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Steve E Stephens

Steve E Stephens

Famer/Rancher Steve John E. Stephens passed away Monday, February 11, 2019, in Coldwater at the age of 68. Funeral services will be held Thursday February 14, 2019 at 10:00AM  at the Presbyterian Church of Ashland, Kansas, with interment following services in the Highland Cemetery just east of Ashland.Full obituary will follow next weeks. Under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service 820 Main Ashland, KS.

Walter Joseph Krier

Walter Joseph Krier

Walter Joseph Krier was born in Olpe, Kansas the son of Lawrence and Josephine Fladung Krier on July 25, 1944, and departed this life on January 11, 2019, at Peace Valley, Missouri.

After high school graduation at Englewood, Kansas Walter served his country during a time directly following the Korean Conflict. He then attended Panhandle State University in Oklahoma where he earned a rodeo scholarship to McNeese University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Walter earned his degree in veterinarian medicine, then spent several years with Swift Packing Company in Fort Worth, Texas later becoming employed by American Cyanamid Pharmaceutical Company.  After his retirement he worked as a cattle representative for Superior Livestock Auction while enjoying his interests in cooking and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Lexie Krier of the family home and four children:  Brian Krier and wife DeeAnna, Kevin Krier, Melissa Bell and husband Stan, Kim Jenkins and husband Brian, the mother of his children and a multitude of grandchildren nieces and nephews, two brothers Jerry Krier and wife Patty, and Gilbert Krier of Ashland, Kansas.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and four of his brothers Robert, Harold, Charlie and Larry Krier.


Helen M Anderson

Helen M Anderson

Helen M. Anderson, 89, of Amarillo died Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Helen was born in Ashland, Kan., on March 9, 1929, to Virgil and Nellie Howell.  She graduated from Ashland High School in 1947.  Helen attended Kansas State University, joined Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and received a B.S. in Home Economics in 1951.

Helen married Don Anderson on April 7, 1950, in Ashland, Kan.  With Don, she learned to play golf and enjoyed traveling.  They raised three children and enjoyed spending time with and watching their grandchildren grow.

She was a member of the Methodist church, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Panhandle Geological Society Women’s Auxiliary, Geologist Wives Bridge Club, Amarillo Art Center Docents, Antique Club, and a couple’s cooking club.

Survivors include daughter, Chris Jones and husband, Bennett, of Ft. Worth; son, Greg Anderson and wife, Connie, of Dallas; daughter Kim McCarty and husband, Steve, of Amarillo; granddaughters Taylor Jones of Austin  and Merrill Jones of Ft. Worth; grandson Nick Sandlin and wife, Alex, of Austin; a brother Vern Howell of Ashland, Kan.; a sister-in-law Olga Howell of Mesa, Ariz.; and numerous other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Don; her sister, Doris Patterson; and her brother, Don Howell.

George Richard Reed, Jr

George Richard Reed, Jr.

Graveside services for George Richard Reed, Jr, 86, of Diana will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, November 16, 2018 at Walnut Creek Cemetery, with Pastor Guy McGraw officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home in Diana. He passed away on November 12, 2018 in a Longview hospital.

George was born December 8, 1931 in Ashland, Kansas to George Richard Reed, Sr. and Mary May Finley Reed. He served in the U.S Navy during the Korean War and later retired from Letourneau where he worked as a welder. He married Bertha Ann Henry on November 23, 1957 at Forest Home Baptist Church in Kilgore, Texas.  She preceded him in death on October 27, 2014.

George is survived by sons: Curtis and Watson Reed, daughter and son-in-law: Lisa and Dave Hiles, 3 grandchildren: Joshua Reed, Cory Hiles and Chase Hiles, brother: Frank Reed, sisters: Helen Freer and Cherry Love and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son George Reed, III and sister Louise Burlingham.

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Karla Jean Worf

Karla Jean Worf

Karla Jean Worf passed away peacefully in her Ashland home on November 4th at the age of 63 surrounded by her family.

