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

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Lowell H. Pelton
CLAFLIN - Lowell H. Pelton, 84, died Jan. 7, 2002, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.
 

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

He was born June 12, 1945, at Topeka, the son of Leo L. and Myrtle A. Huffman Skinner. He graduated from Manhattan Christian College in 1987. A resident of McPherson since 1990, formerly of Cedar Point and the Topeka area, he was head custodian at USD 400, Lindsborg, and was a former pastor at several Independent Christian Churches.

He belonged to Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson.

He was a U.S. Marines veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.

On Sept. 25, 1970, he married Dianne G. Hudson at Topeka. She survives.

Other survivors include: a son, Wesley, Olathe; two brothers, Cletus M., Edinburg, Texas, and James B., Topeka; three sisters, Rowena Turner, Holcomb, Jean Davis, Lecompton, and Carol Manion, Topeka; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, with the Rev. Doug Merriman presiding. A private committal of the cremains will be Thursday in Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka.

Memorials may be sent to Central Homecare and Hospice, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Lola M. Shuttleworth
GENESEO - Lola M. Shuttleworth, 95, died Jan. 7, 2002, at Hutchinson Hospital.

She was born June 21, 1906, at Brookville, the daughter of Ed Shute and Ida Mary Kuntz. A longtime resident of Geneseo, she recently moved to Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River. She was a homemaker and seamstress.

She belonged to the 55 Plus Club, and the United Methodist Church, both of Geneseo.

On March 21, 1929, she married Paige Shuttleworth at Salina. He died Jan. 22, 1981.

Survivors include: three sons, Vance, Lindsborg, Myrt, Geneseo, and Paige, Salina; two daughters, LaDonna Griffis and Della Pruitt, both of Lyons; a sister, Ida Mary Olson, Atwater, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Dwight Neal, and Edward Teddy Henry; and two grandsons.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Geneseo, with the Rev. Bob Fleener presiding. Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Geneseo Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church, Geneseo Library, or the Rice County Hospice, all in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Edna V. Kraft
HOISINGTON - Edna V. Kraft, 97, died Jan. 7, 2002, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.
 

Donald D. Feckner
NEWTON - Donald D. Feckner, 69, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Newton Medical Center, Newton
 

Don Showalter
Don Showalter, 73, died Jan. 5, 2002, at his home, Hutchinson.

He was born April 7, 1928, at Hutchinson, the son of Leighton M. and Clara J. Swartzell Showalter. He was a 1946 graduate of Hutchinson High School and Salt City Business College, Hutchinson. A lifetime resident of Hutchinson, he was employed by the former Detroiter Mobile Home Plant, and was retired from Kingsley-Wagoner and Rose Motor Supply Company, in parts delivery, all at Hutchinson.

He belonged to the Hutchinson Bowling Hall of Fame.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

In Oct. 1972, he married Mary Maxine Moore. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include: three daughters, Sharon R. McGhee, Hutchinson, Shelly R. Nemechek, Salina, and Stephanie R. Nobert, Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Galen, Ore.; a sister, Lorraine Davis, Wichita; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Arnold.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, with Pastor Willard J. Stafford presiding. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice in care of Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. 
 
 

Faye Dicks
GARDEN CITY- Faye Dicks, 91, died Jan. 6, 2002, at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City.

Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City, is in charge of the arrangements. 
 
 

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

Maynard T. Amerine Jr.
PENALOSA - Maynard T. Amerine Jr., 89, died Jan. 7, 2002, at Hutchinson Hospital.
 

William Edward Huffman Jr.
DODGE CITY - William Edward Huffman Jr., 47, died Jan. 7, 2002, at the Western Plains Regional Hospital, Dodge City.

He was born Jan. 21, 1954, at Dodge City, the son of William Edward and Audrey Messer Huffman. A graduate of Fort Hays State University, he worked for Kindsvater Truck Lines for 20 years.

He belonged to Church of Christ, Dodge City.

Survivors include: his mother, Audrey Nihas, Fort Dodge; three sisters, Norma Noland, Dodge City, Merlene Nihas, Fort Dodge, and Barbara Rich, Lawrence; a brother, Jeffrey Nihas, Dodge City; four nieces; and a stepfather, Merle Nihas, Fort Dodge.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, with Garrell Kidd presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City.

