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The death of Mary Elizabeth Lonnberg has been learned. Mrs. Lonnberg passed away Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Hodgeman County Long Term Care Center of a long illness. She was 87.
Born November 24, 1923 at Hanston, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Annie Baldrey Housman.
Mrs. Lonnberg was a homemaker and housewife. She belonged to the United Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, both of Jetmore.
November 8, 1952, Mary married Tom Lonnberg at Jetmore. He preceded her in death December 17, 2005.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Earl Lonnberg; three brothers, Jim Housman, Harold Housman and Charles Housman; and three sisters, Berdena Mckibben, Nettina McMurry and Grace Rittenhouse.
Survivors include one son, James Lonnberg and wife Janet of Rolla; one daughter, Vickie Schwartz and husband Wayne of Jetmore; her three grandchildren, Tommy Schwartz and wife Chelsea of Jetmore, Jessee Kallenbach and husband Luke of Rolla and Luke Lonnberg of Rolla.
Funeral services were attended Tuesday morning, November 30, 2010 at the United Presbyterian Church in Jetmore with Rev. Mark Durham and Rev. Vernon Borgart presiding. Burial followed in Fairmount Cemetery of Jetmore under the direction of Beckwith Funeral Home of Jetmore.
Memorials may be sent to Hodgeman County 4-H in care of Beckwith Funeral Home, Box 663, Jetmore, Ks. 67854. Friends may leave condolences at www.beckwithfuneralhome.com.
Death has claimed the life of Bob Martin of Ulysses. Mr. Martin passed from this life Sunday, November 28, 2010 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses at the age of 55.
He was born May 17, 1955 in Tribune, the son of Ronald Martin and the former Wilma Burch.
Bob attended school in Tribune until the sixth grade when he moved with his family to Ulysses. He graduated from Ulysses High School in 1973 and studied diesel mechanics at Southwest Kansas Technical School in Liberal and auto body and paint at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland.
Bob worked for Kansas Department of Transportation for 19 years as their head mechanic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with cars.
Survivors include two daughters, Jill Martin and Joell Martin both of Ulysses; his parents Ronald and Wilma Martin of Ulysses; his three brothers, Frank Martin of Holcomb, Larry Martin of Hugoton and Dennis Martin of Ulysses; grandmother Bessie Burch of Leoti; his granddaughter Aaliyah Urias of Ulysses; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob is preceded in death by one brother, Gene Martin.
Funeral services were attended Tuesday morning, November 30, 2010 at the Oasis Assembly of God Church in Ulysses with Pastor Mike Holman officiating. Interment followed at the Ulysses Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Ulysses.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Ulysses Relay for Life in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, Ks. 67880.
Word has been received of the death of Kevin Ronald McLain, age 50. Kevin lost his courageous battle with kidney disease Thursday, November 18, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Ok.
Born in Elkhart, Kevin worked and retired from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol after 28 years of service in the Guymon, Ok. and Oklahoma City, Ok. areas.
Kevin received Citations of Merit for his work and dedication during the Murrah Federal Building bombing investigations.
Survivors include his two sons, William McLain of Edmond, Ok. and Michael McLain and wife Amy of Norman, Ok.; his parents Dave and Kay McLain of Hugoton; two brothers, Eddie McLain of Hugoton and Robbie Beaman of Texas; and a host of friends of the Guymon and Oklahoma City areas.
Kevin was preceded in death by his mother Carol Ann (Simmons) Beaman; infant brother Ricky; maternal grandparents Earl and Grace Simmons; and paternal grandparents Uel and Mary McLain.
Mourners gathered recently to remember Silas Eugene Stone of Cleaver, Mo. Mr. Stone passed from this life Monday, November 22, 2010 at Ozark Riverview Manor at the age of 94.
Born July 23, 1916 in Marlow, Ok., he was the son of Gene and Maggie Stone.
Mr. Stone was a member of the Clever United Methodist Church. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge in Normandy, England, France and Germany.
