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The death of Michael ìMikeî B. Gooch is being mourned.Mike passed from this life early Sunday morning, December 28, 2008 at Stevens County Hospital in Hugoton.He was 68.
The son of L.D. Gooch, Jr. and the former Velma Thompson, he was born November 1, 1940 at Liberal.
He and LaDonna Nadine Louthan were married March 20, 1960 in Hugoton.LaDonna preceded him in death July 4, 2007.His parents also preceded him in death.
Mike loved his family and enjoyed being with them.He was a rancher.His hobbies were rodeos, roping, ranching and being a perfectionist.He was a member of theFirst Christian Church in Hugoton.
Survivors include his son Philip ìPhilî Gooch and wife Michelle of Hugoton; daughter Michele Owens and husband James of Guymon, Ok.; one brother, Joe Gooch and wife Linda of Arizona; his sister Rita Mills and husband Doug of Hugoton; six grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Minister Matt Russell will lead the services for Mr. Gooch 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 2, 2008 at the First Christian Church in Hugoton.Burial will follow in the Hugoton Cemetery with Paulís Funeral Home of Hugoton in charge of the arrangements.
A memorial has been established for the Mike Gooch Education Fund.Memorials may be mailed to Paulís Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Death has claimed the life of Dennis George Lunceford of Hugoton.Mr. Lunceford passed away Tuesday morning, December 23, 2008 at his home.He was 73.
The son of Herschel Lunceford and the former Geraldine Malloy, he was born July 24, 1935 in Omaha, Ne.
Mr. Lunceford served his country in the United States Army during Korean Conflict.He moved from Kearney, Ne. to Hugoton in 1972.He was a truck driver for Yellow Freight for 30 years.
Dennis was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion in Nebraska.
Survivors include three sons, Douglas H. Lunceford of Hugoton, Craig A. Lunceford of Austin, Tx. and Brian K. Lunceford and wife Michelle of Lee Summit, Mo.; granddaughter Oliva Lunceford; grandson Ty Lunceford; and many other relatives and friends.
Those preceding Mr. Lunceford in death are his parents; son Kelly J. Lunceford; and his brother Gene Ellerman.
Military graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon, December 24, 2008 at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery of Maxwell, Ne.Local memorial services were attended Saturday morning, December 27, 2008 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Hugoton with Father Pascal Klein presiding.Paulís Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials have been established for either the Muscular Dystrophy or the Hugoton Humane Society.Memorials may be mailed to PaulísFuneral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Longtime Stevens County resident Ruby Juanita Morford passed from this life Thursday morning, December 25, 2008 at Stevens County Hospital in Hugoton.She was 92.
The daughter of Lewis Arthur LaForce and the former Myrtle Clara Shepherd, she was born May 22, 1916 in Gate, Ok.
Ruby and Leslie Garmon were married and he preceded her in death. She later married Gordon Morford and he also preceded her in death.Her parents; son Lewis Garmon; two grandsons, Randy Garmon and Kelly Garmon; three brothers, Lester, Alvin and Chester LaForce; and her half sister Rosa Van Dyke, all preceded her in death also.
Mrs. Morford was a homemaker and a nurse aid at Stevens County Hospital for several years.She was a former bowler having belonged to and serving as an officer in several bowling leagues over the years.
Ruby was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sunflower Unit, all of Hugoton.
Survivors include her son Gerald Garmon and wife Carol of Ulysses; her daughter Joyce McBride of Belaire; daughter-in-law Charlia Garmon of Hugoton; three step sons, Leo, Gary and Terry Morford; two step daughters, Wilma Steers and Wanda Hicks; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Services were attended Tuesday afternoon, December 30, 2008 at the First Church of God in Hugoton with Rev. David Piper presiding.Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Paulís Funeral Home of Hugoton.
A memorial has been established for the Church of the Nazarene or the American Heart Assn.Memorial may be mailed to PaulísFuneral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Word has been received of the death of Lillie M. Schofield of Ulysses.Mrs. Schofield passed away Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses at the age of 76.
She was born December 12, 1932 in Lakin, the daughter of Guy Andrew Hayzlett and the former Mary Hattie Wolff.
