rodney and ex-wife, Nancy Feldman, started Back Room Printing. He spent twenty years suppling printing and office supply needs to the local area. After selling the business, he then returned to his passion farming. On August 5, 2006, he married Martha John at Meade, Kansas, and have resided at their country home since. He enjoys farming, animals, in particular dogs and cats, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Martha; father, Mick Ohnick of rural Meade; a brother, Russell Ohnick; and a sister, Rhonda Gillen and husband Rick all from Meade, Kansas.

Rodney wanted an event celebrating his life to take place on the family farm at a later date. Suggested memorial contributions go to the Celebration of Rod’s Life get-together.  Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Nicholas A. Lewis-Finke

Nick A. Lewis-Finke, age 21, passed away early Tuesday morning, June 26, 2018, in rural Meade County, Kansas, as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born January 29, 1997, at Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Kelly Finke and Sarah Lewis.  As a young boy he attended Meade schools, graduating from Meade High School in 2015. After his graduation, he was currently attending Manhattan Technical School, Manhattan, majoring in pre-chiropractic studies.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the National Rifle Association, and a former member of the Meade Buffaloes football team.  He enjoyed riding his dirt bike, farming, riding his horse Morty, photography, fishing, building various items, sampling different sweet treats followed with a cold Pepsi, spending time with his dog “Cooper,” and hanging with his family and friends.

He is survived by his father Kelly Finke and wife Janet of Minneola, Kansas; mother Sarah Lewis of Meade and friend Tony Luna; sisters, Taylor Finke of Manhattan, Keelan Finke and Carson Finke of Minneola; adopted sister, Haticia Oezdemir of Germany; uncles and aunts, Brian Finke and Lori of Fowler, Todd Lewis and Brenda of rural Fowler, Marcy Krisle and Kurtis of Minneola, and Laura Lewis of rural Meade; grandmother, Ardith Lewis of rural Fowler; and great-grandmother, Marie Bayha of Meade.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Monte Finke, Thelma Finke, and Ronald Lewis.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Meade. Cremation has taken place and private family interment will follow at a later date in the Fowler Cemetery.

The family would welcome memorials to Purple Paws Animal Rescue in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary.

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Phillip J. Bartel

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Phillip J. (Phil) Bartel, age 61, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 21, 2018, at the Ashland Health Center, Ashland, Kansas, as a result of an automobile accident.
He was born August 9, 1956, at Meade, Kansas, the son of Pete R. and Malenda L. (Penner) Bartel.  As a young boy he attended Meade schools, graduating from Meade High School in 1974.  After his graduation, he attended Tabor College, Hillsboro, receiving his undergraduate degree.  He then returned to Meade and began his career as a well driller with Bartel Well Drilling for over forty years.  In later years, he also continued his families baking business, Bartel Bake Shop.
He attended the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, serving as a Sunday School Teacher for first and second grade children for over twenty years, AWANA’s, and served as a church camp cook for many years.   He enjoyed writing stories, cooking and baking, playing the piano and music, and spending time with his family and friends.
On August 7, 1976, he married Maralee Wiens at Meade, Kansas.   She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Laureen Coles and husband Jamie of Meade, and Alisha James and husband Nathan of Haviland, Kansas; two brothers, Dan Bartel and wife TeriAnn of Minneola, Kansas, and Reuben Bartel and wife Jeris of Meade; a sister, Rachel Schmidt and husband Norman of Hillsboro, Kansas; and three grandchildren, Mary, Jonathan, and Jemimah.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will follow the service in the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to KanOK or AWANA’s in care of the funeral home.
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Mary Kay Berghaus