Silas graduated from Oklahoma A & M in Stillwater, Ok. with a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture. He retired from the Civil Service in 1971. He loved his birds, trees, gardening and traveling.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Nancy McLeod and husband Steven of Fort Myers, Fl.; stepson John Killingsworth and wife Judy of Springfield, Mo.; five step grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews including Florence Metcalf of Liberal and David Cutter of Garden City.
Mr. Stone was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Faith Cutter Stone and Lucille Killingsworth Stone; two sisters; and one brother.
Funeral services were attended Wednesday afternoon, November 24, 2010 in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Springfield. Greenlawn Funeral Home of Springfield was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends and family gathered to remember E. Budd Anderson. Mr. Anderson passed from this life Saturday, December 4, 2010, at his home in Hugoton. He was 90.
Budd was born August 27, 1920, at Palisades, Co., the thirteenth child of George Washington Anderson and the former Ella May Wait.
A Moscow High School graduate, Budd farmed with his father after graduation. He entered the service in 1942 and was sent to the Pacific Theater as a flight engineer for C-47 and C-46 transport planes under the command of General George C. Kenny.
In 1944 Budd was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two Oak-Leaf Clusters for "extraordinary achievement while participating in 130 aerial flights in the Southwest Pacific Area from October 20 to December 1, 1943."
In 1948 Budd married Sara Lee Ray and they made their home in Hugoton. Three daughters came to bless their home, Marsha, Donna and Debbie.
After coming home from the service Budd was employed by Northern Natural Gas Company. He retired in 1983.
Mr. Anderson was a member of the ?First Christian Church; a member of the American Post 150; a life time member of V.F.W. Post 5391; and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 406 all of Hugoton.
Survivors include his wife Sara Lee Anderson of Hugoton; three daughters, Marsha Goetting Peterson and husband Gary of Bozeman, Mt., Donna Chamberlain and husband Jim of Custer, S.D., and Debbie Buczinski and husband Mike of Hutchinson; grandchildren Kristi Sargent of Shanghai, China, Cory Sargent and wife Lauryn of Ridgway, Co., Bethany Buczinski of Wichita and Christopher Buczinski and wife Becky; his great grandson Noah Buczinski of Jackson, Wy.; four sisters, Inez Ramey of Gainesville, Fl., Avis Curtis of Moscow, and Fanny Kagarice and Avanell Gaskill both of Hugoton; and his sister-in-law Lena Anderson of Hugoton.
Budd was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Owen, Deward, Vester, Fred and A.J. Anderson; and six sisters, Murland Crawford, Marie Buchter, Vella Stoops, Deannie Hall, Agnes Allen and Ila Fern Anderson.
Services were attended Wednesday morning, December 8, 2010, at the First Christian Church in Hugoton with Minster Randy Nash presiding. Military graveside services were conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard in Hugoton Cemetery. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials have been established for either the Ronald McDonald House or World War II Memorial, Trust For The National Mall. Memorials may be mailed to Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
The death of Esther Leora Doyle has been learned. Mrs. Doyle passed away Thursday, December 2, 2010, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart. She was 88.
She was born November 2, 1922, the daughter of Lafayette Key Adams and the former Eva Leora Metcalf.
Esther graduated high school from Colorado Springs Bible Training Academy, a Pilgrim Holiness School. She lived in Morton County since 1950, which was most of her married life. She lived in Ulysses from 1992 until 2009.
April 1941, Esther married Jesse Doyle in Colorado Springs, Co. He preceded her in death. She married Carl Harmon in 1970 in Elkhart; Carl also preceded her in death. May 1, 1974, Esther then married M.R. Johnson in Keyes, Ok., with Rev. Ivan Williams conducting the ceremony. M.R. also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her two daughters, Marietta Riley and husband Eldon of Elkhart and Berniece Robert and husband Floyd of Severy; her sister Eunice Shaw and husband John of McPherson; five grandchildren; three step grandchildren; five great grandchildren; ten step great grandchildren; and four step great great grandchildren.
