Obituaries ñ August 2008

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August 7, 2008

August 14, 2008

August 21, 2008

August 28, 2008

Warren Harlow

Nina Brecheisen

Mary Wilson Goudy

Ivan Ediger

Windel Harrison

Nick McGill

Laura Grubbs

Jose Escalera

Gayle Kenoyer

Betty Johnson

Adyline Heflin

James Lott, Jr.

Margaret Russell


Warren Harlow - Published August 7, 2008

Friends and family gathered Wednesday to remember Warren Henry Harlow of Satanta. Mr. Harlow passed from this life Saturday evening, August 2, 2008 at Satanta District Hospital at the age of 89.

The son of Robert Y. Harlow and the former Ella Chapman, he was born April 25, 1919 in Satanta where he was a lifetime resident.

Warren and Florence Lexine Davis were married April 25, 1941 in Satanta.

Mr. Harlow loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren. He also enjoyed the outdoors, growing flowers and raising vegetables. He took great pride in keeping his yard.

Warren was a farmer and rancher and a member of the United Methodist Church of Satanta. He attended the Happy Agers Site in Satanta.

Survivors include his wife Lexine Harlow of Satanta; four sons, LeDon Harlow and wife Priscilla of Satanta, Gary Harlow and wife Judy of Liberal, Robert Harlow and wife Jacquie of Wheaton, Mo. and Richard Harlow and wife Linda of Richfield; a daughter-in-law Terri Harlow of Tulare, Ca.; two brothers, Austin Harlow of Haysville and Oliver Harlow and wife Zona of Satanta; two sisters, Faye Foster of Lamar, Co. and Fern Williams of Kingman; his 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Those preceding Mr. Harlow in death were his parents; son Darrell Harlow; a granddaughter, Sherry Harlow; two sisters, Alice Mciver and Inez Burling; and three brothers, Floyd, Sherman and Marvin Harlow.

Services were attended Wednesday morning, August 6, 2008 at the United Methodist Church in Satanta with Rev. Kelvin Heitman presiding. Burial followed in the Dudley Township Cemetery of Satanta under the direction of Haskell County Funeral Home of Sublette.

A memorial has been established for the Happy Agers Site of Satanta. Memorials may be left at the Shopping Stop True Value in Satanta or mailed to Haskell County Funeral Home, Box 607, Sublette, Ks. 67877.

Windel Harrison - Published August 7, 2008

 Former Hugoton resident Thurl Windel Harrison, or ìPoohî, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at the age of 58.

Windel is survived by his wife of 38 years, Paula; one son, Dustin Harrison and wife Kathy of Eustis, Fl.; his daughter Melissa Shelton and husband Justin of Deltona, Fl.; his four grandchildren, Ashton Harrison, Brock Shelton, and Derek and Danielle Danser; his parents, Earl and Bettey Harrison of Athens, Tx.; one brother, Wayne Harrison and wife JoLynn of Hugoton; his sister Lorrie Mills of Athens; and many nieces and nephews.

Windel was preceded in death by his son Aaron M. Harrison in 1995.

Services were attended Monday afternoon, August 4, 2008 at Deltona Church of Christ in Deltona, Fl. Burial followed in Hollywood Cemetery in Orange City under the direction of Deltona Memorial Funeral Home in Orange City, Fl.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association.

Gayle Kenoyer - Published August 7, 2008

Word has been received of the death of Diana Gayle Kenoyer, M.D. Dr. Kenoyer passed from this life suddenly in Banff, Canada Thursday, July 31, 2008.

Gayle was born in Hugoton to Dr. William Ray and Margaret Roberta Kenoyer, February 8, 1936.

She attended elementary and high school in Hugoton and went on to attend Midwestern Christian College in Oklahoma City, Ok. and then the University of Kansas where she earned her BA in zoology and biology. Gayle attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine where she earned her MD degree.

Dr. Kenoyer interned at Harbor County General Hospital in California and then spent a few years practicing medicine in Southern Rhodesia. She returned to California to take an Internal Medicine residency followed by a Fellowship in Hematology at Los Angeles General Hospital in Los Angeles, Ca.

Gayle subsequently returned to Southern Rhodesia and watched as political changes produced the nation of Zimbabwe. She was on the teaching faculty at a hospital in Durban, South Africa, which has been her home for the past 30 years.

Dr. Kenoyer was a member of the International Hematology Association. She continued to be intimately involved in the care and treatment of AIDS patients in Africa and do research and publish papers on the condition as well as tuberculosis in that country.

Survivors include her brother Dr. M. Ray Kenoyer and wife Dana D. (Thompson) Kenoyer of Black Forest, Co.; and her several nieces and nephews in Colorado and California.

Dr. Kenoyer was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Patricia Elaine Kenoyer.

