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Nancy (Nan) Patricia Wallingford Closson

Nancy (Nan) Patricia Wallingford Closson

On Friday morning, October 18, 2019, Nancy (Nan) Patricia Wallingford Closson passed peacefully but with triumph, into her savior’s presence and her husband’s loving arms.

Nan was born February 11, 1920 to Charles A. and Ruth N. Keller Wallingford at the Wallingford home in Ashland, Kan.  Tragically, Ruth died two days after Nancy’s birth due to complications from influenza and spinal meningitis. Two years later, Charles married Mabel Z. Finfrock, the nurse who cared for Ruth during her pregnancy. Mable became a wonderful mother to Nan, her older sisters Mary and Betty, and the older adopted siblings, Joseph and Mildred Wallingford.

Nan graduated from high school in Ashland and attended Kansas Teachers College in Emporia.  After college she worked for a few years in Wichita.  On Dec. 27, 1941 Nan married Merle W. Closson at the Wallingford home in Ashland. Their first years together were spent in St. Louis where their son Spencer was born.  Following Merle’s service in the Navy, they returned to Ashland where son Dan was born.

In Ashland, Nan assisted Merle in operating the Wallingford Grain Elevator Company.  A devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, she served as Sunday school superintendent for several years. Nan started Ashland’s first preschool kindergarten, Nan’s Nursery, in her home. She taught for two years, then helped establish kindergarten in the school system. Nan was an active member of PEO, Chapter BA, which her mother Ruth helped organize in 1918. (Nan later joined Chapter DJ in Wichita.)  Nan was also a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother, member of the VFW Auxiliary, and a member of the Logan-Whitley Chapter of the DAR in Kentucky.

Nan spent leisure time cooking, painting, writing announcements and diplomas in her own special style of script, and providing decorations for meetings and gatherings. Nan loved art, the brilliant colors of a rainbow and red roses. A self-taught musician, she enjoyed playing her marimba for special occasions.  Nan endeared herself to those around her by speaking to everyone she encountered and encouraging others in times of need.

In 2000, a few years after Merle’s passing, Nan moved to Wichita.  She became active in a bible study group and made several friends in her condo community. The last two years were spent living with Dan, Shelley and their two miniature dachshunds!

Nan is preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings. Nan is survived by sons, Spence (Lynda) and Dan (Shelley); grandchildren Skip (Kristin)  and Fred (Bethany); great-grandchildren Spencer and Avery; nieces and nephews, Lani Hammond, Kerom Hammond, Lynette (Tom) Cablk, Maryanna (Micah) Barcus, Aaden Barcus, David (Miranda) Cablk and Millicent Hunt Wesley; step-grandchildren Tiffany (Donovan) McGlory  and Erin (David) Clark; step-great-grandchildren Devin and Trevor Davis, Cameron Jackson, and Caleah and Calvin Hollinger.

Services were held on October 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland.  Memorials to PEO, Chapter BA, Box 345, Plains, KS 67869. with arrangements entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home, Andover, KS and online guest book may be signed at

Phyllis Hope “Peggy” (Grimes) Wilson

Phyllis Hope “Peggy” (Grimes) Wilson

Phyllis Hope “Peggy” (Grimes) Wilson, 97, died Sept. 26, 2019, at Pioneer Manor nursing home in Hugoton, Kan.

She was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Ashland, Kan., to William Bryan and Hope Vaudith (McCasland) Grimes, and was raised in Ashland with her brothers, Robert B. Grimes and William M. Grimes. She attended college for a year in Emporia, Kan. She married Jerome “Jerry” Wilson on April 26, 1942. She resided in Ashland until 2012, when she moved to Ulysses, Kan., to be near family. She lived at Pioneer Manor for two years before her passing.

She worked for attorneys F.N. “Rusty” Cossman, Willis Shattuck and Sarah “Sally” Shattuck, and for Raymond and Leta Broadie at the sale barn in Ashland. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church where she held many offices and sang in the choir. She learned to play bridge as a child and was an ardent player throughout her life. She was a world traveler, visiting China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South America and many other places.

She is survived by her nieces Cynthia (Grimes) Siebert and Kimberly Grimes; nephews Charles R. Grimes, Roger I. Grimes, William G. Grimes and Greg Grimes; great-nieces Prudence Siebert and Kendra (Siebert) Bishop; great-nephews Todd Grimes, Troy Grimes and Jason Perez; as well as several great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, nieces Jamie Lynne Grimes and Michelle Grimes, and great-nephew Toby Grimes.

Memorials can be made in Peggy Wilson’s name to Pioneer Manor, 1711 S. Main St., Hugoton, KS 67951.

A graveside service is at 2 p.m. Oct. 26, 2019, at Highland Cemetery in Ashland, Kan.

Arrangements were made by the Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, Kan. Condolences can be made to the family at

Helen Mae Gardiner Arnold

Helen Mae Gardiner Arnold

Helen Mae Gardiner Arnold was born April 10, 1933 in Ashland, KS the second of two children to Ralph and Muriel Gardiner. She passed from this Earth on October 24, 2019 at the age of 86 yrs, 6 mo and 14 days.

After graduating from Ashland High School, she attended Kansas State for two years before returning to Ashland. She and Philip Arnold were married on November 27, 1953, a union that lasted 37 years and was blessed with four children.

She was always there to tie a shoe, wipe a nose, sew a Scout patch, give a haircut or do whatever was needed. She supported her kids in all their many activities. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren while downplaying her own significant contributions to their accomplishments and successes.

Growing up on her parents’ family farm and ranch, she learned early and well the value of hard work and perseverance. She never forgot those lessons and always worked to instill those qualities in her children.

She had a life-long love of animals and especially inherited her love of horses from her father, Ralph. In addition to breeding many champion Paint and Quarter Horses, she raised cattle, Welsh corgis, llamas, burros, guinea hens, cats and goats. Never one to sit and watch, she preferred to be riding and working outside. When there was cattle work to do, she would often go horseback all morning before returning to the house to fix lunch for the crew.

Raising four kids, keeping house, breeding mares, and attending uncounted school activities, games, and concerts, she was always busy. But she found time to maintain lifelong friendships, play championship golf and develop her artistic crafts. She was an active member of many organizations including the American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, United Presbyterian Women, Ashland United Methodist Church, and Clark County Soil Conservation Board. She gave of her time to mow and maintain the church grounds, teach 4-H youth programs, and serve on volunteer governing boards.

Helen was a talented artist who learned custom leather tooling and saddle restoration. In her later years she became an expert scroll saw artist and spent many happy hours in her woodshop sawing away. She said it was something she never got tired of.

A series of injuries left her with bad knees and arthritic joints. She never let it stop her and continued caring for her animals and doing her many projects long past when others would have retired to the easy chair. Her declining health robbed her of much, but her enduring spirit still came through even at the last.

Helen was a complex, multi-talented person. Strong, hard-working, fiercely independent, and stubborn, she was also a loving mother, loyal to her many friends, and generous with her time. She treasured time with visiting grandchildren and was always ready to fire up the four-wheeler or saddle a horse.

Preceded in death by parents Ralph and Muriel Gardiner, brother Henry Gardiner and granddaughter Jessica; she is survived by children James (Cecilia), Jerry (Judy), Vicki (Carter) Mathews, and David; grandchildren Erin (Vince) Accurso, Trey (Christina) Mathews, Matt (Teika), Reid Mathews, Alex and Eric; great-grandchildren Francesca Accurso and Ashlyn Mathews; extended family and many close friends.

Helen will be missed by us all. But she will live on in her family and will be remembered whenever colts are born and the grass greens up in the spring.

The family suggests memorials to the Ashland Health Center Senior Living P.O. Box 188 Ashland, KS 67831.

Memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Ashland, Kansas on November 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM the inurnment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas.

Arrangements were made by the Ashland Funeral Home. Condolence can be made to the family at

Gary “Frank” Kofford

Gary “Frank” Kofford

Gary “Frank” Kofford, 73, died Thursday, December 12, 2019 at his home in Minneola.

He was born August 26, 1946 at Dodge City, the son of Leo and June (Simmons) Kofford.  He was a lifetime area resident and was an equipment operator for the Clark County Highway Department, retiring August 26, 2006.  He loved running equipment and fishing.

On July 4, 1969 he married Gayla Kay Weddle at Minneola.  She preceded him in death on June 25, 2016.