Karla was born on April 6th, 1955 in Ashland, Kansas

She leaves behindby her husband Jeff Worf of 28 years, and her son Kaine King and his wife Rhonda, Two step-sons Zach & Adam Worf, sister Kris and her husband Larry, Nieces Stephine and Lindsey, Nephews Allen, Nathan, Tanis, Buck, Bear and Jack. Granddaughter Paige Evans, Great Grandchildren Bentley and Berklee and many many friends.

Karla is preceded in death by her Mother & Father Teckla & Alfred Breit, Sister Karen Shaw, and Brother Artie Breit.

A graveside service is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13that 10:00 A.M. at Ashland Highland Cemetery, the family will receive friends at the Christian church directly after the service.

Memorials can be sent to Hospice of the Prairie 200 Fourth Circle, Dodge City, KS 67801.

The family would like to thankHospice of the prairie for their care and dedication.

Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home. Read obit and make condolences at

Wanda (Hillman) Smith

Wanda (Hillman) Smith

It is with broken hearts of the family of Wanda (Hillman) Smith announces her passing on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Minneola Hospital, Minneola, Kansas at the age of 84 years. Wanda was born on May 16, 1934 in Boise City, Oklahoma to Martin and Norma (Peggy) Hillman. During her childhood years Wanda lost her father to cancer. As a young girl Wanda spent time living with her grandmother while Peggy worked in the airplane factory in Wichita, Kansas. Peggy remarried to Ferdinand Frank he became Wanda’s daddy. To this union Wanda gain three brother and two sisters which later she helped raise all her sibling while both Ferd and Peggy worked. Wanda graduated from Fowler High School in Fowler, Kansas in 1952 then later attended Business College in Denver, Colorado. On April 14, 1958 Wanda met Bernard W. Smith at a cafe in Meade, Kansas where she worked. On July 3, 1958 Wanda and Bernard were married to this union 3 children were born Bernadine, Bernnie, and June. Bernard and Wanda raised their children on the family ranch north of Gate, Oklahoma. Wanda was very active in raising bucket calves, growing a large garden, putting up hay, and she thoroughly enjoyed calving heifers. As her children progressed in school Wanda became a bus driver for the Gate School District. Wanda enjoyed becoming the activity bus driver and keeper for the Gate Pirates. In life Wanda enjoyed the company of her nine grandchildren and later in life her 9 great grandchildren. Wanda was preceded in death by her father, Martin Hillman; mother, Norma (Peggy) Hillman Frank; daddy, Ferdinand Frank; sister, Mary Louise Frank; granddaughter, Daisy Smith. Wanda is survived by her husband, Bernard W Smith of 60 years of Gate, Oklahoma; children, Bernadine Harris and husband John of Rosston, Oklahoma, Bernnie Smith and wife Dixie of Gate, Oklahoma, June Smith of Gate, Oklahoma; Grandchildren, Jake Harris and Fiancé’ Brittany Ratliff, Sierra Master and husband Randy, Trevor Harris and fiancé’ Ashlyn Long, Levi Smith, Ashley Dixon and husband Jimmy, Blake Smith and wife Ashley, Melissa Wanger and husband Kirby, Barbara Hunter and husband Zach; great grandchildren, Zak, Jaisley, Kyzen Masters, Codie and Corie Dixon, Hazel and Logan Smith, Luke and Lane Wanger; sister, Marge Blattners and husband Harv of Grove, Oklahoma; brother, Jim Frank and wife Lucia of Hennessy, Oklahoma, Tom Frank and wife Nacy of Lake Elsinore, California, Wally Frank and wife Kelly of Norman, Oklahoma, numerous extended family members and friends.

Funeral Service were held Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Gate Friends Church, Gate Oklahoma. Interment was held at the Englewood Cemetery, Englewood, Kansas.

