Our Obituaries

Richard Bills

October 13, 1927 - November 6, 2017

Richard "Dutch" Bills, 90, General Contractor/Owner of Kane and Bills Construction, passed away on November 6, 2017. He was born on October 13, 1927 in Wichita, Kansas to Thomas A. and Rosie (Burkhart) Bills. "Dutch" was the father of four children, served in the Merchant Marines during WW II, and was an avid hunter/fisherman. Preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, 1 sister, wife,...
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Dorothy Beatrice Barger

February 17, 1928 - November 4, 2017

Dorothy Beatrice Barger, 89, former manager of Whole Foods, passed away on November 4, 2017. She was born on February 17, 1928 in Wichita, Kansas to Silas James and Hattie Ellen (Reed) Gayer. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Forest and a sister, Gladys Booker. Survived by her son: Forest W. (Shirley) Barger of Rose Hill; daughter: Nada (Andrew) Todd of Mustang, OK; brother: ...
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Hazel WIEWEL

December 14, 1924 - October 29, 2017

Hazel Wiewel, 92, Homemaker, passed away on October 29, 2017. She was born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas on December 14, 1924 to Benjamin and Vera (Peters) Bates. Preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Helen St. Claire. Survived by her husband, Gerald of Wichita; sons: Gerald (Brenda) Wiewel of Clarksville, AK., James (Connie) Wiewel of Wichita; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. ...
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Anna Marie Spence

April 7, 1960 - October 26, 2017

Anna Marie Spence, 57, homemaker, passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Preceded by her father Duane White. Survived by her loving husband Bruce, parents Clara and Richard Simmons, daughters Samantha (Jeffrey) Williams, Amanda Smith, Savannah Davis, step-daughter Karissa (Dane) Spence, step-sons Josh, Jacob and Steven Spence, brothers Andy White, John (Angie) White, Rick (Lisa) Simmons,...
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Nadine E. Orth

December 12, 1935 - October 24, 2017

Nadine (Feuerborn) Orth, 81, Mother of seven, daughter of Stephen and Clara Feuerborn, went to the Lord on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Rosary: 10 a.m.; Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 27, both at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Nadine is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Orth. She is survived by seven children: Diana Kessinger (Marc), Joe Orth III (Robbie), Janice...
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Thomas Lynn Tucker

December 25, 1949 - October 23, 2017

Thomas "Tom" Lynn Tucker, 67 retired owner of Kansas Motor Company, passed away on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents Henry and Vada (McKibbin) Tucker. Survived by his loving wife of 30 years Pam, stepchildren Casey (Candace) Wattson of Kansas, Niki Wattson of Indiana, daughter Julie Tucker of Connecticut, sister Linda McIntire of Washington, brother Cary Tucker of Kansas...
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Arlen Dale Boger

November 2, 1951 - October 21, 2017

Arlen Dale Boger, 65, entered Heaven's gate on Saturday, October 21, 2017. He was a retired locksmith for WSU after 35 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents August M. and Elsie (Bender) Boger and his brother Wayne Boger. Survived by his loving wife of 44 years Nancy, sons Brandon M. and Shane M. (Heather) Boger, sister Janice (Marty) Kuehn, brothers Ronald (Mary) Boger, Darrell (Rose...
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Phyllis H. Lammert

November 2, 1925 - October 19, 2017

Phyllis H. Lammert, 91, retired Teacher/Children's Librarian and Lutheran Pastor's widow, passed away October 19, 2017. She was born on November 2, 1925 in Webb City, MO to Karl L and Catherine (Stumpf) Henckel. Survived by her sons: Richard (Diane) Lammert of Ft. Wayne , IN, Walter (Debbie) Lammert of McKinney, TX., Paul Lammert of St. College, PA; daughters: Ellen (Mason) Russell of ...
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Robert W. Corey

June 6, 1932 - September 26, 2017

Robert William Corey, 85, retired Airplane Mechanic for the United States Air Force passed away on Sept. 26, 2017. Survived by his sisters Kathryn (George) Baum, Maureen Gilleo , nieces, nephews and many friends. Robert was a very active member of the VFW Post #112. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date in New York. Memorials may be given in his memory to VFW Post #112, 1560...
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Elmer M. Pinkerton

February 10, 1926 - September 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home West, Wichita, KS.
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Shirley Alida Neil

April 2, 1943 - September 24, 2017

Shirley Alida (Farris) Neil, 74, went to be with the Lord September 24, 2017. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years David, brother, Ron Farris and her children; Patricia Mercado, Janet Neil, Richard Neil, Michael Neil, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Shirley was a North High graduate and attended Phillips University. She was an educator of the Wichita Public School...
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Doris M. Keifer

July 3, 1932 - September 22, 2017

Doris Marie (Scott) Keifer, 85, homemaker, retired dental receptionist, died September22, 2017. She was born at South Haven , KS to R.C. Scott and Eunice Munyon Scott on July 3, 1932. she was married to Robert L. Keifer, June 4, 1949 in Kiowa, KS by Rev. M.W. Williams. She graduated from Kiowa High School. to this union was born 2 children. They accompanied Bob during his 20 years in the U.S...
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James Ronald Miles

January 14, 1938 - September 18, 2017

James "Jim" Ronald Miles, 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 18, 2017. Born on January 14, 1938, in Winfield, he was the youngest of four sons born to Roy and Anna (Brant) Miles. Jim retired from outdoors sales in 2003 and was known locally as the "light bulb man." Jim and Alice (Morgan) Miles were married for 38 years. He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist...
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Marjorie Van Leeuwen

