Obituaries Published Dec. 23, 2004
Clyde D. Schuster, 96, Nampa, Idaho, died at his home Dec. 14.
Clyde was born in Mankato to Arthur and Ruth Schuster. He married Fae Warren in 1933. As a farmer, Clyde moved to Emmett, Idaho., in 1936. About 1941, he purchased a farm south of Lake Lowell, being one of the first to farm in that area.
He was a member of the Countryman's Club, Nampa Producer's Supply Co-op, Farm Bureau, Southside Grange, commissioner of the volunteer rural fire district, part owner and director for both the Cloverdale Cemetery and the Meridian Valley Implement Company. Clyde was a long-time supporter and active member of the Southside Methodist Church where he helped in remodeling and donating many hand-made wooden crafts to the fundraiser auctions. Besides his dedication to farming, he enjoyed fishing and motorcycling. He was a patron and advocate for the Merry Widow Radon Health Mine in Basin, Mont.
He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Robert Edwards (Patsy), Portland, Ore., Mrs. Ralph Harris (Carol), Phoenix, Ariz., five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
His wife Fae, an infant son, Donald, daughters, Jeanne Star and Virginia Joan, a brother, Clare, and a sister, Mae Fraisier, preceded him in death.
He received loving care from his grand-niece, Sue Johnson Schuster andher daughter, Jaclyn.
Services were Dec. 20 at the Southside Methodist Church, Nampa. Interment was at the Cloverdale Cemetery following the services.
Charles Leslie Leonard, 80, Edgar, the son of Victor Leonard and Maud (Humphrey) Leonard was born March 27, 1924, on a farm in northern Missouri near Worthington. He died Dec. 16, at the Good Samaritan Center, Superior.
After graduating from high school at Unionville, Mo., he moved to Davenport, Iowa and worked at a minesweeper factory. In May 1943, he went to Farragut Naval Base in Idaho to attend boot training and electrical school. He volunteered for submarine service and was sent to New London, CT for training. He became part of the crew of the USS 399 Seacat and made three war patrols around Japan in the Red and Sea of Japan. After returning home from the service, he attended the Northeast Missouri State Teacher's College at Kirksville, Mo.
He married Mary Mendenhall Jan. 11, 1951. Their first home was in Buffalo, Iowa, while working for the Dewey Portland Cement Company. He became a Chrstian in the fall of 1951 and began preaching fulltime in 1962. His ministry took him to Princeville, Ill., Clinton, Iowa, Davenport and Nelson, Neb., Rawlins, Wyo., Grand Island, Neb., Abilene, Kan., Fairbury, Neb. and Norton, Kan. After retiring from the ministry he was in fellowship with the Church of Christ at Davenport.
He enjoyed camping, writing, photography and the study of history. He was a freelance writer and published in such magazines as the Farm Journal, The Furrow, Wild West and, Trailer Life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brother and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, Superior; two daughters, Marilyn Corman, Nelson; and Diana Fuller, Hardy; one sister, Mae McQueen, Carrolton, Mo.; four grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at the Hardy Cemetery. Pastor Ronald Shields officiated.
Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Lee Morehead, 69, the daughter of Harry E. Haskell and Lula Dirks Haskell, was born Nov. 20, 1935, at Hebron and died Nov. 20, at her home in Belleville.
She attended School District 36 in Jefferson County, and graduated from high school at Reynolds. On April 5, 1956, she married Dale E. Morehead. To this union four children were born: Dale, Debbie, Kathy and Ray. The couple made their home in Byron, where they owned and operated together the E-Z Inn Cafe in Byron for more than 20 years. They later operated Dale's Bar in Byron. In 1982, they moved to Belleville, where they operated Dale's Service and Boat Sales until Mr. Morehead died in 1998. Virginia then worked at Republic County Hospital for five years until her retirement.
She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Byron.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband on Feb. 18, 1998.
She is survived by two sons: Dale, Utica and Ray, Wichita; two daughers, Debbie Mick, Wymore, and Kathy Wagley, Charlotte, N.C., and three grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m, Monday, at the Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Memorial Chapel, conducted by Pastor Mark Imel.
Private inurnment will be held at the Washington Cemetery, rural Republic.
Jerald (Jerry) Kent Rose, 67, the son of Harry Alvin and Mary Margaret (Wells) Rose, was born Oct. 8, 1937 at Mahaska. He died Tuesday at the Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior.
Raised at Mahaska he graduated from high school there with the Class of 1955. He married Sue Hoff Nov. 30, 1973, at the United Methodist Church in Superior. He had worked for the Blue Cross Serum Plant in Superior from 1961 to 1964 and then went to work for Ideal Cement in Superior being employed from 1964 to 1985. He retired from Quality Red-I-Mix.
Survivors include his wife, Sue, Superior; son, Kevin Rose, Grand Island; sister, Carl Dragoo, North Platte and a granddaughter.
