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

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Carl J. Urban
GREAT BEND - Carl J. Urban, 70, died Dec. 16, 2001 at Central Kansas Medical Center-St. Rose Campus, Great Bend. He was born Aug. 14, 1931, at Loretta, the son of Alois G. and Anna Schlitter Urban. He was a retired branch manager for Diesel Equipment Company for 40 years. He belonged to St. Patrick Catholic Church, was a life member of the VFW Post No. 3111, and a past member of the Elks Lodge, all of Great Bend. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. On Oct. 17, 1953, he married Bernadette Suppes at Liebenthal. She survives. Other survivors include: a son, Randall, Louisburg; a daughter, Cynthia Prescott, Great Bend; a brother, Paul, Victoria; a sister, Esther, LaCrosse; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Leonard and Eugene; and a great-granddaughter. Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home, Great Bend. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Great Bend, with Father Warren Stecklein presiding. Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, all at the funeral home. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery, Great Bend. Memorials may be sent to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to the Holy Family School Endowment Fund, both in care of the funeral home.

Guy R. Beer
LARNED - Guy R. Beer, 85, died Dec. 17, 2001, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus Long Term Care, Larned. He was born Oct. 4, 1916, in Pawnee County, the son of Chester R. and Maggie Z. Dykeman Beer. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, he was a dairy farmer and farmer. He belonged to United Methodist Church, was a 50-year member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, all at Larned. He was a member of the American Jersey Cattle Club, and the Kansas State Jersey Cattle Club. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. On May 31, 1943, he married Helen Clair Crow at Miami. She survives. Other survivors include: a son, Dr. Paul R., Denver; three daughters, Janet Grubbs, Tijeras, N.M., Pamela Propp, Sterling, Colo., and Deborah Quakenbush, Aurora, Colo.; two brothers, Charles W., San Mateo, Calif., and Dean, Middletown, Calif.; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne; and a sister, Lois. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with Pastor Charles Grant presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday, both at the mortuary. Burial will be in Larned Cemetery, Larned. Memorials may be sent to United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or Parkinson's Foundation, both in care of the mortuary.

John J. Cecil Jr.
John J. Cecil Jr., 63, died Dec. 15, 2001, at Hutchinson. He was born Feb. 5, 1938 at Sylvia, the son of John J. and Marjorie Austin Cecil Sr. A 22 year resident of Plevna, formerly of Sylvia, he worked as a Petroleum Engineer. He attended South Hutchinson Mennonite Church, and was a member of the YMCA, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He served in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include: two sons, Jason, Frontenac, and Josh, Overland Park; two daughters, Jennifer Albright and Jodie Cecil, both of Hutchinson; three sisters, Norma McElwain, Wichita, Elizabeth Kelts, Sacramento, and Ginny Janzen, Laguana Woods, Calif.; and four grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at South Hutchinson Mennonite Church, with the Rev. Howard Wagler presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., all at Johnson and Sons Funeral Home, Hutchinson. Burial will be in Sylvia Cemetery, Sylvia. Memorials may be sent to the Court Appointed Special Advocates, in care of the funeral home.

William A. 'Bill' Votruba
William A. "Bill" Votruba, 88, died Dec. 16, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital. He was born Aug. 27, 1913, at Lucas, the son of John F. and Rosa Novak Votruba. A 1933 graduate of Lucas High School, he moved to Hutchinson 58 years ago. He was a retired agent for Prudential Insurance Co. of America. He belonged to Holy Cross Catholic Church, and St. Teresa's Catholic Church, and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 612, Loyal Order of the Moose No. 982, and Mid-State Street Rods. On June 7, 1938, he married LaVerne E. Lank at Wilson. She survives. Other survivors include: two sons, William J. "Bill" and Ronald C., both of Hutchinson; two daughters, Jean M. Ehler, Hutchinson, and JoAnn "Jody" Andino, Staten Island, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank; a sister O'Tillie Lindel; and a grandson. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Teresa's Catholic Church, with Father Richard F. Stuchlik presiding. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, all at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson. Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of Reno County, or the American Cancer Society, both in care of the mortuary.

James Richard 'Dick' Murphy
GREAT BEND - James Richard "Dick" Murphy, 73, died Dec. 14, 2001, at Central Kansas Medical Center-St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.

John E. Rangel
GARDEN CITY - John E. Rangel, 32, died Dec. 15, 2001, at Wichita.