December 17, 1933 - September 14, 2017

Marjorie Van Leeuwen, 83, retired RN for Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital and the American Red Cross passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was the only child of Sylvester and Sarah Straub who preceded her in death. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years Max, son David, and daughter-in-law Lisa. Survived by two sisters-in-law Lorene (Lee) Klein, Isabel Van...
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George L. Kester

June 26, 1941 - September 11, 2017

George L. Kester, 76, retired from Wescon Products entered eternal rest on Monday, September 11, 2017. Preceded in death by parents Ernest and Lucille, sisters Ernestine Darbyshire and Carolyn Gile. Survived by his loving wife of 50 years Joyce, children: Derran Combs, David (Jodee) Combs, Darrell (Angela) Kester, Daniel (Christina) Kester, Dana Kester, Dewayne (Julie) Kester, Julie (Greg) Jasper...
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Diannah Clair Overaker

June 25, 1928 - August 25, 2017

Diannah "Dian" C. Overaker, 89, Administrator for National Baseball Congress and inducted into the NBC Hall of Fame, passed away on August 25, 2017. Born in Hagerstown, IN on June 25, 1928. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Overaker; great- grandchildren: Jaden, Bryson, Grady and Gatlin Torres. Survived by her son, Robert Kent Overaker; daughters, Nancy (Larry)...
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Ray Allen Boese

January 19, 1935 - August 11, 2017

Ray A. Boese, 82, Loving Husband, Father and Beloved Papa, passed away on August 11, 2017. Born in Moundridge, KS on January 19, 1935 to Andrew and Margaret (Adrian) Boese. Ray was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and a 30 year employee for Roadway Express. Preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Don. Survivors: wife, Barbara of Wichita; son: Ray Allen Boese, II (Angela) of Rose Hill;...
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Duane C. Ensign

February 14, 1930 - August 9, 2017

Duane C. Ensign, 87, passed away on August 9, 2017. He was born on February 14, 1930 in Sylvan Grove, KS to Clifford and Leona (Sangar) Ensign. Duane's priorities were God, bowling and family. Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pearl, his daughter, Rene and brother Lyle Ensign. Survived by special friend, Esther Mayes; his daughter, Cathy (Dave) Harkness; son, Darren (Diana)...
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Georgene E. Rush

June 20, 1935 - August 4, 2017

Georgene (Jean) Rush, 82, Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter passed away on August 4, 2017 surrounded by her family. Jean was a creative entrepreneur of many endeavors. She was a retired florist and owner of Designer Elegance Flower Shop. Preceded in death by parents George and Imogene Snell, husband H.W. Rush (Wally), Granddaughter Jourdan Rush and daughter in law Robin Rush....
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Denise Michelle Shirley

May 1, 1959 - August 3, 2017

Denise M. Shirley, 58, retired Supply Chain Manager for Boeing Aircraft, a loving sister, aunt and friend to many passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Some of Denise's passions in life were her many beloved Maltese dogs, the mountains in Colorado and her love of blue grass music which involved many trips to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield. Preceded by her parents Roy and Violet "Vi...
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Julia E. Helderman

May 4, 1926 - July 26, 2017

Julia E. Helderman, 91, retired bookkeeper, passed peacefully, surrounded by her family on July 26, 2017. Her life was an example of a Christian life well lived. She was born on May 4, 1926 in Moundridge, Kansas to Oral and Dorothea (Jorgenson) Dirks. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; son, Mark and 3 sisters. Survived by her daughters: Cynthia (Dan) Snyder of Wichita,...
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Melba V. Todd

December 16, 1922 - July 24, 2017

Melba V. Todd, 94, Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on July 24, 2017. She was born on December 16, 1922 in Sitka, KS to Adam and Barbara (Jacobs) Dome. Melba was an active woman who enjoyed dancing, cooking, sewing, fishing and gardening. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles J. Todd; son, John Todd. Survived by her daughter, Barbara ...
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Harold B. Bluml

July 11, 1937 - July 21, 2017

Harold B. Bluml, 80, retired owner and manager of Harry's Sales and Service entered eternal rest on Friday, July 21, 2017. Harold served in the United States Air Force. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus #4118. Preceded by his parents Bernard "Ben" and Mary (Meyers) Bluml, brothers Norman "Jack" and Leonard Bluml, sisters Karen Bluml and Luella Reis, son Roger and daughter-in...
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Jess J. Sullens

April 2, 1943 - July 20, 2017

Jess J. Sullens, 74, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents Jess and Elsie (Allen) Sullens and grandson Christopher Anderson. Jess was an avid fisherman, hunter and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Survived by his loving wife of 42 years Mary Ann, son Bob (Maryann) Sullens ,step-children: Doug (Becky) Anderson, Seth (Nancy) Anderson, Suzanne (Arlis) Duncan,...
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Frank G. McElhaney

November 20, 1925 - July 14, 2017

Frank G. McElhaney, 91, entered eternal life on July 14, 2017, joining his son, David. He was born on November 20, 1925 in Kansas City, MO. to Frank J. and Mabel (Slutz) McElhaney. Frank grew up in Penalosa, KS on a farm, and he maintained many friendships from the area over the years. He was drafted at the age of 17 into the U.S. Army, serving in Europe during WW II. After retiring from the...
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James Duane Monroe