Memorials are suggested to the Church of Christ, Dodge City, in care of the funeral home. 
 
 

Vernon Sullivan
VALLEY CENTER - Vernon Sullivan, 81, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Wichita.

He was born Aug. 20, 1920, in rural Reno County, the son of Harry and Flora Scheopf Sullivan. A resident of Valley Center, he was a Derby Oilfield refinery supervisor and a farmer.

On Nov. 8, 1943, he married Ellen Priddle at Winfield. She survives.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Other survivors include: a daughter; a sister; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Valley Center. Burial will be in Valley Cemetery, Valley Township, rural Reno County.

\Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center, is in charge of arrangements. 
 
 

Harold W. Phillips
DODGE CITY - Harold W. Phillips, 65, died Jan. 7, 2002, at Hillsboro Medical Center, Hillsboro.

He was born April 28, 1936, at Ashland, the son of Cleo and Anna Loraine Dunn Phillips. He attended Dodge City schools, and worked for Hy Plains Dress Beef for 30 years, retiring as a supervisor.

On July 14, 1957, he married Stella Hall at Dodge City. She survives.

Other survivors include: his father; two sons, Chris, Topeka, and Norman, Wichita; a daughter, Cindy Adams, Spur, Texas; four brothers, Don, Marion, Ed, Dodge City, Jim, Garden City, and Rick, Keota, Okla.; four sisters, Juanita Boatright, Pembroke, Ga., Marilyn Phillips and Diana Sidebottom, both of Montezuma, and Carol Thomson, McPherson; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and a grandchild.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, with Sterling Shinn presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City.
 
 

Herbert Walker Belk
CHENEY - Herbert Walker Belk, 84, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita.

He was born March 26, 1917, at Las Animas, Colo., the son of Edwin and Carrie Effie Mitchell Belk. A resident of Cheney, he was a retired electrician. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

On March 5, 1940, he married Beatrice Searcy at Wynn, Ark. She survives.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Barbara Y. Conway, Charlotte, N.C., and Billie Diane Belk, Cheney; a brother, Vern Dyson, Reno, Nev.; two sisters, Bertha Waltz, Reno, Nev., and Marie Britt, Calif.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Dyson.

Lanterman Funeral Home, Cheney, is in charge of the arrangements. 
 
 

Marie McMillan
STAFFORD - Marie McMillan, 93, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Stanton, Texas.

Doris G. Langley
LARNED - Doris G. Langley, 78, died Jan. 7, 2002, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

Service is pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary, Larned.
 
 

Charles Irwin Hager 
Charles Irwin Hager died January 4, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Olathe, Kansas, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

He was born February 10, 1913, at Halley's Bluff, Missouri, located six miles west of Schell City. He was the son of C.C. and Maude May Paulk Hager, and graduated from Chase High School in Chase, Kansas, in 1933. He attended Bresee College of Hutchinson, Kansas, and McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas. Hager, a longtime resident of both Dodge City and Garden City, Kansas, resided in Hutchinson for the past ten years, having moved to Olathe in September 2001. He was a retired Realtor, had previously managed a lumber yard, and was a land developer, builder and gentleman farmer.

He belonged to Church of the Nazarene for seventy-seven years. He was a soloist for his high school graduating class, sang for weddings and funerals, and served as church choir director.

On August 10, 1934, he married Lucile A. Boldt at Chase, Kansas, who survives him. Other survivors include: a daughter, Fayra L. Eckley, Olathe, Kansas; a son, Eldon D. Hager, Colorado Springs, Colorado.; four grandchildren, Diane Fortner and Neil Hager, both of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Charles Quinn, Lenexa, Kansas, and Julie Gilmore, Olathe, Kansas. He is also survived by a sister, Ida Belle Dothage, Jefferson City, Missouri, and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Stewart.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12th, at First Church of the Nazarene, Hutchinson, Kansas Visitation will be held at the church prior to the funeral service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park, Hutchinson, immediately following the funeral service. Arrangements are being handled by Heritage Funeral Home of Hutchinson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to the Charles Hager Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2030 College Way, Olathe, KS 66062.


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