Besides her husbands, Esther was also preceded in death by her parents; son David Lee Doyle; grandson Aaron Dustin Doyle; two sisters, Martha Adams and Ruth Duell; and two brothers, Enoch and David Adams.
Services are planned for 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 10, 2010, at Church of the Nazarene in Elkhart with Pastor Keith Davis and Rev. Richard Stafford officiating. Burial will follow at Elkhart Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart.
Memorials may be given to Church of the Nazarene in Elkhart or Church of the Nazarene in Ulysses both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO?Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.
Longtime Hugoton resident Cynthia Ellen Fankhauser passed away Thursday, December 2, 2010, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hugoton at the age of 90.
The daughter of Ivan and Maude Medley Perkins, she was born December 18, 1919, at Stockton.
Cynthia and Paul Vernon Fankhauser were married March 31, 1945, at Denver, Co. They moved from Denver to Hugoton December 27, 1945. He preceded her in death August 3, 2003.
A homemaker, Mrs. Fankhauser was a member of the United Methodist Church and Charter member of Jaycee Janes. She enjoyed golfing and dancing.
Survivors include her daughter Cynda Perry and husband Steve of Hugoton; one niece Cynthia Graves of Houston, Tx.; two step daughters, Crystal Robinson and Marla Burnham; and many other relatives and friends.
Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Paul Perkins, Dr. Ivan Perkins and Donald Perkins; her sister Doris May Fulton; and two nephews, Ivan Perkins Conover and Allen Perkins.
Funeral services were attended Saturday afternoon, December 4, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Hugoton with Rev. Harry Cross presiding. Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established for the United Methodist Church in Hugoton. Memorials may be mailed to Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Death has claimed the life of Carla A. Marrandino Hartman, age 46, of Department of Veteran's Affairs, Benefits Administra?tion. Carla passed from this life Sunday, December 5, 2010.
Carla was welcomed into Heaven by her brother Louis "Dino" Marrandino.
She will be missed by her daughters, Holly and Alyssa Hartman of the home; her mother Dora Marrandino of Hugoton; sister Karen Stephen and husband Troy; nephew Andrew Parmely; niece Abby Stephen, all of of Clearwater; sister-in-law Karen Marrandino; and nephews, Nick, Matt, Zack and Ryan, of Buffalo, Mn; and numerous loving relatives and friends.
Funeral Mass was attended Wednesday morning, December 8, 2010, at St. John's Catholic Church in Clonmel. Carla's wish was that everyone dress casual in KU and Clearwater Indian attire.
Memorials are suggested to St. John's Catholic Church, 18630 W. 71st St. So., Viola, Ks. 67149. Webb-Shinkle Mortuary of Clearwater was in charge of the arrangements - www.wsmortuary.com.
The death of Ronald "Ronnie" Edward Howard has been learned. Ronnie passed from this life Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at his home in Reading. He was 63.
Born November 9, 1947, at Shawnee, Ok., he was the son of Jesse Edward Howard and the former Bonnie Jean Mynhier.
Ronald moved with his parents to Liberal as a child and then to Kismet. He attended school in Kismet and was in the last graduating class of 1965. He held the Kismet High Track record for running the mile in four minutes 15 seconds.
Mr. Howard attended Fort Hays State University and graduated with a BS in zoology in 1969. After graduation he worked for Purina Feed Mills in Liberal before joining the Liberal Police Department as a dispatcher and then he became a police officer.
In 1976 he moved to Neosho Rapids and worked at Iowa Beef Processing (now Tyson) unloading beef and later as a refrigeration mechanic. In 1990 he went to work at Menu Foods as a boiler, refrigeration and air compressor leader. He then became a purchasing agent for the maintenance department, where he worked at the time of his death.