Survivors include: 2 sons, Steven, Minneola and Bryan, Goodland; 2 brothers, Jerry Kofford and wife Mary Ann, Tyler Town, Mississippi and Dale Kofford, Dodge City; and a sister, Sue Kofford, Bloom.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Linda Kofford and a brother, Steven Kofford.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 am Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Appleton Township Cemetery, south of Minneola, with Brad Kefauver officiating. There will be no public viewing cremation, has taken place.

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

Willis Gene O’Bleness

Willis Gene O’Bleness

Willis Gene O’Bleness was born to George Vernon O’Bleness and Bertha Mae (Blakeley) O’Bleness on April 24, 1944 in Springdale, Arkansas. He finished high school in Ashland, Kansas in 1962. Willis entered the Army on February 16th, 1965 as a sharpshooter and was discharged in 1966 due to health issues.

In 1968, Willis met the love of his life, Bonnie Kidd on a blind date that lasted until almost 6:00 AM the next morning almost causing Bonnie to be late to her waitressing job at the 160 Café. Willis arrived at the café at the end of her shift to invited Bonnie to go to watch a ballgame. She simply replied, “I have a notation not to talk to you again.” She did end up going out with Willis again that night. This young couple was married on June 19, 1968 which was only the beginning of 51 ½ years of together. Not having any children of their own, they greatly enjoyed having Mandy Barnes a 12-year-old little girl come to live with them until she finished high school.

Willis worked for many local farmers and rancher throughout his life.  He also traveled a lot working for the telephone construction company. For 6 ½ years, he worked at Stoppel Dirt Inc. in Sublette, KS as a dirt scraper.

He enjoyed watching John Wayne westerns, military/ action movies, and sports on TV but preferred to attend the games. Willis enjoyed visiting with others and playing cards such as canasta and pitch. He had many hobbies such as woodworking, woodburning, gardening, and loved to make wall hangings with religious themes for the staff to hang in the offices.

Willis went to be with the Lord on November 23, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents and bother George Vernon.

He was survived by his wife Bonnie and cousins Russ Hensley and Melanie Hink.

Memorials can be made in Willis’s honor to the First Christian Church 507 North Highland, Ashland, KS 67831.

Funeral service was held at the Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the First Christian Church in Ashland, KS, followed by the interment at the Highland Cemetery.

Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolences can be made to the family at

Joyce Eloise Keasling

Joyce Eloise Keasling

Joyce Eloise Keasling was born June 19, 1932, to Dale and Irene Keasling in Protection, Kansas.  Joyce attended grade school in Protection, Kansas; she graduated from high school in Ashland, Kansas, in 1951.  Joyce and Richard were married on August 16, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Ashland, Kansas.  Joyce and Richard were blessed with five children:  Helen, Connie, Richard, Linda, and Larry.  Joyce was a devoted wife, loving mother, and a friend to everyone she met.  Joyce enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidering, and anything craft related, especially if it was for her grandchildren.  Joyce also enjoyed bird watching, her favorite bird being the red cardinal.  Being a farmer and rancher’s wife she was good at making old things new again.  For many years she cooked not only for her family but also for the hired hands at Shaw’s Feedyard.  She also helped at the First Christian Church in Ashland, Kansas, and she worked at the Ashland High School cafeteria when needed.  Joyce was preceded in death by the following loved ones:  Richard, her husband of 66 years; her parents Dale and Irene Keasling; her infant daughter Helen Irene; her sister Donna Graff; and brothers Donald Keasling and James Keasling.  Joyce went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 13, 2019, at Wheatlands Health Care Center in Kingman, Kansas.  Joyce is survived by:  sons Richard (Jeannee) Theander of Richmond, Texas, and Larry (Shelly) Theander of Ashland, Kansas; daughters Connie (John) Scammey of Independence, Kansas, and Linda (Keith) Dreiling of Topeka, Kansas; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other family; and friends.  The family suggests memorials to Rivercross Hospice, 251 South Whittier, Wichita, KS 67207, and Wheatlands Health Care Center, 750 West Washington, Kingman, KS 67068.

Funeral service will be held Thursday December 19, 2019 Kingman Christian Church, Kingman, Kansas, with burial to follow at 3:00PM at the Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas, with Pastor Kelly D. Jayne officiating, under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service Ashland, Kansas.

Richard Hans Theander

Richard Hans Theander

Richard Hans Theander was born on July 4, 1934 to William and Mary Helen Theander at Matfield Green, Kansas.  Richard attended High School in Ashland, Kansas, and continued his education at the Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas.  Richard married Joyce Eloise Keasling on August 16, 1953 in Ashland, Kansas at the Methodist Church.  Richard and Joyce were blessed with 5 children, Helen, Connie, Richard, Linda, and Larry.  Richard was a Farmer/Rancher which he loved, time on the tractor was his therapy.  Richard was foreman for Shaw Feedlot in Ashland, Kansas. Richard’s hobby was to go fishing.  Richard was a devoted husband to his wife Joyce.  Richard was a member and elder of the First Christian Church in Ashland, Kansas.  Richard was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen Theander; brother, Raymond Theander; infant daughter, Helen Irene Theander. Richard went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 25, 2019, at Wheatlands Health Care Center in Kingman, Kansas.  Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce Theander, sons, Larry (Shelly) Theander of Ashland, Kansas, Richard (Jeannee) Theander of Richmond, Texas; daughters Connie (John) Scammey of Independence, Kansas, Linda (Keith) Dreiling of Topeka, Kansas; brother, Dean (Jean) Theander, Arlen (Jeanne) Theander, sister, Mary Pauley, seven Grandchildren; nine Great Grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other family and friends.  Family suggest memorials to Rivercross Hospice, 251 S Whittier, Wichita, KS 67207 and Wheatlands Health Care Center, 750 West Washington, Kingman, Kansas 67068.

Carol Nicholson

Carol Nicholson

Carol Esther (Stoelting) Nicholson was born August 30, 1931, on her grandparents’ farm near Bristol, South Dakota, the third child of Edwin August and Rose Marie (Anderson) Stoelting. When Carol was four, the family moved to Schaller, Iowa, and a year later to Sac City, Iowa, where she attended school and graduated in 1949. She then went to business school in Omaha, Nebraska. To earn part of her tuition, she was a nanny for a family in Omaha. After graduating, her first job was at Merchants Biscuit Company, which later became Keebler. It was there that she met her husband, Robert “Bob” Nicholson. They were married on March 28, 1954, in Sac City. Daughters Tara Sue and Lori Ann were born in Omaha. The family then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and from there to Woodward, Oklahoma, where son Bris Robert was born. He lived only three days. In May 1957, they moved to Ashland, Kansas, where daughters Jeri Lyn and Kira Lee and son Reid Alden were born. Reid lived one month and three days.

Carol and Bob owned and operated the Ashland Nursing Home for many years. Later, Carol worked at Stockgrowers State Bank for 28 years, also working weekend nights at the nursing home. In retirement from the bank, she continued working weekends at the nursing home for a few years, housecleaning for local residents, and keeping busy with children and grandchildren. In 2016, she moved to Hutchinson, Kansas.

Carol had many talents, including cooking, sewing, crocheting, and knitting. She was a very good mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend to many.

Carol’s Christ-centered faith was very important to her. Her love of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, was exemplified by her devotion to family and friends and her service to others. Every Sunday, she and her daughters traveled 32 miles one-way to the Lutheran church in Buffalo, Oklahoma, because there was no Lutheran church in Ashland. She also made the same trip to see that her daughters completed confirmation classes.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, sons Bris and Reid, brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Jean Stoelting, sister Betsy Stoelting, brother-in-law Lyle Skinner, and the father of her children, Robert Nicholson.

Survivors include daughters Tara Nicholson of Hutchinson, Kansas; Lori (Terry) Brunholtz of Owasso, Oklahoma; Jeri (Jonathan) Melin of Derby, Kansas; Kira (Brent) Gugler of rural Chapman, Kansas; sister Marlene (John) Hemmer of Mission, Texas; and sister Phyllis Skinner of Lake City, Iowa. Her grandchildren are Ariel Paul Melin, Maria (Daniel) Shields, Gareth Melin, and Jaron (Elizabeth) Melin, all of Derby, Kansas; Andrew Warner of Abilene, Kansas; Ashley (David) Beier of Wichita, Kansas; Kaylen Gugler of Woodbine, Kansas; and Kristine Gugler of Hays, Kansas. Her great-grandchildren are Lily and Liam Shields of Derby, Kansas; Evan Beier of Wichita, Kansas; and the expected child of Jaron and Elizabeth Melin.