Lillie grew up in Lakin and has made her home in Ulysses since 1952.She was a dietician at Western Prairie Care Home and Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital.She enjoyed bowling, collecting dolls and loved pets.
August 20, 1951, Lillie and Vernon H. Schofield were married in Lakin.
Survivors include her husband Vernon; two daughters, Carolyn Spencer of Ulysses and Brenda Neilson of Wichita; one brother, George Hayzlett of Tucson, Az.; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
Lillie is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Janet Marie Schofield; grandson Jerimy Shelton; and brother Julius Dean Hayzlett.
Services were led by Rev. Bill Harold Tuesday morning, December 30, 2008 at the Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Ulysses.Graveside services followed Tuesday afternoon at Valley View Cemetery of Garden City.Garnand Funeral Home of Ulysses were in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Finney County Humane Society in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave., Ulysses, Ks. 67880.
Lifelong Hugoton resident Mable Simmons passed from this life Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hugoton where she had been a resident for the last two months.She was 88. She had lived also in Liberal Springs Assisted Living in Liberal for awhile.
The daughter of Oran McAdoo and the former Mary O. Keller, she was born February 27, 1920 in Stevens County where she was a lifetime resident.
Mable and Herbert Duane Simmons were married May 29, 1939 in Ashland.He preceded her in death January 24, 1983.She is also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Simmons; and her two sisters, Edith Simmons and June Anglin.
Mrs. Simmons loved her kids and grandkids and enjoyed being with them.Christmas time was her favorite season.She enjoyed her many trips to Laughlin, Nv. to play the slots.She also enjoyed her gardening, yard work and going to Red River, N.M.
Survivors include her three sons, Dean H. Simmons and wife Twylah of Hugoton, Chuck N. Simmons of Omaha, Ne. and Ron R. Simmons and wife Kathy o Hugoton; two daughters, Mary Hinkle and husband Gary of San Antonio, Tx. and Cecelia Weilert and husband Mike of Leoti; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Minister Keith Peachey led the services for Mrs. Simmons Wednesday morning, December 31, 2008 at the Paulís Funeral Home Chapel in Hugoton.Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Paulís Funeral Home of Hugoton.
A memorial has been established for Guymon Hospice of Guymon, Ok.Memorials may be mailed to PaulísFuneral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
The death of Betty Lou Trahern of Rifle, Co. has been learned.Mrs. Trahern, 80, passed away Monday, December 15, 2008 at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Ok.
Betty was born September 18, 1928 in Radium, to Jesse Elmer Snyder and the former Edna Belle Pinkston.
July 23, 1946, she married Dale Leon Trahernat her parent's home in Moscow.Betty and her husband sold their farm in Kansas and moved to Colorado in 1963 to become Colorado Ranchers.
While pregnant with their youngest son, Bettyended up having 125 overnight guests that first summer as family and friends from Kansas all came to spend their vacations in Colorado.
Betty loved her family and all the family get-togethers.She would throw together a meal any time someone would stop by no matter who it was.She always made candy, cookies and popcorn balls for holidays and enjoyed having all the neighbor kids and grandkids come by.Betty never missed any of her grandkids' concerts, programs and sports activities.
Playing the piano and singing were a big love for Betty and she taught her children to sing parts in a quartet at very young ages.She accompanied them in their quartet as they grew up and continued accompanying them as adults.
Mrs. Trahern also loved going to choir practice at the church every Wednesday night and singing in the choir every Sunday morning.She made sure her children had perfect attendance at Sunday School both at the Methodist Church in Kansas and the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Rifle. Because of her faith in God she was a true servant of the people and dearly loved the Lord.
Survivors include herhusband Dale; sons Van Trahern and wife Marcia of Austin, TX., AlanTrahern and wife Debbie of Elko, Nv. and Jess Trahern of Olympia, Wa.; two daughters, Shelia Estes and husband Jim of Rifle and VickieDowney and husband David of Grand Junction, Co.; her brother Don Snyder and wife Bev of Moscow; sister Wanda Gilliland and husband Otis of Wichita; her nine grandchildren Angela Carter, Karen Earl, Shannon Hoffmeister, Renee' Thompson, Amber Miller, Lora Caron, Gabriel Downey, Jedediah Downey and Sara Milholland; and 17 great-grandchildren, Alyx, Wyatt, Monika, Cody, Jeffrey, Leah, Nicole, Gabriel, Levi, Brooke, Zachary, Alyssa, Austin, Kacey, Ty, Jamie and Kimberley.
