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Miscellaneous Reno County, Kansas Deaths
(Listed in the Hutchinson News)

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Beverly Jane Thoreson
GREAT BEND - Beverly Jane Thoreson, 49, died Dec. 31, 2001, at Great Bend.

She was born July 3, 1952, at Dodge City, the daughter of Bernard R. and Esther R. Kehr Wear. She was a graduate of Great Bend High School. A resident of Great Bend for 1 1/2 years, coming from Englewood, Colo., she had worked for Qwest.

She belonged to South Surburban Christian Church, Littleton, Colo., and attended First Assembly of God in Great Bend.

Survivors include: a son, Matthew, Littleton, Colo.; a daughter, Lyndsay Thoreson, Great Bend; her mother, Great Bend; a brother, Byrl, El Dorado; five sisters, Betty Naylor, Kansas City, Mo., Barbara Abrahamson, Kinsley, Berdyna Proctor, Plattsburg, Mo., Bonita Jamieson, Great Bend, and Belynda Simbala, Colleyville, Texas; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her father; and three brothers, Benjamin R., Vyrl and Earl.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God, with the Revs. Dwight Dozier and Emanuel Kehr presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend; and 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the church. Interment will be in Dundee Valley Cemetery, Dundee.

Memorials may be sent to the church or to Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Loree L. Friesen
NEWTON - Loree L. Friesen, 34, died Dec. 31, 2001, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita.

She was born May 26, 1967, in Wichita, the daughter of Mark Frederick and Marilyn Louise Rathmel Bence. She attended Newton public schools and Newton Bible Christian School. She graduated from high school in 1986, and managed the Downtown Diner where she also was a waitress. She had also been a waitress at other restaurants in the area.

Survivors include: her parents, Mark and Marilyn Bence, Newton; two sons, Cory Friesen, and Alek Kyle, both of Newton; a daughter, Alisha Bence, Newton; and a brother, Dan Bence, Lansing.

She was preceded in death by: her grandparents.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Newton Bible Church, with Pastor Don Myer officiating. Friends may visit from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, with family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to Newton Bible Christian School, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Louis Weber Jr.
SCOTT CITY - Louis Weber Jr., 67, died Dec. 29, 2001, at North Bay Hospital, Aransas Pass, Texas.

He was born April 13, 1934, at Hays, the son of Louis Sr. and Elizabeth Klotz Weber. A resident of Scott City since 1957, moving from Russell Springs, he had worked as a mechanic for Henderson Inc., Scott City, for 44 years.

He belonged to First Baptist Church, and Fiddlers and Pickers, both of Scott City, and Kansas Fiddlers and Pickers.

On Nov. 16, 1952, he married Wilda J. Brown in Logan County. She survives.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Karen J. Glick, Peabody; four sons, Marvin W. and Darwin D., both of Denver, Colo., Brian K., Greeley, Colo., and Van A. Weber, Pueblo, Colo.; his mother, Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, Delmar and David, both of Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Delores Weber, Denver, Colo., and Betty Piercy, Omaha, Neb.; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his father and three sons.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church, Scott City, with the Rev. Lynne Smith presiding. Burial will be in Scott County Cemetery, Scott City.

Memorials may be sent to the Louis Weber Memorial Fund, in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, Scott City. 
 
 

Evelyn G. Young
SHAWNEE MISSION - Evelyn G. Young, 88, died Dec. 19, 2001, at Delmar Gardens Nursing Home, Overland Park.
She was the cousin of Charles Wehmeyer and Martha Killgore, both of Hutchinson.
Memorial graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Fairlawn Mausoleum, Hutchinson.
Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home, Hutchinson. 
 

Clidy Wedel
GALVA - Clidy Wedel, 86, died Dec. 31. 2001, at Moundridge Manor, Moundridge.

He was born Oct. 24, 1915, southeast of Canton, the son of Jacob H. and Lena Becker Wedel. A lifetime resident of the Canton-Galva area, he was a retired farmer.

He belonged to United Center Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Galva.

On June 16, 1940, he married Bertha June Becker at Galva. She survives.

Other survivors include: four sons, Stuart, Canton, Marlin, Transylvania, La., Errol, Aberdeen, Miss., and Cyrus, Galva; two daughters, Annabel Schroeder, Hardensburg, Ind., and Berneil Smith, West Point, Miss.; a brother, Irby, Canton; 21 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: four brothers, Clarence, Orlan, Lincoln and Menno; and four sisters, Susie Ratzlaff, Verna Koehn, Malinda Koehn, and Sylvia Boese.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Center Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Galva, with Ministers David Koehn and Orville Koehn presiding. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Olson's Mortuary, Canton. Interment will be in United Center Church Cemetery, Galva.

Memorials may be sent to Moundridge Manor, in care of the mortuary. 
 
 

Thelma J. Miller
MCPHERSON - Thelma J. Miller, 89, died Jan. 1, 2002, at Memorial Hospital, McPherson.

She was born Aug. 25, 1912, at Canton, the daughter of David H. and Cora Esther Hart Serviss. A resident of McPherson since 1940, she was a retired waitress.

She was a member of American Legion Post No. 24 Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2715 Ladies Auxiliary.

On Aug. 24, 1955, she married Nyland W. Miller at Newton. He died in 1968.