Phyllis Crosby McMinimy

Phyllis Crosby McMinimy

Phyllis Marie Crosby McMinimy, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away at age 86 on October 13, 2019. She was born March 25, 1933 to Ray and Fannie Crosby in Ashland, Kansas and grew up in that small and nurturing community. She attended the College of Emporia, marrying her Ashland high school sweetheart Vernon in 1952. They were happily married for the next 64 years until his death in 2016.

She provided a loving home for their four children as his career took them to urban areas across the country and to Geneva Switzerland, moving to Charlottesville in 1992. Wherever they went Phyllis created a network of dear friends, exhibiting her generous heart and spirit of hospitality. Family and church were of central importance in her life. Her other interests included an appreciation of art, a talent for gardening, and her love of dogs and antiques.

Throughout her life she was active in the Presbyterian Church including First Presbyterian in Charlottesville. She received the Presbyterian Women Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her PW work and served as Moderator of the Presbytery of the James PW Coordinating Team in 2007.

She is survived by her siblings Doris (Marvin) Headley, Ruth (Max) Amos, and Don (Marlene) Crosby; her children: Linda (Walt Smiley), Mark (Gretchen), Doug (Susan Ackerman), and Paul (Beth); 12 grandchildren: Stephen (Sarah), Mitchell, & Jonathan Smiley; Chris, Jeffery, Jack, Rachael, Caroline, Wesley (Camila), Sarah, Jocelyn & William McMinimy; and two great-grandchildren, Thomas and Emma Smiley .A memorial service was held November 26 at 10 First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street, Charlottesville. Any letters to the family should be sent to Linda Smiley 1300 Waltham Ct. Richmond (Henrico) VA 23238

Doris Headley

Doris Headley

Doris Jean (Crosby) Headley, a resident of Blue Springs, Missouri, was born on August 12, 1931, in Ashland, Kansas and passed away on December 26, 2019 at the age of 88 in the Benton House in Blue Springs. Services were held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Royer Funeral Home in Grain Valley, MO. Burial was immediately following. Doris was the second child of Ray Crosby and Fanny (Smith) Crosby and grew up in a home filled with love along with her three sisters and one brother. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Virginia (Don) Lamberson and Phyllis (Vernon) McMinimy, and an infant brother Richard. Doris is survived by her husband of 6 years, Dr. Marvin Headley, one sister Ruth (John) Amos, one brother Don (Marlene) Crosby, three children Lynn (Rich) Prine, Russ (Vicki) Headley and Eric (Tricia) Headley along with nine grandchildren Aaron (Ali) Headley, Jordan (Robert) Garside, Hayley Prine, Ian Headley, Makenna Headley, Mia Headley, Meisi Headley, Courtney (Tim) Brown, Amanda Prine, and five great grandchildren, Oliver Headley, Carter Brown, Kendall Brown, Hudson Brown, and Lainey Brown.

Growing up, Doris loved the outdoors, riding horses, swimming in the city pool and surrounding lakes, bicycling around town, and playing with siblings and friends. Her love of nature, wildlife, and especially birds were close to her heart. She met her husband Marvin at The College of Emporia where they were both enrolled in a bird watching class. Doris received her Bachelor’s degree and Nursing degree and later earned a Masters of Education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO.

Early in their marriage, Doris and Marvin enjoyed their time living in Berlin, Germany, while Marvin served his country in the U.S. Army. Their oldest child Lynn was born in Germany. They returned to pursue their careers in Neosho, Missouri in 1957.

Throughout her career, Doris taught Pediatric Nursing at Children’s Mercy Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri. Doris was also very active in her community and had a strong devotion to her church. She and Marvin are current members of Lee’s Summit First Presbyterian Church. She participated in various Women’s Clubs, taught Bible School, and spent many hours working with the elderly. Additionally she helped raise funds for needy children domestically and abroad and was instrumental in raising funds to build the Newton County Nursing Home in Neosho, Missouri.

After many years of assisting her husband in his responsibilities as Superintendent of Schools of various Missouri districts, Doris and Marvin retired together in Blue Springs, Missouri. She continued to pursue her love of bird watching, serving her community and church through volunteering and following the lives of her children and grandchildren. Doris will be greatly missed and remembered by her loving family and host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Della Lamb Community Services, Kansas City, Missouri.

Arrangements were under the direction of Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, Missouri.

Calvin Dean McGonigle

Calvin Dean McGonigle

Calvin Dean McGonigle 56, passed away July 11, 2019 in Dodge City, KS. He was born September 24, 1962 in Dodge City, KS to Anita and Carl McGonigle. He was a long time resident of Ashland, KS. Calvin graduated from Ashalnd High School Class of 1981. Calvin worked for Jim Baker and the lumber yard in Ashland. Calvin loved to fix lawn mowers and enjoyed playing bingo. Calvin enjoyed his time at the Coldwater Lake. When he wasn’t working at Shaw Feedyard as a feed truck driver. He loved helping anyone in need.

Survivors include, a sister Teresa McGonigle, and two brother Brian McGonigle and David McGonigle of Ashland, KS and other family members in the surrounding area. Calvin was preceded in death by his parents Anita and Carl McGonigle, his wife Teresa Cruze McGonigle and his brother Jason McGonigle. There was no viewing, as cremation had taken place.

Deborah Michelle Scott

Deborah Michelle Scott

Deborah Michelle Scott, 44, died on Monday September 2, 2019 at her home in Garden City.  She was born on December 10, 1974 at Pryor, Oklahoma.

She grew up in Dodge City and attended Dodge City schools.  She stayed in Dodge City until moving to Ashland in 2002.  In the past several years she has lived in both Ashland and Garden City.  Deborah’s special love was her Grandchildren and enjoyed fishing, BBQ and just generally having fun, especially making prank phone calls.  She was preceded in death by her Father and Brother- Allen Resor.

She is survived by her 4 Sons- Christopher Woods of Garden City, Alex Torrez of Ashland, Matthew Scott Torrez of Dodge City & Andrew Torrez of Dodge City, Mother- Sherry Resor of Ashland, 2 Sisters- Susie Mendiola of Kinsley & Chawan Tompkins of Texas, 2 Grandchildren and the Father of her Sons- Luiz Torrez of Dodge City.

There will be no services held at this time.  Memorials are suggested to the Deborah Michelle Scott Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home.  Condolences may be posted at


William “Bill” Joseph Gordon, Jr.

William “Bill” Joseph Gordon, Jr., 74, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Robert J. Dole V.A. Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Born July 25, 1945, at Pittston, PA, he was the son of William Gordon, Sr. and Elizabeth (Hilbert) Gordon.

Bill was a resident of Ashland, KS, moving there in 1998, previously living in Alaska. He graduated from high school in Middlesex, NJ in 1964. Bill was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1978. He was an avid New York Yankees baseball fan and enjoyed bowling.

On August 16, 1989, he married Diana Cusick at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, AK. She survives.

He is survived by his wife: Diana Gordon of Ashland, KS; his mother: Elizabeth Gordon of Wyoming, PA; two step-children: Robbie Lynn of Anchorage, AK and Michelle Kamps (Craig) of Livingston, MT; one daughter: Leandra Scalph of Anchorage, AK; one sister: Ruth Price (Joe) of Wyoming, PA; two grandchildren: Aaron and Ella Kamps; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father: William Gordon, Sr..

Celebration of Life Service was at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Coldwater, KS, with full military honors.

Arden G Roush

Arden G. Roush

Arden Roush, was born in Lebanon, KS on August 19, 1930.  He began his new life in Glory on July 20, 2019 in Nevada, MO.

Arden pastored at the First Christian Church in Pasco, WA, for several years in a vibrant congregation.  Many, many received Christ as their Savior and were baptized in His Name under Arden’s ministry there.  He also founded a Christian Center.

Those who preceded him in death were his parents, his son, and his brother.   Those left to mourn his passing are his wife, J. Elizabeth of Nevada, MP: his daughter, Kathy Lopez of Semi Valley, CA; step-daughter, Katie Williams and husband Bill of Milo, MO; three grandchildren; Stephen of Berkeley, CA, David and wife Courtney of Semi Valley, and Collin and Adrian Bond of Milo, MO; many relatives and many, many friends.

Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Price Cemetery in Lebanon, KS.

Michael Ralph Drennan

Michael Ralph Drennan

Michael Ralph Drennan “Mike” was born in Bloom, Kansas on October 2, 1933 and moved to Phoenix in 1979.  He left those of us that love him on July 31, 2019 after a hard fought 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was born into a cowboy lifestyle that included riding race horses in his preteen years, rodeoing, roping and ultimately training, showing and judging horses as well as breeding and raising Quarter Horses.  He held a judge’s card for the American Quarter Horse Association for over 35 years along with several other breed associations.  He judged the most prestigious shows in the US and Canada and was asked by AQHA to judge shows and give clinics in foreign countries at a time when they were expanding worldwide.  He loved sports and attended Cardinals games and the Phoenix Suns for 26 years. But his true passion was helping people with their horses, even offering advice to strangers when he noticed someone having trouble with their horse at a show.  He freely gave of his time to locals at clinics and welcomed any ropers that showed up at his place for a tune up. Mike served in the Army during the Korean War, being stationed in Germany for 2 years.  He is survived by his wife Gayle of 40 years, nieces Margaret Spanier and Kathy Leonard, their spouses Richard Spanier and Dennis Leonard, Margaret and Richard’s sons Seth and Sean Spanier, Seth’s wife, Chris and their 2 boys Dylan and Ryan.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Barrows Neurological Foundation or Hospice of the Valley.  Celebration of his Life will be held on October 2nd at Grayhawk Golf Resort at 5 pm, western or casual attire please.

Paulette DuPree

Paulette DuPree

Paulette Irene DuPree (Kreie) 71, died, Friday, July 19, 2019 at Minneola.

She was born on October 30, 1947 to Jess Kreie and Nellie (Copeland) Kreie at Dodge City.

She attended school in Dodge City. Paulette waitressed at various places but enjoyed her waitressing the most at the Lamplighter Club in Dodge City and the 54 Club in Minneola. She worked as a nurse aide and director of activities at the Hilltop House in Bucklin. She did secretarial/ receptionist work at Bucklin Chiropractic. She was a Cosmetologist and salon owner of Scissor Palace in Dodge City. She volunteered with various clubs and groups through the years. She loved going to the car races and watching family members race, going to concerts, listening to oldies and dancing to Elvis and Garth Brooks, gardening, crocheting, but the things she loved the most was spending time with family especially her kids and grandkids. She had a lot of wisdom that she shared especially with her grandkids and great grandkids.

She married Donald DuPree on May 26, 1969 in Enid Oklahoma. He survives.

Survivors also include: 1 son, Don DuPree Jr. wife Teresa, Bucklin; 2 daughters, Julie Taylor Birney husband Carl, Bucklin, and Lori DuPree and companion Jeff Wiens, Hutchinson; 1 sister, Delores Bernash, Ashland; 2 brothers, Bud Kreie companion Helen, Ashland, and Don Kreie, Hutchinson; 2 brother-in-laws, Raymond DuPree wife Shirley, Dodge City, and Don Steele, Kinsley; and 1 sister-in-law, Ellen Ann Cranmer, Colorado; 12 grandkids and 14 great grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, Estel Kreie, 3 sisters Vera Culver, Rosey Mowdy, Shirley Kreie, and her daughter, Lena Ann Meredith.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Bucklin Community Church with Scott Tilley officiating. Burial will follow in the Ford Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Bucklin.

The family suggests memorials to Heartspring (leading provider of services and therapies for children of special needs and developmental disabilities) in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 516, Bucklin, Kansas 67834. Condolences may be sent to



Martha Sue (Walker) Kibbe

Martha Sue (Walker) Kibbe

Sue (Walker) Kibbe, 81, of Houston, TX, passed away and went to be with the Lord in Heaven on July 6, 2019. She was born in Ashland, KS, on September 20, 1937 to Val and Josephine Walker. She was married to Ken Kibbe for 61 years. Sue had many talents including sewing, fashion design, quilting, and gardening, and had a sewing business for a number of years. Sue loved being a part of her bridge group and cherished those friendships.  She used her talents to help others through the Mission Stitchers ministry, she was a faithful supporter of all of her grandkids’ many activities, she had prolific vegetable gardens, and she absolutely loved RVing and Sue made many friends along the way in all of her activities. She was preceded in death by husband Ken, father Val, mother Josephine, brother Dale, and grandson David. She is survived by brothers Harry (Joyce) Walker and Jerry (Sharon) Walker, sons Jay (Doreen) Kibbe and Kale (Debbie) Kibbe and daughter Lisa Saunders, 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, Andy (Tess) Saunders, Doug Saunders, Kenneth David (Brenda) Kibbe, Katy Kibbe, Daniel Kibbe, and Joe Kibbe.

Kevin D Glaze

Kevin D Glaze

Kevin D. Glaze, 38, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in rural Meade County from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born July 5, 1980 in Meade, the son of Daniel “Danny” H. and Catherine “Cathy” E. (Nusser) Glaze.  He was a lifetime Minneola resident and a graduate of Minneola High School and worked for Tyson McVey Construction in Dodge City.  He enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles.

On April 27, 2007 he married Alana Borst at Minneola.  She survives.

Other survivors include: their 2 daughters, Summer and Zayla Glaze both of the home; his mother, Cathy Glaze, Minneola; his brother, Kerry Glaze and wife Heather, Salina; his grandmother, Ilene Shelton, Dodge City; and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

A come and go reception will be held throughout the day on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Minneola Community Center.  There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.

The family suggests memorials to the Kevin Glaze Memorial Fund in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to

Norma Jean Leis

Norma Jean Leis

Norma Jean Leispassed away in Columbia, Missouri, on June 13, 2019, her 89th birthday. Norma was born in Dodge City, Kansas, on June 13, 1930, to George D. Harshberger and Beulah E. Schoonover. She married Donald W. Leis on November 22, 1948. They were childhood sweethearts and she was always proud of his Army service in WWII. They lived in Minneola, Kansas, until 1966, when they moved to the family farm near Minneola, which was homesteaded by Norma’s grandfather, JW Harshberger. Don preceded Norma in death on June 11, 1993. In 2007, Norma moved to Hallsville, Missouri, for health reasons. She continued to be a passionate Kansan, despite her address change.

Norma was a rancher, farmer, gardener and craftswoman who mastered all sorts of handwork. She was an avid reader and traveled extensively, visiting six continents over the years. After sending all of her children to college, she pursued her own college career. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and was always a source of surprises. She was most proud, however, of her family. She was a mother first and foremost; she loved babies and, perhaps, her grandchildren best of all. In her final years, she was still making baby quilts and afghans for yet to be born children.

Norma was a member of St Anthony’s Parish in Fowler, Kansas, and, after moving to Missouri, her adopted parish, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Centralia, Missouri. Her spiritual life was always a comfort to her and the friends she made as part of her faith were always important to her. She served as a lay eucharistic minister, delivering the sacraments to the homebound.  Norma also served as a long-time volunteer with Hospice of the Prairie. She relished being in charge and making her own decisions. To her final days, she was the one making life decisions.

In addition to her husband, Norma is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a sister and a grandchild.  She is survived by one sister, Ida Heinson, of Lamar, Colorado. She is also survived by her nine children, 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her children are David (Rosann) Leis of Paducah, Kentucky; Mike (Lidiette) Leis of San Pedro de Poás, Costa Rica; Brenda (Larry) Jensen of Columbia, Missouri; Mark (Jane) Leis of Kansas City, Missouri; Tom (Jerri) Leis of Minneola, Kansas; Gail (Dant) Lasater of Chesterfield, Missouri; Dianne (Jeff) Peier of Wichita, Kansas; John (Jill) Leis of Minneola, Kansas; and Jana (Eric) Brey of McCordsville, Indiana. Norma is also survived by her brother-in law, Clarence Leis, sisters-in-law Betty Leis, Dorothy Leis, LaVern Leis, Floydene Leis and Judy Harshberger, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fowler, Kansas, followed by a visitation with family present at 8:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at the church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Lunch will follow in the Parish Hall. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Appleton Township Cemetery, near Minneola, Kansas.

Donations in Norma’s memory can be made to either the Don and Norma Leis Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Minneola High School, at 12548 108 Road, Minneola, Kansas 67865-8503, or the Leis Family Fund that Norma established with the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas, P.O. Box 1313, Dodge City, Kansas 67801-1313.


