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2018

Esther May (Moler) Cheney Barnes

Esther May (Moler) Cheney Barnes

Esther May (Moler) Cheney Barnes, 1925-2018, departed this world and was welcomed into her heavenly home  on November 7, 2018 surrounded by her children and friends. Esther was born at home in Meade on July 6, 1925 to Millard P. and Elfa M. (Thompson) Moler in Meade, Kansas. The oldest of four sisters, Esther grew up in Meade and at the Silica Mine settlement north of town. She attended the Artesian Valley school for her elementary school years, then public schools in Meade, graduating in 1943. After some junior college, she became a school teacher in Meade. In 1946 she married Wayne B. Cheney of Fowler, Kansas. They lived in Fowler and Liberal, Kansas, and in Des Plaines, Illinois, and eventually in Meade, where for a time they owned the Cottonwood Courts along with other family members. Three children were born to this marriage: L. Merrill 1947, Lynda G. 1949, and Charles W. 1952. Esther also had multiple miscarriages.

In the 1950s Esther became city clerk in Meade, a position she held for 35 years until her retirement. In 1986 she married Chester Barnes of Plains Kansas. In 1988 they retired to a small farm in Benton County, Arkansas, where they raised cows, ostriches, and emus. They later moved into Bentonville Arkansas for full retirement.

Life was not always easy for Esther. She was a single mother for many years and worked hard to keep her family fed and clothed. In spite of the hardships, she was determined to trust God and do her best in life.

Esther accepted Jesus Christ as her savior in early childhood, and walked a consistent Christian walk the rest of her life. She spent many years as a Sunday school teacher, church pianist and organist, board member, and faithful member in the Church of the Nazarene. It was her pleasure to invite people to church and to speak to them about the Lord she loved. She also loved to write notes of encouragement to people as a way of urging them toward the kingdom of heaven. Many came to know Jesus Christ through her witness. Wherever she lived, the local Church of the Nazarene was her home church.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents Millard and Elfa her three younger sisters: Faye Pohl, Louise Moler, and Phyllis Moler; her second husband Chester Barnes, an infant son Charles Wayne Cheney, and grandson Travis Buser. She is survived by: her son Merrill Cheney of Santa Fe New Mexico; daughter Lynda Todd (David) of Bella Vista Arkansas, step daughters Katie (Barnes) Buser (Joshua) of Norman Oklahoma and Joanne (Barnes) Link (Paul) of Kansas City Missouri; other step-children; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In Bentonville, following cremation, visitation will be at the Bentonville Community Church of the Nazarene at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m.

In Meade Kansas, visitation will be at the Meade Church of the Nazarene at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will be in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway #100, Lenexa, KS 66220.

Arrangements are by Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory. On-line condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.

 

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William “Bill” Harman

William “Bill” Harman, 79, of Arma, Kansas died at 5:04 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Harman was born August 19, 1939 at Ft. Smith, Arkansas the son of Roy and Pauline Boner Harman. Bill was a retired school teacher and coach who had been a resident of Arma since 1078. He was raised in Kansas and Oklahoma and graduated from Weskan High School in Weskan, Kansas in 1957. He later attended Garden City Junior College and received his associate degree in education. He later attended Southwest Missouri State Collage and received his bachelor’s degree in education. He then attended Pittsburg State University and received his master’s degree in administration in 1992. In 1961 he moved to Vona, Colorado and taught and coached and went to state in football and basketball. In 1963 he moved to Granada, Colorado and taught and coached all sports and wwon 3rdin boys’ basketball and went to state in football. In the summers he moved to Springfield to be certified in driver’s education. In 1966 he moved to Colorado Springs and taught and coached at Palmer High School for a year. For the next four years he was a head coach at Holy Cross Abbey as well as athletic director in Canon City, Colorado. In August 1971 moved to Meade, Kansas and coached football, wrestling, and track and in 1972 Meade won Kansas 2A football championship. In August 1973 he was the head coach at Newton, Kansas. And 1975 thru 1978 was head coach at Eldorado Springs, Missouri. In 1978 Bill moved to Arma where he taught Driver’s Ed and Physical Education and coached multiple sports at Northeast High School until he retired in May 2001. The last nine years he was a bus driver and head of transportation. While in Arma he was assistant coach for the East in the 1983 Shrine Bowl. He married Joanne (Jan) Gauss on August 1957 at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Sharon Springs, Kansas and were married for 61 years. Mr.s Harman survives at the home. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arma. He also served in the national Guard and Army Reserves. Survivors include his wife Jan of the Home, two sons, Rod (Rena) Harman of Olathe and Jerry (Kim) Harman of Pittsburg, two daughters, Crystal (Jim) Leach of Defiance, Missouri and Darla (Chuck) Lyon of Andover, Kansas, one brother, Charles Harman of Anchorage, Alaska, twenty grandchildren, and twenty-three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Linda Davied, and a brother, David Harman.

