Viola P. 'Pat' Millet
Viola P. "Pat" Millet, 85, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Good Samaritan Center, Hutchinson.
Hazel Margaret Donivan Nelson
SALINA - Hazel Margaret Donivan Nelson, 89, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Leisure Homestead Nursing Home, Stafford.
She was born Oct. 24, 1912, at Eureka, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Ella Mae Donivan. Along with her six sisters and three brothers, she was placed on the Orphan Train bound to Salina at a very young age. A resident of Stafford since 1996, moving from Salina, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to Christ Victory Assembly of God Church and to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, both at Salina.
On Sept. 18, 1937, she married Carl Oscar Nelson. He died Jan. 1, 1981.
Survivors include: two sons, Gary Lee, Macksville, and Donald Ray, Oklahoma City; a daughter, Sheryl Eiesland, Apache Junction, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ryan Mortuary, Salina. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday, both at the mortuary. Burial will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials may be sent to Christ Victory Assembly of God Church, Salina, or Leisure Homestead Nursing Home, Stafford, both in care of the mortuary.
Marcile E. Converse
GREAT BEND - Marcile E. Converse, 86, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.
She was born Aug. 19, 1915, at Lewis, the daughter of Roy M. and Inez I. Kerns Ray. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to First United Methodist Church, Holl-Nething Church Circle, and the F.S. Chapter of PEO, all of Great Bend.
On Nov. 7, 1936, she married Harvey E. Converse at Great Bend. He survives.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Jean Anne Armstrong, Chanute, and Patricia Sue Kuster, Greece, N.Y.; a sister, Wilma Monahan, Healsburg, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: a brother, Jack Ray.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bryant-Christians Chapel, Great Bend, with the Rev. Jana Baxter presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church Youth Ministries, in care of the funeral home.
Franklin D. Jones
WICHITA - Franklin D. Jones, 65, died Dec. 16, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center, Wichita.
He was the brother of Alice Elmina Jones, South Hutchinson.
Funeral services were held Dec. 19, at Smith Mortuary Chapel, Haysville.
Joseph F. 'Yup' Heimerman
Joseph F. "Yup" Heimerman, 81, died Dec. 18, 2001, at his Hutchinson home.
He was born March 9, 1920, at Andale, the son of Joseph and Cora Geiger Heimerman. A resident of Hutchinson for 33 years, formerly of St. Leo, he was owner of the former Heimerman Grocery at St. Leo and also farmed and retired from Doskocil Food Service in 1982.
He belonged to St. Teresa's Catholic Church and was an honorary member of Knights of Columbus Council 612, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 982 and American Legion Lysle Rishel Post No. 68, all at Hutchinson.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
On Nov. 22, 1949, he married Geraldine Harbert. She died Dec. 25, 1952. On Dec. 31, 1957, he married Helen Goetz Lacy at Pratt. She died Nov. 9, 2001.
Survivors include: three sons, Ron Lacy, Lakewood, Colo., Joe Heimerman Jr., Plevna, and Jim Heimerman, Hutchinson; six daughters, Donna Hines and Eileen DeBoer, both of Wichita, Shirley Raney, Cunningham, Denise McCue and Pam Heimerman, both of Hutchinson, and Teresa Walls, Tempe, Ariz.; a sister, Frances Hageman, Kingman; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert, Walter and Roman; and two sisters, Margaret Mertens and Rose Kampling.
Parish rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, both at St. Teresa's Catholic Church, Hutchinson. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Father Richard Stuchlik presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Graveside funeral service will be in St. Leo Cemetery, St. Leo, with Father John P. Miller presiding, with military graveside honors conducted by a Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the mortuary.
Ruth Maxine Ritchie
PAWNEE ROCK - Ruth Maxine Ritchie, 88, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Joseph Long Term Care, Larned.
She was born Oct. 4, 1913, at Versailles, Mo., the daughter of William H. and Minnie Rachel Swearingen Stafford. A longtime resident of Pawnee Rock, she was a homemaker.
She was of the Baptist faith.