Gage Gunner Switzer
Gage Gunner Switzer, 8, died Dec. 15, 2001, at Hutchinson. He was born Nov. 28, 1993, at Lyons, the son of Rick B. Switzer and Jenni R. Yoder. He was a second-grade student at Hesston Grade School, Hesston. He attended Maranatha Mennonite Church Sunday school, Hutchinson, and played soccer with the Hesston Soccer League. Survivors include: his father, Hutchinson; his mother, Hesston; a brother, Grady, Hesston; grandparents, Larry and Virginia Switzer, Nickerson, and Gene and Sue Yoder, Hutchinson; and great-grandmother, Verna Yoder, South Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Abe R. Yoder, John and Mary Switzer, Glen and Bula Seitz; and a cousin Darrell Renner. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Maranatha Mennonite Church, 3115 Blanchard S.W., Hutchinson, with Pastor Paul Nisley presiding. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Van Campen Funeral Home, Haven. Burial will be in Pleasantview Cemetery, Darlow. Memorials may be sent to the Gage Gunner Switzer Scholastic Fund, in care of Cathy Penner. Van Campen Funeral Home, Haven, is in charge of arrangements.

Wyona Margaret Smith Eberhart
KINGMAN - Wyona Margaret Smith Eberhart, 91, died Dec. 17, 2001, at her home in Kingman. She was born June 20, 1910, in Clark County, the daughter of Charles L. and Bertha Long Smith. A resident of Kingman since 1926, she was a 1933 graduate of Kingman Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She had worked as an obstetric nurse for Kingman Memorial Hospital, and she retired from Haven Manor in 1972. She belonged to First Baptist Church, the Martha Circle and American Baptist Women, all of Kingman. On Oct. 25, 1935, she married Wilbur P. Eberhart at El Dorado. He died Aug. 21, 1987. Survivors include: a daughter, Margaret Facchino, Santa Cruz, Calif.; a brother, Lester, Derby; and four sisters, Bernice Schwertfeger, Preston, Lois Bailey and Christine Murray, both of Wichita, and Amy Hildebrand, Kingman. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Herman and Donald. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Kingman, with Pastor Tim O'Byrne presiding. Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. today at Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman. Burial will be in Sego Cemetery, Reno County. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church and to Hospice Inc., both in care of the funeral home.

Carrie Dalke
MOUNDRIDGE - Carrie Dalke, 100, died Dec. 16, 2001, at Moundridge Manor, Moundridge.

Bernice N. Miller
HESSTON - Bernice M. Miller, 86, died Dec. 17, 2001, at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. She was born April 20, 1915, at Crystal Springs, the daughter of Christian and Barbara Swartzendruber Slagell. A Hesston resident since 1991, formerly of Lyons, she was a homemaker. She belonged to Church of the Nazarene, Lyons. On Oct. 20, 1940, she married Forrest Miller at Crystal Springs. He died March 26, 1995. Survivors include: two sons, Steven, Hutchinson, and Randall, Garvin, Minn.; a daughter, Barbara Mandle, Dallas; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard; and three sisters, Ada and Irene Slagell and Ruth Neville. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston, with Revs. Robert Friesen and Beverly Baumgartner presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 9 p.m., all at Miller Funeral Home, Hesston. Burial is at 2 p.m. Thursday in Crystal Springs Cemetery, near Harper.

Verna L. Jacobs
HARPER - Verna L. Jacobs, 82, died Dec. 16, 2001, at Via Christi Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. She was born May 31, 1919, in Harper County, the daughter of John O. and Maggie M. Bickel Bauer. She was a homemaker. She belonged to Cornerstone Baptist Church, Harper. On Nov. 14, 1939, she married Keith Neal Jacobs at Harper. He died Dec. 9, 1993. Survivors include: two sons, Don, Wichita, and John, Kingman; three daughters, Phyllis Thompson, Wichita, Margaret Catlin, Attica, and Faye Frazer, Syracuse; a brother, Merle Bauer, Dallas; and a sister, Dorothy Kauffman, Phoenix. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Elliott Funeral Home, Harper, with the Rev. Phil Morris presiding. Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Harper. Memorials may be sent to United Methodist Church, Harper, in care of the funeral home.