Services will be today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. from the United Methodist Church, Superior. The Rev. Dorthea Fairbanks will officiate.
Ella Evelyn Colson, 96, Mankato, Dec. 14 at the Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit
She was born Oct 28, 1908, to Harry Edwin Colson and Flora Emma (Hoffhines) Colson, at the farm near Ionia. She graduated from Ionia High School in 1927 and continued living at home to care for her parents for a number of years. Ella worked for Jewell-Mitchell Rural Electric company in Ionia and Mankato. She also worked for a time as a sheriff's dispatcher and waited tables at the K&C Cafe in Mankato.
Ella was a member of Willing Workers Sewing Club and attended 4-H Roundup in Manhattan with a group of Jewell County youths. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge, VFW Auxiliary and Mankato Homemakers. She attended Harmony United Methodist Church in Mankato and was a member of United Methodist Women.
Her hobbies included sewing and crafts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary "Bea" King; her three brothers, Willard, Arnold and Alvin.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Hellen Colson, Beloit, and Rose Colson, Atchison; two nephews and two nieces.
A celebration of life service was Dec. 17 at the Harmony United Methodist Church with Pastor Laura Fricker officiating. Interment was in the Ionia Cemetery, Ionia. Melby Mortuary, Mankato, was in charge of arrangements.
Rex Dale Blair, 55, died Dec. 11 at his home in Wichita.
He graduated from West High, Wichita, and was a former Love Box maintenance worker.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Neven and Dorothy Blair; a sister, Gwen (Blair) Campbell; and a brother, Darrell Blair.
Survivors include brothers, Bob, Sherwood, Oregon; Dean (Sonny) Buckeye, Arizona, and Jack, Mankato; and a sister, LaVaughn (Blair) Loibl, Wichita.
Services were Dec. 16 at Resthaven Mortuary, Wichita.
Robert St. John
Robert Blaine St. John, 77, Randall, died Dec. 18 at Mitchell County Hospital Long Term Care, Beloit.
He was one of ten children in the family of Pearl and Lena (Bailey) St. John, born July 29, 1927, at Randall.
He grew up and attended school in the Randall area and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to Randall. On March 29, 1947, he married Betty Lienberger at Salina.
The family moved to Hastings, Neb., then back to Randall in 1971. Robert worked for Randall School and operated the BB Cafe.
Robert was a former member of the VFW and the Moose Lodge and his hobbies were fishing, trapping and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife Betty of the home; four sons, Randy, Lincoln, Neb.; Steve, Hastings Neb.; Tony, Salina; and Shannon, Beloit; a daughter, Bonnie Wach, Hastings; a brother, Carl St. John, Santa Ana, Calif.; four sisters, Dorothy Dine, Emporia; Virginia Lienberger, Randall; Donna Hake, Carbondale; and Jerry Lynch, Osage City; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lynette Miller; three brothers, Pearl Jr., Richard and Don; and a sister, Lois Winter.
Services were today (Wednesday) at Randall Community Church, with Pastor Dan Daniels and Pastor Rick Grace officiants. Honors were rendered by VFW Post No. 6242. Interment was in Randall Cemetery. McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service, Beloit, was in charge of arrangements.
Services will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Belmont Boulevard Christian Church, Salina, for Derald Decker, Salina, formerly of Burr Oak. Inurnment is at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak. After the inurnment service there will be a reception at the Burr Oak United Methodist Church. Mr. Decker died Dec. 13.
He was born Aug. 28, 1915, at Burr Oak, and was a retired farmer.
Survivors include a son, Billie A. Decker, Sterling, Colo.; two daughters, Betty Joan White, Salina, and Cheryl Diane Rose, Tacoma, Wash.; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his first wife, Faye Decker, in 1977 and his second wife, Fern Decker, in 1991; two sisters, Audrey Decker and Ardith Elaine Bang; two grandsons, Bret Decker and Tim Whisler; and a great-granddaughter Corissa Whisler.
Belmont Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is in charge of arrangements.
Doyle W. Silsby, 88, died Dec. 11 at Webster County Community Hospital, Red Cloud.
The son of James and Iva (Lamb) Silsby, he was born July 25, 1916, in Jewell County in the Northbranch community.
He received his formal education attending the Northbranch Academy and graduated from Burr Oak High School in 1935.
May 19, 1951, he married Dorothea M. Marshbanks at Lebanon. They made their home farming in the Northbranch community. In 1983 Doyle and Dodie moved to Burr Oak.
Doyle worked with the ASCS office seeding grass in the area for over fifty years. His hobbies included water skiing, boating, photography and, in later life, golf. He and Dodie were active members of the Mankato, Lebanon and Red Cloud golf courses. They also traveled and spent winter months in the south.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife; two sisters, Belle Kandelin and Glendora Paxton.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Mark Sawyer, (Mary), Burr Oak; two granddaughters; six sisters, Thelma Pierson, Milwaukee, Ore.; Fern Harris, Burr Oak; Mary Ohmstede, Guide Rock, Neb.; Madeleine Pinkston, Westminster, Colo.; Edythe Francis, and Berniece Harris, both of Burr Oak; and a brother, Boyd Silsby, Mankato.