Survivors include: three brothers, Arnold and Charles, both of McPherson, and Dale, Lyons; and two sisters, Elva Meljo, Hoisington, and Vera Janzen, McPherson.

She was preceded in death by: two brothers, Lucien and Lloyd; and two sisters, Lily Boyce and Betty Cleek.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, with the Rev. Michael Fibranz presiding. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Valley View Cemetery, Roxbury.

Memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, or the First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, in care of the funeral home. 
 

 
Donald Arthur David
GOODLAND - Donald Arthur David, 77, died Dec. 31, 2001, at Goodland Regional Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 17, 1924, at McDonald, the son of George Arthur and Rubie Mears David. A longtime resident of Goodland, formerly of Garden City, he farmed with his father at Benkelman, Neb., until 1944. He had retired from being an auctioneer and the superintendent of the Finney County Road Department in Garden City. He attended the Walnut Grove School in McDonald.

On Aug. 17, 1948, he married Elmira Underwood at Reno, Nev. She survives.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II.

Other survivors include: a son; a daughter, Patti Sandelin, Lewis; three sisters; and six grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. (MST) Friday at Koons Chapel, Goodland, with Pastor Loren Strait officiating. Friends may visit from 3 p.m. (MST) to 8 p.m. (MST) Thursday at the chapel. Burial will be in Goodland Cemetery. 
 
 

Cleo A. Pearl
HARPER - Cleo A. Pearl, 90, died Dec. 31, 2001, at Wichita.

He was born Dec. 22, 1911, in Harper County, the son of Perry O. and Neatie E. Goss Pearl. He was a farmer.

On Oct. 22, 1934, he married Dorothy Renollet at Wichita. She survives.

Other survivors include: three sons, Carroll, Slidell, La., Harold, Attica, and Lyle Pearl, Harper; a sister, Lela Dillon, Harper; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Elliott Funeral Home, Harper. Interment will be in Harper Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Harper Hospital Home Health, in care of Elliott Funeral Home, Harper. 
 
 

George Marvin Nichols
ULYSSES - George Marvin Nichols, 58, died Dec. 31, 2001, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital, Ulysses.

He was born June 22, 1943, in Gray County, the son of George Obert and Mildred Marie Dalgarn Nichols. He attended school in Fowler, graduating in 1960. He was a farmer and received numerous conservation awards. He lived and worked on the farm until 1980, when he moved to Dodge City, Jetmore and then Ulysses, to Western Prairie Care Home.

Suvivors include: a brother, Wilbert O., Ulysses; a sister, Ruth Edmonds, Mullinville; a sister-in-law, Joyce Nichols, Minneola; and numerous nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, three brothers, Kenneth, Gerald, and Elvin; and a sister, Lela Nichols.

Graveside memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Fowler Cemetery.

Mmorials may be sent to Western Prairie Care Home, or to the Multiple Scleroses Foundation, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, Ulysses. 
 
 

Linda Covey
HILLSBORO - Linda Covey, 81, died Dec. 31, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.

She was born Sept. 22, 1920, in rural Lehigh, the daughter of Jake and Hattie Guhr Martens. She was a waitress and worked at the dry cleaners.

She was a member belonged to the Women's Auxiliary Group.

Survivors include: a son, Byron McCarty, Hillsboro; two brothers, Alvin, Lehigh, and Harvey, Park City; three sisters, Anna Smith, Wichita, Frieda Birkle and Elda Pschigode, both of Hillsboro; and two grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Hillsboro, with Pastor Bob Call presiding. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today, with family receiving friends at Hillsboro Memorial Chapel, Hillsboro. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Lehigh Mennonite Cemetery, rural Lehigh.

Memorials may be sent to the Linda Covey Memorial Fund for the Renal Care Group of Newton, in care of the chapel. 
 
 

Charlotte A. Price
WICHITA - Charlotte A. Price, 88, died Dec. 27, 2001, at Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita.

She was born Jan. 13, 1913, at Canton, the daughter of Floyd Ivan and Nora Belle Sellers Tinsley. A resident of Wichita since April of 1998, moving from Tuscon, Ariz., and formerly of Canton, she was a homemaker.

In 1935, she married Fred Williams. He died in 1954. In 1957, she married Bill Price. He died in 1967.

Survivors include: two brothers, including, Stanley Tinsley, Canton; and a sister.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Olson's Mortuary, Canton. Private family burial of cremains will be in Canton Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Kansas Masonic Home, in care of the mortuary. 
 
 

Bertha F. Akers
KINSLEY - Bertha F. Akers, 85, died Dec. 30, 2001, at Hill Top Home, Bucklin.

She was born Jan. 14, 1916, at Liberal, the daughter of Nelson and Hatie Heitschmidt. A former Kinsley resident, she was owner of Al's Clothing, Kinsley.

She belonged to United Methodist Church, Offerle.

On June 6, 1934, she married Alfred Akers at Liberal. He died Feb. 12, 1999.

Survivors include: a son, Verle Ray, San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Don, Forgan, Okla.; four sisters, Joyce Harper, Liberal, Noragene King, Baker, Idaho, Irene Wallace, Denver, Colo., and Violet DeWolfe, Amarillo, Texas; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are with McKillip Memorial Funeral Home, Kinsley.


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