Even though he loved the places he lived, he moved 17 times in 21 years before he moved to Arma. Bill loved the people of Arma and small0town life. He valued church, family, education, music, sports, and especially KU basketball. He continued teaching his whole life with fishing, camping, and driving education with his large family.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arma with Father Floyd McKinney as the Celebrant. Burial was at Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery. Rosary was at 6 p.m. Friday at the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma. The Family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arma. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, Kansas 66712.

Richard D Marrs

Richard D Marrs

Richard D. Marrs, age 84, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas.

He was born October 1, 1934, at Fowler, Kansas, the son of Chester I. and Edith Susan (Brock) Marrs. As a young boy he attended school in Fowler, graduating from Fowler High School in 1952.  He began his career with Walker Manufacturing working for several years as a foreman.  He later began working as an operator for the Natural Gas Booster station in Bloom, Kansas, taking early retirement.  After his retirement he was a driver for the Fowler Senior bus for 25 years.

He attended the Fowler Friends Church.  He enjoyed fishing, metal detecting, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends.

On April 15, 1956, he married Helen Downing at Clayton, New Mexico.  She survives.

Other survivors include his children, Shelly Kellam of Calera, Oklahoma, Tim Marrs of Meade, Kansas, Ted Marrs of Liberty, Missouri, Valerie Watson of Montezuma, Kansas, and Phil Marrs of Fowler, Kansas; a brother Irvin Marrs of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Pauline Golden of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ella Mae Marrs of Greensburg, Kansas; fourteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Lewis, Roscoe, Chester Lloyd, Leo Ramon, and Danny Ray Marrs; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Fowler Friends Church. In accordance to his request, cremation has taken place.  Inurnment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery.

The family would welcome memorials to the Fowler Friends Church or to the Fowler Senior Center in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Helen L Kessler

Helen L Kessler

Helen L. Kessler, 77, died on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at her home in Lakin. She was born on March 21, 1941 at Dodge City the daughter of Ralph & Ruth (Kendall) McCarty. She married Lavern J. Kessler on April 7, 1959 at Lakin. He died on August 1, 2008.

Helen graduated from Plains High School and then moved to Lakin after her marriage. She was a longtime cook for USD # 215 in Lakin. She was a member of St Anthony Catholic Church, Altar Society & Quilt Guild. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, canning and handiwork. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Son- Larry Kessler & Brother- Jim McCarty.

She is survived by 4 Sons- Stanley & Sandra Kessler of Holcomb, Gary & Emily Kessler of Lakin, Ronny & Nancy Kessler of Lakin & Justin Kessler of Lakin, Daughter- Mary & Terry Ginn of Trenton, Nebraska, 17 Grandchildren & 18 Great-Grandchildren.

Vigil Service will be at 7:00 PM Friday and Funeral Mass at 1:00 PM Saturday both at St Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin with Rev Peter Tran as Celebrant. Burial will be in Lakin Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Friday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Memorials are suggested to High Plains Retirement Village Activity Fund or St Anthony Altar Society in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com

 

Lillie F James

Lillie F James

Lillie F. James, age 90, passed away Friday morning, November 2, 2018, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade, Kansas.