Under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Service Ashland, Kansas – Buffalo, Oklahoma. Send your condolences to the family at


Lillie “Ellen” (Crane) McPhail

Lillie “Ellen” (Crane) McPhail was born on March 6th, 1923 in Lexington, KS at her parents home, to John Virgil and Jennie Mae (Valentine) Crane. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1941. She was introduced to Marven McPhail, at a barn dance in Sitka, KS. Shortly after falling in love they were married on October 04, 1941. Marven and Ellen lived in Clark County for most of their married life until moving to Fort Dodge in 2001. After Marven’s death, September 14th, 2010, Ellen moved to Spearville, KS to live with Deana. Ellen came back to Clark County to live in the Ashland Health Center Senior Living Unit in 2014. Ellen enjoyed doing for others; whether it be cooking, sewing or taking care of the animals. Ellen was famous for her Halloween Trick-or-Treat Donuts – it was always a mad dash; not only for her grandkids but every other kid in town to get their hands on one of Ellen’s homemade donuts. Ellen was a member of the VFW Axillary, D.A.R (Daughters of the American Revolution), Extension Club and 4-H parent. Ellen was an avid gardener (her peonies were sought after during the Memorial Holiday). Marvin and her loved to do arts and crafts; often going to craft shows and making personal gifts for her children and grandchildren. Ellen lived for the outdoors, animals and her family.

Ellen passed away peacefully at Ashland Senior Living on 10/23/2018 in Ashland, Kansas at the age of 95.

Ellen is survived by her seven children: Ann McMurphy of Liberal, KS; V.C. McPhail (Sharon) of Cimmaron, KS; David McPhail (Marlyn) of Buffalo, OK; Bruce McPhail (Robin) of Ashland, KS; Keith McPhail (Dedra) of Protection, KS; Deana Leterle (Kenneth “Friday”) of Spearville, KS, Janna Thornton (Richard) of Dodge City, KS; One son-in-law, Tom Betschart (Susan) of Ashland, KS; one sister, Irene Unruh of Garden City, KS; twenty-three Grandchildren and forty-four Great-grandchildren and four Great-great grandchildren.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Jennie Mae, husband, Marven, daughter, Virginia Betschart, sister Eula Mae Crane, and brother, Guy Crane.

Service is at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at First Christian Church in Ashland, KS. Pastor Kevin Foster presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ashland VFW Auxiliary (P.O. BOX 303 – Ashland, KS 67831) or the Ashland Health Center Activity Fund (P.O. BOX 188 – Ashland, KS 67831). The family would like to thank all of the staff at Ashland Senior Living for being her companion and caretaker in the last years of her life.

Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home, 420 Main, Ashland, KS 67831. Read obits and offer condolences at

Willian Max (Mac) McCormae

William Max (Mac) McCormae

William Max (Mac) McCormae entered this life on Oct. 11, 1993, in Ashland, Kan. He departed this world on Oct. 13, 2018 in Peublo, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Dee; and his adult children, Mick (Jean) and Tracey. As well as numerous other beloved family and friends. He served in the Army for two years where he was stationed in Germany and five years in the Army Resserve. He worked 30-plus years at CF&I. He worked as a handyman many years following his retirement until his health prevented it. His final wish was for cremation. His life will be celebrated at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. The celebration will be held at The American Legion Hall Post 203, 2420 Santa Fe Dr., Pueblo, Colo. Please join us and share your stories of his life. In lieu of flowers of food, please donate to Sangre do Cristo Hospice House or the charity of your choice.

Loretta (Tedford) Dewerff

Loretta (Tedford) Dewerff

Loretta (Tedford) DeWerff, 87, passed away at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend, KS on October 18, 2018. Cremation will take place and a Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date.

Virginia F Abbott

Virginia F Abbott

Virginia F. Abbott, a resident of rural Agra, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, KS at the age of 82. She was born June 24, 1936 in Ashland, KS to Roy and Ruth (Wright) Fox.

She married Myron Abbott on July 29, 1961 in Ashland, KS. From this marriage, they had one son, Travis.