December 13, 1932 - July 13, 2017

James D. Monroe, 84, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017. He was born on December 13, 1932 in Waverly, Kansas. Retired from Beech Aircraft as Chief-Tool Design and Tool Liason-Proving. He was preceded in death by parents, Olney and Pearl Monroe; wife, Billie; daughter, Kathy Rokiski; brothers, Dean Monroe and Francis Monroe. He is survived by son, David (Kathleen) Monroe; grandsons, Steve...
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Fred John Hammond

November 5, 1953 - July 4, 2017

Fred John Hammond, Jr., 63, Car Salesman, passed away on July 4, 2017. He was born on November 5, 1953 in Great Bend, KS to Fred John and Mable L. (Detrich) Hammond, Sr. Visitation: 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, July 11; Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, both at Hillside Funeral Home West. Fred is survived by his mother: Mable L. Hammond of Wichita and a sister: Beverly de Baca of Grand Canyon, CO..
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Terry Thaine Frazier

June 21, 1947 - June 28, 2017

Terry Thaine Frazier, 70, retired Disc Jockey, passed away on June 28, 2017. He was born on June 21, 1947 in Smith Center, Kansas to Eugene and Muriel Elaine (Larson) Frazier. Survivors: his parents; his wife, Sue; son: Aidrich; daughter, Shalom Nickel; brothers: Val, Russ and Rod Frazier; sister: Margene Ford and 4 grandchildren. Memorial Service: Monday, July 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m....
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Janet Tiemeyer

April 11, 1940 - June 20, 2017

Janet Tiemeyer , 77, retired co-owner of Indian Hills Meat Company entered eternal rest on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Preceded by her parents Cecil and Leta (Foster) Sallee, her loving husband of 38 years Robert "Bob" and sister Joan. Survived by her children: Cindy (Shawn) Gillihan , Chris (Kimba Livingston) Tiemeyer, Deanne (Joe Mark) Phillips, Robert Tiemeyer, Jr., Patrick Tiemeyer, four brothers...
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Pamela Marie Meador

December 19, 1964 - June 19, 2017

Pamela Marie Meador, 52, retired Early Childhood Special Education Teacher passed away on June 19, 2017. Survived by her parents Sheldon and Reba Sprecker, children: Allison Nicole Meador, Emily Michelle Meador, Josiah Warren Vancyoc Meador, fiancé Paula Love Moore, sister Shari Kay (Huey) Woodrum, brother Steven S. (Tricia) Sprecker, father of her children Stuart Meador. Celebration of Life...
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Shirley Ann Garner

December 10, 1937 - June 12, 2017

Shirley Ann Garner, 79, Bookkeeper for Derby Refining, passed away on June 12, 2017. She was born in McPherson, Kansas to Lee and Mabel (Krieger) White on December 10, 1937. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter L. Garner; son, Michael and brother, Larry. She is survived by her son: Mitchell (Janet) Garner of Wichita; grandchildren: Rachelle and Lindsay; 5 great...
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Lorraine Wilson

December 29, 1927 - June 10, 2017

Lorraine Wilson, 89. Loving wife of 68 years and mother of three, went home to be with her Lord, Sat. June 10, 2017. Preceded by her daughter, Armentia (Mike) Harshbarger; survivors: husband, Robert C. Wilson; son, Rob (Dianna) Wilson; daughter, Twila (Doug) Wentz; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Graveside Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Wichita Park Cemetery.
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Mazie E. Hobkirk

May 14, 1920 - June 8, 2017

Mazie E. Hobkirk, 97, Homemaker, passed away June 8, 2017. She was born on May 14, 1920 in Rural Butler County Kansas to Harley Clifford and Arminta B. (Robison) Ades. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 8 siblings and 1 great-grandson. Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Hillside Funeral Home West Chapel. Survivors: her sons: Phillip (Linda)...
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Juanita A. Kralicek-Pinkerton

December 29, 1929 - June 7, 2017

Juanita A. Kralicek-Pinkerton, 87, homemaker, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Juanita was a past member of the Wichita Baptist Tabernacle and Bethel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Kralicek, son Ralph Edward, grandson Brandon Kralicek. Survived by husband Elmer Pinkerton, children: Henry J. (Loneta) Kralicek II, Kevin (Dorothy) Kralicek, Kimberly (Richard)...
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Vernon E. Meckel

October 14, 1920 - May 23, 2017

Vernon E. Meckel, 96, retired manager of the Hays Music Company entered eternal rest on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Vernon served in the Army Air Corp from 1944-1945, were he flew 124 missions over the Himalayans. He managed the River View Condos, was an active member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, helping in the Lord's Pantry and raised the highest bid for the Bachler auction for the Make-A-Wish...
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Phyllis A. Metz

April 19, 1926 - May 15, 2017

Phyllis A. Metz, 91, loving wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017. Phyllis was born in Hyndman, PA on April 19, 1926 to Albert and Alzene Horner. She was a member of the West Heights United Methodist Church since 1964, where she taught preschool for over 26 years and was very active with her church family. Preceded by her parents, one brother, one...
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Johnny Benjamin Floyd

May 25, 1934 - May 12, 2017

Johnny B. Floyd, 82, retired Auto Mechanic, passed away May 12, 2017. He was born in Lincoln County, Oklahoma to Benjamin Franklin and Myrtle Beatrice (Miller) Floyd on May 25, 1934. Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lou Ann Floyd; son, Michael Lee Floyd; sisters, Eva Coleman and Pearl Merriman; brother, Ronald Lee Raymond Floyd. Survivors: sons, Mark Floyd and John Floyd; daughter,...
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Bonnie Jean Belisle