She was born January 5, 1928, at Springdale, Arkansas, the daughter of Frank and Goldie (Gant) Atkinson.  As a young girl, she attended school in Arkansas.

On February 1, 1944, she married Lee James in Ada, Oklahoma. They lived for many years in Garden City, Kansas, and retired in Welch, Oklahoma. Following Lee’s death, Lillie lived in Springdale, Arkansas, and Meade, Kansas. A resident of Meade for two years, she lived at Lone Tree Retirement Center.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. She loved to read, and she and Lee were active members of the Good Sam Club, where they traveled extensively for many years.

She is survived by two sons, Melvin James of Kingman, Arizona, and Milton James of Tucson, Arizona; five brothers, James, Eugene, Elmer, Joe, and Jerry Atkinson; a sister, Essie James; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband; a son, Marvin James; a daughter, Deloris James and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

The family would welcome memorials to the Lone Tree Retirement Center in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

 

Benny Dale Garten (Butch)

Benny Dale Garten (Butch)

Benny Dale Garten (Butch), age 71, passed away Thursday, October 18th, 2018, at the Meade District Hospital.

He was born August 9, 1947, to Dale and Murlene Garten on a kitchen table on the Byrd Hardy Ranch outside of Greensburg, Kansas.

He married Vivien Todhunter May 26th, 1973, and lived in California operating a Skateboard business.  After selling the business, they moved to Meade, Kansas, in 1978, and he worked at the Meade Power Plant, then as a dispatcher for the Meade County Sheriff’s office before opening his own business of Nothing Fancy and then The Trading Post.

He is survived by his wife, Vivien Garten; their daughters Christina Lynn and Jennifer Price; a son, Charles (Chip) Garten; a sister, Patricia Pass; two brother-in-laws, James Todhunter and wife Renee, and Mark Todhunter and wife Sue; an adopted/best friend/son, Eric Welker; four grandchildren, Krysten, Savyn, Cassondra, and Xander; eight great-grandchildren, Mason, Madalyn, Mya, Jax, Landon, Jayden, and Eli; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a younger brother, Buddy; a brother-in-law, James Pass; and a great-niece, Lilly Campbell.

He loved fishing, metal detecting, and was an avid coin collector.  He owned his bait shop and loved visiting, laughing, and telling jokes with his customers.  He was amazing at saving money and was loved by so many.  He will be missed.

Memorial services were held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Church of the Nazarene, Meade.  In accordance to his wishes, cremation had taken place.  Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

The family would welcome memorials to the Neuropathy Association in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Ruby A (Ashcraft) Deaver

Ruby A (Ashcraft) Deaver

Ruby A. (Ashcraft) Deaver, 88, died Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Fowler Nursing Home.

She was born April 27, 1930 at Kingman, Kansas, the daughter of H.M. “Harry” and Alice (Dadisman) Ashcraft. She married Orville “Jim” James Deaver, Jr. on June 8, 1948 at Kingman and then moved to Meade County where she and Jim farmed.

She was a member of the Fowler United Methodist Church and Rebekah Lodge. She was very active with 4-H in both Meade and Ford Counties as well as genealogy with extensive knowledge of the Wilburn and Fowler Cemeteries.

Survivors include: her son, Dennis Deaver and wife Kay, Dodge City; her daughter, Sharlet Untereiner and husband Carl, Leavenworth, Kansas; 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim on January 26, 2011, a brother, Harrison Ashcraft, a sister, Bonnie Jean Ashcraft and 2 great grandsons, Dakota Deaver and Benjamin Hernandez.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Fowler Cemetery with Rev. Dick Robbins officiating. There was no public viewing, cremation had taken place.