Mary-Kay Berghaus, 83, died June 7, 2018 at High Plains Retirement Village, Lakin, Kansas.
She was born January 13, 1935 at Meade, Kansas, the daughter of Kenneth and Neva (Griggs) Sims and was recognized as the first baby born in Meade County that year.
On March 20, 1954, she married Gene “Doc” Berghaus. She worked alongside her husband in the Elkhart veterinarian clinic for 42 years before moving back to Meade after his death for another 12 years.
She brought her fun loving and generous spirit to many people through classes she taught at her ceramic shop, volunteering at the Morton County Fair, 4-H and numerous school activities. She was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, Elkhart Square Dance Club, Point Rock Riders, Red Hat Society and the United Methodist Church.
Mary-Kay loved PURPLE, K-State, family and friends.
Survivors include: two sons, Boyd Eugene Berghaus (Steve), Charlotte, NC., and Scott Alan Berghaus (Jan), Lenexa; a daughter, Pamela Kay Simmons, Lakin; two brothers, Van Sims (Joyce), Colorado Springs, CO., Pat Sims (Jan), Meade; five granddaughters, Amy Berghaus Travers (Cameron), Overland Park, Sarah Berghaus, Kansas City, MO., Katie Simmons Puryear (Conley), Jill Berghaus Hegarty (Samuel), Kara Simmons, Lakin; four great-grandchildren, Clara, Leigh, Callen and Jack.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, Larry Sims.
Memorial Service will be at 2:00pm Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Meade.  Cremation has taken place and inurnment will follow the service at Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
Memorials may be sent to Beam Senior Center, Meade or Elkhart Senior Citizen Center, Elkhart in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.

Anna Friesen

Anna S. Friesen, age 85, of Newton, Kansas, passed away June 29, 2018, at Newton Presbyterian Manor. She was born Anna S. Doerksen on November 15, 1932, in Rural Meade County, Kansas – the daughter of John and Sara (Reimer) Doerksen. Anna was the 4th of six children born to John and Sara.

Anna and her siblings lived and worked on the family farm. Anna’s father, at the age of 43, was killed by a drunk driver as he was standing by a car on the side of the road instructing Anna’s sister, Lena, where to take the farm equipment. This event had a profound impact on the family for the rest of their lives.

Anna attended Lakeview Elementary School of Fowler, Kansas, for grades one to eight. Lakeview was a small school with only 14 students. She had fond memories of teachers and friends at school. Math was one of Anna’s favorite subjects. Later, she acquired her GED, followed by LPN School in McPherson, Kansas.

Anna met Alvin Friesen through friends. They were married on February 18, 1962, in rural Meade, Kansas. They were married 56 years until Alvin’s passing on April 1, 2018. Since Alvin worked in Hesston when they married, Alvin & Anna resided in Hesston for 53 years until they moved to Newton Presbyterian Manor in early 2015.

Alvin and Anna welcomed their only son, Marc, in September, 1974. The family celebrated Alvin & Anna’s 50th wedding anniversary in February, 2012 – a celebration Alvin and Anna enjoyed.

Early in their marriage, they stayed around home and worked, taking trips to visit far away family and to Alvin’s Army reunions. As they aged, they did additional traveling on bus trips as well as an Alaskan and a European tour – trips they greatly enjoyed.

Anna worked for many years as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Axtell and Bethel Hospitals – which later merged into Newton Medical Center. She retired in 2001 at the age of 68.

In addition to working at the hospital, Anna taught children’s Sunday School for many years. She enjoyed gardening, collecting dolls, and watching and listening to Royals baseball. She would tell you, “Royals all the Way.” Once Alvin and Anna moved to Presbyterian Manor, Anna enjoyed playing Skip-Bo on Tuesday nights with other ladies as well as visiting with residents who became close friends.

Alvin and Anna were members of Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, KS. Anna has confessed her faith in Jesus Christ. The hope is that brothers and sisters in Christ will meet Anna again in heaven.

Anna is survived by their son and daughter-in-law, Marc and Sarah, and two grandchildren, Luke and Kate, of Newton. Anna leaves sisters Alma (Lou) Friesen of Edmond, Oklahoma, Sara of Reedley, California, and one brother Pete (Lydia) Doerksen of Fowler, Kansas. Anna also is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Anna is preceded in death by her parents, husband Alvin, and sisters, Lena and Elizabeth.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Presbyterian Manor Chapel in Newton. Burial will be Friday, July 6, 2018 9:30 a.m. at Eastlawn Cemetery in Zimmerdale. Memorial Services will be held following the burial, 11:00 a.m. at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, KS.

Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice and may be sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

Lorena Faye (Apple) Hardaway

Lorena Faye (Apple) Hardaway

Lorena Faye (Apple) Hardaway passed away June 22, 2018 at Pasco, Franklin Co., WA.  Faye was born July 29, 1922 at Donnelly, Valley Co., Idaho to Herbert Kent and Mary Emaline (Van Hoesen) Apple. During her first year of life, she lost her three-year-old brother, Orville Kent Apple, buried at Donnelly, ID. She loved snow ski walking with her father.  She became deathly ill at one point, causing her parents to decide to move back to Kansas when she was five, and she always missed the snow fun in Idaho.  Although she had Alzheimer’s disease in her last years, Faye remembered Idaho best.  When she was 7, she was excited to have a new baby sister, Iva Jane Apple, who later married Raymond Schaffer, but Janie’s life was shortened by polio, leaving a 9-month old baby, Michael Ray Schaffer.

