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

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Dena Ruth Crouse
Dena Ruth Crouse, 79, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson.

She was born Jan. 5, 1923, at Gravette, Ark., the daughter of Leo J. and E. Gertrude Cox Scant-lin. A resident of Hutchinson since 1950, formerly of Bentonville, Ark., she was a homemaker.

She belonged to AARP, Wesleyan Church and Peniel Nazarene Church, both at Hutchinson.

On Oct. 3, 1942, she married Kenneth Mirl Crouse at Pineville, Mo. He survives.

Other survivors include: three daughters, Judy Long, Topeka, Kimberly Nelson, Newton, and Sheila Bolte, Nickerson; three brothers, Jim Scantlin, Bentonville, Ark., Gene Scantlin, Hutchinson, and Kenneth Scantlin, Holiday Island, Ark.; four sisters, Leota Williams, Strang, Okla., Viola Dickson, Neosha, Mo., Marie Murray, Donaldson, Ark., and Annalee Green, Oceanside, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Litton; a brother, Bill Scantlin; and two sisters, Leona Mitchell and Opal Goforth.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson & Sons Memorial Chapel, Hutchinson. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, both at the funeral home. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Gravette, Ark.

Memorials may be sent to the American Lung Association, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Jack D. Bleger
Jack D. Bleger, 78, died Jan. 5, 2002, at Thorne Care Center, Hutchinson.

He was born July 10, 1923, at Marion, the son of Cecil Elwin and Virginia Nichols Bleger. He was a 1941 graduate of Lyons High School, Lyons and attended Texas A & M University and the University of Oklahoma. A longtime Hutchinson resident, he was owner-operator of the former Hutchinson Softwater Service and was a retired officer at First National Bank and Trust Co., Hutchinson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He belonged to First Presbyterian Church, Hutchinson, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Oklahoma.

On Oct. 17, 1948, he married Suzanne Law at Lyons. She survives.

Other survivors include: three sons, Steven J., Joseph R., and David J., all of Hutchinson; a daughter, Deborah S. Bleger, Detroit; and four grandchildren.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Tim Soule presiding. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. The casket will remain closed. Family will receive friends following the service at the church parlor. A private graveside service will be held in Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the church or the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Towers, both in care of the mortuary. 
 
 

Ruth E. Childs
HARPER - Ruth E. Childs, 83, died Jan. 5, 2002, at Rolla, Mo.

She was born Oct. 17, 1918, at Mannford, Okla., the daughter of Fred and Alzada Zickefoose Stark. A resident of Dixon, Mo., formerly of Harper, she was a retired co-owner of Quality Painting, Harper.

On Oct. 9, 1966, she married Byron Childs at Harper. He died Oct. 19, 1997.

Survivors include: a son; a daughter; and four grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Sinnett Cemetery, Sandsprings, Okla., with the Rev. Edward Zickefoose presiding.

Elliott-Schaeffer Mortuary, Caldwell, is in charge of arrangements. 
 
 

Frank A. Jordan
DIGHTON - Frank A. Jordan, 75, died Jan. 6, 2002, at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City.

Boomhower Funeral Home, Dighton, will announce arrangements. 
 
 

Adam Vincent Mayers
ALBERT - Adam Vincent Mayers, 16, died Jan. 5, 2002, in Barton County.

Ora Floyd Fry
YODER - Ora Floyd Fry, 73, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson.

He was born May 2, 1928, at Haven, the son of Amos J. and Sarah Ann Yoder Fry. A lifetime resident of the Yoder and Haven areas, he was a farmer and worked with his brother Alvin at Yoder Hardware and Lumber for 29 years.

He belonged to Yoder Mennonite Church, Yoder, and was a church Trustee for four years.

On Oct. 7, 1948, he married Polly W. Yoder at Yoder. She survives.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Esther Anna Friesen, Kansas City, Mo., and Sherry Lee Troyer, Mio, Mich.; a brother, Enos, Wichita; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Chris, Joe and Alvin; and two sisters, Barbara Fry and Mattie Huntsinger.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Yoder Mennonite Church, Yoder, with the Revs. Daniel Kauffman and Peter E. Hartman presiding. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Yoder Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Yoder. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Yoder.

Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of Van Campen Funeral Home, Haven. 
 

Mary Elizabeth Hall
MEDICINE LODGE - Mary Elizabeth Hall, 82, died Jan. 5, 2002, at Medicine Lodge.

She was born March 30, 1919, at Geuda Springs, the daughter of Hollis H. and Laura Page Wilson. A lifetime resident of Medicine Lodge, she was a legal secretary and a homemaker.

She belonged to the Order of Eastern Star for 53 years and United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge.

She married Robert W. Bedwell. He died in 1959. On Aug. 1, 1961, she married Ralph C. Hall. He died July 10, 1994.

Survivors include: a son, Thomas W. Bedwell, Medicine Lodge; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Wilson Jr.; and a sister, Wanda Lee Wilson.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, with Dr. Jim Godbey presiding. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Larrison-Forsyth Funeral Home, Medicine Lodge. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge.

Memorials may be sent to Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital or Lincoln Library, Medicine Lodge, both in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Garen W. Skinner
MCPHERSON - Garen W. Skinner, 56, died Jan. 6, 2002, at his home in McPherson.
 

William F. 'Bill' McKeen
LIBERAL - William F. "Bill" McKeen, 88, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal.

He was born Sept. 11, 1913, at Turley, Okla., the son of Charles W. and Mary Cecelia Mangel McKeen. He completed two years of college at Oklahoma State University. A resident of Liberal for 41 years, moving from Midland, Texas, he was an oilman for more than 50 years. He began his career in the 1930s and his job took him from off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, to completing a well at the highest recorded elevation at the time at Soldier Summit, Utah. He spent most of his time in west Texas.

He belonged to St. Anthony Catholic Church and Liberal Country Club, both at Liberal.

On Sept. 21, 1939, he married Gladys M. "Peggy" Jacobsen at Woodward, Okla. She died Oct. 1, 2001.

Survivors include: a son, Charles William, Liberal; a daughter, Teresa D. McKeen Perdue, Dallas; three grandsons; and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Payne; and a grandson.

Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel, Liberal. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel, with Father Patrick A. Keyes presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Family will receive friends after the vigil service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Liberal Cemetery, Liberal.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the donor's choice, both in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Richard E. Wilmore
SPEARVILLE - Richard E. Wilmore, 72, died Jan. 5, 2002, at Western Plains Medical Center, Dodge City.
 

Ramona J. Wegner
SALINA - Ramona J. Wegner, 70, died Jan. 3, 2002.

She was born Feb. 28, 1931, at Carneiro, the daughter of Ray and Evelyn Sheridan Walker.

She married Quincy Wegner. He died in 1971.

Survivors include: four brothers, including Duane W. Walker, Canton; and six sisters, including Helen P. Pflughoeft, Ellsworth.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.


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