The family suggests memorials to the Ford County 4-H Foundation in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com

Richard D Lee

Richard D Lee

Richard D. Lee, age 79, passed away Saturday morning, October 20, 2018, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade, Kansas.

He was born November 4, 1938, at Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Harry Ernest and Ethel Lee (Kearns) Roberts.  As a young boy he attended the Fowler school system.  A lifetime resident of rural Fowler, he was a farmer and rancher, owned and operated Lee’s Auto Repair as a mechanic, and Lee’s Windmill and Well Service.

He was a member of the International Flying Farmers and a board member of the ASCS.  He enjoyed woodworking, artwork, flying his airplanes, and spending time with his family and friends.

In 1956, he married Roberta Griffee at Larned, Kansas.  After several years of marriage, the couple divorced.  On September 2, 1988, he married Linda Rae Bliss at Fowler, Kansas.  She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Michael Lee and wife Rose of Fowler; a stepson, Alan Thornburg and wife Nikki of Fowler; a daughter, Diana Parker and husband Lance of Garden City, Georgia; a stepdaughter, Belinda Thornburg of Wichita, Kansas; eleven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Fowler.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm. At Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.

The family would welcome memorials to the Fowler United Methodist Church or the Vera Waters Art Center of Fowler, in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at http://www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com/

 

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William “Bill” R Wells

William “Bill” R. Wells, 85, retired Instructional Engineer and Flight Mechanic for 41 years with Beechcraft entered eternal rest on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Bill loved to garden and could grow any kind of vegetable and any type of flower. He was passionate about cars and enjoyed fixing and tinkering with them. He was a member of the Dudes Car Club. Preceded in death by his father Fred and step-mother Irene, his mother Delsie and Stop-brother Bill Thurman. Survived by his loving wife of 46 years Pat, sons Bill and wife Denise Wells, Mike wells and Significant other Diane Maupin, Stop-son Eric Schepker, daughter Ine Sande and Sini Hermelin, brother Fred and wife Elia Wells, sister Dorothy and husband Frank Alvarado, half-borther Jim and wife Caren Griffen and Jerry and wife Barbara Griffen, 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary, 7pm, Fri Sept 28th, Memorial Mass, 11 am, Sat. Sept. 29th both at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorial to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kansas Humane Society or Hynes Memorial Hospice.

Cristene Ann Edwards

Cristene Ann Edwards

Cristene Ann (Freshour) Edwards, 64, passed away August 22, 2018 in San Marcas, Texas where she worked at the Schieb Center.

She was born December 6, 1953 to Bob and Natalie (Nelson) Freshour. She graduated from Fowler High School in 1971.

She is survived by her parents Lloyd and Natalie Unzicker, son Damon Joawich, granddaughter Betty Loswick, sister Bobby Jo, and sister-in-laws Dottie, Gail and Bonny.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bobby Edwards, son Matthew and brothers David and Kenneth Freshour.

Services were held in San Marcas.

 

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.

He was born January 31, 1923, at Hutchinson, Kansas, the son of Roy and Anna J. (Jenkins) Twist. As a young boy he attended the Meade school system, graduating from Meade High School.  He later attended the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Kansas.  After his schooling, he worked for a couple of years in Texas selling dry ice. He later returned to Meade to assist with his families businesses, including Marrs and Twist.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Webb Lodge AF & AM, the Scottish Rite, OES, various card clubs, Kiwanis International, had served as an elder of the Presbyterian Church, Mayor of Meade and on the Meade City Council.  He enjoyed golfing, hunting, the Kansas City Chiefs football, traveling, and had a fondness for the University of Kansas sports.

On January 28, 1949, he married Betty Jo Laird at Abilene, Kansas.  She precedes in death on March 19, 2017.