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Nina Brecheisen - Published August 14, 2008

Word has been received of the death of former Hugoton resident Nina Brecheisen. Nina passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at her residence in Shawnee, Ok. She was 48.

The daughter of Richard Spencer and the former Betty Burgess, she was born March 20, 1960 at Scott City.

Nina loved her children and enjoyed being with them. She attended the assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her son James Marvin Brecheisen III of Hugoton; one daughter, Jessica Marie Brecheisen of Hugoton; her brother Richard Spencer and wife Robin of Scott City; one sister, Sara Ramsey and husband Don Smith of Scott city; and her several nephews and nieces.

Mrs. Brecheisen was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Henry Charles ìHankî Spencer.

Funeral services were attended Saturday afternoon, August 9, 2008 at the Assembly of God Church in Hugoton with Rev. Robert Bailey presiding. Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Paulís Funeral Home of Hugoton.

A memorial has been established for the Assembly of God Church in Hugoton. Memorials may be mailed to Paulís Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

Nick McGill - Published August 14, 2008

Moscow resident Nick McGill passed from this life Sunday, August 3, 2008 in Tucson, Az. following a sudden illness.  Nick was 33.

He was born October 11, 1974 at Liberal, the son of Stanley R. McGill and the former Linda M. Mead.

Nick graduated from Moscow High School with the Class of 1993. He then attended Washburn University in Topeka and received degrees in math, psychology and computer science. While at Washburn, he taught math as an Adjutant Math Professor and was a math tutor and substitute teacher.  He taught math at Lancaster for two years.  Returning to Moscow, Nick taught math at Sublette for the past year.

Nick loved to be with his family. He also loved working on computers. One of his computer projects included cataloging the inventory for the Stevens County Museum.

Nick is survived by his parents Stanley and Linda McGill of Moscow; one brother, Clinton McGill and wife Kristie of Meriden; his sister Vicki McGill Martinez of Sedan; nephew Dallas Martinez; and his grandparents George and Dorcus Mead of Hugoton.

 Services were attended Monday morning, August 11, 2008 at the Moscow United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim McCrary  presiding.. Interment followed in the Moscow Cemetery under the direction of Miller Mortuary of Liberal.

  The family suggests memorials be sent to the Nick McGill Scholarship Fund in care of Citizens State Bank in Hugoton.

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Mary Wilson Goudy - Published August 21, 2008

The death of Mary Ellen Goudy of Boulder City has been learned. Mrs. Goudy passed from this life Sunday, August 3, 2008 at the age of 72.

She was born January 22, 1936 near Moscow, the daughter of Harry and Oleta Wilson. She grew up in the Hugoton area and in 1955 married Glen Eugene Goudy of Sharon Springs.

In 1965 Mary moved to Boulder City with her family where she resided until her passing.

Mrs. Goudy was a retired public utilities specialist for the Western Area Power Administration. She was also a helping angel to numerous friends which will be counted as family. She touched and helped many souls and lives.

Those she leaves to mourn her passing are, her three sons, Ralph Goudy and wife Janet, Terry Goudy and wife Cecilia and Andy Goudy and wife Lisa; one brother, Don Wilson and wife Geneva of Hugoton; her two sisters, Laura Gillespie and Doris Fuller both of Hugoton; her mother-in-law Leora Goudy; sister-in-law Dolores Russell; her grandchildren, Jana, David, Jami, Megan, Annie and Jonathan Goudy; her many nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Those preceding Mrs. Goudy in death were her husband Glen; her parents; one brother, Thomas Burton Wilson; and brother-in-law Richard Goudy.

Private services were attended in Boulder City Wednesday, August 6, 2008. Donations can be made to World Vision (an international non-profit childrenís relief organization), PO Box 70399, Tacoma, Wa. 98381-0399.  

Laura Grubbs - Published August 21, 2008

Death has claimed the life of Laura Grubbs of Roseburg, Or. Mrs. Grubbs passed away Monday, August 4, 2008 at the age of 97.

She was born October 24, 1910 in Meade County, the daughter of Gillis Morton Grubbs and the former Fannie Belle Roberts.

Laura moved to Grant County with her parents in 1917, where she attended a one-room school across the road from her parentsí home. She graduated from Moscow High School in 1927. In 1930, she was the first Grant County Wheat Queen to compete in the state contest in Hutchinson.

At age 17, Laura began her teaching career in Grant County after scoring the highest score in Kansas on her qualification exam in 1927. Laura received her teaching degree at Pittsburg State College and a masterís degree at Greeley, Co.

Laura also completed many postgraduate courses at the University of Oregon, Washington and Gualdira, Mexico. She was a retired teacher of English, Spanish, speech and drama. In her 24 years of teaching, Laura taught in the following Oregon schools, Douglas High School, Ashland High School and Rogue River High School. In Kansas she challenged students at Plainview, a suburb of Wichita, Bird City High School and Ulysses High School.

