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

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The Rev. Roger W. Thomas
The Rev. Roger W. Thomas, 77, died Dec. 11, 2001, at Hospice Residential Care Center, Hutchinson. He was born Feb. 29, 1924, at Union City, Pa., the son of Will and Laura Iva Brooks Thomas. A resident of Hutchinson since 1992, formerly of Lebanon, he was a resident of Kansas since 1964, coming from Oregon and California. He graduated from Western Evangelical Seminary, Portland, Ore., and St. Mary's of the Plains, Dodge City. He completed his masters at Kansas State University. He was a retired United Methodist Church minister, serving 15 churches in Kansas since 1964. He was also a substitute teacher in Hutchinson, Buhler and Nickerson school districts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in World War II. He belonged to Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church, Hutchinson. On June 24, 1944, he married Mary Duran at Long Beach, Calif. She died March 14, 1968. On Aug. 5, 1974, he married Mary Elizabeth Routledge Dimitt at Garden City. She survives. Other survivors include: two sons, David, Wichita, and Ron, Tulsa, Okla.; three stepsons, David E. Dimitt, Garden City, and Roger and Chris D. Dimitt, both of Hutchinson; a daughter, Norma Overmiller, Smith Center; four stepdaughters, Lee Ann Shook, Ulysses, Terra Sue Hibbert, Hoisington, Sherry Odendahl, Wichita, and Mary Lane Keeling, LaVeta, Colo.; a brother, LaRue Thomas, Sebring, Fla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Amiee Thomas. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with a second service at 2 p.m. Monday at Thornburg Church, Thornburg, with the Revs. Alan Stambaugh, Jean Devine and Arden Roush officiating. Friends may visit before the service Friday or sign the register book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, all at the mortuary. Burial will be in Thornburg Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church, or Hospice of Reno County, in care of the mortuary.

Raymond L. Janzen
HESSTON - Raymond L. Janzen, 61, died Dec. 11, 2001, at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. He was born Sept. 5, 1940, at Goessel, the son of Art and Malinda Pauline Schmidt Janzen. He had been a tool-grinder attendant and taxi driver in Adrian, Mich., and was a clerk at Sav-A-Trip, Hesston, since 1986. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a life member of the North American Hunting Club and the American Legion. Survivors include: his parents, both of Hesston; a son, David Janzen, Seattle; four daughters, Cindy Vasher, Niangna, Mo., Toni Janzen, Corpus Christi, Texas, Cari Janzen, San Antonio, and Robin Danglade, Michigan; a brother, Jim Janzen, Hesston; a sister, Judy Hess, Greeley, Colo.; and 11 grandchildren. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Hesston City Cemetery, with Chaplains Bev Baumgartner and Frank Keller presiding. Friends may sign the register book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton. Memorials may be sent to Generations Hand In Hand at Schowalter Villa, Hesston, or to Central Homecare & Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Lela Arlene Talbert
ELKHART - Lela Arlene Talbert, 78, died Dec. 10, 2001, at Morton County Care Center, Elkhart. She was born March 8, 1923, at Keyes, Okla., the daughter of Henry Allen and Mary Davolt Whisennand. A lifelong resident of rural Keyes, she was a homemaker. On Jan. 15, 1945, she married Henry Lloyd Talbert at Elkhart. He survives. Other survivors include: two sons, Henry Lane and Richard "Dick," both of Keyes; a daughter, Sandra Kay Kersey, El Paso, Texas; a brother, Bob Whisennand, Marietta, Okla.; a sister, Jean Flemming, Keyes; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Elkhart Church of God, with the Rev. John Morden presiding. Burial will be in Elkhart Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, in care of Harrell Funeral Home, Elkhart.