Survivors include his sons, Roy Twist III of Leawood, Kansas, Kevin Twist of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Jeff Twist of Boulder, Colorado; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade.  In accordance to his request, cremation has taken place.  Inurnment will follow the service in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome memorials to the Meade Golf Course in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at http://www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com/

Gerald Dayton Raines

Gerald Dayton Raines

Gerald Dayton Raines died September 6 at NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City, MO.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Frances Greer Raines on March 12, 2013.  He is survived by a daughter Vicki Raines (Sandy Baker) of Lawrence, KS; a son Doug Raines (Joanne) of Shawnee, KS; a son Randy of Phoenix, AZ; and grandchildren Madelyn, John Henry, and Dayton Raines of Shawnee, KS.

Gerald was born in Hooker, OK on May 21, 1925 to Dayton and Caroline (Tatro) Raines.  He graduated from Hutchinson High School May 27, 1943.  He then entered the U.S. Army on July 29, 1943, where he served until he was discharged February 9, 1946 after achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He was a decorated paratrooper in the 513th Parachute Infantry.

After his return from World War II he enrolled at Hutchinson Junior College, where he met Frances Greer.  They were married April 9, 1948.  Gerald graduated from Hutchinson Junior College on May 27, 1948.  He then enrolled at Kansas State Teacher’s College in Pittsburg, KS and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree on June 1, 1950.  He later completed his Master of Science degree at Kansas State Teacher’s College on July 13, 1954.

Gerald spent many years teaching and coaching in Kansas public schools in Sylvia, Burton, Plains, Ulysses, and Winfield.  He then went on to become the Director of Development at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, and then later returned to teaching and coaching at Southwestern College.  Gerald and Frances retired in Winfield and then later moved to Lenexa, KS.

A memorial service was held Monday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Amos Funeral Home in Shawnee, KS.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Southwestern College women’s basketball team at: Southwestern College – Institutional Development Attn: Gerald Raines Memorial, 100 College St., Winfield, KS  67156.

 

Melvin L Reimer

Melvin L Reimer

Melvin L. Reimer, age 81, passed away Friday afternoon, September 21, 2018, at the Hospice House, Hutchinson, Kansas.

He was born March 23, 1937, at Hutchinson, Kansas, the son of Henry B. and Justina (Goertzen) Reimer. As a young boy he attended grade school at Inman, Kansas.  He later attended Central Christian High School, Hutchinson.  After his graduation, he attended McPherson College for two years and later Tabor College for four years, receiving his Bachelors degree.  A lifetime resident of Inman, he was a clothing merchandiser and salesman for Morris and Son Fine Clothing in McPherson.

He was a member of the Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman.  He enjoyed restoring antiques, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends.

On September 25, 1999, he married Waneta McDowell Glenn at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade, Kansas. She survives.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman.  Cremation has taken place in accordance to his request.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Meade.

The family would welcome memorials to the Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church or Hospice and Home Care of Reno County in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at http://www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com/

Dorothy Hickey Hansell

Dorothy Hickey Hansell

Dorothy Hickey Hansell was born near Pretty Prairie, Kansas on December 3, 1911 to parents, John and Mary Hickey and married George E. Hansell in 1935. George and Dorothy had four children: Curtis, Kathryn, Lois and Leta.

Dorothy graduated from Plains, Kansas High School in 1929 and taught in a country school near Plains for one year before joining her parents and siblings who had moved to Vilas the previous year. Following their marriage George and Dorothy farmed near Walsh and later near Vilas until about 1960.

After moving to Springfield, Dorothy worked as a seamstress at NuWay Cleaners for almost 25 years and prior to the sale of the business was a co-owner with Jimmie Gabbert. She had regular clothing alterations customers during that time who relied on Dorothy to make their clothes fit just the way they liked. Dorothy not only repaired and altered but created clothing and did beautiful needlework.

After George’s death, Dorothy and Jimmie Gabbert formed a close friendship that was to last until Jimmie’s death in 2015. They enjoyed several trips both in and outside of the United States. Jimmie was truly a member of the family.