Mr. Howard purchased land by Reading and built a house for himself and his mother. He loved to hunt, fish and loved the outdoors. He was an avid gardener and was looking forward to having a truck garden and green house to keep him busy after his retirement. Ron also founded Whispering Pine Nursery, which took care of the landscaping and grounds at Menu Pet Food.
Ronnie married Gwen?dolyn Sue Hanson and later divorced. He later married Susie Duryee; they were also divorced.
Survivors include his son Jason B. Howard of Reading; two brothers Jesse R. Howard of Neosho Rapids and James "Jake" C. Howard of Trinidad, Co.; his sister Donna J. Presley of Neosho Rapids; and two grandchildren, Rebecca J. Howard and John E. Howard of Burlington.
Graveside services were attended Tuesday morning, December 7, 2010, in Kismet Cemetery of Kismet under the direction of Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton.
Memorial contributions per family request can be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or the Friends of the Emporia Zoo and can be sent in care of Charter Funerals, 501 West Sixth Avenue, emporia, Ks. 66801.
Graveside services for Hardin Eugene "Gene" Littell were attended Thursday afternoon, December 2, 2010, at Maxwell Cemetery of Ada, Ok. Mr. Littell passed from this life Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at a Denison, Tx. hospital. He was 80.
Born June 3, 1930, in Elkhart, Gene was the son of Hardin Littell and the former Wilma Lorene Veach.
Gene was raised on the family farm and graduated from Rolla High School. He then attended Kansas University prior to serving in the Korean War. Gene was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force and flew F-86s in Korea. He was honorably discharged a first lieutenant.
Mr. Littell returned to Kansas University where he completed his degree in geological engineering and later attended the University of Oklahoma for graduate work.
March 19, 1955, Gene and Mae Berryman were married.
Gene worked as an engineer in the oil industry for many years. He began his career with Cities Service Oil Company and later had his own engineering company and production properties. He was a computer programmer and developed engineering software which was sold to many companies.
Survivors include his wife Mae Littell of the home; two sons, Tim Littell of Buncombe Creek, Ok., and Kelly Littell and wife Ritha of Ada; three brothers, Don Littell of Overland Park, Clark Littell of Hugoton and Darrell Littell of Zolfo Springs, Fl.; his four grandchildren, Beverly Bean, T.J. Littell, Landon Littell and Levi Mcdaniel.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Leighton Littell.
Death has claimed the life of Barbara Ruth McKinley. Barbara passed from this life Wednesday, December 2, 2010, at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton. She was 63.
The daughter of Jim and Lena Ruth Bradley Porter, she was born April 18, 1947, at Artesia, N.M.
February 14, 1972, Barbara and Ken McKinley were married at Jal, N.M. They moved from Hooker, Ok., to Hugoton in 2008.
Mrs. McKinley was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Hugoton.
Survivors include her husband Ken McKinley of Hugoton; three sons, James McKinley of Woodward, Ok., Ken McKinley Jr. and wife Mary Jo of Ft. Supply, Ok., and William Christopher Scott McKinley of dallas, Tx.; her two daughters, Vivian Carlson and husband David of Irving, Tx., and evelyn Hoagie and husband Aaron of adams, Ok.; two sisters, debbie Maden and husband Chuck of Menard, Tx., and Patsy Taylor and husband Wayne of Junction City, Tx.; six grandchildren, Christopher, elijah, Rebelle, Kendra, Leslie and Grabiel; one great granddaughter; and many other relatives and friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jim Porter.
Memorial services were attended Saturday morning, December 4, 2010, at the First Christian Church in Hugoton with Ministers Randy Nash and Jim Cunningham presiding. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established for The Family. Memorials may be mailed to Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Former Hugoton resident Charles Ray Patton passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at his home in Cooper, Tx. He was 63.
Mr. Patton was born in Viala, Co. August 1, 1947. He was the son of Aubrey Patton and Frances Sisco Patton.
He was a rancher and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He received three bronze stars and two purple hearts.
Charlie had lived in delta County, Tx., the past 13 years. He was from Manysville and had lived in Hugoton where he attended school for some time.