Faye grew up in Meade, Meade Co., Kansas, graduating from Meade High School and went to Wichita, Kansas for Cosmetology School.  Although she knew of the large Hardaway family, she met Loren Walker Hardaway from Fowler, Kansas on a blind date and they married February 14, 1942 in Dodge City, Ford Co., KS. Loren preceded her in death on June 25, 1991.

Loren went to the Army and was stationed in several places in the United States so Faye followed him, the last time to Florida before he left for Australia and New Guinea in World War II in the Army Air Force Signal Corps. When Faye returned to Meade from Florida, she brought home a baby alligator that ran around her Beauty Shop in Fowler, KS.  The ladies had to watch their feet against his nips.  She had him for about three years before he succumbed to a heat lamp.

Loren returned home from the Army and in 1945 daughter Louetta Lynn was born and they moved to a farm close to Montezuma, KS.  The next year they moved to the farm close to Copeland, KS. On September 9, 1946 daughter Loretta Lea was born and died two months later on November 9, 1946 from pneumonia.

Farming was in Loren’s blood. The ground he farmed was all rented. Life was hard there, raising dry land crops and cattle. In 1950, son Loren Kent was born.

The family spent many good times with relatives in Meade and Fowler and they came to the farm. The household was never empty.  Loren and Faye raised many nephews and nieces through the years. They learned the hardships of farming. One niece, Joyce (McBee) Nichols and two nephews, Ronald Dean Hardaway and Michael Ray Schaffer were there the most and each became a beloved “other child.”  There were many family gatherings on the farm, including Family Reunions.

They helped with 4-H and church and school activities.  Faye helped with Brownie Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and they both enjoyed the new friends in Copeland.  Louetta and Kent both graduated from school there.

In 1963 they were named Farm Family of the Year.  Things were changing for them with irrigation. They even built an addition onto the house, which was desperately needed. Faye was very active in Church with MYF for kids. Loren sang in church and he was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was also a member/president of the Copeland School Board.

In 1974 Louetta and Ronnie Shiplet with two sons moved to Copeland where Ronnie farmed with Loren until they moved back to Washington State in 1983, spending summers in Alaska working. Son Kent and wife Kathy (Wenta) and three sons lived mostly in Oklahoma where he was a teacher and girls’ basketball coach, leading them on to win an Oklahoma State Championship.

During their 60s Loren and Faye traveled to Hawaii with Copeland friends and Alaska (where Louetta and husband Ronnie Shiplet worked Asphalt/Road Construction).  In July of 1987 they flew to Alaska and Loren fished for halibut and ling cod out of Seward, Alaska.  They traveled up from Anchorage to Fairbanks, viewing the majestic Mt. McKinley (Denali, to Alaskans) with Louetta and grandsons and young friend in their motorhome.  They returned to Washington with Louetta and 3 boys (who had to go back to school), a large wood-carved eagle statue, a huge Garfield, and a hanging plant from Alaska in Louetta and Ronnie’s 23-foot motorhome on the 2500-mile trip on the Al-can Highway – a trip they talked about with lots of fun and laughter. Loren fought cancer for many years and lost the battle in 1991.

Faye remained on the farm until 1998.  Kent and Kathy and their three sons had previously moved to Locust Grove, OK, where Kent lost his wife, Kathy (Wenta) Hardaway to cancer. While Faye stayed with Kent for a month following Kathy’s death, Louetta and Ronnie and relatives and farm neighbors and friends moved Faye’s belongings to Meade, KS to the house she grew up in and where she stayed until 2011. During those years she was an avid political advocate for right, moral, patriotic, and decency in her congressmen, expecting them to be the best. They knew who she was. She wrote many letters to the editor voicing her knowledge of what was happening to our country.

She attended many years at the Copeland, KS Methodist Church but was a member of the Meade Baptist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and was past-president of the Dodge City Genealogical Society. She was thrilled to know and visit many Apple Chapels that were erected from North Carolina to Indiana to Kansas by her Apple ancestors. Four of them went to the Civil War for the Union Army and only one survived and that was her grandfather, Moses Wester Apple.