During her years at Douglas High School, she directed such musicals as South Pacific, Oklahoma, Brigadoon and many others. She also worked for Kaiser Ship Builders of Washington in 1942 and for Sullivan Grain of Ulysses in the 1930ís when five bushel of wheat sold for a dollar.

Laura was active in the National Education Association as a Washington, D.C. convention delegate, Delta Kappa Gamma, State Secretary and Treasurer of the Language Arts Association, and the Roseburg United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her many nieces and nephews living in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Kansas - including Larry Kepley and wife Virginia of Ulysses; and her many friends in Oregon and Washington.

Laura is preceded in death by her parents; sister Jennie Louise Kepley; and three brothers, Glenn Morton Grubbs, Everett William Grubbs and Lloyd Leroy Grubbs.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church in Ulysses with Rev. Wayne Flanders officiating. Interment has already taken place in the Moscow Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Ulysses.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Haiti Childrenís Fund, or the First United Methodist Church Youth Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave., Ulysses, Ks. 67880.

Betty Johnson - Published August 21, 2008

Word has been received of the death of Betty L. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson passed from this life Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. She was 76.

Born October 7, 1931 in Stanton County, she was the daughter of Roy C. Wilkerson and the former Vera E. Conrad.

Betty was a homemaker and a nurseís aid at the Stanton County Hospital. She was active at the senior center and enjoyed painting, crocheting, knitting and beading.  Betty and her husband also enjoyed square dancing.

Mrs. Johnson She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge, Faith Baptist Church and the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church.

May 8, 1949, Betty married Don E. Johnson in Ulysses. He preceded her in death April 23, 2007. Bettyís parents also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son Don L. Johnson of Johnson; daughter Donna Bearce and husband Linnie of Liberal; two sisters, Dixie L. Black and husband Larry of Joplin, Mo. and Deb Rodriguez and husband Robert of Garden City; her eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Services were attended Wednesday afternoon, August 20, 2008 at the Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church in Johnson with Rev. Dave Kaufmann officiating. Interment followed at the Ulysses Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Johnson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson Masonic Lodge #441 in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, Ks. 67855.

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Ivan Ediger - Published August 28, 2008

Friends and family members gathered Saturday to remember Ivan P. Ediger. Mr. Ediger passed away early Wednesday morning, August 20, 2008 in rural Meade County near Plains as the result of an automobile accident. He was 46.

Born March 28, 1962 at Yuma, Co., he was the son of Walter Paul Ediger and the former Sue Surls.

As a young boy he attended the Otis, Co. school system, later graduating from Turpin High School of Turpin, Ok. in 1980..

Upon his graduation he attended Grace University, graduating with an associates degree in biblical studies. He later attended Central State University of Edmond, Ok.

March 16, 1985, Ivan married Wynelle Ediger at Meade.. After their marriage, the couple made their home in Moscow, moving to rural Meade in 1996. He was employed by Supreme Feeders as a bovine inspector.

Mr. Ediger attended the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church and the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, both of Meade, and assisted with the Awana Cubbies. Ivan enjoyed photography, leather working, playing the trumpet, basketball, story telling, horses, animals of all kinds, and most of all, spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Wynelle Ediger of rural Meade; two daughters, Shaina Ediger of Canyon, Tx. and Sherrese Ediger of Hesston; his parents, Walter and Sue Ediger of Turpin, Ok.; one brother, Rick Ediger and wife Connie and family of Greeley, Co.; and his sister Karen Sulek and husband Mike and family of Cedar Rapids, Ia.

Services were attended Saturday afternoon at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Meade with Rev. Ken Harder presiding. Interment followed in the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Cemetery of rural Meade. Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary of Meade was in charge of the arrangements.

The family would welcome memorials to the charity of the donorís choice in care of the funeral home.

Jose Escalera - Published August 28, 2008

The death of Jose Refugio Escalera has been learned. Mr. Escalera passed away Thursday, August 21, 2008 at the age of 75 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart.

He was born July 4, 1933 at Praxedis G. Gro, Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of J. Cirilo Escalera and Juanita Herrera.

Refugio has been a resident of Elkhart for 28 years. He worked as a mechanic and enjoyed attending church at the Church of the Nazarene, helping with the Spanish ministry. He also liked to travel and watch baseball.

In May of 1952, Refugio made Cleotilde Ponce his bride at Manuel Benavides Chihuahua. She preceded him in death July 2, 2005.