Survivors include his wife Annie Patton of Cooper; three sons, David Patton and wife Susie of Sarasota, Fl., Gabe Willoughby of Washington, D.C., and Jered Willoughby of Robbins A.F. Base in Georgia; three daughters, Debbie Brown and husband Eugene of Norman, Ok., Audrey Adams of Cooper and Allison Wiloughby of Tyler; two brothers, Ronnie Patton and wife Shirley of Arkansas and Bob Patton and wife Carolyn of Amarillo, Tx.; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and sister Judy Sapp.
Memorial services were attended Saturday afternoon, December 4, 2010, at My Fathers House in Hugoton. Rosary was Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home in McCook, Ne., and funeral services were Monday morning, December 6, 2010, in Indianola, Ne., under the direction of Delta Funeral Home of Cooper, Tx.
Word has been received of the death of Doris V. Rolle of Mexico, Mo. Doris, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, November 28, 2010, at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico.
Doris was born April 21, 1921, to Mack and Jessie Brewer on a farm near Dermot. She attended high school in Moscow and later Dodge City Junior College.
June 27, 1942, Doris married Second Lt. Leroy A. Massey in Hanford, Ca. During a bombing raid over Germany, Leroy's B-17 bomber was shot down and he was captured and killed July 26, 1943, during an attempt to escape on the way to a prison camp in Austria.
Doris and Leroy had a daughter, S. Karon Massey. Doris then married Sgt. Charles E. Rolle, May 15, 1945 in Mount Olive, Il.
Charles was a tail gunner on the same B-17 bomber and incurred severe shrapnel injuries to his left arm. After his capture, he was in a hospital and prison camp before returning to the states about a year later. Doris and Charles moved to a farm in Mexico, Mo., shortly after they were married. They had five children, Harold, Gary, Charlotte, Pam and Randy. Charles passed away, March 6, 1975 in Mexico.
Doris joined and was an active member of the First Baptist Church during her life in Mexico. She was a beautiful example of abiding faith and forbearance. She was employed by the Circuit Clerks office at the Audrain County Court House, AP Green Firebrick Refractory, Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Mo., and the Mexico Ledger.
Mrs. Rolle found great pleasure spending time with family and friends. She was active in several clubs and had a giving heart and shared her handwork of hardanger, cross stitch and quilting.
Those preceding Doris in death were her parents; brother Morton Brewer; sister Marie Linton; sister-in-law Wilma Brewer; two brothers-in-law, Bill Linton and Lyle Morris; one daughter, Charlotte Harrison; and one great granddaughter, Kara Calvin.
Survivors include all her friends and family including her two sisters, Irene Morris of Edmond, Ok., and Mary Lou Edmondson and husband Kenneth of Bolivar, Mo.; three sons, Harold E. Rolle and wife Cherry of Ft. Worth, Tx., Gary L. Rolle of Mexico and Randy W. Rolle of Jefferson, Mo.; two daughters, Karon Massey Rush and husband Jim of Rocheport, Mo. and Pamela K. Westhoff of Wentzville, Mo.; son-in-law Don Harrison of St. Peters, Mo.; grandchildren, Teresa Carlos and husband David of Rocheport, Mo., Alissa Prewitt of Rocheport, Mo., Shawna Wilson and husband James, of Ft. Worth, Tx., Matthew Harrison of St. Peters Mo., and Jennifer Tucek and husband Daven of Colorado Springs, Co.; step grandchildren, Jason Barton of Houston, Tx., and Nicole LaPorte of Columbia, Mo.; seven great grandchildren; one step great grandchild; and three great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were attended Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at Arnold Funeral Home with Dr. Jeff Brown officiating. Burial followed in East Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Missouri Veterans Home, both in Mexico, Mo.
Services for James Francis Younger are planned for Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Younger passed away early Monday morning, December 6, 2010 at his home in Hugoton. He was 57.
