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Delbert Hurst

Delbert Hurst

On Saturday July 14, just hours before his 82nd birthday, Mr. Delbert Eugene Hurst, went to join his fellow truckers in that big convoy in the sky. Born July 15th, 1936 to Hurl and Lila Hurst in Powhattan, KS, he was the youngest of 3 children. After completing the 10th grade Delbert set out on what would become a grand life adventure taking him all over the country, be it trucking, dispatching, or smoozing corporate big wigs to win trucking contracts for his company Hurst, Inc.

Delbert could be described in many ways. To some he was the best friend anyone could have, to others a grandfather who was always excited to teach and share his knowledge, to his wife Alyce of the last 23 years a loyal and loving husband, to his community a friendly face and a wonderful neighbor, and to his customers a man of his word who would always go the extra mile to get the job done. His firm yet welcoming hand shake and warm smile was always there to greet you and no matter what was going on, he always had the time to lend his ear and share his wisdom when needed or lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Delbert enjoyed many things in life, though the open road was near the top of his list. He spent many hours behind the wheel of a Peterbilt, or as he would say “The greatest truck ever made” traveling all over this great country, his Harley Softtail, and even just driving around town in his pickup. In his later years he joined a group of men at the Corner Store for coffee and at the Senior Center to shoot pool. He was a whiz with his hands and was always tinkering away in his garage, where he kept things so clean you could eat off the engine of his truck.

Delbert was preceded in death by both his father Hurl and mother Lila, his brother Robert Hurst and sister Donna Reasoner. He is survived by his wife Alyce Hurst, married February 14, 1995 in Las Vegas, his children and step children, numerus grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

His memorial service will take place at the Minnis Mortuary Minneola, Kansas Friday, July 20th at 10 am. The family would like to ask that any donations be made to the Minneola Community Hospital in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865, as the care received at the hospital went above and beyond what was expected of them. The family thanks everyone who was a part of Delbert’s life and appreciate your love, prayers, and support. Condolences may be sent to



Elaine Thomas Mendenhall Lincoln

Elaine Thomas Mendenhall Lincoln

Elaine Thomas Mendenhall Lincoln, age 95, passed away in St. Petersburg, FL on 11-17-2017. She was preceded in death by her husbands Virgil Mendenhall (m. 1948 d. 1981), and Paul Lincoln, (m. 1986 d. 1994), brothers Charles Thomas and Thomas Gray.

Elaine is survived by her four children, Pamela (Rolland) Oselka, Terry Mendenhall, Donna Steele, Curtis (Veronica) Mendenhall; also her three brothers, Robert Gray, Walter Gray and Jack Gray, 11 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.

Elaine was born in Wichita Falls, TX, daughter of Frank Thomas and Nellie Thomas Gray. She spent much of her childhood in Ashland, KS, graduating from Ashland High School in 1938. She attended Park College in MO, Business College in Wichita, KS, and went back to school in her 40’s, graduating from University of South Florida with a degree in Business Administration.

Elaine married Virgil Mendenhall on February 19, 1943. They raised their children in Wichita, KS, moving to St. Petersburg, FL in 1959.

Elaine was employed by an electronic communications company and an engineering company while in Florida. She retired in 1981 and led an active life: traveling, volunteering, playing games and cards, water aerobics, and belonging to a book club. She enjoyed educational travel at 62 Elderhostels.

Elaine’s family held a Celebration of Life at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, in St. Petersburg 12/29/17. Elaine will be laid to rest with her family in Highland Cemetery, Ashland, KS on July 20, 2018,1:00 PM.

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Donald Keasling

Donald Dale (Don) Keasling passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, surrounded by his family.  Don was born in Protection, Kansas, on July 6, 1934,  to Dale and Irene (Barnes) Keasling. 

On July 6, 1954, Don married Marjorie Venso, and together they raised five children while living and working in Newton, Ashland, and finally Hutchinson, since 1968.

Don was preceded in death by:  his parents; twin sister, Donna; brother, James; eldest daughter, Donna Sue; and grandson, Jerod Christopher.

He is survived by:  his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Marjorie; their four children and their families; his eldest sister, Joyce Theander, Ashland and nephews Doug Graff and Larry Theander.  

Don was a loving husband, proud father and grandfather, doting great-grandfather, and friend to many.  He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew and loved him.

Memorial service were10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, at First Congregational Church, 3410 N. Plum, Hutchinson, with Pastor Matt Stafford officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Congregational Church or Hospice House, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS  67501. 