Survivors include her children: Curtis (Mildred) Hansell, Denver; Kathy (Stanley) Mease, Dodge City, KS; Leta Hansell, Denver. Five grandchildren: Julia (Brady) Bateman, Denver; David (Carla) Hansell, Windsor; Janet (Shawn) Poulson, Denver; Lamont (LeAnn) Mease, Omaha, NE and Chris (Amy) Mease, Wichita, KS, ten great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Survivors also include numerous nieces and nephews, especially Charlotte Martin of Springfield.

Those preceding Dorothy in death were her husband, George, her daughter, Lois Hansell, her parents and all of her siblings: Mable James, Claud Brown, Octie Ayers, Alice Hickey, Verna Reed, Lester Hickey, Marie Hutches and Fern Capansky.

Dorothy enjoyed an active and independent life well into her 90’s including mowing her large yard.

The family suggests donations in Dorothy’s memory be given to the Springfield EMS Association, Memo: D. Hansell, Mailed to 972 Kansas St., Springfield, CO 81073 or given by way of the funeral home.

For several years Dorothy was the longest surviving graduate of Plains High School. She died at 106 years old.  She was the last living person from the “Roaring Twenties” decade.  She graduated in 1929, only 10 years after the first graduating Class of 1919 at PHS.

Dr. Bill Orrison

Dr. Bill Orrison

Dr. Bill Orrison – grateful son of Meade, Minneola, Plains and KU – died one year ago on October 19, at age 68, in Las Vegas, Nev., of a neurodegenerative disorder. His family and lifelong friends invite those who knew and loved Bill to mark the anniversary at a celebration of life in Bill’s beloved southwest Kansas.

On Saturday, October 6, at 11:00 a.m. in Meade, the Orrison family will host a graveside service at Graceland Cemetery. A caravan to the cemetery will form at 10:30 a.m. at the Forst Center at 416 W. Carthage St. Afterwards, all are welcome to a noontime luncheon at the Forst Center (no RSVP requested). Please bring memories and memorabilia to share.

Born in Louisville, Ky., on April 2, 1949, Bill grew up in Kansas, the son of an archetypal country doctor, William Werner Orrison Sr., M.D., and his wife and co-worker, Ruth Orrison, R.N. After graduating from Meade High School in 1967, Bill studied chemistry in Lawrence on an ROTC scholarship, and medicine at KU’s medical school in Kansas City. At the University of Wisconsin, Bill completed residencies in neurology and radiology, followed by two fellowships in neuroradiology in Madison, Wis., and Oslo, Norway. As chief of neuroradiology at Keesler Air Force Base, he attained the rank of major. At the University of New Mexico and the University of Utah, Bill practiced academic medicine at the highest level of excellence – an inventive researcher, prolific scholar, wise arbiter, effective fundraiser, and most of all an inspiring teacher. Bill operated the MRI machine the way Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello.

Despite his accomplishments, Bill never lost his small-town humility, nor the compassionate bedside manner his father had modeled. His greatest pride and pleasure were his three children, Bill, Jenny and Mike, whom he raised with Becky Spiller Orrison, in Albuquerque and Park City. He remained close to his younger sisters Mary and Ann (Agnes). Bill spent the last stage of his career in private practice in Las Vegas, where he married Heather Stanley and nurtured her two children Drew and Finn. Bill was forever a fan of Jayhawk basketball, and he played the game well until injured in his 60s. In addition to five scientific textbooks, he wrote cowboy poetry. He practiced transcendental meditation and yoga. He ran, he skied, he spoke Norwegian. He survived three near-death experiences. Through his work and teaching, he relieved the suffering of hundreds of patients.

Please call family friend Judy Smith at (620) 873-2362 for information or assistance. Memorial gifts to The Cheley Foundation (www.cheleyfoundation.org) will enable indigent children to attend summer camp. A full obituary is posted at www.kraftsussman.com.

Erwin James (Jim) Welch

Erwin James (Jim) Welch

Erwin James (Jim) Welch, age 71, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at his Meade, Kansas, residence.