The son of Victor Younger and the former Henneritta Befort, he was born September 29, 1952, in Hays. He moved from Hays to Stevens County in the 1970s.
July 1, 1982, James and Sally K. Jeffery were married in Stevens County. She preceded him in death.
James loved his boys and enjoyed being with them. He also enjoyed trucking, hunting and watching John Wayne westerns. He was a National Rifle Association member.
Survivors include his two sons, Jesse Younger and Kelly Younger both of Hugoton; two step daughters, Christy and Tinker; his brother Tom Younger and wife Becky of Salina; four sisters, Bernie Miller and husband Gary of Phoenix, Az., Carolyn Wilkerson of Zurich, Linda Engel and husband Butch of Hays; twin sister Jane Wiggins and husband Cliff of Russell; his grandson Cole Younger of Hugoton; and many other relatives and friends.
James was preceded in death by his father; wife; and brother Ben Younger.
Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 9, 2010, at the First Christian Church in Hugoton with Minister Randy Nash presiding. Graveside services will take place 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 9, at Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery in Antonino with Father Earl Befort presiding.
A memorial has been established for The Family and memorial may be mailed in care of Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Word has been received of the death of Stanley "Stan" Eugene Barnes of Keys, Ok. Mr. Barnes passed from this life Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Tx. He was 74.
The son of George Washington Barnes and the former Effie Jane Melton, he was born January 28, 1936 in Oklahoma City, Ok.
The Barnes family lived in Checotah, Ok. and left the farm to open a restaurant in Oklahoma City in 1952. Stan graduated from Southeast High School in 1954.
May 20, 1956, Stan married his sweetheart Ellen Joy Surface in Oklahoma City. Stan and Joy moved their family to Perryton, Tx. where Stan worked as a mechanic in the oilfield. The Barnes moved to the Yarborough community, near Keyes in 1971 where Stan worked as a pumper and later was a truck owner/operator for Hofferber Truck Lines.
Mr. Barnes was a 32nd Degree Mason, Perryton Lodge, AF&AM and was part of the Scottish Rite of Wichita. He was also a member of the Church of Christ of Elkhart.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Joy Barnes; one daughter, Lisa Taylor and husband Larry of Arnett, Ok.; his five sons, Tim Barnes and wife Sandy, and Richard Barnes and wife Linda, all of Hugoton, Jeff Barnes of Keyes, Jeremy Barnes and wife Juda of Hardesty, Ok. and William Barnes and wfie Tiffany of Perryton; his two sisters, Catherine Anderson and Maureen Barnes, both of Mesa, Az.; one brother, Sam Barnes of Eufala, Ok.; his adored 14 grandchildren including, Dustin Barnes, Rance Barnes and wife Amanda, Cordell Barnes, Zackary, James and Josh Taylor, Shawn and Ashley Wells, Morgan Barnes, Austin, Alexis and Matthew Barnes and Colby and Kori Barnes; mother-in-law Verna Dedmon of Moore, Ok.; sister-in-law Shirley Jones of Moore; a host of nieces and nephews; and his weenie dog Sadie May.
Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Stella Mae Collier and Gladys McKinley; and two brothers, Howard Barnes and Ben Barnes.
Funeral services were attended Saturday afternoon, December 11, 2010 at the Church of Christ in Elkhart, with Pastor Layton Leatherman officiating. Interment followed in Elkhart Cemetery under the care of Henson - Novak Funeral Directors of Guymon, Ok.
Memorials may be given to the Panhandle Cancer Cure Foundation, PCCF, c/o Texas Oncology, 1000 S. Coulter, Amarillo, Tx. 79106.
Friends may sign the online guest book and send condolences at www.henson novak.com.
Longtime Stevens County resident Samuel W. Bozone passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hugoton where he was a resident. He was 99.
The son of William Samuel Bozone and the former Minnie Buxton, he was born January 2, 1911 at Urai, Ms., the second oldest of ten children.