L.L. McInteer

L.L. “Mac” McInteer departed this earthy world on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, while doing one of the things he loved most, playing golf with buddies. 

He was born  on December 23, 1947 and raised in Minneola, Kansas.  He was a proud member and a valued part of the community.  He never knew a stranger.  Mac was a friend to all and a helper until his last day.  The world will miss his smile, his sense of humor (and somewhat awful jokes), and his unconditional love for his family and friends.  The people of Minneola will miss his wave and morning greeting on his daily walk around town.   

On February 8, 1969 he married Carolyn Gardner in Manhattan, Kansas. 

Survivors include  his wife, Carolyn, Minneola; his 2 daughters; Kelly Harrick and husband Scott, Overland Park and Kaela Morgan and husband Doug, Shawnee, Kansas;  6 grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah, Abbie, John, Matt and Molly. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Juanita (Young) McInteer and a brother, Dennis. 

A Red Solo Cup Celebration of Life will be held June 23, 2018 at 11:00 am at the New City Park on south Poplar Street in Minneola.  There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.  A private family graveside will be held. 

The family suggests memorials to Minneola Health Care Foundation, Dodge City CASA or Midwest Transplant Network in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to 

Jim D. Bennett

Jim D. Bennett, 76, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at his home in Minneola.

He was born November 29, 1941 on the family farm near Cheney, the son of Jay Deveraux and Naomi Marguarite (Krase) Bennett.  He was a graduate of Cheney Rural High School and later served in the Kansas Army National Guard in Kingman.  A Minneola resident since 2001, moving from Denver, he was a Customer Service Representative for Avaya, Southwestern Bell and AT&T until retiring in 2001. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Cheney and attended Crosswalk Christian Church in Minneola.  He was a member of the Men’s
Coffee Club in Minneola as well as the Dodge City Roundup and had Chaired the Liberal Pancake Race.

On September 13, 1970 he married Cheryl Myrick at the Golden Plains
Baptist Church near Moscow, Kansas. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Cheryl, Minneola; his son Jon and wife Heidi, Meade; his daughter, Christina Bennett, Aurora,
Colorado; a brother, Jerry Bennett, Clearwater, Kansas; a sister, Jan
Rogers and husband Kenn, Topeka; and 3 grandchildren, Dawson, Makayla
and Naia Bennett.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial services will be at 1:30 pm Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Crosswalk Christian Church in Minneola with Pastors Brad Kefauver,
Francis Kinyua and Dan Bartel officiating.  There will be no public Sviewing, cremation has taken place.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie in care of
Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.  Condolences may be sent to

Melba Swanson

Melba Lorene Swanson passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the age of 83 years 8 months and 8 days. She was born in rural Comanche County (west of Protection) Kansas on September 15, 1934. She was welcomed into the family of Harold and Helen (Eubank) Edmonston and older brother Donald Dean Edmonston. Later, Harold Myron, was born into the family. She attended a rural one room school until she started high school in Protection as freshman where she then graduated.

She met Kenneth L. Swanson on a blind date who always commented he knew by the end of the date he was going to marry her, but he waited until the third date to ask her. They eloped and were married on April 8,1954 in Raton, New Mexico. They began traveling right away courtesy of the United States Army. Their eldest was born in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. Their three girls were all born in the Ashland District Hospital. Children are: Monte Swanson of Topeka, Krista Smith (Eric) of Topeka, Melanie Swanson of Wichita, and Kerry Harris of Topeka. 

She was a devoted member of the Ashland United Methodist Church, including being a Sunday School teacher, Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Church Council. She volunteered as leader of several organizations for youth, including cub scouts, brownie scouts and 4-H. She was “mom” to many kids growing up, as well as a devoted wife, caregiver, and friend. She had a talent for welcoming everyone. 

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Harold and Helen Edmonston, numerous aunts and uncles, her daughter-in-law (Patricia) and her for former son-in-law, Brian Harris. 

She is survived by her devoted husband and their four children, three grandchildren, Eric Brandon Smith (Tara), Elizabeth “Liz” Smith Kinate (Nathan “Nate”), and Lauren Harris and her two great grandchildren, Hudson Kinate and Ryder Smith. She is also survived by her two brothers and their families. 

Funeral services: 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Ashland United Methodist Church P.O. Box 686 Ashland, KS 67831 or Ashland Community Foundation P.O. Box 276 Ashland KS 67831.

Arrangement made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolence can be made at


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