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

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Bobbie Louise Douglas
Bobbie Louise Douglas, 69, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Hospice Residential Center, Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 4, 1932, at Hutchinson, the daughter of Arthur and Lucille Washburn Emry. A lifetime resident of Hutchin-son, she was a homemaker. She was a member of Eastern Star, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was past president of Highlands Ladies Golf League and was a Hospice volunteer. On Feb. 14, 1947, she married Chester C. Douglas at Hutchinson. He died June 5, 1998. Survivors include: a daughter, Fancy Loder, Arlington; two sisters, Carol Woodard, Wichita, and Celia Goering, Amarillo, Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Clifford G. Douglas. Graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, with Chaplain Frederick J. Obold presiding. Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Heritage Chapel, Hutchinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Reno County, in care of Heritage Funeral Home, Hutchinson.

Barbara Ann Kerr Bryan
GREENSBURG - Barbara Ann Kerr Bryan, 58, died Nov. 30, 2001, in the Bay Area Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born Nov. 2, 1943, at Wichita, the daughter of Howard and Elgeva Smith Kerr. Barbara graduated from Greensburg High School in 1962, graduated from Salt City Business College, Hutchinson, in 1964, and graduated from Massage Therapy School, Corpus Christi, in 1985. Barbara had also been a secretary at Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, from 1964 to 1968. She was a resident of Padre Isles since 1983, where she was a licensed massage therapist, employed with Kelly's Hair Center, Padre Island, and a member of the Island Presbyterian Church. On July 10, 1965, she married Daryl Bryan at Greensburg. Survivors include: a son, Daren Bryan, Denver, Colo.; her parents, Howard and Elgeva Kerr, Padre Island, Texas; four sisters, Beth Atherton, Manchaca, Texas, Donna Stenzel, Great Bend, Betty Jo Russell and Carol Montgomery, both of Greensburg. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fleener Chapel, Greensburg, with the Rev. Lawrence Lambert Jr. presiding. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg. Memorials may be sent to Island Presbyterian Church, Corpus Christi, Texas, or the Kiowa County Library, Greensburg, in care of Fleener Funeral Home, Greensburg.

Fred A. Barker
STERLING - Fred A. Barker, 69, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Sterling. He was born March 3, 1932, at Bristol, Va., the son of Jesse and Bessie Clayman Barker. A resident of Sterling since 1998, he was a retired police officer and sheriff's officer for Hutchinson and Reno County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. On Aug. 5, 1954, he married Mereko Horiguchi at Yokohama, Japan. Survivors include: a son, Terry, Sterling; a daughter, Diane, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; three brothers, Edward and Charles, both of Bristol, Va., and James, Florida; and a sister, Stella, Columbia, S.C. He was preceded in death by a brother, Haskell. Graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Sterling Community Cemetery, with the Rev. Fred Obold presiding. Memorials may be sent to Reno/Rice County Hospice, in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Sterling.

Mary R. Hoffman
WICHITA - Mary R. Hoffman, 73, died Nov. 30, 2001. She was a homemaker. Survivors include: a son; three daughters; a brother; two sisters; and 11 grandchildren. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Downing & Lahey West Mortuary, Wichita. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Wichita. Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt. Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the mortuary.

S. Lloyd Lightner
S. Lloyd Lightner, 58, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born May 14, 1943, at Nevada, Mo., the son of Sheldon and Carrie Alice Whithorn Lightner. A longtime Hutchinson resident, he attended Hutchinson schools and was a salt miner at Hutchinson Salt, formerly Carey Salt, for 39 years. He belonged to Steelworker's Local No. 12458. On May 12, 1963, he married Mary Estella Rosenkrans at Hutchinson. She survives. Other survivors include: two sons, Kevin, Hutchinson, and David, of the home; a daughter, Lesli Cooper, Hutchinson; his mother, Alice Lightner, Hutchinson; a brother, Dean, Hutchinson; a sister, Laura Shuff, Hutchinson; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and an infant sister. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with the Rev. William J. Green Sr. officiating. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Burial will be in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, in care of the mortuary.

Elizabeth Hamilton Gridley
CUNNINGHAM - Elizabeth Hamilton Gridley, 45, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt. She was born July 11, 1956, at Chester, Pa., the daughter of Richard H. and Florence Elizabeth Carty Vaughan. A resident of Cunningham since 1997, formerly of Beaver, Okla., she was a cashier at D & M's in Cunningham. She attended Zenda United Methodist Church. On Feb. 15, 1997, she married Steven Gridley at Beaver, Okla. He survives. Other survivors include: three sons, Kyle, Cody and Justin, all of Cunningham; a daughter, Ashlee, Cunningham; her parents, Dick and Geraldine Vaughan, Mission Hills; and a brother, Douglas Vaughan, Olathe. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Cunningham, with Pastor Mike McGovney and Father Jim Dieker presiding. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Maud Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the AKCJ Children's Fund, in care of First National Bank, Cunningham, or the funeral home.

Barbara F. Hlaus
WILSON - Barbara F. Hlaus, 88, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Wilson Nursing Center, Wilson.

Mable Flo Hensley
ASHLAND - Mable Flo Hensley, 97, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Minneola District Hospital, Minneola.