October 19, 1940 - May 11, 2017

Bonnie Jean Siemer was born to Earl and Thelma Siemer on October 19, 1940. The family lived in Oxford, Kansas and Bonnie graduated from Oxford High School, soon after her brother John was born. She worked at Winfield State Hospital as a psychiatric aide for several years.She married Dale Belisle in 1967 and they had one daughter, Cindy, and a son who died at birth. The family lived in Benton...
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Deborah Mae Dixon

August 12, 1952 - May 3, 2017

Deborah Dixon (Dome), went home to be with her Lord on May 3, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Hubert James Dome and Iola (Graves) Land; brother, Tommy Snow and sister, Judith (Snow) Espinosa. Survivors include: husband, Gary Dixon; daughter, Tammy (John) Lichtenfelt; step-sons, Gary Dixon Jr., Gerald (Holly) Dixon; grandsons: Christian, Chase, Victor and Wyatt; granddaugters,...
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Howard D. Van Bibber

September 22, 1939 - April 30, 2017

Howard D. Van Bibber, 77, retired Lead Program Scheduler for Boeing Aircraft for over 30 years passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Howard was a U.S. Navy veteran, charter member of VFW Men's Auxiliary Post # 3115, member of North Star Masonic Lodge #168, Legion of Honor at Midian Shrine Temple and He is now selling tickets for the circus in the sky. Preceded by parents Russell and Altha ...
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Richard Dobson

November 7, 1929 - April 24, 2017

Dobson, Richard "Dick" D. ,retired construction engineer passed away April 24, 2017 at the age of 87. Born in Wichita, KS on November 7, 1929. He is preceded in death by parents Harry and Cecil Dobson, sister Virginia Speer, brother Fred Dobson and wife Meredith "Ricky" Dobson . He is survived by his children, R. David Dobson II. (Brenda) Bowen of Island BC, Cynthia(Harry) Tucker of Dayton,...
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Benjamin Hayden Ellis

March 5, 1925 - April 20, 2017

Benjamin Hayden Ellis, 92, retired Boeing Tool and Die Maker and Union Member of Local Lodge 834, passed away on April 20, 2017. He was born on March 5, 1925 in Advance, NC to Stephen Miller and Mary Reba (Smith) Ellis. He served his country during WW II in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Surived by his wife, Thayne of Wichita; children: Jimmy Lee (Karen) Ellis of Lebon, OR.,Steven Edward ...
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Deborah Kathleen Stack

July 13, 1953 - April 18, 2017

Stack, Deborah "Debbie" Kathleen (Day), 63, retired Parts Distribution/Pro Parts and Integration, SAP/EDW Implementation Specialist for Cessna passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Debbie was a West High School 1971 Graduate. She is the president for the Women's Auxiliary American Legion Post #256 in Wichita. She also was a member of the 8-40 club. Preceded in death by her father...
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Mildred Ruth Williams

July 3, 1928 - April 16, 2017

Mildred Ruth Williams, 88, retired equipment supervisor for AT&T/Southwestern Bell formerly of 1335 N. Chautauqua in Wichita entered eternal rest on Sunday, April 16, 2017 in Bella Vista, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Mildred enjoyed watching sports; she was an avid KC Chiefs fan and WSU basketball fan. She was a prayer warrior and spent every evening in prayer. Mildred and Frank...
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Bonnie J. Hackney

February 17, 1928 - April 16, 2017

Bonnie J. Hackney, 89, Homemaker, passed away on April 16, 2017. She was born in Leon, Kansas to Leburn K. and Lavon E. (Boland) Palmer. Survived by her sons: Bid Hackney and Rod (Jane) Hackney, both of Derby; her daughter: Tami (Kevin of St. Louis) Sheck of Wichita; brothers: Kenneth Palmer of Dallas, TX and Corky Palmer of Miami, FL; grandchildren: Kale Hackney, Ashlyn Hackney, Tracey...
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Charles L. Fuller

January 17, 1940 - April 12, 2017

Charles "Chuck" L. Fuller, 77, retired Air Force Capt. for over 26 years, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ocea Mae (Piper) Fuller, brothers Edward, Gerald, Walter and his sister Namoi. Survived by his loving wife of 51 years Margaret "Peggy" of Wichita, sons Edward (Laura) Fuller of Finksburg, MD, Christopher (Tammy) Fuller of...
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Darlene L. Slates

November 2, 1947 - April 4, 2017

Darlene L. Slates, 69, Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother, passed from this life on April 4, 2017. Darlene was born November 2, 1947 to the late Floyd and Maylee Frederick in Wichita, KS. She is preceded in death by her son, Dennis Clay Slates, Jr., brother, Richard Frederick and sister, Margaret Smith. She is survived by her husband Clay Slates and her three...
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Jackie Faye Hood

December 20, 1945 - April 2, 2017

Jack F. Hood, 71, retried pasteurizer/blow mold operator for Hiland Dairy for over 47 years passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Preceded by his parents Christopher and Goldie (Killion) Hood, sisters Christine and Jane and brother Arnold. Jack enjoyed many skunk hunts as a member of the CB club, he was an avid bowler for over 20 years on the Steffen's Dairy bowling team. Survived by his...
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Juanita Melba Davis