Betty Joan Chavez
LIBERAL - Betty Joan Chavez, 53, died Dec. 11, 2001, at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal. She was born Nov. 13, 1948, at Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Joseph and Emma Pauley Nuzum. She was a former Seward County correctional officer. On Jan. 6, 1989, she married Jose L. Chavez at Liberal. He survives. Other survivors include: a son, Manuel Erives, Liberal; six daughters, Teresa Riechart, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Veronica Estrada, Dupont, Colo., Yolanda Castillo, Rosario Estrada and Ramona Diaz, all of Liberal, and Jessica Borunda, Dodge City; three brothers, Charles, Donald and Marvin Tippery, all of Council Bluffs; three sisters, Judy Money, Omaha, Neb., Trish Fink, Council Bluffs, and Bonnie McKee, Lakewood, Colo.; and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother; and a son, Marvin Penry Jr. Memorial service will be at 6 p.m. today at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Liberal, with Father Patrick Keyes presiding. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home, Liberal, is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara 'Bobbie' Louise Knox
HUGOTON - Barbara "Bobbie" Louise Knox, 61, died Dec. 12, 2001, at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal. She was born Dec. 4, 1940, at Greeley, Colo., the daughter of Manuel and Louise Garcia Vasquez. A longtime Hugoton resident, she was a homemaker and worked in Home Health Care for several years. On Aug. 13, 1961, she married Delbert L. Knox Sr. at Clayton, N.M. He died Jan. 13, 1997. Survivors include: three sons, Vincent E., Christopher G. and Mike Knox, all of Hugoton; two daughters, Tara J. Knox and Debi Miller, both of Hugoton; her mother, Louise Whetstone, Denver; three brothers, Joe Vasquez, Sam Vasquez and Scott Whetstone, all of Denver; six sisters, Lee Rodriquez, Rose Dahle, Kathy Christopher, Victoria Vasquez, DeDe Niblett and Lorraine Martinez, all of Denver; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; a son, Delbert L. Knox Jr.; a brother, Chris Whetstone; and a sister, Teresa Alonzo. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Hugoton, with the Rev. Jeff Aenk presiding. Friends may sign the register book from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday at Paul's Funeral Home, Hugoton. Inurnment will be in Hugoton Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 236, Hugoton, KS 67951.

Alice M. Berglund
LARNED - Alice M. Berglund, 83, died Dec. 12, 2001, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus, Larned. She was born March 1, 1918, in Pawnee County, the daughter of John E. and Emma J. Strader Meeker. A lifetime Larned resident, she was a housewife and homemaker. She belonged to United Methodist Church, Larned. She married Leonard H. Berglund. He died Aug. 16, 1978. Survivors include: four sisters, Florence Barton, Claremore, Okla., Clara Porter, Lafayette, Calif., Betty Balke, Rockford, Ill., and Dorothy Merritt, Marysville, Calif.; and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Quimby; a son, LeRoy Berglund; a brother, Frank Meeker; and four sisters, Margaret Delp, Mary Bell Springer, Mildred Todd and Neva Keller. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, with Pastor Charles Grant presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday and until service time Saturday, all at the mortuary. Burial will be in Larned Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Larned EMS, in care of the mortuary.

C.J. Oswald
NEWTON - C.J. Oswald, 71, died Dec. 12, 2001, at a decedent's residence in Newton. He was born Oct. 1, 1930, at Tecumseh, the son of Carl and Mildred E. Edwards Oswald. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 15 years and had served in the U.S. military. He attended First Church of the Nazarene, Newton, and a was life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Masonic Lodge No. 142 AF and AM. On May 6, 1955, he married Judith J. Brainard at Moundridge. She survives. Other survivors include: two sons, John W., Benton, and Richard, Newton; two brothers, William "Woody" Oswald, Newton, and John Stucky, Moundridge; two sisters, Gloria Schrag, McPherson, and Wanita Schrag, Hesston; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Ann Pringle. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton, with the Rev. Bernie Dickson presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to First Church of the Nazarene, Newton, in care of the funeral home.

Katherene Posey
MINNEOLA - Katherene Posey, 91, died Nov. 19, 2001, at Mission Health Care Center, Bellevue, Wash. She was born Aug. 9, 1910, at Marion, the daughter of Nicholas J. and Mary Lewellen Schlingloff. She was a retired accountant. On March 23, 1929, she married Dudley Posey. He died in 1965. Survivors include: a son, Mack, Indiantown, Fla.; a daughter, Eva Bair, Bellevue, Wash.; a sister, Neva Pierce, Dodge City; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Josephine L. Trimmell. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola, with the Rev. Kip Ryherd presiding. There will be no public visitation. Cremation took place. Memorials may be sent to the donor's choice in care of Eva M.Bair, 4934 127th Place SE, Bellevue, WA 98006, or in care of Minnis Mortuary, Minneola.


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