Mrs. Trahern was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were attended Monday morning, December 22, 2008 at the United Methodist - Presbyterian Church in Rifle with Pastor Rich Stoakes and Assoc. Pastor Janine Rose officiating.Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle under the direction ofRifle Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 200 E. 4th St., Rifle, CO81650.
The death of Johnnie W. Blackburn is being mourned.Mr. Blackburn, 63, passed from this life Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at his residence in Hugoton.He was a longtime resident of Hugoton.
The son of Harley Blackburn and the former Bernita Totman, he was born March 8, 1945 at Salem, Il.The family moved to Carmi, Il. in 1950 and moved again to Corydon, Ky. in 1955.From Kentucky the family then moved to Hugoton in 1962.
Johnnie graduated from Hugoton High School in 1963.After graduation he started college at Dodge City Junior College.
December 11, 1966, Johnnie and Jo Ann Burrell were married in Bazine.They moved to Hays where he attended Fort Hays College, graduating in 1973 with a master in science.
John served his country in the United States Army and was in Vietnam in 1969.After his return to the States he took his little family to Bull Head City, Az. where he taught English.While he was the high school football coach he helped them win the state championship that year.
In 1974 they came back to Kansas and he started working at Fort Riley in Junction City as the Athletic Sport Director for four years.In June of 2007 the family moved back to Hugoton where Johnnie went to work for Mobil Oil Corp. until his retirement in June of 2007.
Mr. Blackburn was active in Junction City Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader.At Trinity Baptist Church in Hugoton he served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher.Johnnie was also active in helping with the football teams for the youth for several years.He enjoyed traveling with his family to many great places especially Hawaii.They went back to Hawaii three years ago and would have moved there if they could have.
John was also a gardener who loved working in his garden and the produce it produced.he was called the basket garden.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jo Ann Blackburn of Hugoton; three daughters, Dianna Hayes and husband Craig, Beverly Blackburn and Brenda Yarbrough and husband Sheldon, all of Hugoton; two sisters, Gwen Stover and husband Jay of Oklahoma and LaDonna Perry and husband Wilmar of Hugoton; his 12 grandchildren, Jessika, Brady, Sasha, Joshuah, Damon, Cierra, Anassia, Joslynn, Daveron, Azra, Sheldon and Jake; and many other relatives and friends.
Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents and brother Harley Blackburn, Jr.
Services were attended Monday afternoon, January 5, 2009 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Hugoton with Minister Jay Stapleton presiding.Military graveside services were conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard at the Hugoton Cemetery.Paulís Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials have been established for either the Dialysis Center of Liberal, Kidney Assn., Heart Assn. and Diabetes Assn.Memorial may be mailed to Paulís Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Death has claimed the life of Donald Edward Klein of Ulysses.Mr. Klein passed from this life at his residence, Saturday evening, January 3, 2009 at the age of 74.
The son of Edward E. Klein, Jr. and the former Clara S. Johnson, he was born March 27, 1934 in Burt, N.D.
Donald served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
March 18, 1957, Donald and Marletta Kay Godschalk were married in Hugoton.They moved from Hugoton to Ulysses in 1962.She preceded him in death October 18, 2007.His parents and a daughter, Robin Ann Klein also preceded him in death.
Mr. Klein loved his family and enjoyed being with them.He was a farmer and carpenter and a member of the Shelton Memorial Christian Church and Dexter D. Harbour Post No. 79, both of Ulysses.
Survivors include his two sons, Ricky D. Klein and wife Mary of Elkhart and Randy L. Klein and wife Kim of Ulysses; one daughter, Rae Jean Amy and husband Randy of Dodge City; his brother Gerald Klein and wife Joyce of Ulysses; two sisters, Joyce Hoffman and husband Reinhart of Grand Fork, N.D. and Darlene Frieze and husband Joseph of Bismarck, N.D.; seven grandchildren, Kelly Klein, Katrina Peters, Kristy Meier, Jason Amy, Jordan Amy, Hunter Wilson and Collin Wilson; eight great grandchildren; and several other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were attended Wednesday afternoon, January 7, 2009 at the Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses with Minister Bill Harrold presiding.Military graveside services were conducted by Dexter D. Harbour Post No. 79, Ulysses at the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Grant County Funeral Home of Ulysses.