Virginia was very proud of attending Emporia Teachers college where she earned her teaching certificate. She taught math in Phillipsburg, KS where she met Myron. They moved briefly to Benkleman, NE before settling back to the Abbott family farm where she spent the rest of her life. She enjoyed being a mother and homemaker but was not just a farmer’s wife. She loved getting out and driving the tractor as well as checking the cows and horses. She also got pleasure from being able to babysit her grandchildren and attend their activities.

Survivors include her son, Travis, and wife Anne (Berland) of Kensington. Her grandson, Justin and Wife Amy, of Kensington and granddaughter, Hailey of Hays. She has one great-grandson Adam also of Kensington.

She was preceded in death by her husband Myron, parents, and siblings Verona Trease, Gene Fox, and Claudette Hensley.

Gary L Aldridge

Gary L Aldridge

Gary L. Aldridge, 73, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City.  He was born on September 12, 1944 at Wichita the son of William Newton & Dorothy Lee (Robertson) Aldridge.  He married C. Jane Hannagan on December 27, 1966 at Manhattan.

Gary moved with his family to Ashland when he was 5 years old and graduated from Ashland High School in 1962.  He then served in the United States Navy.  After his discharge he enrolled at Kansas State University and received his Bachelor’s in Animal Science and Business Finance.  He worked in Garden City, Colorado and Emporia as a Agriculture Loan Officer.  In 1981 he moved back to Ashland to farm.  In 1998 he moved to Lakin to become Branch Manager of Fidelity State Bank.  Later he was Branch Manager of Western State Bank and Plains State Bank in Lakin.  He enjoyed building and collecting toy trucks.

He is survived by his Wife- C. Jane Aldridge of the Home, Brother- Richard Aldridge of Corpus Christi, Texas and Sister- Sue Berryman of Cascade, Colorado.

Celebration of Life Reception will be held form 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, September 29 at the Ashland Senior Center.

Graveside service will be at 1:30 PM on Saturday, September 29 at Highland Cemetery in Ashland with Randy Fisher officiating.  Military rites will be by the United States Navy Honor Guard.  Memorials are suggested to Lakin Pride Committee in care of Garnand Funeral Home.   Condolences may be posted at



Nathan “Nate” Robert Pike

Nathan “Nate” Robert Pike, 85, died Thursday September 20, 2018 at the Minneola District Hospital. He was born to Cecil Eugene and Lula Belle (Dorsey) Pike on May 22, 1933. Nathan was born in the home of his grandparents in the Lexington Community, Clark County, Kansas on land homesteaded by Grandfather Nathan Eugene Pike and Nancy Jane Lamb Pike (across road from Mount Jesus) in 1885.   Nathan’s grandfather grew the first wheat in Clark County.

Nathan “Nate” grew up in the Lexington Township, Clark County and attended his first 2 ½ years of education in North Star Country School in the Lexington Community. He moved with his parents, sister Joan, and brother Cecil Dean to the Minneola community in November 1941 when they purchased the Pike Ranch. They all attended the Minneola Public Schools.

Nathan and Beverly Young were united in marriage on December 15, 1950 and have made their home on the Pike Ranch since 1954. To this union were born 3 sons, Kris Leon (died in infancy), Brad Eugene, and Byron Lee.

Nathan pastured cattle in several surrounding states, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico, and bought and sold cattle in all these areas. He has many friends in the business and kept in contact with a good many through the years. He did business with mostly a handshake – which was customary back years ago – not so much today. His word and honesty was a trait many respected. In later years, Nathan supported the livestock organizations, KCA and R/Calf USA. After his health deteriorated he had to turn the business over to the sons Brad and Byron, but continued to be involved in business decisions.

Nathan was preceded in death by parents Cecil and Lula Belle Dorsey Pike, brother Cecil Pike, sister Joan Parnell, and infant son Kris. He is survived by devoted wife and partner of 67 years Beverly, son Brad (Sandra), son Byron (Melissa), grandchildren Heather Grigsby (Brandon), Missi Ryherd (Jerrod), and Jamie Pike, and 5 great grandchildren – Reese, Britton, and Kashlee Grigsby and Cole and Brooks Ryherd.