He was born August 23, 1947, at Fredericksburg, Texas, the son of Erwin and Vera (Burrier) Welch.  As a young boy he attended grade school in Willow City, Texas, later graduating from Fredericksburg High School in 1965. He later attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville, Texas.

In October, 1974, he married Carmen Cornett Harms in Fredericksburg, Texas.  After their marriage the couple lived in Texas before moving to rural Meade County in 1983.  Over the years, Jim worked on ranches for several years, the Meade County Recycling Center for eleven years, was the caretaker for Graceland Cemetery, and continued to mow several area yards over the years.

He enjoyed hunting for antler sheds, looking for arrowheads, working with leather and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Carmen of Meade; two daughters, Jamie Harms of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Tracy Duncan of Salina, Kansas; a brother, Bert Welch of Willow City, Texas; a sister Martha Welch of Kerrville, Texas; a grandson, Jeffrey Duncan; and two great-grandchildren, Jocelyn and Cooper Duncan.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Tom Welch.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  As Jim requested, cremation had taken place. Inurnment followed in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

The family would welcome memorials to the Cancer Center of Kansas in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at http://www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com/

 

Arnold E (Arnie) Tabb

Arnold E (Arnie) Tabb

Arnold E. (Arnie) Tabb, age 65, passed away Thursday morning, September 20, 2018, at Via Christi St. Francis, Wichita, Kansas.

He was born April 12, 1953, at Meade, Kansas, the son of Adrian S. and Marjorie Anne (Fox) Tabb.  As a young boy he attended school in Plains, graduating from Southwestern Heights High School in 1971.  After his graduation, he joined the United States Army serving for several years in Korea.  After his discharge, he began his career painting, as well as working on several homes in the Plains and Liberal area.

On January 1, 1978, he married Sheila Harper.  After twenty-nine years of marriage, the couple later divorced.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, the Plains American Legion, and attended the Fargo Lodge of Liberal.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, visiting museums, and spending time with grandchildren. He was known as “Papa.”

He is survived by his daughters, Chelsea R. Gardenhire and husband Russell of Winfield, Kansas, and Whitney L. Simon and husband Dalton of Garden City, Kansas; his mother Marjorie McGuffin of Meade; two brothers, Stephen Tabb and wife Anne of Cotopaxi, Colorado, Mark Tabb of Hollywood, Florida; a sister, Cindy Bryan of Plains, Kansas; his companion, Dee Dickson of Plains, Kansas; and four grandchildren, Jacob, Jayden, Adrianna, and Asher.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Plains.  Cremation has taken place and inurment will follow the service in the Plains Cemetery, Plains, KS.

The family would welcome memorials to the Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

Esther L Harms

Esther L Harms

Esther L. Harms, age 99, passed away Monday, September 17, 2018, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.

She was born September 4, 1919, in rural Meade, the daughter of Jacob and Lena (Pauls) Wiens.  As a young girl she attended a one-room school and later Sunrise School, both in rural Meade.  She attended high school at boarding schools; first two years at Zoar Bible Academy (Inman, KS) and the last two at Tabor College Academy (Hillsboro, KS). In 1939, she attended one semester as a college freshman at Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS).

She quit college to marry her husband, Herman D. Harms.  They were married on April 28, 1940 in Meade, at the Bruderthol Church (now Countryside Bible Church).  After their marriage, the couple made their home in Dallas, Oregon.   In 1946, they moved back to Meade.  She was a homemaker until all the children left home.  In 1970, she worked part time as a cook at Lone Tree Lodge for 18 years.

She accepted Christ as her personal Savior as an 8th grader and was baptized in a creek close by the church in November, 1932.  She has been a life-long, active member of the Countryside Bible Church, rural Meade.

Survivors include two sons, Ken Harms and wife Patti of Wichita, Kansas, and Marvin Harms and wife Barb of Lincoln, Nebraska; a son-in-law, Larry Becker; a brother, Ed Wiens of Valparaiso, Indiana; a sister, Helen Friesen of Meade; nine grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Patricia Becker; her parents; three brothers, Eldo, Erwin, and Elmer Wiens; and two sisters, Frieda Isaac and Agatha Isaac.