Katharine E. Maris
LYONS - Katharine E. Maris, 94, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Lyons Good Samaritan Center. She was born Aug. 12, 1907, at Wilmington, Del., the daughter of Elmo R. Freeman and Anna E. Kane. A resident of Lyons since 1973, she was a homemaker. She belonged to First Christian Church and the Order of Eastern Star Queen Esther Chapter, both at Lyons. On April 7, 1928, she married James W. Maris at Atlantic City, N.J. He died Nov. 29, 1993. Survivors include: four sons, Robert, Overland Park, Martin, Dallas, David, Wichita, and Steven, Lone Star, Texas; and three daughters, Eleanor Young, Lyons, Nancy Potter, Dighton, and Katharine Cundith, Tulsa, Okla. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Christian Church, Lyons, with the Rev. Tom Eastman presiding. Friends may visit from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. Burial will be in Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons. Memorials may be sent to Lyons Good Samaritan Center, in care of the funeral home.

Francis L. Way
Francis L. Way, 83, died Nov. 30, 2001, at his home in Hutchinson. He was born June 10, 1918, at Beloit, the son of Fred and Wave Hyman Way. A Hutchinson resident since 1950, he farmed in Lucas and was a truck driver for McCue Transfer and Western Food Products Inc., both at Hutchinson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a Methodist and belonged to Loyal Order of Moose No. 982, Hutchinson, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Beloit, and the American Legion, Lucas. Survivors include: a stepson, Gary Vonada, Wichita; a stepdaughter, Connie Dougherty, Lucas; a brother, Kenneth Way, Garden City; his companion, Muffy, of the home; his primary care giver, Connie Warrington, Hutchinson; four step-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil Dale and Robert Don Way. Graveside funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson, with American Legion Chaplain Charles E. Wallace presiding and military honors conducted by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Memorials may be sent to Loyal Order of Moose No. 982 or VFW Bob Campbell Post No. 1361, both at Hutchinson, in care of the mortuary.

Richard 'Dick' Duncan
SYLVIA - Richard "Dick" Duncan, 74, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchin-son. He was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Stafford County, the son of S.N. "Sam" and Lucille Haggett Duncan. He was a graduate of Sylvia High School. A longtime resident of Sylvia, he was an oil-field pumper and worked as power-plant operator for KSIR, Hutchinson. He belonged to First United Methodist Church, Sylvia, and the Masonic Lodge. On Sept. 26, 1973, he married Maxine Bruer at Sylvia. She survives. Other survivors include: two stepdaughters, Kathy Brugey, Sylvia, and Theresa Kraus, Scandia; four step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandson. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Minnis Chapel, Stafford, with the Rev. Harry Graves presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel. Burial will be in Sylvia Cemetery, Sylvia. Memorials may be sent to Sylvia Methodist Church or Leisure Homestead, Stafford, both in care of the chapel.

Helen Pauline Hesher
PAWNEE ROCK - Helen Pauline Hesher, 91, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Integrated Health Services, Great Bend. She was born July 26, 1910, at Morland, the daughter of Peter and Katherin Klaus Brungardt. A resident of Pawnee Rock since 1961, she was a homemaker. She was a past member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, St. Peter. On April 22, 1941, she married Rollo Martin Hesher at Winfield. He died Nov. 22, 1946. Survivors include: two daughters; a sister; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother; and two sisters. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned, with Father Warren Stecklein presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Gypsum Cemetery, Gypsum. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Lawrence 'Larry' Jerome Sisson
GREAT BEND - Lawrence "Larry" Jerome Sisson, 63, died Nov. 30, 2001, at Central Kansas Medical Center-St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.

Ruth Ann Blumenshine Stites
Ruth Ann Blumenshine Stites, RDH, age 56, of Hutchinson, Kansas, formerly of Wichita and Clearwater, Kansas, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, in Wichita. She had battled cancer since 1982. She was born on July 26, 1945, in Wichita. She was the younger of two children born to her parents, Charles Herman and Annabelle Phillips Blumenshine. She was raised on a farm south of Clearwater and received her early education in the Clearwater schools. Following her graduation from Clearwater High School in 1963, she attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, for two years. She became a certified dental hygienist in 1968. After college, she resided in Wichita, where she worked in the Wichita dental offices of Dr. Cecil Hayes. In 1971, she accepted a position in Hutchinson at The Dental Center. Several months later, she moved to Hutchinson to make her home. She married Alan Lee Stites on January 21, 1977, in Hutchinson. In 1980, severe rheumatoid arthritis led her to give up full-time employment as a hygienist. For many years, she was the Nickerson School District hygienist. She was an associate with REIB Realtors in Hutchinson. She operated the company's Auction Market in South Hutchinson. She was a current member of the Kansas Dental Association. She was also a current member of Wichita's Flora del sol Chapter of the D.A.R., Daughters of the American Revolution, and The Arthritis Foundation-Kansas Chapter. She was very active in The Arthritis Foundation. She was an avid and accomplished snow skier. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2001, at the Clearwater United Methodist Church. Interment was in Clearwater Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Blumenshine, in 1980; and by two premature, stillborn babies, a daughter and a son. She is survived by her husband, Alan of Hutchinson; mother, Annabelle Blumenshine of Hutchinson; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Carol Blumenshine of Wichita; and two nephews, Matthew Blumenshine and David Blumenshine, both of Wichita. A memorial has been established in her name with The Arthritis Foundation-Kansas Chapter, 1602 E. Waterman, Wichita, Kansas 67211. Webb Mortuary, Clearwater, Kansas, was in charge of arrangements.


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