Memorial service was at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Minneola United Methodist Church with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. There will be a private family burial of the cremated remains. There was no public visitation. Cremation had taken place.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Minneola District Hospital in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to

Claudette Hensley

Claudette Hensley

Claudette Ruth (Fox) Hensley was born November 2, 1933 in Ashland, Kansas to Roy Lee and Ruth (Wright) Fox. Claudette left this earthly life on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Ashland Health Center with her family by her bedside. Claudette lived in the Lexington community until the death of her father Roy in 1938. The family then moved to Ashland, KS. She attended school in Ashland and graduated with the Class of 1951. She was employed as a telephone operator until her marriage to Thomas Edward Hensley on January 24, 1955. To this union they were blessed with four children, Russell, Melanie, Cindy and Karen. After raising her children, Claudette, alongside her husband owned and operated the BlueJay Drive In and later Plantland Floral Shop and Greenhouse in Ashland. Later moving to Fritch TX opening a floral shop “Flowers and Such”. After several years they returning to Ashland to retire. Claudette enjoyed sharing her wonderful talent of cooking and baking, tending to her flowers and gardens, spending time with her family, learning to use the computer and taking care of her beloved pets. Claudette is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Tom, siblings, Gene Fox, and Verona (Fox) Trease.

Her survivors include children, Russell Hensley and wife Liz, Melanie Hink and husband Bill all of Ashland, KS, Cindy Hensley and friend Lee Peltier of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, Karen Lusk and husband Danny Ray of Borger, TX, sister, Virginia Abbott of Agra, KS. Grandchildren, Dusty Hink and wife Jenny, Max Lusk, Kirstie Rudzik and husband Randy, Chase Gean and Nicole Brown, Blaze Gean and April Sawyers. Great grandchildren, Gus, Ryatt, Rebel, Pate, Jace, Jaden, Kyle, Luke, and Milee.

Services were held at The First Christian Church 507 Highland Street, Ashland, KS on September 1st, 2018 at 1:30 pm, with burial taking place at The Highland and St. Joseph Cemetery in Ashland. Claudette being a breast cancer survivor the family request memorials to WEPAC Alliance PO Box 949, Ashland, KS 67831.


Hattie Emma Smith

Hattie Emma Smith

Hattie Emma Smith, 85, died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at her home in Minneola, Kansas.

She was born January 1, 1933 in Blackgum, Oklahoma the daughter of George and Ethel (Jones) Garrett. She attended school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and on April 19, 1952 she married Timothy E. Smith. In 1989 her and her husband Tim, moved to Minneola from Wewoka, Oklahoma where the owned and operated Tim’s Diner.

Hattie was a member of the Minneola United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed reading.

Survivors include: her son, Timothy Smith and wife Angie, Midland, Texas; 2 daughters, Sherry Bryant and husband Ron, Mason, Ohio, and Janet Smith, Minneola; 3 brothers, Grand Somner and wife Judy, Altus, Oklahoma, Gail Somner, Tuscson, Arizona, and Henry Garrett, Tennessee; a sister, Wilma Bash, Bixby, Oklahoma; 8 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Tim on November 27, 2009, sister, Arlene Bash, and brother, George Garrett.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 am Friday, August 17, 2018 at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola with Rev. Kip Ryherd officiating. Burial followed in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.

The family suggest memorials to Minneola United Methodist Church or American Red Cross both in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to


Dolores “Dodo” N Giles

Dolores “Dodo” N. Giles, 95, died Sunday, August 20, 2018 at Manor of the Plains, Dodge City.

She was born February 7, 1923 in Wright, Kansas the daughter of Roger and Minnie (Wortman) Norris. She was a graduate of Spearville High School and attended Salt City Business College in Hutchinson. She owned and operated a multigenerational ranch.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, and the Daughters of Isabella, both in Spearville. She was a life member of the Kansas Livestock Association.

On February 22, 1943 she married Norman Lee Giles in Wright, Kansas. He preceded her death on December 20, 2010.