Survivors include Refugioís children, Lupita Anderson of Hugoton; Nena Aranda and husband Jesse, Elvira Escalera and husband Robert, Fernando Escalera, Sr. and wife Tanay of Elkhart; J. Refugio Escalera, Jr. and wife Miriam, Jose C. Escalera and wife Angelica, Ricardo Escalera and wife Rhonda, all of Oklahoma City, Ok.; Laura Escalera and Veronica Keylon of Texhoma, Ok. and Pete Navarrete of Forgan, Ok.; 41 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; two sisters, Amelia Hernandez of Kingsburg, Ca. and Romana Manzano of Ulysses; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends whose lives he touched and made a difference.

Refugio was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Jesus Jose Escalera, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were attended Saturday afternoon, August 23, 2008 at The Church of the Nazarene in Elkhart with Reverends Jimmye Cole and Filemon Ponce officiating. Burial followed at the Elkhart Cemetery..

Memorials may be given to the Morton County Care Center in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.

Adyline Heflin - Published August 28, 2008

Elkhart resident Adyline Heflin passed away Sunday, August 24, 2008 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart at the age of 85.

She was born November 27, 1922 at Aline, Ok. the daughter of Earl Smith and the former Edith Fulton.

Adyline was one of eleven children. She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1940 and was a former member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Adyline enjoyed traveling, quilting and did volunteer mission work through the Southern Baptist Convention.

June 22, 1941, Adyline and Lumn Heflin were united in marriage in Clayton, N.M. He preceded her in death as did her parents; grandson Donnie Ray Heflin; great granddaughter Anna Grace Heflin; five sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include her four sons, Steve and wife Carol of Fayetteville, N.C., Phil and wife Linda of Doyline, La., Tom and wife Sharon of Guymon, Ok. and Lynn and wife Julie of Longview, Tx.; one brother, Bob Q. Smith of Portland, Or.; one sister, Eileen Welickey of Mulvane; her ten grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Elkhart Cemetery with Rev. Terrel Giddens officiating. Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Hillcrest Baptist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.

James Lott, Jr. - Published August 28, 2008

Word has been received of the death of James Leston Lott, Jr. Mr. Lott passed from this life Monday, August 25, 2008 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses at the age of 77.

He was born August 20, 1931 at Angie, La., the son of James Leston, Sr. Lott and the former Myrtis Jewel Purvis.

James grew up in Purvis, Ms. and graduated from Purvis High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955.. In 1958, James graduated from Texas A&M University. He moved to Ulysses in 1978. After retiring from Sunflower Pipe, he served as the Ulysses Municipal Judge and was a substitute teacher for USD 214.

January 17, 2953, James and Eudine Gable were married in Memphis, Tx.

Survivors include his wife Eudine; two sons, James Mark Lott of Hugoton and David Lott of Garden City; two daughters, Judi McAnally of Billings, Mt. and Jane Leitheiser of Colorado Springs, Co.; his brother Lynn Lott of Temecula, Ca.; one sister, Billie Jean Gordon of Natchitoches, La.; nine grandchildren, Adam, Morgan, Matthew and Maggie Lott, Emily Johnson, Travis McAnally and Jenny, Sara and Annie Leitheiser; and three great grandchildren, Emmi Lott, Wyatt Johnson and Weston Johnson.

James is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses with Rev. Kelly Gindlesberger officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the James Lott Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave., Ulysses, Ks. 67880.Elkhart resident Adyline Heflin passed away Sunday, August 24, 2008 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart at the age of 85.

Margaret Russell - Published August 28, 2008

Death has claimed the life of Margaret Marie Zeiler Joels Russell of Cottonwood, Az. Mrs. Russell passed from this life Thursday, August 14, 2008 at the age of 92.

Margaret lived in Cottonwood for eight years before her death. Prior to that she lived in Phoenix and Tucson, Az. Her family moved to Del Norte, Co. in 1931.

She graduated from Del Norte High School in 1934 and married Lyman Joels in 1936. Lyman passed away in 1953. In 1957 she married Raymond Russell. They later moved to La Veta and Pagosa Springs, Co. with Rayís Forest Service career before moving to Arizona in 1967.

Mrs. Russell was a leap-year baby, born February 29, 1916 in Hugoton, one of four children of Jerry H. Zeiler and the former Bessie F. Gustason.

Her parents homesteaded along he Cimarron River and her father was a school teacher and grocery store owner in the Hugoton area.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as an operator and office manager for Mountain States Tel and Tel Co. in Del Norte. She enjoyed making audio tapes for friends and family, sewing and playing bridge and poker.

Those preceding Margaret in death were her parents; husbands Lyman Joels and Raymond Russell; and her brothers Jerry Jr., Harold (Gus), and Harry Zeiler.

Survivors include her two sons, Lyman Joels, Jr and wife Cheryl of Huntsville, Al. and Jerry Joels and wife Natalie of Cornville, Az.; her seven grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

A memorial service was attended Saturday morning, August 23, 2008 at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood. At a later date, a memorial service along with burial is planned to take place in Del Norte.

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