Memorials have been established for either the Childrenís Christian Ministries or St. Catherineís Hospice.Memorials may be mailed to Grant County Funeral Home, 218 S. Main, Ulysses, Ks. 67880.
Services were attended Wednesday for Josephine C. Talbert.Mrs. Talbert passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at Northwest Texas Hospital n Amarillo, Tx.She was 62.
Born September 29, 1946 in Clayton, N.M., she was the daughter of Pete Fernandez and the former Dora Alvarez.
Josephine attended school in Clayton.She owned the Roadhouse Restaurant in Guymon, Ok. for four years.She also worked as a waitress in other restaurants in the area.She loved spending time with her grandchildren and traveling to Cripple Creek, Co.
In 2002 Josephine married Richard ìDickî Talbert. He preceded her in death December 27, 2008.Her father and two sisters, Stella Sandavol and Shirley Harkins also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her mother Dora Alvarez of Boise City, Ok.; two sons, Rick Coronado of Little Field, Tx. and Anthony Aguilar of Sayer, Ok.; two daughters, Christine Fenton of Noble, Ok. and Matilda Aguilar of Elkhart; 11 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Services were attended Wednesday morning, December 31, 2008 at Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Elkhart with Rev. Gary Murrell officiating.Burial followed in the Elkhart Cemetery.Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to the Elkhart FFA in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.
Word has been received of the death of Richard ìDickî Wayne Talbert.Mr. Talbert passed away Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Tx. He was 57.
He was born April 10, 1051 in Elkhart, the son of Henry Talbert and the former Lela Whisennand.
Dick attended Yarbrough School, graduating in 1969.He excelled in basketball, football and track and was active in 4-H Club where he raised calves and showed them at the county fair.Always loving livestock and riding horses, Dick also won many ribbons with his show horse Babe.
From a very young age, Dick had a passion for farming and raising cattle.he worked alongside his dad and AC Thrash until graduating from high school after which he attended Liberal Junior College.Later he returned to working with his dad for the remainder of his life.
Mr. Talbert was extremely competitive and had working.He loved playing practical jokes and having a good time.Dick presented the image of being a very tough man but inwardly was a sensitive, caring person.
In 2002, Dick married Josie Fernandez.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Jamie Wyrick and husband Patrick of Oklahoma City, Ok., Tami Shearer and husband Robert of Mendon, Ne., Kelli Carver and husband David of Ft. Wayne, In. and Arian Talbert of Eufaula, Ok.; one son, Shawn Talbert and wife Della of Boonesville, Ar.; step daughter Matilda Winkler and husband Jerry; step son Anthony Aguilar; one brother, Lane Talbert of Keyes, Ok.; his sister Sandra Kay Kersey of El Paso, Tx.; 18 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother James Lewis Talbert; and one grandson, Cory Wayne Talbert.
Services were attended Wednesday morning, December 31, 2008 at Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Elkhart with Rev. Gary Murrell officiating.Burial followed in the Elkhart Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart.
Memorials may be given to the Elkhart FFA in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.
The death of Edward B. Todd of Elkhart has been learned.Mr. Todd passed away Saturday, January 3, 2009 at the Morton County Hospital in Elkhart at the age of 82.
He was born March 24, 1926 in Garden City, the son of Theron Y. Todd and the former Ethel V. Pulliam.
Edward graduated from Garden City High School in 1944 and then served in the United States Merchant Marines in World War II.He worked for the City of Elkhart as the water superintendent until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty Todd; his daughter Yvonna McAfee and husband Mark; son Tyler Todd and wife Julie; two grandchildren, Caroline Todd and Alex Todd; his brother Benny Todd; and sister Helen Dickens.
Mr. Toddís parents and brother Paul Todd preceded him in death.
Funeral services were attended Wednesday morning, January 7, 2009 at Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Elkhart with Rev. Jim Cunningham officiating.Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon At Lakin Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the American Heart Association in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.