On Sept. 30, 1933, she married Ora Jackson Ritchie at Versailles, Mo. He died Jan. 12, 1985.
Survivors include: seven sons, James F., Pawnee Rock, Harold N., Wilmington, N.C., Stanley E., New Bern, N.C., William D., Castle Hayne, N.C., Dennis E., Durham, N.C., Gary D.; Fort Worth, Texas, and Virgil L., Lewis; three daughters, Christenia M. Page, Grand Junction, Colo., Sondra A. Seeley, Wichita, and Jeanne M. Vratil, Larned; two brothers, John J., Versailles, Mo., and Virgil J. Stafford, Prineville, Ore.; 29 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ora J. Ritchie Jr.; seven brothers, Jesse, Lester, William, Elic, George, Noah and Paul Stafford; and three sisters, Hazel Schmitz, Ethel Stafford and twin Martha Stafford.
Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned, with Pastor Dan Lundgren presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pawnee Rock Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Fund, in care of the funeral home.
YACHATS, Ore. - Mildred Taylor, 89, Yachats, died Dec. 12, 2001.
She was born Oct. 17, 1912, at Castleton, the daughter of John and Katie Schmitt. A resident of the Florence, Ore., area since 1961, she was formerly of McPherson, St. John, Larned, Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Oregon and Alaska. She and her husband worked in the retail clothing business for many years.
On Dec. 23, 1934, she married Arnold Taylor . He survives.
Other survivors include: two sons; five brothers; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 15, 2001, at Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, Yachats, Ore..
Burn's Riverside Chapel/Florence Funeral Home, Florence, Ore., was in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Olive Bretz
Ruth Olive Bretz, 90, died Dec. 19, 2001, at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson.
Thelma A. Anderson
DIGHTON - Thelma A. Anderson, 83, died Dec. 19, 2001, at Showalter Villa, Hesston.
She was born Sept. 3, 1918, at Amy, Colo., the daughter of Warren Lee and Stella Myrtle Speer Gibbs. A resident of Dighton, formerly of Norton, Healy, Warsaw, Mo., and Hesston, she graduated from Dighton High School in 1937, was a telephone operator, worked at Murphy's Variety Store, Dighton, and at the dietary department at Lane County Hospital, retiring in 1983.
She belonged to First Christian Church, Dighton, and was a lifetime member of Rebekah Lodge, Healy.
On Feb. 28, 1940, she married Bill Anderson at Norton. He survives.
Other survivors include: three daughters, Myrna Hein and Bobbie Sue Barber, both of Hesston, and Sherry Laird, Shawnee; a sister, Beatrice Edwards, Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee and Orville Gibbs; and a sister, Mary McDaniel.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Dighton, with the Rev. Mike Grogan presiding. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Boomhower Funeral Home, Dighton. Burial will be in Healy Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association or the Russell Child Development Center, both in care of the funeral home.
MOUNDRIDGE - Georgeirene Becker, 90, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge.
Franklin Udell Spillman
VALLEY CENTER - In Tuesday's Hutchinson News, in Franklin Udell Spillman's obituary, he was incorrectly listed as a sister to Ardith Marcum and Carolyn Miller, both of Hutchinson. He was their brother.
Cecilia E. Wapelhorst
GREAT BEND - Cecilia E. Wapelhorst, 88, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose Campus, Great Bend.
She was born July 18, 1913, at Willowdale, the daughter of John and Rosena Leitschuck Weber. A resident of Great Bend since 1948, coming from Colwich, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the Altar Society, Great Bend.
On April 20, 1937, she married Raymond B. Wapelhorst at Willowdale. He died July 12, 1974.
Survivors include: three sons, Paul J., Dan J. and David J., all of Great Bend; four daughters, Rosemary Phillips and Doris Karst, both of Great Bend, Clara Evans, Newton, and Teresa Connelley, Wichita; a brother, John Weber, Lyons; a sister, Margaret Gregg, Lyons; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Nick, Frank, Joe, Lawrence, Ollie, George and Tony Weber; and two sisters, Ann Gaider and Agnes Pohl.