She enjoyed the luncheons with friends, the family in Meade, and traveling to Oklahoma, Alaska, and Washington to stay with either Kent or Louetta from time to time.  Faye’s life was about God, Country, and Family, without a doubt.

In 2011 at age 89, she fell and broke her hip, leaving behind Meade, KS for good. She lived with Louetta in Washington for 4 years. She was excited when all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were in Benton City, Washington to celebrate her 90thbirthday.  Later she moved into Assisted Living in Kennewick, WA. In 2017 she was blessed with another daughter-in-law, Stacy (Treat/Avery) Hardaway and her 2 children. In 2018 at the age of 95 she moved to a Skilled Nursing Facility in Pasco, WA due to the Alzheimer’s.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Loren Hardaway; her baby daughter, Loretta Hardaway; her parents, Herb and Mary (Van Hoesen) Apple; her siblings, Orville Kent Apple; Iva Jane (Apple) Schaffer and her husband, Raymond; her first daughter-in-law, Katherine Marie (Kathy) (Wenta) Hardaway; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Fannie (Marrs) and Walker Jesse (Pete) Hardaway; and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law:

She has gone to be with her Heavenly Father, joining many relatives and friends there.

She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Louetta and Ronnie Shiplet, her grandson, Russell Shiplet; her grandson and his family, Shane (Brenda) Shiplet and three children, Sierra, Ryan and Jonah.

She leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law Kent and Stacy (Treat/Avery) Hardaway, with two children, Wyatt Avery and Blakely Avery; her grandson, Jason Hardaway; her grandson and his family, Barry (Trista) Hardaway and three children, Boone, Conagher, and Blaine; her grandson and his family, Ryan (Tifani) Hardaway and two children, Hunter Rouse and Braylen Hardaway; and the two special nephews, Ronald Dean Hardaway and Michael Ray Schaffer.

There are many, many nephews and nieces and cousins and friends that she loved dearly.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler, Kansas.  Following the graveside service, the family will be gathering at the Meade Truck Stop Chuckwagon from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and would like for family and friends to please join them.


Vernon Duane Eads

Vernon Duane Eads

Vernon Duane Eads, 93, passed away on July 2, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. He was born on December 28, 1924 in Plainville, Kansas to Roy and Hazel Eads. In 1929 the family moved to Meade, Kansas, where Duane graduated from Meade High School in 1943.

After graduation, Duane hitchhiked to Denver to join the U.S. Merchant Marines, where he served for nearly 4 years. When he returned to Meade in 1947, he joined his father Roy in the family grocery store. Duane was later drafted to join the Army. In December of 1949, Duane was honorably discharged from the Army and returned to Meade where he joined his father and brother, Arthur, in starting Eads Hardware and Plumbing.   After being called back to duty, Duane proudly returned to the Army for the Korean War. After his final discharge, he returned to Meade where he lived for the next 40 years.   Duane owned and operated two hardware stores in Meade and Garden City. He was active in professional, civic and church affairs, serving as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, on the Meade City Council, on the Board of the Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry, as chairman of the Meade County Republican Party, and as President of the Western Hardware Association. He was a member of Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Star and the Masonic Lodge. Duane was also an avid pilot and a so-so golfer.

On June 12, 1955, Duane married Marcia Osborn in Meade.   To this union were born 2 children, Holly and Scott. Duane and Marcia loved to travel and spend time with family and friends. Following retirement in 1984, they spent winters in Lake Havasu City, AZ and Palm Springs, CA. They moved to Loveland, CO in 1991 where they lived until 2009 when they moved to Wichita due to failing health.

Duane is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marcia, daughter Holly Bostick (E.K.) of Nocona, TX, and son Scott Eads (Darcy) of Andover, KS. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Travis Bostick (Cassie), Alex Eads, Colter Bostick (Lauren), Kaitlyn Eads, and Grant Eads; and by one great-grandchild, Savannah Bostick. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Hazel Eads, sister Marjorie Ensminger, and brother Arthur Eads.

Per Duane’s wishes, no formal services will be held. He simply wanted his family to gather together at a later date to return his cremains to Meade. Memorial gifts may be made to the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita, 9415 E. Harry Street, #405, Wichita, Kansas 67207.