Celebration for a Life Well Lived will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018, at the Countryside Bible Church, rural Meade.  A burial service will be held prior to the service for close friends and family at 10:30 a.m.   Friends may call from 1:00 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 be in the Countryside Bible Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome memorials to the Countryside Bible Church or the Beam Senior Center in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at http://www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com/

 

Margaret L Davis

Margaret L Davis

Margaret L. Davis, age 85, passed away Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018, at the Minneola Nursing Home, Minneola, Kansas.

She was born October 11, 1932, at Minneola, Kansas, the daughter of Earl and Edith (Foster) Harris.  As a young girl she attended school in Minneola, graduating from Minneola High School as Valedictorian.

On August 13, 1950, she married Lester D. (Doug) Davis at Minneola.  After their marriage the couple made their home in rural Meade County where she worked at the Meade County Courthouse for several years and assisted her husband with the daily duties of farm life.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, sang in the church choir, helped with the Mission Mart, and sang with the Golden Notes.  She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, spending time with her family, friends, and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Kent Davis and wife Loretta, and Roger Davis and wife Heather, both of Meade; a brother, Ronald Harris and wife Shirley of Minneola; a sister Doris Tabor and husband Gary (Corky) of Garden City, Kansas; five grandchildren, Amy, Skylie, Kayla, Logan, and Morgan; and six great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Bailey, Paisley, Maizy, Bentley, Harper.

She is preceded in death by her husband Doug on April 30, 2005; a brother Norman Harris; and a sister, Phyllis Poulain.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the United Methodist Church, Meade.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

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 www.fidlerormebachmanmortaury.com

Esther Rosella Feldman

Esther Rosella Feldman

Esther Rosella Feldman died on September 19, 2018, at the age of 93, at the Lone Tree Retirement Community in Meade, Kansas.

Esther was born August 22, 1925, in Verden, Oklahoma, the daughter of Lottie (Payne) and Leroy Goodson. As a young girl she moved with her family from Oklahoma to Arkansas where she grew up and went to school in the rural community of Herple, near Mountain View.

In the early 1940’s she moved to Wichita, Kansas, to work at Boeing during WWII. Esther often joked that she met Robert Feldman in the fuselage of a B-52 bomber. They were married December 9, 1944, in Wichita and shortly thereafter moved to Meade where they lived out their lives and raised their family. Robert proceeded her in death October 11, 2012. Also proceeding her in death were her parents, her son, Alan Clay Feldman, two brothers, four sisters, and one grandson

Esther will most be remembered for the years she spent as a nurses aide at the Meade District Hospital, a career that spanned over 40 years. Many of those years she also played the role of “farm wife” while she and Bob lived on a farm south of Meade. Upon moving back to town in the 1990’s, she opened Esther’s Antiques in their home on East Carthage.

It was during her years as a business owner that Esther became active in the Meade Chamber of Commerce. She was also an avid golfer and active member of the Meade Country Club, serving as president during the time when the club bought their land and developed it into a grass-greens course in 1990. She was also a devoted member of the First Baptist Church, tirelessly serving in several capacities most memorably as Sunday school teacher, and for many years, kitchen coordinator.

Survivors include one son, Glen David Feldman, and one daughter, Nancy Ohnick both of Meade; four grandchildren, Darla Walker, Jay Dorsey (Crystal), Jana Orth (Mark), and David Feldman (Sharon), seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, Meade. Interment followed in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.

Suggested memorials are the First Baptist Church or the Meade District Hospital Memorial Fund.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

 

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 http://www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com/

 

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 www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

 

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 www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

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 www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

 

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 www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

 

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 www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

 

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 www.millermortuary.net.

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 www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

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.

Personal condolences can be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

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.
 
Personal condolences may be given to the family at http://www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com/

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.