Altar Society rosary will be at 4 p.m. today at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home, Great Bend, with a vigil service at 8 p.m. today at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Great Bend. Funeral Mass will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church, with Father Angel Dy presiding. Friends may visit from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and after 7 p.m. at the church, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the church or the Holy Family School Endowment Fund, both in care of the funeral home.
Bernese E. Taylor
STERLING - Bernese E. Taylor, 89, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River.
She was born Oct. 4, 1912, in Rice County, the daughter of Mark Elliott and Elsie Harvey. A lifetime resident of Sterling, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to United Methodist Church, Alden, was a former member of Salem United Brethren Church, was a Sunday school teacher, a Brethren Ladies Aid President and a member of the TAB Club.
On Jan. 8, 1933, she married Vernon A. Taylor at Sedgwick. He survives.
Other survivors include: a brother, Everett Elliott, Vineland, N.J.; two sisters, Evelyn Davis, Fort Worth, Texas, and Shirley Hoppock, Wichita; and a grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Taylor; and two sisters, Wilma Gossard and Erma Ringer.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Alden United Methodist Church, with the Rev. William Stapleton presiding. Friends may visit at the church before service time. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson.
Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Sterling.
Billy D. 'Bill' Spreier
LARNED - Billy D. "Bill" Spreier, 62, died Dec. 19, 2001, at his home.
Robert Spencer Gordon Sr.
COPELAND - Robert Spencer Gordon Sr., 81, died Dec. 19, 2001, at Western Plains Regional Hospital, Dodge City.
He was born Sept. 17, 1920, at Atlanta, the son of Clyde Marion and Etta Isophene Hindman Gordon. After farming for 19 years in eastern Kansas, he moved to Copeland, where he worked at Sublette Feeders feedlot until retirement. A resident of Montezuma since 1991, he received his education in Cedarvale. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II.
He was a member of United Methodist Church at Copeland, the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Dodge City and the American Legion at Copeland.
On Oct. 20, 1946, he married Ellen Fay Hensley at Yates Center. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Robert Spencer Jr., Copeland, and Daniel Ray, Howard; two daughters, Crystal Ellen Spanier, Howard, Colo., and Cherisse Elaine Jantz, Copeland; a brother, E.C. "Bill" Gordon, Owasso, Okla.; two sisters, Iola Pettigrew, Dexter, and Gladys Kerr, Winfield; two stepsisters, Marion Langius, Dallas, Texas, and Carolyn Marietta, Quechee, Vt.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: a brother, F.L. "Curly" Gordon; and an infant stepbrother.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Copeland, with the Rev. Warren Cico presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Montezuma Funeral Home, Montezuma. Military graveside service will be in Copeland Cemetery, conducted by Copeland American Legion Post No. 369.
Memorials may be sent to Bethel Home Inc., Montezuma, in care of the funeral home.
Ruby M. Unruh
COPELAND - Ruby M. Unruh, 74, of Tonasket, Wash., formerly of Copeland, died Dec. 19, 2001, at North Valley Hospital, Tonasket, Wash.
LIBERAL - Faun Burtsfield, 82, died Dec. 17, 2001, at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal.
She was born Jan. 18, 1919, at St. John, the daughter of Arthur and Lilly Britton French. A resident of Liberal since 1940, she owned and operated Humpty-Dumpty Nursery School from 1960 to 1971. She graduated from Haviland High School.
She belonged to First Presbyterian Church, Liberal.
On July 1, 1940, she married Marvin E. Burtsfield at Minneola. He survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Tom, Danville, Ind.; a daughter, Pamela Miller, Lawrence; a sister, Virginia French, Wichita; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in Liberal Cemetery, with the Rev. Stephen Saville presiding. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to noon today at Miller Mortuary, Liberal.
Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the mortuary.
Elizabeth P. 'Betty' Wandt
Elizabeth P. "Betty" Wandt, 83, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Hospice Residential Care Center, Hutchinson.
Elizabeth Jane McIntire
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Elizabeth Jane McIntire, 49, of Midwest City, Okla., passed away Dec. 17, 2001.