Patricia “Patty” L Denison

Patricia “Patty” L. Denison, 74 died, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Minneola District Hospital.

She was born September 2, 1944 in Dodge City, the daughter of John E. and Lena M. (Amend) Millett. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker and did artistry also.

She was a member of CrossWalk Christian Church, and the Garden Club both in Minneola. Patty enjoyed quilting, arts and crafts, photography and animals. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren most of all.

On February 14, 1982 she married Chuck Denison in Minneola. He survives.

Survivors also include: her 2 daughters, Angela Ratzlaff and husband Scott, Minneola and Amanda Strunk and husband Joe, Maize, Kansas; 9 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the CrossWalk Christian Church with Brad Kefauver officiating. Burial will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.

The family suggests memorials to Minneola Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.  Condolences may be sent to

Ellen Harrington

Ellen Harrington

Ellen was born July 20, 1931 in Ashland, Kansas to Leslie and Della (Hart) Allison. Ellen passed away May 10, 2019 at the Ashland Health Center Senior Living Center.

Ellen attend school in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in May 1949, following graduation Ellen began a long career with Stockgrowers State Bank.

Ellen married Warren (Jab) Harrington and they made their home on the farm in Englewood. Ellen’s family will attest to her baking abilities. Her desserts were always sought after.

In 1991 Ellen retired after forty-two years. Jab and Ellen enjoyed traveling the lower states.

She survived by her husband Warren (Jab) Harrington, Bob and Joan Harrington, Garden City, KS. Gordon and Sherre Harrington, Ashland, KS

Grandchildren: Keith & Chrisanna Harrington, Maji, Zeke, Kiki, Jake, Brady, Nati, and Yemi, Boise, Idaho; Tyler & Jodi Powell, Jaden, Gage, Danika, Tate, Corinth, TX; Luke & Holly Harrington, Rylan & Daxton, Garden City, KS; Lance & Rebecca Harrington, Parker, Brycen, Laney, Kade, Lees, Summit, MO; Seth & Jamie Harrington, Kennedy, Karson, Alexandra, Carter, Englewood, KS; Clark Harrington, Ashland, KS.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Della (Hart) Allison, brother, Earl Allison, and great grandson Maji Harrington.

Memorials can be made to AHC Senior Living Center P.O. Box 188 Ashland, KS 67831.

Services were held at the First Christian Church in Ashland, KS on May 13, 2019 at 2:00PM and interment followed at the Highland Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Ashland Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at

Esther Ruth York

Esther Ruth York

Esther Ruth York was born August 10, 1919 to Frank and Cora Johnson York of the Sitka Community.  She passed away at the Ashland Health Center/Senior Living Center on May 25, 2019.  She was two and one-half months from her 100th birthday.

Ruth attended the Sitka Elementary schools and graduated from Ashland High School with the Class of 1937. She then attended Southwestern College to return home and teach one term in the Bare country school on the Clark/Comanche County line and one year near Burlington, Kansas. Realizing that teaching wasn’t her calling, she returned to Wichita and graduated from the Wichita Business College and worked for Cessna Aircraft.  During World War II, Ruth served on the Red Cross staff assigned to the 231st General Hospital in both the European and Pacific theaters.  She spent a year in Japan during the Occupation.

After returning from overseas, she worked on Capitol Hill in Washington DC for Kansas’ U.S. Senator Clyde Reed and later for Congressman Clifford Hope of the 6th District of Kansas.  In 1951 she moved to Houston, Texas, and was a secretary to the President of San Jacinto Oil and Gas Company.  Ruth then worked for twenty years managing the office of Radford Byerly, an oil and gas attorney.  She retired in 1984 living in Houston until 2002 when she moved to Wichita to live with her sister, Sibyl Mauk.

Ruth traveled the world extensively.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf and bridge.  She loved entertaining nieces and nephews in Houston and at a beach house on Galveston Bay.

Ruth was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Jr. League, various book clubs, and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Wichita.

She is survived by her sister, Sibyl Mauk, Wichita, KS, and eleven nieces and nephews, their spouses and many great nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Frances Randall, Mildred Snyder, Doris Dove, two brothers, John York, Russell York, two nephews, Kenneth York and Warren Randall.

Memorials in her honor are suggested to be made to the Ashland Health Center/ Senior Living Center P.O. Box 188, Ashland, KS 67831 or Hospice of the Prairie P.O. Box 1298 Dodge City, KS 67831.

A Memorial Celebration of her grand life will be at the Ashland United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 10:30 AM and the inurnment will be at the Highland Cemetery in Ashland, Kansas at 9:30 AM.

Arrangements made by the Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolence can be offered by the family at

Kenneth Leland Swanson

Kenneth Leland Swanson

Kenneth Leland Swanson passed away on May 15, 2019 at the age of 86 years, 4 months and 4 days. He was born in Ashland, Kansas, at the farm home of his parents Walter Alexander Swanson and Mary Golden Beard Swanson. He had three older brothers, one an infant who passed away 1-2 days after birth, Harold, and Robert Swanson. He attend grade school and high school in Ashland.

He met Melba L. Edmonston on a blind date. He always said he knew after the first date he was going to marry her, but he waited until their third date to ask. They eloped and were married on April 8,1954 in New Mexico. They began traveling right away courtesy of the United States Army. Their first child was born in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. Their three girls were all born in the Ashland District Hospital.

Kenneth was a teacher in the Ashland school system his entire career. He said he asked Prof Humphreys why he hired him as a teacher. Prof’s response was, he knew “Ken had pulled every trick in the book so the students would not be able to pull pranks on him.” In addition to  various second jobs, he volunteered in the community. He assisted Jim Arnold getting the local Boy Scout troop started and was active in that for many years. He was also involved with the local Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, and was the voice of the Ashland Bluejays at football games for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Melba, his parents, Walter and Mary Swanson, two brothers (infant and Harold), their daughter in law, Patricia Swanson, and son in law, Brian Harris.

He is survived by his brother Dr. Robert Swanson (Ruby) Brookings, SD; his four children,

Monte Swanson, Topeka, Krista Smith (Eric) Topeka, Melanie Swanson, Wichita, and Kerry Harris, Topeka. Grandchildren, Eric “Brandon” Smith (Tara) Chanute, Elizabeth “Liz” Kinate (Nate), Kansas City, MO, and Lauren Harris, Topeka; and two great grandchildren, Hudson Kinate, Kansas City, MO, and Ryder Smith, Chanute.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to United Methodist Church P.O. Box 686 Ashland, KS 67831, USD 220 Ashland Public Schools 311 JE Humphreys St. Ashland, KS 67831, and Santa Fe Trail Boy Scouts 402 E Fulton St. Suite #4 Garden City, KS 67846.

Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2018 at the Ashland United Methodist Church. Graveside services followed at Highland Cemetery, Ashland, Kansas.

Arrangements made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Condolences can be made to the family at

William R (Bill) Templeman

William R (Bill) Templeman

William R. (Bill) Templeman, Jr., 97, died June 7, 2019 at Minneola Long Term Care, Minneola.

He was born October 24, 1921 in Dodge City, Kansas son of William Roy Templeman and Pearl B. (Shinogle) Templeman.

He lived and farmed with his family on the farm northeast of Minneola and spent the winters in Aransas Pass, Texas working on a shrimp boat with his father. Bill graduated from Bloom High School in 1940. After graduation he served 4 years in the US Navy on a supply ship and as a gunner’s mate on the Admiral Halstead during World War II, in San Francisco, New Zealand and Sidney, Australia.

He married Edna L. (Babe) Parks on January 1, 1945. She preceded him in 1967. He married Evelyn Rooney on October 30, 1971. She preceded him on July 29, 1999.

He was a member of the Minneola Methodist Church and American Legion. He loved to fish and travel during the winter and spent time in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Survivors include, one Step-Daughter, Connie (Rooney) Dellinger and husband Bob, Dodge City; 2 Step-Granddaughters, Amy Woydziak and husband Matt, Hays, and Wendy Dellinger, Dodge City; 2 Great Grandchildren, Wade Woydziak and Emily Woydziak; one Great Great Granddaughter, Addison Woydziak and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Bernadean E. Moore, one brother, Rodney Templeman, and 2 nieces, Janel Marshall and Judy Reed.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am Wednesday  June 12, 2019 at Minnis Mortuary Minneola with Jeff Heirs officiating. Burial will follow in Greencrest Memorial Gardens, Dodge City, with full military honors by Howard Gotschall VFW Post 1714 and the United States Navy. Visitation with the family present will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.