May 1, 1936 - April 1, 2017

Wichita- Davis, Juanita Melba (Lawrence) passed peacefully from this world at 12:01 pm, Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at Harry Hines Hospice with family. Born in Belle Plaine, KS, in 1936 she lived a vibrant life as a disciple of Jesus. Daughter of Ulysses Andrew (Larry) Lawrence and Carrie Melba (Lawless) she was known for her Christian character, her oratory and acting skills, her strong beautiful...
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Dale A. Reschke

August 4, 1964 - March 20, 2017

Dale Allen Reschke, age 52, was born on August 4, 1964 in Wichita, KS to Fred and Judy (Keys) Reschke. He grew up in Wichita, and graduated from Augusta High School, class of 1982. Dale attended Butler County Community College where he played trumpet in the Jazz Band, and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Wichita State University where he was a member of the WSU Collegiate...
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Merle Bernard Hinkle

July 29, 1935 - March 17, 2017

Merle Bernard Hinkle, 81, retired Wescon employee, passed away March 17, 2017. He was born July 29, 1935 in Sheldon, MO to Bernard M. and Frances Delilah (Brown) Hinkle. Preceeded in death by his wife of 58 years, Carol and a sister, Helen Stover of Wichita. Survivors: sons: Matthew (Tammy) Hinkle of Broken Arrow, OK, Mark (Leda) Hinkle, Tim (Tammy) Hinkle, both of Wichita; sisters: Mary...
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Larry Martin Peak

November 6, 1945 - March 14, 2017

Larry Martin Peak, age 71, born in Wichita, KS in 1945, succumbed to non-Hodgkin lymphoma on March 14. Larry established a successful private mental health practice in Manhattan, KS followed by working as a counselor and teacher at the Episcopal Social Services in Wichita, KS. He loved to drive his 442, listen and dance to the blues, sip a glass of white wine, watch KSU sports, and work his...
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Benny F. Hurlock

June 2, 1919 - March 13, 2017

Benny F. Hurlock, 97, passed away March 13, 2017. He was born in Colony, Kansas on June 2, 1919 to James Berl Hurlock Jr. and Lottie Emma (Foster) Hurlock. His family moved to Wichita, Kansas around 1925 and Benny lived there the rest of his life. He graduated from Wichita High School East in 1939 and operated his own small architecture business. Benny was drafted in July 1940 to serve in...
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Joseph Zion Bissell

October 1, 1976 - March 8, 2017

Joseph Zion. Bissell, 40, passed away on March 8, 2017. Survived by mother Linda Hilgenberg, brothers Colby and Landon Bissell, grandmother Katheryn Hilgenberg, aunt Marsha and uncle Randy Varbel., nephew Damien, nieces Brooke and Kylie, father Bruce Bissell. Service 1pm, Wed. March 15th at Greenwood Cemetery Chapel, 6231 W. 47th S., Wichita.
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Virginia L. Howard

August 15, 1930 - March 8, 2017

Virginia L. Howard, 86, retired USD 259 Lunch Room Supervisor, passed away on March 8, 2017. Born in Picher, OK on August 15, 1930 to Jessie F. and Myrtle V. (Bradbury) Garner. Survived by her sons: Franklin G. (Lori) Howard of Golden, MO., Roger N. Howard of Riverside, CA; daughter: Deborah Howard of Crane, MO; brothers: John Garner of Pittsburg, KS, Richard Garner of Baxter Springs, KS;...
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Antoinette F. Lane

June 5, 1929 - March 3, 2017

Antoinette "Toni" F. Lane, 87, Loving Mother, Caregiver and Homemaker, passed away on March 3, 2017. She was born on June 5, 1929 in Ost, Kansas to George and Mary (Helten) Erker. "Toni" was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jack, Sr., daughter, Mary Fouch and brothers, Paul, Edgar and Irvin Erker. Survived by her sons: Mark (Gail) Lane, David Lane of Wichita;...
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N. Eileen Sidles

June 15, 1917 - March 1, 2017

N. Eileen "Nana" Sidles, 99, homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother was received in the arms of her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Rose (Copper) Adair, brothers Gene and Earl Adair, sister Margurette Hunt and her loving husband of 57 years Larry. Eileen was a care taker to many and her house was always open, she was a...
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Donna B. Ross

October 25, 1926 - March 1, 2017

Donna B. Ross, 90, homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother went to her heavenly home Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Preceded by her parents, brother, loving husband of 61 years Vernon and daughter-in-law Linda. Survived by son Denis, daughter Candy (Jan) Goodrich both of Wichita, KS, granddaughter Megan (Mark) Jones, step-grandchildren Chris (Sarah) Goodrich, Tiffany (Will) Mahoney...
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Leona C. Ledbetter

May 29, 1925 - February 19, 2017

Leona Cora Ledbetter, 91, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2017. She was born in Marble, Arkansas where she met her husband of 62 years, Jerry Ledbetter. He preceded her in death in 2003. She raised her family in Wichita, KS where she worked 25 plus years at Safeway. Leona was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Preceded in death by her son, Larry and husband, Jerry D. Survived...
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Lorene Fay McGarrah

October 31, 1930 - February 15, 2017

Lorene Fay McGarrah, 86, homemaker passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Preceded in death by parents Clarence and Maudie Atwood and son Ronny. Survived by her children Shirley (Joe) Compton of Wichita, Randy (Maxine) McGarrah of McPherson, KS, Clarence (Donna) McGarrah of Wichita, sister Juanita Adams of Wichita, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great- great...
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Thomas M. Porter