Friends and family gathered Saturday to remember and honor Timothy Lee Webb of Sublette.Mr. Webb passed from this life early Thursday morning, January 1, 2009 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.He was 55.
The son of Melvin Webb and the former Anna Marie Dyck, he was born September 19, 1953 in Hugoton.He was a lifetime area resident.
Timothy and Marla Sue (Daldegan) Dinkel were married August 14, 1993 in Moscow.
Mr. Webb loved his family and enjoyed being with them.His hobbies were watching his boys play ball, helping with boy scouts, playing golf, hunting, fishing, camping, camping and traveling.
Timothy was a member of the Christian Church in Sublette where he was also a deacon.He was a salesman for Pueblo Chemical and Supply.
Survivors include his wife Marla Webb of Sublette; four sons, Eric Webb of Winfield, and Corey Webb, Brandon Webb and Travis Webb, all of Sublette; his parents Melvin and Annie Webb of Moscow; one brother, Mark Webb and wife Marilyn of Plains; and many other relatives and friends.
His grandparents preceded Mr. Webb in death.
Services were led by Ministers Daryl Kendrick and David Erwin Saturday afternoon, January 3, 2009 at the Christian Church in Sublette.Burial followed in the Haskell County Cemetery of Sublette under the direction of Haskell County Funeral Home of Sublette.
A memorial has been established for the Childrenís Education Fund.Memorials may be mailed to Haskell County Funeral Home, Box 607, Sublette, Ks. 67877.
Longtime Hugoton resident Janice ìJanî K. Harris passed from this life Thursday, January 8, 2009 at her home.She was 63.
The daughter of Lyle Frances Begnoche and Helen (Patenaude) Thomas, she was born February 28, 1945 in Clay Center.
In 1972 Jan moved from Missouri to Hugoton.She and Terry Harris were married May 13, 1989 and he preceded her in death April 10, 2003.Her father and son Danny Arnold also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Harris worked for Stevens county as a jailer.She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Hugoton.
Survivors include her son David Arnold and wife Cindy of Hugoton; step son Shawn Harris of Texas; her daughter Anita Talbert and husband Alan of Hugoton; two step daughters, Shannon Crane of Oklahoma and Tammie Medina of Tucson, Az.; her mother Helen Thomas of Ulysses; one sister, Nancy Legan and husband Pete of Ulysses; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; and other friends.
Services were attended Monday afternoon, January 12, 2009 at the Assembly of God Church in Hugoton with Minister Richard Martin presiding.Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Paulís Funeral Home of Hugoton.
Memorials have been established for either the American Cancer or the American Heart Association.Memorials may be mailed to Paulís Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, KS. 67951.
After a strong battle with cancer, Christie June Apsley passed from this life Friday morning, January 16, 2009 in her home.She was 57 years old.
Christie was born April 18, 1951 in Liberal to LemBrown and the former Delores Morelock.
November 30, 1968, she married John Apsley in Liberal where they resided and raised their two sons.
The couple also resided in Deerfield and Olathe and while living in Olathe Christie earned a BA in Business and was employed by Sprint Corporation for nine years. In 2006 John and Christie moved to El Dorado.
Chris is survived by her husband John of El Dorado; her mother Delores Acker of Olathe; two sons, Macavin and wife Wendy of El Dorado and Jeramy and wife Janet of Topeka; her brother Don Brown and wife Roberta of Round Rock, Tx.; two sisters, Linda Parks and husband Bob andJoan Edwards all of Olathe; and her four grandchildren, Victoria, Kathryn, Grant and Logan.
Mrs. Apsley is preceded in death by her father Lem Brown and sister Phyllis Mouser.
The memorial service was attended Wednesday morning, January 21, 2009 at Trinity United Methodist Church in El Dorado.
In lieu of flowers the family has set up memorials through Amedisys Hospice at 2733 West Central Ave, Ste 4, El Dorado, KS 67042 and Hope Covenant Church at 1224 W 6th Ave, El Dorado, KS 67042
Longtime Hugoton resident Franklin Fred Brechbuhler passed from this life Friday, January 16, 2009 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.He was 76.