The family suggests memorials to Minneola Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865. Condolences may be sent to

Rose Kathryn Cloutman

Rose Kathryn Cloutman

Rose Kathryn Cloutman, 96 died May 18, 2019 at Minneola District Hospital. She was born July 5, 1922, in Pratt County, Kansas to Edgar David and Mary Amy (Logan) Rolf.

She was a graduate of Pratt High School and Pratt Junior College. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for The Peoples State Bank and Unified School District #219 of Minneola. She was a member of CrossWalk Christian Church in Minneola.

She married George Cloutman on February 6, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He died December 14, 2012.

Survivors include; 2 sons, Larry (Liz) Cloutman, Lawrence, Kansas and Don (Jackie) Cloutman, Burdett, Kansas; 1 daughter, Leah (Tim) Berens, Olathe, Kansas; 4 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren; and Sister-in-law, Wilma Rolf.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband George, infant daughter Linda Diane, 1 sister and 2 brothers.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2019 at the CrossWalk Christian Church with Pastors Suzie Woods and Brad Kefauver officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday in the Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge with Tom Walters officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the family present at Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.

The family suggests memorials to Minneola District Hospital or Minneola City Library both in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.  Condolences may be sent to

Anna Jean Wilson-Minor

Anna Jean Wilson-Minor

Anna Jean Wilson-Minor, a resident of Ashland Long Term Care was called to her heavenly home April 5, 2019. She was born in the family home at 434 West 8th, Ashland, Kansas at 10 PM May 2, 1924 to George Maben and Dulcie Fox Pike, the seventh of eight children. Mr. Pike was a photographer, owning Pike Studio, and public servant, having served Clark County as County Clerk and Probate Judge.  Mrs. Pike was a homemaker.

Anna Jean graduated from high school in May 1942, having gone all 12 years of schooling in Ashland, except for her sophomore year when she lived in Attica, Kansas with her sister, Mildred and husband Joe Urban.

After high school graduation, she enrolled in the Colorado State College of Education, Greeley, Colorado, attending one quarter where she was the secretary to the Head of the Department of Languages. She then moved to Los Angeles, California, working for the Bullocks Wiltshire Department Store as a secretary, later transferring to the accounting department after taking a three-week night course in machine bookkeeping. She was later secretary to the production manager of Emsco where they made the landing gears for the Navy PBY planes.  Anna Jean returned to Ashland late in 1943 and married G. T. (George Turner) Wilson on January 2, 1944. To this union two daughters were born, Georgeann and a year later Georgette who died before she was born. Anna Jean and G. T. were divorced in 1952. She worked for Stockgrowers Bank and Grimes Homegas, Inc.

Anna Jean and Georgeann moved to Hays in 1957 where she enrolled as a business major. She graduated in 1959 with honors having been elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi.

She taught 3 years in Jetmore, Kansas while also attending graduate school in Greeley, Colorado during the summers. She received her M. A. degree and was inducted in Delta Pi Epsilon.

They moved to Pratt, Kansas where she taught 4 years at Pratt High, and 12 years at Pratt Community College. She returned to Ashland, Kansas to finish her teaching career retiring in 1989.

Anna Jean loved to help people, so wherever there was a need, one would find her volunteering. She sang in church choirs 74 years, taught Sunday School classes 60 years, and worked at Hospice of the Prairie for 23 years.

She married J. W. Minor September 5, 1992 and he predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers (William and L. G.), 5 sisters (Virginia, Vivian, Mildred, Rose Helen, and Nita). She is survived by her daughter Georgeann, son-in-law Bill Lang, granddaughter Brooke (Nate Essington), great-granddaughter Meredith Ann Essington, 5 stepchildren, and their offspring.

Memorials may be made to the Ashland United Methodist Church P.O. Box 686 Ashland, KS 67831 or Hospice of the Prairie P.O. Box 1289 Ashland, KS 67801.

Celebration of Life is at United Methodist Church in Ashland, KS at 11:00AM on May 2, 2019.

Arrangement made by Ashland Funeral Home in Ashland, KS. Read obit and offer condolence at


William “Bill” Joseph Steele

William “Bill” Joseph Steele, age 89, of Ashland, Kansas, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019.  He was a member of the First Christian Church in Ashland, Kansas.

Bill was the only child to his parents Elwyn Joseph and Lillian Mamie Steele.  Bill was born on July 17, 1929 in Prince Crossing, Illinois.

Bill is preceded in death by his two parents and his loving wife of 52 years, Mildred (Millie) Elaine Steele (Rainey). Bill is survived by his seven children. Three girls from his first marriage: Virginia Koetter, Peggy and Debra Steele and four children with the love of his life Mille: Mary Steele (Ashland, KS), Bryan Steele (Eugene, MO), Beverly Sndyer (WaKeeney, KS) and James Steele (Huntsville, AL) and eight grand-children and seven great grandchildren.

Bill grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Wheaton High School and joined the United States Air Force. He served his Country honorably from April 1948 – August 1968 earning numerous awards and decorations. During Bill’s 20 years of military service, he served in numerous assignments overseas and stateside.  Amongst his proudest missions was supporting the Berlin Airlift where he earned the Air Force’s “Humane Action” medal for his support and participation.

In 1964 Bill and Millie were united in marriage in Wheaton, Illinois.  The two started their family of four children and in 1975 the family moved to Ashland, Kansas where Millie was raised.  Bill worked as carpenter for a couple of years and then joined the Clark County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff in 1977. Bill retired at the age of 66 after working proudly and serving the people of Clark County for 18 years.   Bill enjoyed working another 12 years as a carpenter in Ashland and finally retired for good at the age of 78.

Bill enjoyed working with his hands, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.  Bill was a Christian, a proud American, a proud military Veteran, a 33rddegree Mason, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a firm believer in the right to bear and keep arms.

Bill’s children thank the fine folks of Ashland and Clark County for the 44 years Bill and Millie lived in Ashland where they called “home”.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to honor Bill to the USD 220 SHOW (Students Honoring Our Warriors) Program, the Ashland Health Care Center-Long Term, or during offering this Sunday at your Church.  Arrangements were provided by Wilkinson Funeral Service, Ashland, Kansas.

MaryLou Jackson

MaryLou Jackson

MaryLou Jackson, 76, died on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart Ks. She was born on September 6, 1942 in Garden City. She is the daughter of Gerold & Marjie (Renner) Crook. She married Stanley A. Jackson on April 14, 1961 in Garden City.

MaryLou graduated from Garden City High School in 1960. She raised her family on the farm and helped her husband with the farming operation. Later, she became an crop insurance agent for the Gordon O’Dell Agency. She enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen at Jennie Barker School, sewing, quilting & cooking. She and her husband moved to Satanta after retirement. She was preceded in death by her Father -Gerold Crook and Brother- Jay Crook.

She is survived by her Husband- Stanley Jackson of the home in Satanta, 2 Sons- Brad K. and wife Darla J. Jackson of Satanta and Bret L. Jackson and wife Marvella Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, Mother- Marjie Crook of Garden City, Brother- Ron Crook of Garden City, 2 Sisters- Vivian Huelskamp of Mineola & Rhonda Magnison of Ulysses, along with 6 Grandsons and 11 Great-Grandchildren.

Graveside Service will be at 1:30PM, Tuesday at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City with Von Hunn officiating. The family will greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:30PM on Monday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at

Jesse Erik David Mercer

Jesse Erik David Mercer

Jesse Erik David Mercer, 45, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home in Preston. He was born November 17, 1973 in Hutchinson, the son of David Charles Mercer and Ethel Viola (Lake) Carter.  On May 27, 1995, he married Yvonne Marie (Ferguson) Mercer at the Free Methodist Church in Pratt.