Sam's family lived around Florence when he was a child. At the age of 16 he taught himself how to play the fiddle, which was no easy task considering he had only two fingers on his left hand, the result of a dynamite cap incident. He managed to figure out a way to play the fiddle backwards, not just left-handed, but upside down as well.
During the 1930's Sam operated a dozer, building roads in Kansas and clearing land around Fort Riley. He lived in Washington for a time and worked at the atomic bomb plant. He moved to Stevens County in 1945.
Mr. Bozone was a member of the Stevens County Soil Conservation Board, FFA Board and the County Fair Board. He was active in the United Methodist Churches of Rolla and Hugoton and the Trinity Baptist Church of Hugoton.
During the time on the farm he shared his music with his grandchildren who liked to hear him play the fiddle, harmonica and slide guitar. Sam sang mostly hymns, but would throw in "Red River Valley" and "Ain't Gonna Rain No More" for variety. In 1981 he moved to Truth or Consequences, N.M. where he played for dances at the Playhouse. He won several fiddling contests and continued playing and sharing his music up until just a few years ago.
Survivors include his two sons, Peter A. Bozone and wife Linda of Lafayette, Al. and David Bozone of Hugoton; his sister Nora Anderson of Hugoton; four grandchildren, Mike Bozone, Sarah Hutchinson, Shannon Bozone and Brandon Bozone; and his several great grandchildren.
Mr. Bozone was preceded in death by his parents; son Billy Bozone; seven brothers; and one sister.
Graveside services were attended Friday afternoon, December 10, 2010 at the Hillcrest Cemetery of Florence with Minister Larry Bradford presiding. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of the arrangements.
A memorial has been established for Stevens County Project Hope. Memorials may be mailed to Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Death has claimed the life of Gary F. Higgins. Mr. Higgins went to heaven for a family reunion to be with his parents and sister, Monday, December 13, 2010. He was 68.
Gary was born to Clifford and Orvilla Higgins September 5, 1942 in Eugene, Wa. while his father was working in the factories to support the war effort.
As the war ended the family moved back to Elkhart to pursue an interest in farming. As time went by Gary was blessed with a loving sister Vicky and younger brother David.
Gary was a graduate of Elkhart High School in 1960 and this summer celebrated the 50 year reunion with many classmates and friends. He was a lifetime member of the First Church of God in Elkhart and served as the youth leader of the church for many years.
August 1, 1962, Gary married the love of his life Brenda Ingram.
As the corn and the wheat grew on the farm, the family began to grow with the addition of three boys.
Mr. Higgins was an active member for USD 218 Board of Education for many years and served with the City Council for Elkhart and has been involved his whole life with church and school activities. He was a great husband, father, brother and friend to many. He will be missed.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years Brenda; his sons Craig Higgins and wife Michelle of Cheney, Blake Higgins of Lamar, Co. and Heath Higgins and wife Michelle of Laveta, Co.; six grandchildren, Garrett, Layne, Kennedy, Kaitlin, Brittany and Wesley; brother David Higgins and wife Jacque of Elkhart; and Mick, his favorite pet.
Those preceding Mr. Higgins in death were his parents of Elkhart and sister Vicky Davis of Abilene, Tx.
Funeral services were attended at the First Church of God in Elkhart Friday afternoon, December 17, 2010. Burial followed in the Elkhart Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Alzheimers Foundation or the American Diabetes Association both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.
Word has been received of the death of Gena Lynn Lee of Elkhart. Gena passed from this life Friday, December 17, 2010 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart. She was 54.
Born June 1, 1956 in Cañon City, Co., she was the daughter of William Turner Jackson and the former Shirley Riddle.
Gena graduated from Elkhart High School in 1975. She was a lifelong resident of Elkhart. She worked as a massage therapist and owned Total Relaxation in Elkhart. Gena enjoyed jewelry, painting, collecting antiques, arrowhead hunting and yardwork.
September 21, 1984, Gena and Mark Lee were married in Elkhart.