The son of Alvin Albert Brechbuhler and the former Hazel Lavina Waktins, he was born November 11, 1932 in Pierce City, Mo.He moved to Hugoton in the early 1950ís from Missouri.
Frank served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
May 12, 1956, Frank and Margie Hayhurst were united in marriage in Clayton, N.M.She preceded him in death December 29, 2003.His parents and two brothers, Roy and Jimmie Brechbuhler all preceded him in death also.
Mr. Brechbuhler loved his family and grandchildren and enjoyed going the grandchildrenís ballgames.He also enjoyed visiting and having coffee with his many friends.Frankís hobbies were arrowhead hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, traveling and watching baseball on TV.He was a mechanic, having worked for Roy H. Bennett Implement and Pioneer Equipment for many years.
Survivors include his two sons, Kenton Brechbuhler and wife Gail of Bryan, Tx. and Alex Brechbuhler and wife Carla of Hugoton; three daughters, Linda Watson and husband Bill of Liberal, Lena Morton and husband Tom of Casper, Wy. and Margaret Beltz and husband Chris of Hugoton; two sisters, Irene Owen and husband Fred of Shelbyville, In. and June Homan of Columbia, Mo.; his ten grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established for The Family.Memorials may be mailed to Paulís Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.There will be no services or visitation as cremation has taken place.
Word has been received of the death of Kathy Brewer of Ulysses.Mrs. Brewer passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover at the age of 61.
She was born May 6, 1947 at Lakin, the daughter of Leonard Paul Thompson and the former Katheryn Naomi Davis.
Kathy was a lifelong resident of Ulysses and graduated from Grant County Rural High School.She then went on to attend Fort Hays State College.She worked as a secretary for Grant County Bank, USD 214, Jeff Porter CPA and Saxon Chiropractic.Kathy was a former member of Jr. Civic, was an aerobics instructor, 4-H leader and Sunday School teacher.She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and family.
May 16, 1969, Kathy and Mike P. Brewer were married in Ulysses.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Shanan Lee and husband Clint of Olathe and Ame Loos and husband Jeff of Kansas City, Mo.; her brother Leonard ìTomî Thompson of Wichita; three sisters, Karen McIntyre of Jewel, Linda Lamberson of Ulysses and Diana Folland of Hays; and her three grandchildren, Brevon Lee, Bryson Lee and Maslyn Lee.
Kathy is preceded in death by her parents; brother Richard Thompson; and one sister, Iyla Lee Thompson.
Services were attended Friday morning, January 16, 2009 at the Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses with Rev. Bill Harrold and Rev. Sam Bynum officiating.Burial followed at the Ulysses Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Ulysses.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave., Ulysses, Ks. 67880.
Former Hugoton resident Van Arthur Cox, 92, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2009 surrounded by his family.
He was born May 15, 1916 at the family homestead near Rolla.He was the fourth of nine children born to Jeff and Mary Cox.He graduated from Hugoton High School in 1939.
In 1940 he married his high school sweetheart Verna Webb and they moved to Wichita the following year.
Van served in the Air Force during World War II with the 403rd Troop Carrier 65th Squadron in the South Pacific as a distinguished and decorated Staff Sergeant inflight engineering.He participated in the historic rescue of the prisoners of Los Banos, resulting in the saving of thousands of lives.
Mr. Cox was an active member of the Midian Shrine Ambassador Unit.This past year he received recognition for over 50 years of membership.He believed in the American Red Cross and served as the Wichita Director in 1970-71.
In association with the Red Cross, he spent countless hours teaching life saving and swimming to children and adults.He was seen frequently giving blood and donated over 200 units to the Red Cross.
Van owned Van Cox Real Estate Co. for many years and later worked for Dotzour Real Estate Company.He was an owner / director of the Westview / Copperstone retirement center of Derby and also a retirement center in Salina.
After retirement he and his wife Verna traveled from Florida to Alaska in their motor home.Van enjoyed golf, with three holes in one, loved bowling, but mostly he enjoyed his family.Mornings, he loved getting together with fellow Shriner Ambassadors at the Beacon Restaurant talking politics and world affairs.