Lowell Alan Burchett
MANHATTAN - Lowell Alan Burchett, 68, died Dec. 13, 2001, at his home in Manhattan. He was born Sept. 19, 1933, at Seiling, Okla., the son of Leslie D. and Elda Faith Perkins Burchett. He retired as executive director of the Kansas crop Improvement Association, and was assistant professor of agronomy at Kansas State University. He served in the Army Reserve for 12 years, achieving the rank of captain. On Sept. 1, 1951, he married Lois Merlene Link at Seiling, Okla. She survives. Other survivors include: his mother; two sons; three daughters including, Joyce Cornwell, Bison; 29 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and nine siblings. Funeral service was held Monday at Manhattan. Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Manhattan, was in charge of the arrangments.

Theola Maude Lamb
GREAT BEND - Theola Maude Lamb, 101, died Dec. 17, 2001, at I.H.S., Great Bend. She was born Dec. 21, 1899, at Ozark County, Mo., the daughter of George Calvin and Edith Melinda Bruton Wells. A resident of Great Bend since 1977, moving from Scottsdale, Ariz., she was a retired schoolteacher. She had taught at a rural school in Morris County. She belonged to First United Methodist Church, Great Bend. On Aug. 12, 1924, she married Loy B. Lamb at Topeka. He died May 13, 1976. Survivors include: two daughters, Elizabeth Melvin, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Eulalia Weber, Great Bend. She was preceded in death by a brother, Walter D. Wells; three sisters, Ida Goggin, Georgia Harris and Rosetta Mae Shawgo. Graveside service will be at noon Thursday in Dunlap Cemetery, Dunlap. Memorials are suggested to Dunlap Methodist Church. Bryant-Christians Funeral Home, Great Bend, is in charge of the arrangements.

Alta L. Miller
Alta L. Miller, 82, died Dec. 17, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson. Funeral arrangements are pending with Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Ruth Elizabeth Hentz Van Doren
TOPEKA - Ruth Elizabeth Hentz Van Doren, 95, died Dec. 14, 2001, at a Topeka care facility. She was born Feb. 5, 1906, at rural Floris, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Ada McClure Hentz. She grew up in Anthony and later became a teacher at El Dorado. On June 26, 1971, she married A. Van Doren at Harper. He died Jan. 26, 1988. Survivors include: a nephew, Don H. Vornauf, Harper. Funeral service was Monday at Topeka. Burial was in Forest Park Cemetery, Anthony. Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, Topeka, was in charge of arrangements.

Owen Roets
ALTOONA - Owen Roets, 77, a resident of Altoona, died Dec. 5, 2001, at Via Christi Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. He was born Feb. 11, 1924, at Wichita, the son of Frank and Callista Haberther Roets. A resident of Altoona since 1988, moving from Hutchinson, he worked for Graves Truck Line, Hutchinson, retiring after 25 years. On Feb. 11, 1954, he married Veda Hardin. She survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. Other survivors include: six sons including Owen Jr., Hutchinson; four daughters; a brother; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Graveside service was held Dec. 7, in Altoona Cemetery, Altoona, with Father Stephen Baxter presiding. Loren Fawcett Funeral Home, Neodesha, was in charge of arrangements.

Charles 'Chas' W. Flood
NEWKIRK, Okla. - Charles "Chas" W. Flood, 84, died Dec. 15, 2001, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Ponca City, Okla. He was born March 5, 1917, at Blackwell, Okla., the son of Charles and Mary Ester Davis Flood. He was a 1935 graduate of Shallow Water High School and a farmer. On June 28, 1971, he married Patricia Faye Hannah Nelson at Bartlesville, Okla. She survives. Other survivors include: three daughters; a stepson; a stepdaughter; a sister, Mary K. Chamberlain, Scott City; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Trout Funeral Home, Ponca City, Okla., is in charge of arrangements.

Franklin Udell Spillman
VALLEY CENTER - Franklin Udell Spillman, 73, died Dec. 16, 2001, at Valley Center. He was brother to Ronald and Boyd, both of Hutchinson, and sister to Ardith Marcum and Carolyn Miller, both of Hutchinson. Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center, is in charge of arrangements.

Dwight G. Walker
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Dwight G. Walker, 84, died Oct. 17, 2001. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary, Pratt, with the Rev. Mark Sizemore presiding. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, in care of the mortuary.

Loui R. Beyreis
LAKIN - Loui R. Beyreis, 86, died Dec. 15, 2001, at High Plains Retirement Village, Lakin. He was born April 10, 1915, at Cimarron. He attended Liberal Schools. A resident of Lakin since 1989, moving from Garden City, he spent most of his life working for farmers in the Ingalls area. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today in Lakin Cemetery, Lakin. Garnand Funeral Home, Lakin, is in charge of arrangements.


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