He graduated from Ashland High School in 1992.  He received an Associates in Automotive Mechanics from Pratt Community College in 1995 and later his Bachelors in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas.  He moved to Preston 9 years ago from Corinth, Texas.  He was the Service Manager at Lanterman Motors. He was a member of the Pratt Free Methodist Church.  He served as the Mayor of Preston, Youth Leader and Board Administration at Pratt Free Methodist Church and Youth Core Ministries.  He enjoyed picking on his children and sister, woodworking, mechanics, cooking, smoking meats and decorating cakes.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; daughter, Megan (fiancé, Bobby Fanning) Mercer; son, Matthew Mercer; and mother, Ethel Carter all of Preston; father, David (Patricia) Mercer of Wichita; brother, Frank (Amy) Maggard of Parker, Colorado; sisters, Deidra (Richard) Rattay of Mason City, Iowa and Jonelle (Christopher) Knapp of Udall; and stepsisters, Leah (Jeff) Ellis of Kingman and Rachelle (Danny) Slates of Derby.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Lee Maggard.

Visitation will be Friday, April 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5-7 at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt.  Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Free Methodist Church with Pastors Matthew Tuszynski and Mike McGovney presiding.  Inurnment will be at a later date at Sylvia Cemetery, Sylvia.

Memorials may be made to Jesse Mercer Memorial Fund, Pratt Free Methodist Church or My Happy Place, Mason City, Iowa in care of Larrison Mortuary. Condolences may be left at


Dylan James Lovell

Dylan James Lovell

Dylan James Lovell, 18, a resident of Blue Springs, MO passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his home.  He was born on January 10, 2001 in Kansas City, MO to Rob and Trina (Ledford) Lovell.

Dylan inspired everyone he met to fight even when it seems impossible and to love unconditionally.  He spent many months as an inpatient at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and saw many specialists there as well.  Many times the doctors just knew Dylan wasn’t going to make it, but he defied the odds for over 18 years.   He was a fighter through it all, and always amazed everyone with his positive attitude.

Dylan was diagnosed at a very young age with a condition called Moebius Syndrome and was active in the Moebius Syndrome community.  Prior to his passing, Dylan and his family participated in an informational video about and a government study of the rare condition.  Dylan’s body was donated to the research efforts after his passing and although his condition is related to Mobius Syndrome, the doctors believe that Dylan may have actually had an even more rare, possibly undiscovered condition.  The researchers have expressed to the family their excitement as Dylan’s gift is very precious.  It will help them gather information that is very hard to come by and will potentially help many with related conditions.

Dylan brought joy and laughter to all who knew him.  You would always see him enjoying Veggie Tales on his I-Pad.  He also loved to paint, swim, and watch the Royals play baseball.  At home Dylan enjoyed lounging in his favorite fuzzy blankets and cuddling with his brother and sisters and his dogs Connor and Murphy.  Above all Dylan cherished family time which was highlighted by a Make A Wish trip to Disney World in October of 2015.

Survived by his mother, Trina Ledford of Blue Springs, MO; father, Rob Lovell of Blue Springs, MO; siblings, Devin Jace Lovell, Tessa Ann Lovell, Tayler Aria Lovell all of Blue Springs, MO; maternal grandparents, James and Teresa Ledford of South Coffeyville, OK.  He is preceded by his paternal grandparents, Louis and Betty Lovell of Dodge City, KS.

Luke Lewis Gean

Luke Lewis Gean

Luke Lewis Gean, born October 15, 2012, gained his police badge on Friday, March 15, 2019, surrounded by his loving parents. His mended heart is now whole.

He is watching over his family now; parents: Blaze and April; siblings: Jaden, Kyle, and Milee; Nana and Papa: Don and Sue; Mimi and Pops: Liz and Russ; Grandpa and Grandma: Johnny and Patty; Uncle Chase (Nicole), Aunt Heather (Pete), Aunt TaTa (Dustin), Aunt Kirstie (Randy), Aunt Ashley (Lynn), Uncle Kade, Uncle Keston and Uncle Jason (Diane); Great-Grandparents: Memaw Ginger, Grandma Kay, Grandma Carol, Grandpa Mike Snyder (Guyneth), Grandpa Lewis (June), and Don and Judy Hensley; Cousins: Ember, Asher, Matt, Mike, Ryatt, Rebel, Pate, Jace, Donovan, Tyson, Raegan, Gavin, and Nolan; Numerous other family members and friends; His dear friends: Gina Hoffman, Brandt and Haily Rogers, Westrup Girls, Winter and Doug Jackson, and U.S.D. 300 staff and students.

Special thanks to Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Shah and to all the wonderful nurses and staff on the PICU and cardiac floor at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Funeral service is at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019 at South Central Middle School Gymnasium, Protection, KS, with Trevor Ball presiding. Burial will follow the funeral service at Protection Cemetery in Protection, KS.

The family requests that guests dress casual and wear red in memory of Luke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Luke Gean Scholarship Fund at Bank of Protection or Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.

Don Howard Randall

Don Howard Randall

Don Howard Randall, age 84, passed away on February 28, 2019 at Inland Valley Medical Center. He was born on January 18, 1935 in the small country town of Ashland, Kansas to Paul and Mildred (Ingram) Randall. He grew up on a cattle ranch with his younger brother Keith. Family history was greatly valued with several generations of relatives living nearby who helped pioneer the area. Don graduated from Ashland High School in 1953 then went on to college at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma where he met his beautiful bride, Erma Lee Moothart. Don graduated in 1957 and they were married on May 24, 1958 just a few days before Lee graduated. The newly married couple moved to Nashville, Tennessee where Lee worked as a school teacher and Don pursued his doctorate in psychology from Vanderbilt University. They had two children (Kathy and Rod) during this time, Don finished his PhD and they eventually moved to Hays, Kansas where Don became the Department Head of Psychology at Fort Hays Kansas State College. Their third child, Randy, was born in 1968. In 1970, Don accepted a position as a clinical psychologist in Long Beach, California and moved his family out west where they have been ever since. But he never lost his love for the ranch in Kansas and took his family back to visit many times over the years creating cherished memories. His love for the ranch has now been passed on to his children and grandchildren. After living a few years in Long Beach, the family settled in Covina, California where the three children continued their school years and graduated from high school and college. Once the kids were on their own, Don and Lee moved to Big Bear, California and he commuted weekly to his private practice in Twenty Nine Palms until he retired in 1997. Two of his children married and the grandkid years began. The large Big Bear home is remembered now as the best grandkid house. Grandad, as Don was fondly called, built a bedroom just for the grandkids, played board games with them in the sunroom, and helped them sled down the hill in the snow. Even with nine grandchildren, Don and Lee took each one out for their birthdays creating more special memories. In 2001, Don and Lee moved to The Colony in Murrieta where they enjoyed a wonderful community of friends. They both played paddle tennis and were active with the Colony Racquet Club. Don was the president for two years (2005-2006). He was also a charter member of the Knights of the Round Table, a group of men who meet regularly at the Clubhouse to discuss life, solve the world’s problems, and play pool. Don has been a faithful caregiver to his wife Lee in recent years as she has struggled with loss of hearing and memory. Don’s unconditional love for his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, and friends has been a beautiful example of God’s love to everyone around him. He will be greatly missed, but the priceless memories he has left behind will live on in our hearts forever.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
Don is survived by Lee (Moothart) Randall, his beloved wife of 60 years; daughter, Kathy (Darryl) Scroggins, son, Rod (Leigh) Randall, preceded in death by his son, Randy (1968-1996); survived by 9 grandchildren: Kristi (Jonathan) Dietz, Taryn Randall, Jenni (Ben) Otte, Darryl (Lisa) Scroggins, Lauryn (Phil) Estrada, Corbin Randall, Scotty Scroggins, Tim Scroggins, Andy Scroggins; 7 great-grandchildren: Nathan, Jericho, Aria, and Isaiah Dietz, Aaron and Olivia Scroggins, Baby Otte; his brother Keith (Judi) Randall, nephews Jim and Dave Randall.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on: Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00am
The Colony at California Oaks, 40710 Avenida Florita, Murrieta, CA 92562


Allen Craig Ball

Allen Craig Ball

Allen Craig Ball was born on February 7, 1956 at Greensburg, Kansas to Elmer and Leona (Harris) Ball. At a young age his parents, two brothers Ken & Larry and a sister Donna moved to Buffalo, Oklahoma and made the home, then came Allen’s baby brother Russell. Allen graduated form Buffalo High School. Allen joined the United State Navy and served his country for several years. Allen has been a resident of Ashland, Kansas since his adulthood. Allen worked as a carpenter and plumber along side Bob Albert Construction, Mishler’s Service Center; Dave Osborn; and Russ Hensley construction.  He also was a handy man fixing all different things or repairing cars, truck and worked on motorcycle. Allen loved the New York Yankees and Harley Davidson motorcycles.   Allen enjoyed playing the guitar and enjoyed listening to music.  Allen was an animal lover, with his lovely dog Yuhoo, who was always in the pickup with Allen.  Allen was proceeded in death by his parents, and a sister Donna Schmiedeke of Elkhart, Kansas. Allen left his earthly home on February 25, 2019. Allen is survived by his brothers, Ken Ball, Larry Ball and Russell Ball, wife Kristi, Brother in Law, Herb Schmiedeke, nephews and nieces and a host of friends. Memorials for Allen Ball Funeral Expenses in care of Wilkinson Funeral Expenses, PO Box 821, Ashland, KS  67831. Memorial services will be planned at a later date.

