Obituaries - August 2011

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August 4, 2011

August 25, 2011

Anthony Blan
Harry Warner Bensel
Doris Morris
Jamin Ray Hiles (Stickelman) Hartman
Antonio Romo, Jr.
Ralph Swagerty
Robert Storms
Elisabeth "Beth" Webster

Anthony Blan - Published August 4, 2011

Former Hugoton resident Anthony Thomas Blan lost his life in a vehicle accident Sunday, July 31, 2011 near Clayton, N.M. He was 29.

Anthony was born April 6, 1982 in Dumas, Tx. to Joe Anthony Blan and the former Mary Sandoval. He attended school in Dumas during Kindergarten and first grade before moving to Shattuck, Ok. for three years and then to Hugoton.

The family moved to Clayton when Anthony was in the eighth grade and he graduated from Clayton High School. Anthony worked for Claycomb Electric for several years and was currently working at Clayton Lake State Park.

Anthony was a fantastic son and a wonderful father to his daughter Venesa. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton.

Those preceding Anthony in death were his grandparents, Arturo and Fugelma Sandoval and Tony Blan.

Survivors include his parents Joe and Mary Blan of Clayton; daughter Venessa Blan of Clayton; his sister Cyndi Blan and Joseph Leal of Santa Teresa, N.M.; two foster brothers, Roman Garcia and Johnny Garcia both of Clayton; grandmother Margie Blea of Amarillo, Tx.; two nieces, Breana Blan and Veronica Leal both of Santa Teresa, N.M.; his nephew Diego Leal of Santa Teresa, N.M.; his girlfriend LaNita Barrus of Clayton; and his numerous aunts and uncles.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Glenn Jones, Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. Please visit to view the online obituary and sign the guest book.

Doris Morris - Published August 4, 2011

Word has been received of the passing of Doris L. Morris, formerly of Hugoton. Mrs. Morris passed from this life Sunday, July 31, 2011 at Providence Medical Center at the age of 93.

Doris was born August 18, 1917 in Elk City. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Hugoton.

Survivors include her daughter Diana P. Frew and husband Larry of Kansas City; grandsons Donald R. Frew of Redondo Beach, Ca. and Philip E. Frew of Phoenix, Az.; greatgrandchildren, Brian Frew, Kevin Frew, Eric Frew and Jason Frew.

Graveside Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 5 at the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Porter Funeral Home of Kansas City. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to the Assembly of God Church, 138 South Main Street, Hugoton, Ks. 67951 or the Show Me Christian Youth Home, P.O. Box 6, La Monte, Mo. 65337.

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Antonio Romo, Jr. - Published August 4, 2011

A tragic vehicle accident has taken the young life of Antonio Romo Jr. of Hugoton. Antonio passed away early Sunday morning, July 31, 2011 in a one vehicle accident in Stevens County. He was 18.

The son of Antonio Romo Sr. and Silvia Landa Romo, he was born January 16, 1993 in Liberal.

Antonio was raised in Hugoton where he had just graduated from Hugoton High School with the Class of 2011. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Hugoton.

Survivors include his parents, Antonio Romo Sr. and Silvia Romo, both of Hugoton; his brother Raul Romo and wife Brenda of Odessa, Tx.; sister Melinda Urquidi and husband Ismael of Hugoton; nephews Ismael Urquidi Jr. and Luis Romo; nieces Emily Urquidi, Hayley Urquidi and Lupita Romo; and his many other relatives and friends.

Antonio was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfonso Romo, Cornelio Landa, Maria Landa and nephew Israel Urquidi.

Funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Hugoton with Fr. Francis Khoi Nguyen presiding. Burial will follow in the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton.

A memorial has been established for the family. Memorials may be mailed to Paul's Funeral?Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

Robert Storms - Published August 4, 2011

Heaven surely rejoiced in the coming of Robert Thomas Storms last week. Mr. Storms passed from this life Thursday evening, July 28, 2011 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hugoton. He was 91.

The son of Irvin Ralph Storms and the former Hattie Lee Westerfield, he was born June 12, 1920 in rural Hugoton.

He served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

August 5, 1951, Robert and Irene Joyce Morford were united in marriage in Hugoton.

Mr. Storms was a minister preaching at the Friends Churches in Centerview, Springfield, Co., Coldwater, Belleville, LaJunta, Co., and Chivington, Co. They moved from Chivington to Hugoton July 15, 1997.

Mr. Storms was a member of the Friends Church of Chivington. He attended the Nazarene Church and Friends Church both of Hugoton. Robert loved people, never met a stranger and had a strong belief in God. He was very attentive to his wife.

Survivors include his wife Irene J. Storms of Hugoton; one son, Aaron K. Storms and wife Robin of Black Hawk, Co.; daughter Gayle M. Brown and husband Jeff of Wallace; his sister Clara Sissel of Odessa, Tx.; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Mr. Storms in death were his parents; two brothers, George Lee Storms and Irvin Ralph Storms, Jr.; and five sisters, Helen Andrews, Clemmie Morford Thacker, Pearl L. Storms, Joyce Ann Brewer and Alice Betsworth.