November 24, 1945 - February 12, 2017

Thomas M. Porter, 71, retired welder passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Merle and Kathryn (Burleigh) Porter. Survived by his brother Dr. Robert and his wife Rev. Joan Porter, nephews Bryon and wife Janell Porter, Dr. Brent and wife Dr. Rebecca Porter, niece Dr. Karin and husband Dr. Tim Williamson, four great nephews and one great niece. Tom was very...
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Paul E. Blex

August 14, 1930 - February 11, 2017

Paul E. Blex, 86, passed away on February 11, 2017. Paul served in the Army Air Force stationed in Fairbanks, AK and retired from Beechcraft after 42 years. Survived by wife, Frances, who he was married to for 50 years. Also survived by daughter, Faith Ann (Cody); sons, Bruce (Lupe), Bradley (Mariva) and Brian; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be at Calvary Chapel,...
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Ellene Smith Tompkins

August 5, 1922 - February 8, 2017

Ellene Smith Tompkins was born August 5, 1922 in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma. As a small child, she moved to Wichita. In 1940 she married Wayne Tompkins, who preceded her in death. From this union, 4 children were born. They are Marilyn (Gary) Bellert, Sycamore, IL; David (Linda) Tompkins, Overland Park, KS; Brad (Michelle) Tompkins, Overland Park, KS, and Scott Alan Tompkins (deceased). Also surviving...
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Jean N. Rice

May 7, 1927 - February 5, 2017

Jean Rice completed this life's journey on Feb. 5, 2017. She was a loving mother to three children and grandmother to 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was born May 7, 1927, in Hutchinson, KS, to A.C. and Lona Seevers but spent most of her formative years growing up in Conway Springs, where she met and later married the love of her life, Phillip Rice...
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Gerald John Kasperek

June 29, 1946 - January 30, 2017

Gerald John. "Jerry ' Kasperek," 70, MSgt-R who served in the US Army for 26 years in Counseling and Supervisory duties passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017. Jerry had a passion for volunteering and gave many hours of his time to the Robert J. Dole VA Hospital, Sedgwick County Zoo, Compeer Program, Community in Schools Program and Episcopal Social Services. Jerry was a graduate of Wichita...
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Bonnie A. Crisler

November 1, 1933 - January 29, 2017

Conway Springs ~ Bonnie A. Crisler, 83, former Data Entry Clerk for Typed Letters Incorporated, passed away on January 29, 2017. She was born on November 1, 1933 in Wichita, Kansas to Theodore Richard and Treva Mae (Couchman) Bowman. Preceded in death by her daughter, Pamela Stedman. Survivors: sons: Timothy Crisler of Albert, KS., Thomas (Barbara) Crisler of Viola, KS; daughters: ...
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Stephen Lewis Barnett

May 14, 1948 - January 22, 2017

Stephen L. Barnett, 68, retired mechanic for Boeing passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Steve served in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his father T.J. Barnett. Survived by his mother Laverna of Wichita, KS, daughters Cyndi (Mark) Winter of Wichita, KS, Tiffany (Blake) McCrabb of Edmond, OK, Lindsey Barnett of Winfield, KS, sisters Connie (John) Parke of Wichita, KS,...
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Nancy Ellen Newberry

August 24, 1927 - January 21, 2017

Newberry, Nancy Ellen 89, of Wichita, Kansas passed away January 21, 2017. Nancy, the youngest of nine children, was born on August 24, 1927 to Leon and Fern (Ponds) Lemmons. Nancy was born and raised in Pocahontas, Arkansas and lived there until completing high school. After graduating, she moved to work in a war plant in St. Louis, Missouri where her aunt who was the Superintendent of...
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Steven Ray Carr

July 2, 1957 - January 17, 2017

Steven R. Carr, 59, died on January 17, 2017. He was born July 2, 1957 in Wellington, KS to Ray and Evelyn (Sellers) Carr, the second of 3 children. Preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include siblings; Janice (Greg) Lofland and James Carr; 4 nieces and nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. Visitation with family, 6:30pm-8:30pm , Mon. Jan. 23 at...
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Gladys O. Murray

August 12, 1939 - January 14, 2017

Gladys O Murray., 77, retired stockroom clerk for Raytheon for over 28 years passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Julious, father Carl Terrell Sr., mother Rosemary (Hick) Terrell Newman, step-father Harry Newman, son Kerry Dean, grandson Kendall Murray, five brothers and 2 sisters.Survived by her children Ella Diane (Charles ) Jackson, Donna (William)...
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Louise M. Bartel

July 12, 1933 - January 14, 2017

Louise M. Bartel, 83, retired Office Sales and Cosmetics Distributor, passed away on January 14, 2017. She was born in Hillsboro, Kansas on July 12, 1933 to George and Ida (Matz) Winter. Preceded in death by her parents and siblings. Survived by her children: Susan Wadkins, Karen Stairs and Bill Bartel; 8 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Thursday at...
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Sharon L. Downing

September 3, 1942 - January 12, 2017

Sharon L. Downing, 74, Homemaker, passed away January 12, 2017. Born to Lloyd and Carmen (Pennington) Hendrixson in Wichita, Kansas. Survivors: 2 sons: Darrell (Kelly) Hook, Darrick Hook; 1 sister, Patricia (Bob) Mercer; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Service: 11 a.m. Monday, January 16 at Hillside Funeral Home West. Burial to follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.
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J. E. Collinsworth