Cornelius 'C.D.' Wiens
Cornelius "C.D." Wiens, 83, died Dec. 19, 2001, at Hospice Residential Care Center, Hutchinson.
He was born Nov. 11, 1918, at Lustre, Mont., the son of Henry C. and Marie Dahlke Wiens. A longtime resident of Hutchinson, he was a tire salesman with the former B.F. Goodrich Tire Co. of Hutchinson, retiring from Gullickson Tire in 1980 after 34 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II, receiving the Bronze Service Arrowhead in the Pacific Theater, Asiatic Pacific service medal, Philippine Liberation ribbon with one Bronze Service Star and WW II Victory Medal.
He belonged to First Christian Church, where he had been a deacon since 1954, and the Christian Couples Class, American Legion Lysle Rishel Post No. 68 and VFW Bob Campbell Post No. 1361, all at Hutchinson.
On June 18, 1950, he married Lenora L. Dirksen at First Christian Church, Hutchinson. She survives.
Other survivors include: four sons, Jerry A. Wiens, San Antonio, Jerry D. Riffel, Kansas City, Mo., Richard H. Wiens, Kansas City, Kan., and Ronald Riffel, Sarasota, Fla.; three daughters, Karen J. Maddux, Arnold, Calif., Johnene S. Walters, Hutchinson, and Marilyn B. Galliardt, Hesston; two brothers, Henry H. Wiens, Omaha, Neb., and Eldon Wiens, Willow Street, Pa.; a sister, Elsie Johnson, Wichita; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: five brothers, Jake D. Wiens, Dan D. Wiens and Edward Wiens, and two infants; and two sisters, Sara Gibson and Helen Wyer.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Hutchinson, with Pastor Melvin Walton officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., all at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the mortuary.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Reno County for its assistance.
Kory Timmerman Baker
HILLSBORO - Kory Timmerman Baker, 22, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Highway 50 in Harvey County.
Dorothy J. Boyce McQuade
WICHITA - Dorothy J. Boyce McQuade, 79, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Wichita.
She was born May 31, 1922, at Alden, the daughter of Lester L. and Anna Miller Stringer.
She married Walter McQuade. He survives.
Other survivors include: a son; three daughters; a stepson; two stepdaughters; four sisters, including Eloise Loutzenheiser and Betty Pierce, both of Lyons; nine grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Resthaven Mortuary Chapel, Wichita.
Dale L. Thiel
HARPER - Dale L. Thiel, 78, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Wichita.
He was born July 24, 1923, at Duquoin, the son of Joseph A. and Carrie M. Russell Thiel. He was a farmer.
On Aug. 27, 1958, he married Golda Jean Force. She died Oct. 2, 1982.
Survivors include: a daughter, Kathy Meyer, Andale; and a sister, Ione Van Gieson, Harper.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Harper Cemetery, Harper, with Pastor Royce Vogt presiding.
Memorials may be sent to the Kansas Humane Society, in care of Elliott Funeral Home, Harper.
Carl R. Zerger
ARVADA, Colo. - Carl R. Zerger, 85, died Dec. 8, 2001, at Arvada, Colo.
He was born April 5, 1916, in Caddo County, Okla., the son of John H. and Emma Kaufman Zerger. A resident of Arvada, Colo., since 1956, formerly a resident of the Belmont area, he taught in Kingman County and then coached at Webster High School in Rooks County from 1938 to 1942. In 1945, he taught at Concordia High School and later at El Dorado Junior College. Moving to Lakewood, Colo., in 1952, and then to Arvada, he taught in the school system for many areas, and an elementary school was later named for him. He graduated from Belmont High School in 1932, from Southwestern College in 1936, and attended Kansas University and then Emporia Teacher College, majoring in history and political science. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.
In 1941, he married Berniece Gilliland. She survives.
Other survivors include: a son; a daughter; two brothers, Glen and Carrol, both of Kingman; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Service was held at 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at Lakewood United Methodist Church, Lakewood, Colo.