Carol (Hayes) Morrow

Carol (Hayes) Morrow

Carol (Hayes) Morrow, 82, died Friday, February 22, 2019 at Minneola Long Term Care.

She was born February 22, 1937 at Cimarron, the daughter of Joseph Charles and Golda (Buchanan) Hayes.  She was a graduate of Ingalls High School and a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker, enjoyed reading and was well known for playing the piano.

On June 23, 1956 she married Jack Clifford Morrow at Clayton, New Mexico. He preceded her in death on September 27, 2010.

Survivors include: her daughter, Melissa Goldsberry and husband Robert, Dodge City; her sister, Lela Headrick and husband Raymond, Cimarron; a daughter-in-law, Denise Morrow, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 3 sisters-in-law, Sharon Hayes, Guymon, Oklahoma, Brenda Hayes, Ingalls and Sandy Gates and husband Robert, Memphis, Tennessee; 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son, Terry Morrow and 4 brothers, David, Eldon, Wayne and Allen Hayes.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, with Rev. Vernon Bogart officiating.  Private family burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City.  Visitation will be Wednesday from noon to 8:00 pm at Ziegler Funeral Chapel.  The casket will remain closed.

The family suggests memorials to the Ford County Humane Society in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to

Phyllis Lee Hurley

Phyllis Lee Hurley

Phyllis Lee Hurley, 95, died Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Minneola Long Term Care.

She was born July 16, 1923 in Dodge City, the daughter of Edigar and Edna (Gordon) Glaze.  She was a graduate of Minneola High School.  She was a resident of Burnet, Texas and Minneola.  She worked as a cook at the Highway Cafe in Minneola and made the best pies.

She was a member of CrossWalk Christian Church in Minneola.

On July 16, 1941 she married Wallace D. Hurley at Mullinville.  He preceded her in death on March 7, 2005.

Survivors include: 2 daughters, Sue Boyd and husband Larry, Meade and Connie Higginbotham, Round Rock, Texas; a son, James Hurley, Burnett, Texas; 15 Grandchildren; many Great Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great-Great Grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and 10 brothers and sisters.

Funeral service were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the CrossWalk Christian Church with Brad Kefauver officiating. Burial followed in the Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola.

The family suggests memorials to Minneola Long Term Care in care of Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, Kansas 67865.  Condolences may be sent to

Betty L Weber

Betty L Weber

Betty L. Weber, age 89, passed away early Tuesday morning, February 19, 2019, at the Minneola Long Term Care Unit, Minneola, Kansas.

She was born February 23, 1929, at Rolla, Kansas, the daughter of Harold and Dora (Crews) and stepmother Ruth (Britenbach) Hogue.  As a young girl she attended school in Rolla, graduating from Rolla High School. She later attended Kansas Wesleyan University, receiving her degree in nursing.  After her graduation, she worked for eight years as a nurse.

On July 13, 1957, she married Neal E. Weber at Rolla, Kansas.  After their marriage the couple made their home at rural Fowler, Kansas.

She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ of Minneola, Kansas.  She enjoyed reading, working in the outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Jena Loffert and husband Brennan of Richmond Hill, Georgia; a great-granddaughter, Allie Diana Loffert of Richmond Hill, Georgia; and a brother Don Hogue and wife Dorotha of Colorado.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Neal on December 13, 2012; a daughter, Diana Marie Stinchcomb on February 26, 2001; a son-in-law, Robert Allen Stinchcomb on April 14, 2018; mother, Dora Hogue; and a brother Lester Hogue on August 28, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until service time Friday.  Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery.

The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola Long Term Care Unit in care of the funeral home.

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John E Stephens II (Steve)

John E Stephens II (Steve)

John E. Stephens II (Steve) was born September 19, 1950 in Ashland Kansas to John D. (Jack) Stephens and Jean Schroeder Stephens.  Steve attended Ashland High School and graduated in 1968. After high school he attended Pratt Junior college for two years. He couldn’t make up his mind what he wanted to do, so he joined the Air Force in 1970. He was stationed at Spangdolem Air Force Base, Germany and Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. While stationed in Germany, he married Margie Holiday on February 18, 1972 in Bitburg, Germany. Steve and Margie knew each other from high school, but only dated for two weeks before they decided to get married. They remained together until Margie’s passing.  Steve and Margie had three children Chris, Lyne, and Jose.  After his discharge from the Air Force he returned to Ashland to engage in farming at the Stephens Ranch with his father in 1974. Through the years he worked at the Ashland Co-op, Ashland Feeders and Filson Manufacturing. Steve’s job at Filson’s took him all over the country selling cattle equipment. He loved this job and never met a stranger no matter where he went. He returned to the ranch in 2002 where he spent the rest of his life farming and ranching. Steve was never found without a smile on his face, a joke to tell, or a kind word of encouragement.  Steve was preceded in death by his wife Margie on August 20, 2016, parents Jack and Jean Stephens, father in law Ted Holiday, and nephew Bryan Allison.  Steve left this earthy home on February 11, 2019 in Coldwater, Kansas. Steve is survived by his children, Chris (Heather), Buffalo, Oklahoma, Lyne (Don), Minneola, Kansas, Jose (Meghan) Hays, Kansas. Brother Don, Chickasha Oklahoma, Mother In Law, Jane Holiday, Oologah Oklahoma. Eight grandchildren, Damon and Kellen Stephens, Shanelle Sharp, Jalin, Julia and Jackson Johnson and Jenna and Jase Stephens, nieces, nephews, special friend Diana Owens, other family and friends. Memorials can be sent to Bryan K. Scholarship-Ashland Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church Ashland, or Comanche County Hospital, all in care of Wilkinson Funeral Service, Ashland, Kansas.

Funeral services were held at 2:00PM Thursday February 14, 2019 in the Presbyterian Church of Ashland, interment followed services in the Highland Cemetery Ashland, with the Ashland VFW Military Graveside rites and the Masonic Lodge. Under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service of 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.

Jennifer Lynn (Lynny) Husband

Jennifer Lynn (Lynny) Husband

Jennifer Lynn (Lynny) Husband, age 43, passed away late Saturday evening, April 20, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, as a result of a motorcycle accident.

She was born January 30, 1976, at Scott City, Kansas, the daughter of Ralph and Jamie (Lang) Krisle. She attended the Fowler school system and graduated from Fowler High School in 1994.  She then attended Pratt Community College.  On returning to Fowler she coached volleyball and other sports in the Fowler school system.  All the players loved her but some of the officials had a difficult time with her. She was also working as a Grain Merchandiser for the Meade CO-OP.

After her education, she returned to Fowler and began her career as a Grain Merchandiser, and was currently employed at the Meade CO-OP.

Her children were her life. Riding motorcycles was her passion, Lynn’s smile and infectious laugh were known by all.

She enjoyed many crafts and was very creative.  Many in the community are wearing shirts she created for them.

On December 2, 2016, she married Brandon J. Husband at Kansas City.  He precedes her in death on April 20, 2019.  She was his Queen . . . He was her King.

She is survived by a son, Kenyan Weber; daughters, Kadyn and Kambrey Weber; a stepdaughter, Carrie Husband; mother Jamie Lang; brothers, Robert Krisle, Slade (Abby) Lang, and Gage (Tiffany) Lang; a stepbrother, Chad (Tracy) Lang; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Fowler High School Gymnasium.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas.  Interment will follow in the Fowler Cemetery, Fowler.

Memorials to the children of Lynn and Brandon can be made in care of the funeral home.  The family request that those in attendance of the service come as Lynn and Brandon would.

Personal condolences may be given to the family at



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.