Survivors include his wife Verna; daughter Nicki and son-in-law Wayne Didlake of Wichita; son Rick Cox of Florence, Or.; his two brothers, Roy Cox and wife Gloria of Rolla and Jeff Cox of Missouri City, Tx.; his sister Pearl Lenz and husband Herb of Wichita; eight grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Services were attended Wednesday afternoon at Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita under the direction of Resthaven Mortuary.
A memorial has been established in lieu of flowers with Plane of Mercy, c/o Midian Shrine.
Death has claimed the life of Ruby Lee Hackley.Mrs. Hackley passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart at the age of 87.
She was born March 30, 1921 at Eric, Ok. the daughter of Hickman Loftis and the former Mary Mandy Sullivan.
Ruby graduated form Cosmo School in Texas County, Ok.When she was young she had to walk a mile one way to attend school.She was a homemaker and lived on the family farm.As well as raising eight children, Ruby had many farm duties.She was a member of VFW Womenís Auxiliary, enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, reading and gardening.
Ruby married Oscar Eugene Hackley August 6, 1945 in Texola, Ok.He preceded her in death as did her parents, brother Manford Leroy Loftis and son-in-law Larry DeHerrera.
Survivors include her four sons, Herb Hackley and Don Hackley both of Elkhart, Walter Hackley of Great Bend and Jack Hackley and wife Ruby of Woodward, Ok.; four daughters, Carol DeHerrera of Elkhart, Alice Stockton and husband Gary of Tucson, Az., Beverly Carpenter and husband Carl of Quinlan, Tx. and Brenda Stewart and husband Glen of Stewart, Ok.; her 22 grandchildren; and 28 great great grandchildren.
Graveside services were observed Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2009 at he Elkhart Cemetery with Minister Layton Leatherman officiating.
Memorials may be given to the Morton County Care Center or Whistle Stop Park in care of Garand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.
The death of former Hugoton resident Heather Ranae Lopez has been learned.Heather went to be with our Lord and Savior Saturday, January 10, 2009 at her home in Carthage, Mo.She was 32.
Born December 9, 1976 in Ulysses, she was the daughter of John H. and Sesty A. Lopez.
Heather grew up in Hugoton where she attended school and graduated from Hugoton High School.Later she moved with her family to Joplin, Mo.
She leaves to mourn her passing her daughter Makayla Lopez of the home; her parents John H. Lopez and Sesty A. Lopez both of Reeds, Mo.; her three brothers, Estell Lopez of Seattle, Wa., John Paul Lopez of Joplin and Jeffrey Lee Lopez of Albuquerque, N.M.; and several nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles.
Memorial services for Lindagrace Stephens, who passed away Monday, January 12, 2009, have been announced.Rev. Harry Cross will lead the services Friday, January 23, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hugoton.
The daughter of Allen Stephens and the former Rose Ellen Mattern, Lindagrace was born February 20, 1942 in Washington D.C. and has made her home in Hugoton for over forty years.
She taught Art in the Hugoton School systems and belonged to the United Methodist Church of Hugoton.
Survivors include her mother Rose Ellen Stephens of Oklahoma City, Ok.; one brother, Peter Stephens of San Diego, Ca.; her sister Carroll Moriarty of Dallas, Tx.; two nieces; and many other relatives and friends.
Lindagrace was preceded in death by her father.
Cremation has taken place with Paulís Funeral Home of Hugoton in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials have been established for either the Hugoton School Arts Department or the United Methodist Church.Memorials may be mailed in care of Paulís Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
A tragic accident has taken the life of Frederick Vernon Bunce III.Mr. Bunce passed away Monday, January 19, 2009 in rural Morton County.He was 44.
He was born October 25, 1964 at San Diego, Ca., the son of Paul a Bunce and the former Betty Mercer.
Fred attended Elkhart schools and graduated from Wichita State University.He served in the United States Marines.Fred moved from Northern California to Keyes, Ok. and then back to Elkhart in 2001.
Mr. Bunce was a transport driver for Dillco Fluids.He enjoyed playing the guitar, working on and collecting cars, spending time with his family and riding motorcycles.
February 14, 1995, Fred and Susan Lane were married in Sonora, Ca.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jesse Eli Lane and Dakota Tyler Lane both of Elkhart; one daughter, Shannon Noel Jewel of Fort Lauderdale, Fl.; and his mother Betty Derochie.