Services were Dec. 15 at Burr Oak Methodist Church with Pastor Laura Fricker officiating. Interment was in the Highland Cemetery with the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home, Red Cloud, in charge of the arrangements.
Rex Blair, 55, former Love Box maintenance worker, died Dec. 11. Services are today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary, Wichita.
Leon H. Sanders, 87, died at his home in Norton, Ohio, on Nov. 25.
Leon was born to parents Morton and Nellie Sanders in Superior on Jan. 24, 1917. He graduated from Superior High School in 1934, and later graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1939 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He worked for Babcock and Wilcox in Barberton, Ohio, retiring after 42 years with the company. Leon was active in both the community and his church.
He was a charter member of the Norton Kiwanis and served as president. He belonged to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a local group of retired engineers. He was an Elder Emeritus of his church, a Sunday school teacher, Clerk of Session and choir member of many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Elva, of Blair, Neb., and sister Jean Daughtery (Superior High School class of 1937).
He is survived by daughters, Mrs. Robert (Rae) Leonard of Norton, Ohio, and Mrs. Roy (Gayle) Dickson of St. Petersburg, Fla; sister, Doris Moore, of North Carolina (Superior High School class of 1939); four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and many loving family members and friends.
Services were held Nov. 30 at the First Presbyterian Church in Barberton.
Ronald Meyer, 62, Hastings, died Friday at his home.
Mr. Meyer was born Nov. 21, 1942, to Roy and Rose (Novak) Meyer in Hastings. He attended Hastings Senior High School, graduating in 1960, and attended Milford Community College. On May 30, 1964, he married Garnet Peterson. They later divorced. He worked as a deputy for the Adams County Sheriff's Office and later was the director for the Adams County Ambulance Service. He also worked as a psychology technician at the Hastings Regional Center.
Mr. Meyer was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Kathy Vaughn.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Mark Lane (Allison), Hastings; one son, Erik, Cadams; his mother, Rose, Hastings, one sister, Peggy Wilson, McLoud, Okla., and five grandchildren.
Services were Monday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hastings, with the Rev. Frank Kerkemeyer officiated. Private family burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. DeWitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hastings, was in charge of arrangements.
Kendell Louis Seeba, 65, the son of Louie Seeba and Sarah (Booker) Seeba, was born Nov. 21, 1939, on a farm west of Bostwick. He died Dec. 8, at Bryan LGH East, Lincoln, Neb.
He attended District 10 country school and then moved with his family to Guide Rock in 1948. He graduated from Guide Rock High School in 1958, Milford Community College in 1961, and served in the U.S. Army.
He married Sharon Anderson on Sept. 19, 1964. They lived in Hastings and Torrington, Wyo., while he worked for J. I. Case Company for 26 years, retiring in 1995. They moved to Superior in 1995 and he worked for Superior Implement, and owned his own small engine repair shop.
He has had a lifelong interest in tractors and mechanics. Since retiring he has restored older tractors and he and Sharon went to tractor shows during the summer. He participated in garden tractor pulls.
He was a member of the International Harvester Collectors Club and the Hastings Eagles Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.
Survivors are his wife, Sharon, Superior, his son, Michael, Raleigh, N.C., and one sister, Arlene Anderson, Guide Rock.
Services were held Monday from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel, in Superior, with Pastor Mark Diehl officiating.
Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Doris Marie Kathrineberg, 86, the daughter of Floyd Walter and Sylvia May (Kelly) Walter was born Aug. 22, 1918 at rural Belleville, died at the Republic County Long Term Care.
Doris received her education in the public rural schools near Tabor. On Aug. 27, 1939, she married Clarence Kathrineberg. To this union four children were born: Kenny, twins-Charlene and Arlene and Paul. Doris was a cook for a time for the Republic School and the Bates Rest Home. She was a member of the W.W.W. Club, and the Republic United Methodist Church. Doris was a homemaker and liked flowers, gardening, canning sewing and a seamstress for people in the area. She also made quilts for all her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence in 1988; brother, Lawrence Walter, and sisters Sylvia Blackburn and Edith Wilber.
She is survived by a sons, Kenny Kathrineberg, Salina, Paul Kathrineberg, Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Mrs. Harry Marty (Arlene), Belleville; and Mrs. Ray Novak (Charlene), Hesston, Kan.; a brother, Ralph Walter; Belleville; a sister, Zella Nelson, Colony, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the United Methodist Church, Republic. Pastor Joyce Beam and Kent Otott will officiate.
Interment will be Prairie Rose Cemetery, rural Republic.
Services are under the direction of the Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Suber Funeral Home, Belleville.