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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 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, 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.