Survivors include: daughter, Trudy Giard, Ashland; son, Roger Giles and wife Cathy, Bucklin, daughter, Audry Gates and husband Ralph, Hockley, Texas; daughter, Jody Peintner and husband Gary, Holyoke, Colorado; daughter, Lorie Horacek and husband Jon, Offerle; son, Kelly Giles, Canyon, Texas; and daughter, Julie Cox and husband Mike, Arlington, Texas.

She was also preceded in death by, parents, infant daughter, Jodie Marie, 1 brother and 3 sisters.

Vigil service will be Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Spearville. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church north of Bellefont with Fr. John Forkuoh, Fr. John Strasser, and Fr. Prakash Rao Kola presiding. The casket will remain closed, there will be no public visitation. Private burial will take place.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Ashland Community Foundation, St. Mary’s Heritage, or Windthorst Heritage, Inc. all in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 516, Bucklin, Kansas 67834. Condolences may be sent to

Myrna L Behm

Myrna L. Behm

Myrna L. Behm, 82, died Monday, July 30, 2018 at Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville, Arkansas.

She was born December 8, 1935 at Wilmore, Kansas, the daughter of Alwyn Franklin and Audrey Elizabeth (McIntyre) Hall. She was a graduate of Minneola High School. After high school, Myrna worked for TWA in Kansas City as a teletype operator then did office work and sales for CertainTeed Co. in Kansas City. She lived in Arlington, Texas for a few years and worked as a secretary and then moved to Bella Vista where she has lived for the past 17 years. She enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include: her daughter, Pamela Peck, Austin, Texas; her brother, Elston Hall and wife Sandra, Colleyville, Texas; a nephew, Kurt Hall and wife Lisa, Richmond, Virginia; 2 great nephews, Zachary and Bryce Hall and a great niece, Taylor Hall.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 am Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, with Pastor Francis Kinyua officiating. There was no public viewing, cremation has taken place.

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

Rita M Hoffman

Rita M Hoffman

Rita M. Hoffman, 98, passed away July 16, 2018 at Minneola Community Hospital in Minneola, Kansas. She was born September 15, 1919 in Fowler, Kansas, the daughter of Fred J. & Sophia (Wortman) Heinz.

Rita attended Fowler schools with her elementary education received in a country school south of Fowler and she graduated from Fowler High School. She then attended beauty college in Omaha, Nebraska receiving her beautician license which she kept active until age 92.

She married Vernon Hoffman on January 31, 1942. He preceded her in death on August 31, 1976. They had 5 children.

Upon moving back to Fowler she worked as a beautician until the age of 86.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Fowler.

She is survived by her 5 children: Carol Snodgrass, Dodge City, Kansas; Phyllis (Larry) Elliott, Kilgore, Texas; Don (Julie) Hoffman, Kilgore, Texas; Jim (Kim) Hoffman, Stafford, Kansas; and Gary (Sonya) Hoffman, Kilgore, Texas. She had 6 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. One sister, Mary Jane Edwards, Orange City, FL survives.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Melva Dewell and Evelyn Beckerman, 1 brother, John Heinz and son-in-law, Dean Snodgrass.

A rosary was said at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 9:00 am. Funeral followed at 10:00 am with Father Ted Skalsky presiding. Burial followed the service in the Fowler Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Building Fund in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865. Condolences may be sent to

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

Linda Charlene Call

Linda Charlene Call

Linda Charlene Call, 67, of Englewood, Kansas passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at her home in Dodge City, Kansas. She was born on August 25, 1951 to Ruby “Jean” Tanner and Arthur Vincent Call in Boise City, Oklahoma. Linda served as a homemaker for the majority of her life and also worked and lived at Arrowhead West in Dodge City for a number of years, where she made many friends. Linda was preceded in death by her mother Jean Wright, and her step-father Vic Wright.

Graveside services were held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Englewood Cemetery in Englewood, Kansas with Jerry Ediger presiding.

Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home of Ashland, Kansas. Read obit and offer condolences

Memorials may be sent to the Englewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home at PO Box 167

Ashland, KS 67831.