Survivors include her husband Mark; three sons, Jason Irsik and Lance Lee both of Liberal and Zachary Lee of Boulder, Co.; daughter Stevi James and husband Adam of Boise City, Ok.; two brothers, Mike Johnson and wife Jo of Elkhart and Jeff Gibson and wife Kim of Kenton, Ok.; three sisters, Cheryl Williams and husband Don of Sacramento, Ca., Lana Christie and husband Danny of Trinidad, Co. and Connie Lewis of Elkhart; her three grandchildren, Megan JaNey Irsik, Dylan Irsik and Evan William Lee.
Gena was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial graveside services were attended Thursday afternoon, December 23, 2010 at Elkhart Cemetery with Pastor Bruce Ferguson officiating. Cremation has taken place. Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to the Gena Lee memorial fund to later be used to assist people in Elkhart with cancer in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.
Lifelong Hugoton resident Micheal Lee "taco" Medina Jr. passed away Thursday afternoon, December 23, 2010 at his home. He was 55.
The son of Manuel Medina and the former Susie Guerrero, Mike was born August 23, 1955 in Hugoton.
January 10, 1976, Mike and Donice Arellano were married in Hugoton.
Mr. Medina was a truck driver for Double T Trucking of Rolla. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both of Hugoton.
Survivors include his wife Donice Medina of Hugoton; his son Seth Medina of Hugoton; his parents Manuel and Susie Medina of Dodge City; two brothers Bobby Medina of Topeka and Jesse Medina and wife Belinda of Hugoton; three sisters Theresa Estes and husband Ralph of Dodge City, Yolanda Blattner and husband Jeff of Montezuma and Patricia Oder and husband Fred of Canyon, Tx.; his two grandchildren, Theodore Stewart and Kathleen Medina; and his many other relatives and friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his daughter Aidreah Medina.
A funeral mass was attended Monday morning, December 27, 2010 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Hugoton with Father Pascal Klein presiding. Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton.
A memorial has been established for Hugoton High School Activities. Memorials may be mailed to Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.
Former Hugoton resident, Rev. Charles William Priddy passed from this life Sunday, December 26, 2010 in Edmond, Ok. He was 83.
Born November 13, 1927 in Hays, Charles was the son of Leo E. Priddy and Isabelle Velie.
Rev. Priddy was an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His last two pastorates were in St. John and Hugoton. He also served in various other churches throughout Kansas and Colorado. Rev. Priddy was a member of Quail Springs Baptist Church and a Veteran of World War II.
Charles was best known as a loving husband, dad, and grandad.
May 28, 1950, Charles and Jerry Louise Farthing were united in marriage.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jerry Louise Priddy of Edmond; two daughters, Tara Hardy and husband Max of Piedmont, Ok. and Lynette Kroeker and husband Rick of Edmond; his four sons, Blayde Priddy of Vinemont, Al., Strone Priddy and wife Holly of Wellston, Ok., Lance Priddy and wife Dana of Edmond and Shawn Priddy and wife Kim of Piedmont; his brother Clyde Priddy and wife Mary of Arlington, Tx.; 17 grandchildren, Bobbi Heath, Courtney Shettron, Brock Hardy, Brett Hardy, Jennifer Priddy, Shane Priddy, Shannon Long, Sidnea Barham, Courtney Hopkins, Tanner Priddy, Taran Priddy, Rance Kroeker, Charli Kroeker, Kandi Kroeker, Hayden Priddy, Koy Priddy and Dax Priddy; and his 17 great grandchildren.
Rev. Priddy was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Isabelle Priddy; two brothers, Lee Priddy and Phillip Priddy; and his sister Letha Moutz.
Services were attended Wednesday afternoon, December 29, 2010 at Quail Springs Baptist Church. Matthews Funeral Home of Edmond, Ok. were in charge of the arrangements. Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Quail Springs Baptist Church or the Alzheimers Association of Oklahoma, both in Oklahoma City, Ok.