Fred is preceded in death by his father; brothers Troy Allen and Terry Ernest Holmes; and his first wife Brenda Elise Bunce.
Memorial services were attended Monday morning, January 26, 2009 at Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Elkhart with Rev. Gary Murrell officiating.
Memorials may be given to the American Leukemia Society or the Frederick Vernon Bunce memorial fund both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.
Friends and family members gathered Saturday to remember Sheila Jeane Kneller.Mrs. Kneller passed from this life Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart.She was 72.
Born November 2, 1936 in Hugoton, Sheila was the daughter of Charles Melvinand Pauline Ives Creamer.
Sheila graduated from Hugoton High School in 1954 and married Stan Kneller August 1, 1954.She graduated from Fort Hays State in 1958 and resided at the Kneller family homestead near Rolla from then until her death.
Mrs. Kneller taught at Rolla High School for one year and was a long-time member of the Rolla United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and Richfield Study and Social Club.For many years she volunteered as a mentor for members of 4-H who exhibited sewing.At times she also served as a judge at the county fair in the sewing category.
Sheila served as a member of the Rolla School Board for a number of years.Her greatest joy though was spending time with her family.She also enjoyed sewing, cooking and puzzles.
Survivors include her loving husband Stan; daughters Sherri of Waco, Tx. and Syndi of Texline, Tx.; two grandchildren, Courtenay Hamilton and husband Edward of West Texas and Andrew Baxter and wife Shelley of Fairfield, Tx.; two great grandchildren, Allyson and Alexander Hamilton; her sisters, Rose Ann Lof of Oregon, Shirley Mitchell of Garden City, Janice Dyke of Colorado, Jo Wise of Vermont, Sharon Butler of Oklahoma and Robin Brown of Oklahoma; and her brothers, Charles ìButchî Creamer and wife Sally of Hugoton, Larry Creamer of Liberal and Roy Creamer of Oklahoma.
Those preceding Mrs. Kneller in death are her parents Melvin and Pauline Creamer and her sister Charlene Pennington.
Services were attended Saturday afternoon, January 24, 2009 at the United Methodist Church in Rolla with Pastor Sandy Ferguson presiding.Music was performed by Dorothy Milburn.Interment followed in the Rolla Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart.
The family suggests memorial to Hope Lodge American Cancer Society in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67951.
The death of Marge Stewart has been learned.Mrs. Stewart passed away Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the Stanton County Long Term Care Unit in Johnson.She was 82.
Born April 4, 1926 in Sublette, she was the daughter of George Barlow and the former Bertha Snelson.
Marge graduated high school from Towner, Co.She was a longtime resident of Stanton County and a homemaker on the family farm near Manter.
Charles Bates and Marge were married and later separated.She then married Hobert Stewart December 27, 1954 in Los Animas, Co.He preceded her in death as did her parents; two brothers, Richard and Doug Barlow; and her step daughter Marcia Stewart.
Mrs. Stewart was a member of the Manter Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, horses and being around children.
Survivors include her daughter Sandra Faulconer and husband Charles of Manhattan; son Dennis Stewart and wife Donna of Manter; step children Mona Earnhart of Colorado Springs, Co., Diana Scott and husband Jim of Pueblo, Co., Sheryl Mosher and husband Lee of Pueblo, Linda Ricke and husband Brian of Marietta, Ga., Denise Robinson and husband Greg of Pueblo and Terry Stewart and wife Kelly of Pueblo; one brother, Robert Barlow and wife Velda of Sterling, Co.; one sister, Mary Wright and husband Warren of Syracuse; her 25 grandchildren including Sean Umberger of Manhattan, Joi Lea Bahl and husband Bryce of Ulysses, Jocelyn Umberger of Manhattan, Katie Rose Umberger of Johnson, Virgil Stewart of Manter and Jason Stewart of Manter; 20 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
Graveside services are planned for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2009 at the Stanton County Cemetery in Johnson with Rev; Dave Kaufmann presiding.Garnand Funeral Home of Johnson is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimerís Association or Stanton County Long Term Care Unit both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Ks. 67855.