May 11, 1931 - January 1, 2017

J.E. Collinsworth, 85, Retired Freight Lines Truck Driver, passed away on January 1, 2017. He was born on May 11, 1931 in Konawa, Oklahoma to Gerry and Annie (Lamb) Collinsworth. Preceded in death by his parents, wife, Hazel and son, Johnnie Donley. Survivors: daughters, Phyllis (Richard) Dietrich of Peck, KS., Donna (Stephen) Dietrich, Carol (Rick) Riner, both of Wichita; 10 grandchildren;...
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Donald H. Klein

July 23, 1940 - December 31, 2016

Donald H. Klein, 76, well-known area musician passed away on December 31, 2016. Don was the youngest of 5 children born to Bernard "Ben" and Rufina (Herrman) Klein in Healy, KS. Survived by his wife, Sondra, son Donald H. "Pinkey" Klein II, son Jeffrey (Crystal) L. Klotz, grandchildren and a host of extended family members and friends. Visitation with family present from 6pm-8pm Thursday, January...
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Thomas O. Elson

December 7, 1939 - December 26, 2016

Thomas O.Elson, 77, Real Estate Broker, passed away on December 26, 2016. He was born on December 7, 1939 in Great Bend, Kansas to Charles W. and Wilma K. (Karney) Elson. Survivors: wife: Linda of Wichita; daughters: Debra K. (Larry) Green, Kimberly S. Partin (Kenny), both of Garden City, KS.; sister: Tamra L. Rich (Mike), Woodward, OK; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation: 6...
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Joyce E. Ledermann

February 15, 1940 - December 22, 2016

Joyce E. Ledermann, 76 passed into Heaven on Thursday, December 22, 2016. She was preceded in death by her daughter Susan Begin of Montrose, CO, parents and a half-sister. Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 35 years Randy, son Gregg Stanbrough of Inverness, FL; grandchildren Jennifer Steiner of Belleview, FL, Kristy Begin of Montrose, CO and Sean Begin of Montrose, CO and two brothers....
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Edith Dorothy Johnson

May 14, 1918 - December 19, 2016

Edith Dorothy Johnson, 98, retired Food Service Supervisor for the Wichita School System passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016. Edith was born at the Marydale Farm southwest of Lebo, Coffey County, KS on May 14, 1918 to Edna (Dunfield) and Frank Jennings. Edith met the love of her life Lee Martin Johnson and they were married on April 22, 1939, celebrating 56 years of marriage before his...
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Hazel G. Ridpath

April 16, 1919 - December 16, 2016

Hazel G. Ridpath, 97, Homemaker, passed away on December 16, 2016. She was born on April 16, 1919 in Burlington, Kansas to Joe and Flora (Shannon) Decker. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glenn Ridpath; sons, Gary Joe, Richard Lee and Larry Dean. Survivors: sons: Donald (Rosemary) Ridpath of Wichita, Robert (Debbie) Ridpath of Hutchinson, Glen Ridpath, Steven Ridpath, both of...
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Evelyn L. Postlewait

February 23, 1924 - December 13, 2016

Evelyn L. Postlewait 92, retired co-owner of Hande Shop passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Evelyn enjoyed traveling to many stamp conventions with her husband. Preceded in death by her parents Loyde and Merle (Dixon) Sturm, brothers Donald Sturm, Raymond Sturm, Melvin Sturm and sister Irene Lefebvre. Survived by her loving husband of 69 years Dilmond of Wichita, sister Emily (John)...
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Antonio Castillo

December 27, 1934 - December 10, 2016

Antonio Castillo, 81,retired farmer, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016.Survived by his wife Enedina, sons: Antonio, Jose, Eustacio, Rigoberto, Carlos and Edgar, daughters Carolina and Guillermina, brothers Rodolfo, Marcos and Carlos, sisters: Magdalena, Reymunda, Catalina, Julia, Luz, Concepcion, Eva and Elvira, grandchildren Samantha, Jessica, Priscila, Johnny, Pedro, Eriberto, Randy,...
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Allegra L. Winter

November 25, 1923 - December 10, 2016

Allegra L. Winter, 93, died on Sat. Dec. 10, 2016. Survived by her brother James Winter of Wichita, Nieces: Carol Fisher of Wichita and Patty Waters of Haysville. Memorial Service, 1pm, Wed. Dec. 14th at Old Mission Mausoleum Chapel, 3424 E. 21st, Wichita. In lieu of flowers please give to a charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home West, Wichita, KS.
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Melodee K. Schaefer

June 15, 1944 - December 5, 2016

Melodee Kay Schaefer age 72, passed December 5, 2016. She was born in Wichita, and raised in Onaga and Clay Center, KS. Melodee found great pleasure in the church and ministry for many years, and loved to gather with friends and family for conversation, laughter, and fun. Melodee was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Gertrude Miller, and her husband, Charles Schaefer. She will be...
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L. G. McGee

September 12, 1927 - November 24, 2016

L.G. McGee, 89, Retired Sanitation Services Owner, passed away on November 24, 2016. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Hillside Funeral Home West. Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church..
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Peggy L. Ball

July 4, 1937 - November 20, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home West, Wichita, KS.
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Lawrence J. Schoenhofer

December 25, 1924 - November 14, 2016

Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Schoenhofer 91, retired Restaurant Owner, passed away on November 14, 2016. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WW II and the Korean Conflict. "Larry" was born on December 25, 1924 in Walnut, Kansas to Carl and Matilda (Smith) Schoenhofer. Survivors: wife: Marjorie; sons: Karl, Phil (Sharon) and Don Schoenhofer, all of Wichita;...
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James Gerald Perry