Services were attended Saturday afternoon, July 30, 2011 at the Church of The Nazarene in Hugoton with Rev. David Piper and Pastor Eric Mason presiding. Military graveside services were observed at Hugoton Cemetery. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial has been established for Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. Memorials may be mailed to Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

Elisabeth "Beth" Webster - Published August 4, 2011

Death has claimed the life of Elisibeth "Beth" Ann Clifft Leonard Webster, 58, of Lakin. Beth passed from this life Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Kearney County Hospital in Lakin.

Born February 17, 1953 in Shattuck, Ok., she was the daughter of Bill A. and Sue Collins Clifft.

Beth graduated from Liberal High School in 1971. She suffered a debilitating stroke March 17, 1979 and was no longer able to care for her family. Her health had been in steady decline for many years.

January 22, 1971, she married Gene Leonard in Hugoton; they divorced. Beth married Jerry Webster December 1, 1984 at Garden City. He passed away July 15, 1997.

Beth is survived by one son, Mike Leonard and wife Neva of Liberal; two daughters, Melynda Howe and husband Mark of Satanta and Shellina Shearer and husband Brian of Terre Haute, In.; her mother and stepfather, Alice Clifft and David Eastland of Hugoton; her brother Kevin Clifft of Tawanda, Pa.; two sisters, Linda Holcomb and husband Joe of Hugoton and Roberta Sue Whelan of Riverside, Ca.; and several grandchildren.

Beth was preceded in death by her father and mother and brother Russell Duane Clifft.

Graveside services were conducted Monday morning at Restlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Rusty Callahan presiding. Miller Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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Harry Warner Bensel - Published August 25, 2011

Long time Hugoton resident Harry Warner Bensel passed from this life Sunday, August 21, 2011, at Baptist St. Anthony Hospital in Amarillo, Tx. He was 57.

The son of Henry Warner and frances Labelle Duncan Bensel, he was born September 17, 1953, at Pampa, Tx.

Harry moved from Roosevelt, Ok. to Hugoton in 1979. He and Pamela Ledford were married December 8, 1979, at Hugoton.

He was a member of the Hugoton Assembly of God Church and Lions Club, both of Hugoton. He was a dispatcher for Dillco Company in Hugoton.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Bensel of Hugoton; three daughters, Tara Beth Hill of Hugoton, Deidre Danae Bensel from Manhattan and Kendrea Renee Bensel of Hugoton; step brother Michael Lowell from roosevelt, Ok.; step sister Teresa Sauders of Granite, Ok.; one grandson Jaden Wayne Hill and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step brother Jack Lowell.

Funeral services will be Thursday, August 25, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Hugoton Assembly of God Church in Hugoton with Reverend Ben Coats and Reverend Robert Bailey presiding. Burial will be in the Hugoton Cemetery in Hugoton. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton is in charge of arrangements.

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

Jamin Ray Hiles (Stickelman) Hartman - Published August 25, 2011

jamin Ray Hiles (Stickelman) Hartman passed away recently. He was 43. Jamin was born March 8, 1968, in Gothenburg, Ne., to Norma and Harry Stickelman. He was later adopted by Robert Lee Hartman.

Jamin served his country in the Army both as reservist and National Guard. He served in Iraq and was awarded a purple heart for injuries sustained in combat.

Jamin loved fishing, hunting and gardening. He lived off the land and loved to share the fruits of his labor with others. Jamin loved everyone and everyone loved him.

Jamin married Darlene Johnson&endash;Boliver August 31, 2007. He had four sons: Danny Ladner, Jeremy Ladner, Brendan Boliver and Landan Hartman. They survive. He is also survived by his mother and stepfather Norma and Ray VanZant of Ulysses; his biological father Harry Stickelman; three sisters Dayna Folger and husband David from Johnson, Bobbi Jo Hickok and husband Bill of Ulysses and Toni Fagan and husband Mitch from North Platte, Ne.; two brothers Wes Stickelman of Wichita and Patrick Stickelman from North Platte, Ne.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his dad Bob Hartman and his grandparents and many other loved ones.

A funeral service took place in Laurel, Ms., Saturday, August 20, 2011. There will be a memorial service in Ulysses Saturday, September 3, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. at the Country View Baptist Church.

Garnand Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements at Ulysses.

Ralph Swagerty - Published August 25, 2011

Word has been received of the passing of Ralph B. Swagerty. Ralph passed away Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart. He was 87.

He was born July 30, 1924, at Elkhart, the son of B.F. Swagerty and the former Ella Mae Webb.

Ralph was a lifetime resident of Elkhart. He started working at the Ideal grocery store while in high school and worked his way up to manager. Ralph owned and operated the IGA store for 40 years. He was also one of the original owners of Gem Dandy.

Ralph was a member of the First Church of God. He was a member and former president of the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce and was a Lions Club member.

Ralph married Helen White November 26, 1945 in Elkhart. She survives.

Other survivors include one daughter Sheryl Smith of Elkhart, one brother Harold Swagerty from Hugoton, one sister Alice Mae McKinney of Tulsa, Ok., three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service was Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at First Church of God in Elkhart, with Pastor Gary Murrell officiating. Burial followed at the Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart.

Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart was in charge of arrangements.

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

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