September 11, 1942 - November 13, 2016

James Gerald Perry, age 74, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at his home in Wichita, KS. James was born on September 11, 1942, in Great Falls, Montana, the son of Claude and Patricia (Brick) Davis. He and his twin brother, John, were adopted by Charles Wesley and Ruth Edna Mae (Hickox) Perry. James was a veteran and service our country for three years, two months and 25 days in the United...
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Linda Moellinger

January 27, 1949 - November 9, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home West, Wichita, KS.
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Louise Lindberg

September 6, 1930 - November 4, 2016

Lindberg, Louise H. , age 86, faithful pastor's wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016. Louise was born on September 6, 1930, in Reynolds, ND, the daughter of Thor and Edith (Thompson) Hovet. After high school, Louise attended Lutheran Bible Institute, where she met Al Lindberg and they married on September 10, 1949, in Bemidji, MN. ...
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Gail Gail Lusk

June 1, 1925 - October 26, 2016

Gail Lusk, 91, died October 26, 2016. She had been a resident at the Wichita Presbyterian Manor since May of 1996. She was born June 1, 1925 at Thayer, Kansas to Frank R. and Lydia (Rufi) Ross. She graduated from Thayer High School in 1943. She attended nurses training at Axtell Christian Hospital in Newton, Kansas and graduated in 1946. She worked as a RN for forty years, and was last...
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Roy D. Pickens

March 31, 1939 - October 22, 2016

Roy Dwayne Pickens, 77, passed away on October 22, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Jean Pickens; Children: Dawn Womack (Marty), Michael (Kelly Hoppock). Grandchildren: Brett Womack (Michele), Andrew Womack (Janelle), Kyle Womack (Angel), Tristan Hoppock, and Danielle Stetina; 8 Great Grandchildren; siblings: Donald Pickens (Marlene), Reita Atkinson (Moline, KS). Preceded in death by his...
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Don L. McCray

September 14, 1935 - October 17, 2016

Don L. McCray, 81, retired, self-employed Small Engine Repairer, passed away on October 17, 2016. He was born in Dover, OK on September 14, 1935 to John Joel and Ivory Beatrice (Wilson) McCray. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He is survived by his wife: Betty J. McCray; sons: Donald L. McCray, Jr., Darrel McCray; daughters: Donna J. McCray-Kidd (Charles), Belynda ...
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Velma Imogene Waggoner

March 29, 1935 - October 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home West, Wichita, KS.
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Maureen June Sweley

December 10, 1933 - October 15, 2016

Maureen June Sweley, was born on December 10, 1933 in Blackwell, Oklahoma to Ralph and Elizabeth Kling. She grew up attending Blackwell Public Schools graduating from Blackwell High School. Maureen lived in Blackwell and Wichita, KS and Lincoln, NE. She married Warren Sweley in 1976 in Wahoo, Nebraska. In 1978 they moved to Blackwell to make their home. They attended the United Methodist and...
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Randy Lee Edmiston

September 10, 1960 - October 13, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home West, Wichita, KS.
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Janet L. O'Brien

August 27, 1939 - October 6, 2016

Janet L. O'Brien, 77, former CNA for Home Health Care, passed away on October 6, 2016. She was born on August 27, 1939 in Ottawa, Kansas to Robert John Edward and Millie Myrtle (Van Norman) Loudenback. Preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Larry and Gene and a daughter, Laura Sue. Survivors: husband, Glenn of Wichita; sons: Warren L. Grover of Wichita, Lawrence Allen (Christine)...
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William E. Cunningham

December 13, 1949 - October 2, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home West, Wichita, KS.
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James G. Hodges

December 3, 1932 - October 2, 2016

James G. Hodges, 83, retired Boeing Engineer and Quality Control, passed away on October 2, 2016. He was born on December 3, 1932 in Bartlesville, OK to Merline L. and Cecile May (Maudlin) Hodges, Sr. James was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Tamara Joy. Survivors: wife, Dorothy; brother, Merlin Hodges, Jr.; sister, Ellen (Verlin) Larson; grandchildren: Jason (Rachelle)...
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Betty J. Ashenfelter

March 7, 1937 - October 1, 2016

Betty Joan Ashenfelter, 79, passed away October 1, 2016. Preceded in death by her husbands, Thayer Norman Richardson and Charles Wesley Ashenfelter, she is survived by her daughter, Janis (Keith) Martin of Wichita, KS and her grandsons, Malty Jared (Trista) Martin of Haysville, KS and Maclin (Brandi) Martin of Augusta, KS. No services
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Janet L. Hutchison

April 20, 1949 - September 29, 2016

Janet Louise Hutchison, age 67, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on the 29th day of September surrounded by her family in her home. Jan was born April 20, 1949 in Wichita, KS, the daughter of Joseph C. and Norma "Nanny" (Balding) Hutchison. Jan was a 23 year employee of the City of Haysville, where she retired on September 30,...
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Donald E. Hufford

October 29, 1929 - September 27, 2016

On September 27, 2016, Donald Earl Hufford, age 86, passed away at the home he shared with his daughter, Tara Hufford Walker, and his son-in-law, Mark Walker. Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Eva Lee "Evie" Nelson Hufford, who passed away in the same room (the bedroom they shared) in 2002. Don was also survived by his son, Scott Hufford, of Beverly MA, and his...
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